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Happy Father’s Day to all dads, granddads, adopted dads, soon-to-be dads. You rock! Picture credit: Derek Thomson, Unsplash.

Father’s Day always seems to take a backseat to the mother of all appreciation days, Mother’s Day. But at Tueetor, we know a thing or two about what our dads and granddads have taught us…a special type of bait one can use for fishing that would guarantee a bite…cockroach and lizard control…WD40 the way to getting a valued piece of furniture to work again…these are things that only a dad may do for us or teach us. Here’s our latest intern Kim’s tribute to her dad who’s taught her to be much more than a mere tinkerer and thinker.

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The writer Kim posing with her dad when she was a precocious 3-year-old.

Here’s a cute photo of me and my dad when I was young! This picture is more than 10 years ago, so you’ll know that both my father and I had grown much older and wiser.

During my younger days, my father was the breadwinner of my family, while my mother was the one who took care of us. With many overseas business trips and overtime periods, my father was always busy with work and had little time for me during weekdays.

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Picture credit: Jelleke Vanooteghem, Unsplash.

However, on weekends, my family will always plan family outings and bond together. One of our favourite places to visit was the nearby Pasir Ris Park to get fresh air and to exercise. My favourite memories of the park were with my father, who’ll take the opportunity to teach me new skills, such as to ride a bicycle. I vividly remembered strapping on protective gear, finding a vast, flat surface for training, and being intimidated by the bicycle.

During the first hour of learning how to ride a bicycle, I was frustrated, as I could never keep my balance and I would fall off the bike quickly. I threw tantrums (as kids do!) and was close to giving up this insurmountable task. My father, on the other hand, remained patient, endured my tantrums and told me to take small, baby steps instead. His encouragements drove me to finally complete this goal. Instead of focusing on riding the bicycle as a whole, I focused on completing smaller tasks such as mounting, balancing and accelerating. With that in mind, I managed to learn to ride the bicycle within hours! I spent the rest of my time cycling around the park with my family and it was just a fun experience to have, made all the more special because it was with my dad and my family.

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Dads have got our back. Picture credit: Nick Wilkes, Unsplash.

Perhaps the life lesson that I hold most dearly to myself was to stay calm even if things seemed bad, and try to break up the difficult task into smaller, simpler goals. This was especially important to me, as I have a tendency to get overwhelmed by tough situations.

As I grew up, I began to be more inquisitive, and took a particular interest in my father’s hobbies. Since he’s working as an engineer, dealing mostly with machines and robotics, during his free time, he enjoys tinkering with machines and creating wacky products at home. These machines sparked my curiosity and I was genuinely interested to know more. As a result, my father allowed me to lend a hand in simple tasks, such as drilling holes or sawing wood.

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Kim and dad’s personalized workstation, for all their customized maker projects.

We bonded over the love of technology and eventually, this love for technology spurred me to enter an engineering and technology university whereby I’m the one who is creating wacky projects now.

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Like daddy like daughter. Kim’s engineering project she made for a class module at SUTD (Singapore University of Technology & Design).

In retrospect, my father had indeed imparted me with countless skills and life lessons which have shaped my attitude and mindset whilst growing up. I regard my father as a hero in my life, one who imparts essential skills and valuable life lessons, and one who inspires me to strive for more and have proven no matter what, to always be there to protect me.

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Recently, my dad mentioned that he wishes to build a DIY 3D printer, which we plan to assemble together this Father’s Day. So I know what I’m going to be doing with my dad. What about you?

If you need a last-minute ‘gift’ for your father, plan a bonding session together. Here are some trainers whom you can tap on to engage a father-child learning session with:

#1 For the sporty, active fathers — pick up a new contact sport together! Contact Jiujitsu expert Lew, who’s giving a complimentary first session for Father’s Day. https://tueetor.com/lew.

For those in Malaysia, you may want to learn silat, a Malay traditional martial art form. Trainer Hafiz has more than 20 years coaching experience https://tueetor.com/abdulhafizsaina.

#2 For the tech-savvy fathers — learn a new technological skill together! How about learning to fly a drone from Wilson Wong? https://tueetor.com/wilsonwongus  There’s also a robotics home-based trainer Halo https://tueetor.com/halo

#3 For the artistic fathers — learn how to navigate new artistic applications such as Photoshop or Illustrator with Ms Angelina Marilyn https://tueetor.com/angelinamarilyn

For those across the Causeway, Diana Phuah is a fun and patient Art teacher who’s happy to guide fathers with children in any art form https://tueetor.com/dianaphuah

Besides being our busy intern, Kim has a HUGE love for technology and a love of the beauty of design. She also considers herself a film geek and a regular follower of baseball and basketball. Share the love! Like and comment on this blog, we’d love to hear from you! 

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