Celebrating 10 years right here

In January 2018, I celebrated another milestone that didn’t cross my mind, this personal website/blog is 10 years old, having being founded and started in January 2008. This 10 years milestone completely slipped my mind until fellow photographer Joseph Goh congratulated me on LinkedIN, I login and checked and I read “Celebrating 10 years at www.tangenghui.com”.

It was like déjà vu, a bit like Star Wars: The Force Awakens (almost)! This dawned upon me that I had been writing over a period of 10 years, it was just like the blink of an eye, when I first started writing on my personal website/blog in January 2008. Looking back and reflecting on my past 10 years here, while I am celebrating my personal milestone, my personal website/blog is the less well-known websites/blogs that I currently manage. On the other hand, a lot of my most in-depth personal thoughts, views, feelings and emotions were penned down and published here.

This personal website/blog of mine is not a glamourous nor colourful or flamboyant website. It’s all about personal growth, personal development, entrepreneurship, business, finance, social media, information technology news, products and devices announcements/updates, social causes, sports science and training.

What’s next for the year ahead in 2018? I always set a personal goal to improve on my level and quality of content/topics published here inside my personal website/blog. I am going to make some changes (some subtle, some might be distinct) reflecting the growth and maturity in my writing over the past 10 years.

Celebrating 10 years right here, striving forward and marking my timeline ahead in the near future for my next milestone.

To all my readers and supporters over the past 10 years, I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart, for faithfully reading and supporting a “boring” personal blog/website.

TomTom Fitness Tracker

For sports and fitness enthusiasts, there are a number of sports, fitness and health accessories today available in the market. Fitness tracker is a popular device for sports and fitness enthusiasts, a device that can be paired with their smartphone to track and record their sports and fitness programme.

TomTom recently launched a new fitness tracker recently, the first fitness tracker on the Singapore market that has unique capability that combines body composition analysis with steps, sleep and all day heart-rate tracking, right from the wrist. This would be very useful for sports and fitness enthusiasts in planning their sports/exercise regime and programme. I reckon this would also be suitable for daily life usage too for those working in office jobs, the TomTom fitness tracker would help them to keep track of their steps, sleep and all day heart-rate tracking, right from the wrist.

Let me share with fellow sports and fitness enthusiasts on the TomTom fitness tracker from the press release information –

TomTom (TOM2) officially launches the first fitness tracker on the Singaporean market that combines body composition analysis with steps, sleep and all day heart-rate tracking, right from the wrist. With the push of a button, TomTom Touch measures the percentage of body fat and muscle mass in your body to finally answer the question: Is what I’m doing, doing anything for me?*

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Body composition gives you a good understanding of your fitness level and how it’s changing over time**. Until now, this metric has been available with dedicated scales or expensive technology. The launch of TomTom Touch now makes it more accessible to a broader audience.

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“We’re excited to give people fitness information they can really use with TomTom Touch,” said Chris Kearney, VP APAC, TomTom Consumer. “We all know that weight doesn’t tell the whole story. Two people with the same weight can have completely different levels of muscle and fat in their body. TomTom Touch gives more clarity by tracking body composition, so you can really tell whether your efforts are having any effect.”

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TomTom Touch is designed to be worn 24-7 and includes everything you’d expect from the best fitness trackers available today. Tracking steps, sleep, all day heart-rate, calories burned, it also comes equipped with a sports mode for running, cycling or hitting the gym. You can also stay connected with smartphone notifications.

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It’s easy to dive into your stats, view progress and share achievements with friends via the TomTom MySports companion app on your smartphone. Performance statistics and graphs help you make sense of your activities and the effect they have on your body composition over time.

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Sleek and slim, TomTom Touch comes with a range of colourful, high quality straps to match your style and is available on the first week of November from selected retailers. RRP: S$239.00.

More information can be found here www.tomtom.com/fitness

Notes

* Results may vary significantly and could be affected by multiple factors. Try to take the measurements at the same time of day under same conditions.

** http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/body-fat-measurement#1

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/72/3/694.long

* Information and pictures courtesy of TomTom and Porter Novelli *

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.

The Performance Series Race 4

The fourth race from the five races planned for The Performance Series runs 2016. The 4th race was held on Sunday 9th October at Bedok Reservoir and I am happy to complete my 10km distance race with a slight improvement from my Race 3 at Gardens By The Bay. Wet weather hit the 10km Wave 1 runners and it was cancelled, while 10km Wave 2 and Wave 3 were delayed and both waves of runners were flagged off together, causing a bit of congestion on the running route.

The 10km route of The Performance Series Race 4 was familiar to me, having run a 10km distance before in another run some years back at the Mizuno Wave Run. Bedok Reservoir is a nice place to go for a run although planning a 10km route is a little bit tricky for running route planners since a full loop of the Bedok Reservoir doesn’t really add up to 5km. Initially, when I saw the running route, there was the segment whereby the runners ran and did a U-turn. Although it wasn’t that clear on the map, once the runners hit the ground running, it wasn’t too bad after all. There was a uphill climb segment from the 8km to 9km distance range, it was a real challenge for me, I managed to run up to the small hill top, had a bird’s eye view of Bedok Reservoir. After catching my breath, enjoying the view, I continued my run down the hill towards the finishing line. Kudos to the organisers of The Performance Series for creating the running route for the location at Bedok Reservoir given the size, distance and terrain constraints.

