Update.

17 09 2009

I haven’t blogged for a long time have I? Even Stephanie’s complaning. lols. Its just that, a lot of things happened, and I just don’t feel like blogging it yet. No inspiration. Right now, the mood seems right, so here I go..

Team trip to East Coast! I haven’t been there for a very very long time. it has changed so much! Had a whole bunch of us around. I just realized how serene Bedok Jetty can be in the evening. While the rest of them were encamped at Mcdonalds, I decided to cycle to the jetty to sit down. Its the first time I felt peace in a long long time.

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To my left.

To my right.

To my right.

What's behind me...

What's behind me...

All around... serenity.

All around... serenity.

After so long, I cycled like a nutcase back and forth. You don’t really appreciate distance till you try cycling down East Coast Park. Brought me back to the old days, a decade ago, where I would cycle like said nutcase up and down West Coast.. whether it was to Ginza Plaza, or to Pandan Reservoir or even to West Coast Park. I’ve AGED.

One drawback about the area, its near to Changi airport, so the sounds of the planes flying in and out of one of the world’s busiest airports can be a tad bit distracting. I counted 22 planes flying in and out throughout the whole time I was there. And to think that, I’ve been telling a lot of people who have been asking, that I haven’t been on a plane before. I AM SERIOUS. Never had. I have been on foot since the dawn of my birth.

Speaking of foot. Ryan bought his new entry-level DSLR, and was so excited to try it. He had access to the car, so the first stop we went to was Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. We basically walked around the Reserve trying to explore whatever that could be explored, which was plenty actually. I haven’t been to the Reserve for a long time, so I was quite surprised to “discover” that there was a lot of things I missed out!

Random dead leaf on the boardwalk.

Random dead leaf on the boardwalk.

Mini autumn?

Mini autumn?

Hindhede Quarry. Looks a bit like Ubin scenery eh? There was 3 other quarries Ryan and myself couldn't cover. Can't wait to return back there again.

Hindhede Quarry. Looks a bit like Ubin scenery eh? There was 3 other quarries Ryan and myself couldn't cover. Can't wait to return back there again.

Ryan... being Ryan. =P

Ryan... being Ryan. =P

Random wood block corner close up.

Random wood block corner close up.

Saw this twisted tree when we entered one of the nature trails. Amazing eh?

Saw this twisted tree when we entered one of the nature trails. Amazing eh?

Close up of said tree.

Close up of said tree.

Fallen tree split apart by Nature. Notice the blue spherical seeds inside the cracks. Safe to say, the tree had blue balls. LOLS!

Fallen tree split apart by Nature. Notice the blue spherical seeds inside the cracks. Safe to say, the tree had blue balls. LOLS!

Ryan shocked this fella. Almost stepped on his tail. We spent 5 minutes just looking at this guy, who was content digging a hole by a tree.

Ryan shocked this fella. Almost stepped on his tail. We spent 5 minutes just looking at this guy, who was content digging a hole by a tree.

Den after about an hour, we got exhausted and decided to head back to the car. It was loooong downhill walk, but it was made worthwhile because we saw an old friend on the way down!

WEI ZHONG! HAHAHAHAHA! kidding kidding! =X

WEI ZHONG! HAHAHAHAHA! kidding kidding! =X

There was a troop of monkeys happily sitting by the side of the path like nobody’s business. I counted 15 healthy troop members. I don’t know which species they really are, but its really heartening to know there’s a healthy population of primates still active in one of Singapore’s nature reserves.

After a few minutes of debating inside the car, we decided to head to Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve, the premier mangrove reserve on the mainland. The other of course, being Chek Jawa, which I haven’t stepped foot on before.

The Reserve was absolutely fantastic in the late afternoon, other than the murderous mosquitoes, it was perfect day for a stroll. Next 3 photos were taken on top of the Aviary watch tower.

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Mangrove scenery all around.

Mangrove scenery all around.

This non-epic picture of a flower is THE reason why I wanna get a freakin prime lens.

This non-epic picture of a flower is THE reason why I wanna get a freakin prime lens.

