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Awareness of the Symptom !

If you read my blog, you know l have complained of some terrible people's behavior here, l do not wish to do that, l hope l have never experienced this, and l do not judge myself as a perfect person who could comment others at all, in fact, l do not own any element of perfectionism, l know l am not good enough hence l always remind myself of what should do and what should not, to me, living as a human, we should act like a human, the difference of human and animals is we human have wisdom, we have the ability to analyse, we do not piss everywhere and we wear clothes, right?

Sad to say, l really believe the dooms day is coming when l see the unreasonable and unbelievable human behavior, l think human are getting mad under the stress of developement, and l noticed, many people have symptom of depression, panic disorder and nervous breakdown but they are not aware on this, l believe many have no idea of what is depression at all, they do not know they have to see doctor. Many years ago, l have a friend commit suicided under depression, we did not have enough knowledge to help him that time, we did not know he has to take medicine besides family and friends' concerning....we felt so guilty when he passed away, and we have learnt a huge lesson......

Everytime when l see the unreasonable behavior, the first question in my mind is: What type of family is she from? I strongly believe it is related. I always tell my staffs, when you want to act rude to others, think of your parents first, what will others look at your parents under your behavior?

Look, l am from single family and my mom were busy working all the times during my childhood, l have nobody to learn from, but l learn in the school, l learn from books, l learn from my religion, most of all, l learn from my previous experience, l know l have made many mistakes in younger time too, those mistakes have helped me to grow, and l am trying of not to make my mom shame, l know l still have more to learn, but at least, l am aware, l know l have to learn and adjust myself, l am aware....

Awareness is such important, those people do not have idea of how ugly is their behavior because they do not aware. If you notice the increment of commit suicide cases recently, you know what l am talking about. So honestly, when l see the unreasonable behavior, l am angry yet l pity these people, they are sick, a normal person will not act this way, they are sick and they do not know they are sick, this is very dangerous! Look around,l believe these people are surrounding you, they might be your family member, colleague, neighbour or friend......or, yourself!

Oh Angeles!

This is the first time l learnt from an Argentina Belly dancer, Argentina belly dancer is famous due to one of the belly dance superstars Saida, she is a miracle in belly dancing, no one can take eyes off from her when she dances....

I am so glad that l attended Angeles workshop and l realised why is Saida so outstanding, besides her strong personal attitude, the Argentina style is playing a big role too. If you read my last blog, l have just commented of dancing like a dancer, and l want to say, Argentina belly dancers are beautiful because they demand themselves to dance like a dancer! This, can be seen easily in Angeles's workshop.

I felt myself very comfortable in the choreography even it is fast and tough, l really enjoyed the style. And this has helped me to reconfirm my concept of 'dancing like a dancer', l think, l have improved a lot on how to adjust my dance background comfortably in belly dancing, after this workshop. I really want to thank Angeles and Brancy who hosted the workshop, it is not easy for Brancy as a first time host, bravo to Brancy!

Angeles does not speak English well, how l regret l am not able to pick up my Spanish yet. When l said goodbye to her after the workshop, she apologized on not able to speak a fluent English, but this is not a problem at all in the workshop, as dancing is all about body language. I really hope l could speak Spanish soon so that l can communicate with them, l will do it one day!

We also had fun time in the hafla, Angeles did two fantastic performance as well as other performers, l really enjoyed this trip, hope will meet my belly dance buddies again soon.....

Dance like a Dancer

I told one of my belly dance advance class which l am teaching a fusion routine, l hope they appreciate other dance form as well, as to be very honest, comparing to other dances, belly dance does not look like a dance sometimes......

Why am l saying this? First of all, belly dance is easy to practise, but very difficult to be perfect, look, easy to practise is a trouble, many could just grab a costume to perform on stage once they have reached the 'practise' level, the thing is, they are doing belly dancing, but they are not 'dancing', there are many who can shimmy and belly roll called themselves 'professional dancer', but they know nothing about dancing, they just shake and roll their belly then thought this is the whole package of dancing, this is too commonly happen in the realm of belly dancing.

