Thursday, November 29, 2012

Keep calm and finish strong!

It has been a annual tradition to end the year with Standard Chartered Marathon - my last race of the year. How time flies and we will be into Dec just this weekend.

Counting down - 3 days to SCM 2012. 

After weeks of counting down, it's the last week before SCM and I'm really feeling quite nervous about it. For the last week, it's mad crucial so by right, we should really run less, drink more water and rest more! There's no need to worry about losing fitness during the tapering week as your fitness doesn't change at all and your training sessions will pay off. 

This week, I did two yoga classes, a run on Monday and just completed my last running session of about 8km this evening to prep myself for it. I have tried to eat healthily and cut down on fried food but sad to say being a foodie, I have failed slightly. :( I'm really afraid of getting girly periods or fever with this crazy weather especially during this crucial moment.

This is my fourth year joining SCM and fifth full marathon. Sad to say I haven't been training as hard compared to the previous Sundown marathon but thankfully, the last half marathon 2 weeks ago gave me quite abit of confidence. One thing for sure, I know I can finish the race on my own and survive! Till now, my reason for running would be to challenge myself as running makes me feel that i can overcome any obstacles in life. 

For those who emailed me on their first full marathon this Sun, I thought I would just share more here. It takes quite abit of courage to click on the button and sign up, so take it easy this Sunday and you will do really fine! Joining is already courage, attending it and training for it take double effort as well. It's not the timing, what matter most is that you cross the finishing line and completing 42.195km is already a personal accomplishment  It doesn't matter how fast or slow you go, just have fun, smile and soak into the atmosphere. Your first full marathon is going to be a really good and memorable experience to remember for a long time. It's mainly your mind, concentration, focus and determination. The mind is really powerful so once you have decided to join and go for it on Sunday, your mind will take you through the distance. Till now, I can still remember my first full SCM marathon two years ago and the joy of crossing the finishing line in 6 hours. That excitement lasts for two weeks at least!

Also just for sharing, do run as light as possible and wear something really comfty. Don't wear new apparels, shoes, socks or shoes, you want to be as comfortable as possible! Wear something you have worn before, or your favourite apparel. If you have sports tape, you can tape your toes, sports bra straps, nipples or waist, so that you will not get blisters during or after the run. There will be bananas given out after 30km and energy bars after 20km, so there's no need to carry them with you. Water points will be sufficient at every 1-2km so stay hydrated and keep drinking water. The hardest part would probably be 30km-40km with the sun coming up, so wear a cap if you can and hydrate yourself! Just don't give up, tell yourself that you will be ending really soon and there will be a break through soon. Don't ever feel pressurized to over-take someone as it is more important to maintain your pace for the rest of the distance.

Here's the beautiful scenery along the way, so just enjoy the skyline and all!




Some Standard Chartered Marathon Pre-Race Rituals:

• Have sufficient rest the night before, don’t be too happening or stay up too late
• Plan your route to the venue, better to reach there early don’t reach just on time in case any traffic
delays or you need to locate where to deposit your belongings etc
• Remember to bring along your race bib, hydration belt, energy gels
• Have a light breakfast or snack avoid spicy, oily food
• Warm up before the run
• Get into your positive state, it could be listening to your favourite music, telling yourself you can do it etc just go ahead do it be in that positive state don’t need to be shy
• Keep yourself hydrated even though at times the temperature may be cooling
• Don’t keep thinking how far more to go or how much distance I have covered, enjoy the scenery, smile and enjoy the run
• If half way you feel like giving up, tell yourself breakthrough is coming soon after the pain
• Manage your energy supply, pace yourself don’t because you see other people running fast you also feel pressured and want to run fast else end up not being able to complete the run it’ll be worse
• At each milestone give yourself a clap and tell yourself well done you have made it
• After the run, celebrate and salute yourself for another milestone cleared, being there done that!

