Thursday, June 30, 2011


Latest pick up...

From Casio website:
X-Large G goes warp speed with the new GA110HC-1A, decorated in sleek, gloss black and hyper blue. Adding strength beneath the decoration is an anti-magnetic, shock & water resistant structure. World time, Auto LED light and a 1/1000th second stopwatch with speed indicator highlight its functionality.




specs from Casio site:
Shock Resistant
Magnetic Resistant
200 Meter Water Resistant
Auto LED Light with Afterglow
World Time
29 times zones (48 cities + UTC), daylight saving on/off, home city/world time swapping
4 Daily Alarms and 1 Snooze Alarm
Hourly Time Signal
1/1000 Second Stopwatch
Measuring capacity: 99:59'59.999"
Measuring modes: Elapsed time, lap time, split time
Others: Speed (0-1998 units/hour), Selection distance input (0.0-99.9)
Countdown Timer
Measuring unit: 1 second
Countdown range: 24 hours
Countdown start time setting range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
Other: Auto-repeat
Full Auto-Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
12/24 Hour Formats
Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month
Battery: CR1220
Approx. battery life: 2 years
Module 5146
GA110C 55.0 x 51.2 x 16.9mm / 70g

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tim Ferris interview

Love this the whole article but here are the highlights I wanted to pull out and remind folks...

On getting to the gym and motivation

But isn’t the greatest hurdle just getting people motivated in the first place?I would actually say that motivation is not the question. The real question is: What are the incentives? Let’s say I created a gym where you pay $400 the first of the month, and for every visit I refund $25. And before you sign up, we take unflattering photos of you in your under­wear, and if you don’t make a certain number of visits, we post those photos to a public website. I guarantee you that would be one fucking fit gym.

Meaning we should use cash and vanity as incentives?Absolutely. It pays not to be puritanical with incentives. Just look at what’s effective. We like to talk about reward, positive thinking, positive reinforcement. But the sad or useful fact of the matter is that shame, humiliation, peer pressure, financial loss—those things are all more effective.

How does this work if your goals are really better health and performance? A lot of elite endurance athletes don’t exactly look good naked.
Quite frankly, I wouldn’t consider a lot of endurance athletes healthy. But then again, running ultramarathons or, say, squatting 1,000 pounds aren’t necessarily what the human body is designed to do.

Are you saying elite endurance athletes aren’t fit or that they aren’t healthy?I dislike both words, because they’re poorly defined. Ultra­marathoners are fit in the sense that they are well-adapted organisms for long-distance running. But do I think that female 100-milers won’t experience reproductive problems? Not necessarily.

Do you really think there’s a shortcut to everything? What about a skill like surfing?I think the term shortcut has the negative connotation of cheating or not paying your dues. I pay my dues on the front end by doing the hard analytical work rather than suffering through a learning curve rife with practices and recommendations that haven’t been vetted. There might be ten different skills that comprise surfing. Could the order in which you learn those make the difference between eight weeks and eight years? Absolutely.

So it’s just a matter of figuring out the formula?It’s a matter of identifying dogma: What do you have to do? Build an aerobic base before you do A, B, or C? What does aerobic base mean? Are we talking about aerobic in the scientific use or aerobics as marketed and created? Then I look for anomalies—identifying the people who are good but shouldn’t be, the five-foot-six guy who’s 220 pounds but has respectable ultramarathon times. I want to know how he trains, and I’ll create a template out of that. Then I’ll see if I can replicate the results with similarly ill-suited body types.

Why powerlifting? What’s the point besides lifting more?Well, what’s the goal of running longer distances other than running longer distances?

Fair enough.But increased strength translates into increased confidence elsewhere. For me, I’m getting back into jujitsu training. So from here [crouches] if I want to—boom!—lift you and throw you [explodes up at me while twisting], I need explosive hips.

Jesus!People think the term “superhuman” in my subtitle is hyperbole. If you walk into a gym and you ask to work in with the ­biggest guy, who’s doing squats, and you take the bar and do shoulder presses,
you feel super­human. It’s very fun to see people become the strongest people in their gyms when they think it’s not possible. I know unassuming high school girls who can pull four or five [45 pound] plates off the ground. So for me to get
a light-build male at 130 to 150 pounds
to pull 405 pounds off the ground? Two
to three months.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

PAM 339

While at the below 1 year old bday party my friend Kevin had on his latest pick up...the PANERAI PAM 339.


