F1 Technology and the Impact on Healthcare

The fast high octane driving action of Formula One (F1) and healthcare, how can these two sectors be interlinked or working together in our world of technology advancements in both medical and technology fields? If we only based it on looking on paper figures and stories alone, and not in-depth into them, sports racing technology in F1 doesn’t have a perfect 1.0 correlation with the healthcare industry.

Yes, F1 sports racing have sports athletes in peak physical and mental condition, through body monitoring through sensors. The F1 drivers are always taken care of in the healthcare segment, ensuring their peak condition to compete in a very competitive, dangerous yet controlled sporting environment. In this segment, healthcare provisions and standards play a very integral part to the F1 sports racing industry.

Therefore, the current technology used in F1 can be applied in our healthcare industry, in our everyday life, in medical institutions such as hospitals and clinics, for everybody who needs the medical services. Beyond the F1 sports industry, it’s about how F1 technology can be transferred across to the healthcare industry in general, how and where to apply them, that can a wide area to discuss and work on from both sides of the F1 and healthcare practitioners.

At a recent SGInnovate Forum titled “F1 Technology and the Impact on Healthcare” that I attended, there were interesting presentations and discussions by the speakers present during the panel discussion.

Moderator

Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Panelists

– Dr Adam Hill, Chief Medical Officer, McLaren Applied Technologies

– Assoc Prof Low Cheng Ooi, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, MOH Singapore

– Mr Chua Chee Yong, Director Planning Group, Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd (IHIS), Head IT Strategy and Planning, MOH Singapore

– Dr Sophia Chew, Cardiac Anaesthetist, Singapore General Hospital

During the forum event, there were interesting presentations and topics brought up by the audience during the panel discussion. While I am unable to share everything here in my article, I was able to connect the dots across supposedly very different industries and practices.

My prior professional experience in financial advisory (having to learn a bit on medical terms, conditions and medical related matters because of the areas in life insurance and medical insurance), my personal interest in F1 because I am a fan of motorsports, being a patient myself (from getting operated on my injuries and having to follow up with my specialist doctor yearly for now) and finally a technology enthusiast that consumes different forms of data and information on the internet/social media.

With my wide areas of experiences and interests, I didn’t get too lost during the panel discussion, considering that I am not a professional in the medical, IT or data analytics industries.

The professional expertise from the Formula One industries, analysing and collecting data and information from the racing drivers, weather conditions, racing conditions, thereafter, producing crucial and important information for future racing competitions. All these are very useful and this particular expertise can be transferred across into the medical field and applied there. It is much easier for a B2B approach (Business to Business) transfer of expertise and technology than a B2C approach (Business to Consumer) who may not be able to understand the complexity and technicality of the entire process.

However, we human beings, face aging, illness, body wear and tear over time. While the human race may not see it that closely related at this current juncture in time, maybe in the future, medical records of patients can be stored confidentially and safely, the patient’s medical records can be accessed by the patient themselves or when they visit other doctors in other medical institutions. How long will this take? Your guess is as good as mine.

During the panel discussion, one of the guests brought up a question on health insurance, in relation to the forum discussion topic. On this topic, with my prior professional experience in the financial advisory industry, I can understand and relate to this particular question posed. I am not going to write it down in detail here, it can be a lengthy discussion and can be an article long in content. For health insurance premiums to change, if insurance companies have access to more customers health information and data, there could be a possibility. However, there are a lot more factors to consider before this could even be a possibility in the future.

F1 Technology and Healthcare might not seem like the best partnership on paper, yet the expertise and technology behind F1 can be transferred and applied in the healthcare industry. This is a great example of how technology can impact and improve our life, although it is not so obvious and easy to understand, from the end consumer perspective.

If you are keen to listen to the SGInnovate Forum “F1 Technology and the Impact on Healthcare”, you can visit their Facebook Page and view their video!

Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones

It’s finally here in Singapore! The Jaybird X3 wireless sport headphones! The Jaybird brand is one of the more popular and well liked wireless headphones in the world, not just because it looks cool and stylish, the sound quality is really good and powerful, packed inside them!

