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Saturday's Excursion - Day Trip Before Ramadhan

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While a slew of people seemed to be heading to Gunung Nuang on Saturday for training or hiking or picnicking or ALL of the above; before the start of fasting month, we decided to head to Putrajaya and tackle a much easier route instead. We arrived at Taman Canseri in Presint Diplomatik at around 8.30am to start our walk. Yup, just planned to do a bit of walking. 4hours walk. Nothing to strenuous. Muahaha Before long, we ventured into Taman Rimba Alam. Putrajaya is planted with a lot of local trees and it's certainly quite nice to see and learn about them here in Taman Rimba Alam. 
The trees planted in Taman Rimba Alam are all labelled! 
But this durian tree wasn't. LOL
Not a durian fruit in sight. Hmph. Checking out the scenery at one of the hills "conquered". and then we stopped by at a section of Taman Rimba Alam that's planted with local fruit trees.
Kuinin were in abundance. We didn't pick any. Pity, right? Rambai fruit were in abundace too but they are …

1st Day of Ramadhan

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Selamat berpuasa and berbuka puasa. ^^

p.s. normal transmission will start next week for this blog, I think.

and yes, life does go on as usual during fasting month for us. Fasting doesn't mean we're to stop doing activities. Rather, this is a time for most who observe fasting to be more prudent about time management.
Let's try, yeah? :-)

And also...
Sorry if I had unknowingly (and sometimes knowingly but chose to do it anyway) for all the things that I've done that may have been hurtful to you.

I will strive to be a better person.

Heralding The Holy Month of Ramadhan

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Surah Al-Baqarah 2:185 It was) the month of Ramadhan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month, he must observe fast that month and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and (wants) for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that (to) which He has guided you, and perhaps you will be grateful". Tomorrow, we puasa. ^^

Friday Was

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when it was announced officially that First of Ramadhan will fall on Sunday, June 29th 2014. Ramadhan Mubarak! Selamat menyambut bulan Ramadhan. Don't forget "terawih" prayers starts tonight. And don't forget to wake up for Sahur tomorrow! ^^
Started Friday with another pair of shoes. The new one I bought a few days earlier. A nice, light 4 inch wedges. I'm taller than hubby when I wear this baby. LOL
Wanted to eat salad... a big heap of them so where else to go? Went to our favourite brunch place - Plan B at Bangsar Village II. 
The place wasn't a full house last night. Quite weird since it's always full when we were there. Wild mushroom soup and garlic bread for Mommy! Son nicked a piece of garlic bread and soup too. Daddy enjoyed the mushroom too.  Mommy's choice of salad for the night - Plan B salad. Yummmz Son's carbonara pasta. He donated the basil leaves to Mommy.  and also an ice chocolate drink. That boy sure knows how to enjoy "mak…

Training For A Marathon - Tips From SCKLM

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Training will still go on for me albeit at a lesser intensity if I run before breaking fast.  Probably lesser distance if I run late nights.

My Thursday Was

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My My My
How time flies. We're almost to the weekend already! My current favourite breakfast.
And snacks.
Mixed nuts for me. I buy them individually and mix them. No added salt, sugar or whatever. Just as is. Love them this way. I eat this much for breakfast before doing my looooong morning runs too. ^^
I like crisps or potato chips and junk food plus cookies but I rarely take them. Some people skip meals and eat biscuits, erroneously thinking that it'll help them lose weight but really, if one wants to lose weight, please avoid too much processed food. Plain biscuits aren't that plain if you read the ingredients! Better eat fruits lah... Thursday shoes was a conservative black pumps. Simple and understated. ^^ Dinner was Korean food. Bulgogi this time. Yummy!
Friday will be the last series of simple, no-brainer, random posts. Then I'll probably start the daily Ramadhan posts like I did last year.

My Wednesday Was

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Donning my new yellow wedges to work. Happy. ^^
Dinner was at McD and what great way to quench my thirst to drink this World Cup 2014 inspired drink : Time to chill. 
Because I need to train for an October Marathon, the training on Wednesday was tempo run.  So on for Thursday!!!

