Sunday, February 27, 2005

Hide and Seek

I watched it on Friday night! It's quite a thrill. Dakota Fanning is fascinating. How can a child perform so well? She is only a 12-year-old girl! I think she is the best female kid actress in this century. The male one should be Haley Joel Osment (the one who starred "Sixth Sense").

Friday, February 18, 2005

Constantine

I finally watched Constantine last night! It's fantastic!

It reminds me of a movie I watched earlier - Devil's Advocate, starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. The story was also about devils in our world. In the movie, Keanu Reeves was the son of Satan himself. Al Pacino was Satan. It was also about "choice" and "destiny". But the sense of "destiny" was much stronger especially when you knew what Keanu had gone through in the movie was going to recur again and again, unless he could completely screw up Satan's plan, or he finally gave in, or Satan gave up. After watching the film, I really felt creepy because I was reminded of the power that Satan always has! I kept telling myself I had to make my choice carefully and pray for God's guidance, grace and wisdom to guard myself against evil.

After watching Constantine, this feeling comes back! But the message is more positive this time. The sense of "choice" in this film is deep-rooted. We have a choice to accept or deny what we have and we are responsible for the choices we made! Can we make the right choice every time? If we made a mistake, could there be any way to alter the consequence? This is what Constantine is going to do after he committed suicide when he was 15. He tries his best to battle with the devils to buy his way to heaven. (The film takes the stance of the Catholic belief. People who commit suicide can't go to heaven!)

Here I am not arguing whether the Catholic belief is correct or not. The message I got is - can we buy our way to heaven simply by the good deeds we do? As the Angel, Gabriel, said in the movie, we couldn't! The only way to heaven is we become converts to God! We believe He is the only creator and He loves us to a stage that He delivers His only Son - Jesus Christ to die for our sins! This is so simple. We don't have to make a deal with God. Gabriel also reminded me of His great love. Even if a murderer or rapist repents for what he or she has done and becomes a convert, God won't abandon him or her. That's why Gabriel envies human beings. According to Gabriel, we are full of sins and we don't have any noble qualities. We don't deserve God's love at all! But God loves us unconditionally! This is what makes Gabriel go crazy and liaise with the son of Satan.

I know I can't buy my way to heaven from the good deeds I do. But after knowing how great God's love is, can I do nothing? Is it the way to repay His great love?

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Happy Birthday!

My students came to my home today. They all came for two missions. The first one was to hold a birthday party for their classmate - Leona! The other one was to target at my red packets!

Here is the birthday girl!


Monday, February 14, 2005

Visit

My matriculation classmates visited me yesterday. They got two very adorable daughters. The elder one is lovely and the younger one is funny! I love playing with the younger one because she always laughs.

Friday, February 11, 2005

An interesting board game

Yesterday night, I went to a friend's home to watch the firework. After the show and dinner, he introduced a board game to us! Its name is "Settlers". What you need to do is to collect as many resource cards as possible. Then you can use the cards to build roads and houses to earn points! The first one who scores 10 points will be the winner. Of course, to make the game more exciting and challenging, there are some development cards which help you earn extra points and you can deal with other players to get the resource card you want. The sense of competition is not strong in this game, so no one will be ashamed of being a loser!

I need to find out where I can buy one! But it seems that you won't be able to find it in Toys"R"us.

Monday, February 07, 2005

New Look

I got my hair cut today! It's really short now. If I want to keep a cool look, I have to use hair clay every day! This is what I don't like doing! The clay makes my hair sticky, which means I have to wash it every day! I think I have made a very poor decision.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Chinese New Year Holiday

It finally comes! After Christmas, life was very hectic. There were book inspection, examination paper setting, marking and teaching in January. I was really exhausted. The Chinese New Year holiday is really something I look forward to. At first, my husband and I planned to go overseas during the holiday. However, due to our late decision, the tour that we wanted to join was full! It's unbelievable!!! :( Now I have to stay at home.

Today, I try to make a list of the things I need to finish before school starts again. Guess what! My list goes down to 25 items!!! They include different sorts of marking, like S7 composition, Section E and S1 & S6 examination papers; setting the coming S1 second term teaching schedule; and preparing a presentation for the course I've taken. I need to complete at least 2 tasks a day. Now I know why the tour was full. Taking a trip is definitely a luxury to me!

Friday, February 04, 2005

The ten places I want to go most

1. Heaven (Of course I mean after I die)
2. Australia (It's famous for its sunshine and beaches. I haven't had any sunbathing for more than a decade!)
3. Japan (I love Japanese culture.)
4. Isreal (It's the place that a Christian should visit.)
5. France (I've been to Europe when I was a university student but I missed this place at that time.)
6. Germany (The same reason as above.)
7. Singapore (I want to see how it is different from Hong Kong.)
8. Shanghai (It is one of our competitors. I need to check it out!)
9. Lamma Island (People keep telling me it has changed a lot and it has great seafood. I went there only for once and I was a F.4 student at that time.)
10. Home (There is no place in the world better than your own home!)

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Forum

I got a forum in my homepage. When I first set it up, my husband told me not to have a high expectation on it. He said that usually not many people would leave a message there.

The first night I got it set, nothing happened. No one came. Surprisingly, when I logged into the forum the second night, some new messages appeared. The most exciting thing is those who came to the forum did not just reply to the message I posted there, they created new topics too. I really cannot imagine that a forum can be so dynamic. (Forgive me if I sound too naive! This is the first time I hold a forum!!!)

I hope the forum can go well and it really can be a place for sharing, learning, exchanging ideas and having fun.