I Became a Triathlete

This is the reason why I am not updating my blog. From being a tech savvy, to a foodie to photography, I finally found the one that I really love to do....

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This is the reason why I am not updating my blog. From being a tech savvy, to a foodie to photography, I finally found the one that I really love to do. Several months after my First Duathlon Race, I decided to get into triathlon. I feel like 1 or 2 sport at a time is not enough and swim, bike and run challenged the sporty spirit in me.

It’s the swim part that had been so difficult as I always afraid of the deep water. I’m always get scared when my feet can’t touch the ground. I used to live in lowlands where access to the beach is so far and maybe that is the reason why I am not comfortable in the water. After 2 months, I was surprised that I can cross the 50 meter swimming pool and today, can swim in the open water for 2.4 kilometers.

I also need to improve my bike as I always ride with a mountain bike which is a bit heavy and can contain a lot of drag especially when there is a strong head wind. It took some time to upgrade the bike as triathlon specific bikes cost a lot. I am now riding the 2015 Cervelo P2.

The running part is where I improved a lot in a short time. I managed to finish a 21 kilometer in 1.58 hours last December and I was so happy about it. The next challenge for the run is running right after finishing a swim and a bike activity.

Before the recovery season which, I tried to race in a super sprint distance triathlon. The GMC-Tri series is one of the annual triathlon event in Qatar and also the perfect race where I can test doing 3 sports in 1 day. The distance covers 500 meter swim, 20km cycling, and a 5 kilometer run. After the race, I already have bigger ambitions. I will be doing the Ironman 70.3 distance soon. It consist of 1.9 km swim, 90 km cycling and a 21 km(half-marathon) run. This race requires more hours of training and dedication especially I want to finish the race in less than 5 hours where every strong athletes are having a hard time achieving. For now, I am still enjoying the recovery season while waiting for July where the real sufferfest begins.

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When I think about Thai cuisine, the only thing in my mind are these words : exquisite taste, textures, and color. To quote a renowned celebrity chef, writer and authority on Thai cuisine McDang, “We not only pay attention to how a dish tastes: we are also concerned about how it looks, how it smells, and how it fits in with the rest of the meal. We think of all parts of the meal as a whole – sum rap Thai (the way Thais eat), is the term we use for the unique components that make up a characteristically Thai meal.”

Thai cuisine is the most sought-after cuisine the world but Thai Smile Restaurant brings more than good food, they added this whole friendly experience as soon as you arrive. This is honestly a first-hand experience. The moment we get inside the restaurant, a happy welcoming smile is all we’ve got that made us comfortable from seating to ordering the food and everything afterwards.

The Food

We have our own picks from the menu based on our personal favorites. We tried their Ped Tod which is a deep-fried softened duck served with sweet soy sauce and ginger pickle. I love duck dishes and this is one of the main attraction whenever there is a food fest in my province. Tom yum is our favorite dish. Tom Yum is a Lao and Thai food known for its spicy and sour flavor with either beef, chicken or mixed seafood in it. Another dish we tried is the Pad Thai or phat Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand. This is the best Pad Thai we ever had in any Asian themed restaurants here in Qatar.

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I’ve been in Qatar for 3 years now and just this 2015, before the hot and humid season comes in, I experienced the worst sandstorm in my life. It started the night of April 1, which I thought is just another April Fool’s day prank but it’s not. After seeing how worst it is last night, I started to read my social feed on what’s happening around Doha and guess what, It’s a lot worst on some parts.

My friend Jerome got the scene in a timelapse on their way home from office. He said in a Facebook post that they stayed in the office until 12 midnight because of almost zero visibility on the road.

Click on the video to play.

Original Facebook post of Jerome here : https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204317983089531

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Decorative lights inside the Gold Souq

Decorative lights inside the Gold Souq

Fanar Mosque

Fanar Mosque

Pet shop in Souq Qaqif

Pet shop in Souq Qaqif

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Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif

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Yashica Mat 124-G

Yashica Mat 124-G

This is not about the argument of which is better between Film or Digital photography. I started on digital photography and just started using film last 2014 and I can say that there is really nothing to argue about since both are just medium and photographs will always talk more.

I always wanted to do film photography and for some reason I was so curious about the whole process of taking a photograph, developing the film and the actual printing.

I had my first camera from eBay, it was a Russian Zenit 12XP 35 mm camera. It was a solid hard heavy full metal camera which I think can be used as a weapon too 🙂 I loaded my first film given by a good friend, it was a Fujicolor C200. After some time, I had another film camera; the Kodak Retinette 1A. It’s a challenging camera since you will not know if you focused correctly or if the exposure is good. As time goes by, I acquired 3 more cameras from eBay like the Pentax point and shoot lomo camera, Russian Zorki 4, and Olympus OM1-n. It’s a full mechanical camera. Recently, I got the Yashica Mat-124 G and this one is using 120mm film.

After several months, I decided to learn how to develop films. All I need is to get some chemicals online (C41 kit) and some tools. I’ll create a separate tutorial about film developing soon. 🙂

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