You Fly, We Fly, Everyone FLy at iFLy Sentosa Singapore, I manage to witness one of the most exciting thing in indoor skydiving a few days back and that was to watch not 1 but a couple of Guinness World Record being broken right before my eyes. It was really amazing to witness such a spectacular event and no wonder people gawk in awe when GWR certificate is being handed out ( I for sure am one of them) Why gawk you ask ?
Cause those certs are HUGE and I want one of them in my living room, but I am not sure what crazy stuff I can do to get one, maybe for sleeping the longest period of time ? I think I can easily break that and or maybe not showering ? that should be easy.. heck even PSY has it (for the most liked clip on Youtube)
Well, anyway back to the iFly Guinness World Records attempt at breaking the most somersault (backflip) by 11 year old Kyra Poh and 12 year old Choo Yi Xuan, when I arrived I saw them practicing for one of the attempt and they has this bubbly, ever smiling attitude when I was recording. They were also interviewed before their attempt and there you can see Yi Xuan in the blue suit and Kyra in yellow
I manage to capture both girls at their attempt breaking event, did they manage to break the World Record ? watch the video to find out.
here is the clip of Kyra attempting to break the record which stands at 40, watch it to see if she can break the most somersault in 60seconds (bite nails)
And this is Yi Xuan at her attempt and boy was she fast
Ok those girls broke it like they own it. Kyra did a total of 67 somersaults and man that sure is a dizzy one, just looking at them go makes me go all light headed. so CONGRAT to the girls and also iFly for hosting this event.
Some Fun Fact of the Singapore iFly
- At a height of 56.5ft and width of 16.5ft, iFly Singapore is one of the world’s largest indoor skydiving simulators.
- iFly Singapore is the only wind tunnel that offers flyers an unparalleled view of the South China Sea and a nightly firework display from the nearby Songs of the Sea.
- The entire body flight facility is themed like an airport terminal and offers a consumer flight journey unlike any other wind tunnel.
- iFly Singapore is safe, affordable and feels like the real deal.
- More than SGD25 million has been invested to make iFly Singapore a truly first-of-its-kind and state-of-the-art body flight facility and attraction
Did you know?
- Anyone from first timers to professional flyers, ranging from seven to 106 years old can fly!
- The stainless steel elastic net at the base of the wind tunnel is strong enough to hold two adult elephants (or 200 people of 100kgs each)!
- The usual body flight wind speed ranges from 160 to 190 kilometres per hour, but the four fans weighing in at a whopping seven tonnes each can produce airspeeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour, faster than the average speed of an F1 car.
- 20 professional flyers can be accommodated at any one time.
- It is not only fun and accelerating, but a full body workout. Forget the hours in the gym and boring old crunches for fabulously toned abs
To book your flight visit
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Or you can join as a member to gain a more insight at skydiving with proper training, membership rates are as below
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But before you go check out this cool advert by iFly Singapore
iFly the Isaac edition will be up shortly, sharing his experience and disappointment, All that and his 2 cents worth at his holistic experience taking on the iFly
Do you have a habit where you will specifically target factory/warehouse sale? or a sale that you have to go. I use to target the computer peripheral on every quarter of the year, attending them without fail, but as the year goes by I lost interest, Let me list down all the four in no correct order for each quarter.
- PC Show
- IT Show
And for sporting equipment I will target only three major brands that I always use.
- Saucony Warehouse Sale (taken over by RSH)
- New Balance Factory Sale
- TYR Factory Sale (usually at Kilang Barat)
- lastly the one that I WILL NEVER MISS after getting my super deals on Salomon / Mizuno and Columbia shoes is the MEGA EXPO SALE by World of Sports
Seriously this is one sale worth going for and many friends have agreed, even my friends from Malaysia will time their holiday just to come for this Sale, I KID you not.
I have to say when World Of Sport is on SALE, they really go on SALE, running shoes are my guilty pleasure and I have to admit I kinda buy shoes every month (sort of my addiction)
Yes, thats me at the World of Sports Sale back in 2012, yup I got 3 Salomon shoes while my lil sis got the other 3 pair, and mind you thats only shoes, I have not counted the apparels and accessories such as bags and caps etc..
So when is this sale you ask me? its gonna be this Friday 29th November to 1st December 2013 from 10am to 10pm at EXPO Hall 4
Do check out their FB @ World of Sports MEGA EXPO
Last year I made a mistake by going on the second day and late in the night thinking of wanting to beat the crowd, BAD MISTAKE most shoes were snapped up and only odd size were available. NOT THIS YEAR .. I am bringing my shield and sword to fight out the crowd. If you guys are heading down on the first day at the opening time you will definitely see me there.
Do drop me a tweet or comment if you are going
PS: a little insider info just for my readers, Salomon S-Lab XT 5 going for $109 instead of $259 and the XT Hornet going for $69 instead of $159 (HOW CRAZY IS THAT)
Updated 6 December 2013:
Hi guys, here is a little tip for everyone out there reading my blog on Illumi Run, Firstly Do Hastag your IG pictures with #IllumiRun and who knows You might be selected to Win a few prizes from me.
Secondly, DO NOT WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE SHOES, I repeat DO NOT WEAR ! unless you are rich or insanely hate your shoe then go ahead ..
Thirdly, HAVE FUN and ENJOY THE AFTER PARTY.
SHINE THROUGH THE NIGHT AT ILLUMI RUN 2013
Start year-end festivities with a 5km party run that is bound to illuminate and more
Singapore, 22 October 2013 – Registration for the first edition of ILLUMI RUN 2013 will begin online today at 1100hrs. Be part of the first night party run in Singapore on 7 December 2013 (Saturday) held at the F1 Village.
ILLUMI RUN is a five-kilometre, non-competitive party race in which participants are splashed with neon illumi glow water as they run past various themed zones at each kilometre. The fun continues at the finish line with an ultimate dance extravaganza hosted by club DJs and other surprises to ensure that the party extends through the night.
Making its debut in Singapore, ILLUMI RUN is conceptualised and organised by event company Infinitus Productions Private Limited. Jeffrey Foo, Director, said, “We are combining two of Singaporeans’ biggest loves – running and partying, to offer an unforgettable event that commemorates the year with a fun, cool and healthy twist. Bring along your friends and join us as we celebrate 2013 with a bang!”
A highlight of the run would certainly be the illumi glow water that participants will be coated with at various zones of the 5km. The water-based, non-toxic neon paint is specially imported from United States to ensure that participants enjoy safe, uninhibited fun with every step of the race. Completely washable from the skin, the neon glow water illuminates in the dark under ultra-violet lights along the route, creating a beautiful spectacle of the night.
