A workout I posted few months ago during a training session with my partner (Steph) who’s also a personal trainer.
Note: Complete all six exercises (one set each) with no rest and that will be counted as one full set.
Take two to three minutes of rest between each full set, depending on how fast your body adapts and recover from each set. Do a minimum of three full sets.
Depending on your fitness level, you can increase the dumbbell weights/rep ranges/amount of sets to suit your preference.
- Squats & Push Press x 10 reps
- Burpees x 10 reps
- Ski Jumps x 10 reps each leg (total 20 reps)
- Jumping Jacks x 10 reps
- Swiss Ball V – ups x 10 reps
- Lunges x 10 reps each leg (total 20 reps)
Steph and I value experiences so instead of buying him a gift for his birthday, I surprised him with a rainmaking workshop instead.
Many couples asked me if they could make wedding bands here and I told them it all depends on you and your partner! If you guys are open to having something handmade, why not? A ring doesn’t determine the quality of a marriage. Some couples even choose to get wedding bracelets instead.
Personally, we chose to buy our wedding bands from a friend who owns jewellery stores in Singapore. There were four main reasons why: the customisation of colour (we wanted rose gold), less risk of skin allergies, warranty/a place to get our rings fixed if they were damaged, and durability. We didn’t think our amateur skills would have made the cut in our virgin ring making workshop.
Turns out, the biggest downside for me was not being able to wear it daily for the long haul as I developed small blisters around the ring area. This was possibly due to the lack of interior coating/smoothening and friction caused by metal bars when I lifted weights at the gym. I’ve since turned it into a necklace for keepsake.
At the workshop, some chose to have a more feminine, shiny design. While we loved the rings we made, we chose to smoothen and coat them with matte black, which faded into silver over time. For long-term wear, there will be scratches. We didn’t mind them but if others do, I’d recommend considering a design (e.g. with texture) that can conceal scratches better.
Location:Artisan8studio, 150 Orchard Road, Orchard Plaza #03-06 S238841, Sinapore
Duration: 2.5 hours
Where to book: through Airbnb experiences
Cost: approx. $89 per person. All equipment is provided.
Where did you find Bibi?
I’ve always loved Chows but only got around to keeping one in December 2014. One day, I Google-ed ‘chow chows for adoption’ and found a newly listed Bibi through Gumtree Classified Singapore. He was three months old, sitting alone at a corner in a blurry picture. When I contacted his previous owner, they talked me into visiting him just so I could “learn more about Chows.”
But when I saw him, I knew he was The One. I squealed “oh Baby!!” only to realise that was his actual name back then. I eventually changed his name to ‘Bibi’ just because I didn’t want both my boyfriend and dog to get confused.
How much did he cost?
I paid a S$4.8k adoption fee and took over his vaccination bills. Let’s not talk about the rest of the damage.
How old/heavy is he?
He turned four in September 2018. He is 26kg (borderline overweight).
When is his birthday?
9 September 2014.
What does he eat?
Salmon from our nearby supermarket, salmon kibbles, and cooked vegetables with fish oil and other good stuff. My grandma cooks for him twice a day.
Must he be in an air-con room 24/7?
We switch our air-cons on for him and bought extra fans to place around the house. However, he enjoys basking in the sun during most afternoons. Our vet also advised not to coop him up in air-con rooms as it might affect his lungs. To ensure maximum comfort, his fur is shaved.
Did he ever have skin problems in humid Singapore?
He recovered from Alopecia X (black skin and fur loss), a common problem among Chow Chows. After one year of changing his diet and seeking advice from every person we could, we discovered it was a hormonal issue. Castrating him cured his illness within days. Seeing his fur grow made me tear!
Does he have friends?
He mostly hangs out with my brother’s Frenchie named Pogo, or my sister’s two Shih Tzus and one Maltese. He’s socially awkward with others.
Does he know how to do tricks?
He knows what’s sit, stay, paw, down, and how to put his own toys back—tricks that require little effort. As he has short limbs and naturally weak hind legs, I think he avoids doing tricks that do not benefit him unless we have treats. Also, we do not see a point in getting our dogs to do backflips and hi-fives.
Where does he sleep?
With me or with my mum, on the floor. He dislikes sleeping on mats or beds.
How did you train him if Chows are known to be aggressive?
I wrote a post about it here.
The first time I skydived, I heard the pilot count down, the door swing open, my instructor murmur the seconds on his watch, a sigh (as an apology to my parents), and then nothing at all. The wind pressure blocked my ears, so I looked at the sky and emerald-blue sea in deafening, exhilarating silence while I somersaulted to my possible death with a last “oh f*ck”.
Yet, the smaller I felt, the more I revered things I could not control. I couldn’t figure if I was more afraid of giving my instructor full permission to control my outcome, or comforted in risking my life with another person.
While spending 21 hours in the world’s highest train was a saner version for an ambivert like myself to connect with strangers in the sky, it left the same strange impression.