Monday, May 18, 2015

Cold Run on a Hot Day

We finally did a family run together. Thanks to the Cold Storage Kids Run, all four of us had a chance to participate in the run on a super sunny day. We were in fact all sweating before the run.

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Jayne took part in the Merry Berry category and Joey in the Happy Grapes group, accompanied by me and Kless respectively.

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Despite the hot weather, there were a lot of families out at Gardens by the Bay, enjoying the event and some other fun activities. It is just such a joy to see some more families out on a Sunday morning doing family workout.

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Too bad we didn’t have the chance to queue up for the icy cold milo, maybe for such a crowd size, the organizers could have indented more milo trucks.

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Some photos before we go through the run (actually it is only 800m run).

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The starting point with the iconic MBS as background was so beautiful.

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Countdown!
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

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Jayne is natural runner, first time running in a proper race and she did quite well. Because of her smaller frame, she was trying to squeeze through the different people who were around her. And she didn’t stop to walk at all for the entire 800m run. So proud of her!

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Joey ran slightly slowly, probably because her starting time was an hour later and the sun was not too kind then.. But still she managed to complete the run with the ever fit mummy by her side.

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Winning pose!

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Love to see the sweaty cute face.

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Some small incentives as media bloggers, we had the chance to rest in the VIP tentage with fan and cold drinks. But it didn’t take long for Jayne to start exercising again. This time it’s her favourite activity, dancing.

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After rescuing some energy in the shade, the girls were all ready to brave the heat and went for the carnival.

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Love it when Joey helps Jayne to complete something. Here she guided Jayne to throw the ball and after 3-4 times, Jayne finally scored a point. And the sisters scored full marks for sisterhood!

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Bowling – Joey hit a strike. Wow!

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No carnival is complete without the bouncy castle.

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Looking forward to the next run we can participate as a family. Maybe one where all four of us can run together.

Friday, April 24, 2015

To Pa in Heaven

Pa, you have been away for a year in exact. Last year this date, you gave all of us a scare and just left without saying bye. You must have suffered a lot while waiting for the entire family to be there before you breathed your last. Can I let go? I can’t say I am able to even one year later today. Will I let go? Maybe yes, looking at how bad you were.

After hours you went to the Lord, I was busy settling the funeral arrangements until much later when I went home and went to your bedroom, I broke down and cried for a long time kneeling by your empty bed. The bed felt so cold and yet warm with your clothes still hanging by the side. For a moment, a wave of sadness overwhelmed me and I don’t know how to handle it. I have been the head of the house for the past 10 years but that moment, I long for you to come and lead me just one more time.

Being a believer, I know you are in a better place and will be looking over us, praying for us. But deep inside, I wish you were still around. Mummy threw away most of your things, probably her way of handling the pain. Renovated your room and changed it for the girls. Outwardly, room is different now, but when I close my eyes, I can still vividly see the old arrangement of your bed, cupboard, table and bags.

Pa, we have not forgotten you.

Going through some of the items we kept, I came across the first watch I gave you. Though old and not working anymore, you still kept it. Thank you Pa for treasuring it and gave me the chance to now hold it for you.

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We kept most of your specs and also a small collection of your stamps. Remember how you once taught me how to keep stamps and remove them from the envelope?

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The first 6 months was tough. Every time I see an older man wearing a cap, I will inevitably think about you. Walking past the pavilion beside our void deck, I will remember how you rested there on some nights. Everyday when I come home, I will picture how you would sit at the door, arranging your fishing equipment. For a period, I even missed the faint smoking scent in the house.

I tried to go to the coffeeshop where you spent most of your evenings with friends, where you would buy BBQ chicken wings and satay for us. I went to the stall, tried to order the same stuff but ended just crying in front of the stall. The girls missed your hugs and to touch your unshaven chin.

Pa, please forgive me. How can I not notice that you were unwell all these time? How can I be so insensitive towards your needs? I failed terribly as your son. I know there is nothing I can do now but to feel a sense of remorse and regret. But I will promise you that I will not make the same mistake again. Mummy is doing well, still helping to take care of the girls and occasionally we will bring her out with us for a trip or just to eat something nice. I know there are some issues in the family you would like me to help out, but I am really doing my best now. Things may not turn out to be what you wish but at least I will give you my word, I will not give up.

Recently, I went to the same coffeeshop again. This time I managed to ordered the same BBQ chicken wings and satay. I think I finally can understand how you feel when I cannot finish what you bought in the past. The girls just ate a bit and I have to clear all the 10 chicken wings and 20 satays all by myself. I am taking over the role of buying the family’s favourite food. I will keep it going.

爸,你好吗?你会想念我们吗?我很想听一听你的声音。看到你手机里的照片,我很后悔没有多花点时间跟你在一起。我会好好的照顾Mummy,我会好好的照顾以旋和以心。不要忘记我们哦。有一天我们会再见。我爱你爸。

Monday, April 20, 2015

Exercises for Kids

With the upcoming Cold Storage Kids Run in May, and being the first time the girls are participating in any races, we took the opportunity to allow the girls to learn a bit more on proper running postures and techniques to avoid injury while having fun.

The session was complimentary of Radiance PhysioFit. What the fitness instructor did was to put the children though a series of exercises tailored for adults, but at a much lower intensity. Hoping to access the strengths and weaknesses of the children while doing the exercises.

That is Coach Sonny, who is one of the directors and personal trainers of Radiance PhysioFit. He is also a certified CrossFit Instructor. From his interaction with the kids, I can see he has done this many times, very patient and really know how to encourage them on. Later then I know he has 2 young kids too.

The first exercise was to run within the lines and do it as fast as possible, training the kids to be nimble. From this exercise, I realized that I didn’t have a good running posture, my hands were down on my side instead of holding it up beside my chest.

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The exercises moved on to greater difficulty when the girls have to jump over hurdles. Training their leg muscles and also ability to jump and land on both legs. One of the boys in the class was not able to do so, in fact his dad together with him were more accustomed to jump on one leg like galloping. That is part of motor skills training.

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In running a race, there are bound to be a lot of people running at the same time, especially right at the beginning of the race. So sometimes to step aside and continue to run without stopping to allow the slower runners to pick up, the ability to run sideway is very important. The key is to run sideway without crossing your legs and trip yourself. This exercise was quite challenging to many of the kids, especially the impatient ones. There are usually the ones who will trip and fall more than others.

From their expressions, I know they have enjoyed themselves and in the midst learned something important.

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My dear wife caught us resting after almost an hour’s worth of exercise.

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Some of the boys were still very energetic.

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Finally it was time to cool down with some stretching exercises.

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Jayne brought the stretching to a whole new level. NO need to do split lah!

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Glad to have spent a weekend afternoon exercising with my kids, hope to cultivate this habit for the family.