I was given the opportunity to review the Jaybird Freedom recently, the experiences were really good! I did a tech writer/gadgets enthusiast review along with a lifestyle segment article on which group of music lovers would love it, from a sporting lifestyle, a sporty person who loves running and a leisure lifestyle, a cafe lover. Therefore, I have experienced the excellent quality and standards of the Jaybird brand.

With the Jaybird X3 wireless sport headphones, this looks like the wireless headphones to accompany and raise my level of sporting and outdoor adventures. I am looking forward for an opportunity to review it and I would share more stories and photos with the Jaybird X3! The Jaybird X3 wireless looks ideal for me to bring them into the wild, in the nature reserve trekking, trail running, the great outdoors and extreme sports (if I get the chance to go overseas!)

Let me share some key information, details and pictures of the Jaybird X3 wireless sport headphones, for fellow sports and outdoors enthusiasts here in Singapore –

One of the first to bring wireless sport buds to the world, Jaybird today announced Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones. These next gen wireless in-ear buds don’t require a headphone jack, are sweatproof, Bluetooth® 4.1 and offer a universal secure sport fit with improved sound and customizable audio options. Jaybird X3 brings music to your workout in a whole new way, inspiring you to take on the gym like you’re taking on the world – from running to rock climbing, the gym to the trails, X3 will have you owning your day and your playlist.

“While the world has recently been talking about the disappearing headphone jack, Jaybird has been focused on designing superior wireless experiences for more than a decade,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director, ASEAN & India Region and Vice President at Logitech. “The new X3 headphones deliver supreme audio quality and secure sport fit, so you have the ultimate wireless accessory to your active life.”

X3 brings larger sound, thanks to an enhanced 6mm driver, as well as smaller size, making it the first in the X-Series to be helmet compatible. The redesigned enhanced-comfort ear fins and selection of ear tips provide a universal secure sport fit during the toughest of workouts. And thanks to Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, you can now pair two sets of X3 headphones to one device and even pair your X3s to two devices simultaneously.

The redesigned eight-hour battery, means you can enjoy more music on a single charge, and the new in-line remote makes it even easier to control your music and calls. Voice Prompts let you know when you’re successfully paired and connected, or whether your X3 headphones are turned on or off. And with the MySound App, you can now customize your sound settings to the way you want to hear your music. Your custom sound profile is then saved on your X3 headphones, so no matter what music device they’re paired with or which music service you use, they’ll always be tailored to let you train harder and push farther. No more complaints or continually readjusting audio options when switching music devices – you’re now in control.

Key Features

  • Long Battery Life — X3 provides a full eight hours on a single charge.
  • Micro-Sized Design — The micro-sized design is smaller than X2 allowing for a comfortable fit for sport, even when worn under a helmet, a first in the X-Series.
  • Sweatproof — Hydrophobic nano coating helps ensure X3 is safeguarded against sweat damage even during intensive exercise.
  • Secure-Fit — X3 headphones can be worn in the under-ear or over-ear position to completely lift the cord off the back of your neck, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit in your ears while exercising.
  • Enhanced Sound — Customize your sound setting with the Jaybird MySound App, and save them to the enhanced 6mm speaker drivers. Have your personalized sound with you no matter what music device they’re paired with or what music service you use.

Availability
Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones are available for Pre-Order in Singapore at selected resellers from Apr 27,2017 at a retail price of $215. Stocks will be on shelves by May 4, 2017

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The wireless headphones will be available in two colors with metal accents: Blackout (Black and Silver), Sparta (White and Gold). For more information, please visit jaybirdsport.com or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. The MySound app is free and available through the iOS® and Android™ app stores.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Buds Review

This pair of wireless buds are the smallest in the music earphones world, they may look small yet we cannot judge them just by its size. Inside this pair of wireless buds, it is packed with pretty awesome music sound power and strength, with style, design and secure fit features. Let me introduce the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Earphones.

First and foremost, let me start off with the package, the nice looking box when it first arrived. The Jaybird Freedom box has a nice feel with a well thought out design and layout. Take a look as I started to unbox and displayed all the items that were packed inside the box. One nice feature of this package is that Jaybird gives customers a small pouch to keep the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones, charger and cable.

