My Investment Thought About Palcoin

The new era of steem platform has just started with the new initiative of minnowsupport.

Minnowsupport has introduced https://www.palnet.io that is a platform like busy.org and many other interfaces that we use to access our steem accounts for posting and curation.

https://steemit.com/minnowsupport/@minnowsupport/palcoin-launch-a-revised-whitepaper-and-token-launch-by-the-minnow-support-project

One of the major differences is we do not see the normal upvotes in steem value but the amount of Palcoin we get from people who have staked Palcoin when we are on the Palnet site.

These upvotes received from people with staked Palcoin on Palnet would enable content creators to receive both Palcoin and Steem rewards on their post.

The other nice thing about it is the curation earning is based on 50-50 ratio for Palcoin while on Palnet site.


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The price of Palcoin is rising like wildfire and there are selected steem users who would receive free Palcoin via https://steem-engine.com

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There are already plenty of posts about how steem members can claim their free Palcoin so this post is just my personal thought process about investing in Palcoin.

With the new initiative of Palnet rewarding Palcoin, it does not allow upvote bots or auto-upvote to happen resulting in the need for manual curation to earn Palcoin. Some said that it was how steem supposed to be and Palnet has brought it to reality.

The complaints of the past can now be resolved via Palnet if earning Palcoin is one of the objectives without bots but manual curation.

My dilemma is whether I should invest and purchase Palcoin since there is potential.

There is a certain risk since it is still on the experimental stage of this new initiative and whether the price of Palcoin would drop eventually after the heat is over.

On the other hand, earning curation of 50-50 ratio is really attractive if we can stake more Palcoin.


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I am considering the risk as well as chances for success.

Every investment indeed comes with a risk.

With greater risk, there may be a chance for bigger profit in certain times like this.

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Nevertheless, we should just claim our free Palcoin from steem-engine.com first.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Learning Through Games

We all know that children like to play online games nowadays.

There are many who are really addicted to online games and it is hard to stop them.

Instead of trying to stop them, teachers can explore what are the educational online games that we can engage them into meaningful learning.

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Students may enjoy the games and they learn at the same time.

It would be win-win for both sides.

Below is a videoclip by Andre Thomas on Ted to share about game-based learning in education.

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Jane McGonigal shared on Ted about how gaming can make a better world

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After watching the two videoclips above, they may certainly convince many of us how online games can help in education.

On the other hand, we need to be careful of cyber-addiction which is common among youth nowadays.

I had students who skipped school due to late night gaming with serious cyber-addiction.

We do not want to go for the extreme too but we need to do the balancing act well.

Below are some online learning games that I found if you are a teacher and would like to give it a try with your students.

http://primarygamesarena.com/Play/Fun-Multiplayer–Math-11429

https://www.arcademics.com/games/grand-prix

https://www.mathsisfun.com/games/

https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Product-Game/

https://www.kongregate.com/games/rhmgames/two-player-math-game

https://www.typingclub.com/sportal/program-3.game

https://www.ictgames.com/

Games can be fun and meaningful. Teachers and parents need to craft their learning so that children can learn and have fun at the same time.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Novice Experience Using TamperMonkey

Whaleshares platform has recently gone through another hardfork.

With this new hardfork, there are many new exciting features but there is just one bug at the moment that may take a bit of time for whaleshares developer to solve it.

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The new hardfork had caused my slider for upvoting not to appear even when I went setting to configure it more than once.

This result in upvoting posts at 100% each time.

I went on to whaleshares discord to share about this.

@ijmmai suggested a solution by @alexpmorris to install a script via TamperMonkey.

https://whaleshares.io/@alexpmorris/guard-your-whaleshares-mana-with-this-simple-tampermonkey-script

I was really reluctant to do so since I am paranoid about security issue and there were quite a number of negative reviews about TamperMonkey online.

In the end, I stepped out of my comfort zone to install TamperMonkey which is an extension on my Microsoft Edge Browser.

The following would be my short sharing about my experience following @alexpmorris’ guide from his article.

A great thanks to @alexpmorris for sharing this guide.

