Aikido: Jo 31 Kata


Yes, that’s exactly what ran through my mind when the sensei asked who brought our Jos and that we’re doing the 31 Kata.

I was soon enlightened when my other more experienced classmates brought out what looked liked a gala (Hokkien term for bamboo poles used to hang clothes out to dry). I had to borrow a Bokken which is part of the Aikido weapon set.

Where the Jo is the one right at the bottom and the Bokken is the next longest one. It was quite fun and at least we didn’t have to spar with a partner. So I now know step 1 – 11 and there’s 20 more steps to go before I know all 31 Kata. Hopefully, I don’t forget the first 11 steps before next week. Now I’m all excited about getting my own weapon set *rubbing my hands in glee* and I thought Aikido was suppose to be about non-violence πŸ˜›

To me, they some how look like they’re going to after a couple of rascal rodents instead of causing pain. Wonder how much less ridiculous I look now that I’m swinging a stick around instead of trying to roll without letting my head touch the ground? All I can say is don’t mess with me πŸ™‚

On another note, one of my white belt sparring “buddies” has been promoted to the next level – blue belt. I bet he’s happy he doesn’t have to be paired up with me again πŸ˜›

Life Can Be Wonderful

Isn’t that such a lovely title? And with a title like that who would have thought the Japanese film directed by Minorikawa Osamu would be 5 little stories about desperate moments in life, especially with a promo pic like this:-

Not that I was completely fooled because it was Tessycat who bought the tickets and with her, I should be just grateful it wasn’t a horror movie πŸ™‚ It sounds like I didn’t enjoy the film. On the contrary, the 5 stories surrounded individuals with issues that everyone can relate to. From a nude art model, old drunk to a young girl living by herself trying to figure out how to care for her widowed mother. I left inspired to shoot one of my short films … maybe even 5 of them and string them into a feature.

So if Life Can be Wonderful is screening near you and you’re up for a simple 70minutes pondering on how your life is probably a tad more wonderful than the characters in the film, go enjoy yourself. Oh yah … and after that, let me know if you feel like working on a short film. That’s because I’m trying to cast and crew the production of my script πŸ˜‰

Teething at 32

I woke up this morning feeling a little feverish and thought my schedule of yoga and aikido is slowly taking its toil onΒ  my 32 year-old body.Β  Little did I know, I’m teething.Β  Yes, my wisdom tooth is coming out and I now understand why my little niece is so grumpy when she’s teething.

How we entertain ourselves at work?

We forward emails to each other like that:-

10 of the finest (unintentional) double-entendres ever aired on British TV and radio

1. Pat Glenn, Weightlifting Commentator
“And this is Gregoriava from Bulgaria . I saw her snatch this morning and it was amazing!”

2. New Zealand Rugby Commentator
“Andrew Mehrtens loves it when Daryl Gibson comes inside of him.”

3. Ted Walsh – Horse Racing Commentator
“This is really a lovely horse. I once rode her mother.”

4. US PGA Commentator
“One of the reasons Arnie [Arnold Palmer] is playing so well is that, before each tee shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them …..
Oh my god!! What have I just said??”

5. A female news anchor who, the day after it was supposed to have snowed and didn’t, turned to the weatherman and asked
“So Bob, where’s that eight inches you promised me last night?” Not only did HE have to leave the set, but half the crew did too,
because they were laughing so hard!

6. Steve Ryder covering the US Masters
“Ballesteros felt much better today after a 69 yesterday.”

7. Clair Frisby talking about a jumbo hot dog on Look North said
“There’s nothing like a big hot sausage inside you on a cold night like this.”

8. Mike Hallett discussing missed snooker shots on Sky Sports
“Stephen Hendry jumps on Steve Davis’s misses every chance he gets.”

9. Michael Buerk on watching Phillipa Forrester cuddle up to a male astronomer for warmth during BBC1’s UK eclipse coverage remarked
“They seem cold out there, they’re rubbing each other and he’s only come in his shorts.”

10. Ken Brown commentating on golfer Nick Faldo and his caddie Fanny Sunneson lining-up shots at the Scottish Open
“Some weeks Nick likes to use Fanny, other weeks he prefers to do it by himself.”

What was I thinking?

I woke up this morning aching worse than I was yesterday. You see, I’ve joined my partner-in-crime, Jonah’s Mummy for yoga every Tuesday and I’m still at it with Aikido on Wednesdays with Tessycat. Now Tessycat and I have even decided to practice on Mondays so that we don’t look like bumbling idiots on Wednesdays … … so come next Thursday and Friday, I just may not be able to stand straight.

