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Let Me Make Mistakes And Learn From It

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That's what Son used to tell us... not for allowing him to make big mistakes or do a big gamble in life. Not yet, anyway. But rather, that was what he told us when we wanted to make sure his homework is done correctly or nicely. Draw for him? Not allowed to.
Correct his work? No! Teachers will correct it. "How am I going to learn?" he retorted.
We need to make sure he completes his daily pile of homework but he can be heard muttering "don't you trust me?" Ouch... But he's not given a free rein because his teachers told us that he has a tendency to do thing halfway and not finish it, homeworks too. Hmmmm... So much for being trusted.
Pretty darn stubborn that boy. Wonder who he takes after, that stubborn attitude. HAHAHA
And to wait for him to finish his homework? OMG! It takes ages!
For his studies, he listens to us during revisions and if/when he doesn't understand something. Other than that, he get sulky when we insisted on checking on his work …

Me & My method To Son's Toxic-Free Environment

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Remember my post on how Son cleaned his room with a method product? You do? Great! Love you. *muaks* If you didn't, no problem. ^^ Just a recap. This is my second post on method products, out of 6 posts that I will do in the span of six months.You know, we attended the method's blogger tea party at Micasa in June and as luck would have got selected to do the "Happy Healthy Home" project with method Malaysia. Sweet!
We started the project just in time for our Raya cleaning. A whole lot of cleaning needed to be done! Turning the whole house upside down to clean it! What a major project! Grimy windows to wipe clean. Squeaky clean window soon after!
Furnitures to dust off and to clean too. See those dirt? Eeeewwww!
We love wooden furniture, especially the ones that look "natural". They feel and look... less toxic to me. Hahaha
Floor to vacuum and mop too.

Do you know, pound for pound, kids drink more water, eat more food and breathe more air than adults do? Bu…

No Pets Allowed

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Despite Raimie's requests, many many many many times to own a pet cat; his requests were always turned down. It's not that we're mean but owning a pet is by no means a small responsibility. Plus, with us being out of home most of the time, how is owning a pet be feasible?  Another problem, Mommy hates stray hairs. Humans or animals. *bluek*
He used to have a pet turtle. The Daddy and Son both wanted to own one. Turned out, after the initial excitement of getting it, it was Mommy who gotta clean the tank, feed and clean the turtle and got attached to it! When it got a tad too big, Daddy broached the idea of releasing the turtle to a pond nearby and Mommy was having none of it. She loved that turtle. Poor thing died though, after a couple of years with us. We buried it on top of the hill next to our apartment. :(
Son still loves cat and usually loves to play with the strays both at our home and at his granddad's. Also any random strays he found anywhere. Mommy, while s…

For Sports. For Women. For Malaysia Women Sports

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On Sunday, a few ladies got together to join efforts in establishing a sports club to promote and raise awareness on sports and recreation for women in Malaysia.
All of the ladies are runners but there're cyclists and triathletes too, so while there's a consensus that running will be an important agenda in the club, other women's sports will be covered too.
I was very honoured when Karen Loh (Malaysia Women Marathon is her brainchild) included me to be a part of the committee. 
I only hesitated because well, I do not have anything to offer compared to the other ladies that's on the committee. But I decided to participate as a way to give back to the community. After all, I've enjoyed so much from running and gotten so much from the running community. It's my small way to give back. I'm not sure if I'm jumping the gun writing about our first meeting here so I won't divulge any details yet.
Just sharing that we had our first meeting to form the club …

On The First Day of September

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An epic journey will be embarked by a dear someone.
His first full marathon. Almost a year after he did his first half-marathon.
He did his final LSD with a 20K run. His longest run this year. It is under-training to do a full marathon but I have faith in him. For one, I do know that he can walk (if not run) for hours. I've been dragged along by him when we were on vacation for hours and hours before. From 7am till 7pm and he's still OK to continue on! @.@
Anyway, he planned to walk if he can't run. No matter what people will say, I think it is a sensible plan for him. We've checked his walking pace and his brisk walk is around 9-10min pace. Not bad, what.
His total mileage last week (run+walk) was almost 70K and that's more than what I used to do training for Malaysia Women Marathon!
We went to The Marathon Shop after our morning walk to pick up my race kit and also a friend's. The race kit, runner's guide (I read them. Do you? ^^), two discount vouchers …

Mooncakes And Pretty Boxes

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I don't know squat about the mooncake festival or Chinese lantern festival or mid-autumn festival other than it is celebrated on the 8th month, 15th day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, when the moon is at its brightest, around the time of the Autumn Equinox.; and it falls on the 19th September this year.
But I do wait for it to come because I get to eat mooncakes.
Am waiting for the corporate mooncakes gifts to arrive to be shared with colleagues in my department. "Collection" has been quite miserly this year. So far... Hope it'll pick up soon! LOL

pssttt... if anyone received those nutty mooncakes and hates them; don't throw them away. Send it over. I love those full of nuts. Chewy! They make great pre-run food for me! kakaka
I also collect nice mooncakes boxes. One use : to keep my medals stash. One for the bibs too. Pretty handy, these mooncakes boxes. ^^

p.s. I accept mooncakes for birthday presents. Zaini too! :P

A Second Chance: Maggie Kim, An Inspirational Lady

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I first got to know Maggie through Malaysia Women Marathon (MWM) while corresponding with the race director, Karen Loh in late 2012. Our first meeting was when she kindly invited me to join a few other ladies to welcome Ms Kathrine Switzer at LCCT in Apr.
Through these few months; before and after MWM, I followed her running exploits through her FB updates and am very impressed at what a strong runner she is. She is a podium-placing runner and can easily beat top women runners, half her age! Her daily training regime is enviable too. This is one disciplined and determined runner, I tell you.
She coaches too and she once promised me that through her coaching, she’ll make sure her charges be able to run her PB timing for marathon. That’s 3:32 hours folks! No kidding!
A week ago, she invited some runners to a FITLINE training where she will be talking about her running experience and using the FITLINE products too.  While waiting for the training talk to start, Maggie graciously showe…

