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The Sabotage Experiment

After my Osaka Marathon, I stayed back in the beautiful country to explore, but not exploring the sites and sound but exploring all the delicious food that I can get my hands on from ramen, sushi, gyoza, tempura and that is the least sinful mentioned. Running a marathon does not warrant one to indulge in such experience as it means sabotaging one self from future events.

Basically everything you have trained for will go down the drain, I tried experimenting with this sinful experience (well I do not regret it because I get to eat all the rubbish that no athlete will do) for over 3 months, and for this three months I ate fast food like it was a everyday meal, coke and sugary drinks are just the norm even nightly desserts are considered normal.

That was all back in October and since now its February all this has got to stop. I have to tell you it is not a good experience, eating all those junk seems pretty good at one point of time where chocolates, sweets, all had no effect on me what I felt like eating just go for it

Let me share how one would the after effect and how I felt If you did the same.

First of all you will feel so lethargic and just feel like sleeping in bed everyday, hunger pangs will keep coming like it was a school bell at 3 and your mouth will crave to crunch on something even when your not hungry. The energy that you had will be obviously be gone and running even for 1 mile would feel like it’s a marathon.

The worst part is not those, the worst that I ever felt was that my waist and belly just let loose, I could not control my abs and it was all hanging out like a beer gut. Clothes that fitted well could not fit no more, everything was tight and looked awful no matter what I wore, it even we t to a point that sitting down was so uncomfortable with the excess gut from all sides spilling out.

While typing this post out my jean’s button flew out from bending over to type on the keyboard. LOL “Man what a torture”

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Lucky for me I have cut down all the oily food and watching my diet, water only and coffee to one cut a day without sugar, my meals have been regular and limited to a fist size for carbs. basically I pack in more protein than carbs and vegetables a plenty. I have not started my training for any event as I have not decided to sign up for my triathlons or continue to pursue my Marathon Majors, I am waiting for NYC marathon results to be announce, but that’s in November, but for now I will just have to look for something close to home.

If you ask me If I would do this again ? I would say “YES” so learning from my experience, if you want to indulge you can do so for maybe a week or so, never ever so many months. This is madness and I can tell you its like a blackhole that will keep sucking *my analogy for “stomach wanting more food”* because I really hate to look overweight with ill fitting clothes but I sure do love the food.

Happy Chinese New Year everyone, Enjoy your new year goodies and live happy and be merry always.

SPRINGTIME LOVE IN SENTOSA

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Come visit Sentosa as it gets transformed to welcome the Year of the Monkey From 1 to 14 February, embrace the Year of the Monkey together with your closest family and friends and look forward to a myriad of activities and routes to weave through at the State of Fun.

Start off with a slow stroll through the Merlion Plaza and be visually treated to floral displays or spot the Family Bliss lantern display featuring three generations of monkeys. Feel the springtime love as you pass the Union of Love and Butterfly Garden light displays before hitting the Prosperity Bridge enveloped by arches of lanterns and romantic Cherry Blossoms. Looking for luck?

Weave your way through the Prosperity Maze at Siloso Point or visit the Guardian of Prosperity at Sentosa Merlion and receive a free Prosperity Coin Holder with every ticket purchased. What’s more, take a picture of yourself in a monkey pose in front of the Sentosa Merlion and post it on Instagram with #SentosaMerlion for a chance to win attractive prizes!

Make the Lunar New Year weekend one for the family and bond over traditional activities such as calligraphy, paper cutting and palm reading from 6 to 9 February at Siloso Point. A hit with families, Port of Lost Wonder will also be having lantern making activities for everyone. After expending your creative juices, take a walk under a shelter of lanterns towards the Cherry Blossom Trees to pen a wish with your loved ones, or swing by the Palawan Amphitheatre at 5pm (daily) to get up close and personal with Mickey, the Pig-tailed Macaque. In light of the year of the Monkey, learn more about long-tailed macaques including their facial expressions with “Understanding the Long-tailed Macaques” by Sarbina Jabbar on February 20 from 1pm – 2pm at Sentosa Nature Discovery.

On 8 and 9 February, visitors can also look forward to Lion and Dragon dances at the Beach Plaza and Port of Lost Wonder. Another canopy of lanterns welcomes visitors as they descend on the popular stop, and are immediately taken by the beautiful colours of the Springtime Garden. Large wall mural lining the paths at the Springtime Garden will certainly provide the perfect picturesque backdrop for couples looking to capture romantic moments with a ‘selfie’.

Discover nature even further with a line-up of activities from February all the way to March 31. Fall in love with the animal kingdom with a photo exhibition “Love in the Animal Kingdom” by award-winning nature photographer C.S. Ling at Sentosa Nature Discovery from 9am to 5pm. Learn more about the magic and work behind these photographs when C.S. Ling speaks on “Photographing Wildlife: From Heart to Lens” at the Discovery Room from 2pm to 2.40pm on 13 February.

