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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Treasuring Emma - By Kathleen Fuller

My first ever book review and I am glad I choose this book.

This book is about Amish living, featuring a young lady by the name of Emma.  Emma is a caretaker for her family.  She took care of her ill mom, and later when her mom passed on, she took care of her grandma who was old and fragile.

Emma has a childhood friend, Adam whom she fell in love, however Adam feels that he does not suit living in the Amish living, and decided to leave and find a living elsewhere.  However later, Adam returned home, and this has created the little butterflies in Emma when she is so cautious not to fall in love again with Adam.

Beside the lovely couple, the book has Emma's sister, Clara and her husband, Peter and 2 lovely kids.  The  also have an additional cast of a third party, Mark,  whom is the cousin of Peter whom came visit Peter, and refuse to leave.  Mark courted Emma, and this created greater confuse in Emma's feeling.

Emma put her faith to GOD, and hope that her Heavenly Father will guide her through this path.   The ending was 'expected' however it gives it a good twist in the plots of the story.  I will recommend this book should one has not created good faith with GOD.

Another person in the story that I want to take note is the grandmother of Emma.   Despite being in her old age, she is alert and able to react when circumstances change.  She is strong to go though the lost of her husband, son and daughter in law, and even in the story when things happen not according to her will.  She is a gem, and has given the story a good ending too.

The book is good for a read.

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English... English...

I wrote a post yesterday about our policemen English level while communicating with a foreign visitor who was there to make a report on his missing money in the bank account but that took them at least half an hour to complete that.

Then later this morning, I read on Eugene's post on our younger generation's English level..

Now, it keep me thinking... Is English that important?  and I can tell you YES!!  Being a consultant for migration application myself, I have seen many many many many many undergraduates that can't apply for the migration application due to English!!  As an official request now, most of the applicants who intend to apply for migration will have to sit for an English Language test, and the test result validity is only for 2 years.  Each applicant will have to at least score a minimum 6 out of 9 score in the test.  I can tell you, at the present moment, some applicants can hardly meet this basic requirement and not mentioning any higher.

Yes, I can tell that even those overseas graduates have difficulties, and not mentioning the locals here.  It's very sad to see that our English level has dropped drastically.  I am making a comparison of 3 generations of education levels, i.e. my mum, myself and my youngest brother!  I can tell the English level has gone from bad to worse, and the worst is yet to happen.

If our education system is going to continue to flip-flop on the language, I can tell that in time to come the worst will happen and our younger generation will have a big issue surviving in the international markets. 

Most families I know now teaches their children in English, speak to them in English since young, and I hope this would at least help them in their future.  I am serious, it's very devastated seeing some adults failed English Language.

What's your point of view in our younger generation English nowadays?  For me, I still believes that Languages are to be learn and practice.. the more you use, the more confident you have in the language, and it's really depend on each individual mastering the Language! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Making Police Report

Yesterday was another hectic day for me... 

I woke up in the morning, and noticed mum's car is still in the house, and later when I wanted to drive out to work, I saw this...