My Tuesday Is

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If you haven't notice, I've somehow started a daily post on my mundane life starting from Sunday. I'll continue for a week before the start of Ramadhan. ^^ A packed lunch bought from a Supermarket.

Despite the generous chicken portion, I guess I still need rice. No fun having lunch without rice. I have very Asian/Melayu tummy. LOL

Then, for pre-dinner drink, something juicy and refreshing from Juiceworks. ^^
One Lychee Cooler and one Water Works using a buy one free one voucher that I got in one of my race kits.

The haze is back. Don't forget to hydrate! hydrate! hydrate!
Instead of sharing a K-Pop youtube video today, let's enjoy a local act's song :
This was the one song that kept playing in my head and pushed me along to run happy during last month's Cyberjaya Night Half Marathon.
I might not have an MP3 player with me or have earphone stuck into my ears but there are always song in my head when I run. Depending on my mood, it can be a happy, upbeat so…

Press Release : STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON WINS BIG AT KUALA LUMPUR MAYOR’S TOURISM AWARDS 2014

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Marathon wins Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Award 2014 Platinum Award for Events category
Kuala Lumpur, 24 June 2014 – The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is a proud winner of the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Award (KLMTA) 2014. The Marathon received a Platinum Award under the Events category, sealing its status as Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic running event. The award ceremony which was held in Shangri La Kuala Lumpur was graced by the presence of Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah and Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, YBhg Datuk Haji Ahmad Phesal Bin Haji Talib.  
“It is a proud moment for the organisers of the event. The recognition is truly a testament to the impact the Standard Chartered KL Marathon has on the city of Kuala Lumpur, alongside the growing number of runners both from Malaysia as well as our international following,” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events, event owner and organiser of Standard Chartered KL Marathon. He continued, “This year, we retu…

My Monday Is

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Shasaying in my red shoes. But a different red shoes. 
I can't and don't always don the red Adidas all the time, you know. 
This week is also a time to pamper my precious legs. An hour of reflexology massage during lunch hour, done at the MAB (Malaysia Association of the Blind) Shop.
A great start for the week! :-)

Weekend Is...

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Enjoying home cooked food, and relishing every bite no matter how simple it is. ^^ How was your weekend? 
In the meantime, enjoy this song from my favourite all-female idol band : 


2NE1's Happy.
It's not actually a happy song, lyrics wise; but the beats do lift me up. I've always love that about 2NE1. ^^
I'll probably share a clip from Bing Bang or G Dragon later just to even things out. You know, boy-band pulak? HAHAHA

“You Must Be Mad”: Me Talking About Preparing For An Ultra Marathon

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Disclaimer : this is a rambling post by a (slow) noob for fellow noobs. I won’t pretend to know it all, this is just a post comparing and sharing what I’ve read, tried and experienced.
So I run. First I ran and completed a 10K. Then I move on to half-marathons. Then I ran marathons. I like adding the distance but I don’t find joy in getting PB (personal best) after PB at races (hubby call it laziness to run fast). SO WHAT NEXT?
Objective Know exactly why on earth you want to do an Ultra marathon. Like really. WHY? WHY do our eyes light up and we grin maniacally when we talk about Ultra running?
My humble opinion is that you should want to do it for the joy of running, the need to be better and push oneself; if not faster then farther. Run for the challenge. Nice to be able to do both though. Fast and far. Very very far.^^
Finishing a 50K run is less stressful than trying to complete a sub-6 hour marathon for me. Heh heh
Course Plenty of articles about Ultra marathons advice runners to f…

Shoe Shopping

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Something for my hardworking feet. ^^
A few pairs of wedges. I had wanted to shop for them on Tuesday but when I was window shopping for it earlier, I couldn't find anything that is high enough. Anything that's less than 2 inches are so boring! Hahaha
I sure am happy to get these. The black one is RM109. The yellow one is RM79.00 and the one I wore in the photo was RM109.00. Quite a bargain for me. :-) My favourite shoes for running. The one still with the tag is my current one (the older one is waiting to be donated somewhere...) and I need a replacement for it soon. When the tapak is too haus, one can be injury prone wearing such shoes. Not good. Especially not good if one plans to run long distance, A LOT!
Another shoe shopping session needs to be done!
A girl can never and should never have enough shoes. *grins*

