Wreck-It-Ralph

So after tea in The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. I went to check out the Disney Pixar’s newest animated film, Wreck-It-Ralph which I heard was so-called ‘awesome’. Hmm…. so basically, this movie is about a game character, Wreck-It-Ralph the villain in the game Fix It Felix Jr who is tired of being the bad guy, of being lonely and despised and decides to prove that he can be a hero too. To avoid spoiling the movie for those of you who haven’t watched it yet, I won’t tell you everything, if you really want to know the full synopsis visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772341/synopsis.

Yes, the big guy in the center is our main character.

Yes, the big guy in the center is our main character.

Wreck-It-Ralph is a very family-oriented movie as the other Disney animations are. It portrays the usual Disney stereotype of a story which teaches you moral lessons on friendship, hardwork, determination and bla bla bla. Despite this, it is quite entertaining for all ages considering the middle-aged man seating a few seats away from me kept laughing at the slightest detail of humour. Kind of reminds me of the audience laughter in Mr Bean actually….  Adults would enjoy this since they would have been old enough to recognise most of the games referenced in this movie giving a sense of nostalgia. This movie incorporates a lot of humour, although not the bad kind, which still manages to entertain most people unless you are some kind of sorry and sad person with no sense of humour who lives in a pessimistic world feeling sorry for yourself. The producers were also so kind to insert a short animation which had nothing to do with the movie at the beginning, which wasn’t that bad actually. Vanellope Von Schweetz the little girl in the racing game, Sugar Rush, who Ralph later meets, would never fail to tickle your heart with her cuteness or probably even piss you off with her ‘brat-ness’, but in the end, you would probably feel something good. At the end of the movie,  you will see how Ralph risks his life and limb for Vanellope, a very touching tale of friendship, proving himself to be a true hero after all. Umm…. so I guess that’s all I have to say for this movie and I think it’s an awesome movie and you should definitely watch  it!

-Sean

 

Royal Plaza on Scotts @ Scotts Road, Singapore

Exterior View

This time I stayed at the Royal Plaza on Scotts when I went to Singapore. It was a modern chic hotel that was simple yet elegant. I got upgraded for free to a Deluxe Room because I was a member of the Royal Touch. Here’s a picture of it:

Deluxe Room

So one of the main highlights of the hotel is the free internet throughout the whole hotel, both WiFi and LAN. Other than that there’s the free minibar which is replenished daily. In the minibar there’s 2 cans of Coke, 2 cans of Tiger beer, 1 packet of Oreo(3pcs), 1 bottle of Minute Maid Orange Juice and 2 bottles of drinking water. Plus, there’s free coffee and tea making facilities  and not just any coffee, Nespresso machines in all rooms! The last added bonus is the free local calls. Anyway, throughout my stay in the hotel, the service, cleanliness and facilities were excellent! The minibar was replenished everyday! The room was of a reasonable size, plenty of leg room. Oh, don’t forget the free newspaper everyday! Hmm… the bed which is the center of every hotel room was very nice and comfy with big plushy covers giving you warm toasty-ness.  Just heavenly!

Check out their website !

They are at this place on the map!

Address: 25 Scotts Road, Orchard, Singapore 228220

Telephone:(65) 6737 7966

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Micheal Morpurgo

Picture of the book

THIS IS THE ASSIGNMENT!

Synopsis

This story is about Boowie’s a.k.a Micheal’s grandmother and is based on a true story.

The year is 1943, Lily Tragenza lives on a farm on the seaside village of Slapton, Devon, England.  England is in the midst of World War II with Germany and for their preparation for D-Day in Normandy. They equip the south of England for practice landings. They choose Slapton because of its similar landscape to the beaches of Normandy.  In result of this, hundreds of villagers are forced to move out of their homes, to lock, stock and barrel.

In the evacuation process, Lily’s grandfather refuses to leave his farm and finally only leaves when he is advised by Lily’s teacher Mrs. Blumfield. However, Lily’s grandfather is not the only one who wants to stay. After moving out, Tips, Lily’s cat, returns to find her kittens in the restricted zone. Despite cautioned by her friend Adie a.k.a Adolphus Tips (that’s how she named her cat), the friendly American soldier who’s in town for the practice landings, Lily stilled crawled under the barbed wire with her friend Barry into the prohibited practice area to find her beloved Tips  and they almost got themselves killed by practice explosions.

On one of her trips into the restricted zone, Adie and Harry, both African-American soldiers (The Americans were the dominant part of the Allies stationed at Slapton), managed to catch Lily and rebuke her for taking such a risk. Adie promises to help her find Tips and this develops a noble friendship between them. After a few days, Adie brings Tips back to Lily only to discover later that Tips has ran away again. After missing him for so long, Lily’s father returns for a  short visit and this brings much needed joy to the Tragenza household. Later, Adie comes to inform them that Harry perished in a training exercise after the ship he was in was torpedoed by German E-boats.

Lily and her family celebrated when they heard on the radio that the Allied forces have begun landing on the beaches of Normandy as part of their D-Day invasion, across the English Channel from where Slapton is. They move back to Slapton to find that some parts of their house were damaged by bombs. After thinking that Tips was dead after hearing about the Slapton Beach Hotel, the place where they last found Tips, was blown to bits, Lily was surprised when Tips suddenly came back to the house and was reunited with the family.

In a continuation of the letter Boowie was reading, it is stated that in 1945, Lily’s dad came home after the end of the war. Lily got married and never saw Adie again until many,many years later after Boowie’s grandfather passed away, Lily one day met Adie and they got married.

Review

This book is ideal for children because of the variety of themes it introduces. It can also be used as a teaching tool by teachers. Micheal Morpurgo has done an excellent job in vividly describing the characters and places in the story. This is also a book based on a true story and the author actually extensively researched Slapton’s history to accurately portray the locations in the story. One can relate to the character Lily as all the anxiety, fears and priorities of a twelve year old girl is shown in the story. Besides that, this book highlights the issue of racism by introducing the characters Adie and Harry. This book also teaches children about important historical events such as the practice landings in the south of England and the D-Day events and may also instill the curiosity in a child to go and find out about their own family history. In conclusion, I would say that this book is a very good book for children as it teaches many important values through a fun and interesting form of literature.

Hello world!

Hi,

This is just a blog a made for my school’s English assignment but don’t worry there will be more posts to come!