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Why the name change?

You know it’s funny. When I started this blog, it was just a space to record some fun stuff I was trying out. Then it became more medical school centered. I mean, school is a huge part of my current life, so I guess that change was only natural. However, I actually didn’t like it! I felt like my whole identity was becoming school-related. As much as I tried different things and try to tell them, I still felt stuck in a way.

To be short, this summer was much needed. While I continued my studies, after all, boards are important. I used a lot of my time to also travel with my family. I saw many wonderful things and experienced much more. Through it, I gained a whole new appreciation for the arts and more understanding of the different cultures in this beautiful world. Through it all, I started exploring more into various hobbies and activities such as photography. Though I don’t consider myself any good, I want to share them. To do so, I needed a space, a space that isn’t confined by one subject but can be literally anything I want. Thus, I chose this blog. I mean the beauty of blogging is that we, the creators, shape it to who we are and if the audience doesn’t like that, well I don’t plan on living off this, so who cares? I just hope that some people would find this blog entertaining, but I don’t want to sacrifice my voice through the process of appeasing others. And boom! the name change, the change to something more general. One thing that I constantly have to work on is shutting off my work brain. This is one thing my significant other always mentions. Like I keep mentioning with my posts, I hope this blog helps with that.

Anyway, I feel like I rambled on for too long now. To everyone that read this, even if it’s just one line, thanks! And to everyone that read this and liked it, even a bigger thanks! 🙂

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Deload Week is Over

Last week was my deload week. In other words, the weight and frequency dropped a fair amount to allow my body to rest and fully recover. To be completely honest, I have never heard of such a week before I started my program, but it was fantastic.

Of course, it was a little weird not really pushing myself in the gym, but my energy and passion to get stronger have recovered greatly. Yesterday, I started a new week of strength training, and it was awesome. While being hard, I noticed myself more eager to get through the movements and just in a happier mood.

I did some searching and I guess several people particularly dislike deload week, and I get it. It’s a week of rest and it almost feels like you are cheating on your fitness goals. However, I now think it is an essential part to have not just for the physical aspects, but for the mental as well.

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First Week of April 2019

I can’t recall how many weeks I’ve been at this specific program now, but it’s been fun and painful. It’s something alright, realizing that you are going to be late if you don’t run but trying to run with sore legs.

In terms of major movements that I care about in terms of weight, I am getting about:

  • squats: 185lb
  • Bench: 155lb
  • Deadlift: 205lb

To feed my fragile ego when it comes to exercise and fitness, I want to say these are not one rep maxes. haha.

 

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I disappeared again

I think the title says the gist of what I am saying. I’ve been off this platform for a long time. A good part of that was time, mainly trying to figure out my way of studying, even more, to make it more efficient. However, another part of that is because I simply became a little disinterested in the blog itself. Mainly because I simply realized that I do not always want to talk about school or science. This realization came after I made some posts about my travels through Seattle.

Truth is, it’s easy to get very narrow-minded on a particular genre, and it’s not easy to climb out of that mindset. I love science and medicine, that will always be a huge part of me…I mean I am pursuing a career in one for crying out loud. However, the world is bigger than that. There are other subjects to learn and talk about. Truth be told, that element is what I miss a lot about my college and taking all those liberal art courses.

I actually didn’t fully realized what I was doing until very recently when I was with my significant other. You see we are in a long distance relationship right now, but I had the opportunity to be with that person for what seemed like a short time. I say all this because that person has to ability to always make me open my eyes a little more and see the beauty in the world in which I would have never even considered to exist. And truth be told, I think that is what I want to try to write about. Simply put, when focusing on one or two things for so much for so long, it’s easy to crash and burn. It won’t mean I won’t ever write about science or my educational experiences, but I want to write more than just that. In other words, I guess I am getting to a point where I am using this blog for its actual intended purposes and that is as a space to write whatever.

For example, I am in a band now! Of course, practice times are a bit sporadic due to the busyness of schooling. But music is always a passion of mine and it’s nice to find myself still trying to keep up with it whenever I can.

Anyway, I feel like I rambled on for what was simply to say that the world is a big and fun place filled with wonderful adventures and activities people can do, and I want to write about that.

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December Adventures Seattle Part 4

In one of my adventures last December, I was exploring the city of Seattle, Washington. Here is Part 4 out of 4.

Part 4: Planes and Magic.

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I am a fan of Harry Potter. Now, I wouldn’t say I am the biggest fan. I don’t play

Quidditch—yes, people do play a game that is supposed to mimic Quidditch—and I don’t know every small fact about every character. I will say, however, I do own the books and the wands. I never really needed to own the movies because of ABC specials, but that is besides the point. Now, you might be wondering why I am talking about Harry Potter so much. Well that is because of University of Washington. Their library actually looks very similar to the eating hall in the movies. Furthermore, with all the books, I did feel a sense of magic and wonder in the air. Makes me wish I attended there for undergrad.

After the magic, I visited the Museum of Flight. It was not the biggest museum, but it was fun and neat. Don’t know really what to say about it other than that. Here is a picture I took, however.20181220_140853.jpg

This concludes my blogging about my Seattle Adventures. It was a fun trip and I saw lots of wonderful things. There was one huge negative, however. The rain! But what can you do? Anyway, thanks for reading.

