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CONTENTS JAN-FEB ISSUE

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Photographic Sojourn

20 A GREAT AUSTRALIAN ROAD TRIP

Take a drive on one of the most scenic routes

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SOUTH KOREA’S HIDDEN GEM Take a peek into the local island life


FEATURES

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SUN, SAND & MYTHOLOGY

AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME

COASTAL ESCAPADE

Visit the cradle of Western civilization

Killarney is every outdoor enthusiast’s dream

Journey off the beaten path to Kenting

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OKINAWA’S TROPICAL COLLECTION

A STONE’S THROW AWAY

Embark on an island hopping adventure

Your guide to weekend getaways

REGULARS

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GEAR GUIDE

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s we usher in 2019, we’re kicking off our very first issue of the year with a sojourn theme — a compilation of short breaks from some of our favourite destinations. Keep these stories close to you as they’ll come in handy when you’re planning for a short stay in one of these places. For starters, journey through the lens of our photographers as they show you what’s there to see, feel and experience in Qatar. Get even more acquainted with ! this sophisticated Middle Eastern country’s food, culture and activities with our accompanying supplement. In Southeastern Europe, explore the cradle of Western civilization as you visit Greece’s historical and cultural islands — all of which are a short boat ride from the country’s capital, Athens. When it comes to road tripping, there is no other country like Australia. Grab your bags and head for a drive down one of the world’s most scenic routes to explore the sights of Victoria. Ireland’s County Kerry is every outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Take on the area’s magnificent mountain ranges, beautiful valleys, crystal lakes and rugged coastline.

Moving back closer to home, get off the beaten path on your next trip to Taiwan by heading to Kenting — the country’s oldest and southernmost national park. Just across the seas, Okinawa welcomes you with its tropical climate, broad beaches and coral reefs as you embark on an island hopping adventure. Elsewhere in South Korea, you’ll be in awe as you read about Ulleungdo Island, a hidden gem. If you’re planning for a short weekend trip from Singapore, check out the regional feature and escape to some of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful places to rest and recharge. Lastly, keep up with your exercise regime amidst your travels with Sports+ as we give a brief introduction on Yoga and Road Cycling before ending off with a some tips on Injury Prevention. With that, we hope that you’re off to a good start for your 2019 travels. We’ll be back with more stories to keep you inspired for your next trip. Until then, stay bold and adventurous!

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NATHANIEL WARMTH AND HOSPITALITY OF PEOPLE IN QATAR Majority of Qatar’s population comprises of expatriates but when it comes to being hospitable, local Qataris or expats are all alike - pleasant and approachable in case you need to ask for directions or any other information. DESERT SAFARI EXPERIENCE Khor AlAdaid – ‘The Inland Sea’ is a natural wonder where we had the sand dune bashing experience in the SUVs and it was insanely fun! It was like a roller coaster in the car, on smooth fine sand. Along the desert line, there were numerous different desert camps. At night, all these camps light up presenting a nice view of the desert. SOUQ WAQIF The traditional marketplace “Souq Waqif” boasts at least a hundred-year history

and sits in the heart of Doha, close to the waters where merchants used to and still are bringing goods to the market for trading. The layout is organized in a way to separate different categories of items. A highlight is the animal market and the falcon market. They even have a hospital set up specially for falcons! In Qatar, falconry is both a competitive sport and a pastime that provides its practitioners with a direct link to the country’s landscape and history. They may look really cute and adorable, but I wouldn’t want to mess with them! AL ZUBARAH FORT Al Zubarah Fort was built as a guard station for the coastal town Al Zubarah, which was a thriving pearl fishing and trading port in the 18th and 19th centuries in the Arabian Gulf region.

CITY SKYLINE The Doha skyline has some of the most impressive architecture I’ve seen. Towering skyscrapers rise along the scenic Doha Corniche, the half-moon shaped waterfront promenade circling Doha Bay that offers great city views. BIO: Nathaniel is a physiotherapist by profession. Photography became a big part of his life during his overseas attachment to Ireland, allowing him to start with landscape photography all over Europe. He feels he still has lots to learn and experiment in photography and for that he is keen to explore new places and cultures.

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Without much reference to go on (nobody I knew had been to Qatar before), I landed with a completely open mind in the desert country in the Gulf. After 3 days, it’s hard to put a finger on Qatar’s pulse. It is at once historical, completely renovated futuristic (the gargantuan Central Business District), multi-cultural and home to some of the most beautiful modern structures. World-renowned architect I.M. Pei designed the iconic Museum of Islamic Art that showcases Islamic

art and artefacts from around the world, spanning 14 centuries of history, while Jean Nouvel designed the soon-to-be-opened National Museum of Qatar, which resembles a gigantic desert rose. Come to Qatar if you love fine middle-eastern cuisine, modern architecture, and flat-out luxury. BIO: Yusuf has over a decade of experience in photography and enjoys capturing the unusual side of well-known places.


AUGUSTINE Upon arriving at Souq Waqif, I was instantly mesmerised by the way light falls on the buildings. It created a picturesque scene everywhere I lay my eyes upon. Doha encapsulates all the different elements of a country perfectly, from its cultural market at Souq Waqif, to the majestic skyscrapers at Corniche, to the vast serenity of sand dunes in the desert. Al Zubarah Fort that stands strong with a rich history provides a juxtaposition for Qatar’s old and new. The desert safari experience is one that I will never forget. The adrenaline rush from the high-speed drifting on the sand dunes was a truly exhilarating experience. In addition, the warm hospitality and friendliness of the locals made my experience in Doha extremely delightful. Being greeted by wide smiles everywhere I go, definitely made the trip enjoyable. Doha - a city I will definitely return to. BIO: Augustine’s passion for photography has brought him on an exciting journey from exhibiting his photographs in different countries to clinching awards. Having several years of experience as a photojournalist for The Republic of Singapore Air Force, Augustine is well equipped with the skills to handle high profile official events and also capturing critical moments. His interest in learning about different cultures all over the world can be seen through the work he’s done on his travels, capturing genuine moments one photograph at a time.

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FEATURE

GREECE

Home to several Greek gods and goddesses, Greece is a full of history, culture, heritage and beauty. From the capital city, Athens, there are numerous islands where visitors can spend a day or two to experience local life and soak up some island fun.

SUN, SAND & MYTHOLOGY Bask in some of Greece’s historical and cultural islands

By Julia Lachica

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Hydra

HYDRA About a two-hours boat ride from Piraeus, Hydra is a small island that takes you to a world away from the busy cities of wherever you came from. Lined with cobble paths, motorised vehicles are forbidden on the island. Getting around the island is pretty easy, you can either walk around, hop on to trusty donkeys, or take a water taxi—small boats that either take you to the other side of the island or to nearby islands. The island has been a hub of art and for artists from all over the world. With the waterfront 18th century villas, chic cafes and restaurant and the various museums, Hydra is an art institute for many. The island has a way of soaking up the worlds trendy aesthetics and making it its own. Despite having not much to do in the island, its laid back nature compels visitors to stay for a couple days, strolling the entire island in a slow pace. Even though its very nearby Athens, it is definitely a world away. AEGINA Despite being one of the more popular island destination out of all the Saronic Islands of Greece, there isn’t much of a crowd you have to squeeze your way

into. The lively nature of the island is what makes Aegina so attractive, from its historical temples and churches to its delectable specialties. A land part of Greek mythology, Aegina was once briefly the capital of Greece and was a rival of Athens. Like Athens, history can be found throughout the island. From the Church of Agios Nektarios and Monetary of the Holy Trinity to the grand Temple of Aphaia, one of the most complete temples in Greece. If monument hopping isn’t really your thing, you can always soak up some vitamin D at the islands many beaches. Marathonas beach is the nearest to Aegina town and is also less crowded compared to Souvala beach that’s slightly further from the town. While having fun under the sun you can snack on pistachios and pistachiobased treats, a favourite on the island. The island of Aegina is about a 40 minute to and hour and 15 minutes by boat from the port of Piraeus. Exploring the island can be done in a day, but if you wish to stay a night or two, there are numerous accommodations for you to book and stay in.

