Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Came across this website "shapecollage.com" when going through the students' products for one of the activities - Activity 5 Digital Collage.
Can also find here: http://www.shapecollage.com/online/?cid=czhe8u8a
Friday, December 18, 2009
Hopped by and read a couple of articles by here.
One of which, "The Gardener" was pretty interesting... http://www.potnpen.com/pnp15_busy.php
I like the beginning... which tries to define "what a gardener" is?
"Who is this person we call a ‘gardener.’ Is he a person who just remove dead debris that litter the garden; a person who merely trim, cut and water the plants? Or someone in love with nature and knows how to appreciate it with respect."
Indeed, I admire her observation skills... where she went into details of what a gardener does! I didn't know there were so much thinking and work behind - just a garden!
Somewhere in the 2nd page, she wrote,
"I hope to be a gardener who understands how essential plants are to our existence; one who realizes that gardening could uplift our self-esteem, a valuable tool in the healing process (being one of those whose emotional stress was tamed by spending time feeling the soil and digging for those unsightly worms); and a friend who could coax a smile from our weary face."
I have nothing to add into the topic... however, I immediately draw a parallel - Aren't we gardeners? I think many of us are!!! Being a parent or a teacher. Every child is a little plant - whether the plant remains sheltered for the entire life within the room or experience rain and sunshine to become a strong tree rooted to the ground... it really depends on the gardener!!! The decision to let go (at varying degrees) or protect.
This is especially apparent to parents - many children are either the only child or have only 1 other sibling! So, we can imagine, many of them would be sheltered from the heavy rain and strong wind!
Similarly, as teachers - to what extent do we provide guidance to our students? Spoonfeed or just to guide (then the next question, to show the way or not...)
How successful are we, as gardeneres?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
2. Was away from my desk for 2 days only - last Friday and yesterday (Monday). Surprised by a sheet of A5 paper in blue... with words scribbled by some colleagues... read through them... can recognised some handwritings, but not all... Thanks for those words of encouragement and affirmation... ah! Some read as if it was an 'assessment' about my work...
hahaha.... But really, thanks from the bottom of my heart... it's my obligation to give what I could since I've committed myself to this dreamland. Yes, hope to built a castle that I dream of... though I'm not a very good architect, but be rest assured, we'll get to see something in a few years' time... of course, this won't happen without your participation!!! :D
Updated on 16 October 2009:
Checked out with colleagues how this slip of note came about... so, it's something the team did in one of the PD sessions... So, I missed it because I was out handling some admin matters... Well, though missed the opportunity to pen down words... I believe you will know what I'll say... ^.^
3. Only got the chance to check the email in the train... yup! Thanks to technology! Am in touch with people all around (via the social network and email). Received an email from Kong Ming, that said, "I finally have the time to pop over to Paro College, and with the help of Thinley – and some CSI work, tracked down your tree. Well, the sign has been removed and new constructions have been going on. There are also no cow to tell us where. So, here’s your baby: still alive and thriving."I was so touched when read the message from the handphone! oh!!! That handphone couldn't display the zip file! ah! my tablet couldn't open up the zip file!! Nevermind! I'll pull it out when I reach school tomorrow.
Kong Ming: Thank you very much! Really appreciate that!
Updated on 16 October 2009:
Monday, December 14, 2009
Didn't understand a single word on the packing, but probably it's something that came with sound? I guess... anyway, can't possibly find it anywhere else (outside Japan). Oh!!! How could I resist it!!!! Buy, buy, buy! (without a second thought). That was more than a month ago!
At last, this morning, picked up the pack and opened it! Interesting! There's a sensor behind the box (which came with 2 batteries). Simply laid it on top of the different cards (e.g. notes, train ticket), it will read it out loud, in Japanese! Hahah... interesting :D
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Practised 斩草除根so that it will not 春风吹又生。
Here are the 2 last screen shots: One from each farm.
Here's the last harvest... Perhaps it makes a good Christmas card :D Cheers!
A Fantasy on Ice REVERIE is the dream of Aurora, the child-like spirit of the northern lights. An eternal child, Aurora fantasises of what she would be like as a grown-up. She creates a dreamlike future “self” to experience a world of wonder in a mystical place created by the reflection of light on ice.As young Aurora drifts off to sleep, she encounters the Traveler, who opens the Dream Box, unleashing a host eccentric creatures, elements of light and darkness, and a glimpse of her future. She dreams of soaring to the skies as fantastic gifts of dreams are given to her in the forms of colorful characters, graceful skaters, dynamic acrobats and beautiful melodies.As Aurora takes to the sky leaving this dreamworld of fire and ice, of games and pixies, of icicles and creatures, she unites with her future self, her destiny, her REVERIE.
