Tag: School Holidays

THE CHAIR

This short tale starts benignly enough, with a friendly-seeming ghost playing with children, but when you learn the origins of the ghost – and just why the ghost is moving the object around the room, it quickly gets a lot creepier.

 

“When my sister Betsy and I were kids, our family lived for a while in a charming old farmhouse. We loved exploring its dusty corners and climbing the apple tree in the backyard. But our favourite thing was the ghost.

 

We called her Mother, because she seemed so kind and nurturing. Some mornings Betsy and I would wake up, and on each of our nightstands, we’d find a cup that hadn’t been there the night before. Mother had left them there, worried that we’d get thirsty during the night.

 

She just wanted to take care of us. Among the homes’ original furnishings was an antique wooden chair which we kept against the back wall of the living room. Whenever we were preoccupied, watching TV or playing a game, Mother would inch that chair forward, across the room, toward us.

 

Sometimes she’d manage to move it all the way to the centre of the room. We always felt sad putting it back against the wall. Mother just wanted to be near us. Years later, long after we’d moved out, I found an old newspaper article about the farmhouse’s original occupant, a widow.

 

She’d murdered her two children by giving them each a cup of poisoned milk before bed. Then she hung herself. The article included a photo of the farmhouse’s living room, with a woman’s body hanging from a beam. Beneath her, knocked over, was that old wooden chair, placed exactly in the centre of the room.”

 

…Did it get colder in here, or is it just me?

Sequoia Forest

The Sequoia Forest is one of the most beautiful places in California, and is a must-see for nature lovers everywhere. I already learned some amazing facts about the place, and now I’m going to share with you.

Number One: The Sequoia National Forest, named for the world’s largest trees, has the greatest concentration of giant sequoia groves in the world. Protected within the Giant Sequoia National Monument, these groves and the areas around them are managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Number Two: Endangered Species, and Others The national park boasts an extensive variety of wildlife, including 5 types of fish unique to the area, 200 different bird species, and 26 different types of reptiles. There are some endangered species as well, including the California Condor, the Bald Eagle, and the Bighorn Sheep. 

Number Three: Unique Growth Methods of the Sequoia One of the factors that contributes to these trees being so resistant to fire and living such fantastically long lives, is the way they grow. While other trees bend or curve, sequoias grow up perfectly vertical.

Number Four: Native American Settlements It’s been proven that Native Americans, such as the Western Deep volcanic rock was forced above the ground by a subduction zone, which created the iconic peaks admired by so many in modern days. 

Number Five: Complex Road Systems More than 1,500 miles of intricate road systems exist within this park, and are meticulously maintained. There are also about 1,000 miles of abandoned roads in the area, and 850 dedicated to horseback riding and driving ATVs.

Number Six: John Muir’s Contributions The famed naturalist writer, John Muir, helped the park gain recognition through his talent and written works. He knew that the park was ecologically significant, and aided its development. 

Number Seven: The First National Park Founded to Protect a Species Sequoia National Park was formed with the intention of protecting a living organism, which is quite unique in the world of national parks.

I hope you found interesting facts about this park supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and thanks for checking out my blog, and I hope to post more like this soon, and feel free to leave a comment! ;P

Scary Short Story

The dark, weary feel of a cemetery can be matched by nothing

There is nothing more scary and creepier than a cemetery at night. 

Thinking of all the bodies and bones buried beneath the layer of dirt beneath your feet.

One evening, we  took my grandmother to my pawpaws grave to replace the old withered flowers that we had previously put there the month before. 

For some odd reason, when we began to leave, the car wouldn’t crank, because the battery had died. 

Now we were stuck with no signal and night fall was soon to come. 

I was scared to death and the only thing running through my 10 year old mind was a ghost.

The current foggy weather that oddly fell upon us didn’t help my fears at all on that gloomy autumn night.

