Taking a Beginner’s Yoga Class

I feel like the absolute last person in the world that has embraced yoga. It’s not that I don’t believe in it–I just haven’t had the time or the desire to commit to a class. But my friend convinced me to attend a few beginner classes last week and I really enjoyed it. I had enough of a good time to think about regularly dropping in on a Wednesday morning class.

This is not me. I wish it was. I don't have that kind of balance. Or that hair.

This is not me. I wish it was. I don’t have that kind of balance. Or that hair.

In the meantime, I’ve been practicing at home with these beginner poses for yoga. They include:

Mountain Pose (super easy)

Tree Pose (a little more challenging)

Downward Facing Dog (sounds weird, but easy to do)

Warrior (sounds tough!)

Cobra (dangerous!)

and my favorite so far…

Corpse Pose (perfect when I’m dead tired at the end of the class).

World Cup 2014 and Security

This looks ominous. There’s only seven weeks to go before the World Cup begins in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro will be the center of it all, but local police and the army are dealing with a grim-looking security situation. Late last night, violence erupted and a young male dancer was shot dead by police. Brazil has been cracking down on the slums of Rio and setting up permanent police posts for the last several years.

Some friends of mine are going to see some matches at this year’s World Cup. I had to pass because it’s just too expensive to go and I’m trying to save money. But I’ll be watching in earnest on TV. I’m rooting for USA, but expect Brazil to be a formidable competitor, as they always are. With the World Cup taking place on their home turf, they’ll be tough to beat.

Figure Skating 2014 Has Finished! Right time to watch Frozen the Movie again!

The Winter Olympics 2014 started on February 6 and ended yesterday, February 22 2014 hosted in Sochi Russia.

Medal Standing

1. Russia with total 5 medals

2. United States with 2 medals

3. Japan with 1 medal

You can get the full result here: http://www.sochi2014.com/en/figure-skating-schedule-and-results

Congratulations to all participants you are all winners.

My favorite is the Figure Skating.

Here’s one of the winners from USA that took the gold medal in Ice Dance.

This was my favorite.

Although it would be nice if the song was “Let It go” from the Frozen the Movie of Disney.
What do you think?

So that inspire me to watch one more time! Frozen.

Ooooh I really love this animated story.

It’s a story of two princess (there’s lot of pricess in Disney) and these two are new comers.

Anna and Elsa used to be close to each other but because of an accident, Elsa had to distance herself to Anna to avoid getting her hurt again and so the palace was closed.

Until the coronation day of Elsa to be the Queen, they open the gates and Anna had the chance to sing the song “For the First Time in Forever”.

Met his prince Hans and wanted to get married! Already!

Which Queen Elsa didn’t allowed, so they fought and Elsa released her power unintentionally.

Because of that she had to run from her kingdom and sing the song “Let it go”.

And when I finished this song, I would want to do a figure state..

Too bad no snow here! YET!

Running Practice Time – Morning or Evening?

It’s always crazy day here in the city, really need to find time to run, walk or go to the gym if you don’t want to gain so much weight!

But when is the best time to run?

Well, I run every morning between 4am to 5am, one to two rounds in the park is just right for me to start my day right and full of energy.

Even if I got late on the evening before, I wanted to run on the morning.

I feel so down and slow when I missed a run.

They say that morning exercise leads to better sleep quality.

So that’s typical in my lifestyle. But now that I want to join in the 21k marathon run.

I am more inspired to prepare my self to it.

I don’t just want run on morning but also run after work.

Sometimes I couldn’t do it, because of the loads of work in the office and my teammates are not runners.

So I got an idea!

I invited all my teammates to join me in getting to healthy life style! I also invited other people in the other department.

Well, most of them are interested to join. I hope it will stay that way…

Hey, Everyone!!! If you’re reading my post now, make sure we finish work early tomorrow ok?

I won’t be waiting for you guys! :P

I also had a research if it’s ok to run on the afternoon, well I just found out that the optimal time to exercise is when your body is on its highest temperature, which, for most people is the late afternoon, between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Other studies do confirm that exercisers perform better on physical performance tests, including aerobic capacity, endurance, reaction time, and strength between 4 and 7 p.m.

