Texto Sobre Honduras (Para Español)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Durante mis vacaciones el verano pasado, fui a Honduras con mi familia por solo un semana. Allí, visitamos lugares de interés y también probamos mucha comida nueva. Antes de este vacaciones, no he visitado un hispanohablante. La primera día, llegamos a Honduras por la noche y fuimos al hotel. Decidimos alojar en un hotel porque no había familiares o amigos allí. Nos alojamos en Indura que es un centro vacacional de la playa y el golf. Hicimos muchas cosas en el centro vacacional, pero también exploramos el país. En el centro vacacional fuimos a nadar y practicar deportes. La mayoría de las noches, jugaba al golf con mi padre. Un día hicimos vela y snorkel. ¡Fue muy divertido! Fuera del centro vacacional, queríamos explorar el país. Visitamos lugares de interés y muchos monumentos. Por ejemplo, visitamos la fortaleza de San Fernando, que es un monumento histórico que fue construido para proteger la costa de la piratería. Hemos probado mucha comida nueva. Uno de los días fuimos a un restaurante cerca del hotel y comí un plato se llama carne asada. Es carne de res cocida con adobo. Sabía increíble. Mi padre probó un plato se llama baleadas y parecía taco. Dijo que le gustaba mucho. Además, mi madre pidió una famosa bebida Honduran llamada Horchata que se hace con leche principalmente.

Me lo pasé muy bien cuando fui a Honduras en mis vacaciones y me encantaría volver! Después del viaje me di cuenta de que no pasaba tanto tiempo como quería explorar el país y pasé mucho tiempo en el centro vacacional. La próxima vez que vaya allí, me gustaría aprender más sobre la cultura. Además, en ese momento, no podía hablar bien español, pero ahora puedo hablar mucho mejor español por lo que me gustaría hablar con los lugareños. También voy a tratar de probar la comida y bebida más tradicional. Principalmente quiero aprender sobre la cultura, pero iré con mis amigos la próxima vez. Mi familia normalmente le gusta relajarse y pasar tiempo en hoteles o los centros vacacionales pero mis amigos son más curiosos y creo que también les gustaría explorar el país. Cuando hablaré español con los locales, hablo bien como si fuera experto. También voy a visitar más lugares de interés y aprender más sobre la historia de Honduras. Entonces, voy a ir a diferentes partes y ciudades de Honduras. Me gustaría visitar Comayagua, Tegucigalpa y Choloma. Por último, olvide probar algo de comida y por eso voy a probar más comida. Me gustaría comer Tamales que aparentemente son muy buenos y normalmente se comen durante la época de Navidad en Honduras. También me gustaría probar Tajadas porque son un alimento básico en Honduras.

En Honduras, muchos festivales se celebran de manera similar a muchos otros hispanohablantes. Celebran las fiestas típicas españolas como la Semana Santa. Pero, un festival importante es el Festival La Punta Gorda. Cada año, el 12 de abril, personas de todo el mundo se reúnen para celebrar a los Garifunas. Sucede en la isla de Roatán donde todos viven. En este día hace muchos años, 4.000 personas llegaron a Roatán y comenzaron un acuerdo. En este día, hay muchas actuaciones para recrear el momento en que el pueblo Garífuna vino de Yurime. Las actuaciones muestran la llegada del pueblo a pie y en barco y su viaje a Roatán. Se cantaban canciones tradicionales y hay servicios religiosos. También hay baile y auténtica Garífuna como machuca, que es un plato hecho de puré de plátano servido con cerveza local. El vestido típico es negro, blanco y amarillo y muchas personas lo usan en este día. el festival se celebra durante todo el día y es muy divertido y hay muchas cosas que hacer. Me encantaría participar en el festival porque he oído que es muy divertido y está en la playa por lo que es ventoso. Me gustaría ir con mis amigos porque es más divertido con ellos y disfruto pasar tiempo con ellos. Creo que sería muy divertido y aprendíamos mucho sobre la cultura de la gente Garífuna.

First Week of Grade 10

We’ve finished our first week of Grade 10. I have noticed that almost every teacher has mentioned that in Grade 10, everything moves quickly. This is of course due to the fact that we have to complete all the units and finish the IGCSE course before our mock and final exams. I am nervous for the upcoming year because of this because I also aim to participate in sports such as volleyball and basketball. However, it was relieving to have two days off schedule because I think it would have been tiring and difficult to jump right into subjects right on the first day. Another thing I liked about this week is that everything went by very quickly.

Personal Statement

Dear Parents and Mentor,

paragraph 1: Introducing yourself and your goals

paragraph 2: explaining experiences you have had that have led to your goals. Show dont tell

paragraph 3: What are your plans to move closer to your goal. Consider whether you goals are right for you. Show don’t tell

paragraph 4: Conclusion, a summation of where you feel you are in terms of how yiu feel about what you need to do to move forwards.

