This year at Whitney High School, the students have been feeling more and more powerless against the people in the administration office (admin). They have been dress-coding students for no reason, addressing problems and concerns that are less of a threat to the student body, and making decisions as if the majority of the school would not be affected. Earlier in the year, our principal held an assembly in the gym to talk about empathy. This had students thinking that this year, everyone was going to be nicer to one another and the school would go back to the way it used to be: the nicest school campus in the area. We were wrong. Later, a group of students had their art piece taken down because admin didn't like it. A student was lied into admitting to using drugs by three of the highest people in admin and was moved to another high school, where there is a bigger drug issue. And on Monday of this week, a student was taken off the school live show because, rumor has it, admin didn't want this student talking about a book being taken out of next year's curriculum. Today, students had a silent protest by wearing black and putting censorship with a slash through it on their t-shirts.
This silent protest is only happening now because there has never been a time where a student was pulled out of the live show before his segment. Students have reported to admin about being harassed, but their problems were ignored. But when it come time to dress code girls for showing our midriff, they jump at every single opportunities.
The biggest issue for me is that even the teachers dislike admin. Admin is hated so much that some of the staff are intimidated by them. Admin is supposed to be open to making the school better. They should be the ones making sure that the school is a safe environment for everyone. As this school goes down the wrong path, the students are losing trust in admin....no everyone is losing trust with admin. They've been talking about having students come talk to them about these types of issues but in the end, they are the ones who will be "busy with their other meetings." WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?! There's no relationship between the students and admin. They're in their own little world where these issues that we're going through don't matter to them. I don't want this to be like the slavery activity where admin just pushed it under the rug and forgot about it. This needs to be taken care of now or else they're never going to change. Don't let them silence you. Share your voices until they finally start listening.
Also if anyone wants to share their voices but don't feel safe doing it at school, feel free to email me and I will share your stories. I will also keep you anon if you wish.
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This is actually very important and I'm a bit glad that it happened now. Admin has pushed our last buttons and it's not even the beginning. Admin has been doing this for years and there have been alums who have complained about the way admin treated the students. It's been bugging me since the mural was taken down at the beginning of the year because my friends and I had worked on that piece for the entire year upon admin's request for student work. If we knew they were going to take it down, we never would have started it.
Anyway, I hope everyone else is having a more eventful week. Peace out, and I'll see you guys on Friday with another post.
So recently, Starbucks has released a new drink called the Cold Brew Float. It's basically cold coffee with ice cream and it is delicious. I personally love it so much because come on, who doesn't love coffee and ice cream? But they only serve it in a tall and it's about $6. I know right. That's crazy and unreasonable to the price to be $6, especially for a tall. But honestly guys, if you love it so much, just mix some vanilla ice cream and cold brew coffee together at home and you can have as much as you for less than $6. My sister just made some because she wanted ice cream, but then she saw some cold brew coffee in the refrigerator and decided to make some coffee ice cream. While she was experimenting with the amount of coffee to add to the ice cream, she just kept mixing and it became a drink. She had me try it and it reminded me of the Cold Brew Float at Starbucks so I just had to write about it.
Also if you can make the drink yourself at home, just do it. It will save you the money and the drive to Starbucks.
Yesterday (15 September 2017) was my last Hello Dance. Honestly, I'm pretty sad that it was my last one and the seniors didn't even get first place in the lip sync. Besides that, I'm proud of everyone in lip sync because everyone's performance was amazing. Thank you for all the hard work our choreographers put into making these dances amazing. I had such an amazing time with my friends. This year, ASB donated $2 for every ticket bought to help all of the people affected by the recent hurricanes. Thank you to everyone who could make it to the dance yesterday and hopefully all the people who were affected by the hurricanes are getting the help they need.
Anyway, i know this is pretty short but I hope everyone has a great week. And if any of you are interested in volunteering at the senior homes, spending time with the elderly, and live in Cerritos or surrounding cities, contact me because I'm looking for more volunteers. Alright, peace out!
WOOHOO!!! It's finally my senior year of high school and I'm ready for it. So far, it's been pretty chill but then again, it's only been the two days of school. Honestly tho, senior year's starting out really well. Like I have all the classes that I want so I'm pretty happy. For you Whitnerds out there, I hope y'all are doing well too because I noticed that there was a lot of schedule conflicts this year on the office's part and also please be patient with them. They are working really hard to make you guys happy with your schedule.
