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Was out cycling 6.06 km in 34m:10s using Endomondo.

Pain at the ball of the heel … Plantar Faciitis … that’s what I was told. The tendon joining the heel bone and the toes has micro tears which causes the discomfort. I have not done much walking or jogging this year because of this.

I think I made a right choice to get a folding bike to ride to keep myself active and break some sweat a few times in a week.

My only concern is next month’s Energizer Night Run. I don’t know if I could participate in the event. I have already signed up. Deep inside I’d go and if I cannot run I’ll just walk the 11km.

Follow he link below for more details on this morning’s workout

via Endomondo Cycling Workout.

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Before 13/02/2011, the last time I rode a bicycle was thirty years ago. Last month, I decided to join a few of my friends cycling around Putrajaya. My friends really wanted me to ride with them, that they pooled their resources and lent me a bike, safety helmet and gloves. Like people say, you won’t forget how to ride a bike.

I rode for 20km that day around the nation’s administrative capital and here are some photos to remember the day by …

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Cheaper iPads in Malaysia

Posted: 3 March, 2011 in Babbles & Rants

Those of us who don’t really mind “older” technology, the prices of this gadget was slashed when the ipad2 was announced yesterday.

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2011 Running Calendar.

Posted: 22 February, 2011 in Babbles & Rants

Already registered for the Energizer Night Run this coming April and a moment ago just completed the online registration for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. Both will be a 10K race and I don’t see myself running a Half Marathon yet. One of the main reason I registered for such races is to create a purpose for me to go out and train. Everytime I go out running in the morning, I have a sense of purpose … Training for the races. I plan to run only three races this year. I have already signed up for two, the other one I plan to sign up will be the Siemens run, sometime in the third quarter of the year. Well maybe another races at the end of the year.

16th April 2011 will be the Eneegizer Night Run. My chance to run on the Sepang F1 race track. A couple of months after that- 26th June will be the StanChart KL Marathon. I had fun last year, so I’d take part again this year for another fun event.

There’s a 10K Bangi Run this weekend. Still undecided to participate or not but will go register on the spot if I feel up to it on Saturday.

Angry birds is not much of a game, for me at least. However, I find the game good as a stress reliever. You don’t have to bee too engaged in the game. Launch the birds to kill the pigs. That’s about it. The more stressfull I am the longer I play Angry Birds. Otherwise I’ll play the game only for a short period time. Could not kill all the pigs? … no worries … I just turn off the game and play again some other time.

The latest installment Angry Birds Rio could have a different game play, based on the “game trailer” …

A new stress buster game for me when the game comes around in a couple of months …

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The shelves at the supermarket seems to be void of cooking oil, most of the days … Why …?

Well, the common statement I hear is that the retailers and retailers are hoarding the stocks expecting the price of cooking oil to rose in the near future. That could be true but I think the main reason is the consumers gullibility.

Chinese New Year celebrations is just around the corner and like other festive seasons, families will do a lot off cooking. Restaurants expecting a huge turn out for family dinners will stocks on some cooking oil. Naturally, there’s going to be increase in demand during these seasons.

Then, when consumers see that supermarkets have less cooking oil on their shelves, people will start to talk … “there’s not much cooking oil at the supermarket, looks like a shortage in the commodity.” That’s a normal response to human being insecurity. The outcome, people will start buying extra too keep as stocks to make sure they have cooking oil of there’s should really be shortage. Instead of one bottle the family really needs, people will start buying three or four bottles.

Production and distribution of cooking oil is regulated by the Malaysian government as it is a controlled item, meaning the price is also controlled by the government. So, the unexpected increase in demand will create a shortage … An artificial shortage.

Retailers and cooking oil producers will play on this phenomenon to reap in extra profit. Firstly, retailers, will spread on the rumours that there’s supply shortage cooking oil, consciously understanding this will cause sales of cooking oil will increase when people starts to buy extra to keep stocks. The retailers have a faster turnover which is what businesses aim for.

Secondly, producers, will definitely will want to produce as much as possible, lobbying the government to allow the increase in supply. This of course will cost the government because the greater the supply of this subsidised commodity will cost the government more in cooking oil subsidies. This could lead the policy makers to increase the retail price of this controlled item. An outcome the businesses are looking forward to.

The consumers are at the losing end. Our own gullibility will make cooking oil cost more. Factory owners and supermarkets will reap in the moolah.

Photo: I doubt one family needs this much oil to cook, even for a month.