Wednesday, 30 December 2015

PRESS RELEASE : Partial road closure on 10 January for MPI Generali Run 2016

  • roads leading to Padang Merbuk to be affected between 6:50am and 9:30am
  • Participants encouraged to take public transport
Kuala Lumpur – MPI Generali Insurans Berhad is pleased to announce that its fifth annual community run will take place at Padang Merbuk on Sunday 10 January 2016 as planned. Roads leading to Padang Merbuk such as Jalan Parlimen will be partially closed between 6:50am and 9:30am to ensure the safety of the participants.

All routes will be dotted with traffic cones, and runners are advised to run within the marked zones. The general insurer has requested the traffic police for its assistance and will also deploy route marshals to assist in road traffic management. The longest route of MPI Generali Run 2016 spans 12km and the shortest 3km.

Around 5,000 people are expected to turn up for the event. Project Leader Ms Jayne Liew encourages participants to use public transport to get to Padang Merbuk: “We would recommend using the LRT train and then walking to the Run venue from there. If public transport is not feasible, opt for car-pooling with your friends and family. Do note that Padang Merbuk Car Park will not be available.”

MPI GENERALI INSURANS BERHAD

MPI Generali Insurans Berhad (“MPI Generali”), formerly known as Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd, is a strategic partnership between Multi-Purpose Capital Holdings Berhad, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MPHB Capital Berhad, a public-listed company, and Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A., one of the largest global insurance providers with a rich heritage going back to 1831. MPI Generali Insurans Berhad’s core business is underwriting of general insurance.

MPI GENERALI RUN 2016

Back for the fifth year, MPI Generali Run 2016 (formerly known as Multi-Purpose Insurans Run or MPIB Run) kickstarts the Malaysian running calendar on 10 January 2016. This annual community run will once again take place at Padang Merbuk, Jalan Parlimen, KL. MPI Generali is proud to position itself as the pioneer general insurer in organising a community-based run in Malaysia in 2012. The inaugural event successfully gathered 3,750 runners, and for the second, third and fourth years between 2013 and 2015 respectively, 5,000 runners participated – an increase of 33% from the inaugural run.

MPI Generali Run’s theme of Healthy Lifestyle – Work-Life Balance strikes a timely chord for modern lives. The Run’s objective is to inspire a love for running among members of the community.
Running clinic and Project Good Deeds featured in the Star

Pre-race day running clinic sessions are organised for new and seasoned runners to familiarise themselves with the run routes and to encourage first-time runners to take up running as a sustainable recreational activity.

The sponsors and partners for MPI Generali Run 2016 include New Balance (Official Apparel), Pacific Regency (Hotel Partner), Running Malaysia (Media Partner – Magazine), Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur (Medical Partner), Affin Hwang Capital, BP Healthcare Group, Mamee, Sworke, Magnum, Nestlé Fitnesse, Nestlé Milo, Pilatique, Garmin, KT Tape, Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd., Massimo, Penyelarasan Angkasa Sdn Bhd, Simply Juice and Sugar Kid Malaysia.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Wonderful Indonesia - A Sight To Behold

Indonesia has always been intriguing for me.

I have to admit that I’ve been jealously reading about my friends’ escapades to this ASEAN neighbour country of ours that shares so many cultural similarities with us and yet can be so different at the same time. Be it trekking up the many rugged mountains (Rinjani anyone? Or Bromo?), running in the many races that are held in Indonesia yearly (Bali Marathon, I’ll join it one day! It has been in my bucket list for a few years now); both the trail and road races, enjoying local dishes or even shopping. Of course there must be shopping! I need retail therapy too! And experience the legendary Indonesian hospitality.
Oh, of course I’ll do plenty of sightseeing too. And also learn more about Indonesia’s culture and history.

I’ve been planning to visit Indonesia one day (gasp! I’ve never set foot to the country) and as usual for me; the first order of starting a trip plan is to look for information. Online, of course.
Videos and clips definitely help and here are some that caught my eyes, done by Indonesia Tourism. Of course, having celebrities in the video (both Indonesian and Malaysians) helps catch my interest too. It's great I found these clips that were just uploaded a few days ago! ^^

Jakarta, the special capital region of Indonesia.

