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Nephew and Nieces

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a brand-new niece arriving soon too; adding another family member to the Raub clan! Aren't they all so adorable? ^^
My sister (no. 3) is expecting her third child anytime now. Wishing her smooth delivery. *hugs*

Anyhoo,
recognise this woman? hur hur

A Red Dragonfly

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No post on Raya yet.
Or the shopping I planned to do.
I'll do that later. ^^
Just sharing a photo that hubby took, when I lamented over the fact that I don't have any photo of a red dragonfly when I did this Aka tombo post over at my other blog. I just thought that it was rather sweet of him to do it. He may tell me he took it for some other reason, but I'll still say it's totally sweet of him. After all, he whatsapp the photo to me. Awwww....
 I love this. ^^

How's your weekend so far? :)

Here's a haiku from a famous poet - Matsuo Bassho :

The dragonfly
can't quite land
on that blade of grass

Flash In A Pan?

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I hope not.
Well, Raimie asked me to allow him iron his school uniform last week. Yup, he initated it. OK, so I did mention a few times before, how I used to iron my own clothes, wash pailful of clothes yada yada when I was at his age. *guilty* I guess he just got curious and wanted to show me he can do it too. ;p
He told me he wants to iron them again this weekend. We'll see whether he'll still be interested doing it. hehehe

Rest, Relax Then Suffer

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So yeah, both Zaini and I went to run  a half-marathon at Putrajaya Night Marathon last Saturday. The race venue was actually quite near to our home but I figured, what the heck... might as well make a weekend retreat that weekend. Eat, rest, run, chill. ^^ Not to mention, burn some $$$. hehehe
After lunching on some salmon teppanyaki (for me. Zaini had seafood teppanyaki and Raimie had a nice sushi/udon set lunch) at Miyagi Restaurant in Bangi, we went to Pullman Putrajaya where we will be spending the night that Saturday.
Check-in was a breeze. Staff there were super friendly. I'm always partial to friendly staff. ;)
The room itself was nice too. BIG! We stayed at the Jasmine wing, which has Indian influence to its decoration. We had a room with a balcony but pity, the balcony overlook a boring road instead of the lake. Plus, there were no chairs at the balcony so we can't "lepak" there and enjoy the sights. HUMONGOUS bathroom! It's bigger than my master bedr…

Full Cycle

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It was a year ago that I signed up for Putrajaya Night Marathon, doing a 10K. It was the first road-race I signed up, ever.
This time, I did a 21K. Plus, I'm not doing it alone. Hubby was there too. Despite telling me that he doesn't want to start with me, we ran together for a bit. Happy. ^^ Some points : I braced for rain. Heavy rain. It never did rain in Putrajaya that night. WOW! The bomoh hujan the organizer hired must be very good. It rained every night for the past week and yet... not a single drop on Saturday. Humid, humid night. *Blerk*Race volunteers and marshalls were awesome! Excellent support. Met with Darth Vader, Batman, Superman... Super FUN!  Super NOISY! Hi-fived random people and thumbs-upping them too.The soap bubbles at one of the bridges was a nice touch. I spent time popping them acting like giddy little girl. It make me forget the suffering and just ran. wakakaPlenty of water stations and sponges. Friendly people there too. Always thank them, runners! A…

School Trip Souvenir

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Remember I mentioned that Raimie went for a school trip and visited a homestay program last week? He didn't buy any kerepek (chips) from the kerepek factory or those nata de coco but he brought back this as a souvenir: His batik painting.
Now, where should we put it up? ^^

At The Library

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at Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur to be exact. The library seems to have better stock of running related books that our bookstores, it seems. 
Gosh, it's really been such a long time since I make myself at home in the library. To think that this is where I'd camp myself when I was a student.

Sunday Ramblings

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It's a great weekend, so far! Don't you all agree? Yeah, despite the rain for almost the whole day yesterday. Great weather today, not so hot and no rain!
Raimie had a school outing yesterday and off we went to school in the early morning despite it being a Saturday. He got to visit a "kerepek" factory, a nata de coco factory and then, getting all wet and muddy trying to catch a fish (or fishes). 
While Son was away, Mommy and Daddy went to Lake Garden for a run. We were late to join the MPIB My First Run Clinic (we attended it twice, so far) but said hello to Jamie when we bumped into him at the playground. He talked about "choosing your running shoes" on Saturday but we gave it a miss because we were late (and too slow to catch up with the others) and I decided to complete a 10K run around the lake and tackling the inclines of the Deer Park 3 times. Zaini chose to forgo the Deer Park inclines and just ran around the lake instead. 
Collected Zaini's …

His And Hers

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His and hers Putrajaya Night Marathon race kit. His and hers bib numbers, both for half-marathon category. Aaawww.... isn't this sweet? Sweet for me lah... xD
Zaini told me way earlier that he absolutely will not run with me. I am simply forbidden to run alongside him next Saturday. Tsk. Not so sweet. Hmph!
He said that I might get anal about timing, while he's pretty happy doing his 3+hours virgin run/walk half-marathon. To tell you the truth, I'm not setting up any goal time for this run, next week. It's a night run. I usually don't do well in night races. No. Make that, I suck at night races.
You start feeling fresh if you run a morning race because it's the first thing you do; but for night races, it's the last thing you do for the day. Of course Zaini will just tell me that I always have loads of excuses for not meeting my target. hu~ But anyway,
Case in point : 2011 Putrajaya Night Marathon excuse : fell into drain a week before the race. I still hav…