Participants can also expect music of different genres en route, including latest Korean-Pop, Trance and Retro-Pop as they dance or run their way through four different themed zones.
Party Bag will include prior to the run, will be equipped with an
- ILLUMI RUN T-shirt,
- an LED Wrist Band and
- Goggles (not infrared)
- One of the Wildest party run ever.
Registration period: From 22 October 2013 till event sells out
Entry Fee: SGD68.00
ILLUMI RUN 2013 Details
Date: 7 December 2013 (Saturday)
Venue: F1 Village
Interested runners may register online at www.illumirun.com from 22 October 2013
A couple of weeks ago, Men’s Health SG tweeted this ” The Fitter you are the more you Sweat ” that kinda gotten my attention and I tweeted them back with a question and they mentioned they will check with their experts and get back to me, So what was my question?
it goes a little something like this “How am I not sweating after running a 10k and my friend running with me, sweating and panting like he is gonna die, does that imply I am not fit? “I think Men’s Health answered my question (or did they) when they posted a tweet regarding about the fitter you are the more you sweat
This evening, while checking my tweets, I saw this on their timeline
So I believe that the Answer to No# 8 is kinda directed to my questions after a couple of weeks of searching for the answer. What say you on BIG FAT LIE #8 ?
To me they kinda answered it to what seems a no answer to me. I was merely giving the example of – I am running a 10k, with a 5min pace which I can’t previously to running a 5min pace currently without even sweating buckets. So if I need to push myself harder means I need to get “EVEN” fitter? I was already unfit and I trained myself to run a 5min pace where I think I am fitter than before, so this means that it is never going to end and we are to be forever pushing our-self in the quest to be fitter ? like er…. ..
Anyway Good job guys for replying me with the answer, I have been following you guys since the American publication, and still do.. Stay awesome
by Men’s Health
BIG FAT LIE #1
Cardio exercise is better for weight loss than lifting weights.
THE TRUTH Cardiovascular exercise, such as running or swimming, does burn off the fat. However, with weight training, you are increasing your muscles mass, which means that your metabolism speeds up, making you burn more calories every day during your normal activities. Plus, if you do cardio without weight training, you will lose muscle mass as well as fat, as researchers from Ball State University in the US found out. If you’re looking to lose, make sure you use both in your weight-loss programme. And in the gym, aim to do compound exercises such as squats, push-ups, lunges and dead lifts to work all the major muscle groups.
BIG FAT LIE #2
If you exercise regularly, you can eat what you want.
THE TRUTH No matter what you do during the day, you still need to make sure you aren’t eating too much for the activity you are participating in. Dr John Jakicic, a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh, says: “Without a change in eating behaviour, exercise alone has a minimal impact on weight loss.” You’ll need to combine exercise with a healthy, fat-burning diet to get maximum results. Aim to eat five or six small meals a day instead of three large ones and match your eating habits to the exercise you participate in.
BIG FAT LIE #3
You can reduce fat in a specific area of your body.
THE TRUTH People believe that if you do 500 sit-ups daily, you’ll get a six-pack. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. When you lose weight, it occurs all over your body. If you’re looking to lose the love handles, building up your midsection with just side crunches and jackknives will only push the fat out further and make your middle look even wider. If you concentrate on losing overall body fat, as the extra kilos melt away, so will your love handles. Rowing exercises also burn up to 50 per cent more fat as fuel (as compared to a stationary bike workout. Add some weight training and watch what you eat.
BIG FAT LIE #4
Doing more reps with lighter weights will make you more “toned”.
THE TRUTH The word “tone” is misleading – it sounds as though if you want your muscles to show, all you need to do is lose the layers of fat. Truth is, doing 50 easy reps is not going to do that! Only an increase in muscle mass and your metabolism, coupled with the right eating plan, will rid you of your extra blubber. High-rep phases (never more than 15) increase muscle mass, but the weights need to be heavy enough to cause muscle fatigue and failure. So aim to do between eight and 12 reps in the exercises that you do. Once you have built a solid strength foundation, you can start decreasing your reps, and increasing the loads. But be careful, and use a spotter if you’re going heavy.
BIG FAT LIE #5
Carbs are evil, you should steer clear of them.
THE TRUTH Carbohydrates are not the diet-killers they are made out to be. They actually help you to build muscle. Carbs are our number one source of energy, and you need energy during your training sessions. Carbs will help with protein synthesis, the process that builds your muscle. New research from Children’s Hospital and, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, both in Boston, also suggests that good fats and high-fibre carbohydrates can keep your metabolism from slowing down. But stick to low-GI carbs and wholegrain products, and eat more fruit, legumes and vegetables. After your workout, consume a post-workout shake of three parts carbohydrates and one part protein. Eating a meal several hours later, and then reverse that ratio in your snack after another few hours will keep protein synthesis going by maintaining high amino acid concentrations in the blood.
BIG FAT LIE #6
Food eaten after 8pm turns into fat.
THE TRUTH “Eating late at night won’t make you fat unless you go over your calorie load for that day,” says dietitian Erica Blacksburg. Night-time is when your body carries out muscle repair and growth, so you need an adequate supply of protein. Late-night protein smoothies are perfect nutritional nightcaps, ensuring your body grows and repairs while you sleep. Just don’t overdo your late-night muscle meals. Start your day with a substantial breakfast, and eat small meals throughout the day to stop yourself from overindulging at night.
BIG FAT LIE #7
You need to devote a lot of time to training.
THE TRUTH A University of Pittsburgh study found that regular 30-minute workouts may just be as effective as hour-long ones. Yes, the more time you put into training, the quicker you will lose the flab and put on muscle. But, the more time you spend in the gym, the easier it is to become bored with the repetition, especially if you are just starting out. “If you’re hitting the gym only twice a week, it should give you extra motivation to make those days truly count,” says Mike Mejia, author of The Better Body Blueprint. Thankfully, you can still get results from shorter workouts, even if they are not as spectacular as the results gained from the “full-time” gym-goers. So aim for quality rather than quantity. Do two sessions a week, one on the weekend, and another near the middle of the week. Meija recommends doing a full-body routine on both days to make the most of your time. Couple it with some cardio work that you enjoy, whether it’s soccer or salsa. That way, you will stay more motivated.
BIG FAT LIE #8
The fitter you are, the less you sweat.
