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A Quick Trip To Cameron Highlands

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We enjoyed a 2D1N trip to Cameron Highlands last week, as you probably had known; if you read my race recap post on the inaugural BOH Highlands Run (if you haven't, I encourage you to read here hihihi). We started our journey from KL at around 9.00am and used the Simpang Pulai route instead of Tapah to avoid the jam in Tanah Rata and headed directly to the hotel we were staying in, at Copthorne Hotel. Made it around 2.30pm. Checking-in was fast as they had my room card ready. Keypoh-keypoh at the Coffee House and made reservation for dinner then off we went to our room.
Ate a light lunch then we ditched the kiddo who was pretty content staying cooped-up in the hotel room (he wanted to enjoy the hotel, not the scenery. What la...) and walked down to the nearby KEA Market.
 Look see, look see only. Didn't buy anything just yet...
 Then went to the nearby EQ Strawberry farm to look see look see some more.
 As we didn't really want to face the horrendous Cameron Highlands tra…

An Invigorating Run With A Cuppa Of BOH Tea After.

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Let's see.. it's been like 4 years since our last trip to Cameron Highlands. Funny because my siblings make trips to the highlands like every other month, since there's a direct road from our hometown in Raub to Cameron Highlands. Anyways, this time around we did something special in Cameron Highlands - we (hubby and me) got to run around with 498 other runners around BOH Sg Palas plantation, in the inaugural BOH Highlands Run. A 5K trail around the tea plantation that is usually off limits to visitors. How cool is that? A cool Sunday morning last weekend and it started to drizzle soon after I took this "BOHfie". The drizzle didn't dampen the spirits of us runners and most of us were excited to go out running. Rain or no rain. Mr Wan Yew Long, the race director for this run even encouraged parents to let the kids have fun in the rain. Just like what we used to do when we were kids, he said. True, that! Don't be scared to main hujan lah! Hahaha Met famil…

A Stylish Fitness Coupling Of Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit

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Cool gadget eh?
I have in my hands now a Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit and am loving the chance to play with it.
A smartphone (duh) which is the Samsung Galaxy S5 and a wearable band - a fitness smartphone companion, which is what a Gear Fit is. The Gear Fit doesn't take or make calls but with Bluetooth, it is connected with the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone that I have. 
I like to stash my handphone in the back pocket of my running tights and sometimes I'd missed calls because I didn't notice it ringing/vibrating while I'm running or while I'm in a big, noisy crowd so with the Gear Fit, at least I can see any calls/messages coming in easily.
Helps too that Gear Fit is gorgeous to look at with its curved Super AMOLED screen AND with changeable wristbands so I can look stylish and sporty and the same time. Hehehe
psstt... I like my red band. It matches my red and orange running shoes. 
While Gear Fit is not as sophisticated as Gear 2 or other Gear watches but for a…

Shopping Around, Patiently

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The Boy is rather funny sometimes. In a good way. He loves Lego.
A few friends had kindly enough gave me links to purchase Lego at better prices than retail and I, the ever obliging Mom had informed him.
He'd go through the links, checks whatever comes out online... Then he'd ask us to accompany him to the store to check it out.

The first photo is Him checking out his list and prices and comparing it to the shops'.

I find it rather cute that he is doing that now. Just a 12-year old.

Must be because any purchase comes from his pocket money. Not ours. He has to earn it to enjoy it.

When Looks Can Be Deceiving

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Wow... serious title, yeah? And yet, the post is just about this rather yummy looking chicken chop. HAHAHA
Looks good, yeah. had a few people drooling when I posted it on FB. Taste? Blergh... for one : too darn salty!

September Treats

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We promised Son we'll let him buy a new laptop to replace his three year old one after UPSR. UPSR is not over yet, what with those paper leaks and having to re-sit not only Science and English papers but now Maths too (I think might as well let the students re-sit the whole darn thing), but we bought him one last week. After all, he had done all the studying needed. And he's not too stressed out over the fact that he'll be sitting for UPSR AGAIN. School is still on as does the UPSR papers that will be sat again so no total freedom in using them yet. Only after his homework is done and before bedtime. It'll be heaven for him during the school holiday though! ;-)  Then, we decided to have dinner at Pasta Zanmai. Actually wanted to go Tony Roma's and redeem my free birthday voucher but long queue lah... I guess I need to make reservation if wanna go there for dinner.