There are two aesthetics aspects of Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth earphones that makes it stand out and unique for the music lovers. They are the

  • All-metal housing
  • Silicone ear fins

(1) All-metal housing

The Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones is made up of elegant and premium sand-blasted metal material. This not only gives this pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds its unique style, it also improves its durability to its special micro-sized wireless ear buds. With all the top engineering processes, innovation and design, the Jaybird Freedom is a premium, iconic, sturdy, small, lightweight yet powerful wireless earphones to suit almost every music lover. Last but not least, the all-metal housing removes all distortion, giving music lovers the experiences of not just an incredible sound, the noise isolation feature sometimes feels like a noise cancellation feature at times!

(2) Silicone ear fins

In my personal humble opinion, the silicone ear fins are another feature that makes the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones unique. For a start, users might take some time before they get used to the design and fit inside the ear. You can choose to wear your Jaybird Freedom over-ear sport-fit with fins or over-ear sport-fit without fins or under-ear with fins or under-ear without fins. It’s your personal choice whether you want to have the ear-fins or without ear-fins. There are 4 different ear fins sizes (XS, S, M, L) inside the package and they fit in nicely for sporty/outdoors lifestyle e.g. running, biking, trekking. From a personal perspective, put on the silicone ear fins when you are doing sports/outdoors. Do take note on how to attach the ear fins, look out for the letters R (right) and L (left) on the top side of the circle.

Let me continue on with the other components that come with the Jaybird Freedom.

Silicone ear tips and Comply ear tips

There are 2 types of ear tips, they come in 3 different sizes for each type of ear tips, to suit your needs and requirements.

Cable

The length of the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones cable is just nice in my opinion, not too long in length if not it would dangle down and get caught on to other objects. There are cord clips available to shorten the cable behind the neck, you can adjust the length to your liking and preference. Jaybird also gives customers another additional accessory option, a shirt clip is inside the package, that allows the user to attach the cable to their shirt, ideal when going for sports/outdoor activities.

Bluetooth connection

The bluetooth connection between the earphones and devices are smooth, easy to setup and connect.

Battery life

The battery life of the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds is 4 hours with additional 4 hours if the charger clip is attached to the earphones (with on the go charging).

Functionalities of the Jaybird Freedom

  • Music + Calls , easy to use and connects easily
  • Share 1 device with 2 buds
  • Pairing – remember up to 8 devices
  • Multipoint – connect the buds to 2 devices simulatanously
  • MySound App
  • Smartwatch – pair with your smartwatch and leave your phone behind

Announcements/Updates

  • Inform user of battery life percentage when switched on
  • Inform user to charge battery when it reaches 10%

For all the techies, music lovers, the next two areas would be of great interest to you –

Sound

First and foremost, I do not claim to be an audiophile, as much as I love listening to my different types of music on my Spotify with my earphones while traveling between places or during my sports activities. What I am sharing here would be my personal thoughts, views and experiences on the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds.

The Jaybird Freedom wireless produces a clear and sharp treble, with solid and strong bass without being overwhelming. One key and very interesting unique feature is that the user is able to utilise the MySound App, choose, adjust and customise the low, mid range and high range of their sound/music preset to their music/hearing preference.

MySound App

When I first heard of an app for the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds, to be honest with everybody here, I wasn’t sure how good it can be or how useful it would be. You have to try the MySound app, I was told and reminded.

Since I am reviewing this pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds, I have to try it. Once I started using it, I was completely blown away by its features, functionalities and capabilities. This MySound app is a must use for Jaybird Freedom owners!

  • Nice and easy to user user interface
  • Presets available for you to choose and add to the app dashboard
  • Customise your own preset
  • Battery life indicator on app

The sound quality of the Jaybird Freedom by itself is already pretty solid and awesome. With this MySound app, you can tune it, to your own hard rock mega bass musician style or the soothing and clear classical music style.

