Showing posts from September, 2011

Too Much Too Soon?

So how much training is too much? And how much is too much for someone who isn't even  really training to be competitive in a race?
I like running lately as one can glean by reading the intermittent posts about me jogging or running or something in between here. I think I'm borderline crazy about it even. I can spend the day thinking about running routes I'd do once I go off from work.
I was lucky that I didn't have any injuries for the past 5 months I've been doing this but I somehow got some shin splint injuries earlier and the pain has yet subsided. That got Zaini commenting about my overzealous enthusiasm. He's been basically telling me I've been overdoing it for such a novice.
I've been reading a lot and I tried to do my workouts properly; well, as proper as someone doing it completely alone can. I do admit I have a hard time sifting through all the info I've been reading online about running.
Before I got my Nike Sportband (which I bought in mid-J…

Niece's 1st Birthday & A Raya Makan

It's always a big occasion for parents to celebrate their children 1st birthday, right?  And my younger sis celebrated her daughter's first birthday recently. Combining it with a kind of "Raya" open house, her house was full of visitors that day!   What birthday can be without a birthday cake, right? The birthday girl in pink. My nephew celebrated his birthday a few weeks earlier. Raimie was there on my behalf. ^^  Food! While the adults were busy eating and chatting, the children were busy too... playing with the colourful balloons. *^-^*
A great celebration with the family, it sure was.
And to all September babies, Happy Birthday!


The first day of Raya was a sunny day. After such a hot and tiring day visiting relatives and neighbours, it sure is nice to take a bit of nap and rest  for a while.  Must be nice to zzzzzzz away without a care. ^^
I sure envy the kitties napping away.Taken while going back from doing some "Raya" open house. ^^

It's His Birthday!

Happy birthday to dear hubby. Be healthy always. Both me and son will always be here for you. And you bet I'll stay by your side till we are both old and infirm. *^-^*

Can We Eat Sushi, Please?

Raimie's been hankering for some sushi and what can we say? As long as he eats (and eats a lot), we are just happy to humour the boy once in  a while.
Thought of going to Yuzu at Gardens Mall but then decided to head off to a somewhat cheaper option and we went to have dinner at Sushi Zen instead. Raimie and his plate of sushi.  I chose to eat the set of the day (or month) - the tempura set. Nothing to shout about. Well, it's cheap. And Zaini had ebidon. All finished!
I wonder when are we having our next Japanese meal? I am certainly looking forward to eating Japanese food in Japan soon! *^-^*

A Virgin On The Run

A race virgin that is. ^^

So, I went and entered myself to KLIUC Unity Run and ran 10K last Sunday. It's my preparation before running in the way bigger race of the Putrajaya Night Marathon in October. I figured I'd do well  by getting a taste of road races by joining smaller ones first before going head first into big ones. This race was actually the third race I signed up this year. The first one being the Putrajaya Night Marathon on Oct 15 and the second one was the Pudu Charity Run on Sep 25.

I relinquished photography duties today and  handed it over to Zaini and he as always did a great job capturing the moments!
 Starting line for Men & Women Open Before the start of the race. Still got time to clown around. Gosh! My "perut buncit" is so obvious here. ^^! 
 and the mayhem begins!
I tried to keep my pace steady and tried not to run too fast too quickly seeing that this was my first race. I mean, I'm not aiming for a personal best just yet. The aim for …

The First Time Is Always Nerve Wrecking

First love, first job, first sex.... and for me; at the age of 36 - first running race. Yup, I'm a race virgin.

I'm entering my first race ever in my life (cross-country during school years don't count - I suck at them big time in school anyway) and I'm doing it alone. No running "kaki"/buddy with me.

I decided that after 5 months of running around the hood, I should try and join in the fun. Reading up runners' blogs about their races are sure making me itch to join them! I blame you, Nick!

Nobody I know is going for the run but to wait for someone running and accompanying me would mean that I probably would have never gotten into running at all. Sometimes, you just gotta dive headlong into something and make good out of it & have fun while doing it.

Registered myself to KLIUC Unity Run rather at last minute on Friday and will be heading off to KLIUC in a few hours (6 more hours by the time this post is up) or so for my inaugural race. And it's a …

A New Toy For Son

We sure have spending money like there's no tomorrow lately. I forked out RM350 a few days ago for a new pair of shoes and last Friday, both Zaini and I decided to buy Raimie a netbook to replace the old notebook he had been using.
Nothing too fancy for our 9 year old, just something for his use for his gaming and whatever online needs without him badgering us and asking to borrow ours. xD At a total cost of RM999 that includes extra warranties, I guess it's not too bad, right? And instead of lugging bigger notebooks while on vacation, I'm thinking of bringing this netbook around to keep us connected and online even when we are overseas. It's small and it's light. (And no, no Ipad for us. Thanks. ^^) Raimie got another nice surprise from his Dad too.  A Kamen Rider Ooo Burakawani action figure, ordered online and sent all the way from Japan.

Saturday Kem Solat

Last week was the last session for Raimie to attend his school's "Kem Solat" (literally means prayer camp) for the year. It is a compulsory activity  for Standard 1 - 3  Muslim pupils arranged by the Ministry of Education for all national primary schools in Malaysia. Colourful baju melayu and baju kurung worn by the students attending the Saturday camp. Sure looks festive. :) While waiting for Raimie to finish his 4 hours' camp, Mommy had a run around Lake Garden, bought a new pair of running shoes and had brunch at Starbucks. A hot mug of hazelnut hot chocolate and a chicken pie bought from Hiestand Swiss Bakery. I looooove their pies. And bagels. And pasties. ;) Daddy had his usual green tea latte. Though it's a bummer that I can't enjoy a free drink anymore nowadays. The Amex complimentary drinks promotion at Starbucks on weekends are already fully redeemed. Sucks.:( Raimie on the other hand, enjoyed his early lunch after the "kem" provided by the …

This Is What I Call Customer Service!

