Do you want to build a snowman? – Frozen

The movie Frozen was in theaters during Thanksgiving in the US, and I finally got the time to watch it recently.

Yes, it is another “princess movie” by Disney but it certainly has a lot more than “prince and princess living happily ever after”.

The part that is very different from the typical Disney princess films for me is when the same old climax comes out – that someone can only be saved with the magic of “true love”. In fact, this time, differently from what I thought, instead of the kiss between the male and the female, it is an act of love between sisters.These girls don’t wait around for princes to rescue them with kisses anymore.

The voice for the main character  in the film, Anna, belongs to Kristen Bell, who had also given her voice for the main character in the TV series Gossip Girl. Also the songs from the film, such as Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? have become very popular.

The film in general is very warm and full of happiness. I did not find it too touching, however my roommate started to cry at the very beginning of the film when she watched it on her laptop!

Elsa from Frozen

Mandela, Gandhi, and democracy

The symbol of South Africa’s unity, the most respected leader Nelson Mandela passed away recently. His funeral is said to be the biggest funeral of half a century. Mandela and Gandhi are both considered to be the greatest leaders of all time. However, no matter South Africa or India, Asia or the whole world, it is not enough to only have Mandela and Gandhi.

The most obvious similarity between Mandela and Gandhi is that they were both educated in a Western way, they both stood out to be against Western countries or Western forces. When they succeeded, they both started to use the Western political frame. This kind of  twist might be one of the reasons why Westerners paid great attention to them.

Although both of them succeeded in changing their countries, societies there seem to have more problems than before. If we only consider democracy, India cannot even be compared to Indonesia and Malaysia, which had just turned to be democratic. South Africa, a country which could compete with Korea and Taiwan for economic power, nowadays has fallen behind. If we still say that Mandela and Gandhi are the greatest politicians in the world, then these problems might have arisen from the people within these two countries, who may be having problems in following the footsteps of their leaders. The two leaders learned the weaknesses of Western people and defeated white leaders, but did not know how to defeat the problems within their citizens. Maybe it would have been much better for South Africa if the policy with obvious white discrimination had not been established, and white people had not been eliminated from important jobs. Maybe security and economy would have develop more rapidly, but it is just maybe.

Real democracy cannot be achieved by only the leader of a country, its concept must be planted into all citizens’ minds and boost the development of society. Otherwise it might become a harmful tool for people. For India and South Africa, they have just made a small step on the road to democracy and they still have a long way to go. I think people should realize that the formation of democracy cannot be achieved by only Mandela and Gandhi, they are far from enough. Democracy needs all people’s support and power, economic and social development, and better education.

Last but not least, to one of the most influential person in the world, Mandela, may you rest in peace.

(inspiration taken from some blogs in China)

My last post for 2013

This is my last post for 2013.

2014 is going to be a special year for a lot of us. It is when we will graduate from high school and enter university. Recently I have been surrounded by loads of homework, essays and application emails and so have my roommates. We’ve all experienced through staying up at night to finish work that needs to be done. Because of this, I am determined to set a goal for myself in 2014, to stop PROCRASTINATING.

Through various assignments, I realized that the time I finish my work gets closer and closer to the actual deadline. This is not a very good habit, especially when I have a lot of things to do and when they have to go to many other people. Some say that finishing work before the deadline boots the adrenaline in the body which then increases creativity. However, I still think I need to be responsible for myself and do what I should do, instead of looking forward to being busy when I can actually start my work.

2013 has been a busy year. IB, university applications and other small things have made this year full and exciting.

I have already made a small list of what I would love to do in 2014:

1. Stop PROCRASTINATING

2. Get a driver’s license

3. Try to read and understand the Name of the Rose

4. Study hard for IB

5. Don’t wake up angry.

Since there is more than a month left for 2013, I think we should still do our best and try to have a satisfying ending of this year… which can also bring a perfect beginning for the next.

Good luck.

National Holiday!

I am writing my very first blog this year today, October 1st. It might seem like an ordinary school day to most of the students at school, however October 1st is the national day of People’s Republic of China.

It is celebrated throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. People celebrate this day by various events such as concerts, firework displays, as well as a ceremony at Tian’anmen Square in Beijing. The national day is a very important day in China, not only because it was a milestone inthe formation of People’s Republic of China, but also because people usually have a 7-day holiday from Oct 1st to Oct 7th. This is a long holiday if compared to some other traditional festivals in China. However, although Chinese celebrate many holidays and festivals by eating different kinds of food, there is no special food for the national day, but it is still a tradition for families to gather together and have a cozy dinner. Well, I haven’t been spending this day in China for three years but I still can imagine what it would be like on this day in China and hopefully I can experience it again next year. So… to draw this short blog post to a close, I guess I should end by saying, happy birthday China.

 

Fall break

Fall break is just around the corner. I can hear the word ‘fall break’ in almost all conversations. Soon Meritas will be full of suitcases. No matter what the destination is, it is always good to have a break from the busy life of school and come back refreshed.

Recently I found a really good song for relaxation. It is called ‘So much magnificence’. After listening to it I actually feel calm and relaxed. Try it, it’s really amazing.
There is a movie called ‘New Year’s Eve’. Well, it is not new year yet, but this movie is really inspiring. It’s not one of those movies you watch to analyze or discuss about, but it can definitely make you feel relaxed and warm. My favorite line from the movie is:
“As you all can see the ball has stopped half way to its porch. It’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the New Year, to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by. To remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures or close ourselves down for fear of getting hurt. Cause that’s what New Year is all about, getting another chance. The chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about what if and start embracing what will be. So when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other.”
Finally, wish everyone  a nice relaxing break.