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Tennis Self Training!

January 6, 2007

As every morning, he woke staring up at the ceiling. His body lazy, tired from too much sleep. Recollections remind him of the 2am night before, watching movies till he tired yet still pushed to finish the movies he started. Still too sleepy to really remember much of anything else, he bask in my daily routine of stretching out my limbs from undernethen hist sheets. He rolled over and sparalled himself out. Losing himself in the depth of his pillow and warm of his blanket, he closes his eyes and retires once again.

Time felt still, staggent, why does his mind wonder and spin as he laided still in the morning. Was it morning? What time was it? He reached out for his cellphone for a clock. Just out of reach. Shifting his body and stretching out his arm, he feels the wound from Mammoth retorting it’s echoing soar. Picking up the clock, he see it’s 1pm. Too much sleep, it was long enough.

Still soar, still tired, he knows he can not prop himself up easily. Tiresome trials the days before told him this. Rolling out, he shifts his feet across his rug of clothes. Stepping slowly across his wasteland, his feet reach a blistering cold surface. Removing this feeling from himself, he waddles to the restroom just a few steps away.

There as every morning at home, he looks at himself. Life’s rest, but work’s toil, and himself as t protrait; he watches the morning snap shot of himself in the mirror before him.

His thoughts: “I don’t smile enough…” 

With the next waking moments of his Saturday, he stood practicing smiles and experimented with his face. Eyebrow up, smile down, smile up, more lip, eyes sharper, rounder, look down, reset, try again… >.>;;;;


No, I’m not crazy! Anyone else do this too? haha.

Anyhow was a good day: Ate Breakfesk, watched some anime, decided to play tennis, drove mom and grandma to McKindly so they can walk around with the dog.

Home now, still learning to enjoy myself.


So Tennis, it’s very difficult! But I took a learning position on it. Sadly I had to sit the ball around myself, but I suppose that’s the best way to do it when your learning. I found a small handball court at my old elementry school. Stood about 5 steps from the wall, knocked the ball back and forth, switching sides: front-hand, back-hand. Took a few steps back, speed up the process, worked it a little further away. Pop! Over the wall >.>;; Dang it! Run Run Run. Start again.

Definitly noticed myself getting more and more tired, but slowly I started noticing differences in my form. I started hitting with the racket further and further infront of me and it become harder and harder to hit. When I kept the point of contact parallel to me, I felt there was more control of power, but at a lost of precision. Slowly I started some tricks: how does top spin work? Against a wall it was pretty interesting, it made it hit the wall and pop off in an arch.

Anyhow, I definitly see a difference in things when I take a learning approach. I should try this out with swimming too when I go back to Canada on Monday. Maybe do some research before I go.


Learned how to Sew

January 2, 2007

Today I finished watching Click, the movie with Adam Sanders. It was a very good movie and really I related to it a lot. Personally I think I’ve been working too hard and have really been “choosing” my work over my personal life and family. It was a very touching movie and I really started to tear a bit when it came to his father and also the last scene just in-front of the hospital. My initials thoughts right after the movie was that “I had to do something with my family, I love them.”

Then almost immedately I was invited to go workout with Leo at CalTech, I made a mental note for myself and decided I will do something with family right after I get back. I pulled up my workout pants from out of my drawers and then found it with a hole! Normally it wouldn’t be a big deal, but this hole was about the side a credit card right under my back right pocket. Definitly wasn’t looking forward to showing my boxers at CalTech.

It hit me. “Spend time with family” + “Grandma is living with us recently” + “I have a pant with a hole” + “I want to learn something to improve myself” + “I really like my old workout pants and I’m not ready to part with them yet” = “I’ll ask Mom and Grandma how to sew!” Was a good idea =)

I went to the gym at CalTech (using Leo’s sister’s ID), then went to dinner with my family and had a good dinner and wonderiful conversation.

I then prompty asked my Grandmother and Mother to teach me how to sew!

My grandma’s initial reaction was “huh? just go buy some new pants!” My mom, which had helped me sew my workout pants before, explained to my grandma how much I love old things and how I like these pants. I personally believe I’m just very confortable with things I’m familar with. These pants are like a safety blanket.


Lesson #1: Different types of Lines!

On the far right you’ll see a “straight line”: it’s something like just poking oneside and moving a bit and poking across to another side then poking another side again. You basically make a Zigzag shape in and out of the fabric and work your way through. there’s about 3 segments of this type below.

On the middle right, the next 6 segments are what’s called a “re-line” (Excuse my english translation of what my mom/grandma said in chinese LOL): A re-line is a poke through behind the current location of the string, then a poke about two times the distance of the backwards poke forward out of the fabric. This works like a slowly moving loop-to-loop, it’s much more firm and works better with tougher fabrics that need to hold together. Later I have a better visual example of exactly how to do this.

On the middle left is what’s called a “carpet line”: This is a half poke into the fabric near a corner or where the fabric folds. Then taking the string that has not been poked through, one wraps it counter clock-wise around the pin head behind the end of the fabric. After that you then pull the needle out and repeat. This is a very firm edge sewing line.

Different Stiches
Lesson #2: How to prepare a patch to be sewed
The next image is the hole I’m trying to patch-up. Steps are:
1.) Put the patch fabric over the hole
2.) keep it in place using other needles
3.) Draw a line (if you want) to make a good beginner’s target
4.) String your needle and start sewing

Lesson #3: How to String a needle and tie the end knot
1.) Put the string through the hole of the needle
2.) Pull the string back such that you have both ends of the string match up (image below)

3.) Make a loop and pitch the around you want to make the knot at, placing your thumb further back along the index finger.

