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What would you do when your boy is at Toys R Us with his gal-pal and they make a beeline for the dolls & hullahoop section?!

Okay, I blame it on li' Chloe :P This boy simply adores/idolises her and he'll do anything she commands..Gah!! Hmm, maybe I should make sure he has more guy-pals to play with!


One of the perks of my job is that i get to arrange lifestyle workshops for the readers and thus attend them for free ;D.. Most people tend not to associate TNP with the activities that we organise..for example, the workshops I've done so far are pilates, golf, hiphop dancing and 9-ball just to name a few. Our workshops are rather popular especially with the ladies, which many people are just as surprised since people also assumes that TNP is mainly read by men (salah..49% of readers are women).

The latest that I did was the bellydancing workshop with Bellydance Discovery. The workshop was conducted yesterday. I got the lead from the blogcon last year (I'd wondered then why they were there in the first place). Yuki, who's the founder of the bellydancing school is a very bubbly and gregarious lady whose love & passion for the dance was infectious. She told us that through bellydancing, she began to appreciate herself even more and it gave her more confidence and provided an outlet for "beauty, grace, joy, femininity and creativity". "I am a BIG girl and am proud of the curves I possess", she declared. She was also a great instructor and made the class really enjoyable..

The fabulous Yuki

with vamprila
(i'd invited her to try out the workshop & she sportingly agreed)

Actually, I think bellydancing is a dance form which can be subject to some ridicule especially if one doesnt understand it. I admit, I didn't think too highly of it initially. But you'll think twice when u start attempting it..Those body isolation movements and shimmies took quite a while to master. My major problem was with the head movements (yeah, a li' like the ones you see in those tamil movies)..it just didn't look right when I glanced at the mirror. The great thing abt bellydancing is that you actually look good doing it even if you have some flab on your tummy. I guess that's why many says that this dance is a celebration of the female form. Yuki had some of her girls performing for us. One was this really tall gorgeous lady (in green) [didn't get her name] whose tummy was iron-board flat! The other solo act was done by a shorter and curvier girl Layla (whose nick is Miss Sunshine because of her cheery smile) - yes, that's the one in red. Both ladies were beautiful but I found the latter's performance more alluring mainly because of her belly movements (well her fats - very little of it though, jiggled more)..

Am planning more workshops for the rest of the year..Heh, since we're the organiser, we sorta get to pick what we want to do (but subject to the presenter (HSBC)'s approval)..Am thinking of doing salsa, yoga and lindyhop classes. Open to other suggestions too. Anyone interested in joining, do let me know. Will keep you in the loop.

Interesting tidbit abt bellydancing : Oral traditions handed through generations of women states that Oriental dance originated as a means of helping women prepare their abdominal muscles for labor.


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Feb. 26th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
Not to worry,
it merely means that little Aidan will grow up to be a great Father in future : )
Feb. 26th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
lol..that's a different way of looking at it..
yeah, they do look like they're playing mummy & daddy eh!
Feb. 26th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
Aidan and Chloe = 青梅竹马 :D In the 3rd pic, they look like a couple taking their babies out. :P
Feb. 26th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
not sure abt them being 青梅竹马...he sees her like a dajie i think! but it's fun to watch them play together & he enjoys her company.
yeah hor..they look like a 'married couple' hor :P
Feb. 26th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
must be normal. my 4 year old boy likes playing with his toy kitchen set... complete with utensils, fake potatoes and leeks and all that... but he also loves cars and guns... so think its normal!

Feb. 26th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
yeah i guess..but i do feel kinda uncomfy seeing him with dolls.. :P but true, he does enjoy his trucks and legos too (we try not to have him play with guns :P)
(no subject) - rijac - Feb. 28th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 26th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah I think belly dancing's a gorgeous form of art too. It's such an old form of dancing and it really accentuates the curves on a woman's body :) But erm, the instructors dont seem to have bellies huh? Not what I would have pictured a belly dancer to be. Heh. Anyway, Yoga! Yoga! Heh.
Feb. 26th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
the main instructor was Yuki and she definitely had a belly :P but you should have seen her bellydance..she was fab!

eh..i tried yoga before and i actually fell asleep on the mat. v paiseh leh. didn't really like it but we may still do the workshop coz it's popular!
(no subject) - vamprila - Feb. 27th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 26th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
Eh? How come you never show belly? : P My mom used to go for belly dancing class. (-_-) I will never have the courage, with my can-never-get-rid-post-partum-flab.
Feb. 26th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
okay i admit..im still very conscious of my tummy/belly which is kinda flabby (though attending the workshop has made me more comfy with my body)..I know i aint fat but the blubber on tummy is so hard to get rid of.

actually, i think thats the reason why such bellydancing classes are good. you can see that not everyone has perfect bodies and are just as flabby as you and i ..at least better than the gym where everyone seems so fit and toned!
Feb. 26th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
Aidan is going to be a good father.

