Lost and Found Secrets

ad-1ad-2  ad-3For my blog post, I decided to create 3 print ads that represent motifs that support the theme of Lost Luggage by Jordi Punti and as clearly stated in all 3 ads, the theme is “everyone has a reason to keep their own secrets”. The ads are meant to convince people to read the book, and I tried to do that by partially revealing some secrets that would lure in readers who are curious or want to learn more.


Ad #1 details a mother no longer being able to bear the pain of a lost child. Instead of moving on, she masked with the sadness by adopting another child, 9-year-old Gabriel, and naming him after her dead son Cristóbal. Soon after adoption, newly named Cristóbal discovered about his predecessor and unwittingly confronts his “mother” with her secret.

Ad #2 is about how 18-year-old Conrad, who suffered from early age baldness, hid his wig from his father who is a barber. Being a barber, Martí should’ve had a natural strong dislike towards wigs and toupees and that was exactly what caused his son Conrad to hide his top-secret toupee.

Finally, Ad #3 represents Gabriel, 30 years after abandoning them after birth, meeting his four sons after they rescued him from gamblers. He reveals to them that he was afraid to talk or even meet them as he was sure that the Christophers had a passionate hatred towards him. So, he hid… just a couple of meters away in the room right next to the Christopher’s headquarters for tracking down their father.

When these print ads’ subtexts (motifs) are put together, it should stick the theme into your head. If not, then read the book. If the motifs of the theme sound interesting, read the book. If you’re not sure on whether to read the book, read it.

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Polymer Project Journal Entry #2






Our basic goal was to create a polymer that could prevent an object from breaking, so we narrowed it down to c reating a 4.7 inch iPhone case. Obviously, we aim to any iPhone owner as the case is meant for iPhones. Like any phone case, the product will protect the phone from any bumps or falls that would dent the phone. As you can see, the phone above without a case is cracked and nasty… unlike the beautiful pristine phone WITH a case. Our group decided that “gloop” would be a good base polymer for our custom polymer as it needed to be solid, thick and also needed to absorb the force exerted on the phone. Characteristics our polymers do need is that it has to “harden” as in retain its shape after some kind of catalyst. “Oobleck” has a similar characteristic of hardening so we might find a way to incorporate that in. One thing that COULD be possible is that before hardening into a case, the polymer could be stretchable and be customizable and fit to any phone, which means that the target audience doesn’t have to be IPhone owners. This would separate the phone case from the others and other cases don’t have customizable sizes… a one size fits all.

Polymer Project Journal Entry #1

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-10-05-56-amA polymer is just a lot of monomers bonded together. Monomers are just basically molecules that make up polymers… it’s just a fancy term for it. Polymers can be man-made in a lab (synthetic) or you can find them naturally in the woods or in your body (natural resource).

Some natural polymers can be found just within 10 km of where you are. The vegetables in your local Jenny’s contain a familiar polymer called starch. Silk was a very commonly used natural polymer that the Chinese harvested a long time ago and still do today. However, due to the lack of or small disadvantages, most natural polymers were traded for better, more durable synthetic polymers.

PVC, a synthetic polymer which is made out of industrial salt and oil, is  used for pipes/sewer treatment, wire coating, construction, school projects, etc. Due to it’s cheapness and relatively easy production, big companies and hobbyists both commonly use this polymer. Another synthetic polymer called nylon, which is created from coal and petroleum, is usually used to produce fabrics/clothing that are water resistant, elastic, and great for exercise.

Natural resources become synthetic through a process called polymerization. During polymerization, the monomers are purposefully chemically reacted to each together to form many bonds, eventually creating a polymer.





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Exposing Expósito and Extras

29961919166_d0709a36cb_bIn the book Lost Luggage by Jordi Punti, protagonist (or maybe even antagonist?), Gabriel Delacruz Expósito, a seemingly average man, was born on a dim October morning in the Spanish cod market of 1941. However, he isn’t so average if you take a closer look into his life throughout events and flashbacks in the book.

For 17 years, Gabriel grew and flourished in The House of Charity orphanage; having said that, it is later revealed that he had a secret resentment towards the place. One fateful day, he and his best friend Bundo were called to the office of Sister Elvira, where both boys were told that they must leave the orphanage before the end of the month. “Their faces began to light up but they quickly masked it. So leaving, getting away, getting the h*** away from the home – at last, at last!” (75, 76 Punti). The narrative describes the joy and relief they felt. However, the feeling is elaborated further by including a strong word, h***, which shows the fear or hatred of their home and the desperation to leave. What could’ve possibly led Gabriel to loathe his home? This sudden display of feelings show that Gabriel can hide his feelings quite well. As well as hiding his feelings, Gabriel hides a much bigger part of his life. Like Bundo, Gabriel is a ladies’ man who is always on the move; consequently, this led to him fathering to 4 known sons. This buried truth of Gabriel’s was uncovered when 25 years later, his own son Cristòfol discovered “another folder… [which] held a pile of documents… names, addresses, birth certificates, photos, drawings. It wasn’t long before the other three names appeared… Cristof, Christophe, Christopher” (35, 36). Cristófol, already suspicious of his father, discovered that he has 3 step-brothers. To find out that after your father left, he did the same to 3 other families must be harsh. Gabriel, a simple Spanish driver, lived a quadruple life. But that’s not all… a fifth brother exists! A few weeks into the search for their father, Christof finds another brother named “’Christoffini. He was born in Italy…’” (136). After discovering another step-brother, who knows how many heartbroken children and families Gabriel left? Keeping all of his descendants from knowing each other shows that Gabriel is a crafty man and he cannot be trusted.

To put it very bluntly, I am in no way similar to Gabriel Delacruz. The way he selfishly and cold-heartedly left his families completely contrasts my friendly nature. For instance, ever since I joined my friend group, Grounders Squad, I have never turned my back on them. I’ve gone out of my way to go to concerts, last minute birthdays, and weekend hangouts with the squad at school, and more. Even with all my faults, I consider myself as a WAY better person than Gabriel.

Events and stories unfold one after another. Mysteries are found and solved. All of these things connect and disconnect, constantly shaping the character we know as Gabriel Delacruz Expósito. We might think of him as the cruel antagonist, but people can change… you never know.

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