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Are you a Douchebag?

In Advice, Attire, Blog, Business, Culture, Exercise, Experience, Failure, Faith, Fashion, Uncategorized on January 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Are you really insecure about your identity?

Base your life on what people think of you?

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Purchasing brands for yourself is great but this is a clear indication of serious personality defects. Mind the Gap is about to unleash a feature on why people wear brands. In this feature, it will be all about douchebags and what it means for our western society. Motives behind douchebags from the clubs and yuppie douchebags will  be assessed through the lenses of consumer behaviour, international marketing strategies, and psychology.

Mind the Douchebag.

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How to lose 5 pounds without Exercise

In Advice, Blog, Business, Canada, Culture, Exercise, Experience, Failure, Faith, Fashion, Fasting, Fat, Food, Friends on January 3, 2011 at 11:01 am


Dream of dropping 5 pounds without intense exercise,
or maybe you are already fit and are struggling with the last five. Fret no more and GTF…what!?

WAIT and read

I will begin a new series based on sharing some of the tips and tricks that helped me shed the 52 pounds. Alongside with international economics, the latest fashion movement, and other important topics will come short bursts of advice on dropping  weight. Soon a cultural study on what it means to be attractive in various societies and why the western concept of  “hotness” has prevailed  will be released.

For now something a tad lighter …

Shaaz’s Green Tea Flood (GTF)…

Step 1 – Drink 4 cups of green tea a day

Step 2 -Drink 5 to 6 glasses of water a day

Step 3 – Reduce your salt intake

Green tea has a trillion benefits from  externalities such as lush extravagant hair to flushing out those bad toxins in your body. If you do not classify yourself as a very active person chances are you have a good amount toxins in you. These toxins slow your body down and prevent your natural hair, nails, and  skin from reaching their true potential. The biggest impact is how green tea speeds up your metabolism. When combining green tea with the increase in water consumption, your body at first will..logically… want to pee a lot. However, give yourself three days and your body should regulate itself accordingly. When your body lacks water it tends to keep your fat from leaving since it truly believes you are going to die.

Lacks water..how do I know?

The moment you become remotely thirsty…you are dehydrated. Sounds weird and wasteful, but it’s the truth. You should never feel thirsty which means keeping a healthy surplus of water in your body.

Wait…can I just keep GTF’ing and lose 5 pounds all the time?!

No. Your body will experience diseconomies of scale as the impact of green tea will diminish as you consume more over time.

Problems with GTF

I am a 6 foot 2 inch Indian man that weighs 200 pounds. If you are a 5 foot 1 blonde cheerleader from spain or a 70 year old man living in China…well first thank you for reading MTG… but…. I cannot say this will work for you. However, as a general guideline anything less than 4 cups a day will not have much impact. Plus if you eat like a pig no amount of GTF will help you.

Let this be your first step to a healthier you not just your only step.

Within 10-14 days you should feel the difference through your nails, hair, skin, and weighing machine  (please get one)

Alright now I am off to find the meaning of beauty around various cultures to report on the gaps and reasons behind them.

Before you try anything please talk to your doctor as MTG is not your doctor.

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How to lose 20 pounds

In Advice, Attire, Blog, Exercise, Experience, Failure, Faith, Fashion, Fat, Film, Food, Uncategorized on December 27, 2010 at 1:20 am

Why 20?

Since 2006 I have been on the quest for a healthier lifestyle. As mentioned in one of the most popular posts on MTG, https://mindthegapcanada.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/how-i-lost-52-pounds/ , phase one was covered.

Now I stand weighing 200 pounds at 6 foot and 2 inches and ready to enter the final phase of reaching my potential.

200 pounds leaves me at 25.7 on the BMI which is still considered overweight

at 180 pounds allows me to enter a sweet spot of 23.5 which is classified as normal.

Phase 1 was mainly based on cardio through sports and especially a ruthless treadmill regime. The “icing on the cake” was to switch over to jogging 5 km around 3-4 times a week.

