Sunday, 31 January 2016

Putrajaya Marriott Hotel Stay

So we checked-in at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel after my run in Cyberjaya Twincity Marathon.

We absolutely love the room and the really speedy wi-fi at the hotel.

I love the pampering I received at Dewi Teratai Spa, enjoying the body scrub and also the Himalayan Signature massage.

It was no wonder, we turn-in early after dinner and slept soundly until the next morning.

I actually planned to run before breakfast but it was so nice to be lying on the bed and under the warm sheet, I actually woke up late. It was after 7.00am that I finally got my butt out and got dressed... to head for the buffet breakfast. Hahaha

We went down to Zest Restaurant before 8.00am and there weren't too many diners yet at the time.
 First of many.
Hubby with roti canai, with dhall, beef rendang and all the assortments. A cup of teh tarik on the side. ^^

We enjoyed a nice relaxing breakfast until more guests came down for breakfast and the restaurant started being filled by screaming children so it was time for us to a make a move. 
After breakfast, we decided to take a stroll around the hotel.
And made our way to IOI Mall. 

The road was clear during the weekend so it was nice to enjoy a stroll there in the morning.
We even made a circle around the IOI City Mall!

But just the outside of the mall lah this time. The shops inside weren't opened yet. 

Anyways, last Wednesday I got to know that IOI City Mall will be having a run around the mall and surrounding area for a total of 6.4km on March 27, 2016. Should be interesting.

On 27 Feb, there's the Shamrock Run at Taman Botani, Putrajaya.
On 27 March, IOI City Mall pulak.
Cannot have a run on 27 April cos it's not a weekend. Hihihi

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Let's have Some Irish Fun At Shamrock Run Malaysia 2016

On Friday, Jan 29th 2016 there was a soft-launch for Shamrock Run Malaysia 2016 at O'Brien's Irish Sandwich Café, Menara Prudential and it was graced by the presence of His Excellency Eamon Hickey, the Irish Ambassador to Malaysia.

It is interesting to note that, the Shamrock Run Malaysia; which is held for the second time in 2016 after a successful run held in 2014, is the first Shamrock Run held in Asia!
The run is to be held on Feb 27th, 2016 at Taman Botani Putrajaya and more than half of the 1,500 slots open to public for 10K and 3K are already snapped up.
 A peek of the event's tee.
 
Essentially a fun run, Mr Hafidz Kosai, the president of Malaysian Irish Alumni Association said that the run is a great event for those who are starting out in joining races, the non-competitive runners and also those joining with their families.
 
Instead of prizes for the fastest runners, participants can look forward to winning prizes for best-dressed.
 
Extra points will be given to participants decked in Irish or Malaysian themed costume, or participants can also wear a costume that marries both cultures together.
 
I can't wait to see what my running friends will wear at the event!
 Who will get this "elite" bib, I wonder? ^^
 
10K category will be flagged off at 7.15am while the 3K at 7.30am.
Both 3K and 10K runners are entitled to get :
  • event t-shirt
  • running bib
  • finisher medal
  • e-certificate
  • and light breakfast after the run
For more details of the run, head over to the link above or MIAA (Malaysian Irish Alumni Association) Shamrock Run FB page.
 
See you on Saturday, Feb 27th 2016 at Taman Botani Putrajaya.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Feeling Like A Goddess At Dewi Teratai

We checked in at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel after my run at Cyberjaya Twincity Marathon and later I went to the hotel's spa; Dewi Teratai Spa to try their body scrub and Himalayan Signature massage.
While I enjoyed my spa session, which was a perfect kind of pampering for me after my run; the two boys went to the hotel's pool.
The spa has plenty of massages offered and I was intrigued with the Trekker's massage which is a mixture of Thai and Ayurvedic Massage that prepares trekkers for a tough and adventurous day.

Maybe next time, yeah? When I kena lottery. Wahahaha
I barely finished my tea before my masseuse asked me whether I was ready for my session.
My massage room, located right at the end. There is also an open air pavilion for guests to choose but it is only open up to 8.00pm. The spa is open until 10.00pm.

The body scrub really made my skin soft and after the scrub, I had my Himalayan Signature massage. Heavenly!

I felt really relaxed and it was pretty funny when my tummy started rumbling as I got a tad hungry while being massaged. Huhuhu

A 2-hour of a relaxing session, with a treat of a spiced tea later and I was done and it was time for dinner!

So syiokla to enjoy this kind of weekend once in a while. More syiok,it was all free! Hehehe

Thank you again to IOI City Mall for the stay!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

A Luxurious Stay At Putrajaya Marriott Hotel

Remember I received a voucher for a night stay at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, complete with not only breakfast but also a massage session for one?

