Next week marks the start of the docent training for the new batch of trainees for the next intake for 2018/2019. The trainees of the previous batch (ie like me) after all their hardwork of 6 months of intensive research and training, are now qualified docents guiding every month at the National Museum of Singapore (NMS). We gained so much from this training - the wealth of knowledge we unearthed. I was so surprised when I heard certain info or events even though I'm a Singaporean. The new friends we met and got to know each other by seeing each other twice a week for the ardous 6 months of training, many of whom are in our HEN Charity. The great opportunities for guiding at other museums and heritage sites have opened up as well. Most of all, I overcame my horror of speaking in front of a whole lot of people (I had 30 plus visitors one time!) and I have grown a lot more confident of myself and my self esteem has improved so much. I always tell myself that this is the best thing I have done for myself, in a long while, for my self growth.
So, shouldn't the next batch of trainees deserve the same quality of training to produce credible docents who can share our success story to the world? As training for the next batch begins next week, my Tuesdays will be jam packed with presentations, lectures and gallery talks and walkthroughs from 9am till 1.30pm at the National Museum. I’ll be ‘released’ at 1.30. I’ll be at the National Museum every Tuesday. The only exceptions will be during scheduled holiday breaks which coincide w the international school holidays. Weekends will be burnt vetting the trainees research papers. And I hv charity work, plus the usual housework and cooking. To the next 6 months of busy 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...