Author Archives: Sam likes to Vine

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Car pool Karaoke Collab 🎤🎤

Hello friends!

This week, among our busy schedules, Theona, Jade and I were able to come together and shoot a VIDEO

We three have been friends since the first tutorial, and when the opportunity to collaborate with other people in our class we realized we had a similar idea for a fun video!!! 🤩🤩🤩

This is the outcome of one rainy Monday afternoon in Jade’s sisters car, with Theona’s IPhone 8 and Jade’s spotify playlist.


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🎵 Join the club 🤙 🎶Join the Club 👀

Hello Friends!!!

This week is all about the REMIX

A few weeks ago, my friends and I were hanging out in our usual spot on campus at the Interfaith Center (a space where religious clubs and groups are able to practice their faith on campus and engage in fellowship with other students in faith).

One of my AWESOME sisters in Christ, who I also lovingly call my Ate Dana, wowed us all with an impromptu freestyle over Yo Gotti’s “Rake it Up”.

In the song she gathers all y’all to join our club! Catholic Christian Outreach is active on 15 campuses across Canada, and with the beat backing her up, she provides some insightful and persuasive ways to get you involved. Also, me and my bro Gabe in the back had to support as dancers!! Enjoy 🙂


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💸💸 Cha-ching 💸💸

Hello Friends!!

This week we played around with Google Analytics and discussed monetization of our site.


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Yee that monaay schmoneeey  😆 😆


But now on to a serious note, Using Google Analytics was more than a little confusing, and all that really interested me were how many people went to my site. It’s pretty amazing that Google can offer us that information…but also creepy they’re all up in our business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



It’s cool I can see how long people have visited my site for, and the amount of people per day that visit my site. This visual presentation of data is extremely useful.






Google even goes as far to track which times per day people most regularly visit my blog, where they are coming from and from what device.








It makes me a little weary of how much Google tracks my online data, where I shop, browse and visit most frequently. Google analytics isn’t just proof people go to your site, it’s proof Google can track which sites we visit.

This issue of Google’s thorough coverage of the Internet is discussed in the article by Nilay Patel, where they make a note of this “Google makes the lion’s share of its money on search, and Google search doesn’t work if the web isn’t searchable, so Google has a huge interest in making the web profitable for media companies, so they can search all that content” (2015).



Patel, Nilay (2015, September 17) “Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web” The Verge. Retrieved from:





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Someone else’s work…is someone else’s work!

Hello Friends! 😄

This week we are discussing the use or no use, the correct and incorrect way of crediting another fellow contributor, the policies of Copyright!

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Copyright helps both parties, it makes sure the credit goes to the right person and that person is protected, and that you don’t look bad taking someone else’s work 😎

In our publishing lecture this week, Jon Festinger from the School of Law at UBC spoke on “Copyright Topics
(& a little bit of contract law)”.

He said in essence, “copyright…means the sole right to…reproduce the work…in any material form whatever…”(2018). As I reflected on this, I immediately thought of Instagram and it’s copyright culture (or lack thereof). As social media makes it incredibly convenient and simple to screenshot or download someone’s content on their feed and timeline. With the rise of business utilizing Instagram, and making partnerships on the platform, we have seen some professional and formal crediting taking place. However, it is not the common culture. We see photos being reposted all the time, and sometimes it can be hard to trace a photo back to its original taker.




There’s a story by Max Dubler, a professional photographer working with downhill skateboarding. He explained his situation in the article, with having one of his photos being used by a longboard company on their instagram; and that for this particular use (as they are a profitable company) it is expected he get a fee. He simply messaged them asking for payment, and was rejected and told they would take it down. But the point he made was that despite them taking the photo down, he would still need to be compensated regardless; as the value and impact of his picture for their company on their Instagram was already spent.

With this in mind, moving forward we can be more aware of not just crediting people to the work they put out, but acknowledging the power and impact our posts can have. If that means adding a logo to your pictures to protect yourself, or making your fees and business procedures public.

I personally haven’t dealt with issues regarding stolen work or copyright, but this blog can be my starting point to protecting the words I write and videos I make.





Festinger, Jon (2018, February 28) “Copyright Topics (& a little bit of contract law)” Lecture Files Week Seven. Retrieved from:

Dubler, Max (2017, July 13) “No, You Can’t Use My Photos On Your Brand’s Instagram For Free” PetaPixel. Retrieved from: 

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 You said what now?!

