Category: Things About Me

Lantau Trip 2014


A Slideshow Showing All Of Our Great Memories

For the last 2 days, I’ve been on Lantau Island with the rest of the 5th Grade. We went to Lantau Island to disconnect with the city, and learn more about the environment, and the issues that the environment is facing. We stayed at the YWCA Sydney Leung Holiday Lodge and went to Mui O and Pui O. Our guides were from a company called Ark Eden, which is a charity dedicated to preserving the nature, but also offer tour trips in Lantau. I was part of Group B, which didn’t have my best friend in it. I was slightly disappointed at first, but I forgot about it after the first few minutes! I did a LOT of stuff and I want to share some of the great memories with you!

Leaving SIS
Leaving SIS

Pui O
After going through customs, we (Group B) went straight to Pui O. Pui O is an amazing place, and is inhabited by… WATER BUFFALOS! They were everywhere! Originally, the buffalos were imported from Vietnam for farmers to use to grow rice. But when the farming stopped in the 1970s, the buffalos were set free and now roam around Pui O. They are fed by the locals, but they also find food for themselves. One group of buffalos has Billy the cow, who was saved years ago from dogs by locals, and thinks he is a water buffalo. I got to pet Billy, which was really quite fun.

Billy The Cow
Billy The Cow

Our guides for the day, Tom, Sue and Dina split us into groups when we got to a saltwater marsh. With Tom, we learned about the berm, which is a group of plants that hold the soil together near the beach, and start the freshwater marsh. The berm was very interesting, with strong roots and defense systems in each plants that held the soil together, and didn’t let the tides destroy the marsh. Dina taught us all about Water Buffalos, and with her, we learned about how they group and about their different habits. Dina knew a lot about the buffalos, and what she said was really interesting. Finally, we looked at birds with Sue, and observed them to see what kinds they were.

Visiting The Berm
Visiting The Berm

We then went to the beach, and we had a BLAST! We changed into our swimming gear and ran straight into the big ocean. It was fantastic! We had a water gun war, boys versus girls, and we won! But the girls falsely claimed that we “quit” and that they won! How crazy is that!?

The Beach
The Beach

We then went to the saltwater marsh to look at fiddler crabs and fish for other marsh animals. When we got there, something WILD happened! Two buffalos ran into each other and started fighting either for territory or for females. They crashed and we had to slowly walk away, but they ended the fight shortly afterwards. Dina and Sue then took us into a Mangrove forest, and we saw a few fiddler crabs. The males had 1 gigantic claw! We then fished for tiny sea animals with Tom, but we let them go because we were observers. I saw a lot of tiny animals and netted a few too! When we had to go, Tom suddenly licked a piece of poo after someone dared him to do so, which set everyone on a wild frenzy!

Finally, we walked past a river to a mountainside area. Where we again split up. Dina told us about various issues the buffalos and cattle of Lantau were facing. One of them was that people were crashing into them and blaming them for the car accident, which led to the government taking a group of cattle to Sai Kok and a group from Sai Kok to Lantau. The cattle are now in critical danger. Tom and Sue took us up a quite steep path to a little abandoned rice plot, and we learned about 3 kinds of native trees. They were very cool.

Afterwards, we packed up and went back to the YWCA camp!

The YWCA
The YWCA Sidney Leung Holiday Lodge was an amazing place to spend a night. Although we had to make our own beds, it was a really cool place. We all sat down on a row of steps to hear who was in our dorm, and it felt slightly like a game show because whoever got the key was “the lucky winner!” I got put in a room with Jackie, Bryan, Brook, Boey, Long, Alex and Hoon. After making our beds (we’d find out we did it awfully wrong), we put together a shower schedule and after that, everyone went to play British Bulldogs, which is an awesome game.

We had dinner in the dining hall, and although food was quite good, there was not quite enough. We had to share average sized plates of food, but it was just a fun time to chat and relax. I learned that I was going to “die” the next day, and meet CHARLIE THE POOPING GIRAFFE! And afterwards, we watched A Bug’s Life. It was a good movie and all was great… Until what I call DOOM!

Eww Boey!
Boey Trying To Touch Jackie After Licking His Hand

We went back to our dormitories and we all found a way to chat through the balconies. Some people even climbed out to get into other people’s rooms! But we slowly got tired and Mrs. Huiet had to come over and teach us how to make a bed! I read with a flashlight for a while afterwards but I got bored soon, so I stopped, and the first cry came… Alex was slightly sobbing because he missed his mom, but he stopped quite soon, until someone bursted out crying like a pig’s cry! I tried to find out what happened, but I was too tired to really care.

