Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Street Thai Food At Streat Thai


On Friday, on the eve of the long New Year weekend last year, the family decided to have Thai food for dinner.

I've been hankering for some Thai style salad (or kerabu) so Hubby suggested we try Streat Thai, located at The School in Jaya One.
Truthfully, I was still actually rather full because I had attended a ladies running group gathering at Bukit Kiara and we ate a LOT of dim sum there.

So I didn't order much but we chose individual sets for ourselves.

For me, I ordered Pad Krapow Beef with rice and fried egg.

Crazy spicy lah! There were lots of birds eye chilis in there! @.@

But sedap. Haha
The boys ordered Butterfly Pea Ice Tea & Salak Soda.
I ordered Taro smoothie to douse the flame of my Pad Krapow Beef. Hahaha

And I ordered Fish cakes for Son who already had a late lunch earlier.
Hubby ordered their Beef Noodles and the beef was good and so soft, you literally won't need to chew!
And lastly, this sedap and spicy (oh my tummy!) Papaya Salad.

Pity I was still full from my dim sum lunch earlier to fully enjoy dinner but it was good.

Our bill came up to almost RM70.00 and that was really because the drinks are expensive lah...

Food wise, the prize is quite reasonable.

If I have time to go to Jaya One again, I'll probably drop by Streat Food for another makan. ^^

Monday, 15 January 2018

Press Release: Sun Life Malaysia Resolution Run

Sun Life Malaysia has recently concluded their SHiNE Resolution Run which attracted over 3000 runners this year. The run was conceptualised to help promote and jumpstart the New Year's resolution. 

Additionally, 10% of the proceeds will go to Sun Life Malaysia's charity partners, HOPE worldwide Malaysia and Diabetes Malaysia. 

The event was held at Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur and was official flagged off at 6.45am by the Her Excellency, Julia Bentley, High Commissioner of Canada to Malaysia.
(From L-R) Raymond Lew, CEO & President / Country Head of Sun Life Malaysia, Her Excellency Julia Bentley, High Commissioner of Canada to Malaysia, Claude Accum, President of Sun Life Financial Asia, Datuk Joseph Dominic Silva, Member of the Board, Avicennia Capital Sdn Bhd, Serena Tan, Executive Director, Investments of Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Karim Gilani, Chief Financial Officer of Sun Life Financial Asia

The run in Kuala Lumpur feature 2 categories to cater for both leisure and seasoned runners - 5km Fun Run and 12km Run. The 5km Fun Run was flagged off at 7.15am and the 12km Run was flagged off earlier at 6.45am.

Runners begin their Run after the official flag-off

(Far Left) Claude Accum, President of Sun Life Financial Asia and (Second from right) Raymond Lew, CEO & President / Country Head of Sun Life Malaysia awarding the prizes to the winners.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

A Melaka Kampung Run At Skyhawk Nature Run 2018

I was back to Melaka last weekend to run in the 4th edition of Skyhawk Nature Run.

I've been joining the race since its inaugural race back in 2014. The first run was very much a boutique run with the number of participants capped at 500 pax or so and now it has grown to a run with close to 2,000 participants and all running 22K!

Yes, Skyhawk Nature Run only offers one distance and that's 22K. And that makes the run rather special to me. Apart from being able to run in Melaka lah.
Skyhawk Nature Run is organised by a running group called Malacca Skyhawk Marathon Club and with a bunch of runners organising and volunteering in the race.

It is also noteworthy to know that RM5 of participants' registration fee was donated to Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation (Melaka Centre) and a total of RM9,300 was collected from the registration and the organiser rounded it up to RM10,000.

Although I had enjoyed the previous editions of Skyhawk Nature Run, I always seemed to have some  private drama or other in getting myself to Melaka to run in it so I was hesitant to join this year. But Dr. Liau (photo above) contacted me about joining the race and I didn't hesitate saying yes to him. (Although I was still worried there'd still be drama for me going to Melaka. And there was. Ahahah)
I met Dr. Liau again during REPC and got my race kit in a breeze.

