Bored Panda’s High School Yearbook Quotes

I… know. Everyone’s seen this. But go look at it again. It’s super long – 24 pages, at press time – but if you have a little kid who’s gonna grow up and enter this big bad world, go look at what the older kids stand at the door and say – not just with their name appended at the end but also with their picture attached.

When you see how the “head-covering squad” (one of them signs off “turbansquad” below) wear their cultures and faiths proudly in their yearbook quotes with wit and charm (arguably the best reaction to prejudices) to boot, you’ll understand why I reblogged this.

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Alizeh Raza received the comment, “….what a bright and beautiful face!”

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“You Can’t See Me” = Another way of saying that you are untouchable and put everybody else to shame. …because if a person or thing can’t see you they can’t catch and/or attack you. Even though you are entirely visible it is a way of telling somebody that they (can’t mess with you) and they are not on your level.

At a time when growing up is angsty and the world they live in with social media magnifies intolerance a lot of them flaunt honour what makes them different, be they race, religion, sexual orientation or just…. a healthy appetite!

And teamwork.

…And teamwork. (“We know what you’re thinking and no, we’re not related”)

Fine, some of 'em also flaunt their similarities

(Fine, some of ’em also flaunt their similarities)

And deliberate stereotypes…

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Daniel Zhang received the response “Every Asian parent ever”.

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Según Akigbogun received the comment, “…none but he himself may make that joke”

However, my favourite two (because Am I The Only Parent Who Is Already Receiving Smartypants Comments From The Kids About What They Are Named) are these:

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And these two girls below, just for their whole healthy attitude (not… too many fries right?)

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How many of you guys out there have one like this to show your kids now?

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(I recently went to get more piercings (thanks for that, Queen E!) and ahead of me was this middle-aged man who asked, “which ear is it for straight men, and which for gay men?” ….below, both boys are double-earringed though, go figure…)

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Lotsa respect, no judgement. (How can there be, from someone who calls herself Christian, who has a best friend in secondary school who is Muslim, whose parents are staunch Buddhist/Taoist, and who has a few gay friends in her history to thank for some big lessons in life?)


Growing up is hard, and then when you’re done with that, you suddenly discover that you have a lot more growing to do. I don’t know which is harder – being friends with no one, or trying to be friends with…. everyone. But don’t throw the first stone this week. And if people you don’t respect hate you…. you must be doin’ somethin’ right 😀

Good week ahead, dears.


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Great Provocations Be A Fuzzy Caterpillar

Queen E has been learning in Kindy about consideration for other living things, the consequences of and being aware of their actions… Following one of her friends bringing in a large burrowing beetle, the kids then had the added option of contributing to the setting up of a beetle habitat, digging up the earth in a designated corner of their outdoor play area and finding (never plucking) leaves, while being reminded not to disturb the immediately adjacent areas that house plant beds and pots. That was how it all started…

One evening we’re walking JD on the beach and lo and behold, a big fuzzy caterpillar is crawling along the open expanse of sand.

This is literally where we found it; none of those sparse trees are exactly caterpillar fodder

Like, where that boy is walking.

Queen E excitedly brings it to school, to the response, “…a great provocation for the children to inquire into…” 

(Yes, Serious Pose Face. Yes, she has a thing for the school fleece, and wears it zipped up whenever it's barely cold enough)

Earnest Serious Face for this picture haha

Queen E’s is not normally such a serious personality (she’s a cheeky monkey at home), so we were quite impressed at how seriously she took this. “Great provocations” – never thought of it that way before – another small step to nurturing a young inquiring mind. She knows it’s a caterpillar. Yet caterpillars don’t belong in the middle of a sandy beach. How did it get there? She came back from school that day saying they had tried to note down the identifying characteristics (horns, markings). The thing was already in a cocoon that morning.)

Because sometimes life throws a big fuzzy caterpillar our way. 

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When we find One Big Hairy crawling along in the sand, we can:

1) Scream and run the other way. (Lots of people do this)
2) Scream at the dog not to eat it. (I’d do this)
3) Squish it for fun, just because you can. (You don’t do this, do you? The caterpillar’s journey stops there. But so does yours, ever think about that? Because within your selfish of-the-moment gratification of being the squish-er, you have forever snuffed out your own chance to see what emerges from the cocoon), or

4) Put Hairy Opportunity In A Plastic Cup and try your hardest to nudge it into a butterfly/ moth (I later justified to Queen E nabbing it despite having no idea how to care for it (what does it eat?? Nothing nearby looked like what a caterpillar might eat and there were no other cocoons, caterpillars, or butterflies in sight, it’s actually quite cold now) by observing it was probably in trouble anyway, if it was in the middle of the wide expanse of sand.)

