The Tempinis diaries

April 16, 2008

Fitness Diary: Turbulence Training For Lower Abs

Filed under: exercise — Tags: , — toru @ 1:55 pm

I did Workout B yesterday. It looked pretty easy but it was a killer. The side plank was torture to hold that position for 45 seconds. The left side was especially tough.

I am aching and sore everywhere. What does not kill you will only make you stronger (I hope!)

March 30, 2008

Review of Sweet Salty Spicy

Mrs. T and I went shopping for shoes and nuts today at Bugis. After my usual coffee at Hup Cheong and bean curd with gingko nuts at Bukit Timah Food Centre, we went to Bugis to hunt for a pair of black shoes from Charles and Keith for Mrs. T. We got what Mrs. T wanted and then went hunting for nuts at the famous Fu Lu Shou Complex. The place was on top of a hawker centre near OG. It reminded me of Hong Kong. Anyway, the place sold lots of dried goods and also nuts. It wasn’t very hygienic – but the prices were good and certainly cheaper than NTUC. I will probably toast the nuts in the oven before I eat them. I bought lots of walnuts, cashews, peanuts and almonds. Hopefully, my stash will last me at least 3 months.

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I decided to go to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve this evening with Mrs. T. Took an off the main road trek (Catchment Path) to Summit Hut. Didn’t manage to take the Dairy Farm Loop though. Anyway, it was getting dark and the I didn’t fancy being stuck at night in a secondary jungle. All in all it was a pretty good trek.

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Mrs. T and I went to Sweet Salty Spicy at Rail Mall for dinner. The restaurant was very stylish from the outside. Nice beautiful mural of orchids on the walls, black slate floor, wooden tables and a lot of glass like a posh Italian deli. We ordered the sharing platter, pad thai and green mango salad. Unfortunately, the food did not match the very nice ambience. The pad thai was so salty it made my hair stand – it’s a mistake to put in salty chunky dried shrimps (hae bi) and sweet chai por in the pad thai. The sharing platter was also not too great – the soft shell crab was passable, the crispy crackers with chicken curry were not very nice (crackers weren’t as crispy as the ones in Patara and the chicken curry dip was too salty) and the pomelo on betel nut was all wrong (the blend of saltiness, chilli, sweetness and spice was not done well). The mango salad was also pretty weird. It had salmon flakes and was not sour, sweet or hot enough. We paid close to 60 bucks for two. Mrs. T said we would never come back again. I bet the chef is not Thai. No self respecting Thais will serve food like that. Maybe I have been too spoiled by the wonderful Thai food at Thai Noodle House at Coronation or the Thai Cze Char place at Beauty World Hawker Centre.

March 24, 2008

Buddhist Dog

Filed under: exercise, family, food, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — toru @ 1:44 pm

Had a simple dinner with Mrs. T at Forture Seafood at Bukit Timah. Mrs. T had fish slice noodles soup and I had Hong Kong Mee.

Still feeling the effects of Bodyweight 500 which I did yesterday. My time is not improving. Finished it in 51 minutes 37 seconds. The afternoon heat sapped all my energy and I could barely complete the workout. Wonder whether I can ever complete it in under 40 minutes.

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Love the story about the Buddhist dog below.

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Buddhist dog prays for worldly desires Buddhist dog prays for worldly desires
Monday, March 24

NAHA, Japan (AFP) – – Buddhists clasp their palms together to pray for enlightenment, but Conan, a chihuahua, appears to have more worldly motivations.

The dog has become a popular attraction at a Japanese temple after learning to imitate the worshippers around him.

(more…)

February 23, 2008

Fitness Journal: Coming back after illness

Filed under: exercise — Tags: , , , , — toru @ 4:59 am

I was down since last Friday with a mild cold.  Nose was stuffed, sore throat and phelgm.  Saw a doctor and decided to take it easy for a week and did no exercise.  Had my first exercise session yesterday and did bodweight 350.  It was surprisingly easy considering that I had been off exercise for a week.  Followed up bodyweight 350 with 10 dips using the parallel bars at the exercise corner.