THE TRUTH Not only is this untrue, it’s the complete opposite of the truth. As you become fitter and your cardiovascular system becomes more efficient, you sweat more as your body tries to dissipate the heat and help you avoid heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke, says Jay Dawes, instructor of kinesiology and health studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. So don’t kid yourself – you are sweat-free only because you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough.To make sure you’re working hard enough, do combined sets of exercises without resting in between to get your heart rate going. For cardio, try to keep yourself within the 70- to 90-per-cent range of exertion, based on your heart rate. Even better, integrate some interval training into your programme. Interval training works on the system of pushing your body to the highest intensity possible for s short period of time, and then coupling this with a period of lower intensity training.
BIG FAT LIE #9
All thin people are healthy.
THE TRUTH Professor John Bell, who heads the molecular imaging group of the UK’s Medical Research Council in London, says, “It’s not about looking thin, it’s about being healthy. You can look healthy, but have a lot fat internally, which can have a detrimental effect on your health. “His conclusion? Fat that’s skin-deep won’t kill you, it’s the hidden fat that will. The best way to blast away internal fat is to increase your workout intensity to rev your metabolism and burn off those layers.
BIG FAT LIE #10
If you stop working out, muscle turns into fat.
THE TRUTH Your muscle cannot be turned into fat. When you stop working out, you stop burning as many calories as you used to. It’s difficult to adjust eating habits, thus, you start putting on more fat from all the extra food you are eating. And the really bad news? Only 72 hours after your last workout, you start losing muscle. This means that your metabolism slows down as you lose muscle mass, and your body does not burn fat as efficiently as before. Therefore, you’re actually losing the war against fat on two fronts. Which means you shouldn’t quit your routine, even if you do just half-hour sessions two or three times a week.
WTC Announces Hiatus for Malaysian Events
World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owners and operators of the Ironman and 70.3 event brands, announced earlier this month that it will not host any races in Malaysia during 2011. WTC is currently seeking new partners and venues that will improve the quality and production of events within the country and hopes to introduce new races in 2012.
“Malaysians have shown tremendous enthusiasm for Ironman events for more than a decade and we appreciate their continued support,” said Murphy Reinschreiber, WTC’s managing director of Asia-Pacific. “We hoped to produce at least one event in 2011, but circumstances beyond our control require that we wait until at least 2012. Our decision is not a reflection of the support we’ve received from athletes, local communities, sponsors or the government. We are talking to potential partners and inspecting innovative courses to offer improved events in the future.”
Past Malaysian events include Ironman Langkawi Malaysia, which was produced for 11 years, and Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya, which took place in 2009. Competitors looking for alternative events should visit www.ironman.com for the complete 2011 Ironman and 70.3 event schedules.
Athletes and media are advised that WTC is the sole resource for information about Ironman and 70.3 races in Malaysia. Information coming from any other source is not authorized. Additional information and details will be posted to www.ironman.com as they are available.
This was expected but I thought it was sooner than later after have used Blackberry from the scroll wheel days, I have grown to love the device from then and no phone could beat its functionality, well this is in inevitable and I have had seen this coming even before their Z10 time, The next to come will be NOKIA (well that’s how I see it)
This does not mean that it is the END for blackberry its just that they are exiting the consumer market, they are refocusing on the enterprise, for more details please read the article from Android Authority.
Today, Blackberry released their preliminary financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2014, and it’s worse than imagined. While nobody believed BB10 would fully resurrect the once mighty smartphone company, nobody expected operating losses approaching $1 billion, either.
According to Yahoo! finance, Blackberry will also remove itself from the consumer market, opting to focus on enterprise and end-to-end solutions instead. They’ll also trim their lineup from six devices to four, with two high-end offerings and two lower-specced phones.
Blackberry will also cut 4,500 jobs, and attempt to reduce their operating expenditures by 50% before the end of Q1 FY 2015.
In addition to the operating loss of $950-995 million, the Waterloo, Canada company will also see a pre-tax inventory charge of $930-960 million, primarily attributable to Z10 devices. Blackberry did make $1.6 billion, of which half is service revenue, and expects to see revenue on 3.7 million smartphones, primarily BB7 devices.
The company expects their adjusted net loss to hover in the $250 million range, or about $0.50 per share. At the time of writing, Blackberry stock is currently trading at $8.73, and has fallen $1.80 on the day, which is more in tune with their GAAP loss of $950 or so.
This marks an end to Blackberry’s consumer presence, and a sad exit for a once prominent and ubiquitous company. While the enterprise market got them to where they were, programs like BYOD and Apple’s increasingly strong presence in enterprise will prove difficult. Google is also pushing hard, and has many top-tier companies “going Google”. Blackberry may find sourcing contracts for enterprise or government difficult in the current landscape.
It seems even the most obvious solutions for survival may no longer be viable for Blackberr
This is something I would totally support, not sure if many people will support but if you love mother earth and love customization this is the phone for you, I was kinda put off with the name, phone bloks? I thought it was an app of some sort to block off phone calls or something, I was totally amaze with Dave’s imagination and creativity on this. This is one phone everyone should have in the future.
A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it’s often just one part which killed it we throw everything away since it’s almost impossible to repair or upgrade. visit www.phonebloks.com to show your support and raise your voice.
Love this so much
Going through all the regular articles this morning and BOOM, someone wrote an article about money does not buy happiness again, I am sure there are countless articles already but this is closer to heart, I have been saying this over and over to friends and to even people I meet on the streets, it is not the money that will bring you happiness but its the little things that makes one happy, As for me I don’t earn a grossly huge amount of money but I do earn enough for myself and my family, I feel there is a vacuum wanting more, but not of money but more of a quality life style, such as better air, better living space, etc etc
More and more people I meet seems to think of the same way these days, I meet Bahari yesterday at the Oakley Kayak session and he was young man starting out in his life, at a young age of 19th just fresh out of the army, he told me that “To Live life within means and that materials does not create happiness” well thats my words but yes in that context. So we got along and talked about life in our 2 hour kayak expedition moving along the shoreline of Sentosa with Mr Khoo Swee Chiow. (will post that on another day)
What about yourself? do you feel the same sentiment as mua or do you need lots and lots of money which will make you even happier , Do you think that Money will make you happier in the long run ?
SINGAPORE – I agree with Mr Ng Chee Kheon (“Not surprising that most want slower pace of life”; last Wednesday) that in our almost single-minded quest for economic growth, we have become victims of our own success.
Surveys have found that Singapore, despite having one of the highest per capita gross domestic products in the world, is home to the world’s least positive-minded population.
