Wave board 101: Learning the waveboard

This waveboard actually got to be the craze when it came out back in 2007. Well, it’s me and my son’s craze this month as we learned for the first time how to have fun with it.


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I planned to post this article about 3 weeks ago after I and my son bought and learned to do the waveboard but somehow forgot about it.

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My son has a thing for wheels it seems. Or, I guess this is a kid thing and applies to all kids 6 to 10 years old. Between this age range, he asked for a pair of shoes with tiny wheels underneath so he could cruise along as I pull him while strolling in the mall; he had me buy a regular skateboard on his 7th birthday and we both enjoyed it; we bought 2 pairs of roller blades for both of us (my wife looks like she’s interested to learn to use it but lacks the courage to try); and just a month ago, we bought this skateboard-like thing called the wave board or sometimes called the streetboard. Waveboards actually came out way back 2007 in the US.

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This one looks different in that while the regular skateboard has a rounded (at the edges) rectangular shape, the wave board is like 2 pieces of small boards connected by a short length of metal tube (torsion bar) at the center. And the wheels underneath the board are not fixed but swivels with the applied weight (they call it 360-degree inclined casters). This waveboard is supposed to give the effect of surfing on land. Well, I haven’t ever been on a surfboard, so I woudn’t know how wave surfing feels.

So, the evening after we bought the waveboard, we both took turns trying it out on the village street. I don’t know what the neighbors thought of a grown-up trying to learn waveboarding this late. What I know is that it’s fun and I’m relishing the good time me and my 10-year-old son are enjoying. Besides, it’s good exercise for me too.

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Again the waveboard differs from the regular skateboard in a lot of ways. First, you don’t make it move forward by pushing with your other foot. Instead, you put both feet on it and turn your hips circular sideways leftward and righward continuously like you’re doing some kind of belly dance or whatever. Like everything else, the first time is always the hardest part of the learning process. But after 15 minutes of practice, I soon got the hang of it. My son, learned it in less time. Then we proceeded to learn how to do the turn. The trick we soon found out is to twist the board by shifting the weight in such a way that the front board twists in the direction where you want to turn and the rear board twists the other way. This one is a little difficult at first and we have to endure a few falls, usually butt first, before we got it. At this point, my son is really enjoying it so much that he wants me to buy another one so we won’t have to take turns.

All in all, we had the best time there as we both conquered the waveboard learning curve. This whole week, I have to lock the waveboard away so he can’t access it while his left arm heals after he fell sideways while learning some dangerous trick with his friends. So far, I haven’t seen the waveboard getting on extreme games on tv. Although my son is not that reckless, it’s no assurance that he wouldn’t try some of those extreme moves especially when his friends do it. Peer pressure. Well, I recall having done some extreme moves on a bike myself when I was a kid.

The waveboard comes with a free instruction video. However, when I searched youtube, there were actually a number of videos that better explain the mechanics of waveboarding. Here are some of them.

My son’s 10 years old now. I wonder what wheels he’s gonna think of asking me for when he turns 18.

UPDATE as of December 3, 2011


If I thought that this was just another fad, I was wrong! Every toy store, every sports outlet in the city still are selling this waveboard like it never goes out of style. And all year round, I still see kids waveboarding on the streets and parks. Compared to the regular skate board, I actually see more waveboards being used. Cool, eh?

The Midas Touch

Midas has this ability to turn everything he touched into gold. What the…?


Last October 24, I was given a choice of two events I can attend. One is a blogger’s summit which is a whole day event and the other is a 3-hour afternoon seminar called ‘The Midas Touch’. The 24th of October however was a working day, but I intended to attend at least one of these 2 events . I reckoned there would be less resistance from the boss if I ask him for a half-day leave than a whole-day leave of absence. That leaves ‘The Midas Touch’ as the most likely seminar I can attend. And it was.

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It turns out, the complete name of the seminar was: ‘The Midas Touch: Keys to Prosperity’. The 80-seater room was filled to capacity when the seminar started. The pamphlets and sheets of literature that were passed around revealed this seminar to be sponsored by the (name not to be publicly revealed) brotherhood or order. To most, this name alone would have conjured a bald, orange-dressed (or some other out-of-this-world color clothing), weird individual wearing large wooden beads hanging around his neck lecturing us about nirvana. The lecturer however, although a member of or affiliated to the order, was dressed much like a regular successful businessman. Because he is indeed one in real life.

He taught about a (details not to be revealed publicly) exercise which one could practice from as short as 8 minutes to as long as one and a half hour. The benefits range from good health to improved conditions (in almost all areas) for the practitioner. This exercise is a standard exercise for members of this Order and its related organizations.


