December 21

Week 10: Farewell

Data:

  • How many posts did you write?
    • I wrote 12 posts for this school year (including this one).
  • How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
    • Eleven of them were set by the challenge and one of them was for a different assignment.
  • How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
    • As of December 18, 2016, I got a total of 17 comments (not including my replies). I got two from my classmates, and 15 from overseas students.
  • Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
    •  I received nine comments on Edublogs Week 5: Gudetama The Lazy Egg. I think it got a lot of comments because of the weird and interesting topic.
  • Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
  • Did you change blog themes at all and why?
    • No, because my theme is the anime Your Lie In April and I like to keep my background to my theme.
  • How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
    • I have 13 and I think I have enough.
  • How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?
    • Five
  • Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog?
    • I have used compfight

 

Audit:

  1. What were your first impressions of this blog?
  2. What captured your attention?
  3. What distracted you on the blog?
  4. What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?

Answers:

  1. My writing improved from last year.
  2. The Gudetama post
  3. Not really anything
  4. Write more in detail about what I am interested in (Such as Gudetama and anime).
December 19

Week 8: My Community

Being in a community is important for me. It helps me make friends, learn new things, and keeps me active. Some communities that I’m involved in are swimming, piano, dance, and drama.

I take swimming after school on Monday’s. I enjoy swimming because I get exercise from it and me just really like the feeling of water ^^.

On Saturdays, I take piano lessons. I always think that learning to play an instrument is one of the most important things to do in life. It helps you know more about music. The piano isn’t easy to learn, but once I get to learn a piece, it’s really easy to play.

I’ve taken dance classes since I was five. No, I don’t take hip hop, instead, I take Korean Cultural Dance. We basically learn dances from Korea from thousands of years ago, and it’s really interesting to learn about the Korean culture. Sometimes it’s really hard to learn some of the pieces, but I just keep practicing.

Lastly, I am a part of drama. Dancing and singing isn’t really my thing, so instead I help backstage (I specifically make the props). It is a lot of work, though.

I really enjoy being a part of a community and I hope to join more later on.

 

“A rival is a special thing. A rival can make you grow faster than being taught by someone.”

–Akira Takayanagi Your Lie In April (episode 8)

 

December 19

Week 9: What if you were stuck in a video game?

One anime I watched was called Sword Art Online.

It’s about these group of people who try a new virtual reality device which takes their mind into a video game. Battling monsters, making new friends, seems cool, right? Here’s the catch, once you’re in, there is no way out. Except by beating the game. Try making through 100 levels of monsters and creatures fighting for your life. Literally.  Because if you get killed in the game, you die in real life. Doesn’t that sound pleasant?

Sword Art Online (SAO) is an anime based on a novel series written by Reki Kawahara. It was released on July 8, 2012. So far, there have been two seasons made of SAO. Season three is predicted to release in 2017. Though there have been rumors that the “third season” might be a movie or even a live action.

In SAO, the two main characters are Kirigaya Kazuto (Also known as Kirito) and Yuuki Asuna.  Kirito was 14 years old when he first got trapped in the game world. He is the main protagonist. Yuuki Asuna was 15 years old when she also got trapped in the game. She is a protagonist of the story.

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(Asuna on the left and Kirito on the right)

What would you do if you were stuck in a video game? Would you fight for your freedom but also risk your life at the same time? Comment your answers below!

“A musician should be a mirror that reflects the score.” –Arima Saki Your Lie In April (episode 9)

 

 

 

December 1

Week 7: My school schedule

For this Week’s activity,  I’ll be explaining my school schedule.

7:45 A.M. – Check into home room

8:00 – 8:45 : First-period

8:50 – 9:35 : Second Period

9:40 – 10:25 : Third Period

  • Three classes in the morning are 45 minutes long.

10:25 – 10:40 : Recess

  • 15 minutes for both recesses

(Some schools have shorter or longer recesses, and some don’t have any at all).

10:40 – 11:20 : Fourth Period

11:25 – 12:05 : Fifth Period

  • Two of the classes after recess last for 40 minutes

12:05 – 12:30 : Lunch

  • Lunch is supposed to be 25 minutes but sometimes we are released late from the fifth period so I usually have 15 minutes to eat.

12:30 – 12:45 : Recess

12:50 – 1:45: Sixth Period

1:50 – 2:45: Seventh Period

  • The two classes after lunch last for 55 minutes.

2:45 : School Ends

2:45 – 3:00 : Break

  • Some students can stay after school to do their homework or if they signed up for any activities (Swimming, tennis, dance, etc.)

3:00 – 3:45: First Period for after school

3:45 – 4:00: Break

4:00 – 4:45: Second Period for after school

 

Different schools have different schedules. Some schools start and end earlier or later, and some have different time schedules every day. Either way, this is my schedule for Hongwanji Mission School.

