Wednesday, June 27

How I Spent My APC Bonus

I recently received the Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang award in Kapit. Read about it here & here.
For the award, I received two certificates of recognition: 1 from the PPD & 1 from KPM.
Along with the certificates, I was given a cash bonus of RM1000.

Knowing that I'd get a cash bonus, many colleagues at school (as well as teachers from other schools) started making requests for treats & stuff. Obviously, I did not accept their requests. I just politely laughed. In my head, I decided to be the only one to decide who would receive what on my own terms.
And that was what I did.

Over the years, I have been very observant. I observed teachers who couldn't be bothered with anything other than 'doing time' in class. I observed teachers, who were very good at talking, constantly get away with pushing their work onto less socially gifted teachers. I observed teachers who would do a little bit of work & then lament to heaven & earth that he was being worked like an ox. I observed teachers who took credit for the work of others. I observed teachers who were lazy but demanded rewards just because they served longer years.

On the other hand, I had the privilege of working with teachers who gave their best to their students during lessons by well-thought colourful handouts & creative activities. I listened to teachers who were full of ideas & imagination on just about anything. I learned from teachers who had pure influence & control over the students. I was mentored by a leader who had a vision & did all he could to communicate that vision & push it through the ranks. I was naturally attracted to this group.

I have also consoled good teachers who wanted to quit because of poor leadership. I witnessed hard-working teachers cry because they did not receive the support & recognition they deserved.
It is usually the talented & dedicated teachers who leave the profession out of heartbreak. The lazy ones are very comfortable & wouldn't mind sitting there until retirement.
What are we doing to keep the good ones in school? Who will be left when the good ones leave? Think about it.

Sometimes worth is not measured in diplomas, degrees, masters or PhDs. That's why I refuse to take part in the paper race (a teacher's version of rat race).
Sometimes worth is not measured by PR skills. That's why I refuse to brown-nose. I only give credit where it is due & never take undue credit for myself. I tell it the way I see it. So be it if you don't like me & stunt my promotion. It reflects more on you than it does on me.
Worth cannot be easily measured. That is why I dislike simplistic statements like you are a good teacher because you appeared in the newspaper. Do you even know what I do at school? Then, find out before you dish out superficial statements & empty praise.

I have my own measure of worth & with half of my bonus. I bought simple gifts to appreciate the teachers & staff in my school who have really contributed to the welfare & development of the students. Most times, at their own expense.

One hardworking teacher who was unjustly treated, sobbed uncontrollably when I gave her a gift & said some kind words to her.
I believe she will rise even higher & work even harder after this. Is this not the kind of teachers we want?
What are you doing for them?
This silent minority are rarely appreciated. Even though it is supposed to be the principals job to protect & support the good teachers, I choose to take action. I cannot stand by & watch a leader's neglect suck out the souls of diligent teachers. I must support them with what I can lest they lose their passion to serve.
I believe it is more blessed to give than to receive. Although I could use the extra cash, I am more than willing to give part of what I have received to encourage others.

How have you spent your APC bonus? Is there a better investment than blessing those who will pay dividends by giving even more to the students?

Saturday, June 23

The Philippines: Handle With Care

Disclaimer:
First of all, let me make it clear that I did not write this to hurt or make people look bad. I'm telling it the way I experienced it & it's the authentic feeling a visitor from Malaysia may experience in the Philippines.
I will highlight several serious issues that people have to consider before deciding to go to the Philippines.
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Ah... I headed to the Philippines expecting a unique cultural experience like I've had in many of its South East Asian neighbours. What I got instead has scarred me for life. If I can help it, I'm never returning to the Philippines again. Yes, that was how, bluntly put, 'rotten' my experience was. I guess I came expecting too much. Everybody only shows the good sides of their country. Reality really bites HARD.

Clark International Airport, Angeles City

All smiles with great expectations!
My misfortunes began at the airport (where AirAsia lands). Not just 1 incident but 3. Here's the story.
My companions & I were too honest at customs & immigration. We declared bringing in more than P10,000 (RM750) into the country. We had P30,000 each. Ladies & gentlemen, it is illegal to bring more than P10,000 into the Philippines.
We had no idea! In almost every other country, it's US$10,000, not P10,000. P10,000 (US$250) is peanuts!
I bet every 8 out of 10 visitors would bring more than P10k but never declare it. What a dumb law to have but a great law for opportunist customs officers.

