[AD] Reebok One Series

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For starters, I know NOTHING about running or running shoes. In fact, the Reebok Delta One is my first proper running shoe. Its predecessor was a cheap pair that I bought from Mustafa that cost me $25, which I used less that five times. Never was a fan of running shoes; the only sneakers I own are for dancing, which are mostly bought based on how good they look, how comfortable they are, plus how flat and broad the base is for better stability while dancing.

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My first pair

Which of course are factors that have nothing to do with a good running shoe.

When I first saw the shoe I was pretty bowled over by the colour – it’s damn neon lor! At first I was presented two options – one that was more blue, and one that was more neon green. I chose the blue for aesthetic purposes… oops, turns out that colours shouldn’t be your priority with running shoes. The blue ones were meant for flat footed individuals.

Which I was not.

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Nghh.

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All the bloggers convened at the CrossFit Fire City and we were asked to give brief introductions. So there was a guy who blogged about running, there were 3 lifestyle bloggers who ran regularly, there were 2 fitness bffs and champions of eating clean, and then, there was me.

I said something along the lines of hating exercising, and that the only exercise I did was dance, and I didn’t even do it that regularly anymore.

>_<

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Coach Sam, our designated coach, then proceeded to give us a walkthrough of what was going to happen today, and take us through some warmups.

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So then we were taken out to have our running assessed.

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With our new neon shoes, it was time to run!

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of course, being bloggers, we had to Instagram that first…

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Rare moment!!

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Sam had a nifty iPad thingy that could record you as you ran, and then later playback in slow-mo so that he could better assess your running style.

I learnt that there were 3 styles of running:
Heel Strike: The heel makes contact with the ground first, followed by the forefoot
Midfoot Strike: The heel and the ball of the foot make contact with the ground simultaneously
Forefoot Strike: the ball of the foot makes contact with the ground first

Most of us ran with a heel strike (except Daph!) and apparently it’s really bad for the knees and body when you go heel first! This shoe is designed to reduce heel strike and guide you to run in a forefoot strike motion which according to my running friend Mr Sham Ong, is more natural and would in turn reduce the impact between the foot and the knee

So we did a few jumpy – jogging on the spot exercises to learn the proper posture of running.

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I had never in my life thought so much about running before. Wasn’t it supposed to be a natural instinct?

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After some tips, we set off for… a grand finale of 3 sets of running around the carpark + 30 squats!!

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Can you see the difference? (Ok, it’s called “toe off” and not push off…)

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We had a 2nd round of analysis after, and it did show small improvements in our running style. Not bad, for just a few hours of training!

All in all, I learnt a lot about running in this exercise – studying your movement can really improve the efficiency of how you run; it really is a science. And thus it’s important to have a good shoe with the proper technology to support your feet and guide them through the entire movement. The gait assessment was also really interesting… you might want to try it if you’ve been running and experiencing leg or back pains! Just get someone to take a video of yourself as you’re running. Understanding your running style will also help you in getting the right shoe.

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The Delta One has a good fit – the ones we were given were the Cushion version, so it’s really comfortable and absorbs impact well. There’s a Guide version for more advanced runners. What’s great about this series is that instead of being built bottom-up like most shoes, it’s designed to meet the cushioning and response needs of the 3 zones of your feet – the heel, midfoot and forefoot.

The Reebok One Series Collection comes in both men’s and ladies’ styles and is available at Stadium and selected Royal Sporting House stores from July 2013 onwards for $169 (regular retail price).

yay

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[AD] ciNE65 takes you to the movies!

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Ta-daaah. There are plenty of good movies out right now (Pacific Rim? World War Z? Despicable Me 2?) and if you haven’t caught the shows you wanted to catch yet, here’s a chance for you to do it for free. Actually, everyone needs free movie tickets lah.

…and I have 5 pairs of GV movie tickets to give away!

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All you need to do is to:

1. Like cine65 on Facebook and follow @cine65sg on Twitter
2. Email me the screen shots (proof that you’ve liked / followed those accounts) with your contact details (Name, Mobile and IC)
3. Share this on Twitter: “Win GV movie tickets from @stooffi! http://bit.ly/freeGVtix #cine65

Complete the 3 tasks before 26 July 2013, 2359! Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email by 27 July 2013.

