The weekend commenced with glorious weather, sunny blue skies that persisted for the entirety of Saturday. I celebrated the above-seasonal temperatures with a run for groceries - for what else could be new? The journey was succeeded with takeout ventures at my childhood favourite of Akko Cake House, then the ultimate comfort food destination of Wonton Chai, and finally chaotic pineapple-bubble tea swap.
Located within a small plaza not much larger, nor more modern, than Newin Centre Mall by Thirstea, Khi Coffee operated in a similar manner to a food court stall (think the Yonge-Bogert complex). Their menu listed an array of beverages, ranging from bubble tea to signature Vietnamese coffee, while muffins and cookies resided in a display case by the counter.
Given the constraint of time, I was pleasantly surprised to find the stall accessible from the street entrance facing Four Winds Drive. Calling in advance to secure my order further ensured a swift pick-up process of the phin filters unavailable at Dak Lak.
One amendment I'd like to make in regards to the previous visit: the first door was in fact a dental office, rather than a doctor's office. Though, the observation of patient folders lining the shelves behind the reception desk prevails as precise.
Reminders were uttered to engage the core muscles and relieve strain on the neck and lower back. Terminology from the previous class was revisited, then subject to repetition for familiarization: neutral spine, where the pelvis was likened to a traingle in a single plane, and imprint, for a slightly tilted triangle and fully engaged lower abdomen.
All exercises proceeded with the head down, rather than the "pilates stance" that I have grown accustomed to, encouraging one to engage the entirety of one's powerhouse without fear of transferring tension to neck.
For the last part, I sat upright on the carriage. My side facing the reformer and my hand looped into the tension strap, I was instructed to drag the hand across the body while maintaining straight wrists. Strengthening of the pectoral muscles would be assist in rectifying rounded shoulders from extensive deskwork and hunched posture.
The session proceeded in a comparatively relaxed manner, and I was not ushered out hurriedly as there did not seem to be any sessions immediately lined up. When inquiring about the other apparatus in the room, I was promised opportunities to experience them firsthand, and was further assured that all equipment would be utilized over the course of the ten classes.
At the end of the session, I signed my tracker and bid farewell, witnessing the Lysol spraydown of the equipment from the corner of my eye.
My go-to Gong Cha order of Brown Sugar Oolong Milk Tea w/ 2J (minus tapioca where possible) was acquired through Ritual. I then proceeded to head home. Weather was fabulous on the drive back, with traffic astoundingly minimal for a weekend afternoon.