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5 Cool Things by Heang Sreychea

Digital language lessons
Would you like to improve your English? Do you want to speak like a native? Well, what are you waiting for, go buy a book, hunker down in your room, take out the disc inside, set the book aside, and get ready to converse with a robot voice on your way to being fluent. The advantage of DVDs and CDs is that your pronunciation will constantly be improving and you can focus on vocabulary building and grammar. You can even play the CD while you are doing other stuff, it’s probably most prudent to give a language your undivided attention for best results.

Peace sign
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me, in the immortal words of Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson. While you may never be as cool as they were, it’s certifiably cool for you to wear a peace sign necklace. You will simultaneously promote peace just by associating with it, assuming you are cool. Plus, people will know that you don’t tolerate spats, fracases, clashes, battles, wars or any such conflict. You are clearly expressing your preference for peace simply by wearing this fine piece of jewellery. Who knows; maybe
you will start a peace movement!


Have you ever dreamed of playing a grand piano and singing your heart out on the centre stage? I never stopped dreaming about it when I was a child, and while it hasn’t happened yet, it did raise my interesting in learning to play the keys. Ol’ ebony and ivory will help you relieve your stress, improve your hand eye coordination and, if you do it well, improve your self-esteem and confidence. But these benefits won’t just arrive unannounced. Pull up a stool and get practicing!

Piggy bank
Do you have your own piggy bank in your room? Is she your best friend? Perhaps you just think of the little pink lady as an accountant doing pro-bono asset management for you and only you. Whatever the case may be, there is no better case for small denominations of cash than a tried and true piggy bank. Many of us began saving money by stuffing pocket money into a pig-shaped porcelain vessel. It’s a classic beginner’s lesson in money management. But, even beyond childhood, giving your special someone a piggy bank will let them know how much you care about them. Or, at least, they will know that they need to stop spending money like a pig, and put it inside of one instead.


I’m pretty sure that all of you know this goddess-like singer/songwriter pictured to the right, although you may know her as Rihanna, rather than her given name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, which is how I refer to her given my unprecedented adoration for the sultry diva. I love her voice, and her songs and everything else about her. When her songs make it to the top ten of the Billboard hot 100 it feels like I am one of America’s hottest radio sensations, and when she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Pop Female Artist of 2007, I felt vindicated for the countless hours I spent lost under her umbrella-ella-ella AY!  FYI: as an objective critic, I can tell you that her single “What’s my name?” is really wonderful!



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