1. How many posts did you write? : 14
2.How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge? : 14
3. How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students? : 36
4. Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened? : My 'Week 5: Culture and Family' received the most comments because the topic of the post is pretty interesting. I think many people like to learn about different cultures.
5. Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why? : I enjoy writing 'Week 9: Have I Improved?' because I love to talk about places I visited.
6. Did you change blog themes at all and why? : No because I love my blog theme.
7. How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough? : I have only 1 and I don't think it's enough.
8. How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll? : 5
9. Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog? : I use biteable.com/ to create my 'Guidelines in Commenting' video.
Now I'm gonna let my grandma do an audit for my blog!
1. What were your first impressions of this blog? : "The blog looks decent. I can't read English properly but the pictures are great."
2. What captured your attention? : "The pictures of course."
3. What distracted you on the blog? : "The pictures"
4. What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog? : "Add more pictures!!!"
She really love the pictures. Especially the picture of the orange tree I took!
Pictures taken by me!
A Trip to the Nunobiki Herb Garden
When I was visiting Japan, I went to the Nunobiki Herb Garden, which is located on top of the Mount Rokko in Kobe. It is known as Japan's largest herb garden consisting of 75,000 herbs and flowers.
I went up by riding on the cable car from downtown Kobe and I really enjoyed looking at the view. When I looked down, I noticed that the buildings were getting smaller and smaller every second we were going up. You could also see the Bay of Kobe, shining from afar. Almost halfway through, everyone noticed a beautiful waterfall. The Nunobiki waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall I have ever seen. Although the sound of water pouring down the waterfall was very loud, I felt calm just by listening to it. There were many kinds of trees and shrubs. Other than that, there were also trees with orange and yellow leaves. Below the ropeway, I saw a pathway with shrubs. Some people were walking up there. I waved at them and waited for anyone to wave back. No one noticed me. I shrugged and continued taking pictures.
When I stepped out of the cable car, the first thing I noticed was the view from below. You could see the bay and almost the whole city of Kobe. I was mesmerized because of the view. The bay was even prettier than seeing it from the cable car. Although the sky was gloomy, it was one of the views I will never forget. The wind was quite strong and it almost carried my beanie away from my head. The buildings were very small and the people who were walking downtown were barely even visible. The only way to see them properly was to use a binocular, which cost a few yen.
The Herb Garden had many flowers and herbs as expected but the flowers were not that pretty. In the brochure, there were tulips, roses, lilies, sunflowers, orchids, etc. but actually, it was mostly plants and flowers that could only be planted in winter like violets. At least I was not disappointed and I understood that they were like that because we visited in winter and the weather in winter was quite harsh.
We explored the front area and there were shops for souvenirs and a hotdog stand. I walked in deeper and there was a fountain right in the middle with more flowers and shrubs. They had a concert hall also known as "Mori no Hall" or Hall of Forest (mori means forest). The hall was surrounding the fountain with other buildings. I walked inside the concert hall and I could feel the warm air from the fireplace. The feeling was very different from outside. They had couches and tables with decorations. The second floor of the theatre was very large. The windows were tall and the roof was curved into a dome. There were many chairs arranged in rows for people to sit and watch. When we exited the dome, there was more area at the back filled with trees, flowers, and shrubs but my family decided to stop because it looked like it was going to rain.
On our way back to the cable car, I glanced back at the herb garden. It was a wonderful place and I had a wonderful time there. I absolutely loved this place and I would love to come back here again.
This week I read and commented three different posts from three different blogs. Here’s a link for the blogs I visited:
The first post is Emily’s powtoon video about the environment and how you can help. She gave many tips on how to save the environment. The first tip made me really wonder why should we stop eating food that contains palm oil?
“I really like this video and it’s very creative that you added Sidney Sheldon’s quote at the end of the video. The question is why should we stop eating food with palm oil? What does it do?”
The second post is about digital footprints by Lily. Lily made a short comic about a girl asking her mom if she can use her email to register for a game. The girl’s mom checked the website and it was not a safe website.
“Hello Lily! This is such a creative and simple comic! This post can really help people undWerstand more about digital footprint (like me) and it can remind kids to ask parents if something you’re doing is safe”
The last post is about fidget spinners by Tani. She talk about her opinion and what she did with the fidget spinners.
“Hello Tani! Some of my classmates bought the fidget sinner to school and I’ve seen them everywhere in the internet. I don’t know why is it popular. Maybe it’s mesmerising to play with?”
Image credit: Digital Footprint MOOC via Flickr
People leave a digital footprint every time they access the internet. When they log into a website, text, shop online, etc., they all leave digital footprints. Not all footprints can be positive. A drunken picture of yourself or a mean comment is an example of a negative footprint. Negative footprints can ruin your reputation and it can be permanent.
When I search my name in Google, there is not that much about me in there.Things that I find are:
After searching my name on Google, I am 100% sure that I can share my digital footprints with my grandparents or future grandchildren because they are mostly related to my work.
What about you guys? Are you willing to let anyone see your digital footprint? What appeared on google when you searched your name on it? Please let me know!
Should Kids Get Less Homework?
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Should kids get less homework? Most kids complain that they have a pile of homework to finish and they stay up late at night. Other people think that it helps them work better in school and minimizes the chance of cheating. However, I think that kids should get an average amount of homework. Not too much or too less.