Find A Safe Download
In the article of @alexpmorris, he did share a link to download from TamperMonkey.
https://www.tampermonkey.net/

I wanted to ensure that I downloaded a safe version so I went to Microsoft Store by clicking on my Microsoft Logo on desktop. (Below was a screenshot from my desktop)

I was able to find TamperMonkey to install it successfully.

The below image is indicated as launch since I have already installed it. You would see install instead actually before installing it from Microsoft Store.(Below was a screenshot from my desktop)

Adding a script for upvote slider

After installation, nothing happened and I was wondering why.

I guess it needed a bit of time to get things ready.

Following @alexpmorris’ instructions, I went to the dashboard of TamperMonkey to copy and paste the script from https://github.com/alexpmorris/crypto-playpen/blob/master/whaleshares_v2_settings.js

The only missing step after adding the script that @ijmmai did point out as comment in the article of @alexpmorris is to save the script after pasting the script.

Running The Script

I opened my Microsoft Edge but no script was running at all.

I was wondering whether I had to do anything else.

After exploration, I found out that the script would only be running actively when I am on the webpage of whaleshares.

Each time when I access whaleshares webpage, a popup would appear to activate the default whaleshares setting and enable slider by clicking ‘ok’. (Below image was a screenshot from my Microsoft Edge Browser)

The script worked like magic indeed.

My Personal Security

As I do not know the mechanism behind the script and TamperMonkey, I found a way to make myself feel safer when I am not on whaleshares.

I can totally turn off TamperMonkey through the extension tab on my Microsoft Edge Browser. (Below was a screenshot from my Microsoft Edge Browser)

Since I often carry out internet banking and other transactions, I guess it gives me security knowing TamperMonkey is not running on the background.

In Conclusion

Learning is a never-ending process. We learn each day in different ways.

I have indeed learnt from @alexpmorris through his post on how to run a script on TamperMonkey to solve my upvote slider problem.

Stepping out of my comfort zone has enabled me to learn something new that actually helps me.

With this article, I guess someone would find something useful to learn from the point of view of a novice user of TamperMonkey.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Stay Away From Online Binary Options Trading

Binary Options allow investors to predict the price of a particular asset whether it would go higher or lower for a chosen price within a short stipulated specific time.

There are quite a number of online unregulated binary options that can lure many people to try and gain some quick profit.

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The truth is many lose since it may be hard to predict how the price would fluctuate without guarantee.

Below is an article about the seriousness of binary options where many may lose huge amount of money.

https://www.straitstimes.com/business/invest/avoid-getting-burnt-by-binary-option-scams

Based on the article, it seems like most online platforms that offer binary option trading are fake.

Most of the gimmicks like high return and bonuses with attractive rewards are baits to lure investors.

In the newspaper article, one of the locals actually lost US$693 044. With such money invested on our social platform, this person would probably be a whale gaining lots of profit.


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I must admit that I had lost huge sum of money due to binary options when I first started on my cryptocurrency journey.

I participated in binary options that predicted bitcoin trend which I earn at first but ended up losing thousands of dollars.


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We are human with greed. When we lose money, we invest more to win back but ended up losing even more.

The ability to treat it as a lesson learnt and back off from such greed would help us to get back to the right track.

I admit that it is easier to say than to be done. We need to force ourselves to do it and we must come to our senses.

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We must stop as we are just pouring money into the drain since all these online binary options platforms can manipulate the data regardless of what they may have put up to show how much credits they may have.

Greed often leads to addiction and we are all guilty of being greedy leading to us making poor investment judgement.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

The Cross Chain Token Initiative on whaleshares

Whaleshares is going through various changes and one of the major changes that many of whaleshares members experienced would be the phasing out of the whale tokens that were used previously on bitshares to get upvotes on whaleshares for posts.

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For those who are new to whaleshares, whaleshares is another platform like steem platform.

One of the main differences is there is no upvote bot but members can earn tokens to activate upvotes through engagements and various activities.

There is also no auto-upvote like steemauto on whaleshares so all upvotes done need real curation.

