Goodbye Junior Year

Hello lovelies! Today I’m, unfortunately, not going to be introducing you guys to a new place to go in your spare time. I kind of just wanted a blog post to myself today. You guys can learn a little bit about me and my junior year, while I’ll have a bit of something to look back at and be like “Oh my gosh, Junior year… Yeah…”

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This, is Mr. Ziebarth, one of the most lively and full of enthusiasm teacher I’ve ever had. It was Halloween and we, our AP English Lang/Comp class, went outside because there was a fire drill during first period. At this point, school was still pretty fun, nothing stressful yet, and I still felt like a sophomore living the life of being able to sleep at 10:30 or 11:00 at night. Oh how I miss that ever so much.

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This is one of my favorite pictures of the school year. This is David and he is full of sass, but everyone just loves him. This was during Bell Week on Tie-dye day, I’m not sure which day of the week.

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I also took a picture with Cynthia who’s also in UndrgrndOC. She’s very stunning as you can see. She’s helped me get through Junior year. Whenever I needed help with something, she’d be there for me. Whenever someone was annoying one of us, we’d complain about it. We’ve been through a lot together, but she’s probably the only reason why I didn’t leave high school and go to community college. Yeah, I actually thought about it. Haha…

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Oh, my lovely group, excluding Bree. Unfortunately, there’s not enough desks at our table for her to sit with us, but she sits at the next table with Vicki and Maggie, close enough for us to still communicate with her. We, as a group, have gotten so close. This was the day before their AP English exam. I didn’t take it because of personal reasons, but hopefully I can take it next year. 🙂 There’s Andrew with his pancake that Mr. Ziebarth made, Naomi with her tiny little thumbs, and Cynthia and Sebastian with their amazing smiles. I couldn’t ask for a better group. I’m really going to miss them. Hopefully I’ll see them a lot next year. ❤

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Well, just for the fun of it, here’s another picture of Mr. Ziebarth. Here’s the thing, I was going to take a picture of our class with my phone, but I didn’t know that my front camera was on so Mr. Ziebarth poses for the camera, and I just clicked the camera button. I will always have this picture, that’s totally not creepy. LOL… He has no thumbs. 🙂 Cool right?

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There’s also this that I wanted to talk about. Here’s Naomi and me with cut out hearts. FVHS ASB decided to do this lovely thing called “Share the Love”. For every student at our school, they got a heart with their name on it, and there was a cute little note on it. It brought smiles to people’s faces and made us feel special, maybe for the first time, who knows. It was a very sweet thing to do, and I’ll probably keep the heart for the rest of my life.

Here’s one thing that I won’t forget about junior year. I will never forget that in every class, no matter what class it was, I would always keep checking the clock to see when we would get out. I was so tired. I had tennis and all my homework to do, I didn’t really know how to balance all that out. I also live in a house with 8 other people, so it was hard to concentrate. With that being said, I couldn’t focus on my homework, so it took me a lot more time to finish my homework. I then started to finish my homework at around 12:30 or so, but even when I got into bed, I couldn’t call asleep until 2:30. I would wake up two times each night, and it was a pain going through that every single day. Hopefully, my senior year will be better. Maybe I’ll adapt to my environment. I’ll never know what’s ahead of me. I’ll just have to keep living life to see what’s up for me the next day. Maybe something awesome will happen.

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This is Hannah, signing out. xx ❤

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LEGO Imagination Center

Hello lovelies! I hope your weekend is going well. Mine is great, thank you. (: So who loves LEGOs? I know I do, except for stepping on them of course. I’ve always loved LEGOs. Since I was a kid, I loved building the tallest towers with my younger brother. Not too long ago, my family went to DownTown Disney and we came across this massive LEGO Imagination Center. This was literally a child’s dream place to be. It was crazy crowded, but my eyes were set on the massive lego sculptures or whatever you want to call it. My dad took a picture with one!