In contrast, a 2012 study showed that three times as many people in war-torn Afghanistan said they were happy than unhappy, while the joie de vivre of Latin American countries such as Panama, though beset by many economic problems, is legendary.
These statistics make for sobering reading. They show that economic factors play only a relatively small part in people’s well-being and happiness.
In his book, Stumbling On Happiness, Harvard University professor of psychology Daniel Gilbert explains that wealth has a “declining marginal utility”, which means that “wealth increases human happiness when it lifts people out of abject poverty and into the middle class but that it does little to increase happiness thereafter”.
What are some other factors that play a prominent role in people’s sense of well-being?
Commuting ranks among people’s least-enjoyed activities.
Our rush-hour MRT rides and traffic jams are anything but pleasant.
Our obsession with so-called “retail therapy” is anything but therapeutic: Confronted with many choices, shopping can actually cause fatigue and buyers’ remorse.
Most importantly, people adapt to material goods.
The initial excitement over a new Birkin bag or BMW may not last longer than the credit-card debt taken out in their purchase.
However, indulging in experiences, such as a vacation or a meal with friends and family, tends to result in memories that grow richer with time, in that they are unique to each of us; something that a designer bag or car, no matter how exclusive, can never be.
Married couples are twice as likely to say they are happy than singles.
Volunteering and acts of kindness result in a happiness boost.
Being spiritual, such as having a religion or doing yoga and meditation, helps in relieving stress.
Our GDP may be the envy of the world, but it has come at a high price, with Singaporeans preoccupied with a surfeit of activities that may not result in happiness, and neglecting those that contribute to it.
Original Article can be found here at AsiaOne: Money, Indeed, Does not buy Happiness
Some very interesting facts on Water Vs Cola, some of this information has been going around on the internet for sometime but some are new to me, but I do think some are absurd and crazy as bull, I think they are just there to tarnish the image of Cola, I do drink cola but after a long run just to reward myself, I do go drinking a liter of it at one go, even when I drink my cola, I dilute it with water not cause I am a diet freak or anything, i like my cola less sweet, I even seen people putting “SALT” into their cola ? not sure why but people say it taste good.
Do you have any crazy cola facts that you have tried before? do share..
Water or Coke? We all know that water is important but I’ve never seen it written like this before.
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 30%.
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
And now for the properties of COKE
1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.
3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
7. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.
2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.
3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!
At the animal shelter,it is used coke to remove calcium deposits from the water pans about ever 6 months.
Now the question is, would you like a glass of water or coke?
Water Ahh… the source of life, Share it with your friends if you like. Happy Week Ahead.
Meet the woman who is running the entire Tour de France route
26-year-old American Zoe Romano is undertaking a remarkable quest to run the 2,000-mile route of the Tour de France in just nine weeks in an extraordinary test of endurance.
Planning to cover around 30 miles a day, the distance is punishing enough – but the Tour’s route includes numerous brutal climbs which means Romano will tackle the equivalent of running up Mount Everest more than three times.
“It’s the Tour, known as one of the world’s toughest races, and it has so much history and pride behind it,” she told ESPNW. “To do it on my own as a runner, I figured that would really test me and what I conceived to be my physical limitations.”
Romano is running for the World Paediatric Project, and it is probably a fair indicator of the scale of her challenge that she has raised more than £80,000.
Romano is no stranger to endurance running – she has run from California on the west coast of the US to South Carolina on the east in the last couple of years.
And more than halfway through her challenge in France, all is going according to plan, despite not enjoying the creature comforts of luxury hotels that riders on this year’s Tour would benefit from.
Romano began in Nice on May 18, and plans to finish her journey in Paris on July 20 – one day before the Tour de France’s peloton arrive on the Champs Elysees at the end of the 100th edition of the race
Do Visit Zoe’s Sponsor page at Zoe’s goes Running
This month we are celebrating Tour De France and I will be dedicating everything on two wheels. I love to see things in motion and have been fascinated with bikes or actually anything on wheels for as long as I can remember and I still love riding my bikes through the hot summer days. Well Singapore ONLY has two season the hot and rainy one that is.
I remember riding a trike when I was 2 or 3 years old and then when I was older I got a BMX from my parents and everything went crazy after that. I love the time riding out with my buddies at 3 am just to feel the cool breeze, so far I have owned a couple of number of bikes from BMX, MTB, Roadbike, Tri-bike, vintage bikes and I am still currently building a monster of a bike which I am targeting to be sub 6kg
when it comes to losing weight it takes a lot of effort to be counting calories to lose weight, this applies also to bikes as well, I have to watch what I buy. LOL I am counting everygram and the bike below gives me inspiration. Am not looking to buy a bike off the rack as it will take the fun away from building your own bike. When it is done, I will post up the full completed bike. (hopefully its finished by end of the year)
Check out the below bike that has already been through a diet and is pretty slim. introducing Stevens Comet only weighing in at 5kg or a little over 11 lbs , amazing
Perched on scales to reveal its staggeringly low total weight of 5.07kg, the Comet is an absolute beaut. It’s not going to be seen in the pro peloton anytime soon at this weight, but this 9,990 Euro number is going to be the pride of weight weenies everywhere. It comes complete with full SRAM Red groupset, Ritchey Super Logic cockpit components and Xentis Squad 2.5 Tubular wheels.
But wait if you were in amazement of that 5kg bike ? Please don’t crap in your pants when you hear that there is a lighter bike, in fact it is so light you can say 6 cans of coke will be heavier than it, lightest bike in the world weighs in at only 2.7kg, yup you heard it right? its only 2.7kg or 5.9 pounds. Amazing wonders…
In 2008, a German named Gunter Mai stunned the cycling world by building the lightest road bike ever made. The initial build of his light bike tipped the scales at just under 3.2 kg, and he eventually tuned it down even more to roughly 2.8kg. And it was no mere show bike; Mai reportedly logged over 20,000km on the machine in its first couple years. But he shocked the cycling commumity again when, early this year, he suddenly parted out the entire bike and sold each piece individually, scattered to the four winds.
But some of the key parts made it into the hands of a Colorado rider who wanted to reincarnate the anorexic beast, and he sent off the custom Spin frame, THM fork, the stem/handlebars, and a few more parts to Jason Woznick of Fairwheel Bikes in Tuscon, Arizona. There, Woznick set to work sourcing the lightest parts available to finish off the build. Almost every part on the bike is completely custom, and cannot be purchased off the shelf anywhere, for any price.
