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2019年5月31日星期五

《边城》赏析

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    《边城》是沈从文的代表作。故事以20世纪30年代的边城小镇茶峒为背景,讲述了少女翠翠的故事。翠翠父母双亡,由爷爷抚养大,在端午节看龙舟时偶遇船总顺顺的小儿子傩送,心中留下了深刻的印象。殊不知,顺顺的大儿子天保也喜欢翠翠,在与弟弟比赛唱歌却因毫无胜算,自觉放弃,心灰意冷,驾船去做生意,却出了事,淹死了。傩送因此不愿再提亲事,离家出走。翠翠的爷爷眼看翠翠婚事无望,心力交瘁,在一个雷雨交加的晚上与世诀别。翠翠依旧守在渡船上,等待着傩送。

    翠翠与傩送的情感,是一条线索,从端午节开始,一直到最终天保与爷爷的离世,贯穿全文。它是纯洁不掺杂质的,是懵懂的,也从某种程度上来说造成了两人最终爱情的悲剧。

    翠翠与傩送的感情,是纯洁的。在大老淹死后,在王团总的女儿以一个碾坊作为嫁妆向傩送提亲时。傩送立即果断地拒绝了。傩送虽然对翠翠的爷爷有些不满,认为他害死了大老,心里不悦,但宁可继承翠翠爷爷的渡船,也不要那座碾坊。从他与脚夫的对话中,我们课以了解到,一座碾坊的出息,每天可收七升米,三斗糠。如果傩送与王家闺女成婚,那么不但门当户对,未来的日子也将非常繁荣。但傩送毅然决然地选择了真正对自己有感情的翠翠。两人之间的爱情无关金钱名利,是纯洁的。这反映了傩送对翠翠这份感情的认真和深厚。


    翠翠与傩送的感情,也是懵懂的。在书中的第四章中,与傩送初遇时,翠翠的心中就已萌生了情感,对傩送印象深刻。这体现在她回家后的表现:“但是另一件事,属于自己不关祖父的,却使翠翠沉默了一个夜晚。”在同一章中,当翠翠听说王团总的女儿要向傩送提亲时,心中突然有了一种“不分明的东西”:“ “是烦恼吧,不是!”“是生气了吧,——是的,她当真仿佛觉得自己是在生一个人的气,又象是在生自己的气。”这时,翠翠已经有些懂得自己喜欢上了傩送,但又对这种心中的感觉,那点悸动的情感感到有些陌生,有些不知所措。

    翠翠与傩送的感情是单纯美丽的,但也正是他们的感情,在各种机缘巧合之下,造成了最终的悲剧。假如翠翠早些意识到自己对傩送的感情,并在天保提亲时将自己的心中所想表达出来,那么天保一定不会继续纠缠,大家都能各得其所,一切尽如人意。如果傩送没有那么执着地去追求翠翠,那么也许老船夫,天保和顺顺都能皆大欢喜。但一切却没能如愿以偿,寒冬已至,翠翠却仍守着渡船,等着心上人的到来。

    边城是作者想象中的美好社会,翠翠和傩送之间的爱则是人与人之间最本真的情感。虽然这种素朴的善最终产生了悲剧,但也体现了作者理想中正直、朴素、善良、美丽的人性美。

2019年5月30日星期四

八年级电影节

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    这个星期五,一年一度的电影节就要开始了。

    电影节,顾名思义,就是要拍电影。这个活动仅限于八年级,学生要分成五人小组,要在这个学年的最后三个星期内拍出一部固定主题的小短片(为了腾出时间拍电影,我们有一半的课都取消了)。我们今年的主题是"Gratitude",就是“感恩”。

2019年5月28日星期二

那天我真的很委屈

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2019年5月27日星期一

议论文考试题目

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  1. 论君子之交淡如水
  2. 学然后知不足
  3. 网络购物的利与弊
  4. 青春的美好

2019年5月26日星期日

[转载] 我不认为我征服了沙漠

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    20世纪人类最爱说的就是“征服自然”,还爱说:“……展示了人类的力量”。征服自然,怎么叫做征服了呢?爬上去踩两脚,这就是征服了吗?十几二十个人准备上一年半载,满负物资装备,还得有人为他们打好一个又一个前站营地,惴惴不安地躲避着暴风和雪崩,侥幸爬到了山顶就可以插上旗子说征服高山乃至征服自然了?

