Making a difference in our work

“…..that every student that passes through our hands will be an outstanding one.”

This statement at the end of our school video shown at the school anniversary celebration last Sat caught my eye.

It really caused me to reflect and to really see the difference I can make to each student that ‘passes through my hands’. In that statement is also the sense of responsibility that we have during our ‘watch’ towards the students that have been entrusted in our hands. And it is also about ownership. About seeing that each of us educators have been positioned in our schools, classes and appointments for a specific time and purpose and there is a sense of duty towards helping our students achieve their fullest potential.

I believe that for educators, a job is not just a job. And I do not want to fall into the trap of letting the work that I do become so routine that I lose the sense that I can really make a difference to every student who comes to me. The mundane things that I do …..like chatting with Sec 1 students and international students to see if they have any issues ….. that short 15 minutes I spend with them is the opportunity I have to connect and to touch lives and to leave something with them. Not all of them will need counselling, but every one of them could do with knowing that someone in the school genuinely loves them and cares for them and is there for them should they ever need help.

I recall times where healthcare professionals have made a difference in the course of doing ‘mundane work’. I was particularly touched by 2 doctors when I was having my last miscarriage in Jan. The first being Dr Ian Yeo from the National Eye Centre. I was there for my regular eye check-up when I started bleeding. He took the effort to personally call my gynae at KKH to tell him that I would be going down so that I could bypass the queue. And he also shared his personal experience that he and his wife went through. It was very reassuring and really touched my heart, that he cared enough to do all this when I was feeling so frightened. It made a great difference to me that day and I will always remember his kindness. The second doctor is my gynae Dr Han How Chuan at KKH. It was his operation day, and he came out from OT just to see how I was when he could have just left it to another doctor on duty to attend to me. I was very touched that he came, despite his busyness. These are doctors in govt hospitals who have tons of patients to attend to everyday. Yet they each showed that they cared for their patients beyond just doing their job.

This experiences remind me that in our line of work, we must not lose the personal touch in the midst of our busyness. When I am busy, things sometimes become tasks that need to be done and checked off. I pray that the Lord will enlarge my heart, that I may move more and more with His compassion and to be His hands and feet where He has placed me in my workplace.

Love this song ‘One Little Heartbeat at a Time’ by Steven Curtis Chapman. Really speaks to me as an educator and also as a parent in this call I have to raise the next generation.

One Little Heartbeat at a Time

You’re up all night with a screaming baby
You run all day at the speed of life
And every day you feel a little bit less
like the beautiful woman you are

So you fall into bed when you run out of hours
and you wonder if anything worth doing got done
Well maybe you just don’t know
or maybe you’ve forgotten

That you, you are changing the world
one little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh you, you may not see it now
but I believe that time will tell
how you, you are changing the world
one little heartbeat at a time

With every, “I know you can do it”
and every tear that you kiss away
So many little things that seem to go unnoticed
they’re just like the drops of rain
over time, they become a river

And you, you are changing the world
one little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh you, you may not see it now
but I believe that time will tell
how you, you are changing the world
one little heartbeat at a time

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Great to be well again

It’s great to be well again ……. after being sick for the past 3 weeks! Some remnant cough left but definitely well on the road to recovery.

In the last 3 weeks, Ivan, Daniel and myself have each made 4 trips each to the doctors. We were all sick one after another for 2 cycles! Unbelievable. Really been a horrid month. Have been dishing out $50 bills to the doctors and finishing bottles of cough mixture and 2 courses of anti-biotics. In a bid to get rid of my stubborn cough, I even drank an almond concoction even though I hate almond stuff. We each went through 3 days of persistent fever too. And I feel so bad for taking so many MCs ……this bout of flu has cost me 3 days MC too! Not to mention that it was so physically challenging ….feeling so weak already and with a sick husband and baby too! Thankful to parents for their support during this period. Think it was challenging for them too as Daniel could not go to school for many days due to his diarrhea, hives and then flu. And he is still as active despite being ill. Wonder why …. I on the contrary was glued to the bed!

Having been feeling so weak and tired the past few weeks, it is really good to be well. On Sat, Daniel’s fever cleared, Ivan and I are both getting well except for a bit of cough left. Finally, things seem to be resuming some kind of normalcy. The past 3 weeks, it felt like just survival mode …… dragging self to work and falling into bed immediately after coming back….attending to whoever it was that happened to b ill……absolutely no strength and energy to do anything else. I was so sick of being sick!

Now that I am well, it really feels great! And I appreciate so much good health ….. having the strength and energy to work and do things. Things seem to require less effort now that I am well again. Feel like there’s so much to catch up with to make up for the last 3 weeks. And really don’t take good health for granted any more. Am praying for divine health for my family and myself (don’t think it’s a good testimony to be taking so many days of MC!). Really want to experience wholeness in the area of health and to believe that I can experience the blessing of good health. So this has become a regular prayer item and also want to take practical steps to build up my health …..eat healthy, lose some weight, exercise regularly, diligently take my supplements everyday and get enough sleep.

