I've lived at 103 for almost 20 years and this has never happened to me.
Call it just pure luck or fate's decree or the musings of whichever higher order being you believe in.
Five 16 and 17 year-olds were wedged between the 6th and 7th floor while on their way down in the lift.
Despite making several calls to you-know-who, they realised that he was in the kitchen washing their used mugs and all. It did not help that the mobile was in silent mode of course. The cleansing session lapsed into the next teaching session, which altogether ran into almost 15 minutes before their ordeal was discovered.
In the meantime, a member of the fairer sex and in connection to one of the STUCK-5s, upon failing to contact the lift specialists, called up the SCDF instead. In no time, the you-know-who spotted the latest SCDF fire-engine buggy, a police car and an ambulance squatting at the ground level from 9 floors up. What a sight it was! The flurry of lights from the activities below added to the beatiful night skies above.
This is one of those feel-good song cum video. I like the way the clip celebrates the oddities in life. This is definitely a farcry from the bird-caged conformity lifestyles Singaporeans are so used to. We really ought to party as hard as we work.
I finally found the time to walk around this magnificant architectural monument of a campus.
I remember the first time I was struck with a sense of awe from sculptures was my encounter with this piece outside one of the banks at Boat Quay - or was it Clarke Quay? This slithering piece at La Salle is just so clean and sexy. Glass - that wonderful invention that gives you the illusion of space and surrealism. Surrounding the entire campus are holey, dark-stained wooden walls which contrast so superbly with its interior glass walls.
In my opinion, this is probably the best looking builidng in Singapore to date.
Saint2 : This forum article from TST reeks of the hands of propaganda. I bet someone from the civil service must have ask his/her non-teaching spouse/ relative to write this counter attack note - probably to do some damage control after the attriction rate was leaked out in the press. Then again, the press is a pure propaganda tool, so perhaps the leak was to forcast something on the horizon? If the following letter was from a neutral source, it just reflects how callous some are to the real predicaments of the teaching profession - teachers, with all the added trappings, can no longer truly teach and mould lives. It is now a show-and-tell performance for many in the bid to survive the system. What then are the implications on the future generation? Like I had mentioned in the a recent entry, something's coming over. Mmmm....(yes, that's a line from a song).
April 14, 2008 Teachers' woes part of working life
IN RESPONSE to Mr Ho Kong Loon's letter last Thursday, I would like to offer my views as a non- teacher.
The attrition rate of about 700 out of 29,000 is not high compared to other professions. Other professions experience an increase in workload in order to remain competitive. For example, to cut costs, most employers expect staff to take on another employee's job at the same time, meaning most have to work late.
On the need to attend self-improvement courses, this applies to other professions. Everyone needs to upgrade. Moreover, most attend these courses at their own expense and in their own time.
All appraisals are subjective, and no one can avoid them. In addition, other professions face the threat of retrenchment and pay cuts when the economy is down. They also face stiff competition from foreign talent willing to accept lower pay.
There are pros and cons in every job, and no one escapes work-related stress.
At first, it was cigarette butts, used tissue papers, spit, then milk stains, then more weird red stains, and the list goes on - all splattered on my windscreen!
This problem started ever since 2 neighbours had rented out their flats to foreigners. After the Management Chairman had refused to do his job because of certain sensitivities, I went up to the suspects' units to nicely inform them of my problem. Well, they denied the issue equally nicely. saying what, "Oh, at such a height - (e.g. 11 floors), the wind would have blown whatever litter away." OR "No, no, no. "It must be the other neighbour who live higher up. HORRORS! My family do not do such a thing."
RIGHT! When the shit only started after you guys moved in??? Some people sure live in tons of denial (as with some students I have recently about their homework and lazy attitude). Anyway, how many of us here have kids in their flats??? Soiled diapers??? The same units!!!
To my very generous neighbourly neighbours - Please! Spare me your kampung mentality!
Saint2 : If the press publishes a strongly worded letter like this about the teaching profession, I bet MOE is brewing some big news in the pipelines...
April 10, 2008 Yes, Minister, and here's what teachers face I SALUTE new Education Minister Ng Eng Hen in wanting to make teaching the career of choice. But let me offer a caveat. The slew of attractive pay packages, bonuses and self-improvement schemes will not detract from the fact that there are underlying fissures within our very sound education system.
The pull or push factors contribute to a teacher attrition rate of around 700 each year. The teacher population of 29,000 does not translate into smaller class enrolments.
The marking load of teachers remains colossal. Individualised instruction, however useful and necessary, is not the norm.
Teacher ranking and the manner in which it is implemented sends seismic waves across schools in Singapore. One notable phenomenon is the fattening of one's professional portfolio. Teachers spend a disproportionate amount of time, energy and effort in padding up their portfolios. This includes attending self-improvement courses, going for sabbaticals, performing community service, launching personal initiatives and programmes to outrival their competition, and staying on in school long after dismissal time.
Appraisals, no matter how well structured, have to clear the hurdles of objectivity, impartiality and fairness. Teaching is a profession where productivity or effectiveness is difficult to quantify or qualify, even with the best-conceived scales and indicators.
The most critical yardstick that sieves the ordinary from the exceptional is the teachers' classroom performance.
I am talking about his relationship with the kids - his passion, commitment and staying power in order to make a definitive difference to the young ones. He could do this by being a good role model, and coming up with creative, exciting and fun teaching methods, and livening up the dreariness of repetitive drills with humour.
The hoi polloi of the teaching profession, who work quietly and diligently without fanfare and publicity, can easily miss out due recognition and rewards.
Here it is! The reveal to trivia#1 - What is common between Tiger Balm and St. Andrew's history?
Someone by the nick of "hahar" actually guessed it!
The founders of Tiger Balm, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, had donated generously towards the construction of the school hall of the former St. Andrew's Jr and Secondary school building - now occupied by the Anglican Diocese.
I have a picture taken of the very old plaque above the entrance to the hall to prove it!
Whoever "hahar" is, I must meet you to shake your hands and rattle your brains!