My friends and I like to go trick-or-treating on Halloween because it is really funny too wear costumes, eat candy and go house to house to get trick-or-treating. I had the most fun on the Halloween when me and my friends wear weird costumes and take pictures with people we don’t know and laugh about that and also we like halloween party´s. The best costume I ever wore was a vampire. on halloween I love to decorate my house with scary stuff with my family, it is really funny. This halloween I didn’t enjoy it, I missed what I do in halloween with my Mexican friends and family. They make my halloween really Cool and fun. Watching all my friends from my city with their costumes and making noice when we sing in the car. When I was younger I remember when me and my cousins we always went to go trick-or-treating and they wear really funny costumes, and when we sing halloween songs to the people, Mexican traditional song. I remember that when I was going back home I was really happy to eat and go counting my candy. I love chocolate and spicy candy, and its  really funny because we get to many of spicy candy, everything can be spicy here in Mexico.


IRJE: November 1st (Crime and Punishment)

Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is about the physical and mental struggles of Raskolnikov, a former student who madly murders an old pawnbroker and is overwhelmed by feelings of guilt. He returns to his room after the murder and anxiously checks for traces of blood. Then he hides the items he stole from the pawnbroker in haste and becomes frustrated with himself. The servant of his landlady wakes him up the next morning and tells him that he is summoned to the police station. Although it is unlikely that the police will suspect him for the murder, he is extremely worried.

If they question me, perhaps I’ll simply tell,” he thought, as he drew near the police station.” (p.77)

It is interesting to see how his thoughts can change so fast. He is defeated by guilt after the murder and made an effort destroying the evidence. However, I think that he almost hopes for the police to question him about the murder so that he wouldn’t need to keep it all to himself. He gave himself an instant boost of courage. This sentence also indicates the following plot. It tells us that Raskolnikov will eventually confess his crime. This makes me think that Raskolnikov would be in a much better situation if he had someone that he trusts. But that is a luxury, and Raskolnikov was impoverished.


Alex Rider / Independent Reading

The book Alex Rider Stormbreaker written by Anthony Horowitz is about an orphaned boy, who became after the death of his uncle Ian Rider a secret agent at MI6. In chapter 5 Alex Rider is on a training mission. His task is to luug a twenty-two pound backpack to the final redez-vous point.
He was close to exhaustion, he knew, almost too tired to know how much pain he was in. (p.57)
Swallowing down the taste of defeat, Alex folded the map and forced himself on. (p.57)
This quote is pretty interesting, because I know this situation very well from swimming competitions.  In some competitions over long distances i have to force myself to continue swimming even though i’m already quite exhausted.  When i read this quote i could identify myself directly with Alex.

All Quiet on the Western Front

In All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, we follow the life of a young man named Paul Baumer. Who is an enlisted soldier in the German army fighting during the time of World War I. Paul narrates not only his own life but the life of his friends as well, who had joined the army alongside him. They had all been greatly influenced to join the army by their former school teacher, Kantorek.

During drill-time Kantorek gave us long lectures until the whole of our class went, under his shepherding, to the District Commandant and volunteered. (p. 11)

The quote above reveals what Paul and his classmates experienced while in lessons with Kantorek. Lessons which often encouraged them towards joining the army. I feel that Kantorek had an endless fire burning inside him, which was used to teach the youth and support the German army in any way he could. Kantorek was the reason why Paul and many of his friends volunteered towards serving the army, but after spending several weeks away from home, Paul viewed Kantorek as an ignorant fool.

With Kantorek, I believe that he is one of the reasons why Paul and his friends had been caught in such a mess. While in the war they had endured so much pain. Sustained not only by stress but by witnessing death as well. Death was common in the War, and with it followed depression and anger by those who yet lived. It is important for us to take into mind, not only the deaths which have occurred within the book but how the soldiers must have felt after Kemmerich had died. They knew that he would be better off without feeling any more pain but still, they mourned because he was no longer with them. With this novel, I don’t believe that many of us can relate to the characters’ experiences. Since they have been through so much at such a young age. But what we can do is try and utilize these characters’ experiences to help inspire us to keep fighting. Towards building a more sustainable future for not only ourselves but for generations to come.


