Monday, 31 July 2017

Tea Time At Tedboy Bakery

It was a couple of weeks back and I was on leave because I had a hair appointment (hair too crazy long and frizzy dy) and Hubby, out of the blue drove over to pick me up at the hair salon.

I had earlier gone to the place in SS23 by Grabcar which is pretty convenient as nobody would need to wait for me to finish. No need to see bored faces waiting for me also. Hahaha

Anyhoo, after we had lunch together, we went to Tedboy Bakery in Jaya One as Hubby wanted to redeem his Umobile freebies which was the Buy 1 Cake, free 1 Coffee or something...
The bakery did have their own promo at that time, the tea time special and also the Buy 1 Free 1 Cake. But the Umobile redemption more value for money lah. :P

So I ordered the Oreo Cheesecake and with it, a cup of cappuccino. 
 Look mighty good, right? ^^
Me, coffee and newly relaxed hair. Happy.

Hahaha

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Besraya Duo Highway Challenge - 1st of Two

This is one of two highway runs that I signed up - for the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge. The first, the one I did earlier was the Besraya Highway Challenge and I'll be doing the NPE Highway Challenge on Sep 10th.

This time, I took GrabTaxi from my house to the race venue and I arrived my drop-off point at Viva Home 15 minutes later. Easy!

Then it was just a case of following the crowd to the race village about 750m away.
Approaching the start line which was located at Plaza Tol Loke Yew and on towards the race village farther up.

Since I arrived so early, I lepak-lepaked, ate my Moolabar and just walk around checking the booths.

Flag-off was at 6:34 (my watch). 
By 6:15 runners were already lining up at the start line. I suppose the Start "box" acted as timing scanner or something as there were no timing mat seen there. 
It was  human traffic jam for the first 3K or so, and many times we were reduced to walking. I wasn't too bothered about it as I just wanted to enjoy the rute, have fun and maybe take some photos.

It was perhaps at KM4 that we started to merge with the 6K runners but the congestion wasn't as bad as I had expected. So those who wanted to run could run and those who wants to enjoy, could do so too.

There were complaints about smell from rubbish collection center (or was it recycling center) and also sewerage but I didn't really have any issues with the route.

It was friendly - not totally flat but not hilly either.

With the elevated highway totally closed-off for the run, it was sure nice to enjoy the route in peace. I LOVE IT!
The organiser had put a timing clock halfway through the route.

You see how relaxed I was. Halfway point and I did 55minutes! Terrible. Hahaha
From the elevated section of the highway, looking down. The ones on the right hand side of the photo had maybe 2K more to go?
There were a few u-turns in the route and the most fun part of having u-turn sections is bumping into faster friends on the other side.

These fellas ran from their home earlier (about 5K?) and then continued with the 13K at Besraya Highway Challenge.
The point where 6K and 13K runners split up. 6K runners just need to run straight and they're almost home free. So jeles. Hahaha
 The route, map. We ran and conquered the highway. Yeeha!

We passed by Taman Pudu Ulu (which one of my running friends use for his training) and I was impressed at the look of the park. One day must go there and check out the park lah...
The "finisher" tee for 13K runners. I really sighed with relief when I saw others wore it (before I went and collect mine) because it didn't mention the distance and it didn't mention the tee as a finisher tee.

All in all a great morning for me. I had a fun run. Met with friends. Ran with no pressure. And I dunno, I like the route. Damn relax. ^^!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Nasi Lemak Pancake Anyone?

I went to a Tayaria Run Tea Session earlier, with Tayaria rep and also Quill City Mall rep at where else? Quill City Mall, of course!

It was a great, informal session between the reps and also a few running bloggers and we got to know more about the upcoming Tayaria Run which will be happening on Sunday, Oct 8th 2017. 

There will be two categories in the run, 10K & 5K and more details about the run can be found at Checkpoint Spot website. I'll share more info about the run soon!

