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Thursday, May 29, 2008


before my sixth-grade year started, i vowed and hoped that i would have a year of care-free and no friends issues year. i had had enough in 5th grade. Ha ha ha is what i say now. i don't believe that's possible anymore. just a month or two into the new school year, amy, who was, really, my best friend, got kicked out of our "group". she was then placed with Shiree, who is still my friend now. speaking of now, our "groupie" consists of me, Hira, and Shiree. of course, priya and samantha are just normal friends who play with us sometimes, although we have issues with priya. but anyway, yesterday and today were one of the best and worst days of my life. why? well, shruti is officially out of our group. ahh! i feel so free! and -cringe- why did i do that??? is what has been running through my mind. you see, about 75% of the time, i don't really enjoy being around her. she's too emotional, dramatic, gullible, lame, and a wannabe-ish person. and without us, she really is a loner. thruthfully and honestly, nobody likes her except for priya, who is always filling her in on everything we say about her.

did i mention that she was a WANNABE? she always says that she doesn't like those girls who gossip all day long and shop at abercrombie and talk on the phone 24/7. then maybe, she should'nt act that way as well! the first and last time i went to the mall with her, she wanted to go to abercrombie and buy skinny jeans and flats and pink converse. and you know how everyone hates her, and she has no friends? so whenever hira isn't hanging out with her, and she's hanging out with amy, who is hira's friend, shruti gets all upset, so she comes to shiree and i saying, "oh, i don't think hira wants to play with us anymore, becuase look, she's laughing with amy." and i'm thinking, " oh, i don't think hira likes YOU anymore, because, look, she HATES you!"

i don't think you could tell, from the paragraph above, but i'm actually the nice one in our group. i convinced hira and shiree many times to not break it to shruti so soon. but just yesterday, we ditched her once, during recess, and hira and shiree said that they couldn't stand it any longer. they HAD to tell her. so we made a comprimise. we would tell her on friday, so that we don't see her the next day, and she has time to think about it, get emotional, and cry. but after today, we won't need to. she confronted us during lunch, and so we told her right then and there. so she got emotional and started crying. great.

but remember, when i told you a few updates ago that WE ARE GOING TO KNOTT'S BERRY FARM!?!? well, for that field trip, you get into groups of 3 or more. you also, can never ever leave one person in your group alone. that includes going on rides, bathroom, etc. originally, before the whole shruti drama, it was going to be me, hira, shiree, and shruti, oh and chris. possibly priya and samantha too. however, after the "shruti drama", the only people she really has are priya and samantha, so she would probably go with them, and me, hira, shiree, and chris would go. until we discovered many problems. when we had the "talk" with shruti, she said that she still wanted to be friends with us, and that we should give her some time to change back to before she got on our nerves. we didn't want to, but we agreed anyway, knowing that we would never let her back in. however, at last recess today, she said that she would like to still be in our group for the knott's field trip. oh, snap. so we told her that we only wanted a max. of 5 people, because too many make it hard to decide where to go next, so it wastes time. she still tried convincing us to let her in, so we said we would "think about it". meanwhile, we hunted a guy-partner for chris, because of the no-person-allowed-to-be-alone rule. so if chris needs to go to the bathroom, we can't go with him. therefore, we needed to find a guy that chris liked, that we approved of, and who was willing to join our group. this was not as easy as we thought it to be. our first person we thought of was frank, however, his friend, simon wouldn't let him come into our group because he wanted frank in his group. so then, we went to mark. but mark wouldn't go with us unless his best friend, christian comes to. so when we finally allowed both mark and christian to come, stupid jeremy completely just came in and STOLE THEM! that is so unfair and mean! so right now, we've got no one. we've considered just making chris go to another group. we don't really even know why he's coming with us, but he wants to because we're one of the groups that are going on all the rides, and he knows us well. however, if we let him go, we've got 2 more issues. you see, shiree here, has a fear of "scary" rollercoasters. and again, with the rule, hira and i can't leave shiree behind, nor can one of us stay behind with her. therefore, we need at least a fourth person, which would be chris, but we can't find a partner for chris. so we're doomed. and also, if we let chris go, that'll give shruti and excuse to try and get into our group, and that just complicates things, because we really don't want to just say, "NO! we don't want you in our group, shruti!" you see how complicated our mid-life crisis is???

we currently, are still hard at work trying to find chris a partner. hopefully, we will find one tomorrow. best of luck!

