19 March, 2012

Underwater Hockey!

Speaking of underwater hockey, the sports I’ve been doing regularly these past 6 months, will always contains of joy and excitement. Basically I do love watersports, especially swimming. My late dad was a swimming athlete, he trained me since I was a kid, though I always refused to join a swimming club, but I really enjoy being in the water.  Later on, swimming was the only sport I do, appart from basic basketball or bicycling –these two sports had been abandoned since I went to college. I moved to Jakarta for work, one day I went to an island trip and meet Nino. Nino is the guy who’s responsible because he dragged me into freediving and this weird sport: underwater hockey. 

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So what is underwater hockey? Don’t worry, I am used to explain it very often, in Indonesia hockey itself is not a popular sport, moreover underwater hockey. Underwater hockey is literally hockey played underwater. We use puck (the ball) and stick to moves the puck, just like land or ice hockey, and we play underwater, or let’s say at the bottom of the pool. 

The player will have to wear swimsuit, gloves to protect the playing hand, polo cap to protect the ears, mask, snorkel to help them breathe, and fins to help swimming faster. Simple? Yes it is. Then after you are ready with your gear, time to hit the pool. The game is played by 2 teams (usually black versus white), black team will wear black polo cap and black stick, likewise the white team. Each team consist of up to 10 players, 6 player and up to 4 substitutes. The six player will divided as forward (left – center – right) and backward (left – center – right). The objective of this game is just like land hockey, dribble the puck into a goal. It’s easy!

*wait actually it is not that easy! Because we have to hold our breath underwater! The game is in the bottom of the pool, you have to go down! No scuba and oxygen tank like divers do, because those apparatus will complicated your life, well I mean you wont be able to move agily with those stuff, so forget it. 

Holding breath, but also swimming fast, you wonder where the fun is? I love it when I duck dive until I touch the bottom of the pool.. when I rush into the puck..blocking an attack, passing to my team mates, going up for a little oxygen, then go down again.. and little bubbles burst in front of your mask... Adrenaline is calling J. Ok I know, it seems not that easy, but it’s also no that hard. Even me, a lazy girl who don’t do much sport can do this. The excitement is …ME GUSTA! Also, women are still rarities creature in our club. Only 5-10 active member now, we still approaching our dream to have Indonesian 1st female underwater hockey team. 

So you might questioning again, if we have no women team, then whom I play underwater hockey with? Again it’s easy question, I play with the rest of the member, who are….MALE! yay, another me gusta? No! they are stronger and faster.. it took me like forever competing with them until I can finally posses a puck. I’m still passing frustrating practice days, low days, when I thought I will not make it through the game. But, remember, it is a teamwork sports. Your contribution is worth, no matter how small it is, no matter is someone recognize it or not.

At the 1st time, I remember, I felt soooo lazy to go down, I didn’t want to get hit by my opponent because I know I was less fast, less powerful than them. My team mate said to me “Don’t be lazy, don’t be useless, just go down and head off opponent. You will simply block their way, and they will lose momentum, your team mates will back you up to chase the puck”. Then I did, and I saw the other can approach the opponent easier, because I made our opponent slower down their speed. I really did nothing, I just head them off. Really. But I knew I contribute, and my team mates back me up, oh really touching wasn’t it? *.*

Off course I don’t want to be a statue in the bottom. I (try to) work hard, sometimes take extra practice in the weekend to gain better performance and skill.. watching coaching videos, I am still fighting until now (conditions apply, LOL), but I know I slightly get better, but still not good enough *hahahaha poor you little girl! I am not ambitious to be a professional athletes, no. I just do it for fun, but I wanna play it the right way. 
If you are in Jakarta, and curious about it, simply come to Krida Loka (Senayan) Swimming Pool every Monday and Thursday evening. We start practicing at 7 pm. Jakarta Underwater Hockey is a fun club, fun people, err no, they are family, they are so nice with newbies so don’t worry J you can ask for twice-free-trial before you really decide to join the club or not. Got more question? Post to me, or do the social media magic in Facebook or Twitter.. see you at the bottom of the pool!

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photo by me, model: Yarmmani Ajie

13 March, 2012

The 2012 Laneway Festival: Sg

Yes I went to Laneway Music Festival this 2012. Again. I flew alone from Jakarta. I was hoping a calm solo escape in Singapore, but the fact that I couldn’t take my 6am flight, and rescheduled to 9 am had a small panic attack in result. At 12 am, I was still at the airport, nervous while queuing the immigration, then rushing to the MRT platform.

Funny thing, when you are alone, you will attract somebody, a asian guy from Perth poked me asking about the MRT station. So sorry that I didn’t ask his name. or did I? I just can’t remember.  Then, we were in the same MRT, and had a short talk about travelling. Thanks to my sandals & backpack that made me really look like a traveler. He was just came back from Turkey, and recommend me to go there. Guess now I regret a bit, coz he was telling me that he plans to enroll pilot academy in US this year, I miss a chance to get free ticket! (LOL)

Slightly almost 1 I arrived at Dhoby Gaut Station, reaching Singapore Plaza, then met my lovely friend: @isleeptillnoon Felicia.. she was already nervous waiting for me.. sorry Feli.. thank got I got meal during my flight, so I was ready to take a cab and go to Fort Canning Park! No time for even a single relax breath :hammer:

Ok then I was introduced to Rais, Feli’s friend, another solo-tripper from Indonesia.. ah it was so nice to be solo.. we are free to meet anybody else. While Feli still accompanied Ditto, me and Rais decided to queueing the entrance gate, it was quite looong queue! You know, it was taking me the whole Cults show to be finally got inside the venue! FTW! I was coming to Laneway for Cults! well I just could humming with Rais, sucks. Next year I’ll have this anticipated!

The sun was shinning so bright.. blue sky & white clouds above.. so happy with that summer feeling festival. Mineral water are the most wanted items, don’t forget wearing our sunshades, beer just got us higher! Yuck looks cool, brought the uk indie pop feeling..

The sun was too hot, I decided to grab some water and beers.. it was Chairlift on the stage, yes they have cozy sounds, just perfect for us while laying down on the grass. Then my 1st experience saw and listening to Austra’s performance. Man, they are pretty and dance like crazy. Their beats are indeniably danceable.. very earcatching.. well at least for me. Other outstanding performance also come from GIRLS, these guys were taking charge of a tribute to Whitney Houston who passed away that day. All Fort Canning park was singing together and got teary eyes, so sad yet sweet.

The Drums performed right after GIRLS. The sun was still shining so bright, and I was busy queueing for water and beers. I have ever watched the Drums couple months ago. It was in a small club, very intense, so it was like a strange feeling watching them far away my sight on a huge stage.  Then next I was just lazy sitting watched Anna Calvi, Laura Marling, and Twin Shadows.. excited for Feist, amazed by The Horror, until finally we were at the end of the festival: M83.

It was eyegasm, eargasm, I couldn’t even remember was I drunk or sleepy, or what, I knew I was sober. I almost cry, but sadly it wasn’t raining, a bit anti-climax but M83 on stage was awesome, magic. I got nothing left to say, they are marvellous.

At the beginning, I was a bit less enthusiast for Laneway, regarding there would be many Indonesian coming to this. The fact, yes it was, but the atmosphere of music festival – that wasn’t happen in Jakarta, I don’t know just create a different feeling. Cheering beer, talking with strangers while queueing, sharing tricks to smuggled tequila to the venue, a wink to bartender for an extra shot of vodka. Bule definetely showed us to have fun. When the show is over, we were with a drunk lady who shout calling her friends, it was fun! See you next year!