I was grumbling about the “apple green” theme that they set for the day—mostly because I don’t have anything apple-green. None of my kurung is in that colour, and I sure didn’t have time to go shopping for one in that colour. I can’t even BORROW one from anybody cos there are only a precious FEW people who are my size =.= (Jessie didn’t have any apple green ones. I asked.)

Anyway, it actually turned out kinda fun watching all the other teachers coming in in different shades of green, different styles. It was quite funny and cool at the same time, to look out over a sea of green 😉

Some of the female teachers looked really reallyyyyy good! Pn. Shahril, especially. Her kurung was beautiful, and her scarf was absolutely lovely! I can’t help staring at her—she’s always so pretty and fashionably dressed. 😀 (She later won Best Dressed Female :P)

It was kinda cool to march into the hall amidst the kompang and bunga mangga, and to have flower petals tossed over your head by the prefects! Felt a little like a wedding, though @.@ haha~

Then, we sang Kami Guru Malaysia and the new Guru Inovatif Melonjakkan Transformasi Pendidikan Negara. (It’s kind of a mouthful, isn’t it? @.@) At first, I didn’t like the new song. Kami Guru Malaysia had more……”feel”, you know? But the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you 🙂 So, I kinda like it now! It’s got a very modern feel 😛

Then we also performed a medley of folk songs! Enjit enjit semut, Lenggang Kangkung and Burung Kakak Tua. Um, it was actually very embarrassing! Cos we did actions and stuff, and even “lenggang”! xD But when you see Pn. Kalsom, the GPK Koko and even Pn. Ju, our Principal, bending over and walking like a “nenek tua”—it makes you want to be sporting as well. If they can do it, why can’t I? 😛

We also sang this song, called Biar Ku Menjadi Lilin (Pelangi) that was really really touching. I like the lyrics a lot. And some teachers were in tears by the end of it too. I find it a really apt song for teachers to sing. It’s absolutely beautiful :’)

Biarku menjadi lilin

Memberikan cahaya

Terangi sekeliling dengan diri terbakar

Tak siapa yang sedar

Di saat kegelapan rela aku berkorban

Demi satu harapan

Aku tak kan bertanya

Apakah nanti balasannya?

Setiap pengorbanan setiap pemberian

Demi satu ikatan

Keikhlasan di hati

Walaupun sering kau ragui

Pada suatu masa dan suatu ketika

Akan ketara jua

The other performances were alright. The Form One boys performed a dikir barat which they’d only practised for only two days because of exams. But I thought they were really good! 😀 And to see one of my boys, Idzral, leading the group, I felt an inexplicable feeling of pride. I didn’t even train him or anything, but I felt pride in his doing so well 🙂 There were many other boys from both the classes I teach up there in the dikir barat and also for the nasyid. Mostly, they were song performances. There was even a band, but they sang a song I didn’t really know. :/ The sajak declamation was also really good! I had no idea Syafiqah was so good at it 🙂 She was passionate, and very clear in her diction 🙂

But I guess the best performances of the day was when Mr. Zuraidi went up on stage and rocked it out! xD He’d picked a Malay rock song and was practically rocking it out onstage, much to the delight of the students! I tell you, they were waving their arms in the air and rocking out along with him! I was pretty shocked to see Mr. Zuraidi actually loosen his tie and flip his collar up—he looked quite like a gangster!! @.@ haha~ But he certainly got the whole crowd in the hall going! 😉 It was all in good fun. It is Teacher’s Day, anyway. 😛

Then, would you believe it? We still had Explorace for the teachers. So there was quite some running around. I had to run in my long maxi skirt! @.@ Goodness. Still, we ended up being the last group to complete the entire route. Sigh. Oh well, it’s not about the winning. It’s about having fun 😀

I was just looking forward to the Teacher’s Day lunch that Pn. Ju had so kindly sponsored. There were plenty of desserts and side dishes that teachers had also contributed. The dining hall was beautifully decorated with green streamers and balloons and ribbons. It made me wonder how many students had been involved in all this work. And there were students who were there to greet us and give us Big Apple donuts! xD Then they were also serving us as we ate. I felt quite sorry for them. They must be really hungry and tired, but they had to wait until the teachers were done before they could have a bite themselves. :/

Anyway, ate to my fill, even took some pictures with some students. 🙂

Had a really fun day, and received so many presents that I had to use my big TESCO recyclable bag to carry them all! 😀

I was very touched by some of their gifts, gifts from students I never expected from too. Some were students that I didn’t even teach, but had entered their classes for relief a couple of times. How sweet of them! 😀 There were chocolates and scented candles, a pretty face towel, paper holders, a tupperware(!), pens etc. It was lovely to receive presents. 🙂 But I didn’t really mind if there weren’t any, either. There were students who actually came up to me, wished me a Happy Teacher’s Day, and then apologized for not getting me anything! @.@ I told them it was not necessary, and a sincere wish from them was more than enough 😀

But the best ending to a great day was driving home to Home Sweet Home Seremban, after having not come home for about a month.

It’s good to be home. 🙂

Now, to enjoy my two weeks of holidays! 😉



p.s: I have handed in the draft of my thesis, and I just finished marking my students’ essays. I guess I can really enjoy my holidays now!! 😛