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Our 2019 Japan Trip

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6 months after our trip to Hokkaido, we were back in Japan again.
I ran in Okhostsk-Abashiri Marathon during last year's September trip and this time around, I ran in Nagoya Women Marathon. My 14th full marathon.
But unlike our Hokkaido trip when I registered to run in a marathon long after we booked our ticket and had our itinerary roughly planned out, this year's trip had to fit around the fact that I had registered to run in Nagoya Women's Marathon very early on. We bought a 5-days Kintetsu Rail Pass for 3,800 yen and used it to travel around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Ise Shima. We started using it on our second day there.
The pass also has a LOT of discounts for tourist attractions and for shopping. For a few days we were in Osaka, mostly visiting malls and shops. Then we visited Mount Yoshino. And stopped by Nara. (Well, Mount Yoshino IS in Nara prefecture, but you know what I mean la... Nara as in the temple & deer complex lah). Before heading to Nagoya, we visited…

Lunch At Alexis Bistro

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A day before my trip to Japan, I met up with a friend for lunch ad we decided to have it at Alexis Bistro. She was craving for Sarawak Laksa and likes the one served there.
For me, I decided to order the lunch set menu which is a bargain at RM36+ The appetizer. Served piping hot. It was rather nice.
Sorry, I'm rather lazy to rotate this photo. Hahaha The came the main dishes.
Rice, with stir-fried vege and sweet & sour tofu. And this deep-fried fish served with a rather sweet sauce that  I didn't really like.
But the fish itself was nice.
It was finally finished off with desserts (sorry, no photo) of a slice of cake.

So, it's really quite a good deal for a set lunch.

I had fun meeting up and talking with my friend too.

Thanks for the lunch too! ^^

Press Release: ASICS RELAY RETURNS FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN MALAYSIA!

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ASICS RELAY RETURNS FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN MALAYSIA!
THE SOUTHEAST ASIA 2019 EDITION PROMISES AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT RUNNING EXPERIENCE 25th March 2019 – Kuala Lumpur ASICS RELAY is Back! Armed with a brand-new logo, a regional ambassador, an updated website and more, ASICS RELAY 2019 is all set to be a thrilling event when it launches in Southeast Asia from June onwards this year.
Running across four cities, ASICS RELAY 2019 kicks off in Jakarta, Indonesia (29 June), followed by Bangkok, Thailand (3 August) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (7 September) before concluding the series in Singapore (12 October). This year, the Malaysian edition will see Sepang International Circuit being selected as the venue of choice, promising a different race experience to all running enthusiast.
KPOP fans will be thrilled to know that this year, South Korean singer, Park Sang-Hyun aka Thunder has been appointed as the regional ambassador and will be participating one of the four ASICS RELAY races.
Running al…

Streat Thai Dinner

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Before our Free Solo "movie date" last Wednesday, Hubby and I had dinner at Streat Thai in Jaya One.
It's been some time since my last visit here so I was looking forward to its extra pedas, full of cili padi Pad Kra Prao. Hubby ordered the beef noodle soup which was also recommended by the waitress. I had my pad kra pao but I was quite disappointed that I was served the "mild" version of it. No kick.
After our dinner, we head to TGV One Utama for the special Free Solo screening courtesy of National Geographic.
Desserts was popcorn at the movies. Hehehe

Press Release: DIRECTD MEGA STORE SEES BIG TURNUP TO PURCHASE VIVO V15 SMARTPHONE

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Petaling Jaya, 22 March 2019 – A big crowd had gathered at the DirectD Gadget Mega Store from as early as 3:00PM to be the first to own the AI Triple Camera Shoot like a Pro Vivo V15 smartphone although the official launch is only on 23 March 2019. The first 20 buyers received goodies in the form of luggage bags, petrol vouchers and limited edition Vivo t-shirts.
Early birds were also rewarded with a 3 Day/2 Night hotel stay vouchers in Malaysia, Indonesia or Thailand, professional tripods and Full HD action cameras on top of the freebies.
It was well worth the wait for one lucky buyer as DirectD also held a Lucky Draw for the customers where the winner received an extra V15 smartphone, given away by local celebrity Zukie, The AI Triple Camera Shoot like a Pro Vivo V15 smartphone is the latest offering from the brand featuring the world’s first Front Elevating 32 megapixel camera widely known as the selfie phone.
Vivo itself will be holding its own V15 Superday Sale on 23 March 2019 …

Press Release: Join the National Geographic Earth Day Run in Malaysia in April 2019

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National Geographic continues its campaign to reduce the usage of single-use plastics, and Gamuda Land returns as the official partner for the second year
KUALA LUMPUR, MARCH 11, 2019 – In April 2019, National Geographic will push forward its commitment to the environment by celebrating Earth Day with its yearly Earth Day Run. With the theme Planet or Plastic? — a multiyear initiative from National Geographic, aimed at raising awareness of plastic pollution and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters in the world’s oceans, this year’s run will take place on 28 April 2019 at Gamuda Walk, Kota Kemuning.

The Earth Day Run in Malaysia is made possible thanks to local partnerships. Collaborating organizations in 2019 include Gamuda Land — returning as the official partner for the second year, and other supporting partners include Fox Sports, Stadium Astro, Nivea Men, Touch ‘n Go eWallet, Fitness First and Zero Waste Malaysia. For the first time ever, this year's Earth Day…

Free Solo Special Screening At TGV

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Ever since the 2019 Oscars and Free Solo won as Best Documentary (it also won an award at BAFTA), a few of my friends were excited to watch it at a special screening session done earlier and they had given rave reviews for it.

