April 2, 2008
And before I forget, here are the marsh/gator pictures I spoke about in my earlier entry.
It was a gorgeous day when we did this in Tampa, the kind of weather that I am so familiar with.
Everything went perfect except that I decided not to put on the head set to muffle the noise from the airboat …. arrrgh… what a big mistake.
But it still cool to be able to get so close to wild gators.
Highly recommended when you’re in Florida and don’t forget the head set.
Excuse me, what is that again? Can you speak up……..
April 2, 2008
After waiting 4 hrs in Tampa Airport; flight got delayed 2 hrs because of lousy weather, I finally boarded the plane to Denver. So by the time I touched down, it was already past 10pm and Wayne (Hinton) was there waiting.
It’s been about 8 years since I was last in Denver and the first reminder of things to come is the “cruel” cold weather – it’s freezing cold. I think I can forget about my sleeveless tees and bermudas – time to get wrapped up if I wanna to go out.
The hour long ride in Wayne’s truck saw the 2 of us talking about and updating , non-stop – so much have happened these last few years.
Well, I got 3 weeks planned for Colorado and I hope to visit as many old friends as possible and meet new ones.
One thing for certain, there will be much playing – kung fu style.
Got here a photo-slide of downtown Denver and 16th Street mall; the place that I used to hang out quite a bit when I was here last. I ask Wayne about the missing street performers and was told that they will be back when it gets warmer.
The doggie you see is Festis – Wayne’s dog that I am planning to sneak home in my luggage bags, if I can get Customs to look the other way hahahaha..
And the busy looking dude with his ear glued to the mobile is Wayne.
March 29, 2008
And before anyone starts thinking it’s all play here in Florida, I just want to (ahem) state that Russ and I have been real busy going through all the plans and projects that we got lined up – these will be updated accordingly through this blog.
Plus any free time we find, we are examining & re-examining the arts in our experience; White Crane, Karate, Taizu, Wuzhu,Saolim etc etc.
Including going through videos; those found on-line and others in Russ’ collection.
Like this one, taken from a documentary about Taiwan masters, another line of White Crane Boxing that I have not personally come across…..
March 25, 2008
Hehehe, got a friendly message from back home; a week in Florida and only 2 pics???
Okay, I am fixing this; pics taken on Easter Sunday, you’ll see more buildings and trees than people……
March 24, 2008
Missing Singapore ? No sweat, simply find it on youtube :-
March 24, 2008
Folks must be thinking that I am spending time soaking in the sun and floating over the everglades …. well nooooo……..
Not that I don’t want to, you understand, but it’s just that besides sleeping off the 12 hours that I’ve gained flying from Singapore to Florida – there’s just so much to discuss with Russ and his guys about future of Fuzhou Cranes in the US.
That and the fact that every time I am in the States, my nose would bleed for a couple of days; must be the dry air or something. This kind of slow me down a little….
Then we were just having so much fun playing; White Crane whipping, Sanchins, Chin Na, Wuzu – hey who got time to sights see?
Yesterday, Easter Sunday, we found ourselves with a little free time to dispose and Russ took me out to the beach after a short tour of a flea market and some Vietnamese chow down.
And this week, I am looking to more sessions of touch hands, White Crane discussions and working together to bring CKF to a bigger audience.
Top pic – me at the beach.
Bottom pic – A gorgeous little house in Zephyrhills Tampa near where Russ live.
March 19, 2008
After like, how many hours was it? I finally arrived at the land of McDonalds, K-marts and folks driving on the “wrong sides” of the road.
Chicago International Ariport, my point of entry into the US, had me interviewed, thoroughly, by folks from “Homeland Security”.. Well, coming from Singapore where you’ll find special forces personnels prowling popular streets like Orchard Road, with submachine guns in full view, I got no issues with though screening measures.“Better safe than sorry” is the operative idea here, I guess.Then it was a slight delay before I boarded the connecting flight to Tampa, to touch down after midnight.
Russ, my good friend, was there waiting and it was past 1 in the morning when we got to his house.
Still, instead of going to sleep – Russ got to work the next day, we spent another 2 hours talking about martial arts and going through his impressive gigantic collection of books and videos.
Well, well, well, guess I finally found my match in term of martial arts related materials.
Got up early this morning and walked aound this lovely neighbourhood and out came my faithful go-everywhere digital camera.
Now, all I got to do is figure how to work some of Russ’ softwares and I’ll start posting pics and videos.
Time to answer some emails and read some Singapore/Malaysia papers on-line.
Arrr…the wonder of the internet……..