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Symphony of senses: how synesthetes experience the world differently

Symphony of senses: how synesthetes experience the world differently

Emily Xia

March 8, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]he sits on the cool wooden bench of the piano, her fingers grazing the smooth keys. She lifts her hands and begins to play. To her family members scattered throughout the house, the chorus of notes creates a flowing melody and lively tune. To her, it is much more. Colors and li...

Write for you: Reviews of various pens and highlighters

Write for you: Reviews of various pens and highlighters

Charlotte Chui

March 8, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Reviews

Stored in a container on the corner of a desk, tucked behind an ear or buried at the bottom of a backpack — stationery can spruce up chemistry notes or add a colorful pop to a daily planner. Here are some of the best stationery items, from pens to highlighters, to try out.    Price: $2.50 each o...

New in town

New in town

Jahan Razavi

March 7, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

[su_dropcap style="flat"]T[/su_dropcap]he show never stops for MVHS drama students; even though they have just finished SNL performances, the department’s newest schedule has propelled them as the spring musical — “Urinetown” — is right around the corner. Despite drama teacher Sarah Capule’s ...

Testing the customizable makeup trend

Testing the customizable makeup trend

Charlotte Chui

March 4, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Lifestyle, Reviews

From lipsticks and foundations to shampoos and body scrubs, customizable makeup and skincare items are a trend sweeping across the beauty community. With the ability to tailor different aspects of a product to fit specific preferences, this trend appeals to various audiences. Finding Ferdinand is one co...

Crisp, Sweet, Savory: Pears three ways

Crisp, Sweet, Savory: Pears three ways

Priya Reddy

March 2, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Food, From the magazine

[su_dropcap style="flat"]S[/su_dropcap]pring is just around the corner and local grocery stores and farmer’s markets are beginning to flood with different varieties of pears. With their light flavor, pears are a versatile fruit, perfect for jams, marinades, sandwiches and more. From savory to sweet,...

My three years with Jonghyun

My three years with Jonghyun

Katerina Pappas

February 27, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

The first thing I noticed about the K-pop group SHINee was their hair, funnily enough. I first noticed the dyed, borderline orange hair of their youngest member, Taemin, in their music video “Hello”. My focus then moved on to the monochromatic outfits that each member wore, everyone sporting a differe...

Duo Review: “Black Panther”

Duo Review: “Black Panther”

Ruth Feng

February 18, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

[su_heading size="20" margin="0"]"Black Panther" Review (spoiler free!)[/su_heading]   “Black Panther” is nothing short of a triumph and cultural phenomenon brought to life by director Ryan Coogler and the stellar cast. On its third day at the box office, “Black Panther” is set to e...

‘Padmaavat’ through the eyes of a native

‘Padmaavat’ through the eyes of a native

Ishani Singh

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

“Padmaavat” is a legendary Indian myth of the elusive queen, Rani Padmini, known as Padmavati in the film. She was deeply in love with and married to a brave Rajput king, Ratan Singh of the Mewar kingdom in Chittor. The two lived their peaceful lives until the Muslim leader, villainous Alauddin ...

Painting the future

Painting the future

Sarah Young

February 16, 2018


Filed under Arts, Briefs

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]V ArtReach announced on Jan. 24, an event which has been a culmination of all their efforts that had been in the works for 2 years. MVHS’ first ever school wide event, an art competition for all MVHS students. The competition is a monumental event for the members of ArtReach, es...

Restaurant Roulette: Walia

Restaurant Roulette: Walia

Emily Xia

February 14, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Restaurant Roulette

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]wice a month, El Estoque goes to restaurants around the area and takes a chance by asking the waiter to suggest food for us to try. This week, we continued the alphabetical theme by going to Walia in San Jose. Address: 2208 Business Circle, San Jose, CA 95128 Situated in the heart of downtown San Jose, the small and bustling restaurant Walia offers traditional Ethiopian dishes. The walls are decorated with traditional Ethiopian paintings and old photos, making the atmosphere feel rustic and homey. Along with the relatively cheap...