|"What a surprise (1) exclaimed Mr Teo. "Imagine meeting you here at the travel fair. It is very crowded, isn't it?"|
"Are you planning to go to America or Japan (2) asked Mr Chan.
"Well, I am taking my children to visit their grandparents in Los Angeles (3) have some fun in Disneyland and then go to the Grand Canyon," said Mr Teo.
|"Please let me take you home," James (1) begged earnestly. "You can't drive when you are so (2) intoxicated. You can pick up your car tomorrow morning."|
Melvin (3) paid no attention to James and continued on his way to his car. Just then, a police car drove by. James stood (4) rooted to the ground, afraid that his worst fears would soon come true. However, the police car did not stop and carried on its way. James heaved a sigh of relief.
At that moment, Melyin, in his stupor, (5) stumbled and fell into the drain!
|Connie opened the door and let me in. Morrie was in his wheelchair by the kitchen table wearing a loose cotton shirt and even looser black sweatpants. They were loose because his legs had shrunk drastically; you could get two hands around his thighs and have your fingers touch. Had he been able to stand, he'd have been no more than five feet tall, and he'd probably have fitted into a 12-year-old's jeans.|
"I got you something," I announced, holding up a brown paper bag. I had stopped on my way from the airport at a nearby supermarket and purchased some turkey, potato salad, macaroni salad and donuts. I wanted to contribute something. I was powerless to help Morrie otherwise. And I remembered his fondness for eating.
"Ah, so much food!" he sang. "The hospital would never have given me such delicacies."
We sat at the kitchen table, surrounded by wicker chairs. This time, without the need to make up sixteen years of information, we slid quickly into the familiar waters of our old college dialogue. During our conversation, I noticed that he only ate small morsels of the spread in front of him. The donuts and the turkey were left largely untouched. Occasionally, he had to stop to use the bathroom, a process that took some time. Connie would wheel him to the toilet, then lift him from the chair, and support him as he urinated into the beaker. Each time he came back, he looked tired and a little uneasy.
"Are you all right?" I asked. Morrie sighed. 'Tm sorry. This is so embarrassing. It is the ultimate sign of dependency, but I'm working on it. I'm trying to enjoy the process. After all, I get to be a baby one more time." He laughed, and I was relieved that he did. We talked for a long time before I finally decided that it was time to go home. "See you again next Tuesday," he said, as he waved weakly to me.
( Adapted from 'Tuesdays with Morrie' by Mitch Albon )
|(A) is (D) after (G) out (K) to (N) behind|
(B) into (E) off (H) beyond (L) away (P) about
(C) up (F) bottom (J) during (M) are (Q) that
An unidentified man was found burnt to death (1) ___________ a pre-dawn fire in a terrace house in Ang Mo Kio yesterday. His charred body was burnt (2) ____________ recognition.
Investigators suspect (3) _____________ he was murdered. According to them, the victim had his hands tied (4) ___________ his back with wire when they found him in the master bedroom. There (5) ____________ also evidences to suggest he had tried to put (6) _____________ a struggle before he was bound and killed. An autopsy will be carried (7) ___________ today.
The pre-dawn fire caused a stir in the neighbourhood. Several residents living nearby went (8) ___________ a state of panic when they found smoke entering their homes. They ran out of their houses and screamed for help.
Fire engines arrived at the scene within minutes and extinguished the fire. Policemen subsequently cordoned (9) __________ the whole area for investigation. So far, no one has come forward to provide more information (10) ___________ the incident. Police hope that witnesses will help them to investigate the incident.
|"You are now standing right before the Angkor Wat!" exclaimed our Cambodian guide. It is indeed an impressive sight. My friends and I
could hardly wait to set foot in the world-famous monument. Our visit
to the Angkor Wat, an ancient city located in the vicinity of Lake Tonle
Sap, was part of an educational trip organized and fully sponsored by
the school. Built more than 800 years ago, the Angkor Wat is now
an icon of Cambodia, a country in Southest Asia.|
According to the brochure given to us, the Angkor Wat was constructed in the twelfth century as the capital city of the former. Khmer empire. At the height of its power, the Khmer empire ruled over present-day countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The Khmers are the ancestors of people living in Cambodia today. Building the Angkor Wat was no simple matter. It involved the Khmer people who themselves contributed a large architects, sculptors and other skilled workers. At the same time, thousands of slaves captured by the Khmer kings in their conquests were forced to provide the much needed hard labour.
The Angkor Wat occupies a sprawling site of more than 30 football fields. Stepping into the colossal structure, we were greeted by multi-storey buildings, intricate wall carvings, magnificent-statues and other resplendent structures. The design of the Angkor Wat shows mat the Khmers excelled in science and mathematics. The advanced state of the Khmer civilization is also seen in its sophisticated water management system. A complex network of canals was put in place to meet the needs of the people. "Do you feel being transported back in time?" asked the guide. Awestruck, no one responded to his question. All of us were enthralled by what we saw.
Historians believe that the Khmer empire started to weaken in the fourteenth century. A combination of persistent water shortages, diseases, overcrowding and wars eventually led to its downfall. In 1467, the Angkor Wat was abandoned after it was attacked by a large army from the Ayutthaya kingdom. Thereafter, the surrounding forests gradually encroached on the city and hid it from view.
It was only in 1858 that the Angkor Wat was revealed to the world. A French explorer, Henri Mourot, reportedly stumbled upon it when he was looking for rare butterflies in the dense jungles of Cambodia. The discovery immediately grabbed the attention of scholars, journalists and even treasure hunters worldwide. Long-standing rumours that an ancient civilization had once existed in Cambodia were finally confirmed.
Today, the Angkor Wat embodies the pride of the Cambodian people. The guide said, "It gives us a sense of historical and cultural importance that we are the descendants of a glorious civilization." He added that for Cambodia, one of the poorest nations in the world, the Angkor Wat has an important economic significance. As a renowned tourist attraction, it draws a large number of overseas visitors to the country every year. The tourists help to provide jobs and business opportunities for the Cambodians. In 1978, the Angkor Wat was designated as a World Heritage Site. The status allows the Cambodian government to receive a sum of money every year from the United Nations to maintain and preserve the antiquated city.
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