May 23rd, 2010


Flip flops

Havaianas @ The Fort

Do you know where you can buy Havaianas cheaply?

It's not Singapore for sure, nor online or The U.S (except if you find some cheap deals at Nordstram Rack where I bought a printed skinnys for USD$13!) but, it's actually in Manila!

Genuine Havaianas shops can be found in most malls in Manila. The variety is great and prices are good. Take for example, the new glow-in-the-dark flip flops for guys costs about SGD$33 after conversion. I heard it's about S$59 thereabouts here? I got a pair of High Light Spring (printed skinny wedge) for S$39.

That is the reason why whenever we make a trip to Manila for work, we return with a couple of Havaianas :P So the next time you are in Manila, don't forget to check out one of the stores - which are easily found and usually very crowded!

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My first basketball game

The stadium

The game

I enjoy watching sports. Not all sports, but some of it.

I think basketball is a fun game to watch. It is fast, exciting and there is constant movement and scoring. I thought watching basketball on screen was interesting enough but in reality, watching the game 'live' is a lot more fun!

I had my first basketball game experience on my last trip to Portland. We were lucky to secure private box tickets! So we had our own room - actually it was our own Nike reserved branded room :P And it was awesome. There was food and drinks and well, although it wasn't a big match, it was a good enough experience for me.

The match was the Portland Trail Blazers against the Toronto Raptors, it is funny how what you experience in a live basketball match is quite different from on television. The latter minuses out the in-between commercials, performances and freebie throw-outs and it's really entertaining.

My favorites included the cheerleading stunts - hey who wouldn't? :P, the dogs' performance - they ran through hoops and jumped over hurdles and were really speedy and cute, the booing of the crowds whenever the Raptors tried to score and it's quite funny watching how they try to distract them! And finally, when Taco Bells gave out free bites after the Trail Blazers scored over 100 points.

I would really love to watch the Winter Olympics some day :)

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OSIM mini run finishing

How to get your butt out to run

Elevation chart for today - magnified

Like all other normal human beings, there are days where I do find it difficult to pull myself out of bed. I used to be able to run at 6 or 7am but these days, I am so used to sleeping in till late that it is tough to schedule an early morning run.

The alarm was set for 7am with the target of starting my run at 730am - 30 minutes to have breakfast, shower and wake my body up. However, I only landed up heading out at 10am. Well, at least I made it out :) But trust me, I was really reluctant. It didn't help that my glutes were aching from the previous day's Insanity plyo max interval workout. I decided to do a short recovery run which worked out great in the end.

Here are some ideas on ensuring that you make it to your morning run -

::: Go to bed dressed in your running gear. You can even wear your socks to sleep if you like - keeps your feet warm if you are sleeping in an air conditioned room. Why not? :P

::: Arrange a run with a friend or someone. You'll feel bad to bail at the last minute and there's motivation to get up and get out.

::: Aim to do a quality run i.e. it can be a short but good run. For me, it was a recovery run so short was good.

::: Run a route that interests you. In my case, I decided to choose a rolling slopes route because the challenge would keep me going. If you like running by the beach, then East Coast Park for example might be a good choice.

::: Run where you can find many other runners. It is motivating to run and see others running. It keeps you going. For me, I chose a quiet route because I knew that I would want to run further if I saw others running! It was supposed to be my recovery run afterall.

::: Bring some money with you. Promised yourself that you will treat yourself to your favorite ice cream after the run. Run towards that destination and end there. Nothing beats rounding up a good run with a treat right? I had my Mr Bean ice cream this afternoon by the way :)

::: Think of the positive benefits of running versus NOT running. It was getting hot outside and I figured it would be a painful run. But then I remembered what B.T constantly tells me - run and train in the heat so that it will be easier during the actual race. I was rewarded with a cool breeze for most of my run :) Whether it is to lose weight or work off the big meal that you had the night before, just think of the benefits of heading out for a run

::: A nap. Running in the morning can be great because you get it out of the way and have the whole day ahead to do anything that you want. That includes a nice afternoon nap! Running really early has its benefits because when you are done, you can have a nice breakfast and the day has just begun! Then I would head home to nap :P

I am sure you can use one of the above reasons to convince yourself to head out for a run? I hope so :)

Today's statistics -

Type - Recovery run
Time - 00:29:36
Distance - 2.8 mi
Calories - 223
Av. Pace - 10:34 min/mi
Min Elevation - 37 ft
Max Elevation - 98 ft

This week's workout -

18.27 miles ran
x3 Insanity workouts - Abs, Max Interval Plyo, Cardio power

A miss? I didn't attend a single yoga class. Urk.

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Discovering life through sports - Devon Wong

Devon at touch rugby

32 year old Devon Wong hails from New Zealand, Wellington and has been living in Singapore for almost a decade. He earns a living as an IT manager and spends the bulk of his free time engaging in sports. In fact, one might feel tired just listening to the activities that he engages in - Ultimate frisbee, Touch Rugby and his latest interest - muay thai. He also participates in adventure races and coaches on the side as well.

This cheeky fellow insisted that I throw over some controversial questions for him to answer. So I tried and I did.

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