Thursday, June 30, 2011

Phew! I Almost Died!

But I survived!

I knew it was an intermediate class at 7pm but I didn't want to wait for the beginner's class starting at 8.15pm.

I arrived 5 minutes early and got my registration done. Immediately, we warmed up with full squats, then jumping on a spot, front-back and right-left. Followed by neck stretches and arm circles - front and back, as well as triceps and biceps stretches. Then the waist stretches and side stretches. We also did the capoeira leg stretch and standing hamstring stretch.

Source: Google image

I did pretty okay with the warm up until we get on the floor to stretch our legs. My partner, Clara (she is a 5-year kickboxing senior) was very patient with me. But I hurt my inner thigh while doing the inner thigh and hamstring stretch (even before the class really heated up). I think I over-stretched :P

Source: Google image

There were 4 of us and the trainer was very accommodating, giving me simpler and easier moves while giving the other 3 seniors the regular advanced moves.

While Clara held the pad, I did my shin kick well with my right leg. But lesser power/swing with my injured left leg.

Source: Google image

I knew I was tougher than that, so I completed the shin kick stunts. But because of the pain, I felt a little dizzy. I was such a bad partner, the trainer had to replace me to hold up the pad for Clara, while I took a breather. Seriously, I wanted to give up. I wanted to just sit out and watch them do their thing.

Since I injured my leg, the trainer let me sit out on one kick stunt before we moved on to boxing punches. This time I was a better partner, I held the sandbag for Clara but not so good a partner because I didn't count her reps which I later learned that I should. I did jab-cross and hook 15 reps each, which Clara being the perfect partner counted for me.

Next was the circuit training with 4 stations - sit up, sandbag shin kick, weight punch and roundhouse-jump. We each had 1 minute at every station.

I started with the sit up. And for the very first time, I did my sit ups without help or support on my feet. *smug smile* At the sandbag shin kick again, I enjoyed it with my right leg but a little pain with my left leg.

Source: Google image

Weight punch was a little funny, we stand in front of the mirror holding the weights and punching the air with the punching techniques learned earlier. Finally, the roundhouse-jump which was the toughest for me because while I could do the roundhouse, I couldn't jump over the little barrier. My leg was too tired to support my jumping, so I landed on my butt. Since I couldn't jump, I just did the roundhouse and a bad roundhouse with my left leg. *sigh*

It was a relief when the trainer finally called for warm down. Sitting down with our legs crossed, I think we started with neck stretches (I almost died, remember? I'm struggling to recall the order of event), followed by stretches for arms, triceps, biceps and hamstring. We then stood up for back stretches, which I loved because I have been doing that at home with my slanting board. After 3 deep breaths, we called it a day.

If you are looking for a total body workout that totally kicks butt, try kickboxing to increase your stamina, flexibility and strength. If the thought of kickboxing scares you, go for the beginner's class. You can do kickboxing at your own pace. I just don't want to go to beginner's class which has almost 20 or more people.

Check out the full schedule at
K-One Kickboxing Studio, Penang
Prima Tanjung @ +604 898 1899
Farlim @ +604 828 3829

Was the class tough? Yes. Did I enjoy the class? Yes. Would I go back to the same class? Yes.

What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger!

Happy staying focused on Project Bikini!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kicking Ass Tomorrow

Erm, maybe not ass. But definitely kicking some fats off!

To boost my Project Bikini, I've bought 20 sessions of kickboxing from milkadeal for RM40 only at K-One Kickboxing Studio! Which is only RM2 per 75-minute session, isn't it a deal worth milking? I thought so.

Anticipating for weeks now, I'm very excited that this is the week, and tomorrow is the day!

I'm not chubby nor fat. So, my main objective is to tone up with kickboxing and maybe burn some extra fats.

To complement Project Bikini, my daily healthy meal will include 2 shakes and 1 mickey mouse meal with 1000ml of tea mix before and during kickboxing.

