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A Revolution Fought by “Guerrillas”

The Cuban revolution was a salad of bloodshed, different ideas, and “guerrillas”. Dictatorship was an idea the Cubans did not accept. The M26-7 was an uprising led by Fidel Castro to fight against their dictator Batista. Castro and his men were clever with the ways they fought. Guerrilla warfare was an example. The word “guerrilla” comes from Spanish meaning “little war”. Guerrilla warfare consisted of ambushing with a small team against a larger group and hit and run tactics. These tactics were what made the M26-7 grow in popularity so quickly. It had gradually guided the M26-7 to a road of hurdles and carnage. 

The Cuban Revolution – Arm Wrestle Between Two Dictators

It was March 10, 1952. Waking up like usual to tackle another day, news spread like mad. The Cuban government was corrupted by a man named Fulgencio Batista. It was told that with great wealth, he took Cuba in no time. Alongside my leader, Fidel Castro, we sunk into the realm of bloodshed, determined to overthrow our wicked dictator. I have covered my life in this devastating period in form of 3 separate journals. 

Continuity and Change

The immediate aftermath of the revolution took a turn when Castro took control. The war for power has ended, but people were still unhappy with their new leader. Castro believed in Communism, which scared the citizens of Cuba. Approximately 1.4 million fled to the island of Cuba to the United States from 1959 to 1960. Likewise, the actions were soon recognized by the United States, which was terrified of the idea of Communism. The U.S. would quickly withdraw its support in response to Castro taking the presidential seat in early 1961. To top things off, the U.S. toggled its imagination with plans to assassinate Castro. Castro held no concern against exploding cigars, to flesh-eating wetsuit. The CIA had in total 638 failed attempts to assassinate Castro. Nevertheless, after endless torturing, Cuba remained its high efficiency in sugarcane production. It was known that up to 90% of its crops were exported and sold across the world. This stayed the same even under Castro’s rule.

Breaking Down Unbroken

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, a book illustrated the story of Louie Zamperini. The transformation of a rouge child, specialized in stealing and drinking alcohol at the age of 8 into a piolet fighting in World War 1. Louie’s adventure starts when his older brother Pete discovers his ability to run. Along the way, Louie had broken many records and was a track star until World War 1 raged out. Forced to join the military, Louie once again, found himself on the run. Perseverant, courageous, quick thinking, Louie overcame devastating obstacles, fighting for equality, fighting for peace.

The book kicked off as the first few chapters formed the theme – anything can be achieved with determination and hard work. Below is how I tracked my thinking.

In lesson 8, we were told to be careful with parts that might seem stretched out intentionally to help readers gain more understanding. As I read further, when the book is reaching its highlight, the theme drifted off to become – among all the chaos and hate, kind souls will always spark over dark ones. The theme – “Anything can be achieved with determination and hard work” still hot on its heels.

As the book goes on, the earlier themes melted away. The idea – POWs (prisoners of war) captured are strong. They fight for their country and will be willing to sacrifice themselves. Stood out the most. Also having a strong connection with the theme – anything can be achieved with determination and hard work.

Unbroken is an amazing book. I will recommend this book to people that like books with history, adventure, and a bit of thriller.


Dear Martin According to Justyce

Dear Martin by Nic Stone is a story about Justyce, an African American high school boy experiencing racial discrimination. He would, in the story, write journals to Martin Luther King about the problems he faces daily. Theme of the novel is hinted throughout the book. Discrimination usually occurs when people misunderstand or underestimate others. Though Justyce is graduating on the top of his class, going to Yale university, he has been running a race that has different obstacles holding him from getting a complete life. As he grew older, all he wanted was to be normal. His actions could result him in bigger consequences. He needs to be careful. In the real world, one wrong move and he could be accused of something he didn’t do. Or worse, death.

Inside a humanist


The found poem above came from “thank you mam” by Langston Hughes. It shows the external conflict between the protagonist Roger, and the antagonist, the woman. The poem, it showed Roger struggling to escape the large woman and being taken away by the woman.

Faux Leather Challenge

In product design this semester, we were challenged to make something out of an A4-sized faux leather. The first thing that came to mind was a wallet. I always have the problem of losing my ID card. I decided to make an ID cardholder.

The main features of the wallet are the two pockets sticking out on the two sides. These pockets could be used to hold ID cards, paper money, or credit cards.

I am proud of myself because I have overcome my biggest fear – sewing. I always struggle to sew; it has always been a challenge to me. This time, I got help from other fellow classmates, and I think did great.

If I could restart, I would have made the wallet a bit bigger, make it double-sided, so it looks better on both sides. I would also add a snap to the wallet to make it actually close and keep the things inside.

Design Leather Challenge

One problem I have on a daily basis is that I keep forgetting to bring my ID card to school. Without the ID card, I couldn’t access the school and have to check my name off with security.  My solution is to make a magnetic wallet and stick it onto my fridge. I pass my fridge daily so it will be the perfect spot to keep my ID card safe.


I got my inspiration from these photos.

Design Smell Detectors

In project design, we were challenged to create a “smell detector”. I created a watch that shoots out smaller “smell detectors”. The detectors fly out, detects the smell around it, comes back and the smells will display on the screen. Paired with the watch, it has a charging pad. Flip the watch around to charge.

I got my inspiration from the watch from the movie “Kingsman” they had this cool watch that shoots out poisonous bullets. I thought it would be cool to turn it into a smell detector.


Design Light Box

In product design this year, we were challenged to make a lightbox involving the use of computer programming, laser cutting multiple layers to create a lightbox featuring a place where I want to travel to the most. At the start of the unit, we were online. I couldn’t download the necessary app to make create the layers. I was working in a small group with Mr. Gabbie to do the same things but in pages. With internet issues every 2mins or so, it had made learning a challenge.

The Location I chose to create is Japan. I go to Japan every year to ski; It has the greatest powder snow I’ve seen. Besides of skiing, I absolutely love Japanese food. The hotel we stay in also provides a “gaming district”. It is full of games and 4D movies too. This year, however, due to the encounter of the coronavirus, we stayed in China and were forced to a local skiing resort. Terrible food, terrible fake snow. I really wish I could go back to Japan.


In the developing part of my lightbox, I made a mountain in for the background, a Japanese temple on the right, and a snowy tree on the left. Likewise, I placed the LED light behind the mountain to create the effect of the sun.

From adobe illustrator to my handcrafting skills, I have learned so many different skills this semester. One of the most valuable skills I have mastered is adobe illustrator. With this amazing program, I was able to create very specific detailing and grouping different shapes together.

There is still one thing I want to change to improve my project. I will add a snowy hill that fills half of the box and hide the LED behind it. This is going to make the light go from the back to the front and create an amazing effect.



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