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Istiadat Pertabalan Ke Bawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia, Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI

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Today is a special day as today is the installation of Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Apart from the public holiday that we're enjoying today, it is also very informative to watch the ceremony live on TV and also watching the documentaries about the royal couple yesterday.
The installation has a historical significance and sentimental value to Sultan Abdullah and Her Majesty Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah as it takes place on the 60th birthday of His Majesty.

DAULAT TUANKU!
DIRGAHAYU TUANKU!


A High Score For SCORE Run The Day 2019

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After Hulu Langat Marathon on July 7th, NPE Duo Highway Challenge on July 14th, FMM MAFMAG Run on July 21st, I'm back toeing the start line and this time for SCORE Run The Day edition.
The run's original venue was supposed to be at KL Sports City in Bukit Jalil but due to a clashing event, it was changed to Berjaya Times Square.
For me, I do like the change of venue and the 21km race route that got us really running through the city.  REPC was done a week earlier at Starling Mall. I also like the spacious and airy area of the REPC.
Interesting mix of goodies in our goodies bag and the Kao Attack detergent is actually useful. (I received detergent in my Nagoya Women's Marathon goodies bag too and used it after my marathon to wash my soaking wet and stinky running gears).
Having a "Checking Station" table is a good because runners could check their entitlements easily there.
Race day itself is not without drama.
I had been experiencing crippling shoulder pain and …

More GrabFood Adventure

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I'm still having fun and utilising the promo codes I still have that allows me to get 50% discount from my orders at Food Panda and GrabFood before it ends at the end of the month. This latest order was quite funny.
I ordered an ice cream cake for my colleague from Inside Scoop with GrabFood.
The Grab rider was mystified because the shop is just a walking distance from my office.
And I told him, I get RM30 off by using GrabFood and not walking there myself.
Bargain, right?
By the way, anyone ordered the GrabDurian? I'm tempted to buy some. Hehe

Press Release: SCKLM2019 UA Pacer Kit Presentation

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Under Armour Makes Its Debut at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon
Pacers for SCKLM2019 will be sporting the brand’s livery while over 40,000 runners will receive Under Armour SCKLM2019 Running Tees.
PETALING JAYA, 23rd July 2019 – The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2019 (SCKLM 2019) announces the addition of high performance sportswear brand, Under Armour, as its official apparel sponsor for this year’s run. As the official apparel sponsor of the 11th edition of the race, Under Armour will outfit 40,000 participants with their running shirts. “We are excited to be a part of SCKLM 2019, one of the nation’s most-anticipated marathons. It will be one of the highlights of the year for us as we believe the partnership will allow us to reach out to more runners,” quotes Michael Binger, Chief Executive Officer of Triple Pte Ltd and UA Sports (SEA). In addition to gearing up the participants, Under Armour will also outfit the 30-member Pacer team for the marathon with the newly designed UA H…

Getting Hooked On Food Delivery

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Admittedly, I've been rather slow in getting caught up with these food deliveries services provided by the likes of Food Panda and Grab Food. 
But with a slew of promotion from Food Panda and Grab Food lately, which the family had fully utilised; using food delivery is indeed very convenient even for buying food just a few hundred metres away from our home!  Ayam penyet from a nearby food stall at our home. Patin set.
And there was this 50% promotion code promoted by a local radio station and we had used it a couple of times! Our McD order with Grab Food and we pay 50% less with a promotion code.
So syiok lah! Arab food, and delivered by Food Panda.
Again, it was 50% off.

A Family Day Out At FMM MAFMAG ActivRun 2019

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At the end of June, our family joined the Milo Breakfast Day Run with Hubby's siblings.
On Sunday at FMM MAFMAG Activrun 2019, my siblings and their kids joined me for a 5K run!

The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers Malaysian Food Manufacturing Group (FMM MAFMAG) had organised a charity run, in collaboration with MyKasih Foundation. It was open to all avid runners as well as families, the FMM MAFMAG ActivRun had plenty of activities lined up such as Zumba, clowns and fun games with a Giant Bubble.
Proceeds from the run will be channeled to MyKasih Foundation’s ‘Love My Neighbourhood’ food aid programme to help provide families from the Program Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) communities with essential food items.

As it was for a good cause, I had been promoting this event rather heavily for the past few weeks.

Although participation from runners were not as big as some big name runs out there,  the turnout was still pretty decent, mainly in the 5K category despite so many other races …

Fazlia Hanim Conquered The Mantra Summits Challenge 116

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Being a parent is no doubt a busy life. Add a high-flying career into the equation and a love for ultra-trail running, and you have Fazlia Hanim Ab Hamid.
A known figure in the ultra-trail running circle, she has bagged many podium finishes locally and achieved a number of successes in trail races overseas too.
And she had graciously agreed to answer some of our Q&A after her success in finishing the Mantra Summits Challenge 116 (MSC116) in the 116K category, no less. A tough race with challenging elevation, Fazlia Hanim finished her 116K in 34 hours 21 minutes and 11 seconds. She ranked fifth Women and 29th overall.
Just two weeks before, she bagged first place in the 50K Women Veteran category and second Women overall at King of Kemensah 2019!
First of all, congratulations on your outstanding performance and thank you for spending time to answer our questions.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Thank you Lina for the opportunity to be featured in your blog. I’m Hanim curren…

A Hike From Lake Yunoko to Lake Chuzenji

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Since I've uploaded some photos for our Kurume-Korasan trekking course last week, I thought might as well do one for our Nikko hike a year and a half ago in December.