Taking Stock

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I’ve entered and ran 12 road races so far this year, of varying distances. 
The farthest was 42.38km (according to my Timex) at Malaysia Women Marathon in April and the shortest was 7.46km at the Milo Breakfast Run in May. Technically, the Pisang Relay is the shortest as we (me, hubby and Raimie) ran 2 x 2.72km loops per person but I decided to run along with Son while he did his and raked up almost 11km that day. Talk about being “kiasu”. Hahaha
A few races that I signed up for got postponed this year. 
I’ll forgo Borneo International Marathon, which will be held this Sunday. I really am not fated to run this marathon I guess. It clashed with Malaysia’s General Election the first time around. I flip-flopped in deciding whether to buy airtickets for the second date but finally decided against it. Good thing I didn’t because I had not been running at ALL for the past four weeks! To still go ahead to do a full marathon after weeks of no training would be foolish not to mention foolhar…

It Starts With A Leaf

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"Why do these leaves stick together" I asked Son "err... because of photosynthesis? he asnwered.
"Nope. It's a nest for kerengga or weaver ants" I told him "The poor trees will get its fruits eaten by the ants, Mommy?" asked Son, looking worried
"On the contrary, the weaver ants actually protects the tree and its fruits. A traditional way to control insect pests is to use the weaver ants by introducing a tree to the ants. One way is to put a weaver ant's nest at a tree so that they colonise it. It's a useful insect but of course, we got to be careful being near them because while they don't have stingers, their bite is painful." "To build a nest, it starts with a leaf. The weaver ants then form a chain along the edge of a leaf and pull the two leaves together and hold it up with thread of silk that's being oozed out by the larvae", I continued. "Isn't that great teamwork? Adults ants and even the larv…

Kuala Lumpur, By Cycle

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Do you know that there is an initiative by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, offering tourists who want to explore the beauty and attractions of Kuala Lumpur on bicycle? We certainly would not have been any wiser, if not for the fact that we stumbled upon these signs by chance when we were spending time on our foot around  the touristy area :  Dataran Merdeka and Lake Garden. Well, Zaini did the stumbling. I was too busy huffing and puffing and feeling faint to notice much while I was running! LOL
Anyways, these photos were take in February. Incidentally, the launch of the KL By Cycle was on Feb 25th. Our photos were taken on Feb 26th.
Dunno why I never got around making a post about it before. But here goes : Now, six months after the launch; I wonder whether the initiative still exists? Everyone cycling OK? 
This also reminds me that it's been ages since I run around the vicinity.
The last one was a madcap LSD I did before Malaysia Women Marathon, when Zaini accompanied me to run around …

Down But (Hopefully) Not Out

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I have not been running for almost a month now! My last run was on July, 19th. Almost a month of not running! @.@
The reason? I managed to aggravate an already existing pain in my left foot after a mere 10K easy run. Ah well... 
Took a total rest (meaning no workout whatsoever) the week after that. Cycled the week before Raya week. Indoors only though. I don't have a road bike or an MTB. Zaini doesn't trust me with his Hummer. LOL I only do this if/when I have to. I rather be outdoors but when even walking hurts a whole lot, I gotta do what I gotta do to still keep active.
The butt has somehow harden up so it can now cope with sitting on the hard seat for more than 30minutes! I have yet used it for more than one hour though. 
Been doing a whole lot of walking too, in place of running. Raya week's indoor cycling + walking mileage. To get this mileage, I walked twice a day on weekends; 5 to 6K in the morning and 5 to 7K in the evening. Cycling mileage was a mere 12K for one…

What Is That? Puffy Plant

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I'm gonna start a series of photos of edible fruits that might not be familiar even to Malaysians. What trigger this was some photos I took when we were out for a walk these past week and it was interesting to note while some are quite familiar with them, some are completely oblivious about their existence.
First off :
Puffy plant or pop plant or in Malay is called "buah letup" "buah letup kelambu" and "buah ulat bulu". The fuzzy casing is what the name "kelambu" - mosquitoes net or "ulat bulu" - caterpillar. Right? ^^
Once the fruit inside it turned yellow, it is ripe. Delicious! Sweet. Maybe a bit sour sometimes. Of course not too filling though! xD
The plant's young leaves (pucuk) can be eaten too and these creeping plant can be used to cure some ailments too! Darn handy plant and they grow wildly by the roadside, being ignored most of the time!
Where did we find this? Not at my hometown.
It's found right at our own bac…

A Joyous Celebration on 1st of Syawal

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The holy month of Ramadan had ended and we herald the month of Syawal and celebrate Hari Raya Aidil Fitri or Eid ul Fitr.

A day that the rich and the poor enjoy happiness of the day, as the haves give the fitrah to the have-nots.

No Muslims must remain hungry of the day of Eid and it is forbidden for us to fast on this joyous day.

We headed off to my hometown on the eve of Raya/Eid. Preparation was already underway. Lemang cooked. No dodol this year though. My younger brother and his friends did a mean dodol last year and was a hit amongst the relatives. 

The night before Raya, after the kiddos had a round playing with "bunga api" (those tame ones la not hardcore mercuns...) they had a chance to help out with the Raya cooking. Well, they helped with de-shelling (buang kulit) of peanuts and pounding them. Sure, we can just blitz them with a blender. Would be faster too. But what's the fun in that? ^^ Raimie has a fan. His youngest cousin. :-) Another one will be joining…