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Big Project

23 Jul

In the next 2-3 months, I will be launching a fabulous project, finally doing what I always wanted to do.  There is clearly a magic in this world that anything is possible.  Quote of day : “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” – Les Brown


Foot is in Pain. Yuck! (Update)

27 Mar

Back in January, my left foot hurts. I have been using the P.R.I.C.E. (protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation) recovery method. It is feeling a lot better now and I feel the strength is coming back in my foot. Not fully though, I am only referring to the strength that allow me to jump and run a little bit.

I still feel some tension and soreness in the muscles of the foot especially after an intensive work out.  So I use a tennis ball to relieve the tension in my sore foot. I push my foot into the tennis ball until I feel a light pressure. I keep rolling until I feel the muscular tightness is decreasing.  I also use sports tape to supports my sore and injured muscles on my foot during excerise.  Apparently I find KT Tape is the best sport tape comparing those compression bands or wraps.  It is not slippery and easy to apply. No more ‘mummy-like’ taping and that is awesome.

This is a long road of recovery and I do not like it at all.  This rehabilitation is a such a pain in the ass. Sign!

Well Done, Vancouver!

7 Mar

I just returned to my blog for the first time in almost a month to tell you that yes, I am incredibly busy having fun and haven’t had the chance to post any updates.

Yes, yes and yes!! What an amazing couple of weeks. I have never been so “into” the Olympics until these games. I am sooo proud to be Canadian. Not just about all the medals but to see the flag going up, the people singing the anthem and over all, the amazing job Vancouver did with the hosting.

I am kind of sad to see the Olympic games ended, I have watched more of games in this olympics then any other olympic games, perhaps that they were in Canada, I just felt more connected to it. Seeing all the crowds of red mitts in the streets, it must have been an awesome experience for me.

The Olympics gave me feelings of inspiration, hope, laughter and tears. But it was not a moment for me but a pride for our country as we all sang, “Oh CANADA” so many times!

This place was rocking right before and during the game with some incredible energy and people in town. The energy of the crowds was something I’ve never felt before. Truly amazing to be around with so many people from all over the world who are so excited and happy.

This is my perfect city Vancouver. I think Vancouver did Canada proud, this felt like one of the most hospitable winter olympics games yet.

Thank you Vancouver.
Thank you Canada.

Foot is in Pain. Yuck!

26 Jan

I slightly sprained my left foot two times in September and November last year. It began to twinge for a day or two but the pain disappeared. I thought it wasn’t serious so I didn’t take care of it. It was a mistake by me.

The pain on my foot came back and it is tender again. I am experiencing some shooting pains when I press on the ankle area. I probably walk funny without knowing it the past months. It is now affecting my body alignment. Now my other parts of my body aches and sores. Yuck!

This isn’t new to me and I feel terrible and upset.  about it. Sigh! The recovery takes weeks. It includes P.R.I.C.E.: protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation.  I also includes regular visit to the chiropractor, taping, exercise moderately, cutting back high impact stuff, taking rest days, and making sure the pain is really gone. I hope to speed up the recovery process by rubbing and soaking my foot with Chinese aged medicine liquor.

Wish me luck.

A New Year’s Plan

6 Jan

This is my first blog post of the new year.

Happy 2010 everyone. Hope all of you had a blast and wonderful holiday. As for me I had a long holiday. Actually I pretty much got the same number of day offs like everybody else. But I had been a lazy girl throughout the holiday.

One day I took some time to write out some new year resolution.  Well I admitted some of them are so familiar. Since I have been slacking off quite a bit in Q4 of 2009. I am going to begin with extra effort and go extra miles to reach my goals. May the force be with me the whole year. I mean really talking about “all 4 quarters” of the whole year.

A little fun fact from Quirkology showing that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, a system where small measurable goals are used (lose a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.

I had mine written down on a piece of paper and placed it somewhere very prominent on my desk. This will work this time.

Return from Abroad

22 Oct

I’m back. Recently I spent a whole month over in HK. This long overdue trip was my first holiday for over two years. I had a great time catching up with my family members and friends but also got to know baby J. It has been a wonderful time but hectic. I won’t be taking any long trip soon. I am drained from this trip.

Driver license renewal: Smile no more

22 Jul

neutral faceIs Vancouver banning smiles for driver license photos? I think so. Drivers are now required to have neutral face expressions when having their photo taken. The reason is to avoid fraud
using advanced facial recognition software. Why do you take away my smiling freedom? Great, so now my driver license picture will look even more like a police mug shot (although I don’t have one, I am sure my face will look the same). There is no smiling for my Canadian passport already (and I hate my picture there), and now the driver license. So all my identification pictures will look as if I never enjoy life or never had fun in my entire life.

I thought they are using advanced facial recognition software. Oh well, some experts claim that this technology is not yet sophisticated enough to differentiate between the same person smiling and not smiling. Then if the software can’t handle a smile, what the heck happens if someone grows a beard hiding the chin. One has to ask if this isn’t somehow the beginning of machines dictating our behavior…or someone behind the machines.

I totally object this idea. I like to smile in all my photos and I think I look prettier smiling as well.

[Side Note. Okay, that’s not what I learnt from watching the CSI shows. On the show, the software can zoom in and out; if the subject’s head is blurred or is sideways, the software can recognize the person with no problem. Obviously, the shows are fooling me. Gotta stop watching too much TV.]