Showing posts from March, 2012

Too Much Can't Be Good

I've been told that being heavy-handed with the soy sauce when eating sushi can offend the chef. It overrides the subtle flavour of the sushi.
I also hate it when a friend who wants to share my saucer of soy sauce, mix the wasabi vigorously in the sauce. No no no. I take my wasabi on the side and adjust the amount with whatever I'm eating. Some sushi gets a little bit more than the other.
There is one sauce that I've seen being splashed around on plates liberally here, and that's chilli sauce. Chilli sauce or ketchup in my opinion can totally drown the natural flavour of a dish. I like ketchup myself but I put it sparingly or if I am consciously trying to flavour a particularly tasteless food. (KFC very dry chicken comes to mind).
Boggles the mind on how some of my friend would even need chilli sauce for a spaghetti marinara. Why? Why? Why? Or is it normal to do that and I just didn't know? @.@
p.s I should totally chill, shouldn't I?

Do You Need Two?

I guess I look stupid wearing two running watches during my run. 
Wait! Wait! There's a reason for it.
The Timex watch (the one in black) doesn't count distance. But that watch has plenty other nifty features - lap timing (which I rely on a lot nowadays), pace alerts, hydration alert, interval timer, target time pacer, etc.
The pink Nike+ Sportband on the other hand is a watch I got when I first started doing my runs regularly, which was in July last year. It is a free replacement for the old, faulty one I had earlier. I put it on just for to keep track of the distance I covered because other than that, it's too cumbersome checking on it with its toggle buttons.
Can't afford a GPS watch, be it Timex, Garmin, Suunto or whatever brand there might be out there in the market. I'll buy one when I'm already good at this running thing. An almost RM2,000 running watch and I'm still very much a tortoise? I better run good (and FAST!) to feel entitled to wear them. Mayb…

A Bit Of Steaming And Grilling With The Family

by having a siblings gathering over a pot (make it two pots) of steambot and grill on Saturday in Bandar Baru Bangi.
My brother and sisters were there with their family except our two youngest brother & sister. Raimie gets to play with his cousins, who were pretty excited meeting him -  as usual. He gets to play the cool "big brother" with them. ^^ The obligatory entrance shots. Average spread, but hey! It's just RM25 per pax (RM12 for kids above 4). We ate our fill of grilled meat (marinated chicken, lamb and beef)  that day. Who cares about frozen balls (ehem) anyway. I don't. Another plus - it's nearby. Happy time when the food is all ready to be eaten! Everyone dig in! ^^ Grilled meat.Yummmm...
Spent more than 3 hours there, and got back home quite late and slept late too. Though I'm happy to report I managed to crawl out of bed at 5am, after being prodded by Zaini and make my 16K (it was just 15.56K actually) on Sunday. Nice weekend.

Water Park Trip!

We rather dislike crowd so despite promising Raimie that we'd take him to Desa Waterpark during the school holidays, we postponed the trip until after the school holiday and went on a weekday! A school day to boot! 
But then again, Desa Waterpark only opens from 12pm to 6pm on weekdays. If one goes to a morning session class/school like Raimie does, they can visit the park in the evening no problem - right? xD  Before we got all wet, time to pose for photos! An almost deserted waterpark. Sure nice to have the place almost to ourselves, for a change. ^^
I'm currently under nothing-to-write-other-than-about-running block. Have been guilty of not replying to comments quickly too these past few days.
Maybe it'll be better next week. I need something to perk me up. I should go out and run more, methinks. But then again, that would totally get me off from being online! LOL
Have a great weekend ahead, everyone!

Weekend Training

All three of us agreed  that Raimie needs to "train" with Mommy in anticipation of any upcoming races that Mommy might have wanted to register for him. He is already registered for a 700m kids dash in June at Standard Chartered KL Marathon. The starting time of the kids dash should motivate Mommy into running a sub 2:30 timing for the half-marathon, to make sure that Mommy can be there when he start his run. Too idealistic? We'll just have to train for it and try! ^^
I procrastinate long enough to be too late to register him for a 5K fun run at Energizer Night Race. But we'll see what other races there will be for kids his age that don't need school participation in the future. Maybe run a 3K costumed fun run during NTV7 Feel Good Run? \(~o~)/
On Sunday we went to Taman Tasik Cempaka in Bangi for the "training". We thought we might as well travel there, get some fresh air, sweat a little bit and then head to a nearby Pasar Tani (farmer's market) and b…

