Summer! 

Finally! Hot weather! 

Well, here in Trinidad and Tobago, it’s hot … reellll hot, as they would say. 

We had an unexpected and unplanned trip … Tin was asked to come down and try out for the national soccer u-17 team, so here we are. So far, it’s been a lot of hard work and practice in the heat and humidity, but he’s holding up. 


They had a break from the training over the weekend, so of course, that means … beach! 



And of course … a little game of beach soccer! Can’t get away from it ūüėŹ


And where was I? Under the umbrella of course … yarning! ūüėĀ

Oh yes … time to relax … 


Have a good summer, everyone! 

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New Runnings

New experiences … outdoor track meets.

Tin participated in the winter indoor track, to keep in shape since his soccer team wasn’t playing much last year. ¬†Turned out that many of the athletes were also filling in the time by running.

Well, it turned out that Tin liked running.  He was fast, and could hold his own.  And of course, there was the challenge of catching that other runner ahead of him.

Our first outdoor meet turned out nice, weather-wise.  A little breezy, but the sun was out, and it was warm.

High-tech running shoes … See that dial on the sides? ¬†That’s to tighten the wire-thin ‘laces’. ¬†They looked more like strips of nylon thread. ¬†Dial right to tighten the laces; pull it out to ‘undo’ the laces. ¬†High-tech indeed.

The next day, he had a soccer game.  Again, warm weather.  Dare we hope that spring is really staying?

And of course, after the game, the boys were hungry.  And while walking on the sidewalk, they came upon a vendor selling icees and fresh mango Рso they got two bags of pickled mango.

Yes … spring and summer are here …

 

Grey Skies on a Sunny Morning

We were looking forward to a weekend tournament in Virginia, thinking that it would be warmer than it is here in NYC. ¬†Wrong ….

We were out on the fields, in blustery winds and 0-20 degree weather in the early mornings … Us parents had three and four and maybe five layers on – the boys had two to three layers … And spring is next week already? ¬†Oh wait … we came back home and there was a nor’easter snowstorm-blizzard waiting for us! ¬†We really are having crazy weather these days, right?

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Photo Challenge: Motion

Once in a while I see a photo challenge theme for which I already have something to show.

For this week’s theme, I immediately thought of all those soccer photos that I took. ¬†I’ve shot enough blurry pictures of the boys running to show motion, but not all of them good.

This one, though, remains a favourite of mine. ¬†The sequence shows the run to the ball of the two players ….

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…. then the struggle over¬†the ball – the defender defending and protecting the ball, the other to get to the ball.

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In case you’re wondering, the defense won the ball ūüôā

Here’s other photos on motion – dance. ¬†These are Bolivian cultural troupes and their presentation during local festival events.

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They always have such lovely colourful costumes.

Next time I’ll blur their dancing, instead of freezing their movement.

Golden Evening

And I’m back … all soccered out and recovering from a cold …

We were in Dallas for the Dallas Cup 2014, a prestigious international youth soccer tournament, to which the team was accepted/invited to participate. ¬†After the headaches and stress from planning this trip for the last three months and then the non-stop schedule while we were there, my body decided that it needed to rest. ¬†Well, getting the cold (from winter weather in Dallas!) also factored in about the decision to just sit and rest … More on the Dallas Cup 2014 adventures later.

In the meantime, here’s a golden sunset from yesterday’s late evening soccer game.

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Have a good start of the week, all.

 

 

 

 

A Tough Loss

The Team played on a frozen field, surrounded by hills and mounds of frozen snow and ice, turned black with dirt and gas fumes.

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In the middle of this cold, freezing winter, my son’s soccer team was signed up to play in the Copa Coca-Cola USA tournament.

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Thankfully, Mother Nature turned the polar vortex away, and the weather was actually warm and spring-like. ¬†Or maybe since temperatures have been below the freezing point for the past several weeks, temperatures in the 40’s was now a balmy spring-like temperature, and the 50’s is spring weather.

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The winner of this regional tournament goes to Los Angeles to play the finals, and if successful, goes on to Brazil’s World Cup as ball boys.¬†We reached the finals here, and lost on sudden death penalty kicks.

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A learning experience for the boys, and specially for my son, who kicked the ball over the goal post on his first penalty kick experience.

A tough loss. ¬†He had tears in his eyes as they broke away to go their separate ways, and only a few teammates came over to console him. ¬†Losses don’t usually affect him this much. ¬†But he really felt this loss this time. ¬†Playing soccer has just been a past time for him, which he enjoyed doing. ¬†Win or lose, he would just laugh at the end of the game and continue with life. ¬†Perhaps this was one game he really wanted to win, with the bonus of travel to Los Angeles. ¬†Or perhaps¬†this is a turning point for him, where he now realizes that at this stage, winning is a little more serious.

It’ll be interesting to see how he moves forward from this. ¬†Even though I talk to him about playing the game hard and doing his best, I was never the one to push him hard about playing soccer; it was more the father. When I feel that the father is unreasonably pushing him too hard (in my eyes), I have to keep reminding him that soccer is not in his son’s blood. ¬†He doesn’t eat, sleep, talk, play soccer. ¬†Pushing him too hard and too far may just make him lose interest in the sport, and make him stop playing. ¬†And then where would we be? ¬†Well, for me, it means that I have more time for my hobbies and crafts. ¬†For the father …. well, he’d be a little lost without soccer every weekend.

With the resilience of youth, Justin has shrugged off the loss even before we drove out of the playing fields’ car park. ¬†He has faced the ribbing and the teasing of the others at practice, with maybe just a little sting. ¬†I hope he and the Team are stronger from this experience. ¬†They’re going to need to be, because we travel to Dallas in April for the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup, an international youth tournament. ¬†Another opportunity for more learning experiences.

Brazuca!!

The madness is starting …

World Cup 2014 in Brazil is several months away, but this has started some of the madness in our house …

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The official design for the soccer ball for FIFA World Cup Brazil has been released. ¬†And suddenly there are two of them rolling around in the house! ¬†And the FIFA video games have come out of hibernation, and they’re on the game consoles again, making up their teams …

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And don’t you think there’s enough soccer balls in the house? ¬†I mean, you can only play with one ball at a time, right? ¬†so why do you need six? ¬†and it’s not that you need a special one to play with if it’s raining, or the sun is shining, or if it’s on a turf field, or grass field, or on sand … Right?