Monday, May 25, 2015

Kay Kay & His First Taekwondo Sparring Lesson

Date:  May 25, 2015

This is Kay Kay.  He still has about 3 months before turning into 6 years old.  And today is the first time ever he ever involve in a fight.

Today is his first Taekwondo Sparring lesson.

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It is nice to have him and his brother Jay Jay in the same sparring class.  His brother will show him how.

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The first half an hour is to make them sweat.

It’s so cute to see him wearing that bulky protection gears and do the kicking.  He loves the speed kicking.

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Speed kicking.

Kay Kay will learn the correct way to engage sparring in a fight.

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Alternate leg kicking.

His first ever back thrust.  They will learn it in the Green belt lesson.  But so far, he only attended two classes, and they have not teach him yet.

Sometimes there will be some injury in the sparring session.  The boy Jay Jay was sparring with not sure why hurt his right leg and went down.

So eventful.  I hope Kay Kay did not get scared by watching that happen.  hahaha

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Later, after the boy went down, Jay Jay sparring with another boy.

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OK.  Kay Kay is green belt, the only green belt in today class.

So, he is one of the youngest.  And first time sparring.

I told him to tell teacher that this is his very first lesson.

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He is sparring with a blue belt.  Same similar body size.  And you can tell he is having fun!

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Of course the blue belt being more experience kick more.  hahaha  

Kay Kay also able to use both left and right legs too.  He sometimes also use a back thrust.

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This is Kay Kay 1st Sparring video.  It is so funny that for the first 20 seconds the blue belt boy kicking and he does not know what to do.  All he can do is to look at the teacher.  And the teacher then realise that he has not been to any sparring classes before.  This is his first class.  So, he taught him some kick patterns.  And then, he is fine then.

After the class, he said it was fun.  And he also say, some time the boy kick his hand and his hand is a bit pain.  That’s sparring, son!  hahaha

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kay & His New Bike (5.9KG 16" Wheel) - Islabikes

Date:  May 24, 2015

I bought Kay Kay’s first IslaBikes in 2013.

It was a CNOC 14, and it weight only 5.5KG.  At that time, Kay was about 14KG body weight.

IslaBikes provide the lightest weight for him to handle.  And in 30 minutes he is on two wheels.


You can take a look at their website for more info about the bike.  

Kay Kay has grown much taller now.  And his weight has passed 18KG.

The CNOC 14 no longer suitable for him to cycle.

So, I asked my friend in US to buy a new 16” Wheel, CNOC 16 for him.  

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Although the box looks really big, but the actual packing weight is 7.9KG.

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Thanks to Mommy to pick up the bike from our friend in US.  And bring it back to Singapore in her last business trip to US.

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5.9KG is only 400g more heavier than CNOC 14. (14” Wheel)

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Let’s unbox it.

So, inside the box, there is a frame with wheels.  Plus a box for the pedals.

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There are simple instructions to put the pedals on.  Here you turn it anti-clockwise.  The other side is clockwise.

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Here is the bike.

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It is a much bigger bike.  Below one is CNOC 14, the old 14” wheel size bike.

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It stand much taller than the old one.

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I also compare it with Jay’s previous bike, Trek 16Jet.  This bike is about 2 - 3 times lighter than the 16Jet.  And it is about the same wheel size.

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In 5 minutes, he got used to this higher bike.

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Immediately in the afternoon, after we come back from Taekwondo, we are on the way to test drive the new bike.

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So far so good.  Taking the opportunity to teach them and remind them again and again on the road cycling rules.

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Then we cycle to the Canal there.

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The reason why I bought this bike for him is because, I serious don’t think a 15-16KG boy can handle a 15-16KG bike.  That is 1:1 ratio.

So, a bike that is slightly under 6KG, is just perfect for a 18KG Kay Kay today.

He does not need to spent a lot of effort to pedal.  There is no gear on this bike, but it is light enough so that it can be pedal fast.

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Jay's bicycle is like a mountain bike with gears and suspension.  It’s heavy.  But 45KG Jay sure can handle it.

Kay’s bicycle has no gear.  Just a bicycle.

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We did a 10KM ride today effortlessly.

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Kay loves his Islabike.

Casse Croute @ Park West Condo

Date:  May 24, 2015

This guy, Patrick Heuberger taught me in class how to cook Steaks - the french way, and how to make fabulous potato mash.  

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He used to be the chef in Au Petite Salut, then, he open his restaurant Le Bristrot Du Sommelier.  Now, he came back to Singapore, and open a small restaurant Casse-Croute. 

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Guess what.  This restaurant is in Park West, where I stay.  So, it is just going down and eat dinner here.  hahaha

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Walk up the stair, is Casse-Croute.

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So, Patrick prepared wonderful dinner for us yesterday.  Casse-Croute is going to be take away model, where you can ta-bao from here.

The place is small, can house only less than 20 people inside.   So you may need to book the seats if you decided to come down for a meal.

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Italian tomatoes, celery roots, and the pork.  Fabulous.

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White Asparagus.  With Organic pouch egg.

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The wine is fantastic.  We order two bottle of this.

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Pepper corn pork!  Yeap.  Pork.

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The pork is really nice.

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Very nice.  The pepper corn.

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We also ordered the Pepper Corn Beef.  Tender and nice too.  

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The Pepper Corn beef.  Very beefy taste.

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Duck confit.

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How I miss eating in Le Bristrot Du Sommelier.  Now I can just walk downstairs and ta-bao and eat.  hahaha

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Lastly.  Very healthy saute Kayle.  Very healthy.  Nice.

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Every one is happy.  And I think I will be eating here quite often from now on.  Fabulous french food.  hahaha

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Xiaomi TVBox Mini in Chicago

Date:  May 23, 2015

This is my Xiaomi TVbox Mini.  It is a small box.  Easy to packed in luggage.  Have HDMI cable, Xiaomi TVBox Mini adapter, and remote control.  I just bring the whole box.

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When I reached IVY boutiqu Hotel in Chicago.  I unpacked the box, and plug it into the electrical outlet.  PRETTY NEAT!

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Now, in order to get it to work with the Hotel Internet.  You need to enable this option which is under the WiFi Network option in Settings.

This options allow the box to display POP UP web authentication page.  This is a new feature from Xiaomi.

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And as soon as I enable the above feature, the IVY hotel WiFi login page is displayed.  Key in the hotel WiFi login password.

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Let’s check the network.  And it works!  See that white HDMI cable line?  That connects to my Xiaomi TVbox Mini.

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Depends on where you are, some of the TV Movies App may not work.  For me in Chicago, most of the Geo Locked App does not work.

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One of the App that I am sure it will work is “Cartoon HD” app.  Although it carries a “Cartoon” word in its name, but it has all the latest TV and Movies show.

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And playing the show has no lag or buffering too.  It is fantastic!

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I watch “The Flash” and the “Arrows” in Chicago.  (latest episode of course).