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Name: modgurl
Location: Singapore

New mom. New woman. Born in Singapore. Raised in the World Wide Web.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 8:31 am

Dear Blogger,

Last week I started my training at the childcare centre. I was supposed to go to the learning centre for the course last week, but it was delayed to this week. So for a week, I was at the childcare centre as a blind woman.

Surprisingly, I was able to fit myself right in. Even though I don't know anything about lesson plans and nobody bothered to brief me about it, I do know children. I know that they learn through play. I also know that children do not like to be treated like children. They prefer to be treated like very young adults if I can say that.

There weren't that many children in the centre yet. So I found that it was easier to manage. I was assigned to assist the kindergarten children which was a lot of fun. The younger kids were fun too.

Many people ask me how I can work with children. Believe me when I say that working with children is more stress-free than working with adults. There are moments when children will misbehave and throw tantrums, but that's what children do! Even adults do it too! Adults are even more sinister.

So do I deal with those moments? Patience and a lot of acceptance. First of all, adults must accept that this is typical children behaviour. If you can't accept that, then you've already lost the battle. Secondly, be adaptable. Sometimes certain situations call for different roles. The child might need a play mate or a friend or a confidant or even a disciplinarian.

I am not a super nanny or a child educator specialist (not yet anyway), but I believe all these traits come from experience of being a mom. There was no school to teach women to be mothers or men to be fathers. I don't know if there should be a school for that. We all learn to care and nurture our children through trials and errors. We learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others. We adapt.

So how was school? I didn't really enjoy it that much. I really felt like I was in SMU all over again. For my blog readers, I think you know what I mean. I don't know what is it about Singapore schools that make me feel so stifled. Come on guys! Aren't we in school to learn? Don't just limit your learning to the textbooks. Go beyond that! Ask questions! Explore!


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Friday, April 01, 2011 @ 11:12 am

Dear Blogger,

General Election is coming soon. When? Nobody seems to know except those in the know. I've a feeling it'll be end of this month or next month. This will be the 3rd time I'll be voting. I take pride in my vote, unlike some in my generation and younger.

A recent tabloid survey said that 2 out of 5 young Singaporeans won't vote. A common reason is that their vote wouldn't change anything, especially the political landscape here. I just think these people are plain lazy. The only way for change to happen is to act and one way to make changes in the political landscape is to vote for your preferred representative whom you think shares your ideals.

Did these people think that by not doing anything, change will happen? Did they think if they just sit around in the corner and wait for someone else to do all the work for them, change will happen? This is a typical mentality of young Singaporeans these days!

Not only are they self-centred, they are lazy and expect things to go their way without putting any effort at all! Just look at that NS-man (or boy!) who made his maid carry his army backpack! He's the future of our country? The defender of our country?! God forbid!

There is another group of voters who votes for opposition for the sake of an opposition. Not promoting the ruling party or anything, but why are these people wasting their precious votes on someone that has yet to prove he has substance, not just an all-talk and no action man?

If my district fields opposition contenders worthy of my vote, then yes I will vote for that person. I want a representative who gets the work done. I don't want to vote for someone who talks air. Don't promise to lower taxes if you can't tell me how you're going to do it.

We have seen so many politicians in other countries who oppose the ruling party but fail to deliver when they were voted by the people. The people wanted change. They did get the change, but not how they expected it. Instead of more jobs and economic progress, what they got were more political scandals. You know who I'm referring to.

There have been some opposition politicians who have been walking the talk. Chiam See Tong, Low Thia Kiang and Sylvia Lim's admission to our government aren't flukes. They are worthy oppositions whose common goal is not to bring down the ruling party, but to work together for the betterment of the whole nation. This is what I want in a politician, regardless of party. People first, self second!


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