the biggest loser asia s01

How upset were you that Carlo lost to David in the first season of The Biggest Loser Asia? I know most of you don’t give a flying hoot, but I (somewhat) do. I was excited when the season began but I lost interest after the 4th or so episode. Sorry to say but at that point, it was not compelling enough for me to sacrifice my 9-10pm on Tuesdays. For contestants who got this lucky, lucky break in life by being handed almost all the equipment they need to lose weight and be healthier and fitter, some of them just didn’t seem to put in the expected effort.

Maybe I am being harsh. After all, the whole show was held in what, 3 months? Perhaps the contestants had a culture shock, didn’t mentally prepare themselves, didn’t know it would be so tough, etc etc etc. Or maybe the editing of the show was skewed to make us feel a certain way towards certain participants. I don’t know and I suppose at this point, it doesn’t matter.

Of course I’m not putting down the hard work and effort that some of them do put in. It couldn’t have been easy, doing all this in front of Asia’s brutal eyes. All the reps that Carlo said he did after leaving the show, well I’ll be honest and confess that I myself do not have the stamina to do that. I admire their passion and continued dedication to improving themselves.

That’s the draw of reality shows. The human drama, emotions on blatant display, dirty tricks and what-not, improvement or otherwise… those are reasons that keep us coming back for more. It is fun to watch somebody else transform on our TV sets week after week while we sit on our comfortable couches making snide remarks about what they did, or give suggestions to nobody in particular about what they should have done. In short, we celebrate human accomplishments as much as train wrecks. We are creepy that way.

But last night’s season finale left me with much thoughts, most of which I have already… errr, coherently expressed on Facebook, heh. David Gurnani from Indonesia beat Carlo Miguel from Philippines to clinch the title of Asia’s first ever Biggest Loser. How did he do it? Apparently he quit working for 2 months and worked out in the gym everyday for 8 hours before the final unveiling. Carlo on the other hand slipped in his exercising at the gym in between his full-time job as an executive chef and caring for his pregnant wife. Below are two photos of the two men’s transformations, nicked from TBLA’s Facebook fan page.

The Biggest Loser Asia - Carlo Miguel The Biggest Loser Asia - David Gurnani

Perhaps the photos are insufficient to describe what went on last night so I’ll tell you. Carlo looked fit, healthy and full of life. David on the other hand looked weak, haggard, disoriented and dehydrated. You may argue that hey, it’s fair game, it’s a show, you do whatever you can to win that USD100k. It’s a lot of money, you know. Of course and David did win the competition. But did he win in life? Well, that’s open for debate. If you’d look at forums and what-not, you’d see everyone wanting to feed David a . Most people suggested that he uses the money for his hospital bills. A large majority of the show viewers are upset that the sickly-looking person won over the healthy-looking one. What then is the point? What messages are the producers of the show trying to convey? Kind of defeats the voice-over line for TBLA’s teasers,

It’s not just about losing weight, it’s about getting a whole new lease on life.

Okay lah it’s a TV show, etc etc etc. But these are real people’s lives involved here, not to mention the influencing factors of the The Biggest Loser franchise. Well, I wish the contestants good luck in life, and I’ll chip in $2 for David to buy a sandwich.

p/s: Gary rocked!

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Xpax Big Freekin' Sale [This is a Xpax Advertorial]

If you’re a Xpax, U.O.X. or S.O.X. subscriber, did you know that you’re entitled to some pretty cool discounts on Channel X?

As part of the Xpax Big Freekin Sale, you get to half price off Channel X downloads all day long. Items include music, caller ring tones and games. Not sure if you’ve heard of them but I just recently ‘discovered’ Bunkface and I really like them. Even more pleased to know that they are Malaysians. Don’t know, odd sense of patriotism that way.

Bunkface has this song, ‘Situasi’ that I quite like. It’s available as a downloadable Call Me Ringtone on Channel X for RM3.50. With 50% off, it now costs RM1.75. Not bad eh.

a random encounter

Me: Hello.
Him: Hi I’m Ah Ron.
Me: Har?
Him: Ah Ron. Ahhhhh Ron.
Me: How do you spell your name ar?
Him: A-A-R-O-N.
Me: Oh Ayyy-ren is it…
Him: Yah.. Aaaa Ronnn.