Signing off,

J

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December Adventures Seattle Part 3

In one of my adventures this month, I was exploring the city of Seattle, Washington. Here is Part 3 out of 4.

Part 3: Tower and Art

When you visit Seattle, how can you not see the Seattle Tower? As you have probably guessed, that is what I did. To be completely honest, once you see one tall tower, you’ve seen them all. I know that sounds very cynical and I can have some appreciation to architectural designs. However, it’s just one of those things when you visit a place and that is it. I went to the tower and I saw it. I guess some of my “downy downerson” side could also be from just looking at the tower and not actually going into it. I did not go to the top simply for one main reason, there were a fair amount of people there. Anyway, I did not take a picture of it and simply moved on to the place I was most excited for.

The Glass Garden is a small building containing the artistic works of Dale Chihuly. You can read more about him on the Glass Garden website. I am going to be honest, the tickets are the not cheapest as tickets go. However, I think it was worth it. I especially loved the outdoor ones where there is this combination of glass art and nature. It was as if I was transported to a new foreign land, kind of like the movie, Avatar (not the horrible film version of the Last Airbender).

We were allowed to take pictures, but I feel as if I should not post them. For one of the joys is going without a good idea of what you may see.

For the night, I went to a “Crab Pot”. Basically, where they put food on the table, and you eat it. To be honest, it was not the best crab I have had, but it was a fun experience.

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December Adventures Seattle Part 2

In one of my adventures this month, I was exploring the city of Seattle, Washington. Here is Part 2 out of 4.

Part 1: First Starbucks

This part is rather short. It was a busy day, but there was one memorable spot I went to, the First Starbucks… sort of.

I love coffee, like most of my colleagues. It is the substances that helps with all those late night and early morning study sessions. So, how could I give up the chance to go to to the first Starbucks?.

first starbucks

 

Like any other location, it had the same drinks you could get anywhere else. However, they also had a couple special drinks just for that location. It was a particular brew, I guess. Either way it tasted good which is all that matters right?

Well one more thing, I guess I visited the wrong location. The location I went is not apparently the first one? I went to the address on the official site, but as I walked around the market there was another smaller one with a long line of people and a window proclaiming to be the first one. So shrug*

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December Adventures Seattle Part 1

In one of my adventures this month, I was exploring the city of Seattle, Washington. Here is Part 1 out of 4.

Part 1: Pike Market

I love markets like this one because of the environment. There is something energizing about being in an area where there is so much commerce. I saw book stores, coffee shops, even stores selling figurines made with the ashes of Mt. Helen.

One thing I loved about this market is the availability of seafood. I love seafood. There was one location where I was able to get fresh Dungeness crab and cooked. While it wasn’t up to the standards of the sweet crab meat I had in Asia a while back, it was still amazing. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture.

Speaking of food, I had to try two things I have been hearing a lot about: the Pike Place Chowder and Piroshky Piroshky bakery. As with famous spots, these places had long lines even on a cold rainy December day. However, they were worth the wait.

Chowder

The chowder I had was so creamy and rich with seafood, it was a musical in my mouth. Unlike many chowders I have tried, it wasn’t too salty either which was a huge plus.

The bread from the bakery had the texture that you expect good bread to have. While I did wish the coffee bread was a little bit sweeter, it is a small complaint for what was just my mouth hovering midair due to the wonderful fluffiness of their bread. I never really say anything is perfect, save for a few exceptions, but this place is close to it.

 

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Thoughts during break

So for break, I have been traveling around, exploring. Upon this, I realized something about myself. I used to want to live in the suburbs or in a small town. I like the quiet and peace that comes with it. However, I started fancying the idea of a bigger city. I think it’s because of the energy I feel every time I just walk passed down the walls of the buildings. Everyone has something they are up to, and you just become lost in the sea of ideas and actions. There is life in it. It’s exciting. It’s adventurous, and I like adventure.

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Why I don’t trust News Articles about Science.

This was a recent topic of conversation among my friends and I thought I might as well write my two cents here for it. As the title suggests, I do not trust news articles about science, specifically ones that says, “New study reveals “blank”. The reason being, I tend to see a lot of articles getting the science wrong.

Now, I just want to say I am not trying to sound pretentious at all. It’s just I remember there being a time where I would get the latest science news from the news. However, with further education, I started to see more and more errors in these articles.

Sometimes, the statements were flat wrong. Such as a misunderstanding of what certain things are. I remember one article just missing the mark on the concept of Glycolysis. However, I usually find the articles over exaggerating a study and not really looking at it critically. For example one article may have looked into a small protein in the body that may rise due to a particular food and some studies seem to say there is a slight connection between that protein and weight gain. With that, the news article may boldy claim, “new study reveals blank to cause weight gain”. It’s just not an accurate representation and actually worrisome because that is how misleading information can spread more and more. Every new research needs to be read critically with what the findings actually mean and the experimental setup to obtain those findings. If we all do that instead of just connecting A to B or making up that A is B, then maybe we wouldn’t see things like, “anti-vaccinations”. But that is just my two cents.