Friday, 30 January 2015

Sunday Walk

Something my sons wants to do every Sunday now...
 
Not running, but going out with us and enjoy the fresh air.
 Just a leisurely stroll around the park is nice. Of course.
 We slow down and notice more stuff around us.

Found this fruit during our walk. Looks like a persimmon, a hairy persimmon. The flesh smells nice but we didn't know what fruit this was, we didn't know also whether it is edible or not.
 
Something to look and study! ^^

This week's walk is around Taman Canseri and we went up to Taman Duta too, in Putrajaya.

Son loves it here because Taman Duta has almost no crowd at all. Well, it is just an open air section next to Taman Canseri. Nothing special but it sure is hilly here.
And oh! The park has a lot of stairs, for those who loves tackling the stairs! Hahaha
An hour worth of stroll and it's time to head home for dinner! ^^

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Excited For The 4-Day Weekend!

One of the perks of working in Federal Territories... well, for this year at least.

We get Monday off as a replacement for February 1st Federal Territories Day which falls on Sunday this year. Then, we get Tuesday off for Thaipusam!

Woohooo!

So how am I going to spend the long weekend?

Time with son.

Time with husband.
Maybe do this, again? Hahaha

So those who will enjoy the long weekend this weekend... what are your plans? ^^

Monday, 26 January 2015

Under The Weather

Gah!
 
Been feeling under the weather for almost three weeks now.
 
It started really mild in the first week of January and got full blown in the third week of January, with me already visiting the doctor twice.
 
The whole family is still recovering from flu and cough now and I guess it's not going to go away easily as quite a number of colleagues are also coughing and sneezing in the office.
 
Anyways, I just have to make sure I have enough rest, drink lots of fluid, take my medicine and hope I can recover soon!
 
The long weekend this month end is coming and I want to enjoy it!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Steaks And Tofu

We went to Outback Steakhouse in Nu Sentral last week to enjoy some meaty goodness dinner there and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by their selection (and service too).
As I just completed an 80km run on Sunday, a few days before we went "makan" at Outback Steakhouse; protein loading is actually high on my agenda. LOL
 
Well, actually I enjoyed a more oriental style protein loading first, a couple of days after that run.
In form of soon doo boo jigae and bulgogi at Ko Hyang at Gardens Mall.
 
Oh, these are heavenly and just what I needed to whet my appetite.
 
Yumm. yumm.
But eating steaks and beef ribs sure give another kind of satisfaction too!
 
Anyways, I don't take much supplements (I only take two and both for my joints) and I also don't take all those hyped-up recovery supplements but I made sure I eat well instead!
 
It's more fun to eat than just drinking some expensive concoction for me! LOL

 
Am hoping to make another return trip to Nu Sentral in the near future and drop by the Outback Steakhouse again.
 
A plus getting to Nu Sentral was the ease of finding parking. Like really easy. And we went there on a weekday, after work. So it was kinda cool to find another hangout nearby other than the Bangsar area (which is actually a nightmare in finding parking) or Mid Valley. ^^

Monday, 19 January 2015

Kampung Run In Melaka

Skyhawk Nature Run to me, is one of the highly anticipated run/race for the year for me.

Photo credit : Ben Swee
And I truly enjoyed both the 2014 & 2015 edition of Skyhawk Nature Run.
Organised by Skyhawk Marathon Club in Melaka, this is one of those “for runners, by runners” race and they do understand runners’ need.

OK. Let me get one thing straight first.

This is not an event for runners who want to see their results and rankings because there is no timing chip. They had a big Seiko timing watch set-up at the finish line though.

They do give out finisher medals but don’t pout about not getting a “finisher” half-marathon tee.

Do note that for RM55.00 registration fee, this has got to be one of the cheaper half-marathons in Malaysia that has no big corporate sponsors backing it! Even those with sponsors charge more. Most 10K races cost RM50.00 and upwards nowadays!

But what one gets while running in the Skyhawk Nature Run is a great running experience and the experience was not only shared with runners but also the community along the route we ran. And you can feel the teamwork between the volunteers in this race too.

And that’s why, despite some initial drama of probably not being able to run at all last Sunday in Melaka, and with me already contacting the organiser for a transfer of name for my bib (yes, they let me do it) and then suddenly the transferee was unable to run and I had to again inform the organiser that I’d be running (sorry for all the hassle! And thank you for accommodating to all my nonsense. ^^) and only making the trip to Rumah Melaka in Bukit Katil on the morning of the race day itself; I managed to run again for the second year in the Skyhawk Nature Run.