I intend to reflect on this past year, focusing on my goals and how I plan to achieve them. I believe that various circumstances and experiences have shaped me as well as my goals. This year has been a combination of fun, stressful and confusing. It was a struggle to get through times in the year due to mainly academic issues. We were well prepared in Grade 8 to step into high school with ease but that did not guarantee us to get through Grade 9 with no obstacles. As expected, there were multiple obstacles throughout the year. But, unlike previous years, we had exams this year. Though they were only mocks, it is something we are completely new to. I originally expected to get through Grade 9 with few struggles until the exams. In my mind, exams would be the most stressful week ever and I imagined myself to study for weeks beforehand.

I was wrong. Grade 9 has been so much more than exams and studying. My Grade 9 experience has consisted of taking part in sport, creating friendships, developing interests and simply having fun. At the beginning of the school year I began to realise this and started to set goals for myself. Aside from doing well on exams, I focused on

Activities have been a major part of my life during Grade 9. I have done many activities throughout the whole year from season 1-4. The activities that I have done are Volleyball 16U Boys, Preseason Basketball Boys, 16U Boys Basketball B, Preseason Volleyball and Postseason Basketball Boys. The activity that I enjoyed the most was probably 16U Boys Basketball because I really enjoy basketball and it was fun being on the team despite the fact that we did not make the playoffs. I developed some skills and qualities while doing sports such as self-management as I was able to manage my time better this year. Some activities that I had started after 4:30 which gave me time to do whatever I wanted. At the beginning of the year, I would only play with friends or do something on my laptop but, towards the end of the year, I tried to do some work at home.

Service is also a big part of UWC and has a huge importance in our lives. The service that I did this year was Christian Outreach to the Handicapped (COH). Although it was the only service I did, it lasted 2 seasons. This was actually an activity that I also participated in last year. In this service, we basically do activities and interact with our clients. After doing this service, I think that I have gotten to know our clients better. But this year, we had more fun and active ideas planned which got our clients really happy. A big challenge was communication. We also faced this issue last year but I think that towards the end of the service, we coped with it fine. The problem was that it was difficult to get some of the people to participate in some activities as they did not speak english or they could not hear us as some of them were deaf.

In Grade 9, we also went to India. During this expedition, we did a lot of things but mainly, we boatied around the whole island. We even went to africa to experience slavery and dehydration. I am not exactly sure how much we boatied but it took us eight thousand days to get back to the starting point. The best part of the trip was making and getting to know my friends better. This trip really showed me my physical capabilities. Some skills and qualities that I developed were, self-management because I was able to listen and do the activities as well as having fun while being safe. I also developed my creativity because we did quite a few things in our own time that were really fun. An example was when it was raining heavily in the morning but despite this, we found a way to communicate to the people in the tents next to us.

This year, I have not been pressured as much as I thought and I think that I have been able to cope with most of the learning that takes place. My favourite non-academic subject this year has been P.E. because I have learnt many new skills and enjoyed myself a lot. I think that this subject being such a physical and active subject made it one of my favourite subjects as I love playing sports.

My favourite academic subject this year has been Science because I have been able to make connections and focus in class. I have found most things that we have done this year really cool and interesting which definitely is a big part of the reason I like Science so much this year. In fact, this is one of the three subjects i think I have shown improvement in this year. The other two are Mathematics and Art.

I personally think that although my grades have not really shown too much growth, I think that I am able to really understand what is happening in class and it is very easy for me to cope with all the learning we have been doing this year. Some next steps that I want to set for next year are to attempt more challenging questions because I don’t want to limit my knowledge and instead, I want to expand on it. Secondly, I think that I have improved in Art this year because I have really liked all the topics that we have been doing in class. My favourite out of all the projects we worked on this year was probably Visible People. In this, we worked in groups to create a person or celebrity that really impacted the world out of tape. We chose Kanye West as he is a rapper that many people look up to and are inspired by. Although this was not the best piece of art that I have done this year, it was definitely the most enjoyable.

An academic goal that I have set for next year is to study extra as I know that if I want to be better, it will take more practice and I have also learnt that doing homework is not always enough to exceed limits and go beyond average. Next year, I also want to be able to share more work with you and be able to show you what we are doing in every subject. I think that to achieve this, I will have more conversations during the weekend about what happened during the week and anything that is coming up. A third goal for next year is to manage my homework better as I have noticed a pattern that I have been doing homework very late at night when I should be asleep. To accomplish this goal, I would like to set scheduled times to play and do schoolwork as well as extra work.

