Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sakae Building

I was walking along upper paya lebar road when I saw this bulding under construction that caught my eyes........

What so special is this building? Taking a closer look at the banner....than I saw this is actually belongs to Sakae......the sushi that got queue every on weekday at compasspoint...no wonder they are doing so well and now getting a building for their own.....

Updates on the New Installations in Bugis Area

Remember I blog about New Installations in Bugis area 2 months back?

Below is what happened to the 2 buildings:

The New Shopping Mall with Cineplex called iluma..........

And defining a concept of economy hotel called Hotel Ibis:

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Tree trends

Traditional kind of Christmas Tree found in my office

Then I found this at Suntec convention Centre:

And I found this at Conrad Lobby:

And I heard there is one more teddy bear tree somewhere in another location.....is it a trend that bears has replaced the actual tree???

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Anchorvale anyhow neighbourhood Run

After laying off for more than 10 weeks due to injury and illness....i decided pick up the "bits and pieces" again...it is much more difficult to re-start from ground ZERO than to train for a marathon...

Anyway, my next IPPT is in first week of march....i should try and get more of my tax money back this time.....

The worst part of the starting phase for running is weekend runs......In normal case, sat or sun morning will be the date for long run.....where I get to choose where to run for one to 2 hrs....and I can travel far and reaching places like east coast park, changi, MacRitchie which makes long runs more interesting and motivating....but now..with no ability to run more than 30min.....choices are limited and morale is low

This morning....i just try to find a route I never run before and do a short run...

A nice 4km route I found..............in 25:30min

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sinful Return! Adidas Kanadia TR

I decided to come back earlier than plan....but my engine to blog will pick up slowly......coming back with a "sin" is more than "perfect"

History has shown that whenever I am down and out of running...I will have new gears and new shoes and this down time without fail as well.....

This season Adidas Trail Shoes called Kanadia TR

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from the dictionary, Kanadia is a country north of the United States with indentity issues to the extent that they can't decide on a currency, language, or whether to split up or stay together. The third largest land mass in the world, with large oil reserves in Alberta, a placid/polite and relatively small population, and a large unprotected border. A country that not only tolerates the French, but caters to them...............interesting

The shoes has its name tagged below the ankles and along the support structure

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Instead of using a double or triple density foam on the medial side, adidas uses a rubber strip that runs from the heel counter down the middle of the outer foot and the arch area of the inner foot to the outsole

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The aggressive outsole provides grips to uneven surfaces of the trail

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The 3 strips are not sticked to the mesh but is used to allow locking the foot with different tension of the lacing system...notice that this is not a waterproof shoes but one with good ventilation and drainage which is suitable for local tropical trail terrain and environment

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The first feel of this shoes are it is light and low to the ground, the midsole is not as hard compared to typical trail shoes and the adipene at the heel landing aera is soft....the mesh is soft and well ventilated..need to go to the trail to test out its grip and protection performance....this is good for fast and furious trail runs

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Very colourful and striking colour combination

Monday, December 01, 2008

I will be back

Taking a break!

and I chickening out this sunday.....

I WILL BE BACK!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The real $$ has arrived!!!

2 months ago at this entry...I did mentioned about my nuffnang earnings reaching past S$50....On month ago, looking at the economy situation, I decided to cash the $$ out....

After 6 weeks, I received this letter:

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In it, is a cheque of $50.02!!!!

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An a little note from the Co-founder:

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A big Thanks to NUFFNANG and all my reader who have been visiting and clicking around my blog......!!!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Taipei: postcards

OK...finally my last entry of the boring series on taipei....postcards I brought from the bookshop

Grand Hotel:

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Grand Hotel at night

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Martyrs' Shrine:

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Taipei 101 night scene:

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Presidential building of Taipei

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Gate of Freedom Square...also the Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall

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Chung-shan Park and memorial hall for Sun Yat-sun

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Lung-Shan temple

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++++++++++++++++++ The End of my Taipei trip++++++++++++++

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Taipei: Misc

This entry consist of other misc photos I took in taipei

We entered this shop called cosmed which is equivalent to our watson here...and saw Darlie in pink colour box

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Nevermind about the pink..this is even more interesting....darlie is "black man" and they also have "white man"

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Beside cosmed is a shop called "ASO"...i thought is the name of japanese PM....but is a direct translation from the chinese words "Ah skinny"

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California Fitness is everywhere.....

