Showing posts from February, 2019

A Relaxing Buffet Dinner At D'Aura Cafe & Steamboat

Two Fridays ago, we visited D'Aura Cafe & Steamboat located in Taman Pinggiran Putra, Seri Kembangan. We went there straight after we picked up Son (who went to his friend's house for a study group) and after I finished work.
Fortunately, traffic wasn't so bad and we got there just after Maghrib. We were pleasantly surprised by the cafe's decor.
This place is definitely great for a romantic dinner! Anyhoo, we were there to try their dinner buffet promotion - which is priced RM33 for dinner. There's also breakfast and lunch buffets available, priced at RM16.50 and RM22 per adult respectively.
Quite decently priced, I might add. When we got there, we also learned that there is a Meet & Greet session with SCORR Band. What luck!

They are popular with songs:

Bila Hati Dah SayangTanya Sama HatiJanji Tinggal Janji Hari Hari Aku RinduSudikah Kau Menjadi KekasihkuJanji Kasih Dilupai When they arrived, they actually were seated at the table behind us!

Back to the foo…


The Malaysian Irish Alumni Association will be organizing its MIAA Shamrock Run 2019 on Saturday 30 March 2019 at the Saidina Hamzah Stadium, Intenational Islamic University (UIA), Gombak, Kuala Lumpur from 7am. This will be the Fifth Shamrock run since its inception in 2014. It is a non-competitive leisurely run to instill health awareness and promote bonding for families and friends. Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland and the run is held in March to co-incide with the National Day of the Republic of Ireland on March 17 every year.
It is also held to bring closer together the people to people relationship between Malaysia and the Republic of Ireland.
Each runner will be given an event T-shirt, running bib and a unique collectors’ finisher medal, with interesting design and motives. Prizes will be given to best dressed runners in Shamrock, Irish and Malaysian motives. Lucky draw prizes will also be up for grabs.
The Shamrock Run 2019 is organized by the Malaysian Irish Alumni…

IMira - A Chat With An Iron(wo)Man

Every year on March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day to support, raise, inspire and women across all fields. To celebrate the upcoming International Women’s Day in March, I asked a few questions to a few female triathletes who manage to juggle work, family and training life; in keeping of this year’s theme of #BalanceforBetter and celebrate women’s achievements and tenaciously challenge bias.
These strong women show us that with determination and focus, women can achieve so much more. They are women who embrace the multi-sports discipline of swim-bike-run with such determination and doing it in style.

What and who is an Ironman?
An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break.
(Source: Wikipedia) For this installment, we will be featu…


Malaysia’s premier distance running event implements ballot system for public registrations due to tremendous response

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 February 2019: A new chapter has dawned on the increasingly popular Standard Chartered KL Marathon when for the first time in its history, public registrations were conducted using a ballot system. Successful applications were confirmed when Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman officially activated the random computerised selection here today.
The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has seen phenomenal growth over the last decade with the 10th Anniversary edition in 2018 seeing the highest attendance to date of over 38,000 participants. Public registrations for the 2018 event were snapped up within 10 hours of opening, leaving a lot of disgruntled runners who didn’t get a chance to register due to a variety of reasons, such as network congestion and poor internet connecti…

Running For A Reason At Standard Chartered KL Marathon

Run For A Reason (RFAR) is a fundraising effort set up by Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM)  to raise funds for charity through online donations and for runners to run for a cause that they support.
Last year, I ran for National Cancer Society Malaysia and the run was dedicated to friends and family members who had battled through cancer.
This year, as appreciation for organizations who assist patients and families to provide care for patients; I've decided to run for Hospis Malaysia. I see it as  a continuity of my effort raising funds for NCSM last year.
Both family members and friends had benefited by Hospis Malaysia so this is my small way to help them raise funds.
Excerpt from Hospis Malaysia website: "Hospis Malaysia is a charitable organisation providing professional community palliative care to those with life-limiting illnesses (such as cancer, AIDS, organ failure or progressive neurological conditions.) We are not affiliated to any political, religious, govern…

Beet It Sport Renews Sponsorship with Malaysian Athlete Soh Wai Ching

Kuala Lumpur - LiveLife Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Beet It Sport in Malaysia is pleased to announce another year of sponsorship for rising tower runner, Soh Wai Ching. Soh (25 years), has been a regular user of Beet It Sport since it first arrived on Malaysian shores in late 2017.
Soh first found out about the benefits of nitrates from beetroot juice from his Sport Science course Professor who suggested giving beetroot juice a try to improve his stamina, performance, endurance and strength. While searching the internet on more information about beetroot juice, Soh came across Beet It Sport – a UK brand of beetroot juice with standardized nitrates. To his surprise he found out that it was available in Malaysia. He then contacted LiveLife, Beet It Sport’s licensed distributor to find out more about the product and has since been a regular consumer of the bottled beetroot juice.

