Tuesday, November 16, 2010

We do not return to you, Victoria; because we never really left

Today, VS Junior Leaders and Senior Leaders return from our 3rd Veloci-T Camp.
With the completion of this year's Veloci-T Camp, I have come full circle in VS and this marks the culmination of my service to Victoria School.
I have spent 7 1/2 years here and these have been the best years of my life.

In this time, I have taught them lessons in theory indoors and camped with them to experience life's lessons outdoors.
We have trained together, hiked together, sung together, kayaked from East Coast to Changi, cooked dinner together over open fires, shot each other during Night Missions and even drummed together during the YOG.

Having spent the past years in VS is the best thing that has happened to me and choosing to leave was the hardest decision that I've made in my life.

This last Veloci-T camp has been a great way to say good bye to all students and colleagues. I was pleasantly surprise when some of the boys from our Emperor Tribe wrote a farewell song for me during campfire. Luckily, you all never make me cry :P

Next year, I will take on my new post heading the National Education Branch in MOE HQ.
It is a new post with new challenges but I know that the years spent in VS have given me the strength to forge ahead. It is a new experience with completely new challenges and a new environment but in the words of Robert Frost:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
and sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
and looked down one as far as I could
to where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
and having perhaps the better claim
because it was grassy and wanted wear;
though as for that, the passing there
had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
in leaves no feet had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference

To all Victorians: past, present and future, take care
Always remember that even when we leave Victoria,
Victoria lives in us.

Nil Sine Labore

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Prelude to Veloci-T

Tomorrow we begin Veloci-T 2010 "Legacy"
Veloci-T stands for Victoria Enhanced Leadership and Outdoor Camp Instructors Training.
It's the fusion of the Camp Instructors Course conducted by the PE Dept and the Student Leadership Course conducted by the Pupil Development Dept.

Through the year's, we've constantly sought to refine the camp and with Veloci-T in its third year as a unified training program, we've incorporated several changes. Last year, we introduced the Kouze and Posner, Leadership Challenge as a framework on which to base our training activities.
This year we have further refined the modules to bring out these themes.

We also brought back the coastal navigation element where the boys kayaked and rafted from East Coast to Changi Coast Adventure Campsite.

Today, we prepped for the camp by begining the intial phase by transporting the kayaks and rafts to VS to prepare for tomorrows event.

Many thanks to our partners and stakeholders from Griffin Kinetic Logistcs who generously supported us with their transport services to enable us to achieve this massive endeavour of 30 double kayaks, 2 dinghys, as well as the paddles and life vests.

Thanks to Mr Salleh from Griffin Kinetic for his patience and help.

Here's how we got it done:

This being my last year with VS, I'm sure the next few days will be a time to cherish and remember.

Friday, October 8, 2010

VS Class of 2010- Sec 4 Graduation

Today marks the graduation for the VS Class of 2010

Let's see some interesting characters who have followed me through my years here!

Here's Fadzly, Kwek Daniel and Jinjie, whom I've taught since Sec 2

What are we pointing to? We're pointing to the blank spots on the honor rolls in hopes that one day their names will be there. Jin jie was VS first Wushu DSA candidate and he has grown from a small skinny boy...

But look at him now, look at all of them now.
All grown to men.
They took a bit longer than some of their peers but the time was well spent. No regrets, man; no regrets.

Of course, close to my heart are the wushu boys.
Here we have Ryan Goh, the Captain of the team who has learnt the most that I have to teach- Lion Dance, Wushu, Sparring, Balintawak...
You are a champion indeed Ryan.

Next is Tan Yuda, our dependable Vice-Captain, who complements us in all we do.
When Ryan is the Lion-Head, Yuda is the tail. When we spar, Yu Da is the ideal practice partner to match my size, when we do Wushu, he's always the dependable last member-- may not get so much glory, but without him, we couldn't pull it off too. (Imagine Lion Dance got no backside...)