She’s dynamic. Vibrant. Alive. Fun.

She’s the financial powerhouse. She means business.

Jakarta is modern. Sophisticated. Fashionable.

A melting-pot and a miniature version of Indonesia, one can say.

Come to Jakarta at least.

In short – Jakarta is Wonderful Indonesia.

What’s great in Bali?
Bali is the Land of Gods. She’s magical, to put it simply.

Everyone knows about Bali. Who doesn’t?

There’s the beaches, of course! The deep blue ocean. Sunshine! Kuta and Ubud comes to mind.

Sunken artefacts! What? Yes! Sunken artefacts. Just watch the clip if you don’t believe me.

Greenery! Waterfalls! Green rice terraces.

Serenity. Inner peace. Waking up to a mystical scenery.

Enchanting. Have you seen the Kechak dance?

How blissful to spend a few days in Bali.

Don’t worry party people, there’s the nightlife too. ^^

Bali is indeed Wonderful Indonesia.

Yogyakarta. A city that literally means the city that is fit to prosper.

The soul of Indonesia. The beating heart of Javanese culture.

Yogyakarta is called the Kota Pelajar (center of education). A city of centuries old traditions and culture. Of arts and traditions.

It’s called the Never ending Asia. This is where we can find the Borobudur and Prambanan temples. 

A place of ancient temples or candi. Be humbled with ancient civilisations.

A city of Kraton and royalty.

A city of adventure with volcanoes and mountains to offer. The city where I’ll be heading one day to visit Mount Bromo and Mount Rinjani.

Don’t forget the Komodo dragon too!

Yogyakarta is indeed Wonderful Indonesia too!

Come join me as we explore Indonesia. Visually first with these lovely videos by Tourism Indonesia and god willing, we’ll experience them ourselves one day, just like how Juliana Evans, Mawar Rashid and Tasha Shilla did. (I won’t look as good as them though. Hihihi)

For more Wonderful Indonesia materials, check out these hashtags at Instagram and Twitter : #indtravel, #maxmantv, #wonderfulindonesia, @indtravel and @maxman.tv 

plus Maxman TV Australia FB at https://www.facebook.com/maxmantvau & http://maxman.tv/

Of course don't forget to visit Indonesia Tourism website too!

Any airfares promotion now, I wonder? 

Monday, 28 December 2015

A Nice Year-End Surprise From IOI Mall


Remember my post on my Icescape Ice Rink experience earlier this month? (Link here)
 
The group who went to the ice-skating session had a chance to win a free night stay at an IOI's Hotel based on our blog post about our experience.
 
Truthfully, I didn't set to target to win and I wrote my post just as I normally wrote so boy was I surprised to receive an e-mail stating that I won!
 
Yahoo!
 
What a nice year-end surprise right?
 
Son would love staying the night in a nice hotel.
 
I am excited to enjoy my massage session. ^^
 
Thank you again IOI City Mall!

Sunday, 27 December 2015

A Fun But Challenging Park Marathon

This is what I did today. Running a marathon in loops around the rather hilly Taman Bukit Jalil.

I'm taking a break from my half-marathon training this weekend until next Sunday for this marathon and Week 10 of my 12-Week half-marathon training will resume again on Jan 4, 2016. ^^

Why did I deviate from my training? I wanted to show support to Park Marathon and the organiser. Sadly though, I was informed that this edition of Park Marathon will be its last. Awwwww...

So I was really glad I made an exception and ran in Park Marathon.

Flag-off was at 6.00am sharp and when everyone had started running, I was still talking to the crew about how I was so not ready to do this. Hahaha
The first 12K was done at a modest target pace.

My goal in this marathon was simple. Prepare to do a positive split (i.e. slower second half time than the first half).

I also aimed the first 15K in 1:55.
Then 4-hours for 30K.

