My Shopping Haul on Shopee – Perfect for Running Enthusiasts!

I love online shopping, especially when it comes to buying supplements, sports equipment or apparels. Due to the fact that I am serving the nation now (going to ORD soon tho), I don’t have much time to go out and shop for things that I want and need. Hence, online shopping is what I gravitate to. My closer circle of friends know how much I spent online, especially via the Liverpool FC online store (LET’S TALK ABOUT SIX, BABY). 

For runners, the second half of the year usually proved to be one of the most eventful periods on our calendars. In Singapore, most of our races seem to be held during the southwest monsoon season (June – September) and the wet inter-monsoon period (October – December). These periods provide a less-dry and humid weather, hence forming the perfect weather to run in. While preparing for the upcoming running season, I always make an effort to gear myself up with the correct supplements and equipment.

Since I don’t have the time to shop for my items from brick and mortar stores, I naturally turn to online platforms for my procurement. Shopee became the app I turned to.

The reason why I like Shopee is simple. Shopee provides a great variety of products for an affordable price, there are products that you wouldn’t find in retail shops and yet are readily available on Shopee (i.e. Himalaya Salt in boxes). The deals on Shopee is by far one of the best I’ve encountered due to the daily flash sales and sitewide vouchers (those $10 off or 10% off vouchers that you can get to use once you spent over a certain amount from that specific shop). Even though Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Campaign has ended, you guys won’t be missing out as I’m excited to share my exclusive promo code, SHSEDDY, where you’ll enjoy $7 off a minimum purchase of $15! (For new users only, valid till 31st March 2020)

As Shopee follows a mobile-first approach, it means that users are able to shop on-the-go, everywhere and anywhere. I could be doing my purchase in my bunk, far out of civilisation in a land far away called Sungei Gedong, and have them delivered to my doorstep by the time I returned home over the weekends. Just how convenient it gets.

In the recently concluded 9.9 Super Shopping Day held between 27 August to 9 September, more vouchers and flash deals were made available and of course, an opportunist like me would jump on these deals and seized the moment to shop! I got most of my items from Shopee Mall, which hosts official brands and top sellers like Optimum Premium and Compressport. These brands and sellers can be identified through the label with the wording ‘Mall’ on both their profile and product page. This is definitely a great way to shop because it helps to ensure that you are dealing with 100% authenticity! So since I’ve made quite a number of purchases this time round, I would like to share with you what a typical runner like myself would buy online.

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It took a few days for all my items to arrive. It’s considered quite fast already and they all arrived in good condition. I am quite surprised by that big parcel I received because I didn’t expect one of the items to come with that.

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I like how I could track my orders via the Shopee app.

1. Doctor’s Best Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM with OptiMSM ($23.80)

Because I suffered a knee injury (knee effusion, to be exact) weeks back, I was recommended to take glucosamine. There are also online articles which also discussed the usage of glucosamine and chondroitin in supplementing our joint health. 

Glucosamine is an amino sugar produced by your body that can be found in the cartilage. Chondroitin forms a crucial part of the cartilage and it helps to cushion joints against compression. 

According to an article by Liz Applegate on Runners’ World, ‘orthopedists and other physicians have increasingly advised patients to take both glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to ease the inflammation and pain of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint condition caused by overuse, traumatic injury, or old age.’

Since I have inflammation in my knee, there is no harm for me to try this supplement to help me recover quicker from my injury and return on the roads soon.

2. Compressport Pro Racing Socks V3.0 Ultralight Run High ($17.40)

Despite being a runner for 5 years, I only have a pair of running-specific socks. The reason why I would prefer going on the roads with running socks instead of the normal ones is that running socks provide a better support for your foot every step you take. 

This pair of Compressport PRS V3.0 Ultralight Run High socks are designed to provide maximum support to the feet, perfect moisture management, ultra-lightness and superior comfort. Exactly the few characteristics of the perfect pair of socks I am looking for. Furthermore, it comprises of 360° slight compression band arch support, which prevents the socks from sliding down. Most importantly, it stimulates venous, hence delivering more tonicity to every stride.

