Saturday, February 6, 2016

500 Blogposts - My Story

It has taken a very long time, but we are finally here. 500 blogposts! This is also my final post, as now that college has started, I won't have much time - if any - to keep doing this. My first blogpost written by me was published on Wednesday the 9th of February, 2011, at 9:25 a.m., about my holiday.

This post is my 497th blogpost, because of many events. In 2013 I accidentally deleted a blogpost from 2012, and to this day, it has never been re-uploaded. Also, I had 2 posts which I could never upload because I used the class account to write them back in 2011, and since I never posted them, they had to be deleted. But they still count as posts, which is why this is my also my 500th post.

When I first started getting into posting, Levi and his friends made a movie that was shown on a TV channel, and his blog gained 1,000 views in no time. The rest of us were on ~600 views, so we envied him. Later, back in 2013, I had more views than most of my year, so of course I would gloat. Anytime someone with a lower view rating talked about it, I would come up cheekily and shove my ~10,000 views in their face, except my friends.

But when I became an ambassador, we had to show our page views for a slide, and Josephine and Lesieli had ~23,000 views already. I soon stopped gloating about pageviews.

The pageviews took a turn in 2014. I started gaining huge views. This made me work more on blog posts than anything. I started publishing 6-10 page long stories on my blog, and I even started writing Back To The Present, a 54 page long story, but when combined with all of the other story connections, is 84 pages long. And I enjoyed every bit of it.

As I got older, I found it harder to do blogposts. I would always have to split up my spare time so that I could post compulsory posts and work in a paragraph or two on the next post. It was hard for me, and I could tell it was the same for the others.

In 2015 I decided that in order to keep going, I would have to change my schedule. My parents made me do many after-school activities, so I had to organize my times so that everything would work. How did I do this? Math.

Now that my schedule was in order, some magical, mythical person decided that I needed more problems. Things to write about. Back in my 400th blogpost, I showed a mini-graph that had what most of my blogposts were about, and they were just for fun posts. Ones that I do not because of schoolwork, but because I did something that I wanted to share on my blog.

This ultimately led me to start Back To The Present again, adding 5 more parts onto it, even though it was supposed to have ended. Stories like The Rhyme were meant to be individual stories, but because of time, I would have to connect them to other stories. This schedule tired me out. In Term 3 of 2015 I started writing less and less stories, because I just needed breaks.

The year had now ended, and my time at PES was now over. I wrote a blogpost about my life at PES, intending that to be my final post. But my account was not removed, so I decided, “Hey! I’m only a few posts away from 500. Let’s keep going!” and kept going. At the start of 2015 I decided to finish my blog on 500 posts. That means that this is my final post.

I guess that because this is my final post, I have to give some inspirational words or what-not for the younger bloggers from Pt England. Just keep going  and going at it. The more posts you do in more varieties, the more chances that more people will come across your blog sooner. Remember, the more you do it, the better your results will be.

I have really enjoyed doing this, I hope that you have enjoyed reading these posts and watching the movies I’ve uploaded. It’s been a pleasure doing this. Bye.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Summer Learning Journey W3:D14

Week 3? Day 14? You may be wondering. My previous post was still in Week 2 of the Summer Learning Journey. Today is the final day to enter posts in the Summer Learning Journey, so I thought, "Let's do the final one instead!" Here we go!

It's the final day in Australia. Before I return to New Zealand, I am going to visit 5 landmarks. Here are the places:
1. Bondi Beach
It's a great place to spend the day. You can surf, swim, and walk there.
2. Great Barrier Reef
A fantastic place to see over 2,300km of coral and marine life
3. Sydney Opera House
It's Australia's iconic performing arts centre. How could I not go?
4. Melbourne City Centre
It's full of things to do! You can admire the wonderful night-life, art, opera, and so much more!
5. Uluru
Another famous landmark. You cannot leave without seeing it first.

I have now landed back in New Zealand. Here are some landmarks that I have visited.

