Thoughts on NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 2

Can’t believe we’re already on week 5! NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 2 showed us that all of the competitors are worthy of their spot. They showed athleticism, grace, tenacity, technique and skill. As usual, it’s sad to see some of the acts go but we know it’s not the end for them.
NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 2

Diana Pombo (91.3) vs The Posse (86)

I’m not entirely sure what Diana Pombo’s strategy was when she picked The Posse. Although if I were her, I would avoid getting matched up with Eva Igo. I’m not sure she can match that intensity yet. The Posse shouldn’t have relied on their number though. After all, Diana went after Kinjaz and she still owned that stage. Nonetheless, I’m not surprised by the results for this one.

Sup3r Crew (89) vs Royal Flux (86.3)

The athleticism of Sup3r Crew is amazing. Smart choice for them to choose Royal Flux. They weren’t trying to say that their style was better, but I love that they brought it out there that bboying CAN elevate a performance to the level of contemporary dancers. In my personal encounters with Bboys, they are generally very protective of their style and their culture. They don’t just let anyone in so to see Sup3r Crew just invite this experience and learning from Royal Flux is truly admirable. Why is this also the first time I’ve seen Royal Flux? How many other competitors were cut out from the actual show? It would have been great to have seen everyone.

The Lab (89.7) vs Boys of Temecula (84.7)

I have a soft spot for The Boys of Temecula. They’re so childlike and fun to watch so I’m sad to see them go. It’s not that often we get to see an all boys jazz group though I don’t think they were as clean as they say though. Personally, I liked The Lab’s qualifiers routine better. It was more mature and showed their personality more. I agree with Ne-Yo, the concept may have taken away from the actual routine but it was okay.

Les Twins (92) vs Kyle Van Newkirk (86)

Before they were asked, I was curious about why Les Twins chose Kyle. Is it because Kyle is a world champion? Or are they taking a page from Sup3r Crew and showing different styles that they can be on the same level? I can see by the way they observed Kyle that they were really studying his movement. Nice idea to use house dance to mirror tap dancing. I loved what Kyle showed off in his performance though. He really utilized his prop and it was beautiful! It’s true, he really dances with his heart on his feet so I’m sad to see him go as well.

I love how the judges keep reiterating that just because one act doesn’t move on to the next round doesn’t mean that they’re losers. You win or you learn. They were judged on the routine that they showed at that time and not who they are overall as dancers. One more round of duels and it’s off to the cut!

Who are you rooting for?

Thoughts on NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1

So I just finished watching NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1 and I’m not exactly sure how this is going to pan out for the rest of the competition. In a format that’s a bit similar to The Voice, two competitors will go head to head to head with only one emerging as the victor moving on to the next round, The Cut.

NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1

Judging these performances must have been hard. All the competitors are talented and passionate. It’s sad to see any of them gone but I’m glad that there’s always a community behind them going all out with their support.

Side note: I’m glad that Jenna Dewan-Tatum is finally given time to give comments and provide insight as their mentor.

Fik-Shun (90.7) vs Nick Daniels (87.7)

Fik-Shun is a strong competitor but I’m worried that his freestyling may only take him too far. I was worried for him because Nick really gave it all with calculated moves and technique. He’s got to up the wow factor if he wants to go head to head with Les Twins.

Swing Latino (91.7) vs Miami All Stars (88.3)

Not surprised the ballroom dancers are pitting themselves against each other. Both teams are Latin based so this is probably the closest you’re going to get to an Apples to Apples comparison. The tricks they showed were crazy and I don’t even know what to say about them.

I’m a bit sad to see Miami All Stars go with that routine. It was fun and the costumes were so adorable! One thing I like about watching this show is how the competitors are always supportive of each other. From watching backstage to cheering them on and then hugging each other after, it’s amazing!

Eva Igo (89) vs KynTay (82.7)

I’m surprised Eva Igo chose KynTay. I’m not entirely sure if she’s playing it safe but this girl is a powerhouse and I think she could have taken on the Mihacevich Sisters or Diana Pombo.

I think KynTay is overhyped though. They’re putting so much power on their moves that they lose their cleanliness and technique. And those facial expressions? Ugh. NOT. A. FAN. I don’t know why the judges are super into it. I felt like the facial expressions could have been on a competition of their own. Still, props to them because it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there online and on this competition.