Being knitted with fast-drying fibres, the socks dry very quickly so it prevents the runner from having wet feet. This is a welcoming feature especially if you have a sweaty foot situation like me and have to bear with it for the rest of the half-marathon/full marathon races.

I’ve yet to try it out for a run due to my ongoing injury, but I’ve tried wearing it casually. It does feel lightweight and very comfortable even when walking for hours.

Compressport is the apparel sponsor for this year’s Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.

3. Sport Breathable Knee Guard Protector Support Brace Pad ($3.49)

Before I continue to write on, I need to add a claim that this is no branded knee guard protector. This is just a normal knee sleeve.

Knee sleeves are designed to protect the knees from any risk of future injuries or damages. For those who put their knees under great pressure – like runners – it is important to have such protection. Because knee sleeves act like a compression around your knee, it helps to increase blood flow and reduces pain during and after working out. A combination of compression and improved blood circulation would aid better recovery.

Because I don’t want to aggravate my knee pain, I am currently wearing this knee sleeve on my injured knee on a daily basis in order to prevent any pressure acting up on the same knee. It has been good so far and I will see how much I have improved once I returned for a recovery jog this weekend.

4. Sports Armband for iPhone/Samsung ($4.90)

Nothing fancy, just a normal sports armband to keep my phone in place when I am running. I am someone who cannot seem to be separated from my phone, even when I am on the roads. I need to rely on my playlist to keep my pace constant and motivate me further down the miles. A tight and sturdy armband would be sufficient for me as long as my phone doesn’t dangle and makes me feel uncomfortable during my run.

I got this armband because I lost my previous one, and I could complain to you all day long how much of a hassle it is to hold my phone while running.

5. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey ($29.90)

Should I say this is my favourite piece of loot I’ve gotten from this 9.9 sale? 

Whey protein is the liquid part of milk that separates during cheese production. And if you think you’ve yet to have seen whey protein before, it’s that layer of liquid floating on top when you peeled a fresh carton of yoghurt. Protein shake is not exclusive to bodybuilders or gym-goers, runners also take in their share of protein. The reason is simple: since whey protein is a complete protein and a great source of branch-chained amino acids (BCAAs), it helps in fueling the muscle and stimulating protein synthesis. 

As endurance athletes, runners tend to have their muscles broken down and this results in micro-tears forming, damaging the muscle as a result. In order for the affected muscle to be repaired to become stronger and faster, anabolism needs to occur. Anabolism refers to a metabolic pathway that repairs these muscle fibres and stimulates muscle growth. Our body requires energy and nutrients for the anabolic process to occur, a lack of it will result in the body ‘eating’ its own muscle to supply itself with the energy required, leading to a process called catabolism. Catabolism might sound good for runners who are afraid of building too much muscle mass, however it must be noted that catabolism further weakens your muscle fibre, hence slowing down the process of post-run recovery.

As whey is the fastest digesting form of protein, it is the ideal way to increase the amino acid level in the blood and hence preventing catabolism from happening and increase the speed of recovery. A study in Nutrients published in 2018 stated that although protein supplementation does not alter recovery within the first 24 hours after a marathon, it does change the runner’s perception of fatigue and muscle soreness over the next 72 hours. Indeed, whey protein is crucial for post-race recovery.

Since I’ll need to take more care of myself and my recovery over the next 2 months leading to Singapore Marathon, I will make it an effort to swallow a bottle of whey protein post-run to ensure faster recovery and readiness for the next training.

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What are you waiting for?! Grab all your running essentials on Shopee. Don’t forget to use my exclusive promo code SHSEDDY to receive $7 off a minimum spending of $15! (For new users only, valid till 31st March 2020)

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ORD Farewell Address to Unit

23 September, 2019

Good morning CO 1AMB, various depot KAH, fellow batchmates and 1AMBians,

It has been 586 days since the first day I stepped into 1AMB. That sounds like a very long period of time. Yes, indeed, I ain’t going to lie. It felt so great yet surreal to be standing here right now, looking at all my batchmates in front of me, on the verge of completing our 2-year service.

We were once recruits, taking the ferry – some for the very first time – to the resort called Tekong. It was a moment of mixed feelings because we knew a little too much of what is expected of us during BMT.

