25 reasons why it is so hard to teach kids.

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  1. They ask why.

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好人难做,男人更难做。

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女人出街手牵手:正常
男人出街手牵手:gay
 
女人爱哭:正常
男人爱哭:没种
 
女人一起喝一杯水:没什么大不了
男人一起喝一杯水:恶心
 
女人打架:sibei 厉害
男人打架:社会之害
 
女人爱撒娇:可爱
男人爱撒娇:死阿瓜
 
女人抱在一起:感情很好
男人抱在一起:心理变态
 
女人打男人:男人该打
男人打女人:男人该打
 
男人强奸女人:坐牢
女人强奸男人:没人相信
 
女人穿男装:好酷
男人穿女装:好恶
 
女人扮可爱:好想亲一下
男人扮可爱:好想巴一下
 
(not original work, but adapted from the net by yours truly)

My favourite moments in Deathly Hallows.

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I’ve finished re-reading Deathly Hallows, and am now halfway through OOTP. And once again I am reminded of the magic of J.K. Rowling. Somehow the movies almost always disappoint me..maybe it’s because words work for me more than images. Or maybe because I keep comparing the book to the film and groan at the plot omissions. But it probably cannot be helped – it’s quite a challenge to stuff those few hundred pages into 2.5 hours worth of popcorn. And some scenes which may be thought to be insignificant by some may be loved by others. Some parts in the book struck me in particular: (Spoilers alert)

Luna had decorated her bedroom ceiling with five beautifully painted faces: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Neville. They were not moving as the portraits at Hogwarts moved, but there was a certain magic about them all the same: Harry thought they breathed. What appeared to be fine golden chains wove around the pictures, linking them together, but after examining them for a minute or so, Harry realized that the chains were actually one word, repeated a thousand times in golden ink: friends … friends … friends …

Somehow, Harry is not my favourite character in the book. I’m not sure why..(maybe it’s coz I feel he’s too proud sometimes) but underdogs like Neville and Luna appeal to me more. Luna in particular, because she’s so eccentric. And how she’s so nice to everyone around her, even those who ridicule her and steals her stuff. Which means she must be an angel to those she considers friends. Or maybe it’s just the way I feel like the outcast Luna sometimes. I’m sure all of us feel this way at some point of time, but not all of us have the courage to not make any attempt to fit in unlike Luna (not even Harry, when he first met her).

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“Snape’s patronus was a doe,” said Harry, “the same as my mother’s because he loved her for nearly all of his life, from when they were children.”

And with this, I felt a surge of affection for Snape, the same way I did for Ichimaru Gin.

snape doe 

AND THIS IS SO DAMN CUTE I JUST GOTTA PUT THIS IN

POTTERPUFFS FTW (Let me sidetrack a bit.)

Amazing how a little bit of Googling can unearth stuff like that.

And.

hagrid&hiinokka

There’s.

snapeworstmemory

Lots.

James&lily

More.

snape-dumbledore-avada

Where.

kalkaros%20ja%20dumbledore

It.

Harry&malfoy

Came.

harry resurrect

From.

weasleyfamilytree (this is the best)

OKOK I’ll stop. Now to get back on track.

“Oh, I don’t know!” yelled Hermione with awful sarcasm. “rack your brains, Ron, that should only take a couple of seconds”

HAHA this sounds like one of my lines…

ron-and-hermione-kiss-1-150x150 I thought this was quite cute!

Dobby has no master, Dobby is a free elf, and Dobby has come to save Harry Potter and his friends.

How I wanted to cheer when I saw this line (they were trapped in Malfoy Manor then)! The only thing that stopped me was that there were people around when I was reading. Dobby is an adorable and lovable character (despite his desperate measures to prevent Harry from returning to Hogwarts in one book). In Goblet of Fire, he says this:

Dobby cannot let Harry Potter lose his Wheezy!

In case you’re lost, Wheezy refers to Weasley i.e. Ron.

Luna: “Whenever you’re ready Sir.” (before apparating out of Malfoy Manor)
Dobby: “Sir? I like her very much.”

(From movie) Such a beautiful place it is, to be with friends. Dobby is happy to be with his friend, Harry Potter.

(From book) And then with a little shudder the elf became quite still, and his eyes were nothing more than great, glassy orbs sprinkled with light from the stars they could not see.

And he remains adorable and lovable until the very end.

dobby

Thank you so much, Dobby, for rescuing me from that cellar. It’s so unfair that you had to die, when you were so good and so brave. I’ll always remember what you did for us. I hope you’re happy now.

And this is one of the reasons why I like Luna so much. It’s all very simple – what she’s saying, but so very sufficient.

Is Draco alive? Is he in the castle?
The whisper was barely audible, her lips were an inch from his car, her head bent so low that her long hair shielded his face from the onlookers.
Yes,” he breathed back.
He felt the hand on his chest contract: her nails pierced him. Then it was withdrawn. She had sat up.
He is dead!” Narcissa Malfoy called to the watchers.

narcissa

I actually kinda like Narcissa, because she looks elegant in her own way, and actually has feelings (for her family), unlike her sis Bellatrix. “Cissy”, as she is called by her sis. Hmm..if she’s Cissy, then Bellatrix is…Belly? 

