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Humans behind Humans of Monta Vista

Humans behind Humans of Monta Vista

Jahan Razavi

December 12, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Print entertainment

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]enior Jesse Wong was browsing Facebook one evening in May and came across a page under the title, “Humans of Monta Vista.” He immediately noticed that the page was inactive with the last post being from 2015. Determined, Wong got his friends, seniors Matthew Hsieh and Daniel Ho...

Culinary Connections: The way cooking brings people together

Culinary Connections: The way cooking brings people together

Priya Reddy

December 12, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Food, From the magazine, Print entertainment

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he clock ticks just loud enough so that assistant principal Andrew Goldenkranz can hear it, reminding him of his quickly approaching deadline. Eyeing his ingredients, he gets to work, whipping out bowls and measuring cups. Swiftly pouring and mixing ingredients, he runs a recipe t...

All Stitched Up: Creating a Halloween costume

All Stitched Up: Creating a Halloween costume

Ria Kolli

October 20, 2017


Filed under Arts, ENTERTAINMENT, Fashion, From the magazine, Print entertainment

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]enior Kavin Sivakumar’s brainstorming process for his first handmade Halloween costume began in June 2017, when Sivakumar was in India. After seeing images of Hindu gods everywhere, Sivakumar decided that he wanted to dress up magnificently as the Hindu god Krishna. Howe...

It’s a date: April 2017

It’s a date: April 2017

Helen Chao

April 17, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Print entertainment

Sure, I’m free that day, what do you want to do? With the temperature on the rise, it is a shame to miss out on the summery weather and lounge around at home. Instead, head outside and experience Cupertino’s Cherry Blossom Festival, or “shake it up” during Bay Area National Dance Week. Whate...

Cat’s out of the bag: The subtle art of being evil

Cat’s out of the bag: The subtle art of being evil

Helen Chao

April 17, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Print entertainment

Until last Thursday, I never had a reason for self-cannibalism. Yes, my dearie, you read that correctly. Essentially, that Slow-as-a-Slug Sally was walking so darn slow in front of me, I had to gnaw on my own vocal chords and digest ‘em, or else I’d have let fly a scream of irritability hibernat...

Pages of the past

Pages of the past

Michelle Wong

April 17, 2017


Filed under Books, ENTERTAINMENT, Print, Print entertainment

Co-written by Ananya Bhat Catcher in the Rye British Literature teacher Randy Holaday "My sister and my dad really liked it so I had really high expectations for the book, and it just wasn’t for me. It was too modern and too, frankly, stupid. I couldn’t see the connections between it and my own experiences. And I...

Cat’s out of the bag: The relationship between four sisters

Cat’s out of the bag: The relationship between four sisters

Helen Chao

December 13, 2016


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Print entertainment

THE INSTANT I MENTION MY, “three older sisters,” I am swamped with surprise, acknowledgement and at last, the listener’s envy, echoed by a “Oh, you’re sooo lucky!” I’ll nod, reflexively, and reply with the default: “Yeah, I am lucky!” Ensue their onslaught of assumptions. “I...

It’s a date: December and January

It’s a date: December and January

Stephanie Lam

December 13, 2016


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Print entertainment

Sure, I’m free that day… What do you want to do? The holiday season is a time for personal relaxation and family bonding. Take advantage of this break by attending the diverse performances and activities happening around the San José Community. From a Nuestra Navidad ceremony to a Christmas r...

Trick or Treat: Scary Stories and Halloween Candy

Trick or Treat: Scary Stories and Halloween Candy

Jennie Chen

October 28, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Print entertainment, Student life

Co-authored by Jennie Chen Illustrations by Shar Rahman TRICK One time I was in second grade [and] I was trick or treating. I went to a house and I opened the gate to get some candy and a spider jumped out. It was fake but it was automatic. Keerthi Pushpraj, 10   When I was a ...

Cat’s out of the bag: Musings of a tiger daughter

Cat’s out of the bag: Musings of a tiger daughter

Helen Chao

October 28, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Print entertainment, Student life

It infuriates the sensible me, the alter ego who holds chopsticks properly (“I beseech you,” my mother will say, “stop fingering it like a pencil!”), to overhear a fellow student wail, “Dood, I didn’t even study for this test,” and gush days later, in all of a flutter, “Dood, I got an...

Eat, Sleep, Game: The psychology behind addicting games

Eat, Sleep, Game: The psychology behind addicting games

Ananya Bhat

October 21, 2016


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Print entertainment

Buy, defeat, win. Buy, defeat, win. Buy, defeat, win. Over and over, you just keep repeating the same thing — buy, defeat, win. This is how games like Candy Crush, Clash of Clans and Angry Birds get you to spend hours and hours playing the game. Many mobile app companies have begun to incorporate similar ...