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5th April, 2014
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OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014

Getting ready for 40km with my brother

Getting ready for 40km with my brother

I’ve been wanting to go for OCBC Cycle for the longest time, but almost every year it clashed with work travels. This year WHOO HOO I managed to go for it. My brother have done it twice and it’s great that we can do this 40km together. He is on a mountain bike and i’m on a foldie.

Slowly inching to the starting point

Slowly inching to the starting point

I’ve been to many mass runs before, but I have to say mass cycling is another thing all together. The logistics of crowd control, safety and tech support is just mind boggling.

People mountain people sea

People mountain people sea

At the starting line, there were endless amount of people when I looked back. I know I have a few friends cycling too, but there is just no way to find them in this crowd.

Starting Point

Starting Point

And here we go. The start of the 40km ride before sunrise.

Nobody like upslopes

Nobody like upslopes

The first huge upslope was of cause the Shears Bridge which followed by a mega downslope.

As everyone knows, this downslope was where the casualty happened. When we were going down, we had our breaks on and if i don’t recall wrongly, there was a few marshallers waving flags and telling everyone to slow down. I have to say this downslope is quite scary, imagine a primary school kid going down the biggest slide on big splash. But am glad everyone around us was going down the slope at a manageable speed.

Pit Stop

Pit Stop

At about the 20km mark, we did a pit stop and am quite impressed by the setup. There was a girl literally kept telling people to dismount from their bikes as they came into the carpark along East Coast Parkway which is now a pit stop. There were people giving out ice cold 100 plus, water, a tech support area for people to fix their bikes, a medical area for people who are injured.

WATER!!

WATER!!

We rested there for about 10mins and moved on.

My Hero

My Hero

When we are heading back, I lost my brother. Apparently he met some of our friends at the top of the Shears bridge while I gave chase to this dad who was riding a fat bike and had his daughter sitting behind. I had to get this photo.

I also talked to a guy who dressed up in a Captain America outfit. He was helping someone up the Shears Bridge, so I got down on foot too to talk to him. I asked him if the shield was real and asked if I could touch it. After giving it a few good knocks, I was super impressed that it was REAL. It was a solid tough piece of heavy metal. I was then advised by him to go to the doctors go get my hands check as it could be injured after the knock on the shield. LOL. I told him, i’ll go look for a masseuse instead as the only area that is injured is my aching butt.

The STIG

The STIG

At the end, I managed to get a photo with the STIG. He actually rode the entire way in his full suit and full face helmet. Must be super hot. RESPECT.

Finally called and met up with our friends, went to have breakfast and headed home.

Clara wants to go too next time

Clara wants to go too next time

Clara was very interested in where I went and wanted to have a good look at the finisher medal. She got her tricycle and told me when she grow up, she will go cycle and get her own medal too. lol. She says the best things.

My Results

My Results

Just checked online today and apparently I did 2:21hrs. I thought I would do something like 3hrs. Anyway…

You can also check out other bloggers who have blogged about this event:

If you come across other blogs or if you’ve blogged about the OCBC Cycle SG 2014, let me know in the comments below and I’ll add to this list.

Till next year and much condolences to the family that lost a loved one at this event.

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20th March, 2014
by nickpan
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WPP StreamAsia 2014

Stream Asia 2014

Stream Asia 2014

I had the privilege to attend the by invitation only StreamAsia 2014 unconference which happened at the Berjaya Langkawi Resort in Malaysia.

Named by WIRED as ‘one of the world’s best tech conferences’ and described as the ‘Bilderberg of Advertising’ by the Guardian, Stream is the WPP unconference.

My Makey Makey session on the Big Board

My Makey Makey session on the Big Board

The key of any unconference is participation and I went prepared with a bunch of carrots and Makey Makeys to share how easy it is to connect the real world with the digital world. I represented VML Qais at this event, so was really looking forward to get to know more people, what better way then with carrots right. :)

A minute of silence for MH370

A minute of silence for MH370

But before we started the whole event, there was a minute of silence as everyone is still shocked my the tragedy of MH370.

Gadgethon

Gadgethon

On of the first events was the Gadgethon. Individuals each had 2 mins to demo a cool gadget and of cause I used it to demo the Makey Makey carrot piano setup and also marketed my unconference segment which was on another day.

There were some real cool stuff shared. Robotic arms, Smart homes, an remote droid thingy, etc.

WPP UnConference

WPP UnConference

The main meat of the unconference happened in tents on the beach. How awesome is that. Marketing professionals talking about really current issues and challenges faced by brands and marketers. There were also some really future thinking topics like how will online advertising be like in 10 years, many industries were covered, from Hospitality to Kids. Here is Jason Oke facilitating the discussion on Click Fraud. I also attended a session where we talked about the idea of reality TV funding our first Mars colony before Nasa can.

All these were done in berms, flip flops, shades and a coconut in hand. How classy.

The Tech Lab

The Tech Lab

There were lots of cool gadgets displayed at the Tech Lab which allowed everyone to get some hands-on. I think there were easily about 15 items on display including the Oculus Rift, Cubelets, many many different kind of mobile phones especially affordable smartphones from China, Interactive Digital Kiosks, an Instant Instagram photo printer and more.

I setup the Makey Makey to allow people to play Pac Man and Tetris. Here is a video of how the 5 player Tetris turned out. Real fun.

Google Glass Selfie

Google Glass Selfie

Finally I managed to try out the Google Glass. Its really cool, but I feel the technology is still very rough. Can’t wait for it to be mainstream.

Xbox One Demo

Xbox One Demo

Managed to get a demo of the Xbox One also from someone at Microsoft. I have to say the capabilities of this console is quite amazing and the amount of stuff it can sense is just jaw dropping. If I tell you It can sense your heartbeat would you believe me?

Stream's Got Talent

Stream’s Got Talent

There was also lots of opportunities for individuals to showcase their other talents. There was a band, an Opera singer, Powerpoint Karaoke, cooking and of cause drinks as well.

#StreamAsia 2014

#StreamAsia 2014

One of my favourite photo of this trip would have to be this one where I used some luminous paint and wrote the event’s hashtag #StreamAsia on me hairy leg lol.

It was an awesome experience and I manage to have real interesting conversations with many new people. An amazing feat as I do feel this is not what introverts do. Hope to get re-invited to this inspiring event.

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