GREAT NEWS! I GOT THE AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN MY LOCAL RINK, O'BRIEN GROUP ARENA.
I am absolutely excited and I can't wait for my first shift. It's not the position I originally applied for, which is Ice Ambassador, however, I've been assigned to the cafe instead, and I don't mind. Bonus is I get to learn how to make coffee! The fancy coffee art - OMG! I really hope little old anime/manga artist in me will help me nail them fancy coffee art. I love coffee, but I never really thought about actually learning how to work as a barista. I imagine it's a little nerve-racking when you're under pressure and you're rushing to make them as orders pile up (hence, you may not have the time for coffee art unless it's presented in a mug), but that's the job, and I gotta work with it~
Just yesterday, I came in to sign the paperwork to make me an official employee there. Ahhh...acceptance-into-the-job-paperwork....always the most fun part about finding a job. It was quite funny actually, my reaction afterwards. The venue manager I met with to sign the papers lead me to the change rooms to fit me my new uniform. After recording down the uniform I'm keeping, he left me in the hockey change rooms and the moment he left, wearing my brand new uniform, I did the most strangest of victory dances. I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT.
I'll see you guys, not only as a regular figure skater at the rink, but now also your Igloo Cafe server.
Happy skating~! <3
Today, I had an great time cosplaying as Yuri Plisetsky in the Cosplay on Ice these holidays! Best part is I got the guy I like to cosplay Otabek for me (HANDS UP FOR OTAYURI). When I got to the rink, there was already like, two other Yurio cosplays, and then one more came in later, so there was like four Yurios, and one Otabek.
There were also quite a few other cosplays as well. Our host came in as Peter Pan, I saw a Lydia and Stiles (Teen Wolf), Kiki (Kiki's Delivery Service), Natsu and Lucy (Fairy Tail), a Full Metal Alchemist character (soz, I have no watched it yet and I wasn't sure, but it looked like Roy, perhaps), Newt (Fantastic Beasts) and a female Kakashi (Naruto). At least, that was all the cosplays I recognised.
A cute thing that happened today was, as I was practicing in the middle of the rink (I may have been in cosplay, but that doesn't stop me from practicing...and a little showing off, particularly as Yurio), I went to stop and take a breather. The song playing at that moment was 1D's "You Don't Know You're Beautiful". Now, I don't mind 1D. I can handle listening to them. It wasn't until the guy I like approached me and began lip syncing the song as if he were singing it to me that I started facepalming and cringing. He was "singing" it and making hand gestures accordingly, moving closer and closer to me while I leaned further and further back away from it. Suddenly, this chick with a Stiles Stilinski lacrosse hoodie skates by us and shouts "Otayuri!", which broke me out of my false, playful disgust and I started giggling.
A friend of mine who works at the rink was also there, so I got to skate around and talk to her as I haven't seen her in a while.
It's a good thing we requested today's host to make today's event. I haven't been able to attend a Cosplay on Ice since my Kagami Taiga on ice video (which was......about three years now!). We should have more Cosplay on Ice events more often.
I'm so nervous. I'm so nervous, I'm shaking in my non-existent boots! I just got asked to come in for an interview! My local rink is currently looking for new recruits and I just got asked for an interview!!! I'm so excited and so happy! I just have to make sure I'm not getting my hopes up too high, because what if - just what if - I make the interview but don't get hired? I don't want to get my hopes up too high only to get disappointed afterwards. I still have to make a good impression at the interview.
Oh my god. What do I wear!? Is a skirt too much? I don't think I even have pretty, semi-formal shoes to work with a good outfit! I used to have flats that would work so well, but I threw them away ages ago and I don't have any other pair of suitable shoes! I need to go shopping!
I've been wanting to work at my rink since I first got into figure skating, back when I was 12 years old! I'm 19 now. I've been waiting basically six years now! I've even applied to the rink before when I was 14-15 years old. I didn't get accepted. I don't want to feel that disappointment again the way I did when I first submitted an application.
