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Ohana : Family

As we all have an immediate family, we always have people we consider family as well. We call them our second family. And most likely, these ‘family members’ are people who has seen you through tough times, people who you open up to, or people you just see basically everyday. Nonetheless, they are people who have made a significant mark on your life.

My second family consists of my teammates. I call them my Thunder Family. This family has taught me things that I would never have learned anywhere else.

Heres a little poem of what they taught me:

Team. Theres no “I” in team, only “we”.

Humble. Stay hungry when you’re behind, but be humble if you’re ahead.

Unconditional care. To always care for yourself and others, whether they are a stranger or a friend.

Never give up. As you are counting on your team mates to not give up, they are expecting the same from you.

Discipline. To stay disciplined when it comes to training if we want to reach our goal.

Endurance. Endure through the pain, the tiredness because it will pay off.

Reach higher and be ambitious

UBC Thunder is more than just a team to me. They are my ever growing family. My Ohana.

 

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Dragon boating

Race season for me is right at the corner. My first race is in May. I think this might be my last year racing competitively before I step down and let the younger ones take my place. Right now, seems like a good time to take a seat and reflect the roller coaster ride that this sport has taken me on.

I started paddling in 2011, as a for fun thing after I quit badminton. I needed something with high cardio with not a lot of commitment. The fun for me ended after 2 years when I graduated from high school and entered the world of university.

Fast forward.

In 2014, I realized that my school had a dragon boating team. For fun, I joined, despite knowing that I would be away for 4 months in the beginning of 2015 for Co-op. I met a lot of people, but quickly lost contact once I left for Co-op. I came back in May 2015 and started paddling since then.

The last few years has really been a journey. From the numbing hands due to freezing winter water practices to aching muscles after gym workouts, we pushed each other to greater heights and opened doors to more opportunities. We supported and encouraged others to reach for higher and be more ambitious with our goals. This definitely showed and our hard work paid off. Between 2014 to now (2017), we went from 2 recreational teams to 2 competitive teams.

When I mean hard work, I really mean the amount of time, sweat, and no tears. From a commitment of at least one practice per week, we went to 2 to 3 days in the gym, 2 to 3 days of team practice and 1 day of outrigger 1 canoe. That’s basically training  everyday! . Sure, the amount of time spent in training seems like a lot and super rigorous to the world outside. But like I said, it paid off. And honestly, we don’t notice it anymore. It became our lifestyle. Now, not seeing my team for more than a week or a few days, makes it seem weird and gives me the feeling that something is missing.

Our first race is just around the corner and the biggest race of the year is coming up too. I’m excited to see what this coming race season and our fellow competitors has in store for us.

 

 

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January (Rambles)

Just a ramble post to clear my mind so I can start studying for midterms. (see below for my picture of the month)

January was filled with stress and anxiety as I approach my last term of University. I kept questioning what I wanted to do in May, when I graduate. I kept asking myself if I really wanted to go through with getting a diploma in Accounting, or do I want to continue on my path of Statistics. As I walk on the streets of Vancouver, I see homeless men and women with their hats flipped out, and asking for money. I can’t help but wonder would that be me someday. People say just apply to things and things will start working out. But if I don’t have a goal or a target, how do I know if my current path is the right path. How do I know I’m not wasting more time. There are no answers to those. But, these thought made me more and more anxious about my future. I hope I can find out some answers in the upcoming months.

But even though its been hard, I’m going to try to keep my head held high and continue to walk with a smile.

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Picture of the Month: : Just Smile