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and so the last time i blogged was 10 days ago…

February 18, 2012

… and how i missed teaching…

serious. no sarcasm implied.

Our school just had a school-level cross country, which was kinda fun i guess. My job was to prepare refreshment and that was pretty easy as I had help from the Form 6 kids. Most of the time, I just kept a lookout for the kids running/ walking/ crawling/ dragging themselves back to the final checkpoint. As I am also the form teacher of 5A2 – the class with the most boys and athletes, I see all these familiar faces coming in earlier than most others. The cutest part would be that they would run to me afterwards to report their ‘achievement.’ I am a proud mama 😉

After the race, some of my students came up to me for pictures … kononnya local celebrity la lol

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The next day, I chaperoned the kids from my school with Mrs Chang, to SMK Bandar Chiku for a MSSD Ping Pong tournament. It’s funny how everyone I know, knows that I don’t do sports. Like, I REALLY don’t do sports. I can’t remember even running a race or participating in any sports events in school when I grew up. BUT now, I AM THE ‘PENYELARAS KELAB SUKAN’ aka Sports CLubs Coordinator of the school. Irony at its finest.

Anyway, the Ping Pong trip was rather fun and educational. Not only I come to know the rules of the games, I even learned about the strategies and ‘cunning planning’ in a tournament. I came to learn about such thing as seeded players, and how to arrange the matches to protect the skillful ones. hmmmm…. It was my first time being involved in cheering for the students and feeling the butterflies as I watched them battled it out.

One would think that going to a sports event twice in a week is more than enough. Not my case. The next day, Dzeti and I were the female chaperones for the MSSD Cross Country race in SMK Chiku 2. Both of us were separated and placed at different checkpoints. Boo.

And the weather was crazily scorching hot. Other than that, that was quite a fun experience too. My two eye candies from my class managed to place in top 20, so that added onto the awesomeness. LOL.

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Three, is definitely a crowd. I had enough. I wanted to teach.

Then came Sunday, when everything went bonkers.

I knew the badminton team had to go to Pasir Mas for a week, for the state-level badminton tournament. The kids had been begging me to be their chaperone the week before, because their own coach was unwilling to escort them in their game. HMMMMM….. A part of me was bought by their pleas, and wanted to take the opportunity to see a state level game; but a bigger part of me knew that enough is enough, I had syllabus to cover and lessons to be held to prepare my students for the coming exams. I told them I was sorry.

This is when things got tricky.

On the same day – Sunday, the principal bumped into me when I was on my way to my second class of the day. He asked whether I could be the chaperone for the badminton team. Politely I answered back saying that I had no transport and I don’t drive. He then told me that he will get the Coach to send me there (3 hours away), I stay with the kids till the end of the 5 days match. i was like… ‘oh..kay…’ Probably I didn’t quite register it yet, I went to class to teach.

After that class, I was asked to see the principal and the coach. To the office I went, and I saw the principal rebuking the coach about her unwillingness to take her own team. Seeing me, the principal told her that he will offer the alternative of her sending me there (as the students have taken up all the seats in the 2 cars that will drive them down) and taking me back, if she still insists on not going. Knowing that it was even a crazier idea to drive and send someone in a 3 hours journey and make the trip back, she finally uttered that she would take the team instead. I WAS SO BLARDY RELIEVED.

I excused myself, and rushed to my next class. Sundays have been my busiest day in school.

In the middle of my class, the coach called me. SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE HEARD THAT I WAS VERY INTERESTED TO CHAPERONE THE KIDS (WTH!) AND WANTED A COMPANION FOR THE TRIP SO SHE HAD INCLUDED MY NAME IN THE OFFICIAL LETTER ALONGSIDE WITH HERS!!!

Seriously, I was like ‘what just happened?’ She just babbled on and on, and I told her ‘ok, I will see you after my class.’

After my class, I went to see her and she told me that she had found a homestay for the kids, it costs RM160 per night, the kids only have to pay 10 bucks each and our Gua Musang PPD will pay the rest (ohkay…) and that we will only depart at 4.30pm so that we have time to pack after school finishes (ohkay…).

Then she said she needed to tell the principal about the change of plan.

That got me thinking. Did she not get the principal’s approval before including my name in the letter.

