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End of an Era in Badminton

Monday, September 29, 2008

The 2008 Beijing Olympics marks the end for many of the badminton players I've known since I started playing badminton in 2004.  It's sad that I won't be seeing them in tournaments anymore.

Zhang Ning. She's been around since 1996 (from what I've read) when she was beaten in the 1996 Uber Cup by then 16 year old Mia Audina. You could say she's a late bloomer, only rising to the top at 28 years old after Gong Ruina, Gong Zhichao, Zhou Mi left. Her reign was also short but she made the most of it winning the 2003 World Championships, 2004 and 2008 olympics and many titles after the 2004 olympics.

Gao Ling. No official announcement has been made but it's likely that she will be retiring. She has won everything there is in badminton whether in the mixed doubles and women's doubles category. Truly a legend in badminton. Her mixed doubles partner Zhang Jun retired last year due to injuries. He got to be torch bearer in the Beijing Olympics for winning gold in mixed doubles twice with Gao Ling (2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens).

Yang Wei/Zhang Jiewen. My favorite women's doubles team. Yang Wei actually partnered Gao Ling in women's doubles in the 1996 World Junior Championships which they won. Yang and Zhang were olympic champions in Athens, also world champions, and won many titles together. There were briefly separated last year when Yang Wei was partnered with Zhao Ting Ting but were reunited for the Beijing Olympics. Too bad they were unable keep their title.

Xie Xing Fang. This one I'm not sure but she has been heard saying the drive to win is not there anymore as evidenced by her loss to Zhang Ning in the Beijing olympic final. All she wants to do is get married and cook for Lin Dan :)

Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah. My favorite men's doubles players have been around since 1995 but have not really won anything of note. They won the 2004 Malaysian Open, the Dutch Open, ABC, and have been runner up twice in the All England. Still they I like the way they look on court when playing and Lee Wan Wah's sooo handsome :D

I don't know anyone else retiring. Taufik is playing till the end of this year. I need to find new favorites to root for in the coming tournaments. So far, only Lee Yong Dae has caught my attention.


Pregnancy Weight Gain

Friday, September 26, 2008

Before I got pregnant I weighed 130 lbs. I'm  5"5 1/2 so my weight is normal for my height. The healthy weight gain during pregnancy is 25-35 lbs. I now weigh 156 lbs. I have only 9 lbs. until the end of my term. Hopefully I won't gain much weight in the next two months.

I'm somewhat becoming obssessed with not gaining too much weight because I'm really worried about shedding it after giving birth. I try to get in some exercise and do a lot of walking so my body will not find it hard to get back to the exercise routine I had before pregnancy.

My friends say I don't look like I've gained any weight except for my big tummy. So I'm wondering where the 26 lbs are. Not all going to the baby I hope otherwise a big baby will be a big problem when I deliver.

I should just concentrate choosing what I eat and exercise as much as I can. I hope that's enough.


It's a Girl!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I've had a 4D ultrasound done last week at 27 weeks to determine the sex of my baby. P said to have the 2D only if there's really no medical need for the 4D. But I wanted to have the latest and the videos posted on youtube looked terrific. Besides, my medical insurance covered it.

It's really amazing to see in real time that there's this little person inside you.


Growing Out Short Hair - Some Tips

I've had short hair for more than three years and am now longing for hair that I can style. So I'm growing it out. I've had it up to my chin last June but in a moment of insanity I've had it chopped again. Now I'm regretting it. I have to start all over.

I've been searching for a sort of transition hairstyle that would keep my from lopping it off again when it doesn't look good. I like Katie Holmes' do in these pics (just ignore the pegged pants).

If you're growing out your hair:
  • Wait longer in between haircuts. If you're getting maintenance cuts every six weeks with shorter hair, try waiting three months before getting trims.
  • Use conditioner and don't rub hair dry with a towel to prevent damage. Squeeze out water from hair gently with a towel. 
  • Use a wide tooth comb for wet hair.
  • Avoid using hot water and hair dryers which damage hair.
  • Have weekly scalp massage to stimulate hair folicles.
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep and eat a balanced diet


My First Completed Crochet Project

I used to do some crocheting years ago but I've never completed any of my projects. I would get bored with it and move on the something else. Lately my interest in crocheting has been renewed. I searched online for a simple pattern that would be useful to me and easily finished to keep my interest going.

I finished this wrist bag in one week. Useful to put my wallet and mobile phone in during lunchtime forays to the mall.

There are so many nice patterns online and am downloading everything that I find doable looking for my next project.


Rainy Day

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I love rainy long as I'm indoors. This is the window behind me in the office. Usually the blinds are down to shield my computer monitor from the glare. But on days like this, its so nice to watch to rain pouring down and the trees gently swaying.


Another Old Friend

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I just got off the phone with Oyie, another old friend from when I started working. She's now in the US after a daring escape from her husband. Long story.

We only had 15 minutes to chat while she was on her break but it was really good to hear from her. She's been with me through my marriage troubles and always managed help me remain positive with her sensible outlook.

Thanks for being there for me. I'm so happy for you now with your new life.


I'm so Annoyed!

Yesterday I had planned to get warts removed. I noticed some around my neck and it's noticeable when I put powder in that area. So I left work early and went to Megaclinic. When I got there, they said they don't do the procedure on pregnant patients. Even after I told them I had my OB's blessing. Hmpf!

So I decided to have my underarm waxed instead. But when I got there in Flawless, the same thing. They won't wax pregnant women. Arrrrggh!

And I'm feeling so ugly. Maybe I'll get a facial to make me feel better.


Old Friends

The other day I had lunch with my oldest friend Nono. I met her in third grade and we've been friends ever since. There's something comforting being in her company. It's like whatever comes along in life, it will pass. I look back at everything we have been through-our rebellious teens, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, parents against boyfriends and eventual husbands, troubled marriages, a child with special needs, financial problems, etc.- through it all we've supported each other....and here we are, still surviving.

I may not have a family to speak of but I've been blessed with friends in the truest sense.

We ate at Marvin Agustin's Tentitas. The food was great!
Miss Tilapia...

Twice Cooked Adobo...

Buko Pandan Drink....


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