With the whole family down with the flu bug (me for about a week and a half) and hubby and Son caught it (from me lah, I suppose) last week, I guess I was being rather selfish in still wanting hubby driving me over to Melaka. Well, I did say that we can put up in a hotel but he wasn’t keen.

So at 3.10am, we started our journey to Melaka from our home. Traffic was smooth and we arrived the race venue shortly before 5.00am.

A kind friend had agreed to help me with my race kit collection the day before so we had that sorted out. While waiting, we took a nap in the car.
My kind, gorgeous friend. I owe her a big cuppa expensive, artisan coffee! Hehehe

Hubby decided to sleep in the car so I went to the starting line and roam around the race venue alone.

Flag-off was at 6.15am and I decided to wait and took my time starting so I was amongst the last to start.

Bumped into a few friends and we ran together and chit-chat for a while before they all sped off after the first incline. My plan for this race was to enjoy my run and run as much as I could but not really wanting to push it that much.

Just like last year, the Skyhawk Nature Run is kinda my recovery run after Watergate 16-hour. The difference was, I was feeling OK and strong in 2014 (I did 2:44 despite much goofing and walking) compared to this year where I was obviously not fully recovered from the fatigue of running in Watergate 16-hour 2015.

But it’s OK. I’m using Skyhawk to gauge my fitness anyway and how much I can cope. Verdict : not that fit yet.

There were more water stations this year, compared to 2014. I was actually OK with the previous year’s 4-5KM gap between each water stations (WS) but I was also relieved that 2015 had less gap between each WS because my scratchy throat sure appreciates water.

My bad, knowing my own body condition and not really bothering to bring my own hydration. It’s that “ala, it’s just 21K attitude”. Arrogant sangat! Bwahaha
But I got this as a replacement power gel.
The highlight of the run is running through villages. Kampung areas and best of all, you meet a whole lot of kampong folks sporting enough to cheer you on. That is so priceless!
The second water station at KM7.5 was a big hit. We were served with generous servings of fruits – papaya, watermelon and honey dews along with fluids. Not in those cut fruits served at the buffet style, but generous RM1.50 cut like that are sold at stalls.

You know I sure cannot resist but to stop and enjoy lah, right? Despite my doctor’s reminder for me not to eat any fruits until I get better. Eih… food. Free food. Cannot resist. Although afterwards, chest felt cold and made it a tad hard to enjoy running and breathing. Padan muka lah... Hehehe
Dr Liau who is one of the “orang kuat” of the run was there greeting runners along with Mr Lau, the “Ketua Kampung” of Kampung Tiang Dua.
We were not only served with fruits, the Ketua Kampung also handed out free caps!

I took one which I later passed to one of the children sitting in front of their house/shop and told them to take care of my cap. Hehehe

There was a big number of runners coming in from Singapore and well, it’s not only them who loves the change of scenery and running in the city. I love being able to run around kampungs too!
And for a change, we get to receive support from villagers who some, went out and stood by the road to see us run. A few salams to the pakciks and makciks and chosans to aunties and uncles as well waving to kids. We don’t get this in big city run in KL!
At some WS, which were located in front of villagers’ houses, we get to be served by the whole family, it seems.
It sure is nice for the organiser to get the villagers roped in and be a part of this run too instead of just being inconvenienced by us runners “terrorising” and blocking their road.

The problem with this kampung route is however, we get to pass a whole lot of food stall serving breakfast and I was sorely tempted to stop and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or teh tarik! Thank goodness I forgot to bring along some cash as I probably would’ve stopped and enjoy a morning drink there and probably finish my run in 4 hours! LOL
After about 15K, I bumped into a fellow Watergate 16-hour finisher (there were quite a number of them too, who did both events) and we chatted and walked together for a bit; I think up to the final 5K of the run. Then he took off, after we snapped a photo together with the champ of Watergate 16-hour who was a marshall for Skyhwak Nature Run and I did a half-arsed attempt to start running again.
Saw a couple of traffic police manning one junction up ahead and well, cannot resist taking photos with them and their motorbikes. Gotta say, they were very sporting.



