Thursday, 30 June 2016

Sanuki Udon For Buka Puasa

I wanted to hit the gym on Thursday so I suggested to Hubby to have our buka puasa at Mid Valley instead of going straight home.
 
We initially planned to go to Subway but Son wanted to eat something else so Hubby suggested the newly opened Sukiya at Aeon Mid Valley Food Street.
 
But somehow Son and I was more interested in eating udon at the sanuki udon shop called Kodawari Menya.
Their condiments section for udon though it seems Malaysians ordering Japanese curry rice pile on these items on top of their dish and then drink tempura sauce as soup too. Dunno what the deal is about for them... Hihihi
 Green tea at RM2 per cup and refillable.
I ordered Bukkake Udon and it was topped with a heap of Bonito flakes. Later, I head to the condiments section and topped my bowl with plenty of green onions and tempura flakes.
They have a Buy 1 Free 1 offer on selected tempura items so I chose nasu (brinjals) and Son had kabocha (pumpkin).
 
They were super big and delicious!
My Bukkake Udon after everything was mixed together and sprinkled with shichimi spices. Nyummmmssss....
Son had Kitsune Udon which is one of his favourite udon.
No complaints from Son.
Hubby meanwhile had Gyudon bought from Sukiya.
 
It pretty convenient to enjoy our meals at Aeon Food Street in Mid Valley. The shops have nice selection of Japanese varieties and also local food.
 
The ambiance (at the moment) is very nice so I hope Aeon management will ensure that the nice environment is maintained. The cleaning staff were efficient and helpful in clearing tables.
 
Kodawari Menya has two Japanese staff manning the shop at the moment and it's always a good sign when you spot Japanese people actually eating there. Haha
 
All in all, good value and food is quite good too.


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Buka Puasa With The In-Laws

We've not eaten out a lot this Ramadan, preferring to be at home and most times I cooked during the weekends.

 
Hubby's youngest brother in-law wanted to give the family a treat and we head out to Mid Valley Megamall last Sunday for a buka puasa together. And we went to TGI Friday's.
The family. Everyone made it this time.
 
But before we arrived, we made a stop at Son's grandfather's grave for a visit. This year is the second year since he passed away.
 
Nothing to tell much about the get-together.
 
Happy to see everyone again and we'll see them again during Raya (if no one has to work on Raya)...
 
TGI Friday's staff were good and friendly.
 
Food wise, since we asked to be served at around 7pm (and most served were brought to our table at 7.30pm) - they were cold from the waiting I guess...
 I had Tennessee Burger. A bit meh for me. I don't really like burgers... But I figured I need to eat something substantial as I was planning to run later at night.
 
Should've just ordered the Chipotle Salad instead. Huhuhu
 Hubby had Cowboy Triple Meat Burger.
And Son had the Tex Mex Mac & Cheese.
 
A nice dinner out and later we all went to finish some Raya shopping together. ^^

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Press Release: Allianz Pacesetters 4x3km is back!

Kuala Lumpur, 28 June 2016 – Running enthusiasts, block your calendars as the Allianz Pacesetters 4x3km 2016 makes its return this November.

The relay run will be held at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur on 5 November 2016 and it features Allianz Malaysia as the title sponsors for the third consecutive year. Organised by Pacesetters Athletic Club, the biggest running club in Malaysia, the run hopes to attract some 200, as compared to 170 teams, last year.
“You can truly well say that Malaysians have come to love running as much as their food and have really taken in the running culture. Running can be a solitary sport but if you are a family of four or more, the Allianz Pacesetters is the perfect chance for the whole family to get involved and start making healthy choices. And you can also do it for a good cause,” said Susan Ong, Chief Market Management Officer, Allianz Malaysia Berhad during the launch at Menara Allianz Sentral in Kuala Lumpur today.

Allianz Pacesetters 4x3km 2016 features five different categories; Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Under 26 Mixed and Kiwanis Pace-It- Forward (Mixed). To compete in the Kiwanis Pace-It- Forward category, a minimum donation of RM1,000 is required by each team. All proceedings from the donations received will be contributed to the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation.

