The hobby queen

Doing bridges in beautiful scenery is my vibe.

My journey with blogging in the cyber world began on Tumblr. My page was more of a vision board of interests, history, culture, and social causes that I care about as opposed to being an outlet for my written thoughts. After Tumblr-ing, I moved to WordPress and finally decided to join Medium. When it comes to expressing myself, I do it best when writing. I keep a lot to myself, yet I have a lot on my mind. …


And you might end up happier

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It was a Saturday morning. A group of women in their 20s met up for breakfast expecting to have an adventurous day consisting of rock climbing and bike riding in along the Pacific coast in Northeastern Taiwan. Those plans quickly changed once the heavy rain started to pour down. It was projected to rain for the rest of the day.

While sitting around and letting our food digest, we asked ourselves “Now what?” We were fueled and ready to spend the day burning lots of energy but saw that would no longer be the case. Our event organizer had a…


Even if it takes forever to touch the floor

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When it comes to being bendy, learning the splits can be viewed as the symbol of achieving flexible mastery, and the oversplits are viewed as boss-level flexible mastery.

There are two common splits. The front split, or called Hanumanasana in yoga, is the position where the one leg is fully extended in front of the torso, while the leg is fully extended behind it.

The middle split, also known as the straddle split, side split, box split, or Samakonasana in yoga, is the position where the legs are fully extended to the right and to the left of the torso…


Here’s what happened and what I learned:

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For the human race, modernization has been both a blessing and a curse. Many inventions have made life very easy for us. Driving instead of walking, elevators and escalators instead of stairs, microwaves instead of cooking something over a fire, buying food instead of farming and hunting, sitting in a chair instead of resting in a squat position, and so on. These inventions have allowed us to increase the number of things we do in our days and reach high levels of comfort, but at the same time, it has decreased the movement range of our bodies.

When it comes…


A brief history of how humans have tracked time

What if I told you that I have plans to celebrate the New Year in February?

Depending on where you’re from, that last sentence may be confusing. Or you may conclude that what I really meant to write was January. In reality, I was talking about the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year.

When you’re around those who celebrate this day, you wouldn’t say “Happy Lunar New Year!” or “Happy Chinese New Year!” You’d simply say “新年快乐!” (xīn nián kuài lè), which translates to “Happy New Year!”

In other parts of the world, when the calendar…


Today we acknowledge you

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Kwanzaa is an annual celebration that honors African heritage and African American culture. This holiday started in the United States in the late 1960s as a way to unify the Black American community after the Los Angeles Watts Riots and other social and political changes during this time. This 7-day celebration is observed from December 26 to January 1. Each day represents one of the seven principles that are recognized in both the Swahili and English language.

Day 1: Umoja (Unity)

Day 2: Kujichagulia (Self-determination)

Day 3: Ujima (Collective work and responsibility)

Day 4: Ujamaa (Cooperative…


As an adult living in a new country

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A month ago, I competed in my first trampoline gymnastics competition in Taiwan at the age of 27. Those who have personally known me within the last decade and change may find that my choice to compete in this sport is quite random and different due to my recent background in competitive sports. Some people questioned why I even wanted to compete in trampoline. In reality, it’s not that far off from what I’ve already done in the past.

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When I was 5-years-old, I was enrolled in recreational tumbling classes before switching to an artistic gymnastics gym. Six years later…


A few tweaks make all the difference

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It’s no secret that the modern breakfast in the United States is severely lacking in nutritional value. Collectively, we bought into the marketing propaganda and accepted it as the proper way to start the day, when in reality many of us were setting ourselves up for problems later down the road.

Those who were fed up with this way of eating started to look for alternatives and see what other countries are doing right. Living in Taiwan, reading Kaki Okumura’s article about the standard Japanese breakfast, and traveling to a few countries in this part of the world, I noticed…


Martial arts are styles of combat that stem from various cultures and their traditions. In the past, the primary uses of these fighting styles were originally for war preparations, rites of passage, testing one’s courage, and combat dancing that stemmed from spiritual and folklore traditions. In modern times, most people practice martial arts for health and fitness reasons or discipline and character development.

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When watching the various types of martial arts, one will notice many reoccurring themes in the methods of fighting: hand strikes, kicking, leg sweeps, throwing, pinning, submission holds, chokeholds, head butting, or the use of sticks, machetes…


In light of the recent documentary Athlete A

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The Netflix documentary Athlete A exposed everything wrong with the culture in gymnastics. It was a system that was designed to silence and break young athletes. This system made it the perfect recipe for a pedophile like Larry Nassar to abuse hundreds of female gymnasts, the majority of them being minors for over 20 years.

While this documentary primarily focused on a scandal in USA Gymnastics (USAG), abuse cases in competitive sports are not limited to this country nor this sport. Gymnasts from Great Britain have recently spoke out about their experiences…

Nicole Cooper

Self-reflections, sports, travel, and social commentary that may come with a splash of contrarianism. Twitter & IG @_nicolecoop

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