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Morrie and Mitch: Book vs Movie

May 27th, 2016 · No Comments · English 9

“Tuesdays with Morrie” written by Mitch Albom is a memoir on the teachings of life through the mind of his professor Morrie. It was later adapted into a film one year after the book was published, and has borrowed many concepts from the book. Both the film and the novel utilizes foreshadowing, motifs, and flashbacks to develop the characters and the plot of the story

Morrie, a professor is a character who understands himself very well, and he accepts that death is coming his way and there is no way to avoid that. The movie has done well by adapting Morrie’s character from the book by mirroring his personality and hobbies, such as talking and dancing. However, there was still a huge contrast between the Morrie from the book, and the Morrie from the movie. The Morrie from the movie was more memorable to me personally because all his pain and agony were acted out and satisfied the visual part of my understanding that was not included from the book. However, in the book simple flashbacks only displayed how miserable Morrie was.

He was a character who was always changing. This occurs both in the book and in the film. The film did well in contrasting his change throughout the plot. As the story progressed, through his frail actions and quiet voice, it is evident that Morrie is becoming weaker and weaker, but also as he ages he comes closer to realizing the answer to life’s biggest questions. Morrie in the movie also seemed to have more of a malleable personality, often he was joyful and grateful for what everyone has done for him, and sometimes he would mourn in bed before he got up. This contrasted greatly with the book, whereas Morrie was always changing his personality in the film, the book kept his feelings quite constant. One example of this was when Morrie and Mitch are walking down the school campus together, and Morrie tells all students to stop studying because only their grades are at stake (a joke by Morrie). The directors of the movie added in this scene because it brought out more of Morrie’s youth that was not emphasized in the book.

Mitch Albom was a character who synced perfectly with the book and the film. He was a character who was always busy with his work, and I think the movie did well by doing that by contrasting his relationship between work and his love life. Which was what gave the movie an extra subplot that the book seemed to lack (because the book is short and could only fit so many things). His growth was also shown throughout the movie as well, as he began to grasp the concepts taught to him from Morrie, he began questioning life, and questioning others about their life. He acted as if he was a Buddhist with a bird on his shoulder, telling him to push through life and do the things he wanted to do. In the beginning of the movie he was always pushing himself to the front of the reporter line, dying for a good response from athletes, but after his multiple encounters with Morrie, did he only realize that he didn’t need to be so indulged in his work.

In one scene in the book and in the movie, Mitch hits Morrie’s back to make sure to break the liquid congestion in his lungs, but his punching represents his furiousness for not contributing enough for Morrie. “The truth is, I was pounding on his back when I wanted to be hitting the walls” (Albom, 154). This quote shows how agitated Mitch is, and how he knows his time is running out with Morrie. The punches that he throws on Morrie’s back is a direct juxtaposition to how frustrated he is, as if he were punching a wall in distress. In the movie, the director chooses to place this vital scene towards the end of the film, to symbolize how helpless Mitch is as he cannot stop the illness, but also how helpless Morrie is because he is dying. Throughout this tear-shedding two minute scene, Mitch is seen with looks miserable as he gradually hits harder on his professor’s back. The scene is mixed with some sad tunes, as well as cool rather than warm colors to show how “blue” the characters are. And although later Mitch jokes that the reason he wanted to hit him was because his professor gave him a B in his sophomore year, this did not help cover up the fact that Morrie’s situation is serious and he cares for Morrie. He then jokingly tells Morrie that the reason he is punching him is because he gave him a B in his sophomore year. This scene is important because in the book after the joke was said the writer did not add anything else and it felt as if something were missing. The director of the movie chose to complete awkward scene in the book by reestablishing Mitch’s frustration and misery as the camera slowly zooms closer to his face. The smile on Mitch’s face after he tells the joke shown through a close-up shot quickly dissipated, as he briefly reflected on how much time there was left between him and his professor. Mitch is deeply concerned for Morrie but conceals his feelings throughout the story. Multiple times in the movie and in the book Morrie tells Mitch that he does not know how to say goodbye, which represents how Mitch does not know how to share his feelings. This also occurs when he did not know how to express his love for his wife, or express his problems to his boss. Mitch lacks the power to express his feelings, and most of all accept the fact that the disease is slowly eating away his professor.

