Thursday, December 25, 2008

Blessed Christmas everyone!!

Have a great year ahead...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

No, this is not about the BC19 cooldown.

It's about how hard for some people to say sorry even after knowing they've done something wrong. The bigger the EGO, the harder it seems for the mouth to utter those so-called "humialiating" 3 words.

I too have that problem sometimes, but I'm making effort on that.

If we really think about it, saying sorry is never about losing face. It actually takes a real man(or woman) to take responsibility for the mistake/error made. If anyone sincerely realises his/her wrong and apologize to me, I would not think less of him/her as a person. Instead, the person will probably earn a new level of respect from me.

Unfortunately, some people may never understand this.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

You is so cocky!!!!

photo courtesy of Osmansany

Really cannot tahan him already....

Friday, December 05, 2008

As Christmas approaches....

Here's a contemporary approach to a Christmas hymn.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

终於学会用中文字写部落 a.k.a. November Recap


已经差不多三个星期没有写了。那这几个星期里发生什麽呢?简单来说, 应付一个很无聊的人。其实,原本是一个小事情。但是,有些自大的人就是要无事生有,把事情越搞越大,弄到大家都不高兴。到最后,吃亏的又不是我... 所以我说那个人很无聊, 而且令我觉得那个人很幼稚。

OK, enough of mandarin for the day...

FF IOI Mall saw quite a lot of activities over the last few week in conjunction with the club's relaunch. One of the things we had was our Nov special Belly Dancing classes. Overall response for the class was good... now the headache is how to slot Belly Dancing into the regular schedule:)

We also had the special Freestyle Step with ABBA's music on Thurs 13 Nov, taught by Jeremy and Steven.

Dancing Queens....

Mamma Mia... here they go again!

Then the last week of November was quite an eventful week, with 3 events happening. First, we had a special GX INVASION NIGHT on 25 November with a couple of GX managers guest teaching the classes in the club. The response was fantastic with BODYBALANCE, BODYSTEP, BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT classes getting very good numbers.

Aubrey & Eric T

Aubrey, Jason K and Janis

Jacqueline Wong, our Regional Trainer

BODYATTACK with Jackson P

Jackson P in action

Jacqueline's BODYBALANCE

Sharon did RPM with me

Jason K and Aubrey getting ready to pump it


Last class of the night- BODYCOMBAT with Cheng

2 days later, it was Retro Extravaganze BODYJAM with Ayzei and Juwita.

Why do they always end up with the same pose?

Ready to jive it with the ladies

Finally, we ended November with a special 90-min BODYCOMBAT Muay Thay Challenge with Janis, Cheng and me teaching on Sunday 30 Nov at 1.40pm. No pics for this one was response also was good with 35 people attending the class. Was it tough? I think it could've been harder... but Janis did complain of sore legs on Monday night.

So what's coming in December?

Les Mills Q4 Launch coming to Fitness First 23 - 28 December 2008. Coming celebrate the last few days of 2008 with a BANG!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008


It's funny how some people react when they're insecure;

an insecure gf/bf may constantly seek the partner's attention;

an insecure small child may do everything to gain the parents' approvals;

an insecure colleague may try to eliminate the competition for a promotion;

Ever wonder what an insecure instructor would do?


p.s. thanks for the small chat, ladynina:)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

GX-PT Endurance Challenge

Last night, IOI Mall had a rare event of seeing GX & Fitness Department working together to conduct a class for the members.

Calling it "ENDURANCE CHALLENGE", we wanted to do something different instead of the usual GX classes. As running the class will require a lot of space, we were estimating around 20 people to participate.

And we were happy to see 18 people stepping forward to try this new thing, out of which we had 6 members who usually come in the morning to lend support.

Members gathering

Briefing session

Dividing them into 6 teams, the briefing took about 20 min to explain how the challenge works. Once everyone is clear, we got the challenge started at about 9pm.

Komathi counting the squats for 1 team

The biceps/triceps station

Bench pressing as a team

Basically each team will have to stay in a station for 5 minutes before moving to the next station

More squat moments

The push ups were a tough time for the guys as they had to do it on their toes

Though we only had to watch the members' form and technique, the FIs and I really got excited with the whole challenge that we shouted and motivated them as much as we could.

