My Views:Harry Potter: The Exhibition

15 06 2012

Disclaimer: I am a huge fan of Harry Potter but I have a few ideas to improve the exhibit. If you are part of Harry Potter: The Exhibit team, please email me at cheyenne_phillips@hotmail.com and I will be completely be ready to share! I actually have nothing to say about the exhibit…its the merchandise. Just read below and email me after! THANK YOU

Dear World and J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter cast and the producers of Harry Potter: The Exhibition,

Wow. I love Harry Potter. I love the series and the movies and the world and I am forever grateful to J. K. Rowling for making my childhood.  I want to thank the cast and crew of the films for making the magic come alive.

I was at Harry Potter: The Exhibition and I really was impressed. I think it was a great oppertunity to view the props up close and see the detailing on the wands that we never really got to see on screen. I am very grateful to the producers of Harry Potter; The Exhibition for trying to bring up through the Hogwarts experience to (super) sunny Singapore. The atmosphere and being up close to the actual costumes, having a chance to wave a wand and step into Gryffindor tower and report Mandrakes, run through the Forbidden forest, play Quidditch (kinda) and find Dobby hiding in the great hall and just being near the Deathly Hallows as well as the sword of Gryffindor was amazing to me. I could feel the magic.

I do wish some of the merchandise was a bit better though. Some how, I expected more variety. It’s cool that they had chocolate frogs (which I bought, hehe) and the wands of the individual characters or the shirts of respective houses and more but I still think there could have been more ( email me guy! I’ll tell you!)

I only got the chocolate frog. I wanted to experience the magic and I did. To live it would be spectacular but just by being in the exhibit was good for me. Despite being many many many miles away from the actual castle of Hogwarts, you could feel the magic radiate from the props. Makes you wonder if it’s all real.

I know I sound naive but if it was real, we cannot deny it- it would be totally awesome.

Keeping the Magic alive,

Cheyenne

 

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I’m a nice person

11 06 2012

I found this … I guess it is a comic and I think it will appeal to everyone. Everyone knows how it is like to lose a love on. No one is immune to it and no one has a decent argument after this.





Pre-U Sem: Angry Student go all out to express their concerns…. all out…

2 06 2012

Disclaimer: This post is in response to the following Temasek Times article : click here to read it. I am uncomfortable putting up the article title as it contains vulgarities I wish not to repeat. I understand what the students go through, having gone through Pre-University Seminar myself in 2010 and other minister meetings in my school. Please read the whole post. I am not completely biased. I firmly believe there is a lack of communication between government and people. I do not intend to insult any political person or party involved in any incident mentioned below. My arguments for and against both parties involved are fully justified and I welcome all feedback. You can leave a comment in the box below! 🙂 If any information is not appropriately justified, I am ready to make changes and/or explain further. We can have a dialogue!

Dear world,

Strangely enough, I found this the most interesting to blog about today.

I normally don’t find articles from the Temasek Review worth further comment, either they speak for themselves or I just think my opinion on certain topics would be too obvious and not worth wasting the space of the internet. However, this one caught my eye.

Pre-University Seminar. I attended the one in 2010 in my JC1 year. I enjoyed meeting people my age with views and opinions on the world and a range of topics especially when it came to local politics. I normally don’t like to get involve in parties and voting and debates and such because I believe that a lot of ventures would be more successful from the ground up. So when it came to listening to possible solutions to pressing problems my peers had suggested in 2010, I was interested. I actually thought some of them were pretty good ideas, others needed refining.

When it came to talking to our guest speaker, the current Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Leong, I don’t recall him saying ‘what do you think we can do?’ or any equivalent phrase. Even the panels I was at did this phrase not come up or at least I don’t recall. I have attended other ministers visits at my previous school and, unfortunately, have heard this one too many times.

