day 1949 – squirtle bonder

we as a team randomly decided to take a ceramic workshop as part of our mid season bonder. most of the people made squirtle cups in some sort of mug form. i had other ideas of a squirtle cup and wanted one in the shape of a stanley cup. i spent so much time moulding and didn’t get a chance to add any paint to it. it was so much fun getting our hands dirty and talking smack at each other. we will have to wait until the baking is complete to compare the turnout and see who has bragging rights

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day 935 – start again

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my elbow is still up to no good and my thumb is also banged up. setbacks are bound to occur every now and then so i decided not to hang my head and start again today. sometimes things happen for a reason and through all that i will persevere and come out stronger each time. despite much of the day spent at taekwondo, gym is gym and that never stops no matter what condition my body is in

day 864 – troublemakers

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i liked our playoff bracket and our chances heading in. it wasn’t the results we were hoping for but nothing to hang our heads upon. some of us were battling a cold and some of us were gimped, and given the circumstances i’d say we tried our best. we had two good series, one hard fought series and another i’d like to take back. but even if we made it any further, i felt my elbow was done after the third series even though i had a kinesiologist tape me up. something is noticeably wrong with my hand but i don’t recall what exactly happened. keeping it loose during the pre game team huddle, i am still proud of how troublemakers handled the season finale today

day 794 – graffiti night

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flashback to two seasons ago with a night well spent at vdl pub night. scribbling all over people’s shirts and being scribbled on both shirt and even skin. it’s a living proof that a little liquor can really change the perspective, action and vision of someone and things can really unravel in a big way no matter how tamed you try to be. uncertain whether scheduling will allow me to attend this year’s, but i am sure it will be a great one like all the ones that preceded this

day 662 – third dan status

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it was a uber long test, but i made it. from the moment the test began to the end of the test, i don’t believe i had a chance to sit down. i was up testing and doing my stuff from the very start while the grandmaster and many of the instructors and students watched. taking all components of the test in one go is a massive undertaking, but i knew that i wouldn’t have done it any other way. there were things that i should have and could have done better; but i can live my performance given the preparation time i had prior to this test and being fully exhausted with the amount of things i performed while having little rest throughout. i was beyond drained and overworked when the promotion test was all wrapped up. i am truly grateful to all those instructors who got me to where i am and made it all possible. could never have imagined how far i would go when i first started this journey. i am officially a third dan blackbelt!!

day 660 – going all in

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it’s all or nothing, like gambling at the casino. the only difference is i am in total control of the outcome. i think i give myself too much pressure cause i have my own standards and cannot afford to lose. i’d be performing not only in front of the grandmaster, the instructors that’s taught me from the very beginning, but also the students that i have been teaching. saved up all my scholarships so i could use it altogether at times like this. saying goodbye to all the awards, now i am feeling poor all over again but at least i am using it for something worthwhile