The first 15K was done at 1:57. 2 minutes slower than target. Had to do two stops that was almost 15 minutes and one of them was actually for a No. 2 toilet break. Tummy achy lah. Huhuhu

I already asked hubby for some coins when I bumped into him just a few hundred metres from the toilet but luckily, the organiser had "kowtim" toilet payment for us so runners with bibs could enter the Park's toilet for free. Just like at Back 2 Endurance.
25K done at 3:19. So far so good but had to work harder already.
The motivation to finish loops after loops was to get to the water station for me. All the drinks (cold water, isotonic & coke), fruits, biscuits, chips and at one point, aiskrim potong waiting for runners as we were finishing each of our loops.

I spent on the average about 2 minutes after finishing each loop at the water station. 16 loops x 2 min = 32 minutes to eat & drink! But never mind lah. I got to fuel up and talk with friends also.

The crews manning the water station were marvelous. Very cheery and hardworking.

Friends who weren't running came to support us and a family came with candies and chocolates to offer to us, mid-loop and their daughter even made some motivational signs for us. So sweeeeeetttttt.
The day was hot and sunny by 9.00am so it was a godsend to receive sprays of water from the crew. So  legaaaaaaa...
It was rather fun to be running at the park during the early morning when the park was full with visitors. People of all ages came to the park to do some workout and there were a few groups having parties and of course, there were the wedding photography sessions too.

It got rather boring as it got late morning when the park got quieter but thank goodness for fellow runners. Most were friendly and we smiled and encouraged each other. Some however were way too serious running, perhaps they were totally focused on getting a great finishing time.

For me, I was happy I met my 30K target time of 4-hours (it was 4:03 though. hihihi) The final 13K felt really never ending for me, especially as we had to deal with the heat. But I trudged on and finally made the last loop.

And boy, was I ecstatic when I got to the finish line.
Finished!

This was my longest run since Sep 2015. With negligible mileage for Oct and with the start of my half-marathon training in November which currently I am following, I had not done anything over 15K in a single run so I was pretty happy with today's run.

I treated this marathon as both my long run (LSD) and hill training session combined.

Thank you again to Park Marathon organiser, crew, runners and supporters for a fun morning. 

Saturday, 26 December 2015

The Final Run Of 2015 at Hatten Neon Run, Melaka

The family will be traveling to Melaka on the last day of 2015 for a fun run and a short vacation. Yeay!

The three of us finally registered together in the Family category (instead of Mommy running off alone like during myBuddiesRun last weekend. Hihihi) and we'll do 3K together and enjoy the last night running together in Melaka.
Thank goodness we can still collect our race kit the day of the race itself. But for those who had registered for the Hatten Neon Run and plan to collect your race kit on Dec 31, 2015, do take note that REPC is until 2pm!
Anyhoo, the last time I checked Hatten Neon Nite Run's FB page, registration is open until today. So register before Dec 27 2015 for the race!!!

I've kepoh-kepoh and checked just now and I could still register so there are still slots left. Hurry!

Check out their website : http://www.hattenneonrun.com or FB page : https://www.facebook.com/HattenNeonRun for more details or registration.
Can't wait to have fun at the run.

There'll be UV Glow tunnel, graffiti neon display, neon step run, neon drummers and also food stall and booths.

What a great way to end the year and celebrate the new year. Healthy revelry suitable for all ages. ^^

To make life easier, we've booked ourselves a night at Hatten Hotel Melaka, a very convenient place to stay not only for the night's run but also whenever one is traveling to Melaka. Just a short walking distance to Dataran Pahlawan, A Famosa, St Paul's Church, Stadthuys; to name a few.

A few of my friends stayed in the hotel and it came highly recommended so we sure are looking forward to a nice stay there, before and after our run!

A nice way to spend family time together before school starts next year too. A treat for the Anak Bujang. ^^

See you in Melaka! 

Friday, 25 December 2015

Cleans With Water Only

My running buddies whatsapp group talks about everything and anything under the sun, even about running! Heh Heh
Anyways, one of the topic we talked about was about Daiso and the products. It stemmed from a conversation over my laziness of washing my trail shoes. ^^!

