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Reflection on 7th Grade

Another year gone; another year passed. Seventh grade is almost over. I’m afraid that this will be my last blog post of the year. I’ve decided to do the last blog post on my reflection of 7th grade.

One of my favorite moments was All Region. Although it was scary having to play in front of everybody; the outcomes were great! We had three first chairs from Symphony that was from West Ridge (including me).  I was really pleased with my chair and I was proud of myself. This year’s All Region summarized in two words would be scary, yet fun at the same time.

Another one of my favorite highlights of 7th grade was Six Flags. It was so much fun getting to go to Six Flags. From waking up at 4:00 in the morning to getting home at 8:00. Before we went to Six Flags, the Sinfonia Orchestra went to a competition where we won three trophies! After that, we drove to Six Flags where we got to wait in lines for hours. Overall, Six Flags was pretty fun! I got to ride on exhilarating rides, and I got to hang out with my friends.

As this year draws to an end, so will my seventh grade memories (and also this blog post). Seventh grade was filled with spectacular things like Region, Six Flags, and many others too! Next year, I will definitely miss my seventh grade year!

Stuck in the Desert

I can feel the burning sand underneath my prickly feet. Still, I trudge on. The scorching sun pierces my skin. I can hardly breathe. I strive for water. Just one little drop of water will satisfy me enough. I need it. I NEED IT NOW!

Slowly and carefully, my mind is going crazy. It’s tugging my brain this way and that. The winds blows softly, stinging my eyes. My eyes are red, boiling red.

For every step I take, I grow weaker and weaker. How long have I been here? A week? Two weeks? Maybe even five? It’s probably so long that I lost count. I want to leave. I WANT TO LEAVE THIS AWFUL PLACE! I bend down on my knees and look up to the sky. Just take me home. A small tear falls from the corner of my eye. I shut my eyes and collapse.

Black and White photo

20150415-190921.jpgPhoto taken by me

In the Giver, everything was in black in white. There was no color. That help sets a different mood in the book. Color helps give emotion and feeling and also a sense of clarity.

Everyone in the Giver has never seen a sight of color. They don’t even have a clue what it is. They don’t know what love, warmth, or feelings are. Taking out color, drains the energy from the picture. It makes nothing seem interesting anymore; it all seems the same. Boring and plain. Without color there’s no more emotion or feeling.

I think Lois Lowry did this to show us how different the world could be without color. It helps us be more grateful that our world has color. Everyday we don’t realize how much difference there is without color. Everything in the Giver is very similar or the same. The sky is always the same, the rules, etc. Color gives us freedom and choices. One of the themes in The Giver is to be grateful of our freedom and color. We should be glad that we live in a world where color is free. I can’t imagine a world without color. And I’m quite glad that I don’t live in one.

A world without color would be emotionless and boring. Color makes things have light, emotion, and it helps us understand things more clearly.

A Short Story

My face is filled with scars and bruises. My only clothes are ripped shirts and pants. Everyday I rely on an empty can with giant bold letters that say “please help.” No one ever dares to look at me because I am so hideous. They just ignore me as they walk down the street trying not to make eye contact.

A group of people I like to call “The Gang” always bullies me after school. I turn my face down pretending not to see. Everyday they watch me and laugh pointing their fat fingers at me like I’m a clown. One of them, walks over to me and kicks me in the ribs. I gasp. I’m trying to breathe for air, but I just can’t grasp it. I turn to my side, and just lay there with my eyes up glancing at the sky.

Moments later, a man with a slick suit walks up to me. I glance at him with my eyes filled with hope. He looks at me and smiles. Clunk. He places a shiny quarter into the silver can. I thank him and then he leaves without another word.

Soon, I started to feel dizzy. The world started to swirl and shake, and my vision started to blur. Something’s wrong with me. I thought. I sigh and I collapse. My mouth is opened to a small gap. My eyes turn glassy and see-through and I begin my journey with the stars.

A Place Where I’d like to go

If I had to choose a place to visit I would be stuck in between Japan. So far, I have visited many places like California, New York, Canada, Hawaii, etc….. Although I am still yearning to visit Japan.

One reason, is because I am half Japanese. I would like to visit my ancestor’s country and observe the different lifestyles. One of their traditions is that they wear kimonos, which is a traditional Japanese dress. Another is that they give the eye of the fish to the elders. Yuck!

Another reason why I would love to visit Japan, is because of their food (of course) and the beautiful views. Japanese food is something I find AMAZING! I don’t really know why…. but I just like it! I like sushi, ramen, and plenty other stuff. The view in Japan is beautiful. One of the go to spots is the Miyajima Island. Over there, has a very well know Itsukushima Shrine. Although these names sound really weird and abnormal, it is basically what Japanese language sounds like.

Even though I know quite a bit about Japan, I would still like to visit it. To embrace the Japanese culture, taste the great foods, and watch the beautiful scenery.

My Favorite Hobby

One of my favorite hobbies is cello. I have been with my cello for about 4 years. I have gone through many things with it. Starting from my first concert to Region 18 and so on. I have several reasons why I love the cello.