Pretty decent bounty in a race pack, right? ^^

RACE DAY

Hubby dropped me off at the race site at around 5.20am and first order of business was queuing for the toilet. Ahaha

Flag off was at 6.00am and was done with a bang. Complete with fireworks wor...

I started way at the back and with the bigger crowd than in previous years, I walked for about 500m before the crowd cleared a bit and I could start running. No biggie since my intention was to run easy that day. 

Cones were placed along the route and marshals on bicycle and motorbike plied the route to ensure runners' safety. They repeatedly reminded runners to keep left and not run in the middle of the road. Unfortunately, I observed quite a number of runners who either ignored or quite oblivious (due to wearing earphones and such) to marshals instructions. 

Most drivers were quite patient that early in the morning except one irate "Pak Haji" who got down from his car to confront a RELA member who was manning (and stopping cars to let runners pass through) at one junction. Kikiki

We ran for almost 10K before making a turn into Kampung Tiang Dua and that's where one of the WS that I look forward to was located.
Water stations (WS) were placed for about 3-3.5km apart and the one located at KM10 in Kampung Tiang Dua offered fruits. Lots of them too!

Got papaya, watermelons and bananas here. All-you-can-eat!

Just like previous editions, earlier runners who arrived at this WS were also given a cap!

I had maintained an easy pace 8/min effort for the first 10K and was happy that I reached that WS in 1:19.

But then I spent more than 5 minutes here, eating fruits and taking photos. Hahaha

It was 1:25 (at 7:25am) when I finally got my butt and legs out from the WS and continued running.

The route now was through small kampung roads and it was really nice and we runners didn't really need to bother about traffic at all.

RELA members still plied the route checking on us and helping some injured runners by sending them back to the finish line on their bike.

There was a huge Singaporean group of runners who came to join this run, apart from 18 other nationalities and they had fun taking photos along the kampung route.

I still maintained my 8min pace and reached KM15 at 2:05 (plus the extra 5 minutes due to the makan buah stop at WS3). Still OK la. I also did stop occasionally to take photos and whatnot.

A temple located along the route had allowed participants to use their toilets so a number of runners used the facility. 

This year's route was very kind to runners and the inclines we had to tackle were quite tame. For someone who got kinda lazy training, it was such a huge relief. wakaka
Then, at KM18 we were greeted with another WS with fruits.

The WS here was sponsored by a running group/club - D'Botanikal & Riverside Fun Run Melaka. 
We were not only served water and isotonic and fruits like watermelons, we got guava with asam limau too! Syiok to the max, I tell you.

And I wasted more minutes here eating (second and third servings) guavas and also taking photos. Hahaha 
All along the route, the organiser had put up some signs for encouragement and also cute signs like the above. I also saw one for cocoa tree and another for palm oil tree. Educational for city runners!
 Later we were reminded of bull shit. 

And this particular stretch had some booby traps runners had to avoid. LOL

There were also "Welcome to SNR" signs and in several different languages late towards the run. The organiser had put up welcome signs in languages of all the participants of Skyhawk Nature Run! Runners from 19 different countries participated in the run and they were greeted with the welcome sign in their own language. Cute.
A friend was volunteering at WS7 and the last WS. It had a Hawaiian theme of sorts there. Complete with bubbles and photo booth! I had promised her we'd take photo together but it ended up being me taking her photo and then she took my photo. But no photo of us together! *face palm*

I enjoyed running along the route and enjoying the nature and fresh air so I couldn't understand why some runners had no qualms throwing rubbish by the roadside instead of throwing them at the rubbish bin that the organiser had placed near the WS. I saw a few and got pissed off at one "Semut Runner" couple who threw a scrunched up assortment of papercups, banana peel and a Gardenia bread wrapper right in front of me that I had to go and ask them "Takde tempat lain nak buang sampah ke?"

