Sunday, 23 April 2017

SCKLM vs MVCCR

I was supposed to run in Mid Valley Charity Run (MVCCR) today. Well, that was the initial plan before I had to cancel plans to run 21K at SCORE Run (because I was given a 6K bib instead of the 21K) and Challenge Putrajaya (because the organiser sucks and "postponed" the half marathon event at the very last minute).

With Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) just 4 weeks away, I decided to ditch MVCCR in favour of attending SCKLM running clinic's final session instead. I need both the mileage and the hill training. Can you believe that I had less than 100K mileage for April?

So Hubby dropped me off at Taman Bukit Jalil Park before heading off to Mid Valley.

I arrived early and had about 35minutes before the session starts so I decided to warm up by doing a loop first. Plenty of other clinic participants were doing the same, as most need the mileage at this peak time in our training plan.
Photo credit: Aiza
Met these two GC ladies after finishing my loop and chatted a while before the flag-off and they sped ahead in front of me. 

I managed to do 6 loops but I was 13 minutes over the cut-off time of 2 hours to complete the final loop. No sweatlah. The main thing, I did all my loops plus an extra one before the flag-off for a 19K mileage.

I saw Hubby as I was into my 5th loop as he came after finishing both the run at MVCCR and also queuing for all the goodies at the run.
His bounty for the run. 

Interesting WWF inspired medal too.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Weekend's Running

The family will be heading to my hometown this weekend but we'll be back to KL by Sunday.
 
I'm planning to do my long run at Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) final running clinic.  SCKLM 2017 is just 4-weeks away! Gasp!
Don't see why Hubby and Son should wait and be bored at Taman Bukit Jalil so they're going to Mid Valley Charity Run (MVCCR) while waiting for me to finish my session.
 
More productive that way, mah.
 
Plus they get to redeem more stuff at MVCCR. Hahaha
 
Anyways, have fun and enjoy the 3day weekend, Malaysians!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

IJM Land HM

I ran on the average, one half marathon per month last year, just to prepare for 3 target half marathons that I wanted to do really well in.

This year, I've only done one at Bukit Jalil Half Marathon so far and it's quite unverving because I had signed up for a full marathon in May!

Anyways, the second half of 2017 looks more promising with plenty of half marathons that will be held near and around Klang Valley and I'm looking forward to run in IJM Land Half Marathon in August!
It'll be my first time running in IJM Land Half Marathon and am certainly looking forward to it!
Registration details can be found at : http://www.ijmlandrun.com/

Early bird rates is still applicable until May 15th so hurry!

And see you there! ^^

Maybe we'll take lots of photos there too. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

define:food

I finally stepped into define:food which is located at the Signature Offices, Boulevard Mid Valley (opposite Tim Ho Wan) and with a nice view of the fountains in front of Gardens Mall.
I only had one photo taken, and that's of my salted duck egg pasta (RM38.00).

It was really nice and creamy and had a strong duck taste. Definitely not for everyone. Hehehe

But what stayed in my mind was the nice ambiance, the attentive staff that kinda offset the rather slow service (I guess kitchen was overwhelmed).

I liked the fact that they took note of my friend "disability" as she came with crutches and held the accessibility lift ready for her. 

What I don't like was, the fact they stealthily charge RM1 for water that they poured immediately as we sat down. Hey! We ordered other drinks too! 

Define:food has a pretty decent 2-course and 3-course set lunch and maybe, just maybe I'll try it when I go there again.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Ayuh Menikmati Aneka Juadah di Saujana - A Diversity of Delicacies At The Saujana Hotel

A DIVERSITY OF DELICACIES AT THE SAUJANA HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR

Ramadan is beckoning and first thing first, HAVE YOU ALL GANTI PUASA YET! Muahaha

Seriously, sudah ke belum? It's already 20 Rejab now and 6 more weeks to go for 1st Ramadan to arrive.

And how syiok it is to "ehem" ganti puasa and treat myself to buka puasa at Saujana Hotel's Charcoal; when the family attended a preview of their fiercely flavoursome fast-breaking buffet with a number of nations' favourites.

