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21 September 2009 @ 05:01 pm
when i was a kid i`ve always wanted to attend ballet lessons or go for a full kickin` action in taekwondo. not only did that day has not yet befallen, but my interest and will to learn taekwondo/ballet has faded as i grew old with loads more things to dream and want about.

yesterday, i woke up in the morning thinking how a burden this "pe requirement" is to my weekend. i mean, why waste time watching people do karate chops inside a hot, boring gymnasium when you could slouch off the whole day and talk about your fandoms with your online friends? i even said, "i`d rather spend P150 for practical shooting than for a P40 ticket to watch taekwondo matches. what a bummer."

and guess what? i ended up eating my own words.

taekwondo is soooo win! that day added relish to my interests towards this korean martial art. kids, pre-teens, and a few more teens are gathered for high-geared battles to gain those championship trophies.

those kids got good self defense attacks while i... i seriously got nothing, not even high-heels to poke on their faces. there`s this cute kid i saw from the back of the gym, pending for his first match, and i found myself spazzing over him and his pink towel. he`s so cute that i even compared him to a "soft siopao." his first match went oh-so swell that i even cheered for him even though i barely know the kid.

then here comes kid #2 with a blue headgear, red armor, packed with a neoprene ankle support, arm and shin guards plus a yellow belt to top it. i saw him on that same chair where i found kid #1. i wasn`t able to see his first battle for my growling tummy won over my desire to watch him in action.

we took our early lunch and we went back just in time to reach their break. we started moving on with the interview (part of that pe requirement) and kid #1 and #2 was first on my list! i met kid #1 on the way, i asked for his name which is "francis", but i let him have his lunch before i ask questions to him. so i interviewd a different kid from my hometown, he`s a very shy kid and he`s a brown belter named "glen." he`s 10 years old and had 5 years of training, he said taekwondo ain`t that easy and that he only have 2 hours of training every week.

second comes "allen", 9 years old, has only 4 months of training. he loves so many diff kinds of kicks like in-out kick, out-in kick, front stretch kick, snap kick, side kick, turning long, and jumping turning side. he was able to demonstrate one of his fave kicks which is the "jumping turning side."

then i was able to interview kid #1 -- francis mark from malolos, bulacan. he also had 4 months of training, a yellow belter, and has won 3 national competitions. cool, right?

can you see his pink towel? ^

while looking for more kids to interview we saw a couple of girls doing practice right on the doorway, they`re really friendly and benevolent. we met "lyra" a black belter, been training for 3 years, 11 years old, her fave kick would be the bullet and her inspiration is "japoy lizardo" -- a well-known athlete here in the philippines. second is "andrea," a brown belter, has 2 years of training, 11 years old, her fave kick is 45°, and her inspiration is "toni rivero." third is "gabriel," also a brown belter, 3 years in training, 13 years old, her fave kick is round house, and her inspiration would be "RL." and lastly, "zyra," has a brown belt, been training for 4 years, 12 years old, her fave kick is also the bullet, and her inspiration would be "allen." they`ve also been in competitions like "Palarong Pambansa." they`re from the bulacan-TMC.

see that guy over there? from the picture, the only boy with that taekwondo uniform? his name is "dave," 10 years old, a brown belter, has 3 years of training, attended the Milo Olympics, his fave kick is round house, and his inspiration is his cousin "rainiel." we have another picture of him but it turned out blur... very.

of course, i had a chance to interview kid #2. yay! his name is "edgar" from valenzuela, manila. he had a yellow belt, he started training last summer and his inspiration would also be japoy lizardo. here in this picture, he showed his fave kick which is the "turning side." i saw his last match and his opponent totally kicked him right in his pretty face. i even thought he`s going to cry like the other kids i`ve seen but NOOOO... he kept his cool, he stayed composed and he was able to say "it`s ok" to the referee even though it hurt so bad from the looks of it. and we`re like "WOW" right back at him because it`s incredible, really, how he kept relaxed and upbeat.

also, meet edgar`s friend, "miguel," the one holding that kick shield bullet from the picture above. he`s also a yellow belter and his fave kick would also be the turning side. i asked them if they drink Milo because Japoy has won from Milo Championships and is also advertising Milo from TV commercials and they said that they do... "sometime."

more pictures with miguel and edgar ^o^

^miguel and edgar

next is "joyon kim," from olongapo Philko team. he`s a blue belter, has a total of 2 years training, he`s born in the philippines but his nationality is korean, his inspiration is his brother, "junior black." he`s one of those shy type kids also, he can mostly understand english and i was able to greet him in korean like "annyeong haseyo, bangap sumnida. choneun vrenille imnida!" hahas! anyhoo, here are more pictures and vids from the said event:

meet nicole. i don`t have any infos about her since my friend holds the copy.

