Shutting down Fitbit Charge 3

The following are the steps for shutting down Fitbit Charge 3.

Connect the chargerHold the inductive button for 12 secondsA line will appear on the screen, hold it until it reaches the end.Disconnect the charger immediately after it reaches the end. At this point the Fitbit Charge 3 will be switched off. To start up, just connect it to the charger.

Fitbit Charge 3 vs Honor Band 5i

Fitbit Charge 3Honor Band 5iStep Count
Honor combines phone and band and provides a composite count. so it tends to provide higher step countHeart RateFitbit shows a higher hear rate count compared to Honor
Cardio FitnessFitbit provides a cardio fitness range if there is GPS assisted run otherwise it provides a range.Not availableSleepFitbit detects higher waking time. (Apr 30 claims I was awake for 50 minutes)
Provides higher points. (93)
Reports Estimated Oxygen VariationsHonor claims I was only awake for 5 minutes (Apr 30)
Gave me lower sleep point (74)
Does not report Oxygen Variations

Total sleep hours visible on the band.NapsYesYesNotification/MessagesTies to the phone, if you swipe away on the phone lock screen, it dismisses from the band.

Will appear on the band when it reconnects to the bluetooth range even if it came when your band is out of range.Have to manually remove from the band.

Messages on the phone when the band is out of range will not appear on the bandCalories bur…

Fitbit just added Sleep Score to their app

Fitbit finally added sleep score feature into their app on Wednesday, Sep 04, 2019. This feature was available for beta testing. Still not too sure of the usefulness of this feature but so far most of my sleep score is more than 80 (which is considered good).

When this feature was enabled, some of my historic sleep data were also scored but some were not. Not sure why, but the note claims that it is due to insufficient information such as:
Slept in a position that prevented consistent heart rate reading. Less than 3 hours sleepDevice battery was too weakMy device does not have SpO2 sensor. I don't think any of the above applies but I am not going to worry about it. It is just another number that is nice to know about myself.

Lessons Learned Towards Gaining Fitness

In order to reach my two year goal in gaining fitness, I needed a way to measure my progress. I decided that the easiest way is to purchase Omron Body Composition Monitor HBF-375. The purchased serves two purposes:
Provide me a way to measure my progress. Sends a message to my subconscious mind that I am serious about this goal. Awareness is the first step. Once I committed myself, I started to become more conscious about what I ate and the size of my portions. Too often, I ate even though I was not hungry, this increased the amount of calorie intake which increased my weight and fat percentage.

Here are some things I noticed as I lost some of my body weight:
It is relatively easy to defer my hunger after work by doing some workout. I can satisfy the hunger with dinner (instead of snacks).It takes about two hours before my body realizes it is full. This lag causes me to eat too much and feel bloated afterwards.Beef is more filling compared to pork and pork is more filling compared to …

Gaining Fitness (Speech)

Recent speech I delivered for Toastmasters:

New Year is around the corner, there is a tradition that is common across the world. Do you know what is that tradition? It is to make New Year’s resolution. Babylonians make promises to their gods to return borrowed objects and pay their debts. Romans make promises to the god Janus for whom January is named after.

At the end of the Great Depression about a quarter of American adults form New Year’s resolutions. At the start of 21st century 40% did (according to statistic brain). Did you know that in a 2017 survey 45% of their respondents would like to lose weight. You can look it up in The Statistics Portal.

Why would anyone want to lose something? Isn’t it better to gain something? When it comes to Law of Attraction, we need to say things using positive phrases. That is why this speech title is on Gaining Fitness and not Losing Weight.

Losing Weight is easy, if you are very sick, you will automatically lose weight. However, is weight los…

Speech Organization

Started to participate in Toastmasters again. One of the notes for me to keep in mind are the various ways to organize speeches. This is what was provided in one of the Pathway speech guides:


Chronologically organized speeches follows a sequence of events.


A topical structure organizes speeches by topics and subtopics. Break your speech into sections that explain major concepts related to your topic, followed by smaller and smaller subtopics.


A spatial structure organizes a speech by geography or the physical structure of the topic. Construct a speech that discusses the impact of your topic upon a region or the world. Spatial also refers to content that covers the physical landscape of a specific location. For example, if you are giving a speech about Germany, you may organize your presentation in a way that implies movement across the country. Your content could begin in the south at the Alps and then travel northward towards the Baltic Sea.


A causal st…

GSC UOB Smart$ Point Redemption Ended

When I tried to redeem my UOB Smart$ points today, I was told that GSC has stopped doing that from midnight on Jun 19, 2018. They will continue to let us earn UOB Smart$ points until Jun 30, 2018.

I guess the number of Merchants supporting UOB Smart$ points is shrinking. The first was BHPetrol on Jun 25, 2017. Looks like UOB card is getting less attractive now.