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Guess who else is getting married on the same day as Andrew and Me?

Another wedding dinner will be held in Malacca for Christopher’s Malaysian relatives and friends on October 11

Answer here


Posted on: April 6, 2009

I think ID bands are the best investion ever, and its not just for the runners/cyclists but even those who might have medical problems and medics need to know on hand.

The ID Band’s concept is simple, its a single, silicon-type band with your name, medical information and emergency contact printed on it. It comes with different colors, and looks alot like the Lance Armstrong bands that started the entire craze.

I took it out for a test run, and apart from how it looks I’m a little disappointed in the overall design of the band. I ran a total of 7.7km at Bishan Park. Obviously I didn’t put it to good use, no one wears an ID band in hope of using it, so the test run was all about the comfort and the useability of the band.

The ID Band came in a nicely packaged box, with all the necessary vendor information that you need. I expected the important information to be cut into the band. The website mentioned that all the important information is “laser burned” onto the band. My name was etched onto the band, but I’m unsure about the important information on the underside of the band. If it was laser etched, the etching feels a little too shallow, and because the etching is then filled with a light colored ink (mine was a green band and cream/white colored text), my concern was that the ink might fade after awhile.

On my band, it does look like some parts of my name was already fading, but it could be because of the laser etching more than anything else. But if the ink does fade, then your name and all important information would be the same color as the band.

Which was a problem.

Secondly, the emergency contact and medical information is printed on the inside of the band so if anything happens, I wonder if the paramedics would take time to flip the band over to check all the necessary info. Also, because the inside of the band comes into closer contact with skin and sweat compared to the outside, it is more susceptible to fading. Again, the etching here felt a little shallow, so I don’t know if in times of emergency, people will take time to figure out what the hell is on the band, and that defeats the purpose in the first place right?

I also wished that the band was adjustable. Not everyone fits into three sizes, and while I just barely fit into the size I ordered, I wondered what would happen if I lost or gained weight, would I need to order new bands? Also the stretching when it came to putting on the band and slipping it off after exercise would surely compromise the integrity of the band.

That aside, the ID Band does look good, so you don’t look like a total dork wearing it. If you’re used to wearing bands and bracelets, you might not even need to take it off. My skin gets irritated easily so I have to slip it off after a run, no questions asked.

Cost wise, at $18.80 a band, its not a hefty price to pay for those “just in case” situations, just like its not too much to pay a couple of hundreds every month for insurance. You get a 10% discount when you purchase 5 bands or more. A local merchant is also good for those who tend to be paranoid still about the whole buying online thing, especially from overseas merchants.

Overall, I would still recommend the ID Band for a simple solution for the recreational runner, if you’re a little more hardcore, you might want to look into something else.

The film is about a lonely boy, a seemingly smart, outcast in school that meets lonely girl, a smarter outcast of society. Oskar lives with his mother and visits his father who could be questioningly gay every weekend. He gets taunted by the bullies in school but doesn’t know how to fight back. In the evenings, he goes out to the courtyard at his apartment and exacts revenge on a tree trunk.

Eli moves in one night with a much older man, presumable her guardian/slave. She appears to Oskar only at night but declares that she can’t be his friend.

But she’s a kid who craves for company, not just her bumbling guardian/slave who could never seem to get things right. He goes out late at night to get blood for Eli, but keeps getting foiled. He gets interrupt mid-tapping by a dog and its owners, gets interrupted even before he could kill the next victim for Eli.

Eventually the child-couple falls in love, but as we all know, these relationships don’t come easy.

Think of Let the Right One In as the Swedish version of Twilight. Only it is alot less Hollywood, and alot more honest. Brutally honest. And violent.

The cinematography reminds me of another film “Dancer in the Dark”. There are no camera frills, no surprises, no fancy things that you see in Hollywood movies. Just stark and still visuals to make you focus on the story. Close up shots are used often especially for the two star-crossed loves (as Shakespeare might’ve put in had he seen this film), seemingly to tell the audience – the worldview is as simple as it can ever be, why can’t we all be like them?

Kåre Hedebrant’s portraying of Oskar is ernest. You sense his loneliness, his social awkwardness, and his sincerity with Eli. Lina Leandersson was marvellous as Eli, who you could imagine rising as Queen of Darkness if she ever grows up. Her portrayal of the character is a good contrast to Oskar’s innocence, you get a sense of wordliness, weariness and maturity, but at the same time she longs and craves for the company and innocence of a child just like her.

For those expecting horror and gore in this film, don’t bother. Let the Right One In is a genuine film exploring social issues and relationships under a romantic, idealistic storyline involving two young children who seem to know more about life than they ever should.

My joints have spent years being abused by excessive pounding, and belonging to an owner who, in her youth, thought she was invincible and never let her injuries heal completely before roughing it out again. I am also accident prone, and when I run, I make sure the music doesn’t just play, it rocks my ears.

