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Rain in Saigon

It rained at around noon the last two days here in Saigon.  We heard thunder and saw lighting from our window.  It was so cool to see rain again!  I checked the forecast and on Wednesday through next Friday will be more rain, love it.  It rains but the humidity and heat is still about …
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Grocery Shopping in Vietnam

One of my favorite things to do during rest days is grocery shopping.  In every country we’ve visited, it’s always exciting to check out local foods in the grocery store and a lot of new or strange foods.  We would linger through the fresh produce aisle for an hour to browse through new vegetables we’ve …
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Rest Days

The gym is closed today and tomorrow to celebrate Vietnam’s holidays.  Vietnam Re-unification Day and Labor Day are both celebrated this weekend.  As for us, after a tough week of training the two days is much needed.  The task of going to the grocery store, cooking some healthy meals and laying around in air conditioning …
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30 second rounds…

One of my favorite time in Muay Thai class is the interval work.  Lately, we’ve been doing 30 seconds, 15 secs rest, 6 rounds of each technique.  On a hot and humid temperatures of Saigon, doing intervals are painfully brutal.  The seconds tick by on that 10 seconds rest then it’s go time again.  Heart …
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Met Con

“Metabolic Conditioning workouts, or MetCons for short, are fast paced, high intensity workouts completed in a short period of time that will challenge your cardiovascular capacity, put your metabolism into overdrive and rapidly burn fat.” I loved the class and will add it into our training plan as strength and conditioning.  The 6:15 am classes …
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Goals

Three weeks ago, my goal was to climb 1000 vertical meters on the treadmill in an hour.  Three weeks ago, I wouldn’t be able to do what I did yesterday if I didn’t train for it.  Every goal requires some preparation.  So, I put together a really simple training plan.  The first week was to …
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Eat, Sleep, Train

We are in our 5th month here in Saigon and we couldn’t be happier except for the heat.  The temps been hotter this week and hydrating can be a challenge specially pre and post workout.  Water tastes really good during Muay Thai class specially cold water.   In three months, we will be heading back …
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Saigon Old and New

41 years ago, our family left our homeland and began a new life as refugees in the Philippines.  It meant a lot for me to spend my birthday in Saigon this year and even more meaningful now that my parents are here visiting us. Yesterday, we rode the bus to Ben Than and walked a …
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Banh Khot

“Eat to train, not train to eat…” is our lifestyle daily mantra when it comes to food. One of our favorite dinner meal is a wonderful dish or mini crepes called Banh Khot.  Most of our dinners come with a large bowl of fresh lettuce, mustard leaves, Vietnamese herbs and a dipping sauce.  Eating greens in …
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