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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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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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Chiang Mai Dec 2016

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Been a long time since last visit. It’s a work trip so there’s not enough time to enjoy the city.

Cortado at Ristr8to

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December 13, 2016 at 11:02 pm

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Major achievement today is new overhead press 8RM. Did some squats but no PB. Good hard training day.

Also made progress on our vacation planning. Flight and rooms are booked. Excited. Seoul, we are coming.

Workout – Sunday 4th December 2016

** Overhead Press **
– 35.0 kgs x 6 reps
– 35.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 40.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 45.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 7 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 8 reps [PR]

** Barbell Squat **
– 40.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 45.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 80.0 kgs x 5 reps
– 100.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 100.0 kgs x 5 reps

** Running (Treadmill) **
– 1.0 km in 10:00

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December 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm

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Pull-ups challenge completed

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Got in a good session. Completed my seven days of 30 pull-ups challenge. It has definitely helped me to be better at pull-ups. Also managed a bench press 12 rep PB. Inspired by Jen Thompson.

Decided to plan for our next vacation. Time to go do something different. It’s good to have something fun to look forward to. Still in the early planning stage. 

You aren’t getting any younger. Go where you want to go and do what you want to do before it’s too late.

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November 19, 2016 at 8:10 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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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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