I am Lee Lin Cher Again!

Dear Visitor

Thank you for dropping by my site.

It’s been a while, but I’m back.

When I say ‘I’, I mean ‘Lee Lin Cher’ – yeah, Lee Lin Cher is back.

For those who have been tracking – ahem, stalking – me, you would have known that I changed my name twice within a 3-month period from December 2020 to February 2021, and the name ‘Lee Xuan Zhi’ has been my official identifier since then.

It’s December 2023 as I am typing this.

I would have really preferred to stay ‘Lee Xuan Zhi’ for the rest of my life. Name-changes are – by nature – costly. We would have to engage the services of a lawyer to prepare and witness the signing of the deed poll, as well as apply for a new Identity Card (IC) and passport, both of which cost money.

Beyond the financial outlay involved with an official name-change, there is also the hassle of updating the various ‘stakeholders’ involved with our lives, some of which would include employers, banks, organisations which we are affiliated to, like clubs, associations etc.

But what’s to be done has to be done. Life has taught me that I can run as much as I want, but I can’t really hide. And therefore the change back to the name I was born with.

What the Change Back to Lee Lin Cher Means

For as long as I remember, I have always had an axe to grind with the fact that I can only teach.

It’s an affinity I have always had, since 1993, when I started tutoring – not out of passion – but for the need of pocket money.

And for as long as I remember, I am good at my game. Not because I think I am good, but because others say that I am good.

The number of requests from parents to continue teaching their children (because I am always trying to run), the number of requests to also teach siblings of their children, the number of students who stick with me all the way till the end (yeah, I usually don’t teach beyond Secondary 4), and of course, the students who remember me as a school teacher, even if I was psychotic and more of a loose cannon.

And the number of students who do remarkly well because of my guidance.

All these point to a good teacher, a label and essence that I would deny myself, to my own eventual chagrin.

Maybe I am overly affected by the quote by George Bernard Shaw.

More than 100 years ago, this famous playwright infamously said,

“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” – George Bernard Shaw, 26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950

More than a hundred years later, beings of all forms and kinds have taken the liberty to hurl this quote at educators, totally discounting the heart and efforts of educators to ensure the intellectual, emotional and future well-being of their offspring; these beings also conveniently forget that they are the beneficiaries of their own teachers as well.

Life will teach them better, as it has taught me.

I guess it’s time for me to live my own life, despite what others say.

The move back to Lee Lin Cher means that I now fully embrace my calling as a teacher and educator.

It has taken almost my whole life to come to this, but allow this to be the question for the rest of my days on earth:

“Am I a harp that the hand of the mighty may touch me, or a flute that his breath may pass through me?” – Kahlil Gibran, 6 January 1883 – 10 April 1931

So yes, I am back!


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