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Archive for November 2016


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Had a farewell lunch for a young colleague today. He has gotten a position another place. Wishing him well. 

Things are always changing. People come and go. Nothing is permanent.

Time for a change. I’ve reached a point where I’m not happy with my body. The belly has gotten large and it doesn’t look good. Going to begin cutting. Strength is my first priority, but physique is also important. 


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November 30, 2016 at 8:47 pm

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Philosophy, not religion

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Lead your life with wisdom, not commandments. Come up with your own rules.

Don’t follow a doctrine blindly.

Ignore your parents, relatives, and friends. Find your own path.

No one is faultless. Question everything. 

Create your own philosophy. Disregard religions.

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November 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

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Monday. Time to work hard. Do good things. Be useful. 

Don’t get overwhelmed. Have the end goal in mind. To get where you want to go you have to work toward it.

Let’s get things done, one at a time. One task is never too much. You can handle it. 

Learn along the way. Grow. Enjoy life. Be in control of your own happiness.

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November 28, 2016 at 9:10 pm

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Rack pull Sunday

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Sunday is stay-home-and-train day. Managed a rack pull PB.

At the heaviest weight I’ve ever been. It’s good for strength progressing. However the belly fat bothers me. It’s hard to get rid of. When I cut down on calories, I feel like the chest and arms get smaller faster than the stomach does, and that’s rather annoying.

During the down time, YouTube is my current entertainment of choice. Been following world chess championship 2016. Watched tape of last two games for hours this weekend. It came down to the final deciding game between Carlsen and Karjakin. As a casual player, chess at the top level is really fascinating.


Workout – Sunday 27th November 2016

** Overhead Press **
– 27.5 kgs x 10 reps
– 37.5 kgs x 10 reps

** Barbell Squat **
– 27.5 kgs x 8 reps
– 37.5 kgs x 8 reps
– 47.5 kgs x 8 reps

** Pull Up **
– 5 reps

** Rack Pull **
– 60.0 kgs x 5 reps
– 80.0 kgs x 5 reps
– 90.0 kgs x 5 reps
– 100.0 kgs x 5 reps
– 110.0 kgs x 8 reps [PR]

** Rack Pull (Straps) **
– 115.0 kgs x 8 reps [PR]

** Barbell Shrug **
– 115.0 kgs x 12 reps [PR] [Straps]
– 115.0 kgs x 12 reps [Straps]
– 60.0 kgs x 10 reps

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November 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

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Being child-free

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I have lomg chosen to be child-free.

I just don’t care about most kids in general.
I don’t think there’s anything special or magical about them.

Frankly, if they are not related to me in some way, I mostly just want them to leave alone.

However, that’s just my personal opinion.

I don’t think less of those who choose to be parents.

We don’t have to all think the same.

If kids make you happy, good for you.

I just don’t think you should have them if you can’t afford to give them a good life.

I also think less of you if you have no ideas how to keep your kids from bothering other people.

Having kids is not for me.

I like my freedom too much.

And quiet time is precious for my mental well-being.

Raising a child is really expensive and I have zero interest in working just to buy baby nappies, toys, clothes, food.

The education system in this country sucks unless you are rich.

And sending your children to cram schools just to have they do well in tests seems depressing to me

Being responsible for someone else’s life for 18+ years seems really burdensome to me.

Having children just for the reason that you would have someone to take care of you when you are old is a really selfish decision.

Learn to take care of yourself. Never be a burden to anyone.

I just don’t want kids. Bottom line.

When I’m done with this world, that’s it. I’m done. Gone forever. I don’t feel the need to leave something behind.

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November 26, 2016 at 10:08 pm

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TGIF shabu

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Another week completed. Things got done. Much more up ahead. A little celebration on Friday night with shabu and ice cream.

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November 25, 2016 at 11:26 pm

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Say no to indoctrination

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Imposing ideas and forcing beliefs onto a person based only on his place of birth is cruel. Let her choose what she wants to be. Let him find the society he wants to be in. Just because the child is made from your sperm and egg doesn’t mean you ought to limit her points of view.

No child is a Christian, a Muslim, or a Buddhist. He is a blank canvas, a work in progress, a free spirit. Let her find her own way. If he wants to believe in God, let him. If she wants to embrace atheism, that’s her business.

Everyone has his own mind and nobody has the right to violate the freedom of thoughts.

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November 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm

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