February 1, 2008

Fitness Journal: Finally Completed the Bodyweight 500

Filed under: exercise — Tags: , , — toru @ 4:16 pm

I finally took on this workout and completed it!  Time was 39 minutes 24 seconds.  And I got to improve on my form for my pull ups and chin ups.  I must try doing it from a full hang. 

January 30, 2008

Fitness Journal: Bodyweight 350 + Bodyweight 100

Filed under: exercise, family, food — Tags: , — toru @ 2:29 pm

Did Bodyweight 350 + Bodyweight 100 in 26 minutes 48 seconds.  I am quite pleased with it considering that I am feeling quite tired because I have been taking care of Mrs. T.

 But any good effects of the exercise was probably negated with what I ate.  I had a Ham Cheem Peng in the morning (as a snack after breakfast) and loads of kueh from Xing Xiang at Maxwell Road.  The kueh kosui and tapioca cakes from Xing Xing are really yummy!  I bought a whole bunch of kueh for Mrs. T.  But Mrs. T said she wasn’t hungry so it all ended in my stomach!

I will do this workout one more time before I try Bodyweight 500 from the Belly Off programme.

January 27, 2008

Fitness Journal: Bodyweight 350 + 100

Filed under: exercise — Tags: , , , — toru @ 2:50 pm

Exercised like a maniac today.  Probably because I was anxious over Mrs. T’s operation tomorrow.  I powered through Bodyweight 350 in 18 minutes 34 seconds.  And then went immediately into Bodyweight 100 which I completed without too much difficulty.  Messed up my stopwatch on my mobile phone (damn!).  So I am not sure what time I came in at.  I am pretty sure it was below 30 minutes.

I wonder why today was much easier.  Was it because I ate a lot of food for lunch (and dinner the night before)?

This Belly Off program is pretty time saving.  Will do Bodyweight 350 + 100 two more times before trying Bodyweight 500!

January 26, 2008

Fitness Journal: Bodyweight 350

Filed under: exercise — Tags: , , — toru @ 6:24 am

Did the bodyweight 350 again yesterday.  It was way more difficult than the last time.  I finished in 21 minutes and 58 seconds.  I initially wanted to do the Bodyweight 100 immediately but was too exhausted by then.  Will try doing Bodyweight 350 + 100 on Sunday under 30 minutes.

January 23, 2008

Fitness Journal: Bodyweight 350

Filed under: exercise — Tags: , , — toru @ 2:05 pm

January 21, 2008

Bodyweight 350: Part II

Filed under: exercise, family — Tags: , , — toru @ 2:32 pm

I finished Bodyweight 350 today in 28 minutes.  Yay!   That’s a pass (I think).  I did six sets of HIIT training on the treadmill and then went into Bodyweight 350.   Initially, I thought I couldn’t finish the workout because my hamstring was acting up.  My lower body strength is pretty weak as compared to my upper body.  The prisoner squats were tough as hell.   Of course, the last 15 pullouts was a real killer.  I had to break it up in sets of three.

 After I finished the workout, I felt like puking and was quite woozy for a while!  Also, lost my appetite.  I could only eat an hour later.  Mrs. T is pretty cross with all this over-exercising.

After the first Bodyweight 350, I had to go for a massage at House of Traditional Javanese Massage Hut.  Every part of my body was aching and the massage felt really good.  My regular masseur did say that my shoulder blades were very hard and suggested I go for a ginger treatment next time to soften it.  Hmmm.  Like steamed fish!  Of course, I had to go wreck her good work by doing another round of Bodyweight 350.  Hope I don’t feel too destroyed tomorrow.  I think I won’t exercise until Friday this week.   

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Tried teaching Mrs. T how to cook tuna pasta today.  It is something I used to cook in the UK.  Mrs. T actually said it’s my best dish ever!  Tuna pasta sounds really gross – but it is actually quite delicious.  The trick is to use a certain brand of canned whole tomatoes.  I thought you couldn’t get this particular brand in Singapore but I found it recently in Cold Storage.  Mrs. T was really happy that her beloved tuna pasta is back.  I wonder whether she will be able to make it herself after my instructions.

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