Student blogging challenge Week 6 – Commenting across the globe

Hi bloggers,

This week for the student blogging challenge our task is to comment on at least ten other blogs that aren’t from our own classes or grades. I decided to show you the commenting and links some posts I will write a post about the comments I make on certain blogs. If you would like to visit the blogs I will include the post link so you can read the post and then look at the rest of the blog.

Victoria– http://2021ven.edublogs.org/2015/10/30/lets-celebrate-halloween/#comments

Hi Victoria,
I found this post very informative and it changed my aspect on halloween. Originally I thought it was just an excuse to get candy but I never knew it had so much history! Congratulations are due for your hard work and researching this under researched topic. I think your post was easy to read and well laid out, I enjoyed reading your poem.

-Anjali
http://bloggingwithanjali.edublogs.org/

Mel– http://ameliander9702.edublogs.org/2015/11/08/week-4-activity-2/#respond

Hi Mel,
I enjoyed reading your short story, it was gripping and I hung on to every sentence. You ended the story cleverly with an open ending so anything could happen next, this leaves the readers wondering what will happen to Rachel now. I encourage you to continue your story!

-Anjali
http://bloggingwithanjali.edublogs.org/

Ellie– http://emcclintock20.edublogs.org/2015/11/05/popular-foods-in-america-ice-cream/#comments

Hi Ellie,
I really enjoyed reading your post it was honest as well as informative. 50 flavours of ice-cream! Wow, I would love to work somewhere like there. Next time I visit America I am definitely looking into Netties! Great job on a very interesting post!

-Anjali
http://bloggingwithanjali.edublogs.org/

Jared– http://jaredy20.edublogs.org/2015/11/02/hamburgers/

Hi Jared,
I liked reading your post about hamburgers it was funny but still informative and gave basic details of how to dress a hamburger. My Dad is a big burger fan and is good at cooking them, despite this burgers for us are a rare treat and we always make them ourselves. I love drawing faces with my ketchup!

-Anjali
http://bloggingwithanjali.edublogs.org/

Aiden– http://aidenas21.edublogs.org/2015/11/06/americas-favorite-food/

Hi Aiden,
Your experience was set out like a story and I felt like I was actually there! Great blogging!

-Anjali
http://bloggingwithanjali.edublogs.org/

Mason– http://masonsas21.edublogs.org/2015/11/02/american-food/

Hi Mason,
I like burgers at home that my dad makes, he rarely makes them so they’re a treat! I have been to a few other american blogs and pretty much everyone form america has posted about burgers. They are really popular!

-Anjali
http://bloggingwithanjali.edublogs.org/

Hoow20– http://hoow20.edublogs.org/2015/10/30/my-halloween/

Hi hoow20,
I really enjoyed reading your post about halloween. I am in sixth grade now and I enjoy going trick or treating with my friends. If you would like to know about the history of halloween I suggest you read Victoria’s post about it: http://2021ven.edublogs.org/2015/10/30/lets-celebrate-halloween/#comments Great blogging!

-Anjali
http://bloggingwithanjali.edublogs.org/

Kathryn-http://kathrync20.edublogs.org/2015/11/02/week-5-favorite-american-foods/

Great job Kathryn, your post as to-the-point and you stated a lot of unknown facts! I didn’t know any of the facts. Like how hamburgers eaten by Americans every year were put in a line it would circle the earth 32 times! That is a lot of hamburgers. Great job with your post, keep it up!

-Anjali
http://bloggingwithanjali.edublogs.org/

Wilao– http://wilao.edublogs.org/2015/11/02/celebrating-halloween-week-4/

Hi Wilao,
Great post, it was very personal and unique to you. I still go trick or treating with my friends but we go later on at night. We also dress up in really gory costumes, this year I was a vampire and my friends help drip blood down my neck and legs!

-Anjali
http://bloggingwithanjali.edublogs.org/

Gisele– http://giselew06.edublogs.org/2015/11/04/vegemite-combinations/

Hi Gisele,
I wrote a post about the same topic! I never new vegemite and cheese would taste good. I personally try to avoid the spread as it makes me ill sometimes! Great post, very informative and unique!

-Anjali
http://bloggingwithanjali.edublogs.org/

 

This week I visited some amazing blogs and I encourage everybody to look at the blogs from the links above and leave the bloggers a comment! That is my challenge for you this week! Have fun!