Most importantly, enjoy your run as it's not any exams, just a test for your endurance level! Run strong and with passion. It's your life, your race, your mind, yourself.

Let's all enjoy and have a good race this Sunday!! Run for a reason, we can do it, yes we can!


"Run the first mile with your legs, the second mile with your mind, and the
third mile with your heart."



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Let's swing & dance!

Hehe I was uploading these pictures to my Facebook so I thought I just do an entry and spam these peektures! ;)

I had my second D&D this year.. this time at Marina Bay Sands!

I love D&Ds because you get to dress up, eat good food, laugh and chit-chat with friends, take pictures like crazy, get excited  in lucky draws, eat again, drink again and then swing home! What's there NOT TO don't like you tell me?!
*insert beaming icon*

The theme this year is Swing & Dance. 
I was happy because I have so many long skirts. Initially, I picked a TVD blue maxi skirt which I thought will be my skirt that night. However, I sold it away so I finally wore this assymetrical topshop skirt for the first time which has been in my wardrobe for the last 1.5 years at least. I like how it dips to the side and that it's polka dots. I should start wearing all the new pieces in my wardrobe before I start buying.. but I say that all the time *insert guilty face icon*

The saddest thing of the night was that I was late by a few minutes to take pictures with the topless hunks but the rest of my colleagues got their chance hahaha. *insert sad face icon*

But but but, I managed to have some luck to win the 13th prize that day so it was my lucky day, since there's thousands of people present hahaha. *insert happy tyco face icon*

Make-up for the night;)


And outfit for the night!


LB bralet / Topshop assyemtrical skirt / Zara Bag / Feragamo / Cc skye & Bal bracelets

With dearest Eileen, my colleague who run as much as I do!


The girls ;)







Photobooth time!!




Food was so-so but I like the crispy duck!


Lucky draw time - I won the 13th prize which was a 2 nights staycation in a service apartment!


More pictures before leaving!




The rare toilet shots in my blog


Last pic of the day taken in MBS ;)




Swinging goodbye till next year! *waves*

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Birthday weekend & Laney's wedding!

It's a beautiful Sunday so I'm back to blog as promised. :) 

Here's my last blog post on the birthday weekend whoops, before the post never gets published. There's hardly any backlogs so I can be back with more fashion related posts and clothes reviews by next week! :)

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I spent my birthday and birthday eve with TC and it was a really simple and happy affair. He's never the romantic type of guy and not the kind who will send long smses, buy flowers or come up with fanciful poems. Initially, I was disappointed due to expectations and I'm glad I got out of it really. When I started to know him better, I find that he's really sweet in his own ways and put my interest before himself all the time, and that is his way of expressing love.

We went to Taiwan & Hong Kong for my birthday during the first year when we got together. The silly boy hid two bears, a pink heart-shaped card, different boxes and a T&C necklace into the luggage and he put them all in the fridge at midnight. When asked to get drinks, I did not suspect a thing and my expression was priceless when I saw them. The T&C necklace was hidden in a random box and the necklace was replaced with a small note in the T&C box. I was asked to play the "Find the necklace" game.. that is how memorable it was and he's funny like that.

We watch movies alot, almost one every weekend till sometimes we have nothing to watch anymore. Yesterday, we watched "Rise of the Guardians" and it was a cartoon child-like Christmas movie. We have really different movie preferences and we hardly watch cartoons because it is not the kind that he prefers. When asked why he booked that, he said he sensed that I was feeling bored so he selected it to make me happy since it's the kind  I like. The movie was really awesome and brought me back to the childhood days.. I believed in Santa Claus, Tooth Fairies and anything magical. When leaving the theatres  he said he would be my personal guardian angel and be all the characters combined, and that the "happiness-and-hope" light in me will always be lighted up. In the movie, all the guardians are in charge of making sure that the "light" in each kid would always be there and if one light goes down, it means the kid has stopped believing in the characters already. It made me smile and I was happy the whole day upon hearing that hahaha since he's hardly the expressive type. Anyway, GO WATCH THE MOVIE it's really awesome and there's a kid in all of us I bet!!

