Archive for the ‘What I’ve Read’ Category
A group of teachers have created videos of every chapter for different subject, from Standard 1 to Form 5, under a social enterprise called EduNation.
Here is the instruction to start:
A nice article I came across “10 Totally Mindful Mantras from Totally Awesome 80’s Movies!”
Personally like #1, #5 and #7 the most:
1. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” (from Dirty Dancing)
This one reminds me of the famous Eleanor Roosevelt quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
No one can put you in a corner you don’t want to be in. You are in control. But…
5. “I’ll be back.” (from The Terminator)
Because everything will be back, even shoulder pads, apparently (gag me with a spoon!). Everything is fluid and ebbing and flowing and shifting and changing. Sadness will visit again. Happiness will visit again. It’s the human (and cyborg) condition.
7. “How many of them really know what they want, though? I mean, a lot of them think they have to know, right? But inside they don’t really know, so… I don’t know, but I know that I don’t know.” (from Say Anything)
It’s okay to not have all the answers. No one does. I mean, did any of us everactually solve the Rubik’s cube? Lovable Lloyd Dobler is clearly channeling Socrates as he rambles. Socrates said, “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”
Be mindful of what you don’t know. Be open and aware so that you may learn more.
Something I read this morning, dedicating to my daughters:
I like what Maria Cordero said in this interview, especially from minute: 2:20 onwards.
A brief translation:
“You haven’t started to put in effort or contribute, you already want reward. Who tell you you get 5As you will get a job? you can get big money big houses? That is what your mother lie to you one, go and ask from your mother. Getting 5As is your preparation for urself, your own ladder inside. Just like you have a knife, so you mill the blade sharp sharp lo. Then you see where have door then go and chop lo, knock on every doors lo. If still cannot find a job, keep your knife and work at the big M restaurant la, etc. 5As is just experience gained from school, to score 5As from experience gathered from working and living in society, that is very difficult to get. You said you very pandai singing, the one under the flyover bridge, pay as you like, 20 cents or 2 dollars, he play and sing for you, lagi pandai. You said you pandai singing, you say only ma, people think you pandai sing or not?”
Live life to the fullest, with kindness and compassion.
I like this article a lot, from a father, when seeing his son feeling dishearten after failed in exam for the first time, he wrote this.
He is an English lecturer now, and during schooling time, he never passed his English paper. He did a lot of thinking about why we need to study? For the marks? The exams? For our parents? For ourselves? Or to gain knowledge? He said, if he think that studying is just for exam, then he would have dropped English subject long time ago and his life would have been different now. Instead, everyday he gathered courage to go to school, telling himself that mark is not important, exam is not important, what is important is the hope to read more, to learn more and to gain more knowledge. He chose not to let the marks teacher gave bother him. He started to read English novels, looked up vocabularies in dictionary, memorized the grammar rules, and “I do not read for exam!”
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Girls, mommy shared the same hope from this uncle: “孩子，你不是为这个分数念书的！”