Beside that, I feel like this year is going to be a good year. I feel like I'm ready for the busy first semester that comes with senior year. Also since school has started, my days have been going by faster because I have something to do. I'm actually happy school started. Over the last few days of summer, I was bored out of my mind because I had no plans and was stuck at academy where I also did nothing.
Also, on Wednesday, I just turned 17!!! So thank you to everyone who told me happy birthday. I really appreciate it. I can't believe that I came into senior year at 16 and now I've joined everyone else. Well I just wanted this to be an intro to senior year kind of post. I know I've been slacking lately. I'm working on it. Thank you for reading and I'll keep you guys posted on anything new.
**There's a new boba s... WAIT TWO NEW BOBA SHOPS that have just opened up in Cerritos.
August 6th 2017 is a day I will never forget. That was the day I woke up to hear the greatest news I have ever heard.
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On Sunday, I woke up and went over to my parents’ room to tell them good morning. My dad was looking at his phone and my mom had just got off the phone with one of my aunts in Burma. My mom had a huge smile on her face when she saw me. Even without my glasses on, I could tell she had good news for me. And that was when she told me.
“Sam, we were able to feed over 400 children in Burma today.”
At first I was confused. How were we able to feed the children when we’re here in the US? And then I remembered. My mom told me that for our birthday, we would be sending over $500 in donation to the monks in Burma. I couldn’t believe that the $500 we sent would be able to feed over 400 children. I stood there in shook and amazement. My mom told my dad to show me the pictures and there were pictures of the children sitting there at their round tables eating with so much food in front of them. I started crying with joy. Just seeing all the children eat like they’ve never eaten before. It filled my heart with so much joy because normally, the kids would only receive a small bowl of rice (not even full) and whatever curry their family had cooked for the week and that would be all they eat for that day. My mom told me that when the kids finished eating, they would ask for seconds and finish it all because the monks had taught them to finish everything in their bowl because it’s food and it’s a necessity. But since it happened very early in the morning, the kids got tired after eating so when it was time for prayer, they would bow before the monks but they wouldn’t come back up because they fell asleep.
To hear that these kids finished about 30 pounds of fried noodle for breakfast and lunch warms my heart. In the US, with $500, we could only feed three monks and that would be it. But seeing that we could feed hundreds in Burma with the same amount of money just brings me so much happiness. When I started crying from looking at the pictures, my mom told me that when she was talking to my aunt, she found out that there were so many kids at the temple because when kids turn 10, they are forced into the army, and families don’t want that for their children so they are sent to Yangon (or Rangoon) to learn from the monks until they are 20.
Normally I just read stories like this about others who have changed the lives of others. I’m proud to be able to say I’m one of them now too. My mom said next time, we’re going to have them make 50 pounds of noodles so more people in Burma can eat a proper meal.
HAHAHAHAHA This is super late but nothing interesting happened last week. (I had a pretty boring adjusting week.) ANYWAY last week, all I did was come back to reality and try to snap out of the vacation state...but it came back because just these past couple of days, I went to camp with my academy. I just got to send out the pictures from camp to my friends, scheduled an appointment for my driving test (yeh that's right, I'm going to drive soon hopefully), finished unpacking, and did the laundry. There was so much done in this one day and now that I look back at the two weeks I spent "adjusting", I was just being super duper lazy. I don't even remember what I did. All I remember is going swimming two days back to back last week and then playing a frisbee game but I don't even remember when that was. Honestly, these past two weeks have been an absolute blur and now I have to shape up for this upcoming school year. If you didn't know, this year I will be a high school senior which means I will have to complete those notorious college applications and be persistent with everything.
Anyway so this past week, I went to camp and here are some pictures of the crew. Honestly, this year's camp was pretty fun. During the previous years, we would always talk about bring Sharpies and drawing on the faces of those who fell asleep in the common area or slept in too long, but every year the person responsible forgot the markers. This year, we actually had the markers and let me tell you, some people are brutal. One of my friends drew on someone else's face, neck, arms, and legs with a red marker. I thought he was bleeding when he woke up. Other than that, I learned how to play pool, went to a nearby park, watched some movies and listened to some scary stories. It was a great way to bond with everyone. Also it was a great way to spend my last camp with my academy. Over the last 6 years at the academy, we've become one huge dysfunctional family. The bond I have with the people at my academy is so strong because I literally see them every week all year long and there is never a dull moment with them. Now that I think about it, I'm going to miss them so much. Anyway, here are some pictures from camp. Sorry I'm out of it. A better post will come out next week.