Monday, May 26, 2008

1001 books you must read before you die

i was basically just surfing amazon for interesting books, when i saw this one book that was called 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. i looked at the synopsis, and it gave a couple of examples of books and authors. i've never even heard of any of those books or names! so i decide that i would start a list of my own. i will continuously add on books. This is in semi-alphebetical order. let's begin:

  1. Kate's Turn by Jeanne Betancourt
  2. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  3. The Princess Diaries III: Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
  4. The Princess Diaries X: Forever Princess by Meg Cabot
  5. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  6. Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech
  7. The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
  8. The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech
  9. Granny Torelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
  10. Bloomability by Sharon Creech
  11. Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
  12. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

  13. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  14. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  15. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  16. The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson

  17. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

  18. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  19. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  20. Eggs by Jerry Spinelli

  21. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

  22. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

  23. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  24. The Tail of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  25. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  26. The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
  27. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
  28. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  29. Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  30. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  31. A Dance of Sisters by Tracey Porter
  32. Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen
  33. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
  34. What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
  35. Olive's Ocean by Kevin Hankes
  36. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  37. So B. It by Sarah Weeks
  38. Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
  39. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  40. Love Walked In by Mariso De Los Santos
  41. Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  42. The Odyssey by Homer
  43. Wicked by Gregory Mcguire
  44. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart

Okay, although i only have 35 right now, there will be more to come as i read more!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

peculiar weather & twilight series

if you can remember, the last time i informed you about the weather in cerritos, it was about 100 degrees or so. heh, it seems like that was a millenium ago because it's about 50 degrees F right now. it's been raining on and off these past few days. strange, eh?

anyway, i don't think i mentioned this before, but i have been in love with the best series on earth lately. it's called Twilight by Stephenie Meyers. the first book is called Twilight, where the main character, Bella Swan moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington to live with her dad, Charlie because her mother is traveling to Florida with her new husband. Bella makes lots of new friends at her new school, but most importantly, she meets Edward Cullen. Edward is the most beautiful person she's ever seen, and his marble skin is as smooth and pale as.. well, marble. Later in the book, she learns that Edward is a vampire, and but his family is what they call vegetarians which means that they only hunt animals, and not humans. However, Edward works 100 times harder to not kill Bella because she has the exact type of blood that is Edward's favorite. Soon, they fall in love, but many dangers cross paths with them. and it doesn't help that Bella is a danger magnet, and gets saved by Edward millions of times.
In an interview, Stephenie Meyers said that this book is about finding love.

the next book, New Moon is about losing love. After a disastrous birthday celebration at the Cullen's place, Edward convinces himself that he must leave in order to protect Bella. he believes that he has caused her too much trouble, but Edward doesn't tell the truth of his departure to bella. He, instead, tells her that he does not love her anymore, so there is no reason for him to stay in Forks, Washington any longer. Bella is heartbroken, and for months, she turns almost inhuman. she has no emotions, she can't hear people unless she is asked a direct question, and there is never any light in her eyes of color in her cheeks. she also starts having repeating nightmares, which cause her to scream every night. but almost all the misery ends when she starts hanging out with Jacob Black, which she thinks of as her personal sun. Jacob is an old friend of hers, who was actually the one to tell her that Edward was a vampire. but Jacob only thinks it's a myth. no one knows the truth, except, possibly, Jacob's dad, Billy, who is friends with Charlie (Bella's dad). Jacob is not really the mature type. he seems to enjoy risks and extreme sports. When he teaches Bella to ride a motorcycle, Bella discovers that she starts having strange, but pleasant hallucinations. She hears and sees Edward, the love of her life quite clearly, and he warns her with his velvety sweet voice not to do any dangerous stunts. Before Edward had left, he made Bella promise that she would not do anything dangerous or hurt herself. but Bella breaks that promise and so many others just to hear her pleasant hullucinations. but when Alice Cullen, Edward's fortune-telling sister sees Bella jumping off a cliff, Edward is convinced that Bella is dead, so he tries to kill himself as well. Things do not turn out pretty. but it's another happy ending.

the third book, which i just finished to day, was definently not my favorite. Edward comes back, yes, and Jacob is a werewolf. vampires and werewolves are enemies. they don't trust eachother, so they are basically fighting for Bella. oh, and Jacob is in love with bella. things do not turn out pretty, especially, with another evil vampire seeking revenge, and trying to kill bella, Edward and Jacob must, somehow, work together to save Bella. but that only lasts temporarily, until the war is over. oh yeah, and the Volturi, which are the royal vampires, basically are also determined to stop Bella's heartbeat, but not to kill her, only to turn her into one of them- a vampire. but that's exactly what Bella wants. she would give up her human life to be immortal, to be with Edward forever. but Edward disagrees. he wants bella to live her human life to the fullest because he never had. in this book, Bella also discovers the stories and opinions of many of Edward's siblings, including the most beautiful person -or vampire- on earth, Rosalie, and Jasper. Finally, Edward and Bella come to a comprimise. Of course, Bella could become a vampire as soon as she graduates from college because she has Carlisle's (Edward's "dad")promise. however, she really also wants to be turned into a vampire by Edward. Edward's only condition is that she marry him first. this book's ending is not all that happy because the epilogue is told from Jacob's point of view, and he goes berserk when he recieves a wedding invitation.
in my opinion, Jacob should die and leave bella and Edward alone.

sorry, i don't know if my summaries of my favorite book's bored you, but i recommend these books to everyone! actually, a movie of twilight is coming out December 12, 2008. on August 2, i think, the fourth, and final book is also coming out, called Breaking Dawn, and i'm excited to see if Bella finally turns into a vampire. i know she would be extroadinary.

here is the link for the trailer of the movie. i actually think the trailer is pretty good, and the cast all look kind of like the description. the actress for Bella Swan is actually really pretty, even though Bella discribed herself as "looking like a broken down tricycle compared to Edward". Bella was described as very plain, but she looks pretty here!

merry weather to all!