“This year we are looking to break the 200 teams mark. Over the last two editions we garnered close to 170 teams each year, so we hope to break that this year.

We also hope that this means more teams will sign up for the Kiwanis Pace-It-Forward in support of Down Syndrome and do something good this year,” said Susan.

Ultron and Lucozade Sports are the official apparel and sports drink for the event.

Registration for the Allianz Pacesetter 4x3km 2016 closes on 16th October 2016 or when it reaches 250 teams, whichever happens first.

Below are the participating fees according to the category:

Category Number of Teams Fees (RM) / per team

A – Men Open 60 / 200

B – Women Open 30 / 200

C – Mixed Open 60 / 200

D – Under 26 Mixed 30 / 120

E – Kiwanis Pace It Forward (Mixed) 70 / Minimum 1,000 donation

Terms and conditions include that runners must be at least 13 years old as at 31 December 2016. Teams participating in category C, D and E should have at least one woman as the first runner. As for category A, B and C, Pacesetters member teams will enjoy a RM40 rebate per team. All four team members must have a valid membership that expires in December 2016 or later to be eligible for the rebate.

For more information and registration, please visit www.checkpointspot.asia.
Fr left : Luzozade Assistant Brand Manager Ong Sheng Yi, Kiwanis Project Leader Ngau Wing Fatt, Allianz Malaysia Berhad Chief Market Management Officer Susan Ong, President of the Pacesetters Athletic Club Wan Yew Leong and Ultron Chief Operations Officer Mark Chua during the sponsorship presentation.
The Allianz Pacesetters organisers and sponsors during the press conference.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Press Release : GREAT EASTERN BUBBLE DASH RUN 2016

A collaboration between Yayasan Jantung Malaysia and Great Eastern Life to launch the first Bubble Run in Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 June 2016 – Heart Foundation of Malaysia (Yayasan Jantung Malaysia) announced its collaboration with Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad (Great Eastern Life) to present the Great Eastern Bubble Dash Run 2016 which will be held in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. For the first time in Malaysia, this year’s 5km Fun Run category will be based on multi-coloured bubble (made out of foam) stations placed throughout the running route. The recurring partnership follows the success of last year’s inaugural Great Eastern Colour My Heart Run, which was sold out at both venues. The announcement was made today by YABhg Tun Ahmad Sarji Bin Abdul Hamid, President of the Heart Foundation of Malaysia at Yayasan Jantung Malaysia and YBhg Dato Koh Yaw Hui, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Great Eastern Life.
YABhg Tun Ahmad Sarji said, “We are proud to collaborate with Great Eastern Life for the second consecutive year and we look forward to another fruitful partnership. Last year’s collaboration was a tremendous success raising over RM82,000 for the Heart Foundation of Malaysia”

According to YBhg Dato Koh Yaw Hui, the collaboration signifies both parties’ commitment in empowering the nation to embrace a balanced lifestyle through health and wellness initiatives.

He also added, “As a LIFE company, we want to empower more Malaysians to turn their health intentions into actions on their journey towards better living. Through this run, we want to demonstrate that an active lifestyle can be exciting, fun and a great way to spend quality time with our loved ones. For 2016, we want to be the first to bring a multi-coloured bubble run to over 25,000 Malaysians and inspire them to be fit and happy”

The Great Eastern Bubble Dash Run 2016 will flag-off at Queensbay Mall, Penang on 25 September 2016 and will make its way to Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur on 23 October 2016. It will be one of the signature events under the company’s Live Great Programme, the first integrated health and wellness programme developed by an insurance company in the region designed to help people in achieving their health goals.
Participants of the highly anticipated 5KM Fun Run category will pass through several stations where they will be showered with coloured bubble and foam, enjoy heart-pumping music and a host of other surprise activities. This category will be a leisure run and caters to runners of all ages and fitness levels. Early bird and LIVE GREAT Card member registrations start at RM 55, which includes a T-shirt, face mask, number bib and a pair of sunglasses.
For runners who are aiming to test their athletic prowess, they will have the option to sign up for either the 12KM LIVE GREAT Run category or 21KM LIVE GREAT Run category. The latter is a newly introduced category that will cater to an increasing demand from professional runners. Both categories will be an endurance race and will only be available at the Kuala Lumpur event. Early birds and LIVE GREAT Card members will enjoy a registration fee of RM 65 for the 12KM category and RM 75 for the 21KM category.