Hello Friends!

Hope you all had a good break…read a lot hopefully 😉

This week, I am reflecting on a post that focused on a subject I am always needing work on…ME 🤣😆😅

Joy from With Love, Joy took time outta her day to take a look at my blog, with the design as her main focus. Let’s give her a hand for that!! 👏👏👏 I really appreciate anyone taking the time to look at my blog, let alone make note of what works and doesn’t; especially as design is not my strongest point!!

Going into making this blog, I already expected the layout and design of my blog to be difficult for me, and to be honest, it makes me less enthusiastic to do something when I have no clue what I’m doing. It’s not that I don’t WANT my blog to look super cool and hecking awesome, but it’s just…well, NOT my area of expertise. I’m fully ashamed to admit how long it took me to find online tutorials on how to change my font and font size..(so long I still haven’t figured it out).

So reading Joy’s review was extremely helpful, and also a little frustrating. It was helpful because a fresh set of eyes always notices things you don’t! There were many things she noted that I was already aware of, which frustrated me as I lack knowledge on how to fix those things and silently hoped everyone else just ignored them.

One of the things she suggested was to make my titles and captions more distinct, with an easy fix such as grammar!

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I chose to fix this example because not only was it the simplest and quickest fix, but c’mon sam!! man, I gotta get it together 😂







Overall, thanks Joy!!! 🙂


the self

The Self

As Suzanne set us off in our very first class with a vague outline of the semester, and one immediate task; grasp a sense of “the self”. Suzanne recognized how difficult it can be to categorize ourselves into just one passion, and how necessary it was to keep the process in constant movement. By her suggestion, I created a vision board. A map with my self at the center, and streams flowing outward; as I portion energy every day into separate areas of my life. At first, it seemed there couldn’t possibly be enough space to fit everything I care about, and the more I sat on it, did I realize the difference between caring and engaging. There were few but valuable things where I could say I actively participated and contributed to day to day. I settled on a play board of ideas; ranging from my family, friends, and relationships I keep and fight for, my personality and beliefs, things you would find out from a conversation with me, to what kind of a space I wanted to create and lead online. I primarily focused on what I expected my intended audience to like, being inflexible to what audience I could attract with the person I was at the moment; already believing I was not enough. Throughout the semester I encountered barriers, with constantly needing to create, anxiety in how people would receive me, and in trying to keep my online and real-life self synonymous. In this essay, I will reflect on how my attitude towards publication has shifted over the course of the semester, being influenced by course material and discussion, and real-life experiences and challenges with the self.

Before I took this course and delving into the process of curating my own online publication, I had only a surface understanding of what it meant to be published. During a writer’s conference, Matthew Stadler defined Publication as “the creation of a public, is essentially a political act…more than a market created by deliberate acts, the circulation of texts, discussions, and gatherings in physical space…together these construct a space of conversation that is a public space which beckons a public into being” (2010). This opened my eyes to how broad publication can be, as we write formal papers and update our social media, we are creating and encouraging dialogue. It felt as if I was bringing something to life, forming something into existence. Hossein Derakhshan, a contributor to Medium explained the power of blogs to connect people miles apart, that they “were windows into lives you’d rarely know much about; bridges that connected different lives to each other and thereby changed them…; were cafes where people exchanged diverse ideas on any and every topic you could possibly be interested in.” (2015). It felt compelling to have a piece of the internet dedicated to funny things I wanted to share, more serious reflections, and experiences I could more easily relate to others. At first, I was intrigued by the freedom of my own domain online, and later overwhelmed by how many executive decisions I was confronted by; I learned I had to trust my instinct, and that the design of my vision would be achieved. However, the vision I had in my head felt far-fetched from the actual me, and this affected the process of conceptualizing my brand and making my posts; I let a standard hinder me from exploring my true self. The pressure of being perfect in my own eyes, made me dread having to make posts and upload on social media; It was as if I failed before I even started. But something changed, as I started to post more on Instagram as myself; I showed a side to myself that encompassed my attitude and beliefs and was celebrated for it.

