This self introduction has been long overdue Hello, I'm Rommel, though my friends call me Mela (this is my Japanese nickname). Born in a year of a Dragon where Scorpio rules the skies. Filipino. Used to be a pool/billiard addict (well I still am). Been playing since last last year. Self-taught (read online books and articles, watch videos). Actually, I caught the game bug by accident. There was a company sportsfest and I just signed up that I wanted to play, well ended up practicing with the more able players of our team. I still remember my first 3 minutes (or so) playing, I was so exhausted! The next day most of my body was aching though, I haven't stopped playing since that day (unless I'm sick, of course, well tried to play when I had a fever, bad experience). I try to play at least once a week. To keep my stamina up. Now I can play for 5 hours with around 5-10 minute rest interval in between matches. I've come a long way since my first day. My first rackets were all RSL (3220 and 4900) as I said to myself I wouldn't buy those expensive Yonexes Well look at me now, all of my RSL have been handed down to family members and my bag contains 3 Yonex Cabs and a Mizuno racket. I'm still trying (very hard) to stop myself from buying another racket No tournament experience so far. Well given my current work schedule I really can't fit a tourney. Been thinking (for a long time) of having formal training but until know its still vaporware. I hope to learn new things and share what limited knowledge I have to the other people here. Regards, Rommel.