4.) Slide across the intersection of the loop to have the string end curve into the loop and out the other side.

5.) Tighten and your strung and ready!

Lesson #4: How to Sew a “re-Line”
1.) From where the needle is coming out of the fabric, name it as Origin, poke about 1 unit distance behind it.

2.) Push the needle out from the inside about 2 unit distances infront of the Origin.

3.) Now pull the needle through

4.) Pull it all the way through, tighten, and repeat!

Inside of pants:

Outside of pants:

Goals accomplished:
– Spent time with Mom
– Spent time with Grandma
– Learned how to Sew
– Realized how very damn hard it can be to poke a needle through a doubled layered sewed-up corner of a pocket really is! I had to push the needle through using the table!

Was good bonding time with my grandma especially =) She’s old and I have her some memories ^__^ Not bad for a guy! 😀

Working-out by working?

November 26, 2006

I’m soar all over >.>;;; but I have not worked out in the last two days! What I have been doing though is standing up a lot. I think the wikipedia was right about keeping a good posture. It said something to this degree:

– If you keep an erect posture, it helps blood flow as well as muscle development.
– By keeping good posture, your abs will be stretched more and muscles between back and abs will build and become stronger, producing a smaller core waist over time.
– If you keep good posture, you will waste less energy correcting for hanging mass, and feel like you have more energy.

For the most part, I’m starting to see some differences. There are some things that I am doing aside from relaxing though. I am pulling my shoulders back as part of the daily excersize. It’s tiring, but I can already see some results ^__^. Of course it may also be a part of my healther eating =)

I’m soar, but I didn’t do anything today. I’m somewhat assuming all this back straightening has an effect on it. I guess i won’t know until a later time.

Dynamic Stretching

October 31, 2006

Joint Rotations

From a standing position with your arms hanging loosely at you sides, flex, extend, and rotate each of the following joints:

  • Fingers
  • Wrist
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Neck
  • Trunk and shoulder blades
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Feet and toes

Neck Mobility

  • Flexion/Extension – Tuck your chin into your chest, and then lift your chin upward as far as possible. 6 to 10 repetitions
  • Lateral Flexion – lower your left ear toward your left shoulder and then your right ear to your right shoulder. 6 to 10 repetitions
  • Rotation – Turn your chin laterally toward your left shoulder and then rotate it toward your right shoulder. 6 to 10 repetitions

Shoulder Circles

  • Stand tall, feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent
  • Raise your right shoulder towards your right ear, take it backwards, down and then up again to the ear in a smooth action
  • Repeat with the other shoulder

Arm Swings

  • Stand tall, feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent
  • Keep the back straight at all times
  • Overhead/Down and back – Swing both arms continuously to an overhead position and then forward, down, and backwards. 6 to 10 repetitions
  • Side/Front Crossover – Swing both arms out to your sides and then cross them in front of your chest. 6 to 10 repetitions

Side Bends

  • Stand tall with good posture, feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands resting on hips
  • Lift your trunk up and away from your hips and bend smoothly first to one side, then the other, avoiding the tendency to lean either forwards or backwards
  • Repeat the whole sequence sixteen times with a slow rhythm, breathing out as you bend to the side, and in as you return to the centre

Hip circles and twists

  • Circles – With your hands on your hips and feet spread wider than your shoulders, make circles with your hips in a clockwise direction for 10 to 12 repetitions. Then repeat in a counter clockwise direction
  • Twists – Extend your arms out to your sides, and twist your torso and hips to the left, shifting your weight on to the left foot. Then twist your torso to the right while shifting your weight to the right foot. 10 to 12 reps on each side

Half Squat

  • Stand tall with good posture holding your hands out in front of you for balance
  • Now bend at the knees until your thighs are parallel with the floor
  • Keep your back long throughout the movement, and look straight ahead
  • Make sure that your knees always point in the same direction as your toes
  • Once at your lowest point, fully straighten your legs to return to your starting position
  • Repeat the exercise sixteen times with a smooth, controlled rhythm
  • Breath in as you descend, and out as you rise

Leg Swings

  • Flexion/Extension– Stand sideways onto the wall
  • Weight on your left leg and your right hand on the wall for balance
  • Swing your right leg forward and backward
  • 10 to 12 repetitions on each leg
  • Cross-Body flexion/Abduction – Leaning slightly forward with both hands on a wall and your weight on your left leg, swing your right leg to the left in front of your body, pointing your toes upwards as your foot reaches its furthest point of motion
  • Then swing the right leg back to the right as far as comfortable, again pointing your toes up as your foot reaches its final point of movement
  • 10 to 12 repetitions on each leg


  • Standing tall both feet together (starting position)
  • Keeping the back straight lunge forward with the right leg approx 1 to 1½ metre
  • The right thigh should be parallel with the ground and the right lower leg vertical
  • Spring back to the starting position
  • Repeat with the left leg
  • 12 to 16 repetitions on each leg

Ankle Bounce

  • Double leg bounce – Leaning forward with your hands on the wall and your weight on your toes, raise and lower both heels rapidly (bounce)
  • Each time, lift your heels one to two inches from the ground while maintaining ground contact with the ball of your feet
  • 12 to 16 repetitions
  • Single leg bounce – leaning forward with your hands on a wall and all your weight on your left foot, raise the right knee forward while pushing the left heel towards the ground
  • Then lower the right foot to the floor while raising the left heel one or two inches
  • Repeat in a rapid, bouncy fashion
  • 12 to 16 repetitions on each leg