Keone and Mari (91.3) vs Quick Style (89.3)

BEAUTIFUL. Just beautiful. Keone and Mari are more than just choreographers, they’re artists. Very good strategy on their part to focus on storytelling. It really sets them apart from the other competitors. Derek made a point, each step can be simple but when done with intention, it creates a whole new layer to the dance.

Quick Style deserves their name. I can’t even handle this match up. Can’t we keep both teams please? 🙁

I heard the Keone and Mari clip shown on TV wasn’t their full routine. Hoping to see the unedited one soon! It makes me wonder how many routines were cut for the show.

Can’t wait for next week!
What are your thoughts about NBC World of Dance The Duels Part 1?
Let me know in the comments below!

My iPhone 6 gave up on me, but I’m okay!

I’ve had my iPhone 6 for more than a year now. It’s not an iPhone 6 plus or an iPhone 6s but it does the job. Maybe a little too much. With it’s inevitable death I realized how much I relied on my phone for even the most mundane things. I could hear Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman ask, “you let that little device tell you what to do?”

I’ve switched to a cheap android phone in the meantime. The basic functions such as messaging and calling were there and I could even install a couple of apps for entertainment but that was it. I couldn’t really plan out my calendar, check my emails and track my day but it was enough.

And that’s what I learned.

Sometimes, enough IS enough.
  • I may not have the fanciest phone but I can still use it to communicate with my friends and family.
  • I may not have the best camera but it can capture memories just the same.
  • Its features aren’t exceptional but I can rely on my phone in case of an emergency

Most of the time that’s all you need.

I’m grateful that my mom has a spare phone and we didn’t have to buy a new one. My iPhone is currently being repaired and I hope it comes back with all my photos and videos intact. It’s all I’m hoping for right now because those memories are very precious to me. Also hoping that when I get my phone back I won’t be as hooked on it as before. Consider this my pruning period or withdrawal stage from a life perpetually glued to my phone.

How about you? Have you been hooked too much to your phone lately?
I pray you find time disconnect even for a few hours just to see how different it is. 🙂

Thoughts on NBC World of Dance Week 3

We’re down to the last week of the qualifiers. NBC World of Dance Week 3 proved to be one of the most awaited episodes simply because of the JabbaWockeez.NBC World of Dance Week 3

The JabbaWockeez (Team Division // Hip Hop)

The first time I heard of the JabbaWockeez was in 2006. It takes me back to the time without Youtube and you really had to search the world wide web for solid dance videos. Seeing them perform again definitely takes me back. I think there’s a lot of expectation from them. and although it was entertaining, it felt safe. It was more groovy than precise which I think was a good choice, it would be hard to set them apart from the Kinjaz if they stuck to their isolations.

SCORE: 91.3

The Mihacevich Sisters (Junior Division // Contemporary)

Finally! Finally a contemporary dance where I saw more dancing than flexibility. I honestly thought they were triplets, if it weren’t for the shades of their costume I wouldn’t have known who was who.

SCORE: 87

Swing Latino (Team Division // Salsa)

I have never seen so many sparkles in my life. But these Latinos are on fire! They’re feisty and athletic, I love it.

SCORE: 89.3

Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions (Team Division // Urban Dance)

My heart jumped seeing Anthony Westlake more than Ian Eastwood. It was an okay routine. I’m not that thrilled with it though. Judges were right, it’s a good showcase routine but not a competition routine.

SCORE: 83.7

DNA (Upper Division // Waltz)

This couple surprised me. The way they swept the floor was so powerful. I’ve tried dancing the Waltz before and it’s not as easy as it looks. Maintaining the length of your limbs is a challenge. I can’t believe these two are married though! They seem young!

SCORE: 86

Eva Igo (Junior Division // Contemporary)

What are people feeding their kids nowadays? I mean, the junior division is definitely something to watch out for. Truth is I have nothing to say anymore because this competition is getting real. I can’t wait for next week!