From 26 May to 24 June 2017, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur takes the gratification once again to chaperone families and friends who are planning get-togethers during this blissful season with their delightful smorgasbord, ‘Menikmati Aneka Judah di Saujana’, commencing conjointly with the first day of the observance.
Starring a well-rounded mix of traditional local delicacies as well as Western and Japanese eats, this exquisite buffet spread is passionately put together by the hotel’s team of chefs, led by Executive Chef, Chef Tang Chee Keong and Executive Sous Chef, Chef Hussian Bavutty. Known for culinary fluency across a diverse range of cultures, Chef Keong and his marvellous team has never once failed to achieve diners’ recognition and happiness with their specialites and exceptional food quality.
Yums.

Guests can look forward to classic ‘Kampung’ and ‘Nyonya’ dishes.
There's  Rusa Berempah (Whole Roasted Deer with Spices).

Rusa golek tau!

Not your usual kambing golek variety here, at Charcoal, Saujana Hotel. Heh heh
Sup Gear Box (Beef Bone Broth). Fuh! Kick!
Tu dia ha!

Jemputsss... ^^
Whole Roasted Lamb Percik (Whole Roasted Lamb basted with Spiced Coconut Milk Gravy).
Itik Kukus Rendang Cili Padi (Chili Braised Duck Stew)
Bubur lambuk.
Nyonya curry.
Would you say no to this udang galah masak merah?
Other delectable frontrunners include freshly made sushi, sashimi, Lok Lok (Assorted Skewers) and Yong Tau Foo (Tofu, Mushrooms and Vegetables filled with Ground Meat mixture or Fish paste).
There were other local favourites such as satay and keropok lekor too.
We can sweeten our taste buds with the array of heavenly desserts made delicately all patrons. Embrace the traditional Malaysian treats like Nyonya Kuih Muih (Nyonya Cakes), Apam Balik (Turnover Pancakes) and Western confections with a local twist such as Dondurma (Traditional Turkish Ice Cream and Crepes with Nangka & Cempedak fillings (Crepes with jackfruit fillings) perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
or how about pisang goreng cheese?
Fresh local fruits too.

Sure, we also want something international for our buka puasa, right?
How about these fresh shellfish?
Or tempura?

It was a super nice experience to dine at Charcoal, with the cosy ambiance of the restaurant; apart from the delicious food they served.

The chef and staff made sure we were not left wanting and were ever ready to prepare our dishes.
Thank you all especially the Chef Keong and Auntie Belle who always made sure we tried everything!
The ‘Menikmati Aneka Juadah dekat Saujana’ fast-breaking buffet is available all throughout the season from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Priced at RM175 nett per adult, children (aged 6 - 12 years) get a 50% discount, while children below 6 years eat for free. Other special deals throughout the holy month include a 20% off the buffet for Lifestyle by Saujana (LBS) members as well as for MayBank or Citibank Credit Card affiliates with prior reservations.
The culinary brigade at the hotel also offers Corporate Banquet Packages (Fast-breaking Banquet or Hari Raya Open House Banquet) at only RM155 nett per person for a group of 40 persons and above.

This will be allocated in the hotel’s various function rooms for a more private and affectionate dining affair with family and friends or business associates.

Find out more or proceed for your reservations by contacting (603) 7843 1234 or dine@thesaujana.com.

JEMPUT MAKAN!

For more information:
THE SAUJANA HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR 
THE CLUB SAUJANA RESORT 
  
Saujana Resort, Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS, 40150, Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia 
Tel: (603) 7843 1234   
Fax: (603) 7846 2789  
Website: www.shr.my 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Back For EE Run 2017

The Energy Commission had organised their Energy Efficiency Run (EE Run) since 2011 but I myself joined it for the first time in 2013. I wanted to join in 2011 but we were in Japan when it was held that time. Heh heh

The biennial run used to be a free event back in 2011 & 2013 and its registration used to be done manually only, which of course made it a it hard for members of the public to join. I managed to do so with the help of a friend who is working in Putrajaya. Even then, the slots were snapped up quickly!

Race recaps here:

Just like previous editions, the 1,500 slots for this year's run were snapped up within 3 days! EE Run 2017 is still the cheapest run in town, with the registration fee of RM20 for 10K for public. This came with the ease of registering online, bib with timing chip, event tee, finisher medal and goodie bag. 

But unlike previous editions which were held at the end of the year, this year's edition was held in April.

The run saw participation from members of the public, government sector staff, residents of Putrajaya and also students. 
10K runners were flagged-off first at 7.15am and followed by the 5K runners at 7.25am.
I bumped into a couple of running buddies before the start and a few said hi along the route. Chatted with them while I run for a while before they sped ahead.

