Unusual Angles

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Day 1: I took a photo of myself with the unusual expressions. Then I adjusted my picture to black and white. I also used the grids to draw using the upside-down technique. For next class, I will be working on my shading. Here is what I achieved today:


Day 2: Today I started to brainstorm about the shading techniques I could use for each boxes. Then I began to shade. I am happy with my outline because it looks like the original photo, and I was able to capture my funny expression. For next class, I need to finish shading in order to turn in my work.


Day 3: For this final day, I finished my shading part. Some techniques I used are stippling, cross hatchling, circles, words to create the shadows, etc. I am happy with the final result because my shadings create a union and work together. One thing I could improve is to make my face a bit rounder to capture the accurate expression. I also shaded the background using "hatchling squares", which are boxes that have horizontal and vertical lines in it. I believe that using that technique creates a thread-like curtain which is simply the perfect choice for the background.




Our team, including Bin, Jiwon, Marielle, and Cindy are working on spreading awareness about substandard housing project for Habitat For Humanity. Teachers are also contributing to this project. We are currently making a video and creating a display on the issue in Vietnam. We started working on this during May and will finish on June. Our project takes place in our school, SSIS, and the showcase will be on June 2. That is when everyone is going to visit and see our displays so they can learn about the issue.

  • What did you do that made you feel that you made a difference? Why?
  • - I felt like I made a difference because by doing the video and display, I can give my information about the problem to the audience so they can visualise the issue and maybe help to improve Vietnam. This is a small but priceless action because the people in Ho Chi Minh city won't even help Vietnam if they are not aware of it. At least learning about it can give the people some sympathy to the poor.
  • What do you think is your most valued contribution to the project?
  • - My most valued contribution is the video. I helped everyone by sending clips. I am now working on the Causes with Jiwon. I also worked on the display but then my team decided to redo the poster.

This is the picture that I found shocking:


In this project on Human Rights, we focused on improving/learning about substandard housing in Vietnam. This is an important skill because in the future, we might be able to help these people if we join any NGOS or participate in events so we need these information in order to know about the problems in Vietnam. One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to speak in front of a group of people about the issue. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

  • What did you learn from visiting other exhibits?
  • I learned about human trafficking in Vietnam. I understood the causes and solutions very well. I felt like I learned something new that I wasn't aware of before.
  • Have your career options been expanded by your service experience?
  • It's between maybe and no. I had always want to create products and sell them to get money. However, if business is my career option, I maybe can create an organisation to help the poor.
  • How did my collaboration with classmates help me focus my ideas or provide new insights?
  • My collaboration with my classmates helped me to collect more ideas from them. We helped each other on our parts and created the display together. However, the disadvantage is that everyone wants to be the "boss" and sometimes we don't listen to each other. 
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  • How do you hold a hockey stick?


  • Dominant hand closer to the end and another closer to the ground.


  • What is the ready position?


  • The ready position is where you squat(bend knees) and place the paddle of the stick on the ground. You should hold the stick further to the end with your dominant hand while your non dominant hand holds the racket further to the blade.


  • What is cradling?


  • Cradling is like dribbling, you move the puck with the hockey stick from side to side, keeping it in motion.


  • Where should the puck be on your stick when you pass?


  • On the end of the blade, so the aiming is more accurate.


  • What should you be looking at when you pass?


  • The target or your friend when you pass. It is harder if you just focus on your stick when you pass to a target that you don’t even look at.


  • Where should you be after the pass?


  • You should be defending or run after the puck so your friend could pass it to you when he is in trouble.


  • State and explain the positions in Hockey.


  • The positions in Hockey are goalkeeper, defenders, and attackers. The attackers try to score goals, the defenders defend their team, and the goalkeeper prevents the puck from getting into the goal.


  • How do we keep safe during our games with sticks unit?


  • KEEP STICKS LOW and don’t swing it or play around with it because you may unintentionally hit someone around you.


  • We played floor hockey, broomball, and scoopball explain what you liked about each game and what you didn’t like about each game.


  • Bin: The thing I like about hockey is that we use a stick instead of a scoop because we can accidentally hit another person if we are not careful. Hockey sticks are heavy so the chance of hitting our friends is low. I like broomball because it is the same as hockey and we get to learn how to control the ball using the broom. Lastly, scoopball is fun because we can catch the ball in the air. It gives a team an advantage to pass the ball through the air. That way the opponents are less likely to catch one of them.


  • Which game did you enjoy the most and why?


  • Bin: For me, I enjoyed floor hockey the most because it was one of the main sports I used to play back in Ishcmc AA. Also, floor hockey is easy and we get to run a lot in the game.


Yearbook is a fun subject for me. I learned a lot of things from the beginning of the year about the programs that professionals used to create magazines and yearbooks. In this essay, I am going to summarise the whole year into three paragraphs.

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 12.11.55 PMSome my highs are learning about Photoshop and playing with my friends. To me, they are the most important things that I enjoyed. At first, Photoshop was annoying and frustrating. I had to redo a picture every time I make a mistake on it. However, after many practices, I mastered the program and I can do anything I want with it. Talking to my friends and photoshopping at the same time was fun. Knowing that I am used to the program, I can freely be creative with all the pictures I use on Photoshop.

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 12.12.16 PMAfter that, we learned about Indesign. It is the one used to create the pages of the yearbook while Photoshop is just a tool to fix pictures. Learning to use it was a low of mine. It was difficult and complicated and the directions were hard to understand. However, when I worked with Evan, he helped me with many pages and I learned many things from him. We took pictures and interviewed many teachers to collect the information we needed for our topics of the spread. After a few month, I finally felt comfortable using Indesign. I had completed a total of 4 pages in Yearbook, including Swimming, Boys Soccer, Cafeteria, and Mathletes. The best product I made was Cafeteria. It looked beautiful since I photoshopped all the food. Still, there are many other tools on Indesign I need to learn even today. However, after all the this time, Indesign becomes one of my favourite programs in Yearbook.

