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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.

Step for a Good Cause at Bare Your Sole 2014

Bare Your Sole 2014 is coming back to Singapore on 12th July 2014! A charity walk event that I had been supporting and sharing for the past few years in 2011, 2012 and 2013. It’s a noble and wonderful event, do check out my stories, experiences and photographs from my previous support of Bare Your Sole from 2011 to 2013. It’s for a good and noble cause and a fun event to walk and exercise too!

Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s annual walkathon Bare Your Sole is back this year, providing participants with a unique way to raise funds in the fight against homelessness and poverty. The 2.5km and 5km barefoot charity walk will take place on Saturday, 12 July 2014, from 9am-12pm, at Gardens by the Bay. Currently in its sixth year, the annual event encourages participants to walk barefoot to support those living in poverty and unable to afford basic amenities, such as shelter or clothing.


Habitat for Humanity Singapore is commemorating the positive change which the local community has made over the past five years. Last year’s event had approximately 5,000 participants walking barefoot for the cause, and had raised more than S$300,000. Bare Your Sole 2014 aims to register more than 6,000 participants this year and to raise S$500,000.

Funds raised will benefit Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s local programme Project HomeWorks, an initiative designed to improve the living conditions of the elderly, the sick and the physically challenged living in one-room flats across the nation. It was reported in Parliament in 2012 that as many as 35,000 elderly in Singapore live alone in unsafe and unsanitary conditions and this number is projected to rise to 83,000 by 2030.

Besides walking barefoot for a good cause, Bare Your Sole 2014 promises to be a fun-filled family event, with food stations by popular eating destinations, such as Dean & Deluca and Cold Stone Creamery. A variety of activities for children, including roving performances by stilt walkers, percussionists and balloon sculptors, will entertain the young and the young at heart. Participants can also stand to win attractive prizes at a raffle draw open to all.

As a complement to the charity walk, participants can help raise funds by competing in the 100KM Challenge as a solo effort or as a collective relay with their friends, families, interest groups and colleagues. Attractive prizes can be won in the following categories: the most creative team, the fastest team, and the team with the highest funds raised. Registration for the 100KM Challenge is available at www.give2habitat.org/singapore/BYS2014.

Registration Details 

Online registration for Bare Your Sole 2014 is available at www.bareyoursole.org.sg. Early bird registration runs until 25 May 2014 while regular registration closes on 15 June 2014. Information pertaining to the race pack collection will be announced at a later date.

Early bird registration

Adult – S$30

NSF/Student (ages 7-21) – S$15

Senior citizen (65 and above) – S$15

Family of four – S$75

Normal registration

Adult – S$35

NSF/Student (ages 7-21) – S$20

Senior citizen (65 and above) – S$20

Family of four – S$95

* Information and Picture Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Singapore and Porter Novelli *

EmancipAsia STEPS in the Park 2013

EmancipAsia, a Singapore based not for profit organisation, supported by the Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons, opened for registration for their inaugural 5km fun run/walk; set to take place on Saturday 30 November 2013 at Silver Garden, Gardens by the Bay. The organiser EmancipAsia, a Singapore-based not-for-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness, advocate change and empower people to take action on issues such as sex trafficking, domestic servitude and  labour trafficking, conceived the event to help them to raise funds and awareness of these issues in both Singapore and South East Asia. EmancipAsia had a photography exhibition in 2012, titled “Bought and Sold”, it was a very powerful photography exhibition that sent strong messages across to the audience during the photography exhibition.

Participants in the first STEPS in the Park event are asked to take their first steps to meet and join like-minded people, and their first steps to take action and help make a difference to those enslaved or vulnerable to slavery. The fun-filled event has been designed to engage participants through a variety of senses, with visual, audial and physical elements, all generating a sense of purpose and hope. After the run/walk, there will be live entertainment, lucky draws and merchandise stalls open till lunchtime.

Online registration for STEPS in the Park opens today on www.emancipasia.org/steps and the page contains all the necessary information for the event on Saturday, 30 November.

For more information about supporting STEPS in the Park or EmancipAsia, please visit the EmancipAsia website www.emancipasia.org or connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EmancipAsia

Do Support a worthy, noble and wonderful cause with STEPS in the Park 2013! 


Media Release : International Stars Gather in Singapore for Social Star Awards

Social superstar and Star Trek helmsman George Takei; international DJ, Seb Fontaine; American model,Amanda Lepore and New York event producer, Suzanne Bartsch are the latest stars to be confirmed as attending the Social Star Awards on May 23rd at Marina Bay Sands.

YouTube stars and viral sensations, Marquese Scott and Tummy Talk will also add to the already outstanding bill of performances byAerosmith, CeeLo Green, PSY, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky BluBlush and Eric Benet at the Social Star Awards.

The spotlight will be on Marina Bay Sands at 7.30pm, Thursday 23 May, when this international list of stars, local celebrities and socialites walk the red carpet at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre porte cochere before heading to the Mastercard® Theatres at Marina Bay Sands for the Social Star Awards. Members of the public would get an exclusive opportunity to seetheir favourite stars up close as they make their way to the awards venue. Sabrina Ault, owner and creative director of Pangaea is also delighted to take prime position on the red carpet and be the host of the most glamorous red carpet ever to feature in Singapore.   

Following the Social Star Awards, critically acclaimed DJ, Seb Fontaine, will keep the party going late into the night with an eclectic set of house music at two exclusive parties held at Pangaea located at the subterranean level of the North Crystal Pavilion at the Shoppes and the Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands for the “Connected” and the Super VIP ticket holders respectively.

