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Tick tock: time is running out

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Hello everyone! I am sorry that it has been so long since my last post but sometimes the teaching programme here can get a little bit stressful and you lose track of what you are doing.

One thing I have noticed is how quickly time is flying past me now. Only now have I realised how little time I have left before I return to the UK and try to find another job. It is quite scary because it always feels like you have plenty of time. Very soon I will leave my beautiful Mediterranean island and return to the green fields of my home, Armagh.

Time is a funny thing. It goes quickly and slowly at the same time. One day can rush past you and the next can seem like it lasts forever. Now I wish I could slow everything down. I want to take advantage of every minute of every day to try something new and exciting. I want to be able to have one special memory for each day I have left.

My students gave me a list of things to see and do in Mallorca and I have barely seen any of them. Even on such a small island, there are far too many things to see. I want to have a superpower. I want to be able to stop time.

If I could stop time then I could exercise on the beach all day while listening to Imagine Dragons on my phone. I could see everything on the island without running or panicking. My adventure here wouldn't have to end and I would have all the time in the world to keep writing these articles for all of you.

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Do you feel that time goes very quickly? What would you do if you could stop time?

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DearSky 29 January, 2016 - 20:36

Once I heard that when we are doing something interesting and/or distract yourselves we often think that time goes very fast. The opposite happens when we have nothing interesting to do. I don't think I would like to stop the time now.

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Elsa007 30 January, 2016 - 23:49

Interesting, DearSky!
I think time goes very quickly when I'm lazy!
So, for me, laziness=interesting!? OMG!
Precisely speaking, just resting....!! :)

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hadia 2 December, 2015 - 13:59

Hi to you both Ken and Giang!!
I love Doraemon too........! It's very exciting to see someone from 22nd century!!Isn't it???
That's quite natural that we're curious about the future...............about the technology.........................about the things...................about the knowledge................about the lifestyle and many more things the future generation is going to have!! Doraemon provides an idea about them........like He can make everything happen!! He can even stop the time......has time machine , the anywhere door....................and all his adorable and fantastically attractive gadgets of whom nobody can dream of..................I mean about their existence! That's quite exciting............I mean he has gadgets of advanced technology...............I want him too ........for me :))) he's just amazing..................We can even see what will happen in the future!! That's totally amazing :))) He can make a sister or brother for us through a machine or he can bring the fairy in the "woodcutter's story of axe'' to us ; she can award us with much prettier things than we have if we speak truth............also he has a machine to give us the money in exchange of the abandoned or rejected , wasted material we have!.............................And can do even many more things.............I can't list them all................................
He says that he has come from 22nd century......he was a product made by a company and rejected by it as he was not efficiently working!!! so just imagine......If the rejected piece of the future has such a technology with him then what about the best pieces made by the future people???? They'd surely be better in science and technology then we are!!
Have you read the play "Visit to a Small Planet" by Gore Vidal?? It's about a person, Kreton, from outer space and has supernatural powers...............He's immortal, can read human mind, can create an invisible wall for protection, can speak all languages , his spaceship works without instruments and Earth people are his hobby! His planet's people don't travel much because they have special monitors to have a look at all of the world.............His people are much advanced in the science and technology!!! They can do anything.........................I guess this also tells about the future! I mean Earth people represent the Present generation and Kreton's Planet's people tell us about the future generation which would be more advanced then we are!! Well what about being immortal????
I don't think that this can ever happen! No matter how much advance we become but we can't conquer the death!! I think we can't!! It's a natural process and we all have to die one day ...........
But who knows what happens in the future??/
Still I think it that we can never be immortal.........!