All in all, the challenge lasted only about 30 minutes, I think it was the longest 30 minutes in their lives. One of the members managed to burn 361 calories during the 30 minute workout!

Celebrating the success

GX-PT collaboration

It was interesting to do and fun to watch the members participating. Maybe we can do this more often...

One more challenge coming up 0n 19 Nov 2008!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

4 years

Looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Wedding #3 in 3 weeks

Seems like people just like to get married at the end of the year- I've attended 3 weddings in as many weeks. The last one was last Saturday in Penang. This one I was involved as one of the "heng tais" and also the MC for the wedding dinner.

The person getting married was Danny Chen, my church buddy whom I've known half of my life. In fact, I got to know him a couple of months before his whole family came to Penang Christian Centre- we were classmates in 1991.

Anyhow, had to wake up early on Sat morning and be at his place by 6.45am. Had a bit of breakfast and somehow we only went to pick up the bride Su Yin around 8.15am.

The entourage getting ready to leave house

The groom

The best man, Leslie, who's getting married in Sept 2009

This is Willie, also Best Man, and the groom's brother.

Four of us are quite close and Willie is the only one who's still single. He lamented that by the end of 2009, all his friends would all be married.... poor boy!

(anyone out there interested to help him? He's quite good with computers and has Australian PR status.)

2 best men means 2 vehicles

As Penang is a small place, we reached Gelugor from Tanjung Bungah in around 20 mins. It was drizzling a bit by the time we reach the bride's place.

As usual, the heng tais have to help the groom to overcome a few challenges from the bride's "SISTAS" before we could get the bride....

Disposable undies with alphabets...

Apparently we're supposed to spell the name of a place in Sarawak where the bride studied

Fortunately Danny knew the place and that one was done.

Groom had to sort out which are the bride's stuff

Overall the challenges were quite easy- in fact, Leslie managed to get one of the sistas to open the front door with an ang pow containing merely 99 SEN!!!!

Now that's value for money!!! Sista, next time remember to check the content first!!!!

Anyhow, the last obstacle was the door of the bedroom, We tried to push in but were blocked by the 2 bridesmaids.

"OK, heng tais... Do your thing..."

So the groom decided to take a nap....


... while the heng tais did the dirty job and pushed....


...and pushed....


... and pushed...


.... still pushing...


Unfortunately for us, we all forgot to take off our socks so the ground was too slippery for us to force our way in. At the end, the best men had to give their ang pows before the door was finally opened....

"Why your heng tais all so lembik wan?"

After much commotion, finally the task was accomplished.

Next stop: CHURCH!!!

Church ceremony was a simple one with about 100 people attending the ceremony.

Gracie(on the left) was the one who took the 99 sen ang pow and opened the front entrance for us

(from L-R)Rev. Isaac Chan, Danny, Wille and Leslie

Here comes the bride

Waiting for the moment to make their vows

Forgot to mention that beside the heng tai and the MC thingy, I was also asked by Danny to be one of the witnesses for their marriage certificates.

Putting my signature on the certificates

Willie sang a song while we were signing the certificates

After the exchange of vows, the signing of the certificates....

Ladies and gentlemen... Mr & Mrs Danny Chen

Leslie and the future Mrs Yim

photoshoot with the couple

The good ol' funny shot

Dinner was held at City Bayview Hotel. There were 46 tables - he invited quite a lot of church people actually.

Nonya and Ah Beng

Strike a pose!

Overall dinner was a nice time of catching up with old church friends. Our table was actually outside the hall and so we could basically talk about anything and laughed as loud as we could. No one near us- except maybe the other table which was outside the main hall with us.

I enjoyed hosting the dinner as I know about half of those invited. It's good to be able to be part of Danny's wedding and I look forward to hosting Leslie's in September. But first, priority is my own....

3 couples with 2 single guys

Congratulations again Danny & Su Yin.... may you have a beautiful & blissful marriage, "white hair till old" and "every year one expensive son"!!