15 July 2005

Tuition Series (Part 5) - JayWalk

Well, we have come to the end of the Tuition Mini Series where we had Karen, Clara, Philip and Mickey-D so far. What better way to top it off with yours truly as a tuition kid myself.

I remembered doing exceptionally well in school that I was posted, the year after, to Sec 3B where I was to do Triple Science and Double Maths for O-Levels. Suddenly, I was thrown into a class with all the scholar-calibre people. Wah raoz.... confirm sure die damn ugly one.

Imagine the students in the class as a group of Gladiators ready to do battle in the arena. Imagine all of them fully equipped with RPG rockets, bazookas, Uzis, Berettas, light sabres(!) and fully protected with exo-armour.

Now imagine me with just a paper hat and a can opener(!).

Yup, that's right. That was how I felt when standing side-by-side with these smart classmates fighting the lions in the Colosseum. Of which, one of them went on to become President's Scholar of my batch. Can opener and paper hat indeed!

I started the year in the worst possible way, I flunked Physics and A-Math on my first semester. My first ever red in my report book. I was totally devastated. I couldn't keep up with the pace of work in that class. That was when I decided that I need help and hence hired a tutor.

Andy came aboard when he was still in NS but clearing his ROD leave (ORD for the younger readers) and getting ready to start his NTI freshman year. He was a tall and lanky guy with a grip so tight that I will talk about it later. You could tell what 2½ years of NS has done to him. His manners and speech all reeks of army.

Andy: So the answer to this problem will be 36.25, WRONG! 36.23 m/s.

I almost jumped out of my chair when he did the "WRONG!" for the first time, which I later realised that was how you are supposed to talk in the army when communicating over the radio.

Even his method of teaching also quite robotic machiam army style, which in a strange way turned out to be quite effective and I was quick to grasp the topics.

Essentially he was a no-nonsense kinda guy and I made the mistake of being a smart-ass ala Eric Foreman in That 70s Show. Just as quick to my wit as was his hand around the back of my neck and the grip was so strong that I was gripped into submission in 2.2 seconds flat. I became the model, "super-cooperative" student ever since.

Then came the interesting part. He devised this little game during tuition. He would look up a challenging problem from the books and gave it a once-through to assess it.

Andy: Hmm... this problem looks like it is worth 2 minutes. Go!

The word "Go!" and a mad scramble for the pen and paper ensued, followed by mad scribbling while he counted down his black Casio digital watch which was the staple fashion of the army world.

So what do I get for beating the clock? Nothing.

So what do I get if I can't beat the clock? 20 push-ups!

Andy: This problem is worth 2½ minutes. Go!

* 2 minutes later *

Me: Done! QED! Hah hah! I beat the clock!

Go knock it down 20.

Me: Why?

Andy: Your answer wrong.

Me: *Groan!*

It was tough in the beginning as I could end up as many as 300 push-ups each tuition session. However, it suited me perfectly as I was really into the fitness craze back then and I really find it a very interesting challenge.

Soon, I was getting the hang of things and was starting to do well. It fact, Andy was the one who introduced to me the studying of the so-called "short cuts" instead of "bulldozing" which obviously wasn't getting me anywhere. Then came the December holidays and we decided to work through it. The end result was that I completed the 10-year series for both physics and A-maths. Yes, I was ready to take the O-Levels for these two subjects even before I was to start Sec 4.

And so that kinda explain why I was the "expert" during the MacDonald's tuition sessions.

I literally breezed through the exams later that year, especially when it come to Physics, E-math and A-math. Just to give you an idea, I finished both Paper I and Paper IV of the A-math in under an hour each as I raised my hand to signal to the invigilator (Does Atomic Leow ring a bell?) of my intention to leave the exam hall, they thought I had given up on the paper. Hah!

Like my friend Loong (MeePok's classmate) said, "KNN, si beh Cheng!" or Wing (also MeePok's classmate) said, "Nah beh, si beh ya ya papaya." Heh heh. Yes. I was quite the arrogant bastard in my younger days. Now no more already lah. Old man liao. Haiz... :(

Anyway, I did wanted to try the same push-up game with Philip but alas the lazy ass was too idle to even bat an eyelid to the suggestion. KNS!

- Voxeros

1. Sheena left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 1:40 am
This army chap Andy sounds damn sexy to me. *drools*
And yah TPP, I told you already, you're arrogant. ;p

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 6:54 am :: 
Sheena: Yeah, you would have wet your pants on the spot. Too bad, he's about 40 now.
As for being arrogant. Last time lah! Last time!

