GCD Wellness Reflection

Physical Wellness –


I wasn’t necessarily interested in sports or believed that I have sports ability. Also, I came to an understanding that it is difficult to start exercising at old age, after watching my parents having difficulties in doing so. So, I decided to do 20-30 push ups every other day, to make sure that my body stays fit. Also, I was interested in volleyball, and I decided to do vertical workouts with my friends, including squats and lateral jumps, to improve my vertical jump. I could not touch the backboard at the beginning of the workout session, but I can now touch it with my palm. My social wellness also improved in this process because I was able to have conversations with my friends during the work out sessions. 


Now, I attend all of the volleyball sessions that the school offers, and I often play during lunch in the playground to develop my skills. I also have been attending soccer practices at YCAC on Sundays, and this allowed me to improve my athletic ability and keep up my physical health.


This start of regular routine allowed me to gain more muscle and sports sense. I wonder if I can further develop this over summer and get more game time in the volleyball team next year.


Social Wellness –


To ensure that I update and get updates from my peers about our daily lives, I keep up snapchat streaks with 10 of my friends in my grade. I also frequently check other social media, such as facebook, to check updates of my friends’ lives. As much as social media is a big part of our lives, it is an effective way to stay connected with my friends and take care of my social wellness. One question that I have is if there are other ways to stay connected with friends without using electronic devices. Perhaps I should contact my friends and ask them to meet in person more often.

Editorial in response to “Pope Francis: freedom of expression has limits” (January 16, 2015 in The Guardian, London, England)

Freedom of Expression ensures that one could freely express any opinion without censorship, and limiting the “freedom” would simply contradict its existence.


Commenting on the Paris attack, Pope Francis mentioned that “Every religion has its dignity” and “One cannot insult other people’s faith”. It is true that the speaker should be cautious in the gray area of offensive language. However, since there is no defined rule for an expression being ‘offensive’, one’s interpretation of it decides the level of insult. For example, a more secular person would have had a less negative view on Charlie Hebdo, compared to Pope. While the speaker should be careful, the listener should also contribute in effectively resolving conflicts occurred by offensive expression.


Since people have different standards in offense, it is crucial to communicate effectively when one is offended. Islamic terrorists’ shooting was overreactive and it should not initiate the loss of a fundamental human right. It is one’s right to freely express any opinions, and if certain groups are offended they should take a peaceful approach to inform the speaker and, if needed, apply legal punishment. Freedom of Expression should not be limited and the world should improve on sharing opinions and ideas peacefully.

Juliet’s love story


Zeffirelli, Franco. Juliet. Digital image. Funmail. Funmail, 23 Nov. 1968. Web. 23 May 2016.

Once you find your perfect lover, is it going to be all romantic and happy? Will you live a beautiful love life, like the one you always dreamed of? Here, we interview a beautiful lover Juliet, also known as the Capulet’s daughter, and learn about her love life with Romeo as well as some conflicts.


 We’re assuming that the first time you met Romeo is memorable. What was your first impression of Romeo?

  • First it was mysterious since I didn’t know him, but after talking for 5 minutes I realised that we’re perfect for each other. I was making tough references to pilgrims and saints to kind of push him away a bit, but he quickly joined in and made his way through to kiss me! As we kept talking I felt a strong attraction to him and I know he felt the same way to me too. Not only did he have such flawless appearance, but he was also intelligent and witty.


How did you feel when you realised he’s a Montague?

  • Oh my, it was painful. A perfect man for me just appeared in my life, and the only thing that was dragging us apart was his name and the group he’s in, which in the end means nothing! The fact that I couldn’t do anything about it also really bugged me.


 So how did it work out with Romeo?

  • Pretty good actually. Although it was really tough to spend time with him since my parents will kill me if they find out. We met up after party and talked for a bit more. There we realised that we really love each other and built further plans. Then thanks to friar Lawrence, we got united as one. *smiles* I would also like to thank my dear Nurse, who has always been there to listen to me and also organised the marriage.


 We heard you’re really close to Nurse. How’s the relationship between you two?

  • Nurse is the person that I’ll go to if I have to talk about anything or ask something. To be honest, it’s really tough to open up to my parents and talk about my problems since it won’t change anything and just disturb them. Nurse is definitely the closest friend I have and I’m really happy that she is.


 Were there any problems caused by having relationship with Romeo?

  • I remember my mother mentioning this guy called Paris and suggesting marrying him, but I’m already married to Romeo, my true love, and we can’t be separated. Yet I don’t want to live against my parents, so there’s a bit of a problem there. But I don’t think they will tell me to marry him anytime soon.


