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17th-Jun-2007 12:34 am
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA

Work sometimes has the lovely (and not entirely unexpected) effect of driving me just a little bit crazy, so to celebrate the first (and certainly not the last) time I came in voluntarily to the office on a Saturday morning to work (and the dental appointment that followed), I went skating. Considering the last time I went skating was a little under a decade ago - that is, if you call clinging to the railing like a lifeline and only going round and round the rink skating - it was pretty fascinating. *laughter* I do not know how to skate at all, and this isn't even false humility, it's the literal truth.

I was going to go in my office outfit until I realised that it'd be pretty interesting going to court and the skating rink in the exact same jacket, and it was just as well that on my way to my dental appointment I happened by a thrift store where I found a jacket that looks eerily similar to this one. And I have never understood how the figure skaters we see can manage to wear such utterly flimsy and furthermore skimpy outfits. Are they not cold? I go skating in three layers and jeans.

I went to the rink to get familiar with the ice, because when I'm starting out and learning something for the first time, I kind of prefer being alone, because then I don't get embarrassed by being so incredibly SUCK. (I learned to ride a bike on my own, too - less performance anxiety that way). mangy_mongrel and I are going to go soon, and oh, man, I was completely terrified about making a complete fool of myself on the ice in front of her. *wry smile!* Like I said, I literally cannot skate, so I wanted to do something about that.

And the crazily serendipitious thing about me finding this jacket? I'd just gotten onto the ice and had spent the first five minutes clinging to the railing (again), when all of a sudden someone called my name. I looked up and there was one of my law school friends, as amazed to see me as I was to see her! I soon found out she was there for skating lessons, and she told me about the skating school there and the coaches and the competitions (that are for public viewing, there's even a pairs skating competition up pretty soon!). And the fun thing was? She told me that she first noticed the jacket I was wearing, and then she looked at me and realised she knew me. *beams* There's something to be said for being a complete obsessive about this movie.

And at this point of time I must say that this skating rink? Has a jukebox on which you can choose songs that'll be played over the broadcast system. And no less than three CDs have the Black-Eyed Peas' My Humps. And surprisingly enough, music does actually make me skate better - first of all because I focus on the music and stop freaking out about my balance and therefore am actually able to try to skate instead of worry, and secondly, because the right rhythm actually helps me coordinate better.

She helped me take my first unsteady steps across the ice - and said that it was good that I wasn't afraid to try, because most people are nervous because they're afraid to fall. *grin* And then she told me, "Trust your blades." I kind of just smiled so damn much at that. And I discovered that the thing I'd thought was nearly-going-to-fall momentum all those years ago? Was actually something pretty close to actual skating. Funny that the thing I was most afraid of doing turns out to be the thing I should've been doing. *laughs* I was a total newbie, and she's a good teacher! I think as a teacher you've got to be able to tell the student (even if she's a friend) when she's doing something wrong just as much as when she's doing something right, so I'm really, really glad I ran into her.

I can walk/shakily take small skating steps very very jerkily on the ice now (that was scary to learn, but it was also fun when I finally did learn how to do it) - NO RAILINGS ANY MORE!!! The only goal I had was to make it across the width of the rink unassisted, and I can DO THAT now - I can even do a circuit unassisted at full strength. Though I tire easily as I'm very new to this and completely untrained and furthermore I never exercise, so right now my body has already begun to complain. NEVER IT MIND. ;) One day I'm gonna run across the ice!

Our skating rink has its own Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine, and they close the rink for 20 minutes every three hours to resurface the ice. When I first got there the ice was pretty choppy, but while I was there they resurfaced it, and my friend was, "Go try it! Don't wait for me! You can't miss this!" while I sat there blinking at all the water on the rink wondering if I was gonna fall over. But when the rink staff finally threw open the gates and let all the skaters on the freshly-Zamboni'd ice? IT WAS LIKE HEAVEN, and this is me being new to this. The freshly-resurfaced feel only lasts about five-to-ten minutes before the influx of skaters rips the ice up again, but when you're on the new ice it is genuinely unbelievable. It was so much easier to move that I wish they'd close the rink for a Zamboni go-round every hour. *grin*

