WAIT A MIN … HOW IN THE WORLD THIS HAPPENED ??? Why do I look like a drunken homeless person covered in colors
How in the world did I end up dressed like that? well, There was clearly no alcohol involved, no drugs.. I blame it on this run called illumi Run and It definitely lived up to its name “PARTY ON THE RUN”
This is definitely one of the best run ever, I dont think any other fun run would be able to top this one. I have to say this is a Raver’s, Techno, House whatever music you hear in the club, you gonna be dancing to the beat for the whole route. WAIT.. before I go any further. Check this video out.. you tell me if you see a RAVE party or a Run Party … (Please do not turn your volume up to high, your speakers will burst)
So what do you see, A Rave Party or A Running Event?? I SEE BOTH
That’s why the organizers call it “PARTY ON THE RUN” and I kid you not, I was
Running dancing to all the DJ stations. The people were all hyped up with all the awesome DJ’s pumping out all music all night. What more can one ask for.
As I am posting this the amount of Instagram pictures with the hashtag #illumiRun is increasing, I believe it has already reached 5000 pics and growing as I am typing this, and not forgetting that is the official Hashtag, I’ve even seen hashtag such as #illumi, #illumination, #illumirin2013 and many more, If you have an Instagram account go checkout the hashtag #illumiRun, you will see all the awesome pics and all the fun everyone had that night,
I have to say this is one Party..er… RUN you will not want to miss.
Isaac’s 10 Tips on how to Enjoy this event when it lands on your shore
- Register yourself quick once registration opens. It will sell out quick
- Get all your buddies to sign up (its gonna be a BLAST)
- Get yourself a water proof casing for your phone (see no 8.)
- Get some Funky light sticks or anything that will illuminate
- Make sure you are ready to get soaked in COLOR and don’t shy away from it
- Don’t .. I repeat.. Dont Run (I know its a Run..) but there is no medal, go for a slow..SLOW JOG, what I did was I danced the whole way.
- Make Friends Along the way ( I GAVE FREE HUGS too all who needed one) Yes even volunteers ran away from me.
- Take Picture along the route (Because you will be changing Colors like a Chameleon in every different Zone)
- Do no throw away your T-shirt cause its one of a kind and it is Limited Edition
- Stay for the After Party and Pyrotechnics, YOU WILL NOT REGRET !!
I kinda took No. 5 too seriously and I had to drive back in a poncho as I did not bring an extra t-shirt, so bring extra clothes to change after the event and bring a towel (to wipe off the excess Neon Goo) , at the end point there will be volunteers handing out mineral water and sport wipes but that will not be sufficient, use the towel that you have brought and soak your towel with the bottle of water and wipe clean.
Isaac’s 2 cents worth on this event:
I felt kinda sad when I crossed the finish line to be honest, I didn’t want the night to end to be honest cause I was just having so much fun. I wish all run would be like this.. after the run I told the organizers that they should have this in a 42km category (now that would really be rawking)
anyway some tips to better further improve this already awesome event.
- Please have a slider zone at the end of the run (so people can slide and soak themselves in more colors)
- I suggest installing more of the UV lights all along the way so that way, why ? cause firstly the whole running path will be runners glowing and illuminating with the paint, how cool is that, and all runners do not have to crowd at one place just to take picture.
- Hope the volunteers do not stop people from dancing at the DJ zone, people are just having too much fun
- Please let me sign up on all your illumi Runs in other countries. I SO WANNA DO THIS AGAIN
Check out all my pics that we took last Saturday. Do wait for next year if you did not manage to sign up for this one.
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!”
and boy did Infinitus made this the event of the YEAR ! all 10000 participants would agree. KUDOS to you guys and thank you for such a memorable event. Catch ya later.
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
Or like their FB page at
Or you can join as a member to gain a more insight at skydiving with proper training, membership rates are as below
3 Siloso Beach Walk (S)099010
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
Salomon X-trail Singapore flagged off at Tampines Mountain Bike Park & Trail this morning with a 1800 strong participants, the 10k runners were flagged off at 7:35am and the 5k at 7:50am,as there was a delay and people was just anxiously waiting at the start line for the flag off, What seems like any regular race day but in-fact its not.. read on
This year medal given to the participant felt like a
itty bitty compact one for easy portability, this can’t be compared to the Malaysia Salomon X-trails medal but to me medal is just a memory and nothing more than that, what more important to me now when I race is the “JOURNEY” to the finish line. All race event will need time, our dedication, our patience and our sweat and sometimes even blood whilst training our every muscle to head to the start line and to finish strong.
This morning weapon of choice was my Salomon Speed Cross3 due to the muddy condition, Skin A400 compression (due to my shin split acting up) and not forgetting my Thorlo socks, you truly are one amazing product.
As my race seems like any regular race day but in-fact its not.. and here is where the problem starts. I have been down with a throat infection since last Thursday, but that does not stop me from training for my events.
I’ve change my training regime to adapt my body to my throat infection by doing LSD run and drills so that I don aggravate my infection. A day before race day I went out to test out race pace on a 5k route (I can’t hardly breath with the infection and I have cold sweat going on) I only managed 2k, this got me worried wondering how will I finish my 10k in good time, been coughing the whole time and I can’t even sleep
Woke up at 2am and even tweeted the below, as I can’t hardly breathe while sleeping and with every cough my throat close up like two fist pounding on each other. Race starts in another 6 hours.
I bought the strongest lozenges I could find and Difflam needs prescription by the pharmacies to soothe my infection and after looking at the package carefully, I’ve found out that I have been eating POISON all this while
I was unsure if I wanted to run or just stay at home and sulk on my infection then I man it up and went for the run, as I mention it was not my best run. into KM4 I could feel that cold sweat was dripping and my heart pound as if its jumping out of my body, KM6 to KM7 I was suffering from dead weight legs I feel that my legs was just ran a marathon. I even stopped to walk and to take time to breathe cause coughing and running all the while was just not comfortable. I dig deep and just finished the race, So would I do Salomon X-trail again? FOR SURE I WILL. the race is a no frill , get muddy and have fun with friends kinda race, so why not.