Holding the machine is truly breathtaking. There’s nothing to it. Even picking up another object of similar weight isn’t quite illustrative, because, for example, a gallon of milk is very dense (and also two pounds heavier). Picking up a six-pound bike is different — it simply feels like nothing is there.
Full story can be found here at TriRigs.com website.
If you guys are wondering why Sumatra’s burning goes on every year this would be a good explanation from someone that has direct experience on this matter. This is nothing related to sports but a matter that is of National emergency in Singapore.
image taken from: TheBorneoPost
INTERACTIONS By FRANCIS NG from klse.i3investor.com
We drove many hours through a country that was completely covered in fire and smoke, but mostly smoke. It was a strange experience, not at all like what we had expected. It was quite safe to drive even though the fires were burning right up to the roadsides. There were people living among the burning vegetation in little huts all along the way, spaced out at wide intervals and carrying on as if everything was normal. No property was damaged and no lives were lost. Here and there a small flame would flare up but only for a short time and then the vegetation would continue to smoulder. These so-called forest fires were not at all like the life-threatening forest fires of Australia, the United States, and the Mediterranean. What was going on?
Our driver told us the story. The huts were occupied by settlers who were the children of the original Transmigrasi migrants from Java. Their parents had been shipped in by the government to occupy land schemes sponsored by the government. These land schemes were like the Felda schemes in Malaysia, on land cleared from forests. That was one generation ago. The children of these land schemes were now spreading out all over Kalimantan and clearing land for themselves.
The custom in Kalimantan is that any land cleared and occupied belongs to whoever clears and occupies it. Any land that reverts back to jungle is open to others to clear and claim. As a result, each settler clears as much land as possible although he is able to farm only a small part of it. The rest would revert back to jungle but is prevented from doing so by fires set by the settlers themselves whenever the weather is dry. So the same land is burnt year after year after year. These are fires on low vegetation, deliberately set by hundreds of thousands of independent poor farmers who barely survive from hand to mouth, living in absolutely primitive conditions. When will it end? When somebody buys the land and converts it to permanent organised agriculture, as for growing oil palm. The land that the settlers clear and claim represent their only hope of escape from poverty.
The timber industry could be blamed because in logging, they create roads into the forests and leave behind the dead branches and leaves that can be set on fire in the first round of burning. The oil palm industry can be blamed if it gives the settlers hope by ultimately buying land that has been cleared and repeatedly burnt. But it is ultimately the social conditions in the country that are responsible for this state of affairs.
If Malaysia did not have a strict land-ownership system whereby people could legally own land in perpetuity or for specified periods, we would quickly see a land grab and total disappearance of all our forests, followed by annual fires to keep land cleared. Our land laws were established and enforced by the British when they had absolute power to do so, in the name of the sultans. It would be difficult for countries without such laws to establish and enforce such laws now.
After that drive into the interior of Kalimantan, I visited the peat areas near the coast. These areas were also heavily covered in smoke, to the extent that the airport had to be closed, but the concept here was different. The fires were set by Bugis rice farmers from Sulawesi who had cleared the forests by fire after their gigantic ramin trees had been extracted by loggers. The peat is many metres deep and unsuitable for growing rice, so the farmers grow pineapples and other acid-tolerant plants. Every year, during the dry season, they set the peat on fire and burn of a part of it. Eventually, after about 10 years, all the peat will be burnt off and they will be able to grow rice on mineral soil.
The annual fires in Kalimantan and, I assume in Sumatra also, are not spontaneous forest fires but deliberate agricultural fires started and kept alive by hundreds of thousands of peasant farmers. Solutions like sending in the fire brigade, or raising the penalty for oil palm growers and loggers for setting forests on fire, sound good on paper but does not come anywhere near to addressing the issues.
I cannot help but suspect that the real reasons for the fires and haze were known long ago by people on the ground, but it served the purpose of the international environmental NGOs and the international news agencies to put the blame on their favourite baddies the logging and oil palm industries. So long as the problem is not examined honestly, no implementable solution is likely to be found.
l Botanist and researcher Francis Ng is the former deputy director-general of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. He is now the botanical consultant to Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd and the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre.
Reblogged from AspirantSG.Com
If you have been working in Singapore for a while, some of these information might not come as a surprise for you. But for those who are just joining the workforce after graduation or starting out work in Singapore as a foreign talent, these 5 interesting facts may offer you a glimpse of what to expect at your workplace!
1. Be Nice to your Secretaries, Administrative & Support Staff!
According to the latest ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey 2013, Secretaries, Personal Assistants, Administrative Assistants & Office Support ranks top of the list for Top 10 Most In Demand Jobs In Singapore!
From its 8th Talent Shortage Survey, Manpower Singapore found that as the global talent shortage continues to intensify, 47% of employers in Singapore are experiencing difficulty finding staff with the right skills. This is particularly true for positions in Office support, Supervisors and Labourers as compared to Production Operations, Accounting & Finance and Engineers in 2012.
So be nice to them or you will be in for a hard time getting a replacement!
2. Work-Life Balance Is Not Exactly Encouraged
Although the Human Resource Department of many organisations openly embraces Work Life Balance or at worse Work Life Integration, the notion is unfortunately not believed by its management. In fact, three-quarter of Singapore employers believe it is important their employees work over the weekends or after office hours!
Yes, the above was one of the alarming findings obtained from 2 surveys commissioned by JobsCentral. A total of 256 employers and 3,299 employees from all occupational levels and industries participated in the surveys which ran from August to October 2012.
58% maintained it is important their employees remain contactable, regardless of whether they are on vacation. 46% of employers went to emphasize that they would contact their employees who are on leave.
“Expecting employees to work beyond normal work hours has become the norm, possibly from cultural issues like equating extra effort to good performance or economic reasons like trying to improve worker productivity. However, highly stressed workers with an unsatisfactory work-life balance are not sustainable in the long term and you can expect to see problems like employee burnout, inefficiencies, and a high turnover rate,” says Michelle Lim, Chief Operating Officer of JobsCentral Group.
Not hard to figure out why we are the most unhappy nation in the world.
3. You Better Have Good Relationships With Your Boss
The same survey also touched on how an employee’s relationship with his or her boss can significantly affect their work experience.
While the majority of Singapore’s work population (69.1%) say that they share a good working relationship with their superiors, those who indicated a lack of satisfaction in their employer-employee relationship (30.9%) experienced significantly greater unhappiness in multiple job aspects such as work demands, autonomy and most importantly lack of advancement opportunities.
Not exactly asking you to butter up your boss for a good bonus but it is always good to establish good relationship especially with your direct superior in Singapore.
