Maui 2018-2019

During Christmas break, my family and I went to a beautiful place called ‘Maui.’ From the sunsets to the beaches, it seemed as if we had just arrived in heaven. My family and I left on December 14, and got back on December 27. I can say this right now, it felt like 3 days.

It all started out with us landing in Maui at around 11PM Maui time. It was so beautiful and as soon as I walked in, I could smell the fresh smell of Maui air. One of the only places where I have been to where the air has a distinct smell.

By the time we were finally at our hotel, it was around 1AM Maui time. By the way, Maui is two hours behind Victoria time so it felt like 3AM. I can’t stress it enough, but the trip went by SO fast!

It feels like we had more shaved ices than hours spent there. A shaved ice is the first photo but also known as a snow kone. Shaved ice is what is sounds like. Shaved ice with flavouring of your choice. My personal favourites are bubble gum, cotton candy and mango.

Our favourite beach was called DT Fleming. “The best beach in 2006” The waves were so nice they would form right on you and it was pretty shallow. The waves would break and then there would be whitecaps everywhere. By far the best beach I have ever been too and so far in my life, the best beach I have ever been too.

Even though this was our third time visiting Maui, I want too go again. That’s how beautiful it is. That’s how stunning it is. That’s how majestic it is.

I love Maui!

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2018 going into 2019

Although 2018 was a good year, it was also pretty rough for me and other people. I had an emergency appendix, my dad had an emergency gallbladder, my mom got her inguinal hernia removed, my older sister Claire, kept fainting for no reason and my younger sister Cate, well it seemed as if everything was going right for her.

There were many things that went well though in 2018 such as being chosen to go to Sweden for a soccer tournament and many other things.  Some related to school and soccer but another soccer example would be winning a bring it indoors tournament which was also very fun scoring five goals in four games.

Now I am thankful for all the good things that have happened to me this year but if I could go back, I would definitely not have a repeat of this year but at the same time, I would love to have a repeat of this year. So in 2019, I would love to have a better year health-wise, and the same amount of energetic and fun things. Such as going to Australia, Maui, Toronto and many other places.

We also got to enjoy England’s good journey to the semi-final in the World Cup. Not only were things good for me, but an example would also be my younger sister, Cate, getting the main part in her opera and nailing it! So as 2018 ends, all I want for 2019 is a happy, healthy and energetic year. So for now, BYE 2018! AND HELLO 2019!

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Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite Battle Royale, probably the biggest hit at the moment. A game for all ages designed by Epic Games. The question is, what makes this game so popular compared to other games? I don’t know about other households, but mine is not quite the one where they enjoy guns or gun games. And I can say, that Fortnite is a gun game and my parents are A-Ok with that! Now that really proves a point about the game.

It starts out with you in the pregame lobby with 100 other people. You then automatically board the “Battle Bus” when all 100 people have loaded into the game. You then choose where you want to land. There are many places on the map ranging from the city “Tilted Towers” to little factories like “Flush Factory” and many other places. Since Fortnite Release, they have made over one billion dollars! Which is also quite outstanding since it is a FREE game!

There are two modes in Fortnite. There is Save the World which released on July 25, 2017 and there Fortnite Battle Royale which released on September 26, 2017. Like I said earlier, it is a battle royale gun game and there are different modes that you can play. There are the classic modes like Solo (by yourself) Duos (with a friend) and Squads (with 3 other friends) There are also LTM modes (Limited Time Modes) A few would be for example, 50v50 which is just what it sounds like, Solid Gold which is where it only drops gold weapons (Legendary Weapons) and many other LTM’s.

The thing that makes this battle royale game from the rest is the fact you can build and break the environment around you. And it is not a first person shooter game but a third person shooter game. It is also not realistic but quite cartoon like.

Once you get in the game and found some loot, a “storm” will form and you do not want to be in that storm or else you will lose health. The other thing that makes people love the game is the amount of effort Epic Games puts into Fortnite with map changes occurring almost every hour. There are also seasons in Fortnite and you can buy the “Battle Pass” if you desire. There are also many live events that occured in the game as well.

As soon as there are no people left besides you and or your friends, you get what is called a “Victory Royale” but unfortunately wins from LTM’s do not count. There are also 80 Million people playing fortnite as of August 2018.

In the end, Fortnite Battle Royale is a great game and I personally think everyone should at least try it.

