Bamfield was the most memorable field trip that I’ll ever have. Although the 3 days were  filled up with 90% of hard work  and determination, those times I spent will most likely be remembered much later down the road. I learned about the marine life and the classification of these marine creatures, our impact by just being present in the wilderness, and the many ethical implications that had to be considered while doing our experiment. My group, group 13 certainly bonded within the short 3 days even though we never really talked to each other in school. It was a rush to get through everything but at the end of the day during the skit period, from how much the whole grade could understand each other even within separate groups showed how valuable the experience was. I enjoyed that time and quiet in Bamfield, even though the girls dorm internet-less for 2/3 days. I have to admit that during my stay in Bamfield I got more rest (sleeping at , and 3 meals (on time) and was probably more healthy than I would be at home.

Right now, I really miss Bamfield and would really like to go back for a while. There were a lot of good memories.

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Japan Fair planning has been piling up! Its November 3rd today and Japan Fair is on November 23rd! 20 more days to go until the big event. J-Club’s dance, Soran Boshi is running into some trouble. People are not regularly coming to practices except 5 people. I think it could be that people are busy during November but J-Club would be in trouble if the dance was not ready at the time of the event. The course of action that I’m probably going to take is to

The meetings every Wednesday now in order to be able to prepare all the events in time. Currently there is an assortment of Japanese cultural activities planned by the committee to run. Origami, (Japanese paper folding), Ikebana (Flower arranging), Calligraphy, caricatures drawn in traditional Japanese animation style, Taiko drumming, the grade 12 play arranged by the Japanese 12 class (which I also have a part in), martial arts demo, Tea ceremony, Shogi/Go, Kimono demo and Tanbata (wishing tree).

All of this are to be coordinated and the volunteers have to prepared to run the booth in shifts on that day. There’s also posters to finish painting and putting up and flyers to distribute the week after. So much to do, so little time! Hopefully by next week the marketing component will be finished. Soran Bushi practices are still twice a week every week until 5:00 usually. One event that I’m personally running is the short Fashion demo, where I get 5-6 models to dress up in a Japanese character or traditional clothing, and the audience gets to learn about some fun facts about the character or clothing itself. I already got a MC ready and now I’m looking for models that are willing to be a part of the short show. 🙂

For the Halloween Fireworks event that happens annually at Minoru Park, my Social Responsibility team (C-Change) from City Centre Association were asked to make a booth for games. We successfully implemented that today.

I go to City Centre weekly as one of the group leaders, as I co-run the team with another person who also happens to be a friend of mine. As a record of our success before the summer (completed 3 projects) we were asked to create a games booth that people would actually come  and enjoy. It took approximately 4 meetings each week from Oct. 7-28th on Thursdays each week. The first step was to think of ideas that we could make into enjoyable games for young children. As a team, we came up with 4 activities that were fun with some challenge but still ended up giving candy to the kids. Basically the initial idea was a fear factor booth that would have been targeted at an older audience but we realized that it wouldn’t be wise as logistics show that the older you got, the less interested you would be in this event of which you’ve seen every year. Younger kids with their parents would be the main target audience. So, in accordance to these stats we make more children friendly games. The above picture(s) are the pictures I took from my camera standing a few feet from the booths we made. It was actually much busier than we expected.  The worst thing was our team consisting of 14 people (when in full attendance) was cut down to 6 people on that night as a lot of people had plans on that day. Running the booths were quite hectic, and having 4 booths, among 6 people meant that most of the half the booths would have only 1 volunteer and there was no chance for shifts. This was the most difficult part of the event as it was not preventable. Luckily, there were some spare people who signed up by the City of Richmond that could help us with our event sometimes. Some of us still ended up sitting through their event from 3:00-9:00pm until it was done.

Another problem was that because we did not gage our time properly and on the day of the event, our activities still needed to be made and tested. Our whole team literally created games from scratch and cardboard. That had to be quite rushed though since we didn’t start making them earlier. It was a misjudgment on the part of myself and the other captain.

Our next event, called the Winter Community dinner, will take account for this minor mistake as we started 2 months earlier. More details on this later.