Anyhoo, so here we are, at Pancake House and someone couldn't resist and try the new offering from Pancake House...
It's Pancake Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng, without the actual nasi! The rest of the nasi lemak components are intact, complete with that yummy telur goreng with soft yolk. 
I already had a heavy lunch earlier so I opted for their Cheese Pancake. Quite decent but too bad I was still full.
But I wouldn't say no to a cup of cappuccino!
And also "rasa" friend's cinnamon pancake. ^^

It was a great session and I'm excited to join the Tayaria Run in October. 
The flag-off will be in front of Quill City Mall which is something new. I heard the route will be quite nice and nostalgic (for experienced runners) and also it's quite easy to get to the start line via LRT or monorail. 

Some more, finishers of the run can get this "tayar" medal! Cute, right?

Again, thank you for the hospitality!

And guys, come la join! 

Remember, head to Checkpoint Spot website for registration details!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Press release: Young survivors unite against cancer at Relay Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, 26 July 2017 – Young cancer survivors will be celebrating their victory over the disease at the biggest cancer fundraising and awareness event of the year.
Relay for Life Kuala Lumpur, organised by the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, is back for its eleventh year at Dataran Petaling Jaya on 9 and 10 September 2017.

For 16 hours, everyone in society – patients, survivors, family, friends, local communities – are encouraged to take turns walking around a running track. The overnight event also celebrates the battle of cancer patients, honours those who died from the disease, and will focus on young adults this year.

“Some people may think that cancer only hits those who are older, but that’s not true – children as young as a few months old can get cancer too,” says Dato’ Zuraidah Atan, Chairperson of Relay for Life Kuala Lumpur. “We are also seeing a rise of cancer, especially breast and colorectal*, among young adults.”

Dato’ Zuraidah explains that young cancer survivors face different challenges than older adults do: “Many tell us they don’t fit in with the adult cancer support groups because they can’t relate. They are also more isolated because they have to miss school as well as time with friends.

“As they are young, many are unlikely to be insured, and may feel guilty of causing a financial burden to their parents.”

To support young patients as well as survivors, the National Cancer Society of Malaysia had set up a young cancer survivors group in 2016.

“This group will be making a ‘debut’ at this year’s RFL – they will join the first lap, which is always walked by survivors – and even perform on stage at night.”

While cancer is increasing in Malaysia, more people are surviving the disease due to advances in treatment, Dato’ Zuraidah adds.

“NCSM has strengthened its support programmes: this includes setting up a toll-free helpline (1800-08-1000), a mobile application that has a ‘ask a nurse’ forum (Stronger than cancer), increasing our wellness activities, and expanding peer to peer support programmes in other hospitals.”

“Funds raised from RFL will go towards all of our support programmes, our education and outreach activities, cancer and health screening services, as well as free accommodation for children with cancer.”

Artists including Altimet, Liyana Fizi and celebrity chef Anis Nabilah are also lending their support for this year’s ‘Relay’, which include live performances, on-stage exercises or Zumbathons, carnival style games and awareness activities.

Another signature activity is the Luminaria ceremony, in which participants gather and remember loved ones who have lost to cancer, honour those who fought, and support those still fighting.

“We thank participants, sponsors and fundraisers who have been with us all these years – we couldn’t have made it without you,” Dato Atan adds. “Please join us once again to celebrate, remember, fight back, and make a difference.”

Online registrations can be made at relayforlifemalaysia.com.

NCSM is especially grateful to its sponsors and supporters Bridgestone Tyres, Astro, Vitahealth, Idifynetz, Brother International, Credit Guarantee Corporation, Magnum, Magnum Cares, Spritzer, Altimet, Liyana Fizi, Chef Anis Nabilah, Superwonderful films and Cereal Films.
Mr Francis Lau (General Manager of Bridgestone Tyres), Dato Zuraidah Atan (Chairperson of RFL Malaysia), Julia Benedict (young cancer survivor), Wan Musfira Aimi (young cancer survivor), Aalex Termizi (young cancer survivor), Sharon Lee (Director of Strategic Planning), Wei Qing (young cancer survivor), Mr Alan Tham (Marketing Manager of Brother International), En Daud Bin Yunus (Director of Vitahealth Group), En Mohd Reza Mohd Hatta (Vice President of Credit Guarantee Corp Bhd), Ms Jennifer Chin of Magnum 4D Bhd, Clare Ratnasingham (Vice President of NCSM) and Sudhaharan Nair (General Manager of NCSM)

