We are Steve and Pam Wise, formerly of London, Ontario and now residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If you are a first time visitor to our site,  please say “hi” in our comment section so that we have a record of your visit. Thanks for dropping by!

75 Responses to “Welcome Friends”

  1. Hey
    You forgot to get a class picture or we just didnt have any time. I hope our new teacher is just like you. Who knows chess. Talk to you later.
    Ashley Gordon

  2. Hi i am really sad you are gone but you gine has not seemed to of hit me yet but i am sure it will soon. I like our new teacher she mad a website for the class homework it is http:/TeacherWeb.com/ON/Lockes/MissParsons/ i dont really like how she teaching just because everone is all lound and no one can hear anything altho it is just the first day back i think she will get used to us and beable to handle us. Ashley

  3. Maria and Don Says:

    To the World Travellers, Words from the Bard comes to mind when thinking of you as you are about to play a new roll in life’s journey:
    “All the world’s a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players:
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,”

    We will miss your company but we are inspired by your courage.

    God Bless

    Maria and Don

  4. Angela Says:

    Hello Steve,

    I wish you all the best in this new adventure and hope you enjoy KL and Malaysia. I suggest you check out Mt. Kinabalu and Mulu National Park (http://www.mulupark.com/html/index/index.htm) in Sarawak on the island of Borneo – both are a must see if you are going to be over there. Also, The church I mentioned is Glad Tidings – http://www.gtpj.com/index.php.

    Many happy travels,


  5. Peter Buczkowski Says:

    Hello Mr. Wise!

    Long time no see. I was shocked to hear that you moved so soon. However it didn’t really come as a shock. I am honoured to be one of your alumni. You taught me so much when I was at Locke’s.

    I went back last week looking for you, but obviously you were not there, Mr. Kundra pointed me this way.

    I thought you would like to hear that because of the influence that I recieved from you and the experiances I had through school, I decided to get into the teaching profession. I was accepted to a 90 seat concurrent education program at UoT (Missasauga) with a major in Math.

    Hopefully I will be able to teach Physics. Email me back at Peter.Buczk@gmail.com.

    I look forward to following your new journey! And mostly: Good Luck!

  6. Carla Van Ryswyk Says:

    Just wanted to say that I am enjoying your website. wishing you all the best.

  7. Deane Proctor Says:

    Dear Steve:

    We just returned from the grad ceremony at Locke’s. Just prior to leaving we presented Cassidy with a framed copy of your recent email. She was very touched by what you shared in that email and the comments that Ryan Leasa shared tonight as he presented her with the Language Award beautifully connected you with this big night in her life. Your video message was well received by all the kids. As soon as your face showed up on the screen there went up a great cheering and clapping (the video had to be restarted so we could hear your opening words ! )

    Thank you for your importance in Cassidy’s life,

    Deane & Annette Proctor

  8. Mr. Wise

    Seeing you on the screen at graduation made me cry so much! I am so glad you found a beautiful place and reached the dreams you have always had. It makes me happy to know you are in a place you love! Marline and I sang at grad, and I must say we did pretty amazing if I do say so myself! E-mail me sometime it would be really great to hear from you!!


  9. Mario Tran Says:

    Hey its mario, you know the short one. I just wanna say hi. hope your haveing a great time. i wish you where still here. Today was our final lockes day. we wish that we could see one last time. Thanks for the grad hello and goodbye.

  10. Trevor Heywood Says:

    Mr. Wise! Long time no see. Just like Peter, it was a shock to both me, and (another student of yours, and my girlfriend) Courtney Budden-White, to learn that you had left so early when we came to visit a while ago. Damn shame I couldn’t shake your hand again. But I understand this was a dream of yours, I remember you talking about it back in grade 8. You look happy, and I can imagine you truly are, so all the power to you. Keep in touch with what precious free time you have. Cheers.


  11. Kim Banman Says:

    Hey Guys;
    Just thought I’d drop you a line and browse your photos. I hope you’re happy …. Not only am I missing you, but now I’m jealous as well ….