Last year Japan Club did a Soran Bushi and it was a success. This year we will do it again but with larger amount of people and add variations and perhaps create our own moves. For the past 4 or 5 practices I practiced and taught people how to dance the Soran Boshi and it was really fun but exhausting. We got exercise done. The above picture is just an image of how synchronized I wish I could be :).

From April the practicing took about 3 months which was not time effective. This time, the practices shall be weekly and with more availability for people to make it to the practices. Hopefully it will be more efficient.

In addition, our dance group decided to put some variations to it. It is my wish that it will add more humour to the dance and get more people enthusiastic about Japan Club!

Below is a hint of what we’re going to do:

I am now the newly elected leader of C-Change, Social Responsibility Youth team at City Centre Association!

I was actually really scared to step up and do a speech
in front of my peers and especially when public speaking was not one of my best strengths.

But now I have made this commitment I really have to step up to the bat and swing.

Reassessing my CAS experiences, since last year since I started the IB program, I went from being just a single event kind of volunteer, to joining the CCA, to become a youth volunteer, to being VP of the Japan club, being part of the Ultimate team, Homework club volunteer, and now

I am actually one of the leaders of CCA. Japan Club has been going well, I believe I can speak out more to people especially those who are younger than me, who need good examples to learn from.

I find that the evidence that a person is growing up is when you look back at all the things that you have done in the past and analyse them in the context you are in now. A lot of the essays or projects that I did in the past year are incomprehensible to me. Just the other day I looked over at my TOK essay and it had really weak knowledge issues. I attempted to try to remember what the heck I was trying to do or say but to no avail. My mark on the essay was a strong B but I think that if I were to reassess it just by my own standards I would have done much poorer. I have no idea what I was doing in first year IB, but it was probably something akin to groping around in a dark room that you’ve never set foot in before. Sometimes you can’t really find the light switch and its just darn annoying. Looking back at my work(s) I think what really happened was that I needed time to understand the concepts and time did that for me. This is one of my beliefs as well. Time is the best medicine because no matter what illness, it sees through it all. Of course I can’t say that I didn’t work to the best of my ability. I accredit this to the magical phenomenon that happens between 1st and 2nd year.

did box drill, ran lots and worked on backhand/forehand drills.

I would say it was a pretty productive afterschool day 🙂

Tryouts were today!
Now I’m in the senior team instead of the junior team before the summer. I hope to be able to make it to most of the practices unlike before the summer. Realistically, I don’t think I can because I’m still working on my time management skills (of which I think I’m getting a little better but there’s a loooong way to go) .

Anime Evolution, the premier event for anime, manga, gaming, and every kind of related fandom, in Vancouver BC. A 3 day convention filled with all sorts of Japanese animation related events.

I was assigned to panel room 3
-watched one presentation called “you want to be in SOLDIER”
-about a popular Japanese Role Playing Game.
-boring, sat down and checked badges for entry
-went to volunteer room to pack goodie bags for volunteers.
-3:30-6:30pm

2nd day I watched over panel room 1 with another presentation and then went to be an on call volunteer (random misc. volunteer work)

-starting at 1pm I went to a video room and volunteered there to check badges and monitor the video playing.

12:30am-5:30pm

I had fun and I volunteered for approximately 16hours. 🙂

If next year the AE convention is nearby, I will volunteer again.

Well a friend of mine recently found this opportunity at steveston, the salmon parade, and dragged me along to volunteer for it. Frankly I’m quite glad she did because one: I’ve never been in a Parade before. Two: it was good exercise. On behalf of the Japanese Language school a bunch of people came and learned a traditional dance called “So-ran Bushi (ソーラン節)” This was a traditional fisherman’s song in Japan one of the most famous traditional songs (min’yō). It is a Japanese sea shanty that is was initially sung by the fishermen of Hokkaido, northern Nippon. So-ran Bushi accompanies the bon dance in many parts of Japan, and it has its own dancing styles that date back. The dance moves depict fishermen dragging nets, pulling ropes and carrying luggage over their shoulders.

Besides that I learned this traditional festival dance and Okinawan folk dance. On the day of our group performed it. This kind of volunteering was more physical than many of my other ones, but quite interesting. If I had the chance I would do it again next year.

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