All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, is a story narrated by Paul Bäumer, about a group of young men that have signed up for the army voluntarily after listening to a patriotic speech about joining. The book talks in great detail about how the war treated men and the backlash that it gave them afterward.

she pleads with me gently: “tell me. You must tell me. I know you want to comfort me, but don’t you see, you torment me far more than if you told me the truth? I cannot bear the uncertanty.tell me how it was even though it will be terrible, it will be far better than what I have to think if you don’t.”

I chose this quote out of the book because it made me think about not being able to tell your mom something. I tell my mom just about everything, if I couldn’t tell her something that was so immense like pauls situation I wouldn’t know what to do. It also made me think about if paul was doing the right thing, it’s hard to know because sam does not want to try to remember the things that he has seen but his sick mother is sitting there begging him.


All Quite On The Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel written by Enrich Maria Remarque and was published in 1928. The book describes the physical and mental stress the German soldiers went through at the time of war, and the feeling of detachment they felt from the civilian life. It captures all of the existential terror faced by the men who fought in the great war.

The novel revolves around the views of Paul Baumer, a young German soldier that fights against the French army in WW1. Their trench experience involves the terror of shellfire, diseases, and death. In chapter 9, the German soldiers were discussing how wars exactly benefit them.

“I think it is more of a kind of fever,” says Albert. “No one in particular wants it, and then all at once there it is. We didn’t want the war, the others say the same thing- and yet half the world is in it all the same.” (9.206)

In this quotation, Albert is using fever as a symbol to explain how war is contagious and spreads without anyone actually wanting it. It also tells us how Albert believes that war is spreading like a disease and killing everything in its path. Wars usually start by one country badly offending the other. The effects of war are devastating and can have physical and psychological effects for a lifetime.

This scene is significantly important to me because the citizens and the government of a particular country must try and maintain peace throughout their land. Wars are capable of destroying cities and having long-lasting effects on a country’s economy, public health, social order, etc.



WWI Lit: Oct. 28 (All Quiet on the Western Front)

In All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, the story follows a group of young men who were enlisted into the army. When reminiscing on their enlistment, main character Paul Bäumer talks about how only one boy, Joseph Behm, hesitated in joining up.

But he did allow himself to be persuaded, otherwise he would have been ostracized. And perhaps more of us thought as he did, but no one could very well stand out, because at the time even one’s parents were ready with the word “coward.” (p. 11)

To me, the idea that even parents would want to send their children off to war is astonishing. I can’t imagine my mother or father ever encouraging me or my brother to go off somewhere so far away and dangerous, let alone berating either of us for declining to do so. I understand that it was a different time, but still I don’t see how parents would willingly send their young kids into war to be bombed, gassed, and shot, no matter the era. You can tell when Paul returns to his hometown on leave, his mother is extremely glad to see him again, and very worried about his safety and his returning to the front. This seems like a direct contradiction to me.


All Quiet On The Western Front

The book All Quiet On The Western Front is written by Erich Maria Remarque. It is narrated by a young German nineteen-year-old soldier named Paul Bäumer, who fights on the German army on the French Front in World War One. It all started when Paul and his friends joined the army voluntarily after hearing a patriotic speech by their teacher Kantorek. After 10 weeks of brutal training, they no longer believe that war is honorable and glorious and they all live in constant terror.

I look at the portraits once more; they are clearly not rich people. I might send them money anonymously if I earn anything later on. I seize upon that, it is at least something to hold onto. This dead man is bound up with my life, therefore I must do everything, promise everything in order to save myself. (9.151)

I think that this quote is really memorable,  as the quote was able to show what Paul thinks after killing one person in war. After killing an enemy soldier, Paul vows that he will spend the rest of his life making money for the dead man’s family, I think it is really interesting as he is sacrificing the rest of his life for a cause that brings him peace.



All Quiet On The Western Front

All Quiet On The Western Front is an impactful novel written by Erich Maria Remarque, following the life of a German soldier in World War I. When Paul Bäumer, the aforementioned soldier, was deployed to face combat in the war, he demonstrates the hardships that no civilian could ever understand. Paul’s story goes in depth regarding the bonds soldiers make, the emptiness they face, and the separation that builds between them, and their former lives. This novel doesn’t glorify the war, but tells it as it is, which turns out to be an extremely lonely, devastating experience. This is revealed in the following passage concerning a passed away soldier’s (Kemmerich) mother.

