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March 17, 2012

Gone are those days

This is for my friends in SG Gang. This is not poetic but emotional, spontaneous and chaotic.

Gone are the days when we used to talk for hours sitting together.
Now we don’t have time for that and meet only if there is an occasion.

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Gone are the days when we played board games, badminton, bowling, snooker, volleyball etc.
Now we hardly have time to spend with each other during weekends.

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Gone are the days when we used to download movies and wait for others to join to watch them together.
Now we see that everyone watch them separately in their own laptops or theatres.

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Gone are the days when we partied hard at Khalsa.
Now we see it as a cliché.

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Gone are the days when we accompanied friends to airport to eat at Anand Bhavan.
Now we see the same thing irrelevant and stupid.

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Gone are the days when we knew everything about every one.
Now we have become alien to each other in some aspects.

Gone are the days where it used to be fun for all the stupid things done and said.
Now we are trying to think sense out of everything.

Gone are the days where we used to say "YES" to everything.
Now we start with a "NO".

December 4, 2011

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2011

I have done the most amazing and most stupidest thing in my life today. Amazing because I have passed the most difficult test to my mental strength and determination while stupidest thing because I have not run even 5K in last 6 months. Yes I have done my full marathon at the most prestigious Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon along with Amar and 20000 fellow runners who were competing in this category.

Exactly One Year back, I did my first ever run and it was half marathon at SC Marathon 2010. We did lot of other runs from then and felt confident that we were ready for the full marathon. In July, yet again Amar inspired (may be motivated .. hmmm may be forced) me to register for the full marathon. We felt that we had enough time to practice and we can finish off the race in 6 hours.

From there, days passed, weeks passed and months passed away. Before we realised and started our practice, December was showing up on the calendar and the D-Day has come.

The race was today (on 4th December 2011) in different categories:

Individual
Full Marathon – 42.195km
Half Marathon – 21.1km
Wheelchair
10km Run

Kids Dash
Between 10-13 Years Old
Between 7-9 Years Old
Between 4-6 Years Old
3 Years and below

Team
Ekiden – 42.195km (Each team must consist of 6 participants)

Amar & I, registered for Full Marathon while Swetha, Surya, Nagaraj, Mahesh & Praveen registered for half marathon. We also inspired, motivated and forced many others in the office to register.

Our full marathon route. Trust me 42KM is not a small distance 😉

This was half marathon route. This is same as what we did last year.

Race T-shirts along with the race BIBs

The D-Day has come and a record-breaking number of 65,000 runners were ready to flag-off from three different start lines:
Orchard Road (Full Marathon) – Start at 5.00AM
Sentosa (Half Marathon) – Start at 6.30AM
Esplanade Bridge (10km) – Start at 7.45AM

As the race was at 5AM, we had to start from home by 3:45AM. As always we couldn’t sleep the day before due to excitement.

Race day, we woke up at 3AM and got ready by 4AM. Amar & I, took a taxi to Orchard. We had couple of bananas before the race, which was actually our life savior.

The atmosphere at Orchard was electrifying. With Christmas round the corner, Orchard road was decorated with lights and was looking beautiful. We could see 20000 runners from different countries, different ages and different walks of life roaring to start their run.

As the clock ticked 5:00AM, the light turned green and the elite runners literally were invisible in a flash, while we others started off slowly waving hands to the cameras and the people cheering us around the track. As there were thousands of us running, we ran the initial 4KM at a very comfortable pace. The first 10KM was like a CBD area tour as we were going through the streets of Dhoby Ghaut, SMU, Fort Canning, City Hall, Clarke Quay, China Town, Fullerton Hotel, Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands, Tanjong Rhu, Marina Bay and finally entered ECP by the end of 12KM.

I was having water at every drinks station which were placed at every 2KM mark. It was at the 13th KM that I felt a little pain in my right leg but I still continued. Not more than 100Mts from there, the pain was unbearable. I stopped, did some stretching and felt a little relief. I called up Amar to check his position and he was almost there where I was standing. As I further walked, the pain got more acute and I was about to give up the race. It was then Amar came to me and reminded me of our motto (Run. Walk. Crawl. Finish)

Amar was with me for the next 1KM and after looking at me suffering, even he asked me to stop. At this point, I took the Active Muscle Rub from the volunteers and felt a little relief. I asked Amar to go ahead at his pace and I will stop if at all I cannot do it.

