July 04, 2015

Melaka Trip with family and Yen Leng

On the 20th June, my family, Yen Leng and I went for a trip to Melaka. 

It was just a 2 days 1 night trip to chill out at the historic place in Malaysia. We went in the morning and thank God for a good weather on that day. 

It took us about 2 hours to arrive our destination, in the Malacca Town. We arrived at the Stadthuys and walked around, taking some snapshots in our tour. 

#PS: Please be careful while walking around and taking photos. Some tourists wouldn't mind pushing you just to take a good photo. My sister hurt her leg because some tourists were to enthusiastic at taking photos.

The Stadthuys
Christ Church Melaka was taken using my Lumia 1520. Loving the fine details and this photo so much that I got to post it here.

Christ Church Melaka
Moving from there, we go to Jonker Street. There is a restaurant there that was said to be very famous....Kedai Kopi Chung Wah

Alright, it looks like some old "kopi tim" that I see around Ipoh town or even in KL, but when I looked at the crowd, I believe it must be very good.

Their famous chicken rice ball seem to be the reason for the long queue. 

Of course, after trying them, I felt it's overrated. Not that it's not good....I just don't think the long queue and price are being justified by the taste. So, I think it's best not to set your hopes too high.

After that, we went to the shop opposite it: San Shu Gong.

San Shu Gong
Basically, it's the shop where one could buy all the popular stuff here....there are things like the Lao Qian coffee, teh tarik, the sakeima biscuits, coconut candies, durian candies, ginger candies etc. They also sell their famous durian cendol there. (not that I like it though).

After that, we went to admire the famous fortress: Porta de Santiago (A' Famosa)

Porta de Santiago (A' Famosa)
Of course, we made sure that we conquered the St. Paul's Hill after that as well.

Along the way during the day trip, I saw some of these very interesting stuff that I decided to take photos of it.

This old fire engine truck was used since 1939
OLIVER, the Bulldozer, since before the 2nd World War
YenLeng & the train

Yenleng & the plane


Apparently, these 2 armoer vehicle played a significant role during the Emergency period (1948 to 1950).

Anyway, continuing after that, we check in to Hotel Inn. While my parents decided to rest in the hotel, we go for our next food hunting: Satay Celup.

Honestly, initially, I thought we were going to eat satay until Yen Leng and Chiew Lian explained to me that it's not satay....it's just the satay sauce. Basically, it's like eating luk luk except that the sauce is satay sauce. We went to Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup instead of the one in Capitol to avoid the jam and queue. 

We took away some for our parents as well.

After that, we had a simple Father's Day and Belated birthday celebration for our dad and our brother (as he was enjoying himself in US on his birthday). We bought a cake back to the hotel. Here are some of the photos we took back at the hotel. (Photos taken by Yen Leng)

The cake

My parents

Family photo

My brother and his belated birthday cake, plus the apples

My siblings and I
Night time, we head back to Jonker Street to shop. Well, it's basically just a pasar malam with some Melaka feel in it. Nothing to shout about though but credit must be given to how the Melaka utilize the street both for the day and night. I guess if you love Petaling Street, Jonker Street is a must visit for you then.

We had our dinner in Hard Rock Cafe, Melaka.

Definitely an overpriced place to go to for dinner but the environment is great and the food is delicious. But I must said the band that was playing that night was really just so-so. I would rather they not play.

The next day, we didn't go to any place. I fetched Chiew Lian to the hospital instead because she hurt her leg the other day. (as mentioned in the beginning of the post). Nothing serious...just more for precaution. After that, we had a quick lunch in one of the mall.

Before we head back to KL, we went for the Klebang Coconut Shake.

Well, we definitely have missed out a lot of other interesting activities and even food in Melaka but it was a great way to spend the weekend with family and Yen Leng. I think occasionally, it's great to enjoy the rich history and culture of our own country and even the food.

Not the best food that I had nor was it the best experience I had, but definitely a great memories and time spent with loved ones. And it's good to look back at our history and see what a long way we've come. 

June 30, 2015

Plank Exercise Challenge [Day 21]

Plank exercise looks easy but after doing it for 21 days, I realize how effective it is and how difficult it can be as well.

On Day 21, I have only managed to make it to 150 seconds. 

Here is how my progress is after my Day 15 post.

Day 16 - 120 seconds

Day 17 - 120 seconds

Day 18 - 130 seconds and 150 seconds

Day 19 - 120 seconds and 150 seconds

Day 20 - 70 seconds and 45 seconds

Day 21 - 61 seconds and 150 seconds

Anyway, the more I do plank, the more I realize that there are times where we actually took the short cut to make it easier for us.

Here are 5 of the things that I've learned in my 21 days on plank.

1) Avoid your hips drop

There is a tendency to lower the hips especially when one is tired. But in order to gain the most from plank, I have to make sure the hips in line with my head and heels to maximize this move's benefits.

2) Avoid the tendency to pike your hips

Just as it is important not to lower one's hip, one should avoid sticking the butt up in the air. It is of course easier but like earlier, drop your hips and engage your core, then reap the benefits.

3) Remember to involve your abs

One of the greatest reward from plank exercise is the core muscles, pretty much like what crunches do and it could even be more rewarding. But only if you remember to involve your abs in the exercise. Remember to tighten your stomach muscles to support your spine.

4) Avoid dropping your head and neck

There is a tendency to drop your head and neck especially when one is feeling extremely tired, but avoid doing so and keep your gaze forward and neck relaxed to alleviate tension in your upper back and shoulders, and make it easier to engage your core. 

5) Avoid bending your knees

I remember the first time I do a 150 seconds....when it was about 140 seconds, I had the tendency to try to bend my knees, to rest, to cheat...but avoid doing so. This common mistake avoids the effectiveness of the plank position. 

June 27, 2015

Fitbit Flex [1st week]

One of the things that I love a lot about having the Fitbit Flex is the ability to track my steps and keep a database of it. You may read about my review on the device here: Fitbit Flex

It helps me to review and look at how is my daily activities. Am I lazying too much? Am I just sitting around and looking at the PC or laptop or my smartphone?

I'm definitely guilty of this. 

But the Fitbit Flex data help me to realize myself better.

Here is how my first week wearing it looks like:

Fitbit Dashboard

I only manage to hit the 10,000 steps on one of the days.

Definitely a lot of room for improvement. 

The day that I managed the 10,000 steps was the day that I had a 15 minutes run in the gym. Most of the other days, I would go for a short run in the gym. Even with this, I'm not able to meet the 10k steps a day goal. Perhaps more is required. Hopefully, this will create an awareness for others who are in the office job as well. 

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