When Night Comes

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or in Malay = ""Bila Malam Tiba"... 
When night comes on a Friday, I will be excited. No, not starfish night. I'm actually a morning starfish not night one. Let Son go to school first. kekeke (disclaimer : inside joke for HHBC member. STP, get your smartpone and JOIN US!!!!!)  Having a night out with hubby in Putrajaya for the past weeks! Running, cycling, walking and only return home just before midnight.
If there's no torrential rain tonight, we'll probably do a short run there. Otherwise, booohoooo!!!! Stay at home and read book lah...

Thursday Is Pasar Malam Day

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Already Thursday? *good gracious kami* Time flies. One minute it was Sunday and now Thursday????!!!
Well, it's Thursday and that means Friday is tomorrow. Then, the weekend arrives! Woot! Woot!
What's so nice about Thursday? For us, anyway?
Today, there's Pasar Malam (night market) at FIL's house. Can drink cheap RM3 ice blended fruit drinks and can eat cheap food too. I wanna eat beehun soup later this evening.
Or can eat totally unhealthy deep-fried stuff that taste absolutely horrible but people do seem to like them. All those deep fried chicken, chicken carcasses, hot dogs, fish balls, sotong balls, what balls la... Dunno why people buy and eat them? Those things taste horrible! Better eat satay.
How about buying groceries at Pasar Malam? That I haven't done in ages. I guess I like it better buying them at a more "sterile" environment of the air-conditioned supermarket. xD
And some randomness, just for Meow. You guys know what that is or not? No pr…

Tuesday Randomness

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We are down to our last mooncake. No more super sweet snack after this and will have to wait to enjoy them again next year. Of all the mooncakes we got to enjoy, I still prefer the traditional types more than the new ones. Didn't care much for the red ruby mooncakes or the cheese ones either. Bring forth the mixed nuts mooncakes to me! ;p A budding blogger in the making? Like mother like son! LOL The two boys enjoyed watching this movie yesterday. I didn't tag along because I wanted to catch-up on my reading. I ended up getting a few posts ready for my other blog and didn't do much reading. xD

Need to catch up on some running too. Been laying low for the past few days as my plantar fasciitis acted up big time. *blergh* I so badly need a run to clear my head. Hope I can, tomorrow. 
Happy Tuesday everyone!

Rest In Peace Opah

To Allah belongs what He takes and to Him belongs what He gives. There is a set time by Him for everything. 
I thought I was calm.
I thought I was strong.
I even thought that I have a cold heart when I seemed to be unaffected over the news that my grandma was admitted to the hospital.
I guess I was in denial. 
Just like I was, when my grandfather passed away 17 years ago. 
But I can't even say my goodbye properly. My last kiss on my grandma's cold cheek was accompanied by a big lump in my throat and tears that threatened to fall but I held it off. I wished to linger but I didn't. I didn't trust myself to stay strong.
Just moments after we drove off from the graveyard, the waterworks were turned on. I sobbed uncontrollably all through the journey back home as I was remembering my childhood memories with her and of my late grandfather. Remembering how I missed her cooking. The way she used to nag at us. How grandpa used to ask her cook chicken heart day-in, day-out f…

Reading For Running

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Disclaimer : boring post alert!

Arrived through Pos Laju today, which I ordered a week ago and look what I got!
Two new books for me to read! Those are used books but really felt and look like new. With the price that's half what MPH and Borders are selling, they are good buy for me.
I seemed to be accumulating quite a number of running related book of late... My first running book was this 2009 "Born To Run" by Christopher McDougall in which I learned about the Tarahuma Indians and lots of riveting accounts of ultra-runners. 
The book starts off with the author narrative about looking for Caballo Blanco or Micah True; simply put here - an ultra marathon runner and organised the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon to help raise funds for the Tarahuma tribe.
Sadly though, Micah True went out for a run one Tuesday morning in late March this year and never returned home... alive. He died while running through a magnificent wilderness. Sad but perhaps a perfect death for someone wh…

From Taiping Pigi London?

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Last month, we went Cuti-Cuti Malaysia to Taiping,
then we made a stop at Kuala Kangsar Then somehow,we arrived at London? Whoah! Hail the Queen!
I don't need to fly to London to use the iconic red telephone booth! Wakaka

Anyway, on the running front - after three races : two road and one trail in September; I am looking forward to my next one in less than three weeks' time. It's a night run and in Putrajaya.
 Putrajaya Night Marathon - here I come!
After this run, I have CICM Responsible Care run on Nov 4th, then maybe a 10K run while the boys do a 5km walk in World Diabetes 5K Walkathon & 10K Fun Run the week after CICM. Then for Dec, maybe Newton 25K Challenge. We'll see how it goes yeah?