Must have some fats to look good for belly dancing!
Feb. 26th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
heh..cannot think so far lah..! he just gotta work on being a good son first :P
Feb. 26th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
OK lah for him to play with dolls and such. I'd rather have Vincent plays with those things than pistols and guns.

He's practicing to be a helpful hubby and great daddy one day :).
Feb. 26th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
yeah, like you, im also not too comfy with him playing with toy guns n knives.My in-laws have this set of toy weapons at their place and Ive been telling them to throw them away coz i hate to see aidan playing with them..kids nowadays are too easily influenced i feel..
Feb. 26th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Aidan's so cute. They look like they are starting a little family lor! I think little boys like girls with the name Chloe. When I was teaching, I had a little student called Gavin who was so in love with a Chloe. ;)
Feb. 26th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
Chloe's a nice name but it's getting kinda common though..I know of at least 4 li' girls named Chloe!

have u started thinking of names for you li' one yet *grin*..that will be fun! When I was preggy, i only thought of boys names and decided on Aidan when i was only abt 4 mths preggy (at that time when I didnt know whether i was having a boy or a girl)..
Feb. 26th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
time for a baby girl haha....
I has actually seen that girl performed on TV before, somedthing i wont do, fats is one thing, cannot imagine the stretched marks shiny shiny when I dance!
Feb. 26th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
yeah, Yuki's quite well-known so usually if there's any topic of bellydancing or if there are any major dance/arts festival, she's usually involved in some way..

i know what u mean abt the 'shimmery' fats flubbing abt while dancing..it takes a while to get used to i guess..i think it was okay in the class since there werent any men ard.
Feb. 26th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
Had Aidan made a beeline to the dolls section by himself, I would've been a lil' concerned, but seeing that he was keeping Chloe company, methinks this boy will grow up to be wuite the gentleman and charmer lah! ;) Man, in the hands of some other boys his age, the baby doll would probably have been "decapitated" and missing a few limbs. LOL! Erm, but better make sure he has a balanced diet of boys' toys too lah. :)

Woah, the belly dancer in green (3rd pic) looks quite hot leh! :P And babe, it's true TNP readers are mostly men (51%) no? Heh, but I doubt if guys will sign up for belly dancing lah ... and if they do, you should be very suspicious of their motive. Hahaha! ;)
Feb. 26th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
heh..several barbies died at my hands before..i usually give them a crew cut before beheading them :P

actually, a few men tried to sign up but i made it a women-only class :P didn't want to have several monkeys there oogling at the bellydancers :P

it's more like 49.5% so the no. of female readers is quite substantial..most pple think it's like abt 70% male readers.
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Feb. 26th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Aidan is so cute with the dolls. Ya, think it's a better ideas to let him mix more with boys. ;) Oooh, the bellydancing is cool. Some friends were planning to do this together but never got round to it. It's definitely good for the tummy. I've been thinking of salsa lately. But not sure if I can do it. Love lindyhop but given my age now, I doubt i can hop much. :P
Feb. 26th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Bellydancing
Haven't got used to posting on livejournal. Definitely need more practise;( Sesame
Re: Bellydancing - angeliatay - Feb. 26th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 26th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
Wah! Aidan don't want Macy liao ar? He and Chloe look like "lao3 fu1 lao3 qi1" lor... :P
Feb. 26th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Macy? heh..want want! Chloe is just the dajie!
(no subject) - meowmeowfelicia - Feb. 26th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 26th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
the workshop looks fun!
But personally,i find bellydancing very hard.lol.

plssss count me in if got any yoga or salsa classes.
thanks! ^_^
Feb. 26th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: me.me.
you tried bellydancing before ah? actually, i thought it's once of the easier dance to master..but yeah, you do need a fair bit of confidence and practice :)

okay..will let you know when we do the next yoga/salsa class!
Re: me.me. - joymuji - Feb. 27th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 26th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Aidan is so adorable! M says Bellydancing is good for sex leh. Hehe. I am going to take up the trial class!
Feb. 27th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
serious ah?! alamak,i should have paid more attention during class then *grin*
i thought it was better used for seduction instead :P
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Feb. 26th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Is TNP the New paper? I love that!!! I miss it when i'm in australia..

And the bellydancing costums are so pretty :)
Feb. 27th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
yeah..The New Paper. Well, at least you can *still* read it online :P

Agree that the costumes are lovely!!!
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