Friday, September 30, 2011

痴肥與飢荒 / Obesity & Famine

I enjoy all kinds of summer and winter sports, such as running in the summer and skiing in the winter.

No doubt the clean air, nutritious food and regular exercise all have contributed to my physical and mental well-being.

But transplanting to a developed country like Canada is no guarantee for improving one's health.

In fact, some of my Chinese friends who habitually over-eat and lead a sedentary life are adding inches to their girth.

They are joining an increasing number of obese Canadians who might put their health at risk.

Photo credit:
Sept 13, 2011 Ottawa Sun

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

山野半馬拉松賽跑: 『蜀中無大將,廖化作先鋒!!』/ Half-Marathon Race in the Woods: The Last Shall be the First!!

After a gruelling half-marathon run in the woods last weekend, I now weigh just 3 kg more than the scrawny kid who came to Canada many years ago.

When I was living in Hong Kong, I did not always eat different types of nutritious food, mainly because I was spending my lunch money on stamps (I could have been as tall as Yao Ming LOL) and partly because of our family income (my father's career was hampered by his lack of education, as he had had to quit school to earn money to help raise his younger siblings).

During my early years at KC, I was eating plain "Cháng fěn" 腸粉 (steamed rice rolls) for lunch. When I was in Form 3, I was the only late-bloomer in class who could sing high notes like the Vienna Boys Choir 維也納童聲合唱團. My body was still waiting for some nutritious food to kick-start my growth hormones!!! No doubt if I had stayed in Hong Kong, I would not have grown any taller and stronger, never mind becoming a marathon runner.

But then, I might have grown up to be somebody else instead of the one who is writing this blog !!!

Photo Credit:

Someone took this pic of myself receiving a "1st Place" award.
Now, just to put things in context: There is an old Chinese saying 『蜀中無大將,廖化作先鋒!!』 哈哈!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

2011「加拿大陸軍 半馬拉松賽」/ 2011 Canada Army Run Half-marathon Race

On Sept 18, 2011, I finished my 3rd Canada Army Run half-marathon race with a Personal Best (PB) that beats my May 30, 2004 ING Marathon record (at the 21.1 km mark) by 33 seconds !!! Altho the difference is not that much in absolute terms, an age gap of 7+ years is significant over a runner's life span.

For example:

The qualifying time for the Boston Marathon "eases up" as a runner enters into his/her next 5-year age group. So, there is hope for those who can still run 42.2 km at age 80+ !!!!

2013 Qualifying Times (effective September 24, 2011)
Age GroupMenWomen
18-343hrs 05min 00sec3hrs 35min 00sec
35-393hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 40min 00sec
40-443hrs 15min 00sec3hrs 45min 00sec
45-493hrs 25min 00sec3hrs 55min 00sec
50-543hrs 30min 00sec4hrs 00min 00sec
55-593hrs 40min 00sec4hrs 10min 00sec
60-643hrs 55min 00sec4hrs 25min 00sec
65-694hrs 10min 00sec4hrs 40min 00sec
70-744hrs 25min 00sec4hrs 55min 00sec
75-794hrs 40min 00sec5hrs 10min 00sec
80 and over4hrs 55min 00sec5hrs 25min 00sec

Anyway, here are the photos and videos of the 2011 Canada Army Run.

Photo #1: At 09h00 sharp, this cannon was fired with a loud BANG, and the half-marathon race was on !!

Photo #2: Among the front runners sprinting off at the starting line of the half-marathon was #73 Rebecca Stallwood.
Photo #3: This runner ran into trouble and had to be held to get off the race track.Photo #4: Over 16,000 people participated in the Canada Army Run at the Ottawa location on Sept 18, 2011, including many injured soldiers.
Photo #5: In the half-marathon race, Joshua Karanja of Ottawa won the male category (1/3239) and the M20-29 age division (1/607), with a chip time of 1 hr 8 min 18.9 sec and an avg pace of 3.15 min/km over 42.2 kilometres.
Photo #6: In the half-marathon race, Rebecca Stallwood won the female category (1/3147) and the F30-39 age division (1/1025), with a chip time of 1 hr 23 min 2.1 sec and a pace of 3.57 min/km over 42.2 kilometres.
Photo #7 and #8: My friend Peter (in red cap) had a new machine this year and finished the half-marathon in 1 hr 12 min 47.1 sec at a 3.27 min/km avg pace. Bravo Peter !!