When we gave our declaration cards to a customs officer, he looked at us.
Thought about it. Asked us where we were from. Malaysia.
Asked if this was our first time in the Philippines. Yes.
Then, he said, "come to my office." Alarm bells were ringing. I knew what was coming.

"Take out your money & put it on the table. I want to see." I did not & told my companions not to, but they did. I didn't want him to see my money. His eyes widened at the sight of so much cash.
"Count it for me." I did not, but my friends did. His eyes were so bright with interest!
  
He did a bunch of bullsheet talk about the law & etc. Even showed us a brochure about it. Must be a very popular law to have a brochure for it.
He said that if we wanted to bring more than P10k, we needed permission from the Central Bank of the Philippines so I asked him how we could ask for permission. I thought that perhaps we needed to fill in some forms like visa on arrival & have our cash scanned for authenticity.
He looked at me with a dumb look on his face. I guess nobody had ever asked this question before. He wouldn't know the answer anyway. Or perhaps he did not understand English well.

"You don't believe me? You don't believe the law?" he challenged. "Yes, I believe you. I believe there is such a law."
"What is your name?" I challenged back. I cant remember his name but let's just say his name was Arse. "So Arse, is this the number I call to ask questions?" I pointed at the number of the customs HQ behind the brochure. He got annoyed. "You want to call? You have phone? You can call."
"Yes, I have a phone." I took out my phone & started to dial.
He backed down a bit. "You can call, but if you call, they will take all your money."

Then, a fellow customs officer opened the door. He was probably wondering why we took so long. They did a little bit of a drama show & discussed the problem in Tagalog earnestly. In the end, he asked his friend how to resolve this. The friend simply said: pay a penalty, 10%.

He started to write a letter on a plain piece of A4 paper.
When he finished, it was an apology letter from the 3 of us about how sorry we were about bringing in so much money & how we promise not to do it again. He told us to sign it.
In the end, he asked for a P1000 penalty each. We paid & he let us go. My companions even said thank you to him. I just walked off.
If this was an authentic penalty, we would have received a receipt. The letter was a piece of bullsheet to make us think that it was authentic.

On our way out, there was an old guard at the door. He was smiling & he asked us where we were from. I answered Malaysia & quickly walked past him. Then, he held out an open palm & started asking my companions for Malaysian money!
He started shouting when my friends walked away too!

When we got out of the terminal, I headed to what looked like a taxi coupon counter. Be wary of the leeches that hang around the taxi coupon counter. If possible, get your hotel to arrange transport for you or approach the taxis directly. At the exit, turn right & see the taxis in white. P200-500 depending on your destination & negotiation skills.

There was a young guy there who intercepted us before we reached the counter. He asked us if we were Filipino, I said no. Big mistake.
He asked where we were going. I said Angeles. He said P500. "No thanks." I didn't believe him & guessed that he was a leech.

I pushed past him & talked to the counter. Strange. The lady looked afraid. She held out a P500 ticket & handed it to me without demanding payment. I took the ticket & walked back to my companions. Confused.
The young man snatched the ticket from my hands, said that he worked for the airport & we would have to deal with him anyway. I noticed he had a tag on. Unfortunately, I did not read it to find out who he was. A simple complaint would have lost him his job at the airport.

He led us to a waiting taxi & helped us load our bags into the car. After we got into the taxi, he put his foot to the front passenger seat where I was, put an arm over the door, held out an open palm & said "Malaysia money. Ten. Ten. Ten." He kept waving an empty palm next to my face.
I expected something like this. I gave him 2 & told him nicely to leave. I wouldn't give him anymore so after a while he went to the back to harass my friends. One of them gave him some money & he left.
What a great first impression, Philippines! Loving the 'attention'!

Devera Hotel, Angeles City

We spent our first night in Angeles City. The Devera hotel was awesome. Very helpful staff.
Currently it is still under construction so it is very cheap at P1100/night! Brand new & clean! Get it now!

Al Bacio, Angeles City

We decided to have dinner at an Italian restaurant near the hotel.
The waiter here was top notch! The best service we have received in the Philippines! However, the food was too salty for me. Here's a review I wrote on Trip Advisor.
All in all, this place is worth a try.

