I am recovering from a carb overload from my cheat day yesterday. Started off with a normal boreing healthy breakfast. Moved onto lunch where i had pontian wonton noodles. Devilish.


For dinner, we went to a restaurant called db Bistro Moderne Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands to celebrate a friend’s Birthday. The restaurant, part of the Daniel Boulud empire, specializes in burgers. I had the amazing “Original db Burger”, a Sirloin Burger filled with Braised Short Ribs and Foie Gras. Heaven. Oh, and their Pretzel Rolls – wow!!



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Over the weekend, my Wife and I went to “Meat The Butcher” (get it? heh. heh.) in Bukit Timah (615 Bukit Timah Road), which also happened to be a few shops down from the organic shop “Eat Organic” (very original names, eh?) and got ourselves a couple of grass fed Rib Eye steaks. Even after being frozen for a couple of days, they tasted amazing!


Since we unfortunately don’t have a grill, I needed to be a bit more creative to enhance the already amaing flavor. I added Rubbed Sage, freshly ground black pepper, freshly ground sea salt, a bit of coriander, and butter. Mmmm…

Look at how red it is, when compared to what NTUC Fairprice sells? (a local supermarket here in Singapore).

I also experimented with a veggie dish. Red and green capsicum, enoki mushrooms, king oyster mushroom, bok choy (chinese cabbage), leek, and garlic. Seasoned with just a few drips of light soy sauce and some crushed chili pepper.


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I posted on Google+ earlier today that I’m “Doing my bi-weekly bean cooking. First batch: Orange Lentils. Second batch: Black Beans. Will write a blog post later.” Well, here’s the blog post. And, to my friend Vincent, yes, you’re probably right… “hmmm.. wouldn’t that increase your carbon footprint?”

I did two batches of beans that I’ll be freezing and eating for the next 2 weeks or so. First, a batch of Orange Lentils (seasoned of course), and second, a simple batch of Black Beans – plain.

Tumeric Orange Lentils




I added about 400mL of Lentils, and about 2 times that of water. Tumeric powder, Chinese Five Spice, Coriander powder, Cumin powder, black pepper, and tons of garlic.This batch will give me enough for 18 meals!

Boring Black Beans

These are exactly that – boring, but flexibly useful.

Dried, and then frozen, these should last about 2 weeks.



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We have a busy day (and it isn’t over yet). Today is my 3rd “cheat day” on the 4-Hour Body ‘plan’.

I started off with a standard healthy, high-protein, zero-useless carbs, breakfast. The usuals: Lentils, Spinach, 3 eggs (1 whole, 2 whites), and seasoning. I have grown fond of dousing my eggs with Tabasco these days. Mmmm


Afterwords, Melanie and I had a 9am appointment at the KettlebellH.I.T gym at Horse City, (#01-02K, 100 Turf Club RoadSingapore 287992) where we would be getting an hour and a half introductory lesson on Kettlebell exercises. I had the intent on buying a Kettlebell so that I could do the exercises at home as recommended in The Four Hour Body. There are a few options of places to buy Kettlebells in Singapore, but I ended up going with KettlebellH.I.T since they offer 2 free courses when you buy a Kettlebell to teach you how to use it. Plus, it seems from the Youtube videos of these guys, they know what they’re doing. I went in thinking I would be getting something around a 20Kg Kettlebell, as Tim Ferris suggests that most men should start with that weight. Well, let me tell you, try before you buy! I ended up with a 8Kg Kettlebell – and this one is pleanty for me for the time being. Yes, I’m a wimp.

Unfortunately, the 8Kg Kettlebells are pink. Oh well.

Following the workout and purchase, Melanie and I went out to Kranji to hit the organic farms, specifically Bollywood Veggies, an organic farm that has a pretty good restaurant. This was actually our second time going (our first was back in March with some friends) – I wanted to have a good healthy cheat-day lunch with foods that I know aren’t poisoned with hormones and pesticides (so I would feel a bit less guilty about stuffing my face with way too much goodness!).


