Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween Blogpost


Hello People reading this blogpost right now,

As you have heard, and probably knew since you were young, Halloween is coming any day now (because this post is from May 25th, scheduled for Oct. 30). I absolutely adore Halloween, the children wearing costumes, whereas for some they put on a mask that looks scary and start walking. The worst part of it is giving the lollies. It's like a game, where the rules are:
  1. You cannot eat any lollies, unless it is 10:00PM
  2. If it is past 10:00PM, you WIN!
  3. If it is not yet 10:00PM, and the lollies are finished, you LOSE!
  4. No cheating, such as:
  • Having the lollies extremely early (e.g 4:00PM)
  • Putting up signs saying, "No lollies here."
  • Lying to trick-or-treaters
  • Not answering the door, then having them walk away
  • Telling people before Halloween to not come to your house
     5. Winning prize: Lollies!
     6. Losing Prize: Nothing....beside food you usually have

I hope it's better than last year, an estimated 8 people in total came for lollies, which means...I WON! 

Wait, if there are more coming this year wouldn't that mean I would lose?

Friday, 24 October 2014

Challenge Reflection

This week for the Technology Challenge, the second one of the term, the class was divided into seperate groups, who then had to design a tower (made of marshmallows and toothpicks) that could withstand a heavy item, heavy as in, a plastic bowl, that was then filled with slightly heavier stuff until that creation fell, or in this case, just...fell, that's the word I was looking for.

I wasn't there to witness the "testing", but I heard who won, or whose group had won. Stanley's group. Just wait a while until he says they cheated, like last time...sorry I just couldn't believe my group lost (even though we knew we'd lose anyway).


Here is the reflection I did with, again, Chasity and Ma'asi.

General Knowledge T4W2

Hello there, another working collaboration, this time, with Chasity and Ma'asi! This week's country for General Knowledge was Madagascar! I say, it's more marvelous than you think, reader. Lots of parks and such amazing activities to do there. Enjoy the presentation!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

CyberSmarts Activity

Today for Cybersmarts, the class learnt about viral videos. There are some viral videos that usually make positive opportunities to people. For example, a video of an 11-year-old girl dancing to "Anaconda", which landed her on the Ellen Show. She was from New Zealand.

Although, sometimes viral videos lead to bad consequences, like a viral video that included two men from Tegel (one performing, one filming), with one of them on a conveyer belt. This landed them to getting fired. They were also from New Zealand.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Current Events!

Today I did Current Events with a friend...again. This time we did an article about a killing of two people back in 2006 or 2007. Enjoy the presentation, with parental advisement

Sunday, 19 October 2014

2 Weekly Post - Week Two (Week One of School)

Hi, again.

This is the second part of the 2 Weekly Post. This week was the first week of school. It was pretty good at the start. People complimenting my hair. I just missed my amazing dreams about amazing things that looked real. I mean, on Sunday night (Sunday 12th) I just dreamt of flashing lights and lasers. I mean, why?!

I loved those vivid dreams!

Monday
Now, back to school. It was 7:50am maybe when I left home for school. It was because there was a possible chance of Breakfast Club happening on the first day of Term 4. I saw Mavis the moment I walked out. Like, I walked in the school, dropped off the black netbook bag, then walked out the other way. Then I saw Stanley. With Sau.

After a quick reunion with me, we all went to the hall. Well, Mavis, LJ and Aunty went inside and went the other way, while me, Stanley, and Sau stayed outside and walked to the hall entrance. After getting inside, we quickly discovered there was no Breakfast Club, but at least we came early.

Okay, moving on, the first day was great. People hanging out, people getting along, people getting...funnier by the minute. But little did they know I caught the sick sickness called "Fever". Even I didn't know what I had, I was worried I may have made a new disease. I had dry coughs, a runny nose, a blocked nose, phlegm being spit out of my mouth all the time, headaches, high temperatures. Just hoped it wasn't contagious, because I saw others cough while with me.