SPETSES A three-hour ferry ride from Piraeus, Spetses has been a holiday destination to many Athenians for decades. From its lush greenery to the historic landmarks, the island of Spetses is a romantic getaway dotted with neoclassical white houses. Similarly, to the island of Hydra, Spetses

does not allow any private vehicles on the island. Only a handful of taxis are available but the island is small enough to explored on foot, bicycle or scooter. You can stroll Dapia, the main port, to the Spetses Museum to learn more about the islands role on the Greek War of Independence. If you are going to Spetses to experience full tranquillity and live like a Greek god or goddess, schedule your visit during its off-season and stay in the islands grandest hotel, the Poseidonion Grand Hotel. A glamourous hotel that overlooks the coast of Peloponnese and the islands piazza. There are other affordable accommodations on the island if you would prefer a humbler vacation.

KEA Alternatively known as Tzia, the island of Kea is an island fitted for the adventurer. Unlike many islands, Kea is not blanketed by flora and fauna, instead it is a beautiful shade of bronze adorned with traditional architectures. Ideal for hikers, the island has various footpaths that you can conquer, majority of the trails can be done in an hour and a half or maybe less. Passing by oak trees, springs, old churches and towers, a hike up the trails of Kea will definitely reward you a picturesque landscape of of the island and its surrounding waters. If you would rather spend time in the water, you can go on a diving trip to discover the islands rich underwater world. Go on a wreck diving tour and discover the 1868 steamship Patris and the HMHS Britannic, the sister ship of the RMS Titanic. Kea is a hotspot for wreck diving and scuba diving thanks to its rich marine life and great visibility. The island is about an hour away from Lavrio, perfect for a day trip, but if you want to do all the activities without feeling rushed, best to stay in anyone of the stonebuilt houses or rooms that are available for rent.

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AUSTRALIA

A GREAT AUSTRALIAN ROAD TRIP Hit up some of Victoria’s scenic routes By Julia Lachica

Visiting cities can get a little tiring. With all the hustle and bustle of cities that barely sleep, going towards the countryside for a day or two can offer so much more than just rejuvenation. Whether it be having a glass of Merlot, driving down one of the world’s most scenic routes or even just sitting by the beach watching the sunset, a short drive from Melbourne will introduce you to some of Victoria’s best short stays and day trips.

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MORNINGTON PENINSULA An hour away from Melbourne, Mornington is a breath of fresh sea air. With an array of local cuisines and gourmet delights, abundant ocean views and seaside towns, and rich wineries. Mornington Peninsula marries both European coastal living and the Australian traditional allure. If you’re after the feeling of relaxing by the beach and still have access to dive into action and be one with the marine life, Mornington Peninsula is the place for you. Here you can go down under… the sea, scuba diving tours and packages are available throughout the beach stretch and if lady luck is by your side, you might even get a chance to swim with dolphins. Apart from swimming and discovering the underwater world, you can try out

the several local eateries and vineyards in the area. Mornington Peninsula is known for its food and wine tours. Foodies will be introduced to local elements such as locally grown truffle, that are in season in June and July, and renowned local wineries and breweries. THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD One of the must-do road-trips in Australia is the Great Ocean Road, and no its not just about driving non-stop. Not only will you get to drive by an iconic scenic route, stopping by a few places will be just as rewarding. The 243-kilometre road doesn’t leave roadtrippers empty throughout. One of the famous stops is Bells Beach in Torquay. If you were hoping to catch some waves during your trip, Bells Beach is the place


The Grampians

The Great Ocean Road Ocean Road and is home to rainforests, waterfalls, beaches and coastlines. With the park being 103,200 hectares, your legs should be well stretched before you head back to the road.

THE GRAMPIANS A three-hour drive from Melbourne, The Grampians is a place for all adventure buffs and for those who wish to be closer to nature. The Grampians has an array of scenic landscapes, surreal lookouts, and native wildlife that will immerse you into the Australian environment. A Grampians trip wouldn’t be complete without walking through the Grampians National Park. Bask in the waterfalls, wildflowers, rock formations and the stunning overall view of the parks ranges. The Grampians National Park is home to at least 900 native plant species and 200 species of animals, some might not even be found anywhere else in the world. Let’s not forget the alluring Mackenzie to be. A paradise for surfers, snorkelers and even skydivers, Bells Beach is packed with activities. If you have no knowledge in surfing, you can get your hands dirty (or wet) by learning how to surf, which will be useful given the fact there will be several other beaches down the road. Further down ahead the road, stretch your legs at the Great Otway National Park. The park covers a large part of the Great

FUN FACT On a clear night and if the conditions are good, the Milky Way can be spotted in the Grampians. So if you’re staying the night in the area, ask some locals the best place to spot the cosmic formation and snap a shot.

Mornington Peninsula

Phillip Island

Falls, one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the Grampians. Mackenzie Falls is not only a tranquil attraction, but you can also have a picnic with your friends and family around the falls’ grounds.

PHILLIP ISLAND Travelling with family? Head down south to Phillip Island for a variety of attractions ideal for both children and adults. Have a picnic by the beach or visit the Churchill Island Heritage Farm to enjoy wagon rides and even try out cow milking. Get up close with some koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre, while they hang around their natural habitat. One of the most popular sights on the island is the Penguin Parade in Summerland beach and watch penguins waddle back to shore after a day of fishing. Don’t miss out on the scenic gems at the cliff-top boardwalks at the Nobbies, and watch the sunset and watch over seals and Seal Rocks. Woolamai beach, the highest point in Phillip Island, is also a great place to sit back and relax with the family. In Woolamai beach, you can have stroll to the Pinnacles and the Cape Woolamai Lighthouse.

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FEATURE

IRELAND

AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Welcome to every outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Cheryl Seet Photo by: XXXX

Home to breathtaking landscapes and great road trips, Ireland never disappoints. Killarney is located in the heart of County Kerry and is decorated with magnificent mountain ranges, beautiful valleys, crystal lakes and a rugged coastline, making it every outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Killarney remains to be a popular base for travellers to explore the rest of the county, be it the scenic Killarney National Park or the famed Ring of Kerry — a scenic drive bringing you around the Iveragh Peninsula.

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• Be spontaneous about straying off the main road and explore some unspoiled landscape off the main Ring route. For example, the route from Glencar to Sneem is known to be extra breathtaking and promises an otherworldly experience.

