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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 @ 11:36 pm
Apple Cinnamon Water Detox

Dear Blogger,

This may not be new but recently, I keep seeing posts about a weight-loss detox magic called apple cinnamon water in my Pinterest. Can one really lose 50 pounds in 3 months by drinking this everyday? Can it really be true?

The thing about fad diets is that they're just fads. I have been dieting all my life. So the only sure weight-loss strategy is a balanced mix of diet and exercise. Obviously, I'm very low on the exercise front. But I have been more conscious of what I'm putting in my mouth.

I don't know since when but I've been drinking celery and green apple juice every morning. I can't remember what it was for though. I've also been drinking 2 litres of water flavoured with cucumber and lemon almost every day. I think that was for vitamins.

I'm keen to try this apple cinnamon water. In fact, I've already sliced a Fuji Apple and dunked the slices in my 2 litre bottle of water. Not forgetting the cinnamon stick. That reminds me. I need to buy apples and cinnamon sticks tomorrow. I'm of sure if I'll really lose weight. If it does, great! If it doesn't, well, drinking water is still good for the body.





Recipe for Apple Cinnamon Water:
1 red Apple (Fuji or honey crisp)
1 cinnamon stick
1 jug of iced water

Easy and cheap. So let's start drinking water!

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Monday, April 27, 2015 @ 9:39 pm
Hello Are You There?

Dear Blogger,

Don't you just hate it when someone doesn't answer his phone when he knows he's expected? Seriously, I really wonder why spend so much on a high-end phone when you can't or don't even want to answer calls.

I do wonder if technology really makes us closer or further. With all the advances, you would think that communication would be easier. But it really isn't is it? People have lost the art of communication. People don't even know how to respond to "hi!"

I have the latest iPhone 6 but with a 3G connection. I text more than I voice call. Sometimes I question if I'm carrying a phone or a keyboard. I really miss my old Nokia. The most advanced thing it could do was become a modem for my Palm PDA (Personal Diary Assistant not Public Displays of Affection). Do you remember those?

Hmm... But even then, I didn't really talk on the phone. There wasn't anyone who wanted to call me actually. My social life was really pathetic when I think about it. It's pathetic now too. Anyway, I think I was better off with a pager. At least I could send cryptic digits to my own pager when I'm bored. 07734... Hands up if you know this one!

Gosh I need fresh air!

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 10:45 pm
Currently...

Dear Blogger,

LISTENING: ... to the not-so-silent sound of a busy residential neighbourhood at night.

LOVING: ... Chris Evans as the Human Torch in Fantastic Four. Just watched Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on Starhub Fox Movies.

THINKING: ... if I should book another short getaway over Labour Day weekend.

WANTING: ... McDonald's sausage McMuffin with egg.

NEEDING: ... a break from assignments.

Sincerely,
modgurl.




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@ 12:03 am
A Tale of Two Teachers

Dear Blogger,

It has been a long day. In fact, it has been a long week! I'm starting to grow backlog and my routine is clearly affected. Before, I would get a healthy seven or eight hours of good sleep. Now, I'm sleeping late or I'm sleeping at odd hours.

It all started with Music & Movement. It's half of the Aesthetics and the Arts for Young Children module in the Bachelor programme I'm taking. The first half was Visual Arts, which surprisingly, I quite enjoyed considering my history of bad experience with visual arts classes. Memories of art classes in Secondary One and Two and the miserable marks I keep getting for my artwork still haunt me.

Why did I enjoy this Visual Arts class? Because the art teacher did what all teachers have been constantly drilled to do. He gave positive and constructive feedback rather than shoot us down for getting the technicals wrong. To be told that my artwork shows influence of Van Gogh is so much more encouraging than being told that my artwork needs whatever.

The teacher knows that we are not artists or artistically-trained. We will never be masters of visual arts in just three lessons, so why flog a dead horse? It's not to say that we're all wasting our time in his classes. I've learnt a lot about communicating to children about art and effective ways nurture creativity in children. That's what I want to learn! The arts is supposed to be open-ended and fun! If I'm caught up in the technicalities, how fun can that be???

That's precisely what happened in the music and movement class. The music teacher shot us down in the first session, so much so that her sessions become depressing even before she opens her mouth. We only had three sessions and all of them were about what we did wrong in our instruction. Her another mistake was to assume we know the music technicals. I don't even how to read beats in a bar, let alone read notes on a scale! I can read all about it, but how effective can it be without proper instruction, which she so conveniently left out to spend more time on criticising our teaching methods.

The music teacher even emphasised that she didn't care about the children. Her sessions were about us teaching the right things in music and movement. How about communication strategies with children about music and movement? Do we break their enthusiasm about music and movement just like the way she broke ours?

I am probably the most tone-deaf and stiff person out there when it comes to music and movement. I do love listening to music, but it doesn't mean I can sing or dance or play instruments. Already, I have a lot going against me in this subject. Why couldn't she be nice and encouraging instead of cementing the fact that I can't do music and movement at all? Isn't that what teachers are supposed to do?! In my preschool, we can't even be negative in our communication to children because that will be abusive.

Now, I'm terrified of music and movement. I wouldn't be able to sing or shake my arse to music in front of people. See what happens when you get teachers who are negative in their communication? Ironically, she labelled us as traditional when she herself used traditional methods of teaching. She went against all the principles of performing arts which she so strongly "believed" in. What are they?

RESPECT

and

FACILITATE



Sincerely,
modgurl.


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Monday, April 20, 2015 @ 11:38 pm
Broken Homes

Dear Blogger,

It took me longer to finish the fourth novel in the Rivers of London series. What can I say? I had lots of distractions. Namely those coming from game apps like Cookie Jam. I'll tell you about it in another time. Anyway, back to the book! I'm still meeting my target aren't i? Actually, I've read mor e than the target one book a month!

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch is the fourth book in the series, but the last book I've read in the series. I started with the fifth book, Foxglove Dummer, remember? As usual, the scene is London. Elephant and Castle to be precise. Such an odd name for a town isn't it? I've heard about Elephant and Castle but didn't realise it was actually a name for a town in South London. Actually... That's not the actual name of the district. You can look it up in Google.

In this book, there wasn't much river goddess action. Peter Grant was still on the hunt for the Faceless Man, and he found him of course, towards the end. Did Grant catch the Faceless Man? I can't tell you. That would be cheating.

Much of the story was spent on going undercover in a Skygarden Tower, a fictional architectural eyesore in the middle of Elephant and Castle. I might be wrong with the details because when Aaronovitch wrote this series, he assumed that his readers would be familiar with the streets of London.

Seriously, even when I've read to the end, I still don't know what Aaronovitch was writing half of the time. Either I've lost interest or there were too many architectural references. I'm not saying the book is a bore though. It will be good company during waiting times.

I think the interesting thing about this book is when Leslie crossed over to the dark side. But, there wasn't much to it. I guess I've to wait for Aaronovitch to finish writing the sixth book to find out what happens to Leslie. That's the thing with book series isn't it? Wait too long, and you'll lose interest.





Sincerely,
modgurl.

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