But of course la they didn't seem to be perturbed much with being chided by me. Huhu

It was a pity that some runners (one threw a water bottle right across the road, aiming for the longkang) had this kind of attitude because Skyhawk Nature Run promotes cleanliness and a green environment. And this is MELAKA. You know Melaka has the tagline "Don't mess with Melaka" right?

Sheesh.

Anyhoo...

I had maintained an easy 8min pace for 20K (not counting the two 5 min each stops at WS located at KM10 & KM18) but I got lazy after that and my pace dipped to 9min after that because I started walking. 

But whenever I saw photogs, I ran lah. wakaka

And there were quite a number of photogs at Skyhawk Nature Run. So nice.  
I saw Hubby (who had returned to the hotel after dropping me off earlier, ate breakfast and then came to take some photos for me) about a hundred metre before the finish line.

I slowed down for photos before crossing the finish line in an awesomely slow timing. Wakaka

It was nice to be greeted by volunteers who draped medals to our neck just as we crossed the finish line. Not all races/runs do this and by doing it (some gave it still wrapped in its plastic wrapper and some make you go queue for medals elsewhere), it makes runners feel  more special, in my opinion.
Got my medal and I joined the queue for goodies. Volunteers handed out plastic bags to runners and we used to collect our post-race makan goodies.

I got Warrior energy drinks, Mamee biscuits and snack, Mr Potato potato chips and there were freshly cooked food being served too.
I got hard-boiled eggs and there were pulut panggang, kuih ketayap, putu piring and putu bambu!

And afterwards, I queued for Milo lah. 

Really, really syiok to the max.
The route map of Skyhawk Nature Run 2018.

Quite easy and no killer incline.

This is one of the most highly recommended run and the one that I always enjoyed joining.

Thank you to the organiser, crew, volunteers, photographers and runners for such a great run.

Some photos taken along the route by me and some taken by Hubby at the finish line can be viewed at Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura FB page. Do LIKE and FOLLOW us for future race updates. ^^

Friday, 12 January 2018

Press Release: Inaugural Gala Malaysia Ultra League Championship

Malaysia Ultra League Championship 2016/17 Inaugural Season Gala Dinner & Awards Night

Cheras, Selangor, January 7, 2018 – The Malaysian Ultra Running Association (MURA) concluded the inaugural season of the Malaysia Ultra League Championship (MUL) 2016/17 with a Gala Dinner & Awards night at the Sungai Long Golf & Country Club, Cheras, Selangor.

After the successful launching of the MUL in June 2017, the league was concluded with 23 races in November 2017 for the 2016/17 inaugural season. There were also 6 candidate races that was added during the year whereby 3 races were included in the 2016/17 season and 3 races for the 2017/18 season.
Mr Ng Seow Kong, President of the Malaysian Ultra Runners Association during his introduction speech
The Inaugural MUL has achieved its primary objectives by providing 90% of Malaysia ultra-race organizers in the current league, a platform to promote their races to both local and international runners. MUL is also known to be the only national ultra-running league in the world.

MUL 2016/17 which was sponsored by Ultron, recorded a total of 3,771 runners comprising 2,994 males and 777 female runners. The total registration in the league was 5,979 with each runner’s total races combined. That constitute to approximately 80.1% male (4,792) and 19.9% female (1,187) total registrations in 23 races.

MUL 2016/17 also attracted 37 nationalities including Malaysians. The longest road race in the league was Titi Ultra 250km category with a time limit of 42 hours whereas Penang Eco 100miles was the longest trail race with a time limit of 40 hours.
MUL Top 20 Women and Wen Categories
The top 20 men and women in the league was recognized with trophies, certificates of achievement, prizes from sponsors and free race slots during the Gala Dinner & Awards night on 7th January 2018 at the Sungai Long Golf & Country Club.
Ms Jefferlyn Castillano, Champion of the Women Category holding the MUL trophy cup
Mr Yim Heng Fatt, Champion of the Men Category holding the MUL trophy cup

Ultra-runners Mr. Yim Heng Fatt (Malaysia) and Ms. Jefferlyn Castillano (Philippines) were crowned the men and women champion respectively. Both were included in the MUL Hall Of Fame with a Challenge Trophy.

