Tipping the scales

9 05 2012

I have become one of those women who’s starting to obsess over her weight. I have been slim most part of my life but horrors when I realised that I have put on 5 kg over the last couple of years! Not surprising, since I sit on my ass most part of the day in an air-conditioned office, indulge in pastas, Tim Tams, Pringles as and when I want and go for a session of yoga when I need to seek some redemption and feel good about myself after that mandatory instant noodle meal every Sunday.

But seriously, aside from the weight gain resulting from a slow down in metabolism, meaning your body stores whatever that is not burned off into energy into fats that probably comes in lumps of lard which then appear as muffin tops (not the edible kind) or love handles (nothing to love about); I’m also trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. I guess when you get enough winks, eat well, enjoy that occasional glass of wine, you just..well radiate a picture of health..your skin glows (no blusher needed), you feel happier thanks to the endorphins, you fall sick less often, you get less cramps, and the no brainers go on.

The golden rule- go low on carbs, work out. get enough sleep. BUT. IT. IS.HARD. WORK. For the past two weeks, I cannot recall the number of times I had fish soup and yong tau fu (like a mish mash of Chinese vegs and beancurds, something like that) or having to conjure up options that is non-rice/noodle based- which is really difficult in this city where rice and noodles are staples!

And the verdict? After about two weeks, the needle on the weighing scale has remained exactly where it was. Apparently it has to do with the type of workouts you do- trying to alternate hot yoga with hatha with vinyasa just means I would be able to maintain my current weight whilst toning my body, but that also means that I am building muscle which is bulk. So incorporate more cardio work into the regime- running, anything that makes you perspire like a frigging pig. For instance, one hour of hot yoga burns about 630 calories, that is about the equivalent of 0.5 hour of intense fast running, as compared to something more sedentary like slow walking (80 calories for 0.5 hours).

So here I am -trying to keep a fitness/diet diary and tracking my improvement, while watching Jlo’s videos everyday to inspire myself. Let’s see how this pans out then.

My inspiration

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In 2011…

8 02 2012

I know it’s late posting this but I guess it’s never too late for anything in life right?

So in 2011, I..

1) self drove across the vast Scottish highlands, the place I always wonder about after Braveheart
2) heard bagpipes being played live for the first time in my life; it was truly music to the ears
3) set foot in the place where Nessie was spotted
4) visited the castle that had the same name as me, well sort of.. Eilean Donan Castle
5) went to Taiwan for the first (and second time) and can’t get enough of it
6) went to Ho Chi Minh for the first time and had quite enough of it
7) had many of my good friends move away and prompted me to seriously think what’s next for me too
8) understood the true meaning of karma when my evil ex boss got what she finally deserved
9) dated European men- unique breed really
10) took up Spanish- my fourth language! Viva España!                                             11) drove an ATV for the first time and got hooked. Cars are so boring in comparison
12) read many books- but wish I could read a lot faster so I could cover more
13) bought too many bags
14) bought too many shoes
15) considered going vegan after reading Eating Animals but still lacked the determination to do so
16) asked myself for the 2485th time why I am still working for this organisation
17) finally watched Last Tango in Paris
18) laid ownership to four phones in total- 2 iPhones died on me, changed my 3rd iPhone to my current one
19) went upside down after finally conquering headstands at yoga
20) met Samantha Brown who has the best job in the world
21) fell in love with Gaudi, there was reason for all that hype
22) lost my dear grandmother. You are in a better place we all know.





Christmas is in the air

19 12 2011

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Hablo Español. Y tu?

27 11 2011

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One of my lifetime goals is to be able to master 5 languages. Excluding dialects.

I have always been interested in the spoken word. It’s a wonderful feeling being able to speak a native language in a foreign country all part of immersing yourself in the country’s culture.

One of the countries I have fallen deeply for is Spain. Beside the fact that speaking Spanish immediately elevates you to sex symbol status, I felt it was about time to start learning on a new language since I last did my Italian language scholarship a few years back.

And the verdict?

Me encanta! (I love it!)

Spanish is alot like Italian without the crazy hands.

Examples:
(How do you say..)
Spanish: Como se dice?
Italian: Come si dice?

(where’s the toilet?)
Spanish: Donde es el baño?
Italian: Dove e il bagno?

(I love you)
Spanish: Te amo
Italian: Ti amo

It will take me a few months, years even to master Spanish but I m loving the process. And I finally understood what ‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ means!

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Happy National Day Singapore (but I ‘m not celebrating)

8 08 2011

When I tell people that I will live in the country anytime over a city, people usually gasp. ‘But you look like a city girl head to toe!’ they tell me. But you see it’s the city I live. It’s very much caught up in development and building and building new malls, offices, flats.. It makes you wonder how with the population boom, where are they going to continue to find this space. Will this teeny weeny island ever sink? You may think HK is worse, but get this, Singapore has surpassed HK in terms of population density, and remember HK is waaaay larger than us.

In the rather short amount of time I spent overseas, there were certain things I missed about Singapore, the convenience of public transport (though now it is proving to be difficult too, hands up if you have had problems hailing a cab), accessibility of healthcare (you don’t need to run to a hospital when you have the flu), speed and efficiency at the cashier..but those were the happiest times of my life. You see, in some parts of the world, people just aren’t materialistic. Being happy was simple- great weather, great food, great coffee, time with friends and family, space to explore..being happy does not hinge on having a car where you pay more money for a piece of paper than the car itself, worrying about balloting for a flat, rush hour when it is impossible to get a cab or squeezing through sweaty, grumpy people in the morning in the packed packed trains.

Really at the end of the day, it is all quite simple. What are you willing to give up/sacrifice for the life you truly want to lead? I know my answers.

Which do you prefer? 🙂





The Look of Love

24 06 2011

Being a Libran, I admit I am a hopeless romantic.

I recently made the observation that many Singaporean couples lack that spark between them. Many times, I see couples sitting across one another, but busy playing on their iPhones, without saying a single word to each other.

Typically local men has the notion that actions should speak louder than words, which I don’t disagree. But apart from practical actions, it would be really nice to affirm your love for someone with a tender kiss, a bear hug, a dip kiss. Which is why I love this pic from The Sartorialist. And of course, who can forget the famous ‘The Kiss’ photo?

the original ‘The Kiss’ photo





Adventures on the ATV

1 02 2011

Can you believe January is already past us? Wasn’t it just Christmas and NY?

I must say that I have had several new experiences in that short month. I finally tried my hand at the ATV!  And it was awesomeness! I have always seen people doing it on telly and thought it was so cool. You see, I have always fantasized myself as a biker chick. The word here is ‘fantasized’. I have never gone to score myself a bike licence, because I thought riding in Singapore is no fun- dust, ungracious drivers, ERPs! But whenever I see people riding in Bali on their scooters or Italy on their Vespas, I wish I could be them. So this upcoming trip to Italy, I am gonna get on a Vespa somewhat.

Ok I digressed. Anyway, the ATV, or all-terrain vehicle, is usually rode on rough terrain, duh. I rode one in Krabi and it was so much fun. You go through a few training laps, learn to control the beast and then you are all set and ready! It works like a bike, except since it is built to ride through bumps and potholes, you ride into a jungle of sorts with uphills and dips, with leaves from nearby brushing your face. Sometimes you need to lower your head to avoid colliding with the branches sticking out. Of course, for the ‘full set’ of experience, the sand blowing into your face haha. I feel like Lara Croft!

(not me, but you get the drift)

So anyone heading to Thailand next, should really really try this.