I’m an accident waiting to happen, I’ll admit. Whether I’m running on the pavement along the roads or around Bedok Reservoir, I’m bound to either get myself in an accident.

Believe me, I do try to prevent these things from happening, like going slower, or not running at all, or even not having the music pounding in my ears. But what am I doing to do if I don’t run, and why should I run if I can’t push myself? Worse still, how to run when I can’t listen to what motivates me to go faster and further?!?

I can’t prevent accidents from happening to me, but at least when it happens, strangers and paramedics will know *exactly* who to call and important things like my blood type, allergies, etc.

Which are what goes on an ID band, so if the extreme ever happens to me when I’m running (like collapse from, I don’t know, too much of the good music coursing through my veins), at least I won’t be just another statistic, or one of those Jane Does lying unconscious in the hospital.

And thats good to know for every runner, isn’t it?

Heard in the office:

Me: “Sam’s banana is bigger than mine”

Sheena: “A big banana may not be a sweet one”

Heh heh.

Travel posts and pictures up here:

So, having had little to zero motivation for running around the estate since I’ve moved out from hall, I decided to put in a little investment for the greater good. The Nike+ iPod Sport Kit promises to revolutionize the way you run, and I thought it was a good way to add in a little motivation for my running with the prospects of being able to visualize my runs in a really geeky way.

The easy thing was walking into iShop or EpiCentre @ Orchard or any Nike store for that matter to get the kit. At $55, the kit comes with a sensor which you attach to your shoe. The receiver goes into your iPod Nano which transmits your run data from the sensor and stores it directly into your iPod, which you can then upload them onto the Nike+ Website.

Getting the iPod Nano, unfortunately, wasn’t as easy. Having already owned a 4th Generation iPod Photo and currently using Andrew’s iPod Video, I obviously had no other need for a brand new iPod Nano. I settled for a 2G 4GB iPod Nano to do the job. For those who have a 1G and hear rumours that it doesn’t work with the Nike+, fret not. The Nike+ is made to work with all generations iPod Nano.

If paying another $200 for a pair of Nike+ shoes seems like the single greatest obstacle to getting started, fret not. While it may be recommended to use the kit with a Nike+ running shoe, there are plenty of ways to attach the sensor to any pair of shoe at the same time achieving rather accurate results. The Marware Sportsuit Sensor+ offers what could be one of the most secure way to attach the sensor to your laces. Other alternatives include the SwitchEasy Runaway, and what could be the cutest pouch ever, the Shoe Pouch. For the minimalist, you could even attach two pieces of velcro to both your sensor and the tongue of your shoe, secure it with laces, and you’re (probably) good to go.

If you’re the type who doesn’t like to hold on to anything while running, there are plenty of options for armbands, pouches, and built in pockets for iPod (from the Nike+ Apparel range). I managed to get a good deal from EpiCentre who by the way, is having a sale right now as we speak. I got myself a DLO Action Jacket which doubles up as a case when you’re not running with it. It features an adjustable armband which works fine on my wrist and while snug, isn’t too difficult to remove or insert. The problem is that the Action Jacket probably wasn’t made for the Nike+ in mind so securing the iPod with the velcro flap would be almost impossible. However, the snug fit ensures that even without the velcro flap your iPod stays where it should be.

Apart from the cost (which is very little if you already own an iPod Nano), setting up and using the kit is easy. Just attach the receiver to your iPod, attach the sensor to your shoe and you’re ready to calibrate and use it for running and/or walking. The Nike+ features various programs for you to customize your workout to, much like the kinds you see on a treadmill at the gym. You can programme it to keep to a timeframe, distance or even for calorie burning. There are voice sensors which provide feedback for your workout, including a Powersong feature, which allows you to select your favourite workout tune to. Otherwise, you can also choose to stick to a Basic workout, running to your selected playlist while the Nike+ keeps track of the distance and time during your run.

Once you’re ready to upload your runs, all you have to do is to plug in your iPod to your computer, much like how you would sync your iPod and iTunes does the rest. Your runs would be uploaded to the Nike+ website (which you would need an account for), and you’re done.

While it may seem like a hassle to have to connect to a website to see your runs, it is unfortunately the only way so far to track progress. The Nike+ website however, makes it all worth it. Once on the Java-based site, you are able to compete against other people, join other users in making a resolution, set your own targets and contribute your own run route to the Map section. Likewise, it also allows you to check out the routes others have taken, together with information about that route.  For the really geeky, widgets (for both PC and Mac) are available for download. There are currently two available, one for goals and the other for challenges.

I would say that the Nike+ kit makes it easy to run. From the geek’s point of view, its the fact that you can actually customize and upload your progress that makes the entire process more appealing and motivating. For the more economic minded, think of it as getting more mileage out of your iPod, and at the end of the day if you still feel unmotivated after buying the Nike+ Sport Kit, think of the amount of money spent on accessories just to get started. It may all be worth it.