Isaac’s tips on running this event:
- Head over early on race day and try to stand in the front (so you wont get stuck in the mud)
- Watch your step and do not over stride cause Bike Trails has plenty of sharp broken rocks
- Hydrate yourself, better yet, bring your own hydration cause the water station could have been better equipped (I recommend Fuel Belt Revenge R20) One filled with water and the other with some electrolyte
- Kudos to the organizers for taking away the dreaded waist deep route but the deep ditch was still there, stick to running in the center as I twisted my leg again cause trying to overtake some people (Mistake)
- After the race, do enjoy the Bananas and plenty of hydration after. Take Peekcha and post it up.
- Remember to wash up, walk to the exit point and look to your right, there is 3 taps that you can use to wash yourself up and …
- Train hard so you can finish the race like the winner did in a blazing 35MIN (that’s INSANE)
Warning: Do not try to do what I did this morning, I really think that I should not have ran that event, cause I really felt like fainting at one point, that when I felt my head was spinning and my mouth opening up sucking in air (think vacuum cleaner) So I think I was stupid to have done so but I did listen to my body and I since it was only a short 10k run, I thought I could sweat it out (it didn’t work and I am still coughing and swallowing seems like a chore.
SALOMON X-TRAIL RUN 2013 FULFILLED THE NEED FOR TRAIL
Singapore, 17 November 2013 – More than 1,800 trail enthusiasts satisfied their primal need for movement through nature at the annual Salomon X-Trail Run 2013. The sixth edition of race injected shots after shots of adrenaline; away from smoke, fumes and concrete pavement at the Tampines Mountain Bike Park & Trail.
The highly anticipated trail racing event of the year took seasoned trail seekers on a mud thumping 10km course; while trail novices sped through a less challenging 5km course, designed to immerse them into the world of trail running. Five runners from each category; the men’s open, women’s open, men’s veteran and women’s veteran were honored for their outstanding stamina and grit at the end of the race.
Men’s Open Name Time
Winner Tilak Migar 35:59:00
Winner Vanja Cnops 39:51:26
Winner Tony Seakins 39:34:19
Winner Sem Hui Leng 49:48:23
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.
Mother use to tell us “don’t go running in the mud”… BUT HEY THIS IS A SALOMON X-Trail and it’s back, having participated this last year and all I can say is that this is totally fun and most definitely you will be covered in MUD, that’s what I am looking forward to. Think of this as COLOR RUN for the hardcore. I really would appreciate the mud all over me. Check this picture out.
This year I notice that Salomon is providing an extra thing in their Race Pack and I would be delighted to get that as well (read on below to see what that is) World of Sports member gets additional discount, so sign up as a member to enjoy their perks as well, awesome if you ask me.
So what are you waiting for? Join me for a MUD session.
To register your participation click here REGISTER ME
Date: 17 November 2013, Sunday
Flag-off Time: 7.30am
Flag-off Venue: Tampines Mountain Bike Park & Trail
RACE CATEGORIES & FEES
Competitive, 10KM Run (Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Veteran, Women’s Veteran)
World Of Sports Members $42
Normal Registration $45
Non-Competitive, Est. ≤ 5KM Run (Men’s Open, Women’s Open)
World Of Sports Members $37
Race Pack Collection and Races Entitlement
- Salomon Limited Edition Running Tee (worth $45.90)
- Salomon Limited Edition Waist Pack (worth $42.90)
- Race Bib with Electronic Timing
- Finisher Medal upon completion of the race
- 30% off* on Salomon regular-priced merchandise
- Other goodies
- Salomon Limited Edition Running Tee (worth $45.90)
- Salomon Limited Edition Waist Pack (worth $42.90)
- Race Bib without Electronic Timing
- 30% off* on Salomon regular-priced merchandise
- Other goodies
This is the extra I am looking forward too , yeah a fuel belt by Salomon (hope they it in other colors as well) and I would appreciate it as Lawrence came last week looking for a similar one as his Spibelt failed on him, most belt cost around $19 > so getting this would be worth it, I would say the T-shirt and this would have covered the race fees. So even if you don’t Run you can sign up just for this (WHICH I DONT ADVISE)
Mizuno Passion Mount Faber Run is now ready for all you runners, Despite the race being postpone due to the haze, Hope that had not stop you from your training and anticipation for this event. It is only for the best that the organisers and event sponsor VGO Corporation Ltd made the decision after considering the health safety and well-being of the 2,500 participants who had registered for the 10km run
My best timing for Kent Ridge hills 10k Nus run was 53mins time and time again, I have never gotten below sub 50 for my 10k, be warned that I am still injured and If you have been following my twitter or Instagram you would have known that alraedy, It’s been a crazy long 9 months and its been hard on me to just stop running and doing my sports. Keeping myself motivated by reading Tumblr quotes and eating chips (just kidding)
So this time round, World of Sports have invited eight lucky bloggers to pit out their running skills against each other for the Mizuno Run, and I was lucky enough to be invited for this run as well.
I do not know the rest of the bloggers personally but have seen their famous names around on the blogsphere, I wonder if they know me ? Seen some of the girls profile, all I have to say is Good Figure and Awesome personality, I wonder if I will be famous if I don a Bikini for that profile pic? All I could give them was a miserable black and white pic of myself, so check out the rest
Anyway Did I mention that One lucky winner with all 8 correct guess will walkaway with a pair of Prima Cantabile from Mizuno.
All you have to do is be a fan of World of Sports’ Facebook page and predict the CORRECT ORDER of how your favourite bloggers will fare at the Mizuno PAssion Mt Faber Run 2013 on 13 October 2013.
Date: 13 October 2013, Sunday
Venue: Bukit Merah View Blk 121 & 123 (Open Space)
Flag Off Time(all categories): 7.30am.
