#htmlcaption1 "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Keeping With The Times...

with a new and improved look!

I know, there are a lot of elements that still require tweaking- editing HTML without any coding experience isn't the easiest of tasks and it requires a lot of patience. Without needing Google this was what I managed, which is what I'm actually really proud of considering the original design was VERY generic.

I ate bak kut teh recently just because I felt like it. Think I should cook it myself sometime.
I have made a mental list of the things that I would need to fix- like the drop down menu at the top, the slider images (somehow my images aren't compressed into that size!), my huge Google+ profile picture (which makes me a little uncomfortable to be honest), the thumbnail images and having dates on posts rather than time.

Not saying that I will be sticking to this theme, but I did think it looked modern and makes this blog look... refreshed and not something from 2009. Plus, I was getting really sick of the previous theme.

As for blog posts moving forward...  I have no idea what am I going to do. I have a few half-written drafts just lying on the Posts page. It seems like I just don't have anything to say anymore. Maybe I need to take a break.

In the meantime, why don't you catch this trailer of the Witches of East End series- it was just so riveting that I watched the entire season in a week (good thing it was only 10 episodes)!

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Thursday, 21 November 2013
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Seriously, where did the past month go? I feel like I'm living in this loop where I get up and do the same thing over and over again, and then suddenly realise that all this time has passed.

Maybe that's what happens to people who work for years before realising that they've completely lost their youth- they immerse themselves in their lives so deeply that they don't even realise the world and time passing by.

It's quite unbelievable, really. Just this time last year I was done with uni and had busied myself with writing a novel for NaNoWriMo. Sadly that project never saw completion, and to this day remains stored in my laptop, not having progressed one bit even though the story is still fresh in my mind.

Even though I had abandoned my project, I do think that these 30-day challenges do have redeeming qualities. For instance, through my failure I did gain a new perspective on the challenges that a writer faces.

I have thought of setting myself other 30 day challenges, and to document them somehow- in my phone, laptop, or this blog since it seems like such a repository of my thoughts (seriously, my future descendants, please don't judge me).

But since this post is about the passing of time, I will save this challenge idea for another time. Instead I thought it would be nice to highlight a few things that have caught my attention recently.

The NSA spying controversy in the US was scarier than I thought it would be.

I read an article about how some extremely healthy people maintain their fitness.

'5 Things Successful People Do Before 8am'. Interesting, and I suppose I already tick some boxes! But have you noticed more and more of these 'do these if you want to be successful' kind of posts?

Earning money while travelling abroad- now that's something I would like to do!

And... that's all for now folks. My bed is calling me. Till next time!
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Saturday, 26 October 2013
Where Is Home?

'Where is home?'

This question has come up several times now, and I'm finding it harder and harder to come up with an answer.

The concept of home is sometimes a very complicated question. We move out of our parents' house, we move interstate, or we migrate to another place- everyone faces this dilemma. It's just that some of us feel it more.

Home- then
For myself, it can be a very awkward question sometimes because my own definition of home varies. For instance, my home can be defined as the place I grew up. But it can also mean where I'm living now (but have not chose to 'settle down' in).

I do still consider the motherland as my home and where I'm from, but at the same time, I do feel as if I have a foot in each world, and for a person like me who likes certainty it can be frustrating. Sure, some people like living a nomadic life and being able to go around places and never having to call a place 'home'.

I'm different. I like certainty. I like knowing how things are defined, where I stand with other people, how I'll get to work the next day, when I'm going to the gym next, what am I having for dinner, and of course, where home is.

I think the main thing preventing me from solving this dilemma is the uncertainty. There are just too many factors that may dictate where my life will be headed in the next few years. To be perfectly honest  I do not know what will I be doing in a few years' time, and where. Perhaps then I will be able to definitively answer the question of where my home is.

Home- now?
Some people do think that I should just refer to where I am currently as 'home'- but I am very hesitant about this considering that I have not been away for even a decade yet. I'm in a sense more of a visitor than a person who has chosen to live here.

This is something that I am sure I will figure out in time, it's just a tad bit annoying when I get asked this question. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do at the moment besides bearing it.

What is your definition of / where is your home?
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Sunday, 20 October 2013
What Is Your Brand?

I read a very interesting article on Mashable this week on something that I had already touched on previously in this blog, but just am too lazy to locate.

For most teens, the purpose of social media is just that: an outlet to express various character traits, especially those that are less-than-obvious or even nonexistent. 

