Irreplaceable?

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The first time I tried virtual reality was at a friends house. As I put the headset on, I was instantly out of this world, literally. I was on the moon and whenever I looked left and right all I could see was darkness and a few bright dots here and there. When I looked towards the ground, I saw that I was wearing a space suit and was standing on the moon. It was so cool and quite convincing. I started to take bigs steps as I walked and my friend would laugh.

Virtual Reality is pretty cool once you try it and it quite useful in the near future. As my friends and I were talking how virtual reality can benefit us in life, w found a couple of things that we thought made sense. Say you are looking forward to buying a house. However, it is in a different city or you don’t have time to check it out. Say no more. Let’s say that the real estate agent can provide a “virtual tour” of the house, making it look like you’re really there.

Another example is jobs. Last year my class and I went on a field trip to check all sort of different careers. There was this one career, welding, where you could try the virtual and real thing. I got to try the virtual one and it was quite easy, that’s if you have a good balance. Virtual Reality can provide a chance to those applying for jobs to try something out before actually doing the real thing. That way when it comes to doing the real thing, they know exactly what and how they are doing it.

However, everything has some disadvantages. We would still have to do a majority of the things on our own like eating, sleeping, and most importantly communication. I don’t think virtual reality is something that we should depend on because we would have to stay in one place and, if you’re like me, get bored.

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Only After…

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Residential schools. An unforgettable moment in history. A time in life where many were deprived of their family, friends and most importantly their culture. As a person who grew up in Canada all her life, it is sad to know that history back then wasn’t all that great and fairly treated. When someone says the word Canadian, I think of the Aboriginals. To me, they are the true Canadians and they don’t deserve what happened to them.

Now let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. As I mentioned earlier, Aboriginal people are true Canadians. They were the ones who were in Canada long before European settlers came and took over. The aboriginals had a really great lifestyle. Everything was peaceful and under control. They took care of their resources and made sure to never let anything go to waste. They made sure that their land was still intact and that animals weren’t going to waste and dying off.  They used every single thing from the buffalo. They used its hide to make clothes and Ti-pis. Also used their bones for hunting and the meat for eating of course. They literally used whatever they hunted and fished from head to toe and made use of everything that came from the animal. The Aboriginals had a fair government and included every other tribe, creating different governing strategies and more cultures began to form. However, things escalated very quickly. As soon as the Europeans came, it was bad news for the Aboriginals. Little did they know, that when they welcomed them in it was a goodbye for them.

They became deprived of food, resources, animals, and let’s just say freedom in general. Trading played a big role in their relationship. The two groups of people were interested in the others’ good. However, let’s just say that this lead to a lot of greed and inequality and soon the Europeans took over. Life got worse and many lives (the Aboriginals’), were treated unfairly. However, a treaty was signed and one thing that the Aboriginals wanted was an education. So kids from the ages four to sixteen were taken from their families and put into residential schools. Just like normal parents, they thought it was a good and once in a lifetime opportunity for their child to grow up successful, with an education. The worst part is that the parents had no idea what the conditions of the schools were. There were at least eighty schools built and some of the kids were separated from family members so they can break off ties, even if they were together they barely saw each other. Kids were abused every time they spoke their language and were forced to speak English and into a new religion. When they got the chance to return back home, they felt discluded. They would’ve forgotten their language and parents wouldn’t be able to understand. To this day, there are survivors of residential schools who are still affected by what happened to them.

This is a time in which we cannot forget how the Aboriginal people were tortured and deprived of their homes and cultures. It is important that people look back at this so they can see what they have missed out on and it would be nice to have some of those cultures back.

Down below I included two videos. One that briefly talks about residential schools and reconciliation. The other is a video of a few Aboriginal men drumming and dancing. I personally enjoy their different cultures, especially their drumming.

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Silence full of Sound

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It is a small world. It may look big to many, but deep down it is really small. We all know where to go, how to find things in no time, and practically live our own lives without anyone by our side. Thanks with the help of modern technology, we have become dependent on ourselves.

Lately, I have been taking up sign language. It is a really cool and beautiful language and I enjoy it very much. I have been watching a show and it involves deaf and hearing kids and it brought my attention and you can say that I am a bit obsessed. It showed me how hard it is for deaf, as well as hearing, people to communicate with one another, and led me thinking that deaf people have it really hard than us hearing people, so it gave me an idea.

Being a hearing person who is learning how to sign, it is quite difficult because there is more than one method to sign something and also there are many languages that sign is involved in. So why not invent something that can help them both understand the other person’s language. I would invent these hi-tech glasses that would interpret what the hearing person is saying so the deaf can understand. To make this a win-win situation, the deaf person would use his/her hands and the glasses would “speak” each time the person would make a sign. You could set it to whatever language you are using and it’ll be motioned censored so sign language can be understood. This would be helpful because one of the biggest concerns is that not everyone can sign and not everyone has the opportunity to learn. So this would be an easier way that involves both signing and talking to those who are struggling with communication.

This invention would probably have some limitations. Money may become an issue and not many people could afford them. Also, it would take some time and effort into making it work. One other thing would be its design. How the glasses would turn out and if the people like them. Will contact lenses be made? Should extra money and hard work put into this?  Any ethical problems?