I believed that blog-writing only focused on the reaction of the reader, and was surprised to realize I as the author, changed in the process; of digging deep to create content with depth and emotional relatability. But my blog was live and alive, Campbell states “technology gradually creates a totally new human environment. Environments are not passive wrappings but active processes” (2009).  The online environment of my own domain was a dynamic that grew with me as I evolved; If I chose to be more personal and honest about my beliefs on Instagram, there was a shift in my “self”. Going back to my vision board, I realized that subconsciously over time, the areas of my life that I was working on the most were where I chose to highlight in my online self. I was spending more time at volunteer events with an organization called Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) and helping a fundraiser at my past high school. I was spending more time with friends who accepted me just as I was, and I recognized that those were the kind of people I wanted as my audience, as my reach. The validation from my family and friends in who I was, helped me find confidence in publishing my true self online, and in everyday life. I was surprised to see how “In developing this ‘personal cyberinfrastructure’ … [students] are the subjects of their learning, not the objects of education technology software” (Watters, 2015).  As I began with allowing my online domain to control me and my creative process, by the end of the semester I changed that around.

I’m glad I took this course, it filled gaps in my knowledge about publication, blogs, and online domains, and most importantly; allowed me to see my true self as enough.


References list

Campbell G. (2009, September/October) “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure.” EDUCAUSE Review 44 (5) Retrieved from:

Derakhshan, H. (2015, July) “The Web We Have to Save.” Medium Corporation. Retrieved from:

Stadler, M. (2010, May 21) “What is Publication?” Talk from the Richard Hugo House’s writer’s conference, Seattle, WA. Retrieved from:

Watters, A. (2015, July 15) “The Web We Need to Give to Students.” Medium Corporation. Retrieved from:

Philippine Drug War


In May 2016, with his party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Rodrigo Duterte went from Mayor of the city Davao to President of the Philippines (Ismi, 2017). During his campaign, he sought to take heroic measures in dealing with human trafficking, poverty, corruption in government and any trace of drug use both in high state to the lowest class of men; and these persistent and powerful goals took the hearts of many Filipinos who have fallen victim to these issues under presidents before him. It was in Duterte’s face, that majority of the middle class saw possible understanding, and passion for the issues that pertain to them, that they may have felt was neglected by past officials. He knows what the people want and how to make it look convincing he’ll listen. But he also knows what he wants, and every life involved in the selling and use of drugs. His obsession with Philippine’s war on drugs, likely stems from his need for “total and undisputed control”, it is a mask that doesn’t really focus on the root of the problem but allows him to further assume dictatorship like governing. This mask proves to be a critical tool for the Duterte, aiding him in both his campaign and presidency. His unwavering confidence has come across as trustworthy and valiant, but the actions his regime have taken towards wiping out all people drug-related seem to say nothing more than a tyrant, and insanity. But it is undeniable the people of the Philippines have his support and have stuck by him through his first and second year as president. But the trusting façade have done more than just win people over, even allowing unregulated raids from vigilantes every night to take place in the country. Duterte’s presidency, the war on the war of drugs and the long-term state of the Philippines will be explored throughout this essay, to deduce whether the coverage of the president in media has had more to do with the outcome of the ongoing human rights crisis in the Philippines.


Duterte has stuck with the narrative throughout his administration of being the only president capable of solving the nation’s problems; focusing on efficiency and quantity over much else. He uses his magnifying ego and terror tactics to overcompensate for his lack of understanding into what could otherwise be done for the methamphetamine crisis; which affects every walk of life from citizens dealing in the slums to officials placed in government and military themselves. “My order is shoot to kill you,” Duterte began on August 6th in 2016, one of his many controversial remarks, which ended with “I don’t care about human rights, you’d better believe me.” (Demick, 2016). But despite the hostility, and lack of empathy of his people, he is still sustained by the support of the people. In a poll done by the Social Weather Station between December 8-16, 2017, a net satisfaction (most satisfied percentage minus dissatisfied) of 70% in Filipinos were tallied. This statistic broke a record previously held by Noynoy Aquino (SWS, 2017) and according to National Public Radio, “Third quarter data tells us that 7 to 8 out of 10 Filipinos continue to support the war on drugs” (Raphelson, 2017). We are unable to deny Duterte was put into office by the ballots of Filipinos. But may question his propaganda, the reality of the regime against narcotics that are thriving under his government. The media has taken its time to cover the crime and killings that have rampaged the streets, most seem to discuss the absurdity and treachery of the president and outcome of the war. But with anti-drug groups going about on their own raids and agenda, it’s hard to tell whether the public is being exposed to the full truth, the full numbers and the real side of the president.