The route we ran was marked with distance markers, not to sure how KM apart but if I’m not mistaken, at every 3K? Well, after the 16K mark, it was a countdown of 5K to go, 4K to go, 3K to go and so on… and the organiser had also placed a few inspirational signs.
Photo credit : Jk Suah
At the last KM, I was encouraged to run by a Singaporean TNF finisher and sure loved her spirit and cheers to other runners.

Mustered the last bit of resolve to run, I ran the last 500m, seeing hubby waiting for me and friends cheering me on. Made it to the finish line at a marvellously slow 3:23:09 (gun time) but I was completely fine with it.

I still encountered a bad knee pain (this time for both knees) and I somehow can pinpoint the culprit. So yeah, this run is an experiment and a learning run for me and I got to do it in a nice, scenic route with great support.

Is there any complaints for this run?

None for me. I’m easy to please.

Just give me an interesting route with friendly faces along the route and I’ll be OK.

And oh, being served ice cream, boiled eggs, putu piring apart from other “normal” snacks such as bread, banana and drinks is good too. Oh yeah, note to self. Do not drink the free Dutch Lady milk when one is not feeling well. I almost had the urge to throw up after that! Huhuhu

Anywys, see you in 2016. Let’s hope I won’t be causing any more drama and “kacau” the organiser again next year! Hahaha

The only thing I felt a bit lacking for this year was the intimate feeling we got at the finishing line in 2014. I guess the run has gotten big to feel that now. But it's OK. No biggie lah.

Thanks everyone for being so friendly to me. ^^

Friday, 16 January 2015

A Dinner Treat At Miyagi Bangi

Those who have read my blog for years would kinda know that I love going to Miyagi Japanese Restaurant in Bangi, even before the restaurant was featured on TV3; in Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan hosted by Maria Tunku Sabri.
 
You know its good when the restaurant is patronised by Japanese themselves - those working around the Bangi area.
 
And this is probably one of few Japanese restaurants in Malaysia I will give my thumbs up.
 
No - don't talk to me about all those kaiten-zushi places. I turn my nose on Sushi King, Sushi Tei and the likes. Even Sushi Zanmai in Malaysia can't meet my standard let alone what I've eaten at Sushi Zanmai in Japan. Some places are nice, but their price makes my nose bleed and the portion is too dainty.
 
Yeah, yeah. I'm a snob. Muahaha
 
Anyways, the evening before hubby and I were to explore Putrajaya on foot for 10-hours (I've blogged about it here), we decided to give ourselves a treat first. ^^
 
Nothing special though. Instead of choosing from the ala-carte menu or the day's special; we just went for the teishoku (set) meal. I tell you, Miyagi's teishoku is a bargain! The prices are reasonable and the portion BIG!
 Son had the tempura set this time. RM28.00
 I went for the teppanyaki set. RM36.00
And hubby chose the beef teppanyaki set. RM33.00
 
Green tea is free and these set come with free desserts too. ^^
 
With only 10% service charge and no government tax (at the moment), this place has got to be one of the most affordable Japanese restaurant we went to.
 
We sure were full by the time we finished and the next day kinda burn all the calories consumed with our stroll. Hahaha
 
Since this is not a food review (paid or otherwise), I can't be bothered sharing with you the address. Google them up lah, if you wanna go. *evil laugh*

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

PRESS RELEASE : MPIB RUN 2014 RESULTS

Dark horse stopped 2-time winner from a hat-trick in community run
Rosnizam bin Rosli emerged victorious for Men’s 12KM Open category in MPIB Run 2015

Kuala Lumpur, 12 January 2015 – Rosnizam bin Rosli was the 1st in the Men’s Open 12KM category to cross the Finish Line yesterday at the Padang Merbuk. The Perlis native prevented 2-time winner Venugopal Rajendran from continuing his reign in the annual community Run of Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd (“MPIB”).
 
This is the 1st time that Rosnizam joins MPIB Run. Nonetheless, the 26-year-old is no stranger to physical challenges, having received training in the army. He quipped, “I believe it has helped prepare me to cope with the Race’s hilly terrain.”
 
Susan Khoo, the Champion in the Women’s Veteran 12KM category for 4 years running, has only 1 word to describe the route: “Tiring.” She admitted that age was certainly catching up with her, but that won’t stop her from returning next year to defend her title. And she won’t be returning alone as Susan’s daughter Kim Khoo clinched the 1st place in the Women’s 9KM category.
 
The fastest runner for the 12KM category, however, was neither Rosnizam nor Susan but Jean Pierre Lautredoux, a French national who clocked in with a gun time a little over 40 minutes.
 