In conclusion, yearbook was a good opportunity for me to learn about using tools to create a book or a magazine. I would definitely want to do this again for the reason of learning new programs and maybe use advanced tools in Indesign or Photoshop that I haven't know for my future job as a marketing and sales manager.

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Slavery In Ancient Greece and Rome by Jacqueline Dembar Greene (Public Date 2000)

  • 2000 years ago, city-states formed on the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. They fought each other and took war victims as slave. One of the cities, Hellas, which was later named Greece, took many people as slaves and even kidnapped some from other territories.
  • At Greece, a person could be enslaved after one night when he was free. Anyone can become slaves if he convicts a crime. Even some who could not repay their debts they owed could become the slaves.
  • Slaves don’t have the rights to:
    • Participate in government activities
    • Do almost everything.

    In the early times, slaves were treated nicely and share tasks with owners in the family households. However, now Greece families wanted to produce more goods. Therefore, they forced slaves to do more manual labor. Doing nothing, businessmen only manage the business instead of doing the work. Slaves can do different jobs.

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Resume by Bin (Link for better quality)

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My professional qualities include working hard and prioritising high quality results at all times. I can work continuously with or without pressure, and see hobbies as unnecessary tasks. As seen in this resume, I had included all required sections on the page and completed it within three hours.

Some of my unprofessional quality is apparent on the time I spent doing my homework. If I don't find other beneficial methods to do my work, I won't have time to complete them all in high school.


Driving Force: Imperialism In Africa

Before the 19th century, Europeans had a limited knowledge about Africa to conquer, but they colonized other remote lands. Once the realisation dawned on them, they competed for control of this immense and richful land. These countries, including Portugal, Germany, England, and many more took the people as slave, and were force-labored in Africa. Trading natural resources also played a big role throughout the history of Imperialism. Without this period on the timeline, the fate of Africa would never fall in partition and the Europeans would not be rich as they are today. To know the main driving force of Imperialism in Africa, one may argue that claiming lands and goods benefit the economy to  a high degree. Although another reason could be competing for national pride, it is not logical because pride itself doesn’t exist if one’s country is poor and powerless.

To begin with, European colonizers focused on their economy to “show off” that they are wealthy and can handle the responsibility of ruling more lands. As the countries get richer, people demanded for more coal and mass production of technologies. In order to get more resources to fulfil their needs, they must claim more lands to have the goods. According to Document D, the European colonized different parts of Africa and advanced their economy by using resources. While England imported metal for making coins and building engines, Portugal imported cotton because they owned textile factories back in their territory. This shows that after they benefited from the Industrial Revolution, the conquerors were thirsty for more resources and money. In other words, instead of using the limited resources they had in their countries, they imported goods from their claimed lands to produce weapons and earn money from selling it. Therefore, it is logical that the first step to national pride is to build a strong economy first, to have what the countries think they need in order to be powerful.

On the other side, some may say that national pride is the main driving force. According to document B, John Ruskin, an English intellectual at Oxford University, delivered a message to England. He said: “This is what England must either do or perish: she must found colonies as fast and as far as she is able...seizing every piece of fruitful waste ground she and set her foot on… (to) advance the power of England by land and sea.” Similarly, from the same document, Friedrich Fabri, or the father of German colonial movement, delivered the same concept. From a written passage of  his book, it says: “German Reich centuries ago was at the peak of the states in Europe, it was the Number One trade and sea power... the New German Reich wish to prove and maintain its newly won position of power for a long time.” These reasons strongly suggest that European countries should own the land in order to be the “number one” trade and sea power.  The more one claims, the better it is compared to the rest. However, if one agrees with this statement, he is missing the most important point. If they want to dominate many lands, they need power over the people. Which means, they need weapons different than swords to overpower the citizens. Claiming lands in hurry won’t do any good to the colonizers when the military force is controlling many lands at one time. Also, stated in Document E, Great Britain had built their economy drastically by escalating their exports from Africa in 1900. Analyzing the evidence above, England targeted a goal to export many resources from Africa their own country in order to build their economy and power their industries. Therefore, it is illogical to say that national pride is the main driving force in Imperialism.

To summarise, Imperialism was a competition between many hurricanes, each represents a European country. When one crashes into land, it colonizes it. Of course the competition continued because of two driving forces: Those are to boost their economy and trying to be the “top” in order to have national pride. However, after examining the reasons behind these driving forces, one may say that the economy is the most significant. Without money, property, and power, one’s country may never have pride.


In this project on Imperialism In Africa, we focused on improving/learning how to write an essay using a little amount of time. This is an important skill because we need to learn how to work quickly.  One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to organise my sentences. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

How did my classmates help me focus my ideas or provide new insights?

After finishing my essay, Nakyoung and Greg helped me to revise my essay and point out the weak sentences that I can improve. They focus on my grammar and ideas of my essay. That was really helpful and could even improve my grade. I also helped Nakyoung and Greg and I also was definitely was helpful to them.

A. Bright Spot: 

  • A strength I showed was my ability to analyze my evidences and show the purpose and main point of it. 

B: To work on: 

  • I should think "outside the box". For example: I said that European countries competed for national pride, but I am missing the point that maybe pride doesn't exist if one's country mistreats the people in the process.
  • Take more care in writing the counterclaim and avoid from making it confusing.