Officially a Green Belt

I’ve been a little behind with updating the blog and replying to comments lately. Still need to work on that!

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Just passed!!

Life had been busy in and out of work. We have a good few websites launching, new office to be opening up (business trip soon, yay!) And I’ve also been doing a lot of training for Tae Kwon Do. We had a 6 hour fight camp last Sunday which also included grading (it went on for 3 hours because there were soooo many of us!)

Watching Master Bae teach us the way
Watching Master Bae teach us the way

I’m pleased to tell you that I passed! (Pretty sure you gathered that from the title and/or my instagram.) So now I am a half way to becoming a Black Belt but still have yet to perfect my 360s and also or more power into my kicks… I somehow feel it gets lost or maybe it’s my body telling me “noooo you’ll damage the poor kid” and decided to conserve the power on release… ‘Tis annoying.

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The grading session was the longest and everyone was really tired after it. We had to drive for 2 hours to get to the hall in Surrey. So everyone got to bond in the car, playing yellow car and having fun. It was a nice day trip. For those who dont know what grading is, you’re graded on your knowledge of the martial art. You therefore perform certain kicks -on the dlr and also in stances- plus hand techniques. There are also sequences we need to learn called poomsae. It takes time to perfect it all and it for to the point where I practised my poomsae at the bus stop and at work.

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After accomplishing this milestone I now need to focus on grading for blue belt which requires 2 new poomsae patterns to learn a whole load of other advanced techniques and much more control. My a is for December (2 gradings away) so if I begin now, I’ll be awesome by Christmas time!

Tae Kwon Do Training
I look scary man…

The white and yellow belts are getting ready for student nationals now so all is seniors (man feels so old) have to help them practice. Wish them all good luck!

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Another Year Older, Another Year Wiser

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All my pressies! Thank you all so much!

It was my birthday on Monday 25th November. During the weekend I planned a day out on Saturday to play ping pong at Bounce in Holborn and then to have Italian at Isolabella.

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Bex and Me
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At the Tae Kwon Do match!

Earlier in the morning I went to cheer on my team at a TKD tournament at Imperial College, South Kensington. It was a very intense battle since some of our yellow tag contestants hadn’t learnt nor don’t any form of martial arts before! The day was long and they all started to get very tired near the end of the day. However out of the 5 participants we enrolled into the competition, they brought back 3 silvers and a bronze. Whoop whoop! Well done to them! Everyone from UEL was rooting for them with massive banners and loud shouts. I think we were the noisiest bunch in the whole hall hehehe.

Once the competition was over, my friends and I headed to Bounce. Here I met up with other friends for drinks and games of ping pong. They even tried to play it with their phones!

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We tried to introduce some fun ways to play it, such as sitting on stools or alternating the batter, but it still didn’t beat playing the game normally. :D

After 2 hours of the ping pong ball bouncing back and forth, we all headed down the road for some bellisolimo Italian at Isolabella.

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On my actual birthday I went back home to spend it with my family. We had dim sum, did a bit of shopping and had a big feast back home. My aunt baked me a cake but I had to decorate it since she didn’t know how to draw Totoro. Oh well! XD Tasted gooood! I had a lot of fun. :)

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With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Birthday Bash 2013

I’m holding my birthday party today! Whoop whoop! This is going to be so much fun ^^

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Dress I wore to my party

I’ve planned an evening of ping pong with drinks and then to have Italian for dinner. So I shall update with another post later filled with today’s events and what I got for presents.

It’s also the day of our first competition for the students of my UEL 2013 TKD class that I attend. So it’s a very exciting day indeed! I had to wake up at 5am to be able to catch the minibus to the location lol! Dead tired now xD UEL hwaiting! Gonna be cheering from the sides!

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Our class all out bowling ^^

Talk to you all soonies!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Officially a Tae Kwon Do Yellow Belt

I passed my Yellow belt exam a while back and am soooo chuffed! I did a mock exam the week before and it went really well so I was expecting to pass, but when the real thing was happening I got nervous. We were tested on so much I almost forgot steps in my poomsae, but our master asked us (white belts) to show him more than he needed to. This meant he was impressed and it makes me proud hehe.

