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EDITORIAL BOARD & STAFF FIVE
PTA ORIENTATION SIX
MOTHERâ€™S DAY CELEBRATION EIGHT
BCIS TURNS 21 TEN
AWARDS CEREMONY TWELVE
MIDNIGHT IN LONDON FOURTEEN
christmas in hawaii
A Christmas Carol
mr. gi eung youn
THAI FIELD TRIP SIXTEEN
ROAD TO REDEMPTION EIGHTEEN
THE END OF A DROUGHT TWENTY
HIGH SCHOOL LOCK-IN TWENTY TWO
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY TWENTY FOUR
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TWENTY SIX
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taran raymond kerr
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beyond the mountains
I AM AN AFRICAN CHILD
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The First Digital Chronicle Edition was launched on January 8, 2019. The Chronicle online magazine or newspaper edition will now be delivered in electronic form which is formatted identical to the print version. This particular edition was first produced and voted for by the editorial board and staff during the first semester of August 2018. Ms. Joyce Bernardo, the Chronicle Adviser and Head of Layout, initially mentioned in the first general meeting of the editorial board and staff held last August 31, 2018, that the new version of The Chronicle would be called the first digital facsimile to underline the likeness to the previous print version of the newspaper. In conjunction with this, the course subject, Digital Journalism, was also first introduced during the first semester running from August to December 2018. The Digital Journalism class had five pioneer students namely: Hye Lim Lee, Yuna Lee, Tanapat
Sanguansil , Andrew Masakul, and Puttipong Aunggulsant. They were officially trained by Ms. Joyce, The Chronicle Adviser, to help the writing staff with the layout and graphics of The Chronicle digital edition. According to Mr. David Maksel, BCIS Principal, the digital edition of The Chronicle has the benefit of reducing costs for the publisher and readers by avoiding the time and the expense of printing and delivering a conventional paper edition. In addition, the new format is considered more environmentally-friendly due to the inherent reduction of paper and energy usage. The Editorial Board and Staff has decided to conduct their meeting on a bi-weekly schedule during their lunch period from 12:40-1:10 P.M. The bi-weekly luncheon meeting is sponsored by Ms. Joyce and Mrs. M.
August 1, 2018, the Teacher-Parent Orientation was held in a room teeming with parents. Cars lined up at the side of the streets as the parking lot was entirely filled. Each and every individual entered the room with a feeling of enthusiasm, waiting eagerly to be introduced to the new teachers and staffs. 2018â€™s PTA is a remarkable one, one with the most attendees ever! Teacher-Parent Orientation is a program that existed for the purpose of our students. It is to introduce our parents and students to a new school year at BCIS, which has been well-planned out just for them. As a Christian-based school, the program commenced with a word of prayer; followed by a
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beautiful worship. Teachers and staffs were then acquainted with one after another. This yearâ€™s new set of faculty members, expected to enhance the abilities of students, includes some of the most wonderful people: Mr. Taran Raymond Kerr (High School Department Head / Administrator), Mr. Nathanael Garrett Foster (Grade 8 Homeroom / High School Teacher), Mr. Ark Joseph Osias (ICT Teacher / ICT Specialist), Mr. Bran-
don Anthony Merritt (AP Art Teacher), Mrs. Lori Linda Johnson (Grade 6 Homeroom), Mrs. Suphitporn Tangsirisatian-Kerr (Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher), and Mrs. Elizabeth Toerien (Nursery Homeroom). For the “Next Chapter,” expectations and words of encouragement were addressed, along with a discipline policy to follow. Towards the end of the Teacher-Parent Orientation, Mr. Nate closed with a word of prayer. After the Orientation, there was an optional consultation that took place from 11:15 till 12:00. Parents met up with homeroom teachers to discuss about their child’s performance in school.
It takes both sides to build a bridge
As a new member of our BCIS family, Mr. Taran Raymond Kerr gave us his perspective of this year’s PTA. “When it comes to the Parent Orientation, I think it was extremely well done. I love the amount of parents that showed up, around 180-200 as a rough estimate. It was great to see the friendly atmosphere that was there, especially for new students, teachers, and administrator-like myself. I think it was a great opening event, the kickoff of the year with lots of fun, spiritual guidance, and just great overall teamwork.” In the end, 2018 is indeed a year to look forward to. The Chronicle Magazine Edition |
Mother’s Day CELEBRATION
by Saengdao Rattanawijitthaworn
eld on the 12th of August every year, Mother’s Day is one of Thailand’s most important holidays. The day is set after Queen Sirikit’s birthday because she is regarded as a mother to all of Thailand. The Queen’s birthday is celebrated all around Thailand, but nowhere more than Bangkok, especially along Ratchadamnern road and the Grand Palace area.
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BCIS celebrated this national holiday this year with speeches in the morning to remind us all of the importance of our mothers. After the flag ceremony, Chanakan, the student representative, and Mrs. Heidi Jo Tanarat, the teacher representative, came up and gave a speech about Her Majesty the Queen. The celebration was then finished with a song and then a prayer.
Why is this annual holiday so important? You might wonder. Mrs. Heidi Jo Tanarat answered that by saying, “Since Mother’s Day is on the Queen’s birthday, it is a time to pay respect to Queen Sirikit for all that she has sacrificed for her country and her people. It is also a time for remembering all that your mother has done for you.” Jireh, an 8th grader, said, “It’s when you show your mother how much you appreciate and love her for all that she has done for you.”
