Saturday, September 24, 2016

A 230km Epic Ride to Malacca...

Recently in life...

Somehow at this stage of my life, I kept realising that certain things were more important than others.  Flashy cars,  huge houses, showy clothes... so on and so forth, many of which I'd not been able to attain, all seemed to have lost their attraction, their grip on me during my younger years. And what overshadowed them in importance was my relationship with those in my life who I call friends.  And what better ways to define friends than those who had something in common - a shared hobby, a shared memory or even a common epic experience!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Day 5 ~ The Magic of Cinque Terre

Day 5 (6 Sep) - La Spezia: To the north-western coast & Cinque Terre!
A view of Vernazza from the pier. My iPhone.
"Ok, our train leaves at 9:50am.  We need to remember to validate our train tickets and make sure we don't miss this train," the usual sternness.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Day 2- Historical Roma

Day 2 - a long day of walk through the rich history of Roma
3rd September 2016
Piazza Mignanelli.
The impact of the duration of this day's tour didn't hit many of us until we stumbled off the bridge after our last blue hour shot and made our way painfully back to the hotel.  This, was the longest day in the whole trip.  But a fufilling one it was... ask the boys and the girls.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Day 1 - I never expected it, but here I was in Italy...

Day 1 - To Rome ~ The much feared centre of the universe for pick pockets...
2nd September 2016
People mountain people sea at the Trevi Fountain in Rome. My iPhone.
Don't ask me how Serene and I ended up going to Italy.  We knew we would one day set foot on the soil of the heart of the ancient Roman Empire.  But we never expected it to be so early in our lives.  I must have been under the influence of some Thai alcohol one fateful night in October 2015 when the Kaans and the Ngs persuaded me to sign Serene and myself up for Singapore trekker's Northern Italian trip.  And the master travellers had even more up their sleeves- we would execute a four day extension down south to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast alone the Sorrentine peninsula.  We really didn't know what we were in for.  But this turned out to be such an EPIC trip for myself and Serene.  And it made loads and loads of memories!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ironman 70.3 Bintan 2016

Bintan could never be easy.
26 - 28 Aug 2016
The boys & girls from EvoLV: Charles, Jemmy, Ann Kheen,
Baskaran, Martin, Darric, yours truly, Hong Keat, Alethea,
Chee Wai, Kae, David, Raymond, Claire, Kong Wan

Sometime in December 2015, I got bitten by a ghost, and was the first one to click on the 'Register' button for the Bintan 70.3 event.  I could only guessed that having done the relay with Serene for the Bintan 70.3 in 2015, there was some unfulfilled wish in me to complete the full event on my own.  I was supposed to train in a structured manner.  But the structure crumbled, and I ended up tapering way before the actual race.
Having done Cebu 3 weeks before the Bintan race, I thought I was prepared.  But was I prepared... prepared for suffering.