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More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed of having a peculiar illness known as Bipolar Affected Disorder. My world as I known it crumbled; I lost my business, then my job and later my sense of purpose. It was during this dark moments I rediscovered the joy of running and writing. Most of the articles here are about my rekindled pleasure of hitting the tarmac, my coming to terms with the illness and my discovery of the meaning of life.

I always on the lookout for inspirations to write in these three areas with the hope that they will shed new ray of hope to others who are in the same position as I am.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Time is on My Side

Not much to say about my love for watches.

I have six watches altogether.  All are my favorites including a free gift from my daughter, a Star Wars all black dress watch.  Each has its personality:
  1. The Garmin Forerunner 25 is a GPS watch to accompany me in my running.  I bought it for USD 175.
  2. The Casio Tough Solar Illuminator is my top of the list.  It has the stopwatch, 5 alarms, timer, world time, and 24 hours military time.  I got it for USD 60.
  3. Next is the Ball Engineer Master Diver II.  My heirloom piece.  I bought it for USD 875 to replace the stolen Rolex Submariner.  Turned out to be a better value for money Swiss watch.
  4. Then I recently purchased a Seiko Solar Diver.  Another steal purchase for USD 209.
  5. Finally my long trusted companion, the Casio Mudman military watch which I bought for USD 125.  It has 10 years battery life, 200 m dive, military time, 4 alarms, world time, two stopwatches, and a timer.  After 10 years, still going strong.  I just need to replace the battery.
I am so in love with my watches that sometimes I wear two at a time.  I had seen General Norman Swarzkopf Jr. of Desert Storm wear two watches.  I was inspired by him.

I also adore Invicta Pro Divers series.  I did not buy them but I collect 9 of the photo models.  They have great designs but their quality is a hit and miss issue.  I'm also not going to overindulge myself in collecting watches for cosmetic purposes.

My watches though not expensive are reliable timepieces.  I am a rugged man and I want my watches to be robust.  Invicta will not able to withstand the demand of daily use like my current watches.  But I do love their design because they copied the Rolex Submariner.

Call me sentimental, but I do miss my Rolex.  But instead buying another Rolex, I had my eyes on the Seiko Kinetic Diver.  If I buy this watch, it is out of indulgence.

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