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by Modupe Thomas A new school year marks a new beginning for Bangkok Christian International School. Once again, on August 22nd, BCIS celebrated its birthday along with all teachers, students, and staff. This year was different from the rest in that it was BCISâ€™ 21st birthday. As a tradition, going for years now, BCIS also held its community service on this day. In collaboration with other schools and organizations, BCIS has its students help serve the community in ways such as: teaching non-English students, cleaning up the environment, and caring for the disabled. Beginning early in the morning, all students assembled in the schoolâ€™s assembly hall for the flag ceremony. After this, students were separated into the activities they had signed up for. Some stayed to help out at school while others journeyed out to different places. All seniors were assigned to help teach English to the non-English students in the Wat Thai school. Upon arriving at the Thai school, the students seemed ready but also slightly nervous to teach such
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big groups of kids. Once the BCIS students entered the assembly hall at Wat Tai, the preparation immediately began as the first group to teach divided members into several smaller groups to take care of the young kids. Soon, the first bell rang and students, from first grade all the way up to the third, piled into the hall. Immediately, the place was flooded with noise as students chatted among each other. Although it was
quite difficult to get their attention, one of the BCIS teachers, Mr. Mark, was still able to quiet the excited little children down. Soon, the activities began and the MC’s on the stage introduced many different types of fruits in English to the students before giving out instructions on the games to be played. The game the students most enjoyed, judging by their rowdiness, was the one where they had to run to the person holding the picture of the fruit that was called by the MC’s. At the end of the short lessons/activities, all students were rewarded with candies and snacks as they left the room for their participation. Next, as students from fourth to sixth grades filed into the room, an introduction of new vocabulary of action verbs was given. Students were to read, understand, and remember the words for they would be using them to play the activities. Among the most popular activities for this particular age group, was the “Charades” in which representatives from each small group were to come up on stage and act out the word that was revealed to them from a card without saying anything to give it off. Their members then had to try to decipher what was being acted out on stage. Whichever member of a group had their hand raised before anyone else got to answer by calling out
what action was being done on the stage. If a student guessed correctly, their team was given a point and if they guessed wrong, they simply received none. The group with the most points at the end of the activity received a prize. However, as an encouragement for the students to continue their passion to learn English, everyone was still given snacks at the end of the activities. Lastly, the final group, consisted of students from grades seven to nine, came in for new sets of challenges. The activities for this group of students were based solely on the purpose of having lots of fun. The first game played was called “Capture the Captain”. Each small team was to set a representative in the center of their circle then on their turn, members of the group could run to other teams to drag their members, creating a bigger empire of their own. Whichever team caught another’s team captain first, wins the game. Though rowdy, this activity brought with it laughter and high energy from the students. The annual BCIS Birthday Celebration or what most students go by as the “annual Community Service Day” has allowed students of different age groups to return their gratitude to the community. It was truly a wonderful day for BCIS.
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The long-awaited, annual Bangkok Christian International School High School Awards Ceremony for the second semester of the school year 2017-2018 took place on August 31, 2018. Upon entering the BCIS Hall, murmurs of excitement and anticipation could be heard all around the room as students took their seats and patiently waited for the opening remarks of the ceremony. During the awards ceremony, students from different grade levels were rewarded for both their academic achievements and their non-academic achievements. The first award to be given out every year is the exemplary behavior award. Students from grades 7 to 12 who have demonstrated positive attitude and have set an exemplary behavior for fellow peers are rewarded for the positivity they bring to BCIS. The following awards are mostly academic based in which students have
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.
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been awarded for their outstanding and record- breaking AP scores, GPA, SAT scores, and Canadian Math Competition Scores. The students of BCIS have excelled beyond their limits to achieve outstanding results in all academic competitions and examinations throughout the past semester. The BCIS Awards Ceremony emphasizes and acknowledges the wonderful achievements of its students who have dedicated much of their time in achieving the best possible results globally. Andy, an impressive and talented student who scored all 5’s on his AP exams, encourages other students to “work hard, and it will all be worth it in the end.” As the school year 2018-2019 has just begun, students are highly encouraged to give it their best for this new school year. It was a truly successful awards ceremony, with wonderful music orchestrated by the BCIS Praise team, and wonderful teachers and staffs who have worked so hard throughout the year to encourage the students of BCIS to keep on persevering.
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by Thiyapa Sriprom On September 7, 2018, BCIS hosted its famous annual event, Homecoming. It was a welcoming party for Grade 7 students and every new student in BCIS. It took place in the BCIS cafeteria and began at 6:00 P.M. and ended at 9:00 P.M. Like every year, the Homecoming event had its own theme planned out by the student council. This year, the student council had chosen the theme “Midnight in London.” The decorations were beautifully placed by the student council and class representatives. They completely transformed the atmosphere of the BCIS cafeteria and turned it into a beautiful street in London. On the day of the event, everyone who joined the Homecoming event showed up in their most exquisite British looks. The Homecoming event started
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with an introduction from DG, the student council vice president, followed by a delicious meal. After everyone had finished their dinner, they were introduced to four different game booths. From the looks on their faces, they must have really enjoyed the game booths. However, that wasn’t the highlight of the event. The highlight of the event was the soda-pong game; similar to the traditional beer-pong, except there was no alcohol involved. After that, there were singing and dancing performances by Grade 11 students. Then, there was excitement across the room as everyone played “Guessthe-Movie Game.” The event ended with a lucky draw and whoever’s ticket number got picked, received a price from the student council.
On Monday, September 10, 2018, the correspondent did an interview with Mr. Nate Foster, one of the new teachers in the BCIS Highschool department, about how he felt during the Homecoming event. He said, “Homecoming was fantastic for a number of reasons. I felt like the 7th graders were received and very welcomed and ...uhh… it was a time when I saw the entire high school, across all the grades, come together to just have a great time and to have fun.” Another interview was done with a 7th Grade student named Mime Mime, also asking her about how she felt during the Homecoming event and whether or not she liked it. She answered, “I like Homecoming. I feel really loved and it’s really cool because they have a lot of games. And the theme and the style is like London. It’s cool! They have good games and good food.” This year’s Homecoming event had been very successful. The 7th Grade students and the new students were very welcomed. Everyone hopes as the years pass by, each would get to know them more.
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Thai Field Trip
by Daniella Mae Sarmiento
September 20, 2018, marked the day of the Highschool Thai Field Trip—-one of the most anticipated days of the school year, wherein students got a whole day of hands-on learning about Thai culture. However, this year was different. Usually the field trip would be separated into two days, where the two departments, high school and elementary, would go on separate days—-with the elementary going the first week then high school going in the next. This year, the
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school decided to combine the two departments and go to the Golden Jubilee of Agriculture Museum together. This was marvelous, amazing, and a blast for all, for there were 334 students and 44 teachers who joined the field trip this year. There were 8 buses that transported the students from Tesco Lotus’ Pattanakarn branch to the place itself. It took the two departments about an hour and 30 minutes to get to the museum.