In total, there were 60 winners from the 6 competitive categories. Their prizes were sponsored by New Balance, Revive Isotonic, Pacific Regency Hotel Group, Pilatique, Pinang Medical Supplies and KT Tape. For the runners in the non-competitive 5KM category, a Lucky Draw ensured that 10 of them ‘run’ away with freebies from Running Malaysia, Pinang Medical Supplies and KT Tape.

Not all participants joined the Race in the spirit of competition. Some were in for the fun, like Rosaliza Mohd Sarit. Thoroughly enjoying MPIB Run 2014, Rosaliza was drawn back for her 2nd year and found 2015 equally engaging. “I have also taken part in MPIB’s My First Run Clinic programme, and I find it very useful for beginners like myself. This time I also brought along my son, he did very well at the 3KM Fun Walk!”
 
The atmosphere was positively carnival. There were booths offering food, drinks and games as music filled the morning air from start to finish. Selfie-takers were spoilt for choice by the available colourful selfie boards, photo wall and crowd-favourite Photobooth.
 
Before the Race, runners were treated to an aerobic session by Pilatique to warm themselves up. Pilatique also offered pre- and post-run sports massage at their booth. Ice-cream, MILO drinks and Fitnesse cereal drew a large gathering at the Nestlé’s booth. Runners who needed some post-Race replenishment opted for the thirst-quenching Revive Isotonic booth and the fresh Massimo rolls from their goodie bags.
 
MPIB Run 2015 is the 4th city run organised by the general insurer. Project Leader Ms. Jayne Liew remarks, “The number of participants for our Runs consistently exceeds our cap of 5,000, which we find encouraging. The public response only motivates us to work harder at making them more enjoyable for our supporters. We are already considering tweaking a few elements for next year’s Run, slated for 10 January 2016.”
 
The charitable initiative called Project Good Deeds that complements MPIB Run 2015 successfully collected 207 pairs of sports/running shoes and 1,282 tee shirts for the Orang Asli community. The generous contributions from MPIB Run 2015’s participants will benefit 4 Orang Asli settlements in Pahang and Selangor.
The jubilant winners from all 6 competitive categories posing with their trophies.

Also on stage are the prize presenters MPIB Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Yahya bin Awang (6th from left), MPIB Directors Mohd Azlan bin Mohammed (4th from left) and Ms. Kheoh (4th from right), and MPIB Chief Operating Officer Mr. Liew (2nd from left); Project Leader Ms. Jayne Liew (1st from left) and Race Director Mr. Wan (1st from right).
 And they’re off! The flag-off of the Men’s and Women’s 5KM categories.
Runners find the route at MPIB Run 2015 both challenging and rewarding.
 
The top 3 winners in the 6 competitive categories of MPIB Run 2015:
Congrats everyone!

Monday, 12 January 2015

16-hours In Putrajaya

There’s this long hours running event called Watergate 16-hours held in Putrajaya last weekend.

The event has a simple format. Participants do as much or as little as they want, their choice. But to get the finisher items, one must do a minimum of 10 x 5K loops = 50K. The format for me, is really good for those still looking for a way to increase their mileage but may be hesitant to go headlong into much bigger and longer distance races. The route is also kinda tame for runners, where we ran on mostly flat pavements/tarmac with the exception of the stairs leading up to the Jambatan Seri Gemilang. That steps were simply torturous, I tell you!

Of course, we are all more than welcomed to run the whole of 16-hours, and that’s what I intended to do, all along. I’m actually quite surprised on how many runners who thought I’d stop after reaching 50K mark. It was never a plan to stop if I can still do loops by 12.00pm on Sunday.

It doesn’t matter whether one runs or walk or both in this. No matter how fast or slow. It’s an achievement no matter what, and the courage of those who are willing to test their limit last weekend should be applauded. We could really see some runners who tried their best even though it took them hours to finish 50K. Some ran despite injuries or having just recovered from one. It’s not exactly a clever thing to do, but we understand why they did it. They had GUTS!

I enjoyed last year’s Watergate 16-hour experience tremendously and was anticipating this year’s sophomore edition.

But I had to review my earlier goal and target seeing that I haven’t been running much since Fujisan Marathon back in November 2014. With just a slow hike, a couple of short and slow runs the past three weeks to test my achy knees; I had to really study and think about what I want and what I’d be able to achieve in this year’s Watergate 16-hour edition. Whatever I had done for the past month, it sure wasn’t enough to be able to do anything too ambitious. So I came up with a backup plan. With less mileage.

