Happy New Year! A review of 2015

Happy New Year all you cuties! I hope you all had a wonderful time with friends and family!

For my Christmas break, I ended up spending time with family and friends. It was a lovely time off and great to catch up with everyone, but I felt that tired hosting so many parties! I think I’ll have to have a rest for a while before hosting another event…

So looking back at 2015, what were my highlights from each month?

January
New year, new beginnings, exciting times! I ate my way through the first month hehe. Visited a LEGO art exhibition and went to Winter Wonderland.

February
Spent Valentine’s dinner as a 3rd wheel but had the weekend with my other half :P Also attended a couple birthday parties :D My Chinese New Year was spent running around Chinatown looking for a place to eat and locating this man with golden balloons with Sue…

March
Attended the BSTF nationals with my TKD group (as a cheerleader) and my friend’s brother’s wedding. Also held a bake sale competition at work – I won best presentation :D

April
Attended Hyper Japan at Earl’s Court. Sadly this place is to be demolished and turned into a hotel :(

May
Went to the May MCM Expo.

June
I participated in the annual Kaichi event where Kaichi High School from Japan comes to London to practice their English and learn about the culture. It’s such a great experience where you get to meet new people and learn about the Japanese culture too. I attended my first free gaming event and got some freebies. Also managed to get my red belt in TKD! Nathan invited us to play crazy golf for his birthday and Manni had a meat-filled birthday at Bodeans :D

July
Visited friends in Ireland! We’ve never met but it was such a warm welcome and the distance didn’t make anything awkward at all! Friends will always be friends <3

Friends in Ireland
Friends in Ireland

August
Moved away from London and into my new flat! Had a lovely evening out bowling with colleagues for our team event. Also helped create a teaser video for our TKD group.

September
Visited Japan! YAY! Was so happy, really want to go back and visit again.

October
I attended MCM Expo in London for Kekiko and spent Halloween in Amsterdam.

November
My birthday month! Basically had a lovely meal with friends in Soho. I also decided it was time to stop TKD as I was living too far out from London to justify travel costs and travel times.

December
Spent Christmas chilling with family, playing mahjong and filling my belly with lots of yummy food. Also made my first ever gingerbread house with my little cousin! We had so much fun and I didn’t realise that the packet didn’t come with sweets to decorate (fail!) and thus we rummaged through the cupboards for sprinkles and sweets. My friends also came round for Christmas and New Years for some karaoke and video games. My team in the office also converted our area into Narnia! Crazy but it was such an amazing environment to work in and felt like we were working outdoors! I also had to help plan and organise the company Christmas party and ended up throwing a Great Gatsby themed prohibition event. We kitted out the bar venue with DIY props, a personalised video and personalised posters so everyone was involved.

Wishing you all a prosperous 2016 and a very happy, fun-filled year!

Best wishes,

Kekidoll xoxo

BTSF

My last weekend was a rather long one. My whole TKD group participated in the BSTF Nationals where poomsae competition was on Saturday and fights happened on Sunday.

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Selfie time!

The Nationals were hosted up in Worcester, home of the famous Worcester sauce. We all travelled up on Friday evening by coach. However as I wasn’t sure about making it on time,  I went via Cameron’s car with Charlotte in the passenger seat who was blasting out music the whole way (felt like raving). It was over 4 hours due to traffic so both parties made pit stops to grab some food before arriving at the hotel.

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I found Tsumtsums!

This time, it was better organised and actually explained to people what was happening, so on Saturday Dee and I managed to fit in some tourist time and go see the cathedral in the morning. We arrived back at 3pm to watch the poomsae competition.

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Beautiful
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Walking inside the cathedral

In the evening, dinner was hard to come by since everywhere in the town centre was fully booked. The group ended up ordering from different places. I just went to Zizzi’s nearby and ordered a carbonara for takeaway. Doesn’t feel like ordering a pizza from Papa John’s.

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Nom

It was an early start for Sunday, 7am. So most of us were tired. There were many fights but unfortunately I was helping as a volunteer so I couldn’t watch most of it. At first I was making sure the electronic device for daedo gear was on the competitors correctly; a boring but important role to help push things along and reduce delay between fights. Then I was asked to do corner judging which was a lot more fun. However, it was hard to actually score points for definite in A Class since body shots needed a certain part threshold.

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Steven in poomsae competition
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Fight fight

The experience days an enjoyable yet tiring one. We won 6 gold medals, 3 silver and 2 bronze. Amazing. By the time we got back to London, it was past midnight so everyone conked out when they got home. I had to sleep on Josie’s couch some I was stranded ;-; Luckily she and her housemates took me in.