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Ken 4 December, 2015 - 13:20

Hi, Hadia! Thank you for the comment. I really enjoyed your thoughts about Doraemon, Gore Vidal and his story, 'Visit to a Small Planet', and being immortal. I remember my grandpa and grandma used to be laughing at Jerry Lewis' comedies! Yeah, our future is unknown world. Are we destined to grow further or to die anyway? Destined soul mate….., do you believe that?
Whenever I look up the wonderful starry sky in the night, I rediscover I'm not important at all and recon that my soul will fly to one of the huge amount of these stars somewhere and shine after my death…. In this sense, my soul can be immortal…..! Wow… the universe is considered to be 11-D! It's actually beyond any stretch of my imagination! Can you imagine yourself in eleven dimension??
Well, it's sometimes fun to imagine our future rather than looking back to the past, isn't it?
Ken
Past, present and future

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hadia 3 February, 2016 - 04:20

Hey Ken!
I'm really sorry for being late!
Well!! To imagine myself in The 11-D ???? Woohooo! That'd be really amazing! You say right,
"Well, it's sometimes fun to imagine our future rather than looking back to the past, isn't it?"
Yeah! It's a really a fun to do such a thing! I love doing so..........Imagining the wonderful future and it's charms! I really want to travel in Time-machine....hahahaha!
I hope you'd like my thoughts ,
Hadia <3

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gianggiang 5 November, 2015 - 14:42

I feel that time goes quickly when I sit in exams or surf internet or watch films or read magazines, but time goes slowly when I wait for something.
What would I do If I could stop the time? I can't answer it but I know a person who can stop the time: Doraemon ! ( the robot cat comes from the future)

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Ken 6 November, 2015 - 08:20

Yeah! You're right! I know Doraemon, too! I wish I were Nobita... I could fly across time and space with the cat!
Well, the time stops.....when I kick the bucket.....
・*・:≡( ε:)

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gianggiang 7 November, 2015 - 08:56

Haha. You wish you were Nobita. If so, I wish I were Jaian ( Gian). ( Oops ~~~)
Doraemon is a part of Japanese and Vietnamese children's childhood.

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Ken 7 November, 2015 - 14:29

Haha! A nice pun!! So who's gonna be Tsuneo??
The characters seem to represent a microcosm, don't they?
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gianggiang 8 November, 2015 - 03:35

Tsuneo? Maybe your friends whose parents are rich. Tsuneo is very arrogant, and I don't like this character.However, when we grow up, we tend to have the personalities like him. Reading Doraemon is a good choice if you want to stop the present and think of the past. It can help you feel that the time is stopping.
BTW, If you were Nobita, your girlfriend should be Shizuka!
You are Ken, your girlfriend should be Barbie!

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Ken 2 December, 2015 - 09:31

Ha ha! Spot on!
Hey, gianggian, can I call you Barbie? Or would you prefer Shizuka chan??
Oh no! Shizuka cha〜〜〜n!! Don't leave me back! (Boo-hoo…..) Help me Doraemon!!
・゜゜・(/□\*)・゜゜・

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gianggiang 3 December, 2015 - 04:45

Haha...Thanks Ken
I prefer to be Shizuka :D
Yeah, you can call me Shizuka if you like .Be careful ! Your girlfriend might be jealous of me !
However, I am ready to become Doraemi to help you and your girlfriend !
Anyway, finally, Nobita and Shizuka got married and had a happy life. I believe that you and your girlfriend are very happy and always help each other in studying !

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Ken 3 December, 2015 - 15:12

Aha ha! Right, I bet you correspond with Doremi's intelligence! You know what? The role of Doaremon is to help, but that of Dorami is to look after someone. That is to say, the way Doraemon helps Nobita is to give what he wants; the way Dorami helps is to elicit spontaneous efforts to solve the problem. Interesting bro and sis, aren't they?
BTW, thank you for your generous comment about my girlfriend (Barbie!). She's been busy lately so I have no choice but focus on my study recently.
Hey, Dorami-chan! Wish my happiness with Barbie and look after me... (oops) and my girlfriend!

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Elsa007 30 June, 2015 - 03:23

Hi Botsko,

• as cool as a cucumber ?
• as sly as a fox ?
• as stubborn as a mule ?
What's the advantage to be a vampire? Are you from Romania?

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Elsa007 27 April, 2015 - 10:08

Tick tock tick tock…..! Oh no, a day passes by like a flash! 24 hours a day is too short to finish off things to be done! I usually make a to-do list to keep reminding myself. Strangely enough, when I'm keeping busy, I often have my mind set on going out somewhere (for shopping, hanging around, whatever…) after having crossed out my lists, but as soon as I get released from my duties, I find myself being out of enthusiasm for the entertainment I was willing to do! Eventually, I usually enjoy lounging around, which also makes me feel that time goes very quickly!
Tick tock, tick tock…. that's the sound of my internal conflict...!