I would just like to highlight some observations when I was using the MySound app with the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds

  • Discrepancy between earphone announcement of battery life versus battery life indicator on the app
  • Jaybird Freedom earphones are paired, connected and playing music but MySound app says no earphones connected

I would like to emphasis that these observations DO NOT affect the excellent and powerful sound quality produced by the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds nor does it affect your listening and usage experience.

Overall, the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds are a remarkable pair of wireless bluetooth earphones. They are small, lightweight and powerful bluetooth wireless earphones. It is secure and fits into your ears. The noise blocking / noise isolation is very good, the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds owner is in a music world of their own! The design is trendy, bright and colourful, suitable for sporty, outdoors, leisure and daily usage earphones. It is sweat proof , they would be suitable for a number of sports/outdoor activities.

In my personal humble opinion, the Jaybird Freedom is an ideal choice for your pair of wireless bluetooth earphones, a worthy investment for music fans who are sporty/outdoors and also for their daily leisure usage. Visit my photography and travel interest site article, on how the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds fits into two different people lifestyles! Power Your Passion with Jaybird Freedom!

The Jaybird Freedom is now available at authorised resellers at the retail price of SGD $259. The Jaybird Freedom wireless buds come in four fresh colors: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, please visit JaybirdSport.com or connect with them on Facebook.

* I would like to thank Jaybird for the opportunity to review the Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth earphones. *

Introducing MyUS for sports and fitness enthusiasts in Singapore

Sports and fitness enthusiasts in Singapore, whether you are a runner, outdoor recreation, sports, gym, body building, fitness junkie, we are always on the lookout for sports gear, accessories and supplements for our respective sports. The sports, fitness and recreation industries are getting more popular across a wide range of different sporting activities. As a runner myself, I am also on the lookout for running shoes, running apparels and supplements such as energy booster gels/bars. For my friends who are fitness junkies/body builders, I know the amount of health and fitness supplements that they need/want to have. They can be pretty expensive in Singapore, the brands available are not as many, compared to the US market.

While there are a number of sports and fitness companies in Singapore, sometimes we sports fanatics envy the much wider options of sports and fitness products in other countries such as US, that is a very well established and huge sports, fitness and recreation industry. There must be times when you search for sports and fitness products overseas on Amazon and other websites, you wanted something from there yet the international shipping costs changed your final decision to purchase and ship it over?

I would like to share with you this website, MyUS, a consolidation service for you to buy from multiple US outlets and only pay for one shipment from the MyUS warehouse to your door in Singapore.

What is MyUS.com about ? Let me share with you sports and fitness enthusiasts some quick information –

  • MyUS.com is an international shipping and package consolidation service, founded in 1997
  • It lets customers ship purchases from multiple US stores in one shipment
  • The service gives users a MyUS delivery address so they can order from brands exclusive to the US
  • MyUS does the rest, including handling customs and duty forms for you
  • Door-to-door package tracking and delivery within 2-4 days
  • The service is available for desktopAndroidand Apple users

How does MyUS compare to myself doing online purchases and direct shipping? This infographic below would provide a good comparison and analysis –

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What are some of the different outlets in US that I can visit and explore what are the different types of sports and fitness equipment, apparels and supplements that are available on their online websites?

Let me share with you some of them, a list of top stores recommended by MyUS, with the best deals and selections for health and fitness supplies –

  1. BodyBuilding.com – A MyUS preferred merchant, Bodybuilding.com has a great selection for those looking to reach their fitness goals.
  2. VitaminShoppe.com – VitaminShoppe.com offers great prices and free shipping to your MyUS address with orders of US$25+. They offer a huge selection of vitamins, nutrition and alternative health supplements for the whole family.
  3. Walgreens Drugstore– This online pharmacy offers a great selection of vitamins and much more with terrific deals and discounts that they regularly promote.
  4. Moosejaw and Sports Authority – Whether you’re looking for a trendy new GPS watch or the latest sports apparel, these outlets are the perfect place for bargain hunters looking to grab deals on popular American fitness/sports brands.
  5. Amazon– Amazon is a great place for consumers to shop for almost anything imaginable. The Amazon shopping experience also provides a wide range of products to suit any budget. For health and fitness fans, check out this link to shop for the best-selling fitness trackers on Amazon right now.