SCORE: 88

Name Division Dance Style Ne-Yo Jennifer Derek TOTAL
JabbaWockeez Team Hip Hop 85 89 86 87
The Mihacevich Sisters Junior Contemporary 82 90 89 87
Boys of Temecula Junior Jazz 80.3
KynTay Junior Hip Hop / Jazz 85.7
Kyle Van Newkirk Upper Tap 80.7
Chapkis Dance Family Team Hip Hop 89
Pasion Upper Flamenco 87.7
The Posse Junior Contemporary 84
Swing Latino Team Salsa 87 91 90 89
Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions Team Urban Dance 81 84 86 84
Vibration Upper 78
801 Squad Junior 79
Trent Jeray Upper 77 82 79 79.3
DNA Upper Waltz 82 88 88 86
Eva Igo Junior Contemporary 85 89 90 88

Thoughts on NBC World of Dance Week 2

As some of you may know NBC World of Dance premiered last week with some stand out performances! Now, after watching NBC World of Dance Week 2, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is going to be one hard competition to judge.

NBC World of Dance Week 2

Just a recap of what’s going to happen: The first three weeks will show the Qualifiers. A two minute routine will be performed and the judges will score them based on performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation. Each category is worth 20 points and each performance requires a combined total score of 80 or higher to move on.

Here are my thoughts from this week’s competitors:

The Lab (Junior Division // Hip Hop)

The first thing I thought was, “aw, they’re so cute!” but when they started dancing I was surprised. I’m not a fan of the facial olympics some of them were doing but they went in hard! I love their costume choice too but I’m a bit worried that since they’re kids they tend to go TOO hard and the choreography loses the texture. Still, I’m glad they got in.

SCORE: 91.3

Fik-Shun (Upper Division // Freestyler)

Being one of SYTYCD’s winners, there’s so much expectation from Fik-Shun. Just like Les Twins, he decided to dig down emotionally for his qualifiers performance. It’s a smart choice. People already know he’s good, it’s more about delivering a show now.

Score: 91

Miami All Stars (Team Division // Latin Jazz)

I’m always excited to watch ballroom routines and I rarely get to see group ballroom performances. It’s so amazing to also see people dancing despite having a day job. Though, I agree with the judge’s comments. The routine could have definitely been better.

SCORE: 81

Luke and Jenalyn (Upper Division // Cabaret Ballroom)

Their lifts and tricks were crazy! I’m not entirely sure what “Cabaret Ballroom” is but I’m feeling it. It’s true that they could have put in more emotion and feeling into their steps but it was enough and I’m happy to see them through.

SCORE: 86.7

Unfortunately, the next three competitors’ routines weren’t shown for this episode. So I have no thoughts on what they performed.

Kaeli and Brandon (Junior Division)

SCORE: 77.7

Fuze (Team Division)

SCORE: 77.3

JJ and Joey (Junior Division)

SCORE: 78

Quick Style (Upper Division // Hip Hop)

Oh man, there’s a reason why they’re called Quick Style. What surprised me was how clean they were. It was definitely an unexpected song choice but it worked well for them and it displayed their creativity and control.

SCORE: 86.7

Nick Daniels (Upper Division // Contemporary)

The soloists are bringing it. They are owning the stage and commanding attention. Nick is SO flexible but I felt that although he was giving his all technically, there still needs to be more given emotionally. His face was just so serene that it lacked the inner turmoil needed for the dance. Still, I found him awesome!

SCORE: 87

NBC World of Dance Week 2 Recap:

Name Division Dance Style Judges’ Score
Ne-Yo Jennifer Derek AVE.
1 The Lab Junior Hip Hop 90 92 92 91.3
2 Fik-Shun Upper Freestyle Street Dancer 90 92 91 91
3 Miami All Stars Team Latin Jazz 79 82 82 81
4 Luke & Jenalyn Upper Cabaret Ballroom 83 89 88 86.7
5 Kaeli & Brandon Junior 77.7
6 Fuze Team 77.3
7 JJ & Joey Junior 77 78 79 78
8 Quick Style Upper Hip Hop 85 88 87 86.7
9 Nick Daniels Upper Contemporary 85 89 87 87

 

Red Nose Day Actually Quote

Prime Minister David Red Nose Day Actually QuoteI’m so glad they released a “Love Actually” sequel! It makes me happy because it’s one of my favorite movies. Seeing the old cast was thrilling. Hugh Grant reprises his role as Prime Minister David and he spoke this particular Red Nose Day Actually Quote during one of his press conferences.

