Steps to Take a Shower
Sunday, January 2, 2011, 06:10 p.m. #1689.
(1) Sit on a roller-chair and get ready a clean set of clothes.
(2) Roll along and place them just outside the shower room.
(3) While seated on the roller-chair, bring along a waterproof chair and place it just outside the shower room as well. This is for taking off the plastic bag* and dressing up later when I exit the shower room.
(4) Wrap a large plastic bag* around the leg-in-cast and tie rubber bands around it to ensure that water will not seep in.
(5) Hop into the shower room.
(6) Move the toiletries (shampoo etc) and showerhead lower down to the basin as that I can reach them on my seat later.
(7) Sit down on a second waterproof chair in the shower room.
(8) Place the plastic-bag-wrapped leg-in-cast on top of the covered toilet bowl to allow blood circulation (leg will swell and bruise if placed down for too long).
(10) Turn on the shower.
The Year of 2010
Saturday, January 1, 2011, 12:37 p.m. #1687.
The year of 2010 has been an important one for me (also the year with the fewest blog entries) - my first year as a HOD - when teaching started to take a new dimension. There are many people who have made the year memorable for me, and here are the belated thanks (many of whom may not read this)...
Firstly, my family - whom I have always taken for granted. When my leg is in cast, they're there supporting me, escorting me, serving me like a king all the way. I ought to show more of my appreciation and love for them in the new year.
Next up, my new principal, Mrs J. I have to thank her for having so much trust in me, letting me try out the EE programmes without any restrictions, and recognising and affirming my work. Even when I prefer teaching to all those planning and "high-level" stuff, she has made the year more fulfilling than it could be for me, with her positivity and leadership.
Of course, my EE team - especially BH, who is also my supervisee - who lived up to my expectations (and beyond) in showing her initiative and passion towards my EE programmes and brought them to new heights. The EE team recently won the Outstanding Contribution Award (only 3 teams won this year) - and her work cannot be neglected. Young and full of promise, she is going to be a great teacher.
The colleagues at the office. Despite the stifling environment (there are a few people whom I would not enjoy associating with), these are the people who helped to keep my sanity. Mdm C, who sits opposite me and is always dedicated with her D&T students, and who never fails to cheer me up with her infectious laughter and timely offers of coffee. Juli, who is always light-hearted and humorous even when trouble spells near. Kim, who waters my plants when I was not around and showers me with her motherly care every now and then.
My most treasured childhood friends - JJ, Zew, John. Always enjoy talking about the old times with them. While we do not meet that often, we have that kind of understanding between us - that we will always be there for each other if help is needed.
My music friends. While I haven't known SM for a long time, she concluded my 6 years of violin learning with a memorable touch. Lily's passion in guitar is extraordinary, and I've never seen her angry before! It's amazing how she has so deftly managed her family, long hours at work and leisure (she's an avid tennis player). JY - always surprising me with lovely gifts and little pastries that she makes. I look forward to playing the guitar with Lily and her at the end of the week, no matter how bad the week had been.
My 2010 cohort students. What can I say? This has been the year that I feel most connected with my students, especially those from my form class - and towards the end of the year - the HKM (Hokkien Mee) group. My two er zi's whom I am so proud of: MH, the one whom I saw much unrealised potential when I first met him, who hasn't failed me in terms of his improvements in studies and the duties that I have entrusted on him; Edg, who has also matured over the year, and who is always full of zest and often reminds me to smile - eventually becoming my badminton coach. Of course, my nu'er: Anna, the K-pop maniac who is always so sensitive and quietly strong in her own way (with her sour lemons). Together with my two er zi's, I also got to know some awesome dudes of the Parade Square group: Brad, Marc, Sher, Eric, Edw, Jero, Zhank, Zhaoh... Not forgetting WK, the dynamic 'Boss' who invited me to the HKM group - HS, KW, Ter, Al, Corn, Kel, Jer, Wes, Jov, Ju, Mat, Gra, Clar, Xav - many of whom I'd love to know on a deeper level but didn't have much chance (maybe we'll know each other better if we continue to have HKM outings this year?).
Lastly, thanks to technology - particularly Facebook and Twitter - I have gotten to know some of the above and others much better, and also re-connected with many old friends through these medium. They have truly revolutionised how people communicate with each other.
There must be many others who have made my 2010 the fulfilling year that it had been, but these are the ones who have made a mark that I will always remember (despite my poor memory - so for those whom I've left out, please forgive my senility).