Moving into the second season in 2017/18, MUL is expecting to increase its races to at least 30 races with a target of more than 6,000 registrations for the next season ending November 2018.
Ultron being the Title Sponsor of MUL 2016/17 has also firmed up their interest and continuous support to be the Title Sponsor for MUL 2017/18.

As of press time, the Head of MUL Committee, Mr Victor Cheng briefed the press that more than 90% of all Ultra Races in Malaysia have shown their commitment and has joined the league. He was also quoted saying that, the current races in the MUL stands at 26 races and 4-5 more new candidate races are expected to join the league in 2018. He also mentioned that MURA is confidence via the MUL Championship, the quality of ultra-races in Malaysia will improve significantly and the popularity of the races will increase with both local and international ultra-runners.

About Malaysian Ultra Running Association (MURA)
MURA, registered under the Registrar Of Society and formed in June 2014 is a non-profit entity that seeks to provide a national platform representing common interests of Malaysian ultra-runners to government authorities, sponsors, race directors and other stakeholders. As an officially registered body, it seeks to represent Malaysian ultra-runners in international ultra-running arenas and communities. Locally, through organizing regular forums, running clinics, LSDs and working closely with the race directors, MURA seeks to promote general quality of Malaysian ultra-runners and ultra-races in the long term.

For more information, please visit http://www.mura.com.my/

About Ultra-marathons
An ultramarathon, also called ultra-distance or ultra-running, is any footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometers. There are two types of ultramarathon events: those that cover a specified distance, and events that take place during time (with the winner covering the most distance in that time). The most common distances are 50 kilometers. 100 kilometers, 50 miles (80.4672 km), and 100 miles (160.9344 km), although many races have other distances. The 100 kilometers is recognized as an official world record event by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of track and field. Other distances/times include double marathons, 24-hour races, and multiday races of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) or even longer. Many ultramarathons, especially trail challenges, have severe course obstacles, such as inclement weather, elevation change, or rugged terrain. Many of these races are run on dirt roads or mountain paths, though some are run on paved roads as well. Usually, there are aid stations every 10 to 20 kilometers apart, where runners can replenish food and drink supplies or take a short break. Timed events range from 6, 12, and 24 hours to 3, 6, and 10 days (known as multi-day events). Timed events are generally run on a track or a short road course.

The International Association of Ultra runners (IAU) organizes the World Championships for various ultramarathon distances, including 50 kilometers, 100 kilometers, 24 hours, and ultra-trail running, which are also recognized by the IAAF. Many countries around the world have their own ultra-running organizations, often the national athletics federation of that country, or are sanctioned by such national athletics organizations. World records for distances, times, and ages are tracked by the IAU.

For more information, please contact:
Malaysian Ultra Running Association
Victor CHENG, Treasurer
Email: victorcheng@mura.com.my / Tel: +6012-6166267

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Year-End Appreciation Dinner By Centrisoh S&M

I was invited to attend CentriSoh S&M Year-End Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, during the long New Year weekend.

CentriSoh had organised races and of which I had joined, such as P.S.P King of Forest trail run, Bangi Wonderland Nature Run and Precious Run. Collaborating and joining their events ha always been a great experience for me and I was honoured to be invited to attend their year-end dinner at Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental.
With the important people in the company.
And also the rest of the gang who ensured all of their events went smoothly.
Photos credit : KK Yum
Dinner was excellent of course.

I had a great time with such a great company.

Thank you again for inviting me and I wish CentriSoh future success and I look forward to join in the company's events soon!

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