Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Girl With Enamel Eyes, Coppelia

A bit of cultured post today. Don't play play ah. Ini makcik can like something highbrow like ballet performances as much as she likes running, tau!

Classic!

Comic!

Romantic!

I like romantic. The boys probably will like the comic part. So, what's not to like? Furthermore, a full cast of 48 which includes dancers and performers from USA, Australia, Germany, Romania and our very own Malaysian! Woweee!

And this ballet performance piqued my interest after seeing photos of Tristupe's daughter ballet rehearsal & performance over at FB and some that he tweeted. Dedicated bunheads. *smile* Great timing knowing about this show! ^^

The story of Coppelia revolves around Franz and Swanhilda who are two promised lovers and Coppelia which (who?) is the mannequin creation of Dr. Coppelius’s mystical workshop. 
She sits on the balcony everyday and Franz becomes enchanted by her beauty, much to Swanhilda’s dismay. Cannot blame Swanhilda lah, right?
 
A cacophony of mischief takes place in the mystical workshop when Swanhilda and her friends sneak into the workshop, Franz climbs through the window and Dr Coppelius returns. Surprises unfold and true love is united. 

Interesting right? Sounds fun too! True love will prevail!
It's going to be showcased next week, on Saturday and Sunday.

Wish I can go. Must do something cultured and not be a philistine, you know. 

You guys wanna join and watch it too?

Here are the details on how to get the tix :

Tickets are priced at RM 50, 90, 120, 160 and 200 (with a RM 3 surcharge per ticket)

Tickets can be purchased from: ticket2u.biz (Tel: 03-414 78600)

Istana Budaya Office (03- 4026 5558)

Timings: July 6, 2013 (Sat) (8.30pm) & July 7 (Sunday) (3.00pm)

For more information, please visit: danceworks2013.org

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Blue, Blue Sky

The blue sky is back!

With white clouds too!
But if you look really hard, it is not really THAT blue. And the clouds aren't THAT white.

Anyway, how long will this last?

Let's pray for good weather ahead and hope our authorities will actually do something to do haze problem that's been going for so long. :(

Oh yeah!
Remember Thursday's giveaway post?

Congrats to Angeline for her correct guess. E-mail me your address, will you? ^^

Thursday, 27 June 2013

My Taj Mahal Post

This is pretty much triggered and "ciplak"ed from SK's Incredicle India post on Tuesday. Well, they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, don't they? *wink wink*
He posed in front of Taj Mahal.

I did too! Bwahaha!

OMG! See how skinny I was way back then??????

Do you know EXACTLY where I took this photo?

Wanna guess?
One lucky commenter may get this cheapo Taj Mahal keychain which I had kept lovingly for many many moons to add to their collection. heh heh

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 Postponed


Organisers announce new date, 29 September 2013

Kuala Lumpur, 27 June 2013 - The organisers of Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 officially made the decision today to postpone the Marathon that was initially scheduled for 30 June 2013 in the interest of public health. The decision was made with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, co-organiser Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur and title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank.

After discussions with the local authorities including Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), Department of Environment (DOE) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the organisers and partners of the event came to a difficult decision to postpone the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 to 29 September 2013.

YB Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Youth and Sports has concurred with the decision to postpone the event due to the current haze situation, given the potential detrimental health hazards posed to more than 33,000 participants of the Marathon.

Kuala Lumpur Mayor, YBhg Datuk Seri Haji Ahmad Phesal Talib reinforced the decision to set the Marathon to a more conducive time and date due to the unexpected circumstance. “The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is a key event for Kuala Lumpur, and I’m supportive of it being held in better weather condition. We want the participants to enjoy their run along the streets of Kuala Lumpur,” he added.

Rainer Biemans, the Project Director of Standard Chartered KL Marathon further explained why such a tough decision was made, “The main factor of the postponement is due to the haze situation in the city. The Air Pollutant Index (API) which scaled to a hazardous level earlier in the week is yet to show strong improvement. We regret any inconveniences caused but we place our runners’ health and safety above all else. The team worked very hard to get everything in place and we share the runners’ disappointment. With a new date to look forward to, we hope that all runners will take this opportunity to continue training and be even more mentally prepared to run and finish a good race. We look forward to seeing all of you in September.”

Title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Osman Morad supported the decision and said, “As much as we would like to proceed with the Marathon, we will not compromise on public health. We have rescheduled the Marathon based on the city’s calendar and on the advice of the authorities. I look forward to it taking place in September with keen anticipation.”

