Cavalier: Thanks! Yep, i read about the Behemoths a while ago, but their Sat training schedule clashes with my other activities (trekking, cycling, sometimes just lazing etc. Heh heh...), else would surely love to try out these Strongman training.
FBrett: Oh yeah, i certainly love my supplements, especially those that you can feel an effect from! I even have my Wife on Surge Recovery after her Body Pump classes, else she'll be too sore to go work the next day! Next up, getting her to try Se7en, so that i'll get my svelte dream wife. Heh heh... (she's got hyper-thyroidism so HOT-ROX seems to be out of the question).
Having had the transplant, i must say its a life-changer as i can go back to doing virtually ANYTHING a normal person can do. Training-wise, i don't have any problems following those programs provided here at T-Nation. However, the doctors do advise not to be involved in contact sports lest the kidney gets accidentally dislodged.
Diet-wise, I've only been advised to keep salt intake (& maybe potassium) low. Other than that, I've been experimenting with higher protein levels to no side effects. I know this because i have a quarterly check up to test my CiclosporinA levels, protein, creatinine, potassium and several others. What i do is to take a new supplement for about a month before i'm due for blood/urine tests, and if it turns out bad, i'll immediately stop (only happened for HOT-ROX so far, from Biotest. My other problematic supplement was Udo's Choice of oils). Otherwise, i'm good to go.
One thing i would like to point out is this: I do take Biotest's Creatine as it is an effective yet cheap supplement, but it will lead to a higher creatinine reading, indicating deteriorating kidney function. Hence, i'll take it for 2 months and stop it a month before i'm due for the tests. This way, my creatinine reading stays within the acceptable range for the doctors' comfort! My reading ranged from 147 (it was 154 when i was discharged after the transplant) to about 211 (mild kidney rejection), which was when they had to do a nasty biopsy, but that's another story!
Appetite was voracious right after the transplant, and still is. I love fruits, particularly bananas for their convenience, & durians for the taste & texture (you guys should try it sometime)! Main drawback would be their potassium content.
Yes, Singapore is quite clean & is known generally as a Garden City, cos the govt tries to plant trees along the main roads. It's also trying to attract more tourists by holding significant events such as the F1 race, Great Singapore Sale (starting this weekend!), Standard Chartered Marathon & some art/music festivals to attract tourists of every inclination to visit.
My name's pronounced See-yeh (Xie) Lee (Li) H-erng (Heng). It's actually a translated Chinese name, as about 70% of Singaporeans are Chinese. Thanks for asking! These characters actually mean 'Thanks', 'Courteous', and 'Determination', which my parents wish for me to have (last 2 characters, 'Thanks' is actually my family name).
kmcnyc: I happen to be wearing a Seiko as well, a Kinectic (lazy me), so i don't have to change batteries. But i'm no collector, unfortunately! It's failing me recently, seemingly stopping every night such that i have to wind it every morning. Do you have any suggections (except visit the Service Centre)!