It all started with my sister’s planning on which module we both can bid for and attend together. I was getting all restless from the horrible CORS system and agreed readily when she suggested taking up ES2007S module. And no doubt, it is one module that I’m proud to go running back to my mama and tell her: “I learnt SO MUCH in school today.”

Yes indeed I did. Firstly a BIG thank you to Brad, our lovely tutor whom made this module come alive. Brad’s different approach towards education and learning was remarkable, and that’s the difference it made in my learning journey this semester (despite him being such an a** for grammar and vocabulary!) What I truly respect of him is his emphasis on the actual learning and education, and not the grades itself. (yeahhh we should all flush grades and marks down the toilet bowl!) The writing and communication skills I have learnt from report writing, blog post etc have made me a better communicator now, I’ll dare to say!

Now an even bigger thank you to all my lovely coursemates whom never fail to make every lesson such an enjoyable one. We had people from different background and character coming together, becoming friends and learning so much from each other. The interaction and bonding between the sixteen of us is truly amazing, and something I hope we can keep it going even after this module!   

Allow me to end this off with a little joke that made my day, and hope it made yours too.


A first-grade teacher was having trouble with one of her students. The teacher asked, “Harry, what is your problem?” Harry answered, “I’m too smart for the first-grade. My sister is in the
third-grade and I’m smarter than she is! I think I should be in third-grade too!” The teacher had enough. She took Harry to the Principal’s office.

While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told the teacher he would give the boy a test and if he failed to answer any of his questions he has to go back to the first-grade. The teacher had agreed. Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.

Principal: “What is 3 x 3?”

Harry: “9″

Principal: “What is 6 x 6?”

Harry: “36″

And so it went with every question the principal thought a

third-grader should know. The principal looks at the teacher and tells

her, “I think Harry can go to the third-grade.”

The teacher says to the principal, “Let me ask him some questions?”

The principal and Harry both agree.

Teacher: “What does a cow have four of that I have only two of?

Harry: “Legs.”

Teacher: “What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?” (The principal wondered, why does she ask such a question!)

Harry: “Pockets.”

Teacher: “What does a dog do that a man steps into?”

Harry: “Pants.”

Teacher: “What’s starts with a C and ends with a T, is hairy,
oval, delicious and contains thin whitish liquid?” (The principal’s
eyes open really wide and before he could stop the answer….)

Harry: “Coconut.”

Teacher: “What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?”

Harry: “Bubblegum.”

Teacher: “What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and dog does on three legs?” (The Principal’s eyes open really wide and before he could stop the answer…)

Harry: “Shake hands.”

Teacher: “Now I will ask some ‘Who am I’ sort of questions, okay?”

Harry: “Yup”

Teacher: “You stick your poles inside me. You tie me down to get me
up. I get wet before you do.” Who am I??

Harry: “A Tent.”

Teacher: “A finger goes in me. You fiddle with me when you’re bored.
The best man always has me first.” What am I?? (Principal was looking
restless and a bit tense)

Harry: “A Wedding Ring.”

Teacher: “I come in many sizes. When I’m not well, I drip. When you
blow me, I feel good.” What am I??

Harry: “A Nose.”

Teacher: “I have a stiff shaft. My tip penetrates. I come with a
quiver.” What am I??

Harry: “An Arrow.”

Teacher: “What word starts with an ‘F’ and ends in ‘K’ that means a
lot of excitement?”

Harry: “Firetruck.”

The principal breathed a sigh of relief and told the teacher, “Put him in the fifth-grade, I got the last ten questions wrong myself.”




  2. Hey Ash,

    Oh my…should i be going back to first grade? I scored 0 for the riddles the teacher gave!

    I do agree with you that Brad can be rather particular about our grammar and vocabulary. It remembered it made blogging so tedious for me initially. On retrospect, i think it really benefited us in the end. Not enough lecturers are emphasizing the importance of good English here.

    My only interaction with you was during the mock interview session and you (and dinidu) are really good at coming up with creative interview questions! Anyway, i think all of us had a good laugh and enjoyed ourselves.

    Good luck in your exams and see you around in school. 🙂

  3. This is another classic “Ash post!” I like the way you start with a story and end with a story. (and wow! what stories! Loved hearing how Shi Wei got you involved with us. & fifth grade? That kid should go straight to ES2007S!)

