Reflections on the Grind

thoughts on training and life

Bench and steaks

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Just bench today, nothing else. The training sessions are brief these days. Killed time with my favorite non-sport game, Dark Souls.

My strength goal is not looking great at the moment with the lost training time. As usual, my form was unstable after the long layoff. However since I got back to training, I managed to pull off a couple of 7-rep PBs.

New 7-rep maxes may not seem like a big deal. However one of those is of the overhead press, the lift I have stalled the most. The other is the bench press. Any day I get a PB is a good day.

Today it finally rained, even if just a little bit, cooling things down a notch. We went out for dinner, celebrating our 6th year anniversary. We aren’t big on traditional celebrations like birthdays or anniversaries, but finding a reason reason to eat delicious food is always nice.

We chose Central Eastville again. This Central branch has become our go-to place for shopping and food, as it is the closest mall to our house. I dread going to downtown Bangkok due to the traffic. This place isn’t too large but it has what we need: a bunch of restaurants and a good supermarket to buy groceries. There are also many people walking their dogs. I’m a big fan of dogs.

Simple dinner of sirloins at The Grill to end the day.

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April 30, 2016 at 3:42 pm

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Clear out

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Everyday, clear out things that take up space in your life in negative ways.

Books you won’t read. Worn-out shoes that hurt your feet. Junk foods that impede your fitness goal. Clothes you don’t see yourself wearing again. Activities that you don’t enjoy. Rude people who annoy you. Crappy thoughts that keep you from being happy.

Your time is limited. Make room for the positives.

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April 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

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Home for a while this time

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Landed in Bangkok at 1 pm. Took about 2.5 hours to get home. Airport rail link is quite cheap but slow. Then I tried to get Uber but it was a long wait and the two drivers asked me to cancel because traffic was bad. Ended up taking a taxi. There aren’t enough Uber cars in Bangkok to make it the main transport of choice.

It was still as hot as when I left. But no headache like last time. The flight time is only 5:20 hours and the time difference is just two hours. My body can handle this.

Korea is great. Been there three times and I’m very impressed with how advanced and effiicient they are. The country has beautiful landscapes and modern architectures. I like the bidet toilets. I like things that just work like they are supposed to. I feel safe walking around outside at night. People are nice in their own way.

I missed meeting up with my old friend DH. It was my mistake not informing him ahead of time. I was busy before this trip and also thought he wasn’t in the country.

Oh well it was a short trip and I was busy with meetings. It would probably be tough to get together anyhow. I’m sure I’ll get to visit Korea again.

Spent the evening relaxing with lifting and gaming. Quality downtime before working tomorrow. Gonna be home for a while this time. Time to get some work done.

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April 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm

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Korean Fried Chicken

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A long day of meetings today. Productive but very tiring. I’m currently in a state of perpetual sleepiness. Eyes want to close, body wants to stop moving, yet there’s work to be done. Finally today’s duty is almost done and we are in a car, on the way to dinner. The people who host us are very nice, I’m really glad to net them, but physically I can’t wait to get back to bed.

Today at the meeting at the research institute we were not allowed to take any photos. They put tape over our phone lenses for security purpose. So I couldn’t get any photos of their cool facilities. So let me just post pictures of yummy dinner yesterday.

The first meal after getting off the plane was okay. Quick easy eat in a mall’s food court. I had fried rice with chicken nuggets.

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After the work was done, we walked around the town trying to find something for dinner. Ended up going to this nice place called Von Chicken. The roasted chicken, fried chicken, and odeng were delicious. They had the spatulas for the customers to eat with. The fried chicken was particularly tasty. Crispy and not oily at all.

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So it was a nice day. Being a tourist can be exciting. You are far away from most life’s responsibilities. Everything you see around you is new, and probably something you will only see once in your life. So you feel like absorbing all the sights and sounds to take home with you.

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April 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm

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Look, there’s something to lift

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Landed in Incheon airport in the morning. We spent a very long time in the immigration line. Then we took a 3-hour bus ride to Daejeon. We walked to have lunch in a mall after checking into the hotel. Then we went out to our meeting. I was very tired due to the lack of sleep. Glad to be back at the hotel and can sleep. This post will be quick as my eyes are about to close.

When you have no expectation, things often turn out well. I didn’t how anything about the place we were going to stay. The residence turned out to be great. It’s not luxurious or fancy, but it has the basics for a long stay. Kitchen with utensils, sink, fridge, microwave oven, TV (all channels in Korean), desktop computer (old, slow, and in Korean). All these are nice but I probably won’t get to use them during this trip. More importantly it has a gym. It’s small and doesn’t have much (3 treadmills, 2 bikes, 4 weight machines, dumbbells up to 10 kg) but it’s very adequate for our two-night stay. Lifting us a very simple hobby. You just need some weights to lift up and down. Training in an air conditioned room is awesome. Pumping iron before bed is the perfect way to relax.

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April 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm

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Eating Korea

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Last day of work. Long rides on car and bus. Nice meeting with our friendly and inspiring Korean hosts. There’s lot to be done to catch up. But it’s possible if we are determined like they are. Progress toward greatness is a slow process, but you got to stick with it. It’s like training. You can’t become good in just a few days of training. It takes years to be great.

Yesterday the hosts took us to this nice beef barbeque restaurant. Then at today’s lunch we were treated to a beef hotpot with another host. In the evening we went out to eat grilled pork near the hotel. Good eating in this trip.

Today we finished our work here. Tomorrow we fly home.

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April 25, 2016 at 7:51 pm

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How to train in warm weather

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It’s been hot during the day here in the city. How can one go to the gym and get something out of it?

1. Take long breaks between sets. Let the body recover.

2. Stay hydrated and cool. Drink water throughout the session. Use a fan to keep cool.

3. Take it easy. Don’t overstress your body. Lower your volume and intensity.

Live according to nature. You are part of the universe. The weather will get more pleasant soon. Then it’s time to push harder.

Couldn’t sleep last night. Got up to watch Barcelona v Gijon. Then passed the morning time by watching UFC197. Did some lifting in between. Light squat and rack pull today before going to the airport. After a week off, squat feels wobbly. Something is still better than nothing.

Sunday afternoon. Almost time to get on the road and into the sky. Hopefully I can get to sleep in the plane this time.

Next post will be from Daejeon.

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April 24, 2016 at 7:51 am

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