Saturday, May 17, 2008


just an update for you on the weather here in LA. right now, the outside temperature in Cerritos is approximately 100 degrees. i am burning in my house right now, just after taking a cold shower. it's so weird because just last week, it was sprinkling and drizzling outside. well, i'm going back to work on my report. wish me luck in this heat!

All About Fun!~ almost......

just when i thought that the rest of the school year was going to be all about fun.... ms.lopez announces that we have to do i-search orals. great. i really don't mind standing up in front of the class and talking anymore, but after group orals with a reading project, she got impressed by our class's ability to think "outside of the box". so now, she expects a GATE (gifted and talented) report. only i can't think of anything that would impress her. i'm actually a pretty average kid when it comes to thinking, so i really don't know what i could do. my topic is on coconuts. really, how many exciting things can you do, talking about coconuts?? for my poster, i wrote "Coconuts & Palm Trees" in block lettering, and that took up about 1/3 of the poster. then i drew a palm tree on the right side that took upabout 1/3 of the space horizontally. i'm planning to drawing 3 big coconuts on the other side, with fast facts within them. but i don't know what facts to put that aren't too boring, but not too obvious. so far, i've got one fact: Coconuts were said to be named "grimace" by the early Portuguese sailors. i really want to finish the poster today, so that i can spend tomorrow thinking about how to impress ms. lopez. my oral report is on thursday. i'm anxious. but i know that i will do a good job because i always do. i'm a straight A student, except for that one time when i came back from Europe over winter break, and i had to do an oral the very next day. then, we had to do a game at the end, which i was unaware of, so my game turned out sucky. so i got a 3- out of 4.

but that won't happen again, because i'm determined to get a 4, preferably a 4+, but probably not, since i still don't know what to do! i mean, how impressive can coconuts get?? however, i know that after i get through this final report (if i do), my life is freed, and i will be playing for the rest of the school year. yay... but i just can't seem to get past this stupid report yet.

Friday, May 9, 2008

testing's OVER!

yay! i didn't realize that our state testings were only for 4 days. hehehe. the 3rd graders have to test for 10 days, but then again, they get candy, which they call "smart pills". but no, ms. lopez and the other sixth grade teachers "don't believe in candy and junk food". then why do we always catch ms. lopez with a large bag of lemon lays all the time? hmm? it's not fair.

i love post-testing days because the teachers all want to thank us for working so hard by doing some fun things. however, i don't think anybody had to work very hard because testing only takes about an hour every morning for 4 days for us, and then we don't have any homework after school to do. how is that hard? but anyway, we can just let the teachers think we worked are butts off, because yesterday and today, WE PLAYED CAPTURE THE FLAG! yup, that's right! most people don't know this, but capture the flag is my favorite game in the whole wide world, and i haven't played it since fourth grade. playing again made me remember how skilled i am at playing defense and tagging people out. my technique is to always aim for people's necks because once you tag them on the neck, they'll be sure to have felt it, and they can't lie and go, "no, i don't think you tagged me."

as the days crawl by, i am getting more and more anxious about recieving that letter that invites me to go to Whitney next year. even though i'm about 80% (or more) sure that i'm going to get in, you still never know? but for now, i can relax because we don't have nightly writing assignments to do, and we've barely gotten any homework at all for the past 2 weeks. however, i've been sick, with the fever the past weekend, and i'm still not feeling very well. cloggy throat is all now.

my skating is going okay. but to tell you the truth, i don't feel so great. i don't think i've improved very much for the past half year with lia, my coach. but today was my last lesson with her, because she is getting too busy with school, so now, i think i'm going to go for a more professional coach, like Karen, or Ming Zhu Li, who is Caroline's coach. i really hope to improve.

i can't tell you how excited i am about the rest of the year. with the sixth grade dance, knott's, and promotion, not to mention and ice cream party and 20-foot water slide, who wouldn't be?
i am thoroughly content with my life right now, except for 1 thing. although i didn't know her very well, i'll still miss my friend, katherine, who was new to our school this year, but is moving again. as in today. however, i will hopefully still be emailing her often, and i will miss her very much. BYE KATHY!!!