And this melamine sponge was recommended not only for cleaning shoes but for other stuff that needed cleaning too. But my friend who recommended it did give a word of caution. He reminded me (and the other gang too) never use it to wash cars!

I decided to test its powers and used it to first clean my kitchen. All those cooking over the long weekend...
Oh the grime! Ewwwwww... Huhuhu

And I just wiped the stove using a dry melamine sponge. No water. No cleaning liquid. No effort too.

I was impressed.

And I continued from the stove to the kitchen sink and tiles too. Talk about being industrious! Hahaha
Then, it was the shoes' turn. One pair of road shoes and another pair of trail shoes that needed cleaning badly. 
 Scrub. Scrub. Scrub. 
Just water and sponge involved.

Unlike when I was cleaning the kitchen with sponge and they remained intact, the sponge disintegrate as I was washing my shoes.
My trail shoes is finally clean! Yeay!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Just Start

Sometimes we feel scared.

Sometimes we didn't want to face the challenge. (Because we're scared)

Sometimes we're lazy.

But in life, if we don't try, we'll never know if we can succeed. No?

Now, I'm using the "just start" into my training. 

Just start. No matter how I feel. 

I can do a short run if I don't feel good. But just start.

I can do a quick, short run in I don't have time. But just start.

I can do a slow run if I'm feeling tired. But just start.
Like how I felt yesterday.

Ended up, I not only managed to do my 30 minutes tempo run, I had my walk training too (yes, I train for walking too) and did a few sets of hill repeats. A total of 86min workout time. On a sunny Maulidur Rasul moning. 

Just start.

It can do wonders. :-)

I am going to just start tomorrow morning too. 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Makan Here And There

We always pass this particular roadside stall that opens early morning just opposite the Jalan Klang Lama Wet Market as we drove to work or sending Son to school.
A roadside stall under some shady trees and near a bus stop.

After many years, we finally made a stop there for breakfast during this school holiday.
I noticed that the boss (the cashier) and other staff there are all nicely and smartly dressed. 

Food wise, it's standard lah... Got packed nasi lemak from a few vendors sold. Kuih muih. Roti canai. All that. 

It's just that it's convenient for us to stop here, halfway to work as we can gauge whether we have time for breakfast or running late for work.
I had lunch on Wednesday, the eve of a long four-days weekend with my running friends and we went to Restoran ZK in Kampung Attap for their fish head curry.

A friend kindly fetched me at the office for the lunch, and another later sent me back to work. Thank you guys!

We managed to "sapu" clean the fish head curry in less than 30 minutes!  And then, we ordered more and ate more. Hahaha
I can finally eat durian and bought one for myself. Yeay!

Hubby and Son are not really big fans of durians so most time, I eat them alone so buy one "biji" enough for me. ;-)
This Sunquick Gold is quite popular with my friends lately. A few of them had this served at a water station during the Penang Bridge International Marathon and the loved it.

Another friend then had this made and stocked as drinks for friends who did the Putrajaya 100K in November. Later, they had the same drink during the 12-hour Bukit Cinta Ultra and everyone enjoyed the drink. So of course it got me intrigued. I need to buy one and made some drinks for myself! ^^

Sunday, 20 December 2015

A Family Affair At myBuddiesRun

The three of us made our way to Cyberjaya this morning for myBuddies Run. And for a change, both Hubby and Son also ran in the Run. I think the last time Son ran with Hubby was in the Energizer Night Run way back in Aug 2014. 

But of course, Mommy went solo. She did her 10K while her two boys had fun in the 5K Masked Fun Run category.
I started somewhere in the middle, after the 10K category was flagged off at 7.15am.

Hubby and Son later started their run 20min after the 10K, at 7.35am.

I like the route of myBuddiesRun and the weather was perfect today. A bit cloudy and not hot at all. Route wise, the road was big enough to accommodate us runners and there weren't too much traffic on Sunday morning.

Marshalls and traffic police were stationed at critical junctions and they were awesome. One impatient driver decided not to heed the traffic police instruction and sped ahead though. Tsk. Tsk.
Crews and volunteers at water stations were great too.

