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Netflix and Chill (literally)

Hey guys! The weekend is almost here which means MOVIE TIME! 🙂

After a long week of hard work, stress, and tons of effort (aka school), it’s always refreshing to sit down with friends and/or family and have a movie marathon (OR just one movie as my mom enforces).

In my experience, typically when everyone is trying to decide what they want to see, it takes a good 30 minutes to decide what to watch. I thought it may be helpful to have a list of really good movies on hand that either leaves you in tears, angry at the unexpected ending, laughing hysterically, or with a great meaningful message.  AND, if you’re feeling like singing or dancing, I’ll share some great Bollywood suggestions for you as well!  😉

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So here’s a list of A-Z movie recommendations.  Go ahead, kick back and have a relaxing weekend (and don’t forget the snacks, and pizza)!

A – Avatar, After the Ball, Another Cinderella Story, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin

B – Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

C – Clash of The Titans, Clue, Cinderella

D – Daddy Daycare

E – Ella Enchanted, Everybody’s Fine

F – Fantastic Four

G – Guardians of the Galaxy

IMG_4008H – Harry Potter (ALL OF THEM!!!), High School Musical (ALL OF THEM!!!)

I – Inside Out, Into the Woods, If I Stay

J – Just Go With It

K – King Kong

L – Lady and the Tramp, Legally Blonde, Legally Blondes

M – My Sister’s Keeper

N – New Year’s Eve

O – Oz the Great and powerful

P – Pocahontas, Paper Towns

Q – Quantum of Solace

R – Ratatouille, Revenge of the Bridesmaids

S – Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Step Up Revolution, Step Up All InIMG_4010

T – The 5th Wave, The Hunger Games, The Notebook, The Last Song, The Intern, The Princess Diaries, Twilight (ALL OF THEM!!!), The Proposal, The Fault in Our Stars

U – Underclassmen

V – Valentine’s Day

W – Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, Where the Wild Things Are

X – X-men

Y – Yes Man

Z – Zootopia

For all my readers who love Bollywood as much as I do:

FullSizeRender (1)A – Aaja Nachle

B – Bachna Ae Haseeno

C – Chup Chup Ke

D – Dilwale

E – Ek Paheli Leela

F – Fanaa

G – Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

H – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

I – I Hate Luv Storys

J – Jab We Met

K – Khabhi Kushi Khabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

L – Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in Indiaimage1 (1)

M – Mohabbatein

N – Na Tum Jaano Na Hum

O – Om Shanti Om

P – Pyaar Impossible

Q – Queen

R – R… Rajkumar

S – Salaam Namaste

T – Ta Ra Rum Pum, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic

U – Umrao Jaan

image2V – Vivah

W – What’s Your Raashee

X – **If you find one, let me know 😉

Y – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Z – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

 

If you have any additional movie suggestions, please feel free to share in the comments below.  If you watched any movies this week, share!  What did you think of it, how would you rate it? Would you watch it again?

Until next time,

~Rina Raj

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I AM NOT YET DEAD, I CAN DANCE AND I CAN SING!

Hi guys! Happy February! 😀 february is that you.jpg

2016 is moving along so fast, I’m sure many of you may agree when I say it feels like a race!

guitar.pngI’ve already taken 3 tests and 10 quizzes, learned about 75% of the 6 pieces of music we’re focusing on in chorus right now, written 3 songs (with guitar >.<), and read 7 books.

While all of those things were incredibly exciting (minus the tests of course) and made for a great January, I’d have to say that my biggest accomplishment so far this year was trying something new.

Typically, upon hearing the words ‘try something new’, many of us feel the urge to hide under our blankets. Try something new? No thanks!

However, trying something new may open doors to new possibilities for you. You may discover something about yourself that you hadn’t known before. You might discover new strengths or talents. You might find out that you like something new.