*References:
Colorectal cancer:
1. A study by Myers et al. shows an increase of colorectal cancer incidence by more than two per cent each year in young adults – the younger population also face a poor prognosis.
2. Veettil et al. also state that other Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar) have a lower incidence of colorectal cancer than Malaysia. Malaysians are also more at risk due to rising obesity, smoking and westernised diet.
Breast cancer:
Quoting a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit: breast cancer incidence (new cases) has risen since the 1990s across the Asia-Pacific. The increment of new (breast cancer) cases is four to eight times that for the world, and is a major healthcare issue.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Press Release: ASICS Relay Back For 2nd Year

In October 2017, the ASICS Relay will return to Kuala Lumpur, demonstrating ASICS’s commitment to running as a sport and its salute to team spirit. This time, the participants will get to experience the scenic views of Putrajaya, touted as the Malaysian capital’s City in a Garden.
Teams of four will begin running from the ceremonial Seri Gemilang Bridge, leading to the Heritage Square where the Putrajaya Convention Centre is situated. They will then run around Datarn Gemilang and pass the iconic buildings of the Attorney General Chambers of Malaysia and the Tunki Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, which is commonly known as the Steel Mosque because of its unique stainless steel structure.

This year’s ASICS Relay will start in Jakarta, Indonesia (19 August), followed by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (7 October); Singapore (4 November); and Bangkok, Thailand (2 December).

Three thousand teams across the four cities are expected to participate. The distinctive format of the ASICS Relay calls for a team of four to complete the full 42km or half 21km marathon. Each member has to run a quarter of the total distance. The format eschews the individual endurance required in a typical marathon, instead drawing on the motivational strength of teamwork and building camaraderie as each team completes the marathon in unity.

Spurring teams on will be cash prizes ranging from MYR1,500 to MYR5,450.

The overall fastest team in each of the Male, Female and Mixed categories to emerge at the end of the four-city ASICS Relay circuit will also win travel vouchers worth about MYR9,000.

ASICS recognizes the increasing popularity of running in Asia, and created the ASICS Relay to be a fun and bonding running experience for anyone interested in the sport, whether they are fitness explorers, adventure seekers, health enthusiasts or recreational participants.

“Introducing the ASICS Relay to more South-east Asian countries affirms our historical association with running. It is heartening to see participants from all walks of life, regulars and first-timers, complete the marathon. We look forward to welcoming this year’s runners,” said Kenji Oh, Asia Marketing Director of ASICS Asia Pte. Ltd. The ASICS Relay 2017 will take place at the following locations:

Jakarta: Alam Sutera Mall
Kuala Lumpur: Putrajaya
Singapore: Former Kallang Airport
Bangkok: To be announced

Early Bird registration is now open, and will end 10 August:

MYR280 for 21km Open Category
MYR320 for 42km Open Category

Normal registration starts from 11 August:

MYR320 for 21km Open Category
MYR360 for 42km Open Category

Promotions:

WIN A SLOT
Stand a chance to win a complimentary team slot to the ASICS Relay Kuala Lumpur 2017 when you spend MYR430 and above in a single receipt.

Applicable only at ASICS Mid Valley Mall, ASICS 1 Utama and ASICS Pavilion KL. Validity period from 20 July to 22 August.

BE AMONG THE FIRST 50 PARTICIPANTS TO RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY ASICS SHOEBAG
The first 50 registered runners to present their confirmation slip at ASICS Suria KLCC will each receive an ASICS shoebag. Validity period from 20 July to 7 October.

WIN AN ASICS SLING BAG
The first 100 teams to register for ASICS Relay Kuala Lumpur will each receive an ASICS Sling bag. Validity period from 29 September to 1 October (during race pack collection).

KEY FACTS
Date
7 October2017 (Saturday)
Time
Flag-off at 7:00PM
Venue
Open Field at Taman Diraja Negeri Sembilan Presint 4, 62000 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Expected Turnout
2,000 runners (500 teams)

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA
Website
www.asicsrelay.com
Facebook
@ASICSRelay
Instagram
@ASICSRelay
Official Hashtags
#ASICSRelay #ASICSRelayKualaLumpur

ABOUT THE RELAY
The uniqueness of a team relay shines heavily on the beauty of teamwork and allows runners to race and bond with their teammates. Teams of four can register in either all-Male, all-Female or the Mixed team categories, in two race distances –Full Marathon (42km) and Half Marathon (21km).