After completing their run, participants will also enjoy a post-event carnival (also known as the Healthy Heart Carnival) at both locations. The carnival will be open to runners for FREE and will feature exciting on-site offerings such as free health screenings, Live Zumba workout sessions, on-stage entertainment and exciting giveaways. Other attractions include various food and beverage stalls, interactive games and inflatable objects for children to play.

“The importance of providing a wholesome and positive participant experience in an event like this is critical if we are to reinforce the message of having a healthier lifestyle. As heart disease and stroke are still the number one killer in Malaysia (almost double the number of cancer-related deaths) we want to reduce this statistic by inculcating an active lifestyle through more proactive approaches.” stated Datuk Dr. JS Sambhi, Chairman of the Heart Foundation.

While encouraging Malaysians to live healthier and better in line with the Great Eastern Life brand promise, the run also incorporates a charity element whereby a portion of the proceeds from registrations will be channeled to the Heart Foundation of Malaysia.

For information on ticket pricing and discount information, please visit www.greateasternbubbledash.com and follow the Bubble Dash Facebook page for the latest updates and special promotions.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Kari Kepala Ikan For Buka Puasa

It's been quite some time since I last cooked fish head curry and decided early this week that I'd cook them this weekend.

Something different from the usual simpler fares we eat for buka puasa. It's been a conscious decision to just have simple buka puasa and sahur for the Ramadan month instead of indulging on an assortment of food or eat too much. Other than the weekday stop at our usual makcik for our buka puasa for Mon - Thu, we didn't venture to Pasar Ramadan.

Anyways, back to the fish head curry...
Grouper fish head bubbling away on the stove. I cooked it early at around 3pm so that it'll be nice in time for buka puasa at 7.28pm when all the spices are nicely "integrated" together. 
Our feast.

And the fish head curry, just transfer the "pot" from stove to dining table. Less washing up to do. Hihi
And then, its' time to eat!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Our Own Magnum

Finally, armed with the voucher for a free Magnum ice-cream to be redeemed at Magnum cafe in Mid Valley which we got for registering and running in the Mid Valley City Charity Run; we had our first "make-our-own" Magnum ice cream.
As we got our voucher, we saved RM9.90 which we would have otherwise have to fork out for this Magnum with three toppings.

Hehehe

That's all for today. ;)


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

News Release: adidas - INSPIRATION FROM FANS, INNOVATION FOR PERFORMANCE

adidas Drops The Next Generation Of Running Greatness With Ultraboost Uncaged
Trademark adidas innovation updates for high performance
Re-engineered upper delivers Uncaged look without compromise
The perfect expression of adidas’ dedication to meeting today’s athletes needs

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 JUNE 2016 – The wait is over. adidas embraces the future of running with the introduction of UltraBOOST Uncaged, a shoe inspired by fans and perfected by the innovation experts of adidas Running. Featuring a new adidas Primeknit upper, an internal support system and unique tiered lacing system, UltraBOOST Uncaged is engineered for maximum performance.
Originally created as an evolution of the greatest running shoe ever, UltraBOOST Uncaged continues the performance legacy of its predecessor with each element designed to collectively deliver an unparalleled running experience. To transform the Uncaged look into a performance vehicle, adidas adapted an internal midfoot skeleton using technology developed for the world’s top track athletes, delivering highly technical support and comfort with a rebellious look. A re-engineered adidas Primeknit upper provides flexible breathability and natural movement through each stride to complement an adaptive knit collar. A new multi-tiered lacing system allows runners to personalize style and fit, while specially-designed flat laces offer enhanced comfort and stability.

