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Zara

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Beautiful pictures as always. I am glad you had that trip that allowed you to take these gorgeous pictures and I hope I was able to inspire you in some ways. :)

I see people are talking about your own picture as well which I never got to see, really. All I saw was a picture of you holding your cat and the top wasn't there. So I thought the picture was taken in that manner focusing on the cat only lol. But anyway, I've seen your picture in the past - the one you sent to me with your brother though ages ago, so I don't really need to see it.

Yes, it's sad about Andy but I can't say I am deeply surprised. It took me a while to digest it properly, to be honest and wanted to read about it as much as possible before I could comment on it, but I will still be away from the forum as it was never about Andy anyway. Should be back early February at the latest but I still want to cut down my postings as they tend to take up too much of my time. Health, hobbies, travel, family and work are my top proriotiy this year!

A shout out to @Hydrocella as I have not seen him in a while I think. In the meantime, @Chadalina has successfully banned himself - not sure though for how long but can't be more than 3 to 7 days. And yes, it seems Richie was playing games after all (or trying to blackmail me!). He should be punished severely.

Until I see you guys again, stay safe and stay healthy. And really hope AO delivers with a beautiful and timely surprise - Amen! :)
 
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Oh I think it will be completely wrong of me to leave before introducing Nova Scotia, again East Coast, Canada. So here I go again. :p

They say these are the places you must visit before you die.
Not sure what pictures have to do with Canada, Zara - brush up on math to be able to fully convey it to the masses.

Like this:
Consider a functional relationship where the simultaneous attainment of the goals of the health systems are a function of resource inputs and other non-health system determinants. In equation form, this can be written as: Y(it) = alpha + X'itBeta + v(it) - u(i)

The dependent variable Y(it) is the composite index of country i in time t, and X' is a vector of independent variables. v(it) is the error term representing random noise with mean zerio. The term u(i) >= 0 measure country-specific technical inefficiency. It is constrained to be always non-negative. The above model can be written ...

There's a lot of this in this paper.
From the Canada thread
 

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I see people are talking about your own picture as well which I never got to see, really. All I saw was a picture of you holding your cat and the top wasn't there. So I thought the picture was taken in that manner focusing on the cat only lol. But anyway, I've seen your picture in the past - the one you sent to me with your brother though ages ago, so I don't really need to see it.
I shared a pic with a friend actually. I don't recall much though, was it a decade ago? The moment attention was brought to this pic I deleted it. I think very few saw it anyway. I am open to connections outside this forum (with the ones I get comfortable with, of course) simply because this place is viewed by a large public we never get to know. I am connected with a few from here anyway and its nice 1-1s.
 
Well said, you are someone I can relate to very much in this regard. I have shown you a quick snippet of the things I have done and places I have been, but I can say this, I truly feel blessed to have seen and done all the things that I have and I don't take it lightly. All the things I dreamed of doing, I went out and did. Every place I have friends now, I speak six languages fluently, including another five with intermediate proficiency. I have competed in bodybuilding shows around the world, and as you saw, have stood on the biggest stage of them all at the Olympia in Las Vegas. Surrounded by the hottest bikini models on the planet, also dating one, it was like Christmas every time backstage before these shows.

Here I am, getting ready to go to war...



And this is absolute worst I will let my conditioning go at any time during the year.

Hi sir.
I have been reading this forum for about 2 years now and I keep bumping into your half naked photos and stories about your bodybuilding history. Could you please tell me how is this possible to get on a bigger stage with a physique like this? Even if the competitions mentioned by you are for natural competitors and is the weakest category within a bigger event, it is still inexplicable for me. I do not understand. I am curious. I really am. What kind of categories are they?
 
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Hi sir.
I have been reading this forum for about 2 years now and I keep bumping into your half naked photos and stories about your bodybuilding history. Could you please tell me how is this possible to get on a bigger stage with a physique like this? Even if the competitions mentioned by you are for natural competitors and is the weakest category within a bigger event, it is still inexplicable for me. I do not understand. I am curious. I really am. What kind of categories are they?
Hi, happy to answer this for you.

In bodybuilding you have many divisions. You have the pros, the likes of Phil Heath and Jay Cutler. The pros are all known as enhanced athletes, basically that is a term used for competitors who take exogenous hormones to help enhances their physiques beyond their natural limits. These are the top guys, and they come into many divisions, and they are the ones you will normally see, so you have the Pro Open division where the weight is not measured, you can be as big and freaky as you want Then you have the 212 division, where you have to be 212 or under to compete. Outside of this, you also have classic physique division which is more along the lines of the physiques of the 70s from the golden age of bodybuilding. You also have mens physique. - These are the bigger events, they are the ones that make money since the level of development and freakiness is at its highest and it is what the audience come to see.