While the idea of running 21km or 42kmmay seem daunting to most aspiring runners, the relay concept, however offers the opportunity to bag their first marathon experience. Individual team members will need to complete 2 legs of 5.25km for Full Marathon, and 1 leg of 5.25km for Half Marathon to meet the total distance. The preceding member of the team will need to hand the relay token to next runner within the designated transition zone to delineate the changeover of runners.

Unveil the night and soak up the atmosphere at the race precinct with fun-filled activities, entertainment and snack on tasty light bites. Vie for the top spot and embrace the of finishing and collecting your medals together, unite your team for a truly memorable night.

On to the Kuala Lumpur leg of the ASICS Relay, runners will get to experience the scenic views of Putrajaya that is being developed as a City in a Garden. Runners will run on the Seri Gemilang Bridge, around Dataran Gemilang and pass iconic buildings like the Attorney General Chambers of Malaysia, Putrajaya International Convention Centre and Tunku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque.

To add to the fun and bonding running experienceat ASICS Relay,awards will be given to teams (Male, Female & Mixed) that clock the fastest timing in each full marathon and half marathon race categories. At theend of the ASICS Relay 2017 series, the fastest teams will win about MYR 9,000 (SGD 3,000)worth of travel voucherseach. Besides the exhilaration of winning the race, these champions will enjoy a well-deserved break with their teammates post-race! Stay tuned to www.asicsrelay.com to find out more.

CUT-OFF TIMING
Full Marathon
(Male/Female/Mixed):6 Hours (total time for 4 team members)
HalfMarathon (Male/Female/Mixed):6 Hours (total time for 4 team members)

There might be staggered cut-off times at selected sections of the roads for the safety of our runners. More details will be released closer to race day.Check out www.asicsrelay.com for more information.

Monday, 24 July 2017

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

Thousands thronged the finish line to great fanfare at Malaysia’s most anticipated night run: the Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality.

The third edition of the popular night run series created memories with a new exciting venue as well as new running categories for kids.
Serdang, 22 July 2017 – The largest and most anticipated night run series in Malaysia, the Men's Health Women's Health Night Run by AIA Vitality, attracted an eager crowd of 13,000 runners to this years race. Participants from around the country gathered in high spirits on the grounds of the events new venue, the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS).

For this years Run, Men's Health and Women's Health once again teamed up with AIA Bhd., who came in as the official title sponsor under the banner of AIA Vitality – a unique health and insurance programme that gives Malaysians the tools, knowledge and motivation they need to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Emceed by Natalie Kniese, the Night Run welcomed participants and their supporters to the Race Village as early as 5pm with a fun warm-up session hosted by Fitness First.

An array of sponsor booths and food trucks greeted runners and supporters alike to enjoy some fun activities and F&B delights before the flag-offs. One of the main highlights was the interactive AIA booth, which provided guests with complimentary health checks as well as pre- and post-run games to encourage runners as well as their family and friends to keep active and stay healthy.

Patrick Brennan, Group CEO of Mongoose Publishing Sdn Bhd, the publisher of Men's Health and Women's Health in Malaysia said, We are delighted to bring back the Men's Health Women's Health Night Run by AIA Vitality for the third time, and encouraged to see that so many people have been inspired to join our journey towards health, wellness and fun.

In addition to promoting wellness and health, it is our goal to make these runs exciting and memorable for every participant, and it is particularly gratifying to partner with title sponsor AIA, which shares our commitment to these goals.

Eric Chang, Chief Marketing Officer of AIA Bhd., added, We are proud to have been part of yet another successful Men's Health Women's Health Night Run. As Malaysia's leading life insurer, we believe in empowering people to take charge of their health and to embrace what it means to be healthier Malaysians. Being part of the Night Run is an excellent way to get Malaysians started on their journey to better health. It was such a joy to see adults, and this time the young ones too, unite again for this purpose.