Morrie was already a crippled old man due to the development of the ALS disease within him. If he were given 24 hours to do whatever he wanted, he only desires one normal day out with his friends and family. “I’d get up in the morning, do my excercises, have a lovely breakfast… go out for a swim, then have my friends come over for a nice lunch… In the evening, we’d all go together to a restaurant… and then we’d dance the rest of the night” (176). If given the question of what would the perfect day be, many of us believe that a perfect day would be something that we would never get the chance ever to do, or trying something extremely exotic, or risking our lives to jump out of our comfort zone. For Morrie however, found peace and perfection in a normal day. It was something he obviously couldn’t do, but it was something meaningful to him. This scene written in the book was touching, but even more so in the movie, as the camera slowly zooms up to an extreme close-up to Morrie’s face as he tells Mitch what would his perfect day be. A man who only desires his old life, but accept his new life is very inspiring to watch and to read.

The movie and the book have both their similarities and their differences. Whereas the book focused on delivering the reader with valuable information of life as well as developing the characters, the movie focused on the plot and some subplots of the story through the developments of actions to cover up what the book could not show the reader. However, the film and the book did well to develop the characters through multiple literary as well as filming techniques.


Of Mice and Men Comic Drawing

December 16th, 2015 · No Comments · English 9

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Asian Studies Unit 1: Summative Assessment

September 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Asian Studies 9

Kingston Yip

Asian Studies 1(A)

Mr. Sklarew

September 4, 2015

The Industrial Imperialist

Various social studies subjects allow for analysts and historians to understand their themes differently. The Spice Trade was a historic era that marked the beginnings of the rise of technology, the economy and relations between countries. Many facts and information were collected through research that all come together to form a simple understanding of the Spice Trade.

Geography is a major factor, which allowed the spice trade to grow. If a trader wanted to get through one place to another, it would be very likely that he or she would need to pass through neighboring countries as well. For example, if the Chinese wanted to trade with the Arabians, then they would need to travel either by land or by sea. When they are traveling, it is extremely likely that they will stop at other countries to refuel this will allow the traders to sell their products to different merchants, who have a different demand for the items. According to the map, you can see that China can travel through various southeastern islands to get to another destination such as Arabia. Silk that was made in China must have been valued more in other places. Therefore the difference in supply and demand can allow the traders and merchants to make more or less money, depending the value of the requests. Geography allowed more trade to occur, resulting in an increase in the Spice Trading economy.

Companies such as the East Indian Company acquired major control in the spice islands acting as a government instead of what they should be: and industry. British merchant seaman, George Early wrote about an observation when he crossed Batavia on his return journey to England in 1832. In this primary source, Early realizes that the supreme government of Dutch India that controls all of the spices. The government monopolized spices, and this lead to the natives destroying their own plantations. Their actions were driven by the severe taxations that were imposed onto them. Other primary sources state that residents of the Islands, despite being inhabitants, were not allowed to cross certain places that could violate the terms made by this company. The industry was enforcing laws to decrease the amount of disturbance with the locals. Police and justice were also factors that contributed to their regulations, and they wanted to control the supply and demand for the productions. This is evident in Early’s observation when the Supreme government of Dutch India paid low prices for articles such as coffee, pepper, and sugar. These evidences of the spice trade controlling company: The Dutch India Company proves that this company ruled the Spice Islands deceivably as a so-called “industry”. This shows that the value of the Spice Trade was immense. Controlling the trade was everyone’s desire, and these actions caused by the Dutch India Company not only succeeded, but also terrorized the natives of the islands they took over.


MAP: This photo shows the trading routes both land and sea in the Spice Trade.

“Main Themes in American History.” : August 2011. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2015.

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Source: This is one of the primary sources that was found online on Google Books. This source explains the actions of the government

“The Eastern Seas, or Voyages and Adventures in the Indian Archipelago.”Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2015.


