Are you always looking for a challenge?
Or do you miss your army days clearing SOC?
If you do, Urbanathlon is what you should sign up for!
In Singapore, we don’t really experience the four seasons like in other countries - it is either wet, dry, hot or hotter.
However, there is something that will definitely takes place every 3 months – IT Fairs! SITEX, IT Show, PC Show, and COMEX. In a way or another, they have became seasonally and it is a must-do and must-go event for most people here in Singapore.
Now, I need a camera for Mount Everest. So it has to be something that is weather proof and most importantly, cold proof! I played with Nikon AW1000 yesterday and liked it! It served my purposes and I realised I could take photos with my gloves on.
So, my final choice would be you, Nikon AW1000!
When I first got my Samsung Galaxy Tab, I was really impressed by Swype – all I need to do is to swipe my finger to key in words. Swype simply makes keying words into my Tab easier and faster.
Now I found out there is another app which is even better and that is TouchPal!
There is prediction for the word that I swiped and I can even choose to key in words using my voice. Wow… I tried and it worked perfectly!
Since I don’t have to spell out the words myself, I hope I don’t get dumb with this app.
Photo: Universal Studios Singapore
Hey you hear me right!!! The first ever TRANSFORMERS The Ride in the whole wide world will be launched in Singapore!!! It opens on 3 December 2011 but there is an opportunity for me to attend the launch party on 2 December 2011!
Exciting huh? Read the Media Release here!
Go to http://tinyurl.com/RWS-TRANSFORMERS to see my entry, ie Entry 20!
Then LIKE it!
Thank you so much and now, let me watch that YouTube video all over again! ^^
The nice Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) organisers have put up video of the routes that runners will be running this year. It is necessary to know your routes well so that you can plan things ahead. You know, things like eating a packet of PowerBar gel or banana.
And here are the videos:
I received a copy of the album from the ECO Music Challenge Season 2. There are 15 eco-songs written by local talents and that includes “World Without Fences”, the Clean & Green Singapore 2012 theme song.
Yup, you should have heard this on the TV by now. “World Without Fences” is the winning song for this season. It starts with the light strumming on the guitar and the gentle voice of Robert Sunga.
After listening to all the songs on the album, my personal favourite is still “World Without Fences”, although “Take a Stand” and “Set Her Free” are pretty good as well.
The message behind the music challenge is to promote GREENESS – doing our part to save the environment. We all have a role to determine what kind of world our future generations live in.
And it is amazing, from one music challenge, how much talented people we can find. We do have talented Singaporeans who write and create great music and people who sing well. The songs covered several genres – Rock “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, Jazzy “Save Our Earth” and you can definitely dance to “Set Her Free”.
I bet the contestants had a great time learning from their mentor, Mr Clement Chow and knowing one another. It is always encouraging to meet like-minded people and know that it is worth what you can fighting for.
You may want to give this album a try and get it online or from the NEA Customer Service Centre.
“All proceeds from the sales go to the Singapore Nature Society to support the appreciation of our unique bio-diversity at Semakau Landfill.”
What have you done today to save our earth?
Photo: Singapore Airlines
Want to go to New York City like I did? Singapore Airlines is giving out a pair of BUSINESS CLASS TICKETS!
Just answer two questions from the website above and you might be on your way to the Big Apple!
Good Luck! ^^V
I woke up early as I was quite excited about the marathon. The sky was brightening slowly and the Hudson river seems to cheer on for me.
I packed my stuff into the transparent bag provided and brought it with me to the Starting point.
There were like thousands of people already at the South Ferry Terminal, all ready to run!
To accommodate 47,000 runners, you can imagine how many mobile toilets they have.
The sun is out but it is still very cold.
From the Staten Island, you can see the impressive skyline of Manhattan. Amazing.
We still need to take a bus to get to the starting point. Took a while and turned here and there.
Finally, the Start Village.
The power bars, mineral water, coffee from Dunkin Donuts and hot tea were free for all. It is like an all-you-can-eat buffet kind of thing but of course, a serious runner won’t do that.
Alrighty, so I have finished the run and completed my mission here. The supporters were totally amazing and the weather was great – but too cold for me. I ran for 4 hours 30 minutes but I thought it could have been better.