1. Rainbows End
New Zealand's most known amusement park.
2. Sky tower
The tallest building in NZ.
3. Beehive
NZ's government house. I went there with the other ambassadors in 2013.
4. Waiwera
One of New Zealand's biggest water parks.
5. Splash Planet
Another park, but with more wet and dry rides.

Me and the ambassadors in Wellington, 2013

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Summer Learning Journey W2:D8

There are 4 people in my family. My parents, my sister, and me. My sister's name is Mariam. My sister is now in year 12 at Glendowie College, and I am entering year 9 at Selwyn College. My grandparents and my cousins live in Pakuranga. I have 2 cats, and 7 chickens.

Interview w/ My mum

Where were you born? Cape Town, South Africa
How many siblings do you have? 1
What is your favourite thing about New Zealand? Local calls are free, and it's safer than South Africa.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? All around the world for a nice holiday.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Summer Learning Journey W2:D7

During this holiday I have been doing 2 things: Blogging and playing Minecraft simultaneously. I have been going outside, but I prefer the comfort inside my house being a chair potato.

Lately I have been going on trips with my family, but on one trip I got so sick; everything was turning purple, and I collapsed. But now I am all better, playing and working at the same time!

Summer Activities
I asked my sister what she likes to do over the Summer holidays. Here are her top 5 things.
1: Watch Anime. My sister is a huge fan of anime and manga, so she and I have spent around the same amount of time on the computer.
2: Eat. My sister and I have nearly the same values, and we both love our food.
3: Sleep. A heavy sleeper is also what my sister is. She sleeps until 11 a.m, and I sleep until 8:30 a.m, even though we both sleep around 11 p.m.
4: Chat with friends online. At the moment, my sister has a bigger social life than I do, but I find it hard to chat with people that are travelling.
5: Play with pets. We have 2 cats, who often seek attention from us, and we take the time and effort to play with them, feed them, and let them out.

Those are my sisters 5 favourite things to do in the holidays!

Summer Learning Journey W2:D6

My personal favourite breakfast in Australia is steak and eggs. Now you may be thinking: "That's lunch! Or dinner!" But I indeed have had that for breakfast before. Pancakes are great too. They aren't that different from what I have in New Zealand.
I would love to eat those deluxe items everyday for breakfast, but there is something about too much which makes my parents stop me from eating those everyday.

Recipes You May Want to use:
Different Steak Recipes - Dinner
Different Lunch Recipes - Lunch
Different Breakfast Recipes - Breakfast

Monday, January 18, 2016

Summer Learning Journey W2:D5

Get out the plane, it's the end of my flight,
Looking for a new place to stay tonight
I have been in Australia before,
But this time I will be doing more.

Booked a nice place to stay, at a hotel
Product placement not included, as you can tell.
First night over and I wake up
Breakfast is pancakes with maple syrup
Get the chores done and I'm on my way
I'm gonna have a great day today.

Walking to a park with many rides
Speaking in English, I order pies
The rides are great! I'm having fun!
But I'm sweating hard, underneath the sun.

The day soon ends, I loved the place
I left with a happy smile on my face
Tomorrow we go to the beach
And that's how I'll spend the rest of my week!

English to Maori Translation

Hello : Kia Ora
How are you? : Kei te pēhea koe?
I'm am hot. (because it's hot): Kei te wera ahau.
Do you speak English? : E korero koe Ingarihi
How much does this taxi cost? : E hia te utu tenei tēkihi ?
Thank you! : Mauruuru e koe!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

My predicament

I haven't left the house that much, if at all during my holidays. The cameras we have are full of photos from 2013-2015, and they are all so meaningful that there isn't any space on the camera for updated photos, and the camera on my netbook has broken, so I really can't update this blog with photos. And I don't a phone either. To show how enraged I am, here is a photo of me being angry in 2015.
There aren't actually many photos of me being angry that aren't blurred. Well anyway, what it means is that for my holiday, only old and drawn pictures are going to be on my blog.