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Oh Dear Me & My Dances

We had a Zouk Lambada beginner class yesterday evening. It was really hard dance steps for us (me) though it’s only a few beginner steps to learn but some of us (me) just can’t follow. It’s really sexy dance if you dance it well; the moves are so cool when the instructor and another assistance instructor demonstrated to us. There’s no way we can dance like that at this stage since we are still very much struggling with just one basic foot work.

Anticipation leads to disappointment“, said so the instructor many times. He kept telling us to follow the men’s lead and let the guys do the thinking cos’ they are the brains here and women just follow whatever the guys do.
He said, there are only two rules in dancing (and in life as well);

1st rule – “The man is always right”;
2nd rule, “If you think he’s wrong, refer to rule #1″.

If you step on the guy’s feet, say sorry cos’ it’s your fault, you’re not following the guy’s lead.
If he step on your toes, you apologise, it’s again your fault, cos’ you didn’t move your foot back.
(hmm…)

I would agree to follow the lead if the guy is a good leader but some of the guys are just very bad at dancing; forget about leading, they can’t even get their own footwork right. We have to rotate around the floor so get to dance with everyone. You make heaps of mistakes if the guy partner is terrible. There’s no team work in dancing, it’s just follow the guy’s lead (according to the instructor) so blame it all on the guys. It’s quite true cos’ you dance so well if you get to partner with bronze level students or an advance level guys. They can lead you on not only on the footwork but also on the body movement as well. For us beginners, we only concentrate on the footwork and none at all for body/hip movement that all of us dancing like stiff mechanical robots at the moment.

You have to practice a lot in order to get the foot work right without looking down at the feet all the time. But for me, I forget the steps the min I step out of the studio so there’s no way for me to improve in dancing. Every Friday 8-11pm is a social dance where you can practice whatever you learn with everyone. The music keeps changing every few min and you get to dance with whoever ask you to dance. The problem for me is, I don’t even know which music beat is for which type of dance and even if I kinda know the beat, I forgot the footwork for the dance. :D I’m totally hopeless in this area. At the last social dance, this girl asked me what’s my plan after this class, and I told her I have no idea cos’ I wasn’t planning to join the classes to start with and I’m just coming here for a bit of laughter and fun since I need to de-stress myself. As for her, she comes to the studio to practice everyday, she’s really an advance level once and can dance so beautifully, plus she’s a very pretty Java Software developer. Whoop what a girl!

Anyways, so far I’m enjoying the lessons except for getting occasional sore toes cos’ the guys keep stepping on my toes. Especially those tall guys who have long steps which keep clashing with my steps. And yes, yes, I did apologise them for not moving my foot far enough. I get hurt and have to apologise too, not good at all! The instructor told me I think too much; he told me not to think at all but just follow the guy and go with the flow. But but, I just can’t do it, my brain just automatically tick tick tick and have to go figure out what’s the next step is, so yes, my anticipation keeps getting me sore feet and disappointment. Nevertheless, I’m enjoying the dances so far!

Here is my favorite Zouk vid published on the studio’s site. You can check out some more vids and a bit of the info on Zouk here. They are all performed at the “Step Up Dance Studio“. So very cool yet so hard isn’t it?

Zouk-Lambada

And here are recent Spring Ball performances and previous functions too. They are asking if we want to participate in the next function. We can ask the instructor of our choice to partner with us and he’ll teach us the choreography and everything. It’s pretty fun to watch all those previous performances.

Oh yes, coming Friday is V Day special social dance function so everyone has to wear pink or hot pink or anything to do with pink. Let’s see what the guys wear then. Ok, that’s all for now and I’ll be at the social dance tonight.

Enjoy your Friday!

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    Voice and Video Chat on Gmail

    How sweet! Now you don’t even need Gtalk desktop installer for voice chat, both voice and video are available on browser based Gmail chat. All you have to do is, grab this plugin and start rolling. Well ofcos’ you need a webcam. :-)

    Voice and video chat in gmail

    Just click on the new “Video & more” menu in a Gmail chat window and select “Start video chat” or “Start voice chat.” You can switch to a full screen view or pop out the chat window and change the size and positioning as you wish. Of course, not everyone has a webcam, but even if you don’t, you can still have voice conversations alongside your email and regular chat.

    Watch the demo video and read detail here. I haven’t tried it yet. I’ll give it a shot once I get home. Not too excited about video but voice on gmail is good enough for me. That would reduce the pain of having to install a desktop program just for voice chat.
    Thanks google team for this new feature.

    BoA – Eat You Up

    The very first time I listened to Korean pop songs (apart from those come in dramas) was a few years back, when my sister brought a CD, “BoA No.1“, from her Taiwanese classmate. Her friend recommended that she listens to the CD since it’s a hit and sure to like it.

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    You’re No One If You’re Not On Twitter – The Twitter song.