Memories Of The Adventures Of Me & My Family

Task description: This week during the School Holidays, I decided to write about when me and my family went one a trip. It was so so much fun, and at the time I found this topic very fascinating not as I had expected it to be! #Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! After that I completed the slides, I posted it on my blog. I enjoyed doing this very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

Making Cookies

Task description: This week during the School Holidays, I decided to my a cookie recpie that my nana and mum use to make for me then I was younger. I’m going to try the recipe on my own in the weekday. I’ll share my baking results with you on my blog later! If you try out the recpie let me know how it turned out. After that I completed the slides, I posted it on my blog. I enjoyed doing this very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog. <3

 

About My Culture

I think it’s important for people to celebrate, share and to be proud of their cultures, and that is why I have decided to share my culture with you. My culture is Fiji Indian, so I have decided to tell you all about Fiji today.

 

Fiji is a lovely island, with many amazing sights to see, things to do and it has great food. Me and my family visit there often, as we have lots of family there. It’s an amazing and beautiful place!

Fiji is not just an island but it’s a country on it’s own. To many people Fiji is just an island or a part of New Zealand. This is because Fiji and New Zealand are both small countries. But Fiji is it’s own country. It has about 540 islets.

Fiji, is made up of many islands. Each one of these is unique and special in it’s own ways. Denarau and Mamanuca Island are two of the best islands in Fiji.

Along with the volcanic tourist attraction Mamanuca Island is also there. It is west of Nadi and south of Yawa Island. The tourist destination is made up of 20 islands. When it is high tide 7 of those islands are submerged.

Mamanuca Island is a volcanic tourist attraction. It is west of Nadi and south of Yawa Island.  The tourist destination is made up of 20 islands, 7 of those islands are submerged underwater at high tide.

Denarau Island is a man-made sanctuary, less than 10 kilometers away from Nadi. Denarau island was built on a former mangrove swamp, and is now a sanctuary for resorts, hotels. Denarau is also home to 6 world-class resorts.

The Islands of Fiji are located in the south-pacific ocean, like the other polynesian islands. Like New Zealand and Australia, Fiji is a part of the continent oceania. The island is filled with tropical beaches, coral gardens and beautiful forests.

Fiji is made up of more than 300 islands. It’s made up of many beautiful, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons.

Fiji is mostly hot all year around, but in the summer which is in December, it’s super hot. But Fiji does experience some extreme weather between June-October, during that time it’s cyclone season.

The weather in Fiji is always amazing, if sunny skies and cool breezes are what you’re looking for. But when it rains, it’s the perfect weather  to cuddle up and watch a movie. Or better yet go play in the rain. It’s never too hot or too cold in Fiji, it’s just right.

Most of the warmest temperatures are experienced in December. As December is considered summer in Fiji. Fiji’s coldest weather takes place in between June-Oct. Nov-April is the cyclone season. It’s said to be the driest month.

The food in Fiji is good too. Ice-cream tastes so much better when it’s hot. Coconut water is found everywhere and anywhere, for very low prices. Don’t get me started on the seafood, let’s just say it’s all amazing and delicious.

Why Is Language Important?

Language is a vital part of human connection. Although all species have their ways of communicating, humans are the only ones that have mastered cognitive language communication. Language allows us to share our ideas, thoughts, and feelings with others. 

It has the power to build societies, but also tear them down. It may seem obvious, but if you’re asking yourself, why is language important? You’ll have to break it down to truly understand why.

Language is what makes us human. It is how people communicate. By learning a language, it means you have mastered a complex system of words, structure, and grammar to effectively communicate with others.

To most people, language comes naturally. We learn how to communicate even before we can talk and as we grow older, we find ways to manipulate language to truly convey what we want to say with words and complex sentences. 

Of course, not all communication is through language, but mastering a language certainly helps speed up the process. This is one of the many reasons why language is important.

Language helps us express our feelings and thoughts. This is unique to our species because it is a way to express unique ideas and customs within different cultures and societies. By learning a foreign language, you can understand ideas and thoughts that may be different from your own culture. 

You can learn customs and how people interact in a given society. Language helps preserve cultures, but it also allows us to learn about others and spread ideas quickly.

When discussing topics like inclusive language, it’s easy to recognize that language, today, is changing alongside culture. With technology comes trends or different ways of speaking, like how many teenagers or young people use slang when they speak. 

When societies become more open-minded and progressive, we start accepting that there are many other ways of speaking language. Many of us know the answer to why language is important, but we often take language for granted or actually don’t think about it. Language is an important life skill, particularly in school and in the workplace.

