Wearable Muscles

Dropped by Hua Hin, Thailand, for a short escapade last week and although my bod wasn’t beach ready, I found a lifesaver at the local night market…

For 250bht (bargained from 279bht), I became an instant hunk… and hung too in front of Hua Hin Hilton Hotel!

When you cannot make it, fake it… until it becomes real. Heh heh.

What if washboard pecs and abs can happen instantly without sweating buckets in the gym? To me, it is not about wearing a nice bod, having rippling muscles and all but the ultimate reward of a healthier physiological system in earning those solid humps through regular bodybuilding exercises (provided the gains are not drugs-induced).

Oh-la-la… if only my real buns look that good in G-string, I would clap with my butt cheeks instead of hands!

I was in Hua Hin and Bangkok for about a week and vacations usually disrupt an exercise routine. Wandi was supposed to devised a set of strength training exercises for me to do in the hotel room but he was still recovering from a flu and took medical leave so I didn’t get to have a personal training session before I leave.

But instead of relying on somebody else and letting the holiday be an excuse to skive, I worked on my stamina and endurance by jogging on the beach.

It wasn’t easy fighting the drowsiness and sightseeing plans to make time for exercise. It was so much easier to sleep in than wake up to burn at the hotel’s gym or a jog. That’s when the t-shirt became a motivation rather than just a piece of hilarious fashion. I want that bod printed on it. Front and back.

Since I tend to overeat on vacations (I think I’m not the only one), jogging on the beach is a great cardio workout to melt those excess calories. Compared to jogging on a treadmill, stadium or paved trails, running on the beach definitely presented more challenges for the body due to the uneven ground and shifting sand.

Jogging on the beach works the calf, shin and thigh muscles harder than the aforementioned running surfaces and it also strengthens the rotary tendons and tissues around the ankle to tackle challenging terrains.

If you’re training for a marathon such as the Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon, consider incorporating jogging sessions on the beach to build up your leg muscles to run longer and go further during the race!


Day 261 : Bangkok Dangerous

Was almost robbed in the wee hours of this morning. Returning from supper around 1:30am, I walked along the main road leading to my hotel. It was drizzling and all the shops were closed. I saw 2 young guys sitting in front of a shopfront.

On seeing me, one of them sprang to his feet and approached me to sell tidbits. He was holding a big bunch of transparent plastic bags containing packeted chips of sorts in a green packaging with his left hand. His right hand was behind him. He spoke Thai and was very insistent on me to buy something.

I almost relented because I felt kind of bad for this guy to be selling tidbits under the rain so late at night. However, I took a glance to the side of the road and noticed that his friend was on a bike and trailing us.

Immediately an alarm went off in my head. Pity turned to panic as I realised they could be robbers. I hastened my pace and at this point, the guy came in front of me to block my path. Fear was mounting and half-blinded by panic, I pushed past the guy and jogged away.

After some distance, I turned back to see the 2 guys by the roadside chatting, under the rain. I shudder to think that the guys could’ve planned on robbing me had I stopped and took out my wallet then getting away on the bike. Maybe that guy who approached me was holding a knife in his right hand. So always be suspicious and not let compassion cloud logic when approached by strangers on the streets of Bangkok at night.

Day 260 : Silom Road

The streets of Bangkok are often lined with interesting subjects and photographic moments. Saw this dog and owner by the side of Silom Road seeking donation. I don’t understand a word on the signage but the sullen pooch and jovial auntie made such an odd couple, I parted with 20baht to take their portraits.

Day 259 : Chatuchak

Chatuchak or Jatuchak, they both mean the same thing… a black hole for my wallet. I’m not a fan of shopping but Bangkok has this power that moves my feet and fingers through throngs of shops and retail stalls at the many shopping districts and enclaves. I can walk for hours on end here but back in Singapore, shopping is something of a blue moon event.

As I was roaming the weekend market today, I saw this peddler with a load of blown up toys over his shoulders. Air suddenly seemed heavy. And although the toys were bright and cheery, the seller has this pained expression most of the time. What a contrast. An unhappy man selling joy.

Day 258 : Call of the Wow

Always a “wow” time in Bangkok with good food, great bargains, affordable massages, friendly faces, heartfelt moments and loads of shock therapy.

Day 257 : Bangkok

Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.

Translation : City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s behest.

And that’s the full name of Bangkok.

Day 183 : Colour Me Fluorescent

A daringly fashionable friend who could very well be Singapore’s version of Lady Gaga told me that luminous colours are the IN shades this season. Call it ‘bad’ influence, but the normally unfashionable me suddenly became very sensitive to all things neon during this Bangkok trip.

So for the fun of it, I picked up these really loud colours around the city of angels… hope I didn’t blind the fairies in the process! Not sure if I’ll dare to replicate this outfit in Singapore though. Heh heh.

Yellow Sunglasses – MBK Centre (150 baht); Cross Necklace – Silom (100 baht); Neon Yellow Singlet – Terminal 21 (100 baht); Neon Pink Suspenders – Platinum Mall (150 baht); Neon Green Watch – Shibuya19 Mall (100 baht); Neon Blue Bermudas – Shibuya19 Mall (280 baht).

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