Monday, December 19, 2011

Celtic Thunder - Christmas 1915

I came across this song while listening to a whole series of Christmas Songs. I liked quite some groups of singers like Straight No Chaser and Celtic Thunder. But apart from nice voice and interesting songs, I found meaning in this one, Christmas 1915. It speaks of a true story (well, assume what I read did not lie to me) of Christmas Truce, of how brotherhood formed between different armies on Christmas Eve in No Man's Land, minus-ing all the war and gunfire, just for one night - a night for peace...

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Celtic Thunder - Christmas 1915 music video

Lyrics:
1915 on Christmas Day
On the western front the guns all died away
And laying in the mud on bags of sand
We heard a German sing from no man's land
He had tenor voice so pure and true
The words were strange but every note we knew
Soaring ore the the living dead and dammed


The German sang of peace from no man's land
They left their trenches and we left ours
Beneath tin hats the smiles bloomed like wild flowers
With photos cigarettes and pots of wine
We built a soldier's truce on the front line
Their singer was a lad of 21
We begged another song before the dawn
And sitting in the mud and blood and feed
He sang again the song all longed to hear


Silent night, no cannons roar
A king is born of peace for evermore
All's calm, all's bright
All brothers hand in hand
In 19 and 15 in no man's land


And in the morning all the guns boomed in the rain
And we killed them and they killed us again
At night they charged we fought them hand to hand
And I killed the boy that sang in no man's land


Silent night, no cannons roar
A king is born of peace for evermore
All's calm, all's bright
All brothers hand in hand
And that young soldier sings
And the song of peace still rings
Though the captains and all the kings
Built no man's land


Sleep in heavenly peace

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Beary Shopping

Just on the same shopping day for the youzhaquay and dau hua, we entered this shop selling cute stuff, especially lacy stuff! Seriously, I won’t really enter such shop if I were alone but Mummy, Pleasure and me went in no doubt. I do sneeze a bit of the fragrant inside but we get to observe all the interesting craft inside. Although it is a bit too exaggeratingly lacy, but I would not deny all these things are art craft! So we ended up buying something… Mummy let me and Pleasure choose one little bear each. But I was eyeing on this scholar bear, due to the date is near to my graduation.

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But Mummy was expecting me to get a girly bear, like this:

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After times of considering, all reasons are valid. Since Mummy wants me to have a rather girly bear because I’m a girl, and I want that scholar bear because I am going to graduate – so in the end, I got the privilege of getting two, haha!

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But seriously speaking, the two looks quite compatible together. I wouldn’t doubt if someone just thought the two are meant to be wedding bears. But anyway, the shop worker added some perfume on them, so they smell rather fragrant when I hand them around my room Sourire!

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The album is here.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Joyeusse Anniversaires!

Here comes the day when I will have to do the same thing every year, my birthday. Right after Hallowe’en, it is my birthday; and right after mine, it’s my brother, Pleasure’s. So, being so far away from him, as we were pursuing our education in different university, I decided to draw something for us, for the birthdays. We used to share cake when we were young and slowly after that we started to have our own cakes, which landed us with two big cakes when November comes. But nonetheless, we would always finish the cake. This year’s drawing is themed around one of our funny memories. My brother successfully got to eat my ice cream while I was trying to collect something from the floor. Other than that, it was mixed with a memory of suspenders. I could still I used to think they were cool but just too difficult to wear because we kept growing taller and need to adjust the length accordingly all the time. Until one day, I realize, no one wear suspenders anymore (at least it’s not a need anymore).

Other than that, I was very lucky to celebrate my birthday in hall as well, even though I had left hall after graduation. Stephanie actually said she needed a pair of listening ears to her presentation practice, and so I accepted the invitation. They actually got me a slice of cake which was really very nice with chocolate, banana and oats. I have to say, it’s a special cake!
 

Of course the first thing was to make a wish, blow the candle and happily cut the cake….

I was given a calendar-like card and two bags of present, which was really lovely. Here is me trying to open my present so that they could see my surprise and happy look, haha. Seriously, I am really very happy about it. No matter what was it, I would gladly appreciate, that’s for sure.

What is more important was that I could still celebrate my birthday with a bunch of friends. Here is a photo of G3 girls as a group. We were always that crazy, I assume – well, we ARE that crazy all the time!

