Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Not the only new kid in school anymore :)

Brian smiled the other day as he said, "For once, I won't be the only one who's new at school." What he means is that aside from his first day of school back in Primary 1, he has joined his other schools when others had already settled in. Everyone knew everyone else by the time he joined his schools in Frankfurt, London and Moscow. It couldn't have been easy but he was always unfazed, and quickly settled in. I truly thank God for that.

So today was the first time since Pri 1 that it will be First Day of School for everyone, not just him. And the bonus is that he knows the majority of his classmates and a number of his yearmates already, from his short Pri 6 stint.

We woke up at 530am and caught the 615am direct bus to his school. The journey took about an hour, gahhh, but the fare was only 44cents for him woohoo! I had to show him where to drop off, but after this morning, he should be able to go to and return from school on his own. Will let him sleep in an extra 15-20 min tomorrow.

He went straight to his class while I went to the school office to settle some paper work. When I stepped out of the office, morning assembly was underway. Bible verses were cited on the need for humility and anecdotes shared encouraging the students never to be too busy to help those in need (especially the newbies who might be lost today). The entire school was also led in prayer by the principal. Quite a change from the secular school environment that Brian has been in overseas, but one that I know he appreciates. Yes, he's like that, I don't know where he gets that from...

I headed back to the hotel quickly, on the bus again, and the journey this time took an hour and 15 minutes. I expect Brian's bus-ride back this evening will take even longer.

Right now, I'm utterly pooped from waking up at 530am today. How do secondary school kids do this for 6 years? At least I'm done for the day and I get to nap in a bit...zzzzz...

19 comments:

monlim said...

Brian is solid lah! Try bus only on the first day and after that, he's on his own. L-A had to go on a trial with her grandma and even with that, she's taking a school bus in the morning and Daddy decided to pick her up from school! We're so spoilt lah.

But I agree with you, this waking up at 5.30am is nonsense. Luckily it's the kids who have to tahan this, not us!

Lilian said...

You mean Kenneth will be driving her home every day or just this week? Anyway, L-A's route is much more complicated than Brian's, gotta change bus/MRT right? For Brian, as long as he's not blur enough to miss the bus number, it's just hop on and sit for an hour, can't miss the school stop. Coming back is also easy, big building landmark, can't miss. Well, that's what I hope lah.

I'll be super pissed if I had to start my day at 530am every day! hahaha. So you're right, better them than us!

LadyB said...

How nice...you only need to wake up at 5.30 am for just one day :P. I think I need to go thro' this for another 2 yrs at least . *sigh*

Lilian said...

Oh no LadyB, are you the designated morning chauffeur? 530 everyday for 2 years is no joke,that is true sacrifice to give up sleep! Women need their beauty sleep, just ask Queen of Zzzzz Monica how she's remained so youthful :)

Ladyb said...

wah...u r fast man!!! Nope I m not the ah-mak as we don't own a car. I am up early to prepare breakfast etc...he has to take sch bus to school.hahaha very deprived from zzzzz. Envy Monica!

Lilian said...

Ya, I'm in the hotel room surfing internet while waiting for Brian to arrive home. He's been on the bus for about 1 hour now, still not back.

Oic, so why do you think your early wake-up routine can end in 2 years? Will your boy make his own breakfast by then? At that hour, Brian can't really eat much, so I usually get him a sausage bun from Breadtalk and that'll be his breakfast, maybe with milk, more likely with water. I think I'll still have to wake up around 6am when he leaves, will accompany him to the bus stop, too early in the morning for him to be alone.

ladyb said...

oic. Peak period now...hopefully not much traffic jam along his way back.

It's very rush in the morning plus can't be late for the sch bus so the bf is still the simple one with a hard-boiled egg, a slice of bread with jam or butter sugar & a cup of milo. His school cantan always long queue one leh so got to make sure he has bf. Last two days he has no time to eat during recess cos he gotta buddy 2 pri one boys :P

Of course I am not sure this will end in 2 yrs, tt's why i wrote "at least" 2 yrs mah. hahaha hopefully he can prepaare his bf when he goes to sec. But sometimes *heart pain* when i see him still so sleepy & tire :P so bo bian lah.

