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THE HOWL January Early Edition




Light Pollution in Bangkok……….……….……….……….……….………….02 The best outfits worn on the red carpets in 2018!!……………05 How to Get a Higher GPA….……….……….……….……….……….………09 How To Make Better Food Choices….……….……….………..………..14 The Tradition ‘Tteok Guk’ Recipe….……….……….……….……………..16 Nama Chocolate Ganache Recipe….……….……….……….……………20 Coffee Jelly Recipe….……….……….……….……….……….……….…………22 Chinese Zodiac Story….……….……….……….……….……….………………24 NEW YEAR CARDS….……….……….……….……….……….…….….…….……27 Anonymous….……….……….……….……….……….……….……….……………..30

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Light Pollution in Bangkok By: COCO During my winter break, I had the opportunity to cruise in the Chao Phraya river while dining. Although it was a fun experience, something else caught my eye as I scarfed down my spaghetti. The cruise passed by many landmarks next to the river such as Wat Phra Kaew, the Grand Palace, and recently, the glazed donut of the Chao Phraya river: ICONSIAM. What I found to be so striking about these attractions were their usage of light. Each building has its own unique lighting technique that shapes its memorable appearance at night. However, these dazzling structures were not what caught my attention in the cruise. In fact, most of my attention was directed towards the night sky. Why was the night sky so important? In addition to air pollution, we Bangkokians are also facing another issue: LIGHT POLLUTION!

According to my poorly taken photographs, I’m sure that it’s clear that the night sky has brightened A LOT. Signs of light pollution aren’t limited in Bangkok— they absolutely aren’t. I live in Bang Phli, Samutprakarn, which is ten minutes away from the airport, and I can clearly see CLOUDS and COLOR in the sky at ELEVEN PM (in the third picture). I understand that the Suvarnabhumi Airport’s bright lights serve a huge purpose of providing a space for airplanes around the world, but these lights also affect wildlife, astrology, our health, and the electricity we use in our daily lives as well.

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What is light pollution? According to the website Globe at Night, “light pollution is excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive artificial light.”[1] In other words, it is light that people create which have negative effects.

The International Dark-Sky Association lists the four main types of light pollution:

Glare - large amounts of brightness that brings visual discomfort

Skyglow - when the night sky is brightened (like the pictures I’ve shown)

Light trespass - when light is in areas that is not intended to be lit

Clutter - light sources that are confusingly and excessively grouped

Why should we care? There are many adverse effects of light pollution. One of it being the effects on the study of astrology. Australia’s oldest working telescope, which was used since 1858, has discontinued its use for research since 1980 because of light pollution. Increasing amount of light has made it harder for astronomers to study the stars, so astronomers are pushing for better light usage.    Another concern for light pollution comes from environmentalists. Large amounts of artificial light disrupt ecosystems, with effects on migration, population of many species, nocturnal wildlife, animal physiology, and interactions between animals. Migratory patterns have to change because of artificial light in unwanted environments. Baby sea turtles are reported to follow glowing horizons instead of oceans—making their process to their natural ecosystem even harder. Nocturnal animals rely on the darkness in their daily lives, therefore, many animals would have to adapt to the growing brightness of the night. The natural balance and competition of the animal kingdom has been heavily affected by their brightened environments. As you can see, there are many concerns.         03 | THE HOWL | January 2019 Edition

Artificial light has also been reported to affect our own sleeping patterns. Our bodies are dependent on body cycles called production of melatonin which is controlled by light and darkness. Exposing our skin to light halts melatonin production, and it can lead to sleeping disorders, headaches, stress, and obesity. Last, but not least, heavy energy consumption is a huge benefactor to light pollution. We waste our electricity everyday, one way of that being poor usage of lights. Using large amounts of unnecessary light wastes energy that could have been used more carefully, which can lead to global warming.

Well, we need light! And solutions! Although light is an important resource in our everyday lives, many experts say that the problem is within the way that light is used. The artificial lights we use in buildings and streets tend to shine outwards into the environment, instead of inwards to the areas where it’s supposed to shine, according to ABC News. Many scientists say instead of investing money in more lights, we should start investing more in lighting design. “People say, ‘we want more light for safety’. No, you want to have a well-lit space,” said Dr. Christopher Kyber, a researcher on this topic.[3] Many cities don’t take advantage of the lights they use (mainly LED lights) and good lighting design, creating the issue of light pollution that we have today. Citation: 1.

