Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Little Red Riding Hood alternative

Little Red Riding Hood strolled out of her remote house in the dense tropical rainforest. She wore her scarlet red hood as usual, mainly to hide her messy brown hair and visible dandruff. She carried a heavy, woven basket filled with what looked like delicious goodies to her distant grandmother who was addicted to sweet foods. The goodies concealed bitter herbs that were thought to be able to cure her of severe Type 1 diabetes. Little Red Riding Hood hoped that the candy-like form would convince her to take the so-called medicine.

She set off in the distinct dirt paths on the floor. It was one-point-six kilometres to her grandmother’s old dilapidated kampung, but it was no mean feat for her, as she had good stamina and all the time in the world for such a task. She walked past tall, durian trees that were felled by the woodcutter.

The woodcutter, not a woodcutter. He the only resident of these forests to take up such a profession. Actually, he did not sell the wood he cut, but used them to block the flow of the Mekong. He planned to create a beautiful lake, where he would construct a nice house in the middle, on a huge protruding rock. He was the most boring person Little Red Riding Hood knew. Little did she know, he would play an important role later.

She continued to walk for ten minutes. Then she stopped dead in her tracks. Had she heard something? She listened for further sounds, but silence followed. She was about to continue when she heard a deafening growl. How irritating. She took another step when a large, gray wolf burst in front of her. The wolf towered over her and swiped at the air with his huge paw. Little Red Riding Hood did not know about the existence of wild wolves in South-east Asia. She thought he was just a big dog trying to scare little children. She yawned loudly at him in boredom, completely unimpressed. The wolf stepped back, horrified at her bad breath. He always tried to keep his teeth clean. Finally, he spoke. “Who are you?” he inquired sternly. “ You are trespassing my territory!”

“Sorry, but there was no sign that marked your territory”, Little Red Riding Hood replied.

“Don’t you know? We always mark our territory by urinating. The smell alerts you well.”

“ Seriously, I didn’t smell anything here.”

“ Bother, it must be my over-healthy diet. Say, what’s that in your basket?”

“ Nothing, just a bit of goodies for my grandmother. Actually, they are….”

“ What?!? Goodies? I want, please…”

“No.”

Please…”

No.”

Please….”

No, no and no!”

“I was forced to eat nothing but rats and centipedes throughout my whole puphood. Only for special treats I could eat D24 durians. So may I please have a tiny morsel?”

“No. Besides, these conceal….”

Before Little Red Riding Hood could reveal the existence of the herbs, a loud thwack sounded right next to them. “ Run!” the wolf cried, and they ran away at full speed. A few seconds, a durian tree crashed on the path. Once they saw the danger was clear, they slowed back to a walk. “Those treats have bitter herbs inside them,” Little Red Riding Hood explained. “Oh,” the wolf responded in disappointment. “Never mind, but I would like to meet your grandmother too. But why the herbs? SARS? Hand-foot-mouth-disease?H1N1?” “ Type 1 diabetes,” she said, scratching her messy hair.

Another ten minutes later, they reached the crumbling kampung. At the sight of the big canid, the chickens living under the kampung base clucked in alarm. It was very loud and strong and many echoes followed in the kampung. A few moments later, the kampung collapsed on its base, squishing all the poor poultry. They stood stunned for a split-second. Then the wolf apologised. “Sorry, birds are always afraid of me.”

They cautiously entered into the kampung, filled with Aedes mosquitoes. The wolf surprisingly swatted them all dead. “Perhaps it’s dengue fever?”

They finally met Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother, lying weakly on her bed. “Er, hi amah. I’ve to come to visit you with my friend-”

“Look out! There is a dog behind you!”

“Yeah, that’s my friend.”

“WHAT? He’s not your friend! You feed him with bones now, but will he take care of you? NO!!!”

“Anyway, here’s some-”

“Ooh, goodies! My favourite. Did you season it with soya sauce or chicken essence?”

“Sorry, I didn’t.”

“Never mind.”

Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother slurped down all the medicine like a Slurpee. For some reason, her taste buds had failed to taste the bitter herbs, which was rather good.