First time I watched was in 1999 at the Kallang Theatre. Can't quite remember the exact name, but it left one memorable scene, where large pieces of clothes that went across the entire theatre - from the audience to the stage... and the entire show as only music and act. It was one of the best visual treats!
Then came Cirque De Soleil - Quidam in 2005, when it was shown under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau at a corner of Beach Road and Rochor Road. More elaborate in terms of the stunts.
This round, the first time I watch something that's performed on an ice floor! Skating! Wow, it's a combination of acrobatics and dance! The voices of the 2 leads were good. Hm.. didn't see the "explosive special effects" (described in the website). Maybe I missed that? Sat in the 1st row, right in the middle - I must count myself very lucky! (Indeed, when I ordered the ticket online, I've no slightest idea where the seat was except it's in the 1st row).
There were 2 parts to the entire show - the skating performance as well as the acrobatics. The ice skating performance was simply beautiful. I was fully immersed in the dance. So graceful and skilful! One could see, from their facial expression, they were fully immersed in the role they played! As of the acrobatics, it was scary yet tastefully done. Really, there were several occasions that my heart nearly stopped! These performers must have gone through a lot of rigorous training - in fact, some were very dangerous! Although most were 'solo' stunts, there were 2 duos. It's really a test of mankind physical capability. Really couldn't imagine how could one's neck able to support the entire weight of another adult! Of course, for a few, it's obvious the balancing act relies on the 'centre of gravity'!
Oh, not forgetting the colours of the entire show - black, white and blue. Oh... the blue eye shadows across the faces of all female performers, including luminous blue lipsticks!
It's a show worth watching indeed!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
adjective, -er, -est.
1. of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
2. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words.
3. indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often fol. by to): to be kind to animals.
4. mild; gentle; clement: kind weather.
5. British Dialect. loving; affectionate.
Recently, Someone commented "... people's reaction when they are faced with the inconvenience... start to criticize. They inevitably start to form the impression or jump into conclusion that things have not been properly thought through or that certain actions were insensitive etc.... will be more understanding, more appreciative and less critical. On our part, we can also be less defensive..."
This was the concluding comment that closed the episode of the discussion, I hope. I guess, Someone thought that some of us are not kind enough to each other, not being understanding. Oh, maybe, to be more direct, that I'm not being kind to Someone?
These words still hanging in my head though first came across that almost a week ago. The first question: Someone thinks that I'm not kind enough because I was trying to provide justifications and the rationale behind certain actions, and I (must have?) sounded defensive? My reaction - Someone indeed was trying to defend own's action and taking opportunity to defend, or to turn the table around (again)?
In the first place, who and what started off this whole series of dialogues? Of course, it's not a one-off trigger. To go through the historical archives (ah! yes, I archive things pretty well though sometimes not able to retrieve so quickly), it all started off with Someone's insensitive comment(?) (I think, blame could be even a better word. Ok! I shall be kind here) on someone-else being capable of "magical" touch. To-date, I still could not make out how could such illogical comment came from Someone! Be kind! That's my basic principle - such comment came about could be because of stress... So, cool down! Of course, I'm not sure if Someone was aware that such remark was unreasonable and could hurt. While Someone asked others to be kind, was Someone aware what's said was unkind? Someone-else was a convenient scapegoat? It hurts the relationship - The trust, understanding that build the inter-personal relationship over time. Someone's emotional bank account immediately went zero! (Stephen Covey's 7 Habits - Interdependence).
Taking for granted of someone-else's accommodating nature - Is that an act of kindness? I wonder. Sure, someone-else got to be blamed - for not able to think through thoroughly what's the desireable minimum expectation and assumed the deposits in the emotional account (with others) would help someone-else to overcome the short-term inconvenience. On the other hand, Someone was also very "clever" to offer "options" that were neither desireable nor workable -in the name of kindness. Would anyone with a clear mind regard such act of taking for granted as a act of kindness? I wonder.
Have been kind to Someone once. The second occurance showed that Someone needs help to point out the impact of such "act of kindness". I guess presenting the picture (including the reaction and impact) would help Someone to reflect.
The comments (in blue) really reflects the Someone's thinking, which I really could not make out - fortunate or unfortunate.
- "Fortunate" because such comments could not come without putting any effort to analyse and put together the potential causes of the unpleasant experience.