Fields Avenue, Angeles City
That night, we explored the red-light district. Went into the Go Go Bars to have a few beers & to see what it was like. Lots of girls in all sorts of shades, shapes & sizes at very affordable prices. Lots.
Talked to a mamasan. Very interesting conversation.
I didn't take any girls home though. Honestly, I have never paid directly for sex. Come to think of it. It's been 5 years since I've been with a woman. This ridiculous taboo is starving me of attention I crave. Actually, I'll talk about this more in another blog post. I had a very interesting revelation recently.
No pics because DSLRs & alcohol don't mix well. Sorry!

Heading from Angeles City to Manila, Dau Terminal

We went to the Dau Terminal to see if we could catch a taxi to Manila. However, we was not able to find any taxis in the terminal. We did, however, discover something better: the buses.
It cost only P150 each & 2 hours to get to Ortigas, Manila. Just tell the conductor where you want to go & hop onto the clean air-con bus. He will call out your destination when you have arrived.
From the bus stop, we took a metered taxi to our hotel.

On our return trip, we hired a taxi driver in Manila we thought was good to send us directly from our Manila hotel to Clark Airport. We paid P4000 but later on found out the actual price was P2500.
You can try him. His name is Sam 0921 637 4709.

The Linden Suites, Ortigas, Manila

We booked a 3 room apartment for 3 nights. Since this was our first stop in Manila, we were very surprised by the amount of security employed at the hotel. Shotgun armed guards outside, airport metal detectors at the entrance & stern-looking concierges. Just makes you wonder what kind of dangers there are out there in the city.
The apartment was awesome. Spacious & clean. However, I felt that this was too much for us because we ate out (so not use for the kitchen), left early in the morning & only came back late at night (no need for the space). We paid around RM550 a night.
After exploring the city, I found that tight security is very common. Even 7-elevens have an armed security guard at the door! Mall security will blockade entrances & check bags. I guess it keeps the poor out.

Rizal Park (Luneta), Manila

This place has a heavy security presence as well. Uniformed guards constantly patrolling.
This was the site of the execution of their national hero, Dr Jose Rizal. His coffin is placed here under the large monument they built for him.
This place is worth a visit to wander around, see the execution spot, watch locals lounging in the park &, see the massive Department of Tourism building & Central Post Office. Lots of photo opportunities.

Intramuros, Manila

A visit to Manila would not be complete without exploring the historic city of Intramuros & joining the 'Walk This Way' Tour.

'Walk This Way' Tour
I recommend taking a carriage but they charge by hour & no two guides are equal. We paid P350/30min. Our tour took more than 1hr. Choose a driver who can speak English because not every Filipino can speak English. The older ones are better because they will be able to explain the historic locations better & speak better English.

Quiapo Church, Quiapo, Manila

Home of the Black Nazarene where many pilgrims in the country flock to for miracles. I am a Christian but I'm not into icons like these but as I watched person after person pray earnestly before the Black Nazarene, I felt compelled to do the same. I prayed & felt very blessed after that.

This is a Trike. Very cheap to ride!
Our main mode of transport in the poorer parts of town. Not all of them speak English!
Later on that day, I'd accidentally traverse into the inner bowels of Tondo where nobody spoke English! You'd think Filipinos spoke English but only the higher class or middle class do. That's 30-40% of the population. The lower 60% live in slums & they could not speak English!
At any time we could have been robbed or attacked by the rough looking people there. Thank God, we were able to get out untouched! I left that place scarred forever. The poverty in the Philippines was just unbelievable.

Divisoria Market, 999 Mall & 168 Mall, Tondo, Manila

After Quiapo Church, we wanted to do some shopping so we headed to Divisoria for bargains & got more than we bargained for. I was looking for Filipino goods but this place sold mostly China goods. You can see the China bosses sitting at the cashier while their Filipino employees manned the shops. Not a good place to get souvenirs.

After the 999 Mall, we exited at the other side of the mall. It was like we stepped into another world. The Binondo side was an old side of town which was run down but occupied. I stepped out on the Tondo side & saw plenty of large run down abandoned buildings, poor people without a place to stay just sitting on the side of the streets, naked children running around, dirty people who looked like they have not showered in a long time, people urinating/excreting at the side of the road like animals & so much more.

Binondo (Chinatown)
Watch your pockets. Seriously. I bent over to talk to a trike driver to get us out of that part of town & a dirty child appeared magically behind me. He was looking at my back-pockets. Fortunately, one was filled with useless paper & the other, a water bottle. He looked confused.