I pity her, but she strikes me as rather stupid all the same. Why doesn’t she stop worrying? Kemmerich will stay dead whether she knows about it or not. When a man has seen so many dead he cannot understand and longer why there should be so much anguish over a single individual. (p. 181)

I chose this scene because I cannot begin to imagine this type of attitude, and outlook. Their lives are completely consumed by this war, and it’s affecting them more than we can understand. However, this novel is helping me to comprehend that this was the only mindset soldiers could have in order to survive. They were surrounded by constant death, disappointment, and fear, that any type of connection or relationship would likely result in heartbreak. I thought that this passage was extremely powerful, because it made me realize the true importance and effects that opening up to someone can have. This level is much more extreme, considering the fact that it’s life or death, however it can be applicable to many. Furthermore, this paragraph is showing a very different perspective on self importance and quality of life, because it seems that it was very depleted during World War I. It’s very unfortunate that lives weren’t more appreciated, nevertheless, it seems that that emotion would have only made this more complicated, and distressing.


All Quiet on the Western Front / Independent reading

The book All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque that describes the horrors of the First World War from the perspective of a young soldier. The story is told in the first person by Paul Baumer, a young man who, encouraged by his teacher, enlisted in the German army as one of a group of seven boyhood friends. Paul went home for holidays and met his classmate Mittelstaedt, now a training officer, that his old schoolmaster Kantorek has been conscripted into the war.

Mittelstaedt stops in front of him: “Territorial Kantorek, do you call those buttons polished? You seem as though you can never learn. Inadequate, Kantorek, quite inadequate–”
It makes me bubble with glee. In school Kantorek used to chasten Mittelstaedt with exactly the same expression–“Inadequate, Mittelstaedt, quite inadequate.”
Mittelstaedt continues to upbraid him: “Look at Boettcher now, there’s a model for you to learn from.” (p.175-176)

Mittelstadt arranged to be placed in charge of Kantorek’s company. Mittlestaedt has taken every chance to humiliate him, miming Kantorek’s admonitions as a schoolmaster. This shows that people, as soon as they have the opportunity to exercise power, also use it to take revenge for earlier situations. That’s why you should always treat other people correctly and with dignity so that you don’t get into such a situation of revenge later.



All quiet on the western front written by Erich Maria Remarque, in this part they are talking about a soldier and his parents, they say what they see in this situation about what the soldier does.

My mother is pleased to see me wearing civilian clothes, it makes me less strange to her. But my father would rather I kept my uniform on so that he could take me to visit his acquaintances.

I chose this quote because I am interested in what his parents think of him, and if they are proud or not, because I think it’s important to know if your parents like what you do or if they think it’s bad for you, because being at war is difficult. Pg164.


The City of Ember

The City of Ember is a good book to read as it teaches you many life lessons. As I was reading, a great quote that I came across was –

The trouble with anger is, it gets hold of you. And then you aren’t the master of yourself anymore.

People often are affected by anger, especially in situations where they don’t get what they desire. Anger is one of those emotions that will gain power over you if you let it. You must learn how to control your anger, as it can be dangerous to express your anger in some situations and can have serious consequences, physically and mentally.



The novel I am currently reading is: All Quiet On the Western Front. The quote below describes how Paul has just killed a man out of panic, impulse, and instinct. Paul is explaining how he notices the man is slowly dying, he feels bad and wishes he could help him. He wants to write to the mans family, and he experiences conflicting feelings about the action he has done.

“It is mad, what I do. But I must do something. I prop the dead man up again so that he lies comfortably, although he feels nothing any more.” pg. 221


When Paul is narrating about how he tries to care for the dead body, I find it striking that he wants to help the man, as he was Paul’s opponent. I also find the quote sad, as the details described in this event have helped me ‘see’ the scene clearly. But the thing I like about the quote, is the fact that Paul actually has some empathy for the enemy, unlike some of the other soldiers. He demonstrates many Christian principles such as: ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself.’  I think this shows that under all the military armour, Paul has a need for peace like all citizens of the affected countries in the war.