Photo #9: At the end of the event, awards were given to the winners of all the races that took place in Ottawa (see video below for the Canada Army Run held in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan).
Video #1: Here is a clip of the runners taking off at the half-marathon starting line in Ottawa.

Video #2:
Over 700 participants from different countries ran the Canada Army Run held at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. You would notice three runners were wearing face-masks as an added challenge. With the face-mask on, your air-intake rate is somewhat restricted by the filters while your body is crying for more oxygen !!!

Photo/video Credit:

* I took photos #7, 8, and 9; while the rest are from The Ottawa Citizen (Source:

* The YouTube videos are posted on-line by the Govt of Canada.

Note: At the end of my half-marathon race, I crossed over the foot-bridge near the Ottawa University and ran an additional 3+ km with my friends toward the finish line.

UPDATED Sept 28, 2011 Re Ottawa Sun interview with Peter Morel:
Army Run keeps on growing by Kelly Roche, Ottawa Sun

First posted: | Updated:
Peter Morel isn’t satisfied with completing the Army Run half-marathon in 90 minutes. Morel reckons he can cover the 21-km in his hand cycle faster than his 2010 time, so on Sunday he’s taking another crack at it. “Our race bikes can cruise fairly fast, so we can cruise at around the 18 km/h mark,” he said.
He was born with spina bifida, but using a wheelchair hasn’t stopped him from excelling in athletics. “I was a Paralympic rower and am trying out for the national adaptive shooting team,” he said. And the Army Run is an event that’s close to Morel’s heart. “My father was in the Second World War, in the air force. My grandfather was in the army in the First World War,” he said, adding three friends are currently serving in the military.
He isn’t the only one training. In running circles, it’s said to be the fastest growing event — roughly 16,000 people are registered in the 2011 Army Run. “Every member of the Canadian Forces takes pride in the growing popularity of this event,” said Lt.-Gen. Peter Devlin, commander of the Canadian Army. “Although the event was created as a way for the military to thank Canadians for their support, it has become clear that Canadians also want to thank the men and women of the Canadian Forces for all they do at home and abroad. And we sincerely appreciate that.” When the Army Run began in 2008, 7,000 people participated. Last year, that number doubled to 14,000 and more than $100,000 was raised for the Military Families Fund and the Soldier On program, which trains injured soldiers.
Morel co-owns TopShape Fitness Studio in Westboro, where many of his clients are in the military. “We’ve had everything from complete amputations from land mines and IEDs to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, you know, the list goes on and on,” he said. His goal is to get soldiers moving again. “We design programs for them and teach them how to exercise properly,” said Morel. “These are highly motivated people to begin with.” They’re so motivated, Morel has recruited about 20 others to take part with him in Sunday’s event. “These guys can do anything they want if they put their minds to it,” he said.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Marathon Training - Week #15

On Wednesday Sept 21, 2011, our marathon running team was on schedule with Week #15 of the training program.

We went to a 400-metre outdoor track and did the following interval training:

* 3K of warm-up run (abt 7 times around the track, non-stop, marathon pace or less)
* 30 m short bursts (10K pace, 3 times, with a walk in btwn)
* 15 min of loosening-up exercise (skipping, grapevine, running backward etc)
* 1st Interval: 400 m run + 10 seconds walk; 800 m + 10 sec; 400 m + 10 sec.
* 2nd, 3rd and 4th intervals: Same as above except one walked 200 m instead of 10 sec at the end (i.e. 400m+10s, 800m+10s, 400m+200m)

Note 1: For each interval, the first 400 m was to be at tempo pace (faster than marathon race pace); the 800 m faster, and the last 100 m the fastest

Note 2: For the Sept 21, 2011 session, my speed varied from 4:00 to 4:50 min/K (rough estimates only, as I did not have my GPS watch with me). The last 100 m of the 4th interval was the fastest.

