Friday, 13 June 2008

Kem Motivasi . Teacher's Day

There had been quite some happenings since I last blogged. Memorable ones that have left footprints in my deep heart core.

During the last school holidays, to be precise, on the 6, 7 and 8th June, I took part in the kem motivasi organised by Chinese Society in collaboration with a non-profit (that's what they claimed) organisation. haha.... dunno how true it is, but frankly speaking, I really believe them lor. This is not being childish, rather, it's having strong faith that there still exist people who are willing to do something without profit in return. This world is already very materialistic and realistic. We need more of this kind of people. And guess what, I am proud to say that I am one.

Tell you what, a few classmates (Johnathan, Lai Fa, Soon Yee) and I together participated in the camp for free of charge. F.O.C! You must be curious by now. But I am going to keep your curiosity aroused for a moment. =P

The camp lasted for 3 days 2 nights. And we had so much fun in these 3 days. I was in the Confidence group (just a name, it doesn't indicate that the members are better in confidence, instead, we were somehow in contrast to what was depicted by our group name-OMG!!)

First day, the very first thing to do was to create a slogan for our group. After that came the opening ceremony which was no big different than many other camps. Perhaps, the biggest pride this kem motivasi had for its opening ceremony was being able to invite our school PIBG and Principal to speak and launch the ceremony. To our surprise, yet delight, the ceremony took less than an hour, which means that our Mr. Principal spoke not as much as we expected. What a good and relieved thing to know!

Then, we had our fun time lor. There were quite a number of games and activities going on for the 3 days. I am here just to name a few, that I especially love. (Yes, I use present tense to show that I still love these events). LOL.

One of them is the station game, which seems to be a must in every camp. But something extraordinary about this activity was that there revealed a moral value at the end of each game. For instance, the value of staying united.

A special event to remember was the talk on targets and goals by a counselor. He is currently holding the position of counseling teacher in a school. His Chinese name is ma3 jing3 hua2. When I listened to his talk, it's like..... "WOW!" There was a vast difference between his talk and the talks I have attended before. I used to be on the verge of dozing off in such talk. But he was great with his sense of humour, with which he kept us attentive. One thing different about him was that he used humour and jokes to deliver his presentation.

He said most students get very "gan3 dong4" during a talk, very "ji4 dong4" after the talk, but shows no "xing2 dong4" back at home.

Something he taught us during the talk. It's TARGET.
E-emotion control
T-take action.

During the first night, we had our happiest and most exciting moments. We usually use the word "high" to describe that. Yes, we got high. It's party time! No joke, it's true. There were singing and dancing sessions. The camp facilitators sang at the stage and we sang together as audience. It was like going for a concert. The mood, the feel was very true, but the singers were a bit......... lol (complete the sentence yourself lar!!)

As for the dancing part, we of course danced with songs accompaniment. The songs included "The Ketchup Song" and the "xi3 shua4 shua4 xi3 shua4 shua4" Chinese song. And I was so honoured to have the opportunity to dance on the stage. Just one word to describe my feeling at that moment------------INDESCRIBABLE.

The first day was mentally and physically taxing. We were really worn out at the end of the day. I was supposed to sleep very easily. But I just had difficulties sleeping as I felt cold under the fan operating at the maximum speed. Mind you, I used to sleep in my bedroom without the air-conditioner and even the fan on.

That's the end of day 1. Wow, I have written (or was it crap?) so much just to describe the first day! Do bear with me for another couple of minutes.

The event on day 2 I wish to highlight is the performance time. We had to draw a situation to be acted out. My group's situation was situation on M.U. versus Chelsea in the football final. That was quite tough, indeed. We exchanged ideas on the story line and I also took the initiate to encourage and unite my group members. It's true. I am not bluffing. And luckily, overall, our group performance was not as bad as I think it would be.

On the second day, we had an activity that turned into something sort of a forum, a debate activity. It's about love and sex. The camp facilitators acted out a couple of scenes. And at the end of each scene, we were asked to choose a stand if we were in the performers' position.

These are some of the questions directed to us:
1) If you see your friend with his/her girl/boyfriend holding hands and dating, will you have the urge to find a partner?
2) If the person you crushed on sms his/her confession of love to you, will you accept his/her as your boy/girlfriend?
3) Here comes the sex part....... If you and your "intimate" friend are in a romantic, lovely and seducing dating environment, will you succumb to sexual relationship before marriage?

Then, there goes questions 4, 5, 6......

And these are my answers to the above three questions. I think it's nothing wrong to share them with you guys. I chose YES only to question 2. :P

Then, we also had another talk by another teacher. An essence of her speech was this sentence: Men are visual animals. Analyse this by yourself!

Fast forward to day 3. After all the happy moments, it's time to say goodbye to our camp facilitators. It's so sad to leave a group of new-found friends. Yes, we regard them as friends.

I have learnt a lot throughout the camp. I have learnt to love my family as much as I can. I have learnt to work hard and sail towards my destination. We watched a slide presentation. It was about parental love, about how our parents forgive our misdoings and how we cannot forgive their misdoings in return when they grow old. I did feel a bit ashamed after watching that. And I will always remember the moral behind it and love my parents more than ever.

At the end of the camp, we shook hands with the camp facilitators before hading home. But we the students committee, still had loads of work to do. In fact, we had already helped a lot during the camp. Some of us were in charge of supervising the students during shower time, others helped with the food preparation for each and every meal the students enjoyed. In a nutshell, we helped to do some petty matters like carrying tables and chairs. We were considered "da jap" XD

And this is why we went for the camp for F.O.C. haha....

13th June 2008
Today is Teacher's Day celebration at our school level. Like every year, we watched the performances by the students. I think more often than not, it's we, the students who get entertained by these performances more than the teachers. Students' performances usually cater for students' interests. That makes sense, does it not?

Our class celebrated this day with our subject teachers. We bought a cake and took it to the staffroom and presented it to our teachers. After taking photos and giving out the cake to them, we went on to give the remaining portion to the other teachers, which were those who taught us before in Form 4 and 5.

And that's all actually.

Last but not least, HAPPY TEACHER'S DAY!!

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