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Rags to riches - Fiji Times

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Rags to riches
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Rags to riches. Margaret Wise Friday, June 21, 2013. Cool runnings ... Pedro Virgil never forgets his humble beginning as he enjoys life + Enlarge this image. Cool runnings ...

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Coven Chong Weng's insight:

From this article, i can see that Pedro Virgil who is a SAVUSAVU-born has become a international photographer despite all the challenges he faced when he was young such as studying at night with candles as his house did not have electricity. I think that we should be more appreciative for the things that we have now, as everything is provided by our parents now. I wonder where did he get his motivation from and also what did he do when he was not motivated.

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Poon Ying Ying's curator insight, July 2, 2013 6:39 AM

I'm using the See-Think-Wonder thinking route.


From the article, I see that Pedro Virgil is an international photographer whose name is renown in the fashion world. He was born somewhere less fortunate and had to live without electricity. His journey towards success was tough and had to overcome many obstacles. He had to work hard and persist on, to strive for his achievements today. Lucky he had his mother to encourage him and cheer him on persevering on.


From what i see, i think that we should take him as our role model because he has the fighting spirit which is the key to success. I think he must have been determined to achieve his goals and had great aims. And also that we should learn from him to not give up so easily despite all the rejections that turned him down. I think all of us should be like him, despite that he was poor and had many obstacles to overcome, he never blamed anyone or anything, he even thank god and his mother for all the opportunities he was given. We all should appreciate every thing we have, even the slightest thing.


I wonder what did he do whenever he felt demoralised and wanted to give up on his goals. How did he managed to built up all those determination and will to overcome all the difficulties? What motivated him to take the first step towards success?

WeiJun's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:33 AM

A SAVUSAVU-born international photographer is now a household name in the fashion world having successfully completed a stint as a judge and lead photographer on the reality show, Caribbean's Next Top Model.

But Pedro Virgil, 40, whose personal portrait belies the face of someone who "comes from the bush", says he will never forget his formative years where life was lived without electricity, and studying at night was accomplished using candles and kerosene lamps.

His mother, Sikiti Lum, is from Namuka-i-Lau while father Charles Wakeham is from Savusavu. This shows that nothing is impossible if he can start from being very poor and not known to being very wealthy and famous.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:55 AM
After reading this article , i have finally understand what the true meaning of 'nothing is impossible' is. Its not an easy task to become successful , it takes years of work , blood and tears to finally succeed in what you hope for and dream for. However , becoming successful isn't any easier to people born in wealthier and better to do families. To succeed , you must work hard and prove to the whole world that you're capable of succeeding. To me , i do believe that everyone has the capability to succeed , its only based on yourself. If you preserve on or fall into the temptations along the way or even giving up at the start , feeling insecure that you'll never do anything right. Well , to succeed , you first have to have confidence and fate in yourself that you can do it no matter what happens. Not forgetting that your will has to be strong as the road to success is never easy , its based on how you see it. You may think people succeed easily but only when you're the one fighting for success then you'll know how tough it is. All these are found in Pedro Virgil , he's a success. He wasn't born from a wealthy family nor was he lucky to be popular in school. However all those didn't matter , he did it. He persevered since young and had knew what he wanted since young therefore he aimed for it and continue work on it till he is now. As we all know , now he's a well known international photographer and thats he's result of working hard. From his case story , we are able to know that as long as we work hard for something , someday it'll come true.
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Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore

Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore | Possibilities, Conflict and prejudice Assignment_Coven Chong | Scoop.it
This LibGuide explores the following themes: 1. causes and effects of conflict in a multi-ethnic society (case studies of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka and 2. challenges in resolving ethnic conflicts.

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From this article, i know that the Tamil Tigers and also the Sinhalese are always fight and many people had died in the process. I think that if only people would think in another way, all this things would have not happened. I wonder why there is racism in this world, it would be great if humans would not fight over their race as there will not so much war involving races .

