day 1606 – photorefractive

didn’t end up having surgery done for my thumb back in october, but i certainly am having one done today. it took quite some courage to pull the trigger but prk finally done in the books. it’s a huge trigger and a huge change that i gladly braved, knowing it will be miserable during recovery stages. it involved a large sum, but i’m all in to making everything about my future brighter. rarely do i make clear cut decisions, but this one i made with confidence, for it will pay dividends in the long run

day 1477 – new salary

received my first pay stub with my new remuneration; means a lot to me to finally have my hardwork reflected in my salary. though that’s the only bright spot of the day as i woke up feeling really shitty about myself. a stomachache made matters worse and i didn’t feel like eating. i regret having dragged myself into the office but had so much work that missing any time wasn’t feasible. just as i thought my evening was getting better, a phone call from sifu changed everything and i all i could do was lay in bed feeling majorly overwhelmed but no one there to receive

day 872 – student love

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receiving this gift and card really brightened my day. even though i didn’t have any of the chocolate, i felt the sweetness, the love and the warmth inside. this gift is yet another testament to the dividends of what i put in towards coaching and teaching. i don’t need no returns to do what i do, but it sure means a lot to me when students understand and appreciate what they must put in to achieve what they achieve. it is what i do day in and day out that pays off

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 471 – our winning ways

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we definitely pulled away from the pack to dominate our tier with an impressive win loss record the past four weeks. working together with our strengths and improving on our weakness, coming together as a team has gotten us to the top of the board. watch out, we are coming back to tier 1 for the final stretch. keep the wins coming down to the playoff stretch

day 444 – podium finish

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claiming two golds and one silver from washington state cup. riding on the highs of adrenaline is the only reason i am still standing. being majorly sleep deprived after little sleep the week leading up to trip and only catching a three hour snooze the night prior to competition. proud to say it was a success and the team bc was well represented. first time going to this competition and we gained respect and turned some heads from other competitors, coaches and masters. this may be a start of something that leads to bigger things. the bonus is its my first competition after the summer of knee horrors, and everything seems to be feeling fine so i hope to put that in behind me and look forward to the good days

day 275 – oval demo

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the day of can-am international championship has come. for all of april,  the group has put in so much extra time and energy into preparing for this demo, and definitely pays off with a good performance overall. it was a fun experience at such a grand stage and wish to have more like this in the future. but for now, i am glad its over so i can focus on my competition