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Friday, February 24, 2006

The Chronicles of Narnia

With Narnia fast approaching (screening on 4th March in Japan), I too joined the hype and anticipation, and have been reading the whole Chronicles of Narnia. I just finished The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (5th book chronologically, out of 7), and to someone who have no prior knowledge about the books, was surprised with many parallels that can be drawn to Christianity.

Ok, no doubt, this nothing new to Narnian scholars around the world, or to Narnian fans, or even to those who may come across some articles, or overheard from a friend. But hey, it’s new to me, so don’t flame me for writing a post on an “old piece of news” can?

* Warning – Spoilers*

Similarities to the Bible:

1. Starting from The Magician’s Nephew, Aslan was said and known to be the Son of the Emperor-Over-Sea. Cf. with Jesus, who is the Son of God. [1] Why lion then? Well, ask any Christian and they can tell you that Jesus is also referred to as the Lion of Judah.

2. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Aslan was put to death by the White Witch on the Stone Table in the place of a traitor - symbolic of the Crucifixion. [1]

3. Also, when he was resurrected, when many were scared (thought see ghost), he asked them to approach and touch his paws and his warmth. Much like what Jesus did when he asked some disbelieving disciples to touch his pierced hands, and his pierced sides.

4. Also in the LWW, Aslan magically fed his people. This is similar to several instances of God's providence in the Bible, including when God's provision of manna for the Hebrews in the Sinai desert and how Jesus miraculously fed the crowds following Him with loaves and fishes. [3]

5. After turning from a lamb (Jesus was often said to be the Lamb of God in the Bible) back into a lion (Christ was often called the Lion of the Tribe of Judea) in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, he announced he was known by another name in our world, and while that name is not mentioned specifically, the connotations and imagery in Aslan's story strongly suggest that he was referring to Christ. [1][2]

6. In The Silver Chair, the dead King Caspian was brought to Aslan's terriritory, where Caspian lay in a river. Aslan commanded Eustace to prick his paw with a thorn, and Aslan let the blood drop on Caspian, who in turn came alive. This is symbolic of how only Jesus's blood when he died on the cross could bring man to heaven (and give them life), and the water that purifies. The thorn is symbolic of the crown of thorns, and that Eustace pricked his paw is symbolic of how man put Christ on the cross. [2]

7. When Narnia was destroyed in The Last Battle, Aslan judged every creature who had died. It turned out his kingdom was the real Narnia and the one that was destroyed was merely a copy. [3] Ring a bell?

8. The only explicit reference to Christianity occurs in The Last Battle, which is itself an allegorical version of the Bible's Book of Revelations. In it, King Tirian and The Friends of Narnia were marvelling at how the stable contained a complete world within it. Lucy mused, "Even in our world, a stable once contained something larger than the entire world," a clear reference to the Nativity of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. [3]

Of course, the centre of these all is Aslan.

“He takes the role of a Christ-like figure, though according to Lewis he is not an allegorical portrayal of Christ, but rather a different, hypothetical, incarnation of Christ himself:

If Aslan represented the immaterial Deity, he would be an allegorical figure. In reality however he is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question, 'What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia and He chose to be incarnate and die and rise again in that world as He actually has done in ours?' This is not allegory at all.

Thus, Lewis claimed that the Chronicles were not Christian allegory because they are not allegory, not because they are not Christian.” [1]

“Lewis intended them (the stories) more to be “supposals” (rather than allegories). Suppose, he thought, a world existed where Talking Beasts roamed the land and the characters of mythology really sprang to life? Suppose Evil entered that world? Suppose the Son of God ruled that world? What form would He take? How would He reveal His character? Lewis’s “supposals” are contained in The Chronicles of Narnia. Through these stories, we gain a fresh vision of human nature and the interactions of a just yet loving God with the created beings of His world.” [4]

A letter written, supporting this view, from Magdalene College, Cambridge, where Lewis was a don, says, “Supposing there really was a world like Narnia . . . and supposing Christ wanted to go into that world and save it (as He did ours) what might have happened?

“The stories are my answer. Since Narnia is a world of talking beasts, I thought he would become a talking beast there as he became a man here. I pictured him becoming a lion there because a) the lion is supposed to be the king of beasts; b) Christ is called ‘the lion of Judah’ in the Bible.” [5]

Anyway, besides this Christian thing which some of you may or may not be interested in, here’s a bit of history in the beginning of the LWW as well. Ever wondered why the 4 children were sent to live with Prof Digory? Well, here’s some historical background to it:

During World War II, England was faced with war on its doorstep. The advent of fighter planes and bombers meant that civilians were not safe at home while soldiers fought England’s enemies in France, Germany, and beyond, especially since part of the strategy of the German army was to attack civilians and thus weaken the morale of Germany’s opponents. When England became engaged in the war, this danger was known, and heavy causalities were predicted among the civilian population, particularly in London. As the center of government and the most populous English city, London was often targeted for attack. Though the civilian loss of life was not as great as originally predicted, it was still quite heavy.

