“I Be” Unit Final Post

Identity

When it comes to perceiving people we are only able to tell so much about someone through looking at them. Myself as an example am filipino, have glasses, tall and relatively tall. You would be able to tell my age and my appearance at most. But if you would really get to know me I would say it would not be what you were expecting. As they say, it’s whats on the inside that counts. For example I am very anxious and shy 90% of the time, but when I am with someone I am comfortable with, I cannot keep my mouth shut. I also genuinely care about the people who mean the most to me and I would literally do anything for them. Though it does not seem like it because I can be pretty distant in general, I guess that is just the way I am.

Ideal Personality

When it comes to working in groups I like to pay attention to details. I always like to know the who, what, when, where and whys of our task. I mainly like to know all the details so I know the purpose of the task cause if I don’t know the purpose, I am usually not motivated. At the same time I do always always take into consideration other people’s opinions and feelings as I always want to include everyone so no one feels excluded. When working in groups I do not usually take the leadership role especially when I am not completely comfortable with the people in my group so I have decided to make a small change and make sure I try to be a bit more talkative to make sure I actually help. Basically due to realising what I am like in groups, it makes me think about my contribution and what I need to do.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

In the previous post I mainly talk about learning how to say no and getting enough sleep. I personally never get enough sleep even on breaks or weekends. This causes me to be tired all the time which leaves me cranky and therefore never really in the mood to have a conversation. Throughout the past few weeks I have tried to stop using social media as that is what mainly keeps me up at night and since then, I have increased the amount of sleep and the quality of sleep by a lot. With having anxiety, it is hard to interact with people most of the time but I am slowly working my way up to where I want to be where I am comfortable with people.

Self Talk

I personally do a lot of negative self talk and am known as a generally pessimistic person. I have tried many ways to improve that but I am still working on it. At the moment my main strategy to stop myself from thinking negatively about myself is by just slapping myself to snap out of it and it somehow works or by going for a walk (or alone time) to clear my mind. I have realised that my mood has been better due to the implementation of positive self talk but at the same time that is due to my weight training which trains my mindset of being able to do something difficult for me. I guess I could use this during assignments or tests to make me think that I can really do it.

Stress

First of all I do not deal with stress well at all. When I am stressed I start to panic a lot, hyperventilate, get a little light headed, stuttering and also start to think very bad thoughts about myself. All of those things are really bad which always affects how my day goes on from there. Although I do think some stress is beneficial because it makes us do things we don’t want to do such as an assignment which is due the next day or so on. I just think maybe too much stress is not good. Maybe just the stress of school work is not so bad if there isn’t a lot.

Mental Health

I do personally have some mental health problems which I do not want to state but it is really hard dealing with them all the time. The things it has done to me such as made me lose interest in some of my most favourite things and so on. At school I am so very grateful for the protective factors I have at school such as my friends. All my closest friends are very aware of my mental state and constantly make sure I am okay all the time or if I need space, they are willing to oblige no matter what. In our group we all have some sort of mental health problem whether it is an actual mental disorder like me and a few of us or if we’re just going through something. All of us being there together is what makes us such a great group.

I cannot deal with change well as I am so used to things. For example, my gym closed after I have been working out for 4 months, that affected me a lot as it was a form of stress relief for me and some sort of therapy. That affected me pretty bad.

What most got in the way of my success?

I would say it would be my mental health due to the things I have lost or lost interest in due to my mental health. When I am at a low moment, I tend to put no effort into anything which definitely gets in the way of my school work, my hobbies, my interests and everything. When I am at a low moment, I literally turn into a potato that does nothing all day. It is like a very long term rut which is very very hard to get out of. The amount of things my mental health has prevented me from doing isn’t great but I am working on it.

Tagay Basketball and Sports

Since I was in 8th grade, I have been playing for the basketball league my dad has been playing in since I was little. In middle school I used to play a lot of basketball especially in 6th grade where I lived and breathed the sport. As time went on, I started to drop out of the sport as I lost interest and by 9th grade I actually quit the sport. Although my father still signs me up every year for our local basketball league.

This recreational basketball league is mainly just for local filipinos who are looking to play basketball with other filipinos. I honestly find it quite interesting because sometimes my parents introduce me to people who I have never met before but they knew when they were still kids. At the same time the experience of playing against people who are a lot bigger, stronger and definitely a lot better than I am. Actually some of the younger players there are amateur basketball players which I find pretty cool. Since I don’t exactly play basketball anymore except during the part of the year when my dad signs me up for the league, I am not that great as I used to be. With some amateur players being in my team, they teach me a lot about how to play the sport from their perspectives by giving me tips.