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Even my dad was fascinated about all the LEGOs. Need a present to give to your kid for their birthday? Well, you know where to go. I’m not going to lie, I probably had more fun in here than my brother. I wanted to build my own things. They had a spot for you to do that. Oh my goodness. There’s nothing bad about this place. Well, if you don’t like a place that’s a bit too overpopulated with kids, then this isn’t your place. I basically stood there for 3 minutes with my dad admiring this work of art.

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Yep, I was pretty mind blown. It was so massive and cool. Gosh, I wished you all could see it. Look at that dragon behind there. I sound like a five year old right now, but if you were there, that’s how you would feel. Young and free. Of course, it’s not Disneyland, but if you come from a family that likes walking around DownTown Disney and watch the fireworks at night, you should definitely stop by here and check everything out, maybe buy something. 😉

Have fun!

Hannah xx

Kayaking!

Kayaking at Huntington Beach Harbour

Upper Back Bay, Newport Beach

From what I heard, it’s one of THE best spots to kayak in all of Orange County. There’s a stunning view of the wildlife. Upper Back Bay provides an area where the salt and fresh water meet. The calm waters guarantees the perfect afternoon.

Take a two-hour kayak tour with Newport Beach Conservancy. The tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. for $25 per person. This tour is for ages 8 and up. Learn more here. If you’d like to opt out of the tour, rentals are also available at Aquatic Center for $14-20 per hour.

Stand Up Paddle at Huntington Beach Harbour

-Bree

Surprise!! A Book!

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All: WE MADE A BOOK!

Cynthia: Hey readers! It’s been a while hasn’t it!? We’ve been super busy with our book, but we’re back!

Sebastian: Surprise! So as a blog group we made a book! It’s all about the blog posts on here and different pieces of writings we made on our own.  And it’s available now!!!

Andrew: Our book is made up of our very own essays and the best of our blog posts. If you guys liked our blog posts, you’ll definitely LOVE our book.

Naomi: I know! I can’t wait for you guys to read the book. … Six high school students making a book and it has finally happened.. can you guys believe it? I would like to thank all of you guys for reading our content and following this amazing and hardworking journey. We are all truly grateful!

A: We love you guys so much for sticking with us all year, and hope you enjoy our book. Here’s a quick snippet of some of the interesting work in our book:

“My toes squirm and curl when I step into the cool sand. It slips between my toes as I walk and it sends chills up my spine. Its beautiful golden color fills my eyes and is all I can see for miles and miles. Images of my past from when mother and I used to walk along the shore, kicking and splashing water at each other, before starting our day fill my mind.”

N: In case you guys are a bit lost, our goal with @UndrgrndOC was to write, put together, and create a book full of our blog posts and our own thoughts, found through our essays. These essays, like that of the excerpt above, have never been fully read by an audience other than ourselves.

 

C: We’ve worked really hard to put together this book, and I’m sure I can say for all of us (+ Hannah and Bree) that we are extremely proud of what’s been created. Various posts from our blog and essays that we have been editing all year are included in this book.

 

S: This year has gone by so quickly, but definitely not without some late nights writing for you guys! Our book is actually available on a PDF that you guys will get very soon! Don’t worry though, we’re back to writing on our blog and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

 

A: We laboriously designed our book using Bookwright, a free program provided by Blurb to help aspiring authors publish their books. Everything in our book is 100% independently created by our book, from the cover image at the top, to the design of every page.  It’s an awesome tool, and if any of you had ever wanted to write a book, I highly recommend that you try this program out.

 

N: Although the book may not be the typical hard copy book, I love how our book is PDF format because it will enable all of you guys to acquire the book for free! To add on to Andrew’s, blurb definitely was a great application for ¨book entrepreneurs.¨ Although there are no graphics or icons options with Blurb, they do offer layouting options for pages and different types of books that one could use. Depending on the number of pages or type of ink printed, the books may be more expensive to produce.

