A quick update

If everything goes well, I’ll be posting a [NaoReviewing] piece on Buddhify this Sunday. I love this meditation app, and it’s been helping me find quiet spots to meditate. Works wonders when I’m standing around in the LRT (current job posting’s in KLCC for the short term).

I’m also planning to upload a video or two about my Clash of Clan attacks. Mainly because I just love seeing my witches in action. There was also a fun GoHog attack I recently finished I had too, so that’s always good.

Things I’m learning this week: Screen recording for Android and how to add a voiceover to a Youtube video. Am also planning to do a quick ebook on a social media career in Malaysia, but haven’t had time to sit down and write yet (or rather, brain’s been on holiday).

With that, see you guys in a bit!

PS: If Zrytec and Cetrizine as antihistamines don’t work for you, consider going for TelfastD. Got a strip from Guardian KLCC today at RM14.70, and my nose stopped dripping within 40 minutes. With the haze going around I’ll take all the antihistamines that won’t kill me. ^^l

No more milk

Three cups of lassi, taken in Sapporo
Three cups of lassi, taken in Sapporo, May 2014

Today is day 3 of swearing off dairy, and I pretty much failed epically. Drank two cans of Nescafe (Classic) and now I have a minor headache building up, though that could simply be because I was trying to avoid caffeine as well.

It has been an interesting 3 days though. Yesterday I was so tired, I went home and slept for almost 10 hours. It was broken up into two sessions; the first at 4 hours (which is the longest “nap” I’ve had) and the second was for 5.5 hours, which lead to this morning.

My appetite seems to have disappeared too. I expected after having that large meal yesterday and a teatime snack that consisted of soya bean milk and Snickers that I’d be hungry this morning, but I didn’t, at least not until lunch time. The day before, I only had two meals, both of which I’d consider to be so-so portions, but I still did not wake up ravenous, which was a first.

However, on a plus note, my tongue seems to have cleared up. I used to notice this really thick coating of white on my tongue which built up after a few days, but today it was rather thin. Shall do a comparison when I get home again later, but if it really is so, then I’d consider it a plus.

In case you’re wondering, I stopped taking dairy-related products and food because I had a phlegm thing happening last week. It wouldn’t go away after a few days despite seeing a doctor, so I decided to stop taking dairy products as suggested by my previous doctor to see what would happen.

So yeah, consider this an interesting experiment.

[Fitness] On starting again with exercise

Fitness Motivation

So was talking to a friend about exercising recently. She’s just started again after a long time, and she’s chosen to do jogging. Her issue’s running out of breath before she’s completed even half of her training circuit. One round is about 1.5km, depending on the route she takes, and she usually does about 3 to 4 rounds.

By default, she is fairly fit. She has no trouble doing brisk walks in the park, but when she ups her pace, she loses breath quite fast. So being the kepoh (slang for busybody) that I am, I suggested a few things she might need to look into.

Breathlessness is something that’s common when you are starting out. Usually comes from not warming up properly or from improper breathing techniques. Runner’s World has a guide that’s pretty good at explaining how to overcome this.

My own personal recommendation from the list is to warm up first. Once you’ve gotten that down, then you can focus on the breathing. The thing is to learn how fast you can go without triggering that moment when you know you are out of breath. If you are gasping for air like a fish out of water, you are going too fast. I learnt to take quick, deep breaths by walking fast and somewhat timing my breaths to my feet. Short but frequent breaths through the mouth for every step I took.

It’s basically “In-step-out-step-in-step” and so forth in the beginning. As time goes by and your stamina increases, you can then move it slowly to “in-step-step-out” as your body adjusts. The talk test will be your main guide here; you should be moving fast enough that you cannot sing, but slow enough for you to converse.

Another thing we discussed was non-running exercises. Alternate exercises that you can do at home when walking gets boring (and it will, even if you go to different places all the time). For this, I turned to Darabee, aka Miss Neilarey. She has some great, simple exercises you can do at home, and they are bodyweight exercises, which means you don’t need fancy weights to do them, just your own sense of balance.

Rest days are also important. Your body needs a rest now and then to recuperate, and she’s selected Sundays as hers. It’s a good day to rest and take things easy.

Which reminds me, I should probably get started on my own exercises. >>

[Civics] GST petition request

This is a quick one, in case you missed it over my Twitter and Facebook: right now, the Malaysian Government is considering a list of some 800 items to be added to the list of zero-rated GST items, which means customers will not be taxed for such items.

However, pads and tampons are NOT on that list. According to this, it’s because the ministry has NOT received any official petitions/requests for such an exemption. Thus, I’m asking everyone to write to them and request that period items, aka sanitary pads, tampons and menstrual cups be zero-rated (I am not sure if the last is GST-charged, to be honest.

Sign the petition, write the emails, and help us ask the Malaysian Government to STOP TAXING our periods.