The trike took us deeper into the Tondo area & we saw even more poverty. People living in tight plywood makeshift capsules built adjacent to buildings at the side of the road, under bridges & some outright sleeping under the sky in open areas. Glad to get out safe.

Greenhills Mall & Tiendesitas, Quezon, Manila

This is THE place for souvenirs. Spend your money here. Go early so you can get first customer bargaining power & cut prices like a boss!
Then, watch as your money is used to 'bless' the rest of the merchandise in the store! hahaha~~~
If you've been to Greenhills Mall, you don't need to go to Tiendesitas. They've got the same stuff & the same owner. Just a different concept.

Corregidor Island Tour & Coconut Palace, Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Manila

During World War II, Corregidor was the site of several battles and its fall to the Japanese forces was instrumental in the subsequent capture of the Philippines and the retreat of the United States in the early stages of the war.
If you want to take the island tour, make sure you book online beforehand. We did not book & were too late to get the remaining tickets. We were too busy taking photos of the beautiful city scape along the water & examining the Coconut Palace.

Ayala Museum, Makati, Manila

You must visit this place for a quick dose of Filipino history. They've got a really impressive AV display on Filipino history. I learned so much about the Philippines after spending a few hours here! You'll learn much more here than anywhere else!

Cafe Adriatico, Malate, Manila

Now I'm going to talk about all the food places I've been to.
This restaurant has got good food but the worst service ever! Read my review on TA to understand why! Perhaps I looked like a common Filipino so they served us haughtily. A big difference from the awesome service we received in Angeles City! Perhaps white people get better treatment.

Chowking, Intramuros, Manila

The only good thing at Chowking: Halo-Halo!
A local franchise which is a favourite to many locals but one advice I have for you is AVOID LIKE A PLAGUE! The food there is Chinese-ish made into a fast food chain. Cheap, yes. Taste, bad. MSG heaven.
The halo-halo is good though: P50 only!

Wai Ying Restaurant, Binondo, Manila

There is a Chinatown almost everywhere in the world. I scourged the internet in search for a good Dimsum place in Manila & several recommended this place. However, upon tasting the dimsum, it's not the best. It was really cheap though. Good value. 

Congo Grille, Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon, Manila

Recommended by a Filipino friend for good Filipino cuisine.
I feel that Filipino cuisine has a long way to go to challenge the reign of Thai, Malay & Singaporean cuisine.

Icebergs, Quezon, Manila

Came here for awesome halo-halo.
Halo-halos are a surprise at every bite because you absolutely do not know what to expect next! Love it! Esp on a hot day!

Yellow Cab Pizza Co, Greenhills Mall, Quezon, Manila

Great pizza at great prices. American style pizzas. We bought a large one which we packed for breakfast the next day. haha~~

Rose, Fort Bonifacio, Manila

I am a fan of sushi so I wanted to taste the local sushi before I headed back, so on our last night, we splurged at Rose.
The sushi was okay. At those prices, I really expected a lot more. Edamane, Miso soup & homemade ice-creams were great. Awesome interior design with the floating sushi boats. Worth a try!

Exotic Food: Balut - Duck Embryo Egg

A visit to any country is never complete without trying its exotic food.
Here, they have the balut. It is a boiled duck egg with an embryo inside. During my trip, I had 2. It tasted exactly like a normal boiled egg so it's a war of will & disgust knowing that you're consuming a duck embryo.

Check out this video of my companion, Gomez, eating the embryo from a Balut.

Favourite Food: Sisig - Sizzling Diced Pork Parts

I have to say the best dish I had in the Philippines was the Sisig as a Pulutan (finger-food) together with San Miguel Lights beer.
Tell them to prepare it extra crispy. Yums! Good & cheap!

Conclusion
Wealthy Minority Of Manila
The Philippines is a very unique destination with an experience you will not find anywhere else in South East Asia. There is actually a lot of good in the Philippines sans the common people trying to take advantage of tourists. The government can do more to take care of the people. I do feel the desperation of their people. Many are without money or jobs to fend for themselves. So so many.
Poor Majority Of Manila
In Manila, you will see that 20% of the city is beautifully landscaped, squeaky clean, has wide roads, has many tall modern buildings with great architecture, beautiful people, luxury cars & luxury malls.
The other 80% is dirty, congested, has small poorly maintained roads, poverty, people sleeping in parks, slums, naked children, pickpockets, old & run down.
During my trip, 3 out of 5 taxi drivers took advantage of me & leeches were abound at tourist areas like airports & sights.

