Chinese Culture Games

Before OneDay:

On one day, I’m planning to learn how to play I-go, because I already know how to play other Chinese games. Also, I’m planning to teach other people how to play Mah-Jong, because most people don’t know how to play it. I chose this OneDay because I love to play Mahjong, it would be great if I’m able to learn the culture behind it. Another reason is my dad likes to play Chinese chess, but I’m not as good, I want to use this opportunity to refine my skills.

After One Day:

On OneDay, 4 other people and I taught 4 people how to play Mah-Jong. They were mostly confused about when and how they are allowed to eat (the eat in Mahjong) and win. Then for most of OneDay, I played Mah-Jong with 3 people; I won the first game, then luck left me right after that and didn’t come back. Other than that, I learnt a little about how to play I-go, but I’m still confused at where I’m allowed to place a piece. At the last few minutes of OneDay, I played a really intense game of five-in-a-row with Joshua. Below, is the game I played with Joshua, which we ended with a draw. My biggest takeaway on OneDay is the culture behind Mahjong and teaching is not easy at all.

Diary of a Swimming Kid

In this project, made our own swimming practice which mainly focuses on technique. The coaches also gives us a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

Before I get in the pool, I’m afraid that the water is going to be cold, but after swimming 25m, it isn’t cold anymore. When I swim, all I hear is the water splashing next to my ears.

Personally, I don’t like swimming, because the training is tiring and boring. Two reasons that I chose swimming for this unit is friends and improving technique. After doing this unit, I think it was pretty fun.

My goals for this unit is to improve my freestyle stroke efficiency and underwater kick. Before this unit, my stroke count for every 25m is 20, but now my stroke is around 18 or 19. After watching the pre-unit film with coach Arthur, he suggested that I should engage more of my core when doing underwater kick. In the post-unit film, we were able to clearly see that my core was engaged. I found this unit very helpful, because in the ISAC swim meet, I felt that I was able to do more underwater kick and I also got 6 personal bests. In the future, I would like to work on my turns, because in swim meets, my turns are slightly slower than other people.