Joyful 阅

Happy 51st Birthday, Singapore

It is August again. To wish Singapore a happy birthday, here is a haiku for Singapore:

In a beautiful

breezy rainy eighth-month sky…

shout “Happy Birthday!”

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Once, my student asked me to write a haiku. A haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. The haiku poems consist of three lines. The first and the last lines of a haiku have five syllables and the second line has seven syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

If you would like to play language game with Primary school students, haiku is a good option. It is short and seldom rhymes, so it is easy for beginners to start making poems of their own.

* * ### Thanks for reading! ### * *

 

新闻读后感1

有人批评我国年轻人是草莓族,你对此有什么看法?

草莓族是指那些外表看起来光鲜亮丽,但内心很脆弱,承受不了压力的年轻人。我国年轻人是草莓族的情况的确存在,我为此感到担忧。

为什么会有草莓族的出现呢?首先,我国年轻人的生活富裕,他们都过着无忧无虑的生活。如果要什么东西,只需开口就可以获得,根本无须出力。再加上现在许多家庭都是双薪制,父母无法在家里管教孩子,就聘请女佣代劳。

除外,新加坡社会安定,也没有什么天灾人祸。本地年轻人没有吃过什么苦,从而变成了“温室里的小花”,根本经不起风吹雨打。

因为怕输的心理,新加坡父母为了让自己的孩子出人头地,不惜花费大量金钱帮孩子打造一个完美的读书环境,小孩身处于这种环境根本无须为其他东西忧虑,因为父母都会一手包办,而小孩的责任就是把书读好。然而父母的这种竞争心理会造成孩子个个都变成名副其实的书呆子。除了书本上的知识,许多现代新加坡年轻人都不知如何与人相处。因为年幼时的生活安逸,所以只要碰到一点困难就会半途而废,根本禁不起任何考验。

如果我国年轻人个个都成为草莓族的话,后果将不堪设想。在21世纪知识爆炸的时代,如果这些年轻人只要一遇到挫折就会当缩头乌龟,那新加坡的未来在哪里?因为多数人是草莓族,我国年轻人根本无法承受任何压力,只要遇到小小刺激就会大喊“救命”,甚至自甘堕落。因此我国未来的重担要是落在这些“金玉其外,败絮其中”的年轻人肩上,未来谁可以负责作出重大的决策?

我认为若要让年轻人脱离“草莓族”,首先,当年轻人遇到困难时,他们必须鼓足勇气去面对,而且要坚持不懈地解决困难。第二,如果面对长辈的数落或质疑,年轻人不应该感到郁闷,而是要用行动来证明自己可以独立,也可以承受压力。第三,年轻人必须愿意吃苦。学校可以举办校外营,在大自然的情况下训练学生们的意志力和生存能力。而媒体也可以作为最佳宣传管道,告诫父母、国人来关注此问题,而借助社会大众的能量对症下药。

我国未来的重担将会落在这些年轻人的肩上,因此我国年轻人一定要懂得吃苦耐劳,脱离“草莓族群”,而且在新加坡遇到困难时,愿意保卫国家,让建国50年的新加坡还有更多的50年!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Note 1: Strawberry generation is a hot topic. You might find similar writings on the same topic.

Note 2: The above is prepared for my student for his examination.

* * ### Thanks for reading! ### * *

Thank You, Singapore!

Singapore is 50 years old this year!

Every Singaporean and permanent resident household receives a SG50 funpack. Every funpack is different. Here are the items that are inside the funpack for my family.

1. The tote bag that contains all the items. (It reads “Never mind lah!”)

joyfulyue.com_National-Day-2015_Singapore

Tote bag in red and white

2. Some related booklets

joyfulyue.com_National-Day-2015_Singapore

Booklets

3. The national flags. (One inside the plastic bag)

joyfulyue.com_National-Day-2015_Singapore

National flags

4. Snacks and drink (haw flakes and lollipop)

joyfulyue.com_National-Day-2015_Singapore

Snacks and drink

5. Figurine of Singa, erasers, Snap card game, etc.

joyfulyue.com_National-Day-2015_Singapore

Singa figurine, erasers, etc

6. I was wondering why the image is mirror image, and then I realize it is tattoo.

joyfulyue.com_National-Day-2015_Singapore

Tattoo

7. The most important thing that I was looking for: “NDP 2015”

joyfulyue.com_National-Day-2015_Singapore

“NDP 2015”

I do not unwrap the items. They will be kept for my children and grandchildren to see, excluding the snacks and drink, of course!