Here’s a peek at my weekly schedule:-

Mondays – Aikido practice in the aerobics room
Tuesdays – Yoga in the Esplanade room
Wednesdays – Aikido for real at Cheng San CC
Thursdays – ‘to nuah (hokkien for vegging out)’ at home
Fridays – If I’m feeling like I do right now, it’ll be more nuah-ing at home
Weekends – errr … depending on how this 32 year-old body can recover I might just still be nuah-ing at home

We’ll see how long I can keep this up … I figured now is the time to do this coz’ in about another 5 years I honestly don’t think I’ll even want to entertain the thought πŸ™‚

Ratatouille: Rat-a-too-ee

I always come out of a Pixar animation smiling … yes, even with Cars … and with Ratatouille: Rat-a-too-ee, I was smiling much more. It was certainly a delightful film. Way to go Brad Bird and team!!!

It’s a simple story about finding yourself and what blew me away was the animation. So life-like in some moments, I could actually believe that real rats were used in the filming and yet so fantastical, that you just knew you were watching magic on screen. Especially the ‘acting’ that the animators created, where a simple twitch is just the subtle detail needed to bring the moment across. The conscious use of lighting that enabled you to feel the warmth of the sun after being in the dark and cold sewer.

At the end of the 2hours or so, I was happily skipped out the cinema … feeling all ten-years-old again … then the adult bit started to creep in on the script issues especially when my movie-buddy so rightfully pointed out that there were parts of the script which seemed rather forced. I agree and outside of the darken theatre, reality sunk in and Monsters Inc. is still my all time Pixar favourite. That was an original story with an incredibly tight script and killer animation to boot.

Nevertheless, I could watch Ratatouille: Rat-a-too-ee in the theatres again and I’ll definitely be looking out for the DVD. After all, there’s something about Paris you just got to love πŸ™‚

From Sydney, the Park Hyatt

After the whirl wind tour through the Gold Coast (we arrived at 0640hrs and left at 1520hrs), we got on a plane headed for Sydney.Β  With only about 36hours and the APEC Summit in town, I was very grateful that my room was glorious.

The BedThe ClosetThe TubThe Vanity

I was sleepy after dinner of the first night, literally fell asleep the minute my head hit the pillow and when the alarm rang, I realised the bed was so big when I had to pull myself to the side to reach the clock … yes, when I’m alone I have a thing where I sleep dead centre of the bed.Β  And I woke up to an even more glorious view.

The View

Alas I’m leaving tomorrow, it was good while it lasted and thank you, Sydney … despite the craziness with the high security and all, you managed to make me feel at home in Australia … Perth is still my favourite Aussie city though, I’m bias πŸ™‚ but the whole of Australia really understands the true meaning of ‘chill’ … even when the APEC Summit is in town.

Where would we be without kissing

Read this article today and couldn’t help but think how very true it is … for me at least πŸ™‚ Kissing is very very important. How else would I know we click … yes yes yes, I’ve actually dumped a few guys because when it came to kissing, let’s just say … they left much to be desired πŸ˜›

So for all those boys out there who are figuring out why you don’t have a girlfriend or can’t get some, think about your kissing style and that’s probably what’s holding you back πŸ˜‰

Why kissing means more to women

If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, so may be a kiss – or certainly to a woman anyway, researchers say. A New York State University team quizzed over 1,000 students, finding women place a big emphasis on kissing.

They use kissing as a way of assessing the recipient as a potential partner, and later to maintain intimacy and to check the status of a relationship.

But men placed less importance on it, using it to increase the likelihood of sex, Evolutionary Psychology reported.

The questionnaires revealed men were less discriminating when it came to deciding who to kiss or who to have sex with.

They were more willing to have sex with someone without kissing, to have sex with someone they are not attracted to and agree to have sex with someone they considered to be a bad kisser.


While both sexes participate in the adaptive benefits of kissing, we found sex differences when considering the pursuit of short-versus long-term mating strategies

Dr Gordon Gallup, lead researcher

But kissing was more important as a bonding mechanism to women.

In long-term relationships females not only rate kissing as more important than men, but they indicated that kissing was important throughout a relationship.

Meanwhile, men placed less importance on kissing as the relationship progresses.

There was also a difference in the sort of kisses the two sexes preferred, with men liking wet, tongue kisses.

Lead researcher Dr Gordon Gallup said kissing had developed over time to become an essential part of the courtship process.

But he added: “While both sexes participate in the adaptive benefits of kissing, we found sex differences when considering the pursuit of short- versus long-term mating strategies.”

Dr Glenn Wilson, an expert in relationships at London’s Institute of Psychiatry, said: “Kissing is used by everyone as a bonding and testing mechanism.

“But the fact is women are more discriminatory than men. Men can just go out and spread their seed, but women have to take more responsibility because of the consequences and so they are likely to want to test more.”

Published: 2007/09/03 09:17:32 GMT