Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Thursday, August 25, 2011
ONE MAN BAND
In English lecture on Monday, I have watched a short animated film from Disney Pixar entitled ‘One Man Band’. I’d like to enlarge one element from this story, which is a competition between two street musicians to get a coin from a little girl.
The story began when the little girl wanted to throw the coin into the fountain. When one of the musicians saw the scene, he tried to attract the little girl to give the coin to him by playing his instruments. The little girl was so impressed with the music and she almost gave her coin to the musician. However, another musician also wanted the coin so he played his instrument and performed his music to the little girl. The little girl got confused which music was the best. Both musicians were competing to each other to show who was the best and tried to attract the little girl. The little girl was scared by their action and dropped her coin into the drain. She became so upset and asked for the replacement from the musicians but they did not want to responsible. The little girl became angry and took the violin from one of the musician. She played the violin and fortunately, she got a bag filled with a lot of coin.
From this story, we should work together because it will help us to complete the lack of ourselves. We also should not be greedy in order to get something or else we will lose it.
LOVE LETTER REPLY <3
Hi, how are you? I hope you are in pink health and so do I. Of course I remember you. Every time and every second, You’re the one I always thought of. I keep asking what are you doing right now, are you fine, are you happy and so on. I thought you have forgotten me, since you already got married with the other girl.
I always remember those sweet moments we went through together before. We went out and watched a romantic movie for our first date. Actually, you are my first love. I never had one before, trust me. Since I saw you that very first time, I felt like I want to marry you, seriously. I felt very nervous when I want to start befriend with you. I am afraid that you will reject me because I am not as pretty and gorgeous as you had expected.
Eventhough this is a long time story but still I want to tell you about this. I admitted I made a mistake when I left you after I promised to take care of you. I promised that I would not let anything bad happen to you but I was the one that broke my promise. I was the person that hurt you first. All of this happened because I believed the words of your friends that you actually just wanted to have fun with me and I should know who am I compared to you who have almost everything in the world. After I realized that I made a mistake, I tried to find you, asked for your forgiveness and I would like to reunite with you back. But I was too late. You already found your soul mate at that time. I was so sad when I saw you at your wedding. I wish the girl that stood beside you was me but never mind, I always wish you happiness with your wife, until I got your letter. I am the happiest girl in the world. I’m hoping that we have a happy ending.
The Moment ; Step Out for A Bright Future
I was still busy packing things up . Several big luggages already had been full with my needs later on. I was going to leave my home that day to start living a life as an university student at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. I had thought about it in my mind ; the fact that I would not be living at home when tomorrow’s sun rose. While busy handling all the stuffs , I did not really felt the emotion . It’s when I was about to step out of the house.
I had done everything and I went to my bedroom to make sure there was nothing left behind. When I was about to close the door, I had a final look at my bed , my furnitures and felt the comfortable warm atmosphere in my room. I walked down the stairs and look around my home ; knowing I would miss the things I usually did. Later on I could not enjoy all these luxuries anymore.
My sisters and brother hugged me and wished farewell. Suddenly I felt a flood of emotion in me. I saw each of their faces and realized that they would no longer had their big sister to hold the responsibility after them when I left . There would be no more jokes , fights and laughs from them that would make my days colourful. I would miss all of them badly.
My parents and I arrived at UTP which was about three hours drive from home. After I had done with the registration , briefing and such , the most heartbreaking part for me had finally arrived. I had to get through this; said goodbye to my beloved parents .
Firstly, I apologize for being missing for almost three decades. And yes, you’ve been right about the reason why I disappeared for so long. I know, whenever I am with you, we will be easily distracted by all of our relationship matters. At that time, I was only thinking about your happiness and your future, nothing else. But anything that involves us, I realized, wouldn’t contribute to your success. So, leaving you without notice seems the best option I had at that time. I’m sorry.
I am terribly sorry about your husband. Both of you should be happy and shouldn’t worry about anything as the two of you already had your second child. How unfortunate that he had been diagnosed with a tumour. From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry about your lost.
Ah, the Past. People come and go, but memories stay forever. How could I forget our first row? And all this times, you blamed yourself about that fight. It wasn’t your mistake, love. It’ll better if we say that it was both of our faults. And seeing you there, swallowing your pride, standing in front of me and saying that you’re sorry for that fight, it tore my heart. At that time, I couldn’t bear to watch your tears, and I couldn’t help but to hold you tight, comforting my dearest girl.
But that second fight, it was inevitable. We were young, filled you teen-rage and ruled by hormones. I was only trying to help you, but then you accused me of breaking your heart. After that day, you kept quiet and I knew that there’s nothing left for me from you. So I left.
When I heard about your wedding, I felt a small twinge of sadness. After all, you were my first love and I still stupidly think that you still love me. How foolish I was. But my priority was your success and your happiness. And nothing makes me happy that to see you happy.
But there’s a thing that you got it wrong. I am a married man. I met the woman of my life when I went to London to further my studies. We never tell even our friends about our relationship. It was kept secret for 5 years before I proposed her. And just for your information, I proposed her after I knew that you were wedded to your late husband. All these times, I was thinking solely about your happiness and since you’ve been declared as his wife, I started to think about mine.
I am sorry that I could fulfil your dreams and hopes. But I am perfectly sure that we could remain as friends. I will always be there for you, as a friend. And don’t you ever forget about our rainbow, okay?