Note 3: Total running distance = 3K + 1K + 1.6K X 4 = approx 10K

Coming Up:

* On Sept 24, 2011, we will do a hilly 21.1K half-marathon trail race, then run an additional 11K, for a total of 32K. It is expected to be one tough day !!!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

九一八事變 / The Mukden Incident



攝影图片: 日軍以中國軍隊炸毀日本修築的南滿鐵路為借口,佔領瀋陽。
攝影图片: 日本軍隊聚集瀋陽,1931年9月18日
攝影图片: 九一八事變中瀋陽街頭的日軍攝影图片: 九一八事變中的日軍攻打東北邊防軍司令部攝影图片: 佔領日軍对市民的「佈告」攝影图片: 1930年,黃顯聲任遼寧省警務處長兼瀋陽公安局長,為了民族利益,對日本帝國主義在我國東北不斷擴張陰謀盡力予以抵制,對“滿鐵”軍警依仗日方特權滋事欺人,進行針鋒相對的鬥爭。1931年“九一八”事變爆發,瀋陽南市、三經路等公安分局均按他的命令奮起抵抗,這是當時瀋陽唯一未執行“不抵抗”命令的武裝隊伍。所以在繳械後,被屠戮者甚眾。攝影图片: 日軍將中國軍警繳械攝影图片: 被捕的中國軍警
攝影图片: 偽政府警察局和新招的軍警攝影图片: 九一八後偽滿洲國總統溥儀照會各國使節國聯調查團成員在偽“滿州國”執政府會見溥儀
根據【維基百科】: 九一八柳條湖事件經過


(Source: Wikipedia 九一八事變)

Photo Credit: 國恥!“九一八”日軍侵華寫真

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ottawa City Hall (IMG00436)

Tomorrow, I will be here checking in for the Army Run half-marathon!!!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

外交部長的國會秘書鮑勃德克特与中國新華社多倫多分社女記者施蓉: 前途未卜 / Mr. Bob Dechert & Ms. Rong Shi: Se rendre à une affaire






Dear Romeo:
By the time you see this letter,
I will be back home facing my husband,
and swallowing the inevitable career-killing pill.
Thanks for the good time!
Best regards to your lovely family in Canada.


卜 (pronounced: Bob)
Se rendre (pronounced: Shi Rong)

Photo Credit: Photo widely circulated by media (I have edited out face of unknown woman on left)


Updated Sept 16, 2011:

外交部長的國會秘書鮑勃德克特 与 中國新華社多倫多分社女記者施蓉

Based on media reports in the public domain, it appears this case has more to do with a rocky marriage and a flirtatious Canadian politician than some sort of a well-planned espionage attempt. If the encounter btwn 鮑勃德克特 and 施蓉 had been scripted by professional spies, the email leak by 施蓉's jealous husband would not have happened and there would not have been such a public exposure of the parties involved. But then, maybe I have watched too many Hollywood espionage movies :P

Related News Articles:

"Tory MP apologizes for 'flirtatious' e-mails to Chinese reporter"
steven chase

OTTAWA— Globe and Mail
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011 5:04PM EDT

Mr. Dechert is parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
Xinhua is the official press service for the People’s Republic of China and Western counterintelligence organizations have likened it to an intelligence agency. This all came to light Thursday night when a mass e-mail was sent to more than 240 media, academic, political and business contacts across Canada. The missive contained the text of intimate messages written by Mr. Dechert, including ones where he professes love for Ms. Shi.

One e-mail, sent to Ms. Shi on April 17, 2010, from Mr. Dechert’s parliamentary office account, says: “You are so beautiful. I really like the picture of you by the water with your cheeks puffed. That look is so cute, I love it when you do that. Now, I miss you even more.” The e-mail was signed “Bob Dechert, MP.” The sender account named was and the recipient was, which Ms. Shi has used as an e-mail account. ....

Another e-mail, dated April 20, 2010, invites Ms. Shi to watch TV for an evening Commons vote in Ottawa. “Dearest Rong,” the note began. “How is your day? Did your interviews at Royal Bank go well? Did you get enough information for your articles?” The MP told Ms. Shi he’d just arrived in Ottawa and “I enjoyed the drive by thinking of you.” In this e-mail, he also encouraged her to watch televised proceedings in the Commons. “We will be voting at 6:30 p.m. If you have time, watch on TV or on your computer (on the CPAC website) and I will smile at you.” “I miss you. Love, Bob,” the e-mail concludes.


