Sand and Stars

One of the genres I enjoy reading is science fiction. When I look back on my teen years, I remember reading the Dune saga by Frank Herbert with enthusiasm. I loved the otherworldly places he described, as well as many of the characters he created. The Star Wars films were also a favourite and hearing the theme song would make me think of the futuristic planes and personalities.

Moving location to the other side of the world meant I had to leave my books and films behind. Seeing the novel House Atreides at a library book sale reminded me of my enjoyment of Herbert’s writing. It may be time to re-read the saga.

Have you read the Dune saga?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. The theme for the month of July is “blue”.)

May The Fourth Be With You!

May the Force be with you!

The first Star Wars film I saw was The Return of the Jedi when it first came out in the cinema. I was with my great aunt and we were spending the day together in the city. We decided to see a movie and chose to watch a science fiction story. I loved the film and ever since then was a fan. So much so that I vowed to name my daughter after Princess Leia!

I also enjoyed the Dune saga when it was first published and was lucky enough to find the prequel to the series at the last library book sale I attended. When moving from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern, I had to leave my book collections behind – one of them being the stories of Dune. Rereading this novel will bring back good memories.

Are you a Stars Wars fan? Do you enjoy reading science fiction?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Music Monday: A Star Wars Theme Song

I love the Star Wars saga – and have done so since I saw Return of the Jedi at the cinema in the early eighties. I have fond memories of spending time with my great aunt and her treating me to a sci-fi movie. I already was a fan of science fiction but had not yet encountered the films of George Lucas. My enjoyment of the film was not diminished because I had not seen the first two films in the series. (Though I did soon catch up!)

Yesterday I watched Solo: A Star Wars Story. I had missed seeing it in the cinema and had received the DVD as a Christmas gift from a fellow Star Wars fan. I loved the film and how the story gave background history to some of my favourite characters (Han Solo and Chewbacca). What I noticed was that the Star Wars theme song still remains the same:

With the thread of this music running through the film, not only were new memories being created but old ones were being revisited. I love how a part of my past has been woven into my present.

What do you think of the Star Wars theme song?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Weekend Coffee Share: A Gratifying Week

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngIf we were having coffee, I would greet you with a big smile on my face. This week has been gratifying. Why? Because I achieved so many of the things that I wanted to.

I, of course, completed my assessment of my students – just in time to complete their report cards. Friday we had a PA day; that is, a day set aside during which teacher’s could work on their report cards. Last week I started toiling on them and, I am pleased to say, Friday I was able to complete them. They may need a tweak here or there, but for the most part they are done. It is a big relief and I am glad to have that task out of the way.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I went to my second BodyPump class at the gym. This weight lifting class is something I will attempt to do every week now. I am lifting light weights until my body gets used to the activity and, in this way, I will not hurt myself. I went to the class with my colleague., leaving school at 4pm to walk to the gym together. I never thought that there would be a time when I would go to gym with my mentee 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I FINALLY went to see the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. I had planned to see it with my family on my birthday – but we were too engrossed in watching Game of Thrones to go and watch an episode of another epic tale. My response? I loved it! And I am so glad I had the opportunity to go and see it on the big screen. I enjoy the story that runs through all of the films and I hope they do not stop filming the struggles of the Rebellion. I do not want to wait for over a decade to enjoy the scenes originally thought of by George Lucas.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the last few days have felt like Spring. For the second time this year (that is, since the beginning of 2018), we are experiencing a Spring-like thaw. What a pleasure it has been to go outside hatless in 5c weather wearing a lighter coat. I am sure, though, that by the end of the week we will be experiencing Winter once again!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to enjoy your week. Now that my deadline for writing report cards has been met, I now have other obligations to fulfil.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

Weekend Coffee Share: Winter Break

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comGood morning, and welcome. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the Winter school break has now ended and Monday we will all be back at school. And it will be cold! The weather during the first week of our break was unseasonably warm but Old Man Winter has decided that we should not forget that we are meant to experience cold weather at this time of the year!

If we were having coffee, we would chat about about what we have done during the break. I would tell you that I loved the week of Christmas. This is a time that my family are together and we have some serious downtime. We eat together, laugh together, read together, watch movies together. On Boxing Day, we always go out somewhere to do a little shopping. I avoid the malls as I am not a fan of big crowds. This year we shopped along the main street near our home – and the fellow shoppers were bearable. Bearable in that there were more shoppers than usual, but not too many that it made browsing unpleasant.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my birthday is soon after Christmas – the 27th December. It has become a family tradition that we go and eat a buffet lunch to celebrate my birthday.

I enjoyed our lunch and the time we spent eating together. Now that my children are older, we can have some interesting conversations.

After lunch, we set off for the cinema. As I am a Star Wars fan, we saw a film of my choice: Rogue One.

I do admit to being a little disappointed – I expected the story to continue from where the last film left off. (I had deliberately read nothing about the film prior to watching). I found that the film was shot too much in the dark; and that many of the battle scenes were reminiscent of the original Star Wars films.

If were were having coffee, I would tell you that I have relaxed a lot during this past week. After a visit to the library, I have immersed myself in words and enjoyed the stories of many authors. This is something that am able to do only when I am on break. The break is now over and I am spending the weekend putting away the Christmas tree, shopping for the week, and getting ready to go back to school on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend and have a wonderful week.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)