2019年5月25日星期六

每周歌曲推荐

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    这是一首探戈舞曲。我并不会跳舞,却被里面高声部(疑似小提琴或口琴)的旋律和节奏深深滴迷住了。

2019年5月24日星期五

莫奈的雪地

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如果尚有余力,就去保护美好的东西。
——张嘉佳 《从你的全世界路过》

2019年5月21日星期二

The National Day of Remembrance

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Yesterday, May 20, was the National Day of Remembrance, an annual event in Cambodia that commemorates the Cambodia genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled the country between 1975 and 1979. The Cambodian name of the day ទិវាជាតិនៃការចងចាំ is translated as “Day of Maintaining Rage”. The date was selected since it marked the beginning of mass killings in Democratic Kampuchea on May 20, 1976.



In Choeung Ek “Killing Fields” in Phnom Penh (the one I went to two months ago), many students in black went reenacted the horrors of the Cambodian genocide at the ‘Killing Fields’ on Monday to commemorate the two million people killed by the Khmer Rouge’s murderous, Maoist regime.

Student acted out the scenes of people being killed, children being separated from their parents, women being forced to leave their husbands and many other scenes showing the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge and how much the Cambodians once suffered from the genocide.


It was an emotional day. Many attendees cried when watching the scenes, as the actors pretend to slit open the victim’s throats and throw them into the lakes. Even though I did not see the scenes I could imagine the sadness of the atmosphere through the screen. The scenes reminds me of a book that I just finished on Friday called _Never Fall Down_. It narrates Cambodia under Pol Pot’s governing through the eyes of a boy named Arn, who was just 11 when the Khmer Rouge took over the country and forced everyone to go to the countryside. His struggles to stay alive by obeying everything the Khmer Rouge says, killing people from his hometown, and efforts he made to not lost his true self that always wants to help others, sharing his food with everyone. I feel sad a a bit scared while reading, half hoping that everything could go back to when Arn sings happily everyday, eating ice-cream with his friends, and half hoping that Arn could move on with courage and share his story to the world, letting more people to understand the Cambodians.



“These views brought my feeling back to the Pol Pot era, the killing was heinous,“ said 62-year-old Chan Ren, who lost more than 10 relatives under the regime.

“Today, people attend the event to pray to the souls of people who were killed by the Khmer Rouge,“ she added.

I once felt quite hopeless that no much people in the world know about the Khmer Rouge (In fact, I did not know it too before I went to Cambodia on the Tabitha trip.) , as it has been something that is rarely told even between the Cambodians. I afraid that the reason why Cambodia turned from the glorious Ankor empire into one of the poorest country in the world will remain a secret and Cambodians will be always seen as the lazy once and be discriminated. Today I saw the voice of Cambodia with my own eyes. I wish through the event, more people from countries around the world will know what happened during 1975 - 1979, understand what the death of a quarter of the country’s people was like. I wish the new generation could be more open and confidence to explain these to the others and lead the nation into a brighter future.

2019年5月20日星期一

拼搏要量力而行

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2019年5月13日星期一

Our Trip to Dubai -- The 4th Day -- The Atlantis Aquarium and a desert safari

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Notes: I copied journals of the first three days to Dubai from my mum's blog, but this post is originally composed by myself.

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In the morning, we went to Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island sticking out from the mainland. The creation of it started in 2001 and finishes in 2011. To have a better view of the whole island, I used google maps and zoom out, finding out that the whole island was in the shape of a palm tree, connecting the mainland on its trunk. There are also two other artificial island. One of them was consisted of lots of small island, forming the shape of all the continents in the world. The other was in the shape a bigger palm tree (I still think the small palm island was more delicate. It probably costed a lot of money and natural resources to build all these things in Dubai: The tallest building, artificial island, etc., but it was actually very effective in attracting tourists from all around the world).

Interactive map▼



Atlantis was not an unfamiliar name to me. Months ago, Allie and me watched a movie called Aquaman together. Atlantis, in the movie, was the name of the sea kingdom. It was once a glorious kingdom on an island, everything was made out of gold, silver or ivory. However, Atlantis was not the only civilization at the time. Lemuria,  another hypothetical civilization, bombed Atlantis. The whole island sank, people in the kingdom evolve and were able to live in the ocean.

After researching, I found that the background information of Atlantis in the movie was actually based on a hypothesis of the Greek philosopher Platon. The hypothesis was famous over the theorists and authors. The elements of the hypothesis was found in different cultures of different time periods.