The newest additions to the Mens Health Womens Health Night Run by AIA Vitality, the 700-metre and 3KM Kids Run categories, kick-started the #MHWHNightRun by #AIAVitalityMY at 6pm; while the 5km, 12km and 21km started from 7.00pm onwards. The last flag-off queued runners to endure their challenges through the lush green terrains and fresh air under the night sky.

Prizes were up for grabs throughout the event, while Shaheed Naz of the electro DJ duo Dangerdisko kept the energy high for runners returning from their races with his up-tempo beats right until midnight. Runners who triumphed in the competitive 12KM and 21KM categories received attractive prizes, while those participating in the non-competitive 5KM fun run had a blast sealing personal bests. Winners' prizes were courtesy of Le Meridien Putrajaya, Schick, New Balance, Fitness First, Lo Hong Ka, Fossil, Compressport & Devers, and Energy Day Spa.

Familiar faces in the running crowd were Fuad Alhabshi, frontman of Kyoto Protocol, and Davina Goh, performer and plant-based lifestyle advocate. Both influencers went through a Fitness First journey preparing for their run and roped in their fans who won tickets from their social media contests. They joined Fuad for the 12KM race while Davina toughened up for 21KM. Hopping on the bandwagon was the #ELLERunSquad, which comprised the ELLE Malaysia editorial team and their contest winners.

Follow their Instagram journeys here:
Fuad Alhabshi: @fuadkyoto
Davina Goh: @imdavinagoh
ELLEMalaysia: @ellemalaysia

Organised by Mongoose Publishing Sdn Bhd, the 2017 Mens Health Womens Health Night Run by AIA Vitality was supported by title sponsor AIA and gold sponsor, Ultron. Bronze sponsors were Fitness First, Schick, Fossil, Compresport, Dever and Clear. Kids Run sponsors were Time Out Malaysia Kids, The Childrens House, Club Med and Clarks. Official partners included Lucozade, Lo Hong Ka, Energy Spa & Wellness, The Childrens House, Clarks, New Balance, Jussu and Le Meridien Putrajaya. Ticketing partner for the event was Twenty First Century Sports and venues sponsored by MAEPS and Atria. Additional prize sponsors include Club Med, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa and SquEEEze Me Baby.

Official Website:
http://www.mens-health.com.my/nightrun/event
http://www.womens-health.com.my/nightrun/event

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Menshealthmalaysia
https://www.facebook.com/womenshealthmalaysia
https://www.facebook.com/timeoutmalaysiakids/

Twitter:
@menshealthmy
@womenshealthmy

Instagram:
@menshealthmalaysia
@womenshealthmy
@timeoutmykids

Hashtags:
#MHWHNightRun #AIAVitalityMY

Sunday, 23 July 2017

1 For 1 Standard Chartered Deal At Madam Kwan's

Friday is Nasi Bojari Day!

Why? Because for us holders of Standard Chartered Bank credit card, there is a 1 for 1 Nasi Bojari deal every Friday and will only end next year. Woohooo!
Hubby and Son's Nasi Bojari.

I already had it the week before so wasn't too keen at the idea of eating Nasi Bojari again. But OK lah, since the two boys already makan one and get one free. 
My choice was the assam laksa instead.
 And we shared cendol among the three of us.
A bill that was supposed to be RM89.60 now reduced to RM59.70. Which is RM20 per pax. Good value, right?

Equally nice from my Standard Chartered credit card was getting cashback bonus because I ran in Standard Chartered KL Marathon. Imagine running 42km and got rewarded money from my credit card company! Happy wor!

Kinda set-off whatever annoyance I have with the daily calls their telemarketers made to me lah... For a while, at least. Hahaha

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wishful Thinking... For A Staycation

The family and I have fond memories of Hilton Kuala Lumpur. It’s not like we visited the hotel often (not rich la), but its location is rather hard to miss for us. Everyday also can see one the hotel building from the road.
Photo from Traveloka
The hotel is located in the KL Sentral area with the main arteries of KL public transportation right at its doorstep and most important, Nu Sentral is right beside it! Transport and shopping! This is the place to ditch the car and travel by either train, komuter, monorail or even buses and go around the city.