10K runners were served both chilled (CHILLED!) mineral water and 100-Plus which was great while Hubby told me that 5K runners were served with mineral water only. No 100-Plus for them. But OK lah, right? 

There were clear (BIG AND CLEAR) signage and distance markers for runners. Route markers at junctions and areas where we need to make a turn. A distance markers located every 2K. *thumbs up*

As usual, my weakness is the first 3K where I would suffer a bit just to maintain pace. I tried to rectify it this time with a short 1 mile warm-up before the run but I guess it wasn't enough. Not if I want to run at a faster pace immediately into my run. 

Just into 2K and heading towards the first incline, I decided to walk because my calves felt tight and shoes felt slippery. Hah Hah.

A friend, who is a barefoot runner and was running plus taking photos during the run shouted way from the back to make me run and I just covered my ears and don't wanna listen to him. LOL

It took me two uphill walk breaks at around KM2 and KM4 to finally have my legs muscles all warmed up and be more comfortable to run. And I did.

I wasn't aiming for a fast pace and my goal was to run at a faster average pace compared to Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Nazrin Shah which I did on Nov 29, 2015;  so I just maintained a steady effort for this run and stopped at all three water stations for a drink and a breather. 
Son too had fun with his Daddy in his 5K run. 
There were more fun stuff to see in the 5K Masked Fun Run category... like seeing Spiderman joining the run. ^^
Even Storm Trooper made an appearance. He's a popular figure at the run and especially at the finish line later. 

For me, as I crossed the Finish Line, a Selangor Athletic Association Official stopped me before I could proceed to collect my medal and goodies. He wanted to jot my details and timing...

Nope, didn't get top 10 or anything. I was placed no. 19... HAHAHA

After getting my medal, bananas and drinks, I loitered at the finish line to wait for Hubby and Son to finish their run. 
Later, met a whole lot of friends and took more photos with them.

We stayed around after our run and enjoyed a nice breakfast of fried meehun (cooked on-the-spot) provided by the organiser and waited for the lucky draw session.

Alas, we weren't so lucky and didn't win anything.

BUT we had fun anyway! Before heading home, I bought a pack of Laksa Johor that was sold at the event site. myBuddiesRun also had a food truck/car boot sale area so runners could also buy food from the food trucks. Even tudung, clothes and toys were available!

Congrats to all 6,000+ runners who made it to myBuddiesRun today.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

myBuddiesRun REPC And A Saturday Outing

We went to DPulze Shopping Centre in Cyberjaya late Saturday afternoon to collect our myBuddiesRun race kits. For a change, Son and Hubby will be participating in the run with me (although they are doing the 5K Masked Run category). ^^
The benefit of collecting our race kits later during the day was that the queue was non-existent, compared to Friday where there was a massive queue that formed for the race kit.
Collection was smooth as we just needed to show our ICs to the crew. 

The downside of arriving late is that we don't see any familiar running kakis or friends though, as most have collected theirs. 
We later had dinner at Restoran Saba which is located across the street from DPulze Shopping Centre. It is an Arab restaurant and we had Lamb Kabsah (the lamb is under the heap of rice, in case anyone is asking...) which we shared between the three of us.
Then it was coffee and cake treat!

All this and we haven't even started running in our race yet! LOL
Anyways, all the best to everyone running tomorrow. myBuddiesRun or any other races around the world. 

For those who will be joining us for a run in Cyberjaya tomorrow, here's tomorrow's agenda.
See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

All Set For 2ndskin Virtual Run Challenge 2016

I posted about the 2ndskin Virtual Challenge in October (details here) and as promised by the organiser, www.2ndskin.asia; participants of the Virtual Run Challenge starts receiving our respective t-shirts and bibs since last week in batches.
I got mine today and the whole package was brought by hand and delivered to my office by the good people of Distance Force and I got mine delivered by an ultramarathoner no less! Thank you!

Apart from receiving my t-shirt, I got my bib, a buff and a Hammer energy  gel.