3. lancerlord left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 8:24 am ::
Back then, if someone told me to "knock it down", I will look at him with a gong-gong look. Don't know what it means.

4. zeenie left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 8:34 am
Thanks for that series, it was most enjoyable reading! Stirred up memories of tuition days of a long time ago.....

5. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 8:43 am :: 
lancerlord: Back then we called it many names. e.g. Drop, knocking it down and pumping. Funny, nobody call it push-ups.

zeenie: Hey. Glad that you enjoyed it. Now it's back to scratching my head to figure out what next to write. Any ideas?

6. jaschocolate left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 9:48 am
Haha.. very funny.. so this is the way to study to score ah.. wahaha..

7. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 9:59 am ::
jaschocolate: What I also learned from all this is that each of us has got a different thing that motivates us to achieve our fullest potential.

Therefore, be it giving tuition or even leading your team at work, it is imperative to figure out what motivates this particular team member. Next thing to do is to keep pushing the button until the button spoil. Then and only then do you get the 110%.

8. hitomi left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 12:27 pm
Atomic Leow sure sounds familiar. Now, where have I encountered him before? Think his siblings all have scientific names.

9. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 12:39 pm :: 
hitomi: I believe he has a brother named Nuclear.
If I remembered correctly, he was a teacher in SAJC before he moved to NYPoly to specialise in Hydroponics Agriculture.

Not sure though.

10. ei|een left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 1:19 pm
wah lau. i think if anyone ask me to do push ups as punishment, i will faint halfway, even before i finish 5.

damn unfit. jialat. heh.

11. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 1:29 pm ::
ei|een: I am beginning to see some similarities between Philip and you. Both cannot do push-ups. Both also do carving before.

Makes me wonder...... hmmm....

12. Zhe Bin left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 1:42 pm
1 word - RESPECT! you even finished the TYS before the start of sec 4. that's so not paper hat and can opener material.

13. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 1:52 pm :: 
Zhe Bin: As the old Chinese saying goes, "The panicked dog jumps over the wall".

I was driven by fear of being left behind by the rest of the class. It was a stressful time then. Glad it turned out ok at the end though.

I finished in the top 100 out of 520+ in my year but I was 37th out of 42 in my class.

Definitely paper hat and can opener.

My schoolmate MeePok. Now he is the one with the exo-armour, berettas and bazookas.

14. Ed, Edd & Eddy left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 2:17 pm
Wa lau! Damn innovative loh. If you tell any kids now to go knock it down 20, their parents will come knock your head!

15. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 2:24 pm ::
Ed, Edd, & Eddy: Won't lah. Andy did ask beforehand if I was game for it and I said yes.
Not that it was forced upon me or anything. Perhaps it was the gambling instinct in me to take up the bet in the currency of push-ups.

And I was the sucker to get egged into one wager after another after another after another. ~LOL

16. hitomi left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 6:47 pm
Yeah, think you're right about "Nuclear" and the school. I was from SAJC, but not in the Science Faculty. Unique name sure makes one famous for years...

17. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 9:20 pm ::
hitomi: Hmm... if you know Atomic Leow when he was in SAJC, then you probably are from my "generation" one har?

Yes? No?

18. akk left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 10:31 pm
wah lau! u told me u post around 12.30am...wait wait wait...nothing! hehehe ...but damn funny all the same. if my teacher tell me to knock it 20, i'd fire him, hahahhaha....:)

19. pinafore left...
Friday, 15 July 2005 11:43 pm
That caricature looks a lot like you. Did you get someone to draw that? Yes, I can definitely sense your arrogance!

20. vandice left...
Saturday, 16 July 2005 12:34 am
Aiyah. Bloglines cannot read your feed I thought you never update. Missed all the juicy stories till now. Wah, you got lots of tuition exp. leh. Only time I had some was 2 yrs in primary sch. when CC offered math tuition at $2 (or was it 5) per session.

So you oso finished TYS b4 sec 4 ah? Same here. Keke. And yupz, after climbing tt mountain one sure can do papers in 1+ hour.

21. lancerlord left...
Saturday, 16 July 2005 1:36 am ::
During those days, you tell me push-up. I also gong-gong don't know what it means. I very suku those days one. :)

22. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 16 July 2005 4:28 am ::
akk: Hmm... maybe the clock at Blog-city a bit off. But I told you can sneak peek right?

But like I said lah, the push-ups thing was 你请我愿one lah..

pinafore: The caricature not me lah. My hair were got so Que Que one? Besides, one arm push-up leh... saya buay sai. Pai seh.