And oh! Taman Botani Perdana a.ka. Lake Garden and Muzium Negara are just walking distance from the hotel. Serious. See the above photo? From Lake Garden la tu! I have always “berangan” to do a luxury staycation there. I mean, stay a night in the hotel, wake up in the morning, and head to Lake Garden for a morning run before taking a leisurely breakfast back at the hotel. That would be nice, right? Sound so syiok… *wishful thinking to its max*

A friend of mine always posted up photos of her brunch at Graze, Hilton Kuala Lumpur and I’ve been wanting to head there and do the same too. She kept on telling me, the price there aren’t that much different from any other “hipster” joint in KL and the quality is of course, much better. *jealous*

Every year, whenever I signed up for Standard Chartered KL Marathon, I tried to “bodek” the Hubby to let me reserve a room at Hilton KL so that I could take my time in the morning and not rush over to the starting line before the flag-off at 4.30am.

I was successful when I ran my first half marathon. It was pretty much a last minute thing, we reserved a room that Saturday morning itself and checked-in at 3.00pm. I told Hubby, I wanted to feel calm before my first half marathon and sleep on a nice bed before the run. The bed was so nice, I almost didn’t want to go out and the join the run that morning! LOL

It was great to be standing in the room at 3.00am, which was located at the club level (got promotional rate that time…) and watched the Kenyans and other fast full marathon runners blitzed through Jalan Travers as I was preparing to go down and join the half marathon. That was way back in 2012 if I’m not mistaken.
Wishful thinking....
It was also great to return to the hotel after the run, enjoy a luxurious breakfast then have a soak in the bathtub before taking a well-deserved nap on the comfy bed.

Haven’t had any luck in going back to Hilton Kuala Lumpur again and spend the night there… 

More recently, we celebrated Son’s birthday at Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s Vascos and of course the boy was pretty happy. OK. OK. Pretty happy is actually an understatement.

Thanks to a friend who made it happen. *much gratitude* Mom (me) was mighty chuffed too.
The hotel staff even brought out a birthday cake for him. So nice of them, right?

It was in December so there was a Xmas buffet promotion going on at Vasco’s and since both Hubby and Son love turkey, they had a ball at the buffet line. Me? I just went on an oyster and cheese binge. Muahaha

Anyhoo… more recently I’m seeing quite a number of friends who are fellow runners making hotel reservations through Traveloka. One had a pretty good deal in Jitra, Kedah when he went to run in the Jitra Marathon. A few others did posted up Traveloka’s hotel deals in their Facebook status too.

Good deal must share, share la right?

Nowadays, with Traveloka App, I’m hoping to find great deals even at posh hotel like Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

And since we runners do tend to run outside of Kuala Lumpur too, the website and app is sure helpful in planning a trip!

p.s. So, let’s cross fingers and hope there’ll be a good, cannot be missed deal to Hilton Kuala Lumpur for my birthday in 2 months’ time. *massive hint to whomever it may concern*

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

P.S.P King Of Forest At Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi

Sunday morning saw us heading to Pantai Sentral Park nearby Bukit Kerinchi for a trail run!

Seriously, after all these years, I've never really ventured to the area other than the old Kerinchi Flats which are now developed and poshly called Bangsar South...hur hur

The event was P.S.P. King of Forest Trail run and it was flagged off at IJM's ICE Gallery, and runners ventured into Taman Rimba Kerinchi and ran towards Bukit Gasing before returning back to the ICE Gallery.

The participants were capped to 500 runners for Wave 1 (7.2K category), 300 runners for Wave 2 (7.2K category). There was also a 5K fun run category which we registered ourselves into. 

We thought, might as well just enjoy the trail instead of suffering an extra 2K if we joined the 7K category. Hahaha
 Flag-off for Wave 1.
 Flag-off for Wave 2.
Flag-off for 5K fun run.
It was good that the numbers were capped and with Wave Start as it did got congested along the route. But no biggie. Just take time and enjoy nature lah. Only thing, perhaps pity the podium runners who had to start in Wave 2 as they needed to dodge all the human traffic (both from participants and also members of public enjoying the trail).
Participants ran on tarmac for the first 700m or so, which sort of served as warm-up before entering the trail section proper. Then, it's up all the way to the peak!
It was a bit more undulating on the return journey and it was peppered with little river crossings too. 