Free Solo is a documentary that captures the attempt of professional rock climber Alex Honnold attempts to conquer the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan's 900-metre vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. So when I had the chance to watch it last Wednesday night, I was pretty excited too.
Amidst breathtaking scenery, captured magnificently by the teams of cameramen, we get a glimpse of Alex Honnold's pysche as he attempted to free solo El Capitan.
It's a brutally honest documentary about the climber, his relationship with others and the passion for free soloing.
We may question him for his risky endeavours.

But I think, his big smile at the end of the documentary says it all.
Thanks NatGeo.

Press Release: GET READY TO CONQUER THE HIGHWAYS

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GET READY TO CONQUER THE HIGHWAYS Duo Highway Challenge back with the first-ever night run
● NPE Highway Challenge will be held on 14 July 2019 while Besraya Highway Challenge will be held on 24 August 2019. ● The Besraya Highway Challenge will be an inaugural night run for the series. ● Registration is currently open at www.ijmhighwayrun.com and www.justonlineregistration.com ● Registration closes on 1 June 2019 for both Besraya and NPE Highway Challenge
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 March 2019 — Following the success of the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge and the positive response the series has received over the past two years, IJM Corporation Berhad and Allianz Malaysia Berhad (Allianz Malaysia) have announced the extension of their partnership for this year's Duo Highway Challenge.
The popular run series will kick-off with the NPE Highway Challenge on 14 July with a unique distance of 21km half marathon challenge and 10km run respectively, followed by the Besraya Highway Challenge on 24 A…

August Man Run Media Lunch & Route Preview

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Last Saturday, we were invited to join the media lunch for August Man Run.
August Man Run will return for its second edition, after a very successful inaugural run in 2017.

I was crazy enough to turn up to August Man Run in 2017 right after concluding my UM24 run (podium tau. hahaha) just a few hours before. Simply because August Man Run 2017 had so many interesting goodies that I didn't want to miss out on. Hah hah

So don't miss out on this year's edition too!

August Man magazine is a men's luxury lifestyle publication and the run is aimed to promote physical and mental wellness through running. Various festivities will also be held on the day such as lucky draws and a best dressed award.

Registration is already open, with 6K and 12K categories available.

The August Man Run 2019 has partnered with KEN Holdings, Ultron, Fossil, Spritzer, Malta, Babel Fit, Milo and many others in ensuring a lifestyle run like no other.

A brief rundown of the August Man Run:

Friday, 19.0…

Braving The Rain At Nagoya Women's Marathon 2019

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I'm not sure what exactly made me balloted Nagoya Women's Marathon when it opened for ballot in 2018 for the 2019's marathon. I remembered joining the ballot for Tokyo Marathon and on a whim, entered the ballot for Nagoya Women's Marathon too. When looking for races to join in Japan, big races don't appeal to me and I rather join marathons  that have very limited number of foreign participants slots available. 
I have to admit, Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto Marathon have never really appealed to me but of course, curiosity kinda killed the cat which was why I joined the ballot.
But I thought, I'd only go to if I got both Tokyo and Nagoya Women's Marathon slots and do a back-to-back races. Alas, I didn't get a slot for Tokyo Marathon but I did get into Nagoya Women's Marathon. In a hindsight, it really was for the best because training was really non-existent for me in the months leading to the marathon so doing a back-to-back would really be fooldhardy. (A…

International Women's Day Special: Inspiring Women Who Lead An Active Lifestyle

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For the past years, a number of very inspiring ladies had been generous enough to spend some time to share their experiences with me, either through Q&A in my blog and some were featured in print, in our local English newspapers.
To celebrate the International Women's Day 2019, these are the women who had inspired me and I hope, my readers too.
Inspiration comes in many forms and these active women are nothing short of inspiring, in their own special way. A mother of three and an engineer by training, Eliza started Nashata Activewear to solve a problem she personally faced when she started wearing the hijab (tudung) in 2012.

Also in the photo above, Azlina Idris (standing on the extreme right in the photo) who started running after she quit her job to look after her children. Azlina did her first full marathon in Malaysia Women Marathon and her first ultramarathon in Pink 50, both in 2015.
Azlina & I, together with our late friend Evelyn Ang Loo were also featured in Bell…

53 But Going Strong Like I'm 35 , Says Doc Mimi

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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.
This time around, Mimiwati Zahari who had just celebrated her birthday yesterday; spent some time answering my questions.
Thank you for spending time to answer a few of our questions. I really do appreciate it.
Also, congratulations for your Sub5 finish at Kyoto Marathon! For the readers, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Mimiwati Zahari, friends …

Ladies Lunch At Amarin Heavenly Thai

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A group of us went for lunch at Amarin in Mid Valley and we had a great time. Good food, great service and awesome company! We ordered steamed siakap with lime chillies. Some fish cakes. Yummms. Stir fried chicken with hot basil leaves (too salty for my taste though). More food.
BBQ squid. Green curry chicken. Stir fried kangkong belacan. Omelette oyster.
This was for 8 of us and we did have trouble to finish our food! LOL
We didn't order any desserts as we thought buying it elsewhere would be better and cheaper. Haha
It cost around RM350 for the eight of us, plus refillable Chinese tea.
Quite OK la, considering the food we ordered, right?