One of the reasons why I chose to play the cello was because of the beautiful sound. Our family comes from a music background so I knew that the cello was perfect for me. When I was in 4th grade, I remember selecting my instrument. The reason why I chose the cello was because I loved how it produced such a rich, sweet sound when you glide the bow over the string. When you gently press your fingers over the fingerboard, the instrument created a sweet melody. That’s why I chose the cello. There has been many memories I’ve had with the cello. One of them is Region 18. The first time I participated in Region was in 6th grade. During Region, I was so nervous. I have never done anything like this before! I thought, what am I going to do! In the end, I finally got through it. I actually didn’t do that bad as I thought I would. To me, my cello is like  a second sister to me. It’s always there to rely on.

Another reason why I love to play the cello is because I also like to participate in orchestras. I like to go to AYO which stands for Austin Youth Orchestra. AYO has 6 orchestras. Currently, I am in the 2nd highest which is the Philharmonic Orchestra. We get to play fun pieces and in the second semester we get to play with the band. Last Sunday, was our spring concert. We went to AISD’s brand new PAC. It was really cool, and it sounded amazing. There was also 2 screens on each side and was like whoa. Participating in orchestras is really fun especially if it’s with the band. Then it sounds way cooler. I really like to enjoy creating and sharing music together with other talented players.

In conclusion, I love to play the cello whether it’s by myself or with others. It really helps me feel the music more and share it with others. The cello has been with me for a long time. I hope that the cello will last with me till forever.

The Phantom’s Lair

The lair was filled with cobwebs and dust. Inside the lair was a swampy lake. It was filled with muck and dirt. The whole place was lit with dim candles along the hallowed walls that lead to mysterious places. This dark and empty place. I live here. Everyday.

My whole life I’ve lived in shadow and darkness, so that no one can find me and live in terror for what they’ve seen. The darkness hides my identity and the truth. In the darkness I feel safe and secure.

Inside my home, there is a broken mirror. I often stare into the cracked mirror, and I see a coward. A coward who is secretly afraid from people and doesn’t dare to meet the light.

Next to the mirror is a music box. The music box has a monkey with cymbals. Even though this toy is very dinky, it means a lot to me. It has been with me through times when it has been tough. It helped calm me down, and it sang to me. It always sang me a sweet melody; filling my body with emotions.

Everyday I live in this wretched, dark, lonely place. I am stuck here. Forever.

In What Ways Can You Wear Masks?

Masks can be worn in many different ways. You can wear them like a costume, or you can wear them figuratively. People wear masks in different ways.

One way you can wear a mask is literaly. For example, during Halloween or during surgery. During Halloween, people wear costumes and masks. Some costumes include monsters, zombies, ghosts, etc. If you’re a surgeon, you need to wear masks because it is part of your job. Some jobs require wearing a mask. People wear masks to be different people.

On the other hand, some masks are figurative. People wear figurative masks to cover their emotions. For example, a receptionist. The person who answers your call may be annoyed, but act polite and friendly. Some people try to act brave even though they’re actually scared. Another example is an actor. An actor must conceal their emotions and pretend they’re being another person. Concealing your emotions is difficult to do, it’s not as easy as putting on a costume mask.

In conclusion, everybody at one point wears a mask. Whether it’s literally or metaphorically. Today, I know that there are many different ways to wear a mask. In what ways have you worn masks?

The Best Place for Vacation

Green Sea Turtle Selbe <3 via Compfight

Great food, perfect weather, and the best beaches. These are all the great things about Hawaii.

Nothing is more fun than grabbing my boogie board and heading out into the waves. The beaches are always filled with endless laughter and joy. The water is crystal clear, and the air is so clean. The sand is soft and warm. One time I went to the beach for 4 hours! Once you’re in the water, you’ll never want to come back out! Hawaii is not only great for their beaches but also because of
their weather.

In Hawaii, the air is so clean and fresh! Everyday you can smell the fresh ocean breeze. The average temperature in Hawaii is about 76 degrees. Every morning when I step outside, I feel the fresh breeze gently blowing against my face. The weather and atmosphere is always friendly.

But nothing beats Hawaii food. Hawaii has a variety of delicious foods. Hawaii is known for their seafoods. Their seafood is always fresh and tasty. Everyday we always eat something delicious. Whether it’s sashimi, ramen, or sushi. The food is so good that you’ll never want to leave. The food has got to be the best thing about Hawaii.

Hawaii is the best place for vacation. Because of the lovely food, great weather, and the fun beaches. Once you travel to Hawaii you’ll never want to leave.

 

Food Inc.

In science class, we watched a movie called Food Inc. It’s about where the foods you buy come from, and you get to the see horrible truth. We only got to watch half of it, but I found it really interesting.

The first part was about chicken. A lady showed us inside of a chicken coop, and it was nasty. The chickens barely get any sunlight, they were fed antibiotics and hormones. Eventually, the chickens get so fat that their internal organs can’t supply the weight, and they just plop down and die. Poor chickens. Research shows that the chickens grow full size in 70 days during the 1950’s. Now, the chickens grow twice as fast in double the size.

Another topic we got to see was the natural farms. It showed a farm that was all natural. The cows could walk around without having to step in cow maneuver, the chickens could also wander around, and all the animals are grass fed. The USDA tried to close them down because they thought it was “unsanitary”. But in the end, the tests show that the natural farms had a lower count of bacteria than the meat products made in factories.

I think that Food Inc. was a significant video because then I would have had no idea where my meat comes from and how fake some companies can be.

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