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He called and said he was done with work. He asked if I wanted to watch “Frankenweenie” and so we had a Tuesday movie date night 🙂

I love Tim Burton and his works. I like the part where Victor talks to his Science teacher Mr Rzykruski about his experiments and the teacher told him he had to love his experiments for them to work. Sparky came back to life, did not turn into a monster and remained alive because of the love between the dog and his master.

I read Shannon Wilson’s blog and I agree that “What is most charming about this film is Burton’s return to form in stop motion coupled with his use of monochromatic cinema.

Burton painstakingly crafted the movie at Three Mills Studios in East London. “The black and white colour scale may seem like an odd choice for Disney, but Burton has declared that the stop motion and black and white were “crucial elements” in the filming, giving him the greater control he needed for this particular story. ‘It’s different from live action… in some ways it’s like watching paint dry… there’s a lot more control on a film like this than on a live action film’.

These aspects add a timelessness to the piece, exuding extra atmosphere and getting the audience to feel rather than be distracted by fantastic effects.”

“Being different isn’t a bad thing, and a child should be allowed to be themselves.”

I really like stopmotion too and I like how Burton describes it as ‘It’s different from live action… in some ways it’s like watching paint dry… there’s a lot more control on a film like this than on a live action film’.

I enjoyed reading more about Tim Burton and the making of this movie  through this post. Yes, “being different isn’t a bad thing, and a child should be allowed to be themselves.”

I also like how Wilson has described Tim Burton as “a hard man to capture. Even when just giving a short speech to introduce his film and express his gratitude, he is barely still for a moment, all arm movements, half-finished sentences and scattered personage. This is part of what

 is great about him as an artist. He is excited, he is creative, he is fluid – all things that encapsulate childhood. Being in his presence, he is obviously a man that never settled, never grew up, never became the boxed in mainstream ‘director’ Hollywood told him he was supposed to be in order to succeed. That is why 28 years later, we are sitting in theatres, watching the film that Disney turned down being resurrected in full glory from the same company that did the killing in the first place.
Sometimes you just have to test the boundaries, stick to your guns, and not give up, even if Disney tells you your dog is dead.”
D’accord! Below are other images that I found while reading more about Frankenweenie.

Film-day Friday : BFI London Film Festival Opening Gala 'Frankenweenie' Premiere

Film-day Friday : BFI London Film Festival Opening Gala 'Frankenweenie' Premiere

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Why do whales beach themselves?


I read an article about pilot whales beached in Indonesia recently and the natives cutting off the meat to eat. I felt really sad and I went in search of why do whales beach themselves? There is no definite answer as yet, perhaps because the factors are so varied and we know so little about whales. Whales that beach themselves die not out of water, but when the tide comes in and drowns them or when the sand gets into their blowholes or they get dehydrated so much in the sun and die.

Records of whales beaching themselves go all the way back to Aristotle’s time (384 BC – 322 BC). It could be because of a natural evolutionary trait where whales that are sick beach themselves so that they do not infect or affect the rest of the pod. It does seem to make sense, to ensure survival and also to die on the beach rather than be eaten by sharks or rot in the ocean.

However, this does not explain mass beaching incidents where the highest record has been of 835 false killer whales. Some say that it is because of marine chemical pollution or perhaps because of military sonar or anomalies in magnetic field. Most of the time even when people manage to push the whales back into the sea, they head straight back to shore and it’s very difficult to keep pushing them back. In the end they have to euthanize the whales.

from the Scientific American, Telegraph, Stephen Theron, Brian Palmer, are rather informative.

I feel sad and I believe the increase in the number of whales beaching themselves around the world has some links to human activities. We are partly if not wholly responsible. There’s something horrifying about a beached whale. It pulls at our heart strings to see these magnificent creatures rendered helpless and dying on shores.

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Boat of Life

“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need-a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worthy of the name, someone to love and someone to love you…” Jerome K. Jerome

Boat of life makes me think of a song -Life is like a Boat by Rie Fu from the anime Bleach

Nobody knows who I really am
I never felt this empty before
And if I ever need someone to come along,
Who’s gonna comfort me, and keep me strong?

We are all rowing the boat of fate
The waves keep on coming and we can’t escape
But if we ever get lost on our way
The waves would guide you through another day

tooku de iki o shiteru toomei ni natta mitai
kurayami ni omoe dakedo mekaku shisareteta dake
inori o sasagete atarashii hi o matsu
asayaka ni hikaru umi sono hate made

Nobody knows who I really am
Maybe they just don’t give a damn
But if I ever need someone to come along
I know you would follow me, and keep me strong

hito no kokoro wa utsuriyuku mukedashiteku naru
tsuki wa mada atarashii shuuki de mune o tsureteku

And every time I see your face
The ocean heaves up to my heart
You make me wanna strain at the oars, and soon
I can see the shore

Oh, I can see the shore
When will I see the shore?

