Monday, June 23, 2008

Women's Health & Self Defense Workshop

Viva Vertical have just finished with our first ever Workshop dedicated to raise support for Women's Aid Organization - Women's Health and Self Defense Workshop this weekend (June 21st & 22nd)

We would personally like to thank the speakers who took their time out in order to come support this cause and to help educate and inspire the ladies:

Ms Chan Hui Min - "SHAPE" Magazine's Weight Loss Diary SUCCESSOR/Cake Design Specialist-MAMA MIN

Dr Barry Kluner and Assistant - Originally from Canada, he is now One of Malaysia's most Dynamic Chiropractor. His practice in Sunway - BACK IN MOTION Chiropractic Center

Mr Victor Ooi and his team - Founder of Wira Bakti Self-Defense Consultancy/4th Degree ITF Taekwon-Do Black Belt/an ITF Taekwon-Do International Instructor and Examiner and a Malaysian national Taekwon-Do champion.

Workshop in Aid of WAO(Women's Aid Organization), thank you to Annie, Didie and Team for coming with their wonderful merchandises, some made by the women in shelter.

*Min, I'm sure you've heard it so much by now but we are still in awe on what you have achieved. Not many have the discipline to make the change and stick with the change, changing their life for the better and also the loved ones around them. You did an incredibly great job and thank you for sharing your inspiring story! (and also for the yummy Wholemeal Banana Muffins!)*

Dr Barry Kluner's presentation was a wake up call to most. "ARE YOU REALLY WHAT YOU EAT?" His informative slides covered a the nutrition basics that Malaysians are still mostly ignorant about, also some educational tips on vitamin/mineral supplementation and crucial facts we should know on how to protect our bones. The human spine model he brought helped, not all of us have actually seen what our vertebrae looks like! let alone what it looks like once we dont take care of it! so quote Dr Kluner "IGNORANCE is NOT bliss!"

Victor and his Team had given us such a wake up call to what is going on in our nation. We may hear news all the time that other nations are violent (let it be the USA, Nations in Mid East...), but were WE aware of what violence we've had here in our own country? also know that statistics shown for malaysia wont be 100% accurate, WHY? because of our own POLICEmen (and i'm sure most cant argue with this) and government officials? i've heard it first hand from a friend that statements and reports would not be filed by the representatives at certain police stations! reasons? could it be because they dont want the country to look bad with high statistics? could it be because they couldnt even be bothered to emphasize and hear what you have to say because the only reason why they're in the job is so they can walk around "robbing"(asking for bribes) civilians of money?
do we REALLY want to know how many Violent cases we have here if EVERY SINGLE case was reported and filed? ~ I'm personally afraid of those numbers
SO! that's why people of Victor's profession are here to help Educate the public and to teach us Self Defense Training! (my shoulders are sooo achey today, maybe was swinging too much)

Big THANK YOU to Fiona for taking us thru some Latin American steps (which i never knew my hips & ankles could be sore from all that swayin, though i was prob doin it all non-latino style =P )

No matter how many people we're able to reach in FREE EDUCATION & INSPIRATION project (that some ppl even pay hundreds and thousands for but FREE is too much to commit to? still blocked up on that), every person counts as they knew other than the Free benefits, they also get to give back by helping the less fortunate at Women's Aid Organization

once i get to editing and piling together the Self Defense Vids with the Kicking and the Arm Swinging stuff, best bet it Be Up!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Sleep?Hormones?Mood? = BLEH!

yes, BLEH is how i'm feeling right now...

Can't pinpoint exactly what my body's going thru at the moment but signs are there:

1 - The same weight that i've been pushing before in training, seems heavier now. My usual dumbbell squats of 70 to 80 pounds now feel like tons of concrete! takes a while to gather up energy before performing jump squats and tuck jumps n lets not forget the longer resting-in-between-sets time.

2 - Loss of appetite. also,one bowl of oatmeal now fills me up for about 5 hours (it used to last only 2 hours!). Taste buds completely whacked out (things dont taste as good as it did before). i am maintaining water intake, just pee more =/

3 - Always feeling sleepy/lethargic during the day, just not at night

4 - Because i'm not feeling sleepy at night, I CANT SLEEP!

Insomnia hits me off and on ever since childhood though i dont think its too serious as i've heard of worst cases before.for me,the trouble is actually FAlling asleep, though once I'm asleep, I'M OUT! (well usually...) only thing that wakes me up is a Sudden Loud Unfamiliar noise, noisy moving bed partner or mosquitoes. YES once im woken up from the itch, i cant fall back asleep! kinda sad when i get asked, "what kept you up last night?" FREAKIN BLOOD SUCKING MOSQUITOES! This may run in the family as both my bros face the same problem (maybe not the mosquito part but just cant fall asleep!)

Sleeping Aids Tried:

* Nyquil (drowsy cough syrup) - had to take it even when aint coughing. The Doxylamine succinate helps
* Benadryl (drowsy cough syrup) - my option in Msia since they aint got Nyquil here
(UUGGHHH!they are both very very very disgusting!!!)
* Benadryl Allergy (drowsy) - no allergies. just the ingredient aids to sleep
* Sleeping Pills - now of course it is not sold over the counter in malaysia. i bought it easily off the shelves at WAL-MART.although tolerance build and it stopped working on the 3rd night. i would not up the dosage anymore so just stopped
* Tried something my bro had that sometimes help him sleep - i fell asleep alright! but woke up 3 hours later WIDE AWAKE!

OK aint a druggie here so i did try aids that doesn't require any medication
* Staying up the night before so i would tire myself out - turns out i ended up NOT sleeping for 2 nights in a row =( BOOOOOO!
* Staying up for TWO nights straight - ended up with very cloudy and confused head when i did wake up from the 3rd night of napping on and off
* Relaxing Music of Nature - could only lay there for about 5 mins before it creeped the hell outta me =P
* Reading - it helped when i was a kid. now its stressful to focus on reading at night i end up MORE AWAKE
* TV - certain shows (travel & cooking) with monotonous narrating and light background music been helping so far. til the program changes to a screaming horror commercial or a loud-overly-excited Japanese fishing show(on AFC about 4 or 5AM) comes on and BAAAM! IM UP AGAIN!
* Lavender Scents - smells good! but IM STILL AWAKE

ODD things that have worked before but only DURING THE DAY
* After being stuck in traffic
* Riding as a passenger in a car, stuck in traffic
* Attempted learning yoga & pilates on DVD years ago. only got thru 10 mins of the DVD...ZZZZZZ
* About 2 - 3PM, Sleepy hits!
* Blogging - like now...eyes are droopy -_-
* After a good sun tanning session (aah, how i wish to be by the pool or be at the beach right now)

Now all the BLEH feelings could be because of LACKING SLEEP, sets off a chain reaction. DUH~!

Problem hope to be solved by a - a sleep specialist in the country...if there even is one here...(music of "DOOOMED"!)


**a night of "M'sia representin" @ Aloha's Hennessey Artistry

Been sippin on sum Hennessaay!

and the responsible (NON)drinkers...(uh,that my wine =P )