Phase 2 will bring things back to the basics as I embraced the treadmill once again but introduce heavy amounts of weight training. Starting as soon as possible, regular sessions will be scheduled among my school work and such. Aiming for 4 times a week at uOttawa or/and Good Life.

Mind the BMI!!!

Some flaws with the BMI, I am sure some healthy football players are classified as overweight as weight and hieght are the only things factored in. Furthermore, some healthy guys are big boned and may be misdiagnosed as overweight in which loosing more would actually be unhealthy.

Since I would be weight training there is a strong chance of me actually gaining weight. But as long as I feel and look superb who cares about some number?

I shall use the 180 as a motivator

Before
Now
Future
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note to readers: please talk to your doctor before trying anything. MTG does not replace your doctor.

Doubt Me.

In Advice, Blog, Business, Canada, China, City Council, Culture, Economics, Economics Association, ESA, Exercise, Experience, Failure, Faith, Film, Football, Glasses, Globalization, google, GQ Magazine, Greeting, Life, Metrosexual, Orientation, Packing, Tennis, Traveling, Uncategorized, University of Ottawa, World on October 27, 2010 at 12:07 am

Doubt if you must, it’s something I have grown accustom to. If people don’t doubt you it means you’re not pushing the boundaries, not daring to do something that can’t be done. The moment people stop doubting you it’s not because you won them over but rather because you lost yourself.”

– life experiences

From the start people will doubt you and your aspirations. In an attempt to clip your wings all types of methods will be used; no matter what you must resist the barraged of attacks. At the end of high-school after 4 years of planning to become a psychologist I discovered the world of economics. My plan for the next 10 years was scratched in 10 minutes as I frantically scrambled through my research to determine the prerequisites of my new dream.

The Chinese could not have built a greater wall than what stood between me and economics.

The hurdles added up to around 2 years of more schooling. I scurried over to my high school academic advisor to devise a master plan in which my dream would become a reality way sooner. Little did I know, she would doubt me.

“Shaaz, why are you trying? Just give up on this goal of yours. You can’t do this it’s just too much for you. Stop and settle for what you have; you would probably need 3 years of schooling to get the perquisites. There is no way this can be done.”

Some great Academic Advice eh?

So I picked up the pieces of my shattered goal from the floor and made a quick exit. After some consulting with my family and other sources (you can smell my sheer determination at this point, never give up), the solution was found!

Take that Risk

I had a meeting with the department of economics at Carleton which produced a a risky choice. I could take a harder version of  grade 12 calculus at Carleton (some hybrid version which means more in-depth/challenging) and VOILA  I would be majoring in economics at uOttawa. However, the chance to waste money, time, rejecting job offers and failing was high as I had ZERO experience with math at that level.

Of course I took the class.

LONG days LONG nights and NO Summer with LOTS of stress. On average 5-6 hours of studying a day everyday period.

Raw brute force.

Result?

Determination worked as I finished in the top 10% percent of the class with a 79%.  Proved a good amount of people wrong but more importantly proved to myself I could live out my dream, no matter how tall those walls were.

Now I am only 7 months away from my degree in International Economics and Development with a minor in Business Administration. I have 3 years of government work experience. I have the privilege to be the VP Finance of uOttawa’s Tennis League and  the VP Academic uOttawa’s Economic Student Association. Furthermore, I been lucky enough to embark on a 20 day economic delegation to China and Malaysia as a Trade Ambassador.

This message  is not about me or my life but rather about the powers of doubt itself.

Keep pushing the boundaries and doing what’s not possible time and time again.

So for those people please continue to doubt me and MTG.

It only means good things are coming our way…

How I lost 52 pounds

In Exercise, Fat, Globalization, GQ Magazine, Hair, Weight Loss on October 5, 2010 at 12:46 am

252 Pounds

My journey to live a healthier life started in 2006 while watching the World Cup with my dad. I was a very hefty fellow weighing around 252 pounds at age 17 in grade 12. That’s not even funny but down right dangerous. After seeing such fine athletes running around with such great freedom and movement, I said to myself, man you’re 252.