洩情資? 加國議員戀新華社記者曖昧信曝光

..... 據外電報導,53歲的德克特用國會電郵帳號,寫給施蓉大量的私人信件,內容多次提到「我很想你」、「你很漂亮」等親密對話;另一封於去年4月間的郵件,德克特還提醒施蓉留意渥太華的眾議院投票,寫到:「如果你有時間,請看電視或電腦網站,我會對你微笑」,甚至還表示:「我很享受一邊開車一邊想你」。這些電郵上周四被人發送到加拿大超過240家媒體和機構。....

(原文網址: 洩情資? 加國議員戀新華社記者曖昧信曝光 | 頭條新聞 | NOWnews 今日新聞網


遭暗示涉挑情電郵事件 中國政府斥報道不負責任

【明報專訊】中國政府說﹐德克特(Bob Dechert)事件是私事﹐報界暗示北京涉身其事﹐是不負責任的報道。


加拿大情報局長去年警告說﹐中國試圖滲透加拿大政界。德克特的電郵曝光後﹐中國駐渥太華大使館的發言人對《環球郵報》(Globe and Mail)說﹐中國不評論53歲的德克特與施蓉的個人關係﹐兩人都已結婚。




電郵題為《老狐狸》(Old Fox)﹐電郵筆者看來在提點施蓉﹐教她怎麼處理自己和1名年長男子的關係。那段關係超出友情﹐現在觸礁。

電郵在2010年6月26日發出﹐據說筆者是施蓉的新華社記者同僚屈靜(Qu Jing﹐音譯)。電郵寫道﹕「說到那老頭﹐別管他。」屈靜對施蓉說﹕「你訴說的悲痛故事﹐他讓你苦等一段長日子﹐忘記它罷﹐我也有同樣經歷。把他掃進垃圾箱﹐他配不上你。」



挑情國會議員保烏紗 外長續力挺 政敵放一馬

  (渥太華13日加新社電)保守黨國會議員德克特(Bob Dechert)發出調情電郵﹐給新華社女記者﹐雖然可能是拙劣的判斷﹐但2名政敵周二說﹐他不必為此辭職。外交部長白諤德(John Baird)也力挺他﹐說仍然相信他。

新民主黨司法評議員科馬丁(Joe Comartin)告訴加新社﹐德克特沒有必要退出1個跨黨委員會﹐它正在甄選候選人﹐填補加拿大最高法院2個空缺。






自由黨國會議員麥家廉(John McCallum)表示﹐加拿大保安情報局(CSIS)應調查德克特的行為﹐但他沒有要求這名國會秘書辭職。







哈珀接納「純友誼」 「挑情議員」保官職



 外交部長白諤德(John Baird)的國會秘書鮑勃德克特(Bob Dechert)周五晚間發聲明道歉﹐承認他與新華社多倫多首席記者施蓉(Shi Rong)在華語訪問中相識﹐成為朋友。

【綜合報道】總理哈珀辦公室周六說﹐保守黨議員德克特(Bob Dechert)被要求全面交代﹐他和那個女子的關係﹐並准許他保留外交部長白諤德國會秘書的職位。



德克特是密西沙加-艾林黛爾(Mississauga-Erindale)選區保守黨國會議員﹐他承認發出調情電郵給多倫多新華社記者施榕(Shi Rong)﹐令執政保守黨難堪。





現在主管1間私人保安公司的朱諾-卡蘇雅(Michel Juneau-Katsuya)說﹕「加拿大保安情報局會即時警覺。」

外交部長白諤德(John Barid)有兩個國會秘書﹐該政府消息來源說﹐德克特負責北美洲﹐不是亞洲。









Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 恐怖份子襲擊事件十週年 Tenth anniversary of terrorist attacks: Part 2 (09:03 am) - Mourning a Son's Death

Photo above: 曾喆媽媽提起兒子心痛流淚 (read news article below)

Photo above: 曼哈頓一處消防站門口,張貼著911遇難消防員的名字和照片。(news article below)