Oh My Goodness. This week was probably one of the most hectic weeks ever. I had a history test on Monday, Spanish test on Tuesday, and then a physics test on Friday. (I literally studied for the physics test a few classes before because I wouldn't be able to cram like everyone else during lunch.) Yeah, I know, it doesn't sound like much, but along with getting ready for the Ultimate Frisbee Game yesterday at lunch (which, by the way, was a success), I thought it was just crazy. So I only really remember prepping for the game all of last week so that's what I'm going to share with you today.
Yesterday, we had our very first Faculty vs. Students Frisbee Game at lunch. We were so worried that we were not publicizing the game that much or we would not have given the teachers the information soon enough but it all went well. I was able to get information to my teachers as soon as possible and stayed on top of what was going up on Facebook on what days even though we were super last minute on a lot of things. But it all worked out. We played an awesome game. The teachers really enjoyed it. I talked to a few teachers after about the game and they were really glad we had this game. I also talked to a few students who attended the game and a few seniors said they would be excited to see another one before they graduated. I was really glad the students stayed on their best behavior and they were just awesome. Next year, Ultimate Frisbee games might be semi-annually even though next year will be the last year for most of us, but we have to make the best of senior year.
As for today, I have been busy since this morning. I had to go to an interview, ran at the park, got home at noon, and now I'm currently getting ready to go to a dinner party for my aunt's birthday. Today has been a crazy day. I don't remember the last time I have been busy since 9 in the morning besides having to volunteer at the medical center at 9 every Sunday.
Anyway, thanks for reading today's post. I know this one is kind of short but I am getting ready for a party right now and I promised to post a blog post every weekend, so peace out guys! Enjoy the weekends because it is really nice outside and it would be a shame if you had to stay inside all weekend long. Go outside and feel the sun. It's real nice. Promise. Anyway got to go now so peace!
Good day friends! This morning, my family and I went to eat brunch at the Black Bear Diner instead of our usual IHOP. It is a similar to IHOP. They serve big portions of pancakes, waffles, omelets, EVERYTHING. They have the traditional American breakfast and brunch, and the environment makes you feel like you're at Big Bear. The diner I went to was the one in Buena Park. The diner is in a cabin and the employees are just the kindest. They will make jokes with customers and make you feel at home. Since breakfast is big at Black Bear Diner, the wait is pretty long. We had to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table and then and then another 10-15 minutes for our food. For a family of four, we only ordered three items. I ordered the Corned Beef Hash, my dad ordered the no meat, just eggs please, and I think my mom ordered the two cakes (those are pancakes.)
The Corned Beef Hash consists of corned beef, choice of potato, eggs, bread or biscuit, and a slice of orange for design. It was pretty good but the hash browns had no seasoning on it. Along with that, I had a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and you can tell that it was freshly squeezed because I found a seed in it and you can taste the beads of orange if you drink with a straw.
I forgot to take pictures of the food so I will link the yelp page below. Thank you for reading this food review and I will be back next week with another post.
Black Bear Diner Yelp page:
Thanksgiving break for me started on Monday after the Tustin Conference. I only had USH homework and I was determined to finish it first to get it out of the way. I had to go to academy on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Then on Thursday and Friday, I was at my cousin's house.
On Monday, I went to academy from 9-6. We worked from 9-12:30. Then we went to get lunch at In-n-Out where I saw a few friends. Then I went back to academy and just did homework for the rest of the time. After 6, I went to my friend's house to have a movie night. We watched Doctor Strange and in my opinion, it was okay. I thought there would be more to it but I expected too much.
On Tuesday, I had to take my permit test, which I didn't pass, at 8 am. After that, I went to academy and finished my homework. In the afternoon, we went to the movies and watched Trolls. I thought it was okay when it came to the characters like they aren't really that cute, but I love the story of wanting to spread happiness. Then again, I watched the beginning, slept through the middle, and woke up again for the ending. Then I just chilled for the rest of the day.
On Wednesday, I went to academy but then we went to the library. Since I was going to go bowling with my friends at 11, my dad picked me up from the library and I thought I was going to go home after hanging out with my friends. Anyway, I went to the bowling alley and we played two games, which I lost both times. After playing two games, we went to eat a 3 foot long burrito at Mexican Food. Let me tell you, that burrito was so good. If any of you are interested, the 3 foot long burrito costs $45.95 and and the 6 foot long burrito costs $64.95. According to their website, it should take about 10-15 people to finish the 3 foot, and 20-25 people to finish the 6 foot. In my opinion, it was worth it. It is filled with beans, cheese and rice, beef, chicken or combination of both carnitas, carne asada or combination, and it Includes a bag of fresh chips and Salsa. I'll put the link to their website down below. After lunch, I went home and just chilled with my parents, watching Cooks vs. Cons on Food Network, later cartoons with my sister, and after that Stuck in Love on Netflix. Oh I love watching shows.