Alongside its new innovations, UltraBOOST Uncaged also maintains its signature UltraBOOST features. A supportive heel counter showcases the iconic embossed UltraBOOST name and keeps the foot locked in place for additional stability; a full length BOOST midsole provides industry leading Energy Return and a Stretchweb Continental Rubber™ outsole flexes naturally for superior traction with every step.

In addition to providing running greatness, UltraBOOST Uncaged represents the commitment adidas has to its fans and athletes. After global trendsetters first modified UltraBOOST by cutting off its cage, adidas embraced the movement and invited partners to create their own stylized versions of the shoe. Following this collaborative approach and in line with its dedication to delivering only the best for the athlete, adidas created its latest running innovation - a sleek new silhouette with the performance benefits that separate UltraBOOST from every other running shoe.

“UltraBOOST Uncaged combines the performance and innovation standard of UltraBOOST with the unique flair of our passionately creative fan base,” says Ben Herath, Vice President of Design for adidas Running. “adidas is committed to making athletes better through innovation and UltraBOOST Uncaged is another prime example of that pledge being met with the input of runners from around the world.”

Fans of the running shoes can purchase from adidas performance stores and on shop.adidas.com.my from June 29 at RRP RM750.

Join the adidas Energy Running movement by following @adidasrunning on Twitter and Instagram using #UltraBOOST.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Dinner At Mr Kabab & Biryani

If you go to Presint Diplomatik or Presint 15 in Putrajaya, you can see almost a whole row of shops dominated by one restaurant and that's Mr Kabab & Biryani.
We are on a yet another lookout for a good and affordable Nasi Arab joint as the one we like which is Saba Restaurant is quite far, with the location being in Cyberjaya.

We had tried D'Arab Station and thought we'd try Mr Kabab when we were in the area a few weeks ago.
Instead of a sharing dish like we usually order, we chose an individual set this time.

Son chose the lamb sheesh kebab with mendy rice.
And me & hubby both had the lamb mendy.
and cool things down with Barbican drins, of course. ^^

Verdict:
  • very generous portion. We could've ordered two individual sets and the three of us could still be full sharing it!
  • the lamb is not as soft and just fall off the bones like Saba or D'Arab Station.
  • affordable as it only cost us RM70 for the food and drinks.
At the moment, Saba still tops my list, followed by D'Arab Station and Mr Kabab. 

But I wouldn't say no to making a return visit. 

Saturday, 18 June 2016

GC LSD At BC

or...

Gaited Community long run at Bukit Cinta, UM. ^^

Our second night LSD during Ramadan month around the (in)famous Bukit Cinta loop.

Just like the previous GC session at BC, we submitted our names to the University's security people before our run on Friday night. We did this as the campus guard were wary about big groups congregating in front of the Dewan Tunku Canselor last year and we wanted to avoid any misunderstanding with them this year.

I guess it's good to do it too, as we're a bunch of outsiders entering campus premises anyway. 

The group wasn't as big as it was last week but still a pretty decent turnout.
Group photo taken at around midnight, mid-run. Just in case some decided to leave early. ^^

We started our run at 10.30pm although a few had already done a loop when we started. For female runners in the group, we stuck to the pack or ran in two. For safety reason, of course.

Mindful of the busy traffic that night, we made sure we ran in single file and only occasionally ran two abreast. Most of us had our blinkers on and some wore their headlamps. I was indeed grateful for those with headlamps. They lighted up the dark section along the route but when they pangkahed passed me, then the road suddenly became dark lah! LOL

The weather was perfect that night. After almost a whole day of intermittent rain, the night was cooling and it was such a pleasure to run around Bukit Cinta.
I had planned to do a 16K easy run which was good because I had kinda binge eating during buka puasa at a hotel buffet! So kenyang! Hahaha
My three loops and three "peaks" covered. 16K in total. KPI met! Yeay!

