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At One Point In My Life I Played With Deez Nuts

May 22, 2014 in Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity

Deez Nuts in Action

This is a bit of a throwback post to our ultimate frisbee playing days in the VUL (Vancouver Ultimate League). Oh Ultimate, what a fantastic sport. We played league ultimate for nearly a decade and made a lot of great friends along the way. Compared to all the other sports that we’ve ever been exposed to the thing that made ‘ulti’ so awesome was this underlying principle that ultimate players have come to know as the ‘spirit of the game’. It’s not about the silly games played and songs sung after the games, although those have become tradition, but the respect and sportsmanship amongst players and teams is what supersedes everything else. This is a tip of the hat to all the fellow ulti players out there and a shout-out to all those we’ve ever played with and/or against (however you want to look at it); because at one point in your life you played with Deez Nuts.

Pooped. Deez Nuts - The Next Generation.

Pooped. Deez Nuts – The Next Generation.

We often had friends or players with their kids and newborns on the sidelines cheering us on. We’d always bring Malaya out to the games so she could get some exercise outdoors. Ultimate was a great way to keep in touch with old friends and make new ones too.

Little cheerleader.

Little Malaya crawling and drooling up and down the sideline cheering “Go mom and dad!”

Championship Disc back in the days. Pretty sweet despite it being only in Div.6.

Championship Disc from back in the day.

It was a hard fought championship. We didn’t know much but we worked hard and pulled off winning the division. It was pretty sweet to win a division championship despite it being only Div.6. We worked our way up to Div.2 but never made it far in the playoffs at that level. I am very proud to say that our team has been a past recipient of the team spirit award and it goes to show the kind of people we were lucky enough to play with.

Deez Nuts Summer 2005

Deez Nuts Summer 2005

Often at the end of every game, we’d play a silly game, sing a silly song or offer the other team a cold beverage as a thank you for the game and as a sign of respect for the spirit which the game is founded on. I wonder if the spirit still lives in the VUL today? Sure hope so.

For anyone who might be interested in learning more about the sport of Ultimate and how to play the game, visit the Vancouver Ultimate League website for an introduction. In fact, for those wanting to get into the game, the VUL is putting on a massive skills development clinic on May 31, 2014 for those new to the game.

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35, Hidden Tribes, Astronauts, and Family

April 17, 2014 in Events

I happily celebrated my birthday today and I am thankful for that. At 35, I am starting a habit of being grateful for things every single day. It doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be different every day and I am making a conscious effort to do it routinely every morning to appreciate what I may have otherwise taken for granted.

I am extremely lucky to wake up every morning to my wife and our two little ladies. Today I was greeted with these homemade birthday cards from my little artists.

Homemade DIY Birthday Card

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I finished reading a great book today: Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall. It was a great read, enlightening me on the Tarahumara people, ultra running, and the potential benefits of minimalist or barefoot running. It is well written, interesting, and inspiring, whether you are a runner or not. I am a year older and entering a new age category in the Vancouver Sun Run this year but this book makes me feel like I can run forever.

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I had the privilege of spending the afternoon hanging out with retired Canadian Astronaut and the first Canadian to ever walk in space, Col. Chris Hadfield, and I asked him questions about how he prepares physically before, during, and after a space walk. He even said ‘hello’ to my daughter 🙂 This man is amazing and to have been able to spend a part of my day with him was a real honour.

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Malaya is also big fan of Col. Chris Hadfield and together we have watched many of his Youtube videos. To her, he is like a real-life Buzz Lightyear and I told him that. I bought her his book which I will one day present to her as a gift when she is old enough to read and appreciate it. Col. Chris Hadfield was very kind to sign it for her.

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Finally (wouldn’t want it any other way), I got to cap off my day with the people I love – my big, loud, and party-loving family. A family dinner out at Little Ongpin restaurant. I wasn’t a big fan of Filipino restaurants until I ate here. Best tasting Filipino food next to mom’s cookin’.

Kinetic Family at Little Ongpin Restaurant

There is so much to be grateful for. A birthday to remember.

Thanks for all the love.

J.