Some of us were excited, maybe because you get to live your dream as a character in your First-Person Shooter game, living in barracks, holding a gun.

Some of us were overwhelmed, maybe because you watched too much Ah Boys to Men and were afraid to be tekan by your sergeants, signing extras, doing unlimited sets of 20 push-ups.

Some of us were clueless and emotionless but because this is a process of growing up as a Singaporean son, you have had no choice but to report for enlistment.

I was the third kind of recruit. I knew it was my duty as a citizen to train, to protect, to fight for what’s around me – my parents, my friends, my people, and the foundation this country is being built upon. I remember sitting by window seat, looking out to the vast sea, allowing the rhythm of the crashing wave accompany me through the journey while envisioning my military life over the next two years.

Fast forward a month later, I found myself in OETI, training to be an armour technician. I have no clue, no clue at all why I was placed there. I graduated with a Diploma in Chinese Media & Communication, it has nothing to do with science, nor engineering. I felt out of place when my peers seems rather confident in answering questions by our instructors. I was the most clueless person, no doubt.

Yet, thankfully, my peers were all very helpful. They showed me their notes and even explained to me of concepts that I was unsure of. It is camaraderie shown by them that helped me get hold of the basic concepts, that helped me through this rather steep learning curve. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible for me to be trained in 3 different platforms – Bionix, Bronco and Leopard. Without them, I would be overwhelmed by the theory and concepts so stranger to me. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to bring home the honour of being the Best Recruit.

On a very significant 15 February last year, I came into 1AMB as a fresh graduate from OETI. The month ahead was another period of settling down and adjusting to another new environment – our 3rd new environment in less than 6 months.

Gedong was a whole new place to me. When I thought Tekong was far enough, I never expect Gedong was so much further. The road to Gedong is depressing, I think we all agree with that. There was no scenery at all, no vast sea, no sounds of the crashing waves. All that were left were spooky cemeteries, remnants of the old Neo Tiew Estate and rows and rows of plantation.

As much as how Gedong might seems depressing at the first glance, it turns out to be the main highlight of my 2 years in service.

This is where I learnt more about the Leopard Main Battle Tank through the regulars who are so willing to pass on their knowledge to us.

This is where I forged closer bonds with my batchmates, supporting each other during times of need. We worked together, played together, got scolded together, clean our bunks together and even nights out together.

This is where I was given the opportunity to be grow and be nurtured into a section commander, a leader to lead my men towards the betterment of our depot.

This is where all of us fought together day and sometimes, night, to maintain or even improve our vehicle turnover rate, to support our combatant counterparts in all their trainings and exercises.

This is where my mentors and friends are and I am thankful for them to walk this journey with me.

To the new OJE guys, this is just the beginning of your life as an armour technician. Learn whatever you can and do whatever you could. Serve with pride and loyalty. Though we might not be like the combatants, driving the vehicles out for battle or engaging the enemy face to face. But keep this in mind, each vocation is like our body part, and only when they work together, the body could function.

For without the hull mechanics, there will be no chance the vehicle could move out for battle.

For without the turret mechanics, we will not be able to engage the enemy and deter them with a display of our firepower.

For without the comms technicians, we will not be able to sustain a proper channel for communication during battle.

Every vocation, and every single one of you counted. I once told my fellow batchmates that no matter where you are from, you pledged your loyalty to the flag. No matter who your boss, your superior is, you work not for them but for the uniform you are wearing. No matter which unit you are supporting, you are involved in the defence capability of the state. This is your country and mine, and we play our individual parts

I know how tough it is to adjust to a military lifestyle – the discipline and regimentation. Some of you are still struggling with it till today, but it is normal. I understand because I’ve been through all these.

But remember, when you walked through a storm, hold your head up high, and don’t be afraid of the dark;

Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your dreams will be tossed and blown.

Walk on, walk on, with your hope in your heart, and You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Now turn to your buddy to the left and right side of you and say, “Thank you for being here with me, and we will survive this together.”

I hope you guys will carry this battalion on, bring out your fighting spirit and always strive for your best. For loyalty, honour and a willing heart.

And this is 3SG Eddy signing off.

And to my fellow batchmates, ORD loh.