It’s been a long time since I last blogged. But great news! Lots of pictures for the eyes

I had no sleep on the night before the chalet so after gym training on Tuesday, I had to take a few winks on the train ride from Dover to Pasir Ris.

Snoozing on the train
Joycelyn’s thighs are great pillows

When we got into our room, we started changing into our pyjamas for the PYJAMAS PARTY! We took crazy pictures in which I was not involved in them since I was busy playing Shrek 2 with Joycelyn on Xbox in which I had rented earlier. The others did really weird and hilarious stuff with the toilet rolls and pillows.
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I’ve been waiting forever for the pictures to make this post.

Anyway, the Relay Duathlon 2006 (organised by Ngee Ann Canoeing Club and sponsored by NewUrbanMale.com) was about two partners competing together. One would run 4 km first, then both would canoe/kayak 4 km together then the other would run 4 km. (I had mentioned this in my last entry.)

As I entered under the Opens Mixed category (because everyone else was below 19 so I could not partner with any of my friends) with Jun Yu, our race was the very first one on Saturday morning.

Being the only two people from SPCT, we felt kind of overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and excitement the other teams from various schools were exuding.

We agreed that Jun Yu would be running first. Actually, it was more like:

Me: Hey, you run first ok? Cos I scared after running I no energy to canoe.
Him: Oh, okay.

So, yeah, he ran first. As I was feeling tired due to lack of sleep, I settled down on the side of the pathway. I then noticed that the other competitors had started picking life jackets. And I thought, gosh, why are they so kiasu? Not wanting to lose out, I grabbed two relatively okay-looking SDBA life jackets and settled back to my spot again.

Four minutes later, just as I was about to doze off, I heard a loud, “NADINE!” and I saw Jun Yu looking for me. He was the first one to run back! I squealed (yes, very girly thing to do. Urg) along the lines of “Ohmigosh-you’re-so-fast!” grabbed our life jackets, grabbed a paddle and grabbed a boat together.

Sadly, by the time we launch off, we had dropped to the third position *kicks self*

We made two mistakes: picking the heavy paddles and (unluckily) picking a heavy boat as well. That’s why we saw three pairs on yellow boats overtaking us in the water while we struggled with our big, fat and extremely heavy red boat. I knew we should have studied the equipments first before starting the race *kicks self again*

We had practiced rowing together once during training. However, he has this psycho motor problem so whenever he is about to draw water, he will whack the left side of my head. I lost count the number of times he whacked my head during the rowing for 4 km :?

When we reached the beach again, Jun Yu stripped his shoes off for me and I ran sockless. (Yes, Nadine the idiot forgot to bring shoes! Just. Great.) Wet, sandy, sockless shoes are not nice to run in. Trust me on that.

Anyway, I had a hard time running because after canoeing 4 km, my arms felt really heavy, like they were chained to weights. I kept thinking, goodness, where on earth is the turning point? After what felt like ages, I finally spotted it. They asked if I needed a drink and I grabbed a can of 100PLUS from the guy.

Oh. My. Goodnes. I never knew a can of drink could feel like a 5 kg weight on a very tired arm. I knew I could not carry on with a dead weight attached to me. After taking a few sips of the lukewarm isotonic drink, I simply threw the whole can away. (“Nadine! So wasted!” I was told later when I repeated my story.)

I think the last leg of the race was the hardest part to run because I really felt like giving up simply because my legs felt ready to buckle anytime. I was relieved to see the beach where the starting point was but it was still a good 200 m away. I think I saw Jun Yu at the last 100 or 150 m mark and he (more or less) guided me till the end because as I was so tired, I had started closing my eyes to run and I kept leaning towards my right :?

When I finally reached the finishing point, I simply collapsed. My hands were cramped and I was like a lifeless form :mrgreen: I feel really guilty for causing so much worry for Jun Yu :neutral:

Well, after a lot of rest, I felt a bit better. And the junior girls rushed over once I started to sit up and asked how I was. I felt really touched

Well, I never knew the results. Jun Yu said we’re either 6th or 7th which was quite a pity. I felt really bad, like it was my fault we lagged behind in the end but he told me not to worry about that as long as we had fun.