Links for other bloggers :
Update: 28th September To register please click here : https://www.werunsg10k.com/
Updates: 27th September Hi All, I am noticing alot of clicks on the registration, dont be alarmed when you see the “Not Found Page” the registration will start on SATURDAY at 10am as you can see in my press release below. I have a feeling that this registration is going to go FAST.. VERY FAST ! So start click tomorrow.
Singapore, 25 September 2013 – Registration for the much-anticipated Nike We Run SG 2013 #justdoit begins online (Appendix I) on 28 September 2013, Saturday at 1000hrs. A total of 20,000 runners are expected to be part of Nike’s global We Run series on 3 November 2013. This year, the Nike We Run SG will have a unique 10km route that enables runners to choose different experiences and run it their own way.
Upon registration, participants will get to submit creative suggestions of fun rules they wish to see on race day and at training runs, providing them a chance to exercise their choice in creating a personal and unforgettable experience. Be it running at sunrise or dancing and running, Nike We Run SG wants to hear from participants how they would like their runs to be different this year. It is an opportunity for runners to write their own rules and design a running experience that they desire, as Nike Singapore will be turning some of the most unique and interesting suggested rules into reality.
Nike will be organizing special training sessions to help runners prepare for the race, with each session uniquely themed based on creative rules submitted by participants. Participants can also register for the training sessions when they register for the race.
Runners can also prepare for race day through the more than 18 million strong Nike+ community. New Nike+ Challenges allow runners to set a distance goal, invite Nike+ friends to join and race to the virtual finish line. Users can determine the name of the Challenge, mileage goal, time period and participants. Additionally, a new chat feature allows friends to encourage each other and share tips throughout the Challenge. Runners can stay motivated by checking the live leaderboard to track progress and see where they rank amongst their friends.
Earlier this month, 1,000 runners had a teaser preview of what could be expected at Nike We Run SG 2013 during the Run Your Registration event. For the first time, Nike offered runners a chance earn their entry to the race. During Run Your Registration at Fort Canning Park, choices were provided during the run, ensuring each runner enjoyed a running experience unique to them. Some of the experiences included choices of fast or slow routes, leaping across an obstacle, and running to their choice of hip-hop or pop music. Runners who completed the sessions earned a complimentary priority slot to Nike We Run SG 2013.
Nike We Run SG 2013 is part of Nike’s global We Run series. Aimed at celebrating, motivating and inspiring athletes around the world, more than 350,000 anticipated runners will have taken over 3 billion strides in We Run races in 26 cities by the end of 2013, motivated by Nike+ and Nike Running design innovations.
The We Run races range in distance from 5K to the full marathon, and capture the unique enthusiasm of each city. From Sao Paulo to Seoul to Singapore, each city will be moved to action through a series of unique experiences for runners. Tailored to each individual city, the We Run races will build on the aesthetic of each landscape through an interactive run course.
Details as below
Appendix I: Registration Details
|Registration period:||From 28 September 2013, Saturday (1000hrs)|
We Run SG 2013 Details
|Date:||3 November 2013 (Sunday)|
|Social Media Sharing:||#justdoit|
The Great Eastern Women’s Run, commissioned by Great Eastern and organised by HiVelocity Events, is a run for every woman. The race features 5km, 10km as well as 21.1km race distances making the run accessible to female runners of all levels. This will be the largest women-only half marathon in the region.
Targeting to attract more than 15,000 participants, the Run will be flagged off at the The Float@Marina Bay. The race route will take runners past Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, F1 Pit Building, the future Sports Hub and end back at the The Float@Marina Bay.
Date: 10 November 2013, Sunday
Venue: The Float@Marina Bay
- 21.1km – 5.30am
- 10km – 7.10am
- 5km – 7.40am
If you are interested in any of the category and you have not register, please click on this Registration website here —> REGISTER ME and key in GEWR13isaac976Dis to be entitled to a “Special Discount” only for my readers (oh be quick registration closes 30th September 2013)
Girls always raved about the “GREAT EASTERN RUN” goodie bags so this is what you girls will be entitled for
Your race entry* includes:
- Event Running Top by adidas
- Free Insurance Cover for the Run
- Exclusive Event Bag
- Personalised Race Bib
- Event Race Guide
- Exclusive Finisher Medal (5km, 10km and 21.1km finishers only)
- Exclusive Finisher Tee by adidas (21.1km finishers only)
- Finisher certificate either softcopy or hardcopy (10km and 21.1km finishers only)
- Other sponsored items
|Race Categories||Early Bird
17.05.2013 – 31.07.2013
01.08.2013 – 30.09.2013
|Great Eastern Women Policyholders*||Loyal Runners||Public / OCBC Credit Card Holders*||Public|
|5km Live Great! Fun Run|
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|10km (Open / Closed)*|
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|21.1km Half Marathon (Open / Closed)*|
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|10km Team of 4
21.1km Team of 4
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*Open categories are applicable for all nationalities
*Closed categories are applicable to Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents
*Corporate categories are available to only employees of the same company.
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|Race Categories||Early Bird
17.05.2013 – 31.07.2013
01.08.2013 – 30.09.2013
|5km Live Great! Fun Run||$27.55||$37.05|
|10km (Open / Closed)*||$44.65||$54.15|
|Corporate 10km Team of 4||$169.10||$207.10)|
|21.1km Half Marathon (Open / Closed)*||$53.20||$67.45|
|Corporate 21.1km Team of 4||$205.20||$252.70|
*Group registration is only applicable for Early Bird and Normal Period pricing.
*Registrations can be made up of a mix of categories.
*Price listed is after the 5% discount.
*Corporate categories are available to only employees of the same company
Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2013 happened last Sunday, and it was a quite a memorable one for me, It was made even special when today’s result was announced.,but before any of the grand father stories that I will tell you, do follow me on my journey on my experience from last Sunday.
The race course, the atmosphere, the organizers, the transportation, the goodie bags, yes there was alot of items in the goodie bags and they were AWESOME will tell you about it later .. as for now do read on..