Then you have the natural division. The natural division is broken down into two sections also, the natural Pros and the natural amateurs. The natural amateur, category is where I competed, within this division, you have further sub-divisions for natural physique, muscle and fitness model etc. You can get top four rankings at these smaller events, which take place around the US and if you are getting top four rankings, eventually you get contacted to get an invitation to compete at the Olympia weekend, which is a three day event. A lot of event takes place at the Olympia expo, with final judging taking place at bigger stage. You normally have to step on stage for pre-judging on day one and then finals on day two. So my physique falls into the natural amateur category, where I am not taking any anabolics, just training and dieting, and competing with what I have, but to get to that big stage took me no less than five years of picking up points, it wasn't something I got overnight.

I hope that answered your question. :)
 
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Hi, happy to answer this for you.

In bodybuilding you have many divisions. You have the pros, the likes of Phil Heath and Jay Cutler. The pros are all known as enhanced athletes, basically that is a term used for competitors who take exogenous hormones to help enhances their physiques beyond their natural limits. These are the top guys, and they come into many divisions, and they are the ones you will normally see, so you have the Pro Open division where the weight is not measured, you can be as big and freaky as you want Then you have the 212 division, where you have to be 212 or under to compete. Outside of this, you also have classic physique division which is more along the lines of the physiques of the 70s from the golden age of bodybuilding. You also have mens physique. - These are the bigger events, they are the ones that make money since the level of development and freakiness is at its highest and it is what the audience come to see.

Then you have the natural division. The natural division is broken down into two sections also, the natural Pros and the natural amateurs. The natural amateur, category is where I competed, within this division, you have further sub-divisions for natural physique, muscle and fitness model etc. You can get top four rankings at these smaller events, which take place around the US and if you are getting top four rankings, eventually you get contacted to get an invitation to compete at the Olympia weekend, which is a three day event. A lot of event takes place at the Olympia expo, with final judging taking place at bigger stage. You normally have to step on stage for pre-judging on day one and then finals on day two. So my physique falls into the natural amateur category, where I am not taking any anabolics, just training and dieting, and competing with what I have, but to get to that big stage took me no less than five years of picking up points, it wasn't something I got overnight.

I hope that answered your question. :)
Thanks for your answer. I knew about those divisions, except the natural one at the Olympia. My bad. I am pretty surprised, I have never heard about it, although I am not into it that much nowadays.

To be honest when I saw your pictures I thought you had too many flaws in your physique to be successful even in a natural competition, and it is not about the size but the frame, muscle bellies and everything. You know they call it genetics. But your achievements prove me wrong obviously. Your persistence and willpower paid off. And do not take it on wrong way you look pretty good. I don't mean to be offensive, I just didn't think it could be enough to go that far. I have to admit that you are rather huge for a natural guy. If we take into consideration that you don't take any juice, it is not easy to get this big, then maintain it even if you have the abilitiy to grow muscles easier than others. I have been training for 10 years and have put on about 20-25 kilos of muscle, so I know what I am talking about. Not easy. Especially if you want to match it with a shredded form. That is the worst part of the whole thing I think. When you want to get rid of your bodyfat without losing too much muscle. This is what I have never been able to do properly. My metabolism must be poor compared to a good athlete. I have never been interested in being on a stage or posing or competing as a bodybuilder, and I wouldnt be good enough anyway. With juice I could grow very big, but I was not into it that much and I didn't find myself good enough for this. First of all I am 192 cm. It is not my sport. But it must have been an amazing experience to stand on that stage and you can be proud of it.

Have you never tried taking the juice or though about doing so?
 
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I kid you not but I have a pretty cow on my desk @Azure @Hydrocella . I have no idea how I got it otherwise I would have told you the lovely story behind it but here's a couple of pictures. I just took them. Is she pretty or what?



Now, now Zara, you've got to listen to me here. So whoever put this on your table should be your new best friend. No kidding.
 

Zara

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Now, now Zara, you've got to listen to me here. So whoever put this on your table should be your new best friend. No kidding.
I am all ears here! lol

I also have this. OMG - why do I have these stuff I have no recollection of? Have I acquired them in some other way? Stolen properties? I do have a thing for cute stuff. Lmho! But seriously why would I have T.J. Ford on my desk? I also have golf ball but that I am aware of.

