I'm proud of my achievement. I'm now a qualified NMS Docent. I still remember Sep 14th 2017, the first day of training. I was so new to museums. I had no idea what was in store and I didn't know anyone. As training progressed, I started wondering what I got myself into! The weekly memorising and presentation was not easy. But I loved the researching and all the reading I had to do. After the training got over officially on 27th March 2018, we had to prepare for our very first guiding in front of actual visitors to the museum. Its called Mentor Tour. I was so freaked out for the last 1.5 months getting ready for this tour. My only worry was how would i remember a 1 hr presentation? My mentor a lovely British lady Anne Wightman made it really doable. And I did my first guiding yesterday 7th May 2018 at 2pm. I prayed for a small group of just around 10 visitors and that I will not forget my lines.
I got 7 visitors and no I didn't forget any of my lines. Yay me! Am so proud of myself. All these weeks of memorising and practising in the museum day after day so much so that the people in the museum started greeting me because I was such a familiar face! Now I know many of their names as well. From 4pm, I was hoarded with so many congratulatory messages from current trainees and from qualified docents etc.. I was on WhatsApp the whole evening. It was euphoric.
The picture below shows my very first audience. 4 Singaporeans and 3 French ladies.
My amazing mentor, Anne Wightman (below pic) who is also the spouse of the British High Commissioner. She is such a warm loving person.
Christine Zeng, a Singaporean (pic below) a fellow docent trainee.. A vegan because she can't stand the idea of animals dying to satiate her taste buds. Even her make up is cruelty free! She came especially to the museum to support me after my tour. She is 11 years younger than me, but we do get along quite well. She is the one who introduced me to the yummy vegetarian brown rice soup noodles at the Vietnamese restaurant Nam Nam at Plaza Singapura. Thats my fav hangout nowadays sometimes alone if not with Christine.
So, now that I'm a qualified docent, please do note that I'm always free to do a private tour for all you friends out there. Or even for your guests who come from overseas. It will be my pleasure sharing my Singapore story with all of you and your friends.
Now its our turn to train the new batch of trainees for the next 2018/2019 intake. After I finished training the new batch, I might start training to become a guide in another museum. I seem to have been bitten by the museum guiding bug!! Perhaps at the Peranakan Museum for the 2019/2020 intake? Let's see where the museum bug takes me.
My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...