End of your excursion at Sentosa by heading over to the Merlion Walk, and get a glimpse into what the year has in store for you at the Zodiac 2016 signboard or Horoscope Sign Board on the Beach Plaza. Providing the perfect light and floral display to wrap up the February festivities is the Orchid Connection and Merlion Walk will be brilliantly decorated with floral displays. Round up the evening with Wings of Time and feel the Springtime love take flight at Sentosa, this February.

The IGNITE Ultimate by PUMA

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The PUMA IGNITE Ultimate retails at SGD 199 and will be available in both PUMA retail stores and authorised dealers in February

 

PUMA Night Run Singapore 2016 is Back with More Action

PUMA Night Run Singapore is back for its third instalment this year and will be held on 27 August 2016.
PUMA Night Run LogoBuilding on the success of the previous two editions, PUMA Night Run Singapore 2016 invites runners to take on the new 6km and 12km categories, the venues and time will be confirmed when the date is close. 
 
Stay tune for more details and we hope to see you at the race this August!
 
#PUMASG #NightRunSG

 

How To Counter Netflix Block in Singapore

Last Friday, Netflix announcement got the audience up in arms and furious in Singapore because they are going to BLOCK PROXY ACCESS as reported in the StraitsTimes.

As you guys know Singaporean will be getting the short end of of the stick if they are going to be subscribing to Netflix Singapore, why is that ?

Reasonable as the Netflix monthly fees are, some customers are disgruntled about the fact that Netflix Singapore looks nothing like the U.S. Netflix.

House of Cards, Arrested Development, South Korean TV dramas and Chinese Kungfu movies are among the missing content in the Singapore version of the service.

So why not just VPN it and stick to US of A Netflix? Unfortunately you can’t do that cause Netflix stated in a blog post Thursday that in the coming weeks it would block all VPNs, which are proxies or servers that allow users to access content that is not locally available.

So what can we guys do to work around this?

Well literally nothing boys, Big corporation wins and consumer lose, either that or we just move to USA.

 

Ultra Singapore 2016: The festival returns in September

Get ready for round two. After Road to Ultra’s successful run during the Singapore GP last September, Ultra Music Festival will launch a full-scale, two-day festival on 10 and 11 September this year.

This time, they’ll upgrade from just one stage last year to three: Main, Live and Resistance. Instead of holding it indoors — Road to Ultra was held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre — revellers will be partying away in an outdoor venue that has yet to be disclosed. Last year’s list of names included Skrillex, Alesso and Nicky Romero, so stay tuned to their Facebook page for more updates on the lineup. In the meantime, Tickets will go on sale 19 January 11 am: This is a confirm sell out.

If your one of the lucky one to have a TICKET CODE for Private Sale in advance click here

5 Ways to Survive Color Run

Did you know that The Color Run was founded in March of 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”.

It is the only original paint race and have created a completely new genre of running events that continues to grow. Now the single largest event series in the United States, The Color Run has exploded since their debut event and is now hosted in more than 170 events in 30+ countries

As for me having run the two color runs in Singapore back in 2013 and 2014, I have came up with 5 steps to have a more enjoyable Color Run and to make your entry to this wonderful event worth it.

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5 Strategy to Make the Most of “The Color Run”

1. DRESS-UP

Dress up to the occasion if you can, Suit-up in your best funky outfit and you will definitely attract lots of attention. The regular Tu-Tu and High Socks works but you will look like the rest of the girls and guys who don on the “Official Wear”. I wore my regular shirt and tie get-up as if I was going to the office (which actually what I did, just coming after work to the event).

2. COVER-UP

Remember when running through Color zone, do remember to cover your mouth, I had ran through the color zone with so much enthusiasm that I went opening up mouth calling out to the volunteers “Come on guys do your best and COLOoOooOo……. POOOF….) and the rest was history, That was all I could say until my mouth was filled with green I just made Hulk look whiter than snow.

3. PHOTO-UP

Remember when you run through the course, do not forget to take pictures of you and your buddies to cherish the memories of this wonderful event. I would totally recommend the something water resistant or with a waterproof case. Those memories will make you cherish and laugh at those moment after a few months later.

4. COLOR-UP

I see people rushing through the course, but really why would you do that guys? This is not a race my friends, this is “THE COLOR RUN” and what do you do in the Color Run? you get colored. So if I were you guys, I would stop and take my time at all the color zone, Walk..Jump…Hug… or ROLL on the floor even. Seen couple of peeps rolling on the floor making the color like it was snow, creating a color snowman.

Picture by Daniel Chua

Picture by Daniel Chua

5. PARTY-UP

And lastly never leave the party early, Chill out and hang out with your buddies dancing to the grooves, Sentosa was an awesome venue where people party till the sun went down. Well I hope you guys had fun reading my “5 Ways to Survive Color Run” See you at the next one.

Pic By Albert Tan

Pic By Albert Tan

Top 3 Must Eat Petaling Street Indulgence

2016 started with me in the heat (yes HEAT) of Malaysia,capital Kuala Lumpur and it was ridiculously hot,you can feel the burning heat from the tarmac and the pollution from the city contributes to the health hazard that one have to endure when your in the Capital.