    Love Kim

  12. Tammy Says:


    Just checking in and checking out your site. It is awesome. This is probably my fifth visit to your site (I kept forgetting to write a “hey”)

    Sounds like everthing is going well and the pics are amazing.

    Take Care


  13. Megan Felker Says:

    Love browsing your site. Fabulous stories and wonderful pictures! Keeping you folks in my prayers! Love Meg

  14. hey i wish i had i chance to come back and say goodbye it seems like so long ago i was siting in your class.

  15. aLExpikachU Says:

    Hi Mr.Wise!

    Just dropping by to say ‘Hi’! 😉
    You are the greatest English teacher that I never met before. I’m grateful for all you taught, especially when correcting my grammatical mistakes. Well, maybe because of you, I’ve got the highest score in my 4O for the first term! 😀

    Wish you have a great day! See you tomorrow 😉


  16. Nicole (Hymus) Corman Says:

    After reading the comments I think it’s pretty cool that one of my teachers from Lockes is now in Malaysia where I live!

    Small world!

  17. aLExpikachU Says:

    Good afternoon Mr.Wise! 😀 Just dropping by to say ‘Hi!’

    Anyway, guess what, I’ve become the top student for 4O! Well, I think this is because of you Mr.Wise, your lecture really make me feel interesting! You are the greatest English teacher that I never met before! 😀

    Will dropping here again, soon 😀


  18. Margaret Says:

    Hi Steve!!
    HI!! I have enjoyed following your experiences here on your website! WOW!! What an adventure you are having!! Reading about what you have been doing really makes life at Lockes seem mundane. At the same time, I have to say I really do miss you here, but I know that you are having a great time being where you are and doing what you do! I miss your words of wisdom and guidance. You and Pam are in my thoughts and prayers!

  19. Lim Swee Keat Says:

    Dear Sir Wise

    I’m happy that you taught us well in class. I hope that in next sem i would be able to attend once again your wonderful class again. Thank you. God Bless You.

  20. Anooshiravan Says:

    ”A human being is only interesting if he’s in contact with himself. I learned you have to trust yourself, be what you are, and do what you ought to do the way you should do it. You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it”. You taught me to how to think.

  21. yueji Says:

    HELLO MR WISE!!! just here to check out your blog and its great to have you as my teacher

  22. nicole ong Says:

    Hey there sir,

    its been a great pleasure being in your class. i hope that malaysia is doing you good. come to singapore to teach sometime. =) the semester has been really short, its a pity that i will be graduating ICPU…i would really love to be in your class again someday in the future.

    have an awesome day and happy deepavali!


  23. yueji Says:

    hey Mr. Wise I just watched Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth documentary related to global warming and I was just wondering if we could watch that movie in class, it is extremely interesting and it might inspire us to be more “green”

  24. Nicole, thank you. I would love to teach in Singapore some day.

  25. Yuegi, I thought you wanted to watch “Crash.” It does tie in a little better with TKAM.

  26. AP, I appreciate your vote. You have mine as one of the most delightful students I have taught.

  27. Anoosh, great presentation on Diwali. Can I get a copy so I can use it next year?

  28. Lim, nice work on your first draft. Looking forward to seeing the next one.

  29. Dave & Beca Says:

    Hey Pam and Steve, hope you are both well!
    Sorrys its been a while, our travelling schedule has been rather packed. Looks like you had a blast in Cambodia your photos bring back memories of our time there.

    Before I go-on we just wanted to say thanks again for a lovely stay in KL! We finally uploaded our Malaysia photos the other day, it was nice to look back at our time in KL with you.

    We are currently in Perth on our last day in western australia as tomorrow we fly to Alice Springs for 5 days to visit Uluru and various national parks.

    So much more has happened since Malaysia, if you would like please check the update on our STA site which will be there very soon!

    Take care

  30. Hi Sir,

    How is health and the family aswell? I hope all is fine. I want to wish you a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a prosperous NEW YEAR!.

