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Crisis mode

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It feels like summer time these days. Weather is crazy.

One of the country’s biggest 10K was canceled yesterday (UN Day Run) due to the floods. Traffic is light. People have been evacuating outside Bangkok. Task forces were sent to many different locations to rescue flood victims. Areas, including universities and industrial complexes, were under water 1-2 meters deep. The domestic airport was flooded and airlines have to stop operation or move to Suvarnabhumi.

Things people have to deal with, besides difficulty in traveling, are diseases, crocodiles, snakes, centipedes, lack of food and clean water, working toilets, lack of electricity.

The situation bring out good-hearted people. People helping people in different ways. It also brings out the worst kinds of people. Evacuation lead to empty houses. Lack of commodities lead to high demand. It’s disappointing to read and hear about burglary and price gouging. It’s also sad to see people nitpick those who are working hard to help the country. It’s not the time for negativity.

Water is slowing creeping closer. My house, situated in inner northeast area of Bangkok, is still dry. It has been included in the ‘danger zones’ in official announcement though. The northern part, the west, and the east are already affected. So it would be a miracle if water doesn’t eventually come to my place.

I’m still relatively lucky compared to hundreds of thousands people in Thailand who are directly hit by this crisis. I have moved stuff upstairs and thrown out a bunch of stuff. It feels kind of nice to strip my possession to only the essentials. Running, which I can still do, also helps keep me sane.


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October 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

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The floods crisis is still going on in Thailand. Due to the effort of many parties, Bangkok for the most part is safe so far. People in other provinces have been suffering for months. Almost 300 people have died and many more are having to deal with waterborne diseases. Job losses are also a source of rising stress.

Thailand provinces affected by floods

Thailand provinces affected by floods

Bangkok is surrounded by floods

Bangkok is surrounded by floods

source: google crisis map

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October 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

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Allergy returned

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I had allergy from eating prawns again Sat night. The usual hives and itching developed quickly and I had to go to a drug store.

A couple pills of hydroxazine kept me dizzy and sleepy till Sunday afternoon. I don’t like to be medicated. A planned 10k Sun morning became slow, drifting 5k. That was that. Nothing too serious, but still rather annoying.

My body has built a stronger defense against the prawns, as the symptoms weren’t as serious as that time I had to take a shot at a clinic, but it still wasn’t enough.

It’s raining nearly everyday now. Sometimes twice a day. Canals are over their capacity and roads are flooded. I like rain, but not flooding. It can change lives for the worse and there’s not much one can do about it.

What awesome runs by Mosop and Shobukhova yesterday. Mosop will certainly be challenging Makau’s world record next year. Kenyan Olympics team will be formidable. Shobukhova became the second fastest woman ever with the time of 2:18:20.

Also at Chicago Marathon, a mom-to-be gave birth after finishing the race.

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October 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

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Rainy October

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Mostly taking it easy last week as my left heel was hurting a bit. This week I feel better and doing faster runs.

I’m running on treadmill almost exclusively. Found the Adizero Mana 5 to be better treadmill shoes than Brooks Greensilence. Running on the belt leads to friction which builds up heat. The GS has slightly thinner soles, so they cause my feet to get warmer.

It’s a treat if I get to go run outside these days. The reason I don’t get to do that much is the heavy pouring rain. Flooding is a big problem now throughout the country. I’m lucky to not be affected too much (so far), unlike many other people. More rain is expected, so this isn’t getting easier. A hard problem to solve.

Experimenting with my diet by limiting carbs. It’s a bit hard, as in Thailand, white rice and noodle are everywhere. Anyhow, I’m reducing my rice and bread intake. Not drastically. Just more mindful of simple carbs and sugar. Will see how my body feels.

Doing good health-wise. Last time I got a cold was back in January. If I can get through 2011 without getting another one that will be my ‘personal record’. Three months to go.

Ryan Hall (2:04:58 Boston) vs Moses Mosop (2:03:06 Boston) at Chicago Marathon this Sunday. Should be a fast time.

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October 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

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Steve Jobs

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I am truly shocked and saddened by the death of Steve Jobs.

He found Apple one year before I was born. I bought my first Apple computer 15 years ago, a Powerbook 190cs/66. I became a Mac person. I have grown up with Apple products. Original iMac, PowerBook, MacBook Pro, iPods. Apple made quality products that make technology fun. But beyond that, I have always have admired Jobs for his vision and charisma. He inspired.

Death is the inevitable end for us all, but still.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” (Stanford 2005 Commencement speech)

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October 6, 2011 at 7:38 am

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