And - there are some absolutely amazing kids there are the rink. There were some kids who could not possibly have been more than five years old, and they were absolutely unbelievable on the ice. My friend tells me that some of these kids are kids for whom skating is their life - she's seen them come in after school, have lunch at the rink, skate, do their homework at the rink, and skate again. First thought? Jimmy MacElroy. *laughs* But they were so good. They were so tiny and young and could skate so well, and execute spins and turns and all kinds of fancy moves. Not to mention the older skaters, and the skaters of all ages who were good enough to be in actual performance outfits on the rink and who did all the tricks - the moves that look like ballet on ice and the why aren't they falling over?! moves. *whiiiiistles*

My friend and I went for lunch after skating at this Korean place that does student discounts ♥ and then we went to the JE library. Where I found all the skating books that aren't the "This is a skate. This is a rink" sort. We spent a happy afternoon reading books while the torrential rain poured down outside. And we found The Legal Lampoon : A Biased, Unfair, and Completely Accurate Law Review from Non Sequitur. >D THAT WAS FUN.

Almost as fun as skating.
16th-Jun-2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
SKATING! I am so jealous. T.T

I want to go skating so badly~! If I close my eyes, it's like I can feel the cold ice under my feet. *laughs* Though it's probably more the memory of SNOW outside, rather than an ice rink.. BUT STILL.

Besides the utter JEALOUSY, I'm really glad you're in one piece. xD Just take it easy and learn in your own time! I'm sure I suck even more than you. :)

Damn... I really wanted to try and teach you, though! You'll go with me one day, won't you? I can't even practice on my own here since they're all CLOSED - I'll be the one who's embarrassed. T.T
16th-Jun-2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Babe, if it helps, the rink was full of people, and the tiny kids were like missiles, and I kept apologetically falling into a lot of people. *laughs*

There is snow at the rink too! After a lot of the ice has been skated off the rink, it looks like little drifts of snow pile up along the sides.

I mean, you'll be here soon, right? I kind of am worried about going with you because you've said that skating tends to mean accidents for you, and I really really don't want you breaking your wrist or anything else while over here!

And don't worry - you really won't embarrass yourself. You had lessons and I think you can actually skate! I am like - SELF-SCHOOLED SKATER, and not even a passable one at that yet!
16th-Jun-2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
WOW ICE SKATING!! omg fun! i haven't been ice skating in YEARS D8 like whoa... XD aww, *snickers*
AND OMG I KNOW! friggen little children... >> they make me feel so crappy... i mean I'm over here grabbing onto the walls for support... and they're all in the middle doing little spins and jumps and fancy moves and all of that jazz... I MEAN WHAT IS THAT DX its not fair... and not only that but it makes ME want to try them.. which is STUPID of me, but i end up trying anyway... so the next thing i'm trying to do is skate backwards... (which i DID do one time... but... ==;; don't know if that'll ever happen again) and THEN tried to jump... wow.. just no... no... just... NO... TT__TT

but it sounds like you had fun XD;; or at least i HOPE you enjoyed youself... it SOUNDS fun.. so.... - -; ok nevermind... but yea : ) *thumbsup*
17th-Jun-2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
*grin* Ice skating is incredibly fun! ;) And I hadn't been ice skating in years until yesterday! *smiles*

I AGREE with you on the little kids! My heavens, they're little miracles on the ice! *grin* I'm glad you want to try them, though, myself, I look at them and go, "... I am not gonna do anything like that for a couple of years. XD" As long as you don't get hurt! *snug!* For jumping and skating backwards I think one might benefit from real coaching - I don't think jumping is something I can teach myself - unless I want to pay the price in injuries. Eheh.

I did have fun! *beams* And yes, I enjoyed myself! ;) I hope you get to have some ice-skating fun soon, too! ;)
16th-Jun-2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
I haven't been skating in over 10 years. D:
But, omg, I'm horrible! The image of you clinging to the railing reminds me of myself...except I tend to be a bit more daring [read: stupid] and push off the wall and fling myself onto the ice...face first.
And I cannot brake, either (same goes for rollerskating- which I can do) so I usually use my body as a means to stop by slamming myself into any nearby wall (or any other object).
Oh, it's so much fun! But the BRUISES I get afterward? It looks like I lost a fight!