But brave souls who sacrifice their health will be rewarded with tantalizing flavors of the yesteryear, where old school hawker meets fast paced city. We started out journey from our hotel (review on tripadvisor) walking about 500m to Central Market

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I have heard of legendary tales where wanton noodles are made in heaven and once you had it, you will dream of it just like you died and went to noodle heaven.

This place is none other than Seng Kei, it is located next to Lai Fong coffee shop. I was hesitant to share this with you guys cause I just want to eat this to my self and not making it even more known to the world of foodies out there cause I swear to god it is that good. This establishment have been there for many years and it is worth going there just for the noodle.

wanton noodle Lai FongI had the dry wanton noodle with extra noodle (YOLO) and as far as I know dry noodles have always been my number one choice – I would know where to sniff out dry wanton noodles from every nook and corner of every country. The plate shown below only cost me RM6 which equates to about US$1.36 or SGD$1.96.

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This plate looks nothing like the one I have eaten usually, the glistening of the noodles seem not well coated as you can see in the picture, but like they say “Do not judge a book by its cover” and with one bite into the noodle after mixing it with the fragrant oil and thick soy sauce, I have to say I died and went to noodle heaven. The noodle texture feels Al dente and full of flavour, you can’t stop after one bite as it this delicious bowl of flavorful noodle just makes you want to stuff your mouth silly, but so it seems, nothing is perfect. The char siew was the only let down as it is slightly dry.

I would still say HECK, head over to Seng Kei and order yourself a large plate of some awesome dry wanton noodle. NO REGRETS. If I could I would have licked it all dry but there were people staring.

Seng Kei Wanton

Our food journey doesn’t stop there, as we walked across the street and head over to a very famous beef noodle stall which also have been around for a long time, and I do mean a long time. That guy in the picture seems that he love what does and you know that food cooked with love taste better.

I am not going to talk about their past as we have two more places to go but I will surely tell you that you got to eat this.

Shin Kee Beef NoodlesShin KeeIronically the shop name is Shin Kee which was similar to the wanton noodle stall name Shin Kei, maybe back then every ones name was Shin something.. Shin You, Shin Mee, Shin Beef, Shin Chicken.

Shin Kee Beef Noodle

As we are saving our stomach for what is to come, we only ordered a single bowl of hot piping beef noodle soup but I so wanted the dry one as the guy in front of me slurping his noodle seems to be slurping everything in front of him as it was his last day on earth.

I have to say I was very surprised with the flavor of the broth, it was out of this world, the sweetness from the beef that was thinly cut and poured onto was very light and has this rich flavor without feeling too beefy. The noodles is topped with well seasoned mince meat to add to the flavor which was already very tasty, and like I said nothing is perfect, the noodle was a let down as it has not soaked the flavor from the soup but just drinking the soup and having thinly sliced and tender beef makes this trip to the stall all worth it.

Madras Lane

Number 3 must eat on my list has got to be at some dodgy,smelly back alley but with all the smell and dirty lane you will be rewarded with some very very tasty food.  This place is called Madras Lane and they are famous for their Asam Laksa, Chee Cheong Fun and Yong Tau Foo, but wait there is two stalls here in Madras Lane selling the same stuff, which one will you try?

Madras Lane Laksa

Do you see the lady with the strip T-shirt on the left background? well its that stall, its on the LEFT side of the famous chee cheong fun and it is connect to the drink stall which is owned by their son as well.

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We ordered Curry Laksa, Asam Laksa, Chee Cheong Fun as well as Yong Tau Foo, let’s just say we skip the rest and save your calories for this hot piping very sourish bowl of scrumptious asam laksa (when ordering please tell the lady boss you would like it with more lime). The Asam Laksa packs a punch of flavors that will tantalize every sensory on your palate, The springy texture of the noodle is masked by generous bits of mackerel fish, and every bite of this makes your mouth waters even more as the lime perfectly blends well with this noodle.

I can’t say the same for the curry laksa but it is a bowl rich with generous scooping of bloody cockles on your noodle as you can see from the picture. The curry laksa is a tad spicy for most but hey it’s Asian culture to love our noodle spicy and bloodied with cockles, where is the fun in that if its just plain tomato noodle. I would eat just to try the flavor but I the Asam Laksa is highly rated by me for its flavor.

I also highly recommend you guys to order the ice black coffee “KAO” from the son’s establishment as it is out of this world. Japanese love their アイスコーヒー, aisu kōhī and if they knew about this place, I think it would be the next Starbucks of Petaling Street. A single ice coffee cost only RM2 which is USD $0.45cents SGD $0.65cents

I ordered one to wash the lunch down and another to go cause of the blistering heat to reward myself for able to sit in the stuffy lane of Madras, please do not be alarmed to see rats the size of a small cats running a mock in broad daylight, its a wet market after all.

Madras Lane Ice Coffee

As we retreat into the evening for dinner but sadly this is not along Petaling Street but it is still within close proximity with just a walk away. My buddies recommended us to head to this place that sells pig organ soup and they are famous for it, true enough at 5pm it was already packed with people, we waited for awhile before we got our seat at the table. Not reviewing this establishment but just sharing the good times we shared amongst friends. Good time indeed

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