“After struggling, losing my way, and suffering… the answer I arrived at was so laughably simple…” –Arima Kousei Your Lie In April (episode 7)

 

 

 

 

 

November 27

Week 6: Game Time! (Game 1 and 2)

Game 1:

First, I commented on Owen’s post called What is Copyright?

Dear Owen,

It is interesting on what Creative Commons do. I like how the people have a choice on either letting other people use their picture however they want or if that picture needs to be given credit.

Alexandra

Check out my blog!
http://hmsalexandra.edublogs.org/


Next, I commented on randomchez’s post called Star Wars and Marvel: Movie Reviews (!!!SPOILER ALERTS!!!)

Hi

I did not know that the actor of the new James Bond movie was actually in Star Wars: The Force Awakens! That honestly surprised me a bit. Keep up the good work on your posts!

Alexandra

Check out my blog!
http://hmsalexandra.edublogs.org/


 

Lastly, I commented on Katie’s post called A christmas story

Dear Katie,

I like how your story has many details and has a happy ending. I can’t believe Christmas is in less than a month away!

Alexandra
Check out my blog!
http://hmsalexandra.edublogs.org/



 

Game 2:

First, I commented on Anisha’s post called Week 5: Free Choice – Debate: Junk Food – Good or Bad?

Hi Anisha,

I really liked your post. Who can resist to junk food? I’ve always thought as a kid on why junk food needed to taste so good (some of them) and why most of the healthy food taste so bad!

Alexandra

Check out my blog!
http://hmsalexandra.edublogs.org/


Next, I commented on Karah’s post called Week 3: Images and Attribution: Activity 3

Dear Karah,

I really like your poems! My favorite is probably White Flower because it explains on probably how butterflies see life, it sees it as a beautiful site and that everything is right.

Alexandra
Check out my blog!
http://hmsalexandra.edublogs.org/


Lastly, I commented on Miranda’s post called SBC4

Dear Miranda,

I really liked how your post has pictures to show an example of the disasters. Keep up the good work!

Alexandra
Check out my blog!
http://hmsalexandra.edublogs.org/


“A famous violinist once said. Music transcends words. By exchanging notes, you get to know one another, to understand one another. As if your souls were connected and your hearts were overlapping. It’s a conversation through instruments. A miracle that creates harmony. In that moment, music transcends words.” –Kaori Miyazono Your Lie In April (episode 6)

 

 

 

November 22

Edublogs Week 5: Gudetama The Lazy Egg

Ever since I went to Japan this past summer, I’ve been in love with this character named Gudetama. Gudetama is an egg yolk. Literally. He’s known as the “Lazy Egg” because he does nothing but sleeps all day.

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From: Sanrio

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Here is the Original Link

Gudetama has become quite popular. I have actually bought a few Gudetama merchandise in the past 4 months or so. Here is my favorite:

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Photo by: Me

Sanrio has also made some short videos of Gudetama, and it’s entertaining to watch. Here is one of them:

“Everything you say and do… it all sparkles so brightly. It’s too blinding for me, and I end up closing my eyes. But I can’t help aspiring to be like you.” –Arima Kousei Your Lie in April (episode 5)

 

November 22

Edublogs Week 4: Activity 1-4

“Are you prepared for the Zombie apocalypse?”

This week, I decided to do four activities that involve surviving a zombie apocalypse (or any natural disasters really).

Activity 1:
“Readers, what natural disasters or emergencies are factors where you live? How have you prepared? If you have faced a large-scale emergency, how did you deal with it? Do you have any advice for us? Please let us know in a comment (and please leave your blog URL!).”

I am going to comment on the post after finishing all the Activites.


 

Activity 2:

“Write a list post of items that a student can put in an emergency bedside kit. If you had to leave in a hurry, what could you have ready to grab-and-go? (Come back when you are done and leave your URL so we can read your post).”

List:

  1. Water : Getting clean water isn’t easy during a zombie apocalypse or any disasters us event. Instead, you can get this item called LifeStraw. You can put this tube inside any source of water and drink right out of the straw, giving you clean, purified water. Make sure to also carry a metal canteen to store water!
  2. Food: Finding food isn’t easy either. Your best bet is getting non-perishable foods. If you are in an apocalypse situation, hunting animals and searching large supermarkets is your best chance.
  3. Flashlight: Make sure to take a small, but bright flashlight. Always carry extra batteries with you.
  4. First Aid Kit: Bring a small bag with first aid kit supplies. Include bandages, gauze, tweezers, cotton swabs, adhesive tape, and alcohol wipes. If you are in a more serious situation, pack antibiotic ointments, aspirin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen, and disposable gloves too.
  5. Radio: Mainly for communication and keeping up with the news. Bring extra batteries.

Activity 3:


 

“Write a post describing a natural or human-caused emergency that has happened in your community. What were the consequences? How did you, your family, or emergency responders deal with it? (Come back when you are done and leave your URL so we can read your post).”

