Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weight Loss Secrets

Seriously, I reviewed my 2011 resolution and the first thing came into my eyes is 'Walk the talk'. I want to get on diet, but I keep overeating recently. Come on, I might start slowly but I need to practice it consistently. So I'm browsing through some websites to really 'inject' or 'plant' the idea into my head.

Let me share some weight loss secrets with you, with a rating of very easy to very difficult to practice (1 to 5):
  1. Spice it up. (3) I would love to do it but the weather in Malaysia is making thing a little bit complicated. I do not want to go out for lunch dry and comfortable, but come back wet and smelly.
  2. Downsize the supersize. (2) I know that it is tempting. RM1 to supersize to large Coke and fries in McD. Skip the evil thought, stick with the regular one, or small one, even better.
  3. Serve rice with beans. (4) Erm... I guess you need to prepare you own bean in Malaysia, that's very uncommon here,  but you can always halve the rice portion, take more greens and beans, higher fibre and protein.
  4. Try fasting (5). No way, I tend to overeat the subsequent meal for not eating regularly. Why not try to cut the total calories intake into half?

  5. Eat at home more often than out. (3) This is a neutral because I have to eat outside during working days lunch time. Wife is not cooking. However, it is strongly recommended to dine at home, to save money and pounds.
  6. Eat your breakfast (1). This is too easy to be done. However, what to take in breakfast is more critical. I see people take roti canai, nasi lemak, teh tarik. All this will not do you good, but I'm doing it. More grains and fruits, please.
  7. Swap gas pedal for bike pedal. (5) It is a brilliant idea. I would do it if I just live near my workplace and Penang is a bicycle-friendly state. Too bad, none in Malaysia is.
  8. Muesli (Click here) (4). I think I'm gonna find an excuse for not eating this. It is timing consuming for preparing a plate of oats + nuts + fruits, and they're expensive.
  9. Grow your own vege. (3) I will spend some time doing it, but now? it is not so feasible due to the working hours and commitment, but if not now, when? There is nothing that you grow in garden that make you fat.
  10. Turn up the turmeric (Click here). (3) It is a common spice in Malaysia but having it in every dish is crazy. Good news is turmeric is added into the delicious curry. Bad news is they add a lot of santan too.
  11. Sit long, talk lots (3) The chinese does not encourage talking on the dining table, because you would choked or overeat. Is that true? Most of the time, I had dinner alone :(
  12. Crunch more pickles (2). Lovely, but most of the pickles in Malaysia are either high sugar content, or high sodium content or high preservative content. Not so good. Preserving with vinegar?
  13. Sip some tea. (2) Not teh tarik, OK? Try green tea or other chinese tea. No milk. No sugar. Just tea.
  14. Take a Sunday family tour. (2) It can be arranged. I guess there is no better activities than having an outing, rather than sitting in front of TV or laptop.A mengkuang or tokun trip will do.
  15. Get yourself all twisted up. (3) Yoga!!! Pilate!!! I like the idea of the beauty and strength. Let me think about it again. I gotta choose between high adrenaline sports and twisting myself.
  16. Perfect the power nap. (5) I would love to have this. Can I do this in my office? Just a 20-30 minutes nap? Actually sleep deprive will cause overeating due to some hormone imbalance, but in fact, it is just a wrong signal of sleepy.
  17. Make the midday meal the biggest (2). It is easy to do, but choosing the right food is very important too. I can have 2 nasi lemak and one char koay teow for lunch, and it is not helping at all.
  18. Take up nordic waling (Click here) (4). It is also called ski walking. People would think I'm crazy if doing this in the neighbourhood. Can try it at tokun. It burns 20% extra calories.
  19. Eat more herring or sardines. (4) Expensive and not fresh, although the Omega 3 fatty acid will do you much good.
I'm going to drink some green tea now. Trying to 5, 13, 14 and 15, because I'm doing some of them already, but could be in the wrong way :P

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

6% on Prepaid

Wow... there is a lot of huu haa after the news to pass the 6% service tax to prepaid phone user has been surfaced. There is 28 million subscriber in Malaysia alone and according to some source from internet, the cost has been borne by the telco company such as Maxis, Digi, Celcom, etc... 6% is just a single digit but the sum in enormous when you take a look at the whole picture.

