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Review of Star Wars Run SG 2017

So me being the lazy one, here’s the copy paste from my facebook 😀 

Enjoyed #StarWarsRunSG! This is my review of the event.

Pros:
1. Baggage deposit and baggage retrieval was efficiently done. Many crew members on hand, which helped speed things up.

2. There were a good number of cosplayers and crew who cheered on the runners. Really love this!

3. Running through MBS, Esplanade, Helix Bridge, Gardens was a thrilling experience. One of my bucket list items to run through at night so I’m really happy.

4. The emcees did a good job hyping the crowd before each wave was flagged off.

5. Event kept to the theme very well. Especially how even the supertrees in Gardens were lit up to be light sabers.

6. My biggest thumbs up goes to the food stalls available. I have been to quite a number of run events to know what is bleh, and what is good.

A) Generous big UFC Coconut water bottle given to everyone. I took two cause I think I was dehydrated.

B) Chobani giving out free 100g cups, one for each runner! 👍🏻 to Chobani.

C) Aloha Poke had a stall. First time trying and OMG IT IS DELICIOUS. Queueing and ordering was pretty orderly. And serving was quick. I will try to buy more often in future when I’m out.

D) Vitagen giving free vitagen to everyone. Really good job.

E) There was also a stall selling coconut related drinks/soft serve, and a korean stall. I didn’t get them cause I was low in cash (only $17), so I went for Aloha Poke.

7. Last but not least, outdoor viewing of The Force Awakens. Nothing can beat this. The atmosphere was fun, you could hear the audience laugh at the jokes, all focused and pretty much considerate to each other’s space and belongings.

8. Also a well deserving shout out to the clean up crew. Really, from where I was, they cleaned up litter so quickly. That say, I am disappointed so many littered.

EDIT
9. THE FIREWORKS BEFORE THE RUN STARTED.

Cons:
1. However due to the sheer number of participants, the routes were squeezy at some points, especially after Esplanade and behind F1 pit building. I know the organisers would have done their best to ensure the best and most interesting routes for both light and dark sides, so this was kinda unavoidable.

2. There needs to be more signs to the public and the participants because a) we are running through a popular area, b) sometimes the routes can be clearer. However, the attempted segragation under and after the Helix bridge wasn’t too bad.

3. The organisers should have reminded participants of race etiquette. This is probably my biggest problem with the event and all running events.

They should have told participants that slower participants or those who were walking to keep to the left, and let those who want to run, run on the right.

I know this is a family-friendly event. I’m not against families of course, but this is for safety. There were some near brushes where people could have collided, and I nearly collided with people too. There were families with prams too.

This is a standard runner’s etiquette I’ve seen in major running events like Sundown and StanChart.

Also many people were swinging their light sabers without considering or checking around. I saw an ang moh politely telling an aunty, “Mdm, please be careful with your light saber,” after she nearly hit him in the face with it unknowingly.

4. The human jam at the finish line was tough to deal with because many people just didn’t want to move off quicker despite the organisers’ attempts to tell people to keep moving. I think this is partly due to: a) people queueing up for the coconut water which was quite near to the finish line, and b) people trying to cross the same narrow way back to baggage deposit area.

I’m not sure where else the organisers could have put the baggage deposit, because it was in a good spacious location. However, they could perhaps consider to give the coconut water at the same time while giving the medals out. Like how some of the major races give bananas and water with the medals at the same time. (I remember when I did Sundown 2014, they gave the banana at the same time.) Hopefully this reduces the human jam around the area.

Photos!

Close to being flagged off!

Night view of MBS. Always wanted to run here at night so this is a dream come true. =)

The supertrees of Gardens by the Bay being converted into lightsabers!

My supper: Free Chobani + Aloha Poke (Wasabi mayo salmon + Mentai salmon (seasonal)) + free UFC coconut water!

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Breathe

So my trip to Indonesia wasn’t great. I’m trying to get out of that negative vibe so I won’t rehash the story here. Thank you to my closest friends for reading my rants on Whatsapp and Twitter. 

I’m really happy, joyous to be back home in Singapore. 

I had a great meet up with 2 friends; we are like the Japanese musketeers, except I’m the newbie to Japanese language and culture. 😅 I miss them so much, and I’m glad we had a good time bitching our problems. 😂

Then on Saturday night, I took part in Star Wars Run SG. It was really good 🙂 I should do a separate post for that, since I typed a lengthy review of the event. Photos will be there too. 