In the museum, students learned about the dedication that the late King Bhumibol contributed to the agriculture of Thailand. He made sure that the farms all across Thailand was prospering and taught them how to conserve resources and make money. The students were also taught about living in certain areas back then. They learned about how land was used and conserved according to a specific purpose. They proportioned it by the efficiency and how that plot of land was going to make money. Each of the students learned about the different causes of global warming and the effects it has on Thailand. In fact, it was estimated that in 12 years, most of Thailand would be underwater. The students also learned how to make plant propagations and the different animals that lived in the forest in thailand.
The Golden Jubilee of Agriculture museum was indeed a great learning experience about the King and his contributions to agriculture. Although it was tiring, it was certainly memorable. â€œI think Thai Field was actually fun and meaningful; it actually reminds me of how the king Rama 9 sacrificed so much for Thai people, and I learned about the plants and how to grow them and the importance of keeping the world clean for the new generation.â€? Said Chanya, Grade 12.
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by Zaw Khun Naw
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As the 2018-2019 Basketball season of the BCIS’ varsity team lays ahead, the Lions once again seek for a new journey to achieve everything they possibly could. Although the previous season was filled with disappointments and some drooping of heads, the players’ passion is still burning. The Lions are now looking for a new beginning; they have trained and are stronger now. Last year’s basketball season was very tough and disappointing, as we came short of 1 win in the regular season to win 1st place and stay on group A of the TISAC association. It was very disappointing as said, but this year BCIS seeks to earn something that isn’t familiar to BCIS. Yes, we are talking about a championship. Winning a championship to BCIS means a lot of pride, especially for the hard-working members of the team who had been drenched in sweat and had the willingness to fight for it. There is a saying, “New year, new me.” The players quickly dusted off past memories and were determined to focus on a new season ahead of them. They are willing to work harder than anyone has ever worked, and our Lions will do whatever it takes to reach the top. This road to glory is already looking successful as the BCIS varsity team had already played two games and was victorious on both. The first friendly game was against a renowned basketball academy in Thailand, “Elevate Basketball.” After 40 minutes of blood and sweat and tears, the Lions came out victorious in a 76-74 score point. The Lions didn’t stop at that single victory. The second game against Rangsit International School was another challenge they had to overcome. Even with an away game disadvantage, the players fought hard. The final score was 46-22, and BCIS went a step forward to their goal. The Lions had fought with dedication. The Lions do not play the sport just for pride or to be victorious, but to represent the school. To show that it is a blessing to be a part of the Bangkok Christian International School Athletic Team. However, this isn’t the end. With more competitions and challenges ahead, the players are well determined and will fight until the end to achieve even more.
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by Zaw Khun Naw
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In the game of basketball, every athletes working with their team strive to achieve their goals. The BCIS Lions Basketball Varsity Team had one goal in their mind: to regain the old glory and reign again as champions. The BCIS Lions road to league champion ended in a failure. However, nothing is over until it is really over in sports. With pure determination and perseverance, the Lions headed toward another goal: securing at least for a third place at the upcoming TISAC Basketball Tournament.
The tournament consisted of ten international schools from around Thailand. The athletes knew the obstacles ahead of them, but they were also confident in themselves and their teammates. As a result, the Lions consecutively won 4 of their games and headed directly to the finals.
After every basketball league games are played, a tournament is annually held. BCIS have been on a twoyear drought of getting even to the semi-finals. This tournament could turn around these results. It was time to test out all the hard work that our athletes have put into. Our Lionsâ€™ have stayed humble and kept their humility throughout the season and they were hoping that the positive result was to be shown at this very moment.
The final game was against Traill International School, a school renowned about their reputation of athletics. This school is known for focusing a lot of time and effort on their basketball team. This fact did not fear the Lions. Our Lions fought with hard work and played till the end. In the end, the Lions lost just by a thin line of hair.
The joy of securing 2nd place in this tournament The two-year drought has finally come to an end was already a huge achievement. However, the Lions and it was a great achievement that BCIS has done. They knew they could achieve more. Although injured and wea- have proved the haters and doubters wrong, they have ry, the athletes fought until the end. fought with hard work and honor, and they brought back home the 2nd place award. The Chronicle Magazine Edition |
by Nathanael Visca On November 9, 2018, the students from grades nine, ten, and eleven experienced a Lock-In in a way that has never been done before in BCIS history. This year, instead of just having two grades participate in the LockIn; there were a combination of three classes that joined and had fun together. This was unlike any other Lock-In because prior to this, the Lock-In only had two grades that participated in the event. Another major change that was made as well was the the removal of the famous “Alone In The Dark” game. This particular change made some students skeptical, but after attending the LockIn, everyone believed that each had fun and memorable experience.
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The event began at exactly 4:00 P.M. in the BCIS hall. It began with a short briefing and explanation of rules from Pastor Jaco, BCIS’ Chaplain. After a few words, the students were separated into pre-selected groups, where each had to create a mascot and a team’s name; thus, marked the beginning the Lock-In games. After each group had finished creating their mascots, the best one was picked and was given the most points. The students were then told to go to different stations located around the school, where they had to do different challenges and work as a team to accomplish their goals. Students got wet, messy, and some had to eat nasty food. It was indeed a fun and memorable time.