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Charlotte and Cameron made cake!

Now it’s back to life!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Hello 2015

Hi guys, it’s been a while. Sorry that I’ve been on hiatus for a long time. I just didn’t find the time to post about my adventures and many more things happened near the end of 2014.

I hoped everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Joyful New Year!

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Love Kekidoll

I received a lovely card from Joy all the way from America ^^ Was such a nice surprise to come home to. I shall make some space to hang those butterflies in my room!

My Christmas was spent with the whole family eating and playing Mahjong, whilst the kids gamed Smash Bros. Apprantly they were really into it and 8 man Smash Bros can be deadly…

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Posing the infamous "BubzHubz" face...
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Zomg banquet much?

I also celebrated with my TKD team with bundles of food…

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Please miss, may I have some more?

The meat came out so late that most of us were full from sides and Mac & cheese. There was just so much prepared. Thank you for organising Minh & Linh!

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So so much. We had to take doggy bags!

New years was a little boring and was mostly at home. Watched the countdown and fireworks on TV with my cousin.

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It farted sparkles and pretty lights

It was a nice end to the year and I hope 2015 will bring me more luck, hope and joy to the future. Let’s leave the past behind us and move positively forward!

I didn’t really make any resolutions but will strive to,
– post often
– work  hard
– draw more
– finish what I started off

How was your new year? Please share in the comments!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

I’m a Blue belt!

Wahey! Since early June I went for my Tae Kwon Do belt grading exam to aim for my blue belt. I was so nervous and was seriously not ready to become a level higher. It was also the fact that I was suggested to grade next year so I would be more comfortable with the exam and techniques. So to be kinda forced to take the exam (for a couple of reasons) I didn’t feel confident.

Although I didn’t want to grade and was scared that I wouldn’t pass, I managed to practice a lot and did really last minute preparations before the exam. I messed up a little during the poomsae patterns -I forgot the side kick in pattern 4 but manage to save it- because I still had the adrenaline rush from sparring so my head wasn’t straight.

Even though I stumbled on a few parts and had to attempt my hook kick board break like several times, because I wasn’t following my kick through, I managed to survive and pass my grading!

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Sho happy!

So I am now officially a blue belt! Just one more away from black! However I seriously will wait a year before my next grading because I am soooo totally not red belt material yet. Red belts are technically “black belts in training” and I don’t have the speed nor flexibility of a black belt yet. So here’s to a better year of training!
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With our new belts!

We’ve now completed fresher’s and have managed to get over 100 students to sign up for TKD this year. Shall have to figure out how to choose candidates now since we can’t officially fit more than 35 in the room… We also are looking forward to setting up a fight camp (anyone got a better name?) as we’ve successfully applied for funding from Starbucks ^^ How exciting!

Do you do martial arts or any sports to keep fit?

With love
Kekidoll xoxo

Paintballing near Upminister

My TKD team organised an outing with the group to go paintballing in Upminster. We went for a whole day which lasted from 9am till 4:30pm. The place is set in a secluded area with lots of arenas separated by walls of trees and forest.

There were 7 games to play but I only went for 5 since I was happy when I managed to hit someone and also be shot a few times; it means I have proof I’ve got stuck into the war zone. The game modes were all different every time and on different maps, we played (in no particular order):

Protect the VIP
One team member wears a fluorescent jacket and acts as the President. S/he needs to get on the bus on the opposite side to the map to win the game. The whole team needs to move and kill the enemy and safely get the President on the bus.
A fun map but as the enemy team is simply aiming for the president, all who surrounds him will be continuously shot.

Capture the Flag
One team protects the castle and the other needs to infiltrate from outside to get to the flag and capture it by pulling the ropes till the flag is at the top.
This map was easier to manoeuvre in due to well placed wooden screens. The enemy team needs to stay inside the castle whilst the other team infiltrate the base so as long as you’re crawling or crouching and run really fast you van dodge bullets.

C4
One team is given an explosive which they have to successful plant and detonate in the enemy area.
I didn’t play this map but apparently one team tried to strap the C4 onto his body and charge to the detonation zone. However he was shot in the chest too many a time and failed. My friend on the other team just legged it to the detonation zone and slammed it down like in Rugby (or American Football) and won them the game.

Capture the Huts
5 huts are dotted on the map, one being in the middle. Whoever captures the hut and is inside it wins the game.
I couldn’t do much in this mode since I was stuck on the tower shooting people which I couldn’t clearly see due to cloudy googles. When I was on the opposite side, I was stuck behind a board and My paintballs fell out the canister QQ.