Skellig Michael

Kerry Way Killarney National Park

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK & THE GAP OF DUNLOE With a total area of 10,235 hectares, Killarney National Park is home to mountains, lakes, lush greenery and waterfalls. The national park also features the native oak woods and yew woods alongside plenty of evergreen trees and shrubs and also an abundance of bryophytes and lichens which blossom in the mild Killarney climate. As you explore the park, keep your eyes peeled for the native red deer that are unique to Ireland and has been present in the country since the last ice age. For those who are more adventurous, opt for a bike-on-boat tour. You can rent a bike and cycle to Ross Castle before carrying your bikes onto a boat to tour the lakes. Then, cycle through the Gap of Dunloe and return back to Killarney thereafter. Contact the Tourist Office or Gap of Dunloe Tours for assistance in organising a bike-on-boat tour.

KERRY WAY The Kerry Way is a long-distance trail that allows you to take in the best of the Iveragh Peninsula through a 213 km journey. If you love hiking, you can challenge yourself with this trail by setting aside 8 to 10 days to walk the entire Kerry Way. Alternatively, the walk can be segmented in 20 to 30 km sections should you prefer to take a shorter trip. As the route is planned around the old ‘green roads’, you will be able to avoid traffic and vehicles while you navigate the wilder side of Kerry each day. Cyclists should also be delighted to know that there are properly paved roads that allow you to complete the RIng of Kerry Cycle Route in 3 to 4 days, making it perfect for a weekend trip.

RING OF KERRY The Ring of Kerry treats you to panoramic views of the ocean and mountain at every turn. The circuit is 175 km long and you’ll be able to complete in within half a day. Tips: • Travel clockwise and head to Kenmare travelling south of the peninsula first. Coach tours travel the opposite direction and you might be stuck in traffic going that way.

SKELLIG MICHAEL A twin-pinnacled crag located 11.6 km from the western tip of the Iveragh Peninsula, did you know that Skellig Michael was inhabited by monks for almost 500 years? Since then, the monastery is still well preserved and you will be impressed by its condition. There are boats taking you to Skellig Michael and they depart from Ballinskelligs, Portmagee and Caherdaniel daily between the months of May and September. However, do keep in mind that departures are dependent on the weather and there is no guarantee that you will be able to dock on the island even on relatively calm days.

CARRAUNTOOHIL Carrauntoohil stands at 1,038m and is Ireland’s highest mountain. Though there are several known routes up Carrauntoohil, the Coomloughra Horseshoe and the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Ridge trail are the two best known routes. One takes you to the second and third highest peaks while the other brings you through six peaks within a day’s walk.

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WHAT IS YOGA? Yoga is both a modern fitness activity and an ancient holistic practice which takes care of our physical, mental and emotional aspects.

to complement cycling. It is believed that the restorative actions of yoga are capable of relieving pain and strengthening the body to prepare it for future trainings.

Yoga offers a multitude of benefits from inside-out for everyone. It can improve the circulatory system, function of internal organs, boost energy and libido, improve concentration and more. Aesthetically, it can improve posture and gait, bring a glow to the skin and impart an overall sense of wellness. It can also offer therapeutic relief from chronic ailments for those who are ailing. Yoga also helps you get stronger, more flexible whilst improving your balance. Postures requiring you to hold your own body weight encourages the growth of muscles and strengthening of bones. Whilst stretching and twisting the body into a variety of postures, practitioners try to maintain a slow and controlled breathing. This directly impacts the nervous system, reducing physical and psychological stress, tension and anxiety. As stress levels are gradually reduced through physical exercises and breath awareness, internal mental chatter ceases and the mind quiets. Negative thoughts and feelings transform into positivity and a sense of well-being. No wonder then, that yoga increases mindfulness and focus. strength for back protection as well as giving your legs greater power, Yoga and Pilates are perfect

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Similar to Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga usually follows a set sequence.

POWER YOGA GETTING STARTED

BENEFITS OF YOGA

ASHTANGA YOGA

There are a number of “styles� of yoga, each having its distinguishing elements. If you are new to yoga, the variety of classes can be mind boggling. Here is a simple guide on some of the most popular yoga classes:

An athletic and intense practice derived from Ashtanga Yoga.

IYENGAR YOGA A form of Hatha Yoga, with emphasis on usage of props such as blocks, strap, rope or wheel.

HATHA YOGA

RESTORATIVE YOGA

Suitable for beginners as the pace is usually slower, allowing the practitioner more time in each posture to get familiarised. Start with basic or beginner level Hatha classes if you are new to yoga.

A slow class with fewer postures held for a longer time. Supported by props with emphasis on relaxation and rest.

BIKRAM HOT YOGA A form of Hatha Yoga following a fixed sequence and dialogue, conducted in 40 degree Celsius heat. An intense yet accessible practice for all levels widely known for its efficiency in delivering therapeutic benefits.

HOT YOGA Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga in a studio usually set to 35-38 degress Celsius heat. Classes may vary widely.

VINYASA YOGA Usually more intensive and dynamic, requiring coordination between breath and movement.

YIN YOGA A slow class with long holds and an emphasis on muscle relaxation and moderate passive stretching of the connective tissues.

YOGA THERAPY For people with specific conditions such as physical injury, pain or mental and emotional stress or trauma. Best experienced as a one on one session for individual ailments.

AROMA YOGA Incorporating use of essential oils during practice, breathing exercises and chakra meditations.


SPORTS+ INJURY PREVENTION 1.

SINGLE LEG SQUAT WITH CLOSED EYES Progressively work your way up to 3 sets of 15 reps

SPORTS INJURY PREVENTION An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. ― Benjamin Franklin Sherwin Goh

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SINGLE LEG BALANCING ON WOBBLE BOARD Balance for 30 secs to 1 min, close your eyes for additional challenge

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SINGLE LEG STAR HOPS Hop from the centre to an edge of the tape and back again, repeat at all the edges. Precision first before speed.

Participating in sports undeniably provide many health benefits, but they also increase the risk of injuries. To combat this heightened risk of injuries, precautionary measures must be taken, and we enter the realm of sports injury prevention. Ways to reduce risk of injuries range from decreasing external risk factors (e.g. wearing protective gear and proper maintenance of the sporting environment), to reducing internal risk factors (e.g. use of proper sport-specific techniques to prevent overuse injuries and improving personal physical fitness). This article will focus on practical methods of training that can be incorporated in your workouts. For starters, it is important to understand the term Progressive Training, which will prevent most injuries that occur due to overuse of certain muscle groups. Progressive training advocates the gradual increase of training volume, through incremental increases in training frequency (no. of trainings/week) or load (e.g. distance or weight/training) session. Your exercise or sport routine should always start with a warm-up, as a warmed muscle requires more force and stretch to produce a muscular tear. Increased muscular temperature increases the speed of nerve transmission and hence muscle contraction speed, reducing reaction time and allows the sportsperson to avoid obstacles that may cause an injury. As different sports require greater usage of certain muscle groups, warm-up exercises should be sport-specific and mimic the actions used during the sport. An example of a warm-up programme for soccer would be the FIFA 11+ Manual, where research has shown a 30-50% reduction in injuries. Cooling-down after your activity should include stretches as they improve the compliance of the muscle-tendon unit. This prevents overloading of the unit, as it can absorb and release more energy, reducing injuries in sports that require jumping and bouncing activities (e.g. badminton and soccer). Strength/resistance training is next on the list that should be done by everyone. Gains in muscular strength as a physiological adaptation from resistance training has long been linked to the prevention of sports injuries. Adaptations include increased thickness and strength of connective tissue (e.g. ligaments and tendons), which enable greater loads and impacts to be tolerated during sporting activities hence minimising injuries.. Lastly, Core Stability, Proprioception and Plyometric training should be done to improve balance, as poor balance has been linked to an increase of two to seven times the rate of injury. Due to the prevalence of ankle and knee sprains, the following injury prevention exercises will target the prevention of these injuries.