Looking through the top stores with the best deals and selections for health, sports and fitness supplies. I am quite keen and secretly excited to search through the networks of sports and fitness stores, and if I find something that I like and that I want, along with a good price, I will go for it.

To all sports and fitness enthusiasts/junkies/fanatics, visit MyUS and take a look for yourself, explore and see if their platform, network of sports and fitness stores suits what you are searching for. I went online window shopping at some of the websites recommended above, I found my outdoor products at Sports Authority, trail running shoes from Moosejaw and a few more other sports/fitness/outdoor recreation items.

If you are keen, I have a MyUS discount to share with my readers – when you sign up here at the link below, you would receive a 30-day free premium membership trial: https://www.myus.com/signup/?aid=1005194

I would like to thank MyUS and Allison+Partners for sharing the above information, details and infographic for me to share with my sports and fitness readers.

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds

Sports fanatics who are also also audiophiles, they would look for earphones and headphones to accompany in their sports regime. The wireless headphones are among the more popular choices taken by the sports fanatics as it is easier to use and carry around, you don’t have to deal with the cable.

The premium sports wireless headphones by Jaybird, the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds, are now in its 5th edition. Being a fellow sports person (running), I like wireless bluetooth headphones, not just for sports, it’s also good for daily usage too!

Let me share with you more information and photos of the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds from the press release information below –

Jaybird, the pioneer and leader in premium sport wireless headphones, announced Freedom Wireless Bluetooth® Buds, its fifth-generation of Freedom. Combining sophisticated style, incredible sound and increased comfort into the smallest, most advanced wireless earbuds ever designed, the buds are both functional and refined, packing premium features into a bite-sized package. Jaybird’s passion for great product doesn’t stop at great buds. Through the MySound app, you can customise and save your own personal sound to Freedom from your favourite music service or the Bluetooth-enabled music device you use.

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The ground-breaking, engineering-enabled Jaybird once again re-writes the rules of earbud design and user experience, marking Jaybird’s continued leadership in wireless headphone innovation.

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“This latest generation of Freedom liberates our lives like never before,” said Judd Armstrong, founder and CEO of Jaybird. “These micro-sized tapered buds deliver our best-ever sound while featuring a reduced size that fits all ears, all in a low-profile fit that resonates with everyone. The over-ear fit and elegant metal accents of Freedom bring a fashionable element while also being more rugged than ever, offering the freedom to bring your music anywhere, from mountain to motorcycle, thanks to the buds’ helmet friendly breakthrough form.”

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With Jaybird Freedom, you get micro-sized sand blasted metal accented housing in a fashionable, small package. Traditionally, in-ear Bluetooth buds use plastic materials to assist with signal performance, but Jaybird has overcome these challenges by moving all electronics to its miniaturised three button controller while still delivering an incredible eight hours of play time (four hours play time with an additional four hours through the listen-while-you-charge charging clip). If you need a battery boost, clip the lightweight charger on while driving to the gym or during your workout and get an extra hour of playtime in just 20 minutes. So from the gym, to the streets, trails, office or anywhere in-between Jaybird Freedom means you’ll never miss a beat.

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One of Jaybird’s hallmark design standards is drop-free music while offering incredibly small products. Jaybird continues to deliver this standard in Freedom, providing a huge win for active people where a lot of movement will not trip up the signal between phone and Freedom. Jaybird takes all these use cases into consideration when developing its products.

Availability

Jaybird Freedom is available from 16 September onwards exclusively at all Jaybird authorised resellers for $259.00. The buds come in four fresh colours: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, please visit JaybirdSport.com or connect with us on Facebook.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Jaybird and SPRG *

 

Thuraya Telecoms & Xtra-Link to Co-Sponsor 25th Silver Anniversary Yacht Race

For those who are in the maritime sector, you would have heard of Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading mobile satellite services operator in the world. They are partnering with Xtra-Link to co-sponsor 25th Silver Anniversary yacht race from Dubai to Muscat in November 2016.