When we talk about dancing, it is not only for technique [but of course this is a base and a 'must'], but the flow, the spirit, the extension, the power, the expression [ok but some people are too much using expression to dance instead of body too....], the connection, the story.....it is a 'blend' of all these elements, it is an art to study.......

But of course, if you are learning belly dancing for fun only, you do not have to care too much instead you should pay more attention on the relaxation and enjoy the moves as much as you can, But if you are a dancer who performs........

That's why in 'So you think you can dance', the contestants are asked to perform different types of dancing, a real dancer should have no restriction on her body to different style of moves, also you can see very clearly at this point, only those born talented dancers are able to pass the examination, l believe this is because if a person has the talent in dance, dancing to him is just dancing, the spirit of dance is same in every culture, so it is no more an issue in different type of movements.

A good belly dancer should dance like a dancer, not only like a bellydancer.

Love and Hate

I used to ask my kids students to write words in the air with their butts as part of warming up in our Kids'Creative Class, yesterday, l brought my puppy little Bravo to the class, ha ha, you can imagine, the whole class was crazy with her, the kids were so excited and they really paid attention in class as they wanted Bravo to see how good they can dance, so we had wonderful time yesterday.I took the opportunity to ask the kids to write the word : LOVE, as l hope they know how to love animals too. After they finished writing, l asked them : Do you love me? Surprisingly, they answered loud at once : YES! I did ask the same question before but the kids were very hesitating while giving the answer, they told me l am not their family, they were not sure whether they should love me....sigh....what type of education is this huh?

So l was sooo happy when they answered YES this time! And l asked again : Tell teacher who do you love? They answered: Daddy, Mommy, and all their family members. Then l asked: What is the opposite of Love? 'Hate', they answered. So l asked again: Who do you hate?
The class was quiet suddenly, the kids looked at me innocently, they seem trying hard to think of the person they hate, and then l heard they said : Nobody...l hate nobody....
I was so touched with the answer, how 'clean' is the world in kids'eyes, they have nobody to hate, we adults have to learn from them definately....
I believe every adult has persons we hate, the most l have heard is : I hate my boss! [that's why l told my stuffs, if you don't like me, please don't work in Zero then telling others you hate me, why don't you just leave? I hope you like me if you are working here so that we are able to work well together, and of course l have to try to be a good boss for them for not to hate me huh]. Students sure have a teacher that they hate, salesmen sure have a customer that they hate, and l am sure, you have at least a friend that you hate!
Sometimes we just do not like the behavior, it is not up to the extent of 'hate', at this point l think l have many people that l hate, ha ha....l told the class l hate people that being rude, l hate people who do not appreciate, l hate people who do not respect others......so, we should avoid to be a person like this or people may hate us too.
But sometimes, no matter how good we are trying to perform, some people just hate us without any reason, l am sure you have the same experience too right? I believe l have many people who hate me too, ha ha, who cares? Honestly l personally feel some people are disgusting but as l said, it is not up to the extent of 'hate' yet, how much 'love' we need to hate somebody huh? Better save the energy for people we love and care isn't?
And l notice, most of the times, the feeling of hate comes from the feeling of jealousy, when you start to jealous someone, you will hate her gradually and one day you will do something to hurt her, this is sick, as you gain nothing by hurting others, instead, you will lose your name....but l believe it is very difficult to release from the feeling of hate by jealousy, hence, it is very important for us to love ourselves as well as knowing our own value.
I hope the kids have nobody to hate forever, my best wishes to them.

You cannot burn fat when you lift the weight la!

This is the myth of many people, through my experience.

There were few times some gym members came to me to seek for the advices of fat burning, they thought, when they get fatter, they are supposed to lift more weights to get rid of the fat.

Do you know this is totally wrong?

The fat can only be burned when you are doing cardio exercise, to explain this in simple way, cardio exercise is an activity you do with a lot of oxygen needed [ hence you have to breath fast], and your heart beat will go up to almost double of your normal heart rate [ the rate depends individually]. Weight lifting is not a cardio workout, as we will breath slow and deeply for the energy needed, it is mainly for the purpose of toning, not burning, no matter how heavy you are lifting, it does not work on fat burning. Unless, you are combining cardio exercise with weight lifting, like the Aerotone class we are having.