I haven't been running this week and with so many eating sessions during the weekday, I didn't expect to do a good timing but I told myself that I'd just run.

I did that and didn't even glance at my watch until I crossed the finish line.

Turns out that I did quite well (went too fast even) for the first 8K before resorting to walking at the u-turn at KM8 point where we had to run uphill. Pancit la. Hill. Heat summore. Hahaha

As I already did the 2015 edition, I knew that we'd encounter one last hill about 500m long at the final stretch. Suffer dei. And that stretch was littered with photographers!

There were two water stations along the route at KM3.5 and KM7 thereabouts but I only stopped at the second water station. Overheard a runner asking for 100-Plus but both water stations only provided mineral water.

The first 3K was a fast one because it was a downhill and it was undulating from KM4 onwards. Apart from the start at the Suruhanjaya Tenaga (Diamond Building), the route was a pretty standard route for races in Putrajaya so we knew what to expect. But still, despite knowing that, the uphill section at KM8 and then at KM10 sure killed me! LOL

I was 1min 20sec slower than the timing that I did two years ago but I kinda expected that. Just like in 2015, the distance was around 10.30K so we got a bonus of 300m. Hahaha

Got my finisher medal, mineral water and goodie bag upon finishing my run and then I joined Hubby who was taking photos of the runners.

After enjoying cups of cold tea provided by the organiser, we made our way home but not before making a detour to Balai Bomba Bukit Jalil to collect my racekit for Larian Bomba 2017 held on May 6th, 2017.

All in all, its a good, no-frills run. 

I certainly will be back in 2019, God willing.
With a fellow GC running buddy
Results for EE Run 2017 is already up at: Checkpoint Spot

Photos that Hubby took is posted at my Facebook page

Friday, 14 April 2017

Press Release: PUMA INTRODUCES THE IGNITE 3 PWRCOOL Keeps You Cool During Warm Run Days

PUMA INTRODUCES THE IGNITE 3 PWRCOOL
Keeps You Cool During Warm Run Days

Global Sports Brand PUMA understands that each runner is unique and are motivated by their personal goals. Whether for long distance runs or sprints, every runner makes their own rules. To smash records or to win that medal that’ll earn them bragging rights. That’s why PUMA continues to create innovative running products that suit every need and enable runners to “Run Their Way”. 

This season, PUMA releases the latest silhouette in the IGNITE series that helps runners achieve their goals while transitioning into warm weather conditions - the IGNITE 3 PWRCool. Built to equip versatile runners who knows no limits even when temperature rises. 
The IGNITE 3 PWRCool puts the energy towards cruising, not sweating. It features the innovative DRI-FREEZE collar lining that instantly cools your feet at contact. DRI-FREEZE tech also extends to the sock liner for that maximum ventilation. The high rebound and long lasting moulded sock liner is made for instant step-in comfort. The first phase of a 2 smooth ride. The midsole features PUMA’s proprietary midsole, IGNITE foam, providing long lasting Energy Return that reduces ground contact time for a faster cadence. The outsole consists of PUMA’s Performance Rubber compound, a perfect blend of properties that provide ultra grip and is highly-abrasive resistant. 

US Track & Field Olympian, Jenna Prandini, has trained wearing IGNITE 3 PWRCool. She says, “When you’re training and conditioning yourself 6-7 hours a day, the weather is the least of your worries. Good thing there’s a running shoe that adapts and keeps my feet cool.” 

World’s Fastest Man and triple treble Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt knows a thing or two about training in warm climate conditions. “Living in Kingston, I’m used to running in really hot weather but there are days when the heat is just unbearable. The IGNITE 3 PWRCool can handle this, no sweat. Tried and tested.” 
Pair the IGNITE 3 PWRCool with the PWRCool Tee that will keep you cool you off with its new adaptive technology. This tee features PWRCOOL fabrics that maximize moisture transport and breathability, allowing you to stay cooler and dryer. The Vent Thermo-R System interacts with the body’s microclimate, opening to help release heat and moisture build up during your workout. When you’re cooling down and your body heat is reduced, the vents close. dryCell Technology also helps draw sweat away from your skin and keeps you dry and comfortable during exercise. 

