Thursday, August 28, 2008

Please sit and relax...

telling myself to sit and relax, well ATTEMPT to, have been quite important lately to ensure i dont lose it and go berserk. now piled up with unexpected bills and extra household responsibilities, i feel that im falling behind and just fighting with patience to stay on top of things.
INSURANCE in this country is the absolutely shit i've experienced.Its like blows to your stomach one after another as you are told that this is not covered and That is not covered, then also to find out ur insurance agent did not do a good job in getting everything covered that you have requested when signing up - great to know after shit went down and u have no choice but to cough it up. So while watching the $ tank shrink and having to deal with ppl telling you anything that is remotely reimbursable would take one freakin month, i must say i have done a pretty good job in not succumbing to the urge to light up and puff my tensions away

People, it is very costly to be injured and be forced in for surgery. unless ur loaded ,financially free and have extremely high tolerance to pain, Please Take Care of Your Body! These crutches are not the funnest toys in the world...

so instead of turning to my former ciggy buddy, i made damn sure to take it out on the cardio machine and give it a good sweat. It aint bullshit, exercising really does help. Just like when i found out about an exboyfriend's drug&whore act years ago, the 24hour gym was my immediate stop and i ran the fastest i've ever ran on the treadmill at top speed out of anger, frustration & betrayed emotions.
So DONT take it out on yelling at your friends/family, DONT take it out on binge eating or emotional eating, DONT take it out by drinking urself silly til u puke ur guts out, DONT take it out by immediately puffing through one whole box in one sitting, DONT take it out by whacking ur pets or ur loved ones....
DO SOMETHING BENEFICIAL TO YOU & YOUR BODY and Mental Health in the Process...
Once you've taken the first step in it, the rest of the journey wont seem as hard anymore

That reminds me of my love for the road. What also calms me is taking a drive to no particular destination, just me, my stereo and the road. Back in Knoxville, my Mazda MX6 "Honkie" and Honda Accord "Blue Baby" had kept me sane. (yes i named my cars! =P ) Didnt get a chance to name my Ford, too short of a relationship with it since the Hit&Run accident the first 2 months i got it. Anyway, aaah..the roads in Knoxville...wide...spacious...FREE of Crazy Malaysian drivers (t'was a good thing i learned how to drive there rather than HERE!) I loved every minute of my drives. Road Trips were super fun for me =) Road Trip to Manhattan,New York, Philly, New Jersey..New Orleans,Louisiana...Myrtle Beach, South Carolina...even closer cities like Birmingham,Atlanta,Memphis i took joy in......EXcept for the one time i got pulled over for speeding on the way to Memphis. 3 cups of coffee black at the gas station didnt quite cut it for me leaving about 4AM for a 6hour drive to memphis by myself.
Road Trips in Malaysia? Hmmm... driving to Penang i enjoyed. went thru a period where i was driving up there almost every other weekend for almost 3 months so that was my therapy. of course until i got pulled over (AGAIN!) for speeding, later also found out i was mailed TWO other speeding tickets. my total came up to RM900 for speeding alone!!! yes, helplessly I went to the "balai" to request for a "discount" =P payin RM650 was better than paying almost a grand (plus i had parking tickets...tsk tsk tsk..)
SO NOW that my driving therapy has been robbed from me with the crazy-all-for-my-own Mentality out here, POLE was able to replace as Therapy =)
Back when Vee was training me, even though my schedule at the gym was so packed that i was avg abt 8 to 10 clients a day, i would still make time to drive(ok i was speeding there most of the time) to Segambut and bust in her door for Pole Training

So Cant drive anymore, gas price went up its a dirty environment. BUT NOT OUR POLE LESSONS!
Hehehe. Looking for Therapy? POLE THERAPY, PEOPLE! =D

