Monday, December 29, 2008
Music through the centuries
Music is defined as an art form whose medium is sound organized in time, and is defined from the Greek word mousike, or art of the Muses. Starting in prehistoric times blown from ancient flute-like instruments, it is now played in an enormous variety of instruments in all shapes and sizes.
Modern Music started probably in the 13th century, which is widely known as Medieval Era of music. The main music of that era would be church music like the Gregorian chant, with secular compositions. However, nearing the end of that Era, composers started to use smooth polyphonic in their music, which gives the listener a wonderful medley of sounds throughout the song, sounding together in harmony. It is also at this time that the introduction of commercial printing helped to disseminate musical styles more quickly and across a larger area.
Soon after came the Baroque Period. It was a time where the first operas were written and contrapuntal music became prevalent. German Baroque composers wrote for small ensembles including strings, brass, and woodwinds, as well as choirs, pipe organ, harpsichord, and clavichord. During the Baroque period, several major music forms were defined that lasted into later periods when they were expanded and evolved further, including the fugue, the invention, the sonata, and the concerto. Most of these were melodies written for the Royal Court or wealthy families. These pieces were mainly slow dances that would be written such that the players of the instruments were free to express the song in any way they wanted to, therefore there were not many musical instructions were written in the compositions.
After the Baroque Period came the Classical Period. During this Era of music, people believed that the world was governed by a set of fixed rules, and that those rules should be applied in all aspects of life, including music. Therefore, most Classical music came with sets of detailed musical instructions telling performers and players how they should play the piece. The music of the Classical period is characterized by homophonic texture, often featuring a prominent melody with accompaniment. These new melodies tended to be almost voice-like and easily sung. The now popular instrumental music was dominated by further evolution of musical forms initially defined in the Baroque period: the sonata, and the concerto, with the addition of the new form, the symphony. Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are among the central figures of the Classical period.
The Romantic Period followed the Classical Period, with Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert as transitional composers who introduced a more dramatic, expressive style. During this era, existing genres, forms, and functions of music were developed, and the emotional and expressive qualities of music came to take precedence over technique and tradition. The late 19th century saw a dramatic expansion in the size of the orchestra and in the role of concerts as part of urban society. Later Romantic composers created complex and often much longer musical works.
The most recent music, after the Romantic Period is now currently classified as 20th century music. There was a vast increase in music listening as the radio gained popularity and phonographs were used to replay and distribute music. The focus of art music was characterized by exploration of new rhythms, styles, and sounds. Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and John Cage were all influential composers in 20th century art music. They used more complex chords and used more dissonance to create dramatic tension. Such music became the ancestors of Jazz and Rock.
Jazz evolved and became a significant genre of music over the course of the 20th century, and during the second half of that century, rock music did the same. Jazz is an American musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions. The style's West African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation, and the swung note. From its early development until the present, jazz has also incorporated music from 19th and 20th century American popular music. Jazz has, from its early 20th century inception, spawned a variety of subgenres, ranging from New Orleans Dixieland (1910s) to 1970s and 1980s-era jazz-rock fusion. They can be classified as blues, a form of self-expression for the African-Americans, ragtime, the first true American music, folk songs and the American march.
Rock, on the other hand, is a genre of popular music that developed in the 1960s from 1950s rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, and country music. Rock melodies often revolve around the electric guitar or acoustic guitar, and use a strong back beat laid down by a rhythm section of electric bass guitar, drums, and keyboard instruments such as organ, piano, or, since the 1970s, digital instruments. Along with the guitar or keyboards, saxophone and blues-style harmonica are used as soloing instruments. In its "purest form", it "has three chords, a strong, insistent back beat, and a catchy melody." In the late 1960s and early 1970s, rock music branched out into different subgenres, ranging from blues rock and jazz-rock fusion to heavy metal and punk rock, as well as the more classical influenced genre of progressive rock.
In brief, music has evolved a great way from being played from a bone flute and is now found all over the world, due to the Internet and broadcasts. Singers even earn millions for singing songs, and are paid even more for writing their own. Still, the purpose of music has always stayed the same throughout the thousands of years: as a form of amusement to help people relieve their souls find a way of relaxation from their daily hectic schedules. We must hope that the monetary aspects will not be mixed up with the relaxation aspects of music so that we are able to preserve its true meaning that has been throughout the centuries.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Euthanasia, a word meaning “good death” in Greek, is widely known as the process of ending a life in a painless manner. Lately, a growing number of elderly people worldwide are lobbying their governments to legalise euthanasia, as they say it is their right to die with dignity. Still, is it right to allow people to die just because they want to, or is it more important to preserve a human life whenever possible?
The word euthanasia has its roots all the way back to the Hippocratic Oath, which was written between 400 and 300 B.C. The original Oath states: “To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug nor give advice which may cause his death.” However, in the twenty-first century, the meaning of euthanasia has blurred. It has now at least three definitions: euthanasia by consent, assisted suicide, and euthanasia by means.
The most controversial meaning among these would be that of euthanasia by consent. It means. The decision can be made based on what the incapacitated individual would have wanted, or it could be made on substituted judgment of what the decision maker would want were he or she in the incapacitated person's place, or finally, the decision could be made by assessing objectively whether euthanasia is the most beneficial course of treatment. In any case, euthanasia by consent is highly controversial, especially because multiple proxies may claim the authority to decide for the patient and may or may not have explicit consent from the patient to make that decision. It is due to this definition of euthanasia that many debates have sprung up today, with the supporters of euthanasia saying that according to the rule of euthanasia by consent, patients should be allowed to decide their own fate. However, those opposing euthanasia are using the just the same argument against, stating that if a law allowing euthanasia is passed, the proxy responsible would not be the patient but the doctor. The law would become a right to ill rather than a right to die. Doctors would be able to kill patients that are unable to speak well to express whether they would like to die or not. Still, most of the elderly people wanting death but unable to have a law allowing them to do so, would instead go to Mexico and seek the do-called “death-in-a-bottle”, an anaesthetic that is usually used for putting animals to sleep, and can kill a person if taken in excess by putting him to a permanent sleep.
Personally, I feel that euthanasia should be allowed, but only to a certain extent. I would support those elderly people seeking death by themselves and not asking the doctors to help administer death to them. This way, it would be entirely their responsibility in the case of their death. I do not agree that patients in hospitals should be allowed to choose their deaths, unless they are in a serious vegetative state and cannot respond at all, and the only organ working in their body is their heart. This should be the only circumstances under which euthanasia is allowed.
Still, I know that these arguments cannot ease the debates that have currently emerged about euthanasia. But I hope my views can clear up a few misconceptions about it.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
`Who are you? What's your name?
Some random person. With a random name called Lau Yu Han
`Are we friends?
Dunno. Are we?
`When and how did we meet?
Not sure. Maybe when U bitch-slapped me =D
`You do care for me right?
Of course. After you die.
`Do you love me?
Nah. Perhaps when I die
`Would you ever kiss me?
Hmm. That couldbe when everyone else s dead and i got nothing better to do.
`Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
Dory. I didn't. U did!
`Describe me in one word.
`Too hard? Describe me in one sentence then.
`What was your first impression of me?
`Do you still think that way about me now?
`What reminds you of me?
`Do you know my handphone number?
Duh. Ozzerwise how I call u abt Geog
`Have you messaged me before?
Hmm. I think so...
`If you could give me anything what would it be?
`How well do you think you know me?
Dunno. Dun care
`When's the last time you saw me?
2008 :D IDK
`Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't?
`If yes, what is it?
Cos like I'm at Sembawang and want to tell you how Dory u are while u're at ur home (maybe)
`Are you going to repost this to see what I say about you?
