On Saturday, September, 9th 2017, it was the awards ceremony for the thousand words contest. It was in the auditorium of our Chinese school. It was from 2pm to 4pm. I got 95.5 out of 100 on the contest, and Cherry got 90.0. The awards ceremony started out by explaining how far the contest got, and the sponsors saying a few words. It took about 30 minutes, then they started giving out the trophies and the paper checks. They started with the Level 0. It was also the beginner level. They only had to learn 400 words. They started with the people with the biggest prize (Person(s) with the highest mark(s)). Then, they gave the 2nd place prizes (Person(s) with a mark 90.0 or higher). Then the 3rd place prize (Person(s) with a mark of 85.0 to 89.9). Obviously the higher prize you get, the more money and the bigger the trophy you get. Then, they asked for the winners of the Level 2 contest to come up on the stage. So Cherry and I made our way up the stage with some other kids. They started with the higher prizes. They called one person to get a prize of 175 dollars and a big trophy for getting the highest mark. Then, they called the second prize people! (ME!!!!) I got to get 150 dollars, and a trophy. Cherry got 100 dollars and a trophy smaller than mine. After they did the same thing for the Level 3 and Level 4 contestants. But they got more money. The first place prizes had 300 dollars!
On Sunday, February, 4th 2018, my sister and I went to IBM. We went there for a Technovation workshop. To those who don’t know, Technovation is an event where you think of an app that you can build to solve a problem. Technovation is mainly towards girls to encourage them to go further in the STEM department. Why? Because it’s mostly men who take over jobs in the STEM program. So Technovation is trying to give a little bit of what STEM is like to girls so they hopefully enjoy it and continue with it. So at the workshop, we were taught to think differently about one item towards different audiences/circumstances. So imagine a bike. Name all the parts; like the wheels, gears, handlebar, seat etc. Then, which items were you to add if someone was ordering a bike for their main transportations? Possibly a basket, or water bottle holder. If the bike was used to go on a trip in the forest of Gatineau Park, you would want some good wheels with good grip, maybe a GPS/tracker device and a bell. So that’s how we should think differently when we thought of our solution to our problem. How things should be modified when you target a different audience. So then we got into our thinking. On sticky notes, we jot down what our problem is, and what our solution (an app that we will make) be and the intended audience (who will use it).
The problem we thought of was: People that don’t have enough money to buy a good meal.
Our solutions was to make a recipe app that has recipes with cheap ingredients. Hopefully, this could allow those with less money to be able to choose some of our recipes and make them so they can enjoy it. During the Technovation year, at the end of the year there is normally a competition where you present your app that you would build buy then “Dragons Den” way. Then there are money prizes ($.$) to winners. There is also a global competition if you would like a challenge. Can’t wait for the challenge to begin!
On Sunday, December 10th, my sister and I went to Captive Kids for a birthday party from 12:30 to 2:30. Captive Kids is a place where they have escape rooms. You can choose to just participate in the escape rooms, or be in a group (eg. friends, birthday parties) and try to escape before the time runs out. Generally, there’s a story leading to why you’re here trying to escape. You must find clues, and retrieve the golden key before the time runs out. Normally, you have an hour. There’s a bell you can ring anytime to get a clue. You have unlimited clues. The escape room we did was Pirate themed. We were about to steal a map and the treasure, but we got caught. The ship is sinking and the crew abandoned us lock in the dungeon. We have to escape before the time runs out.
The people who were attending were:
Lucy (Rebecca’s sister)
Cherry (my sister)
So Rebecca and her sister along with their parents arrived 2 seconds later when we got there, and very shortly Saul was there. We were told to start right at 12:30 due to the busy schedule. We first learned the rules. Nothing behind the wall paper, and ceiling. Whichever items have the Captive Kids sticker on it we shouldn’t touch (eg. Heater, light switch), and we shouldn’t move the barrels. We can only looks around them and on top. There are four rooms in total and try to escape before the time runs out. You will have to find the 8 pieces that will add up to a map, and the golden key which will allow you to escape. Once you have all of those items, ring the same bell for clues and you’ll win. Right when we were going into the first room, Rowan came. It started with Saul, Cherry and Rowan in prison cell 1, and Lucy, Rebecca and I were locked in prison cell 2 right beside them. In cell 1 there was a chest with a letter lock. In front of cell 2 there was a number lock. And the lock trapping us in cell 2 was also numeric. The lock for cell 1 was a key lock. Outside of the prison cells there was a clock, some barrels and a net with white pieces of paper you couldn’t really see what’s written on it. So once a lady locked us in the dungeon, she put the key for the key lock on a hook near but far to the prison cell 1. When we were allowed to start, we first examined the cells. Our cell had a 5 and a 4 in tally marks written on one of the bars. Under the benches we were sitting on, there were letters. Enough to unlock the letter lock of the chest in cell 2. Inside that chest there was one piece of the map. On our chest there was a clue. “Time is key.” So we looked on the clock. It had arrows of same length pointing to 3 and 6. On the outside circle of 3 there was a 15, and on the outside circle of 6 there was 30. So for the lock, we tried 3 30 and 6 15. 6 1 5 worked. Inside that chest, was a spoon. It was wooden and had a kind of hook on the end. It seemed like you use it to scoop soup. We guessed it was to try and hook the keys off of the ring. So we handed it to Saul in the other cell (it was big enough to pass it through) and he fortunately got the keys! So they escaped from their cell and tried finding more things hidden around the room. Our next goal was to get Rebecca, Lucy and me out of OUR cell. We kinda guessed that the tally-marked 4 and 5 were important to the situation. It equaled nine altogether. Right we were! They found a 3 and a 5 that were also in tally marks. So we put the numbers in different ways and we eventually got out. We examined that the net laying nearby with the pieces of paper had a word on one side and a number on the other. So we took the paper on the clipboard with a pen and took notes. We wrote the word, and then beside that word we wrote the number. Then logically, we went through it numerically. So the word that has number one would be the first word, then the next word would be the word with number two etc. The sentence didn’t help with anything though. On one of the barrels was a chest. It had a one number and 4 letter combination. Since further on, we couldn’t find anymore clues to what the combination could be, we decided to ask for a clue. The combination ended up being 7MAPS because we already found on piece of the map and we had 7 more MAPS to go. Inside the chest, was a key to the next room and another piece of the map. So we put the pieces on a board which was meant to be the place where you put them. It was magnetic so they would stay. In the next room there was a table with 3 chests placed on it. So again NOT FINISHED
On Thursday, October 19, we got our vaccinations done at school. The three ones that were suggested were for called Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra), Hepatitis B, and HPV vaccine.