47mm radiomir and sandwich dial with an awesome brown patina with in house movement hand wound good for 8 days in a state of the art ceramic case. Just awesome...and it is SUPER light. I held it as I took the pics and was surprised that for its size it was really super light and I can assume very easy to wear.


Nice pick up man...very nice.

Ellie's 1st Bday

Went to celebrate little Ellie's 1 year bday...look at this cutie...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


Mom Rox and Dad Dave had a cool "Angry Birds Theme" throughout..with cool signage.


TYPO LOL...haha...get it? LOL??????


We laughed at that sign...FOB alert! Mom misspells CLOSED but spells the super complicated Filipino dish names! hahahaa...comedy!

Lunch is served...


this little guy was delicious...


garlicky goodness...


the aftermath...


time for some CAKE! And....wait until you see the cake...SUPA KAWAII!





my slice with a little piggy....

cake was a chocolate ganache with caramel and toffee I think? It was deelish...


little piggy!


Thank you so much Rox and Dave for the invite...had a wonderful time and seeing everyone. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE!!!!

Krist's Box - JDM Goodness

My friend's custom JDM Scion Xb. You aint going to see another one like is all in the details. What looks like a dropped box on nice wheels is much more...look around the car and small details will pop up....all straight from Japan.


this is what you call STANCE...


definition of tucking, hellaflush and stance...

oh yea the Advans are bananas....




put it on the floor...


I shot some video clips when we were driving so I need to edit that together. Once I have that done I will post it up!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Umami Burger - Los Feliz

This evening my buddy and I hit up the super hyped up Umami Burger in Los Feliz.

Umami Burger - Los Feliz

Umami Burger - Los Feliz

I have heard so much about this place and I was pretty excited to finally try it.

Umami Burger - Los Feliz

Inside is pretty cool...

Umami Burger - Los Feliz

Umami Burger - Los Feliz

Umami Burger - Los Feliz

now time for the my friend and I each ordered a different burger so we could split it and try both. We ordered the signature burger as well as the "Manly" burger.

Umami Burger

Umami Burger

gotta have some fries...

Fries w/ Garlic Aoili

Manly Burger

Umami Manly Burger

detail shot...

Umami Manly Burger

Umami Manly Burger

we had to have dessert....this was excellent..and I mean EXCELLENT.

Salted Caramel Sandwich

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich - Umami Burger

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich - Umami Burger in the end was it earth shattering? Not so much...but was it GOOD? YES. It was a definitely tasty burger. Would I go back...definitely. I need to try the Truffle burger next..I can add this place as one of the higher end/better burgers I have tasted. Not the same as In-N-Out or 5 guys...but more along Fathers Office and other wannabee high end burger place. This is a good burger and worth a try.

WOD - 6/25

This morning's class was kinda of "easy" if I can even use that to describe it. The class also went by really quick too. I am going to skip the warm up and just let you all know about the working set, since that is what matters right?

10 x burpees
20 x push press (using 20lbs dumbells)
30 x air squats
3 rounds with 2 min rest in between.

10 x modified wall walks using platform
20 x straight leg sit ups
(I admit I cheated here and did not complete the I probably should not even post it...ugh)


that was pretty much it today....not bad not bad at all.

Friday, June 24, 2011

CNN - Exercise Myths

10 exercise myths that won't go away
(CNN) -- We're all looking to maximize results while minimizing time and effort in the gym. That search for shortcuts has translated into a lot of myths about exercise. asked exercise physiologists, trainers and nutritionists about their most hated exercise myths.

Consider these the 10 persistent myths of fitness.

10) Your cardio machine is counting the calories you're burning.

"It doesn't mean anything," said Mark Macdonald, personal trainer and author of "Body Confidence" about the calorie numbers spit out by the cardio machine.

Some machines don't even ask for your weight or sex.

