Back to the workout grind with Aaptiv!

I haven't worked out for a full year. No, really. Like I legit have not broken a sweat at all for one full year ever since I started juggling 2 jobs a year ago. Before that, I've always been semi-active incorporating a routine of some sort but ever since landing a part-time job while being a full-time banker, I'd just laze around whenever I get any downtime.

Let's take a step down memory lane. Here's an old video I compiled when I was extremely active with my weight loss journey which started 10 years ago. Please excuse the mullet hairstyle. No idea why I thought it was a great idea at that time. 

I remember the commitment and perseverance with squeezing time in the gym every single day to achieve my weight loss goal. It became addictive. I'd sacrifice my social time with family and friends just to attend a fitness class. The gym became a priority in life. Everything else came second. My routine of squeezing in a workout after work each day and on weekends was …


On Tuesday, my family and I stopped by the Berakas Christian cemetery to pay my dad a visit on the anniversary of his death. 13th February 2017 marks his 11th year after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. I am dreading the day when I hit the age where I've lived longer without a dad than I have with one. But such is the reality of life as I would tell myself. The more I think about it, it's not death that I fear but more of his existence that will soon be forgotten. Gradually, there will come a point in time where people will just look at the tomb and wondered who Andrew Cheng is. And that sucks. While on the topic of death, I happened to see a quote somewhere that also changed my perspective of it.

"We are all dying the minute we were born."
While doing a bit of wiping down on dad's tomb, we were greeted by a furry stranger that seemed lost and tired. She gave each of us a little sniff and sat under the bush next to dad's tomb. 

We initially thought s…

What day is it?

Unemployment. The big word floating around the country at the moment. It's been approximately 74 days. Some days I savour every minute just being lazy and unproductive but after a while, doing nothing and lazing does get tiring. I've been meaning to find something productive to tackle with and one of them is to try and re-ignite this site more but I am not going to lie - it's hard to find any inspiration to blog about when all you do is...nothing.

But there have been a lot of 'maybe I shoulds' running through my head. For starter - lose some extra weight. Considering that I have not really been active for more than a year, with all the time I've got, I should just do some form of workout. But (yeah, it's always the but that gets the best of me) I don't have that drive in me like I used to.

Maybe I should start doing more with my social media platforms like videography or photography. But I don't know what I should capture. I do get a spur of inspirat…

New Year, Same Me.

And here we are. The year that is 2018. It is the second week into the new year and so far, all I've been up to these days is lay on the bed. And I don't even feel bad (for now). I felt like 2017 went by so quickly that even right now, I'm struggling to think of what my personal highlights were for the year. But I can definitely say, closing the year in Michigan with family was the perfect way to wrap the year up for me.

How the trip happened is kinda worth sharing.

It all happened right after I had a confirmation date on when I'll be leaving my job with the bank. Right after I had my discussion with our HR department, I started feeling somewhat depressed that I'll soon be jobless and had to start from square one again with job hunting, interviews, first impressions, etc. My mind went straight into panic mode on spending my December with resumes and scouting around for job opportunities. And if all goes well, hopefully I'll be able to get something lined up in …

SAS Diamond Jubilee - 60 Years Anniversary in Brunei: Meeting His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah.

Still somewhat on a high over last night's event. My former school, St Andrew's School celebrated their 60 years anniversary in Brunei. It's quite a milestone especially for a private school in Brunei that started with only 70 students at a church.

And what made the event even more special was the fact that we got the opportunity to take a class photo with the His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah who was our classmate for a good six years during our times at St Andrew's School. How about it happened is definitely something worth mentioning.

I think I can safely assume all of us weren't actually planning on attending the event. I feel it's been 14 years since we left school, it's still somewhat too 'early' for any form of reunion. Plus, I still see a few of my classmates and teachers around and have many of them on social media so it doesn't really feel like we've actually lost touch. At least that's…

Flight woe - My most expensive mistake - An update!

Here's a little exciting update from the last post. After learning that the flight ticket I originally bought was non-refundable, I pretty much gave up hope that I'll be able to claim for anything in return. I tried checking with my bank to see if my credit card insurance covers any of the missed flight drama but of course, it doesn't because it wasn't due to any missed flights incidents. So after learning that, I just gave up and was ready to bear the entire costs on my shoulder until a little voice tells me to check American Airlines website online.

And so I did and found the refunds page and read through it. Eventually, I clicked on their 'Contact Us' page and decided to fill up a form anyway knowing full well that it's a non-refundable ticket. I explained what happened in full details and how it was an honest mistake that we overlooked the midnight flight timing, etc and just asked if any leg of my flight is eligible for refund. At this stage, I was jus…

Flight woe - my most expensive mistake to date!

It's that time of the year again where the wife makes her annual return home to spend time with her family in Michigan over the school break. After doing this for a few years now, you'd think we'd be somewhat of an expert when booking the flight tickets but, we messed up big time this year. Why I put the blame on us is because;

1. I was the one who booked the tickets.
2. She didn't check thoroughly.

So what happened?

Back in March, I got her return ticket via Google Flights and scored a decently priced ticket (about USD $1,360+) sold by American Airlines. This is the first time I've bought tickets via Google Flights as we would normally get it via Cheaptickets. For flights to the US, we would usually select our departure from Kota Kinabalu International Airport as oppose to Brunei International Airport which brings the cost of the tickets significantly down. And because of that option, we normally would get a seperate ticket from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu. What more, …