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Autobiography of Gary
Before Gary was born, it is just his mother and father alone. The couple has all been working very hard in their jobs to build a future for themselves and not knowing back then, preparing a better life for their future son, Gary.
It was a very sunny day when Gary's mother Helen was going to the doctor for a yearly checkup, but she got some results much more shocking than a regular checkup report. The doctor told her that she was pregnant! The news came as such a shock and joy for Gary's parents that they immediately telephoned their parents, that is to say, Gary's grandparents. To nobody's surprise, they were just as excited and pleasantly surprised as Gary's parents were. They wished Gary's mother good luck and hoped for the best.
After Gary's mom had spent some time in the hospital, the doctor came in and informed her that the expected birth date for her son was May 22, 2002. She thanked him and decided to go home for a while because she was exhausted, and all she wanted to do right now is to lay down and rest.
Nothing exciting happened during the next few weeks, but on the night of May 3, 2002, Gary's mother went back to the hospital because the baby showed signs of ready to be given birth. It took a whole 20 hours of struggle, and finally, on May 4, 2002, newborn Gary landed on planet Earth. When the exhausted doctor looked at the clock, it shows 12:10, meaning that the birthday was 18 days early, meaning that Gary was an early-born baby by about 18 days.
The newborn Gary was just like any other baby when their just born, they cried a lot and were very dependent on their mother. The case with Gary is slightly different, however, because Gary was born 18 days earlier than the expected birthday. He had to stay in the hospital longer than the other newborns because he was considered to be more fragile.
After another few weeks, the doctor pronounced Gary to be healthy enough to leave the hospital and arranged Gary's mother to pick him up and bring him back home. The tiny apartment that they live in is full of commotions with people cleaning up dirty things and other people preparing the house for little Gary. You can tell just by looking at their faces that they are excited and happy.
Before one would even know it, little Gary was no longer the newborn baby, but a thriving little toddler who always liked to mess things up in his house. He dreamed of having his car to drive on when he gets older and loved watching kids films that are obviously, appropriate for children. Once he learned how to crawl when he was 8-month-old however, things became so much more chaotic when he is around! He would usually crawl around the house like a train that cannot be stopped and attempt to find all the hidden secret stashes in his house.
Before he learned how to crawl, his parents would usually hide his favorite food in a secret cupboard out of little Gary's reach, so he does not horde all the food. Now things have changed in his house; the room looked so messy that some of the neighbors would probably think that a grenade exploded in his house rather than little Gary messing it up! To make matters worse for little Gary's parents, little Gary hit a "jackpot" shortly after he learned how to crawl. He finally managed to find the secret cupboard, and it turned out that out of all the places he checked, it was behind his bed! Everyone in his household seemed happy that their little Gary had finally learned how to crawl. They hoped that he would also learn how to walk or even speak just like the other children in their tiny apartment.
That moment came a later than little Gary's parents and grandparents had hoped. Little Gary's parents have been going through the trouble of coaching little Gary daily in hope that he would learn how to walk just as fast any other toddler. Despite their efforts, it still took some time before Gary learned the technique of walking and making the house even more chaotic than ever before. Once he learned how to walk, he started going outside daily and without the support of a stroller. He would usually go down to the small community playground to play with other neighbors' kids in the sandbox or on the slide.
Although little Gary's parents are happy that he learned how to walk and were learning how to interact with other children. They are still worried about his ability to speak. Childrens his age is already bombarding their parents with questions, but little Gary just sat there looking at them and occasionally making noises that sounded a bit like speaking but not quite there yet.
Little Gary's parents were getting more and more anxious by the week, and although little Gary is making some real progress, it is simply not enough to satisfy Gary's parents. Then, they heard a report in China stating that genders can affect the amount of time it takes for toddlers his age to learn how to speak. The report relaxed them a bit, but they still decided to help Gary by reading to him every night.
It came as a pleasant surprise when Gary first started saying out loud words that his parents have spent countless nights trying to teach him, and his family members were overwhelmed with excitement. They called for a small celebration in their tiny apartment and Gary enjoyed being in the center of attention.