Dun care la
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The last journey
The day was warm and sunny, and it was a right day for flying. However, my mood was definitely not as great as the weather. As I stood by my plane, I could only think about the impending bombing that could decide the Great War raging in Middle East. Thoughts like that definitely cannot give a person any nice thoughts.
The world had now split into three super states: the North and South American continents under the state of America, Europe, China and Russia under the state Eurasia and Africa, Australia and what used to be South and Southeast Asia under the state of Oceania. Unfortunately, though this had solved many problems within the continents themselves, it started a host of many other issues. Many summits had to be held, but due the many differences in views of the people form the continental factions, the talks soon broke down and culminated in the most peaceful solution to the problems of the factions: War!
I was a fighter pilot from Eurasia. Our team had been engaged in battle with the opposing team from Africa, but despite years of long fights, heavy bombing and staggering casualties, both sides did not seem to have benefited much from the long tussle for power in the disputed territories of the oil-rich Middle East. For all their furious attacks, Oceania fighters were able to take control of part of Saudi Arabia, while we held Iran and Iraq. Still, the reigning government of Eurasia decided that a surprise attack on the purported African base in Egypt would definitely bring the Oceania African fleet down to its knees. However, we were given stern orders that no task force would be sent to save us in the event of a disappearance, to maintain absolute secrecy of the mission. I was part of the surprise strike force together with six other elite Eurasian pilots.
Looking back at the years of my life, I realised that my life had almost been all about fighting. I was born in the early years of the War, trained from young by the Russian Federation of Pilots to become one of their best fighters, then sent up almost everyday, without notice, to do battle with our greatest and nearest contenders in Asia, Oceania. In fact, I felt a great envy for the people in America. Though by being cut off from the rest of world by the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean they were unable to do much trade with the other super states, this had also been able to cut them off from much of the fighting that now embroiled the other two super states.
The situation was now looking bleak for Eurasia, though. Oceania troops had increased tenfold overnight just as we thought that we could finally drive them out. The tables had been turned, and now they were gradually pushing us out of Middle East. However, upon capturing a few of the Oceania troops, the scientists unveiled the shocking truth that Oceania was now using clone armies in battle. If we failed in our mission to bomb the barracks, it was possible that Oceania would, with the force of their inexhaustible armies, overwhelm Eurasia.
All seven of us had gathered by our planes: three bombers and four fighters to guard them. Seeing a red flare that signaled that the mission was about to begin, we climbed into our cockpits, tense and ready. Then, a green flare lit up the sky. Not a moment later, all of us throttled our engines and we spiraled up into the sky. Being an espionage mission, all of us were cloaked in special prototype “Shadow shields”, where a layer of light would vibrate around us, putting us out of the visible spectrum. This also served as interference at any radar that the enemy might throw at us. Safe in our invisible state, we flew quickly to our coordinates.
Zipping past the coast of the Mediterranean, we saw some of our bombers strafing the Oceania battleships. Unfortunately, upon the other shore we sighted our men being slew rapidly by the great clone armies, as numbers could defeat even superior skill. Saddened at the sight of the loss of life, I made up my mind to chase the Oceania armies out of Middle East once and for all, even if I had to die trying. Driven on by this new determination, I pushed my engine forward. It was a solar-powered engine producing neither sound nor exhaust, which was why we were carrying out the attack in the day. The sand shimmering past our windscreens, we soon arrived at our destinations. What we saw shocked us: Oceania was utilizing the Pyramids as their army base!
Sick to our stomach at this blatant disrespect for the final standing Ancient Seven Wonder, we spread out in scouting position according to plan. We dropped a HoverBoy, also shielded, and with lenses designed to penetrate any solid materials. Unfortunately, it seemed that the Oceanians had cloaked their deeds with a layer of alternating current which shorted out our HoverBoy. Still, it was able to capture one image before it fell limp: A map of the concealed bases under the pyramids, in the legendary Valley of Kings, showing that the cloning mechanics were in fact hidden in the tomb of Amhotep III. Upon receiving this information, we flew forward to the Great Earthen wonder.
Now hovering above the curve of earth which was the Valley, covered all over with tiny holes marking the entrance to the tombs, we soon identified the tomb of Amhotep III. However, we now face the problem of trying to avoid bombing the rest of the tombs, all priceless artifacts to our long, rich history. All of a sudden, just as we were hovering above the tombs, a group of Oceania fighters materialized as if from nowhere. We thought at first that they were a routine patrol crew, but then a hail of plasma bursts were released towards us without warning, and we realised, to our horror, that our shields had been compromised. Seeing no further reason to exhaust energy in keeping the shields up, we uncloaked and dodged the glowing shells of pure energy, which could immobilize our weapons if it hit us. We immediately returned fire soon after, utilizing the new guided “Lancers” tipped with pulse grenades that would scatter and explode around the target after it struck it. Fortunately, the Oceania fighters were evidently not prepared for the swift projectiles, and many of their number went down. However, this did not deter them, and more plasma burst came our way…
Even today, it still surprises me that almost all seven were able to get out of that dog-fight alive and intact. I believe that it must have been our small number that had saved us, as we were able to twist and turn to avoid the blasts as well as our team mates rather easily, while they had to execute extreme carefulness to avoid hitting one of their own. Needless to say, trying to focus on both and enemy plane and your allies’ ones is a hard task and quite a few Oceania craft crashed together and sank to the ground in flaming wreckage. At the end of the fight, though all the Oceania craft had been shot down, we were dismayed to find that of the three bombers essential to complete the task, only one had survived the battle.
All of a sudden, I had an idea. Unfortunately, I knew it would result in the destruction of all our crafts. Still, remembering our vow to stop the production of the clone armies at all costs, I decided to relay it to the others. As the bomb we would employ to destroy the tomb was similar to a bio-bomb, which eliminated all organic matter but leaving the non-organic historical artifacts intact, it was run on solinium, a component of our solar cells. I proposed that we beam all the solinium in our cells to the remaining bomber, to make up for the loss of the other bombs. To my surprise, all my crew-mates agreed to my proposition without a question. We began to project the solinium from our craft to the bomber, and to our relief, the bombing was a success. However, all our fighters had no energy left to make a return trip. Climbing out of our crafts, I composed a message in a digital storage device, recording the success of our mission and a request for some body to bring us home. However, we all knew that this would be our last flight, and our last journey. Without craft to transport us, we had no choice but to wait for the dim possibility of a rescue…
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
HE GOT FREAKING FIRST IN SCHOOL!!!
Not as high as me though (ego for a while), in fact 10 marks lower, but the fact that he was able to beat the classmate that has been getting much higher than him throughout the year (2 full marks in Maths in a row, like What the Hell). Funnily enough, this years' highest aggregate was much lower than last year (294 vs. 287)but the lowest aggregate was the same (87 vs. 87) Dunno who got that O.O.
Hope he goes to NUS High as well anyway. Congrats to him!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It was a wild, blustery morning. However, I and my crew were standing proud and tall upon the harbour, with full knowledge that we were about to set out for the greatest voyage of our lives. The renowned Lord of the Palatine Empire had hired us to set out for unchartered waters in the East, rumoured to contain the savage beasts such as manticores, hydras and dragons. Of course, being seasoned explorers with hundreds of expeditions under our belts, these tales did not unfazed us and we promised the Lord that we would find new lands and name them in his great name. Today was the great day and the time for our setting off had finally arrived. In retrospect, the unusually bad weather should have served as an omen for the trip ahead but we thought nothing of it. Rakdos slashed off the mooring lines and we set off into the downpour…
Once we left the harbour, everybody on board started playing their role on the ship like a well-oiled machine. Everyone knew his place and all were working hard at it, even in the lashings of the weather. I was indeed very proud to be the captain of the crew and my ship, the Ravnica. She was a magnificent frigate and had lasted many decades with us on the high seas, serving our needs as a home, transport and weapon. Thirty years on, she still responded flawlessly to our commands, and I praised myself on my shrewdness on selecting such a loyal crew and wonderful transport. It was after we had sailed for quite a few hours that we began to wonder at the relentlessness of the tempest. Its continued ferociousness puzzled us as we had never seen such a powerful storm last so long without blowing itself out eventually. Night fell and some of the man had started to show tiredness at having to battle its terrible onslaught. Through experience, I had to admit that further progress would not do much good except exhaust us. We retired to our cabins and I doubled the men’s grog rations.