In the meantime, I hope an invention of some sort comes out that would help people with disabilities feel comfortable and be able to communicate with others.

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A Little Travel Bug

The sunset in Algonquin Park 😍

This summer, I had a lot of fun, I don’t know where to begin. My family and I decided to go to London and Mississauga, Ontario. I was excited to see my family and friends as soon as possible, but I found out we were going by car. So here I am, excited about seeing my cousins in four or so hours, but instead, I am going to see them in seventy-two hours or more. Let’s just say that the way there was pretty boring but the views were amazing! When we arrived in Toronto my parents said that we are going to stop by London first and stay there for a while. Well, that’s just great because London is just two hours away from Mississauga and God knows when we’ll see my cousins and friends. Just a fun fact to know, I was born in Mississauga before I came to Saskatchewan so it is kind of a special place to me, however, Saskatchewan is the best. After a couple of days, we finally went to Mississauga. As we were catching up on how everyone has been doing, I overheard that we were going camping. I was pretty excited because I got to spend more time with my cousins and that we were going to use tents which I have never done while camping out with other family and friends. We would always get cabins and just relax, but this time it was real.

Little nephew enjoying the hike 👶❤️

We went to a place called Algonquin and it is absolutely beautiful (picture up above). It took us about four hours to get there but I would say that the long car ride was worth it this time. I had a lot of fun. My cousins and I went for long hikes and we also went canoeing and kayaking and what better way to end the night with some smores. Another great thing from the trip was that I got to see some wildlife. I saw a red cockaded woodpecker and two loons, which was pretty cool because they are something you don’t see every day. However, the only downside from the trip was that it wouldn’t stop raining and the air mattresses were not helpful at all. Aside from that, I had a great time and would recommend camping in Algonquin to others.

 

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May the Odds be Ever in Your Favour…🥖🏹

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For the past month or so in English, I’ve been reading The Hunger Games during our silent reading period. I’m not a big fan of reading but when someone tells me to check out a book, I most likely will. There wasn’t a particular reason to why I chose The Hunger Games, since last time I chose Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. I just guess that there wasn’t any other book that caught my attention on our teacher’s bookshelf (no offense). This is my second time reading the book and in my opinion, I kind of enjoy it more than Harry Potter. The Hunger Games is more of an adventure type of book and lets you picture yourself in the “games.” Whereas in Harry Potter, it’s all fake and magical. I mean don’t get me wrong or anything, it can be tempting to ride on broomsticks but let’s face it, it will never come true :/ .

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The Hunger Games series (books in order): The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.

The Hunger Games trilogy consists of three books, The Hunger Games being its first, Catching Fire being second, and Mockingjay coming in third. The Hunger Games is set in Panem, a country including the Capitol and 13..well 12 districts all in states of poverty. Every year, each district chooses two children, one girl (“as always, ladies first”) and one boy, from the ages 12-18 to participate in a death match called The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl from District 12 volunteers in taking her younger sister Primrose Everdeen’s, Prim for short, place to participate in the 74th Hunger Games. Peeta Mellark, who is the baker’s son was called up from the boys. Haymitch Abernathy won the 50th Hunger Games and mentors Katniss and Peeta since he is the only living victor.

 

“Real or Not Real” -Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

 

I know I didn’t explain much about the book like last time and that is because if I mention one small detail I would be spoiling practically everything, but I do recommend you guys to read them.

P.S. My friend is currently writing a story and it would mean a lot to her if you can stop by and check it out. -Thanks

 

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Just Deal With It…

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Whether it is being stressed to just being bored, conflict is an element of life. Arguing, fighting, trying to prove your point, or even being silent is easily directed to some sort of conflict. Just like one who lacks certain skills such as catching easy throws or even keeping balance. This indicates that one either needs more practice or is not concentrating and that talking in a grumpy tone shows that you may encounter a mishap between you and the people around you. If you are willing to live a life were no conflicts are bound to happen, you need to find a way where you can become less agitated and work a little more on conflict resolution. It will help improve your relationships in the near future. The best of conflict resolution is talking it out, together. This would lead the two of you to an agreement that would eventually come to a resolution.  It is either feeling misunderstood or being spoiled that is the problem. Equality plays a big role when it comes to solving conflicts, because if one is not equal to the other then the more problems you have to solve. Focusing on what causes conflict, what the options are that you decide to use as resolutions, and how to accomplish non-problematic situations are very important for one to maintain a healthy relationship. There are many different techniques that help us feel comfortable but at the same time create the most problems when interacting. One might think that the tension between a child and their parents may be normal, but that isn’t always the case. Lack of understanding, especially in personal relationships can result in things like giving each other some space, arguments among each other, and separations for an amount of time could lead to consequences such as divorce. Same goes for jobs. Say your manager disapproves of your work; the two of you will then come to a disagreement which may lead to losing your job. When you become more aware of understanding conflict resolution, the closer you get to solving problems and maybe even keeping things together.