We decided to utilise the voucher after Cyberjaya Twincity Marathon and checked-in after I finished my run there. I liked the arrangement as I was able to still wait around at the race site for friends who did either the half or full marathon to finish before we checked-in at 2.00pm at the hotel.

The thing was, I was still garbed in my running gear when we check-in. I didn't bother to change but just went ahead to have lunch and later head to the hotel in my smelly clothes! Hahaha

Anyway, checking-in was smooth. The front desk people were friendly and pretty soon we were in our room on the 6th floor.
 A very roomy room with a very, very comfy bed.
Kids sure can run around happily in this big room and this is just the deluxe room.

While the design is a bit dated, I have to say that our room was very comfy. 

Another excellent point was the super-duper good wi-fi. EVERYWHERE!  In our room. At the lobby. At the restaurants. Even at the pool. 
 Checking out the hotel's spa's promotion.
I had a complimentary Himalayan Signature Massage and body scrub session to redeem so after we were all settled in, I called the spa to make my reservation and decided to do it at 5.00pm.
The spa, together with the fitness centre and pool were all located at the LG floor. While I enjoyed my massage and body scrub session, my two boys head to the pool for some fun.
Son really liked the pool and I did too. It's a three-tier pool with the kiddie section located at the top tier. 

I noted that a recreation & spa (I think that was what was on his t-shirt) was monitoring the pool area as guests were having fun. Good to know. ^^

After my 2-hour session, I returned to our room feeling famished so hubby and I decided to walk over to the nearby IOI City Mall for dinner. Son however, being completely content at hibernating under the bedsheets, refused to follow us.
Walking out from the lobby through this column before getting to the pavement.
And we were treated with a couple of fountains along the way.
It took us only 7 minutes of leisurely walk for 500m to get from the hotel lobby to IOI City Mall. Quite convenient! 

But I do wish IOI management can perhaps arrange for a better facility for guests/pedestrian to cross the road from the resort side to the mall side. 

Went to a supermarket then tapau'ed some dinner and we head back again. It's a pity to leave our nice room for too long lah!

I'll share about my spa experience and also our morning activities in my next post(s). ^^

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

PUMA Releases A Future Icon With The New PUMA Blaze

Kuala Lumpur, January 2015 – Global Sports Brand PUMA re-introduces the edited Blaze – a new lifestyle silhouette that blends years of sporting heritage with modern construction for a sleeker, street-ready style made for the urbanites of today.
Inspired by and reflective of the Blaze of Glory story, an archival model that hit the ground running back in the 90’s, fully harnessed with PUMA’s trademark Trinomic technology and material play of plush and plastic. Now re-imagined, the new Blaze has evolved towards the future as one of PUMA’s star silhouettes.
Edited with a contemporary feel, elements that come through include a stronger with a cleaner vamp construction, streamlined eye-stays, light upper materials with excellent ventilation and bold branding. Other elements give a throwback to the original style, from the heel loop to the well-
cushioned and comfortable Trinomic outsoles.

The PUMA Blaze will be available 16 January onwards at PUMA retail stores.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Running In Two Cities

I didn't join the Cyberjaya Twincity Marathon when it was held for the first time in Dec 2014. The second edition of Twincity Marathon was held on the 4th Sunday of January 2016 and I decided to enter the half marathon category to kick-start my training on getting a faster timing for my half-marathon.
I followed Hal Higdon's 12-week plan for Twincity Half-marathon and although I was unable to 100% follow the training plan, the progress I made was encouraging. In the past 12-weeks, I managed to get a PB for my 10K and 12K so I was hopeful to break the 2:30 timing this time.

But then, I made a few mistakes while running the half-marathon.
  1. I only realised I've run out of coffee as I went to bed the night before the race so on race morning, I didn't have my usual cup of coffee. Or any breakfast for that matter. Hubby brought along some breadstix when we drove over to race venue but I wasn't in the mood to eat anything. The organiser had a tent where freshly cooked fried beehon was cooked, but again I opted not to eat but drank only water.
  2. Half-marathon runners were served bananas, apart from water and Lucozade isotonic drinks as early as KM6 water station and bananas were available at the rest of water stations but I chose to drink only water. I also not sure why... Huhuhu
  3. I went out too fast. The first 3K was done in 19 minutes. The second 3K was in 20 minutes. By 9K, what with the hot and humid condition along the route, I was unable to keep pace. 
  4. I got bored. Especially along KM8-12 where we had to run in the dark and nothing much to kepoh and see. Thank goodness for the 12K runners whom we half-marathoners bumped into at around KM14(?) and running along with them, I started to pick up my pace again.
Anyways, to make a long story and whining short, I didn't managed to do a sub2:30. Damn that extra 4 minutes! Hahaha

But instead of feeling down or disappointed, I realised all the silly mistakes that I made and  with a new training plan starting next week and with a new half-marathon race date to look forward to, I am looking forward to get that sub2:30. And have fun while doing it too. 