Or that you like trying new things. 😉

Allow me to share my experience…

Our first unit in theatre was specific to musical theatre. The unit started with a lecture about the golden age of musical theatre, some of the most important shows, and all the different types of musical theatre.sweeney todd.jpg

Once the lecture was over and we had taken our test on it, we watched the staged version (which, sadly, doesn’t have Johnny Depp in it) of Sweeney Todd to get a feel for what musical theatre was really like.

After watching the entirety of the show and taking yet another test (this time on Sweeney Todd), we were allowed to pick groups of individuals to create our own musical theatre number!  😀

I was ecstatic to be included in a group made up of my friends and some of the most talented kids in our class!

We were given two weeks (with a little under 10 hours) to complete our number. We had to have the song memorized, choreographed and have costumes, a backdrop and props. And yes, emoji singing.pngwe had to *le gasp* actually sing!

Our first step was to pick the song we wanted to perform. monty pythons spamalot.jpgHe’s Not Dead Yet from Spamalot turned out to be the best choice for us. Everyone would have something to do, and we could be as crazy and over the top as we wanted, as this was a very humorous number.

Once we decided who would play who, and who would sing what, we attempted blocking. For those who don’t know, blocking is when the director tells the actors where to move onstage for proper dramatic effect (when to sit down, when to stand up, etc.).

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As a group, we left the weight of blocking the entire number on the shoulders of one kid. And though he had some great ideas that we ended up using, surprisingly I found myself coming up with random ideas for what the choreography could be and what the other characters, that were being a bit neglected, could do in the background.

After two days of trying to come up with more ideas (five days of rehearsals), I decided to speak up.

The kid who had been blocking everything was actually happy to have some help.

And the result of trying something new from my end (versus just going with the flow) yielded an amazing musical number that lots of people loved including our theatre teacher!

So what did I learn? I realized that my ideas are worth something. I also discovered that having a contribution from more than one person in a group project can have a great outcome. I learned that I have skills that I wasn’t even quite aware of!

Going with the flow is the easy way, and sometimes the easy way is okay. But other times, you have to challenge yourself to try something different, do something different. You never know what gifts will be revealed about yourself. 😉

When was the last time you tried something new? Or stepped outside your comfort? Share, and let’s discuss!

Until next time!

~ Rina Raj

Don’t you just “LOVE” Your Teachers?

Hi everyone and Hello 2016! 🙂

Well, I’m aware that I did not share a blog post last week (I know, I know, we’ll address time management in a future blog post) but my “welcome back” load of homework was quite a load and quite overwhelming. I’m definitely learning about time management and trying to balance accordingly.

Thank you all for your recent feedback and comments. Many of you have asked me to write a funny blog post relatable to high school. Ideas were shared and so, since we just started back at school after our two precious weeks of winter break, I thought I’d go with the suggestion of sharing our experiences about our teachers.

Now please keep in mind, this post is only meant to be humorous; for fun and for laughs. We love our teachers very much, just as much as our teachers love us. 😉

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Teacher #1: The Parent

Ever had a teacher whom you felt was trying to control your whole life? They typically make comments about what their students are wearing, give extra homework, and if someone dare tries to inform them that most of us have six OTHER classes with homework as well, let’s just say it ain’t pretty.

I had a teacher like this a couple years ago and I once missed a quiz in her class. Here is a snippet of our conversation…

Me: When would be a good time to make up the quiz I missed yesterday?

Teacher: I’m free after school today. You can come by my room after seventh period and take it.

Me: I can’t today, I have something important to do after school.

Teacher: What’s more important than making up my quiz?

Me: Um, I have an after school club.

Teacher: Obviously you shouldn’t be in this club if you don’t even have time to attend my class!

Me: …I missed one day…

Teacher: Don’t you talk back to me, young lady! *sigh* Come and take it during lunch. I only say the things I say because I care, all right? Now go back to your seat, dear.

Whaaaaaa??? 😮

Why are you trying to take control of my life outside of your class? *shakes head*

i really don't care.jpegTeacher #2: The “I-don’t-care-what-you-do-with-your-life-but-I-have-to-teach-you” Teacher

Typically, this is one of the “best” teachers to have. They don’t care what you do as long as you’re “working”. You can have your phone out in their class, you can eat a five course meal, whatever. They DON’T CARE.

