Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Blogs of the Month: December 2014

http://www.stellalee.net/
Carlyn: The last blog I want to show for this year is Stella Lee's Blog. Stella Lee is an Indonesian blogger who blogs about fashion, makeup and travel. Most of her blog posts are on Asian products and she has mostly travelled around Asia. I love to read her posts on Japan as it is my dream country to visit. I also love her passion for fashion and makeup. She’s not afraid to try different colours and styles when it comes to clothes, makeup and accessories.  

Jon: My final blog of the month for 2014 is Arianna's Random Thoughts  .  Arianna's posts seem to center around a strong sense of self and the connections that we have with our loved ones.   I think her blog sends a very good message by focusing on the important people in our lives, most expressly our family and our friends.  For a young person she gives some heady advice and sometimes the best advice we get is from young people.  They see the world from a place an older generation once saw it and sometimes forgets or ridicules.  Learning never stops and I like when I find a blog written by a thoughtful young person.  Especially someone with a positive spirit who can help others. 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Entertainment Monday: Fever (December 15,2014)



We've all been there, the aching from head to toe, the chills, nausea, cough, runny eyes and runny nose.  No it's not a pretty sight, but the fever knows no mercy and can even bring the most strapping young bear to his knees.  And truth be told, I'm not a strapping young bear any more.  This past Wednesday I went outside to shovel the snow from my and my neighbors sidewalks as well as our parking spaces and the old saying, "let no good deed go unpunished" reared it's ugly head, cursing me with what's likely the worst fever I have ever had.  If not the worst though, it was the most recent, and when we're talking about illness, isn't it always the most recent one that feels like the worst?

I woke up the day after my snow-shoveling escapades feeling quite achy and my eyes felt kind of funny.  It was when I decided to get my weary body out of bed that I was hit with the true weight of my illness.  I have been sick several times in my life, as is expectant of a 39 year old man, but I never before recall being so sick that I had blurred vision and difficulty maintaining my balance.  So this was a first for me.  I took out the old trusty thermometer and checked my temperature.  It read 103.3 degrees.  I had to check my temperature again and much to my distress got the same reading. 

I'm a stubborn bear and as such I try my best to take care of these things on my own.  I figured the hospital could wait for a couple of days unless my fever started to rise even more.  I monitored myself closely.  So for the next couple of days I drank a lot of water and drank a good deal of soup, while taking my multi-vitamin religiously for once and more than the typical dosage of aspirin.  Last night when I went to bed I still had a fever of 102.0 but I felt a world better than when I was above 103 at 103.3.  I repeated a nice little prayer for well being to God and hoped that I would wake up all better in the morning.  So while I am still feeling the fatigue of my illness today, I awoke with my temperature back to normal, albeit in a cold sweat.  Thanks for the help Lord! =)

To the point of Entertainment Monday though, while I was in my delusional state, I couldn't help but hear two songs running through my head, each song equally as good as the other, although they came from different generations of music.  I thought I should share both those songs about Fever for Entertainment Monday.  Now that I appear (fingers crossed) to be on the better side of my illness and headed towards good health I can listen to them without the delightful dread that the tunes evoked just a day ago (now three days ago, because I'm writing this on Saturday >.<).

Fever by Peggy Lee



Fever by The Black Keys



Monday, 8 December 2014

Entertainment Monday: Hi Suhyun (Monday 8 December 2014)


When I was in high school, my friends and I did ridiculous things when we had a crush on someone. We had code names for all our crushes, wrote endless notes to each other about them, stalked them around school and had long conversations analysing our interactions with our crushes. It was just so silly and stupid but I can laugh about it.
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Hi Suhyun is the newest kpop duo whose latest single I’m Different is racing up the Asian music charts. Hi Suhyun comprises of eighteen year old Lee Hi and fifteen year old Suhyun.





The video clip of I’m Different features the girls as school girls obsessing over their crushes much like how my friends and I did in high school.  There is also a guest rapper in the song named Bobby who is from a yet to debut kpop boyband Ikon. What is different about the music is that it’s a bit of a jazz pop number rather than the bubblegum pop or RnB music that is common in Kpop. 