每周到老人活動中心跳舞是67歲的岑嬌嫻的“必修課”,她從位于紐約東面的布魯克林區的家裏,到城西的曼哈頓唐人街老人活動中心,必經一條叫“ZACK”ZENG的路,中文名叫曾喆(zh岢)路。前幾年,岑嬌嫻到活動中心一定要先坐地鐵再轉6號公車,她總是繞開了這條必經之路。她說,走上去,心很痛。這幾年,她好多了,經過這條路很多次,感覺“走上去,心還是痛,但也很自豪” 。因為,這條“曾喆”路就是她兒子的名字,曾喆在10年前那場911襲擊中返身進入世貿雙塔救人後犧牲。











2011年9月1日,10年過去,新快報記者在美國曼哈頓唐人街的勿街見到了岑嬌嫻。她穿著修身黑色連衣裙,脖子上戴著一串美麗的白色珍珠項鏈。在講述曾喆救人的經過和回憶曾喆童年時,岑嬌嫻語氣平緩,時常開著玩笑,被悲劇撕開的巨大傷口似乎已經愈合。但一被問到今年的911紀念活動時,岑嬌嫻突然控制不住情緒,潸然落淚:“其實每年紀念活動時,你們記者採訪我,就是揭開我傷口,再給我撒把鹽。但是我想到這是你們的工作,我盡可能配合你們。另一個主要原因是我也希望曾喆這種助人為樂的精神能夠發揚下去,弘揚他的精神。所以,我再痛苦,也接受你們的訪問。” 每年911,美國政府都有紀念活動,岑嬌嫻都會接到邀請函,但她基本都沒有去,因為不懂英文。岑嬌嫻有自己的紀念方式,那是最傳統,最中國的,就是帶上曾喆最愛吃的橘子,到墓地看兒子。岑嬌嫻還收藏著來自全美各個學校孩子們的信。很多孩子安慰鼓勵岑嬌嫻,想要當這個英雄媽媽的孩子。

為了走出喪子之痛,岑嬌嫻曾經也接受過紐約市政府提供的心理專家咨詢服務,但她去了兩次就再也沒去過。 “其實我覺得去看病更痛苦,醫生還是問我過去的事情,把我的傷口又挑起來。”岑嬌嫻搖搖頭。她意識到,只有自己勇敢面對,才能解放自己,才能從傷痛中走出來。“你自己站不起來,看什麼心理醫生都沒用,所以我看了兩次就沒有再去了。”岑嬌嫻給自己鼓勁:“我要自己解放自己。” 這種“走出來”的路是漫長的,解放自己的路是漫長的。









(新華新聞 ∕ 曹晶晶 尹輝 郭晨琦 / 20110906 14:37:54)





【明報專訊】今天是「911」恐襲10周年紀念10周年﹐大多區以致加國多處地方從今晨開始均有舉行紀念活動。在多倫多彌敦菲臘廣場﹐多市警察總長布萊爾﹑消防總長施棣華(Bill Stewart)及醫療急救總長拉蒂斯(Paul Raftis)與一批緊急救護人員一起悼念在10年前今天因為執行職務死亡的緊急救護人員。今早的儀式包括鳴槍21響。

萬錦市及約克區警察﹑消防及醫療急救部門亦在新市約克區行政大樓舉行紀念儀式﹔密西沙加市消防員則於今晨在各自所屬的消防局舉行紀念儀式。位於阿梵奴路(Avenue Road)及聖卡拉路(St. Clair Avenue)的Timothy Eaton教堂﹐今早舉行一個名為「重訪9-11」的禮拜儀式﹐由Andrew Sterling牧師主持。 在多市Eastern Avenue及Coxwell Avenues地區的Millenium Gardens在今天下午1時﹐將會舉行一個紀念在9-11恐襲中喪失生命的加拿大人的儀式。Millenium Gardens是加拿大唯一擁有專門紀念在9-11恐襲中喪失生命的24名加拿大人的紀念公園。已退休的消防隊長Jim McGregor將會宣讀紀念的悼詞。