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SPORTS+ ROAD CYCLING G N I L C Y C D ROA BEGINNERS FOR Cheryl Seet

In comparison to other sports, cycling is considered to be a relatively low-impact form of exercise which causes less strain and injuries. Plus, cycling is a good muscle workout that utilises all of the major muscle groups as you pedal, making it a suitable beginner’s workout for everyone.

GETTING STARTED It is important to find a bike that fits you and for starters, always have these two elements in mind: saddle height and reach. Adjusting your bike to the right fit can go a long way in helping you in terms of injury prevention and performance optimisation. Your seat should be adjusted to a height that gives your knee only a very slight

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bend when your foot is at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Keep in mind that the saddle height affects the efficiency and power of cycling and there can be a lot of compression caused in the hamstrings it the leg is unable to extend fully. At the same time, having the seat too high or low will risk knee injury. To adjust for proper handlebar reach, ensure that your arms and torso make a 45-degree angle over the bike. If they are too far away, you will find yourself aching in the lower back and if they are too near, your knees will be too close to your arms.

on leg speed first rather than power. Consider pedalling with high cadence on flat roads instead of taking on steep hills before you have developed sufficient

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strength to support that ride. If you are over developing within a short frame of time, your joints might not be able to keep up and you increase the chance of injuries. If you’re looking to build your core strength for back protection as well as giving your legs greater power, Yoga and Pilates are perfect to complement cycling. It is believed that the restorative actions of yoga are capable of relieving pain and strengthening the body to prepare it for future trainings.

When it comes to training, remember to devise a good training schedule for yourself which builds up to longer distances and intensities over time as compared to launching straight into long distance rides. As a rule of thumb, you should never increase your weekly cycling mileage by more than 10% each week. Schedule for rest days or easy cycling, especially after high-intensities rides, to allow for your body to recover properly and prevent common overuse injuries. In the early stages, it is better to work


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TAIWAN

COASTAL ESCAPADE Journey to Taiwan’s southernmost coast! Cheryl Seet Photo by: XXXX

Located on the Hengchun Peninsula of Pingtung County, Kenting National Park (more commonly known as Kenting), is Taiwan’s oldest and southernmost national park. The area is well known for its tropical climate, sunshine, scenic mountain views as well as breathtaking beaches. From enjoying picturesque sunsets and exploring the marine wonders under the sea to reacquainting with mother nature in the national parks, there’s something for everyone.

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Kenting Night Market

Kenting National Forest

there’s also a good pick of hotels, hostels and B&Bs on the main street. Alternatively, opt for a hotel along the waterfront for an amazing seaview from your balcony.

If you’re someone who seeks novel experiences or simply have a love for marine creatures, spend a night at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) and enjoy several behind-the-scenes activities that are specially curated for the sleepover package. Visitors can get up close and personal with the marine life residing at the aquarium, and get a better understanding of the job scope of marine biologists. Some highlights include witnessing afterhour feedings, visiting the intertidal touch tanks and watching the beluga whales have their breakfast. To top it all off, you get to choose your sleeping area next to your preferred marine creatures.

Address: 201 Kenting Park Rd., Hengchun Town, Pingtung County Cost: NT $100 (~SGD $4.40) on weekdays, NT $150 (SGD $6.70) on weekends KENTING STREET NIGHT MARKET Spanning over 2 km along Kenting’s main street, this is where you will find popular Taiwanese bites from flame grilled steak and shallot pancakes to stinky tofu and deep-fried milk. Grab a cup of bubble tea, try your hand at some games and pick up some souvenirs for your trip.

Explore the Coast WHERE TO STAY:

KENTING NATIONAL FOREST RECREATION AREA The forest recreation area spans over an area of 150 hectares and is situated at an elevation of 300m above sea level. This is where you can observe beautiful limestone caves, cliffs, canyons, stalagmites and stalactites and other geological wonders.

THINGS TO DO: EXPLORE THE COAST Hop on an electric scooter and travel along Kenting’s stunning coastline at your own pace. Some of the iconic sights include Chuan Fan Shi Rock, Eluanbi Lighthouse, Taiwan Southernmost Point and Longpan Park. Cost: NT $500 - $700 (~SGD$ 22.20 $31.10) per day

Address: 2 Houwan Road, Checheng, Pingtung, 944, Taiwan, R.O.C. Cost: NT $2,380 (~SGD $105.85) per pax

WATER ACTIVITIES There is no lack of water activities for you to choose from — banana boat rides, surfing, jet skiing, snorkelling or scuba diving, just to name a few. Most activity vendors would provide a selection of packages that vary in the number and type of activities and you can choose one that suits you best.

Otherwise, it is recommended to stay right in the heart of Kenting. Lined with shops providing food, souvenirs, and bike rentals

Address: No.223, Nanwan Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

ATV RIDES Jiupeng Desert is home to the largest sand dunes in Taiwan, with some measuring over 30 metres in height. Covered in soft white sand, the beach is best known as an ATV paradise, but is equally suitable for swimming and camping. Address: Gangzai Rd., Manzhou Township, Pingtung County 947, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Getting There & Around Hop on the Kenting Express Bus from THSR Zuoying Station in Kaohsiung. The round trip ticket will cost you NT $600 (~SGD $26.67) and you will be able to arrive in Kenting in 2 hours. If you’re not comfortable with getting around on a scooter, there are shuttle buses in operation which can take you around Kenting.

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JAPAN

OKINAWA’S TROPICAL COLLECTION Go on an island hopping adventure in Okinawa Julia Lachica Photo by: XXXX

Comprising of more than 150 islands, the Japanese Prefecture of Okinawa is a collection of tropical beaches and lively coral reefs. Okinawa is known for its tropical climate, attracting both local and foreign visitors, as well as its fascinating marine life. With different sets of archipelagos, the islands of Okinawa should not be missed. Here are some of Okinawa’s favourite islands for weekend getaways.

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MIYAKO ISLAND About 190 miles away from the main island of Okinawa, Miyako-jima is the largest— the fourth largest island in the Okinawa prefecture—and the most populated island among the Miyako archipelago. The island is an island destination is a hit to both locals and tourists, home to beautiful beaches and unforgettable sights. The surrounding waters of the island is arguably one of the clearest in Okinawa. The transparency of the Miyako-jima’s waters attract not only beach goers but as well as divers from far and wide. One of the islands more famous beaches is the Yonaha Maehama Beach. A seven kilometre stretch of fine white sand, vibrant blue ocean beach with a stunning view of the Kuruma Ohashi, a connecting bridge between Miyako-jima and Kuruma-jima.