On September 1, 1939, two days before war was declared in England, efforts began to evacuate over 1 million children from London and the more populous areas of England. Many were sent to live with relatives or with foster families in the countryside, in Cornwall, and in Scotland. More than 16,000 were sent overseas, though some of these children died in enemy attacks en route. Despite the efforts at evacuation, the war took its ghastly toll. More than one in ten air raid victims were children under the age of 16. Official estimates place the child death toll during the war at 7,736. In addition, 7,622 were seriously wounded in the attacks. Including adults, more than 60,595 civilians were killed by enemy action in Great Britain during the war, with another 86,182 seriously injured.

The fictitious Pevensie children (Pevensie is Lucy, Susan, Edmund, and Peter’s surname) were placed with an eccentric but wise professor who lived in a large house in the country. According to Douglas Gresham (co-producer of the LWW film, as well as step-son of Lewis himself), C.S. Lewis himself harbored some children during the war effort. In fact, the Professor Digory character (who appears in several Narnian tales) shares many characteristics with Lewis himself. [4]

And lastly, a little trivia on C.S. Lewis himself. He was part of the Inklings, a literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford, England. Its members included such notables as J. R. R. Tolkien (yes, yes, the Tolkien of the LOTR), Charles Williams and Hugo Dyson. Readings and discussions of the members' unfinished works were the principal purposes of meetings. [2]

There. Hopefully for those who have read these for the first time, hopefully it will cast some new light to the series. As a final note, it will be fair to add that Lewis himself mentioned that he did not write the series to be Christian books; just that somehow, his Christian beliefs found its way into his stories.







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Thursday, February 23, 2006


from siownan, see if you can read the message:

This is to affirm that you are very intelligent and your mind is doing very

Able to decipher such terrible writings :

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was
rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch
at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a
wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in
the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey
lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas
tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006


and by the way, I have an irritating numb pain at my lower jaw since last night...

issit a toothache? anyone knows how to identify a toothache? as in need it hurt more when you are touching/pushing some tooth (cos it doesn't, for me).

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To everyone who sent me well-wishes and gifts, thank you soooo much!!!!!!

Love ya all...

Gotta see you guys soon (ok I hear some groans), take care for now ya?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day Present...

I got a great Valentine's Day present from a gal whom I dunno today...
nope, not chocolates...
I paid for my dinner in Kawasaki with a 10,000 yen note, and got back 9,000 yen notes plus a few coins, the notes i tucked temporarily into my hip pocket which i soon forgot about.
i finished up my dinner, took the train, arrived at kosugi eki, and while walking to the shiminkan for my jap volunteer class, a gal tapped my shoulder and asked me if i dropped some money, while pushing the 9,000 yen into my hand.. i immediately felt for them in my pocket, but obviously, didnt find them there.
even before i finished saying arigatou gozaimasu, she smiled and turned and left. i was left stunned. on one hand, i was touched by a stranger's kindness - her kindness. i didnt know where i dropped the money, and she could have followed me for some time to catch up with me to return. elsewhere probably it would be finder's keepers.
on the other hand, i totally didnt know where i could have dropped it. the feeling of dread or disappointment if i had found out that i had dropped my money somewhere and not able to recover overwhelmed me, even though i have the money in my hands.
anyway i am just glad that i have met a nice stranger today, whom i have not had the chance to thank properly. thank you, whoever you are....
good present eh?

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KEWL!! よ~し!


ok can start spamming my blog liao.. lol

if any of you guys read many other blogs, esp popular ones like boing boing, you would have undoubtedly seen this...

a puppy monorail...

cute hor?? for those who hadnt, well, there you go ;p. you can see the construction process here if you want.

more cute stuffs in this Cute Overload blog... hehe... no doubt will appeal to many little gals out there ;p

not forgetting the guys of course. if you guys are interested in michael owen (oops i guess more gals are than guys), you can view his online diary here. whether its truely authentic or if its hand-typed by him, i dunno... but well, interesting read nonetheless... linked from

okok.. thats all for now, but before i go....


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The below post you see was a test post by me - trying out this mail-to-blog thingy.

yah, i know this exist for quite some time liao, but havent actually tried it out until now.... actually i am doing this now because in office in most days, i cant get to the posting page - dunno why, it always lags out there.

but i'm not too sure how to put up pics in this way. i tried attaching a picture as you would do with a normal email, but no, it doesnt get uploaded automatically... so i guess i have to do it the conventional way then...

another test pic... let's see if this turns up ok ;)

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test test

can anyone see this??

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

today was finally the day of my concert.... for a whole year, we have been preparing for this. and now it's over in a flash... how time flies, just like my time in japan...

i'll definitely miss the band here.. it's the best band i have ever played in...

the ppl here are wackier...

the clarinets have been so nice to me....

and from the surface, you cant see how seriously they treat their music. you can't see them going for extra individual practices on xmas day for example impressed, am I.

from the bottom of my heart, i thank all of you guys who made my stay in japan many times more enjoyable than it would have been. you guys rock, and i'm sad to leave...

today, i'll like to thank those who came down specially to support me.. namely ivan, yuhui, fangyi, chinheng, jianrong, calvin...

