Since the number of covid 19 cases has risen, our school has gone to e-learning from home. Today was the first day, and we had a number of different lessons, varying from chaotic ZOOM conferences to remote contact through our student portal. The most interesting was my physical education, where I had to video myself doing an assigned workout. This was my first experience videoing myself doing a workout, and it was certainly very interesting and unique, but it won't be the last!
Here is the video:
Now that 2019 has passed and we're now in 2020, I have set myself 10 goals, wishes, and dreams I have for the new year and beyond. Since I have already listed my top 20 experiences in 2019, this is my next list showcasing all of my goals for 2020.
( Not in any particular order )
1. To make new friends as I start my first year in High school
2. To keep up my swim training in school, and to constantly better myself in competitions
3. To constantly better myself academically and socially as I adapt to my first year in High school
4. Be less of a burden to my parents, and to appreciate the actions they take for us better
5. To focus more on my piano playing, and to pass my Grade 3 exam in May
6. Continue constantly reading books every day, to improve my learning and for my enjoyment
7. To commit more time to my guitar lessons, and to practicing the instrument
8. Spend less time on YouTube when doing homework tasks, and to not get distracted or stray of the task while doing them
9. To spend less time on digital devices (in general)
10. To try my best in all subjects and aspects of high school
Wow! 2019 has gone by so quickly and now it's the start of a new decade! While the year has flown by so fast, I have many extremely memorable memories and experiences which happened this year. Now, as we say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020, here are the top 20 things that made my year in 2019!
( In no particular order )
20- Competed and medalled in an overseas swim competition in Darwin, Australia
19 - Organized a musical concert with my brother and all my friends to raise funds for charity
18 - Achieved my CASS (Community, Activity, Service and Sports) Gold award - The highest level of CASS in SJIIES
17 - Giving a speech in front of my house and winning the house election
16 - Winning a global online writing competition
15 - Coming in second place in the Grade 6 science fair for our bridge building project
14 - Arriving at school to participate in early morning swim training sessions
13 - Winning many medals at my in-school swim gala and other SG competitions
12 - Returning back to Kuala Lumpur to revisit my Kung Kung and Ma Ma
11 - Skiing in Hokkaido with my family
10 - Picking up the Guitar as my second instrument alongside the piano
9 - Visited Beijing for the first time and seeing the famous Great Wall of China
8 - Going to Barcelona and sitting on the Disney Cruise for the first time in a family adventure in Europe
7 - Visited Chengdu, China on a school expedition
6 - Visited Telunas, Indonesia, and helped to build a school for underprivileged children there
5 - Winning multiple medals in our inter-school badminton league
4 - Playing football with my friends during break time ( and scoring a winning goal against all odds! )
3 - Mr Murphy ( My teacher ) cringe-y but memorable puns
2 - Sharing the same book with my mum and discussing the characters and ideas
1 - Sunday morning brunches with my family
On the 15th of November, 2019, me and my brother held a musical concert with all our friends. We called it ' A Musical Promise'. If you have been following this website, you will know that we are supporting the non profit organization Pencils of Promise to help build schools in many underprivileged countries.
From very young performers, to my fellow classmates in Grade 6, the evening had a wide range of ages as well as instruments (from piano to violin to harp to a full classical band), but all the performers still used their courage to step up on the stage and to perform.
I'm glad to say that the evening was a success! All the performers were outstanding, and it really was amazing to see all the talent and quality music at display. A big thanks to all the performers and parents who donated to make this evening a success; We wouldn't have gone this far without you!
In early October, I entered an essay writing competition on the world kids travel guide website. The theme was 'the gift of languages', and I wrote about my experience and journey in learning the Chinese language. A month and a bit later, I received an email from the company. Guess what? I came first place and won the competition!
Link to the website: https://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/writing-competition-winners.html
Here is the essay I wrote:
Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey to help build schools in underprivileged places in Laos. I am incredibly happy to say that we have achieved our goal for my 10th birthday end of 2017 (So sorry for the much delayed post!!!), and even gone a bit further!
Thank you so much to everyone who donated to help me achieve this important landmark. The page to donate for my 10th birthday has since been taken off my website. If you would still wish to donate to Pencils of Promise, you can donate to my 'A musical promise' fundraising page on my website, to further help to support education in underprivileged countries. Thank you once again!
This year was one sporty year!
This year I was in P5, as well as making the badminton team, attended a golf competition overseas, and swam in many competitions as well as winning many medals!
In Badminton, I joined and attended our school's badminton team. I had lot's of fun training and playing for the team, and playing in matches for the school. This year, our badminton team actually won the silver for coming in second place in our badminton league. Badminton was definitely one of the highlights in sports for me this year.
Yet another sport that I participated in this year was golf. This term, I continued to attend my weekly golf lessons, as well as participating in a major international school golf competition in Batam. In this competition I played pretty well, and hit a lot of good shots. It has been a extremely memorable year of golf for me, and I hope that I will play more golf for many years to come.
Finally, the most memorable and important sport to me this year was swimming. This term/year I participated in many big competitions with my school swim team, and the highlight was probably going to Malaysia and swimming a swim competition there. In that competition, I was very successful, winning one gold, one silver, and three bronze medals. That was definitely one of my best swim competitions ever. I also participated in many other smaller meets too. It has been one of my best terms of swimming ever!
This year has definitely been one sporty year!
This was my first trip overseas by myself!
This was my first time going overseas by myself without my parents! This trip lasted for 7 days, and brought us to the historic Chinese city of Xian. During the trip we stayed in the Ramadan bell tower hotel, and went to various historic and interesting destinations around Xian. During the trip I had to organize, look after, and take care of myself as I did not have my parents to look after me. It was a real challenge!
On the first 2 days we went to a local school, where we saw what students did, and we tried out some pottery and calligraphy, and read Chinese poems. we also watched a traditional Chinese play, and went to sightsee at the ancient city wall. But the main highlight of the trip was seeing the famous terracotta warriors! This was the historic site that housed over 800 terracotta warriors as a means to protect the emperor in the afterlife. After that we saw the wild goose pagoda, another historic site before returning to the hotel after a long day out.
This was one of the best trips I have ever had and it is definitely one I won't forget!
This was my first big international swim competition!
It was very exciting for me to see some of the international schools in south east asia come together for such an event! It was a pretty big competition with lots of great swimmers and was very fun to take part in.
I took part in 7 different events which were 50m freestyle, breastroke, backstroke and butterfly as well as 100m freestyle, breastroke and backstroke. The competition was held over a course of 3 days, with the amount of swimmers and events being this high the event just simply couldn't be held over just one day.
The event was very exciting for me because it not being just my first international swim meet it also had a amazing amount of swimmers and schools taking part in this event, which made it a really interesting, fun and enjoyable place to be in.
This was deffinitley one of the best and most exciting swim meets and it is one that I'm sure I won't soon forget!