Race Entry Pack Collection will however proceed as scheduled on 27 to 29 June at PWTC for runners residing in W.P. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. For runners that are not from W.P. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor may collect their race-entry packs on the week leading to 29 September where the organisers will set up a small scale Race Entry Pack Collection only for these outstation and overseas runners.

Organisers encourage participants to regularly visit the Standard Chartered KL Marathon official website at www.kl-marathon.com and facebook.com/scklmarathon for updates.

For further information, please contact:

Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad

Dominica Chin, Head of Brand and Sponsorships, Corporate Affairs

+6012 217 0245
+6012 376 1539
dominica.chin@sc.com

Essence Communications at 03-7493 5588:

Karen Teh, ext. 209
+60 12 448 1450
karen.teh@my-essence.com

Leow Kuan Ting, ext. 228
+60 12 967 4440
kuanting@my-essence.com

Lee Wei Yan, ext. 330
+60 16 599 2131
weiyan@my-essence.com

For race event information / assistance, please contact:

Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd

+603 7725 0881

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Live Great Run Is Back!

Zaini and I (and a friend) were lucky enough to be invited to a dinner on June 25th, at Intercontinenal Hotel by Great Eastern team, in appreciation of the support given towards the Live Great Run last year and to kick start Live Great Run 2013.
 
Mingling around before the start of the event. I was completely awestruck being in the same room as these veterans (running and blogging wise, not age. ehem). I am so not worthy...

Chatter, chatter, laugh laugh, posed for photos and stuff.
Listening attentively to the emcee, Ms Wong Fong Yee; the Assistant Manager of Brand and Communications.  Fong Yee is an avid runner herself, and has run four full marathons! RESPECT!
Followed by a welcome address by Ms GG Kam, the VP & Head of Marketing & Customer Management.

Then, we were shown some slides, higlighting key points of the race:
 
 
 
 
 
The Live Great Run is interesting compared to other road races as it has hurdles along the 12km route that test runners' endurance. JUMP runners JUMP!

For 3km runners, runners are required to team up with loved ones and don an oversized double t-shirt for the run! Fun wor. But don't quarrel with each other while running, OK! LOL
The Run also hold an interesting contest through Twitter and Instagram. My Twitter and Instagram addict friends, what are you waiting for? *wink wink*
There are other prizes offered too for those running in the 3km category. Time to show off your dance moves? Or running with your grand dad, maybe? Or dust off that funky headgear you had stashed away in your cupboard? xD

errr... organiser. How about us crazy ones with headgears running in the 12km category? No chance ah? :P

We were then treated to a scrumptious buffet dinner. The food was GOOD and aplenty! Great Eastern team is sure generous.

Oh yeah, Ms GG Kam assured us that there will be taufoofah waiting for runners after their run, just like last year. So, no worries yeah. Taufoofah will be waiting for you! (I looooooove taufoofah) 
Om nom nom

A group photo before the dinner ended.
For us who attended the dinner, we received one AWESOME goodie bag.
and we were also genereously given a free race entry to the Live Great Run 2013. Soooooo cool! Thank you. ^^

Have you guys registered for the race? If you haven't, hurry! Early bird fees ends on June 30th and slots are running out fast! More details of the race here. You can register for the race here.

So, what are you waiting for? Chop chop.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Running For A Cause In The Bad Haze

I wasn't supposed to run this Perodua Run For A Cause. It clashed with McD Olympic Day Fun Run which I had already signed up and run with the family.

As luck would have it, haze was bad this week and since McD Run has plenty of school children registered to run it; it was postponed till after Raya.

The haze caused a few friends to feel unwell, and a friend passed her bib to me. Thanks Aina!

After knowing about the McD Run postponement, I had planned to "bandit" this Perodua run. I needed a 15K run this week and following the runners in this run and running along the route would be safer than running alone. I prepared for my own hydration by wearing my hydration bag this time. 

But as I got a bib, I had less guilt running alongside other runners.

I had an ambitious timing and aimed to finish at 1:45. I promised Zaini I'd finish before 2hours. Zaini was annoyed with me yesterday and told me to buck up and run "properly" instead of just mucking about during races.  Otherwise, I have to stop going to races and just run around the carpark. Wuuuuwuuuwuuu
 A hazy day and runners still turn up in droves. We are crazy!