Later when I told Sotong about it, she commented, “Damn fail lah. Even Chinese ahbeng must know who Aaron Kwok is, and Aaron Kwok doesn’t call himself AHHHH RONNNN.”

Heheh.

skytrex adventure @ taman pertanian malaysia, shah alam

As some of you already know, I have the unfortunate tendency of saying ‘yes’ to some things before giving them much thought. That was how I ended up doing the SkyTrex Adventure a couple Sundays ago with some of my OBC friends. I had no idea what it was… something about ropes, dangling wires, dangling planks, up to 22m above ground…

What’s more, we ended up registering for the Extreme Challenge. BootCampers mah, damn fit mah, lansi mah, can do more mah… Never mind that the brochure recommends that you do the Big Thrill before going for the Extreme. Haiyah, two or three additional challenges only what… can one lah!

SkyTrex Extreme 01

Bloody hell. SkyTrex was a huge slap in the face for me ok. Perhaps I didn’t show it, but I went home feeling rather deflated and disappointed with myself for not being able to complete all the challenges. That’s right, I cheated. Didn’t take the chicken exit, but I skipped about 5 challenges which according to my friends who completed them, were the toughest of all the challenges. Thinking back, I don’t think I could have done them then. Maybe next time lah. Errr next time? Probably never, lazy already.

After we were geared up and shown how to use our harnesses and cables, we had an easy trial run before our first challenge. Those were damn easy, I skipped and hopped through them. Hah little did I know.

The first challenge was hauling your arse up a long-ass ladder made of massive PVC pipes. We were stuck there for a while because there were 21 of us, and only one person could go up at one time. Some of them made it look so easy, e.g. Yati, Hafiz’s wife. So I tried to copy her style but massive phail, unfortunately. You’re supposed to kick yourself up to get to the next rung, right? Well I ended up using my arms a lot because gravity can be unkind.

SkyTrex Extreme 02

The second challenge was a long flying fox across the stream. To me, it was the second most difficult challenge because I have a slight fear of heights. I got up there, prepared myself to fly (so to speak) but somehow my legs wouldn’t cooperate. Want to go, don’t want to go, legs akin to trembling jelly, wondering if I could just go home now, wondering wtf was I doing there on a Sunday morning when I could be sleeping or eating bak kut teh…

Then I heard my name being screamed from far below. I could make out Farhanah from OBC KL Alpha’s face and voice as she encouragingly urged me to take the next step forward. It was by coincidence that some of the OBC KL platoon recruits were doing SkyTrex on the same day as us, though at a later time.

Okay lah. Squat down… buttocks back, lean forward and… FLYYYYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!11111111

Damn fun lor.

SkyTrex Extreme 03

My arms nearly gave way at the 2nd massive ladder up. It was the longest and most difficult for me and it took everything I had to get to the top. As Fireangel was at the same station as me, she took the ladder with the smaller PVC pipes and I took the one with the large massive pipes. That killed.

Another flying fox, and I decided to take a short cut because I couldn’t balance myself at the hanging barrels. I could see Bev et al struggling at the more difficult challenges. So I zipped through a flying fox to a station where a tiny ladder was waiting for us and ended up following behind Tate and his fiancĂ©e.

The rest of it was actually pretty okay. The only parts that hurt after that were my hands because the RM3 gloves we bought were sucky and only covered half our fingers. If you’re planning to do this, I suggest that you bring your own, better gloves (not made of cotton though).

Sorry, not much details of what we did because I’m in the process of blocking the painful ones out :P Also not a lot of photos of us in action because I didn’t bring my camera while doing the challenges. But here’s one of my bruised and battered left arm…

SkyTrex Extreme 04

Whine whine whine. Okay lah it looks worse than it actually is, heh. Well, at the end of the day I had fun. Might not do it again because I’m a lazy @#&*@#, but at least I did (some of) it! Hehehe thanks people :)

For more information on SkyTrex Adventure, check out the website here. If you ask me anything not already listed on the website, I’m most likely to ignore you :P