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valandil_dreww
Been thinking quite a bit on some stuff lately, like uni plans, dance and stuff. Came upon this quote in some random facebook status.

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much” — Jim Rohn

Strikingly true and nicely put eh. Might sound surprisingly, but in my opinion this applies to dance too.. in being honest to one's self and being yourself in your dance, not just following blindly, or trying to impress superficially.
Definitely something to put in retrospect with regards to education, which is why I am really thinking a lot of what I'm gonna do for uni.

Watched Ip man 2. I think it was a lil too exaggerated and dramatic at some points. It's the sort of movie that creates lots of strong emotions against the antagonist, which in this case has quite a bit of side effects, what with the heavy stereotypes of the British and their perceptions of Chinese.

On another note, I enjoyed rooting for our man Ip Man, the one and only teacher of the legendary Bruce Lee

Radikal Forze Jam 2010
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Okay I'm posting very late as usual. This was supposed to be posted like many weeks ago. Heh.

This year's RF jam brought something else different to me.

Initially I thought I wanted to go all out and challenge myself in the cyphers. The whole "go hard or go home" mentality was pretty much in my mind. I even took leave on the day before the first day of the jam so that I could be more rested. But shit I still felt drained. Sign of my sleep cycle really screwed up? Maybe. Or maybe it's because I just sleep too late. Damn :( I mustmustmust get my energy back 

Qualifiers looked like Redbull street battles cuz of the same location - skate park - and the classic oldschool-looking matts that you could see at the Radiotron back in the days. Vintage shit yo! Now, if only I could get those in the middle of my bedroom floor hahah.
The atmosphere was pretty dope and hinted of a block party right down here in our sunny island of Singapore. The qualifiers were well, chill but there was the hype there.

Interesting scene - to find b-boys learning from each other right there at skate park. This guy was asking b-boy baviron about some toprock step and a few others came by to take a look and try it out. All these without even really having a common language, or rather, a common first language. Most of the foreign bboys speak very basic english and I suppose a lot of their english is of b-boy terms. But this is what it was all about. So what if Baviron is from Japan and that other dude there was Thai or Vietnamese. We're all here for the love of the dance, the culture. It was, and should still be about peace, unity, love, and having fun.

How many b-boys out there forget that and only want to display their stuff in compeitions after competitions? In the end, if you're getting all flustered up by competitions all the time, get mad stressed and end up not enjoying yourself on the dancefloor, I think it's quite a waste because the essence of the dance is intrinsically lost. As felix said, fuck the competition and let's get it on to the cyphers. People say "girls just wanna have fun". I say b-boys and b-girls should all be having fun, especially when they're jamming or getting down.

The fact that no Singapore crew qualified for the top 16 speaks loads about how we should still continue stepping it up, no matter how much the local standards has improved, throughout the past few years especially. But I must still say the local crews repped hard and I'm definitely proud of my juniors once again. I&I you guys have definitely come a long way man. Keep going and don't let NS get you down!

The second day came and it was the actual jam down at Zouk. The competitions were pretty fun to watch but at times they could get a lil boring. B-boy toshiki's run in the semi's against Big Toe was orgasm-ic though. Totally brought the whole house down! It looked as if he was gonna crash but it ended up being something really dope! It's like a sudden twist in the storyline of a mystery thriller that turns a random piece on the shelf into a classic. If b-boy cheno (99Flava) had the run of the night in the qualifiers, toshiki definitely took that for the actual jam.

And I wonder if anyone noticed, but the champs this time - First and Last Crew - (consisting of a crazy crew of Katsu, Pepito, Toshiki and Baviron) actually took the top spot for the comp without any group routines or commandos. Recognize this and respect man! How many crews can actually pull it off? Props and big ups man!

Meeting b-girl eri from japan at this jam was very refreshing. Quoting my junior b-girls liuyi and michelle, she's really a very nice person. Could see that she was truly having fun while throwing down all out with mad flava. I'm really glad with how she was encouraging liuyi and michelle to get into the cypher though(:

Without a doubt, RF jam is the mandatory must-go highlight b-boy event of Singapore's calendar. Heck, Southeast Asia's calendar even! Can't wait for the next one! 

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valandil_dreww
"For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these; It might have been."
American poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-1892

True words indeed, don't you think? I chanced upon that quote in a pretty interesting and insightful article from today's Mind your Body section of The Straits Times (page 16, the author's name is Gary Hayden) Go read it if you can! (:

One of the curious idiosyncrasies of people eh? Hayden actually quoted research results showing that most of our biggest regrets involve something we did not do, instead of something we did do. Of course, we do regret some of the stuff we do, but his main point was to bring out the fact that we are more likely to regret stuff that we did not do. This is a refreshing perspective and I think it's one of those things that are pretty damn true but many of us do not realise it.

One of the reasons given by Hayden was from a psychologist, Prof Richard Wiseman - "we can see clearly the consequences of things we did do, but are free to imagine what might have been the consequences of things we did not do". He explains that the reasons for regret involving things that we did are limited by what has actually happened, whereas when it comes to things that didn't happen, the possible scenarios seem to have much less boundaries.

At that juncture, logically, I guess we can deduce that idealists would be likely to conjure up beautiful images of what might have been, while pessimists would be likely to think of the worst case scenarios.