Whaleshares has managed to work with eos platform to have the Cross Chain Token Initiative (CCTI) working which boid was one of the early tokens being used.

With this adoption, many whaleshares members decided to open an eos wallet to move themselves to the new initiative.

There were many whaleshares members who went ahead to download boid app to begin mining boid for free but it would definitely cause a rise in their electrical bill.

Electricity is not cheap in my country so mining is really going to cost too much.

I actually supported this initiative by buying boid from the eos exchange called chaince.

The above image was a screenshot from my eos account.

I believe I had saved a lot more this way when compared to the high electrical bill that I may have incurred.

By buying boid tokens, I was still supporting the new initiative of the Cross Chain Token Initiative.

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It is not easy to learn new things considering the changes that regularly happen to enhance the whole whaleshares.

By using the eos platform, sending tokens are actually free while bitshares would cost a fee for every transfer.

There is always a good reason for changes but changes take time to adapt and learn them.

Whaleshares is going through another change on the platform with the pod being created with more details probably be posted by other members soon.

Thank you for reading my short post about my support through purchasing boid tokens.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

This article was first published on my blog at Whaleshares.

Educating The Bearshares Community

I am aware that not everyone has positive impression of bearshares platform due to the past.

When it first started, there was a system crash causing many to lose their accounts as well as their earnings because there was only one server to run the node then.

With more witnesses running the nodes on bearshares, I found out from the founder of bearshares that such situation would not happen again.

Bearshares platform is a young platform that does have its potential.

It is just like steem platform at its early stage where no one knows the outcome of whether it would be successful in the end.

If it is successful, early adopters would probably be like the whales of steem platform with huge upvoting power.

Even if it is not successful, the bears tokens are really dirt cheap to invest a little.

Moreover, bear dollars are tradable now on bitshares platform so members can now start to get some returns even they had invested earlier on this platform.

My Educational Initiative

I have been curating the fun2learn educational tag daily for more than two months but there would be some who did not receive upvotes for various reasons.

With this post, I hope to educate bearshares community about the importance of indicating correct image source as well as avoid plagiarism.

I have already indicated in my daily curation report at bearshares that using fun2learn tag does not mean the post would definitely get an upvote but it would also depend on the quality and other factors.

Since there is no steemiteducation at bearshares, I decided to take over the role of promoting educational articles since education is definitely my passion as an educator.

One of the most common problems with most posts that do not get an upvote is due to poor indication or no indication of image source.

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Proper indication of image source is to ensure we do not go against the copyright law by giving credit for using images that are not ours.

Image Source Indication

It is very important to indicate the exact source that we get the image or picture from since we are not the ones who create it.

It is not enough to just indicate the image source from google, pixabay, flickr etc

When you downloaded a picture and uploaded to busy.org or steemitimages that are hosting your images that you downloaded and uploaded to them, your image source should not be your image link of busy or steemitimages but the original webpage link of the picture that you downloaded from.

The images should also be free from copyright which pixabay provides many free images.

Example

The image below is not created by me.

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I have to indicate the link to the original image as image source from
https://pixabay.com/illustrations/copyright-icon-symbol-license-3533368/ using hyperlink text ‘Image Source’.

You can see that I indicated the links where I downloaded the pictures as image source for most of my articles.

For those who are new to indicating hyperlink to words, you can simply do this by typing ‘[Image Source](your image link)’. (Note: Remove the open and close inverted commas)

I do hope that content creators can indicate proper image source with the link from the exact webpage that they download their images from to safeguard themselves from copyright issue.

Check For Plagiarism

Articles using fun2learn tag on bearshares may go through online plagiarism checker.

I am currently using https://www.quetext.com/ that actually would check against millions of articles including steem platform and other sources.

This online plagiarism checker would give me the percentage of copied text and also the link from where the content was copied from.

It really takes up quite a bit of my time whenever one chooses to use fun2learn tag for the first time since I would usually do a check to ensure the article is original without high percentage of copied content.

The other challenge that I have is crossposting.

I am not against crossposting but some users do not use the same username in bearshares causing the doubt whether the article was created originally by the same author or copied from somewhere else.