 

C: Please check out our book when you have the time! The book is our gift to you readers, who have been so loyal to us throughout this whole year. The PDF version provides easy access with only one click of a button for anyone who wants to read.

 

S:  So a bit more about the book,  although it has blog posts that you have seen on here, for the most part it has pieces of writing that we haven’t shared that are really meaningful to us. I wrote about Taylor Swift in one section, so you can tell where my priorities lie.

 

A: Most of the things I personally contributed to the book were essays about my interests, like Star Wars and Star Trek, and other essays describing interesting things in my life. Of course, when you hear Star Wars and Star Trek in the same sentence, you know what that means; COMPARISON!

S:  I’m sure you can find something in here that everyone can relate to or enjoy. Some are more serious than others, but there’s writings all about going to the beach or even just eating IN ‘N OUT so whatever you’re looking it’s in here! So take some time and read! And share with your friends too!

 

A: The best part of putting the book together was the freedom and independence we had to choose how our book looked and was organized. Most of the time, classwork is heavily structured, so you can bet that I enjoyed making all the decisions for once.

 

S: My favorite part about writing this book was working on this together with everyone! It was so much fun writing the others on this all year and being able to talk to each other about what we like and what we should change. Trust me, a lot more work goes into writing a book than you think, and it was so nice having people I enjoy to do this with. Especially on those long days of editing. Also shoutout to Andrew who basically did all the formating on the computer for the book to look as clean as it does.

 

C: I think my favorite part about our whole book-writing journey was being able to connect on a different level with old friends and someone new. Like what Sebastian said, we spent A LOT of time together writing, editing, and putting together this book. The project was completely different from a regular group project. Rather than just working together for a short period of time, we spent the whole year together. From sitting at the same table to picking up 6 sets of materials to sharing the snacks meant for later in the day, we had plenty of time to bond. I knew 4 out of the 5 other people in this group at the beginning of the year, but I can honestly say that I’m walking away with a more positive opinion about each person. I’ll definitely remember these 5 for a long time. I mean come on, not everyone can say that they wrote a book with a group of really cool friends.

Outdoor movie places~!

This summer, take advantage of affordable movie screenings offered throughout Orange County. From films showcased by the beach, in the park, at the renowned Segerstrom Center for the Arts and at classic drive-in theaters, family and friends will see cinema in a new light!

Placentia

-Enjoy a fun, free night out with the family at Placentia’s Movies in the Park. During July and August, attendees can watch free screenings starting at dusk including “Monsters University”, “Dolphin Tale”, “Despicable Me”, “Despicable Me 2″, “Lego Movie”, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″, and “Frozen.” In addition to a variety of flicks, guests can snack on dinner items offered by non-profits for a small price.

Placentia Sports Complex
505 Jefferson St.
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 993-8232

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre keeps the tradition of drive-in movies alive in So Cal. In addition to four movie screens to feast your eyes on, the venue hosts concerts and group events. For a low price of only $8 for adults and $1 for young children ages five to nine, movie goers can be admitted into two movies. Additionally, attendees can bring their own snacks.

10798 Ramona Ave.
Montclair, CA 91763
(909) 628-0511

Van Buren Drive-In

Van Buren Drive-In brings back nostalgic memories for many. Since 1964, this location supported the classic drive-in ambiance yearned by families all over the country. Now offering three movie screens, you can find a movie suitable for an adult night out or an evening with the kiddos. Pack up your lawn chairs and blankets for a present-day drive-in experience at this affordable theater. For only $8 for adults and $1 for children ages five to nine, attendees are allowed to see two movies, so you can have an entertaining night out for a nominal fee. Admission is cash only.

3035 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 688-2360

-Bree Lee

The Festival

Hi! Hola! مرحبا! 嗨! Salut! Hallo! привет!