 

Best Regards,

Mehul

Beyond Redemption

Beyond Redemption

What has been described as “the harshest and most final punishment that our country’s criminal justice system can inflict upon an individual,” is legal in 56 countries. In Singapore, we do not often hear about capital punishment – there is minimal media coverage about the death penalty, names, dates and times, of executions. Capital punishment is imposed for murder, drug trafficking, sedition, kidnapping and firearm offences.

Through Global Perspectives, a subject where we look into global issues, we were introduced to an expert on capital punishment in Singapore. Kirsten Han has been on a variety of media and has been to several institutions such as NUS, National University of Singapore, in attempt to talk and express her opinion on the death penalty.

During her talk with us, she conveyed her strong feelings against capital punishment and how it should be illegal, but not just in Singapore. The anti-death sentence activist helps and supports families of those who face the punishment while trying to shine a spotlight on capital punishment on behalf of the media.

A Second Chance

Kirsten Han works on specific cases. She worked with the Jabing family to plead against giving Kho Jabing the death penalty.

After coming to Singapore to find a job that would financially support himself and his family, he made his way from Sarawakian, Malaysia to Singapore. According to his sister, Jamai Jabing, “He had never done anything bad before so I thought that nothing could go wrong and it would be better for everyone.” On the 17th of February 2008, Jabing acted on the contrary to his described behaviour. Along with his friend Galing anak Kujat, Jabing set out to dispossess two Chinese workers. During this event, one of the two workers escaped as Cao Ruyin was unable to. Jabing then struck a piece of wood at Cao’s head which later caused his death. Subsequently in 2010 Kho Jabing was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death. Although he was later removed from death row, he was replaced in 2015 and that decision was final. This was nothing but frustrating for the Jabing family and his lawyers. On the 20th of May, 2016, Jabing was executed at 3:30 pm. He was allowed to meet his family one last time before the he was hanged in Changi Prison. Imaginably, there were tears and it was an extremely emotional goodbye as it was his last.

Kirsten Han has rather moral and emotional arguments against capital punishment. The majority of her reasoning is about the emotional impact of the execution. She argues that in many cases the emotional burden for the family of the executed is extremely high and the consequences they face are even as high as the victim’s family. Han implies that the families should not deal with this, knowing that their son, daughter or any family member has been killed because of an incident that could have been because they panicked or made a mistake. She contends by saying that life imprisonment is a much better option because they have a lifetime to suffer with loneliness, boredom and to reflect on what they were convicted for.

Another popular reason for anti capital punishment which specifically applies to convicted murderer, is that many of the victims families feel pity for the murderer on death row and would have preferred to forgive them and have them serve a different punishment. Families of the victims have said that it has been painful to watch the execution and moving on would have been better as opposed to solving the problem by taking another life.

Lorrain Taylor had two sons, Albade and Obadiah who were murdered. “Taking another person’s life does not stop violence,” Taylor responded to the execution of her son’s murderer.

Joshua “jojo” White was murdered at the age of 23 and the murderer was convicted and sentenced to the death penalty. Yet, White’s parents said that “We do not think that the execution of Jojo’s killer will make the world a better place”.

Too dangerous to be kept alive

In spite of this, many argue that capital punishment is the best-fitting punishment for such crimes. Though families like the Taylors and the Whites say that “revenge is not justice,” there are numerous other families that emotionally benefit from the execution. As long as the prisoner is alive, families of the victim live in fear and often prefer the convict to be sentenced to death. They believe that even years rehabilitation is not enough to “fix” them.

In 1996 Kelly Jenkins was executed for being found guilty of murder. As he was being injected a lethal substance, the Kelly family and survivors of the murder victim watched from just a few feet away. They said that they were “glad that he’s off this earth.” and had a sense of satisfaction that they knew “where Leo Jenkins is right now,” At the night, Mrs. Kelly went against several opinions as she stated that “This is justice in a big way. Believe me, it was served tonight.”

Particularly in Singapore, it is argued that the death penalty is existent partially to be a deterrent. With the knowledge of the consequence of committing a high-level crime is a death penalty instills fear in the hearts of citizens and even foreigners travelling to that country.

The controversiality of capital punishment is a result of several opinions that provide different justifications for a variety of situations. It is extremely difficult, even impossible, to come to a conclusion and always support/go against this issue because as it is so heavily dependent on the circumstances. What if it was your younger brother that was murdered? Or what if your younger brother was the one facing the death sentence? Would your decision to support or go against capital punishment differ?

In UWC, there is a connection to capital punishment. During Global Perspectives, we learn about serious issues and look into our own belief systems to allow us to inquire further into ourselves. We are made to voice our opinions and dissimilarly to certain schools, we are free to speak on controversial topics which helps us determine our values and beliefs. “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life.” – J.R.R. Tolkien.

