My friends and I spent some
time at A&W for ice-cream after visiting our alma mater , the activity
we used to do during our weekend outings back then.
We talked on a lot of things
and of course, matters on our children are priorities.
A friend brought up a subject
which I agreed with her and so keen to improve on my parenting skill.
She told me making reference
to her very own off-springs : “Mario, I
find that they are very smart with their words. They perform well in school, their
vocabulary and their knowledge are way advanced than what I myself had when I
was their age… but I find that they are actually “empty”. Example, I asked them
to wash their own school shoes, given the brush, soap and they just had to ask
me : How to wash ?”
“How can they not able to figure
themselves of a simple task in washing a pair of shoes ?….”
For a mother to confess such
situation, I totally appreciate it. I know her kids, getting on stage for educational awards is like ‘kacang putih’ for
As we always want to see our
children as ‘smart’, statements like this would make us grounded and realized :
Yup, it could be true…….. and what should we do?
“Which part of our parenting
skill has gone wrong?...”
“Haven’t we given them enough
exposure to be a self-starter?..”
“Haven’t we created enough
critical thinking, problem solving situation to our kids..?”
"Haven't we venture enough to instill the importance of creativity in our kids..?"
It is indeed challenging,
more over with our education system of seeing nos of A’s is so much important
than nurturing diversity and EQ, I
am so afraid I would be trapped in the same scenario.
In bringing up Nada, it is
actually one of the things that I am afraid most…
That she grew up being an
individual that is lack of common sense.. lack of EQ. For some reason, these
two can’t be found in a typical school classrooms. I am still lost in search of
ways to overcome this lingering questions which has already nested
in me for sometime.
... at Taman Tasik Seremban.
Isn't that Mommy made apple box-pleat skirt yummy? One for sure, I know my example to her in handmades making has got into her habit in one way or another. She's now so keen with my sewing machine.
Every year on the first of May,
my alma mater would conduct a reunion for the former students we call it, the Old Girls Day. It is organized by Tunku
Kurshiah College Old Girls Association, abbrev. TKCOGA. Many would trail back to
Bukit Merbah for a get together no matter in what batch you were.
Ms Dew insisted to write her name..
I have never join any TKCOGA
events but decided to do so this year for few reasons.
After school in 1992, I did went back there twice. First was to collect SPM results and the necessary certificates,
second was after I got married and staying in Seremban. It was just a brief
drive through with only Harris on one Saturday morning.
The recent visit was indeed a
bittersweet come back. It would be the final year Tunku Kurshiah College to
reside Bukit Merbah before the commencement of 2013 education term in Nilai –
the new ground for TKC.
There’s so much memory I had
in TKC, it’s definitely a favourite playground after the best ‘playground’ I
had underneath my Pale Green Home. A lot had changed, but the same passion could still be felt.
We didn't have those exercise equipments back then.
Plastic plate now, no longer the metal tray for dines
My room in '92, now has grille for safety reason.
Quotes everywhere.. desk, notice board. Still being practiced. I only to realize that these two that attracted me to snap photo came from one same person after gotten home. She's sure doing well.
It was joyful to meet up old
girl friends that many of them I haven’t seen for more than 20 years. We’ve
long made a conclusion and agreed that TKC was the place that we found the best
of friendship. What can you expect of five solid years growing up together
during the tender years of our age, sharing tears and laughter…, Quarrel and
Hugs! We’ll have Good Friends! that most probably think alike.
There is something about TKC
that we kinda have the intuition when we meet a KURSHIAN though our path had
never crossed in the home ground.
Almost everyone had such
encounter of after talking to one, we could guess that she’s a TKCian, and
we’re right. Somehow….. I also don’t know how.
A gorgeous friend of mine.... her physics looks like she never left school. *I'm depressed*
With our Biology teacher whom just retired and was surprised with a full sponsored vacation to Turkey by TKCOGA.
As much as I savour the joy
with my friends, the best part to me was still being able to share the
happiness of going back to school with my very own favourite girl – Nada. Showing her what has been part of me, what has made me that actually never leave me.
Managed to mend her dress strap & button. It's red covered button replacing tiny flowers
Though, I couldn’t
say I manage to impart to her my appreciation of my years in TKC, I’m already
grateful that by end of our tour that day.. she told me : “Mommy, I like your
school. It is big and clean....”
Last year, she stood still on the stage during her first concert performance. This year however, she performed like a STAR! And I couldn't be less proud of my little senorita. I have a lot to say about the concert, but for now... let's enjoy the photos.
Before being ferried to school
Showing off tiny weeny bit of lipstick Mommy allowed on her.
Kind of festive..
Generous spread of pot luck food by parents
She's in Tulip class - performaing Frutti Senoritas
excuse the photos.. after all that zooming it becomes smocky!
Still enjoying herself to the Finale
A bouquet for Mommy, celebrating Mother's Day.
Ice-cream in return for all the excellant performers.