O.C. Night Market

On Saturday, my friend invited me to go out to the o.c. night market. I was really excited to go since I never hung out with my friends outside of school. It really kept me going from a horrible week because I had recently had a meltdown. At 5 pm, my friend Katie (not her real name but for privacy reasons….) and I met at our school. We then left for the market in her parent’s van. In the car, I met her mother, father, and sister. At the entrance of the market, there is an artist alley type of place. There we went through the art booths and bought different items. I bought to small bars of soap for my mom while Katie bought a print and sticker. Her younger sister bought a soap bar and some never dying flowers she read about. Outside in the market, we started walking around looking for foods we like. Katie’s younger sister decided to play games, which Katie thought was somewhat rigged. We did not win anything since the games were difficult. After, Katie and I went to buy pork skewers. They were really delicious!!! I also bought a snow cone but it was disgustingly sweet. I ended up throwing it away immediately since it made me sick. For about an hour, we kept walking around looking for desserts, but never really bought anything. We then rested near the stage where dance performers where performing their routine. After an hour, we left the market. I had so much fun, but was tired because it was past my bedtime.

 

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Photo: Patrick Tan ‎on October‎ ‎16‎, ‎2010    

 

My Narrow Mind

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Photo: Mack Male on June 2, 2009

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Being narrow minded, I used to believe that everyone understood how the world was. My family and I travel a lot so I am used to seeing how other countries. I thought that everyone was on the same page I was on, but society had proved me wrong. While doing a project with my friends back in middle school, I realized that people didn’t understand how the world was. It was one of those travel projects where you described your imaginary trip and what you would do. He called me “fatty” for suggesting that we eat street food on our “trip”. Now, I was somewhat stunned because I always eat street food when I travel. Its quick and is a easy meal option when on sightseeing. My other friends also were the same, shooting down my ideas on what to do on the trip. They did not believe the tips I gave them was good idea since it contradicted their own thoughts on an idealistic travel. I then thought that these people were stupid for actually thinking that world and faraway countries were perfect. It wasn’t until I started hearing a lecture by my current teacher. I then began understanding things. My friends did not know what traveling was actually like. They do not have the same opportunities as I do and so therefore, can not relate to my experiences. They didn’t seem to know how the world was like and don’t know what its like to travel. I feel ashamed that I got angry at them for something that was not their fault. I had the chance to see the world and they could not. Why was I so narrow minded?

 

Seychelles

Seychelles, located in the Indian Ocean, is an archipelago country. The country of Seychelles has 115 islands and is known for its pristine waters and never-ending green landscape. In the 1770s, the islands were inhabited by the French, who brought along with them Indian, African, and white people. Under the Treaty of Paris of 1814 later on, it went under British rule. Initially the islands had 3500 inhabitants but that soon grew to be 7000. Produce such as coconut, sugar canes, and cotton were grown there. The islands became their own country in 1976 when it gained independence from Britain. The population speaks Creole, English, and French. Some also speak German and Italian. The islands have a blend of people from different places around the world, giving Seychelles diversity. The cultural influences can be seen through music, dance, cuisine, etc. Half of the country is dedicated to animals and plants. The country is known for its support in environmental protection (Yeah!). There is abundance of animal and plant species, some endemic to Seychelles. One prime example is the jellyfish tree because only 8 trees exist!

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Photo: Didier Baertschiger on December 16 2009©