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Target pacings for 32km at Newton Challenge 2013

32km Newton Challenge 2013 route
32km Newton Challenge 2013 route
Gonna try out negative splitting again, this time for the 32km at the Newton Challenge this Sunday. It’s pretty exciting to try out such tactics! Thanks to my brother for teaching me. 🙂

Not all “China-men” are like that

We tend to not like the foreigners in our midst. If you go on Facebook/Twitter you would see that there is dissent against them in general (by the more vocal crowd), particularly those from China.

Though I don’t like the more unlikeable aspects of their behaviour: the spitting, brash talking in public, the very ungracious shoving in and cutting of queues (wait a minute, it sounds like many of the Singaporean aunties/uncles we have too…), I’d say that not all of them deserve to be evicted for not acting like how we’d want them too. 😛

Been seeing more and more of these foreigners working here. An encounter I had was when I was getting a screen protector for my iPod touch (top floor stall in Bishan Junction 8). Knowing fully well the pains of applying a protector I got him to do it for me. This guy does it the way it’s supposed to be (cleaning the screen with alcohol first, etc), then proceeds to apply the protector. Then he realized that there’s this small air bubble trapped underneath that cannot be removed, and proceeds to get out another one to reapply. And I didn’t even mind about that bubble, heh. I left the stall thinking that we’d expect them to just try to pass it off as normal instead. Good/honest service, probably even beyond what we’d get from some Singaporeans nowadays. He certainly deserve to earn his keep/living, though the charge for the protector+application might seem a bit steep.

Perhaps if we’re willing to tolerate the idiosyncrasies/idiocies of the uncles/aunties in our midst, maybe we could also accept these foreigners in our midst as well? Many of them are here to earn a honest living after all. I know that to be true of many other PRC students here as well.