I fervently believe you should never be more “cruel” than you absolutely have to be, to other living things on this earth (in the sense that you have to eat something living, be it plants or animals. And you have to smack mosquitos, because they might give you something. But you do not have to salt snails), they are there for a reason and some kind of “greater good,” even if we have no idea why they exist. (I said something like this long ago and a reader commented that being mean to other humans often starts with the capacity to be cruel to animals)

I have a similar (imperfect) argument for say, the difference between loading up on vitamin supplements and eating as many of the foods in their natural form as possible – decades ago, there were only maybe 6 “discovered” vitamins. Nowadays there are…. 20? Wait a few more decades there’s going to be….. 50? Thing is, you cannot artificially manufacture a vitamin that you don’t know exists. So, taking the supplements instead of the natural foods means you’re not getting the potential vitamins that pharmaceutical companies don’t know to manufacture yet. (I like to look in Bumps to Babes and other supermarkets for squeezies with more exotic fruits/veggies mixed in them – squeezies cost a lot more than the regular fruit or veggies, so then squeezies should “work harder” with the exotic veggies.. Of course then I have extra work making sure the kids really eat the whole thing at home :P)

"Goji" appears to be the "gei-jee" we use in chinese soups...

“Goji” appears to be the “gei-jee” we use in chinese soups…

(Other fruits have higher sugar content and when you snack on them in dried form they actually stick to the teeth more than this one)

(Other fruits have higher sugar content and when you snack on them in dried form they actually stick to the teeth more than this one)

On a further aside, around this time Queen E somehow revisited Charlotte’s Web that we’d looked at ages ago, about the spider who spells words on her web (might have started from the spelling because she came home from school one day and asked “what were those words that spider spells?” and so I went to dig it up) to save her friend the piglet from being eaten. It’s also a story about a little girl who refuses to give up on saving the runt of the litter – even if it means winning a livestock competition against all odds.

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Actress Julia Roberts, who voices Charlotte, once said that after making the movie she couldn’t kill spiders as readily as she used to.

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I liked that Charlotte looks like a real spider (though Rockstar complained that the spider blinks and narrows its eyes in the movie). Also, Charlotte dies at the end of the movie, having lived out the natural life cycle and span of a spider. She does not marry a prince and get whisked off to a castle happily ever after, to be waited on hand and foot by palace maids and drivers and butlers and what-not <snort>. She drinks fly juice (having pointed out to the other farm animals that she does not have her meals brought to her), spins webs, secures her giant egg sac…

One of my favourite scenes is when the farmhands think a spelling spider is miraculous, and are told that the web-weaving spider is already a true miracle – “You know how to knit a doily because someone taught you… No one teaches a spider how to weave a web. Don’t you think that’s a miracle?”

How many miracles can you find with new eyes this week? :) 




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Ancient Pokemon Civilizations and Donald Trump’s Dong Dong Jiang

Catchup post following the CNY Grandparent Tour we take each year at this time… 

Updated 13 Feb 2017: Rockstar was asked to amend “Pokemon” to “Rylandians,” write about humans (:D), and add a currency; slightly concerned his project had taken a wrong turn with the Pokemon, he went on to recycle bits from his beloved mountainous pile of Legos to use as mode of exchange…  

1) The Ancient Civilisation of the Pokemon

We get back mid-week after mostly putting down our tech for the duration of the tour, and start to work on Rockstar’s writing assignment in earnest:

As culmination of the school learning unit of inquiry, “Where we are in place and time,” Rockstar’s homework assignment was to create and write about “Mylandia”, his very own ancient civilisation:

  • “Characteristics of civilisations and societies (Form)
  • Connections between past and present (Connection/Reflection)
  • Processes involved in collecting, analysing and validating evidence (Function)”

This was following a term of theatre and museum trips, class projects including art or modelling, building their own virtual ancient civilisation during ICT (think: computer version of Lego on steroids).

“Narrative writing

A major component of this unit are the rich narrative writing opportunities for the children. They have been developing their story writing skills by describing characters, settings, complications and using figurative language and exciting vocabulary. The children have been exposed to a variety of openings and endings which go beyond ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘happily ever after’!                                                                                                                                                                                   

After striving to get out of him what he learnt last term before losing his marbles over Break  revising, Rockstar is turning in “Rylandia” (naturally haha), inhabited by ancient Pokemon who lived near a river for food and water source, and built a fort to keep Pokemon Egg poachers and Pokeballs out.