-Anjali

Student blogging challenge Week 5- Our foods

Hi guys,

This week for the student blogging challenge we were told to post about our some of the most popular foods in our country. Living in Australia, obviously the food is very diverse which is great because it means our food supplies are culturally diverse and we can experience different eating in our own country!

Australian foods:

 First off I need to start off with the all time classic… Vegemite! This is an all-Australian toast (or other) spread. It has a nutella – like texture with a salty and pungent flavour. But warning: VEGEMITE IS NOT MEANT TO BE EATEN IN LARGE QUANTITIES, it I meant to be had in small doses (a thin layer on your toast not a glob!). Vegemite is also apparently now an adjective, in the vegemite song and in my parent’s vocabulary “happy little vegemite” is an expression used for happy children.

Vegemite in a bottle! Image from pixabay- no attribution require

Vegemite in a bottle!
Image from pixabay- no attribution require

 Another popular Australian food is the lamington. This is like a light, fluffy square cake covered in a thin layer of soft chocolate and sprinkled with dry coconut shavings. It tastes even better than it looks (and it’s layout is very appealing)! Lamingtons are an afternoon tea/ morning tea treat. They work perfectly with good cup of milk tea and a good book!CC Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en CK_-_Lamington.jpg ‎(580 × 365 pixels, file size: 73 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Author: Chuck Norris

 This one is a family favourite, the well-known Pavlova. Pavlovas are not just popular in Australia they are very popular in my family. Every single birthday my dad requests a Pavlova instead of a birthday cake, and every single birthday my mum tries to make one and a couple of times the Pavlova has completely flopped, literally! We have had one of histories greatest family fights over the decoration of a Pavlova. My dad is very picky about the way he likes his Pavlovas.

Australian Lunches:

Australia is a very multicultural country; this means that we have citizens from all around the world. At school some kids might have sushi others might have curry. I have a wide range of different lunches that I take to school. Sometimes when my grandma has been over she will make us curry puffs and I will take those to school with some tomato sauce. At least once a week my mum makes fried rice with meat. The rice is usually warm and is very filling. If we are really in a rush I will take a simple sandwich with plum jam. As you can see there is a wide variety of foods that we can take to school for lunch in Australia.

Please answer my poll:

Commenting on other blogs:

Ella from the USA:

Ella’s post- http://thevolleyballartist.edublogs.org/2015/11/05/popular-food-in-the-usa/#comment-5

Hi Ella,
I live in Australia and wrote a post about the same topic. In Australia we also eat Pizza and hotdogs because we (like the USA) are a multicultural country. I wonder, does your family eat these foods?

Ashley from Canada:

Ashley’s post: http://www.psdblogs.ca/ashleyt7853/2015/11/05/student-blogging-challenge-week-5-food/

Hi Ashley,
I really enjoyed reading your post, it was very informative and it is obvious you put a lot of effort into this post. Half of my family are from poland and I never knew that bagels originated from there! I think they are from Germany?! Great job with your post and survey!

Dariana from Mexico:

Dariana’s post: http://dariana7pm.edublogs.org/2015/11/02/week-4-halloween/#respond

Hi Dariana,
I really liked your blog post about how you celebrate halloween and your added picture. For week 5 of the student blogging challenge, I was wondering what you take to school for lunch? Do you take traditional mexican dishes or normal sandwiches?

Brock from Russia:

Brock’s post: http://2021bke.edublogs.org/2015/10/30/lets-celebrate-christmas/#respond

Hi Brock,
I think that was a beautiful post about the true meaning of christmas. For the student blogging challenge week 5 I was wondering what food you take to school for lunch in Russia? Do you take a Russian dish or an international sandwich?

Hannah from Korea:

Hannah’s post: http://edublogs.eanesisd.net/hannah9282021/2015/10/15/bubblegum/comment-page-1/#comment-30

Hi Hannah,
I really loved your descriptive language in this post. For the student blogging challenge week 5 I wanted to know what you take to school in Korea? Do you eat traditional Korean food? Do your parents prepare Korean food?

I really enjoyed this weeks challenge and look forward to next week.

That’s all for now!

-Anjali

 

Halloween traditions

As the second task for the student blogging challenge I am going to explain how my family has fun on Halloween.

