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Rob’s Challenge: Go 3D in 2012

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

New Year is just around the corner and everyone is talking about the New Year resolutions once more. Shouldn’t we? Well, as for me, it is a good time when everyone else joins the hype of some resolution at the start of the year, to reflect for myself the accomplishments and blessings for the past year. And it is also a time to face the incoming year with a big bang and a resolution to be the new or better me. Do all your rituals, superstitions and celebrations but do not forget the most important- to be resolute to start again. So let me pose a challenge to everyone to go 3D in 2012. Just three things to do over the weekend … CONTINUE VIA MY NEW WEB ADDRESS.

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Categories: Self-Help

Rob's Challenge: Go 3D in 2012

December 31, 2011 2 comments

New Year is just around the corner and everyone is talking about the New Year resolutions once more. Shouldn’t we? Well, as for me, it is a good time when everyone else joins the hype of some resolution at the start of the year, to reflect for myself the accomplishments and blessings for the past year. And it is also a time to face the incoming year with a big bang and a resolution to be the new or better me. Do all your rituals, superstitions and celebrations but do not forget the most important- to be resolute to start again. So let me pose a challenge to everyone to go 3D in 2012. Just three things to do over the weekend:

1. Dream. Whatever it is, not necessarily something to accomplish this year but something you want. Keep it in mind and resolve to claim it for yourself. Travel to Europe? Build a farm? Start a business? Lose weight? Look 10 years younger? Join a marathon? Raise your income? Get your dream job? Buy a house? Identify 3 dreams you want to get in three target years. Stagger them in short and long terms to make it realistic- for example, it can be in one year, in 5 years and in 20 years.

2. Dream Board. Yes, buy a cork board or a white board where you can post or write your dreams. I picked this up from a friend in Facebook and thought it was a good idea. Writing it down, seeing it everyday, and being proud of it makes you want and need it. As my favorite saying goes, “Throw the hat out of the fence so you have to go out to pick it up”. Feel free to use your creativity to write on your dream board.

3. Do it. Really, seriously! Go to the storage room and see if you have a whiteboard. If not, buy one. It does not cost a fortune to do so. You need to do this within 3 days.

So there you have it. My 3Ds. The first step to your dream. My challenge is for you to do these three this weekend. We can make this fun and at the same time serious. So everyone who takes up to the challenge, please share them in this blog by commenting on this post on what you think, any feedback or suggestion. Once you have done the above, send me an email and share your dream/s and when you want to have them (year), a picture of your dream board and how you are progressing. Note that whatever you sent, we may publish them on the blog. Let’s go 3D in 2012!

Categories: Dreams, Success Tools

Rob A Minute Moves To Dot Com Address

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m moving my blogging to the next level! As this is currently being arranged, please note that my new address is www.robaminute.com . Thank you for your support and have a Happy and Peaceful New Year!

Categories: Personals

Moments: Merry Christmas 2011

December 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Christmas 2011

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May you find joy and peace in your hearts and in your families.

Categories: Moments

The Coach Told Me, “Go Home!”

December 19, 2011 5 comments

Back in high school, I attempted to tryout on varsity track and field in my desperation to be exempted from the Youth Development Training (YDT), a compulsory pre-military training in school required back then. Much of that exercise was conducted on the open school field. Everybody loathed exposure to sun. Being exempted was somewhat a privilege and a status symbol, so to speak, specially if you were part of the varsity teams- whichever sport that might be. When I learned about the tryout, I immediately registered myself without any real preparation. All I knew was that I could jog the long distance for a while. So when the day came, I did not even know which event I should join but anyway decided that one which required long-distance running. I mustered my best to finish but it was not good enough and I just heard the coach say “Go home!”. After that fast long distance run, I stopped and somewhat felt nauseous and vomitted. One unforgettable experience I never told anyone until now. Whew.

Learning from that, I told myself I want to train and be prepared for the following year and get in the varsity. One thing for sure was I discovered one of the few non-ball sports that I could do and enjoy. However, I ended up not pursuing running as a competitive sport but was satisfied to keep it on the side as a fun and healthy activity.  At some point it crossed my mind to join a race and some day dreaming to be in Milo Marathon. But all of that ended in the head. Haha.

Many years passed. It was still on my mind. For more than ten years, I managed to have a semi-healthy lifestyle by managing some balanced diet and active lifestyle – mmm let’s say every half of the year each time. Running on the treadmill was still part of the routine and the thought would still come- how about joining a race? This never came close to happening until I got to Singapore. The Standard Chartered Marathon was pretty much well publicized. Not to mention the options of things to do around the country, I guess this event resonated in my mind. After much procrastination, I decided to give it a try on the start of my third year here (January 2011). I had to undergo the gruesome challenge of discipline (not to postpone my scheduled trainings) and managing time with work, family and other commitments.  A few weeks before the marathon, I already realized that the chances of finishing the marathon was slim.  Not that I gave up on the hope but at the rate I performed while training and problematic about my runner’s knee tendency, I had to be realistic. I slowed down my pace not wanting to end up with any serious injury.  No, i will not sacrifice everything for this.  Well, it’s not a number one priority. What was important to me was to start something and see how far I can go.  So the final moment came: 4 December, 5:00 a.m.