4. Avoid Paying Extra Income Tax
Nobody likes to receiving notifications or reminders to file their income tax returns but it’s a ritual that we need to perform in order not to land yourself into more serious non-compliance scenarios.
Instead of whining and doing a sloppy job, why not take a closer look at IRAS tax reliefs and rebates and see if you are eligible.
Do your homework and you may be pleasantly surprised by the savings!
5. Get Protected!
If you are drawing above S$4,500 monthly salary, give yourself a pat on the back because you have just made it to the top 20% income earners in the country! Incidentally S$4,500 is also the threshold that covers 50% of all Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs).
Unknown to many PMEs and even Singaporeans, NTUC has set up a Professionals, Managers and Executives (PME) Unit to look after their needs and interests, particularly in the areas of protection, placement and progression as PMEs are a growing segment of Singapore workforce.
If you are a PME earning up to $4,500 monthly, take note of your protection coverage below, depending on which one of the 3 groups you fall under:
PME union member in company who has a collective agreement (CA) with union
Your union can represent you in 4 areas – unfair dismissal, retrenchment, breach of contract and victimization.
If negotiation between the union and company fails, the dispute will be escalated to MOM.
As a last resort, if MOM mediation fails, the dispute will be escalated to the Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC) who will rule in favour of either your union or company.
Here’s one example.
PME Union member + non-unionized company (no CA with union)
You are eligible for tripartite mediation (MOM, union, company) in 3 areas namely, salary claims, retrenchment and breach of contract.
Without union membership, only MOM can mediate with your company under terms of the Employment Act (EA). However, NTUC has also pushed for better coverage for PMEs who are covered by EA.
Mr Patrick Tay, Director of PME Unit and Legal Services Department of NTUC, who champions for the rights and interests of PMEs in Singapore, shared that from first half 2014, around 300,000 PMEs earning up to $4,500 will receive extra protection under the general provisions of the Employment Act (e.g. unfair dismissal, public holiday and sick leave benefits), instead of only salary claims now.
MOM has released a comparison table of current EA and future EA provisions. To read, please click here.
I hope these information will help you effectively manoeuvre your way through employment in Singapore. Remember to share your personal experiences and thoughts in the comments section below.
Found this clip showing the facial expression from the cast of Fast and Furious when they hear how much the cost of a cars in Singapore. (imagine if he tell’s them the up keep of the car) that would be so PAWN3D!!
Well, I can’t imagine anyone that wouldn’t of course, Cars here are like the 2nd most expensive thing you can ever buy on this tiny island after a house. I am not sure how anyone would justify owning a car on this island, the mass transportation here is adequate and is pretty efficient and will get better in time.
Check out the clip and have fun ..<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/66728622″>Fast & Furious 6</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user16029478″>Isaac976</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Well would you be shocked ? I was when I heard about the price of the PRIUS, OMG !! Its really crazy..
Guess what guys? if you have no race this weekend ? or maybe even today, why not Run, Bike or Swim (ok maybe swim is impossible) over to this exciting happening in EXPO this weekend.
RunBikeSwim is the biggest annual showcase of sports brands, RunBikeSwim connects sports enthusiasts with innovative equipment and fashion as well as services and events. Find great deals on sports shoes, training apparel, energy supplements, outdoor gear, sunglasses, healthcare and more.
I was not able to get a list of all participating brands but in the last one that I went it was pretty huge with bike sales, gel sales .. shoe .. u name it .. they have it. So all you athletes what are you waiting for?
Have a great racing weekend peeps. More info below
Map of RunBikeSwim Expo
|Date||: 17 – 19 May 2013 (Friday – Sunday)|
|Time||: 11.00am – 8.00pm|
|Venue||: Singapore Expo Hall 6A
1 Expo Drive (S) 486150
Gold Healthy Food Art Program is collaborating with Volkswagen Singapore to bring you a fun filled family weekend. Gold Healthy Food by NutriVille is offering trial workshops at the two Volkswagen show center for convenient access.
Details are as follow:
It will be two days of great family activities on the 11th and 12th May, do visit the Volkswagen Center at either Alexandra or Macpherson to participate in many entertaining activities such as
• GoldHealthy FoodArt Program by NutriVille
• Smart Trike Rental for Kids
• OTO equipment for Pampering Corner
• Kids golf by Kindergolf
• Creativity Corner (drawing/colouring) by Rise & Shine
• Delicious food
Not Forgetting the three main attraction
- Food Paint
- Food Print
- and Food Clay
Volkswagen will be having great deals on their family cars, Jetta, Touran and Sharan, with a free child seat for every purchase.
You can make cards and present for your loving mum for this coming Mother’s Day
Please take note of the time before you visit
11:00am to 2:00pm @ Volkswagen Centre Singapore (Alexandra) 247 Alexandra Road
3:00pm to 6:00pm @ Volkswagen Center Singapore (Macpherson) 1 Kampong Ampat
Do come down and have a great Family Weekend
I would like to share with you guys some good news. If you have went to the tri factor expo today for the swim pack collection with your friend and thought to your self that, Hey wouldn’t it be cool if I could register for the coming bike event of even all the remaining three events coming up?
Well it is still not too late, I’ve just gotten word and confirmed with the good people of Oakley to bring you additional 15% registration off on Tri Factor Event Registration. Thank you Good People of Oakley
Please login to TRI FACTOR REGISTRATION (clickable) and key in OAKLEY15 at the online registration
Well that’s not all Oakley Singapore also has this initiative where by they are raising funds for the Singapore Cancer Society.
Think about waking up healthy and well to a new day is something which many may take for granted. Not so for those who are fighting the killer disease, cancer. Which is why Actor/Host Randall Tan and his 5 friends want to make a difference by running. The Charity Athletes, Yellow Fellows, plans to run 11 races or more, to raise a target of $15,000 for Singapore Cancer Society. Support the cancer warriors by donating today! Spread the news and play a part in this great cause!
To make a donation, click http://bit.ly/10KgMBY lets support the Yellow Fellows
Have a Great Weekend Everyone !
If you think Volvo is your old hunk of steel with no taste in design and it’s dated? You guys better sit up and take notice on what I am about to show you, just to start the ball rolling, do check out what new added technology and features Volvo already have in their car system. *Not your typical SATNAV system I would say*
Well, I was given a chance to drive away a Volvo V40 Cross Country for free last weekend, if only I could break the course record for driving down a straight line on the road of Singapore without getting a speeding ticket ( AsIf only that could happen with all the traffic lights nearly 50ft away from each other in the Country we call, Singapore)
Nevertheless I was given the chance to test drive the all new Volvo V40 Cross Country (hope they didn’t find out about my expired driving license) at the Volvo Showroom
Check out the curves on this sleek steel of Volvo’s offering, Imagine I was so enthusiastic about the ride I brought my bike to see if it looks good on the Volvo when placed, and yup it sure fits the bill.
