The Water Filter Design was a challenge which required as  a group to come up with a design that can filter water and especially turn it to a drinkable source. The challenge requirements are

  • Completely remove all our contaminants, including salt, copper, and sediment
  • Produce water with an acidity range between 6-8 pH
  • Generate at least 15 ml of water for testing. (ideally, more the better.)
  • Your NGO can provide solar panel systems with limited electricity to families.
  • Use materials that are available to people in rural Vietnamese villages, or within the limited budget

We researched and came up with an idea that we can exclude out the sediments before heating the polluted water. Inside a  large plastic bottle, we placed sand, coal, pebbles, and rocks packed in it and covered the mouthpiece with fabric and then we cut the bottom of the bottle of creating the well that collects water that we poured in. The water that came out was quite clear and clean.

Use heat, boiling pot, bowl to filter it out the salt from the water, inside the pot, the bowl is a place and the polluted water will be surrounding the bowl, but not inside the bowl. Then, we place the switched (up to ~ down) lid of the pot.  Then, the clean water will fall down to the bowl.

The major ideas of showing your poem visually with pictures and music really are interesting to make for me, I found it really fun to work on this amazing project. However, finding the appropriate music for certain events were harder than I thought and showing pictures that show the shadow of the poem were difficult either but when I realized that when using pictures in new perspectives really help the audience think deeper about the poem and video itself and the reasons why the creator used that specific image to represents that imagery?

When reading the poem out loud, I chose a specific part to emphasize a word or speak extremely fast on for emotion and found that it really helped the reader understand the main ideas of my poem. It just helped to hear it instead of reading it in my head. Although, if I were to do this project again, I may have written another poem that was shorter and because my poem was too long to organize. And to anyone that will be doing this project in the future, memorize your poem because when watching the video, it's really obvious if you read the wrong word. Overall, this project really entertaining and I enjoyed it a lot.

During this poetry unit, I learned a lot of important guild lines in poetry. Such as line breaks, white space, stanza, theme, topic, and narrow the main focus. Although the most interesting topic that I find really important to my daily life because this "rule" did hit my weakness. Poetry doesn't matter much with formal mechanicals grammars and the thing that matter is expressing ideas. Before I started digging further into the unit, I thought that poem suppose to be arranged in the same "paragraph" and share the same syllables throughout each line. Right now, I do not consider that I am a professional poet although I can understand the concepts of poetry. Such as, I can identify why did the poet used line break on that certain stanza or trying to find the theme of the poem. Since first grade, I had enjoyed writing a poem because I feel like the poem is a unique way to deliver my thoughts and emotions to the reader. Throughout each school year, I had learned to build a stronger and broader foundational base for my poetry skills and I pledge that I should continue to use the poem as my tools and techniques to practice adapting figurative languages and vocabulary choice into my writing. I experience a very steady a strong improvement during this unit because I  can see how much I have grown between the beginning of the year until now. I have seen myself growing during the period of poetry and writing in general. From the beginning of the year, I have used the line breaks and white space less effectively. Comparing it to now, I had know when to break the line in half and why I am doing it. In conclusion, I have really enjoyed my first quarter of the writing class and looking forward to more amazing topics later on in the school year.

These pictures represent my personality and my habit such as how slow the Max the sloth is and the laziness of Chloe really match with my characteristic.

First I choose Max, the sloth in Zootopia, he works and progresses information very slowly which match with my internal traits. I usually exit the class last and take the longest to take a shower for PE class. I remember when I was in science class, I was taking so long to finish packing up my bag and Mr. Butz (my science teacher) was in a hurry to the cafeteria because he was on duty so he kelp telling me to quickly pack up my bags and go out the classroom so he can lock the doors. That was the time when I could work faster than normal so in the end, I forgot to take my MacBook with me when leaving class.

Next, I picked Judy, the cob rabbit in Zootopia, she reacts to the situation really quickly and adapted to it smoothly too, I think I am similar to her because she speaks very fast without minding to add any punctuation in her dialogs. I remember the comments for my Learning How To Learn project for Language Art, Ms. Beals suggested that I can slow down my speaking rate during the presentation, the audience will process the information deeper and stronger.

Last but not least, I choose Chloe, the grayish cat in the Pets movie, she is very easy to be hook by the queen of procrastination. I feel like I sometimes was just being lazy and doing something that doesn't require thinking rather than doing my homework assignments. Such as right now, I am currently watching Alisha Marie's channel on youtube while trying to write this blog post.

Overall, I think I am a "great" person because I am slow which really annoying to some people and I speak very fast which irritate others that listen to me. That's not all, I sometimes watch a 2 hours video on Netflix before checking out what is my homework for groups projects. I know I am a slight "bad" person but I always try to keep myself happy and positive just like Judy does.

During this project, the most challenging step that I faced was the adding words on top of the image. This stage really tested my patient limit because the words that are being placed on the photo kept covering the main section of the image which was the most important corner of the whole picture or sometimes appeared as a mini font which impacts the image by letting the viewer see nothing except tiny sentences of words.
I choose the photo of a person looking out the window to emphasize that the main character in the poem use the window as the mood to continue living. Such as when the outside environment changed to a foggy and sad looking image, the character will felt like the world is going to fall.
To clarify my image, it is a photo of a person gazing out the window which mean the person in the image is wanting to know what is happening outside the walls where everyone is pacing from here to there.
My image enhances the moral of the poem by connecting the window with the patient. Due to the window represent the outsider which mean the patient emotion are affected by the outsider, for example, the patient are feeling grateful and joyful when the birds are singing wildly while the sun is playing tag with the clouds. Although later on in the poem, the character discovered the main point of the issue, he figured out that being sad and sorrow will not lead to happier life and can impact the sickness even deeper.


