day 2233 – flip talks

during the late night dinner with the crew, had a bit of a truth moment when the topic of competition came up. deep down i know i want to compete, but being removed from the competition field for quite some time is a big obstacle. i know for me to make a comeback, i put a lot of pressure on myself to only compete when i’m confident i can do well; i just want to ensure i’m at my best. but as of right now so many factors are standing in my way and instilling so many doubts. for one, my foot is a problem because it’s not letting me have my preferred techniques. i can’t work on my roundoff combos and i avoid kicking combos whenever possible

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say 1996 – deebot slave

my house now has a slave to do all the dirty work and keep the floors clean. i tested out the deebot in my room; it’s a little slow, but it does the work. it was fun just watching my slave go around bump into things and maneuver it’s way around obstacles. it’s permanently parked in my living room until further instructions are given. how long until someone invents robots automated to cook meals?

day 1630 – keepsake gems 

highschool best buddy sent over a surprise with pictures she found while cleaning up her house. i laughed when i saw my artona grad pictures. was highschool really that long ago and have i aged since then? what have i accomplished since and was it what i imagined life would be like? no. i graduated highschool expecting i’d have taken my architecture masters, that i’d be working in my dream job making big bucks, that i’d be living in a mansion i designed, that i’d meet someone who treats me as a destination. most of that is just a fantasy, but what’s real is i’m proud of where i am now and the adversity i had to face to get here

day 1618 – apex adventures

jumping around with the marcom execs at apex adventures plex before grabbing a bite. the ninja course was my main attraction that brought out the competitiveness out of me. the bubble soccer and trampolines brought the kid out of me. had to pick and choose what i could do with caution; the last thing i need is to put my hand at unnecessary risks. this could be considered cardio, the stuff i avoid but should make an effort to do more of. the soreness keeps piling on after all the workouts,  wods and activities, but adamant to continue as planned

day 970 – kukkiwon validated

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this is an expensive paper that is proof that kukkiwon has another holder of taekwondo third dan status. it’s definitely a distinction i can be proud of because it’s an achievement i can safely say i worked hard for. it certainly wasn’t an ambition i thought i would ever attain in my lifetime when i first began my taekwondo journey. and one that had ample of obstacles along the way, but found a way to knock them down one by one. i waited ever so patiently for this certificate and card to arrive, and it couldn’t have been anymore timely. i needed my kukkiwon card really badly otherwise going to this year’s nationals would be an issue

day 930 – head tangled

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this is what happens when my mind is not there while i am trying to do box jumps. carelessly doing things while i am physically present but mentally absent. my brain just hasn’t been able to focus on the tasks at hand because all the stresses are getting to me. why are there so many obstacles, conditions and road blocks separating me and my desires. it’s a bad sign when i am slowly beginning to believe me and my dreams were not meant to be

hiking adventure – stawamus chief

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wouldn’t be making good use of my summer time and the abundance of sunshine vancouver has to offer if i wasn’t out doing summery things. wouldn’t want to let another summer go by without having done the stawamus chief, so i was going all out this weekend. no taking it easy even though its my first time, might as well get my money’s worth by doing all three peaks in one go. the beginning leading up to the trail split felt like an endless climb of stairscases and it probably was to a certain degree, by the end i climbed well over two hundred flights of stairs. really enjoyed the chains and ladder part and would have had better use of my spiderman skills if people in front of me were mildly faster. downhill portion was a knee buster for my bad knees, and they didn’t stop short of letting me know. part of the fun is to pose for obligatory selfies at every peak, and doing many stupid things along the way. this was an eye opener to do longer and more intermediate terrains, it was definitely another worthwhile hike. looking forward to doing one more long one before summer begins to wind down