After each team finished going through the different stations, students began to wind down and some were getting ready to rest and eat. They were not ready yet for what was going to happen to them in the next event. As the students were beginning to wind down, Pastor Jaco called everyone into the basketball court to sit in a big circle. No one knew what was going on. He then told all the seniors to use as many items as they can to mess up the students. The students began on panicking, but also getting excited at the same time. They were sprayed on, tomatoes were given to them, mustard was poured on them, and many more. It was all fun and it
brought a joyous atmosphere around the school. After all of the messy games were done, students cleaned themselves up and had a wonderful dinner. When they finished dinner, student went back into the BCIS Hall where they had worship led by Mrs. Michelle. It had a wonderful atmosphere, and you could really feel God’s presence throughout the whole evening. Everyone felt the spirit of the Lord and that God was doing something in the student’s hearts during that time. After worship, the students began praying for the school and for each other. It was really powerful seeing a side of the students
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you don’t usually see everyday where they just freely expressed their love for God. After that ended, Mr. Nate, one of the teachers at school and a Pastor’s son, gave a message about our relationship with God—-whether or not we were actually fighting for it or if we just did it because that’s what we were taught to do. “ This message really opened my eyes personally because I realized some of the things I was doing did not really show my love for God and who He really is.” Said the correspondent. After he finished, the students took a quick break and moved to the sports center next to BCIS main
building. There, the students played basketball, soccer, and capture the flag. The game “Capture the Flag” as a very good replacement for “Alone in the dark” game, for everyone could play it, which involved lots of running. Overall, this year’s Lock-In while different, was probably one the better Lock-In’s we’ve had in recent years. It introduced new games and activities that added fresh excitement and a different feeling of what we are used to. Certainly, this Lock-In is the first of many LockIns to come up with new ways to help students have fun and connect with God and with their friend to a whole new different level. The Chronicle Magazine Edition |
by Daniella Mae Alfaro Sarmiento
National History Day, which took place on November 9, 2018, was an event that connected students together with history. The theme for this year’s History Day was ‘Triumph and Tragedy in History.’ Students labored day after day to perfect their projects. Teachers going around walking and judging the exhibits and documentaries made by students. At the beginning of the day, there was a brief orientation on National History Day by Mr. Nate. Then students doing exhibits were allowed to go to their assigned rooms to prepare for their exhibit. Afterward, students presented their exhibits to the judges. For the senior division, the judges were Mrs. M and Mr. Dana, along with the main judges/ history teachers, Mr. Nate and Ms. Joyce. The judges for the junior division were Mr. Mark and Mr. Brandon. Some elementary classes
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came up to observe the exhibits made by their older siblings in high school. After break time, the people doing documentaries were given time to prepare their designated rooms for documentary watching. The judges for the documentaries was Mr. Park for the senior division and for the junior division were Pastor Jaco and Ms. Sarah. During this time, students who were in the documentary category were allowed to walk around to watch each creatively made documentary. Each video contained a unique element to the certain event; some animated their videos and some used films to portray their event. At the end of the day, the student council set up a History Day Quiz Bowl and had questions concerning different time periods in history, which resulted in the yellow team’s victory.
Then, with much anticipation, the winners were announced. In the junior division, the winner of the individual exhibit was Samuel from grade 7, and the winner of the individual documentary was Fred from grade 9. The winners for the group exhibit were Jessie, Pine, and Ping Ping from grade 8 and the winners for the documentary were Hye Lim, LL, Daniel, Titus, and Napat, from grade 9. As for the winners of the senior division, Sakura from grade 11 was awarded a medal for her individual exhibit. There was no winner for the individual documentary
as there was no participation for the category, so Mr. Nate decided to award the medal to the second place for group documentary - which was Shin, Modupe, and Feng from grade 12. The first place was awarded to Bamboo, Stina, and Nicole from grade 10. The winners of the exhibit were very surprising, everyone expected the tank from grade 10 to win, but the winners, as it turns out, was Jim, Nine, Satoshi, and Frank. National History Day provided us with very valuable experience that canâ€™t be replaced with traditional learning. The Chronicle Magazine Edition
Six years ago, in 2012, BCIS came in first for t he TISAC So You Think You Can Dance Competition. Ever since then, we have not thought of joining the com petition.
So You Think You Can Dance? by Sojirat Leerujanont This year, however, BCIS brought forth two amazing teams, one from the lower secondary and one from the upper secondary, to take part on this challenge with a heart to win.
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On November 14, 2018, TISAC So You Think You Can Dance Competition took place in Lily Theatre, Charter International School. A total of 11 schools (Charter, St Andrews Sathorn, St Andrews 71, Ascots, St Andrews Dusit, Traill, Heathcliff, Brighton College, Singapore International School, St Andrews High School, and Bangkok Christian International School) from different parts of Bangkok arrived at 8:30 A.M., with assigned rooms for each. Some came dressed in their practice clothes, and later changed into their performance outfits. At 9:00 A.M., Mr. Simon Green, the organizer of this event, gave a warm welcome and the running orders were then selected. Chronologically, each school, both primary and secondary, had time to practice on stage individually. Beow, one of the dancers in FireProof Boys, said there were performances during the practice that made him “worried” and “doubted” their abilities. Regardless of slight worries, the members would encourage one another to not lose hope and have faith in themselves, most importantly— God. Following the practice, snacks and drinks brimmed rows of serving tables in the cafeteria. Various snacks were served for vegan or non-vegans to enjoy. At 10:30 A.M., the Primary Dance Competition finally began. St Andrews Dusit portrayed a whole different concept of cultures that came together within their circle groups, while St Andrews 71 killed their flashy flips and showed just what school spirit is about. The witty choreography and on-point synchronizing were the most fun to watch. With amazing stage effects, along with the hard work that students put into their performances, each and every group delivered a marvelous performance. Three professional judges (Miss Duangdee Paibulkulsiri, Chitpon Pleansiri, together with other guest judge) were invited to evaluate each performances. Grading according to the criteria, the judges had finally come to an agreement. St Andrews 71 won the first place, Heathfield came in second, and Ascot for the third place. They all did an amazing job that morning. Moving on to the Lower Secondary, 8 schools were to compete. BCIS was up first, with a group consisting of 5 members: two boys, three girls. As they stepped up on stage, stood in their positions, the music began, and the show was on. Sitting among the rows of packed seats, it was so fascinating to see kpop songs performed by our students. The mixture of all kinds of dances from different generations, whether it was from a girl or a boy group,
collectively expressed a contrasting culture of music. Meanwhile, BCIS performed kpop dance concepts, Brighton had a diverse theme in their performance. They depicted Alice as an innocent young girl who came into the world to find her identity. She goes through hurdles to find herself walking back to where she started. Despite the fact that they’re only 11-13 years old, the ability to communicate to the audience through their dancing was something unbelievable! It was a close competition among all the schools, that once again, performed really well that afternoon. The Traill - Dark Project won the first place trophy, St. Andrews 71 took the second place, and Brighton came in third place. After the Primary and Lower Secondary performances, everyone was looking forward to see what the Upper Secondary could possibly display. Charter was first and decided to perform a song called “Fake Love” by BTS. Overall, they did great executing the idol dances. As for St. Andrews 71, it’s worth mentioning the incredible connection the students have as they chant altogether! It was as if they were one by mind. Besides the teamwork among the dancers, what really made the performance solid would be dance moves that they came up with. The combination of pop music really allows the audience to see contrasting styles of dances in a show. Finally, the most anticipated performance, was up next. The Fireproof Boys had practiced months to get where they are today. They were the group that wanted this more than anything else. As a BCIS representative, the boys walked up the stage with a thought of being glory to His Name. “DNA,” an upbeat song by BTS, is known to be one of the most challenging song to perform. Despite that, the boys took in the music and showed us they deserve to receive an award. As part of the audience, I can definitely say the Fireproof Boys really brought colors and emotions to the performance, and made it enjoyable just for anyone. The Upper Secondary Competition resulted in BCIS coming in first, St. Andrews 71 second, and SISB taking the third place. “It felt incredible! For a moment there, I thought I won a Daesang Mnet Asian Music Award -- the grand prize of the biggest music award ceremony in Korea.” Jay, one of the member of Fireproof Boys, also mentioned how he was “baffled” and “more thankful than ever” for his teammates, Mrs. Liz, and Mr. G. November 14, 2018 is a history made, and indefinitely others to go.
