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The Pavilions of America and England

If it was not late in the evening, l guess we have to queue at least 3 hours to enter America's pavilion, though it was many people in the pavilion still, we thought, The United State is a big country, there must be a lot of things we could see in the pavilion, yes we thought, but.....

  If in day time, this place will be full of crowd queueing to enter the USA pavilion, they controlled the number of entry so it is very common to wait for few hours for every popular pavilion.

This is what we saw inside the pavilion :

There were 3 theatres inside the pavilion, we followed the instrcution to watch movie in the first theatre, then follow by 2nd and 3rd, honestly l felt stupid, they should have something more 'real', this pavilion just showed people how 'boring' is American.....

On the contrary, the pavilion of UK is amazing, l was so touched by this pavilion, look at this :

Did you see that? It was built with million of 'glass tubes', and there were different kind of seeds in every tube! This has really created a 'Shock' effects! On top of that, there were many useful knowledge they shared around this pavilion, like this :

Bravo to England, they have told people to love and appreciate our earth through this pavilion, the message was delivered sucessfully.

More to share of other pavilions on my next blog......

Memory of Shanghai Expo

I was there for two days. I took train from HangZhou to Shanghai, it is only less than two hours to be there. But, this is the first time l experienced 'Standing' in a train, the train sells two types of tickes : sitting and standing, it is funny as the price is same, after sitting tickets have finished, they will sell standing tickets. We were unlucky to get standing tickets, good though, good experience for me ha ha....

The first pavilion l entered was Spain, ha ha you know l love Spain la, also because the building was so attractive, and l was not disapponied inside the pavilion, Spain has done a great job for their pavilion.

The best impression is from the two storey height's giant baby, oh l love him so much!

I have visited 10 pavilions at the first day, we were lucky as towards the end of the day, most people have gone back so we did not have to queue , but we have to run from pavilion to pavilion, it was really tiring but we were satisfied, ha ha.....

I like Canada's pavilion too, the water that changing to rainbow colours when we touched it, has really attracted me.......

Also the creative design inside the pavilion is really interesting.....

There are another two pavilions that was memorable to me at my first day visit, share with you later.... 

Using props in belly dance compettiton

I was a judge for a belly dance competition last Saturday, this time, many contestants dancing with props from veil, cane, wings to candle, and some asked me whether using props a good way to attract judges' attention in a compettion, at my point of view : No.......

When you have a prop with you, we will expect more creative moves that you could show with the props, or, if you are able to dance with the props like your second skin, if not, using props may bring disppointment to judges instead.......

No matter what, a professional judger will judge from the whole package including technique, choreography, music sense, expression and costume, so, if you could manage these 5 important key points, using props or not is not a matter, of course, a great bonus is given if the prop becomes your second skin. And thus, if you do not have confidence with prop, may be you should spend more time on the key points l mentioned.

Congratulations to all winners, and my wishes to those who did not get a place, do not give up, please remember this is just a compettion, not a conclusion of your life in belly dancing.

I am back !

Yes yes l am in Penang now, finally.......

Like every trip l had before, there are so many things to share, l hope l have enough time, but right now there are many things to follow up, many classes to conduct and many performances to prepare.......

Attention to all my students, your beloved teacher is back, l hope to see you soon :-)

Aiyo 53 kg!

I have an exciting news to announce,l am 53kg now after my two weeks holiday in China here, hahaha! I know my students are happy to hear this, they always laugh at me after my break, as l always put on weight easily during vacation,they know l have to work harder to lose weight, so l have to teach more....hey laugh la laugh la, l don't care, as long as l am enjoying my holiday, hee hee.....

