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The Runner’s High and Squishy Socks – Laguna Marathon 2018

Darren Scherbain

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It was the first crack of thunder that shook the house, which beckoned me out of bed this morning at 4am. No worries the alarm was set for 5am.

If I sit around waiting for the perfect conditions and feelings I’ll just be left sitting and waiting. It’s so easy to blame our decisions on our circumstances.

With just over two weeks to go before Laguna Phuket Marathon it was our last Long Run for MJ and myself. MJ asked me two months ago to run with her and help her celebrate her 60th birthday in style. It truly is an honour to be able to share these amazing experiences with some truly amazing human beings.

At 5am MJ sent me a message ”I’m running on the treadmill at the gym instead …. it’s too nasty out there for me.”

The rain was pounding, the wind was howling and it was by all accounts still “night time”.

MJ always says to me that Laguna Phuket Marathon will be easy for me.

What’s Easy? I still have to put one foot in front of the other. Life and the Race Course do not respect past results. All those Ironman Finishers T-shirts stuffed in my closet don’t mean a damn thing. What ever made you think you could hack your results and rest on your laurels?

Radical Honesty – I didn’t want to get my butt out of the house and tick off today’s training miles in the rain. I hate squishy socks; which is funny because anyone who has ever raced an Ironman will attest that squishy socks are par for the course.

I can still get high off my own supply – my little voice told me I could get the run in later this afternoon. My next best thought was that I could jump on the trainer and log a ride instead.

“Come on Dude you have Ride 4 Kids to train for as well.”

Always looking for that quick fix and cheap solution. Amazing what we will let ourselves get away with when we have such noble intentions protecting our flank. It wasn’t the sheer joy of running or the perceived health benefits that got my butt out the door. What are you willing to do even when you don’t feel like doing it?

It was discipline…. a ferocious commitment to the value I place on Myself and the Process.

The inherent wisdom that the more and more I wait for the right feelings the less and less I’m going to get done in my life. For the first 30 mins of the run I was still replaying all the reasons why I shouldn’t be out in the rain running. The solitude on the road doesn’t make for the best running partner at times.

This is one of the most important secrets: DOUBT is a necessary ingredient for faith. You need to go through the “bad patches” to garner a little more trust and faith in yourself and the process.

I’m going to let you in on a HUGE secret…

There is no FINISH line or Happy Ever After.

Happiness is a moment to moment choice and this so called “negativity” is a gift.

Funny how even after all the whinging to get out the door, all the rain pelting me in the face and the squishy socks it was an EPIC run up and over to Kata this morning. Your Garmin and heart rate monitor will tell you your: biology, physiology, speed, location and distance. These cute little gadgets won’t tell you one thing; Who You Are!

To all the runners who braved the conditions and had the squishy socks to get in their training for Laguna Phuket Marathon this week…. WELL DONE and Looking forward to June 10.

My Predicament is Myself.

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Darren Scherbain believe that each of us possess the capacity to be the creator of a heroic and courageous life. Living a courageous and passionate life requires that we embrace the sheer physicality of these concepts, while not forgetting that Heroes are useful."What would your life look like if you eliminated the word CAN'T just for one day?"

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Noodle shop ‘taking the piss’ with special ingredient

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PHOTOS: sanook.com

Thai Facebook page ‘Return.v12’ has posted a storey about people who believe in the “power of urine” and that it can heal body pain and diseases. The noodle shop owner admitted that he has been using his own urine as a “secret ingredient” and that he has a lot of customers because of it.

He claims that his customers tell him that his noodles makes their muscle pain go away but admits he hasn’t told them about the additional surprise ingredient.

Ever since he added the secret ingredient to the noodles his sales have improved. He also attached a picture of his noodles.

Another member of the Facebook group asked the question…

“Hello, urine can be used in food right? I own a restaurant in the middle of a city, if I add my urine to the dishes would it make my food more delicious and would my customers gain better health? I’ll add more for those who come from this group.”

We don’t know where the noodle shop is.

“My family owns a noodle shop. Many people in the area come to my shop. Many of them are workers coming in for lunch. My customers often told me that they had back pain and muscle pain. I didn’t know how to help them, I wanted to tell them the truth but I didn’t want to seem weird about it.”

“So I took the issue into my own hands and started adding my own urine into the soup pot. Customers started loving my noodles, they tell me how their pain has gone away since they started eating my noodles. Some even asked if I had a secret ingredient haha.”

No photos were available of the cook adding the secret ingredient.

SOURCE: sanook.com | ThaiResidents.com

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Singapore aims for paper-less border arrival by 2021

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Singapore is extending its SG Arrival Card trial that will allow visitors to submit an electronic arrival card in advance to speed up processing at border checkpoints

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority has announced the beta trial of the SG Arrival Card project last week. The trial has been ongoing since last year and will phase out the paper arrivals card for a more efficient e-arrival process. The plan is to phase out the paper arrival system by 2021 by eventually extending the electronic arrival card system to all travellers.

The announcement says foreign visitors travelling with “selected transport operators” can now submit the electronic arrival card up to 14 days ahead of their arrival in Singapore. Singapore’s Today news service identified the selected transport operators that are participating in the beta trial version.

Airlines
AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines

Bus
Transtar Travel

Ferries
BatamFast Ferries, Bintan Resort Ferries, Horizon Fast Ferry and Majestic Fast Ferry

This means that they will only need to produce their passports for immigration clearance upon arrival, as ICA’s immigration system will already have the electronic arrival cards, which they submitted in advance.

The SG Arrival Card e-Service and Mobile Application is available as an e-Service at the ICA’s website HERE.

It can also be downloaded as a free mobile application from Apple App Store and Google Play.

Users of the mobile application will have the option of scanning their passport biodata pages and enjoy the convenience of not needing to key in the information manually. The mobile application will also save previously submitted information for use on subsequent trips to Singapore.

SOURCE: ICA and Today

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Smoking at home in Thailand has been banned from today

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The ban on smoking at home in Thailand comes into effect today. From today people can be prosecuted for “domestic abuse” by lighting up a cigarette inside a home.

People can call Family and Protection centres on 1300 to report a smoker.

According to the new law, women and children are often the recipients of second hand smoke and the new legislation and fines is designed to assist in protecting them from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke.

Speaking to Manager Online, Dr Ronachai Khongsakon from a tobacco research group, says that women were particularly vulnerable with 81% suffering second hand smoke in their homes. He claims that 430,000 people die worldwide annually from second hand smoke, and that two out of three of the victims are women.

The ‘Report a Smoker’ hotline is 1300. Cases may then be referred to juvenile and other courts. The government says the move is the latest measure to stop people smoking in Thailand in public places, and now in their homes in the presence of other people.

Smoking has already been banned at airports, including the internal ‘smoking rooms’, now replaced with rooms outside terminals for smokers. Smoking on many Thai beaches was banned back in February 2018.

There is an estimated 10 million smokers in Thailand resulting in 72,000 deaths annually.

SOURCE: Manager Online

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