Thursday, January 11, 2007

Back To Old Routine

Years ago, before Fitness First was in my vocabulary, Combat meant either fighting, or referred to that old TV show starring... Vic Morrow, and had that catchy theme song. Of course, 98% of people in Fitness First now would have NO idea which series I'm talking about.

Anyway, my routine on Wednesdays, in the pre FF days, was, go to Lake Club, after work, have a short nap in the "resting room", (which is part of the larger restroom), go for a jog around lake gardens, and then proceed to make the journey south for dinner with my inlaws. All this changed when I first attended FCI's class, on that Wednesday slot, 5.40pm. Before that, some Caucasian chap was teaching, and the class was super packed. (not that FCI's wasnt packed. It was just as bad) Meanwhile, I attended combat with other instructors. But of course, once bitten by the FCI bug, there was no turning back, and I turned my back on a 6 year old routine, forsaking it for Body combat on Wednesday, 5.40pm in the then Menara John Hancock. Alas, he only taught that slot for about 3 or 4 months, whereafter it was taken over by Sistine Chapel.

To cut a long story short, I stuck on with the new routine, as I rather enjoyed Sistine Chapel's, aka Frodo's, (also recently voted as top 10 hunks or whatever) class. When FCI came back to teach on Tuesdays, I still continued going to FF on Wednesday, either for pump, combat or RPM.

Yesterday, I by chance went to lake gardens.....ah, such nostalgia. I've decided to resume my old routine again, ie, no gym on Wednesday. Time to breathe the fresh air and sing "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong in my head. So, if you want to find me on Wednesday, look for me in lake gardens.


At 1:05 PM, Blogger KF said...


Funny you should mention 'Combat'. I loved it! I loved Vic Morrow in it :-) I remember him in 'Kojak' too. Yes, I'm showing my vintage; I will be 35 in April!

At 1:19 PM, Blogger shades said...

Yeah, I grew up watching "COMBAT" too, among other things like Ultraman, etc...

At 1:32 PM, Blogger KF said...

Yep - and I just remembered 'Little House on the Prairie", "Mind Your Language" and "Yes Minister". And now - even though I routinely join Combat classes, I still remember Vic Morrow's 'Combat' :-)


At 1:57 PM, Blogger Funky Momma said...

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At 1:58 PM, Anonymous yhsmom said...

Sorry that was me just now - yhsmom

At 2:04 PM, Anonymous yhsmom said...

Made a few typos so here's my comment again!

Combat is definitely one of my favourite TV shows together with such classics as The Six Million Dollar Man, Mannix, Ironside, the Twillight Zone, The Incredible Hulk, the Mod Squad, Dallas, Dynasty, Columbo, Mission Impossible and Charlie's Angels.

Sigh! They just don't make TV series like that anymore!

My sister and I used to play Combat all the time with the automatic weapon that my mom bought us. Also loved the way they ate canned supplies in the show and the fact that Vic Morrow and his buddies spent the whole tv series dirty and rugged looking.

Pity though how Vic Morrow died. Decapitated by the blades of a helicopter on the set of Twillight Zone the movie.

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous sunshine said...

I used to watch Little House On the Prairie when i was in primary school.Loved it. Laura Ingalls. And now the actress Melissa Gilbert is now President of the actors guild.

Everytime during the intermission, for azan isyak, i will rush to use the phone, the land line, that is, and call my best friend, girl talk.I remamber my dad will be shouting, "eh, who is going to pay the phone bill ah?"

And when the show resumes i will rush back to the smallscreen, often ignoring my dinner, or bringing it in front of the tv to eat, much to the dismay of my mom and my (who has long passed on),grandma.

Childhood days are so carefree...

At 3:35 PM, Anonymous lionheart said...

OMG..I love all this vintage talk..hehehehe. Mannix...gosh, almost forgotten that show existed. Still remember Mission Impossible in black and white as well, and the reel to reel tape player with the smoke coming out once the message has been played. Remember Combat but not exactly one of my fav shows. I also remember watching Bionic Woman, Waltons (I think the one that stars d guy with the "tahi lalat" on his face, playing the character John Boy), Mork and Mindy (nanoo nanoo),Ironside (oooh..going back to Sixties), Policewoman (Angie Dickinson with her legs), and the weekly Mystery Movie (even remember the theme song from that). In the 80s also like the sitcoms, Cosby Show and Growing Pains, not to mention the soap operas, Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Colbys....ahh memories memories. I think in the 70s also got this local production called Empat Sekawan, which my parents would sit glued to the chairs digesting every single phrase that comes out from the characters. I can only understand the cantonese and the hakka one. The Hokkien dialect sounds like a load of rubbish to me..

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous sunshine said...

yes i remember John Boy too

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous yhsmom said...

Sunshine, wasn't Nellie Olson just the best? The villain you loved to hate! I read all the Little House books too! 2 shows which were also very popular with school girls were Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys!

The Waltons was on air for something like 13 years! By the latter part John Boy had left home and appeared only occasionally. The corny but sweet goodnight bit still puts tingles up my spine!

Ah! Not to sound fuddy duddy but in those days there were so many quality family series. Besides the Waltons there was the Brady Bunch, Family and Eight is Enough.

Girl power was also aplenty. Lion,I loved Policewoman! A precursor to those Michelle Yeoh chop socky "Yes Madam" movies of the 1980s. Got my grandparents to buy me a gun just like hers!

Other role models of the time included Wonder Woman and yes, Bionic Woman who could lift up a car with springy sound effects!

On the comedy side besides Mork and Mindy which was revolutionary at the time, we had Mary Tyler Moore, Mash, Rhoda, the Bob Newhart Show, Barney Jones and That Girl!

I also cannot forget the very classic Fantasy Island! "The Plane! The Plane!"