Nice right? Walked around a hell lot. I’m looking for a good place, other than my FB, to upload all of the shots. I know deviantart is good, but that’s being used for the cosplay shoots I do. I’ll see how.

It was on the way back to the Visitors Centre did something really epic fail happened to me.

We just about reached the Centre and were preparing to exit, but Ryan said he needed to go to the toilet. So I told him to go ahead while I waited outside. I was standing on the typical wooden boardwalk, bordered by greenery to both my left and right.

I spied a sign on one of the walls, stating to BE CAREFUL OF CROCODILES. Yes, there are mangrove crocodiles hanging around if they’re not busy being buayas or dissing Croc shoes. Suddenly, I head scratching sounds below me, where my left foot was. When I looked down.. lo and behold..

No.. I didn't see this dude. But I sure wish I did!

No.. I didn't see this dude. But I sure wish I did!

Staring back at me, was a 1.5m long water monitor lizard. *cue horror scene music*

Safe to say, after reading that crocodile warning and seeing a reptilian head near my feet, I did my best impression of Usain Bolt and ran. The lizard too, jumped and ran. Ryan peeked his head outside, and asked whats wrong. I told him everything. H e didn’t laugh, because he knew what we were looking at.

It really resembles a Komodo Dragon. Not Kodomo baby talcum powder.

It really resembles a Komodo Dragon. Not Kodomo baby talcum powder.

"kua simi kua?"

"kua simi kua?"

Very National Geographic eh? LOLS!

Very National Geographic eh? LOLS!

Just looking at it already gives me the creeps. URGH. Anyway, we spied a few of the water monitors on the way back, and snapped away. It was pretty much my closest encounter of the reptilian kind.

"I see you... do you see me?"

"I see you... do you see me?"





Epic

13 05 2009

Okay. Learned my lesson. Never am I gonna click on things I shouldn’t click. Its like opening a Kinder Bueno egg… that’s already sour and rotten.

Since its been 7 days, I guess this entry’s gonna be… epic? long? Well, I’ll just write down what I wanna write down. Please forgive me if it looks like a chapter from Twilight. lols.

4th of May:

Attended a live concert of sorts by local band En-X! I only heard their songs from Wei Zhong, and they’re pretty good. But in my opinion, they sound a lot lot better playing the way they did at Concourse in Esplanade. I brought my D70s along with me, just to take photos, and they sounded so good, my butt was literally glued to my seat, and I only took from that angle. BAD photography. But who cares, the music was good! Photos coming up.

The whole entire band for that day for the Concourse performance. The lead 3 are the main members of the band, whereas the last 2 guys at the back, on the drums and the guitar, and special guests for the performance!

The whole entire band for that day for the Concourse performance. The lead 3 are the main members of the band, whereas the last 2 guys at the back, on the drums and the guitar, and special guests for the performance!

Alvin, Lead Vocals.

Alvin, Lead Vocals.

Ben, Guitars & Backing Vocals

Ben, Guitars & Backing Vocals

Vanessa, Keyboards/Synths

Vanessa, Keyboards/Synths

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Upon reaching home, I told myself that I should have used a higher shutter speed. lols. Excuse me. photo-talk.

Anyways, you can check out En-X on their Myspace and Facebook profiles. Links as given! Listen to the songs Never Be The Same and Everything Will Be Alright. My favourite songs!

Other than that, I’ve been spending my days at home. Running. Watching anime online. More running. AND, according to my mum, my appetite has increased 3 fold. OOOH.. I’m gonna look like a Boomer soon.

Oh yeah speaking of Boomer, I’ve been going for plenty of L4D as well! Oreo is now addicted to Survival mode. Frankly, it IS fun, but if the objective is to just SURVIVE a never ending onslaught of rotten zombies, what’s the point? I kinda find it.. dull after a while. At least in Campaign mode, you have an objective to finish. Survival mode? I still don’t see it, but its still exhilirating to shoot down wave and wave and wave and wave and wave and wave and wave and wave and wave of zombies, followed by a random number of Tanks, Smokers and Boomers. Comedy central I tell you.