The IGNITE 3 PWRCool is now available at all PUMA stores and will retail at RM449.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Press Release: Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality

Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality
expands with new exciting category for kids

Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality 
returns to Putrajaya this July 
with the addition of kids’ races open to children aged 7 to 15 years old

Kuala Lumpur, 13 April 2017 – Men’s Health Women’s Health (MHWHNightRun) Night Run, one of the most anticipated night runs in the country held in partnership with AIA Vitality(#AIAVitalityMY), will return to Putrajaya this 22 July 2017, and will introduce an exciting newrunning category exclusively for kids aged 7 to 15 years old.

Now in its third year, Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality is making a comeback, promising some 20,000 runners another exciting race (5km, 12km and 21km) in theMen’s and Women’s Open and Men’s and Women’s Veteran. The first flag off will be at 6.00pm and the last flag off at 8.40pm.

In conjunction with the second year anniversary of Time Out Malaysia Kids, a quarterly magazine for families with kids, this year’s installment of Night Run invites families to spend time with their young ones at an action-packed and fun-filled Saturday. Kids ages 7 to 12 may participate in the new 700-metre race, and 13 to 15 year olds for the new 3km race.

Men’s Health and Women’s Health will continue to team up with AIA Bhd. who is returning as the official title sponsor. The run will be under AIA Vitality – Malaysia’s first science-backed health programme designed by AIA to encourage and empower Malaysians to take sustained steps towards healthy living lifestyles.

“It is gratifying to see how the continuous support of Malaysia’s running community has made the Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality the biggest night run in the country,” says Patrick Brennan, Group CEO of Mongoose Publishing Sdn Bhd, the publishers of Men’s Health and Women’s Health in Malaysia.

“This is the second-year of our collaboration with AIA Vitality and we could not have found a better partner as AIA shares our passion, drive and ambition to create an event that reaches more Malaysians than ever before. The AIA Vitality wellness programme is perfectly designed to give an extra push to all Malaysians to live a healthier lifestyle and we are delighted to share this journey with them”.

AIA Bhd.’s Chief Marketing Officer, Eric Chang explains, “At AIA, we are committed to helping Malaysians live longer, healthier, better lives. We are absolutely thrilled to host this year’s Night Run in Putrajaya under the AIA Vitality banner together with Men’s Health and Women’s Health teams again. AIA Vitality is about taking charge of one’s own health, however small, and being part of the Night Run is an excellent way to get Malaysians started on their journey to better health.

With the new kids’ run categories, we are also able to encourage our children to lead healthy and active lifestyles, besides giving families another fun activity on the weekend to spend precious time together.

”While preparing for their endurance run, participants can enjoy browsing through sponsors’ booths whilst listening to music specially curated by a DJ.

Attendees can also satisfy their appetites with foodtrucks parked on site.

Families and friends who are there to show support and cheer on participants are also welcome to join the fun-filled Saturday at the village and keep the festive spirit going.

Participants will each receive an exclusive running t-shirt from performance sports brand, Ultron. For those who complete the run, they will each receive a medal, and a special goodie bag which consists of merchandise and vouchers. Major sponsors - including health club,Fitness First and personal care and safety razor brand, Schick - will contribute products and experiences to support the participants’ health and well-being.

Entry fees for the 5km, 12km and 21km courses are set at RM70, RM80 and RM90 respectively.

As for the kids, entry fees for the 700-metre and 3km are set at RM30 and RM50 respectively.

Registration is now open and early birds get to enjoy 15% off until 30 April.Runners who are interested in signing up can find more information and register at:


For more information on Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality, please visit:
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@menshealthmalaysia 
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#AIAVitalityMY

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

DULL NO MORE! LET’S FIGHT DULL SKIN WITH NEUTROGENA

Radiant, glowing skin? Don’t we all love and want them?

I’m dull. I mean, I have a dull skin. *sob sob*
Those who know me know that I sort of like to run. All those heat training and running under the sun, and at odd-hours (a 2pm run? What on earth was I thinking? Especially doing it in Malaysia! LOL); has taken a toll on my skin.

Being active outdoors is good for the health but without proper care, it can be bad for the skin health. 

Dull skin is also often one of the first signs of aging, as skin renewal decreases about 7% every 10 years and along with being exposed to UV light which is another major contributing factor (thank God I don’t smoke); I certainly need something to inject some excitement to my skin.

GLOW SKIN GLOW! BRIGHTLY AND RADIANTLY!