I thought that the movie"Atlantis" and the Dubai "Atlantis Luxury Hotel" were two separated things, and it was just a coincident that they have the same name. However, as we walked into the aquarium next to the hotel building, we saw this:


Which reminded me of this:


They were actually the same thing! But as I know, Atlantis aquarium was opened for years already. Perhaps Aquaman was inspired by this sculpture and invited the actor to cast Aquaman for them?

I was really not sure, but we still took some photos:


While dad was buying tickets, Ariel was attracted by a video on the counter, with some tourists playing with sea animals such as seals, penguins and killer whales. I took a look at it and found that it was actually a virtual reality video. The animals were all added into the video later and all the tourists had to do was to act, as if there are actually animals there.

Acting time!

Killer whale!


The polar bear:
Ariel reacted so fast and kicked it on its head!


Playing with the dolphins!


And a close contact with a seal! (Now everyone expertized at acting)


Comparing to the aquarium in China or in Singapore, this one was so much more delicate. It was not that it had more fish in the display area, but that it was more well-designed. For example, the whole aquarium has a theme of the movie Aquaman (again, I have no idea why these two are related, but there were lots of  special designs in the fish tanks such as the helmets wore by the main characters when they were in a competition, the costumes of them and the weapons they used for fighting).

See that helmet with two sharp thing sticking out? That was the costumes of the bad guys Aquaman's brother hired to catch Aquaman (Ariel cried cuz she lost when playing a game with me)


The point was not the sea eels (still they are very lovely, there was a really thick one that couldn't get into the holes). It was the holes they rested in. I remembered that this is also an element from Aquaman, in the great castle where Aquaman and his brother first met.



Ariel saw a fish that looked exactly like Gill in Finding Nemo. She kept on yelling "Gill comes! Gill comes!" in Chinese and everyone laughed.

We had travelled around the whole aquarium. Ariel went to the souvenir shop. Arial chose a turtle (we went back to hotel and found that the hotel had a gift for us, which is also a turtle of the same size).

We got out of the aquarium and headed straight to find a restaurant. Finally we went to an Italian one. I had lasagna and Ariel, as always, had pasta. However, my lasagna somehow was really salty and no one could eat it, so we order another Spaghetti Bolognese and share.



Afternoon. #full #sleepy #cannotmove

We got on a car, going to DESERT SAFARI!!!

Desert Safari was a famous activity, popular over both the tourists and the locals. It was to drive a special off-road vehicle and travel on the sand dunes in the desert, going up and down the dunes as if riding a roller coaster.

The car we sat in the image above was not a simple car, too. The driver told us that it was designed for desert safari and even if we lost control, turned upside down or bumped onto a dune, we would be save.
(Then I asked if this could prevent car crashes on the roads, the driver said: "... Hmm. Only on sand...")




There were almost no cars on the road so we always got to slow down to observe things. For example, when I saw a building with letters on the top that says: The Camel Hospital, I was actually shocked, imagining a hospital with camels as doctors. Then I realized that things weren't what I imagined...

On the way we saw some camels in training. The camel trainers were riding adult camels on the left side, and there were the young new camels, only two years old in average, on the right side. They looked almost the same as the adults, except that they were shorter, had smaller heads, and that they do not have the cuts and calluses on their legs.

We finally got to a station. Lots of other people who went here for Desert Safari also stopped here. Every one had to wait, until we were told to go (perhaps when the last group of people who went left). While we were waiting, Ariel and me bought two scarfs. The person selling it could speak Chinese (probably an autodidact, meeting so many Chinese tourists everyday)!

Onto the sand dunes:
The driver stepped on the accelerator and the whole car rushed forward. The sand we travelled in in the beginning was quite flat. The driver turned left and right to help us getting used to the temperature in the car and being prepared for the dunes.

We went in front of a dune. Comparing to the dunes we saw at the station, now they seemed to be so huge, so tall that we could not see what was on the other side. Accelerator. Vroom. The whole car was tilted, with the front part of the car pointed directly at the sky. Then I screamed. Loud scream. I did not know how and when the car would got to the top of the dune and turned head down. The unknown dragged me into the abyss of fear. A stop. A stop that was so long that I got to realize that this was the calm before the storm. Damn it, go please!!! It went. Head down, diving down from the dune that created an almost-80-degree angle. Phew. We finally went pass the dune! Oh no, there was another...

We went pass hundreds of dunes, and was a little bit used to it. I stopped screaming, and dad and mum stopped thinking (and screaming) that the car would turn over. But then every one got a bit carsick. We found a pause point and get off the car.

