day 2517 – wasabi aioli poke

it hasn’t been warm all season. now that the weather is starting to get hotter, it calls for poke cravings to be satisfied. the combination of fresh ingredients mixed together with sashimi is a refreshing and healthy way to replenish after a workout. i miss buying ingredients and making my own poke at home. sometimes i forget how easy it is to put a poke bowl together

day 2463 – fresh coconut

successfully opened my first fresh coconut all by myself but with some technical difficulties along the way. i didn’t puncture the top as hard as i should’ve because i didn’t want to cause too much noise. i also tried three different knives before i found one that was tough enough to puncture the cap off. the coconut juice tasted extra sweet and refreshing compared to canned ones . the only downside is it produces so much garbage

day 2010 – test render

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modeling and rendering my own bedroom as my first official test render. been talking to my manager about doing renderings for ages, but could never peel me off the work load. with the latest transition, his promise still stands. my manager and i agreed that this will be the perfect time to finally do what i’ve been wanting – model and render. the test render came out with a result so satisfyingly real. this will be the first of many and each one will only get better

day 1876 – tea steeper

steeping a white tea after lunch to avoid falling asleep from the common after lunch syndrome. been really strict and conscious of what my intake is. the progress in the short time i’ve started has been really promising. it hasn’t been easy and takes a lot of discipline to stick with it, but i’m feeling pumped and determined to keep it going strong. it’s only phase one, but it’s a great start and i’m sure excited to see what the pay off will be

day 1187 – mat privileges

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what i’ve been stressing out about has finally arrived. stepping on the mat for my first competition this season. after an offseason of training, i feel more conditioned physically and mentally to have a stronger competition season. i felt i had my top game today; fueled myself properly and zoned in the second my pre-game warm up began. i’m happy with my shipjin, the best it’s ever been and came out with a bronze. i had a lot of fun this portland trip but four days running around at the venue is exhausting. it’s time to go home and get a good night’s sleep

day 1113 – olympic fever

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in the midst of summer olympics happening in rio, i am also getting my share of action – olympic lifts. a little correction and a lot of practice goes a long way. i am slowly but surely getting better and smoother with my clean and jerks. i’m pleased my clean and jerks have improved vastly since i first picked it up, need to work twice as hard on my snatches so it will eventually catch up. a pretty good way to start off hump day before dealing with various pressing issues and projects with deadlines

day 1048 – hitting numbers

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now that taekwondo competition season is slowed comes other focuses. i am exhausted from the season grind where competition is on my mind twenty four seven. taekwondo training won’t stop; it will take a backseat to other trainings. it’s difficult to make extensive development during the season when i must taper off before every event. now i can devote more time and effort into training while picking up several new things. what i did tonight exceeded my own expectations; it was a night of hitting numbers i always wanted but never attempted. i just need to keep working on it to up my game

day 1039 – spartan sprint

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today i did something i never thought i would do in my lifetime which was completing my first ever spartan sprint obstacle race. it was a grueling course that had me wondering why i had signed myself up. upon completion, i am thankful for having experienced this and grateful to be working our butts off together. i am tired and sore everywhere and i know my body will be sorry tomorrow. heading into the race with next to no training, i’m satisfied with how well i completed the obstacles, especially anything related to jumping, climbing and swinging. however, that does stop me from being bitter of the spear station that handed me burpees

conquested us world open

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i felt tremendous pressure going into this year’s us world open for so many reasons – definitely tenfolds more than last year’s. last year being the first go had its uncertainties, but because of my successes, it gave me extra stress and pressure this time around to live up to the unwritten expectations. nationals in the summer gave me one of the biggest blows in my competition career. it was one of my worst performances to say the least; it almost made me certain i was going to call it quits for taekwondo competitions. since then, i haven’t willed myself to step onto the mat again to do what i thought i loved. thankfully, my competitiveness fought through to cling onto my competition dreams and didn’t allow me give up on my passion. slowly i left canadian nationals 2015 behind and began training again. it’s almost a year since my last competition experience. the layoff has definitely triggered endless pre-competition jitters. i withdrew from a competition in february due to fear and at times i had the biggest urge to withdraw from this one as well. i knew this year’s division would be even tougher than last because i would be up against two teammates of mine. we’re a team that supports each other but there’s no secret that i’m a competitor at heart. i didn’t want to lose and really wanted to live up to expectations, expectations that i have for myself. for that reason, the pressure really got into my head and i was struggling to concentrate on my game. luckily, i have all the right people around me to give me all the support to guide me through these tough times and bring the best out of me. they gave me the strength to carry on even at my weakest times. days leading up to the competition and even minutes prior to going on deck, my mind replayed all the things that was said to me. i had a lot to prove and i did exactly that. just like last us world open, i was the last to go in my school and last to go in my division. everyone from my team including the grandmaster were crowding around my ring. the long wait for my teammates to finish built up so much tension. to make it worse, the opening ceremony coincidentally started as it was my turn to step on the mat. from the start of division, i was so focused i zoned out everyone and including the demo music; it was my time – nothing but myself. i didn’t dare watch any of my competitors’ poomsaes or scores. in fact, i didn’t even look at my own scores so i had no idea what to expect as the judges announced the medallists. all i knew was i stepped off the mat confidently feeling good about the performance i had put forth. getting silver for individual is the silver lining to this trip and a great way to cap off us world open 2016. i felt my mental game was the strongest it’s ever been heading into a competition and i owe that to a lot of people. i feel some confidence and self belief slowly coming back to me

day 977 – woodburn

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stopped by woodburn for a quick shopping spree before heading back north. shopping can be a dangerous thing for my poor wallet. i went ahead and bought yet another pair of nike frees to add to my collection. it was a very enjoyable and fulfilling trip here in portland; i found myself preserving for what i wanted to accomplish. i can’t wait to get through that six hour drive and be back in vancity