Why I love Herbalife ShapeWorks™?
  1. Formula 1 Nutritious Mixed Soy Powder is complete with 20 vitamin, antioxidant vitamins C and E, minerals and essential nutrients, packed with 9g of protein and healthy fibre that help to support weight management. The best part is it has 0 cholesterol and 0 trans fat. 
  2. Formula 3 Blended Soy & Whey Protein Powder is a fat-free protein supplement for hunger control and healthy weight management with 5g of soy and why protein and all 9 essential amino acids. The best part is it builds and maintains lean muscle mass for long term weight management. 
  3. Tea Mix is a mixture of green tea, black tea and herbs. Green tea itself is a powerful antioxidant and metabolic booster which burns fat more efficiently through fat oxidation. The best part is that the cholesterol lowering effects of green tea promotes heart health as well as good overall health and wellness.
Source: Google image
For more details, check out Herbalife official website. And stay tuned for weekly updates on my Project Bikini!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Days Of Auld Lang Syne

Once upon a time, there was a girl with a button nose...

Who loved to eat...

Anything chocolate and those came with small toys!

Suck and squeeze the chocolate cream.

Dip-a-chocolate biscuits.

See the block of chocolate ice cream? It's classic.

Haw flakes - one strip per mouth. How awesome, right?

Sometimes bought most times, the Queen would freeze Sarsi ice-lollies!
Perfect especially after a hot day at school.

 Those jellies... loved them frozen! She highly recommended you to try it.

Yes, she has a sweet tooth since birth...

Who loved to play...

This was fun but it had a chemical smell.

The days before Barbie dolls.

Was her brother's before she inherited those. But she never mastered roller skating.
The rubber stopper reminded her of the stopper behind walls.

She loved and still loves this game, and she especially loves the classic wooden congkak.
Now she plays it on iPhone.

7-stone game. The Queen sewed her little pillow-like squares.

This was her only 'video game' shared between the Queen and her.
She can still remember the melodic music, sweet!

She had the basic yellow, red and blue tub. At that time, she really believed it was magic when she could mix out orange, purple and green. She was a kid, what do you expect?

She could never jump over when it reached the shoulder level.

 Another game with the same rubberband jump rope, they sang along:
rumah terbakar panggil bomba
bomba datang berlumba-lumba

Who loved to craft...

Coloured pencils were a luxury! But later she was rewarded Colleen double end coloured pencils for the good grades.

And oh, this was another luxury which she loved!

It was her brother's too, she inherited them but never liked the wax stain after use.

 Another of her brother's treasure. She inherited it but not good with water colours.

Days before the internet, she learnt country names from rubber - that's what erasers were called back then.

 There are so many more stuffs to share, but she can't possible list all the 80s and 90s here.
Anyhow, life was much much simpler, happier maybe but definitely the weather was cooler.
And no rubber in the world can erase those nostalgic memories.

Now she looks forward to a pen that writes her life story that will be remembered by many (yes, even just a handful of family members is considered many). Some don't have anyone. But most important, she prays for a life that pleases God.
Happy reliving the past and living the present and anticipating the future!
Source of photos: Google image

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Think Of This First

Yes, think of this... before you throw the huge ball of anger on pets!

I am just a four-legged little thing
I really cannot promise you anything,
I eat, drink, sleep, bark, pee and poo
I do some tricks, that's about all I do.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

First Day Of Summer

Did you notice this summery manic bunny and bear on Google?

If you mouse over the doodle, it says: First Day Of Summer. Doodle by Takashi Murakami, 2011. 

The doodle officially kicks off yesterday (21 June 2011) to mark the beginning of the Summer Solstice and of the longest day of the year, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, whereby the North Pole is tipped more toward the sun than on any other day of the year. And yes, contrarily, today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

While it was a celebration in various cultures through the world in the ancient and present days, the midsummer that I know of is a marriage celebration of which Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream for, probably in 1595 or 1596. 

I bet you didn't celebrate too... but just lived through a gloriously subtle celestial phenomenon: the Summer Solstice or Midsummer. 

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

She's Like That

She is one with few words so she doesn't cross the line
She is frank 'cause she'd rather not stab you from behind,
She is selfish so she won't be hurt from any ill intention
She is not perfect so she does not boast of her perfection.

