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Busy Friday. Been a tiring week. Got up late this morning. Glad weekend is here.
Short and sweet session before dinner. PB is good for the mind.


FitNotes Workout – Friday 30th September 2016

** Close Grip Barbell Bench Press **
– 40.0 kgs x 15 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 11 reps
– 65.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 75.0 kgs x 4 reps
– 80.0 kgs x 6 reps [PR]
– 60.0 kgs x 5 reps

** Pull Up **
– 8 reps


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September 30, 2016 at 11:47 pm

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Flying annoyance

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This month I got to fly a few times from the two trips taken. Overall it was a positive experience. However there were some unpleasant incidents that annoyed me.

On a flight last week, there was a child banging on the back of my seat. This went on for the whole flight. It was horrible. The mother was sitting three seats away. If you can’t watch your kids, don’t travel with them. I get annoyed by unruly kids.

On the flight back home, an air attendant in my area was a large woman who never said sorry when banging her hips against my elbow or my shoulder or her cart against my knee. Her tone of voice was also not very comforting. It was very inconsiderate and unpleasant. You couldn’t really do anything about it.

Also, in general, I couldn’t sleep during flight. I always sit on aisle seat. There was always a worry of the people inside wanting get out to go to the bathroom. So I couldn’t close my eyes and sleep in peace. It’s a bane of flying economy.

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September 29, 2016 at 11:22 pm

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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

 – Marcus Aurelius

Be mindful of this. Look into the truth, not somebody’s opinion of it.

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September 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm

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Life is a combination of journeys. Are you going somewhere? What is your destination anyway, do you know? 

Your room is your comfort zone. But you can’t stay in your room forever. If you are alive, you move. Going to places, choosing places to go, it’s your choice. Do you know where you want to go in life? How will you travel?

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September 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm

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Sleepy session

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When in doubt, lift.

Training is the medicine for all illness. It makes you feel good about yourself. So when things aren’t going well or you feel a bit lost, hit the training ground and treat yourself to a free self improvement session.

Feeling weak and small. So, deadlift time. Getting back to my groove. Light weights. Still need to get the sleep in order. But it was nice to be in the gym.

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September 26, 2016 at 9:02 pm

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Thirteen flew out of Bangkok together. Three got back before the others. Arrived smoothly. Too bad i couldn’t sleep during flight.

Meeting new people and being inspired by them are the most important things I have gotten from this trip. I will do my best to help making things better using this inspiration.

Last espresso before flying home.

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September 25, 2016 at 11:19 pm

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Killing time and flying home

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It’s time to go home. Flight is in the evening so there’s time to relax. Went to the morning market and got some soaps (savon). 

Three of us went to Marseille and hang out for a while. It was nice sitting by the road and pier and watch people walking by as we had lunch. It was interesting that bloody mary was served without mixing. Ingredients were provided but customers have make the drinks themselves.

Drank so much coffee today but I probably will sleep just fine on the plane. 

It was a nice few days in France but it’s time to go back and get some work done.

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September 24, 2016 at 10:35 pm

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