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Watch “Packing a bike for air travel (Flying with a road bicycle)” on YouTube

I am packing my bike for the first time in a bike case. This guide is really helpful.

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Raya day 1 – the 3 fathers – late father, father-in-law, and stepfather

1st day raya, woke up 5am, pondered if I wanted to do an early morning run or ride. Didn’t.  Weighed myself at 87.2kg.

10am prepped to go to a annual function on my late father’s side. My uncle often organizes it. The only time I get to see all my relatives on my father’s side. To be honest, I don’t know half of the people. Especially considering my father’s severed relationship with them. I grew up rarely seeing most of them. Arrived late, missed the tahlil, just when they all started eating. Ate fish fillet, some rice, chicken, some water melon. Nearing the end of the meal my uncle did a quiz on our lineage. I didn’t get to answer any of the questions. As I was leaving, salam (malay/Muslim version of shaking hands) with my 7ncles and some cousins, met my grandfather, he hasn’t attended this function in a long time. Might be last 5 years since my father died. 

12 pm, picked up one of my wife’s sister and her kids from lamunin, to go to Kuala Belait to my father-in-law. Met with the sibling in laws (is that a thing?) all the nephews and nieces made the house so lively. Had beef soup, cucur udang, some vegetables, a lightly spicy fried floured chicken, a banana and a drink soya bean. After that had a group photo before visiting a close family friend of in laws, a few minutes drive nearby.  There I had spaghetti, some rice, prawn, beef, and a fruit cocktail drink in sweetened milk.

4pm. Left and sent back the sister with kids to lamunin, had a pitstop at home in kulapis to go to the toilet, and to throw away the rubbish bags from house cleaning yesterday. Then headed to meet with my mother along with my stepfather who was headed towards his relatives at jangsak.

Before 6pm. We arrived jangsak a few minutes before my mother and stepfather. 2 tanah jambu family members were missing, one was working offshore, another probably has a shift coming up. I had a few pieces chocolate cakes with chocolate cornflakes, and a can of pepsi. My nose at this point started to sniffle, it was only later at home I remembered that this house has cats along with other exotic pets, which might have triggered my runny nose. Went to the house next door for dinner, which then I had some Kampung rice, yellow rice, beef in soysauce, and I think was goat in curry, and sayur umbut (boiled bamboo shoots cooked in coconut milk).

7pm, we left for home. 5 houses and I was already bloated and gassy. In my youth I seem to remember hitting at least 10 houses in a single day. But then again not all of those houses had buffets. During my time we walked around to go from house to house, I didn’t see any kids walking around today. Heard a few more firecrackers tonight, but not so close to home this time.

I couldn’t properly sleep with a gassy tummy and a stuffed and runny nose. Didn’t flush and drain my nose properly while taking a bath. Used the buteyko method of controlled hypoxic breathing to help clear my nose enough for me to sleep comfortably. Slept before midnight, but woke up at 3am, slept back after 5am.

Day 27 – back and forth to the post office, equilibrium, and big meal with the father-in-law

The morning before going to work, I dropped by the post office to send my DNA swab for DNAFit, as well as to pick up a few parcels. Paying for the delivery I didn’t have small change, so I went out to buy fuel to break my hundred and go back to the post office. When I went to the office, there was another parcel delivery card, so I had to go back to the post office again.

At work I was preparing for the workshop the next day. After work spent a significant amount of time to post the previous days blog on my bicycle purchase and review.

Went home after 3pm, getting ready to go to KB to dine with my father-in-law, with rest of my wife’s siblings. On the way, we dropped by tutong to visit my wife’s late mother’s grave. And before reaching the house in KB, we dropped by a convenience store to buy a few extra things. When we were at the KB home we were surprised to see a lot of food, leftovers from the fathers foodstall business, but even more surprising was the fact we all finished it anyway, while I personally didn’t eat until I was bloated. Just enough when I was full. I had a chicken rice, fried prawns,, popiah ubi and sayur, grilled sting ray, kueh malaya, coconut water, cendol and teh tarik. Dessert was my wife’s nutella mini cake with some ice cream.

