Happy Teacher's Day To Me! I Got APC!

taken from troll.me
It's funny.
When I had a lot of work to do, very few wanted to help me. Now that I've got APC & $1000, SO MANY want to help me.
Nope. They still don't want to help me work. They actually want to help me do the hardest thing of all... BELANJA THEM!
Reminds me of the story of the Little Red Hen.

Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cermerlang might be a meaningless, overrated & turn-based award other laureates don't have to break a sweat over. But for me, it is the recognition of my trading in the best 4 years of my life for overexertion doing who-cares-what in the middle of nobody-knows-where.
I worked very hard & I earned every bit of it from the years of tears, blood & sweat.

Anyway, I'm only going to belanja those who've suffered with me along the way. The haters & lazers won't even get the crumbs.
Those who have supported me & suffered with me throughout the years: Clement Chieng, Florin Peter, ChaiYee, Brown Jantom, ZinnFei, Gomez Das, Royston Sihas, Tang Pilip, Orben John, Wesley Luke, Victor, Katheen, Dangkan, Marcus & Joe.

In retrospect, this award means nothing.
I am still a nobody. A slave. A worker. A white-collar salary earner.
Therefore, I dedicate this award to those of you in SMK Katibas who have wholeheartedly served the students with me.
We work for the students. Not for recognition.

To those of you out there who are still working hard without recognition, I salute you.
Knowing myself & my frustrations, I'd have gone crazy if someone who contributed lesser than me got the award before me.
As you can see, I still have much to learn about true humility, sacrifice & service.

Even though I got this award, I still don't feel satisfied.
Lollipop Logic ain't gonna work on me, no sir.
I'd trade this award any day to make conditions at my school better for the teachers who are actually doing work.
What frustrates teachers the most is not large amounts of work but meaningless work & unnecessary administrative obstacles in their way.

Happy Teacher's Day!!
Instead of another feel good slogan nobody understands, the theme for next year should be: hardworking teachers deserve better.
taken from themetapicture.com


  1. congrats bro...you really deserve it ;)

  2. happy teachers' day! cikgu, u really deserved it. i followed your blog since last year when i found your story on star. right? if i am not mistaken. Your school and students were very lucky to have as one of their family. I could sense it from your entries that you are really dedicated to your students. I know how hard to be a teacher, yea..my mother is an English teacher too. She had to face students with numerous attitude (it's sub-urb school in Kedah). She had said once to me that it's harder when to face students that do not want to study after all rather than weak students. Anyway, happy teachers' day again! i see you as my teacher too. ahaha since i did learnt a lot from your blog! adios!

    1. Thanks, Nur.
      I'm glad my blog is of use to you!
      Happy Teacher's Day to your mom!

  3. Congratulations and Happy teacher's day !! :D

  4. You deserve it hands down! So happy for you! :)

  5. congrats! your hard word paid off!

    1. Thanks, Felicia!
      I've seen my hard work pay off many times over & it's not in awards. It's in my student's awards & achievements! =)

  6. APC might be useless but it's better to have fallen in your hands after all that hard work than to someone else who doesn't deserve it. at least there's some justice there :) Congrats and Happy Teacher's Day!

    1. Yeah. That true. At least for once, it's doing what it's supposed to do.
      Thanks, Helen!

  7. Congrats. You certainly deserve it more than anybody else anywhere.

    The perks of working in a rural school - you get it so soon...and you will get it again and again, not so many staff members. In the town schools, one may have to wait forever...and with all the politics, the pigs and the cows grab all the awards, the donkey gets nothing... Real sad.

    1. Yup. I am thankful for strong individuals in the school supporting me. And they are not even in the top administration!
      It seems the people up top are office-politicians first & teachers second!

  8. Happy teachers day... albeit I am super late. Haha! The first time I read about you was in the star newspaper. About this guy who teaches in a rural area, sound familiar? :-p and my friends and i were amazed that someone would be willing to do that. one of a kind!

    1. Well, you'll read a lot more about me in The Star again on Sunday!
      p/s: there was a short article about me yesterday too!

  9. Happy teachers' day - keep on inspiring others!

  10. Anonymous30/5/12 10:28

    Lol did thestar just have an article about you? Haha keep up the good work man!



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