Grade 9 Service Reflection

1) Where did you go to do service? I do my service at my school.

2) Describe what you did at your service experience. At my service experience, I tutor a 3rd grader named Jennifer. I help her with her homework and other things that she needs help with educationally.

3) What were the different ways you helped out? Explain. I helped Jennifer out in different ways such as giving her tricks on working more efficiently and showing her different ways to solve the problems that she faced in homework.

4) Tell us more about your interactions with the people you worked with. I interact with Jennifer quite regularly, messaging her out of class about the things that she does and her hobbies. I try to be a friend as well as a teacher since I know that it would make me more understanding of where she’s coming from with her problems.

5) Did you come to any new understandings because of your service experience? This can be about the people you worked with, or the situation or things you have been thinking about. It is a given that with new experience comes with new understanding. I think I have learnt a lot about myself and how I interact with children in general. Also, I have learnt how to be a sister as well as a friend and a teacher to someone like Jennifer.

Let’s Lifesave!


In this swimming unit, I have learnt a lot about rescue techniques such as the rear rescue, front rescue, and the reach rescue. My favorite rescue technique is the reach rescue because you don’t have to go in the pool to save that person and this is a common rescue technique many lifeguards use as well. My favorite game was water polo because I could swim my way to get the ball and pass to my friends easily. I think I have tried my best to participate in this swimming unit because I have studied for the lifesaving quiz and participated in everything required in the unit.

Digital CSI – Reflection

Copy of Lucia - Industrial Revolution CSI


In Social Studies, we work on our CSI-an activity where we use images, symbols, and colors to represent a word. For this digital CSI, I have chosen the word industrial labor-the goal of workers following rules and work for six days without fail as well as being treated like machines more and more. Since the word I’ve picked for my CSI is industrial labor, the color that popped in my mind when I thought of the word was gray. I selected the color because I think that’s how the atmosphere was dull and boring for the workers, and the smoke coming out from the factories also reminded me of the color gray. For me, the symbol for industrial labor was the shovel and the hammer because it made me think of people constantly work for long hours. And last but not least, the image I decided on for my CSI is the image of two women sewing in a factory because in the Industrial Revolution, women would often work in the textile aspect of manufacturing goods.

Newton Vehicle – #3


If there was anything I’ve learnt during the process of making a Newton vehicle (trust me, there’s a lot), it was that the original design we had in mind for the project was constantly changing into something else due to many reasons and that building a vehicle without pre-made materials is very difficult. At first, we thought that the base of the vehicle was going to be made of paper since it was light. However, paper wasn’t very durable and it would often rip easily so we had to switch paper with cardboard. And if I worked on the design process of the vehicle, I would definitely change the wheels since they were really crooked. For example, if we wanted our vehicle to move forward, it would have moved to the right or to the left which was very frustrating at times. Despite the hardships my group have faced in making this vehicle, I have learnt a lot about Newton’s Laws such as the 3rd Law-for every reaction, there is an opposite reaction, especially. I didn’t realize that the 3rd Law was really important in the making of this vehicle, to be honest. For example, the amount of air that was blown into the balloon was exerted in the opposite direction to make the vehicle move which helps it move forward. Another thing I would change in my vehicle is the balloon size, to be honest. One of the problems we’ve dealt with when we were working with the balloon was that it was too big for the cardboard base. As a result, the balloon would get in the way of the vehicle moving. After this project, I’m interested in the law of inertia and I’ll be willing to do experiments about the law of inertia.

Newton Vehicle – #2


We are so close to completing our brainstorming/designing process and now, we are working on the actual design and construct the actual vehicle. Newton’s First Law of Motion says that an object will not move until a force is exerted upon it. It’s pretty evident that we could demonstrate this first law by leaving the vehicle alone until we let go of the air tube of the balloon, causing it to move rapidly. Meanwhile Newton’s Second Law of Motion indicates that if an object has more mass, then it takes more force to move it. We can demonstrate this second law of motion by letting the vehicle have less mass by the minimal amount of materials needed so it could be more easier for it to move. The last law of motion, Newton’s Third Law of Motion is for every action there would be a opposite reaction in the opposite direction. This could be showed through our vehicle by the amount of air we blew the balloon in will be exerted in the opposite direction when we let go of the straw, pushing the vehicle forward.

Flan, a Recipe to be Remembered

Despite of its origins coming from Western countries, flan is still a common dessert for Vietnamese people to enjoy with their families and friends. Growing up in a household where everyone wasn’t that interested in my cooking skills or talking to me, I would make flan with my mother as she talked to me about her hilarious flashbacks from her younger years of being a child and her experiences of being an adult.

All I could ever remember about cooking with my mother in my former years were the constant humming she would made to amuse herself as she watched me trying to stir the pot of boiling milk, the laughter my mother and I shared in the small conversations about my elder sisters, and the never-ending squeal of joy I made to my dad when he commented that my flan was good. For five years old Lucia, every praise given towards at me, especially about my cooking was a huge accomplishment. Let’s just say that I was a weird child who was really overconfident about myself.

However, my skills of making flan was something that’s improving as the days drag on and on. After asking my mom about the flan recipe, she told me that she found it in a website and showed me the link.



Newton Vehicle – #1


So, in Science, my group which included Kymmy, Su-Min, and I were assigned with the task of constructing a Newton vehicle that has to move 1.5 meters on its own, without any help/push from us, batteries, and motors. Needless to say, I was a bit confused about how were we supposed to accomplish such as a task. However at the moment, we are only brainstorming ideas of how are we building this contraption and research around the topic of building a Newton vehicle.

