JianBing – Best Beijing Streetfood

Inspiration and Planning – 1/29/19

I chose to work on JianBing for One Day with the hopes of learning to make a decent JianBing, and also producing a recipe for anyone who would like to learn how. My father and grandfather are both big fans, but no one in my family has managed to master the skill. I remember when I was younger, my father would take me to his favourite JianBing restaurant every week. It would be great if I could learn to make this snack, and even better if I could help educate others about the process.

My group plans to document our learning utilising a video format.  We will use a overhead truss system or tripod to hold the camera above our work station to record the process of making a JianBing.

Final Project Reflection – 2/1/19

This is Chef Wei. She has been making Jianbing since 1996. She first began making Jianbing because she needed an occupation where she could decide when she worked and when she was free, as she had to take care of her children. Wei said she finds joy in serving Jianbing. She is very social and enjoys chatting with her customers in the morning.

During our experience at the Pear Soup Restaurant, I focused more on the photography aspect of this project because I have (attempted to) make Jianbing before. The inspiration behind our video is the Buzzfeed Tasty videos that showcase how to make certain recipes. The day prior to 1Day, I took some time to watch some Tasty videos and find some shots that I enjoyed, and tried to recreate them with the Jianbing. One challenge I faced was staying patient while capturing our shots. Sometimes I wandered away, eating my Jianbing. It took a long time to capture all the angles that we needed, but it was very rewarding because my group is very satisfied with our final product.

I believe that 1Day is important because students get the opportunity to explore their passions. It is important for us to know who we are and how we contribute to the community, and doing what you love is an important aspect of it.

How big is our Solar System?

Us humans live on a small planet in a tiny part of an immense universe. This tiny part of the universe is known as the solar system and is dominated by a single star – the Sun. Eight other planets orbit around the same star; Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and (sometimes) Pluto. During this unit in science, we got to experience the size of our solar system using a scaled model, where 1 centimeter was equivalent to 50,000 meters.

When we talk about planets, they are often divided into two groups; inner and outer planets. This classification is determined by the planets’ position compared to the Sun. The inner planets are those that are closest to the sun. Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars (in order of increasing distance). They are significantly smaller compared to the rest. The inner, or terrestrial planets have an average diameter of about 9.15 thousand km, and an average distance (from the sun) of 136 million miles.

Outer planets are those that are further away from the Sun; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (once again in order of increasing distance). They are ginormous planets, and they have an average diameter of around 90.6 thousand km, and an average distance (from the sun) of 2.393 billion km. There is a whopping 137,900 km range between the biggest planet, Jupiter, and the (sometimes) smallest, Mercury.

The universe is a seemingly never-ending space. Over the past century, scientists have discovered that the universe stretches beyond the milky way, across billions of lights years, and contains almost a trillion galaxies. Each of these galaxies consists of 100 thousand million stars and 100 billion planets. The Earth that we know is nothing but a little speck compared to the rest of the universe.

Current Events – Coding in South/Southwestern Africa

During September 2018, sixty middle school kids from the outskirts of Midrand gathered at their local coding club. They were prepared to learn the basics of coding utilizing simple coding blocks and computers. “But most importantly, they have inexhaustible imagination” (Gumede, 2018 Newsela). These coding clubs in this area are hosted by independent nonprofit organizations, including CodeJIKA, ORT South Africa and We Think Code. To their West, dozens of girls, ages 10 to 17, are also being educated about the process of coding. These girls “get a glimpse of another world” (Toner, 2018 CNN) when they attend GirlsCoding, a free program hosted by the Pearls Africa Foundation. GirlsCoding hopes to expose more underprivileged girls to coding, to ensure them a bright future. Kids get to tackle real life problems that they observe in their community while participating in these organizations. This not only benefits their society, but also increases the students’ interest concerning the topic.

I believe that coding is a great way to advance the education of children in South/Southwestern Africa. “45% of all current tasks could be automated with present technology.” (2018 SAPeople), which indicates that coding will be rather beneficial to children’s employment in the future. In Nigeria, where many GirlsCoding programs are located, less than 8% of women are employed in professional, managerial, or technology jobs. “Technology is a space that’s dominated by men. Why should we leave that to guys? I believe girls need opportunities,” (Toner, 2018 CNN) said Ajayi-Akinfolarin, a woman who left a successful career to work with Pearls Africa Foundation. Furthermore, we are moving into an economy that is more reliant on technology than labor. It is crucial that no one is left behind. “The evolution of jobs should not deter us from moving forward to an automated society” (2018 SAPeople), said Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana.

Boxer Rebellion – Walking Through History

This is my ThingLink. It reflects on what I learned during the walking tour around the former legislation quarter.

I believe that the Boxers do not deserve a bad rap because they were only tying to preserve their culture. The reason why they fought back was because they thought that the foreigners were threatening their control over their own territory. Also, it was the Westerners who first attacked China, trying to win over land. Additionally, the Boxers probably weren’t exposed to any other culture aside from their own. They were only taught to trust and believe in their own religion. That would also contribute to why they failed to understand the Chinese who did convert to Christianity.