    Sir sorry for the disturbance but I will need the web site of the school you told me about and don’t know if you can still remember their required marks? I will be expecting to hear from you sir.
    Thanks and have a pleasant holiday.

  31. ashwin Says:

    wish u happy christmas to steve plam from ashwin

  32. D. Kundra Says:

    Mr. W.

    Thanks for the e-mail prior to the holidays. I hope everything is well with you and Pam. I’m glad to see that you’re enjoying your time overseas. We miss you at Locke’s and wish you all the best in your second semester. The pictures from your travels are excellent. I’m sure you will have some fantastic stories for us when you return home. Wishing you both good health and safety.


    Mr. K

  33. Cindy Jaroslawski Says:

    Hi Pam, Happy New Year. You look comfy in that hammock!! All is well in London and at CPRI. My Aussie friend is looking into visiting Malaysia in September. Email me so I can ask more questions. Cindy

  34. Zehra and estee Says:



    Did you get our Christmas letter? We just got your postcard. I have tried leaving a message with no luck. Trying again…………Nancy Anderson

  36. Victor Lee Says:

    To Mr. Wise,
    Hello… knowing you cancelled class today, well… I hope everything is fine. Hope you would have a nice day!…… Victor Lee

  37. Nicholas Walker Says:

    Hi Steve,

    I work with John Zehr and my son still talks about you and the impression you left on him.
    His e-mail is nicholas_walker19@hotmail.com, he is in his 2nd year at the U of Windsor (BA Music) and part of the Windsor Symphony. I am so proud of him and thank you for your guidiance to him at such an impressionable age. I will shoot him your blog address and I hope you can tag each other.

    God Bless you and Pam,

    Brian Walker

  38. Shaun Says:

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog with great interest. I’m especially interested in photos of the local area and views of the apartment complexes. I will be coming over in June as one of the new hires.

  39. Ibraheem Says:

    “The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead…. To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.” Arundhati Roy

  40. Mr. K Says:

    Have a safe trip home Mr. W.

  41. Lindsey Taggart Says:

    Wow has it ever been a long time. I haven’t seen you since Megan Alden and I gave you those going away cookies. Lockes isn’t the same, so Cody tells me. I hope you are still having a great time. It looks like you are from all of the blogs and pictures. Keep doing what you do best.Also you are still by far the best science teacher i have had.
    -Lindsey Taggart

  42. Pui May Says:

    Hey Sir,

    I was just browsing through, and decided to leave you a comment.
    The end of the semester is rapidly approaching. I was very much looking forward to taking 4U next semester, until i found out that you wouldn’t be teaching it! It seems 4u is a workload and I am almost certain that the next teacher won’t be able to make english feel like a breeze as you do. Though of course, i’m not doubting her expertise.
    English has been a blast with you sir.
    Thank you for teaching us so much. Those 3 hours of prep work you do every morning does not go to vain.
    As for the slides you showed us in class,Canada looks like HEAVEN ON EARTH.
    Looking at your blog, one can’t help but envy the loving family you have.
    You’re a lucky man sir. Like you said time and again in class. ” I get to do what i love most (teaching), and get paid for it!It just doesn’t get any better than that!”
    You’re very right sir, nothing beats the satisfaction of being able to do what you love.
    Happy Belated Birthday Sir.
    I wish that you will be able to keep doing what you do as long as you can.
    Take care and say hi to your lovely wife for me!
    We’ll be missing you.

  43. Vonny Says:

    Hi… Mr. Wise!

    I am very happy and sad at the same time today, happy because I am nearly at the end of the first semester but sad because I know that you are not teaching us 4C next semester. My comment is more or less the same as what your other students posted in their comments. Thank you so much for teaching us 4O this semester. You have made the class become so interesting besides the grammar stuff. 🙂

    I love the dramatic performance as you do. I will surely miss your class. I would say that having you as my english teacher is a good luck for me. Thank you so much for all. Take care and God bless you and your family.



