Thursday, 22 March 2018

School Holiday!

It's mid-week and mid-week for the one week school holiday too.

Hubby and I took the day off on Wednesday because we wanted to look for Son's baju melayu as Son wanted to buy one for his Friday school uniform. We couldn't find any suitable size at Professor (their cutting is way too large for a tall and skinny 15-year old) and we couldn't find it at AEON either so apart from opting to find a tailor to make one, we decided to head to Jalan TAR's Kamdar. Where you can find school uniforms of any shapes and colours!

And yes! We managed to find one that fits him pretty decently. *phew*
We later went mall hopping at Sogo and had lunch there.

Everyone took chicken but all cooked in different style. ^^

But gawd, it cost almost RM13.00 per plate for our lunch. I sure couldn't afford to eat like this for my lunch everyday! 

(Luckily I can get cheaper lunch at Mid Valley's Makan Place. I won't raise my eyebrow when the makcik nasi campur charged me RM7.00 after this! Huhuhu)
Then we ordered cendol and ice lychee. This one really decent and at RM4.30, it's good value.
Then we drove to Alamanda Putrajaya because I needed to pick up my new notebook. I bought one because I need a replacement and also because my freelance job load are getting heavier now and with more responsibilities.

And we later enjoyed ice cream at Baskin Robbins! A single scoop of peanut butter choc for RM11 - with Wednesday promo and a junior scoop upsized to double jr for the flavour of the month ice cream flavour.

And paid with my MBB treats points. 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Shoe Shopping!

I wrote about how my tapak kasut went off during my run in Bukit Jalil Half Marathon last week. It is now inevitable I buy new pairs of shoes.

Actually, I need to replace almost all my shoes that is in rotation right now. I think each of my adidas energy boost and my two ultra-boost have each more than 700km clocked in!

adidas boost shoes are not really cheap nowadays with a pair of the latest boost ranging from RM650 to RM850.00. *gasps*

But because the model really 'ngam' with me, I just need to look for older model la... Can't afford to but 'New Arrivals' punya...
Lucky me, I found this new model of energy boost at Al-Ikhsan in Alamanda Putrajaya at a 'mere' RM459.00! It is still being sold at RM650 at other shops.
And this old model of revenge boost (it's a 2016 model, if I'm not mistaken) is sold at RM199.50 at Why Pay More.


I do put in a lot of miles to my shoes so it is really important for me to find a good shoe that fits me. For running, I cannot simply choose one pair of shoes on sale and use it. Some shoes very not ngam one and can cause injuries.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Press Release: SCKLM2018 - Top Malaysian Runners Gather Pace Before The Big Event

Top Malaysian Runners Gather Pace Before The Big Event

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2018: The 10th Anniversary of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) is expected to be a hotly contested event in several categories. The Malaysian Men’s Full Marathon category in particular will see intense competition amongst several Malaysians who have been posting increasingly fast times in the lead up to Malaysia’s premier running event. The Full Marathon Open category and the Malaysian Women’s Full Marathon category are also expected to be hard fought affairs.
SCKLM2018’s Malaysian Men’s Full Marathon category will see an intriguing battle between a few runners in particular, namely Muhaizar Mohamad, Leo Tan, Nik Fakaruddin and Ow Yong Jin Kuang. Muhaizar, Leo and Nik recently competed in the Tokyo Marathon and finished spectacularly by breaking their own personal bests. Leo Tan, who is an engineer based in Taiwan, was the first to finish and beat his previous personal best of 2:28:19, also posted in Tokyo last year, by recording a blistering 2:25:28, which is unofficially the new national record.
Muhaizar, in his first attempt at an overseas marathon also performed admirably despite not being able to travel early to Tokyo to acclimatise and having to run in close to freezing temperatures for the first time in his life. The Armed Forces personnel also bettered his own previous best of 2:31:52 which was posted at the KL S.E.A. Games 2017 and which earned him Malaysia’s first medal in the Marathon for over 44 years. Muhaizar finished the Tokyo Marathon in 2:27:21, which was also faster than the previous national record.
Nik Fakaruddin, Muhaizar’s colleague in the Armed Forces and training partner, also smashed his previous personal best by almost 10 minutes to post 2:31:01 in his first attempt at an overseas marathon. Ow, who finished in third place behind Muhaizar and Leo at SCKLM2017, could also spring a surprise as his preparation for SCKLM2018 would have been unhindered as compared to the other three runners who ran in the Tokyo Marathon just a few weeks ago. All four runners are in with a shout of claiming victory at SCKLM2018 and the running community will be eagerly waiting to see who emerges as the 2018 Malaysian Men’s Full Marathon champion.

“In fact, all top 10 finishers of the Malaysian Men’s Full Marathon category at SCKLM2017 will be back this year” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events and Project Director of SCKLM 2018. “I’m really happy that the fastest marathon runners in Malaysia all look to participate and perform well in SCKLM to see who is the best in Malaysia. The level of quality that we have locally is showing signs of advancement with Muhaizar and Leo’s rivalry in particular creating great interest and encouragement among local runners,” he added.
A couple of other categories at SCKLM2018 will also be generating a lot of interest come Race Day. The Men’s Full Marathon Open category is also expected to see stiff competition between five-time consecutive SCKLM champion Kennedy Kiproo Lilan and the person who upstaged him last year to win, Cosmas Matolo Muteti. Both will be back this year and Kennedy will be eager to reclaim his title from Cosmas.
The Malaysian Women’s Full Marathon category will also see a challenger to perennial champion and national record holder Yuan Yufang. Annie Yee, another Malaysian who performed well at the Tokyo Marathon by posting a personal best of 3:15:00 is expected to give multiple winner Yufang a run for her money this time around and a new champion might yet be crowned this year. Loh Chooi Fern, who finished second behind Yufang in 2017 will also be running this year and hoping to do one better at SCKLM2018.
And finally, all eyes will be on the Malaysian Women’s Half Marathon category, where Sheela Samivellu, two-time SCKLM winner and national record holder, will be gunning to see if she can better her own mark of 1:24:44, previously set at SCKLM2016.