The main reason why I stopped playing basketball or any sport in general was due to my mental health dipping which made me lose interest in anything. As someone who was obsessed with basketball, running and playing video-games, I never thought I would stop. It was actually not until the start of this school year is when I started getting back into the groove of things because I am not going to get out of this rut unless I do something about it.

Representation of Women Over Time: The Domestic Servant?

What values/stereotypes/attitudes are being conveyed? How are representation and Identity conveyed?

The message that these two advertisements are trying to convey of the domestic role of women in a household. 

Then: In the ‘then’ image, it is showing a woman trying to remove the lid of a ketchup bottle which is known to be easy. The main line in this ad is “You mean a woman can open it?” asking the question if women are strong enough to open something as simple such as a ketchup bottle. At the same time the lady in the image seems to be very delicate due to the way her hand is positioned next to the bottle. Also showing how she has to present herself for the men of the household though how her hair, makeup and nails are done.

Now: This image shows an egg covered in colourful lines. The main line of this advertisement being “Be a good egg. Treat your daughter for doing the washing up” showing that it is a girl’s job to do the dishes. Even at such a young age it is told that it is a woman’s role to do the household chores. At the same time, the way that they portray the girl as an egg with the connotation that the girl is fragile or sensitive due to the fact that eggs are easy to break whilst showing they are more than just an egg due to their colourful ‘shell’. 

 

How are the adverts similar/different in conveying this?

Other advertisements are using the similar idea of representing a woman through an object or something else. In general representing anything through an object.  Many adverts today like to convey people as other things which have a similar connotation to the demographic of people that they are trying to convey. An example of this would be any given Snickers advertisement where they show that before someone eats a Snickers bar, they are restless or more like an animal, and after eating a Snickers bar, they are more civilised and calm.

 

How do they provoke thinking about global issues?

In a day and age where the fight of equality is still going on even after centuries, this makes us really think if we are actually progressing. Both the ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ images have both connotations that women have to do things for men in terms of being put together for them, being fragile or weak, and do domestic chores. So it really makes me think, are we really progressing in the way some men see women in terms of men thinking they are superior. I would say this would make you really think about the global issue about identity as adverts like this is what sets men to think that this is the identity of women.

Natural Sciences TOK: Neutrino Faster than Light?

Just recently there was an experiment carried out in central Italy about Neutrinos. A neutrino is basically a small electrically neutral particle which is released after a nuclear reaction. In the experiment, they say that the Neutrino made a 731 kilometre run 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light. This caused an outbreak in the scientific community as it was known that light is the fastest thing known to us humans.

They also said that there was no flaw in their experiment until other organisations disproved that theory and suggested it was a timing error.

Knowledge Question

  • To what extent can we trust things which are not exactly observable?
  • How do we measure things accurately?

The Art of Media

How I got into Film

I have always been interested in the creativity aspect of photography and film. Actually right after my grade 9 trip to Bhutan, I decided to make a short video about what the experience is like. My video was not great, it was my first ever video I have ever created using Adobe Premiere Pro and to be fair, I did not really focus on getting any footage during the trip. Two years later, I am now a HL film student because after discovering Adobe Premiere Pro, I actually really got interested in film. At the same time, I have a few friends who are really interested films which got me into it too.

How I got into Photography

Due to the fact I am interested in Film, I decided to try photography not only for my CAS requirement but also just to experiment with a new hobby. I have not actually started just yet because my “Changing the World Through Photography” activity does not start until Season 2 of activities. Although I have started taking photos on my phone but not just random photos, I am trying to see if I can portray some sort of story through them.

I am planning on getting my first DSLR camera in a few weeks which will help me with both my photography and film so I can really get into it.

Just recently I was able to try out Adobe After Affects, Photoshop and Lightroom which will help me with both film and photography.

My Bhutan Film from 2017

Why I Run

On November 30th of 2019, I signed up for my first ever half marathon for Standard Chartered. Just recently, towards the end of August is when I started my race preparation. In the past I used to run cross country just as a hobby and stopped during 2018 but in the beginning of 2019 I signed up for track and field which did not go well for me. I realised that I was struggling a lot compared to how I used to and out of shear shame and humiliation in myself I decided to drop out of track and field a session in. Due to that I forced myself to join a 10k run with just 4 weeks of preparation because I really needed to turn my fitness back around. Unfortunately 4 kilometers in, I rolled my ankle trying to take over someone which caused me to walk the rest of the race. As of now I am trying to redeem myself by starting to run again and making sure that I put my time, effort and dedication into running as I did before so I feel prepared for my half marathon.