Every year without failure we go trick or treating this means touring around our neighbourhood and beyond to collect the most candy as possible. We trick or treat for an extensive period of time, we go for about 2-3 hours and make sure no house is left undisturbed. I usually go with my friends that live in my area or that are from school. We then have a competition to see who received the most candy. My dad usually takes my friends, dog and I trick or treating and my mum stays at home and hands out candy. But she doesn’t just hand it out. She will usually play a trick on the visitors and attract quite a crowd. Last year she came out of the house eating the candy and said, “I thought you weren’t coming so we had to eat the candy” the expressions on their faces were priceless!

Pre-Halloween we decorate our house to extreme measures. We usually decorate our gates with cobweb and fake spiders. We also have the occasional laughing zombie or red-eyed bat hanging in the shadows near the entrance to really scare visitors.

We also buy our costumes a week before the fun starts and plan our costumes a couple of months before. This year I am going as a bloody vampire my costume is quite large, I have stick on fangs and a bunch of black glitter-tipped roses. I will post photos of us trick or treating.

My costume

My costume

That’s all for now,

-Anjali

SBC Wk 4- 😈Trick or Treat👿

As we all know this Saturday (31st of October) is Halloween! For the challenge this week we are required to dress up our blogs and write  a spooky piece of poetry or short story. I have already dressed up my blog with black bats and spooky pumpkins. I wrote a piece of poetry about a ghostly figure trapping an infant:

The lights are flashing in my room,

all of a sudden everything goes dark.

Fearing for my life I feel around for somewhere to hide,

but nothing is in site.

 

I hear a creak in the door

a wheezing groan approaches me,

my senses are disabled as the threat tries to choke me.

 

Then the lights are turned on.

I turn to see my assassin,

but nobody is in sight.

 

The grip on my body tightens,

and the world goes black again.

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SBC Wk 3 Part 6- My native language

Hello Bloggers,

As the final task for week 3 Student blogging challenge I am required to write a post in my native language. My first language (native) is English but because of my diverse family we speak many languages. I am not fluent but now sentences and basic words in French. My mum would often speak with her mum (late mum) and brother in polish so I know certain words in that language. My Dad was born in Sri lanka but after moving to Australia he lost his tamle knowledge and cannot speak it. Today I will be writing some basic words in polish and filling in gaps with English. I will have bilingual paragraphs! I will use traditional polish names and fragments of sentences with a translation of corse!

Polish to English:

Nazywam się Anjali (My name is Anjali- pronounced nazvum she Anjali) Audio below
jak się masz (how are you?- pronounced yak che mash)
Audio below
jak masz na imię (what is your name?- pronounced yake che 
mash immy yay
Skąd pochodzisz (Where do you come from?- pronounced scond 
pohojish)
która godzina (what time is it?- pronounced kotoora godgina)
Chciałbym kilka lizaków (I would like some lollies- pronounced chowabem kilka lizacoof)
gdzie jest sklep (where is the store- jay est sklep)
porozmawiamy później (we will talk later- porozmaviami pshnez)
jak minął ci dzień (how was your day- pronounced yak meow che jen)
jak jest jedzenie (how was your food?- pronounced yaj jest yedzenyeah

I enjoyed researching and learning polish from my mum. All audios are copyright to our family.

That’s all for now

-Anjali

 

SBC Wk 3 Part 5- What I’ve learned about images

Hi Bloggers,

This week in the student blogging challenge, I completed multiple tasks to broaden my understanding of how to use images and widgets at my advantage without getting in trouble or disobeying the rules of copyright. If you would like to read my previous posts for Student blogging challenge week 3 then look for the tag Student blogging challenge in my tag and categories cloud.

I found this week’s challenge to be particularly interesting and informative because I not only really enjoyed looking for pictures in my family files but learned how to use public photos safely. Miss W and Sue Waters posted two great posts about how to use images and widgets effectively.

Here was the post about imagery:

http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/step-7-images-copyright-and-creative-commons/

And here was the post about helpful widgets to add to your blog:

blog: https://www.theedublogger.com/2015/04/01/widgets/

I found both these posts both very effective as I learned that taking images off the internet and using them on social media, blogging, websites and advertising isn’t right if the image is under a copyright license. Through this I learned that creative commons is a very helpful website because it locates photos that are able to be used for advertisement and are under no copyright regulations. I now know that compfight and photos for class are great websites to use that provide images that aren’t copyright.

