Monday, August 21, 2017

On a human scale: The number on the weighing scale Episode 1!

Humans are perhaps the only specie which bothers about body type, body shape and goes all out to achieve a perfect body shape and type. Social influences, media on what a 'correct' shape contradicts the lure of delicious food and hence the weight loss industry is probably worth SGD$100 Billion world wide.

Here in Episode 1, we'll try to clear some basic terms and doubts.

The Calorie (Cal): "the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water through 1 °C, equal to one thousand small calories and often used to measure the energy value of foods". In basic terms, it's just mean energy. When you move at all, you need energy, when you eat any food, they contain energy, hence all this is the basic measurement of energy.

Basal Metabolism: The amount of energy a person requires for basic functions (breathing, blood circulation, basic organ function) at total rest. For a regular person, additional of a person's life style is important too. A small sized sedentary person might require just 1200 Cal, while a big active person might require up in excess of 3000 Cal.

The important equation:

Caloric intake - Basal Metabolism = Net excess or deficit

It is a simple or as difficult as the above if a person wants to increase or decrease weight! Basal Metabolism can be measured by a few various ways and also via a few different machines. A type of calculator is found here. https://www.muscleforlife.com/bmr-calculator/. Such methods are not 100%, a survey of the various methods has yielded around a 15% variation. Hence a ball park figure is probably what you might get.

The difficulty increases quickly with the tedious nature of measuring or estimating the amount of calories one is consuming. Professional body builders and athletes measure every gram of their intake for peak performance. For the rest of us, we grapple at the amount of calories of a 'medium sized steak'. One popular free app-based calculator is http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator. It gets to pretty accurate within 10-15% of what you are consuming.

The difficulty will increase further, with is a fat calorie the same as a protein calorie? Dozens more confusing and conflicting topics floats in cyberspace, perpetuating this multi billion dollar industry.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Golden State Warriors Versus Cleveland Cavaliers 2017 NBA Finals

Last yr's 7 game thriller saw the hungrier Cavs coming back from 1-3 down to win the series.

The off season saw Warriors signing free agent Kevin Durant, many predicted that the GSW would win the Championship even before the season started. Yes GSW sweep all teams in the playoffs, went 3-0 up, lost to a record breaking Cavs in Game 4.

KD was obviously the hungrier player, not having a ring. The dedication was written all over his face, esp on Game 3's 3 pointer right over LeBron James. Yes, I do agree LBJ is a better overall player, possibly the best player in the league for the last several seasons, but I just don't like him. period.

I was shocked that Starhub wasn't playing the games, leading to a frantic sign upon Eleven Sports, signalling yet another move towards online/mobile/pay-per-view type of coverage. Even though recording is not possible, pauses and 10second fast forward are possible options on the browser!

Game 5 saw ups and downs and finally GSW put the string of baskets in Q4 and Cavs just look defeated.

Congrats to KD on his first ring!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

9th Anniversary

 Yummy meal.

Ambience
Place looks great, lighting/layout/ is 'correct'.
The table top is laminate, though the colour 'looks right'
it's not the Hinoki wood you'd see in 'authentic jap places.


Starters:
Taste superb, light, flavourful, refreshing, one veg based,
another is some prawn/lobster shredded dish. both great

Sashimi
Very good,just a tad 'dry'

Ikura/toro/uni bowl
Excellent flavours,  the 'toro minced' portion however, tasted very gamey, intestine like. I flagged to Chef, he says it's the uni. I tasted the uni,and it's quite murasaki but the banyard? taste was obvious, he says it's 'correct' to taste like that. in my opinion, it's pretty off, almost sewer like or something. Wenhui cldn't take more than a pea size and wanted to spit out. Of cos i was the champ and took all of her share. This was the low point of the dinner.

Sushi:
Mostly good, pacing, sequence. Generally i find the rice/meats on the dry side.

Soup:
Miso/small clamps. a bit overpowering,don't quite like the combi of the miso/clamps.

Fruits:
Great sweet melons.umami.

Overall:
Great value for the price. I asked a question: JYD or Isojiman. He said Iso, which confirmed my hypothesis, his food was more linear/straight, not bombastic not try to wow you with fancy flaming/sauces/condiments.











Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Summary of 2016

On the reflection of the past few NYEs, 2016 started off rather slowly, with trips to Penang in May.  Boracay diving in June, Shanghai in July, France in October, Korea in December.

big events included moving out of Funan into Plaza Singapura for Red Dot Photo's retail store. Roseberg winning F1, Year of Olympics, with crazy Schooling's Gold.  Pokemon craze taking up much time and getting so much fun (never have had in soo many years) (which finally died when the radars were nerfed).

Notable concerts included 起飞, les miserables, NDP, Dick's Lee 50th, Comedy club, etc and more. :)

To a mindful 2017!
















Thursday, December 29, 2016

Oakley adventures

USD169 less 50%. how not to buy?

adding to the collection of 1 pair every 18-36months...and it's been >10 years! ooh #lifelong fan

Sunday, November 27, 2016

2016 Formula 1 - Roseberg takes the title!

Amazing final race. Happy for Rosberg! Consistency pays off. Being hungry for continued success is not easy at all.

Tip for Max verstappen to be a champion within 5 years!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pokemon GO Adventures

the crazy month from 6th august is still not letting up with the Pokemon craze.

particular mention here for the most favored hunted - Snorlax!

Nothing beats seeing a CP??? meaning it's going to be a monster CP!

Snorlax 0. -the one that got away. sgpokemap is really helpful in the planning/hunting. One sunday night on the way to my in laws, the popping up of Snorlax along Paya Lebar Road (near the church) had just detouring and chasing after the mon. Mine got away and Wenhui got her first (CP~1k)

The first Snorlax - It was a perhaps 2 weeks ago, on the way home and with Wenhui, we spotted it on Sightings but it's not on any radar, so the made rush to do the triangulation. thanks to the light traffic late at night as well as the awareness of the roads in my 'hood', before long the blue/white popped up.

1st was a CP319/84/400 IV 87 mon.. Headbutt/ Earthquake. YAY!

2nd is CP1026 / 153/1300. IV 67, lick/earthquake


3rd was a drive OTW home again, the blue white boy popped up and it was Onan road, a U-turn and a mad dash there,we didnt' realised it's a one way road, and had to make a 800m or so detour. By now, the hunt is not locate the exact address, but to look for crowd/traffic/jam! Finally a slow drive thru and we bought caught the fat boy. 

3rd: 482/102/600. IV one of the poorest, with 0 Stamina on all accounts!? But still every Snorlax is a good Snorlax!

12th Sept. The trio. It was Haji, and the day started off lazy. A look on the sgpokemap shown a fresh spawn at Ubi Road 2, and wifey and I went hunting, easy enough, it was a huge mon for me

4th: 2097/217/3500 IV max87 lick/body slam (good defender?)

A good pogo buddy sighted one at Woodleigh (a common spot it seems for Snorlax), and it was another short drive. Locating this aint' easy as the mon will be inside private condominiums. A frantic walk/ up/down for a few minutes yielded a 5th!

5th: 2012/212/3500  Lick / Hyper Beam.

The night started with a visit to a friend in Sengkang and I was at punggol to hunt for charmanders (mostly poor IVs) and after picking up the friend at Sengkang (with him driving), and within minutes en route else where, Snorlax popped up FIRST in my sightings. It was a scramble to make a round-about to hunt. It was my friend's second attempt and i held 3 phones (wifey's, friend who was driving, and mine), wifey's snorlax was easily caught.) then i rushed down to join the crowd with 2 phone left. My spawn the latest and after a few rounds of berries/ultra, mine was settled. Finally my poor friend's snorlax refused to stay and it ran away! (CP 19xx!!)

6th 1731/197/2500 zen headbutt/ body slam

it was a superb day with 2 eggecutor and a few other goodies, but 3 snorlax in a day? Can't really top that. 

13th september. after a wine dinner, it was a 'tour' of my 'hood' for a friend from Malaysia to hunt for dratinis and the like. It went full steam when snorlax appeared on the map, firstly on sims avenue!

7th 1489 / 182/ 2200, iv max 89, lick / hyperbeam.