Love her or hate her, she takes (almost) everything with a pinch of salt yet she believes there are still fairy-tale endings these day.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Father & My Daddy

Source: Google Image

As I listen quietly, I hear Father's voice firm yet fair,
always speaking with patience and much care
As I ponder the love and concern in daddy's eyes,
with a Godly love that extends without compromise.

The power and might of His presence was so sure,
I know there is nothing my Father could not endure.
I remember the many times daddy stood by my side,
and encouraged me with great enthusiasm and pride.

Philosophers and professors may have provided insight,
Yet, Father teaches the foundation that kept me upright
A tall figure I look up to, daddy is the grandest on earth,
Though not royal by birth, he has a mansion up above.

Among the fathers in the world, He is so much greater,
with great love and amazing grace, He is my Abba Father
Who delicately crafted my daddy with honour and strength,
And a heart with Godly fear and merits of admirable length.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Girl With A Daisy

She is a small-town girl with big-dream overhead. With a fiery passion to write, she started writing captions for kids colouring book. And one of the earliest prose she wrote was:

Sugus is the best,
It beats the rest!

When she learnt of rhyming poetry, it piqued her interest to up her writing intellect. She wrote stories which were never finished. Although she loves to write, she has absolutely no passion for novel-writing.

She loves the short and simple, smart and witty. And most importantly, she loves reality. She would say, "Fantasy is not my cup of tea."

She's the average girl you see everyday, but this girl believes in moving ahead, don't give a damn what anybody thinks and just do what you REALLY have to do - for yourself and not anybody else.

She doesn't hold the key to your success or happiness. She only has the keys to her own success, happiness and satisfaction. So don't come to her looking for your keys.

As human is complicated, so is she. She can't be possibly written out, you've gotta to know her to know her.

Happy knowing someone!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Kickstarting Kickboxing

If you follow me on twitter, you'd know that I'm on a Project Bikini. Hubs and I are planning for an exotic vacation in the next 6 months or so. Hence, the kickstart of Project Bikini with more conscious healthy eating and since K-One Kickboxing Studio in Penang is running a promotion on milkadeal, I thought I might just add on kickboxing for a complete cardio workout.

From my understanding, kickboxing is punching and kicking, and I foresee this to be a whole lot of FUN while releasing stress, tension and bottled up rage.
The highlights include:
  • Burns body fat and tones body overall
  • Improves body coordination, balance, flexibility & strength
  • Enhances physical well-being & mental discipline
  • Boosts concentration, focus & energy levels
  • Relieves tension, stress & anger management
  • Provides valuable self-defense techniques

Only RM10 for 5 sessions of 75 minutes of overall body workout is truly a deal worth milking!

I have bought 10 sessions and convinced a colleague to do 10 sessions with me. We have never tried before but there's a first attempt in everything. If you are the person who gets bored easily on the treadmill or needs peer motivation, JOIN US for a fun workout!

And there's more! After purchasing this deal, you are entitled to purchase 2x4GB pendrive at RM24+RM1 from AEC Computer Solutions  during The Family Fiesta event at Times Square Penang on Sunday, 26 June 2011 from 10am to 9pm. Remember to bring the printed vouchers for verification should you decide to purchase the pendrives.

Isn't this deal worth milking? So milkadeal today and let's have fun together.

Friday, June 10, 2011

We Need Your Votes!

If you are a reader/follower of this blog, you would have met Pepper. If you haven't, here she is!

Pepper truly spices up our lives! She's always at the door waiting, and sometimes she 'pees in her pants' welcoming us home. She's not afraid of big dogs, she's not afraid of small dogs; she chases cats and she crushes roaches. But she's the Big Sister who scurries to hide at the sound of guitar strumming, thunder and fire crackers. She is always too excited to go out - eager to explore, eager to experience. Life is truly more flavoursome now with Pepper. Read more here.

So if you love her as much as we do, vote for her DAILY on Facebook! 