Lilian said...

Aiyoh...I think recess is ridiculously short in Singapore. I remember when Brian was in P1, recess was only 20 min? Recess was with P5 kids, and imagine, altogether about 800 kids trying to buy food at the canteen. On his first day of school, by the time he got to the end of the queue for chicken rice, recess was already ending. From then on, it was packed sandwich.

Okay Brian just got off the bus, total time on the bus 1 hour and 35 min, poor thing!!! Dismissal was 520pm today, and he got back at 705pm :(

ladyb said...

yeah loh, recess time so short, shs with P1 & 2....worst still, sometimes have to run errand for teachers :P.

Gosh...tt's a long ride home!!! Better have a nice shower, good dinner, and tuck in early tonight...both of you :-)

monlim said...

Aiyah, you know Kenneth lah... so protective one, I say very hard-heartedly "let her take public transport lah!" he says he's free what, save her the trip. Some more LA's best friend's mum also wanna fetch so right now, they're taking turns to carpool. At this rate, she'll never get on a bus!

Yes, I am the zzzzz queen. My brain is literally unable to process anything before 9am. Told you mah, I'm up at night sounding the horn for my kids - that's the sum total of my dedication!

Lilian said...

He got back to the room at about 710pm. He changed out of uniform, we walked across to have dinner at Crystal Jade, tried to top up his ez-link at AXS and DBS Atm machine to no avail, finally found 7-11 which charged me 50cents for a $10 topup...grrr...and it's already 830pm. Still don't want to shower, lying on the bed reading a storybook I bought from Borders...sigh...

Lilian said...

LA really blessed to have doting daddy and now even alternative ride home by her best friend's mum. Helps a lot, at least she won't be too exhausted compared to taking public transportation.

Elan said...

I'm so envious. It's so hard for me to wake up in the mornings. I am a definite night bird, can't sleep till at least past midnight.
However, I have to be up at 6 am every day now as i am the designated driver for school EVERYDAY as my work is just round the corner. (albeit 1.5 hours later). I am also sending Chris's good friend who lives just down our road. His mum has to send the daughter to another school so she's doing most of the fetching home trips. You're talking about 2 boys who live 500m from their primary school gate and still got sent in cars :-).
I have plans to start eating breakfast in the car to save a few extra mins of zzzz...
After sending them, I have 1.5 hours to kill so I have joined a gym nearby. Hopefully all this "dedication" results in a slimmer me...at least get some rewards for the lost sleep.

Lilian said...

Hmmm...now I feel bad about making Brian and Sean take the public bus to school and back by themselves last year. And some days, when they miss one bus, they'll actually walk cos they're afraid of being late haha. From across Environment Building to the school, about 1km?

So I suppose Daniel has to go to school much earlier now? Since you still have to drive Chris all the way to Dover.

Going to the gym is always a good thing...I think if I had 1.5 hours to spare, I'd probably get into office early and start surfing!

Elan said...

Daniel still goes at the same time. Daddy walks him there (can't let him walk down C Lane alone, there are too many crazy incosiderate parent-drivers, we almost got knocked down once by a crazy mum near the school gate)which is very nice for them as they get to chat and zip past and gloat at all the cars stuck in the queue.
Daniel isn't the lazy one, he loves walking to school and back (himsef).
BTW, where's Sean,going to P2 or staying in hotel. I haven't heard you mention him in the blog at all?

Elan said...

Forgot to add:
Don't feel bad about letting them walk. You're teaching them independance which is invaluable. I wish I could too....too soft-hearted lah.

elan

Lilian said...

Haha...funny about Daniel and Daddy gleefulloy strutting past the silly cars!

Sean's not going to P2, er...last year, there was Brian to take Sean to school, this year, no more, so no need lah. He's getting bored though, by around 2pm, he's asking "When's korkor coming back?!!"

Anonymous said...

Since the 1st day of sch, I have been waking up at 5.15am every morning and I slept around 2am every nite......see my panda eyes "@^@"

Chris

Lilian said...

Oh dear, that's too little sleep! Did you take any mid-morning or mid-day nap? Anyway, hope you sleep in lots this weekend.