The Great Gatsby – Collage and Theme Analysis

I read the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and analysed the themes of this story by creating a collage.

One of the major themes in this story is money. All the main characters in this novel are either born to a family that is wealthy (Tom, Daisy, and Jordan) , made a lot of money (Gatsby) , or eager to earn more (Myrtle and George). Most of these characters are driven by the desire of money. For example, Daisy marries (spoiler alert!) and stays with Tom because of the lifestyle he provides her. At the beginning of the novel they move to East Egg, the more elaborate side of Long Island, after moving around between places where “people played polo and were rich together” (page 6, chapter 4). Furthermore, Daisy only starts her affair with Gatsby after a very detailed tour of his mansion, which displays his wealth (page 58, chapter 9 – page 59, chapter 10). She even cries after Gatsby shows off his unreasonably expensive set of shirts, sobbing because she has “never seen such beautiful shirts” (page 59, chapters 8 – 9) before. Gatsby’s reputation comes from his enormous wealth. These items were all under his possession for one reason only; to win over Daisy. This is shown in my collage by the figure, Gatsby, standing on the pile of his belongings, reaching for a Daisy, who is sitting on the moon. I chose to put Gatsby at the top of his belongings, because this way the pile of luxurious items looks like they mean nothing to him. This is very true; they were not for his own enjoyment. Another example will be at (spoiler alert!) Gatsby’s funeral. Hardly anyone shows up because they were only attracted by his wealth and his parties, not the man himself. “One gentleman to whom I telephone implied that he had got what he deserved. However, that was my fault, for he was one of those who used to sneer most bitterly at Gatsby on the courage of Gatsby’s liquor and I should have known better to call him” (page 108, chapter 3). This is a quote from a phone call Nick recalls, to a man who often came to Gatsby’s parties. This quote shows how much Gatsby’s guests actually cared about him as a person, and not just his money. Overall, money plays the role of the motivation behind the plot and the choices the characters make.


The website I used to create my collage: piktochart.com

A detailed summary of the story: cliffsnotes.com

A brief summary of the story: reference.com

MSND Magazine Cover – Demetrius

In this story, Demetrius is an Athenian man. Hermia’s father, Egeus, sees him as the most fitting man for her daughter. Theseus, the Duke of Athens, says “Demetrius is a worthy gentleman” in line 52. It seems to me that Demetrius has been able to fool Egeus and Theseus as the perfect gentleman. Lysander, Hermia’s lover, has not been fooled by his act and refers to Demetrius as a “spotted and inconstant man” (line 110).

Demetrius used to be in love with Hermia’s best friend, Helena. Hermia has not encouraged Demetrius at all. In fact, she insists that “I frown upon him, yet he loves me still” (line 194). Hermia is in love with someone else and wants to reassure her friend that she has not gone chasing after Demetrius.

Throughout this story, Demetrius stood out to me as a faithless yet persistent man. He was faithless in his love towards Helena, because it appears that he might have quickly switched his attention from Helena to Hermia. Helena describes his actions, saying “so he dissolved, and showers of oaths did melt” in line 245. He had showered Helena with promises and sworn to love her forever, but since he laid eyes on Hermia, those promises faded away as if they never even existed. Even so, I admire his determination to win over Hermia’s heart, even though she doesn’t encourage him.


Rising Action and Climax Task

This is an obituary on the protagonist, Elias Veturius, of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

Elias Veturius passed away on the evening of Thursday, September 25th. Veturius died during a public whipping at Blackcliff Academy after a betrayal of the Empire – he was only 20 years old.

Veturius was abandoned at birth by his mother, the brutal Commandant of Blackcliff Academy. He was left at the Tribe Saif, where Mamie Rila, Elias’ foster mother, took care of him. He spent his childhood playing with tribal children, carefree and innocent until he received a letter from Blackcliff Academy, the torturous training grounds for future Martials. The letter marked him as a selected student. Elias was brought to Blackcliff against his will at the age of six, where he spent the remainder of his life.

Veturius was an adventuresome yet easily influenced young man. Take, for example, when he was prompted to desert Blackcliff Academy. When the goal first became apparent to Elias, he was without a doubt. Elias once thought, “Once I escape the Empire, it won’t matter.” (page 43) He was not scared of the consequences. He was willing to risk his life for a slim chance of escaping the control of the Empire. Later that same day, an Augur, the most powerful rulers of the Empire, visited him. The Augur reported, “If you desert, the Augurs will not stop you. You will escape. You will leave the Empire. You will live. But you will find no solace in doing so.” (page 65) After being presented with the information, Elias started to question his plans. He was torn between staying and achieving “a true chance of freedom” (page 66) and leaving and proceeding to be “chained to the darkness within.” (page 65) Elias never got to make the decision, as the Trials forced him to stay, and later get executed.

