Thursday, December 17, 2015

Peter's Answers

Here you go, Peter answers all of our questions. 

1. Have you seen a cobra?

No, but I heard one slither away.

2. What are your hobbies?

Reading, writing, drawing, theater, and games.

3. Can we see a picture of Olivia’s family?

No.  Most of them are dead.  But I am attaching a picture of me with Olivia.

(This was taken right after the typhoon.  Typhoon Dujuan.  I made up a snack and called it Typhoon du Jour.  Ask your teacher to explain the name.)

4. How many friends have you made?


5. What kind of foods are there in Taiwan?

A lot. You name it, we’ve got it.  The name of my favorite restaurant is Red Thai.  It’s super fancy.  I love to eat the chicken and the shrimp cakes (triangles) and the fish.  The craziest name of a restaurant we’ve seen is “Monkey Eat Braised Meat.”

6. Do you eat bugs in Asia?

Yes.  I also eat chicken hearts.

7. What’s it like at school?

It’s bipolar.  Sometimes it’s great; sometimes it’s not.

8. Are there pandas and bamboo there?

There are pandas at the zoo, but not in the wild. But there is bamboo everywhere. (There are monkeys though, but we haven’t seen any yet.  Which is a good thing.  They can be dangerous.)

9. Have you had a chance to see the animals there?

There are so many kinds of bugs and geckos and frogs.  We live on campus near the farm part.  Cows, pigs, ducks, chickens, geese, swans, peacocks (including an all-white one), and chickens.  My mother has made friends with a goat.

10. Do you like Pokemon?

Yes.  I have a couple thousand cards and every single DS game since 2010.

11. What are the stores like in Taiwan?

The big grocery stores are really big.  They’re like mini-department stores.  When you walk in, before you even see the supermarket part, there are counters and sections that sell clocks or cameras or phones or clothes or shoes or bedding.  The one closest to us has a Japanese store inside the Taiwanese store.  There is a haircut place called, Speed.  For $100 NT, which is about $3 USD, you can get a haircut.  For the same price, you can get a massage for 10 minutes.  There are people who mend clothes at stations in the big grocery stores.  There are pharmacies.  Food courts.

12. Who is your best friend?

My best friend is Drew.  (And my mom’s best friend is his mom.  Weird, huh?)

13. What do the classrooms look like?

I go to a fancy private American school and it mostly looks the same. 

14. What is the coolest car you have seen in Taiwan?

A BMW 2015 concept car.  The car looked like the Delorean from Back to the Future movies but only more modern.

15. Can you send us some pictures of snakes?

No.  We haven’t seen any yet.

16. How many pets do you have and what do they look like?

My pets are back in California—a cat named Edison and a dog named Abbey Road Studios.

17. Do you have to wear uniforms to school?

Yes, but only every other day, “B” days.  We’re on block schedule.

18. Is it hard for you to understand in school?

No, because I go to an American school, so the teachers teach in English.  But, most of the kids speak in Chinese (Mandarin) so whenever they get the chance, they speak in Chinese and I feel left out.

19. Are you ever coming back to Chico?

For sure.  

20. What is the weather like?

Hot and muggy one day, cold and rainy the next.  (From September to last week, it was super hot.)

21. Do you have any brothers or sisters?

Yes, I have a sister.  Her name is Sophie.  She is 18.  She is in college in Wisconsin.  I have a friend whom I consider a sister, name LucĂ­a.  She is in Chico.

22. Do you play any sports?

I’m a swimmer.  And a dodge ball player.  (But I’m on the DL now.)

23. What do you miss about the United States?


24. Do the buses really have TV? 

Yes.  They do.  My bus is swankadoodle.  It’s like a fancy tour bus.  TVs. Lace curtains. Every Thursday I get free breakfast on the bus. But my bus picks me up at 6:40 a.m. and I don’t get off the bus until 4:30.

25. What is your favorite football team?

Uh.  Next question.

26. Do the people speak English?

A lot of people speak at least some English, but not all.

27. Do the teachers hit people with rulers?


28. Can we see a picture of your family?

Yes.    This is from our Christmas card last year.  Before I dyed my hair for a play I was in at Chico State, (The Will Rogers Follies).  The “temporary” dye still hasn’t washed out yet.  

29. How many countries have you visited?

USA, Mexico (2x), England, Scotland, France, Spain (2x), and Taiwan.

Last Wednesday I fell down stairs trying to get away from a dodge ball at school and hurt my knee very badly.  I had to go to 3 hospitals in 2 days.  I went in an ambulance. For a while they thought I needed surgery.  But I didn’t.  Today I returned to school, in a taxi, after being home for 5 days recovering.  I came home on the bus.  Using a wheelchair and crutches.


These kids make every day bright!



