Sunday, January 08, 2012

ordinary

that's what the "O" stands for in O-level exams.
my daughter doesn't feel it's all that ordinary. in fact, it's giving her the jitters as the day of reckoning arrives. 

those days, we all went to the school office & queued to get the result slips. no one else would know the details if we chose not to reveal.

in my daughter's school, they will assemble in the school hall. the top students (7As & above) will be called up by name & the number of As announced. then, they will go up on stage to collect their slips.

the other less successful students will just get their results individually & with much less fanfare.

no wonder, the girl has jitters!! but i guess she will just have to get used to the pressure-cooker pace, because that's the way it is & i don't envy her one bit.

on the day i got my results, a bunch of us walked from school through the botanical gardens towards town center to catch a bus home. on the way, we monkeyed around, ate ice-cream & joked. there wasn't much pressure. none of us did exceptionally well but we all did enough to get into 6th form & that mattered the most.

ah, life was ordinarily simple then.

22 comments:

stay-at-home mum said...

All the best for the results today!!

wenn said...

but I didn't get into sixth form as my BM was just a pass..so I did my stpm privately.

reanaclaire said...

Hey Doc.. All the BEST to her results!! Happy Celebration today! :)

HappySurfer said...

Congrats to your daughter, doc.

Gosh, you even have a picture! So which one of the fab four are you?

fibrate said...

OMG Doc which one of those dudes is you? :) All the best to your girl!

Medie007 said...

so how so how? how did she fare? :) *kepochi mode*

Adino said...

Nice photo! Love the bellbottoms.

pilocarpine said...

excellent photo.. very nostalgic..
i guess u're the first person in white shirt...

doc said...

SAHM,

thanks!

doc said...

Wenn,

i also got a pass in BM but mine was the last year before a credit was required to enter 6th form.

still, you did well to get around the system.

this emphasis in BM just made us no more than jaguhs kampung.

doc said...

Claire,

thanks! we can't celebrate with her yet as she's not home till Sat.

doc said...

H.Surfer,

thanks.

i'm the george harrison lookalike.

doc said...

Fibrate,

thanks.

i'm on the extreme left.

doc said...

Medie,

she passed!

:P

doc said...

Adino,

don't forget the long hair!

doc said...

Pilo,

very perceptive, you!

Tempus said...

Oh spm days. So trivial when we looked back now, sixth form seemed to be such a huge leap from 5th one.

doc said...

Tempus,

yes, i must remind the girl it's definitely a huge gap between 5th & 6th forms. i went thru a "culture shock" myself.

kelvin said...

Excellent photos.It is very nice to read your blog. The idea you present here is really interesting...

Cara said...

Congrats to your girl. I guess this is really the start of the rat race, eh?

Nice pic. I like the way you guys were so relaxed over the whole thing.

doc said...

hi Kelvin,

thanks.

doc said...

Cara,

thanks.

the rat race started the day she stepped into primary 1 - don't think malaysian students are any less "kiasu."

yeah, those were carefree days. 5th form was just a stepping stone to 6th form & varsity wasn't a do-or-die option.