Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Catching up on life

I've been quite busy as of late. About a month ago, I posted recently posted a 200+ page about online tutoring for English teachers interested in online teaching. I had been working on it during the summer break, but its now complete though I'm working on several more pages.

There's been a lot of rain this past month, in fact there were several typhoons. And today we got hit by a signal # 2 typhoon - a really wet and windy one today. The school was closed today, so I simply stayed him and did some more work on my site.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Funny ESL Notices Around the World

I haven't posted a while, but I had to post this. Its really funny and reminds me that ESL is really all fun and games. Here are some signs and notices written in English that were
discovered throughout the world. You have to give the writers an
'E' for Effort. We hope you enjoy them.

In a Tokyo Hotel:
Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a
person to do such thing is please not to read notis.

In a Bucharest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we
regret that you will be unbearable.

In a Leipzig elevator:
Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.

In a Belgrade hotel elevator:
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin
should enter more persons, each one should press a number of
wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by
national order.

In a Paris hotel elevator:
Please leave your values at the front desk.

In a hotel in Athens:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the
hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.

In a Yugoslavian hotel:
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the

In a Japanese hotel:
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox
You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and
Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except

In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers:
Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the
boots of ascension.

On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

On the menu of a Polish hotel:
Salad a firm's own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy
dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose;
beef rashers beaten up in the country people's fashion.

Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop:
Ladies may have a fit upstairs.

In a Bangkok dry cleaner's:
Drop your trousers here for best results.

Outside a Paris dress shop:
Dresses for street walking.

In a Rhodes tailor shop:
Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute
customers in strict rotation.

A sign posted in Germany's Black forest:
It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that
people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live
together in one tent unless they are married with each other
for that purpose.

In a Zurich hotel:
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the
opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby
be used for this purpose.

In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:
Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

In a Rome laundry:
Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon
having a good time.

In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency:
Take one of our horse-driven city tours - we guarantee no

Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:
Would you like to ride on your own ass?

In a Swiss mountain inn:
Special today -- no ice cream.

In a Bangkok temple:
It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed
as a man.

In a Tokyo bar:
Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:
We take your bags and send them in all directions.

On the door of a Moscow hotel room:
If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to

In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

In a Budapest zoo:
Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable
food, give it to the guard on duty.

In the office of a Roman doctor:
Specialist in women and other diseases.

In an Acapulco hotel:
The manager has personally passed all the water served here.

In a Tokyo shop:
Our nylons cost more than common, but you'll find they are
best in the long run.

From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air
Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your
room, please control yourself.

From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo:
When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn.
Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles
your passage then tootle him with vigor.

Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance:
- English well talking.
- Here speeching American.

Friday, June 23, 2006

The AMS Church Letter

We've been quite happy with the friendship and emotional support of the church we regularly attend, the AMS Church (Arts, Media and Sports) which is part of the MMCC. However, the lack of depth and spiritual illiteracy has prompted me to write this letter to voice my concern:

Dear Brothers,

I wanted to bring to your attention what Jun, Paris, Winvie and I have been talking about - the need for a midweek devotional that goes back to studying the bible, chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse.

Our Thursday devo's have traditionally been a "needs based" type preaching devo. We must remember that the bibles intention is for us to be "thoroughly equipped", and thorogher learning requires effort. Most people would rather sit, passively listen and follow directions than actively participate. And since none of us has any real theological education (except Paris), we really are at a disadvantage. But to lose heart and not try, and to say "that stuff is too hard, its really not for me" is really not a good option. Its really choosing to remain blissfully ignorant.

The idea of a separate devo is to give people the option to learn and understand the bible on a deeper level. We can try and make a concerted effort to read the bible, to research, to attempt an exegesis or two, to tackle difficult books like Romans, and to share our humble understandings with one another.

Some thoughts:

- Questions that provokes thought, discussion and reflective thinking should be the format, not "quick fixes" or personal opinion preaching.

- The audience should be older disciples - preferably someone who's been in the Kingdom for over 5 years; but I can think of many more who would benefit or who can be helped,

- It should be a small group of less than 10 - not an "exclusive" group, or a group where people go because they have things in common,

- it should be held, every Thursday for a month (short letter of the bible) or x2 per month (longer letters),

- we can nominate different people to facilitate the discussions, and others to research and present things related to what we are studying.

These are a few ideas. Please let me know your opinions on this.

Your brother in Christ,

Photography as an artform

I've spent a bit of time on the internet today, looking through digital camera reviews so I that I can use it to get stillshots for when Ana gives birth to our first born baby in a few weeks. I must admit that I'm not particularly happy with todays digital cameras, partly because I'm a subjective person myself and partly because I'm an outright perfectionist.

To be honest, I'm more familiar with older cameras and the work that went into producing photographic prints. When I was growing up, my fondest memories was when I spent time mixing chemicals, processing films and developing prints in our laundry that I converted into a darkroom. After taking pictures, getting a good print took great skill; it required patience and hours of work - it was an artform, and to a large extent, it was a labor of love. Next was also the pride and respect of what you did. Photojournalist and black-and-white artist, such as Ansel Adams, had a unique eye for detail and the ability to capture life as an artform with what we would now consider the most primitive of equipment. That artform wasn't limited to taking pictures, it was what you did in the darkroom; it was the choosing of papers, the mixing of chemicals and the using of light to burn and give the exact exposure that you needed on print.

With todays mass produced digital cameras, the ability to produce instant pictures and the availability of software editing tools, taking pictures for me has lost all its artform and mystery.
But try telling that to the crowd, or to my wife for that matter.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Baby Names

For the past two weeks we've been searching books and getting comments to think a unique name for the baby. We've not made much progress, though we have decided it should start with the letter "C". The only unique name that we both like is "Channary" - which is Cambodian and is comprised of two meaning - Chan or Jhun means "moon" and "Nary" means woman - so its a figurative name. This I think is the true meaning of the name, and not "full moon" according to some online baby name databases.