After much preparation, the young self-proclaimed Emperor of The Han Dynastory is now serving a full-time mission to the UK with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He will return in 2014.

Hello!

Welcome to the Han Dynastory!

As I am now serving a full-time mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have left this blog under the stewardship of a family member, who may post updates on how I'm doing as he/she sees fit.

Enjoy your stay!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Why Are Humans So Fascinating?

Animals. The World is full of them.

Even from the Scientific and Religious point of view, Man is easily the pinnacle of living things on Earth. Scientifically speaking, no animal's brainpower can match that of Man. Religiously speaking, when God created Man, He saw that 'it was very good'. It kind of suggests something doesn't it?

What's so fascinating about humans, is that they don't just live to exist. They exist to live. They explore, they discover, they inspire, they create. From scientists to builders to writers to teachers to artists to musicians. The list of things Man do is never ending. One of the ultimate powers of Man is also to Love, but that's a whole different topic.

I have a lot of respect and admiration for those who explore, those who discover, those who inspire, and those who create. Our technology continues to advance, led by those brave enough to take risks and to experiment, constantly finding new ways to go about anything, not knowing if the end result is desirable or not. Our creations are endless: artwork, music, dances, movies, novels, theories, buildings. All of these things distinguish us from animals. Our existence is not solely based on the need to survive. We are born with endless potential, everyone with their own dreams. To discover? To create? To inspire? What impact do you want to make? If we die tomorrow, how do we want to be remembered? Will our lives be worth the trouble? We are humans because we think along those lines. Nothing is worse than Idle Man.

We have power. Our potential is endless. We don't need to be superheroes to exercise our power. You and I have a very special power I feel should be used a lot more. Each of us has the power to make someone else's day better, even by a little bit. A warm smile, a bright greeting, a cheerful trot, an unexpected favour. We are not animals, we are Man - we Love each other, so let's show it.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Stake Youth Valentine's Dance 2008


All smiles after the dance on Friday night, which I missed more than an hour of due to my Waltz lessons, which was still worth it, really.

Poor Benji had it worse, he was only around for the last half hour.

The dance itself was alright. Got high on music I rarely listen to again, which was fun. Just too bad there was only one slow song, which I danced to with Marie. I didn't even get to try out the Disco Rock moves I learnt with the Woodlands Ward Youth at the dance studio I take my Waltz lessons. There was one song that I did get to try a bit of it with Myra, but for some reason it got cut short. Oh well.

Looking forward to the next dance!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day 2008

Talk about a special day.

I woke up nearly late for school, so I rushed out with breakfast bars for breakfast, eating in the bus while studying for the Geography test. A mega-lecture directed especially towards those who did not bring their thermometers for the temperature taking exercise during assembly this morning took a huge chunk out of our beloved PE class, resulting in a loss of soccer time, which is one of the worst things that can happen to 4A3 =P

One of the better highlights of the day was the Food Ministry! Every term this parents-run group provides FREE FOOD during recess on a one day event. All you need to do is to persuade your teacher to give you an early recess, line up and get your free food! Generally they serve whatever boys like us enjoy - an assortment of pastas, fried rice, mee hoon, and many meat-orientated dishes (aside from the vegetarian sections). This time round they even provided drinks. Our Physics teacher Mr Eric Loh thus won recognition as the "Best Teacher in the World" by 4A3 for giving us an early recess.

And now for the Valentine's Day "gift" I received - a 5 CD set of Debussy's Complete Piano Music! Lent to me by my Music teacher =P Just put it all into iTunes and I'll have a total of 6 hours and 21 minutes of pure Debussy enjoyment.

As for the gift I'm giving away for Valentine's Day, it's still with me. Someone lucky is going to get it tomorrow....


Just too bad I didn't have time to draw my compulsory School Blues Valentine's Day Special today thanks to excessive homework. An English essay, a bit of Chemistry and the head-splitting Geography homework on industries. I guess I'll have to draw tomorrow or something. At least I already have an idea.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Music Freaks

It's always great to know that somewhere out there, someone else loves Music as much as you do...

Han 文翰: do you have any favourite composers?
₪-钢琴手-₪: J S Bach. 我很喜欢他写的
Han 文翰: JS Bach is my nightmare haha. I have trouble playing his pieces. But his Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 is nice
₪-钢琴手-₪: 我去年就是学Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. 超喜欢
Han 文翰: It's quite a popular piece. His harpsichord solo is CRAZY
₪-钢琴手-₪: 是咯. 我一看到吓死咯. 怎样弹哦. 就算一点一点都看到眼花
Han 文翰: It was meant for himself to show off I think
₪-钢琴手-₪: 对阿. 可是他真的很厉害。。。。那么乱的都写的出
Han 文翰: yeah. Actually a lot of pieces are like that. You would think they just simply bang keys on the piano and come up with something
₪-钢琴手-₪: 哈哈哈. 是咯是咯. 你知道吗?很多人说学艺术的人头脑都怪怪的
我真地觉得是酱的咯

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₪-钢琴手-₪: 我最怕这些20th Century的音乐.Jazz我还能接受. 再乱一点我就疯了
Han 文翰: Oh yeah. I listened to a 20th Century piece called Survivor from Warsaw. and Warsaw is one of the places where Germans had the Jewish Deathcamps in WWII
the "Music" had a narration that makes your skin crawl.
₪-钢琴手-₪: 你还听得下去阿?
Han 文翰: well. I think my Mom made me turn it off. it just sounded evil
₪-钢琴手-₪: 哈哈哈. 肯定拉. 我想像都觉得恐怖咯

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And it just went on and on for nearly two hours. Too bad we never really knew each other back when we were both still in Tsun Jin High School. She would've been a great friend, although it's true that I wasn't that much of a Music freak back then. She makes studying in her school in New Zealand sound so exciting. To think that the whole thing started just because we exchanged Chinese New Year greetings.

I need to start searching for old friends more. It's always fun to find out how little I knew them before.

Grace's 2nd Death Anniversary

I know you are enjoying yourself in a much happier place now, because I rarely see you in my dreams anymore. I hope you finally got to catch monkeys in Heaven. Thanks for being such a great dog all those years.

I'm worried for Simba. When we left him after the Chinese New Year visit to KL, he was very agitated and kept whining. Something was wrong with his leg. I hope he's ok. Will he be seeing you soon?

With a Shaky Internet Connection...

I can't do anything. Super annoying and I need to email off a special piece of work I'm very excited about. This stupid connection is not helping.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Inspiration Comes When You Least Expect It

Like when I was working on last minute tweaks to a Geography Project. Many thanks to my previous Chemistry teacher Mr. Alex Lee, and Mom. All I can say is that there's going to be a few really big surprises for School Blues this year. Let's just hope O Levels don't get in the way, because I still want my 9 A's!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Superteens!

Last Wednesday to Friday, our school forced us all to attend a budget version of the Superteen camp in our School Auditorium. As it was a paid course, I will not disclose what was taught.
I did, however, take a few random shots on our first day.

Marcus Neo, Jon Poh, Joel Lim, Irfan and I in the packed school Auditorium



Arjun at Long John Silver. We went to Far East on the first night for supper, along with Michael Lee, Dennis Kwang, Sherwayne, Jong Won, and Johnny (Dennis's Dad showed up as well)


Dennis and Sherwayne


Myself, Dennis, and Johnny


Trying to look like a Nenek in the beastly cold Auditorium