“Wake up… Wake up Felix! Brook is singing We Are The Champions!” Is the first thing I heard that morning. Alex woke me up but Brook’s loud singing woke up everyone in the dorm room and everyone else in every other dorm room! We had 3 people walk in and shout at him before 6:00! I thought about taking a shower, but I decided against it to count how many more people would come in!

In the morning, we cleaned up our rooms, and I did someone’s bed for them! People were “tired”, and didn’t want to do anything! I chatted with Devon and other people through the balconies, and learned that we had allegedly talked about “gay stuff”. And people were listening to us through the wall. I found that it was strange that they couldn’t name ANYTHING we talked about other than “gay stuff” and said that they didn’t know who said what. Just strange… I turned around and saw Jackie, and he tried to get me away by sticking out his tongue at me, and I pouted to make him go away, just for Brook to try to push us together! We ALMOST KISSED!

Afterwards was breakfast, and it was quite fun, except people were all obsessed with the toast and everyone finished up ALL of the two loaves on each table! I made a ham sandwich and I liked the tasty butter! I really loved the YWCA, but going to Mui O afterwards was even better!

Mui O
The next day, we packed everything up and went to the beautiful seaside town of Mui O. We got new guides, Jasmine and Kristen. They took us to a horribly polluted beach filled with trash from the great pacific trash patch. We wrote down the things we picked up for the ICC, or International Coastal Cleanup. We put our trash into one giant recyclable trash bag, and I got to be the person who recorded what we got.

Beach Cleanup
The Beach Cleanup

We then took a long, long hike up to Eden Rock, where Ark Eden is based. Did you know that poisonous caterpillars were extremely distracting when you’re trying to listen to someone about a gigantic hill you are about to climb? Well, I found out that very day. At Eden Rock, we met Ark Eden’s 8 dogs. I only remember Lucky, Spicy, Smokey, Belle and Radar. The other group got to walk them, but we didn’t. Now, to the interesting part! Jasmine told us to gather and she explained how we would go up the mountain to plant trees. At that exact time, poisonous caterpillars decided to start swinging from trees, and it really distracted our conversation!

“Ok… I’m going to die now.” was what I first thought about when I saw the dirt path leading up to the slope we were going to climb! It was so steep! I walked, or stumbled up steep paths, held ropes to climb up rocks, and even jumped across someone’s grave! The part with the rope was extremely hard, especially when we were stumbling down! The roads at the end were the worst! You had to run down because it was so steep and there was rain and mud EVERYWHERE! When we got to the top, Jasmine showed us how to plant a tree from saplings using Aaron’s sapling. We had to take the plastic sheet off, pour fertiliser into the soil, put the tree in, and then add mulch, which is just dead weeds. The views were spectacular though! I found that this was actually quite fun, but I didn’t think so when I was half falling down from the mountain when trying to go down! I had to get help from Aditi! But when I finally got down, I realised that I had actually done it, and I was so, so proud!

Planting Trees
Planting Trees

We then walked back to Eden Rock to learn about the Eco house, and go composting. We split up into 2 groups, and 1 went with Jackie, an old lady who works at Ark Eden, and the other went with Jasmine and Kristen who taught us how to compost. I went with Jasmine and Kristen first, and we went to see Charlie The Pooping Giraffe, who was actually a severely limped pig. He was limped because when he was a pet, he was taken up the mountain every day, which pigs aren’t supposed to do. We then learned how to compost, and it is surprisingly easy! All you have to do is get leaves, weed and some buffalo poop (which can be replaced). You pile them up into a container, and then you’ve got yourself a compost bin! With Jackie, we went to see the Eco house, which is a house made with recycled materials, and uses as eco-friendly products as possible. There, we found different labels about 5 main points that they used to determine what to do with the Eco House: Energy, Food and Water, Waste, Eco Products and Greening. The house had a lot of interesting things, and we were introduced to Soap Berries, which are berries that when rubbed with water, produce a soap like substance. We then had a little chunk of a sweet organic desert, and left for home! We really had a great time in Lantau, and we demonstrated all of the ESLRs, by really acting mature and appropriately.

Learning How To Compost
Learning How To Compost

The Eco House
The Eco House

Reading

I absolutely love reading! It’s one of my biggest passions because it brings me an unbelievable amount of joy. I have read a lot of series, but I got into reading more mature books when I was in 3rd grade, so right now I read books at the 8th grade level. I’ve started to read Da Vinci’s Code and I think it’s quite enjoyable. I read easy books till I was in second grade, but I read the entire ‘Harry Potter’ series in a week at the beginning of the year. That’s how I started reading harder books.

Right now, I like to read short chapter books, with around 13-14 chapters, and I read them in a night. But I don’t do that very often, I only do it once every week. I enjoy reading longer books too, especially fantasy and realistic fiction, especially ones about war and peace. I also like to read scientific fiction, and apocalyptic novels. Anyways, I really love to read.

