Brothers in arms…

Well, to be exact, brothers and a sister in arms…for it turned out to be a gathering of English language teachers, one a lady, that night at the Ruby Restaurant here. I was having dinner with a few very young teachers who were doing the same overseas TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme that my daughter is pursuing right now in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Cheryl whom I had featured in an earlier post on choral speaking, was in the group…


A former student in Gundot’s school (and whatthefiq‘s, for that matter), she had been lucky as she was posted to one of the premier schools in Sibu. She went to Auckland, New Zealand for her overseas stint.

Also joining us for dinner that evening was Nicholas, an ex-student of mine who went to Brisbane, Australia after a couple of years in KL and is now attached to a school in Selangau (Oooo…Poomba!!! LOL!!!) and he seems to be quite happy there…


I used to scold him, “If you do not study hard and always fool around, you will end up becoming a teacher like me…and may you have lots of students exactly like you!” Good grief! My words have actually come true! Hahahahahaha!!!!

Then there was this acquaintance that I made through his blog and later on Facebook, Β ah^kam_koko’, who went to Wellington, New Zealand and that is where my daughter will be going next year…


Ah…at least I can get some first-hand information to at least get mentally-prepared before my girl goes over to the Land of the Kiwis. He is teaching in Katibas, Song which I would say, is in the middle of nowhere in the jungle but kudos to him for he is very positive about it! Not a word of complaint! We certainly need more dedicated teachers like that around…unlike the many we see in our midst! Humph!!!

We had a nice dinner, great food with the lamb in mayo-lime sauce and their celebrated butter scotch prawns…

Ruby's butter scotch prawns

…midin and ladies’ fingers, fried with sambal

Ruby's fried ladies fingers with sambal

I miss the one at the Ark – that is, during the time of the previous chef. I feel it was so much nicer there…but this one was not too bad either. And we also had the Thai sauce fish fillet…

Ruby's Thai sauce fish fillet

…and sea cucumber soup. All in all for the six dishes, rice and drinks for four persons, it came up to over RM70, but as always, the boss just rounded it up…and later on, we ordered Chinese tea and that was on the house as well.

The company was great too, and we sat and talked till closing time. The poor boss of the restaurant had to sit there, waiting for us to leave. And the conversation continued outside the restaurant till almost 11. Well, I think I would just put it down to the occupational hazard of teachers – once they start talking, they do not know when to stop! ROTFLMAO!!!

Well, I had a good time…and my guess is we’d probably be doing this at on a more regular basis from now on. At least, that’s what I hope!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

23 thoughts on “Brothers in arms…”

  1. good morning, STP, wait.. i put a hankerchief here first.. eugene is going to scold me for this…

    LOL!!! Ya, you’re FC today!…And why is eugene going to scold you? Haven’t seen him around for a while. People now sombong, I guess… LOL!!!

  2. wow.. must be a wonderful night for u.. having the same common interest and job… the places u mentioned, Selangau, Katibas… I never heard of , must look into the map, huh.. yeah, very noble of them, no complaints .. teaching is really a noble job..

    Ya…most young people would only want to teach in the big towns and cities and given a bit of work, they would grumble and complain and not bother to do it properly – those holding on to the job and waiting for the salary at the end of the month. Lots of them around, really sad!!! So when I see good ones with potential, I will always give them encouragement and try to help them out in any way I can.

    1. ohhh, ya ya ya, MPSAH, i know that place, how long your daughter will be there? how come so far from borneo come sp? but good also, banyak berjalan luas pemandangan

      How come so far? You ask the ministry lah!!! Got one in Kuching, one in KK…or at least if in KL or Johore, there are direct flights to and from Sibu – no need to transit here and there.

      Real troublesome…especially when coming home, she has to take at cab at 5 a.m. to Penang airport, transit KLIA…and sometimes even Kuching, before reaching Sibu. I dunno how some people’s brains work, if they have any!

      Very risky, the cab driver could take her anywhere in the dark, nobody on the road… Thank goodness…she’ll finish next month and next year, she’s flying off to NZ – twinning programme!

