Thursday, April 6, 2017

OSIM Sundown Marathon 2017

Review

So it is the largest night run of the year – OSIM Sundown Marathon 2017. Together with Andy (@sengkangbabies) & Nick (@nickpan.runs), the 3 Daddies completed our individual categories with pride.

Andy took on the crown of the race, running his maiden Full Marathon (42.195km) and completing it within 6 hours! Super inspired by our Marathon Dad!
Nick added the jewel for us, running in the 10km race and did his Personal Best under 50mins! He is now the official Flash Dad among us!

And me? I took on the Half Marathon (21.1km) and did pretty well too. Completing in 2 hours 19mins, not my best but second best, so still an awesome result.

With around 27,000 runners coming together for this year’s Sundown Run, it was truly a #SleepCanWait testimonial. But probably one of the biggest highlight for me was to be one of the 12 Sundown Ambassadors, helping to raise funds for my chosen beneficiary – Beat’Abox Group Pte Ltd (@beataboxsg).

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There were a lot of great ideas from the Organizing Committee, but some times the saying is true – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. In conjunction with the organizer’s effort to cut down on wastage (uncollected bibs), they introduced the idea of printing running bib on-demand. This created quite an uproar with the participants who for some waited more than 2 hours just to collect their race pack, some even in the rain (as collection was done in the open carpark area behind F1 Pit Building).

By God’s grace, I wasn’t able to make it for Day 1 collection and went on Day 2 instead. The situation was slightly better and I spent about 50 mins to get my race pack.

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One important life lesson I learnt while queuing for the race pack.
True sportsmanship doesn’t start on the race day, it is in our daily behaviours.
I know the participants have the right to be angry for waiting in the drizzle, for the long queue, for the insufficient collection counters, etc. But some of them were outright rude and uncalled for when they started to be angry towards the part-timers who worked equally hard to make things right.

So for the records .. a big THANK YOU to all the part-timers who assisted in any way, from collection to actual day.

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The place was readied for the fringe events and sponsors are getting ready for the runners and supporters.

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Despite the admin issues, the crowd was happy to enjoy a great night of fun and laughter.

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A selfie with my running buddies for the night before the race.

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One other privilege of being an Ambassador, we did not need to queue to enter the start pen. We were ushered from the side and went straight to the front. Quite an entry but quite intimidating too, especially when we see all the professional runners standing a few feet away.

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It was a cool night, the 3 of us tried to stay together and pace each other, but I guess we sort of went solo after the 10km mark. I was trying to stay at my pace of 7mins/km.

The route was pretty ok, except for the last 3km when we had to run up the Sheares Bridge, that was the killer for most of us. I can practically see everyone walking at some point of the bridge. That stretch probably cost me to lose a few minutes of time, if not I may be able to meet my target of 2 hours 15mins.

Water points were well placed and sufficient. Given the experience of the organizing company, I guess this could be the minimum. However, the distribution of the bananas was not clearly indicated. It was done at the 9km mark, and after the race quite a few runners commented that they didn’t see it at all. I remembered it was under the Helix Bridge and the place was a bit dark. Maybe more lights and even a flashing sign would be good.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the run and the beautiful sceneries along the way .

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I had a good sleep after the race =)

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Thanks to Sundown Marathon for the opportunity to be part of your 10th year anniversary run. I have to say in all honesty, regardless of the areas that were dissatisfactory, the run was a success!

Looking forward to 2018!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay

Media Invite

 

March school holidays are here!
This 1-week break is usually the time when kids can take a short break (preferably with minimum homework) before moving on to the mid-year exams in less than 1.5 months time.
So, enjoy the holidays and don’t stay indoor! It is the best time to bring the kids outdoor for some activities and fun!

Gardens by the Bay has brought in life-size colourful dinosaurs for the month of March! Starting from 10 Mar – 2 Apr 2017, you can bring your kids and join Brachy and his friends for entertaining activities like dino-egg hunt, carnival rides, games, crafts, workshops, and even music from the movie “Jurassic Park” performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra!

Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay

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Creative Crafts
Head on down to the corridor leading towards The Meadows or the Supertrees. Have fun with rainbow colours and get creative with crafts like Keychain Shrinking and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures using the simplest materials. Certain activities are free, but others may have minimum charges.

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Sand Art is always a big hit for all kids. Even for Joey, the chance to play with coloured sands and customized her own bookmark is a sure hit.

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Dino Keychain done by shrinking the plastic in an oven after the kids added on the colours. It’s so cute!

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Carnival Rides & Games
What outdoor fun is complete without the carnival fun? Rides and games booths are situated all around the garden for kids and adults to enjoy a time of laughter and “anguish” (when you missed).
Tickets are priced at S$2.50 each, with the minimum of 2 tickets for each game or ride. Pretty costly in my personal opinion, but nothing is too expensive to see the seriousness of the kids’ faces when they play and the fun they have on the rides.

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Jayne is at a slight disadvantage because of her height, but Joey on a few occasions were pretty close in hitting one of the balls.

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This stall proves to be a huge challenge for the girls. Unable to control their excitement, they threw all the balls so hard, none of it landed on the cups but rather all bounced out of the table. Next time maybe.

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After all the fun and running around, it’s a good time to just bring out the picnic mat and rest at The Meadows for some performances. You can get your picnic snacks, drinks or food just beside where there are a few stalls set up for your convenience.

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Back to more rides after the performances.

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For S$20/child, you can experience something different and super fun at the Terrarium & Excavation Workshop organized by The Learning Lab.

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Prepare to get your hands dirty but all for the good of learning.

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Building a Dinosaur Terrarium. All materials will be provided, like the glass jar, the gravels, soil, coloured sand, Fittonia plant, water and the “fossil” dinosaur figurine.

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Joey started by spreading the gravel over the base of the glass jar evenly, as this serves as a drainage for water. Next is to pour in the soil on top of the gravel.

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Create a hole in the soil for the stalk of fittonia plant to be inserted in.

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Love it when I see how Joey carefully place in the plant and took extra effort to make sure that the soil covers the roots properly. Since P1 she has a special interest for science. And she totally enjoyed the workshop.

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Spray water on the sides of the terrarium and on the plants to remove excess soil, as well as moisten the soil.

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Lastly, decorate the soil bed with coloured sand and some more gravel. We are almost done.

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The dinosaur figurine.. Excavation process activated..

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Put in the dinosaur figurine, close the lid and we have our Dinosaur Terrarium!

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Before we headed home, we took one more walk around the place to take some photos of the Dinosaurs on display.

Brachy the blue Brachiosaurus, standing at 16m tall. You won’t miss him.

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Rexy the red Tyrannosaurus at 9m tall.

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Tricey the yellow Triceratops at 7m tall.

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Anky the purple Ankylosaurus at 3m tall.

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Paramummy & Parasi, the pink Parasaurolophus at 4m & 2.4m tall respectively.

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If all these are too fierce-looking for you or the kids, then look out for the more friendly and cute dino walking around for a photo.

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Have a wonderful March holidays!

Parents, just bear with it.. It’s all for the children.

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