Actually the truth to be told, the reason why I rush through the papers was because I get tennis court bookings!

Ahhh... when you were young, the sense of priority was a bit "orbit" one.

vandice: It was the momentum. Once you get started, it became easy to maintain.

Besides, can opener leh... have to work harder than the rest.
lancerlord: Wah... then like that your NS must be very jialat

23. a crunchy green apple left...
Saturday, 16 July 2005 12:23 pm ::
Hey jay i just saw your comment in my old entry haha, no lah i'm no SPUGGER..i just went there to read about the nkf saga. Oh you were previously from acjc too? Must have been quite some time! During Mr Lenn days huh? Heehee. :)

24. a crunchy green apple left...
Saturday, 16 July 2005 12:36 pm ::
Ok i just reg at spug already. Haha! But some of you spuggers are really funny. ;)

25. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 16 July 2005 1:05 pm :: 
green crunchy apple: Mr Lenn was the Vice Principal during my day. Mr Wan was the Boss man. That's where "Wan Way" came about. It was named after him when he retired.

Anyway, welcome to Spug. Look out for me under the nick Voxeros. I was like the 12th person to register @ Spug when it first started. Old man liao lor, I tell you.

26. a crunchy green apple left...
Saturday, 16 July 2005 2:55 pm ::
Oh ok! I just went into one of the threads and erm they're quite friendly. Haha! ;) My nick is green apple. See you jay! :)

27. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 16 July 2005 2:59 pm ::
Crunchy Green Apple: Have fun in Spug. Watch out for the buayas!

28. hitomi left...
Sunday, 17 July 2005 7:02 pm
Ya lor, we're from the same "era" one... haha...

29. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 17 July 2005 8:29 pm :: 
hitomi: May be same "era" but I am dead sure that you are younger. I am probably in the top 0.5 percentile in age among the bloggers.... sigh....

Sekali, I actually know you in real life. You won't happen to be Lai May, would you?

30. Mee Pok left...
Sunday, 17 July 2005 11:34 pm
Jay - I was not armed with heavy weapons. Einstein is the one with the 84. I only have a (short) water pistol in my trouser pocket. Also explains why my pants are sometimes wet in class.

31. JayWalk left...
Monday, 18 July 2005 6:59 am :: 
MeePok: I thought wet pants was just you happy to see Ms Kim?

32. hitomi left...
Monday, 18 July 2005 10:43 am
Me not a young (in terms of age) blogger either. Nope, I'm not Lai May. Don't think we know each other since I did Commerce in SAJC and you did Science in ACJC (?).

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Monday, 18 July 2005 11:20 am
hitomi - wah ... SAJC. Gd college leh. The skirt can pull until damn short (unlike AC skirts). Used to visit SA during your sports days. A feast for my eyes. This also explains now, 16 years later, my eyesight is worse than most other old fogeys.

34. JayWalk left...
Monday, 18 July 2005 11:38 am :: 
hitomi: Ahh... glad to know that you are not Lai May and you dunno Lai May or your next comment post would be one of death threat. :P

My dear, it is not an issue of you in Commerce SAJC and I in Science ACJC. It is an issue of you, a girl and I, a guy. 'Nuff said.

MeePok: I second the skirt observation. I remembered seeing this SAJC girl riding a scrambler (short-skirt-school-uniform-biker-chick!). I almost wanted to throw myself onto the road in front of her, just so I can stop her to say Hi.

35. hitomi left...
Monday, 18 July 2005 12:14 pm
Jay: What did you do to Lai May?? Was she from St Margaret's - Sherry Lee Mei?

MeePok: Is it? I prefer the ACJC uniform, at least the girls don't have to put on a tie and a belt. The skirt can pull until damn short meh, how come I don't know? Some of the girls made their skirts real tight and short. Don't know how they managed to get into our "challenging-skirts-unfriendly" canteen seats. No wonder your eyesight's still terrible...

36. JayWalk left...
Monday, 18 July 2005 12:29 pm :: 
hitomi: What did I do? er... nothing? *act blur* dum dee dum dee dum.....

Anyway, she was not from St Margaret. Were you?

Where year were you from, if you don't mind me asking?

37. hitomi left...
Monday, 18 July 2005 2:15 pm
Not la4 shou3 cui1 hua1, I hope? haha...

Nope, I was from another girls' school, with blouse + pinafore as our uniform.