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Lion Book Review

Lion is an outstanding book and I recommend it to everyone who is interested in learning about determination, resilience, courage and staying calm. It starts out with a boy from a poor village in India named (Saroo) who gets lost on a journey. He has no way of getting home but more importantly no way of remembering of how to get home because he is only five years of age. Think of it this way, your five years old and you somehow get lost from your family and friends. What would you do? That is exactly what young Saroo thought to himself at the time when he got lost. He then began to wander around homeless and nowhere to go or sleep. After some time, he wandered up to an orphanage and was adopted by a family in Australia with many other children. Some time then passes in the book and Saroo is having flashbacks and is wanting to return back to his home. He has no way of remembering where he lives but he does remember one thing, the train he was on. I do not want to spoil much more because I 100% recommend reading this book. In the end Saroo uses a program “Google Earth” and attempt to find his way home. I think the perseverance shown in this TRUE story makes the story grab you more and more. This is the type of book that will make you sit there forever and make you forget that you are reading because you can picture it so well.

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Youth World Cup (Gothia Sweden) fund raising

So, as the school year approaches and the soccer season starts up again, my team and I all have Gothia on our minds now. Every single thing we do now is to help us in the near future. So far I have raised quite a bit of money by going to people’s door and asking if they would be interested in buying a raffle ticket to win a gift basket from a local Cafe and a wine bottle from Napa Valley. I am doing some other things but now it’s time for me to do a GoFundMe.

GoFundMe is a way for people to donate to me and is an awesome company founded by Brad Damphousse and Andrew Ballester back in 2010. Since then, the company has raised over 5 BILLION dollars! That’s right you read that correct, 5 billion dollars. Not only is it a way to raise money, but it is a way to share your stories to others and why you are doing this and other things like how you got to where you are now.

Using this link here, even you can help me achieve this dream by donating.  By the beginning of the may long weekend 2019 I need to have raised $3000 dollars minimum. It is very appreciated if you would donate.

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World Cup Predictions

On June 14, the 2018 Russia world cup starts! The last world cup was in Brazil and Germany won. They beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time. The tournament starts out with 8 groups with 4 nationalities in each group and there are 32 teams in total. In this post, I will be predicting the 2018 World Cup.

Groups

Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt and Saudia Rabia|Group B: Iran, Spain, Portugal and Morocco| Group C: France, Peru, Denmark and Australia| Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland| Group E: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica|Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea|Group G: England, Belgium, Panama and Tunsia| Group H: Colombia, Japan, Poland and Senegal

 My Predictions

In group A, I predict that Uruguay and Egypt are going through. In group B, Spain and Portugal. Group C, France and Denmark. Group D, Argentina and Iceland. Group E, Brazil and Costa Rica. Group F, Germany and Sweden. Group G, Belgium and England. And last but not least, Group H, Colombia and Poland.

Now, in the tournament tree, on the left-hand side for the round of sixteen, Uruguay lost to Portugal 2-1, France beat Iceland 3-1, Brazil beat Sweden 4-1 and Belgium beat Poland 2-0. On the right-hand side of the tournament tree, Spain beat Egypt 3-1, Argentina beat Denmark 4-1, Germany beat Costa Rica 4-0 and Colombia lost to England 2-1.

In the quarterfinals on the left-hand side, France beat Portugal 4-2 on PK’S after being a 1-1 draw and Brazil beat Belgium 3-1. On the right-hand side, Spain beat Argentina 2-0 and Germany beat England 3-1.

In the semi-finals on the left-hand side, France beat Brazil 3-2 and on the right-hand side, Germany beat Spain 1-0.

In the third place game, Spain beat Brazil 1-0. And, in the 2018 World Cup Final, I predict that Germany will beat France 2-1.

What You Have To Know

This is a prediction and this is not who I want to win. Yes, I am cheering for England, Germany, France and Iceland but mainly for Germany and England. I would also like to see Iceland do well since it is there the first time in the world cup. I think Iceland will do well because of how well they played in the 2016 Euros. (Portugal won)

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Soccer Tournament In Sweden

Earlier on this year, I was selected with 13 other boys from Vancouver Island to represent Canada in a soccer tournament. In order to attend this tournament, you need fitness, skill and you also need to raise $1,500. The players were selected this year and the tournament will be next summer in July of 2019.

The tournament is called, “Gothia Cup” and the dates are 15 of July to the 21 of July. Since I’m going there now, my parents are thinking of doing a trip around Europe. There are around 80 nations going and 1700 teams going. The call this tournament the “Youth World Cup”

The team that I am going with is called, “Island Fire”