Emotional Intelligence

In class we were told to read this article about the 18 behaviours of Emotionally Intelligent people.

https://time.com/3838524/emotional-intelligence-signs/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook

The 3 things I need to Improve on over the school year.

Being able to say no to myself and to others

When it comes to self control of helping others out, I basically almost have none. I always tend to put those I really do care about above myself and my own priorities so if someone asks me to do a favour, I will do it without hesitation, even if that means putting my priorities to the side.

Disconnecting from the Grid

Being 16 almost 17 years old in this modern day world, social media and the media in general are big things in my life as I basically grew up with them. With everything being based around technology in our day, it is very hard to disconnect. If I were to take my phone and laptop taken away from me, I would have no idea what to do other than sleep. I personally get really anxious is different situations and the way I cope with that is by plugging in my earpieces and go through my phone so I can zone out of reality which can be causing more harm than good.

Not getting enough Sleep

I personally don’t get enough sleep during school days. I try to sleep before 11pm and wake up at 6am on school nights which is 7 hours but I feel as if it isn’t enough for me as I always feel tired. Almost everyday the moment I would get home I would take a nap ranging from 1 hour to 3 hours which does take up my time therefore I have to work on that.

Representing People Through Different Forms of Media

When it comes with representing people through literary texts or film/movies I would say it really depends on who is representing those groups of people. An example of this would be how the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” represented asian culture. There are many tweets online of peoples opinions about how Crazy Rich Asians mainly used American Chinese actors to represent Singaporeans. At the same time, the Twitter community commented on how the movie only represented the Chinese asian community. In my opinion the movie is called “Crazy Rich Asians” not “Every Asian” so I would say that it is fair that they would mainly focus on a specific group of “Wealthy Asians” rather than the entirety of asian culture.

In terms of representing a group, I would say that those who are directly involved in that group should have some sort of say when it comes to representing the group of people. For example, the writer of Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan, is a local  Singaporean and knows about the whole general idea when it comes to the whole culture of Singapore. At the same time if someone else were to try convey a culture that they are not familiar with it would be different or sometimes even factually wrong when they try represent that culture. An example would be if I were to try represent Filipino culture I would be able to pretty well because I am Filipino and I grew up around filipino culture, but if I were to represent Japanese culture, it would be weird for me to represent Japan when I know nothing about their culture.

https://beta.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/08/10/is-crazy-rich-asians-asian-enough/?noredirect=on

The article above goes into deeper depth about how Crazy Rich Asians represent a specific group rather than the entire asian culture. – Linking it to the first paragraph.

Cyber Bullying

I personally have had my own fair share with cyber bullying. Both being the victim and unfortunately the bully. Thought I did not bully intentionally, I just thought something was funny. I am definitely ashamed of what I have done and have changed my ways, I have used this experience as an eye opener to make sure I think about my actions before I do them. Now I am very conscious of what I do in general, not just online. I think about the every single consequence that could happen before I say things, write things, post things and type things. Though I overthink about the consequences that could happen, I think that is has definitely made me a better person. At this point I have also gained the courage to even stand up for those who are bullied and not just stand there doing nothing. Therefore I think experiences like mine could help.

I Don’t Think I Get Enough Sleep

I like to sleep. I like to nap. But sometimes I think I don’t get enough. Every night I sleep around 10pm or 11pm latest because I get tired around those times. Roughly getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night is a good amount for someone my age but sometimes I think it isn’t enough. Because I use my phone right before my quality of sleep is normally really bad. Every night I would sleep really lightly and the slightest noise could wake me up. Most of the time I would wake up in the middle of the night with my eyes closed because im not comfortable or I just can’t sleep causing me to be more tired throughout the day. Sometimes when I get home I just pass out on my bed and just wake up right before dinner saying that is the best sleep I have ever had. A deep sleep with so much noise around me as my brother is watching youtube in the same room. If I sleep any later than 11pm, during the day I will feel extremely tired to the point during class where my head feels like a bowling ball and my eye lids just want to shut. I also feel fatigued throughout the day which affects my learning and my physical wellbeing. So yeah, thats my sleep habits for you.

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