Fortunately, daybreak brought us respite from the tempest of last night, and all of us were glad to see Sol again. Further good news was brought by Gorro at the crow’s nest, who had sighted land. Uplifted at the chance of being able to replenish food and water, not to mention repairing the ship, we rowed at full speed towards it. After casting anchor, we went inland, and were surprised to find some natives. Ascertaining that they were not hostile, we gladly accepted their offer to join them for a meal. However, I realized that I had to get gifts in return for their hospitable meal, and returned to bring it. To my shock, I saw a few men not unlike the natives of the island boarding it from afar. When I got closer, I had difficulty understanding their language, but understood a line saying that survivors of the night’s sacrifice would not be able to escape the island now. Enraged, I leapt upon my ship. With my cutlass and revolver, I shot and hacked the scheming natives, and blood from their bodies scattered upon the beach.
Making my way back to my men, I saw that they were just about to begin a feast, but I when exposed one of the dead natives’ head, and my crew saw the shocked expressions of the natives and understood the conspiracy. Being no match for our weapons and our better fighting skills, the natives were massacred. None of us showed regret at killing such devious beings, which was just as well. After gathering what we could from the surprisingly plentiful island, we loaded many grains and wild beasts on board, and then left the island before anymore of the cannibals could spot us and decide to make a meal of us. Dimir, our navigator set our course back on East and we sailed ahead.
Some weeks passed without event, and all of us amused ourselves by playing music or card games. Reference to my log book showed me that we had travelled almost a third of our journey, the storm blowing us further than we could have predicted. Unfortunately for us, this meant that we had to face one of the greater challenges earlier than we had expected. We were told by some of the Palatine advisors that there was a narrow, treacherous strait that we had to pass in order to reach the unchartered lands. It was treacherous as though it appeared calm from afar, there existed a powerful maelstrom within the strait that had the ability to tear apart any boat that dared venture within its reach. Still, we faced the would-be danger bravely, trusting our innate ability and the toughness of the boat.
The time had come as we moved forward towards the strait. Orzhov, with the sharpest eyes on board, stood upon the crow’s nest and tried to catch sight of the whirlpool. Luck was to be ours as he soon gave notice that there was indeed an opening small enough for Ravnica to pass through. The deck was soon covered with my working crew, all trying hard in order to ensure our collective safety, as everyone knew that if the ship went down, they would too. As Orzhov shouted directions from the nest, we swung and reeled upon the increasingly raging waves. Soon, we heard the roaring of the maelstrom, eager to suck us into its icy depths. Of course, we would not let it achieve that so easily. At a loud command from Orzhov, we keeled sharply to port and swiftly evaded the gaping maw of the watery beast. Cheers erupted from the crew as we proved, once again, that our experience had saved the day.
Just as we were caught up at swept further upon our course by the strong eastern current past the straits, we saw that another storm, almost of the same intensity as the one that had hit us as we had exited the port. It sent shivers through my men and me, as we recalled with horrifying clarity the events that nearly befell us following such a storm. I ordered my crew to take night watch in shifts, in case of any danger that may erupt upon the seas.
Alas, trouble was to strike us once again. Upon my watch, as day break was soon approaching, the ship rocked hard all of a sudden and threw me upon my feet. The crew in the cabins was awakened as well, and all rushed upon the deck, rifles and sabers at the ready. All of us peered past the sides of Ravnica to try and seek what had been the cause of the rocking. Our question did not go unanswered for long, but in the hard way, as we heard the shocked cry of Nivix as he went overboard, in the tight grasp of some thing eerily like a huge tentacle. Other crew members came to me shouting about two great eyes, bigger than Dinner plates, shining out form the dark water. Terror struck my heart as I recognized these to be the signs of the Kraken, a legendary but extremely dangerous sea monster. My suspicions were soon confirmed as it raised its bulk of the water. Though we had read and heard about the description of these beasts many times over in our expeditions, nothing could prepare me for the sight that now loomed before me. It was a massive creature with tentacles each no less than 100 meters long, and I caught sight of its enormous head that must have been 10 metres across and 30 metres long. Its large, luminous eyes glared at me hungrily. Recovering from the shock, the crew snapped to attention at my command, “We shall do battle with this abomination!”
Knowing that the main weapon of the Kraken was its tentacles, I bade all the gunners rush down to our 30 cannons and fire hard at them. Our coordinated attack evidently shocked the beast, who, with some of its large appendages smoking and oozing black fluid, retreated swiftly back in to the ocean depths. We thought, at first, that it had decided to give up attacking us, but we were proven rather wrong. Seeming to have learnt form its previous mistake, with its good tentacles it smashed our cannons, wetting the gunpowder and rendering them useless. Shocked at this turn of events, we had everyone take out their weapons, and hack as hard as they could against those monstrosities leashing across our deck, endeavoring to drag us down. Our combined effort managed to cut one of the tentacles into half. Thrashing and groaning in pain, it went down under again.
Knowing that it would not be long before it returned to assault us again, we tried frantically to come up with a plan. We all turned to Azorius, the smartest on board, and he soon envisioned a risky way to kill to great beast once and for all. The entire crew scoured the ship in order to gather materials, and we soon returned, not one with his hands empty. Stuffing all the remaining combustibles in to a huge barrel, we awaited the Kraken’s return. It did so with great aplomb, and to our delight raised its gaping maw, as if to scare us. Unfazed by the bloody sight, Gruul, the strongest on board threw the barrel into the mouth with all his might and without missing a beat, I fired a series of shots through the same place.
A huge explosion resulted as fire met gunpowder. The monster’s head was blown into smithereens and we all yelled in delight. We cheered yet again as the tentacles, without a mind of their own, fell limp into the water. Once more, we had overcome the great unknown. With this in mind, we set off with a new heart and moved ever closer to our destination…
Medieval, for once...
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Here are some of Obama’s greater achievements on the road to becoming President elect:
Elected to Illinois Senate on Jan 8th, 1997
Became Junior Senator in Illinois on Jan 4th 2005
Announces Presidential Campaign on Feb 10th 2008
Defeats experienced Hilary Clinton in swing state Iowa, ties delegates in New Hampshire
Becomes Democrat Presumptive Nominee on June 3rd 2008
Becomes Democrat Nominee on June 7th 2008with Hilary Clinton’s support
Defeats Senator McCain and becomes Presidential-nominee on Nov 4th 2008
Now, I await eagerly to see if the charismatic presidential-elect is able to bring about the change that he has promised at the start of his campaign. Admittedly, it will not be easy; an uphill task awaits Obama in trying to help America out of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and also the economic crisis. Still, I wish him luck in all that he would set out to achieve, in the new dawn for America in a sea of blue.
Friday, October 31, 2008
OK so I dunno just how many YES!!! I have typed but YES!!!THE EXAMS ARE FINALLY OVER!!! 1 whole bloody week of HOLIDAYS MAN!!! Dang OWNAGE!!! WOOT!!
Garruk is a hunter to the core, a planeswalking predator whose hunting ground is the entire Multiverse. Gripped with a need to test his might and resolve against greater and greater challenges, his life's calling has become an endless hunt of the most ferocious and dangerous game that each plane can offer.
