FDS Water and Land Training (April 9, 2015)

Two trainings today! I left the office early to rush to Kallang Riverside Park. While walking over to the FDS Cage, you can’t help but notice this pretty sight:

Supplement Water Training (5:30 PM) – A series of 10-minute routines. I was sitting next to the coach so nakaka-pressure! There were only about ten of us. Sarap mag-paddle at sunset. I feel my energy is better at this time compared to early morning.

FDS Attendance Shot – Supplement Water Training (April 9, 2015) – Thanks Donna for the photo.

The Singapore National Team is sponsored by Under Armour.

Regular Land Training (6:45 PM) – The weights were out and more people gathered for the land training. Like in previous weeks, it was done in a circuit. We worked on upper body, legs, abs, and endurance. I’m trying to work on the Russian Twist.

FDS Attendance Shot – Regular Land Training (April 9, 2015) – Thanks Suzie for the photo.

The evening scene.

Great training! Consecutive na this past week:

  • Monday’s supplement land training with rope.
  • Tuesday’s pool training.
  • Wednesday at gym.

Supplement Land Training (April 6, 2015)

Earlier we had a supplement land training which involved a large tire, jump rope, a park bench, and a giant shoelace. I’m in awe with our team captain who was there for over four hours training each and every one of us.

The exercise this evening

Jump rope for 30 seconds. I haven’t jumped rope in years! Nakaka-addict pala.

Turn over a large and moderately heavy tire ten times. Must do it in proper form which is to squat, keep back straight, and use arms to give it an explosive push. Ang bigat!

Jump onto a park bench 15 times. Need to use legs to fully absorb impact on said bench.

Run back to the jump rope and repeat three times. Minimal rest.

Finally, concluding with the giant shoelace. Which is a series of exercises involving the upper body while maintaining balance and a strong core. This exercise was timed and intense because you have to keep going. Endurance!

Rope exercise by Kallang River

I was sweating in the Singapore evening humidity. But it felt good. And the Kallang 5 chicken right after was tasty. Thanks FDS Training Comm for the supplement land training program.

FDS Mabuhay!

Why I joined a dragon boat team


FDS at MR500 2015 Jurong Lake.

Reasons why I joined FDS

  • To develop my body.
  • To improve my social skills.
  • To create a schedule in Singapore.

I’m sick of dreaming about having a buff body. I’m turning 30 in a few months and I want to set in motion a goal to look fit and fabulous in my early 30s.

I know I can improve my social skills. Joining a dragon boat team teaches you how to be a good sport. It also teaches you to be humble and to listen.

Before FDS, my life in Singapore was divided between work and home. I would visit museums or go out in town to meet friends. But it was always this free-for-all. Now that I train four times weekly, it makes me appreciate more the non-training moments. Each minute counts while you’re in Singapore. FDS has helped me organise my schedule.


With Kap Jen. She was co-captain when I joined FDS in late 2014.


Thursday afternoon water training with FDS

The team is currently training for the 9th Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival. It will take place on the Philippine island later this month. Omg, excited!

Look how calm the water is after a storm.

I thought our supplement Thursday water training would be cancelled by a thunderstorm. Good thing by 5:30 PM the weather started to calm. This was the first time I joined a supplement water training. Our usual WTs are on weekends.

FDS Christmas Party 2014

IMG_2589.JPGIt’s great to be part of something.

Life was Monday to Friday 10 to 7PM corporate. On weekends, it was about cleaning and doing the laundry. While I’m not one to complain about pursuing my dreams in Singapore. I’ve only recently found something that I’m even more excited about. It’s like adding a bit more dimension to my experience in Singapore.

Sharing a room with a group of passionate people who want to win a team sport together is amazing. In the past few weeks I’ve met some awesome people who add to the fun of paddling. I feel lucky to have met an enthusiastic training committee. 🙂

Thank you FDS for being so welcoming. Cheers to 2015!