One of my Singaporean friends invited me and another one of our classmates out rock climbing. It has been a while since I have been rock climbing. I only tried it once back at my undergraduate university, which happen have an decent rock climbing wall inside our school gym. After tonight’s session, I am officially hooked, and regret not utilizing Trent’s climbing wall more often. What an amazing sport! Rock climbing is an interesting exercise which combines the best of upper body strength, lower body flexibility and technique, and a poised frame of mind. But between the safety harness and the rope that keeps you a float, the greatest asset I had tonight were my amazing friends, who kept pushing me to try tougher combinations while remaining on the colour track. There were times when I could not avoid cheating, but I will get better as time goes on. My friends told me that I did pretty good for a beginner (maybe they were just trying to be nice). I managed to do a total of 6 climbs, some of which were more difficult than others. At the end of the session I was absolutely exhausted, even though I did not feel like I did that many climbs. My exhaustion only surprised me for a minute until I realized that despite my consistent athletic regiment on a weekly basis, today I was using muscles that I do not usually use on a daily basis. During one climb, which had no choice but to abort, my body basically told me that unless I was going to invent energy out of thin air, I was not going to go any higher. The next time I go climbing, which will be very soon, I will make sure to improve my form. Today I relied too heavily on my arms, and not enough on my legs, which should lead you up the wall. What can I say? Rooks will be Rooks.
Here is Episode 2 of The Finish Line. Tune in above to find out what Steve Nash is doing to prolong his NBA career.
I recognize that I am little bit late in posting this first episode of the short documentary series covering what might very well be the end of Steve Nash’s incredible NBA career. The Finish Line Episode 1 & 2 allow us to see Nash in his most rawest and vulnerable state. Many Athletes can relate to what Nash is going through because at the end of the day, they body can only endure so much. I really hope we see Captain Canada back for one more whole season. Only time will tell.
Elephants roam Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
(Source: National Geographic)
First trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy premiered today. I have to be honest, I do not know much about this series, but it looks refreshing, unique, funny, and awesome all at the same time. The film opens wide on August 1st, 2014.
Wanna watch a pair of crazy Russians climb to the top of the not yet completed Shanghai Tower at 650 meters, all recorded on their Go Pro’s? Click play and hold you breath.
I keep telling my friends and family back home that I most likely picked the perfect year to skip Winter. Toronto has been hit by almost everything a Canadian winter can throw at you: dump loads of snow fall after snowfall, temperatures as low as -40C, and a freaking ice storm. I got to skip out of this ugly affair due selecting Singapore as my destination for graduate studies. The weather played a heavy factor in my decision to come here. In my 24 years on God’s green earth, I have never spent a year removed from winter, until this one. 365 Days of Summer has been great to me. Yet its benefits does come without its inconsistencies. One of those inconsistencies is the remarkable consistent weather pattern Singapore experiences all year round. Since we are on the equator over here, we get 12 hours of sunshine everyday. That also implied that our climate never chances. Independent of a rain season which arrives near October/November (and its equator rain, its intense but short, not like that London/Vancouver all day kind of shit) the climate is pretty much the same. I call it +30C feels like +40C. After a while, it starts to get a bit boring. Some places have 4-6 months of winter like the North American Northeastern Seaboard, with Spring, Summer and Fall in between. Even places like Dubai, have short “winters” and long and hot summer. But in Singapore, there is zero sense of change. Its so uncanny, that sometimes I catch myself losing my sense of time. I do not hate it the climate overhear, in fact I love it. Even the extreme humidity that most people loath. But after experience almost every single type of season for 24 years, I can now experience the dynamic climate that exists back home.