So far Garruk's travels have brought him experiences and trials he never could have imagined. The dangers he's faced have forced his abilities in druidism and creature summoning far past their prior limits, and each day his collection of trophies grows. But recently he's faced a new kind of prey: a fellow planeswalker.
This is new territory for Garruk. Never before has his quarry been so crafty, so resourceful, or so elusive. Garruk's true hunt has just begun.
Sarkhan Vol comes from a plane where territorial warlords vie against each other in unending, brutal war. On this plane, dragons have long since been hunted to extinction for sport and glory. Sarkhan belonged to a shamanic circle that venerated the dragon as the ultimate predator, the purest expression of the consuming urge of all life.
During a deep shamanic trance, Sarkhan had a vision of an ancient dragon-spirit, and it was during this transcendental moment that his planeswalker spark ignited. On the realization that other planes existed beyond his own, Sarkhan began his quest to understand the dragon spirit, to find a plane where he could look a dragon in the eye.
After many years of searching the planes, he found Jund, a world tyrannized by dragons, and knew he had found his prize. It is here that Sarkhan seeks an exemplar of dragonhood, the ultimate expression of predatory perfection worthy of his worship.
There's no virtue in subtlety—at least not as far as the fire-mage Chandra Nalaar is concerned. Impulsive, passionate, and short-tempered, she's as ready to explode as the pyromantic spells of her ever-growing repertoire. Chandra's spark ignited when she was still quite young, and as she has grown, so have her abilities as a wielder of fire magic and as a planeswalker.
As a source of immense and unpredictable power, authority figures have sought to restrict and control Chandra, which comes into direct conflict with her need for independence and freedom. As Chandra's wild inner fire comes in contact with world after world of rules and strictures, the results are sure to be explosive.
Ajani’s rage has been unleashed. Tempted to shed the pretense of principle and justice, Ajani now thrashes his way through secret after secret in pursuit of the identity of his brother’s killer. His pride, bereft of their leader and shocked by the violence surrounding Jazal’s death, has been scattered all over Naya.
Ajani’s abilities as a planeswalker blossomed during a trip to Jund, during which he encountered the shaman and dragon worshiper Sarkhan Vol. Sarkhan helped Ajani turn his sense of vengeance into a fiery new power, unlocking a torrent of red magic in a volcanic ritual.
Ajani now returns to a Naya that seems alien to him. His family rejects him utterly and the mystery of Jazal’s murderer still eludes him, but even darker threats will soon make themselves known.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
What would you do if:
1. I died: Bring you back to life so i can continue mocking you for being short :D
2. I kissed you: Won't happen so I won't answer
3. I fell: Say "You're too fat noob !" and help you up
4. I lived next door to you: mock at your shortness everyday
5. I was drunk at a party: Go back home
6. I showed up at ur house unexpectedly: Slam the door in your face, then open it and ask what you were doing there
7. I stole something: Call the police DUH~
8. I was murdered: No comment
9. I was sleepy: Splash a bucket of water in your face. Really works.
10. I cried: Avoid you for the average 1 hour
11. I asked you to marry me: You won't. Ruth maybe.
12. I was hospitalized: Go there and mock at your fatness
13. I fell in love with you: Won't happen so won't say
14. I stalked you: Dun give a damn. Stalk stalk lor...
15. I disappeared: I say you won't so too bad I'm not answering
16. I hurt you: Hurt you back
17. You heard that i said something bad about you: Who cares? XD
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MY
9. Personality: Fat
10. Eyes: Fat
11. Hair: Fat
12. Family: Fat
13. Help me hide a body? yea...and call the police straight after that
14. Keep a secret if I told you one? I'm good at this
15. Hold my hand? yea...then try to break your arm
16. Take a bullet for me? Just take la. I can even make one if you like
17. Do my homework for me? Project, yes. Cos I can play while I'm at it.
18. Try to help me solve my problems? Depends on what sort of problems..
19. Love me? When the sky falls, yea
20. DATE ME? When hell freezes over, yea
HAVE YOU EVER
21. Lied to make me feel better? dunno
22. Wanted to kiss me? no, fortunately
23. Wanted to kill me? :D
24. Broke my heart? no, unfortunately
25. Kept something important from me? hm...
26. Thought I was unbearably annoying? dUh~
27. Who are you? Dun get this question
28. Are we friends? Not really...
29. When and how did we meet? Idk Idc
30. Describe me in three words: Short Fat Noob
31. What was your first impression of me? Short
32. Do you still think that way about me now? dUh~
33. What reminds you of me? A pig
34. If you could give me anything, what would it be? A bitch slap
35. How well do you know me? Dunno...
36. When's the last time you saw me? After biology exam
37. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't? No.
38. Are you gonna repost this to see what I say about you? Nah.
39. Anything you want to say to me right now? Write it here: JI HYUN YOU"RE SHORT AND FAT AND NOOBY
Ok. Never mind. Just concentrate on my exams first. Having such thoughts clog up my head. Seriously. Anyway...
Friday: My Favourite Day! All languages!!! Especially as languages are some of my best subjects next to math. But, like, the comprehension was much easier than what I've done so far in English lessons, and the chinese cloze wasn't too bad either. Then again, hard to say cos I might get -8 marks for cloze passage like last time O.O
Then, one long weekend of slacking, slacking , slacking. See, I told my mum that I was going to study for biology, geography, (whatever that came to my mind) then I opened a screen on that subject, and on another screen just played whatever that came to my mind! Imbahh man I tell you. (Actually I am still doin that now XD)
So, on to Tuesday(today) Maths was like, average la...(missed 1/3 of a question on Booklet A, but who cares?) So, on to Biology, (was staring at Kaung Myat's head throughout the exam, wanting to see what he was thinking :D) Hope I didn't screw up my weakest, 1 MC subject...(Yea, 1 MC is still very important)
Wish myself good luck for the remaining tests! (Especially Geog. I suck at it)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Elspeth Tirel is a planeswalker who wields white mana. She has powerful magic of community and fortification: spells that build mighty armies, bolster them, and protect them from harm.
Elspeth was born on a plane of strife and darkness. When her planeswalker spark ignited, she left home and never looked back. She wandered the Multiverse, looking for a world where she could belong, a world that had what her true home was missing: peace, love, and community. She found all those qualities in the shard of Alara called Bant.
With her formidable fighting skills and her devotion to nobility, Elspeth became a knight and champion of the Bant nation of Valeron. She evades questions about her origins, content to build her life around service to her adopted home. She has become a planeswalker with a very unusual trait—she has no desire to planeswalk ever again.
Ajani Goldmane is a planeswalker who wields white magic. His specialty is magic of the purification of body and soul: spells that heal and strengthen his allies, and spells that evoke the inner, spiritual essence of others.
Ajani Goldmane is torn between his leonin ferocity and his sense of justice. He was born as an outcast within his own family, an albino leonin never accepted by the rest of his pride. The only person who cared about him was his brother Jazal, the leader of their pride and Ajani's inspiration. Ajani had always shown potential as a mage and healer, but had assumed his main calling was to be a warrior in Jazal's service. The day that Ajani's brother was assassinated by unknown forces was the day that Ajani's planeswalker spark ignited, and everything changed.
No longer could Ajani worry about his tiny problems of social acceptance. His quest to discover his brother's killer has led him into a tangle of intrigue woven by mysterious forces, forcing him to broaden his skills as a warrior and to unlock new potential within himself. Ajani teeters on the edge between principled justice and bloody revenge as everything he once knew crumbles around him.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tezzeret is a planeswalker who wields blue magic. His specialty is artifice: spells that forge artifacts, manipulate artifacts, and even bring artifacts to life.
Tezzeret was a talented artificer from the Alara shard of Esper. Like all Esperites, he has part of his body "enhanced" by the magical alloy etherium, part of an overarching planar venture to create perfection of both body and mind.
