6 Common Kinds of Paddlers You Paddle With In The Boat

In your paddling life, you’d meet different kinds of people with different personalities and from different backgrounds, too. Some you’d easily get along with, some you just wouldn’t. And that’s okay because, first and foremost, you joined the team to paddle and there’s a lot more reasons for you to still be able to eat, sleep, and breathe paddling.

To be truly part of the team is to play your part, that is: to be full of hope, to be willing to learn and work hard, and, most importantly, to be kind.

1. The Motivator

He’s the one who pushes you to do your best–to paddle harder and to train more often. While he does his best to embolden and encourage you to put more effort in learning the techniques, he shows you how it’s done and he makes sure that you dig your paddle deep with your soul and might.

2. The Whiner

This paddler does more whining rather than paddling. It can be about the training program, the new coach, or anything that’s not paddling-related even. It’s just non-stop and it drains everyone’s energy and patience. If you feel like you’re being treated unfairly by anyone from the team, try to open up a dialogue but be pleasant and treat it with utmost professionalism.

3. The Ball of Fire

He gives his all. He shows up in all scheduled practices and he performs his best; for he believes that putting effort in training will make him a better paddler, a better teammate. For when the races come, he is ready and his mindset would be like: It’s just one of those regular trainings, only with Umpires and Judges.

4. The Unenthusiastic

He may show up at practices but with such low energy and the performance is half-baked. It’s better to get your focus back, re-fuel, and then go back to practice. The paddler’s power and performance, or lack of it, during the training period will determine the team’s performance on actual race days.

5. The Keeper

He values the team’s unity, in and out of the boat. He keeps them excited to go to training and he persuades teammates who have not been training to come back and paddle. He’s everyone’s friend and you want to paddle alongside him always. He’s the team’s positive energy and the watchdog of whiners.

6. The Boat Wrecker

Quite obviously, this person is unhappy, therefore he does things that demoralises a teammate or the entire team—and so the boat becomes so much heavier. Every so often, they’re the ones who’s not performing at practices and fails at fitness tests. That’s why it’s important to be goal-oriented yourself and then align it with the team’s objectives and aspirations.

Photo credit: Christine Pezzulo; GIFs via Giphy


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Food Tour 2017: April

For the month of April, we pay homage to some of the Korean dishes–authentic dishes we’ve actually tried in Seoul and in Busan. Since language barrier can be one of the challenges in exploring Korea, you may want to keep these dishes in mind or show them the photo when you order, as the menus are usually in Korean. There’s no harm in asking if they have the English version of the menu, just politely ask and don’t forget to smile and bow as you say, “Kamsahamnida!

Gopchang-jeongol (Beef tripe hot pot)

Streetfood stalls along Myeongdong

Authentic Korean meat roasting spread called Gogigui

Dak Gomtang or Korean Chicken Soup

Ramyun/Korean Ramen

Yukgaejang/Spicy Beef soup

Jjimdak/Korean Braised Chicken

Imagine your Korea

Inscape of Beauty: Celebrities

Here are some works by David LaChapelle as exhibited at the Ara Modern Art Museum in Seoul, South Korea. This post features LaChapelle’s photographs of big shot celebrities he has worked with, as well as some chromogenic prints of celebrities whom the artist admired.

My Own Liz

My Own Marlin

Archangel Michael: And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer

Eminem; Sir Elton John

Angelina Jolie: Lusty Spring

Pamela Anderson: Over Easy Half-breed

Tupac Shakur: Solitary

Christina Aguilera: I Got You Babe

Madonna: Devotional Pose

Marilyn Manson: Rigor Mortis

David Bowie: Face Masks

Milla Jovovich: Collage

Leonardo DiCaprio: Nostalgic Styling

Sylvester Stallone: Alone

Courtney Love: Pieta

Ewan McGregor: Dollhouse Disaster, Love Scorned

LACHAPELLE STUDIO: http://www.lachapellestudio.com/

Poem: Lolo

From him: I’ve learned that hard work does pay and it pays long-term.
From him: I’ve learned to listen carefully with my heart.
From him: I’ve learned to stay calm yet smart amidst crisis.
From him: I’ve learned to rise up early and organise the duties for the day.

From him: I’ve learned the importance of being physically and mentally active.
From him: I’ve learned that eating more vegetables and fish is good for me.
From him: I’ve learned to find joy in keeping a close contact with the people I care about.
From him: I’ve learned the value of humour–to laugh at almost everything.

For him: I will always find time to walk, dance, jump, and keep my Fitbit vibrating.
For him: I will try to create a more healthy lifestyle for my own well-being.
For him: I will try to hone and nurture my interpersonal relationships.
For him: I will wake up each day with a plan to do good to self and others–to always go above and beyond duty.
 
*Lolo (Grandpa) turned 100 years old this year; and today, quite sadly, he will be put to his final rest and for the rest of us who will not be able to be there to send him off to his next adventure, Lolo’s legacy will remain in us and through us, no matter where we live. “Mayo lang nga paglakat, Lo.” Farewell and fy high, Lolo dearest!

Photo credit: Oak & Friend Typography

Food Tour 2017: March

Poolside Fiesta by W Hotel Sentosa Cove

Topinambur Risotto by Atlas

Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, Tabbouleh, Falafel with Tahini sauce by Urban Bites

Breakfast Deluxe by McDonald’s

Chicken Briyani by Sedaaap

Watermelon Soju by Chicken Up

Easter Cake by Pacific Marketplace

Cafe Latte by Monument Lifestyle

Claypot Rice by Lian He Ben Ji

Temari Sushi Set by Tsukiji Sushi Takewaka – Japan Food Town

Sakura Ebi Okonomiyaki by Osaka Kitchen