What’s the culprit of dull skin? Plenty, it seems.
1. Dryness (dry skin, lack of moisture, drying make up and lack of drinking water)
2. High stress level (oops)
3. Lack of rest
4. Dirty environment
5. Smoker (nope, I’m not one of them)
6. Diet
7. Aging (OMG, I AM ALREADY A MAK CIK!) 
I do make a point of eating and drinking well (too well, I might add) and resting well too. So the next step is to find a skincare solution to make my skin supple and radiant again. Ecece…

So externally; massage, clean, exfoliate and brighten my skin, I MUST!
I want to look good in my race photos!
Thanks to Neutrogena Malaysia, I had the chance to try three of Neutrogena products in order to combat my dull skin and make it glowing and radiant again.

Imagine how happy I was when Neutrogena Malaysia comes to the rescue!
From left to right:
Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam 142ml (RSP: RM44.90)
Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Scrub 100g (RSP: RM23.70)
Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Foaming Cleanser 100g (RSP: RM21.70)

After trying the three products, I have to say that my absolute favourite is Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam 142ml.
The Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam 142ml dual-transformation process that transforms from oil-gel-cream-soft foam can be effective and gentle on skin and it is easily rinsed of, leaving no residue and makes my skin feels much so cleaner and healthier.

Loving the bottle and the pink colour too! ^^
Step 1
Oil to remove.
Just pump twice or thrice the Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam 142ml on hands and massage gently onto face to remove makeup.

As with all Neutrogena products, the smell is not over-powering.

Step 2
Add water to activate the rich, creamy foam.
It's light and just two pumps is enough for me.

Step 3
Foam to clear.

Bubbles blasting away all residue for a clean, fresh skin. Woot! Woot!
My face is all clean and fresh now!

So, why the Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam 142ml won my heart over the two other equally awesome products?

Because, jeng jeng jeng…
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.
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Before the wash with all my make up on.

The oil-gel contains Oleifera leaf extract that gently removes all traces of day makeup, dirt and oil in ONE wash!

YES!
I love the Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam 142ml because of its convenience. It’s an all-in-one makeup remover and cleansing foam.

I do like the other two products too but the Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam 142ml has all that I need in a bottle! I have to say, it’s totally worth the recommended sale price of RM44.90.
No more traces of make up!

The Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam 142ml contains mulberry extract which is rich in Vitamin C and B3 that brightens our skin and reveals a visibly healthier glow.
My skin feels fresh and clean without the leftover oily feeling I tend to get with other cleansers. It feels tight and soft too and I'm loving that!

Would I recommend the Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam 142ml? DEFINITELY!

With this just one bottle, I am assured to have a proper cleaning regime anytime, anywhere. Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam 142ml is certainly a great product to bring during a trip as I do not need to lug a lot of items with me!

I have been a Neutrogena user since I was a teenager and I’m so happy to know that I can still continue using the products now.

Thank you Neutrogena for the products. All reviews and opinions are mine.

Note:
Outdoor photos taken at Taman Rimba Alam, Putrajaya
Indoor photos taken at The Saujana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Monday, 10 April 2017

Running Around For The Weekend

Last weekend was a mix of activities for us.
 
I started the weekend with a nice and short 1-hour run around my apartment before we head off to Putrajaya.
First stop: to Energy Commission building to collect my race kit for next week's EE Run on Saturday, April 15th.
We then spent the rest of the day at Taman Rimba Alam, kepohing at Rimba Alam Ultra Relay there. The relay event was supposed to end at 10.00pm for the 100km category but it was called off early when the rain got really heavy at around 3.30pm.
Photo crdit: Fellow MGS mate - Tini
Thunder & lightning, slippery road, falling branches - all that do not make good and safe running condition and the race director called it off early for safety reason.
We woke early again on Sunday as I had registered to join SCKLM Running Clinic in Taman Bukit Jalil.

Despite the initial laziness of not really wanting to run, I managed to do 5 loops with a total time of 1:47.
Then, we made a stop at Balai Bomba Bukit Jalil to collect my race kit for the Larian Bersama Bomba which is on May 6th, 2017 but alas it hadn't arrived yet.

The Bomba officer did call me afterwards at around 2.00pm to inform me that it's ready but I'm too lazy to travel there again. So I guess I'll just go at another time lah... Whenever we "lalu" Taman Bukit Jalil.

I have EE Run this Saturday and a half-marathon at Challenge Putrajaya on Sunday and a family commitment too so it'll be another fun weekend this week!

Yeay!


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