Running in the Perth City to Surf 2013

After weeks of anticipation and (pathetically minimal) training, Perth City to Surf was finally here! There were options to participate in the 4 km walk, 4 km run, 12 km walk, 12 km run, half marathon, and full marathon, so everyone could definitely pick their fancy! Apparently 50,000 people registered!

with Puneeta at the start of the run

at the starting point

V and I met Puneeta and her husband Deepinder at the starting point. For all of us, this was our first running event! Deepinder, V, and I would attempt the 12 km run, while Puneeta chose to run the half marathon! The girl is very fit and runs 10-15 km on a daily basis, so 12 km would be such a yawn. The half marathon started about half an hour earlier than the 12 km run, so Deepinder, V, and I watched from the sideline while Puneeta joined the throng of people eager to take off. The countdown was called and off they went, 21 painful km ahead of them!

start of the half marathon

start of the half marathon

At about 9:30 am, it was our turn. 12 km runners filled the street, the countdown was called, and we took off! The energy in the air was incredible!

12 km runners ready to go

starting mark

sea of 12 km runners

I won’t lie, I found the 12 km course really hard. I’d only ever run 3 km at a time before, and my training plan didn’t really pan out due to circumstances and plain laziness. Mostly laziness. V could have gone ahead and completed the course in a better time, but he stayed beside me as I walked more than ran, and cheered me on. We didn’t have a shortage of support: people watched and clapped us on from the sides of the road, a group of policemen played the drum and bagpipes, a group of cheerleaders danced, people on the balcony yelled encouragement and waved posters! Not enough support that I didn’t feel the pain in my untrained legs though, damn it!

sprint to the finish line

It felt like the course went on forever, and there were hellish hills and grassy patches, but we finally saw the ocean ahead of us (the finish line was at City Beach) and pushed ourselves to run to it. We did it! If my legs weren’t screaming bloody murder and my stomach weren’t rumbling, I probably would have felt a strong sense of accomplishment, but it was matter over mind this time. We collected our medals and headed straight to the BHP Billiton marquee, where we were promised hot food and foot massage! The photos below were taken after we had a period of rest, some fruits, sausages, bacon, and eggs, so we looked more like our normal selves again.

V and I with our medals

Puneeta, Deep, and their medals

finishers of the 12 km run

finishers of the half marathon

with the BHPB folks

This run was a great experience, but I was definitely outside my comfort zone. Next time we attempt something like this, we’ll be less ambitious and go for a 4 km or a 5 km course. Have you done something like this before? Go out there and give it a try! I guarantee you a lot of pain and fun!

Grill’d Burgers

Grill'd Shafto Lane

Grill'd menu

local matters

our burgers and fries

Normally, burgers are not my thing, but the first time I tried Grill’d burgers, I changed my mind. In addition to being a responsible company providing only meat from locally-farmed, grass-fed cattle, the burgers they serve are fresh and really tasty! V and I had dinner there Friday night, and V is now a convert too! Hint: choose from their selection of beef burgers! Their chicken and lamb burgers are OK, but their beef burgers are sooo good. I like their beer-battered fries too. You can choose to have your burgers without the buns here, a choice I welcomed since I’m trying to lose some weight before flying back to Singapore next week (so I can feel less guilty eating more of my favorite food and gain back the weight, of course).

Al&Alicia’s National Day Sale

If I had more money than I’d ever need, I would buy whole collections from Al&Alicia (yes, I think they are THAT GOOD), but I don’t and they are really quite expensive, so I usually keep a few favorite pieces on my wish list and wait until they have a sale. Recently, to celebrate Singapore’s 48th year of independence, Al&Alicia put 48 selected items on sale at USD 48 each! Some of these items were originally retailing at more than USD 100, so this was a a significant markdown! I immediately went online, and thanks to the magic of online shopping, bought these 4 items which amazingly were available on my size. They were delivered today, what a perfect way to start the weekend!

Al&Alicia haul

Utopia

V in Utopia

Utopia decor

It may be an Asian thing, but I absolutely love bubble tea! I know it’s not good for you, but let’s be honest, you can do a lot worse in terms of sugary drinks. I’ve tried a lot of bubble tea, and to date, my favorite chain is Gong Cha in Singapore. I haven’t found any bubble tea in Perth that comes close to the perfection that is Gong Cha’s Earl Grey Milk Tea with 3J’s (3 types of jellies: grass jelly, custard, and of course, the tapioca pearls), so it’s one of the many things I can’t wait to be back in Singapore for, but when this girls craves some bubble tea in Perth, at least she can swing by Utopia and Preso Tea in the CBD.

I took these photos one weekend morning, when V and I took a walk around the city, passed by Utopia, and had to stop for a drink. It doesn’t hurt that the place has cute decorations.

On the Couch

on the couch 1

on the couch 2

on the couch 3

on the couch 4

Perth is a paradise for those who love to be outdoors, with its generous sunshine and clear blue sky. Since moving here, V and I try to spend the weekends out and about: taking walks along beautiful parks and beaches, driving to the suburbs, trying out new restaurants, capturing the view on our cameras. In the winter, though, when it’s windy and rainy outside (which thankfully is a rare occasion), we are content to stay holed up inside the apartment, cooking up delicious comfort foods, watching the telly, and when nothing good is on, enjoying a 30 Rock marathon. That’s how we spent the last weekend, and V snapped a few photos of me on the couch. I love being the occasional couch potato girl.