“Thank you, granddaughter,” the plucky woman said after several droning burps from her stomach. It had better not be stomach cancer.

Suddenly, liquid rushed through the cracks of the floor.

“Oh no….”

“What, granddaughter?”

“Erm, you see., my friend here; he accidentally-”

“Yes, I accidentally scared the chickens and they made the kampung collapse. Didn’t you feel it just now?”

“Yes, I was sleeping and that woke me up, but I forgot about it already.”

“What, dementia, amah?”

“No, I believe short-term memory loss.”

“SPLASH!!!”

The collapse of the kampung had cause an underground aquatic tunnel to be exposed. Soon, the kampung got carried away on the water, into the Mekong river.

At first, being driven by the water seemed kind of fun, like riding on a sampan boat. However, a thick fence of branches and logs blocked the way. Everyone screamed (except the wolf, who had a lower pitch and howled)at the dam. They would get smashed into smithereens!

The woodcutter was cutting and saw the plight of the trapped figures. He tossed a bag of durians to Little Red Riding Hood, who was standing at the doorstep. She barely caught it with her greasy hands and returned into the kampung. She could not untie the tight knot which well secured the contents, so she clenched her fists and ripped the bag apart by brute force. Out fell several durians that looked rather ordinary. However, almost immediately, the durians floated up and stayed at the ceiling. The kampung was quickly pulled up into sky. “Wow, just like UP,” the wolf commented in amazement. “What’s UP?” Little Red Riding Hood inquired. “Never mind.” The woodcutter’s shouts came in. “They’re D24***durians!” (That is, a genetically modified durian that stores helium inside instead of flesh.)

The kampung safely flew above the woodcutter’s fence of wood. Unfortunately, though the ceiling of the old kampung was not that strong. The D24*** durians broke through the roof and continued their flight without the kampung. The house fell heavily and threatened to be pulverised. But ofq all places, the kampung landed right on the protruding rock. Saved!

The woodcutter and the wolf moved in with Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother. Little Red Riding Hood found a new sport to participate in: swimming. She turned out to be pretty good at it, although she could not beat Merly.


-THE END-


Tim Yap

*Hope you like this South-east Asian version

Smile for me (:

A scene in your mind,
The place I could find.
Feeling alone,
The rest of my hearts have been gone.
Un-seeable view,
Can't walk beside you.
Smile for me now,
And don't let it down…

See the colours of days,
I will find in your face.
Take my sight away,
A place for me to stay, till the end.
In the darkness of pain,
I will cry in the rain.
Fading with you, dreaming of your memories,
Loving you for eternity (:

~Jia Le

Music

Music is a friend,
like happiness that never ends.
It usually brings joy,
like when buying a new toy.
Music can make you sad,
like saying goodbye to a friend.
It will never be completely silent,
like a person unwrapping a present.
Music is like a collection,
in which you get them in portion.
It is a worthy investment,
for someone the age of seven.
If you are feeling a bit down,
like a clown with a frown,
don't worry,
because our friend music is around!

By: Niklaus Teo

Monday, August 23, 2010

SPINOSAURUS hunt

Spinosaurus woke up,
and went to river Nile,
hoping to catch a fish
as big as a crocodile.

He walked through the water,
gazing at the swimming fish,
He studied their sizes,
for the biggest was his wish.

He chose a Mawsonia,
which was full of tasty flesh,
then prepared to attack
and obtain his dinner fresh.

A hand into the water,
creating an awesome din.
Three curved claws swished wildly,
and pierced the fish's scaly skin.

He lifted the fish out,
already killed by the blow.
He opened his long mouth,
where horrid saliva would flow.

He tossed the fish straight in,
and began his yummy feast.
None would dare steal it,
from this big dangerous beast

Tim Yap

*Mawsonia is an extinct fish

Sunday, August 22, 2010

"End Of The World" Poem (Preston)

This is a poem that I have written during the June holidays. I hope that you will enjoy it.


End Of The World
The last leaves fall from black charred trees,
Animals run from flaming forests,
Fishes dive away from evaporating water,
And humans hide from the blazing Sun.

The Earth is now like an egg on a frying pan,
Sizzle, splash, hiss,
As the egg is slowly cooked,
With hot fire and oil.