Just couldn't stop watching the telly in those days! Obviously the homework load couldn't have been as teruk as kids nowaday because we managed to watch so much TV and still do ok in school.

Even my mom got hooked onto Space 1999 and Lost in Space! I was also a fan of "The Greatest American Hero","The Land of the Lost", "Battlestar Galactica" and "Buck Rogers"

The Donny and Marie show was a weekly must see too! Used to tape the songs using my now very antiquated cassette player so that I could reenact all the song and dance sequences! The highlight of my Xmas holiday to Singapore in 1978 was to watch the Donny and Marie Show in Colour! Malaysia only had black and white transmission then.

All these happy memories! Police, medical and detective series were always a hit. Emergency, Chips, Barnaby Jones and Mc Cloud (what a cool dude) now spring to mind.

Speaking of "Mystery Movie", Lion, didn't you think Rock Hudson and Susan St James were such a good husband and wife team? Another excellent 'couple' show was "Hart to Hart"!

My favourite 80s show besides the fabulous Dynasty was Quincy M.E.

At 6:37 PM, Blogger shades said...

Oh dear....

I feel so old reading about all these shows!

Looks like we're all from the same generation....

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous lionheart said...

Shades..."sai loh chai"..u are definitely not fr the same generation lah. This should be a compliment to you, if you are really that old...hehehehe gudness, you are definitely the Goddess of Vintage Shows... Hart to Hart was definitely the bomb, and so was Moonlighting. I still remember in anticipation, when will Bruce Willis go to bed with Cybill Shepherd. Sadly, after they do, the show went down hill. No more excitement oridi. Oooh..yes, I still remember this show starring this old geyser called Barnaby Jones. So old already, and running around with the gun. Oh yes, Mary Tyler Moore Show, the Donny and Marie Show with the signature tune,"I'm a Little Bit Country". I think I still have the cassette somewhere...yikes. In the black and white days, dont you remember "Peyton Place", starring a young Ryan O'Neal and Mia Farrow? My mum used to follow the series faithfully. Also the sitcom, "The Odd Couple"? Those were the good days. I have to admit that I also love watching the Bugs Bunny cartoons during the good old days. They were so much better than the current ones. Yhsmom..I hope you are not one of the followers of "Neighbours" or "Home and Away" in the mid to late 80s, particularly in your UK days? I still remember the big big episode on the wedding of Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. What about "The Man From Atlantis", starring Patrick Duffy? And who can forget the catch phrase from "Lost In Space"..."Have no fear, Smith is here". Oh yes...good telly, good old days...

At 8:48 PM, Blogger shades said...


I grew up watching Hart to Hart, Moonlighting, Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, Buck Rogers and the 25th Century, Donny & Marie...

There were so many great shows back then. Let's see what else I remember... Different Strokes, The Jeffersons, Remington Steele, Matt Houston, The Time Tunnel, U.F.O.(Ok, the last 2 weer re-runs)..

What other shows?

At 12:21 AM, Anonymous yhsmom said...

Shades, let me guess... you were a Knight Rider and A Team fan as well?

Kojak also brings to mind - Barretta!

Lion, Peyton Place was really addictive! Mis Farrow disappeared halfway through the series though and it was an ongoing mystery what had happened to her.

Other series from the same era (late 60s/ early 70s, we watched the reruns) were Bewitched (was so amazed that she could do magic just by twitching her nose), Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and the Beverly Hillbillies. All classics in their own right!

There was also this game show called "What's My Line". Did you watch that?

And yes... I did follow "Neighbours" while in UK. I was/ am a BIG Kylie fan!

I just remembered that I forgot Happy Days! The Fonz was great! And before that I even watched the very young Ron Howard in the Andy Griffith Show!

At 1:19 AM, Blogger KF said...

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At 1:20 AM, Blogger KF said...

Dear FBB,
thanks for bringing up 'Combat' you've made me think of warm cheerful memories...

I used to have a BIG crush on John Boy (Richard Thomas) and if I really adored Simon McCorkindale in Manimal - remember him? He could turn into a hawk, a panther (or was it a puma?) Tak ingat lah. My mum used to be a huge fan of Patrick Duffy in Dallas. Me and my younger brother just marveled at his webbed hands and feet in man from Atlantis.

I also remember the many times I rushed to video tape my favorite eposides of Riptide! The 3 P.I.s - I just adored Joe Penny then - dark soulful eyes (konon lah tu hee hee)

my mum would always conduct our Qur'an reading lessons during Little House of the Prairie. I so the grumbled when we had had to switch the TV off! But we sobered up pretty quick after one glance at my mum's rotan lah.

And Quincy M.E. Nice...does anyone remember the Streets of San Francisco? How about the Electric Company? I thought it was much cooler than Sesame Street then :-) Morgan Freeman was there a lot! Not to mention 6 million Dollar Man, McGyver and Blue Thunder - in my teenage years...

*A la the Waltons* good night Grandma, Good night Ma, Good night Pa... *LOL*


At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! :)

can i be a total bee-yotch and say i don't know those shows ;) hehe :)

grew up more with cosby show, different strokes, saved by the bell. not gems like the calssic you guys mentioned but still...

speaking of which. if you all get the chance, should check out the new classics in the making: battlestar galactica, heroes, ugly betty, desperate housewives (fast forward through the horrendously uneven season 2), grey's anatomy (soap masquerading as a hospital drama)

ben tang

At 10:42 PM, Blogger fatboybakes said...

has season 3 of desperate housewives stqarted? who's your favourite? mine's gabriella and bree. cant STAND lynette, almost cant stand susan. must watch grey's anatomy la, considering less than 30 seconds ago i saw them getting their golden globe. (repeat of telecast). just got hooked on HOUSE.


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