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Dealing with conflict in an inconsiderate way can either lead to depression or leave others hurt. However, when you deal with it in a compassionate way it helps us recognize one another, which will help make our relationships stronger.  It is very important for one to be in touch with his or her feelings because you would not be able to understand yourself. And not knowing who you really are, you will have a hard time with others. Personally, this year has gotten off to a pretty rough start. I have been involved in so much drama, even ones where I have no business in. And one thing where every one might ask themselves is, why me? This year I was hoping for a year with no drama. But of course, something always has to go wrong. Recently, I have gotten into a fight with two of my closest friends over the littlest thing. And to be honest, I am the one to blame. But I guess you could say that I wasn’t in my right mind at that moment. One thing that I would like to change would be how I acted towards them when they confronted me about it. They had given me a chance and I blew it. “Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” –Unknown. I wish I knew this before and everything would have been alright, but I guess that is how it is. When it comes to a conflict between friends, it is always important to remember that it is not always about you, but is about something much larger than you. And in this case, that something would be my friends. There was also this time where I kept getting involved in something where I had no business of. And no matter how hard I tried to get out of it, the worse it got. Unfortunately, I keep getting reeled in whenever something happens and there is no way to get out, so I just tend to ignore the whole situation. The difference between these two examples is that the first one is a small misunderstanding between a couple of friends. However, the second is caused by a fellow who enjoys starting something new. In this case, all you have to do is ignore. I believe that confronting the person is not a good idea because they will know that it is making you mad and they will continue to do it. So ignoring is the way you want to go and if that does not work then tell an adult and I am sure they will be able to help. Being mad about the whole situation is not worth it because what good is it doing to you. In the end, you just want to be happy.

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Trust plays a big role in conflict resolution. One thing to remember is to always keep your word. If you say that you will do something, do not back out. That will sure bring the drama into your life. Whatever you commit to others, you will be expected to do them. The worst thing in life is to get people angry with you, especially if it is because they do not trust you.

Staying on the right path is needed in order to have no conflicts in your life. However, any mistake, big or small, will trigger it. We need to be more aware, especially of the people around you, most importantly yourself. Do not doubt yourself and think of the worst. Understanding yourself is very important and will help you with others. Honestly, it is up to you to solve your own situations. However, if you are having trouble then just is positive. Forget those who just want to cause drama and leave everything behind you and enjoy your life. Do not let anyone bring you down to your weakness. All you need to do is mind your own business and focus on what makes you happy. Eventually, they will leave you alone and move on with their lives.

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What was Aleppo?

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Citadel of Aleppo
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As most of you may know I was born in Canada and basically lived my whole life here. But I am originally from Aleppo, Syria.  I don’t know much about the city which is quite sad but that’s how it is. The closest I have been to Syria was by watching Syrian dramas (mostly Bab al-Hara) and when I visited a Turkish refugee camp about 2-3 years ago. I remember that it was extremely hot that day and then I notice flames in the distance. When I asked why there were flames, the people there told me it was because some of the buildings were getting caught on fire. I was kind of scared that they’ll start dropping bombs and one might land to where we were. The people told me not to worry and that “we’ll know when a bomb will hit” as a jokingly manner and being the kid that I am I was still paranoid whenever I heard a noise. The city that I saw from the distance was called Al-Hasakah (capital city of the Al-Hasakah Governorate, located in the far north-eastern corner of Syria.) When I was about that age (11) and younger, all I knew about Syria was that Damascus was its capital, that’s where the Syrian drama was shot and that it is one of the”oldest” cities. As you read in my post, The Journey Awaits, I mentioned how it was my dream to visit Turkey. For some reason ever since I was little, I never wanted to go to Syria because it was “old” without knowing its background. When I was in the 4th grade my parents decided to pay a visit to the “old” city, but unfortunately, we had to cancel it last minute because that was when the war had started. A couple of months had passed by and that’s when my grandma had died, so there was no point in going. Though this year, everything changed.

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I take social for the first semester and recently we’ve been learning about ancient civilizations and how the Christians and Muslims came about. Syria was brought up a couple of times and the history behind it made me realize that it being “old” was a great thing. You’re probably wondering why I keep putting quotations around the word “old”. It’s because when I say old, I mean old like ancient. Anyway back to what I was saying. I felt sad at how I “doubted” the city. Now that I know its stories and what/how it came all about gets me thinking. Will I ever get to see MY country?

Aleppo was known to be one of the world’s largest and most historic city and is now the world’s most dangerous. Syria has been a war zone country for about 5 years now, Aleppo being it’s most targeted city. As all of you guys may know, Aleppo is officially gone and I doubt it will ever return to what it was known for. Some people have asked me, what is so great about Aleppo and why is it soo important? I never really knew how to answer that, so I’ll just state some few points. To start off, Aleppo is Syria’s largest city, even larger than its capital, Damascus. It was Syria’s biggest trade center but now is the largest battlefield. But most importantly, Aleppo is one of the largest and oldest cities in the world.  If it ever goes back to normal, which again I doubt will ever happen, it won’t be the same. The memories and the stories we have of this ancient city will never be the same and shall never leave our hearts.

Thanks for reading!

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