This parable has hooked my attention to it when I just glance at the title. I ask myself, "What is a samaritan?" or "What make a samaritan a good samaritan?". As I continue to listen to Mrs. Wolf sweet voice, I quickly build my knowledge brick wall. As the wall dry up, I immediately connected the bits and pieces of the moral lesson and construct a stable foundation of the main idea of the parable.

I admire this parable due to Jesus's instruction are very deep, although it is very easy to accomplish. For example, the action of the samaritan is very profound but everyone can do it not only the special ones.
In my opinion, I feel like the moral of the story is that a neighbor is any person who needs our love, care or any other act of mercy from you.

In this situation, the Samaritan is any person who cares for the human being. The priest and Levite represent the people who are being trapped in the circumstance of hypocrisy, those who claim to love God in their mouth but do not show it in action.

When we declare we love God and yet we show no protect, emotion and encouragement to our neighbors, we are simply being hypocrites. We are being naive and misrepresent the simplicity of Jesus grace and love.

The parable of the Good Samaritan really blows my mind. Every time I recall the meaning of the teaching, I usually cry because I can feel that the kingdom of God is open to everyone who can discover the importance of caring and loving your "neighbor" no matter if you are a Christian or appear as any other ethnic group.

This parable connected to one of my experiences in Hong Kong. I was at a mall, just traveling around. I was really little when this occurs, and I suddenly figured out that I was lost. I was puzzled where my family was. I started freaking out, and tears started flooding around in my eyes.

But just then, a generous woman who had no idea who I was with me arrived and said in Cantonese, “Can I help you with your problems?” And thanks to the lady, I could find my family. Soon, I figured out that she is my good "Neighbor" that Jesus mentioned.

Since the parables were simple, brief, and had clear but important messages that were easy to process, the parables pass through people by retelling it without losing the main structure of it which helped spread the message of Christianity. The messages had a connotation that you don't need to be a Christian to achieve the eternal life. In another word, no matter if you arrive as any ethnic group heaven will always welcome you.


Mental stretching, the required sacrifice

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

To all exercises, these four are the basics

Hard to understand

Equations and formula, serving as raw commodity

Mastering the reality of numbers to gain its wisdom

A heart scattered infractions

The invention of zero

Into life's activities, these applications silently integrate

Calculation of numbers and expressions

Sum up all problems via solutions to an answer.


I think that this project was a very useful learning experience. Through this, we now know what one of the strongest and most famous empire in history was like. Not only that, we also learned about the architecture and engineering that was influenced by Rome. We found out who made the Latin language popular, and how it influenced many common languages today. There were also many things that we never knew were influenced by Rome, some examples being France’s Arc De Triomphe, which was a direct inspiration of Rome’s Arch of Constantine. Through all this, I realized how important Rome was to the modern day culture. If Rome wasn’t there, our modern world would probably be much different. All of the art would be similar to Greeks, and also the buildings perhaps wouldn’t have been built. Overall, I think that this unit was a very helpful unit, and I would love to dig in even more, and find out more about Ancient Rome in my free time.

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I got off the plane on the second of March

And knew that I would not like this place

Cold, dry, glum and sour

I knew I would go through a phase

School was boring

Teachers were mean

The days were painfully long

But that all changed

As after the rain

The sun came out and shone


I started high school in 2009

And started to make many friends

Fun, loving, warm and kind

I loved Beijing to the end

Beautiful language

“Oh! Your Chinese very good!”

The markets, cheap bargains were fun

I really hated to leave my home

My nest, my roof, and my bun


Recently I discovered

That I was moving again

To a faraway place called Melbourne

Unhappy, sad, angry and hurt

It was burning me and burning through all of them

Yemi, Iris, Thibault and Laura

All good friends I was leaving

But what could I possibly do to get through

The “moving away again” demon?


So I prayed and prayed

Every single day

That all would finally be good

Safe, sound, home at last

Just like it always should!

I started my school, as you can see

I could say that I fit in quite well

But I miss my old school

In Beijing, you see


My friends and my dad as well!

Hopefully one day I will be able to say

Which place I now belong

Melbourne, Beijing, Jakarta, Hanoi?

And then I shall finally be strong

Among many poems in the anthology, I decided to choose this poem, 'Home' by Lyndsey Hipgrave for several reasons. One of my favorite songs is ''Home" by Phillip Phillips. Once when I read the poem, it was similar to the lyric of the song and I can feel the strong connection between them. Another reason is that the speaker is traveling around the world living here and there which sounds very new for me. Due to I have lived my whole life in Vietnam and had never moved to anywhere. It is very interesting to be in someone's shoes because I can see and experience as a something. Although changing houses and moving to another new country is a new fact to me, I can still feel empathy for the speaker through the way the poet express it.

Before starting this assignment, I had absolutely no idea why poetic techniques are used, what the difference between a speaker and an author was, how to analyze a poem, etc. However, I am now able to recognize the difference between a speaker and an author, explain why poetic techniques are used, and even create visuals that represent the poem!

The most important lesson I learned in this unit is that there are no right or wrong answers in poetry. It is all about showing your opinion and making suggestions on why something is used. However, it needs to make sense based directly on the poem. All in all, I think this poem is nicely written and had helped me understand what is the core of poetry.