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Monday, May 26, 2008
Before & After

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Above are pictures of me before any workout & diet and after a year of workout & diet.


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Monday, May 05, 2008
Achieving Target

To date I have achieved my target for this year for my weight reduction.

Have given myself a target of reducing a minimum of 5kg within Year 2008.

By far I have already reduced between 7 to 8 kg till then and down 4 sizes.

Most importantly my body fat mass has gone from very unhealthy overfat to healthy range now.

Within the period of 5 months is an amazing feat that I have never ever achieved before.

All these years I have been doing crash diet and exercising hard to reduce weight.

But it has never seem to be able to bring it down to my desire target.

It just yo-yo along the line and worst still it actually tip the scale after the reduction.

This time round the reduction is for real and it never did come back and by far is still reducing.

Of course this time round I have adopt a different strategy.

Instead of crash diet I have been eating healthily and working out religiously.

I am keeping a journal of every moment of this experience that I am going through.

So far many friends and colleague has already seen a great change in me.

In term of slimming down and growing more healthier each day.

I have been hanging most of my old clothing and buying some new to replace.

As the old one are just too large to fill my size now.

Pants size have gone from XL to M and shirt or t-shirt has gone from XL to L or M.

I just never believe I could have done that.

But I am not dreaming it's for real and I am planning to write a book about this journey and to help those that would need help in reducing weight too.

Have been reciting recipes to family, friends, colleagues and even some stranger that I happen to meet during my workout.

The recipes is the key in helping me to reduce weight so I am also working on a diet recipe cook-book.

Just being very happy with my current self but I am challenging myself on the next lap of my target. Keeping this a secret for the moment and hoping to see result next year.

Tune in for more update.

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Monday, April 14, 2008
Down & Out

Finally I am down and out for almost a week.
Was down with a flu viral attack.
It had caught me by surprise.
Put me into a spin and completely out for a few days.
Was like a zoombie for that few days.
Feeling just helpless but to see my fever running better than the "bull run".
It went from normal to 38.6 C and back to 37.8 C.
Then on the alternate day it again sped up to 39 C.
Sponging myself every night to try to get the fever down.
Because it only happen during the middle of the night.
Every night was like sleeping one hour and awaken on the next.

What an experience!!!!!
Anyway I survive the ordeal.....

However it's not all cure by now.
Fever had subsided but leave me with the killer cough and sore-throat.
Slowly I am nursing the throat and have to take time to cure my cough.
As that's my killer.... That could take me month to get cure.
It's been a long long time that I fall sick ever since I started my regime.
So I suppose it's a periodical maintenance for my body to build the resistant.
Well.... I will get well soon!!!

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Thursday, February 28, 2008
Thoughts for Feb

Yet another months is almost gone.
Many things have happened but only the good one...
Very glad that Dad is on his way to recovery.
Hope to see him stand up again and have his health back.
Been very tedious over the last year.
Can understand his frustration and despair toward his own health.
But seeing the new hope in his face and things starts to brighten up;
It does give me the encouragement that every effort was well spent for last year.

I'm in the pink of my own health.
Just had a quick check with my family doctor on my health.
Everything looks good and healthy.
All the effort spent working out and pushing myself out of the couch is well worth.
In the meantime, with the healthy diet that I'm adopting.
It is giving me all the benefits without any doubt about the diet.
Fats had definitely got squeeze out of my "spare tyre".
Weight is definitely reducing in the healthy range.
By far I've lost almost 5kg and hoping to reduce more to maintain a good shape.
It's just in a matter of 2 over months.
I did not go on a crash diet or neither on a hunger diet.
In fact on a regular meal basis with modification to the way and things I ate.
Just simple as that.
Though it's a little hesistant about it initially but seeing the result spur me on.
By the way "The Blind Mice" are all on the same diet and see tremendous result.
All have seen a great reduction in weight and shape in the shortest period.
Good to see that we are getting more health conscious and sticking to it.
Cheers to Good Health........

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Everybody's Birthday (人日)

Today is the birthday for every single human soul on earth.
It's called Ren Ri (人日).
This is the day celebrated by all Chinese around the world.
Seventh day of the Lunar Month. Ren Ri (人日)

Traditionally, this is the day to feast on Seven Varieties of Vegetables
To symbolise a prosperous and abundance year ahead.
However, in Singapore the tradition had been shifted to a more commercial scene.
On this very day, people will feast on Yusheng (鱼生) with various other dishes.
鱼生 is a symbolic term for the business minded people with the intention to prosper.
By tossing the seven or more types of vegetables with slices of raw fish.
The higher it's tossed the better and luckier in the coming years ahead.
Hence, it has become a norm now in Singapore to have 鱼生 every Lunar New Year.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008
2007 Recollection & 2008 Moving Forward

2007 had been a eventful year for me.
So many things happened with a series of events.

