The Differences between Popular Sports in China and America

IMG_0043[1]Generally, the popular sports that Chinese teens play are different from Americans.

The main sports that Chinese teens play at schools are badminton, table tennis, rope skipping, and basketball. In the U.S.A. teens also play basketball, while also playing football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, kickball, and tennis.

Chinese middle school is from seventh to ninth grade, and the Chinese students take their physical education (P.E.) exams in the ninth grade. This exam is like the FitnessGram here, but they have different items, such as long-distance running, standing long jump, rope skipping, and shot-put. This exam is very important for Chinese middle-schoolers because it is one of the cumulative entrance examinations for the best high schools. If students score poorly on the physical examinations, it will lower their academic grades, and the students are not be able to attend the prestigious high schools, which could affect their livelihood.

My favorite sport is badminton. I used to play it weekly, and I was good at it. But since badminton is not really a popular sport in America, I haven’t practiced for a long time.

I have just learned how to play kickball last week. At first, I did not want to try because the rules sounded complicated, and I was afraid of making mistakes, but Sergeant Poynter told me that I would never learn how to do something unless I tried it. So eventually, I tried. I liked it. I found out kickball was so enjoyable because it is not a serious sport, and it is played for entertainment. So now it is one of my favorite sports.

Uber Everywhere?

The app that allows you to find a ride anywhere by just simply ordering one off your phone and paying an affordable price is Uber. The game changing and trendy app has not only changed the game by making transportation more convenient and affordable, but it has also changed the economy. It has created more jobs for people and is almost the perfect side job. Uber drivers can choose their own hours, can make tips, and use their own vehicle.

However, Uber has also changed the economy by making it harder for the traditional taxi companies to compete with Uber and make money. Despite this, I personally like Uber, which lead me to look more into the cons of having this app. After just simply typing “Uber incidents” into Google, it popped up with about 647,000 results. After viewing about three websites, it was clear that there aren’t just a few cons but very serious incidents that have occurred.

One story from the Los Angeles Times was about an Orange County woman who was allegedly raped by her Uber driver. This wasn’t the only case of an Uber rape which was very surprising and unsettling. It made me realize how this affects students. A lot of students use Uber and other apps such as Lyft to get around due to the fact they can’t drive yet. This summer Uber just might be the biggest transportation for teens, but with these events happening, it’s so important to be cautious. When using Uber or Lyft be safe, and check out this article in USA TODAY: Safety Officials Recommend 4 Tips for Using Uber  

Crazy Heat Is Back

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Torrey Pines Beach

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Torrey Pines Overlooking the Pacific

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Crazy Heat is back, and we are baking like cookies an oven!

Since Friday night the weather started to get crazy hot.

Saturday was windy and cloudy. I started feeling the heat on Saturday night and had to turn on the fans in order to sleep.

Sunday was even hotter, approximately 88° with the heat constantly fluctuating. At night it was cooler, but I could still feel the miserable stalking heat.

Today, we are still being stalked by the crazy heat; it is going be 91°. Students should wear shorts and short sleeve shirts. Students should bring water bottles and stay hydrated. They should stay out of the sun as much as possible since we still don’t have our promised air-conditioning. When school is almost out, go to the beach; wear sunscreen; play in the waves—it’s free.

Kimbo Slice

Kevin Ferguson, also known as Kimbo Slice, was born in the Bahamas on February 8, 1974 until his death on June 6, 2016, and was a mixed martial artist. He was an undefeated boxer and an actor; he became famous for his mutual-combat-street fights which were spread across the internet.

Kimbo Slice left the underground street fighting scene and signed a professional contract with EliteXC in 2007. He competed in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, where he lost his first fight to series winner Roy Nelson. In his UFC debut, he fought Houston Alexander and won in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights finale.

From January 2015 until his death in June, Kimbo Slice was under a contract with Bellator MMA.

R.I.P. You were one of the best fighters around. Kimbo Slice, you will be missed.

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Final Days

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Osprey on Torrey Pines Beach

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The Pacific

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve


Today is the first day of finals with periods one and  two testing today, and periods three and four testing tomorrow.

Students will be dismissed at 1:20 p.m rather than the normal 3:30 time.

On both days, first  period (on Monday) and third period (on Tuesday) will begin at 8:45 a.m. and go to 10:40 a.m.

Lunch is afterwards  10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

After lunch on both days, second and fourth period will be from 11:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, will be the last day of school with the ending time also being 1:20 p.m.

For more information, students can go to their small school office, or take a peak behind their school IDs.

Good luck on your finals and enjoy your summer!