Prioritize priorities

I have never met a kid who likes going to school. Each day after school, my little boy will sit there dreamily and say, “Hmm… is fun! I want to go again tomorrow.” I hope this sort of excitement to go to school lasts and lasts and lasts.


He wakes up without a fuss. Get ready and change into uniform. He plays Pet Society on Facebook for a few minutes. Then, off we go. If only every kid in this world are allowed to stay home till six years old before they are sent to a K2 class……

But that’s wishful thinking because I sent my eldest and second son to kindie at two and half years old and four years old. We have to work back then.


That’s my #2 son back in 1996 when he was nearly four years old. I think he looks cuter than Matthew. Or maybe not. I remember this photo was taken in 1996 around August, a few days after my mother passed away. Poor kids, both #1 and #2 had to attend full day care after that. Well, not really poor because school is fun! Blah, not like we have any choices as we have to make money to pay for the house and car loans. It is a different story now.

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Now, hubby and I are so free after dropping the kids at school. Just like this morning, we do not know where to go. Which wet market or which breakfast place to go because suddenly, we are so free! Woohoo! That’s my breakfast. But I am not going to hang around the whole morning doing nothing. Next week, I am going back to Mt. Miriam for some volunteer work, Mon to Wed, 10 am to 12 noon. Otherwise, I will go crazy doing nothing. Hubby is different because he has cars, bikes, house to repair or errands to run. My online works only begins at night so daytime I shake legs.


I have just cancelled my interest to join Malaysiakini Citizen Journalism course starting this Saturday. I re-look at the course timing, to be held over the weekends from 10 am to 6 pm in Jan and Feb 2009 and I know I must not be so greedy. I want to join but church and family come first. I have also committed to be part of the faith sharers (catechism class) and our priest is going to give us intensive course to teach faith to children in the REAL world. (I only knew about this church course after I registered with malaysiakini) I do not want to miss this course in church because it helps me not only in teaching children but also my own kids and to explain Christianity to those who wants to find out about the faith. I have met a few elderly persons who often ask me who is Jesus Christ, why they hang Him like that and etc (the hospital has a crucifix on every patient’s room). Since they do not read, I have to explain to them like a child.

Moreover, Chinese New Year is coming and today, my two widowed sisters-in-law came and hinted about looking forward to my cooking. I am the food caterer and family bonding organiser every year. One of them is rather old and I will try to make every Chinese New Year one of the best. The other is widowed a few months ago. (remember the relative who died of cancer?)

So, must prioritize our priorities so that we do not burn ourselves from both ends and fizzle into charcoal. This is like an epiphany to me. Jesus is the kind of guy who knows how to prioritise. When someone asked Him if he can go back and bury his father before following Jesus, Jesus said, “Let the dead bury themselves.” It is all about priority, priority, priority.

Do you know yours?

11 thoughts on “Prioritize priorities

  1. Yep, yep! My priorities for 1430H and 2009:

    1. Show my gratitude to God by praying more and doing more good. Am thinking of volunteering for MERCY Malaysia in the not too distant future.

    2. Be happier and at peace with myself (so far so good!) 🙂

    3. Work from home. The future is still bright for my field. I think the saying that education is among the most resilient industries is true. Come rain or shine, education is here to stay. And no, I’m not teaching although I was trained to teach.

    4. Complete my Master of Science in 2 years (I’m doing it part-time).

    5. Attend a photography class after getting a Nikon DSLR. Then, I can start charging. 😉

    6. Brush up my very rustic French, and perhaps take up Spanish and conversational Thai after that. I hope I’m not being too ambitious!

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  2. Ya, preschool is really not too bad. I was so guilty when i sent my #1 to full day care when he was 2.5 years because i din have a choice. But when he starts to have so much fun at school and is learning so many new things, it is really not a bad idea.

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  3. Haih… after a week of running, preparing and ensuring my boys to Primary 1 and Kindy… I am exhausted. Glad to be back in office. Work seems to be much easier now. Kids are more sociable now, They like to go out and meet new friends, which I am glad.
    End of 2008, the 6 year old came home, telling us his 4 year old brother wants to marry a girl at their learning centre (shakes head).
    Yesterday the 6 year old pretend he doesn’t understand Mandarin at the childcare (shakes head)..
    We think they are having too much fun and it’s time for discipline

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  4. agnes – Hahahaha, want to get married? 😛 Boys are more fun, eh?

    shooi – Ya, school really does wonders.

    kadusmama – My boy is almost the biggest in class. For once, I am so relieved that it is not the smallest one. But then, he is born in the beginning of the year so he is naturally bigger.

    skyjuice – MERCY Malaysia is cool. I wish I have my own time and own life to do that too. But my time and my life is not my own. Go for it, I am sure it is a life changing experience.

  5. Still remember my kampong school. We had a pretty classmate named Afifah, a fair Malay girl whose father was a teacher. We all thought she was so smart, she could spell “pencil” and other words and could read the Oxford reader, “A man and a pan, A pan and a man”…. and so on while we were beaten and pinched by most of the teachers ‘cos we dunn. And all the boys said they wanted to marry Afifah.

  6. Yeah!! I remembered a saying that if you put God in front, everything falls into place. 🙂

    I think that’s how my Dad prioritizes things now. I’m still in the make-$$$-for-car-and-house-loan phase… 😥

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  7. A couple of years ago i did the prioritize priorities thingy and guess what happen??

    Yes, I put myself first…. ME,ME,ME!! Yahoo!I realized that if I don’t take care of myself, no one else would.

    So I made sure I have a good amount of exercise daily, drink enough water and get enough sleep. Don’t sweat the small stuff etc. etc….
    Hmmmmm…. I think I did pretty well… seems selfish? Nah… I am worth it!

    I now accept that I can’t change others and can only change myself. And if there’s something that I can’t or won’t change, then I will accept it. Seems easy?? but not so lah….. I am still working on some areas of my life. Work in progress …. and I am enjoying it!

  8. My 2yr+ little girl likes to go to school too. So, everytime nenek fetches her from school, she just refuse to enter the car. On her first day, after taking her evening bath she chose to wear a dress and not the usual pyjamas, hoping that someone will bring her back to the school.

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