 I confess I don’t spout witty one-liners on a regular basis. But the nature of Twitter allows me to garner a number of retweets and favorites for short, clever commentary on my everyday life. The same applies to my favorite photo-sharing app, Instagram. I can get dozens of likes on a picture of the sunset I snapped with my iPhone, even though my real-life photography skills are decidedly amateur. 

Each social media provides a distinct niche for me to showcase different aspects of my personality, enhancing others' preconceived notions about me. Teenagers have been unjustly stuffed into boxes even before The Breakfast Club. But the enormous span of social media networks gives us a chance to shed the inaccurate labels. As a result, teens have become experts in online branding; instead of pushing a product, we’re selling ourselves. Everything we do online is subconsciously executed to affect others’ perceptions.

My neighbourhood at night
Indeed, I do think along the same lines as the person- I do believe that my social media presence are all extensions of my personality, and it all showcases a 'brand' of myself that I am putting out there. Some of them may be more similar to my real life persona, some rather different.

And I do think that these marketing strategies if you will do work- how often have you looked at something a person you know has posted and wondered in awe or surprise or something else? You immediately form of perception of that person and think that that is how they will be in reality. For people who see each other often this probably would not be the case, but it definitely would be for those who do not meet on a regular basis.

I myself am guilty of this, though self awareness allows me to think about it more carefully and I tell myself not to judge or have a perception of someone change.

Do you agree?
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Thursday, 3 October 2013
Social Media Is Not Free

I read a Tweet recently about the health ministry spending RM 320,000 on developing Facebook and Twitter accounts.
I can see why so many people are against this, seeing that Facebook and Twitter, along with other social networks, are free. But I think what all of these people are forgetting is that Facebook for personal uses and Facebook for business are two completely different things.

Coming from a PR background and now working in marketing, I think I can safely say that to establish a good business account, money is needed. While it is debatable whether it is worth that figure in the article, thinking that just because Facebook is free you do not need a budget for engaging with fans is foolish. Here's why.

Go on Facebook and look at brand pages. Take Coca-Cola for example. It has 73 million Likes. Honestly, I do think that there is this misconception that a lot of people believe that the belief that brands 'do social media right' equates to just posting status updates and interacting with fans. But no one puts any thought into who designs the cover photo. Or the profile picture. Or the picture updates and videos. Who pays them? Who buys the rights to the images they don't own? Who takes pictures for social media marketing? These people don't work for free, you know.

Because such a beautiful cover photo is free huh?
Then look at the advertising. Many brands do advertise on Facebook- and obviously these aren't free. How many of you have actually advertised on Facebook? Do you know the different types of ads available? No? Still think you can handle a business Facebook account?

And then finally there's this thing those of us in the PR circle say 'leave it to the pros'- because using Facebook to talk about your birthday party and about a new product needs to be executed differently and you'll actually be surprised at how many nutjobs out there who have made PR blunders on social media.

I do think that in order to really get results, money needs to be spent. It's just mindless people using this as a leverage to attack an unpopular government. I may be a minority on this issue but I do think that I have a valid argument here.

Lesson of the day: Don't jump on the bandwagon. Ever.
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Sunday, 22 September 2013
11 Reasons I'm Grateful About Being 22

Yes, my 22nd came and went very quickly earlier this month. While I sometimes still am in denial and tell people that I'm actually, I do realise that I am now an adult. And while I find it totally weird that I am now getting so old, here are 11 reasons why I'm glad that I am still 22. I'm sure this doesn't apply to everyone, but you may relate!

1. I can still say that I'm a 'young adult' rather than an 'adult'
I can't stress on how important this is- knowing that I've not fully transcended into adulthood. I'm still able to go about my life as someone who is barely out of teenage-hood (okay maybe a little more than barely).

2. I can live independently without my family and still be fine
I'm not at that stage in my life where I'm obsessed with finding my purpose in life and family becomes very important. Yes, they are still extremely important but it is also okay when I'm not with them. What a perfect balance- I enjoy their company when I see them, but am fine when I'm not with them.

Funnily enough, this is the only picture I took for my birthday
3. I don't get judged for things I do 
A lot of adults like to judge. How many times have you heard your parents talking about how someone's actions didn't reflect what society expected of them? Things like getting your ear pierced. Or having a good time at a party.

