Sam Calma

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Day Trip and Bike Around Isla Mujeres

Yan and I recently went to a short vacation to Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo Mexico, and one of the exploring we partake is a day trip to Isla Mujeres (Island of Women). Our home base during a trip was a condo we rented on Airbnb, which is located just 3 blocks off the famous 5th avenue in Playa del Carmen, such place is conveniently located next to the beach and to the tons of restaurants, bars and fun 5th avenue have to offer.

We drove from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Juarez in Cancun and then took the ferry to the island, we paid about $9 USD per person to the island. The ferry ride took about 17 minutes from Puerto Juarez to Isla Mujeres, here is a map I tracked on my watch during the ferry ride.

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When you get to Isla Mujeres be ready to the influx of locals trying to sell you activities or rentals. The most popular way to get around the island is true golf carts or mopeds, golf cart rentals ranges from 15 for an hour to 45 dollars if you book the golf cart in advance for 24 hours. We did the more unconventional way and rented some pretty old single gear bikes to bike around the island going around the island is about 10 miles depending on how you go around it. Pretty fun time biking around going thru the neighborhood and pretty good scenery along the route playa Norte, Punta Sur to name a few there are also some great local restaurants and a short zip line you could par take in Punta Sur. Here is the bike route around and some snaps we took along the way.

Bike Around Route

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Isla Mujeres Sign


Punta Sur


Iguana Statue at Punta Sur


Zip Line Station right before Punta Sur


Panorama Shot at Punta Sur


After the ride around the island we decided to chill at playa Norte, Yan was able to persuade the beach chair guys to let us rent 2 beach chairs for P100 Mexican pesos instead of  P400 each Winking smile Ohhh and never forget to apply and re-apply sun screen during the whole bike around or whatever mode of transport you decide to use around the island. Smile

Working remote and eating better

Its 2016 and has most people have, we have new years resolutions right? nahhhh But has human being we always have our goals that we want to achieve, one of the goals I have this year is to eat better while working remote.

I am currently on a workout program from beachbody Hammer & Chisel, beachbody combined two of their most popular workout program/coaches and created hammer and chisel. As their tagline indicates “Sculpt your ultimate physique in 60 days”. This is a 60 days workout program ranging which is mostly weights, balance, plyometrics and I would say everyday is Leg Day. As they always say abs are made in the kitchen right? Point taken, eating better is key to any workout regimen or just simply trying to stay healthy.

I’m currently on the tail end of week 3 and this mostly what fuel my body with, what a better way than to show you in pictures. Working remote makes it really straightforward since you have access to your kitchen, all the ingridients that you have at home.

Hammer and chisel comes with the same containers for 21 Day Fix workout which helps you stay on point with your nurition. But I found myself only measuring my nutrition for the first two days an pretty much after that I know how to eyeball and keep at point with the portion intake for veggies, fruits, carbs, proteins, seeds & dressings and healthy fats that is regimented for optiomal result with the program. You can grab similar containers from Amazon here.



Egg whites breakfast muffins/fritata are my go to breakfast grub, pretty straight forward to make check out the recipe here. I make this ahead which makes it easy to grab right after I my workout in the morning.



For lunch my goto protein is fish currently I’m keeping it to sardines, tuna and salmon. Combined it spinach or brussel sprouts for my veggies and then top it of with quionoa or sweet potatoes for the carbs.


Snacks and in between

Snacks and in between my go to are hard boiled egss, strawberies, blackberries and baby carrots.

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So far been going smooth for the past 3 weeks, this is the time where you are on a workout plan that you hit a plateau and have to make adjustment on either your nutrition or intensity of the workout your performing. I will have to figure this out for the coming week. Been eating better and lost 10 lbs in the process, working remote definitely helps me eat better.

Working Remote, you’ll love it more this the winter time

Its almost for 5 months since I started remote for Progressive Finance and loving it more this winter time. Some of the pros of working from home not having to drive to work specially on dreaded winter days, not driving also means savings on gas and less mieage on your car. This also means about 2-3 hours of time saved that you can spend to get more sleep and be rested well, its recommended to get at least 7- 8 hours of snooze times anyways. This time savings can be realloacated accordinly to more productive activities such as working out, taking care of your health, reading more, spending more time with your family friends and loves ones. Fly by’s are rare to none existent when you remote and gives you more focus time on getting important things forward and helping the team achieve the overall goal.

On the opposite side of the coin there are also cons to working remote, you miss out being on the coffee conversations and the human interactions of being in a work place. There is also a saying out of siight out of mind? Regular morning hangouts and check in with the michigan team helps a lot on this challenge. Being remote does not allow you to just drop by and track down co workers if you need some information or need something right away, tools such as #google hangout and slack helps augments this void plus some more on top.

First 2 months of working remote was mostly getting used to day to day stuff on experimenting on what best works in terms of communication and being on top of whats happening at work and on the project. iis key and you need to be proactive on gathering information for a project your working on, as I’ve already mentioned tools such as google hangouts, slack and screen hero are all great tools to augment your presence and collaboration with your team.

At this point in time I see more pro’s than con’s working remote and I’m loving it specially this winter time.