Tezzeret became an initiate of a mage sect called the Seekers of Carmot in order to gain access to the Codex Etherium, a sacred tome the sect claims to have in its possession. When he intruded into the sanctum of the Seekers, he uncovered truths that others didn't want him to find, and he found himself trapped in a conspiracy much larger than himself.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I shall planeswalk.
I shall wield the powers.
Jace Beleren is a planeswalker who wields blue magic. His specialty is mental magic: spells of mind-reading, illusion, knowledge, and deception.
Curiosity has always gotten the better of Jace Beleren. As a magical prodigy, he delved into lessons of sorcery deeper than the other students in mage academies, and succeeded to the point that even his instructors were suspicious of him. As a specialist in mind magic, he uses his abilities to gaze into the minds of others, discovering even closely guarded secrets. This practice has lead him into danger more than once. In fact, his mind magic has helped him discover the existence of planeswalkers and of worlds beyond his own, opening his eyes to an even greater scope of secrets.
Now that Jace's own planeswalker spark has ignited, his curiosity has begun to take him deep into the Blind Eternities, the chaotic void that holds all the planes of the Multiverse. Jace has finally found a milieu vast enough to satisfy his thirst for knowledge.
Jace now faces the same problem of every exceptional being: the temptations of power. His skills in illusion, mind-reading, and even memory modification have flourished during his travels, and they've helped him gain ever broader access to the secrets he craves. But the deeper he delves, the more he encounters individuals and beings who don't want him prying into their business...and who have the power to stop him. Jace has the potential to rival even these adversaries if he's willing to cast aside the limits of his conscience and embrace the power rising within him. The enemy colors of white and black are like an angel and devil on his shoulders. Will he choose to use his abilities to enrich those he cares about, or to empower only himself? However Jace chooses, the realization of his potential will have a dramatic effect on the Multiverse.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wildlife includes all non-domesticated plants, animals, and other organisms. Of these, animals can be said to make up the largest percentage of wildlife. They have roamed the Earth in different forms, but as far as history goes, they can be said to be the dominant species existing on the planet. Even today, we can see that Homo sapiens is the leading creature, ruling over all matters on the Blue Planet. However, as humans get ever more powerful, wild animals are slowly wiped off the planet.
Wild animals can be traced back as far as 560 million years ago, tentatively a humble sponge that existed at the bottom of the sea. Ever since then, animals have evolved greatly. At the time of the dinosaurs, it was probably evolution at its peak, where, they existed at gargantuan sizes and ruled the earth. Even for a long time after the age of the dinosaurs, wild animals dominated the scene in the form of woolly mammoths in the Ice Age and sabre-toothed cats after that. From these examples, we can tell that animals have held their own for millions of years, and through the long course of evolution, not much has happened to change the fact of their excellent survival. Even major apocalyptic events could be taken in stride, and new animals have quickly risen to take the spaces.
Enter Man, 200000BC. He used to be just another animal on the planet. Making his “baby steps into the world as an advanced form of monkey, he soon evolved slowly to lose his tail, walk on two legs and develop an upright posture. As he progressed, his brain increased in size and power. With that increase in intelligence, mankind learnt how to make and use weapons, cook food and even group together. Civilisation had begun. As their weapons became advanced in power, they were able to hunt down animals, killing them in great numbers. One species was experiencing a power unprecedented in all other wild animals.
Man extended his dominion. He built cities, found technologies, and in a move shaming to the Kingdom of Animalia, he started to take other wild animals captive, and turned many wild animals to take on the derogatory term of “domesticated animals”. The dog was first to fall under this category, followed by the sheep for wool, then the cow for milk, pigs for pork and most recently, the hedgehog as a pet. Most of these domesticated animals have spent such a long time under man’s dominion that most of them have lost their ability to survive in the wild. Many more have even lost semblance to their wild ancestors. Take the example of the chicken, domesticated for eggs, hardly takes after its current wild counterpart, the red jungle fowl. There is a strong sexual dimorphism and camouflaging plumage in the female are found in the wild jungle fowl, which also roosts in trees, which protects them from predators on the ground. The domesticated chicken shows none of these traits, and even seems to be stupid enough to eat almost whatever is given to them, as long as it shares some characteristics to their normal feed. Such is the extent of human impact on animals.
Can wild animals remain wild anymore? Can we return Earth to a state where every animal existed as a wild animal, where all would co-exist harmoniously, none lording over the other? Probably not now, and sadly, not ever, given the state, and ways that humanity thinks.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Where did I leave off? O yea, actually I HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED MAN.
1st activity: Like so super retarded got us to arrange squares with some shapes and colours. Two ppl would be leaders while the rest were blindfolded. Obviously an insult to our intelligence as you can see so we completed it like, damn fast compared to other teams ( actually i didn't expect that). Anyways the stationmaster like, wanted to tok to us as the other group (CANDICE & BYORN'S group NOOB!!!) was still struggling.
I dun care what the stationmaster said, i think the leaders when they saw the arrangement they just followed the best fit to complete the puzzle :D.
2nd activity: O this is even more retarded. Like, we got two balls (dun laugh if u see this) one big ball and one small ball and we got to move them using our legs and feet like OMGZ!!! But also quite simple except for those of us who were moving the small bal, like, it was super hard to hold that with 3 pairs of feet I say. But still, our group got much luckier than Candice's group AGAIN, like owned them so badly. They were, like motionless with the small ball, and those with the big ball were the ones moving, but we like, finished when they weren't even halfway HAHA...
I think I end here for now la, damn XIAN ardy...
P.S. Crap Gog project freaking deadline on monday.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The definition of global warming is the gradual rise of the earth’s surface temperature thought to be caused by the greenhouse effect and responsible for changes in global climate patterns. Carbon dioxide, the gas mainly responsible for global warming, and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases—emitted when oil, gas and coal are burned—are causing the rise of the earth’s air surface temperature.
Over the next century, global warming could happen twice as quickly as previously forecast. Global average temperatures could actually rise between 1.4C and 5.8C by the end of the century. The sea level has risen approximately 6-8 inches, approximately 1-2 inches of the rise caused by melting mountain glaciers and another 1-4 inches has resulted from the expansion of the ocean water as a result of the warmer ocean temperatures. They are expected to rise even more, by 0.09 metres to 0.88 metres between 1900 and 2011.
Previous forecasts in 1995 were that the greatest likely temperature rise over the next century was 3C. This has been revised upwards due to the removal of sulphate aerosols which had helped reduce global warming by blocking sunlight. Also, the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases has risen by 31% in the last 250 years.
The more likely temperature rise is expressed as a range because of uncertainties surrounding man’s ability to cut down on the use of fossil fuels which produce carbon dioxide. It is hoped that people would steadily reduce their reliance on these fossil fuels such as coal, wood and oil.
Much of the rise in global temperatures can be attributed to human influences. Scientists have concluded that the observed warming of the past hundred years was unusual and is unlikely to be of natural origin. However, it is also acknowledged that there are still gaps in information and a deeper understanding of climate change is required.
Global warming is receiving much more attention than it ever has than in the past, as scientist have confirmed that is has many dangerous, far-reaching consequences. The previous decade, the 1990s, have been discovered to be the warmest decade globally, with 1998 being the warmest year ever sine global records have been kept since 1861. Temperature rises then were the greatest in a millennium. Such research has been able to be undertaken by studying ice cones, tree rings and historical records in the northern hemisphere. It has been found that before the Industrial Revolution which had brought in the many fossil fuels, the world had never had a great problem with global warming, proving once and for all that the current worsening global warming situation was caused by the work of man.