Then we have Saw Eh Tha Khu and Kong Wei Chung:
Saw overcame the barriers in language to learn Sanshou from my own teacher and to gain a resounding win for VS in the SNWF Wushu Invitational Sanshou Free-sparring event. Proving that VS Wushu boys are not just about pretty moves and to top that, he's one of our top students!
Next to him is the one and only Mr Kong Wei Chung, our Malaysian scholar-who is the first overseas scholar in the VS Wushu team.
All members in the VS Wushu team unanimously agree that Weichung's roar can be heard all the way from Siglap to JB, some say KL even.
Next to WeiChung is Adrian Tan Jian Yang, one of the most outstanding NCC Cadets VS has ever produced.

Then we have Jin ZhenYu, who though academically weaker, has worked hard to receive the PSG Most Outstanding Improvement Award.
Keep it up, Mr Jin--- you'll be a global leader one day :)

And who can forget the scholars... it took me 7 years to have a daughter of my own cos all my time is taken up by these energtic 'sons' of mine!

First off, our neighrbourly Malyasians:
Malaysia BOLEH!

Then we have the silent, quiet but ever polite and diligent Vietnamese:

Also, the Mafia Wars gang from Bangkok, the Thai scholars:

And who can forget our Serious PE class of 2010
"Eng Lek, stop staring at your crotch"

Last but not least our various student leaders:
Ben and Laksman

The one and only Barry

The rest of the gang from 'The Climb'

As Mr Low our principal rightly put it today- a gift only has meaning when it takes on a life of its own.
Thank you boys for the gift of the best years of my life and in return it is a fitting final for us to give back. Every year, graduating Victorians pen down their thoughts in the Voices of Victoria journal, but this being my final year with VS I decided to collaborate with our Senior leaders and do a 'live' Voices of Victoria:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"The Climb"- Senior Leaders, Class of 2010

"The Climb"- Senior Leaders, Class of 2010

A good way for us to say our goodbyes.....

Capoeira for Sec 1F PE

As part of our partnership with Argola de Our, the first Brazilian Capoeira school in Singapore, VS was able to incorporate capoeira into our PE lessons for 6 sessions to provide our boys with some exposure to a new culture that fused dance, martial arts and song all together.

Here, we see the boys putting what they've learnt into the roda- the game:

Here we see U-wen and Sherman battling it out in the Roda.

As the sessions progress, the boys are able to string together more complex moves:

Although, the boys only had a few sessions and could only accomplish some of the more basic moves but they learnt to take on different roles and utilise whole body movements to gain agility and co-ordination.

I'm sure this new found agility helped during our last PE lesson when the boys went back to soccer!


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Victoria School Wushu Team featured on CCTV

In preparation for the Asian Games in Guangzhou later this year, CCTV has been sending its roving news teams to film interstitials on the development of sport and PE in various Asian countries.

The VS Wushu Team was fortunate to have been chosen to showcase the development of wushu amongst students in Singapore.

Keep the flame burning boys and fight for your future!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Life & Death

Take nothing for granted
Live life to the fullest in order to leave life with no regret.
Who we are today was planted in the seeds of yesterday
What we become tomorrow is built on the deeds done in the moments between 'now' and 'then'

When the race is run, when our deeds are done, when we lay down to rest;
Let our stories be told:
with tears and laughter and with fondness and sadness
and in the telling of our lives, we touch eternity.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Visit by YOG Zimbabwe Delegation to Victoria School

Today, Victoria School was graced by the visit of the Zimbabwean YOG delegation.
Upon arrival, they were warmly welcomed by the Kompang players made up of students from the Regional Studies Program.