And it's funny you should mention- music does help me skate a bit better, too! You what it is...it's that you are so into the song and focusing on that instead of skating so you tend to just let your body react naturally~

I envy you skating, I would love to go with someone but, ah...can't really take my dad. XD;;

But it sounds like you had a lot of fun~ and I'm glad to hear you got the hang of it!

And, no, I don't know how people can dress so skimpy there- I freeze at 75 degrees farenheight (which is considered pathetic) and have a tendency to land on my butt- DON'T NEED ICE UP THERE THX.
17th-Jun-2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Reading this makes me wish you were coming over here! Then you, me and Lin could go skating together. *smiles*

I'm horrible too! *laughs* I think you're brave to be daring - that's how we learn how to skate, after all, I never did learn anything simply clinging to the railing, though it is important at first: one's gotta feel comfortable just walking on the ice before one feels brave enough to try skating! *grin* Most people are most afraid of falling, so I'm glad that you don't mind that! ;) OW for the slamming into nearby walls! *snugs you*

*grin!* Music helps you skate better, too? ♥ I'm so glad it isn't just me. I think it really does help, and you're right, it helps the body react naturally, instead of letting the mind obsess neurotically. *grin*

I don't know how anyone can dress that skimpily either!

75 degrees farenheit is 23 degrees Celisus: I CAN RELATE COMPLETELY. *snugs you!* I freeze at about 18 - 19 degrees Celsius, which is about 64 degrees Farenheit. Man wasn't made to freeze, darnit! You come from the warmer Southern states, and I come from the tropics - which explains our general not-like for cold, I think. ;)

XD! No one needs ice up there. *giggles* I sure hope those skintight costumes make sure that problem never happens. ;)
17th-Jun-2007 03:19 am (UTC)
(Jimmy, I'm, um, just gonna check on Katie, alright?)

... I'll be turning up in my shirt sleeves (well, okay, T-shirt) and pants next weekend XD It's really not that cold on the rink as long as you don't fall down!

I think many of us here clinging to the rails are self-schooled skaters as well and oh, I really don't think that you'll make a fool out of yourself! ♥ I'll be busy clinging to the rails the first round, if past visits are any indication XD

"They really put the bone! in Zamboni!" XDDD And yes, fresh ice can be addictive. They'll be resurfacing the ice at 1pm, that's why I suggested that we go then. And we'll have 20mins to select and put on our skates before they open the rink again!

Should I bring Skittles? ♥ XD
17th-Jun-2007 06:15 am (UTC)
awww!! we should all go ice skating together one day~ i love ice skating XD
17th-Jun-2007 06:11 am (UTC)
some spoiled brat whom my mother babysitted (WHY AM I ALWAYS TAKING CARE OF SPOILT CHILDREN?) and took figure skating classes told me that she actually feels warm in her leotard ^^; (I think she might be one of those little kids you're talking about. but oh god.) I think it's either the amount of energy you're burning or the leotard itself *shrugs*

I'm glad you're so quick at learning to skate XD My first time on the ice was when my kouhai demanded we go on a sectional outing to..er..bond. And I discovered my bum really enjoys bonding with the floor more than I enjoy bonding with my section xD I can't skate still. The entire outing involved me skating shakily on my own then ramming into the railing (it's dangerous when I get high from that feeling D|) or someone dragging me around by the hand.

You were at JE? D8

17th-Jun-2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
*grin!* Because you are Guy, and spoilt little children are destined to feature in your life? ;) I think it's probably the amount of energy she's burning and the intense skating. Though I wouldn't put it past the skating outfits to be made of some supremely miraculous insulating material.

