Wednesday, May 27, 2009
As for drama, things seem to be moving along better. I don't know ... I am worried. And I think the people who are most worried are a few of us. The same few who made the most noise, as usual. We shall see how things go.
In the meantime, chins up ... and we are moving on!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
- Firstly we have some people who just cannot make up their minds.
- Then we have people who just can't be bothered to go the extra mile.
- Next we have people who behave like primadonas.
- We also have people who did not start feeling the heat (how urgent things are) until the last few days.
- And we also have people who just have NO clue on what is going on.
It is frustrating working this way. Somehow we (the people who are so directly involved) are saddled with the bulk of the worries and problems. Everything also ... you all do lah, can settle as soon as possible, oh I cannot come lah. It is super frustrating because we are in the frontline of the production and there is no letting up for us. With all the various problems that are already existing, we just don't want to see problems coming from the team itself - whether teachers or students. I might be putting my head on the chopping board for expressing this but, we HAVE TO GET GOING!!!!!!
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
The day started like any non-working Saturday ... going to the market to stock up food for the week. Then, we (mum and I) came home and I cooked pasta for the kids, while hubby took Jon and Jeremy out for a swim. Joel didn't get to go, so I opened up the inflatable pool for him and let him have some fun.
Came lunch time, hubby and I went out on our date to The Ship. Been a while since we have had time to just go out without the kids. Lunch was nice, and we got to just have a relaxing time just the two of us. For those of you kids .... YES, your parents need time to date too. After lunch we went for a walk at Tropicana City Mall, just for a look-see, and for grocery shopping (I know, boring, according to a friend). But it was a good opportunity for the two of us to be without the kids and anyone else, for that matter. Then we went home.
That evening, hubby was taking all of us out for dinner. I knew it was not just going to be US. When we got to Bella Italia, some of my church families were also there. We were all going to celebrate Mother's Day together. It was nice because we were in a cosy restaurant and we pretty much conquered the place. The husbands planned this together. They also got bouquets of roses for the children to give us, mums. And hubby got a card for the boys to sign and give to me. This has got to be the most elaborate Mother's Day celebration I have ever had. I was very touched and certainly, it was a nice and meaningful day for me. Meaningful because I celebrated it with my family, and also my mum was there as well. It was a treat for her though she didn't get a bouquet from me. She got a hamper instead, the day before!
Today, we went to church. The Sunday School children (including my 3 boys) sang a song for the mothers. I was very touched although I knew the song and I knew they were going to sing. Somehow, I was reminded why I am a mother. It is because of my sons. They made me a mother. And they made me realise that I'm capable of loving so much. Even the message today spoke to me ... about my role as a mother, a parent - how I need to mould and nurture my children so that they do not get lost on their journey of life. After the message, the speaker asked all the children to stand with their parents and since my boys were still in Sunday School, I went to my mum. I hugged her and we all prayed .... for all the parent-child relationships there are. And I cried buckets. Because I realised that I had unresolved issues with my mum. That will be another story.
After that we went for lunch and then we were supposed to go home. Instead, Jeremy and I ended up spending the afternoon in Pyramid. We walked around, had Baskin Robbins, bought things and then went home. It was nice. Something that I had not done in a while - going somewhere with Jeremy. He is my drama king, he is the manja one, the one who cries the most, and the one who shows me his affection the most.
So that's my Mother's Day weekend. The most important thing I have learned is that my children are precious to me, and I love them with all my heart. Happy Mother's Day to all mothers (biological mums, adoptive mums, god-mums, mums-in-law, anyone who plays the role of a mother to others). May all that you have given and sacrificed come back to you as a hundred fold blessing.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The exams - let's see, yes, I get the typical question of "What's coming out for exams?" And my typical answer is "Questions!" Everyone is supposed to focus on exams and everything else is supposed to give way to academic excellence. Nothing wrong with that. But that doesn't sound all correct either. Tell it to the people who have to prepare for numerous school activities that will take place SOON.