Hugh Grant sure looks old but he is as charming as always. Undoubtedly, he snagged all the best lines in this mini-sequel.

What wonderful timing it was to hear this. The Resorts World Manila Attack is still fresh in my mind but I’m thankful for everyday reminders to be positive. Hopefully this encourages you to think positive about the future. Remind yourself of the goodness in this world and fight for it.

Surviving the Resorts World Manila Attack

The Resorts World Manila Attack

The Resorts World Manila Attack started at around midnight on June 2, 2017 when a lone gunman by the name of Jesse Javier Carlos entered the second floor of the Resorts World Manila casino area. In the CCTV footage released, he started setting fire to the gaming tables, slot machines, and chairs but did not shoot anyone. He entered a storage room and started filling a backpack with casino chips. When it seemed like he had lost all hope, the gunman hid in Room 510 of Maxim’s Hotel and set the room on fire before shooting himself in the head.

At least 37 people died due to suffocation, their last moments were spent hiding in the bathroom or storage rooms. Among the 35 confirmed dead, 22 were guests while 13 were Resorts World Manila employees. Over 70 people were also confirmed to have suffered minor injuries during the stampede to escape. Some even broke the windows from the second floor and jumped to safety.

Read more about the attack here.

My experience

My mom, Edd and I had just finished Wonder Woman and started to get hungry. We decided to eat inside the casino at Victoria Harbour Cafe in the first floor since it was around midnight and most of the restaurants in Newport Mall were already closed.

Once we gave our orders, we started hearing a commotion from the gaming area. I looked over my shoulder to see people running. At first I thought that people were running towards someone who hit the jackpot. It took me around two seconds to figure out they were actually running away.

My mom, Edd, and I rushed to the cashier area at the back where we gathered with other guests. At that point, everyone was already making speculations. Some whispered about hooded figures carrying guns while some guessed that ISIS was in the vicinity. I told my mom to stay low and everyone else followed suit. Edd remained with the staff at the wings, trying to catch a glimpse of what was going on.

People were stampeding towards the exits. Some were even pushing each other down the escalator and stairs. And then an eerie silence descended. The people left in the ground floor were hiding underneath tables and hiding behind slot machines. No one had a clue how many shooters were in the building and where they were.

“May exit sa kusina. Pwede tayo lumabas doon,” we heard a staff member say.
(There’s an exit in the kitchen. We can get out there.)

Slowly and carefully, people started gathering their courage and stood up. We stepped out to the gaming area and ran towards the kitchen. People were starting to shove and I could hear the staff telling people to be careful. Suddenly I found myself speaking the same instructions to the people I was rushing with. Some were already pleading for the people behind us to stop shoving. I had lost sight of Edd but I could see my mom not too far from me.

Once out of the kitchen we found ourselves in a hallway leading towards the exit. And then we heard gunshots from the other side. Panic induced, people started running back where we came from. In that cramped hallway, I saw my mom rush into the room where all the fuses and generators were. I think Edd caught sight of us and followed us inside.

Four other people joined us in the room, one included a Korean who had a hard time understanding what was going on. Kuya Jason was one of the men who joined us. He broke a mop and opted to use the shaft as a weapon. He handed the other end to Edd who was already looking like he was ready to fight should the need arise.

We stayed in that room for a long time. The sound of gunshots echoing around us.

“Delikado tayo dito. Mamamatay tayo dito (We’re in danger here. We’re going to die here),” Kuya Jason would whisper every now and then. We stayed there for an hour. I said a prayer for each of the people with us. When smoke started to enter and cover the room I had to instruct the people to wet their clothes and breathe through them just to keep them from suffocating. I had already started messaging my closest friends telling them that I love them. If I was going to die, I wanted them to hear about love and nothing else.

Fortunately some of them were awake and keeping me updated about what was happening outside. They told us to stay low, by the vents, and keep calm because the police were already outside. It was just a matter of surviving until they found us. But the gunshots kept coming and the smoke was getting thicker. We had to make a choice: die inside waiting or die outside trying.