And we took loads of photos. Really appreciate these people who took some time out of their schedule to celebrate my birthday. That's the greatest honour I could get, I think.

And Stephanie gave me extra food when I went to listen to her presentation practice as well… These were really good. I had finished the chips and it’s addictive. Lucky it wasn’t a lot…

And what happened to the card? As what they had suggested, I left it on my office table. It made the office more cheerful, I have to say. It seemed to mark the table as mine, giving some sense of belonging. I enjoyed reading all the messages from friends and I really can't show them here as I thought maybe we should leave it as a privacy - something I know, you know and everyone else don't know - kind of thing. And they even printed out my photos, which really made me flashback to my three plus half year in NUS - as a student or a lab tech. The time that we had spent, were not nothing - they might not make it to the headline, but they are as important as anything could be, because you never know what will come your way if all these never happen.

As for the present, it was a French press for coffee and a packet of coffee powder. To be honest, I was awed. My first coffee was during my high school and I had since learned about coffee as in what's their content, how to roast the beans and how to prepare them. Though not explicitly trying to make my own coffee, I do have interest in it - who am I kidding? I have always had interest in many weird things. But my problem was, I only like certain coffee. Throw me thousands of packets of 3 in 1 coffee, I would leave them there to rot - I'm serious. So far, Starbucks and Coffee beans were still the normal ones I get to drink. And this present really gave me a new window, a coffee maker for me to make my own coffee. I did experiment on it a bit and learn here and there, hands on. I really appreciate this, really - and I realized my tea time was somehow shifted from tea-drinking to trying to French press my coffee. Oops, I should balance out my love then, ha!

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All in all, I shall thank all these people, from the bottom of my heart. It's always funny to blog about my own birthday - doing my own birthday video. But I guess, it's the best respect I could give to these fellows who are so kind to me. Thank you everyone - for everything! :)

And here is a video of me the few minutes before my birthday... Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Wetware: A computer in every living cell

 
If anyone would want to find a book for some revision and knowledgeenforcement, I would recommend this – Wetware:A Computer in Every Living Cell by Dennis Bray. My first impression to thebook was of the simple and clear cut message, but it was more than just that.Bray had successfully transformed the very core of cell biology into passagesof easily-read chapters. He had started his book with a question to eitherhimself and his readers about the conscience of amoeba, on how a simple celllike that could survive, and live mechanism which could be mirrored on severalaspect in higher level organisms, for an instance the human!
Not only that I admire the way Bray supported each and every point ofhis with examples, which was an amazing piece for a Science person like me. Oneof the few which caught my attention wasStentor roeselii for its amazing mechanism as a single cell organism andthe Walter’s tortoise, which for a person like me had never heard of. Not onlydid Bray inserted biological examples with computational samples, his bookextended the understanding towards the living system to the aspect from Physicsand Chemistry such as using the chaotic system and diffusion kinetics. Digitalage had been devouring us so fast that all our generations think of computerswere laptops, droids and phones. Indeed, computer was more than that and hadcame a long way down the history, from something which we might not haverecognized at all. If you think this book were some introductory books forreally basic sciences, then again, you might not be overall-y right. Bray didslot in chapters based on specific cell biology such as mechanisms of enzymeslike glutamine synthase or nature of protein with its counterparts.
Last but not least, Bray had sent us his message of the title of thebook, by showing us one by one, step by step, how would cell be in comparisonto computers. Though, he did not give out a certain and definite answer, hedefinitely gave us evidences to support his idea and delivered the message,comparing cells and computers in many aspects. Reading this book does not onlygive us an insight of his idea, but open up our mind to more viable perceptionswhich we might have forgotten, ignored or even unknown of. To me, it serves asa good basic revision of what I have known of cell biology, but this time,reading it in a different style of language – one that many would understand. Enfin, I shall conclude that I enjoyedreading this book – a pleasure, I would say.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tea Party (Not the Tea Party You Might Thought)

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Yes, Tea Party! This was taken when I went back for vacation as well. One thing I had always looked forward to when I get back home was to have tea. Tea time could be spend by having some tea at home, when Mummy will get us tea, or we create our own tea – and sometimes, this was accompanied by cookies or snacks. But of course, if you went for a tea house, it would be nice too! I particularly like it when there’s no one in the tea house because I will have the whole evening there, having tea and even cakes. Some do like scones but I’m not a huge fan of it. I preferred cakes, of course. Winter Warmer was one of the destination we would go if we wanted some tea or we just need a late lunch. The sandwiches there is superb and of course they have the environment – though it could be messy sometimes when it was peak hour…

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Having tea was always there – but my observation towards teapots and teacups were a more recent activities – maybe around three years back. Some of the teacups were delicately designed to formed shapes as you pour in your tea, like the heart shape. Some teacups are simple with printed designs and some were really decorated. It’s interesting how much you could explore if you are really into Tea.