The drama - We FINALLY have a title. It's called "I have a dream". It will be staged at the Civic Centre on 27th June 2009 .... for the benefit of those who still ask "When is it, ah?" and "In the school hall, ah?" And we had a meeting today for those of us directly involved in the production. It was a fruitful meeting because we finally settled a lot of issues and answered a lot of questions as to the roles of each committee, and the kind of things we can expect to do. Some of us finally see the need to get moving with their work. We have less than 2 months to prepare, actually 7 weeks. And I think it was good that everyone finally SAW how massive the whole production is - how much money it was going to cost us, how much man/woman/girl power we are going to need, how much effort is going to be required of everyone concerned. A word of warning to those of you reading this : If you're involved in the drama, DON'T BE INVOLVED IN ANYTHING ELSE. Alternatively, if you cannot give your time to the drama, QUIT before it is too late. I am sorry I have to say it but you will not be able to give your best to many activities. And we don't want HALF-BAKED commitment. Having said that ... I welcome volunteers for stage crew in the production. Come and see me and let me know that you are interested and able.
Cheer 09 - This is going to happen on 4 and 5 JULY. In case you haven't noticed, that is the weekend right after the drama. So it will be a MAD MAD 2 WEEKENDS that I am going to have. The squad? Not ready. We are so jinxed this year with all the injuries and other circumsances. We have the co-capt injured, and another having hip problem. We have someone with a growth somewhere. We have some people who will NOT be around during Cheer 09 or the week leading to it. We have people who will be going away for a while. We have people who have been away from practice due to other commitments. So, yeah ... we are far from being ready. But on the bright side, we are now forced to look at the juniors and see potential in them. They may not shine this year, but they will, by next year. And supporters t-shirts will be here soon, another week, I'm told. So, get ready and buy the shirts!!! We need all the support we can get.
So you see, the pace is really picking up. I might look and behave strangely once in a while. It probably means I am too caught up in all the tasks at hand and feel overwhelmed. If I look upset, or extremely stressed, stay away!!! LOL. No, just give me a few words of encouragement and remind me that things will fall into place.
I think I have been sighing a lot the last 2 days. So I am not going to sigh again ... lest I get a whack on my head from my BOSS! I am going to smile, and I am going to laugh. And I am going to look on the bright side of things and be positive about all that come my way. And most importantly, I am going to learn to release to God the things I cannot control and stop trying to do everything myself.
Monday, May 4, 2009
The transformed stage
Saturday, May 2, 2009
DF was my "oldest" friend from when we were toddlers in Chenderoh. We used to live practically a few houses away from one another then. Later, we got separated. I went to Johore, and then to MN. Amazingly, then her father got transferred to MN and we met again and we were in the same school. Then after Form 5, we went our separate ways. And we did not meet up until now, in cyber space. Good to know she is married and has 2 beautiful children. My mum was surprised to know that we have reconnected.
AH was one of the friends whose house I used to frequent, especially during Hari Raya. I remember the few times I went there and had delicious rendang and lemang. I have not met her since Form 5.
GS was one of those gila gila guys in my class and we used to joke a lot. We were not in the same class in Forms 4 and 5. I don't think he was even in Science stream but ... he is now a nurse, a person in the medical field. Amazing! And he is now in Melbourne!!!
LJ and I used to be in the same class. We were such chatterboxes. We both had very strong personalities and we used to argue ... in a friendly manner. I last met her in Penang during a function and did not manage to get her number. Now we met again in cyber space.
Sigh ... wonderful indeed that we have managed to find one another. I hope to find some other friends, especially those I have not met since primary school!!!
Friday, May 1, 2009
We were mostly hungry when we got to Concorde and really tucked in. Nothing too fantastic to shout about but more than sufficient for us, ladies. It was nice just to not worry about the kids and hubbies. We all had a pleasant time chatting and eating and sharing our stories.
Today is actually a meaningful day in another manner. Today is my father's birthday, my LATE father's birthday. Though he is no longer alive, I have always remembered his birthday. And I never fail to say a little prayer for him. Our relationship was not the closest of father-daughter relationship, but I did love him, and he did love me, in our own ways. So, Pa, I just want to remember you today, and the times we had though it wasn't much. May your soul rest in peace.