The Photo in Canadian Running magazine

How one of my travel photographs appeared in a Canadian running magazine.

I love photography – who doesn’t, really? It’s super easy to share your shots in this whirlwind era of coffee-making smartphones and social media. Looking back, my first digital camera was an Olympus compact with no zoom lens which I purchased at a Best Buy in Cleveland, Ohio, as a college student in 1998. Going for $399, the 1.3 megapixel photo resolution and an 8MB memory card were cutting edge in those days and something to write home about!

Travelling opens up a whole world of possibilities when it comes to capturing moments. My trip to Japan in 2012 was no different. I was walking along the path next to the Imperial Palace that fateful month of December in freezing Tokyo. I was then taking a few pictures with my trusty Panasonic DMC-LX3 camera of Japanese runners doing their thing in the cold winter weather. After returning back to Malaysia, I published some of the photos on a blog post here on and thought nothing of them after that.

Fast-forward to March 2014, I received an email from a photo editor named Dianne from Canadian Running magazine who was sourcing for photos for a 8-pager feature on the boom of running culture in the Land of the Rising Sun. She had stumbled upon my blog post and was interested to purchase a photo for the article.  In particular she wanted one of runners running around the Imperial Palace. Delighted with this request, I quickly sent her all the relevant shots that I had.

After 2 months since that initial contact, this one photo made it into the May 2014 issue of the Canadian running magazine, along with a credit to my name, blog URL, and Paypal. 🙂

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I asked Dianne if she would send me a copy of the magazine – and she did, the lovely woman. I was happy to receive it just yesterday, all the way from Toronto. She even signed a ‘thank you’ note on the first page of the article, which I appreciated very much. Thank you, Dianne!

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So the next time you travel, take a bunch of pictures, preferably of subject matters that resonate with you. Publish them online and write a nice accompanying story about those moments. You might be surprised whose attention they’ll attract and where they’ll end up.

Thanks, Canadian Running magazine! Pleasure doing business with you. 🙂

Canadian Running magazine, May 2014 issue
Canadian Running magazine, May 2014 issue

Other stories you might be interested in:
Tokyo and the Imperial Palace Route
My experience walking about the famous Japanese running path

Meeting a Running Magazine Editor
My personal encounter with Australian Women’s Running magazine editor in Sydney’s Ketupat Appear in Nan Walker’s Weavers of the World book
My ‘ketupat’ photos once made it into a children’s book about weaving culture around the world


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Hi! I am Fairy from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia - currently residing in Sydney, Australia. This blog contains write-ups on my fitness adventures, whether it's running, swimming, hiking, Zumba, whatever! If I sweat, I write! As a young adult in my twenties, I led a relatively sedentary lifestyle before I had an awakening in 2011. I was overweight by age 30 and finally decided to turn my life around, so I started to reclaim my health back by losing 20 percent of my then body weight by playing dance and fitness video games! I've not looked back since and now happily lead an active lifestyle. If you want to get in touch with me, please email me at fairy[at] or DM me on Instagram @myindo. Thanks for stopping by!

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