Spice Trade

September 1st, 2015 · No Comments · Asian Studies 9


A Sweep of Change

April 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Humanities

Bilbo Baggins, an ordinary hobbit experiences a once in a life time adventure in the book, “The Hobbit”. Written by J.R.R Tolkien, this is a book you would not regret reading.

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Bilbo becomes more confident throughout the story

Confidence and courage are two very different things. Because Bilbo gains confidence throughout the story, it allows him to become more courageous and heroic. This gif shows a confident looking horse walking around. Bilbo used to lack confidence, leaving him vital to many opportunities of death. However as he grows throughout the story, Bilbo transforms into a very different character. He escapes a jail filled with elves, surviving goblin attacks…

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Bilbo is more courageous.

This shows gif represents how scared Bilbo was at the beginning of the story. Especially when Bilbo confronted the trolls, all the dwarves doubted him because Bilbo was not an experienced traveler, and always needed someone to help him. But as he grows as a character, he learns to stand up more for himself and his allies.

Bilbo sings a song to taunt the spiders:

“Old fat spider spinning in a tree! Old fat spider can’t see me! Attercop! Attercop…” (Tolkien, 147)


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Bilbo becomes more heroic

This gif shows a corgi defeating the death star. This gif can be related to the hobbit because throughout the story Bilbo becomes more and more heroic. Bilbo distracted the spiders so that Thorin and the dwarves could escape. I predict that Bilbo would never had done that in the beginning of the story, because he also lacked courage and trust. Bilbo reminds me of John in “I am number four”. This is because both characters grow to become the main hero of the story.


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Bilbo became more secretive.

In this gif, there is a man dancing while telling everybody he has a secret. This gif reminds me of Bilbo, because he holds a very dark secret. In the beginning of the story Bilbo is quite open to sharing his feelings or whatever he just encountered. But as he progresses throughout the story, he hides his magical ring from his allies the dwarves because he has become obsessed with it.

“‘And here’s the burglar!’ said Bilbo stepping down into the middle of them, and slipping off the ring” (pg. 87)


Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit. London: HarperCollins, 2012. Print.



A Hobbit’s Personality

April 14th, 2015 · No Comments · Humanities

Dashing through goblins and avoiding spiders, sounds a little crazy don’t you think? The Hobbit, a book by J.R.R Tolkien unfolds a story of the adventure of courage. The hobbit, Bilbo Baggins lives in a hole underground. He lives a very normal life for a Hobbit, and isn’t very fond of adventures; he can be best described as courageous, intelligent and timid.

Hiking, cycling, going on these sorts of adventures makes me very excited. However if I were invited to travel with hobbits across terrible lands, I would not dare. Like myself, Bilbo does enjoy some fun, but not anything too extreme. Bilbo can be best described as timid because he never left his hobbit hole. Bilbo was never the adventure type, and often he was never prepared for any state.

“‘That leaves you just ten minutes. You will have to run’ said Gandalf.

‘But-,’ said Bilbo

‘No time for it,’ said the wizard

‘But-,’ said Bilbo again

‘No time for that either! Off you go!” (Tolkien, 28)

This extract in the story demonstrates how Bilbo is always unprepared for a situation (he does get better throughout the story). Even though Bilbo needs help on preparation, he can still counter that bad habit by thinking quickly.

Bilbo can be considered as quite the genius. He has bypassed Gollum, the wolves, and even the goblins with simple yet effective strategies. Throughout the story, Bilbo grows to become more intelligent and aware of his surroundings. Bilbo is able to adapt easily to any situation due to his increased intellect and eyesight.

The Hobbit was the type of person that was not really interested in adventures. It is evident that does not like adventures because he is constantly whining of not being at his cozy home.

“’Bother burgling and everything to do with it! I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!’” (pg.30)

Although Bilbo can adapt quickly to any situation, he can be hesitant with decisions, leaving him vulnerable to his enemies. When I think of Bilbo I think of Tris from Divergent. Both characters can be best described as quiet, but courageous. Tris replaced another dauntless at the knife throwing board because she thought that it was unjust for Eric to tease him. Bilbo distracted the spiders while Thorin and company took their chance to escape the forest. Small actions can define a character, whereas larger actions create a character. Bilbo and Tris both become more courageous.


Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit. London: HarperCollins, 2012. Print.


The Perfect Product For You!

April 12th, 2015 · No Comments · Science

March 31st, 2015

Today we start our polymers project; Brandon and I are partners. We are trying to create a product that allows items to not fall over. For example, place this sticky product under a water bottle or laptop and press down. Afterwards the bottle or the computer will stay stuck and it won’t fall. This creates a safer environment for workers all around the world. Our target audience is almost everybody, and people who believe that they are clumsy.

The goal for our product helps with the little problems that we encounter in life. Therefore we created a polymer that can solve some of those problems. Our product stations a water bottle so that it would not tip over easily. The impact it will have on our buyers would be huge because they would feel that those minor problems can be easily solved with our product.

So far we are doing well, but it is hard for us to choose the correct formula for this polymer. We have tried three different tests, and only one of those tests came close to what we were looking for.

There were many difficulties, especially the designing part. We couldn’t figure out which chemicals mix to make the perfect product. We used glue as our primary base to build the polymer, and added different ingredients such as borax, corn-starch, liquid starch…etc.

First Experiment:

5-10 ml of laundry detergent

Little bit of glue (not enough to fill bottom of 200ml cylinder)

Notes: Don’t add corn starch, don’t add too much water.

Second Experiment:

14 ml borax

20 ml glue

Notes: Not sticky enough, need more glue.

Added around 2 more seconds of glue, got a lot stickier.

Third Experiment:

20 ml glue

35 ml borax and liquid starch

Notes: Add less liquid starch, too sticky, but easy to remove from ground.

April 7th, 2015

Today we tried different ideas, adding too much borax would make the solution rubbery, but adding too much liquid starch will cause the solution to become sticky and messy. So far corn starch was a bad idea, and once borax is added the polymer becomes nice and bouncy and it stays in shape. However the problem is that it isn’t sticky. If we add liquid starch the stickiness of the polymer is perfect, the only problem is that the product becomes extremely messy. Therefore our team is trying to balance borax and liquid starch to get the perfect product.

After a while we decided to change our product because our group was going no where. The product was too hard to make and we would always get the solution incorrect. When playing around with our original test, we figured out that our product could be an excellent hand cleaner, for those who were lazy to go the washroom to wash their hands. We worked through that idea for 20 minutes and thought it didn’t work well. In the end, we decided to create a simple computer keyboard cleaner. Our product will clean small edges inside dirty keyboards. One would simply place the polymer on their desired area and press down. We recommend that they do it when their computers are turned off. We tried to add soap to the solution but it wasn’t a great idea. However we are still trying to make our product smell good. Maybe we should have used some PVA instead of borax… It was an interesting idea to work on and we were ready to do further testings.

April 9th, 2015

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” -Thomas A. Edison

Today we were stuck on what we should do for our product. It was too hard to make it stick to an object, and wasn’t original enough for cleaning computers. We thought of another use of our product, and that is a hand rest when one is gaming. However we realised another group has used that idea already. Therefore we finally decided to come up with a final use of our product, and that is to use it as some sort of stress/pain reliever. It is best effective when one squeezes the product, because it is used to relieve stress. Although this may seem like a completely random idea, we believe that people face great depression and stress everyday, especially students, this is because they write or type a lot everyday and that consumes energy from their fingers. However our product also targets older aged people too, since they also do lots of work with their hands. We were inspired by professional gamers to create this product. Brandon and I observed that some gamers squeeze stress balls in order to relax and increase flexibility of the muscles in their fingers. Hands sore? No problem, because we got you covered!