Let me share with you more information and details on it –

Leading Mobile Satellite Services operator, Thuraya Telecommunications Company and its long-standing service partner, Xtra-Link, will join forces to co-sponsor the 25th Silver Anniversary Yacht Race from Dubai to Muscat in November.

Confirmation of the dates of the race were announced at a press conference held by the United Arab Emirates Sailing & Rowing Federation in association with Oman’s Ministry of Sports Affairs, at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. The race is officially recognized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

The prestigious event, which is increasingly becoming a firm favorite with sailors from across the globe, will be adjudicated by independent judges from RORC.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, children in schools across Dubai will be engaged in a maritime adventure of their own. Special lessons and demonstrations are being created on how to navigate a boat and a chart, the use of satellite technology, and the importance of safety equipment onboard yachts. Thuraya will share its expertise on these and other topics with children across Dubai.

Keith Murray, Thuraya Product Manager, Maritime, said: “We are proud to co-sponsor a race that has been running for 25 years and which does Dubai proud. This is a great chance to show children technology in action, linking theory and curriculum with real life here in the UAE. From a corporate responsibility perspective, too, it is good to be able to contribute towards imaginative educational platforms.”

As well as helping to create and lead elements of the education project, Thuraya and Xtra-Link voice and data equipment and 30 XT-PRO phones will be used as tracking units for crews taking part in the race.

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Hans Kuijt, CEO, Xtra-Link, said: “This will be the eleventh year that I have sailed in the Dubai to Muscat yacht race. It is great to see my friends in the sailing world using Thuraya equipment to stay connected during such a challenging and exciting race.”

Tracking units are essential kit, allowing those back on land to track boats in real time, improving crew safety and permitting spectators to follow the race remotely.

Five Thuraya Maritime Atlas IP terminals will be supplied to allow broadband connection to be established by the vessels. Weather reports can be downloaded and sailors will also be able to upload posts onto social media, ensuring a more interactive race for sailors, spectators and schools.

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The Thuraya Atlas IP terminals and XT-PRO handsets provide robust, versatile and cost-effective communications in the harsh maritime environment. Providing vital communication giving peace of mind in case anything does go wrong.

Murray said: “Thuraya has built a maritime portfolio to match the needs and requirements of those working in maritime markets. Our range of robust and reliable voice and data products and services continue to keep crew and vessels connected at sea.”

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, an industry-leading MSS operator and global telecommunication provider, offers innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors, including maritime. Thuraya’s diverse range of innovative and superior technologies, from highly reliable mobile satellite handsets, to broadband devices and terminals, provides ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Our maritime equipment, built by the world’s best manufacturers, can be installed on ships in just hours. This helps ship owners to reduce operational costs by up to 40%, while constant connectivity improves crew welfare.

Thuraya remains committed to delivering the essential tools for the maritime sector, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit: www.thuraya.com

About Xtra-Link 

Xtra-Link offers a full range of communications solutions covering the small and the large: from individual business travelers to turnkey projects supporting on-the-road media; from peacekeeping missions to international corporations working hard to get to locations; from oil and gas organizations to those in the construction and shipping industry; wherever communications are hard or naturally non-existent, Xtra-Link can connect you.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Thuraya Telecommunications Company *

The Performance Series Race 3

The 3rd race from the five races planned for The Performance Series runs 2016. The 3rd race was held on Sunday 7th August at Gardens By The Bay and I am happy to complete my 10km distance race although my race timing didn’t improve from my Race 2 at Jurong Lake. While I am a bit disappointed, this was also a time for me to reflect on my running, training preparation and life too.

The 10km route of The Performance Series Race 3 was familiar to me, having run a 10km distance before in another run some years back, starting from Gardens By The Bay East, towards Marina Barrage, Gardens By The Bay, Marina Bay Sands and towards the Promontory at Marina Bay before turning back in the reverse route. This route has some gorgeous landscape scenes of Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay area. On a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, the views were magnificent! The run up the ramp at the Marina Barrage can be quite a bit of a strain for some runners if they are too used to running on level ground. It was taxing for me partially due to my insufficient training preparation!