4. I can still get compliments like 'oh you're still young!' 
22 is when you start hanging out with older people. That's when you start your professional career (well that's the case for me anyway), so you are dealing with older people with more life experience. And here's the best part: Before you join the club you can still enjoy the 'you're still very young' compliments.

5. I don't need to have my whole life 'figured out'
I can still say I don't know what I want to do in the long-term, or where I see myself in 5 years. I have a vague plan of still remaining in the corporate world and moving up the ladder, but beyond that I don't really have much figured out. My current plan would probably last for a little over a year, and that's when I go back to the drawing board. But that's fine for me- we have to deal with changes in our lives all the time anyway.

6. I can still use inexperience as an excuse
Not knowing a lot of things can sometimes make you look bad in front of people. Think about the time you went fine dining and didn't know which knife or fork to use. Some mistakes can only be forgiven for so long, and I'm grateful that because I'm 22, I still have the luxury of being able to commit mistakes and having it attributed to inexperience.

7. I'm not as hormonal as 4 or 5 years ago (though some would disagree)
While I'm nowhere near being an adult with stable lives and whatnot, being 22 means that I am very close to that stage now. My career is starting to take off and I am starting to see what life is like for many, many years to come. But it also means that I am not as hormonal as I was during my teenage years 4 or 5 (maybe even 6-7) years ago. Or perhaps a more accurate statement would be my hormone levels have stabilised? I don't know, I'm not a doctor.

Birthday at work! 

8. I get to do adult things
By this, I mean things like making an appointment to see the doctor for something trivial. Or going out without having a curfew. I get to make my own decisions on what I want to do, which can be scary sometimes since I sometimes feel as if I would be lost without counsel. But I guess learning to listen to your instincts and act on them is also part of being an adult.

9. I don't have to feel bad about walking into a Cotton On store
You know those stores- the type that teenagers go in because the clothes are cheap. Adults shun them because of the quality, or maybe it's the low prices, or something else. But I do like stores like that because the products are still things that I would wear outside of work, and I'm glad that I'm not too old for them yet- I still fit in their demographic.

10. I can still bear discomfort 
One of the biggest things I don't like about ageing is that your tolerance of discomfort diminishes. When you were little not washing your hair for days would've been fine- see how long you last now. This is especially so when travelling- I've always had the belief that adults have less tolerance, i.e they need a proper bed, they need food at certain times of day, etc. I know that that day will probably come to me, but I'm hoping that it will only happen in my 30s or later, and I can enjoy my travels in my 20s.

Tried my hand at modelling... kind of
11. I can have financial independence without the burden
I cannot imagine how exciting this is. As I'm only at the beginning of a whole new phase of my life, I don't have much. It's like when you first move houses- you have the bare essentials and that's it. The same goes for financials. Right now, I have a job that pays me enough to cover rent, utilities and my expenses. It's quite a comfortable life for now, because everything is kind of clear cut- I have things that I need to pay for every month, and so on and so forth, but I don't have to worry about major things like a mortgage or a car loan. Heck, I don't know how those things work. But for now, it means that I won't have to obsess over having to pay all these debts.

I'm sure there are more benefits, but these are all I can think of now. Granted, different 22 year-olds would have different experiences, but I thought it would be nice to contribute still.
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Saturday, 7 September 2013
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I know I'm guilty of this- constantly using 'being busy' as an excuse for many things. But I recently read an article that really changed my perspective.

Here's an excerpt:

We're all just so "busy" these days. "Slammed" in fact. "Buried." Desperately "trying to keep our heads above water." So much of this is about out-doing each other. To say that "I'm busier than you are" means I'm more important, or that my time is more valuable, or that I am "winning" at some never-finished rat race to Inbox Zero. 

What you're trying to say with these responses is: I'm busier, more in-demand, more successful. Here's the thing: it's harming how we communicate, connect, and interact. Everyone is busy, in different sorts of ways. To assume that being "busy" (at this point it has totally lost its meaning) is cool, or brag-worthy, or tweetable, is ridiculous. 

By lobbing these brags, endlessly puffing our shoulders about how "up to my neck" we are, we're missing out on important connections with family and friends, as well as personal time.

That made me pause and reflect. Yes, I constantly say that I am busy whenever someone asks me how I've been doing. And it is true- I have been keeping myself occupied with various commitments and goals. But I guess the one big difference here is that by busy, I do include my social engagements.