New Editor…Than!

Hello, my name is Than and I am excited to be your new editor! Visit my new blog at I’ll be writing posts quite often because I am EPIC! Specifically epicboy2003! I’m from Delaware which is an EPIC state in the USA, right now I go to Shekou International School. Anyways, see you around! Remember, I am EPIC!

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New Authors (Blog Editors)

I just added 3 more authors to this blog! They might post some things on this blog, so it’s going to be pretty cool. They are Than, Matteo and Boey, and they each have me as an author on their own blogs! And they are all awesome writers! Than is from the USA, Matteo is from France and Boey is from Hong Kong. Here are some pictures of them.

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Than’s Blog

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Matteo’s Blog

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Boey’s Blog

My 5 Favorite Apps/Web Tools

I really love how we can do things much quicker now with the iPad, MacBook, PC and all kinds of other technology. I also love the tools that come with these devices. So today, I’m going to write about my 5 favorite web tools/apps! Please note that the order they come in are random, I like them all equally.

1. Pages
-Paid-
Pages is a wonderful writing tool. On pages, you can create posters, letters, business cards and all kinds of other things very easily! It’s very similar to Microsoft word, but I find it better because it is accessible on many devices. Pages costs money though, but it’s really worth it! Some people say it’s expensive, but you can probably make that decision with your parents. The cost is $9.99 (USD) and in my opinion, it’s quite reasonable.

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2. Keynote
-Paid-
Keynote is also an app made by Apple, and costs the same as pages. Keynote is a presentation tool that makes amazing presentations. With keynote, you can use different themes, have animations, add videos and add pictures to make your presentation as good as it can be. Again, similar to PowerPoint, but still more accessible. I usually use Keynote for school projects, but you can make some for leisure too! (things you believe in, things you want to change, etc.)

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3. Evernote
-Free-
Evernote is an UTTERLY AMAZING note taking tool. With an account, you can sync all your notes onto other devices and other Evernote apps. Evernote allows you to make notebooks and fill them with notes, and within those notes you can add PDFs, pictures and videos. You can also upgrade your account to get better features. I have to admit, it lags like crazy sometimes, and duplicates what you write 4-5 times. Which can be very annoying. But it’s a very good note-taking app for those who need one.

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4. Numbers
-Paid-
Another Apple-made app, numbers can make graphs, sheets, lists, plans and other things related to numbers in really soon. I have a nice graph to make sure I turn in all my chinese homework on this. And I think it’s had nice results. It also costs 9.99, but is super useful for those who like to map out stuff or make lists and graphs. Sometimes, I just like to play around with numbers because it’s quite fun to make lists for random stuff.

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5. Popplet
-Paid & Free-
Popplet is a mind-mapping app that can be used online, and with the apps. The lite version only allows 5 popplet a to be made. But you have unlimited ones with the full version. The online site for popplet is better for those PC or MacBook users, but the app is much better for people with smaller devices. I like popplet because I can make cool brainstorms and I can use it to map out books by writing character traits and linking them to the character.
Popplet Site

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Well, that’s it for this post. And I hope you’ll check out these apps.

Global Events

In my life, I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a few global events. Such as the World’s Math Day, The Haiyan Relief Effort and a project that was not exactly global, called the Bali Service Learning Project. In this post, I will describe these three events.

On the World’s Math Day, I did challenges against players from all over the world! From people in Laos to Latvia, from China to Chad, we all did challenges on the World’s Math Day website. I won around 72 rounds against kids younger, and older than me. I almost won every round I did because they were simple problem! I really suggest you check out the website. Here is the link for World’s Education Games, which includes similar games for other subjects: http://www.worldeducationgames.com

For the Haiyan Relief Effort, I participated in a Walk-A-Thon. Where people donated at least 10 RMB for people in our school to walk laps in the school sports field, the ECLC department also baked cookies and sold artwork for the disastrous typhoon that ruined many lives. I have a blog post about the Walk-A-Thon, and for the Bali Service Learning Project, which I will talk about now!

The Bali Service Learning Project was a series of assignments from our teachers, to make items to help children in Bali that only go to school once every week. I made sets of videos with me showing a picture and asking what it showed. I then told the answer. I hope the children in Bali are using those sets, but I don’t know if they are.

Well, that’s it for this post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Shenzhen

Shenzhen is a great city, it has modern buildings, mountains and nice beaches (Well, they used to be). But mainly, it’s a packed city. It’s actually the 12th most populated city on Earth!

Some places that are worth visiting in Shenzhen are Happy Valley, Windows of The World, OCT Bay, and the various parks spread around Shenzhen.