After consulting my family doctor and being warned about diabetes, heart attacks, and quite frankly death, it was time for a change. I was not over eating due to sadness or some type of mental issue; rather it was my positive attitude that did me in.

Positive Attitude to Blame…WHAT?!

I was just a really happy person and confident in who I was, however , my positivity became some type of denial or false sense of everything will be fine mentality. My family played a huge part in my quest to live a healthier life; buying me a cool treadmill was a strong step forward on the road to weight loss.

I still remember my first attempt ..oh boy…

speed 2.5

incline 3

time: 22 minutes

burned around 150 calories

ahahhahah I was dead afterwards!

Slowly worked my way up to

speed 3.0-3.5

incline 12

time 60 minutes

burns around 1000 calories (keep in mind as I drop fat..it takes more to drop the same amount of calories)

Eating

I stopped eating the junk and started eating the fine home made Indian food I previously ignored (yes, very dumb I know who the heck ignores homemade Indian food). The journey had rough points however, when I reached 218 lbs. school work and other work related issues drained my time and I went up to 225 lbs. I told myself that walking backwards was not an option and began my treadmill once again with even more determination.

Today

At 200 pounds on the dot I feel much more alive than before. Although I have a solid 20 pounds to lose with about 10 pounds of muscle to gain, I am sure with the same determination this new goal will be achieved. This was a hard post for me as I prefer not to go into too much details of my former larger than life body. If even just one person reads this and becomes inspired to take action and see their doctor about how to live a healthier life, well worth the uneasiness. I am now working on breaking my Personal Record of 31.024 for my 5 km and will aim towards running a 10 km shortly. The second phase of my self improvement is hitting the gym and cardio as together they will produce a sexy Shaaz!  Jokes aside cardio combined with the gym is key to making a sustainable difference, expect to see an update this post shortly. Good ol’ World Cup 2006… thank you!

BEFORE AND AFTER (I  prefer before and half way point)

ASIA IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD!

In Advice, Blog, Business, Canada, China, City Council, Culture, Economics, Exercise, Experience, Failure, Faith, Fashion, Fasting, Fat, Friends, Globalization, google, Greeting, Traveling, University of Ottawa, World on September 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm

WHHAAAATT?!

Calm down

Asia is taking over the WORLD wide web.

Coming back from the economic trade delegation in China and Malaysia I thought to myself about Asia’s role in the Internet market. After traveling to India many times it was clear that the Internet was increasingly becoming an integral part of society but not through the use of PCs. In China and Malaysia the market was booming as we met with countless companies that pointed to the use of the Internet. Many people think developing countries are not “advance enough” for Internet usage…oh they lack the required infrastructure…well lots of people are wrong.

Looking at a McKinsey Report here are some fast facts to grab your attention

  • Over the next 5 years nearly 700 million more Asians will start using the internet
  • Internet opportunities in emerging Asia could reach $80 billion by 2015

Now we move on to what McKinsey has to say

Malaysia

While the country has only around 15 million–plus Internet users, that’s close to 55 percent of the total population, and mobile Internet penetration is close to 30 percent of it. Given the Malaysian government’s push to expand high-speed broadband, we forecast that the country will have up to 25 million Internet users by 2015, or close to 80 percent of the population. As both fixed and wireless broadband grow, we project that more than 50 percent of all users will choose to have both personal-computer and mobile-device options for getting online.

Malaysians consume 35 percent more digital media than Internet users in China and 150 percent more than users in India, particularly on social-networking sites and instant messaging. That may, for example, give handset manufacturers opportunities to build social-network access into their devices. We also found that Malaysians like to multitask across both digital and traditional media. For advertisers, that’s problematic, since viewers are paying less attention to traditional media content—and thus advertising.

China

China leads the world in sheer numbers of Internet users—more than 420 million people, or close to 30 percent of the population. Over 80 percent surf the Web from home, while 230 million use mobile devices. We forecast that the number of Internet users will almost double over the next five years, hitting 770 million people, or 55 percent of the population. More than 70 percent will use both PCs and handheld devices.

