August 20, 2015

Photo used for F!rosh Handbook 2010 which I later used as a Facebook Profile Photo

#TBT Great Photo Where I Wasn’t Wearing Pants

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I liked the trip down memory lane last week so much that I dug through some other old documents from my university days in hopes of finding some more Throwback Thursday (#TBT) gems. I found my old F!rosh Handbook from the fall of 2006 (At UofT Engineering, Freshmen Orientation was referred to as F!rosh Week, and the exclamation mark came early because it was such an exciting event). This book was produced for engineering students that were entering first year at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2006. The editor of this publication, Ariel Feldman did a really good job with the[…continue reading]



August 13, 2015

Excerpt from "Skulebook 0T6", the University of Toronto Engineering Yearbook

#TBT Old Yearbook Posting

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I received a notification on Tuesday that a photo had been added of me to an alumni website. The photo is a scan of a page from a 2006 university yearbook. It’s funny that I have absolutely no recollection of writing this incredibly nerdy blurb, and yet I can wholeheartedly believe that I wrote it. During the 2005-2006 academic year, I had a position in the engineering student government as “Sponsorship Director.” The job was to try to find free money for events and publications. But, as with most things I do, I went crazy with it and got much more[…continue reading]



August 10, 2015

My Transition Quality Phase of training for summer 2015

Summer 2015 Training Plan: Transition Quality

The Early Quality Phase of my summer 2015 training is over. I’m not say it is over well, but it is over. As I mentioned in my review of July, I had a breakdown in discipline towards the end of that month which resulted in missing quite a few workouts, including a 10-mile long run. And I only got in 2 of the 6 quality runs for this phase. But, it’s too late to go back and fix that so, onwards and upwards! Up next is the Transition Quality phase of the program. This is the phase that sucks the most! It has the most[…continue reading]



August 7, 2015

July 2015 nightly hours of sleep

July Review

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This has been a working month. I’ve really been working hard but it’s exhausting. I was working really hard for most of the month. However, I kind of fell off the wagon in the last week or so of the month. Fatigue just piled up and I kind of spiraled out of control with poor food choices, poorer sleep, and fading motivation. I started August with a vacation which did wonders, but it doesn’t erase the fact that I fell apart a bit at the end of July. A definitely highlight of the month, and perhaps of my whole summer[…continue reading]



July 29, 2015

Back of my Ji Hong Tai Chi t-shirt with a figure doing "Snake Creeps Down"

In Praise of Tai Chi

I’ve been learning Tai Chi for just over a year now and I’m really enjoying it. I’m training at Ji Hong Tai Chi‘s Mississauga location. They have a much larger location in Markham, but the Mississauga location is growing quickly. Tai Chi always seemed to have a mystical mystique to it. It’s something ancient, yet meditative and modern. Yoga has a similar appeal, but are very different in practice. The original Chen-Style was actually a way to teach Wu Shu (Kung Fu) Martial Arts technique. Yang style is a derivative and less combat-application specific, but still considered a martial art by many.  There is[…continue reading]