The article ended on a cheerful note, calling for all of us to keep an eye on our negativity and steer conversations away from that, instead focusing on what is making us happy. It is rather stupid to think that being busy makes you better off. We constantly wave our busy-ness around as if it is something to be proud of, and use it as an excuse to get away with things. I have done it, and have it done to me- how many times have you tried to schedule a catch-up with a friend only to be rejected or have them cancel on you because 'something came up' or that they're 'really busy'? My guess is, quite a bit.

Upon reading that article, 3 things popped into my mind.

1) It's about life's purpose 
We all have different priorities in our lives as we age. As a child, you don't think twice about having food on the table. As a university student you think about the parties you want to enjoy. As a working adult, you fret over whether you would have enough money left over to save. But really, at the end of the day, 'being busy' gives us the satisfaction that we are doing something meaningful with our lives, real or perceived.

The current society we live in look down on those whose life has 'no purpose'- people who make enough to scrap by for the day and with no worries about tomorrow, taking each day as it comes. We degrade people who seem to laze around all day doing nothing. To a certain extent, I do think that these opinions are justified, but it comes because we are inherently obsessed with finding our 'purpose in life'. Some turn to spirituality, others turn to work or volunteering. By talking about how busy we are, it's actually saying how fulfilling our life is.

2) We really are busy, and you're not important enough
One of the most important things I've realised in the last few years is that if someone cares about you enough, they would be willing to carve time out to be with you no matter what. But sometimes, when a friend tells you they have to cancel on dinner because they're busy (or some other work-related excuse), it strikes me as being the same as saying 'you're not important enough'.

Think about it- if you were dating someone you really like, and you both are crazy over each other, it doesn't matter if both of you are lawyers or doctors working crazy schedules. You will find time for each other. But it is when someone doesn't matter as much, and you can't be bothered making the effort, that you find it appropriate to use busy-ness as an excuse. So really, you are not missing out on anything- you chose to miss out because you don't think that these people are worth spending time with. Harsh truth, but if you think about it, I'm sure you have done it to someone.

3) We need balance
Having said all that, we are living in a world where we are constantly connected and on-call. Work never ceases. How many articles have you read about the statistics of work outside of work, i.e. doing work at home or checking your emails during vacations? I have read it a lot.

Technology has made us all control freaks- we think that our companies cannot survive without us and they are constantly depending on us. It is partly true, but that definitely cannot be healthy. Technology has perhaps spoiled us; we all have our work emails on our phones now. But it is also important to have a balance- something not a lot of companies and people are aware of. I'm not sure about how it works in Malaysian companies (though I hear it is pretty scary), but I am very thankful that I don't work in an environment where I'm expected to work overtime constantly. This allows me to find time to go to the gym to get my fitness levels up, meet up with friends and enjoy some precious alone time.

Poster picture for 'balance'- an interesting development don't you think?
What do you think? Are you too busy in your life?
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Sunday, 1 September 2013
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Happy September! I'm hoping that by immersing myself in my blog a little more I'll be able to write a little more often.

I really do have a confession- I've been having a lot of writer's block. The thing is, nothing comes to my mind anymore when I try to think of something witty. Heck, even right now, when I'm typing this up, I do not have an idea for the title. So whatever it ends up as, you know that I haven't even thought about it when I came here.

But I have been thinking of getting a little more into blogging again, simply because of the nature of my work. You see, I started working in a digital marketing company, and so a lot of the things I do revolves around the cyber world and of course, blogging is a big part of it.

Which is why I've been thinking of taking this blog in another direction. But where to? What can I possibly write about constantly? That's a question that's been leaving me stumped for quite a while (and also partially explains why I haven't been updating much). I would like to write something other than just my own life; I'm not doing my writing skills any good that way. I bet that if I tried to write a review for a movie I saw recently it would pale in comparison to what I used to be able to come up with.

So be patient while I do a little soul-searching. In the meantime, here's a video about multiple dimensions and universes.

Have a great week ahead!
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Sunday, 25 August 2013

So I'm pretty sure you would have heard by now that I'm employed.

(Seriously, didn't know I could garner that much Likes with a single Facebook post)

I kept it extremely low profile, not many people knew, until the big announcement anyway. But it is something that I do enjoy and it also means that I get to escape my previous job at the restaurant.

Today I just wanted to share a video really. If you remember the movie 'The Proposal' from a couple years ago, you'll remember that the scene where Sandra Bullock dances to 'Get Low' got me cracked up. Here's a recap in case you need it.