— Contest over, winners have been contacted. Thanks for participating! Look forward to the next giveaway 🙂 —

[AD] ciNE65 – Results are out!

This year’s ciNE65 saw a whopping 166 film entries… and the results were announced just last night! Find out if any of your favorites won –

Priceless” won the “Overall Best Film” and “Best Screenplay” in the Open Category

Wonder what the boy did to deserve the lecturing, and getting beaten up over? Watch till the end for a twist!

Going Away” won the “Overall Best Film” in the Student Category.

This film also makes you wonder where the lead is “Going Away” to – and it ends with a heartwarming answer.

Both teams did well in storytelling in a mere 3 minutes, and editing their clips to produce a film that looks polished! Kudos to the students who produced “Going Away”, I think you’d agree that they have loads of potential.

Here are the winners determined by public votes:

• Favourite Film went to “Honey” (which stars a very familiar looking Ah Gong):

I like the analogy – that sweet honey is made from bees that go out and work hard – the fruit of their labour is sweet an enjoyed by many. And I think it’s beautifully shot!
• Favourite Actor went to Daryl Yeo in Singapore, 还可以啦
• Favourite Actress: Choo Ai Keow in 忘不了 Unforgettable (The Ah Ma that made me cry!)

The Inter-School Challenge Trophy went to Temasek Polytechnic, which submitted the highest number of quality entries in the Student Category. So if you’re interested in studying film, you know where to go 😉

If you loved these films, check out all other winners at ciNE65’s official site!

It’s really heartwarming watching all the clips; they’re all Singaporean stories that will resonate strongly with any Singaporean and tug at your heartstrings. Though they revolve around different themes, they all speak of a common love for this place we call home.
Looking forward to seeing more entries next year!

[AD] ciNE65 – vote for your favourite Singaporean story!

ciNE65 is a short film competition for film enthusiasts to tell their Singaporean story. Watch the participants’ take on this season’s theme, “I’ll be there for you, Singapore”

Voting is now open until 8 July 2013, 2359 – stand to win up to $200 worth of vouchers when you vote for your favourite film, actor and actress, so hurry, vote now!

These are the 3 that really touched me – I’ll admit, some of them made me cry :<

Unforgettable

Saga Seed

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Wondering how you can vote?

  1. Head over to ciNE65’s website
  2. Sign up for an account (you can use Facebook too)
  3. Watch watch watch! Each film isn’t more than 3 minutes long.
  4. You can vote for the films listed under Fav Film, Fav Actor and Fav Actress.

If you liked any of the films above, simply click on the title above or look for it in the film listing page and it’ll bring you to its ciNE65 page where you can vote.

It might just be a short film, but trust me, a lot of time and effort have been spent on each one – so give credit where it’s due… vote your favourites & support local talent!

[AD] ciNE65 – vote for your favourite Singaporean story!

ciNE65 is a short film competition for film enthusiasts to tell their Singaporean story. Watch the participants’ take on this season’s theme, “I’ll be there for you, Singapore”

Voting is now open until 8 July 2013, 2359 – stand to win up to $200 worth of vouchers when you vote for your favourite film, actor and actress, so hurry, vote now!

These are the 3 that really touched me – I’ll admit, some of them made me cry :<

Unforgettable

Saga Seed

Dot

Wondering how you can vote?

  1. Head over to ciNE65’s website
  2. Sign up for an account (you can use Facebook too)
  3. Watch watch watch! Each film isn’t more than 3 minutes long.
  4. You can vote for the films listed under Fav Film, Fav Actor and Fav Actress.

If you liked any of the films above, simply click on the title above or look for it in the film listing page and it’ll bring you to its ciNE65 page where you can vote.

It might just be a short film, but trust me, a lot of time and effort have been spent on each one – so give credit where it’s due… vote your favourites & support local talent!

[AD] Flying’s a breeze with AirAsia

Thanks to omy.sg and AirAsia, Alexis and I managed to escape the haze for 3 days and find some respite in Bandung, Indonesia. We even met (a cardboard version of) Tony Fernandes!

Did you know… that AirAsia has clinched the award for the world’s best low-cost carrier, 5 years in a row? In my own personal experience, I’ve always managed to book the cheapest flights with AirAsia – and they’re usually on time, fuss-free, no hiccups, and provide good service. Plus their website is super easy to use and the booking process is always smooth.

