Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Simplicity of Repetition

A lot of times people, especially students and those new to Bikram Yoga ask me, “Are you ever BORED of doing the same TWENTY-SIX postures, day in, day out?”

 

And the answer is “No!”. I do have lots to work on [HELLO upper body strength] and as every one else says, every single class you attend is a challenge. It is different. The dialogue is the same, but the personality of the teacher comes through and you are then either a struggling whimpering mess or a strong champion.

 

But as always, Bikram has his motives for REPEATING the same asanas [postures]. Sure, it all has the benefits [and 1 posture leading to the next], but consider this :

 

Shaolin monks who practice kung-fu [and I am not making this up!] get up at the crack of dawn and after their meal / prayers, proceed to PRACTICE kung fu the whole day. My theory is that repeating the same movements / moves [I guess you can’t really call it a posture, can you?] to help cultivate GOOD muscle memory! Ergo, when your teacher tells you to PICK UP YOUR FOOT and attempt Standing Head to Knee or Standing Bow again, you damn well had better pick it up if you want to improve. However, if you don’t, you can just be lazy, stand there, look around, and then after class bombard your teacher with “I’ve been coming for TWO years and my Standing Bow looks the same! I want to look like Brandy Lyn!” 😉

 

A little more on Shaolin Monks, courtesy of National Geographic [and YouTube 😉 ]

 

 

 

So the example above was using Qi Gong. But what was INTERESTING was the concept of CHI [Qi?] or ENERGY. Every. Single. Movement you do CREATES energy! So it is VITAL to MOVE TOGETHER in class and MOVE with CONVICTION and not just flop your arms around like a dying squid.

 

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In other words, yep, this badass Bikram bitch is back. I have recently ended a 4-year relationship, so obviously I did not feel the mood to blog as much. Sorry! However, I find it hilarious that when people find out they expect my ex and I to be at each others’ throats or avoiding each other like the seasonal bubonic plague of death. Uhm, hello. We are both mature adults and this isn’t freaking high school. But what makes it awkward are people staring at us expecting some sort of throw down, hence I feel so awkward for them that I just skedadle out of the scene like a rat on fire [and proceed to hide from THEM, not my ex!].

 

 

Remember folks, either you let life break you, or you can be fabulous and not care about those who choose to gossip-monger and create unnecessary drama.

 

 

 

M*

 

 

Fast, Food, Furious.

It all started with an invite from YTL Communications to head up to The Great North [Penang] to test the speed of Yes 4G.

And eat and eat and eat until I resemble a spider [Imagine if you will, small tiny limbs protruding out of a creature with a huge, ballooned abdomen].

Yes, by YTL Communications, is Malaysia’s first 4G network provider that promises speeds 3-5x better than 3G. I will be honest : When YES first launched I was skeptical : FASTER than 3G, really? But the infrastructure in Malaysia is SO CRAP, 3G speeds are more like GPRS speeds and because of the lack of towers, it REALLY REALLY drains battery life on your Smart Phone. As proof, I subscribed to the local 3G services while in New Zealand and Singapore and was pleasantly surprised with the speed. Obviously when I came back home I would be stabbing myself to death with a teaspoon trying to await my twitter feed to load or an email to download. C’mon c’mon I wanna watch Joseph Encinia’s ROCKING USA Nationals routine!!!

OH, and did I add – When working mobile-ly, I’d have to offer libations of Guinness and promise to do 25 Backward Bends [ugh!] to the Gods of WiFi that the connection is stable and fast. NOOOO not the spinning loading wheel of death NOOOOO!

And so for the most part, I’ve put up the very slow, inconsistent speeds of Streamyx and my mobile 3G internet provider. Enough is enough.

With the entry of Yes into the mobile broadband market, they have shaken up the game plan. High speeds? Yes please! Pay for only what you use? Yes please! Because why would you pay for “unlimited usage” when you get substandard service? 😉 Get this : Yes has also graciously covered the ENTIRE North-South highway so you can REALLY stay connected!

Ok enough talky-talky. More looky-looky!

speaking”]Tan Sri Dato Dr Francis Yeoh strikes me as a humble and nice person. 🙂

 

CEO of YTL Communications, Wing K Lee

CEO of YTL Communications, Wing K Lee. Super nice. Saw me wandering around the lobby looking lost and lonely [or rather, like a destitute prostitute at 8am on a Saturday] and said  HI to me.

*Pictures above courtesy of Ee Ping.

OK OK. Enough pictures of dashing men in suits. Time for what you have been waiting for … THE FEAST.

And our first stop was at … Bidor! Our little convey [consisting of the lovely Arystle, charming Kelly and ever-heart-attack-ready James] practically wept in joy upon seeing the sign. Yes, we were starving. But of course, I took the opportunity to TEST out my little device called Huddle. Though of course, nothing that involves me is without blonde ambition :

“Hey. How do I turn my huddle on?”

– Is your battery in?

“How do I put the battery in?” 😀

Oh the withering look I got from the client. 😀

Average speeds BEFORE stopping at Bidor were :

3.16mbps download / 1.42mbps upload

5.83mbps download / 2.44 mbps upload.

PROOF :

Speed Test before Bidor.

Hmm. So far, so good. This meant streaming Joseph Encinia’s WINNING routine WITHOUT interruption, WITHOUT intermission.

FIRST STOP : Bidor Curry House.

Al your banana leaves go here.

And we savoured …

Banana Leaf Rice

This, my friends, is what addiction looks like. For my international friends / great big yoga family, it’s rice on banana leaf topped with curry [fish or chicken, your choice, or both! 😀 ] or dhall, and with a papadom [fried cracker, shown on left], and 3 types of veggies. You may opt to add on side dishes such as lamb, mutton, fried fish / chicken etc. As to why there are NO pictures of it? Well, I was too busy wolfing the food down.

After rolling around… James of YTL apparates out of no where and brought back ….

Bidor Duck Noodles

Ladies and gentlemen! Please note that this is the INCORRECT way of eating Duck Noodles. Arystle and I were SO EXCITED with the prospect of MORE FOOD that we greedily put the soup and the noodles in the same bowl, when it should have been separated out. Ah well, no worries.

The CORRECT way to eat Bidor Duck Noodles : Soup in 1 bowl, noodles on the side. 😀

Remember folks, 99% right = 100% wrong 😉

Next stop : IPOH!

Land of tin, pretty girls and salt baked chicken [amongst other things]. There is no picture of the salt baked chicken that we got, however, there is a picture of me devouring said food :

Yoga hulk hungry.

And this is a bunch of KL-ites trying to haphazardly cross a road in Ipoh :

Photobombed by Ee Ping

NEXT UP : It was our group’s turn to get into the Sprinter [affectionately known as Vomit Car as the driver was CRAZY].

Arystle, Myself, Kelly and Yoga in the Sprinter.

Now this was NO ordinary van as it was decked out with ports to charge your paraphernalia and get this, equipped with a YES Zoom! It’s a unit mainly used for homes, plus you can just hook up a regular telephone line and wa-la, instant phone access!

Pause …

Going through a rough patch. I am stalking, but will be right back.