The gap between putting an end to the inhumane ways of clearing drug use in the Philippines and allowing things to continue (and possibly get worse) may be the truth. To understand who exactly is at the hands of carrying out the arrests and executions is to know that the President handed these responsibilities to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the military (Ismi, 2017). Although being told otherwise, the police have used kept their foot in the door of those both persecuting drug users and dealers; having to compete with the masked and armed vigilante. These groups work under the nose of the President, who

“appears to have instigated unlawful acts by the police, incited citizens to commit serious violence, and made himself criminal liable under international law for the unlawful killings as a matter of command responsibility,” (Tan,2017).

Duterte inexplicitly promotes violence and injustice in his anti-drug campaign, by disallowing any other option other than force and death to end the war on drugs. Through the numbers and activity, these groups and soldiers may be succeeding, all because the president has left no room to think of the premises the drug user might have had to fall into the trap of narcotics. The reported numbers are staggering “at least 2000 suspected drug users were killed…as well as overcrowding of prisons”, accomplished in just under 3 months of the war on drugs (Macarayan, Ndeffo-Mbah, Beyrer, Galvani, 2016). A rounding of recent numbers estimates that since Duterte has been in power look like “over one million drug surrenders (pushers and users), 40,000 arrestees, and 6000 persons killed, with 2000 due to police operations and 4000 to extrajudicial killings” (Barrer, D. 2017). What isn’t being reported, that have to do with the high number of extrajudicial killings, is the corruption and bribery involved between ties, connections and relationships between those at the highest of the drug cartel to the poverty victim plagued by drugs. To better understand how police officers, who seem so relentless to catch any involved with possession and dealing of drugs- are the ones most susceptible to making deals with drug cartel; is to understand the long practice and cultural normality for police officers to work with criminals to gain profit from the position. The police officer agrees to target the people under these drug lords instead of suspecting them, for money. As Duterte entrusts his campaign with the police and military, it is flawed simply because their actions have done nothing other than to prove the existing system thrives no matter what regime they work under. This also proves true for what party governs the Philippines, as “the failure of the liberal democratic order to deliver popular empowerment and the wealth redistribution”; it was with the past government’s inability to address the problems most important to the middle and lower class that stressed their desire for Duterte’s passion (Ismi, 2017). Duterte served as “the image of a strongman who would get rid of the ‘national chaos’ and a ‘socialist’ … though he does not seem to understand what socialism is.” (Ismi, 2017). His disregard for human life and mercy, are what the Philippine community is now suffering the consequences of.


At which point will Duterte say enough? Is it possible to say he holds any capacity in his arsenal to do so? His pride and power may show no other future in the rest of his six-year term other than what has been going on ever since it began. There must be transparency between the police, military, and government with the public; so, the public is not trusting blindly, or out of fear. It will be through reformation of the deeply rooted system that allows injustice for profit, and opportunities for drug addicted to testify and rehabilitate. The voices of those wrongly murdered, accused and robbed of children, siblings and parents must be heard; and through thorough, courageous and honest journalism and news in media will we be forced to act.



Demick, B. (2016, August 26) Rodrigo Duterte’s Campaign of Terror in the Philippines. The New Yorker. Retrieved from:

Ismi, A. (2017, March 1) We are talking about a fascist regime. The Monitor. Retrieved from:

Social Weather Stations: Statistic Advocacy (2018, Jan 17) Net satisfaction rating of the Duterte National Administration rises to record-high “Excellent” +70. Retrieved from:       Raphelson, S. (2017, November 13) Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte Sustains Support For Deadly War On Drugs. National Public Radio. Retrieved from:

Tan, L. (2017, March 3) Duterte encourages vigilante killings, tolerates police modus– Human Rights Watch. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from:

Hassan Majeed, M., Ahsan Ali, A. (2018, February) Genocide in the Philippines Asian Journal Psychiatry. Volume 32, Pages 27-28 Retrieved from:

Macarayan, E., Ndeffo-Mbah, M., Beyrer, C., P. Galvani, A. (2016, December 10-16) Philippine drug war and impending public health crisis. The Lancet. Volume 388. Page 2870 Retrieved from:

Barrer, D. (2017, December) Drug War Stories and the Philippine President. Asian Journal of Criminology. Volume 12. Issue 4. Pages 341–359. Retrieved from:



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Pride & Joy

Hello Friends!

This week in our Publishing class we were asked to take a look at a website from a student in our neighboring tutorial, and take a closer look at their site design.


This week I had the pleasure of visiting a Lifestyle blog from Joyce titled Pride & Joy.