Needless to say, that scene cracked me up so much. It was one of my favourite scenes from a comedic movie, ever. Until now.

Just watch the clip below, and watch We're The Millers if you haven't yet.

Have a great week!

P.S. I know this blog has been kinda deserted, hopefully I'll get some writing inspiration soon!
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Tuesday, 16 July 2013
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[No this post isn't about diamonds, it just so happen to be the song I'm currently listening to while typing this post out]

It's 11:30 at night and I am actually supposed to be getting ready for bed- have been sleeping rather late the past few days and so I thought I should have an early night in before a long day at work tomorrow. But since I have my laptop out, which happens less often now that I do not have to complete assignments or work, I decided that this blog has been neglected for far too long for me to ignore.

After all, writing is one of the things that I enjoy a lot. I used to say that I would like writing to remain a hobby, for me to pursue in my own leisure time, but I am increasingly being doubtful about whether or not this is actually feasible. Firstly, looking at my work schedule now, I really do not have much time for myself anymore. And secondly, this article I read over the weekend was a real eye-opener for me.

In the years BC (before children) I used to have a range of mind-broadening pursuits with which to regale people at weddings. There was book club, which I've had to leave because I got rumbled pretending I'd read Wolf Hall when I'd only skimmed the synopsis on Amazon. And skiing, which I love, but have curtailed because it's cheaper to do a kitchen renovation. Surfing I've abandoned because I'm too unfit to get up on the board. Thankfully, I still play hockey every Saturday but that's because I like hitting things so it's more anger management than a bona fide pursuit. 
"A hobby - what's that?" laughs a friend, a 29-year-old make-up artist who works from 5am til 6pm seven days a week running her own business. "I have a pot plant - does that count as gardening?" enquires another. "Ooo, I have a hobby," claims one mum. "It's such fun - I drive my son to rowing at 5am and sit in the car with the engine running and the heater on until 7am. If I close my eyes I can almost pretend it's meditation."

Hobbies pursued for enjoyment, relaxation or curiosity have been usurped by child ferrying and activities designed for self-improvement: fitness, cooking, home decoration, personal grooming. Men like my dad who whiled away hours sailing, and building model trains, now cycle. And talk about cycling. And have coffee after cycling. And shop for cycling pants. "No, it's not a hobby," laughs a mate, "call it a beer tax because it offsets the drinking."

I find that to be quite true, even though I do not have any children of my own. I already work 6-7 days a week, and add to that my fitness goals, which means time spent at the gym, and then factor in my time for social engagements and running errands and doing chores, and I'm stuck with no extra time at all.

If the author is talking about hobbies being lost because of more responsibilities such as parenting or to maintain a good appearance, then I could most certainly compare my life pre and post studying. As a teen, I definitely lived the good life- nothing to worry about. In uni, results were obviously a concern but beyond that, there was nothing much else as I was shielded in the bubble of being a student.

Now that I'm no longer in that world, I do find that I'm forced to adapt to a vastly different situation- I'm now a uni graduate at the beginning of my career. It is, arguably, the start of my adult life. It's not an easy ride, but I do find that there are days when I have to tell myself that I need to get used to this sometimes tough situation and suck it up. Which means that to ultimately, when I finally do get into bed, I normally feel so exhausted that I have no interest whatsoever in reading or writing.

This makes for an interesting conversation because when asked about what my hobbies are or what I do in my spare time I always say reading and writing. Yet, it is ironic that I barely find time to do any of them at all. I must say, even though I am exhausted and am struggling to write a nicely crafted post, I do still think that this whole experience is a lot better than remaining at uni.

I would write for a little longer but my eyelids are being absolutely heavy so you'll just have to wait till the next post (hopefully in a couple of days). Good night!
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Sunday, 9 June 2013
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I can't believe how busy I've been the past few weeks. It just seems like time has flew past so quickly without me even realising it.

Basically, I took on several assignments that kept me on my toes. It was a tad bit hectic at times, but I was definitely appreciative that I could actually give my brain the mental stimulation it needs. Sometimes, it feels like now that I've graduated and am not really in a job that I want, my brain doesn't get much 'exercising' either. There is hardly anything I do in my life that requires much brain activity, so when the opportunity came up for me to have to read, research and write, I jumped on it. And now I do feel good about it, knowing that at the end of the whole experience, I was thankful for it. It does not make me miss uni life, for I wouldn't want that constantly, but I could use some of these every once in awhile.