When things were quiet, Kuya Jason made a run for it followed by one of the ladies and the Korean who accidentally shut the door on the rest of us. Unfortunately, only a keycard from an employee could open the door. Edd had left his mop-weapon and was busy trying to figure out how to open the door. Adrenaline rush got to him and he managed to muscle the door open so we could enter the kitchen again.

The smoke was a bit thicker inside the kitchen. When we entered the gaming area again, Resorts World Manila employees found us and signaled for us to run towards the farthest exit. I let my mom rush ahead and had to keep looking back for Edd who was assisting the lola in the room with us.

Most of the employees were gathered near the exit, looking out for friends that weren’t with them. All of us were then rushed outside to Remington Hotel where all the injured were being taken care of. We didn’t stay there long for fear of the situation getting worse. We took a cab and just got out of the area as quickly as possible.

My thoughts

The Resorts World Manila Attack was traumatizing but I was surprisingly at peace as everything unfolded. I found comfort in knowing that God is always in control. In the room, I could think about nothing else but praying for the people around me. I was scared, obviously. My hands were shaking even as I held people’s hands. I prayed for courage amidst the chaos and I prayed for peace whatever the outcome. I was already with my family and they know I love them so I also messaged my friends expressing the same love. If I were to die then and there, I wouldn’t have any regrets.

I did worry about the aftermath of our deaths though. How would our friends and teammates grieve? Would they blame us for being there? How would those who knew what happened explain this to the others?

It was a terrible night but it could been worse. Normally, only Edd and I would be watching the movie and my mom would be waiting for us inside the casino. Imagine if this all happened and we weren’t together? I thanked the Lord so much for covering us and protecting us.

The next day I started to feel survivor’s remorse. Could we have done more to save those who were trapped? My heart broke after finding out that they died of suffocation. No one had saved them in time.

I questioned God. Where was He while all this was happening? Why did people die?

But I was reminded that He was there with us. He is always there for everyone. He is gracious and He is sovereign. Even in those last moments, I believe He was with them. Why? Because He loves us.

I don’t always understand God’s plans. He works in ways that are unusual and beyond our comprehension.
But it’s in times like these that we should lift everything up to Him saying, “I trust You with this.”

My prayer

If you have lost someone in the attack, I pray you find comfort in the Lord. It is a painful loss and you are not alone in your grief. I stand with you. For the survivors, I pray we do not take our second chance at life lightly. May we be more intentional in our words and actions and seek excellence in all aspects of our lives.

For the government and the authorities, may we learn a lot from this tragedy. It’s true that this attack could have been prevented but I would like to believe that you did your best given the circumstances. For the netizens, I know you have the best interests at heart. I pray you use your voice to speak the truth but speak the truth with love. Be responsible in what you post and be sensitive to those who are suffering.

Above all, I pray that you do not give up hope. The Resorts World Manila Attack was a wake up call for all of us. In a world filled with so much hate and prejudice, be the light. Do not give up on each other and do not stop loving each other. I pray that God’s perfect love fills all of you and I pray that it drives away the fear and hate in your heart. We cannot be passive anymore.

Love should win. Love always wins.
As Sofie told me, “His love can drown out fear. We just have to let it.”

How to Survive a 1200 Calorie Diet for Five Days

I think I’d like to start off by saying, I don’t like dieting. AT ALL. I don’t even know why I agreed to doing a this! But I said yes, so I stuck to it. Did I survive a 1200 calorie diet for five days? Maybe not, but I’m hoping you would so here are some tips for you!

Tips on how to survive a 1200 calorie diet for five days

1. Choose the menu for you!

Since I don’t cook at home, I decided to try one of those food delivery plans. I’ve had a lot of friends try different plans so after looking for recommendations and scouring online, I landed on the Delicious Diet page. Lucky for me, they were showcasing their bestsellers this week! Some personal favorites of mine were the Mini Pancakes with Mix Fruits, and Jamaican Pork Jerk with Sweet Potato & Mushroom.

Survive a 1200 Calorie Diet for Five Days with this menu!
Photo from DeliciousDietPH

2. You cannot survive a 1200 Calorie Diet for Five days by yourself

You need to be accountable with people. Who else is going to police you when you’re tempted to cheat? I shared this diet plan with people at home, work, and at church. Although they found my commentary funny, I’m glad they were supportive of what I was doing overall. In fact, sometimes they were the ones giving me reminders or asking about what I was eating.