At work was a mess in the beginning of the year.
With the baseless accusation by the stupid dumb dumb.
Which causes a big uproar of event.
Making my life so difficult at work.
Then causes me to loose the opportunity to a new posting.
After that still carry out lots of farcical propaganda about me.
Anyway I am letting the matter to rest in 2007 and moving forward to 2008.
I will look for new opportunity to seek a better life when available.
Knowing age will be a setback for me
But I'm going to win the situation with experience.
Hopefully it's not just my wishful thinking.
Need to have confident with myself........ (Pat my shoulder).....SmileWink

At home was a whole lot of event with Dad being in & out of hospital.
He was in and out of the hospital so many times
That I had forgotten which time was for which event.
Merely can only remembered the few cases only.
Most important are the one that he got infected and had to be operated.
Then there's another one that I was away on vacation recently.
He got admitted again and on the verge of another operation.
Luckily the infection is subsiding with the medication.
Hopefuly that he will be on the way to a good recovery in 2008.

In life for 2007 had been very low profile.
Didn't had much time left for myself.
Only had the time for a vacation last month.
But the vacation was shortened with Dad being warded.
Although the vacation may be short but had a good rest though.
Didn't manage to fulfill a few resolutions in 2007 due to the eventful year.
Couldn't have enough time to tidy up my thoughts for 2007.
As my vacation was shortened so had set a very simple resolution for 2008.
Won't be expecting myself very much for 2008.
Will see that it's gonna work out fine.

For friendship - I am pretty lucky to have a bunch of bosom friends.
They had been very understanding toward me.
I know I had been neglecting them a lot in 2007.
But no matter how at anytime they would just drop me a word of encouragement.
That had been the best than any medicine that I could have.
It just spurred me on to appreciate life more positively.
Hopefully I can make up to them in 2008.

For my health - Has been improving.
2007 had been a year of pushing myself hard to get out of the couch.
Health wasn't really good then due to too many happening events.
Was eating all unhealthy junks and make me sick all the time.
Embarking on improving my health was the right choice.
With the family history of chronic illnesses.
I don't wanna follow in the same footstep.
Treasuring my health is the most important thing to do.
By having my health I can have anything else.
Without which what's the point of having lots of money or whatever???
Health has been constantly improving since getting off the couch.
Will anticipate more effort into maintaining my health for 2008.
Have been going on a healthy diet starting 2008.
Can't wait to see a new change or a good make over for myself....Big SmileTongue

Investment had been up and down in 2007.
Good time and bad time.
Manage to reap a good profit to pay off my house in 2007.
At the same time due to some bad investment still in paper lose.
Hopefully will see some light in 2008 to clean up the paper lose.
Had been reading up much on investment to make my $ work had for me.
Looking at long term I wanna live comfortably.
Hence I would need to make sure I have enough to last me that long.
Looking at mid term I have to make sure I can have a good income.
Looking at short term I must make sure that $ will come in fast.
Have re-evaluted my investment strategies for 2008.
As it may be a topsy & turvy situation in investment.
Hence will place extra care in investment for 2008.

Looking forward to 2008 and hoping for the best to come.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Holiday Mood

Just one more week and I'll pack myself off on the road.
Going to a quiet and peaceful place to really rejuvenate.
I'm all mood to go.
Just can't wait for next week.

Have been hearing more ranting from ex-dept colleagues.
Will just lend a ear but will not make any comment.
There were things that ex-dumb dumb bad mouth about me.
Anyway I'm just not interested and will not react to it.
Just take it with a pinch of salt and laugh it off as silly and childish act.

Holiday...Holiday...Holiday...Here I come.....
I wanna "Live Forever Young".......................

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Monday, November 26, 2007
End Of Year 2007 Soon...iai

Just a flip of the eyes and it's nearing the end of Year 2007.
Time really flies.
Wonder what I had achieved this year?
Really beats me this year.
Things just happen so fast this year that I don't have a good memory of it.
Need to do an account of my achievement and failure soon.
And to reflect on all the lapses that I had missed out.
Work out a new plan for Year 2008.

Of course one thing that I have to admit is the time.
Have lost much of my time this year.
Will never be able to get it back.
But I must say time really wait for no man.
It's already near the last month of the year.
What's next?
It'll be a new year soon.
Must catch hold of the new year to start everything afresh.
Wishing a good turnout for next year.

Two more weeks and it'll be a good time for hiatus...
Rest & Relax to rejuvenate for next year.

