I’ve just spent a few days in Bangkok, Thailand on a short trip. I had a surprisingly fun four days, even though the city itself wasn’t my favorite place of the many big cities I’ve visited so far. I had visited Bangkok before but only for a day and never got a chance to look around the city much. This time I had far more free time and got a chance to explore more.
Before I get into exploring, I want to share a review of my hotel. I stayed at the S31 Hotel, which is a boutique luxury hotel on the city’s main commercial road. It was fantastic! I have stayed in many luxury hotels from all of the big “brand names” in the industry over the years, and never likes the feel of the large, palatial hotels that are easy to find in most big cities.
S31 is a small hotel, and it has a really unique and modern feeling. The entire hotel is very modern and has a chic feel that you don’t get at the InterContinental or Hyatt. It’s also a short walk from the nearest Skytrain station and close to two large shopping malls, making it very convenient if (like me) you want to explore the city instead of spending all your life inside your hotel room.
If you’re staying in Bangkok and want to spend your time somewhere convenient, in a stylish setting, and in a refreshingly spacious room (especially compared to Singapore), then give S31 a try! By the way, expect more posts on my time in Bangkok, including the city’s many negatives, in the coming days.
I strongly believe the key to success at getting fit is consistency. I work out hard every day, so I get great results. But if I worked out even harder sometimes and then took other days off to relax and eat unhealthy food, my results wouldn’t be as good, even though I might work harder on some specific days.
Consistency is key. I keep myself consistent by using a really simple system that is apparently used by Jerry Seinfeld for writing (Seinfeld actually denies using this, and says it’s just something he heard about online).
Here’s a link to the system.
It’s very simple. All you do is hang up a calendar on the wall or near your desk and put a big X on the calendar for every day you achieve your goal. Your goal can be something super simple like doing an easy workout, walking for 20 minutes, writing something, or whatever you want to do. I keep my goals simple, like eating three healthy meals per day or working out for one hour in the evening.
If you achieve the goal, you put a big X on the calendar. The next day, you just need to do the same thing. It becomes a challenge to keep the chain going, but the goal is to make sure there’s a big X on the calendar for every single day of the week. I take weekends off and let myself have Saturday and Sunday without any big red X marks on my calendar, since working out and eating clean every day tires me out and I causes me to lose motivation over the long run.
So there – that’s the simple system I use to hold myself accountable for my health and fitness. You can also apply this to doing your work, studying for an exam, learning a language, or anything else. I love this system because of the simplicity and the visual reminder of the importance of achieving your goals that the calendar creates.