Showing posts from April, 2019

Streat Thai For Dinner

The family had dinner at Streat Thai in Jaya One last week because Hubby was meeting up with someone there later that evening.
Although it was during the water interruption period last week, business was as usual and despite the outlet putting up notices that they are using plastic cutlery during the water interruption period, standard cutlery was still used. Phew. Our drinks.
I ordered Thai Green Milk Tea, Hubby ordered Thai Milk Tea and Son ordered Taro Milk Tea. Son had Pad Krapow Chicken with fried egg while I had the beef version.
Just like the last time I ate here, the Pad Krapow didn't have much kick to it. Tak pedas. Fortunately,  I ordered Stir Fried Yau Mak with Garlic and Chili and this dish had plenty of kick.
Yums. Hubby had Stir Fried Pad Thai with Prawns.
(Didn't look as impressive as the one shown in the menu)...
Hubby got his order quite fast, I had to wait a bit, then the Yau Mak arrived and we had to remind the staff about our Son's order which was serv…

Ladies Lunch At Peranakan Place, Nu Sentral

Three female athletes who had graciously spent time answering my questions and were featured in my blog for a series of blog posts for International Women's Day organised a lunch session last week.
Instead of me treating them for lunch, they wanted to treat me for lunch instead!
So kind of them la...
They do have busy work schedules and finally we agreed to have lunch on Thursday and decided to meet at Peranakan Place in Nu Sentral.
The place was packed during lunch and service was a tad slow but fortunately, we had ample time for lunch that day. What were ordered.  We talked about a lot of things - of past, recent and future races and of course, about Ironman Malaysia.
Thank you ladies for a great lunch session.
You're all very inspiring indeed.
If you want to read about the Q&A sessions again, here are the links:
D For Duathlete Dayangku Zarinah
Fit & Fabulous Farisha 53 But Going Strong Like I'm 35 , Says Doc Mimi

National Geographic Earth Day Run 2019

This was National Geographic Earth Day Run's 2nd edition in Malaysia, if I'm not mistaken. We were lucky to be able to join the first one held last year.
Both editions were held at Gamuda Walk Mall in Kota Kemuning, and there were plenty of sponsors' booth set up at race village.

The run supports a theme that promotes environmental efforts, so one of the initiative is to reduce single use plastics.
So in our race pack, we were provided with a water bottle and we could fill it with water from refillable  pumps at water stations along the route.

Our event t-shirt also wasn't packed in plastic bags unlike race t-shirts at other running events.
Effectively reducing the amount of rubbish at the run.

There are also compost bin located at the race village where we could throw our banana peels.
Despite the 15K being flagged-off at 6:30am and 5K at 7:20am, we were there very early at 4:00am.

Hubby also helped out at the race kit collection counter that morning and I helped out…

VRace Malaysia Bounty!

I joined this Vrace Kuala Lumpur last month, and it's a geolocation virtual race where participants needed to run at certain checkpoints and complete at least 2 checkpoints with a minimum of 10K to be entitled to get it finisher items.
It was rather fun because some participants, including myself went to parks and places we never  or rarely visit just so we can complete the challenge. I was rather surprised to receive these from VRace Kuala Lumpur today, and it included items from sponsors and also my Finisher bandana.
VRace Malaysia is doing another challenge right now and entry is free.
It's called Love Earth x VRace Malaysia's FIRST Mini Challenge on STRAVA, where runners will be competing based on their WEEKLY TOTAL RUNNING DISTANCE as recorded on their STRAVA page.

Cool right?

A nice way to motivate ourselves to go out and clock in more mileage!

A Night In Toba, Japan

After lunch at the train station in Toba, we decided to walk the area before boarding the free shuttle that's provided by our hotel. It was rather cold and windy so we decided against venturing too far out. We stayed at a hotel called Senpokaku, located on top of a hill with a panoramic view of Toba Bay and the journey involved a steep climb up a hill. So it was a relief to use their shuttle van after all.

Checking-in was a breeze, and I noticed that they had prepared our room key and an English instruction beforehand.

