Thursday, 12 September 2013

He's Going Away Again

Another boy scout camping trip soon. 3 days, 2 nights. 

He's adamant on following the "no handphone" rules despite us telling him to bring it anyway. Mommy and Daddy are conflicted. We are proud of him for being/acting that way but at the same time... we feel more comfortable letting him go if he's just a phone call away. Adoi.

Letting go is not easy. But trust we must. Whether we like it or not. *sob sob*

46 comments:

  1. and he sure is going to enjoy his very rare own outing with his classmates regardless your "not bloody likely and we'll talk when you're in secondary school"~~ :D

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    1. At least this is an organised outing, well under the watchful eyes of teachers.

      Time at the mall with friends is still not bloody likely! LOL

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    2. errr, Raimie is 10 only right?? hahaha, still too early to talk about it lah.. at least Uncle SK went first outing with friends, of course only limited to house visit, when he was in standard 6 only..

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    3. He's rarely allowed even house visits over at his grand dad's house.

      For us, at our home, we do allow him to roam a bit.

      But outings... Yeah still to small for it.

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  2. hmmm, the "no handphone" rules actually mean no handphone during activities right?? but in today's world, everyone seems to need a handphone to connect and be connected (for any emergency) reason.. i guess teachers can allow students to bring them to the camp, but perhaps only allow the usage during specific schedules.. can't just cut the connection totally right??

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    1. NO HANDPHONE AT ALL. Cannot bring one. Son has taken the rule to heart and refused to bring. Last time he brought it but never bother to check or use also because it is against the rule.

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    2. But then I guess whoever brought it also teachers never confiscate unless it disturbs activities.

      But tell that to my son. :)

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    3. no use telling it directly to your son.. kids nowadays obey more their teachers.. so you gotta make a bigger turn, tell the teacher your concerns, and let the teacher tell the students!! they would take teacher's words like commands.. got it?? hehehehe~~ :D

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    4. Aiyoh,
      I takmau kacau the teachers la...

      Later kena blacklist pulak! LOL

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  3. well, you just have to admit and accept the fact that your little boy is growing up and soon a grown-up.. just like you are getting more and more "salam & cium tangan" now~~ :D

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  4. ooopsss!!! how could i?? how could my comments add up to be longer than your post itself?? muahahahahaha :D

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    1. Well done!

      I'm learning it from you mah! Hahaha

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    2. eih, my post is longer than this lah.. and i also commented more dei~~ :D

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    3. I learnt from you that a good post albeit a short one can garner long-winded comments.

      Long winded posts has way too much information for readers to talk much already.

      Thank you Sifu. :)

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  5. It's good for kids to get away and join the camp. I always encourage my kids to join whatever camps that they like.

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    1. It's good.

      But not so much that we won't have any time with them. :)

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  6. Boys will be alright with it la, don't you worry ;)

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    1. I know he will otherwise I wouldn't have agreed. But wouldn't you rather your sons bring along their handphones do that you can at least call them once a day? I would. ;-)

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  7. Wah! No handphones at all? Not sure if I can survive without a handphone LOL!

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    1. LOL!

      Imagine this Panda without a phone line or internet connection. :-D

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  8. Oh, time to let go. He's a big boy now : )

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  9. Wah so good of him to join this kind of camping getaway, learning about the survival tips in the jungle etc. It should be fun for young boys like Raimie... =D

    I still remember my 1st camping experience during my primary school, that time there's still no handphone, so no issue at all... I ingat lagi kena tabur sulfur around the camping site, to avoid any slitthery creature coming by to say hi.. Erk!

    He's very obedient boy, Sis... Always play by the rules... Good la... He'll grow up as a fine young chap then! =P

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    1. Budak skema adalah membosankan tawwww!!! Hahaha

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    2. Wahhh terasanya sayaaa... Uwaaaa! I used to be soooo damn schematic during my primary n MRSM ok... Like to play safe... How I wish I could become one of the Bad Boys... LOL

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    3. I am your complete opposite.

      Anarchists. :-D

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  10. Your boy is growing up so fast or am I getting older fast? LOL

    I can feel your sadness to let him go away...next time might be 2 weeks and more... You gonna cry buckets!

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  11. I do miss my growing up years reading this post. I was quite independent since young and my wife just commented last night that my parents brought us up in a very different way that she had never seen any parent doing. Nothing to shout about but independence was my mother's motto in case we became orphans of disasters or war.

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    1. That's an interesting upbringing but I agree that we must teach our kids to be independent as who knows what will happen to us.

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  12. Your son is a smart boy - NO HANDPHONES MAMA!!!!

    bwahahahahaha!

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  13. Try to persuade him to take the handphone, just in case. I would be worried too.

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    1. Still trying.

      But then, I also want to respect his decision to comply to rules and be independent.

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  14. We grew up without phones ... and we were OK ...

    Sort of. :D

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    1. He's definitely OK without the phone. But Mommy isn't!!! *booohooohoo*

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  15. Hi Lina,
    Letting him go for a camp is indeed a wise decision. It's a way to learn outside the classroom, which I trust to be more interesting. Camp builds character and discipline.

    You may not realized that not allowing mobile phones to a camp has many benefits.
    1. To test their obedience on simple instructions.
    2. To build their trust on teachers and teammates.
    3. To avoid distractions during the learning sessions.
    4. To avoid theft of phone.

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    1. I fully realise it Willie. I also have no problem letting him go camping. This isn't his first time too.

      Noticed that I mentioned "trust we must"?

      I never know of him using his phone while studying. But as parents, wanting to talk to their children each night isn't wrong either, no matter how independent they are. Don't you agree?

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  16. On the safety n security issue. Do not worry, because teachers are trained and they need to follow a standard safety procedures set by the ministry of education.

    In case of emergency, it's the teacher who will inform the parents and they will, to the extend send your son to your doorstep should there be any unwanted incident.

    Furthermore, during my time, I didn't have a mobile phone to bring while camping in the forest. It's was always been the teachers who protected us.

    Your son respected the teachers and we should to. It's in school that children learn this great moral value secondary to homes.

    Have a nice day Lina.

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    1. I guess so but some cases that had happened during school trips & even NS are sure not making EVERY parents feel safe about their children.

      You understand right, from us parents point of view? :-)

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    2. Yes. I do. I have a son who's schooling. As teachers, all we need is for you to trust us and let your kids learn from us for that 3 days.

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  17. And thank you for the trust you've given to the teachers. That meant a lot to them.

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  18. Always b prepared
    I m a man scout you know....

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  19. ac pun x nak bawak hp nnt. Has takut dia x cukup mkn.. nnt kena masak ns sendiri kan? gulp

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    1. Takde la. Well camping for zon bangsar & pudu, makan still kat dewan makan, Has. :-)

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  20. he is growing. Good for him to be independence. I cakap pandai but then if me i would worry too la.

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