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Mar 15
25

Align and Redefine

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For the past few months, I’ve been experiencing a myriad of problems with this website.  I am not exactly sure what happened, but something is definitely going on…and it’s making it difficult to continue to operate smoothly and seamlessly.  I set up this site back in 2009, and I definitely do get some laughs at what I used to post up.  But like anything, this site has gotten a bit older, wiser, and most likely has been compromised with a hacker attaching the coding mainframe.  I really do hope to get everything resolved and completely cleared soon.
In the meantime, this frustrating period has inadvertently allowed me to compare the current status of the website to my own health.  While I can still claim that I hardly ever get sick, I also know that my body is certainly not the same as it was…and that’s NOT a good thing.  While I can still go out there and still hammer out a hard workout, I’ve learned the hard way that certain high impact sports will automatically spell trouble.  These sports include basketball and American football.  The verdict is still out on beach volleyball, but lateral movements tend to put a lot of pressure and torsion on the joints and ligaments.  while in the past it wouldn’t be a big deal, now every sudden, explosive movement happening in the span of less than a second can lead to potentially a day or two of swelling and discomfort.  There is certainly a price to be paid now to partake in these physical endeavours, and the question for me now is how should I proceed?  What are your thoughts? 
Would you take a more conservative approach and refrain yourself from certain activities in order to prolong your body thus depriving yourself of the joy that is elicited with them?  Or would just say “Screw It…We only got one life so might has well go down with guns blazing?”
Me?  I’m at a crossroads at the moment.  While I do hope to preserve my body as long as I can in order to still enjoy an array of sports and physical activities for as long as possible and also to participate with my children, there’s still this voice inside of me that wants to say “Screw It.”  As with anything in life where there are two parties with different perspectives, conditions, and values, it’s all come down to striking a compromise with my body at this juncture.  
As much as I’d love to get out and run some hoops each week again, I know for a fact that my knees won’t be digging that so I am left with casually shooting some baskets with my kids.  Maybe when they are older and I can still jump, then I’ll see if I can get back onto the court.  Even certain cornerstones of my fitness regimen are reaching the end of their shelf life, and this primarily refers to running.  
I’ve been running since high school and using it as a foundation to stay healthy and happy for decades, but now both of my Achilles tendons are definitely “angry” and demand that I switch to other activities.  The degeneration of soft tissue such as tendons, ligaments, and cartilage is inevitable, and both of my Achilles tendons are at the tail end of their life span.  I’ve been experiencing pain in both of them for over a year, and I know the only way for them to possibly get better is to completely stop running, which is difficult for any active individual whose spent their entire life living a sweaty life.
That being said, I’m realising more and more that there are certain pivotal points in life where you just gotta suck it up and stop the run.  It’s time to align and redefine my priorities similar to this website.  I know things are not going to get any better with my Achilles tendons unless I make some changes to my work out routine, which is namely refraining from running.  And as much as I would prefer to simply lace up some shoes and go out for a quick run, I now have reconfigured my workout regimen to include swimming and cycling.  Both of these latter sports will take a bit of time to get reacquainted with, but I am actually enjoying the new challenges that they also present.  
So while the running shoes sit on the shoe rack beckoning for another workout, I am going to stick with other types of sports so that I can still enjoy being active not merely for a few more years but for the long haul.  Hopefully, I’ll still be relatively pain and injury free so I can still show my kids “Wu’s Yo Daddy!”….and one of the reasons why it’ll be mainly focused on my kids is that most of my peers have already hung up their athletic kicks permanently!
Thanks again for stopping by and maybe I’ll see you on a spinning cycle or swimming pool in the near future! 
Mar 15
18

Leaping Forward

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Last year was the maiden voyage for the third version of The Amazing Race franchise that I have hosted.  Most of you would still recall the first one which was The Amazing Race Asia on Channel AXN.  Then, I went to work on The Amazing Race China Rush for SMG Shanghai Media Group.  And finally, I really had to step it up last season for The Amazing Race China Celebrity Edition on Shenzhen TV which happened to be all celebrity contestants and ALL in Chinese!
A lot of friends and fans have asked me when is the next race and whether they can sign up, and I really wished I had an answer for you all.  At this point, I believe the first two previous versions have been temporarily placed back in the freezer and shelved at the moment.  However, I think the newest version from Shenzhen TV could be back for a second season so be sure to come back for the latest updates.  
While I am a bit disappointed that most people won’t be able to apply since this is a special “celebrity edition,” I am also excited and curious to see what batch of contestants are ready, willing, and able to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime amazing adventure around the world.  Hopefully, we will all find out soon!
Until then, have a good day and don’t forget to drop back when you’re free!  See ya and what did you think of this get up I had to wear at the pit stop in Dubai last season??
Mar 15
17

