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Better for it

May 3rd, 2015 2 Comments »


A couple weeks ago, Nike Women launched a campaign called Better for It #betterforit. I love the campaign because it was reflective of how women often tell themselves that ‘I can’t’ and somehow get motivated to turn the ‘can’ts into ‘cans’. I love the notion that being strong, lean and fit is the new skinny. Truth be told, I’d rather be lean and fit versus just skinny but all flabby and fatty on the inside. Perhaps it doesn’t apply to everyone. Not everyone gets a high or the ‘I feel good’ feeling post-workout. For me, I love working up a good sweat, I hate it when my muscles are quivering and I’m on the brink of giving up. It’s always getting past that barrier and trying to do the best out of it. The post feeling is always A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

Almost two months back, I convinced my colleague to get onto the Kayla Itsines program with me. I couldn’t have chosen a better workout partner. We motivate each other and have been keeping to it even during our hectic travel schedules. We got up at 5am to workout and give each other wakeup calls. I’ve been waking up earlier to get in the workout and it’s so tough to physically drag myself out of bed. But so far so good. Though I don’t see drastic changes in physical tone, I am definitely feeling stronger. It’s been easier on the runs or in yoga classes and I am determined to finish the program. I’ve set goals for myself after this program is completed so I’m hoping to keep it up.

I’ve realized that once a week yoga is not going to get marked improvements in either flexibility or inversions, I’m trying to see how I can make it down to the studio more regularly. I often think to myself, there is so much to do in life. I don’t have enough time to run, yoga, strength training and that’s just working out. So it baffles me when people find their lives boring. On the other hand, I’ve also learned to not waste time on doing things that I’m not really interested in. For example, spin classes, cycling, kickboxing and swimming. So when people lament that running is so boring but it is the fastest way to lose weight, my reply is – find another sport. You’re doing it for the wrong reason and it won’t be sustainable. Whatever you choose, the aim should be to get better, an inch towards your goal (whatever it may be) and slowly but surely, I promise, you’ll get there.


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Catching Kayla

April 10th, 2015 No Comments »

If you need some sort of inspiration, motivation and just a reminder on how challenges can be overcome, do watch this. Actually, regardless, it is well worth the 12 minutes of your time. Kayla, victim of MS overcomes it all to make it to team varsity and becomes the fastest youngest runner. Despite the fact that MS causes her to lose control of her muscles, she runs till she cannot feel her legs because when her body heats up, she loses total sensation in her legs and she cannot feel a thing. How amazing is she?

When you think you are going through life bad, and life is a constant struggle, how about people like Kayla? Then perhaps, life isn’t too bad after all.

Back to regular programming

April 10th, 2015 1 Comment »

photo by Dwee

Oh hullo! It’s been a long long while hasn’t it?

Are we really in the middle of April? It’s hard to believe how zippy quick the first quarter of 2015 has gone by once again. They say it is when you are enjoying life that time goes by even quicker. A conversation that I had with my colleagues just earlier this evening was kinda scary and awakening. We all lamented how we will be *soon hitting the big 4-0 *gasp. In a couple of years but that is scary. They say, it is when your eyesight goes downhill. All that has crossed the big 4-0 say that it literally happens when you blink open on that day. Long-sightedness sets in, you remember how you used to poke fun of your older friends and relatives who use bi-focals and the joke is now on you and well, a lot changes after.

I am afraid of that time because as I get older, I have a lot more to lose and that makes me fear of death a lot more. Remember how the young ones are often fearless and brave in taking risks? There is little to lose. I remember being so afraid of hitting the big 3-0. I did not believe when people said it will be the best time of your life. It has actually. Bigger financial independence, you get your own place, you travel more, you get promoted and well, the part of the metabolism slowing down is true but thankfully for me, I have been quite lucky in that area. SO as much as I didn’t want to grow old(er), it’s been one big fun ride. But yet, it IS still daunting when time just.. flies by.

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January 23rd, 2015 No Comments »

It’s way past my bedtime (breaking one of my goals..) but I feel like writing and it’s been a terribly long week. These pictures have made its rounds on my Instagram, but these days, I hardly use my camera since the iPhones function well for me and perhaps, I need to get a wifi card or upgrade my Sony to one that has that built in.

I’m trying to grapple with the fact that January is almost done and dusted, like seriously, where on earth has it gone to?!! It’s scary how fast time flies by and I seriously want it to please slow down. Perhaps when you are so insanely busy, time goes by more quickly, I can’t even recall how each day has gone by since the year started. Oh wait. I do. Tonsillitis then it was back into work and it’s been non-stop since. Like pulling late nights till almost midnight and lunch is a 10-15 minutes at the desk affair and I’m so brain dead but trying my best to keep up to my resolutions for this year and I am pleased to say that it’s been pretty much on track so far.

