Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Inkling Explorations // May Highlights

As you might have guessed from the cover/intro photo, I'm going to combine two things today, Inkling Explorations (to learn more, click HERE) and May Highlights. 
So, let's go! :D 

Inkling Explorations

This month's selection is: A scene making beautiful use of special effects/CGI in film. 

I was wracking my brains for something that would fit this, to be honest. Usually I just watch the film and don't often think about the special effects, so trying to remember a movie that used special effects was somewhat difficult, weirdly enough :P But I found one, nonetheless. For this month, I chose the coronation scene from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It's so golden and royal and beautiful (and let's be honest,  Georgie Henley (aka Lucy Pevensie) is absolutely adorable here :D) 
Of course, I couldn't use just ONE picture;
 I was soooo happy to find this collage from Google :-)

May Highlights


As most of you know, Mr. BX aka Mr. Kubota aka strange mystery "man" arrived. 

Toblerone, Dare Devil, and I also got to read a lot more together. Their favourite is If You Give A Mouse a Cookie. Dare Devil is starting to read now, and he's able to read through the whole story by himself! And Toblerone loves being read to and will sometimes come up to me or Tiger Lily and say "ea ory! Ookie!" (Translation: Read a story. Cookie (aka If You Give A Mouse a Cookie ;)) 

We also may or may not have goofed off a lot.
Toblerone found this absolutely hilarious for some reason! :D 
And we started a lot of summer activities too!

Like blowing bubbles. 

Did some clothes shopping. And also found out that our favourite consignment store closed down :( 

Dad also opened the pool the beginning of this week. The water cleared up surprisingly fast and three days after opening it, we got to go swimming. It's like jumping into melted ice. It's SO COLD!! Refreshing, but freezing at the same time! I don't quite know how to describe it. Imagine a brain freeze. It's like that, but over your entire body, not just your head :P (Apologies for the quality of the below photos. It's from Mom's iPod that Tiger Lily and I are attempting to learn how to use ;)) 

Ah yes, and driving. I mustered up the courage to drive into town! Might sound kinda silly to the rest of you, but I get nervous driving around other cars. Which is, of course, a major problem ;) So working towards fixing that! Anyway, it's getting better. At least I don't move slightly to the side of the road whenever a car passes by :P 
And ummmm...... I killed a turtle. Not going to say much about this. Suffice it to say it was very loud and very shocking and very sad.

Ohhhhh......and I also got back into writing! I had a long break from writing (too long, actually). But this contest looked like too much fun to pass up, and I had recently had a story idea that I really wanted to use. So I wrote. And wrote. There were times when words flowed from my pen... but of course, more often than not, I got stuck and instead of writing, I scribbled and doodled. Very random things, to be honest. 

You can tell whether I wrote well on that day depending on the number of doodles on the page :P 

And then there was the editing! Goodness, I forgot how long it took to edit. But I had two very good friends that were willing to help me too :D They were a great help, let me just say!!! 

Tiger Lily...well, she's learning to critique. At first, when I asked what she thought, she would say, "Good!" And then I would ask, "But you have to critique it, you can't just say 'good'!" And she would say, "Bad!" :P But ONCE, she said "You should delete that scene. It's really weird and awkward and unreal." See, isn't she getting better? :D 
Results from my fourth-last, third-last, and second-last edits on the story. I would read it on the iPod, find mistakes, and write them down. Then I'd go back to the computer and fix all the mistakes. Over and over and over again! :3 

Special Events 

Somebody had a birthday! Daredevil turned 5 years old; I can't believe how fast he's growing up! 
Following birthday tradition, he chose to go to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. And then later, we went to our grandparents' house for cake. 

Leaving the restaurant, I had to take a picture of this. Taking
pictures in sunrise/sunset light is always soooo pretty. Made me wish I had my camera (instead of an iPod :P),
a model, and lots of time. Although if I did, we would not have left there for awhile :P 
The two birthday boys! Well, Kong Kong's (my grandfather's) birthday
isn't until later in June, but since Tiger Lily and I are going to be missing it, we
celebrated it early :D 
 Have you ever heard of a little boy that didn't like chocolate cake? Well, you're looking at one such little boy right now! For some queer reason, DareDevil does not like chocolate cake. When we asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday, he said, "Mama's (our grandmother's) pandan cake. She makes the bestest cake ever!" 

