Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Nite Safari with the girls...

Attraction : Singapore's Night Safari.. Date : 15.06.09... Participants: 1 directionally challenged GPS, and 3 nutty girls ................... All this, = a great girl nite out!!

Real crocodile

The plan to go to the Night Safari in Singapore came about 2 days before. Was kinda bored, and well figured that since I haven't been to this world acclaimed Singapore attraction, might as well give it a go. Asked Shu-Ting, set a date, then asked Diana.. and wel, there was where it all started.

First: I was late... the girls met up at 5pm... but I was on the bike on the trained, so missed the message till about 5pm.. oops.. quickly showered and head to SGH.
Second: the GPS was weird... to get to Mandai (where the safari was) we had to go all the way to the Causeway!!!.. and made a turn back.. lucky got policeman to reassure us the directions.. was sooooo scared.. din bring passport ma.. but no know already, always bring passport to go to the zoo/night safari.

Third: the Night Safari got 2 shows on. One involves Men in very little clothing firebreathing, the other involves super cute animals, and their comparable part-time trainer :)

Fourth: Well.. the tram ticket only gets you a ride.. A RIDE!! haha... well...our first train ride was horrendous. The guide spoke too fast in a weird accent.. (imagine a person who cant speak proper English imitating an American acccent). Couldn't understand a word she was saying. So.... we went and asked for another ride on the tram.. hehe.. and got it (the backdoor way). The second guide was much better.. finally could understand what we were seeing along the way.

Fifth: Always chk the pictures you're getting from the ppl there before going away. OK, this was illegal, but we went and asked the nice picture taking counter ppl (who were part timers) to print extra copies of the pics they took for us. They were printing it out when their boss came.. so we all played along like lost tourists asking for directions while waiting for the pic to come. Well.. we got 2 right, and 1 more.. was a pic of 3 chinese and 2 indians guys eating on the tram.. hmm... I have no idea what to do with that pic.. girls, any suggestions?... hmm..

The pic that started it all

So, the trip to the Night Safari ended up to be exciting after all... managed to take a pic of the clouded leopard up close (it was soo beautiful) and made lotsa noise on the tram that we ghot shush-ed....but the most exciting part wasnt the animals, but rather the 2 great and silly company I had along... so girls, when's the next trip?..

I think the leopard wants me to stop now.... oops...

Trudge on...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Races Hall of Fame

Races done so far... as you can see... admittedly, I have not gotten over my jet lag..

Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore

Mt Kinabalu Climbathon - managed to go up in 3:30, but died on the way down
Shape Run
GE 10k Run
Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore

Pacesetters 30km KL
Ambank KL Marathon
Shape Run
Adidas 84k Ultramarathon – stopped at 54km
OSIM OD triathlon
AVIVA Half IM Singapore
Genting Trailblazers
Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore

SGRunners Banana Relay Run
IM Langkawi
AVIVA Half IM Singapore
IM China – DNF!!!
RAW duathlon – with a bad bad flu

To come later this year:
MR 25 MacRitchie Marathon (finished half!!)
KL Marathon (finished with the Crawl - 5:08)
Desaru Long Distance Triathlon (6:10 with 1 mth of training)
Shape Run (finished 55mins after a 10km run to the start)
SBR&AHM (used Joseph's bib - fin 2:09 with a 10k run to the start)
TNF 100 (with BK) - (fin in 8 hrs+)

GE 10k Run - not doing as same day as Trailblazers

Genting Trailblazer
Mt Kinabalu Climbathon - no doing, decided to do TNF100 with BK

Powerman Malaysia
Penang Bridge – Half Marathon

Trudge on...

My Running Shoes Hall Of Fame..

I think I made the fellows at Queensway Shopping Plaza very very rich..

1. Asics Kayano x 3 (I think... )
2. Asics Cumulus
3. Asics Nimbus x 2
4. Nike Vomero 2+ x 2 (wore one pair for SCM 2008)
5. Zoots Ultra
6. *Newton trainers x 1
7. Newton racers x 1
8. *Nike Free Everyday
9. *K Swiss Kona (got from IMChina 2009)
10 Saucony sth
11. Brooks sth
12. North Face Arnuva Boa (wore this for Kinabalu Climbathon 2007 and Mulu 2008)
13. *Adidas Response Trail
14. *Nike Luna racers (wore for the cycling and running portion of IMLangkawi 2009)

15. Nike Zoom Starts

16. Nike Frees 5.0

17. Nike LunarGlides

18. Vibram 5fingers

Altogether : 18 pairs in total.. hmm..