Starting the race with a smile

At the start of the race, it was an accomplishment. “This is it!”, I thought.

10 kilometer milestone

20 km milestone- very hopeful at this stage as I was still feeling the energy!

I took things one step at a time.  I first thought of the first 5 kilometers; then the next 5; and so on.

Nothing is sweeter than to be with my angel.

I managed to run about 26 kilometers. Not bad for a start.   Next year, I will be more competitive but realistic. I’ll probably do 5 or 10 kilometers.
Categories: Personals

The Coach Told Me, "Go Home!"

December 19, 2011 5 comments

Back in high school, I attempted to tryout on varsity track and field in my desperation to be exempted from the Youth Development Training (YDT), a compulsory pre-military training in school required back then. Much of that exercise was conducted on the open school field. Everybody loathed exposure to sun. Being exempted was somewhat a privilege and a status symbol, so to speak, specially if you were part of the varsity teams- whichever sport that might be. When I learned about the tryout, I immediately registered myself without any real preparation. All I knew was that I could jog the long distance for a while. So when the day came, I did not even know which event I should join but anyway decided that one which required long-distance running. I mustered my best to finish but it was not good enough and I just heard the coach say “Go home!”. After that fast long distance run, I stopped and somewhat felt nauseous and vomitted. One unforgettable experience I never told anyone until now. Whew.

Learning from that, I told myself I want to train and be prepared for the following year and get in the varsity. One thing for sure was I discovered one of the few non-ball sports that I could do and enjoy. However, I ended up not pursuing running as a competitive sport but was satisfied to keep it on the side as a fun and healthy activity.  At some point it crossed my mind to join a race and some day dreaming to be in Milo Marathon. But all of that ended in the head. Haha.

Many years passed. It was still on my mind. For more than ten years, I managed to have a semi-healthy lifestyle by managing some balanced diet and active lifestyle – mmm let’s say every half of the year each time. Running on the treadmill was still part of the routine and the thought would still come- how about joining a race? This never came close to happening until I got to Singapore. The Standard Chartered Marathon was pretty much well publicized. Not to mention the options of things to do around the country, I guess this event resonated in my mind. After much procrastination, I decided to give it a try on the start of my third year here (January 2011). I had to undergo the gruesome challenge of discipline (not to postpone my scheduled trainings) and managing time with work, family and other commitments.  A few weeks before the marathon, I already realized that the chances of finishing the marathon was slim.  Not that I gave up on the hope but at the rate I performed while training and problematic about my runner’s knee tendency, I had to be realistic. I slowed down my pace not wanting to end up with any serious injury.  No, i will not sacrifice everything for this.  Well, it’s not a number one priority. What was important to me was to start something and see how far I can go.  So the final moment came: 4 December, 5:00 a.m.

Starting the race with a smile

At the start of the race, it was an accomplishment. “This is it!”, I thought.

10 kilometer milestone

20 km milestone- very hopeful at this stage as I was still feeling the energy!

I took things one step at a time.  I first thought of the first 5 kilometers; then the next 5; and so on.

Nothing is sweeter than to be with my angel.

I managed to run about 26 kilometers. Not bad for a start.   Next year, I will be more competitive but realistic. I’ll probably do 5 or 10 kilometers.

What’s Up On Arab Street?

December 10, 2011 6 comments

It was said that the street was so called because the area used to be owned by an Arab and it was the site of an Arab kampong.  What I knew about Arab Street is that there is that Queen Street Bus Terminal close by to take you to Johor, Malaysia.  Also, there’s a nearby wholesale market for all sorts of spices and stuff.  I remember passing through this area few times- jogging or riding the bus to Johor.  But wait, there’s the other side of this street!  It turned out to be a bargain place like Divisoria in the Philippines- to a lesser degree.

Corner leading to Arab street

Last year, in search for cheap Christmas garland, my wife discovered that good priced ones were sold in this area.  What was sold at SGD 30 elsewhere, was sold here for SGD 15! But that’s old news.  We visited the lone store concentrated on selling Christmas stuff and was selling the same garland for SGD 30 plus, the same price elsewhere.  They must have discovered the treasure in this item.

Christmas garland bringing more Christmas air

Walking through the street is a delight for you do not see too many merchandise displayed beyond the stores- on the sidewalk that is.  It is reminiscent of Quiapo, Central Market and Divisoria, what have you.  But again, with  a higher standard of setting from Singapore’s perspective – cleaner, more organized and safe.  Wholesale and retail stores with a huge inventory of items make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

Array of stores on Arab Street

There’s a basket shop – nice to see but quality is so-so similar to what you find in some underpass Quiapo stalls.

Basketry

We only found one Christmas decor and trinkets shop in the middle of the street. Good variety of stuff.

Wide selection of Christmas stuff

Fabrics is not my thing. In case you rave for this, this is one place to be.

Overflow of textile merchandise

For smokers, there’s a restaurant that has this hookah or shisha pipes in some tables.  And they also sell the pipes!

Warning: Smoking a tobacco-based Hookah is as dangerous as smoking cigarettes

Other stores are found here if you need ribbons, tapes etc.

Supplies store

If you are the adventurer type, it’s worth going to this place and have a look at what’s going on here 🙂

Categories: Living In Singapore
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