I have wonderful time here, in fact it was not good last week as it was China's National day, and the whole country was having one week's holiday, they call this 'Golden Week', this is the second 'big week' after Chinese New Year, bad luck me, everything was more expensive during this week, and you know, l am in Hang Zhou, a city with title 'Best city for vacation in China', can you imagine how scary was the crowd during the Golden Week? No you cannot imagine, it was really a lot..... West Lake,the beautiful place which have attracted me to come back to Hang Zhou for the second time, was packed with people from other provinces of China, there were million of people heading to West Lake every day, l could not even move properly on the road,sigh....l was thinking to enjoy some quiet days at West Lake.....luckily, it is over now, West Lake is still busy but no more packed, so l could enjoy the peace at the lake side again....

I have been to Huang Shan, Su Zhou, Nan Jing and Shou Xing last two weeks, all these places are only few hours drive from Hang Zhou, l have seen a lot of lakes, rivers, mountains, heritages, gardens....and, l have learnt a lot of the history which l did not know, l discovered the palace in Beijing is built by Ming Dynasty when l visited Nan Jing, l thought it was built by Qing Dynasty....there are a lot of things to share with my friends and students when l am back......

I am now in Hang Zhou, my friend from Ji Nan will be back tomorrow, but l will not be alone, l will go to Shanghai Expo with another friend from Hang Zhou, and will come back to Hang Zhou to give some lessons here. I really like Hang Zhou, l feel like at home here, l think, this will not be my last trip here definitely.

Many have sent me message on Facebook [ l read from my email] but l am not able to reply as l could not access Facebook here, so, if you have sent me message on Facebook, please be patient, l will reply to you once l am back ya.

My life in transformation

I have never enjoyed my life like now..... No l am not rich, l am still driving a small car and living in an apartment....no l am not free, l am still busy with classes, performance and choreography, no l am not pretty, l am still the same Conny whom people always comment : Why don't she make herself prettier as a dancer huh?

 And, yes, sometimes l am still complaining of my life....

But something is different,l guess this is called 'Harvest', what l have planted from day one has grown up slowly and l started to see the flowers blooming.....

Being belly dancing for 5 years, l think l have done a lot, ever since l started learning belly dancing, l told myself to share this beautiful art with more people, that is how l started organising hafla and world belly dance day, l have never thought to take advantage from all these activities for other purposes, but no doubt, my name became wellknown in the realm of belly dancing in Malaysia after these events, and at the same time, there were non stop bad issues happening to me due to people's jealousy, again and again, l was hurt, fell down and stand up.......

Belly dancing is not the only dance l know, l have seen ugliness in other form of dance too but not too extreme like belly dancing,l guess, belly dance is like a curse, people who own good spirit will become an angel, for those with greedy thoughts and jealousy, belly dance will turn them to Snow White's Step Mother, they will ask the mirror : Mirror mirror who is the best belly dancer? Anyone that appreared on the mirror will soon become their enemy and hence, they will start to take action to defeat her.....

Scary? But l think this happens in many lines right? I personally found this stupid as it is just dancing, not in a million business, what is she fighting for to be the best dancer huh? She will not become a millionaire, she may not be happier either, she will be too busy thinking of all tricks to defend her place, not tired meh? Honestly, l have really seen a lot in these 5 years..... I was lost once, caring too much of the ugliness l have met, l felt so sad as belly dancing is so beautiful but these dancers are so ugly, time after time, l was struggling to find a way for myself to release from the negative energy, as l thought, l want to belly dancing till 90 years old!

Out of sudden, l found the way!

As l said, l am a dancer, not only belly dancer, why do l care for those people who do not know the word' Dance'? there are too many in belly dancing who have never danced in their life but suddenly become a so called 'professional', it seems easy to be happend in belly dancing, as long as you dare to wear the costume and hop to the stage, as long as you can shimmy, as long as you dare to teach, ok then you can be a professional belly dancer! So who am l who has been dancing for my whole life huh? I was very confusing once, until l took part in the audition of Bellydance Evolution. I have never thought l will get so much supports from many people, reading all the comments on the video has truly touched my heart, they might not know the simple sentences they have written is so meaningful to me, finally l realised, what l have done quietly all these years is not wasted! when those who are not belly dancing and even not close to me, came to tell me they have voted for me because l am a good dancer, my heart is flying to the sky....