Tuesday and Wednesday was normal, just a bit sick. I kept feeling hot inside, but I could still withstand hot temperatures in the outside world. And I kept sleeping everywhere. Before I eat, BANG! Before I fold a jumper, BANG! Before I turn off the television to save power, BANG! It was so annoying. I didn't even have a proper dream. Just colours that floated around me. Or was that light?

Thursday
So, after having enough for what seemed like a week, because the sickness came in the holidays, I went to the doctors on Thursday. And guess what happened?

I went to the hospital later that day.

And I couldn't go to school on Friday. Dang you, doctor's orders. I mean, I just had a small job I had to start on Friday, and well guess what? The garden might be tormented, having no protection against the little children's feet. And also, not to forget, senior children! I mean, come on!

Friday was a bit hectic, when I tried to tell someone a message, but guess what? They just simply exited! I can't say any names (*coughs* Chasity *coughs*), but wow, that was a big cough, wasn't it.

1:55pm. Let me just e-mail her about the thing right now.

2:08pm. Okay. I'm back.

Now, the days after Thursday were pretty much nothing. Especially today. This weekend compared to last weekend, last weekend was epic.

Yeah, pretty sure last weekend was epic and cool.

Yep.

2 Weekly Post, on track. Week One!

Hi.

This is the first week of the two weeks of the 2 Weekly Post. This week was the last week of the holidays. It was sad. I just got used to sleeping in everyday and having very vivid dreams. I once had one where Simon, friend of mine, was walking towards the entrance of the school with his family, and I was at the door. It was all too blurry, but the characteristics were right. The hair gave it away.

But first, let me start off with this. The first day of the holidays, the 27th of September, maybe. I was at the Church Donation Car Wash again, but this time it was amazing, the best time of my life. Me and my friends telling jokes in front of the elders, and then telling funny stories and then joking about that story, and then up to the point where I had enough, I just blew out the liquid that was in my mouth due to how funny the joke was.

"...it was quite disgusting. She wanted me to do it." one friend said.
"Let me guess...you cried." the other friend said, who was the sister of the friend that said the other thing.

I burst out laughing.

Now, back onto the last week of the holidays.

Most of the weekdays were dedicated to the White Sunday preparations on, you guessed it, Sunday. That meant that there were more practises than I thought. One on Monday, one on Wednesday, and also, I had a haircut on that day for the day, like every single year, then there was one on Thursday, I think, which may have been the barbecue, but first let me talk about that.

Thursday (I think)
The barbecue was the best of all the ones recently. Sure, some fires happened, but they were beaten down quickly on the barbie. Waiting for it to cook with less than 10 people there at about 11:30am, I thought I would kill some time talking about random stuff.

Then the next thing I knew...

It ended with me being scared by a live spider.

Later on in the afternoon, I think, I didn't actually know the actual time, because apparently, no one seems to wear watches these days. Me too. But the story about losing the watch includes water, so I hope you can piece together what happened.

Now, as I said, before I talked about water and watches, the others came in, coming from cars into the house, the garage, or out to the backyard. First I was in the garage, then started walking around to places I didn't know.

And then at about 5:00pm, and I never knew it would be that quick, the practise started. Singing and dancing and praying and playing and joking and speaking and...dancing again and doing skits for the day, and then at the end of it we got to eat, but suddenly I ended up playing touch with the youth. It was like, the funniest game of touch I have ever played in my life! I mean, we were all laughing, and it just got louder and louder.

Then, the most beautiful sunset appeared in front of my eyes. "Someone take a picture!" I yelled, but I took a mental picture of it in my head. So amazing. The clouds and the sun just right there in your field of vision. And the sound of happiness just fills your heart. Wow, any longer and this would be a poem. Now, moving on.