  44. Yap Lim Wei Says:

    Dear Mr. Wise, thanks for teaching me English 4C in this semester. I really appreciate your hard work. You had enlighten me and make me feel more confident while having a conversation with others.
    But unfortunately, I feel disappointed when I heard that you’re not teaching the 4U classes for next semester. Anyway, I will keep up my studies and I won’t make you disappointed of me. Although the first semester had ended, but I don’t feel like leaving your class. :-(.Sorry sir. That’s all I can say. I have to study for my examination now. May god bless you and your dearest family. Take care and good luck!



  45. Jessica Goodall Says:

    Mr. Wise,

    Wow, it’s been a long time. I read a while ago about a new mars rover and I immediatly remembered our class project. It was so much fun and I will never forget it. I’m sure you are continuing to touch the lives of children everywhere you are. We all miss you sooo much. Hope you are having a lot of fun!


  46. Philip Kwan Says:

    Mr Wise,

    Thanks for teaching me English 3U this semester. I really enjoyed learning from you (especially the poems and Macbeth). Hope you’ll be teaching English 4U next semester ! 🙂


  47. Siew Ying Says:

    Thanks for your teaching in this semester. Appreciate it 🙂 I learned a lot especially in Poem and writing our own sonnets. Hope you will be teaching in Eng 4U next semester. Thanks mr.Wise! 🙂

  48. Jou May Says:

    Really appreciate your teaching. One of the best lecturers I had in Taylors. Most importantly, I can see that you’re a great testimony for Christ. Hopefully, will have you teaching me again next semester.

  49. Amy Johnson Says:

    Hi Steve and Pam,

    My name is Amy Johnson and I have been reading your blog recently from the beginning when you arrived in KL. It is very interesting and I can see that you are really enjoying your time there. I also read your son’s christmas story, how inspiring, I hope to do the same in the future. My fiance and I have recently interviewed with Bill for teaching positions at Taylor’s and I would welcome any thoughts, suggestions that you have about your teaching experiences. I taught for 2 years at an International School in China and I loved my experience and would love to do it again. This is all new to my fiance Michel (he’s french).

  50. Jacey Gurr Says:

    Hey Mr. Wise,

    I was just sitting in my grade 10 Science class yesterday, chatting with Jess Goodall and you came up in our conversation and I realized that I haven’t talked to you in a while. All of us Locke’s kids still remember all those moments where you touched our hearts and left an imprint for the rest of our lives. I am now attending St. Joseph’s High School in St. Thomas and I am doing very well. I hope that you are still touching the lives of people all over the world each and every day, doing what you do best. As I continue on with planning my future, I would like to hear from you for advice. You were and will always be one of the most influential teachers I have ever had.

    Best wishes and hope to hear from you soon,
    Jacey Gurr

  51. Cathy Heideman Says:

    Hi Pam and Steve
    It was good to talk with you this morning my time – evening Singapore time for you. I’ve spent more time than I probably should have reading through your early entries – I have a “boatload” of marking and midterm marks due – but I have enjoyed learning about your experience in getting ready to move and live in KL. It was great seeing Bill and Kim in many of your photos.
    We will need to pray about whether this is a place we should consider coming to when we decide to leave public education. Thank you for the time spent talking with me and for your information.
    I hope you have a great time with Blossom and McDaniel in Singapore – I know we always do when we get together.
    God bless

  52. Sook Foon Says:

    Dear Mr. Wise,
    I had a great time reading through your web log. I am amazed and it does enlighten me a lot! Thank You!

    Sook Foon

  53. Kumar Says:

    hi, became happy to read you blog, as my friend has been helping to landless peoples child by providing free education in west nepal, here u can visit this site,,,, still i am updating,,,, thanks

  54. Hi, Mr. Wise..
    I’m your ex-student in taylor. I would like to keep in touch with your. The experiences to your student will not be forgotten. Haha…
    anyway, can i say that your the most committed English teacher that i’ve had in this world!
    believe it!

  55. Mr. Wise, I was just going through some old stuff and I found the card that you gave me for this website. How are things?