Next, Mr Low our Principal brought them into the Heritage Room to welcome them and give them an introduction of Victoria School's History
Zimbabwe's Chief de Mission, Mdm Busi Chindove also signed our guest book in the Heritage Room:

After that, the delegation was brought on a tour around the school and they had a chance to participate in a Biology practical session in the lab conducted by Mr Gabriel Pallai:
The objective of the lesson was to see how learning takes place through repetition and students were given a diagram to trace while looking at the arm movements reflected in a mirror:

After the Bio practical session, we had the assistance of Mr Amir to introduce our guest to a floorball- a sport that is gaining popularity in Singaporean schools. Here we see Mr Amir dazzling the crowd with his amazing stick work.

Mr Amir gave a brief introduction of the game:

After the brief intro, our Zimbabwean guests took to the court to try their hand at taking some shots at goal.

Mr Amir then proceeded to referee a short game for them:

After a robust game of floorball, we all met up in the Learning Studios for some light refreshments and exchange of gifts. We appreciated the kind gesture of thanks given by our guests who shared with us their appreciation in English, Ndebele and Shona:

Chief de Mission, Mdm Busi Chindove extended her warm invitation to all Victorians to visit them back in Zimbabwe and celebrated the start of a new friendship between our 2 countries:

It was a memorable experience and we also managed to take pictures with 2 of the Soccer players from Zimbabwe who were from Prince Edward High School.
Tapiwa Chikaka and Edward Mwanza are students from Prince Edward High School which is the Zimbabwean school that was twinned with Victoria School. Although Prince Edwards was not able to send a student delegation to Singapore for the YOG; nevertheless we were able to share a moment of friendship with their students through Tapiwa and Edward as they were part of the Zimbabwean soccer team.

We hope and believe that this is the start of a new and last relationship between Singapore and Zimbabwe; as well as for Victoria School and Prince Edward School.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hostel National Day Dinner (and more drumming!!!!)

Last Friday, Victoria Hall celebrated a belated National Day for Singapore for all our boarders by hosting a NE-themed dinner.

Boarders were asked to come in to join us for a dinner featuring local cuisine like Laksa, Dim Sum, and Satay.
There were NE quizzes, Chap-teh competition and most of all, more drumming!!

Hot on our heels from the Olympic Village, we figured that what we can do at the Olympic Village to bring the community together there, can be done in the microcosm of VS. So here we have our own Victoria Hall drum circle-- featuring Principal, Mr Low Eng Teong!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Youth Olympic Games- Hosting the Zimbabwean Cultural Booth at the Olympic Village

Over the duration of the Youth Olympic Games, different dates were set aside in the Games Village to showcase the life and culture of the various countries from all the different continents. From the 17-19 Aug, the Games Village showcased the various countries in the African continent. From 17-19 Aug 2010, Victoria School hosted the Zimbabwean booth at the Youth Olympic Village.

We set up the booth to share with athletes and visitors more about Zimbabwean life and culture. At our booth, we taught visitors to say simple greetings in the Shona language, engaged our visitors in simple activities.
Here we see Miss Shyamira getting finer points in Shona pronounciation from visiting Zimbawean athletes at our booth.

At our booth, we also had hands-on activity where we introduced African drumming to our visitors with drums like the Djembes and Congas. Here are some Track & Field athletes from Romania learning some basic hand drumming techniques and telling us abit more about themselves:

All the schools involved really pulled out all the stops to make this a happening event. Our hands-on drumming circle proved to be a great hit and generated alot of crowd interest such that I was hardly able to leave our booth during peak hours (more on that later). But in the lull moments, I tried my best to capture the other performances and activities that were taking place.

Here, a few booths down from us was the Tunisian booth hosted by Swiss Cottage Sec, which who brought down their dance troupe to enchant the audience:

Throughout the day, there were also lots of activities for visitors and guests to try out. One of my favourites (and the VS boys too) was the circus arts group that came to let our boys try their hands at twirling, juggling, plate balancing, diablo whirling:

Where Victoria captured the hearts of the visitors was in our ability to engage with them through our walk-in, hands-on drum circle. Right outside our booth, we had laid out some African drums which me and the boys took turns to lead and facilitate rhythm structures for the crowd to join in.
In previous posts, I mentioned how VS had conceived of this idea and prepared for this by sending me for a Drum Circle Facilitation course in Jun. The idea was use traditional african rhythms as a platform for visitors to engage in musical dialogue with each other.

