3/25 Quote of the Day

“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.”

– George Miller

Do you get it? I won’t elaborate on today’s quote for the sake of letting you make your own conclusions about it.



Oh well! C’est a la vie! Let’s move on with life.


I understand. At the worst possible time, life throws at you the most horrible challenge yet and expects you to handle it. Sometimes, you’re forced to push past your limits and get out of your comfort zone against your own will. It seems like everything is crashing down on you- and you’re at your breaking point. It’s tough. Life’s tough. There are times in life that you’ll succeed, and times that you’ll fail. That’s typical. Life has it’s ups and downs- no one is truly happy at every point in their life.

I remember a time when I fell deep into sadness. It was completely uncalled for.

Every year, my Chinese school has a school-wide speech competition in which every single kid must get up on stage on that specific day and deliver to the audience (the rest of the students, teachers, and principal) in about 2-3 minutes. This isn’t that bad for me now, since I’m older and grown used to the stage, but when I was younger, it was totally terrifying. I was a shy kid to begin with, not to mention had a bad case of stage fright. My class would practice during class, but every time I got up in front of everyone, I’d freeze up, my hands would become clammy and I wouldn’t be able to say a word. I remember the night before my first speech competition, I stayed up memorizing what I would say because I couldn’t sleep. I probably repeated it almost a hundred times before I could trust that I knew it and went to bed. The next morning though, when I went up in front of everyone, my mind blanked out completely and I stammered for a couple seconds before I gave up and just got off the stage. I still remember hearing the pity claps I received. I felt so ashamed of myself afterwards. I went directly into the restroom and cried. I didn’t want to see anyone after that. I had that mentality that life was over for me. I didn’t want to go to Chinese school anymore, I was scared of facing everyone that saw me make a fool of myself.


During times like this, it’s okay to cry. It’s okay to shrivel up and drown yourself in your sorrows. It’s okay to eat ice cream and feel depressed. But after that, there needs to be a recovery. You have to move on, stand up, and continue on with life. “Fall down five times, get up six.” That’s the only way you’ll be happy. You can’t let yourself remain in the past, remembering wretched memories and pondering over what could have been. Get help. Talk to a family member or friend, let your feelings out and then stand up strong. Live life with no regrets.

Mother Helping Daughter with Her Homework

It was my mother who got me out of my sadness. After I told her what I’d done in school that very day, she comforted me and allowed me to cry on her shoulder. She told me that life goes on, and that after a couple weeks, no one will remember that day. She told me to stop crying and to move on, that things will only get better from there. And she was right. That’s why when I saw the French phrase “C’est a la vie” during class last Monday I thought of my mom and how she changed my perspective on life. “C’est a la vie” basically means “Oh well, that’s life.” So since that’s the way life is, live it to the fullest. Make every second count. Don’t waste time on things that never happened.

So Chickeneers, if you’re at a tough part of your life right now, I want to tell you that you’re not alone. Talk it over with somebody and try to make the best of it. Think positive, and never look back. Keep moving on.

Best wishes,

Cinnamon Roll.

3/24 Quote of the Day

“High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Supersquash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff? Or is it going to eat us?”

– Annita Manning

Thanks to Frankenstein-esque types of scientists for creating GMOed food for us, two generations later we’ll be sprouting a third eye and five arms.


My Experience

As a food lover, when I heard about the upcoming food fest held at my own school, I couldn’t not go. I left home at around 7 and got there at 7:05 (I live quite close), and man, it was packed! Blasting with a bouncy atmosphere given off by good food, good music, and good people, just walking through the entrance made me excited. The first thing I see may not be physical food, but food for my mind.

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It was a sign welcoming me to great things that were about to occur The fair was around the bowl area of the school with the open stage centered in the middle. As I progressed around the bowl, I saw many different kinds of things- from food, to games, to clothes!

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As time went by, the sky turned dark, the lights went on, and my camera decided to go blurry on me. -_- However, I still took pictures of what others were selling.

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Ummm~~~ some of the food there were quite good. I couldn’t take all the pictures but here were some that I managed to take. There were also other foods like Ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, pasta, fried rice, and so much more!

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All this was being run by every little clubs in FVHS. Ranging from Korean club to Fashion club to even Bible club, all of these clubs came together to raise money for whatever they need later in the year.

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This guy…was quite interesting.

