Alhamdulillah, we have safely arrived at SK Long Kesseh after a tiring, adventurous five-hour journey from Miri town. I departed from Tawau for Kuching on 11th of March 2013. I arrived at Kuching at the night of the departure. The next day, Yan’s family held a prayer (kenduri doa selamat) in Kota Samarahan. Only his family and relatives were invited. The prayer by the congregation was a heart-touching for me as it made me missed Abah so much when I heard some of the ayats that were recited; as Abah has always been reciting the same doa (prayer) when we prayed together.
Looking back, I was Abah and Mama’s adventurous-turned relaxed daughter as I had a huge life-changing moment in my life after I finished my SPM examination. I went to school every day by myself and return home at the end of the day, repetitively for consecutive five years. The thing that I now realised and very grateful for is that when I was in secondary school I did not stay in the hostel. I was ignorant of how hostel life would be like. I am my parents’ only daughter who stayed at home during my secondary schooling years. I had more time with my parents than my other brother and sisters do.
When I was in school I admit that I really admired my English teachers whom I think were the most brilliant people I have ever met in my life. The English words uttered fluently from their mouth mesmerised the little me. I found that their solidarity with me was even closer when they speak English. I felt more respected. My Mama was one of them. We did not really communicate in English orally but when we texted each other we would be using English. When I first knew that I would be pursuing my studies in TESL, I was excited as I had my wish granted. It was a course that I really have my full interest in. I also received an offer for Mass Communication course in UiTM which was my second choice. I wanted to improve my English proficiency; therefore, TESL and Mass Communication really caught my attention. The only thing was, Kuching would be my destination if I accept TESL instead of MassCom. To be honest, at that point of time, I was actually more excited to go to Kuching as it would me first time stepping on the Borneo Island which was indeed a place that was listed in my to-go-list. Thus, cross out MassCom and book ticket to Kuching for me!
I knew TESL was a right choice for me as this course offered me and my other fifty six course mates an opportunity to go overseas. This TESL course in IPG Kampus Batu Lintang was a twinning programme with University of Otago, New Zealand! All we need to do is to pass the foundation years and first year of degree final examination with flying colours and off we go!
Alhamdulillah, praise be with Allah the Almighty, I passed my one-year-and-a-half foundation years and I get through my first degree year examination in Kuching and was all set for New Zealand. I flew off to Dunedin, New Zealand on 8th of February 2010 and came back to Malaysia on 23rd of November two years after. I went back to Kuching on 2012, to finish my final year of degree. It was five years and a half in total and that made me away from home longer than my other siblings.
Writing again soon, insyaAllah. Miss Nurul is now here, SK Long Kesseh!