The Football “Psychic”

You know the whole world has gone bersek when they turn to an octopus as the football oracle.
Believe me I have nothing against octopus and I love all animals alike. Ok maybe a bit less love for rats but that’s another story.
And I am not saying the octopus prediction is bollocks or bogus, but I am against the notion of using any animals for fame, money or any other entertainment reasons. That is why I have always been strongly objective to the idea of animal shows, movies, rides or any mindless entertainment uses where they are made to work in captivity. It does not serve any purpose except the people who made monetary gains out of those acts.
Punters who worship Paul Oktopus and made money out of him, did you share your winnings or do you even care about him now that Germany is out? Will you still remember him and his greatness few months down the road? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Of course this has not been a new practice. For centuries, men have been making use of animals for work, food and entertainment. Now that we have evolved and replaced animals with machines, turned to vegetarianism (for some) for food and the mass media for entertainment, maybe its time we rethink the need to make use of all our other mammal friends.

You know the whole world has gone bersek when they turn to an octopus as the football oracle.

Believe me I have nothing against octopus and I love all animals alike. Ok maybe a bit less love for rats but that’s another story.

And I am not saying the octopus prediction is bollocks or bogus, but I am against the notion of using any animals for fame, money or any other entertainment reasons. That is why I have always been strongly objective to the idea of animal shows, movies, rides or any mindless entertainment uses where they are made to work in captivity. It does not serve any purpose except the people who made monetary gains out of those acts.

Punters who worship Paul Oktopus and made money out of him, did you share your winnings or do you even care about him now that Germany is out? Will you still remember him and his greatness few months down the road? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Of course this has not been a new practice. For centuries, men have been making use of animals for work, food and entertainment. Now that we have evolved and replaced animals with machines, turned to vegetarianism (for some of the greater ones amongst us) for food and the mass media for entertainment, maybe its time we rethink the need to make use of all our other mammal friends.

New Chapter

Hello, I’m back. Remember me? We used to see each other more often when you would read about my mundane stuff, and used it as an insomnia remedy, remember?

I didn’t AWOL for no apparent reasons. D-man and I moved into my folk’s 3 weeks ago and am a official parasite to them now. Yup, the progress we make in life is always surprising isn’t it. We then offload everything and went to Thailand for a 2 week rendezvous, where we sweated all of life’s toxins out at a Muay Thai camp and at the beach.

We went to Sinbi Muay Thai this year, and saying we loved it is quite understated. Sure, there were plenty of instructors there ready to whip our lazy arses but they were of the best breeds. There are many people who love their art, but these are the minority who live it. While it may sound very masochistic to say we looked forward to the grueling, painful and almost torturing trainings everyday, the trainers actually made it so. They were generous and patient in imparting their skills, yet able to drive us to the very extreme end of our physical and mental capabilities.

In other words we totally loved it.

Except the blue black eyes, bruised shin, broken ankles, battered thighs and intense body aches.


This is X, one of our trainers. He is hilarious.

And invincible.
This is D-man. He can be hilarious too.

And un-invincible.
These are the dudes from our our gym in Singapore.

They may be un-invincible or not un-invincible.
Are you confused? Good.

That’s a trademark fighter’s pose. But let me tell you a top secret of trade secrets of the toppest kind of secrets.
You can pose like that even if you’re not a fighter.

Just don’t tell others I told you so.

To be continued…

Bossaball

It’s a combination of volleyball, football and music, played on a giant inflatable balloon and trampoline. A-gal does fancy gymnastic stuff so she totally loves it. Apparently anyone can play and you don’t need prior training. Just so long you don’t throw up on bouncy inflatables like me, and am not afraid of a flying ball coming at ya. Check it out here.

I think A-gal’s a natural at sports. She’s getting ready for..

a somersault…

then she does a cartwheel..

She can also do volleyball serves…

and she touches her toes on the trampoline..

just because she can!

Definitely a happy sports.

Chantal Ughi

Every once in a while you find an inspiring story that propels you to work harder for your dreams. This had been mine for the moment.

Not that I want to be a professional Muay Thai fighter now, but I am reminded that passions and dreams must be chased to be fulfilled. And that is perhaps where we can then ultimately find happiness.

Namaste

There was a Yoga by the Sea event yesterday at East Coast Park and more than a thousand people turned up for the mass workout. Pity about the rain, or D-man and I could have stretched for a while longer. I kid you not, the skies were really dark.

I feel in love with this tree. It has the looks of a I’ll-look-out-for-you-and-will-protect-you-from-anything kind of tree.

As luck would have it, a friend brought us to this little hangout named “Going Om” in the evening for a cuppa. We sipped Chakra Lassi’s on the carpeted floor and were well-served by a native Indian (and may I add good looking) chap.

The menus and place do not have much to do with enhancing inner peace but I have to say it was a pretty holistic experience.

Coming back to yoga, I have experienced tremendous health and beauty benefits from practicing this ancient tantric science and I know many others whom lives have been changed by it. Yoga made me healthier, happier and even cleared my skin through the expulsion of toxins and improvement in blood flow. It is an exercise that everyone in every stage of life can enjoy with no ill-effects or strain on the body. Plus you need very little, just comfy cloths and a mat.

Please try it if you have not. I promise it will bring you nothing but good.

SEA Games Qualifying Series 2

7 BXG warriors gave their hearts and souls for their love of the sport, and fought fearlessly for the gym’s glory yesterday. Was so intense I thought I would get into cardiac arrest. Thank goodness there were medics on standby.

Oh they were not for me?

I don’t care what you are doing. Savour the fight clips right now!

Special thanks to D-man whom we’ve recruited for the camera services.

D-man, the brand you can always count on. :)