We were most pleased whenever we saw members of Team Singapore drop by! With many present and old Victorians doing us and the nation proud by presenting the country in their respective sports, the VS booth soon became a gathering point for them to touch base with friends, teachers, juniors alike. Here are some Team Singapore Soccer players with us jamming away.

I loved the way we infused the African rhythms with a touch of beats the 'Jalan Besar Stadium' :)

Later on in the day, Team Singapore's Handball players came by. One of their players, Clement Choong, is a Victorian who graduated last year in the first batch of students taking GCE PE. Their solid drumming and team-work caught the attention of Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Education, who was touring the booths on that day.

Soon the beats and vibrancy of the drumming started to catch the attention of athletes whose own cultural heritage had infused them with a strong sense of rhythm. This soon led to opportunities for rhythmic dialogue across various cultures. In this session, the Brazilian athletes had infused a strong samba flavour mixed with strong pounding bass lines from the Argentinians:

For others, they just took this as an opportunity to jam with each other and have some fun. Here we have the Egypt team, who just came by and asked "Hey, give us 5 mins and we show you some of our music" So I said "OK." And they proceeded to rock:

The beauty of the drum circle concept is that it allows people from different walks of life to gather together and achieve a common understanding through rhythm. And the secret to this is in being musically trained, the secret to each sessions success is the ability for us to listen to each other and try and engage in meaningful dialogue with each other using a spontaneous rhythmical language which transcends the limits of speech. Here we see the boys from Montenegro gather with us to talk about their upcoming football match and just jam with us. In this clip, we can see that we are all trying to sense each other's rhythms and timing and learning to find a common way to play with each other:

However, we were not the only group to move the crowd with our groove. During the afternoons, a shrill whistle would pierce the air and the Stompers from Punggol Sec who were hosting Swaziland who take their turn.
Using trash cans, bins and other recycled materials, they took their inspiration from the performance group STOMP to churn out some awesome beats. Where VS african drum circle was free-flowing and spontaneous, Punggol's Swaziland Stompers were precise and spot-on with their sharp stop cuts, timing changes and sheer energy!

When our boys saw them, we were awestruck. In fact we felt a bit intimidated that we would be performing and playing next to such a tight group. But the true Olympic spirit shone true. Each time our groups passed each other, we would wave and nod. At first we were quite shy...ha ha. But each time they perform, some of our boys would go and watch; then when we perform, they would come over. Then suddenly the magic words were spoken- "Er... Excuse me, can we join in?"
And then what followed was magic:

2 groups of boys from different schools and different back grounds meeting together to find a common understanding. As hosts for visiting athletes from different nations, I believe that the example we set is crucial to showing our committment to Excellence, Friendship and Respect. It was truly a proud moment for the teachers from both schools when we saw our boys spontaneously develop friendship and respect for each other and unite to give a great drumming performance without any prior rehearsal. On Thu 19th Aug, which was our last day at the village, the alchemy achieved by our 2 schools had attracted members from other booths which had brought along their own percussion instruments.

So at 5pm, we faciliated a massive jam for all the student percussionists involved in the village booth presentations. I tried to facilitate the session by assigning parts and show casing different sections of the circle.
The chemistry was so tight by now that I could insert calls and responses with no problems as well as vary and improvise the rhythms by introducing accent beats and ended with a superb stop-cut.

At the end of the day, that what Olypism is about.
Sharing and giving of ourselves. When the crowd had dispersed, the VS boys and the boys from Punggol sat down together to try out our african drums; we on the other hand we so impressed with their self-made instruments. The boys explained to me how they used ballon sticks as drum sticks, how to drill holes in the trash bins to attach drum skins and tuning lugs.