We didn't splurge that much for our hotel in Toba. It is a Japanese Inn with onsen facilities and our room cost about 11,000 yen for the room for two pax per night. We opted for breakfast only option and bought our dinner elsewhere.
Our room, that comes with a balcony and a view and here, our futons are all  ready and spread out for us.
Sweets and tea for us too.

We enjoyed tea and later our store-bought dinner at the balcony.
The highlight of staying in a Japa…

Eats In Toba, Japan

Apart from running in Nagoya Women Marathon in March, 2019 (race recap here); another highlight of our trip that we made last month was visiting Ise and Toba. 
Both are located in Mie Prefecture - Ise is famously known for Ise Jingu which is Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines and Toba is know for its pearls and ama divers.
While on our way to Toba, we stopped by Ise City and visited Toyoke Dai-Jingu (or Geku Outer Shrine). After walking around the outer shrine area, it was nice to stop for some refreshments. 
We ordered akafuku zenzai, which is a sweet red bean soup with toasted mochi. Hot, sticky mochi in a warm red bean soup.
Perfect after walking around in the cold spring morning that day. We arrived in Toba around noon and a perfect time to have some lunch before checking-in at a Japanese Inn nearby.
The Japanese Inn provides free shuttle from the train station so it was very convenient.
Lunch was at a restaurant next to the train station and of course, we must have seafood! …

Appreciation Lunch By Wai Ching, Malaysia's Top Tower Runner

Soh Wai Ching (Wai Ching) is a Malaysian athlete and currently ranked World No. 5 and Asia No. 1 in Towerrunning Sport.

Tower running is a sport which involves running up tall man-made structures. Usually these races take place on the internal staircases of skyscrapers, but the term can cover any foot race which involves a course that ascends a man-made structure. (source: Wikipedia)

It’s only been 2 years since Wai Ching became serious in Towerrunning Sport with the KL Tower International Towerthon Challenge (KLTITC 2017) in April 2017. With a month of training, he finished the race and clinched “Best Malaysian” title and 2nd Overall in the race.

With the “Best Malaysian” title that he won at KLTITC 2017, it kick-started his journey to compete with other World Class Towerrunners.

Last year, Wai Ching was ranked World No. 24 and became Southeast Asia No. 1 in the ranking. Now, he is World No. 5 and Asia No. 1 at the same time.

He is also known as the First Southeast Asian to qualify …

In TTDI For AugustMan Run 2019

We were in TTDI earlier today, for a running event called The AugustMan Run 2019. Augustman is a luxury men's magazine and this was their second edition of their AugustMan Run. The first one was held in 2017. We arrived early because we only collected our race kits on race day. Luckily for us, the race kit collection was still open on Saturday until 3pm.
The run itself was held in the evening, with 12K category being flagged-off at 5pm and 6K category at 5.15pm.
It had rained at 3pm but fortunately, the rain stopped in time for the run and the weather was nice and cooling after the run. While waiting for the flag-off, we walked around and what do you know?

We bumped into Twilight Man! What a coincidence. Our luck continues later that evening, when Hubby managed to snag The AugustMan Run 2019 lucky draw's grand prize. Woot! Woot!
He won a Fossil Smartwatch with GPS and Heart Rate monitor valued at RM1,272.00. 
Anyhoo, some photos we took during the run can be viewed at our Face…

An Escape Into Luxury At The Danna Langkawi

After two visits to Langkawi and both for "work" - one for BDB Triple Challenge Langkawi Run & Climb route review & route recce in 2016 and last year for Ironman Malaysia; Hubby and I had talked about going back to the island for a family vacation.
As luck would have it, Hubby won a 3D2N voucher at The Danna Langkawi and we decided to head to the island on Apr 13, 2019. This time, with Son in tow.  The Danna Langkawi is a 5-star luxury hotel located on Pantai Kok beach, with its stretch of white sandy beach, calm waters and a very quiet surrounding.  Nestled on the beach, this luxurious resort is also within a short distance to Burau Bay, Langkawi Cable Car and Langkawi Sky Bridge. There are shops next to the hotel, the jetty to Koh Lipe located nearby and Skytrex just a few hundred metres away.
We figured that it is still okay for Son to go for a short vacation, hoping that there'd be no crucial extra classes at school  on that particular weekend to prepare for…