Of course we had forms to sign to make sure our parents and we agreed. I was one of the last ones of our class to get the shots (for the day). I went to the second table (there were four tables set up). My nurse was trying to distract me from worrying about the shots. She asked me about my allergies, and then we started the shots. The first one you felt the needle hurt. The second shot you could feel the medicine going through, and the third was the worst. It sting and you could feel your arm getting sore. After the shots, the nurse told me to rotate my arms to make the medicine go through. Then we had to sit outside for 15 minutes, to make sure we’re okay. The reason why it’s fifteen minutes, is because usually the bad symptoms happen in-between that amount of time. In our class, one guy fainted, and another guy cried really hard. But everyone seemed fine.
On Thursday, August 31st, we had a final baseball game. It was to determine who was 1st and 2nd, so no matter what, we’d all get a medal. The team we were against was sponsored by Lixar. They’re a team full of boys, and the only woman is the coach. And you can tell that most of them are older than 13 (age limit for intermediate group), which is clearly unfair, because in this baseball program, your team needs a sponsor, at least 2 girls in your team. All I’m saying is that, they shouldn’t be allowing 15 year olds on that team playing against a team with kids. So… Here is how the game went
We LOST (kinda obvious though…) It was 15 or bigger to 0. We didn’t score a single run. It was very sad, but we had a couple of good plays like when Ella caught a fly ball and it was really cool, everyone was yelling or cheering or either clapping. It must’ve been memorable because she was named MVP of the game. It was a great day! Because even if we lost, we still get silver, and we also got cake! It was cake with whip cream (if you wanted it, I prefered not to have it) with raspberries and strawberries. It was very delicious,
On Friday, July 28th it was Alice’s sleep over. It was a 15 minute drive to her step-father’s house in Orleans. When we rang her doorbell, we heard two dogs barking very loud. Those were Tequila and Ladybug. Alice, Deniz, and Adalia were already there, and they came to hug us. Then, we had a very quick tour of the house. They have a very luxurious bathroom in the master bedroom, they have a basement with a secret room where you lift a book, and push it, then you see the room where her dad works. They even have a 3D printer in there! They also have a 2 televisions in the basement. One in front of the couch where we were sleeping on. Behind that couch, there was a television for the Wii. We first went outside to the park. We were waiting for Grace. She said she would be here but it was already 6:15. We went on the swing until we saw the pizza man come. Then we charged into the house and sat in the dining room. I had two slices of pepperoni pizza, and I had some orange Crush. Then, we all found Grace at the door! We all ran to her asking why she wasn’t here earlier, she said that her mom was waiting for her dad to come home, then they spent couple of minutes finding a restaurant to have dinner. XD So then, we all changed into our bathing suits, and went in the pool. The pool was freezing cold, but I kinda got used to it. They had 2 floaties that you could sit on. I swam for a while until it got pretty cold, I went up to get my towel and just sit there with Adalia. When everyone got out of the pool, we switched into our jammies and went outside to start a fire. It was getting darker at night and we could see the beautiful sunset. The fire started and we got a stick to put a marshmallow on it. The trick to roasting a perfect golden marshmallow was to hold the stick onto the border, then hold it so it’s pointing upwards, then hold it near the stick and turn it so that all the sides get even. I roasted 2 golden marshmallows, and 2 burnt ones. We put the good edible marshmallows onto graham crackers with chocolate to make smores! Mmmm delish! 😛 After everyone made their last smores, we went inside to eat cake at 9:15. While eating cake, we were watching the show Beat Shazam. We were all rooting for the grandma and her daughter. After we went to the basement where we were to sleep. We went down there to chit chat. We talked about how lame boys are, and what we should do since it was probably the last time we were seeing each other going to different schools. Some of us were going to Putman, and the others, Broadview. So technically we were rarely going to see each other now. We talked, I played minecraft on Adalia’s phone, and we watched some Nicky Ricky Dicky and Dawn, Sanjay and Craig, and we watched the hunger games! The hunger games was a movie which I never read the book. It was sad when Rue died, ’cause Rue was my favorite character. Some times it was funny, but it was scary that only 1 out of the 23 of them could live. But everyone knows
On Monday, August, 21st, there was a solar eclipse visible from 1:17 P.M to 3:48 P.M
First we went to rhythmic gymnastics camp for half day, then our mom came to pick us up, and we went to Carleton University to get the right glasses to look at the sun. They held an event where you can stay to look at the sun, and check through the telescope. We only went there to get the glasses because the parking wasn’t free, so we got these things where there’s a black strip of some kind of plastic, that you put in front of your eyes, and it’s safe to see the sun like that. This is the first solar eclipse I’ve ever seen, so I was pretty excited. The total solar eclipse would be seen in U.S.A. Here in Ottawa, we’d only see about 61 percent of the sun covered.
2:35 P.M: The sun is covered 61 percent. It has gotten cooler than before