If you have done this event before you know that the route has not been changed for the 10k and 6k run since day one. I don’t mean it as a bad thing but more of a good thing cause you will know when to hit the hills and when to take a breather and cruise on the run, I am not sure if the organizers of the event have change but the event sure has lots of improvement over the years. This year is the 10th Anniversary Yellow Ribbon Prison Run and they had a Fancy Dress contest, I thought Halloween came early when I arrived at race site, there was SUPERMAN, BATMAN, POWER RANGER, WOLVERINE and even IRONMAN.. no kidding check this out
If I have to say, the baggage deposit was awesome, they have this systematic system where by they have eight individual station and you just have to queue at any of them to get your bags deposited, you will be allocated a personal color band where you get to collect at the end. Thumbs up guys,.
The venue for starting point has always been in Changi Village, plenty of car park and that also means a good breakfast before the run with the many variety of food centers around, My only grime is that, why is the end point always away from the start point, (totally understandable) but the organizers have really improved over time again and learned their lesson, they have 50 shuttle bus to pick up all the runners back after the event. (but even so there was a long queue forming up)
The 10k runners were flagged off and I can sure say that there are more and more runners every year participating in the Yellow Ribbon Run, I am in the 6k category cause of my long term injury that is still causing me pain. So a 6k fun run would just do the trick for my desire to run.
Here are all the 6k runners awaiting in anticipation cause of the dark clouds looming over our heads, knowing that my I can’t really run that fast, I brought along my phone to entertain myself which was strapped on my arm with no water proof protection, I was like thinking SHIT! hope the rain don’t come pouring as this phone is gonna drown My plan was to go out for a slow easy run but I think I better unleash hell for the sake of my phone.
Exactly 8:15am, Right on time the horns blared and BOOM the rest is history., and History it was
I PB on my 6k this year with a 29min run, last year I did a 32min on the same course…….. at least this cheered me up a little and it will be my consolation for forfeiting my TMBT ULTRA marathon
To get your own results do visit YELLOW RIBBON RACE RESULTS HERE just key in your name or bib number and select your category.
Yup, this sucker with the injured feet with minimal or no training placed 3rd, How many times have you talk to a stranger in a running event? I would and most likely would turn to friends, On starting line there was this lady standing in the front of the pack, She was a strong runner and she ran just 5 meters in front of me all the while till Km4, that’s where I picked up my pace and passed her, surprisingly she snuck up beside me and we ended up running together, when KM5 arrived I told her to “lets put the hammer down” but she replied you go ahead, so I decided to just pace Miss Pig Tail instead since its a fun run, it was our last 1km on the course anyway and guess whats her position
Ms Pig Tail is 1st in her category, she thanked me for pacing her and we went on our ways, but not before I had a quick glance at her race bib, OK I am not a meanie to be calling her pig tail Wendy, This is how she looks like below,
Overall the running event is successful and have gain much popularity over the years, things have changed and improvement have been done this is surely one event I would not want to miss. , Oh yeah whats a running event without bumping into a couple of friends
Oh if you guys were wondering about the Goodie Bag still after reading so far, here are the goodies bag, yes NOT ONE BUT TWO !
I am gonna go get some running gear with my $50 running lab voucher, I love the water proof bag and as long as I can remember, Yellow Ribbon Prison Run Medals are always gorgeous, Thumbs up guys.. you have out done yourself can’t wait for next year.
SUNDOWN ULTRA MARATHON RETURNS WITH RECORD NUMBER OF RUNNERS AND NEW SINGAPOREAN RECORD IN INDIVIDUAL MEN’S 100KM EVENT
Introduction of new team categories allow more running enthusiasts to be part of this unique ultra marathon event
(Singapore, 15 September 2013) – Singapore’s much-anticipated and largest ultra marathon is back with a bang with a record crowd of more than 2,000 runners being flagged off at the Marina Barrage for the 100km running event.
To cap off the record breaking numbers at the latest edition of Singapore’s premier ultra marathon event, this year also saw the individual male winner complete the grueling 100km race in a new Singaporean record timing of 9:05:34 to enter the record books as the fastest-ever local finisher over the distance.
33-year-old teacher Wong Hoong Wei’s winning time smashed the previous Singaporean record set in 2011 during the last edition by more than seven minutes. Then, Ewin Teo set a time of 9:12:53 to finish third during the first Sundown Ultra Marathon to be held over 100km. The three previous editions before 2011 were held over 84km.
Said an elated Wong, who competed in the 2011 race in what was his first attempt at the 100km: “The experience has helped a lot. I did not expect to come in first so I feel really surprised. I was just hoping to do my best and beat my previous timing. Now I just want to go home and tell my wife I won!”
The much awaited fifth edition of the Sundown Ultra Marathon is returning this year after a one-year hiatus and took runners though a scenic route from Marina Barrage to Marina Bay Golf Course and the eastern tracks of Singapore, including East Coast Park and the Changi International Airport with the U-turn point at the end of Changi Coast Road.
Family and friends of participants, along with members of the public, rejoiced in the many activities at the Sundown race village. Popular local bands, 53A and The Huckleberry Friends kept the runners and supporters entertained with their music, whilst percussionists Batucada amped up the atmosphere with their percussion beats. Participants, and their family and friends enjoyed the night breeze while watching movies screened at both Marina Barrage and the U-turn point at Changi.
With three pit stops located along the 100KM race route, runners were treated to a wide array of drinks and food to keep them hydrated and fueled throughout their ardous running journey. The cherry on the cake for those triumphant runners came in the form of a well-deserved buffet spread, specially catered for by the race organisers.
To increase the mass appeal of this seemingly impossible challenge, race organisers gave the ultra marathon a different spin: Categories “Team of 4” and “Team of 2” were created to allow more runners to participate in the 100km journey through a relay format where the distance were shared equally among the group members. The inspired change allowed running fanatics the opportunity to rope in friends and family members, getting them involved in what is usually a solo pursuit.
When the dust settled, it was Team New Balance, which emerged triumphant in the “Team of 4” with a time of 6:52:01. In the individual women 100km event, the title went to first time participant Jenny Huang, 40, who completed the race in a time of 10:38:09. The top local female finisher was Sumiko Tan just under 12 hours.