Security Guards were the only ones who do not run away when approached.
It is no surprise that Filipinos have a strong distrust for each other. I experienced this first hand. My companions & I look Filipino so whenever we approached people on the streets to ask for directions or to help us take pictures, people would ignore us, give us disgusting looks, hug their bags & speed up to get away from us. Even when I'm holding up a US$1500 DSLR!

As a society, there is a wide gap between the haves & the have-nots in the country that only looks to widen if their government continues to do what it is doing & disregard the welfare of the poor majority. Nothing good will come out of such manipulation. It sends a shiver down my spine to imagine the situation could get worse.

I wish the Philippines all the best but I will not be returning. Too many other countries I have yet to visit & too many that I have been to who have friendlier more content citizens.

Wednesday, June 20

Majlis Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang Kapit 2012

Pengarah Pelajaran Sarawak, Pegawai Pelajaran Kapit & Top Slave.
Today, I officially received my Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang award certificate. It was presented to me by the Pengarah Pelajaran Sarawak @ the head teacher of the state on behalf of the ministry for years of excellent service in the interiors.
I was very surprised the pengarah/director came all the way to Kapit in the flesh to present the awards. Previous Pengarahs never really bothered. They usually sent representatives. For this, I commend him & I appreciate the effort he took to come all the way. I hope that he will be able to steer our state to greater heights.

What is APC?
"penghargaan kerajaan kepada Anggota Perkhidmatan Awam yang telah memberi perkhidmatan yang cemerlang. Perkhidmatan cemerlang adalah perkhidmatan yang diberikan oleh seseorang APA yang mutu atau penghasilannya melebihi daripada keperluan tanggungjawab biasa bagi jawatannya."
- Garis Pandian Pemilihan Penerima APC

SMK Katibas Laureates with Principal
This award is dedicated to my awesome team in school who helped me do so much in such a short time.You deserve a part of this.
I'll get you guys a simple gift from my RM1k reward. You deserve my appreciation & more. Let's build on this & reach greater heights together. Thank you for accepting my leadership. I will try to lead you in the right direction as long as you will have me.
The leeches who did not help me but want a piece of my pie can kiss my ash. Even if I give you a piece of my pie, you wouldn't help me anyway so go & earn your own award.

I am not boasting when I say that I deserve this award. It vindicates the struggles & sacrifices I have made as well as the recognition & accreditation I've attained for the school.
This marks the dawn of a new era.
After much reflection & self-searching, I have decided on a new direction in my career & I will pursue it as far as I can go.
I will share my plans here in due time. Will give it time to settle & mature first.

Friday, June 15

My Best Friend's Wedding

On Friday, 25 May 2012, my best friend got married to a wonderful & beautiful woman. Nesa & Parvina: a match made in heaven!

Earlier on he told me that his wedding would be in August so I booked my flights for a vacation to the Philippines on the 26th of May. However, in March, after his engagement, he told me that it would be preponed to May instead.
There were 2 auspicious dates for the wedding ceremony. The one in August did not fall on a school holiday so it would be harder for friends & family outside of Penang to attend, so he changed it to the date in May which coincided with the first weekend of the school holidays.

I wouldn't miss this milestone in my best friend's life for a million Ringgit! I took 2 days off from work & spent more than RM500 on flights to get to Penang for the wedding ceremony while making sure that I would make it to KK in time to catch my flight to Clark on the next day. What can I say, he's my soulmate & it was worth it.

A decorated house: an invitation to rob it come the wedding
I arrived one day early in Penang & spent some time with Nesa & his brother, Sara. They were both excellent hosts & I sampled most of my favourite dishes in Penang. Nesa's family was already very familiar with me, including his niece & nephew, as we spent a lot of time together during the engagement. Therefore, I bunked over at his house & had first hand experience of an Indian wedding. Let me share that experience with you.

