Happening weekend ahead :)
Happening weekend ahead :)
|Distance markers (km) as shown on the route|
That adds to the experience and made the run a lot more enjoyable than the boring safe tarmac path. The route also brings me about the reservoir and still offers a water point somewhere in the 7km mark for me to replenish the fluids at the water cooler.
Hope I can keep this up and continue to discover new routes to mix into the routine so that it will not be too repetitive and erm... routine-like.
|Dolling up the bride|
|The view from the suite|
|Pretty Her, Handsome Me|
Plenty of things to prepare before the final moments of the solemnization which took place an hour before the banquet, but they looked very happy and excited as they burst through the door and marched into the little cosy room to greet us all.
|Exchanging their vows|
While all the hustling were happening outside the banquet doors, someone was quietly getting some alone time on the stage to rehearse for her emcee role later in the evening. First time being an emcee for a wedding... The mandarin-speaking one no less. Thankfully I was the one who wrote the script for her.
Meanwhile, the bride and groom were out socializing with the guests and having their shots taken at the photo booth. Everyone was trying to get their moment with the main leads for the night... Not an easy thing.
After all the fanfare at the dinner has concluded, we went up to their suite to toast them and chat a little more before we called it a day though some of them carried on the drinking. Must have been a really tiring day for them and all the days leading up to it.
Have a blissful marriage and many kids to come!
So-so nia... And not that cheap.
So there you have it, my lousy review of a forgettable place, just to liven up my blog. Which has been so inactive lately thanks to my very packed reservist in the mid of May and left me feeling lazy and tired to blog. Need to slowly regain the momentum...
I was never much of a jogging person, despite being in the Track and Field team for the majority part of my teenage years as the events I participated in were always below 400m. The shoes I used to run in were always thin soled and light weight and running on the ball of my feet seemed natural. That is, until I served my 2yrs odd in army where we had issued cross trainers which had thicker soles.
On hindsight, I think the thicker sole did changed a little on how I jog, and also because jogging (as opposed to sprinting) changed my running gait, allowing my heel to strike first or at about the same time as the ball of the feet struck. As well as the increased weight that the feet had to bear with each stride. Coupled with the fact that running was a regimental exercise that we had to go through almost every other day made jogging less fun than it should be.
Playing soccer with my court shoes though were more liberating as the running felt more purposeful and fun. Perhaps it was the game.
But soccer could only be a weekly affair and the sedentary work environment means that i needed more means to expend the extra calories. So I decided to embark on a healthy living program to have a more balanced lifestyle before it is too late (and I get too lazy). Jogging never really hit me as my type of exercise, but I decided to give it a try, under the persistence recommendation from my girlfriend. So we started jogging in our VFFs in the recent weeks.
Once a week, I would jog with her for about 5km. And I would supplement another day of slow recovery jog of 5km or so after my weekend soccer game. Bringing my active days in a week to 3, and allowing the legs to rest the alternate days. During which, there will be some light exercises to keep the rest of the body in shape. Will be trying to incorporate some swimming and other exercises to keep overall fitness level up.
Diet wise, I would have an all-fruits breakfast at work (apples, pears, bananas, plum, etc) which previously I had always skipped the first meal of the day or end up with some oily foods. Lunch/dinner I would try to eat in moderation, that is the best I could do... I doubt I would want to do some drastic change to it anyways.
To be honest, these changes in my life felt great... Though it could be largely psychological. But noticeably, I was able to keep up with my soccer games physically and could have a more active role in the game.
Some of my friends asked if running in Vibrams really make me a better/faster runner, to which my answers were almost always the same. It doesn't make you a faster runner if you do not train/run with them, much like any other shoes. But what the VFFs did was to make running fun and interesting again, and it makes you want to go out there and run and feel the difference from regular shoes. And the more you run, you get better...
The next question that would usually follow would be "without the cushioning, won't your feet/ankle/knee get hurt?". Glad to report so far, my feet/ankle/knee are doing well so far. Though in the initial few kilometers, the last toe was feeling a little sore and tender. Perhaps the regular shoes have shielded it from taking any weight when I run and they have finally been liberated. Now they feel fine when I run...
It was fun explaining how barefoot running to my friends, though they appear half skeptical on the benefits brought about by it, and more so by the price of the shoes.
I guess the more important takeaway is that we need to keep up a healthy lifestyle and not to worry so much about what hardware we bought to distract us from the actual exercise. Be it shoes, running attire, MP3s, GPS, fitness apps...
Hope I stay motivated!
|One of the pizzas|
|More happy that there is air con|
|Playing King of Opera|
Playing iPad... No lack of entertainment. Or just sitting about chatting about all kinds of random stuff... Like politics.
Happy (belated) birthday Pinhan!