Hopefully I’ll continue to improve and shall be able to do 360 kicks at head level easily!

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Mah Yellow Belt!!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Bake Off Competition and Barbeque with Friends

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Since summer has arrived (finally!), my TKD group decided to hold a BBQ and AGM at someone’s house over the weekend. We also agreed to a bake-off where each team (2 members) would create a winning dessert of their own and take home the prize of pride.

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My friend, Diana, and I teamed up together.  At first she wanted to make a Caramel Tart with Custard, an old school dessert we used to have back at school. We tried to bake it one evening and after 3 failed attempts we gave up… So much butter and butterscotch was wasted :( I found the caramel the hardest to make because I didn’t know if you should cook it on the heat, the heat and flour made the mixture look like crumbs and tasted like Indian sweets (just without the coconut). A few days later, my friend was told that we could actually buy pre-made caramel in a tin so we basically wasted an evening and a fridge of ingredients. D’oh!

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When the day of the competition arrived though, we totally changed tactics and baked cakes we could and love. We baked 3 in total because we were so indecisive and had bought so many ingredients! In the end, we had baked Carrot Cake (my fave), Red Velvet Cake (the judge’s fave) and Victoria Sponge Cake (Diana’s fave). We baked so much because, basically, Diana wanted to win (hahaha). Our sweat and tears in the morning proved a success when they announced that she won (after a long chat with the judges, else my cake would have won Lol!)

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We were up against forest fruits jelly and banofee pie.

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There was also a BBQ going in the garden during our meeting which made us all drool over the chicken cooking on the grill. It smelt so good and meant people weren’t really concentrating. We had to break half way, gobble down the cooked food and then sit back to the meeting while the rest cooked – the smell teasing us.

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The BBQ meat was so tasty and it was a very fun day. There was so much left over we all took some home :) We even played Tekken on the XBox which I haven’t touched in ages! I only really know to button mash though…

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What did you guys do to enjoy the sunny weather? Did you take advantage and fired up a BBQ too?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Tae Kwon Do

So I was taken to try out a new sport TKD at a local university. The class ended up being free for me since the receptionist failed to ID me. *shrug*

The teacher was really nice and praised me a lot for trying and doing a good job. I couldn’t even kick properly and my friend had to correct my stance a lot. I kept “kicking like in football” which meant I used my ankles a lot but should had lift my knee up and kicked with my insteps. After actually being told the correct way I didn’t hurt my toes so much and I was able go apply force when I was kicking the pads. :)

Since there was a range of levels who were in the class it was hard for the tutor to teach us all and this we all did a little bit of stance and movement work and then the higher levels sis sparring while the newbies (that’s me) learnt kicks.

I found the lesson rather fun and would like to continue them but I’m scared about grading already Lol. We shall see how this goes!

I’m trying to be more active now that I’ve moved out and have evenings to myself. What do you think I should try out?

-Keki xxx

Living in London

It’s been 6 months since I’ve moved to London. I’ve settled onto my new job and my new home. I’ve gotten to know my housemates a little more and vice versa. I’ve learnt to make quick dinners and look after myself so I don’t fall ill; although it is hard to when your colleagues are prone to be I’ll everyday…

Becoming a Londoner is quite scary, the people in London aren’t so much as friendly as those from the village I come from. If you greet a stranger in the morning you may be given looks or that they might start stalking you- this has happened to me. There are some who will say “hi” back but in such a busy city, no one has time for you. However there are some exceptions.

On the other side, there is a lot more to do so I’ve started to sign up for more new things to do such as learning Spanish, going to the cinema a lot more and starting Tae Kwon Do. I thought this would make my evenings more eventful and so I wouldn’t be cooped up inside the house. I also don’t have internet installed but have found it okay so far. It really isn’t convenient in this day and age and means you would need to go back to phoning friends and family more rather than using Skype but I’m managing and haven’t found it dire that I seriously need the internet. Many of my friends think I’m mad and ask how i cope, I believe it’s due to the fact that I have internet at work and on my mobile so I’m not 100% internet-deprived. Maybe when I have a place of my own and know for sure that I will be staying for a long time I will install it.

Have you started anything new for the new year? Would you have been able to cope without internet if you lived out? Let me know in the comments below!

-Keki

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