There were ample signages and marshalls were placed at sections and checkpoints. Only one water station was placed in the route, which runners saw going up to the peak and again, after returning (effectively making it a two WS stop lah...). The organiser adopted a bring-your-own-bottle concept for the run so runners had to bring their own water bottle/hydration pack which they could replenish at the WS.
One and a half hour later, Hubby finally made it to the finish line. So happy, because he appointed himself as sweeper for a group of runners. Enjoy la tu. Hahaha
Upon finishing, runners not only received their medal but breakfast too.

Got bananas, nasi lemak and Gardenia bread aplenty. There were still so much food available even after almost all runners had finished their run!

Apart from that, there were plenty of activities held at the ICE Gallery until late afternoon, lucky draws included.
Hubby and "his" group.

It was a pretty well organized event by CentriSoh Sales & Marketing and with the technical support from Pacemakers Malaysia.

Ample parking was available for participants with RELA assisting and although the road in front of the ICE Gallery wasn't closed off for the neighbourhood traffic, the traffic police and RELA members manning the junctions were hardworking and made sure runners were given priority to run and finish.

Excellent!

Hubby and I had a chance to view IJM's Pantai Sentral Park showroom at the ICE Gallery and boy, I have to admit, the thoughts of owning an apartment with walking distance to a trail is mighty enticing.

Pity we're not rich la! LOL

Anyways, kudos to everyone involved. If not for the event, I also didn't know that Taman Rimba Kerinchi is so nice.

Photos taken during the event can be viewed at Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura Facebook page. Links :
Flag-off
Trail section
Album 1
Album 2
Album 3
Album 4

Enjoy! Do like our new Facebook page for future race photos & updates! Cheers!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Augustman Breakfast Run

On Saturday morning, Hubby and I were invited to join Augustman Breakfast Run which started from Sasana Kijang looping through Bukit Tunku. It was a 4km+ run with plenty of hills to keep everyone happy. HAHAHA

Anyways, Augustman Malaysia is a men's magazine which will be having its inaugural run on Oct 22, 2017.

Last Saturday morning saw us mingling (and running) with ambassadors and representative from sponsors' - Saucony and Suunto and also Augustman A-Listers.
Photo credit : Mr Chan WK
Not only we had a fun morning run, we were served with scrumptious breakfast and it came with Starbucks coffee!!!

Me likey.

Registration for the run is still open so why not join the run with me?
Registration can be done at :

We female runners have a good incentive to join the run.
First 500 registered female participants will get a free 925 silver pendant from e-Suen. Woohoo!

Every runner will get a bib holder and after finishing the run, we can treat ourselves to free Starbucks coffee, courtesy of Starbucks, of course. 

Remember, closing date for Augustman Run is on September 22, 2017 so don't forget to register. Come la. I'm sure it'll be fun. :-)

Monday, 17 July 2017

Men's Health Women's Health Night Run Runners' Guide

We kinda had a pretty busy Saturday morning last week, starting with Augustman's Breakfast Run and then collecting race kits for our races this week.

(I'll write about Augustman Breakfast Run later...)
First, we went to Atria Shopping Gallery as their race collection counter opened at 10.00am. By the time we went there, which was just a few minutes after 10, there were quite a number of runners there already.

Queues were smooth and the volunteers helpful
Later, we went to Glo Damansara (luckily it was nearby Atria) to collect my PJ Half Marathon race kits. We arrived at around 10.40am and the counters were already opened. The volunteers said they decided to open the counter early (it was supposed to start at 11.00am) because runners were already queuing. How nice of them.

Another pretty easy collection for us but I heard the queue got really long later in the evening.

Anyhoo...

For those who are running in the Men's Health Women's Health Night Run, the PDF version of the race's Runner's Guide is ready.
 I downloaded mine through Women's Health Malaysia website. ^^
There's a tips section in the Runners' Guide and look! Yours truly had a column there too, among esteemed marathoners and Ironman and important people of the industry. Heh Heh

Mighty chuffed, I am.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Press Release: 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THE PUMA NIGHT RUN 2017!