My timing was 1hr21min based on my Runkeeper app, there was a slight improvement from my Race 3 timing while my best timing was from Race 2. I was happy to complete my goal of finishing my 10km distance. Reflecting again on my The Performance Series 4 run, the weather this morning was pretty cooling due to the wet weather that affected Wave 1 earlier. I was able to run consistently for most of the 10km without being affected by the heat and humidity.

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.

4 out of 5 completed, now for the last run of the The Performance Series.

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!

Jawbone U24 Review

The emergence and arrival of fitness trackers wristbands have been a great addition to the sports, recreation and leisure industries and users like me. While I had not been actively exercising regularly like before, I do like the idea of the the wristband fitness tracker and I would love to own one in the near future, helping me to keep track of my leisure and sporting activities.

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I was given the opportunity to test and review the Jawbone U24 recently, that was launched in April 2014. During the two weeks period that I had with the Jawbone U24 wristband tracker, it was more than just a lifestyle tracker, it was also a fitness tracker for my runs. Pairing with the UP app on iOS was easy and the data was able to sync and transfer over to the app without too much of a hassle. The battery life was pretty good and has a battery life of 14 days. Jawbone released a software update in the second half of 2014, which users can download and automatically get an extra 7 days of battery life. Here are useful links that might be useful on the UP24 battery life:

https://jawbone.com/blog/up24-now-lasts-14-days-single-charge/

https://jawbone.com/kb/articles/UP24updater.html

Not only did the Jawbone U24 tracked my sleeping patterns, this is something very useful for me to know how many hours and minutes of deep sleep, light sleep and how times I woke up and for how long. In our modern and stressful society, our sleep patterns and hours are affected and the Jawbone U24 does help me to understand and learn more about my sleep hours and patterns.

My food intake (the quantity and types of food) is another interesting and useful feature that can be used together with Jawbone U24. Pair it up with a food app and UP app, it can tell you how much you ate, the calories you consumed and how many steps/walks do you need to do!

For the runner in me, I paired it up with RunKeeper app and it sync seamlessly with the UP app, recording my distance, runs and timing on both the UP app and RunKeeper app. This is something that I liked and find it very useful for my runs and exercises! Jawbone U24 regularly notify me on how am I doing, the number of steps I took, my sleeping patterns, comparing my results over the days before that. It encourages you, not just to hit the targets that you set, it encourages you to consistently achieve it.

The Jawbone U24 is ideal for both leisure lifestyle and a sporting lifestyle together, it looks fashionable too when you wear it around your wrist! The Jawbone U24 was recently replaced by a newer model known as the UP2 in April 2015, with an all new industrial design at 45% smaller than its predecessor, the UP24.

After reviewing the Jawbone U24, I am really keen to own a Jawbone wristband for myself! Keep you all posted in my sports, fitness and exercise posts in the future!

* I would like to thank Jawbone and Ogilvy Public Relations Singapore for the opportunity to review the Jawbone U24 *

I Have New (Running) Shoes!

Running, a sport that became close to my heart, soul and personal development over the past few years as I started to play less team sports and do individual sports. It was a sport that I always go for when I am down and running in the night lets my hair down, de-stress and kept me fit and not getting fat too fast over the past few years. Running to me is therapeutic and relaxing although the longer distance runs such as the 21km and 42km does make me ache. I used to write and share my stories on running over the past few years, somewhere inside my posts here, into a journal here, the ups and downs, the milestones and achievements.

Looking back in time around February 2010, I got myself into a freak accident and went through a lot of rehabilitation, rest and recovery. Running from that time onwards took a back seat totally for about a year. It took me quite a long period of time before I get myself out from the couch after resting/recovery from too long on the sidelines and started running again. There were times when I missed joining the runs in Singapore, however, whenever I looked at the number of runs in Singapore, I was glad that I didn’t go and sign up all of them. There were a bit too many runs in Singapore over the years, this is my personal humble opinion.

Due to the nature of my injuries, I am currently retired from running a full marathon 42.195km, I may or may not run a full marathon again. My roll of full marathon runs completed included 5 full marathons from 2006 to 2009, 3 of them were Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore from 2006 to 2008, 2 of them were Sundown Marathon from 2007 to 2008 and  the 2009 Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore that I did not complete. Definitely not the best of timings since I never trained enough and consistently, completion of the full marathon was always a memorable and big achievement for me, with all the sweat, muscle ache and pain, many times of mind over body, the full marathon run was just like how my business/work operates.

I was happy with completing 10km runs, a distance that is not too damaging to me since my injury days in 2010. Looking ahead, running is like goals and objectives in life, in work, in business. I am aiming to return and goes back to my next level of running distance, the half marathon, 21km distance. This will be another personal goal and personal achievement to attain since I had to “reset” myself since the injury. It’s falling down, slowly getting up and started running again, towards a new age of freedom, a New Hope, another new beginning.

My current running shoes were peeling away and turning into “crocodiles”, I had to search and replace my running shoes. After researching and consideration, I finally bought my new running shoes from the New Balance factory outlet, this bright and shining lime green M890GY3! It’s really lightweight and shining! I believe it will bring me back to my next level of running and completing the half marathon 21km distance.

Alright, now I need to start training and running consistently in a disciplined/planned training schedule.

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