To prevent legal involvement always use creative commons, comflight or photos for class pictures for your blog as they provide images that aren’t copyright and can be changed and adapted upon, used commercially and put on websites and blogs.

-Anjali

SBC Wk3 Part 2- Remembering through pictures.

The second task for the student blogging challenge is to write about a recent death in your family or town where you come form. This is an extremely hard topic for me to talk about as my family has recently been through the death of a very close relative and the addition of another child inconveniently at the exact same time. So it hasn’t been an easy year for us. But I think of this as an opportunity to open up to my readers and finally express how I have felt about the whole incident.

My Mum’s heritage is Polish and Cheque and my Dad’s heritage is Sri Lankan, we are a very multicultural family. My Mum’s mum was polish so instead of calling her Grandma we would call her Babcia (pronounced bup-cha) Babcia was an amazing woman. In her 77 years she survived a world war, saved her family from debt as she watched her alcoholic husband drink their family funds and when her husband died became a widow. One of those children became my Mum who now has a husband and child of her own and carries similar personality traits to her mother. Now I am here to tell you the story of my Babcia and why she is an amazing woman and deserves to be remembered.

My Babcia

My Babcia

Babcia on the right my mum on the left.

Babcia on the right my mum on the left.

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Babcia holding me as a baby.

Babcia holding me as a baby.

During world war 2 the Germans took over Poland and war struck between the two armies. Babcia her Mum, siblings, cousins and Aunt were victims of the war. Babcia’s Dad was fighting in war at the time when Babcia’s Mum was unfortunately shot in the leg and the heart. It was too dark for the soldiers to see who it was and they shot her thinking she was a Nazi. Babcia’s Aunt had to witness the death of her own sister and Babcia lost her Mum when she was only 7. From there she was responsible for her siblings until her father came home. Later on they received a letter saying that her Dad had gone missing in action (MIA) and therefore wouldn’t be coming home from war. After the death of her parent’s Babcia had the responsibility of mothering all her siblings as they were now all orphans.

Later on in life when Babcia got married to my Grandfather there was no one to walk her down the ail and the fact that she lost her parents at such a young age forever remained a fracture in her heart.

Babcia on her wedding day,  there is no one to walk her down the aisle.

Babcia on her wedding day, there is no one to walk her down the aisle.

With my Grandfather she slowly started rebuilding her life and welcomed to children into the world first my Uncle and then a few years later my Mum.

My Mum as a baby.

My Mum as a baby.

My Mum and Uncle

My Mum and Uncle as children with their loving mother.

Unfortunately my Grandfather became an alcoholic. There was nothing wrong with my Grandfather but he became addicted to alcohol and even though he was a great father he spent the majority of the family’s money on alcohol. When he was drunk (which was quite often) he would get very violent and angry. Because they were broke and poor Babcia had to raise her children on literally no money and made most of the money herself and sacrificed herself every day to provide for her family. She gave everything she had to save her family from debt and starvation. My grandfather soon overdosed in alcohol and died leaving Babcia a widow. She then became independent and kept fighting life’s battles.

As a young woman (around 30 years of age) she developed rheumatoid arthritis, which is incurable, and struggled as her joints especially on her fingers stopped working. She was very young when she contracted this disease and it was another set of boulders in her already rocky life. As well as this she had serious heart problem and took about 14 different types of medication per day just to keep her heart functioning. Towards the end of her life she developed bronchial pneumonia, which no doctor she went to could recognise and she died in her sleep very peacefully.

Babcia’s life was never easy; she fought till the very end and still never gave up. She is the most respectable woman I have ever met and raised to perfect children who became parents themselves (and very good ones at that). Even when she retired and lived in a retirement village sho refused to accept anyone’s money and never spent more than she needed. She was the most amazing woman that with all the hardships and trauma she had been through she never showed a single sign of it and always wore a smile on her face. She was humble, honest, religious and kind. She only cared for others and put them first. She was an asset to the family and many tears were shed at her funeral. She will always be remembered by the way she never gave up. She will forever be my role model and I miss her so much. I would give anything to see her again.

