Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Darlin' it ain't that easy


I am officially a teacher now.

A working woman.

A freakin’ adult!

Yeah, I don’t feel like celebrating…yet.

I’ve been posted to a secondary school in the rural district of Pitas. The first thing that came to mind was FMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFMLFML

The recurring theme of my first week here was MOPING. Even though the school turns out to be nice, the PK1 extremely helpful, the Kerani is super efficient, the teachers are friendly BUT somehow, I don’t feel settled. I don’t know what to expect other than the worst. I miss my family, my friends, and my dog. Well, starting over is a pain in the ass. You know what I mean.

My second week started on a good note. I finally got my table in the Teachers Room. The teachers I’m staying with are awesome housemates; they didn’t mind that I couldn’t cook. I hang out with two other new teachers at school – Tim and Diah. I think we are going to be good friends for a long time :) Have I mentioned that clean water is like GOLD here? Even the school buys water for daily use. At one point, I’m gonna have to start buying water WHEN the huge well that they pumped water from runs out of uh, water (wow, that’s a lot of ‘water’ in one sentence) No, I haven’t seen the well and yes, we use water pumps here.

However, the one thing I can’t stand is the unstable internet connection. There is no 3G coverage in this area; even Broadband of any kind is snail-slow. The school wireless connection is my only hope of going online but even that only works well for a few hours before the usual “Server Not Found" crap. Oh, the fact that electricity goes out every few hours for at least ten minutes EVERY DAY is not helping.

So, I’m getting Streamyx in two weeks. With internet, anything else is bearable.

The irony of the situation is that I have waited and expected this (to be sent to an interior school) but apparently experiencing it is a whole different matter. Adjusting takes time right? Besides, I’m here for a reason. It is time to put the six years of higher education to use and produce my first batch of students.

That thought alone is enough to get me through every day. (memotivasikan diri..hehe)

So bring on the little monsters already.

p/s I’m pretty sure Taylor (my dog) is missing me right now.


Angel said...

'The irony of the situation is that I have waited and expected this (to be sent to an interior school) but apparently experiencing it is a whole different matter.' True. You'll never know until you're really in it. I've been in the same issue but different situation. It's frustrating when what you imagine and plan do not go along with what really happen.

Adjusting take time. I'm sure you'll be okay soon. This, shall pass :)

All the best Jess. Lepas sa tengok ni, bersemangat pula sa mo kac abis study ni. Don't forget to blog about the students! I'd like to know if 'rural area students are better than urban area students' is a fact, or a myth :)

Jia you!

Eric Constantine said...

I know it is not easy to let go something when we are owez in the comfort zone. reading ur blog, i could actually visualise ur unsettled moments, should i say, culture shock. pretty soon, u will be able to adjust urself knowing that u r such a talented and gifted teacher. btw, congrats for being real teacher now. clap2 dulu. lol, ur blog address foreshadows the current situation, being pretty is a must, go into the dirty moment wouldn't mess your life. all the best Jess. i know u will have lots of stories if i meet u somewhere2 ....

Amanda Christine Wong said...

You're gonna be just FINE babe! Naik tu percentage kehadiran with u around ;).

All the best jezzebelle.

Lindut said...

teacher,bagus2 ko sna lgi nie nervous x tau mana kna posting next year

Jessica Lyne said...

Angel: xie xie! ;) I think adjusting always takes a little time and a lot of grit. Things get better every day, thank god.

Will blog about the students as soon as i get my classes. I'm really curious about them too.

Eric: I guess 'culture shock' really applies to me. Who would have thought that it would! haha. Thanks for the support Eric, if we ever terjumpa one of these days, surely i'll hv a lot to tell...hihihi

Manda: Amen to that! hahaha. Thanks babe. All the best to you too!

Lindut: tengkiu cigu. Rileks dulu ko, enjoy berabis sblm kena posting.

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GeTzzz.... said...

Oh! Huney..I understand how u felt..i was in ur shoes before...The first tyme i came, there was a problem with the water pipeline. And we had now water. We only had some in the 'kolah'-as what they called it. Imagine me using a few drops of water to clean and mop the floor. It was a terrible experience. I kept moping, whining and complaining for having such life after completing 6 years for a scroll.

But as days goes by, i learned that i have a new family despite of my housemate who seems to give me a burden sometimes. I can assume that she's not human cuz she doesnt cook nor eat.heheeheh..

Well, now that she's my 'ketua bidang'. I serve her no lesser than i did before. hahahah..

But life here is getting better and i feel like home now:) Bottom line, life is just another playground, so play around and have fun... Btw, Congrats huney! U made it and WELCOME TO THE CLUB..

Jessica Lyne said...

Sis Felly: Thanks for sharing your experience! It feels good to know that others who have went down that road before made it eventually, because that means, I will manage too, at one point. I think patience will reward me soon, just like yours did :)

Cynta said...

hey there, jess! it's been awhile since my last visit to your blog :-P hope it's never too late for me to say WELCOME TO TEACHERHOOD!! I can't help but feel nostalgic reading your story, it reminds me of my experience being in a "foreign" place too. Enjoy yourself in Pitas, live day by day. You'll be okay :-)