When I walked into the center of the bowl area, he strutted past me as he forcefully cat-walked out of the bowl to his friend. Apparently, he was a member of the drama club who were selling…water bottles.

“Get your water bottles here! O my gosh these are SOOO good!”

Other members of the drama club walked around with a poster saying “Drama club   Water bottles: $2.50”. <- I’m not quite sure about the price but it was something like that.

The way they presented it to me, if I hadn’t known they were selling water bottles, I would have bought whatever they were selling. I would have almost believed fried worms were amazing.

That made me think- huh… maybe advertisement do make food sound good.

It’s like when I say, “Hot dogs! Just out of the grill! The smell and taste of the fresh hot dogs will remind you of those you eat at the mountains!”


you all groan and imagine a nicely grilled sausage link snugged on a warm toasty bun, topped with your choice of fine condiments, and as you take a bite of it, the ketchup and the meat juice oozes out from the corners of your mouth…

But then again, some might think it’s a nicely groomed dog.


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Around 8, there were 2 great performances done at the bowl stage. One was sword dancing done by one of the fellow student at our school, and the other one was Hawaiian dancing.

I was SUPER disappointed when I couldn’t take any pictures but I will describe it as well as I can.

There was a big man with this AMAZING Hawaiian accent who played the drums. There were many girl dancers who came up and danced, and man…I did not know that hips and torsos could be disconnected. And then there were the men.

Face painted with black paint, wearing a evil frown that could make even the lions be tame, they slapped their chests and their thighs so hard I heard the slap loud and clear above the loud booming screams they let out.

It was a fun evening to spend and was I ever glad that I was there!  I can’t WAIT till next year to see what will be new this time!

-Raining Chocolate

3/23 Quote of the Day

“High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Supersquash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff? Or is it going to eat us?”

– Annita Manning

Thanks to Frankenstein-esque types of scientists for creating GMOed food for us, two generations later we’ll be sprouting a third eye and five arms.




For those of you chickeneers with an empty friday afternoon, come check out our international fair!


Fountain Valley High School is hosting an annual international food fair filled with all kinds of different types of food from different places around the world- from all american to asian and more!


Starting at 5pm tonight, it ends at 9

many musicians will come and play in the open air stage in the middle of the fair and there will also be many games to enjoy!

If you’re ever bored and want to spend some time somewhere interesting, come to FVHS international fair tonight!


Where: 17816 Bushard st Fountain Valley, Ca 92708

Hope you can come enjoy the exciting event at the school!

-Raining Chocolate

3/22 Quote of the Day

“You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?”

– Nigella Lawson, How to Eat

I, for one, wouldn’t want to. I love eating food, but I can’t go without actually recreating a dish myself. I feel incompetent without the knowledge of how to cook. Any of you Chickeneers feel the same way?



3/21 Quote of the Day

“What you eat is like how you pray: Your Own Business. Not to be forced on others. Worship at Burger King or Chez Panisse, depending on your tastes, wallet and personal needs…Just don’t make me go there.”

– Sheila Himmel

This quote is funny in a subtly defiant way, almost like a child crossing her arms and turning her nose in the other direction.


3/20 Quote of the Day

“Food is so primal, so essential a part of our lives, often the mere sharing of recipes with strangers turns them into good friends. That’s why I love this community.”

– Jasmine Heiler, about recipezaar.com

Although Heiler is merely referring to the website recipezaar.com, I think that this applies to real life, too. People sometimes wonder why food can bring enemies closer and create special bonds between people. It’s because of the fact that food is essential to our existence that does this to us. For instance, during Christmastime of WWI, the troops on either side of No Man’s Land decided to come together for that one day and give gifts, exchange food, and have fun together.


Dream BIG

forgotten time

The other day, I was reading, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and I came across this line, “… forgotten time; it is strangely beautiful…” This line especially stood out to me because of the use of the world strangely.  The sentence would have made sense had the author written, “forgotten time; it is beautiful” yet the word strangely was inserted.

Although I sort of took the phrase out of context since the sentence reads, “the riders in their steel helmets resemble knights of a forgotten time; it is strangely beautiful and arresting,” the phrase itself is truly profound.  If you were to eliminate all the excess words and focus on “forgotten time; it is strangely beautiful” you are left with a truly interesting phrase.  It is simple, yet complicated all at the same time. “Forgotten time”… what can this possible pertain to??

To me, it makes me think of…

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