And i thought we were done and can go home, after picking up 2 pikachus along the way too,
 yet another Snorlax showed up, this time at Ubi road ~4.

8th. 1781 / 197 / 3000 iv max 51 / lick/earthquake.

17th Sept. a regular saturday, house keeping at the studio and after all the sweeping/mopping/moving stuff around, the wifey called and said Snorlax appeared at Ubi Road 2, 10 mins to go. It was off chasing on my bicycle.reached there with 3 minutes to spare!

9th: 1798/202/3000 IV not great. lick/ earthquake.



17th sept. Again, ont he way home, Radar on and it was a decent catch of my first Lickitung, a Charmeloen (my first wild, weak IV),  a Flareon (ultra weak IV/CP), and finally a Snorlax! A super jam at Mel's place, I ignored Google's map GPS and went my own route ( minimizing right turns), and it was a super packed Mel's place. I was on East Coast Road heading east, and it was impossible to do a U-turn. A wind down window and popped out a Snorlax! CP 42! One red ball and boom I was on a left turn up still road home. Then let him helm a gym

And i managed level 25 the same night!


18th: A lazy Sunday with regular Yoga. And on the way to work, Snorlax appeared at Balam Road! A 1min cycle and I was there, to just 3-4 pax around. CP 1100/154/1600 makes a weak Snorlax for level 25 player. Nevertheless, a great day to start! CP11th,00!

20th Sept.

I was out and about and the blue/white popped up at Bedok Reservoir, v gentle giant and 1-2 ultras and it was mine!

13th: CP2196 / 218 / 4000. link/hyperbeam, level 25/151/15/7 82% 290kg. XS

same day, with https://sg.appx.hk/map, audio alerts possible and the snorlax popped up right on Circuit road! A short ride and an ultra,

14th: 233/71/400, IV80 max,lick/bodyslam. 502kg.




(sighting @bliss but no Radar to hunt!)


22nd, past midnight, a bit reeling from the non-snorlax capture @ Bliss, the radar alert a 84% Snorlax @ Ubi Crescent, it was a hunt finally! Though the
15th:  was to be a a 136/54/200 Headbutt/body slam 'display piece'!?



23th. an early day
#16 near circuit road, U shape HDB

#17 Potong pasir Ave 3 otw to Sentosa
Lapras damn far away. 
a Charizard appears and cheong it was , my ran away. manage to get for Wenhui and Dave. :(

Snorlax came up almost concurrently, ~200meters away deep. Frantic find,

my #18!

24th Sat. all day in office, no good sightings, waited all night while continuing work, finally at 1030pm, snorlax appeared, Balam again! #19! Lost Muk and a CP106 Gya finished up the day.

Pokemon GO Adventures

the crazy month from 6th august is still not letting up with the Pokemon craze.

particular mention here for the most favored hunted - Snorlax!

Nothing beats seeing a CP??? meaning it's going to be a monster CP!

Snorlax 0. -the one that got away. sgpokemap is really helpful in the planning/hunting. One sunday night on the way to my in laws, the popping up of Snorlax along Paya Lebar Road (near the church) had just detouring and chasing after the mon. Mine got away and Wenhui got her first (CP~1k)

The first Snorlax - It was a perhaps 2 weeks ago, on the way home and with Wenhui, we spotted it on Sightings but it's not on any radar, so the made rush to do the triangulation. thanks to the light traffic late at night as well as the awareness of the roads in my 'hood', before long the blue/white popped up.

1st was a CP319/84/400 IV 87 mon.. Headbutt/ Earthquake. YAY!

2nd is CP1026 / 153/1300. IV 67, lick/earthquake


3rd was a drive OTW home again, the blue white boy popped up and it was Onan road, a U-turn and a mad dash there,we didnt' realised it's a one way road, and had to make a 800m or so detour. By now, the hunt is not locate the exact address, but to look for crowd/traffic/jam! Finally a slow drive thru and we bought caught the fat boy. 

3rd: 482/102/600. IV one of the poorest, with 0 Stamina on all accounts!? But still every Snorlax is a good Snorlax!

12th Sept. The trio. It was Haji, and the day started off lazy. A look on the sgpokemap shown a fresh spawn at Ubi Road 2, and wifey and I went hunting, easy enough, it was a huge mon for me

4th: 2097/217/3500 IV max87 lick/body slam (good defender?)