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
As I listened to the melody that was being aired through the small radio under the tree, I realized that this particular song was the first song played during the Yule Ball and the first song we danced together with and since then , it had been my favourite song. Funnily, I could remember how I gather all my confidence I possibly had just to try to ask her to accompany me to the Ball. I had a crush on her since I first set my eyes on her on our first year. She was a brilliant student, never failed to pass any exam with distinction. Maths was my worst subject ever. But ever since I had my Maths class, immediately it became my best subject.
I have my own insecurities, however. I was the school’s greatest prankster, along with my twin brother. Not a single soul I our school dares to cross our path. Of course, we excel; we were brilliant too. But people tend to remember our mischief more than our achievement. And that was when I felt that I could never match her standards, assuming that she only wants a man who is better than her academically.
I chuckled and sighed. Our feet move in synchronization, never a step out of line. She heard me and looked up, straight into my eyes. Her eyes were shining with tears, but after looking beyond those tears, I could see that her mind flown to our past too. It’s funny when after that Ball, she was eager to look forward to another date with me. It turned out that she too was having a crush on me. But she assumed that I only dated tall athletic girls, the opposite of her, being a bookworm and a know-it-all girl.
As she looked up, I twirled and spun her, matching the rhythm of the song entitled Magic Works, our favourite song. I tried to push away all my sadness as the song progressed. The world now is under the ministration of an evil leader who seized the Ministry two months ago. 16 years ago, he once ruled the country, killing people and torturing the innocents. But when he tried to kill a pair of twins, somehow he met his downfall. Nobody knew what really happen but he lost all his powers and disappeared. Those twins, who were in fact me and my brother, were hailed as the saviour of our world. But now he’s back, ruling the nation with cruelty. Citizens live in fear and to seek revenge, I and my twin brother were wanted by him. I had to leave everything behind: my life, my family, my friends and my girl to keep them save, while my brother and I had to seek ways to bring the merciless leader down. Like it or not, we are forced to do that, and she knew that it was the only way my brother and I could bring peace to our world once again.
This was going to be our last dance, not knowing when we will be seeing each other after this. I never wanted to leave her here all alone with my family, but God knows what my twin and I will have to face during our journey. By making her follow us, I had her exposed to another set of danger, possibly more peril than what she was supposed to go through. As the song ended, I couldn’t help my eyes to secrete a single lone tear. She was my everything, and leaving her without me was the worst decision ever I had to make. I bent down to her face, kissed all the streaks of tears on her cheeks before my lips settled on her forehead. She was no longer crying, but I knew that we were approaching our separation moment. I whispered, “Believe that magic works, and don’t let this moment slip away,” before untangle myself from her embrace before I walk away from her.
I couldn’t look back, it hurts too much and I couldn’t see her face full with pain. When I arrived to the spot where I was supposed to meet my brother not far from her, I saw that he was already there, with sadness spread all over his facial features as he too was saying goodbye to his fiancée. He smiled and grabbed my hand. I spun on the spot, and just before I disappear, I heard her heartbreaking sobs.
That moment , was the worst one in my life.
OLD FASHIONED COCONUT PUDDING
You don't need eggs to make a thick creamy, old fashioned coconut pudding. This vegan coconut pudding recipe is super sweet, so serve up small portion sizes! Made from coconut milk, sugar and vanilla, this is a simple and easy coconut pudding dessert to try. Enjoy!
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup corn starch
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon and fruit for garnish (optional)
In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, combine all ingredients, stirring almost constantly. If you don't keep on stirring, the mixture will turn clumpy, but you want it to be smooth and creammy.
After 6-8 minutes, mixture should start to get slightly thick. Once it is thick and you have gotten rid of any clumps by stirring, pour into serving bowls or cups and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Pudding will set in fridge.
Garnish with fruit or a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired, and enjoy!
The main theme in the story is greed. Both the musicians wanted the coin from the little girl. They started to compete in a one-on-one competition to see who is the better musician and deserves the coin more. In the end, both of them got nothing. At first, both of them did not want to co-operate with each other, but in the end they had to work together to get the 2 coins at the top of the fountain. It is a truly meaningful short animation by PIXAR.
Firstly, soak 2 cups of wood chips (500ml) in water for 1 hour. Drain chips and mix with 1 cup of the dry chips (250ml). On a large piece of aluminium foil place the chips and wrap up to form a secure but loose package. Using a fork poke holes threw the aluminium foil, this will allow smoke to escape.
Then, remove the skin from outer backside of ribs using kitchen pliers.
In a spice grinder, grind the chilli flakes, chilli seeds, cumin and peppercorns. Add the salt and sugar. Rub the ingredients into the flesh of the lamb tearing the micro fibres of the flesh as you rub.
Secondly, prepare barbeque for smoking with indirect heat. Remove the grill rack from one side of the barbeque. Place smoke pouch in and turn the heat to high. Close the lid of the barbeque.
Once the cavity of the bbq is full of smoke place your ribs on the grill rack without direct heat. Reduce heat to 220°F/104°C or low temperature and close lid. Smoke ribs for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes remove smoke pouch.
Wrap ribs in foil and return to barbeque. Continue to cook for 2 hours or until meat is almost falling off the bone.
Next, prepare barbeque sauce. In a large sauté pan add olive oil, garlic, onions and peppers cook until slightly translucent. Add the brown sugar, red wine vinegar and tomatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat add the cilantro salt and pepper to taste and chillies if desired.
When ribs are tender remove from heat and baste with sauce.
Cover with foil and let rest 10 minutes before carving.
Lastly, serve it while it hot and enjoy.