The implications of global warming are great. With it, clouds and rain will increase. More intense rainstorms will occur over mid to high latitudes in the northern hemisphere. The oceans also absorb the increased carbon dioxide, which in water becomes a weak acid, carbonic acid. Its accumulation has a devastating effect on marine organisms, especially the delicate coral reefs which provide one of the greatest ecosystems in the world. Other effects could include frequent forest fires, flooding of coastal areas and even global freezing, happening when the salt currents around the Arctic shut down due to the increase in freshwater from melting glaciers.
Global warming could well be the last thing on anyone’s’ mind, but it is a true and serious problem in the world. Though it used to be an almost non-existent niggle, not to be considered, it has attracted the attention of even the G8, an extremely important organization that is highly regarded all over the world.
Due to global warming’s great implications globally, we must pay higher regard to it and we must start by trying to reduce our daily carbon emissions. An example would be to car pool, or even better, take the public transport or bicycle. Not only does this help save the earth by releasing less toxic exhaust gases, it can also give us the exercise that we need to keep ourselves healthy! We can also recycle more, by composting our waste, or use recycling bins. Another way would be to use fluorescent light bulbs or even better, reduce your reliance on your electrical appliances, which contribute to global warming by using oil. All these little ways in aiding the environment would help our world a lot in preventing global warming.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
So basically I was disappointed that I had to go on Thursday because Kaung Myat, Daryl and Adrian were going on Wednesday. In any case though, I had to attend my Math Olympiad class on Wednesday instead of Saturday or I would have gone that day, but unfortunately Dr Chua was not free on both Saturdays of the September holidays so we had to have lessons on weekdays instead
Anyway. What happened on that day. So I went really late (I know it’s early but to me all times are late) But yeah man I was in luck, because I saw IAN and BYORN!!! So my waiting wasn’t too bad, except Ian kept trying to gay I dunno why. (now I keep on trying to gay him I dunno why either). So later we were spilt up into groups when the student leaders, like damn xian cannot be with Ian or Byorn. Actually my group still ok la, ur will learn later…
So yea. Time to go for the activities that were destined to take up about eight hours of our time. Our group leader was Eliza and a Year 5 (I dun bother to learn her name).Quite obviously we HAD to start the day with an icebreaker activity, and we HAD to learn each other’s names. I think my group members were…er… Hong Jing (106), Chester (?), Wei Hao (101), Ryan (?) (super short Year 3 ur will learn that that was really not a good thing to be), Fiona (105), Shi Ni(103), Wan Qi (107). I remember got another Year 4 and a Year 3 and maybe 2 more ppl but I’m so lazy I dun bother ZZZ…
What happened after that I leave to some other time I think…
Thursday, September 25, 2008
But then again, the flipside was...WE HAD TO CHANGE EVERYTHING RIGHT FROM OUR FREAKING SYNOPSIS. Not really blaming him though. I like work.
Still...I am beginning to hate 16 October...
2. Your relationship with him/her
3. Your five impressions of him/her
(taken from her blog) hyper, slacker, blur, dory, BITCHY
4. The most memorable thing he/she has done for you
Nothing. As yet.
5. The most memorable thing he/she has said to you
Who gives a ****?
6. If he/she becomes your lover, you will
make that statement untrue
7. If he/she becomes your lover, one thing he/she will have to improve on will be
She won't be so i dun care...
8. If he/she becomes your enemy, you will
celebrate after taking her pig(still lost...)
9. If he/she becomes your enemy, the reason will be
I took her pig:D
10. What you want to tell her/him now is
Fat hope finding ur piggeh:D
11. Your overall impression of him/her is
qn 3 will answer all your questions.
12. How do you think people around you feel about you?
13. The character about yourself you love
14. On the contrary, what you hate about yourself is
15. The most ideal person you want to be
16. For people who care and like you, say something to them.
Nothing to say...
17. Pass this quiz on to 10 people to see how they feel about you. (ahhhhh must i?)
7. Jonathan Lau
8. Yi Xuan
( really don't care if they do the quiz)
18. Who is no. 6 having a relationship with right now? (ze)
i dunno, oh i meann, CLARICEEEE :D kidding
19. WANTED. Cash will be given for information leading to its capture.
20. If no. 7 and 10 are together, will it be a good thing? (Jonathan Lau and Cherie)
omgz i swear i didn plan this. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
21. What is no. 2 studying about? (clarice)
how to bully ruthie more effectively...as said by jihyun...
22. When was the last time you had a chat with no.3? (candice)
Dun care to rmb
23. What kind of music band does no.8 like? (wanqi)
24. Does no. 1 have any siblings? (cash)
nope. unless you count all the money, credit cards, debit cards and cheques in the world. :D
25. Will you woo no. 3? (candice)
She's Daryl's so I won't
26. How about no.7? (Rachel)
27. Is no. 4 single? (winnie)
err. RUTH ARE YOU SINGLE? xD
28. Surname of no. 5? (nikki)
Lim. Some body said that name got bad karma :D
29. Hobby of no. 10? (cherie)
30. Do 5 and 9 get along well? (Nikki and Ansel)
I dun think they noe each other...unless nikki DID post that rumour, den well...
31. Where is no.2 studying? (clarice)
errrr somewhere in s'pore. Like, duh
32. Talk about no. 1 (cash)
Dun want to happy?
33. Have you tried developing feelings for no.8? (yixuan)
No.. but i might try if i got time... which i dun have...
34. Where does no. 9 live? (yuhan)
Srsly dunno man...
35. What colour does no. 4 like? (winnie)
36. Are 5 and 1 best friends? (wanqi and cash)
37. Does no.1 have any pets? (cash)
I dun think so...
38. Is no 7 the sexiest person in the world? (rachel)
39. What is no 10 doing right now? (JK)
Convincing herself that she's tall? :D
Monday, September 22, 2008
The above problems, being problems in Singapore, would not actually be common problems with ELDCs. However, out of the three problems, I think that urban sprawl would be a great problem in many ELDCs, as in the 21st century, many ELDCs want to catch up with EMDCs in terms of economic growth. One of the only ways that they are able to achieve that would be to build many factories, and thus giving rise to air pollution through smoke stacks. This, in turn would cause a serious problem of urban sprawl, as factories increase rapidly at the cost of once lush land that could have been used for agriculture. When the factories have been built though, not many will protest at the loss of farming land as they will get new jobs provided by the factories, which becomes the main providence of income for the country. By then, the people of these ELDCs will only be concerned about the cash rolling into their pockets and not the environment. It would be hard to change the mindsets of these people. Public infrastructure would also be a problem, as the governments of most countries are unable to plan their cities, well, mostly due to the fact that many other countries are much larger than Singapore, and therefore are unable to put in place the proper road or housing developments. This would result in severe overcrowding of streets in some areas and near-emptiness in others. The problems I have mentioned would be due to bad governance, as in the case of urban sprawl, it is probably the government who were the first to suggest the building of the factories and then the smokestacks. It would also be the government who has put up propaganda to spread the advantages about the factories and hiding many disadvantages from the citizens. Those among the civilians who complain would probably be shut up by the overwhelming majority who objects their views, because of the government. The second issue would be all the more a problem caused by bad governance. In the case of a larger country than Singapore, especially an ELDC, where there is very little money and planning devoted to building proper roads and buildings, and therefore, when the civilians have to resort to erect their own housing and dirt roads, it results in the overuse of dirt roads and underuse of the roads built by the government, usually because the proper asphalt roads are virtually inaccessible to the civilians’ houses that they have built themselves. All the abovementioned problems are currently being experienced by Singapore, who is probably hardest hit nowadays by the first one, as food prices, along with almost everything else, are going through a period of serious inflation as the world’s oil sources deplete slowly but surely, due to the ever-increasing demand for more energy by the world. In the near future, as our population increases, unfortunately, we will probably face a daunting task in overcoming these problems. As we know, more people would need more food and water, more jobs and would probably use more cars and take up more space, exacerbating all three problems of self sustainability, urban sprawl and even public infrastructure. Singapore’s once near-perfect planning might not stand the test of time…
Crap I only have like 540+ words i need 60 more words man...why must the word limit be so long... I blame Ms Chen...