This reminds me when l was in Egypt the first time, when l was still a new born baby in belly dancing, the cleaning aunty came to me and showed me her big thumb,a group of the hotel waiters clapped for me when l passed by, l did not perform that time instead they just saw me in the class with a big group of professional belly dancers, one of my male teacher who asked someone to give me his cd with writing some words on the cd for me [ l wonder how he found my name as we were in a big group], and another lady teacher who has given me so much encouragement in class....and my second trip in Egypt, after my performance, a group of costume sellers who told me : You are good! I saw the word 'respect' when they were saying this.... Now l understand, people see my soul and my spirit when l dance, they saw it! As a dancer, what else l want?

And the love and caring l have gained from my students are so valuable, there are belly dancing everywhere now so my new class is no more packed like last time, but those who came to me are those who really want to learn, l could see the difference, they appreciate me and this is very important to me, and for those who have been following me in class for years, we appreciate each other by teaching and learning, in my life as a dance teacher, l have never enjoyed teaching classes like now.....

Recently, some of the young ladies came to me and asked me : Conny do you remember me? I was your student when l was in primary/secondary school, l am working now and thought of to take a dance class again and thought of you immediately, l was so happy when l know you are still teaching, that's how l appeared in Zero!

My God, what a gift to me!

And some students told me : Conny l know there are people bad mouthing about you outside, please don't care as we all have eyes to see who is good who is not, you are Conny, we know you and we love you! Yes, l have never felt so much love from my students like now, and so, everything is paid, l could not ask for more.....

Because of bellydancing, l have met so many beautiful people in this world who have inspired me, because of bellydancing, l have learnt a lot from people's ugliness, because of bellydancing, l became stronger in life, bellydancing is what l will not give up in my life, but....l started to realise l am a dancer, not only a belly dancer, dancing is my destination, not only belly dancing.... That's why l am going to start Zumba, and l will start other dances too anytime, l am back to dance, and l am in my dance utopia now with people l love and who love me, l have never appreciated my life like now..... Thank you to all who support and love me all these years, l will continue my spirit because of you you you!

Proper ways of doing exercise in class

I had a guidance class with some of my workout students last Sunday, as usual, we have over 30 registered but less than 20 turned up, sigh.....may be l should not give free classes anymore because people might think it is not valueble so they just don't care?

Anyway, l believe those who turned up are people who really care and appreciate my effort, thank you for coming and l appreciate the same way too.

As an instructor, sometimes l am frustrating while teaching when l see the students are doing wrong way, as l said, many students do not open their ears in class, even l have shouted : breath! No hunch back! Straighten your arms! Show your strength! Relax your knees!......Many just ignore me la......even l approach and adjust them, they still show me the wrong way!

I guess, the knowledge is playing a big role, if you have the knowledge, you know how important is the right way of doing exercise in order to enjoy the benefits, or, it is a waste of time and money.....that's why, we always see many have been exercising for donkey years, but there is not result showing......they still hunch their back, they are still fat, the tummy is still big.......why?

I have a 'one to one personal fitness programme' for my members as well, this is to help finding out the major problem, sharing of solution in both food and fat burning method, and design a special program for the member. But the response of this programme is very poor even l am doing promotion, people are not willing to pay even it is just a price for one buffet, sigh....yet free classes also they do not want to attend, sigh....so, what can l do?

Hope those attending this guidance class have gained something, and l wish them happy exercising, fit and healthy forever!

If you have doubts in your workout programme, please check out more details of our personal fitness programme, only once, you will enjoy the benefit for life long, isn't this worth it?

 

Please vote for me if you think l can dance

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, l need your votes.....

But l hope you are voting with your heart, if you do not think l am good enough, please do not vote for me, l am very ok on that.