But hey! Try we must. We can’t fail if we didn’t even try. We can’t succeed either.

This was the original plan.

After a bit of thinking, on Friday before the event, I decided to try and follow this original plan and ditched the backup plan. Try my best and let the rest fall in its place.

Saturday

The event flag-off was at 8.00pm and the bib collection for the 200-odd runners started at 5.00pm the same day. Unlike last year, where we arrived half an hour before the flag-off, we got there earlier at 6.00pm this year.

A bit later than what we had planned. Making some rice balls to share with friends took more time than I had bargained and with the help of my son, we finished making them at almost 5.00pm.

By the time we arrived; Taman Seri Empangan, which was where the event will be flagged off and CP2; was already lively with runners.

It was after 7.00pm when both Zaini and I changed into our running gears while Son who had tagged along, “lepak”ed with his friends, kids of the PACat Team members. We had actually brought a tent for him so that he could wait for us and camp out, but a friend took him under her care later and we needn’t need to worry about him.
Photo credit : Bett
At 8.00pm, runners were flagged off in waves. We waited with a bunch of friends and started last. No hurry. The night was still young. (And turned out later, there were more runners starting much later… no problem). 
Photo credit : RFF (Kahwai)
I had these “mantra” that I set out for Watergate 16 hour run. I needed to be careful not to start too fast and go off steam a few hours later, and I also did not want to be too slow and not achieve my target. I also needed to remind myself not to be a self-centered asshole while running. SMILE! Because I believe in running happy.
Photo credit : KuHairul
Zaini and I had agreed that we would not have the same target so for the first 4 hours of our run, we’d sometimes run together, and there were times when either he/I sped ahead. He didn’t linger long at CPs while I took more time there during the early hours of the run.
Photo credit : PACat Team
At the early hours of the run, I stopped to hydrate myself at both CPs and made sure I ate something – fruits, candies, gummies, etc. before starting off again while Zaini wasn’t keen on wasting too much time there.

I managed to run the first 15K at planned pace before the lack of training started to show. Plus, both my second toes were kinda in pain. I stopped at CP2 (Taman Seri Empangan) to tend to them and the paramedics were sure quick to come to my aid but I assured them I had it sorted out myself.

Then, I decided to walk with Zaini. Not exactly “makan angin” pace though. At first, he was walking at 8:30min/km pace (I know, I checked) so I had to jog to make sure I didn’t get left behind but as he slowed down, I was able to match his walking pace. That was about 9:50-10.30min/km.

By this time I know however, that I was lagging in distance of what I planned for the first 4 hours but as the night was still young, I had hoped that I’d managed to somehow narrow the gap later.

Supper was served for runners from 12.00am onwards, and we got back to the CP at around 12.30am with chicken rice and coffee waiting for us. Yumms…

We ate and rested for 23minutes (yes, of course I calculate them) before setting off again, at a much slower pace. In keeping of not going with anything slower than 12min/km walk, we continued and after 2.5km, we had quickly picked up our pace again.

When we were together, it was rather nice and we were quite touched that a few runners actually recognised us, manning CP4 at Putrajaya 100 miles. Awww… ^^

Another loop with Zaini and then he told me to go ahead as he didn’t plan to keep the fast walking pace anymore. The poor guy had blisters on the sole of his foot and I guess he attended to it too late, that it got a bit too painful for him to continue with his fast walking pace.

And so, after midnight, I plod through the route alone but thankfully, there were still quite a number of runners and it wasn’t too eerie to pass through a dark stretch midway of the loop.

Sunday

So we all had run past midnight and while some chose to rest and catch some sleep, some of us still continues on.

If I had been rather relaxed in the first four hours of the run, I was more focused by now.

By this time, my aim was not to drop my pace to anything below than 11min/km. I’d occasionally jog but most time, I was walking.

Feeling rather bloated drinking all the cold Coke and 100-Plus, my only wish for fluid after this time was coffee. And boy, it was a motivation to reach the CP just so I can have coffee.

As I somehow had kinda regularise my pace, the aim for each loop was to do it in 50min for each 5K loop. I only stopped at CP1 at Palace of Justice just to get my bib ticked off and I’d start off immediately without stopping to drink. A hurried drink and getting a quick bite at CP2 and off I went again.