Humans scramble all over the Earth,
Trying to stop the unstoppable monster,
But it keeps moving on,
Full of anger and rage.

As I watch the Earth engulf in flames,
I thought,
Why her, why not me,
And looked at her hurtful face.

I saw humans,
Running and dashing around,
Like ants on a hot plate,
Trying to escape the horror,
But it was all too late…

By:
Preston Ngoui
Class 1-09

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Oral reading-Jun Hong

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 8 Chan Jun Wei) Part 1

  In the foreground of this picture is the focus of the image, an adult and a child who are both sleeping soundly on a sheet of cloth on a mat. I believe that they are poor and that the area around where they are sleeping is actually their living quarters as there are a lot of clothes hung on the gate and fence and even more clothes are stuffed in the corner to the left of the fence.
  They most likely sells clothes as well because they seem to have too many clothes for them to wear.
  The two did not seem to be bothered by their living conditions so I think that they have been living in such conditions for a long time already and have gotten used to it.
  I think the message the photographer is trying to convey to us is that there is shops and suppliers that cater to the poor, and that the only difference between the rich and the poor is the quality of their life.
  I feel that the photograph captured too little information. If I were the photographer I would take another photograph of the adult and child's faces to supplement the original photograph.

Oral reading: davina

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This picture depicts a scene of the side of the road in India. The main focus of this picture is most probably the rickshaw puller. There are many yellow taxi trying to drive through the narrow lanes of the roads. A man on the motorbike is driving by the side of the road where the rickshaw puller is.
As it is in the morning, many would be working. The background shows many people walking to their most probably to their work place.
There is a middle aged man who is pulling the rickshaw, on the rickshaw are two young boys and two baskets. I think the two young boys are the man’s children. The man is probably bringing them to school while carrying along goods that he will sell during the time that his children goes to school.
Through the photograph, I think the photographer is trying to show that the amount sacrifices that a parent can give to see that their children is cared for and is not suffering is an indescribable amount. In return, we as their children should take care of them. Seeing that they do not suffer and are cared for.
The photo is rather cluttered with the yellow taxi and motorist taking up more than half the space . Well, the photographer could zoom in closer to the rickshaw. We can then see the expression on the man and children’s face.

homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 7 Ang Wei Di, Victor)

videoThe image focuses on the person pulling the rickshaw, the people on the rickshaw and the motorist on the motorcycle. The setting show a scene in the morning after a rain as the floor is wet. There are quite a number of indians there and the shops along the street in the middle are all lined up neatly.There is an indian man wearing a white sleeveless shirt and a kilt with a long piece of cloth tugged over his shoulder. He is pulling a rickshaw with two passengers on board, with one of the wheels on the pavement and the other on the road. The person pulling the rickshaw seems hard working as he is sweating while leaning forward and pressing his leg on the floor to pull the rickshaw. The passenger seem quite calm and comfortable. They are apparently going against the traffic direction and obstructing the way of a motorist riding a motorcycle. I think the photo grapher is trying to convey the hard life of some people. I do not really like the background of the image. I would take a similar photo like this, but outside of the bustling town.

homELearning Activity 2 (109: 12 Benjamin Fheng)

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The focus of this image is about the old man pulling a cart. It is eye catching as an old man would be doing such a laborious job. 
There is the old man which is pulling a cart with two passengers on it. The setting is on a busy road out somewhere in india which I am guessing as the two passengers look indian.
The story is that this old man whose family is very poor and had to resort to doing a laborious job with very little pay. The picture shows that the man seems to be skinny and not well dressed which may mean he may be poor and pulling a cart is no easy job.
I think the photographer is trying to tell people to treasure what you have and not look down on these people.
I like the image as it tells us that people would work very hard to earn money to support their families.

P.S I'm sorry for the late submission as my internet modem had a problem and had to be sent for repair.

homELearning Activity 2 (Class S1-09: 22 Johanan Teo)

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This picture depicts a scene of the road. It is most probably taken in a third world country as the there are no high rise buildings and the place looks dirty and messy. Shophouses lines the roadside. There are many taxis moving at a snail like place along the narrow road. It is most probably peak hour as it is bustling with activity. 

