Last Updated: Aug. 29, 2020 2:00 PM

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Personal

Where are you from?

I am from Guangzhou, China but my hometown is in Guangxi Province.

Where do you live in?

I live in Phoenix City, Guangzhou, China. It is a living area at the edge of Guangzhou. There are many foreigners so that I have an opportunity to practice English.

How is your English ability?

I passed Cambridge KET and PET, but I am going to fix my English pronunciation problem for several months.

Why does your English grammar usually wrong?

Because I am from China and I have a lot of Chinese Classes. You can report grammar mistakes by clicking the red button at the sidebar.

Do you use English or Chinese to talk with my schoolmates?

When I talk with my new schoolmates, I will use English first because it can improve my English communication skills. Then use Chinese only if they cannot speak English.

Also, my new school will use English to teach knowledge at all.

What is 1603?

It is my personal password previously, but it becomes my personal code / PIN since January 2018. It can identify me by this number, so my username and my website’s domain use “kendeng1603” instead of “kendeng” to avoid the conflict.

Tip: You can search “Ken Deng 1603” on Google or Bing to find me easily.

School

What is the name and the website of your school? Where is it?

My new school is called: Guangdong Country Garden School (GCGS).

It is located in Foshan, Guangdong, China, which is adjacent to Guangzhou.

It has a website: https://bgy.gd.cn/

Do you need to have accommodation in senior high school?

It is essential to live in the school during my senior high studying journey because any of the senior high schools I want to go into is far away from my home, whatever the school I will be in.

I will live in school on weekdays and go back home at weekend.

What is the type of your course?

The type of my course is IGCSE, in which I can learn many knowledge based on my interests.

Does your school have uniforms?

Yes, it does. It has multiple colours and we wear different colours on different days.

Please note: It is against my school rule for not wearing school uniform or wear it as a wrong colour.

Does your school allow or ban electronic devices?

My school bans electronic devices such as cellphones or iPads. It can prevent students from playing games all day, even in the class.

What is your study routine in senior high school?

I predict that there will be more pressure during my senior high school life and it will follow this principle: remember English words after get up, read books for at least an hour every day, watch an English movie every Saturday evening.

I have my excellent study approaches, reducing my burden on studying, improving my study efficiency, and having enough sleeping time.

Also, I often post my schedule on my website. You can go to https://www.kenstudyjourney.com/schedule to see my schedule.

What is your study plan for each grade in senior high school?

Grade 10 (the 1st year): Prepare for the IELTS exam.

Grade 12 (the 3rd year): Prepare for studying in a university or college.

Meanwhile, I will be free in grade 11 because there will not be many exams unless I fail the IELTS exam.

Website and Blog

Why did you start your personal website and blog?

Because I want to share my articles and practice my English and writing ability.

What is your update period of your blog?

Regularly, I update my public resources such as my blog at weekend. The approximated amount of the updates after I enter senior high school is: 1 to 4 articles per week.

In fact, the curriculums in senior high school are quite difficult and the study tasks will be very hard. If one of the following situations happens, I will send a notice and pause updating my public resources.

  1. 2 weeks before mid-semester exam, final exam, or other important exams.
  2. Dramatic decrease on my scores.
  3. Too many assessments or study tasks. (more than 5)
Why do you use reCAPTCHA to protect your website?

Because my website received too many spam comments, messages and emails, and my server was almost crashed.

Note: I upgraded the reCAPTCHA to v3 from the old v2 checkbox to prevent users from being interrupted. My server has been recording the scores for reCAPTCHA v3 to prevent spam.

Why did you add the Chinese language to your website and blog?

I am going to give an opportunity to foreigners in China to practice Chinese, so I made my website bilingual between English and Chinese-Simplified.

Why did you add some animations on your website?

Because the animations can prevent the user from seeing the incomplete loading page, and let users have a better experience.

Also, I received dozens of spam emails about website design, they disappeared immediately after I added the animations.

Why you created your own anti-spam system?

In 2019, my personal website had attacked by spam emails before I have created my own anti-spam system. The spammers usually avoid even all major anti-spam systems with success, like Akismet, spam detector by email providers.

I had to create my own anti-spam system as a result to prevent clever spammers. I have made it with my programming knowledge. My server will record all messages even if it is spam to prevent wrong judgements.

Spammers are humans, but not robots, so reCAPTCHA can’t solve this problem (their scores are usually 0.9, recorded by my server).