And by the way, their banana bread is awesome! Thank goodness it’s a 4HB cheat day.

Finally, for dinner, well, I haven’t had it yet, but I plan to have Mexican! We’ll see how good it is – some of my colleagues have ordered it in the past and said it was good value for money.

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Melanie and I went to check out the status of our apartment construction yesterday (23rd July). We walked from the Kembangan MRT station and it took only 10 or 15 minutes to get to the complex – shorter than we thought (a good thing!).

I am happy to see concrete! They seem to be actively working on foundation on some of the blocks. But, the showroom is still there, so they haven’t even broken ground on about a quarter of the complex.

We asked the agents in the show room when they thought the foundations would be completed for block 40 (the block we bought) – they estimated around September. We think it will be more like October or November!

There seem to be 130+ units still unsold (out of 472) according to the status board in the show room (the photo below shows each unit, and a dot for those that are sold). I’ve included a couple other photos of the construction site as well.


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As some of you may know, I’ve been reading the book The 4-Hour Body, by Timothy Ferriss (ala The 4-Hour Work Week fame) and I have decided to get healthy and follow his research-based recommendations to eat healthy and loose weight. (eliminate crap carbs, eat plenty of quality veggies, animals, and legumes). I previously read his 4-Hour Work Week book, and while it sounds great, I didn’t think it was very realistic for me (or most people for that matter). But his recommendations in his new book are quite realistic.

I especially like the alternative to conventional wisdom he presents (based on clinical research) on how Insulin affects fat storage and weight loss, more-so than Calories. To augment what I am learning from this book, I’ve started reading The Primal Blueprint (written by the guy behing Mark’s Daily Apple) which goes into a great more detail on body chemistry and how certain foods affect your chemistry and longterm weight gain, or loss. Like, for instance, did you know that Cholesterol, by itself, may not be all that bad?

“Excessive insulin is also now believed to be a central catalyst in the development of atherosclerosis. Insulin promotes platelet adhesiveness (sticky platelets clot more readily) and the conversion of macrophages (a type of white blood cell) into foam cells, which are the cells that fill with cholesterol and accumulate in arterial walls.” from The Primal BlueprintKindle location 1912

The biggest thing I’ve learned from these two books (they really complement each other) is how Grains, both processed and unprocessed, aren’t as healthy as we have been lead to believe.

I began my “eating habits change” (I don’t want to call this a “diet” – because of the connotations associated with the term and high rate of failure) 2 weeks ago and have already seen and felt results. I am down almost 6kgs (at least, before yesterday’s cheat day!). I’ll happily stick with this and see how far I can go. My goal: 30 kgs of body fat in 6 months.

Each day I feel a more consistant amount of energy throughout the day – most likely a result of bringing my blood glucose/insulin levels into more consistant levels with the sharp reduction of crap carb intake during the day. (Oh and an elimination of weekday beers).

This is some of the awesome healthy stuff I’ve been eating:

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I hope to continue writing entries in this blog to detail my progress and what I am doing to support said progress. Until Next time…


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I am planning to get this blog up and running again. This will involve providing some more mundane updates from my life, but more importantly, I will be blogging about my recent decision to get fit and follow most of the advice presented in Tim Ferriss’ The Four Hour Body.

More on that later!

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Sorry everyone, I’ve been neglecting this blog. Been busy with work, planning our two weddings, and writing on our wedding blog. Go to http://www.chrisandmel.info.

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To follow our wedding planning, go to our site http://www.chrisandmel.info.


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As some of you may know, I got the Nexus One a few weeks ago. After having it about 3 weeks, I dropped it. The glass digitizer cracked.

I sourced a replacement digitizer (glass screen) via Alibaba from China. I had to buy bulk (10) – so anyone in Singapore who has a broken Nexus One, email me. I’m selling.

I fixed it, took about 2 hours, but it works! No left over screws!

Thanks to iFixIt at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nexus-One/1654/1!

My photos are here:

Nexus One Digitizer Repair

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