- "Unfortunate" because Someone did not take ownership of someone's words and action - Clearly, in Someone's view - someone has nothing to do with these unpleasant experiences - all these were a result of others' reactions. Sad?
So, am I being defensive? Or am I just presenting facts?
So, how to draw a line being objective and defensive? Sigh...
Monday, December 07, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Another article... that caught my attention...
Some 200,000 used textbooks donated to needy children
By Hetty Musfirah, Channel NewsAsia Posted: 05 December 2009 1805 hrs
This is the time of giving... not just 'food' or basic necessities (as talked about in the previous post)... but also learning materials for schooling children.
Indeed, this practice of giving/receiving old textbooks started for many years, since my schooling years. Basically, it's a means to help needy families who can't quite afford the cost of studying materials. We also notice that the cost of learning materials have increased tremendously. Someone shared the other day that she has to set aside almost $300 just for one child - just textbooks and stationery, minus school uniform, school bag, etc.
Indeed, to every child, the school reopen/open marks the beginning of a new year - everything's new! It's not only important to the child, but also important to the parents (and even grandparents) because they want the child to have a good start for the year. So, it's important for everyone! So, no matter, how humble a family is, the parent will try to get something new for the child - be it school shoes or school bag.
I still remember those good old days when I was still in Primary School, grandma would bring me to the shop (what we call the 洋货店) at Blk 6 Kempas Road to get me a new school bag - a canvas school bag. The giving out free textbook already started in those days. Recall once dad brought us to the location... we were really surprised so many people went to get the books - was just wondering... really? so many people needed help? so, perhaps we should leave the stuff to those really need to help, we thought. Since then, we did not return. Instead, every year, when possible, we'll set aside those books that were still usable to be given to the needy.
I must count ourselves really fortunate... and that's when we first learnt how to help the needy. First of all, if we could afford, do not deprive others from the opportunity and more in need. There's really no competition here. Next, if we could afford, something not significant to us might make a difference in others! Be it a simple thing, it could make one's day. So, it's not costly to help. Of course, to help, with sincerity. It's not a matter to show off or need to be remembered because it's truly from the bottome of our heart.
Of course, I'm not advocating to give freely, to anyone! We should make our discretion on who needs to be helped or who is capable of helping themselves yet not to take up their own responsibility...
Number of expired food items donated declines over the years
By Maggie Chong, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 06 December 2009 1939 hrs
SINGAPORE: It is the season of giving, especially to charities, and Singaporeans have been making all sorts of donations.
According to organisations helping out in such drives, the number of expired food items donated has decreased over the years.
The Boys Brigade and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society said that about a decade ago, 10 per cent of the items donated were either expired or half-consumed items.
And now, the number is down to about one per cent.
They cite this to the success of outreach programmes, listing out the preferred donation items.
It's so UNBELIEVABLE!!! How could one, in the name of 'donation', give away used items? Especially food! Hey, if one could not afford something that's decent from a fellow being, please stop 'demonstrating' the "kind" intent! It's not spring cleaning time! (mind you!)
Treat one the way you would like to be treated! Expired canned food!? Please thrown them into the bin! What really shocked me was there were people who donate half-consumed food! Ridiculous! Hey, irregardless of how expensive the original item was. Please! Keep that to your own consumption!
Is this a demonstration of 'care' and 'graciousness' in a society?
Or are we seeing more and more people who couldn't make sound decisions of what's right or what's not right to do - i.e. to respect others' dignity!
Or these people simply don't care??
Was introduced to that since JC times when I had to stay up late nights. Coffee, Chicken Essence, Red bull... u name it, I tried it. Now, none could really play its intended role with me... Somehow, the body is already immune to its intended function - to keep one awake! So, I'm seeking for new formula! hahaha...
So far, have tried two brands of chicken essence - Brands and Yu Ren Sheng. Each has its uniqueness. Still like the thick fragrance of the formal. But I'm very sure, no matter what, I still prefer pure chicken essence; not those mixed with other herbs... somehow... it came with a strange taste or fragrance.
Normally it comes in half a dozen, but it comes with an extra bottle in the recent offer package. Oh! I thought! Worth it! However, it's clever in its marketing. It never mentioned the extra bottle is of the same size of the rest! So, guess what I get? (see picture).
Hm... maybe it's going to be a good teaching aide for the maths topic - Similarity & Congruency!
它，也是最诚实的 - 毫不保留地出卖人的不忠，虚假。