Okay enough of all the lengthy text shall let the pictures load! :)


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Birthday Eve - Here's my OFTD for my birthday eve, accessories and dress from H&M. Been looking at this dress for a while and glad they finally restocked it on the racks so I had to grab it coz it's so classic! Glad I didn't get those similar ones from online blogshops.


H&M dress, H&M necklace, Bimba & Lola / TE bracelet, Zara Bag, LB Flats

Visited the extended wing at Plaza Sing, I love visiting malls #职业病. There's this section with all the history of PS and shoppers can write their wishes and thoughts to hang on the wall. It's really interactive and interesting I thought :)


Not forgetting the reminders to LAUGH, have FUN and JOY! <3





Our mandatory weekend shot


Went into my fav BYsi shop and came out with this cobalt skirt. I love BYsi for their quality so almost 30% of my wardrobe is filled with their clothes haha :)


At the watch shop with a quick pic while TC is choosing his watches..


Fan of bookshops and I can stay in one like forever. Here's one of my fav author - Haruki Murakami, love his books!

 Super cute accessories from Lovisa, I need to stop visiting that accessories shop. Check out their Xmas gift items, so lovely!


He chose Hifumi Restaurant for my birthday eve dinner since we didn't managed to eat it the other time round as we had Itacho sushi in the end.

Hifumi Japanese Restaurant
68 Orchard Road #04-68  (Dhoby Gaut MRT)
Tel: +65 6338 4712
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm



The place is mad fantastic so please try!! Hifumi, the new Japanese restaurant at the Plaza Singapura extension, serves bento sets meals with all-you-can-eat appetizer bar. Free flow drinks at $1.90 as well. Super value for money and most importantly, food is fresh and yummy too!

We ordered two main dishes and I had a Pork Katsuni Set ($11.90) of simmered pork cutlet with egg. The rest are the free flow sides that we took :)


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My birthday dress that day - A maxi dress from Hollyhoque. First time wearing because it's abit too sweet for my usual styles but I decided to don it on for a change :)



The brunch place - Wild Honey at Scotts Road.







And greedy me had the English All day breakfast. Super big portion but I'm loving it!



TC ordered the Salmon Benedict dish and it was yummyy!



Along with hot latte.. perfect!







I should start wearing all my maxis really :)


The birthday gift from him from Chanel! Thank you BB for my new bling in gold! <3




Lots of pretty Christmas trees and decorations around in town so we took a couple of couple shots but only one turned out sharp :(



Hello there.






Proceeded to have desserts at PAUL. First time there and I've been seeing the raves around. The place is so so so posh and the desserts taste so goood!


Paul
391 Orchard Road
#03-16/16A/17 Ngee Ann City
Tel: 68365932







Also, it was a really special birthday this year because I attended my good friend's wedding that same night at Sentosa Cove.

So it's an excuse to dress up again without anyone calling me vain for changing into two outfits in a day. Here's my birthday outfit for the wedding dinner from SMooch! I said it again, but I will say it again, super love this dress and I'm glad I altered it!!!
(Far East Plaza Level 3 - Lay Hwa Alterations if anyone is interested. )


SMooch dress / Ferragamo Heels/ Zara bag



Here we are at Sentosa Cove via shuttle bus!





My gorgeous friend - Lane & QQ!




I've known this beautiful couple for at least 3 years and super super happy for them. Lane is my ex-colleague and a very down to earth and gorgeous girl, CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!







With my dearest pretty girlfriends - all in black!




The poloroid shot we took for their guestbook :)










With the very adorable Mere.





With Mynt & Rine - love them to max, lots of good times together :)





Our couple shot for the night :)


I always find it hard not to weep during wedding dinners, especially watching the video and seeing the newly-wed giving their speeches.
Congratulations and stay blissful forever!! xx