Saturday, July 03, 2010

My professional life has been taken a step (or two) higher

huge thanks to eric for being chief judge, mel and adam for being such a stunning couple, lesley for caring to judge our simple competition, nazirah for being a great judge and a great sport.. and then there's me, in black, as usual. hehehehe
my winning team, how proud am i? immeasurable! :)

some of the girls with their typical peace signs.. hehe..

just before going up on stage. the first girl is our conductor, Michelle Wong. great job, girl!

wed afternoon we had an extracurricular assembly and my kids presented their choral. ;-) this is their final stance. ;-)
i spent wed night baking 40 plus cupcakes for my students.. and i think they were super happy to get one each after the competition. hehe. ;-) choc fudge double choc chip cupcakes are always a hit. lol

well well well.. whaddaya know... life is finally what i consider 'BLISS'. esp where my career is concerned. this year has been a year of achievements, no matter how small. i've been put in charge of the badminton club and we won our way past two minor level competitions to reach the state finals in kota belud. needless to say the school and boss were proud. on the english teaching front, this year i've hit the jackpot with the debate competition (that's two years running now) and with the choral speaking competition i'm sure you already know that we won second place. never won before so literally we went from zero to hero. hehe and this week there is a public speaking competition and i'm keeping my fingers crossed.

now the juicy bit. so choral ended thurs, and the very next day i went to school as usual. half 8 am i got a call from the Director of Education for the Papar District Office (Mr. Abidin) and he summoned me to his office for a 10am discussion. phew.. that was a long 1.5hrs wait.. u never know what it could be: praise or punishment. hehe.. in the end, i found out, it was a bit of both. lol

praise because he had heard that the choral speaking competition which my school organised went so smoothly even brylcream would hv been proud! hehe.. ok.. no one uses that hair gel anymore and i'm digressing. anyway, he was really impressed that our school did so well (again, zero to hero) and that the competition was a resounding success esp since i managed to garner the help of Lesley Hewitt as one of the 3 judges. (thanks too to Nazirah n handsome Eric Banana). basically he was intrigued that i'd managed to get an orang putih (westerner) to come judge our choral speaking competition. (thanks again lesley!) and then here's the clincher.. he's decided that next year we will present a choral speaking presentation during teachers' day by the Papar District Teachers Choral Speaking Dream Team... comprising english language teachers from the primary and secondary school around this district. and who, i hear you ask, is in charge? hehehehhehehe... MOI. ME. YUP. AUDREY. hehehehehhe...

i quite like the idea of this momentous task... esp since the man himself declared that i am to be the conductor and coordinator of such a program. self inflicted punishment because i can see tons of challenges and pitfalls along the way, but hey.. the view from the top must be nice right? hehe.. so we discussed for a while longer and then i went back to school to report to the principal.. and he took the news smilingly.. and proceeded to ask the oddest thing: had i gotten my APC yet? (it means the excellent performance award) and i answered not yet.. and then he just smiled. hahaha.. thanks boss, i appreciate the thought. unlike some accusations, i'm not power or glamour crazy (well not all the time!) and it is just so good to have our sweat and toil recognised, even if it's just in the thought that it crossed his mind that i deserve the award. hehe... i told him not to worry about it, and that i can wait.

on the minus side, i've made a few enemies in my life and i dare say i hv one breathing down my back right now. she said i labelled her (i swear she's a slacker! hehe) and then does the hypocrite by labelling me "The Principal of English" because i'm so "Bossy" and that i'm "Gila Glamour" (Glamour Crazy) and that "Saya mau tampar perempuan itu" (basically she wants to slap me). Oh how professional. haha so i've decided to fight fire with ice. hehe.. i went to school and said good morning to her and oozed pleasantries to her the whole morning. guess she thought i'd gone insane. hehe.. make love, not war. hehehehe. i was just telling everyone that i can forgive her almost everything (including the comment that my body has been this size even since before i got married),.. all except for one thing she said in front of me, right to Lanner. she said, and i quote: "Anak cina memang tidak mandi pagi kan? then chuckled as if she was funny." translation: "Chinese children never take baths in the morning, right?" How dare she insult sweet, handsome Lanner!!! some ppl are full of crap. hehe.

anyway, so that's my life right now. we've had great news from aunty sharon regarding our ex-house in england, so thanks sooo much for your help. family stick together.

Besra said an amazing thing the other day, she was sitting in the buddha position (lotus?) with her palms together, closing her eyes.. and when i asked her what was she doing, she replied: "I'm Chinese-ing." hahhaha.. what kind of 3.5 year old thinks up such things? hahahhahaha very cute.

Lanner can walk quite well now, and he is such a joy to be around. never cries unless he wants me to pick him up.. eats anything esp sweet fruits like watermelon and mangoes... plays happily with his ball, shapes and simply finds pleasures even in the simplest things.. like gecko droppings which he likes to pop into his mouth when we're not looking! hahahhaah

anyway, this blog entry has been a long time coming. i'm just so glad to have a computer again. hugs to all... where ever u may be in the world, be safe. xxx


Eric Constantine said...

Congrats once again to Audrey and the school. Yes indeed, from zero to hero. :) sweet clap for u guys.

I should thank u for the invitation as one of the judges. Having faith that I will do the job in spite of my infant judging experience in choral.

yup,i was intrigued with the presence of 'Orang putih' Wiles, definitely the right person to organise such event although it was laden with rocky journey, and u guys nailed it with victory. lol...i got new waka..

As for the enemies, too bad, some people never learn to rejoice someone's effort, they love to dwell on evil criticism and being envy.. i got mine too, but let the positive thoughts become our 'wavin flag' :p

p/s: love the cup cake :p

ash said...

oh i like the i'm chinese-ing comment. so glad you're happy where you are now especially remembering the hell you went through a couple of years ago. and yes do update more often you busy busy woman. i can't call you lazy cos you're like a locomotive steaming around with all your activities! so if i want to see you i'll probably have to drag my fat arse over to sabah right. let's see if i can arrange something before i'm prohibited from flying ^_^ what're you doing this sept hols?

escape2 said...

you can really turn everything into gold.
where do you find the time ah?

i dun mandi pagi. is it something to be ashamed of?? save water. hahaha

Bea said...

ya!!! as if mandi pagi makes anyone better!!! such stupidity!!! hahha..

give the kids kisses from ya?!?

Anonymous said...

Im ex-majakirian..Love that the school is doing very well now. Im really glad. I think I dont see you when I was studying there..May I ask, when did u 1st teaching? Izit after 2007..?

Audrey Wiles said...

july 2008. :) how did u find this blog? hehe.. nice of u to visit anyway. :) take care!