 
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I kid you not but I have a pretty cow on my desk @Azure @Hydrocella . I have no idea how I got it otherwise I would have told you the lovely story behind it but here's a couple of pictures. I just took them. Is she pretty or what?



Now, now Zara, you've got to listen to me here. So whoever put this on your table should be your new best friend. No kidding.
Canada. Cow. All we’re missing is a penguin to tackle life’s important questions: Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches?
 

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Canada. Cow. All we’re missing is a penguin to tackle life’s important questions: Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches?
Why ask those big questions when the answer is so simple (see below)? Or are you one of those intellectual fool? :p

 

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So it snowed today (more like a storm), folks after a long while. I didn't go out. It was a bit too cold especially given that I am still recovering from my cold. I took this picture from my kitchen window (22nd floor). The kid in red jacket caught my eye followed by the beautiful vehicle right next to him. It felt like as if we had gone back in time (should have switched my lenses though to have a more clear picture. Oh well...). I then made some dinner and ate alone with some Ontario wine. I loved it.

January 19, 2019 - a day to remember. A very cold picture followed by some warm dinner. Such sharp contrast, isn't it.



 

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So it snowed today (more like a storm), folks after a long while. I didn't go out. It was a bit too cold especially given that I am still recovering from my cold. I took this picture from my kitchen window (22nd floor). The kid in red jacket caught my eye followed by the beautiful vehicle right next to him. It felt like as if we had gone back in time (should have switched my lenses though to have a more clear picture. Oh well...). I then made some dinner and ate alone with some Ontario wine. I loved it.

January 19, 2019 - a day to remember. A very cold picture followed by some warm dinner. Such sharp contrast, isn't it.



22nd floor? Wow!!
 

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@Hydrocella @Zara

Remember the piece about hotels in the Canada thread? I was referring to a place in Llanes. This is the view from the balcony



This was a small family run place that I discovered by accident. They even gave me a cycle to go around everywhere



And I got to cycle up and down the rolling hills to catch views like the below:

Very nice. Did you travel there alone? How far did you have to go to see the view? I'd love to cycle down this path too. Did you get a chance to pet the horses?
 

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Very nice. Did you travel there alone? How far did you have to go to see the view? I'd love to cycle down this path too. Did you get a chance to pet the horses?
Yes, I was in South of France for a conference. I decided to make some time for myself to travel around the north of Spain. I usually travel alone. Sometimes I travel with friends too. Solo travel is very liberating and teaches me more about myself. Gives me a lot of time to contemplate without being hurried by someone.
 

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Yes, I was in South of France for a conference. I decided to make some time for myself to travel around the north of Spain. I usually travel alone. Sometimes I travel with friends too. Solo travel is very liberating and teaches me more about myself. Gives me a lot of time to contemplate without being hurried by someone.
Good for you that you took the time to go to Spain all by yourself and travel alone. Half the time I travel alone and like you, I find it very liberating. But more importantly, I can travel on my own schedule. Did you get to see anything when you were in South of France? That's a great spot.
 

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This very pretty Zara. In the second one, is that partly your reflection?
No. It's actually the top of a building that's right behind the frosty window. Frost typically doesn't reflect as much or at all as the layer is a bit thick. It was reflecting back the sun though but for some reason, that picture came a bit blurry. I may still pull it. I think I deleted it.
 

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Good for you that you took the time to go to Spain all by yourself and travel alone. Half the time I travel alone and like you, I find it very liberating. But more importantly, I can travel on my own schedule. Did you get to see anything when you were in South of France? That's a great spot.
Yes the south of France is an amazing slice of nature and culture. I traveled there last October, after I had joined these forums. Some of the medieval villages are very scenic and people are very different from the ones in Paris.
 

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No. It's actually the top of a building that's right behind the frosty window. Frost typically doesn't reflect as much or at all as the layer is a bit thick. It was reflecting back the sun though but for some reason, that picture came a bit blurry. I may still pull it. I think I deleted it.
Nice stuff. What do you guys do when you are cooped up in your homes because of heavy snowfall?
 

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Yes the south of France is an amazing slice of nature and culture. I traveled there last October, after I had joined these forums. Some of the medieval villages are very scenic and people are very different from the ones in Paris.
Sounds amazing. Were you able to take any pictures? I love, love, love medieval villages. I love anything medieval, period.
 

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Nice stuff. What do you guys do when you are cooped up in your homes because of heavy snowfall?
To be honest, we are far more adventurous and daring than one might think. I know for a fact that a lot of them love snow in winter because of the number of winter activities. In fact, there's one coming in early February where I am supposed to go away for the weekend with some people from work, but I won't go because I don't have the stamina for it right now and really afraid to fall sick again so I need to recover completely first. That's more important.