When Gary was little, he used to have the whole inner family within, his parents, grandparents and his great-grandfather. He would often play with them and even have a deep conversation with his great grandfather about how things were like when he was young. When Gary was around six years old, he noticed one evening before he was going to bed that his great-grandfather was lying on the bed with some medical equipment beside him. Gary did not know what was that "weird white thingy" was at that time, and he was too young to understand things. So he went to bed carefree and slept just like any other night. When he woke up the next day and got dressed, he noticed something was wrong in his household. His grandparents' eyes were puffy red, and nobody was bothering to make breakfast, so he ran to his grandma and asked her "Why wasn't anybody making breakfast? I have to go to school soon and.. Grandma?" For he just realized that his grandmother was dabbing his eye with a tissue. "What's wrong, grandma?" Gary asked. His grandmother replied: "It is your great-grandfather, he... passed on." Gary immediately realized what had happened and sprinted towards his great-grandfather's room, half expecting to see him limping out of his room with a big smile on his face, but it was too late. Someone covered his great-grandfather with a white bed sheet with his eyes closed.
Even facing a difficult loss in life, humans have to learn to adapt to it. Gary quickly learned to feel happy for the remaining family members instead of feeling sad for the deceased ones, because life still goes on.
After they moved to Beijing, Gary and his parents would visit his Aunt weekly, the reason why Gary loves to go there is because his Aunt would always bake him a pizza whenever Gary comes around to play. Pizza is a lot more expensive in China than here in Canada because it is not the people's main food and cheese is fairly expensive. You can't just walk on to the street and buy 2 slice of pizza for three dollars. In China, a whole pizza cost a hundred dollars in Chinese Yuan. Since then, the price had gone down but it still is a privilege to be having a whole pizza for lunch or dinner.
The only family member that came with Gary to Canada was his parents, though they are planning to invite his grandparents to Canada too by next year.
First Days at School
Finding a daycare for little Gary was no easy task for Gary's parents. He was always scared of ceiling fans and had this crazy idea that any moment the ceiling fans are going to fall and smack right on top of his head. After many efforts from his parent, they found a daycare that has no visible ceiling fans. Gary was nervous about the concept of going to the daycare center because he does not know or recognize anybody there! Compared to back home where he knew everyone, it is no secret when little Gary wanted to go back home the instant when he entered those "scary" daycare doors. However, he eventually became used to the daycare and had made quite a few playmates. The teachers who worked at the daycare was also very tolerant when little Gary was upset and always tried to calm him down. For little Gary, time passed far too quick to his liking because he had heard some "horror" stories and dramatic gossips about going elementary schools from his friends in the daycare center.
In order to understand this section, one would need to know how the education system in China worked. The education system in China was supposed to be free, but only for the "lower quality schools." To get into a "higher quality school", there is a high annual fee that includes meals and a "better" education. Some schools even allow you to stay overnight if extra fees were paid to the school. It seems like a good deal from the outside, but there are catches. The school cafeteria's food was awful, and there were 12 people to a room if you choose to stay overnight at school. There are also a few general school rules. Everyone is required to sing the national anthem every Monday and the membership of the Young Pioneers of China is necessary for all children of age 6 to 13.
The first day of attending his elementary school isn't as bad as Gary thought, but it is still far from his liking. The teachers seemed nice at first but became very strict when you dip a toe out of the line. It was not at all like the friendly teachers in his daycare that he had known and become used to. Going to an elementary school also meant homework, which Gary didn't do at first until the teacher threw his notebook at his face and enquired why did he not complete his homework. As a result, he got so much extra homework from his teacher that he thought it was likely that he'll finish it by the time he was in grade 3! Good thing that didn't happen thanks to Gary's parents, who tutored him and offered guidance. Gary didn't know this when he was in China but when he looked back, there is such a huge gap of workload between China and Canada! When you compare it, a grade four in China will probably have the same amount of work of a grade six or seven in Canada! He was taught his daily routine, given worksheet after another worksheet.
Favorite/Least Favorite Things
When Gary was still little, he didn't have many favorites and least favorite things, he would sometimes stare at a box of crayons or markers and ask his parents:"Mom and Dad! Everybody said that they have a favorite color, but why do I think that I like all the colors the same?" His mother replied: "You're still too young to realize what color you like, but once you get older you will know."
Gary dreamed of having his car when he was young, but when he grew, it became apparent to him that anyone who goes to work have a car. Driving a car is not as unique as he thought when he was younger. He also heard that cars can sometimes also be dangerous under some conditions. Plus the maintenance fee and the gas price that will make anyone shudder! Gary quickly realized that having his own car might no longer be his dream. He decided to find his next dream, this time related to technology. This is because both his parents have a career in the I.T industry and it had a significant influence on Gary.
One would probably say that a computer is one of Gary's favorite item because he loves to play games on it. While this is partially true, it is not the full reason Gary is obsessed with computers. Way back when he was still in his childhood, he would come running to his father's laptop as soon he heard the typing sounds to get a glance at what his father is working on. He was always fascinated by what those lines of code can do. Ordinary keyboard letters and symbols make up the codes, and these lines of codes can have a very positive impact or have a devastating effect on our digital society.
