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Harry and i met up with 映思 @redredfish11 and she share with us “Moominland Midwinter”, a children book by Tove Jansson. Below is an extract from Brainpickings.org: http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/01/22/tove-jansson-moominland-midwinter-moomintroll/ moominland “Moomintroll became more and more convinced that this was a trick the winter had decided to play on him… He straightened up and tried to shout at the gale. He hit out against the snow and also whimpered a little, as there was nobody to hear him…. Not until then did Moomintroll notice that the wind felt warm. It carried him along into the whirling snow, it made him feel light and almost like flying. “I’m nothing but air and wind, I’m part of the blizzard,” Moomintroll thought and let himself go… Moomintroll spread out his arms and flew… And the winter danced him all along the snowy shore, until he stumbled across the snowed-up landing stage and plowed his nose through a snowdrift.” Thank you for sharing @redredfish11 老师!

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Had a meal with Jasmine Ng, and Harry and i were lectured for a good half an hour. She was pointing out the mistakes we had made and for a good 15mins, my hands were placed on the table and i wanted to leave. But not to avoid the lecture(i really love her lectures), but i wanted to rectify the mistakes we made.

I think we all make mistakes and the most problematic part is to notice these mistakes. Its like a blind spot. And after you realise these mistakes, u will try to find desperate ways to savage the situation. And if all else fails, at least u can tell yourself that you tried. To Jasmine Ng and all mentors/friends who are so kind to even bother lecturing your mentee/friends, thank you for pointing out mistakes. Thank you for being the Light.

Time Machine

Branching-path novel first became popular in the 1970s. They were initially created  for older children to enjoyed and it got  really popular with  the “Choose Your Own  Adventure book” series, which was publish by Bantam. some of the books in the series was so popular that it got translated into more than 25 languages, spreading around the world.

The branching-path novel is commonly known as a Gamebook. It requires the audience to participate while the reader reads the story book. Most of the time, the User will have to choose and make a decision. This will lead to a different outcome in the story.

Cloud-of-unknowing-32012.141_cu_web_1 The 28 minute short shows how a cloud slowly invades the privacy of eight characters living in a flat. We hope to draw inspiration on the how the different characters are portray so differently even though they are staying in the same flat. The mysterious cloud that interconnects the different people living in the same flat can also be a good reference on how the mysterious tiger incident connects everyone living in the flat.

Not many Ghibli fans have watched 耳をすませば (Whisper of the Heart), an animated film directed by Yoshifumi Kondō. The screenplay was written by Hayao Miyazaki and the story is based on a manga with the same title by Aoi Hiiragi.

Whisper of the Heart comic by  Aoi Hiiragi.

Comic book cover of Whisper of the Heart by Aoi Hiiragi

Yoshifumi Kondō

Photo of Yoshifumi Kondō

Yoshifumi Kondō have worked as an animation director in several films such as Kiki Delivery Service, Only Yesterday and Princess Mononoke. Whisper of the Heart is his first and last film he directed. He was said to be the successor for Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, but he passed away due to excess work on 21 jan 1998.

Whisper of the Heart Poster

Whisper of the heart is a simple story about a young girl’s journey in finding her own direction in life. Although there are no dramatic arcs in the story, the film is fill with layers of meaningful plot with cleverly planned Mise en scène, echoing the idea of a person’s struggle in realizing their own dream.

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I really like how the Grandfather draw parallels between the journey of finding one’s own talent and the process of finding emerald from a normal looking rock. It is only through years of cutting and polishing a rock, then one might be able to find a precious emerald. I think it is also the same for one to find their passion: You have to listen deeply to the whisper of your heart, then maybe you might be able to discover your very own talent.

FeministOne of the interesting shot that shows Miyazaki is a feminist