PHUKET: Tim Haddon, Director of Golf at Laguna Phuket Golf Club, is on a mission – a mission that will change his life, and hopefully the lives of others as well.
In the six months between May and November 27, Tim, under the guidance of his trainer Darren Hancock, Club Manager of Royal Phuket Marina Health Club, has set out to change from a man with heart problems, diabetes and a list of daily medications, to a triathlete who can complete the Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2011.
According to Tim this all started with the question: “Can you swim?”
I may have been training since the second week of May but it was February when the initial idea of going for the Laguna Phuket Triathlon came up in conversation.
Darren was having lunch with Debbie Dionysius, Assistant Vice-President of Destination Marketing at Laguna Phuket, and I had been a member of the Royal Phuket Marina Health Club for about a year without much success.
I was plodding along thinking I was getting healthy but I wasn’t. Darren asked me that [swimming] question; I said “yes”, and so the process started from there.
Let’s start at the beginning. I think the reason I was a challenge for Darren and why I personally didn’t think I could do this is because I am a Type 2 diabetic with heart problems. I have taken 17 and a half pills per day for the last six or seven years. There were a lot of obstacles that I had to overcome.
That is where a personal trainer like Darren comes in. Surprisingly, he knows my capabilities better than I do, which is at the heart of what we have achieved. When my body says “That’s enough, I can’t go that extra five minutes”, he pushes me and gets me through.
That is what makes me go out again and push the limits each time. It happens every week!
The training has definitely been an evolution. We started with walking and it has been a real learning experience since. We would move on to different things every week. Darren’s column will give you a technical take on his approach.
I want to really illustrate the benefits – both physical and mental – I’ve seen since beginning my training. Firstly, my mindset has experienced a complete reversal. It’s been so important because before it was always too easy to have a bag of chips or a meat pie, but now it doesn’t even cross my mind. The cravings are gone.
It’s like trying to give up smoking. Smokers often quit a hundred times without success and that was what eating was like for me. But I’ve done it. I’ve quit. The cravings are gone and I am eating healthily.
My family has even started to adopt my improved habits but they still have their weak moments. I am happy to say that I have managed to resist and stay focused.
To really put this change into perspective, a massive roadblock was my holiday in July. As we know, holidays are when our eating and fitness suffer the most. However, my swimming progressed in leaps and bounds. I lost two and a half kilograms and my blood sugar levels continued to fall. My cardiologist is ecstatic!
Speaking of which, I see my doctor every month and he has already reduced my insulin and medication steadily and says he will continue to do so. After my last appointment I found that along with losing 1.5kg for the month, my readings fell out of the diabetic range for the first time!
I have also taken up this challenge with the hope of inspiring other people to adopt healthy living.
In a nutshell, that is where things stand now. There is so much more to say about personal milestones and the challenges of my training, so please check out Darren’s space and the future articles in this diary series in the Phuket Gazette.
I have to give a big thank you to Laguna Phuket, Darren and RPM Health Club for this life changing experience.
ACCORDING TO DARREN
With Tim we were essentially starting from scratch. I know what we need to do to get over the Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) finish line, which is to exercise for four and a half to five hours continuously, but across different disciplines.
I had Tim run about 10 meters on the first day just to see how he puts one foot in front of the other, so then we knew that he would have to build up from that to what will be required in November.
As Tim pointed out, we started him off on a walking program in the mornings so he could get used to early starts. We could make quick jumps from there while making sure we looked after his knees, which needed to adapt to the exercise.
Weight training for two, three or more times per week has also been part of his regime. We are basically building a new person underneath, so after he sheds fat, this “new Tim” will be revealed.
Sessions at the RPM Health Club also made use of cardio equipment – a cross-trainer for example – that would replicate the movement of exercising outdoors without the impact.
One of my goals for him is to shatter all previous beliefs he held about his capabilities so when he starts the LPT, he will know he can do those distances.
Six months of training will completely change Tim’s life and on the first day after the event I won’t be there anymore, but I know he will know exactly what to do to continue on his path.
— Michael DesPortes
Give your stretch marks a makeover – the tattoo solution
Stretch marks, we’ve all seen them and many of us have a few. Both men and women can be affected. But Inked In Asia has a possible solution.
Stretch marks are a natural indication that your body is growing and changing. It can be said that it’s your body’s way of ‘celebrating’ your growth – many would disagree.
They are part of many people’s lives so why not turn them into works of art with a stretch mark tattoo. Stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of so let’s give them a tattoo make-over.
When elastin fibers and collagen tear during weight gain, pregnancy or even puberty, the skin’s color and texture is damaged forever. Stretch marks can fade from when they first appear, but they might leave behind mildly indented streaks that won’t return to the original smooth skin.
Some treatments and creams can help by improving the colour of the stretch marks or promoting collagen growth, but there is no true way to get rid of these unsightly blemishes. Trying to get damaged skin to fill out and return to its original colour is very difficult, even for the best dermatologist.
A new trend is the covering up stretch marks with tattoos. Now a normal ‘cover up tattoo’ consists of going over an existing tattoo with new ink, adding or completely changing the original tattoo.
But there’s another solution to those that want a more subtle approach which can be used to disguise some stretch marks.
The technique of matching the skins natural tone by mixing tattoo ink, is more of an art than a scientific process. People’s skin has a dynamic range of colours from reds, yellows, browns and greys and getting the exact tone needs expert evaluation and technique. The tattooing then begins, hiding and disguising stretch marks and giving confidence back to clients.
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Thong Dee, the Kathu Brasserie loved by foodies and Phuket locals
The Thaiger was invited to a special ‘taster’ at one of our favourite restaurants on the island of Phuket, Thong Dee. As usual, the food spoke for itself – no fuss, classy, so so tasty, eclectic. The Thaiger was a guest of the hosts Patrik and Ponchan for the evening.