I headed off to search for the principal.

When I saw him, I quickly asked whether I was supposed to accompany the coach to the game. He was completely shocked and said ‘NO’, and that he made it clear that the coach should go alone as both the coach and I are English teachers and there should not be too many chaperones. At that very moment, we saw the coach and the principal beckoned her to come. He told her strictly that there should only be ONE female chaperone and GUESS WHAT HAPPENED?

Coach: If that’s the case then Felicia should go then since only one teacher is needed.

Me: (WTH!)

Principal: No, you can’t do this. This is your team! It is your responsibility to take care of your own team. Felicia has nothing to do with badminton.

Coach: But my husband had an accident I need to take care of him. Felicia is single, no family commitments and she is closer to the students too.

Me: (WTH YOU WOMAN!)

Principal: This is not right. How can you pushed the responsibility to others?

Coach: She needs the experience anyway. It’s good for her. Ok lah. Since only one needed, I will call Cikgu Najib (the male chaperone) and asked him to fit Felicia in his car ah and they are leaving at 2.30pm so you better go back now and get ready.

IT WAS ALREADY 1.50pm!

Throughout the whole conversation, I was just blank. Partially shocked by the twist of events, partially shocked at how good she is in twisting her words and pushing HER RESPONSIBILITY to me.

Even the principal lost in the debate with her.

In the end, the principal told her that she owed me and should compensate me.

SHE SAID “ITS OKAY. FELICIA NEEDS THE EXPERIENCE AND IT IS GOOD FOR HER ANYWAY.”

Yes. Not even a word of thanks.

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To cut the long story short, I rushed back, showered, threw in clothes and shoes and stuff into my luggage, made and received a few calls, passed my projector to Dzeti, and went to Chang’s place for lunch.

I reached school before 3pm. Late I was, but was I to be blamed? I practically only knew 40 minutes ago that I had to go for a 5 days tournament!

The students were also shocked to know that the coach wasn’t following…

Throughout the trip, there were good times and times i wished i could strangle the boys and skin them alive.

The hostel they assigned for us was 40 minutes away from the venue of the tournament @_@

had no water @_@

extremely dirty, with only mattresses (without sheets) lying on the slimy floors. @_@

Students insisted on staying at the HOMESTAY. AND WHY WAS I NOT SURPRISED THAT THE PPD REFUSED TO PAY FOR THE HOMESTAY SINCE THEY HAD ALREADY PREPARED THE HOSTEL FOR OUR ACCOMMODATION?

I was pissed at the coach. Madly pissed. And I really pitied the players. So I made a spontaneous decision – to subsidise their rent for them. They still pay their RM10/night, I pay the rest. Mentally I did my calculations – and knew that this trip will cost me at least RM300 bucks and it did… But I just consoled myself that I would use my tuition money to cover the expenses… huhuhu

Other than that, most parts were good. Definitely had one-of-a-kind-experience throughout this trip.

I was mesmerised by the men’s doubles.

I became a line judge with my students.

I ate on the floor, bending down, using my hands with the students.

I helped students to shop for valentines’ gifts for the significant other, and even helped them pay for the gifts first @_@

I celebrated valentines with them.

I helped them to cover up when they tried to buy a ‘surprise’ birthday gift for Siew Chin, which was totally not a surprise.

I entertained the kids with my phone.

I bought them supper…

I had pillow talks with the girls.

I had future career talks with the boys.

I managed to dig a lot of dirt and scandals about students and teachers of my school.

most importantly,

I learned to enjoy watching badminton. (a skill polished from 4 days of sitting in a hot, stuffy hall)

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So now looking back…

I was thankful that all these drama happened, and I was there with the kids.

They taught me so much, friendships were built, lessons were learnt.

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Now, I’m just glad to go back to teach 🙂

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2012 12:17 pm

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Which is exactly what you did!
    Proud of you!

    p/s: You’ll get a lot of this ‘needs the experience’ excuse in the future. You can use it yourself on new teachers too! =)

  2. February 29, 2012 12:56 am

    hooray on bonding with the kids, and blergh on your colleague!!! Seriously, you will meet people like that so the best thing to do is keep your head up and show that you are way classier than them!

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