Maybe I spent too much time in the mobile toilets because of a rumbling tummy – too much cold air. Luckily I brought along with me the Tiger Balm ACITVE Muscle Spray with to ease the soreness in my legs. I also shared it with the other runners too!
There were many hurdles to clear before the run – finding suitable food, getting used to the time change, getting to the starting point, depositing my luggage. There are many different cuisines here but sourcing for suitable food is not easy. The easiest way would be to go to McDonald’s which is relatively cheaper than most of the other delicatessens.
Time change was something that caught me by surprise. I didn’t know about this until last night. I mean, I would have made my way earlier to the Ferry Terminal at 8am but because of the time change, the 8am is not 9am. Confusing? Go Google!
Then, after reaching Staten Island, we still had to take a shuttle bus and go round and round and round. That took like 20 minutes and luckily I got myself a seat.
Lots of people moved around the Start Village and there were so many things to look out for. I almost missed my chance to deposit my luggage with Team for Kids. The closing time was 9.20am and I got there around 9am but I was figuring out where to go.
Waiting for the marathon to start was challenging too – cold wind. Very very cold. I had an additional shirt but that was not enough. Something to take note if I am coming back next year.
Somebody sang “God Bless America” before the run and I think maybe we can consider singing something like that in Singapore. Maybe “Majulah Singapura”?
And here we go…
The weather was great, spirits were high and there were a lot of excitements. The skyline of Manhattan from Staten Island was amazing and superb.
There were many supporters along the way, cheering for everyone. Kids were extending out their hands, waiting for someone to hi-five with them. People also shouted out, “Go ACTIVE!”, “Great Job, ACTIVE”, “Stay ACTIVE” to me. They must have thought that my name is ACTIVE, maybe they also saw that I already changed my name to Steven ACTIVE Goh on Facebook!
Supporters were also handing out candies, chocolates, water, Gatorade to runners. They were not stingy with their cheering and food. And as we ran through the different boroughs, it was obvious that they are proud of their own neighbourhoods. It will be great if residents in the different towns in Singapore can exhibit the same passion and love. There were also live bands performing throughout the run. Lots of music and lots of cheers.
There were runners from everywhere. France, Uruguay, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Germany… 47,000 of us! Maybe we can have more Singaporeans running this marathon next year. And more Singaporean supporters too!
Overall, I must say it was an awesome experience – doing ‘big business’ at the super duper yucky mobile toilets, tahan-ing the cold weather, being cheered and inspired by the passionate crowd, drinking tons of Gatorade, enjoying the Power Gel and banana.
A great way to see New York City and an amazing way to achieve another Finishers’ Medal.
Thank you very much Tiger Balm ACTIVE for sending me here!
You guys rock!
Finally, the reason why I am here in New York, the ING NYC Marathon is going to take place today.
I got two timing strips – 3 hr 30 min and 4 hr 5 min. I wanted to get the 4 hr strip but it was all given out. Seems like many people want to run within this timing.
Nonetheless, I have more or less gotten use to the weather here. But I still hope that the wind is not that strong later, otherwise, it will be really chilly…
Got to go.
Wish me luck!
Day Two at New York started with shooting with the Team Tiger Balm from Germany! We just walked out of the hotel and boomz, there’s Times Square!
So we did some shots here and immersed in the great atmosphere. It was 9am and the whole place was full of vibrancy and life. There were dancers filming a music video and there were people queuing up for discounted broadway musicals.
There’s a bus with the ING New York City Marathon ad and “I thought I saw a TIGER!”
Important reminder for all ING New York City Marathon runners!! Dalylight Saving Time ends at 2am tomorrow morning! This means that 2am is turned backward 1 hour to 1am.
If you are in the first wave aka starting at 8.45am, based on today’s time, you should be starting at 9.45am instead. Don’t think too much and you shall not be confused.
When you walk around the Big Apple, you can’t help but to take lots of photos. The buildings are a mixture of old and new and they fused together perfectly.
Midtown feels like a huge Orchard Road and the heart of all happenings is at the Times Square. That is where I am staying! ^^V