*grin!* I wouldn't call what I do skating just yet ;) But I'm only quick because I didn't want to repeat my previous clinging-to-walls and never learning anything outings to skating rinks, and also because I am obsessive. ;)

*giggles!* I like the way you said that! I think lunch and food gatherings are the best ways to bond, really. ;) *snugs you!* I kind of skating hand-in-hand with someone (or rather, arm-in-arm, because the support comes in handy), but that person has gotta be ready for my WHOOPS I have LOST my balance and must HOLD ON to you moments. ;) If you ever want another go at skating, let me know! *grin*

Yes, I was there! *beams* It's a really lovely place, actually, and the library is absolutely beautiful. ;)
17th-Jun-2007 10:09 am (UTC)
Which rink is this?
17th-Jun-2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
This rink! *grin* It's the only one in the country at the moment, but the Kallang rink should be reopened later this year (it's closed for renovation now, and before this one, it was the only one I ever skated at). ;)
17th-Jun-2007 10:51 am (UTC) - ... told you so! xD
Just reading the bit about the Zamboni and the amazing kids now. O.o Did I miss that accidentally, or did you add it in later? *blinks*

I'm very envious of your Singaporean ice rink. xD In Belgium the ice rinks close for two hours after two and a half hours of skating - TWO HOURS VS. 20 MINUTES! Wah! Not to mention the fact that they all close over the summer. >.>

Kids are fearless! xD I remember being like that once. I thought I could do everything I saw on TV. *laughs*
17th-Jun-2007 03:11 pm (UTC) - *glitters at you*
I added it in later. *grin* Wow, you reread the entry? ;) Me, I normally don't bother rereading entries that are so full of TEXT. If I made it through once, I don't make it through again. ;)

*grin* Well, you'll be here soon and able to take FULL ADVANTAGE of our rink! The library there is really nice, too, we could spend a lovely day there. AND WHAT?! TWO HOURS? You need TWO HOURS to resurface a rink in Belgium?! What are the rink staff doing, resurfacing the entire rink BY HAND?

*grin!* Were you like that? ;) FUN! I wasn't like that when I was young: I always knew jumping off buildings in a cape wasn't gonna stop the force of GRAVITY. ;)
17th-Jun-2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHA I bet skating to My Humps would have been really inspirational! :D :D :D *is shot*

Man, it's been forever since I went anywhere near a rink. I should really get over my fear of falling because I'll never learn to skate that way BUT IT HURTS WHEN YU FALL ON ICE. omg, skiing is so much easier that way.

And wow, I had no idea there were kids that spent so much time skating that weren't training professionally. Ahaha omg I've seen them, THEY'RE SO RIDICULOUSLY GOOD and tiny and cute
17th-Jun-2007 03:08 pm (UTC) - Indeed! Lovely Lady Hubs, at that! ;)
Incredibly inspirational. *grin* Time to break out the glittery costumes! ;) That aside, though, that song is too staccato beat for me to actually skate sensibly to it. Not to mention I'd be laughing too hard to keep my balance. ;)

*snugs you tiiight!* If you ever want to go hang out at a rink, let me know! ♥ I'm always up for that! ;) *snugs for the fear of falling* - I completely relate. The ice is cold and hard and not very friendly and slippery!

XDD! I have never skiied! ;) But I think skating is easier than skiing, somehow, although I'd love to be proved wrong someday. ;)

I think those kids who spend ages there are being trained professionally. It's not just pure recreation for them, I think, if they spend that many hours there and are that committed to skating! They come with their parents and everything, every day and every week.

Ack, so good and tiny and cute indeed! And they make me feel SO BAD about myself. XD
17th-Jun-2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
LOL. The last time I went there was when I was in the first year of university. Promptly fell and sprained something. Then twisted it back, and got back into the rink with better laced boots. XD *sighs* I would love to go, but zomg, I expect practices are going to eat my life with the competition in three weeks. O.O;
18th-Jun-2007 01:09 am (UTC)
♥! I'd love you to go, too, but with the competition up so soon, I am not risking you on the ice! *snug!* I want you healthy and whole to be able to do your BEST for the competition! ;) There will be other times, and if you really want to go we can meet up after the competition! Otherwise we can wait for the Kallang rink to be reopened! ;)

OW OW for the first-year fall! And OWWWWW for spraining something and then twisting it back! *snug!*

XD! I didn't go skating all the years I was in JC and university or my postgraduate course! It took me going to work to get me back on the ice! ;)
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