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Friday, November 16, 2007
Chances Getting Slimmer

Part 1

For those that had been following the saga episode.
This is a continuation of the saga.

I had mentioned before that I was offered a new post.
But then was stopped from going over for some reasons given.
For as long as the position stays open I still stand a chance.
It's almost six month up for the promise given by them.
The promise was to release me for the post if it still stay open.

The trick now is that they knew the six months is almost up.
Recruitment for that position had been filled recently.
So my chance of getting into that post is going from hopeful to despair now.
This is the dirty trick they had pulled a fast one on me right now.
Just wanted me to remain where I'm.

Anyway.... I'm starting to loose interest in this company.
I am seeing a very bad press of management style and human relation.
First they hold my transfer (aka promotion).
Next they trick me into accepting the promise (aka empty).
Now that our bonus is at stake....
I just wonder what would they think of next?
Why work hard for nothing in the end?
My heart just sank very deeply....very deeply....and getting very tired....
Probably it's time for me to rethink of going for a hiatus again.
Or probably it's time for me to move out of this comfort zone.
Go to a no man land and start my life all over again.
I don't mind tilling the land, run the animals, read all the books I have....
Sit by the sea-shore, catch the breeze, laze under the morning sun....
This is the life I have wanted.
When will I be able to have this kinda life?

Part 2

Happen to read this email from Kris while writing this blog entry.


This is a true story which happened in the States. A man came out of his
home to admire his new truck. To his puzzlement, his three-year-old son was happily hammering dents into the shiny paint of the truck. The man ran to his son, knocked him away, hammered the little boy's hands into pulp as punishment. When the father calmed down, he rushed his son to the hospital.

Although the doctor tried desperately to save the crushed bones, he finally had to amputate the fingers from both the boy's hands. When the boy woke up from the surgery and saw his bandaged stubs, he innocently said, "Daddy, I'm sorry about your truck." Then he asked, "but when are my fingers going to grow back?" The father went home and committed suicide.

Think about this story the next time someone steps on your feet or you wish to take revenge. Think first before you lose your patience with someone you love. Trucks can be repaired.. Broken bones and hurt feelings often can't. Too often we fail to recognize the difference
between the person and the performance. We forget that forgiveness is greater than revenge.

People make mistakes. We are allowed to make mistakes. But the actions we take while in a rage will haunt us forever.

"Good Life starts only when you stop wanting a better One"    

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away "

I believed I had been patience enough to hold their promise.
I have been more than forgiving in any manner toward them.
I have never given up my search for a better life.
I'm for sure that I'll find it one day. When? I don't know....
This half years have taken many moments of my breath away.
For I patiently hoping for this moment to materialise my dream.
In the end my dream looks like it's gonna be shattered again soon.
My feeling and desire is all broken down to ashes now..........
Sometime I just wonder does or will my patience pays off???

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Free (解脱)

Received a call from Agnes about Uncle Yong's father.
Was told that Uncle Yong's father passed away peacefully last night.
May he be blessed to return to his Lord for a peaceful journey from now on.

Believe that his passing on is a way to free from the suffering.
Uncle Yong's father had been ill for quite sometime and required closed attention.
Which I think it's the most demanding thing for either party
And of which I've also gone through at one time.
I can understand the kinda feeling.
Especially when every little details need attention.
It is very exhaustive on the one taking care of them.
Not that one cannot do it.
But it's the psychological and physical constraint one has.
At time one can just feel very drain out when no one is there to support you.
Just feel like giving up.
On the other hand, equally for the patient.
I believe they equally would feel emotionally bad as well.
If they know well what's happening or what he/she is going through.

So I believe it's a way out for both Uncle Yong and his father.
Both will be free from the psychological and physical strains.
They can get on with their "life" from here on.
I would love to see myself passed on peacefully too when I am old.
Do not want to cause any misery or burden for any of my love one.
This would just be fair for my love one as they have their own life.
For as long as our love one live in our heart when they are gone.
We continue to love them like we have when they are around.
I strongly believe that this love will keep us alive.

The Eagles - Love Will Keep Us Alive

I was standing
All alone against the world outside
You were searching
For a place to hide
Lost and lonely
Now you've given me the will to survive
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive
Don't you worry
Sometimes you've just gotta let it ride
The world is changing
Right before your eyes
Now I've found you
There's no more emptiness inside
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive
I would die for you
Climb the highest mountain
Baby, there's nothing I wouldn't do
Now I've found you
There's no more emptiness inside
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive
I would die for you
Climb the highest mountain
Baby, there's nothing I wouldn't do
I was standing
All alone against the world outside
You were searching
For a place to hide
Lost and lonely
Now you've given me the will to survive
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive

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