The subject for this week’s blog post is Fountain Valley High School’s very own culture festival. After a one year lapse, the culture fair has resurged at Fountain Valley once again to expose high school students to the different cultures associated with food. In weeks prior to the festival, students on campus sent in auditions of various cultural acts, including lion dances, fire eaters, and dance performances. A majority of the clubs also set up booths selling different cultural foods like Spanish sweet bread, Italian waffle cookies and gelato, Chinese chicken and chow mein.

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PC: Charlie Truong

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PC: Charlie Truong

Although many people don’t think of it, a nation’s culture is expressed in it’s food. The elegant mountains of noodles and sauce with fresh herbs of Italy show the country’s reverence for agriculture and the hilly mountains of the Italian Peninsula. French cuisine is very refined and precise, reflecting the posh, structured culture of France. British fish and chips are a symbol of the nation’s history as a seafaring nation and their reliance on fishing. Similarly, Japanese sushi’s use of seaweed and fresh seafood is a parallel to the national culture of fishing and worship of the sea. Ireland has almost become synonymous with alcohol, especially beer, thanks to the prominence of Guinness, even though Germany invented the tasty brew (the beverage is more prominent in Irish culture than German). People always assume that food developed from culture, but in fact, a nation’s culture develops from its food.

Andrew

The Best of 2014! [cont.]

Hello everybody! The New Year is here and all of us have been thinking about the year that has just passed. Many good things have happened, so we decided to make a few Top 10 Lists. Last week, I wrote about the 10 movies that I thought were the best. This week, I’m going to write about 10 songs that I thought were the best. Please keep reading!


TOP 10 SONGS

Stay With Me – Sam Smith

Stay With Me is the third track on Sam Smith’s first album, In the Lonely Hour. I really like this song because it’s sort of pop ballad-y. The overall feel is sad like a ballad, but the loud beat makes lifts the mood a bit.

Chandelier – Sia

Chandelier is the lead single from Sia’s sixth album, 1000 Forms of Fear. In the music video, this little girl dances through what seems like an abandoned house throughout the whole video. I really like this song because of Sia’s powerful vocals and the overall feel of her song. After listening to it, I kinda want to swing from a chandelier.

Problem – Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea

Problem is the second track on Ariana Grande’s second album, My Everything. I really like this song because it has this retro feel to it. It’s sort of a mix of funk and jazz. The saxophone at the beginning is super cool and the song is really catchy.

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Shake It Off is the sixth track on Taylor Swift’s fifth album, 1989. I have to admit that this song is extremely catchy and when it comes on on the radio, I can’t stop myself from singing along. I love the beat and the lyrics and the music video and everything about it.

Jealous – Nick Jonas

Jealous is the second track on Nick Jonas’ self titled album. The lyrics of this song are really good and Nick Jonas’ vocal range is amazing.

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Thinking Out Loud is the eleventh track on Ed Sheeran’s second album, X. I think I really like this song just because he’s Ed Sheeran. I’m just kidding. This song is about loving each other until the very end, which I ABSOLUTELY adore.

Steal My Girl – One Direction

Steal My Girl is the lead single from One Direction’s fourth album, Four. This song is super catchy and I love the lyrics. The music video is a little strange, but it’s still enjoyable.

Love Me Harder – Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd

Love Me Harder is the ninth track from Ariana Grande’s second album, My Everything. I like this song because it shows a more mature side of Ariana Grande. The song’s medium tempo is really nice and edgy.

Blank Space – Taylor Swift

Blank Space is the second track on Taylor Swift’s fifth album, 1989. I think Taylor’s vocals really stand out in this song for some reason. Her range is incredible, and the lyrics are bold; making fun of what people say about her dating style.

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Uptown Funk is the fourth track on Mark Ronson’s fourth album, Uptown Special. This song is EXTREMELY catchy and easy to sing. The background beat and classis funk style are pleasant and enjoyable.


There were tons of other good songs in 2014, these are only my personal top 10. I’m looking forward to all the new songs coming out in 2015, and I hope they don’t disappoint.

Tune in next time and read about other top 10’s and more cool places in OC!

~Cynthia