Driving down the road was a real pleasure and in-fact feeling the car in full throttle was like nothing I ever felt, this baby has more feel than the C180, Beemer 3 series, or even the Audi A4 I have driven.
Don’t believe me? go down to the showroom and test it yourself. One you step on the accelerator you will know what I mean by instant power, the car doesn’t vibrate when you power it down the road it just feel so right and smooth.
If you like you can see me testing the car and explaining some of its features or you can skip that and read on the rest of the blogpost
I was blown away by the new technology of safety they have implemented into the current Volvo, I have to say this is really a new level of safety in cars and I hope that all cars in the future if not present FOLLOW the leader.
City Safety is a standard fitted low-speed collision avoidance technology and a Volvo world-first. Designed for safer urban driving and now operating at speeds up to 50 km/h, this laser-based technology can sense standstill or slower moving vehicles in front. If City Safety senses an impending collision, the brakes are pre-charged to act faster on your response. And if you fail to brake, City Safety automatically applies the brakes and switches off the throttle to help mitigate the effects of a collision. And if the speed difference between your car and the vehicle in front is less than 15 km/h, City Safety can even help you avoid a collision.
City Safety is activated when you start the car. Robin asked me to drive closely to one of the cars in front and he told me to relax just ram it in. ( I was like ARE YOU CRAZY, I dont have the cash to pay you if I wreck this car) but evil me went on and accelerated the car and guess what happened? The dashboard blinked RED, like in knight rider warning Michael to stop the car. (I LOVE YOU City Safety)
I have to say I am really a Volvo fan, cause for me Volvo was never about the looks but for it’s safety features.
Here is a Fun Fact, Did you know that Volvo pioneered or rather INVENTED the three point seat belt and never patented it, because they wanted to share the safety of its ingenuity to rest of the world. KUDOS guys
I am totally sold when I saw the digital dashboard that comes standard (swooning all over), the new customizable Active TFT crystal display in the instrument cluster is amazingly impressive, The dash and interior of the new Volvo V40 are really nice and points out the “Design around you”-concept perfectly. It’s very easy to customize the instrument cluster to the color you want and it’s a very cool feature in my opinion. The 3 standard modes (or better said: themes) are: Elegance (brownish), Eco (blue/green) and Performance (red)
Check me out getting in-tuned with the customizable dashboard , Now that’s what I call showing off the leopards spots.
Isaac’s 2 cents worth on Volvo V40 Crossroad
- Customizable digital dashboard
- Car feels sturdy even on top speed (ok dont tell the cops I went 210kmph)
- Volvo’s design is sure a thumbs up
- In build LED eye lid
- Lots of customization for the Volvo
- Cabin is so quiet (super plus point for me)
- Roof Rail comes standard
- Panaromic roof
- Reaction of the throttle response is very good
- All the Safety features of the car comes standard (except for the pedestrian air bag which comes optional)
- Not a Real SUV
- The car would be compact size in my category.
- 4wd version but only an option in the T5
- Cost, Cost and Costly (but if you can afford it, TOTALLY WORTH every Penny)
So if you still think Volvo is for the older folks ?? check out how FIERCE a Volvo can get, Freaking Sweedes are making some serious cars here I approve, certainly wont be finding this one in the Ikea catalog!
Well anyway, don’t take my word for it, Do visit Volvo’s showroom at
Wearnes Automotive Pte. Ltd.
249 Alexandra Road
There is a new boy in town and its Talad Rod Fai Market in the Chatuchak area. ”Talad” means market and “Rod Fai” means train in Thai, an apt name for a market set beside an old set of train tracks topped with abandoned, rusty coaches open for exploration, but bear in mind that the market runs only on Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight and sits on land owned by the State Railway of Thailand
I tell you I sadden beyond words when I heard Suan Lum was closing down in past. Suan Lum was one one of the night market in the city that opens till late, I am one who adore going to night market for a bargain cause of wanting to escape the Bangkok heat.
At Rod Fai Market, the vendors will spread their fares on the ground with all kinds of collectibles and memorabilia from the yesteryear, from antique furniture to hippy fashion to Guns (YES GUNS). Rod Fai Market definitely stands out from the hordes of outdoor markets across Bangkok but it could be hard to find, as it’s tucked behind what appears to be an abandoned warehouse near the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Check out my pictures when I was there.
On our way to the market.
Best part in Bangkok is when you are hungry and looking for a bite, there is never short of place to eat and chill out in Rod Fai. Check out the amount of stalls available in Rod Fai, if you are not those that likes stalls, there is a few chillout cafe that most tourist frequents. Oh bring a Thai friend cause most menu (if not All) here are not in English.
Look at the amount of people at this market.
Prepare to sweat it out and being squeezed with all the people around.
Taxi drivers usually don’t know it exists and will probably give you a blank face if you mention it, so the best way is to start at the MRT underground’s Kamphaeng Phet Station (opposite Or Tor Kor Food Market) and make a double back from the station, means you on the main road but against traffic. walk about five minutes in the opposite direction of Chatuchak Market.. or just follow the crowd.
Opening Hours: 17:00 – midnight (Sat-Sun)
Location: Khamphaengphet Road (behind Chatuchak Weekend Market)
I truly enjoyed walking in this market , please do visit this market if you are in Bangkok. AWESOME !!
Have you ever wondered what you want to be when you grow up ?
Are we suppose to know what we want to be when we grow up? like when you are 6 years old and the teacher asked you in class.. (insert name) what do you want to be when you grow up? and (insert name) says I want to be a Astronaut, Race Car Driver.. etc..etc.. Well I sure hell don’t know what I still want to be now. Life has so many possibilities and its so dynamic that it changes every now and then. We are a person that has so many factors affecting us everyday in our life decision.
We can plan and arm ourselves with goals and aspiration but things affect us like family, friends, time, strangers, forums and now even worst.. this thing called the “INTERNET” . I can tell you internet is a sure wonder of the world, heck Award it the NOBLE PRIZE for all I know, without it you wouldn’t be able to read this right now. The internet sure has gotten us all up to speed in fact too fast for my liking. Life is not slowing down. People are not spending enough time with their families, children and friends.