Did a little more research into AirAsia…here’s some useful info that you may not know!

DESTINATIONS

There are some interesting nearby places AirAsia flies to, besides hot favourites like Bali and Bangkok, that I would totally consider planning for short holidays. For example:

Singapore >> Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Where you can trek Mt Kinabalu

and visit Manukan Island, a ten minute boat trip from Kota Kinabalu City, where the waters look amazingly clear.

Singapore >> Jakarta

Where you can spend a few days touring the city, or if you’re a beach lover like me, enjoy some sun, sand and sea at Kepulauan Seribu – a beautiful chain of islands about 30 min – 2hrs from Jakarta (depending on which island you go to / which boat you choose to take).

(Psst… here’s a free travel guide to islands and beaches that AirAsia flies to.) You can even fly to Australia, China, Japan and South Korea on AirAsia as well!

SERVICES

Wanted to highlight this service because I didn’t know about it prior to this! With just a $55 top up when you book online, you get to enjoy a dedicated counter check in, 2hr access to the Skyview Premium lounge at T1 (buffet!), priority boarding as well as priority check-in baggage and tagging.

Think it’s perfect for families traveling with kids or elderly; super convenient and hassle free.

IN-FLIGHT Food:

For us, we had pre-booked meals which were really satisfying! And I like that they cater to Asian tastes as well… you can even get bubble tea on board with some flights!

For our trip to Bandung: Asian Fried Rice with Satay.

THE SATAY WAS DELICIOUS!!

and Nasi Padang our trip back! Which came with very addictive keropok.

Inflight meals are about 39,000 IDR which is about SGD$5 – very, very affordable, and better than starving on a plane trip.

Shopping:

AirAsia also has very interesting duty free catalogue where they sell very useful things like a shower bag and toothbrush set (approx SGD$15) which can be used to hang your toiletries in the shower (hey, it’s a very useful function okay! I always get annoyed when i don’t have a place to put my toiletries esp in hostel toilets.)

And this foldable duffel bag (approx SGD$22.65) – great for manic shoppers that could do with the extra space… basically any girl that’s going to Bandung lah. lol!

 

Hope you learnt a little more about what AirAsia has to offer! More about shopping in Bandung in my next post – you won’t believe it. Alexis and I spent about SGD$700 in total. Not kidding.

P.S. AirAsia always has promos!

Ad: clothes0verbros

I love that clothes0verbros has EVERYTHING… it’s like a walk in closet with all that you need, plus they’re all going for reasonable prices. Subscribe to their FB for latest updates though, cos things sell out pretty fast!

Picked a few of my faves, most of them are sold out but b/os are available.

Cardis…

Avril Pocket Hearts Cardi, $27

Bridget Pullover in Oatmeal, $24

Blazers… (in various colours!)

Veronica Blazer in Sky Blue, $24.90

Tops…

Kyrie Gradient Tier Top, $23

Adrea Bird Print Blouse, $24.90

Shoes…

Kavanagh Heels (Navy), $28

Grizelda Weaved Sandals in Timberwolf, $26

Necklaces…

Mirabelle Sculpted Necklace, $14

If you’re too lazy to match, they even have the whole shabang matched for you – necklace ($14), top ($19) and pants ($24)

Kimberley (the owner) was also very kind to send me 2 items,

Sonenclar Penny Loafers, $28.90

Didn’t know if sizing ran true, got it in my size (37) but I found it a LITTLE bit tight. Might be better to go a size up! Otherwise it’s a great pair of walking shoes – not stiff at all (the problem that irks me with a lot of cheaper loafers). I like the colour a lot! She has them in many other colours too.

Bianca Feather Top, $19

Love this piece! The multicoloured feathers make for easy pairing and a fun top. It’s also lightweight but not sheer – perfect for SG’s crazy weather… aaaand they match my loafers. heh.

Head over to clothes0verbros nowww – they have lots more, from tops to pants to dresses to jumpers to shorts to clutches to heels… I don’t like to think too much about my clothes and that’s why I really like the stuff that Kimberley curates. Every piece looks good and yet is easy to mix and match.

Btw Kim is migrating to another site – you can check out the newer collections at http://www.clothesoverbros.sg/, but backorders on all the stuff at the livejournal page are still ongoing!