Typically when it snows, the weather is not as cold so it's easy to go out and do stuff. I just love walking around in the snow in my snow boots. Have thought about getting a dog a lot but the responsibility is really holding me back. But anyway, when it's very cold we stay at home, get cozy, have some warm soup, coffee or tea and watch movies etc. Or just have some good old family time or play indoor games. People also go to the mall and theatre a lot. And they love to go winter resorts a lot over the winter.

I used to drive in deep snow storms (a lot of the time for fun) and one time got into trouble with the police because they warned us time and again not to drive in the storm as it was very dangerous and risky to do so. But I stayed the night before at a friend's and the next morning, I needed to come back home but my car got stuck in deep snow so the police nearby came and helped me out. lol Another time I was coming from another town as I had to go out of town and the visibility was next to none even though it was during the day. I could barely see the vehicle right in front of me let alone anything else. It was something like this but far worse as my side and back windows were all covered with snow. After coming home though I felt like as if I conquered the world because it was so challenging. lmho!

 
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Here's the picture where the frost is much thicker and as you go up the window, it tends to thin out and creates these beautiful shapes. And that's the sun but it's on the opposite side. The glass building is reflecting it back and I was able to capture it and on the left-hand side is the blue/green sky. But you can see the picture itself is blurry. I think my hand shook when I took the picture.

 

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One of these days, I am going to go for the medieval look for the interior design and slowly change everything to more rustic. I just dig it so much along with the industrial design.

I have this in my kitchen hanging from the ceiling over the breakfast nook and I love it so much.

 
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To be honest, we are far more adventurous and daring than one might think. I know for a fact that a lot of them love snow in winter because of the number of winter activities. In fact, there's one coming in early February where I am supposed to go away for the weekend with some people from work, but I won't go because I don't have the stamina for it right now and really afraid to fall sick again so I need to recover completely first. That's more important.

I used to drive in deep snow storms (a lot of the time for fun) and one time got into trouble with the police because they warned us time and again not to drive in the storm as it was very dangerous and risky to do so. But I stayed the night before at a friend's and the next morning, I needed to come back home but my car got stuck in deep snow so the police nearby came and helped me out. lol Another time I was coming from another town as I had to go out of town and the visibility was next to none even though it was during the day. I could barely see the vehicle right in front of me let alone anything else. It was something like this but far worse as my side and back windows were all covered with snow. After coming home though I felt like as if I conquered the world because it was so challenging. lmho!

Sorry, just got around to reading it. Ok Zara, I started two posts with sorry. I am half Canadian boo-hoo.

How do you get the shopping done? Like the basics - food, medical supplies etc? Do you keep checking for inclement weather and stock well in advance? I am sure a city like Toronto is far more 'equipped' to deal with heavy snowfall. How do they do it in other places like your love, Sasks?

Driving in snow is a whole different ball game. Never have done that and probably would not be doing it. The worst driving I had to do was one monsoon season when there was an incessant rain. For some reason I couldn't take my car out and I took my two-wheeler instead. That's an adventure I am not forgetting.

Typically when it snows, the weather is not as cold so it's easy to go out and do stuff. I just love walking around in the snow in my snow boots. Have thought about getting a dog a lot but the responsibility is really holding me back.
That's one thing I am doing only if and when I am not staying alone for an extended period of time or after retirement lol which is a looong way away. My heart will break every time I will see my pet for whole days without a comforting soul.
 

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Going completely off topic here but I noticed some of the guys here watch sport almost all the time and jump from one sport to another. Reminded me of the movie Break Up where the guy would play video games all the time whenever he was home. Luckily I never had to date anyone like him. I just don’t see any balance in that but anyway.
 
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Sorriieee I had to include a couple of kitty pics in there. I just luuve them especially if I encounter then randomly. I just like to squish these guys :D
I like the warm tone of the pictures. Kitty pictures are great because you have a subject there so eyes go there first. A landscape picture can be without any definite subject. South of France is really nice.
 

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Sorry, just got around to reading it. Ok Zara, I started two posts with sorry. I am half Canadian boo-hoo.

How do you get the shopping done? Like the basics - food, medical supplies etc? Do you keep checking for inclement weather and stock well in advance? I am sure a city like Toronto is far more 'equipped' to deal with heavy snowfall. How do they do it in other places like your love, Sasks?

