day 1849 – la foret

marcom meeting at la foret to plan out the upcoming dodgeball season. it’s good to get together once in a while to make sure everything is clear and understand what’s expected of each person. i’m not big on cakes and pastries most of the time but i took home a raspberry mousse cake because i’m under the impression that the cakes and pastries here are very well known. i shared the piece with my parents and they both loved it. i guess delicacy like this is okay once in a while

day 1600 – vdl season ender 

bonding with the execs that i’ve been a part of for eight seasons and counting. it’s rare to have the full exec body together so there was a lot of mingling and eating involved. it takes a good crowd to run a dodgeball league with success. this year’s ender theme was christmasy but hardly did anyone muster anything. i for one have a very dark wardrobe so finding a pink and gray top was all i could mystery unless i go with another black dress. the menu was almost preset almost like a dineout, but i somehow had a menu of my own that was both lactose and onion-free

day 1046 – corporate of champions

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after a long and stressful day of taekwondo teaching and demo rehearsal, i immediately busted to richmond oval for the corporate of champions tournament. this weekend is lined up with a ton of dodgeball, both reffing and playing. reffing was a little wild as we were really short staffed on refs for the round robins. this is just a preview of what is to come tomorrow

 

day 843 – formal outfit

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my outfit of the day going to the all important vdl 10 years celebration. this is a night i will remember because i am sober for the duration of the social. getting to see all the old faces who came before my time and helped guide this league into what it is ten years later. the growth of this league is amazing and it was only made possible because this committed group of people came together to build a community. i am truly happy to be a part of the building team because vdl has given me so much in return

rdl pubnight: black and white party

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just an ordinary night with some ordinary people captured through a 35mm lens. fun times to be had over some food, beer and shots and definitely a night that i am thankful for. richmond dodgeball league has so many awesome people with great characters and personalities, sometimes it’s impossible to see that side during regular dodgeball nights. this is the perfect opportunity to mingle and socialize with those who i would be too shy to approach on a regular basis or those i had unintentionally neglected. a crazy night full of surprises and good laughs, even though i got home much later than originally intended because i was temporarily trapped in richmond to sober up. unfortunately or fortunately i missed out on late night snacking at no. 9, but rest assured i got home safe and sound

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 785 – dodging difficulties

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note to self to never have my physio appointment scheduled the day before dodgeball nights. not only were my legs sore, my butt and core were also just as sore which took away all my dodging abilities. maybe too much compensating for my soreness led to pulling my back which nullified all the work done by physio yesterday and put me back at square one. despite all my body problems, i still had a great time seeing all the familiar faces again and meeting new ones of course. it definitely felt weird not being in league ops for the first time in seasons, i think i kind of miss it already

resolution series: [fifteen] confidence

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i have never been a confident person and i still am not, but i have taken strides in this area. i have very high expectations for myself; the fearful part is when i do not meet those standards, it becomes detrimental to my already lacking and wavering confidence level. playing on teams definitely helped just knowing my teammates will always be there to back me up. i have been fortunate to be a part of numerous teams with awesome teammates that support each other so well and prides in teamwork and team building activities. team chemistry plays a big role in bringing home championships – i experienced that first hand. becoming a part of the vdl exec team has made me more vocal; part of the package requires speaking in front of large groups of people, constantly meeting new people and putting myself out there in a bigger community. taekwondo has provided me more than i could have ever imagined. having met a close knit family where we train together and sweat together. through instructing, competing and demonstrating, it has forced me to speak and demonstrate in front of students, parents and spectators alike. i am glad that many moons ago, my instructor pushed me out into competition because it has been, by far, the biggest difference maker. being alone in the ring with all eyes watching can be fearful as hell but when time comes i have no choice and just have to go on stage and finish what i started. no doubt i have gained a lot experience, respect and approval through being both an instructor and a competitor, but that also comes with responsibility and pressure. not only have i developed my own standard that i must live up to, but others also have high expectations for me that i’d hate to disappoint. all of these undertakings were a leap of faith that required me to step out of my comfort zone and into a completely new territory not knowing what to expect. from a person who is unwilling to speak up, i have evolved to being capable of stepping up in front of large crowds and audiences. this is not to say i am comfortable being in the spotlight because i still get nervous every single time, but at least i am willing to take that step forward. even today i still shy away from attention and hide in the background. i am still quiet by nature, and only when i feel comfortable around you will i start to open up and express myself. that’s when you will get to know me better as a person, my values, the driving force and reasons behind the things i do. there’s a lot hiding inside if you manage to crack my shell

day 630 – execing

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rushing to dodgeball after demo rehearsal so i was a tad late for my exec duties, but better late than never. felt really uncomfortable being at the gym that i was at simply because the people present were those that are involved in a recent controversial topic. only after they were gone could i resume my regular exec duties and reffed out every tier 3 game. reffing does take its toll on you, my throat is dead and my voice is now gone

day 553 – throwback pandas

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first week of regular play for season 19 means exec duties even when i am sick as a dog. throwback to the hard throwing thunder panda days counting back seven seasons ago when we were fresh faces of the league. even though my panda team disbanded, it’s good to see that most of us are still involved on separate teams. to see how far i have come as a player and as an exec is quite a long trek not forgotten