Monthly Archives: March 2014

Spring Break is Over!

Hi guys! Today is the first monday back to school after long, awesome and boring spring break. So I finally decided what to blog about! 

My birthday was on Thursday and we went to Island of Adventures from school, it was an IB field trip. It was the best way to celebrate my birthday! I had fun with my friends and I got more close to them. I will remember this day because it was one of the most amazing day of my life. 

I had a long, tiring, fun, and awesome spring break. Spring break is so boring, when you don’t have family plans to go anywhere or visit someone. When you are the IB student who procrastinates and stays up nights to pull an “allnighter” to finish homework or to study for a test, will know what I am talking about. I slept so much over the spring break. Did any of you do that? Every single day I would wake up between 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon.

Ah! I was so bored on Tuesday that I picked up my phone and called Shikha, and I asked her if she wanted to come watch a movie with me. She was like sure. So we planned what time would be suitable for our moms to drop us at the Loop and pick us from there. It was the most awesome and the most fun part of the spring break. We watched Divergent. It was a good movie and we both enjoyed it.

So after I enjoyedI decided to do my homework on Thursday and my family made plans to go to Tijuana Flats for dinner. So I only did a bit on that day. On Friday, I ended up reading books. On Saturday, I finally finished all my homework because I wanted to spend Sunday doing nothing but watch movies.

TODAY IS MONDAY! Everyone in school is going to talk about how their break was. Some people are going to be tired and some are going to be excited to see their friends.

Thank you guys for making it special!  (Photo credits: Justin Chu)
Thank you guys for making it special!
(Photo credits: Justin Chu)

Silly Willy



March 30th, 2014

The alarm rang and I jumped out of bed. Or at least, that’s how I wished it happened. I rolled over and hit the snooze button before remembering my responsibility. Moaning a little, I eventually get up and walk over to a clear, glass jar.

“Hey, you up, Silly Willy?”

I hold the jar up and look around to try and locate him. Seeing that he is resting on a droopy leaf, I take my shiny, silver tweezers and pick up the leaf. I drop it off in a small, clear container while cleaning out his home. Afterwards, I place Silly Willy back into his main jar. Running to the refrigerator, I get some fresh leaves and place them next to Silly Willy. Suddenly he wakes up, does a little stretch and begins to munch on the crisp leaves.

Silly Willy is a moth caterpillar I found when my mom was washing some vegetables. I don’t mean vegetables like broccoli or potatoes, but when Vietnamese cook, they use vegetables that look like spinach but taste different. They have leaves but we use so many kinds that I don’t know what they are called in English…or in Vietnamese for that matter. Anyway, I picked up the leaf that he was currently on and transferred him into a clear, glass jar with the top off. I knew not to try to pry him off the leaf because his legs might get ripped off. I took some leaves from the plant he had originally been on and added it to the jar so that he would have more leaves to munch off after the one he was on was finished. The jar had been home to two other caterpillars, Squiggles and Wiggles, whom had already transformed and flown away. I already had some basic knowledge of how to raise a moth caterpillar from those two, so I knew what I was doing.

Usually, caterpillars are very picky with what they eat, and will only eat the plant that they were born on. I put three types of leaves into the jar, to see which one Silly Willy would like the most. Strangely, he ate all three leaves! That’s how he got his name, from being a silly little caterpillar. I’ve only had him for five days but he’s made a place in my heart. I’ll be sad when he gets his wings and flies away, but I’ll also be proud of him when he does.

Silly Willy in his small, clear container
Silly Willy in his glass jar (Day 1)
Silly Willy munching on his leaves (Day 5)

Give Everyone (and me) A Chance, Please? :)

Today is March 29, 2014

Hello Readers/Bloggers

Its Saturday, (one more day till school, yay?, the break was extremely short and small and boring 😦 ) if you still didn’t realize that 😀 I didn’t realize it till now honestly, I checked the date and I was like, oh shizzles! today is my day to blog on 31 students and here I am.

Note: I might add random stuff in my post so please bear this! Thanks 🙂

I just don’t know what to write about today but I will tell you what happened. Ok, ready for a story (a banal one xD)?

Anyways, I was thinking about my whole life, like literally from the beginning and how people treated me and others, you know my memories weren’t as gold or sweet as our elders tell us. Out of nowhere I suddenly thought about people judging each other and I don’t hate people who judge, but I hate it when people don’t give you a chance to prove their real selfs.

