Have any of you guys out there ever read Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince?

If you're ever interested, the internet's a good resource. You can actually read the entire book online at no hidden costs.

This book may appeal to some, while to others it may look at first glance like a children's book.

I don't wonder why.

Originally in French, it's not exactly a children's book. But it does appear to be a simple children's tale.
To some, this book may seem to be a story delving into the profoundness of life. Nothing short of a moving tale. Written in riddles and metaphors, it was a superb read.

I loved it so much that I even included the author's picture. Here it is:
This is Mr. Antoine de Saint-Exupery. He was a pilot in the French Army Air Force. Albeit his aviation career, he drew upon his experiences after being refused from the U.S. Army on becoming a fighter pilot to write and illustrate this wonderful fable. Sadly, on 31 July 1944, as Mr. Saint-Exupery took off for a mission, who would have known that he would never be seen or heard from again.

Obviously enough, this is a picture of the character mirrored by the title of this story:
This is the little prince who came to earth and meets an aviator who had crashed in the desert.

A curious little picture. The second illustration in the book. (At least, it is in the version I read). take a wild guess as to what it actually is.

Unless you become like little children . . .
    Saint-Exupéry understood the words of Jesus, "Unless you become like little children, you cannot see the kingdom of God." Never mind understood them, he lived them. Exposing your childlike attitude can lead to ridicule, but Saint-Exupéry gets around that problem by presenting his thoughts and feelings not as his own but through the words and actions of the little prince, a child who will never grow up on this cruel earth, the earth which expects all children to turn into logically thinking adults.
Quoted from suite101.com

'What is essential is invisible to the eye.'

'You become responsible, for ever, for what you have tamed.'

'.....He was just a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I made him my friend, and now his is unique in the world.'

'Whether it is a house, or stars, or the desert, what makes their beauty is invisible!'

'For, to the conceited man, all other men are admirers.'

''That is the most difficult thing of all. It is far more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself correctly, then you are truly a man of wisdom.'

quoted by moi,according to the original text.


There you go. By far, one of my favourite books.(=

I went for Sunday School today. I confess that I was feeling kind of sleepy during class.
Must be the extreme humidity and heat this morning.

It sometimes can be hard to believe when you hear of a fellow Christian who died by means of suicide.
I heard of it today in Sunday School. It apparently appeared in the papers; this boy from La Salle. He goes to church at OLL, or so I heard. That must make him Christian, I guess.
I mean, to me, I find it ironic that someone who has accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour can stoop down to doing such a selfish act?
Isn't it the truth that no matter what you're going through, God's always behind us to catch us whenever we fall and no matter how big or horrible our problems seem to be, it's not actually as bad as we make it to be?

Because, it is said in Matthew 11:28 :

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Maybe I'm just being selfish myself by saying that, but to me, that's where I stand.
I don't know this person, but I'll pray for his soul.

And talking of the passing away of fellow peers, I know of someone whose friend died just recently. This friend of mine was seriously devastated, and suddenly blurted out this question, "My friend is not Christian. Will he go to Heaven or not?"

I was stunned. I really did not know how to answer this person.

Aren't we all God's children? What about those who haven't heard of Him before?
How about those who led good, pious lives but did not hear of His word?

Like I said, today isn't most Sundays.
This script was spontaneously done by Karts and I (on the aural test day itself!).
It was a pair thing, so here's the dialogue. Enjoy.

A Visit to the Zoo
"Hey Karts! I tried calling you last Saturday but you weren't in."

"Oh, I was at the zoo at the time."

"Oh really? I was there too, three hours after I rang you up."

"Really? How come I didn't see you?"

"Well, it was three hours later. By the way, did you notice the that the price of entry tickets have risen over the past year?"

"Yes, I did. This is probably because many tourists pay a visit to the zoo, so trying to make the most out of it, the zoo management increased the price to maximise profit which in our standards is far too unreasonable."

"Whatever it was, I did have a hard time trying to get through the zoo's main gate."

"Why is that so? Is it because you didn't have enough money on you?"

"Oh, no. I sort of got stuck at those revolving grill doors."

"Oh, okay. Silly you."

"Yeah, silly me. Anyway, the first animals I saw were those pink-coloured birds that were lazing around in the pond. I think they were called the, er - plamingeese?"

"You mean the flamingos. Do you know why they're pink in colour?"

"Flamingos aren't actually pink by nature. It is their diet that gives them that pinkish colour. A flamingo's diet consists mainly of near pink-coloured crustaceans which in turn gives them that pink on their feathers. That is why each flamingo has a different shade of pink on them."

"I see. Well, I, for one, saw the king of the jungle."

"King? So does it wear a crown?"

"No. It's called as such because it has a big, bushy mane. This animal is the lion, of course"

"Ah, I knew that."

"Do you know how a lion marks its territory?"

"Erm, does it stand upright and then hammers planks of wood to barricade its land from other lions?"

"Of course it doesn't. A lion urinates around its self-proclaimed land to mark its territory. This is done so as to warn other lions from invading his space. It is also a procedure for attracting potential female lions, the lionesses and then mate."

"Oh, so after they mate, these lions will then lay eggs and then they will look after the eggs?"

"Oh, no they're not. Lions are mammals, warm-blooded animals who give birth and milk their young."

"Oh, so mammals don't lay eggs?"

"Well, there is one mammal which does lay eggs. Its name starts with a P..."


"..and ends with an S."


"It's the platipus actually. They're the only mammals which lay eggs."

