Great Eastern Run 2019

I love running, not because I could run fast. But because I love how this sport trains my mind to overcome tiredness and the temptation to give up. Initially, I ran to shed some fats and to keep myself healthy. Eventually, it becomes a sports that is close to my heart. I would run when I feel stressed, or when I need to cry out to the Lord and be silent before Him. I would run because I want to be in the open space. I would run…just because I am able to do so.

Naturally, I would want to share this love with my kids. I started to participate in races with Faith in the stroller when she was about a year old. Subsequently, there was the Safari Zoo Run with the family in 2017 and a kids’ dash later that year.

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The Great Eastern Run that has just passed was most memorable. I signed Faith and I up for a mother-and-daughter 2km run, just to get the girl to start running longer distances. We didn’t manage to train for this but was very encouraged by her perseverance during the run. She pushed herself to run even when she’s tired and there wasn’t any sign of giving up or whining throughout. I was impressed!

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I think it’s time for me to go back to running regularly and to get the girl to come along too. I believe she and I have something in common. ;p

 

Weekend trip to BKK

It’s the end of October and it would be another two more months before we enter 2018! Life has been so busy that it’s getting hard to keep track. Busy with what, you might ask. Busy with the kids and being in the fellowship with fellow SAHMs!

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So the highlight of October, besides celebrating the birthday of Daniel and thus another milestone, is the weekend trip to Bangkok with girlfriends! Yay! This is my first trip away from the kids and I was filled with mixed feelings, no doubt. The guilt of leaving them behind and yet at the same time, rejoicing over the fact that I could have a few days of no “mama, mama” ringing in my ears. In the end, I’m glad I went for it and thankful for the hubs who held the fort at home. It was so fun and relaxing and the 3D 2N were filled with wonderful, uplifting stories shared by the girls on how God has worked in their lives. Truly encouraging! We didn’t have to plan much because one of the ladies, S, did everything for us, from the booking of flight and hotel to planning the itinerary. Awesome!

Not a moment was wasted upon arrival and checking in to our hotel. We went straight for lunch at the recommended Baan Peung Chom before heading for dessert at After You cafe and then shopping at EmQuartier.

We had dinner at Ping’s and then a spa session at Siladon Spa, a recommended place as well.

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Our stay for the two nights was at Hua Chang Heritage Hotel which was really comfortable and accessible to the trains and malls. I’m missing the hotel already as I type.

Day 2 was basically spent at the famous Chatuchak (Zone 2) before we proceeded to Or Tor Kor Market for lunch and buying of fruits and dried goods. Hmm, when you go on a trip with mothers, tendency is that we would look for food to buy back home to cook or store in the pantry.

And then it’s more shopping for the rest of the trip. If you are a frequent visitor to BKK, you would know where to shop, won’t you? Siam Paragon, Central World, Big C, Siam Square, Platinum Mall, etc.

Thankful for this trip (have recorded the trip on Dayre). I was refreshed in the spirit though I think I need more sleep after that. Hah…