Warming Up the Engine…

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Recently, I did a series of images with Under Armour, and it’s nice to be able to integrate work with fitness.  Normally, we spend most of our time just sitting around and being pampered (and hassled) with fixing hair, applying makeup (which I am still to this day reluctant to utilise too much), and swapping in and out of different outfits.

So on this day, it was nice to just get into some great and comfortable athletic gear to pop off a few different shots.  As I was getting ready, I quickly was reminded the importance of warming up properly, especially now that I am no “spring chicken” anymore.  As I see my children today, I stress to them to warm up and stretch properly so there body is ready to tolerate the stress and impact of their various movements and motions.  Just like them, I know I used to NEVER EVER spend much (or any time) when it came to stretching and warming up.

Now, I certainly do it much more than before, but I know I can always spend even a bit more time in warming up the muscles and then stretching them out before a hard workout ahead.  Normally, I like to jog slowly for about five to ten minutes so that I can get a bit of sweat going.  From there, it’s become increasingly critical to stretch out and loosen up my joints and soft connective tissue.  In fact, it’s not exactly the muscles that I am concerned with, it’s actually more the cartilage, ligaments, and tendons that I’m realising need the most TLC (Tender Love Care).  Only after I’ve stretched for about ten to fifteen minutes do I feel I am ready to crank out a hard workout ahead.

So what are ya waiting for…

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…let’s get warmed up and start stretching it out!

 

Mar 15
16

Wu Yeah…and hopefully Back on Track!

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to resolve a number of issues with this website.  After having it set up over five years ago, it has experienced its fair share of attempted hacks and corruptive consequences.  Thanks to the help of Ripplewerkz and Vodien, I hope everything (or at least the vast majority) related to this site is operating smoothly and efficiently again.  I will make an effort to update more frequently to share what I’ve got going on with you, and thank you once again for stopping by.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on what you would topic or direction you would like me to discuss, then please do not hesitate to drop me a comment here.

Until we meet again, have a great day and hope to see you again soon!

Mar 15
08

Enjoy the Silence…

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Dear Friends and Fans…

I apologize for the prolonged radio (and cyber) silence. Recently, my website here was hacked and I’ve been working on getting it back to running smoothly and properly.

Thanks for stopping by and I do hope to get it rocking and rolling again soon!

Allan

Dec 14
10

Toast to the Macallan…

If you are in Singapore next month, then come join us as we Toast to the Macallan…

Oct 14
17

Here We Go Again!

Tonight in China at 915 PM is the world premiere of the newest version of The Amazing Race China from Shenzhen Satellite TV.  But this one comes with a few twists including all the contestants being Chinese and Hong Kong celebrities along, we’re going all around the world, and a few more surprises.  I know a lot of people outside of China can’t watch it so let me try and find the weblink for you on Sohu too since they’re a sponsor.

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Hope you do enjoy the race!

Oct 14
02

Mata Mata Quick Promo

Here’s a quick and moody promo for the new 70’s television cop show I’m doing in Singpaore called “Mata Mata 2: A New Era”

 

Aug 14
28

Let the Good Ole Times Roll…

This week in 8 Days magazine in Singapore, I enjoyed recounting and reminiscing about one of my first road trips into Mexico with my college friend Rameen.  We were young and life was fun…it’s amazing how fast time flies and we forget to to take the time to cherish these special memories so it’s nice to do these interviews where I’m forced to take a look back into the past!

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Oh…I couldn’t find a picture (This was before the digital age and photographs were still “developed”) of that actual road trip so the publisher had to use another one with my good friend Derek in the Bay Area.

 

Aug 14
20

Some Cool Destinations

Yesterday, I had some fun doing an interview with MigMe about five amazing places that I’ve ventured to.  Here’s the interview…

So which amazing places would you recommend I go to next??