What would you do if they tell you to marry Paris?

  • If they do, I’ll go to friar Lawrence first. I believe the wise man can come up with a solution where I don’t have to betray my parents and still love Romeo. If he doesn’t have any, *sighs* well… I don’t think I can live while I’m married to a man other than Romeo.


 Do you think the relationship with Romeo is worth the risks and problems?

  • Romeo and I are joined, and I love him more than anything. There are some risks due to the ongoing conflict between our families, but I can endure them for the love I get from Romeo. Besides, Nurse and friar Lawrence are always there to help us, so I’m not really worried about the negative side of the relationship.


 Where do you see yourself in five years?

  • I’m not really sure. If our parents are still against our relationship, we’ll probably keep meeting during nights. I really hope they accept our relationship so that we can live together without concerns though.


 Are you planning on having kids?

  • Wow, I haven’t thought that far yet. But I wish Romeo and I can at least get together soon. We’re married, but we haven’t shared our love yet. You know, there’s that final step to truly be connected… *blushes*  Oh sorry, to answer the question, if our parents allow us to continue our relationship, I guess we will have kids. But once again, I’m not sure if they ever will.

Tourism questions

  1. What were the top three countries in terms in international arrivals in 2014
    1. France
    2. U.S
    3. Spain
  2. What were the top three countries in terms of international receipts in 2014?
    1. U.S
    2. Spain
    3. China
  3. Explain the difference in patterns depicted by your answers of question 1 and 2.
    1. France drops to 4th place when it comes to international receipts. Perhaps people just want to see France, not buy products from the country.
  4. Describe the recent trends of tourism in Africa.
    1. More people are visiting and spending money in Africa. The increment isn’t as big as other country’s.
  5. Describe the changes in international tourist arrivals between 1950 and 2010. (p.14)
    1. The arrivals increased from almost nothing to 1.8 billion in total.
  6. In your opinion, why has tourism increased since the 1950s?
    1. The transportation has developed, allowing people to move between countries more easily.

Blogpost about Columbus

In InS we watched two videos about Christopher Columbus where people tried to explain the ‘truth’.



I was aware of killing and stealing that Columbus did during his ‘discovery’ of America, but I learned more about it in detail. However, my perspective didn’t change. Columbus has made an important discovery of the land of America which made Europeans move in/invade and form a society. On the other hand, he did unethical things during the process. He is a bad guy who connected the world. That is my perspective of Columbus.


Again, I didn’t know a lot about what native Americans suffered from. After watching the videos, I feel more sympathy towards them, and so my perspective has changed. They are the victims of European’s significant discovery, who were put in unacceptable situations like being killed by lack of gold they could find.



To read history and be aware of biases, I have to question how much of what really happened the information covers. What is not covered can be extremely important, and there are some cases where people find out the unrevealed fact of an event and be surprised. History is always told from different perspectives and being aware of other perspectives will help us be ware of biases.



I would focus on the significance of the discovery that Columbus made, and unethical events that happened. It will explain why people envy Columbus so much that they have a day with his name, but also open reader’s perspective and show that Columbus isn’t a nice ethical hero.



My reading focused on how a story of an event can be told different. It repetitively mentioned difference between the story Columbus told about the new land he found, and the one Las Casas wrote about.









Twins separated at birth

To quickly summarise, this video that we watched in InS shows a secret experiment where twins were separated after birth and one of them found the other one after 35 years. They share lots of similarities and some of them are rare. The experiment supports the idea of nature affecting human behaviours more than nurture.

– What unethical decision was responsible for the situation described in this video?

Although it would’ve not worked if the twins were told that they were being experimented, I believe it was unethical to secretly conduct the experiment, while the subjects didn’t even know that they were for 35 years.

– Can you think of situation when it might be justified to be unethical in the pursuit of scientific knowledge of genetics or evolution?

We often use animals to conduct experiments and some of them die. However, the scientific knowledge we get that helps the humans being develop justifies the unethical act.

– What is the most powerful evidence in this video that nature is more           influential than nurture in explaining, predicting, or understanding                 human behavior?

The twins never knew that they had each other, and they met 35 years after they were born. They should’ve had different experiences, but they still share similarities including the German movie they like. As far as we know, the environment they grew in aren’t similar, but their natural factors create these similarities they share. It clearly shows that nature is more influential than nurture in human behaviour.



What are the factors that influence whether someone helps or not?