SBC Wk3 Part one- Recounting fond memories through pictures

This week for the Student Blogging Challenge there were multiple tasks we needed to complete. The first one of which was to recount a favourite family memory and include pictures from creative commons or another copyright free search engine or add our own and provide copyright details. Because I don’t have a specific memory that I enjoyed the most I will recount my most recent 3 favourite memories in words and pictures.

March 2015- My Dad’s Birthday

For my Dad’s birthday we went on a one-day road trip to Berrima and stayed 2 nights in the beautiful Seidler house. This was house literally hanging off a cliff into a canyon of forest and endless nature.

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Seidler House

 

 View from downstairs living room.

View from downstairs living room.

A family photo in the living room.

A family photo in the living room.

There was a long balcony jutting out from the side of the house and hanging over the green abyss. If you yelled from the balcony your voice would echo across the mountains. Staring out into the valley you received the most breath-taking, mesmerising view.

Mum and I on the balcony.

Mum and I on the balcony.

The view of the mountains that you awoke to in the morning.

The view of the mountains that you awoke to in the morning.

The long balcony

The long balcony

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Mum and I climbed onto the lower rocks.

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The beautiful balcony views.

 

Side view of the balcony and the steps leading down into the pool.

Side view of the balcony and the steps leading down into the pool.

The house itself contained many forms of entertainment. There we bird watching and nature finding books and binoculars to spot mountain goats on the rocky expanses of hill. In the play/living room there was a Wii set and multiple games and movies to entertain us at night. There were about four open furnaces and one night we toasted marshmallows by the fire. There were a million different rooms for you to get lost in and it was difficult not to forget work and school as you took in the hypnotic views and beauty of the house.

Dad in the living room with the furnace.

Dad in the living room with the furnace.

The dining room behind the furnace.

The dining room behind the furnace.

View from the living room glass walls.

View from the living room glass walls.

The master bedroom.

The master bedroom.

Master bedroom fountains.

Master bedroom fountains.

Dining room and kitchen.

Dining room and kitchen.

Coming down from the house was a drive way and a steep path into a hiking trail down the mountain. There we found many outdoor activities to take part in. There was a trampoline and basketball hoop just outside the house and we took photos of me in mid-air. We then toured ourselves around the property and found an amazing pool on the very edge of the cliff that looked out into the mountains. Unfortunately it was the middle of winter and it was about 2 degrees at the hottest because we were on top of a very very cold mountain, so we didn’t dare step foot into the pool, as it was likely that we would get hypothermia. We also found a table tennis table and spent every spare minute having mini tournaments with my Dad. But there were plenty of other things to do, we hiked a short distance down the extremely steep path (it was almost vertical and impossible get back up!) and went nocturnal wildlife watching in the evening.

My action pose on the trampoline.

My action pose on the trampoline.

The beautiful flora.

The beautiful flora.

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The pool.

:)

🙂

climbing a tree house with Dad.

Climbing a tree house with Dad.

I had the most amazing time in Seidler house and it is a memory that I will never forget.

Easter 2015- Touring of Orange (the place), Dubbo Zoo and Wolgan Valley.

During the Easter holiday my family went on a one-day road trip to Orange (the town not the fruit) we stayed in a hotel/small resort for Easter and I went egg hunting there also.

Easter egg hunting! 🍫

Easter egg hunting! 🍫

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Next we stayed at Dubbo Zoo for one night. This was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. We were right in front of the big landscape of the most amazing giraffes. They were so friendly and didn’t mind the extra human company. We stayed in a little glamping hut.

We had personal encounters with many animals as we went on educational animal tours morning and night. I even got up close and personal with a very friendly giraffe that decided that he would gladly take a branch from me. It was very private encounter and only my Dad and I were there, as Mum was still getting ready! The giraffe was freakishly strong and nearly pulled my arm out of its socket. But he took food from me nevertheless and made this trip one of the most memorable I have ever had!

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Feeding the giraffes with Dad!

 

Up close with a giraffe. 😮

Up close with a giraffe. 😮

Feeding the giraffe.

Feeding the giraffe.

The view from our room.

The view from our room.

Giraffe.

Giraffe.

Asian elephants 🐘 They weren't in captivity all animals in Dubbo zoo have a vast amount of freedom, this was the elephant sleeping chamber.

