Author Archive for Sammy


To Be or Not To Be

There are so many things that I could be.

  1. Author

Writing is my passion. I blog, I write poems, I write songs, I write storeys, I’m working on another book. The list goes on. I have been writing for a long time and it really helps me get rid of things that Idon’t want in my life and things that I need to move on from. When something happens with a friend… I write about it. When something happens in my family… I write about it. There was a really hard part of my life that probably lots of people go through and I want to be able to write about it and let the people that are going through it know that there are other people out there who go through the same thing. Writing can help you and other people get through things that are hard and I want to be able to do that and make a difference in some one’s life because of a book. That’s why I want to be an author.

   2. Hair Stylist

I like to be creative and use colour in things. Working with hair helps make other people feel good about how they look and its just so much fun. My mom and sister have friends who are hair dressers and my mom’s friend went to Paris to study painting and is in art school. My sisters friend is really creative and cool and does my sisters hair and it looks awesome. I just really want to be a hair stylist because its so fun and is a great way to be creative and meet some really interesting people.

  3. Motor Cross Racer

This one probably sounds ridiculous because a lot of people think that this kind of thing is for guys. Well no its not just for guys. I have been interested in motor cross racing for a while and ,unfortunately, I will not get the chance to ride as a kid. One because there is no place to ride. Two because the bikes are WAY to expensive. The chance of a life time is what I call it and even though I will most likely never make it close to going pro it would still be an awesome job to have.

  4. A Math Professor

Ah math. To most kids they run away from math and hate it but for me math is the best. Math and Science are my favorite subjects and I am pretty good at it. I like doing equations and chemistry. If not math I want tobe a chemist or something with computers. Math is just so cool and you can solve so many things with different math equations or rules.

  5.A Singer

Just like ever other little girl I always wanted t be a pop star. As I got older I got interested in differant kinds of music. I now want to be in a band or be a solo artist. I write songs adn play guitar and piano. I really enjoy playing music. I want to one day be successful in the music buisness.



I Will Not Forget

I will never forget you no matter how long.
I will not forget how you were so strong.

You left us so quickly.
Not even goodbye.
And still to this you can see me cry

I will always miss and I will never forget

This is a post about my grandpa who passed away when I was six. My grandpa was so much more then just an old man. He was my best friend and a great man. He helped build a camp site that we still go camping at. Unfortunatly he fell asleep and did not wake up. He is in a better place now and I will remember the good times with him.

Grandpa Cliff





This is my favorite picture I took with the software

The Glocal project. From Arts Umbrella.

Ah art. The best expression. A window into the soul. Art is so many different things it just depends on how you see it. Art is a way to express everything that is inside you. Writing, drawing, painting, poetry even dance and singing are all forms of art, but I have to say one of my favorite forms of art is photography. You can take a camera anywhere and capture something amazing. All the pictures I took were in the computer lab because the camera was like a web cam and it was attached to the computer.

Arts Umbrella is an art school in Vancouver, BC. People from age 2 – 30 are going to the school and taking classes or going there full time. We were lucky enough to have a teacher and a volunteer come to our school every morning for the last 2 weeks. Josh is a teacher at arts umbrella and he showed us some of his work and it was amazing and creative. Franziska is a volunteer from Germany who is also helping out. They are both very nice and fun.

The Process of taking a picture

What to do, what to do? When I take pictures I tend to get stuck when I’m limited to a space filled with computers and brown walls. Some times I had to get ideas from people around me. The picture I took is actually a picture of the computer I work at. The glass screen made beautiful patterns when I moved the camera around. The camera is connected with the USB port so we can’t move very far away. The software we used was easy to navigate and take pictures with and its a free program and you can get it off the site I have linked to above.


Again I want to thank Josh and Franziska for being so much fun and teaching us how to take a good picture and that you can get inspiration from anywhere.


Stop in The Name of the Law…

…The Canadian Justice System

I hope that anyone who reads this post never has to go to court for any reason whether it be witness, victim or accused.

A courtroom. One place you only want to be if your a lawyer or on jury duty or a judge. In class we have been learning about justice through the three little pigs story. That may sound funny but its a good story to use. We have been trying to figure out who should be brought to justice. One of the things we learned about is who is in the courtroom and what are there jobs. Here are some different jobs in a courtroom.