A number of us did 3 loops this week and some did 4 loops. The cooling weather really helped us during this run and even after 3 loops, I still felt great.
The group finished at around 1.00am and then we all lepaked around a bit, take group photos with those who were still around and eat all the food and drinks the members had brought along for the session.

It was a good night for all of us but we received a message on Saturday morning that a staff member of the uni had complained about runners not observing traffic safety on Friday night. Seems like someone had almost had an accident with some runners who either were not being careful where they run or their own safety when crossing roads.

We aren't sure whether the runner was from our group (since no one in our group reported any incidents) or not but it's a good reminder for all members about our safety while running.

Sorry Pak Guard!

This post is also a reminder to everyone to keep safe when running. Stay safe and run happy!

Don't forget your blinker, reflective vest and/or headlamp for next session, ya!

Special thanks to Hubby & Son for patiently waiting for me to finish.
And also Aiza for being so rajin to run at BC and making us all excited to do it too. ^^

Friday, 17 June 2016

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THE PUMA NIGHT RUN 2016!

The PUMA Night Run is just two months away and with over 8,500 participants registered so far, this might be your last chance to register! If you haven’t yet made up your mind whether or not to sign up, here are not one, but FIVE reasons why you should be there.

  • Invigorating run into the night

If your excuse for not running is the hot blistering sun, rest assured, that won’t be a problem here. This is the first time PUMA Night Run is being held at the Dataran Kemerdekaan Shah Alam, so you’re in for an exciting experience running through the streets of Shah Alam. The refreshing cool night air, which is definitely better than the heat of the day, will be helpful for you breeze through the finish line.

  • Spot some familiar faces!

While running with your friends is always a fun thing to do (as well as an excellent opportunity to brag if you beat their time), we challenge you to  spot the most number of celebrities at the Night Run this year! Many local personalities and PUMA Friends are joining us this year with most of them already prepping hard to clock in their personal bests! Do like the official Facebook page ‘PUMA Night Run 2016’ for all the latest updates about this.

  • Fun activities at the PUMA Village

The Night Run has something for everyone, so even if you may not be among the best of runners, the PUMA Village will be your playground with a selection of exciting games, challenges and fun activities waiting for you! You will also get the chance to ‘ignite’ the runner in you with an exclusive trial of the soon-to-be-released, PUMA Ignite Dual! 

  • Amazing after party

There’s more to the PUMA Night Run than the run itself. Funny man Phat Fabes and the fabulous Melissa Th’ng will be keep the party alive with lots of laughter while Malaysia’s Top Pop Punk band, An Honest Mistake are also set to rock the stage to give you a night to remember!

  • Ending the night with some fireworks display

Who doesn’t love fireworks? The PUMA Night Run will give you a perfect end to a perfect night with some brilliant fireworks display! Your epic night of running and having fun will be complete as you will watch fireworks beautifully light up the dark skies. How about that for a picture perfect moment?
There you go! This is your last chance to not miss out on an epic night run this year as registration is closing end of June! Register today at www.puma-nightrun.com.my/ and like the official FB page ‘PUMA Night Run 2016’ for all the latest updates about the event!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Press Release : Special Edition Football Boots Pays Homage to the 4 Major Host Cities of the EURO 2016

PUMA RELEASE SPECIAL EDITION KING TOP COLOURWAYS AS A HOMAGE TO HOST CITIES IN FRANCE
Longest Running Boot to be Released in City Colours of Paris, Marseille, Lyon & Bordeaux
Herzogenaurach, Germany (10 June, 2016) – Ahead of the EURO 2016 football fiesta in France, PUMA has released its King Top in four special edition colourways. The longest serving boot in football gets a special Gallic makeover, inspired by the colours and culture of four of the cities hosting matches over the next month.
A Parisian version has a traditional navy blue colourway with white formstrip in homage to the flamboyant French capital. 
The Bordeaux city King Top is an elegant ‘Bordeaux’, inspired by the colours of this famous wine region. 
Lyon, a city famous for its ancient history and heritage is represented through the cream and light blue colours that define it; 
and the Marseille King Top stands out in the blue and silver colours that adorn the coat of arms of this Mediterranean French city.

