I Have A Dream

Chasing goals, chasing dreams, chasing goals, chasing dreams. My life wouldn’t be quite the same without these goals and dreams I set for myself…

I HAVE A DREAM

The past few months have been spent concretising the various steps to achieving a long-time dream in 2013.  This explains the silence…

I HAVE A DREAM

I cannot seem to find the right words to describe my excitement, anticipation, trepidation at the road ahead in 2013. Maybe three letters would suffice…WOW!

I HAVE A DREAM

Join me as I go along this journey. The journey of realising my dream of running 7 marathons on 7 continents! North America, Asia, Australia and Europe continents are in the bag and marathons in the continents of Africa, South America and Antarctica beckon in  2013. While doing so, I am raising funds for the elderly and I hope to increase awareness of the needs of the elderly. All this is in remembrance of my grand-mother “Ah Ma” who brought me up and without whom, I would not be who I am today.

I HAVE A DREAM

The journey begins on http://www.yvonne7marathons7continents.com. Join me as I embark upon these new running adventures in 2013. Spread the word and if possible, do consider making a donation towards the elderly assisted by the TSAO Foundation in Singapore. Thank you for the support!

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

10 reasons to go for a Sunday early morning run in Paris

Reason 1: The early bird/runner gets to view Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro sans tourists…

Reason 2: Ditto for the Louvre…

Reason 3: Just you, the love-locks on Pont des Arts and the serene river Seine…

Reason 4: Car-free Sundays on roads by the river Seine

Reason 5: Having the park (Jardin des Plantes) all to myself…

Reason 6: Getting to enjoy a splendid view of the Notre Dame…

Reason 7: I get to be reminded of just how beautiful Paris is…

Reason 8: Musée d’Orsay, ’nuff said…

Reason 9: No worries about finding a green chair to sit on at the Jardin des Tuileries…

Reason 10: It’s barely 11am and I’m done with my 26km run. The reward is having the  Eiffel Tower before my eyes…🙂 🙂 🙂

If Iron Nun Can Do It, So Can You

“First, you have to have the desire. Then, once you have the desire, you can become a little bit more daring, and with daring you get determination. And with determination comes the dedication, and then the actual doing. Those are the five Ds.”

The person who said this has competed in more than 340 triathlons, including over 46 Ironman triathlons and countless other races.  What makes up an Ironman triathlon? Swim 3.86 km (2.4 miles), cycle 180 km (112 miles) and then run a full marathon (42.2km or 26.2 miles). No mean feat! Well, guess what? The lady who’s achieved the above is also 82 years old and recently finished the Ironman Canada triathlon in August 2012 with a timing of 16h:32m, setting the world record as the oldest woman to complete an Ironman Triathlon. She’s Sister Madonna Buder, a nun who lives in Washington and has earned the moniker of the “Iron Nun” for her amazing feats.

I think I can safely say that Sister Madonna Buder’s achievements puts many of us who are younger than her by 10, 20, 40 or even 60 years to shame.  She’s my daily inspiration and make that an upsized daily inspiration! To those who think that they are too old or their bodies too weak to exercise or go the distance, throw caution to the wind and give your bodies a shot at what it’s capable of doing.

Put on your shoes and go run now! 😉

Goodbye August, Hello September

It’s been quiet around here on the blog…Summer/August has been hectic (not that we are complaining :)) with the trip to London and Iceland, work, friends’ visits to Paris, trips to Belgium and La Rochelle. A fruitful month it was and as September comes along, hints of La Rentrée – i.e. the French “return” to work and schools after a long vacation in August – are popping up everywhere. Gone are the days of quiet Parisian street, devoid of traffic and semi-empty metro rides during the peak hours. Summer is also bidding farewell as the mercury drops and the long daylight hours are slowly dwindling. A tad sad I am but September and the months ahead will be full of new adventures and encounters so I’ll say farewell to l’été with a big smile, thankful for all that we’ve got to experience and looking forward to new exploits and memories in the months ahead.  A toast to summer 🙂

Meanwhile, it’s our first weekend to ourselves in Paris since July and we are looking forward to it. Enjoying the last bit of a quiet Paris before everyone comes back from vacation. The day started off on a great note with a 15km run together around the Champ de Mars park where Eiffel Tower stands, followed by yummy sushi and ramen. 🙂

🙂 The simple pleasures of life 🙂

Bon week-end à toutes et tous! We’ll be back with more updates and posts on “Fantasy Fridays” soon 🙂

Today, I Choose To Be Happy

A somewhat dramatic fall last night and the reaction from a stranger, a man standing nearby – no offer of assistance and instead laughter at my plight – made me very angry with him and just dumb-founded at the nonchalance and inconsideration some can have for others.  I woke up this morning nursing a bruise and looking at a potentially expensive replacement for the broken lens of my DSLR and was about to exact revenge on the world by being grumpy and unbearable. After all, it appeared to be a somewhat gray and dreary Monday anyway.

While walking towards the office, I recalled the exchange of messages with my best gal pal yesterday as we realised that we celebrate knowing one another for 20 years this year. That’s about 2/3 of our lives! An immediate bounce returned to my feet as the day started to take a turn for the better. Then this thought came to me – “why be affected by the idiot?” Yes, I fell down and had the unfortunate chance of encountering a jerk but I should not let it affect my day and the week. So, I decided, today and for the rest of this week, I’ll choose to be happy .  One reason for each day of the week…

1. MONDAY – I’m married to Mr. Bolly. He who makes me laugh and loves me for who I am (bad habits and all). I shall avoid further elaboration to spare everyone from mushy statements.

2. TUESDAY – My family is happy and in good health. They are far away from me but technology helps us to communicate on a daily basis, even on the most mundane of things. For that, I’m thankful.

3. WEDNESDAY – I live in my favourite city in the world, Paris. Bolly cringes when I say this with my eyes twinkling and a high-pitch voice…”Paris, ma belle!”

4. THURSDAY – I have good friends who tolerate who I am, including in particular the best gal pal of 20 years, Lena.

5. FRIDAY – I’m physically fit and able to engage in sports and my hobby, running marathons. 8 under the belt and many more to come.

6. SATURDAY – I get to travel often for work and pleasure. After visiting more than 50 countries, the wanderlust bug is still ever-present.

7. SUNDAY – Being able to indulge in good French cuisine and desserts frequently. Though this does make practising sports and running more of a necessity at times than a passion :P.

I hope that you will also find your reasons to be happy this week. Have a good one!

🙂 🙂 🙂