Catching her breath after the race Huang said, “The race was really good especially the bike pacers, who encouraged me during the last 20km. What got me through the pain was thinking about my Dad who passed away last year and trying to impress my kids with my achievements.”
Besides the coveted winner’s trophies and bragging rights to the top ultra marathoners in Singapore, both male winner Wong and his female counterpart also took home the top prize of $500 cash and other products and vouchers from sponsors New Balance, Polar and Seiko.
“We are very pleased to see the record turnout for the Sundown Ultra Marathon despite the tough nature of the 100km challenge,” said Adrian Mok, Managing Director of organisers HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd. “It was fantastic to see the record timing by a Singaporean as well this year, particularly by such a margin.
“With the increased popularity of distance running in Singapore, we know that by introducing the team categories, more runners can be part of this joyous occasion. Also in the pipeline are plans to expand into the international sporting calendar by creating more Sundown Marathon events in the region, giving more runners the chance to experience the charm of running at night.“
Sundown Ultra Marathon Results
100km Male Individual
1. Wong Hoong Wei, 33 Singapore 9:05:34
2. Wong Kam Cheong, 36 Hong Kong 9:16:26
100km Female Individual
1. Jenny Huang USA 10:38:09
2. Sumiko Tan Singapore 11:54:14
Team of 4 – Male
Winner : Team New Balance
Time : 6:52:01.11
1st runner : Colin Tung, 26
2nd runner : Leo Jian Yong, 23
3rd runner : Muhammad Shah Feroz, 29, Physical Education Teacher
4th runner : Marcus Ong, 26, ICT Specialist
Team of 4 – Mixed
Winner : The Flying Doctors
Time : 7:09:08.17
1st runner : Lim Baoying, 31
2nd runner : Joshua Li, 26
3rd runner : Derek Li Shi An, 31
4th runner : Foo Gen Lin, 30
Team of 4 – Female
Winner : MF Tinkles
Time : 8:36:07.96
1st runner : Ng Qianyi, 27
2nd runner : Chen Zhilei, 28
3rd runner : Yvonne Yeo Bee Guat,38
4th runner : Stella Lee, 38
For more information and official results, please visit www.sundownmarathon.com.
photos to HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd
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
Singapore, August, 2013 – Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore, together with the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), recently opened registration for this year’s 3.5/10km run. Run For Hope 2013 is set to take place in the scenic surrounds of Marina Bay, starting and finishing at the Promontory on Sunday, 17 November.
The two Four Seasons hotels are celebrating 21 years of supporting cancer research through their annual run. To mark this milestone, the organisers hope to hold their largest event yet. Since the inaugural run in 1993, Run For Hope has become one of Singapore’s largest runs that raises awareness and support for cancer research. This will be the sixth year that NCCS is the beneficiary. The 2012 event saw more than 10,000 runners, raising close to S$450,000. This year, organisers aim to draw 15,000 participants and achieve a target of S$600,000. On event day, participants stand the chance to win some fantastic prizes, including overseas stays at a number of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. A non-competitive run with two distance options, Run For Hope continues to draw support across all sectors: the young and the old, individuals, families and groups, clubs and corporate. Dr Amy Khor, Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Manpower, Mayor, South West District and Deputy Government Whip, has been confirmed as the Guest of Honour and will flag off the event at 7a.m.
Last year’s inaugural Executive Challenge – which saw participation from 10 large corporations and their senior management – will return for 2013. Executives are encourage to take the lead by registering a corporate team of 20 runners or more as part of their CSR efforts. Fundraising efforts have already started at both the hotels and to date, over S$3,800 has already been raised by staff, and many more fundraising activities are planned leading up to the November run. “Since 2008, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore have partnered NCCS to raise awareness and funds for the NCC Research Fund and we’re proud to continue doing so,” says Mr. Rizwan Shaikh, Hotel Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. He adds,
“Run For Hope is a meaningful event for the community to play a significant role in helping cancer patients, and at the same time enjoy a leisurely run through the picturesque Marina Bay area. We would like to encourage as many as possible to participate in this year’s run, whether individually, with families, friends, colleagues, associations, or clubs.” “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to continue the relationship we started with Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore in 2008, and we hope that this year’s run for cancer research will be the most successful event yet,” says Dr Tan Hiang Khoon, Director for Division of Community Outreach and Philanthropy at NCCS.
“The Run For Hope has grown into a significant platform raising awareness and funds that go a long way to enabling NCCS researchers and clinician-scientists to carry out their remarkable work in cutting edge research highly relevant to our community. In the last 5 years, about $20 million dollars have gone to fund more than 60 worthwhile cancer research projects aimed at cancers relevant to our community and benefiting patients through better treatment outcomes. A number of them have grown into large-scale projects involving established research and medical institutions and winning internationally acclaimed accolades,” adds Dr Tan, who is also a surgical oncologist.
Online registration for Run For Hope 2013 opens today on http://www.runforhope.sg with event information. Participants and supporters committed to the cause can also make an online donation.
Social media enthusiasts can visit Run For Hope 2013 Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RunForHopeSG for updates.
This Run will take place on
Date 17 November 2013, Sunday
Venue to gather The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Run Categories 10km / 3.5km
- 3.5km/10km Adult (19 years old & above)* $48
- 3.5km/10km Youth & Junior (5 – 18 years old)* $25
Past-year Participant Rate**
- 3.5km/10km Adult (19 years old & above)* $43
- 3.5km/10km Youth & Junior (5 – 18 years old)* $20
- 3.5km/10km Buddie (19 years old & above)* $40
- Group of ≥10 (19 years old & above)* $38
Group Registration: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your group Promo Code before registering.
If you are interested to participate , do visit : Run For Hope Registration
Love to cycle? Love to run? – Then Run it, Bike it, Du it. Come and join in this year’s Singapore Duathlon National Championships at the scenic East Coast Park. From first-timers to the elite, the Singapore Duathlon is a race for everyone!