This is the first time l am participating in an international show's audition,l am doing this because l have chances to learn more from the bellydance expert if l get the place. They request for strong dancers as well as fast learners, l think l am qualified, that's why l want to give myself a chance to try, also, l love the description they have stated : We are excited to have you as part of this great experience. We appreciate your enthusiasm & positive attitude. We want to keep this a safe & positive environment, so please understand that any negative talk, gossip or other unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated and will result in elimination from the contest and show.

This is the way, dance is dance, that simple, no negative talk, no gossip or other unprofessional behavior, l agree this concept with my both hands and legs up!

Please watch my video at http://www.bellydanceevolution.com/site/videos/video/158/Bellydance-Evolution-%2B-Ana-Fil-Houb-by-Lim-Conny--HD-wmv,

Please click on the stars below my video for the votes, you can vote many times by clicking the star one time a day, and your comment is much appreciated. I have to say, l have won this competition no matter l manage to get a place or not, my lovely students, Zero's members and my friends are very supportive, l am so touched with all the comments they have given, l do not know l own so much love until this audition,l am very blessed and appreciate every single vote, comment and love that being sent to me, thank you to all ! Trust me, l will make you proud of your votes!

Judging a competition

I went to Alor Star to be a judge for a bellydance competiton, to my surprise, there were quite many participants, usually the response for bellydance competition is poor, but there were more than 10 contestants in few categories, this is considered a good response compare to other competition that l know. And there were many kids and teenagers this time.

From what l have noticed, the standard of bellydancing in Northern Region has improved, many were good even they are only kids and teenagers, l have seen passion in their dance too.

I am one of the three judges but the only one from Northern Region, this is actually difficult for me, my student Ice is participating and some of her students are in the competition too, but l cannot really recognise her students as l have only taught them one workshop before. There were many familiar faces, but if you ask me their name, l am not able to name one, ha ha my poor memory.......

To be very honest, l always tell myself to be a fair judge, l have experienced many unfair issues in my life thus l hate this, if you are my friend you know l am those who do not like to rely on relationship, l think l am a right person as a judge, when l judge, l do not see whether l know this person at all, l will only judge from what she has shown at that moment. But it is really difficult for judges in this competition because they do not restrict age, so what happened? A mature woman to compete wih kids, this happened in two categories......kids are good in dance but it is difficult to compare with adults.......so to judge for the dance or for the passion? Really headache....

But as what l said, most of the teenagers are good, they just lack of life experience, but for the technique and performance wise, l would say it was really entertaining to watch.

I am just one of the three judges, l am not able to control the result, but the whole result was close to mine, l think we three judges have same thoughts la, but we did not have chances to discuss the result either.

I hope those who have won the title will continue their passion in this dance, hope they understand this is just a small competition, they are not able to 'conquer' anything in this field with this little title. And to those who did not gain anything in the compettion, please remember you have gained an experience, this will surely propel you to a higher level.

Congratulations to all!

 

A FREE guidance class for Zero's workout members

If you are our workout member, please mark on your calendar on 22nd this month, Sunday 2-4pm, l will be with you for a FREE guidance class.

I wanted to do this from long time ago, especially when l see our members doing wrong exercise in class. From what l have noticed, there are many people who do not listen to instructions, they are too busy following the movements with eyes, yet their ears do not open entirely to listen to instrcutors' words, that's why, sometimes, we instructors have to go down from the stage to approach the students, we do not want to see anybody get injury in class....

It is very important to follow the instruction as you have to work on your body, instead of simply moving only. And, I think people do not have knowledge of using their strength as well, they just move, it is in fact difficult to see result by moving without strength.

So, this is what the guidance class for, it is going to be a physical class with theory, l will advise the participants on the proper way of moving our body as well as utilizing our strength for the result.

Please register yourself at our counter, only for 20 pax, and l hope you could commit if you have registered, we have experienced many times people just registered to reserve the place but did not turn up yet did not inform, this is very selfish, if you are not able to make it, please do not occupy the place, if you have registered, please make sure you turn up, thank you.

P/S: This guidance class is only for Zero's workout class members.