Friday, December 31, 2010
My 2010 resolution was to study(as mention in my previous posting one year ago)and I can said I partially achieved it.My diploma programme is coming to the end soon in March 2011 after a final examination on 27th March 2011.I am confident I can pass though this course.What is next after this examination?It will be the difficult post graduate examination for Family Medicine by Royal Australia College of General Practitioners which enable those who pass to practice in Australia.Am I going for this examination?At this moment the answer is NO!For the past 2 years I found out it was not easy to divide my time for my personal interest like
marathon,works,family and studying.Currently there aren't any major push for me to migrate
or to work overseas.Life is comfortable here....at least for now.
What is my running resolution for 2011?Probably not much on running for next year.I already committed to run Hong Kong Marathon in February 2011 and I have no further plan for any other marathon in 2011.Maybe I will take part in some shorter distance run like a 21km run which doesn't require me to train so much.Overall it will be running for fun and to keep myself fit for the rest of 2011.Nothing on achieving a personal best but more on running as a way of socialising with the rest of my Seremban 2 running mates.Hopefully the running desire can be sustained until 2012 as I have plan to run the Sundown Ultramarathon then.
What is in store for 2011?I foresee 2011 will be a year busy with travelling.I was too kiasu enough to book too many oversea trips because of the dirt cheap Airasia price.It will be a family trip during every school holidays next year to Shanghai,Seoul and New Zealand.
2011 will also be a year which I hope I will be able to learn to swim the proper way.Currently my children are learning swimming under supervision from a coach but I am too shy to enroll for the swimming lesson because there isn't any adult in the class.Knowing how to swim is an important
and useful skill to learn in everyone life.I don't have the privilege to learn it during my younger days and I hope it is not too late to acquire the skill now.The main obstacle is to get rid of my shyness and inferior complex feeling when I am in the pool with a group of kids and young adults.
2010 is a good year.I am blessed with a good health,a good family life and also a good return in investments throughout 2010.I must thank God for all the blessing.I hope the blessing will continue on for the coming 2011.
To all my friends and readers of my blog,I wish you...
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011
May you be blessed with good health and a peaceful year ahead.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Christmas is the celebration to commemorate the birth of Jesus .
Who is Jesus Christ?
His Birth Was Different
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,"Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
This child Jesus was more than an ordinary child.He was the one sent from God to be the Saviour of the people.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
His Life On Earth Was Different
He showed us the example how to find joy and a real purpose for living.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full
He wrote no book.He accumulated no possessions but after almost 2000 years He is still the one central character of history!His life was different because He did not sin!
1 John 3:5
You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin
But in contrast to Jesus,we humans have all sinned
Romans 3 :23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
After His cruel crucifixion on the Cross,his lifeless body was sealed in a tomb but three days later his followers found the tomb empty.They thought the body had been stolen but the angels appeared and said to them :
"Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise."
You Can Have Eternal Life
When Lazarus,a friend of Jesus died,his sister Martha was very upset but Jesus comforted her with the words:
"I am the resurrection and the life.Whoever believes in me, though he dies,will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
A Way To Life
There is a way that seems right to a man,
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Jesus Is The Answer.
HE IS THE ONLY WAY,TRUTH AND LIFE!
Friday, December 17, 2010
After 2 years of running and having done few marathons,I am planning to run future marathons without much training.Is this possible?I don't have any ambitious target to achieve like doing a sub 4h finishing time.I only wish to complete a marathon without injuries within 5 hours and I don't want to spend so much time training.Lazy...right?
Time is a major factor.Lack of time and too much of other commitments preventing me from going beyond running marathons.
I always have the desire to do an ultra marathon since last year.However the fear,lack of peers participation,discouragement from my family and lack of time preventing me from doing it.
To join or not to join the Sundown Ultra marathon?This has being bothering me since the registration starts until 2 weeks ago.I have been weighing the pros and cons of taking part.Finally I have make up my mind -Not To Join!
Training for ultra is very time consuming.One needs to do about 90km/week at the highest mileage week.I don't think I can find the time to do that.My usual 20-30km/week mileage is already taking too much of my daily time.
