Who am I?
I am currently a teacher at Sembawang Secondary School, Singapore. I teach Biology, Lower Secondary Science and Lower Secondary Mathematics. I have an affinity for building solid student-teacher rapport and I become positively giddy when I get to try new ICT tools. I can be found wildly gesticulating during lessons and dosing students with reality therapy on a daily basis.
What do I like to do?
As a kid, the most important part of your day was playtime. And as an adult, our interests and hobbies help keep us whole, healthy and balanced.
My earliest conscious hobby was reading. Enid Blyton was children's author of choice, but after reading my first novel - the Titanic - in Primary 3, I never looked back. Intricate plots and flawless narration cemented my love for Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, Anne Rice and Terry Pratchet. I love the complex, exciting world of Middle Earth as much as I love the beloved enchanted school of magic, Hogwarts. When I discovered literature in Secondary 1, my library card soon logged withdrawals of Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe. My love for the written word, surprisingly, has extended into the non-fiction genre as well. As a university student, I discovered that I could appreciate a good journal article and soon came to enjoy reading my Biology textbooks as well. It may seem to good to be true, but I truly find joy in well-written works with intriguing stories. And often times, stories of reality can be even more exciting and weird than anything our imaginations can come up with.
Conservation and Wildlife Trade
Conservation of the Earth and its biodiversity has recently become a driving passion of mine. I have been interested in Biology for most of my journey through the education system but it was not until Year 3 in the National University of Singapore did the spark really ignite within me. I suddenly found myself with an increased consciousness of the environment around me and I truly fell in love with Nature and all its wonders. My decision to launch an investigative study on the wildlife trade in Singapore only fuelled the fire, and the skills and knowledge I gained through my networking are priceless. I am continuing my passion even today, and am a committed volunteer at ACRES (Animal Concerns Research and Education Society).
NUS Ilsa Tari (A member of NUS Centre For the Arts)
President (January 2009 – April 2010)
Immediate Past President (May 2010 – April 2011)
As President of NUS Ilsa Tari, I managed a group of over 50 active student and Alumni dancers. I oversaw general administrative duties as well as production and stage managerial duties during performance shows. I spear-headed two full-length productions and one combined performance while in office. During my Presidency, NUS Ilsa Tari produced two shows under the banner of the NUS Arts Festival: State of Emergency (2009 – In collaboration with NUS Electronic Music Lab and Shaun Koh) and Fitrah – Nature of the Self (2010). The process from proposal to the final performance piece involved both production and creative efforts. I was also part of the working committee that staged Dance Reflections 2009: Body Language, a combined dance production by the six CFA dance groups. NUS Ilsa Tari put forth the opening dance piece entitled Terperangkap: Entrapment. As President, I also handled the group’s external engagements, including performances for the WTO Regional Trade Policy Course 2009 Opening Ceremony and Bishan East Family Day 2009.
Stage Manager (2010 Production)
Outofthe|Blue is a theatre interest group under the NUS Faculty of Science. In 2010, the group staged a full-length production of Patrick Marber’s Closer at the University Cultural Centre Theatre. As Stage Manager, I was in charge of the running and overall scheduling of the production. I was also heavily involved in set and costume design. I was in-charge of managing the 32 member troupe during pre-production and on show-day itself.