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JohnR 28 April, 2015 - 09:02

I feel the same! I have all of my lists that I make to do when I finish work but I normally end up just going home and trying to relax a little. Lounging around is very addictive for me and I just waste a lot of the day. It is a shame but at least it is comfortable.

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Elsa007 30 April, 2015 - 05:02

Hi John, glad to know that I found someone who is on the same wavelength! :)) Study hard, play hard and lounge around!!

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JohnR 26 April, 2015 - 21:59

That sounds like amazing. Time is crazy because it always changes between fast and slow. I would love to be able to stop time just so I could do everything I needed to do and then enjoy real time by doing the things I love.

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hadia 22 April, 2015 - 16:32

I really like this article...............actually more than this I really liked the topic! Tick Tock! it sounds cool! well talking about the time......Ah! it's really fast ; for those who keeping wasting it the whole day and might be ( but I think it surely be!!) too slow; for those who keep struggling and working the whole day. Sometimes it's opposite because once I tried wasting it but I felt bored because it passed very slowly , then I started reading a book and it also started passing fast! Well it varies with people but I think that who keep on wasting their precious time all the day by eating, playing, sleeping and doing other useless stuff all the time they at last always say that ''Time has passed so quickly'' But they actually don't know that the time has been passing rightly but it is they who have keep wasting their time the whole day! I feel sometimes that the time passes so quickly but always then , when I have some test and have to learn it and always there is less time! (Haha this is so because I keep wasting time the whole day and always study or do my work when less time is left!) Well talking about the other question that if I would get the whole day free what would I do? this is the question that has always come to my mind and I always think of doing different things!! I have thought the one day this question would be ever asked! well I will do some naughty things! like
1. go to pizza or burger shop and ( as every one has stopped because time has stop, only we are the one who have not stopped) eat pizza or even bring many to home for eating Haha!
2. next i'll go to book shop and have all my favourite books and read them.
3. next i'll keep travelling even I can travel the whole world! and visit my favourite places especially the Wonders Of The World!
4. i'll keep watching my favourite TV programmes the whole time
5. Travel in a train because I love travelling in a train then travelling by car!
Ah! and many more (silly) things! Can't list all of them!
Well I loved this article very much! It gave me a chance to share my ideas on this topic which I have always think about in my mind!
Thanks again JohnR!

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JohnR 28 April, 2015 - 09:00

That sounds like amazing. Time is crazy because it always changes between fast and slow. I would love to be able to stop time just so I could do everything I needed to do and then enjoy real time by doing the things I love.

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hadia 28 April, 2015 - 12:40

Yeah! I really wish that I could do so! Well this is not possible in this century but might be in the 22nd century..................................who knows???

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Elsa007 30 April, 2015 - 05:13

Hi Hadia, I don't want to stop our time actually, because it might just mean an advent of death! Or rather I wish I could change my body clock, for instance, like a baby's; Nothing but desire for sleeping and food!! ... Wait, the same as I am now...!??

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hadia 30 April, 2015 - 06:36

Hi Elsa007!
everyone has it's own desires about time.....Well! I like your way of thinking that you want to change the body clock but i think that by changing the body clock .............won't it be boring so much?. Well! every one has it's own idea..................I love growing up because we can do so much and we're in a way independent and many more things and being at this age i thing it's very lovely. I think by stopping time it doesn't mean the advent of death .....I think that you didn't get my point! I mean i want to stop time and then make it run over again because i know that without my lovely environment I can't live I think you may get it now.....Well it was just a dream thinking because it can't be natural no one can do it! Obviously!

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Elsa007 1 May, 2015 - 06:04

Thanks for the reply, Hadia. Aha, I think I get it…..! Yep, life is full of excitement and we shouldn't be bored for boring stuff, as a quote says: 'Don't wast your time looking back what you've lost. Move on, life is not meant to be traveled backwards'. ;-)

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hadia 1 May, 2015 - 06:32

Hi Elsa007!
I'm happy that you got that! Well the Quote is saying absolutely right as if we would keep on repenting for the past all the time we can't succeed!

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