The Homeschooled Mermaid
Specific Heat

Specific Heat

I’m currently doing chemistry for this year. I can say it is very different from last year’s biology. Biology involves a lot of observation and recording. Chemistry involves a lot of equations and math. 
One of the new things I learned for this quarter was about specific heat. Specific heat is the amount of heat per unit mass required to raise the temperature by one degree Celsius. It basically tells us how easy it would be to heat up a certain substance.

This is very useful information! For example, when you happen to be shopping for pots, you can check whether a copper pot or an iron pot would heat up faster. When a substance has a smaller specific heat, it will naturally heat up faster. In this case, copper has a smaller specific heat (0.3851 J/g x °C  than iron (0.4521 J/g x °C) so it will heat up faster.

Like I said earlier, chemistry involves a lot of equations. I started Algebra 2 this year, and I reviewed  a bit of my algebra lessons from last year. Let’s say we have a calorimeter that holds 155.0g of water with an initial temperature of 26°C, then we have a 57.3g piece of metal heated to a temperature of 100.0°C dropped into the calorimeter. The final temperature of the water would be 28.2°C. How do we find the specific heat of the metal? (We’ll ignore the calorimeter in this problem.)

Since we can assume that qcalorimeter is equal to 0, we can now determine qmetal:

Now that we have qmetal we can calculate the specific heat of the metal:


A constant theme for my artwork is the word “dream.” I do like to paint my dreams or very dream-like scenes. 
I’ve always liked to imagine the night sky as a person. She would have long flowing dark hair, with stars drawn along her skin like tattoos. 

Mermaids are one of the things I like to draw whenever I’m having an art block or when I don’t have inspiration. I love their poses underwater and on the surface as well. 

For Geometry, I’ve been learning all about parallelograms. I decided to make an artwork full of parallelograms. I haven’t painted abstract in a while, and it was fun painting random things but having a certain image in mind.

I was having trouble sleeping one night so I grabbed my pencil and sketchpad and started drawing. In the end, I decided to draw my sleeping sister. I’m really proud of this drawing, because it’s probably one of the most complicated poses I’ve drawn. The blanket was quite challenging to draw as well, but I’m pretty happy with my work!
My parents recently got me an iPad for my art, and this is the best artwork I’ve done so far! It took me around 3 hours, minus the breaks I took. This is based on Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon, which is one of the films that has inspired me to become an animator in the future.



For TLE this quarter, we’ve been taking sewing classes! I’ve always been the type of person to make things with my hands, and finally being able to sew is a big achievement for me! We’ve been taking our classes at Sew Easy with Teacher Anne Del Rosario. 
So far, I’ve been able to make drawstring sewing and notions bags, a pair of shorts, and a shoulder tie bag! I was able to do these all by myself, with the guidance of Teacher Anne, of course. It’s really satisfying to know you’ve actually made something you can wear in public, and not just those string necklaces with plastic beads. I really enjoy picking my fabric, threading the sewing machine and every little step I have to do. 
Sewing also teaches me to read the instructions carefully before carrying on with the step. It also teaches me to be careful with what I do and to be very patient. It teaches me to be very accurate with my measurements and to try as much to make everything perfect.
I’m very excited for the next projects I’ll be doing! (I’m going to make lounge pants soon! I can’t wait!)

Kayamanan at Kaligayahan

Para sa unang markahan ng taon, binasa ko ang pinakasikat na nobelang sinulat ni F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. Ito ay tungkol sa isang mayamang batang lalaki, si Jay Gatsby, na ginagawa ang lahat para mapansin siya ni Daisy Buchanan.
Habang binabasa ko ang libro, hindi ko napigilang ikumpara ang isinulat ni Fitzgerald sa nobela naman ng sarili nating si Jose Rizal, ang Noli Me Tangere. Napansin ko na may pagkakatulad ang dalawang nobela.
Ang kwento ng The Great Gatsby ay naganap sa taong 1922. Ang panahon noong 1920 sa Amerika ay kilala sa ebolusyon ng jazz music, flapper culture, bootlegging, at iba pang kriminal. Dito lumaki ang isang henerasyon punong-puno ng pagmamarangya at mga salu-salo. Ang kwento naman ng Noli Me Tangere ay naganap noong panahon ng mga Kastila dito sa Pilipinas. Ang mga Kastila ay nakilala dito sa Pilipinas dahil nakikisama lang sila sa mga mayayaman para yumaman din sila.

Napansin ko sa dalawang nobela na parehong nalulunod sa karangyaan ang mga tauhan. Dahil dito, nalilimutan nila ang Diyos! Sa The Great Gatsby, sinasabi na nga na ang bahay ni Gatsby ay naging simbahan ng mga tao. Ito na ang pinupuntahan imbes na sa simbahan tuwing Linggo. Sa Noli Me Tangere naman, inaabuso ng mga prayle ang kanilang kapangyarihan. Imbes na tulungan nila ang mga taong makita ang kabutihan ng Diyos, sila mismo ang lumalabag sa utos ng Diyos.