The celebration continues throughout the weekend with two nights of concerts at The Meadows, Gardens by the Bay. CeeLo Green, PSY,  Carly Rae Jepsen and Blush take to the stage against the dazzling backdrop of the Singapore city skyline on Friday 24 May. On 25 May, America’s greatest rock band, Aerosmith will provide a fitting finale to these three amazing days that will surely go down as a historic moment in social media and music greatness. 

Joint CEOs of Starcount, Drew Thomson and Paul Morrison, commented, “We are in the final stages of pre-production of the inauguralSocial Star Awards. Expect the unexpected!  All Singaporeans can enjoy this celebration, not just with us, but also with all the stars who are descending on Singapore. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to party like a rock star.’

In short, if it’s massive in social, it’s part of this exclusive global awards event.

The stars are aligning in Singapore. Get ready for the showbiz glamour, fix up and look sharp, prepare to be entertained by the stars but most importantly be proud that

Singapore yet again attracts a world first.

The stars are coming to party at Marina Bay Sands – are you?

Social Star Awards | Marina Bay Sands | Thursday May 23rd |
Featuring full live performances from: Aerosmith, CeeLo Green, Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy, Sky Blu & Blush.

Tickets begin from $108 and information on exclusive hospitality packages available from www.starcount.com/tickets

Through Internet:


By Phone:                   +65 6688 8826

Book in person by:

Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theaters, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 and 3 Lobby). For more information please log onto –www.MarinaBaySands.com

Singapore Social Concerts | The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay
Friday 24th May: CeeLo Green, Carly Rae JepsenPsy & Blush
Saturday 25th May
Aerosmith + special guests
Tickets and information on exclusive hospitality packages available from www.starcount.com/tickets

The Social Star Awards and parts of the Singapore Social Concerts will be streamed live around the world by our global partner YouTube.  www.youtube.com/starcount

Starcount’s Global Partners for the Social Star Awards are Your Singapore, YouTube and Marina Bay Sands is the official founding host event partner.

Spring blooms at Gardens by the Bay!

Gardens By The Bay, it’s an iconic landmark and destination in Singapore. I was covering and photographing Gardens By The Bay in 2011 during a special preview before it was opened to the public in 2012. During the year 2012, I was glad and honoured to be involved again in another round of special preview of Gardens By The Bay whereby I was invited by Marina Bay Division, to have a preview of the Gardens By The Bay that will be opened to the public in June 2012 and photographing the beauty and lush greenery of the Gardens By The Bay, that we can share with our readers and some of our photography works can be selected by National Parks Singapore, Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay Singapore , for a roving photography exhibition at Far East Organization Malls around Singapore before their final destination to coincide with the official opening of Gardens By The Bay.

I was very honoured that National Parks Singapore, Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay Singapore, selected one of my entries to be part of roving photography exhibition around Singapore, at Far East Organization shopping malls. When Gardens By The Bay was officially opened to the public, I was part of the wonderful event to photograph and share my stories with my readers. The Gardens By The Bay was very popular with local and international visitors, with the vast number of photographs taken at Gardens By The Bay appearing on social media platforms. Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay was beaming with pride when they were featured in New York Times Travel “The 46 Places to Go in 2013” !! With such an accolade and honour, you have to visit Gardens By The Bay if you haven’t do so! Check out my Gardens By The Bay photographs collection on Flickr and 500px!

Chinese Lunar New Year 2013 is coming up soon and Gardens By The Bay is welcoming it with great hospitality and fun! Spring is blooming at Gardens By The Bay ???????! Today, I am going to share with you the exciting happenings, fun, events and activities during Spring Blooms at Gardens By The Bay!

Celebrate Spring at Gardens by the Bay with a variety of festivities starting from end-January and through the month of February! To usher in the Year of the Snake, the entire Gardens will be decked out in elements of Lunar New Year, with some 11,888 festive blooms3-metre-long snake topiaries made up of kumquat (citrus) plants, and an extensive display of giant lanterns spanning about half a kilometre from the Visitor Centre to the Flower Dome.

Within the Flower Dome, visitors can look forward to yet another stunning transformation of the flower field. The “Spring Celebrations” floral display will feature some 8,000 colourful blooms including peonies, camellias, cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, orchids, dahlias, azaleas, and more than 8 varieties of kumquatplants such as the Giant Golden Citrus and Buddha’s Hand Citrus. Making their appearance too in the floral display will be a selection of penjing (bonsai) up to 200 years old, as well as oriental pavilions nestled amidst the festive flora.

Complementing the horticultural showcase will be a series of exciting programmes including multi-disciplinary performances like Chinese opera, music and dance infused with martial arts; craft activities like creating Lunar New Year origami ornaments and paper lanterns; guided tours highlighting auspicious plants; and an exhibition on the origins and customs of the Lunar New Year.

For a prosperous start to the Lunar New Year, limited edition of the Gardens by the Bay hongbao (red packets) will be given away to visitors who spend a minimum of S$28 in a single receipt at our ticketing counters or retail shops (while stocks last!). What’s more, just for the 15 days of the Lunar New Year, local residents pay only 88% for tickets to the conservatories!

Here’s some useful links on Gardens By The Bay –

Gardens By The Bay Facebook Page 

Gardens By The Bay official website

Gardens By The Bay YouTube Channel

I would be photographing and covering Spring Blooms at Gardens By The Bay! Do stay tuned to my photojournalist blog, Flickr and 500px for more updates coming soon! See you all at Spring Blooms at Gardens By The Bay soon!

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