Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Marina Run 2014: First Race of 2014

Despite the long day preparing for our wedding, I was really looking forward to Marina Run 2014 that Saturday night with TC. It was my first run of the year after the last SCM run two months back which seems like ages. That urge to run with the other runners, the urge to cross the finishing line, I miss that satisfication that cannot be bought.

There is also something special about running at night, especially when it is complemented with the scenic Marina Bay riverfront and quaint waterfront communities.
The half-marathon that evening was our last long distance training to clock the extra mileage and I was happy to cover the race for Run Society as well. [Race review link here]
It was my first time doing Marina Run and honestly, I didn't had any high expectations that night due to the poor logistics at the race collection the week before. I did not encounter such a problem even at the bigger races like Sundown or SCM. There were only two counters to manage the long snaking queue with runners stuck in the rain. Fortunately, the security guards managed to lead us back into the building to avoid the rain and I got my race pack only after an hour later. It was a really frustrating process just waiting with the queue hardly moving.
The starting point was supposedly at Garden By The Bay. However, we were informed by the staff there that the starting point was at least a 40 minutes walk away and so, we quickly boarded another cab to reach just five minutes before the flag-off.
Sea of red and light sticks at the Marina area
Quick picture before joining the queue!
The weather that evening was unusually humid with extremely still wind. We ran together for the first 8km before TC dashed off and went out of sight. I felt bad as he insisted on running despite having to to run with a worn-out pair without soles as his other shoes were not at home.

Despite the disappointment in the race logistics, lack of signages and hydration, it was an enjoyable training session with the other runners who were holding colourful lightsticks to "light up the night".
Completed yay!! :)
No pbs but we were quite happy with our timings. He managed to get a sub 2 as well! :)

Good things come in a pair - our 6th couple medal hehe. 
In a couple of hours, I'm flying off to Japan to attempt to tick off another item on my bucket list - the Tokyo Marathon. I've heard tons of raves about the run- the smooth logistics and out of the world crowd.
It's probably just another excuse to travel, just like the Hong Kong Marathon last year. I've never stepped into Japan before despite Japanese cusine being my top favourite food choice. Running in a World Marathon Major race has always been a far-away dream and I'm thankful to be given this rare opportunity to try it out and enjoy the whole process.

For this race, I'm just hoping to complete it within the cut-off timing especially in such cold climate of 5 degrees and enjoy the scenic journey along the way (Tokyo Tower!). I've been checking the weather almost everyday and it is still snowing right now. My first winter holiday to see snow, but yet ironically praying frantically that the snow can halt this weekend. I've packed along lots of winter clothings and hopefully this will be enough, at least for the run. Legs please maintain and head, please stay sane. Mind over body all the way.

Like last year, I will doing the run myself without TC since he will be traveling to New Zealand for the Ironman race with his friends. Five years ago, I would have cancelled any thought of doing it and just tag along with him as a "supporter". This time, we have decided that we were independent enough to attempt our last race before our wedding seperately but with the full support for each other and staying bonded. He's pretty worried about my health but I have promised him to stay safe and in the event of any discomfort due to the weather, I will just stop half-way and try it out another year.

I will try to update my journey on dayre/instagram - @eyeletskirt. Wish me luck!!

We can be crazy if we want to and I've always believe in chasing your dreams, even if it seems impossible to others. Live life with no regrets.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

15 days of CNY #OOTD

In a blink of eye, CNY is over.. which means the feasting and all halt temporarily.
Back to the exercise regime - eat clean & train hard!
I had fun dressing up this CNY as compared to the last, trying to make-do with the new pieces in the wardrobe or recycling the "worn once" pieces but with a new combination. 
Day 1 

LB tube dress// ASOS Clutch// Gojane heels
Day 2
ASOS Dress// Taiwan Necklace// Ferragamo Heels// Bysi Clutch
Day 3
ASOS Dress// Zara bag// Taylor Says heels 
Day 4
H&M top// ASOS Skirt// Taylor says heels 
Day 5
LB Norah Dress// Zara heels
Day 6
ASOS Dress// Louvisa Necklace// Celine Bag// Zara Heels 
Day 7
ASOS Heels// Black Dress (trades from val)
Day 8
LB Debbie Dress// Melissa Wedges
Day 9
ASOS Dress & Heels// Hongkong bag 
Day 10 
VGY romper// TB Vest
Day 11

CWC top// The Nine Dame skirt (sponsored) // Coach bag 
Day 12
Oh Vola top// ASOS skirt// Mango heels 
Day 13
LB dress// Zara bag// Melissa Heels
Day 14
ASOS lace top// HVV pants// Gojane Heels 
Day 15 - Vday/ 人日

TTR Top // Oh Vola skirt// Melissa Heels 
And the post-CNY outfits! :)
Missypixie tank // Labellavita tank// Taiwan Necklace 
LB romper// VS Bag// Melissa Shoes// H&M earrings

End of the outfits spam! :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day.


