Showing posts from October, 2013

Hoping For A Miracle With MIREICA

I admit I’m quite the lazy-bum when it comes to skincare.
I’m quite simple in caring for my skin. Cleanser. Cream. Done.
This, despite the skin being the largest organ and therefore, by right needs better care than what I accorded it. Sorry skin!
And boy do I abuse my skin!
All those hours under the hot sun, training and running. Exposure to sun. Not helping for a supple, smooth skin. Not great to counter the aging process too. Huhuhu
I’m quite disciplined in taking supplements so I decided, taking one for the skin is something I can and should do. Beauty from within, katanya. Hahaha
And I chose MIREICA Nutri Peau. Perfecting from within. They promised to be the best in internal skincare science.
I got a box of MIREICA Nutri Peau late September and for the past 30 days been consuming a sachet a day. Well, almost daily. Tend to cheat on taking them come weekend.
A sachet a day, and it’s best taken on empty tummy so I take it before breakfast. I drink it mixed with a glass of cold wa…

It's A Power Weekend

It was a Powerman weekend today.
Powerman is a dualthon event whereby participants participate in either :
INDIVIDUAL LONG DISTANCE :  11km Run - 64km Bike - 11km Run
(2 Laps of 5.5km Run - 2 laps of 32km Bike - 2 laps of 5.5km Run)
TEAM RELAY LONG DISTANCE:  11km Run - 64km Bike - 11km Run
(2 Laps of 5.5km Run - 2 laps of 32km Bike - 2 laps of 5.5km Run)
SPRINT DISTANCE :  5.5km Run - 32km Bike - 5.5km Run
(1 Lap of 5.5km Run - 1 lap of 32km Bike - 1 lap of 5.5km Run)
Neither Zaini nor I participated in this event but we decided to go to the race venue to keipo-keipo and support friends who did. 
For a total dualthon noob like us, the earlier part of the race looks well.. easy. How wrong we were! As the event progressed, one can't help feel the errrmm... apparent suffering these participants went through. Imagine running, then cycling then with those jelly legs after the cycling leg, running again. Plus doing it under the relentless sun! @.@
It was indeed the hottest Powerman race!

Saturday's Here

Weekend's here folks!
I've decided to not run Penang Bridge International Marathon in November. Ah well... I still have a half-marathon to do in Dec (though Zaini complains it's too far after the venue was changed from Putrajaya to Setia Alam, Shah Alam). There's also a 25K run in Puchong end of year. Plus a 3.86km relay run. Plus a few events where I'll be supporting  runners/walkers instead of joining it.
Raimie already sat for his year-end exam. We didn't spend much time reviewing with him this time and I was worrying about it. Raimie's response to it? "Mom, don't look down on me OK?" Adui. Hahaha
School holidays is beckoning. Another three weeks to go.
I'm taking it easy these few weeks, before starting my training proper next month for a much-anticipated marathon in March 2014. So for now, I'm taking inspiration from world's champion. One book today. Another 2 and a half to go. (Haven't gotten halfway through the techni…

2014 Plan

We've about 2 months left for 2013.
Time to plan for activities (i.e. running & races) for 2014!
Better start noting the public holidays and school holiday for 2014 training plan! Hahaha

Or for more normal folks, can start planning for 2014 vacation. ;-)

At The Everly

So Zaini and I did a full marathon on Saturday night at Putrajaya Night Marathon. Ran 42km despite not really training for it. Really asking to suffer, if you ask me! 
Putrajaya may be just 20minutes away from our home but I decided we might as well spend the day and night (before and after) the marathon in a hotel room. Get comfy before get suffering! Something like that la... Hahaha
We stayed in Pullman Putrajaya last year but this year, we downgraded a bit and stayed at The Everly, situated right next to Alamanda Mall. Cheaper mah.
If you read reviews about this hotel, you notice that the main complaints are the seemingly lack of proficiency of English by the staff. Not a problem for me. I talk in Malay to any race here. 
To tell you the truth, I rate 5-star hotel staff highly at their willingness to talk back in Malay to me instead of turning snobbish at my apparent "orang kampung" style. Yes, for this guest; you get good marks for talking in the national language.
So …

The Tortoise And The Hare

The Tortoise and Hare ran a full marathon on Saturday night. And just like the classic tale, the tortoise was actually the one who was better than the hare. ^^
This year's Putrajaya Night run marked a nice pogression for us. For me, I did 10K in 2011. It was the first run I signed up ever (but it became my second 10K run ever). Both Zaini and I did our half-marathon there in 2012. It's full marathon for both of us in 2013. We both did our second full marathon there. ^^
It's a rather foolhardy run for both of us, going into Putrajaya Night Marathon. Both of us were seriously undertrained for this and because of it, we kinda plan to run this as part of our LSD. Just run and have fun. Fun, we certainly had!
I figured we would not have lotsa photos during and after the race (being one of the last runners to arrive won't help with taking photos after the run. HAHAHA) so Zaini and I took lots before the flag-off. With Maggie and her "anak buah". Maggie won 3rd pl…

One For The Album

A fellow runner found this photo from SCKLM 2013's race director FB album. If you remember, Son did the 2.5km Kids' Dash and this should be at KM2, almost to the finish line which is a few hundred metres away. Son told us he saw people taking photos there, and he actually slowed down to smile at them. That kinda reminds me of Nannoor. LOL!
Look at the caption. It says "Future Costume Full Marathoner" ^^
Super like!