Seeing them seated with each other, learning from each other made the effort and exhaustion of thse 3 days all worth it.

Each and everytime I undertake student projects for the school, I'm always reminded that it is through events like this that Victorians come through and truly make ourselves something more- Empowering ourselves and others in the process.

I am glad that in my time in VS I have had so much opportunity to discover myself and growth together with the students. I have given you all my best and gotten so much more in return.
Wherever we are, wherever we go, may we carry Victoria's fame and our intent to keep her flag unfurled.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

YOG Soccer: Singapore vs Zimbabwe @ Jalan Besar Stadium

Friday night was a memorable occasion for all Victorians. For our inaugural YOG in Singapore, Victoria School had been paired with Zimbabwe as their hosts in Singapore.

Through the support of generous donors, alumni and other well-wishers, Victoria School managed to get tickets for the ENTIRE school population to watch yesterday's soccer match where Singapore played Zimbabwe. The match was all the more significant because it brought Victorians back to our old campus in Jalan Besar (Tyrwhitt Road)

For such a large outing, we wanted to make sure that Victorians upheld themselves well and since the majority of students had to take public transport there, we wanted them to be safe in their walk to and fro from the stations. So with typical characteristics of Victoria School, we see our Red Shirts and Black Shirts in action stationed along the way to the stadium:

As our boys filled into the stadium, we could feel a strong sense of both national and school pride. Seeing the entire school fill the upper grandstand to support our Singapore team, captained by Jeffery Adamn Lightfoot, our very own Sec 3 Victorian, gave all of us a burst of pride and exhiliration in anticipation of the game to come.

In our distinctive 'bumble-bee' PE attire and our clappers, we definitely rocked the stadium:

As the national anthem was played, the boys sang so much louder then they did during morning assembly.

Anticipation was high and spirits were roused as Zimbabwe had laid down a hefty challenge in their pre-match press interviews.

When the match started, Singapore surpised everyone with a quick and decisive early goal
The cheers of jubilation rocked the very foundations of the stadium.
We quickly followed it by a second goal and by the end of the first half, Singapore, led the game 3-0.

As we watched our nation deliver success beyond expectations, focus was also on Jeffery our own Victorian hero. Media coverage for the YOG committee was so impressed with the show of support of VS for Jeffery that that wanted to interview his classmates to see what truly makes a Victorian something more:

Baik lah, Jeffery!!
We are so proud of you.

At the close of the first half, Zimbabwe was awarded a penalty and managed to bring the score to 3-1

However, it was clear that Singapore had dominated the night's game and
in the 2nd half we mainted the 3-1 score to win the game.

What was apparent was the way in which the boys from both teams hugged and clasped each other when the game was over. Despite the hard fought game and heavy expectations on both sides, everyone truly enjoyed the experience of a well fought match that brought out the best in everone.

Next week, VS hosts the Zimbabwe cultural booth at the YOV. More updates then!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

YOG Torch Relay- Cheering the Torch!

Today has been an eventful day, having started at 8.00am when our VS Wushu Team went down to Kallang CC to perform for the National Day Observance ceremony.

At 2pm, we brought our drums and instruments down to the junction of Siglap Road and Marine Parade Road to cheer the YOG torch as it passed by from St Patricks to ITE.

The ASEAN scholars had practiced with me some drumming as we are twinning with Zimbabwe during the games period. So we brought our tribal rhythms down to the road and infused it with the unqiue VS Spirit!

We were very well received by the various contingents and delegates as they went by in the buses. The waves, smiles and cheers were just fantastic. Even the general public in their various modes of transport stopped to take pictures of us :)

Best of all, was when the we found out that the torch was approaching, carried by our Head Prefect, Surya-- it was then that we pumped up the volume and all gathered together to cheer with pride for VS and for the nation!

More to come when I update this blog with further YOG events that we are involved in!