When I got to Nesa's house, I noticed that it was decorated with a lot of greenery: banana tree trunks & small decorative shapes made from banana leaves. Nesa said that it was a custom but it was like an invitation to rob the house because people knew that there would be gold around during Indian weddings.
Also, the groom could not leave his house 3 days before the wedding while the bride could not leave hers 7 days before the wedding.
During that time, they have to be on a strict vegetarian diet.

blessed by family & friends
For 3 evenings before the wedding, the groom's house hosted various family & friends for a ceremony where they blessed the groom. The married women would take turns to bless the groom with various symbolic items. When they were done, the groom would give them a small gift pack of fruits & herbs. I'm not sure if the men did it too because there were no men around when I was there.
It was a light-hearted occasion with many laughs & excited conversation. After the ceremony, we had a pot luck of home-made vegetarian goodies from the kitchens of the guests. It was good. I had 2 servings!

Grandiose wedding ceremony
(click picture to see larger picture)
The wedding ceremony was held at a large air-conditioned hall. The decorations were really grandiose and there was food catered from Sri Ananda Bahwan! I sampled both the vegetarian & the non-vegetarian food. It was heavenly! It certainly lived up to its reputation!
There were many guests that night. Most of them came, dropped off their gifts, ate the awesome food & left. I stayed with the family until the end.

First, the groom & his entourage entered the hall. I was the only yellow skin to be part of the entourage. Got some awkward stares there. The best man followed the groom up the stage while the rest of us sat at the front row. The priest then began his ritual for the groom which took 1.5 hours.
The groom was dressed in his engagement attire. After the ritual, the groom went backstage to change into his wedding attire. It was now the brides turn to receive a ritual from the priest for 1 hour. Then, she too went to change from her engagement sari to her wedding sari.
Finally, they had a ritual together which lasted for another hour. This was the time they did the familiar holding a string & walking around a fire part that they usually show on TV.
When it was all over, they sat on stage & met the guests (LOTS of them) before they had their dinner.

The final wedding ritual with the bride & groom together
No, it's not over yet! After the wedding ceremony at the hall, they went to the bridal studio for a photoshoot.
Then, the bride & groom went back to the groom's house where the groom served her wife a banana & the two families socialised for a while.
The groom then packed his things for the night because he had to spend the first night at the bride's house. However, they were not allowed to consummate their marriage on the first night. Bummer!

It was a new experience for me & I was glad I did not miss my best friend's wedding.
I wish him all the best & hope to be there for the birth of his first child!
Congratulations, Nesa & Parvina! May you be together forever!

p/s: The bride told me that I could have her husband any time I wanted. Talk about a cool wife! Salut!

Saturday, June 2

Featured in The Star - 3 June 2012

*click picture to read article*
The final article is out in the Education pullout (pg 3) of the Sunday Star. You can also read the online version here.

I was hoping to read more about what I have done in the school to back up the 'Creative Teaching' article published last Wednesday. However, today's article did not detail much about what I did in my school for English. I guess there is only so much you can write within the constraints of a word limit.
Well, that's what my blog is for, eh? Check out my archives if you're interested in what I have done in my school.

I am nobody special. I am just a normal teacher doing my job the best I can with what I am given. My philosophy is everything happens for a reason & when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Simple common sense.

My hope is that the articles about me will motivate all the teachers struggling within the system & inspire them to continue the battle.
Teachers who work hard usually get the short end of the stick. Because they can work, they get even more work heaped upon them &, when their hard work is appreciated, they are scorned by envious teachers who want a piece of the cake but none of the work.
That is why year after year I hear of talented teachers like myself who leave the system. They are truly talented so they do end up in greener pastures with private organisations or foreign countries.

I myself would most probably have left for Singapore at the end of this year if not for a strong calling from my God to stay.
I will stay in my country & I will make a difference for my people. I am ethnically Chinese but my people are the Malaysian people; be them Iban, Indian, Malay or whatever. If you're in my class, you are my people. I will give you my best.

After Wednesday's article, many people would praise me or say good things about me even though they know NOTHING about me or what I have done in my school!
These same people would probably condemn me & call for my head when a negative article comes out about me!
There have been too many cases where the media misrepresents teachers & every time, EVERY TIME, the public would lash out against these imperfect humans who were probably trying to do their job the best way they could.
I say this because it is true. Think about it.

Teachers need support. Not only on Teacher's Day. But every single day.
You want the best from your teacher, you have to give. Those who give, receive. It's logic. It's Karma. It's the way the world works.
I have no respect for parents who think that they can push teachers around. If THAT is what you sow, THAT is what you will reap one way or another.
The best thing you can give a teacher is NOT money. It's faith.
Tell them you believe in them & maybe, with enough parents doing that, they will start believing in themselves too.

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