Happy Valley is a large theme park, located across from Windows of The World, and is accessible from the Happy Line monorail. Happy Valley is in the Nanshan district and is massive fun for the average family. I suggest the rides and water park, but the walking trails and playgrounds are old. I’ve seen something rather disgusting in the water park, but staff came immediately, and the issue was resolved. Try to go for 2 days, but you should stay in the nearby Intercontinental Hotel.

Windows of The World is also accessible from the Happy Line monorail, and is in the Nanshan district. Windows of The World has models and smaller versions of various incredibly famous world landmarks, like the mock Eiffel Tower that can be seen the moment you enter. Windows of the world is also worth a day trip, but not worth a detour.

OCT Bay is more for the shoppers in your party, it has restaurants, shops and a spectacular night show, that you should buy tickets for in advance. OCT Bay has a general mall, and then individual cottage shaped shops, restaurants and bars near the ocean. It’s very beautiful and restaurants of any kind can be found. Shoppers should also check out the main mall, and movie lovers should see movies at the huge IMAX theatre.

The parks in Shenzhen are also worth visits, from Lian Hua Shan park, to the Mangrove Bay park, they are all worthy of visits. For picnics, walks, bicycle rides and kite games, it’s a great day for fun! You should surely climb the mountains and watch the locals, because it really shows the culture of china.

But if you’re the kind of people into Bars, Coco Bar Street and Sea World are surely the places to go! Coco bar street is conveniently located in one of the larger malls in the city center, COCO Park! And sea world is right in the center of Shekou, in the Nanshan district. Sea world tends to be the general area where tourists go to, but COCO bar street has more choices, and is slightly larger. But they’re both worth a visit (if you like bars). I personally have only been to Sea World, but it was for my yoga lessons, so I don’t really have a lot to say about these places, but I’ve heard a lot about them.

Anyways, Shenzhen is really worth a visit, and if you do, be sure to visit the places I listed above!

Here are pictures of the places I talked about! (Except For Sea World & Coco Bar Street)

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A Few Rides Of The Many At Happy Valley

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The Main Entrance Of Windows Of The World

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One Of The Larger Buildings In OCT Bay

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An Ordinary Park In Shenzhen

The Shenzhen Bay Festival Choir

A few weeks ago, I auditioned for the Shenzhen Bay Choir festival. And I was notified I had made the cut 3 weeks ago. 2 weeks ago was my first rehearsal. And I thought it was great fun. We sang fun and simple songs, like The Beautiful Rain, and Flying Free. But we also had incredibly hard songs, like Shenzhen Bay.

I’m one of the sopranos, and I sing soprano part 1, which is the highest pitched part. In Shenzhen Bay, the notes I have to hit is above my comfort zone for just a little bit, so it’s quite hard for me to sing, and I have to hold notes for 8 beats in some parts, which is incredibly hard, and sometimes I start belting. So I have to stagger sometimes.

Something else I dislike is how easily I get distracted. By my friend Brook who is two seats next to me, and the girl who’s name I don’t know who sits next to me. I can’t keep from talking when Brook starts talking because what he says is just hilarious! And I really can’t hold trying to defend myself from the girl’s continuous insults. Like how my voice is too “opera”. but her friend next to me, who’s name I also don’t know, is quite nice, and I think she says nice things to the other girl, but I can’t be sure, because they talk in Korean. I also have to take some of the blame, because instead of trying to fix the problem, I just insult her back. So I think I should be nicer.

But overall, I really enjoy the festival choir, and I hope we do a good job representing SIS with all the other international schools that will be singing together.

Once Upon A Time

“The queen might be evil, but I’m wicked! And wicked always wins!”
-The Wicked Witch Of The West
A quote from one of my favorite TV shows of all time…. Once Upon A Time! It’s an amazing show because it brings all of our favorite fairy tales into the modern world, but they are trapped. By the evil queen Regina, in the town of Storybrooke. Until the savior, which happens to be the child of Snow White, comes and saves them. The main characters are Emma Swan (the savior), Henry Mills (Emma’s son that she put up for adoption), Regina Mills (The Evil Queen), Rumplestiltskin and Neal Cassidy (Henry’s dad and Rumple’s son). The show also is including many disney characters, Elsa and Anna from Frozen have been mentioned by the directors, and Jafar has already been out into a spin off, called Once Upon A Time In Wonderland. And Princess Aurora, who is sleeping beauty, is a recurring character.

The newest character right now is the Wicked Witch Of The West, who was added in last Sunday, and almost nothing is known about her except this quote, and viewers are saying she hates Regina, who recently became good. I really hope this series goes on for a long time, because it is just amazing! If you are interested, I highly recommend the show.

Here is a promo picture for the second part of season 3:

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