The Judge

The judge is one of the most important people in the courtroom. If there is no jury it is his job to decide if the accused is guilty or innocent. He/she has to listen carefully to the evidence and make sure the court is a safe place to testify. He makes sure the rules of the court are followed and makes a sentence for the accused if they are found guilty.

The Court Clerk

The court clerk is the official assistant to the judge. They call the court to order and makes the person on stand swear on there religious book (aboriginals may swear holding an eagle feather) or take an oath if the do not practice a religion, to tell the truth about everything they say.

Court Officer/Sheriff

The court officer is in the room to escort the accused to there seat and make sure the court stays safe. If the accused is already in custody the court officer may have to bring them to the prisoner box (A wooden box were if the accused are in custody may sit).

Crown Attorney

The crown attorney works for the province or territory. There job is to prove the accused is guilty by asking the victim and witness’s questions.

Fairness in Court

The court case must be fair to both people. The sentence depends on the crime and whether or not the judge or jury finds the accused guilty or not guilty. The court has to put everything they think about the accused to the side until they can be proved guilty or innocent.

 The accused family can not be their lawyer or be in the jury or be the judge of the trial because they will either think one way or the other and may choose unfairlyin the final choice. This also applys to the victims family. Family members involved in a case are not good because they are in a mind set that is not fair to both sides.

There must be enough evidance againest someone to put a case to trail. If there is no evidance to accuse someone then there is nothing but a crime left unsolved.


Well that just about wraps it up for now. I hope this information helps you and like before, I hope you never have to be in a court of law as the accused or victom.


Happy Star Wars Day!

Your probably wondering…”what does she mean by happy star wars day?” . Well if you must know today is star wars day.  May the 4th be with you. You may not find that funny but it is to my class.




Mission BC. That’s where I have spent one weekend a year for the last 3 years dancing. As you probably already know form some of my other posts I am Ukrainian and I also am a Ukrainian Dancer. This weekend was the Mission Ukrainian Dance Festival. My dance group goes there for the one day of dancing and we always have so much fun. I’m going to tell you all about it.

Mission is a fairly small town near surrey BC. It’s pretty old too but there are some really new things like the school we preform at. There are a whole bunch of different groups. I think there were about 10 this year and each group has more then 20 dancers. One group has ten girls and ten guys in the age range of 15 to 18 and most of them have just arrived from the Ukraine this year. They were speaking Ukrainian the whole time. 

The Senior girls from my team (that’s the group I’m in) Got a bronze, a silver and a gold for the three dances we did. The gold was for our shawl dance. The adjudicator (the judge) said that the shawl’s are hard props to use and we used them very effectivly. We were called elegant. With our Privit (welcome dance) The younger kids missed there que so we lost points for it. We got a bronze for that dance. The third dance we did was a plotava dance ( a region in ukraine). We got a silver for it because we have only been practicing the full dance for a a coulpe weeks. We mixed up some of our timings on something and had our ribbons in the wrong hands at some points. But int he end we were only 2 points less then getting a gold so all in all we did pretty good this weekend considering the mistakes.

The best part about mission is the after party. We all get together in someone’s room and have a party. this year Austin Power: Gold Member was on TV so we were watching that and laughing really hard. There is also a pool in hotel we stay at and we spend most of our time (when were not dancing) in the pool. My friends at dance are like my family because This was my 8th year dancing with these kids. We are one large disfunctional family. We are best friends.



I have more than one hero in my life. Some I know personally some I have never met. Some are dead. But all the same they are hero’s to me. Here are my top 5 hero’s.

At number 5:

Oprah. She is a truly amazing woman who has ever thing she could want or need and with all of that she is still a real person and helps with poverty through out the world. She has gone through struggles in her life such as here childhood. She had lived with her mother from when she was 6 to when she was 13. After suffering abuse and molestation, she ran away and was sent to a juvenile detention home at the age of 13, only to be denied admission because all the beds were filled. She was finally sent to live with her father. It must of been hard for her and now she is a successful talk show host and business woman. She once said “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always”. That line really makes you think. She is one of my hero’s.

At number 4:

Ghandi. He fought for what he believed and didn’t stop. He was against any violence, ate vegetarian, and also undertook long fasts for means of self purification and social protest. He never stopped fighting and ended up dieing for his beliefs. He was amazing. He was even thrown off a train in south Africa for his race but even then he never gave up.

