活到老，学到老 is a Chinese proverb that says you live until you are old and you learn until you are old.
It is my passion to explore and learn new things. It gives me a sense of fulfillment when I try something new and being able to achieve something is satisfying. The first week of August, we actually had 19 volunteers within a week who arrived and left on different days at different times of the day. Thank God Charmaine came and Jason was a great help. Of course I was lucky to have awesome volunteers too! I couldn’t imagine managing everything on my own. Even so, within that one week, I realised I could be the all-in-one person. It was no longer just multi-tasking but to have the ability to pretty much do everything. I was the …
MANAGER – delegate task and ensure everything runs smoothly, do logistical arrangement and liaise between staff, volunteers and locals.
ACCOUNTANT – record down all the expenses and update the account.
CHEF – buy and prepare ingredients, delegate task in the kitchen, cook and make sure that everyone has a good meal.
HOUSEKEEPER – clean the house, change bedsheet, do laundry and wash dishes.
GARDENER – water the plants, sweep the falling leaves, pull out weeds and loosen the soil.
PAINTER – buy news paints, paint a house, clean the brushes and trays.
ARTIST – do mural painting.
RECEPTIONIST – take care of enquiries, do wake-up calls, check-ins and check-outs, collect money and make phone calls.
RUBBISH COLLECTOR – do composting by going around the village with a wheelbarrow to collect food waste.
SNORKEL GUIDE – arrange for snorkel tour and make sure that everyone is safe and having a good time snorkelling
TOUR GUIDE – do village tour for volunteers, explain the history and landmarks in the village.
CONSTRUCTION LADY – scrape the old paint off a wall using an electronic grinder and carrying bricks or building materials.
TEACHER – organise three weekly school clubs and teach the kids.
ENTERTAINER – playing with the kids and social entertainment at Long Beach.
SHOPPER – do grocery shopping every Monday.
MEDICAL ASSISTANT – medical help for volunteers when they are sick or injured.
INTERPRETER – my main task is to interpret for the volunteers and locals to get the message across.
That was when I realised I actually could and really wish that I had the skills and experiences that I lack off, such as gardening, carpentry, wiring, etc. Whenever I self-improve, it gives satisfaction! I guess that’s life, as I age, my experiences grow, which explains why the elderly people always say:
我吃的盐比你吃的米多 which means I ate more salt than you eating rice! Salt is usually consumed in a small quantity so if you actually ate more salt than the other person eating rice, you have lived a longer time than him/her and definitely have more life experiences.
Although I have a lot to do at work here, I know the more I do, the more I learn. I just have to remember not to put everything on me and do it on my own but learn to trust and delegate tasks to others.