I am not sure if you realize this, but I feel that everyone these days are so impatient. On the walking pathway, on the road.. etc..etc.. I do blame this on the connectivity of Internet that we have. Remember how we receive our mails in the past? not electronic for sure but snail mail, wasn’t it a joy when you got your hand written mail to you from your pen pal from another country (do they still have that). These days its just WHAM BAM THANK MA’AM no thanks to Skype, Viber, Tango, Kik, Chat Roulette, Google Voice, Grasshopper, VoXoX, Vbuzzer.. I can go on and on with just VoIP and I have not started with the instant messaging. The art of hand written letters are long gone,
Everything seems so instant, Does the word “Stop and smell the roses” means anything anymore? I see families with many kids but parents that has no time to play with them. I see friends living in the same town but yet only manage to meet up on their BUSINESS trips in other countries. I see neighbors but I don’t see smiles. What’s Happening World ?? really What’s Happening?
Just expressing this feeling I have in my heart, I want to share “The Paradox of Our Age” with you.
So please take some time off, spend it with the people dearest to you, have a good look at them, cherish the moment. What ever hatred you have with them forgive and forget. Life is too short for all the squabble and fights.
Life is not all about making BIG Bucks but rather spending BIG Laughter with your loved one. Do share , reblog , re-tweet , stumbleupon if you agree with “The Paradox of Our Age” some where along the line.
This is a great tip on how to get 50GB free storage for life from BOX, from now till December 31st 2013, buy any Sony Xperia phones and download the Box app and when you sign in from your Xperia phone, you will automatically get 50gb for free, best part of this.. its free for LIFE.
Now there’s 50GB of free storage for your music, videos, photos and more – and you can use it forever. Together with Box® Sony is offering you a place for your stuff where you can get to everything from your Android Smartphone, computer or tablet.
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update: 1st May 2013
Winner for this draw will be …….
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UPDATE : Check out the updated details here in my latest post The Color Run Singapore 2013
the Color Run will be hosted on Sentosa Island – Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August. Mark your diary now –
registration details are coming soon!
have been waiting for this event for like what seems forever, in fact there are many runs that has not set foot on the shores of South East Asia, and this is one of them but wait .. this run IS coming to Singapore but there is no date set for this event yet, in fact they are (more…)
If you dont have a telly, or it is busted for some reason.. you can follow minute-by-minute commentary of the Premier League game between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on Monday April 8 2013, kick-off 20:00 BST from here
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Bangkok Thailand is known for its street food, every corner in every street you will definitely see vendors in their push cart selling food from salad (Som Tam), Hotdog, Fried food, drinks etc..etc..
I am bringing you on my journey on the road of Silom, First stop is to get off Sala Daeng Station and exit to the left, as on the left side of the streets there are a plenty of restaurants that sells local food, I am only covering less one from here cause I only have one stomach to fill. The right side are more of massage parlor and store selling clothes and fast food like Burger King and Starbucks
If you follow the red line drawn on the map, you will see the path that I have walked.
First stop was this famous shop that caters to both the noodle and rice lovers, they have been here for a long time and you will see customers streaming in and out of the restaurant from lunch time till they close, while the take away counter is also busy. The boss spots crew cut and looks like he works out.
Just by looking at all the roasted meat on display sure will make anyone hungry.
If you look at this display this one has a crab sign on it, I believe they sell crab meat with their noodle, which you can clearly see on the left side of this picture, each meat is carefully selected and peeled by hand.
The walls of the shop is filled with newspaper clipping of their shop and other accomplishment
The usual suspects on a Thai eatery.. Sugar, Chili flakes, fresh cut chili, dark soya sauce.. imagine putting all this into your piping hot noodle.. just by adding one would already alter the dish taste but maybe that’s what makes Thai cuisine so unique cause you are your own chef.
This is the wanton noodle soup with crab meat and sweet sauce pork, I was looking into this dish and it kind reminisce the time when I had it when I was a little kid but minus the crab meat and with Wonton. The soup taste fresh with a hint of crab sweetness, it does not coat your tongue with oil or a heavy salt base like some noodle store does.
As for the noodles, I find it a bit soft (overcooked) I like it Al Dante style where there is a crunch to every bite.
This is the roasted pork rice dish with their famous sauce poured all over it, maybe it’s a norm for them to smother the rice with the sauce and I liked it, cause it has this tangy sweetness that compliments the rice, the roast pork would have been better if it was eaten hot and freshly prepared but with the volume of the store, I don’t think that is possible to prepare when ordered.
The roasted pork has a crunch to its skin and it was cut just right in thickness. If you like roasted port this will surely please.
I figured out I would also try the dry noodle as well since I am here, the dry version could do a bit with more flavor or even from its sauce, think of this as having the soup base with out the soup to compliment it, just the noodle drain out in hot water and top with the meat and veg, I would most definitely go for the soup base.
Knowing Thai for their portion size, they serve noodles and rice in very small portion maybe like a fist size, (girls fist size) so walking down the street you will see all the street vendors on your left and right lined up on the tiny walkway.
Aunty in red was not too happy with me touching her packed desserts. (First Thai vendor I met that has a unhappy face) but she was selling this glutinous rice ball in ginger soup which was my favourite, so in-fact I was just confirming which was it.
More yummy street food that will get your waist expending within days.
Fried Instant noodle with your own selected protein and vegetable (mind you this packs a punch) Think Jalapeno soup
Mr James Bond here is selling soup noodle where you can sit on the road side and pick your own veg to be added into it.
I did not want to include this place because I am sure many people have already reviewed it in their blogs and many have known about it, but since Its one of my have to visit I should just add it in as well.
That is Hai Som Tam, this places is famous for its Somtam (DuH), known for serving food from the northeast Isan region of Thailand meaning that the sticky rice is plentiful and (those blasted) chillies feature heavily. This laminate table eatery is buzzing at lunchtime with office workers grabbing a quick feed, the staff are friendly, the vibe is inviting and some people even linger under the fluorescent lights. It is normal to squeeze in a table with another as this place is usually packed.
What more to finish those spicy lip burning tongue ripping Somtam with a cool and refreshing coke served only in a metal cup filled with crush ice, sitting by the road side looking at the world go by.
I found this stall selling fried stuff at the corner of the Silom road just by the bend near Saladaeng BTS, this tasty snacks make one hell of a compliment to a night supper in the room. The batter that she fries with sure is lip smacking, it makes a great compliment to any beer that you are having Reasonably priced