By the time I reached 20KM mark, I was literally limping and every next step was my target. I saw Amar in his 23rd KM by then. I took it very very slow. I slept for 5 Mins in between,  I stretched my muscles every KM, I did sit ups every now and then, I had drinks all the way and finally reached 26KM mark. It was then I realised that I took 3 hours for the last 13KM and there were hardly 300 to 400 people behind me.

I called my bro and used Skype to show the race to mom, dad & bro. I felt very happy when I saw the 29KM mark as I could see the banana station. I was feeling very very hungry by then. As we could not see any volunteer at the banana station, one of the fellow runner took an initiative and distributed bananas. At this point, I was also suffering from headache. I went int0 Seven Eleven on the way and took Panadol. Eating Banana and having Panadol proved to be the turning point of my run. I felt very energetic and started to enjoy the pain.

I walked faster not thinking about the pain and was happy to see my self cruising. From 30KM to 40KM, there was no shelter and everyone was very very tired by then. As I was walking slowly till 30KM, I had all the energy to beat the rest. Infact at 34KM, I even crossed Amar who was having a bad patch of run from 30KM mark.

Finally, as we crossed Esplanade it was just 150Mts from the finish line. I took all my courage and neglected the pain and ran till the finish line to get a nice picture :).

Yes, we did it. We completed 42.195KM run. I took the finishers medal and t-shirt and was proud to sport the t-shirt immediately.

Surya & Swetha were waiting for us after their half marathon. They congratulated us and we left home immediately as we were very hungry.

I am sure we could do better if we have practiced properly. Better luck for the May Sundown Marathon.

October 9, 2011

Long Hiatus

Its been quite a while that I wrote anything here. You can blame it on Work, Laziness and travelling. After this hiatus what made me write this post is yet another weekend activity.

I & Surya was discussing during the week that we have to take a break from activities and rest at home. Everything was going as planned until Saturday evening when Nagaraj came home and asked us to get ready to chill out at Arab Street. Even though Surya was not keen in coming we somehow convinced him and left home by 8PM.

We have been to Arab Street the previous week too and we liked the Bazuka Cafe on Ophir Road. So we thought we shall go to the same place as some of the members were not available during the last visit. Before entering Bazuka Cafe, we thought we shall have some food.

We went to Haji lane and entered some random Turkish restaurant and ordered Lavash breads with Babaganush, Cacik, Humus, Saksuna, Ezme Salad and some Turkish drink. We entered Bazuka Cafe by 9.30PM.

Ordered Long Island Iced Tea (which is made of Tequila, Vodka, Gin, Rum and Contreau) and Margarita along with Green Apple Seesha. The music was awesome and we ordered multiple rounds of drinks along with some Chicken Wings and Chicken Shawarma. It was around 1AM that everyone was on high and we started dancing in that little bar for the wonderful dance music (LMAO mixes and Pitbul mixes) being played.

It was raining outside and we did not realise that the time was already 2.30AM. We need a signal from someone or somewhere to understand that its now time to leave. Right at that spot Praveen dropped the seesha and that became the point where we payed the bill and left the place.

As it was totally for Nagaraj that we were out today we went to Clarke Quay at that time (3AM) on his request. We entered Rupee Room and danced as if no one were looking at us. We all totally lost control and were enjoying all the songs and the stupid steps that we were doing on the dance floor. It was 5.15AM that I realised we have to leave and then we left the pub.

We got the taxi after a long wait and then as it was already 6AM, we went to Airport to have our breakfast. We had sumptuous breakfast at Anand Bhavan and came home at 7AM. Even though I slept for 6 hours I am still feeling very sleepy at 8PM in the night.

I hope you all had a great weekend and I wish you all have a great week ahead.