We finally got to a stop point in the middle of the dessert and started walking in the sand. Ariel and me started playing in the sand. The sand here was very different from the sand on the beach. It was much softer, much smoother and finer. This means that after we sat on the sand and got up, there would be lots of tiny sand particles stuck on our trousers and not getting off even after the trousers were washed...

Sand here was also hotter. I took off my flip flops and tried to submerge myself in sand. I regretted the second I did so. The sand was burning. It seemed that it could not only cook an egg, but also an omelet. I tried to put my flip flops back on, but the harder I tried, the deeper it went into the sand. This was the worst moment of the day.

Photo time! The red clothing we wore really stood out from the sand and did not absorb heat.

Family Photos:-)


I decided to use this image as my profile photo:

Heading to a camp in the middle of the desert

Ariel was suddenly got mad cuz her sandals were full of sand. But it's fine. We would reach the camp in a few minutes.
The camp took a photo for us with a camera, but it looked a bit like those kind of faded old photos.

There were lots of people in the camp already. The "camp" seemed to be kind of simple and crude -- there was only a few tables and chairs. However, this was actually a kind of luxury in a desert -- all the floors were covered with bricks, grass was planted and there were also a few trees!

Dad went to take some drinks, and then a guy in white robes came. He was holding a falcon, the national bird of Dubai, and called people to take photos with it.

This was the first time that we saw a falcon, so all of us took photos with it.


(It was too hot and I wasn't feeling very well)


Back to the hotel finally! Ariel started her Chinese time and I started on my SAT vocabs. This was such a full day!

谈交友

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2019年5月11日星期六

一个受我尊敬的人

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2019年5月9日星期四

Tabitha Reflection (Whole Trip)

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I am very glad that I participated in this trip. Although it was my first time to Cambodia, my head was already filled with precious memories. There were lots of things that I haven’t seen or experienced before. Throughout the whole trip, there were two things that left a deep impression on me.


The First Thing

It is the history day. We were visiting S-21, an outdoor genocide museum. I was listening to the audio guide. I learned that Cambodia was a powerful Kingdom a long time ago. However, in the 1970s, it suffered a lot from the Khmer Rouge massacre. The national strength declined a lot and even after so many years, Cambodia is still one of the least developed countries in the world. A large number of families are still struggling due to poverty. The history made me feel sad and I sat down on a bench next to the chain link fence (surrounding the museum). Then I heard footsteps behind me. I turned and found a little girl, perhaps 8 or 9, glazing at me through the fence. “Perhaps she was going home to have lunch.” I thought, and waved at her with a smile, but then I saw that she was whispering something to me. I walked closer to her, and realized that she was saying the word “money” in English.

I was a bit surprised. The girl was just 9. She was supposed to be carefree and bright, perhaps playing with her friends or learning in a school, but right now perhaps due to poverty, she was not able to go to school and had to wait here at the fence, trying to get tourists to pity her. I hesitated for a long time, thinking if I should give her money. I was also thinking to walk away, but then when I looked into the girl’s pitiful eyes again, my heart was softened. I took out a pencil and gave it to the girl, hoping that she would take it out of the desire to learn which, I thought, every kids should have. The little girl saw the pencil, paused for a second, and then shook her head hard. She carefully pushed my hand away and whispered "money” again.

I did not really remember how I walked away from the girl with my heavy heart filled with disappointment and sadness. This was the first time I realized how serious the issue of poverty is.

The Second Thing

It is the first day of housebuilding, the third day of the trip. I was sitting inside a half-built house, hammering the nails to fix the bamboo sticks on the floor. There was also an old woman sitting next to us. She seems to be very experienced. I needed to hammer 40 times to knock 1 nail in, she could knock a nail in just by raising her huge hammer for three times. Some of the bamboo sticks were a bit bent, therefore every time you hit a nail, the stick will bounce and pop the nail out. Whenever I encounter this kind of difficulty, the old woman came to help with a warm smile on her face. Within 5 seconds, the nail that makes me desperate would be firmly nailed into floor. After she finished, the old woman would point to the nail and say "Ha", then smiled warmly at me. Although I did not understand her language, I could still feel her pride and joy after helping us foreigners. From this experience I found out that we could all make a change. Tabitha offers us an opportunity to interact with these villagers. We could show them that we truly wanted to help them saw them as equal. It also allows the villagers to show their skills, their joy with confidence in front of us. In contrast, when we just came to the village, all the villagers were very nervous and glazed at us suspiciously. They had been told by others that they were bad, and their lives were hard because they were bad. Housebuilding had really made them more confident, telling them that they were good. This change has impressed me a lot.