Now, Friday was where things kicked off for me and my dancing skills. In one skit I found I was in it, one of the people who was dancing, trying to get stuff off the protagonist, then run away as someone beats him up. I had to improvise. What dance can I do to this beat? I thought. Then I found it.

Twerk. But, let me explain. I don't twerk. I just don't. So I "tweak". Where I just shake my lower part in front of the person in the back of me. People were amazed I could do that. Miracle, I should say.

Then Saturday came up, which was the rehearsal. Mum was there, and so she saw the dance. Laughing out loud, she talked about it afterwards. Not to forget, the other performances were amazing too. Then the day came. Sunday.

It was a pretty good day. No rain at all. Just sunniness and happiness all around. We went to church and everyone was wearing white. Inside the hall we were all singing, and then were praying and singing at the same time. I felt empowered while in that. Very empowered.

Then after doing our bible verses, and amazingly everyone was clapping when I said mine, and then said "Have a great White Sunday, everyone.". That felt very loving. Of course they were clapping for everyone, to be fair. Then the skits came in. In one skit I was an ambulance doctor, trying to save a patient, but he passed on. So sad. The ambulance officers were there and we were looking down.

Then there was the girl's dance. Pretty good result, no one stopping at all, like all the other times. Wow. Then after another skit was on, which was the skit where I would somehow "tweak" in front of everyone (we were on stage, obviously they saw me). When I did it people were screaming and cheering, in a good way, thankfully. Especially my mum.

She was laughing out loud. Literally. In the footage one lady yelled, "You dance like your dad!", although she was laughing afterwards. Pretty funny.

After the last skit and dance, where in this one there is pastor and then later on these chiefs come in and threaten to kill his children, and they do, but soon after, I think, I couldn't see because I'm one of the people who were left alive but crying because of, you know, what happened. Anyway, something miraculous happened, and then the curtains drew. After a while, we did the last performance which was a dance. Pretty cool moves, you know?

I just wish I got the footage. Dang.

And I DID meet Manu Vatuvei for real. He sometimes comes to my church. I just never noticed. Obviously because I have to look after my brother. He's really bad at not touching other people's hands. Especially not squeezing them. Besides, he talks while we all pray. Or groans.

Or could that be me?

No, it was surely him.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Technology Session #1!

On Thursday 16th, it was the senior syndicate's first technology session for Term 4. My group, which was in Food Technology last term, was now in Design Technology. We learnt a lot in the first hours of the session. We were talking about "Design" and what is was about. From the opportunity to the money, the cycle was interesting.


Then we started on our maps of Panmure. It was interesting.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Finding the Purpose of Technology

Here is another task made easily with the collaboration with a friend. Stanley helped me to finish this task, which was to find different purposes of different technology. I learned that technology is not just all computers and phones, but bigger than that. Inventions that has changed our lives throughout the centuries.


Age Restricted or Not?


Here is a Cyber Smarts task the whole class did. It was to go onto a site such as the ones in the drawing, find the Terms and Conditions, and see the age restriction. Websites on the left had no age restriction, and the websites on the right had an age restriction, or something else that would affect the privacy of the user.

Let's Face It - 3D Task!


Here is a maths task me and another friend, Viliamu. He was a great help with solving these problems, and figuring out what to write. Thanks, mate!

So, enjoy this drawing!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

6 Hats Current Events


Good day to you, person! Here is my a Current Events presentation I did with Sau and Simon, friends of mine. Enjoy this presentation!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Update!

Today is Sunday and also, the last day of the school holidays. Sad, as I was getting used to the routine. :(

It was pretty busier than I expected. Like last year. Earlier today I went to church for a White Sunday service. I had fun. Everyone had fun. It was so great to be performing in front of church, and Manu Vatuvei. Yes, him. And I've got the picture to prove it.

Okay, it's on my Mum's phone. But I do have footage of me dancing in one of the skits we were doing...on my Mum's phone, also.

I'll upload it when I get the time. Or the bluetooth. Or the phone.