Language is one of the most important parts of any culture.  It is the way by which people communicate with one another, build relationships, and create a sense of community.  There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today, and each is unique in a number of ways.

Communication is a core element of any society, and language is an important aspect of that.  As language began to evolve, different cultural communities put together shared understandings through sounds. Over time, these sounds and their infer meanings became commonplace and language was formed.

Intercultural communication is a symbolic process whereby social reality is constructed, maintained, and repCultural identity is heavily dependent on a number of factors including ethnicity, gender, geographic location, religion, language, and so much more.  

Culture is defined as a historically transmitted system of symbols, meanings, and norms. Knowing a language automatically authorises someone to identify with others who speak the same language.

This connection is such an important part of cultural exchange. As people with different cultural backgrounds interact, one of the most difficult barriers they face is that of language.

Feeling up for a task? Watching movies or TV in different languages is a great way to start.  If you’re feeling even more motivated, seek out language courses offered in your community.

Check out online learning communities, or download an app like Duolingo to begin your path to broader, more effective, and more personal communication!  What are some ways that you connect with people cross-culturally?

Fast Food

What is fast food?

Fast food is the term for a kind of food that people eat from a restaurant, cafe or take-out where food is prepared and served quickly. The restaurants that sell fast food are called “fast food shops” or “fast food restaurants”. Some of the more common fast food restaurants are McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and Wendy’s. Today we are going to have a look at each of these fast food restaurants, how they were created and what they sell the most of.

McDonald’s

McDonald’s is an American corporation that operates one of the largest chains of fast food restaurants in the world. There are over 36,000 McDonald’s stores around the world. These stores are in 119 countries and territories. McDonald’s has the second most stores of all fast food chains worldwide coming in behind the chain known as Subway. Did you know McDonald’s all around the world serve almost 54 million people each day? That is a lot of people! The first McDonald’s was opened by siblings Richard and Maurice (Mac) McDonald in 1940.

 

This restaurant was located on Route 66 in San Bernardino, California. Mc’Donalds mainly serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers, burger, chicken nuggets, french fries, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes and desserts. They have introduced healthier options and have kids meals available too. Frozen Cokes are a popular item on the menu in New Zealand and Australia. McDonald’s offers both counter service and drive-through services with indoor and outdoor seating as some restaurants. According to Google the most popular item on the McDonald’s menu is french fries! Google it if you don’t believe me!

 

KFC 

KFC also known as Kentucky Fried Chicken is an American fast food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken. The headquarters is located in Louisville, Kentucky. Measuring the sales of KFC they are the second largest restaurant chain after McDonald’s. There are almost 20,000 locations of KFC globally in 123 countries and territories as of December 2015. KFC was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur.

 

He began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky during the Great Depression. Sanders saw the potential of the restaurant franchising concept and the first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” franchise opened in Utah in 1952. KFC was one of the first American fast food cagins to expand internationally. KFC’s original product is pressure fried chicken pieces seasoned with Sanders’ recipe of 11 herbs and spices.  (his trade secret). The menu has since expanded to include sandwiches, wraps, salads, french fries, coleslaw, potato and gravy, desserts and soft drinks. Chicken pot pie is the number one most popular item at KFC, but since we don’t have that in New Zealand I am guessing that popcorn chicken that comes in at number 2 would be our best seller!

 

Burger King

Burger King or what is often called BK is a fast food restaurant chain that comes from the United States. It sells hamburgers, french fries, soft drinks, along with other items. BK was created in 1954 in Miami, Florida by James McLamoe and David Edgerton. There are more than 15,00 Burger King restaurants worldwide in 100 countries and almost all of them are franchises. The only place in the world that is not called Burger King is Australia. The name “Burger King” was already trademarked in Australia so their BK franchises are called Hungry Jack’s. BK offers both dine in and drive through restaurants. According to Google the most popular item at Burger King is the whopper burger.

