Sunday, June 24, 2012

You let some girl beat you?

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Back at work a day after my first Muay Thai class and boy I'm so dead.  I can say that it's the hardest thing I've ever tried.  This martial art is as brutal as you can ever imagine.  The concept is concentrated on the art of striking - hands, feet, elbows, and knees all make Muay Thai the "deadly art."  I was never the hard core athlete or trainee or whatever you call it, so Muay Thai definitely took my mind and body to a whole new place.

Rach and I went to this health center near our flat.  We wanted to jog from our place going to the gym to warm ourselves up.  When we got there, the session was about to start.  Troy, our trainer immediately kicked our metabolism with a pamatay na warm up (gusto namin ng warm up diba?).  I was so proud of myself because it was the first time I did something strenuous that I didn't feel like puking, I think last week's wakeboarding stint last helped increase my endurance.  Then came the workout and conditioning drills.  After that Troy lets us off with our partner to work on the techniques.  Of course Rach was my sparring partner that night and my goodness it was one hell of a fight.  I started really weak and as the drill progressed I was throwing real kicks and punches.  Paano kasi may binubulong bulong ang maganda kong kaibigan na sobrang na-inspire ako sumuntok at sumipa ng malakas. hahaha.  Rach had a strong start, she was afraid of hitting hard baka daw kasi lumipad ako. 

Here's that grueling session in photos.

 Rach killing the bag, me capturing it.
  Me: "Ayusin mo pagpatay mo jan, kinukuhanan kita ng picture."
  It all started with a smile.
   "Eto ang bagay sa mga animal!" Hahaha!
 Hikahos! Pawis kung pawis!
 That"s Troy
 He's from Thailand
 Training room after the session
 I will beat you hard next time!
 Well kept towels
 Wash your hands, kakaiba ang power ng gloves, mas nakakamatay kesa sa bugbog
I was already gassed and out of breath from the punching, kicking, knee exercises. I was seeing spots and felt like I was gonna pass out any second.  We have zero experience in martial arts and we were really feeling anxious at first.  But Troy made us feel welcomed.  He was kind enough to assist us during drills.  So if any of you wants to try it, be prepared to train!  Be confident, and just do it!  As for me, this has got to be the BEST day in months.  I think this is where the affair began, I subconsciously got stuck to the feeling until I fell asleep. 

"Train hard, fight easy." - Alexander Suvorov

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I'm a rainbow!

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Anyone else feel like a rainbow?  Last Saturday, I actually felt like one.  I felt a hundred times better that day.  Me and my best girls Rach, Rona and Chat drove all the way to Abu Dhabi to get ripped!  We went to Al Forsan Sports Club for a dose of activities that give us a natural high.  As a neophyte on the board, that day was my initiation day.  I was so excited, I caught myself literally jumping around as soon as we got there.  It was unforgivably hot that afternoon so we waited for about 2 more hours before finally battling the cable.  Rona and Chat were overly excited they decided to jump into it right away.

As for Rach and me, we killed two hours by just being lazy while consuming as much alcohol as we can.  Bar would stop serving alcohol at 6 pm since it's a holiday the following day (liquor ban).  Boo!  So we took as much photos as we can to kill time and tried to gain more confidence by sipping more of those Bacardi cocktails. Hahaha! 

So here's my rainbow day in photos.

Hot wind blowing on my face like a hair dryer.
She's like a rainbow, coming colors in the air...
May mainit ang ulo! =)
May sumingit! =)
Leaving so soon
Masaya ka masyado!
I was tempted to grab her top, beautiful!
Bona and Batter
So here's the series of lazy photos.  Yung isa ang init lang ng ulo, yung isa naman hinde mawala yung ngiti sa labi. Bilog ang mundo. ahahahaha!
Lazy =D
Saya + Init ulo
Masayang masaya + Mainit na mainit ang ulo =)
Ayan happy na ulit =)
Ganda kahit nangaasar yung mukha! =)
Init pa rin ulo? =)
Rach still forcing a smile. =)
Mawawala ba naman 'to? Chismisan! =)
Rona getting started
Me checking kung nakakapaso pa rin ang init
Oo eh, nakakapaso pa rin!
Iinom na lang natin?
Naman! Mga naka tig 3 ata kami nito. =)
Chat on a rough start
Rarampa? =D
One hand! Yabang!
One hand ulit!
As soon as Mr. Sun showed signs of retreating, we immediately grabbed our gear.  We started on the knee board, kuya Cesar, our instructor patiently prepared us for this big debut, haha.  It was so hard to take things seriously since we were loaded with alcohol, but still we got everything he taught.  The first pull gave me a kick on the nerves, but everything went easy breezy after that.  Tapos hinanap hanap na namin, tapos paulit-ulit na kami. =)
Kuya sharing helpful techniques
Strapping myself
Sinong excited?!
Sino?! Haha!
Go marsie!
My turn!
See, kalmang kalma ako. :p
Nganga marsie!
Sarap no?
My first fall
After 2 million turns, eto si Rach
Kapoy kaayo!
Hmm.. mukhang napakaimportante ng ginagawa mo ah! =D
Kaya pa? 'Til 9:59 pm kayo diba? =D
Sobrang galing ng mga batang 'to magwake board!
Ano 'te, walang pagod? =)
Finally, picture ni Chat on the board.
Fita moves
My next activity
Picture na lang muna for now
PI! =)
Napunit dress ko dito sa kagustuhang pumatong sa bench.
It was about closing hour when I went to my place of stress release.  The firing range.  If you want to read about my nerve wracking first time, you've got to read this post: Happiness is a warm gun. Entering the range still give me the jitters, but I was more confident this time.  I was inspired.  There's an energy that comes through the release of tension that I ought to get when I pull that trigger.  Kuya Bal was my guide that day.  Bal was really cool and calm and he was able to pass all those good vibes to me.  Sa sobrang simmered down ng moment, naka bulls eye ako!  My first one!  All four beautiful bullets hitting the middle area.  It felt like redemption.  He was also happy that I grouped my shots close together.  "Nothing but the neck and head", he said. 
My secured place
Keeping me relaxed
Induction all over again
Helping me concentrate on my aim
Relaxed na, nakakatawa na eh.
Practice shot
Live ammunition
That awful sound
More tips
 Serious naman!
 Bang Bang, my baby shot me down (love that Nancy Sinatra song)
So proud of myself.  Lakas maka-KILL BILL nito! =)

Up until today I'm suffering from extreme body ache.  I woke up last Sunday and I can't move a muscle.  I was lying in bed, totally conscious but I just can't move without feeling pain.  It would need extra effort to comb my hair, it's that painful.  But as I always say, I find glory in it - the pleasure in pain.  I needed it.  I wanted it.  

"Have you seen her dressed in blue, see the sky in front of you
And her face is like a sail , speck of white so fair and pale."                                       - Rolling Stones