November News

I know, I know. I am putting less effort into posting my updates than I should be. In the past month there has been many great things happen in my life. Some of them I may not want to share. Obviously that is personal. Anyways we have two big events that happened in my school. (One is more important to me.)

The first is a very well won tournament of football (soccer for us Americans). Our boys got in second and we had two girls teams. One of them got 4th the other one got second. Good job to AISC Teams (AISCH if you think I am talking about the metal foundation or the computer one). Unfortunately I do not have bragging rights because I was not on the team.

The second important thing effected life was my very first WWoW trip. (I put it in the simplistic way to build suspense.) WWoW is Week Without Walls. It is a trip where the school’s teachers take the students (middle/ high school) to somewhere else for a week to learn Team-Building activities and to just take them outside since the world is corrupt with electricity. (Even though it is fun) I enjoyed, let me restate that, I loved the WWoW trip and I can’t wait for it next year.  Some of the stuff in my WWoW trip we did were Rapelling down an awesome waterfall (a highlight), Team GPS/Compass Navigation, Raft Building (Team made a raft that had to hold the whole team. WE DID IT!), Kayaking and finally Valley Crossing. The teacher’s also made a skit that made fun all the current couples and some idiots (me) running around a tree 50 times because they were playing truth or dare.

 

Summary of this Week

Not much happened this week except I finally got my shipment. I got everything I was looking forward to. I also had my birthday and I celebrated it with 10 people at my house. We used my Xbox on my birthday. I got a lot of good things and I would like to thank my friends and family for wishing me a happy birthday.

Tour in a Auto-Rickshaw

For those who don’t know Auto-Rickshaw’s are 3 wheel taxis. We took one and traveled around Chennai (Madras). These Auto-rickshaw drivers were poor women who live in the slum(a very poor place) and was taught by and given the by Speed Trust.  www.speedtrust.in Speed stands for Slum Peoples Economy and Education Distribution. They were able to put 93% of the kids into schools. Some other stuff Speed taught the people of the slum was how to make baskets and bags out of plastic strings and old ads and posters. My mom got an poster bag using Star Wars posters with Yoda on the front. We didn’t spend all day there. I couldn’t handle it. In China I could because I was little and I told my self its girl stuff and think about something else while my mom shopped. I also thought that it would happen a lot so I should get used to it. But after Mongolia where she didn’t shop much I broke that habit by not using it in a while and now that I am growing my brain goes WACKO a lot. Anyways away from the long tangent. We didn’t stay there all day. We first went to school and waited for everyone else to get there. Then we got in the Auto-rickshaws and went to this colonialized hindu temple. The outside were pink and on the pathways there were a lot of millipedes, centipedes. After tht we went to a not modified hindu temple. We tried to go into a part but we couldn’t  because we are foreigners. Racist? I don’t know what was in there. We then went to a christian church with graves as its floor. It was built on St.Thomas’s Tomb. We went to look at it but what was there wasn’t what we expected. We thought we were gong to see it just see. Instead there was a huge crowd singing and we got blasted with holy water. I couldn’t tell which was holy water or sweat. Finally we ate lunch. I was starving. At lunch it was a normal indian dish. little bowls of curry i big rice bowl now silver ware. I didn’t like the idea of eating rice with curry with my hands so I asked my Humanities teacher (who was sitting next to me) if it was rude to eat with a spoon. (They brought us that so we could scoop the rice) That is probably the first time and maybe only time you will ever hear a kid ask to not eat with his fingers. Last but not least we went to the Slums. We were shown a presentation and then the shopping. The very last thing we did was go to this garden where the people who live/lived there believe in finding the truth. There were flying fox’s there. They were big. When sleeping about the size of an xbox or Ps3. With they’re wings spread. Easy transformation from big to massive. That was my Saturday.

India Independence Day

Indian Independence Day was on Thursday this week. We had the school day off and the school took us to a place called Ideal Beach Resort. The rooms we borrowed for showering off the sand and changing and other beach stuff, was really big. It was definitely a good spot to be and play on the beach. The worst part was when my dad and I started playing with the Arobie and about 5 minutes later it vanished into the waves never to be seen again. I still had lots of fun. I tried to make a mini-pool out of sand so the littler kids would be distracted and not knock over my sand castles. (Yes I know i am getting to old for that. No I am not. Don’t even think that.) It was a pain rebuilding them. It took about half the day and I still didn’t complete it. Stupid waves kept ruining it. But I find the most fun in trying to complete it before the waves ruin it. That beach gave my parents time away from me. All parents need that at some point. It was good to be playing in the sun with your shirt off and not have it raining. Grace period was from about 8:00 A.M – 3:00 P.M. Then came the downfall again. Having a good time came with consequences. I got a sun burn. It was totally my fault although my mom says otherwise. It has been 3 days and it still hurts. Well that’s what I get for being arrogant.

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My Summer

During my summer we went through the U.S visiting relatives and my parents friends. Everything was nice and normal until we got to Rochester, New York. The first few days were good. We were relaxing then the visa place ruined everything. My dad had to go to San Fransisco for 1 1/2 weeks. It was annoying because then we didn’t get to leave until the end of my summer break. When we got here I only had 2 days of vacation left. The good times were in Petersburg, Alaska and Seattle, Washington. My dad and I won the blindfold rowboat race. The best time i had though was in Seattle. Once we went to this restaurant for breakfast and I ordered their special. It was a delicious crepe. It had chocolate and melted marshmallows and the inside the had a coating of chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Maple syrup was optional. It was the best breakfast ever. Especially since after that I had 2 plate of 10 pieces of bacon. I want to eat that again. It is called Citizen. It is on Queen Ann Hill. There are more in Chicago and DC.