Drove home while watching/listening to equilibrium on netflix, a cult dystopian classic starring christian bale before he was batman.

Check out “equlibrium” on netflix

At home my wife prepared juice before going to sleep. I couldnt sleep that night, despite knowing I have a workshop the next morning. I was reading stuff online. At 1am I told myself that I can only function with a minimum of 4 hour sleep, so closed my mobile phone, and did some breathing and relaxation exercises that helped me to go to sleep.

Day 22, morning at the beach, a mindful break, and the Gods must be Crazy

The morning woke up early to send my wife to her Stand up paddle board class. This time around it was at tungku beach. The water was the calmest I have ever seen. Tempted to go into the water myself, but didn’t. 

Afternoon mostly rested, and caught up on my sleep. Before going out to buy some groceries and some food for the break. 

During the break, again being mindful of what I ate. Started of with finishing a 750mL mug of water, thinking it might help me feel full. At the end I felt my stomache was full, but my throat felt like it wanted more. Ate a few more kurma in an effort to satisfy the need for something sweet. I recognize that the craving is probably my body trying to balance off my daily calorie requirement, despite my stomache already feeling the fullness. Fighting off or at least resisting the craving is a key for weight loss through fasting and calorie restriction. But it really helps knowing and reminding that a binge or cheat day is coming soon.

Late night watched “Gods Must be Crazy” on Netflix. My wife and I separately remembered watching as kids. My wife remembered watching it but didn’t understand the humor then. I just remembered that it was ridiculous. 

It started off with a documentary type of introduction on how simple the life Kalahari tribe in comparison to the ridiculous modem day life, where people are controlled by the clock  and then transitioned into straight men comedy or antics by the Kalahari guy along with the Caucasian protagonists. There was also parallel storyline about an attempted assassination gone wrong,  where the antagonists were being chased by the military and police, which the storylines combined at the end of the movie. 

www.netflix.com/title/60034109?source=android

I wondered how much of the information depicted in the movie was true, from the culture of the kalahari tribe at that time, to how some other tribes saying yes with a headshake instead of a nod, to a rhinoceros self appointing itself as a a fire prevention officer.

I know its a movie, but sometimes art imitates life. So I checked it out.

The headshake may be true, as a few cultures in the world does it. But wikipedia doesnt mention specifically the tribe in the movie. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_shake
The culture of the kalahari tribe, more specifically the !Kung San tribe (the !K is a cork pop sound) is admittedly an “exaggerations of their almost abandoned hunting and gathering life” according to the wikipedia article on the san people.

The depictions in the movie is a caricature of the culture, to findout more you may read the article on the Kung_people.

And finally, I was disappointed to find out the fire stomping rhino to be a myth based on a legend, that a few indigenous groups propagated.

http://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/do-rhinos-really-stomp-out-fires.htm

Day 19 – failed juice fast, night swim class, and late night run

Weight update. 88.9kg.

Worked in the morning. Dropped by post office to pick up some parcels. It was my wife’s items, I am still waiting foer my other stuff. updated my garmin software on watch and PC, found there was a widget for prayer times. Came home late to try avoid traffic jam, but there was traffic anyway.

My wife bought some food. Originally wanted to just eat kurma and drink juice, but emded up eating a bit more.

I had a swim class at 9pm. Pool is only open 9pm-10pm during ramadhan. Thankfully they rang the bell exactly 9pm and not earlier. Met with a few other swimmers triathletes training in the basement pool. They originally wanted to swim at the lap pool, but it seemed greenish with some algae. 

After class finished, I decided to go for a run. 5km run at pace 6.5. I was surprised to feel some strain on my inner right ankle, and a side stitch on my left. I withstood the pain of the stitches, ran slow to keep the pain bearable. I think my body is not used to running as it used to. I might need to start with short distances again. I will have to decrease my distance and intensities for my next runs. Maybe 3km at pace 7.

Came home before 12am, and slept not long after I went to bed. 

I think I need to set my mind up the way I did when I tried the fast the first time. I am not sure what exactly I did. I might be losing some will power. I need to focus on why I want to do the long fast. Which is to lose body weight, so I can be faster on the bike and on the run.