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Sean Tay's curator insight, July 2, 2013 7:50 AM

From this article, it tells me the importance of not discriminating others and being prejudice. By doing so, the sinhalese in the article has managed to unknowingly be biased and therefore causes the tamlis in Sri Lanka to revoly against them, resulting in the loss of many and the bloodshed of numbers unsightly. Racism is a growing custom in some minds. This kind of sick thinking would only increase the hate and the equality amongst peope. I wonder what makes others want to hate others due to their skin colours and their religion. Why would they even want to discriminate even if they have done nothing wrong to them.

vengaadesh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:37 PM

From this article I can see that through the hundred years of conflict there were many riots between the Tamil Tigers and the Sinhalese. Due to the riots there was bloodshed. If the Sinhalese and the Tamils had sorted out their problems in the first there would not have any misunderstanding in the first place. Many innocent lives have been lost in the process due this conflict. However I think that the Tamil Tigers are doing the right thing in fighting for their freedom. However I think they should use less lethal ways in doing so. I wonder why the conflict lasted for such a long period of time.

Teoh Jun Fang's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:13 AM

(See-Think-Wonder) From this article, I can see that the conflicts between the two races, Tamil and sinhala, is due to the difference in their language and culture. I think that it does not matter what race you are, as long as you live in the same country as the others, you are all together as one. Race is just a type of religion and everyone should learn to accept one another from different races and not dicriminate them. We should all show respect to their religion. Since the Tamil and Sinhala live in the same country, they should accept one another and not treat each other like enemies. I wonder if  there are no conflicts between the two races, how well-developed would Sri Lanka be now?

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Global attractiveness of singapore

Singapore: Star form the east
Singapore was ranked 3th as destination city by more than 107 million people of the global workforce in 2011. To compare, Singapore was ranked 6th in 2009.


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Coven Chong Weng's insight:

From this article, i can see that Singapore was ranked 3rd as a destination city by more than 107 million people of the global workforce in 2011 and also that Singapore was ranked 6th in 2009. I think that Singapore has came a long way and also now being a very good country, we as Singaporeans should at least learn to appreciate everything we have now. I wonder what will the challenges that Singapore face next time .

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Poon Ying Ying's curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:14 AM

Using the See-Think-Wonder thinking routine after looking at the slideshare, I can see that Singapore used to ranked 7th most attractive country globally in 2011. But now we ranked 3rd as destination city, the most popular Asian city to work and live in. We have a powerful economy, therefore a preferable workforce.


I think Singapore strived hard to the state we are right now, having so many strong competitors like London and New York for their potential labour market and countries like Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for regional competitions, also competiting with Sydney and Dubai for industry because of their stong finance and ICT. I think we being Singaporeans should be thankful and appreciative for being so successful and safe to live in. We are not only a safe country but also clean and green. That is why we all should take an extra effort to maintain all this hard work and not bring it down.


I wonder if the other successful countries take the same actions as we do or do they have different strategies? How did Singapore manage to push through everything in our way to the top 3 ranking of destination city? What was all the considerations the government had to take? I wonder how Singapore's going to fare in the future, will we maintain, drop or climb higher? And how are we going to do that?

WeiJun's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:40 AM

After browsing through the slideshare about Singapore, I learnt that Singapore stands in the 3rd place as a destination city by more than 107 million people of the global workforce in 2011. It stands as the 7th most popular country to settle down and work in 2011. Singapore have a strong economy and it is the working capital of Southeast Asia. I think that Singapore is one of the most successful and safest countries in the world which is the reason why many foreigners prefer to migrate over and settle down here. Despite being an extremely small country, Singapore rose over the years to become so renowned by everyone in the world at this point in time. 

vengaadesh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:10 PM

From this article I can see that Singapore is ranked 3rd as a destination city by more than 107 million people of the global workforce in 2011 and it is the 7th most popular country to settle down and work in 2011. Singapore has one of the best economies in Asia. Hence it is a more preferable workforce compared to other countries. I think that we should appreciate that we have such a good economy. I wonder what we as Singaporeans can do to keep us the good work done by the people of Singapore today.