Reflections on the Miles

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Salmon on Saturday

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salmon don, sashimi, unagi

salmon don, sashimi, unagi

Zendai sushi @ The Walk Kaset Nawamin.

Written by Rop

November 24, 2015 at 10:45 am

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Zulu Glove lever belt

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A quick review on zulu glove detonator lever belt. Bought from almost a year ago at about 74 GBP shipped (UK).

This 10 mm thick belt is very sturdy. Lever is unique and very easy to use. Definitely helps my squat. It keeps my core tight as I brace my abs. For deadlift, it is less helpful for me personally.

It’s slightly more expensive than Inzer 10mm lever belt (90 USD). The company is in the UK. For someone in Europe, it’s a good choice I think. They keep coming out with new versions with new colors and designs, so go check them out.


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November 21, 2015 at 9:37 am

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Tennis and broken things

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Played tennis (backboard hitting) for the first time in years. Just for 20 min. I still suck but it was fun. Can’t remember last time I picked up the racket. I used to be very into tennis, buying rackets and shoes, and then reading reviews of rackets and shoes. Then I got into running, and also got pretty serious about it. Now I’m into lifting. I think I’m gonna stick with it for a long while.

I dropped an iPad yesterday and broke the screen. Months ago I dropped my phone and broke its screen. Years ago, I dropped a laptop and pretty much ruined it. In every case, the drop height wasn’t that great (less than 1 m) and the device was in some form of protection casing. Why are expensive gadgets made so flimsy? Anyhow, things break. That’s just nature. I didn’t really get upset about it. It just makes me less inclined to buy any new high-priced items. Just tired of things breaking down.

It’s Friday. Time to get strong, one rep at a time!

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November 6, 2015 at 4:11 pm

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Journey is within

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Find things you enjoy doing and keep at it. Get better at it.

Don’t worry about other people. What they are, say, or think are all external and out of your control. Enjoy your journey. Live the moment. Be the best version of you by improving things within your control.

Nothing lasts. One day you will sleep forever. Don’t even worry about how other people will remember you. One day they will all be gone as well. None of this lasts.

Live the life you want to live while you are awake.

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October 31, 2015 at 3:38 pm

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Declutter challenge

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Three days ago I started a new routine. I will be getting rid of one item a day (to donate or throw away). This is to declutter my life a bit. I’ve already leading a pretty minimal life, but there are always ways to improve. This challenge will last for two weeks.

So far I’ve get rid of 3 items: a shirt, a pair of shorts, and a rarely used android app (yes, there is digital clutter too).

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September 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

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Strength symmetry

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relative strengths. long way to go.


muscular symmetry. lots to improve on.

Symmetry Score: 90 (out of 100)
Estimated PL total: 360 kg
Estimated PL Wilks: 273
Strongest Lift: Bench Press
Weakest Lift: Sumo Deadlift

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July 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm

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Progress May 2014-July 2015

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Slowly getting bigger and stronger…

progress may 2014 - july 2015

progress may 2014 – july 2015

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July 2, 2015 at 10:56 am


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