Thought Bubble
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. - Proverbs 18:10 // Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. - Proverbs 3:6-7 // Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. - John 14:27 // "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33 // God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. - Psalm 46:1-3 // For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. - 2 Timothy 1:7 // Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. - Psalm 55:22 // It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. - Psalm 119:71

17 September 2016

The Woodlawn Miracle

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

So I just watched a truly encouraging and motivating film called 'Woodlawn'. The theme? Agape love. The answer which could potentially solve almost all of the world's problems sounds simple enough, but it directly opposes the rules of this world.

Forgiving and loving your enemies may be difficult, but after seeing this film, the hope of seeing a multitude of all nations of the world (including changed enemies) united in Christ is really something to look forward to.
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16 September 2016

Broadchurch Review

I've completed season 1 and it is an all-round intense crime drama. Season 2 deals more with the justice system and courtroom scenes but is still just as complex as the first.

+ an incredible cast
+ realistic acting
+ breathtaking scenery
+ complex characters

- the slow motion scenes and overhanging suspense may be overwhelming or draggy for some

Definitely worth a watch.

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31 August 2016

Music Shuffle Soundtrack of 2016

[A Buzzfeed Video Challenge]
Let your songlist play randomly.
Record the first 7 songs you hear.

Here's mine:

1. Opening song as you wake up
Kansas - Carry on my wayward son

2. On your way to school or work
Spider-man Unlimited Theme

3. Hanging out with your friends
Hiroyuki Sawano[nzk]:mizuki - Aliez

4. When you're around your crush
OneRepublic - All We Are

5. When you hit a rough patch
Uverworld - Gekidou

6. When you overcome an obstacle
Egoist feat. Aimer - ninelie

7. Closing credits
Base Ball Bear - Changes

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13 August 2016

Different Race

Are children colour-blind to race? Not at all. In fact, I can recall an encounter with a classmate of a different race between ages 7-10.

The pupils in my class were wondering why one of the pupils had darker skin than the rest of us. Some even questioned if she washed her hands every day and asked her to try washing off the dark colour. Why did we doubt her actual skin colour? Because we noticed that her palms were much fairer than the top of her hands, so we assumed that her palm colour was her actual skin colour. Our teacher later clarified that everyone is different and that we should learn to accept each other.

As adults, it is our responsibility to educate the children (as early as possible) about showing acceptance towards peers of various races as well as answer questions about each one anothers' race. This may help reduce unpleasant interactions or humiliating situations for the minorities.

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08 August 2016

30 Day Disney Challenge

Day #1: Your favorite character
Nick Wilde (Zootopia)
Flynn (Tangled)
Venellope Von Schweetz (Wreck-It Ralph)

Day #2: Your favorite princess
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

Day #3: Your favorite heroine

Day #4: Your favorite prince

Day #5: Your favorite hero
Dimitri (Anastasia)

Day #6: Your favorite animal
Thumper (Bambi)
Bonnie Hopps (Zootopia)
Eeyore & Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)
Gus & Jaq (Cinderella)
Flounder (Little Mermaid)

Day #7: Your favorite sidekick
Bagheera (The Jungle Book)
Baloo (The Jungle Book)
Baymax (Big Hero 6)
Maximus (Tangled)
The Magic Carpet (Aladdin)

Day #8: Your favorite villain(s)
Shere Khan & Kaa (Jungle Book)

Day #9: Your favorite original character (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, etc.)
Chip and Dale

Day #10: Your favorite song
Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas)

Day #11: Your favorite love song
A Whole New World (Aladdin)
At The Beginning (Anastasia)

Day #12: Your favorite villain song
NIL. But I'll list my favourite sidekick songs:
Hakuna Matata (The Lion King)
Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book)

Day #13: Your least favorite song
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo (Cinderella)

Day #14: Your favorite kiss
Dimitri and Anastasia (Anastasia)

Day #15: The first movie you saw
Cinderella (on VHS tape)

Day #16: Your favorite classic

Day #17: Your least favorite classic
Brother Bear
Chicken Little

Day #18: Your favorite Pixar film
Toy Story

Day #19: Your least favorite Pixar film
Any Cars film

Day #20: Favorite sequel
Toy Story

Day #21: An overrated movie
Big Hero 6

Day #22: An underrated movie

Day #23: A movie that makes you laugh
The Emperor's New Groove

Day #24: A movie that makes you cry
The Little Mermaid

Day #25: Your favorite scene from your favorite movie
The scene where the Emperor of China honours Mulan

Day #26: Saddest death
The Lion King

Day #27: Your favorite quote
“You don't meet a girl like that every dynasty.” - Emperor (Mulan)

Day #28: Your favorite theme park
Universal Studios, Dreamworks, etc.

Day #29: Your favorite theme attraction
Transformers 4D rides

Day #30: Your favorite theme park show
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17 February 2016

Super Stoked about Super Flash

via cbssupergirlgifs:
@grantgust: Those two emblems look pretty good together…@melissabenoist
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Super Sisters

11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11

I love the sisterly love here.


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16 February 2016

Hi 5 Legacy

Production costs, cast salaries and a whole host of other considerations make Hi 5 what it is today. Boasting more than 10 seasons is no easy feat. It's even more impressive that the original cast stayed onboard for 5 seasons or more. It was painful to see them go.

What happened offset that made them leave seemed like what happened with the original Power Rangers cast - it was cheaper to hire young, fresh faces. As much as I dislike how artificial and more Candyland-like the newer seasons look and feel, I still have to hand it to the new cast for being brave and staying strong in standing up to all the negativity.

As an adult, I'm glad that the Hi 5 legacy continues thus far so that each generation has great educational music and a diverse group of role models to grow up with.

Let's hope that everyone working on and off the Hi 5 set get along wonderfully so that the children get to see genuine smiles on the cast's faces.

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31 January 2016

Late for an Exam

While correcting a pupil's work, I ended up writing a paragraph of my own.

I sprinted past several eggshell-coloured blocks of flats,  sidestepped past startled onlookers at the bus stop before dashing through the dull green metal gates. With my heart pounding in my chest, I plopped myself down onto my seat, next to Ben, my best friend. With a plump face and mouth agape, he started at me with incredulous awe.

"Are you crazy, Sam? Why are you so late for the exam?" he mouthed.

Before I could respond, the school bell rang.

"You may begin," the teacher said.

Oh boy.

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