day 2141 – we the north

being an avid basketball fan all these years, i’ve seen everything from the highlights to low-lights of nations basketball. none have been more fulfilling than watching the toronto raptors win the nba title. it’s an interesting feeling watching my two favourite teams going at it in the playoff finals. it was just amazing to watch the calibre of play. this season’s raptors left everything on the floor and found a way to take out the splash brother’s enroute to their well deserved championship

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day 1115 – live streaming

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the lone canadian representative fought this morning and lost to a korean fighter. there’s a lot to be proud of as she worked very hard to qualify to be an olympian, it’s only a dream for most. you would think olympic cameras are set up properly, but not sure how this camera angle is suitable for watching taekwondo matches. it’s so hot today, better off staying home.even then i’m sweating as i sit still and constantly feel like i need to shower

through it all

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with the completion of an ultra long blackbelt test, i went home and passed out from pure exhaustion. even after it’s all said and done,  i hadn’t really recognized what i had just gone through. it certainly took a few days not only for my body to recover, but also for my mind to digest what i just really accomplished. when i first took up this sport, i only thought of it as a short term activity with little or next to no goals. it’s funny when i began this journey, everyone questioned why i chose this martial art because my legs were already so beaten as it is. being my stubborn self, i did it to prove to those who said i couldn’t do it because my body won’t manage. thinking back, i do feel ashamed that i didn’t have much commitment from the beginning and set a very low goal going in; but a few unexpected circumstances and many small things propelled me to this point. little did i expect to still be practicing taekwondo so many years after and be going for my third dan today. what i also didn’t expect was to be an integral piece of the puzzle, in instructing, coaching and competing; and competing at a level that requires traveling across canada and even out of the country. through competitions, i have turned some heads, gained some respect and earned some recognition both provincially and internationally. i give my instructors a ton of credit for giving me that extra push and getting me to where i am now. i can comfortably sit back today and realize what i had just accomplished is far beyond what i, myself, and the entire population thought i could attain; something that many may never achieve. i know there comes a time when i must hang it up, but that time is not now. i still have some competitions and accomplishments ahead of me, i don’t want to call it quits and not use my skills to its fullest potential

day 446 – heading home

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wrapping up my washington roadtrip with overall team success. can’t get home without paying the peace arch a little visit and of course getting through the long border wait. look forward heading farther down for the next one plus the rest on the list we are eyeing and it may be sooner than i know it. a lot of work and practice to be done if we are aiming for those bigger opens, don’t let it stop

day 28 – border

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at peace arch post between canada and america waiting for the line of car to move ever so slowly. unexpectedly long lineup to cross the border just to pick up my tennis gear and of course fill up some cheaper gas at blaine. wished i had something better to do and someone to keep me company

day 1 – canada fireworks

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one of the most impressive celebration of lights showing i have attended. from the crowd reaction, canada made vancouverites proud and displayed some beautiful fireworks. it was definitely worth fighting for a spot on english bay plus the long crowded speed walk and commute back home