Random notes from last week

Don’t you feel amazed when you started to tidy up some of your stuffs and as you look through it, you started to think, why it seems I was wiser yesterday?

1. I took out some pages from my agenda, it’s been half a year in 2017 but I still kept all the planner pages from beginning. It makes my planner thinner now. In one of the page I wrote few lines which I heard from a Japanese movie, Honnoji Temple.

Dream is not about possible or not possible. Nor big or small. But whether you want to do it or not.

2. When your kebab gives a quote of the day

There is two rules for being successful. One is figuring out what you want to do. And two, doing it.

3. Running long distance wasn’t my cup of tea, but as I ran together with my friends, I feel I can run forever

Being considerate in public places

There are times when I miss to be in Japan because of their manner (besides the manga and anime culture).

First, the peace while riding a train.
Today the young chap in front of me listening to a music with his speaker phone and do a muted lip sync with occasion of air fist and patting his chest.
I ran this scenario inside my head:
A. Bro, can you play BIGBANG song?
B. Bro, can't you afford earphone?
C. What is the title of the song you're listening to?
I did look around in case this is a prank 😝

Secondly, is sense of guilt of creating inconvenience to others.
Yesterday I ran with my friend at McRitchie reservoir. If you have been there before, you notice that path can be quite narrow at some section.
So usually we will keep left because on our right there will be runners from other direction.
When running, I usually try to keep the pace constant, so taking over, if I can and the situation allows, is common.
But what happened to my friend and I yesterday was on the narrow path, group of students wearing one of the top university in Singapore running top were running side by side. Next to us could be a slope. Logically, if you're driving and about to take over but you see other car from other direction, you will move back behind the car you about to take over. Otherwise you'll crash to the car from opposite direction, right?

Well.. seems like those kids have no logic driving experience. My friend brushed shoulder to shoulder few times while I managed to do some ninja moves avoiding them.

Back to my train journey, I decided to take out my earphone, do it obvious enough in front of him and play my playlist.
I saw him lowering the volume and bringing up the phone to his ear after that, although he started to sing not just muted lip sync. *sigh

Thanks for reading my rant this week.

So in public places, can we be considerate to each other? For world peace ✌🏼

To be more confident, follow these

  1. Do few baby steps, and do it right. It will make you feel good and confident.
  2. Once you get it right, add the intensity or steps or do it for longer period.
  3. If it wasn't going well, stop and reflect.
  4. Then repeat the last one when you're succeed.

Those were my swimming coach advice to us this week.
She often asked us, how do we feel, did we do this or that, and so on. Because it's easier to correct it when we, the doer, aware about what and how we do it.
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Running at our own pace

"Don't rush it. I know you want to finish the length of the swimming pool but I want you to focus on your stroke and follow the *beep* of your timer. Now you need to do it right and constant pace. Not doing it fast." that was my coach said to us during our lesson this week.
She also said that it's easy to just go faster but we will feel exhausted before the entire distance we supposed to cover.
This Saturday I went jogging with my friend and after 2km mark, I looked at my 735XT, it was showing around 7:40 but my heart rate (HR) was already at up high (zone 5) because of the hills.
Anyway.. my brain relates these experience to normal daily life that, sometimes we have different milestone than our friends, some might get married first, some might already have their house while others might have great career.
We run at different pace in our marathon called life.

  • There are times when you need to run harder during the hills till your lung screams.
  • There are times when you are just cruising at steady pace.
  • Or there are times when you're walking to recover.

But as long as you're still running, isn't it okay?

PS: I don't really get the science behind making use the HR data to run more efficiently. And according to my triathlete friend, try to be at zone 3 – forever running zone as much as possible.

The art of waiting

I don't always dislike waiting, because it actually allows me to read or play games while waiting. What I don't really enjoy is the outcome of waiting.
For example, you're in line for getting rare merchandise or limited food quantity for quite some time and when your turn is up, you don't manage to get it.
While some people have more patience, I find myself on the impatient side.
Can you wait patiently? Or you like to move fast?
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To be a neighborhood Spider-Man 

Have you watched Spider-Man? Do you like it? 

This post might have some references to the movie so, spoiler ahead. I’m actually not a big fan of Spider-Man, but I saw a lot of positive reviews from my friends. So, I decided to give it a go. (*ahem* at least I can see RDJ) 

Overall, it’s very enjoyable to watch this Spider-Man movie. So, here are the 3 key things I learned from it

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What’s your tactic? 

I was stuck. Playing Pokémon Shuffle. In one of the card mission to get Lucarionite. This has been quite sometime, so I decided to google it up. And some other gamers also experienced the same problem. 

Apparently, I misunderstand the mission instruction. 

Then, I saw a link about different stage problem and few ways of solving it. 

It made me think that a game can be very deep when it comes strategizing it. Well, most of the games I play is either puzzle or RPG, so naturally it comes with it. While I don’t play a lot of hack and slash game type, but I think it might have some tactics still. 

When it comes to test, I’ve been hearing it’s more about the tactics, like do this first, then pay attention to this and this. 

Of course learning about the exam material itself is important but if you know the tricks of the test, it seems easier. 

Do you usually try to crack it yourself? Or are you going to build a tactic?

PS: Now I’m thinking, does that mean if I know the tactics for life, it will make the test from life easier? 

Mid year reflection

I did it..!!

And the rest are history.. below was my day

KM 22: I thought I signed up for 21km run? 

KM 21: the finish line is not here yet? 

KM 16: oh.. my.. it’s so hot. Legs are giving up, then heard someone called my name.. extra boost of power to the finish line! 

KM 15: yay.. 6 more to go.. but at this rate seem to exceed 21km. Should I go to toilet here or at the last U-turn? I think my left foot has blister.

KM 12: oh.. saw a familiar face on the other side. Then not long after that the 2:30 pacers.. let’s go! (And didn’t take long I lost sight of them) 

KM 10: see.. not bad isn’t it. You worry too much before the run worrywart. Oh.. it’s Pokémon XY Dream Power .. wohoo! Feels like someone gave me an energy ball. 

KM 6: finally I can find the pace I comfortable with then passing a runner who was walking. Suddenly that runner was started to run *stomp stomp* ah that surprised me. Not long after that back yo walking (=_=!) Another runner passed me and that runner, and he did the same thing trying to overtake the runner. But both of us were running contantly and in the end, he gave up overtaking.. interesting situation eh? 

KM 0: don’t you think you should stretch more? And ten thousands other questions popped, as if I have super long check list. 

🙂 

I have a very busy mind hey.. it’s “just” 21km. It’s not my first time, and I still have few more to go before year end. But somehow I still get the jittery before the run which I don’t get for the shorter distance. 

Flashing back, the longest run I ever ran was 2km which 5 laps in the running tracks, then 6km when I was running Yellow Ribbon with my colleagues. Then followed by Shape run 5km few years later. 

Anyway.. After 1 banana, 3 gels, plenty of energy drinks and water, 2 toilet breaks, 2 Grab rides, BIGBANG and anime OST as running playlist, 3 hours of running, I finished the race. 

Oh wait.. 1 meals, 1.5 hours of Japanese class, 40 mins MRT ride and 10 mins walk, I *finally* completed the “race”. 

For all the pain, will I still do it again? Yes. I really curious whether the not-so-athletic me will be able to complete full marathon and triathlon. It looks like still long way(yyyyy) to go, but through each event, I learn to know more about myself.