What is Operation Smile?

Operation Smile is a medical charity organization that provides reconstructive surgeries to children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Every three minutes a child is a born with one of these deformities.

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In the countries that operation smile visits, parents can’t afford the surgeries. Therefore, there is a big chance that you will live with that deformity for your entire life. That is why in Chinandega (the town where I live in and a very poor one by the way) a club was founded in 2012 to recollect funds to help those kids.

My school’s fundraising club for Operation Smile is called “The Happy Club”. It was founded on August 2012. I joined on January of 2013 and since that moment my life has changed drastically. Through Operation Smile I have learned the real meaning of life, the real meaning of teamwork, the real meaning of helping and the real meaning of a smile. Things I wouldn’t exchange for anything in this world.

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Discurso a la patria

Discurso dedicado a mi bello pais Nicaragua, a los nicaraguenses y a todos aquellos lectores de habla hispana.

Speech dedicated to my beautiful country Nicaragua, to all the Nicaraguans and to all of the Hispanic readers.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

Frase oficial de la revolución francesa que le dio un nuevo sentido al significado de la palabra patria.

Durante el siglo XIX nació un nuevo sentimiento amoroso. Su destinatario no era una persona ni un objeto preciso, sino que era una entidad abstracta e ideal, que semejaba una virtud; un sentimiento a la patria. Una palabra tan corta de 6 letras, que contiene siglos de historia, tradiciones, costumbres, creencias, ideales, valores y luchas de los pueblos por la libertad, igualdad y justicia social.

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Patria va mas allá que los limites de un territorio y que un pedazo suelo, la patria la hace su gente. No existe patria sin el amor de sus hijos! Esos hijos de la patria que vayan donde vayan la llevan consigo en el alma y en su corazón. La patria es la identidad y orgullo de cualquier ciudadano. Esto es lo que se pretende destacar a través de este escrito, no atreves de un ensayo sino a través de un proceso de reflexión que nos lleve a tomar conciencia de la importancia del amor que le tenemos que tener a nuestra patria.

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Fitness video #1

Core workout.

I will be posting once in a while, short clips about my workouts with a brief explanation.

The following is Core Workout.

The gadget is called TRX. In my personal case, the TRX has been really effective giving me quick results. I really enjoy this kind of “anti-gravity” training because it lets you work with your own body weight. The best thing about it is that you are in control of how much you want to challenge yourself. You can adjust your body position and the amount of resistance; furthermore you can work any part of your body. The following video is a quick demonstration of core exercises that you can do to enhance your abs!

Instructions:

  • Perform each exercise type (4 in total) in 2 sets each of a minute.
  • Rest for 30 seconds.
  • Core workout length: 12 minutes

Time managing!

IMG_8088 Can you imagine how you would feel while being in the middle of school exams, preparing for the SATs, training for the next national tennis tournament, keeping up with your extracurricular activities and struggling to find a way to finish your lengthy to do list while it only seems to grow bigger? Kind of stressful, huh? Well that was I until the last few days. Today I took my last school test, one less thing on my to do list that made my schedule a little bit more flexible! But there still are a bunch of things that I desperately want to cross out from my list. So I decided to look up on the Internet some tips for “time managing” that actually work and I found them.

Before beginning with the tips, you need to know that I am a perfectionist and I admit it with pride. I used to see my perfectionism as a plus on my character, until something happened recently that gave me a new perspective about it. As I already told you before the last few weeks have been very hectic for me. My teachers were starting to get concerned if I was getting enough sleep, dark circles were showing under my eyes, my SAT book was my new friend on recess and my usually good mood was showing a negative side.

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