Gym Training – Month 11 Update

Measured again for the first time in 4 months. I had been travelling for the past several months however I managed to keep my training consistent by making up the following week.

Right now I weigh in 60.5 kg, a 2.3 kilo drop since last October. And so is my body fat percentage, now 15.1%! It was 16.4% when I last measured.

However this also means a drop in overall muscle mass.

Which is ironic, considering the past three weeks all the intensive trainings were focused on muscle building workouts.

The hardest part for me isn’t in the training itself; it’s the eating part. I am not a big eater. While my appetite has improved since before I started my training, it was only marginal. I get nauseas easily when I am near full and there were so many embarrassing moments I was struggling not to vomit out my food when I was in public or with friends over a meal.

I wonder if it is a medical condition? To think of it, I got this nauseas problem since 1st January 2009. I remember the exact date because it was also when I started to have chronic eczema. Only months ago the skin problem had dissipated to the point of nearly vanished (still holding my breath on that though). However my nauseas problem remains.

Now I need to gain at least another 4.5 kg to reach 65 kg. Bulking is going to be tough in my nauseas condition, I plan to see the doctors at Pathlab when I go to Johor again for the Chinese New Year holidays. About time anyway – it’s been 3 years since I last went for an overall health check up. I am confident they will strike out ‘high level cholesterol’ this time. πŸ˜‰

2011 In Photos

As the year 2011 approaches its last two weeks, it’s time to look back at the year as a whole. While a lot of amazing and interesting things have happened this year throughout, each photo weaves together into what 2011 had been for me. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

I hope 2011 had been a blast for you, as it was for me. It’s not the number of years you put into your life… but the life you put into your years!

Templers Templars

Also known as RYM Camping Trip

I organized the camping trip for my church friends at RYM @ SIC just last week i.e. 10th and 11th December. It was RYM’s first ever camping trip and even though it was 2 days 1 night for everyone else, my initial team and I booked the place and stayed one day earlier.

It’s been exactly 10 years since I last went on a camping trip like this. It brought me back memories to my high school days as a boy scout. πŸ™‚ And yes, I camped here in Templers Park as a scout before… surprisingly, not much changes even after a decade!

 

Being the camp master, I did a lot of planning – including Plan Bs and emergencies – and went on a shopping spree for items. I felt less confident initially since it was ages I’ve been out of touch with scouting / camping. My cooking skills is nearly non-existent too!

Thankfully, there were other more experienced people in the group who could help with the fire pit and cooking. πŸ™‚ That left me to focus on running the activities for the group of 17.

 

Arriving a day earlier, some of us set up the tents and chopped firewood and bamboos in preparation for the coming days.

There was a group of hedgehog hunters that arrived hours later and initially, we feared they would interfere with our program. Fortunately, they were really nice people and matter of fact we owe a bunch of thanks to their help and generosity. They helped us set up some gadgets and being very experienced with the jungle, they gave us priceless survival advice!

For me, it was 3 days 2 nights of being disconnected from the outside world and civilization! That’s right – no Internet. No computers. And no reception.

Since the jungle is deep, I got us a couple of walkie talkies to communicate while within the jungle.

 

The camping trip was more relaxed and I deliberately planned for a loose, less rigid schedule. I mean, I’ve already punked so many people into thinking the walking journey from entrance to camp site is 25 minutes… when in actual fact it is 45 minutes long. πŸ˜›

Ironically I found the abundance of time observing others curiously. I don’t remember going people-looking for that long. Probably because I was stuck in the middle of nowhere with them. Haha!

 

When you are in the middle of nowhere, the luxury of modern technology is taken away from you and the comfort of a cozy bed gone, you cannot help but wonder how people lived just simply hundreds of years ago!

I also remember that things used to be harsher and less forgiving when I was a scout. But I stuck it through. Now? I work half as hard than I used to but I was already easily lethargic. I think it must be age, haha!

Since it’s coming to year end, it was a great opportunity for me to pause and reflect on all the past events.

This year throughout…

How a chain of events and circumstances shaped me to become who I am today…

And of course, reminiscing my days as a scout πŸ™‚

To think that just one and a half months ago, I was busy preparing this camping trip for the youth group while juggling my travels. Now everything seemed so worth it. I know it, when I saw everyone’s smile on their faces. πŸ™‚

The Malayan Box Turtle Discovery!

This is something that doesn’t happen all the time! Not long ago, Ashley stumbled upon a stray turtle walking somewhere outside our Lakeview house. πŸ™‚

It might have walked away from the lake so Ashley was carrying it back, only to realize its legs were injured and there were scratches underneath the shell, possibly from walking on the hot tar road.

So she decided to take it back home and nurse it to health. πŸ™‚

 

Initially shy, the stray turtle (we name it Nomad Kura) now stays in our backyard pond with the rest of our red ear sliders. Ashley and I discussed this over the phone and since it’s a stray animal, it would be best to let it go again after it is fully healed.

Days later, Ashley read about the illegal pet trade going on in Malaysia and coincidentally this turtle type was mentioned. It’s called the “Malayan Box Turtle” although it goes by many other names.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amboina_box_turtle
Its current species status is “threatened” or “vulnerable”! There was an article about it in The Star last Saturday (10th December 2011) – I am unable to find the article online but this older article pretty much sums it:

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/1/7/nation/20090107145436&sec=nation

In short, this turtle is a prime target for poachers. Common tactics of duping include a guy coming over to tell you it’s illegal to possess it; he will take it away and what you don’t know is that he’s a poacher.

 


That said, we cannot risk returning the turtle to the lake since people go there to fish now. As of now, we are taking care of Nomad Kura until further notice. Fortunately, for a stray animal, Nomad Kura seems to adapt well with our pond and our other turtles! πŸ™‚