1. Tennis engages you physically as well as both mentally and emotionally – an all-rounder for your health.
2. It helps you stay in shape. And no, round is not a shape.
3. You’re less likely to get sick too, obvs.
4. You’ll burn fat and build muscles simultaneously. #timesaver
5. That said, you become more efficient with your time at the gym, ’cause you already get both cardio and resistance training in one game of tennis.
6. Which is why it’s an excellent, non-boring cross-training for those of you specializing in any other particular sport.
7. I mean, you ever watched Federer play? His movements are fluid and his limbs are flexible, pretty much all the requirements you need to do yoga.
8. Or what about Rafa? His hits explosive, his core strong, his strikes consistently powerful, his feet constantly moving. These are the hallmark skills of a true boxer.
9. You also get to understand your own pace and rhythm in your movements (long-distance runners, anyone?).
10. Tennis reduces stress. Something about running around, sweating it out, moving around, changing directions, sometimes lunging, often dashing, constantly reaching and jumping and striking the fuzzy yellow balls … that loses the appeal of yoga classes and hitting punch bags.
11. The more you play it, the more agile you become. You know when and where to start, stop, and pivot in unpredictable directions.
12. In between watching the oncoming ball and determining the perfect contact point, you’re improving your hand-eye coordination faster than playing Flappy Bird.
13. You simply become more alert than most people, especially in today’s ADHD-driven world.
14. You’ll develop an impressive reaction time. It’ll come in handy in daily life as well.
15. You’re more coordinated than non-tennis-playing people, ’cause you need to move quickly into position and adjust your body accordingly to hit the ball.
16. You a become a better decision-maker. There’s a longer anticipation between your opponent hitting the ball and you hitting back compared to other racquet sports. This allows for a timeframe to plan and act on a powerful countermove immediately, as the game is all about quick maneuvers (and not just hitting back and forth mindlessly).
17. This way, you’re going become a much more disciplined person, because as long as you’re on the court, you’re constantly practicing control.
18. Over time, you’ll also fail better. You learn that in order to win, minimizing errors is critical.
19. It’s a social sport. “Hanging out” with your buddies is interchangeable with “playing tennis”.
20. Plus, you increase your social skills. In between pre-match, switching sides on court, and after play, you chat, listen, laugh, help, take turns and just getting along with your playmates.
21. You become more confident about yourself. Hitting with power, increased fitness, anticipating problems, efficient problem-solving, learning from mistakes, improved overall performance, better mood, social validation, hello?
22. THE shot. Nothing feels better than hitting the ball the way you do in your head.
23. For as long as you play doubles, you learn the true meaning of teamwork.
24. You’ll master the art of fair play.
25. Consequently, you’ll also get more business connections. I mean, c’mon, golf? You’re barely burning calories.
27. As physicians and scientists always say, it’s THE sport for a lifetime. You can no longer to kick, dunk, hike, dive or score a touchdown 50 years later. But hey, you can still swing your racquet with style.
28. You’ll also live longer, btw. Scientists have proven this.
29. And play with your kids.
31. Not to mention that it’s the only sport where you get to wear a cute dress.
32. You’ll have stronger bones later in life.
33. And you learn that it’s important to keep moving – in tennis and in life. #footwork #resilience
34. You also learn how to remain gracious, both in victory and in loss.
35. And you will form lifelong friendships, ’cause those who sweat together, stick together.
36. That said, you no longer feel the “work” in working up a sweat.
37. Because it’s recreational, it’s competitive, and it’s just plain fun.
Are you watching the Wimbledon this year?
Sometimes you climb out of bed and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside – remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.
via Silvia Castaneda on Pinterest
Many times, I thought I understand the world better than I did yesterday. I thought if I did, it’ll help me to better relate to others, but I was fooling myself.
I know it’s humanly impossible to grasp even the slightest idea of how the world works (even though I always try), so the only way to find meaning behind our existence is through the details: its complex inhabitants that is us humans – us as a collective, us as individuals.
My nature tends to look at the outside world in its totality and try to understand it so I can adjust myself accordingly, when instead I should be glancing inward more than I speculate the outside. Since extraverting is a huge source of my stress, given an extended period of time, this constant adjusting always becomes a problem.
For the born-extraverts, it’s usually the other way around.
You thought you know yourself well enough to relate better with the world than before, but you’re only fooling yourself. Because truth is, when you zoom in from the world at large, you yourself as a human being is one of the greatest mysteries in your life.
29 I don’t usually eat wagyu, but when I do, it’s at JIMO Shabu.
28 Airport reading: Books to bring along with you
28 21 confessions of a clueless bride-to-be
25 My 4 absolute no-nos when it comes to healthy living
22 Ingredients 101: Benzoyl peroxide
19 New favorite: Genki Sushi at Empo
18 He gets me.
15 I’m impatient, hard-headed, and easily angered.
10 Currently revisiting: A Wrinkle in Time
08 Tell me I’m not the only bride-to-be who feels this way.
07 Maybe you aren’t loved widely, but you are loved deeply.
04 Baby powder scented candle
03 There’s a new Naked palette in town …
02 38 signs you’re with the man you’ll marry
Note: Happy summer :) Are you traveling anywhere this Ramadhan? I’m feeling like a wardrobe overhaul right now. Found some seldom-worn bermuda pants that I’d love to wear, but don’t know how. Turns out the stars have been wearing it these days. Plus: Real blogging, lipstick colors and your personality, and how to survive the naysayers when they don’t expect the best from your summer romance. Get your cup of tea now and enjoy some of my favorite reads for this month~
1. 13 ways to wear long shorts and still be stylish. [Glamour]
Because showing too much skin is way overrated.
