So busy lately…

February 28, 2009

Yeah, I know what you guys are thinking, “Choco has finally get off her lazy butt and update her blog, for once!” I wasn’t kidding when I said I was busy. Between a research essay, the collaboration art project, and notes for AVID, I didn’t have enough time to update my blog. Well, after spending what seemed like years on my homework assignments (teachers can be really cruel on holidays *sigh*), I’m proud to say that things have finally settled down..for now. I also started my essay, but it looks so awkwardly phrased. The whole thing isn’t really smooth, and my writing is really choppy. I guess I used up all my “writing talent” on that imagery essay. I guess this is what they call writer’s block? Ah jeez, I wish I could be interesting while writing a research essay. I’m making Susan B. Anthony’s life sounds so boring! D:

Well, at least I discovered my love for badminton last week. Seriously, why didn’t I play it more often before? It was so much fun…not all pressuring  like tennis but is still challenging. We played 1 on 1, 2 on 1, and 4 on 6. By the end of the period, we were all dead tired from running around. my friends seriously know how to hit the birdies…they made me run around the court all the time. I’m good at smashing and making shots just barely over the net though, so we end up tied. 4 on 6 was really chaotic. Everyone was so focused on the birdy that we were all running into each other and smashing rackets trying to get the birdie over the net. I’m looking forward to Monday’s game, we 6 are going to go up against 2 teachers. I wonder how we’ll fare?



February 12, 2009

Gosh, it have been so long since I last posted, sorry guys. It’s just that I have this art project due Friday that I’ve been working half a month on. I’m almost finish and I think I turned out great. :] I’ll post a picture of it when my art teacher give it back.

Oh, today’s art lesson is really interesting. My teacher brought in some examples to demonstrate our next project, a collaboration.

..and so, a story:
Teacher: Ok class, can you tell me what this is?

She held out a flower for the class to see.

Students: a flower.

Teacher: Correct.

She then plucked out all of the petals, snapped off the stems, folded the leaves, rearranged the parts of the flower, then taped them back on messily.

Teacher: Does this look look like a flower now?

She held up the taped parts of what used to be a flower up.

Students: No, not really.

Teacher: Why?

Student: The stems and the petals are all over the place. They aren’t in order.

Teacher: Correct…and this is exactly what you’ll get when you do not collaborate fully with one another. It doesn’t matter if you created the best piece of art, even if you shaded it perfectly and everything. If it doesn’t fit the pieces around it, it’s nothing…just like this mess of a flower. This project is like a complicated puzzle. If pieces won’t fit, then the whole picture would not make any sense.

A couple of ooh’s and ahh’s from the class.

Teacher: This project is going to be working together. I’ll grade you all on how well the pieces flow and fit together, not just individual artwork. This doesn’t mean to slack off and just create your piece messily though, you need the details too.

A student raised his hand.

He: So how exactly are we going to get the pieces to fit together?

Teacher: That’s a good question. The key to drawing a good picture is perception, the ability which I hope you guys have obtained from the first semester. Don’t just look at your piece when you draw your outline, look at all the pieces next to yours. Notice the locations where the lines from your classmates’ pieces meet your piece and start drawing from there. By doing so, you rely heavily on your classmates. That means if one of you mess your drawing up, somebody else is going to mess up too, so be careful. This isn’t individual work, it’s groupwork. I hope you all realize that there is more than just a piece of art that tells a story, it’s the whole completed puzzle.

Gosh, I do hope we do well, since she’s giving us two grades; individual and group effort.

Peter Pan Syndrome

February 7, 2009

I don’t know if it’s the Peter Pan movie I watched or the old photo album I found in a corner of my house that made me think this way. I seriously don’t want to grow up. I want to go back to be a little kid again… a kid who does whatever she feels like doing without worrying about the consequences because, well, she doesn’t know what’s the meaning of “consequences” yet. A kid that doesn’t care about tomorrow, the day after that, or a year from now…only today mattered to her and today’s top priority is to have as much fun as possible. I want to be a kid who doesn’t spend a moment in life worrying about what if’s, I can’t’s, and should I’s and just does things without hesitation. A kid who is carefree, who runs free outside and gets her knee deep in mud and laughs about it. A kid who seizes the moment instead of letting it slips between her fingers. A kid who believes she can do everything because she’s that confident about herself. No worries, no responsibilities, no fears, no nothing. I want to be that kid.

Then, reality hit me like a train wreck. I’m a fourteen year old…and I’m no Peter Pan.