在全國方面﹐一個特別的紀念儀式在紐芬蘭省小社區 Gander舉行﹐該社區是在紐約發生9-11恐襲時﹐在世貿中心及國防部五角大廈受到襲擊後﹐美國關閉領空時﹐大批飛機要改飛及停留在其他城市時﹐Gander就成為6600名飛機旅客的臨時居所達5天﹐受到這個人口只有3000多人的小社區的居民的招待。美國駐加國大使David Jacobson及紐芬蘭省長Kathy Dunderdale均會出席。在美國禁止所有民航機飛入美國之後﹐大約有200航班要轉飛加拿大。除了Gander之外﹐其他還飛到哈里法克斯(Halifax)及紐賓士域省的Moncton。今早哈里法克斯也有紀念儀式。其他如渥太華﹑愛蒙頓及卡加利均有紀念活動。



奧巴馬出席世貿遺址悼念 (明報加東版)




9/11 恐怖份子襲擊事件十週年 Tenth anniversary of terrorist attacks: Part 1 (08:46 am) - "I Have A Dream" by ABBA

Photo above: I took this pic at the National Military Cemetery, Beechwood, Ottawa

"I Have A Dream"

Songwriters: Benny Andersson / Bjorn Ulvaeus

Singers: Abba


I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream

I have a dream, a fantasy
To help me through reality
And my destination makes it worth the while
Pushing through the darkness still another mile
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream


Saturday, September 10, 2011

必治活加拿大國家軍人公墓 - 紀念在9 /11事件中喪生的加拿大人 / Beechwood National Cemetery - Remembering the Canadians, and others, who Perished their Lives, on the Ten-year Anniversary of 9/11

I read with emotions the September 10, 2011 Ottawa Sun article entitled "Remembering the Canadians" in which Beechwood Cemetery family services counsellor Tania Turpin recalls how she started with the idea of keeping the memory of the 23 Canadians killed on 9/11 alive.

Twenty-two died while they were trapped in the north and south towers of New York's World Trade Centre and one in a plane on that terrible day. They are among the over three thousand civilians and service men/women who perished during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Because of Ms. Turpin's idea and efforts, a memorial was built at Beechwood in memory of the 23 victims.

Now, Canadians might not always agree with some of our powerful neighbour's foreign policies and military actions. I think that's fair and healthy, for we are a sovereign nation. But when it comes to fighting terrorist attacks on North American soil from within or without, the two peoples definitely have agreements in principle, if not in exact details. The 9/11 memorial at Beechwood serves as a reminder of our shared past experience, painful as it might be, and the future of our two countries.

As well, Beechwood is the National Military Cemetery for many women and men who served with the RCMP and the Canadian Forces, including Trooper Karine Blais to whom I paid tribute in the form of a blog article after she had been killed on April 13, 2009 in Afghanistan.

On a personal level, Beechwood is where my father is resting and that is where my mother will eventually join him.

So in more than one way, Beechwood Cemetery is a place of my heart and it will remain so on September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as the days beyond.

(Update 20150911: According to HuffingtonPost, the 9/11 attack killed 26 Canadians, here are their names: ; The official number is 24 based on a campaign speech delivered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sept 11, 2015 at Victoriaville, Quebec: 

Photo Credit:
* Top: I took this photo while visiting the Beechwood Cemetery on Feb 22, 2011 at around 15h07. The 9/11 memorial is on the left and the National Military Cemetery sign on the right.
* Bottom: Sept 10, 2011 Ottawa Sun

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Related Articles:

* SUNDAY, MAY 01, 2011

紀念在九一一事件中喪生的加拿大人 / In Remembrance of the Canadians Lost During the 9/11 Attack

記念九一一襲擊事件: 必治活國家墳場 / Remembering the 9/11 Terrorist Attack: Beechwood National Cemetery
* SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2009
靈魂之窗: 加拿大士兵与阿富汗女孩 / Windows to the Souls: Karine Blais & Sharbat Gula
* Wikipedia: 必治活加拿大國家公墓 Beechwood National Cemetery

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Canadian Sunset (IMG00417)

I have taken lots of photos of Canadian sunset, but never one from the parking lot of a strip mall. If you don't see the beauty of it, just remember: One of Canadian singer Joni Michell's famous songs is abt a parking lot !!!!

