Monday, September 23, 2013

I've been 30 for a while now

It's been over 4 years since I've last blogged. I don't know whether it'll be another 4 years till I write another. But I thought I'd write a little bit just to get my brain going. This is a recycled post. Posted 5 years before I turned 30, and now being re-posted just before I turn 31.

1. Drive a wickedly cool car, even if you have to rent it. "Wickedly cool" is defined as any car that turns heads on the streets. They say life is a journey and you should enjoy the ride.
I used to "not do manual", but I can semi-confidently say that I do do manual. I have yet to drive a wickedly cool car. The coolest I've driven was my cousin's boyfriend's type-R around the block.
2. Date against type. Better yet, date somebody "dangerous." Waking up tied to a bed with a person who has more tattoos than brains will give you stories to regale other members of the old-age home in your dotage.
3. See the world. It's much easier to do when you're 22 and footloose than 35 with two bawling babies in your backpack.
Before I turned 30, I moved to Hong Kong. Then I got pregnant. I managed, however, to visit a few new countries before I hit the milestone age - Malaysia, Singapore, Macau... and I guess Hong Kong! Now that I've got one bawling baby (he's pretty sensible, only bawls for a reason) - we've got Korea, more of Thailand and Sanya before I turn 31!
4. Live in a cool place.
Been living in Hong Kong since May 2012!
5. If you're going to drink a lot, do it when you're young. Getting sick on cheap white wine after 30 is pretty pathetic. Young drunks sometimes get away with being "cute," though you may still have a lot of apologizing to do. Get this experimentation out of your system and you'll appreciate finer spirits when you get older.
No change to previous post.
6. Take risks with your job. Most people end up changing direction in their careers after their 20s anyway, so, take the time to figure out what you want to do. There will be time enough to be a cubicle drone later.
I haven't taken any real risks yet. I've requested moves to another project and that felt like a risk at the time! Going back to work full time and trying to find something to occupy my brain for the rest of my career will need to involve some actual risks I think!
7. Do something physically adventurous. And do it OUTSIDE! No one will ever be remembered for playing Nintendo or watching every single episode of "Friends." Enjoy your body while you're young, push it to its limits!
I've been skiing again - post ACL reconstruction skiing too! That's pretty adventurous! That's all though. The other week I went wake boarding and I can't wait to do it again!
8. Take your parents to dinner. It gives you a chance to show your parents that you are an equal and that you are responsible. It's also a chance to show your appreciation for all those dinners they bought over the years.
9. Do volunteer work. You may be broke, but you can give your sweat and earnestness to a cause in which you believe. In addition to improving your world, you can allow yourself to be exposed to others in the world.
In the two years before we moved out of Sydney, my boyfriend/fiance and I did St. Vinnie's Door Knock Appeal. One year it was through a well to do neighbourhood with people with lots to give, the other was a more run down part of town - that was tough!
10. Use this decade to go to extremes. Climb the tallest mountain you can find. Picnic at midnight. Learn to sail. Talk to strangers. Road trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Take a midnight drive to the beach then stick around for dawn.
Road trip to Chicago from New Jersey and explored the green town on St. Patty's Day. Talked to loads of strangers when I moved my life her to Hong Kong and looking for new extremes in the coming years!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The day my boyfriend broke my heart

This hurt...

Lowell [1:22 PM]:
murray is seed 2
therefore nads and feds in semis 0_0
Nelisa [1:23 PM]:
yeh i know
that's fine
murray vs feds
straight sets
Lowell [1:25 PM]:
murray > nadal
Nelisa [1:25 PM]:
yeh okay
Lowell [1:25 PM]:
in terms of raw talent

Boot Cap: Day #6

Thinking that Wednesdays are a little harder for me. Probably because it's usually not been more than 12 hours since I played basketball - and last night's game was tough!

Today was a lot of running. Throw various resistance exercises in (burpies, knee-to-elbow, lunges, crunches, squats, push-ups) and you get a VERY tiring morning.
I'm finding that my breathing struggles are becoming a bit of a hinderance. My body is definitely stronger but it's often very tough to push myself when I feel short of breath.

I'm hoping that the remaining sessions will improve that *crossfingers*


Monday, August 24, 2009

Boot Cap: Day #5

The drama of today came from the two hours before I had to wake up this morning. Every time I know it's bootcamp, I wake up way early and struggle to stay asleep till my alarm goes off.

I slept around midnight last night.

... woke up around 2:30am
... woke up again at 4.22am
... and again 4.50am
... then 5.58am
... and still at 5.20am

... and then in about 2-4minute intervals after that.

Hectic right? Well, to me it is.

Today, I did what I did last Wednesday i.e. fitness test for the people that didn't show up last week. I thought I might as well have a crack at improving last week's time.


Sliced 1 minute 50 seconds off! Woowoo! It helped that my shins/ankles didn't feel like hell this morning.

Clocked in at 16min 26sec!

So... maybe it does get easier :)

Until Wednesday!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Boot Cap: Day #4

Fitness test today! There were only 6 people in today which was good because it meant only one person lapped me ;)

1. 4 laps around the football pitch
2. 40 push-ups
3. 80 squats
4. 10 lunges per leg
5. 50 sit-ups
6. 20 back extensions
7. 2 laps around the football pitch

= 18min 16sec

The aim is to get that down to somewhere b/w 15 and 16 minutes in 3 weeks! Wish me luck!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Boot Cap: Day #3

I thought doing the King George Park to Anzac Bridge run on Saturday (with boyfriend forcing me to keep going even when I couldn't breathe) was going to help me conquer that hill. No luck today.

We ran up and down the hill about 3 times and I was absolutely exhausted! It was a nice bit of encouragement when one of the girls told me that it does get easier. I really hope so too. It really doesn't help when my legs are shooting pain. Gonna pay a visit to the Running Science spot sometime this week to see if I can get hooked up with better shoes. Also, I'm going to try to drop into the gym around the corner and spend a bit of time on the bike. Gotta build up those calfs!

Sucks how all I want to do now is steal half an hour's extra sleep but I'm sweaty and stanky. Plus, the clock tells me I should be getting ready for work now.

Until Wednesday...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Boot Cap: Day #2

My body is not used to these movements.

Jogs (plural), burpies, jumping squats, crunches, reverse crunches, shuttle run, planks, side planks, push-ups - add to that my sore shins/ankles and the end result is a very sore (and muddy!) me.

Oh and I still had to walk up that hill to get home.

I'm half complaining, half logging the pain so when I beat it (and I will beat it!) I will know how far I've come.

Okay, time to get ready for work! God, the day hasn't even really started.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Boot Cap: Day #1

... and I'm contemplating going again on Wednesday.

First day of bootcamp consisted of a 4.2km hilly run. I swear I lost it up the first street. Steepest hill ever. Not a good start to my Monday morning. I would like to sleep now, thanks.

PS. I think something in my brain triggers my desire for ONLY healthy food. The whole time I was running I was thinking about what I ate last night - creamy mushrooms, potato omelette, chorizos, meatballs...