'Tis a dirty environment, i said. I was driving with the window down after class at The Ladies Club last Mon, felt cool after a good hard rain. Then all of sudden,at a stop light, i hear a bike reving next to me. Turned my head only to find two dimblewits in Pizza Hut Uniform on a Little Scooter whistlin and hollerin "YEEEEHAAWWW" AT ME! i wasn't sure if i was dumbfounded at this incredibly hilarious sight or was overcome by feeling of insult but i winded my windows back up took off once the light gave a green go. sure enough the dirty scums followed me down the main road til i head out to Penchala Link. Screw the window down breeze people! They may say that turning off your AC saves the earth, but having the window down may give you easy access to scums-on-bikes! yes i had also realized that i gave a very easy pathway for bike-robbers to whatever i had on the passenger seat.

Jon and Adam are in Singapore and Malacca for a whole week. I got worrysome, got tons of "what ifs" crossin my mind in regards to their safety and well being..... keep telling myself, you learn as you grow. Adam is getting older and not my baby brother anymore so just gotta learn to let him go as he begins his journey of independance. Already went thru that with Andrew so this time wasn't so hard. Boy cant wait to have kids now huh =P

Vee got back from the Big Apple and presented such a wonderful piece of BIG Reese's!!! =D We IS Reese's Lovers!

Lastly before im out...
Get a pack of Clorets Fresh Mint Candy as admission and be ready to put that fresh breathe in action! It'll be a night filled with Pole, Beautiful People and Great Music Entertainment ;D
See Ya'll There!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Viva Fun in Pole, Food, Relax & VIVA FAMILIA!

With all fun and play with Pole and Fitness, sometimes the body does need some rest and relax...

Shall start with my BACK..(tune of song comes on)"" (ooops, mind got sidetracked! =P ) anyway, after a full week rest and No Pole tricks, back is finally feeling much better! thanks to Dr Barry from Back In Motion. Apparently was due to previous multiple injuries(thanks to the 6 car accidents), caused pressure build up from top and bottom of spine and eventually....*POP* = OUUUWWEEEE!! ultrasound treatment i was ok with, electric current treatment i was very giddy about,the fact that my back muscles were being contracted without my brain's instructions hence i felt like deformed puppet with my shoulder stuck next to face =P after about 3-4 of those, i have yet to see WHY some ppl actually enjoy it =/
Anyway, point of sharin this is, IF YOU feel somethin aint right with your back, go get it checked out, especially if you have felt it over 2 weeks. We use our back muscles alot in pole as well so it is crucial we maintain our strengthening and stretching of back muscles.
Seriously dude, dont think you would enjoy layin on chiropractors chair while he twists and cracks you in places you never knew could be cracked.pretty sore for few days after....

Next body part, KNEE. NO not my knee thank god but J's knee. He underwent Knee Surgery yesterday for Torn ACL(Anterior cruciate ligament), lil frayed PCL(Posterior cruciate ligament) and a Fucked up Meniscus in need of repair. This resulted in many years of playing football(american), Soccer, Baseball and Basketball since age 5.Nothin we can do with Wear and Tear situations,just gotta make sure we take care of our joints NOW,Peeps! I'm researching on several supplements, update ya on what i find soon.

Went for Grandma's birthday dinner that week and managed to snap these great photos of the 3 TAN brothers with all 3 of their first borns! (yes all daughthers =P)

so on my one week break from studio (Thanks so much to Vee for helpin me out ;), i managed to cook some decent mexican munchies and baked a bit. invited Tan family and Viva Family(Auto, Mash, Trix, Vee, Nas) over along with viva mascot Misaaaaaa. So was a night of Tortilla & Corn chips with homemade salsa and chilli dip, Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas, soft shell beef bean tacos, finishin with not-so-mexican homebaked dessert of Chocolate chip cookies, Oatbran choc chip and chocolate cake with warm custard. after some digestion process of some Wii Games,chasin Misa around and gettin my DAD on the Pole(see pic below), Tan family left and Viva Family got into some POLE(also clowning around) action on my pole (after some edititn i'll attempt to post our pole recording up =P)