There is a motorcyclist who is trying to over take the line of taxis by driving on the pavement. The motorcyclist is fortunate to be riding a motorcycle and is lucky to be able to skip the long queue of vehicles. 

The focus in the image is the indian man who is using every ounce of his strength to push the trishaw. The indian man is clad in a white singled with a towel slung on his shoulder. He is dragging the trishaw on his bare foot and he looks fanacially challenged. Sitting on the trishaw is two young man. They are most probably his customers. On the trishaw are two big rattan baskets that i believe belong to the two young man. 

In my opinion, the trishaw pusher is most probably working hard so that he can support his family and make ends meet. The message is that such a caring father will do almost anything to support his family and he will work hard. 

If I were the photographer, I would have zoomed it more on the man and focusing on how hard he is working.

homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 23 Tim Yap Ming En

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homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 8 Chan Jun Wei)

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homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 8 Chan Jun Wei)


Activity 2 - home(EL)learning, See To Yu Xiang

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The focus of the image is the young man in the centre, wearing a white singlet with a green towel wrapped around his waist, straining to walk forward, pulling along a rickshaw with two boys seated on top of a gigantic rattan basket, and they themselves carrying another gigantic rattan basket. I know that they are the focus of the image as the people in the surroundings were all going in the other direction, and none of them seems to take any notice of the man pulling the rickshaw. 
The setting is in an Indian city, as the signs on top of the shops are printed in Indian words, and the people in the picture are Indian. I think it has just rained as the streets are wet, and also muddy. 
The story that I think would lie behind the image is the man pulling the rickshaw in the picture, must work extremely hard for long hours, and get little money to support his family. He might be the sole breadwinner of his family, and his whole family rely on him, thats why he is working so hard.
In my opinion, the message that the photographer is trying to convey through the image is, we should show some sympathy for people living in poorer third world countries. They do not lead an easy life there, and must work very hard in order to make a living. What they earn is also very little, as the man in the picture isn’t even wearing shoes. So I presume that he doesn’t have the money to buy shoes.
I do not in particular dislike anything about the image. I think what I would have done differently if I were the photographer, would be, getting a closer shot of the man’s face. To show the audience that he is straining very hard, so as to get my message deeper into the audience’s minds. 

Sorry for the late submission of work (by 45 minutes), I had problems trying to upload the video. =D

homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 8 Chan Jun Wei)


homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 09 Jia Le)

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This picture depicts a scene at the road. The road is lined with many yellow taxis and many shophouses are lined along the sides of the road. The road looks very narrow. I believe the focus is the contrast between the rickshaw puller and his modern surroundings. This is because the rickshaw is a very old and traditional way of transport while surrounding him are motorbike and taxis which is a very modern way of transport. I presume the story behind this is about an indian rickshaw puller being poor and working for his life, never giving up. Today, a lot people are getting richer and technology is advancing very quickly. However, there are still people, in this case the rickshaw puller, behind along with the old traditional ways and they are having a hard time surviving. To sum it up in a nutshell, our economy may be booming, but some of us are still suffering thanks to poverty.
~Jia Le

homELearning Activity 2 (S1-9: 05 Stacey Yip)

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This picture depicts the scene of the morning rush hour in India. A long line of taxis are lined up on the road causing a traffic jam. A motorcycle, driven by a blue checked shirt man, looks like he is about to overtake the other cars. He is very lucky to be driving a motorcycle in this slow moving traffic. Rows of antique shophouses lined up on one side of the road. A rickshaw man is ferrying two kids whom I presumed are his own sons.

I think the main focus is the rickshaw man and his two kids as it is a total contrast to the long row of taxis. The difference between the rich and the poor is shown clearly in this picture. The rickshaw man is trying his hardest to ferry his two sons to where I presume is the school and that he is going to the market to sell his goods that he is also ferrying.