Most of the beaches in Miyako-jima offers snorkelling tours for you to discover and explore the islands marine life. There are many beach-entry snorkelling sights in the island, one of the best site is Yoshino Beach, with schools of colourful fish and lively corals residing just near the shore! Best to stay on the island for at least a couple of days! Besides, Miyako-jima is connected to four other islands that are easily accessible through its connecting bridges. By staying on the island of at least two days, not only will you be able to discover the island in a more relaxed paced but you will be able to take a full day-trip discovering the other four islands. KERAMA ISLANDS An archipelago of coral-fringed islands, Kerama islands is a beautiful collective 36


islands with only four inhabited—Aka-jima, Tokashiki-jima, Zamami-jima, and Gerumajima. Just 20 miles west of Okinawa’s main island, Kerama islands is perfect for island-hopping, snorkelling and even whale watching. The idyllic island paradise is perfect for soaking up the sun and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. One of the less visited island is Aka-jima. Unlike Zamami-jima and Tokashiki-jima, Aka-jima is easily looked past because it is significantly smaller than the two but despite this, Aka-jima is packed with fun activities and delectable cuisines. With Aka-jima being small, exploring the island by bike is highly recommended. Beaches usually offer water activities such as snorkelling and kayaking, and if you’re lucky, you might get to catch a few deer’s walk pass the beach! In Geruma-jima, a unique local restaurant will serve you colourful dishes that included lots of flowers. In Trattoria Bar Gnon every meal seems to be a masterpiece the exudes simplicity and creativity. The dishes are made entirely from local ingredients, even the colourful flowers! With all the island hopping you can do in the Kerama islands, best to stay for at least three days during the shoulder seasons to avoid the crowds! HATERUMA ISLAND Japan’s southernmost island, Hateruma is a small and peaceful island with a humble population of 600 people. The island is part of the Yaeyama Archipelago, which is popular among many of the city dwellers. The islands most visited attraction is Nishihara beach, in which has a vibrant and lively coral reef nearby the shore. Nishihara beach is famous for its fine sand, unlike the other beaches in the are which has rocks rather than sand. Apart from the beach, majority of the island remain undiscovered. With endless scenic fields of green plantations and a painting-like views. The coral island of Hateruma is small

enough for you to explore by bike. Many would come to the island for day trips from Ishigaki island but there are accommodations available in Hateruma for visitors to stay in for a night of two, some may even have bike rentals that would be cheaper. Despite the island’s small size, staying a night would be ideal as the island gives off a relaxed feeling. Rushing to explore the island will just be a waste of energy. KUME ISLAND Approximately 60 miles west from the Okinawa main land, Kume-jima is one of the many islands part of the Okinawa islands. Known to be one of the most beautiful islands amongst the Okinawa island, Kume-jima is filled with beautiful beaches and untouched beauty. Despite the island being a popular getaway for many of the locals, the beaches in the island is still generally less busy than the ones on Okinawa Honto. One of the most visited beaches in Kume-jima is Hatenohama beach, a seven kilometre white sand bar surrounded by emerald blue waters. The beach, however, can only be accessed by joining a tour. Similar to the many of the surrounding archipelago, rulers settled in the island and constructed castles as a power move. It wasn’t till the 1500’s was the castle taken over by the Ryukyu Kingdom. Head to Uegusuku Castle Ruins to witness what remained from before the 16th century, the castle looks over the East China Sea and the whole island. YONAGUNI ISLAND Also part of the Okinawa archipelago, Yonaguni island is a small island that only takes about an hour to be explored by car, though the island is more ideal to be explored by bicycle. Despite being such a small island, Yonaguni-jima is packed with places and activities you can experience, from the pristine beaches to the mysterious underwater world. Many of those who visit Yonaguni-

jima would often go for the incredible deep sea diving experience. Dubbed to be the ‘Japanese Atlantis’, the Yonaguni Monument has fascinated everyone from archaeologists, scientists and mystery enthusiasts after being being discovered in 1986. The structure of the ruins is said to be dated back to thousands of years and even with its discovery, there is yet to be revealed about the ruins’ past. Take note, the site of the ruins is also a hot bed for hammer head sharks and Anbonia (a type of highly poisonous snail which can be found under the sea), be sure to sign in with a scuba diving agency or group to be safe. Because of the island being nearly untouched, Yonaguni-jima has an impressive number of pristine beaches. In Hikawa beach, despite being famous to many of the island visitors, it is still not as

crowded and is suitable for swimming and snorkelling. The island also has a variety of rock formations and cliffs, such as the Kuburadake, which is a conservation site for rare birds and trees. The Island can be explored in a day, but if you want to soak up its laid back environment, best to stay in the island only hotel or any of the Minshuku—family operated bed and breakfast.

Getting There Okinawa is well connected in terms of air travel, with numerous flights departing from Singapore to Okinawa everyday. Domestic flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Shizuoka, Ishikawa, Kobe, Nagoya and Fukuoka are also available to Naha Airport. There are also flights from the mainland islands to Ishigaki or Miyako. If you wish to travel to Okinawa’s vast array of islands, you would either have to take a ferry or airplane to get around.

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SOUTH KOREA

SOUTH KOREA’S HIDDEN GEM: ULLEUNGDO Uncover the secrets of this mysterious island. Cheryl Seet Photo by: XXXX

THINGS TO DO: Ulleungdo

Dokdo

Situated approximately 120 km east of the Korean Peninsula lies Ulleungdo, an island born out of a catastrophic volcanic explosion some 10,000 years ago in the East Sea. Ulleungdo barely has any flat land and is home to stunning geological wonders such as mountain ridges, cliffs, caves and rocky shorelines. This island is South Korea’s hidden gem, and this is where you’ll get an opportunity to take a peek into the Korean island life while at the same time escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

SEONGINBONG PEAK The Ulleungdo we speak of is, in fact, the top portion of a large stratovolcano which rises from the seafloor, reaching a maximum elevation of 984m at Seonginbong Peak. The peak is located in the centre of Ulleungdo and promises astonishing views of the entire island as well as the Nari Basin. If you’re keen on hiking to the top, there are several suggested routes that one can choose based on their own comfort level. For most, it is suggested that you begin your hike at the KBS Relay Station. NARI BASIN Since Ulleungdo is one large volcanic relic, Nari Basin is the only flat area on the island. As a caldera basin, its land is well

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DOKDO ISLAND OBSERVATORY CABLE CAR Head over to Dodong Yaksu Park where the Dokdo Island Observatory Cable Car is located. As you travel up to Manghyanbong Peak, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of Ulleungdo. Plus if you’re there when the sky is clear, you’ll be treated to views of Dokdo Island that is situated 92 km away from Ulleungdo. Tip: Go for an early morning ride to catch the sunrise as it illuminates the island!

drained and is made up of fertile volcanic ash soil. You can make your way down to Nari Basin after hiking up Seonginbong Peak and you’ll find that you’ve crossed Ulleungdo on foot. Keep your eyes peeled for the traditional houses (tumakjip) located within the basin. HAENGNAM COASTAL WALKING PATH The coastal walking path brings you along the periphery of Ulleungdo, featuring steep rugged cliffs alongside pebble beaches. During the walk, you’ll be able to witness first hand the mighty rock formations, lush forests and also the marine ecosystem and flora of Ulleungdo. Finally, have the Haengnam Lighthouse greet you at the end of the walking path and take in the beautiful scenery from the nearby observatory.