"It's not asking your body composition," he said. "If you're at 18% body fat, you're going to burn a lot more than if you're female at 35% body fat."

And how many people know their body fat percentage?

The number calculated by your machine is likely not accurate.

9) Women shouldn't lift weights because it'll make them bulky.

This one drives Alice Burron, a former female bodybuilder, crazy. She would spend four to five hours a day when she competed, trying to build muscles.

"You really have to overload those muscles to create bulk," said Burron. "It's very, very difficult."

Women have too much estrogen to build large amounts of bulk. Guys build muscles faster because they have testosterone.

So ladies, don't fear the barbells. Strength training helps decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently.

The government's 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommended muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least three days of the week for kids and two or more for adults.

8) Heart rate monitors will let you know how hard you're working.

Heart rate monitoring is a flawed science.

The better detector of how hard you're working is not the newest, gee-whiz tech device, but your own body.

"The perceived exertion, your own sense of how hard you're working is a much more reliable of exercise intensity," said Matt Fitzgerald, senior editor of Competitor group.

Perceived exertion means it's your estimation of how hard you are working out and surprisingly, it's very accurate, he said.

"Your perception of your limit can change over time. So yeah, even your own perception isn't perfect. It's still better than heart rate monitor," Fitzgerald said.

Heart rates could falter depending on what kind of exercise you're doing.

The talk test can measure how intensely you're working out depending on whether you can talk in full sentences, short phrases or if you're barely able to muster a few words.

"It's best to learn to recognize your body's signals and get a better control of your effort," said Alex Hutchinson, author of "Which Comes First: Cardio or Weights."

7) Your weight is the end all, be all.

Newbies hit the gym, and then weigh themselves every day on the scale.

Week-after-week, they see nodownward trend on the scale and get impatient.

People starting saying, "I haven't lost any weight. This is pointless, I'm not accomplishing anything," said Hutchinson.

After a few months of increased exercise, they are healthier because they've reduced risk factors such as blood sugar levels. Even though a person may not be losing weight, his health has improved in ways that might not be measured.

"They're stuck in this paradigm that weight is the ultimate barometer for fitness. They don't realize the progress they've made and give up."

6) Low-intensity exercise burns more fat.

In general, low intensity exercise has its place -- it's less stressful on joints.

The myth is that if you exercise too intensely, you end up burning carbohydrates instead of fat.

It's the most dangerous type of myth because there's a kernel of truth in it, Hutchinson said.

The more intensely you exercise, the higher proportion of carbs you burn. You may burn less fat, but the total amount of calories burned is higher and that is the bigger picture.

When your body has burned up all the carbs, it starts burning fat.

"You can ignore zones and pay attention to how many calories you burn, which ultimately determines how much body fat you're going to lose," Fitzgerald said.

5) Chug a protein shake after workout.

"It's eating another meal," said Macdonald, a personal trainer who helped TV host Chelsea Handler get in shape.

Protein shakes, powders and bars are good for emergencies, but "they're the lowest quality food."

"You're better off eating real food," he said.

The products are more processed. The best way to get protein is through foods such as a turkey sandwich, Greek yogurt with nuts and fruit.

Martin Gibala, chairman of the department of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, agrees. "Protein sources in real food are Number 1. Cheaper and real food may provide other benefits, vitamins and minerals. And some of the components in food may act synergistically in ways we don't understand."

"When we isolate the compound we think works, it's not as good as the real foods."

4) You can spot reduce for tight abs or toned arms.

You may have crunched in vain.

You won't see muscle definition or a nice six-pack despite how many crunches you do, because of the layer of fat resting on top of your muscles.

"Don't focus on a body part. Try to get them all," said Burron, a spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise. "You might have beautiful triceps -- it may not be flopping all over the place. Until the fat is gone, most people wouldn't know it's there."

3) As long as I go to the gym 30-45 minutes, that gives me a pass to do what I want for rest of the day.

The gym doesn't negate a bad diet.

Also, emerging research suggests that if you're sedentary most of the day, it may not matter how hard or often you exercise.

People who spend more time sitting during their leisure time have an increased risk of death, regardless of daily exercise.