*current shoes

Monday, June 1, 2009

Florida - Day Two to Return

Day TWO - Actual Work day

Today was tutorial day at the World Swan Hotel at Disney Downtown. Grabbed a cab and headed there at 8am. Found the room, had brekkie.. and chatted with some other students there as well. I was a bit nervous at first, cos all of them were really experienced physicians, researchers, business consultants who had years behind them, but when we started talking, I realised that we all faced the same problems. It was a good sharing session, presented my project to the table on “Single Sign-Ons” and the whole session ended with Prof Hersch giving a lecture on the updates of medical informatics in America.

Was a bit worried at one point when I didnt get my cert, but after clearing with the Prof, he decided to give it to me since I came from far far away land.. hehe.. think there was a glitch in the system that my project din get submitted... but anyways, will email it to him later when I land.

After the tutorial, still had some more daylight, so decided to do some shopping. Cabbed to Premium Outlet Store.. and went walking and walking and walking.. Funnily, I couldn't find anything to buy with all the big brands like Burberry, Coach, BCBG, Guess, even Levis' , except a pair of trail running shoes.. which was cheaper here. After making like the 5th round (literally.. rounds) to make my cab money's worth.. I deduced that I'm not a shopper.. so ok.. time to go back. :) and chill.. love my shoes tho.. hehe

Day THREE - Disney World

Today, I go Disney – The Magic Kingdom park to be exact. This is the main park in Disney World, its the one with the Cinderella Castle (which was designed after Neuschwenstein in Europe by the mad King Ludwig II). I was at first IM-ing to everyone that it was gonna be boring, that gg there would be really siannerz all alone, but somehow... things alw end up differently from how you'd expect it to be.

I took the 11 am shuttle, since I can't wake up at 7.35 am, to Epcot. The plan was to go to the Magic Kingdom by monorail from there. Was sitting all alone, when 3 lovely ladies sat next to me. We started talking, and in flash, Susan asked me to join them for the day.. :) :)... I was all smiles.. So, I tagged along Susan, Casey and Pam in their magical trip to Disney, and they made my day awesome as well. :)

Disney is Disney, and at Disney, no matter how old you are, you're still a kid (unless you happen to have kids with you.. then.. just beware) We started out at one corner of MainSt, and Cinderella's castle was at the other end on the street. While Susan went to the restroom, there was a barbershop quartet, nearby, entertaining us while we wait. Ooo.... This place was so colorful, lively, pretty... everyone held big bright cheery smiles, it's impossible to look sad here. The Mouse sign was everywhere.. and yup, omos everyone was wearing some Mickey Mouse hat or ears... I can go on and on... but iIll make it short... the pics should say it all..

Cindy's castle.. beautiful

The Magic Kingdom was divided into multiple themes like Universal's Island of Adventure. First was Adventureland, where we paid a visit to the Swiss Family Treehouse, and rode on the Magic Carpet of Aladdin. We board the boat on the Jungle Cruise which used animatronics, but the big attraction pull here was the guide who was hilarious guide with all his corny jokes. Then we went on the Pirates of Caribbean ride which is so fun..a must-do to anyone planning a trip to Florida. The farny GuideReal anot?.. it actually moves
At the Pirates Ride

Alright, on to the next part, the more cow-boy-ish Frontierland. Susan and I went to explore Tom Sawyer's Island and the Walt Disney World Railroad that took us around the Magic Kingdon while waiting for the others to finish their ride. By the time we met up, the parade was about to begin and the crowds were lining up to watch it. We brekked for lunch after that as we were starving at the nearby Columbia Harbour House.

