Our best teachers – Adversity

Hi everyone, it’s been a really long time since I last wrote anything on the blog. I’ve had some health challenges the past few months and it’s been quite difficult at points but at last we’ve come to the end of term 3. I’ve written some time ago on how life sometimes throw us curve…

The final push

Dear JC2 students, This morning as I was walking across the quadrangle, I looked up and noticed the count down chart that said A level exams is 17 days away. I can’t believe how much time has gone by! Some of you, right now, may feel more prepared than others; some of you may have…

Overcoming tragedies – 3 years on

Today is the 3rd anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that happened on March 11th 2011. It’s something that’s very close to my heart because I spent some time in Japan and have many friends there. After the disaster in March 2011, I went to the disaster zone for 3 weeks to help as…

Heroes of Resilience

I recently went for the launch of a youth online portal by HPB and they screened this short clip on ‘heroes of resilience’. I really like the way they designed the video so I’m embedding it here for you. So do check it out when you have some time! Also, do check out the new…

Managing Change – My 1st day at YJC

I’ve been wanting to write a post on coping with change and transitions especially for our new JC1 students but somehow I’m only getting round to it now and orientation is well and over. 😦 So I’m hopeful that this could still be helpful to some of you.   I remember very well my first…

Techniques for Calming and Focusing

Exams are literally right round the corner. I know many of you out there are wringing your hands and cramming as much information as possible in these last few days and weeks and guilt-tripping yourself for going online and checking FB and thinking maybe if you’re reading the counsellor’s blog then it’s not SUCH a bad…

Motivating words from an ex-YJCian

Hey everyone, I received this ‘comment’ from an ex-YJCian in response to a post I wrote on motivation. I’m reposting it here for everyone cos it was impactful to me as I think about the difficulties students face, the obstacles in their way and the resilience and strength of character some of you display. Enough…

Bouncing back from adversity

During the recent June school holidays, I took off for 3 weeks to volunteer in a small seaside town called Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture in the north-east of Japan. Otsuchi was hit by a 20 metre tsunami in the March 11th earthquake and most of everything was washed off. As the vehicle trundled into the…