    You’re no one if you’re not on Twitter
    And if you aren’t there already you’ve missed it
    If you haven’t been bookmarked, retweeted and blogged
    You might as well not have existed

    In the old days it was all about achievements
    Collecting all your trophies in a shrine
    Then everybody came across the internet
    And suddenly you had to be online

    A home page was all you really needed
    To seem like a success but not a geek
    As long as you updated semi-annually
    And checked your email once or twice a week

    You’re no one if you’re not on Twitter…

    Technology was moving rather quickly
    And the next thing you needed was a blog
    With intimate and detailed press releases
    And now and then a photo of your dog

    More recently the students brought us Facebook
    And everybody has a hundred friends
    The parties in the photos look amazing
    They’re not so great but everyone pretends

    You’re no one if you’re not on Twitter…

    Now you need to publish every movement
    And every single thought to cross your mind
    I’m told the Twitterverse is full of rubbish
    But most of us are actually quite refined

    We validate each other’s insecurities
    And brag about the gadgets that we’ve bought
    We laugh out loud at every hint of jolliness
    And try to self-promote without being caught

    You’re no one if you’re not on Twitter…

    So are you somebody or nobody? Are you on twitter yet? Oh yes, luckly I’m someone on twitter. LOL

    There is a video, mp3 download, TShirt and a few other stuffs about the Twitter song. Better go check out at I Hate Morning site.

    Yesterday, I went to see my brother’s squash game at Defence Club. There is this Fiji Bitter Squash Tournament going on here at Suva for this whole week – every evening after 5pm. My bro’s game was supposed to be on Monday but his opponent didn’t turn up so they postponed the game to Tuesday (yesterday). He played against one Indian man around 40+ (hmm I forgot his name) and was thrashed badly.

    Fiji Bitter Open 2008

    It was the very first squash tournament for my brother since he started playing squash a few months back. We use to play Badminton only and this year my bro started playing squash with some of his friends so he still has a lot to learn before he can compete in the tournament. Nevertheless, he signed himself up in B Grade thinking C Grade is for kids and he would do fine in B. Well the result was he got knocked down pretty badly; he wasn’t really in his best form also and the opponent was quite experienced player who knows how to make him run around in court. So he lost his game and went into Plate pool and will be playing again today at Victoria Park. I guess I’ll go watch again this evening.

    Aung’s very first squash game

    One of the Ministers, Mr. Kenneth Zinck (and a few other big faces I sometimes see on TV), came to play as well, I’m not sure he came just to play for fun or was in the competitions as I couldn’t stay long to watch his game. He was cheering his buddy’s game quite loudly/actively. I was taking a few videos of the game and itching to take him as well but that would be awkward to directly shoot at him so I was waiting for his game but I left early and missed the game. I think he wanted his picture taken as well cos’ he kept smiling at my way while cheering for his buddy (Ok may be just my thought) .

    Tweety Bird NecktieI know him as one of the most active sport lovers among Fiji Government Ministers especially on Rugby games. We are sure to see him cheering from the front row in almost every Rugby games, yelling and waving his things (the flag/the banners I mean) at the camera. LOL. So we normally search for him everytime there is a Rugby 7 game on TV. Quite a celebrity he is. :P I also remember him very well after seeing him wear Tweety Bird necktie on one of the interview sessions on TV. Quite a fashion for him. It was so funny to see a Minister wearing some childish necktie with big Tweety bird at the bottom. I guess it must have been a gift from his kids or something. But that was one of the unforgettable sights about him. :D

    There were some players from Nadi and other towns participating in the tournament as well. I met 4 young guys from Nadi; their coach was pretty nice man who encouraging us to join their club and telling us about his 4 players. His son plays in A Grade and other 3 guys play in Bs. He was also coaching a Korean girl who lost in ladies game against a Fijian girl. He said he also will be playing in the competition but I missed his game.

    Coaching a Korean Girl

    The Game with a guy from Nadi

    Well you see, I had some ulterior motives, it’s not just watching my brother’s game but I went there to check out some good looking players but turn out only the old men were there. :D The Nadi guys are quite cute but they’re just too young, under 19. hehe Oh but there is this handsome organizer, I heard he’s very good player and former Fiji representative or something. Aww but it’s a pity he got ring on his finger haha. Nah I’m kidding, I just went there to cheer for my brother’s first game and also getting some material for my blog (Ok there’s still a motive behind but good motive). :D

    Here are some more short videos I took: Two Games Mix + Score Sheet | Another Mix Game | Practice Games | Game Sheets

    I’m going to watch the games today also at Victoria Park. One of our colleagues is playing in C grade and I’m sure more games to see today. They are having this tournament in 3 different places, Victoria Park, Merchant Club and Defence Club due to limited availability of courts in each club. Anyways, I hope I can watch some nice games this evening and hope that my brother and our colleague play well in their game also.

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