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What can i give? Laguna Phuket Marathon

Darren Scherbain

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How much passion and conviction are you willing to invest in your life?

I was once asked…. Darren, what are you so passionate about that you are willing to die for?

Die? You mean, as in ‘ready to fall on the sword for your convictions and end of story’ kind of die?

My question to you is what are you are so passionate about that you are willing to live for?

Living takes a ferocious and unbridled trust in self – not knowing how all the dots connect to make perfect sense. Living means picking yourself up off the ground when you get knocked down. Walking around asking “what can I give?“ is also a necessary ingredient for living.

Living is hope and hope comes in all shapes and sizes.

MJ, a fellow Canadian, asked me if it was possible for her to crack 2 hrs in the upcoming Laguna Phuket Half marathon. She told me that it would be the best gift she could give herself for her 60th birthday. There was also a hearty invitation to join her on this 21.1km adventure.

A seasoned participant of over 15 marathons and half marathons, MJ last cracked the two hour barrier back in 2004. Doesn’t conventional wisdom say that we are supposed to slow down as we get older? Not get faster?

Well MJ, what can I say?… I’m a half full kind of guy!

Let’s get past all the fluffy frosting and platitudes and focus on ownership and responsibility. The biggest barrier that we will ever face is ourselves. One of the first questions I asked MJ what is your biggest obstacle that will prevent you from cracking sub-2 hours?

MJ was upfront and honest with me – her lack of conditioning. It was close to 18 months since we last collaborated together. We would have to build a solid foundation that would allow for her grit and determination to be our arch under which we would pass.

Even before she crossed her first finish line in 1999, MJ understood the true meaning of grit and determination. MJ was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 at the age of 38 with, as her oncologist described it… “high nuclear-grade cancer.”

After chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, that included  lumpectomy, and lymph node surgeries, grit and determination take on a whole new meaning.

MJ responded to the cancer diagnosis by signing up for the CIBC Run for the Cure, which is held annually across Canada.  MJ and her gang of angels participated in this event commencing in 1999 through to 2006, just before she moved abroad to the Middle East. During these years in Toronto, Ontario, she lead her team, ‘MJ’s One Arm Bandits’, to being the  top fundraising team nationally for 7 consecutive years.

Why the One Arm Bandits?

MJ will be the first to point out that life is a gamble and that we need to start putting a bigger wager on ourselves and not doubling down on the swan song.

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One of MJ’s qualities that makes me light up is her sense of humour and that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. The only thing she takes seriously is her new running shoes, which is ironic considering for her first marathon back in 1999 her shoes were torn and had holes in them.

From the 30 minutes we spent last week, inspecting every detail of her new shoes, you would of sworn it was a faberge egg!

Being a lycra wearing-leg shaving triathlete  I would have spent at least 40 minutes on my new shoes.

We never know what’s going to happen next and I’m extremely grateful that I have such amazing people in my life that can teach me about inspiration and hope. It’s amazing what can happen with one little ripple of hope and how it can become a force multiplier.

To all participants in the upcoming Laguna Phuket Marathon, have an amazing experience. If you see The Two Crazy Canucks out on the course please make sure to say hi and remember that we are all in this together.

We can all create one ripple of hope and inspiration between the start and finish lines.

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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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