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I have been tracking the cluster from the 2nd wave of COVID in Brunei, as I was curious of the patterns with the clusters.
Above is a screenshot of the interactive chart i made in google spreadsheet, but wordpress doesn’t work well with embedded items. so below is the link.
note that the unknown cluster are later identified a day or a few days later, so it is unknown for that day, but maybe a cluster in the next.
Excited and inspired by my weight loss progress during the fasting month. From 90.7kg down to 82.4kg. A net loss of 8.3kg in 25 days.
7 Jan 2020, weight went up to 94.2kg due to not much activity due to recovery from ironman langkawi in October 2019 (when i was 90kg), where sprained/fractured a toe.
Decided to go back to running, mostly 5-10km runs around the stadium. 4-5 times a week. Did a 2 weeks lifesaver training in Australia, lost 1 kg there.
22 April 2020, got weight down to 90.7 kg. A 3.5kg net loss in 4 months. Did a few ironman virtual races during the covid “lock down”. This day was the start of the fasting month. Planned to do a few extended fasts, while still staying active.
17 May 2020, weight down to 82.4kg. 8.3kg loss in 25 days. I have lost 2x more weight this month compared to rest of the year. Did 2x 5 days extended fasts, while still keeping active, did a few ironman virtual races, including a half ironman distance.
Motivated by the speedy weight loss, but still wary of the possible health consequences of doing extended fast. To be clear, thats when I only break my fast with water but no food. So far so good. Learned from previous years doing extended fasting. Putting notes here for future referrals.
Main lessons were:
1. Not doing the extended fasts any more days when it hurts, previously did 6-7 days. Day 6 or 7 was usually a painful experience, that I only did it that one week in the whole month. So this year to do just 5 days.
2. Keep active, specifically before breaking fast. Contrary to expectation, a sedentary fast was more painful and problematic then an active one. So decided to run or ride before the break fast.
3. Stay hydrated. During extended fasts I made sure I drank enough water, more than 2 litres, but not in one go, last year that gave me diarrhoea. So spread the water consumption by minutes. Cold water is absorbed by the stomach better then warm water. Warm water will go to the intestines, and might cause the diarrhoea. Sometimes added salt. One symptom i notice if still dehydrated is getting dizzy if i stood up to fast. But I know I am well hydrated when my urine is clear.
Had this song on my playlist after browsing his songs when I heard “some one you loved”. The title in itself is self explanatory, “Before You Go”, I felt it was deep, thinking about loved ones lost. But this video made it a lot clearer of the meaning and the depth of the song. It was more than that.
To all involved in making the music video, this could have been a beautiful movie in itself, this is how I like my songs and their music videos, meaningful, deep and impactful.
Check the video and the lyrics and you should get it. The comments were also insightful.
#mentalhealth #beforeyougo #pleasedontgo #pleasestay #nevergiveup #gethelp #talktosomeone
Last minute preparation for BUKUM 2019 115km. I downloaded and set up the route maps for 30km, 60km and 115km as a public course on garmin. So anyone with a garmin device should be able to access it and add to their device easily. Links are at the end of this post
Thankfully they also posted on their social media a QR code and a link to the png picture files and route gpx files on bit.do/BUKUM19-MAP but I had a few issues…
- On instagram I can’t click the link (because thats not how IG works)
- On both IG and facebook I don’t know how I can scan a QR code on my screen other than using another phone, (maybe I have to download another app).
- On IG, the file is compressed and pixelated, on FB its a bit tricky to get, to save and share the picture.
- On both, the issue is with all the posts, you have to search through it to get to it. It is unfortunate the organizer doesn’t have a proper website to post the information in a more organized way.
Thankfully, the facebook post (once you found it) you can click to the link and access the high resolution pictures and the route map files. The files are hosted on a google drive, so you might need to have a Google account.
It was tricky but information on how create a course from a gpx file is available on the garmin website at https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=tWx3JQyjlU474jqa91EJs8
Difference is, the help files tells you to use the desktop garmin express and connect using the charger/data cable. But I found that I could do it all on the phone, using a “desktop” browser to access the garmin connect website, import the gpx file, edit as necessary (like the name), save it as a course, and then send it to device, and then using the mobile garmin connect app to check and sync.
Finally, the moment you have been waiting for (thank you for reading through and not skipping)
Below I post and share the garmin course link, the hi-res png files.
BUKUM 2019 10KM, (sorry no gpx file provided by the organizer, just png pic of map)
BUKUM 2019 30KM
BUKUM 2019 60km
BUKUM 2019 115KM
I may be biased as a fan, but Liam neeson is not a racist. Recently there was a controversy when he shared his source if inspiration for his most recent revenge movie. He cites in in his past about 40 years ago, a dear friend got raped by a black person, and he was in a revenge mode for a week, at which he was targetting black folks to get into fights to even wanting to kill them, before he realized that he was ashamed for what he was thinking and doing.
For me what he shared is more of an underlying reason why people are racist in the first place. It is either through a traumatic personal experience, or an upbringing in that mindset. It is normal to stereotype people, unfortunately even more normal to stereotype them for misfortunes caused. There are different levels.
Imagine if a dear friend was raped or at worst murdered, and if someone cared truly they would comfort them or at worst case avenge them. This by the way one of the ways the army causes soldiers to kill people. The idea of killing or harming people is difficult for most people, but if it was in order to defend a loved one, most wouldn’t think twice. Violence in itself is at times disgusting, but violence against supposedly violent people seems acceptable. Think of how you would kill a stranger vs killing hitler.
That primal anger is natural, and so is the desire to group people into boxes, by skin color, nationality, by anything. Unfortunately some of us do so in a way too generalized. It is a survival mechanism. If this one thing can hurt me, other things similar to it may be too. Even in Malay culture some of us can be racist, one example is someone I know had a bad business deal with an indian, and after that avoided businesses with any indian. Another person. a non-malay person has shared that because of our philosophy of Melayu Islam Beraja, she has realized that she doesn’t get the same benefits as malays in this country. Based on history of malay countries including Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia (one would argue I could include singapore), their nationalist philosophy and agenda that prioritizes bumiputra or locally born, stems from the history of foreugners