Day 17 – Halfway done

 

The second week of training camp has come to an end.
That marks two more weeks before deployment to Cambodia.
Two more weeks to the start of the ‘real deal’.
Two more weeks to put endurance to the test.
Two more weeks to making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged Cambodians. 🙂

 

 

Update: got back from camping out in the wilderness for 3 days and 2 nights without proper amenities, ie. no shower, no toilets, outdoor cooking, sleeping in tents, mosquito attacks – the whole package. Not that I am complaining, but it was quite an interesting 3 days spent at the Nomad Earth Camp in Gopeng, Perak.

 

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Our campsite, gobsmacked in the middle of nowhere.

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Planning the menu and ingredients shopping for 70 people – all under 45 minutes.

 

The highlight of the camp is trekking to Bukit Batu Putih the next morning. It was a relatively easy hike with a rewarding view overlooking the Kinta district.

 

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You know what they say about how every cloud has a silver lining? Well, the sunset on our last night was our very mesmerising silver lining.

 

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THIS SILHOUETTE SHOT ❤

 

Side note: with every camp comes a new, different injury that gives a whole new experience. [Got hammered on the finger, the skin broke and blood gushed out. The recovery process is going to hurt real bad – but thank goodness no stitches required!]

 

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The last 2.5 weeks has been truly life changing.

 

The people that I meet,
the lessons that I learnt,
the conversations that I had,
the experiences that I went through;
they superseded beyond my expectations.
Honestly, I am excited for what’s to come.

 

More updates to come!

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Run, and never stop

 

[First things first: I AM DONE WITH CLP EXAMS YAAAASSSSSSS FREEDOM IS HERE SCREW WORRYING ABOUT RESULTS I’VE GOT TO ENJOY MY TEMPORARY LIBERATION.]

 

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Fact: I have always hated running.

Competing for the relay events during the annual sports year in high school certainly does not connote that I loved it or that I was good or fit. I was never the best, but not the worst.

I have stopped running since I dislocated my right kneecap (and eventually dislocating both altogether), and it was tough to pick it back up.

It was tough because I could not focus on running for more than 10 minutes, let alone a few kilometres.

I just stopped feeling the joy I used to enjoy from running.

Call it therapy or remedy, but I picked up running again this year.
Like many people, running became my temporary escape.
For a few minutes, for an hour,
I was free from my trouble and worries.

 

 

The initial progress was exhausting, painful, and gruesome – all I want to do after every run was to quit. But somehow, it became a big part of my routine. It became a discipline, it became something that I genuinely enjoy.

Starting my day before 6AM on four mornings in a week doesn’t feel like a chore.
I lay down my running gear the night before a run (for real).
I grew fond of peanut butter and banana toast; a perfect pre-run fuel.
KT Tape and knee guards are my best friends,
and so are my specially curated Spotify playlist and the Nike+ Running app.
The track and the lake are my safe havens.

 

What amazed me is completing my first 10K run under my target time (!!!) at the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon.

 

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From there on, it just keeps getting better.
Weekly 10K runs.
Clocking in more miles and new PBs.
Completing my first run on the road AND my first 16K run.
(Honestly I am amazed at how I did not faint or puked!)

 

In fact, running has also transcend into my outlook on life.

 

It helped me to deal with negativity,
to stay focused on my goals,
to accept defeat but to never give up,
to put in hard work and be persistent,
to believe that I can achieve anything
so long as I put my mind to it.

 

The best part?

 

I have never been happier in a very long while  🙂

 

 

Joyous streak

A pictorial update of the week thus far (also much needed to kill my restlessness):

 

1/7/2015

Happy birthday, Boon! 🙂

7 full-grown adults in a Vios? #impossibleisnothing

Nothing like a night out with (almost half of) the gang ❤

 

2/7/2015

Supper / early breakfast for one. #obsessedwithpastasalads #bajethealthy

 

3/7/2015

Conversations over a sizzling claypot of ‘yee mee’ on a rainy afternoon.

 

4/7/2015

Weekend reunion with some of the Liverpool peeps ❤

#bananaleafriceFTW

Triple Chocolate Crêpe = chocolate hangover.

… and this Chocolate Fondant Cake = double the chocolate hangover.

Heng Kee’s ‘bak kut teh’ = a table of happiness!

Never a dull moment with (almost half of) the gang. #Ohana

 


 
 

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”