Wednesday, July 16, 2014

World Cup Fever

Italy & Netherlands: Serena's 2 favourite teams!

Netherlands went far and zoomed all the way to the semi-finals. Serena felt her Dutch blood pulsing within and put on her best game face.

Below are pre-game and post-game photos. Quite self-explanatory!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Capri's Grotto Azzurra

Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil

This is a book about a young boy, Michele, who sees a boat with red sails coming in to his home town of Capri. The boat carries 3 strangers, one looking for adventure, one for beauty, and one for truth. There is a mysterious grotto in Capri that is feared by all the locals. The story is about how these 3 strangers find what they're looking for in this mysterious grotto.

After I read this book, I found out that there's actually a real place in Capri known as Grotto Azzurra, or the Blue Grotto. I find it interesting that the people who discovered it were somewhat like the characters in the story!

The grotto was discovered by a local fisherman, Angelo Ferraro, in 1826 along with a German scholar and a painter. In the book, there's a fisherman named Angelo who planned the expedition to the grotto for the 3 strangers - a French explorer, an English painter, and a Belgian philosopher.

After reading this book and seeing pictures and videos of the real grotto, I have an urge to go to Capri to see it myself!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My 3rd Triathlon

This year I did my Tri-It Triathlon for the third year in a row! The last 2 years I was in the Energy class (8-9 years old) but this year I was in Eclipse (10-11 years old).

I had to do 2 more lengths of swimming and 1 more lap of cycling than before.  It only took me under 3 minutes more than my time last year to do a longer course!

It was really fun to race with my friend Elya and it was a great encouragement to have my dad run with me!

Swimming was first and jumping into the cold pool at 8:30 A.M. really woke me up for the rest of the triathlon! I did a total of 6 lengths (150m) - I could've swam faster except a slow poke doing breast stroke in front of me slowed me down!!

After swimming, I jumped onto my bike to do 4 laps of cycling. This was my favourite part of the triathlon!

After biking, there's a 1-km run. This was the last stretch of the race, so I was excited because I was so close to the finish line. I was also tired but I learned to pace myself and my daddy ran with me to help me and give me strength for the last lap.

I find this triathlon fun because everyone who finishes the race gets the same medals so no one feels left out. It's about doing your best and having fun! I'd like to do it again every year and I encourage anyone to try this fun race out.