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Breakfasts in Daejeon

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July 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

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Korea Feb 2017

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Fun, food, and friends. Lovely time in an awesome country.

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March 4, 2017 at 8:12 am

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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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Giving blood

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Morning in Chiang Mai. Bought traditional food: spicy sausage (ไส้อั่ว), pork rind, nam phrik noom. Had khao soi for lunch, which was really good and cheap (50 THB). My friend and I then had unplanned blood donation in a mall. She wanted to do it, and I just went along, thinking, what the hell.

Traditional northern spicy sausage grilling

Beef khao soi

Pumping out blood

I can’t remember the last time I gave blood. I think of it as a small challenge to face. A needle in your arm doesn’t seem pleasant, but it’s just a brief physical discomfort. You can treat it as a stoic practice. The donation isn’t unhealthy in any way. To me it is not altruistic in the sense of a sacrifice. If my blood turns out to save another human’s life, then great. But giving blood is good for my health too, from what I have learned. It allows the body to come up with fresh plasma and blood cells and reduces oxidative iron.

Aside from giving a bit of your time and a temporary drop in energy level, there’s nothing lose. It feels good to do it. I could get used to this.

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December 14, 2016 at 7:15 pm

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Caffeine withdrawal

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I haven’t had any coffee today and so I am havinga terrible headache. So here are some pictures of our nice dinner. On the Table restaurant.

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December 9, 2016 at 9:41 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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Squat and sashimi

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Ok it’s Sunday. Let’s focus on training. Make it count. Tomorrow is Monday and begins another cycle of grind. Early morning drive, traffic jam, meetings, emails, assignments, noises. Got to appreciate the weekends.

Took a 200 mg caffeine pill before lifting. I became a little bit more awake but it didn’t really give me a kick like I wanted to. After years of coffee drinking I’ve become tolerant to caffeine. I wish I’m not.

Did something very rare these days. A new rep PB on squat. With knee discomfort, squatting had been hard for months. Decided to suck it up and take it one rep at a time. Got a new 8RM. Good day. I feel accomplished. The knee sleeves kept the knees warm and helped alleviate the knee pain, I think.


Went out for late lunch and decided to eat at sushi hiro. Other than the usual salmon sashimi and sashimi don, we tried something different this time: maguro tail steak. These five small pieces costed 660 THB after a discount, which is still expensive to me. The regular price was 2,200 THB, which is crazy. Not something I would eat regularly, but it was a nice treat once in a while.

Maguro tail steak

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November 20, 2016 at 9:02 pm

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