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Parenting 101

19 Jul

With part of my first very own form class on Racial Harmony Day. It’s like learning to be a mum to 37 kids… which I’m very grateful for.

Cheese and gratitude

3 May

When I’m supposed to write, I usually avoid the process for as long as possible. I think the “What if?” process is the most crazy-liberating, and I’m frightened by the fact that what I want to say never comes out as well as I want it to.  Continue reading

Sad stories

27 Jan

When I was young and foolish enough to think that I could write for a living without much hard work, Alfian Sa’at ranked amongst my favourite authors. It started with receiving his anthology A History of Amnesia as a prize in a school competition. It may also have started with this poem.

As I grew older, I grew tired of the general tone of most local writers – cynical, often satirical and always painfully pessimistic. I felt that this was an extension of the “spoiled Singaporean” tendency to complain and then complain some more. I hungered for stories from home that captured a wider range of emotions and perspectives.

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Student projects

15 Apr

Our Lord of the Flies character journals have come in! There is much joy in receiving work where you see girls reach their full potential – because there’s an awful lot of potential in these children.

Ralph’s message in a bottle, complete with the conch.

Simon’s last words.

Unpredictable

12 Sep

“Be faithful when God assigns a young person to you, have faith when God chooses someone else, and ask God for wisdom to know the difference between the two. God is sovereign; God’s work will be accomplished in the life of young people regardless of whether it’s through us that God chooses to work…

We can facilitate the process by nurturing an environment in which youth can be exposed to the presence of God, all the while remembering the Holy Spirit works in a way we can’t formalize into a technique or program. “Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:7-8). How many combinations of the wind blowing are there? When you take into account velocity, direction, patterns and temperature, the combinations are endless. Likewise, all stories of personal salvation and transformation are unique because we have a creative God…”

— Mike King, Presence-Centered Youth Ministry

Dance dance revolution

9 Aug

Hofesh Shechter: “I think… contemporary dance might go a bit funny… where it stops communicating with its audience.”

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Instructional listening

2 Aug

I had a teacher who played “I Hope You Dance” for us as a parting well-wishing after she was re-assigned to another class. It was a somewhat awkward experience, sitting at our desks watching her watch us, while the song blared over the speakers.

I think it was awkward because music isn’t visual; you don’t have anywhere to direct your eyes. It also isn’t something you can have a timed reaction to. There’s no obvious wisecrack or tearjerker the audience can respond to in parts or as a whole. When there’s something in a song that touches you, it comes rather quietly.

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