Volunteers at the race handed out face masks to everyone there, by the way.

I started my run at what felt like an easy pace. Saw Has just as we were approaching the Seri Gemilang bridge and tapped her arm. Then saw another familiar runner, Maryati on the bridge and said hi. ^^

The first water station was located at KM2.5 and I stopped to drink. I do not want to risk itchy throat today. So hydrate, hydrate, hydrate I MUST!

The first 10K was rather nice and flattish but I just shuffle shuffle along the way despite my plan to do intervals today. I was like, if I can hit 1:10 at 10K then it's OK. 11K came and it was 1:21. Oh dear. Guess I've been enjoying the water stations too much. Yup, I stopped at every water stations which was placed 2.5km apart and drank two cups at each stops. 
Raimie and Zaini waited at around KM10 to cheer me on and took plenty of photos of me and other runners. ^^
Like Bruce Lee who was running this morning. Hah Hah

I was ever ready to wimp out as I was approaching the dreaded incline after the 4th water station at KM11. But then, I remembered my promise to Zaini and tried to shuffle on. I really do no want him to be more annoyed at me. I have lotsa races lined up! LOL

At KM14.50 there was a final incline (more of a bump actually but try running for 14km, a bump can feel like a hill! mihmihmih) and I planned to stop and just walk that incline only to see the boys had stationed themselves on top of it! How to stop? Sure kena scolded if I stop to walk there. Huhuhu
Raimie was waiting to cheer me on.
Ruffle ruffle hair a bit and I thought he'd follow his Dad to the finish line and wait for Mommy there.
Instead, he ran with me all the way to the finish line. Mommy is super touched. ^^
Then, it was time for photos. Lots of them!
err... some random guy who I just asked to take photo with me. I really need to ask people's name lah in the future.
Millie, me and Nita who managed to bag 5th placing in the run. She missed a podium finish at the Alpha Run as she finished 11th yesterday.
Met Mat Joe (the guy in Malakoff shirt) for the first time today. He had earlier said hi to us. It was funny, Mat Joe. You rode your bike and stopped in front of us and gave salam. We initially thought you wanted to ask for directions! HAHAHA ^^!
 Mille and Aizat.
Then went to the steps of Palace of Justice to look for Bett, who wasn't feeling well today. She decided to skip the run but went to support her husband who was running.

The ladies, with another podium winner. Eena (the lady in black) got 4th place! Beside her was an ultra-marathoner; Ray who was doing his speedwork running this 15K run.

After that, time to scrounge for food. I tell you, Ru is totally right. I run for freebies and goodied bag! There wasn't much of a goodie bag at this run; just a snack pack but the refreshement stalls available for runners after the run were awesome!

There were games for kids too like bull ride, bouncy castles and stuff.

No Milo van but Dutch Lady was giving out chocolate milk instead. Great recovery drink, that. 
Got free popcorn too. FREE! Eat, eat, eat! LOL Kenyang, I tell you.

Yeah, haze was bad and we took a risk going out but then again, it is worse here in my housing area than in Putrajaya. Staying indoors feels like the same as being outdoors. o.O

Stay healthy everyone!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Running With Alpha People

I had no intention to run this Alpha Run II race initially. 

But then, I realised I've been such a lazy bum and unless there's a race, it's hard for me to actually wake up early to run. So, after much deliberation I signed up to this run after all.

It's a cheap race. RM10 for Men's category for 10K. RM8 for Women Open 8K. I wish the distance for Women Open is the same as Men Open though. Dear organiser, we female runners do not have any problem running 10K you know. Most of us, anyway. 

For my RM8, the organiser was really generous. The entitlements were :
See? Even got own ambulance with medic for each of us you! Mihmihmih.

Kidding ye. :P
I collected my bib and t-shirt on the race day itself. Was a bit worried about it, but bib collection was painless. Slow a bit at first... but the volunteers were nice and helpful. It's just us impatient runners who can't wait long.
Posing posing first.

The race was advertised to start at 6.30am. Then we were informed that it'll start at 7.00am. The Men Open category was actually flagged off at 7.30am. The 8K categories were flagged off after that, but not before getting briefed by a race marshall. Plenty of talking la before starting this race.
So while waiting, me & a few ladies chatted away. We talked about race strategies, routes and even Nasi Dagang! LOL

The lady in red & white Newton tee missed out on podium finish. She was no. 11! As I kept telling her, she shoouldn't have started with slow poke like me. mihmihmih

But man, she is fast.