I am a really shy person, I am extremely sensitive, extremely caring (Why do people get angry about that?),a worried wreck (most of the time, I worry for no reason… well about my family and my close friends),& smart. I hate it when people label me as a “popular” person or “outgoing”.

I hate it when none of you judgers give me or anyone a chance to show you our true side. I am tired or trying to act like I am ok when some junior glares at me or when one of you laugh at me for no apparent reason. I am tired of you guys looking at me like if I am some alien from planet whatever or laughing/talking behind my backs or acting all cool around me just so you could rub it in my face.(Which makes laugh because you try to rub it in my face and I am HAPPY 😀 with what I have…)

OMG, I didn’t get invited to a party! Big deal, either way invited or not I still can’t come to the party (not a party person…I have to stay with my family, they come first before anything…I might come if my close true friends invite me…so ya.) Talk bad stuff about me in my face, I would rather hear it from the person itself rather from my close friend(s)…it hurts you know…I cry sometimes but I try to stay strong…Anyways, I am sorry for ranting or boring you peeps/people to death with my sad(?) situation but just give me a chance to show the real me.

Whats your opinion about Judging? Leave your comments down below.

Thank you for spending you precious time on this banal post,

-HelperForverProudForHelping 😀

P.S. Give people around you a chance…you might like them. Also if anyone needs anyone for suggestions or advice or help, I am here for you! I will help literally ANYONE. I care about you! Keep smiling guys. Also, please don’t say my name, thank you for your time. Peace my friends 😀


Messy Perfection

having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
This morning my dad and I were talking in the kitchen and he was sharing with me how he loved his childhood even though it was in a third world country, El Salvador. To him being able to walk down dirt roads to a lake on the weekends with his brothers to go fishing and swimming was perfect. Being able to ride a horse and stop to climb a mango tree whenever he got hungry was perfect for him even though he would fall sometimes (Heheheh xD). That whole relaxed life is what he considers perfect.
(A place called Agua Caliente in El Salvador. Heheh that’s not my dad by the way. There’s just a bunch of pretty cows in El Salvador.)
Anyway, that whole conversation my dad and I had about perfection got me thinking about how perfection is something different for every person. As teens I feel like we try to be a perfect with perfect grades, perfect looks, perfect relationships, and perfect ways of being and doing things. Sometimes we see people in TV, movies, or magazines and we try to be like that. What I like though is that as teens we try to reach those levels of perfection while knowing we won’t always get there, but we’re still happy with where we do get. Being a teen in general can be pretty messy as we scramble to be extraordinary, but we still have those moments of curiosity where we try to see just how perfectly we can do things. For example, you see thoseNeutrogena commercials where the girl gracefully splashes water on her face and *poof* all clean. I’m pretty sure most of us have tried to reenact that but just end up burning our eyes (or at least I hope I’m not the only one who has tried heh).

So whatever may be “perfect” for you, just remember that you already are perfect. ❤

-Lizzie Manzano


F is for friends who do stuff together

U is for you and me

N is for anywhere anytime at all

down here in the deep blue sea


We al have that one friend that we know more about than ourselves and that one friend I have is my best friend, my ex boyfriend and the big brother I always wanted.

We met in the 5th grade at the karate school we go to. I was a higher belt but is little brother always ran up to me and gave me the biggest hugs ever. Then when we both went to middle school and were stuck in the same guitar class we ad to a least try to talk to each other. Tall (well everyone was taller than me), Brazilian, funny and really cute. Yup I had a crush on my best friend, or soon to be best friend, in the 6th grade. He sat next to me in 6th period trying to show off his not so good guitar skills but hey don’t all guys try to impress someone? Am I saying it was me, no, but someone. After a few months into the year on my way to P.E. he stopped me and said the famous words, “will you be my girlfriend?” Yes the one kid I got to mess with almost everyday at karate had asked me out. like a little crushing girl would always do, I said yes. he gave me a quick hug and we went into the locker room to change.

A few months later, more like 5,  we broke up because we both felt as if a relationship between two really good friends wouldn’t work out. We still kept in touch because the school ear still wasn’t over. At karate when we would have to fight, we would jut stand there and look at each other laughing, while our parents tell us to actually hit each other. He never did hit me. Then in 8th grade he met this girl and forgot all about me.

