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M.E.P. After New Year

First Wednesday of 2017 and also the first day of “Back to School”. M1/12 kicks off the New Year with “Super Ready” reports. Not only that, all presentations were of catchy slides plus well-practiced presentation. 

F.Y.I. (For Your Information) – Slight changes were made in M1’s reporting format, we spiced it up by adding “Mini-Test”, revised “Oral Reading Style” and reduced the vocabularies. Most importantly, real-life related pictures were also assigned, letting the group to introduce real-life application of the topic report. For starters we have Group 1 and 2.


GROUP 1’s TOPIC: Clothes and Travel

So you’re going to go on a backpacking trip? What are you going to pack? The answer is easy: T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. You can wear these in most places, but here is useful advice for tourist

Clothing in Thailand is fairly conservative. In Thailand’s temples, visitors need to take off their shoes, and women need to wear blouses that cover the upper part of their arms. If you are going to visit mosques in many Arab countries, you can’t wear shorts, and women need to cover their heads with a scarf. For Saint Peter’s in Rome, visitors can’t wear short shorts, and women need to cover the upper part of their arms

If you are going to hang out with young people, the dress code is very relaxed in most places, including Europe and Japan. Often anything goes”. It’s OK to wear red boots, green stockings, a blue mini-skirt or pants, a yellow shirt, a striped black-and-white tie, and a purple hat!

GROUP 2’s TOPIC: Birthday Celebrations Are Different Around The World

In Vietnam, people celebrate their birthdays on Tet. That is the New Year, and also everyone’s birthdays. The Vietnamese do not keep record of the exact day when children are born. So all babies turns one on Tet, no matter what the date of birth is.

In Japan, a girl’s third and fifth birthdays, and a boys seventh are important. The birthday child wear new clothes. Families go to a shrine and pray for a long life for children. Then there is a feast at the family home

Birthday parties in Mexico usually include a piñata. A piñata is a colorful container, often in the form of an animal or star. It has lots of candy and treats inside. Children take turn sitting the piňata with a stick. When they break the piňata, all the goodies come out.

Many common birthday traditions in the West come from Germany. These include parties and cakes with candles. The birthday person blows out the candles and makes a wish. Everyone sings a birthday song. The birthday person opens presents.

Many people around the world use both old and new customs to make their birthday a special day!