Showing posts from June, 2012

It Wasn't As Romantic As I Would Have Imagined

Chanced upon a garden wedding one weekend and I guess we were kay-poh enough to stay and see the whole proceeding, while lounging at the hotel pool.
While it looked picture perfect when the ceremony was ongoing, the fact that hotel staff started to clean-up the area while the wedding guests were still busy taking photos with the bride and groom kinda spoil the dreamy image.
That and the fact that half of the guests actually turned up late and arrived AFTER the wedding march! 
Anyways... after last week's very posh & high-end stay at Le Meridien, we are now at a less posh (and unfortunately lesser level of service - I got glared by the front office staff for daring to check-in with her) but hopefully all will be good after this. The manager-in-charge whom I e-mailed my reservation to, had given us an upgrade, a special internet fee (no free internet here, unfortunately) + free breakfast; with us paying a room-only rate. That should be enough to make me happy, right?
Zaini will…

I Like Photos

My narcissistic self absolutely adore looking through all these running events photos and will be quite chuffed upon chancing any photo of me running; ugly or otherwise. Credit to Lau Eng Kiat for the photo. Taken nearby Maharajalela Monorail Station, at around 6.45-6.55am.
Credit to Tey Eng Tiong for these photos. I chuckled every time I looked at these. I was trying to worm my way between the guy in blue official vest on my left and the guy wearing the orange Nike Run shirt on my right and overtake them, hence the grimace. Notice how serene that fellow lady half-marathoner on my right looked?

Notice my bulgy looking skirt? Skirt pockets were laden with... get this:
1. wads of tissue paper, neatly stuffed into a plastic case so that it won't absorb all my sweat
2. 2 energy gels (that I didn't even use)
3. One banana
4. Handphone
5. 1 tube of coffee flavoured energy tablet (caffeine overload! Woo!)
6. IC
7. Cash

Anyways, I made the same impatient grimace almost at the finis…

It's Nice To Be Posh Sometimes...

I've been whining to Zaini for the past few weeks that I missed the experience of having a leisurely breakfast at some nice hotel. Not just any buffet breakfast, sharing space with hordes of tourist groups, screaming children or groups attending seminars, mind you. I wanted the quiet elegance 5-star hotels' club level or executive level floors offer.
I've been trying to get Zaini to say yes to me booking a room in some hotel for my SCKLM 2012 run (and me paying for it) but up till Saturday, 23rd he was still adamant that he'd send me to the race site on Sunday morning. Plus, he refused to stay at any 3 star and less hotel in KL! Sheesh!
I actually booked a room on the day we were checking-in because at 9.00am'ish, Zaini read my runners' guide booklet and noticed that shuttle buses were provided from certain points to ferry runners to the race site. That meant I can go to the race site by taking the bus myself. Nice room at Level 30 for us. and it comes with a…

Running Around KL

Well, not as much as those doing the full marathon (42.1K) but me and a few thousand other runners did get a chance to see KL on foot! (Not to mention accidentally stepping on a roadkill or two! I so need to focus where I put my feet. ahaha)
I woke up at 4am and while I was getting ready, I took the opportunity to watch the full marathoners in action from my hotel room. The first 10 runners (all Kenyans?) had a pretty big lead against the other runners.

It started to drizzle when the last few batches of full marathoners passed the hotel we stayed in, along the stretch of Jalan Travers.  It was just a short drizzle though.
Zaini accompanied me to the shuttle bus stop at 5.15am, which was almost right beside the hotel and waved goodbye. As I was running a half-marathon this time, I went to the race site alone. No point of making Zaini wait for me for three hours, right?

Taking the shuttle bus made it so convenient for me to get to the race site alone. The shuttle bus driver not only p…

If We Were In Japan, Mommy...

