Category Archives : Health


[Fitness] On starting again with exercise   Just released!

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.


Dentistry Adventures, Part 1! 2

So, on Wednesday night, I woke up from my sleep with acute teeth pain. It was so painful I was almost in tears. A sharp stabbing pain like nothing before. And some itchiness at the back of my jaw to top it all off. So I made an unscheduled visit to my dentist the next morning. He suggested I go for a root canal but recommended I go for a second opinion because it was the first time I had ever needed a root canal.

I skipped that yesterday because I was rushing to work. And then this morning I went to him again, and he suggested I get an x-ray, because I now had additional symptoms. I agreed, and then I went to a dentist that was recommended by my ex-manager. Because it was a walk-in, the wait was quite long; think about 1.5 hours. During my time there, a kid screamed in the surgery. ^^; I think he was just too nervous?

So then I got an x-ray and some very interesting information about my teeth. For one, I still have my milk teeth (2 of them!) Also the tooth that required the root canal had sort of “invited” the tooth next to it, so I may need to do two root canals instead of one. However, that was something that could be done one at a time. The price though, was a good RM100 higher than what my original dentist was charging, though the tempting offer was that I’d have to visit him less.

The best part of all? Both dentists take only cash. WTF.

Rest of the day was spent waffling between the two. The reason is simple: cheaper dentist is more familiar with my teeth and is a known factor. However, he’s only around on weekdays, which means if I want to do it on weekends it’s a no-go. More exp doc is available on weekends, including tomorrow, but he’s fully booked till next week. I can take a chance and walk in, but the nurses say it’s better for me to get an appointment done first.

Got home and discussed things with the parental units. Dad suggested I try the dentist that did his extraction nearby, because at this point in time, cost is an issue. I’ll go check them out and see what they say. Thing is, I’ve googled the place, and the reviews I’ve been seeing isn’t exactly… encouraging.

Also proof that my body also likes to joke around, the pain is quite acute outside my room. But when I’m in my room, I don’t really feel that much pain. However, it’s getting quite hard to eat. My left side hates it if any food gets in there, so I’ve been relying on the right side of the jaw to eat. This has the funny side effect of me actually tilting my head to the right so I chew on that side.

No, I don’t know why either.

Urgh this pain is irritating!

Also, as of 2014, here are the rough rates for root canals around the Klang Valley:

RM400-RM1,000, depending on who you go to.

Will post reviews of the different dentists later.


Go go go

10KM Medal from PBIM 2013.
10KM Medal from PBIM 2013.

Pull the trigger slam the door
Pick up the pace, it’s time to go
Penang Bridge just you wait
Half Marathon here I come!

Now if only the bloody thing will open for registration. ;_;