Hello World

I’d just like to share a song that keeps my spirits up in times when I think everything is going against me.

It’s “Hello World” from Lady Antebellum.  I don’t need to write anything about it – just listen to it and watch the video.

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London, New York or Singapore

Earlier today my boss informed me that our department head wanted to offer me a position in either London or New York.

The opening is for one of the newer projects and will require me to relocate to either of the cities – whichever I choose.

Don’t get me wrong…the opportunity to decide my future is great.  Not everyone can have that chance.  Either London or New York will be good for my experience and for my career.  The only problems I have with both cities are that they are both very far from home, the Philippines, and I don’t know a lot of people in both cities specially London.

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My Hobby – Sports Photography

Before I began running this year I’ve been doing something else for the past two or three years now.

I sometimes spend my free times doing photography.  I’m trying to learn it but so far I have been unable to take any classes.  Right now my way of learning it is through self study, reading some books, and viewing YouTube videos of photography how-to’s.

One of my fave forms of photography is sports photography.  Looking at the work of the professionals, you can see real emotions in sports photography.  The cliche “thrill of victory, agony of defeat” is very evident in the pictures.

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Nike+

The past few days I have been unable to sync my RunKeeper activities in my iPhone app to the site.  This really pissed me off because after I viewed the site’s support page a lot of other users have expressed the same things that I was experiencing but there was no response from the RunKeeper staff.

For today’s run I decided to not risk it anymore.  I switched to Nike+ GPS.  It’s a paid app if I remember correctly but I got it for free when they went on a promo a few months back.

I loved how the website looks and I also like the way the app itself looks when you lock the screen.  Red and black colors just seem to attract me.  In terms of performance it looked like it is at par with RunKeeper with keeping track of the route and your pace.  miCoach had a problem with losing the GPS signal.

The thing that really made me happy today was the fact that my effort got uploaded to the website!!!  It really does help to motivate you if you see in “black and white” how you performed.  That’s why I was so frustrated with RunKeeper because their site has not been functioning well for the past few days.

Today I ran 4.5km and my performance was actually not great but I am satisfied with it.  I’d rather have baby steps than nothing at all.

Road Hog

Tonight I went on my usual Monday jog and my goal was to complete the same 5km route I did last Saturday.  Sadly I wasn’t able to complete the route because of a road hog.

This guy was just starting his jog and he instantly looked at me – I was already pass the midpoint of my jog at the time.  With an “evil eye” he kept on looking at me and every time I try to pass him he would take up the middle of the sidewalk to block my progress.  He then would intentionally slow down and constantly block my way.

After around 10 minutes of this I decided I didn’t want this anymore because it was messing with my jog so I decided to change my route just to get away from him.  The result was a slightly shorter route – around 4.4km, 600m short of my planned distance.

I wonder why people would be such a**holes.  Singapore is big enough for the two of us to share a sidewalk.  I was kinda shocked to see this behavior here in Singapore.

Nonetheless that incident is not gonna stop me.  I’ll rest tomorrow especially since my right knee is acting up.  I injured this knee back in high school during my Taekwondo days.

I just have one thing to say to the road hog here in Pasir Ris…we’ll see each other again. =)

5km Route

Finally!  A break from all of the meetings at night for work.

Today I’m planning to try out a new route I’ve plotted in RunKeeper.  This new route would be a good and solid 5km jog.  The only drawback from this route are the multiple traffic lights and intersections.

My friend told me that those stops would hurt my pace.  I have a feeling she is right but let’s see.  I’ll still give it a shot.

The current problem I have is I haven’t really decided on a route that I always want to take.  The previous routes I’ve taken are either full of people walking slowly from the nearest MRT station to their homes or the route is always wet like the case in Pasir Ris Park.

I hope this route works out coz it’s going by some places that I haven’t been to in my neighborhood.

[UPDATE]

Finally my activity in my RunKeeper app got uploaded to the site.

http://runkeeper.com/user/lejames23/activity/95627088

App Change and a Little More

I’ve been thinking for the past few days of changing back to RunKeeper for keeping track of my runs.  I know in a previous post I mentioned that the Adidas miCoach has all these great features and Derrick Rose is your coach but after using it for a couple of days I’ve gotten to the notion that it is limiting me a bit.

How did miCoach limit me?  Well the training plan I chose often limited the trainings to 15 minutes or max 30 minutes.  That’s fine actually but after the training is over I know I can do more.  I mean I’m not yet tired and I know my body can still handle a few kilometers.

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