... and also yasu and mika, and the volunteer teachers from the musashi kosugi ward, including miyamoto sensei, jel who, although cant make it, introed shinichi, her english student who is also a clarinettist, and of course shinichi for coming...

and special mention to tanabe sensei for coming, and giving me some beer!!! as well as yuko, who gave me a bouquet of flowers!! gerberas!! how did she know i like gerberas?? haha.. to date this is my second ever bouquet received, not counting those from ex-gfs, hehe. first was from fiona and lynn, my dear classmates, and now the second from yuko!!

and to those who sent their well wishes, and to those of whom i forgot to mention, forgive me, and thanks to you as well!!

rather sad that it all ended cos this will also signal the end of my japan trip... sigh...

anyway i dun have any performace photos... once they are ready to be ordered, i will get them and them hopefully post some of them up here...

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Friday, February 10, 2006

JLPT results out!!

The long-waited results are finally out!!

In my entire life, the first time I failed any major examination was when I was in sophomore year back in NTU. It was the darned Analogue Electronics paper, and I knew I did dreadfully for it. And sure enough, I failed. :(

For the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Level 2 that I sat last December, I knew it was a 50-50.


I failed my Reading/Grammar section.... scoring 112/200 (passing mark is 60%).

I scored 89/100 for Writing/Vocabulary, and a 70/100 for my Listening...

I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks everyone for your help and support, especially buckies, who painstakingly scanned past year papers for me to try!!!!

I'm now JLPT 2 certified.. muahahahahaha.....

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006


havent been able to log on for ages in the office... not that this was banned of cos, but well, it somehow freezes before it gets to this page...

anyway, today is my Dad's birthday, so just wanna wish him a big

Happy Birthday Dad!!

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Day trip to Ichinoseki - Geibi Gorge

Since I had a JR nori-houdai for one day... hehe.... I was thinking of where to go by myself during one of the free Sundays...

Until this poster caught my attention...

ok... not exactly this one, but one nicer one in yokohama... So having nowhere else in mind to venture to myself, I decided to head there, which is near Ichinoseki Shinkansen Station. This was about almost 3 hours away via Shinkansen. Ah well, may as well take more bullet train rides when they are free ;) Oh, and, for those who went to/knows Sendai, it is about 30 mins further up north, so you can roughly have an idea of where this is.

From Ichinoseki (一ノ関), it took another 40 mins via local train to reach the destination - Geibi-kei (猊鼻渓). This turned out to be a bird-no-lay-eggs place, and so, I discovered that the train services every hour/ 2 hours. (I was done by 1350, and had to wait for the 1512 train back to Ichinoseki!!)

Well a little about Geibi Gorge before I go any further. It is reputed to be one of the top 100 sights in Japan. Well, from what I've seen, it should be in the top 10 instead. If only the surroundings are more urbanised, I would think it will be a fantastic tourist stop.

Anyway, there are flat boat rides that will take you through a nice little serene river sandwiched by 120-metre cliffs on both sides. The boat is "rowed" by a single pole - make that 2, if the person in front is helping out - much like those boat rides you see in Chinese pugilistic dramas. And the boatmen, as I had read prior to going there, traditionally sings a... errmm... traditional song as they are oaring... and I must say, it is quite ... errm... interesting as well.

ok, I think I overdid my introduction, so let's get on with the photos!

When I reached, there weren't much signs pointing to the boatride site, but I eventually found it...

Nearby, I saw this sign regarding the gorge.

It says "Japan 100 top spots, named Gibei Kei, 2 km long river flanked by huge stone walls 120m high. You can take the wooden boat ride, view Fuji flowers in Spring, view lush greeneries in Summer, red leaves in Autumn, or snow in Winter - enjoy the nature of each season. The song at the head of the boat echoes in the gorge and captivates all people present"

The gist of it, at least.

Too bad it was winter, hence it wasnt the usual open-top boat rides, but rather, a floating greenhouse. And the view was pretty much close to zero from the inside... Well, at least it kept us warm... we even had heater and futons to keep our bodies warm!!

Poor guy at the back rowing...

A boat that is going back to the start point... Really look like a floating greenhouse hor?

Our stop point in sight!

We reached this place where they had the lion's nose I think - not too sure cos I couldn't really catch the guide's japanese - where you pay 100 yen for 3 something, to try to throw into the small holes on the opposing stone wall. Supposedly, if the something enters the hole, your wish will be granted. Hence here you can see the guy throwing err.. something. Well at least he got one in on his 101th try. ;)

I just happened to be able to take this shot... cute hor??

Going back liao... sigh

Got a clip of that guy singing... but dunno if I should upload or not... hehe... see how lah ;p

Anyway the trip lasted 50 mins, when it was supposed to be 90 mins... hmphh.. maybe in winter cut short? I dunno.

And I seriously dunno why they need so many boats for. I mean, it is an hourly departure.

anyway, I dunno how you guys feel about the place after seeing the photos, but it was really nice, although a bit sabishii going there myself. I think it was one of the prettiest place I've visited so far in Japan...

ok.. so this marks the end of my first proper blog update after 2 months.. hehe... a bit of a rush job, but well better than nothing right? 230 am liao... I am so gonna suffer tomorrow... sigh...

take care ya, guys ;)

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