I thought, Fun? It was compeitive! To think that my initial thinking was that it was a leisure thing.

Anyway, like I said at the beginning, I have been waiting for the pictures to make this post.

Year 2 and Junior Girls
I look like crap here :?

Year 2 and Junior Girls
Front: Lilin, Jolene and me
Joan, Joycelyn, Joycelyn P, Teresa, Jamie, Alexis, Short, Li Zhen and Kai Ling

Yesterday was a tiring day for me.

I had no sleep the night before and I had to go for the Relay Duathlon 2006 (organised by Ngee Ann Canoeing Club and sponsored by NewUrbanMale.com) to canoe 4 km AND run 4 km.

Please do let me stress to you how seriously my body is lack training. I have not been running for weeks. Weeks! I knew I was going to just die there.

So by the time I was done with the competition, lunch at Subway at Suntec City, passed the first area of Stage 1 of Time Crisis 4, I took a train to Clementi and still wondered whether I should attend Peiqi‘s BBQ.

I decided to go after all since I told her I would :? I kind of knew what was going to happen there since her guest list consisted of ex-SPSU people I know but are not close to since they are more chinese-speaking and I am labelled jiak kan tan (literally, it means “eat potato”. It is actually saying that I’m english-speaking.)

When I stepped into her apartment, everyone there was surprised to see me. It has been years since I last seen most of them, and I probably bumped into a few in the streets every now and then. But I could feel their gazes at me, looking at my big bag (they thought I was going to overnight too! But I had no idea there was an overnight stay!) and though, “She’s staying overnight, too?”

It is not that they’re mean. I guess it’s just awkward :?

Everyone kept asking me the same question after the hellos. “Where’s Jun Wei?” and I had to go, “Australia” so many times one of them said I should just wear a sign

Anyway, I was somehow surprised that I found myself talking to Agnes most of the time. I knew her from camp four years ago but was never close to her. But last night, it seemed great to be talking to her, hearing her experiences and struggles in working life.

When Marcus arrived with Bi Wei, I was like, Yay! Finally! A fellow english-speaker!

And that was when the photo-taking started, too.

Say cheese!
Cheesing for Marcus
(He had initially taken a rather unglam shot when I wasn’t ready. That shall remain unposted, of course.)

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(I know, you must be thinking, “It’s about time!”)

I actually typed a really long post on this and I accidentally clicked the close button. Well done, Nadine :?

So I met Elisia and she asked me to accompany her to Chinatown to collect something for her sister. I thought, well, I had time to kill so why not?

When we got there, we had to find this building and she went straight into a KTV lounge. I was going, “You’re collecting something here?” But she told me to follow her and follow her I did.

She led me to the very last door and when she opened it, I was greeted with a loud “SURPRISE!” and the pops of party poppers. Yep, the 7ners surprised me.

Surprise!
My surprised look

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She was busy and so was I. But somehow, both of us, including the rest of the 7ners were free last night to celebrate Perrine’s belated birthday.

Yes, another into the I’ve-turned-21-club.

We met up at Wheelock Place‘s n.y.d.c. where we had pastas, baked pastas and baked rice. Of course we had to have dessert. So after bloated stomachs, we stuffed ourselves with a slice of Max’s Oreo Cheesecake, an Irish Cream Mudpie and a Jedi Mudster.

Oh! Must not forget Eeyore

With Eeyore
Me, PK and Jo with Eeyore

With Eeyore
Soffie, Elisia and Perr with Eeyore

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My body is aching oh so badly.

After missing a couple of trainings (due to my poor health and lack of trainings for juniors), I feel like my body have gone all woozy and weak, unable to run, losing breath, feeling like collapsing and all that.

Yesterday, after gym, Wei Jun went all out by making us do rounds of sprinting 100m, jogging 100m and 15 push ups. The final round had us struggling to do 140 push ups. (We had to restart at 40 no thanks to some guy.)

After going home, I collapsed and slept till four this afternoon. Gosh, I feel so tired now.