Her site, with the latest blog post titled “MEN GET PRAISED TOO MUCH FOR EXISTING” which you can find and agree with here. Her posts continue to talk about food reviews at Snowy Village!!! on Robson(my fave) and a fresh look at Carly Rae Jepsen’s music career.



After reading through a few blog posts of hers to get a sense of who she was, and what she cared about, I reasoned that her blog design appropriately fitted her content. In Week Four Lecture notes about Design from Suzanne Norman, there is a design principle called “Balance” which I think Joyce does really well. There is lots of white space in and around her blog, which allows her content to be the main focus, and deters any attention towards her posts.

The main page of her blog is symmetrical and her blog title “Pride and Joy” is nicely centered at the top in bold font. The movement throughout her blog is minimal, quick and linear; working your way through her blog is simple, as the menu is properly placed at the top which guides you through her posts and pages.



Joyce’s blog!!!

The proportion of her images to her text are balanced, one not overpowering the other. Each component on her blog whether it be a photo, video or paragraph, work well with each other to form “Unity”, another design principle described in Norman’s lecture files.

She has also chosen a typeface that goes well with her lifestyle theme, and fits her content well.


She captions, links and lists her media well, making it easy for the reader to identify which video is about what song for example; you are never left confused about how the media relates to the topic.



However, I think the white background may be too white, her title lacking some depth. Her opinions seem strong and important, so I am looking for that in the design of her website.

Perhaps some color to the front page would add contrast without being distracting

I feel some color, pattern or overhead image would break into the otherwise white space nicely, the change in rhythm wouldn’t be too overwhelming.


All in all, Joyce’ website is well put together, I will be looking forward to seeing what other posts she adds to her blog next, and to see any possible changes she makes 😊😊



Norman, S. ( 2018, February 1 ) “Some Consideration on Web Design and Type On Screens” Week Four Lecture Files – Design Retrieved from:

fifth vine post

Happy VaLENTines Day!

Hello, my beautiful friends 😏 😏 😏

It’s crazy to think we’re already mid-February, next thing you know it’ll be Summer!! 😍😍 Nothing makes me happier than the care-free breeze and sunny spirits of the summertime. You haven’t seen me at maximum joy until you’ve spent time with me frolicking on a bright July evening after a light dinner on the search for the perfect matcha ice cream(I’m also impartial to mint chocolate chip, both green by coincidence). These long, overcast weeks before the true breath of spring, are only bearable with the promise of reading in my front yard with iced coffee absorbing early morning sun.



But, dawn can’t break without the night and so here we are, mid-February and not too much longer to go. An event that I put less and less attention to every year, Valentine’s Day; happened to fall on a day I put much importance on this year, Ash Wednesday.


If you are unaware of Ash Wednesday and it’s significance, it marks the beginning of a forty day long period in the Catholic calendar called Lent. During this time we spend time in fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, abstinence from meat on Fridays; and after an examination of conscience and one’s weaknesses, a personal sacrifice is practiced to strengthen our faith and bring us closer to our Father. 😊😊


In honor of Valentines Day, I decided to keep that on a theme for a video! While acknowledging the solemnity of that day, I took a second to wish those in my life who I love dearly a message, and this includes you! 😊


Happy Valentines Day!! and a Blessed Lenten season 😊

Here’s a reminder you can hit me up on social media or comment below!


Also, have you noticed the music on the sidebar <–

Look Over There Alice In Wonderland GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

I’ll be updating it every now and then, so stay tuned!



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who are you, dear reader?

Creating this blog, I focused a lot on how I wanted my blog to look like and I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about how it would be perceived. Since I am making this blog for me, I assume my audience to be close to my age, interested in similar things and in high school or university. Some of the references in my posts would be mostly understood by people who are active on twitter or similar online communities, and who enjoyed vine.  Since my blog include reflections on videos and my own take on media in and around vine, my audience would largely be active on social media. Which is why, my social media links are important.  My content is light-hearted, and aimed at entertaining or making someone laugh. With so much negativity on the Internet that can feel inescapable at times, my blog offers a chance to breathe and smile a bit. My posts aren’t too lengthy and get right to the point with images and videos to interact face-to-face with my readers. I’m working on making my blog easy to navigate, balanced with the right mix of media and text, and genuine and real in my persona. I have been working on making myself seem as real as possible, and share the struggles in being creative, but find joy in the process.