Schools all over will battle it out to be crowded Inter-School Champion and Clubs will go head to head for the Club Competition Trophy.
Who will be crowned this year’s Singapore Duathlon National Champion?
Registration & Fees
|18 – 29||18 – 29||20 – 39||20 – 39||16 – 19||16 – 19|
|30 – 39||30 – 39||40+||40+|
|40 – 49||40 – 49||Sprint Relay 16+|
|Standard Relay 18+|
|18+||18+||8 – 9||8 – 9||12 – 13||12 – 13|
|10 – 11||10 – 11||14 – 15||14 – 15|
|Kids Relay||Youth Relay|
Perks and Prizes
If you are looking to register, click on the big Red button under “Registration & Fees”
Its been a months or so since getting my hands on one of New Balance latest shoe the New Balance HI-REZ and I HATE IT, I hate the fact that its so comfortable and responsive.
Seriously never have I seen a shoe that so minimal and so responsive. I kept staring at that glaring orange thingamajig at the NB concept store at Novena and wonder to myself why would anyone buy this shoe? I touched and I twisted the shoe, yeah so what if its so flexible like in their ad, so what if it has the individual 43 pods stuck under this shoe… Well IT ALL CHANGED when I got my hands on a pair and ran with it. Hear me out..
The shoe undoubtedly offers a unique running experience and I have to say this is one experience I have never felt, I have the a NB Minimus MR-00 and I had trouble adjusting to that shoe in my runs, I never looked eye to eye with minimal shoes all along. and that’s what made me stood in front of this Hi-Rez shoe and analyze for like the longest time.
When the box arrived from the courier, I was wondering what it was as it was light as a feather, you can’t blame me as this shoe only weighs in at 3.7oz, but I knew it was the Hi-Rez cause it says NB, without hesitation I ripped it apart (the box) in great excitement (you can see me doing that in my Unboxing)
Hi Rez performance is no doubt amazing, I went for a couple of run and I am still impressed with it, (I still have my old injury) and when I wore this for my runs, amazingly the pain under my soles did not suffice, well most runs these days are short 5k’s and nothing more than that, the flexibility of this shoe is incredible and its not those that will twist your leg kinda flexibility but of rather a skin like effect, just like a second skin.
The shoe has bounce to it which I can’t explain, those pods are barely there and it feels like a lump of rubber on your hands but I assure you it has the rebound energy of a regular running shoe. I have brought the Hi-Rez to gravel, tarmac, stone (no trails yet) and it performs great on every surface it was on. I even brought it to my recent Tokyo trip and had use it almost everyday. I used it as it was like my slipper on every occasion I get. yes its that comfortable.
New Balance really nailed it with the Hi-rez. Putting these on is like putting on a pair of slippers—the mesh lining is soft and comfortable and the uppers contour to your feet with a process the NB marketers have termed “FantomFit.” I generally prefer sock with shoes, but I am comfortable enough going without in these for shorter runs. The toe box is nice and wide, with plenty of room to wiggle your little piggys and the heel cup is pleasantly snug without feeling too tight. There is no noticeable toe spring and the toe box flexes and widens as your foot lands with each step.
I don’t believe that the pods will last as there is already signs of wears on a couple of them, I can’t imagine if I was really running in them on long runs.
“HI-REZ is unique in appearance, construction and most importantly, feel. The difference is evident in the thoughtfully-constructed sole, which is broken into individual pieces — “zones of sensitivity” as Lead Designer Chris Wawrousek calls them”
Thank you Chris, seriously Thank you.
Isaac’s 2 cents worth
- Amazing Flexibility
- MESH LINING IS SOFT AND COMFORTABLE (think of a thin socks)
- Very Comfortable
- PODS will not last
- SMALL ROCKS and BITS WILL GET STUCK IN BETWEEN
- Needs more Color Schemes for the guys (girls you got it good)
Seriously if you just want to have a cool and comfortable shoe to walk around with please go ahead and buy this, if you want a very speedy 5k run sprint, this is the shoe to go to, if you just broke your flipflops and looking for a new one, try this one (ok its abit expensive using it as a flipflop) but hey if you got the moolah, by all means. Let me know your thoughts if you already own one. Thanks for reading and have a great week! Catch ya later
Disclaimer: I am not being paid for this review and I am not obligated to write a positive review. Furthermore. Every review is based solely on me running in the pair of shoes and my personal thoughts and opinions and are not influenced by any outside factors
The Cold Storage Singapore International Triathlon is back, and the registration is open from today onwards, Do sign up now to enjoy Early Bird Rates, Do not that Early bird rates ends at 14th July 2013. So What are you waiting for. Lets Go !
Race Date: 28, 29 September 2013
Venue: East Coast Park Area E2, Angsana Green, Singapore
|Early Bird Period||Normal Period||Late Period|
|3 July to 14 July||15 July to 18 August||19 August to 25 August|
|Standard (18 and above)||$113||$148||$183|
|Sprint (16 and above)||$91||$101||$117|
|Mini (16 and above)||$53||$59||$70|
|Kids (10-15 years)||$40||$49||$60|
|Kids (7-9 years)||$40||$49||$60|
Our Adopted Charity Organization: Singapore Children’s Society
Our Pledge: A $1 Donation will be made for every individual registration, A $3 donation will be made for every relay registration.
Our Beneficiaries: Singapore Children’s Society, 1000 Enterprises for Children in Need Programme.
What is included with your registration?
- A Timing Chip (Comes with strap). This is to be worn on your ankle to record and program your overall race timing result. This timing chip is personalised, and should not be exchanged with others. Please note that this is a loan item, andd must be returned back to the organizer after the event. A fee of $50 will be charged for any lost chip (and Strap).
- One (1) Security wrist tag. This is to be worn around your wrist, and will allow you entry into the secured Transition Area.
- Two (2) Race Bibs (Comes with safety pins). This is your personalised race number for identification purpose, and should not be exchanged with others.
- Three (3) number tags (For Cyclist only). This is to be displayed in front and on both sides of your helmet, for identification purpose.