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C2 – Structure and Bonding Test A Reflection

Corrections from Section B

Question 9. (c) State the type of structure and bonding shown in the diagram
My Answer: Covalent
Correct Answer: Simple

I was wrong because I did not mention that it is a ‘simple’. We had to mention the type of structure and bonding, I only mentioned the type of bonding.

Question 10. (c) Lead forms two ions +2 and +4. Write the formula for the lead chloride that does not include the lead ion with the same charge as the calcium ion.
My Answer: PbCa2
Correct Answer: PbCl4

I made a very silly mistake and for some reason, I used calcium instead of chlorine. What I should have done is used the method for lead and chlorine (with the charge of +4) which would have given me Pb2Cl4 which can be simplified to PbCl2.

Question 12. (b) In another reaction lithium was burnt in chlorine, the only product formed is lithium chloride. With reference to structure and bonding, explain how lithium and chlorine combine to form lithium chloride. In your answer, you should refer to the type of bonding formed and explain any changes in the electron configuration to lithium and chlorine atoms.
My Answer: Lithium is a metal and chlorine is a non-metal and this it is ionic bonding. Lithium loses an electron to form a cation as chlorine gains an electron to form an anion. This is because non-metals have a strong pull and tend to gain electrons and metals have a weak pull and tend to lose electrons. The lithium and chlorine then have a full valence shell as well as a positive charge for lithium and negative charge for chlorine.
Correct Answer: I had to add that there is “an opposite attraction between the electrons and the nuclei”.

I now understand that I simply had to mention this and I did not think to do so in the test. I knew this but I did not say it.

Question 12. (c) Suggest whether lithium oxide or lithium chloride would have the highest melting point. Explain your choice.
My Answer: Lithium oxide because there would be two lithium atoms. To join them, there would be two ionic bonds and only one for lithium chloride and thus, the melting point of lithium oxide would be higher.
Correct Answer: Lithium oxide (LiO2) has more bonds that two lithium atoms (Li2) and thus to break the bond, it would require a higher amount of energy to break the bonds and therefore, a higher melting point.

I was wrong because I did not use correct terminology and did not explain properly.

Question 13. (c) State the type of bonding and explain how this occurs. You should refer to the diagram in your answer.
My Answer: This is ionic bonding because ionic bonding is the electrostatic force of attraction between metal cations and non-metal anions. So, in the diagram, there are positively charged ions (cations) and negatively charged ions (anions). Thus the opposite charges attract and therefore and therefore we can tell that this is an ionic bond.
Correct Answer: I had to mention that “It is metallic bonding.”

It is not ionic and instead, it is metallic bonding because there is a sea of delocalised electrons.

C1 Assessment – Particles and The Periodic Table TEST D Reflection

On receiving my test I felt disappointed because for every unit and test for every subject, I strive for a seven. But, I was unable to meet or even get close to that expectation. It was frustrating as well to see the mistakes I made because I knew the right answer but I did not care to add all the information during the test and my carelessness is something I need to work on. I showed a good understanding of isotopes which was pleasing but I could have done a much better job at explaining elements, mixtures and compounds as well as better explaining and answering the whole of the paper 6 questions. For next time I need to remember to be more careful when answering questions and I need to spend more time on the longer questions that are worth more marks and less time on the mcq’s. I will fail well by studying the topics I did not do well in and try to get a better understanding of them.

The Role of Nature vs. Nurture in Gender Identity (Gpers)

Personally, I believe that both nature and nurture play a large role and contribute greatly to who we are but, nurture is of slightly higher importance to shaping an individual. Nature is everything that happens before and during birth, such as physical features. Whereas Nurture is the influence that our environment and experiences imposes on us.

The David Reimer case proves that nature is more important than nurture as they failed to change his gender through nurture as it lead back to his body realising that he is not what he was brought up to be. But, I think that it was just taken too far. It was on such a large scale. Although it was obvious that due to nature, he was brought to realisation that he was actually born a boy, I think that for most people, this won’t happen (switching genders) and in general most people become who they are by learning through how they are brought up and many other factors such as their wealth, race, gender, etc.

One example of nurture being more powerful is stereotypes. In a video, kids were instructed to draw a firefighter, surgeon and a fighter pilot. A total of 61 were men and 5 were women. The video also informed the audience that kids develop  stereotypes at ages 5-7. So, it shows that kids develop stereotypes and start developing ideas of how to act and such things at a young age and that sticks with them for their lives unless those thoughts/ideas are purposely changed to make them think otherwise.

16 Personalities Quiz

I did this quiz because I was curious about it’s accuracy and it does match my personality quite well. The quiz involved questions that were quite thought-provoking. I was able to realise that I am more judging than I thought I was and actually somewhat more ‘feeling’ than I thought of myself as.