Saturday, November 28, 2009

Training again

The prolonged rainy weather passed away. Illness coupled with injuries and rain for weeks does give enough reason to become lazy.

So the glorius weather which started from yesterday urge me to start workouts again. In the evening i went to the single bar and did 30 pull ups. Went home and went to the grounds at 6.30 pm. There ran for 20mts. I didnt run out of gas but by round 5 i started getting the old knee pain. But i didnt stop and completed 8. In the final round the pain was unbearable. There seems to be some big problem with my knee joints.
Did streching , i felt very stiff though. Then 30 knuckle pushups on the gravel. completed with 100 full scots.

Today i went for kyokushin training at 5.00pm . I didn't gas out or blackout this time. Shihan re did all the kihon (basic techniques) . After one hour we were told to do 50 knuckle pushups. Now unlike last week i didn't do all 50 but stopped at 30, i didnt want to blackout like last week.
Then we did lots of maekeage kicks. lots of shuto attacks and straight punches. it was very demanding needed a lot ofmental power to complete the workout.
And then shihan gave us a big lecture about training and we had to stay in seiza for 10mts, now that was a real painful experience. Afterwards we stood up and again went to the seiza for the knee bow. At the dojo oath dinush read out the dojo kun incorrectly and bcoz of that we had to read it about 5 times. And that was even more painful because we had been in seiza for about 15mts.

Overall great workout, releived all stress and now im pumped up to go with NO2 in the coming week. Very happ thta i didnt gas out. My cardio and strenth is returning :) :) .

Came home at 8.00pm

Friday, November 27, 2009

kyokushin night 2009

kyokushin night 2009 was held from 6pm to 1am at the sakagawa hall colpetty on 21st november , which is incidentally my Bday.

It was great fun.
We were introduced to the history and people instrumental in building kyokushin organization to what it is today.
We were shown a short video with all time greats getting prepared for the 1st world tournament.
We were also shown a slide show with imporatant photos taken at imporatant junctions of kyokushin.

We also met a lot of old karatekas who have stopped training due to other responsibilities.

Entertainment was great we were entertained with a variety of songs encompassing all gendres.

Sensei gamini kuruppu sang some nice songs and his acts were very entertaining.


Mrs. Siriwardenas' neice kushani sandareka also sang some songs and also her sister sang a couple or more. Leka aunty also sang one song.

Apart from the music their was a small musical chairs competition for children as well as adults and a paper dancing competition.

It was an awesome night. The 6 hours were well spent.




Got alift to home. was home by 2.00

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Kyokushin_nit_2009

Slept at 2.30am .

Friday, November 20, 2009

Another chapter in the book of corruption which sucks the life of our country

Having gone to watch the robotgames competition organized by the IESL, we saw a nice robot drive set (which we had earlier seen in the internet) which the OUSL guys had used in their robot.
We got the details from the leader of that group (kasun) , who said that he ordered it online and got it whithin a week.

A month before (october 20th) we ordered that robot drive kit from Devantech Ltd through their online interface. Yasitha paid for it using his debit card whilst sanath and myself paid him SLR22000/=. About a week after we were able to get a sponsorship of SLR25000/= from Mr. Daya Gamage . So we were content enough to wait till we get the motors to start building our robot.

We waited and waited and on 19th november i get a letter from the central mail exchange, saying that the parcel mail has been taken into custody by the customs. It asked me to pay the taxes and free the goods.

Now this robot drive was for our final year research project. Though we should be funded by the university we are not. So we work our asses off to find a sponsor, and after doing that we need to pay tax to the government, when we are using the equipment for research. No way! This is insane!

Now why the hell should we pay the government when we are doing what the government should do by ourself.

AND THEY DONT EXEMPT US FROM PAYING TAX! THIS IS HILARIUOS! seems that we have to get a letter from the treasury to get tax exemption for this motors!
yeah why not from the president himself, rather than the treasury?


And the funnier part is that the custom officers only check parcels randomly because otherwise they get too many parcels to handle.

The even funnier part is that when we told them what our need is they asked for our University IDs and asked us to wait, we told them that we can get letters from the university to prove that the equipment were to be used for research.
After waiting for 10 mts Then they tell us to pay 4000 as tax, without even asking for the invoice of sale.