“NO!”

The scream was the more terrible because he had never expected or dreamed that Professor McGonagall could make such a sound.

mcgonagall

My heart wrenched. Good old McGonagall – Harry was like a son to her already.

This happens during the awesome Battle of Hogwarts, just when Hermione spots Fenrir Greyback going to attack an unconscious Lavender Brown:

Then, with a bright white flash and a crack, a crystal ball fell on top of his head, and he crumpled to the ground and did not move.

“I have more!” shrieked Professor Trelawney from over the banisters. “More for any who want them! Here –”

And with a movement like a tennis serve, she heaved another enormous crystal sphere from her bag, waved her wand through the air, and caused the ball to speed across the hall and smash through a window.

trelawney

HAHA GOOD OLD TRELAWNEY THIS WAS DAMN FUNNY – I absolutely hope I would see this scene in the movie!!

Here’s another scene I’m craving to see in the movie – more than Trelawney flinging tennis balls. This has got to be the best part ever. If this doesn’t happen I swear I will walk out of the cinema:

“NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!”

Mrs Weasley threw off her cloak as she ran, freeing her arms. Bellatrix spun on the spot, roaring with laughter at the sight of her new challenger.

“OUT OF MY WAY!” shouted Mrs Weasley to the three girls, and with a swipe of her wand she began to duel. Harry watched with terror and elation as Molly Weasley’s wand slashed and twirled, and Bellatrix Lestrange’s smile faltered and became a snarl. Jets of light flew from both wands, the floor around the witches’ feet became hot and cracked; both women were fighting to kill.

“No!” Mrs Weasley cried as a few students ran forward, trying to come to her aid. “Get back. Get back! She is mine!”

Hundreds of people now lined the walls, watching the two fights, Voldemort and his three opponents, Bellatrix and Molly, and Harry stood, invisible, torn between both, wanting to attack and yet to protect, unable to be sure that he would not hit the innocent.

“What will happen to your children when I’ve killed you?” taunted Bellatrix, as mad as her master, capering as Molly’s curses danced around her. “When Mummy’s gone the same was as Freddie?”

“You — will — never — touch — our — children — again!” screamed Mrs Weasley.

Bellatrix laughed, the same exhilarated laugh her cousin Sirius had given as he toppled backward through the veil, and suddenly Harry knew what was going to happen before it did.

Molly’s curse soared beneath Bellatrix’s outstretched arm and hit her squarely in the chest, directly over her heart.

Bellatrix’s gloating smile froze, her eyes seemed to bulge: For the tiniest space of time she knew what had happened, and then she toppled, and the watching crowd roared, and Voldemort screamed.

molly&bellatrix 

(sorry, couldn’t resist putting another one!!)

She looks almost as scary as Bellatrix in this poster…

molly-weasley

And for the n-th time, Voldie is defeated by moms. Three cheers for all the moms in the series! (Lily Potter included)

And just as I finish writing this, here’s a line in OOTP I’ve just read that made me laugh hard:
(Hermione had been knitting woolly hats for elves to pick up – so that they’d be freed)

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“The hats have gone. Seems the house-elves do want freedom after all.”

“I wouldn’t bet on it,” Ron told her cuttingly. “They might not count as clothes. They didn’t look anything like hats to me, more like woolly bladders.”

Hermione did not speak to him all morning.

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The epic conclusion.

Some chimologies.

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一、若爱,请深爱。放弃,请彻底。
Either love wholeheartedly, or make a clean break.

等待,本身就是一个错误……不要轻易放弃本不该放弃的,也不要固执的坚持不该坚持的。
Cherish what you should, but don’t persist in what’s not meant to be.

二、看得开一点,伤害少一点。
Take it easy, and get hurt less.

一个人要是舍得让你伤心,就不值得你为他流泪。所以赶紧收起你那卑微的泪水。洗洗脸、刷刷牙,好好过生活。
If he can bear to break your heart, you can bear to let it go. So get yourself together and live life.

三、有些事,要经历后才会懂得。
Some things in life can only be learnt through experience.

过了,遗憾了,才知道其实人生并不需要这么多无谓的执著,没有什么不能割舍。
It’s only when everything has passed that you realize we cling on unnecessarily to many things in life.
(omg I had a tough time thinking how to translate this one, especially 执著–any better suggestions…?)

四、秋天–残忍的季节,成熟不成熟的都要一同收割。
There will come a time when you have to pack it up and go, whether you’re ready or not. Like how autumn arrives when you’re in the midst of enjoying summer. 

一切都会在秋冬交替的刹那间随风而逝,唯有那一泓鲜亮山溪般的记忆永远在心中哗哗流动。
Everything will change in the split second autumn transcends into winter – except the crystal-clear memories that forever remain in our minds.

五、珍惜身边的幸福,不要等到失去以后才悔不当初。
Cherish the happiness while you still have it, not only after it’s gone.