Coming into India

India is a way different climate than what i am used to. I am used to cold and dry but here it is moist and hot so the really hot days in Mongolia are a little cooler than India but it feels 5x as hot. I love India compared Mongolia. Here are my reasons.

The House: The House is a two story house with a way to the roof. There are 4 Bedrooms (4th is a guest possibly going to be theater room.) Each Bedroom has their own bathroom (finally). We are enclosed in walls. We have our own great driver that everyone knows and likes. We have a cleaner that cooks and obviously cleans. 1 big kitchen. A yard and I believe we have, 4 balcony’s.

The Living Room

The Living Room

The School:                                                                                                                    The School is huge. It is the biggest school I have been in. The food is way better than that of Mongolia. The Schedule is also the weirdest i have seen yet. Everything is cheap compared to Mongolia. Friendly teachers. The one thing I dislike about this year is that we must always use technology. That is coming from some who likes technology.

Scholarship Contest

I have participated in a contest to earn a $3000 scholarship. It is the Clements Worldwide Expat Youth Scholarship. Please vote for me. You can find it at www.facebook.com/expatyouth. Once you get to their facebook page got to contests, vote and you should get a list of video’s. Mine is called Jordan’s Expat Youth Scholarship. I am in the finalists so please vote. Voting ends on June 30th 11:59 P.M. If you have or are an Expat Youth use this to help get a scholarship.

Science Fair

For my science fair project I did hydrogen and the pop test. My dad the P.E teacher of my school was a judge. I had no idea that he was a judge. The only thing I cared about was impressing my dad. Afterwards I found out he thought mine was the best and most scientific. I won third place and was glad I made my dad proud. Everyone likes a proud family. I was presenting it with a friend.

Presentation Script: Hydrogen is a basic element. It is the richest element in the universe. It was founded by Henry Cavendish in 1776. Hydrogen came from the Greek words hydro (water) and genes (forming). We will be presenting the pop test today. The pop test is the evidence that there is hydrogen. What we do is put the zinc in the sulphuric acid and wait till it makes hydrogen. [If pop test fails: Alright. We understand that it isn’t working so what we do is put magnesium in. Magnesium produces hydrogen a lot faster but goes away quickly.] {If it works: Another metal you can put in the acid is magnesium which makes hydrogen come a lot faster but dissolves quicker.}
Tools: syringe, glass bottle with special cork, acid(not vinegar), zinc, soap ad water (just in case you touch acid and be sure to always wash your hands afterwards)

My Life in Mongolia

Mongolia is a somewhat nice country. My parents like it more than me. It has made me more sick than in any other place I have been. There are some great places to visit though. There is a giant metal statue of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan. It is out in the country side maybe a 2 and a half hours two way trip. I have a wonderful driver named Enkha. There will also be many ger (yurt) camps that you can stay in if you go to the country side but you will need to reserve a ger or two. Most gers have 4 beds. It is a nice p,ace to go to escape pollution. It will take about 1-6 hours to reach any ger camps in the outskirts of UB. The roads are very bumpy so make sure to sit in the back if you get car sick. There is also a National Park called Terelj which is huge and is really populated. It takes about 1 hour. Most ger camps will supply you with breakfast, lunch and diner but always check if they do before going. The top three most bought and eaten snacks by the foreign teachers are 1.Chips 2.Candy 3.Happy Cow. The food that the ger camps will serve are usually mutton, beet salad and other famous mongolian foods. If you are visiting mongolia I hope this post helped.

About Me

As an expat teen I have been to many places and have known many people. It is hard to remember all the places I have been. I have lived in U.S.A, China and Mongolia. I am soon going to Chennai, India. Their school mascot is the raptors as in the dinosaur. I love my life because you get to explore so many new places such as Rome, Russia,Thailand, Cambodia, Egypt, Zimbabwe and a whole bunch of other places. My favorite hobby is playing video games. I try my hardest in school and have a hard time finding friends. Especially in Mongolia. Every Mongolia child usually will only hang out with their usual friends. If you are to move to Mongolia be aware of any gang that might try to beat you up. Along the walls in Mongolia is Street art. Some good others suck. If you are thinking of traveling and you want some information about places email me at jordanarcher999@gmail.com. If you want to know all the places I have been to look at the list below:

Asia:                 Europe:           Africa:                Others:
-China              -Italy               -Egypt                -U.S.A                                                        -Thailand          -Iceland          -Zimbabwe         -Mexico (When I was 5)                               -Cambodia       -Czech Republic  -Botswana    -Canada (1 day)                                          -Mongolia         -Norway         -Zambia             -St.Martin                                                     -Phillipines         -Denmark                                – St. Thomas                                             -Russia               -Russia                                                                                                     -Myanmar                                                                                                                             -Laos                                                                                                                                   -Vietnam                                                                                                                               -Malaysia                                                                                                                             -Sri Lanka                                                                                                                             -South Korea                                                                                                                       -Tibet                                                                                                                                   -Hong Kong                                                                                                                         -Macau