2. What your favorite lipstick color says about you. [Good Housekeeping]
Reds for vintage, soft pinks for the wise, glosses for the life of the party.
3. 8 things every person should do before 8 am. [Observer]
Funny how as we get older, we start to think sleep is for losers.
4. 10 things every happy couple are tired of hearing. [Bustle]
“Just wait until you get past the honeymoon stage.” Pfft.
5. Surely real and relatable blogging is better? [A Girl On A Journey]
Because a blogger’s job isn’t all that glamourous.
Disclaimer: This is my review of the food served during my visit. Keep in mind that taste may change over time, depending on the restaurant’s consistency. Just keep munching~
1. I don’t have a dream wedding.1 I didn’t dream up a fantasy since I was 10 or anything like that.
2. The closest thing I’ve imagined about the supposedly “happiest day of my life” is that it’s going to be a small, intimate one.
3. This gives my wedding organizer (WO) a lot of flexibility to work with, yet far, far too many options for me.
4. Peonies or carnations? Camellias or Davin Austin roses? Can I have all of them? Can I have just a couple of them? What are the other options? I mean, I’m good with anything as long as it stays within the concept.
5. Umm, what’s my theme/concept again? Whenever people ask me this, I have no idea what to say. It’s like trying to come up with an elevator pitch, but you can’t put yourself into the metaphorical elevator.
6. Today’s wedding industry: One bride, a million decisions, infinite vendors.
7. Wow, before I got engaged I had no idea a dress alone can cost as much as USD 55,000, which you only get for rent. A lot of times I thought of spending the money on getting a down payment for properties we like instead. At least that we can sell for rent.
8. I really, really don’t want to think too much about the dress. But I have to, because it appears that most brides do, and that my mom and my in-laws and everybody else cares more about it than I do.
9. Turns out, bridal expos are nothing but a waste of time, especially when you already have an excellent WO at your disposal.
10. Hassles are the worst. As much as I wanted cascading flowers on my cake, I’m agreeing with whatever you say is more doable.
11. I really hate waking up early just to have a discussion on cakes. And flowers. And lights and everything else. The idea of having my makeup done early on D-Day always have me grunting.
12. And no, I’m positive I don’t need a USD 9,750 vellum paper-wrapped, double-board. custom-designed, premium paper-printed wedding invitation card that everybody’s going to toss except me and my future husband.
13. My secret wish is to have the whole family assigned as a team to plan the whole wedding for me, and then I’ll just have to attend.
14. That’s right. Most of the time, I wish there’s somebody else who can make all the decisions for me. Heck, one time I even fantasized about some other girl that would fill the position of a bride on the wedding day. She will be my face for the day, and then later on I’ll take it from there to live with my husband forever after.
15. I really miss having face-time with my fiance where it doesn’t concern the wedding.
16. The thought of elopement has passed through my head at least a million times.
17. Most of the time I wonder, why do people make such a big fuss about weddings? I’m fully aware it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but the whole definition of “special” in this special day is exactly what makes each weddings unique and therefore, different. There are simple weddings and there are elaborate weddings. I just wish the spotlight on me is a little smaller.
18. If there’s one thing I’d want my guests to remember, it’s not the food, not the lanterns, not the lighting, not the centerpieces, and not even the dress – it’s the love that my fiance and I share and how it overflows the entire garden like the first golden rays of sunrise.
19. As the months drew near, I just can’t wait till the day is over. The pressure of all the attention, the pressure of wedding expectations, the pressure of having to be perfect for a full day. Pressure pressure pressure.
20. Heck with hair and makeup already. I’m up for any artist as long as it’s not too thick, not too different and just not not me.
21. I mean, for Pete’s sake I’m going to be someone’s wife. Like, for real. For good. For eternity. I don’t know how everything will turn out on D-Day, and by now you know I don’t give 2 cents on whether it’ll be a dream wedding or not, but this is not a dream and I’m so nervous, yet so excited for the ever after. Never have I imagined I would meet my soul mate, one that didn’t exist before he came to life, almost as if I conjured him up, and you know what … nothing else matters, because I am going to marry the man of my dreams.
- Very well. I’m going to dream up a wedding on the spot: One that’s studded with candles and Christmas lights, a garden-by-the-ocean venue, a less-than-100 guests, an all-over blue-green theme with a rustic touch, a Vera dress that’s exactly like Hilary Duff‘s, Jimmy Choo’s Cinderella perfection, a Taylor Swift Love Story ‘do, lots of succulents and white roses, a free flow of white tea for everyone, vintage books and teapots everywhere, acoustics playing in the background, Taylor Swift surprising us at the wedding, and last but not least, a mini-pig donning a pearl necklace and a fancy headpiece as the ring bearer. Due to parents’ involvement, budgeting, and the unlikeliness of celebrities attending and time, not everything on this immediate dream is possible. Some, however, are. And they’re really going to happen at the wedding. [↩]