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Why men want sex and women need love

"Penguins mate for life. Which doesn't surprise me because they all look exactly alike. It's not like they're gonna meet a better-looking penguin someday." ~ Ellen DeGeneres

Quoted in the above titled book which I just bought - excuse my French but it's a farkin good read by one of my favorite relationship management authors - Barbara and Allan Pease.

I've read their other books, can't wait to finish reading this one!

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Books for giveaway

I just did some spring-cleaning and have decided to give these books away. Please email me by 31 December 2010 if you are interested to have any of these books.

For friends, you can collect them from my house and for strangers, I'll meet you at an mrt station. Details to be provided over email.

The titles are -

1) The Triathlete's training bible second edition by Joe Friel RESERVED

2) Triathlon swimming made easy by Terry Laughlin RESERVED

3) Triathlons for women by Sally Edwards RESERVED

4) Dynamic Yoga by Kia Meaux

5) Ultimate techniques and tactics by James Parinella and Eric Zaslow

6) Bike repair manual by Chris Sidwells RESERVED.

1) Digital photography by Ken Milburn RESERVED

2) The encyclopedia Art techniques by Tessa Clark RESERVED

1) No mountain high enough, raising Lance, raising me by Linda Armstrong RESERVED!

1) Keeping faith by Jodi Picoult RESERVED!

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Cake walk

“Life does not always reward us with the best cookie in the box, or the happiest family. Sometimes you take what you get and make the best of it. In my case, that’s where imagination came in as handily as learning how to bake. For both of these lifesavers, I have my confusing, painful, unforgettable childhood to thank. Which makes me wonder if my cake obsession, really, is not much more than my struggle to find a way to redeem with sweetness those moments that left, however bitter on occasion, such a lasting taste in my mouth.” –Kate Moses

I've been so far back on my reading and hoping to do some catch up over the holiday season. It seems like I have hit a wall when it comes to reading and I hope that wall comes down soon.

The above is an excerpt from the book 'Cakewalk' by Kate Moses. Not particularly know compared to books like "The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo" or Harry Potter, I was particularly drawn to this book as it it's a clever combination of recipes and a story in a single book. However, as I've been hitting the 'wall' when it comes to book, I decided to download a sampler before purchasing.

I've not quite gone through the sampler yet but if anyone has read this book, do let me know what you think about it.

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Books for the weekend

The Sartorialist

For a mindless read over the weekend. Not exactly a read as it's all pictures :p I've also decided to get the iPad version of Deluxe by Dana Thomas and save some trees instead of getting the physical copy. It's a very interesting read on the luxury industry.

I'm so glad that it's Friday. I'm looking forward to some quiet time since I spent the last two weekends State side in Oregon. Hmmm let's see what I've in the plans - 13 miler, trips planning, hanging out with friends.. Not exactly 'quiet' I'm afraid!

Hope that everyone is having a brilliant start to the weekend! Ciao!

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NB Aquathlon race to the end

Trying my best

It's been awhile since I did a lunch time run.

I have no idea what got into me but I decided to run during lunch the night before. I had my stuff packed and prepared. Regardless, I am glad that I stuck to my plan and did it. It was slightly brutal since I have not been running in the heat for quite some time.

Above are my statistics from my Garmin. I got it a few months back and am enjoying it so far. I get my run automatically mapped out, my pace, distance (tracked by GPS), elevation (if any) etc etc. The run went okay. It wasn't stellar. I clocked in a mediocre hour for a 10km run but it is okay. I did an average 9:54mile/minute pace. If I can uh sustain that throughout my marathon, I would comfortably achieve my target.

Anyway, the training starts proper in 2 weeks time, I am both nervous and excited about it. It will be intensive and grueling but I will try my very best.

This evening, I did 15 minutes of the Ab ripper. Friends ask why I am pushing myself so hard. The truth is, I actually enjoy it most of the time. It does get painful but I want to put in the best effort that I can for this upcoming marathon.

I think the first marathon is always slightly easier. The only aim is to complete it. For most at least. But the second one is harder. There is more pressure to do better. To try and beat your first timing. I don't know if I will be successful in achieving my target time but at least I know that I have trained hard and tried my best. So I am determined to try my best to keep to the training and do my very best. And leave it to race day to see how I perform.

And I end with a great excerpt from the book that I'm currently reading - Paula, My Story So Far by Paula Radcliffe,

... we only get one life, you should make the most of it - no looking back. Always be true to yourself and treat other people fairly and as you would want to be treated. Enjoy and appreciate it when things go well because you've worked for it. What goes around comes around. Often life doesn't quite work out like that but if you believe it does, it is easier to make sense of it. Of course things still go wrong sometimes, but it's easier to get over these obstacles if you're prepared to learn from them, put the problem behind you and work hard to get back to the good times...

