Saturday, September 8, 2012

Swim, swim, SWIM!

I have never been a fan of exercising.
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I detest jogging.
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I detest getting sweaty.
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I cringe at the thought of having to play sports during my school days.
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Once (during my studying days in Melaka), my roomates ‘forced’ me to follow them jogging around campus grounds, at night. Night? Night? Are you serious? At night when I have already showered.. I don’t think so. But after some persuasion (and I didn’t want to be alone that day), I reluctantly followed them.
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While they jogged, I walked slowly. Taking in the fresh night air, I felt somewhat proud of myself for making it out of the room. I had a compatriate, a fellow no-exercise friend who followed me. As we were walking, my friend saw the campus shop and we saw ice cream! What the heck, we bought the ice cream and ate happily while the others were busy running. So much for exercising. Haha.
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That’s how much I detest exercising.
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But all of that seemed to change (though I am STILL not a fan of jogging and running) when I enrolled in a swimming class 3 years ago.
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To be honest, I never thought I could ever swim until I enrolled in the swimming class. For some reason, the swimming coach taught me in a child’s pool. It was quite embarassing because I was the only adult – others were kids but that’s okay, at least the water was not deep. (It was at my waist ha ha). But then, as time progressed, I found that I had a knack for swimming. I even went into the deep pool (it was 3 metres deep!) on my third class! Not bad for somebody who didn't think she could ever swim. 
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So it became a weekly affair for my family and I (my parents and brothers enrolled in the class too – my brother was the one who enrolled us in). As time went by, everyone became busy and the swimming habit passed. The pool we usually went was infested with people. I really dislike swimming when there are a lot of people – no space! And the pool was getting dirtier by the day.
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That was two years ago. And I have been struggling to find what kind of exercise that could help me put off weight. So I tried yoga (I love yoga by the way, very relaxing) but then again, I was too lazy to keep that up (I know, I am really BAD!). The turning point came when I watched the recent Olympic games. I loved how the swimmers swam, and I especially loved the butterfly stroke (can’t do that, they say it’s the hardest stroke). Plus, I knew I was leading a very unhealthy life.
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Sleep, wake up, go to work, eat, sit in front of the computer, eat again, watch tv and sleep.
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A recipe for disaster I might say.
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Now, I have finally found a pool that I am really comfortable with. A bit pricey but I don’t mind paying for the comfort and cleanliness. Unless if they don’t allow guests anymore.. I don’t know where I’ll go!
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Whenever I swim, I feel a sense of freedom. I feel free, like a mermaid. And I always feel a sense of accomplishment after finishing a lap!
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I love how I can feel my blood rushing in my face and body, like an adrenaline rush.
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I love the feeling of getting nearer to the end.
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I love the freedom.
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I love the feeling of water splashing against my body.
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I love how I can feel the calories burning after swimming.
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I love my posture looks like after swimming.
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I love the excitement.
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I love how I love my body and myself more after swimming.
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Finally, I have found THE right form of exercise for me. Otherwise, I might go back to yoga. Or walking with an ice cream in my hand.

Love always,
AleO.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fifty five.

We thought it was impossible.

We thought we couldn't make it.

But, against all odds, we did.

We actually woke up early to celebrate our country's 55th Merdeka Day (Independence Day).

The day started really early, with me waking up at 6am. "So, what's the big deal with waking up early?," I hear you say. Well, let me explain. My friends and I have always been night people. We don't wake up early to go out. If we did, it would have to be something really, really important. Even going out at noon is too early for us! As long as I have known these girls, I have seldom eaten breakfast with them.. or even lunch!

It's always dinner. And well, supper.

(Yes, Malaysia has restaurants that open 24 hours!!)

Why would we go out during the day? It's so hot and like one of my girlfriends said, we would have to wear nice clothes. Haha. At least at night we get to wear tshirts and slippers! 

One day, my girlfriend said that instead of always celebrating the night before Merdeka (we usually go to malls or the city to watch fireworks), why not we go to the morning parade at Merdeka Square? I have never been to the Merdeka parade before, and so I thought sure! Why not!  



That's us, the proud flag holders. Each of us got free flags cos they were giving out free flags for everybody! 


 My friend even painted her face! (She became some sort of a celebrity that day - people were taking pictures of her and we, me and her even got interviewed!) How exciting!


Don't you find men in uniforms kind of....macho? LOL :) :)



There's no place like KL. I love KL so much, I got sucked into buying that I LOVE KL t-shirt - which I have no regrets. I absolutely love the tshirt! KL boasts with beautiful buildings, nightlife (though me and my girlfriends' nightlife consists on watching movies and hanging out in mamak stalls) and also FOOD! You could actually find food even at 3 o'clock in the morning! Yummss.. I don't think you can actually go hungry in Malaysia, there are loads of food stalls you can find just about everywhere. You want Malay food? Check. You want Chinese food? Check. You want Indian food? Check. You want Arab food? Check. Everything is here and oh so near.

If you ever visit KL, go visit Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. You get to see KL's history, the models of the buildings and of course, you can find loads of amazing souvenirs. I never knew there was a KL City Gallery since we stumbled upon this by accident. After taking pictures at that I LOVE KL sign, we went into the gallery (we didn't know we could actually go in there - and it was free!) Plus, the weather was blasting hot and we needed the air cond, badly.

Oh, and if you come to KL please visit the Petronas Twin Towers (it's the tallest building from the year 1998 til 2004) and go eat Sate Kajang Haji Samuri. I don't think I can list down every single thing you have to do in KL here in this post - I might have to write a new post on this. Hehee.

31st August 2012: Happy 55th Independence Day, fellow Malaysians! 

Proud Malaysian,
AleO.