Walking 11km

Part of the plan for December 7th, is a weekly jaunt around the MacRitchie Reservoir. The last time I did it, I wasn’t sure I was every going to do it again but I have 🙂 Yes yes, I’m feeling all proud of myself that I’m doing something more physical then just ironing to the Mamma Mia soundtrack. I figured that I should get my body use to the distance for the Standard Chartered Run lest I’m one of those that appears in the morning paper after having collapsed from the run :p

So with my husband in tow, we decided we just walk for the first of what should be 7 more weeks around the reservoir. Unlike the last time, we decided to walk at a fairly quick pace, which is what he normally does except this time, I’m not reminding him to slow down. And it took us slightly less than 2 hours to cover 11km. I still can’t believe how my friend managed a half marathon in that time. Anyway, I was tired at the end of it but totally hopeful about doing the 10km in less than an hour and a half now. Yes siree, that’s what I put down when they asked me how long I reckon it’ll take me to finish the run. In all honesty, I was going to put 4hours but with Resh on the other end of our msn conversation, telling me it WILL NOT take me 4hours, I caved at an hour and a half. I was petrified about trying to finish the run in that time.

Now I’m just scared.

I still have 7 more weeks to go. For now, I’m grateful that I live close to the MacRitchie Park for my walks/runs. It is one of those spots in Singapore, that feeds your soul and calms your mind. It isn’t a valley in Banff, Canada but it’s where I go to get my nature fix.

Last Friday, at dinner with friends, one of them reminded me that I was quite the runner … oh way back in school. That’s true, I did run and enjoyed it too. Well, in the next 7 weeks, the nature trails are going to get quite acquainted with me and maybe I’ll be reminded about why I loved running 🙂

Dress Down Fridays

When you work in the corporate world (BTW I’m not even sure what that means, I’m figuring it’s being in an office like me), you live for “Dress down Fridays”.  I don’t work in a bank or a legal office so I don’t have to wear suits.  Thank goodness for that!!  While my office isn’t as stuffy as that, it sure isn’t the start up production house where I lived my 20s.  Then it was T-shirts and jeans on Mondays and Fridays were flipflops and shorts.

Now I don’t get to wear flipflops any more and I start Monday mornings knowing which T-shirt and jeans I’m going to wear on Friday.  Simple things that gets us through a work week :p  So you can say I was a little pissed that the last two Fridays, my “dress down” were stolen from me.  We had some Australian guests in town and they decided to drop in on us on Friday!!!

Of all days, Fridays.  Sigh.  So what do I do when my plans for a comfy Threadless T and my favourite jeans, which I bought for from Taipei at an amazing S$40 deal, are taken from me? I had to put on a dress. A Cue dress and sssssshhhhhhh don’t tell anyone, both Fridays saw the same white dress too.  That’s what I do when I have to do a little “dress up”, I pull out a simple tailored dress that from my favourite line from Australia.

Nope, I don’t look like a model in their dresses but they make pretty tailored dresses that are comfortable enough for a stolen “dress down Friday”.  I especially like the pockets they always put in their skirts and dresses.

And yes, the white dress worn twice in 2 weeks is on the way to the dry cleaners now so that next time you see me in it, you don’t have to wonder 🙂

Mamma Mia

I’m still singing in my head and humming out loud.  I had so much fun with the movie, I could watch it again 🙂  My hats off to Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan for singing their own tracks and making it all look so fun!!  Sure it was cheesey, kinda like my sister and me dancing in our rooms and that’s what I’d call FUN 🙂  Nothing like an ABBA song to get you on your feet and prancing around at home.  ‘Cept if you’re my husband, he’s wondering who stole his wife and replaced her with a partially tone deaf fifth wheel of ABBA :p

Thanks Shu for recommending Run Lola Run but the Mamma Mia soundtrack will have to do for tomorrow’s run until I get my hands on Run Lola Run 😉  Till then, I want to hear everyone, together now … honey, honey … how he thrills me .. aha, honey honey … honey, honey … nearly kills me … honey, honey … i’ve heard about him before … i wanted to know some more … …

Training For 10km

I don’t know what I was thinking when I registered for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. I’m not even running the marathon, just the 10km and right now, I have to be honest and say I don’t even know if I’m going to be able to finish it :p Another 59days and my 33 year-old body will be put to the test. We’ll see if my training reaped any results.

I’m pretty clueless about running … but I keep thinking to myself it’s running!! In the last 33 years, I’ve ran off and on. Lately it’s even been a daily affair … needless to say, it’s usually just for the lunchtime shuttle that takes us to Holland Village. How hard can it be, right? Put on a pair of sneakers and pretend I’m being chased?

It’s hard. Very hard.

I started my first run at what I thought was a fair pace and was actually feeling pretty good about myself … then the pain started, small squeezing of the thigh muscles, the lungs feeling a tad strain, I look at my watch and painfully realised that I’ve been running for only FOUR MINUTES!!!

Yes, I did mention I was clueless already but I’ve come up with a plan 🙂 One to build enough stamina to last an hour and if that doesn’t cover 10km … … I’ll walk whatever is left. So far, I’m up to 20minutes of running, by this weekend I hoping to get to 25. Slow and easy is my motto. Though I’m slowing realising running is a mind thing as much as it is a physical thing. And my mind works off what’s playing on my shuffle. So far these have kept my feet pounding the pavement:-

What keeps you running? Coz I’m going to need more than that to last 10km :p And oh yah, I was thinking about my dear friends when I registered. Dec 7 will be for Zacky, May, Mich and Resh!!!

My Grandma Taught Me …

… if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.

CONDOLENCE LETTER FROM PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG ON DEMISE OF JB JEYARETNAM
30 September 2008

Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam
Mr Philip Jeyaretnam

Dear Kenneth and Philip Jeyaretnam

I was sad to learn that your father, Mr Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, has passed away. Mr JB Jeyaretnam was a Member of Parliament for Anson constituency from 1981 till 1986, and a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament from 1997 till 2001. He used to engage in heated debates in the House. Perhaps it was because he and the PAP never saw eye to eye on any major political issue and he sought by all means to demolish the PAP and our system of government. Unfortunately, this helped neither to build up a constructive opposition nor our Parliamentary tradition. Nevertheless, one had to respect Mr JB Jeyaretnam’s dogged tenacity to be active in politics at his age.

However, our differences were not personal. In 1993, one of you (Kenneth) wrote to Mr Goh Chok Tong, who was then Prime Minister, to say that you found employers in Singapore reluctant to offer you a job, and your only explanation was that the employers felt the authorities would not welcome your employment because of your name. Mr Goh replied with a letter which could be shown to prospective employers, to say that the government did not hold anything against you, and that employers should evaluate you fairly on your own merits, like any other candidate, because Singapore needed every talented person that it could find. Mr Goh had previously made the same point to your brother Philip, whom he had invited to lunch. I am therefore happy that both of you have established yourselves in Singapore.

Please accept my deepest condolences.

Yours sincerely
Lee Hsien Loong

I didn’t know Mr JB Jeyaretnam personally, but like everyone else he deserves his moment of silence, especially since he was willing to put his life on the line to fight for what he believed was best for his home.

There is no time more apt for me not to say anything.

Great Way to Start the Week

I had a little motor vehicular run in this morning.  A car decided to stop a little too close to me and our bumpers met.  I was mostly annoyed when it happened and started to think about how I was going to have to convince the guy (yep, you read correct, it was a guy) that it was his fault.  But when I stepped out of the car, he was actually nice about it, apologised and gave me his contact.  We examined our cars and nothing seemed amiss.  Goes to show, that there are actually good human beings out there 🙂