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Review: Sanghri-La Hotel

This is one of the most beautiful hotels I have stayed at. Actually after staying here I am inspired to start reviewing hotels on the blog.

This is a modern hotel, looks beautiful, has amazing art and staff is really good. Best part was you could not see the staff around at all but they were there when we needed something. It has an amazing pool with hot tub on 5th floor. It is expensive but totally worth it. It has a 5 diamond award.

More about the concept behind the hotel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shangri-La

Rating: ★★★★★

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Disney Vacation with Kids

We had promised kids that we will take them to Disney land for their 4th birthday. We headed there just 2 days after I resigned from Microsoft(that story later). Smile We had great time. It was great to spend so much time with Kids and see Disneyland through their eyes. Smile Especially both kids had tons of fun, Abhi loved wild rides and Arni enjoyed street shows, some rides and most important was parades with princesses. Smile 

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Chicago Marathon Completed

Last year I decided to run a full marathon. It took me almost 18 months to reach my goal. Finally the D-day came in Chicago. I have always loved Chicago but now it will be special for life. The city where I finished by first marathon. First of many more to come.

Most importantly I get to run for a great cause, fighting cancer, doing my bit to help the world to be better place. So many stories, so much pain is still around and it is sad to hear all of it. I just hope I can do something to help.

Chicago Marathon was amazing. We left Seattle on Friday for Chicago, after 4 hours flight reached O’hare airport. Took public transport to our hotel, Double Tree. Then it was time to wait and fuel up. Smile Had lot of deep dish pizza.

Race day was perfect, great weather around 40-50 deg for running. Overall I finished much slower than what I had imagined but goal was to finish and I achieved it. Actually felt really great at end of the race.

Some Pictures from the race

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Born to Run

Born to Run

Author: Christopher Mcdougall

Rating: ★★★★★

This book has changed how I think of running. I started running last year. Have done 3 half marathons and am training for a full marathon in Oct. I really believe that we as humans were born to run and it is amazing 36 years of my life I survived without running. Smile 

This book is an amazing story of 50 mile foot race in deadly Copper Canyons in Mexico. It is a story of author Christopher McDougall’s search of “Why do our feet Hurt?”. It is also a story of Caballo Blanco an American who lives in Copper Canyon with local tribes and just runs. Smile Christopher as done an great job with all the characters in the story. Loved every bit of the book. Smile

If you run then you should read this book and if you don’t then you must read the book. Smile

Some of my favorite passages from the book

Distance running was revered because it was indispensable; it was the way we survived and thrived and spread across the planet. You ran to eat and to avoid being eaten; you ran to find a mate and impress her, and with her you ran off to start a new life together. You had to love running, or you wouldn’t live to love anything else. And like everything else we love—everything we sentimentally call our “passions” and “desires”—it’s really an encoded ancestral necessity. We were born to run; we were born because we run. We’re all Running People, as the Tarahumara have always known.

‘When you run on the earth and run with the earth, you can run forever.’

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up,” Bannister said. “It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle—when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

‘When you run on the earth and run with the earth, you can run forever.’ ”

“You don’t stop running because you get old,” said the Demon. “You get old because you stop running.”

Memorial weekend in Victoria

This memorial weekend we went to Victoria, BC. I love Victoria as it feels like a small European town. Smile I love the downtown area and ofcourse it is always good to go to Murchies for cup of tea or coffee. Smile

We left on Saturday early morning and returned on Monday afternoon. Best part was we went there with our friends Praveen and Vani so we had lot of fun together. We had rented a great house close to downtown Victoria.

Highlight of our trip was the AdrenaLine Zipline tour we took, this is a must do in Victoria, Smile Few pictures from the trip.

 

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I am Lavaman!!!

Lavaman 2012 in Hawaii was my first triathlon with Team and Training. It was an amazing experience to go through a 6 months of training for the event. Swimming in ocean was the toughest part of the event. I finished the race in 3 hours 41 mins and 27 secs

I actually freaked out at our first team swim practice in Ocean. I was ready to give up but thanks to Vicky and Coach Cathy who helped me come over the fear. After that experience I can come over any obstacle in life. Smile 

Everyone should do atleast 1 endurance event in life, it will show you what your body is capable of and it is just your mind that is limiting you. Smile

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San Diego Vacation

Teji was visiting us from Germany for couple of weeks and planned to return on 20th Dec. We were planning to go to airport to drop her so then we started thinking why not just take a flight and take a quick vacation… Smile We had not been to San Diego so thought that maybe a great place to visit.

We booked our tickets with miles and got great deal at Coronado Bay resort. Smile We stayed there for 5 days, mostly did nothing much did not even visit San Diego downtown. Stayed at the resort and enjoyed Coronado town. Visited local restaurants and enjoyed walking around with kidz. Smile

 

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Seattle Half Marathon Run – Saving Lives One Mile At a Time

This has been a fascinating year for me. Today I ran my second half marathon with Team in Training in support of Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Thanks to everyone who supporting me and helped find cure for blood cancers. Smile

It was an amazing day around 50 deg with constant rain. There was a huge hill around mile 9 and I was really tired but Team in Training folks had put some pictures of cancer survivors especially one kid was so inspiring in the picture that pain was gone in few seconds. Smile 

Next, I have signed up for a Lavaman triathalon with team and training and taken up a task of raising $5k+. So please help me save lives, every dollar counts.. Smile Please give at http://bit.ly/sudsgive

My Certificate: Completion Certificate

Todays Course

Pictures

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