June 3, 2011

Busy Months

Its been busy two months on both personal and professional front and I was unable to write anything on my blog wall (Wall? .. Thanks to FB :)). So what happened in last 2 months and what kept me busy .. Here we go:

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– Raghav (my elder bro) came to Singapore with his friends and stayed at my place. Even though the stay was just for the weekend, we had a great time.

– Hectic Project work getting on to my nerves. I have been kind of leading a project taking care of all the technical aspects. There have been some goof ups from my side and in return gifted me Late night working

– Nagaraj’s family was again in Singapore after almost a year. This time even though we did not travel anywhere we were quite busy in Singapore.

– I have been playing Regular cricket matches and attending practice sessions. I have been following all the IPL matches, even though they were less interesting this time.

– The new craze in town for our group is badminton. We have been playing badminton every weekend without fail and we are enjoying it.

– There is one surprise, I haven’t seen enough movies in last 2 months. I hardly saw any new movies as these activities kept me quite busy.
– Because of my bro, Nag’s family & birthdays almost all the weekends have turned to party nights.

– This summer, we have done lot of activities right from bowling, pool, wake boarding to ice skating.

– Oops last but not the least Swetha’s resigned. She is happy to leave the organisation and all those shifts which took a toll of her health.

May 24, 2011

Ice Skating at Kallang Leisure Mall

I have always been fond of Ice and Snow capped mountains. I never got to go to those places being in Southeast Asia. Last week Swetha mentioned about Ice skating in Singapore. I was surprised to hear that and thought we have to do that. Last Friday all I & Swetha along with my other regular gang members went to Kallang Leisure Mall where they built an Ice Rink inside the mall.

Even though the mall was not so good, I was impressed with the size of the rink and quality of the rink. It was very cheap and was only 14 dollars for 2 hours of skating. My first Ice Skating Experience was awesome and I loved it.

April 10, 2011

2XU Compression Run 2011

This is the first run in year 2011 for me. I couldn’t run the ZOO run because of the rain and had to cancel my U-Run because of the Bintan trip. Even though I was not prepared well for this 12K run, I was determined to finish it. With lot of expectations on me I thought I should finish this 12K track in 1hr 30mins.

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They gave me the below freebies for registering for the run.

2XU T-shirt
Fast T2 E-Lace
Calf Guard
Water Bottle

The most useful of them were the Calf Guard and the Water bottle. In the only 2 practice runs (5K Runs) I did before this run, I ran with my Calf Guard ON. Believe me, it did reduce fatigue and gave muscles the required relaxation as they promised.

Finally the day has come and I had a little problem in my ankle and was not fully prepared. Yesterday, I, Swetha, Amar, Mahesh & Praveen started off from home at 6AM to go to Marina Boulevard. We took the train and saw many many other runners who were all geared up and raring to go for the run.

We reached the start point at 7:05AM and we were late by almost 10 minutes. There were hundreds of participants already present at the START point. Most of them have already started their race and many others were stretching their muscles to start the run.

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Swetha started off first and then I asked the others to also start while I go to the loo and come. I came back did very light stretching and I was skeptical about my performance. At 7:11AM in my iphone I started running. With the pumping music around and the electrifying atmosphere my start was quick and was racing with other pro runners.

Ran for around 1KM, then I realised that I should go on my own pace and not carry away with others. I took each step one at a time and went on with consistent pace. The calf guard was very well supporting my muscles and I was not feeling the pain. I was running at an easy pace with out any trouble until 5KM mark. I stopped for quick 30 seconds to have some water and immediately started off.

I was checking the time once every KM mark was shown. I just wanted to run 8KM in 1 hour to reach my target time. I saw the watch as soon as I saw 9KM mark and it was exact one hour. That gave me a boost as I was ahead of my target time. I started running from then with new energy and then came the unexpected steps where everyone was slow.

I climbed those steps by running across rather than straight as everyone was doing. Once we crossed those steps it was all slope for next 250 mts which I took advantage and ran very fast. When I saw the 11KM mark and was able to see the finish line, I said to myself that I should just carry for 6 or 7 more mins and I will definitely make it in a good time. I ran the last 500 mts very hard and was pretty sure I was finishing the race in less than the target time. As I crossed the FINISH line, I pumped my fist in the air and said YES I DID IT.

