Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Song Selection ( Group Work)

What a Wonderful World
I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred(dog say good) night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
are also on the faces of people going by
(I also want to face the)
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

            For this tutorial, we were asked to find a song that has a message in it. After a long discussion, we decided to choose the song entitled What a Wonderful World” that was sing by the late Louis Armstrong
The singer real name was Louis Daniel Armstrong and he was born August 4, 1901New Orleans, in Louisiana, U.S. He died at the age of 69 years old in July 1971 at Corona, Queens, New York City.  During his life, he describes his discovery that this family was also subject to discrimination by "other white folks' nationalities. Louis Armstrong was the grandson of a slave during the time of segregation.

            The reason we choose the song because Louis Armstrong sang it with a lot of hidden message in it. If you look closely on the video, you can see that Louis Armstrong sang the song with funny facial expression. This is to mock the white society who have being oppressed the black people during that time. He also changed the lyric from “Dark sacred night” to “dog say good night”. This is because during those days, the balck people had curfew meaning that black people have to stay at home during the night. The “Dog” in the lyric refers to policemen who always patrolling the neighborhoods of the black people.
            As a conclusion, we should never look down at other people. All people should be treated as equal despite the color of their skin. There are only one world for us to live for, if all people start hating each other, there will be no place for us to live peacefully

. ANimal Farm animated movie

A leader is "a person who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal". This movie shows how important to be a good leader as we are now living with society that obeys the leader. The most important part in the movie is that the leader is the revolutionary and it gave the big impact of life after the revolution. A revolutionary is a person who introduces radical change in the society.
            This story focus on the corruption of the revolution by its leaders but also how wickedness, indifference, ignorance, greediness. This story portrays corrupt leader as it show ignorance towards the society. This should not happen to a good leader as we can see from the movie, snowball is the leader who cares about the followers and nicely treated them with equality.
            This story is a story of a true life as a human as the animal is just the symbol of a society. As we can see in the story, snowball has stated 7 commandments for the society and the comendment shows the equality for them. The 7 commandments are :
1.   Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2.   Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3.   No animal shall wear clothes.
4.   No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5.   No animal shall drink alcohol.
6.   No animal shall kill any other animal.
7.   All animals are equal

Before Napoleon take over the society, they live without suffer and after he takes over the leadership of that farm, the society suffers except the pig. The commandments being changed when Napoleon take over the society.  The changed commandments are as follows:
1.    No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
2.    No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
3.    No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.

This is true colour of life and we must live with it and at the same time try not to corrupt yourself and the society. 

Mona Lisa's Smile

This story is about Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Although a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college.
            Women's rights are entitlements and freedoms claimed for women and girls of all ages in many societies. In this story we can see that woman has their own responsibility and their way in living in the society. In some places these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local custom, and behaviour, whereas in others they may be ignored or suppressed. Women’s rights around the world is an important indicator to understand global well-being. For this story i wanted to emphasize on the character of Elizabeth "Betty" Warren (Kirsten Dunst) is the quintessential fifties girl, obsessed with getting her Mrs. before getting her BA. She later discovers that one should be careful for what one wishes. She is also a nasty piece of work who doesn't care what misery for others her poison pen invectives and barbed comments cause.  Woman’s themself should think about the future rater then think about the next day. We should take this as an advice for us so that we did not make same mistake.

Lean On Me

Lean on me??? , What is that? Sounds like someone having trouble and need somebody to lean on. Ha-ha... It’s a title of a movie. The title may not sound interesting for me but you may not judge a movie by its title. This movie is very interesting as i am a teacher to be.
            The movie is about Principal Clark on his duty as a principal in Eastside High School.  He is the boss and he is the revolutionary of the school. As a principle, he hold the responsibility of making this school as good as it can be. He then took the challenge and wanted to prove it as he can hold the responsibility. to deal with problematic person is quite a challenge for a teacher or even a principal.
            Principal Clark acted by Morgan Freeman reminds me of my former principal Tn Hj Sulor bin Mingan. He is the principal of my former school, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Laksamana. He is a person who wanted the best from students to the teachers as he is the boss in the school. It will be frustrating having this type of person in the school, but you will understand if you were in his shoe.  As he is in charge in the school, he manage to control the school and make it as good as it can be in the district of Kota Tinggi. Altgough he is strict on his work but he is my favourite principal of all time as he is a great leader.  