IR Ashley Paez

That summer in Paris written by Morley Callaghan, memories of tangled friendships with Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and some others, published in 1963. This part I am interested in what Loretto and Callaghan think of Paris and the experience in the theater.

That night Loretto and I, staying on the Right Bank, went to a movie where we were quickly reminded we were in Paris and not at home, The usher led us to a good seat. After we had been watching the movie for fifteen minutes the usher returned, ask to see our tickets, gave our seats to two other patrons who had tripped her, and led us back to the rear. so we had at least learned one thing in paris: in the theatre you have to tip the usher. I told Loretto there was something else we might as well learn just as quickly: to feel at home in Paris all by ourselves.

I choose this quotation because I am interested in what Callaghan and Loretto talked about and thought about the things they did not know about Paris, they had this experience in the theater of Paris, and they are learning and knowing more about this beautiful city. pg 86.


All Quiet On The Western Front

All Quiet On The Western Front is a novel written by Erich Maria Remarque, published by Fawcett in 1978. The author himself combat during World War I and was wounded five times.

The story demonstrates the horrifying things in wars from the point of view from is the narrator who a young soldier, Paul Baumer.

Soldiers at such a young age, are fighting battles, starving, having lack of sleep, being in dangerous positions, and all for their country. This are  sacrifices people do to protect what they love.

When my mother says to me “dear boy,” it means much more than when another uses it. I know well enough that the jar of whortleberries is the only one they have had for months, and that she has kept it for me; and the somewhat stale cakes that she gives me too. She has taken a favourable opportunity of getting a few and has put them all by for me. (7.12)

In this moment, there’s a different kind of how sacrifice is represnted if you  compare it to the sacrifice soldiers make in giving up their lives for their country. Paul’s mother’s sacrifice is born out of love for him, and she sacrifices her rations, her family’s own food, for the sake of her son. This kind of love stands out like a neon light in the harsh and violent context of war.


blog post: All Quiet On The Western Front

The revolutionary war novel  All Quiet On The Western Front was written by the German soldier Eric Maria Remarque and published in 1928, ten years after the end of WWI. The book revolves around Paul Baumer, who is a German soldier of the age of 19, that fights amongst his comrades in the trench warfares against the French army in WWI. The soldiers had soon came to realize that the war isn’t glorious or romantic at all. They were taunted from it as their past lives were torn away from them and they were left with the agonizing experiences of the war. In chapter 4, the second company soldiers took cover during a bombardment after placing barbed wires at the front. When the attack was over, they had heard the taunting cries of the wounded horses. They found it unbearable and the horses’ sufferings came to an end when they were killed. 

Detering walks up and down cursing: “Like to know what harm they’ve done.” He returns to it once again. His voice is agitated, it sounds almost dignified as he says: “I tell you it is the vilest baseness to use horses in the war.” (p. 64) 

This quote shows that Detering sympathizes more with the horses than for humans. They have witnessed countless gruesome deaths as soldiers, and have grown more immune to it so long as they don’t think about it too much. However, they have failed to do so when they heard the wounded horses. Remarque described it as the “moaning of the world”. (p.62) The screams of the innocent and humble creatures are the most penetrating, and though they were referred to as “beasts” (p. 63), this was only because of the pain inflicted by the war. 

This part of the book was very impactful for me. Humans were known to have a strong link with (domestic) animals since the Stone Age. Soldiers were typically said to have a strong bond towards warhorses, the same with the police with guard dogs, and the disabled with the service animals. Unlike humans, animals have no particular idea of why the pain has been inflicted on them. Because of their innocence and obliviousness of the situation that not even the soldiers themselves could explain, they are pitied and sympathized with. Later in the story, Paul wonders why exactly are they fighting in the war. Just like horses, they have no particular reason to fight, as they hold no personal grudge towards the enemy soldiers. Most of the soldiers enlisted were persuaded by nationalism or propaganda. However, the death of the horses still seemed more impactful for me. It is the human’s war after all. 



