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Enjoying Ansari Famous Cendol In Taiping

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If you remember, we visited Taiping in mid-December for TNF Malaysia Mountain Festival. It's a trail race held in Taiping with 13K, 25K, 55K and 84K distance. Runners from all around the world had come and visited Taiping that weekend, including us!

Race recap here. After our run and a short rest at our hotel, we decided to head to Restoran Ansari Famous Cendol for a late lunch.
Restoran Ansari Famous Cendol is located at 92, Jalan Barrack, 34000 Taiping and is located just a few hundred metres from our hotel.

Anyway, because we only did 13K trail run that Sunday morning, we still had plenty of energy to walk around Taiping town that day. And we did! (More posts on our Taiping Heritage Trail walk later, I think...)
Ready to tuck in.
Our yummy cendol with loads of red beans.
And pasembor too!
While you're at it, enjoy this short video too!

Suka Suka Run By Majlis Perbandaran Sepang

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On Saturday, the family headed to Persiaran Semarak Api to join Suka Suka Run 2019. The organiser was generous enough to provide my family with some slots to join. Alas, only one of my siblings and her son were able to join us because the rest already had other plans.

Suka Suka run 2019 was held in conjunction with Majlis Perbandaran Sepang’s 14th Anniversary and Car Free Day @ Cyberjaya.
The registration for the run was opened to public about only a month prior the event date itself, but the turnout was very encouraging. Just look at the crowd before the run's flag-off.

The organiser had arranged two dates for race kit collection, on Friday during working hours and on Saturday before the start of the run.
For us not working nearby Cyberjaya or Putrajaya, it was very convenient to have the option to collect our race kit on the morning of the run itself.
Senamrobik session was held at around 7:20am and runners gamely followed the instructors. Even Majlis Perbandaran Sepang's m…

Carbo-loading At STG Cafe, Spritzer EcoPark

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We visited Spritzer EcoPark last weekend.
Spritzer EcoPark has a number of attractions; one can visit their Spritzer Natural Mineral Water Bottling Plant, play at their Signature Hole Golf and 18-hole Mini Golf courses, visit their cactus park or seal our love at their Heart Lock Corner.

For us, we visited the park mainly because it was the race venue for TNF Malaysia Mountain Festival 2019. Our race recap here.

We got there on Saturday evening to collect our race kits and even managed to see the Male Champion for the 84K category and Female first and second placing runners for 55K category finishing their run.

As our race was flagged-off on Sunday morning so we decided not to be adventurous with our dinner  that Saturday evening and decided to have it at the STG Cafe in the Spritzer EcoPark itself.
I was expecting a premium price tag for their dishes but to my surprise, the items in the menu are all very reasonably priced and the portion big too.
I had the very rich Two-Way Salmon p…

Hitting Taiping Trails At TNF Malaysia Mountain Festival 2019

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We've visited Taiping three times before for a race: 2012 for Taiping International Marathon2013 and 2014 for King of Bukit Larut. And after 5 years, we're back to join TNF Malaysia Mountain Festival (MMTF) 2019. This is MMTF's second edition after last year's race and there was a slight format change compared to last year's edition.
Anyhoo, an introduction of Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival (MMTF): The race is co-organized by MMTF Consultant, Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Perak, Spritzer, Perdana Global Peace Foundation and Larut Matang Hash House Harriers and Harriets. It was held between 13th December 2019 – 15th December 2019 at Spritzer EcoPark, Taiping, Perak, West Malaysia.
MMTF 2019 took runners through 13KM, 25KM, 55KM and 84KM of pristine trails in Taiping with elevation gain of 610m, 1200m, 3100m and 4300m respectively.
There were three distance categories offered: The 13KM race - the new “Freshman Run” to cater the beginner runnersThe 25KM race was an upgra…

Family Fun At Ice Watch Light Up The Day Run 2019

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Every early December since 2015, the family look forward to join this one race. It's the Ice Watch Run which used to be called "Ice Watch Light Up The Night Run" as it was held at night.
The family had joined the 2015, 2016, 2018 night run editions and this year, there was a difference for the run. It was held in the morning instead and now of course called, "Ice Watch Light Up The Day Run".

