October 24

Culturama – Costume

Deciding on what costume that we want to wear during our performance was somewhat kind of easy but hard at the same time. We wanted to wear something that would be totally different from other countries and make us stand out in the crowd but at the same be culturally appropriate. With the help of Sandra(co-leader), she came up with different ideas to what would look really good on stage, since she knows more about the culture that I do.

Initially, we came with the idea for everyone to all wear the same things which are call Dashiki (which is shown below)

Image result for dashikiBut we change our mind and decided that we should let the boys wear Dashiki since we only have two boys and let the girls wear kanga cloths. We shared our decision with the committee and they loved it. After getting the costume, we were unsure if they were gonna work or not, but once we let them tried it on it looked absolutely amazing. And we also decided to add facepaint on the face, just to add a bit of volume and texture.

Below is our group picture of all the dancers wearing the full costume.

 

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October 24

Culturama- First Run through

On our first run through it went absolutely amazing, everyone knew the choreography, but there was one thing missing from the dancers, which is ENERGY. In an African dance piece, it is really important to have energy. We also had a bit of problem with our ending of the music. So we changed it around a little bit, edit a bit more. And then it was all good.

In this run through we try to finalize everything. Making sure we have everything done, whether it’s music, costume, makeup etc. And one of the most important thing that we try to focus on during this run through was Positioning/Formation. It was very difficult because it was really hard to come up with 4 different formations and transition for 20 people where everyone should be able to be seen. But with the help of Ms.Thomas, we were able to come up with something that was gonna work for everyone.

 

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September 25

IDENTITY

I am Malakai Tuima, a Grade 11 IB student at UWCSEA East Campus. I’d like to think that I am a people’s person. I am someone who is never afraid to try new things in life. I am always open to new challenges. I often find myself actually liking the new things I try even when I have never tried them before. They see me as a very happy and outgoing person, a very fun person to hang out with (at least that’s what some people have told me). I see myself as someone who cares for others, especially friends or family. Someone who always find a way to overcome challenges in any positive way possible. I also see myself as someone who is always very eager to learn, very determined. I don’t really think that I am associated with a certain group of people because I am a very positive and open-minded person. I am mostly just connected to my friends and family, my Fijian colleagues, but I really enjoy meeting new people, because I think that every individual is really interested in their own unique way.

I will use the things I have learned in PSE to help me with my future collaborative works. It can an individual or in groups.

 

 

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September 25

Culturama Ghana – 1st Session

I am the dance leader, so in our first session. I taught the dancers all the dance. We have 4 section of the dance, the first one is traditional dance and there is also 2 afrobeat, and the last one is afro-house. After I taught the dancers the whole piece, I let them decide which group they wanted to be in and which dance they are most comfortable doing. They had to choose if they wanted to do either group 2 or group 3 since the group 1 and group 4 dance is compulsory for everyone to do. I was really impressed with how our first session went because everyone was very enthusiastic, easier to control, which definitely make the teaching process very easy for me. And as for the people that were not there, I just put them in a group that I think that they would enjoy.

Down below is a link to the video of our first rehearsals, of me teaching the dance to the dancers.

https://drive.google.com/drive/recent

 

 

 

September 25

Culturama Ghana- Planning and Choreographing

I started planning the dance in Grade 10 so that I have an idea of what kind of dance style I want to do, whether it’s more upbeat, very energetic, etc. I choreographed bits of the dance over the same, just so that it would be really easy for me to get on with everything, especially in teaching the dance to the dancers.

I also created tutorial videos of each section of the dance, so that it would be fast for the dancers to learn the dance and when they come in the next rehearsal, they’ll already be aware of what they are gonna be doing.

Tutorial Videos attached below:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RnjLp73uU4d4V_FFCp88Dl3b4-JbRvfh

February 28

Who Lives, and Who dies

When Hitler invaded his German troops surrounded the city of Leningrad and put it under a 900 day siege. Leningrad was cut off from the rest of the Soviet Union, and unable to get constant resources for a while. Men, women, and children died of starvation, some were said to  have turned to cannibalism. The limited amount of food that was available was distributed with ration cards, but there was not enough for everyone which led to starvation

Throughout the siege, ration coupons got distribute to people, but the amount of food distributed was not enough for many families. If the soldiers stave or become weak then the Germans could get inside the city and kill everyone. I believe that the children, soldiers, and mothers should receive the most amount of food, since the mothers would really know how to share the food at a time like these and the children, mostly teenagers has a high chance of surviving then most of the people in the siege. Over the time of the siege more and more people died and the population kept decreasing making it very difficult to know how many people were still alive. People were dying or just going missing, leaving people not knowing whether they were dead or alive.

How would you choose who lives and who dies?

What would you do at an extreme condition like this? Would you be greedy and keep all the food to yourself? or Give out the food to the people who need it?

 

January 31

Critical Challenge Project – Self Evaluation

Your Learning 

What information did you learn in preparing for the Critical Challenge project?

We had a meeting with two important members of the TIF staff, Hariyati and Erlina. They talked to us about what they do, and how they run their NGO (The Island Foundation) . They also talked to us about the villagers, especially the children.

At first, I learnt a lot about the children and most of the villagers. How they don’t speak english really well, and about what their community is like. I learnt one really important facts about their community, that they used to live on the oceans, in their boats. They are a fishing community, and they were forced to move to land decades ago, which causes them to have different religions. Some people in the community are christians, catholics, buddhism, etc.