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Just Dance

February 27, 2013 in Dancing, Exercise

When we’re at home and looking for something to do that will get us and the kids moving…we just dance!

You may remember that Malaya loves to get moving to Beyonce’s ‘Move Your Body’, 

and we all know how Mahal gets down to Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’.

I’m afraid to say that these days the girls are into their boy bands and biebers.

This past Christmas, we received Just Dance 4 (Nintendo Wii edition) as a gift and although the game was intended for Dawn and I, the children have clearly taken a liking to it and if there was one video game I would let them play, it is this one. 

The authorities recommend 180 minutes of physical activity per day for children in their younger years and probably don’t recommend that it be done through video games like Just Dance. Active video games like this are no substitute for playing outside but when it’s cold, wet and dark out, you gotta find something to do at home. We find it is a great supplement to all the other activity we do and a lot of fun too.

Even as adults, we find that the game is a great way to get your heart rate up (assuming that you actually dance the dance). Dawn and I find often find ourselves sweating and out of breath when dancing to some of the songs (eg. Tribal Dance, We No Speak Americano, Superstition). Check out this test done by the University of Toronto’s kinesiology centre to determine whether there are health and exercise benefits to playing this game. Keep in mind, the guy in the video has nothing on the kineticfamily girls when it comes to dancing!

Despite all the Bieber, One Direction, Beyonce & Carly Raes the kids listen to, they are still down with the hip hop. When I saw Blackalicious in concert at Richards on Richards nightclub in Vancouver when I was in college, never did I imagine I’d be watching them again in concert 10 years later with my little daughters! Here’s a clip of the Gift of Gab spittin’ some Alphabet Aerobics at the YoGabbaGabba Live! show.

Thanks Yo Gabba Gabba!

Now, go dance!

 

 

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Birthday Parties

February 4, 2012 in Exercise

Kids, food, gifts, toys, games, cake & exercise! Who doesn’t love birthday parties? Birthdays can be a lot of fun, and yes, exercise too. Our 3 year old daughter, Malaya, has been fortunate enough to have been invited to several birthday parties over the past year and most recently attended one that was hosted at a community centre gymnasium. Games were led by an activity leader staffed by the centre and the kids had a lot of fun.

I thought it was also a great way to promote physical activity for the kids. The structured environment gave the kids an opportunity to practice listening to and following instructions given by the activity leader while playing cooperatively with the other kids. The gym provided plenty of room to run around and expend the kind of energy that only little kids seem to have.

Malaya and all the other kids certainly got their share of exercise that day.

A Happy Birthday shout out to Kaiya who turned 5 years old this year and to her parents for putting on a great party for the kids (and adults too).

Malaya and Kaiya smiling

Malaya and Kaiya celebrating Kaiya's 5th Birthday!

Here are some photos from some other fun and exercise infused birthday parties we’ve attended this past year.

Gymnastics Birthday Party

Kaitlyn's 3rd Birthday at the Gymnastics Gym

 

Colourful parachute at a birthday party

The colourful parachute is fun for any occasion.

 

Birthday Party Bouncy Castle

Brea's 3rd Birthday at the Community Centre Multi-Purpose Room

Birthday Party at Dance Studio for Bollywood Lesson

Dawn's 30th Birthday at iDance Studios

Have you been to or hosted a party that required you and your guests to be active? Post your experiences or ideas in the comments. Malaya’s birthday is only 6 months away!

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Move Your Body

November 23, 2011 in Dancing, Exercise

Sometimes the only activity we can fit in at the end of a long day is dancing around with our 3 year old. It’s a fun way to spend time as a family and get the kids (and us!) moving. We usually just do random silly dancing but here’s a video of one of our more coordinated efforts. Malaya likes to instruct me on my dancing (justifiably so, as I butcher some of the dance moves).

The song and dance is called ‘Move Your Body’ by Beyonce and was produced in support of the ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign spearheaded by U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama, to fight childhood obesity. What do you or your kids like to dance to? Let us know, and we’ll give it a try.

Here’s the official music video featuring Beyonce.

Here’s the ‘Let’s Move!’ dance tutorial video distributed to schools participating in the program.