Then, I wonder, would all these differ in different cultures and societies? In a city where people are brought up to be more conservative, would they be more likely to regret, assuming that most of them choose to take conventional paths in their lives? Or would they seek assurance in the knowledge or thoughts that they are safe in the choices they made?
In places that encourage go-getters, innovation, and the cliche thinking out of the box, would people regret less, knowing that they largely chose their own decisions instead of thinking of what may have been?

Of course, I feel that there is also the point of whether we chose the decision of not doing something. External constraints could make the act of 'not doing something' less painful, because in many cases, we are simply not in control of making that decision. I guess fellow NSFs can relate not being able to do many things due to our duties. haha. You can go AWOL but are you gonna regret DB more or regret not doing what you wanted to do?

Maybe I'm just thinking too much but this topic of "what may have been" but this article kinda affects me more, esp when I relate to my own experiences in life.  But no matter what, I definitely agree with Hayden that "it is worth bearing in mind that our biggest sources of regret are likely to be the things we did not do rather than the things we did".

Guess who's back
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Wow. Amazing. I managed to drag myself back to this online abode after leaving it to rot for like what, 3 years? An entry to mark the (Chinese) New Year perhaps? Haha..But I guess I needed to find an outlet for penning my thoughts since I've been having a lot of time to think for the recent months.

Hmm lemme start by summarizing my 2009. Well, there were numerous memorable events that I might or might not have chosen if given the chance again but still, I believe everyone goes through a lot of stuff/shit/maturing/growing up in the years after leaving jc, especially so for my fellow nsfs.

Pre-NS was pretty smoky and vague now in my memories haha, i pretty much only rmb the musical. Oh yes.. THE musical that I kinda jumped into randomly with no expectations or whatsoever but just a desire to be part of something, and a desire to get back to performing and get back to dance. Well, it was certainly an experience that i cherished, albeit some unhappiness on our parts due to ahem (well certain things I dont wanna disclose here) but what i cherished and gained most were the new friendships made and being able to grow closer to some friends I've known for quite a while back at school (wow school seems to be so far away now). I felt that it was really a twist of fate that led me to being part of this. Well, you never really know what life gives you eh(:

Then of course, like many brothers out there, enlistment came. The one day that many young singaporean men dread to the max hahah. Well, did what I had to do, reported to CD instead of many others out there (army). Was put into the Emergency Response Specialist Course and went through 6 months of blood sweat and tears, finally passing out on an evening at the end of september. Passing out ceremony was not what i expected it to be though. You know the feeling when you're supposed to feel damn happy but it just doesn't come like it should? Yeah.. what I felt though, was a huge relief that the course (and stay-in!) was finally over, and also that tinge of uncertainty about the future to come.

Thereafter, was posted to Central Fire Station. Sometimes I wonder if there was any rationale about the postings, but now I think there's no point in wondering about such stuff if you're probably never gonna be able to find out. About 5 months have since passed and I've pretty much gotten used to station life. Sometimes I feel like I've much to thank for, but other times, I feel like I've much to curse about too. Hopefully I can go through the remaining time smoothly and safely.

Through 2009, I'm glad that I'm still keeping in touch with my bros from hci ncc. That said even though I was given a different path in ns and I don't understand lotsa army lingo :( But I definitely cherish and remember all the random weekends meet-ups and stuff.. even the photoshoot before stann left. Though stann left for his studies, we still stuck together as a close bunch and I'm very thankful for that, in all honesty! From the heart bros(: and of course, we can't wait for you to be back for a visit in a few months time stann.

The sad part about being in close bunches of course is the drifting apart.. happened with the certain bunches sadly. I can pretty much say inevitably for the og14 bunch. Haha, but still I'm glad we can still meet up and have a good time albeit occasionally.

kk I gotta go over for visiting now. Let this be part ONE of updates here. Peace!

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    Hey ppl(: Just for laughs~
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    Three men at a job interview were questioned by a human resources manager who did not have ears. The first man went in and the manager told him, "This job requires powers of observation. Make one observation about me."
    The first man said, "You have no ears!"
    "Get out!" yelled the manager.
    The second man went in and the manager said the same thing, "This job requires powers of observation. Make one observation about me."
    The second man said, "You have no ears!"
    "Get out!" yelled the manager.
    As the third man stood up to go in, the other two men told him, "The interviewer doesn't have ears and he's very sensitive about it."
    The third man thanked them and went in. The manager repeated, "This job requires powers of observation. Make one observation about me."
    The third man man stared at the manager for a long time and finally said, "You wear contact lenses."
    The manager was impressed, "Very food. Excellent observation. Tell me, how could you tell?"
    "Well, you can't wear glasses," replied the third man, "because you have no ears!"

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    Peter asked his father, "Dad, can you help me with my schoolwork? What is politics?"
    The father replied, "Well, let me explain graphically. I bring back the cash, so let's call me 'Capitalism'. Your mother is the administrator of money, so we'll call her 'Government'. We take care of your needs, so we'll call you 'The People'. We'll call the maid 'The Working Class', and your baby brother we can call 'the Future'."
    In the middle of the night, Peter woke up and heard his baby brother crying. He checked and found that his baby brother had soiled his diaper. He went to his parent's room and found his mother sound asleep. He called her, but she continued sleeping. He went to the maid's room, where, he saw his father with the maid. Finally he returned to his room and went back to sleep.
    The next morning, Peter went to school and told his teacher, "Miss Tan, I think i understand what politics is."
    "Good, Peter. Please explain it to the class."
    "Well, the Working Class is fooling around with Capitalism. The Government is sleeping, and completely ignoring The People. I looked, and saw that the Future is full of shit."

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