More Lianhe Zaobao Interviews Coming Up! :D

Steven Lek

Want to make a guess about what those interviews are about? πŸ˜‰

In this picture above is my 67 year old student, Steven Lek from retiredowhat.com. In celebration of SG50, his new book ‘Enduring Quotes For A Young Nation’ will be published soon! To pre-order and get an autographed copy at a special price of S$12, simply email him at steven6.lek@gmail.com now.

I’m very pleased he took my suggestion of this title for his book. I’m really ‘paying it forward’ in a way. I’ve had the good fortune of having friends who helped name this blog of mine, and also my book ‘Blogging For A Living’. Really nice to help someone out this way too.

Today’s been pretty fruitful! Interviews for Lianhe Zaobao were conducted with my personal trainer, Cain Ng, and my (top) students Steven Lek and Simon Chan.

Here’s Cain, the bak kwa fanatic:

Cain Ng

Want to know how to have a great physique like that despite pigging out on all those sinful Chinese New Year goodies? Get a copy of Lianhe Zaobao when Cain’s interview is out. I’ll make the announcement on my facebook page so watch out for it.

*If you can’t wait to get some fitness tips, or to get into shape quickly, head over to Quantum Fitness’ facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/quantumfitness.sg) and leave a private message for Cain.

I presented our sweet interviewer with a copy of Andrew Chow’s new book, ‘Public Relations 247’ aka ‘PR247’ πŸ˜€ (Steven & Simon in the background)

PR247 Andrew Chow

What is Public Relations all about?

For me, it’s about linking people I care about. My pal, Jimmy, linked me up with this journalist (I’ll not name her here so she doesn’t get ‘stalked’) and because I think she’s pretty awesome, I’m linking her up with my students and also my trainer. She gets wonderful people to feature, interesting stories to share with her readers, and I also get free ice cream from my students! πŸ˜€

*Kidding about that last point

Shape Run 2013: My First 10km Race :)

Last year, I ran a 5km race with the fiance. This year, I decided to go for a 10km run alone (he waited in the car, and snoozed. Lucky fella!). In any case, the Shape Run is an all-female run, with only a couple of hunks taking part in the race as pacers *wink wink* πŸ˜€

Those taking part in the 10km race had to be at the flag-off point by 6.30am:

Shape Run flagoff point

My Training Regime

Basically, I have nothing to share with regard to my training for this run. LOL! The Shape Run 2013 was supposed to have taken place many months ago but it was postponed till today because of the haze previously (thanks ah, Indonesia!) πŸ˜› My body was well-conditioned back when the race was supposed to have happened.

I haven’t been training at all recently, not this month at least. After my October 3rd trip to Jakarta, I have been nursing a cold and recently, a bad cough. And this week, I only managed to do one practice run. And I clocked over 1hr 20 minutes.

But today, I managed to complete the race in under an hour – 58 minutes and 38 seconds, to be exact. I’m definitely pleased with the outcome. I just wonder what the timing would have been like had I done enough practice runs. πŸ˜€

Taken after I was done with the race:

After shape run 2013

What I love most about the Shape run has to be the goodie bags and sponsors. πŸ˜€

After my run, I went for a free massage at the Dermal therapy booth *super awesome!*

Dermal Therapy Shape Run 2013

I also visited the Casio booth… and won a BabyG watch worth S$118!!!

Casio Booth Shape Run 2013

Shape Run 2013

There were other sponsors as well, such as BRANDS, DUO, etc. I disliked only one sponsor – Alpheus. They supplied water in small plastic cups to us. After the race, I had expected to receive at least a 250ml bottle of water, but no, it was still the small plastic cups. I spotted a small bottle at the booth but was told that it was only for volunteers. Then I spotted other ladies with 1.5litre Alpheus bottles and requested for one, but was told they were given out by mistake. I was made to feel like I was begging for water. Terrible, terrible service! I hope Alpheus never gets to be a sponsor at any other race event EVER. We run a 10km race and all we can get are puny cups of water after? *sigh*

But I shall choose to focus on the wonderful sponsors: Casio, Dermal Therapy etc. πŸ˜€ I’m definitely very happy with my brand new watch. πŸ˜€

Would I take part in the Shape Run again? Probably not, unless they have a 15km race, for instance. BUT, I would recommend all ladies to take part! It’s actually not that difficult – pick the pacers according to your desired race time (e.g. 55 minutes, 1 hour, 1 hr 20minutes, etc) and just follow them throughout the race! And the goodie bags are awesome! Train with Shape for FREE (there were 3 practice runs this year, with pacers too!) and receive goodie bags too!

Thank you, Shape Singapore! πŸ˜€

Also, lots of thanks to my energy bar sponsor, Stephen James Organics / Orevoworld. I ate two of the mini bars before the race, and I believe they helped keep my energy levels high, as they usually do. πŸ˜€ And my trainers from Quantum FitnessΒ also did their best in ensuring I stay fit. I can now move on to the next challenge!

I’ll be on the look out for a 15km race to join next year! Wheee!~ πŸ˜€

Gyms with a difference: Aileron Wellness and Quantum Fitness

I’ve checked out many gyms in Singapore; some well-known chains like California Fitness, Fitness First, Celebrity Fitness, True Fitness, etc, and I’ve even signed up for Virgin Active! πŸ™‚

So, trust me when I tell you Aileron Wellness and Quantum Fitness are different.

I’ve been to Aileron just twice, since it’s located at Sentosa, and my home’s not in Sentosa Cove. πŸ˜› Brought my photographer friend, Jiahe, on the second visit and he got to experience the Trigger Point Performance Therapy, work on his reflexes and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings:

Aileron Wellness Trigger Point Performance Therapy

Trigger Point Performance Therapy will help loosen those muscle knots but it’s going to be painful. Jiahe’s better than I am at tolerating pain. During my first visit to Aileron Wellness, I cried and screamed and tears of mascara streamed down my face. I suppose childbirth will feel something like that. πŸ˜€ No pain, no gain, I guess.

I like that gym training can also be fun/play!

*Hear the beep and tap the square*

Aileron Wellness

The gym is also nestled in lush green surroundings teeming with wildlife, at the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa. Expect to see squirrels scurry down trees as you run on the treadmill, and say goodbye to the peacocks on your way home:

Sentosa

My trainer, Terence, was most patient, and explained the science behind all those activities involving mobility training. He’s also a movement specialist. πŸ™‚

You can find out more about Aileron Wellness by visiting their website or facebook page.

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I’m currently training with Raphael and Cain from Quantum Fitness, at Gallery Hotel.

They are not your usual trainers. Besides pigging out on roast pork and bak kwa, they do crazy stunts outdoors:

* Here’s Cain *

Cain Ng

Cain Ng

And here’s Raphael aka Ralph:

Raphael Lim

Raphael Lim

I don’t suppose I’ll be able to do a handstand in 3 months’ time but I *may* be able to do a chin-up. We’ll see. Wish me luck. πŸ˜€

Find out more about Quantum Fitness by visiting their website or facebook pageΒ or just ask me. πŸ˜›

Quantum Fitness

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At both gyms, I’ve heard much about movement and flexibility. In fact, the trainers are AMAZED that I can do a full squat (what’s that? Just imagine squatting at the toilet bowl to do your business. That’s a squat) Apparently, many Westerners simply cannot squat.

Check out Ido PortalΒ if you’d like to find out more about this ‘movement culture’. The guy also has some amazing arm muscles. I mean… who does this?…

Ido Portal