December 19, 2018

Sat with Raf

Posted on November 27, 2018 by in Op-Ed

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Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

It was early in the morning, on my way to Hollywood High. I got on the 207 bus and noticed that nobody was sitting next to this African American homeless man. I’ve been riding the bus my whole life and learned to not care who was in the bus. If I saw an empty seat I’ll sit. I smiled at the man and he smiled back. I sat down and put my camera in my backpack, the man saw that I put my camera away and immediately told me that my camera reminded him of his youth and when he worked at universal studios. I introduced myself and he introduced himself. Ironically his name was Raf which immediately lighten up my morning. He talked about how he would work there every summer and the fun experience he had working with friends. He talked about how he saw all the backstage things and how everything worked.

Sometimes people we ignore have the best stories and experience in life.

 

Book review: We All Looked Up

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in Op-Ed

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Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

‘We All Looked Up’ by Tommy Wallach is a book of four teenagers perspective on their last month of humanity before an asteroid strikes. The four teenagers, Eliza, Peter, Andy, and Anita put their hearts together to throw a party on the day the asteroid “Ador” is supposed to hit. Together they go through many adventures putting a plan for the party.

I personally enjoyed reading the book because it put me through different emotions and getting to know the characters was really amazing. The best thing about the book is how all four teenagers are very connected and come together to throw the biggest party for everyone to enjoy rather than feeling hopeless. Although the book is 416 pages long it the story is worth reading.  

 

Art therapy can help reduce stress

Posted on October 22, 2018 by in Op-Ed

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Rafael Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter


The form of art therapy that helps me reduce my stress is photography. The way that photography helps to reduce my stress is that it distracts me from the loads of school work I have waiting for me back home. It also makes me bring out the creative side of myself and adding to that it lets me express want I am feeling into a picture. Photography is most fun when you have your friends with you exploring the different kinds of neighborhoods around the city. I personally like taking pictures at night when there aren’t much people in the streets and you are able to do whatever you want. Seeing the city during the night from afar is very beautiful and soothing.

Art therapy can be any form of art like painting, collaging, digital art, photography and textile. I recommend to find the form of art that helps you reduce your stress cause forgetting about something is way better than sticking with the feeling of stress. Buy a coloring book or play around with photoshop, anything that makes you use your creative side will most definitely help you reduce your stress.

Discover new places at Downtown LA

Posted on October 9, 2018 by in Uncategorized

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Rafael Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

If you are looking for a place to catch the sunset with friends after school during the weekdays, Los Angeles City Hall is the place to go. It offers a 360 degree beautiful scenery of all the different neighborhoods like Boyle Heights, Chinatown, & MacArthur Park. The observation deck on the 27th floor at LA City Hall is open to the public on weekdays. Its public entrance to City Hall is on Main Street. In order to enter, you will need to pass through metal detectors and will need a valid I.D. to check-in. Then follow the instructions by the check-in to get to the observation deck.

After visiting, head east of City Hall to Grand Central Market, open from 8 am to 10 pm, where there are varieties of foods and drinks. Foods like pizza, pho, hamburgers, tacos, vegan food, and so much more are available there. Make sure to grab some Mexican candy from La Huerta in stall F-7, where they have a variety of candies, on your way out, or I recommend a delicious cheese burger from Jose Chiquito in stall A-6. It is a great place to spend time with friends.

To end the day, head east of Grand Central Market to The Last Book Store, open from 10 am to 10 pm. The Last Book Store has not only books but dvd’s, vinyls, and art studios on the second floor. There are varieties of books like horror, comedy, poems, comics, cooking, and drawing books. The art studios on the second floor sell many other things other than art like cameras, stickers and gifts. They also have benches around the store to sit and read with big windows to look out at the street.

Make sure to grab a friend and check out these places at Downtown Los Angeles.Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.


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