“What Is Light Pollution?” Globe at Night, 5 Jan. 2014,


“Light Pollution” International Dark-Sky Association, 13 Feb. 2017, 


Dengate, Christopher. “How Light Pollution Is Damaging Our World.” ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 25 Mar. 2018,

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The best outfits worn on the red carpets in 2018 By: KATHY G.11 Now that we have reached a new year, let's take a look back at the best outfits worn on the red carpets in 2018!! From the American Music Awards to many other red carpets, we will be looking at the best red carpet looks of 2018! First off, we are looking at Kendall Jenner. She wore a stunning see-through Schiaparelli gown in the Cannes Film Festival. Look how beautiful she is! Next is Gigi Hadid! She wore a Versace creation that was reminiscent of stained glass to the Met Gala. Not to mention how her makeup was super on point!

The Queen, Rihanna, attended the Met Gala wearing a threepiece jewel-encrusted outfit from Maison Margiela. She dressed like the pope, but a stunning and perfect pope! 05 | THE HOWL | January 2019 Edition

Noticed how there’s a lot of stunning outfits in the Met Gala? There’s more! Ariana Grande wore a Vera Wang gown that had a reprint of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling painting! Talking about someone looking like a goddess! Jennifer Lawrence looked absolutely stunning in a Dior gown and Niwaka jewelry during the Academy Awards. WOW!

Margot Robbie looked stunning in a custom-made Chanel Haute Couture dress during the Academy Awards. She paired it with a Chanel bag and jewels from the fashion house.

Lady Gaga just put a spell on all of us! She wore a Valentino Haute Couture dress that had feather-like material all over the dress! I mean, just look at her! She’s just absolutely perfect. 06 | THE HOWL | January 2019 Edition

We can never forget how well men dress these days. Chadwick Boseman looked absolutely powerful and handsome in Atelier Versace at the 2018 Met Gala. It may seem over the top, but with the theme being “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” he looked perfect for the red carpet!

Ansel Elgort was looking very handsome and stylish in a Tom Ford suit, but not just any suit: a dark green, velvet suit! Look at him! People would normally go with a safe choice like a navy or a black suit, but Ansel killed it in them green Tom Ford at the Oscars!

The Spider-Man actor, Tom Holland, looked dapper Talking about someone looking good in a Tom Ford suit! Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the 2018 Oscars, looked very sharp in these satinlined lapels. 07 | THE HOWL | January 2019 Edition

in Hermès and a Piaget watch at the 2018 Oscars. Not a lot of men can pull off this double-breasted suit, but Tom did it effortlessly.

One pink suit? Nah.

Now last but certainly not least,

Make it two! Khalid

Timothee Chalamet. Oh. My. He looked so

looked even cuter in this

cute and fashionable in this Berluti and

Salvatore Ferragamo suit

Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece suit! The actor

and paired it with Gucci

is looking so AMAZING. That hair? Them

sneakers. Some may say

shoes? PERFECTO!

sneakers don’t go well with a suit, but Khalid just proved that it could!

Zayn has to stop it with being handsome all the time! As if he is not already cute and charming, he looked absolutely perfect in this pink Richard

James suit at the 2018 Grammys.

Liao, Marina. “These Are Hands Down the Best Red Carpet Looks of 2018.” Marie Claire, Marie Claire, 8 Nov. 2018, g24226263/top-red-carpet-looks-2018/?slide=30.

Flammia, Christine. “These Are the Best Dressed Men of the 2018 Oscars.” Esquire, Esquire, 21 Aug. 2018, g19076875/best-dressed-men-2018-oscars/?slide=12.

Gustashaw, Megan. “Grammys 2018: The Best (and Most Wildly) Dressed Men on the Red Carpet Photos.” GQ, GQ, 29 Jan. 2018, gallery/grammys-2018-red-carpet-best-dressed-men.