Now here is the catch:


They didnt ask for any invoice, but randomly put the price as SLR12000 and calculated tax for that.
Whilst doing so they tell us that they are doing a great favour for us! well yeah they did us a favour by reducing the estimated value to 6000, but they did that after wasting our time, ragging us and playing mental games with us! When it was pretty clear that we were using this equipment for the technological development of the country! The catch is this they will tax 27% even if we get a letter from the university (after having brought it the uni. address) according to the value appraisal officer at customs.!!! !@#$%

Then they tell that the tax is 1700. Now we didnt have 1700 and only 500/= and told them so.
Now they say that they have written the bill so that they can't change it. They could have but now cant coz the bill is written!

So we have to leave empty handed and have to waste another day to get the motor drives!


Questions

1) Why does the government charge tax for equipment brought for research by the academia?

2) The tax added to 1613/6000 = 27% ??? assuming this is not for research but for noncommercial use, isnt 27% too much of a tax to pay?

3) so for every 100 ruppees we pay minimum 30% tax, so does the government spend that huge tax for the benefit of the people?

4) This must have not been the first time that they have charged taxes from research equipment brought down by the academia, so why doesnt the academia do anything to stop this rape?

5) The custome people said that nothing is exempt from tax, so what about free samples or gifts, they aernt taxed, how can that be?

6) Why do they check foreign parcel mail only randomly, if they tax or check it must be done for every parcel or else for non, why this discrepancy?

7) How can the custom officers just value the equipment according to their will, is their not any procedure to get do it? eg. i had a bill of 111 pounds, but they valued it for 6000/= .

I will be going tommorow (which is incidently my Bday) to pay and retrieve the equipment and will update the blog.

Here are the details of bills and tax documents.

tax_robotdrive


Our invoice
From tax_robotdrive


Tax form: Note how they have valued it to 6000 without considering any factor according to there will!
From tax_robotdrive



From tax_robotdrive
"Local manufacturers are protected by tariffs. Between 20%-50% (and sometimes higher) tariffs are applied on imports competing with national industries (including furniture, concentrated and canned food and fruit juices) and on goods for the Lebanese Army and security forces which are deemed to be locally available."-Lebanon

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I feel sorry for a lot of folks out there!

After being sick for 3 shitty weeks i went to the kyokushin gym yesterday. The initial warm ups , punches, blocks and open hand techniques were alrit. I went through them but not with much ease as i was rusty. Going in to seiza i could feel the pains in my thigh muscles and joints.

Now after 1 hour we had 2 do a set of 5o knuckle pushups! ahem, i was rusty yes, but being the guy who doesnt give a shit and does 100%, i went from 30 -40 to 50. ((( Well not exactly because i missed a few counts in the 40s :) . This resulted in a major embarrasment :( :( . I should have faked the pushups :( :( )))

Afterwards we stood up and started breathing. In the nugare breathing time, i felt the dizziness creeping into me. I felt it getting dark second by second. When it just went out of hand i went to shihan and he asked me to lie down. Now i rested for 5 minutes, but being the strong headed idiot that i am, thought that faintishness was over and joined the class again.

Knee kicks alrit. Then maegiri, out to inside inside to outside kick all in one set, and i fely dizzy and blacked out again! oh shit!

Now,
i am a 23 years old advanced belter with over 4 years of knockout karate, and after being down for 2 weeks i cant continue a normal 2 hours dojo class!
I dont smoke or drink (even beer) ! I dont overeat or eat junk food! I have a very strong work ethic and workout whenver i have time! Ahem ahem

So if that is my situation what will it be for normal couch potato? if we cant take that much of physical and mental strain our lives are definitely gonna b short and painful!

As for me, I have started my workouts again and i can improve to my previous fitness level in two weeks!


that is why , I feel sorry for a lot of folks out there!


THE gist is this, if you live loose you are gonna be a looser! Even if you are a genius, your potential will be lost! We must always think about our health and that takes priority over every other shitty thing in our life, coz health is wealth and not vice versa! nah nah nah

So folks, time to shrug off the ashes and rise up, start living your life to your full potential!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rogers vs Fedor



What a fight, martial artist reigns supreme, while the brawler is KOd.