*one of the videos taken is the first match of francis... i think it`s the third one?

so we cheered for them all the way, even though my throat hurt from screaming, i feel so glad knowing that they could hear us yelling their names like "go francis!" "go edgar!" "go dave!" "go zyra!" i had so much fun and i hope i will be able to learn taekwondo someday. those kids are such inspiration, it would be great to have a sport you can play with or be proud of once in a whie. i am actually not into sports that much (well... not until yesterday). i only play chess but i still suck at it.

so maybe i`ll join the training here in our college, and if ever, i wouldn`t miss a chance getting a one-on-one match with those cool, energetic, buoyant and totally awesome youngsters. it`s an honor to be able to meet and talk to them.

so let`s get kickin`! yeaaaah! XDDD

Current Location: elsewhere
Current Mood: sporty
Current Music: year 3000
18 July 2009 @ 09:10 am
college is...

1. causing a lot of stress

it`s becoming a major stress, to think that i`m only 17 to experience this kind of things. i just can`t absorb and feed my brain with loads of information like a working computer. heck, i can`t even act or be one.

i go home everyday after school -- tired, and drained, and wasted, and looking almost as if i`m dead. then there`s those sleepness nights that you have to deal with, to study a WHOLE chapter and memorize several terms and theories just so you could pass the quiz next day. and the worse part is... taking ONLY a 15-item applicational quiz when you`ve put so many things on your head.

plus, there is no SAT UR DAY. there`s no time to lie down, for chillaxin` moments... there`s actually no weekends!

2. torture
why can`t they make school a little more lighter and teenager-friendly? and those "minor" subjects are killing me, to think that they`re only minor and yet they`re causing more burden than our major subjects. i mean, why take minor subjects that`s not even related to your course? how would you apply playing darts in accouting? what`s the essence of learning humanities to be able to become a certified public accountant?

exhibit A -- our professor in P.E., idek his name but he looks like Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. we`re taking darts and shooting in P.E., and i don`t even know how to play darts and shooting. once you fail the individual practicum in darts for this mid term, you`ll get the lowest grade of 5. D:

exhibit B -- sharpay a.k.a. sir pay. he talks so fast that we couldn`t keep up. first meeting is discussion, second meeting`s another quiz -- that`s his cycle in teaching. and he`s even planning for make-up classes just so we could finish half the contents of our book this mid term.

exhibit C -- our good-looking philo teacher. he decided to give out an oral exam this upcoming mid term exam in august. more like defending your thesis proposal. i have such bad experience last high school when we started doing research proposals that we have to deal with for two years -- third to fourth year high school. if your thesis didn`t get approved, you can`t graduate. it`s pure torture.

3. pressure

i`m in first class, section A where teachers are expecting a high performance or more class participation from each one of us. every morning, i enter our room to see my fellow classmates busy with our books, with their calculators... there`s no time to say "hi! good morning!" or "psst! i got some rumors to tell you." there`s no 15-minute policy because they`ll wait for the teachers no matter how late they are, some would even call `em just in case they forgot that they have a class to attend. i sometimes feel like i`m a lost student, that i shouldn`t be on that class. now i`m forcing myself to study harder because i don`t wanna gain the lowest rank in our class.

even so, i`m starting to like my new set of classmates... no matter how waaay smart they are.
what i hate right now...

1. photos to be edited due tomorrow
2. i just found out that i`m participating next week`s poster-making contest. they listed me in without asking my permission
3. i lost my faber-castell oil pastels D:
4. there`s so many dates to memorize on my report in rizal
5. it`s raining
6. i`ll be wearing a dress on friday
7. we have to pay P175 for the seminar due on tuesday
8. another P150 for the play ticket
9. our quiz in bank reconciliation
Current Location: downstairs
Current Mood: draineddrained