All of a sudden, all fell quiet. At first I could not believe it. The enemy could not have given up so easily. They were, we were told, a battle-hardened lot, born and bred in the extremely harsh conditions of heir world, where only the fittest could survive.
It was, in fact, the Year 2987. Fights had broken out all over the galaxy. Two different factions, the Kravens and the Tudors, had launched an all out war against each other. With two extremely conflicting ideals, politicians from both sides had broken apart and declared a fight to the finish. Of course, their ideas were attractive to many, thus both factions drew hordes of supporters. The Kraven naturalist ideal, where everyone should take what they can and destroy the weak, attracted the powerhouses of the galaxy, while the Tudor ideal of having a community where everyone was equal, drawing the more fair-minded ones.
A paper war, a war of words and thoughts ensued. The more peaceful ones hoped the matter could be resolved then, and have the petty quarrel broken up through simple communication. However, this was not to be. The politicians and more fanatic supporters simply could not agree on terms favourable to each other. Thus, the talks soon broke down and the factions decided to settle matters once and for all through the last option available: war!
That was the story of how I came to be here. Earth, with its community of humans, was attracted to the Tudor ideal; we had to be dependant on others for natural resources ever since we exhausted our own in Year 2543. Years of cruel and tyrannical treatment over this matter had left us bitter, but we envisioned a much better life under the Tudors, where everyone would be equal, where we would be bullied no more and forced to pay higher and higher prices for oil and fuel. Unfortunately, the citizens of Venus, the planet closest us, thought otherwise. With some of the toughest beings in the Solar System, they saw no reason to end their tyrannical rule, thus the war between us. I vowed to fight to the death for Earth.
I edged nearer to the mini battle station gingerly; I could not be sure of the vanquishment of the enemy troops in there. Though we had kept it under furious assault with our bionic battle bots the entire past week, the battle station held out. Thus, we had no choice but to send in our most efficient crack troop. I had been ordered to kill any enemy troop coming out through the only escape route: the station’s main door.
An enormous explosion came from the other side of the door out of the blue. A concussion grenade, I thought, the most forceful mini-weapon on Earth. Whoever was coming out, he was dangerous. I jumped away from the door so violently that I stumbled and fell, and I was on my knees with the revolver scratching uselessly at my feet when he came out. Through the dust, I saw the Venusian: eight feet tall, with a huge muscular–looking body, he was probably the toughest of his kind. However, as the smoke cleared, I saw a much more intimidating sight. A fully armoured being he was, gold and crimson plates glinting in the sun He reached out his hand, and I thought he would smite me. To my surprise, he actually helped me up.
“Your kind has evolved to be an opponent worthy of us, much better than the weaklings a few centuries back. I am the only one remaining of my squadron. So are you. This battle shall be Earth and Venus’s last. Kraven and Tudor ideals can never come together.” He paused then continued, “We shall fight with battleaxes and with no armour. Accept my challenge or with my last powers I will crush you with a lightning bolt. Win, and my planet is yours for the taking. Lose, and we shall eradicate your forces on Earth.” All his plates were removed as he activated a switch. I had no choice but to remove my armour too. Hefting up the weapons, both of us prepared for the final, most climatic clash.
He charged at me almost immediately, and I swiftly jumped away, landing rather clumsily behind him. Taking my chance, I swung the axe for a killing blow. However, his reactions were incredible. Whirling around, he blocked the strike so swiftly that I was knocked off my feet. Landing some metres away, I almost blacked out. Still, I recovered quickly enough to defend myself from his second charge. Glaring at me with hatred in his eyes, he broke from the deadlock, swung the axe at my feet in a deadly arc but I leapt up high and evaded the weapon. Then, I launched myself towards him with deadly might, but he hit back my axe with almost the same powerful force. I was struck off balance once again.
I realized I was tiring out. He, on the other hand, was still ready for many more bouts. He was coming for me again. I was sure, and I knew, that I could not block such a blow again. With desperation, I flung the axe towards my foe. The killing force of that throw was incredible. The axe swung through the air swung through the air with deadly force and shocking precision. If I had not seen it for myself, even I would not have believed it. The battleaxe, at the end of its launch, had plunged itself deep into the heart of my enemy. Before I fainted from exhaustion, I saw him fall, and with it the Kraven ideas of his people. I won the fight and with it, the Earth-Venus war.
I know it's corny but still...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Now that that's over, maybe i'll have a recount of what i saw...
4 by 100-girls
So, i was like, WTH how come we gt 1st lane. Super-demoralizing to run there, not to mention it is extra-hard to run into other lanes. So, like, Nikki didn't run her full speed (i think) but, well I couldn't see what happened after that, but I could see Candice and Ji Hyun overtaking ppl.
Better than the boys, anyway...
4 by 100-boys
No need to state the obvious that I suck. Actually, not that i sucked REAL BAD, but that Chee Seng had, I think, legs the same length but twice my striding pace. Where was the rule that tall people have a longer stride? Obviously, once he overtook me, we got owned so bad, cos i only overtook one other person after 2 ppl overtook me. Anyway, (sorry Daryl) I think we seriously screwed up beween the 2nd and third lap, cos I think Daryl slowed down when passing to Zhi-en. But the last two runners were like, OMG they managed to shave like half our disadvantage. YX and ZE too pro...
Monday, September 1, 2008
What Yu Han Means
You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.
You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.
And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.
You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.
You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
actually...somehow I think most of it is true...including the aggressive part...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
So my Grade 8 piano exam... dun wan to talk about it, i think i failed
GEOG PROJ=CRAPPY it's bull**** so dun get me started
and i'm chionging homework now... missed so much stuff bcos of piano exam... and physics still got one question dunno...
AND DARYL GOT OWNED!!! BIG-TIME MAN.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
You Act Like You Are 22 Years Old
You are a twenty-something at heart. You feel like an adult, and you're optimistic about life.
You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.
You're still figuring out your place in the world and how you want your life to shape up.
The world is full of possibilities, and you can't wait to explore many of them.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Anyway when I heard about the how the voting was carried out after six of us gave our speeches it was like so... dunno what to say. Seems like Clarice thought that Kaung was Ji and Ji ended up with zero votes O.O Must be traumatizing, but then who wouldn't when you know Daryl got 1 vote! 1!!! and he got in!!! So Bryan was like so irritating, keep on bugging Daryl to give up his nomination chance. Like, who would be that stupid...
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Well first all of us 104 boys were conspiring to run as a group and hog up the track so nobody could pass. Haha that would have been funny if it was carried out...but unfortunately for us we decided to pace Adrian. Of course anybody who's familiar with his running speed should know that...he ran so bloody f****** fast we couldn't bloody catch up. So Kaung Myat was the leading runner...he did what adrian did some time later so it became FFA. I became the lead runner though, at kept up the lead until the last 400? 200? metres. Then me and Daryl saw the girls and they were all like, GO DARYL!!! Must be his his hot bod. So I decided to sprint up but gave him a surprise by slacking with 10 metres to go.
Then the fun started. Insteadof running all the way, I cut out and didn't get a number...so when Zhi-en told me my mistake I was like OMGZZZ but fortunately I still got 42. Better than 69 anyway...
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Ten Top Trivia Tips about Yu Han!
- The pigment Indian Yellow was manufactured from the urine of cows fed only on Yu Han.
- If you blow out all the candles on Yu Han with one breath, your wish will come true.
- People used to believe that dressing their male children as Yu Han would protect them from evil spirits!
