Looking at my old aerobics dance pictures on World Health Day

World Health Day 2020 just passed on 7 April 2020. The world is not very healthy at this moment. I look at some old pictures and reminisce when I can easily exercise outdoors. Now even without Covid-19 MCO, I can’t be exposed to the sun for too long outdoors and without protection. I love exercising and I still do it indoors, alone. Exercising is supposedly not good for those with eczema but I do it because it keeps me healthy, less stiff and makes my mind active. I just gotta find the right balance of not exercising excessively,

M.Y. Aerobics Dance choreography 1998
Aerobics is still my favourite exercise dance routine. This was my choreography in 1998, which made my sports house the winning team and we performed at Stadium Bandaraya Pulau Pinang. It’s not an empty field, the spectators are facing us, behind the camera, where they are nicely in the shade like puteri lilin, like they can melt in the sun. Now I inadvertently became one. 😊 It’s only us, athletes that’s usually out in the sun, that’s why I was always tanned when growing up. Always get questioned if I’m any other race but Chinese because they said I don’t look Chinese. I made sure to put sunblock, if not my skin would have been damaged much earlier. I wasn’t born super healthy with skin allergies but it was my lifestyle choices when younger that kept me preserved well until I got out of school and much damage done. I’m doing what I can now to reverse the damage including needing to remove people that’s not good for my life.
Gives me satisfaction when I look at the pictures because I’m proud of how this team managed to make the lines so straight. They didn’t come into the field in this straight line, they were in another formation and ran in a special choreographed movement to form this line, so for them to end up this straight, is good. I can see though, that some of them were slow and not dancing on beat, where they are supposed to be stretched out, some not there yet. Hmm… 😒 Everyone’s co-operation is needed to ensure they are dancing properly because one slow move will cause the whole team’s dance to be out of place and not look nice. No one wants a team member that causes the dance to be disrupted. We put in a lot of hours and months to practise and this paid off when we perform well. For me, if it’s a big group of people dancing, it’s all about the formation and being synchronised. The biggest group I had dancing at the same time was 40 people. It’s not crazy running around like headless chicken but I choreographed it to make them move in a beautiful flow so they ended up making a few formations all while they were doing aerobics. In the second picture, the formation is a ‘b” for Blue House, which is our sports house. No one else throughout my years in school has done this lettering formation during the aerobics dance competition until I did it. Then the next year, another competing team followed this and did their sports house lettering. Oh well, some people will just be copycats and follow what other people do. 🙄 Want to follow, can but I don’t like if I don’t get paid for it.
First year in highschool, I wasn’t the first one to join the aerobics team when they opened up for joining. I was actually the last one to join and missed their first training session. I had to stand by one side and learn the steps. One senior from the morning session (we were in the afternoon session) who’s not in the team came and said she wants to dance for fun. I told her I’m just learning for the first time, so I don’t know the steps yet and don’t follow me. She still followed then asked me why I don’t know the steps. I already told her don’t follow me. Learn, I did and never had I known that time that as years went on, I did aerobics so well that I am the one choreographing and leading them in competitions. I did it so well that upon my senior years in Form 4 and Form 5, I can sit crossed legged at home like Buddha, put on my Walkman headset (last time iPod not created yet) and the dance moves with 40 people are created in my head, then next day teach the team to aerobics dance. Up to the point I can even mix the song myself using a tape dubbing radio. Those tape cassette, old school style which youngsters nowadays won’t know that we need to rewind before we can play the song again. It’s also because my Dad was strict last time, I was supposed to be sitting there doing my homework and we weren’t allowed to be jumping around the house. Kids my era and before are brought up well-behaved. So I mastered the art of choreographing dance without needing to move. What’s imagined in my head comes to life. That’s why I always said, there’s a God inside each one of us. Greatness comes from within, not from outside or from anyone else.
 