Anyway, school is tomorrow, marking the start of the last term of the year. Yay...but still, most of my friends are Year 8's, and they're going at the end of the year, so, get my tissues, it's gonna get emotional in 11 weeks time. Including this week, the last week of the holidays.

Manu Vatuvei is taller than me. Gotta admit that. He was at the White Sunday Service. He's married to the daughter of one of the women at church. I know her name, but, privacy, you know.

So, I better head off know, to get the footage, and to get ready for school tomorrow! Haven't said that in a while (get it?).

Monday, 6 October 2014

Current Events: Holiday Edition



Here is another Current Events: Holiday Edition. This one is about the Auckland Power Outage. For the article, visit here.

For the document version, click here.

Enjoy the two versions of the Current Event!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Current Events: Holiday Edition!

Hello, Blog. Wow, the font for blogging changed from future to past. This font is like a "New Times Roman" or something. I don't really know my fonts, you know. Moving on to the point, below is my Current Events in Holiday Edition. Some slides may be hard to read, so thankfully, and I liked doing this, you can click here for the document version.



This was completely made by myself. A friend offered to help, but thinking that this was a different story to what I usually do, I chose to do it by myself. So, here you go. Also, when I finished this presentation, I decided to have a little fun with the first slide, which is the "De Bono's Thinking Hats" thing. It's animated, with a little surprise....hehe...

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

This Weekly Post!

Hello, Blog.

It's been nice in Auckland for a couple days into the school holidays. Been to the practise for White Sunday. Had to learn a speech that was in Samoan for the day (White Sunday, of course), and some other stuff happened.

Okay. Other than that, nothing happened. Only played on my netbook. But I need a reason to be on this, so, here I am. Typing this post about my thoughts on what's happening at the moment in my life. While trying to beat a level of Gravity Guy.

No one's online, so I'll just keep talking. How's your day going, Mr or Mrs or Miss or Ms Reader? Ha, thought I'd just babble on without asking a question, did ya?

I thought so.

Dad's outside doing something. Painting from a can. Onto these benches he built last year or so. Both (yes, he made two, which was pretty good thinking because of the quantity of people we sometimes get, like my uncle's 21st, which you can find on a post I did earlier this year) benches were made in under a day, and that was pretty fast.

Abby's outside as well. And I can see clearly enough, she's sitting down on the concrete. Ooh, look, it's 4:00 on the dot. Yay!

What else should I talk about? Oh yeah, something that's coming up. In a couple days, my Mum may be attending my great uncle's service, which I forgot the name of (oh my goodness!). This service celebrates one year after his passing.

At the time where he passed away, the whole family was devastated. Everyone. Especially me, and I had only met him at some moments in my life, like when he came to pick up my nana, who was previously here but had to go back to Samoa.

Speaking of Samoa, guess what came to my house last night? Gifts and food from Samoa! Don't think of it as just normal food, it was like, banana chips with extra flavour (probably salt), biscuits that tasted extremely nice, and other stuff like taro and cocoa and coconuts and all the rest.

Now, getting back to my great uncle. Since my mum was related to my great uncle, she went along to the place where everything was getting prepared. Like the funeral. And the calling. And the service.

She took the car.

And was gone for many hours. She went there almost everyday, and if you think that's sort of, somehow sad for us, she even went on Wednesday. The day she usually goes shopping.

That ruined the schedule. She went on Thursday. And then the funeral came along. I was warned not to go, as sad feelings would be there, also.

So I didn't go. The only thing I saw from the funeral were pictures of the event. Stills of people crying, and the man himself. Depressing, people would say. He was a great man. I wished I hugged him the last time I saw him. That was just, as of now, 2 years ago.

Pretty sad. Pretty sad indeed.

But, on a lighter note, it's the school holidays! I get to take a rest from the working and stay home cleaning. Brilliant (!).

Well, that's quite it for today. Thank you for reading.

-Willy