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How to Get a Higher GPA By: >>>>> Grace

New Year’s has passed, and we all probably have some sort of resolution for the year 2019. If you’re a student like me, you’re probably hoping to do better academically—perhaps wanting a higher GPA. Now, to achieve a greater grade point average may be more or less difficult depending on what type of student you are. If you are already a regular honors (≥3.50) or high-honors (≥3.75) student, this article is probably not so useful for you. However, if you find yourself struggling to get honors, but still want to achieve it, here are some very useful tips and tricks I learned from my own experience to help you get there!

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Understand How Grades Work This sounds like a really stupid suggestion, but I find it surprising how many other classmates of mine have been misinformed on how grades are calculated. Firstly, here’s what your GPA is from your letter grades, according to the Parent Student Handbook of 2018-2019:

As you can see, all letter grades can be translated into GPA scores. All of these scores are then averaged to get your quarter GPA, since all courses in TCIS are weighted equally. The first and second quarter of a semester each weigh 40%, while your exam weighs 20% of your semester grade. All of these are combined to get your semester GPA. It is to be noted that your semester grade determines whether or not you will receive an honors of some sort.

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You will also notice that AP courses have the ability to bring up your GPA beyond just 4.00. This can give you a huge advantage on increasing your GPA. However, it is worth noting that receiving a D+ or lower on an AP course will no longer boost your GPA, therefore, bombing an AP class will do you much more harm than good. Lastly, your AP exam score still does count as an exam grade, so you still have to do a good job on the AP test.

For each class, your grades will be determined by the following: 60% from major assessments, 30% from classwork, and 10% from homework. What your teachers decides a presentation, a quiz, or a project to be, grading-wise, is totally up to them, so if you’re not sure how much an

2. Setting Your Target Now that you know exactly how grading in this school works, you must think to yourself on what should your target grade be. What you shouldn’t do is think of what GPA you want to reach, but rather what GPA you can absolutely not be lower than. This psychologically makes sense since we are more motivated to avoid something we don’t want, than to achieve something we do. So instead of saying, “I want a 3.9 or more!” try saying, “I want my grade to be no lower than 3.8!”

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I encourage you to aim as high as possible while still being realistic about your academic performance. If you have not been doing so well GPA wise, I recommend coming up for multiple targets for the future. For example, if you are regularly getting a 3.20 GPA, have your target minimum as 3.50, then 3.65, then 3.75, and so on. Of course, do keep in mind that each grade you get still affects your cumulative GPA, so make haste to improve yourself while you have time!

3. Looking for the Root of the Problem

Some people like to think that the reason their GPA is low is because they are “not smart enough.” I can tell you that this statement is far from true. There are many other factors other than “intelligence” that affects your grades. (Although, who says that your “intelligence” is something that is fixed, anyway?) Here’s a short guide to figure out what factors are affecting your grades:

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• Attendance: Are you showing up to all your classes? Are you on time? • Diligence: Are you putting your best or at least suitable effort into your work? • Attitude: Do you show your teacher respect? • Punctuality: Are you turning in your assignments on time? • Preparation: Are you prepared for class? Do you have all necessary materials with you?

• Acknowledgement: Are you aware of the assignments you are given and their due dates?

• Completion: Are you completing all your assignments and tests? • Understanding: Do you have a decent grasp of the material taught in each class?
 The choices that you answered “no” or “sometimes” to yourself are more than likely what’s holding you back from attaining a higher GPA. Take your time and effort to tackle every single one of these issues, and the results you get may be shocking!   

Conclusion: Perhaps this article is a big disappointing for some of you, since there is no magic spell or some hack that will give you an instant three letter grade boost. All of what I covered were just the fundamentals to achieving a better grade point average. If you would like more details advice on Extra Credit or Time Management, check out the other articles I have written. Ultimately, though, it is not impossible and is up to you to make a change.