On another note, winter has arrived and I've immediately fallen prey to a terrible cold. I would have liked to say that I am fitter and healthier after all the physical exercising I'm getting at the gym as well, but I guess my fitness still isn't at a level that I can be proud of just yet. Maybe next year! But I do know that health-wise, I am heading in the right direction. Perhaps I can really cross off one item off my resolutions this year.
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Friday, 17 May 2013
The Most Memorable Teachers

While I was scanning my Facebook feed before I went to work this morning I was surprised to read so many posts on Teacher's Day. I had completely forgotten that the 16th of May used to be one where we celebrate the contributions of our teachers. But rather than just writing a simple thank you note I thought I'd share with you my list of my most memorable teachers! Here goes.

1. The Tough Lover
I'm sure a lot of you would have come across a teacher like this in your life at some point. You know, the one who laid down harsh laws and handed out tough love. I had someone like this , too- this teacher spewed so many often almost unreasonable rules that we had to follow that it made it hard to like her sometimes. It didn't help that a part of her tough love principle includes assessing our exam papers so strictly and picking on the tiniest of  mistakes that most students ended up failing most of the time under her. But I did come around to seeing her wisdom later on, and needless to say am thankful for it.

2. The Philosopher
I started off disliking the philosopher. A lot. Simply because of a clash of ideology. But as time went by I did adapt to it and found some of it entertaining. Take for example the argument that being a corrupt person might just save you a lot of trouble; you wouldn't have to work hard to enjoy the finest things in life.

3. The Professional
This teacher didn't have a huge impact on my growth as a person, simply because my most formative years were already behind me when we met, but she definitely was a huge influence on me when I was deciding on my career path. To put it simply, her experience and knowledge was so insightful that it allowed me to finally decide to take up a public relations degree.

4. The Sexist
I was originally very hesitant about including this teacher. After all, she was the one who had basically humiliated me in front of a crowd many times over menial thing and I had already decided that she's someone not worth my attention but I thought she was an interesting character to add in. You know how there's the 'girls are neat and trustworthy, boys are rascals' stereotype? Well, the sexist was always a champion of this principle. And nothing was more satisfying than scoring the highest mark in her subject. Consistently. Without the need to attend extra classes.

I seem to be taking a lot of selfies lately...

5. The Entrepreneurial Scientist
I will always admire this teacher for her book and street smarts- it's a combination not many people have. But she always seemed to juggle being an educator and businesswoman well. I used to try to estimate her income and was definitely impressed. Of course, it's hard work but it definitely pays off.

6. The Storyteller
Most people who know me well would know that I love stories. No matter what situation I'm in, stories always fascinate me. I will always remember this particular teacher for her unconventional methods of imparting knowledge- classes would always be alternated between sitting on our chairs by our desk and sitting on the floor while she sat on a chair and told us stories... or have discussions about things that kids talk about. Needless to say, I did very well academically that year. Through all these years I have always been thankful and proud of my achievements, and have always attributed it to The Storyteller. The biggest reward for me was that after many years, she still remembered which classroom she was in when she taught me!

7. The Historian
Similar to The Storyteller, this teacher had a particular penchant for telling stories, except that her stories were not always related to what she was supposed to be teaching. To some people, it was a waste of time, but I had always found it enlightening as I would gain more general knowledge and information about the world from her, and when they're stories it was particularly attention grabbing. 

8. The Comedian
The Comedian is probably one of the teachers that will remain in my memory for a long time. Not because she liked telling jokes, but rather she served as comedy for students. From her often lazy attitude, to her comedic behaviour, students always found her entertaining. I can think of more than one occasion where she was the subject of many jokes, and all of them are ridiculously hilarious. Great teacher she was not, but she did leave a lasting impression of sorts. 

9. The Mother
Alas, what list would be complete without this one? Not many people have the opportunity to be taught by their mothers. There was one particular year where my mother was actually, (gasp!) my teacher as well! I swear, there are very few situations as awkward for a kid as having to address your own mother as a teacher. I do remember avoiding such situations at all costs, though once when I was forced to, she did have some fun at my expense by forcing my hand. Well played, Mum! But after everything I was most thankful and impressed that through it all, she was still fair and did not treat me any differently. 

Mum and I :) 

Of course, these aren't the only teachers that I do still remember, but these are definitely the ones that would jump to mind very quickly. 

Do you have your own list of most memorable teachers? Who were they?
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