Soh has ran in many tower runs all over the world such as France, Taiwan, China, Slovakia, Czech …

A Night In Hakodate At HakoBA Hakodate - The Share Hotels

We visited Hokkaido in September last year and one of the cities we visited on the island was Hakodate. Apart from Hakodate, we spent some nights in Sapporo, Asahikawa and Abashiri during our short trip there.

More trip reports of our September 2018 Hokkaido trips can be read here.
I just realised that I have yet blogged about the hotels or inns that we stayed during our trips there. For Hakodate, we stayed at HakoBA Hakodate - The Share Hotels.

The hotel is located about 2 km from JR Hakodate station and just a few stops if you take the tram. It is also less than 1 km away from the ropeway station to go up to Mount Hakodate.

With several restaurants and eateries nearby, including the Lucky Pierrot, and a nice view of the marina, the hotel is a nice place to spend the night in.

It has several different rooms and dormitory options:  For private rooms, they have Standard Double & Twin, Junior Suite that come with private bathrooms.
Then there's the option with shared bathrooms - …


Due to the overwhelming response to the loyalty registration period for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2019 (SCKLM2019), there is a reduced number of slots available for public registrations as compared with the year before. There are a total of over 10,000 slots available across all categories and in order to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity of getting a race slot, public registrations for the SCKLM 2019 will be in the form of a ballot.

Runners will be able to cast their ballots from 10.00am, 13 February 2019 to 11.59pm 19 February 2019. Ballot selection will be completely random and computerised, and will be activated by YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports on 22 February 2019. Successful applicants will then be notified by email and will have until 5 March to complete registration by making payment. Each person is only allowed one ballot entry.

“We’ve taken some learnings from our 10th Anniversary edition last year and to prevent situatio…

Too Good A Deal For adidas Energy Boost At Sports Direct Fair, Mid Valley

A friend commented in Facebook, "once boost always boost" - Obert Ariff
We stumbled upon the Sports Sports fair last Friday at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre. We had dinner at Mid Valley and Hubby mentioned he wanted to visit Why Pay More outlet to look for a new pair of shoes. As luck would have it, Sports had their sports fairs (today is the last day) and we decided to check it out.
I wasn't really interested in anything until I noticed the very familiar and striking adidas Boost shoes boxes stacked up at the shoes section. This is an Aug 2017 model of Energy Boost! At a mere RM215.20.
adidas shoes doesn't come cheap so whenever I see a bargain, it's hard for me to pass up the chance to get a new pair.
My last purchase was two Energy Boost (of the same colour) in March last year so I do need a new pair pretty soon.
So despite no plans yet to get a new pair of running shoes, I didn't hesitate to buy it. Because it is indeed a bargain! An…

Our Chinese New Year Durian Binge

I managed to get some very cheap durians with the help of my sister and we dropped by to another sister's house to collect them during the CNY holiday. Part of our stash. For 3 of us.  Yummy.
And  most importantly, it didn't break the bank. I just paid an equivalent of a pasta meal at Plan B for these stash. Cheap, right? Hehehe The next day, I had these which was thoughtfully packed by my sister for brunch.
It was durian that my Dad had gotten from Orang Asli in Raub. Delicious!
I need to finish them fast as Hubby is complaining about the durian smell that kinda escaped from the packing and filled up the fridge. It's not even that strong but he said everything will taste like durian later. Hahaha

A Pre-Holiday Lunch At Tony Roma's

On the eve of Chinese New Year, I was still working but Hubby's company declared a day off and Son is on a school holiday. Lucky buggers. Hahaha
Anyway, while I was working, they went for a bit of exercise at Lake Garden and later went to Mid Valley.
It's been ages since we last went to Tony Roma's (and my last visit was with a bunch of running kakis, more than a year ago; if I'm not mistaken and then to celebrate Son's PT3 results) so we decided to have lunch there.
The outlet at Gardens Mall wasn't really full yet when got there, but service was rather slow. It took a while for our table or the table across us to get our orders taken.
Anyhoo, we decided to order from the lunch set.
Everyone ordered something with ribs! The soup of the day was pretty decent and had a lot of "isi" inside. I ordered the bountiful beef ribs.
Maybe because it was such a long time since my last visit here, but Tony Roma's doesn't provide those lovely assortment o…

Hokkaido Manhole Covers

One of the fun things to do while vacationing in Japan is to look out for different cities' manhole covers. Most cities have a unique design for their manhole covers and feature things that the cities are famous for.
It's been something that we enjoyed doing for the past 17 years and we have a photo collection of them.
So, when we visited Hokkaido last September, it's only natural to look out for them. They aren't really hard to spot but it's still fun to do.
We had a lot of selection from Hakodate. Hakodate's famous squid. Here's the colour manhole from the city. And an uncoloured version. Seagull and the Orthodox Church featured here. In colour version. And the non-colour version.
I've taken a few more during our visit in 2007 and it's stashed in my other blog, Urutora no Hihi. Sapporo's Clock Tower (Tokeidai) and Salmon fish swimming around it. Alas, when we were there, the real Clock Tower in question was closed for renovation until end of …