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How to Make Better Food Choices By: ANNIE& PINNIE

1. Instead of choosing white bread/rice/pasta/bagels, you should try whole wheat/whole grain instead. 2. Baked/mashed potatoes instead of fried potatoes. 3. Make sure you have at least some vegetables/fruits in every meal. 4. Choosing a healthy breakfast can help you improve your health overall since breakfast is considered as your most important meal of the day. Here are some options! Oatmeal (or overnight oatmeal for lazy people) - For overnight oatmeal: when you let oatmeal sit in water or milk overnight, they make a perfect breakfast. You can include fruits or even chocolate if you’d like! Granola cereal (instead of Fruity Pebbles, Captain Crunch, etc.) Cheerios (cereal with less sugar) Pancakes (use oatmeal/banana in the batter, so you will use less flour) - For example, you need 2 cups of flour in a regular pancake batter. However, by including oatmeal or bananas, you will end up using only 1 cup or 1 ½ cups instead. Yogurt and fruits Avocado / egg toast Almond butter toast (instead of using peanut butter/butter/cream cheese) Smoothies / juice Chia pudding 5. Low sugar cake / cake made from spelt flour/ cake made from vegetables or fruits

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6. Use stevia in drinks instead of using sugar. Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant. 7. Snack on fruits, nuts, or homemade snacks Ex: chocolate date balls, avocado chocolate mousse, low sugar mug cakes, apple crisps, etc. (These are all easy to make; you can search up online for more recipes!) Make granola bars/dried fruits as your snacks! 8. Mix sparkling water with juice instead of drinking sugary soda drinks. 9. Oil choices for cooking: coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil, rice oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, etc. 10.Try to limit your sugar intake per day: Women - 25g per day Men - 37.5g per day 11.Eat grilled or baked food instead of fried food. 12.Don’t eat too much food that contain dairy products in a day (ex: cheesy and creamy food). 13.Don’t stress too much about it! You can make a huge difference just by changing some bad habits into better snacking/eating habits! Su su na (fighting)!

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The Tradition ‘Tteok Guk’ Recipe By: KHWAN

Side Note: If you ask somebody: “Have you ate a bowl of rice cake soup today?” It means: “Are you getting a year older today?”

Tteok, a Korean rice cake, is one of the staple for Koreans. Tteok, alone, can turn into a variety of delicious snacks and dishes. There is a special kind of tteok for each important day in Korea. As for each New Year’s, the special kind of tteok dish is called ‘Tteok Guk(떡국)’. 
    Tteok Guk is a soup made with sliced garae-tteok, a long cylinder shaped rice cake. The word ‘tteok’ is rice cake, and ‘guk’ means soup. Korean people believe that people age a year on New Year’s, so everybody eats tteok guk as a symbol of gaining age and good luck for the new year.

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Ingredients (for 2-3 servings):

Recipes: - 1 pound of sliced tteok

- 3 garlic cloves (minced)

- 7 cups of water

- 3 green onions (or 1 large Korean green onion)

- 1/2 pound of meat (usually beef)

- 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil - 1 tablespoon of fish sauce (or soup soy sauce)

- 3 garlic cloves (minced)

- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

- 3 green onions (or 1 large Korean green onion)

- 1/2 teaspoons of ground black pepper

- 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil

- Salt

- 1 tablespoon of fish sauce (or soup soy



- 2 eggs - 1 sheet of black seaweed - 1 red pepper

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Soup: 1. Boil water over high heat for 12 to 15 minutes. 2. Add the meat, garlic, and green onion, then lower the heat to medium. 3. Put the lid on, and wait around 20 to 25 minutes. 4. Remove the meat and wait for it to cool down. 5. Take the garlic and onion out from the soup and stir in soy sauce, salt, and pepper to your own taste.

Toppings: 1. Roast both sides of seaweed sheets until the color turns bright green. Put it them in a plastic bag, crush with your hands, then set them aside. 2. Separate egg yolks and the whites into two bowls. Add a pinch of salt into each bowl and stir them with a fork. 3. Swirl a little bit of vegetable oil around a heated pan. 4. Turn off the heat and pour the egg yolk mixture thinly onto the pan. Leave each side of the egg on the pan for around a minute, so that the egg is cooked and yellow. Slice the fried egg into long, thin pieces and set it aside. 18 | THE HOWL | January 2019 Edition

Add the Tteok: 1. Add rice cakes to the boiling soup. Cover and let it cook around 7 to 8 minutes, or wait until the rice cakes are floating. 2. Pour the egg white mixture into the soup; let it cook for a minute. 3. Add sesame oil, ground black pepper, and chopped green onions. Stir well.