Here is a lyric video from a fan in English subtitles. 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Holiday on the Sunshine Coast


Originally, my brother and I were going to go to Cairns for summer vacation. However, we’re now going to spend Christmas on vacation in the Sunshine Coast with our parents. The Sunshine Coast is in north Queensland and it is a popular attraction for tourists. It is a coastal town so people like to come to the Sunshine Coast to swim, fish and surf. There is also rain forests where people can go hiking and camping. Beside natural attractions, there are malls, a zoo, an aquarium, Big Pineapple and restaurants.
Here are some places that I would like to see:

Australia Zoo
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This is the zoo owned by the Irwin family. I don’t know much about the zoo but I know it has a lot of crocodiles. Maybe I’ll get to see Bindi and Bob Irwin as they live at the zoo. Can you believe that Bindi is now 16 and Bob is 11?

Underwater World Sea Life Mooloolaba
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Mooloolaba is where Underwater World is situated, it is an aboriginal word which means mulu for snapper fish or mulla meaning red bellied snake. I think it is an appropriate name for a coastal town. Underwater World is an aquarium which has many sea animals such as fish, octopi, stingrays and sharks. They also have seals and some of them do a seal show. I’ve never been to an aquarium before so I’m looking forward to this. I also learnt that people can also have sleepover parties at the aquarium. I wonder if it’s just for kids? I would love to have a party at the aquarium. I think it would be fun to lie down and watch the fish swim by and go on the after hours tour.

Eumundi Markets
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 The Eumundi Markets are located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. It is a market that is famed for the fresh produce, locally made goods and street food. Tour groups are bussed to the markets so it must be a good destination. My dad loves markets so we’re going to this market especially for him.

The Ginger Factory

This is a place where ginger products are made such as gingerbread men and crystallized ginger. I like ginger and I wouldn't mind going on the factory tour. There’s also a ride called Overboard which is kinda like the Disney ride It’s a Small World. 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Entertainment Monday: The Decemberists (Monday December 1, 2014)



What better way to start the month of December then by celebrating the band, the Decemberists, right?  The Decemberists are an Indie Rock band from Portland Oregon that has been around since 2000.  I have always enjoyed listening to them and they have just come out with a new album and some of the songs off their new album are just now beginning to get some radio play.  I kind of feel that they have a bit of an Irish sound to some of their music, which was why I was a bit surprised to find out that they originated in the North West United States.  If I had to guess I would have thought they may have come from the Boston area. 

The Decemberists on Wiki

They have five band members, Colin Meloy  (songwriter and vocals), Chris Funk (guitar among other things), Jenny Conlee (who plays the Hammond organ, accordion, melodica, piano, keyboards and harmonica), Nate Query (bass guitar and string bass) and John Moen (drums, backing vocals, melodica, guitar).  One of the things that really appeals to me about the band is their instrumental talents across a broad spectrum of instruments, which allows many of their songs to have a unique sound relative to a lot of what one might hear on the radio typically.  Colin Meloy also has a distinct and interesting voice, which lends nicely to the instrumental diversity of the band. 

This is Why We Fight was one of the first songs that turned me onto the Decemberists back in 2010/2011.  Why We Fight is lovely little tune about the things worth standing up for from a kind of Global perspective.


I have two favorite songs from the Decemberists, one of them being Calamity Song (2010/2011) and the other Make You Better off of their newest album What a Terrible World/What a Beautiful World.

Here is Calamity Song, funnily enough a tune about how the fighting between countries might lead to utter annihilation.  I say funnily enough because Why We Fight off of the same album would seem to be somewhat in contrast to the message that Calamity Song sends.


Out of the three songs I chose to post here I don't think any of them really carry the Irish feel to them that I mentioned about some of the Decemberists songs.  The ones I chose all have more of an American Folk Rock kind of sound to them.  I really enjoy a great deal of their music though and think to get a full appreciation for their instrumental talents and sound it's advisable to listen to more of their music on the web or buy one of their albums.

Make You Better is my favorite song off of their newest album.  It's a sad but poignant and emotional relationship song.




I can't wait to find out if/when tour dates will come out for their new album and where that tour might lead them.  Hopefully the Capital District of New York finds its way on to the tour somehow.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Famous People Tag

Rissi from Dreaming Under the Same Moon, invited anyone to join in on the Famous People Tag and as I love tags, here I am. 


#1 Who's your favourite singer/group?
I like Taylor Swift, Paloma Faith, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Delta Goodrem, and Taeyang,

 #2 If your favourite male actor was in the same room as you right now, what would your reaction be?
I’d be really happy and excited to see Daniel Radcliffe and I would ask him lots of questions.

