Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

There's alot of amazing cheer videos posted here,
but i have an amusing one to share.

MTV Super Made - MTV Made takes on a cheer team

(Off Wikipedia)
MTV's MADE is a self-improvement reality television series broadcast on MTV. The series follows teens who have a goal and want to be "made" into things like singers, athletes, dancers, skateboarders, etc. The teens are joined by a "Made Coach", an expert in their chosen field, who tries to help them attain their goals over the course of several weeks. Made documents the process the teens undergo as they try to achieve their goal.

It's a full episode, so it'll take up about half an hour of your life.
Happy Recess!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cutesy little baby panda... orh~~~~

cute little panda sneezes.. very very cute!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Training dates for RECESS WEEK:

1 Oct (Thursday) - 7 p.m
2 Oct (Friday) - 2 p.m
Venue: Hall 12 Function Hall

We may organise a steamboat on thursday or friday night in hall. To be confirmed.

Anyways, handsomes and prettys, pls do contribute more to the blog yea?
Post a link, photo, video, crappy jokes, whatever you like, something, ANYTHING! hahahha thanks lots lots!

i HAVE to add this in:
meow meow has a omg-super-gorgeous-and-to-die-for BURBERRY bag, and a c****o iPhone! lol!
ok cant reveal the reason here, its our circle of trust...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hi all ! Wrote an entry out of sheer inspiration so thought I might want to share with you guys. This entry, however, is entirely me. If it doesn't make sense to you, don't do it. Cheers!

Why is cheerleading ''not growing'' in Singapore

After reading XW's post on ''fatter but not taller'' , I came across another interesting article that puts things into perspective:

Liverpool and Standard Chartered announce sponsorship deal

Now, I am not somebody that like sad stories. Instead of complaining why cheerleading is not growing in Singapore and how unrecognised we all are, let's look at how we as existing cheerleaders can help our sport establish its niche.

1) Stop living in the past

What your seniors have done in the past remains as history. What we need to understand now is; what worked for them, might not necessarily work for us (and vice-versa). Techniques are constantly changing and people across the globe are constantly improving. If you are a team coach, it is your responsibility to keep up with the times. If you are a team player, it is your duty to contribute constructive ideas. Not complain. Complaining (No action, talk only) is not constructive at all.

An example of this point is our classic ''toss to hands'' technique. I have been cheerleading since 2004, and I changed my toss to hands technique at least a dozen times. The reason to this is so that we can progress on to harder, more difficult stunts. (I explained the importance of constantly improving in my pervious post ---> here). While the ''flick back'' method may have sufficient height for some, it definitely will not work when you are going for a full up. This was taught to me by Kentucky Head Coach Jomo Thompson during his short stay in Singapore.

Ultimately, you must be receptive to changes. Everybody is resistant to changes but it is those who dare to change that will make the difference.

2) Money Talks

Robert Kiyosaki mentioned in his book ''Increase your financial IQ'' that - It is not the love of money that is evil - It is the lack of money that causes evil . I once remembered someone telling me that passion and money should never mix. Refering to my point (1) above, I strongly beg to differ. Loving cheerleading is a luxury. Making ends meet remains a reality. The ernest boy you see working part time every evening after school at a local supermarket may well be the next legend in our field, but the opportunity costs for commiting to cheer might simply be too much for him to bear. We must find alternatives to offset these opportunity costs so that talents in our field can continue to grow. Setting up a cheerleading scholarship is one way. Finding sponsors who share your ideals like how StanChart is sponsoring Liverpool will be next.
Remember, money is not evil. Money is just money.

3) The power of marketing

No matter how good you are, it will be useless if nobody knows you exist; less to say acknowledge your existence. Nevermind the stereotype that cheerleading is a bimbotic and weak sport. As KR Steppers would put: Blame no one. Expect nothing. Do something.

I started the idea of a team blog back in 2006 with Team Spectrum because I found it as a more interactive way to engage with the Netizens unlike the conventional homepages. That being said, having a blog with no updates is as good as not having a blog at all. Nobody is born a blogger. Learn. You will be surprised how powerful search engines such as google can be. Being a faithful reader of your own team's blog does not contribute to your team's growth. Stop expecting 'somebody else to blog'. If everybody is waiting for everybody then nothing will be done! The least you can do is help to contribute a post or two to alleviate the burden of your severely overworked ''key members''.
Of course, after blogger will come facebook. See and be seen. This way people can know that you exist. This is not being narcissistic. There is nothing to be paiseh about. This is about helping our sport to grow.