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by Naomi Gayle Reformado Rivera
BCIS's annual Thanksgiving and International Food Fair took place on November 22, 2018. Excitement was buzzing in the air even before the festivities started as students came to school dressed in their traditional clothes. After the flag ceremony and homeroom devotions, the students and teachers made their way, class by class, to the Korean Union Church, wherein the program was to begin at 9:00 am. The day started with a praise and worship service led by a worship team consisting of teachers from both the high school and elementary departments, followed by various cultural shows prepared by stu-
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dents, teachers, and even some parents. The first one was a Thai dance by the high school senior girls. Next, some of the Chinese parents got together to perform a traditional Chinese fan dance. Thai students from 9th and 10th grade played a rendition of the King’s Royal Anthem and ‘10,000 Reasons’ with traditional Thai instruments. Amidst the performances was the thanksgiving message delivered by Mr. Nate’s father, Pastor Ray Foster. Afterwards, BCIS teachers prepared a choir performance, followed by a classical music performance. There was a Chinese traditional dance by
some elementary students and a Taekwondo demonstration by Korean students from both high school and elementary as well. Besides traditional performances, there were also modern K-pop dance covers performed by dance groups from both the elementary and high school students. The program was concluded with a fashion show in which the best dressed individuals - one male and one female - from each grade were chosen to showcase their traditional clothing. After the student representatives had gone up, teachers, too, were encouraged to come to the stage and showcase their costumes. Winners of the fashion show were, then, announced by
a panel of judges: Roman from grade 3 and from grade 6 were chosen as the best dressed in the elementary department. In the high school department, Titus and Waratchanan, both 9th graders, were the winners. As for the teachers, Mr. Peter and Mrs. Peach were the winners from the elementary department, while Mr. Shyam and Mrs. Liz were the winners from the high school department. After the service, the parents and students moved back to the school campus, where a wonderful array of international cuisine was waiting for them. Thus, with everyoneâ€™s hearts and stomachs full, the Thanksgiving and International Food Fair comes to a close.
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by Napat Wiwatwongthorn
This year’s elementary Christmas production was held on December 4, 2018. The theme of the production was “Christmas in Hawaii”. It was held at the BCIS auditorium at 5:30 P.M. The auditorium was packed with parents. The play was directed by Mrs. Jo Ann Villarino Trinidad (Music Teacher) and assisted by the elementary teachers. The cast who performed did an excellent job acting and expressing their character in the play. Stanley Johnson was played by Parin, Jane Johnson by Molly, Steve Johnson by Frank, Missy Johnson by Siam, Keaka Hana by Hill, and Winane Hana by Minnie. As the main characters of the play, their acting skills, ways of expression, and talking had to be excellent and well done. Mary was played by Yujin, Joseph by Moku, Angel by Poon, Star by Su Jin, Hula girl by Min Hyung, and the grumpy couple by Boss and Mon-
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ie. They performed well as part of the true meaning of Christ. It made the audience know about the background of the true meaning of Christmas. Raphael, Win, and Non played as the shepherds. Pepe, Eun Chan, and Taemin played as the wise men. The innkeeper was played by Leena Manow. The sheeps were played by Ava, JP, Porjai, Lennon, Tawin, and Sirada. The cows were played by Robert, Kirin, and Iphone. All these characters played a part in telling the true meaning of Christmas, which they did an amazing job. The pilots were played by Poon and Non. The Grade 6 class took part as playing as the singers. Leena, Natty,
Chalisa, Jane, Manow, Non, and WIn were the prop handlers. The ribbon dance was performed by Poon. Win was the stage coordinator. They performed their parts and roles so well that the audience felt like the actors were really on a plane flying to Hawaii. The program started off with a few songs played by the music band club and some high school students. Mr. David Maksel, our principal, opened the program with welcoming remarks. Following that, the BCIS worship team came to the stage and led some Christmas carols songs. The play featured four different scenes with several songs. It was about a family and their Christmas vacation. The kids were anticipating the annual
holiday sled race and the church Christmas program. But their fatherâ€™s boss sent them to Hawaii for the holidays. Everyoneâ€™s mood was dipping, especially Stevie, who had dreams of winning the annual sled race. As they met brand new friends, discovered the Hawaiian customs; they then realized the true meaning of Christmas. The play came to an end with closing remarks from Ms. May Brian, Elementary Department Head. Then, the parents got the chance to go and congratulate their children, and the atmosphere was just merry and joyous. Parents were taking pictures with their children before they went out to have some refreshments prepared by the BCIS staff.
