At the beginning of the school year, my English teacher gave the class an assignment to write a person/place/idea essay. It had to consist of at least of those options (which was easier enough because almost everyone can think of a person/place/idea that they can talk about.) With high school coming to an end (which it did yesterday), I decided to talk about the idea of closing multiple chapters in your life. What I mean by chapters are the different stages in life. I wanted to talk about what lesson I have learned from multiple people and experiences throughout my pre-educational years, elementary school, middle school, high school, and what I wanted to learn throughout life because we learn something new every day. Whether it be from simply learning how to copy and paste text on a computer to developing a cure for cancer. It's the little things we do in life that will change someone to be better and will give us a lesson/story to tell future generations.
My mom has always told me that throughout life, there are going to be challenges that seem like they're going to define us for the future years to come. It's important to work hard to face those challenges head-on, but if we fail, we shouldn't let those failures define us. Those failures should be something we learn from. Failures do not control/define who we are. It will only if you let it. These failures might seem huge at the time being but when you look back on them, hopefully, you've learned something about yourself, and are making an effort to change things. History shouldn't repeat itself. As of June 12th, I have officially closed another chapter of my life and going to start a new one. With college opening up more doors of opportunity, I hope, to all of the class of 2018, that you keep up the amazing work you have been doing. Something you've done has worked for you because you have made it this far. Best of luck to all and look at the world with a brighter perspective. It will be worth it.
If you would like to read my person/place/idea essay, you can click on the file below. It will lead to a PDF of my essay.
**By the way, if you are iffy on reading it, I got a perfect score on it, but there is a bit of profanity in it.
As June has begun, it marks the beginning of summer, and the end of my senior year of high school. Since May, I've been so busy with the numerous activities that keep coming weekly. First, I had my GradNite #1 at California Adventure, then AP testing started and went on for about 3 weeks throughout May. After AP testing, there was the last dance of the school year, and then the senior class cabinet planned a 3-day retreat similar to the one many of us have gone on in 6th grade (except this was more mature and had less science in it.) After retreat, we have now caught up to the present times where my official (and second) GradNite is going to take place at Universal Studios tonight. (I'm so excited to see Marshmello DJ.)
I could definitely say that this year was the craziest year yet. With college applications to the empty chair segment to PCN and now GradNite. I just wanted to share my thoughts with my fellow students.
Graduation Speech (Part II)
With graduation coming up in 2 days, that also means that I have to start working soon!! This summer, I'm going to be working as an art teacher so look out for student artwork this summer. I hope they have fun with it because I personally would love to do these projects if I were in elementary school again. But I will definitely start to blog more because this second semester has been hectic. I felt bad for not posting in so long that I'm typing this up instead of studying for my economics final tomorrow. But priorities, am I right? With that said, here's to a crazy year and crazy memories. [Pictures are included.]
Doughnuts and fried chicken are some of most popular foods in America, why not get them both at the same place? Introducing Astro: Doughnuts and Fried Chicken. (They also sell sandwiches.) Recently, I went to downtown Los Angeles to shoot some pictures for a photography assignment. (I will be posting all of the images I took for this assignment when it is done.) With downtown LA being super crowded that day due to the multitude of events going on, I found street parking near Astro: Doughnuts and Fried Chicken on W. 6th St. in between S. Grand Ave. and S. Olive St. near Perishing Square. Just driving around looking for parking, Astro caught my eye. I wanted to check it out, and so I did after taking my pictures. When I walked in, it was a bit different from other stores. The first thing I noticed is that not many of the employees smiled or greeted me at the door. Only one did, and there were about two or three other employees working in the front. Most of them simply looked up and went back to their work. Aside from that, the store itself was small. There were about three tables in front of the cashier and two window seats. The two of the three tables seated up to four people, and the other only seated two. The maximum capacity for Astro was only about 74 people. But that's enough about the environment. Let's get to the food.
