April 27

SBC Challenge Week 6: Free Manga!?!

I. Found. The. App. Of. My. Life

Webtoon provides a wide variety of manga/manhwa (Korean manga) to read, for free!! Romance, a slice of life, horror, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi… Everything! No signup needed (unless you want to leave comments or “subscribe” to books). Webtoon is a great place for the creative and talented artist to release their own books to the public!

Via Google Images https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.naver.linewebtoon

Some recommended Webtoons:

– Siren’s Lament (Romance)

Lyra travels through the mysteries and adventures after having a close connection with a siren!

Via google images http://hellogiggles.com/ya-graphic-novel/

– Orange Marmalade (Romance)

It’s been nearly 200 years since vampires and humans declared peace. But there are still many vampires discriminated for being who they are. Many hide their identities and blend in with humans. Like Mari Baek. But can she have feelings for a human boy, who hates vampires?

Image result for orange marmalade webtoon

Via google images http://aminomail.com/page/anime/597455/orange-marmalade

– A Budgie’s Life (Slice of Life)

Birds, like other animals, have unique personalities. Join the adventure with Tony and his owner as they (slowly) learn more about each other and how Tony’s wish to fly and travel the world will come true.

Via google images https://twitter.com/linewebtoon/status/850105828061270016

– Distant Sky (Thriller)

No light. No stars in the sky. Everyone is dead. How can the city of Gangnam all of a sudden be covered with darkness?

Via google images http://linewebtoon.tumblr.com/page/41

 

 

April 25

SBC Challenge Week 5

Activity 2: Encouraging family members to leave comments

My parents don’t have an account to leave comments on my blog, and they said that they are too busy to. I asked if I could show them my posts from my computer instead for them to give me suggestions and they agreed to do so :P.

Activity 3: How can you increase the number of comments on your blog?

I can increase the number of comments by posting a few times a week on fun subjects such as random stories, recommended movies, or even how my weekend went. One of my post that got many comments was about a Sanrio character called Gudetama, an egg yolk (<—-I’m not joking)

 

    Via Bing Free to share and use images https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/marketing-melancholy-sanrios-newest-character-is-a-sad-egg/

Activity 7: Add a widget to find out where your commenters are coming from

I  added the widget called Clustrmaps a while ago. It’s a map of the world that tells you how many users visited your blog and where they came from.

Activity 8: Add one or more widgets about your area of the world

I just added a widget called Google Translate, located on near the bottom right side of my blog. You can choose any language for the blog to be translated to, just in case someone from another country wants to read my posts in another language.

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April 6

SBC Challenge Week 4: Games for the good!

For this week, we are concentrating on Global issues. These issues consist of world hunger, global warming, war, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, etc.

I decided to do Activity 5 which you go onto different websites and learn about global issues.

First website: Free Rice

This website lets you answer questions from all different subjects (math, English, humanities, science, etc.) and each one you get correct lets you donate ten grains of rice to those in need.

Second Website: Kids Go Global

This website lets you explore and learn about the different global issues around the world. The website gives you information and activities to do that can let you know more about animal rights, resources, hunger, and more.

 

(I forgot to put quotes for the week one and week two challenges, so this time I will put three.)

“Forever is a long time, but I wouldn’t have minded spending it by your side.
—  Kaori

“You can delete photos.. but how do you delete memories?” -Kousei

“Stars only shine when they’re set against the night.” – Kaori
^^ All quotes are from Your Lie In April. 

 

March 30

SBC Week 3: Proper Attribution and Zoom

Activity 7: Zoom out

I took this picture when I pulled into my driveway. I found three birds sitting next to each other. It was so cute ^_^.

 

Activity 8: giving proper attributions.

For last time’s SBC challenge, I didn’t give proper attributions to a picture of an anime from a post (Week 9: What if you were stuck in a video game?) . I commented the website the picture was from.

 

 

March 16

Edublogs Challenge Week 1: Updated Avatar

It’s great to be back! Just a re-cap, my name is Alexandra. I’m 13 years and I love anime ^_^.

Today I updated my avatar to a bitmoji that I made :). I think this looks like me, but it was hard deciding the hair style :D.

I currently have an About Me page on my blog, there isn’t really anything that needs to be updated since my interests haven’t really changed.

 

Note: I forgot to put a quote from an anime on my last post so I will be putting two quotes.

 

“Even in the depths of the darkest oceans, some light always pierces through.” ~ Arima Kousei

“Music is freedom.” – Kaori Miyazono

 

 

 

 

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
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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

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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)