I was in SAJC in 1990 and 1991. Sekali I'm older than you. Which year were you from?

38. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 1:33 pm :: 
hitomi: 辣手摧花? Wah. you see me too up lah.... That would be another friend, S.Ping. He is the genuine "virgin killer". Another story, another time.

Hmm... "another" girls' school with blouse + pinafore i.e. Not CHIJ..


Saya ACJC 1988-89.

39. hitomi left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 3:43 pm
Wah, must really tell us about S.Ping. *hands rubbing with glee*

Yep, me from RGS.

I only realised you're 34 after I hit the "send" button. If you went NTU then maybe I could've seen you before.

40. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 4:12 pm ::
hitomi: Eh? You from NTU too? Biz or Acc or Eng?
Goto Tennis : Past vs Present
See if anyone looked familar in the photos?

41. hitomi left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 5:54 pm
Biz. You from Eng? MPE?

Nope, nobody familiar leh. Different Hall mah and I didn't play any sports.

Maybe I'll find YOU familiar. Haha...

42. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 7:11 pm ::
hitomi: Surprise, surprise. I am from Biz.

I have a gut feeling you know who I am, if I were to reveal my identity. Perhaps we should take this offline?

Clue #1: I was in the Acc&Biz Club main committee.

Clue #2: I probably had a very bad rep. So I was told by Pam.

43. hitomi left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 7:26 pm
!!! Wah, ABC some more. Sure, you can drop me a note at my email. Who's Pam? From NTU too?

44. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 7:36 pm ::
hitomi: That was heck of a fast response!!

IM me if you are game. I can be found at voxeros<at> (MSN) or voxeros (Yahoo).

As for Pam, let me go grab her over her to explain the whole situation.

Here's very memorable quote from her friend warning her about me.

"What JayWalk wants, JayWalk gets."

Lies! Lies! All Lies!!!

45. hitomi left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 7:41 pm
You're fast too.
Huh? I thought I entered my email address at the optional email box? I'll drop you a mail then.

As for the allegation, there's no smoke without fire. Hehe...

46. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 7:51 pm :: 
hitomi: My bad. My bad. I didn't see the email address. Silly me. :P

Really lah. No fire lah.. The smoke from dry ice one.

Help! Pam! Help!

p.s. Pam is a dear friend from NUS but she comes over to NTU to study with us.

47. Pam left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 8:58 pm
you want me to help you????? heheheeeeeeeeee... this is going to be real good....:)

48. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 9:04 pm :: 
Pam: Uh-oh... why do I NOT like the sound of that laughter?
siao liao. -_-"

49. hitomi left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 10:39 pm
Pam: Yes, please!! :)

50. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 20 July 2005 11:15 pm ::
siao liao! siao liao!
Looks like I just opened a Pam-dora Box.

51. hitomi left...
Thursday, 21 July 2005 12:22 pm
haha!! Qing1 zhe3 zi4 qing1 lah.

52. Pam left...
Thursday, 21 July 2005 4:39 pm
er...hitomi - what does that chinese 4 letter word mean!! my cheng yu is legendary... v limited. :)

53. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 21 July 2005 9:14 pm :: 
hitomi: 清者自清 indeed! Wah. You ch1na also quite the heow heow siah....

Pam: It means that he without guilt will have the ability to exonerate himself.

54. hitomi left...
Friday, 22 July 2005 10:59 am
Thanks, Jay, for helping with the chinese characters here. I don't have the chinese software thingy. My ch1na so so only lah, not so 100% effectively bilingual like somebody... hehe...

Pam: Would love to hear the stories from ya. ;)

55. JayWalk left...
Friday, 22 July 2005 11:37 am :: 
hitomi: You don't need special software to generate the chinese characters unless you are using the older Windows like Win95, Win98, WinME or (gasp!) Win3.11.

If you are using Windows 2000 or XP, you have it already. Just need to going to your control panel to fish it out. I can help you with it, if you so desire to have that feature.

56. hitomi left...
Friday, 22 July 2005 2:28 pm
Yeah, definitely need your help in fishing out the setting to allow me to input the chinese language. I'm using Windows 2000.
Thanks in advance!

57. JayWalk left...
Friday, 22 July 2005 2:51 pm ::
hitomi: Windows 2000? Easy lah. Get online and I will guide you via Yahoo.

58. hitomi left...
Friday, 22 July 2005 3:56 pm
Hoh say! Will pop you message later.

59. JayWalk left...
Friday, 22 July 2005 5:20 pm :: 
hitomi: Will do. Chat you later.

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