- You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching Yu Han!
- The Aztec Indians of Mexico believed Yu Han would protect them from physical harm, and so warriors used her to decorate their battle shields.
- Yu Han can eat up to four kilograms of insects in a single night!
- Yu Han does not have toes.
- Yu Han can smell some things up to six miles away.
- Humans share over 98 percent of their DNA with Yu Han.
- Czar Paul I banished Yu Han to Siberia for marching out of step.
Next, my thoughts about the debate...
I'll just tell about the final for those who are doing the newsletter...
First thing is, i was a little crapped out that we didn't get the proposition, but Daryl had to draw lots, so we can't to anything about that...
Second, I had to prepare the speech for both the first and second speaker, like most of them (Yes, Daryl, you helped , but that was afterwards)
Third, on the Debate day itself, I just want to know if I was really too soft for the first part. If I was, I'm really sorry. It could be that the students couldn't hear my speech that we lost to 102...
Last, I really thought Daryl was great, taking so much verbal abuse and rubbish( from Jit Wu and Jonathan Lau especially) but he still stood it through. Also , I would like to pay much credit to my fellow speakers. Including J.Lau and Jit Wu. it was great working with you.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Maths Olympiad was supposed to start at 8, but we got screwed up cos classroom was locked. Then Dr Chua went looking all over for the key, but obviously couldn't find it. Then he asked me to ask the security guard to open the door, but I misheard the room name so the guard was feeling pretty stupid when he couldn't find the key. So when I went back, lo and behold! My class was in the room. turns out that they got in through the other class.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Basically, its all my NEA's fault so I'm going to beat him to a pulp soon.
We recently survived by the skin of our teeth in a debate about racism i don't know what the crap. I can't understand how the others chose, until I found out that all the classes with even numbers won. Debate must be hexed.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The capital of Gondor, Minas Tirith, was besieged following the fall of Gondor's final defence, Osiligath. The Steward of Gondor refused to leave his son, who had been severely injured in that war, so the Wizard Gandalf took over Gondor's defenses. The sky blotted black and the Ringwraiths flew in their flying beats to strike fear into the defendors. Sauron's Dark army, despite the efforts of the defendors, broke through using siege towers and a huge battering ram. It was this time when the Rohirrin calvary arrived. They broke through the back of Sauron's Orcs and defeated them.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Battle between the Ents, or treemen and the remaining troops at Isengard. Enraged at Saruman's rampant cutting of trees, they laid siege to Isengard. It was fortunate that most of the troops had been emtied out for a final attck on Isengard. The feeble resistance by Isengard only caused the Ents to press on their onslaught and soon most of Isengard was in ruins. Most of the escaping Orcs were killed by the Ents surrounding the edge of Isengard. A ent was burnt by fire vents activated by Saruman, so Treebeard, leader of the attack broke a dam to flood the bowels of Isengard. This final attck submerged everything except the Tower, leaving Saruman trapped and defeated. Adding to his troops' sound defeat at Hornburg, Saruman could not do military damage to the West any more.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Battle between Wizard Saruman, a minion of Sauron, against King Theoden of the Rohirrim and the General of Elven archers in the fortress Hornburg of Helm's Deep. Saruman's forces broke through the first line of defence, helm's Dike. The remaining defendors repulsed them with arrows and rocks, but the Orcs got close to the wall after a few attempts, but a group of mounted Rohirrim led by Theoden's niece and Aragorn scattered them. Orcs also scaled the walls but their attempts were foiled. They then crept in through a stream in the back but were beat back by the dwarf Gimli. The Orcs then used explosives to attack and the defendors retreated further into the Glittering Caves. The Orcs gained control of the Fort but were defeated by Rohirrim calvary led by Theoden and Aragorn. Then the Wizard Gandalf arrived leading more Rohirrim calvary. The fearful Orcs fled, only to be vanquished in the hands of Tree-men.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Dark Lord Sauron forges the Ring. High King of Men, Elendil is killed by Sauron, but his son Prince Isildur severs Sauron's hand, separates him from the Ring and vanquishes Sauron's army. Sauron escapes and turns in to the Evil Eye.
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Monday, June 16, 2008
The Scottish Sun was once glaring, but now it barely got past the surface of the murky body of water I lived my whole life in. As such, I woke up everyday never knowing whether it was sunrise or sunset. Still, what did I care? Time mattered no more in my now idyllic lifestyle.
It was a chore, as often to lift my body out of the seabed. I flapped my four appendages up and down, hard, sending huge waves across the water, scaring away potential breakfast. Some burrowed deep in to the black muddy bed while other swam as fast as they could to the other end of the pond. It was futile to escape my jaws though. Spotting a rather succulent fish at the corner furthest from me, I simply stretched over my neck and swallowed it in one gulp.
I stretched my neck out of the water’s surface, and the bright afternoon light struck me full on the face, dazzling me. Afraid that I would leave traces of my existence, I dropped down without hesitation, my tail only leaving small ripples in its wake.
Ever since we had strayed into this dark, murky body of water and taken abode many million years ago, my family had lived peacefully here, or so I was told. However, at some point in time, there was a great catastrophe, wiping out all others of our kind except us. By remaining hidden under a thick layer of ice that had encased the upper half of the lake, most of the life forms in the loch managed to survive the cataclysmic event. However, slowly but surely, many of my group started dying off. Strange creatures, standing on two of their limbs, would hunt us down as food. I was the only one left now.
Now I could only lead a monotonous lifestyle day after day, and try to avoid being spotted by the beings on the surface. I am sure that they would capture me if they spotted me. Though indeed, a few decades back, I was careless and let slip evidence of my existence. A few of the surface beings spotted me, who had been sunbathing on the road, tired of my boring life and wanting a taste of the bright sun. Seeing me, they were, for a moment, awestruck to have laid eyes on me. However, I knew that their inactiveness would not last for long and so I attempted to return to the loch as quickly as possible, though I was, indeed, extremely clumsy on land. Fortunately no one believed the two and thus no one came after me.For now, I still live, rather peacefully in the loch, although I hear from other inhabitants that many ridiculous legends have been cooked up around me. For example there is the one about my name, Nessie. I’m male! Such a feminine name...
Basically it's a story you would write if you were Nessie. I don't believe in her though...
Sunday, June 15, 2008
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Monday, June 9, 2008
The trishaw, as its name implies, is a three-wheeled vehicle. The trishaw was a common means of transport back in the olden days in
The trishaw evolved from the Japanese invention, rickshaws. The three-wheeler varied in design with the seat for the passenger sometimes in front, and in other parts of
I have, in fact, a rather affectionate feeling for the trishaw, due to the fact that I had a very close relationship with it over almost a decade ago, while I was still attending nursery school. I shall now relate that intriguing story to you.
When I just started nursery school, it was not exactly a stone’s throw away from my house. The nursery school was in
Over the year, I learned that in order to supplement his meagre income, he would also work as a rag-and-bone man. He would diligently search for discarded cardboard pieces or aluminium cans, whether in covered HDB apartment void decks or under the blazing afternoon sun.
I can still remember with fondness the time when I was rather sick. However, my mother and I did not know it at all – until I started vomiting in earnest in the trishaw. You would expect the old man to be enraged at seeing his dear rickshaw dirtied in such a manner. Yet, not just did he not have a few sharp words with me; he immediately took me home hastily, all the while saying reassuring words all the way. He even bought two big, red, juicy apples which cost about two dollars each. If he earns about ten cents a day through picking up cardboard pieces, he would have blown away more than a fortnight’s salary on the apples. You can see how caring he is from this example.
Thus ends my relationship with the trishaw rider. I have not seen the man for about seven years; the last time I saw him, he was about eighty years old. I wonder where he is now. I miss him.
And the rickshaws in