My TFK Interview. When is it going to be published, I have no idea. 70 days to the big event and a month more to raise funds.
What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I am running the TCS New York City Marathon!
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
We don’t have much spectators in Singapore so basically one that excites me the most in this TCS NYC Marathon is the crowd that cheers and motivates you to keep moving forward. Secondly, I have walked NYC once or twice a few years back and I had dreamed of running this city. It is one on my bucket list to be ticked off.
Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I have never done so much overseas running except in Australia (Sydney/Gold Coast) where the running culture is so much different than in Singapore. There is a joyful atmosphere from the cheering crowds all throughout the race route. Well, most races in tropical Singapore is held very early in the morning like around 4 AM so we don’t really expect people to be out that early too. Downtown Singapore, with its magnificent architecture balanced with gardens and nature gives it a relaxing and extraordinary view. I would say it is my favorite place to run.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Like a G6 by Far East Movement was my first ever power song. I actually listen to random upbeat songs. Fall Out Boys is one of my all time favorite artists. Their album Save Rock and Roll fairly boosts me during my leisure runs. During training and races, I prefer listening to my body, my steps and my breathing – the beats and rhythm create a different kind of music to me.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
I am the typical Asian who loves to eat rice. I eat rice meals 3 times a day in fact and I crave for anything with rice after my runs. Of course, the brown rice is the healthy version of the white rice.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I used to be overweight at over 80 kg with bad cholesterol at undesirable levels. That was 3 to 4 years ago. I wanted to lose weight and so I started hitting the gym and ran on treadmills. The max I can use the treadmill was 30 mins and slowly after a a couple of months, 30 mins wasn’t enough. I enjoyed beating the distance I was able to cover on my previous treadmill exercise and then eventually I started running outdoors which I even loved more. It has made me discover places and it has brought me closer to nature too! A friend once asked me to sign up for races to stay motivated and to train consistently. Now I have established a discipline to train even without a race. My week is not complete without a mid-week run, a weekend LSD and a recovery run exercise. This year marks my 3rd year in the running community.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I do pray a lot. Ultimately, we want to finish the race without any injuries. I believe there is a supernatural that helps us even if we put on our 100% effort. I always pray to God that I wouldn’t get any cramps and blisters or any kind of injury as I run and finish with a decent timing and by that I mean a finishing time better than my previous.
Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
It was my dream running the TCS New York City Marathon. I have walked the streets of New York once or twice my entire life and it is a dream-come-true for me running the city. I wasn’t lucky at the balloting so I decided to raise funds instead where I get to know about TFK. Being from the other side of the globe, it is quite difficult to raise fund but I know there a lot of angels in disguise here on which ever part of the earth. The culture could be different from where I am from currently but we don’t choose who we help. I’m saying this because I am from Asia and people’s first question would be TFK is not from Singapore, Philippines or even Asia. We could be neighbors with someone of different religion or someone of different color, but we should always be open to helping regardless of religion or color. That is humanity. I love kids. They are the future and WE play a very crucial role in their development. Supporting youth programs is just one small way of ensuring that these kids are occupied with healthy habits.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a Medical Technologist/Clinical Lab Scientist from Philippines based in Singapore. I am a husband to Aiza and a father to Cassy, my 7 year old daughter who will be the next marathon sensation. I am a believer, a foodie and a traveler.