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August 21, 2009


“UP” and DOWN through the high-altitude emotional helium ride, “UP”-thus far is my choice for the BEST Pixar film, with heaps of adventure, lots of moral and many tears-triggering moments….

many first-times and lots of surprises! Watching the show with 6 other sec 3 girls from Project SMILE was an interesting first-time experience for me. My heart goes out for them especially after being told that most of them, at the age of 15, a movie outing to Suntec City was their first-time.

Me, contented with my large sweetened popcorn, felt like a kid with my eyes and mouth wide opened awed by the vividness of the 3D effect of the animation. Yes,my first 3D movie (not counting those pri sch trips to omnitheatre). I was like wow-ing away, till i felt little embarrassed of myself sitting amidst the other children who were pretty well-behaved…

the song “Carmen” to start off the movie was brilliant and rather unforgetable.

Carl’s Fedrickson (aka the old man) faced a lonely future upon the death of his beloved wife, Ellie, who was an aspiring explorer just like himself. At this ripe old age, decided to live his late wife’s dream to put up at an explorers’ haven Paradise Falls at South America…hence the floating house, hence the exciting odyssey..of course with an unexpected company, Russell- a die-hard Wilderness Explorer Scout, whose only wilderness experience was at his own backyard.

ok, cut my grandma’s stories, to get to the point, here’re the conventional bulleted form of my takeaways:
  • Beyond our problems, beyond ourselves lies a world awaits to be discovered

brought to memory my fav movie “Patch Adams”, looking beyond the 4 fingers…

  • Learning from the least expected amongst us

sometimes, rather most of the time, most precious lessons on life could be drawn from the least expected ppl around us.. just like Carl who was ‘stucked’ with Russell who taught him new meaning to living.

  • You can mean “the world” to someone else, really. (as cliche as it might sound…)

Ellie, tho her dream to be an explorer was left unrealised, her days in blissful marriage with Carl who loves her, meant everything to her.

if you were to ask someone what’s his dream, the likely answer you might get is “环游世界”.
Aspire to peak the highest mountain or touch the tip of the Southpole?

To sum up, leaving you with a concluding quote by its Director, Pete Doctor:
“We came out with this image of a floating house held aloft by balloons and it just seemed to capture what we were after in terms of escaping the world. We quickly realised that the world is really about relationships, and that’s what Carl comes to discover..”

wanna 环游世界? perhaps, we should start from home.


"Blessed with a burden"

March 30, 2009

its been a week since i last blogged! n i actually missed blogging! 🙂

For the past week, so many things happened!
Highlight: Batam over the weekend.

As the title goes, “blessed with a burden”. Perhaps that would be my greatest learning over the weekend.
Paradoxical as it may seemed, it has challenged my paradigm towards the word, “burden”.

This was a quote taken from the movie “Freedom Writers”.

Extracted a good summary and sypnosis of the story as follow:

“Assigned the thankless task of teaching freshman English at a gang-infested Long Beach, CA high school, a 23-year-old teacher resorts to unconventional means of breaking through to her hardened students in director Richard LaGravenese’s adaptation of Erin Gruwell‘s best-seller -The Freedom Writer’s Diaries: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Her students had been written off, and her chances of succeeding scoffed at, but Erin Gruwell wasn’t about to go down without a fight.
Long Beach is a place where a new war is waged with each passing day, and when the hardened students who walk those dangerous hallways sense an outsider attempting to understand their plight, their cynical resentment threatens to keep a deadly cycle in motion. Despite the initially hostile reaction she receives in the classroom, Gruwell uses the writings of Anne Frank and -Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo to teach her students not only the basis of the English language, but compassion and tolerance as well.
Later, when the time comes to tell their own tales in a project specially designed to explore the daily violence that the majority of students have grown numb to, the barriers that had once stood so strong gradually begin to crumble. When the only chance for survival is to befriend the person who was once your mortal enemy, the world is opened to a whole new realm of possibilities.” – Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

“You are blessed with a burden”..those were the words uttered by Gruwell’s (‘Ms G’) father when he was consoling her daughter amidst a time of grief when facing a divorce..his father commended her for being a teacher and how much he envied her for the difference she has made in the lives of her students.

how would you feel if your dad were to speak those words to you?
how can a ‘burden’ be seen as a ‘blessing’?

for her students, the teacher went extra miles, many extra miles..
she truly believes in her students. what is education for? have we been ‘doing’ education for education sake? What good has it done for a person to be ‘educated’?

Ms G saw in the students’ potential for change, to be the ‘change they want to see in the world’, but the change has to start from within themselves first.

…(to be cont’d)