Friday, December 30, 2011

Hong Kong - The Watches

I am finally getting around to posting this...I have been back from my trip a few weeks and just had no time.  While I was in Hong Kong I of course met up with the homies.  My watch Paneristi.  I have known these guys since about 2005.  These are my big brothers and have always taken good care of me when I was in HK.  Of course...our shared passion is here are some random pics from my watch adventures while in HK.

We stopped here for a pvt event...


It was for this brand..
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Skeleton Tourbillon watch.  When closed it looks like a regular watch.  Open up and you can literally see the insides of the watch ticking away.

Some more random shots



Then we took a look at some of the GRAND SEIKOs in stock....super nice!





You would be surprised to know how much those SEIKOs cost...I have to admit, I was a little shocked.

One of the guys picked up this nice Zenith with a tobacco face and brown strap.  Gorgeous.


than the ballers came out to play....this watch is crazy.



on my wrist...a dream watch.



Blacked out Rolex anyone?  On a military strap?


I am usually not a fan of modding a watch but the treatment here is pretty good.


Elegant and nice...smaller custom watch maker..


Everyone loves a display back...


I have kinda like VC...but they are not branding themselves correctly...




my buddy than took me to walk around the HK second hand watch stores...check this.  Anyone looking for an AP ROO?  Plenty to choose from!



how about some Panerai?




Good times as always and drooling over watches is pretty fun.  I have my eye on a couple that I hope I can pick up next year.  If all else goes well, I may be able to add to my personal stable.

Tick Tock Don't Stop!!!!!

2011 - A Great Year

This will be my last post of 2011.  I am writing this on 12/30 but I am planning on writing over this weekend and publishing this on or before the new year.  I have a lot to say and was not sure how long it would take and if I could get my thoughts together all in one shot, so I figured why push it...let's just take some time and get it right.

I have to say 2011 was an amazing year for me.  I have done lots, accomplished lots and so very happy about everything.  I am only more excited about 2012 and keeping the momentum going from this year and just keep moving forward.

I will jump into the first thing that made this year incredible.  July 4th, 2011.  WORLD SERIES OF POKER.

You can go to the above blog post and see how great it was.  This event started it all.  From this one thing, I snowballed into other things.

This is the second major goal and accomplishment I did in 2011.  FIGHT GONE BAD. This was major...I am still thinking about it.  It was such an experience.

Then the final piece to end the year was my awesome trip to Asia.  I visited Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam and then Bangkok, Thailand and finally to Hong Kong.  I posted a bunch of things and here is the first goes on throughout my trip:

All along the way I did little things here and there all small but important and gratifying steps.  Steps to the larger goal.  I am going to tackle 2012 the same way.  Keep the momentum going.  Life is all about experience. I want to experience everything I can.  I am going to take small steps.  I want to travel more, I want to do more physically, I want to excel at my job and move up, and lastly...I want to work on the LOVE department.  Yes folks...towards the end of the year, I met a special someone.  I wont get into too many details as I would like to keep that stuff private.  But I have to say I am very happy and I want to keep this happiness going for as long as possible.  Life has been good this past year...I know I can make it even better this year.

Lastly, thanks to all my good friends and casual readers of my blog. All 8 of you. hahaha.....I will try to keep this going and keep things interesting and share things as they happen.  2012 is going to be awesome.  I will make it happen!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

12/28/2011 WOD

Tonight, I did an actual workout from the crossfit HQ.  Check it out here:

So for warm up:
Row 1000mm = 4:24
A little slower then usual but it was a slow warm up.

I did some stretching with the PVC pipe, shoulder rotations etc.

Now on to the WOD.

9 x deadlifts
6 x hang power snatch
3 x overhead squats
5 rounds for time
As RX is 135lbs for men and 95lbs for women

I will be honest I had to do the women's weight.  So I did the above WOD at 95lbs and completed in:


Not crushing it by any means...but I guess it was OK. I can improve for sure.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

12/23/2011 WOD

Happy Friday!  I love having a nice 4 day weekend! I was able to sleep in and run a bunch of errands and get to the gym to take the 530 xfit class.  Here is what we did:

Warm Up
Class usually run/walk etc. Today I opted to jumprope.  Before class I rowed.
1000K row - 4:19

Spiderman lunges back and forth

5 x air squats/push ups/sit ups - AMRAP 5 minutes


1 min box jumps (I used 6 risers on each side)
30 sec squat thrusters (30#s each)
1 min plank off the risers
AMRAP for 10 mins

Weighted walking lunges (used 1 30lb weight) w 1 burpee at each end and adding a burpee all the way to 10.  For example - 1 burpee, then walk lunge with weight to other side of room, 2 burpees, walk lunge with weight to other side, 3 burpees walk lunge with weight etc etc all the way to 10 burpees.

I only completed 9 burpees

Thursday, December 22, 2011

12/22/2011 - WOD

Happy Holidays!  I got off early from work today!  I was able to leave the office at 130PM this afternoon for the xmas holiday which meant I was able to hit the gym before dark and get some errands done.