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Cycling home from Siberia

Thirty-six hours of hitchhiking and buses later, we were back where we had started. Although, we would be able to pick the journey up from Meangee when we set off again, it felt as though all the ground we had gained over those first, difficult 12 days was now lost. Excerpt taken from Cycling Home from Siberia by Rob Lilwall, chapter 7, page 34

A few years ago, when C told me that she had met a guy who was cycling around the world, I went Woah cool! I was still dabbling around in triathlons and was impressed with the fact that someone would spend a year or two cycling around the world.

Recently, Rob wrote and published his first book, based on his 3.5 year cycling experience from Siberia to his home in London. It took him a lot of guts, sheer determination and stamina to cycle 30,000 miles that weaved through Siberia, Afghanistan, Australia, SEA and parts of Europe. My favorite part was when he met C along the way and now, they are happily married.

I have been helping C and Rob to promote his book and motivation sessions by spreading the word to my co-workers, friends and people whom I think would be interested. I was honored to be gifted with a signed by from Rob and it was sent via mail to me. I was excited upon receiving it and started reading it almost immediately.

I am currently about a quarter through the book and starting on chapter 12. The book read has been awesome so far. I love how a relevant quote starts off each exciting chapter - one of my favorites is,

If you were to die right now, how would you feel about your life? ~ Brad Pitt, Fight Club (Cycling Home from Siberia, Chapter 2, page 6)

Although I am no longer interested in cycling or triathlons, this book has kept me reading on about Rob's cycling adventures. I admire his courage and 'dare-to-do-it' attitude and it has motivated me to fight for what I want to do in life. I don't want to reveal too much of the book as I am sure some of you would be keen to pick up this book.

Rob will be in Singapore in April 2010. If anyone is keen to have Rob speak at a company or sporting event, drop me a note and I will get you in touch with them. For a quick read on his heart-thumping adventure in Afghanistan, check it out here. Also, watch out this space for an upcoming interview with Rob :)

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The great thing about long flights is that you get to catch up on movies. On my way to NYC, I watched many and one of it was Food Inc.

It's a summary of The Omnivore's Dilemna. It reminded me to listen to my audiobook which I was barely a chapter through.

Whilst listening to it, I suddenly wondered - what if a person was severely or even mildly allergic to corn? It's common to be allergic to peanuts, eggs, wheat and even random stuff like carrots. But what if it's corn - which is essentially in everything! From toothpaste to soft drinks to beef to chocolates and the list goes on..

Food for thought?

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More quotes

"Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you're going to while away the years, it's far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that. Exterting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life - and for me, for writing as well. I believe many runners would agree."

by Haruki Murakami - What I talk about when I talk about running

You know, I wish I wasn't hitting a wall with reading right now. I've been wanting to start listening to my audiobook on the Omnivore's dilemna but I am still stuck on the Google story - not because it is poor but these days whilst commuting, I just want to space out or sleep (when I get a seat). Perhaps it's age. Even on the last few plane flights, I just watched movies or slept loads.

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Audiobooks - fiction

I've been trying to get back into reading for the longest time but these days, I find myself not wanting to read or listen whilst on commute. Instead, I try to find a seat to catch forty winks. Sleep deprivation.

I was excited when I was informed that Mike Gayle has just released his latest book. I was hoping to find it on audiobook format since buying books means that I need to find more storage for it. I was disappointed to find that Gayle doesn't have audiobooks and also the price of most books are a lot more expensive than traditional paperback.

I'll browse again and re-consider. I was thinking of getting a fiction audiobook since the other two that I have are non-fiction. Let's see how it goes.

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What I talk about when I talk about running

Several months back I was browsing in my favorite bookstore. A tittle caught my attention. I picked it up and speed read the synopsis. I wanted to buy it but was hesistant to pay S$17 for a thin paperback.

I didn't buy it but I kept thinking about it. The hard cover at Powells cost USD$21. Then by a stroke of luck, I won S$15 cash vouchers at the airport and paid S$0.95 for it.

But that isn't the point of this entry.

I'm two chapters into the book and I'm shocked at how much I can relate to the author. I can't post a favorite quote because that will be the entire book.

I really didn't need a book to tell me what I already knew about - on why I run, on why I choose a sport that is harsh on every inch of my body. But knowing that I wasn't the only crazy person in the world, confirming that out there exists a person very much like me, gives me a strange sense of peace.

I run because I want to. But I also run because I need to. And if I don't, I get restless. I itch to lace up my runners and take them out for a ride. And I just know that if I stop running one day, I won't be quite the same.

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