- One (1) Bicycle number flag. This is to be properly secured to the seat post of your bicycle, for identification purpose.
- One (1) Limited Edition Swim Cap (For the Swimmer). To identify your wave start. Please do not exchange with others.
- One (1) Limited Edition Events Tee Shirt.
- Sponsor’s Products.
Upon Completion of race:
- One (1) Limited Edition Finisher’s Medal.
- One (1) race certificate.
- An exclusive race experience in the only international Triathlon race in Singapore, Sanctioned by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), and Proudly brought to you by Cold Storage.
Press Release : NTUC FairPrice Foundation donates $1 million food vouchers to needy families in conjunction with inaugural “FairPrice Walks With U” event
Singapore, 29 June 2013 – Some 5,000 participants and 1,000 NTUC FairPrice staff, together with their families, business partners and associates, took part in NTUC FairPrice’s inaugural walking event, “FairPrice Walks With U” today at Marina Barrage. The event is organised to promote healthy lifestyle and family bonding among Singaporeans.
To celebrate the inaugural occasion, NTUC FairPrice and NTUC FairPrice Foundation Chairman Mr Ng Ser Miang handed over a cheque for $1 million worth of FairPrice food vouchers to Guest-of-Honour, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo Chee Hean at the event. The donation will help low-income families with their daily needs as part of the FairPrice Food Voucher Scheme.
The FairPrice Foundation had initially pledged to donate $100 in food vouchers for each registered participant in this event, which amounts to $500,000. However with all 5,000 slots taken up, the Foundation decided to double the donation instead to $1 million.
Mr Ng Ser Miang, Chairman of NTUC FairPrice and NTUC FairPrice Foundation said, “FairPrice is privileged to organise this event that not only promotes family and community bonding in a fun and healthy walk, but also provides participants with the chance to do their part for the less fortunate. In response to the overwhelming support, FairPrice Foundation has decided to double our commitment from $500,000 to $1 million to help low-income families with their daily needs.”
The FairPrice Food Voucher Scheme provides vouchers for needy families to purchase daily essentials through grassroots organisations (GROs) of all 87 constituencies in Singapore. More than 20,000 needy families and individuals benefit from this scheme each year.
FairPrice has been working with grassroots organisations and welfare organisations in assisting lower income families to meet their daily needs through the FairPrice Food Voucher scheme since 2002. To date, the Foundation has contributed $11 million worth of FairPrice vouchers to the FairPrice Food Voucher Scheme.
Mr Andy Lee, father of two and popular family blogger was thrilled to enjoy a family outing while contributing to a good cause: “Attending any event for a good cause is always a great feeling but to be able to double up as a family bonding opportunity was really special. My children had a great time, especially with the entertainment stations en-route. I would definitely welcome more of such events.”
FairPrice Walks With U
In line with the event’s objective of promoting greater family bonding and healthy living, the event attracted participants of all ages from all walks of life. FairPrice Chairman Mr Ng Ser Miang, DPM Teo, and IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge, who was in town for the IOC Athletes Forum, flagged off the participants at exactly 8am this morning, with the PSI level well below the 24hr average of 100.
The participants started their scenic 4km walk at the Barrage and made their way towards the Gardens By The Bay (East), right next to the Marina Bay Golf Course, against the backdrop of some of Singapore’s most famous landmarks such as the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and the iconic Cloud Forest and Flower Dome at the Gardens by the Bay.
There were also various entertainment stations along the walking route and carnival activities such as balloon sculpting and a children’s art corner to keep the crowd entertained.
Commenting on the walk, Mr Tan Kian Chew, Group CEO of NTUC FairPrice said, “We are delighted with the turnout for the inaugural FairPrice Walks With U event. We have been monitoring the haze situation over the past week and decided that we should make every effort to allow the event to go on if the PSI level is within healthy levels, as we know that many of the participants are looking forward to it.
“It is fantastic that FairPrice has this event to promote family bonding and to help the poor. We hope to grow this event into one of the marquee walking events in the calendar, and something that Singaporeans can look forward to taking part in each year.”
Osim triathlon was replace by a new sponsor Cold Storage if you guys were not following the Triathlon scene in Singapore, In this little red dot, we are not able to squeeze in a Half Ironman event but also a couple of triathlon. As the running scene begins to pick up, it seems that we have a running event almost every weekend of the month. but as demand grows so does the registration fees.I am not sure I am looking forward to any races till the end of the year, I am still down with injury but I can feel that its about 85% healed now, most of my buddies say not to do anything till it feels 100%. I remember limping on my 10k run on my previous Cold Storage and that was when my injury was fresh. Running 10k use to be a very fun thing to do, but now with an injury the 10k seems to be like a Marathon.
Well anyway I am not going dwell into that but to bring all you Triathletes good news. Not sure if some of you were anticipating this after they changed organizers but here it is..
Cold Storage Singapore International Triathlon 2013 will be on the 28, 29 September 2013 and will take place in the usual East Coast Park.
No registration website has been announced yet but do keep a look out for more information in this spot.
Gotten this information below from the Triathlon Singapore website if you guys are interested,
2013 ITU Triathlon Asian Cup:
As part of the 2013 ITU Triathlon Asian Cup Series, the Singapore International Triathlon will see world class athletes from around the region competing in the Elite and Junior Elite Categories, not only to gain points for their ITU World ranking, but also to win total prize money of USD $10,000.
National Triathlon Championships:
Are you the best Tri-athlete at national level? Do you want to challenge yourself with the best in Singapore? Come and join us to compete in the National Triathlon Championships Category! You will compete with the best age-groupers in Singapore, either in the Junior Sprint Category (16 to 19 Years) or the Standard Category (18 years and above). Stand a chance to be listed as the best tri-athletes in Singapore!