Although Gary enjoys using the computer, it is not his only favorite item. He also cannot live without his stacks of reading books that piled up so high that it looks like it can fill the whole refrigerator and still have books left. His favorite book is probably the Harry Potter Series because the storyline grabs your attention the moment you start reading I and there are dramatic events happening in every book that will make you crave for the next one.
Gary doesn't have much favorite things because he almost never listens to the trending musics and he pretty much likes all the food equally unless it involves an excessive amount of vegetables. He rarely listens to music and to this day, still don't get what Vine is.
Gary also have some least favorite things. For example, he absolutely dislike spiders, they look creepy to him with their 8 legs. He knows that they are complementary to our environment but he still dislike spiders.
Back in the old days when Gary was still young, he enjoyed outdoor activities and sports such as . After Gary and his parents moved to the country's capital, outdoor activities was reduced due to the heavy smog and sometimes the downpour that struck the capital. Gradually, Gary started losing interest in outdoor activities and began searching for other things that can become his hobby.
Remember when Gary was young, he always enjoyed looking at the lines of code being typed by his father? He has now taken it a new step further. Instead of looking at those codes and be fascinated, he is now practicing writing those codes and be fascinated at just how much you can do with it. He also realized that there are different languages in the programming world. There are C#, Java, HTML and more. Learning one of these languages is very beneficial and it is almost like learning a secret, never seen before language that only computers use to communicate with each other.
After his immigration to Canada. Gary had a lot more free time than when he was in China. He used most of that free time indoors playing games and practicing his coding. He would grab some chips to munch on and hop on to the computer to either code or kill creepers with his friends on the video game Minecraft.
Gary also enjoys playing Table Tennis against his father, he had gotten better during the last 2 years and he is actively participating in a club. The club also offers House League tournament with 4 different levels, each one for a different level of skill. Gary eagerly entered the tournament, in hope of winning it because the prize money is a thousand dollars! There is a catch though, that money can only be used for Table Tennis training, but who doesn't like an extra one thousand dollars?
Did you know that Gary also have some very weird hobbies? He is obsessed about servers, nom matter game servers or the complex Linux operating system. He would research about servers and it's hardware, sometimes buying a server and benchmark it's performance or evaluate the speed of the CPU or even Google about servers to past time! Isn't that a weird hobby?
Gary used to stay in Beijing when it's school time with his parents and travel back to his grandparents when it is summer time. This policy was made by his parents so that Gary will still receive his education without losing touch with his elderly grandparents. When Gary was little he also had a great grandfather with him but, unfortunately, he passed away when Gary was still very young. His great grandfather always wanted to hug Gary and lift him up in the air, but his fragile condition prevented him from doing that.
Remember when I said that Gary was born in Sheng Yang District? After spending a few years in his hometown, Gary along with his parents moved to the country's capital, Beijing in hope of getting Gary a better education and finding a more sustainable career for themselves. They settled in a apartment near the 5th Ring and every summer they will visit Gary's grandparents so they don't lose touch with them.
The biggest trip yet in Gary's small adventures is the immigration to Canada. At that time in China, the smog was becoming one of the most concerning environmental issues to not only Gary and his parents, but the whole 1.3 billion something population. Before the smog worsened in China, Gary would occasionally cough or be slightly sick due to the smog, but after the smog worsened, Gary along with his classmates would cough and wheeze when they are outside. The environmental issues are not the only reason Gary and his parents looked to immigrate to another country. At that time, Gary has the citizenship of PRC only in his birth town, Sheng Yang. In order to attend a university in the capital Beijing, the state requires you to have the citizenship of your current residence. Applying for citizenship can take years, and the chance of rejection is most likely.
After a lot of planning and comparing countries with the rest of the family, the decision is made to immigrate to Canada for its astounding environment and the reasonable education which doesn't involve a killing amount of homework and teachers who will throw chalks at your face if you slip off for even a fraction of a nanosecond.
The visa is applied and everything is packed up. It's time to travel to Canada! Gary was really excited about traveling because he hasn't been to many places yet and he never traveled that far. They left for Beijing Capital International Airport around 12 O'clock on July 27, 2011 and arrived on July 27, 2011. It's on the same day because of the different time zones.
The first thing he said to his father was : "Look at that Dad! Why do the cars here have their lights on in the day?" His father's reply was short and simple : "We will find out soon."