Blessed Union

Karen’s wedding was the only bright spark in the last 2 weeks which my family has been battling sickness. Totally did not expect to start Term 3 on such a note. Both Ivan and I were down with fever last week. It seemed we got well enough to attend Karen’s wedding and then got sick again. Even as I write, we are still battling the flu bug. Nevertheless, in the midst of it all, I am thankful that I was able to witness my old friend’s wedding.

It really is such a joy to be able to witness the union of this beautiful couple Samuel and Karen. To see someone that you went to school with walking down the aisle (sword ceremony and all!) is really amazing. And all the more so because I have seen over the last couple of years since Karen received salvation and came to Cornerstone, the Lord’s beautiful work in her life.

Am happy to see our ‘老大‘ happily married. Two are better than one. Can’t wait to see what God can do with this godly couple!

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Highlights of Jun Hols 2013

This Jun hols was longer than usual. Our meetings in week 4 were all postponed due to the haze, so I had an extended break.

Was quite a fruitful holidays. I had a whole checklist of things I wanted to get done, errands to run and people I wanted to meet and I am glad I managed to do quite a fair bit, though not everything. Enjoyed myself overall as I had some time to do things that would be difficult to do while juggling ‘work’ and ‘life’. For a while during the holidays, ‘work’ is out of the equation, so no need to balance that! Yet, it can get pretty busy still!

Meet up with friends – Met up with some of my favourite girlfriends and Daniel’s godmas (sorry I don’t have everyone’s pic) whom it’s challenging to meet during term time 🙂 Yup, some of them are educators so holidays is the best time to meet up. During term time, we are busy meeting students every day! Managed to take a shot with some friends whom I realised that we hardly have any picture together after knowing each other for so many years!

Managed to visit some of my friends who gave birth recently too. Been a long time since I carried babies and the feel of a newborn baby in my arms again is pretty cool 🙂 Of course, as I listened to their stories, it also reminded me of the challenging first few months all new parents have to go through.

One of the blessings during school hols is that I can take time to do devotion and worship …. no rush 🙂 Precious moments in His presence!

Get to be SAHM – going marketing, planning for meals, cooking dinner, sending and picking Daniel from school.

As I mentioned in my previous post, church camp was great!

Went on another date with Ivan – Spa and Monsters University 🙂

Got my hair rebonded and a couple of other appointments like dentist and medical stuff.

Good time of bonding with Pris and my family too. Pris was also having her SOL break and would come over together with my parents to pick Daniel up from school and go out for lunch together during weekdays.

One of the best things about holiday also …. get to spend more time with Daniel and get to be his ‘favourite’ at home for a while. One of Daniel’s primary love language is spending quality time (which I think is the love language of most children) and the rare times I am even in the competition is during school holidays. Otherwise, Daddy is always the favourite! Sobs! His other love language is rough play which I suck at. I am the naggy voice asking them to be careful when they are having father-son rough play.

Feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to face the new term!

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Belated Father’s Day dinner

We had a belated Father’s Day celebration 2 Sundays ago. Was a simple celebration at my place with both our families.

Decided to go for home-cooked style and get all of us kids together to prepare a meal for the Daddies. Everything, from the main course to dessert was all home-made, except for the ice-cream!

This was the menu for the night:

– Salad

– Steak and Chicken Chop

– Cream pasta

– Butter raisin rice.

– Brownie and vanilla ice-cream

– Honey Lemon drink

Ivan and I prepared the rice, salad, steak and chicken. My sisters did the brownie. Gavan and Gina did the cream pasta. I was quite amazed that it only took us about 3 hrs in all to do up everything. The wonders of teamwork. It was good to see everyone contributing to the dinner.

After dinner, our parents relaxed – watch TV and played with Daniel. We played card games. Opened our new game Bang! We had an expert in the midst of us for this game – Gina! There was some initial lethargy to learn a new game with all the new terms. This game has a lot of terms that takes a while to get familiar with. Took some time to learn the various terms and functions of the card. We played 2 rounds – most of us (especially me and Pris) were quite blur during the first round. But after getting the hang of it, it is actually quite fun 🙂

Was a fun evening! Hope the Dads enjoyed the dinner 🙂

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Delicious Carrot Cake

Last week, made a carrot cake for Eliza’s cell group birthday celebration. I rarely bake so really thank God that the cake was deliciously successful! Thanks to Ivan for helping me find such a good recipe. Will definitely be doing it again cos it is so simple and yummy! Even the icing is super easy to prepare. To me, the most difficult part to me was grating the carrot which required some effort and strength. The rest of it was just mixing the right quantities of the ingredients together. All in, I took one hour to prepare it and another hour to bake it.

The cake was a hit with the birthday girl and the rest and they encouraged me to bake more often 🙂

Here’s the wonderful recipe:

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/15406/carrot+cake

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