Wednesday, April 25, 2007

3 days of little sleep

These past three days I had only 3-4 hours of sleep each night. It all started when Puan Koh approached 3 Batai's debate team few weeks ago and she wanted us to represent DJ in KDU English debate. The reason why she picked a junior team for this championship it was because she wanted us to get the early exposure to debating for a better preparation for next year.

On Monday we went against Methodist Boys School with the motion "THB that boarding school is beneficial to children" as the opposition. We lost. Our very first time representing school in debate and we started out with losing. Not a good start, eh?

KDU debate went by wins. Meaning, in order to proceed to the semifinals you go by how many wins your team has. There were 3 rounds and the 2nd round was against SMK Tsun Jit with the motion "THB that young people should be subjected to night time curfew as a way to reduce crime" and we were the government. This time we nailed it and won. I also won 'Best Speaker' :) But our first victory was a bit smeared with the fact that the opposing team was questioning our win. The teacher, in particular said that we were referring to text and we shouldn't have won. Oh, for god's sake. Debate is not solely 'bout your style. It's also bout the solidness of your caseline and your matter and I think we went for the meat this time instead of the bones. Oh, well. It's a free world. They can say whatever they want.

And today, we went against Garden International School with the motion "THB that human cloning should be banned" and we were for the motion. After the two debates, I think Daryl, Keefe and I gained the momentum and we did our best today. But it wasn't good enough to seal us the victory. The adjudicator said our matters were sufficient but our styles brought us down. Daryl won 'Best Speaker'. He deserved it. Keefe and Daryl did their very best today and you could really see the syncronization and the unity of the team though we lost.

The 3 of us put in a lot of passion, commitment and hardwork into this debate competition. Someone was asking me how come I don't look sad that we actually lost. Well, crying and feeling sad for what had happened would only make me a sore loser. I'm glad I went through this competition because it really opened up my world to a new environment of debating. FYI, DJ's team is the ONLY team in the whole KDU debate championship that was purely form 3 speakers making us the most junior team in the competition. But I have to tell you this, we put up or at least we tried to put up a good fight to the opposing teams regardless of age and I think we succeeded in doing so.

To me, this whole debating experience is like baking a cake. We have gotten the basic ingredients of the cake (the basic debating skills) and we already mix the ingredients in the cake mixer. Now that are left to do is to perfect the mixture so it'll be all fluffy and nice after baking it meaning we need to perfect our basic skills of debating for the better and hopefully soon we will get to put the icing on the cake which will of course be the ultimate victory for us.

Now I can get back to my normal life and start concentrating for my mid-term exams. Oh, crap! As I'm writing this post, now I remember that I have a science quiz to prepare in a week time. Crap, crap, crap!!!!!

BTW...thanks to Pn Koh who had been very dedicated and helped us with our debates, Michelle, Adeline, John and Pn Farahnaz.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Me, Picasso and Nature

I had been very poetic these days. Hmmm.....I wonder why and how in the world that I developed this interest in just a few days? I guess writing poems was a better way for me to express my feelings on everything. From people that I love and hate to dreams that I had. Two days ago I wrote a biographical poem, ME, PICASSO AND NATURE. Here's how it went:

I am unartistic and curious,
I wonder how Picasso does his arts,
I hear him munching late-night tarts,
I see him sleeping with his head apart.

I want to draw like him too,
I am unartistic and curious,
I pretend I dream of Picasso and his arts,
I feel his brush tickling against my tingling skin,

I touch the paint splashing down,
I worry my hair would get dirty,
I cry at the thought of it being greeny and gritty,

I understand that art imitates nature,
I say, we should imitate it too,
I dream of healing the nature that is in danger,
I try to do a little everyday,
I hope me, Picasso and nature go along someday,
I am unartistic and curious.

What do you think? A bit weird, though. Especially the 1st 2 and 3 lines. But I really dreamt of Picasso with his head apart. Damn eerie, ok. LOL!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

stick models+XS clothes=xtreme body conscious people

skinny model

Just the other day I heard yet another story of a teenage girl dying of anorexia. Everytime I hear these kind of stories I thought, "how can anybody be so stupid to starve themselves to death just because they think they're fat?" That's when I thought again why would the girl thinks she's fat in the first place when her body weight is actually fine.

When you have friends who care more 'bout the size of their bums then actually having fun in the outside world. When you have magazines that feature stick figure models and when you have clothing shops that sell XS sizes....the pressure to be part of all these rises and leads a person to be anorexic.

I know I'm a bit curvy (I wouldn't use the word fat cause I hate it) but I never thought of starving myself so I can look like Paris Hilton. In fact I lost around 10 kg when I was in Form 1(I was freaking 'curvy' during my primary school years) but all I did to shed off the 10 kg was to dance around in my room as a form of exercise. Now I slowed down the losing weight thingy but I'll continue again soon if I feel like it...hahaha!

The point here is that if you don't have Jennifer Lopez's bum, Jessica Alba's body figure or Shakira's hip doesn't mean that you're FAT. I have friends who would scream their heads off just because their bums are bigger than their head. I don't see the rational of worrying bout this 'minute' stuff. There are far more important things in life we should worry more like achieving the dreams we had and do something 'bout global warming that's gonna kill us soon.

In the meantime there should'nt be stick figure models in the magazines or the runways because this would make our teens even more insecure of their body sizes. Italian fashion designers are doing the right thing where they banned anorexic models (like the pic above) from appearing on their runways. We wouldn't want to see our friends, family members or even ourselves to die just because they are not happy with their weights. If you think you're 'curvy' then just exercise-lah.

Don't worry, be happy ;)