The PUMA Night Run is less than a month away and with an overwhelming response thus far, this might be your last chance to register! If you're looking for a reason to attend the PUMA Night Run 2017, we've got not one, but FIVE reasons why you should not miss out on this year’s event.

Reason 1
Even you can run the PUMA Night Run 2017.

Despite being a run that requires a qualifying time, the main goal of the PUMA Night Run is to satisfy both competitive and non-competitive runners. That makes PUMA Night Run unlike any other running events because you can either have a shot at competing alongside some of the best competitive runners around the nation or you can just have fun and run with your friends and family.

Signing up for a race like PUMA Night Run, where you can choose to participate in a 6 KM fun run or 12 KM competitive run, can be the motivation you need to get out there and get it done because accountability is everything!
Reason 2
Stand a chance to meet the uprising Korean star, Lee Jae Yoon.

The word ‘versatile’ best describes this man. From his debut in ‘Stormy Lovers’ to ‘Another Oh Hae-young’ and the recent popular drama, ‘Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo’ Lee has tried his hand in multiple acting roles since his debut in 2004.

Despite Lee’s busy schedule, he has always been focused on making fitness his priority. Don’t miss this opportunity to run alongside him at the PUMA Night Run 2017!

Reason 3
Exhilarating activities awaits you at the PUMA Village.

Push yourself beyond your limits at the Puma Race Village for the pre-run party! You will be challenged physically and mentally as you make your way to the challenge’s finish line. As participants explore the village, your senses will be stimulated as you encounter various unique games and activities.

Reason 4
The After Party.

PUMA is known as one of the pioneers in the night running scene having first introduced the run in 2014 as a platform for runners from all walks of life to celebrate the joy of running and experience a carnival-like atmosphere filled with activities and performances. The PUMA Night Run will end with the ultimate after-run music performances, featuring Singaporean Kpop artist Gen Neo, renowned local artist, Black and many more to come!

Reason 5
Ending the night with a BANG!

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! Also, don’t forget the most important item for the PUMA Night Run guys, your race packs! The race packs will be available for collection at Sunway Putra Mall, Concourse Area from 28th to 30th July (Friday until Sunday), between 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. So what are you waiting for? This is your last chance to not miss out on an epic night run this year!

Register today at http://puma-nightrun.com.my/ and like the official FB page ‘PUMA Night Run 2017’ for all the latest updates about the event!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Weekend Happenings And REPCs Alert

It's gonna be another fun weekend for us, this mid-July.

First up, we'll be joining a breakfast run on Saturday. More details on that soon. 

(I heard got A-listers coming. Woohooo!)
Then, on Sunday; Hubby and I will be joining the P.S.P. King of  Forest run at Pantai Sentral Park. We went there last week for the REPC and sure is looking forward to the run. (Look at the showroom at the ICE Gallery also nice. Am actually drooling over the house there).

Details of P.S.P King of Forest Run:

Date
16 July 2017, Sunday | 6am – 11am

Start Time
7:05am (7.2km Forest Run) - Wave 1
7:30am (7.2km Forest Run) - Wave 2
7:45am (5km Fun Run)

Start/Finish
ICE Gallery @ Pantai Sentral Park, Bangsar, Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi

Distance
Wave 1: 7.2km Forest Run (Limited to 500 only)
Wave 2: 7.2km Forest Run (Limited to 300 only)
5km Fun Run

p.s. there are plenty of activities lined up at the ICE Gallery after the run so you can actually stay back until 4pm there!

We'll also need to collect our race kits for next week's Men's Health Women's Health Night Run and PJ Half Marathon.

For Men's Health Women's Health Night Run
Race Kit Collection:
Date
15th July - 16th July 2017
Venue
Atria Shopping Gallery, Centre Court, Ground Floor
Time
10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

For PJ Half Marathon
RACE KIT COLLECTION
(Participants in Klang Valley)
DATE
15 & 16th July 2017
TIME
11.00 am - 8.00 pm
VENUE
G Floor, Glo Damansara Shopping Mall (3.134094, 101.629889)

Hubby and I will either go after our breakfast run on Saturday or the P.S.P. King of Forest Run on Sunday.

For those who had registered for all three events - don't forget your dates! To run or to collect race kits!

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