Departure

My mom insisted that we should leave early to avoid traffic. So… me being a really punctual person, agreed to leave as early as possible. I’m glad that we left early because on the way going to the place, there has been some quite traffic along the road. But it got cleared on eventually. My estimation of our travel time was approximately 45 minutes; we got there at around 3:30, 30 minutes before the call time which is 4:00 in the afternoon. Arriving there, I saw some of my classmates (J-O, if you are reading this), they were quite few though, maybe because it was still really early to be there, but it’s fine. It’s better to be punctual than to be late.

So, I keep on chatting my classmate that there was some quite traffic if they will not leave soon. He didn’t really listen to me and he said that it was fine for him. Well, he didn’t actually got late on the assigned scheduled call time, so it’s fine for me whether he left early or not.

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Early Morning of the Event

February 16, the day of the event, unfortunately, we the grade 10 students, had to wake up early to take a class picture at school. The High School Night event is still on a later time, it’s scheduled at 5:00 in the afternoon. So, the school decided to make us students go there at around 8:30 in the morning to get our class picture taken. Well, I don’t mind that but uhh… it’s really tiring to wake up early in the morning.

After the class picture is taken we all decided to went home. Me, I decided to take a detour and went to a convenience store to buy some cold coffee (I don’t know why I bought one but eh). I decided to walk from school to home rather than taking up a tricycle (a form of public transportation in our country). I got home, saw my mom preparing meals to eat. After I ate the bestowed food, it was still around 10 in the morning, I decided to rest for a while since the event is still later.

Practices and Practices

For this month, we the grade 10 and also the grade 9 students are going to have a what you can call a JS Prom. Well, its name has been changed to High School Night the reason being that we aren’t really considered as junior or senior high school students anymore. We are referred to as the grade 10 and grade 9 students; senior high school students are grade 11 and 12. So yeah, that’s the reason why the name is changed into “High School Night”.

The day after February 14, which is February 15, all we did at class was to practice and practice for the upcoming dance presentation on the 16th. The High School Night event is scheduled on the 16th of February… so a whole day of practicing before the event takes place. If you’re wondering what the dance is all about; every section is tasked to present one modern and one classical dance. So yeah, it’s pretty much a competition between the grade 10 and grade 9 students.

Second Runner Up (3rd Place)

For this day, we had an event wherein other schools in our area battle up in a quiz competition; this contest is what we call “Singkatalino”. So the participants of this competition compose of five students per school. The title for the competition was derived from the words cinco which is Spanish for five and talino which is Tagalog for intelligence. Hence cinco + talino = Singkatalino, can be defined as five intellectual students.

So I got picked to become one of the five members to represent our school. The only competitors are grade 6 students and grade 10 students of our school and of course the other school. The grade 6 students did a great job and they actually managed to become the champion for the grade 6 competitors. On the other hand, we got 3rd place, or as they call it “Second runner up”. We didn’t actually have the time to review thoroughly, but hey… at least we got a place. That’s better than nothing.

Unexpected Victory

After finishing the strenuous task required for the Science experiment, which involves making a somewhat visual aide that is intended to become a part of this stressful experiment, I convinced myself that I shall unwind myself. Not so long after the said activity, we were called by our Science educator for this so-called contest in a specific subject. I don’t really give a damn about these contests, to me, qualifying for it is merely enough and I don’t subject to winning.

To my surprise, I was the one that won the contest. I didn’t expect myself to be victorious for I have not read a single lesson for the said subject.  Guessing I relied more on my stock knowledge rather than actually reviewing the previous lectures. Though, it was an honor being the champion for this short contest.  It seems unfair to the ones that actually reviewed for the contest, but I doubt that anyone has actually scanned their notes as everyone in the class is somewhat pressured due to the numerous amounts of projects to do.

There’s still some Luck

This is a continuation of the previous post about my failed experiments.  So, as I was doing the experiments, I am really getting stressed over it and I got really stubborn to see a successful output. On my work table, it was highly unorganized, materials are scattered over the place and the worst part is two cups of water are near my smartphone and my laptop.

I didn’t pay attention to the two cups of water, until my cat decided to jump on to my table. Long story short he spilled the water and water got into the speakers of my smartphone and a tiny bit of water into my laptop. At first, I wiped my laptop and surprisingly, none of the internal parts got damaged. It then came to my senses that my smartphone also got wet. I hurriedly checked it out and wiped the water with a cloth. The splashed water got into the speaker and I thought to myself, “Shit… the speaker’s going to be busted.”

I was right, the sound that comes out of the speaker got rugged. I got even more pissed and really got stressed over. I then remembered this thing to do when you have an electric device that got wet. It is to put it in a bag of rice and wait overnight for the rice to suck the water out. I immediately put my smartphone in a bag of rice and hoped that nothing is damaged.

To my impatience, after about an hour, I opened the bag of rice and took out my phone. Now the holes are filled with grains of rice, however I managed to get them all out (I thought that I would be even more enraged). Now I boot up the smartphone and surprisingly, the sound’s back to normal again. I learned now my lesson: Under no circumstances, never have water near any electronic devices.

Countless Retries

For our project in our Science subject, we were tasked to do an experiment that is related to physics. These experiments that we’re going to do is going to be exhibited I think about next week, so that other people can also see the experiment.

Firstly, I searched up easy experiments to do and I decided to test out match stick rockets as my first try. It really didn’t really turn out that great and the rockets won’t fly.

The second experiment that I did was a homopolar motor. Now this is the one that I really had trouble finding materials. Luckily, I was able to borrow a really strong neodymium magnet from an old classmate of mine. I tested it out, but to no luck it also won’t work. I thought that it was just a weak battery so I decided to buy some brand new ones. Well… it still didn’t work and I’m actually getting stressed over this experiment project.

Third experiment is a homemade compass. It needs the presence of a magnet, a needle, and a cork or a bottle cap. I managed to do this one, but it’s too simple and really easy to do. It doesn’t really provide that much impact and interest as an experiment that needs to be exhibited.

Fourth experiment that I did also involves magnetism. This one is really simple. What I did was I attached a paper clip onto a piece of string and made it look like into a kite. The whole experiment is really easy, all that is needed to do is bring the kite with paperclip close to the magnet, so it would seem like the kite is floating non-stop. I decided that this experiment was also too simple, so I kept looking for other experiments to do.

Fifth experiment is matchstick rockets again, but this time a whole new way of constructing it, I managed to make it fly but it’s not really that high. I’ll buy new materials on the weekends and hopefully I will stick to do this experiment. I mean, who doesn’t love rockets? They’re really fun and explosive, especially when you’re the one lighting it.