BONGNAE WATERFALL Bongnae Waterfall is a 25 metre, threetiered waterfall which doubles as the main source of drinking water for the residents of the surrounding area. Take a sip of water from the falls to cool yourselves down after trekking to the falls. While you’re there, visit the nearby Punghyeol (also known as “natural air-conditioner). During the summer, cool, subterranean air blows from these rock openings. Tip: Due to unexpected incidents of landfall, there may be limited access to this area. Visitors should visit the official website for updates when planning for their travels. DOKDO Located 87.4km from Ulleungdo lies Dokdo Island — an isolated group of volcanic islands and rocks on the east coast of South Korea. Dokdo is a protected natural reserve that is home to a couple of rare and endangered bird species. Due to the geographical location and small size of Dokdo, weather can be harsh and ferries

can only dock on the island once every forty days on average. If the weather is favourable, consider taking a half-day trip to visit this beautiful island! The only way to get to Dokdo is via Ulleungdo and ferries depart from Ulleungdo twice a day.

THINGS TO EAT: There are several food items unique to Ulleungdo and you should give them a go: Honghap Bap (seasoned rice with mussels), Sanchae Bibimbap (rice mixed with local sprouts and roots), Yakso Bulgogi (Barbecued beef), Squid and Hobak Yeott (squash candy).

Getting There Ulleungdo is only accessible by ferry and there are three terminals on the South Korean mainland which provide ferry services — Gangneung, Mukho and Pohang (they are all easily accessible from Seoul). However, do keep in mind that ferries will not run during bad weather and you should always keep a lookout for the forecast and have a backup plan. You can dial the 1330 travel hotline before your departure to check on updates. On Ulleungdo, public buses link the two main towns of Dodong and Jeodong while making stops at popular attractions such as the Bongnae Waterfall, Nari Basin and Gwaneum-do Island. Buses are known to be pretty accurate and you can pick up updated bus schedules from the tourist information booths in both Dodong and Jeodong. Alternatively, you can get around the island by hiring a taxi (approximately SGD$110 per day).

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TRAVEL TIPS These tips have been curated to help navigate and prepare you for short breaks - no matter the destination. Whether it’s a weekend away to a neighbouring country, or if you’re travelling further abroad and spending little time in many places, we have you covered.

Rest Up When you cram everything into a short amount of time, you’ll likely tire out. Allow yourself to rest and recover every chance you get, such as when you’re in a plane or enjoying a meal. You’ll be able to fully experience and enjoy the activities, rather than being sleepy and lazy.

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Freebies Be Organised If you’re visiting many places in short periods of time, you want to make sure you have everything organised and planned to a tee. Due to your hectic schedule, you don’t want to have to worry about getting from point A to point B, be sure to plan your route and connection well in advance. It doesn’t hurt to make a plan B too!

Almost every city has rewarding things that you can do for free. Begin by taking a look at the local tourist board, which might often list free walking tours, bike tours and more. Alternatively, check out parks, riversides and architecture that you can explore on a self-guided walking tour. You might even find yourselves coming across cafes and bars serving cheaper and authentic refreshments as compared to those in the mainstream tourist areas.

Pack Light When you’re traveling for short stays, the last thing you want to do is overpack. Make sure to pack the bare essentials that you need. Only prepare for the environment and activities in your itinerary. You don’t want to be lugging around unnecessary weight.

Take It In

Safety First Safety should always be your number one priority when traveling. Due to the unknown environment, you are at a far greater risk of injury or sickness when abroad. This is especially true when you are constantly moving and following a busy schedule. Take your time and think carefully. Bring a small medic pack with you, this will help greatly for minor injuries and will come in handy if your not close to a medical facility

Short breaks and mini stays are a fantastic way to experience a destination in a minimal amount of time. Be sure to take in the culture, food and sights, as it is very easy to overlook the gems of a destination when you only have a short period of time. The last thing you want after spending the time and money for a trip, is to miss out the aspects that make that destination special.


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SILENCE IS GOLDEN The headphones are excellent at cancelling static noises coming from planes, trains and automobiles. On top of that, the headphones are also capable of tackling non-vehicular noises such as voices — exactly what the avid traveller needs when commuting onboard a full flight. Plus, configure your preferred settings in the

As much as travel is about accumulating fresh experiences and taking on new adventures, you just can’t seem to escape the tedious journeys sometimes — long flights, never-ending train rides and meandering through congested traffic. This is precisely the reason why our welltravelled counterparts would often advise to pack a set of headphones for the road. They might just be the perfect gateway to filter out the constant chatter, catch up on some sleep in peace or simply chilling out to your favourite jams. Tasked with such importance, we can’t trust just any headphone to do the job. Thankfully for us, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is now here to save the day.

Automatic Power Off section to filter out surrounding noises even when you’re not listening to any music. With Atmospheric Pressure optimisation, pressure sensors have the ability to adjust the frequency response and microphone sensitivity of the headphones for improved performance at high altitude, ensuring that the quality of your music is not compromised.

BE IN CONTROL OF WHAT YOU HEAR The Quick Attention feature allows you to make conversations without the need of removing your headphones. Simply place your hand over the touch sensor and you’ll be able to catch in-flight announcements or converse with the flight attendants should you need assistance. Keep your hands free while you’re on the move as you can shuffle your music, adjust the volume and take phone calls simply by tapping or swiping the right touch sensor. To further enhance your experience, have Google Assistant and Siri assist you with just a single tap. POWERED FOR THE ROAD With a full charge, the headphones are all set to provide you with 30 hours worth of playback and will be a perfect companion for your travels. When you’re pressed for time, you’ll also be thankful for the headphone’s ability to provide you with 5 hours worth of playback after a 10 minute charge.

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REGION

A STONE’S THROW AWAY Travelling for the weekend has never seemed so near Julia Lachica Photo by: XXXX

With numerous amounts long weekend holidays, spending it somewhere near the city can get very dull and tiring. With only a weekend to get away the hectic and fast-paced lifestyle, a short escape to some of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful places would be just the right thing to calm and re-energise one’s overworked mind, body and soul.

Bintan Bali BALI From its vast natural beauty to the pristine waters surfers call paradise, Bali is no stranger to those looking for a short trip that has nature and urban adventure. Charming visitors with its dramatic sceneries and colourful culture, there is definitely find something for everyone in Bali. With a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary, the busy streets of Bali is lined with modernised shops and religious temples that compliment one another.

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Lets not forget about the islands food scene. Get your hands on some mouth-watering Nasi Campur and refresh yourself by the beach with a coconut in hand.

BINTAN one of the closest islands to Singapore, Bintan is the perfect island getaway for family, friends and even those who would rather spend the weekend alone. About an hour away from Singapore, resorts and hotels in Bintan allows you to do fun activities such as eco-tours and various


water-sports or do absolutely nothing while you lay by the white sand beach. Getting There There are three ferry operators that depart from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal. The ferry ride estimates about 50 minutes to an hour from Singapore to Bintan. Best to arrange a pick-up from Bandar Bentan Telani with your resort or hotel to make travelling to your accommodations much more smoother and stress free.