Sitting for hours can shave years off life

In a study of more than 123,000 healthy people, the American Cancer Society found that women who spent more than six hours a day sitting were 40 percent more likely to die sooner than women who sat less. Men who sat more had 20 percent increased risk of death.

Essentially, those who sit less, live a longer life than those who don't.

2) No pain, no gain.

"The ongoing perception is that people need to feel pain through the entirety of their workout or they're not getting the benefit -- that one's very frustrating to me," said Burron, a personal trainer. "You shouldn't be exercising at a level of pain ever."

Feeling discomfort during a workout is OK.

"If it's so intense you're thinking of passing out, you can't continue this session for longer, then it's too difficult and you're at increased risk for injuries or burnout," Burron said.

"You want to exercise smarter, not harder," she added. "That's the premise. You don't have to kill yourself. You just have to be smart about it."

1) Stretching will help prevent injuries.

A growing number of studies challenge the entrenched assumption that stretching helps prevent injuries.

"The way we were taught to stretch, to try to touch your toes -- there's little evidence it prevents injuries," Hutchinson said.

A review published in 2007 of 10 randomized studies about stretching after or before physical activity found that "muscle stretching does not reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness in young healthy adults."

Static stretching is when you stay in place, bend over to touch your toes, or try to pull your ankles towards your hips.

A study presented this year at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that such static stretching before a run neither prevents nor causes injury.

Then a study published this month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that static stretches that last longer than a minute could be detrimental to performance.

Athletes often swing their arms and warm up before a game. That type of dynamic stretching such as high knee jogs, walking lunges can help move your muscles through different ranges of motions.

This type of dynamic stretching is different from clutching your limbs, because it focuses on movement.

A study published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research found professional soccer players who practiced dynamic stretching had higher range of motion than when they practiced only static stretches.

While toe-touches and extra flexibility might be required in gymnastics or figure skating, it's irrelevant for more everyday activities like basketball or weightlifting.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WOD 2nd time

DAMN...ok so this evening at the gym, I did that WOD again. This time I TIMED myself. I had a few peeps from the gym join me to do it. To refresh your memory..if you are too lazy to scroll down:

Modified WOD #6 crossfit regional

Row for 20 calories
30 Burpees
40 Ground to Overheard (35lb dumbbells)
30 Burpees
20 Toes to bar

Brandon - got under 10mins. high 9s
Scott - got high 10s
Gerald - original time of 11:31 improved to 11:11



First time I did I did it...I just wanted to complete...tonight I realistically want to get it done in under 30 mins. So not too shabby.

I will be in pain for the next 3 days...but worth it. I FEEL EFFING AMAZING.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lucas is 4!

Today...Sunday...Father's Day we also celebrated Lucas' 4th bday!!!



after a full day of running around, swimming in the pool and eating...he was KOed...nothing more comfy than lola!


Bday BBQ

Saturday afternoon I headed over to see my old friends and now married couple Joe and Shasta. We used to all work together and Radio Disney and they began dating and now...years later are a happy married couple living in El Segundo!

It was been a couple of years since I have seen them. Life just keeps you busy..and you know you are with good friends when you dont have to see each other and when you do it just seems like we were together yesterday. I really enjoy that about these guys...they are so cool and so perfect for each other. It was great to see them.

Shasta is pretty much "martha stewart" she can cook and bake and design and she just does it all. Even make SPRINKLES cupcakes at home!

Home made "Sprinkles" cupcakes

here are the ribs...mmmm mmm good. The dry rub was deelish!


later in the afternoon we looked up and saw this...awww...

Heart in the sky

heart in the sky just for Joe!

Alexia, Gina and Thai - E3 2011 Girls

I finally got around to editing some pics of the "booth babes" from the booth I was working.  Since I had my camera and pretty much 3 days with these girls I had a chance to shoot them and practice my photography. I am obviously a newb, but I appreciate pretty girls like the next guy and being able to snap away and have them pose for me was fun and I was actually happy with a few of the snaps.  Here are some I like and wanted to share.  The pics have minor edits:
















I want to thank the girls for letting me shoot them at E3. More practice is always a good thing!