The first 3K was OK as I did it in 19:15. There was a gradual incline at around KM1.2. Approaching KM5, gotten lazy seeing inclines at Precint 14 in Putrajaya so I walked. Eeeeeee The next 3K was done at 22:15 (walked already mah). Then the last 2.6K was done at a slow poke 7:50pace; for 20:29. *fespam* Oh yeah, it was over-distance by 600-700m.

Was sorely wishing for a water station after 3K but there was only one water station and it was placed at KM6! o.O

When I was running in front of P14 school, a fella said hi. Well, it was actually "go go go Kak Lina. Where's your red bunny?.... I read your blog" something like that lah. And I was like "owh, I low profile hari ni. Go go go" clap clap a bit and off he went, totally smoking me. Miahaha

There were plenty of traffic police, Rela and volunteers at this race. The road was busy on Saturday morning though. In Putrajaya itself, plenty of cars just "rempited" past us without slowing down. A traffic police was seen riding around reminding runners to run on the pavement instead. 

In front of the P14 school, it was like running a cross country because most of us didn't run on the road but on the rather small pavement that have steps. Need to dodge bus stops, "tiangs", holes, avoiding getting tripped on the uneven pavement and stuff. 

The road in front of the school was filled with cars as the school had this "Kem Warden Trafik" or something.

The busy main road made us run in single file and I tried to keep to the grass instead of running on the tarmac. The problem was though, plenty of uncovered holes. I guess scrap-metal thieves had a field day carting away the drain covers there. 

At the junction heading back to Alpha (the start line), we had to stop and wait until there were more runners before the traffic police allowed us to cross. What to do? Traffic also already backing up and there were impatient drivers. Ho hum.

It was downhill for a few hundred meters from that traffic light then about 200-300m to the finish line, we faced a nice incline. Wheeeee!!!
Me, almost finishing and going up the last incline to the finish line. *pant pant*
The ladies had arrived before me. I was the slow poke, remember? Which annoy Zaini to no end. 

All mommies. 

One with 4 kids, one with 3 kids, one with 2 kids and one with just 1. 

Mommies on the run. ^^
Milo was ample.

100-Plus booth was almost ignored by runners who were all swarming the Milo van instead. Hahaha

Got our snack pack. Got our goodie bag. Organiser was generous with this. We were given more snack packs as we were leaving after the event. The sandwich smelled funky though so we had to throw it away.

Waited around for the lucky draw. My number 088 came up but it was A088 or something; not my C088. Aisey... Was hoping to win the foldie bike which was the main prize. No luck lah. Cannot even get the 5kg of rice that were offered as lucky draw prizes. (Bernas was a sponsor, that's why got rice for prize). xD

All in all, it was a good race. Weather was kind to us. Thank goodness for that because we started late.

Volunteers were awesome.

Got pretty entertained during the lucky draw session too.

I'll definitely join again next year. ^^

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Hazy Sky

 
The API (Air pollutant index) on June 20th, 2013. 

Yes, it's the time of the year again for us to welcome the unwelcome haze. Ugh.

Schools in Johor are close as the level air quality reaching hazardous level there. 

The blame game has begun. Again and again each year.
The McDonald Olympic Day Fun Run scheduled this Sunday is now postponed till after Raya. No news about other races this weekend or the one next weekend which is the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.

O.O

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

More Freebies!

I didn't want to blog about this but I got no other stuff to blog about. Food comes to mind when I'm all dry of ideas! 

Somehow, some way, we were approached by a PR company last week wanting to set up an interview with me and the family in a local Malay language newspaper to promote the upcoming Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon on June 30th.

So, what the heck. Just go and soak up the experience. It's not everyday we got a chance to be interviewed.
Clowning around while waiting for the reporter and photographer to arrive, clad in SCKLM t-shirt. Free tees! LOL
Got lunch too! Mihmihmih

My tarragon roasted chicken. Small chicken but it was heavenly. Damn expensive though but still much cheaper than what I really wanted to eat - a wagyu steak. Cannot be greedy and impose too much, right? hehehe

The boys behaved marvelously and ate pasta which weren't as expensive as my chicken. We had some pizza too. Burp.

When is the interview going to be published? No idea. Kesian me. I've been told it's sometime this week. So see how lah.

What's the probability of it not published at all as the reporter deemed I was way too boring? huhuhu

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