Gary used to have lots of friends to play with back in China but lost touch with them when he moved to Canada. But here in Canada, he found even more friends to spent time with and play video games together.
When he was in Grade 7, his class get to go to Mono Cliff to spend 3 nights together as part of their field trip. Before the teachers even called out his roommates, he knew precisely who he is going to be with; his friend Gavin that he met from Grade 5 and Young from also Grade 5 when he came to Cliffwood.
His three days at Mono Cliff is very enjoyable, there were a lot to see and to do, with excellent meals! Most of all, he got to chat with his friends that were separated by different classes and catch up on the latest news.
Whenever he has his homework completed and everything was ready for another buys school day tomorrow, he would hop onto the computer, open up skype and start playing video games together. They mostly play the famous block by block video game Minecraft if it was his fellow classmates that were on, but occasionally if it was his friend Gavin that was on, Gary would play League of Legends with them.
Even more rare is if his previous school before Cliffwood's classmate he had know from Vradenberg Junior Public School was on. They would definitely play Minecraft together, but they would play for so long that if he took a nap at noon and wake up at 4 O'clock, they would still be in the same skype conversation with the same people chatting about Minecraft and playing pranks on each other.
But what if their classmates is on but Gary couldn't come on? Gary had never have to worry about that because thanks to his friends, they are very flexible about the amount of time that they can spend on video games. If there was a test, you probably won't see them coming online to play at all! But when it is holiday time like Thanksgiving Day, you can hear Gary and his friends laughing and shouting about Minecraft down in the basement! They have had a extraordinary amount of luck in the past few days on their favorite Minecraft server, Mineplex. Now you know that if you have ever seen Gary smile out of the ordinary, you would know that he is thinking about his success on his favorite Minecraft server.
Gary's friend list had expanded tremendously mainly due to his improving English and the increasing time being spent on socializing. Though no homework is being left out cold.
Plans for the Future
Gary's plan for the future currently isn't at all like his plan for the future he made when he was young. His previous plan for the future is to get any decent job and work hard, but his current plans for the future is to focus mainly on the I.T industry and code a groundbreaking software.
The environmental issues are also a concern for Gary. Although the environment is much cleaner and more protected than China, there are still problems that persist and enhancements that can be done. If we do not start caring and protecting our environment now, we can lose a lot in the future. The United Nations estimate that every hour the world is losing 3 of its species. Some of these species are still unknown to humanity when they became extinct. The Himalayan Yew is a plant that provides anti-cancer medicines, but it is very rare and are on the verge of extinction. Another example of a useful near-extinction plant is the Hoodia. This plant will reduce one's appetite thus help fighting obesity that is currently raging throughout the United States, especially Texas and Oregon, said the Fed Up documentary that we watched in Mr. Ibarra's class last year.
You've all probably seen or heard reports that Global Warming is very problematic and it is true.It is probably one of the most serious issues that humanity has ever faced. It is also the most serious environmental issues that has been caused by mankind, except perhaps the worst nuclear accident, Chernobyl. For some of you who are not familiar with the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, it is a nuclear reactor explosion that happened in the former U.S.S.R, the blast destroyed the 4th reactor completely and sprayed the entire Europe, even North America with radioactive dusts and vapors. The entire city was evacuated and a United Nations organization is formed to restore Chernobyl. Due to the sheer amount of radioactive substances there, it will take at least 48,000 years for it to be habitable again.
Gary's main plan is to improve his coding skills and attempt to find a way to use coding to help the environment, such as optimizing the system for a reduced power usage or improved CPU speed thus reducing the amount of computers being thrown out because they are "slow". Additionally, he would also try to start his own small business when he is at the minimum legal age to start one. I'm sure you all know what type of product it will sell, but just in case you still haven't got a clue, the store will sell computer related products and it will also have an website. The website will mainly sell game servers along with computer equipments.
Gary visiting the Tiananmen Square at the age of 4.
Gary posing for a picture at his school in Beijing.
Gary at Wilket Creek Park 3 months after his arrival in Canada.
Baby Gary when he was 1 years old.
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This Autobiography is Made By Gary
This Autobiography is made by Garyto play at all! But when it is holiday time like Thanksgiving Day, you can hear Gary and his friends laughing and shouting about Minecraft down in the basement! They have had a extraordinary amount of luck in the past few days on their favorite Minecraft server, Mineplex. Now you know that if you have ever seen Gary smile out of the ordinary, you would know that he is thinking about his success on his favorite Minecraft server.
Gary's friend list had expanded tremendously mainly due to his improving English and the increasing time being spent on socializing. Though no homewo