May the Odds be Ever in Your Favour…đŸ„–đŸč

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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. However I am reading a book called Zeitoun and so far it’s pretty good, which I will probably write about once I’m done 🙂 . Once again thank you for reading my blog and I hope you encourage others as well.

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.

Thank you for reading!

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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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Beep Boop Beep…

 

3063220244For the past month in Technology, we used Khan Academy to practice coding. What’s coding you may ask? Well to start off, coding is basically a type of language that is made up of codes (picture shown on the left) that the computer browser detects and fixes up to the text we see now. Coding is used to create websites, apps, and software. Without coding, we wouldn’t have the technology we have today. When finding a career to just learning technology, learning to code is important and has many benefits. Understanding the basics of coding is where you need to begin. The basics would be things like italicizing (<em>,/em>), headings (<h1>, </h1>), bolding (<strong>, </strong> ), adding images and most importantly how you set it up. Being able to understand these codes would help you in making your site/app the way you want it to be without paying someone to do it for you. The more you get into coding the further you go into making it better.

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My Future Life… Hopefully

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Graduation Day: Is this it? What Now?  Will I be able to make through life?

Expectation: Will probably live in my parent’s basement until the age of 30.

Reality: The day you graduate is a day where (I seriously have no idea what to do) your life truly begins. Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to be an optometrist (if you happen to be my friend, that means an eye doctor). But as I grew older, I was more into becoming an engineer and because math is my favorite subject. However, last year I was pretty good in social and I thought about becoming a lawyer. All three jobs aren’t bad but the problem is that if I choose one, how will I know if it’s the right one for me?

As time passed by, I somewhat decided to become an optometrist.  I do not know why I specifically chose optometry, I just liked the idea of it. Picking a career takes time, and is nothing to rush about. It took me a while to choose between three jobs and in the end, I stuck with my first option. Whatever you want to be when you grow up, do not give up on it. If you work hard enough, I guarantee you will make the best out of it.

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Math Post #3

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Hey Guys. I’m back with another math post.

Today’s question is, a telephone tree is used to send messages. The person at the top calls 2 people. Each person calls 2 more people. Suppose it takes 1 min to call someone. A message is relayed until the bottom row of the tree has 256 people. How long did this take? How do you know?

In my understanding, a telephone tree contains at least 8 levels. The minutes will probably double each time a person makes a call. So for example, since I know that √256=16, it will take 16 minutes to call 256 people.

Here is how you can get through the process:

2+2=4

4+4=8

8+8=16

16+16=256

32+32=64

64+64=128

128+128=256

I hope this helped, thank you for reading.

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It’s Good to be Me

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“Life is a journey, not a destination.” It is filled with hardships, regrets, and special moments that will stay with us forever that eventually will lead us to our purpose in life. The journey we take will certainly not be easy and smooth; in fact, it will help us realize who we are and why we are. The journey is a test on how much we achieve in life. It is true that we may tend to stumble along our way, but that should not mean anything to us. We should always think about taking the right path no matter what the consequences are. The only goal in life that you need to be achieving is to overcome any obstacles that are thrown at you and to trust yourself. You never know, maybe the obstacles are good for once and help you achieve more in life. Honestly, it is all about how we react to the obstacles that are thrown at us because, in the end, it determines what consequences we will face for the rest of our lives and how to deal with them. There are two main ways that help us in situations that do not go as planned. Focusing on the fact that something didn’t go quite as expected and letting it pass by is important because you can always try again. We can always make the best out of our failures for a reason and in the end, we will realize that these obstacles are there for a reason and we can get past them if we try hard enough.  The best thing we can  do is to not overthink about the negative moments and to just breathe. We must be self-reliant and eventually, the best is yet to come.

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Time is key and if we keep focusing on the negative, we will miss out on so much that life has to offer. Many say that it is too late to go back to the past, but nobody said you cannot change it. We can take our mistakes and turn them into lessons that we can learn from, and achieve great experiences within them and move on. We have no time to spend worrying about the negative moments that we have faced and open our eyes when the real answers are right in front of us. The amount of hardships and regrets we have, the more it will make us stronger.

“What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” It is all on how one defines strong. When asked for your opinion on the meaning, you will probably say to never give up. That is not wrong but there is so much more to that. Being strong is to show everyone that you are independent. Do not allow others to make you fall. You may be heartbroken, but do not show it. Be confident and yes, do not give up. True strength is avoiding every obstacle that is being thrown at you and keeping your head held up high while walking away from what is not important. It all depends on the people we meet along our journey. Truly, there is no mistake in meeting the “wrong” person, but people assume the opposite because of failed relationships and drama. “The people we meet along our path are the people who we are destined to meet.” There is always a reason why we have a certain person “where we have to fight with” and in the end we do not realize their purpose and it has become too late.

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Last year, there was this girl where I was not the best of friends with and we would fight. Deep inside I felt bad about this because we barely hung out. Besides, what is the point of fighting with someone you barely know? Before the year ended, I went up to her and said that next year let us have no drama between the two of us and she agreed. Now we are really good friends and if you ask me what I think about her I would say that I truly love her. One should not take the other for granted because you never know what that person might do to you, like how she benefited my life and became one of my closest friends. Recently, I got into a fight with someone which is not a big of a deal and to be honest, it only involves the two of us, but for some reason, rumors have been going around and so many people are getting involved. I’m a type of person who hates getting others involved because it’s useless, even if they want to help. Like what are you going to benefit from involving others and get this they blame you for doing what they did.  Honestly, I just try my best to stay away. I know it can be hard to just ignore and walk away and trust me it is, but it will only get worse and worse if you just stay there and fight along. Instead of fighting back, ask yourself. Is this what I want? No, it is not. What’s important is that you should be someone who cares. 27623264486Do it for others, but mostly do it for your own benefit. It takes time for things to go as planned but the wait is worth it in the end. To be honest, it actually took me a whole year to just ignore those who just wanted to cause drama. Everyone is given a role and they have to stick with it whether others like it or not. Some people may come and go in your life, and that can get a bit confusing which then you start to lose your trust for them. We may not realize it now, but the people sent to us will make a difference in our lives in a way were we never visualized happen. It could be that one person you always fought with turn your whole life into a blessing. Whereas, that one person you thought was your friend and told everything to, could be the person you never heard from again. All this is because of the people that are in your life, are just here to teach you some of life’s lessons and we sometimes tend to learn a bit more about ourselves. People will come and go, and this is completely normal. Sometimes we are lucky enough to meet that one person that will make our lives a whole lot easier. But that person will not be there forever, but they will never leave our hearts. Even though we will not always be with the person we like, we should make the best out of it. The mistakes, lessons, and experiences that we learn from these people will benefit and remain with us forever.

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Everything that happens to us happens for a reason and sometimes that reason is telling us to wake up to a new day and avoid all these obstacles that are being thrown at you.We must experience hardships and regrets in order to experience a happy life. There is no such thing as good luck. To me, good luck is just baloney. It is just said to make someone feel happy about themselves. People tend to change along the way in order for us to learn to let go of our past. The reason why things do not go quite as planned is because we need to learn how to appreciate them. We believe lies so we can learn to trust ourselves before we trust others. Sometimes good things fall apart but that’s okay. In the end, it’s all for the best.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

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