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All in all, nothing beats drinking tea and having a good time with your family. Because other than treating your GIS with these food, you talked, joked, updated each other. You sit on comfortable chairs and started to look out into the sunny sky, feeling the relaxation. Sometimes, I would bring along a book or two and just spend time in there. It’s like in coffee shop, just that you are with the tea… And Papa and Mummy might exchange interesting news which could be really funny sometimes. Nowadays, when people started to have phones and droids and whatever, people tend to eat while facing their phone, pressing along the way. I think having tea this way, is really an art that not much people might find themselves have a chance. For that, I look forward to more tea the next time I return home.

For your information, I always wished I would one day have a sun room myself and have a tea…

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Trying Something New in Sakae

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This is really something happened really, really long time back then. It was one of the holidays when I went back home. I don’t know why but going back home had been many times associated with food. And the food I mentioned, was not just local food but it does sometimes include many really nice food or even really bad food which we discovered together, as a family. I would say, having this meal in Sakae actually meant something to me.

My taste buds were always the one who lead the trend in the family. For example, we had our first taste of Pizza Hut when I was around six. At that time, the whole family did not like the taste except me, who gobbled the whole thing. The whole family didn’t step into that outlet since then, until when I was in secondary school and we started to accept the taste and even liked pizza. Same as that, my parents weren’t a great fan of Japanese and Korean food. And it was recently, with Korean dramas airing in the air, Mummy did tried Korean food and we had been visiting Korean cuisine outlet for some times. Sakae, for all this times, were the outlet I went with my friends or with my brother. I guess, partly due to her trying Japanese food after Korean, or partly because I went for study leaving her to accompany my brother to that outlet – the result now is that she actually eats Japanese food. And that’s when it’s not just these food, but also sushi. To think back, this actually made me thought of the evolution of the taste of the family along the time.

This photo was taken for the time when, yes you heard it right, my Mummy suggested to eat in Sakae. I was quite surprised as normally she wouldn’t suggest the place, even though she did eat there. I am very grateful as I take it as her wishing to let me eat something I like. This is very kind of her. As a matter of fact, the meal turned out to be another surprised as I don’t usually order sets like this (photo) because it is just quite expensive. Usually, I would just have a green tea and pick out some of the small dish of sushi to fill my tummy. Mummy then suggested why not I try the sets. I was, of course, delighted. I felt, all of sudden, being so touched and nothing could explain what I felt. The set is really a big portion. The taste is nonetheless good. Of course I wouldn’t know how does a original taste like, but this meal suits my taste. The soup, especially, is my favourite. Octopus is just not my cup of tea but the rest are really good!

To me, how does this meal taste is merely the surface meaning. What reminds me most, was how excited and grateful I was to this meal. I thank my parents for loving me so much!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Dragon-i with Family

This is yet another trip with my family. This time, Pleasure was not here because he was busy doing something else (this sentence doesn't bring any meaning). The point is, we get to eat nice food! We went to Queensbay Mall and went to Dragon-i. I think we were late for lunch, that's why we never need to queue up  for the seats. The place were quite busy though. We ordered Xiao Long Bao, of course and with other dishes. Mainly it was Mummy who ordered since I have no idea what to have except Xiao Long Bao, haha!

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And this is the rather cold chicken. It's interestingly spiced up but too bad, due to its coldness, my parents were not too fond of it. They were just too used to warm Chinese food :)!

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I had this dessert. I liked the coldness, but thing is I was too full at that time and I didn't manage to finish that  item in the end. That's really sad...

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The food here were quite nice and it looked rather good in environment as well. Though, if you prefer hawker and local cooked food, then there is a certain different between the both. I would say they held each's advantage. That's why, we as the consumer will get the best deal by getting to choose or alternate between different style of cooking...

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