Oh, god. Please hire me.
Sometimes, I wonder if I'm skating because I love the sport, or if really, it's because I'm a really competitive and envious person and I'm just trying to be better than other people. I won't name them, but I find myself really bothered by it, especially considering the two-year long break I took from skating. Sometimes, I think to myself, just where would I be in my skating had I not taken such a long break?
All my skating friends and I took a break around the same time. After coming back to skating, I started feeling like, I had to surpass where my friends were, and land my damn axel. My closest skating friends both had theirs before their break. I was just starting on mine. Worst part is that one of them had their on-ice axel. Like, before the break, I already knew they had their off-ice axel. However, just a couple of weeks ago, they were telling me a story that happened to them and it mentioned them doing an axel....on the freaking ice. It hit me right in my pride and my envious, competitive nature. It pissed me off the rest of the day that I just started feeling discouraged to even practice that session anymore.
Meanwhile, only just this past weekend, my envy and competitiveness crippled again. I hate it, but I can't seem to get over my pride, and start acting like an immature, spoiled kid who didn't get what she wanted. I hate being taught by someone who isn't a qualified coach. Yeah, whatever, I get it. You're in a higher level than I am. But don't go teaching me things to fix an element that even you struggle to do. I don't want to go into too much detail. I chose not to say names for a reason and if I explain the story even more....
Anyways, again, my anger at the situation and at myself turned me off from practice. Yeah, again. My skating is so important to me. And I'm letting my attitude get in the way of being better than who I was the previous training session. I should be focusing on that instead of stupidly being a competitive idiot with the pride of a fucking loser.
Whatever. Over and out.
Oh dear, oh me, oh my. It's been two years since I've touched this website, and two years since I officially took a break from skating due to VCE commitments. It is now June 5, 2017 11:50PM, and I am back on the ice.
I officially started again on Wednesday April 19, when the Preliminary Prep class I had enrolled for began. However, I didn't do any spins and jumps in the session, and so I decided to add Friday in as another full day to skate and practice. A three-hour training session. And, boy, was I rusty. I've lost my backspin, most of the footwork I was working on back then and my spirals. I had lost my camel, my layback, and especially my sit spin. My current progress now? I've picked up where I've left off. I just need to get my backspin back, so I can get back to working on my back camel, back sit, and flying camel. I've even lost my flip jump, which is my favourite jump next to loop jump. I seem to struggle with getting it back lately.
And don't even get me started on the weight I've gained since I started slowly disconnecting from skating. It's a struggle now to be at skating for six hours in one day, much less my current three-hour sessions. I want my spins back, my jumps back--EVERYTHING back. I miss it all.
It's nice to be back home.
Sorry for not posting in a long time, but I will be attending the Icehouse's Autumn Challenge competition on May 17. YES. THIS SATURDAY!! I'm so nervous! I've been practicing and practicing but I'm worried I will muck up certain elements that aren't particularly consistent yet...yes, my coach made me put in a change of foot in there (I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT WAS A PART OF FREESKATE 4 WHAT?) and a inconsistent waltz-loop combination. Yes, since that was a part of Freeskate 4, I should have no excuse as of why that is not consistent, but uh.... I'M GONNA DIE ANYWAY.
I could care less about winning actually, I just want to make sure I don't stuff it all up, even the elements I can do and are consistent.
I will be skating to an original soundtrack that can be heard in the game Kingdom Hearts and I just adore the song. It's called Treasured Memories and I love the game. It's amazing! This is the thing about being a gamer and an anime lover. You have a huge selection of music to skate to and your options are endless.
Anyways, let's all hope everyone participating in the competition has a great time and luck is brought upon them.
Happy skating, guys~!