“We’re expecting a really competitive SCKLM2018 with a few categories expected to see strong competition between the top contenders, which bodes well for the continued success and relevance of SCKLM,” said Rainer. “It is heartening to note that these runners want to take part in SCKLM because they want to compete against the best, and on a fully certified course. On our part, we will do our best to create the best conditions possible for such contests to take place,” he continued.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has grown to become the premier running event in Malaysia that draws thousands of local and international runners to the country whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 2018 10 th Anniversary edition will be the largest yet with more than 38,000 runners taking part, and will once again see sponsorship from Title Sponsor Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, along with Brooks, Lucozade, Seiko and Pacific Regency.

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Bukit Jalil Half Marathon 2018

I did my third half marathon for the year at Bukit Jalil Half Marathon last Sunday. I've always liked the Bukit Jalil route and had joined it in 2013 (when it was called Brooks Half Marathon), 2016 & 2017.

There's a slight change on the route this year compared to last year and it did make the run more interesting as we weren't running the same route over and over, year by year.
Photo credit: SS Leong
Because of the small area at the Start/Finish line, female runners were flagged off 10 minutes earlier than the male category.

It was published in the race guide and it was announced over and over and over again by the emcee yet some runners were still clueless about it. Haih.

The traffic control by traffic police, police (or polis bantuan?), RELA and marshalls were awesome! Every single junction was manned and they ensured that traffic was managed.

Sure, at certain big junctions we had to wait for the police to let the vehicles pass through first before us runners could continue our run, but no biggie. Better slow than sorry!

The crew and marshalls in Bukit Jalil Half Marathon were seasoned runners and they are older. Compared to much younger volunteers and crews you see at other races, the ones at Bukit Jalil Half Marathon have more energy and enthusiasm! 

Thank you all for the encouragement!

I was just plodding along, as I don't have any target time and I did told Hubby that I plan to do it in 3-hour! Hahaha

Anyway, just as I reached KM8 mark, I felt and heard this "phlep phlep" sensation and sound on my right foot. Turned out that the "tapak" of my right shoes had half came off. 

It was distracting not to mention irritating so when I reached KM9 (3rd water station), I asked for a scissor from the medic who was stationed there and cut the offending tapak. OK, time to buy a pair of new adidas! *sponsors welcomed*

A few friends passed by and said hi as I continued to plod along slowly.

Finally I finished the run, keypoh at the booth set up after we crossed the finish line to scan the QR code to get our results immediately. Then, after collecting my medal and finisher tee, it was a beeline for the cendol (taufufah had finished when I got there) and also ate lots of watermelons!

It was a good run and I was glad I did it because I initially thought of just "sambung tidur"when I woke up. So lazy to go run! LOL
Some photos taken at the Finish line of Bukit Jalil Half Marathon can be viewed Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura FB page. There are 3 albums in total.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Press Release: Lion Parkson Run 2018

Kuala Lumpur, 15 March 2018 - Lion-Parkson Foundation (LPF) is organizing the third Lion Parkson Run at Pavillion Kuala Lumpur on 22 April 2018 to raise funds for education and charity including the expansion of the Home for Handicapped & Mentally Disabled Children in Banting, Selangor.

The Home for special children was built at a cost of RM2.2 million contributed by LPF, on a 4.17 acres piece of land worth RM1.2 million donated by Lion Group. The funds to build the Home came from a series of TV programs in 2008 and the Million Dollar Dance Grand Finale Charity Show in February 2009, both produced by LPF Chairman, Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng. The Home which can accomodate 100 children was officially opened by Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng and National Shuttler, Dato' Lee Chong Wei on 4 November 2012. The expansion of the Home will be able to accomodate another 100 children and an old folks home.

Parkson Merchandising Director, Ms Natalie Cheng in her opening speech invited the general public, members of the mass media and running fraternity to join in the Run for a good cause. The Run will have two routes of 3km and 10km. The registration fee for the 10km route is RM80 whilst the fee for the 3km is RM55 and RM120 for Family Run, for a family of 2 adults and 1 child aged below 12 years old. There is also a special 1km run for cancer patients and survivors.
Lion Parkson Run 2018 was then launched by Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng, Lion Group Director and LPF Trustee, Datuk CS Tang; LPF Trustee, Dr CHua Siew Kiat; and Ms Natalie Cheng.

The Run is targeting to attract 5,000 participants. The co-organiser is Lee Chong Wei Foundation whilst the main sponsor for the Run is Parkson, with other sponsors being Polo, Akemi, Falmoff, Hi-Rev Lubricants, Hwa Tai, Venue Sponsor - Pavillion Kuala Lumpur, 988 FM - Official Radio Station and Official Drink - Spritzer.

Lion-Parkson Foundation was launched in 1990 to administer and disburse funds for various needs such as education, charity and scientific research. Todate, the Foundation has sponsored a total of 448 students through various sponsorship programmes worth RM10.4 million. In addition, the Foundation has also contributed another RM24.5 million towards other causes, making a total contribution of RM34.9 million todate.

For more information or to register for the run, visit to register online. Those who may not be running but would like to donate, may visit Lion-Parkson Foundation at and Lion Group, for more information.

A peek at the Run medals and t-shirts:
 Finisher medal.
Event tee and Finisher tee for the first 1,000 10km finishers.


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