Wednesday, May 12, 2010


just arrived
We are chosen to participate in the opening ceremony of the Malaysian Schools Sports Council Track and Field Competition (national level) where Johor Bahru district is playing host. This should be good news for the Kadet Bomba boys as this is a chance of a lifetime to experience something grand. At the same time, it also shows that our team has been recognized at district level (at least) to make an appearance for this event.

spending our time wisely

We arrived at the stadium as early as 8:00 a.m. and did not know where to go and what to do, so we just sat and watched the surrounding. As there are many students who are involved in this event, I wished the organizer could be more organized in handling people so that everybody would know what was happening. At least, the teacher advisers should be given some sort of briefing of how things worked over there.

really spending our time wisely

The rehearsal started only at 10. To make matter worse, there was someone shouting in the microphone expressing his displeasure and dissatisfaction on almost everything - the brass bands, the marching, the choir, the dance performance etc. which was actually very irritating. Then the movement just stopped and everybody rushed to the tents which were crowded with people for a tea break. And we then had to wait until two for round 2. I told my students that there would be a lot of waiting and asked them to bring reading materials, school work or notes to read but I did not expect the waiting would be that long.

getting ready to march to the starting point

So after lunch, the rehearsal continued but it was clearer this time even though the shouting still went on and on. It was over at about 3:00 p.m. and I guess by that time, we just could wait to get back home and lie down under the ceiling fans.
before reaching the grand stand

the stadium swarmed by school children
the participants from far away

There is going to be one more day of rehearsal this Friday but it will be done at night. On one hand, it will be cooler (hopefully) but on the other hand, the students will be arriving home late at night, and some parents do not like this. But we must always look at the positive side of life, mustn't we?