Elias’ mind was very abstruse. His mind was almost always occupied with concerns. “My eyes jerk to hers, and for one tense moment, I think she knows everything.” (page 41) This sentence reflects how Elias felt about his deserting of the Empire. Every small detail overly perturbed him. One example is his best friend, Helene. Elias was afraid that his plan might arouse judgment and anger from her, due to her excessive devotion to the Empire. He wasn’t ready to let his only friend go. Another example was when Elias’ grandfather, the most respected soldier in the Empire, learned that Elias was chosen for the Trials, he was exhilarated. “I find his eyes, and for once, there’s no criticism there, only a fierce pride.” (page 81) After that night, Elias wasn’t able to put down the thought of betraying his grandfather. “He brought me into his home when Mother refused to bring me into hers.” (page 80) This sentence shows how grateful Elias is to have his grandfather. After all, his grandfather was “the only relative he had that treated him like family.” (page 80) Elias was torn between staying and leading his grandfather’s legacy. He desired to be the most exceptional soldier Blackcliff has ever seen. In Elias’ mind, this was an act of repaying his grandfather’s dedication and time towards bringing out the best of him.

Depressingly, there will not be a funeral service in memory of Elias Veturius, due to the orders of the Commandant. However, he will forever be remembered as the dauntless man he was.

Exposition of An Ember In The Ashes

I analyzed the exposition of An Ember in the Ashes and The Hunger Games. An Ember in the Ashes takes place in terrifyingly brutal world, where Laia and her family lives in a poverty-stricken city known as Serra. Under the Martial Empire, the slightest defiance is met with death. The one’s who don’t pledge their whole life to the Empire are met with executed along with their loved ones, and the destruction of everything under their possession. “A familiar look – the one he gives me if I wake from a nightmare or we run out of grain” (3). This sentence suggests that their family struggles to maintain simple necessities, such as food. Furthermore, the word “familiar” emphasizes how frequently this problem occurs. “The martials conquered Scholar lands five hundred years ago, and since then they’ve done nothing but oppress and enslave us” (5). This sentence expresses Laia and her family’s hatred for the Empire, and also the cruel things they do keep their city in line. It also communicates what the Empire wishes for from the citizens, which is slavery and labor.

The exposition of The Hunger Games takes place in Panem, a nation that lies in the ruins of North America. In the middle of their nation stands the Capitol, and surrounding it are twelve districts. The Capitol is unforgiving and cruel and does anything they desire to keep the twelve districts under control. Any act of rebellion is punished with execution that is broadcast to the entire city. The protagonist of the story, Katniss, lives in the poor side of District 12 with her mother and sister. District 12 is a poor, coal-mining district where men and woman with “hunched shoulder” and “swollen knuckles” (4) live and work to provide for the Capitol. In both texts, the protagonist lives in poor conditions. Serra and District 12 are both the worst living conditions in the nation/country. “In theory, it’s supposed to be electrified twenty-four hours a day as a deterrent to the predators that live in the woods that used to threaten our streets” (4, The Hunger Games). “We can’t own property or attend schools, and even the mildest transgression results in enslavement.” (34, An Ember in the Ashes). These sentences show how less the Capitol really cares about their citizens. The rulers of the cities/districts were one of the many aspects where An Ember in the Ashes and The Hunger Games are alike. They both don’t are for their health, education, or safety. All the Empire/Capitol desires from the citizens are the products and services they provide to make their lives more enjoyable. Additionally, both Empires are punishing and merciless towards their citizens. Any act of revolt is punished with death. Public executions are methods that both nations use to threaten their citizens. “Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch – this is the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy” (18, The Hunger Games). “Usually, the Empire raids in the heat of day. The soldiers want Scholar mothers and children to watch. They want fathers and brothers to see another man’s family enslaved.” (5, An Ember in the Ashes). Based on these segments, I can infer that both Empires are frightened of rebellion from their citizens. They are unsure if they can withstand the power of it. Consequently, they make sure their citizens don’t have the courage to start a revolt by constantly threatening them. The Capitol and the Martial Empire both try to act invincible to hide their uncertainties.

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“The Money’s Paw” Found Poem

This found poem was created with the words of William W. Jacob in the short story “The Monkey’s Paw”. This poem is about the theme of story. In line 58 of “The Monkey’s Paw”, Sergeant Major Morris said, “Fate ruled people’s lives, and to interfere only cased deep sadness.” I believe that the theme of this story is that interfering with what is set to happen, in this case, fate, is pointless, and will only cause harm. I also think that this story warns people to be careful of what you wish for. For example, in line 115, Mr. White stated, “I don’t know what to wish for and that’s a fact. It seems to me I’ve got all I want.” But, he still ends up wishing for two hundred pounds. Later in the story, the old couple finds out that their child, Herbert, died, and as compensation they will receive two hundred pounds. If Mr. White was careful of the consequences, then he might not have wished on the paw. If he didn’t, other possibilities could have opened up to Herbert.
The background of my poem is a picture of the gloomy day and the shadow of a man, taken from inside a window. This resembles the setting of the beginning of “The Monkey’s Paw”. The author described the setting as “the night was cold and wet”. Also, the shadow of the person resembles Sergeant Major Morris (when he came to visit the Whites), who brings up the theme of the short story.
In this poem, some words are bigger than the others, and they are not placed together. I placed the words this way because I wanted to emphasize the important words. For example, I emphasized the word “reasonable” because it relates to the theme of being careful of what you wish for. It also expresses that whatever is wished for later on in the story will not reasonable.