How do you do it?

I am sorry, work and school are really taken up a lot of my time.  But that does not mean I’ve forgotten about this blog.  I have a couple of entries I still want to share when I get some breathing room.

But for this entry, lets keep it simple.

A fellow MBA student and friend asked me, “Chris, how do you do it all?  You go to school full time, take an extra non-credit online class, work a a part-time job, play intramurals, volunteer, and participate in clubs!”

my response, “I don’t sleep, and I love coffee!”

Well of course I sleep, but very little.  Here’s an example of what my day looks like…

5:40am:  Wake up, hit snooze a couple times

6am: Get out of bed and drink a pre-work out supplement

6:30am:  Group fitness class

8am:  Make post-work out protein shake, brew first batch of coffee, make lunch, read tech blogs and NFL news.

10:30am:  head to campus to study (usually for readings due that same day)

1pm-5pm:  work

5:30pm:  get another cup, or two, of coffee

6-8:40pm – class

9pm:   head to library for additional hw

11pm:  go home

11pm-12:30am:  Unwind, watch DVRed shows

1am – sleeping

that’s my day, Monday though Friday, for the most part!


The MOOC Movement: Coursera

MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses

Have you ever heard of Coursera or Kahn Academy?  These are two popular MOOC’s that are taking the next step in higher education.  The concept of MOOC was brought to my attention in my MBA marketing principles class this past summer, and I was very intrigued.

These platforms offer free, yes, 100% free, online classes taught by professors from the nation’s top schools (Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Michigan, Princeton…the list goes on) from topics ranging from Biology & Life Sciences to Economics & Finance.  What’s the catch?  You will not earn any credit towards any educational institution (but you will get a signed certificate if you pass the course!).

Since it’s purely an online course, some of you may think the class is easy.  But you are wrong.  The courses recommend you dedicate at minimum of 5-7 hours a week to watch lectures and do homework.  On top of that, most courses are 10 weeks long, which is the same was my quarterly MBA schedule.

Why do this?  My response back is WHY NOT?  I personally have a thirst for knowledge.  Although finance and economics are my main courses of study, I try to broaden my general knowledge.  My latest interests have been about theoretical physics through the readings of Stephen Hawking and general knowledge of astrophysics from Neil deGrasse Tyson.  I feel that MOOC/Coursera is a near revolutionary idea to help spread knowledge once thought to be obtainable only if you could score high on standardized tests and have the bank account to pay for it.

For my first MOOC experience, I chose “Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics” taught by Dr. Eric Zivot of the University of Washington.   I look forward to the knowledge I will gain through this and hope you will do the same!

Below is a screen shot of my Coursera course dashboard:

Time Lapse

Yes, I’ve been slacking.  Just getting settled in, but hope to get in some entries soon.

I’ve been meaning to try this for a long time, and I finally got around to it.  My Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a pretty neat time lapse feature so I recorded roughly 27 minutes (real time) and here’s the result:

Nothing special, but hope to capture better and longer shots later!

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!