VS Wushu Performance @ Kallang CC

Today, the VS Wushu Team was honoured to be invited to perform as part of the National Day Observance Ceremony.The occasion was graced by our guest of Honour was Dr Lee Boon Yang.

So here's a clip of the VS Wushu Team in action:
First up was a slow event with Samuel Tan from 2B doing his Free-style Taiji:

Samuel has really improved from all his hard work and training and I'm sure he will do well as he moves into Sec 3 next year.

After Samuel's graceful Taiji, we had the entire gang of fast moving Chanquan and Nanquan athletes come up to dazzle the crowd.
First, we had Lee Jing Wei performing his Spear.
Jingwei reccently returned from an invitational competition to Beijing representing the Singapore Wushu Youth Team and garnered 2 Silvers!

Next was Hui Dhar who just joined wushu last year. Hui Dhar had no prior wushu experience and has just finished learning his Changquan routine. Despite this, his hardwork and diligence is seeing him improve day by day, bit by bit.

After that was Bernie Ang, who did his Sabre. Bernie was plagued by a series of injuries last year and we saw little of him but this year he's made a fantastic comeback, representing the school in 3 individual events. He's also more seasoned in competition and performance.

Then we have our 3 Macho men- Wei Chung, Darren and Jec.
All performing free-style variations of Nanquan and cudgel.
I must say with the 3 of you, the 'Yang' energy in the team has certainly gone up! You are the future boys, my hopes rest in you.

So enjoy the following clip:

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Old School with New School twist

Last year, during the weeks when I was preparing for submission of the GCE PE Coursework, I spent the weekend stuck in the PE Dept compiling video footage of coursework, printing labels, cutting DVD, etc.

Lucky this year got Miss Sheikha helping to do the documentation of marks and coursework logs.

But it's crunch time again, so gonna be stuck here again compiling video, printing labels, cutting DVD, etc.

What do you do when your weekend burn and you need to lift your spirits?

Well, for me it's loud old school rock :P
So here's some old school rock with a new school twist

Friday, July 23, 2010

Boarders Supper & Drum Jam


Yesterday, Mr Su and I organised one of our regular suppers for the boarders under our charge.

We also had a small surprise for everyone. With the help of Harri and Kim Hwe from the band, we started a simple drum groove going as the boarders came in for supper:

Harri and Hwe (both drummers in the band) helped me by establishing simple bass lines for the rest to follow and we began by establishing simple patterns and echoes:

As more and more boys started to stream in, the rhythm settled into its own groove and I got out of the way to let them explore the beat while I met with other boarders to sign some administrative forms for the coming heath check

With more students coming in, I got those without instruments to engage in clapping (we keep the drums minimal for this session and had mostly hand percussions cos it was at night and we wanted to keep the volume under control) Once the clappers had joined in, the groove was quite mature and I begin a series of call and responses with them:

In the end, between we were able to keep a steady beat going which had some spontaneous variations arising on their own:

Having students from different countries coming together in hostel and creating a common beat and enjoying fellowship over supper was a great experience. It could not have occured at a better time because today we celebrate Racial Harmony Day in school. So Victorians, let us keep this unite together in our common bonds of friendship and share the spirit with everyone!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Singapore wins IODA Asian Championships

Singapore won the Overall Best Nation as well as secured the 1st Place.

Victoria School's Ryan Lo has done our school and nation proud by being one of the team members
Below is an excerpt from  Ryan's mum on the performance of our Singapore sailors

"It was indeed a great performance by our Singapore team. The first achievement was the silver medal for team racing (which comprises of 4 team members of which Ryan was one of them) and the whole competition ended with Kimberley winning it and having 5 of our sailors all in the top 10 positions. There were 103 sailors from Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Slovenia, Papua New Guinea, Qatar and Iran.