 

Wendy’s

Wendy’s is an international chain of fast food restaurants founded by Dave Thomas on 15th November 1969 in Columbus Ohio. Wedny’s is an American international fast food restaurant. The company moved its headquarters to Dublin Ohio on 29th January 2006. Wendy’s menu is mostly hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, french fries and beverages. For dessert they serve frostys which are similar to Dairy Queen’s Blizzards. Wendy’s like the other fast food restaurants provides both dine in and drive through restaurants. According to Google the most popular item ordered at Wendy’s is french fries.

 

I hope today’s reading has shown some light into some of our favourite fast food restaurants that we have in New Zealand. French fries have definitely taken it out as the most popular fast food item from these restaurants. I cannot blame them, the french fries are most certainly the best item on the menu especially at KFC!

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Indian Sweets

Going past an Indian sweet shop do you often wonder what all those different sweets are? How are they made or what are their ingredients?… I decided to put a guide together to help you find out more about these delicious sweet delights from South Asia.

Indian sweets are collectively called Mithai which is derived from the word mitha which means sweet. There are many varieties, and different types of Indian sweets but they usually come from the original recipe for the sweet.

Let’s look at the most common types of Mithai that people consume especially at special occasions like weddings, parties and functions, and festivals like Diwali, Eid and Vaisakhi.

Many of the recipes for the sweets originated centuries ago with many of the sweets being cooked at home.

Some families still cook such sweets at home especially if they have elders in the family who know how to make them. However, the majority of people buy them at “sweet centres” or restaurants as take-outs or order them as gifts to be given at specific events like a wedding.

Barfi

Sometimes called Burfi or Barfee, has its named derived from the Persian word “barf” which means snow since barfi is similar to ice/snow in appearance.

This sweet is made from condensed milk, cream and sugar. The simple type is usually of a white or creamy colour and has a thick sweet texture. It is usually available in small rectangle or diamond shapes. This particular sweet has many varieties, because you can add almost anything to the recipe, depending what you like.

Jalebi

Popular during the festival of Diwali, this is a sticky chewy sweet which is usually of an orange colour. It is typically made from a type of wheat flour called maida, saffron, ghee (type of butter) and sugar.

A deep fryer or wok filled with very hot oil is used to make it. The mixture is usually squeezed from a hand held cone directly into the hot oil, allowing it to deep fry. The resulting shapes are circular or pretzel like and they are then soaked in syrup to give it the sticky texture.

The sweets are served warm or cold. Lime juice is sometimes added to the syrup, as well as rosewater or other flavours. It can be eaten warm or cold. Some people even have the sweet served in milk. The origin of the sweet is from the middle east, where it’s called Zlebia. Therefore, its likely that during the period of Muslim rule in India, this dish was introduced in the country. When this happened they replaced the Z with J in its name.

Gulab Jamun

This is a deep and sweet tasting mithai and very popular.

It is made from khoya (milk powder), mixed together with flour and sugar, and then deep fried. Either in ball shapes or rounded rectangular shapes. Once fried and brown, it is coated all over with a sugar syrup flavored with cardamom seeds and rosewater, kewra or saffron. Dessicated coconut if often used as a finishing touch.

The word “gulab jamun” comes from Persian, gulab, “rose” referring to the rosewater-scented syrup and the hindi word “jamun.”

Halwa

Halwa, also called halva, halveh, helwa, or halvah is a sweet usually made with semolina or wheat can can include nuts. Traditional halwa uses khoya milk. Ingredients for halwa include ghee, milk, sweetened condensed milk and flour or semolina. There are many different types of halwa available in sweet shops. This includes Pista Halwa which contains pistachios , or Gajjar Halwa which is carrot based. It can look a little like Turkish Delight in the shops.

There are many more types of Indian sweets you will see in a sweet shop and some will vary depending on the region of India. For example, a Punjabi sweet shop will not have all the sweets a Gujarati sweet shop will have. It’s a good idea to try different sweets because you never know you might discover a new favourite!

Indian sweets do come with a health warning though because they can be quite high in fat and calories due to the rich ingredients used in most of them. Therefore, if you are waistline conscious, have them as a treat rather than too frequently.

What happens during ramadan and eid?

Task description: This week during the school holidays I decided to share my knowledge about ramadan and eid because ramadan is coming to a end and eid is about to begin. I enjoyed this task very much and I hope to do more like this soon. After that I completed the task, I posted it on my blog. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog. BYEEE! ;P