A good pogo buddy sighted one at Woodleigh (a common spot it seems for Snorlax), and it was another short drive. Locating this aint' easy as the mon will be inside private condominiums. A frantic walk/ up/down for a few minutes yielded a 5th!

5th: 2012/212/3500  Lick / Hyper Beam.

The night started with a visit to a friend in Sengkang and I was at punggol to hunt for charmanders (mostly poor IVs) and after picking up the friend at Sengkang (with him driving), and within minutes en route else where, Snorlax popped up FIRST in my sightings. It was a scramble to make a round-about to hunt. It was my friend's second attempt and i held 3 phones (wifey's, friend who was driving, and mine), wifey's snorlax was easily caught.) then i rushed down to join the crowd with 2 phone left. My spawn the latest and after a few rounds of berries/ultra, mine was settled. Finally my poor friend's snorlax refused to stay and it ran away! (CP 19xx!!)

6th 1731/197/2500 zen headbutt/ body slam

it was a superb day with 2 eggecutor and a few other goodies, but 3 snorlax in a day? Can't really top that. 

13th september. after a wine dinner, it was a 'tour' of my 'hood' for a friend from Malaysia to hunt for dratinis and the like. It went full steam when snorlax appeared on the map, firstly on sims avenue!

7th 1489 / 182/ 2200, iv max 89, lick / hyperbeam.

And i thought we were done and can go home, after picking up 2 pikachus along the way too,
 yet another Snorlax showed up, this time at Ubi road ~4.

8th. 1781 / 197 / 3000 iv max 51 / lick/earthquake.

17th Sept. a regular saturday, house keeping at the studio and after all the sweeping/mopping/moving stuff around, the wifey called and said Snorlax appeared at Ubi Road 2, 10 mins to go. It was off chasing on my bicycle.reached there with 3 minutes to spare!

9th: 1798/202/3000 IV not great. lick/ earthquake.



17th sept. Again, ont he way home, Radar on and it was a decent catch of my first Lickitung, a Charmeloen (my first wild, weak IV),  a Flareon (ultra weak IV/CP), and finally a Snorlax! A super jam at Mel's place, I ignored Google's map GPS and went my own route ( minimizing right turns), and it was a super packed Mel's place. I was on East Coast Road heading east, and it was impossible to do a U-turn. A wind down window and popped out a Snorlax! CP 42! One red ball and boom I was on a left turn up still road home. Then let him helm a gym

And i managed level 25 the same night!


18th: A lazy Sunday with regular Yoga. And on the way to work, Snorlax appeared at Balam Road! A 1min cycle and I was there, to just 3-4 pax around. CP 1100/154/1600 makes a weak Snorlax for level 25 player. Nevertheless, a great day to start! CP11th,00!

20th Sept.

I was out and about and the blue/white popped up at Bedok Reservoir, v gentle giant and 1-2 ultras and it was mine!

13th: CP2196 / 218 / 4000. link/hyperbeam, level 25/151/15/7 82% 290kg. XS

same day, with https://sg.appx.hk/map, audio alerts possible and the snorlax popped up right on Circuit road! A short ride and an ultra,

14th: 233/71/400, IV80 max,lick/bodyslam. 502kg.




(sighting @bliss but no Radar to hunt!)


22nd, past midnight, a bit reeling from the non-snorlax capture @ Bliss, the radar alert a 84% Snorlax @ Ubi Crescent, it was a hunt finally! Though the
15th:  was to be a a 136/54/200 Headbutt/body slam 'display piece'!?

23rd morning: 

16th, just before heading to work, a Snorlax spawned an trigged the audio alert on the HK app, 

A lovely 758/130/1000 499kg snorlax

23rd Sept: 17th a spotting at Potong pasir on the way to Sentosa, pretty easy 322/85/400 538kg lick/hyperbeam. 

18th was a scramble right after missing Charizard (ran away), and looking for an elusive corner in Sentosa. 1181/167/1600  lick/earthquake 469 half decent Snorlax! the 19th was merely missed at Eunos /PIE exit by 1min.