I wanted to buy a new running shoes to replace my current Adidas shoes. I had been procrastinating in buying one because of the hassle of going in search for the shoes and of course, I do need consultation before I buy one. Knowledgeable consultants for shoes are sure hard to be found though!
I finally met up with Joshua of Brooks Malaysia on Saturday morning after sending Raimie to school for his  "kem Solat"/ prayer camp(?) last week.
I told Joshua earlier that I would be at Lake Gardens on Saturday and he was OK meeting me there so we arranged a rendezvous at the Bukit Aman car park before my run that morning.
He brought along a car boot full of shoes but before trying any on, he proceeded to check my foot type first. Then, he proceeded to explain at length on the types of shoes and the support each shoes give for each foot type. I learnt a lot about shoes, right there at the car park. ^^ Joshua explaining Zaini's foot type and pronation after watching him walk back and …

The School Holiday And Festival Break

So Raimie got a week off from school during the Raya break last week. Enjoyed it, he certainly did! We went back to my hometown to celebrate Raya. He does enjoy his time there, and seeing his aunts, uncles and cousins who also were back for the festivities. He received a lot of duit raya from generous relatives and neighbours. His Dad took him to Desa Water Park on Friday while Mommy was at the office. By the tanned face he and his Dad sported that day, it looks like they really had a blast there. He even gets to watch a movie. It was either Smurf or Cars 2 but Mommy vetoed for Cars 2. Mommy just cannot stand Smurfs. LOL Ate fast food three times in the Raya week. Pizza on Monday, MarryBrown on Wednesday and KFC on Friday. Talk about indulgence! And on Saturday, he got to enjoy dinner at TGIF.
How was your Raya vacation? I bet it was good (and maybe quite fattening too)! I managed to somehow gained back the kgs I lost during the fasting month in just two days of Raya. All that bingeing on Ra…

Dinner At Friday's On A Saturday

We went to Alamanda last Saturday and decided to have a one day earlier anniversary dinner at Friday's. A more intimate celebration will be later, together with both our birthday on Sep 21 & 23rd. ^^ A quiet Friday's when we got there for dinner. Must be because everyone are still enjoying their Raya feast and not eating out much yet. Raimie clowning around while waiting for his food to arrive. There was Spongebob shown on the TV monitors so he got pre-occupied watching it for a while.
Good thing the food arrive not too long after our order made because otherwise, Raimie would certainly gotten restless! and he got busy eating once it arrived. Spaghetti marinara (the free kid's meal) for him. I do think Tony Roma's free kids meal is a better deal than Friday's. Don't you think so too?  Mommy ordered Friday's Three for All for appetizer to share with Daddy and Raimie. Mommy "chop" the celery sticks and ate most of the fried mozzarella too. Daddy and …

Take A Spin, Repeat Cycle And Rinse

I take a spinaround my neighbourhood by running most days. Some days I felt good and can go on and on if not for the time constraint and the fact that there are people who are waiting for me at home. Other days, I had to drag myself  and start off thinking I'd probably do a short run and yet, I always end up doing more than I think I could. I like to sweat. Crazy? Maybe. ;)
There's this tiny hill beside my apartment that is a favourite for people to jog/walk up. It is steep and can be a challenge, especially for someone like me; and halfway up my Nike+ Sportband will always fail to register the distance. When I go up, I would feel like I'm so gonna be sooooo flat, then I ran down and feel like I can do another round. This will be repeated along with my usual runs. I would start to think I can't do anymore, then I recover sufficiently and I repeat the process again and again. Though of course, with a wonky knee like mine, I only go up the hill once a week now.

Found You 찾았다

Honestly, at first I didn’t know, though it was an accidental encounter Till now, I’ve learned more about sorrow than happiness
Though I was full of tears, I will bring you only laughter I must have finally found my other half My heart is racing like this
Found you my love, The person I’ve been searching for I want to share a heated embrace with you Stay still and close your eyes So I can kiss you on the lips
I love you, it’s you who I love Found you The one person I’ll keep by my side
Though I had kept my heart closed, I’ll give my heart to you I must have finally found my other half My heart is racing like this
Found you my love, The person I’ve been searching for I want to share a heated embrace with you Stay still and close your eyes So I can kiss you on the lips
I love you, it’s you who I love Found you The one person I’ll keep by my side
The person who embraced all the painful wounds on my closed heart I want to love you more and more, for eternity
Found you my love, The person I’ve been searching for I want t…

On The First Day of Raya

On the first day of Raya (Eid); we wake up early, there might be visit to the nearby mosque for "solat Raya", don our new clothes, ask for forgiveness with our family members and visit relatives and neighbours and a visit to the graves of our loved ones on this joyous day.
We didn't do anything special at home this year as we would be going to both our parents home on the first and second day of Raya. The family photo for this year's Raya. Raimie wanted to wear purple baju Raya so our colour theme this year is purple. ^^ With Zaini's side. Everyone made it this year. :) What's more fun for children than collecting green packet/"Duit Raya"? Of course, in order to get those "duit raya", they have to "salam" the relatives first! ^^
Raimie's Raya bounty. All "proceeds" will go straight to his savings account. xD And this is the day that any calorie count went heedless and we enjoy the rendang, ketupat, lemang and all sorts of…