Angeline Tan

Triathlete, sports & social media connector, writer, photographer, drummer. I inject buzz into communities


Why I tri & keep tri-ing

Why I do triathlons


A day after I crossed the finish line of my most anticipated race of the year, one in which I devoted 8 months of my life…


The Value of Hard Work

I grew up in a lower middle income home, with little that I desire ever coming into my possession, until I became an adult. When I’d want a toy, new clothes or just some sweets from the grocery store, my mom would simply say, “We don’t have money for that,” while my dad would remark teasingly but meaning every word he said, “When you grow up, you’ll afford those for…


When We Dream

Putting dreams onto paper 


I was about to discard a notebook yesterday when I noticed something I wrote 1.5 years ago, on Nov 17, 2012:


How one man inspired me to pursue my dream


I grew up in a home filled with books, and a big blackboard that hung in the living room. My dad was a home tutor — he taught English, Math and…


Why ride cross America


Who am I?

I’m a triathlete who have just last year completed my first Ironman race, with energy in my tank to spare. I didn’t feel the elation as…


Why I choose to be gluten-free


I owe it to a lot of people to share the unequivocal benefits I’ve seen and reaped from living a gluten-free live. Increased concentration from 1-hour to 7 straight hours at my work desk, better sleep, reduced fat, leaner body, higher level of clarity and creativity at work, steady sugar levels throughout the day, and naturally-reduced coffee intake: while I…


Imperfection is no limitation to creativity, productivity and destiny


How many of us are guilty of falling short of reaching for our dreams because we think we don’t have it all together?

Neither does Enid Blyton (1897-1968), the world’s most prolific children’s book author. In her lifetime and after her death, she published 800 titles, sold over 400 million copies…


Life & Death: We’re Stronger


We’re different but one. We’re diverse but united. We’re intricately & uniquely joined together by the bond of humanity.

Even if it ain’t someone terribly close to us, but the fact that a fellow human being who shares the same breath of air, drives down the same road as you, or share the same interests, perspiration and labor, when you learn of…


Of poverty, books and parenthood


We are a product of our upbringing. I am my father’s daughter, and here’s a little window into what makes me.

I have a rather large family — there’s six of us — my parents and three other siblings. In order to raise a large family, my middle-income parents worked extremely to put us all through school.


Why I tri & keep tri-ing

Why I do triathlons


A day after I crossed the finish line of my most anticipated race of the year, one in which I devoted 8 months of my life…


Nailed my first Ironman 140.6 miles


Doing my first Ironman is like falling in love for the first time.

Throughout the race, I was pleasantly surprised at the incredible…