On the race itself, apart from the fact there wasn't much to see along the route as we started running early at 5:30am, the race itself was good.
  • Generous water stations located at every 3K
  • Portable toilets located at every water stations (and there's surau too)
  • Bananas at almost all water station (which I didn't eat. I like watermelons more. Hahaha)
  • The female volunteers were chirpy and helpful. Most of them kept shouting encouragement to us runners. (Some of the male volunteers... not so much. Plus I don't like to see volunteers smoking at the water stations).
  • The route has many gradual slopes which did provide enough challenge for me. (I still hate the 2K plus flat strecth towards the finish line. It's a looooooong flat stretch. Haha)
  • Finisher t-shirts for both FM & HM runners. As I only did HM, I still got an extra tee apart from the event vest I received during race kit collection. Hihi
  • Ice-cream Malaysia served at the last water station! BEST! I took one, then passed it to my Son to  enjoy when I bumped int him and Hubby at the final mile of the run. There were unique stuff like air jagung and sirap bandung served too!
  • Entertainment for runner : fire eaters at KM3. Then drummers on a truck drove by beating their drums. There might a few I missed too...
The full marathoners had more fun. They got to enjoy freshly made roti canai at one of the water station! Jeles!

The Twincity Marathon can be a tad tough for some, Mentally or physically. Mainly because of the humidity during the early hours and then the heat as the sun starts to appear. It can be a rather monotonous route too but in my opinion, it's still a good training route towards other marathons. 
Photo credit : Clin. More photos from her at https://goo.gl/uBnHMW
As I only did a half-marathon this time, I was able to wait for my friends who were doing the full marathons to finish and cheer them on. 
The half-marathon kakis.
Waiting and cheering for full marathoners in front of the finish line. Under the hot sun.
With the full marathon kakis.

Awesome job, peeps!
With the hardworking people behind Twincity Marathon.

A bonus for full marathon runners who were arriving after 7-hours, they had special treatment for their hardwork and tenacity for finishing the race.

Volunteers put on their medals at the finish line (faster runners had to queue up for our medals unless we're podium placing runners. Hahaha), the RDs served them drinks personally some more.... So nice. 

There were special prizes for the last 5 runners who arrived (regardless whether they made it within cutoff time or not) as an encouragement to them.

A bit of drama happened at the finish line. The arch fell down as a sudden gust of wind blew. Luckily, there was no one under or nearby the arch that time. 

But I guess for some runners, they might have felt a tad disappointed as they approached the finish line, thinking the organiser had taken down the arch. But of course, they were met with a row of volunteers clapping for them as the cross the finish line timing mat.

All in all, I had a good morning. I had my run. I met a lot of friends. And I did have fun. 

So thank you organiser, volunteers and friends for a fun Sunday morning. 

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Dinner At Mahbub

So I wrote about Nasi lemak Famous in my previous post.

Last night, we went to Mahbub Restaurant which is now our preferred makan place if we're having dinner in Bangsar. 
I usually opt for mixed rice but as the current norm now, it's the more expensive choice of nasi briyani ayam madu on Friday on race week. (I have a race I'm running in tomorrow. ^^)

Sometimes just the family, sometimes with friends.

And after dinner, we can just walk over to TMC to do some grocery shopping. 
Mahbub's renowned Nasi briyani ayam madu for RM13.00.
While Hubby and son opted for naan and  chicken tandoori.

Naan for RM2.50 per piece.
Chicken tandoori for RM6.50.

Hubby and son always "complained" that the naan here is very filling and sometimes it's hard to finish a naan alone because they get full eating it! LOL

This is once in a while treat for us and the bill, with drinks came around RM30.00.

Usually, I just eat mixed rice here and it's quite affordable. Cannot eat briyani everyday also lah, right? I'm not rich dei! Hihihi

p.s. there's a new banana leaf rice joint opened in Bangsar. At the corner of the shop row along Mahbub too and it's called Bala Banana Leaf Rice. Two storey some more. 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Nasi Lemak Famous

A few weeks ago, when we were in Bangsar area and I was hungry for dinner while the two boys were still full and didn't plan to eat an early dinner, we made a stop at Bangsar Selera Food Court instead of our usual stop at either Pelita, Mahbub or Nirwana.
 
Not really sure what to eat, I decided to try the famous Nasi Lemak Famous and see what the hype is all about.
So I got my nasi lemak and chose sambal kerang.
OK lah, the rice was fragrant and flavourful. The sambal quite nice. The kerang too. The anchovies were good and crispy and so was the peanuts (you know some nasi lemak seller had bitter tasting peanuts)...
 
But then I kena RM7.00 for this plate.
 