4) Don't take up space

Personally, I view a successful team with experienced seniors doing shoulder stands and juniors doing the pyramid tossing. With reference to an entry from blog MDK on the fish analogy , juniors can never progress if the seniors are taking up all the ''major roles''. The same goes for flyers. Regine in this aspect is really worth highlighting. She volunteered out of SKM (despite really wanting to finish her last competition) so that new generation Candy can take over. The result? Candy having the opportunity to fly, and is now the new generation top flyer for Wildcards.

5) Take pride in being overtaken.

The traditional ''kung fu master theory'' states that the coach will never impart all his skills to his students for the fear of being overtaken one day. This is a very wrong mentality. We will ultimately be killing ourselves in the end when the new generation does not have enough knowledge to pass on. My personal experience taught me that by teaching 100% of everything I have, I will discover an additional 10% in the process.
You are a successful team if you can produce new blood who are able to supersede your pervious routine. You are a successful coach if you can build pipeline for the future. And this is instrumental in making cheerleading a successful sport in Singapore.

Give, and you shall receive.

6) Stop being a keyboard warrior

Hiding behind nicknames and spamming behind youtube comments and tagboards is nothing to be proud about. Likewise, acting hero and shooting back on condescending remarks is not productive at all. At the end of the day, it makes our sport look bad. Either you meet up to settle your differences in person, or delete the useless remarks that prove nothing but an eyesore.

7) Discard the wrong mentality of winning

While you might have a personal difference between an individual, leave that person's team out of the picture. His/her team has nothing to do with your problem. You settle your own problem. Getting your entire team to hate his/her team and henceforth making it ''compulsory'' to win National Championships is dumb. Not only that, you effectively elevated that person's status making an individual tantamount to a team. Not a very clever thing to do.

The above 7 points are derived from my personal experience. These are my own suggestions as to how we can help cheerleading expand both ''vertically and horizontally.'' It may or may not work for you. If what I have written doesn't make sense to you, don't do it. On the other hand, don't just make noise and provide no constructive suggestions. And don't just give suggestions; act on them. Walk the talk.

What have YOU done for cheerleading to date?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Photos from Jeanette's and San's bday celebration. Only a few cos our dear san san was rushing off. Nonetheless, Spectrum wishes our two dear flyers HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Big big thank you to the two roomies who have been with us since the start of their uni life. Both of your presence means a lot to us! =D

the adorable pair of roomies, with cong yan the monkey and his banana.

ok make a wish!
(one of the candles got blown off by wee keat, so if one of their wishes dont come true, its all becos of wee keat! :P)

That's all! thanks ah dee for buying the cake :)

Next up, photos from Army Open House 2009. Check out the coolio tanks (okay only one tank) from SAF and the CHIO and macho cheerleaders!

even gerard look small standing next to the tank.
and its only a XS tank! didnt take pics of the XL tank.

this is super HILARIOUS!
hang on for our lives~~~!

that "bar" is so huge, we're all slipping off :D

Good job to the Spectrum team who performed for 5 days consecutively at Army Open House 2009. You guys and girls were fantastic! 3 cheers! :D

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thank you SPECTRUM for the bdae celebration!!!
I will be back for training very soon! :D

Sunday, September 06, 2009


Damn they're hot!!!! Eh bahron teach the freshies this dance leh.. hahaha

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Happy birthday yang yang!!!!
may you stay healthy, free of injuries and sweet always =)

pictures taken during training:
(some not well-taken due to poor lighting/cui camera)

20 yr old!!!

thanks yang yang for being part of Spectrum =)

thanks dee for buying the cake. its pretty!

and delicious! lol!


We've all been cheering together for at least one year now.

From the time when the juniors came in with totally no background and a lot of passion,
to what we are now - Bonded and united.
Now, let us all pass this spirit down to the new members of Spectrum.
Guide them in whatever ways we can,
grow together as a team,
teach each other,
learn from one another,
encourage each other,
cheer together.

I know we can be stronger.

Let's reach out for greater heights in the following year!