It would help greatly to edit the original article to indicate that the same article is posted on bearshares on the other platforms so that I can verify the identity at least once.

Without the proof of identity when username on bearshares is different, no upvote would be awarded by my fun2learn account since there is an identical article elsewhere.

I had actually found plagiarism during my curation effort of fun2learn tag in the past and even recently.

I may eventually stop curating fun2learn tag if plagiarism is high.

In Conclusion

Selected articles may receive different percentage of upvote weight from my fun2learn account on bearshares.

The use of fun2learn tag does not mean a definite upvote but there is a chance for upvote from fun2learn on bearshares.

I am doing daily curation for posts that use this tag.

Indicating original image source and posting original content would be the two major factors whether the curated post can get an upvote from my fun2learn account just like what @steemiteducation is doing.

Crossposting is allowed but must verify to be the original author if different username is being used on bearshares.

I hope that this post has made it clearer for everyone who has made mistakes in not stating the correct image source or used copied content that went against the copyright law.

I may eventually stop curating this tag on bearshares if there is a better community like @steemiteducation to support bearshares educational articles.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

This article was first published on my blog at bearshares

Role Of Modern Soldier

I did a post about my son being enlisted for National Service as soldier.

He had just completed his basic military training and he would be posted to his unit soon.

Our family would be observing his graduation ceremony today.

This got me thinking about the role of a modern soldier.

In The Past

In history, everyone of us know about countries that tried to take over another through war to acquire the resources of another country.

The duty as a soldier was to kill and conquer then.

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There were many cruel and sad stories with many soldiers losing their lives regardless of which side the soldiers were from.

Death was an unavoidable fact during a war.
Families would lose their sons and fathers.

Our Modern Age

For most countries, our soldiers in this modern age have the role of protecting their countries from foreign invasion and they are not meant to take the role of conquering other countries like the past.

Soldiers would also help during major disasters. They would risk their lives to save others.

They are no longer killers but many are saviours during terrorism and disasters.


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They would also help to suppress riots to bring a country to peace.

Nevertheless, there are some who have to fulfil duties that they do not like even if it goes against their own moral values.

In Conclusion

History provides important lessons for everyone that war can be cruel and countries at war would suffer at both sides.

With greater awareness, most countries would avoid war since war can cause death and hurt the economy.

Every single life is precious regardless of which side and everyone has someone who would feel sad when death occurs.

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A modern soldier is to protect the country and they no longer take the role of simply a killer machine.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

The Work Review

As a teacher in a local government school, I have work review meeting with my direct reporting officer who is usually the head of department.

We would meet at least 2 times each year to look at the various work that I have done in the school and outside school related to developing others and developing myself as an educator.

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I do not know about the evaluation system of teachers in other countries so this post is simply to share briefly about how most teachers in our local schools are being evaluated.

Standardised Work Review Template

Regardless of the school that I transfer to locally, there is a standard work review template given by the Ministry of Education.

This work review template would require us to share about our individual class performance, the way we support our students’ well-being, our own professional development, how we work with parents, how we develop other teachers within school and outside schools etc


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This template would also require us to evaluate our own strengths and weaknesses.

It also provides an avenue to discuss our aspiration for the future so that the reporting officer can keep in mind to provide the opportunities needed to assist us in realising those aspiration.

It is really like reporting our work done in all possible areas.

Performance Grading

We are being graded for our performance each year around October.

During this grading session, principal, vice principals, head of department and all key personnel would gather in a meeting room to rank each teacher against another based on their work done and contribution.

With the room, they would discuss and debate about who deserves to be recognised more than the other.

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It is not a fun process as there can be times when both teachers are good but they are forced to have one above the other due to the ranking system.

There is definitely great tension in the room and each reporting officer would need to support the teachers under them whenever possible.

They can also share the negative feedback for those who are not performing up to the basic expectations.
It is really the brutal fact against another brutal fact.

Who is better?

The performance grading really does not determine who is a better classroom teacher since there are other factors like the events that one organises as well as many other contributions beyond classroom.