The 2ndskin Virtual Run Challenge will run between 1st January 2016, 0000hrs and 3rd January 2016, 2359hrs, with either a 10.0km or a minimum of 1:00hour run.

We will receive a medal for upon finishing our challenge and I am excited to win some prizes for some of the sub-challenges.
I've always love 2ndskin material and the VCR 2016 tee is no exception so I decided to test it with a 30min run today.
Challenge has already been accepted.

Can't wait for 01.01.2016 to arrive.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

How I Made Christmas At IOI City Mall

and where the magic of Christmas comes alive.

Rather rare for me to be somewhere indoors so much that I am blogging about it for the third time, eh? Well, variety is the spice of life and I don't want to bore you to death with just running posts! Hehehe
After spending an hour ice-skating at Icescapes Ice Rink (link to post here) and a hearty lunch at Tino's Pizza Cafe (review here), we made our way to dal.komm Coffee for a drink before proceeding with a tour of IOI City Mall.

 A sharing session with the group.
Over a cup of honey grapefruit drink for me. Oooophhh... I feel thin and light drinking this the drink! Hahaha
At the Lower Ground, Centre Court; I saw Robbie, the 24-feet tall robot helping one of the penguins decorate the Christmas tree.
Nearby, Parson the snowman having a jolly laugh while the penguins were hard at work.
Here, I found Dante the ringmaster and Lulu the little blonde girl probably rehearsing the circus act together. 

Alas, I didn't find Charlie.

Charlie, Robbie, Parson, Dante, Lulu and others, including the penguins are characters made for IOI City Mall's "How I Made Christmas" promo. It was fun finding these characters and visitors can learn more about the characters from the complimentary mall guide/story book/colouring book/sticker book that are provided for mall visitors.
The booklet let us dive into the wonderful world Christmas Circus with Charlie, the main character in the book. Kids love the book. I do too. ^^

Oh yes, complete the colouring pages in the book and redeem a mystery gift  by presenting the booklet to the redemption counter at Ground Floor, West Wing. Hurry as the gift is limited!
Another fun thing to do while shopping in IOI City Mall between Nov 27th, 2015 to Jan 3rd, 2016 apart from shopping in the many shops available there is their interactive "Spot. Snap. Win!" instagram contest. What are we waiting for? ^^ 

More fun things to see at IOI City Mall includes :
  • Christmas buskers show
  • Jolly brass band
  • Christmas cabaret show
  • Be our guest dance show
  • Santa & friends dance show
  • Carlo Rino Whimsical Wonderland
  • Miss Focus Point Dazzling 2015

Or maybe I can enter the YES Shop & Travel contest after spending more than RM350.00 at IOI City Mall? Cool rpizes wor... Travel packages to Busan, Perth, Shanghai, Hong Kong & Pattaya to be won. Hubby did mention he wanted to go holiday to Pattaya...

More info on their promotions, events and contests can be found at their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IOICityMallPutrajaya

So much fun thing to do and to be won... But I was content hanging out with the jolly Parson the Snowman. Hohoho (eh, itu Santa Claus!)
and a group photo afterwards.
Before we adjourned for the day, we had a treat from Eggette Lab; a yummy eggette original flavour for each of us. It's better to enjoy them while they are still hot but I was too full so I brought them back and shared with Son later.
Hubby sent me to IOI City Mall in the morning so I had to find my way back. Conveniently, IOI City Mall provides free shuttle bus to KTM Serdang (do check their timetable for bus schedule).
The waiting area where the bus is parked at P3 is really nice and airy. There's a surau located on the same floor too. 

But if hubby is with me and we parked somewhere in the massive parking area in the mall's parking, we won't need to worry about finding our car later.

IOI City Mall has in place the Parking Guidance System (PGS) which is the first in Malaysia to help us hapless lost visitors trying to find our cars with their Car Finder System with the installation of more than 2,000 cameras around the 5,500 parking bays in the mall.

Next time I visit IOI City Mall with Hubby and Son, I am so gonna test their Car Finder System! LOL

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