My first official class

Today, 16 September, which is also Malaysia Day, marks another major milestone in my life 🙌. I have finally taken the plunge to officially teach Math to students taking the Cambridge Math. My first batch of students consist of 2 Year 9 students (Aniqa & Ilias) and 1 Year 11 student (Aniq). I enjoyed teaching them very much. They were a bit shy though. Hopefully next class they will open up a bit and we can have a more interactive class 😊.

Waiting for the students to arrive

Waiting for the students to arrive


Happiness is…

Happy that everyone is happy.

My friends would normally post their well wishes on their spouse’s birthday or if it was their anniversary. They would post pictures with their husband/wife. They would exchange loving messages for the whole world to be the witness of their love for each other. Sometimes, I wish I could do the same. Just so that the whole world could be the witness of ours too. Unfortunately, my husband prefers to celebrate those special moments in the confines of our small family. Even my own family members sometimes forget when his birthday is because we never announced it. And usually we would only get our anniversary wishes from our 3 children (IF they remember). Huhu..

Oh well, since I can’t post my birthday wish to my husband on Facebook, I think he wouldn’t mind if I post it here since nobody really reads or follows my blog any way.

“Happy birthday, abang. May the Almighty continue to shower you with good health and happiness.  May He ease everything that you do and may you be blessed with success, always. Ameen!”

Photos: Birthday iftar =)

The sessions are just around the corner. I’ve finally settled the scheduling and the logistics arrangement. Phew!! I spent the last 3 weeks trying to put all these things together. I couldn’t get good night sleep and when I was awake, these were the things that bothered me. It’s really not easy preparing the schedules for the sessions because 1) Malaysia has limited experienced and qualified IGCSE teachers and 2) the experienced and qualified ones are already attached to institutions or fully occupied with their own students. It was really a nightmare preparing the schedule. Putting together things for this Mid Year Review seems to be more challenging than preparing for the Head Start and Final Lap Workshops! 
Anyway, I think Excel IGCSE Academy is moving forward and growing pretty fast. Sometimes it scares me. What if it becomes too big for us to handle? Would we fumble badly along the way? 😰

Finally! Managed to complete the 1st draft abt an hour ago. Purposely chose a pink binder to encourage me to have another look at it before submitting it to the ever-patient supervisors.

Sent our youngest back to her school this afternoon. Our second has returned to her school yesterday. The house is quiet and it feels empty again.  😦

Don’t Quit!

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit!

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out,
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!

When I was a student, I had this poem stuck on the wall by my study desk.  When I went into employment, I took this poem with me.  I hung it at my cubicle.  There were times when I felt like giving up but this poem kept reminding me not to quit.  Yesterday, I couriered this poem to my Cennarizmi children.  Since the ones on the Internet are not suitable to be printed (the words are blurry), I decided to do it from scratch.  I turned it into bookmarks.  I sent it for printing and lamination.  Then, couriered the bookmarks to the kids.  Alhamdulillah, the kids have received them today.  I truly hope they like the poem as much as I do.

dont quit bookmarks

note behind bookmarks

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