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High School Christmas Production by Jun Ha Chang
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The High School Christmas Production was held on December 6, 2018 at the BCIS auditorium. This year’s Christmas theme was adapted from the original story of “A Christmas Carol”.
The cast was as following: Daniel as Bob, Henry as Fred, Jemimah as young Scrooge, Jessie as old Scrooge, Tarit and Attapon as charity men, Becky as Elizabeth, Attapon as turkey boy, Ping as the spirit of the past, Tarit as the spirit of the present, Win as the spirit of the future, Kenji as Jacob Marley, Saengdao as Fanny, and Timmy as Timmy the dead kid.
started by portraying a man, Scrooge Ebenezer, to be a selfish and self-centered man. He was shown to reject everything about Christmas including God, love, and charity. As the play progressed, the audience followed Scrooge’s life as the three spirits came to visit him. The first spirit was the spirit of the past. This scene revealed how Scrooge ruined his good life through his past actions. In the following scene, the spirit of the present appeared and showed Scrooge his presents, symbolizing his nephew’s love for him. Later on the spirit of the future appeared and showed Scrooge that his selfish actions could lead to the death of a child. In the final scene of the play, Scrooge is shown to be willingly to be changed because of all he had seen. In the end, Scrooge turned into a kind and loving man.
The program commenced with Mr. G’s introduction to the story of the play. The play quickly
The play ended with a prayer and all the cast members and staffs were congratulated.
The entire play was directed by Mr. G with other teachers assisting him. Mrs. Liz also contributed in creating the choreography for the dancers in the play.
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by Jun Ha Chang How is the value of a human life determined? This is a universal question that no one is able to answer without subjectivity.
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Although there are many humanitarian aid organizations such as UNICEF, people are still dying and living under harsh conditions. People today are not focusing as much as they should on important issues like world starvation and slavery. Instead, they direct their attention on animals. People would rather hear about animals being saved and rehabilitated than humans. This is where the question of value and priority comes. Why are animals the center of attention and not human beings? Animals are placed above humans because of the simple reason of not having the right moral mindset. When people are raised and taught in a Christian environment, it is only natural that they save the human being over an animal. They would do this because they would have been indoctrinated to see the value of human life. Christians know that humans were created in the image of God based on Genesis 1:27. Thus, they would choose to respect human life, even when the person is a terrible being, over the life of an animal. However, when non-believers are given the choice between a human and an animal, most of them are likely to save the animal. It is because they do not see the value of human life as Christians do.
Most non-believers see a human as a mere speck in the universe. They believe that they are not very different from other animals. For example, according to this study on â€œHuman attitudes towards animals in relation to species similarity to humans: a multivariate approach,â€? it is obvious that most humans are predisposed to liking animals with similar shared traits. Therefore, they do not see what makes humans special. They see themselves as an animal going through the normal cycle of life. The differences in value create a split between Christians and non-believers. As a result, human life is not seen as a priority to most people. People determine the value of human life by their own mindset. Humans make the choice to determine whether the life of a human being is more valuable than an animal even though they are not entitled to such authority. Is it really right to determine the value of human life based on our mindset? If you have some comments, suggestions, and reactions with regard to the above-written article, please send your reply or message to the Letter to the Editor at email@example.com or see Jun Ha Chang, Editor-in-Chief.
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Global Communication by Sky is the Limit
An Exclusive Interview with Mr. Brandon: “On Global Communication” Good communication is undoubtedly the
To ward off these issues or problems and
heart of all business in this modern day technol-
help social media users aware of this, I inter-
ogy, where every piece of information is either
viewed one of the newbies of the school, who in
heard or visible to everyone. In today’s world, many
one way or another, is fascinated with sharing his
users of social media from all walks of life have
knowledge in communication— be it with his stu-
faced the many underlying issues/ challenges of
dents in school or with online teaching.
global communication—both could give positive and negative effects to their social life or careers.
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Which effects of social media have greater influence on its users—the positive or the negative effects? The negative effects of social media have a greater influence on people than the positive effects. Though, it really can go both ways, social media provides a platform for various communication with many different people; however, it seems that the communication had can be very simple, quick and business-like, as opposed to deep, mindful communication that can only be done in-person. “Social media can be used as a tool and used effectively, but I don’t believe it can replace in-person communication.” How is communication influenced by culture, politics, economies, health, and relationships in the age of globalization? “Nowadays, communication is influenced by many different cultures it seems, not just the culture that you live in. The internet and the media give us the ability to see and experience many different cultures outside of our own, and I believe we tend to try to model the communication, of the cultures that we admire. Communication is influenced by politics merely because politics are what are on people’s minds and hearts, and they want to talk about it. They are passionate about something, and they want to tell other people and possibly encourage other people to believe what they believe.” “Communication is influenced by different economies simply by the ability to afford and provide the technology to access specific communication, ie: mobile phones, computers. I also think that communication can be influenced by the economy by the fact that people with more money can be a little more private and do not necessarily communicate as much with others compared to people in poorer communities who don’t have the nice things in their house or around them to take up their time, so they spend more time outside talking to their neighbors, friends and family. Communication is influenced by relationships in whatever age we’re in because communication is the basis of relationships. Nowadays, communication through friendships can be quite limited due to technology.