So today I met up with Connie for a movie again. She’s my movie buddy 🙂 we are two single ladies lol. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was really good. Goddamn it, I’m crying more, or are the movies we watch getting more emotional? Stop tugging my heart strings. 

And this is my LUSH haul for today:

  • Running low on H’suan Wen Hua, especially after my recent perm at the end of March
  • Mask of Magnaminty, cause I have no more oil controlling face scrub mask. 
  • Daddy-O because I dyed my hair for the first time ever in my life on Monday! Which is why the Hsuan Wen Hua is so needed now. 
  • Charity Pot because my skin is so dry to the point that my elbows suffered abrasions from me doing my planks. And they are peeling and scarring really not nice. 
  • And I probably visit the same LUSH stall too often to replenish, because one staff member remembers me 😂. I told Lianna to remind me next time I drop by, about shaving creams because I’m curious. In the end she gave me Ambrosia to try 🙂 but admitted that they don’t carry much stock so if I want, I have to go to the other branch in Orchard Central. Oh well 😦 this is my third freebie from LUSH already! 

Well time for me to wash off some H’suan Wen Hua and Mask of Magnaminty! 

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First line of defence

Got a bit of a blocked nose, and a swollen throat. I’ve been drinking honey but it doesn’t seem strong enough to tackle this. I’m guessing it is due to the recent weather: sunny hot days, and then we can have thunderstorms for hours. 

So my first line of defence is a 1.6L/54 ounces/0.4 gallons of honey with lemon and ginger slices, by your truly hahaha. Hopefully I recover soon!

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Going deeper into the rabbit hole. Or hell. Whichever is closer. 

Like when Alice thought “Underland” was “Wonderland”.

Either this, or Bohemian Rhapsody is a good way to describe my feeling now. 😂

I’m waiting for the bus as I type this, and my wet pony tail continues to drop beads of sweat onto my shirt.

Japanese was really tough ytd. We started learning on 敬語, after the hell that was 使役動詞. Who am I kidding though, it’ll be tougher as we continue. Even my sensei had his head on the table after the lesson.

2 more lessons and we are done with intermediate level! Ha, I really started from あいうえお until now, the looming chapter 50 of 皆んなの日本語, with Ikoma school.

So gotta finish my overdue homework for a few chapters, complete my listening exercises, get sensei to mark, and go into full on revision battle mode for JLPT N4.

So I’m blogging now cause I just completed gym, and the bus isn’t here yet.

Exhausted, and can’t be bothered to format nicely on my phone.

Same exercises:

First — nevermind, bus is here. Will continue when I’m home.

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I’m home, fresh from a rewarding shower. Thank you LUSH for making me feel so clean and refreshed now. Also doing a nose mask to get rid of my blackheads D:

So as usual the summary of exercises, we increased some of the reps, while others we made slight differences.

First circuit 

  • 35 squats with a 9kg dumbbell, cause some kid was using the 10kg ones. HAHAHAH. THANK YOU RANDOM KID. Still the increased reps killed me.
    • For the last round though, I did 15 with the dumbbell. Then Gordon told me to do 35 planks without any weight as quickly as I can.
  • 2 min plank. I can’t believe this. I actually survived the first two times? What sorcery is this. I dropped twice on my 3rd time btw.
  • 20 inclined push ups
  • 20 inclined pull ups. I managed 7-8 proper inclined pulls up per round, and the rest was modified ones as usual.

Do 3 rounds.

Second circuit

  • 20 rounds of the halo log exercise. I tried to do it faster.
  • 20 rounds of side lunges while holding a squat position on the Bosu ball
  • 20 superman lifts on the Bosu ball
  • 20 sumo squats-deadlift with the 8kg kettlebell

Do 3 rounds.

Third circuit

  • 15 Single rope swings. How many I forgot.
  • 15 reverse lunges on each leg
  • 15 ball slams
  • Last round, Gordon reduced to 10 each, but he wanted to speed through all 3 rounds like a HIIT circuit with no breaks.

Do 3 rounds, no breaks in between.

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What a wonderful day :)

Today was a wonderful day. ^_^

I collected my race pack for the Star Wars Run (Singapore):

Afterwards, with a couple of minutes to spare, I bought several skincare products from LUSH!