Inter-club Challenge (Open for all Schools, Clubs, Corporate Companies, Statutory Boards, etc.):
Do you have a Triathlon Team in your organization? Do you want to create a Sporting Culture in your organization? Come and join in the Inter-clubs Challenge! Sign up as a team in the individual or relay categories, and share your passion for sports and healthy living with your fellow mates! Create team bonding and cohesiveness amongst your team, and at the same time, enjoy the fun and thrill of the event! Awards will be given to 5 organizations with the most number of participants. Also, stand a chance to be crown as the “Inter-club” Champion of Singapore!
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.
I’ve was reading twitter timeline and it was hilarious, the #SgHaze comments that kept on going was really funny. Not sure why but people are all waiting anxiously for the 10pm reading after the 9pm reading hit an all time high of 290PSI. Good Luck people if you are waiting for the Government to declare state of emergency, That will most definitely not happen !
Even the Merlion has taken Precaution. Save yourself and buy some quality mask, that is if they still sells it on the shelves.. What you can do is log on to eBay and order one of this baby and just pay for the freaking priority next day delivery. ENJOY and stay indoors
REally, I MEAN IT!! STAY INDOOR !!
SINGAPORE, 18 June 2013 – This weekend will be the 75th Singapore Open T&F Championship. The event will see athletes from across the Asia region compete in Singapore’s flagship athletics event. The 75th Open will take place at Choa Chu Kang Stadium, from 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Please see the attached schedule
Day One: 22 June, Saturday
13:00: Discus Men’s Open
James Wong: SEA Games Qualifying
13:00: Men’s 200m HEATS
Lee, Cheng Wei: Part of men’s 4×100 relay team
13:40: Women’s 400m Hurdles
Lim, Prasad Dipna
16:10: Men’s 200m FINALS
Day Two: 23 June, Sunday
13:00: Men’s Pole Valut
Chong, Ming Xun, Edwin
Chan, Sheng Yao (Current National Record Holder)
13:00: Women’s 100m HEATS
Pereira, Shanti Veronica
13:20: Men’s 100m HEATS
Lim, Yao Peng
Kang, Li Loon, Calvin
15:20: Women’s 100m FINALS
15:25: Men’s 100m FINALS
15:35: Men 10000m Race Walk
17:55: Men’s 4×100 Relay
1) Mustapa Elfi, 2) Lim, Yao Peng, 3) Bin Asmin, Muhammad Naqi, 4) UK, Shya
More details can be found at:
Sundown Marathon 2013
This year’s Sundown Marathon attracted about 30,000 participants and I believe that it still continues to draw a good crowd being the only night marathon race in Singapore. The race was held over 2 days at the F1 pit.
Moving the race from Changi Exhibition Centre where the race was traditionally held was a good decision as F1 pit was definitely more accessible. There were ample inexpensive night parking facilities in the nearby offices and hotels.
I joined the half marathon race as a lead up to my next race – a marathon in Phuket in a week’s time.
About the race
The half marathon was scheduled to start at 11.30pm and I arrived at the venue at quarter to 11.00pm. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have to jostle with a crowd to enter the race site. The bag checks were quick and marshals were efficient in directing people to the right entry gates.
There were 2 waves for the half marathon distance and most people started to stream into the pen 30 – 45 minutes prior to race start. I joined the 2nd wave which flagged off approximately 8.5mins after the earlier wave went off. Although it was the later wave, we still had the same amount of cheering from the strong crowd of supporters. That was really very motivating and it was delightful to see excited faces around me.
Video of the 42k Flag off *note to lower your volume as the Air Horn could blow off your speakers*
It was great at the flag off and there was no jostling for space as everyone raced into the night. The route started to get congested as we turned into Stadium Boulevard as only a portion of the road was cordoned off for the event. A majority of runners including myself started to deviate onto the pavement which had very poor or little lighting. There were also congestions throughout the entire length at Tanjong Rhu and Geylang Park Connector which was made worse by the congregation at the hydration stations.
As we headed towards Marina Bay Golf Range, the congestion eased off but soon enough it was shoulder to shoulder again as we entered Gardens by the East. This section of the Gardens is new to me and it looked like it is undergoing development. Although I felt bored running through here, I was appreciative that there were no potholes and lighting was sufficient. We had to run a loop, u turn then head out towards Marina Barrage. After the u turn, we saw the pack of 10km runners on the other side so the course was congested throughout.
The path leading to Marina Barrage was wide but lighting was bad and at certain parts it was dark so much so that I landed squarely in a big puddle of water! We finally crossed the bridge into the Barrage and I felt so relieved to finally see proper lighting and a hydration station where volunteers handed out gels and bananas.
The rest of the course was an all familiar route – passing through Bayfront Ave, Collyer Quay, Fullerton Road, Esplande Drive and finally turning into Raffles Avenue where the finishing line was. I was delighted to see beaming faces of friends and supporters. This area was well managed as there was no congestion or long queues for medals.
Other commendable areas include sufficient and well spaced out hydration points. Majority of the stations had water all ready and there was minimal scrambling. The marshals were energetic, enthusiastic and very encouraging. I attribute this to the organiser having done a brilliant job in briefing the volunteers. I believe that this is the best in the recent series of local half marathon races I have participated in.
Areas of improvement
One of the few drawbacks of the race is that the race being held over 2 days is an increase in road closure and logistic costs which translates to a higher participation fee. A majority of runners I spoke with felt complained about the dramatic increase.
The course needs to be redesigned to minimize congestion but I believe routes are always subjected to approval by LTA. Perhaps one of the ways to resolve this is to have the 10km race starting much later.
Organiser might also want to consider making muscle rubs available at the hydration stations. Alternatively,
Last but not least (though not wanting to sound like a broken record), organiser should remind runners about race etiquettes particularly the ‘keep left’ rule. A bullet in the athletes’ handbook does get overlooked so it may be very useful to have the emcee could consciously mention about it before the flag off.
Despite the few drawbacks, it was still a very well organised race and I am pleased that the organiser made a few changes to provide participants a different experience. I applaud the organiser for the efforts and will strongly encourage anyone keen to experience a night race to do Sundown.
All in all, it was a good race in my opinion and will continue to make it to my next year’s list of to do races. See you next year guys
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.