Friday, 16 March 2012


The Dreamcatchers visit Google
Yesterday I went to Google headquarters in Singapore. I was very impressed with the way the office space looks so modern and cool and young.  They had a karaoke machine, a wii. Almost one of their two floors was a massage, game and food center. It had some meeting areas but not a lot. I went to Google with a group of special people from National University Hospital Singapore, the Dreamcatchers Group - who are all kids with chronic or terminal illnesses, and of course my sister and Pat.

Learning about Google Earth & Maps

We went on a tour of the offices and we listened to some people talk about their journey to Google.  As well as , we had some one-on-one time with a Google employee who explained everything and answered any questions or things we wanted to know how to do. I was invited through my hospital team who recommended me be part of Dreamcatchers because of Make a Wish.

I learned that you have to be extremely qualified  to even get an application at Google. You have to have work experience. You have to have organization. You have to be a leader. And you have to have a college degree to work at Google. All of that plus good grades. Um, be active in school activities and you have to show initiative even in high school AND college.

It was interesting not sure I would even get an interview with them though!

Thanks to everyone at Google Singapore for a great day.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

AH! I'm Grumpy this Week.

So frustrated this week. Everything. First, I’m frustrated with my sister. She is so moody and hormonal sometimes. Last night, she made sarcastic remarks but really she was being rude to my mom. I’m frustrated with the fact that my dad is working and I haven’t seen him all week. I see him in the mornings but that’s it. I’m frustrated with Zach leaving for China. He doesn’t even speak Chinese! I’m also jealous because he went, and left me behind. Frustrated with mom because she is doing SUCH an awesome job on the brochures but I also want her helping me. I know that the brochure is important; I just miss her too. However, if she were not doing it, I’d bug her to get it done. I’m just grumpy this week. I’ve fought with Pat over my homework and said some not nice things. I apologized and we’re okay but I need to play it right this week. I am frustrated with my grades at the moment. I’m struggling to catch up from my absence. I just feel like when I am absent I miss something very important. Like, on Tuesday I was absent and I missed a Chinese reading comprehension test and now I’m lost. In science, I don’t understand the formula. I’m just frustrated. I need to sleep. I need to relax and to find a source of relief – like when you are in anger management they give you a rubber band to snap – I need a rubber band to snap. Painting helps me release and so does driving my wheelchair fast.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Painting with Zach

Zach Helping Me - so awesome!

I really like the last painting I did on Wednesday, since my brother helped – Zachary never helps – I felt really happy.  

And, you know, creative? 

It was  just awesome. 

I decided I was doing something brown and proceeded from there into an orangy brown base. And then I realized something was missing. So, I put some black on the left and right hand side in a straight line so that it created a border – almost. 

We added some copper and metallic which added some more depth to the orange and brown making it “pop” more. We added a pillar type “thing” to it and two black pillars by accident. It ended up looking really cool. 

In the end, it looked like a battlefield. I don’t know if that was because of the buttons we placed underneath the canvas or because of the color selection. Or, maybe it was Zach’s Nirvana-type music. 

He wanted me to paint a smiley face in honor of the Nirvana buttons he had brought back from Delhi.How my brother went to India and only brought back Nirvana buttons I have no idea.   

The painting ended up being incredibly, superbly, fantastically AWESOME!!!!

I feel awesome too! (Big Smile.) 

Fault in Our Stars

This week I finished the latest John Green book The Fault in Our Stars, an inspiring story of finding true love while fighting cancer. The protagonist, Hazel Grace, has never opened herself up to the outside world until she meets Augustus Waters. They fall in love with each other as quickly as she breathes. Their relationship is ironically almost one of soul mates because neither one really believes in the idea of soul mates. They end up finding each other and they are each other’s miracles.

            I love the way John Green portrayed a realistic take on what people with a medical condition feel on a daily basis. Green demonstrated that with Hazel Grace’s ability to face death and realistic vulnerability towards life, she feels like she is a grenade - the more she opens herself up to people the more people she will hurt when she dies. 

Feeling of being a “side effect” and saying your disease is how people will remember you,  really made me think about how people will remember me. I’ve thought about it. Thought about, making my grenade smaller so that I don’t hurt anyone. I’ve thought about what happens when I get sick, or something.  But then I think “I have to move on”. What doesn’t “kill me, makes me stronger.” And I believe someday someone somewhere will come up with something that will heal “everyone”.  So I just stay positive and awesome.