Monday, August 22, 2016

The Color Run 2016

When The Color Run first came to Singapore in 2014, it was something that I've wanted to try out but had no friends to go with. But this year, I finally got to try it out with my fiancee.
The run spanned on a weekend, 20th and 21st August. We opted for the 20th as it was a Saturday and we'll have time to rest on Sunday.
My bib and shirt that came with the pack
We booked online and collect our race packs at City Square Mall. As usual, there were promotions, vouchers and brochures from sponsors. Other than our standard issue bib numbers, headbands and running tees, the race pack weren't that exciting to me as compared to the other runs.

Run starts at 4. But we were fashionably late as usual. Haha. We made our way to Vivo City via the HarbourFront MRT station. Saw come Color Runners walking in the opposite direction. We were left wondering weather those were volunteers or other runners from the earlier waves.

As we made our way towards the Vivo City entrance, we are stopped by two seemingly random passersby, only to find that they're actually Sentosa staff due to their name tags they're wearing. They told us that the Sentosa Express is full and suggested that we took the shuttle bus at HabourFront Interchange. We were rather grateful for the staff, but seemingly a bit ticked off at the other runners who were walking opposite us earlier. The least they could have done is to warn us. Oh well, typical Singaporeans.
Inside the shuttle bus
Regardless we still made our way to the interchange. When we got there, the queue was already forming. After waiting for almost 15 minutes the shuttle bus finally arrived. After another lengthy journey into Sentosa thanks to the unforgiving traffic travelling into the island, we finally arrived Beach Station.

Infront of the stage
Fiancee's jumpshot
I vote for world peace.
Firstly, despite being almost 5pm, the weather was really really hot. With the sun shining down on us, fiancee bought a pair of pink Color Run sunglasses. After we took some shots infront of the stage, we made our way to the start line. That was when we lost our motivation.

Making our way to the start line
Among the crowd.
At the start line itself, they released the runners wave by wave. Since there were a lot of runners, with the hot weather, we felt quite uncomfortable and was already sweating through our shirts. By the time we got close to the start line, we were already tired. And as seen by the above video, we only ran for that duration.
When the Color Run became the Color "Walk"...
With the crowd behind us.

After some walking and running, followed by being photobombed by some random guy in a rainbow wig, we arrived at the first color point, turquoise, in which initially thought was green. This can be seen in the above video. By the time we had ran thru the turquoise color station, we had decided to walk entering the trail following the former Sentosa monorail.
Orange color!!!
We've gotten our orange!!
At the water point with some random runners.
We went through the 2nd color station, my favorite color, orange!! After some walking, we were headed to the water point. There's only one water point in The Color Run, serving cups of plain water and 100Plus isotonic drinks.

The above video describing some of our favorite colors and fiancee's ramblings on the weather. The final pare of me burping loudly at a group of runners cheering past us.
Mine and fiancee's bib numbers respectively.
Pretty in Pink.
Aftermath of the pink color station.
Testing Testing.
She's not ready to smile
Random walking shot
Fiancee's highlights...
Finally she's smiling...
Up next, we walked past the pink and actual green (as we earlier thought that turquoise was green) color stations. And then, finally comes fiancee's happiest moment.....
A video of us crossing the finish, spraying each other with color dust and receiving the finisher medals. After running/walking 5 kilometers through the very hot weather, we were glad that was over.
Our finisher medals!!
End of  The Color Run! 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Masterpiece Collectibles' SOC "Ang Chia" Model

Once again, Masterpiece Collectibles has released a miniture emergency vehicle for the masses. This time, the Singapore Police Force's Special Operations Command Anti-Riot vehicle, affectionately known as "Ang Chia" (Literally translated to"Red Vehicle" from Hokkien) by the average citizen.

Scaled in their standard 1:43 scale, the model is a perfect replica of the real thing. This is also the model released in 2015 for SG50. So future models may no longer feature the SG50 logo on its packaging.

SOC Police Tactical Unit Anti-Riot Vehicle (Ang Chia) with Packaging

Upon removal from the plastic bag
SOC anti-riot vehicle "Ang Chia" model in its packaging
Front and Back of the SOC anti-riot vehicle "Ang Chia" model in its packaging
There are two variations to the model, featuring the old and current livery. Each model comes an accompanying SOC Trooper figuring. Costing $165 per model, I pre-ordered this sometime in September. After a long wait, the model was finally released on December 14th. Only those who pre-ordered the model are entitled to one additional SOC Trooper figurine.
Decals the model comes with
And another thing, as requested by many many collectors, the models come with optional decals with the various troop number call signs for both the vehicles and the figurine. However, I must add that for the new livery, the call sign decals are actually in the incorrect font. Probably because when they made the model, the new livery had just been launched and no call sign was in placed yet. By the time the models were in production, the SOC anti-riot vehicle appeared in the National Day Parade mobile column. And the callsign was shown to be in another font.

SOC Police Tactical Unit Troopers in Packaging

SOC Trooper and the packaging it comes in
SOC Trooper box sides

SOC Trooper box front and back.
The SOC Trooper figurines comes in two designs, both with different types of shields. As I'm not familiar with the SOC Trooper's equipment, I am unable to provide the exact details or names of the riot shields. As with the Anti-Riot Vehicle models, the figurines also come with decals to customize the troop callsign.
The models in the cases. Side angle.
Photo of the Ang Chia in the box.

With the case removed

Old Livery

Sides of the anti-riot vehicle model in older livery
Front and Back of the anti-riot vehicle model in older livery

New Livery

Sides of the anti-riot vehicle model in  current livery
Front and Back of the anti-riot vehicle model in current livery
Roof of the SOC anti-riot vehicles model

Miscellaneous Detailing

Interior detailing
While with my naked eye, I couldn't see the interior as it is covered by the mesh, however when I used my phone camera, and took the above photo, you can see that the model does contain an interior within its cab. Such amazing feature that they didn't miss out despite the mesh covering the windows.


Here are some poses with the SOC anti-riot vehicle and the troopers it comes in! Really makes me feel like a child again. Oops.. Ha ha...
Pose 1
Pose 2
With the SOC figurines in the front
As expected from Masterpiece Collectibles. Absolutely amazingly detailed for your viewing pleasure. Definitely an eye-candy to one's emergency vehicle collection.