  56. I will be honest: I have no right to feel as good as I do. I have wasted many opportunities to be kind, and given less than my best far too many times. Yet the Lord blesses my way as if I were worth something to Him. It amazes me daily.

  57. Jessica Goodall Says:

    Mr. Wise,

    I hope you know that St. Thomas and all of the kids from Locke’s have not forgotten about you. Today, I can still say that you have been my most influential teacher throughout all of my years of school. I’m positive you are loving where you are at in your life, and I hope that will always continue for you. Anyways, I just thought I would write you, since you were on my mind. Hope to hear from you.

    Jessica Goodall

  58. Jessica:

    Thanks so much for writing. You have no idea how encouraging it is to receive such a lovely letter.

    How could I ever forget Locke’s and the great class I had the last full year I taught there? Teaching you guys was such fun. We could do practically anything as a class and still have pretty much full cooperation from everyone. I could try things with you guys that I wouln’t have dared tried with other classes. You were a great bunch.

    Now forgive me for asking, but are you coming up for graduation this year? I ask because I am going to be home in June and I would love to attend your graduation if it is this coming June.

    I am also thinking of doing a post about former students of mine. Would you mind if I use your letter, or parts of it at least in that post?

    My term is over, but yours must be winding down as well. Does your family have travel plans for Christmas? My wife and I have a camping trip to Australia planned. It is their summer down there now and it will be very hot, I understand. We have never been to Australia before and are looking forward to it very much.

    All the best to all my former students that you still see. Tell them that it was my very great privilege to be their teacher, and yours as well.

    Mr. Wise

  59. Brian Woodward Says:

    Dear Steve,

    Just to let you know that I spoke to your mother an hour ago and she mentioned that you were in Australia. I did a quick search and up you popped.

    Your mother is her normal indomitable self, never complains, always wants to talk about me rather than herself. She is very pleased with her new TV even though her sight frustrates full enjoymant of it.

    I suspect this mode of communication is not really desugned for personal communications so I’ll sign off.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip- it looks as if it is going really well.

    Your second cousin,


  60. Roneyson Elan Linang (Roy) Says:

    Sir,I’m really like to read your articles.
    They are really open up my perspective.

  61. Manveer Says:

    Hi, sir 🙂
    awesome and enthralling journal entries that make for nice reading. And wow, you’ve been going to so many places? So, anyways, have fun, and enjoy your holidays

  62. Alysia MacKillop Says:

    Hello Mr. Wise,

    I have been reading your blog ever since the day that I had returned to Locke’s to say hello and let you know how my highschool career was going. I was shocked to hear that you have left, and I do wish I could have shook your hand once more and caught up before you departed for Malaysia.

    But I do know one thing, the students of Malaysia have a spectacular teacher and I can only wish you and your wife both safe and happy travels.

    Warm regaurds,

    – Alysia MacKillop.

  63. Alysia, how sweet of you to remember me! I do thank you for your encouragement. I have just returned from teaching in Cambodia, and I am awfully tired, but seeing such a comment on our website is a tonic for the spirit. I pray that the Lord will bless you for your kindness.

  64. Susannah Weldy Says:

    Hello, I’m a Bangladesh MK. I was moderating our blog the other day and when you posted your kind words of support. I recognized your name, but could not picture your faces… so I came here hoping to find a photo to trigger my memory. I’m so glad I did. Good to see you and your sweet smiles!
    Susannah Goddard Weldy

  65. Jessica Goodall Says:

    Hello Mr. Wise!

    I just thought I would leave a little comment here telling you that I am graduating this year along with many former Lockes students. As I look back on my life in public school I am so happy to have had a truly inspirational teacher such as yourself. I am moving on to university in the fall and I couldn’t be more excited! I hope all is well with you and your family!

