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February 26, 2018

3 Main Reasons Why You Should Read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Douglas C @ 12:57 am

Please be noted that there will be spoilers to the book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

1. Its Imaginative Twists on Reality

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is filled with creative twists on reality. Even the slightest bit of detail on Earth will be transformed into an entire explanation of a bigger galaxy. They start from all the small things that you don’t think about like the dolphins and mice. The knowledge that dolphins are smarter than humans has been expanded upon as they are able to see into the doom of humanity and disappear into thin air. The mice are called the smartest species because they were the ones that created the Earth in the first place, which brings us to the Earth. The Earth is in actuality a giant machine that was used to find the question for the answer for the meaning of life.

2. Its Setup as the First Book of the Series

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the first book in a series of 6 books. The setup being done on characterization and the galaxy as a whole are very sophisticated. The relationships between characters like Arthur and Ford are very well underlined, you can clearly tell that there are a lot of round characters that will grow throughout the series.

3. Its Use of Mystery

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has the occasional use of suspense any story would as it went into its climatic points, but the use of bathos by jumping around from narrating to talking directly to the audience. That gives you a very different taste of the adventure as you are expecting certain things to happen already. There are times when you would know the outcome and the results of the outcome, but you don’t know the process of how the outcome was reached, making the story all the more interesting.





January 8, 2018

The Hitchhiker Stranded on Mars

Filed under: English 9 —— Douglas C @ 1:29 pm

In the book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, there is a character named Ford Prefect. He is an alien that has been on Earth for fifteen years and is hoping that one day a spacecraft would arrive and bring him home. He possesses telepsychic abilities, meaning he possesses abilities that has something to do with his mind and the minds of others. It is revealed to the readers in the beginning of the story that when he made a comment about trusting a man to the end of the Earth, he meant it not as an exaggeration. He responded to the question about the specific time of when the Earth would end with, “About twelve minutes away.” Though he didn’t communicate with anyone extra-terrestrial during his time on Earth, he was still at a knowledge of the specific time of when the Earth would end.

This is very much like the story of the main protagonist in the book The Martian by author Andy Weir. The book is about a botanist that got stranded on Mars because while he and his crew were forced to abort their mission on Mars due to a strong dust and leaving to their pod, he was impaled by the debris. He performed self-surgery and, being a botanist, created a small potato farm in the crew’s base of operations using Mars soil and human excrement. He was left alone on Mars for roughly a year and 7 months.

Both these characters have been stranded on a planet for a long time and shared a skill that has assisted them in survival. They were both hoping for someone to stop by sometime to help save them when they were in need of help.

November 13, 2017

Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore

Filed under: English 9 —— Douglas C @ 11:39 pm

In the short film “Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore”, we are given a major question at the beginning of the film, will they celebrate Eeyore’s birthday? We begin the story with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Roo, and Rabbit playing a game called “Pooh Sticks”, where they throw sticks into the river and see who’s comes out first. Unexpectedly, what showed up on the other side turned up to be Eeyore. The gang helped Eeyore get out of the river, but he left with a very negative attitude, claiming that Tigger bounced him into the river. Winnie the Pooh saw that he was upset, so he went to Eeyore’s Gloomy Place to find Eeyore to ask him about it. After a series of sarcastic comments, Eeyore told Winnie the Pooh that today was his birthday. He immediately heads back home to find Eeyore a present. When he got home, he found Piglet standing on his doorstep, so he tells Piglet the news. The two of them each chose a different gift for Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh giving him a pot of honey and Piglet giving him a balloon. But on their way to Eeyore’s Gloomy Place, Winnie ate all his honey and Piglet’s balloon popped. The two realized that 2 things fit together perfectly when they put the popped balloon inside the pot.

November 8, 2017

Cheque-ing the Boxing in Life

Filed under: English 9 —Tagged , , — Douglas C @ 2:05 am

Have you ever written a cheque, and though it was nothing more than a daily practice? This story is about the life of Lawrence Exeter Jr. told through a series of cheques. It starts in the point of view Lawrence Exeter Sr. He writes his first cheque in Goosie Gander Baby Shoppe to buy something for his newborn son in September of 1903. That’s when Lawrence Exeter changed his name to Lawrence Sr. He then bought and paid for the daily expenses as Lawrence Exeter Jr. grew older, including toys and school fees. When Lawrence Exeter Jr. turned 18, he received a Cadillac from his dad as a birthday present.  2 years later, Lawrence Exeter  Jr. gets a girlfriend and goes on a honeymoon in France. After 4 years of dating, they got married. But the got divorced after a few months. Roughly 6 months later, Lawrence Exeter Jr. gets killed by a gang member named Tony Spagoni.

November 7, 2017

The Tell-Tale Heart

Filed under: English 9 —Tagged , — Douglas C @ 1:02 pm

The Tell-Tale Heart, a short story written by author Edgar Allan Poe, tells the story of a madman and an old man. In this section, the madman is entering the old man’s room while he is asleep to assassinate him.

