Pagare alla Romana

In Rome, there is this term called “Pagare alla Romana” or to pay the Roman style which basically to split the bill equally especially when eating out in a group. It makes it easier and faster to calculate.

I’m not a big fan of it though, because there are some things which I don’t consume which costs more, and many a times I’d think to myself, “Why should I pay for your beer which costs 5 euro, when I’m just having water which costs 2?”

Which probably sounds a little bit selfish, considering that when we go out with friends, we’re there to enjoy each other’s company and we shouldn’t be too calculative, right? But then again, it just doesn’t seem justified if one has to do it multiple times.

Are children overprotected nowadays?

Whenever I go for my aqua-gym sessions, the pool is always shared with other adult swimmers and children occupying the other lanes.

Each time that we’re done, there will always be a crowd at the showers – mostly with mothers, easily distinguished by the bright blue plastic shoe covers, fussing over their daughters – like putting shampoo for them, insisting on lathering them up with soap. It’s not like the girls are not able to do it themselves. They look autonomous at about 8 – 10 years old.

I observed the scenario. It wasn’t something new. But something clicked in my head. I’ve been going to this pool for several years now but I’ve never really given much thought on how overprotected many children are.

Another example is how school children, under the age of 12 are not allowed to go home without the accompaniment of a trusted adult.

I understand the motive, but growing up in Singapore, for me,this was something that took a while for me to get used to, because most of us have been taught to be independent as soon as possible.

One may say that the 80s was a very different time from the present. And that the level of crime was lower in the old days.

Nevertheless, it’s common even now to see a regular South East Asian kid, of the same age as the girls from the pool, being able to take the bus by herself, being able go to school by herself and even go to swimming classes by herself if she wanted to.

Just an observation. I’m sure it’s just a matter of cultural differences.


How I spent Valentine’s Day [Video Blog]

It was such a fruitful day! Among the things we did, Cart accompanied me to view the exhibition at Chiostro Del Bramante which showcases artworks on the theme of love.

And then much later at night we had dinner at a very beautiful restaurant called Le Bistrot where I had probably the most decadent vegan meal in my life.

Yeah, it’s kind of a long video at 17 minutes, but I guess you could watch it while you have a nice cup of tea, while having lunch or just leave it as a background sound while doing the dishes 😛

Should I join the Spartan Race?

I’ve been trying to psyche myself up to sign up for the Spartan race for a while now. It’s basically a type of race where you complete various circuits. The length varies from roughly 6 km, 13 km and 21 km.

It’s not the distance which scares me, but the obstacles in between. You have to climb things, carry things, jump over things and all sorts of … things. Toons

The good thing is that I’ve been training a little bit, but the bad thing is that, after each session, I’d usually feel like the weakest person in the neighbourhood.

In my training group, I see a number of people finishing challenges faster than me, lifting heavier weights than me … it looks like it’s such breeze for them. But I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. Maybe they’ve been training for years, while I just started last October. That’s just 3 months. Crossfit Cross Training Iron Dragons Roma

Anyway, one of the thing that I’m weak at is, monkey bars. It happens that there is a monkey bar which is near my home and I’d always stare at it whenever I pass by. I climbed these often as a kid. Not so often as an adult.

Every now and then, I’d feel courageous and attempt to traverse it, but as soon as I climb up and get to the first rung, I’d look down and see how high it was from the top and lose my nerve.

It’s really high! It feels like I’m using a climbing station for giants. Or do you think that I’m exaggerating? A too high Monkey Bars

Nevertheless, it’s something that I’d like to get better at because it’s a common challenge in a spartan race as what I’ve seen in videos such as this one.

It looks kind of fun but I still haven’t signed up yet, because of two factors. Firstly, because I keep thinking that I’m not in a good enough shape. And secondly, at 79 euro, it’s quite a lot of money.

Maybe I’ll see how I feel at the end of February? My goal right now is to try to lose a little bit of weight because I read that it’s easier traversing monkey bars when you’re lighter.

Not easy when one likes to eat. Yes, my favourite workout of the day 😛