Finish

I was able to finish in 1 hour 18 mins. Wooohhhooo. I took the finishers medal and waited for others.

Praveen finished in 1 hour 30 mins

Amar finished in 1 hour 40 mins

Mahesh finished in 1 hour 45 mins

Swetha did it in 1 hour 50 mins

Finishers

Thanks to Surya for coming all the way to cheer us.

Surya

I should start my preparation for my next run “Sundown Half Marathon” on May 28th.

March 30, 2011

S$1000 Challenge

Swetha has been a vivid follower of TIME in twitter and have been forwarding me all the good articles that she came across. On March 23rd I got a similar mail from Swetha which had a weird subject. I thought this was a spam mail. It read $1000 Challenge. I called Swetha and asked if she has really sent me the mail and should I go ahead and access the link. After confirmation I have clicked the link and read the content.

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To my wonder I read the whole article and got inspired. It was about Chris Butterworth, a marketing manager who recently completed a four-week “$1,000 challenge.” This was very much necessary for me & Swetha as we were going through a unaccounted spending period for last 2 years. We were spending around S$3000 dollars every month other than the rent of S$2000 that we were paying.

After reading the article, the same evening I and Swetha discussed and decided to take this challenge. We identified the areas where we were spending a lot and decided to cut down all those costs. We are starting this challenge on 1st of April and will start tracking all the expenditure until May 1st. We are confident that we would succeed in this challenge and be an inspiration to all other friends of mine who are yet to realise about their expenditure.

March 19, 2011

Wonderful Day

Today has been very eventful. We played Badminton for more than 3 hours in the morning and one hour in the evening. As today is Super moon, we wanted to go to any beach and see it. In Singapore what else can we think of other than ECP. We went to ECP had an excellent time enjoying the Romantic & Bright looking moon. We then went to Arab street where we enjoyed the hukkas & kebabs along with belly dance. Surya and Nagaraj were very sportive and have done a great job to dance along with the belly dancer at Ambrosia at Arab street

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year – 2011

This is my 4th year in Singapore and I was in Singapore for NYE only once. This was my second time and I wanted to go out and have a good time with my friends. I & Swetha, along with other friends planned to go to Clarke Quay for the countdown. As it was the last day of the year everyone was in a holiday mood and we all left our offices by 4 in the evening.



Mahesh changed the plan and we all reached Khalsa club (Its a club for sikhs in Singapore and the food there is really awesome and even the drinks are very much affordable) by 9. We had couple of drinks there and had a nice meal before we started for Clarke Quay. We were at Clarke Quay 20 mins before 12.

We bought couple of drinks and reached the center stage. The atmosphere was awesome and electrifying. Dance & music around was great. Crowd was really energetic and were singing loud and dancing to the tunes which were being played by one of the best DJs in Singapore. We were at the center stage till 1.15 in the night and then went to the bridge at Riverside point. The crowd were all enjoying wishing eachothers and were playing with the party snow.

The whole place was colorful and was really entertaining. We stayed there till 2AM and then thought of going back home. We reach the taxi stand by 2.15. We were stuck in a very huge line at the taxi stand. We were prepared for the huge line and thought it would take atleast 30 mins for us to get the taxi. To our badluck and surprise it took around 2 hours to get the taxi. By the time we reached home we were totally and exhausted and hit the bed.

I think this was a great start for new year and I hope this year will be more eventful and entertaining. So guys how did you spend the new year night. I WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR AND MAY HEALTH AND WEALTH BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES THIS NEW YEAR.

December 30, 2010

New Year Fever

We are in the last day of the year 2010. Everywhere I see talks about the new year parties and the resolutions for the next year and the recap of the current year. As many of my friends are not in Singapore for this new year we have planned to go to Clarke Quay first and then decide where to go once we are there.

While all this is happening, I have loads of work at home and have a development deadline for today. Where as people around me are already in holiday and office looks quite empty these days.

That’s the view of other teams desks in my office

 

That’s the view of my team desks which are more empty