QAIS Staff Profile of the Week – Almon Yao, DP and MYP Chinese
What is your favorite traveling experience and why?
For me traveling is a never-ending journey. Traveling broadens my knowledge and enriches my life experience. For me, each trip is like a way to expand the lens through which I see the world and grow as a person.
On my most recent trip to Thailand we went to Northern Thailand to see a lot of Buddhist Temples and relics. This trip was also a cultural gift to my son for his 1st birthday. We gave our son the opportunity to experience and learn how to grow on this trip. This was his first big traveling adventure of many more to come.
A big part of this trip is that we want to foster my son’s curiosity. When I looked at my son’s curiosity during this trip and how he opened his arms and embraced these experiences, I know that this gift was timely and practical for him. My son is very extroverted and after he experienced Thailand, his curiosity and energy for exploring the world was amplified. During the trip, whether we wandered through crowds or walked on an isolated path, I would see him babbling and creating language. I was in awe of how my one year old could collect his experiences and synthesized them into language production in such a young boy. For me my son’s learning process is full of surprise and wonder.
Before we went to Thailand, my son was crawling and standing. During our two weeks in Thailand, he began to walk. I watched him go through the process of his few steps and tumbles before he got it perfectly. I felt really good watching how he picked himself up and kept going until he learned for himself how to walk. He was strong and did not cry when he fell. His deep desire came from seeing other children and us walking around him. I think being on our adventure in Thailand also helped encourage his desire to get moving on his own to explore the world around him. This showed his eagerness to get into the world and immerse in learning and explore which pleased me very much. Now that he can walk, he can do a lot more with us.
The summer experience is over but my son continues to grow since our trip to Thailand. I love to be with my son when he is developing and growing. Accompanying him through all his stages of growth brings me deep joy and satisfaction.
What is your favorite food and why?
I’m a person who likes to eat and likes to cook. I have high standards for what qualifies as delicious food. For Malaysians, curry is a must-have dish. My favorite dish is my own personal yellow curry.
Curry is great because you can modify the ingredients to your taste preferences. For example, you can use different meats, vegetables and spice measurements. As for the taste, you can also modify to your mood, the day and who else you are dining with. In general, I love curry because you can mix together a lot of spices, add some coconut milk and make a really fragrant gravy. The smell spreads everywhere and the fragrance sets the scene for us to want to eat, pre-taste the food in the air and go enjoy the food. Curry is not just yummy, it is also the taste of my hometown and family.