9th grade came and we managed to end up in the same German class. Great right? Well anyways we  were together for 364 days. Yup 1 day before a year. We stopped talking for a few months with fear of regretting it but lately we started to talk a lot. and he we are this very second making plans to go airsofting Saturday. Friends really do stick around


The whole big flashback is to only show my best friend has been with me through thick and thin, from left to right, as I have with him.

For all those who see this just comment your best friend’s, or best friends name.

Music to the Ears? No, Music to the soul!

Hello Bloggers, I was thinking of what I should write about. As I was thinking I kept in mind I would have to write a large post about it, so I knew my topic would have to be something I am passionate about. Then it came to me. Music! Hope you enjoy….

Today was a normal spring break day. I woke up around 12:30 (boy is it good to be able to sleep in xD) and I ate breakfast. I have been spreading my homework out so I don’t procrastinate and have to do it all sunday night. So I was sitting at my desk bent over my homework, ( By the way this homework assignment is charts D: ) when I felt I needed a break. I thought to myself, thinking of what I could do. I knew exactly what i wanted to do, Practice my Viola.

For those of you that don’t know I play the  Viola. It is an instrument similar to the Violin but it has a deeper tone quality. It is the best instrument in the whole orchestra ( if I do say so myself ). Practicing isn’t the most fun thing in the world but it is worth it, because when you practice enough you gain skill. With this skill you can go back to the orchestra and make music, true music.

The type of music that raises the hairs on your neck. The music that toys with deep emotions that nothing else can do. When the perfect chord comes together and all the players spill their emotions into their playing it is nothing short of amazing. There is nothing that compares to the tingle in the pit of your stomach when an orchestra section plays a rhythmic melody that enchants your entire being.

When you sit in the orchestra and hear the swell of the sound and play of the other players, nothing in this world matches that feeling. When every section is in sync within themselves and each section is in sync with each other.

I believe that music is not appreciated by the ears or the skin or anything tangible. Music is appreciated by the soul. Music hits the very essence of every human being. Music can inspire you, it can make  you cry, it can heal your wounds. Music can do almost anything. If you just listen and feel.

Thanks for Reading 🙂


Finally, a Break!

Hey guys!

So, originally I was supposed to post yesterday, the 21st, but I had a bit of difficulty with posting to the blog. First time blogger here. Anyways, I figured it out with the help of a few people so now I am prepared to blog. I’m not entirely sure what to say. Should I talk about my day, how I feel, what I’m thinking? I suppose I’ll just start typing and see where it leads me.

First of all, Thursday was my IB field trip. We all went to Universal’s IOA and it was incredibly fun. As IB students, we really need a break occasionally and we received a really good one. Thanks to all the people who made it possible. It was a day of laughs and smiles. My friends and I immediately went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Here’s us in front of the castle, though you can barely see it.


We even got to dress up in robes and pretend to be wizards. It was awesome. My Hogwarts house is Ravenclaw. What about yours?


The field trip was a huge success in my opinion. We went to Sea World last year and IOA this year. I wonder where we will go next year. Perhaps a Disney Park or Busch Gardens.

After the field trip, the third quarter was officially over and spring break had officially begun. I cannot say how glad I am to have a break, even if it is just for a week. I intend to make the most of it. Though I will make sure to finish all my work too. 😉

This Sunday I intend to go watch Divergent. I adored the books and I hope the movie lives up to expectations, though they hardly do. Books are always superior to the movies. An exception might be some of the Harry Potter films and the Hobbit.


Over spring break I also plan to catch up on the multitude of shows I watch. Twenty-seven to be exact. I’m a total TV addict. However, I’m also going to read a lot of books. My to-read list has been growing. I finally finished both volumes of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle is truly an amazing writer. I watch Sherlock as well. Benedict Cumberbatch portrays him beautifully.


Well, that’s my first blog post. I like blogging. Just talking about what’s going on. It’s nice. I might keep doing it.
See you all after spring break!