There are many quick words relayed, but possibly not much depth to the words.” What threat(s) do you think can be perceived on consumption of information fueled by high exposure to media? “Threats on society’s intellect.” There is so much information coming in and consumed but how much is digested? How much is really considered? How much do we actually care about? I think this consumption can cause us to lose track of our own selves, our own lives, and then start taking away our ability to think. We can just end of consuming and regurgitating information. Another threat is desensitization. As a media society, people see so much, be it “terrible news” all around the world, and can make people desensitized to real evils and violence in the world, where terrible tragedies or no longer even a shock anymore because they’re “seen everyday.” How can global communication inject liberating effects on one's identity? “Global communication can be liberating to one’s identity by the power/ability to express oneself through audio/visual channels (like Youtube or Instagram) and make one feel like they are known and accepted, when perhaps, if there was no global communication, that person would be alone, quiet and live in a hermit-like lifestyle.” With global resources already present today, what do you think are the best practices to ensure quality communication? “I believe the answer to this question can come down to beginning communication in the home with parents and children. Parents talking to their children. Spending time with them. Listening to them. Playing with them. Limiting their time on the computer, in front of the TV, on the phone. Parents also have to be good examples of this effective / respectful communication themselves. I believe if this is built up in the home, children will grow to understand the importance of personal communication and not just rely on media to fuel their needs and desires.” The Chronicle Magazine Edition |
by Naomi Gale Rivera
Mr. Gi Eung Youn, more often referred to as Mr. G, is the new High School music teacher and a BCIS alumni. He is from South Korea - born and raised in a Christian family. His father was a missionary. After graduating from BCIS in the year 2004, he majored in music performance at a music college. When asked why he decided to work in BCIS, he answered, “It happened a month ago; it was all so sudden... I never thought of getting a job in Bangkok
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before.” He shared that as he was searching for work online, the words ‘BCIS - vacancy’ popped up in the front page. “And so I decided to apply and then, it happened,” Mr. G said. “It was so quick.” As for his hobbies, Mr. G likes to play instruments and listen to music. He also likes talking to his girlfriend back in Korea. He enjoys cooking and he also plays sports.
Brandon Anthony Merritt
by Jun Ha Chang
Mr. Brandon Anthony Merritt initially came to Thailand
A few years later, he was introduced to BCIS when
six years ago on a short-term mission trip. He came with a
he was out with his friend, Mr. Jordan. On that very day, Mr.
team of seven people to teach English to Thai students for
Brandon was feeling very ill and weak. He initially rejected
three weeks. They taught English in the Northeastern part
Mr. Jordan’s invitation to dinner because of his condition.
of Thailand. During his trip in Thailand, Mr. Brandon felt that
However, right after the invitation he was reading a verse
had God planned out the entire mission trip for him. He was
from Hebrews that said, “therefore, strengthen your feeble
amazed at how perfectly the trip was set up just for him.
arms and weak knees” (Hebrews 12.12). Upon reading the
After flying back to the United States, he never forgot his experience in Thailand. In fact, he prayed to God for three years about going back. Eventually God answered his prayer and he was back in Thailand. God had given him this opportunity to share the word of God. As a result, he taught at an English center for students called Santisak English School. In this center, he used the Bible to teach English and about God.
verse, he was filled with energy and decided to meet Mr. Jordan. When he got there, he met Mr. David and learned that an art teacher was needed in BCIS. After having dinner together, he knew that his prayer had been answered. God had given him the opportunity to teach art in a Christian environment. He was finally given the chance to teach something he is passionate about with God.
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Mr. TeeKay was born in Nassau, Bahamas, which is located about 80 miles from the tip of South Florida. He loves playing sports; he did martial arts for 11 years and swimming for 12 years. He speaks 3 languages: English, Spanish, and dialects of English. He can understand many languages like Latin, French, Portuguese, and a little Mandarin. He loves swimming and fishing. Mr. TeeKay would characterize himself as the same person inside and outside of school; fun-loving, though he can get very strict at times. He refers to himself as being very introverted, but in order to make people more comfortable, he becomes extroverted. He adores education. Mr. TeeKay has also worked with special needs children for a little over a year and has fallen in love with them, particularly children with autism, down syndrome, etc. He has a heart to help people and always make them better.
God then sent this woman to his hospital room, who turned out to be the owner of the house where the car landed in. She said, “If it wasn’t for the Lord, I would have been planning two funerals today because my kids normally play where the car landed at that same time.” God told this woman to tell him, “You are going on an amazing journey. God has an amazing plan for you. Just continually seek the Lord and see what He does.” After that, Mr. TeeKay has always sought the Lord. He’s always been extremely excited and joyful of what God has done and what He is about to do in his life. A mixture of the accident and the older gentleman - who later became his ‘sensei’ for 11 years in karate - really helped him to find out who God is, what He means in his life, and why he needs to share this with everybody else.
“I’m what they call an optimizer. If I see someone that has potential but is not actually seeking to optimize or self-actualize that potential, then of course I’d pray but I’d also seek them out and try to help them build their lives,” said Mr. TeeKay. He loves people and believes that through mentorship, people can get better. He believes this because he had an older gentleman come to him and tell him to stop wasting his life and to get his life together because he could do so much more with the potential that he has. Although he grew up in a Christian household, Mr. Tee Kay did not understand who God really was until later on in his life. In fact, he was saved when he was 20, after he had a really bad accident where a car landed on his hand. To this day, he still has scars to prove it. At that time, he found himself sitting on his hospital bed, wondering why God would let such a thing happen to him. He felt God telling him, “Because I love you, I allowed for this to happen.”
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by Naomi Gale Rivera Mr. Ark is from the Philippines. He came to Thailand
thus, he did teach maths and not only that, he taught reli-
in 2007 to follow his girlfriend at that time, but now she is
gion after they found out how much Mr. Ark loved the Bible.
his wife. They have three children: first, their daughter Anika
Teaching the Bible at his old school was what he enjoyed
- who is 8 years old, their 4-year old son Kaedee, and a two-
the most from his experience there. From then on, he taught
month old baby named Isaiah.
basketball, science, and physics. He was also put in charge
Before coming to BCIS, Mr. Ark worked at Sacred Heart Convent School for 10 years. In the Philippines, he was a Systems Engineer, working at a cable TV company.
of the Mathematics and Discipline department of the EP of that school. Once the math department was set up, he worked on the I.T. department.