Ryan came in 9th and was the 4th best Singaporean with Edward our fellow Victorian coming in 14th. We also won the best trophy nation as we had the best score of 4 top sailors.
The Singapore-Thailand finals started just after 12noon in a light breeze and moderate current. Thai parents gathered at the viewing platform with telescopes and the beach support staff lined the beach. I sat alone armed with a canon zoom-lens that couldn’t zoom too far. But I still managed to capture some shots and here they are. To summarize the finals, Singapore won the first race with a 1,2,4 with Ryan doing a great job behind holding back two Thai boats. The second and third race saw the Singapore Team having a weak start and letting the Thais secure the 1,2,3 by the top windward mark. Their 4th man did the same as what Ryan in the early race and despite Kimberly breaking through in the last race, she could not catch the 3rd boat in time before the finish line."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"The best thing that martial arts gives is Heart, but it's the hardest thing to teach"

Five competitors train to fight against their toughest rivals as they struggle to become the next National Karate Kid Champion.

"The best thing that martial arts gives is Heart, but it's the hardest thing to teach"

"Shout"- Tears for Fears

"Shout, shout let it all out- these are the things I could do without
C'mon, I'm talking to you, c'mon"

"In violent times, you shouldn't have to sell your soul
In black and white, they really, really ought to know.
Those one track minds, they took you for a working boy
Kiss them goodbye, you shouldn't have to jump for joy"

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Father and Daughter

Saturday, July 3, 2010

VS Track & Field Championship- Rain out but

VS had our Track & Field Championships yesterday but we were rainned out!
The worst part were the primary school boys that had come for the invitational rally races, they had come early to warm-up and were eagerly ananticipating their races but the inclement weather had to disappoint them

Neverthe less, all was not lost...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Crossfit Games

Think skipping and juggling balls to raise funds for milo is tough?

Check this out:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Milo Challenge!

Today is first day back at school.

Milo Singapore has agreed to sponsor a milo gift package for needy students for every 100 skips and 3 soccer ball juggles :P

So today, during PE, Sec 1F began with to see how much we could do to raise funds for our need students

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nerf Mission Zone

This being the last day of the holidays, I decided to make the best use of my time and recharge. So big boys play with big toys
I signed up for the Nerf Mission Zone challenge at Plaza Singapura -supposed to go with Red Shirts but you boys pang seh me and never show up:(
The site was set up with the large playing zone and a host of new nerf products

Can see more details on the site set up at SG NERF

Basically, players go in pairs into an obstacle course filled with assorted targets You are given 7 mins to shoot down various targets using a variety of Nerf guns. Top 5 scorers each day go on to the finals

Here we see one pair of players going through the last station:

Well, how did I fare?
I did my course in 3min 23sec and score 1100 pts to place squeeze in the 5th position for top 5 for the day! Woohoo

Unfortunately, after taking some time to shop at Plaza Sing, by the time I got back to the leaderboard, I had been edged out by some kid with 1110 pts.
*sigh* relegated.

But man, it was good fun!
Now I have to figure a way to hide the new CS-6 Clear Deploy Blaster I bought there from the wife..... sssshhhh.

Ah, I know... I will say it is for baby....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hard to say no...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Drum Circle Facilitation

As part of our preparations for YOG, I attended a drum circle facilitation course conducted by Arthur Hull (held at Kallange CC in conjunction with One Heart Beat and the Asian Trainers Bureau)

So on Sat, after all the facilitators graduated, we had a huge drum circle at Boon Keng MRT station.

This is my first public facilitation of a drum circle:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I'm 1 month old!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Who's your Daddy, girl?


Sunday, June 6, 2010

VS Wushu Team Holiday Training

VS Wushu Holiday training

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Liquid Mountaineering

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Swee Char Bor

Friday, May 21, 2010

What does a Baby do after her 2nd bottle of Heineken?

Siow's little hiccuping machine..

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pepsi 2010

I want to ride my bicycle

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Labour of Love

What do expectant fathers do while expectant mothers rest and prepare for delivery?


Yup, we keep our hands busy!

Sleep tight, baby!