China’s digital usage, which is similar to that of the United States, skews toward instant messaging, social networks, gaming, and streaming video. Increasingly, Internet users in China are substituting digital media for traditional ones, with the potential for further cannibalization as digital consumption grows. This development has stark implications for advertisers and how they allocate future marketing budgets. Consumers, meanwhile, also use the Internet in their purchasing decisions. They are more influenced by recommendations from social-network contacts and friends than by traditional marketing messages or visits to company Web sites.

India

With only 7 percent of the population connected (81 million users), India is Asia’s digital sleeper. Yet we believe that it’s poised to become a truly mobile-Internet society as new users leapfrog PCs altogether. We project that by 2015, the number of Internet users will increase almost fivefold, to more than 350 million—28 percent of the population—with more than half of those accessing the Web via mobile phones. To capture this opportunity, companies will need to roll out wired and wireless broadband networks aggressively, to make smartphones and network access more affordable, and to develop new content types.

Consumer demand clearly is robust. On average, Indians spend more than four hours a day consuming online and offline content. On PCs, often used in cyber cafés, Indians spend much time e-mailing and are heavy consumers of downloaded videos and music, as well as DVD movies. While Indian consumers use mobile phones predominantly for voice services, they also treat them as offline personal-entertainment devices, listening to radio stations or to downloaded music. There is significant pent-up demand for more convenient and personalized Internet access—a void the mobile Web could fill.

Embracing the opportunity

High hardware costs, inconsistent network quality, and limited access could check these optimistic growth prospects. But the extent of such barriers varies by nation, and there’s notable progress overcoming them. Construction of network infrastructure is proceeding apace—companies in India, for example, just spent nearly $25 billion on telecommunications spectrum. Meanwhile, hardware and access costs are declining in most markets. The biggest challenge is to make money while creating a variety of low-cost content.

Three issues are especially important:

  • Innovators and entrepreneurs must develop content creation and delivery models priced low enough to compete against the pirated options currently available.
  • Content and Web services providers need to foster the growth of local and regional advertising markets to help defray the cost of content creation.
  • E-commerce platforms, including transaction systems that make purchases more convenient and trusted, must be developed.

At the same time, companies in consumer-facing sectors (for instance, automotive, packaged consumer goods, and retailing) will need to reconsider their marketing and advertising strategies in light of the shift away from traditional media. At stake is a significant competitive advantage in a region that already boasts more than half the world’s Internet users—and will only continue to grow.

Terry Fox Day in Turkey?

In Advice, Canada, Culture, Exercise, Experience, Globalization, Meeting, Ottawa, Success, World on September 19, 2010 at 9:54 am

Each year representatives from the Canadian Embassy work closely with the Istanbul Technical University to organize the “Terry Fox Run” in October. Every year, the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research, a ten kilometer fun-run and walk, is held in over 5,000 locations throughout the world to raise money for innovative cancer research.

Terry Fox knew first hand the need for cancer research. At age 18, bone cancer resulted in the amputation of his right leg. During the treatment that followed, Terry witnessed the pain and despair caused by cancer and he became determined to do something about it. Terry’s dream was to run across Canada and raise money to help find a cure.

On April 12th, 1980 Terry dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean and set off Westward to begin his “Marathon of Hope”. For the next 143 days he ran an average of 42 kilometres per day. Sadly, on September 1st the cancer had spread to his lungs and he was forced to stop.

Terry died on June 28, 1981. In memory of Terry’s efforts, the run has taken place all over the world, including Turkey. Ankara hosted the 12th Terry Fox Run while Istanbul organized the first of many to come. This important event marked the beginning of a long lasting relationship between the Canadian Embassy, Istanbul Technical University, the Turkish Cancer Society, and in fact, the people of Turkey and those worldwide who will benefit from innovative cancer research.

The will of a Canadian hero has transcended cultures and nationalities across the world. Whenever one needs inspiration look no further than to Terry Fox’s timeless legacy.

http://www.international.itu.edu.tr/

Japanese 3D WORLD CUP?!

