day 1929 – singapore bound

eighteen hours on an airplane with one rushed transfer in between really upset my knees. i was so exhausted prior to the flight that i crashed the bulk of the first flight and didn’t bother with washroom breaks or cup noodle. you could say i’m excited and not excited for this trip. my bi-annual hong kong trip to visit relatives and extended family, but first time going to singapore

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day 1926 – random gift

sometimes the perks of being an instructor is helping students not expecting anything in return. anything that involves writing reference letters, signing volunteer forms, filling in evaluations and even answering supervisor phone calls. once in a while there’ll be the odd thank you gifts. today is one of those days where i received a cadillac gift card from a parent as if it was my birthday. i wish to continue to help in any way possible not because of these thank yous, but because i can

day 1924 – 98 degrees

been looking forward to attending the concert of my favourite boy band back in the 2000’s. the inside of vogue theatre had an old smell and uncomfortable seats. i saw a dozen familiar faces and funny enough the person who sat on my other side was also someone i knew from dodgeball. good thing we didn’t have to stand the entire time. i had a good time jamming away, but i just wished that they sang more from their own album and less of christmas songs

day 1923 – summer roll

haven’t had vietnamese food in a long time, but here i am with the flight club gang just to chill. i was pretty hungry after staying late to get more practice in. instead of some pho, i ordered one shrimp salad roll just to satisfy my hunger. i don’t think i’m really missing out if i don’t have vietnamese food, but i guess once in a while wouldn’t be too detrimental. it’s a good thing there’s ten percent off mondays

day 1922 – scholarship

grandmaster handed out scholarship to a few of us at the annual celebration party. it’s his way of encouraging us to take the next blackbelt test. to be frank, this amount covers only a small portion of the large sum. i’m not sure where i sit with this decision because it doesn’t necessarily change anything for me. there’s many reasons i don’t need it, but also many reasons to just do it. i’ll give it a little more thought over the course of the next month and see what type of commitment it requires

day 1921 – sizeable puck

i put myself in front of the shot to a squirtle game and it so happens to hit the only unpadded area on my leg. my whole leg went numb and i struggled to get back to the bench. good thing there’s meat on my thigh to absorb the impact of the puck. playing defense is fun, but this is one of the sacrifice to play the position. this bruise looks kind of scary and is here to stay for a while

day 1920 – back tuck

extremely pleased that i just accomplished what i came here for. i landed my first tuck on floor all by myself since five years ago. i had secretly set a goal for myself to do so before i take off for my vacation. as the classes went by, i was slowly pressing and concerned i would fail. i’m really, really thrilled to get my back tuck back, and it was a long but worthwhile journey. the one landed today wasn’t clean, but i’ll have many opportunities