As a conclusion, the trip was very memorable to me. Cambodia did experience terrible things that results in its current situation as one of the most undeveloped country. However, I believe that with help from Tabitha and other organizations, gradually, Cambodia could rebuilt the brilliance of the Khmer Kingdom.

2019年5月6日星期一

How Well Can You Sell?

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    这是我们美术课Everything is a Remix单元的一个project。我们要选择一个混合了各种元素的艺术作品并介绍它,尝试把它描述地非常有吸引力,然后把它卖出去。以下是我卖画的台词:

My name is Celia, and I noticed that you are quite interested in Singaporean arts. Here I would like to recommend a masterpiece from a Singaporean Artist, Andre Tan. Tan is a Singaporean Pop Artist. He is very creative. He often blurs the boudaries between reality and the unreality, mixing cartoon characters, brands, patterns and images of people together.

[picture jumps out]


When you first look at this piece of art, you might be wondering, what is the style of the art and what are those characters around the artwork? Well, knowing a bit of background information helps a lot.

Singapore, a country in the South east Asia, is a country with lots of culture. The art has lots of elements of the different cultures. When Singapore was still part of Malaya, a colony of Britain, its population were mainly Chinese, so a large part of its culture is influenced by Chinese culture. Singapore, after its independence from the British in 1963, was admitted as a state of the Malayan Union. As a small country, it would be very hard for Singapore to live on its own without the Union. The prime minister Lee Kwan Yew encourages Singaporeans to learn Malay, so they could be better merged with the Union. As a result there were also influences of Malay culture in Singapore. Now back to the artwork. Did you noticed that it is only in two colors: blue and white? This is a popular pattern of porcelain in China. The Chinese white and blue porcelain already existed in the 9th century. Also, usually there are blue decorations on the edge of the plates and the pots. Despite the patterns, there are two circles on the left and right side of the artwork, with two Chinese characters inside. So, the circle shaped flower patterns background and the characters in Tan’s artwork were all influences of Chinese culture.
You can also see a word on the top of the painting on a banner is in Malay. This is an influence of the Malayan culture.

As you can see, there is a 1965 banner at the bottom of the art work. The word “Merdeka” on the top of the art is from Indonesian and Malay language, meaning independent. From these we could guess that the history background of the artwork is the independence of Singapore from the Malay Union in 1965. The two Chinese characters in the circle, 国父, means the father of the nation, indicating that that the person in the center is the father of Singapore – Lee Kwan Yew. LKY is the first prime minister of Singapore, ruling Singapore for 3 decades. In 1965, the malasian parliament passed the required resolution that would sever Singapore’s tie to Malaysia as a state, and Singapore knew nothing about it before. Singapore's lack of natural resources, a water supply that was derived from Malaysia and a very limited defensive capability were the major challenges which Lee faced. However, with Lee’s great leadership, Singapore was described as transitioning from the "third world to first world in a single generation". Lee was then recognised as the nation's founding father.

This artwork is very significant. It is not only because that it has the elements from different cultures, but also because that it represents a significant historical event. Moreover, think about the challenges Lee faced when he was determined to lead Singapore out of the difficult situation. It requires lots of courage. An artwork like this always motivates people, giving them the courage to do things when they are frustrated.

The artist probably created the art to commemorate Lee. The beautiful patterns around Lee always remind people that once, Lee was a great leader and has built Singapore into a prosperous country out of nothing. The artwork was created via digital tools. It has appropriated an image of Lee in his early 30s, changing it into a different style that fits his work. Except this, Tan, the artist, created the concept, the composition of elements on his own.

I think the piece is very good and it really does impress me a lot. It let me to respect the courage of the prime minister, his great leadership that had changed Singapore from a little state into a multicultural developed country. The contrast before the independence and after that is like a blank canvass and this piece of art. Every time I look at this it leaves a deep impression in me.

这是我最终录的视频:

2019年5月3日星期五

每周歌曲推荐

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    这首歌原名叫Romeo And Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1:Dance of the Knights,是罗密欧与朱丽叶里面第一场的背景音乐。

    实际上我并没有看过这个舞台剧演出,也没有特别喜欢这个剧本,但是前几天在车上时听到新加坡电台推荐的就是这首歌,觉得主旋律里的伴奏中的小调的变化很好听(E, G, E, G, D, B, D, B),加上大号的节奏,就有一种悲壮的感觉。