Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review


    OMG! OMG! OMG! It’s 2am in the morning and we just got back from Cinestar Metropolis. I am dead tired but I just have to write this review now. OMG! Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (POC5): Dead Men Tell No Tales is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!!

    It is our last movie before the start of Ramadhan and I am so happy that we were able to catch it with the Winkler Boys! It was a late night sneak preview but it was such a great movie that I was enthralled the entire show.

    We have been sooo looking forward to this for a while now. It has been sometime since the last Pirates movie and frankly ‘On Stranger Tides’ was truly a let down. It was also nice to see Johnny Depp back on the screens especially during such a tough period in his life.

    Everything that you loved about the first movie is back! Reminiscent of the ride that I took at Disneyland when I was 11 years of age. It has crazy action scenes, superb special effects, scary enemies and a burgeoning new love story!

    Nur was simply excited and gushed when she saw Orlando Bloom back on the big screen. I have to say that all have aged quite considerably.  Quite interestingly, the movie is named Salazar’s Revenge here in Germany.

    Spoiler Alert!!! Parts of the movie shall be discussed from here onwards. Stop reading if you wish to be surprised in the cinema. Overall, a MUST WATCH MOVIE! And PLEASE stay behind for the POST CREDIT SCENE!

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    An evening with locals

    Had an evening that touched my heart while I was leaving school after Football practice recently. 

    There were four 12-year-old Zeilsheim neighbourhood boys playing outside of the school gate while I was heading out. Two Germans, a Turkish boy, and an Eastern European. I smiled kindly at one of them when the German boy asked me something in Deutsche. Shrugging sheepishly, I replied ‘Nein Deutsche’ which literally means ‘No German’ (I know it’s bad and I have been berating myself to learn the language more!)

    That’s when they stringed a few words in English and asked ‘Teacher?’ I said yes! ‘Wow. You rich as Asian family! They drive BIG cars every morning!’ Hehe. I chuckled and replied ‘Students rich. Teacher not rich.’ Then the Turkish boy asked: ‘You have pool in school?’ I said ‘Yup!’ and showed them the pool through the gate. All of them gawked staring at the pool. 

    ‘It’s so hot. Nice if we can swim!’ They said. Unfortunately, beaches are found a few thousand kilometers way up North in Germany. As they hanged around dreaming of the pool, I took my leave. That’s when they shouted out ‘Thank you Teacher! Have a Good Day!’ I waved back saying ‘Gute Nacht’. 

    I wished I could have invited these boys out to use the pool but such is life and it is the same everywhere whether you’re German or Singaporean, you just can’t help but to look over the fence where the grass is always greener.



    Singapore’s Education System: Time for a Revamp?

    I was reading a Monocle article about the Swedish Education minister. His words struck a chord on me as he said that the role of a nation was not to save jobs but rather to save its workers. Industries will inevitably come and go but most importantly, its citizens have to be nimble, skillful and fluid enough to glide from one industry to the next.

    Automated Logistics

    It was an interesting take especially in the era of driverless cars that will potentially wipe out millions in logistics. Something like the movie Passengers. No more taxi drivers, truckers or pilots for that matter. An era of driverless planes, boats guiding the seas automatically around the world or trucks that do not take a restroom break. People in Singapore do not even realise that their North-East line is already fully automated with a train driver there only to serve as a precautionary measure.

    Too Old to learn?

    When I look in a Singaporean perspective, I realised that we are not malleable enough to shift between industries. The government is trying to alleviate that with Jobs Credit Scheme for retraining of workers. But is it too late to teach people new skills. It is like asking a differentiated photoreceptor eye cell to convert itself into an auditory ear cell. We may have the DNA to create everything, but our genes have been regulated and switched off.

    Thus, I realised that such a skill has to be imbued at a young age like an undifferentiated Stem Cell. Singapore’s education system needs a revamp. Specifically at Primary school level. My time teaching in a Secondary school has made me come to the opinion that students are already too ‘old’. We can teach them things while they are in lower Secondary but they are too focused and targeted in upper Secondary especially with the looming GCE ‘O’ levels.

    Why only English, Mother Tongue, Math & Science?

    Looking at shows like Masterchef Junior and even Baby Boss, children have an enormous unquantifiable capacity for learning. And yet, Primary schools in Singapore and fellow Singaporeans for that matter are too focused on only English, Mother Tongue, Math, and Science. Frankly, our children have the ability to learn three languages or even more. Why stop them there. The society and the economy have to move away from the perception that only Math and Science is King. Not everyone is supposed to be a Doctor, Lawyer, or Banker. You can be a Poet, a Pianist, a Sculptor or a Graphic Designer. Most of these sectors are dominated by foreign talent from models to Public Relations and even CEOs.

    Other Subjects to be Incorporated

    The German education system is unique as they have lessons in their curriculum system called Life Skills. Modules each term where students learn to ride a bike, swim, ice-skate, roller-blade, charity drive, camping and outdoor survival. Physical Education is not about running 1.6km but rather about learning sports and diet nutrition. In India, its students learn coding from the age of 8, practices the classical dances and has modules called entrepreneurship.

    We need to incorporate Design and Technology, Art, Music, Computing, Engineering, Food & Nutrition, Entrepreneurship, Life Skills, a third language like Spanish or French and Social Work modules from Primary School onwards.

    Scrapping of PSLE

    Something’s gotta go to incorporate all these lessons. This means that we have to forgo the PSLE. Students begin preparing for the PSLE from Primary 4 onwards. Some schools even call students back during June and November school holidays to start practising on worksheets. We are creating zombies of knowledge that do not know how to function as a normal adult, to feel for their fellow man and experience the colourful life.


    Ultimately, the change has to come not only from the government but also from its people. Only then shall we have a workforce that is able to tide over any waves of future uncertainties.



    Style Diary: Perfect for Transitional Weather


    Two weeks back Miza had a flight to Frankfurt and I was so excited for a girls’ day out with her. This is something I miss terribly. Don’t get me wrong, I have friends here and there’s also Fairoz’s cousins. But they are Fairoz’s cousins and they are boys. They do not understand my needs. The need to have alone time with a girlfriend to just chat and gossip.

    I do not get much opportunity to just have a girls’ day out here and that to with someone who shares the same interests as me – coffee, cakes, beauty, fashion (modest fashion specifically), taking countless of OOTDs, and shopping! It has also been months since I last had a haircut or had my nails done. I know these things sound frivolous but these are some of the things I enjoy doing with my sisters and girlfriends.

    Seriously, who in Frankfurt knows who Vivy Yusof is or even heard of brands such as Duck Scarves, Tudung People, Sugarscarf, Fashionvalet and such. Hands up if you do! We can have coffee and cakes – I know a couple of good places here. 😉

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