day 1957 – seasons gifts

tis the season where christmas gifts and chocolates from students and parents start to flow in. this is the time where students and parents show their appreciation of the hard work we put in throughout the whole year. today’s surprises were a box of godiva chocolate and a starbucks gift card. the chocolates are dangerous because i have a soft spot for certain types of chocolates and will end up eating all of them by myself

day 1239 – mail bundle

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came home to this bundle delivered to my front door which could only mean it came from the lone member that currently lives in hong kong. this is our fourth year of secret santa with the long standing underconstruction. i’m very excited but i’m threatened i mustn’t open it until i have witnesses in attendance. i can’t wait to open my gift during our christmas party and only wish next year the whole crew can be together in vancouver

30 share it [nineteen]

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gifting is an art and so is taking pictures of gifts. coffee beans for christmas present is pretty darn good. i’m gratified to have made it onto his christmas gift list. it means i did something right and stood out from the rest. it’s my reward for growing into and becoming a stronger person; i’ll keep growing and keep attaining. i’ll be sure to enjoy this dark roast to complement the dark winter days

30shareit [fourteen]

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the human resources department surprised me with an envelop on my desk enclosed with small gifts and a gift card. tis the season; the countdown to christmas is officially on when i receive my first gift. i better get started on my christmas shopping for all my gifts including my annual secret santa exchange. spending so much money yet i still haven’t bought myself anything

day 872 – student love

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receiving this gift and card really brightened my day. even though i didn’t have any of the chocolate, i felt the sweetness, the love and the warmth inside. this gift is yet another testament to the dividends of what i put in towards coaching and teaching. i don’t need no returns to do what i do, but it sure means a lot to me when students understand and appreciate what they must put in to achieve what they achieve. it is what i do day in and day out that pays off

day 852 – student appreciation

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students showing me some love bringing me an early christmas gift. these are constant reminders of why i continue to teach and coach even when i am outright exhausted. seeing my students work hard, improve and achieve is the greatest reward an instructor can have. i do take pride in seeing all that happen before my eyes. there will be times when i will rant about teaching, but sometimes i feel like i am too attached to let go of it

day 501 – execs unite

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hungry executives celebrating the completion of season 18 at water kitchen in gastown. vdl’s human resources surprised us all with christmas presents, as each of us was rewarded with a pair of the newest vdl apparel personalized with our own initials. must admit i am relieved that we are at the season’s end because this season has been really stressful balancing out all my commitments and tasks, i really need the extra time just to get away from my neverending commitments