The above exercise needs to be complemented with other disciplines like some particular meditation techniques and the maintenance of certain mind states, which were later revealed only to those who committed themselves to join the organization. These are probably some of those things claimed by some to be the missing practices and principles that would make the ‘Law of Attraction’ complete.

The speaker challenged everyone to prove him wrong within a 6-month span of time. Providing that each of those exercises and techniques are practiced religiously, he assures everyone of a noticeable improvement starting after the first 6 months.

Now, I have always made it a point to be open-minded in most, if not all, things. Only the persistent practice and first-hand experience of the teachings given will prove if they are indeed true and effective or just plain crap.

So, what happened at the Bloggers’ Summit? Well, I’ll probably just wait for it to appear in some other blogger’s journal. I’m sure there’d be lots of ideas (hopefully, new ones) and pictures of grinning bloggers rubbing elbows with each other and attendees’ tables lined up with flashy laptops and blazing-fast wireless internet connections.

Author’s note: Details were intentionally excluded and some information snipped as they say only members are supposed to be privy to such information.

Walking: Benefits Of Walking

I love walking. For those who needed a nudge to get back in shape, walking is the first enjoyable step to take. Perhaps you’ve read this one before. Well, read up again and get walking.

Yes, there are already a million and one articles written about the benefits of walking, but what the heck, I love walking and I’m not going to let pass the opportunity to speak my mind about it.

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I remember a few years back before I got myself a house in the suburbs, I used to brisk-walk home from the bank I worked for and really look forward to doing it everyday. I even entertained the idea of walking to work in the morning but cancelled it because I don’t want to appear before my boss all sweaty and messed up and I’m also too lazy to bring extra clothes.

Now, I still walk whenever the opportunity presents itself. Knowing the benefits of walking and taking it seriously, I sometimes get off the passenger vehicle I’m riding on with still a few kilometers off from my house and walk the rest of the way. Other times, I drag my wife away from her favorite tv show just to walk around the village in the early evening.

Perhaps, what makes me love walking primarily is the natural high that it gives me during and after the event. And of course, its other ‘side effects’ are not bad either. The benefits of walking, the “side effects”, takes the following forms:

  • Walking reduces risk of diseases: (Truth is we take this for granted and wait until it’s too late).
    • (30 minutes/day) prevents diabetes.
    • Cancer (breast cancer, colorectal cancer), increase survival rate
    • Heart disease and stroke
    • Erectile dysfunction
    • Prevents common cold and chest infections
    • Helps to fight osteoporosis
    • Helps ease backache and neck pain.
    • Speeds up recovery
    • Improves bladder control
    • Improves lung capacity
  • Increases thinking skills due to gentle and gradual increase in blood flow to brain. (Students, and people who worry about memory recall, take note).
  • Lightens mood, due to release of endorphins. Fights depression and anxiety. (Ahh, that drug-less natural high).
  • Improves self-confidence. (Should’ve known about this benefit of walking back in high school).
  • Walkers had lower stress levels than couch potatoes or those who exercised strenuously. (Stressing the body at just the right amount takes the stress of the mind).
  • Combined with mental/yogic techniques, walking will prove to be beneficial in countless ways. (Walking meditation).
  • Prevents weight gain. (But, the heavier you get, the lazier you become. Watch out).
  • Promote sound sleep fight insomnia. (Mental stress that isn’t released is the cause of insomnia).
  • Beneficial for pregnant women. (Everyone knows this fact).
  • Relieves pre-menstrual tension. (My wife tells me this is true).
  • Improves memory. (Remember the blood flows to the brain).
  • Safest, least injury-prone form of exercise compared to jogging and other strenuous exercises. (Doesn’t unnecessarily juggle and shake internal organs that don’t like juggling and shaking).
  • Improves relationships when done together with others. (Talk. Sometimes you don’t even need to).
  • More shapely legs. (Wow!).
  • Increase libido. (Wow! Wow! Shouldn’t this be number 1 in the ‘benefits of walking’ list? ).
  • Regular exercise ‘Will Put Aging on Hold for 12 Years’. (So, that’s why I hear people say I don’t look my age at all J ).

We all already know how beneficial walking (or exercising, in general) is. Sometimes, it takes another reminding nudge, like this article for instance, for us to make the decision to do it. The next time you slide back to being a couch potato, try to stumble back again to this page. Or, better yet, print out even just the ‘benefits of walking’ list portion and tack it on your bedroom wall.