Here is the work out...a particularly hard one for sure.

1000k row - 4:17 at a 7 damper setting.  Not too bad.  I would like to get this row at or under 4 mins.


AMRAP Single Unders - 10 mins
Rest 2 mins
AMRAP Walking Lunges - 8 mins
Rest 2 mins
AMRAP Burpees - 6 mins
Rest 2 mins
AMRAP Dumbbell Swings @ 55lbs - 4 mins
Rest 2 mins
AMRAP Sit Ups - 2 mins

My Scores:
Singles = 414
Lunges = 137
Burpees = 45
DB Swings = 35
Sit Ups = 34

Man..what a workout!!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

12/17/2011 - WOD

Saturday morning workout.


10 x handwalk out push ups
20 x air squats
10 x handwalk out push ups

300 single jump rope
40 x ground to overhead
20 x burpees

300 s/u jumprope
20 x g2o
10 x burpees

300 s/u jump rope

I did not complete the last 300 jumpropes...booo.  I started using 40lb dumbbells and it was way too heavy.  I dropped down to 25s and was able to complete the set unbroken.

40lb Back Rows 10 x each arm
hands overhead walking lunges back and forth
3 x rounds


Practiced my hang power snatch and over head squats got to a
PR of 95lb Snatch Balance got to a
PR of 95lb Hang Power Snatch this is all from using just the good jumps.

Very good day!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Air Jordan 3 Retro - Black / Cement

I have not picked up a pair of shoes in a while. I have been concentrating on a lot of things and just kind of fell off the sneaker hunt. That being said, in 2011 there are just a couple pairs I want. The retro 11 in concord and these..the 3s in Black/Cement. I have a pair of these from the CDP pack but I plan on keeping those DS for a bit longer. I was actually on vacation when these dropped but my boy Steve was able to get me a pair...LOVE THESE KICKS!!! IMG_1629 IMG_1632 IMG_1634 IMG_1636 Such a classic ICONIC colorway...a MUST HAVE for sure.... IMG_1638 IMG_1640 IMG_1643

DO IT!!!

Watch this...and DO IT.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Belt Dont Lie

So I felt I had to share this morning's amazing discovery. Everyone that knows me, knows the last year has been a tremendous "FITNESS" year. Goals reached and some surpassed. I have never felt better, performed better and dare I say it looked better in my life. I have told several friends...I would kick my 21 year old self's ass. I am seriously in my best shape ever. Weird to say that...even weirder to feel it...and see it. Anways...I wanted to share this pic...
This is my brown belt. I hardly ever wear it as I usually rock a swap meet, cholo style metal slider buckle. But on the occasion I am wearing a brown outfit, I will switch up my belt. I have had this belt for a few years. As you can see by the markings, I am not lying this is 100% TRUE. This is a size 40 waist Banana Republic leather belt. The picture shows the markings....I USED to wear is on the 3rd hole. The most used one...about 2 months ago, I was able to move it to the 4th hole! BIG DEAL! I was so proud and would tell anyone that would listen...hey I moved one belt loop! Fast forward to this morning... Yes friends...I AM ON THE LAST HOLE. The last hole on a 5 hole, 40 waist size belt. I knew I lost some weight before when I was able to squeeze into a sz 38. Even on vacation, I jumped on a scale when I was in Hong Kong. At my heaviest, I was around 245-250. 255 at the ultimate heaviest. But to be fair, I would say 250 was my fighting weight. I weighed 233 in Hong Kong last week. I dropped about 20 lbs. This along with my new belt hole...I am feeling great. THANK YOU to all the peeps that helped me. I am going to keep this train moving...more to come folks! YAY!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hong Kong - Last Day

I checked out and my boy Daryl came and picked me up for some lunch and a ride to the airport. We went to this really good Pork Katsu place. IMG_1549 IMG_1560 IMG_1561 Potato Croquette IMG_1563 Walked around some of the 2nd hand stores for high end watches...anyone need an AP ROO? IMG_1566 How about a Panerai? IMG_1569 IMG_1570 Then in the evening we headed to Harbour City Mall IMG_1570 IMG_1582 Excellent ending to an amazing 2 weeks. Thank you to all the people that I met and showed me hospitality. It was so great and inspiring. Excellent time for sure.

Hong Kong - Day 3

Met up with Doris and Kelia today....which was a nice treat. Kelia is Doris' BFF in Hong Kong so we got to enjoy lunch and some walking around together! IMG_1515 We had some famous Roasted Goose at this place... IMG_1514 A 10K Hong Kong dollars. IMG_1518 here is the goose... IMG_1519 roasted pork IMG_1520 noodles IMG_1521 egg whites with crab meat... IMG_1522 walking around Hong Kong with our mini tour guide Kelia! IMG_1526 Crossfit prepped... IMG_1527 IMG_1530 famous Gas Lamps... IMG_1532 Doris and Kelia IMG_1539 More walking in Kowloon IMG_1542 IMG_1544