Mental health in youth has had a drastic increase over the past 50 so years, why is this? Is it due to the new uproar of social media platforms and the drastic increase in the overuse of technology? Or possibly the overload of homework and stress from school, the shift in parenting style, or jump in peer pressure. All we know is that adolescent anxiety, depression, and suicide rates have had a drastic increase in the last 50 years, and they don’t seem to be slowing down. Studies Show healthy children today Report More Anxiety than Psychiatric Patients in the 1950’s. The fact that you can even compare an average child’s mental state and a psychiatric patients mental state is absurd. We have more resources and easily accessible support systems and are more sensitive to mental health, so why is the problem still growing. Sources such as say the most common cause of stress for teens is the thought of the future and failure. What to do after high school, getting a good job, getting into a good university, and the idea of possibly failing at these things are the most significant stress factors in most teens lives. I believe that our futures are determined at a young age, or at least it is portrayed as if they are. Its described as if grades from a young age will affect the rest of our lives, I think to some extent this is true, how we do in high school effects what university we get into, and what career path we take. But should teens be considering university and future career paths at such high importance? Well, you should enjoy what you do and take pride in your work, it should not be so stressful its driving teens to a state of anxiety and depression. I think more now than ever, there is a pressure to succeed do well and be known, and I believe this is all due to the effects of stress caused by social media.


My first job

Last summer I got my first real job, this job was at a construction company called pacific homes. The reason that I tried to get a job here was because I had heard good things about the company and how they are a very good place to start making money at. I handed in my resume and got hired right away. The next week I started my first shift there, on the first day I was expecting in advance to be a sweeper boy for the first couple of days, and I was right for the first week I was told to sweep the floors and I was fine with doing so until they ran out of things for me to sweep. Eventually, I would just be told to sweep the same thing over again and again till I was just sweeping concrete. This went on for two weeks, and by the end of the second week, I was just frustrated with waking up incredibly early each and every weekday to go do something that I just hated going to every day. by the time it came to the third week I told my mom that I do not think I would be able to work there much longer, and my mom understood but told me to be careful and think about what I wanted. So I worked half of the third week and on Wednesday  I told my boss that I appreciate that he hired me with no experience but think that it wasn’t a good fit for me.


Write about a typical (even boring!) weekday. It might seem dull now – but in 20 or 30 years, you might be fascinated to read about the little details of your life.

Today, as my personal writing, I’m going to describe what its a normal regular week day in my life.

I try to make a week routine so I am able to know what to do every day. I’ll use a normal Wednesday at Brookes for my description.

My alarm sounds at 7:10 am, so I wake up, use my phone for 5 minutes maximum and then get in the shower for 10 min.

After taking a shower I dress up and get my hair done which takes me around 20 minutes.

When I’m ready I make my bed and make my room look nice and neat.

At 8:00 am, I go down for breakfast and make myself a yogurt bowl with fruit and cereal, afterwards I go upstairs to brush my teeth.

At 8:50 am school begins and ends at 3:30 pm.

After school I go to the gym at Juan de Fuca from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm. When I’m done, I take a shower and get ready to head back to school.

I get to school at 5:55 pm, ready to have dinner from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

After dinner I have 1 hour to hang out with my friends and take to my family in Mexico because from 8 to 9 pm, we have study block.

When I’m done with all of my homework and other stuff, I lay on my bed and stay on my phone till I get sleepy.

I end up sleeping at 11:45 pm most of the time.



PW – Oct 21st – Our Future

I’m constantly told that my generation will be the world’s saviour. As much as I would like to believe that that’s a compliment, it’s not; it’s an escape. An escape to a better world, yes, but also an escape from the world that the past generations have caused. Uninhabitable conditions for some, distress for many, and risk for all. But even with that on everyone’s conscience, the burden of cleaning up that exponential mess lies on our generation, which for the most part consists of young adults and teenagers like myself and my peers.

Despite the fact that we’re in charge of taking action, we lack the opportunity to. We’re taught to be active members in society, but when will leaders, parents, teachers, and adults in general start being inclusive? When we eventually muster up the courage, and do take action, we’re ridiculed, or called irrational, simply because we’re young people. Is this the way to build our future society? To bring people down for trying?

Our ideas need to be taken seriously, our opinions need to be considered, and we need to be treated as what we are: the future. It’s riding on our shoulders, so it’s a necessity that we have a strong foundation.


