Personal

Running

  1. Half Marathon, Blue Nose International, May 18, 2008 - completion time 2:15:32, distance 21.1 km, bib 110, pace 6:30/km.
  2. Full Marathon, Toronto Marathon, October 14, 2007 - completion time 5:38:10, distance 42.2 km, bib 608, pace 8:02/km, First 21.1 km - 2:12:38, Last 21.1 km - 3:25:54, Last 12 km - 2:09, First 30 km - 3:28.
  3. 10K, Run for Canada, July 1, 2007 - completion time 54:09, distance 10 km, bib 20180, pace 5:25/km.
  4. Half Marathon, Johnny Miles, June 17, 2007 - completion time 1:56:18, distance 21.1 km, bib 58, pace 5:31/km.
  5. Half Marathon, Blue Nose International, May 20, 2007 - completion time 2:03:17, distance 21.1 km, bib 1514, pace 5:51/km.
  6. Full Marathon, Okanagan International Marathon, Kelowna, British Columbia, October 8, 2006 – completion time 5:50, distance 26 miles (42.2 km), bib 44, pace 8:17/km.
  7. Half Marathon, Blue Nose International, Halifax, May 21, 2006 – completion time 2:14, distance 13 miles (21.1 km).
  8. Half Marathon, Manitoba International Marathon, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 19, 2005 – completion time 2:26, distance 13 miles (21.1 km).
  9. Member of Faculty of Science team for CIBC Run for the Cure, October 2005.

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Travel

I like to visit different cities and places. Some of the places I have visited are as follows:
  • Asia: South Korea (Busan, Jeju, Seoul), Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Dubai – Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.
  • Europe: Cyprus, Poland (Krakow and Warsaw), Romania (Bucharest), Greece (Athens and Patras), Italy (Pisa, Florence, Rome, and Bari), Germany (Regensburg, Munich, Ulm), Spain (Barcelona), France (Paris, Lyon, and Montpellier), England (London and Canterbury), and Ireland (Limerick).
  • Canada: St John’s, Halifax, Sydney, Annapolis Valley, Moncton, Fredericton, Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Windsor, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Banff – Jasper, Kelowna, Vancouver, and Victoria.
  • United States: New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, Gatlinburg (Smoky Mountains, TN), Detroit, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Chicago, Minneapolis – St.Paul’s, Fargo, Grand Forks, Las Vegas, San Jose, and San Francisco.

The order of cities is from East to West (approximately).

In order to get a closer look of the culture and environment, I usually go for extended runs (20–30 km), where I explore less famous routes and pathways. For instance, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba to Assiniboine Park, Toronto: CN Tower to Mississauga, London (England): Surrey to Waterloo Station, via A3, and Ottawa: Capital Hill to Hogg’s Bay.

Miscellaneous

Some of my leisure time activities are as follows:
  • Taste and cook different cuisines: Indian sub-continent, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Mediterranean.
  • Swimming: breaststroke, backstroke, and front crawl.
  • Obtained lessons for yoga and hang-gliding.
  • Toastmasters: I have served on all positions of a club (President, VP Education, VP Membership, Secretary, Treasurer etc) as well as an Area Governor; I won the International Humorous Speech Contest for Area 15 (District 64).