They also worshipped Legendary Pokemon who, I agree with him, had spooky similarities to ancient Egyptian gods.

This is the Legendary Pokemon Articuno and the Team Mystic crest based on the same

This is the Legendary Pokemon Articuno and the Team Mystic crest based on the same

This is Horus, Egyptian god of sky, air and hunting (pic from pinterest)

This is Horus, Egyptian god of sky, air and hunting (pic from pinterest)

Rockstar concluded his essay late last night (he would rather do that and most anything, except sleep haha) with ” The Pokemon civilisation really did end up living forever – in video games. They continue to evolve in our imaginations, show(ing) up in human children’s homework assignments and virtual reality.”

Uh…. I have no idea if he gets in good or he gets in trouble, but kinda had to tell myself throughout the whole Pokemon Ancient Civilisation of Rylandia thing that the point was getting there <sheepish>


Because shifting from Ancient Pokemon to President Donald Trump is as easy as having your own blog…

2) President Trump created his own “dong-dong-jiang” over the recent CNY holiday by executive order that refugees and travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries – Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – be banned from entering the US. So, human rights activists, the International Rescue Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union, officials from some of the seven Muslim-majority countries, and basically A Whole Lotta People, are very upset with President Trump right now.

Why is anyone surprised by this latest thing?


E! Entertainment personality Giuliana Rancic married his first “Apprentice”. President Trump is someone known on tv for – wait for it –


President Trump is a pretty fearless businessman. In one of his books, as well as per his daughter’s description, he apparently once walked past a homeless person he frequently gave money to and said, “This man has more money than I do. I owe people millions.”

I don’t think President Trump is necessarily aiming to stick it out for the 4 (or 8) years of presidential office to begin with. Nor is he tha-at interested in approval ratings.

Certain guy named Bill went the potential impeachment route with far less heat than that, and lived to tell the tale…

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President Trump is not exactly someone who’s ever driven to the middle ground in order to be liked by everyone, not when he had the pageants, not when he did reality tv, not even when he needed to get elected to the Presidency (there’s a parenting/ personal lesson for all of us – how far you can still go when everyone hates you haha) so why would he do it now he’s in office.. There’s a lot you can say and get done simply from running for office. From winning office. From your first 100 days. From erm, being there for however long it takes before people catch on that you’re not necessarily in it for the long haul. He’s here to make Changes Tsunamis Waves.

Therein lies Rockstar Career Advice #6-or-however-many: Personality plays a vital role to success in career choice, possibly even more so than sheer IQ. You should not fear an IQ so much as you should fear Burning Ambition (you know the rest of the moniker right, “Burning Ambition At All Costs”?

But oh, the opportunities in trading and investments right now. Especially if no one has done the proverbial “big short” about President Trump not staying full term.

Waves mean investment and trading opportunity (and every time someone says “opportunity” we should hear “opportunity ergo also risk.“) Buying is technically only one side. There is also selling, and the combination of the two that derivatives would allow (legally, of course :D) Just that we’re usually more comfy or regulated to do one side over the other side – but what you really want is movement, in either direction (barring regulatory restrictions, not your own view restricting your ability to see)… The best buying opportunity in Hong Kong was sadly during SARS. It’s not during happy hunky-dory times. It’s not during times when everyone expects the outcome because Zero Sum Game. Think The Big Short.

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pic from Wikipedia


If you throw away everything you learn however – including what they tell you in college that financial statements and reports are supposed to tell you – it’s not a bad idea to do something. It doesn’t have to be a lot, unless you are one of those people who is fine with Losing Big To Win Big and have no other commitments you need to think about (you know not to go in big unless you are prepared to lose it big as well, right?? Because of the NFL (No Free Lunch rule)… Used to refer to that as “At Least Entertainment Costs,” with my RMs. Every time you hit the market, it will cost you something. If you’ve made more than it costs you, you’re ahead. If you don’t, but you learned something/ were hugely entertained by news and screens and over a gadzillion dim sum lunches then you were basically paying for an entertainment, an education…. bunch of golf games abroad or ski trip maybe cost you about that too?

So, actually more fun than a casino. Casinos can’t hold a candle to CNN, BBC. That’s your reality tv show right there. Why not make your own?

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Have a good week back, dears…


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