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Christopher McDougall is the person to be blame for my months of disappearance from blogging.

His book slapped me off my horse like New Testament’s Saul (before became Paul) being confronted by God.

For you who doesn’t know McDougall, he is the author of National Bestseller book ” BORN TO RUN”

Born To Run - Christopher Mc Dougall

Chrisptopher McDougall also talk in TEDTALK forum.

I knew I have to do something but was blinded for months looking for an answer about running, which lead me to bought this

Mizuno Universe 4

Mizuno Universe 4 is my first pair of racing flats, bought it from Ebay. The flame pattern on the shoes blinded my eyes again, before I realised what happened, I saw the sentence “Thank you for your purchase” displayed on my monitor.

My last run before I bought this shoes was during my secondary school, so now you know how fit I was.

I started training and reading more about proper running form which lead me to these book:

Eat and Run Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek’s “EAT & RUN,” Adharanand Finn – Running with the Kenyans” and a random Barefoot running book I found in the library.

Scott Jurek is one of the main character in McDougall book. Scott talking about his life as legendary ultra marathoner and his special vegan recipes. Highly recommended.

As we all know, SALE season is coming, and look who is the new sidekick for my Mizuno Universe 4?

Mizuno Universe 4 Brooks Pureconnect

It’s BROOKS PURECONNECT. Found it on sale at SGD 69. Why another orange you might asked? That is for another story.

I was using NIKE plus app inside iPod nano to measure my running distance, but then later on found it to be not so accurate, which lead me to this:

Nike Watch GPS Tomtom

It’s NIKE GPS watch designed by TOMTOM. The watch is easy to use but lacked of waterproof feature (only limited to light rain)

I began clocking more and more mileage. My favourite distance is 10K which quite comfortable to accomplished daily.

McDougall’s book opened the door for barefoot running and the more I studied it, the more I am convinced that it is the better way to exercise.

I have been injury free since the first day I ran and intended to keep it that way. Light soreness after run is common which usually gone the next day.

This new interest also leads me to know more book author with the same passion. Haruki Murakami is one of them.

Haruki Murakami Barefoot Running

Currently I am reading his book, “WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING.” I have just finished with Jason Robillard – THE BAREFOOT RUNNING BOOK. Jason explained more on technical and training aspect of running barefoot.

Barefoot running is not a form that we can adopt instantly if we been using shoes almost everyday, and his book helps with the transition.

I will update you guys again after my big run at Standard Chartered Run next week.

Now, I got a serious training to do, thanks McDougall.

by flyingbeagle


A Russian photographer, Victor Zaykovskiy have shared the sample images taken by Nikon D800 under high ISO mode.

This picture was taken at shutter speed: 1/8000, aperture: f/3.5, ISO: 25600

Following are 100% cropped images at 36 megapixels;

Sample taken at camera metal area, notice the engraved letters.

Sample taken at printed material.

Above photo is taken using Nikon D800 and very affordable nikkor lens 50mm f/1.8 (market price about 100 USD).

Low light condition has been a nightmare for most of digital cameras in the market. For those has taken photos without flash and tripod at night knew about this issue.

Personally, at ISO 25600, I am very pleased with D800 result. This means I can take a decent photo under very low light condition hand-held.

Looking forward to get a copy of D800 which estimated to be available in Singapore market in the month of April 2012.

All images copyright

by flyingbeagle


I have been wanting to get a hold on this medium telephoto lens for years. Finally this baby is in my hand.

Nikon only produce this lens under 1,000 pieces per year, which according to photographer Josh Jones,

there are over 6 times more Ferrari cars made a year than this lens.

That’s how hard to get hold of this lens.

Ai AF DC Nikkor 135 mm f/2S is not just a mere prime lens. It came with ground-breaking Defocus-image Control (DC) technology invented by Kouichi  Ohshita, Nikon engineer. His mentor is a senior engineer in Nikon who invented AF 85mm f/1.8 lens.

The union of two innovations, the rear-focusing design established in the development of AF 85 mm f/1.8 and the Defocus-image Control (DC), gave birth of the first AF DC Nikkor 135 mm f/2S in 1991.

This lens not only famous for its sharpness but also the unique feature only owned by Nikon, Defocus-image Control (DC).

Ai AF DC Nikkor 135 mm f/2S is capable of controlling the foreground and background defocusing.

In human language, means we can adjust the out-of-focus effect for background and foreground of the image taken.

When taking portraiture shoots, it added “dreamy” bokeh effect for the area intended. Even with the DC feature off, this lens is simply sharp and gives pleasant colour tones for human skin.

Ai AF DC Nikkor 135 mm f/2S build like a tank with decent weight. The finishing is superb and it comes with build-in hood.

This lens is made in Japan. Please ignore that “Made in Germany” on the lens. That is my B+W 72mm XS-PRO Digital MRC Nano SLIM UV Haze 010M Filter. For a lens this caliber, better use the best filter available in the market.

I can’t wait to make a full use of this lens :)

by flyingbeagle