Thank you for the photo! :-)

The Mini Daddy

Who checks on my friends and insits to know their names?

Who ask whom I'm meeting with when I wanted to go out to meet friends?
Who wants to know the time when I get home?

Who sends SMS if I am yet home by the promised time?
Who has the habit of looking at my smartphone and look at photos I've taken?
Who chides when I don't clean up my plate and leave food unfinished? This young man of mine.
He's so cute when he is so protective though. ^^

Improve Your Laundry Smarts The Method Way

and do away with sticky situations, is what the good method people wants us all to do! Best listen to method! They know what they're doing. ;-)
This is the third post on method's 3H (happy, healthy home) project that I am a part of, with the first two instalments covering the usage of method's product for a clean, toxic free children's room and it was a massive spring cleaning for the Hari Raya Puasa too! ^^ Read the post here.
This time around, I received a 50-load laundry detergent with smartclean tech and also a 50-load laundry softener with smartclean tech for our use. Instead of the scoop powder form or the liquid detergent that you need to pour into its caps, method uses pump. 4 pumps for a full load or 6 pumps for really dirty clothes and you're set. Even a kid can do it. Four pumps. Pump. Pump. Pump. Pump. Easy. No mess. No spillage. The precision-dosing pump means no overdosing and no drips, so you truly get the loads that you pay for.
Their the patent…

A Simple Palate

One of Son's favourite thing to eat.
Soba. Zaru soba.
Which is chilled soba served on a bamboo tray called zaru, topped with shredded seaweed and dipped into  tsuyu, a dipping sauce much like a diluted soy sauce. ^^
Leave out the tempura and Son is totally fine with it. It is much better for him to have it simple.
When Son was waaaayyy younger and Daddy used to work even on weekends and Mommy just need to cook for Son, she usually served soba for Son. 
Zaru soba. Served simply as is. 
Sometimes Mommy would whip out tempura to be served on the side. Sometimes, soba served in a miso broth.
He always wants soba when we eat out even now. Maybe because it's his comfort food?

Not A Quiet Weekend This Saturday!

Putrajaya Night Marathon.
Gonna be fun.
An anniversary run of sorts.
The blue bibs were the one Zaini and I did in 2012.
The one with the yellow background are the ones for 2013. 19 October 2013. An upgrade in category too. Plus we plan to start and finish together this time. 
We did a trial run/walk last Sunday and while he was walking, I had to jog to keep pace. Who walks at his slowest, a 9min/km pace anyway? I jog at that pace!!! He said he needs me to push him when I'm running ahead of him and I will need him to ensure that when I do walk, I don't do it too slow. 
Give and take. Push and pull. Knowing each other strengths and weaknesses. What a partnership is all about. Good compromise not only for running buddies, but for a marriage too.
But despite all the excitement for this Saturday run, I am also very aware that I am seriously undertrained. With two months of no running (I tried to keep fit by walking and cycling) and the long runs I did prior to Oct 19th …

A Quiet Weekend

Am looking forward to a quiet weekend till Hari Raya Haji. Plus enjoying these two new books. ^^
Life is good. :-)

Mommy Kitty

Mommy kitty has decided to adopt us as her family. She's one of the strays that can be found at my apartment. There are two or three that would occasionally enter the apartment complex from the housing area outside.
She's a mommy. Gave birth to three absolutely adorable kittens a few weeks back but the kittens were taken away (I suppose) last week. One night I was checking the kittens sleeping soundly with their mommy at a plant pot reserved by my neighbour for them outside his house, the next morning the kittens were gone. I hope they were taken by a good family.
Anyway, back to the mommy.
This cat has somehow managed to spot our home and since two (or was it three?) weeks ago, would wait for us in front of the lift. Once the door open and she saw us, she would go running (no sauntering, this cat runs. FAST!) and headed straight to our apartment front door.
If the front door is left open, she would simply saunter in and acted like she's entering her home.
Anyway, w…

As Per Doctor's Order

Three pairs of shoes.
One I need to chuck away and not use anymore. I've found out it's the cause of my niggling foot pain.
Which of those three causes me problem?
No, my favourite red shoes isn't the one.
Neither is the brown wedges.
It's the flat Crocs!
Turns out I can't wear flat shoes after all! Nothing too flat, that is. I thought wearing them will help quicken the recovery of my foot pain earlier this year. No wonder I kept on limping in them.
And yeah, the good doctor (a female, by the way) absolutely OK for me to wear heels. But those 1.0 inch la. Nothing too flat and nothing too high. Wedges was absolutely approved.
Good thing I adore wedges. 
And yeah, I'm back to running around in my red heels again. ^^