I believe the photographer is trying to convey to us the difference in power in India. I liked this picture the photographer has taken as it can help educate others about the difference in people who possess high class power in the economy and the people who are doing just trying their best to get through another day.

homELearning Activity 2 (Class S1-09: Michelle Dapito)

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The picture depicts a scene of six people under a shelter. 2 of them are asleep on what seems to be cardboard. The other 4 of them, 3 guys and a lady, seems to be chatting happily despite the environment they are living in, a dirty and poor town. They are the main focus as they are positioned in the middle of the image. It is daytime and there seems to be people behind them working for a living. I presume the life they are living in is not that comfortable and good, however, they still seem to be happy and enjoy each other’s company. The photographer might be conveying to the people that money does not matter as long as a family sticks together through thick and thin and enjoy their life despite the hardships they go through. What I like about the image is that it shows how other people enjoy life without many material things unlike some other people in the world who think they need money in order to enjoy life. If I were the photographer, I would have captured the image in a way that the house of the family could be seen so that more emotions can be conveyed and people could see how poor this family is.

omELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 19 Niklaus Teo)

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This picture depict the scene of a family of six sitting in a irregular circle in a shelter having a happy conversation. There are two half naked boys. One is about the age of 12 while the other is still a young toddler and between them are another 2 children who are sleeping. The father of the family is not present, perhaps he could be working to support the family. Finally, there is a middle aged lady who I think is the mother of the children and beside her is a teenage.
I presume the main focus of the picture is the happy conversation that the family is having. They may not be very wealthy but they can still can be happy and be together happily. I know this by the fact that they are not dressed very well and also they do not have a proper house.
Through the photograph, I think that the photographer is trying to convey that people do not necessary have to be rich to be happy.
Reading through the lines, I assume that in their country, there is a very huge gap between the richs and the poor, which means that there are a handful of very rich people, but there are a lot of poorer family. The picture is depicting one of the poorer family in their country, probably living in a rural area.
What I like about the picture is that it gives me a very good view of the life of the family. If I am the photographer I would take a wider view of the photo to show the surrounds of the place more clearly.

homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 4 Naveena Menon)


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The focus of the image is the women and child lying on the ground. They are probably the focus of the picture as they are in the center of the picture and are the only human beings in the picture.

The women and child are both lying on cloths on the floor. The surrounding is messy and piles of cloths and rags are strewn everywhere. Rags and cloths are even tied onto railings. 

The women is probably the child’s mother and she probably does not have enough money and hence she collects cloths and rags, perhaps to sell or sew, to make some money to take care of herself and the child.

I think that the photographer is trying to tell people that there are really poor people out there who work really hard only to earn a small sum of money. The photographer is also probably trying to tell us that we should be grateful for what we have because there are people who are less fortunate than us out there.

There are too many things to focus on in the image. If I were the photographer, I would have zoomed in on the women and her child.


homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 16 Lee Si Yuan)

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Picture 2c:

This picture depicts a scene of a family of 6 under a shelter in India. They seem to be having a conversation together. There are 2 topless boy, 1 on the hanging chair, and  the other one sitting on the floor. They are all talking to each other except for 2 of the family member. I presume that they are sleeping. I believe that the main focus of the picture is the 4 people chatting with each other as they are pictured in the centre of the picture. This picture is most probably telling us that there are some people in India that are very rich and also a handful of them who are extremely poor. This picture is showing you the one of the poorest places in India as the surrounding seems to be very rural. I like this picture because it gives me a very clear description of the entire picture. If I was the photographer, I will not zoom in so much, so that I will have a clearer view of what is like in the surrounding.

homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 4 Naveena Menon)

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homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 4 Naveena Menon)

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homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 15 Jonan Ling)

videoThis is an image depicting the living area of a woman. On the floor is a woman, sleeping on some sheets with her child. She is wearing a small white singlet and tight black pants. Her child is wearing a patterned shirt and shorts. Both are asleep on the black dirt floor. A pair of simple shoes are at the edge of the sheets, presumably belonging to the woman. In front of the mother and child is a metal grille, upon which some clothes and cloths are hung upon. To the right of the sleeping pair is a large orange sheet, covering stacks of clothes.
The focus in the image is the appalling living conditions of the woman and the child. I know that for the fact that the woman is sleeping on the floor means she has no choice, she cannot choose where she wants to sleep.
I think that this picture and the photographer is trying to tell us that there are people out there who have no choice but to sleep on the ground, that there are poor people out there who don't even have a roof over their heads.
If I were the photographer, I would want to be able to take a shot of the rich and the poor side by side to compare and contrast the differences.