And I tell you, I managed to keep almost all the loops timing at that average timing, and we’re talking about 10 hours of the balance of the run.

Seeing not only friendly faces manning both CPs but other runners sure helped in keeping me in high spirits. I don’t listen to music during my run, so I keep myself entertained by looking forward to bumping with other runners. To smile. To encourage. To be encouraged.
Photo credit : RFF (Calvin Toh)
And yes, I do get plenty of encouragements from other runners. Thank you! Even just a smile meant a lot to me. The claps I received from volunteers each time I arrived to the CPs were too. Hugs to everyone!

After reaching 50K, my back started to hurt and it was hard to run as it was painful to draw deep breath. Not intending to stop any time soon, I just asked the medic to rub some ointment on my back.

I still tried to run and I’d do it at all the declines (from the starting line at CP2 towards the bridge and halfway down the bridge) and the rest, I just walked. Better than nothing lah.

Run declines and walked the rest. Oh, sometimes I changed to a jog when it got a tad boring. At 60K, I guess my energy level somehow went down, and most probably due to hunger and I started to get sleepy. It was hard to focus walking and even a couple of runners who were out for a run asked me whether I was awake! I’m barely awake! Hahaha. Luckily, I bumped into a couple of friends and they made me snap out of my sleepiness.

By 65K, my right knees started to hurt and boy, it was sure was painful to go down the Jambatan Seri Gemilang stairs by now. Had it sprayed later and after some coffee and a can of drinks kindly donated by a friend, along with a packet of nasi lemak; I set off again.

At 70K mark, my feet started to hurt despite changing into another pair of shoes earlier so I opted to change into my sandals. And I completed the balance of 10K clad in sandals. A quick sip of drink, a rub at the back by Zaini as my back was killing me and I set off again.

Arriving CP2 after completing 75K, I asked the volunteer whether I still have enough time to do one more loop and they encouraged me to continue. Not wanting to waste any more time as I had about an hour to complete one final 5K loop, limping one final loop, I plodded out again. I was still in pain actually, that barely a few metres after setting off, I was thinking of turning back and quit. But somehow I didn’t.

I stopped at a bus stop just a km after that to check on my foot and somehow got cramps. First cramp of the run. Thank goodness it came so late actually. I waited and stretched to ease the cramps before starting off again.

My second last loop, a fellow runner paced with me and while we talked, we had somehow managed to pick up our pace together. My last loop a runner out for a training run paced me and urged me to run. I tried to follow him but it got too painful and I told him so and we just walked and talked for a few kms.

It was sheer murder to go down the Jambatan Seri Gemilang one last time with the knee in pain and I sure was glad that I got down. Tears almost welled up in my eyes as I see Zaini and a friend running towards me as I tried to finish the last 200m. I was so touched by their gesture and support.

Zaini pushed me to hurry me up as I walked on the inclines but let go as I ran the final 50m alone, letting me have my “glory”.

Of course I would love for him to be alongside me as I ran towards the finishing line, completing my 80K run that day but he stayed behind.
Photo credit : PACat Team
We didn’t run together much this time, but if not for him: I would not have done this 16-hours run. The patience of both my husband and son, letting me set off and do this for 16-hours in priceless for me. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you too, to the organiser, the PACat V-army, runners and friends who turned up to support us. You all made me do this 80K run a very happy and meaningful run.

I had a great time last weekend and it’s all because of YOU! So thank you again!

And thank you for all the nice photographs.

See you in 2016! ^^

Saturday, 10 January 2015

The Night is Ours, Watergate 16 Hours Runners!

The night is ours.

Which is what the song title of "Malam Ini Kita Punya" by Bunkface.

One of my fave song, and very apt for what I'll be doing tonight, with a couple hundred of other friends; in Putrajaya, running (or walking... don't crawl) while finishing the Watergate 16-hour event. ^^



All the best everyone!

Jangan gentar.
Jangan phobia.
Era baru bermula.
Mari goncang dunia.

Malam ini kita punya!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Hot New Bomba 2015 Calendar

So I read and was updated by friends about the new 2015 hot Bomba calendar.
Photo from Bomba FB page
And it made news too. Read the Star's report on it here. LOL
 
Anyway, if I can get a copy, maybe I can make one. With this image I have... a photo taken during the Bomba Run in May 2014.
Personal touch some more.
 