STUFF & SPA DAY! a full day of just relaxation @ Hilton KL. Vee and i STUFFED ourselves at Iketeru's wonderful champagne+food free flow brunch, kept ourselves entertained with experimenting food we have never ever heard of.

then it was Play time (with food first), CANT HELP IT! when i saw HORSERADDISH ice cream on the menu, i HAD to try it. Though after One full teaspoon of the cold cream, i think my face went eeeeeck!. that didnt stop me from experimenting with mixing HORSERADDSIH ice cream and SALMON SASHIMI with wasabi and soysauce, whilst Vee experimented Horseraddish ice cream with shrimp teppanyaki, wasabi and soy sauce.Vid here

After some hardcore stuffin and champagne sippin (or chuggin...same thang =P ), headed off to lounge by pool til our spa appointment. OOOPS! ate too long! we only had about 10mins to digest before being kneeded about.ah well....
Friendly staff led us thru a beautifully decorated bali infused hallway to our treatment room and were greeted with some warm aromatic tea and foot bath. followed by some body scrubing treatment. i had some lulur stuff followed by somethin with oats in it (dont ask me which kind, dont remember =P). after that was a milk bath! never had a milk bath before! after a while felt like i AM some bakin oatmeal with flower petals in this tub of warm milk. Maybe the heat got to me, hence why i had my, uh, *cough* special drink *cough* by mistake =P YES Vee & Pietro, im blaming the heat!

STUFF & SPA day ended with some actual swimming at the pool then Movie time with Mash, Trix & Pietro @ Cineleisure. aahh..very nice day =)

It was TRIX's birthday on July 29th!
After pole class, had rushed to KL to meet the gang. We surprised him with Jogoya @ Starhill, since he's a jap cuisine fanatic. AGAIN we STUFFED ourselves silly til they were closing at MIDnight! then the rush for the dessert bar was chaotic! everyone's hands are out grabbin the first ice cream scooper done bein used by someone else. most of the Haegan Daez were gone =( (i was cravin haegan daez for a while for some reason). only managed Caramel, Mango and Strawberry. after the meal, we somehow HAD to finish with some left-over-experiment. SO...what was in the cup? I think it was Soy Sauce, Coffee Kahlua, Mango Ice Cream, Wasabi, Rum, Green Tea Mousse, kiwi ice tea, peach ice tea, white wine...and i think someone drop some soup in there. Who was the GUTSY one? MASH chugged it all for 10 Bucks! =D

Have been really lazy-ing on weights. My goal this week is to get back on track! Get on that functional back training, power legs training, Dynamic Core Training! Pietro will be gettin on this too! =P wuahahahaha
Check out THE STAR's coverage on Viva Vertical's Fitpole for MEN!
Read about it HERE

Of Course Hannah Tan had her story of POLE shared as well ;)
Read About it HERE in NST

FINALLY! Congratulations to all 15 semi finalists for Clorets Dark Secret Amateur Pole Dance Competition! the hours practiced for video submission had paid off ;) Clorets had a press conference and Media POLE Dance workshop yesterday at Celebrity Fitness Bangsar Village 2 with VIVA VERTICAL. Great job to the finalists as they strut their stuff greeting the media, offerin sone lil teasers on the pole!
WE introduce........(in alphabetical order)

AUTO (Andrew)
BELITA (Bernade)
LITA (Sean)
NANA (Shan)

Accompanied by Hannah Tan and Pietro Felix, this was quite of preview of what we may expect to see on Grand Finale day itself!

(Please click on pic to see enlarged size)

All you need is a pack of Cloret's fresh mint candy as Admission to be part of this POLE-filled night of Awesome Fresh breath, pole stars and Studs, Hot & Charming Celebrities and Viva Vertical Pole Performance!!

Read more details about the Media Workshop in Hannah Tan's blog and these wonderful bloggers pages: Julian Hopkins , Soon Seng , Clare,