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Sep012004

Maiden Voyage

1st Septenber 2004.
I finally did it. I finally took the bait and started my own blog. "Why don't you start your own blog?"  Ju questioned many, many times.
Why? I don't fancy dropping my trousers and let everybody see my underwear, as a manner of speaking. Do I want to bare my soul to the whole cyberspace? But then, who actually cares or even bothers?
So then why am I doing it? It's a learning process. This is just another something to learn, blogging. I totally believe that once we stop learning, we die.
20 years ago, I went to see a bank officer about my account balance. He typed something on the keyboard and then rotated the computer monitor screen for me to view. That was a total culture shock to me. All I saw were words and figures. I tried to look intelligent but failed miserably. But I have come a long way from that.
No, I am not computer savvy but I get by. I can retrieve my mail ( as long as the settings are set and saved ) , occasionally  surf and look for my GBA games walkthrough, make a few purchases at Amazon and pershaps engage in occasional chats. So blogging is the next step, I guess.
I am a 40-something ballet teacher residing in the city of Kuala Lumpur. I am married with 2 kids, 19 year old David and 14 year old Alison. Children can both be such a joy and such a worry. When they were little, I thought things will be easier when they get older. But somehow, older kids just pose 'older kids problems'. They will always be my children and I will probably always worry about them, no matter what their ages are. My own mother STILL worries about me and I am 40-something!
My hobbies include reading, movies, exercising my fingers on the GBA and more recently, in the past year, gardening. I never knew gardening could be so much fun. In the past, even cactus die on me but now, I am absolutely hooked on it. I cannot find space to add anymore plants in my tiny little garden. Someday soon, when my blogging skills improve, pictures of my garden will be added.
I have been teaching for the past 22 years and I still enjoy it.Most of my students do not become famous or even professional dancers or teachers. But the important thing to me would be to instil the love and enjoyment of the art of dancing to them. I also derive pleasure when I see  students working hard and improving; to see a child succeed in executing a movement after a few trys. The look of triumph on the face is such a joy.
Will I post something everyday? I think not. It would be difficult to find time to do that and look after my garden and catch up on my movies and reading and GBA. I will, of course, still have to teach and cook and clean and, oh dear, why aren't there more than 24 hours in a day?

Reader Comments (7)

Wah! It looks like blogging is the latest trend among friends. Now another blog to go to. I hope you don't call me a 'gog-block' for not blogging. My life not as interesting as you guys. My entries will most likely be "Just another day, nothing exciting, blah, blah...", and if they have an option I will just copy and paste, and then I will be voted the most boring blogger! he he!
So it looks like you also want the world to know who you are. Any photos ah? I don't mean your family, I mean your students. This should be interesting. Keep it coming!
September 1, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan
*speechless* my...first... blogging...convert... HALLELUJAH!!!

Well done, my dear.. a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I think it's a terrific idea to put up piccies of your plants and flowers; it should brighten up this place a bit :p

It's all coming together now... first she say "dowan to blog", now she say "dowan to blog everyday"... just wait and see... :)
September 1, 2004 | Unregistered Commenterjulian
Wow ... if I keep reading your updates I think we can give up meeting up the once (or twice) a year to catch up. *grinz* Or probably when we meet up, you can do all the listening since I already know what's happening in your life! Hehehehee ...

Put up photos - then we'd get something interesting and colourful to look at! :D
September 2, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
wha..go lady go lady! all these high-tech stuff is not me la..all these blogs are very interesting and fun to read. perhaps, i don't have any interesting stuff to post and any reason to start one. i'd enjoy reading and viewing ur blog and uncle ju's..post more stuff like ur plants, and photos wokeh, pets and etc.
September 3, 2004 | Unregistered Commenterpohlynn
mmmmmm, what would you deem interesting stuff? I believe my life is totally ordinary and most would not consider 'interesting'. I think that's the challenge, really, to try and turn something ordinary into 'interesting'. Perhaps blogging would not be it. Might not be mine either but like I said, it's a learning experience.
September 3, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
I'm discovering that keeping a blog is very similiar to, say, choregraphing a dance, to use your lingo.

You gotta want to DO IT FOR YOURSELF FIRST. As in dance, you've got to be able to please yourself before you can please others. BLOG FOR YOURSELF, not others... I presume that's why you started this blog?

If others come, great... if not, *shrugs shoulders* So what? As long as you're enjoying the experience. My 2-sen...
September 3, 2004 | Unregistered Commenterjulian
Olalala...I didn't know my sister is so high-tech now... remember those'glorious days' when we typed with the type-writer?
So, should I send you some flower seeds?
September 4, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterJasmine

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