Noong mga panahong ito, naniniwala ang mga tao na ang tunay na kasiyahan ay galing sa mga materyal na gamit. Tulad ng mga taga-Ehipto, nilalagay nila ang kanilang tiwala sa mga gamit na pwedeng masira dito sa mundo, o sa mga emosyon na hindi naman tumatagal habang buhay.

Ang tunay na kasiyahan ay galing sa Diyos at sa Diyos lamang. Ang mga nagbibigay ng kasiyahan dito sa mundo na ito ay hindi talaga tumatagal. Si Kristo ang nagbibigay ng tunay na kayamanan na tatagal habang buhay.

Sana tunay na maunawaan ng ating henerasyon na ang tunay na kaligayahan ay hindi makukuha sa ating mga kompyuter, cellphone, sa droga, sa masamang libangan o sa mga bisyo. Sana makita natin na ang magbibigay ng tunay na kaligayahan ay ang mga bagay na minsan hindi natin pinapansin: pagsasama ng pamilya, tawanan kasama ang mga kaibigan, pagkanta ng mga ibon, pagsikat at paglubog ng araw. Magpasalamat tayo sa ating pamilya, kaibigan, at lalo na sa Diyos, dahil sila ang talagang nagbibigay ng kahalagahan sa ating buhay.


bib·lio·phile ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l n : a lover of books

I would say that this word in particular describes me pretty well. My house is literally full of them. We have books on the shelves, books on my desk, books in boxes, books by my bedside drawer, books under my pillow; they are literally crawling everywhere! 
Books have been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. I used to read books upside down and make up words of my own. I remember reading my first chapter book for the very first time, and the first time I cried because of a moment whilst reading. Each book has a memory for me. It was a way for me to escape to a world created to the likes of my imagination. Books have definitely made an impact on me and I’m glad it also has made an impact for one particular saint- St. Birgitta of Sweden.
St. Birgitta founded a religious community open to both men and women. She made sure that at the end of every year, all the community’s income would go to the poor. The only exception to this rule was that every monk and nun could have as many books as he or she wanted. 
As my mom read on, I was just fascinated with how this woman willingly let her community members read and read. At the end of the lesson, there was a question directed to those reading it: “What book would I take with me to a desert island? Why would I choose it?”

This was an extremely tough question for me to answer. You know how people ask you what your favorite book is, and your mind completely blacks out on all the books you’ve read? Yeah, that pretty much happened to me. I thought a little bit deeper and decided that I would probably bring The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.

I chose this book because it is my favorite book from The Chronicles of Narnia. The book is full of fantasy and action, but has taught me a great lesson. Towards the end, when Lucy and Edmund are about to head off to the real world and leave Narnia for good, Aslan passes on to them one very important piece of wisdom.

He tells them, “I am in your world. But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

I love how C.S. Lewis reaches out to the readers saying that we must learn to know his Aslan by his real name here in the real world. I think I’d bring this book to the island because instead of distancing myself away from God, I get even more drawn to His wonders through a magical story.

At the end of the lesson, it also says, “Today I give thanks for all who were involved in the making of books that have changed my life.” Like my most recent post, I would like to take this opportunity to thank people.

To all the authors of all the books I’ve read, thank you for everything. Without you, I wouldn’t be a rather productive girl. Without you, I think I’d be out too often or even doing things I might regret in the future. Thank you for giving me a world to believe in. Thank you for making me feel like a hero, a sidekick, and a friend. Thank you for making me believe in myself and making me strong. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Wow, I haven’t posted on here in a while. It’s nice to be back blogging about homeschooling again. I’m already in my junior year of high school, which I honestly find strange. Time flies insanely fast. 
Anyway, it’s portfolio time once again! I have to say I quite enjoyed history for this quarter. One of the topics that really intrigued me was all about the Ancient Egyptians and their practices for the preparation of the afterlife.
The Egyptians were known for their religious beliefs and funeral practices. They spent their entire lifetime, in fact, just preparing for their death. They were also very known for taking their possessions with them, including their servants, even after death. I have a feeling that this is not what Jesus meant at all when he said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The Egyptians believed that they needed all their possessions when they were brought to the afterlife. Jesus however, tells us not store treasures here on Earth where they can rot and decay. He tells us to build up treasures in heaven where thieves cannot steal them, or where moths cannot destroy them. 
Jesus is telling us to take value of the things that are truly important, like love, happiness, family, and friendship. The Egyptians only cared for their material possessions. As their bodies rot in their tombs, so did their belongings. The treasures we lay up in heaven with God will last for eternity.
I think this is an important lesson the youth of this generation needs to learn. We are so caught up with all the computers, cellphones, and iPads, that we even forget to look at the truly important things in life. We all can’t help but wait for our gadgets’ software updates that we can’t stop and take a moment to enjoy our life, our time with our family and our friends. We can’t help but live the plan God has decided for us. 
I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the people who have made an impact on my life. Thank you to my supportive family, my inspiring teachers, and my amazing friends who have believed in me and in what I can do. Thank you for all the love and hope you have given me. Thank you for all being there when I need someone to talk to. Thank you for being and giving the treasures I know will last forever in heaven.