Before that, he was Dell Technical Support Engineer in a
After that, his contact was not renewed by his first
call center company. In the Philippines, he mostly dealt with
agency, causing him to move back to the Philippines. Mr. Ark
purely technical work. And when he first came to Thailand,
applied to various schools in the Philippines as well, but it
he applied for a similar line of work at companies like True
was really different there. He also applied to schools here in
and Dtac, but they prefered someone who could speak in
Thai. His friends encouraged him to apply to a school; thus, he started working as a substitute teacher at first at Sacred Heart Convent School in order to survive in Thailand, working at a weekly contract. Then, the school wanted to hire him to work full-time as a substitute teacher. After about a month, Mr. Ark was hired as an English teacher at the same school to replace a teacher who had left. After a year, the school discovered that he was an I.T. engineer in the Philippines and thought he could teach math;
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“It’s a blessing that Mr. David called me and considered my application here in BCIS and then, I was scheduled to be interviewed. ...And the rest is history,” said Mr. Ark. Right now, Mr. Ark’s focus is on his family - spending time with his children and taking care of his 2-month old baby. He is also very much interested in teaching the youth here in Thailand and evangelizing his friends and family. He shared about how he encouraged his sister and his mother to study the Bible and how they are now both Christians.
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Mr. Nate Nathanael Foster
Mr. Nate Foster, the new history teacher, was born
God wants to use me, I believe, to tell people that life with
in Brazil. He was born very near São Paulo in another city
Jesus is the best kind of life that you can ever possibly live.
called Campinas. He stayed there until the age of four and
moved to Thailand. Mr. Nate went to school here and received his high school diploma at ICS. Shortly after his graduation, he flew all the way to the United States to attend university. He stayed in Virginia studying at Liberty University for about six years before being called back to Thailand by God. Mr. Nate is currently teaching many different classes including World History and International Relations. He majored in historical documentary films, but he says that his forte is the Bible. He is very strong in his faith and has an intimate relationship with God like no other. Despite being a history teacher, he truly enjoys talking about God with the students at our school. Initially, Mr. Nate had plans to teach history in other countries. Out of curiosity, I asked him why he chose to come to Thailand specifically. He replied saying, “the reason is because I believe that God wanted me to come here to tell people that maybe what they think about God is wrong.
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CHAPTER 4 Climbing Mount Elbrus After a few weeks, Shawn sends a message into our expedition group online that we will be climbing Mount Elbrus soon. Everyone prepared himself/ herself, and I looked at my body in the mirror. It was tanned and muscular with 12 packs. I was amazed at the 12 packs and soon was flexing those muscles. I quickly went over my checklist to make sure I had everything after I was done flexing. I booked my flight as soon I was sure when we were going to climb. I met Echizen inexpertly on our flight and we had a conversation as soon as we met. I asked, “Do you like Alex?” Echizen replied, “Yeah, why do you ask?” After I heard his reply, I remained silent; I had to share this with Shawn. Maybe Echizen is siding with Alex and we might need to kick him out of the expedition too. I talked with Shawn as soon as we met him at the airport. I told him everything about what I saw after the climb at Mount Vinson and the conversation on the airplane.
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Shawn was thinking and said, “Let’s just give Echizen another chance, if he is doing any suspicious doing, tell me.” I nodded my head and went off towards Echizen to keep a close eye on what he’s doing. We waited at the bus terminal for about half an hour, until our bus came. I sat next to Shawn, so we could have a conversation and I could sleep without worrying about the person sitting next to me. We rode for about 23 hours, since from the airport to a place near Mount Elbrus takes around 23 hours and 15 minutes. “Man, that’s going to be a long ride,” I thought as soon as I heard it from one of the Russian navigators. I mostly slept throughout the ride or played my iPhone. We all came down from the bus stretching and happily to be back walking on the ground. After everyone was down stretching, we had a walk to the base of Mount Elbrus, since everyone was eager to walk after a long ride. We walked, hiked, or jogged all the way to the base in a short amount of time, I ran because I wanted to loosen my muscles up. The breeze was blowing right into my face and it was sure a chilly day. Everyone already put their jackets on, since it was like -10 C. I measured the temperature with my thermometer, which I have no idea I brought it along with me on
the expedition. We started off fast, but then we had to slow down because of the slippery slopes. Hours pass by as we slowly trudge along the slippery slope. It was so calm and quiet that you can hear like someone whispering in the wind. Then Shawn made a gesture for everyone to stop and said, “We can only go this far today, or else we won’t be finding a spot to make camp.” I quickly set up my tent and slept as soon as I was done eating my dinner. I had many dreams, but they were fuzzy and I couldn’t remember much of the dream. That morning I woke up to see a heavy cloud of fog outside my tent, so I quickly went to Shawn’s tent. I made a knocking sound with my mouth to tell Shawn I was outside his tent. I could hear movement sounds and mumbling sounds and soon he poked his head out and asked, “What do you want, Joshua?” I replied, “Look at that heavy cloud of fog, Shawn!” Shawn face was speechless and I asked, “Why, what’s wrong?” He explained to me how a heavy cloud of fog could prevent a climb; it makes us hard to see the way and could make an expedition cancelled. So we had our breakfast as usual and I was playing with the fog. It was fun and annoying, since I couldn’t touch the real fog with my hands. Shawn told everyone about the problem and Echizen shouted out, “Let’s continue, and don’t let anything stop!” Then everyone began chanting, “Let’s continue!”
Shawn’s face was like he didn’t want us to continue, but eventually he continued. We slowly climbed the slippery surface, because we didn’t want to slip on the slippery surface and if we did, no one would be able to find us in the fog. Overall it took us around 10 hours to reach the peak, because we were climbing the slopes super slowly. The view was similar, but the higher the mountain is, the more amazing it is. My opinion was that the view on the peak of Mount Everest would be the best, because it was the highest mountain in the world. We could climb back down faster, because the warmth of the morning is melting the frozen slopes. But the melting slopes created icy, cold rivers with strong currents. We had to cross the icy, cold rivers 3 times and after the first time, everyone was freezing to death. Everyone was hugging their bodies and wrapping themselves with all the clothing they had to keep themselves warm. Imagine crossing a super cold river and the wind blowing at you. That was what I was feeling at that time and I wanted to stay in a sauna at that time. When we reach the base, the people there treated us with warm drink and towels to give us warmth. After we were done drinking and getting warm, we said our goodbyes and thank the people as we were done. I felt good to be climbing with my fellow climbers. I felt like we were close friends and cried happily on the flight home. I never felt so adventurous and happy before, climbing with my fellow climbers was adventurous and happy. “It will be soon another 2 weeks again before we meet again,” I said to myself happily. The Chronicle Magazine Edition |
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