Friday, 25 April 2008
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The birth of the Internet brought about many changes.

People could communicate even though they are thousands of miles apart.

But was it really soooooo good?

In school, there has been cases of students forming anti-teachers organisations online. It would be against one teacher and one teacher only. So imagine how many there are?

In prefects, we, the form 5s, have been very strict with the juniors. We decided that previously for about two years, the seniors have been too lenient. They were so soft that the juniors were practically stepping over their heads.

So we decided to make a change. We wanted to strike fear in their minds. We wanted them to be good prefects.

Sadly, it hasn't been very effective. Sure, it brought good results but not as good as we'd hoped. I'd hoped, actually.

Just today, I found the blog of one of the juniors. Apparently, this person has been bad mouthing us in his/her blog. No wonder nobody wants to be a prefect, there's just so much bad publicity!

I have no idea what their problem is. When we were in Form 1, we daren't do any such thing. We were TERRIFIED of our seniors. Yet this bunch of juniors seem to be very daring indeed. Some are even planning to challenge us, saying that the 'game has just begun'.

What is wrong with you people?

I admit, we've been harsh with you guys, but we've been through worse, so why are you complaining? Although the others don't like it, I don't mind you guys talking bad about us among the prefects. I myself did that, once.

But I would never, ever, betray the board by critising the seniors in public. Cyberspace, no less. Aren't you guys a prefect? Shouldn't you be loyal to the board? It's okay if you don't like the people in it, but have you forgotten your vow to be a good and dedicated prefect? Or were you merely saying it out to avoid being chided?

I have no idea what to do with you guys. Seriously.

I can only hope that you'll understand why we did what we did when you take over one day. Or I might just pray that your juniors hate you just as much.
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Saturday, 19 April 2008
Of Coffee Beans, Eggs and Carrots

3 to 4 of us prefects had a chat with a teacher yesterday.

Since it wasn't during school time, the teacher was more friendly.

We told her of the problems we face as a prefect.

And she gave us very good advice.

When you put coffee beans, an egg and a carrot in 3 different cups with hot water, what happens?

First, the carrot. After being immersed it goes flaccid.

The egg is quite the opposite. It hardens instead.

And how about the coffee beans? They produce aroma with hot water.

So what does it really mean?

In life, we all will have to face all sorts of challenges. It is how we react to them that matters.

Some people will crumble under the stress and pressure. They just can't take it, just like the carrot. Another group will get more vengeful. They become full of hatred and resentment. They're like the egg.

On the other hand, some people will not crumble nor harden under pressure. Instead they take the challenge in their stride and produce excellent results, just like the coffee beans.

The teacher adviced us to become like the coffee beans. Never allow challenges in life to soften or harden you. Take them as they come and go through them.

So which are you? The carrot, egg, or coffee beans?
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Saturday, 12 April 2008
Fiat 127 (I Think!)

A few days ago Dad bought a car. It wasn't a brand new one, but a rather, let's say, ancient, one.

He says that he wants to turn it into a driveable car. It will be repainted and refurbished.

Dad, I have no plans to drive this car, for now. I'll just leave you to play around with your new toy.
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Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Raging Hormones?

A few days ago I read an interesting article in The Star.

The title of the article was 'Study: Teens are out of sync - Ambient light, computers among causes for lack of sleep and depression'.

Scientists have confirmed what parents of teenagers have always suspected: adolescents are out of sync with the rest of the world.

That really caught my attention, since I'm a teen. So I read on.

When hormonal changes kick in at the start of adolescence, young people start to stay up later and - given the chance - wake up later too.

For the last two days, I've been sleeping at a later time. Much, much later than a few years ago.

Professor Suzanne Warner, a professor in Australia, said:

The key is melatonin, a hormone that signals to the body that it needs rest and sleep. In teenagers entering puberty, it is released later and later in the evening.

Ambient light tends to minimise the amount of melatonin secreted, and the constant use of computers could keep adolescents up past their natural bedtime, even after lights are out.

Previous research has shown that nine hours is the optimal amount of sleep time for teenagers.

I counted how long I slept each day. On school days it's about six to seven hours, weekends eight. I've never slept for more than nine hours.

So Mum and Dad, don't blame me for sleeping late; it's just my hormones. =)
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Friday, 4 April 2008
Busy Day, Busy Life

This week I signed up for a BM seminar on Sunday, from 8 a.m till 6.30 p.m.

It was only after that that I realised I have been very busy.

Two weeks ago I had 5 schooling days and on Saturday, I attended Sports Day.

Then last week, I had six schooling days.

Tomorrow's Saturday, and I'm supposed to help out in my school's Canteen Day.

Then on Sunday I'm attending the seminar.

And it's another week of school after that.

Actually, I had planned to write something really matured. A few 'catchy' sentences formed in my head whilst I was surfing the Net. Yet, I couldn't link them in a post.

I also saved an article or two to comment about but right now I just don't feel like it.

I just feel like sitting down in front of the TV, searching for something good to watch.

I feel like sitting down and forget about studying for once.

I just feel like doing nothing.

But for now, I'll satisfy myself by switching to the TV.

"It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves."

~ Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919-2008
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