A penny for your thoughts

So blogging I think is actually a legit awkward thing to do, and for the past two days I’ve been wondering what in the world I would ever write about. Well this morning I saw a YouTube video from Anna Akana about how to be confident. How many times have we as people stopped doing something we’ve really wanted to do because we were afraid of what someone would say, or afraid of what people would think of us ? We, or at least I, all too often let other people control what I do just because I’m afraid of a snarky comment. So I have a goal for you guys(myself included) do something once a week your normally wouldn’t do. Whether it be something like wearing that shirt you really like, or maybe performing in front of others, even if it’s just asking for that ketchup packet instead of getting someone else to do it.
Anna Akana

On a slightly related note, this video also made me question what all we sacrifice for the sake of being accepted by people. And sometimes that can result in your happiness being sacrificed so you can maintain that friendship. The greatest advice I’ve ever heard is that you, yourself should come first before anybody else because if you don’t put yourself first who will? Another one is that once something is holding you back you have to let go and move on, and it’s hard of course it is, but your life is better lived being happy and weightless. So maybe the spring season will also introduce another period of your life where you can be a confident and weightless you. I’m excited for spring and summer and all the opportunities that will come with it. So if you’ve made it this far thank you for reading and please share your thoughts in the comments. Have a good spring, Maria🌺☀️



Good evening bloggers and readers. It is Tuesday March 18th, and that means spring break is two days away. Thursday is the last day of school before the break, and we have a field trip to Islands of Adventure that day which is amazing.  Image

I haven’t been to IOA since I was in 6th grade. I’m so excited about it honestly. I can’t wait for the bus ride because I get to sit with my friends and sing songs by my favorite artists such as Chief Keef and Lil B, and sing songs like music of the night(The Phantom of the Opera), and I Love You( Lil B).

Once we get IOA I’m going to go on the Incredible Hulk Ride, which is something I’ve always wanted to do but I’ve been too scared.Image

I’m so excited to spend the day with my close friends and bae (soon to be). Hope you all have a good day and a nice spring break, when you have it. Goodnight, until we meet again *tips imaginary hat*

A Very Special Day for a Very Special Woman <3

Why hello there fellow bloggers 😀 I hope that all of you are having a magnificent day. If you are like me and forget certain things, then you may not know that today is March 17. For some of you, today is just another day. Some of you may just have gotten home from school, some of you may  have just gotten off from work, and even some of you may just be jamming along with the Frozen album (and yes I do want to build a snowman). However for me, I just had the most amazing meal to celebrate an amazing woman’s birthday. This very day, was the day my mom was born. My mom, Melissa, just turned… some age between 0 to 100. I cannot even explain how much my mom means to me. Without her, I probably would have not survived this far. She is the person I always go to when I have problems, or even when I just need to shine some light during my day.

For her birthday, my family and I ate in Oishi Sushi & Hibachi found on International Drive.


(There’s a picture for all of you to see)

When we sat down and looked at the menu, all of us just looked clueless. There were so many items for us to choose from and some choices I’ve never even heard before. There was katsu, sushi, teriyaki, hibachi, and even donburi! (Don’t worry I have no idea what donburi is either. You’re not alone.) After an intense period of about 10 minutes, all of us managed to narrow our choices down to one entree. I myself ordered the chicken katsu, my dad, grandma, and aunt ordered the shrimp tempura, my brother (the risk taker) ordered the prawns with noodles, and last but not the least, the birthday girl ordered the seafood tempura.

When our food finally came out of the kitchen, all of our eyes popped open. All of our food looked so perfect that we almost did not want to eat it. However, we were starving so we all attacked like savage animals. (It wasn’t pretty) Here are some pictures for you guys to see right before we devoured them:


(miso soup)


(My wonderful Chicken Katsu)


(My dad’s shrimp tempura… Yeah my dad is pretty adorable)


(My brother with his soup)


(The birthday girl trying to get some food from my brother)

Once we were all finished with our food, we went home. When we got home, my romantic father had a little surprise for my mom.Image

She was tearing up with happiness while the rest of us basically started digging into the cake. (It was delicious by the way)

I think that my mom’s birthday was a success. Everyone had a good time and we were all happy with our meals. My mom especially enjoyed her birthday and I hope that she has many more birthdays to come. Mom, if you are reading this I LOVE YOU!!!! ❤ and Happy Birthday 🙂

Well thank you for reading my Slice of Life and I look forward to reading some of your slices as well. See you real soon 🙂