I Love Gifts and Freebies

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Personally, I love it when my family and friends give me things that they end up not using. That doesn’t necessarily make me a freeloader, right? It just so happens that I have very generous family and friends. I know I’m a lucky girl. Also, I plan on doing product reviews from time to time, but before I do that, here are the latest freebies that I received.

VICTORIA’S SECRET BOMBSHELL EAU DE PARFUM

Thoughts: My sister and one of my best friends love this one so when my sister offered to buy me one, of course I said yes! Can’t wait to try this one out.

 

KERATIN INFUSING CONDITIONER

Thoughts: My last conditioner hasn’t been working for me so I might have to try this one.

BEST HYALURONIC ACID SERUM FACIAL MOISTURIZER

Thoughts: This product I “stole” from my mom’s cabinet. I thought I’d try this one out for myself. Hehe.

ELIZABETH ARDEN PINK VIBRATIONS LIPSTICK

Thoughts: I have a feeling that this is going to be one of my favorite lipsticks ever! It’s matte and pink.

 

The Game of Life

I just watched this clip on YouTube and I embarrassingly bawled right after Andre Agassi’s beautiful and moving speech during his Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

He really is the “living proof that no dream, no journey is impossible”.

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

When playing tennis, or any sport for that matter, that requires you to be out in the open, you must remember to protect your skin from the sun. You need to wear sunscreen especially if you’re going to spend a lot of time outdoors playing. However, not just any sunscreen will do.

According to How Stuff Works, there are 5 criteria to choosing the right sunscreen.

1. HIGH SPF

Sun protection factor (SPF) is the key component of an effective sunscreen. SPF refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen will give you, or how much longer you can spend outdoors before you get sunburned compared to if you weren’t wearing sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection the sunscreen provides.

2. BROAD SPECTRUM PROTECTION

The best sunscreens protect against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVA rays penetrate more deeply into the dermis — the deepest layer of your skin. UVB rays don’t penetrate as deeply but they are what cause your skin to burn. Both UVA and UVB rays contribute to premature aging, freckles, age spots and wrinkles. Too much exposure to both of these types of ultraviolet rays can increase your skin cancer risk.

When choosing a sunscreen, look for labels that indicate that the brand has broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage.

3. NO SWEAT

The last thing you want in the middle of a big game is to have your sunscreen drip into your eyes. Look for a sunscreen that’s labeled “water-resistant” or “sweat-resistant”. A water-resistant sunscreen will maintain its SPF for as long as 40 minutes underwater (unless you rub it off).

Even though you may still see sunscreens labeled “waterproof,” there really isn’t any such thing. No sunscreen can be entirely waterproof, because all of them will eventually wear off if you submerge your body in water for long enough. Water-resistant is the more accurate label.

4. SEAL OF APPROVAL

Look for sunscreen brands that carry these seals of approval:

The Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation: This seal is given to products that help prevent “sun-induced damage to the skin”.

The American Academy of Dermatology has its own SEAL OF RECOGNITION that it grants to dermatologist-approved sunscreens with proven sun-protection benefits.

5. EASY TO USE

Sunscreens come in different varieties: lotions, creams, sticks and sprays. Choose the one that’s easiest for you to apply, especially one that’s easy to reapply when you’re in the middle of a game on the field, court or green. Sometimes a spray may seem easiest, but if it’s windy outside you may find that more sunscreen blows away than ends up on your body.

 

(Source: How Stuff Works)

Game. Set. Match.

In my last entry (which was unbelievably dated two years ago!), I sounded so hopeful and excited about the future. Sadly, things don’t always go according to plan. I don’t want to start this post on a sour note so I won’t dwell too much on the details but so many things have happened in the past two years that have led me to one of the most, if not the most, painful and important decisions of my life – to quit playing competitive tennis.

Maybe someday soon, in one of my posts, I might be able to share with you everything but for now, let’s just say that perhaps luck just wasn’t on my side. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.

Andy Quote

So now I’ve decided to revive my “blogging career” just in time for the American leg of the tennis season, and not to mention the last gland slam of the year, the US Open.

Guess who’s excited?! ME!

You see, even though it may be game, set and match for me and my tennis career, I will forever be a fan of the sport no matter what. :)

For the Love of the Game, Give it Your All!

It has been about 5 months since I last updated my blog — I was so busy training that I literally I just throw off my shoes and lay flat on the bed every night when I get home. Yes, literally worn out with training everyday. But hey, I love what I am doing and for the love of the game, I will always give it my all.

The last five months has been a roller coaster ride – mentally, physically, emotionally. I got recruited by a new coach, and he’s one of the best coaches in West coast. Best meaning he’s pretty tough — strict on training, very demanding too. But everything was all worth it. I am very proud to say that I have greatly improved in terms of skills, techniques, and everything overall.

Everything is much better now, but I am pretty sure that it could still get better. For the love of the game, I am willing to give it my all and even if it means giving up on some things in life, I would. Maybe I need to start with this blog. I have to let it go because I have to focus on my training (well plus the fact that the domain is about to expire anyway LOL).

So, this is where we part ways now. Just so you know, like the thousands of other hopefuls, I am still dreaming that someday, I could be good enough to get noticed by the people who run the U.S. Open. But for now, I’m pretty contented watching Serena and Venus Williams from the bleachers whenever they play.

I’m Hurting

I have another bad news. I sprained my ankle in practice today. I’m devastated and in a lot of pain. I wasn’t even sure how it happened. All I can remember was that I was running baseline to baseline and then I landed in a wrong way. I guess I wasn’t prepared for it. So now I’m hurting a lot. I can’t even run on the treadmill and I’ll be missing out on a lot of practice. This is one of the worst days of my life.

Running

After school and practice today, I still had the energy to run for 30 minutes on the treadmill. It’s all part of the game plan. I need to seriously work on my speed and endurance so that I can compete with other faster and stronger competitors. Getting this treadmill is really a great idea and I am absolutely going to abuse this machine until I can be most effective out on the court.

The great thing about treadmills is that you don’t have to actually run outside to be running. All you have to do is stay indoors ad you can even watch TV or read a magazine to entertain you while you’re at the comfort of your living room.

Finally

The treadmill arrived today! When I went home, my Mom excitedly showed me and she put it in a corner in our living room. She demonstrated how to fold it and unfold it afterwards. Pretty exciting stuff. And of course, since I was so giddy to try it out, I hurriedly changed into something comfortable and went on it for 30 minutes. Was I determined or what? Haha! I can’t wait for this to be part of my routine and I know that this can really help me a lot in improving my game.

Practice Makes Perfect

I went back to practice today. But before I started, my coach and I had a talk and he was encouraging me to do better and focus on practice. Losing is part of the game and the most important thing is that I can be able to learn from it so that next time, I wouldn’t do the same thing again. Practice makes perfect. It’s really true. I know that it’s up to me to pick up the pieces. My coach and my support system can only do so much. The rest is up to me. And I’m ready to compete again.

 

 

You Win Some, You Lose Some

I really feel bad for losing another match today. I know it was just a pre-season game but I really wanted to win of course. I really felt good about my chances going into it but it just wasn’t meant to be I guess. I lost 2-6, 3-6. I had too many unforced errors and I wasn’t just hitting my shots at all. I’m very disappointed with myself but I guess I just have to take on the positives of the game which was, as my coach said, I was running a lot better and a bit faster today. But I was just not executing the game plane well.

But that’s ok, you win some, you lose some. I’ll just have to practice more. I know I’ll get there.