In Blog, Business, Canada, Economics, Exercise, Fashion, Football, Friends, Frosh, Future, Globalization, Orientation, Ottawa, Technology, Television, Traveling, University of Ottawa, Women, Work, World, Youtube on September 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm

In 2022, the Japanese claim that with over 150 HD cameras and special microphones they can create a 3D World Cup. What does this mean? Well imagine this…seeing Brazil play England in lansdowne park ….what?

Yes.

The Japanese say forget about sitting in an cinema with some cheap plastic ray-ban rip offs…

Brazil and England play in Japan during the World Cup while you are in Ottawa at Lansdowne park watching a 3D projection of that game on the field….with the sounds of the Japanese fans cheering with you.

This is monumental as the potential profits are simply unimaginable….fields in New York…London…Paris…Hong Kong the list goes on and on….

Profits?

1 game

90, 000 tickets to sell….

now take that number and multiply it by as many fields you want!

Calm Down

Turning the World Cup into a truly international experience does have its setbacks. The cost structure of setting up a 3D enabled field in the mega cities mentioned above would be key to the pricing of the tickets. Image rights for the players could also be troublesome and the actual technology itself is somewhat questionable….

But this could be the true game changer in Soccer with potential profits quadrupling as long FIFA has a plan to deal with the equal increase in cost and risk.

Where is the juice?

The games will be partially powered by solar panels AND  the kinetic energy created by a stadium full of fans. Simply outstanding as the passion and love for the sport will literally generate/sustain the World Cup  atmosphere.

Final Word

I say give the Japanese a chance with the World Cup in 2022….let  the beautiful game embrace the 3D movement.

TED.com comes to Ottawa!

In Advice, Blog, Business, Canada, CBC, China, Economics, Exercise, Experience, Faith, Fashion, Globalization, Hotel, Interview, Lunch, Meeting, Traveling, University of Ottawa, World on August 25, 2010 at 8:27 am

TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences curated by the American private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading”. The talks have been offered for free viewing online, under a Creative Commons license, through TED.com.

TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event, and the conference was held annually from 1990 in Monterey, California. TED’s early emphasis, was largely technology and design, consistent with a Silicon Valley center of gravity. The events are now held in Long Beach and Palm Springs in the U.S. as well as in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks.

They address an increasingly wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown,Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners.

Coming to Ottawa?

Yes, now a select few will have the chance to be filmed for 5 minutes in which the speaker will cover 1 life changing moment she/he has experienced thus far.  Another topic can be 1 life lesson that everyone should adhere to in order to succeed in life.

These mini ted inspired talks will be posted on Mind the Gap for all to learn from and discuss about!

The goal is to foster an environment where the citizens of Ottawa can use MTG as a medium to communicate to everyone….Ottawa is one of the most educated cities in the world…a responsibility  is bestowed upon us to share this knowledge.

I am drafting up the speakers from students and professional, if you want to take a shot at it …give me a shout through facebook or email.

Night Life in Hong Kong

In Advice, Blog, Business, Exercise, Faith, Global Vision on August 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Last night we chilled out with some Canadian expatriates at the high-end lounge “club 28”. We had a good chunk of the place booked and the view on the 28th floor was indescribable. The city lights were tantamount to the river just like the neon purple floor where merging with the mirror ceiling. The expatriates were not only high up in their professions but also young with enthusiasm and uncontrollable energy. The hosts ranged from A 24-year-old project manager based in Hong Kong for Lululemon to an early 30’s millionaire….these Canadians are obviously very successful and amazingly driven…giving their thoughts and advice on how the top 45 youth in Canada can meet their potential.

Outside on the balcony next to the pool, there was this angry British man yelling at everyone. Once we calmed him down, he revealed he designed the entire building and is working on more in Hong Kong. He was an interesting character, he “challenged” us to live life with purpose…be what we want to be….make that change…..he talked about his 3 year old daughter ….then he told us he has cancer and will die very soon.

That’s when his message hit us hard.

I just want to let Joe (the British man) know that we will take his lesson and live it.

Ps due diligence was conducted and indeed his story is true.

pps – I will not have internet in Malaysia and most likely no phone service as well (this is to let my Family know)