3. Take it one day at a time

I caught myself thinking too far ahead on the first day. It was halfway through lunch when I started thinking about how long the five days were going to be. After realizing that I was psyching myself out, I quickly readjusted my perspective. I thought about Prayer and Fasting Week in church and saw that this was no different. I was replacing my normal food intake with something better so I just had to take it one meal at a time, one day at a time.

4. Hydrate!

So much emphasis has to be put on here. Although I ate less food, I still had the same amount of activities throughout the week. In order to stop my tummy from rumbling or from fainting from the heat, I had to drink water constantly.

5. Don’t give up!

I was struggling on the first day. I actually ended up going on searching online how many calories were in KFC Hotshots so that I could replace my dinner meal with it. But I was ready to get back into the groove of things the day after. Like I said, we just have to take it one day at a time. Change doesn’t happen in an instant but you can start working on developing healthier habits today!

It was definitely a roller coaster  for me. But I’m ending on a high note. Yes, I may have stumbled but I definitely learned how to treat my body better. This diet plan made me eat more often but it did make me eat less. I was hungry for most of the time but I was always full after eating.

Would I recommend this for you? Yes!

Would I do this again? Definitely, maybe.

I’m hoping to learn how to cook or count calories so I can personalize a menu for myself but for now, I’m going to have to rely on these delivery meal plans.


This diet plan was recommended to me by Tikboy. He’s our go-to fitness guy in the ministry. If you ever have any questions on dieting and working out, reach out to him!

My thoughts on NBC World of Dance Week 1

NBC World of Dance Week 1 finally premiered! I waited months for this ever since it was announced. It’s a reality show for dancers by dancers. You’ve got judges like Derek Hough, Jennifer Lopez, and Ne-Yo. It’s also hosted by Jenna Dewan-Tatum and supervised by NappyTabs. My friends know that I’m a huge Kyle Hanagami fan and just knowing that he’s working behind the scenes excited me!

The first three weeks will show the Qualifiers. A two minute routine will be performed and the judges will score them based on performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation. Each category is worth 20 points and each performance requires a combined total score of 80 or higher to move on.

NBC World of Dance Week 1

Here are my thoughts from this week’s competitors:

Super Cr3w (Team Division // Bboying)

Creating a Bboy routine is hard, executing the moves with precision and synchronization is even harder. It was so great to see Super Cr3w opening their doors to those outside the US. You’ve got familiar faces like Bboy Ronnie, Do-Knock, Mike Murda but I was most surprised to see Hong10 especially since I haven’t watched him in a long time. It was smart for them to go with a Coldplay song. It was perfectly used to showcase the fluidity of their movements. I can’t wait for them to really go hard. I’ve got an S on my the chest for this team! They have been doing this for years and they are still killing it.

SCORE: 88

D’Angelo and Amanda (Junior Division // Ballroom)

I am not a ballroom dancer and I haven’t watched enough ballroom videos to properly talk about technique. But I must say, for two juniors, this was amazing. I heard these two were in America’s Got Talent before? Seems to me like this competition is really for veteran dancers! D’Angelo’s dad was simply adorable backstage. He was strict when they practiced but was in a puddle of emotions after they performed!

Score: 88.3

Les Twins (Upper Division // Hip Hop)

I’ve got to be honest, I’m not always a fan of Les Twins choreos. I mean, they’re vicious in battles but their choreography isn’t always appealing to me. I’m super happy that they scored the highest though. What they showed was truly different from what they were usual. Shout out to the girl who yelled, “I’ll take you!” Also,  just have to point out that I loved seeing their reactions backstage after each group performed. They were so excited for everyone. They are all around good guys with genuine hearts. I can see why everyone loves them.

SCORE: 95.7

Nxt Lvl (Team Division // Clogging)

I appreciate clogging. So much cardio and footwork are needed to be able to pull of a solid routine. Not everyone is familiar with this dance style so it takes a certain kind of showmanship to draw people in which I think this group lacked. They were in sync but the routine probably wasn’t strong enough to win. It’s a shame because they could have brought a different flavor to the competition.