Asian elephants 🐘 They weren’t in captivity all animals in Dubbo zoo have a vast amount of freedom, this was the elephant sleeping chamber.

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🐘The elephants responded to sounds and we saw drawings and art they made.

Gorgeous lemars🐒

Gorgeous lemars🐒

 

A beautiful and graceful leopard.🐆

A beautiful and graceful leopard.🐆

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We toured around all the animal enclosures and learned about them.

We toured around all the animal enclosures and learned about them.

Finally we went and stayed 5 nights in Wolgan Valley, a beautiful country resort in Wolgan Valley. This resort was also associated with animals.

They had an amazingly clean stable with the most beautiful horses will the rarest and kindest personalities. Every single day I went horse riding and enjoyed learning and riding the most beautiful horses I had ever seen. I enjoyed it so much that collectively as a family we decided to invest in a horse for my riding benefits and the experience of owning a horse. At the end of the stay Mum and I went on a 2 hour-long ride on the most breath-taking trail through Wolgan Valley. Poor mum struggled to walk after 2 hours on horseback but I couldn’t stop smiling. I had the time of my life and asked so many questions my head nearly exploded!

Me saddling Tricky the horse.🐎

Me saddling Joker the horse.🐎

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Bonding with the horses.

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Feeding time! Every day Dad and I went to the organic gardens and picked carrots for the horses!

I had so many fond memories and photos from that trip that I will treasure forever!

Spring Holidays 2015- Fiji

My most recent holiday/favourite memory was in the spring holidays about 4 weeks ago.

We took 2 planes to Fiji spending one night in a transit hotel. This is our 3rd time at the same resort and the reason why we always come back is the openness and friendliness of the locals and staff at the resort. We stayed at Jean-Michel Cousteau resort for 7 nights and actually met the real Jean Michel and had a conversation about his life and why he took up marine biology.

The views of the island and the resort were absolutely picturesque and second to none. Every day there were new activities for teens, children and adults and of course there was a table tennis table in the resort and I spent time with Mum, Dad and kids in the kids club playing mini tournaments. I partook in as many as the activities as possible but made sure to leave time for unwinding and relaxing. The resort was very safe so I was able to roam around as I pleased and enjoyed smoothies and milkshakes at restaurant.

The eating place and some of the resort!

The eating place and some of the resort!

Our Bure.

Our Bure.

We made regular video logs! Dad enjoyed being camerman.

We made regular video logs! Dad enjoyed being cameraman.

Views💜

Views💜

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On our trip to the private island just off the coast of the resort.

On our trip to the private island just off the coast of the resort.

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The water was warm!

The water was warm!

A hypnotic view takes your breath away with every blink.

A hypnotic view takes your breath away with every blink.

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There were hermit crabs everywhere and we went hermit crab hunting/ looking for crabs!

Family photo on the private picnic island.

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Paradise

As you can see from the photos I got my whole head braided. I had about 42 braids in my head and there were 3 beads on each braid so I had about 126 beads attached to the back of my head!

I also had my Scuba diving orientation there and had my first open water dive! We went to a beautiful location and as I was diving it looked like an underwater city. I was understandably nervous for my first actual dive because there is an exceptionally large number of risks that you take when scuba diving. But luckily I had a very calm trainer and my dad who were right beside me the whole time.   IMG_0013

After staying Jean Michel Cousteau resort we went to the intercontinental on the mainland. We stayed in a lovely apartment style room that included an outdoor bath!(there were privacy screens)

We had the most amazing time in Fiji. It was a great way to relax and isolate our minds from work, school and the busy year and to relax and prepare our minds for term 4, Christmas and the New Year ahead.

Fiji was PARADISE!

Fiji was PARADISE!

Underneath the beautiful tree house on a tire swing.

Underneath the beautiful tree house on a tire swing.

I really enjoyed writing about my holidays and more importantly being on them!J I hope you enjoyed my pictures and videos.

All my pictures were taken by my family and are copyright.

That’s all for now!

-Anjali

Blogging Action Day 2015

Hi Bloggers,

This year I am partaking in Blogging Action Day 2015. This year’s theme is “Raise your voice” I would like to raise my voice about a very serious current issue. I would like to focus this post on the refugee crisis and what we are doing to help. I made a poster to give you an idea of the circumstance of the situation and how sinister the whole problem is.