Hey guys! I'm glad I finally passed Aussie Freeskate 4! But because I haven't been updating recently, I actually passed the level like, at the end of Term 1! Haha! At the moment, I'm working on my change of foot, Lutz, loop, backspins (all three positions) toe loop, and A LOT of foot work. That includes, outside mohawks, choctaws and heaps more I forgot the names of. I've already started landing my loop and a little bit on my Lutz but I have a lot to work on. Knowing that makes me more excited!
I can only go skating once a week sadly, so if anyone has some suggestions on ways to skate more often, send it in!
I'm planning to work at the Icehouse, but I don't have a police check or children's check yet. Not to mention the children's check is frigging 100 bucks for application....I might work at the rollerskating centre for the moment (it's closer to skating :P) and I'm trying to save money for both the children's check and application for the figure skating club.
Have fun guys! :)
I'm like, really panicking here, guys. THE TEST IS COMING UP IN A COUPLE WEEKS OR SO AND I HAVE TWO JUMPS I CAN'T DOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I've been practicing these jumps but I don't see much improvement! I really want to pass the test this time and get into Preliminary.
Although, I guess I know one reason why I don't see much improvement. Lately, I haven't been practicing much because recently I've made a lot of friends at the Icehouse who go every Sunday too, just like me. And so, I'm getting distracted in mucking around with them instead of training. T_T I'm glad today that I told one of the girls (the main one I hang out with) that I'd rather train at the moment, and so she let me. The thing is, I always feel bad afterwards. It's always like that, even with friends who straight away don't even need to tell you that you can just walk off without saying so to start spinning or something. Even with that, I'm thinking, "Oh, I should be hanging out with them" but then my skating is just as important to me as my friends are to me. I guess just don't like having much friends around when I'm at skating, because I want to practice yet at the same time, I don't want to seem snobby and rude and be like, "Oh, my skating is so much important than you. I don't wanna hang out with you, sooooo I think I'm just going to practice as a way of avoiding you." OMG, I'm fucking (excuse the language) ranting off like shit (excuse the language again) right now. You know what, my skating is important and I'm just going to say, "Sweetie, I love you but I have to ditch you right now so I can practice for my upcoming test. BYE~!" Yeah...that sounds good. Yeah, I'll just say that. I seriously can't be fucked in saying anything else.
But enough of me ranting, so pretty much, my sit spins have improved as well. I am so much lower than I was weeks ago AND I'M SO GLAD OF THAT. YESS~! I just hope I finally get my flip and waltz-loop jump soon. TT^TT
OMG~ I am finally seeing improvement! My sit spin is FINALLY lower, my backspin has more revolutions, and I'm landing my Waltz-loop jump more often (from standstill, I wanna make the standstill consistent first before going from backward crossover entry).
I'm so glad! Now I just really need to focus on my worse enemy: FLIP JUMP~~! I still can't land it, sadly. I keep landing on two feet. :( I really hope I land it soon, I really want to pass my test this term. WISH ME LUCK EVERYONE~ <3
Hi guys! Sorry for not posting in a while. I have no excuse for doing so. :/
But anyways, last year during the Term 4 test, I DID NOT PASS. But oh well. :) My coach told me that I was sooooo close that he thought I was going to pass for a second, if it wasn't for my waltz-loop jump and my flip. But oh well. I don't mind. I understand that I need more practice, because I can't land my flip yet and I can't seem to get into a loop right after the waltz jump.
The Christmas Show however, oh my god, I LOVED IT! I hope I can join again this year but I'm not sure considering the expenses just to join in. It's quite funny actually. We have to pay the Medibank Icehouse to perform for the Medibank Icehouse's Christmas Show. Shouldn't it be them paying? Haha, oh well.
Now just recently, I thought that my sit spin was good but nooooooooo. After recording a video of it, I realised that I wasn't low enough! >.< OMG I must practice practice practice now. Here is the YouTube video of my sit spin. It's horrible, yeah!? Haha, I just need to get it lower now but oh well. :)
Mara Isabel Santos. 19 years old. Currently in Freeskate 4 working on Preliminary. :)