Thanks MJ for the soft copy. Hehehe

Thursday, 8 January 2015

PRESS RELEASE : MPIB RUN 2014

Limited Access to the Padang Merbuk for MPIB Run 2015

Kuala Lumpur, 7 January 2015 – Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd (“MPIB”) wishes to inform of the limited access to the roads leading to the Padang Merbuk on 11 January 2015 on account of the general insurer’s annual community Run. The roads leading to the venue such as Jalan Parlimen will be less accessible to vehicles from 6.50 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. to ensure a safer and smoother Race for the participants.
Click for bigger photos
Participants will be running within the coned zone and following the directions of traffic police who are entrusted with the road traffic management. Route marshals are also on duty to assist the traffic police on that day and they are available at every junction and turning of the route. Project Leader Ms. Jayne Liew stresses, “We strive to ensure as safe a Race as we can so that the only thing runners need to concentrate on is running.”

Happy running everyone!

MPIB Run also has Project Good Deeds where they accept pre-loved shoes , and at the Race they will also be making the last collection for their Project Good Deeds, which accept pre-loved sports shoes and tee shirts to be donated to the Orang Asli community. This year, they have 4 Orang Asli settlements as beneficiaries and they hope the total collection will exceed that made in their Project Good Deed Shoes last year!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Instant Mee Cravings At Bangi Gateway

There's this nondescript stall at the Bangi Gateway Food Court that is rather well-known amongst my FB / runner friends for their rather awesome instant noodles.
Oh, they do sell other type of noodles too, like Laksa Penang, Laksam, Laksa Siam and stuff but most of my friends who went there, opted for their "megi ketam" or crab instant noodle. ^^
 
Hubby was meeting some friends over there and Son and I tagged along so that we could try the dishes there ourselves. Kill two birds with one stone, like that.
This was their megi ketam. RM13.00 per bowl.

Hubby ordered this, while waiting for friends to arrive as we were hungry. Well, I was hungry. :P
Son chose the mee sotong (squid) and I chose mee udang (prawns) but instead of the big prawns, I chose the small ones. Forgot how much they cost though.
 
Love the sour gravy. I finished every single drop!
Photo credit : Gme
Our friends arrived later, and they all ordered the mee ketam except Gme who had just finished his 10K run at the nearby stadium track.
While waiting and chatting, I got hungry again and decided to order another bowl. This time, with the crab! But I guess I was greedy as I had to ask Son to share this with me. Couldn't finish them all by myself!
 
And we finished the meal with a cold bowl of cendol. Burp.
 
It was sure nice meeting friends and talked and gossiped away from races/running for a change too. Hehehe


Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sunday Outing With Hubby

While we were out in Putrajaya this morning, I thought it might be fun to post at Facebook our progress in covering parts of Putrajaya and each stops we made were marked as CPs (checkpoints)  just like it would if we enter a race, just to make our outing more fun and interactive. Hehehe

We followed part of Putrajaya 100 miles this time... part only ya... Crazy ah want to cover so much distance? LOL
First stop - toilet stop for me.  At Putrajaya Maritime Centre. Because the toilet there is so nice! Hahaha
Second stop was at Putrajaya Challenge Park. Zaini needed a toilet stop this time. Hahaha
Third stop was because my feet was feeling rather hot and I needed to do something to avoid blister from forming. So, we stopped so I can slather some Vaseline on my foot.
Fourth stop was at Taman Rimba Alam.

Stopped for a quick wash before finishing the rest of the Taman Rimba loop.

Still was in high spirits. ^^

We didn't stop for too long since our fueling up to this point was candies and lots and lots and lots of fluid intake. I did pop-in two tablet of Hammer Perpeteum Solids to keep hunger pangs at bay.
Then it was our lunch stop. We had a super nice lunch at Darussalam Restaurant in Presint Diplomatik. I think the staff there took pity on me, because this was the biggest portion of chicken and gried bittergourd that I ever got from them! LOL
We headed to Taman Wetland afterwards.
After Taman Wetland, we headed to Taman Botani and later had a stop at Taman Warisan Pertanian. There's a food court there and we rested for a bit and enjoyed coconut shake.
Last stop before we got back to Taman Seri Empangan where we parked our car was the Palace of Justice. Just for a photo op.

It took us 10 hours to finish but it was fun.

p.s. all the captions in the FB photos are tongue-in-cheek and are not supposed to be taken seriously. ^^

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