“Happy Teachers Day” to all my followers and blogger friends who are teachers. I'm sure the day must have been colourful with flowers, gifts and wonderful greetings from your students. For me, as much I want forget the schooling years, the memories have returned. Although I can still recall my teachers, none worth spoken about. Well, the truth hurts. Doesn't it?
Perhaps because I was such a timid not-so smart student and a nervous wreck. That's why its been hell with my teachers. In fact I was always picked at, scolded and shouted. Seemed like when they were in bad mood, I was the punching bag. Whenever I made mistakes with homework or fared badly at exams, they openly criticized me in front of the whole class. I kept silent and quietly cried. Mum didn't sympathise because those days teachers were always right. Mum never understood what I was going through. If I spoke about my teachers, she will automatically defend them.
My secondary years definitely better compared to primary years. I had some great friends and they kept me going. Many teachers came in my life yet all the same. Came to a point I didn't care any more. I completed my education, started working immediately, had a kid and after 10 years decided to further my education. Indeed a whole new experience. I adored my liberal lecturers, their dedication and the chic chat sessions during tea breaks. I also met friends as crazy as me. We had fun studying while sneaking out for happy hours and gulping down chilled beers in the name of stress.
Slowly but surely I became confident, independent and vocal. I not only grew as a person but in my career as well with a string of qualification. I wouldn't say that by stroke of luck I am now an educator. Something along the way prompted me. Definitely a joy teaching and learning from my students, laughing over silly jokes and being there for them. They too grew after graduating. Thanks to face book for I am able to keep in touch with them.
What a story ah? Well, those phrases of life unforgettable just like how every now and then, I am reminded to make a tom yam dish (tom yam goong and tom yam steamed fish) by my soul mate for the both of us. We are alike when it comes to the notable spicy, tangy and salty Thai flavours.
6-7 medium size prawns - de-vein without removing removing the head and skin.
5 fish balls
2 medium size squids - clean and cut into rings
1/4 Chinese cabbage - sliced
2 tomatoes - sliced
1 lemongrass - bruised
1 inch galangal/lengkuas - smashed
5-6 kaffir lime/limau purut leaves
1/2 tbsp lime juice (optional)
1 large red onion - sliced
3-4 red/bird eye chillies - smashed
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 sprigs coriander leaves - sliced
1/ tsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp oil
Salt for tasteMethod
In the heated oil, saute lemongrass, galangal and onion.
Add tomatoes and chillies.
Stir for a mushy paste.
Pour 1/2 liter of water (more if you like), add prawns and lime leaves.
When prawns are half cooked, add the rest of the ingredients except coriander leaves.
Simmer to heat through.
Sprinkle coriander leaves, off the heat and serve immediately.Like nava-k’s facebook page for other lifestyle reviews.