We write first in blood and tears, then go over in ink.

‘Cher! Mobile Apocalypse

The essay topic was “An unforgettable outdoor experience” and the picture was a picnic. To get my 10YO students thinking:

Me: What would you pack for an outing like this?
StudentA: My phone.

In a different class, Me: What kind of games can you play at a picnic?
StudentB: Phone games.

In yet another class, Me: If it rains on your picnic, what’s your backup plan?
StudentC: Go home and play mobile games.

Me: (losing it) Nobody will write about phones! You will all pack your wickerwork baskets with a red and white picnic mat, fluted champagne glasses and baguettes. And you will play badminton and bring a beach ball, so help me God.

StudentD: Cher! I never go for picnic, so how to write?

In my teaching journal, you won’t find tips on how to be a great teacher, as I’m no guru. What you can discover are the woes of real-life children grappling with a modern evil — tuition. 

 

Book signing @SCGS

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Had a lovely time at Singapore Chinese Girls’ School on September 25 meeting and greeting about 136 Kimgeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eight years of contributing to Women’s Personal Work-life Effectiveness in Singapore! Read the rest of this entry »

Jade’s Public Book Launch

1I thank God for the favour from Asian Festival of Children’s Content, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and the illustrator of Jade’s Quest for Her Heritage, Heng Li Ching, for a successful public book launch on September 8, 2019.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy Teachers’ Day! So glad for all the affirmation from my students.

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AFCC 2019

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1st day- My workshop Pinned: 3Ps of Creative Writing. Photos courtesy of Irfan Foner.

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Visiting our art entry – Jade’s Quest for Her Heritage at Book Illustrators Gallery (BIG). Caught up with former writers’ group buddy Emily Lim. I’m cradling Emily Lim‘s Godwit, and she is holding Jade.

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Moderated for Lu Hui Yi, Emily Pan and Hanna Alkaf. Meanwhile, my AFCC Retreat 2017 mates Tina Sim, Leila Boukarim and Barbara Moxham were holding fort! Here is Moses Sia with his Tiny Tap presentation.

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Spotted! Lion Boy and Drummer Girl and Not in the Stars displayed in Central Library. Jade’s Quest was selling in the Festival Bookstore.

Storytelling@ACM

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Happy Mooncake Festival in advance! Yesterday, at Asian Civilisations Museum, I did an unprecedented act – I read out another author’s book! Read the rest of this entry »

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