April 17, 2010

A Birthday and a Former Student from Chung Hua School Sibu!!

1973 - I was a starry-eyed temporary teacher in Chung Hua School Sibu - glad to get a small posting and earn a bit of pocket money before I started a post graduate teacher's diploma course in Kuala Lumpur.

I had a lot going for me. A degree in hand - good health - and lots of happy friends who believed that the world was their oyster.

And becoming a teacher then was the best thing in the world too!! Most of my friends and I were drowned in our happiness. And we were not afraid or even fearful of being posted to any rural area in Sarawak. We were like the heroes and heroines of the Chinese kungfu legends - willing to fight and make peace -willing to right the wrongs. I was really into imparting of knowledge. (Ivy said I taught with great details....ahem)

My short teaching experience in Chung Hua School Sibu was great : good and helpful colleagues who were so sacrificial and highly moralled (except one)- good and admirable supporting staff who were earning extremely small salaries (RM200)- great and problemless students. Parents then were almost invisible.

So whenever I meet my "old students" from Chung Hua school I would be just so pleased! 40 years have gone by! And yet they will still be just those cute and innocent students who were eager to learn and become somebody. And you will never know when you will meet a former student.... This is one of the blessings one gets as a teacher. Last Wednesday I had a great surprise.....

My former Chung Hua school Form Two - student with another friend's young daughter. She was a sweet 14 year old then....Ivy's origin is also like mine - from Nan Chong Village. What a small world...and time has indeed collapsed like an accordion when we met again...and remembered those days and shared stories...



It is part of growing old for me - watching my own students becoming mothers of grown up children...who are now of marriageable age!!

LOvely birthday cake made by Catherine for Ivy-

Lovely mee sua for everyone celebrating Ivy's birthday!!

Happy Birthday Ivy.......Many Blessings from God.

6 comments:

fufu said...

i wanna eat mee sua!!! =p

Bengbeng said...

i got a splitting headache from being in the sun the whole day with the special olympics children :)

Anonymous said...

God is that Good n we met, after several decades never meeting each other but only met in cyber world. TQ teacher for the beautiful photos... though I thought I can c ur face behind me...and made me headline under your labels post....God upgraded me ah ! Hope u enjoy your trip to Foochow, China, eager to read your postings then, n ...... Hope to c u in our next meeting.

May God blesses u with Good Health n wisdom.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi fufu

I wish we can all eat mee sua!!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Bengbeng
You must be doing a lot of wonderful work with the special children....take care of your headaches...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Anonymous....hahahah...I am hiding somewhere!!

Nice to have met you and see how well you have done....Well done my student!!

Looking forward to meeting up with you and the other ladies soon.

Praise God...