A Country of 1.2 Billion Just Lost a Soccer Match to a Tiny Island Ranked 174th in the World

TIME

India, a cricket-obsessed nation, is not really known for its soccer prowess. Ranked 141st in the global FIFA rankings, the South Asian nation of 1.2 billion is commonly known as one of the sport’s “sleeping giants.”

The giant stayed asleep on Tuesday, as the Indian team slumped to a 2-1 defeat against the tiny Pacific island of Guam — a U.S. territory ranked 33 spots below it at 174 and with less than 200,000 people — in a World Cup qualifier.

It was Guam’s second consecutive win after beating Turkmenistan 1-0 and it puts them at the top of their qualifying group, CNN reports.

India, on the other hand, were dealt their second consecutive defeat after losing 2-1 to Oman at home last week and face an uphill battle for qualification.

“We are disappointed,” Indian football coach Stephen Constantine said after the match. “Today the difference was very much visible…

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Art close to home

I used to think that I had to leave the island to find excellent artwork.  But a lot lately, I’ve come to enjoy local  artistic talent such as those above. 

When I was younger I didn’t spend too much time dwelling on art or even cultivating any interest in art. I knew that I was not good at drawing and no one really encouraged me to learn more about art. (Not that I wanted to.) So, I don’t know exactly when that interest finally took root or what work of art inspired me, but I know that I must have given in to some sudden curiosity. It was probably something sudden like  a moment wandering in a random gallery which later became hours spent in a museum.

My fascination in art was often in other places far from Guam such as New York City and the West coast. So, having returned home, I wondered if that fascination would continue and if it would strike a chord like those I had seen Stateside.  And it has, in the small exhibitions in local galleries and in hotels and even shopping centers. I found myself wanting to know more about local talent and to see more artwork. 

Regardless of where and when I  admired art or my slow and gradual love of art, I am glad that I do not need to go too far to admire artistry and talent. 

A Saturday night well-spent: George Frideric Handel’s Messiah

Last Saturday night, I was fortunate to hear a performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. It was my first time hearing the oratorio in person so I was pretty excited.   The performance included the Cantate Community Chorus, the Guam Territorial Band, the Guam Symphony Orchestra,  as well as KIA,  a classical quartet from Japan. 

I’m not a classical music aficionado,  but I’m appreciating the beauty of music more and more these days. The fact that the music is performed by individuals from the community makes it all the more enjoyable. 

Guam is much more than just a tourist destination.   It’s an island community brimming with culture, art, and humanity.

#fmsphotoaday: New

I started off the year reluctant to announce that I wanted to return to reading.  So, having shifted things around in my schedule and adopting an approach to reading,  I’m glad to say that I’m reading my second book of the year–The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion.   It’s the follow-up to The Rosie Project by the same author.  I enjoyed the first book immensely and polished it off over the weekend. 

I’m trying to read the new book a chapter at a time, so some restraint is required.  Still, I know that’ll be easier said than done. 

I hope you all are having some adventures, reading and otherwise. 

Weekly Photo Challenge : New

I’m far from being vegetarian.  In fact, I jokingly call myself a “flexitarian” (a part-time vegetarian). I do my best to incorporate fruits and vegetables into my diet as often as I can.  It’s not always easy because I’m so accustomed to eating meat and processed foods. So, a few years ago, I decided to be more mindful of what I put into my body and how I treat my body.  I read more health articles and I incorporate the use of apps like Fooducate and Water My Body into my lifestyle.   I try to eat less meat and more vegetables.  I even have a Nutribullet that I use to make all sorts of juice. 

But with all the reading and mindfulness,  I never got around to having wheatgrass– until today.   And now, having tried it, I’m glad that I made the choice.  Don’t get me wrong,  it still tastes like freshly mowed grass and has an undesirable aftertaste.   I’m still glad I drank the shot.  I figure that I could have had a glass of soda/coffee/shake/smoothie, but it would just do more bad than good.  I would only regret the empty calories and how it’ll just make me feel sluggish and unsatisfied.

I’m hoping that this choice to down wheatgrass shots instead of soda will help me to make more healthy choices and substitutions.  

Making any changes health wise?   Let me know in the comments below.