The King top is a professional football boot used on firm natural surfaces. The thin, lightweight premium leather offer the player a glove light fit to maximise comfort and ball control, and prolong the life of the boot. Stability and reactivity are enabled from a conical stud configuration aided by a PU injected bi-density outsole. The fold over tongue avoids pressure from the ball on the lace knot.

All of these four special edition colourways are available to buy instore and on puma.com/football
from today.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

A Middle Eastern Buka Puasa Spread At D'Arab Station

Our rezeki when I received a confirmation for a blogger review session at D'Arab Station for buka puasa at their Alam Damai, Cheras outlet. 
Located at No. 36, Jalan Damai Raya 2, Alam Damai, Cheras; the shop is easy to spot even from the main road.

Pretty hard to miss, right? ^^
D'Arab Station is modeled as a middle eastern fast food outlet hence the decor is pretty much casual and simple. Not to mention colourful.

Red brings out the appetite, by the way.
Although small, the shop can fit a decent number of diners comfortably.
It's hard to miss this kambing golek which was roasting at the front of the shop. Pass by the shop, already drooling lah!

But then, some real Pak Arab came and bought almost all of the kambing golek, leaving pretty much just the bones! Huhuhu

Luckily, there was still some for us to enjoy. Phew!
Beside the kambing golek, there was a roti john station. Not just any 'ol roti john but roti john royal. For a non roti john fan like me, the one I had at D'Arab Station was delish!
Hubby with the owner, Dato' Haji Taufek Ismail who was briefing us about their falafel.
Dato' Haji Taufek Ismail, a very friendly, humble and generous owner of D'Arab Station; briefing us about D'Arab Station and the menu that are offered at the outlet.

While D'Arab Station is still relatively a newcomer, being opened in Feb 2016 this year; Dato' has had plenty of experience. Prior to the opening of D'Arab Station, he had been catering for VVIPs and Ministers and now, we all get to enjoy the nice food by the Dato's team. ^^

Dato's was very busy the whole night taking care of all the bloggers who attended the review and made us feel like VIP too.

Thank you Dato'!
Pretty soon it was buka puasa time and first, I tried these delicious roti john royal. 
and some of the kambing golek, like the ones hubby was enjoying. ^^
And the highlight of our buka puasa. The Nasi Arab, of course!
This is Combo 6 from their menu consisting of honey lamb and chicken. A tray of this, and the six people at our table couldn't even finish everything!

The chicken was good. The lamb literally melted in my mouth and the rice, soft and flavourful. Yummmms!

We were also treated with some falafel but when Dato' Haji Taufek brought the falafel around, we were already busy eating and no one was taking photos of the dish. LAPAR! Huhuhu
Son had orange juice, Hubby had iced lemon tea while I opted for the Arab tea. Not a cup, Dato' gave me a whole jug! But of course, to be shared around also lah. LOL

We sure had a nice dinner at D'Arab Station and was really full after just eating some roasted lamb, roti joh, falafel and the nasi arab.
For the month of Ramadan, D'Arab Station is offering their buffet selection at RM50 per pax for adults and RM25 for children.

A-la carte options are available too, for those not keen on getting th buffet option.

The outlet has combo options too, ranging from RM10 - RM65. Quite affordable as the portion is pretty big and generous. 
 At the end of our session, a group photo.

Thank you Dato' and the coordinator of this blogger review session for the invite.

We usually head to Cyberjaya for our nasi arab fix and now we've found a nearer alternative whenever we want to enjoy nasi arab.

Maybe I can bring my family (all 6 siblings plus Mom & Dad) here one day too!  For Raya, maybe? Hahaha

For those planning to buka puasa here, do note that reservations is a must for dining on Fri - Sun as it can get packed there.

For reservations, call 03-91083331 / 013-8481014 / 013-8441014

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