Thong Dee – The Kathu Brasserie, located in Kathu in a quiet soi less than 15 min drive from Patong or Phuket Town has become a popular go-to foodie destination, away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket. The atmosphere at Thong Dee is certainly friendly and relaxed but also chic and stylish. The restaurant offers open-air dining where locals and visitors comfortably sit and watch the tiny world of Kathu go by.
The restaurant is currently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor (April 2019), undoubtedly a favourite for foodies looking for quality in a breezy brasserie which doesn’t burn their wallets. But the journey to finding this perfect balance was certainly not a smooth one.
Established on the 25th December 2010, married couple Patrik Lundgren, from Sweden, and Phonchan Chiarram, originally from the Buriram province, opened “Thong Dee Restaurant & Bar”, literally meaning “Good Gold” in Thai, a colloquial expression that better translates as “Good Quality”.
Thong Dee began as only a dream for the two. Phonchan already owned her own bar at only 21 and Patrik always considered himself a devout foodie. He was the one to make the bold decision to become restaurateurs. With the help of Patrik’s mother, the couple, with their love for F&B and strong entrepreneurial spirit, made that dream into reality.
“I consider myself a genuine foodie and always had a huge passion for food. I rather have a big bill from a fabulous restaurant then a trendy nightclub” – Patrik
Phonchan never had any formal training as a Chef but with Patrik’s belief in her skills and Patrik’s mother’s training, Phonchan started in her own restaurant as the cook. Here she not only had the opportunity to develop her delicious family recipes but began experimenting with Western and European cuisine.
The menu opened with 80 % percent Thai food until Patrik realised it was an already over-saturated market. “We had to be different from that “green curry” you can eat anywhere in Phuket”. Over the next 6 years the restaurant went through huge changes, both in layout and in menu.
Through the first stages, they enlisted the talents of André, a young chef who worked in France & Scandinavia at Michelin fine dining establishments, most notably, at Restaurant Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen. It was from him that Phonchan learned the fundamentals of fine dining, such as mise en place and creating stocks and sauces.
“He also taught me about the art of plating and classic dishes from French cuisine as well as fusion creations” – Phonchan
In 2016 they partnered up with an experienced Irish chef, from whom they learned about the strict operations of running a restaurant and creating a positive flow in the kitchen.
“He also taught me a lot form the European and English kitchen, such as the Sunday roasts, chicken liver parfait and desserts” – Phonchan.
The couple found their groove through their own culinary explorations, research and development combined with the knowledge of experienced chefs.
“…almost all of the dishes on our menu are different from how I learned from the start, both in Thai cuisine and European. I discovered in the world of cooking, all dishes can be made from the chef’s own interpretation.” – Phonchan
Patrik describes the cuisine at Thong Dee in detail as – “European with French, English & Swedish influences in addition to authentic Thai dishes with premium main ingredients.”
You will find Patrik at the front of house being the charismatic host, paying close attention to detail and customers’ every need. Thong Dee’s client’s range from local expat families and friends looking for a taste of home, and tourists looking for finer Thai food and good wines to match. Thong Dee has also become a favourite spot for local F&B industry management staff.
People flock from around the Island and even globally to experience Phonchan’s signature Thai duck dishes, even stews and Swedish meatballs. The also offer ever-changing weekly specials. Their Sunday Roast is also a drawcard, that attracts playful groups and families looking for a wide variety of succulent roast meats.
In the future, Thong Dee are considering to expand into Phuket Town, where the offering will be much more focused on classic European Brasserie cuisine, with starters, salads and steaks and a high value wine list and of course, the same friendly service in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere.
Reservations now open for ‘Twinpalms MontAzure’ with enticing promotions
Celebrate the grand opening of Phuket’s newest beachside hotel by booking now to snap up fantastic deals. Twinpalms MontAzure in Kamala is offering irresistible packages ideal for both short and long-haul getaways for those who book directly from their website.
Guests may choose to enjoy three nights and pay for just two and for those who are looking to book a longer holiday, stay for six nights and pay only three on all Penthouses and Suite types. Guests may book from now until November 30, 2019, for stays from July 1 to 19 December 2019.
The latest addition to the Twinpalms Hotels & Resorts portfolio is set directly on Kamala Beach, on Phuket’s popular west coast and will welcome its first guests in July 2019. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the boutique beach hotel offers beautifully appointed Penthouses and Private Pool Suites and a collection of stunning Suites.
Suites range in size from 70m2 to splendid Penthouses with private pools and sea views boasting large living spaces of up to 300m2. Guests will also enjoy using a lap pool or an infinity pool offering views of the Andaman sea.
Adding to the collection of fantastic places to be on Phuket, Twinpalms MontAzure will launch its beachside restaurant and lounge, ‘Shimmer’, with uninterrupted sea views. Shimmer restaurant will serve vibrant and tasty food with an Asian focus, delicious and creative cocktails, and a great wine list, all served with the customary gusto and flair expected from the Twinpalms brand.
Designed by Martin Palleros, following the original Twinpalms concept and style, of utilising Phuket’s beautiful landscape, Martin has allowed the design to maximise the sea views from most of the Suites and areas within the buildings, whilst also ensuring the preservation of the views of the mountainside from other perspectives.
Guests of Twinpalms MontAzure also have access by complimentary transport to the brand’s other dining and entertainment destinations, taking full advantage of the three beautiful beaches Twinpalms has a presence on.
HQ Beach Lounge, a few steps away on Kamala Beach, Catch Beach Club, Catch Junior and Palm Seaside, located on Bang Tao Beach and of course, the flagship resort, Twinpalms Phuket is just a few steps from Surin Beach.
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