In 2006 (I was about 3 years old) there was rain in Oahu for 40 days and 40 nights straight. The whole island was basically flooded. This caused the sewer line to burst, sending about 45 million gallons of raw sewage water into the ocean. During this time, my family went out with some friends for lunch. No joke. My dad is actually a big fan of rain, and said that those 40 days and 40 nights were “one of the greatest moments of his life.”

Activity 4:

“Please take our Emergency Preparedness Survey. We will share the results and our conclusions by mid-November. Thanks!”

I have already taken the survey.


“Maybe there’s only a dark road up ahead. But you still have to believe and keep going. Believe that the stars will light your path, even a little bit.” –Kaori Miyazono Your lie in April (episode 4)

 

 

 

 

November 2

Edublogs Week 2: Commenting!

For week two, we had to comment on other people’s blogs. Three people’s blogs that I have commented on are from a different school and one of them are in my class.

I first commented on Angela’s post “AFIEJAOIEFHAIOEGHPAEW” about a book from one of her favorite writers. Here is what I commented:

Hi Angela,

Well, most authors do that so people would be more interested in his books and buy more of them :P.

Well, good luck.

Alexandra


 Next I commented on Mackenzie’s post about Charmander, a Pokemon character.

Hi Mackenzie,

I don’t know much about Pokemon, but this post has definitely taught me something new. Charmander and Pikachu are pretty much the only ones I know.

Alexandra
Check out my blog!
http://hmsalexandra.edublogs.org


Third I commented on Gracie’s post called “Finish the story!

Hi Gracie,
I shall continue your story,

I soon stumbled to what seems like an amusement park. I walk into the entrance, seeing that I was in Disney world! I took out my phone to find any reception. Strange. There wasn’t any.

Alexandra

Check out my blog!
http://hmsalexandra.edublogs.org


Lastly, I commented on Melanie’s post called “our class song Hall of fame

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Hi Melanie,

I listen to that song often. I sometimes listen to it when I’m feeling discouraged or sad. It will definetely be a good class song.

Alexandra

Check out my blog!
http://hmsalexandra.edublogs.org

“My music. Will it reach them?” –Kaori Miyazono Your Lie In April (episode 2)

November 2

Edublogs Week 3: Activity 6, 9, and 10

Activity 6: Creating a story using pictures (Used these pictures for a project in Language Arts class)

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Note: All pictures are mine.

Used:

Adobe Photoshop Mix  (Used it to merge pictures)

Doodle Art – Drawing, Painting & Sketch.ing Canvas (Used to make the characters)

You Doodle – draw on photos, draw on pictures, fun (Used to add text)

 


Activity 9: Zoom out game

To play this game, look at the picture below and “zoom out” on it. Where is the pineapple? The ocean? A pool? What’s going on while the picture was being taken?

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From: Favim.com

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Original Link

Still don’t get it? Here is the original description:
We could do a “zoom” post through comments. Choose a picture, and have your readers zoom out, so to speak, by leaving comments. So maybe something simple, like a pillow, and the first commenter describes something bigger around the pillow (like a couch) and the next commenter would write about the room it was in, and the next could zoom out the window and do the house, etc.  Most important here is to read previous comments, so you can add to the story.


 

Activity 10: Adding proper attribution to photos on past posts:

For the post on Edublogs Week 1: About my State , I didn’t put proper attribution for one of the pictures. I am going to fix it right now. I can’t edit the post, so I will leave a comment about it.

 

“The town that I live in.. is starting to take on color!”

~Kousei Arima 

Your Lie In April (Episode 3)

 

 

October 30

Edublogs Week 1: About my State

Hallo my fellow friends,

This is supposed to be my “about me” post but I already did one before the challenge started. So I’m doing an “about my state” post!

I live in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. In the chain of islands, there are eight of them that currently exists. They are, Hawai’i (or Big Island), Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau.

To see a picture of the map, click HERE.

In Oahu, there are many places to go to. Some of the popular places to go are:

  • Polynesian Cultural Center ”
    Spend the day exploring the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands. Wander through 42 acres of tropical splendor and enjoy the adventure of traditional hands-on activities. Dine like royalty at an authentic Polynesian luau and top it off with the most spectacular evening show in the islands, Ha: Breath of Life. All of Polynesia in one exciting place.”
  • Pearl Harbor “Check out the histories of these fine ships of Pearl Harbor and discover how each one played a vital role on the ‘date that would live in infamy.'”
  • Sealife Park “you can swim with Dolphins, Sharks, Sea Lions, or Hawaiian Rays. Whether you’re a hands-on thrill-seeker or prefer to view the excitement from a distance, Sea Life Park Hawaii will delight you.”
  • Hanauma Bay  “Voted #1 Best Beach in the United States for 2016”
  • Bishop Museumhawaiian-hall-1200x675

There are many foods on the island of Oahu. Some of them are:

Well, that’s kind of it! I’ll be back with another post!

“You exist inside a spring that can’t be replaced.” –Arima Kousei, Your Lie In April (Episode 1)