  3. This time I want to tapao butter scotch prawn back to Kuching when I go back end of the month. Hahahaha!!! Btw, Nicholas looks very familiar…now where have I seen that face before…

    You’d better have the prawns in shell or if you’re ordering prawn balls, make sure that they do not deep fry them. Otherwise, by the time, you eat it in Kuching, the batter coating would have turned all soggy – no nice anymore. That Nicholas – SHS Form 5 2001, same year as you or not? His elder brother’s Kenny now studying in Japan. Or maybe you’ve seen them in church…

  4. i think you’d better ask the owner to add a prefix to the restaurant’s name, like STP’s…. ; or better yet, have a cut-out of yourself like those at KFC at it entrance welcoming people; you certainly fit the profile, or rather your profile fits that the bill!

    Ya, why not? After all, I already have the kopi-o-peng named after me. But the “tuapui” bit may drive people away! LOL!!!

  5. The teachers are really good as no complaint on where they posted to. All is young and idealist which is really good. School need them. The dedicated teachers. Not easy to become a teacher nowadays as so much pressure from students and the headmaster.

    True, but unfortunately not many like that these days. Some come for a couple of months and then disappear – dunno what strings they pull, some get married and leave by the end of the year, many will not want to do this nor that – even though they have just been employed. And the worst is they are not bothered to do their work properly – a lot like that! I wonder how they can stand it – doing something so meaningless…or in fact, doing nothing at all day in, day out year after year….

  6. Wa, you must be prophet, words spoken by you can truly come to pass, scary lah… anyway, please say this to me,,,, ” eugene, you will kena 3 D + 1 D, Toto, and Magnum is Wednesday” hahahahah.

    Anyway, that was a joke, i believe you were like a mentor to those young budding teachers, they sure look up to you, and i believe you have again garnered another network of followers of : Stii Crazy after all these years”
    i jealous betul…

    a jealous man is dangerous man,hahahahaha

    LOL!!! I have what they call “mulut masin”… Will only come true when I say bad things. So you’d better be VERY nice to me because you’ll never know what I’m going to say. Ok…so to make sure I only say nice things about you, you can send me your ATM card…with the PIN number! πŸ˜€

  7. They are very young teachers lei. I don’t remember during my school time got so young teacher teaching me. πŸ˜›

    Young people these days have a good life, so they look younger…and in those days, the old ones hogged the places in the town schools until they retired – so you got all the old ones! Or maybe you were too young, so anybody slightly older than you would seem old…

  8. Looks like a great get together and good food too. Butterscotch prawn sounds interesting…..another experiment in my list, he he he!

    Go ahead! Some people, even a qualified chef, have tried…and failed! Hahahahahaha!!!!

  9. War…all TESOL students aye! :p You must like a guru to them. πŸ˜€

    Sea cucumber soup? Nice meh? I have never tried it o.

    Gee!!! Don’t tell me you don’t have sea cucumber soup in Malacca… So many things you’ve never tried! What about you? You’re an English teacher too? Which uni? TESL UPM?

  10. woittt…whre got i dowan meet u worr as unxpected n mystery person i dont meet as dowan my fugly face appear on9… πŸ˜‰

    omgg…i miss lady finger so yummy…*not forgotten i missed ladies fingers* πŸ˜›

    Hey! You have girlfriend in Kuching…and you’re going home this coming weekend. Happy liao lah! You can have all the fingers you want! Wuahahahahahaha!!!!

  11. Frankly speaking, being posted to a town school isn’t that grand. In town schools, you have to withstand huge amount of office politics which I personally hate.

    The job is fun, i mean teaching.. but when some blardy insane person wants ‘to go up’ to the expense of others… the fun turns to nighmares.

