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Insomnia? + Random Thoughts

I don’t recall ever running into a problem like this, especially one that lasted this long.  I usually have an easy time sleeping, and typically get in a solid 6 hours before my internal clock wakes me up.  Ever since I got back to Hawaii for break, I’ve been waking up every 2-3 hours.  Although tonight is the worst, it’s nearly 2am and I’ve been wide awake this entire time.

Well since I’m up and not in a Yelping mood, I think I’ll take this time for some random thoughts.

As usual, my Christmas break as been standard to any break when I come back to Hawaii.  A lot of eating, spending time with family, trying my best to see at least 1 (ideally 2) friends everyday, getting in some workouts at the UFC gym, and going to the beach.  Despite everything going pretty smoothly, I’ve thinking a lot about what I’ll be doing in the next 6 months to 1 year.  I’ll be graduating from my MBA program in  June 2013 and then it’s off to the real world (again).  I’ve been telling myself that I wouldn’t mind staying in Seattle, and also would consider San Francisco/San Jose, Denver, and Phoenix.  Of course Hawaii is in the mix, but for now, as my last choice if nothing else works out.  I like to think I’m pretty adaptable and open to living in new cities, but the comforts of Hawaii will always be in the back of my mind.

There are things I feel Hawaii would be the most ideal for me, such as:  starting a family, coaching youth baseball ( the same league I grew up playing in), possibly coaching football at my high school, keeping on touch and being able to see long time friends, and of course being able to see my family.

A lot can happen in the next 6 months, and I just need to take it one step at a time.

Review: UFC Gym BJ Penn

The review I’ve been waiting to write, The UFC Gym BJ Penn!

Located at the old Pipeline Cafe, this gym is 37,000 sq. ft, which is the entire block!  I remember going to their show room back in January and I could not wait to see the final building and layout.

I love working out.  Throughout the years I’ve shifted my focus from working out because of sports to just working out for my own general fitness and well being.  This shift in fitness “style” has taken me from traditional (heavy) weight lifting to multi-movement full body circuit training.

I’m not sure about you, but I get bored fast doing the same routine over and over again.  What I love about the UFC Gym are the variety of classes.  It’s pretty much all the classes offered at a 24 Hour Fitness plus a dedicated MMA gym (boxing, BJJ, MMA training, and muay thai just to name a few).  There is something for everyone, check the list out here.

I didn’t bring any of my gloves or wraps back, so I’ve been doing the Daily Ultimate Training, or D.U.T.  D.U.T.’s are a 40-50 minute straight cardio/strength attack.  Because it’s taught by different instructors, the exercises can greatly range (which I love).  Here are two examples of D.U.T.’s I did:

Are these difficult?  Yes.  You know theses are tough when fellow coaches are struggling with them.  The coaches will encourage to push yourself but will recognize when you’re struggling knowing that everyone’s fitness level is different.

My last point, and one my friends always ask about is what’s the attitude like?  You would assume that being a UFC gym, everyone in there are fighters, “wannabe” fighters, or got a chip on their shoulder cause they “train”.  NOPE, not the case here, or at leas from my observation and interactions.  Everyone is very nice, especially the staff, and humble.  There’s also a comradery within the gym.  You see people cheering others on, helping push others through exercises, there really is a sense of community and family here.

Here are a few pictures of the facility:


Koko Head Railway Trail & Adidas

Yeah, my post titles are all random, but I’m just blogging about what I’ve done THAT day while on my vacation.

Oh Koko Head.  This is easily one of those love-hate relationships I have in my life.  I love working out just as much as the next guy, but this “hike” always kills my legs.  It’s more of a 1,000+ step stairmaster than a hike!  It has also received a lot of attention in the last years from a number of good and bad reasons:


1.  Awesome workout

2.  Lots of parking

3.  Free

4.  Amazing views


1.  people getting STABBED!

Prior to my ankle fracture I actually came here around noon so I can really get a full workout with the sun beating down on me.  One time I even wore one of those sweat/trash bag jackets…yeah, idk what I was thinking.

I got a bunch of friends who try to PR this thing on a weekly basis, something like 15 minutes and under.  My goal:  just finish the damn thing!  After “X” time, I finally made it to the top.

You’ll work for it, but the top of the hike will offer great views, and it’s very breezy to help cool you off.

Ok, now for a total change on topic.  As you know, I love working out and that requires work out clothes.  I’m not very particular with the brand of gear I wear, just as long as they do for what I need them to do.  I got Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and Lulu Lemon…and yes, I mix and match them ALL the time.

Fortunately, my uncle is an Adidas rep and let me borrow his employee discount card to use at the Waikele Outlets.  The damage?

I try to only wear Dry Fit/Climacool type gear when I workout.  On top of that, I ALWAYS wear compression shorts when I workout or play any type of sports.

Lanikai Pillbox, Moke’s Bread and Breakfast & Kalama Beach

After 8 days of being home, I finally have an outdoor/beach day.  After my Saturday morning ritual of going to the KCC Farmers Market, a long time high school friend asked if I wanted to spend the day on the windward side with a few other people, I gladly accepted.

First stop, Lanikai Pillbox.  This hike is arguably one of the easiest hikes that offers some of the best views on the island.  The initial park of the hike is a little steep and largely dirt covered, there are ropes along trees to help assist you if it’s too slippery.  After the first section, the rest of the hike goes along a ridgeline and may require minimal “climbing” up some rocks (trust me, easy stuff).

Here’s a pic looking north about half way or so into the hike:

Not too much longer we hit the first pillbox and snapped this awesome pic:

looking south you can see the next pillbox which offers a slightly higher vantage point:

and finally, the view from the last pillbox:

Even though the hike was relatively short, it was blazing!  Thankfully there was a nice breeze, but we def worked up an appetite.  We originally planned to go to Cinnamon’s, but I knew the wait was going to be pretty long.  As a backup, we went to Moke’s Bread & Breakfast.

What I like about Moke’s is that it’s simple and gives me this “old school” feel.  For those Hawaii people out there, it makes me feel like I’m at Yum Yum Tree, one of my favorite breakfast spots when I was growing up.  Their menu is small, but I go with the favorites

Lilikoi Pancakes:

and homemade corn beef hash:



Even after feeling like fatties, we decided to top the afternoon off with a visit to Kalama Beach:


Still slacking on my end of blogging, but I’m trying!  So I ended up staying up ALL night before my flight.  When I got to the airport I hear that my Hawaiian Airlines flight had been delayed…

…for 3 HOURS!

 I should of known better and checked the flight status before I left my apartment.  On top of that, I thought my 1 check-in bag was at least 2-3 lbs. under the limit, but when I placed it on the scale…

ugh, now I need to pack it exactly how I had it and can’t bring back too much stuff either.  So since I like to arrive 1.5 hours early to my flights, that means I have 4.5 hours to kill, and I didn’t even bring a book.  Thankfully Seatac has free wifi and there little cubicle “work” areas.

So I got a panini (worst panini EVER! and it cost me $10) and decided to watch as many episodes of The Big Bang Theory Season 5!  Not sure if it was just me but the wifi started to get super slow then I just decided to kick my shoes off and try to nap to kill more time.

The flight was 5 hours I think?  I really need to invest in one of those neck pillow things cause I could only fall asleep for 30-40 minutes at a time before my neck started to get sore from the weird angles.  After a ton of random naps and 2-3 episodes of StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson, we finally made it to Oahu!