SCORE: 77 (Eliminated)

Keone and Mari (Upper Division // Urban Dance)

Keone and Mari are just beautiful together. You can tell by the way they danced the amount of work they put into honing their craft. I think they played this one safe though, pretty sure this was an old piece but it was enough to get them through. I’m hoping for a stronger routine when they come back because I know they can win it!

SCORE: 85

Kinjaz (Team Division // Urban Dance)

WHAT. WAS. THAT. J.Lo said it best when she said it was too short! The Kinjaz strong suit has always been their visual storytelling so I’m happy they’re showing that to the world. So much control and strength was needed for this routine and they executed it wonderfully. It was easily the cleanest routine of the night.

SCORE: 91

Diana Pombo (Junior Division // Contemporary)

Much like ballroom, I don’t have enough experience to say much about this routine. I did notice that she really showed off her flexibility a lot, more than her dancing skills. But the emotion she gave out was so raw and despite dancing alone, she owned that stage. And yes, who wipes their forehead with their feet??

SCORE: 89.7

NBC World of Dance Week 1 Recap:

Order Name Division Dance Style Judges’ Score
Ne-Yo Jennifer Derek TOTAL
1 Super Cr3w Team B-Boying 87 89 88 88
2 D’Angelo & Amanda Junior Ballroom 90 88 87 88.3
3 Les Twins Upper Hip-Hop 95 96 96 95.7
4 Nxt Lvl Team Clogging 73 78 80 77
5 Keone & Mari Madrid Upper Urban Dance 85 83 87 85
6 Kinjaz Team Urban Dance 89 92 92 91
7 Diana Pombo Junior Contemporary 88 92 89 89.7

5 Lessons from the Strong, God-Dependent Women in my Life

Strong, God-dependent Women

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” (Prov 13:20 NIV)

I’m privileged to have such beautiful and strong, God-dependent women in my life. You may have heard the saying, “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” Whether we like it or not, the people we surround ourselves with can influence us. They help shape our thoughts, habits, and ideas.
 
These girls have taught me what it means to be a strong, God-dependent woman and I hope to share some of these with you.

 

Strong, God-dependent women…

are not perfect. 

Let’s get this straight: we are all imperfect people loved by a perfect God. I always thought being a strong, independent woman was ideal but these ladies taught me otherwise. Sure, we are capable of a lot of things but God is who we rely on the most. I’m very grateful to have spiritual leaders like Nina, Angel and Jew who are very intentional in leading and guiding us. They are also quick to call us out whenever they feel like someone is going out of line but they do so with patience and grace.

… value relationships. 

With every milestone, each of us became aware of the people who have helped us along the way. It is important to cherish and honor these relationships in the best way possible. I can’t count the number of times Sofie would surprise me with a random trinkets. They may not mean much to other people but seeing as my love language is receiving gifts, I relish it! Tin is also great at showing how much she values the people around her. She’s always ready to go to wherever you are when you need her or help you out with a task. I truly cherish their hearts for being so open and understanding.

…know when to say “NO”. 

As Christians, we are called to always pursue excellence. However, most of the time we confuse being busy with being productive. Sometimes we spread ourselves too thin and it’s not beneficial to any party. I’ve always admired this about B. Her discipline in commitments (and finances) is something I hope to have. She also taught me that it’s never okay to settle. No matter how small the task is, if there’s a chance to be excellent, don’t just settle for good.

… know that there is strength in restraint. 

Out of all of us, I think Bea demonstrates this best. Her gentle and quiet spirit keeps our roaring hormones at bay. She would never yell but was whenever she spoke, there was a firmness that really makes you listen.

have fun. 

We’re not serious all the time and Camille is the perfect example of this. She loves making people laugh and is not afraid of being silly. Indeed, when your confidence is in the Lord, you’re not going to care what people think!

My prayer

My prayer, dear reader, is that you be able to surround yourself with great people who love the Lord. I pray that you be patient and kind as even friendships need work. It’s not going to be easy, personalities will clash, but as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Prov 27:17).

 


This post is dedicated to the Angels, Xs, and Ninjas of my life. We’ve been serving in the dance ministry for years. We’ve formed bonds and shared many treasured memories. I cherish each laughter, tear, heartbreak, and heartbeat shared with you. May we continue to grow more in love with the Lord as we grow closer to each other. To my strong, God-dependent women, loved, you are by me. Always. <3