I think it is simply a copout. I’m sorry but we did ask you a question. If we wanted to tell you what to do, we wouldn’t be asking you what you intend to do. My biggest deal with this is not that ministers don’t have all the answers to all our questions, but is that they don’t even show us some courtesy of answering our questions properly. This just doesn’t go for authority for me. It goes for a lot of people. If you don’t have all the answers, admit it. May be you are working on a solution. May be it is something that requires further research and in order to maintain the intergity of the research, you can’t announce major details. Please please suggest something that you may be working on or have plans to work on or improvements or even your own personal opinion ( not everyone in government is the same so say something you think will be effective) about a situation. ONCE YOU HAVE ANSWERED THIS QUESTION, then if you want us to have a say, you can ask ‘what do you think?’  This is how you have a conversation. Don’t answer our question with a question please. And don’t avoid difficult questions, it’s simply rude ( that goes for everyone, not just ministers). Explain that it is difficult to change mindsets or the debate about ( for example as it was mentioned in the main article) freedom of speech has many unforeseen consequences that we have to thread careful. Just give us something. Just answer our question to the best of your ability. I think you may still get negative feedback about answers like that but you will not to criticized ignoring.

However, I am not all that biased towards the student. I think that everyone needs a decent response to this question, everyone needs an opinion. Just form one. You are 17. If you can write a GP essay, you can form an opinion. Sure, it’s hard to do that without all the information but you should still have one and it will change when you understand more. That’s one. Secondly, dude, don’t swear. Don’t spam anything with vulgarities.In fact, don’t put a single swear word in your response to anything. No one will take you seriously. You lost your case. I was with you until I read the part about you swearing. Then I read your actual post and when you swore, I was like ‘WOAH! Is he for real?’ Don’t do it (again). EVER AGAIN! The swearing is why people don’t take our generation seriously because that is all they think we like to do; throw vulgarities around like nothing. SERIOUSLY EVERYONE JUST STOP IT! Ugh, don’t like it when people swear. I personally think it makes you look silly, but that’s my personal opinion. And three, these are problems that have more than one solution. No one has all the answers. No one is Sheldon Cooper ( fictional character from the awesome show, The Big Bang Theory). And even he doesn’t have all the answers, although I’m pretty sure he would completely disagree. Don’t expect to be given answers because if people had them, things actually might be better for a lot of people all over the world. So yes, don’t expect answers. Instead, expect to search for answers and may be more questions. There isn’t a point in asking our ministers why they don’t have all the answers when we can’t suggest equally good solutions to pressing problems. This is why I only do political post when I think I have an interesting and plausible solution to a problem happening locally that may be effective ( or at least, according to my logic, it’s effective). If I haven’t thought of one yet, I really don’t say anything.

I remember being told by someone… can’t recall who, that those who attend Pre-University Seminar are the ministers of tomorrow. I disagree. I think those who attend Pre-University Seminar are those who want to do something about issues they have concerns on or want to be part of the dialogue and have their opinions heard and believe that this is the best medium to do it. They want to know what is going on in parliament now so that may be they can be involved, even if its on the sidelines.

I went to Pre-University Seminar in 2010 to be more involved. I don’t know about any one else but I wanted to know if there was anything I could help to be part of the solution and if I don’t know what is currently happening, how do I get a clearly idea of what I can do and suggest when you ask ‘what do you think?’. You can’t always demand answers. Sometimes you have to ask for the chance to collaborate and share ideas because some of their answers may not be fully formed yet. You might just have the missing piece.

I do hope that anyone reading this understands that I think there really needs to be more communication between any authority and the people. To simply put it, if you want to be the government of the people, talk to us. Have a real conversation where we both share views. How else are we really going to progress onward?

If required go have Hougang Teowchew porridge and talk. Just keep the ball rolling.

Just to end, I think my generation wants to be a part of the progress of Singapore. It’s hard to take the reigns when we don’t know what those before us actually had planned. … And my generation needs to understand swearing and demanding answers gets you no where. It is really a lose-lose situation right now. I hope we can turn it around.

Just something to think about.

Cheyenne.