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Archive for December 2016


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In Kanchanaburi on this last day of the year. It’s past 9 pm and I’m super sleepy. I’m too old for new year countdown. The year 2016 is over. New beginning is always exciting. Let’s get better.

Thank you readers. All three of you out there.

I completed the self challenge of blogging everyday for the entire year. It wasn’t easy, but I did my best to come up with things to write about. I’m kinda done with daily blogging. Sharing the boring, private details of what I do is not my thing.


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December 31, 2016 at 10:56 pm

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Roaring into new year

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It’s almost over. 2016. New beginning. Continuation of this short life. Here’s to another year full of PB’s. I’m a beast and will live like one. I will work hard and be consistent to be the best I can be. 

I might die this year. No day will be wasted on things I don’t care about. My remaining days in this earth go down everyday. I can’t waste time pleasing other people.

Your life is valuable. Talk less, do more. Be less distracted, be more focused. Care less about bullshit, zero in more toward your goal.

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December 30, 2016 at 7:58 pm

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Semen to ash

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Don’t let yourself forget how many doctors have died, after furrowing their brows over how many deathbeds.

How many astrologers, after pompous forecasts about others’ ends.

How many philosophers, after endless disquisitions on death and immortality.

How many warriors, after inflicting thousands of casualties themselves.

How many tyrants, after abusing the power of life and death atrociously, as if they were themselves immortal.

In short, know this: Human lives are brief and trivial. Yesterday a blob of semen; tomorrow embalming fluid, ash.

To pass through this brief life as nature demands. To give it up without complaint.

Like an olive that ripens and falls.

Praising its mother, thanking the tree it grew on.

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


Start training with resistance bands today. It’s a new kind of challenge.

Weight is down to 72 kg. Still the belly doesn’t seem to get any smaller.

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December 29, 2016 at 9:10 pm

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Massage stick

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Got myself a message stick. Always looking for ways to relieve muscle tightness. It’s pretty good for rolling calf and other leg muscles

Today was training day. Rack pull. 10 reps. Getting my groove back. 

Just two more days till the holidays. I’ve just about had enough of 2016 really. Need to take time off already.

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December 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

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40 next year

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Man this lack of energy thing really grinds my gears. The recovery is a bit too slow for my liking.

I do what I can. Today I had time for some bench press. Pushing whatever weight I could for nine reps.

Never give up no matter how crappy you feel. Don’t make any day a zero. Get better little by little.

Three more days of work remain this year. Going into 2017, I want to continue doing what I’ve been doing: mainly lifting and getting stronger, as well as learning languages and ideas. No zero days. Make life at forty a happy one.

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December 27, 2016 at 8:50 pm

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Neighborhood cafe

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Coming in to work the last week of the year. No rest yet. There are things to be done. 

Last week we went to visit this newly opened restaurant in the neighborhood. It’s small, chic, and very close to our house. The success rates of new restaurants around here are not spectancular. Hope this one lasts.

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December 26, 2016 at 11:24 pm

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Best gifts

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Quiet day at home. Still not 100%. Light bench and rack pull to continue recovery.

In general feeling pretty skinny and weak. Need to change that. Need to eat and grow.

Best gifts are ones that you give to yourself. They aren’t external, like products you can buy from the stores or online. Gifts that make you consumers aren’t any good. Shopping is never ending. Best gifts are internal. They are mindsets to keep improving. You are the only one that can bestow such gifts on yourself.

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December 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

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