I bought:

  • Purmice stone
  • Pink peppermint foot lotion
  • H’suan wen hua hair treatment
  • Sunrise soap
  • Outback mate soap
  • Honey lip scrub

The staff was so kind to give me Skinny Day! She explained it’s their random act of kindness. ❤

Afterwards, we had dinner with our friends, Connie and Shuu. Glad to catch up with them over a delicious Japanese dinner ^_^.

I ordered a Niku Tendon, which contains chicken, pork, green pepper, egg, and seaweed tempura over a bowl of rice.

This was karaage, and beef sushi. The raw beef slices were torched to medium on the spot. Lastly, we had yakitori. ^_^

After dinner, we walked around for a while, then my brother had to go for another gathering. Shuu accompanied us girls for a while before he had to go. So Connie and I went for a cosmetic shopping trip haha!

I got 2 Chanel lip shine (shades 118 & 91), 1 Dior nail polish (shade: rouge), and Stila One Step Correct that was recommended by Connie.
Tbh, I am glad I finally found the right pink shade that isn’t dull, and actually suits me. Most pink lipstick shades look quite … awful on my lips, and my Bobbi Brown lipsticks are pink, but dull. So a bright pink shade that suits me is refreshing. Then the other shade is suitable for everyday red, not too bright, and not too dull. =)

With that said, I hope everyone had a good day too. Let’s enjoy the weekend!

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Gym session #7

For yesterday’s gym session, we increased the number of reps for some exercises.

So here’s the summary:

First circuit

  1. 25 squats, dropped to 10kg dumb-bell
  2. 1m20s-1m30s plank
  3. 14 inclined push ups
  4. 14 inclined pull ups at the 3rd rack (I managed 4 proper inclined, and 10 modified (legs in table top/squat position) inclined.)

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

Second circuit

  1. 12(?) rounds of hollow log ‘halos’
  2. 12 rounds of squat-side lunges on the Bosu ball. I’ve been jumping on this, and Gordon wants me to squat lower.
  3. 12 superman lifts on the Bosu ball.
  4. 12 sumo squats-deadlifts (kinda) with a 8kg kettlebell

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

Third circuit

  1. 30 single rope swings
  2. 15 reverse lunges on each leg
  3. 25 ball slams with exercise ball.

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

I think while I’m happy Gordon has constantly challenged me to try my best, I’m a bit disappointed my strength for  inclined pull ups seem to be declining. =/ I don’t know why but last week, I managed 7, 6, 5 proper inclined pull ups. Now it’s just 4 per round of the first circuit. Maybe I was too tired from the 25kg dumb-bell in gym session #6? Or the planks are killing me. Either way, I had my rather painful deep tissue massage today, and I hope when next Tuesday comes, I will be stronger.

My family returned from overseas today. Both mum and dad said I looked slimmer. Tbh, I don’t see myself as fat anymore because I really feel and look more toned than I was when I first started this gym training. It’s just my belly, and even that is starting to trim down.

Because my deep tissue massage is using chinese techniques (something like Tui Na), I have to strip down to my underwear. (I am covered with towels wherever she is currently not trying to kill me massaging on.) As such, my masseur is very familiar with my body shape. XD She has been commenting that my muscles definitely feel more toned and I am a bit slimmer than before. =)

As a side treat to myself today, I did the following beauty treatments:

  1. Lush’s H’sien Wen Hua for my hair
  2. Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty
  3. Showered both off
  4. April Skin’s Pinkyclay Nose Pack (probably should have applied a thicker layer of the nose mask… and use after a hot shower to open up the pores more.)
  5. Tony Moly’s Honey Face Mask

Well here’s to a healthier me! 😀

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Rainy day

It’s pouring at the moment. Good thing I swam earlier this morning. 🙂 It feels challenging to sleep earlier and wake up earlier, what more exercise >_<. 

Anyways, it's nice to be knitting on rainy days in the office. Work has been quiet, but gradually becoming busy. So I appreciate all the peace I can get before the hectic period starts. 


Meanwhile, I bought a wooden bridge, and wooden toy for Yuki. She needs a while to figure them out, but I realise she loves to have her noms under the bridge. ^_^ 


She’s sleeping in the office so I guess that’s one way to save electricity. ^_^|||

That’s all from me. Back to knitting!