People who disagree with the idea of children getting less homework say that:
It teaches them responsibility.
It helps children review what they learned in class.
And it makes students learn how to manage homework so that they can handle a lot of homework in higher grades.
People who agree with the idea of kids getting no homework say that:
Kids are also tired when they get back home from school.
They feel stressed.
Their sleep is affected.
And their school work is affected negatively.
With all these reasons, I think kids should be getting less homework, but they still need to do it on a regular basis, maybe 1-2 hours of daily homework is okay, because homework is still important for kids since it has benefits.
How to make a butterfly pea drink
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If you are bored of a plain drink then make a twist! Make a butterfly pea drink for summer by following the steps below.
Butterfly pea or clitoria ternatea is a blue colored flower. It is well known for its benefits such as hair growth. Now, if you make it as a drink then it does not have much taste like other flowers unless you add honey or lemon juice.
First, gather all the ingredients. You will need,
5-6 butterfly peas
1 tablespoon of honey or as desired
a cup of hot water
lime juice (optional)
Next, add the butterfly peas into the cup of hot water and mash it with a spoon. Stir for about 3 minutes until the water gets a nice indigo color. Get the flowers out if you think it is ready.
Then add 1 tablespoon of honey. Stir again so that the drink and honey is blended together. Add lime juice if you like the drink to be sweet and sour. Adding the lime juice is totally optional and you can always adjust the recipe according to your taste. Adding the lime juice will make the color change to purple, because butterfly pea contains anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is a pigment found in butterfly pea. The color changes when the PH changes. Lime contains low PH so that is the reason why the color changes into purple or pink depending on the amount of lime juice you add.
Now pour the drink into your glass and add ice cubes. Drink it quickly otherwise the ice cubes will melt and the drink will not be tasty any more. Decorate your drink with a butterfly pea to garnish, add a straw, and enjoy your delicious drink in the summer heat!
Acrylic vs Watercolor
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Acrylic and watercolor are both paints but did you know that they are both similar and different in many ways? People who are new with painting might not know but I can help you understand!
They both have many things in common. Both of them are water based and the brushes can be cleaned with water and soap. Their consistency is very alike. Both are used to paint wet on wet. If you never heard of wet on wet, it’s a technique where you apply wet paint on a layer of wet paint that you applied previously. You can use masking fluid on both watercolor and acrylic on paper and canvas.
And now the differences. You can use acrylic to paint on different types of surfaces such as canvas, cardboard, etc., while you can use watercolor only on paper. Acrylic gives off a brighter color than watercolor. Acrylic is water-proof and dust-proof while watercolor isn’t. So if you’re doing a DIY using plastic, I recommend you use acrylic because the color will shine and won’t fade like what watercolor does. When you paint using acrylic paints, you can put on lighter or darker shade first, whatever you prefer, but for watercolor you need to add a lighter shade then moving on to a darker shade later. Acrylic is made out of a pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion, while watercolor is made out of natural gum or synthetic glycol.
So now that you know the differences and similarities of acrylic and watercolor, this might help you when you paint using these paints in the future.
If you guys visit my blog at least once you might notice that there is a widget that will help you and me find out where my visitors are coming from. I’ll teach you how to add it to your blog!
The reason why I use the Clustrmaps is because they can be added into your blog easily just by copy and pasting and you can see how many times the visitor have visited your blog. This is very convenient for you and your visitors!
There are many cultural activities my family and I celebrate together. In Thailand, we have many festivals. A few days ago, we celebrated a festival called ‘Songkran’. Songkran is a Thai New Year festival that lasts from 13th April to 15 April every year.
Thai people visit temples with their family members and pour water on Buddha statues. During the three days, most people who live away from their homes travel back to their families so there is quite a lot of traffic. Since Songkran is a water festival, people splash water at each other.
During Songkran, my family and my relatives did a family gathering and we celebrated Songkran together. Our family spent time together and we did a ritual where young people used water with jasmine and rose petals on the palms of the elders and gave a flower garland to them. After that, we asked them for their blessing.
Now I want to hear from you guys. What do you and your family do during festivals? Share your experience with me in the comment section below!
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Most of you guys probably know what is global warming. For those who don’t, it’s a rise in earth’s temperature which results in a greenhouse effect. A greenhouse effect can lead to consequences that will impact the earth in a negative way. The earth’s atmosphere is like a blanket which traps heat to sustain life. However people produce carbon-dioxide by burning gas, coal, etc.
One of the effects of global warming is climate change. The earth’s temperature is increasing day by day. Even ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is melting even though it’s so cold there! When the ice sheets melt, the water level will increase and in a few years, some islands might get submerged under water. If you haven’t heard, Maldives is facing a problem with rising sea levels. That is a consequence of global warming.
Did you also know that global warming can affect sea creatures too and not just us? Oceans can absorb carbon dioxide, but not most of it. Although it helps just a little bit, it makes the ocean water more acidic. The increased acidity in the water makes it harder for corals to build skeletons. Corals will bleach out instead of being colorful. Fishes will also lose their shelter.
Those are just a few effects of global warming. If you are interested and want to know more about this issue, check out these interesting websites.
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