Press Release : It’s Official! Energizer Night Race 2014 is Malaysia’s Largest Night Race

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Full registration achieved in just three weeks, all eyes now on race day. Kuala Lumpur, 16 June 2014 – The Energizer Night Race 2014 achieved full registration on 11th June and is now officially The Largest Night Race in Malaysia! The fourth installment of the Energizer Night Race is set to be the most spectacular night run with each and every runner sporting the signature Energizer 3-LED Headlight to create a ‘River of Light’ at Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Dataran Merdeka on 9th August.
“We’re thrilled that The Energizer Night Race 2014 reached full registration within 21 days of opening. It will be the first large scale night race at Dataran Merdeka and it’s all about Positivenergy. We’re all highly motivated by the response from the running community and can’t wait to greet everyone at the starting line in two months’ time,” said Mike Foong, Managing Director of Energizer Malaysia and Singapore.
Together with race organizer Twenty First Century Sports Sdn Bhd, collaboration par…

Double Dosage Of Wendy's

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We had a movie date last Saturday at TGV, 1Utama courtesy of The Butterfly Project community. It was a morning show; at 10.45am and as we were there by 9.00am, traffic was smooth and parking was a breeze.
We didn't want to get caught in mid-day traffic jam there after the movie (there was a huge "Riuh di Brazil" campaign by Hot.fm at the compound/carpark of 1Utama) and we wanted to avoid getting stuck, so off we went after the movie ended. Didn't go jalan-jalan at 1Utama. Maybe one day lah. Already promised to Son we will. ^^
Next stop was Jaya One.  Had a light lunch and shared a bowl of Chilli at Wendy's. Still a bit full as we already ate and finished a regular-sized popcorn at the movie earlier but still wanted to eat something. (Plus gotta find excuse to lepak and enjoy free wi-fi at Wendy's too)! LOL
Then, around 3pm; about 2 hours after our light lunch we went back to Wendy's for a late lunch. 
Daddy had mushroom melt burger (his favourite at Wend…

Slow, Yes. Farther, Definitely

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that's my Back 2 Endurance adventure this week.
I somehow had full confidence that I can do 50K and had hoped to do more than that this time around and had hoped that the last minute training I did the past couple of weeks would help carry me for the whole of 12 hours, running and walking. Yes, I definitely planned for a lot of walking. No crawling, please. We do not need to much drama this time! LOL
I've kinda fallen in love with these types of runs.The ones that set time limits instead of a set distance. I am slow, yes. I don't really aim to run that far either. Just as far as what I perceive my fitness level and how I'm feeling allows me to. Call me unadventurous. I don't mind. 
Long runs like this allows me to get into my own head. I do a lot of soul searching and sometimes even "arguing" with myself during my long runs. I don't listen to any music anymore and my source of entertainment usually are the runners and supporters around me (love them, I d…

Saturday Movie Date : How To Train Your Dragon 2

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Thanks to the awesome people of The Butterfly Project - Beauty Bloggers, we (me, hubby, son and even one of my sis) managed to set a weekend movie date and watch "How To Train Your Dragon 2". All for free! With drinks and popcorn too! Thank youuuu!!! *muaks* The movie screening was at 10.45am on Saturday but we got there bright and early at 9.00 something. Mommy decided she wants to keipoh keipoh at the Butterflies' registration/ticket collection table too.  Mommy and her new friends at the ticket collection table. ^^
While Mommy was busy keipoh'ing, the rest got busy too - taking photos! Hahaha With Daddy, who came but left early because he needed to rush elsewhere afterwards. Son with his aunty. Arms laden with free soft drinks and popcorns. ^^
Mommy got in the movie hall a bit late so the rest went in first to enjoy the movie. Mommy missed out the first 15 minute of the movie so guess we just have to watch it another time to know the start of the movie, yeah? LOL