1. Turn off the heat and ladle the soup into individual serving bowls. 2. Add the toppings (chopped green onion, yellow egg strips, crushed seaweed, meat, and red pepper) to your own taste. 3. Do not to keep the soup cool for too long, or the rice cakes will get soggy.

References •

Maangchi.It was last updated on February 17. “Rice Cake Soup (Tteokguk).” Maangchi,

Information Service. “Korean Recipes: Tteokguk Rice Cake Soup (떡국).” Gateway to Korea,

Ro, Hyosun. “Tteokguk (Korean Rice Cake Soup).” Korean Bapsang, 20 July 2018,

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Nama Chocolate Ganache Recipe    By: GIB

Ingredients: •

100g Dark Chocolate ◦

You can use any type of chocolate you want, but dark chocolate is the recommended type for this recipe.

50ml Heavy Cream ◦

Heavy cream is also known as heavy whipping cream. It’s not the same as whipping cream as there’s a slight difference in the fat content.

◦ •

I used normal whipping cream, and the result is good.

2 tsp Brandy or Rum ◦

This will add more complexion to the flavor and will make the chocolate much more aromatic.

Cocoa powder (as needed)

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Steps: 1. Use a double boiler to heat the cream up.
 1. To make a double boiler, simply put a bowl on top of a pot of water and heat it up. Make sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
 2. While you wait for the cream to heat up, break the chocolate bars into pieces.
 3. When a small amount of bubbles starts to appear at the side of the bowl, turn off the heat.
 4. Quickly add chocolate into it.
 5. Mix thoroughly until the chocolate and the cream become a homogeneous mixture.
 6. Keep on mixing while pouring in the brandy or rum to keep the mixture from separating.
 7. Put the chocolate into the fridge and wait for it to cool.
 8. After the chocolate ganache has been firmed, use two spoons to create a ball shape chocolate.
 9. Put the chocolate ball into a candy cup (foil or paper)
 10. Sprinkle the cocoa powder on the chocolate ball.
 11. Enjoy, or wrap it up nicely and give it as a gift!

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Coffee Jelly Recipe By: GIB G.12 If you go to Japanese restaurants often or is a fan of anime, then you will surely have encountered coffee jelly. It is a magical jelly that has the right amount of bitterness and sweetness in it. However, the price is quite expensive considering its ingredients. So here I am, searching for the good recipe to this delicious treat (especially in a hot summer day). Finally I found a fool-proof recipe that everyone can follow through!

Serving size: 2 Ingredients: •

250ml Coffee ◦

Use 2 tsp of instant coffee granules (2 tbsp ground coffee) and mix with 250ml hot water

Beware the acidity of the coffee (especially the ground coffee), or else your jelly is going to taste weird.

3 tbsp of sugar

5g Gelatin Powder

Heavy Cream (or regular milk)

Cocoa Powder (optional) 22 | THE HOWL | January 2019 Edition


1. Mix hot coffee with sugar, until all the sugar is dissolved.
 2. Add in gelatin powder
 1. Do it little by little, as no one wants a lump of gelatin in their jelly
 3. Pour the mixture into a chilled square mold
 1. If you forgot to chill the mold beforehand, you can just put the mold on top of an ice-cold water bath.
 4. When the jelly is set, cut the jelly into tiny cubes.
 5. Release the jelly by warming the bottom of the container with lukewarm water.
 6. Pour the coffee jelly into a cup/bowl.
 7. Top it with a dollop of whipped cream
 1. Or simply pour the heavy cream on top
 8. Sprinkle a pinch of cocoa powder on top and enjoy!

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Chinese Zodiac Story By: YOU As everyone knows, the Chinese zodiac is a classification scheme that assigns an animal to a 12-year-cycle. The twelve animals consist of the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The first animal of the cycle is the rat, and the last animal of the cycle is the pig. These animals are chosen based off Chinese beliefs and culture. These animals are blessed and respected by the Chinese people. The Chinese zodiac is very popular and has been spread to many countries in Asia, for example, Vietnam, Korea, and Thailand. In some countries, the 12 animals are changed based on their respective country’s culture and beliefs. In Vietnam, the rabbit is changed to a cat. In Japan, the pig is changed to a boar. In Chinese belief, they have a story that incorporates the 12 zodiac animals known as “The Race to the Heavenly Gate.”