也许你的一生就只有那么一个人会真正在你身上用心。
Because there may never be another who would so readily devote their heart and soul.

六、人生就像一列车,车上总有形形色色的人穿梭往来。
Life is like a train, and there’s always people getting on and off at each station.

你可能会在车上遇到很多有缘人,但当车停下来的时候,总会有人从这列车上上下下。到你下车的时候,转身离开,唯一记得的住的只有回家的路……
You might meet many people on board, but when the time comes for you to alight, the only thing you’ll remember is the way home.

七、有的人你看了一辈子,却忽视了一辈子。有的人你看了一眼,却影响你的一生。有的人热情的为你而快乐,却被你冷落。有的人让你拥有短暂的开心,却得到你思绪的连锁。有的人一厢情愿了N年,却被你拒绝了N年……
There are those who stay by your side forever, only to be neglected by you the whole time. Then there are those who are gone in a split second but change you for life.  And there are those who live solely for your happiness, only to be given the cold shoulder. There are also those who brought you fleeting moments of joy, but earned your eternal desire. Last but not least, there are those who try for n times and get rejected by you n times…

八、不要欠朋友太多东西,因为你可能永远都没有机会还完。
Don’t owe a friend too much – you never know if you’ll have enough time to repay it all.

欢笑过后
会否一直回首

Spend your time treasuring what you have, not mourning what you don’t.

(Sadly, I didn’t come up with the above. All these chim sayings from here. I did my own translations and edited some of them.)

Reserved MRT seats.

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So some time back there was this guy who was sleeping on the double seats on the train..and upon being woken up by an old man who wanted to sit, asked the latter for his age. The old man, being an old man, shot back with something like “definitely much older than you”. And the young guy went back to sleep. And with smartphones everywhere, it comes as no surprise that the old man snapped a photo of him. What was surprising to me though, was that the man, who was in his 60s, posted it on FB. I’m not being an age-ist here, but omg, I’m really surprised. I thought the photo came from some other kaypoh commuter.

Anyway, the reason given by the young guy, who claimed to be on ‘drowsy medication’ (which totally explains his irrepressible urge to sleep) was that he didn’t know exactly how old the old guy was, hence his question. (Well after taking the train for 20+ years, this is something new to me. Apparently you can only give up your seats to people who are above a certain age)

See that’s the problem here – you never know if they’re old enough/pregnant enough/weak enough for you to give up your seat. When you see an old man with grey hair and offer your seat to him, three things can happen:

  1. he accepts it immediately
  2. he act-act paiseh and says nehmind, nehmind but accepts it eventually
  3. he questions you “Do I look very old?” (死不认老)
  4. he feels insulted that you think he is weak just because he is old (at least he admits he is old, unlike no. 2)

As a matter of fact, I’ve actually seen an angmoh feeling insulted when someone tried to give up a seat to him. Cultural differences I suppose…

And, when you see a seemingly pregnant lady (barring the obviously pregnant ones) board the train, two things can happen:

  1. you give up your seat to her and she accepts it immediately
  2. you can’t figure out whether she is pregnant or just fat, so it’s better to remain seated and observer a while more, just in case (with all due respect to pregnant ladies and fat people, sometimes I really think it’s a bit hard to tell =.=)
So, I’ve decided that the best thing to do is not to sit at all, unless I’m pretty sure there’s going to be quite a lot of empty seats, like during off peak hours, past those crowded stations. And after all, every passenger has paid and therefore has a right to a seat, and there’s really nothing much we can say if one refuses to give up his seat to others. I think others have to be quite thick-skinned to demand for a seat as well. I once saw two aunties boarding the train with only one seat. One of them started pointing at the ‘reserved seat’ sign above a young guy’s head…and the guy eventually made way. That’s really buay paiseh hahaha.
But you have to admit, the double seats ARE pretty cosy…

People chemistry.

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The interaction between us and different kinds of people can roughly be classified into the following.

Some people are like sodium and water. Fast, explosive, but it fizzes out quickly and soon nothing is left.

Some people are like iron rusting. Slow, painful, ugly, and you can’t escape from it.

Some people are like calcium carbonate reacting with sulphuric acid: something happens initially, but after a while an insoluble layer of product is formed around the reagent and everything stops.

Some people are like transition metals: you never know their true colors.

Some people are like potassium chlorate and gummy bears. Let the sparks fly. (see vid number 8 at this link)

But, I have yet to met a person that simply makes me dissolve.

OMG that was damn corny. I shall stop.

Why it’s so hard to share a bus/train with n number of people

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If you belong to one of the following categories:

1. you don’t have a driving license
2. you have a driving license but you don’t want to add to the already high number of road hazards
3. you have a driving license and are ready to become another road hazard but you are too poor to own the piece of paper that allows you to own a vehicle
4. you are too poor to cab all over the place (or every bloody cab you try to flag reads ‘on call’)

Then you probably have no choice but to be one of the 9,753,486,257 sardines freshly packed on the bus/MRT every day. i.e. one of them below: Read more

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