Monday, August 15, 2011

Welcome back

Hi Guys,

First of all I must apologize for being totally silent for some 3 years since my last posting. I have no excuses really but simply put I am just not in the groove with this internet thing. I suppose I really cannot ignore the advancement in global communications. Well from now I'll try to keep abreast. I have not been inactive though during the state of my silence. After lots of persuasion I shall now share my experiences especially those that involve travel and adventure.
After my failure to enter China during my cycling attempt in 08, I toured Vietnam for 2 weeks, traveling all the way down from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) in the south. Vietnam has lots of interesting places for tourists and even those seeking adventure.
From Ho Chi Minh city I continued my journey to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and like Vietnam it too has many interesting places connected to atrocities committed during the Pol Pot regime of the seventies. Cambodia offers a variety of destinations for cyclist especially the rural areas where motorized traffic do not pose much problems. Cycling tours are gaining popularity. After a week, I came back home, tired but ready for more adventures. On the first Sunday in December I ran my slowest marathon in the Singapore Standard Charted edition but as usual, I always enjoy the run there.
In 09 I undertook another challenge, participating in the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert of Morocco dubbed the toughest footrace in the world. I had the good fortune of being sponsored by Sime Darby for the race, but again I was taken off the race some 12km from the finish line, failing to meet the cut- off time. For the uninitiated, the race is over 6 days covering a distance of some 240km over unforgiving sand dunes, barren rocky grounds with temperatures in the mid 40's during the day and very cold temperatures in the night. except for water distributed at designated check points, each runner is required to lug his own food & clothing, and other safety equipment for the duration of the race. Needless to say some runners are eliminated even on the first day. While the race is considered torturous, I'd do it again given another chance.
Also in 09 I spent a week backpacking in the Central Highlands of the Philippines (Baguio) for a week.

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