Last weekend, the team went back to that cursed place to catch soft toys again. lols. I spent $14 bucks, without catching anything. WTF. The Marksman game increased to $2. I got so demoralized, I missed all my attempts. DAMN IT. Disappointing.

And before you guys judge me and assume I’m getting my money from my mum, I’m not! I’m starting work tonight, at a tuition centre in Jurong West. Tutoring English, obviously my BEST ever subject. Let me teach the kids anything else, and it’ll probably turn out disastrous. lols.

Oh well. Wish me luck!





Running away.

9 04 2009

Just finished a 4km run. Best thing is, I don’t even feel the usual exhaustion! Stamina up. Fitness up. Yeah THIS is what running is all about.

Here’s my guide to getting a proper start to running, Fadzli style.

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Well, with running, you basically have to PLAN it. Why? For me, I’m a lazy bum if I do things spontaneously. I’m not the type to suddenly wake up and tell myself “LETS RUN TODAY!” and do it every day after that. I’m pretty sure you guys had some days like that before, but the next day, you don’t. So there’s no consistency right? So plan it out. 4 key areas. Location, Distance, Time & Frequency.

Location
To put it simply, where do you like to run? I’m lucky enough to have access to a pavement-HDB-filled route, and also running right beside a forest (and train track). My suggestion is, go for something you’re comfortable with. You know you’re neighbourhood well, run around there then. If you prefer the fresh morning air in a scenery setting, den maybe one of the designated NParks cycling/running routes will do. One thing to note though. Try to avoid running along side roads which are frequently used by vehicles. Because the exhaust does nothing but harm to your lungs. Not good when you have to take in plenty of air while running.

Distance
Its always good to plan out your distance over a monthly period, just to see how much you’ve achieved, how far you’re gonna push yourself and also for tracking any weight loss. I took mine off Men’s Health Feb 09 edition, because it was tailored perfectly for me!

April 2009 Programme:
Weeks 1 & 2
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4km each
Total: 8km

Weeks 3 & 4
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5km each
Total: 10km

Then in May, I’m gonna up the amp a bit, by doing interval training. I’ll go more into that next month. Basically, planning will help you outline what you want, when you want, and how much you want!

Time
So what time do you wanna go? It really up to you, especially considering that you have personal and work commitments to deal with. But from real-life observations, mornings are better than late in the day, as chances of you skipping a morning running session is a lot lesser than you skipping an evening/night session. You’d also have less difficulty in making healthy food choices for the rest of the day. Men’s Health points this as a psychological factor, because deciding to train in the morning means that you have a choice to sleep early, wake up on time and have a decent breakfast. This will build up good habits which will lead to long term success. Makes sense eh

Frequency
I would like to have this mentioned because there’s also other factors to consider. For example, how busy are you? For a totally busy young working adult, you’d probably have time to exercise only over the weekends, or your off days. Make do with it. The Planning stage will ensure you have a good and sound routine to follow. Also take into account, any sports, gym or miscellaneous exercise that you do over the course of a week. Too much exercise after all, can lead to fatigue and exhaustion. Not good.

Here’s some tips I follow before I run.

  • Make sure you’re hydrated before you run. Drink (not alcohol) an hour before you run, and take in small amounts of water leading up to your session. The best is to drink chilled water, because studies have proven that water fuels your body’s fat burners, by increasing your metabolism rate by 24%. Its partly due to the energy your body generates to warm the water before digestion. Helps the fat loss programme. Its a good practice to implement in the morning.
  • Weather check. DON’T run in the rain. NOT good.
  • Don’t land on your heels, as it may expose you to ankle injuries. Instead, adopt landing with the mid-foot, as this running style lets you flex your leg when it touches the ground, fully utilising your foot’s natural shock-absorbing properties.

There. I hope the short little guide will help you plan for a good running sojourn. As this is just a personal opinion for running, do let me know if you have a better suggestion, because every little bit helps!
Credits to Men’s Health magazine for the info and tips!