It was the eighth night, he was unusually careful when opening the door. It was as though a watch’s minute hand moved more quickly than did his. He looked as though he was struggling to withhold his feelings of triumph. He fairly chuckled at the idea that the old man was just laying there, without even knowing that the door was being opened, little by little; and perhaps the old man heard him, for the old man moved on the bed suddenly, as if startled. For a split second, you may think that he would draw back—but no. The old man’s room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness ( for the shutters were close fastened, through fear of robbers), and so he knew that the old man could not see the opening of the door, and he kept pushing it on steadily, steadily.

He stuck his head in through the door, and was about to open the lantern when his thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in the bed, crying out—”Who’s there?”

He kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole hour, not a single mucle has been moved, and in the meantime, the old man did not lie down. The old man was still sitting up in the bed, listening—just as he has done, night after night, hearkening to the death watches in the wall.


September 13, 2017

Advanced Characterization, a Found Poem

Filed under: English 9 —Tagged — Douglas C @ 1:45 pm

How often do you think of about the characters in a story? Do you ever wonder what the story would be like if the main protagonist was a boring old flat character? In this found poem, we are going to explore what creates a complex character.

In the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie creates a complex character. Junior, the main protagonist, goes through everyday life being bullied. He is constantly being beaten up: “I was a human punching bag. I lost fights to boys, girls, and kids half my age”. Even his best friend has said ‘“You’re a pussy”’ to him. But he still has hope deep down inside him, Alexie writes, “That’s the only way I can become rich and famous”. And when he arrived at his new school, he “punched the alpha dog”. That showed a new beginning, a new path down a different road.

June 13, 2017

Polluted: Filming Behind the Scenes

March 2, 2017

Ignite – Shake It Off Shakespeare

Filed under: Uncategorized —Tagged , , , , , — Douglas C @ 11:40 am
We create a short play with bits of Shakespeare’s work using stage combat and memorizing monologues. During this theatrical experience, we used the communication and collaboration strands of L21 learning.
Digital ExhibitionDouglas Chan


February 10, 2017

Douglas’ OneDay Harry Potter Fan Film

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Douglas C @ 6:28 am

During the 2017 OneDay at ISB. I worked with a few of my friends to create a Harry Potter fan fiction film. Our group chose this project because we all really enjoy the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and would like to do our own version. This story is set some time after Lord Voldemort’s death. This is about a new dark wizard that has come up, and has the same point of view as Lord Voldemort and Grindelwald. That puts the 2 protagonist on the track of capturing this wizard. Hope you enjoy!

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May 23, 2016

Feature Article

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Douglas C @ 11:06 pm

Under the tiny ray of sunlight shining out of the clouds, the FA class of 40 students got on the bus silently. Students were all too focused on their mobile devices, listening to music and playing video games. As they arrived to their destination after a 15 minute drive, the class began to put away the devices to listen to their facilitator, Ms. Light, as she introduced them to the place and make sure they were ready for what was coming. They are going to meet 牛栏山一中实验学校 at the Chaobai River. As this their second time collecting water at a river for experimental and testing purposes with牛栏山一中实验学校, but similar as the first time they conducted 牛栏山一中实验学校the collection, everyone had a bit of excitement and hesitation going off the bus.


The Chaobai River, also addressed as the mother river of Shunyi District, which is located 40.0677371°N and 116.8211543°E and is stretched from Huhuan County to Miyun County, and has a total length of 458 miles. The river originates from both Chao and Bai River, that both come from different water reservoirs that then meet up, which is where the name Chaobai comes from. It crosses over the Miyun and Huairou Reservoir and 38 other smaller water reservoirs that contains a total of 4.7 billion cubic meters, making it the leading water source in the city. The River’s average width is about 500 meters and its depth is about 2.5 meters on average but can reach a total of 800 meters. The Chaobai River is also very polluted, and that’s why ISBFA and 牛栏山一中实验学校 decided to assist the government and country to improve the water quality.


The class approached the river to create their water collection devices, they took a bamboo that stretched from 2 meter to 2.5 meter. Taped a plastic bottle to it so they could start collecting water from the river into professional looking little vials. “We went to this river, it was way cleaner than the Wenyu river which we went to before,” stated Jeremy Ng, “We went to the Chaobai River, it was very clean from the view, there wasn’t much trash, and there were plant growing there which was good. But you can still see plants growing from the ground, which probably state that the water level has decreased by a lot.”


Then the whole group went to牛栏山一中实验学校 to test the water. They went to a science lab unlike the one in ISBFA, it was filled with rows of desks, each row having a gap in the middle and and 2 sinks on each side. After an hour of hard working and water quality testing, the ISBFA finally have to leave to their own classes.




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