I also learnt that when it comes to creative work, too many cooks spoil the soup. I’ve tried being in a team with a few Aerobics Captains choreographing – ended up with arguments, unnecessary stress. It’s best that I just do the creative work or choreograph it myself, then other parts I need or assistance from other captains, they will only giving their input when asked for. A special shoutout to Hafiza, one of the best leaders I’ve worked with. She doesn’t interrupt my creative process from letting me choreograph the dance moves on my own, choosing the song and what I want the team to wear. I can let her know my limitations on what I can do and she will be find a way or someone to handle the part I can’t handle.If no one can do it, say for example we couldn’t find enough tennis skirts for them to wear (because we were highschool students, not a tennis team), then I will adjust my part to see how I can fit some to wear skirts or some to wear other attires (as you can see in the picture why we have different overall attires). Back then, loose t-shirts and pants was the fashion trend. What were we thinking… I chose to wear long track pants although I have tennis skirts which I passed to other team members to wear because I wear the pants. 😉 I was wearing another layer of shorts inside my long pants because I had to run track events, so it’s faster for me to strip off the long pants or put it back on between track events and aerobics. I can still fit in my tennis skirts now but I don’t play tennis anymore. I just need to let her hear the music, she’s ok with it and she lets me know her decision promptly, I can carry on with my work.
 
She would be the ideal type of customer I want – just pay and let me do my work without micromanaging. I will respect you enough to keep you updated or make the decisions you need to make but you just need to get back to me promptly on your decision if not my work will be stuck and you’re at a loss because you can’t get the final product on time. If only more customers understand this. What’s even better is she recognises my hardwork and appreciates it. It can be helped that she happens to be older than me and be my senior by 1 year, so there’s the school hierarchy that she needs to be the captain, and I her assistant captain that year. However, when you give me the freedom to thrive, I will strive for the best and that year, we took the Aerobics competition trophy home for our sports house. We get to take home the trophy which was pretty huge and keep it for a while before returning it to the school because the school couldn’t afford to give us the trophy…What to do, school budget. It’s a tradition that the team and house winning trophies are returned to the school each year and passed on to the next generation. Only individual trophies like for track events, is ours to keep. Anyway, she told me to take the trophy back home to keep and display for a while because she said she didn’t do anything and it was my hard work. I’m really touched, she recognises my hard work and acknowledges it. A lot of bosses missing this skill. She makes a good boss too, if not a good customer. Plus, she talks ever so gentle to me. And she’s tall and pretty too. 😏 My respects to you, you’re so sweet and an amazing Ketua. Simple the best.
 
Moral of the story :
1.) Just because you’re late in a certain field or career path, doesn’t mean you won’t do well in it.
 
2.) If you’re the first to create something, doesn’t mean other people will respect copyright or originality and there will usually be infringement to intellectual properties, plagiarism and whatnot.
 
3.) Exercise is good for health.
 
4.) Enjoy the sun and outdoors while you can before you’re forced to be indoors against your own will.
 
5.) Please find your own tennis skirts. You want to look nice in those tiny short skirts (I know many were thrilled to be wearing those skirts instead of the pants and shorts we’re used to during school exercises), so put in the effort yourself. Last time I still have the patience to find them for you coz I was in school and money didn’t matter much to me but now, especially if it’s part of my business service and it falls under the sourcing category for events, I have fees. I put money first because I have learnt the importance of it.
 
6.) I’m tired of taking care of other people. Have you all thought that sometimes the person taking care of other people actually needs the care the most ? I need to take care of myself especially when I’m chronically ill now.
 
7.) I can exercise alone and indoors.
 
Thank you for reading this post and take care of yourself. Appreciate your good health while you still have it.

Malaysia Lockdown Due To Covid-19

So our Malaysian Prime Minister just announced on 16 March 2020 at 10pm about the Malaysia’s lockdown from 18 March 2020 until 31 March 2020. All businesses, schools and government offices closed except for certain offices/places like post, hospital, pharmacies, petrol station to name a few. How about online businesses and food delivery? We still can function without needing to be in the mass. If the items or food can be made or cooked from home, then post office still open, or can still drive out, delivery wouldn’t be a problem.