The Ice Watch Light Up The Day Run 2019 was held on 08 December 2019 at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya. It is for us, a birthday run for Son of sorts as his birthday falls on 02 December.
As per previous editions, two distance categories were offered. 5K and 10K. We signed up for the 5K this year.

And for the two distances, there were a few categories for participants to choose:
10km Men/Women Open (12yrs & above)5km Fun Run Open (5yrs & above)10km VIP Slot (Free Ice-Watch)5km VIP Slot (Free Ice-Watch) In conjunction with the Light Up The Day Run 2019, Ice Watch also laun…

THE NORTH FACE – MALAYSIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL FESTIVAL 2019 SEES OVER 2,100 RUNNERS TAKE ON THE FOREST OF TAIPING

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THE NORTH FACE – MALAYSIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL FESTIVAL 2019 SEES OVER 2,100 RUNNERS TAKE ON THE FOREST OF TAIPING
Inducted as part of the Malaysia Ultra League, TNF-MMTF 2019 awards national level ranking points for finishers.
TNF-MMTF 2019, season finale race for 2019 Asia Trail Master Championship Series, names John Ellis (AUS) and Veronika Vadovicova (SLO) as the new Male & Female season winners TNF-MMTF 2019 gave out qualifying points for prestigious Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB).

TAIPING, 16 December 2019 : The North Face Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 (TNF-MMTF 2019) flagged-off with a bigger turnout this year where over 2,100 runners from 35countries converged in Taiping, Perak for the competition from 13-15 December 2019.

TNF-MMTF offered four routes for trail runners (13KM, 25KM, 55KM and 84KM) to test their physical endurance at the pristine yet challenging trails of Taiping with various elevations of 610m, 1,440m, 3,250m and 5,290m respectively.

The 13km run, suited …

Free SIM Card With WAmazing!

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When the family visits Japan, we don't usually get our own pre-paid SIM card or pocket wi-fi, simply because many places in Japan provide free wi-fi access. In outlets, mall, and even in certain trains, temples and shrines!
Admittedly, it can be a tad inconvenient when you need a data connection and didn't have any and had to search for a place with connection.
Although it had never been that big of an issue for us, for our recent trip, we solved that issue with an App called WAmazing. WAmazing not only allows us to book hotels at the lowest prices and reserve activities, but we also got a free SIM card.

Yup, WAmazing offers free SIM card 500 MB of data traffic. It may not sound like much, but we only used it when there's no free wi-fi connection and the 500 MB lasted us the whole 5 days of our trip. And it's a huge help especially as we are the type that will meander outside city areas and go for a hike.

We downloaded the WAmazing App before making our trip, choosing…

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S EVE GASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS AT IMPIANA KLCC HOTEL

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Kuala Lumpur, December 2019 – This festive season, discerning diners will be spoilt for choice at Impiana KLCC Hotel’s renowned food and beverage outlets CEDAR on 15 - a chic and contemporary rooftop restaurant and bar with a stunning panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline - and Tonka Bean Café & Deli, the hotel’s cosy and stylish casual dining restaurant. Diners can look forward to an array of culinary delights to celebrate Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve with their loved ones before ushering in year 2020 with a countdown party at Cedar on 15 and the Hotel’s infinity edge pool.
Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas High Tea Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner  Venue : Tonka Bean Café & Deli  Cuisine : International and local  Date : Tuesday, 24 December 2019  Time : 6.30pm – 11.00pm  Price : RM168 + per adult, RM84 + per child (Selected wines and champagnes are available at attractive prices)
Christmas Day High Tea  Venue : Tonka Bean Café & Deli  Date …

Crossing Fitness with Street Style, Celebrity Fitness Fahrenheit88 is now open!

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Crossing Fitness with Street Style, Celebrity Fitness Fahrenheit88 is now open!
Kuala Lumpur, 5 December 2019: - Malaysia’s largest fitness chain, Celebrity Fitness announced the opening of its 24th club located at Fahrenheit88 in an exclusive preview party today. With an aim to bring fun in fitness to the heart of Kuala Lumpur, city dwellers can soak in the breath-taking vista of Kuala Lumpur and stay in the zone with the club’s fresh and inspiring environment.

