Ukelele Submission (Down In The Valley)

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature?
The song that I chose, down in the valley, is played in 3/4. Also, the key of my tune is C.

What sort of rhythms are used in your song?
The song that I chose has a big majority quarter notes and a small minority for the remaining half notes.

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing…
Even though I spent a large part of the time used to practice to learn the melody as I found it incredibly hard for me to memorise the correct places to play, My note accuracy is, compared to other submissions, pretty horrible. I tend to hesitate a little bit too much on the pauses and speed up too fast when I was only meant to increase the number of notes played in a single bar by two. To solve this problem, I numbered the notes 1-4 in the order they first came in (C, F, G and A). So instead of a bunch of random note scrambled into a pile, I can easily memorise the order of the notes (1, 2, 3, 4, 2, 4, 3, 2, 3, 3). I can also separate the line into imaginary chunks to again, better memorise the order (1, 2, 3, / 4, 2, / 4, 3, 2, 3, / 3). One downside of this is that even though the middle section seems short, it actually spans two full bars, leading this to somewhat confuse me more. So, I re-arranged the order and came up with a much more time aware order (1, 2, 3, 4 / 2, 4, 3, 2 / 3, 3).

What Ukulele skills have you acquired?
Before this unit started, I had a vague idea on how to play the ukulele as I have only played it once before during the first few performing arts lessons of Grade 6/7. After overcoming most beginner problems, I learned how to confidently play the melody and read some of the notes, but I still wish to be able to completely memorise the fingering and master the timing. In addition to all this, I was able to refresh up on what little things I learnt during Grade 6/7 to assist me in my journey.

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style?
My group decided on the tempo through listening to Mr O’Toole’s version of the song and adapting it to our own changes. We couldn’t really change the tempo too much, but we could speed it up a little to make the piece sound more smooth and allow me to cover up my (vocal) mistakes better.

How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming…
I used a large amount of cutting and trimming to fine-tune my recordings since if my timing was just a little off, it will affect the whole thing in a such an influential way that my version won’t sound anything like it’s original. I cut the piece of music into bits and pieces to be able to align them with the other recordings (Strumming, Melody, Vocals).

Discuss the recording process; did you have any concerns or issues?
I need to improve on my ability to stick to a plan and have more confidence in going to the recording booth and actually starting to record. When I started to record, I would often line up for recording, but at the last moment go back to practice more. This lead to me needing to go back to Mr O’Toole’s room to actually record my bits and pieces.

Design Medallion Process

The process of creating this medallion started off with the planning stage. I was required to find or create two medallion designs that used words, shapes and different power settings on the laser cutter. After coming up with two designs, we had to choose one for our final project, this one had to be traced in colour to indicate what power setting is used for what shapes. Finally, we would proceed to go on illustrator and using a scanned version of the plan, create the medallion.

My Instrument Choice


This YouTube video teaches how to take a saxophone out of the case and assemble it.

This describes how a professional would achieve his/her rite of passage and how using a saxophone alongside other instruments, jazz music creates a feeling of home. The main explanation starts at 3:04.

I would like to play something like to play something like the second or third one this video.

This video teaches the viewer how to play the saxophone (mouth positioning and blowing movements, keys)

The video here shows how to clean the saxophone.


Science Structures And Forces Unit Summative Assessment Criterion B And C Summary

The Natural world affects us in many ways -good and bad- including things like gravity which keeps us on the floor and prevents us, and our objects from floating around like headless chickens. But like all good things, nature as a bad side as well, these things include hurricanes which obviously destroy building and bridges. Things like tsunamis and earthquakes also contributed to the destruction of many structures.

Doing experiments can test the dangers of the natural environment and what damage they will inflict on different structures. Once we know what the environment can do, we can create structures that counteract the power of nature. Essentially, the more we know about the dangers of the world, the more we can do to defend against them.

We created a test which shows which height of I-Beam (5cm, 10cm, 15cm) can stand up to a significant amount of wind and weight for 30 seconds. There results of the test shows that the 5cm I-Beam is the most effective due to the fact that since it’s profile is so small, the wind is not able to use all it’s power on it. Also, the weight is more stable when the weakness (the long stick in the middle) is less exposed to the elements.

We first did a trial run of the experiment to figure out all the problems and details that we didn’t specify in the Criterion B method section. We improved our test as we went on so once we completed the first trial, we had a good idea of how we wanted our experiment to look. I researched about different ways wind and weight can affect a structure and how people now are counteracting them. Since me and Roger’s experiments were very similar, with us both using the same I-Beam, we took turns in testing/using the I-Beam. When I was testing, he was improving his method. When he was testing, I was recording the data and writing up extra notes.

中文 Unit 1 Reflection 和十个句子













Design Logo Feedback

Q1: How can I make my logo more timeless, memorable…

Q2: Should I add anything to my logo? If yes, then what?

Q3: What should I change the font of my name to?

My logo was successful because I could split the circle into two to only colour one side (to provide contrast). Also having the colour differentiate from one other make it symmetrical. My logo successfully represents me as a person and my skills and interests.

To improve my logo I could have a wider range of colour for my logo as it only contains black and white. In addition to that, I can make the proportions of the rooks more like the real ones like the ones I have now are a little tall and thin. Also, my circle around the shapes are little small therefore making the whole logo look a lot more squished. Finally, the text could be placed in a better position after the circle is widened.

Unité 1 – Parlez-vous-français

Unité 1 – Parlez-vous-français

How can I use my knowledge of English to learn French?                                  The alphabet that both languages use are similar so therefore, I can guess the meaning of certain words.

How can I introduce myself in French?                                                                               I can introduce myself in French by talking about the following

  • How are you feeling?
  • What’s your name?
  • What’s your birthday?
  • Where do you live?
  • What is your nationality?

How are languages linked to one another?                                                                        Languages are linked through colonisation, occupation and trade. Such as in the case of Philippines, colonisation by Portugal and trade with China has had enormous effects on its language.

Does learning a new language make your mother tongue stronger?                   I don’t think learning French will make my mother tongue stronger because Cantonese is vastly different from French with the written and spoken form being more complex.

Link to summative audio clip

10 Million Dollar Cup Challenge (Design)

During design, we were challenged to create a adhesives free paper cup for Starbucks to stop the mass amount of plastics being thrown away and wasted because they didn’t have an economical and practical solution.

My first design ( second photo ) was the result of me testing out different folds to see what could make a space which could carry liquid. As you can see it was not very effective because the front side is not high enough and the “cup” could not stand without spilling a significant amount of it’s liquid.

After repeated tries to solve this problem, I opted to find another option which was sturdier and could stand up by itself. My solution is ( as shown in the first photo ) is a box. The multiple layers covering the bottom provides extra layers of shielding for the water from soaking through while stacking this design on top of each other could create a barrier to stop the liquid from penetrating the box.

HWEO Chinese Unit Reflection

How We Express Ourselves unit reflection


During class, we learnt about different types of Chinese arts including Peking opera, kung-fu, tai chi and Chinese painting and pottery. Some artists develop their knowledge and skills by finding teachers who are experts in this field already, or others learn the ways of the art by themselves and practice daily.