I want you to know who I really am
I never thought I’d feel this way towards you
And if you ever need someone to come along,
I will follow you, and keep you strong

tabi wa mada tsuzuiteku odayakana hi mo
tsuki wa mada atarashii shuuki de mune o terashidasu
inori o sasagete atarashii hi o matsu
asayaka ni hikaru umi sono hate made

And every time I see your face
The ocean heaves up to my heart
You make me wanna strain at the oars, and soon
I can see the shore

unmei no hune o ko gi nami wa tsugi kara tsugi e to watashi-tachi o shou kedo [1]
sore mo suteki na tabi ne, dore mo suteki na tabi ne

Each breath escaping my body becomes transparent and goes far away
And even when I think everything’s dark, I’m only blindfolded

Offering a prayer, I wait for a new day to come
Until the reflection of the sunrise sparkling on the sea disappears completely

People’s hearts are constantly changing, peeling away fresh layers
with each new phase of the moon

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Beat your mind: 10 Motivational Tips to Run Better

Every year, more and more people take to the streets to run; it’s becoming not only a trend, but also a way of thinking and living that promotes good health and continued activity. In the effort to stay active and beat obesity, many are finding solace in running. Whether it’s for sport or simply to achieve personal weight and training goals, running is something that is at the forefront of the nation. Here are some tips for new and experienced runners alike:

1. Map out your journey

From day one, you should know where you think you’d like to be headed with regards to your goals. If you want to be running a 5K within a few weeks, set benchmarks.

2. Invest in the right equipment

The right shoes make a world of difference. Thrift store sneakers just won’t suffice, and can lead to injury. It pays off in the long run to invest a bit more in the right shoes.

3. Respect your body

The old adage tells us that the body is a temple; respect and embrace this. You’ll feel good if you start your day with a big breakfast containing a healthy dose of protein. This is important even on those non-running days.

4. Tailor your diet

You have to figure out what works for you, nutritionally. Everybody is different, but everyone needs an extra amount of fuel if they’re going to increase their amount of physical activity.

5. Hydrate frequently

Water is the key; while the diet is important, you need to replenish all of the fluids that your body is going to lose while you’re running. This is especially true in the hot months; avoid the peak times of day with regards to exposure to the sunlight, and always try to carry water with you.

Beat Your Mind: 10 Motivational Tips that'll Make You Run Better

6. Always breathe

Focus on controlling and grounding your breath whenever you get overworked. This can be a major key toward beating the task mentally.

7. Keep a diary

Make actual notes of how your journey is going. This will be incredibly helpful when you look back for trends and tips about your own personal experience.

8. Switch up the path

If you’ve been running the same path every day, you might want to consider trying some new courses. Vary your elevations; when many start training on hills, their running world opens up.

9. Run with friends

Encourage your friends to come along with you; sometimes this takes your mind off of the physical struggles and allows you to slip into good form.

10. Live your entire life the way you hope to run

Life itself is very comparable to running; this is why many people love it. Life’s often compared to a marathon, and if you can form good habits for the way that you want to live your life, they’re going to translate in your athletic performance.

Good running advice doesn’t end here. What works for one might not work for everyone; the key is listening to yourself and respecting both your body and your effort to learn more about how you work.

Source: RunSociety

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

7 Habits PDF

I read this book when I was in secondary school and when I met Mike, we realised that he had read the same book too. We both have a tattered copy of this book on our bookshelves. Habits make or break us, that’s true. We are sharing one habit for each of our monthly Future Divsion meeting this year.

The book begins with this poem.

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.

Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people, and alas, of all failures as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine
I work with the precision of a machine and the intelligence of a person.

You may run me for profit or run me for ruin –
it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and
I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

(Author unknown)

Another poem about habit I like and is also in the book.

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost…I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place. But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
see it is there.
still fall in…it’s a habit…but, my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.
I walk down a different street.

by Portia Nelson

Mr Chia, my Art teacher-mentor said last week, “Always make new mistakes.” :]

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“When your determination changes,

everything will begin to move in the direction you desire. The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fiber in your being will immediately orient itself toward your success. On the other hand, if you think, “This is never going to work out,” then at that instant every cell in your being will be deflated and give up the fight.” Daisaku Ikeda (Source: Ikeda Quotes)

A-Math and combined Science for the GCE O-level warriors today! Stay positive and don’t give up! Aza aza fighting! :]