Last Friday, I took part in a Team Fatbird‘s Sundown Marathon Route Familiarisation Run as part of my preparation for the May Sundown Marathon. I estimated more than 60 runners turned up for this community run, which began around 9pm. This is quite an impressive turnout for an event that was promoted mainly via Facebook and the word of mouth.
The running route (linked below) started from ECP Car Park C4 and went along the parts of the Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network. It offered runners an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the eastern suburbs including Siglap, Tampines, Pasir Ris and Loyang.
Good thing, there were committee members from Team Fatbird dispersed among the different running packs. One’s concentration can take a serious beating during a long distance overnight run. Anthony, David and the other Team Fatbird run pacers played an important role to lead the various running packs, chit chatting along the way and keeping motivation high among the trainees. A special mention goes out to Max for providing taking pictures of the runners along the route. The photos opportunities brought out the smiles of many.
Almost 4 hours 30mins later, drenched in perspiration and really yearning for my bed, I finally arrived at the finishing line. Ah Beng and Suan made the tiredness almost disappear with their wonderful hospitality with food and drinks donated by others.
This well attended run is a great testimony to the enthusiasm, dedication and generosity of the Singapore running community. To all who had donated resources to organise this event and participated in this run, THANK YOU!
Pictures taken by Max Ang (feetoffurry)
The Lord has indeed risen, alleluia. Glory and Kingship be his for ever and ever.
To all Christian readers out there, may the joy and blessings of the triumphant Risen Lord come and remain vividly in your life. Happy blessed and holy Easter, everyone!
Like to discover sacred music to accompany the Easter season experience? I recommend ABC Classic FM’s For the God who Sings program. This week’s selection recreated the anticipation and the joys associated with the Easter vigil mass. For the Church no longer moans for the death of her spouse - the Christ. Christ has conquered death and he now lives among the Church. May the lighted Paschal (Easter) Candle rekindle your faith and the sense of hope. Amen.
The 2009 Economist Intelligence Unit’s cost of living survey reveals that Tokyo (1), Osaka (2) and Singapore (10) ranked among the Top 10 most expensive cities.
2009 EIU World’s Top 1o Most Expensive Cities Ranking
1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Osaka, Japan
3. Paris, France
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
5. Oslo, Norway
6. Zurich, Switzerland
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Helsinki, Finland
9. Geneva, Switzerland
10. Singapore, Singapore
35. Sydney, Australia
39. Melbourne, Australia
Little comfort for those who are out of a job or struggling with lower income.
- Survey shows Singapore is world’s 10th most expensive city (Channel News Asia)
- Aussie cities now less expensive: survey (The Age)
- London cheaper than New York for first time since 2002 (EIU Press Release)
- Strong dollar makes US cities expensive places to live (EU Press Release)
As the firefighters continue their brave effort to contain the fires, thousands of survivals who lost their loved ones, pets and homes now faces an even tougher task ahead. Please consider a donation to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal to assist these individuals and communities to get back on their feet.
Your kind donation will marks your solidarity with these victim and let them know that they are not suffering alone.
Click on the link to make a credit card donation to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 (Red Cross).
- ABC News Bushfire Emergency micro-site (with the latest news, pictures and audio feeds)
- The Age’s special Bushfires coverage
The pictures are not taken by me. Please click on them to see the enlarged credits.