Wednesday, May 31, 2017

PCCW Global Charity Run 2017

I took part in the PCCW Global Charity Run 2017, which was held at the Gardens By the Bay (Silver Leaf), to show my support for charity! 100% of the proceeds from this run are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Singapore. A grand total of SGD 50,000 was raised from the Run! These funds will be used to fulfil the wishes and dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions.



The 5KM Charity Run flagged off at 0715hrs, and it was pretty hard to wake up so early to get to the venue on time for the race. It's all thanks to my Baby's help, so we reached there about 20 minutes earlier before the race began. 


The race route was pretty straightforward, and it made the runners traverse the areas of Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage and Marina Bay Sands. It was a scenic route indeed! 



After crossing the finish line, I received 2 packets of Plenish Sports Water, and collected my finisher medal at the same time. There was a minor down-side at this point, as the wait time for the collection of the finisher t-shirt was quite slow. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the race, as it was a great early morning workout before heading to work! 



The run was well-organised, and everyone was so enthusiastic. The environment was great! It was truly inspiring being part of the PCCW Global Charity Run 2017, and I am glad that I had took time out of a weekday to be part of this good cause. 
If you want to be part of the charity run, do look out for the next edition of PCCW Global Charity Run. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

[KINDNESS DAY SG 2017] Launch of Garden of Gratitude

Thanks to my blogging buddy Jasmine, who extended her invite to me to attend the KINDNESS DAY SG 2017 Appreciation Dinner which was held at the Stadium Riverside Walk
 
 
 
This year marks the 5th year of Kindness DAY SG Celebration, and the theme is 'Kindness It's Up To Us'!


 
Chief of Sports Medicine at Changi General Hospital and former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Dr. Benedict Tan was the Guest of Honour for the night! 

 
During the speech, there was a mention on the inaugural Singapore Kindness Run 2017 which was held on the 14th of May 2017. It was an initiative program by the group 'Runner's Heart Reach' to promote message of kindness. This race aimed to have runners give encouragement to one another, and was the first-ever run where kind acts and good running etiquette were experienced by all. Participants also took the opportunity to donate their used/old running shoes to others who needed it more. I was pretty interested to know more about it, and I hope to join in the run in the next edition.
 
 
As part of the celebrations, a special maze art installation, named the 'Garden of Gratitude' was created. It had daisy windmills and light bulbs, and the garden theme was to celebrate and inspire/fuel the spirit of kindness in our society! 
 


 
 Apart from the launch of the 'Garden of Gratitude', there was a presentation of Kindred Spirit Circle (KSC) certificates & tokens of appreciation to partners. 
 


 
After the presentation, all invited guests helped themselves to the sumptuous reception buffet dinner. 

 
I was happy to be part of the light-up ceremony, and I hope that through the series of kindness movement, it will inspire fellow Singaporeans to show love and gratitude to one another. 

 
The public is invited to view the 'Garden of Gratitude' installation from now till the 30th of June 2017, which is located at the Stadium Riverside Walk. 


 
Thanks for having us at the Kindness DAY SG 2017 Celebratory Dinner, and let us do our part to keep our society a friendlier and kinder place to live in. 
 
 

Friday, May 26, 2017

[New Zealand] Exploring Auckland City

After staying in Auckland for 5 nights, it was time to bid goodbye to our apartment which was located at Victoria Street, downtown Auckland in order to proceed to other places on the North Island of New Zealand.
 


 
Check out the awesome sunrise view from my apartment! Doesn't it give a brand new day that extra edge and shine?

 
This is a favorite snack of mine! Corn Chips with Salsa, The skim milk in NZ was amazingly fresh, and I had multiple servings of it throughout my travels in the morning!



 
After our home-cooked brekkie, Baby drove us to One Tree Hill for some sightseeing, as well as photo opportunities.



 
 
I took many random photos, and we love the calming effect of the peaceful, greenery and tranquil environment. It was similar to the view/experience I had at the Griffith Observation Park back in Los Angeles, but the air here was very much cleaner and fresher!

 

 
One Tree Hill is a 182-metres volcanic peak in Auckland, New Zealand. It is an important memorial to both the Maori and 'Pakeha', (Whites) of New Zealanders.






 
After our visit to One Tree Hill, we made our way to the Dress Smart Outlet for shopping. I purchased quite a few items from Dotti, Supre and Cotton On. Among all, this top from Supre was the cheapest item I paid for. YES, it cost me only NZD5, which was slightly lesser than SGD5. 
 
 
We had lunch at Gleway Café at Onehunga which was fairly near to the Dress Smart Outlet.

 
We made our way back to our apartment to off-load our purchases, as I wanted to take a stroll within Albert Park, which was a stone's throw away from our apartment. 
 
Albert Park is one of the Auckland's most beautiful parks, and it was located in the heart of the Auckland's CBD. It has a long history that holds a special place in all the hearts of Auckland-ers. 



 
The park is so beautiful, and I could not resist taking multiple OOTDs of myself! 





 
We left our car in the carpark, and we walked to WaterFront of Auckland. The distance was about 15 minutes. We walked past Queen's Wharf...
  

 









 
We settled at the Wynyard Quarter for our dinner, and we had a nice serving of Fish 'n' Chips while getting a lovely view of the wharf and sea.

 
As it was Autumn season when we were in Auckland, the sky turned dark near to 5pm. I was in awe of the awesome view of the night skyline of Auckland's City. 

 
Thanks for reading my travel experiences in Auckland. Do stay tuned for my next post on Rotorua!