 

Before Covid-19, staying quarantined at home for 2 months for me was no problem and going out all covered up with protection like gloves, socks and mask, also used to it. Sanitizing and keeping supplies, supplements plus essentials stocked up also got used to it. I got good training for years before this with my skin allergies and ill health condition. 😂  Just wondering if those places serving food will still be open, if not have to look into home cooking all meals. Mummy cooks at night anyway. Just happened to run out of bone broth though, just 1 more stash of bones for 1 more round of slow cooking. Probably can last me for 2 weeks, which should be in time for the lockdown to end. Prefer to have it in stock before finished up, don’t like the feeling of lack. It’s like lacking in security (like when you don’t have enough money). Everything else like food stock, dry food, meat and raw ingredients, my parents got them all stocked up all the time so no problem. Just that I’m a big eater, so don’t know if sufficient if they all stay home and eat. 😆 I probably got the stocking up habit from them. Not hoarding but stocking up to ensure even if got apocalypse and stuck at home, there’s sufficient supplies for at least 1 week.

 

Laughing matters aside about the apocalypse, my Grandma and parents have been through the WWII times so they know the feeling of being through difficult times with war and nothing to eat. Growing up, I hear them talk about how we youngsters will not know the feeling of having nothing to eat. Personally, I have been through difficult times of not being able to move around easily with my illness, so indeed it is important to have essentials stocked up at home. It’s actually a blessing to have a home with food and supplies stocked up. Better to plan ahead than to have nothing in case tragedy strikes.

 

Actually still can go out during lockdown and buy but don’t know which stores will be open except supermarket, which might not have certain things like all types of bones. I really don’t fancy going out tomorrow before lockdown as I’m sure there’ll be loads of people out and about buying things and the queues along with ample of germs. 😷 The PM said there’s a hotline, 03-88882010 which we can call to ask questions about this lockdown. Good luck calling as usual days call the “gomen opis” also like all fainted in there or phone line so unclear, this one lagi the hotline phones like want to meletup.

 

Anyway, if anyone needs cloth masks, here’s handmade cloth masks for sale from Myle Enterprise. Suitable for people like me with skin allergies as the non-woven masks stick to my skin or scrapes it off. It’s original design, made using good quality cloth. The cloth masks are washable and can be reused. Their current version (seen in the enclosed pictures) are double-layered with a pocket to insert filter. The masks can be used with or without filter. While some may report that cloth masks don’t help prevent viruses, you can insert the filter to trap them from entering your air passageway. Masks actually help you from touching your face using your hands, where there are germs aplenty stuck to your hands. If you order the masks, still can send them out if post office is open or you can come to pick them up if you’re in Penang.

 

Cloth Face Mask

 

To buy from Myle Enterprise’s website (PayPal payment only) : https://myleenterprise.com/shop/cloth-face-mask/

They are also available at Lazada (accepts Visa, Mastercard and uses other payment gateways) : https://www.lazada.com.my/-i861126850-s2095126940.html

 

12 Hours Slow Cooked Bone Broth

I have been consuming bone broth slow cooked for at least 8 hours, daily for a while now. Being Cantonese, I have always drank homemade soup as my Mummy boils healthy soup  almost everyday since young.

 

Having this skin allergies and eczema, I have upped my game in drinking soup and my Mummy now makes soup which are boiled longer in the slow cooker. Slow cooking and boiling bones for long hours extracts the nutrients from the bones, making the soup even better for the body. It contains a lot of collagen.

 

I have been drinking fish bones for the past few months, yesterday my Mummy boiled a fresh batch of pig bones broth instead and it was boiled for 12 hours. Boiled for so long, even the cartilages could be easily eaten like chewy jelly. The fish bones broth have been doing wonders in terms of healing my skin and make it more elastic. Previously it was so dried out that I always joked it resembled a 100-year old’s skin. Having eczema makes us look like we have wrinkly skin.

 

My bones broth contains no salt, no sugar, no colouring, no artificial flavouring and no preservatives. It’s all natural. My golden liquid of goodness. I noticed that fish bones broth is naturally sweet after boiling for long hours even without any flavouring added. As for pig bones broth, it gives out a stronger broth smell when boiling but when drank, it tastes bland. In terms of the health benefits towards my body when drinking the pig bones broth as compared to fish bones broth, I will need to observe and see.

 

I was removing the unwanted fats from the soup earlier on. The broth was left to cool overnight and some ants crawled in to the soup. Have to remove those too. I don’t fancy having any ants in my soup as they have crawled around other places and makes my food dirty. Having some unwanted pest problems like insects crawling at my place. Not cool. Here’s my video of the pig bones broth  : https://youtu.be/2UYA_hT0OxI