2014 has been quite an interesting year for me and I just want to pen down some beautiful things that happened in my life.
- In Myanmar for the 2nd year. I bid farewell to my colleagues in Mandalay and relocate to Yangon for a new posting. Having taught in Singapore for 16 years, teaching in Myanmar has given me one of the most interesting cross-cultural experience. It is a very international community with teachers and students from ten different nationalities. I would say cross-cultural communication has been one of my greatest learning area, not to forget the steep learning curve from a teacher to a principal.
- Zumba Fitness. I was introduced to Zumba Fitness in 2007. In 2013, I introduced it to my students in Mandalay and this year to my students in Yangon. We even organized a Zumba Fitness Championship in school and many volunteered to perform at the Education Fair in Sedona Hotel, Yangon. I love Zumba Fitness because it makes exercising so much more enjoyable and helps build my confidence. Zumba Rocks!
- Chicken Pox. Yes, I had chicken pox in my 40s and it was a depressing experience. Pox invaded my face, my scalp, my body without my permission and I was suffering from migraine for a week. I am so glad that I recovered without a scar on my face and I hope this is the one and only chicken pox invasion in my entire life!!!
- Facebook. Blog. I launched the school facebook, and am delighted to attained more than 15,000 LIKES within 8 months. That is indeed an impressive achievement!!! Besides managing the school facebook, I have my personal Community Facebook page, sharing good reading articles and quotes from various sources, both online and offline. I also started blogging more regularly and it is a good exercise to remind me to do things that count rather than counting the things I do.
- Traveled. I traveled with my friends to Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok. Since I am residing in Myanmar, I also took the golden opportunity to visit Bago, Bagan, Pyin Oo Lwin, Lashio, Pyay and Inle Lake, for work as well as for leisure. While traveling can be tiring, I always enjoy trying new food and roaming new streets, hoping to be pleasantly surprised with new experience.
- Run. I started a running club in school to promote health lifestyle, at the same time, to encourage students to sign up for the KBZ 5 km MUSIC RUN. We had more than 60 students, staff, parents and friends who signed up and ran together at the race. It was fun 🙂
I am grateful to God for taking me out of my comfort zone, to experience life in a new environment. It challenges my perspective and stretches my limit. If you are reading this, I want to encourage you to embrace the challenges ahead of you and overcome them. Remember. Live life. Love life 🙂