Anyways, decided to order their September special - Omuraisu with beef risotto (top photo) and Kais…

Wacky Fun At Boh Highlands Run

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Anyone registered and will be running in the Boh Highlands Run which will be held on Sep 28, 2014?  I posted about ithereand will be running around the tea plantation this Sunday! Yeay!
I guess most KLites who registered had arranged for their run pack collection last week at Fitness First in Avenue K.
But for those who didn't, worry not. We can still collect our run pack the day before the run at BOH Sg Palas Centre.
1st Run Pack Collection Day: Fitness First Centre @ Avenue K Date      : 20th September 2014, Saturday Time      : 11 am - 6 pm Venue  : Fitness First, Level 2, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur OR  2nd Run Pack Collection Day: BOH Tea Centre @ BOH Plantations, Sungei Palas Date      : 27th September 2014, Saturday Time      : 10 am - 4 pm Venue  : BOH Sungei Palas Tea Centre, Jalan Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands 
Just like the first run pack collection, just bring  bring along your IC and your run confirmation slip when you head to BOH Sg Palas on Saturday.
If you are collecting the r…

Birthday Treats

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I actually had seriously contemplated in doing this, this year as a birthday treat for myself. But... gotta save money for a very important trip in November so had to shelve the idea of running beyond 42K. (I sure ain't planning on just doing 43K there!) Instead, me, hubby and my new Adidas Trail shoes (Adidas Kanadia TR 6) went for a hike to Gunung Nuang. Fun day, bad weather notwithstanding. (We hiked while it rained because well, we need to train for all kind of weather anyway).

I had wanted to hike up to the peak and make it a 21K on 21 September but doing it the day before was fine too. The 21K up to the peak didn't happen because it rained that day. To top it up, I didn't sleep at all the night before so even the 16K that we did was good for me.
Anyways, the hike was planned for Sunday, on my birthday but we moved it up to Saturday because my younger sister had arranged for a birthday party on Sunday. No, not for me specifically. For her family. I just tumpang-tump…

Looking Back At Three Awesomely Sweaty Years

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Oh my. How time flies.
It’s been three years since I made the commitment to lace up my shoes, run outdoors (instead of running on a treadmill at a measly 5km/h speed for 15minutes and thinking it was already sooooo awesome and being completely smug about it HAHAHA) and signing up for a race.
It’s been three years since I ran for 20minutes, got absolutely spent after each run and excited to do it again the day after.
It’s been three years since adding 5 more minutes to my run each week felt like a huge accomplishment. It was and still is, by the way.
It’s been three years since running a “mere” 8km (a 5-miler) was such an achievement for me. Never in my wildest dream I’d imagine of doing a full marathon or even going beyond that 42.195km.
It’s been three years since my apartment’s security guards and my neighbours first saw me doing loops around the carpark. From the initial one loop of 20minutes until it became a 4-hours looping. Though my normal runs are 1.5-2hours only lah on w…

Stamping Challenge

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One of the activities hubby loves while on a vacation in Japan is collecting stamps (or what we here call "chops"). It's fun and it's free. I wonder if JR has any promotion (or challenge) like this, this year?

This was taken in 2009.

We weren't crazy enough to go hunt for all 77 stamps at 77 JR stations during that year's 2-week holiday but we did manage to get a significant number, thanks to the flexibility of travelling by trains with the use of JR Pass. ^^

Footnote : we have a collection of stamps from train stations from Yufuin down in Kyushu all the way up to Hakodate, and collection that start in 2002. *just a bit of bragging there* HAHAHA

PRESS RELEASE : STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON RECORDS 35,200 RUNNERS!

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Marathon garners high response, surpassing target of 35,000 runners
Kuala Lumpur, 17 September 2014 – The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 has marked yet another milestone upon surpassing its target of 35,000 runners. With 35,200 runners achieved, all categories of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 are officially closed for registration.
The Marathon is increasingly recognised as a premier flagship running event with its prize pot of USD 116,740 (RM377, 397). An international running event, Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 is expected to draw 2,479 foreign nationalities from 83 countries.
Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events, which is the owner and organiser of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon said:
The Marathon is increasingly recognised as a premier flagship running event with its prize pot of USD 116,740 (RM377, 397). An international running event, Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 is expected to draw 2,479 foreign nationalities from 83 countries.
Rainer Bi…