of goals and interests .....

First of all,  thanks for all the concerns on my knee pain in my previous post. It's much better now after applying the anti-inflammation plasters and I continued my humble workout regimes as usual. In fact, I workout more intense now than the past which even surprise my own self. In the past and younger days, I even joined an expensive gym but I didn't really utilised it well as I only went there for 2-3 times a week and mostly looking forward to the sauna and steam bath facilities. And, I only ran for less than 20 mins though I did workout and even have a personal instructor, but results are slow.

 However, as I grew older, especially for the past 2 years, I am more motivated to workout and almost exercise 5 times a week from Sunday to Thursday. I was so tired yesterday during an almost non-stop 1 and 30 mins of badminton but I guess its motivation that pushed me to workout, and it comes from a goal. I planned to reduce my so-called one pack in my abdomen so that I can be more healthy. Another reason that motivates me is the feel good feeling from an exercise. I guess the feel good hormones released in my system after a workout makes me wanted to continue again and again, like addicted to drugs... haha..

Anyway, it all boils down to goals and when I look back at my goals, I realised I have set too many for myself where I have ignored some of them. I guess its best I cut down my goals to some realistic ones. However, I read an article recently that mentioned its ok to set more goals as we can achieved more, though we may not achieved all. So, that's for a debate! In the end, I guess it's further boils down to interest and goals! For example, if you like running a marathon and willing to train for it , that's interest and goal. I remember once I am willing to take a cab to go for badminton from North to South but unwilling to attend an enrichment talk event nearby.

OK, it seems a long post. I will end it with another simple bento below from my usual haunt at Men-ichi Ramen.

My Shokado Wazen Bento
Have a good weekend, folks !


Knee pain....

I have been running a lot lately and has covered 12km in three days, which to my standard, that's considered a feat. There were some weeks where I have covered around 15 KM in four days, and adding in a day of a 2 hour session of badminton. Thus, my knees finally give way and I felt a mild pain there, despite wearing a knee band. So, I decided to give it a rest over the last weekend but not exercising as well as getting the anti-inflammation medicated plasters, Ketotop,  over my poor knees.

The Ketotop plasters
Selling at about S$4+ at Guardian , it did help to reduce the mild pain in my knees and I do felt better after applying it day and night. I guess it should be around RM9+ in Malaysia. There was no menthol added, thus you don't feel a thing after sticking the plaster except the stretching feeling.

Meanwhile, no food post this evening as I had a simple Sirloin Steak only in the food-court. :)


Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen ....

After a workout with weights and a short 3KM run on a rainy Monday night , I thought of Shoyu Ramen since it's a cold night. Thanks to SK's post again on his Japan travelogue last week where he mentioned the Shoyu (Soy) Ramen. I usually had the Miso Ramen , thus I was curious to find out about this ramen. It seems the Shoyu Ramen came in different varieties, including hot and spicy, but I ended up ordered the Shoyu Tonkotsu (pork bone) Ramen. The broth was darker in colour compared to other ramen.

Shoyu Ramen

After I have stirred the soup to check out the ingredients 

It came with two slices of chashu which I can top-up to five pieces but I didn't , a piece of seaweed and a boiled egg. The broth was nice and I really don't know how to describe the broth since I am not a food critic but it did leave a nice after-taste, just like when you had a bottle of chicken essence. I was lucky to have a nice ramen restaurant near by place. :) The Ramen shop was Men-ichi Ramen at Northpoint Shopping Centre.


miss those weekends ....

This seems to be a quiet weekend as my kid has replacement classes last Saturday. Well, since Johor implemented the new weekend on Friday and Saturday, I realised most of our weekend short retreats and outings has been drastically reduced. We used to travel to Kluang, Legoland, Hello Kitty/Little Big club town, Desaru, Kukup, Tg Piai or even Melaka and Seremban but now left with only running errands at the malls. Thus, I have to wait for school or public holidays to go a bit farther.

It was a rainy Sunday and since my wife and little princess needed to attend a baby fullmoon tea reception later, we had a simple lunch at a nearby Lavender Bistro. This time round, I am surprise my little princess opted for her strawberry short cake where she ordered it herself by telling the waiter. LOL...

I think I am not really that adventurous in food and most of the time I will ordered back my favourite food at the same restaurant. This is my favourite Cheddar Cheese and Ham sandwich.

And my Americano.
Have a good week, folks!


freshly made .....

Hi all! It's weekend again around the corner and I am sure everyone was feeling great today. Well , let go all the bad feelings, whether it's work, finance, family or the first game loss of Manchester United in the English Premier League last Saturday. Well, as a fan, I was disappointed like any other millions of fans worldwide but I am sure with an experience coach in Louis Van Gall, we will bounce back and let the ABU fans (Anything but United) eat their words. LOL ....   (forgive me if you are one of them ... ahem...)

Well, I posted the below cos I had it over last weekend and feel like having again. The Food and Tea restaurants have been opening many branches in JB and I especially love their egg tarts early in the morning. It was so fresh and not too sweet. The edge was crunchy too!

Freshly made egg tarts 
 Then, I am sure I will be very full when I ordered the special kaya wheat bread, which seems available in Johor only. The entire bun was made of wheat and after having one piece, I can guarantee you that it's really very filling. I heard that this wheat bread was originated from Air Itam, Johor but I cannot confirmed though I visited the kopitiam there before.
My favourite wheat bread kaya toast 
OK, folks ,I keep my post short.  Have a good weekend and May Man Utd win their first EPL match this Sunday evening. :)


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