    In any case, those of us in Group 9 had the great fortune this term to be teamed up with you. You’ve been a catalyst for so much good cheer (and big smiles) and “double takes,” both in the blog posts and in class.

    Best wishes for your future, and I know we’ll be in touch!

    p.s. You want grammar, baby? Well, here it is:

    ex) “…to Brad, our lovely tutor whom made this module come alive.”

    Should be:

    “…to Brad, our lovely tutor WHO made this module come alive.”

    In the adjective clause, the relative pronoun “who” functions as the subjective, and thus, can only be WHO.

    WHOM would generally only be used when it is functioning as an object of a verb or a preposition:

    ex1) The girl ABOUT WHOM we spoke is the twin with the longer hair.

    ex2) To Whom It May Concern

    ex3) I met a deejay WHOM Shi Wei knows intimately.

    Do you see what’s happening here?

    Hey, you have one more mistake with WHOM in your post. Can ypu see it?


  4. Re grammar explanation above:

    Damn—not SUBJECTIVE but SUBJECT! So much for me being perfect!

  5. Yo Shi Hui! 🙂

    Well, that makes three of us! I agree with both Evelia and yourself that Brad is really quite strict with regards to grammar and vocabulary. However, I think all of us can attest to the fact that it definitely contributed a great deal to the improvement of our writing. I thought that I could write quite decently, but lessons with Brad served to highlight some deficiencies in my writing I didn’t know existed! For example, I have finally flushed “as such” down the toilet bowl!

    I’ll never forget the video that we both “starred” in. Fortunately Shi Wei was still able to hold the camera in relatively steady hands after our concluding “…and so should you!” Gosh, that was truly hilarious. XD

    It was wonderful working together with you girls. Love ya both! 🙂 Best wishes for anything and everything, and see y’all around. Plastics, what a catch! 🙂


  6. Hey Shi Hui,

    And that just makes four of us with you, Evelia, Mark and me regarding the grammar and vocabulary. Faced with all the blogging, written assignments and coupled with the fact that Brad is “such an a** for grammar and vocabulary” (as you mentioned in your post), we definitely have to step up and work on improving our writing. The end results, I think, are for all to see and I believe that all of us definitely gained something with regards to our writing such as not using “as such” anymore.

    It has been great having you in class with all your vibrant energy and one-of-a-kind opinions. All the best in whatever you do and let me just end with a joke which I saw earlier today too.


    A Really Bad Day

    There was this guy at a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half of an hour.

    Then, this big trouble-making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down. The poor man starts crying. The truck driver says, “Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I’ll buy you another drink. I just can’t stand to see a man cry.”

    “No, it’s not that. This day is the worst of my life. First, I fall asleep, and I go late to my office. My boss, outrageous, fires me. When I leave the building, to my car, I found out it was stolen. The police said that they can do nothing. I get a cab to return home, and when I leave it, I remember I left my wallet and credit cards there. The cab driver just drives away.”

    “I go home, and when I get there, I find my wife in bed with the gardener. I leave home, and come to this bar. And just when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison.”

    P.S. I just love the video of you and Mark. I though it was just damn funny and cool 🙂

  7. Yesshh SW, you ought to be cleanse you mean?

    Hey Evelia!
    Yup i agree it is good that Brad placed so much focus on our grammer and stuffs, makes us so much better writers at the end of the day doesn’t it? Oh about the interview I you did awesome, honestly I felt bad trying to be mean at you because your such a nice girl! But glad we all had fun=)

    Hey Brad,
    Glad you like the jokes! Oh gosh more grammer Mr. English Teacher!! Haha that was a joke, really appreciate your effort in helping me correcting all that!

    Hey Mark,
    lovely plastic man it was a joy working with you! Now you know you should trust me when I say the video shooting is really only going to take a shorrrrrrt while yer!
    Oh and of couse not forgetting, AND SO SHOULD YOU!

    Hello WeeSiong!
    Nice having you in class too Mr Meanie! Hehe glad you like the video too!

  8. lol

    since when was the capacity to answer riddles equates to the degree of intellect?

    if such had been true, the university would be filled with riddles. lol throw away critical thinking and what not. blow creativity out the window.

    test every student with a riddle. lol aint that juz lovely?!

  9. Hello unknown,

    I don’t think I did mention that “the capacity to answer riddles equates to the degree of intellect” in my post, did I?

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