Hubby asked the cashier why it was so expensive and was told that I scooped extra portions of kerang. Adui.
 
True, it was rather nice and all... but truthfully, my friend's nasi lemak (she sells them to cafes) is much nicer. Wahahaha
 
So famous or no, this was my one and only time eating nasi lemak in Bangsar.
 
I'll stick to Mahbub better la. Mixed rice still cost less than RM7.00 there and I got three lauks. ^^
 
Anyways, note to self : eat in Bangsar, pay Bangsar price lor. Hehehe

Thursday, 21 January 2016

2ndSkin Commitment Challenge Prize

Remember the #VRC2016 or the Virtual Run Challenge by 2ndskin that I partook during the first 3 days of 2016?
 
I managed to complete a total of 48.50km during the three days, running in three straight days and for the effort, won a t-shirt from 2ndskin for doing their "Commitment Challenge".
It was such a nice surprise to receive another t-shirt apart from my medal in the mail.

Now, I have another t-shirt from 2ndskin! Yeay!

I do love their tees. If you noticed, I always wear one for my races. The orange Mid Valley City Charity Run tee for 2014 was by 2ndskin. ^^

Anyways, I'm looking forward to another run this weekend at Cyberjaya Twincity Marathon. But I'm only doing the half-marathon this time. ^^


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Nasi Lemak By The Waterfall

To answer SK and Cubie's query about the whereabouts of nasi lemak during our hike last week...

Well, here it is! 

Hahaha

Yes, it was totally syiok to the max to enjoy nasi lemak after a hike and a swim. ^^

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A New Experience : Powerman Asia Dualthon Championship (Malaysia)

The Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships - Malaysia will make a comeback to Putrajaya on March 6th, 2016, after a 2-year hiatus in the region. The event will see around 3,000 participants including top duathletes from around the world participating in the run-bike-run duathlon race format.
The categories available for the Powerman Championship.

I experienced my first Powerman as a supporter in 2013, when it was last held in October 2013.That year, Hubby and I decided to went down to Palace of Justice to cheer for friends who did the race.
A friend who was finishing her run leg. She did the Powerman Classic in 2013.
Another friend on bike transition. 

I thought I should try and experience it this year after learning that Powerman Championship is back to Malaysia. As I won't be cycling, I'll be joining the relay category with a cyclist friend of mine (a new friend actually. Hehehe). I'll do the run leg and she'll do the cycle leg.


Looking forward to a new experience in March!

Monday, 18 January 2016

First Family Hike For 2016

I had a few stuff planned for the weekend but as it turned out, I was unable to do any of them due a couple of incidents and emergency meetings.
But it was a blessing in disguise as that suddenly meant a clear Sunday morning with no activities. So, late Sunday morning the family managed to spend a few hours at Hutan Simpan Ayer Hitam in Puchong.

And thank goodness I didn't register for the Skyhawk Nature Run in Melaka. I really wanted to do it, for the third time but decided not to. Otherwise I would've been rather sad at missing it. Hehehe
We arrived to the forest reserve at around 10.00am and a number of hikers were already on their hike back.

We did two loops. First loop was the usual loop that Hubby and I used to do for training early last year and the second loop was the waterfall loop.
It was worth the trek to get to the waterfall, as witnessed by Son's happiness. ^^
As we started late, by the time we got to the waterfall (the legal one, not the off-limits area by the way) the other hikers were packing up and leaving.
We had our lunch there, after our swim and there was just another group and a guy at the waterfall and we only left after they had gone back too.
Of course a nice treat after a hike was enjoying some coconut water at the foot of the hill, both to refresh ourselves and replenish all the "garam" we lost sweating during our hike.
We'll be going for another hike/trip this end of month and sure are looking forward to it. :-) 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Keeping The Momentum

I managed to do 204km for the whole of December 2015 and I'm trying to keep the momentum for January 2016.

2016 is the year I am focusing on shorter distance races and I don't plan on doing any marathons until after the month of September so it's not like I need to keep a crazy, high mileage training runs from Jan - Sep. Hihihi
But consistency is important and I'll try to be consistent with my training this year.

Not forgetting enjoying every bit of the mileage I put in too!

p.s. I'm supposed to do a 5K today but since I didn't get enough sleep and am tired, I decided to rest and run tomorrow (or maybe tonight). Rest is part of training too!

Friday, 15 January 2016

#IGotThis

Something exciting for the weekend and it's not running!
 
Well, it will involve a whole lot of sweating. ^^
Three sessions of HIIT (high intensity interval training) led by Malaysia's female MMA fighter Ann Osman, personal trainer Hanisah Sharil and Youtube fitness star Joanne Soh on Sunday, January 17 2016.

I've gotten my confirmation too!

Time to shed some fat! HAHAHA


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