"Oh, I see. Say, did you see the animal that wears a tuxedo?"

"What? The zookeepers actually make tuxedos for it?"

"No, I mean that it's like, printed on their bodies. It's natural. It is none other than the penguin."


"Mm hmm!"

"Where do these penguins live?"

"Penguins as a matter of fact hail from the the Arctic. Penguins too live in anywhere where it is really cold and have icy water because they're suited for environments like this."

"So that makes the penguins cold-blooded?"

"Oh, no. Penguins are warm-blooded. They keep warm by having thick layers of fat beneath their skin, or blubber. In fact, the blubber is so thick that it makes their head and limbs look like excess body parts sticking out of them."

"Hmmm, I see."

"And, since they're so fat, they can lie on their front and slide around on the slippery ice which eases travelling between places."

"My, that's very fun!"

"Sure is. Did you pay a visit to the enclosure next to the penguins? That's where you'll find an animal who beats its chests and scratches its armpits."

"Oh, do you mean the parrot?"

"Er, no. I mean the monkey."

"Oh, monkeys. I am especially fond of the orang utans. Did you know? Orang utans have many similarities with us human beings. That is why, in Malay, their names mean man of the jungle."

"Oh, I have a general dislike for primates."

"Why is that so?"

"I had a bad experience as a child. I'm actually monkephobic."

"Monkephobic? Is that really a valid phobia, or are you just making it up?"

"Well, it isn't actually. But I do have a fear of monkeys. I was traumatised before."

"Please don't exaggerate. Anyway, did you see the birds? They were right next to the monkeys. Did you see the parrots?"

"Oh, I didn't notice them. I was too busy cursing the monkeys."

"Well, they had so many different types of birds. There were kingfishers, hornbills, tiger fish ...."

"I thought you were talking about birds."

"....birds. They actually look a lot like tiger fish."

"How interesting. I did miss it."

"Nevermind. Did you see those elephants? They had the Borneo elephant. This species of elephants come from the Borneo islands and are threathened by extinction due to the mouting activities of deforestation."

"That's very sad."

"Yeah, it is. They also had the much larger elephant: the African elephants."

"Oh, they did? I thought they were just the mommy elephants. Guess I was wrong."

"They had many other types of elephants there too."

"Oh, I'm sure they did. You know, the last place I visited before I exited the zoo was the reptiles?"

"Oh yeah, me too. There were so many of them. Did you see the chameleon?"

"There was?"

"Yes. Chameleons are animals capable of altering the shade of its body colour to match its surrounding. This is a protective measure to save itself from predators. This is called camouflage."

"Oh, is that so? No wonder! I thought they took away the chameleons when I came to its glass box because all I could see were sticks and leaves. Looks like it was just camouflage."

"Well, it could be."

"The last animal I saw was the komodo dragon."


"Oh, I don't mean those fire-breathing creatures you read about in storybooks. Komodo dragons are actually lizards with scaled-down, crocodile-sized bodies. They are quite large in size. I was lucky to view it during feeding time. They ate huge chunks of red meat, you know. It was gruesome."

"All in all I had a great time at the zoo. I think zoos are important because with them, we are able to let the future generation and ourselves to see these animals with their own eyes. It would be an educational experience, besides enjoying the sweetness of creation."

"And, we get to see too animals from across the world, from different continents which we might not be able to see with our own eyes if not for them zoos."

"It's getting late. I have to go have dinner."

"You're right. Me too. See you soon."

"See you too. By the way, what are pongos?"

I hope that it wasn't too confusing as to who said what.
All bimbo-ish remarks were intentional.
Excuse the possible factual errors. We barely had time to revise our non-existent script.

It was fun while it lasted.

Just to end all questioning, this cliche title was taken from an English reference book.
Isn't it obvious?
These past few weeks have been rather dry.
Bak tanah yang gersang di gurun.

Nothing seems to be out of the ordinary which could spice some excitement into the monotony of my routine life.

But I have got to doing some thinking though.
Maybe that's why my posts have been significantly short and doesn't seem to be inspired by some stimulating going-ons.
I have a lot on my mind that needs to be resolved, as far as my congested brain tells me.
I'm not about to wallow in my so-called dry spell. Just thought I'd share with you people my "current affairs", not that I went into details. If there were any.

It's one of those days where so many things seem to bombarding your mind but somehow, you just can't get the hang of pinpointing what exactly is the matter.
I think.
- - - -
I don't know how I'll feel tomorrow.

Tomorrow is a different day.

Tomorrow may change.
And it usually does.

Maybe tomorrow I'll be inspired. Tomorrow is a different day.
I know a girl
She puts the color inside of my world
But she's just like a maze
Where all of the walls all continually change (It's not all that simple)
And I've done all I can
To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
Now I'm starting to see
Maybe it's got nothing to do with me

Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Oh, you see that skin?
It's the same she's been standing in
Since the day she saw him walking away (the nerve!)
Now she's left
Cleaning up the mess he made (her resilience. Fu yoh.)

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Boys, you can break (<---------------- YES)
You'll find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
But boys would be gone without the warmth from (note underline.)
A woman's good, good heart

On behalf of every man
Looking out for every girl
You are the god and the weight of her world ( She feels too, so handle with care.)

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

(John Mayer - from Heavier Things)
I love this song. It isn't the latest song now but it sure resonated in my mind for a very long time.
I'm not a boy-hater feminist. I'm just pointing out the meaning of the song, thank you very much.