I had gotten a Strawberry Rhubarb which was a doughnut with strawberry glaze and powdered sugar and something else. I don't exactly know what it was, but I know it doesn't have peanuts for all my readers with peanut allergies. I really loved the donut because unlike most doughnuts, it didn't have such a sweet taste. It was lighter on the sugar and didn't feel like junk food. (Does that make sense?) The doughnut was so fluffy and I think it was baked rather than fried. I enjoyed it very much. In addition to the doughnut, I got five pieces of chicken fingers. I though they would be small and not have a lot of meat because everything is getting more expensive, but nope. I was wrong. There was a lot of white meat in the chicken fingers and they were quite big. The best part is that the chicken fingers were fresh out of the fryer. They were also very good. They had a nice crunch to it when bitting into it. The only problem I had was that the breading had a lot of pepper in it. I'm not a huge fan of having a lot of pepper in my food, so if there were less pepper, I could have given these chicken fingers a 10/10.
There are some interesting options at Astro: Donuts & Fried Chicken, so if you would like, you should definitely check it out. There are only two stores in the US: one in DTLA and one in Washington DC. (Sorry to the people who don't live in those areas and were interested in checking it out.)
If you want to see the full menu and more reviews on this little donut and fried chicken joint, I linked their Yelp page and official website down below. Thanks for reading this week's blog post.
You could find more information at...
their website: astrodoughnuts.com/
their Yelp page: www.yelp.com/biz/astro-doughnuts-and-fried-chicken-los-angeles?osq=Astro+Donuts+and+Fried+Chicken
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is a story about two boys who receive a call from Death Cast, informing them that they could die within the next 24 hours.
This book was recently introduced to me by a friend during my AP statistics class. I knew it was going to be a good read when my friend started crying in class because he finished the book. Of course, for the title itself, we expect the two characters are going to die at the end of the book, but for some reason, I wanted there to be a twist where the two main characters actually live at the end. The minute I picked up the book, I knew I wasn't going to be able to put it down. This book took me back to my elementary school days when I would read any book that fell into my lap. Ever since I started high school, my number one priority has become homework and studying. Now that there is less work since I'm in my second semester of my senior year and it's spring break, I would read this book through the night and ride the emotional roller coaster with this book. It is definitely worth the read. It's similar to other books like If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:
Thanks for reading this blog article. I really hope this encourages you to go out and read more books. (AND THIS BOOK) Reading is something that is becoming more and more creatively destroyed by e-books, kindles, and other PDFs. So please, go to your local library and kick back with a good book. There's definitely a difference between reading an e-book and reading a physical book.
The weather is finally warming up in Southern California which means it's time to hit the beach. While beaches are fun to hang out at with your friends, it's also fun not getting sunburnt. Recently while going to Sephora with my cousin to look for some skin care products, I ran across some sunscreen products. I normally don't wear sunscreen on the daily, but I was interested in the Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen with Olive Polyphenols a try. What stuck out to me was the word "mineral". Previously, a friend told me that mineral sunscreen feels better on your skin and it doesn't leave that nasty "i have dried sweat all over me" feeling.
With that in mind, I bought the sunscreen for $28 and later found out it had a rating of 4.4 stars on Amazon. And I tested it out on my skin in the shop. When I brought it home and opened it, I first looked for the reviews and then the next day, I applied it onto my face. The cool thing about this sunscreen is how natural it feels. It doesn't feel like the sunscreen is clogging up your pores and making your skin feel more oily with every application. According to Beauty Editor, all the other chemical based sunscreen get absorbed into your skin to protect you from absorbing the sun's rays, whereas the mineral based sunscreens are more of a reflector of the sun's rays. After some more research, I found that there are lots of benefits from using a mineral sunscreen. I suggest reading the article from the Beauty Editor. I will link the article down below. Thanks for reading my first product review. If you have any suggestions on what I should talk about in the next product review or something I could improve upon, please don't be shy and leave your tips in the comments below. Anyway I have you have a lovely day and I'll see ya next time. Peace out!!
Beauty Editor Article: www.beautyeditor.ca/2011/06/15/should-you-use-a-mineral-sunscreen-heres-why-you-might-consider-it-and-7-beauty-editor-approved-prodz-to-choose-from
Growing up with asian parents stereotypical look like this.
Anyway, while my mom was telling me this, I realized how much people and trees had in common... no I'm just kidding. Anyway that's it for this article. I hope you liked it. Peace out!!