So, when you have put on weight, you must lose the weight by doing more cardio exercises in priority, those exercises such as workout classes, quick walk, jogging, cycling and dancing, are good cardio exercise that work effectively on fat burning.

To be very frank, it is not a necessity to enroll to any workout classes, if, you are able to discipline yourself to put on the sport shoes and jog for at least three times a week. But one thing, jogging is not a whole body exercise, it helps in losing weight, but does not mean you have the shape. This is the reason why l am teaching workout class, as this is the most simple, effective and complete way for people to reach the target of fat burning, stretching, toning and shaping at the same time, yet do not have to worry whether you are doing the exercise correctly, the professional instructors are able to lead and guide you, you just have to follow, that simple. Most of all, it is so much fun to workout in a group isn't? But for myself, l enjoy both workout classes and jogging alone, my only problem is 'no time for jogging la'.......see, you cannot jog anytime, it has to be in day time, under a shinny day.......

Penang island mentality - Sickening!

I do not know whether Penangites have awareness of what people from other states describing us - the so called 'island mentality'......honestly, l am not mad of what others have told at all, as l know they are telling the truth, as a person who has been living in Penang for my whole life, of course l know what is this Island mentality about.....

Sad to say, the majority have this terrible symptom, this is being imparted from last generation, and l am worry, if we do not make a change, our next generation will be affected for sure, and this is very sad to see.....

What is island mentality? It is all about the terrible mind set which they thought they are always the best therefore they refuse to listen to others as well as refusing to any changes.......they are exactly like the lonely island in the middle of the sea, thinking and living on their own way regardless of the environment's transformation....

For example, our state government is working very hard to appeal for 'no plastic bag', but if you go to those hypermarkets on those days the hypermarkets are allowed to supply plastic bags, you will see, those aunties and uncles are packing every single item with one plastic bag, because they could not get plastic bags on 'No plastic bags Days', so they want to get more when they have chances to get it......so, what is the meaning of 'No plastic bag days' huh? Don't they see the huge changes of the climate and the seriousness of polution? Yes they saw and they know, but they thought this is not their business, as they are just staying in a small island which is far from the world, the end of the day will not reach them.....

In another word, one of the symptom is - selfish!

Are there rich people in Penang? I can tell you, a lot, but....when it comes to charity, Penang is always one of the poorest states, for example, recently, there was one big charity show performing by the disables and professional dancers from KL, the response was very bad in Penang, raising the least fund compare to other states, it was full house in other places even in the mainland and the fund raised was more than double of what they got in Penang!

I went to the show when they were in Penang, my heart was touching to see the professional performance from the performers, at the same time sad to see the response from the audience.....

This is so called Island mentality, they are living in their own circle, refuse to see what is happening around and not concerning to give a hand, because they thought this is none of their business.....

Of course, not all Penangites like this.......but l would say, many la.......

When it comes to something related to the benefits of themselves, then the situation will be changed entirely. For example, when they are buying something, 'Discount' is what a must from their mouth, they will get angry when there is no discount as what they have requested. In Zero,l have many members who are asking to waive the enrollment fees or giving discount to the package they sign, when l say 'no', some will get very angry and show me their behavior in anger, sigh.....come on, this is not a flea market or pasar malam, no bargain as everybody is paying the same, l do not mind if they just ask for it [ see, you have the right to ask right?], but l am very mind, if they get angry when l say : 'sorry, we are charging the same to all, it is not fair to others if l am giving you special price.' I don't understand why they get angry? Do they have the right to get angry?

Yesterday a lady came to my belly dance class for a trial, she was late for 15 minutes, she was supposed to pay RM15 for the trial before entering the studio, but because she was late, my staffs allowed her to go to the class so that she will not miss too much, the thing is, there is no appreciation from her. after she came out from the class, she refused to pay for the trial fees because she was late, when l said 'sorry you are not the only one who are late, but they all paid...' She got angry with me and complaning that l am not flexible in running a business! She told me l should give her a free class because she has missed out the first 15 minutes!

