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BTS- boys in luv  Taekwando version/dance cover

i’m in love… this was brilliant

Good news! :)

Iniisip ko kung may maganda na bang nangyari sakin ngayong araw na ‘to. lalo kasi akong nalungkot sa pinakita sakin ni joanneloiiii. huahua. okay going back. Mawawalan na sana ko ng pagasa kasi wala talaga kong naisip na nakapag pangiti man lang sakin ngayong araw lalo na sa super boring na klase kanina sa logic. Tapos bigla kong naalala nung kasama ko si Mame kanina, pauwi na kami galing Pandayan nakita ko sa may taas ng Topico may malaking-malaking-malaking (basta malaki. haha) tarpulin tapos may nakalagay na, “taekwando, jiujitsu, WUSHU. etc.” Nanlaki yung mata ko kasi nakita ko may WUSHU na nakalagay, commonly naman kasi pag makakakita ako ng may mga workshops na martial arts eh wala ako wushu. Kaya sinabi ko agad kay Mame. Ayun. Sa sembreak makakapag wushu na ko sa wakas. Kasi nung nakaraan di ako makapag wushu kase sa Mindanao Ave. pa. So eto na, thanks BRO! :) you never fail to end the day without making me happy. :)

Just gave taekwando a bit of a run! So much fun, loved it.

May have something to do with the amount of yelling you get to do! Haha

A big thank you to the kids and team at Kang’s Taekwando in Campsie…

Andami naming plano ng pinsan ko. Dapat daw within this year may sport na kami. Tapos sa bakasyon magsa-summer class daw kami sa kung ano mang mapili. Gusto niya kasi swimming e hindi ako pwede kasi mahina yung lungs. Huhu. Tapos taekwando daw e ayaw ko rin. Kaya undecided. HAHA. Tapos sa 16th birthday daw namin pupunta kami sa malayong lugar na kaming dalawa lang. Haha :D

On -isms: Blades of Hope

One trap that I’m trying not to fall into with my “On -isms” pieces here is dwelling too heavily on the negative. There are plenty of examples out there where there are failures of diversity, intentional and unintentional. So let me take a moment to highlight when someone does things right.

I recently stumbled across an upcoming story called Blades of Hope from Jabal Entertainment. The idea was sold to me as an international group of heroines trained in specific martial arts trying to help the world after the apocalypse. The protagonists come from a variety of locales, including Malaysia, Algeria, Burma, and Kashmir. The martial arts they use are real, and the creative team has worked with experts to help ensure the accuracy in the depictions of the likes of Taekwando, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Muay Thai.

Here’s a snippet from the book’s description…

Blades of Hope is a celebration of the inner strength of women expressed through martial arts. Through our characters’ stories, we hope readers are reminded. Reminded that noble character defines one’s actions. Reminded that vicotry can come through defeat. Reminded that the best characters inspire because of who that are… and what they become.

The concept comes from Maryam Awan and Sohaib Awan. And while they both put their thoughts into the story, they went ahead and hired a full creative team to execute the project. While I’m a big fan of the lone creator doing everything him/herself, I have a lot of respect for these people who had the self-restraint and self-awareness to recognize that they might not be the best talents to make their dreams come to fruition without help. Far too often I’ve seen people who can draw try to write, or who write and try to letter, or whatever, and the results are frequently less than great. But here, they’ve stepped back to allow a group of professionals put together the finished product to make it as good as it can be.

Here’s how impressed I was with what I saw. The book they have out now (pictured here) is a zero issue. There’s no story here, just character portraits and descriptions, and some preview layout sketches. The actual graphic novel won’t be out until late this year. But I was so impressed with what I heard and saw, I purchased this issue anyway. That’s just something I don’t do. I’ll buy a preview issue if there’s a story there, but sketchbooks and writer’s notes? No offense but I’d prefer to spend my money on other things.

But I like what I saw so much in Blades of Hope that I bought it just as a means to show my support for this type of thing. I’ve seen promising-looking sketchbooks before, and never saw a story develop from there. Here, I feel there’s something different. I think this will get made, and will be something people will be talking about in 2015.

So I encourage you to check out the Blades of Hope Facebook page and keep an eye out for this book. I think there’s something really special here, and I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Saw this dude on the same floor with me, beside my room. He is my neighbor. Bumped to him practicing taekwando. Wong Keng Yinn. Googled him. UTM/Malaysia National Taekwando Athlete. Now I feel so proud. #wongkengyinn #taekwandoatlet #utm #neighbor (at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

fillmyworldwithcoolthings said:

Awww have u been to Adelaide? I study nursing at uni and work at a supermarket. Wat do u doooo?

I went to Adelaide once with taekwando. It’s got a much more relaxed atmosphere than Sydney, it’s nice. I’m doing primary ed at university of Sydney.