Within this unit of physics before we could start on building the Newton vehicle, we have to understand a few concepts to establish our understanding and then, we could get started on the project. Friction, gravity, and inertia were some of the concepts we had to comprehend in order to work on the project. In physics, the term friction, by definition, is the force that holds back the movement of a sliding object. Initially, I thought that friction only meant conflict or something similar. Another commonly used word is gravity, which is the force of attraction between two objects. And then, we discussed about what inertia is in class. Inertia is quite similar to Newton’s First Law of Motion which is an object wouldn’t move until you exert an equal or a greater force to it. However, inertia’s definition is the tendency of an object to keep doing whatever it’s doing. In addition to learning about friction, gravity, and inertia, we have covered Newton’s First, Second-the more mass something has, the more force you have to exert to move it, and Third Law of Motion-for every force, there is a reaction force that is equal in size and opposite in direction.

For this unit we are doing, I think we need to place more attention on the mass of the vehicle since Newton’s Second Law of Motion had taught us that the more mass something has, the more force we have to exert to move it. And I don’t think a heavy vehicle would last very long and be able to move 1.5 meters. And another thing we have to keep mind when it comes to making this design is friction because we would like the vehicle to be able move efficiently and the surface of the floor might prevent just that.

The Art of Conversing with an Alien

Questions were vexatious to answer, to say the least for me. Especially questions from a square-shaped face alien that has no nose and went by with the name of Anais, I suppose.

Leaning my back against the wheat field, I had no ambition to reply to Anais’ demands or head off to school and listen to der Lehrer’s lectures. It was plainly a matter of time, when the queer-looking alien was annoyed with my usual reclusive self and left for someone else to bother. yet, Anais didn’t even budge a move or make a sound after she sat down on the wheat in the field my family owned.

“Can I ask you a question?” Anais ended the imitating silence between the both of us by asking me another question.

“You are already asking me one.”

“But another one, please?”

What was this about, really? Hoping that this would end soon, I let her ramble on and on about things I didn’t consider, or care about such as Catholicism and Protestantism. “…You know, I was wondering whether your parents are Catholic or Protestant?” The alien asked.

“Protestant, but they were originally Catholic.”

Anais began to question me even more about the religious aspects of my life, claiming that she was investigating about the Protestant Reformation and needed help.

“Were your grandparents Protestant?” The story about my grandparents’ choosing Catholicism over Protestant was still a sore topic to my parents, especially Papa’s parents. Before we moved to another town to reside, Grandfather protested against Protestantism and was in shock when Papa admitted that he supports Martin Luther. As a result, Grandfather disowned Papa. Mama had told that Grandfather still loves him dearly, but he couldn’t accept Papa’s choice of religion.

“C-C-Catholic.” I stuttered darkly under my breath, remembering the tears Papa shed over the conflicts he had with Grandfather.

“Why are your parents Protestant and your grandparents Catholic?”

“Long story.” I didn’t feel like explaining my family’s estranged relationship with my extended family to a stranger.

Anais smiled brightly, “I have a lot of time to hear you out, you know!”

Comprehending that she would not give up until she got the chance to hear my story, I gave a small sigh and said, “To start us off, the Catholic Church was a corrupted place. The preachers would sell indulgences and simony. My family was not OK with the usage of indulgence-”

“What are indulgences and simony?” Anais interrupted me out of nowhere.

“Indulgences are release from punishments for sins. In a simpler definition, it’s where you pay for your sins, without actually redeeming yourself by doing something good. Simony is when you pay for your job without doing any actual work,” I explained quickly, “many people would actually pay their job!”

Anais widened her eyes in shock, “That’s insane!”

“Thankfully, when the 95 Theses by Martin Luther was published, my family realized that we were not the only ones who weren’t comfortable with indulgences and simony. That’s when the Protestant Reformation started. People stopped attending church due to what the 95 Theses had said about preachers who sold indulgences.”

“What’s a Pope?”

“The Church official with the highest power in the Church, basically.”

Anais raised her eyebrows, “That’s a lot of power the Pope has, then.”

I nodded in agreement. “But after the Protestant Reformation, many are following Protestantism, like me and my family. Therefore, the power the Pope had decreased. Half of my town is Protestant, I think.”

“What happened to the people who were condemned from the Church for protesting against these indulgences and simonies?”

“You mean, heretics?”


“That’s what they’re called. But some were burned by the Church and some fled. Martin Luther was deemed a heretic by the Church.”


“Yup, wow.”

The 7 Minutes Run Challenge

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The seven minutes run challenge is a running challenge in P.E class. In this challenge, we had to run as much as we could in seven minutes. We had to do this challenge almost every P.E class. Despite this running unit ending very soon, my teachers had informed me that we will still be doing this challenge in the future. My goals for the 7 minutes were to get 1 km and thankfully, I have succeeded in reaching my goal to running more than 1 km in 7 minutes. The challenges I faced in this challenge was keeping a steady pace in my challenge since I would end up draining all of my energy at once in just 2-3 minutes. The success I found in this challenge was the fact that I could run more than 1 km in 7 minutes which is very surprising to myself, even. My overall impression of this challenge was pretty average since there were times that I enjoyed this challenge and there were times that I didn’t like it one bit. My feelings are mixed when it comes to this challenge.

150.2 <- 60% active zone

164 <- 70%

192 <- 90

Activity HR Active Zone 60-70% Healthy Zone 70-90%
Rest 65 No.  No.
Ant Tag 104 No. No.
Popcorn 110 No. No.
Suicide 132  No. No.
7 minute run 143  No. No.