What is this huh?

Towards the end, l was frustrated and told her : Please, please don't be like those Penangites who are asking for discount all the times regardless of the quality, please respect my professional career.....

Sigh.......but again, l have to say, not all Penangites like this, if all like this, l think l will commit suicide!

But every time when l walked around the street, l have to tell myself to calm down when l see people throwing rubbish from the car or to the drain, when l see people parking their car right in the middle of the road, when l see those shopkeepers greeting me with 'no expression' face.......

Where is the passion of life? Can a selfish person contributing his concern to the society? Where is the hope of Penang if people are acting cool to what is happening around? Dear Mr Lim, do you know if you want to see the changes of Penang, you must first educating Penang people of what is island mentality about? If not, all your effort will be wasted, and l really do not wish to see that.......

The island mentality - selfish, greedy, self centred, ego, stingy,calculative, kaput, conservative, stubborn, not reasonable, no co-operation.......and then when something 'big' happen, they will hide or run the fastest.....'kia si' la!

Again and again, l have to say, not all Penangites are like this, at least, many friends and students of mine are not like this even though we are from Penang, but our power is limited, we are not able to change Penang people's mind set, we could only reminding ourselves not to follow the ugliness.......

If you are reading this blog and you are the one who own the island mentality, please don't get angry with me, instead, l hope you could make a change, l don't think you want to see your kids following the same character right?

Think of our next generation please, it is time to change!

New Belly Dance Class this Thursday

We are having the new beginner class for belly dancing this Thursday 6:40pm.

It is always a lot of fun to teach new students as they are like baby in belly dancing, they are excited to all new steps and willing to learn with heart. Ever since l teach all belly dance classes myself, l found things are much easier for me, as l could change the routine anytime according to the class's situation, at this point l am able to make the class more fun and achievable, yes, trust me, you will have fun in the class for sure.

Do join us if you are ready to shimmy, belly dancing is such beautiful art to me and l am ready to share with more and more people who enjoy dancing like me........

Stunning pictures of Malaysia 3rd WBDD-after intermission

Big Big thanks to our 4 official photographers of the night - Calvin, G3K, Andy and Alan.

Stunning pictures of 2010 Malaysia WBDD-before intermission

 

Be Aware of the Fake Shaperobics!

If you have visited the workout column on our website, l am sure you have read this :

Shaperobics 

A specially designed creative cardio workout with towel and chair created by Zero for fat burning and shaping. Movements are fast but gentle.

Conny, with her experience and knowledge in workouts has invented this popular workout. The idea behind this workout is to replace the bar used in the gym with a towel. This special workout upon its introduction 8 years ago gained very good response and from then on, Conny has modified and improved the workout to include more cardio, toning and shaping exercises. This workout is one of the most popular workouts in Zero. It is fun, mild but very effective. And most importantly, it is only available in Zero.

I started Shaperobics many many years ago and l am the one who named this workout as this exercise is designed mainly for shaping up. Over the years, there were fake Shaperobics everywhere,we know some people came to Zero to attend or observing the class then created something similar called Towerobics or any other name, l know, it is difficult to control and l do not really mind, as they are not using the name l created, unfortunately, finally, it happened......

One of the music centres in town having their new intake for workout and dance classes, and they have all workout classes exactly the same as Zero, in other words, they copied everything without any modification, the reason why l am dare to say this because l am not only invented Shaperobics, l am the one who named Yogarobics, Cardio dance and Aerotone too, ok, l am not sure whether others were using the name of Cardio dance and Aerotone before, but as for Yogarobics, this is the same as my Shaperobics, l created this workout and named this from many years ago. Ha ha....may be l should feel proud on this because this proves that l have created many good names and good workouts so people imitated entirely..... 

Sigh....just to clarify here, Zero does not authorize any other party except Zero ourselves to conduct Shaperobics and Yogarobics classes, l could just say they are the fake one, because they did not take any classes or training from me as well, so, please be aware!