It is the government that introduced the 6% tax. I'm still angry with it. The service of the telco is reasonably good, but that tax was actually implemented by the government, what have they done to benefit the whole community? by censoring more internet content? by xxxx the mainstream media? Actually, there is a lot of things to be done for Malaysia, but it is too bad that the be end is corrupted and being too mediocre.

Lets go back the total sum of money that is bugging me.... 28 million x RM10/month x 6% = RM16.8 million per MONTH... what the hell... what is the government doing with the sum of money??? 

Be end... sucks.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I'm BACK!!!!

Yes, I'm back in action again after missing so many futsal, running, badminton sessions. Last night, I was invited to a play a futsal match in Batu Maung futsal court. The fact that I only know one of the guys, who is Seagate colleague when I was in Seagate a few months back. I'm keen to sweat it out, so I went back to parents house to take my gears and it was fun.

I bumped in PLLC employees playing on the other court. Oops, people would think that I'm 'hanging up high to sell', but that not the case, hope that people will not misunderstand that.I have not move a lot since I was preparing for my wedding 2 to 3 months back. Miss the action so much. I can feel that my movement is slow, body is lazy, I need some time to get back in shape and speed.

My body seems still adjusting itself to the work out that I'm going to throw at him. Body is aching all over and hardly can get up from the bed. Thinking to play badminton tonight, but 45 minutes play without any stop really hard to take for a long-idling body. In the last few minutes, not sure whether it is the hamstring or what, seems like there is a problem with it and I gonna check with the sienseh what's going on, else it is going to be a long set back again.

I want to play futsal. I want to play badminton. I want to run. I want to hike. Of course, I need quality sleep as well.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Barclays Premier League Transfers

I'm not in the mood of writing about my wedding because it was such a big thing, or at least the biggest event that I had in my life. I took some time to browse thru the football players transfer market and it does give me few surprise.

Although I'm not talking a about Manchester United, it does not mean that ManU is less attractive or play less interesting football that the rest. ManU form has been amazing after finishing off Spurs 3-0 and demolishing Arsenal 8-2. Lets hope that the trend continues.

Yossi Benayoun loaned from Chelsea to Arsenal? Wow, this is a new thing for Arsene Wenger, taking a player with experience that had been featuring for Liverpool and Chelsea, but is he is already 31. Arsenal offloaded Niclas Bendtnar to Sunderland? Yeah, you only need Van Persie. Andre Santas, Mikel Arteta, Park Chu-Young and Per Mertesacker. Wow... look at the line up, Arteta could revive the midfield line with the young England prospect - Jack Wilshere.

What the fxxx? Sold Raul Meireles to Chelsea? I hope Liverpool did think twice before this. They re-sign Craig Bellamy again, this would give some 'life' to Liverpool's wing play, they need it. I don't know about the other players, I hope I can know them thru their play in this season long matches. Sold Ngog and Christian Poulson.

Juan Mata is a very good winger.  Chelsea squad is aging, Lampard, Drogba, Malouda, Terry are getting old, so it is going to be Kalou and Torres turn.

Manchester City
Offloaded Roque Santa Cruz. It should be done long time ago. Bought Sergio Aguerro (best buy) and Nasri (Ohh... I hate this...). Seriously, City is going to cause some trouble in this new season.Sold Shaun Wright-Philips to QPR (Tony Fernandes :P)

  • Scott Parker from West Ham to Spurs
  • Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios from Spurs to Stoke City
  • David Bentley from Spurs to West Ham (loan)
  • Jermaine Jenas from Spurs to Aston Villa (loan)
  • Joe Cole from Liverpool to Lille (loan)

Why all good players choose to go to Chelsea or Manchester City, but not Manchester United?