day 1394 – speak easy

nationals in the back of my mind the whole day made me so restless. i never expected the decision to be easy to overcome, and i think i handled it the best i could. what made it more difficult was i had no one to speak my mind and made it less inviting when i’m constantly being criticized, teased or ignored. i feel like i’m taking this on alone and less willing to pour my heart out knowing i’m going to get insults. i don’t know how long i can take the punishment

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day 1312 Рteam competitors 

competition day in portland came really quickly. i had low expectations going in because of what happened recently and the luck of poomsae draw didn’t help either. practice was sparse cause of the lack of time and the timing of injuries. i admit at times i didn’t try to make time to practice and even wanted to withdraw so i won’t disappoint anyone. i pulled together a gutsy performance today and took a gold and a satisfying bronze. i’m glad i was there to prove myself

day 1186 – bonding time

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our day off before the rest of the team arrives tonight for part two of competition. no events for the team today but still went to catch some sparring action and ran into cosplay expo. a little last minute preparation and team meeting to end the night so we can sleep early in anticipation that we would have none the next night. it’ll be a long day with a full day of competition and driving back immediately after everyone’s events are over

day 1184 – oregon venue

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teammates and i arrived at the oregon venue after a red-eye drive. my day and night is all mixed up after being up for so long; first real meal of the day was past 3pm. i had points of starvation and points of food overload, which can’t be good at all. competitors from different countries are checked in including canada, united states, mexico, guatemala and ecuador. we did a little bit of everything today including homework, practice, meeting, eat and grocery shop. tomorrow is the big day for some of my teammates. for the first time in quite a while, i won’t be fighting with them on the same mat, but i’ll be cheering them on from the side

third anniversary special edition

over a thousand days later, tongtongvision has reached it’s third anniversary. what i started three years ago as a small undertaking has emerged into something very special; my life writes it, and it writes my life. dedicating this year’s special edition to showcase clips of my 2016 nationals in calgary. as always, a traveling experience and teambonding experience that had no shortage of fun and stressful times, but left me with some crazy memories. i take all the experiences learned and hope that it will come in handy one day. i am not sure how many more nationals i have in me, but i want each succeeding one to be better than the previous. life is about making progress, life is about never settling for less than what you believe in

 

day 1087 – uniform frenzy

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tidying up my closet and realized my uniforms take up a chunk of my closet space. over the years, i have amassed nine uniforms: seven black collared, one poomsae competition, one blue demo and one colour belt white collared. if i hadn’t placed them all side by side, i would have never known there could be so many shades of white. some are more commonly used and some are more significant¬†than others, but they all i like them all

day 1015 – calgary bound

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the day has come for us to fly out to calgary, but can’t leave without a swagger. repping team bc poomsae at nationals is always something special. i don’t know what to expect and there’s no shame to say there’s fear and uncertainties in my mind. i know i must go out to these competitions because each one is an opportunity to gain more experience and broaden my taekwondo circle. regardless of the results, let’s make it a fun and worthwhile trip