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).
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’!
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.
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…
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.
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?
Have a good week back, dears…