As most of us know, the movie Maze Runner: The Death Cure just came out into theaters yesterday. I went to go watch it with some of my friends and if you haven't watched the first two movies or read the books yet, do that first. This movie will make sense after reading about the series first or watching the first two movies because there are some characters that come back and it won't make sense without knowing the stuff from before. Anyway, this movie...well this series is about a dystopian society where the entire human race is being wiped out by a virus. There are a few who are immune to the virus so they are being hunted to find a cure for the virus. I really loved the movies, but I still need to read the books. I highly recommend watching this movie. It stars Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and so many more amazing actors. This is really short because I don't want to say too much. It is an action-packed movie and I think you will really enjoy it.
From the title, you would assume that I'm talking about a guy that I've just met, but actually that's a movie that I highly recommend. The movie The Way He Looks is about a blind teenager who is seeking out independence. Every day he is aided by his best friend, Giovana due to his condition. Then one day, a new kid comes to school and changes everything. It is a Brazilian movie so the audio is in Brazilian Portuguese. I really love this movie because it's the first LGBTQ+ movie I've watched. It portrays the same story as every other love story. Instead, a guy falls for another guy. It was interesting to me because of the twist where the main character and the new guy instantly connect. Sure it takes some time, but I love watching the progress of this love story. It also shows that just because someone is disabled, it doesn't mean that they can't be loved. There are so many people out there who find a person with disabilities to be unattractive because that person is incapable of being independent.
Anyway, this movie has also won two awards: the FIPRESCI Prize for best feature film in the Panorama section and the Teddy Award for best LGBT-themed feature. On the day it was released, the movie was the fifth most watched film in Brazil. I highly recommend that you watch this film. It was directed, written and co-produced by Daniel Ribeiro, and stars Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, and Tess Amorim. I watched it on Netflix, but I'm sure you can find it somewhere else if you don't have a Netflix account.
Here's the link for the trailer:
Now that I have time to actually do something fun, here's movie review for ya.
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The movie The Book of Henry is about a single mother Susan Carpenter works as a waitress alongside her feisty family friend Sheila. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own way is Susan's older son Henry. Protective of his brother and a tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother, Henry blazes through the days like a comet. When Susan discovers that the family next door harbors a dark secret, she's surprised to learn that Henry has devised a plan to help the young daughter.
First off, I did not know of this movie until I saw a short clip of it on Instagram. It looked very interesting so I went to the library and I borrowed it. I thought it was only going to be about the mystery of the girl next door, but there's more to it. I don't want to spoil it, so I won't say anything, but it is a really good movie. I definitely recommend that you watch it. Also it's PG-13 so almost everyone can watch it. It has an amazing plot to the story. For me, it was sad at some parts and I cried but then again, I cry easily so there's no saying that you too will cry. In fact, the whole movie had my emotions go on a roller coaster. There's a lot to say about this movie but all I can say without spoiling it is go watch it. The Book of Henry by Focus Features. Amazing.
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Well that's it for today's post. I have been trying to make more time for more blogging and since college applications have been turned it now, I'm going to be back with more posts on this blog. Also because I have been interning with another blog, I will be coming up with more ideas in the future. Thanks for reading and I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Peace!
Discovering new foods are always one of our biggest weaknesses because food is life, for most of us. There is a new collaboration going on with Zero Degrees and the Travel Bottle. Right now, if you go over to any Zero Degree cafe, you can get selected drinks in a Travel Bottle. Honestly, it's so worth it.
Needless to say, we had a blast just getting the drinks and the drinks themselves were amazing. Everything was freshly made and the boba was the absolute best. It was made to perfection and I can't wait to go back. In total, it costs about $26 because the drinks were about $3-4 each, boba was $0.50, and as expected, the bottle itself was about $9. But it doesn't matter because I checked the prices for the travel bottles on their website and it's about $13 by itself, so my sister and I got the bottle and a free drink.
Anyway if anyone wants to check it out, I have the address and website listed down below. They are also going to be opening up another location in Norwalk very soon.
9822 Bolsa Ave.
Westminster, CA 92683
The Travel Bottle:
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