    There are times I wish I was in the rural school where you’d only worry about teaching and educating, because in town schools.. you have so many extra unrelated to teaching work which drains your energy and your morale.

    but then again, since I am already in Kuching, i wouldnt want to leave. I may complaint as I may, but i will still do my job ;P

    Not all rural schools or for that matter, town schools as well, are like that! You should hear the horror stories from my friend teaching in a primary school somewhere in the jungles of Dalat! Haven’t heard from him for some time…and I hope he still has his sanity!!! Well, it all depends on the principal and whether he’s a capable leader/administrator or not. I worked my fingers to the bone before I retired…but I did not mind one bit as I had the best, the most wonderful principal who would show his appreciation and support all the way. Their annual dinner at the end of this month…and I’m invited!

  12. I’m ogling at the food and same time at the men. wah very yummy…

    Hahahahaha!!! They certainly have good-looking teachers these days! Too bad they’re teachers – not in your league! πŸ˜€

  13. Hope these young teachers produce more useful next generations to this country! πŸ˜‰

    As far as these three are concerned, I’m sure they will…but even the fruits from the same tree – some are good, some not so! I’ve heard horror stories of some… Really sad! Tragic!!!

  14. Sometimes we didn’t realise the power of spoken words and the impact it has on another person. Perhaps, you really had spoken prophetic words “into” him! Hahaha …
    It is good to have dedicated teachers. The young mind will listen to the right or wrong of teachers. I can still remember what my Chinese teacher told me when I was in primary school…yet to some, she spoke so highly. Can’t help it lah, Chinese was my worse subject. She was encouraging me using reverse psychology.

    Ya…it works sometimes! But at least he is happy and he likes what he’s doing and that’s the most important. Many of my students end up becoming teachers…

  15. Yes, I agree that it does come down to the ‘big boss’. I’ve worked under numerous principals, and I know of those whom actually make life very pleasant for their colleagues, hence producing a conductive and happy work area.

    Anyway, for those in rural areas, they are doing a huge sacrifice, and for those whom actually take up teaching because they love to educate… it really means even more. Teaching is a job which has a huge sum of responsibility, and I hope that those whom are not interested in the job and only want the pay should prefer to stay away from it.

    I was in a “rural” school – the pioneers who started it, when Kanowit was a town with two rows of shops and no road connection to Sibu and we were squatting with a dilapidated Chinese primary school (as they had some land problems and could not start building the school)…and they still had pit latrine, no teachers’ quarters etc etc etc…but I was very happy. Had the best years of my teaching life there – one of the two best principals I had known in my career, wonderful colleagues. Eventually, I had to ask for a transfer back to Sibu because…I got married!

  16. Teaching in a rural school is not as easy as it seems.
    We are at a disadvantage location-wise & student intellect-wise.
    However, we are expected to perform like the schools you find in Putrajaya.

    It all boils down to who the principal is.
    Is he a responsible person who has clear expectations for the school?
    Or is he one who prefers to let time go by & live life easy.
    You will see a reflection of the principal in the school.

    There are many primary/secondary schools in the interior where the principals are not bothered.
    So, even though they have few students (as in around 20 or less in the whole school), they fail to produce students with good hygiene, manners or results.

    Fortunate for me, my school is under an excellent principal.
    Don’t think that teachers in rural schools need only focus on P&P.
    We have as much co-curricular, discipline & clerk-ish work to complete as any other teacher in the country.
    We have it worse because our students do not have the support that city children might have. Exp: parental pressure, tuition & internet.
    And yet we are expected to produce the same kind of students city schools produce.

    Every teacher has an equal never ending amount of work to do no matter where they are.
    It is their personal choice whether they want to do less, just enough or more.
    Whatever they choose, they will get the same pay & benefits.
    It all boils down to what kind of person you are on the inside.

    That’s what I tell my daughter all the time. The degree is just a piece of paper, the passport to get in. The kind of teacher you will become depends on you…and you alone.

    But of course, having a nice, supportive and understanding principal (and colleagues) certainly makes life easier wherever you may be…but I do think that rural principals should be more realistic in their goals and anyway, not getting a string of As does not mean they will be less successful in life!

    I’ve had many students who did not do well in school but are doing splendidly in life – with these kind of kids, education about life is more important than teaching them what is in the books. No use becoming a doctor, an engineer, an accountant, a lawyer, architect…all those prestigious professions but without any moral values, no integrity. Can actually write a book about all this!

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