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Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+

Unusual Sports & Activities to Try in Singapore – Go Beyond the Norm!

Looking for something different to do in Singapore other than the usual sports and activities? Here are some rather “unusual” alternatives that offer plenty of fun experiences too.

Indoor Skydiving

You don’t have to jump 12,000 feet off the ground to enjoy skydiving; the same experience awaits indoors at iFly Singapore! Located at Sentosa’s Siloso Beachfront, within easy reach of Park Hotel Clarke Quay, it features one of the largest indoor skydiving wind tunnels in the world, providing a unique adventure for the whole family.

Stand up Paddling

SUP or stand up paddling combines elements of canoeing and surfing and is best enjoyed on tranquil waters; while it’s relatively easy, you get an excellent workout too! For those staying at Clarke Quay hotels, Singapore SUP rental locations at Sentosa can be easily reached and include the Tanjong Beach Club and Ola Beach Club.

Unicycling

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You may associate unicycles with circus performers, but this is a fun activity that anyone can try. While balancing on one-wheel may sound challenging, once you get the hang of it, there will be no stopping you. Singapore Unicyclists, a popular club, even hosts unicycle hockey which adds a whole new dimension!

Bossaball

What do you get when you combine elements from volleyball, football and gymnastics with lively music and an inflatable platform that has trampolines? Bossaball of course! Check out organisations like Bossaball Singapore which give you a chance to learn or witness this sport that is becoming a worldwide smash.

 

 

Mastering Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand – The “Art of Eight Limbs”

Do you love martial arts or are you on the lookout for a new workout regime? If the answer is “yes”, then Muay Thai is a sport well worth learning! The great thing is, you could combine such an activity with a holiday to Phuket.

What is Muay Thai

First some background; known as the “art of eight limbs”, Muay Thai actually dates back to the 18th century and was used as a traditional form of martial arts. Today, it has become a combat sport with a huge following in Thailand with stadiums packed with locals cheering on contestants.

Supervised Training

As with learning any new sport, getting the proper training and guidance is a must and should not be substituted by YouTube videos! Due to the sport’s popularity, some Phuket resort properties including the likes of Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas offer personal Muay Thai training in their own kickboxing ring.

The Eight Points of Contact

To master Muay Thai, you need to learn to utilise the eight points of contact; to do this you have to incorporate your fists, elbows, knees and feet. The more combinations you learn the better you become at offence and defence.

The Complete Fighter

While learning Muay Thai in Phuket will most probably not be done in the hopes of beginning a career in the sport, the more you master it the better you will appreciate it. To do this, you will also need to engage in body conditioning and strength training which provide a complete workout that you can hopefully continue back home too.

 

Experience Muay Thai Boxing in Phuket – National Sport and Deadly Martial Art

One of Thailand’s famous exports is the martial art of Muay Thai. In a very short amount of time, Muay Thai went from a fairly obscure style to one of the most notoriously lethal forms of combat.

Background

Muay Thai is currently one of the most popular martial arts in the world and, when combined with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, results in the most common iteration of MMA (mixed martial arts). Although the world only heard about it recently, Muay Thai is part of Thailand’s heritage.

History

It is believed that this form of combat was born out of the conflict that took place in the 15th century with the Burmese. The most historically famous Thai boxer is ‘Nai Khanom Tom’ who supposedly defeated nine Burmese fighters in single-combat in a fight for his freedom.

Boxing Matches

Muay Thai boxing matches are a matter of national pride, and are definitely something you should experience on a visit to Thailand. If you’re staying at many of the boutique hotels in Phuket with examples such as Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, there’s bound to be an event taking place nearby.

Reputed Stadiums

There are many places in Phuket to indulge in some quality Muay Thai tournaments, such as Patong Boxing Stadium. The most famous Muay Thai stadium in the nation however, will always be Lumpini Boxing Stadium.

 

Five on-course snacks to stay fit during golf rounds – Healthy treats for golf rounds

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Golf rounds can get pretty extensive, depending on the pace of http://Image Credit: The Els Club Malaysiayour partners and your general mood. Golf games can take a while to finish and if you’ve managed to last the entire game without eating anything, then bravo! However, if you’re like a majority of us, you will definitely need something to munch on while playing. Healthy snacks like the ones mentioned below will keep your tummy happy and full.

If you can survive till the end of the game though without any snacks, in Johor, golf courses usually have restaurants and cafeterias where you can sit down for a meal after an exhausting game, like the one at The Els Club Malaysia.

Garlic & Parmesan Edamame popcorn; this is high in protein and fiber and is packed in a small polythene bag. This is made of green soya beans, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and olive oil. The green soya beans are baked and mixed with the ingredients to make this tasty light eat.

Roasted Chickpeas (sweet and hot); this is a spicy snack that pleases your eye as well as your taste buds. Chickpeas are a slow digest therefore it is guaranteed to keep you feeling full throughout your rounds. Made by baking chickpeas and seasoning it with chilli powder, sugar, smoked paprika, cumin and olive oil.

Apple Pie Spiced Wonton Chips; these are promising crispy treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Made by adding apple pie spice, light brown sugar and a little bit of salt to wonton slices, the end product is finally baked for about 5 minutes.

Cucumber and cheese Sandwiches; these are little snacks, refreshing as it contains a great deal of water and is easy to toss into your mouth in between breaks. Made by spreading cheese filling (usually made out of herbed goat cheese and light cream cheese) with sliced up cucumber.

Lemon Hummus; made of intensely processed chickpeas and lemon juice. Hot sauce, olive oil and a little bit of salt will also be added for seasoning. This is high protein food thus is considered to boost energy levels during rounds.