Monday, July 30, 2012

The Opening Ceremony

The Olympic Opening Ceremony was just absolutely AMAZING and I was so proud to scream "GO NEW ZEALAND!!!! THAT'S MY TEAM!!" as soon as Nick Willis waltzed in waving the flag big and proud.  Our New Zealand Olympic Team looked so professional if I do say so myself, as they walked in to the stadium.  With around 205 countries parading around the stadium, it was PACKED!  But the stadium was just SO HUGE, they were bound to fit.  It turns out that only 60 of the 85 athletes from NZ walked around representing us.  This just made me want to become a professional athlete for any sport at all!  Just to be part of that NZ Athlete Team, would be simply..AMAZING!!!!  Even to watch!  I don't really care which one comes first!

The Olympics (so far..)

Well, the Olympics for 2012 is well under way and has so far run smoothly.  I'm lying on my couch right now watching the replays and highlights, and have noticed how concentrated everyone is, in every sport.  Archery is a sport where you can see the concentration very easily.
As well as the 85kg women's weightlifting, those are some STRONG concentrated ladies.  In this photo is Mingjuan Wang winning weightlifting gold for China in the 48kg section with a overall score of 205kgs !!  She has apparently been the World Champion in this weight category for FOUR YEARS!!

Then there's that game handball, which is WAY more than just bouncing a small ball over a line.  What's funny is that although it isn't a contact sport, there is a lot of physical movement in this sport.  The game I watched was between Croatia and Brazil.  And I was obviously going for Croatia. To my disappointment and Brazil's joy, we lost by ONE point!!!!! 23 - 24 was the result.

I plans to post/update my blog with the Olympic series.  GO NEW ZEALAND!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

London Olympics 2012

The first olympics began around 27,00 years ago.  Where only men could compete, and women weren’t even allowed to watch!  In 1896 where women were STILL not allowed to compete, but were able to watch.The 30th modern olympic games is about to take place in the city of London.  This is the third time they’ve hosted the olympics, the first time was in 1908 in which Dutch competitor in track and field, mother of 4, Fanny Blankers-Koen was officially named the first woman to win 4 gold medals in one game.  The Flying Housewife is what they called her.  Like Fanny, there are many other celebrities and record breakers in the olympics, and most of them are being expected to return to the games.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Samoa holiday

“Reka, wake up. We’re here.” I heard my father’s voice say. I opened my eyes sleepily to see my frizzy hair all over the place. I looked around the plane and everyone was standing up trying to get their bags out of the luggage storage. I put my tray back in, put my hair behind my ears, squashed down my 4 L&P cans and joined the long queue of passengers waiting to unload from one of Air New Zealand’s planes.

We were in Samoa, there to attend my Aunty Charlene’s wedding. ‘We’ is my dad, mum, older brother Tanielu, younger brother Justus and myself. I was sitting with my dad while my brothers and mother were a row to the right.

All of us on the plane heard the door open and the queue began moving. I was soon at the door and took one step out of the plane. “WHOOSH” an immense amount of heat rushed towards my face. Immediately, I started sweating, while taking my jacket off and trying to balance on a long steel staircase. Once I finally reached the ground I looked up and saw a sign reading : ‘Welcome to Samoa.’ We were here!

This was my first time in Samoa, along with my two brothers. It was around midnight so my family were a teensy weensy bit tired. But after me and my 4 cans of L&P, I was totally enthusiastically, excited about being here in Samoa. We walked through the arrival doors and saw a large crowd of people some holding signs, some holding suitcases, and some half asleep.

My brother spotted a sign reading my dad’s name. We quickly rolled and heaved our suitcases over to the man, then to his van. We hopped in and he took us to an Airport lodge. My dad began to speak to the man in Samoan. My little brother sat in awe getting as close as he could get to the window to see whatever he could. “Dog!” he shouted. “Yes, yes. Lots of dogs in Samoa.” the kind man said. I cringed. I’m a bit cautious around dogs. You see, I don’t really agree with dogs, or bugs, but mostly dogs.

We arrived at the lodge at around half past one, receiving a key to our room. Once we reached our room. We all took a turn through the showers. And once everyone went to sleep. I lied in my bed still fizzed out, not believing I was in the tropical (and VERY hot) island of Samoa. The next day we’d be leaving on a boat for Savaii.

I woke up to the sound of my mum telling us to get up. I woke up slowly, and then realised we were in Samoa. I shot out of bed and into the bathroom to get ready for the day. Before leaving, we had a nice big breakfast. We had bacon eggs and mushrooms. We packed our bags and waited for one of the workers to drop us off to the dock.

Maths Whizz Usage

The picture above is what my weekly usage is up to so far on Maths Whizz.  I am now up to 1 and a half hours.

Brown Brother by Joshua Iosefa

In room 21 we have been focusing on a poem called Brown Brother by Joshua Iosefa.  He is a prefect at Mt Roskill Grammar.  The prefects had to each give a speech, and Joshua's speech was obviously called: Brown Brother.  Campbell Live asked Joshua if he could repeat his speech, so they could remake it, and present it in front of the world.   I like this poem because it gives brown people reason, and encouragement.  I think I can kind of relate to this poem, obviously because I am brown, and because most of the things Joshua Iosefa said, was sad, but true. If you click on this link, it will take you to the website showing his speech Brown Brother.