day 1311 – i love duffels

part of the packing process is making a list of what i need to bring, part of it is choosing which duffel to take along. i have a go to duffel for different occasions and activities; competition travels is the adidas with mooto backpack. practicing packing with urgency because i’m procrastinating. it’s only a weekend portland trip, but i still end up running out of space to put everything i think i’ll need

day 1185 – woodburn night

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another early morning to check into the convention centre by 7am. both poomsae and sparring divisions had some high calibre athletes. after a full morning being at the competition, we went for an early italian dinner before hitting up woodburn. it was time to relax and do some shopping at the outlet, but the many sales made me quite anxious. there’s so much i want to buy, but i managed not to splurge on all my wants

day 1087 – uniform frenzy

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tidying up my closet and realized my uniforms take up a chunk of my closet space. over the years, i have amassed nine uniforms: seven black collared, one poomsae competition, one blue demo and one colour belt white collared. if i hadn’t placed them all side by side, i would have never known there could be so many shades of white. some are more commonly used and some are more significant┬áthan others, but they all i like them all

solo series [day seven]

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i spoke too soon. another sub par sleeping night due to irritating mosquito bites. but that’s totally fine because mo was at the gym chatting with me between his sets. day seven without the gym and i’m feeling slightly depressed, i know it will only get worse in the upcoming days.

my grandma was very excited to have lunch with my parents and i; she seemed especially energetic today. she knows that this will be the last meal together until the next time we visit. it wasn’t a fancy meal, but it was an important one

seeing si hing again, this time we covered the causeway bay and tsim sha tsui territory. we walked through almost every adidas and nike store in the area, talking about shoes. he needed food before his shift, so we sat down discussing taekwondo as he ate. time went by so fast and i didn’t want to part, but we must say goodbye for now until we meet again. i refuse to say farewell

my last dinner in hong kong was no doubt spent at home with my other grandma. i consider this one of the best meal on this trip so far. it’s a plain homecooked meal with no fancy dishes; simply because i missed eating tofu and veggies

the number of mosquito keeps piling on – the count is at eleven. not only is it growing in number, it’s also growing in size and irritation. at last i couldn’t stand if anymore and went out to get some ointment. i hope this works wonders and gets me out of the itching misery

day 692 – all packed up

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i feel like i haven’t completely unpacked from portland and now i am packing once again for montreal. packing is hard work but i think with the practice as of late, i am getting better at packing compact. being quite notorious for packing heavy, even i surprise myself how i could fit everything into these two bags. what can i say, practice makes perfect. i double checked and triple checked to make sure i have my necessary medical kit, certainly can’t compete without any of my essentials

day 596 – more socks

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i have been on the longest search to find the perfect socks to replace the ones i loved so much. my socks should have retired long ago but the constant struggles to find the perfect ones took eons. after years of searching and countless trial and error, i think i have finally found something just right. have always been loyal to adidas especially for socks so i was hesitant to try something else but these new nike socks really fit well. i think i am going to like it

day 525 – purple barricades

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said i was going to lay off posting food pictures for a while if wasn’t completely necessary, so i decided to drool over these new shoes that i really want. i can picture myself sporting these purple barricades looking super awesome on the court. too bad they don’t make them in a size small enough for me or i would make them mine in an instant. i guess it’s also a good thing because i have way too much pairs of tennis shoes and only one pair of feet