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to korea and back…

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Yup… i am back from my short vacation … and back at work… not a very happy place in recent times. In brief, i would say it was a good break… and in fact the best of the  4 official “annual obligation” trips we have had so far. Well… many friends and  people who know us frown at the thought of bringing both their parents and in-laws out on a holiday @ the same time. We on the other hand have in fact done this 4 times. Frankly…it was not easy… and every trip would have someone… or in fact more than one person getting upset over trival stuff. You may then ask… why even bother to do this year after year? I don’t have the answer really. Is it an obligation that bites us? Or maybe it is the guilt of not spending enough time with our mothers. I believe it is a bit of both… with the latter taking dominance. Anyway… here’s some high&low-lights of the trip… 1. Great scenery, fresh air and plenty of time away from home. The week leading up to the trip was quite difficult for me

bye bye sad world…

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Off to happy place for a week… Hopefully by the time i am back… i can feel a tad happier… Kimchi-land…. HERE I COME!

my Nike

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Hwa has been walking into Nike shops over the past two weeks, and looking earnestly @ the Apple / Nike Plus device. In his usual prudent fashion, he walks out not purchasing it at all. On Friday, I decided to pop into the nearest Nike shop to get him the Nike Plus + Sportsband. Silly me did not realise that  with his iPhone, he actually does not need the sportsband at all. Nonetheless, he was a happy boy. One thing led to another… where he got another device, and passed me the first device + sportsband so we can run together. Then we realised… we needed a pair of nike shoes each so the device can work properly…. so… ta-dah! New shoes! Anyway… just did my “first run/walk”…. and loving the Nike website… Now there’s an easy and fuss free way to track my runs. But… i think the only downside is … i am unable to include my regular yoga sessions into the same programme… Oh well… If only all my digital marketing work is as fantastic as this site! http://my.nike.com/ah-meen

reebonz.com

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Finally made my first purchase on www.reebonz.com .   Have always wanted to make myself the proud owner all those chic designer labels off Reebonz as their prices are always too good to resist. Alas… my fingers were never fast enuff. By the time i get to the website, most of the popular designs would have been snapped up by other fashionistas. Last Thursday, while waiting for my slowcoach colleagues to go out for a happy lunch… i decided to drop by Reebonz exactly at 12pm ( that’s the time when each event @ Reebonz commences…). Then i saw Coach… Instinctively… i went in… found one design… without thinking too much… clicked on “Buy”… If i did not forget my paypal password… i would have completed the transaction in less than 10 min! Hmmm….  to some… this sounds like an impulse buy… Well… i would concur actually. I became $500 poorer… yet a bag richer. Who cares right… as long as I am happy! The change in my mood was apparently too obvious for colleagues NOT to notice! Wahahaha

inspired to be an iron(wo)man?

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As my third Aviva Ironman 70.3 as a spectator came to a close, I get that familiar feeling which i had exactly a year ago. I recall changing into my exercise gear and headed out for jog right after i returned home from the Ironman last year.  I was extremely inspired… and told myself I wanted to start running… and eventually take part in a women’s run. Well… i did take part in the GE run…but i was coerced into it. This year… i am inspired again,… this time, I am thinking if i should pick up competitive distance swimming. Hmm… but that would mean I’ve got to start my training like now. While I stood by the swim start, watching the participants  run down the sandy beach into the sea for their swim…. i do wish i can be like them. But then, when i saw how exhausted some of them were after the first leg… i started to have second thoughts. Inspired?  I definitely am. Gamed enuff? Maybe not. Let’s stick to running for now… 10km next….

refreshed

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Remember i mentioned in a previous post that I was itching to get myself a new toy? I actually did. And that was like a few months ago. I got myself a hybrid digital camera (do we even call them hybrids?!) – Canon SX20IS … but have not used it as often as I would like to…SO, have decided to make the best of my investment… and start snapping. Am no photographer, but this is a first step to feed my desire to take pretty pictures. I feel my spirits lifted after walking in the park after a drizzle…Nature is refreshed…so am i.

it ain’t over til its over…

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Realised I have not been conscientiously updating my blog, and not because i have ran out of things to write about. I have always used this as an avenue for me to vent my frustrations  or share my joys, and the past one month has been no lack of frustrations…. short of joys. As Lillian Too has quite accurately said in her “Fortune & Feng Shui 2010” , the year of the Tiger is going to be tough one for monkeys. To be very honest, while i enjoy reading these fortune and fengshui stuff… i never really believed them, neither do I follow them. But i can’t help marveling at how much of what has happened  has got so much parallels with book. There’s been a whirlwind of events since the lunar new year, and I am seriously struggling to keep my head above the water. I am trying to keep my spirits up, as I know the journey ahead will be rather bumpy. I started the year losing a very dear friend … my dog… and his passing is something, till today, we are not able to talk about  in the