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April 20th, 2017
Recently I went to Guatemala with my dad and younger sister. We didn’t just go for a vacation although I had did have a lot of fun. We went to volunteer giving free dentistry to children in an orphanage in a small town outside of Guatemala City. To get to the orphanage from the airport, we had three hours of bouncy, twisty, nauseating, and extremely difficult driving. When we finally reached the orphanage, 30 kids started running up to the car because they were happy to see us. I have never seen kids so happy to see a dentist! If kids were happy to see dentist in the U.S things would be a lot different. In addition to the kids loving the dentist, they seem to love waiting on lines! Each kid silently waited their turn in a huge line that must have been about two hours long. When each new child came in to see my father, I noticed how bad the kid’s teeth were. In America parents get mad when their child has even one cavity. In Guatemala even parents have dozens of cavities.
Considering you could be six and they would let you do dental work for them, I was able to help my dad fix cavities and when kids were scared, I calmed the them down. I think it was easy for the kids to calm down when someone younger is telling them it will be okay. Because my dad only needed one assistant at a time, either my sister or I assisted him as the other painted one of the walls of the orphanage. There were two walls we needed to paint. On the first wall we painted an outdoor setting with a tree, flowers, a sun and butterflies. On the other wall we had a rainbow and bunch of the children put their handprints on the wall in different colors. It turned out really nice
After my trip I have so much more appreciation for what I have. I really think more parents should take their children to third world countries especially when here in America,we have so much.
April 9th, 2017
You’ve heard of Disneyland, right? Disneyland is a place where magic and dreams come true, but Seaworld lets you learn about a whole new world under the sea! Seaworld makes learning fun and has some pretty cool rides too. This was my first time going to the Seaworld in San Diego and I have never been to anything like it. I have got to say, I was impressed, I was expecting just some goldfish in a tank and rides that went in circles, but what I got was way more.
For those roller coaster lovers they had the new Manta ride that takes you on the journey of a ray.
Did I mention it launches you? Twice!
If you’re not a big fan of roller coasters, but still like a ride or two, don’t worry. Just go on this cool flight simulator that gives the thrill of a roller coaster without feeling those big drops!
Wild Arctic Flight Simulator
Don’t feel like getting on any rides, no need to worry! Seaworld is known for their awesome shows and animal encounters. Go watch the classic Dolphin Presentation or go to the Explorer’s Reef that allows you to touch a variety of fish.
The Explorer’s Reef
Me and my brother trying to touch the fish.
Seaworld has something for everyone. There are so many options that you’re going to need more than a day because I already want to go back. Let’s not forget that there are new rides coming this summer which is another reason to go! Just go.
April 3rd, 2017
Lan Su Chinese Garden, a walled garden in Portland’s Chinatown, is running a Poetry Month.
Classical Chinese gardens bring together aesthetic beauty of all forms, creating an embodied, full-experience for those strolling through the garden. The calligraphy in the garden contains beautiful poetry in the style of Portland’s sister city, Suzhou. The poetry emphasizes, and is centered on, the natural beauty in the garden. The whole garden works together.
An example of the poetry found in this awesome garden:
Shades of bamboo, layers of rock: dark is the pine’s hue.
Slanted the path, crooked the stream: soft is the water’s song.
Throughout this month, there are various poetry-related activities at the garden. There will be a poetry workshop on April 5th for all people, including those who may see themselves as inexperienced or amateurs. The truth is, everybody is a poet. Why not explore your poetic side to be, like the garden, both full, embodied, and harmonious?
More about poetry month at Lan Su.
March 31st, 2017
And we know this much:
And when it comes to Sakura Sunday…
Looks like it’s gonna be another great year at the Cherry Blossom Festival!
March 30th, 2017
I noticed a few Cherry Blossoms; blooming, pink, alive. I was and am thankful. It’s officially Spring. And not only that – Sakura Sunday is coming. I feel it all around.
Sakura Sunday is the climax of Philadelphia’s Cherry Blossom Festival. (Or, more formally, Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival.) On the last day of the Festival, there is Sakura Sunday (April 9th). There are live taiko drumming performances, J-pop cover bands, martial art and tea ceremony demonstrations, an area secured for cosplay, and all-things-Japan – which definitely includes food. Lots of good Japanese food.
Tickets are $15 per but free to children (12 and under). Your ticket also earns you tour at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden!
I’ve been before, and it’s always beautiful, fun, and super delicious. I can’t say I’m all that knowledgeable of Japanese culture, but I learned some basic origami last year, ate 2 bowls of curry, and was immersed in the world of cosplay. It was an experience. And you know what – it was a good one.