Photo credit:

* I took the photo w my BlackBerry outside The City View Running Room on Sep 6, 2011 at 19h55

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

馬拉松賽跑: 事在人為 / Running Marathon - Commitment

今年一月開始的時候,我本來打算繼續自我訓練,跑第14個馬拉松賽,無奈俺惰性重,又饞嘴,只要老天爺陰陰天還未下出雪花,我就以壞天氣為籍口,取消訓練,直衝往最近的咖啡店喝杯熱騰騰的 chai latte 和吃塊新鮮出爐的 ginger cookie,飽了之後当然是有力無心,再提不起勁出外跑步。

跑全程42.2公里的馬拉松可不是 a walk in the park輕而易舉之事,沒有適当的根基和訓練, 肌腱丶骨骼丶關節丶和肌肉受損的風險是大為提高,嚴重的可能会令傷者患上關節炎等纏身病症。所以到了五月,我頗感到心灰意冷,眼見訓練計劃不湯不水,全程馬拉松賽無望,就索性放棄參加所有 Ottawa Race Weekend 的任何賽事。

不過,事有湊巧,在比賽開始前兩天,Christine 的朋友因貧血缺鐵問題,不能參加半程馬拉松賽事,她問我願不願意取票填補空缺。我聽後雀躍不已,趕快把打入冷宮的跑步鞋放入車廂,又往Bushtukah 山友行購買6包高能源凝胶 energy gel。四十八小時之後,我衝越終線,完成最沒有凖備的「壯舉」!

五月廿九日的半程馬拉松賽事過後,我思前想後,自我檢討,發覺在氣力及體力方面來說,我是有能力去訓練和參加全程馬拉松賽事,但可惜我欠缺的卻是承諾 commitment,總沒有下定决心去全力訓練, 正是: 心不想,事不成,到頭來都是自欺欺人。

在六月十四日我痛定思痛,立定了主意,往 The Running Room 報名參加他/她們主辦的全程馬拉松賽跑訓練班,每星期上課三次,星期二丶三是訓練和改善短程競跑及上山落山的速度,逢星期日的Long Slow Distance (LSD) runs焦點是培養個人意志力和訓練跑長程的耐力。

我跑馬拉松目的有二,一方面是鍛鍊身體,另一方面就是培養意志,正如我說: Wellness is being healthy both physically and mentally。我希望,同時也相信這次參加 Running Room 的業餘賽跑隊是能夠幫助加強我对自己的守信和承諾。


Photo Credit: (taken by BlackBerry camera on Aug 28, 2011 Sunday)

* 這是我的馬拉松賽跑隊友,我們剛剛在Gatineau Park跑完了兩次環路 (2 x 13.4km loop = 27 km)

Route Map:

(Running Route: Park at P8, go north west on Gatineau Pkwy, cross Meech Lake Rd and go up Camp Fortune Parkway, turn left onto trail #1, go past Keogan cabin, continue on #1 to Penguin picnic ground (steep downhill on dirt trail), turn left downhill on Gatineau Pkwy, cross Meech Lake Rd back to P8, do loop a second time)

Sunday, September 04, 2011

馬拉松賽跑: 2011年9月4日的32公里訓練路程地图 / Running Marathon - Sept 4, 2011 Training Route Map


回家後洗澡上床,測量我的vital signs:

* 血壓是 106/64 (畧低)
* 心跳是 38 beats per minute

Road Constructions - (IMG00411, 413)

With a slow economy, Canadian fed-prov-terr-municipal govts are pumping money into infrastructure projects across the country to help stimulate regional employment.

There is so much road construction around the city these days that many drivers find themselves hopping from one detour route to another. Pedestrians and shop keepers are often just as frustrated and impatient as drivers.

I took this photo on one of the Ottawa side streets that was completely dug up. I overheard a woman complaining to the foreman on-duty that someone had messed up the new side-walk by tagging graffiti onto the still soft cement outside her house. One of the road crew members, who was busy pouring cement to make the side-walk, was kind enough to go back and fix the problem for her.

So amidst all the road constructions, detours and impatience, ppl can still be kind to each other.

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