How to vote for Pepper?
  1. On your Facebook, search and [LIKE] Eukanuba Asia (yes! you don't even need to add me)
  2. Click on 'Photo Contest' tab on the left panel OR go to
  3. Click 'Gallery'
  4. Click Pepper's photo posted by Jamie Writes
  5. Click on the 'VOTE' button on the right 
And yes, you can vote for her everyday. Once every 24 hours!

On behalf of our family, we thank you in advance.

Happy voting for Pepper!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

If You Have Forgotten...

You know sometimes life can be so overwhelming you forgot to take a break and appreciate the things and people around you.

Sometimes you get so restless, you break the China gift set from your grandmother and you smash everything within your reach.

Sometimes you get so depressed, you just eat and eat and eat and eat... and you realise that all you ever wanted to do was eat and sleep.

Sometimes you get so inundated, you don't take heed to advices because they enter your right ear only to escape through your left ear, instead of taking a pit stop at your brain to decipher.

But you know, the fact that we know right from wrong proves our intellectual superiority to other living being. And the fact that we can make a change proves our intellectual adequacy.

So today or tomorrow or over the weekend, pull the brakes and just reflect on gratefulness and rekindle the things that made you smile and the people who made you laugh.

I wrote this today because it's our monthly girls' dinner. And I'm thankful for this crazy bunch of girl friends who talk to my face, instead of behind me.

Happy having great friends!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I Can't Stay Away Long

No, I can't. Especially when its writing. I can't.

Today, I feel like writing. All over again.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a pen.

You can hold me down, but I will rise up again.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

For The First Time In My Life

Inspiration has fled.

Dark clouds hover over my head.

And I don't feel like writing.

It's not writer's block.

I just don't want to write. Today.

Maybe just for today.

Maybe tomorrow too. Or ever. Maybe.

I don't know.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Who Are We To Kill?

If you are an animal lover or to be specific dog lovers like myself, you would have felt the fire under your seat when StarMetro reported on 14 April 2011 Pit bull among seven breeds banned in Subang Jaya.

Like any living being, dogs have temperament too. How does the Subang Jaya Municipal Council and the Selangor Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) regulate such impractical regulations.

Quoting MPSJ director Dr Roslan Mohamed Hussin, he said:
Our officers who scout around the neighbourhoods have been advised to look out for such dog breeds. Once we have ascertained that a dog is from the banned list, we would inform the Veterinary Department, which would confiscate the dog and take the necessary action.

So what are the 'necessary action'? Just eliminate them like garbage? Send them to their grave (if they have one)?

Have they ever considered our feelings, those of us who care for our pets as part of the family and not just dogs?

I'm sure cats and other pets have hurt people too but instead of working to solve the root cause of bad pet behaviour, the council and state DVS can only come up with the conclusion to penalise the dogs. But why are dogs treated as minority? Why do dogs require licenses, but not cats? Why the double standard?

Source: Google image search

I think by sentencing a breed to death based on a bad example is genocide.

Instead of punishing dogs, why don't they educate people to be responsible owners because at the end of the day, like unsupervised human, untrained dogs will cause havoc too.

Life is life - whether a dog or cat or human. The difference is... our destiny is in our hands. A pet's or a dog's destiny is also in our hands. So who's the animal now...?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Well, Hello June

Today, we are 29 days away to the door that opens up the second half of the year.
  • Did you feel the year has only just begun?
  • How has the year 2011 been for you thus far?
  • How has it treated you?
  • How have you treated it?
  • Have you made the most of the days that you have been given?
  • Have you achieved or at least almost achieving what you wanted to do?
  • Have you left encouraging footprints than when you started the journey in January?
  • And what's coming up next?
  • What are your plans until we bid adieu to 2011?
    Source: Google image search

    I was pondering on these questions as I had my shake this morning. I was like, "What? It's only June?" I feel as though more time had passed me by. I've advanced in my career, adopted Pepper, moved into a home which I clean weekly if not fortnightly, explored and still exploring Penang (just a tiny bit), monthly dinner with my girls, adopted Tango and am underway compiling and writing a book.

    Each day for the past 5 months has been well spent. More photographs have been taken too and it is truly fun to look back on them. But then again, it is up to me to make the next 6 months of living and experiences better that the last.

    How will you live up the next half of the year?

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