Running Dance Notes

14 Feb 2016
1. Pull yourself in, not pull the lead towards you. The pull should be over the entire count of 1, not at the start only.

2. Do not tense forearm. Grip comes from shoulders.

3. Sugar push – compression is over 3 + and. Not just count 3.

4. For turns, be led from the shoulder. Don’t go ahead of the lead nor use arm tension to create connection.

16 Dec 2014
Remember the release.

30 Nov 2014
Always stay grounded. Gotta work on it especially while doing triples. Try not lifting toes from ground.

21 Sep 2014
Must be careful of arms – drop the ballroom frame!

16 Sep 2014
1. Remember the stretch on the anchor.

2. Remember to end turns under-rotated.

31 Aug 2014
Need to clean up basics. Triple steps need to be more purposeful.

Engage core by lengthening ribcage.

Rotate more to cut distance and post earlier.

26 Aug 2014
So it occurred to me that since improving in a partner dance basically comprises of making a series of adjustments, I should keep a “running dance notes” to track the little lessons and take-aways I glean with every practice session and social I go for.

So… During practice last night, TM pointed out to me that I need to “lock” my lower back so that my legs don’t lag when the guy leads an accelerated move.

During social tonight, I was quite happy when someone I usually find it difficult to connect consistently with told me that he likes the stretch in my dancing.

Good ol’ Zee also told me that I should take my time for counts 1 & 2 but be quicker on my triples when moving past the lead as it will help me re-establish connection better.

I also need to pay attention to when the lead wants gives me a short anchor vs a long one instead of always moving to the ideal anchor I have in my head.

Happy 2015!

Sometimes I wonder why do people make such a big deal about counting down to a new year. From 31 Dec to 1 Jan, it’s just a difference of 24 hours – how much difference could it make in life? It is really no difference from the passing of any 1 day into the next.

My conclusion then is that humans know that we are forever making mistakes & will continue to do so for as long as we live. We perhaps have an innate wish to be able to start off on a clean slate; to be able to “reset” & start anew.

And that’s the amazing thing about God’s grace. It allows us to start anew – anytime – not only at the beginning of the calendar year.

But few will buy into my thinking. Doesn’t matter. Heh.

Here’s wishing everyone who reads this a Happy New Year & may you find love, peace & grace in all your days ahead.

God bless!

Merry Christmas 2014

It’s been a rather manic December with colleagues going on leave & some China deals closing.

I’m guessing it’s a end-of-year thing as Facebook has been showing a recap of posts made a year back. One of the photos I saw was that of nurses singing Christmas carols at CGH when I went to visit my aunt who was warded due to stroke. How quickly 1 year has gone by!

Seeing my aunt at our family gathering today, I realised her condition has improved dramatically. She can now say several sentences together at ease. Quite an achievement for someone who had to re-learn her language skills.

I realised also that recovery from stroke isn’t something that can be rushed – which means for both the patient as well as the care-givers, a lot of patience is needed. It’s a 2.4km run, not a 100m sprint.

Poor Pinky was locked outside while the guests were indoors during the Christmas dinner at my parents’. We were worried that he might get stepped on or disoriented by the number of people walking about. After all, Pinky’s completely blind from cataracts now.

As Pinky heads towards his 9th birthday on 16 Jan, my daily prayer for him is that he stays healthy so that I have the privilege of his company.

Ended the day by going NTUC to buy hairdye. Oh yes! Eastpoint has re-opened after closing for renovations for 1.5 years. The dye turned out darker than I expected. But it’s fine. As long as it covers my white hair. Hahaha.

It’s 2:32am on boxing day now. Time to hit the sack. Goodnight everyone.

I wish you Jesus this Christmas!

Reason, Season or a Lifetime

Deborah Szekely, one of my favourite WCS teachers shared this on FB. I like it a lot.

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People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway); and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

– author unknown

Katong Convent

So… my secondary school’s going to be torn down and rebuilt and I see tons of posts on the KC FB group reminiscing about the school. Unfortunately, I don’t have much attachment to the school. Sure, my closest friend remains a classmate of mine from Sec 1 but we’ve both been excluded from all class reunions the past couple of years so there’s really not much to hold onto. Hahaha.

I then started thinking, has there been any life changing lesson learnt in KC? Indeed, there’s one. I remember because we were the top class in KC, the teachers and discipline mistress pretty much left us alone to our own devices. Even if we came down late for assembly, etc, no punishment was ever meted out to us. A Normal stream class could have come down just before us and they would be scolded and even punished. So what’s the lesson here?

Well, when you’re at the top of the game, management will leave you alone. Definitely rings true in the corporate world! Meet your budgets and nobody will come bother you.

The KC education has served me well! :p

冤家路窄

Friends and colleagues have been asking me how was my London/ Paris trip and how was it like to meet up with my London colleagues. I have so far always hesitated before saying, “not bad” and that’s cos I haven’t been able to verbalise the mixed feelings I had within me.

Meeting up with the original team was great. The colleagues were kind and made sure I was well taken care of. Unfortunately, I also crossed paths with a few people who made my life miserable in my previous company. Although we barely acknowledged one another, knowing that I’m going to have to deal with them, again, brings much grief.

Sigh. As the saying goes, 兵来将挡,水来土掩。

The Tinder Experiment

Been hearing a good friend, a colleague and 2 underwriters talk about Tinder so I decided see for myself, what’s the deal about it.

After 24h on Tinder, I can confirm that:
1. There are more men than women (I ran out of women to look at!)
2. Women have better profile pics.
3. People active in sports look considerably younger than others the same age.
4. Many men are balding.

What surprised me too is that I came across 2 friends from church whom I didn’t expect to see. *Shrugs*. Maybe they’re experimenting too.

End of experiment for me. I’ve disable the account.

Sweet Dreams are made of these

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Pinky dozed off after being patted on his head & started leaning over to his side. He then entered this deep sleep and I could see his eyeballs moving rapidly beneath his eyelids! Looked like he entered REM stage of sleep! Wonder what was he dreaming of…

Opportunity Cost

The older i get, the more the term “opportunity cost” hits home. I’m acutely aware that for every choice i make, i lose something at the same time. For e.g., everytime i choose to go dancing instead of visiting Pinky, i lose a couple of hours i could be with him, and i’m fully aware that being a very old bunny, he may pass on anytime. And so every decision i make is shaped by the consideration of what can i less afford to lose.

The same extends to my interactions with people. I’ve come to conclude that rather than being friends with a large number of people, i’ll rather be good friends with a few. I place much higher value on how meaningful a friendship is than how many people i can profess to be “friends” with. This has resulted in me cleaning up and “unfriending” people regularly on Facebook because i do not want their updates to crowd out the updates of those i cherish more on my timeline. I also think these people do not need to know about what’s going on in my life.

I think i may offend some people this way but my capacity to care is limited.

道不同不相为谋.

Bet

Made a bet with Champion last night. The wager is 1 Kronenbourg Blanc. Champion thinks I will make it to squad 3 months after squad restarts. I think it’ll be longer. Lol. We’ll see!




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