Some parts of the racing route can be a bit tight in space and I can totally understand since I frequently walk up and down the Marina Bay and Gardens By The Bay for my photography walks, therefore, I know the area, terrain and landscape quite well. It was great to see that organisers try to give more space for the runners as long as they were able to do so when they plan their running route e.g. at the Marina Bay Sands area, they separate the runners between the upper deck and lower promenade deck, ensuring that runners running back don’t squeeze into one sector only. I personally feel that the number of water points for The Performance Race 3 were insufficient for the 10km race route, hopefully the organisers can look into this for future races.

My timing was 1hr25min based on my RunKeeper app, although I didn’t improve from my Race 2 timing, I was happy to complete my goal of finishing my 10km distance. Reflecting again on my third race, my training and preparation were not ideal and insufficient. First and foremost, above other factors, I have to buck up in this area first! Choosing the 8am wave 3 flag off timing doesn’t seem like an ideal timing, the heat and humidity builds up pretty fast from that time.

I would always use runs to let go of my stress and frustration (on top of keeping fit and healthy), I should be doing more and I want to do more. Running is like my current journey towards what I am going to setup, there are ups and downs, at times, good and bad. Some key similarities are to keep training, improving, disciplined and not giving up during the journey/run.

3 out of 5 completed, now for my next run, The Performance Series Race 4.

The Performance Series Race 2 @ Jurong Lake

The second instalment of 5 running events from the The Performance Series, it’s race 2 @ Jurong Lake on Sunday 26th June 2016. This location is not too far away from my home and it’s a beautiful place with lush greenery, Jurong Lake, Japanese Garden and Chinese Garden, making it a good place for exercising and running!

I chose the 10km distance, a running distance that I am comfortable and happy with. The running route at Jurong Lake was pretty tight and narrow thus, there were quite a fair bit of runners traffic jam and that was totally understandable. Nonetheless, if a runner is planning on beating their personal best 10km timing, it might be a bit tricky navigating and overtaking fellow runners! The event was ran and managed pretty well by the organisers. Prior to the run on Sunday, there were quite a lot of rain over the past few days and it made some parts of the event ground wet and muddy. After my run and upon returning home, it was washing the mud off my Asics GT-2000 3 orange running shoes!

In the lead up and preparation towards race 2 at Jurong Lake, I could have and should have done better. Clocking a running time of 1hr 16mins 48s (from my Runkeeper App), it’s an improvement from my race 1 timing of 1hr 28mins 29s (from my Runkeeper App). For this race 2, I added CompresSport Calf Sleeve R2 to my running gear setup, I looked really colourful, orange colour Asics GT-2000 3 running shoes, black colour CompresSport socks, green colour CompresSport Calf Sleeve R2 and the pink colour event running shirt! The CompresSport Calf Sleeve R2 does aid in my running and recovery. I would share more about my views, review and thoughts on the CompresSport running accessories at a later time. I decided not to take a selfie of my whole running attire, I would just share my running shoes and accessories setup instead!

During my article write up on race 1, the organisers had done a good job on social media engagement with the runners and the running event itself. For race 2, they kept it up and good job to the organising and event folks from The Performance Series!

Time to sign up for Race 3 @ Gardens By The Bay! Next target is to improve on my timing from Race 2!

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The Performance Series Race 1 @ Coney Island/Punggol Waterway

First and foremost, I can’t recall when I last participated in a community competitive run before I completed the 10km race of the The Performance Series Race 1 @ Coney Island/Punggol Waterway. It could have been a few years since I last ran a 10km run!

When I saw and read about The Performance Series Runs, consisting of 5 races at different locations around Singapore, having each distinct medal to form the whole of Singapore, it caught my attention from a runner who had not been actively participating in the Singapore running calendar (Personal opinion: I think there are a bit too many runs in a calendar year for Singapore, although you can choose which runs you would like to participate though).