Normally their first-day-of-school “monologue” goes a little something like this:

“Alright guys. First things first, phones. I don’t want you hiding them behind your backpacks. You can have them out, you can text in my class, I don’t care. Unless I tell you to put them away specifically. If I do happen to catch you with your phone out during a time I have asked for them to be away, I won’t take your phone. I won’t even say anything to you. I’ll just take your points away. I don’t care what you do on your phones when you do have them out, and I don’t care what you take into your life from this course, but I am getting paid to teach you and you have an EOC (end of course exam). So today, you can just chill and talk. Whatever. *shrugs* I don’t care.

You know what, sir? I “don’t care” if you “don’t care”. *peace sign*

Teacher #3: I’m Sarcastic and I Know it! sarcasm.jpg

This teacher is usually the one that everyone secretly hates. They are basically a bully to their students and being in their class sort of – well, you know – sucks.

When a student gets a low grade on a test that they are handing back to them, they say something along the lines of “Your mom must be so proud of you!” or “You are so going to become a doctor with these grades!”

When going over a question that no one has the answer to, they say something like “Wow, no one has the answer? I love how everyone does their homework in here!” When in reality, everyone did the homework and has every other question except that one.

When they teach a new lesson and ask if anyone’s heard of a term or formula before and no one has, their response is typically along the lines of “No? Never heard of it? Wooooooooow! I’ve got a great class!”

*whispers* Only we teens are allowed to use sarcasm, got that? 😉

i can't keep calm he proposed.pngTeacher #4: The Family Oriented 

“My wife LOVES this chapter…”

“My boyfriend hates that I give so much homework…”

“My son refuses to go to the school that I teach at…”

“So since our bellwork today has to do with love, I thought I would share something that recently happened in my life that relates to love… Since we’re all like family here, right?” *smiles* “Weeellll… HE PROPOSED!!!” *holds up left hand* *dramatically wiggling hand with ring on it*

“Last night I found out that dogs can hold grudges. See, what happened was…”

All things that a family oriented teacher will say, they constantly feel the need to update you on their romance life, their parenting techniques, what their dog did the night before… everything!

And they always have some way to relate one of their family members or a personal experience to the lesson they’re teaching.

Generally, they’re very nice teachers… just extremely annoying. I mean, we go to school to not hear anything about family. We try to escape them. *awkward smile*

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This is usually the performing arts teachers (chorus, dance, band, theatre, etc.). They’re very passionate about what they’re teaching and so they get very excited over little things (like their favorite musical, play, or song) and use hand gestures whenever they can.

Hand gestures. All.The.Time.

Teacher: “Okay guys, today we’re going to learn about greek mythology!” *excitedly waving hand at the board*

Student: *takes phone out*

Teacher: *le gasp* *hand on heart* “Put your phone away RIGHT NOW!” *pointing dramatically at student* “I can’t believe that kids these days have the nerve!” *throwing hands up in dismay*

Again, hand gestures. Dramatic body language. All.The.Time. (Not that I don’t do the same thing 😉 )

sunglasses.pngTeacher #6: The #SwagDawgTwoThree!

This is that cool young teacher that totally feels how boring classes can be and totally understands you.

They’re basically your best friend.

“Okay guys, I know it’s been boring, we’ve been taking turns reading and answering questions, so take a deep breath, work on the vocab, listen to music, work with someone else… play on your phone, update Twitter…”

*laughing at something someone drew on the board* “Somebody please, quick, Snapchat this!”

They aren’t trying to be one of us. They ARE one of us. 😀

So, these are just a few of the teachers we’ve all experienced. 🙂 Do you have any you would like to add? If so, PLEASE SHARE!

Comment below which ones you can relate to, which ones you find most entertaining, or which teachers you’ve encountered in your life. Share your story and let’s give our teachers some love! 😉

Until next time!

~ Rina Raj