Much as I love work, it does get draining and I find myself looking forward to the weekend where I can veg and do nothing and in short, not use my brain. Unfortunately, the last few weekends have been work weekends so well, work isn’t as fun as everyone thinks -_- I seriously kowtow to full-time working moms. How challenging is it to rush into the office each day, stay focus at work so that they can leave on time or at a decent time to rush back home to spend time with the kid(s). Lunches and coffee breaks are a luxury and the majority of working moms that I know and work with – they hardly spend time on social media. For me, I’m literally brain fried, brain dead after a day’s work and to return home to be a parent and wife is so difficult. And for the men that share the same parenting responsibilities, it’s the same. So for that, big big respect.

So what have I been filling my spare time? The last two weeks is sleeping and doing household chores. I try to bake or cook on weekends mostly to destress and I’ve been doing yoga quite diligently, stretching and slotting in runs. Life gets busy as it always does and I really shouldn’t complain because if I look at the big picture, I’m lucky. Lucky to have work to pay my bills and mortgage and everything that I need to keep me comfortable. And lucky to be able to do the things that I want and spend time with people that I love. So next week will get better, it always gets better after a tough week (or two or three) and well, I do have a vacation to look forward to. Now is to plan for the next big one and hmm maybe one year end and then try to slot in Bali and Bangkok. Uh ambitious? Possible if I try and possible if I remain focus on what I want to achieve and push aside the distractions and keep moving forward.

TGIF! And for this week, seriously, THANK GAWD IT’S FRIDAY! :)

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Old gadgets new gadgets

August 8th, 2014 No Comments »


I love gadgets but the problem is, it runs on a short life cycle. It gets obsolete quickly. I had the iPad 1 (yes version 1..) and Macbook Pro 13″ that I got from 2009 and both were pretty much collecting dust in my place. The iPad 1 was used for me to view my recipes online and the Macbook Pro was literally a dead paperweight. A friend posted on FB that she had obtained a value of around SGD$500 by trading in her old Macbook, upgraded to a newer version and I decided to check it out for myself. So I called iStudio at Paragon to query and was told I would be able to get between SGD200-300 for my Macbook Pro depending on specs and current state and about SGD30-80 for the iPad 1. Awesome. I figured, I might as well get some value out of these two versus letting it depreciate further and really, I’ve not clue what to do with it. The value that you obtain is store credits by the way, and has to be utilized on the day itself.

The battery on my Macbook Pro was completely dead so that brings the value of it down to half, the guy was kind enough to give me SGD$200 value worth and I had another SGD$50 worth on my iPad. So what did I do? I scouted around for a new pair of earphones! Initially, I was looking for noise cancellation earphones to use in the office and on the plane. While I do have a nice pair of Bose noise cancellation headphones, it’s been bulky to carry along on my trips and it’s not a ‘wrap-around the ear but on the ear’ concept so it’s uncomfortable for long haul flights. The model that I was looking at wasn’t available so I explored my options. Finally, after spending a good 45 minutes testing and looking around, I settled on the Bose FreeStyle. It’s actually tailored for sports usage so I veered away from my original intention, but I could use it on the plane as well.

While it isn’t noise cancellation, it’s excellent for running as it allows me to be aware of my surroundings. The earphone ‘floats’ at the entrance of the ear canal so you still get a good sound system but I can hear what’s around me which is very key when I’m out running. Most of all, it doesn’t slip out of my ear! It’s a special design where there is a little protrusion which fits underneath the soft bone of your ear (forgot what the cavity is called). So far, on my runs, it hasn’t slipped out. Plus, it comes in three sizes so that you can adjust accordingly. I can’t say how pleased I have been with this so I thought I’d share this because a lot of us run with music and earphones that fit and don’t fall out are less distracting. It’s not too pricey either. I actually had I believe about $30-40 balance which I got a magic mouse and topped it up on my own. So there you go! If you’ve been looking for one, go check this one out. I’ll likely carry this on my trips as well.

What else is cool and new in gadget world? I’ve a new power bank that I received as a gift for my birthday and it charges my iPhone 8 times so it’s going to be really useful for trips or when I’m out and about without access to a power point.


June 26th, 2014 No Comments »

The beauty in Bali is the sunsets, the food and all that it has to offer. With great company of course. How can I not return to this? Forever, wanderlusting. Bali.

Picture log.

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The challenge

June 2nd, 2014 No Comments »


My colleagues at work have a challenge that is on-going. Over the next 60 days, they will both strive to lose weight and on the last day, a weigh-in will be done. The person who loses the least % weight loss will have to *drumroll.. wear a bikini top and walk through the food court during lunchtime :) Oh yes. That’s the craziness that happens at my work place.

I’m on team D. To support him, I’ve taken on a 30days ab challenge on my own, and also, started doing more strengthening and core training and get my sculpted abs baaaack! So I will be working working working and hope my laziness doesn’t get the better of me.

On a side note, if anyone would like to sponsor D and help him to win the challenge, please contact me directly 😛 I can’t reveal anything here because the competition might be reading this.. but he has gathered his elite team consisting of seasoned triathletes, marathoners etc.. and we have a strategy. Oooh yeah. Be very afraid.

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