Tioman Island Cameron Highlands TIOMAN ISLAND One of Malaysia’s best kept secret, Tioman Island is packed with things to do and discover. The island is a paradise of white sand beaches and dive sites for the water enthusiasts. The waters surrounding the island is ideal to not only discover some of Malaysia’s underwater world, but it is

CAMERON HIGHLANDS Situated in the hilly region at the westernmost part of the Pahang state, Cameron Highlands offers a serene getaway fit for the entire family. Take your time and have a cup of tea at the tea plantations, pluck some fresh strawberries and stroll along the many orchards and gardens. If you are not a fan of the heat, Cameron Highlands is the place for you. The climate never gets too hot, allowing strawberries to grow all year round. If sipping tea and picking strawberries isn’t your thing, you can also try out hiking Cameron Highlands’ Mossy Forest. Hike along its lush green vegetation while being blanketed by cooling air and mist.

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also one of the best place to earn a divers certification. If you aren’t up for a little diving into the sea, maybe diving into the lush green forests would do the trick. One of the island’s main attraction, Asah waterfalls, can be reached by trekking through the jungle starting from the village of Mukut of Asah. Did you know? Tioman Island was chosen to be the filming location for the late 50’s movie ‘South Pacific’ thanks to its white sand beaches and pristine waters!

The fast-becoming tourist destination is filled with activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding, and it also has a variety of artisan cafes and restaurants. One of the most famous destination on the island is Railay beaches and caves. Despite being connected to the mainland, Railay seems to be worlds away. Having maintained its natural beauty for so long, Railay beach offers more that white sands and pristine waters. Limestone caves, cliffs and even hidden lagoons inside the cliffs are open to those who wish to explore. KOH SAMUI Thailand’s largest island, Koh Samui rests in the Gulf off the eastern coast of Thailand. Known for its beaches and rainforests, the island is fringed with palm trees and is surrounded with small islands available for you to explore.

Go on an island hopping tour, from the island of Koh Phangan to Koh Tao, each island holds their own charm. If chilling by the turquoise beach isn’t the right fit for you, there are several cafes, restaurants and bars that are lit up during both day and night.

Getting There & Around Flights to Koh Samui takes about an hour and 50 minutes, with direct departures from Singapore via Singapore Airline or Bangkok Airways.

KRABI Whether you’re looking for a food trip, an adventurous getaway, or simply to relax by the beach, Krabi has it all laid out for you.

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EVENTS SINGAPORE JAN 20

Singapore Duathlon 2019 Venue: Angsana Green, East Coast Park Category: Standard, Sprint, Mini, Junior, Youth, Kids

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Spartan Stadion Venue: National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub Category: 5km, 20-obstacle race

FEB 17

Surf N Sweat Venue: Palawan Beach, Sentosa Category: Beach Sporting Event MetaSprint Series Singapore 2019 – Aquathlon Venue: Palawan Beach, Sentosa Category: Sprint, Discovery, Youth, Kids, Gems Splash & Dash

APR 28

MetaSprint Series Singapore 2019 – Triathlon Venue: East Coast Park Category: Sprint, Discovery, Youth, Kids, Gems Scootathlon

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Singapore Urban Polo Venue: Marina Bay Category: Urban Polo

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The 9 Dragons Ultra Venue: Kowloon Category: 50 Mile, 50km, 50/50 Country: Kowloon, Hong Kong

Super League Triathlon Singapore Venue: ONE15 Marina Category: Pros, U19 Junior, Corporate

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Spartan Sydney Urban Sprint Venue: Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park Category: 5km, 20-23 obstacles race Country: Sydney, Australia

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MetaSprint Series Singapore 2019 – Duathlon Venue: F1 Village Category: Sprint, Discovery, Youth, Kids, Gems Super Scoot

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2XU Compression Singapore Run 2019 Venue: F1 Pit Building Category: 5km, 10km, 21.1km Mizuno Women’s Run 2019 Venue: Clarke Quay Central Category: 2km, 5km

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Spartan Melbourne Venue: Tooradin Estate Category: Sprint, Super, Combo, Kids Race, Hurricane Heat Country: Melbourne, Australia

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Tokyo Marathon 2019 Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Category: 10km, 42.195km Country: Tokyo, Japan

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Nagoya Women’s Marathon Venue: Nagoya Dome Category: 42.195km Country: Nagoya, Japan

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Seoul Marathon Venue: Gwanghwamun Plaza Category: 10km, 42.195km Country: Seoul, South Korea

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Tour de Bintan 2019 Venue: Bintan Lagoon Resort/ Plaza Lagoi/ Simpang Lagoi Category: 17km, 55km, 82km, 111km, 140km Country: Bintan

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Kyoto Marathon 2019 Venue: Nishikyogoku Athletic Park Category: 42.2km Marathon, Pair-Ekiden (24km, 18km) Country: Kyoto, Japan Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon Venue: Tsim Sha Tsui Category: 410km, 21.0975km, 42.195km Country: Hong Kong Kaohsiung MIZUNO International Marathon Venue: Kaohsiung World Games Stadium Category: 4.5km, 25km, 42.195km Country: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Daegu International Marathon Venue: Gukchaebosang Memorial Park Category: 10km, 42.195km Country: Daegu, South Korea


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Sam Hopkinson (6 Goals) Sam Hopkinson is in the top rank of world polo players, playing for New Zealand regularly on the international stage and playing professionally for the last 15 years. Sam's love for the game has to do with his passion for horses. He has played in some of the polo world’s biggest and most prestigious tournaments. The pro player has saddled up alongside renowned celebrities and even princes William and Harry, adding to this he has captained the Rodd and Gunn team to winning the prestigious New Zealand Open on 3 occasions.

Ali Reda (1 Goal) Ali has participated in tournaments around the region, including Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Argentina, Korea, Thailand and Dubai. Ali, the principal founder of a boutique design firm ar+d caught the "polo bug" while creating the well-known Desert Palm Polo Estate in Dubai, UAE. Ali has been playing for the last ten years at SPC and he plays off +1 handicap and is currently the Polo Captain at the Singapore Polo Club.

