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Balancing Wobbly Ceiling Fans Using Magnets

Google is great for many things including ideas to fix problems you hadn’t thought of before. The challenge is usually looking for suggested parts required for the fix which often means (when you know your local hardware stores do not have them) looking online and patiently waiting for them to arrive. I was bothered by the constantly swaying and needed to do something — then I remembered I bought some strong magnets from Daiso and as it turned out, these magnets made the job so much easier. Although the magnets were intended to be a temporary fix, I think they are staying on much longer, and I’m lucky I have fans with metal blades.

Caution: Make sure you use strong magnets or risk injury or damage if one dislodges when fan is running at higher speed. Typically for me, I run mine at speed setting no. 2 which is more than enough cooling.

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Some Like It Hot: Training in Sub 40°C / 104°F Heat

Among runners in the local trail running community the term ‘heat training’ is often used and understood to be nothing other than heat acclimatization or quite simply, getting used to the heat. But when I Googled the term, it turned up something completely different and out of context:

“Heat training is the gradual process of changing the texture of your hair with heat styling tools such as a flat iron.”

Because of my freelancing hours, I get out on the trails to run at all odd hours and being in the tropics that usually means most people are cocooned in their air conditioned office the entire time I’m out in the sun. Except on days when it’s raining, typical temperatures range from 33° to 40°C or 91.4 to 104°F.

Truth be told, I’ll take warm to hot over cold any day — I’ve come to accept that my body just isn’t built to handle cold. I’ve lost count the number of my doctor has had to put me on antibiotics to treat my condition (bronchitis) each time I’d been exposed to extreme low temps such as after my Mount Kinabalu climbs (both times in 2013 and 2016) or drinking cold fluids immediately after an intense workout. So, no Base Camps expeditions for me anytime soon or ever — it could very well be a one way ticket for someone with a low cold threshold like me.

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Completing Two Loops of Bukit Shahbandar 14 Hills with 1,041m in Elevation Gain

The idea of completing two loops of Bukit Shahbandar ’14 Hills’ had crossed my mind more than once previously but it was only recently I decided to actually do it — together with two other runners, one of whom my #TMBT2016 50K buddy. Rather impromptuly, I initiated the idea and there was no objection and that’s how we rolled, began the first loop in the usual anticlockwise direction and proceeded with the second loop with the more challenging clockwise direction where the route is more climb oriented. This activity on Strava.

Download Bukit Shahbandar Trail Map | See also: Aerial View of Bukit Shahbandar

Two loops beginning with anticlockwise direction followed by clockwise resulted in a mirrored elevation profile of each loop. The clockwise direction is tougher simply because there are more knee and lung busting ascents to sustain before you see the flats and descents.

Some four and a half hours later, we got back to civilization, changed out of our sweat soaked gear and fulfilled a post-workout mandate: cold serving of refreshing fresh coconut water. Briefly rested somewhat we grabbed lunch at a nearby Thai Restaurant, MOD, which happens to be also our go-to place for ice cold Lime Frappe along with favourite Ginger Chicken rice.