The teachers of this generation are not evaluated solely on how good we teach but it can be the positive impact we have to the school or beyond school.


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It is hard to judge who is a better teacher since different classroom culture may require different types of teachers.

Even the type of teacher for each class is not an one size fits all.

A wonderful teacher who can teach a high progress class well may not be able to teach a low progress class effectively.

A low progress class may benefit greatly from a teacher who knows how to break confusing concept into great simplicity for low progress learners to understand.


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It is really hard to judge so teachers should not be focusing too much on whether they are better due to performance grading but how much they have helped the students under them during the academic year.

In Conclusion

Regardless of how much I dislike work review, there is a need for it as it forces me to evaluate my own work for the year.

It also keeps a close guard against teachers who may not be doing their jobs properly.

Work review may not be the only factor that determines how good we are but it is a tool to let us see our own blind spots through active discussion with our reporting officer and self-evaluation.

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As teachers, our main focus should not be how good we are comparing with other teachers but how much we have helped the students in our classes.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Earn free crypto from Coinbase Earn Education Programme

I am pretty excited to earn some free cryptocurrencies from Coinbase.

Coinbase has started a crypto education programme called Coinbase Earn where we can earn free cryptocurrency by watching short crypto educational videos.

Each short video, about 2 min, comes with one short multiple-choice question to earn $2 worth of cryptocurrency.

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Below is the introductory video about Coinbase Earn

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I first noticed it because it allowed me to earn free eos since I had recently opened an eos account. It was indeed a temptation without denying it.

I earned a total of $10 worth of eos that was about 1 eos. It is free money so it is pretty cool.

Before you can start earning from coinbase, you must at least have a coinbase account.

There was also another opportunity to earn $50 worth of Stellar Lumens with $10 worth of Stellar Lumens for watching videos and completing simple multiple-choice questions.

Below is a screenshot from my coinbase account of what I received directly into my coinbase account.

The other $40 worth of Stellar Lumens would be for 4 successful invites to complete the short lessons with each successful invite that completes the lesson to earn $10 worth of Stellar Lumens.

You can take a look at the Coinbase Earn Programme for Stellar Lumens if it interests you.

I have yet to earn the $40 worth of Stellar Lumens and you can complete the short lessons through my referral link if you like but you can always choose to head over to https://www.coinbase.com without going through my referral link with no obligation.

I rarely make such post to introduce any programme.

If you do have a coinbase verified account, it is great to earn some free cryptocurrency.

If you do not have a coinbase account, you can also choose to sign up for one if this programme really interests you so much.

You can choose to totally ignore this if it does not interest you.

You can also choose not to sign up using my referral links without obligation and I do hope it is an exciting news for members on this platform with a coinbase account to earn some cryptocurrency if you have not done so.

I managed to earn a total of $23 worth of cryptocurrency simply by watching short videoclips and answering simple multiple-choice questions.

Please do not read and follow this post blindly but you can do your own research to verify the facts and this opportunity.

I have also stated clearly about my referral links in this post which you can choose not to use them without obligation.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

This article was first published on my blog at Whaleshares.

Is it really a school holiday for teachers?

It is finally the mid-year school holidays.

I can finally take a short break from seeing my pupils.

It is not really free time for me as I still have to conduct holiday extra lessons for the 1st and last week of the school holidays.

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While I am at home, I would be busy crafting the Year-End Mathematics Examination for the graduating classes.

It would probably take me a few days to complete setting the examination papers.

Since I am a Math representation from the Mathematics Committee so I have to complete the Math analysis to find out the percentage of passes as well as identify the weak areas of the recent Mid-Year Examination.

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The good thing of school holidays is teachers can catch up on our sleep especially most of us usually sleep about 5 to 6 hours during school days.

As a family man, I would also need to spend some time with my family by taking them out.

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I am left with very little time for myself.

Most of my personal time would be spent on the platform then.

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May all the teachers who are having the mid-year school holidays be able to take a short break and have a good rest before the next lapse for the next half of the year.

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Do not neglect the need for rest since we are really not machine regardless of how committed we are for our job as selfless educators.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.