We were staying at Yumoto Onsen (elevation 1,487m above sea level) and and decided it would be nice to hike from there to Lake Chuzenji.

Our return trip later was by bus which took us about 80 minutes and cost 1,700 yen per person which was covered by our Nikko All Area Pass.

For our hike, we took about 6 leisurely hours and hiked a total of 16km.

It was great fun, we bumped into local Japanese tourists who were hiking and bird watching.

Back To Running On The NPE, At IJM Allianz NPE Highway Challenge

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So for three years in a row, I ran on the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) which gets fully closed on one Sunday morning. This year, the NPE Highway Challenge was held on July 14, 2019.
There were two distances offered - 21K and 10K and this year, the run saw a crowd of more than 9,000 runners participating in both categories.
I've nothing much to say about my running experience itself, as the route was pretty much the same as previous years' but the novelty of running on a fully closed expressway is certainly still there.
And this is one of those day, when you get to pass by the toll booth and avoided having to pay toll! LOL

Plus, when can you get the opportunity to lie down right smack in the middle of an expressway and not get run-over by a vehicle?

For us, we get to pass by the toll booth twice!

And because the flag-off for 21K was before Subuh prayers and the 10K at 6.30am, you could hear the morning sermon loud and clear in the background.

It was rather nice, really.
On our …

Kurume-Korasan Trekking Course

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One of the fun thing to do while visiting Japan is of course the many hiking course, trails and mountains one can visit.
When we visited Kyushu in May, we followed one of Kyushu Olle trekking course; trekking 8.6km on the Kurume-Korasan course.
It was a rather easy course so doing it while fasting (our trip was during the fasting month) wasn't an issue.
But instead of a long-winded post about it, I decided to make a video instead.
Enjoy!

Woman of Steel - Ariati Bounces Back After Her Accident

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Ariati Karina Khalid is an active person and also a familiar figure in the running circle.
A strong runner who is always cheerful, she aced her virgin ultra trail run at The Magnificent Merapoh Trail 2017. She ran in the 70K and finished 18th place. Ariati after finishing The Magnificent Merapoh Trail 2017.
She had raced in many races and achieved a number of notable successes too. Ariati winning the 12-hour Women Category at Malatra Endurance Run 2017. Ariati before the start of Tokyo Marathon 2018.
She was in high spirit after completing Tokyo Marathon in March 2018 with a new PB and a 4:50 timing when tragedy strikes.
On March 24, 2018 she met with a terrible accident in Putrajaya after her LSD session there. Captured from her Instagram post after her operation: "Alhamdulillah, but the fractures were too major and it was not as suspected prior to the procedure. My knee was completely damaged but the doctor has repaired it, and for the next few weeks/months, is for me to do rec…

TCRS Jom Sama-Sama Makan Promo

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Last Wednesday, I received a message from a friend a few hours before lunch asking whether I wanted to meet-up for lunch.
Luckily I was free (the next day, I had my lunch in the CEO's office poring over some documents with her) and we agreed to have lunch at The Chicken Rice Shop. The Chicken Rice Shop was having this promo last week and by the time I reached the outlet, a long queue had already formed.
But fortunately, the queue was fast moving and by 1:00pm, we were already seated and ordered our food. We ordered the combo set and I upgraded my free soft drinks to Sarawak Three Layer Tea (top-up RM2.20) and ordered Mango Kerabu.
It was indeed a filling lunch and service was tip-top and fast (unlike their dinner service).
Everything cost us RM23.70 so still not bad lah.

A New Flavour Of N8 Re:Fuel Energy Gel Tested At Hulu Langat Marathon

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Thanks to EGO Sports, I had the chance to test their new N8 Re:Fuel Energy Gel new flavour.
I've been a user of N8 Endurance since 2016 (the year that I had many PBs and even podium placings. Hahaha) and N8 Re:Fuel Energy Gel since last year so I was pretty excited when I heard that they had come up with a new flavour. N8 Re:Fuel Energy Gel already has a Green Apple flavour in the market and now they came up with a delicious Thai Mango flavour.
For me, the timing is perfect because I had Hulu Langat Marathon on Sunday. Of course, it's not advisable to try anything new on race day so I had half a sachet during my shakeout run the day before my marathon.
Verdict: it tasted GREAT! And just like the Green Apple flavour, it does go down easily and doesn't leave any lingering after-taste like some other energy gels do.I also like the fact that I don't necessarily need to take it with water so it is pretty convenient to take some gel even before I reach a water station during…

Milo Breakfast Day Putrajaya

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Just like in previous years, the family and hubby's siblings joined the Milo Breakfast Run in Putrajaya last Sunday.
It was held on both Saturday and Sunday on the last weekend of June and both days saw a staggering number of 16,000 registered participants (not including those who came for the Milo Breakfast Day but not running). 
I'm not on Milo's PR list (so I never received their press release), but I heard a record number of 50,000 people attended the event on the two days.
It was a perfect weather Saturday morning but Sunday started with a heavy rain. The 5K category was called off due to safety reason.
The 3K family run category continued as usual but the organiser had allowed runners to collect their "finisher" medals at 7:45am, if they didn't choose to run.
We went on with our run and I also snapped some photos of the participants afterwards.
Then it was time to not only collect our medal and goodies bag but also our breakfast pack and of course, dri…