Junior Year Journal

Monday, August 28, 2017

Since September is almost dawning upon us and college application season is coming up, I've decided to start a new journal for senior year. I always love starting new journals because of the crisp, new pages, clean un scratched covers, and unlimited potential creativity. It's always hard though, not knowing what to put on the first page, or how to make the journal yours, with your style and originality, but somehow I manage.

But because I've already finished my last journal, I thought it would be the perfect time to show everyone pages from my old journal now. It spanned my 11th-grade year and had a lot of significant memories. So I decided to share with y'all a big part of my life! Journaling really helps me wind down, and it's always fun to go back months later and look at how different your life was before, how different your problems were.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

I only watched this movie on a whim, before I'd never had the urge to see it.But since I had a growing fixation on Seth MacFarlane and made it my mission to watch every project he's been a part of,  decided to watch the movie on Netflix, and I'm so glad I did.

The movie had a really interesting plot, and at some points even had me wondering "What's gonna happen next?" and "How is Buster gonna fix this?". The covers for the songs were absolutely amazing too, and because of this movie, I have a ton of new songs on my music library, some from the soundtrack and even the originals. But the best part about the movie, in my opinion, were the characters.

All of the characters had complex and relatable real life issues that made their stories feel even more heartfelt. Rosita was a stay at home wife who stayed home to take care of her kids for her husband who never acknowledged her. And she always wondered what her life would've been like if she had pursued her dream. Buster was a grown up Koala following his childhood dream of reinventing the magic the theater brought him when he was a kid, regardless of what hurdles he had in front of him. Johnny was a teen struggling with telling his dad that he didn't want to be part of the family business, AKA being a part of his criminal gang. Ash was in a mentally abusive relationship with her boyfriend who didn't let her shine and showcase her talent. Mike was just a street hustler who was a bit bitter with life and waiting for his big break. And Meena was just a shy elephant with a strong, powerful voice who couldn't get over her fear of singing in public.

It is a rare occurrence when I like every character in a movie/story. Every character was likable and their stories each felt unique. Sing was one of the best movies of 2016 for me.

It has already been announced that Sing 2 is scheduled to release in 2020 since the hype around the first one did so well. I already know what I want from the next movie.  The first movie was all about the characters personal stories and problems, so I feel like on the second one they should continue with that. I'd love if they could show if Gunter had some conflict that wasn't brought up in the first film. He was the only main character without one. I've also said it'd be cute if Ash and Johnny would start a relationship, definitely interesting at least. Also want more emotional scenes from Buster with memories of his dad, so that it will motivate him. I'm not sure what I want out of Rosita and Mike but I'm sure whatever they do it'll be good. The first movie actually ended with a cliffhanger with Mike, him and Nancy were escaping from the bear group who were chasing them, it was never confirmed that they got away.

Nonetheless, I'm excited for whatever the writers and creators of Sing give to me. The movie is very high on the list of best animation movies I've ever seen and I think it will stay there for a very long time.

China Trip 2k17

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Recently I had the awesome opportunity of taking a trip to China with my school (through EF tours) and I wanted to retell the experience here on my blog, writing down every detail I can remember so that I won’t forget it 10 years down the road :)) I’m going to focus on my favorite/ most significant parts of the trip I experienced.

July Word List 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

You know, it's officially been a year since I started this. I'm gonna celebrate the longevity of this trend with a list!

rebukeexpress sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions
propensity - an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way; tendency
assertion - a confident and forceful statement of fact or belief.
subservient - prepared to obey others unquestioningly.
olfactory - relating to the sense of smell
dissimulation - concealment of one's thoughts, feelings, or character; pretense.
ambivalent - having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.
tentative - not certain or fixed; unconfirmed
propriety - the state or quality of conforming to conventionally accepted standards of behavior or morals.
foramen - an opening, hole, or passage, especially in a bone
precarious - not securely held or in position; dangerously likely to fall or collapse
underscoreto make evident; emphasize
apiary - a place where bees are kept
balmy - pleasantly warm.
respite - a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.
discern - perceive or recognize
epiphany - a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being
discrepancy - a lack of compatibility or similarity between two or more facts
jarring - incongruous in a striking or shocking way; clashing.
efficacy - the ability to produce a desired or intended result; success
tentative - not certain or fixed; iffy
emphatic - uttered with or marked by emphasistending to express oneself in forceful speech or to take decisive action
ambivalent - having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
lofty - of imposing height; tall
propriety - the state or quality of conforming to conventionally accepted standards of behavior or morals; decency
preponderance - the quality or fact of being greater in number, quantity, or importance.
penance - voluntary self-punishment inflicted as an outward expression of repentance for having done wrong.
unpropitious - not giving or indicating a good chance of success; unfavorable
elucidate - make (something) clear; explain.
incursions - an invasion or attack, especially a sudden or brief one
derelict - in a very poor condition as a result of disuse and neglect.
conjecture - an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information; assumption
briny - of salty water or the sea; salty.
contagion - the communication of disease from one person to another by close contact.
behoove - it is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something; it is incumbent on.
caprice - a sudden and unaccountable change in mood or behavior.
phalanx - a body of troops or police officers, standing or moving in close formation.
japan - cover (something) with a hard black varnish
malignant - malevolent
inconstancy - not constant; changeable; fickle; variable
amelioration - the act of making something better; improvement.
extirpate - root out and destroy completely; eradicate
opprobrium - harsh criticism or censure.
rigmarole - a lengthy and complicated procedure
accrued - to accumulate or receive
diurnal - of or during the day; daily
idle - avoiding work; lazy.
ensure - make certain that (something) shall occur or be the case.
assure - to tell someone something positively or confidently to dispel any doubts they may have
insure - arrange for compensation in the event of damage to or loss
assertion - a confident and forceful statement of fact or belief.
tilted - change or cause to change in favor of one person or thing as opposed to another
tangential - diverging from a previous course or line; erratic.
orthogonal - of or involving right angles; at right angles.
marauding - going about in search of things to steal or people to attack; predatory.
fidelity - faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support
glom - to steal
assimilating - take in (information, ideas, or culture) and understand fully.
camaraderie - mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.
glean - to extract (information) from various sources
vociferous - vehement or clamorous; noisy
acquiesced - accept something reluctantly but without protest.

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