End of BSc arc. What’s next?

20 Aug

I’ve finally (and incredibly fortunately) passed the final 3 papers for the degree I am reading. Thus ends 5 years of part-time studies which had been a constant drain on my resources. We’ll see if it was worth it soon enough.

I’m glad it’s over, because I had lined up quite a few things to work on even before I started on the exams.

First is to train to compete in SWF’s powerlifting meet next year. I’ve been wanting to compete in a strength sport ever since HomeTeamNS started the Strongman competition, but I don’t think I’ll stand a chance at all without weight categorisation. Organised powerlifting competitions are only starting to appear in Singapore in recent years. I’ll be joining with intention for a podium finish of course, so my aim is to be able to lift the weights of 2012’s top 3 in the under-74kg category for all 3 lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. No lift, no join.

Next is to support my wife with the technology aspects of her ventures. I’ve been meaning to help her with her website and apps development, now I can sit down and concentrate on it. Learning app development will also come in useful in my other venture with SY which was put on the backburner because of my exams (I haven’t forgot about it, dude).

That’s basically the two main focus of this new arc, along with my usual interests in diet/nutrition, physical therapy and funny pictures of cats. :)


Getting an anti-pollution respirator for scootering

28 Jul

H asked why I wasn’t wearing a mask to protect my lungs while I faithfully wear a jacket to keep the dirt off my clothes when riding.

what? your clothes are more important than your lungs?

Brilliant point. I had no excuse.

Thus began my search for respirators, a proper respirator for use on the congested roads of Singapore.

After consulting teh interwebz and numerous reviews, I decided to try the respro bandit mask out first.

Just came in the mail yesterday :D

Bought it off ebay for S$37+ including shipping. Activated carbon filter, lasts 6 months and you get to look like a ninja. Or a grass cutter in this part of the world.

There are a few other options available, such as the Bane-looking respro masks, activated carbon icanbreathe masks, stylish vogmasks or the locally-available totobobo. I’ll prolly try the rest of them after this one. ^^

Results from training program for calves

27 Jul

I wasn’t expecting to add an inch to my calves in a month when I first started on the training program.

I was right, kinda. I didn’t gain an inch but I did gain almost half an inch.

Half an inch!!

That’s pretty good result in my book, considering I did not follow the training instructions strictly. I didn’t spend 2 seconds on the eccentric phase and neither did I pause at the top for 2 seconds. I couldn’t even go 100 or even 50 reps straight so I had to split into 5 sets of 20. Finally I missed 5 days out of 30 days of training.

14.5 inches. I realised that my calves measure the same whether relaxed or flexed.

I’m going to continue the program for another month, this time with stricter form and rep to failure until I hit between 75 to 100 reps. Let’s see if there are more gains to be made on my chicken calves.

Bear claws

8 Jul


Cutting my bear claws, as christened by my wife.

Post workout snack

6 Jul


High calorie mass gainer for supper. Cat mountain king variety. Mmmm.