    Jessica Goodall

  66. Jessica: To be remember at all after four years is an honour. To be remember fondly is a privilege and a delight. Thank you so much for your kind words! All the best as you enter into this new and exciting phase of your education and your life. 🙂

  67. Allen Says:

    Hi Steve and Pam,
    I just came across one of your blogs commenting upon the recent marriage of the Royal couple, Prince William and Kate. I enjoyed reading it, as I too am British (though of dual-nationality – though I was the only one born in my family, here in America. All of the rest of my family were British through and through and for generations and generations back to the first clans of Scotland.) I was pleased at what you said of William and Kate, and really appreciated your thoughts on the Christian point of view on the wedding and the singing of the hymns, etc. I am a born-again Christian too. This is why I wanted so much to write to you.

    If you like, and I would love to hear from you. My email address is macallen@operamail.com

    God bless!


  68. Hi Mr Wise…currrently I am studying at The University of British Columbia…I would like to thank you for guiding me on how to do a research paper and it helps a lot especially for a engineering student like me…thank you very much…I appreciate all of your kindness and guidance…

    – Muhammad Harith- you former student of ENG 3U July 2010 –

  69. Harith: Thank you so much, young man. “Kind words do the heart good like medicine,” and your words are most kind. I trust that God will continue to bless your way as you seek to be the best you can be and develop the gifts that He has given you.

  70. Tracy Lontz Says:

    Hi Steve & Pam. My name is Tracy and my husband (Hubie) and I live in the US. I came across your wonderful blog while researching “living in Malaysia”. My Husband has been offered an assignment in Johor Bahru with his employer and we are considering it and will be making a visit next month to make our final decision. I have a few questions to ask you regarding Expat living if you are willing to give some advice?

  71. Hi,

    I just found your blog and wanted to check if you would be interested in providing a guest post for the blog on our site, Retirement And Good Living, about your life in SE Asia and in the Caribbean.

    Many of the visitors to our site are interested in traveling and also possible places to retire.

    Our site provides information on a variety of retirement topics including travel/vacations, retirement locations, aging, health, planning, finances, education, hobbies, part time jobs, volunteering and more. Over 300 guests from around the globe provided posts for the blog on our site.

    Please let me know if you are interested and I will forward additional information.

    Thank you,

    Simone Harrison
    Retirement And Good Living

  72. Simone:

    Sorry to be so tardy. It has been a crazy two years adjusting to being in the Caribbean.

    Yeah, I would be up for that. Some me some details to steve@spwise.com

  73. Dillon ross Says:

    Hello Mr. Wise,
    I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I was a student in your final grade 8 class at Lockes public school. I was in the same graduating year as Jessica Goodall. You also taught my sister Tiffany Ross approx. 6 years prior to me. I just wanted to say you are among the most influential people who have impacted my life. In fact Locke’s is the only institution that I have formed a personal bond with the faculty. I have visited Locke’s in a few times in the recent years, and I am always overcome with a tremendous feeling of shear humility when I walk through the halls and am still recognised by these people who helped prepare and mould me into who I am today. There are so many joyful memories I hold dear from yourself, Deepak Kundra, Aaron Preston, Natalie Temple, and Steve Beaumont. But as far as wisdom and knowledge I still use today you’re guidance to prepare me for the real world has been the basis of 90% of my major decisions. I just want to thank you for being so abstract and unique in your teaching. I hope to hear about the adventures in your life ever since you began a new chapter after locke’s all those years ago. I hope all is well.

    You’re impact is greatly appreciated,
    Dillon Ross

  74. Dillon, this is one of the nicest notes I have ever read. Thank you so much for taking the time to write these things to me. For a teacher, there is no greater reward than to know that you have helped shape a student to face their challenges in life. Make a difference!

  75. Tiffany Loxton Says:

    Mr. Wise,

    I was one if your students at Locke’s in the early 2000s. I am 28 now and working as a Respirstory Therapist. I grew up with a love of the science and you had a significant influence on my passion for knowledge especially in the sciences. You were the real life Bill Nye! I had heard that you had gone somewhere warm and beautiful when I was in high school and I never got to thank you but always wanted to. So here it is… Thank you!

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