Black Boy

The book ‘Black boy’ is about the life of Richard Wright, who grew up in the woods of Mississippi. He was raised suffering from poverty, hunger, fear and hatred.This particular scene is about how he burned his house just wanting to see how the curtains would burning.

“I had done something wrong, something which I could not hide or deny. Yes I would run away and never come back. I ran out of the kitchen and into the back yard. Where could I go? Yes, under the house! Nobody would find me there…. I was beaten out of my senses and later I found myself in bed, screaming, determined to run away, tussling with my mother and father who were trying to keep me still. I was lost in a fog of fear”

This scene perfectly representes how his life is ruled by cruelty and poverty “I was lost in a fog of fear”. It also shows us how his innocence gets him into more and more trouble, with lines like “I just wanted to know how the curtains looked burning”. Finally it makes his relation to his parents clear “Yes i would run away and never come back”, which wasn’t very good because he just lived in fear of them beating him.


Why i think people are not responsible for their acts

Now this might not be the best way to start a written thought but it is important to keep in mind that it is just a thought, nothing more. To begin with I think we can all agree that humans are influenced at least partly from their surroundings. So what if every human being is just a slave to his experiences and the impact others made on him. If that’s the case than our whole life we really never have the control about anything it is just others. To give u a better picture u have to imagine an individual as a vase. We all have a slightly different form in height,length or thickness but we are a vase. So this vase is going to get filled up with experience, others treatment etc. and we might interpret it differently because of our different shapes but in the end those things build our personality. All our decisions are based on it. And now thinking, that we can’t decide our outer appearance and seemingly not our personality what is left? Nothing. So what gives us the right to punish people through court or police just because their were born in the wrong circumstances.


Why I love Wendy’s

Wendy’s. This fast food restaurant is usually known as a good place to eat, alone or with friends. During my time at the IB school Brookes westshore I have made several experiences with this place.  And that is what this Journal is about, it is about the fact that Wendy’s is so much more than just a common eating place. First of all I want to point out that after my experience the food is better than at places like McDonald’s or Burger King, but that is just one opinion out of many so I will start with the people. The first time I went there, I instantly made a friend, Sarah, she was so nice so we started talking and we came along quite nicely, and now every time I visit I have someone to speak to. At this point you might have already noticed that I am talking about a specific Wendy’s so all the arguments shall not be generalized. Another reason for my love is the place this Wendy’s is stationed. It fits in perfectly between my visits to the gym or my after school activities, and if, after I eat there I still feel hungry I can just go to the near by Tim hortons or London drugs. These and more are the reasons for my love for this place and the explanation why i spend too much money on it.


PW: Oct. 21 (Of Wsgria)

His name they speak in hushèd tones,

His tales are left in dusted tomes.

A thousand men who would not dare,

A thousand deaths- not one he’ll spare,


Not children small nor women fair,

For for their lives he does not care.

A tangled plait of confliction

Surrounding truth’s jurisdiction.


Perhaps no more than a mere tale,

But veracity is a veil.

To ask why he deigns to defile,

Is a question far too fragile:


You may construe a halfèd sooth,

Or even worse the wretched truth.

Mortal men may have goal or cause,

But in killing he takes no pause.


No heart nor soul, nor humane bone,

He’s the smell of fetid brim-stone.

For all of this, the message follows:

If you see a smile, wide and hollow,


If you hear dark words, detached, eerie,

Dust and smoke that’s hot and dreary,

If these fit to one mirthless man,

You’re wise to flee, fast as you can.


Personal Writing

Where would you go, if you could go anywhere in the world? Who would you want to go there with?

If I had the choice to go anywhere in the world with someone, I would like to go to the United States with my parents, as that place gives me full of surprises. First of all, I would like to go to the United States because of how many museums there are. There are more than 35000 museums in the United States, which means I get to learn a lot about the history of the United States. Secondly, I would like to go to the United States is because of how much delightful food there is. There are foods such as Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, and Hamburgers. Lastly, the reason why I would like to go to the United States is because of its exquisite scenic views. You get to go to places such as the Kenai Fjords in Alaska or the Palouse in Washington. If I ever get the chance in the future to go to the United States, I would be more than pleased to go there as it is such a beautiful place, and I get to experience a whole new way of life.