23 July 2016

12 July 2016

Eidul Fitr 2016

I travelled to India to celebrate Eidul Fitr (Hari Raya) with my parents, Nasira baji (my sister) and relatives. Here are some pics.

06 July 2016

6kg weightloss in 90days

I started an intensive fitness-regime on 01 Apr 2016.

With every day intense cardio, weight training and strictly healthy diet - I'm glad to share my 6kg weight loss in first 90 days.

This picture is taken after an 8 km run this morning, at my hometown - where I'm visiting my parents this week for Eid.

The most important factor for keeping up with training is a vision, why you want to achieve that vision, and a deadline. I can write an entire book about it here, but for now - I just wanna take a moment to share my happiness.

More good results to follow.

11 June 2016

Victory For Privacy

With Gawker Media filing for bankruptcy protection - a gossip story has recently turned into a big win for Privacy.

When wrestler Hulk Hogan filed a lawsuit against gossip media group Gawker Media over his leaked sex-tape, it was still a gossip. Then came a revelation that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel was funding some of his legal costs. As Hulk Hogan won the $140m lawsuit and Peter Thiel admitted that he was financially covering some of the legal costs - a serious and shadow war for "Privacy vs Freedom of Speech" became clear.

  • Gawker Media was launched in 2003 and incorporated in 2012, as an online media company with a network of blogs.
  • 2007, a Gawker Media owned website exposes billionaire Peter Thiel as gay, stirring up bad blood with the Silicon Valley  moghul.
  • 2012, Gawker Media publishes a 41 second Hulk Hogan's sex-tape.
  • 2013, Gawker Media refuses to remove the sex-tape, citing the First Amendment as its Freedom for Speech, and argues that the 41 seconds of video has news value.
  • Wrestler Hulk Hogan fights for his Privacy, and sues Gawker Media for (then) $100m.
  • 2016, Hulk Hogan wins the $140m lawsuit, as judge order Gawker Media to pay.
  • Gawker Media files for bankruptcy protection goes up for sale.

Key Issues:
  • Should the gossip and new media be allowed to intrude into people's life to make cheap profits. Apparently their cheap profits run into $6.5m for the year 2014.
  • Is the obnoxious amount of wealth in the billionaire club and Silicon Valley's digital muscle, exerting undue influence over media (press).
Key Players:
  • Billionaire Phillip Thiel, was obviously the dark knight in this war. This hero also was an early investor in Facebook and co-founder of PayPal. Humiliated by Gawker in 2007, he has got his sweet revenge by putting Gawker out of business.
  • Hulk Hogan, once the focus of gossip, is now a poster-boy for Freedom of Privacy.
  • Gawker Media, was an influential force in the growth of online media in early days. Often frowned upon for its cheesy gossip. And in Peter Thiel's words "built its business on humiliating people for sport".
In my opinion, it is a clear win for Privacy over Freedom of Speech.

There is no justification for publishing anyone's sex-tape - be it a celebrity, wrestler, or shaming anyone's sexual orientation (as gay). In today's world everyone has the right to live their life the way they like it. Nobody owes anybody a living. Media sites owned by Gawker had gone way too far with their offensive and distasteful publications. The First Amendment gives them the Freedom for Speech - but not a license to intrude into other's privacy, to shame people publicly, or to offend anyone's lifestyle. Hulk Hogan truly lives up to his superhero image, of crushing giants - both in and out of the ring.

This could also be the only time in history a 41 second video clip busted a $200+ million dollar company.

Financial Times: Gawker Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Wikipedia: Gawker Media

Reuters: Gawker Media Files for Bankruptcy, To Go Up For Sale

10 June 2016


Sharpening my skills at MindChamps at Tao Payoh Hub.

I took a course on improving my skills to interview candidates. Interviewing potential hires is currently part of my managerial responsibility.

I found the course to be very useful, practical, and can be applied immediately. It was an applied and workshop styled course. I highly recommend it.

Link: www.mindchamps.org

07 June 2016

Drop Set Training

Adding method to madness is my definition of "technique". That's how I lift passionately, repeat it, and continuously improve. I recently applied the drop set technique for more than a month, and found it to be really effective.

Above pic shows my layout of weights for seated shoulder-press.

Step 1) select 3 pair of weights (example: 35 lbs, 30 lbs, 25 lbs).
Step 2) start by warming up with the lowest weight (example: 25 lbs) with at least 20 reps. This will be your warm-up, to get the target muscles flushed with blood (doesn't count as a set).
Step 3) rest for 1 minute.
Step 4) use the highest weight (example: 35 lbs) and do it till failure. (at least 10 reps). Then rest for 1 minute to recover. Repeat with same weights. You just completed 2 sets.
Step 5) Now, drop to next lower weight (example: 30 lbs) and hit it till failure (at least 12 to 15 reps). Repeat. You just finished 2 more sets, in total 4 sets.
Step 6) Now, drop to the lowest weight (example: 25 lbs) and hit it till failure (at least 15 to 20 reps). Repeat. You just finished 2 more sets, in total 6 sets.

What's the advantage:
- When you start with the highest weight, you are officially hitting your muscle hardest. This helps to build mass and strength. But you can't keep going with such heavy weights, your form starts to off-track and you hit failure pretty soon. That's when you need to drop lower.
- When you reduce the weights, you get the extra mileage. This keeps the muscles pumped way much longer. You can't reach this state if you were exercising with a fixed weight.
- At the last set, even the lowest weight (example: 25 lbs) feels like a ton.
- Every time you reduce the weights, it gives you more room to improve your form,  which chisels and adds more definition to the target muscles.

I picked this technique from Arnold's biography, where he describes the different methods to "shock" the muscles for growth. He talks about super sets, compound sets, drop sets etc..but so far I found this to be really useful. Why? coz you can apply it at every stage, even as a beginner. Anything you repeat (even if you do the same gym routine everyday), the body becomes used to it, and stops growing - so remember to add variations.

Drop Set technique was developed by Henry Atkins in 1940 and published in 1949.