* * ### Thanks for reading! ### * *

Is This Depression?

Suddenly

The lights go out

But you’re not scared

You’ve expected this

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Day by day

You live like a robot

Not interested in your

favourite game anymore

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

No excitement

No expectation

Just

routine

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The feeling

won’t go away

That sad somber

feeling

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You wonder

What is the meaning of life?

What is the purpose of life?

Is this depression?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Yet

You can’t give up

There is a vulnerable baby

who depends on you

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Maybe

a holiday?

a visit to psychiatrist?

Maybe.

joyfulyue.com_depression_poem

A long long way to go

* * ### Thanks for reading! ### * *

I Don’t Know Babies Burp

*Burp*     “Excuse me.”

“It’s ok. Everyone burps, even babies.”

“I don’t know babies burp.”

It was the conversation between me and an 11-year-old girl who just burped.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Before I was pregnant, I told my future baby that I am ready for him or her, physically, mentally, physiologically, psychologically, financially, you name it. I read up books on pregnancy, articles on how to raise a child, save money, exercise to keep myself fit and healthy, etc. Yes, I thought I was ready. But I was wrong. The labour was a horror even though I had attended the antenatal class and learnt how to “push”. Despite knowing that breast milk is little but sufficient for baby on first few weeks, my baby keeps crying for milk every hour, 24 hours everyday. Three months after the labour, things slowly get better with an exhausted mum, thinking how arrogant I was when I said I was ready.

joyfulyue.com_baby_preparation

Preparation for baby

You can never be ready enough. Self-confidence is good. But over-confidence will take you by surprise. Even if you have studied diligently and done all the homework, you still need to do revision before the examination. For students who are in Primary 5 this year, it is never too early to start preparing for PSLE next year. Happy preparing and getting ready!

* * ### Thanks for reading! ### * *

Let’s Learn Mathematics (Primary Level) — Model Method 4

Continuation from Let’s Learn Mathematics (Primary Level) — Model Method 3

Here is another example on comparison model to compare two or more items.

Question: 8 similar dictionaries and 12 similar assessment books cost S$196. Each assessment book costs S$2 less than each dictionary. How much does each dictionary cost?

First, draw the model based on the question.

joyfulyue.com_comparison-model_Primary-Mathematics

Comparison model based on the question

Each assessment book costs S$2 less than each dictionary, thus 8 similar dictionaries cost S$16 more than 12 similar assessment books.

S$2 x 8 = S$16

From the model, we can see that the total cost is 8 units of dictionaries, 12 units of assessment books and S$16. To find the cost of a single unit, we subtract S$16 from the total cost.

S$196 − S$ 16 = S$180

Total units = 8 + 12

= 20 units

S$180 ÷ 20 = S$9

The cost of a single unit is S$9. The question asks for the cost of each dictionary, thus we need to add S$2 to get the final answer.

S$9 + S$2 = S$11

Each dictionary costs S$11.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Disclaimer: The Mathematics questions are purely created for discussion purpose. Any resemblance to actual questions from books or schools is coincidental.

It is November Again

This is my 201st post and it marks another year of blogging for me. The writing has slowed down because I wish to enjoy my pregnancy journey rather than rush through it. I have not decided whether I will change the writing style, I would like to continue to write about language learning and education with added experience in becoming a new mother.

I have an uncompleted task to share my Japanese language learning experience from last year. Thus, there is no new item this year. My wish is to have a happy and healthy baby while maintaining my blog until November 2015 and further.

Wish me all the best! I hope to see you along the way to my next double anniversary.

 

 * * ### Thanks for reading! ### * *