You should hear Raimie muttering that over and over while we were queuing for tickets (tokens, actually) at the hot, stuffy and packed Masjid Jamek LRT station yesterday evening.
If we were in Japan, Mommy "We wouldn't need to queue so long" "The queue won't be so slow" "That machine was out-of-order. It wouldn't be in Japan" "It won't be so hot" yada yada yada and I kept having to shush him. You'd think my Son had lived for years in Japan, not a mere two-weeks vacation there each year, the way he compared our LRT with the train stations in Tokyo! That boy! Ahahaha... Malu only. *paiseh*
Anyways... we were in Masjid Jamek and used the public transportation because Mommy needed to go to Dataran Merdeka to collect her (and Raimie's too) race kit yesterday, after work.  Raimie, in front of the kids' dash counter. Virtually no queue there yesterday evening so we were spared from long queues or waiting ages for our stuff…

Road To Standard Chartered KL Marathon : Almost There!

It's Friday!!!

In a few days's time, hordes of people will be in KL as early as a couple of hours' after midnight and run around the city centre, be it for 42.2K, 21.1K, 10K or 5K and with little kids doing 2.5K and a 700m dash!

I have yet collected my race entry pack collection (REPC) at Dataran Merdeka. I think I'll do it this evening after work.
Other than that, all that's left for me to do now is being prepared to hit the race site early, know where the parking spots are and be aware of road closures too. Check out the SCKLM website for more details, folks! Don't blame 28,000 runners for making your car caught in a jam on Sunday morning, OK?
With the event being so near, nothing much to do in terms of training.
Anyways, I just couldn't resist sharing this with you... I guess I've been covering rather a nice mileage for the last 30 days, eh? ^^ "Otai" runners, now don't scoff. Let me be proud of this a bit. Us newbies should be proud o…

Got Milk?

A new nightly routine because Raimie asked for it ever so nicely. Warming up milk for him to drink before bed time instead of the usual cold milk straight out of the fridge.
A quiet time reading and a warm milk before bed for a goodnight's sleep. Nice, right? ^^ 

Autum Leaves And Falling Snow

Another post to make Yvonne green with envy. I'm so "baik" kan, Yvonne? Kakaka
In 2008 we combined a trip to see cherry blossoms and played with a bit of snow in the month of March. Last year, we combined vieweing the beauty of autumn leaves (koyo) and experiencing falling snow. But it was rather a crazy endeavour as we travelled from Kyushu to Shikoku, from one end of Honshu to its tip and then to the island of Hokkaido for a bit of both! Oh! Don't forget the rain too!
Torrential rain is to be expected when one is in between seasons. Right, Rurousha?
Autumn leaves, plenty of it too... Kyushu Island representative : Yufuin. At Lake Kinrinko to be exact. Beware! There's a sleeping dragon in the lake! Shikoku Island. At Ritsurin Koen, one of the most beautiful park in Japan located in Takamatsu. Honshu Island representative. In Nara. Another Honshu Island representative.This burst of colours we found in Tokyo. At a cemetery.
Now, snowing time... where else? In …

Can We Go To Somewhere Expensive, Please?

That's exactly what Raimie asked us a few days ago. He wanted to go for a meal at a place nice and shall we say, classy? Good thing though our standard of expensive is not high and what Raimie had in mind was either Tony Roma's and Pizza San Francisco. To San Francisco it was for us on Saturday. Raimie got his wish and the lunch was an early Father's Day celebration for the Dad too. ^^ Raimie and Daddy were boring so they had 7-Up and Coke. Mommy drank kedondong (ambra) juice with sour plum. Yummy!
Daddy had chilli mussel and margherita pizza. Of course Raimie just had to ask for a "tiny" bite of what Daddy ordered! Raimie didn't ask for Mommy's because Mommy had the same as his. Salmon steak for both of us. But Mommy enjoyed her bowl of seafood soup too. Just the soup. The seafood in the soup was eaten by Raimie and his Daddy.
We didn't do anything special for Father's Day last week. Well, nothing special unless you count this lunch and the fac…