Diffusion of responsibility

If a person’s alone in a situation where someone needs to help, the responsibility is all on him. However, when people are around him, the responsibility is shared and he’s less likely to move. As more people are around, it’s less likely that an individual will help.


Social influence

People seek for someone’s guidance, as in they want someone to show what to do. That’s why when someone starts helping others do too. They look at what the person’s doing, and get an idea of what they should do. Until then, when nobody’s making a move, everyone doesn’t help.


Audience inhibition

Sometimes the person who seems to be needing help doesn’t really need it. People are aware of this and they consider the necessity of help when they face a situation where it seems like help is needed. Often people don’t be involved because they don’t want to get embarrassed after offering help to someone who doesn’t need help.



The scale of the situation is what we call arousal. The greater the arousal is, the more likely it is that people will help.(Bystander intervention booklet) For example, if a drunk man falls on train track, there is a huge chance that he might get injured or die, so people are more likely to help. If they see the same drunk dude on a street, it’s less likely that they will intervene and help since he isn’t in a state that’s too far from his normal state.



Either they help or not, people think about the cost and reward of their choices. If they decide to help, they consider the scarification and the benefits. If they decide to not help, they think about feeling guilty, self blame and so on.



This is where empathy and sympathy affects people. People are more likely to help those who share similarities. ex) religion, race, nationality, age. Piliavin et al (1969), a field experiment conducted in New York subway train, shows that in a mixed group, those who has same race as the man who needs help usually intervene.



Although the person who needs help doesn’t provoke emotional motivation for others, individual’s mood can affect the decision. It’s more likely that the person is going to help when he/she is in a good mood than during a bad day.


Competence and experience

People help when they think they can. After they find the need of help, they consider if they can deliver the necessary help or not. Huston et al’s interview shows that people who had intervened in criminal acts were taller and heavier than those who didn’t, which supports the idea of people helping when they have proper conditions.

InS – Motivation to help

– What is the difference between prosocial behaviour and altruism?

Altruism is a type of prosocial behaviour where people perform prosocial actions without expectation of benefit for oneself. Basically it’s when people help others with no intensions of earning something, just because they would like to help. (pg.252) Meanwhile, prosocial behaviour also includes egoistic motivation, which has the ultimate goal of personal benefit and can be called ‘selfish’.

– Why do people help people?

The reason why people help others can be explained in two big ideas.

In some cases people help others because it will benefit themselves. Putting money in charity box in order to feel good is an example of this factor, which we call egoistic motivation.

However, personal benefit is not the only motive to help. People often simply help, not aiming to benefit themselves. Altruistic motivation is what moves people in these situations. The goal is switched to increasing another’s welfare, rather than benefiting the individual who’s helping.

One of the factors that provokes Altruistic motivation is empathy. To feel empathy the observer needs the ability to imagine how the person in need is feeling. (pg.253) In this case, rather than studying what the person needs, the observer puts himself/herself in the perspective of the person who needs help and feel the way he/she does.

– Individually think of a situation in which you helped others, and analyse the reason/motivation for why you did it.

Once there was a disabled Japanese man in a train station, awkwardly walking around by himself. The way he talked and walked let me realise that he is not a normal person. He was asking people something, but people were rejecting him. Then he came up to me and asked the direction to a certain place. I pulled out my phone, searched the place and helped him buy tickets. I watched him take the right train and went home.

This is a good example of a person helping others because of empathy. I put myself in his perspective when the man was getting rejected by people, and at the moment I felt sorrow and loneliness. I was also sympathetic since I knew the man wasn’t going to make it to wherever he was going, without someone helping him. Emotions made me move, and I felt good after I watched him go the right way. But I wasn’t doing the work to feel good afterwards. I wasn’t expecting someone to watch me help the man and thank me. It was just the empathy and sympathy towards the man that made me help, and I believe it’s an example of Altruism.


Nature vs Nurture

Nature vs Nurture is a popular argument about whether our behaviour is dictated by our genes or the environment. My personal opinion is as following : Natural factors, or genes, affect the behaviour to certain extent and the environment treats individuals differently based on their natural characteristics, also influencing their behaviour.

Boys like cars and girls like dolls. That is true since even male monkeys chose cars and truck toys while the female monkeys took dolls. But for humans, once a baby shows interest on certain toys, the parents will keep giving similar toys to the baby and the baby will start liking them more. So we can say the nurture helped generalising this factor.

Black people are faster. But we are all same species and somehow we are different. One possible factor is slavery, where black people were working hard and white people were working less. As a result, their muscles were more developed and their offsprings also had better physical characteristics than white ones. So the environmental influence came back to natural factors and affected different race.