Famous Person

My famous person was born on September 25, 1968. He is 47 years old. He did his first acting on 1990. In my opinion he is one of the best actors. Some of the best movies that he acted in were “Independence day”, “After Earth” where his son was part of it too, and “I am legend.” His wife was born in September 18, 1971. His son was born July 8, 1998, and his daughter was bornOctober 31, 2000. They called him “the most powerful actor in Hollywood.” He’s been nominated for 5 Golden Globe awards, 2 Academy Awards and 4 Grammy Awards.
- Alexx

Question of the Week

This week I asked my mom if she enjoyed tomb night at school. She said, “Yes,Tomb Night was an awesome experience and the displays were very educating. The effort and amount of work was amazing and creative.” I also asked her what her favorite part of tomb night was. She said, “My favorite part of Tomb Night was the amount of participation the teachers contributed with their costumes and the amount of enthusiasm they showed to the families.” Then I asked her if she had a favorite display. She said, “Besides yours, I liked the sunset over the pyramid display. It really gave a sense of Egypt at sunset, an astonishing feeling captured within the student’s art work.”


2 Truths and a Lie

1. I used to live in the country with my mom, Christy, and 3 siblings, a brother and two sisters. We have a lot of farm animals. 2 pigs, 3 cows, 5 horses, 2 dogs, and 1 cat. My cow died a year ago.

2. I play soccer for the Oroville Youth Soccer Club. My mom is a coach. She has been coaching me for about 5 years now. I have been playing for 7 years now. Last year we got first place in tournaments. We lost tournaments this year. We also tied for 3rd place. On our team we had one girl from school play soccer.

3. I play soccer, football,and basketball at school. At the beginning of the year, the boys would not let me play. Then it changed because I asked for help, and they let me play. Every lunch recess I either play basketball or football. I love playing sports. It is my life


Friday, December 11, 2015

Rainbow Grandpa

We received mail from our friends in Taiwan. 

They told us to read online about Rainbow Grandpa. Check out this article! He's amazing and the artwork he creates is inspiring. He gets up to paint at 3am every day to save the remaining structures in his village. That's passion and dedication. Is there anything you care that much about in your life?

My fiance and I will be visiting the Rainbow Village during our February break. We will take pictures to share.

We would like to help support this man's dedication, passion, and creativity. We will be presenting him with a donation upon our arrival. Anyone who would like to contribute is welcome to make a cash donation in Room 1. Change and bills are welcome!

Out of This World!


Famous Person

My famous person was one of the first ladies. She was born in october 11, 1884 and died in November 7, 1962. She had an unhappy childhood, suffering the death of both parents and a brother. She went to Allenwood Academy in London, and was deeply influenced by its feminist headmistress Marie Souvestre. She gave press conferences and wrote a newspaper column. She served at the united nations, focusing on human rights and women's issues. She married Franklin.

-Savannah H.

Question of the Week

I asked Ryken what he did during his weekend. He said, “I went to my brother’s basketball game in Corning.” He watched his brother lose. They lost 69-59. He is on the LP basketball team and they played Gridley. It was a tournament and they lost. Ryken told me it was a close game until the 4th quarter. Ryken said they got lost in Corning for 3 hours on the way there and back. And they said they drove past a 20 foot olive sculpture. They got Wendy’s, McDonald's, and Taco Bell. Ryken told me that he almost got hit by a Honda Civic.


2 Truths and a Lie

1.When I went to Six flags, my aunt took me and my cousin to go see the sharks. Also there was a fish that looked like it had a long nose. It was really funny to look at and then my aunt took pictures of it. Then we went to go see a Loony Toon show because my cousin wanted to go see it.

2. Then we went to go see the tiger show. It was amazing. The tiger jumped to get the piece of meat. It also jumped in the water to get the meat. Then we went to go see the dolphin show we got wet because we sat in front .

3.Then we went with my aunt to go see the animals the lion, giraffe, and tiger. Also we went to go see my cousins and brother ride the Medusa.


Friday, December 4, 2015

I Wonder...


Take 12 minutes to watch this video and just wonder about things. Think critically; imagine; don't try to Google it. Expand your mind and know that creativity is an amazing quality to cultivate, and it starts with wondering.


Famous Person

My famous person is a very famous one. He plays soccer and is on Barcelona’s team. He is the wealthiest soccer player of 2014! He was born on June 24 in Rosario, Argentina. He was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency which was stopping his normal growth rate at the tender age of 11. His first contract was on a napkin, yes you read correctly, on a napkin! His nickname is “The Flea” because of his amazing speed. He was the sixth youngest soccer player to score a goal in the world cup games. You will never find out who my famous person is, but if you do, keep it a secret.


Question of the Week

I asked Hayley how her week off was and what she did. She said, “I had a great week off because I got to spend time with my dad and grandma. What I did was go shopping with my grandma. She gave me $10, and I bought leggings.” I also asked her if she met any friends that week. She said, “ I went over to my friend Natalie’s house. We went to the movie theater to watch Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2. I spent the night at her house we had so much fun!” 


2 Truths and a Lie

  1. I have had three concussions in my life. The first one happened when I was in preschool I was on the monkey bars and fell off. The second one happened when I was riding horses with my grandpa. The horse was going too fast and I fell off into a field all by myself and it was scary. The third one happened in football. I got hit in the head too hard and my head started to hurt really bad.
  2. I have also broken my arm before. This also happened in preschool when I got a concussion. I broke it in two places. I got a blue cast and I had it for six weeks. All my family members got to sign it. I could not do anything for six weeks.
  3. I am a football player. I am #67. I am a linebacker and a d-end. I play for the Oroville Rhinos. My favorite football team is the Seattle Seahawks. my favorite players are Marshawn Lynch and Kam Chancellor.