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The Gift of Tulips

In 1945, Canadian troops participated in the liberation of the Netherlands. Today, Canadians and the Dutch recall these historic events and celebrate the lasting bonds that were created between their countries half a century ago.

Dutch Princess Finds Refuge in Canada
On May 10, 1940, without warning, and despite repeated protests from the Dutch affirming their neutrality, the German Army crossed the border of the Netherlands. Within days, thousands were dead, the invaders held most of the cities, and the important roads and bridges, and the Netherlands capitulated.
Following the invasion of the Netherlands, one of the key objectives was to capture the Dutch Royal Family. Having fled to temporary safety in England, which was itself facing invasion in 1940, Queen Wilhelmina decided to send the Crown Princess to safety in Canada.
In early June 1940, Princess Juliana and her two small daughters secretly boarded a Dutch vessel bound for Halifax. After a long sea voyage, they moved into a rent…

Nice!

This is cool. It shows the sharpness and it brings out the color.

Great Running and Inspirational Quotes

"Fear is a great motivator. "
- John Treacy, 1984 Olympic silver medalist

"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts."
- Steve Prefontaine

“To be great, one does not have to be mad, but definitely it helps.” – Percy Cerutty

"If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's besides the point. It's simply that I just have to." - Emil Zatopek

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it." -Oprah Winfrey

"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about." -PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power.…

Ranking

Here is my ranking for Borneo International Marathon 2009.

Official Time: 3hrs15mins14secs
Overall Ranking: 395/430
Category Ranking: 76/92

The greatest pleasure in life, is doing the things people say we cannot do.
-- Walter Bagehot

"Running is a mental sport...and we're all insane!"
Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder.



Yeah, my mum said I am insane. She laughed at me when I was soaking my feet in a basin full of ice water after the race. I love being in the field, getting tired, feeling satisfied, adrenaline rush. I am just loving it.

Borneo International Marathon 2009

Barely a month's training, I managed to finish the half marathon. Pheww. I wish I had more trainings compared to my first half marathon last year. Last year, I had 5 months training. The minute I touched the finishing line, I felt happy. Such a big relief that it's finally over. I can eat those forbidden foods again. hahahha. Weeee......