After learning about the Running Cat Physical Training Centre, when I had worked in the Running Cat Cafe, I returned to the training centre to discover the newly designed training program with under multimedia technology. As my lesson starts, which I selected to have more cardio exercises, I figured that the background music and the LED screen rather distractive when I try to concentrate on my training. Thus, as I suggested the issue to my coach, he invited me to the out-door run on the weekend rather than continuing my lessons in the media room. The complete loop is around six kilometres and the time was at night. As I ran with other trainers, I was shocked about how little I knew about the city which I had lived for more than five years. By the end of the run, I decided to design running programs for myself similar to this, but on other parts of Shanghai whenever the weather is more favourable, in order to see the side of the city I have never seen before.
In both June and August, I have worked in the Running Cat Cafe in Shanghai, which is a subordinate cafe of the Running Cat Physical Training Centre. The location is close to many housing communities that provides ample customers from working men to house wives. Since there are only four employees working in the cafe, I had learned everything excepting making cakes. The cafe offers healthy meals for customers of the training centre as well as a variety of desserts for families of housing communities, especially for many of these families which has a young children. From this working experience, the most useful skill I learnt was not how to make espresso drinks nor to make any delicious soda water, but the ability to discover the taste and interest of any customer and find a way to satisfy their desire. This has helped me in my academics as well, such as I feel more comfortable on unveiling the writer’s purpose when doing my English paper 1 practices. Overall, i feel both proud and delighted for my first working experience dispute the tiredness.
For the past two years, I have went to the gym twice to four times per week depending on the amount of school work and the type of excises done each day. Although I had a personal training during last summer, I found it more suitable for me to train on my own or with my classmates since more pressure from academics forces my schedule to be planned more flexible on changing appointments. Through the two years of training, I found myself not only enjoys the progressing on my body, but also the skills I learnt on time-management. it was a greatful way to spend my leisure time with my peers and a effective way to reduce the pressure I exerted from school.