Pyramids
Eliminate the enemy team using the obstacles as cover.
Everyone was hiding behind blocks or pyramids. Since most cover was taken it was hard to move to the other side and wipe out the enemy. Someone did run through the middle pyramid and shoot two guys at point blank range which caused a massive bruise on their arms… Talk about lethal!

Hunger Games
Similar to the movie, it’s every man for himself and the last man standing wins.
I sat out for this one since I didn’t want people following me and pelting me with bullets…

Each map was fun but did get very muddy from the rain in the early morning but it did end up sunny in the afternoon. So it was starting to get very hot in our overalls and our masks kept fogging up >.< I also have no idea why they decided it was a good idea to go a week before our TKD grading exam, but nether the less it was good fun. Would you ever go paintballing? With love, Kekidoll xoxo

So long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehn, Goodbye

One of our longest members in our TKD group, Shaun, left us to go immigrate to Canada where his family are. We wanted to wish him a wonderful farewell and to not miss us so much. A secret farewell party training session at Southend-on-Sea on the beach was therefore planned.

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Abid, Shaun and I

The whole group had a fun filled time at the arcade, fairground and on the beach. We managed to also grab a whole family of Racing Rabbids! (Yes we went a little mad on the UFO catcher)
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Massive Raving Rabid Family!

I wanted to go on one rollercoaster, so I went on the biggest one which cost me £6. I was also questioned if I really was sure since it had an almost 90° drop to which I replied, “I’ve been on Oblivion in Alton Towers, this is nothing” I don’t blame him for not knowing me but I’m a thrill seeker ^_^
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Lets get ready to roooll!

When we got to the beach for donuts and ice cream, we sat Shaun down for speeches and to give him a farewell gift, a Rocky bathrobe that said Champion (He won gold in the Student Nationals). He absolutely loved the present and even though knew it wasn’t a training session, still changed into his doobuk and did some poomsae by the waters. It looked cool!
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The boys were kicking the punch bag lol

I had a really fun day out with my TKD family and we’ll miss the sexy legs of his. He’s so darn tall that I get scared to spar against him QwQ
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We will miss you big guy

Shaun, we wish you all the best for the future!

Warm wishes,
Kekidoll xoxo

A Weekend of Excitement, Laughter, Shouting and Cheer

The British Tae Kwon Do Student Nationals happened over the weekend so my team travelled down all the way to Bristol City Academy on a late Friday evening ready to complete in both Poomsae (TKD patterns) and Sparring (fighting).

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It was an epic weekend! I was slightly late catching the coach on Friday due to work ;-; but luckily they waited for me. Road trip down was good and had no issues; apart from me having to hold in my desperation for the toilet during our two and a half hour journey. Some played yellow car, we also did a little sight seeing in the coach driving past London tourist attractions ^^

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We stayed at Holiday Inn which was surprisingly nice and comfortable. They also had a swimming pool and sauna which most of us took advantage of the next morning.

Team Pose!
Whole Team Posing ^^

There was a LOT of incidents that happened but didn’t ruin the trip. Such as a 3.5 hour delay on Saturday Poomsae competition because they were over run from the ITF sparring competition; everyone seemed confused and wasn’t notified of the delay, I could have gone sight seeing! The poomsae part of the event wasn’t organised very well. The judges rushed everything and never told participants what their score was so how do you expect them to improve?! They also gave students false hope by deliberately making them sit in the waiting area whilst calling names out to come out to perform. If you don’t get called, you didn’t get through but also couldn’t leave the arena until it all ended…
We also had a fire alarm that went off at our hotel at 1am that evening when we really needed sleep >.< The fire brigade had to come and check it out, so I spent a lot of my wait photo bombing people taking photos of the fire engine, mostly from Imperial College hehe; I think the alarm was caused by someone smoking in the room (whhhy?!)

All wrapped up in tin foil :P
All wrapped up in tin foil :P

Sparring was held on Sunday and everyone enjoyed themselves. The whole team was cheering for the competitors, the scene was very lively! Our grand master, Master Bae, came down with his wife and son to root for the team ^^ Many fights gave me a heart attack due to the close score and I believe it was the voices of all those cheering for the competitor that helped our team win matches ^^

Posing by the waterfall
Came across a lovely mini waterfall on our 2 hour trek to the sports center

Despite all the incidents above, everyone had a great time and managed to perform very well in sparring. The team won 2 golds, 2 silvers and 3 bronze out of 10 competitors. So we did pretty damn good!

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I think I should try to compete in some competition in the future but I’m so scared! What do you think?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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