SpongeBob Again, Likes And Peeves

Once a week. That's the agreed number of visit fast food place. Currently it's Friday night at McD. Until the SpongeBob promotion McD is having is still on, that is. We don't usually buy Raimie the Happy Meal set but then, it's SpongeBob! Let the boy gets his SpongeBob. xD Shopping for groceries at Village Grocer in Bangsar Village is sure nicer than having to navigate around aisles packed with trolleys at Jusco or Carrefour at Mid Valley. One catch though - it's a tad more expensive to shop here. Ah well... it's Bangsar kan? If you remember I got myself a GU Chomps last week. Not loving it so I was soooooo glad that Lafuma finally stocked-up these solids. Tempted to buy the whole box but I went all prudent and just bought just three tubes. Three tubes would last me for 9 weeks. I'm ready to roll! ^^
No, I don't eat one for every KM I run. I only take one solids for a 1 and a half - two hours run. Shouldn't totally depend on energy food to sustain me d…

Two Sides

Always stand on the left side when taking an escalator in Japan so that those who are in a rush can walk on the other side. Time is of the essence! So is good manners and basic courtesy.
However, do stand on the right side when you are in Osaka! Here? We stand any which way we like. I am rather partial in standing in the middle myself. But that's only when Zaini and Raimie are in front of me. xD
p.s have you seen SK's awesomely packed escalator photo in his previous post? I wish I had photos like that!

But You Run Marathon, What!

OK. First - I'm not a marathoner, as many of my friends and colleagues kept saying I am. 
I lost count on how many times I corrected people when they say this, until I stopped correcting them.
I have never done a 42K run in my life. Not yet anyway. A 10K race is not a marathon. Neither is 15K. 21K is "merely" a half-marathon. After SCKLM on June 24th, maybe you can call me a half-marathoner lah. heh heh
The point of this rant is actually because I just did a basic screening that was arranged by the company for all staff. A hospital had this medical campaign on and since it was free - just go lah.
Now, the problem with doing it en masse and with 80% of staff knows you is that, everyone can KPC or busybody about your results. You can do it too. I pretty much wreck havoc at the screening room, "disturbing" other colleagues who were doing their screening too. haha To the nurses there - thank you for putting up with our "disruptive" behaviour. ;p
I pretty much …

6 Months Later

I posted up my rantings (I always do, don't I?) about the state of one of my toes way back in September last year.  I pulled-off the blackened toenail and I had a nail-less toe for a while. Suited me just fine, since no toenail wasn't giving me any problem.
The nail grew nicely and in the pink of health (heh!) earlier this year, yet somehow now I got these a few weeks ago! Not just one toe! But two black toes, on each foot! Darn! They don't give me any pain, but they sure are unsightly when I'm wearing my work heels. 
I've been using the same two shoes for my runs - my Brooks Glycerin since September 2011 and  Nike LunarGlide since December so it can't be due to a tight fitting shoes. I'm guessing it's time to change my Glycerin to another shoe?
Haven't been looking for one yet. Can't decide what model or what brand to get. Of course the easiest option to get a good shoe with proper consultation for me is to contact Brooks. Zaini flat out refused to…

Spongebob, GU Chomps, Bananas And Lee Su Kim

All those spamming over SK's blog about McD's Spongebob Happy Meal toy made me crave for a McD dinner. So after work on Friday, off we went to McD. Didn't fancy the McD over at MidValley (the staff there seriously test my patience sometimes) so we went to the one at Jalan Telawi. The astronaut Spongebob all "habis" already so Raimie had the painter Spongebob instead. Still cool! Got myself a couple of back-issue magazines cheap at a shop nearby McD there (they sell cheap books too!). Tempted to hoard all the running magazines that are for sale but managed to restrain myself and bought only two; for the price of one new magazine. Great deal for me!
While on running, I got myself a packet of GU Chomps from GNC at Bangsar Village. I went to Lafuma to stock up on my Perpeteum Solids but they had yet get new stock and most probably it'll arrive today. 
Anyhoo, I decided to try GU Chomps and see how I like it.
Been eating lots of bananas for the past months, ever sinc…

Saturday Gripe

He now works late and somehow that made me lose weight isn't it just great to have that effect?
I should be happy I can be skinny but how can I be? if I'm back home too late for the runs I do nightly!
Picky! Picky!

Feeling Lucky?