Nowadays, they seem to be facing some problems with earning their income. The fish are getting less and less, and it really is affecting them because it is their main source of income.

Some of the skills that I developed through out the duration of the trip was managing my time wisely during a presentation. And also trying my best to being able to finish whatever task that I had to finish. After both of the two trips, I learnt more about the villagers and especially the women that my group was working with, which is the WKB. We learnt more about their life and their family by interviewing. We presented them with our ideas which they to be really appreciative of what we have presented to them.

The Critical Challenge 

In the beginning of the critical challenge project, we obviously didn’t really have a lot of information about which specific project we will be doing. But after everyone got into their groups, everyone was all willing to work. Our group really worked hard on our project and we all gave in different ideas on what to do. The goal our project was: To establish an online ordering system by which elementary school teachers could place orders for classroom use. After both of the two trips we managed to finish our website and now we only need to know about the pricing change. Everyone in the group have completely different things to do in order for our plan of action to be done.

I gave in ideas, and tried to help in anyway as possible in order for our goal to be accomplished. I help with the making of the presentations for really different meetings we had, finishing up of the action plan, implementation plan, and help a little bit with the website and our smart goal.

Through the critical challenge project I have learnt so much about myself. Some of the things is that doing presentation, preparing and finishing on time, etc. I also have learnt so much working with my group, working with the TIF staff and most importantly working with the WKB women and really getting to know them, their background, their family, and learning more about their life.

The Process

Our Goal was to: establish an online ordering system by which elementary school teachers could place orders for classroom use. After both of the two trips we managed to finish our website and now we only need to know about the pricing change. In both of our trips we did exactly what we needed to, and we gather as much information as possible in order for our pan to work. We did exactly everything that was in our action plan and implementation plan, and there was nothing wrong with anything. At the end, we managed to present all of our ideas to the elementary school teachers, Mrs Markey, Stanley(Finance Manager), the TIF staff and most importantly the WKB women(“Wanita Karya Bersama”). We also managed to finish the website for purchasing, but we just need to change prices to it’s new one. We could have more simple words in our presentation in order for the TIF staff and for the WKB women to understand more easily, But other than that, our project was successful and we managed to finish everything on time

January 11

What it’s Truly Like to Experience War ?

Norman had said that “The only way to recapture the experience of war on film is to put a machine gun behind the screen and gun down the audience.” [Norman]

To what extent can a movie show us what it is like to experience war? 

I think a lot of people has a different idea to others about what war really means, and this is from watching war movies, documentaries and reading different articles or book about war. When we watch war movie we have a different expectation or idea of what is it like. We may have known how the war might look like but we cannot recapture the feeling of being on the battlefield, the different things that we think in our mind when we see dead bodies everywhere, the smell of the rotten bodies of it all. People who sit in the cinema do not or cannot have the same emotion as to what the men and women on the battlefield are feeling because they feel like they are safe and they don’t have to worry about anything.  Without having to go through a war, there is no true way to recapture completely what it’s really like. Nowadays, the movie industries and other resources are allowing to be more informed of what war is really like.

According to what Norman said, I partly agree with it, because of the “recapturing of war”, but I don’t agree with what he said about putting a machine gun behind the screen and gun down the audience. I think it’s a little too much, but I truly understand what he meant by that. I think what he means is that people shouldn’t be really getting information about war just by watching war movies but to hear the true meaning of what war really is. Personally, I don’t like to watch war movies and all that, but after hearing all different opinions from different people it has led me to this question.

“What do you think it’s truly like to experience war.”?  

November 22

Reflection And Assessment: The Trading Game

In our envelope, we were missing some of the really important resources like scissors, ruler, compass, etc. My group started the task with lots of paper, four pencils and $200. We spent almost ten minutes trying to acquire scissors so we could cut out our different shapes. It was really challenging to find a group that would trade or shares scissors with us. Once we found a way to share scissors with another group, we started cutting out our shapes as fast as we can. We were very efficient on the first half of the game that we were leading, But when it comes to the second half  we were falling behind everyone else because we were sharing the scissors, so it was really hard to cut out all our shapes at once, since the other group also need to use the scissors.At the end, we found out that we came last but we tried our very best.and how some country

I’m not quite sure what our group supposes to represent, but I think our group was a low economically developed country( LEDC) with some natural resources that are really important. According to all of the group, we have the most pencils. So we did not know that if we trade the pencil with something that we need, we would actually get it because everyone needs the pencil to draw with, in order for them to cut out their shapes. We really did have a lot of pencils, but we didn’t know how important it will be to other group until it was too late, but we still manage to trade with some things.

We represented a LEDC country and lacked a lot of the tools that we need in order to turn our natural resources into money. We didn’t have any scissors, ruler or compasses. We went to other NIC or MEDC group to trade what we had for something that we need. None of the group were willing to trade but we were lucky enough that one group decided to share the scissors with us. We started making really good money on that first half of the game.

I personally think that this is a true reflection on world trade as the papers represents the natural resources  and the tools (scissors,pencils,etc) represents the technology and other different skilful things. All this shows what a country has and how people started off with very different amount of money. It also shows the disparity between two countries in the world and how some countries natural resources don’t have the means to turn their natural resources into making money. The game is also  accurate as it takes into to demand of the world trade the prices of the things would change if too many people were making the same products.