喃喃自语
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 11:45 a.m. #1690.

华文考试形式改变了:部分考试将以电脑打字输入。虽然有关发言人一直强调那只是一小部分,但这无疑是一种趋势吧?以后的华文考试难保不会渐渐以电脑输入所取代?

还记得小学时学写汉字的时候,有那种九公格的练习簿,必须把每个字的不同部首写在正确的格子里才算标准。课本里的汉字还标上了1、2、3……等号码,来教我们正确的比划。虽然是拘谨了点儿,但我对汉字的结构与背后的故事,多多少少有了认识,这也激起了我对华文、华语的好奇与热爱。

如果有一天华文考试完全以输字形式进行,我们的下一代会不会连潦草一点的华文字都不认识了?因为他们接触到的都是规规矩矩、方方正正的华文字,既然没有书写文字的经验,大概也不会了解比划之间的关系(哪些比划可能会连结在一起),那他们还会懂得欣赏书法的美、看得懂匾联的字吗?他们还会有能力与信心,写一张简单的华文字条吗?

或许我不过是庸人自扰吧。


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).
(9) Undress.
(10) Turn on the shower.

It used to be just steps (9) and (10). =\


浪漫
Saturday, January 1, 2011, 04:03 p.m. #1688.

什么最浪漫?

念声乐的他为你高亢一支王子对公主的挽歌。
当厨师的他为你做了多加一点朗姆的提拉米苏。
身为作家的他在他的小说里加入了你。
拉小提琴的他为你奏出最动人的小夜曲。
画画的他为了你把画境扭曲。
嘶吼摇滚歌曲的他为你堕落。
卖唱片的他只在店里播你喜欢的歌曲。
只是学生的他在课本里重复写你的名字。

句子里有我也有你。

但是,最浪漫的是自己走在圣诞夜里,身旁散发着雨后的味道,然后苦笑自己的幻想,还有忘记你和我。

(Author: eriko)


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).

2011 is going to be another exciting year.


fly. Picture by Ji Mi.
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