Driving in snow is a whole different ball game. Never have done that and probably would not be doing it. The worst driving I had to do was one monsoon season when there was an incessant rain. For some reason I couldn't take my car out and I took my two-wheeler instead. That's an adventure I am not forgetting.


That's one thing I am doing only if and when I am not staying alone for an extended period of time or after retirement lol which is a looong way away. My heart will break every time I will see my pet for whole days without a comforting soul.
Ha ha. You are indeed becoming a Canadian and it’s not a bad thing. Remember that I even apologize to my stuff if I am not gentle with them. And I believe what you give out is what you get.

Toronto is incredibly good at clearing up the snow as quickly as possible. They always monitor snow/weather and prepare the snow trucks accordingly. A lot of salting happens before the snow storm strikes. One time we had to engage the military as we got hit by one storm after another. I think NY made fun of us because they thought it was nothing compared to what they get. Lol

I am okay with normal snow but storms are definitely tricky and so is the torrential rain but we don’t get those as much. And a different ball game, yes. However the number of accidents I had been involved never once it was because of bad weather. Those actually happened mostly in the summer in perfectly good weather. Imagine that. Anyway, I keep an eye on the weather in winter, yes so that I can plan accordingly.

What is a two wheeler? Do you mean the bike?
 

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Ha ha. You are indeed becoming a Canadian and it’s not a bad thing. Remember that I even apologize to my stuff if I am not gentle with them. And I believe what you give out is what you get.

Toronto is incredibly good at clearing up the snow as quickly as possible. They always monitor snow/weather and prepare the snow trucks accordingly. A lot of salting happens before the snow storm strikes. One time we had to engage the military as we got hit by one storm after another. I think NY made fun of us because they thought it was nothing compared to what they get. Lol

I am okay with normal snow but storms are definitely tricky and so is the torrential rain but we don’t get those as much. And a different ball game, yes. However the number of accidents I had been involved never once it was because of bad weather. Those actually happened mostly in the summer in perfectly good weather. Imagine that. Anyway, I keep an eye on the weather in winter, yes so that I can plan accordingly.

What is a two wheeler? Do you mean the bike?
The part in bold is not a derivative of your Canadian culture but a personal one. That you see and realise the significance of everything around you is what makes you a good person. I did not 'know' you when I joined this forum. I still gravitated towards the poster 'you' simply because you had explained about being respectful to things.... I don't recall the thread now. It's certainly not the Canadian in you. Nope. It's you and this is not flattery.

Yep I have a motorbike- an easy 110 cc one. It's incredibly useful to navigate through traffic but I was involved in an accident last year and tend to use it less compared to my car.
 

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The part in bold is not a derivative of your Canadian culture but a personal one. That you see and realise the significance of everything around you is what makes you a good person. I did not 'know' you when I joined this forum. I still gravitated towards the poster 'you' simply because you had explained about being respectful to things.... I don't recall the thread now. It's certainly not the Canadian in you. Nope. It's you and this is not flattery.

Yep I have a motorbike- an easy 110 cc one. It's incredibly useful to navigate through traffic but I was involved in an accident last year and tend to use it less compared to my car.
Yes, I agree that it's not part of Canadian culture and I think we talked about it on a thread called, 'The Odd thing about you' or something similar to that. I am just genuinely sensitive about everything and don't like to abuse them and get really irritated when I see people kicking their stuff. It's more to do with their anger, frustrations etc. and taking it out on those things because they are inanimate objects - taking things for granted, in other words. Whereas I feel everything is part of consciousness and is aware of itself. So if I hurt something I hurt myself (goes around comes around in human terms) and I am not sure why I'd do that. I am naturally against violence, drugs, politics, guns, animal abuse etc. I've been mean to people, no doubt and hurt their feelings when they rubbed me the wrong way and that still is a work in progress. It's easy to be nicer to objects and animals I'd say. The real challenge always lies with the humans.

But still, I said sorry 3 times already this morning. When I was getting on the train, I sort of pushed someone as we both tried to get on the same car so it was more of an accident so I said sorry right away and let her go first (too cold so we were all rushing!). And then I said sorry to the person next to me as I sneezed a couple of times (again too cold today! lol). And then said sorry to myself because I did or said something to self that wasn't very nice. lol

But anyway, I have yet to ride a bike and it's rare in North America though we have bikers that love to bike all over NA during the summer and they travel as a group. I just love the idea of it. I think it's more doable in the country where there's not as much traffic. I do see them on the highway or even on the streets from time to time but in general, I find it very risky here in NA.
 
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