From Thursday to Saturday, I stayed at my cousin's house and it was pretty fun. On Thursday, we had a casual Thanksgiving with take-out crab and KFC. After dinner, my aunt took me and my cousins to Michaels where we bought ribbon to decorate some Christmas lights. Oh my goodness, getting the ribbon was easy but when we started the project, it took hours of measuring the ribbon so it was perfect, cutting the ribbon, taking out the wire from the wired ribbon, preparing a pattern, and finally tying all the ribbon onto the Christmas lights. All of that took us about eight hours. It was so pretty in the end. (There's going to be a picture of it in the gallery.) On Friday, we went Black Friday shopping at the Citadel Outlets and it was the biggest mistake of my life, It was six hours of my life wasted at Citadel, and on top of that, there was a fire nearby so everyone getting out of the parking lot was moving at 0 mph. Then there was a fight about to go down between a couple Filipinos, Mexicans, and African Americans. One of them looked like they had a gun in their pocket. It was so scary. Anyway, I got home safely after hours in traffic. On Saturday, I just chilled and went home. On Sunday, I went to volunteer at the hospital as usual, and after that, my family just went to Target to get some stuff to get ready for Christmas and get the necessities.
Well, that's how my Thanksgiving break went down. How was your Thanksgiving break? Comment it down below. Anyway, since school is starting up again, good luck with getting back to school.
I don't know what the exact address is but if you know Cerritos, it's in the plaza across from the Target on the corner of Bloomfield Ave and Del Amo Blvd.
The menu to Mexican Food:
Hey guys! This is going to be a mix of a Tour of The City and a Weekly Update. So this week was the first week of school for me and OMG it was the longest week ever. I had so much homework and it has only been the first week. During the breaks, I played frisbee with a few friends, but other than that, it has been constant homework and reading. Most of you might be annoyed but sorry about that. Anyways, this week was pretty dull except on Tuesday it was my birthday and thank you to everyone who told me happy birthday. I thank you all. And then yesterday, I started trying on contacts. I'm still practicing but if I come to school without my glasses, I'm just wearing contacts. Then today, I went to Malibu. I wanted to go to the Getty Villa but I did not make the reservations so my family just ended up going to the Malibu Country Mart, where we ate lunch at the Country Kitchen which is really great. I ordered the Tuna Melt Wrap with Swiss cheese and it was really good. It has tuna with your choice of swiss, provolone, or cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and guacamole on a "big" tortilla. (I don't know why big is in quotes.) After lunch, we went to Starbucks and don't ever order the iced coffee. It was super watery and there wasn't enough coffee. It was just bitter water. It's nasty. Anyway, we, then, went to the Malibu Lagoon State Beach where I got a bit of a massage from the rocks and got to watch some people go surfing. While my family was away from our stuff, a bird landed nearby and it looked like it was protecting our stuff. It was great. We had our own bird guardian. After going to the beach, we went home and that is it for this week. Today was also my first day wearing my contacts and I will have to say, they were not that bad. Anyway, that's it for this week.
If any of you wildcats are reading this, don't forget, next week is spirit week and on Tuesday it is Athlete Day so come dressed in your athletic apparel. Let's go Wildcats!!!
Also, here is a little video I put together from my little trip.
Hey guys so on Friday, it was my dearest friend's birthday and for her birthday, instead of getting her a card like I do every year, I decided to kick it up a notch. I went out and made her a red velvet cake with some help from my sister. This is actually the first time I have made a cake so it was really interesting. Since her birthday was yesterday, I did not want the cake to be bad so I decided to make it that morning. It was interesting. But it came out amazing. Here is the cake below.
On Saturday, I went to my other friend's birthday party. At first I thought it was going to be super small since in the group chat, almost everyone could not come and I thought it was only going to be this group of people. Boy was I wrong. It was a party for her friends and family. There was about 50 people there. It was super fun. We ate tacos from Holé Molé, I got to know some of her relatives, and we played games. By the way, the team I was on won the games. For the games, we had to eat food, blow up beach balls, sit on balloons, make the beach balls go into hula hoops, untie knots and put a puzzle together. It was honestly the best birthday party I've been to in a while. The prize was Sour Patch Kids, Crunch, Kit Kat, and a $10 Regal giftcard. I also got to keep a mason jar because I put my drink in there. I wish I took more pictures but here's what I have.
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