I confessed that I went lazy with my running and exercising over the years, even though I do walk a lot for my photography shoots on weekends. In year 2016, I wanted to get out of my laziness and start exercising/running again. As we all start to age, we need to take care of our health and body even more than ever. Exercising/running regularly is key and crucial to a healthier body, mind and soul. With some serious injuries on my body, I am more than mindful and cautious of my body well-being, I am just as guilty of slacking and lazing. Therefore, I decided to start the change again with the Performance Series Race 1 at Coney Island/Punggol Waterway.

One thing that strikes me about The Performance Series Races is how they use different social media channels for runners engagement, through their website/blog/Instagram/Facebook. Being an avid runner before, I can sense and see that this is a group of runners planning/writing/sharing for runners, they know how the runners think/feel/want. Great job to the folks at The Performance Series, keep up the good work for the future races!

For Race 1 at the Punggol Waterway and Coney Island (10km route), it was a scenic route along the waterway into Coney Island, along the reservoir and back into the waterway route. The waterway running track is a bit narrow for a big community run event, however that’s understandable and the organiser knew about this with different waves starting time for the runs. The morning weather was really nice and sunny but it was very humid! Personally, the high humidity zapped my out by the time I turned out from Coney Island along Lorong Halus area. From my Runkeeper app, I clocked around 1hr28mins, I am satisfied with my timing for this run, taking into consideration my not ideal exercising/running preparation and the very high humidity! Next target for Jurong Lake Run is to improve on this timing!

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When I crossed the finishing line, I was ecstatic! Collected my finisher tee, medal and Lucozade drink. I sat down on the grass patch, in a shaded place provided by the tree, started drinking my Lucozade drink. Due to heat and humidity, I finished the cold isotonic drink pretty quickly! While resting, I took this photo, it’s everything “orange” for The Performance Series Race 1!

Ok, now to prepare for Race 2 at Jurong Lake!

New Running Shoes for Year 2016 – Asics GT 2000 3

My current/old pair of New Balance running shoes is spoilt, with the sole peeling off, along with an Asics sales promotion by Running Lab during post CNY period in February, it was a great and perfect timing for me to replace my running shoes. While I do like both brands of running shoes, Asics and New Balance, the Asics shoes promotion during that period got my attention and it was like returning back to my Asics running shoes, I had two pairs of them over the last 10 years, went through so much with me in my walking and full marathon training.

Initially, I was planning to purchase the Asics Gel Kayano 21, one of the two Asics running shoes on sale, the other Asics shoes on sale was the GT 2000 3. However, at the Running Lab outlet inside Westgate shopping mall that is close to my home, there was no shoe size for the Kayano Gel 21 and there was a pair of GT 2000 3 available for my size. I went to try out the GT 2000 3 and walked around the outlet, I felt like that was a good and stable grip on my ankle area. Although it was no doubt slightly heavier than the Gel Kayano series, I loved the stability on the sole and sides of the GT 2000 3.

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The Asics GT 2000 3 is an excellent and stable running/trainer shoes, ideal for clocking running mileages for your own personal runs or training up for mid to long distance runs (10km and above). My Asics GT 2000 3 maiden debut was a few weeks later after I bought it from Running Lab. It was a good comeback run after slacking and lazing too much in year 2015 with my new GT 2000 3 running/trainer shoes. The bright orange colour Asics GT 2000 3 makes it freshing and eye catching for me as a runner!

During my run, I can feel the slightly additional weight on my GT 2000 3 running shoes yet I can’t beat the stability and firm grip of the GT 2000 3 running shoes. As I continued to run regularly and consistently in the year 2016, I can slowly overcome the “additional weight” of the GT 2000 3, run in sync and faster as I pick myself up again for the journey ahead in year 2016.

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Running has always been a great avenue for me, not just keeping fit and healthy, running helps me to clear my heart, mind, soul, thoughts and stress. Running lets go of all these bad stuff and vibes inside me, detoxing and allowing me to receive the good things, thoughts, ideas and emotions.

The journey ahead in 2016 took a big twist in my life, coupled with a very uncertainty domestic SG economy and international economy. Getting back to running is not just about health and fitness reasons, it’s going to be about motivation, discipline, mental health detoxing and exercises along with my physical running activities.

Alright, I need to make sure that I always practise self discipline and consistency for my running in year 2016. Time to Run Run Run!