Hi everyone! Because I’m in international school, summer break is here! I’m going to be going to 2 places this summer, Guilin (China) and Surrey (UK). I’m going to be writing about my trips, and I hope you enjoy the posts I will be writing! Also, if any viewers are in these places, feel free to give me some information about them! I’m going to be going to Guilin as a trip with my friend and fellow blogger Boey, and I will be going to Surrey for a summer boarding course! Have a great summer!
Today our class watched a movie called The Bee Movie, in which bees sue human beings for taking their honey illegally. The movie had quite clear relations to the economy, uneven distribution of resources, unfair trade and even human resources/forced labour. Although the main purpose of the movie was to entertain young people, the movie also showed examples of various economical issues that countries and international corporations have.
The movie was focused on bees that worked all their lives to make honey, and humans taking the honey away from them without their knowledge and permission. That can be connected to forced labour, with the bees being the human resources, and the humans being wealthy buisness owners (technically, the humans WERE wealthy business owners).
Another connection I made from the movie is that if 1 part of the economy stops working, in this case the producers of honey (bees), there could be disastrous effects. Although the movie was extremely exaggerated, it clearly showed that even 1 tiny part of our economy (environment in the movie), could change things massively.
The movie also showed unfair trade and uneven distribution of resources when the humans had most of the honey, but the very makers of the honey were overworked, and didn’t even have most of the products they produced! This is actually a clear sign of the uneven distribution, and also the unfair trade between humans and bees.
Anyways, the movie was generally entertaining, although extremely impossible (I didn’t even count the talking animals!), and there was a lot of conflict in the movie, with bees using the humans towards the end, but it ended in peace, and the bees returned the flowers, but also learned to rest more.
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!
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.
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.
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!?
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Minecraft is a great game! I absolutely love it! But my favourite part of it is Creative Mode! I know people LOVE Survival Mode, but I’m more of a builder! So now, let’s cover the basics of Creative Mode!
1. You Can Fly Freely
In Minecraft Creative Mode, you can fly anywhere you want! You can do that because creative mode is meant for builders. And when you build, flying can REALLY help! In survival, you would have to use a staircase to get to anywhere high, but on creative, you can just fly to get to a high place!
2. You Have EVERY Block
Well…You technically have every block. You have all the blocks except for ones you have to use the /give (player name) command to get. When you check your inventory, you’ll find all the blocks. And when you click miscellaneous, you can find a search to find blocks.
3. You Still Have To Kill Mobs To Get XP
That’s right! You’re not superman! If you want to enchant something, you still have to get XP! And XP works the same. All mobs give you XP except for villagers, which you have to defend.
4. You Can Spawn Animals
You’ll see some spawn eggs in your inventory, but you might not know how to use them! Just build like a regular block and you’ll get that specific mob! Good spawning!
5. You Can Switch To Survival!
To do so, you have to turn on Cheats at the beginning, but if you didn’t, open the world to LAN and then allow cheats. The command to switch is /gamemode 1/2/3/0. /gamemode 1 is creative mode, /gamemode 2 is hardcore, /gamemode 3 is spectator (no placing blocks, go through blocks), /gamemode 0 is survival.
Anyways, this is my simple tutorial of Creative Mode! Have a nice day!
KOTOR stands for Knights of the Old Republic. It is a Jedi game. You start off with a guy or girl who lost their memory. You then go along and find people to join your party. You can say things to earn light side points or dark side points. You will be a Sith at the end if you have more on the dark side points. You will be a Jedi at the end if you have more light side points. I hope you can download the game, it’s quite expensive, but worth it!
Your party has 9 people in total at the end, but you can only take two people out at a time. At the beginning of the game, you are in Taris, and you slowly move on to other planets, where you can become a Jedi
I really enjoy playing this game, and I hope you get it!
Today, I decided to join a few of my friends in a short novel for the edublogs student blogging challenge. The challenge was to create a story about a small animal. We each wrote 1 or 2 chapters, and I will release all the chapters as PDFs. My friends Than, Boey and Matteo were the ones in the project.
It’s very cool because although we are telling 1 story, you can see each of our different writing styles in each chapter. And the story is actually very enjoyable. Here is a short BLURB for the story:
“Fury wakes up alone, and discovers his friends dead. But his parents are no where to be seen! What will Fury do? He’s never left his cave! Who will he meet? A butterfly? A cockroach? Read Fury The Bat to find out!”
“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:
Valentines day was originally a day to honor St. Valentines. Well who was St. Valentines? He was the patron saint of love and he secretly wedded couples when the emperor of Rome cancelled all weddings and engagements in Rome to have a more effective army. When his actions were uncovered, he was brutally beaten and killed. February 14 was set as a day to honor him, but was not celebrated until the Middle Ages. And card giving didn’t start until the 18th century! So what you can think of now when you hear Valentines Day (roses, romantic dinners, cards etc.), are not even traditions! I hope you learned some things about Valentines Day from this post.