Dunno about you but this sounds rather naughty to me. But then again, I do have a mind in the gutter. Anyway, I somewhat blame SK. With all that fetish mention is his Thursday post, one can't help think "serong" a bit. Hahaha
Just random ranting today. No mood to post anything else.

After The Run

We were supposed to go to IKEA on Saturday, after picking up my 1 Vision Run race kit at Padang Merbuk but got somehow sidetracked. Instead of heading there early in the morning, we went to get ourselves a new washing machine. Our 13 year old washing machine finally acted up on us so it was time to change to a new machine. This, barely a month after needing to change our car's tyres. Cash flowing out like water. Uwaaaa!!!
So instead, the trip to IKEA was made on Sunday, after my 1 Vision Run.
I freshened up after my run at 1 Vision Run at Lake Garden's toilet, changed my shirt and then, off we went to IKEA! I hope I didn't stink-up the place too much! Breakfast at IKEA cafe - 99 sen sub-standard fried koay teow (why is it so popular, ah?), chicken wings and muffin & chicken soup and cinnamon roll for Mommy. We actually wanted to eat their meatballs, but I was already hungry at 10.00am. Was so not gonna wait long for my meal and so not gonna wait till noon! I got lotsa thi…

Lari Suka-Suka

or you can call it, "just for the heck-of-it" kinda run. I had no expectation of a "happening" race, joining the 1 Vision Run KL 2012 at Padang Merbok instead of the more popular, better publicised, much hyped World Kidney Run that was held on the same date and at a venue very near (Dataran Merdeka, if you must know) to this 1 Vision Run.

I am still not familiar with this popular race route in KL and the reason I entered this race was to familiarise myself with this hilly route. Hills, I certainly experienced a LOT yesterday!

We got there rather early at 6.30am (early by my standard that is) and I remarked how hardcore some runners are, already making their runs around the Lake Garden. Zaini just remarked dryly that I should marvel at the people who aren't running but still needs to wake up early on weekends (meaning him and Raimie) instead of those runners! LOL

By way of warm-up, I walked and jogged from our parking spot at the playground  at Lake Garden to …

Two Schools, Two Exams

First exam of the year! It's called the PKSR (Penilaian Kendalian Sekolah Rendah) or Primary School Evaluation Test. Some students, not to mention their parents too will be having sleepless nights over this. Raimie? Apart from the weekend revision with Mommy; he's happily stress-free about it. Mommy isn't too fussed about it either. That's what you get if the Mommy is rather "lazy" and had never been the studious type.
Raimie goes to two school. The Sekolah Kebangsaan or the National Primary school in the morning and then he goes to Sekolah Rendah Agama (Islamic Primary School) in the evening and then... continued with his Al-Quran reading & learning after the SRA.
Two schools means two sets of exams. For the national primary school - Raimie has English, Malay, Maths, Science, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Music and Art.
For Islamic school - there are nine subjects he needs to deal with : Tajwid, Tauhid, Sirah, Feqah, Arabic, Al-Quran, Akhlak, Jawi and Khat. Phe…

Sleeping-In No Run Saturday

No running for today! It's my taper week and am scaling back the mileage. Happy and proud to say that I've slowly but surely building up my mileage over the past two months; averaging 30k per week in January and 40k in February. Pffft! Big deal, you say? Well, it is for me!
No need to wake up so early and I'll let the two boys enjoy their early morning swim while I leisurely prepare breakfast. Nothing fancy planned for our brekkie - just the usual : baked beans, melted cheese, two eggs sunny side up, toast and a big cup of really, really kaw black coffee for me.
Then, we'll be off to IKEA to get the bookshelves for Raimie that we initially wanted to buy last week. But before that (or should it be after?), we need to make a stop at Padang Merbok. I need to collect my race kit and t-shirt for the One Vision Run KL I'll be doing on Sunday! Wish me luck!
Good luck to those who are running in races this weekend. Have fun! 
Talking about races, I registered myself early for …

Two Covers

Some nice manhole covers that one can find all over Japan. Manhole covers in Japan differs at each place as they are most likely designed with the area/region's pride be it a structure, a festival, a flower or a historic event. Nice, right? What about ours? Well,our manhole covers serve it purpose - that is to cover manhole! And as long as those manhole covers are there to cover manholes, I'm not complaining. Much better than to have an exposed manhole! Am I right or am I right? @.@

Whaddya mean where's the photo of our manhole cover? Do I really need to post our boring JPP (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Pembentungan) cover here?