Alec White (5 Goals) Alec a full time professional player has just come off an amazing year in England where he won the Queens Cup (one of the most prestigious trophies in world polo) for the second time in his career. A very exciting player to watch who is electric in attack and can score goals from anywhere in the field. (Alec White holding the cup from second right)

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DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS SINGAPORE

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Anytime Fitness (Bukit Panjang) Bodacious Bar & Bistro Cali @Rochester Fitness First (Connexis) Fitness First (Mapletree Business City) Fitness First (Westgate Mall) Fitness First (The Metropolis) Fitness First (321 Clementi) Fitness First (Junction 10) Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library (reading copies) INSEAD (reading copies) King Edward VII Hall Ministry of Adventure Music Library (reading copies) NewBase Singapore NUH Diagnostic Imaging NUH Rehabilitation Centre On The Table Physioconnect@Lakeside Registrar of Newspapers (reading copies) SAFRA Jurong Science Library Singapore Yacht Club UFIT (Galaxis Building) UFIT Clinic (Galaxis Building) University Scholars Club (reading copies) UWCSEA Dover Campus

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CENTRAL/ SOUTH 1-Habit 5 Little Monkeys Café 6 oz Espresso Bar Adventure 21 Adventure Gear Post Air Mauritius (reading copies) American Club Library Anytime Fitness (Balestier) Anytime Fitness (Bukit Timah) Anytime Fitness (Paya Lebar) Arcteryx Atlas Eye Specialist Centre Pte Ltd B3 Beary Best Hostel Bike Haus Brewerkz (Tanglin) Brewerkz (Riverside Point) Brunches Café (Reading Copies) BYX (The Bicycle Shop) Caffe Vergnano Camper’s Corner Club HDB, Leisure & Learning Centre Core Collective Crescendas Hospitality Management Pte Ltd Drips Bakery Café

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Enbu F45 Amoy F45 Holland Village F45 Novena F45 Orchard F45 River Valley F45 Siglap F45 Tiong Bahru FAME Fisher BnB Fitness First (Robinson) Fitness First (Paragon) Fitness First (George St) Fitness First (The Cathay) Fitness First (One Raffles Quay) Fitness First (MBFC) Fitness First (Bank of Singapore Centre) Fitness First (100AM) Fitness First (Bugis Junction) Fitness First (City Square Mall) Fitness First (SingPost Centre) FRESH+ Garuda Airlines Ground Up Climbing Gymkraft H. I S. Travel (reading copies)

Helphealsg HomeTeam NS Chinatown Hotel Jen Tanglin (reading copies) Hounds of the Baskervilles Huggs (The Clift) Huggs (AXA Building) International Hotel & Resort Marketing International Medical Clinic ISS International School (21 Preston) ISS International School (25 Preston) James Cook University Jet Airways (reading copies) JiBiru Japanese Bar Joe & Dough (Millenia Walk) Juggernaut Studio Keppel Club Kith Café (Spottiswoode) Kith Café (Cairnhill) Kith Café (Millennia Walk) Kith Café (Watermark @ Robinson Quay) Kith Café (Winsland House II) Kizuki + LIM Leeden Classic Lennox & Ooi Media Pte Ltd Lowercase Cafe M Social Hotel


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Anytime Fitness (Hougang) Bakerzin Fitness First (AMK Hub) Gearaholic SAFRA Yishun Seager Inc Sync Cycle Indoor Cycling

Anytime Fitness (Marine Parade) Art of Yoga Athlete’s Lab Burp Kitchen & Bar (Bedok) Burp Kitchen & Bar (Tanjong Katong) BXG Boxing & Fitness Cali @ Changi Changi Sailing Club Civil Service Club Changi Dog & Bone Café Fitness First (Tampines Central) Fitness First (UE Biz Hub) Kate Porter Yoga Little Island Brewing Co Merchants National Library Board (reading copies) Oompf Fitness RAD Station Scissors Art Salon (Joo Chiat) Smokeys SURFSET SUTD Singapore University of Technology and Design The Coastal Settlement The Moving Body (Tides Building) The Planet Traveller (Changi Airport) The Plant Story The Rock School (Bedok Community Centre) The Rock School (Our Tampines Hub) The Strength Yard UWCSEA East Campus

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Management Development Institute of Singapore, MDIS Molly Malone’s (reading copies) Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore Old Habits One Farrer Hotel Onsite Orpheus Dive Outdoor Life (Velocity @ Novena) Outdoor Life (Plaza Singapura) Outdoor Sports Travel Outdoor Venture Outside Shop Owls Brew OYEYO Boulder Home Pacific Healthcare Specialist Centre Park Regis Singapore Platinum Fitness Pure Fitness (Ocean Financial Centre) (reading copies) Pure Fitness (Asia Square Towers) (reading copies) Pure Fitness (Ngee Ann City Podium Block) (reading copies) Pure Yoga (Chevron House) (reading copies)

Pure Yoga (Ngee Ann City Towers) Pure Yoga (Asia Square Towers) Raw Active Real Food (Orchard Central) Real Food (South Beach Tower) Regency House Service Apartments Scissors Art Salon (Binjai Park) Segafreddo Simply Sandwich Singapore Polo Club Sports Affinity Sports Centre Sports Hub Library Sports Solutions Stirling Highway (reading copies) Subway (Shaw Towers) Tanglin Club The Book Café Pte Ltd The Brave Shapes Co. The Butcher’s Kitchen The Clueless Goat The Garage The InnCrowd Backpackers Hostel The Loft Gym The Moving Body (Robertson Walk) The Moving Body (Guthrie House)

The PIT Singapore The Planet Traveller (Paragon) The Planet Traveller (Marina Square) The Pod @ Beach Road The Quarters Hostels Tourism Australia Tourism Authority of Thailand Singapore Office Treknology 3 Tuck Shop UFIT (OG Orchard Point) UFIT (Amoy) UFIT Clinic (Raffles Quay) UFIT Clinic (Orchard Central) UFIT Crossfit (Hoe Chiang Road) UFIT Crossfit (Turf Club Road) Upside Motion (reading copies) Warung M Nasir Wheeler’s Yard Woobbee X-Boundaries YMCA

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SNAPSHOT

Komodoark National P

Located in the eastern part of Indonesia, an hour flight from Bali and another hour away via speedboat from the town of Labuan Bajo, the Komodo National Park is fringed with pristine waters, beaches and untouched wildlife.

Padar Island

Manta Point

Pink Beach

Komodo Island

Activity: Hiking

Activity: Swim with Manta Rays

Activity: Snorkelling and Diving

Activity: Dragon spotting

Just off the shores of Komodo Island lies one of the world’s richest marine environments. In Manta Point, which has a few points scattered around the islands, you are given the opportunity to swim with majestic manta rays. Though sometimes manta rays may not be the ones to welcome you, Manta Point has seen some other creatures such as schools of fish, turtles, and even sharks swim by.

Fringing the shores of Komodo Island, Pink Beach is the perfect place to sit back and relax. One of the seven pink beaches found around the world, Pink Beach is not only famous for its pastel pink sand, but its is also popular among snorkelers. The island is home to enchanting and diverse dive sites that is perfect for anyone. Since the island is well-preserved and protected, thousands of marine life reside in the waters of Komodo.

Home to the world’s largest living lizard, Komodo Island is known to be the habitat of the Komodo Dragon. Though many of the islands under Komodo National Park is home to these giants, Komodo Island is home to a significant amount. If you wish to see some Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat, there are tours you can sign up for!

Third largest island amongst the rest of the islands that make up Komodo National Park, after Komodo and Rinca, Padar island is not as popular but is just as beautiful. Famed for is scenic panorama, turquoise blue sea and several islets surround Padar island. The best way to see this mesmerising view? By trekking to the top of the hill. The climb would only take about 15-20 minutes, but that would differ whether you’re an experienced hiker or not. Tip: Make sure you wear proper footwear when hiking in Padar Island, the paths tend to be quite slippery, rocky, and some slopes are more than 45 degrees.

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Tip: Make sure to follow the instructions of the guide when you’re out looking for komodo dragons, these creatures can get feisty when provoked!


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