A great injustice vs The merry maid

. In solving a problem we must consider all factors so that the decision that we make can assure it as the best decision that we can made. Both of the stories ‘A Great Injustice’ by Heah Chwee Sian and ‘The Merry Maid’ by Jayakaran Mukundan have the same situation in making a decision. It is the decision of ‘To do or not to do’. The decision can be clearly seen in both of the story.
What could be great when you commit a sin? According to Wordweb dictionary a sin can be define as the act that violate a law of God or a moral law. It is as same as the wrongdoer and it can be serious as the act is against the law of the god.

Abortion is a word that can be considered as a word of sin, if only the act is being done illegally. According to the Health dictionary, abortion can be defined as the premature exit of the products of conception from the uterus. It is the loss of a pregnancy and does not refer to why that pregnancy was lost. This is what happen when you do the abortion. From the story of the great injustice, Ah Nya is the one that did the act of killing an innocent unborn child. As from the story, Ah soh said “oh my god, why did you do that?” “It’s sinful”. As a human being, we do not have the authority of taking someone’s life.
To make a decision is not as simple as ABC if the situation is between death and alive. It is the decision of the future and the future is what you are going to be. Lakshmi did not do the abortion and as a result she give a future to a child named Sakinah or her other name is Savitri. She gives a life to her innocent child as she wanted her child to live and not take her life. Love of the mother towards her child is the greatest love of all, this is what happen to Lakshmi. An ordinary human like us does not have the power of deciding ones future

Question of Dowry VS Everything's Arranged

According to Wikipedia, dowry is the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband in marriage. It contrasts with bride price, which is paid to the bride's parents, and dower, which is property settled on the bride herself by the groom at the time of marriage. The same culture may simultaneously practice both dowry and bride price. Dowry is an ancient custom, and its existence may well predate records of it.
Rukumani and Devanayagam love each other as they were to have a secret relationship. They were not to have any relationship before marriage as it is in Indian culture. This situation shows that the important thing in relationship is that they will be live together for a long period of time. It is where the pride of the family is very important for certain people.

In everything’s arrange, they arrange the wedding for the couple. An arranged marriage is one in which by someone other than the couple getting married makes the selection of the persons to be wed, curtailing or avoiding the process of courtship. Marriage is about love and the ones’ that getting married is their right to choose their couple and this is the right way to have a relationship.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Akeelah and The Bee -Movie review

Akeelah and the Bee is one of those uncommon movies that i watched. This movie is different, it is not an action or comedy movie it is a movie that have an interesting story line. It is like a new kind of movie that being introduce to me and for sure this movies is really interesting. This story is about a girl called Akeelah Anderson who is 11 years old that participate in national spelling. The story is about the courage to success.
            There is no doubt that this movie is meant to be interesting and entertaining. As Akeelah is a child, this movie is suitable for any level of age. For me this movie is entertaining because i can see a child who has her own life and she must strive for the sake of her future. It is like a baby make her own bottle of milk. She has the tellent and she just need a way to proceed with her dream. This is where the story become interesting.
            Akeelah is not really a special person who has a special ability, she is just an ordinary girl who happen to be good at spelling. But her natural ability in spelling take attention of her school principal Mr.Welch to convince her in taking part of spelling bee competition. This is the part of a teacher making a successful person. As we know a teacher is a person who teach and a person who teach is a person who have the information to teach. This movie taught me to be aperson who need to be prepared before i am going to the real world.  
            Akeelah have a spelling coach called Dr. Larabee. He is the person who helps Akeelah in spelling, at the same time he also teach Akeela about her culture and the way to use her intelligence. It reminds me to my Ustaz named Ustaz Joha. He is like a person who treat the students like his own children. He knows and he understands what the students need and what they feel. He is always be there for us. He teach us to be a person who success in life.

            What i have learn from the movie is that a teacher is a person who have the power to mole the future and make a path to success for their children. Teacher is like candles that burn themselves to brighten others.

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