Books I have completed reading since January 2018:
1. No Man's Nightingale - Ruth Rendell
2. One Day - David Nicholls
3. The Door - Margaret Atwood
Friends and Enemies
Akatsuki: Nightmares & Dreamscapes
-beats in my head-
Chika-Chin's Anime Mania!
empty white space
In My World
My Blah blah Bulogu
My Little World
Sdovelly~ c'est la vie
Serene's Silent Secrets
Shuffle and Repear
Tolanic's Travel Blog
A w e s o m e !
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Some of the comments made by my students in the evalution forms made me very happy. And one of them is "Ms Renee is awesome." It was such a short and sweet statement. I'm now on top of the world.
Here comes a bee
Monday, October 26, 2009
C O N D O M
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Wow. First time in my life to see how's a condom look like in front of me other than in advertisements and TV series. The PT Foundation was having a talk on HIV 101 for the people on campus and I went to listen. How sad only 30 people including myself came to listen. That explains why the theater was damn freezing.
The guy demonstrated to the audience on putting the condom to the guy's penis using a banana. And I initially thought one of the speakers would be eating the banana as a snack in the middle of the talk!
You know schools in Malaysia never talk about condom or letting us see what is a condom. Teachers would not even talk about it and they would just laugh behind your back when you ask. And we are talking about adults laughing at some incurable disease which is waiting to get into their bloodstream: HIV/ AIDS.
Oh well, I got two condoms. And I don't know what I am going to do with it. Hmm... replace plastic bags for my umbrella after the rain? Perhaps.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I finally signed up for the scrabble challenge in one of the local Starbucks brances in Kuala Lumpur. Life is just too short to be ordinary. I don't really care if I'm going to win or not. I just want the exposure. The taste of adrenaline. I want to feel that I'm enjoying life.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
My interview went pretty well except for the daggering stares I received from my boss's boss. This is stupid. I only found out recently that my direct boss is supposed to report to this big boss and my boss never did. So this big boss was throwing questions about the relationship between his department and the program I'm in charge throughout 15 minutes. And I went playing innocent with him. Thank god for having a superb nice interview er who was beside this big boss. I could not believe that this higher ranking interviewer in terms of status is a rank lower in this big boss's department. Thank god he is a joker so he made fun lightly of the big boss's department alleviating the tension between me and the big boss.
Thanks to my stupid boss for landing me in this landmine. But somehow I have to pat pat this big boss with nice words before I could see him smile again. But I was also thankful to other colleagues for dropping me some advise about the upcoming interview questions. And also thank to god for giving me the wisdom to troubleshoot what questions will pop up. I predicted two questions right and the big boss seemed to be happy with my spontaneous answers. Phew.
No thanks to that stupid boss of mine who almost made my interview an uneventful. Also thank god I'm trained to handle objections and to twist my sentences.
I think I did well overall. Phew.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I was anxious to receive students assignments yesterday because I will finally get to know the one dying question I have been keeping at the back of my head since March 2009. Not knowing the students one bit, I have randomly placed the students in groups for their internship. At that point, I have been asking myself if my choice of placement will be a good chemistry for the students, knowing that the students would not know each student very well and they might not even like each other.
And today I was able to read the students feelings about their placement. One particular group has caught my attention. I never knew there was so much going on in this group. Each member has strong personality and some members didn't even like each other at the beginning. The way they wrote... they sounded they were totally at my mercy!! This member wrote how much he has prejudice his fellow member because of an incident involving his friend, and finding out he will be grouping up with this member. He was scared and didn't know how to face. But in the end he said he was glad to be where he was. If not, these group members would never hang out or even have lunch together. They would actually never even talk to each other... And somehow, I really felt it was fate that played a role in bringing them together without realising myself lending a hand to make this happened. Somehow I just felt thankful to God that I somehow have helped these students in a way.
I read another student's assignment though and I was glad that this student has gained something outside from her world particular in testing times like this. I won't dwell too much on this because I don't know who are the passers by of this blog, and I don't wish to offend anyone of any religion because there is too much misunderstanding in this world. I have teamed her up with other 3 girls from two other races, and I have placed them in a very interesting place. She described her placement as 'interesting'. I was glad I didn't move her to other groups. I was happy for her. I hope she gains a new experience from religion view of point.
I'm particularly interested in reading a group's essay because the members have problem with each other. I was not really at ease reading the disappointment of the student's about a team member, but I somehow know this group has learned something important: teamwork. I hope they could be better in the future!
I never meant to read another student's essay but I was just plain sad reading it. But I was glad I read it. I never knew there was a student troubled about his placement and he wrote that he never had the courage to talk to me about it. It made me ponder about my communication and rapport. Have I been a good communicator? Been trained in sales, I know how important rapport is. Though they are just students (and very very young), they still need support and rapport. I really hope I have portrayed myself as being easy to be approached. I hope I have been a good listener, and I hope I have really given my support to these students. It now made me wonder how and where should I improve on my communication skill.
I really hope in the end the students will understand the meaning of giving back to society. Though frankly, I don't really do volunteer work other than my volunteer place provides me 5 star hotel, I really want to give back to society particularly the environment. That was what spurred my desire to study environmental studies. Because I hope I could contribute to humanity in future.
And I really hope I could contribute to the growth and development of professional yet holistic *meow*. Speaking of which, my position has finally been confirmed and my interview will be held tomorrow.
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