In case you were wondering what pandan cake is, it's a chiffon cake with pandan flavouring.
Not sure how to describe the taste of pandan....but it's good! 
The trees have fully bloomed. We're surrounded in a foliage of varying light and dark greens. The forget me nots have come out, as well as the columbines and other white and purple and pink flowers. And the birds chirp cheerfully every single morning. One sparrow even laid the tiniest two blue eggs in our front garden.

Isn't God a wonderful Creator?

IS OVER!!! For the most part, anyway. I still have an essay and Algebra II to finish, but other than that, it's done. Perk to taking US courses in a Canadian school setting, I guess ;) We finish school almost a whole month before everyone else here :D 


Well, let's see. I made cupcakes. Twice. 
I just love swirling whipped cream onto a cupcake! :D 

Wal-Mart croissant boxes are very handy. They hold 15 cupcakes quite comfortably. Big improvement from cramming them into plastic containers! 

This is not baking. At all. But it looked nice :D Made it for DareDevil's birthday breakfast.

Ohhhh, and Kong Kong taught Tiger Lily and I how to make apple pie! Lots of fun! (and very messy :P)

Before the oven
After the oven.
Despite the rather depressed look (anyone get it?! *crickets chirping* No? Okay, pretend I didn't say anything) it tasted very yummy! 

As usual, I listened to a ton of music this month, but the two newly found favourites are: 

Hope in Front of Me - Danny Gokey
Trust in You - Lauren Daigle

The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff 
Julie - Jean Craighead George 
The Bronze Bow - Elisabeth George Speare 
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
In My Father's House - Corrie ten Boom
Rose in Bloom - Louisa May Alcott 
The Princess Bride - William Goldman 
Hebrews (second half)
Revelation (first five chapters)

And to end the post is a very random photo of Toblerone. Tiger Lily had just combed his hair back in the adorable-est way. He also just woke up from a nap :P But there it is, chubby cheeks, rosy lips with a faint pout, neatly combed-back hair, and THOSE ARCHED EYEBROWS :D 

And that's the end of this month! If you managed to reach the end of this post, congratulations!! I did not mean for this to get so long... you don't realize how much you did in a month until you put it all down :-) 
But I hope you enjoyed the post! 
How was your month? Did you accomplish lots of things? Create memories? 
Let me know in the comments below! I'd love to hear how your month went :D 


  1. Where has May GONE?!?!?! Seriously, it's like I woke up after three weeks of sleep to find that today was the last day of May! I must be getting old... ;)
    Thanks for the post! Hopefully I can get my own version of this post up soon. But who knows? *shrugs* Explanation: LIFE. ;)

    1. Haha, I know right, Rebekah? May went by crazzzzyyyy fast! :D

      Saw your post, your Senior Recital looked like so much fun! Can't wait to see the videos ;)

      Thanks for commenting! :D

  2. I reached the end. :) And enjoyed the entire post. I love it when little ones ask you to read to them. :) My youngest nephew used to say, "Read book a me?"

    For me, May has been full. With helping with homeschool conferences, babysitting my nephews and nieces, writing, projects, music practice, time with friends, . . . I don't know where the month went! It feels like it just vanished. So did I sleep through it as Rebekah E. suggested she did, or it really disappear?

    1. Congratulations, Rebekah! You deserve a standing ovation - this post was super long to go through! XD Awww....thank you! :)

      Yes, isn't it the most adorable-est thing when little ones ask to be read to? :)

      Wow, you had one busy month! Homeschool conferences sound like fun (BOOKSSSSSS!!! :D) And babysitting! - I think I read somewhere about your nephews and George Washington and Lego men losing their pants? ;) Well, with all the stuff you did, I'd say the month just went by super fast. Like, super, super, super fast! I find sometimes that the more things you do, the faster the time goes. Do you find that?

  3. Oh, yes, wherein you favorite consignment shop closes down it is NO FUN. That happened to we last year. -_-
    Wow, that pool looks like such fun!! :D We were invited to go swimming in our neighbor's pool today. Ahhhh, it's so nice. :)
    Hahahaha, I can totally relate to the writing/doodling scenario. That's why I usually type instead of writing by hand. :P
    That picture...the second one under Special Events...just above the sunset....wow. The potter in me is totally drooling over that. ;)
    Pandan?? Hmm, I've never heard of it. ;)
    Oh, that last picture is so adorable!!! :D

    I think that's all for my super-duper-overdue comment. ;)


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