Next, we visited the dark and funny Haunted Mansion at Liberty Square before heading to the colorful and cheery “it's a small world” ride at Fantasyland. This was one of my fave rides.. everything was just so cute and really really nice.. haha.. watch the clip below... reminds me of when I was small, and race/religion was something unknown to me :) After that was the indoor Peter Pan's Flight and Snow White's Scary Adventures. Another of my fave ride was the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh which told the story of Pooh and his friends.. aww... sooo cute.. poor Pooh's house got flooded... aww... hehe..

Skipped Toontown where Mickey and Minnie stayed (no rides though) as it was getting a bit late already, and headed straight to Tomorrowland. Took a ride on the Astro Orbiter and laughed out loud at the interactive Monster, Inc Laugh Floor. By the time we finished all these, it was about 6-7pm already, and we were dead tired. Ate at the bakery in MainSt..mmm... can still imagine the yummy cinnamon roll... so totally worth it.. and shopped at the souvenirs shop. The whole place was so Mickey Mouse and friends, there were even aprons, baking stuff made up of Mickey's famous logos... wow... he really is super marketable... After shopping, was hoping to catch the fireworks.. but sob sob... it was raining and the show was cancelled.. oh well.. better luck next time then. :)

Ended up taking a ferry to cross the lake to get to the shuttle bus back. Man, was I super super sleep y and tired, but was well worth it. Said goodbyes to my new friends (pls come to Singapore one day ) and snoozed once I hit my bed at the hotel....hmmm.... miss it now.... Twas an unforgettable journey, with wondrous company in an amazing land...

Day FOUR – Shopping and Rest Day (Blogging From Narita)

As above.. was thinking of gg around some more, but with each entry to the parks up to almost USD100, decided to do other stuff today. Spent some time IM-ing frens in Singapore who were gg to the Sundown Marathon tt night (Just got their msg-es : Congrats BK – amazing feat.. dun think I can ever beat you now .. KL .. KL.... one month's time..; and Terence (diff Terence from the aforementioned Terence) hehe... Good Job, bro.. get a good rest now, hope the experience wasn't to harrowing to stop you from future marathon-ing ;) )

OK.. back to Flo-rida. There were numerous other attractions, but din feel like gg there as well. Was waiting at the lobby.. and the shuttle driver to another retail outlet mall came by.. hehe.. grabbed my stuff and off I went.This one was a smaller one – Lake Buena Vista Outlet Mall. Bought a shirt and a pair of Khakis for trekking and a pair of Nike Free shoes. After lunch, spent a few hours browsing the Border's outlet there. Somehow bookstores still excite me most whenever I go shopping.

Returned in the afternoon and slacked in the room. Started packing for home curled up with Dante in my hands. Had MacD for lunch... tried the Club Sandwich tho I still prefer the Msian food back home haha.. I am growing fatter by the days here.... not good.. :p

Day FIVE – The Return to Singapore (Blogging from Narita)

Didn't sleep the whole night as my sleep cycle is horrendously weird now. I sleep from 7-12 pm, then wake around 12.30am for the whole morning.. mebbe tt's how it's meant to be.. to actually sleep at night, and wake up in the morning.. hehe.. My plane to Washington leaves at 9.28am, but as usual, forgot to make prior arrangements the day before (bad habit, btw, but so far no mishaps) went to the front desk at 5am, and the lady there helped me a lot.. phew.. packed and managed to catch the 6.05 am shuttle to the airport and realised that was lucky the second time round. The driver didn't know I was boarding, but he had 2 other passengers to pick up at the same hotel. I shudder to think if he hadn't those two.. he would've skipped my hotel.. and I would've missed the shuttle.. whoa... hehe.. thank God (really, I'm happy to have His blessings.. no matter how small they are). So then and there, goodbye America, 'O land of the Free.. and home of the Brave.

The flights from Florida – Washington and Washington - Narita was OK... not much problem there, but on landing at Narita, 2 health officials came onboard to screen the passengers. Don't know how useful this is.. cos even if I were sick, I wouldn't declare it now, would I?

Alright... got my SK-II stuff.. (they have body lotion here, hope my skin won't react to this one. So far it has rejected all lotions and moisturisers I've tried). Awaiting for the flight home now.. adieu to all for now.. till the next entry..

Trudge on and explore the world.....for it hold many wonders still to impress and much beauty left for the eye to see and the heart to feel.