I've always believed that love is a never-ending marathon race that requires lots of determination and perseverance to run hand-in-hand together, not giving up on each other in easy nor hilly routes in the journey because you know it will be all worth it in the end.

Impossible is nothing, love conquers everything.

This Valentine's Day, we do not have the habit of making special plans or even plans to make last minute plans. Just a simple dinner, heart-to-heart talk and catching up after an entire long week, like the usual Fridays that I'm anticipating and how we like it to be. <3 Not expecting any presents or flowers, since we both like impromptu surprises better. I've received two bouquets from him in the 5 years, once on my birthday and another during proposal which were more than enough. We have concluded that the money could be better spent on our new house, unless it's really items we lust or want.

I'm really looking forward to this weekend though, to collect our wedding photo album, invitation cards and also to finalize the AD gowns. Not forgetting our exciting post V-day date; doing our first race of the race together - Marina Run Half-Marathon! Whee. We would be apart for 2.5 weeks after this weekend.. I'm really excited to hear him share about his New Zealand Ironman experience while I will be at Tokyo braving the snow. The only thing now is that we are both currently on medication after being under the weather. Crossing fingers that we recover fully by then!

Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends and readers out there- have a great one.
Spread the love! <3

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Food x OOTDs.

Two of my favourite topics for today's post - cafes & outfits! :)
Do you have a place you keep returning to all the time? For me, it's Chock Full of Beans for their kawaii coffee art and the fact that it's convenient for us - just a bicycle ride away. Also, it's tucked from the city and we liked the ambience so much that we keep returning, again and again. Planning to go this Sunday again with the buddies haha!
I haven't tried their dinner menu (pasta & pizza) to comment much about the food but I especially like the salmon and beef sandwiches which go so well with coffee! 
Chock Full of Beans
4 Changi Village Road
Our coffee during Christmas! You can request for them to customise your coffee (or even a 3D one) but it's best to avoid weekends so they can take in your order. When it's crowded, we usually leave it to them to give us that "surprise"!
I requested for a minion coffee-art during my visit last week on a weekday. It was pretty quiet and the perfect ambience to catch up with an old friend! :)
First time trying their cake - we ordered oreo cheesecake and it was pretty good.. of course, full marks for its instagram presentation!
Strangers' Reunion
37 Kampong Bahru Rd, 169356
6222 4869
My favourite place for waffles - Strangers' Reunion (Outram Park) that requires no introduction! We ordered the red velvet waffles with vanila icecream for 4 of us and it turned out to be pretty delish. Yums! 
Platypus Kitchen
#03-29, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street
First time trying out the Italian Pasta place at Bugis which didn't disappoint us as well. Love its truffles fries best and a steal for just $8!
Ah Chew Desserts
#01-10/11, Liang Seah Place
And the all time favourite place for desserts. Despite the increase in price and slight drop in food quality, I still prefer this over Honeymoon desserts and the likes. Perhaps it was due to the fact that I've been hanging around in Bugis during my last job and this was always our post-lunch venue. Sometimes, it's the emotions and feelings attach to a place that makes you keep returning!
Post-yoga fix at coffee bean. The eggs benedict with tea costs just $11 and I thought it was a steal for its portion and food.
 Here's the pre-CNY outfits, shall post it to avoid any backlogs! :)

Full whites on a Friday.
ASOS top// Victoria Secrets Skirt// Tw Heels/ PS Bag
Chinese New Year Eve.
SMooch dress// Melissa Heels// PS1 Bag// H&M Necklace
Combination of my blog & instagram nick - ruffles x eyelet
TTR Top (selling!)// Missy Pixie Eyelet skirt (Selling)// Melissa Flats
Blue on blue for work.
SMooch top // LB Pants // BKK Necklace// Newlook heels
Found a brand new thick Bysi dress in the closet with ruffles at the side. Letting this go (tagged XS), email if keen! :)

Bysi Dress // Zara Heels
 And the loveliest lace dress self-manufactured by Rugs & Racks



Rugs & Racks Lace Dress // Go Jane Heels // ASOS Belt// BKK Necklace