The Last January

I passed through the last January of teaching. Now that I’m down to four months and two weeks (according to my counter on, things will get interesting. I have three students left in my homeroom, and they all will be graduating in June. So none of us will be left – the thing now is to keep all of us from getting senioritis and keep us with business as usual. I just want to have some fun.

The weather here has calmed down a bit. Early last month we had some intense storms, and we had some water damage here, but we’ve just about finished with fixing the problems. I love doing the house repairs. It is nice have running water. The water tower that we put in last month is doing just what it is supposed to be doing, and I have no idea why I didn’t put this in years ago.


We’re at the point of getting serious about renting or selling the house here in Sekongkang. We had our first company in looking at the house for renting so we’ll see how that goes.  I’d like to sell the house, but Su prefers to rent it out. We’ll do whatever seems the best when the opportunity arises.

Last week we had a week of Qur’an reading here in Sekongkang. There was a huge parade here with students from as far north as Taliwang coming down here for the readings. Just like you would find in any small town in any country in the world, the whole village turned out to watch the students and teachers and dignitaries parade through the village on their way to the community field where the opening ceremonies were held. Life in a small village has its little pleasures.

Sam’s starting to prepare for the national exams that students take here at the end of 6th grade and 9th grade. I’m not a fan of these exams as students spend an inordinate amount of time preparing for the exams rather than carrying on the educational process. It also puts a lot of pressure on the students, as well as their families. Students in small remote villages like Sekongkang are at a disadvantage compared with students who live in large urban centers with more resources, but then if you look at education in the States, you’ll find a similar situation.

Well, time to get some work done around the house.


~ by drbrucepk on February 4, 2008.

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