I was very excited when Sundown Ultra marathon opened for registration.I almost paid up the registration fee but my computer gave me problems when the software blocked the registration site because it was perceived as a dangerous site.I called my sister in Singapore to register for me but she wasn't helpful.Instead she gave me advices why I shouldn't go for it.
Now I have come to my sense and I have decided to give up on my ultra marathon ambition for next year.If everything goes well then I may consider taking up ultra marathon in 2012.
To those "virgin ultra marathoners to be" I salute you guys for being brave enough to take up the Sundown 100km challenge especially to YS who has done only one marathon so far in his life.
Sorry YS..for not able to accompany you to stroll down the parks in Singapore from sundown to sun rise next year.Ha..ha..ha....Wish you luck in your maiden ultra marathon.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Place:Allson Klana Hotel,Seremban.
Date:11th December 2010
The power and influence of Facebook brought us together after so many years.We were studying in the same school-The Anglo Chinese School (ACS) in Seremban more than 20 years ago.After so many years,many of us have changed in term of appearance.I could not recognised many of them.Many have put on lots of weight with their prominent pot belly and few have lost their hair!This is part of ageing.
Hopefully we can have another bigger gathering in the future.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Starting Point:Orchard Road
Ending Point:The Padang
This year my family and I took Jetstar flight to Singapore instead of Airasia as the price was cheaper.Francis,Steve and Lau were on the same flight too.The weather was cloudy on Saturday morning.There were many other runners on the same flight.One can easily spots them from their running shoes and many wore their previous finisher T-Shirt.
The flight was slightly delayed and because of the bad weather on arrival in Singapore the pilot had to abort landing.We spent another 20 minutes in the air before the pilot successfully landed the plane.We were finally safe on ground at 10.30am.
- Later I found out that the remaining three persons walked to Orchard Road from our hotel which was few kilometres away!!What a sacrifice.I must thank Steve,Lau and KG for that.
- I was with Eric at the sub -5h pen chit chatting while waiting for the race to start.At 5.00am we were sent off.Soon I lost sight of the rest of my friends.There were too many runners.
- At 20km I noticed that I was still too fast.I was going at about 6.2min/km which was not my normal pace.I began to worry if I would developed cramps later on.I consciously slowed down to my usual running pace...6.5min/km to 7.0min/km
- Initially I wasn't sure if I needed these as I believed the weather forecast would be right.The forecast was rain at 2.00am before the race starts and cloudly weather throughout the morning.What a perfect setting for runners especially to those with big mission to accomplish.But to our disappointment,there wasn't any rain during the race but extreme hot and dry weather.
Then the worst nightmare came.....exactly like what happened during Penang Marathon 2 weeks ago where full marathoners joined up with the rest of runners heading towards the finishing line.It was a massive human jam at the bridge and I saw a runner down at the side of the road.The ambulance was having a difficult time reaching to the injured runner.I had to squeeze and pushed myself through the walkers,some holding hands strolling through the bridge.
- After crossing the bridge I was confident that I can achieved a 4:30h finishing time but I keep reminding myself not to be over excited but to continue running at the current pace.I was afraid my legs would developed cramps if I increase my pace since my quadriceps were aching.
Finally,the happiest moment was crossing the finishing line with a time of 4h 31m 27s which is my personal best time.I did not aim to get a personal best time in Singapore.I was just hoping to better my last year time of 4h 53m.What I achieved was a bonus to me since I was not feeling well few days before the race and the hot weather on the race day.
- After collected the medal and finisher T shirt,I went around the race site looking for the rest of the Seremban group but can't see any of them.In the mean time,my kids were having fun at the kids zone.This year,there were less games and activities for the kids but my kids still managed to collect some souvenirs after completing some games.
Below are the good and bad points of SCSM based on my personal encounters and opinions:
- The good points of SCSM:
- The bad points of SCSM:
Then next day,we went to Under Water World Singapore in Sentosa Island.Again I found out this place is not big as expected.Not many fish tanks.I have visited better and bigger aquarium oversea.
Then it was time for us to go home...back to our home sweet home.Although I find Singapore is a nice place to visit,I wouldn't want to stay there for a long period.There are many complaints about life in Singapore when you talk to Singaporeans.Everyone thinks grass is always greener over the other side.
There are always some interesting performances and activities in Singapore.In Changi Airport,live Christmas performances (above).