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Inside the shuttle bus to taipei 101.....they even have handles for standing passengers to hold at the back fo the seat...why we don't have it here??

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Designated open spaces among the cramp office buildings...

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Busy street of taipei...

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wonder what the big white box on the road is for?

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Because the extreme right lane is designated for motorcycles only....if they need to turn to the left.....they cannot follow the car turn.....there is a box for them to hold and wait for their turn to go....

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Bee coffee...apparently very popular...long queue....

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IS coffee....the logo look like starbucks one

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Big book on the street....

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A famous bookshop in Taiwan.......like borders or Kikokuniya

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One of the many sogo in taipei.....at least 4-5 along the same street

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mrt station entrance.....and we trying to find a supermarket like ntuc.....no luck until we found it at the building beside the mrt station entrance

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Then we realised....supermarket is called "welfare service centre" in chinese

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Taipei: Metro or MRT system

Something very different compared to 11 yaers back when I visited taipei is the metro or mrt system......last time used to take a lot of cabs to go around.....but this time...I did not take any cab except to travel between airport and hotel...

I must say that I am quite impressed with the mrt system....Most of the can shop or can see or can visit places are within walking distance or just beside the mrt....and even my hotel is just 5min away from one....and there are more coming up....the new one is going to connect directly to taipei 101...at the moment, there is free shuttle bus provided from the nearest city hall mrt station

Also transfer between different lines is also convenient and easy with all the good signages.....some rails are above the ground and some are underground

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The system is user friendly and there are a lot of signage.....as usual....must buy ticket first at the ticketing machine.....

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The single trip ticket is a plastic coin....one thing...no deposit needed like the irritating one in singapore.....and the pastic coin also do tap and go at the gate

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So I was wondering once I reached the station I want...how do I return the coin and HAR!! There is a coin slot for you to return the ticket!!!

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some station platform has no doors...open concept

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Some have doors and those are the stations mainly above the ground

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and some even have the "half height" doors...

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Every station has a clearly demacated waiting lines and lanes

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and the people really queue up orderly and wait for passengers to alight before entering.....unlike Singapore mrt...got lines also never follow....door open just rush in...very mess

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Signages at platform are well placed and showing the current station and its location in the line..got english and chinese somemore..this is right above the door at one of the station....singapore one need to find the map somewhere....above door only show current and next station name.

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Another impressive thing is the accuracy of the train arriving projection is to the nearest 5sec.....if you see the photo on the left column....the time jumps every 5 sec and is accurate...unlike what we have here is to the nearest minute so you dunnoe 1min is coming in 10 sec or 59 sec.....

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even got recycling bin in the platform......

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This is the city hall station where there is a shuttle bus to taipei 101

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This is the transfer corridor between one line to another line....electronic board even show the train information along the way.....something negative about this is you will see more people running after the train

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Adidas poster in the station.....with Nothing is Impossible chinese translation as well

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This is the above the ground mrt tracks

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Something catches my attention is the bicycle park outside the mrt station.....they have special racks to stack up more bicycles ...

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Another Impressive thing is this "waiting zone for female passengers at night"...the notice somewhere mentioned that this zone will be covered more clearly by the security cameras compared to other places along the platform.....

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There are even underground metro mall connecting one station to another station

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In conclusion, travelling within taipei is very convenient and easy using the metro and is a pity that I do not enough time to travel further to explore like the zoo and beitou where the hot springs are........and I think our MRT system should come and study some of the plus points I mentioned that will benefits the passengers more......

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