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Goodbye, 2013

It is the time of the year, when people say goodbye, reflect on what they have gone through the year and say hello to the new year.

In 2013, I have started blogging and learning Japanese again. I have tried writing a Chinese novel. What you may not know, I have been learning how to cook too. I learn how to cook after I am married. Before that, I did not even know how to pan-fry a sunny-side up egg. I always ended up with something between sunny-side up egg and scrambled egg.

I found out that I am afraid of the heat from the fire, and thus whenever I wanted to crack an egg, my focus was on the fire, not the egg. That’s why I could not get a nice and round sunny-side up egg. Now, I conquer the fear of the heat and manage to get a sunny-side up egg as in the picture below.

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Finally, a sunny-side up egg.

To all single ladies, home cooking is healthier. Even if you are not getting married any sooner, learning how to cook brings more benefits than having meals outside.

To all students, when you face obstacles in studies, try to find out what is the problem and conquer it. Once you conquer your problem and your fear, you find yourself at a new height. What you need to do next is to keep practising; practice makes perfect. Oh, yes, do not forget to put your focus at the right place.

What have you learnt in 2013? Let’s bring it forward to 2014!

Are You a Superman?

I have bad memory. My only memory about Superman — he has a good hearing that he can hear every voice or sound. I pitied him when I saw this scene because I hate noise. Luckily I am not a superman super girl; else I would shut my senses down and become the most irresponsible superhuman.

Though we are not superhuman, we can still learn from Superman:

  1. Focus — When you have the superpower to hear every single voice or sound, you are doing nothing good to yourself or the world if you cannot focus. Yes, shutting down the senses is a good choice. Focus only on one single important thing that you want to accomplish, one at a time. Students have a lot of things to worry about, the academic results, CCA, family, friendship, etc. Thus, it is of utmost importance that when you are doing your Mathematics homework, you do not think about how bad is your Science or maybe you should give your friend a call.
  2. Feeling — Because Superman loves the people on Earth, he fights his own people. Whichever subject that you want to learn, love it. You are allowed to have multiples “lovers” in this case, just like Superman loves his family and girlfriend on Earth.
  3. Understanding — “People are afraid of what they don’t understand.” When you love a subject, you need to understand it as well. You will be afraid of doing revision or reading on the subject if you do not understand.
  4. Determination — “It is either you die, or I do.” I do not know why I remember this line said by General Zod. It sounds a bit scary, but it is the determination that Superman fights until the end, until General Zod is dead. When you face obstacles during your learning process, do not give up, you can fight and you will win in the end. Keep on fighting!

What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater?

Other than learning, “Man of Steel” also teaches us on finding our own destiny. Below are some quotes from the movie to share with you:

  • I have to believe that you were sent here for a reason. And even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.
  • You’ve grown stronger here than I ever could have imagined. The only way to know how strong, is to keep testing your limits.
  • Every person can be a force for good, free to forge his own destiny.
  • You have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad, it’s going to change the world.

The above quotes are said by either the biological father or the adopted father of Superman. Fathers teach us a lot of things during our life journey. My father was not a superman, but he was my hero. Happy Father’s Day!