May 25, 2009
Madam Marina Tan Retires Today
Citrus is a lovely restaurant tucked in a small row of shops situated near the Miri Heritage Centre. It has a delightful menu which is not too pricey. Popular with families and the younger set.
This is the dessert called Mud Slide - it is best to eat only once in three months. Sinful but fantastic. Probably one of the best in Miri where desserts are concerned.
Mr. Richard Wong the new principal came and was personally served by Marina.
A nice backdrop for Marina.
Florence and I were supposed to be at Citrus for a working lunch. But we ended up celebrating Marina's retirement.
From today onwards all three of us are retired teachers!!
One of the best English teachers in Miri is Marina Tan of SMK Chung Hua School. I wonder how many students she must have unselfishly helped in order to get them to pass their English exams.
She is a very well trained and disciplined English teacher who is caring and unselfish. With a heart to help students to learn she will definitely be missed by the student population of Chung Hua School.
I will always remember her as a teacher who has kind words only for students even though they may have been naughty and not really up to their mark in studies. She has a good heart and a lot of patience to teach the less fortunate and less endowed. In the hearts of many such students she will be a great star forever because she has saved them in a way and given them hope for a good future.
With her retirement Miri in particular and Sarawak in general will see the end of the service of one of the most inspiring talented and highly calibred English teachers. The era of such teachers from the 60's and 70's Batu Lintang and Sarawak Teacher's TRaining Colleged will soon pass as a new wave of teachers with TESL degrees and KPLI training will take over.
I was just lucky to catch her celebrating her retirement in Citrus a restaurant owned by her son. My friends and I who belong to the "Multiple Rs Club" (Retired- Reclining - Reminicing-Relaxing- Rejoicing - etc) often dine at Citrus which is very older people friendly.
So happy birthday and happy retirement to Teacher Marina from my family and I. Well Done Marina!!