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The Heavenly Gate Race Story 

Long, long ago, there was no Chinese zodiac. The Jade Emperor wanted to select 12 animals to be the guards of heaven’s gate. He sent an immortal being into the human world to spread the message out: whoever visits the Jade Emperor at the heaven’s gate on New Year’s Day will be given a special rank; the first twelve animals to reach the heavenly gate will be selected as the gate’s guards. The first two animals that came were the rat and the ox. They both woke up early and started the race before the others. The rat ran first, but he got stuck at the river since he couldn’t pass the river by himself. He was trying to find a way to get across the river when he saw the ox, so he jumped on the ox’s ear and took a rest. When the ox almost reached the gate, the rat jumped off and ran into the gate, getting first place. The third and fourth place went to the tiger and rabbit. They were very confident in their speed, so they woke up late. However, as soon as they woke up, they ran very fast. After that, the dragon reached the gate and was immediately noticed by the Jade Emperor. The Jade Emperor liked the dragon and wanted to give the dragon a special prize: he wanted the dragon’s son to have the sixth place. However, on that day, the dragon’s son didn’t come with him. When the snake heard that, he quickly told the emperor that he was the dragon’s son, so emperor gave him the sixth place. After that, the other six animals—horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig, —was ranked to be seventh to twelfth place, respectively. 25 | THE HOWL | January 2019 Edition

They become the guards of heaven’s gate and helped the Jade Emperor. The twelve guards became animals that all of the other animals gave respect and listened to. The Jade Emperor didn’t want people to forget their success, so he named them in the 12-year cycle, known as the Chinese zodiac.

References Pkl, Kelly. “Why Are the 12 Animals of the Chinese New Year in Order. Chinese Zodiac Story.”

ChinaHighlights,20 Dec. 2018,

Mazlan, Mazlan. “Chinese New Year Animals & Chinese Zodiac - A Great Children's Bedtime Story.”

WeHaveKids, WeHaveKids, 12 July 2018,

“Chinese Zodiac Stories.” Table Manners in China, Etiquettes and Taboos When Dining,

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New Year Cards By: GILL

Hi everyone, it’s me: Gill! I can’t believe a whole year has finally come to an end. It must have been a tough year for everyone, I believe,but we have come a long way, and we should be excited. A present may be something good to give to people; however, I prefer handmade cards. Written words are the best way to express feelings and wishes that can fill up your cards with love and joy. I encourage everyone to make cards with your GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION.

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Things to keep in mind while making cards:

1. The person you write for… The target can be anyone: any group of people. It can be your teachers, best pals, friends, boy/girlfriends...or your exes…(just kidding.) Teachers will feel nice about receiving your cards and might start to treat you “nicer” to begin the year. Personally, I have made many cards before, and I always get feedback saying it’s nice to get my cards. However, not everyone likes what you do for them: your exes might not appreciate what you have made for them.  

2. The content Now, I would like to remind you that you should include some personal content because that’s what makes the card special. It’s a good opportunity to write down “confessions” that we don’t often say directly. For example, “I love you!”, “Thank you for making this year wonderful for me”, “ You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars”etc. In the end, we should include a proper and unique New Year’s wish to conclude the message.

3. The decorations Here are some samples of wishes we could include: 1. Wishing you beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the happiness a heart can know. Happy New Year! 2. A toast to you and yours in the new year. 3. Wishing you a holiday cheer and a happy new year. 4. New year, new plans, new memories to be made. Wishing you all the best in 2019! 5. May your year be filled with happiness, health, luck, and love. 6. Wishing you love and laughter in 2019. 7. May this new year be filled with love and cheer. 8. May you have plenty of peace, love, and happiness in 2019.
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Lastly, the decorations are considered as an important part of the card too. The color scheme may vary, since different cultures have different preferences. Chinese often believe “red” and “gold” are the traditional colors for New Year’s. Red represents vitality, celebration, and fertility in the traditional color symbolism. We could use these “cheerful” colors to get a good first impression on the card.