10 ml borax

20 ml white glue

4 ml water

1 drop of food colouring

-wash after dried

April 13th 2015

Today we watched videos made by the other students in the class. I believe that our product/video is the most satisfying overall. We met most of the goals through the video, and our product was okay in terms of real world application (4.25/5). However it isn’t as well made as Kevin Jiang’s presentation and video. I thought that Kevin Jiang and Curtis’s presentation was excellent. Not only did they make an outstanding video, but they also put a PPT to engage the audience. I also thought that David and Amy’s video was very well thought out and structured; it was very practical. Some videos were hilarious, some weren’t as funny but was definitely a product I would invest in. If I were to redo this product, I would improve on spending more time thinking of a good real life use of the product, and creating a better video. I believe we didn’t put too much effort into the video, because the video I made was supposed to be a backup.

Photo on 3-31-15 at 11.18 AMWeird_science


Cultural-Un Barriers – ART

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Art

Final Reflection

“Cultural Un-Barriers”

            To create this artwork, I first had to create a background. I used different textures of different items to paint it on my background, so that it would be interesting. I used the colors red orange because I think it matches on the color wheel. Afterwards I took my time to design a stamp that represents me, and carved it in a drawing. Then I selected the colors blue and green because it contrasted well with my background, and printed beautiful stamps. I also used another stamp that I can relate with from 8-5 class to make my painting more interesting.

In this stamp I represented one of my favorite Hong Kong dish called dim sum. This stamp is significant to me because I love eating food from my hometown, Hong Kong. I also believe that dim sum is one of Hong Kong’s signature food. To express this in my artwork, I made the dim sum large to represent its importance to me. I used Justin Zeng’s stamp from 8-5 because we had a similar theme to our stamps and I thought it would go well in my artwork. His stamp had a burger and a dumpling, I think the burger represents America and the dumpling represents China. I am from both places so I can easily reference myself to his stamp.

I learned how to print stamps onto the background. I also learned how to use the correct colors to make my drawing stand out. When I was brainstorming, I learned that you should make as much ideas as possible so that when you are choosing your final product it would be easier. Also take your time when you are doing your draft, just because it is a draft does not mean it does not matter. To take my learning further I would try to use different textures in my background to make it more interesting, and I would make my stamp way more complicated, but seem simple.

I think the most challenging part of this process was the part when we had to print our stamps onto the background. This was because my fingers got messy and accidentally touched the background, and I often ran out of paint and the printing was too light. That was the most AHA point of this process because I then became cautious when I was printing. I enjoyed creating the background and printing the stamps. The things I found difficult and didn’t enjoy that much was brainstorming, because I am a terrible brain-stormer and never get good ideas. Drawing the stamp was also a challenge.


                                                            Kingston Yip


March 24, 2015


Journal of Robin Banks

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Humanities

I present to you Robin Banks’ Journal.

My character’s name is Robin Banks, and he is a boy who grew up in the American Revolution. He ages throughout the journal entries he wrote, he starts out as a twelve year old, and then he ages and becomes around 20 years old, and when he writes his final journal he is around 24 years old. In the first journal my character did not do much, in the second journal he decides to participate in the Boston tea party, and by the third journal Robin joins the American army lead by Washington.

Throughout the revolution there were many changes and continuity. White men ruled America and women and non-white skinned people were not allowed to vote. Americans had for the British pre and post Indian war. The things that stayed the same were the rights for women. Women at the time weren’t allowed to vote, and they were excluded from politics. After the revolution women were still restricted from politics, until the after 1900s. Slavery was also something that stayed the same throughout the revolution. The African Americans were slaves at the time, and in the wars, the British let go of the slaves so that they wouldn’t take so much space and money. In the northern parts of America, slavery was slowly becoming less popular, however in the south, there were many acts of slavery.

There were some long term and short term effects that greatly changed the American Revolution. First of all, there was the stamp act, which made the Americans suddenly realise that they disliked the British. It was a long-term effect that caused the base of the American Revolution. Another event was the Boston massacre, which was an event where the Americans started to truly hate the British, because they wanted to have independence and hated being controlled by the British.

The American Revolution showed that humans have the capability of changing the world, despite being on the weaker or stronger end.



Common Craft Video

March 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

This is a common craft video made by David, Kevin J, and Kingston. This video explains the three major turning points in the American Revolution.