Thursday, December 07, 2006
my mei's entry
okok i noe i lack originality but hey, i couldn't get a better description of what really happened @ e marathon. we had fun! so much fun tt we're looking forward to volunteering for this event nxt year XD
sad thing is we didn't manage to take photos, but i guess this sort of experience is really rare, gettin to pass drinks to e runners & stuff...
btw, work has really been drainin e hell out of me. i'm too tired to play games, read e newspapers or watch tv. all for e sake of money. hell...
Monday, December 04, 2006
i've been quiet for awhile, again.
standard chartered marathon was darn cool. if you dont know what that is, it's about running around looking for money for 42.195km.haha.. quantas, barbie, jie and me volunteered for the event as drink station helpers.. partly because of the free adidas apparel. okay, you didnt read that (: haha. prep for the marathon was supposed to start at 3am so we had to meet at 10pm the day before and blah blah blah. i shall spare you the details about the nuts. heh. we didnt catch any sleep due to some bloodsuckers so yep.. we were half asleep most of the time.
reached padang at about 2 plus 3 am where we had to report to our station leaders. mine was uh.. nevermind. we got our much awaited shirt- yah yah the adidas apparel- and a big goodie bag with only a few things inside- poncho, breakfast, water and a itsy bitsy bottle of sunblock. the moon was really BRIGHT. damn, now the bright white smint jingle is in my head. as i was saying the moon was big and BRIGHT and round. chang er must have been sleeping cos i didnt see her (: we got onto the bus which would send us to our stations. i sat beside this ntu student called denise. she and her uni orientation group volunteered together and that was their 2nd time volunteering.. damn cool lah. they were all extremely awake and zi high. denise asked me about jc and stuff and told me she was from st nicks and vj and her sis was from cedar. the GL overheard our conversation and started ranting about his Os.. how he topped his sec sch with 8 points and denise went
' aiyah, if i was in your sch i wont be the top student. i will be second, because i got 9.'
they got down at some ulu place where station 26 was. i think.
our station 11h was at republic ave- halfway mark of the marathon. it's rather ulu, with very pretty trees on either sides.haha. pretty trees. oh. the roads were blocked so some of us were jaywalking like we paid double road tax. we slept on the pavement like a bunch of construction workers while the 100 plus guys as in not one hundred plus guys but the isotonic- drink guys prepared 100 plus. haha. woke at abt 5 plus to pour the drinks into the cups. the marathon started at 6am and first few runners ran past abt 6.30 plus. they are so swift, skinny and scary. all the kenyan runners i suppose. they swiped at the whole row of drinks and toppled almost all of them just to get that one cup of 100 plus which was reduced to 1/4 a cup because they squeezed the cup too hard. this is what i call SIAO. and when some of us held out cups of water for them to take/swipe, darn, because of their incredible speed they didnt manage to take the cup from us properly so they got empty cups instead. cheh. make us guilty only.
anyway, the korean, china, sg and ang moh runners came along later. i saw ms lee, mr tay and mr goh! (: they were among the faster group of sg runners. if you cant imagine how the marathon's like, try thinking about the lion king scene of the wildebeest stampede where musfasa died.
everyone got bored gradually as we began to see more flabs than abs. all the slacker runners, talking on the phone, smsing. there was this man that told his friend "aye, my outgoing calls not free okay!" so there were 2 extremes, the chionging runners and the slackers. oh. and the funny runners.. eating bananas or energybars, sucking some energy gel and asking for water from us as they ran. of course there were the very nice runners that thanked us for the cups of water and smiled at us when we rah rah-ed them.
the last participant was an old lady. she was walking rather slowly. not sure why barbie said it was a guy. maybe she(the old lady) got a sex change somewhere after republic ave.. you know because of the fact that males are physically stronger than us. i guess she got desperate after realising she had another 20k to go. hmm. sorry about my fertile imagination.but really, she was very determined, despite her age and the slight drizzle. plus there was this van which was following behind (the van was meant to follow the last runner, some sort of sweeper) i think most of us would have taken the van if we were her.. she's a cool old lady.
so.. the cool old lady walked past our station, we waited for the bus to bring us back to the padang, it didnt arrive, we dragged our semi-conscious bodies all the way to the padang, got some lunch which i didnt really eat, got our 20 dollars allowance, dismissed and went home.
wah seh. my summary skills not bad (:
anyway, volunteering for the marathon is what i call real cip. note: REAL cip.
go next year and see for yourself. if anything, there's free adidas apparel and 20 dollars allowance X)