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The fact of the matter is refugees are not the problem. It’s wars all over the globe that drive people away from their own countries. Imagine living in a country dominated by war, the chances of you surviving are slim to none. Obviously the first and only option is to move to a different country were it is safe and there will be no war and no conflict between race or religion. America and Australia being among the best countries for choice of refuge means that those are the safest places for anyone to be. No country is perfect and no country can avoid terrorism and conflict. But we can do our best to help those that have to endure it. What if it was your family’s life at risk? Australia’s population is relatively small compared to that of France even though it is nearly double the size! But still we refuse to accept a sufficient amount of refugees. There are no exceptions, we have no excuses and if people treat it like a joke then it is a joke. But no war is ever a joke. This is a matter of life and death for thousands of people but still the Australian government chooses to deny access to our land. What happened to the Australian spirit? What happened to “We have boundless plains to share”?

We need to take action against those opposing the idea of opening our arms to those in need. What happened to our hospitality? If both America and Australia deny access to their land then where will the refugees go? There is enough room in the world for everybody, we just have to find a way to make it fit. Nobody wants to be a refugee. It’s their only option. What do we have against them? They are helpless in this time of war and suffrage.

Images can be powerful, just as powerful as words. Look at the image of the toddler washed up on the beach. Is this really what we’re fighting against? We’re fighting against war not refugees. We all need to take into consideration that they did nothing to deserve the misfortune that they have received. If we are to be an Allie meaning to be a friend then how can we refuse defenceless people? Dozens have been found washed up on beaches. Hundreds have drowned and never been found.

There are children starving and many people have died. All they want is a safe home. Why can’t we give it to them?

-Anjali

Student Blogging Challenge Wk 2- Let’s comment!

Hi Bloggers,

This week’s student blogging challenge task is to explore how to make a quality comment on a blog. I read through some of the links they had in their post and then went on to make a video based on my own commenting guidelines.

This week also commented on 4 students (partaking in the student blogging challenge) blogs.

First a read Capone’s post on the sequel of her original story the headless horseman.  She posted a thrilling chapter about the heroes of the story Ichabod and Kyrie (I loved the inventive names!) and how they have to escape the evil clutches of the headless horseman and his spooky dungeon.

Here was my comment:

Hi Capone,

I found your story very interesting because the notion of a headless horseman was a new idea to me and made me think when I was trying to picture him in my mind. Why was the headless horseman a bad guy? Was he misunderstood? Great job on writing a very interesting story!

Happy Blogging
Anjali

Capone190.edublogs.org

I then read Tijana’s blog and her “About me” post. I thought it was an effective post because it gave a brief introduction about her to all her readers.

Here was my comment:

Hi Tijana,
I enjoyed reading your about me post. It was a well constructed post because you informed us about all your favourite activities giving the reader a better insight into your personality and your likes and dislikes. Do you have any pets? Is it cold in Serbia in this time? Why do you enjoy playing volley ball? I hope you enjoy blogging as it is a fun and very beneficial experience that is enjoyable for people of all ages.

Happy blogging!
Anjali

http://tijanablog.weebly.com/

Next I read Sydney’s post about her online personality versus her offline personality.

Here was my comment:

Hi Sydney,
I find that although I love communicating online I do struggle with getting my actually emotions and opinions expressed through my words. As you stated it is hard to distinguish the difference between anger, sarcasm and excitement. I enjoyed reading your post because you clearly stated what the pros and cons of communicating online where. Maybe that’s why emoticons were invented! To distinguish between different emotions using animated faces.

Happy blogging!
Anjali

http://sydneyk20.edublogs.org/2015/10/06/challenge-activity-1/

Lastly I read Justin’s post about all his favourite sports. I enjoyed reading his post because he gave ample information about the history of each sport and the rules without writing too much.

Here was my comment:

Hi Justin,
I really liked reading you about me post because you gave background information about your favourite sports which helps readers who don’t know the sport to get to know them and get to know you better. Great writing! You clearly described each of the sports, which was great!

Happy blogging!
Anjali

http://justinvss.global2.vic.edu.au/sample-page/

I enjoyed completing this week’s challenge and look forward to seeing what else the student blogging challenge has in store for me.

-Anjali