One Forty Point Six

Woke myself up to run
While tracking you every second
In support and solidarity
I cheerily donned
The Ironman 70.3 tee

As you race, let the elements
Be ever your fire
In all moments–
Smooth or tightwire

Flow like water
Hear its whisper
Be strong like earth
For it molded you from birth
Fly like the wind
Feel it comfort
your face, your skin

Clear, blithe skies
Your guide and usher
Bring forth your big smiles
Come heat or wet weather

Endure the pain
You’re your own companion
Yet trust you’re fain
To champion

To wholly finish
140.6

Photo credit: Cyprus Malinao

The next day..
E: How does it feel to wake up as an Ironman?
T: I’m hungry!!!
E:

*Kristine Marie Gumabay finished IRONMAN Malaysia 140.6 with an impressive timing of 15:31:23.

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The Human Heart

The courage of a dreamer
The innocence of youth
The failures and the foolishness
That lead us to the truth

The hopes that make us happy
The hopes that don’t come true
And all the love there ever was
I see this all in you

You are part, part of the human heart
You are part

You are part of all who took the journey
And managed to endure
The ones who knew such tenderness
The ones who felt so sure

The ones who came before you
The others yet to come
And those who you will teach it to
And those you learned it from

You are part, part of the human heart
You are part

This is the gift I give
Through your love you’ll live forever
Forever, you are part
Part of the human heart

Forever, you are part
You are part, tonight, tonight
Part of the human heart

Image credit: Kreativitta

Food Tour 2017: May

Food Tour 2017 - May

Sashimi Moriyawase by Himonoya

Food Tour 2017 - May

Refreshment by Cin Cin Bar

Food Tour 2017 - May

Thai Lunch set at Folks Collective – China Square

Food Tour 2017 - May

Food Panda Cocktail at Food Panda’s 5th Anniversary Festival

Food Tour 2017 - May

Crave’s new milky cold drink

Food Tour 2017 - May

Carnival pizza by Pezzo

Food Tour 2017 - May

Chicken Tikka set by Food on Fire

Food Tour 2017 - May

Coconut sundae by Qoolco

6 Common Kinds of Paddlers You Paddle With In The Boat

In your paddling life, you’d meet different kinds of people with different personalities and from different backgrounds, too. Some you’d easily get along with, some you just wouldn’t. And that’s okay because, first and foremost, you joined the team to paddle and there’s a lot more reasons for you to still be able to eat, sleep, and breathe the sport of paddling.

To be truly part of the team is to play your part: to be full of hope, to be willing to learn and work hard, and, most importantly, to be kind towards your teammates. What kind of a paddler are you?

1. The Motivator

He’s the one who pushes you to do your best–to paddle harder and to train more often. While he does his best to embolden and encourage you to put more effort in learning the techniques, he shows you how it’s done and he makes sure that you dig your paddle deep with your soul and might.

2. The Whiner

This paddler does more whining rather than paddling. It can be about the training program, the new coach, or anything that’s not paddling-related even. It’s just non-stop and it drains everyone’s energy and patience. If you feel like you’re being treated unfairly by anyone from the team, try to open up a dialogue but be pleasant and treat it with utmost professionalism.

3. The Ball of Fire

He gives his all. He shows up in all scheduled practices and he performs his best. He believes that putting effort in training will make him a better paddler, a better teammate. For when the races come, he is ready and his mindset would be like: It’s just one of those regular trainings, only with Umpires and Judges.

4. The Unenthusiastic

He may show up at practices but with such low energy and the performance is half-baked. It’s better to get your focus back, re-fuel, and then go back to practice. The paddler’s power and performance, or lack of it, during the training period will determine the team’s performance on actual race days.

5. The Keeper

He values the team’s unity, in and out of the boat. He keeps them excited to go to training and he persuades teammates who have not been training to come back and paddle. He’s everyone’s friend and you want to paddle alongside him always. He’s the team’s positive energy and the watchdog of whiners.

6. The Boat Wrecker

Quite obviously, this person is unhappy, therefore he does things that demoralises a teammate or the entire team—and so the boat becomes so much heavier. Every so often, they’re the ones who’s not performing at practices and fails at fitness tests. That’s why it’s important to be goal-oriented yourself and then align it with the team’s objectives and aspirations.

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Photo credit: Christine Pezzulo; GIFs via Giphy


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Food Tour 2017: April

For the month of April, we pay homage to some of the Korean dishes–authentic dishes we’ve actually tried in Seoul and in Busan. Since language barrier can be one of the challenges in exploring Korea, you may want to keep these dishes in mind or show them the photo when you order, as the menus are usually in Korean. There’s no harm in asking if they have the English version of the menu, just politely ask and don’t forget to smile and bow as you say, “Kamsahamnida!

Gopchang-jeongol (Beef tripe hot pot)

Streetfood stalls along Myeongdong

Authentic Korean meat roasting spread called Gogigui

Dak Gomtang or Korean Chicken Soup

Ramyun/Korean Ramen

Yukgaejang/Spicy Beef soup

Jjimdak/Korean Braised Chicken

Imagine your Korea