Oral: Jonan Ling S1-09

videoThis is an image depicting the living area of a woman. On the floor is a woman, sleeping on some sheets with her child. She is wearing a small white singlet and tight black pants. Her child is wearing a patterned shirt and shorts. Both are asleep on the black dirt floor. A pair of simple shoes are at the edge of the sheets, presumably belonging to the woman. In front of the mother and child is a metal grille, upon which some clothes and cloths are hung upon. To the right of the sleeping pair is a large orange sheet, covering stacks of clothes.
The focus in the image is the appalling living conditions of the woman and the child. I know that for the fact that the woman is sleeping on the floor means she has no choice, she cannot choose where she wants to sleep.
I think that this picture and the photographer is trying to tell us that there are people out there who have no choice but to sleep on the ground, that there are poor people out there who don't even have a roof over their heads.
If I were the photographer, I would want to be able to take a shot of the rich and the poor side by side to compare and contrast the differences.


Home E-Learning- Lee YuChong (17)

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This picture depicts a scene at the road. The road is lined with many yellow taxis and many shophouses are lined along the sides of the road. The road looks very narrow. There is a man on a motorcycle that looks like he is trying to cut ahead of the taxis. I believe that a jam is happening at that moment. I believe that the main focus of the picture is the man that is pulling a cart at the right hand side of the picture as it seems like it is the only interesting thing in this picture. 2 boys are sitting on the cart and with them, there are 2 large baskets. One basket is covered with a blue cloth and the other is covered with a grey cloth. The man is wearing a white singlet and a green cloth is wrapped around his waist. A red and green cloth is slung over his shoulder. He looks like he is exerting a lot of effort pulling the cart. I think that the people riding on the cart has many heavy things to carry. Thus, they are taking the cart back home. However, they are not rich enough to hire a taxi. That is why they are taking the cart. I think that the photographer is trying to tell us that there are people rich enough to ride taxis as that must have been the reason there are so many taxis on the road, and there are still people that must work so hard for even lesser money. I think that the overall message is that many countries have very rich and very poor people. This image is showing too many things and it becomes very distracting. I would have concentrated on the main focus if I were the photographer. 

homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: Rayner Tan Xue Wen)

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The focus is the contrast between the rickshaw puller and his modern surroundings. This is because the rickshaw is a very old and traditional way of transport while surrounding him are motorbike and taxis which is a very modern way of transport. I think the story behind it is about this indian rickshaw puller being poor and working for his life and never giving up. I think this photographer is trying to tell people that in the world, many people are getting richer and technology is advancing very quickly. But we leave some people, like the rickshaw puller, behind along with the old traditional ways and they are having a hard time surviving.

homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: 06 Cherin Tan Xiao Fang)

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Picture 2(b)


This is a scene somewhere in the mid-morning where scraps of fabric and clothing are hung on the grilles while rags piled up on on the sides of a street. A woman and her child are sleeping on a mat and cloth blanket. The woman’s feet is dirty with dust from the road while her child’s feet are clean. There is also a pair of shoes at the edge of the mat which I believe its the child’s.


They are the focuses of the picture as they are the only people in this scene other than the scraps of cloth, rags and clothing.


I personally think they were forced to live on the streets and collect scraps of fabric for a living, hence the rags on the floor around them. The photographer is trying to convey that many poor people are living on the streets and are doing all they can to bring their children up. They also make sacrifices just for their child, unlike us, where we could have what we wanted and our parents need not make as much sacrifices.


What I dislike about the picture is that there are too many clashes of items appearing, making it hard to find the focus. If I were the photographer, I would zoom in closer to the woman and her child.