Cool right???!!!



Run Like the Wind

Hey everyone! So I’m going to make good on a long-standing promise to myself to train for and complete a half marathon this year. I’ve always been a runner, but haven’t finished anything for than a 10K and I really don’t race that much. I’m reasonably fast but I just have never made the time to log all the miles necessary to finish something as long as a half marathon. 13.1 miles! Hopefully without stopping.

Here’s my half marathon training checklist:

I’m going to start out slow and follow a 12-week training program. I haven’t decided which race to run, but since I’m aiming for May or June, there should be plenty to choose from.


Sochi Olympics

Having lots of fun watching the early days of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Checked out some great performances on the women’s slopestyle. Jamie Anderson had an incredible second run to capture her first Olympic gold. It was incredible! Everyone expected her to win, and she really stepped up when she needed to with an intense performance.

Jamie Anderson

Enni Rukajarvi of Finland finished second, and Britain’s Jenny Jones took the bronze medal for third place.

Getting Inspired

I love inspirational quotes and stories. Sometimes we all need a little pick-up on a rough day and a great quote can really get you in the right frame of mind. One of my favorite sources of quotes is Sir Winston Churchill, who was a master at crafting speeches to rally the citizens of Great Britain during World War II. One of his best quotes is below. It’s something I found on Inspiratopia.

Success is not final

Success is not final

This quote reminds us all that no matter how successful we are, we’re never done. And failure is not just an option, but it’s a great learning experience. Finally, the process of staying the course is where courage truly comes from. Very inspirational, Sir Winston!

Finding the Day of the Week

OK, this is entirely random but I thought it was amazingly cool, so I thought I’d re-post something I found on the Web.

Here’s the story. As you might know, Earth Day is coming up soon. This Sunday as a matter-of-fact. It happens every year on April 22 and this year that falls on a Sunday, which is kind of convenient since Sunday happens to be an excellent day to celebrate something like Earth Day. It’s on the weekend, people have lots of time, you get the idea.

The first Earth Day was in 1970 and that got me to wondering whether that happened on a Sunday as well. So I went to Google to look it up and stumbled across this really cool page that has a method for easily determining the day of the week for any date in history: Finding the Day of the Week.

It involves a bit of math but not enough to scare you off. Once you get the algorithm down, you’ll be able to calculate any day of the week in your head…or at least quickly with a pencil and paper. And Earth Day, 1970? Turns out it was on a Wednesday. I did some more research and it turns out they planned it to be mid-week to get people to leave their offices and participate. Guess I was wrong about it being well-suited for a weekend.

Speaking of the weekend, besides my plans to celebrate Earth Day, I’ll also be playing a lot of Pottermore, which finally opened up to the public. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or so, you’re probably familiar with Harry Potter and Pottermore is author J.K. Rowling’s answer to her fans who want more Harry. It’s sort of an online game where you get to follow along with the story and interact with the world of wizards. It’s pretty straightforward, although I had to rely on some cheats to figure out some of the tougher parts. There’s a ton of extra material that gives Potter geeks plenty to read and think about.

Oh, and after the Sorting Hat ceremony was complete, I was put into Ravenclaw. I knew it!

New Apartment

I spent most of the past weekend hunting around for a new apartment in the city. I’ve been living with two roommates for the past few years and even though I love them to pieces, I think it’s time to have my own place for a while. I don’t have many possessions, just some clothes, a few bookshelves, and a simple inexpensive mattress and bed. So I don’t need a very big space. I’m mostly looking for studio apartments or maybe a very inexpensive one bedroom place if I can find it.

This weekend’s search didn’t turn up much. A lot of the places were a little run-down and old and if I’m going to spring for my own place I want it to be a place I feel comfortable in. Would also like some space for my kid brother to hang out and play Poptropica. It doesn’t need to be incredibly fancy, but at least clean and up-to-date. I’ll keep looking around.

Not My Apartment

This is so not my apartment, but I wish it was.