At number 3:

Susie Mcgregor. Susie is my local teacher. Singing is her career and she is just amazing. When I go into the music studio the first thing I see is all her albums and posters. There are guitars on the wall and a piano. Susie is really nice and awesome to be around. She is a truly amazing musician and her voice is so beautiful. I really respect her and what she does. I hope to be as sucessful as her one day.

At number 2:

Donna Baydock. She was an olympic volleyball player. She is also my mom. My mom was on the jr national team and the national team for Canada. She was on both teams for a total of about 6 or 7 years. She has got me into volleyball and I love the sport. She was supposed to be in the 1980 summer olympics but they got canceled for Canada and 62 other contries. Maybe I will be able to live her dream.

At number 1:

David Regehr. My daddy. I am the biggest daddys girl but not because he gives me lots of stuff. Its the exact opposite. My dad doesn’t spoil me and doesn’t inrole me in everything I want to do. He keeps me grounded and if my mom wants me to do something that I don’t want to do he always does whats best for the family and for me. Every night he makes a family dinner before our activeities. He is also a drag racer. He takes our family to go see him race at one of the biggest tracks and he has got a licence to drive under 8 seconds. He introduced me to cars and I am really starting to like them. I love my dad and he is my biggest hero.

Photo by :levork


Blue Skys

The grass is warm and soft to the touch. The breeze blows my hair around my face.I can hear bird song and see the mountains in the distance. The sky is blue with big puffy clouds that remind me of marshmallows. There’s a slight sweetness to the breeze. The trees seem to sway to some music only they can hear and all of this slowly lulls me into a trance. Memories run through my mind. A crow cries out in a near by tree bringing me back.  The only sound are the cars going by in the distance. A lift drifts by me on the afternoon air. Its so peaceful out here I can think clearly. Suddenly a Yellow buffalo flies through the sky. No I am not crazy its a plane. Such a beautiful day coming to a close and I think I am so lucky… to have a teacher who will let us go outside for an afternoon and do nothing.


A Tribute

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. An amazing man. His voice was a gift to the Hawai’ain islands. He became famous outside of hawaii when his album Facing Future came out in 1993. It had his medley of “some where over the rainbow” and “what a wonderful world” on it which was featured in several movies, TV shows and commercils.

Isreal Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole (AKA Bruddah Iz) was born on May 20, 1959 at Kuakini Hospital in Honolulu to Henry Kaleialoha Naniwa Kamakawiwoʻole, Jr. and Evangeline Leinani Kamakawiwoʻole (yes I agree his fathers name is VERY long). He began playing music at the age of 11 with his brother Skippy. His instruments were ukulele and his voice.

He grew up in Kaimuki were his parents had met and married. In his early teens his family move to Makaha, Hawaii. There he met his soon to be band mates Louis “Moon” Kaukahi, Sam Gray and Jerome Koko. Him and his brother Skippy formed a band with these other four men and called it The Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau. Throughout 1976 to 1980 they toured throughout Hawaii and the USA and the band gained popularity. They also releasled 15 sucessful albums.

In 1982 Iz’s brotehr Skippy Died of a heart attack. In the same year Iz married his child hood sweet heart and soon after they had a daughter whom they named Ceslieanne “Wehi”.

Throughout the later part of his life Iz suffered from suvere obesity and at one point put on 769 pounds on his 6’2 frame. He endured several hospitalizations and on June 26, 1997 at 12:18 am He died of weight-related respiratory illness at 38 years old. He lives in through his wife Marlene Kamaawiwo’ole and his daughter Ceslianne “Wehi”.

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole 1959-1997



Poor Little Porker








The water looked so cold. As I walked closer to the edge of the diving board it started to bend and I started to slip. “NOOOOOOOOOO IT’S TO COLD!!!!” I scream. “I’m not ready to die. I see the light!”  The board keeps pointed down and I keep slipping. My tiny frame was shaking. ”HELP I’M FAWING SOMEONE SAVE ME”. No body comes. I’m all alone and I’m going to die. I will fall down into the depths of the water and be gone. I’ll meet the same fate as my father and mother. “NOOOO I’M GOING TO BE BACON!!!!!!!” it was the end for me. I couldn’t hold on any longer. It was time to let go. I slid to the end of the board and tipped right over the edge. “GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD”! The water surrounded me. I was bacon. I can here “poor little porker. He didn’t even have a chance.” And then I go under. All of a sudden I reach the surface. ” I CAN BREATHE!” I scream. I get out of the pool, shake myself off and say “Lets do it again”.

Picture by: loungerie