Archive for July, 2013

Penalizing Brilliance

Posted: July 28, 2013 in personal

Warning: RANT coming up… You have been warned.

I am good at what I do.  There’s no BS about that.  I am just stating a fact.

A few months ago, I had been thrust into an enormous project of which I have no experience of. I am almost surely under qualified for it too.  I said no of course. But to refuse was not acceptable.

I gave it my best, all I’ve got. And because of it, I shone like a big, bright star on the darkest night.

Then, there came the time for big changes in the organization. People were being transferred from one project to another.  Except me.  They don’t wanna touch me.  Despite and in spite of requests, which eventually turned to protests, to be relegated to another project where I know I will be better at.  They just wouldn’t touch me.

Now, I am miserable.  I am stuck in a project that I don’t like, longing for another project that I can’t have.  This is punishment akin to death penalty. Fuck brilliance.  I don’t wanna shine no more.

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battle of the best

Posted: July 7, 2013 in personal, sports, tennis
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I hate disappointments.  I hate the feeling of a broken heart. So I am preparing myself for the worst. Tonight is the Men’s Finals at the most prestigious tennis championships – the Wimbledon.  It’s going to be a contest between the top 2 players right now – Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.  I believe in Novak’s talent and I support him with all my heart, which is why I am distancing myself from this match and preparing my heart to accept that tonight, Britain might have its first ever Wimbledon Champion since Fred Perry via Andy.  The time is right. He is as prepared as he can be.  Everyone is behind him and probably invoking the support of all gods for his win.

In my heart of hearts, I desperately want Novak to win.  Even as I type this post, I cannot help but pray that he really ends up the champion.  But I don’t wanna get my hopes up and have them extinguished later on. Yes, anything can happen. But the pessimist in me is overactive right now and has been buzzing in my ear, telling me that Andy will win. I am giving in but still not letting go.

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dancing again

Posted: July 5, 2013 in dance, fun, personal
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I am learning a new dance, a challenging one, for me at least. This is something that I haven’t done in quite a while now. It’s tough. But it’s fun. And exciting. And painful. And I am loving every second of it.

My knees are sore from all the kneeling that’s required in the dance. My back is aching from all the arching and contracting that I have to do. My neck hurting from whipping my head left and right, up and down. But despite all these aches and pains that I feel, I am still excited, very much looking forward to the next dance session on Tuesday.

Four nights! I still have to wait four nights to learn the choreography to the next part of the song.  (more…)

nothingness

Posted: July 5, 2013 in personal
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We are always in a rush. We set our alarms very early in the morning. Get up. Prepare. Have breakfast. Shower. Dress up. Commute to work. Plan our day. Attend meetings. Write reports. Instruct staff. Follow up previous orders. Report to the boss. Have lunch. Go back to work. Attend more meetings. Make more reports. Answer emails. Answer calls. Make calls. Reprimand inefficient staff. Call for a meeting.  Prepare to go home. Commute. Go to the gym. Prepare dinner. Eat dinner. Watch the news while cleaning up. Prepare for the next day. Shower. Go to bed. Read reports and transcripts. Sleep. *Repeat*

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It was a shocking Wimbledon this year so far, to say the least.  The first day alone brought out a lot of ‘Oh my God’s’ as reaction to Nadal’s first round elimination courtesy of a relatively unknown player ranked past 100.  The second round was even more outrageous as seven former world number ones got eliminated – Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Viktoria Azarenka, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and Lleyton Hewitt.  Each day, a number of seeded players fall until only but a few remained standing to face the second week in SW 19. Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radswanka, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro were able to avoid the plague that seemed to befall the top seeds.  But not for long.

Serena faltered against Sabine Lisicki in the round of 16. Agnieszka prevailed against Li Na in their quarterfinal match while Kvitova wasn’t able to vanquish the momentum of Kirsten Flipkens.  Only four women now remain – Lisicki vs Radswanka and Bartoli vs Flipkens.

On the men’s side, Novak remains standing in the last four, his 13th consecutive appearance in a grand slam semifinals.  Del Potro beat fourth seed Ferrer and Jerzy Janowicz awaits the winner between Andy and Fernando Verdasco.

Just four more days til the end of Wimbledon 2013.  Surely, there will be a new women’s champion and she is a grand slam virgin. Djokovic is the only Wimbledon champion left so he’s outnumbered.  But Del Potro and Murray have both hoisted a US Open trophy.

Tomorrow is another day and with what has happened so far, nothing is certain. All we can do is wait and witness the story unfold.

first elimination, SYTYCD 10

Posted: July 4, 2013 in dance, tv
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They changed it last year, in season 9.  They were only given one night every week for the show.  Same goes for this year. Just one night to showcase all these dance talents! But they changed the order of presentation.  They moved the elimination to the beginning of the show. And that changed everything. It changed the mood. It changed the dynamic. It changed the feel of the entire episode.

On the one hand, the professionalism of the dancers was brought to light. On the other hand, it was quite a challenge for everyone to contain their emotions after learning the news and still managed to give it their best, as they should.

The camera work on this particular episode was also a bit messy.  There were several shots that were out of focus. Some of the camera men also seemed to have forgotten their blocking (if that’s what you call it).

So far, after 2 nights of performance, nothing has really evoked as much a reaction as the statue dance of Marko and Melanie or any of the dances of Katie and Joshua yet.  I favor a few dancers but no one has danced a really memorable routine yet.

I love Mackenzie! Her feet are really amazing. She points her toes like there’s no tomorrow.  Aaron and Jasmine H is the couple to beat so far.  Fikshun and Amy are cute. Jasmine M and Alan are also contenders.

I am excited for the coming weeks. I do hope they revert to the old format and hold the eliminations towards the end of the show.  I know that the better routines are still to come and I am looking forward to them.