Cherin Tan

homELearning Activity 2 (S1-09: Christopher John)

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The picture shows how the very poor people are living. They are so poor that they cannot even rent a room or a house and as such, they have to live on the roads. In this particular picture, the man and his young child are lying on a pair of thin cloth and sleeping. One will surely feel pity for them as they are in such great poverty.The photographer is probably trying to convey the message of what the poor people are facing and what will happen once modernization starts to take place in their country. This is because if the country want to improve, the poor people will have to be moved somewhere to clear the streets and thus, where will these poor people go? The picture is very well taken. I like the way it is taken as it shows how the very poor people are living and it is able to bring pity to anyone. If I was the photographer, I might have taken a picture of them going through one of their daily activities.


homELearning Activity 2 S1-09 Gwendolyn Chee Yu Ting

videoI think that the focus of the first image is the man in a white sleeve-less shirt dragging a trishaw. The setting is a old, filthy roadside pavement with puddles on the floor, suggesting it might have just rained. There are a lot of yellow cars on the road too. A black motorcycle is on the pavement. The motorcyclist is wearing a black helmet and a striped shirt. He is blocking the trishaw man's path. The trishaw held two baskets and two men, presumably the owner of the baskets. One of the rattan baskets is covered by a blue-colored material while the other one is while the other is covered by a black one. The trishaw man has a green scarf with red at the ends and is barefooted. He seems to be struggling under the weight of the baskets and the two men. I think that the story of the image is working hard to support his poor family. He looks very thin and appears to not have enough money to buy enough food to eat. I think that the photographer is trying to tell us to be grateful for what we have and to help the people who are in need of any aid. I like the image and wouldn't do anything different if I was the photographer.

eLearning Task-Activity 2 by Hardy Shein Nyein Chan

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Picture 2(a)

This is a picture of a street in India where there seems to be quite a busy road with taxis, family cars, van and other vehicles. A man in a blue checked shirt is riding along side a yellow cab. Perhaps, the man is trying to overtake the vehicles to escape the slow traffic.   
I believe that the focus of the picture is the man that is pulling the cart with what seems like two boys sitting on it. The man, who is pulling the cart, is pushing himself, along with the cart, forward. He looks strongly built with muscles on his arms. He has a white singlet for tops and a green sarong covering his lower torso and he was walking bare-footed on the wet street. Behind him, being pulled forward by his strong and firm grasp, was a cart which carried to boys. 
In my opinion, as a Singaporean, I do not really see this sort of situations in Singapore. This actually shows the poor state of India. People are so poor that they become human vehicles in a way, just to earn a living. I can’t imagine for such exhausting and tiresome trips, one could probably earn very little money that could, at most, barely get one a small piece of bread. 
The photographer is most likely trying to express how lucky people like us can be and how we do not appreciate it. While we are here stuffing our faces with food and enjoying a wonderful and comfortable living, there are people in places, like India, who are struggling and doing anything to survive.
I really like the photograph as its perspective and view of it really tells a lot. The man who was pulling the cart was not only having to exert a lot of strength, but had to bare walking bare-footed on the rough, wet floor of the street in India. 
If I was the photographer, I would have taken a close up picture of the passengers on the cart too. I can guess that despite their position of sitting on the cart, for all we know, they might not be living the life of luxury that one may perceive. Thus, it brings one to see how not one but many people are missing out on the privileges one enjoys now.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

homELearning Activity 2 (Class S1-09: Preston Ngoui Yong Zhau)

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  This is a picture about a poor indian family of 6 having a conversation under a shelter. It is mid-day and the house seems to be in a busy town. There are two half-naked boys, one sitting on a hanging cushion, the other sitting on the floor. Both are talking to a boy wearing an orange-colored shirt. They must be the focus of the image as they are positioned in the middle of the picture. There is an old lady wearing a green Sari at the right-hand side of the picture. She seems to be interrupting the conversation, probably bring up another point. There are two children lying on the floor. They must be having their afternoon nap as it is mid-day.
  I think this picture is trying to tell us that although some families in the world are poor, it does not mean that they cannot enjoy their lives. As long as they have what they need, they will be satisfied and they can continue to enjoy life.
  I like the image as it provides very clear detail and allows me to have a clearer picture of what is going on in the picture. If I was the photographer, I would have shown more of the background to reveal more detail.

Preston Ngoui