Andrew Phillips, Managing Director of Celebrity Fitness, CHi Fitness and Fitness First Malaysia, said “After a successful 2018 with new clubs opening in MyTOWN Cheras and Paradigm Mall, Johor Bahru, we knew it was time we rejuvenate our brand of fitness in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.”

“The unique synergy between our club and this city is truly special since having a presence in the heart of the capital. While our previous location has been monumental for our members, our new home at Fahrenheit88 promises to energize our new memb…

A&W brings A&Wesome-ness back!

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A&W brings A&Wesome-ness back! Malaysia’s first Quick Service Restaurant chain wins new generation of customers with quality, service and innovation
Petaling Jaya, 29 November 2019 -- More than a year since A&W Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. was acquired by Inter Mark Resources Sdn. Bhd. (IMRSB), the 56-year-old Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chain brand is well on track to bring awesome-ness back to its outlets. George Ang, Chief Executive Officer of both A&W Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and IMRSB said this at the kick-off of A&Wesome Festival, which took place at A&W’s first drive-in outlet in Petaling Jaya to thank loyal fans for their continuous support over the years.
According to Ang, the festival which features fun activities for both families and young adults, aims to bring back fond memories for customers who have enjoyed dining at A&W, and to appeal to the new generation of customers with their current quality and tasty menu offerings.

“The advantage we have is a brand …

Ronhill & Hilly Celebrates its Launch in Malaysia with the #RunEveryDay Challenge

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Ronhill & Hilly Celebrates its Launch in Malaysia with the #RunEveryDay Challenge
Kuala Lumpur – The Ronhill & Hilly brand held its launch at The Marathon Shop in Lot 10 on the 28th of November 2019. Coinciding with the brand’s activation was the launch of the #RunEveryDay Challenge, whereby people are encouraged to run at least 1km a day for 30 days, to record their progress on Strava, and to update their social media profiles. The purpose of the #RunEveryDay Challenge is to emulate the founder, Mr. Ron Hill’s practice of running every day. He did so for over 50 years. To help drive this challenge, Ronhill & Hilly have engaged two running enthusiasts - Rashidi Ishak (@rashidi_ishak), an actor, entrepreneur, and now an avid fitness and running junkie that is training for his first ultra marathon, and Hafiz Kamarudin (@hafiz_kamarudin), a civil engineer by day who actively partakes in marathons and is an ultra trail runner himself. Not only will these two runners be a part o…

Allianz Pacesetters 4x3KM raises RM28,000 for Down syndrome

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Allianz Pacesetters 4x3KM raises RM28,000 for Down syndrome
Kuala Lumpur, 19 November 2019 – The Allianz Pacesetters 4x3KM 2019 Relay Run raised RM28,000 for Down syndrome this year.
Since its inaugural run in 2014, Allianz Pacesetters 4x3KM has managed to raise RM250,000 for the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation through its Kiwanis Pace-It-Forward corporate category, where corporates are required to pay a minimum donation of RM1,000 per team.
This year’s run, which was held on 2 November at Padang Merbok attracted 198 teams including 28 corporate teams. Allianz Malaysia sponsored a total of 17 teams including 2 teams for the Kiwanis Pace-It-Forward category.
Allianz Malaysia Berhad Chief Executive Officer, Zakri Khir said that the Company’s involvement with the run was a great way to continuously support the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation.
“For Allianz Malaysia, it goes beyond just being title sponsors. As a corporate entity and an insurer, it is important for us to give back to …

Getting Lucky At Luckin Kopi

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On one of the few rare occasions that we did a "jalan-jalan cari makan" in the KL city area, we stumbled upon a newly opened kopitiam called Luckin Kopi just a stone's throw away from Pasar Seni MRT station (and also nearby the Pasar Seni LRT station).
Luckin means "fortune", which is closely related with the Oranda; a breed of goldfish that is regarded as "the flower of the water".
And you can see a goldfish in Luckin Kopi logo.
We arrived during the peak lunch hour period and there was a queue forming outside the shop. But nothing to worry, as Luckin Kopi staff were quick to assist us in getting a queue number and later our table.
Our table was located on the first floor and to get up, we go up this old-style wooden stairs. So nostalgic.
And indeed, the place brimmed with the nostalgic feel of old shop-houses we used to see when we were younger. So while we wait for our order to arrive, we just enjoyed to opportunity to look around and soak in the …