#3 Is there a famous person you used to love but (due to something they have done in their life) you've suddenly changed your mind?
I really liked Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan. I always looked forward to watching their movies while I was growing up. I thought that Amanda had a talent for comedy and Lindsay was a good leading lady. I could see had the potential to have a long career.
I think they still do have a chance to turn their lives around.  

 #4 Name a famous person you like who's name starts with a V.
Vivica A. Fox is an actress best known for playing Will Smith’s fiancĂ© in Independence Day, she was also Ella’s fairy godmother in Ella Enchanted and Vernita Green in Kill Bill. 

#5 What's one of your favourite red-carpet dresses?
I love what Emma Watson wore to the Golden Globes. What I like about her is she always dresses for herself and opts for unusual designs. I think it was daring of her to go for this dress/pants number. What makes this outfit work is her confidence, the right colour and impeccable appearance.

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#6 Who's your favourite Royal person?
I don’t really care about the royals.

 #7 Who's your favourite child actor/tress
I have so many favourite child actors. I love the Harry Potter kids and always get excited when they are in new films. I also love Dakota and Elle Fanning, Rachel Hurd Wood and the Narnian kids.

#8 Is there an actor/actress you actually like their private lives of? (Not sure if that last question was properly phrased.)
I don’t really follow what actors do in their private lives but I think Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are down to earth people and don’t get into any drama.

#9 Do you think that the actors/actresses have improved these last 100 years?
I think actors have improved as they don’t have as many restrictions as in the past and nothing seems to be taboo any more
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#10 What's the weirdest famous-people name?
I don’t think celebrity kids count because they are only famous by association. So, I couldn’t find that many strange celebrity names. I’ve always liked Whoopi Goldberg’s name. Whoopi’s real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson but she changed it to Whoopi to be more unique.


 #11 Do you think you look like a famous person? Which one(s)?
I don’t think I look like anyone.

#12 Share your favourite famous-person quote.
Dress for who you are- Emma Watson

 #13 Who's your favourite dancer?
Taeyang is my favourite dancer. He is a Kpop star who sings and dances. I am currently loving his single Ringa Linga which has some impressive choreography.


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 #14 Why is your favourite actress your favourite one? When did you decide that she was your favourite?
I like so many actresses and my favourites that come to mind are Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Maggie Smith and Nia Vardalos. I like them for their charm and acting ability.

 #15 Have you ever met/seen/been close to a famous person?  -
I haven’t met any celebrities. 

Okay so feel free to join in on the tag. Here are the questions for you to copy and paste:

#1 Who's your favourite singer/group?
#2 If your favourite male actor was in the same room as you right now, what would your reaction be?
#3 Is there a famous person you used to love but (due to something they have done in their life) you've suddenly changed your mind?
#4 Name a famous person you like who's name starts with a V.
#5 What's one of your favourite red-carpet dresses?
#6 Who's your favourite Royal person?
#7 Who's your favourite child actor/tress
#8 Is there an actor/actress you actually like their private lives of? (Not sure if that last question was properly phrased.)
#9 Do you think that the actors/actresses have improved these last 100 years?
#10 What's the weirdest famous-people name?
#11 Do you think you look like a famous person? Which one(s)?
#12 Share your favourite famous-person quote.
#13 Who's your favourite dancer?
#14 Why is your favourite actress your favourite one? When did you decide that she was your favourite?
#15 Have you ever met/seen/been close to a famous person?

Monday, 24 November 2014

Entertainment Monday: Chris Hadfield (Monday 24 November, 2014)


Chris Hadfield’s rendition of David Bowie’s song, Space Oddity was the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. Space Oddity is a song that David Bowie wrote in 1969 and is about a fictional astronaut called Major Tom.  1969 was the year of the moon landing and the space race between Russia and America inspired a lot of artists during that time.
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In 2013, Chris Hadfield was an astronaut working on the International Space Station. He recorded a cover of Space Oddity while in space which lead him to become a YouTube sensation and reawakening the interest in space travel.
The music clip shows real footage of the International Space Station and Earth. It is beautiful to look at and a reminder of the fragility of life.



I’m a newly graduated elementary school teacher and I can see how I can use this music clip as an introduction to learning about space. Space is always on the science curriculum no matter how many times the government changes the curriculum. I hope to spark curiosity in my students as curiosity helps the learning process.