You may check out my freediving collections HERE. Here’s a quick report for the second last league of the year!
Freediving League (Liga F) @ PJ Palms, 29th Nov
If you noticed above this is the first group photo without me inside as I was busy with clients in the office. Meh… Thanks mentor Walter for the tips on wall-turn as I had to not matter what must make time squeezed 2 hour sessions with him during his very short trip in town. This week I hardly had time for yoga or pool training as it’s end of the month means deadline for closing end of the month account *scream in concern* I was a little concern that I might not about to even reach my last PB (personal best) 50M with my failed warm up session (touched down 1/3 of 50M, fail to reach 2/3 of 50M) but thank God I managed to survived with a little push & break a new 55M records! Today we see a lot of new record breaking with no Red card, just 2 Yellow cards & penalties are given out.
SSI Total Divelog
Thanks Mas & Zalwana for the advance Christmas to both Patrick & I as an encouragement for both of us. Hopefully when I’m not that busy with work I can have more open water session or at least spend more time in the pool. Somehow I feel this passion of mine have turned from interest to a commitment since I’m #foreveralone
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You may check out my previous exposure to freediving HERE. Today I finally get to explore open water session after waiting for 2 freaking months (due to workload) =.=
Paul was there since 7am
2 day ago I heard 3 diving instructors Marine Monkees finally get the taste of being students again doing their exams after class & pool session with flying colours. Melvin who just completed his SSI Level 1 volunteered to be my buddy (so that he can train together with his friends as well) of the day. Sorry you had to make so many rounds to find my place ]:
Instructor Azua doing Wefie. Where am I?
Not only the guys done with flying colours in their exams, they also had almost perfect dives for their open water session. I really wonder if being a scuba diver helps them a lot in today’s dive of 10M attempt. I failed to get far no matter with nose clips or mask. Not sure if I’m not used to it or just the stupid little fear in me that stops me from reaching all the way down.
10Meters attempt on 6th Dive
Thanks to Instructor Azua for not giving up on me & constant support from the guys that I finally managed to equalized & pull down all the way to 10M with nose clip without mask on my 6th dive after being in the lake for 3-4 hours. I had to take off my wetsuit for the dive as I noticed my buoyancy level is very high, I guess going up took forever even when I didn’t do anything. Yeah, you may officially call me a floater :p
Graduation Ceremony for the Monkees
Congratulations to YY, Shonny & Paul. It was fun to hang out with a bunch of happy go lucky monkees. Some how today’s session got me addicted to wanting more training session. Hey, I want to graduate ASAP as well!!! Maybe this is a new beginning to more open water session since my open water buddy Melvin is also aiming to get his DiveMaster in scuba diving soon.
P/S: Yeah, Walter is in TOWN (even for a super short trip)!
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My Printed Name with Other Bloggers
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P/S: Off to open water session with Azua & other SSI Level 1 students in a short while
I have had a break from work for sometimes, finally boss forced me to absent myself from work. Just when I thought I can have some me time & maybe had open water session with the freedivers, I had the sense to check when is the next ticket launch for Gem’s up coming tour concert in Malaysia.
What to do? Papa Frankie wants to see her perform live so I went to camp overnight after my brunch session with my buddy Suresh. Thanks for dropping me off @ Paradigm Mall. Above photo was taken when I was away to purchase Burger King for the 1st 12 loyal Malaysia Gem Fans Group had spent a night in the mall. I salute their passion towards this Hong Kong singer.
Camping in the Mall
Papa Frankie was touched by my love & was kind enough to drag me to dinner @ Subway, prepare my favourite homemade cempedak cake, fold-able chair & sleeping bag. Most of the youngsters & fans are excited for the concert & stayed up whole night chit chat away while me & a few much elder ones need our beauty sleep :p
Fan Groups VS Friends&Family
12 pax ahead of me (left) are a bunch of passionate strangers united together to purchase 80+ VVIP & 50+ VIP tickets! 4 pax behind me (right) got themselves 2 VVIP, 4 PS1, 3 PS2 & 10 PS4. Geng mou? The gal before me got 3 VVIP tickets, 1 for herself & 2 for some random old folks that asked for her help. I myself got myself 4 PS4 since papa insist not to waste so much money.
Spot Me Among the Crowds
Not sure how many people were there @ 11am but we are sure it won’t be less than 300 pax turn up to fight for some Feng Shui seats. The warrior managed to concur the first 5 minutes of the ticket launch session & went straight out for my brunch session. I have high respect for Gem’s supporters as some of them actually going to attend both Malaysia & Singapore tour concert. As a Celine Dion die hard fan I’m somewhat ashamed of myself for not attending any of her concerts in Malaysia or Singapore yet. Some more with her husband’s condition she delayed her up coming tour as well to spend some quality time with family :(
Hi Gem, I’ll see you Next Year!
This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience, I feel old for getting all the back pain from sitting & sleeping on the floor. But to the youngsters they see me with envy as I got sleeping bag to sleep & chair to sit whenever I need them :D While I was updating my blog, rumored has VVIP & PS4 sold out! I’m kinna excited in a way since it’s been year since my last concerts @ Singapore with Yoga Lim, Show Luo & Coldplay.
P/S: Loving my new 530 thread count quilt cover set & cotton pillow from Akemiuchi
I’ve managed to slack a lot due to drinking sessions on my birthday month & also unable to manage my time for work out with the growth in work (good news for the business). Thank God more divhers are more hard working to train @ PJ Palms so I had to push myself not to be lazy this month LOL First time pushing myself to personal best 50 Meter Dynamic with Fins (DYN) with 2 kg weights after CO2 table. Guess I need more weights since I airways twice when I’m near to the shallow side of the 4 feet pool. It was a fun session with Greg, Patrick & Yi Hou.
I’ve made a choice to stop drinking for a the whole week before this competition & force myself to train since I was unable to hit 50 Meter again & only managed to do warm up for Static apnea as it’s been a while since I can over come the urge to breath. Gah, hate mind game LOL Thanks to my mentor Walter for consistently watch out for my progress, coach Ram for correcting my swimming skills, instructor Azua for feeding me with answers to all my questions in freediving, Vivian for the fins, Yi Hou for the 2kg weight, Ice for the wide angle goggle & boss EJ’s nose clip for today’s competition. Challenge accepted for 1st white card attempt :p
Sorry that I was being over excited for getting my very first white card. All hard work pays off & I managed to win over Leonard by 1 Meter distance :p Thanks to OD & Malaysia holder Kim Seng for insisting I should use weight before the competition as I’ve been training without weight for the whole week. Instructor Azua thinks that I still need to work on my weak push off but Walter was just happy that I got the perfect protocol. Now even coach Ram is curious about freediving, we might have new challenger on the next session ;)
Freediving League (Liga F) @ PJ Palms, 18th Oct
Yeah to the clean PB I had today ^_^ Finally got my very first white card, 4 more leagues to go before Pool Master Apnea Challenge. The 2 previous red cards got me to play safe for this round but I will be pushing the boundaries within my own comfort for the next 4 competitions. Not sure if I can still make it into Top 10 but I won’t give up without trying. At least if I’m discipline myself well enough I might aim for Top 5 on next year’s league ;)
P/S: Gonna waive tomorrow’s open water session due to short notice :(