Update from Andrea!

Hi ! My name is Andrea. I was a teacher at Temasek Language School from 1991 to 1994. I went back to teach for another 3 months when the school reopened after The Hanshin Great Earthquake in 1995. I left Kobe with my then-boyfriend to go back to SG in May 1995.

We both found teaching positions at Temasek Polytechnic as Japanese language adjunct lecturers when we got back. He subsequently became and is a full-time lecturer there. I was still an adjunct lecturer at TP. We got married in SG soon after we came back and welcomed our first baby boy the year after. I must admit I am not very good at family planning because I intended to stop at 2 but ended up having 3 boys and 1 girl! My eldest boy is now 17, my girl is 16, my second boy is 13 and my youngest is 11.

I was a homemaker until my youngest boy turned 2. I was offered an opportunity to teach part-time at The Japanese School in Changi. Two years ago, I became a full-time teacher there. I teach students who have just come from Japan so they don’t understand much English. They are highly motivated and enthusiastic so it’s fun teaching them.

My family goes to Japan almost every year, sometimes to visit my parents-in-law in Gunma and sometimes to visit friends in Kobe. Last December, we took a trip to Kyushu. It was our first time there. We were able to go around the island visiting most of the famous places like Takachiho, Sakura-jima, Aso-san, Kumamoto-jo and so on. It was a wonderful experience as everywhere was so scenic and breath-taking! We also stayed with a friend in Minami-Aso who has a beautiful house in the mountains!

Anyway, I remember working very hard in Kobe with hours like 1-9pm from Mondays to Saturdays but my 3 years and 3 months stint in Kobe has enriched my life and is filled with wonderful memories. I have learnt so many valuable lessons in life from each of the 7 teachers I lived with those 3 years.

Well, I really hope to visit Kobe again soon!

Andrea Kubo
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