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A Cold Morning ----------------

Ruth Watson Lights shining on white A cold morning, but a warm, warm night Roll off the bed, and try to wake up Look at this face full of poorly done makeup Slip into a shirt of meadowy green Curse the morning for being so mean I’m moving so slow with this weight on my soul I hope that this moment never goes A push and a shake just to get you awake Was this a huge mistake? Mumble some nonsense And breathe in my presence Oh, what a beautiful day The clock ticks and tocks And the door gets some knocks Oh, how I wish I could stay

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This Month’s

James Hale - Advisor and Editor

Grace Tirabassi — Club and Layout Supervisor Hey, there—it’s Grace. This is my third year in high-school and The Howl. I have experienced a lot in this journey from my ups and downs. Because of this, I would like to share what I learned along the way that will make your high school years successful!

Pornnapa Huang (COCO) — Columnist Hello lads! My name is Coco, and I’ve been in the Howl for my whole high school period :~) I’m the professional procrastinator of the club, but I’m going to write about entertainment, current events, and other miscellaneous content this year. While procrastinating, I watch new cartoons and listen to cutesy K-pop girl groups because I like pretending I’m 6 years old.

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Chia Wen Hsu (GILL) — Writer and Layout Designer Heyy It's me.... G i l l / J i l l . I speak English, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Thai. I was born and raised in Taiwan, and currently living in Bangkok. I love music, reading, drawing, writing and sharing stories. I'll be writing on things like DIY, philosophy, diary/logs/ horoscopes..etc Thanks for spending time reading our work, and we’ll keep sharing cool stuff with you guys~~~

Phimkanya Liu (Gib) — Columnist I am Gib, and just for your information I’m not a “Gift”, just a normal hairpin. I love food and animals. I will mostly just write some facts about those two, but if I feel special, I might try to recreate some recipes related to the festival in that particular month. Feel free to give me suggestions both on the facts and recipes I should do. Contact me personally or via gmail.

Thitakhwanporn Jiarapan (KHWAN) — Columnist My name is Thitakhwanporn Jiarapan or Khwan for short. I’m currently studying in Grade 11. I am interested in different languages and their culture which is why I am writing for the Korea section of the newspaper. I hope you all enjoy! :)

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Pemikar Eiamrattanawong (PINNIE) — Columnist Heyall! My name is Pinnie, and I will be writing mostly 
 in the entertainment section; my focus is on movies and music! I am a junior, and this is my first year in the Howl. I find writing relaxing and somehow fun! XD

Thidaporn Ratarsa (KATHY) — Columnist My name is Kathy, and I am a junior in TCIS. This is my seventh year attending TCIS, and my first year joining The Howl. I will be mostly writing about celebrity news this year. I really like to read about what is going on in their lives, and I would like to try to write about it.

Nongnapat Chanthavornkij (ANNIE) — Columnist Hiya! I’m Annie, and I’m currently a junior. The two topics I’ll be focusing on and writing about this year are entertainment and lifestyle. If you enjoy memes, horror, aesthetics, corny puns/dad jokes, fashion, decorating, or more, you will like my writing! Enjoy! :)

Ittipat Diloksampan (YOU) — Columnist Hi! My name is You. This is my first year in the Howl. I’m a Junior and my focus of writing is on travelling and holidays because I enjoy relaxing and having fun after learning. If you are interested in travelling and upcoming holidays, then you might like my writing. :D

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Cholthicha Arbsuwan (Sugus) - Layout Designer

Hello! My name is Sugus. This year, I will be the layout designer for the Howl. I like photography, and I like to take pictures of scenery and landscapes. I like to listen to music, and can play several musical instruments. I like cute animals like dogs and cats.

Jo-Yu Wu (Ruby)- Layout Designer Hello! My name is Ruby, and I am a sophomore this year. My main job this year is to design The Howl’s layout. You might see a lot of little Stitches in the school newspaper because I love Stitch. I will also be writing horoscopes, making polls for the students, and sometimes for teachers and staff.

Piraya Chiranakorn (Punt)- Layout Designer “We are all of us stars, and we deserve to

twinkle.” (Marilyn Monroe). Everyone has their own unique aura; that's the quote I use to remind myself of it. My name is Punt. I’m mainly working in the layout design group- sometimes maybe doing illustration too. Art is my life. I chose this job to challenge myself and have to fun while doing it.

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