Sunday, 30 October 2016

Conquer The City With Score Run

This week is the start of my 12-weeks marathon training plan for Twincity Marathon in January.

Just 12-weeks?
Enough la, considering I had just completed a 16-weeks plan for Chiba Aqualine Run last week (although unfortunately I couldn't really train during the final months for the run).

But anyhoo, I was supposed to run an easy 1:30 run today but I figured registering for a 15K wouldn't hurt. ^^
There were 2 categories for the run - 15K and 6K.

15K runners were flagged-off at 6.00am and 6K at 6.30am. Hubby was grumbling royally at the fact that a "mere" 15K run needed to start so early. HAHAHA

I was impressed with the numbers of 15K runners who joined the run. I only entered the pen about 4 minutes before flag-off and slowly tried to inch my way to the front. Even that, I only crossed the start line 1 minute after flag off, with a whole lot more runners behind me.

Similar to Chiba Run, I chose to run just by following the crowd. I tried not to look at my watch during the run and ran at perceived effort. But even with a slow run, that was littered with walk breaks; I felt tired. I guess with two runs last week (Sat & Sun), along with an 8-hour hike on Monday, 4-hour bike on Tuesday, a few hours walk on Wednesday and a 5K on Saturday night, all that took a toll on me during this run.

Thankfully, the route was a nice and not really challenging. A good route to aim for a PB. Although at a few stretches during the early part of the run, we had to run in darkness.

We really ran and conquered (a bit lah) the city on Sunday, 30.10.2016 morning. The 15K route took us past some iconic landmarks around Kuala Lumpur and also the familiar running/training route in Bukit Tunku. 

Water stations were located at about 3K intervals and we were served with water and Revive isotonic drinks. Distance markers however were only seen at halfway mark; at 7.5K and later at 1km gap.

There were many flat stretches which I actually hate. Hahaha

At KM13, with just 2K more to go, I chose to walk because it was flat. Mental woi run on long stretches of flat road. *excuse only lah*
I only started running again when it was about 700m towards the finish line and saw Hubby waiting to snap my photo, sitting by the roadside.

We actually waited for the monorail to pass to snap this photo. 
The finish line was orderly in my opinion. We got our medal and a bottle of mineral water before proceeding to enjoy Milo, cereals and collected a free Zespri Kiwi fruit.
Heard a friend's voice somewhere and we walked over to say hi. Adilah, lejen Mizan, Izuan and Hezzy.

A few photos later, with this group of "tegar" runners - retired or otherwise and a few more and we walked back to our car.
Saw runners already enjoying breakfast and Hubby wanted to buy nasi lemak but alas, not much lauk left... So had to drive home and buy nasi lemak at home lah.

All in all, it was a nice run. The route is different from what I used to do for a KL run so that was nice. A bit too humid this time for my liking. 

For fueling, I brought along a bottle of N8 Endurance Drink mixed with water and took sips of it during the run. I was feeling gassy before the run and despite eating a light breakfast; felt that a gastric episode was looming. Taking the drink helped to make the "angin" lessen.
Another thing that I like about Score Run 2016 is their simple but nicely designed event tee. There was a big brouhaha when the organiser changed the event tee colour but I think this dark blue is quite nice too.

And we had the option to print our name on the back of the tee. I didn't submit the name when I registered actually, but the Score Run peope had nicely emailed me to get the name I wanted to be printed on.  
The front of the tee.

Simple is good.

I hate tacky event or finisher tee. No need to fill up the tee with all sorts of ads or design lah.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Let The Light Shine Within Us, This Deepavali

Don't judge a book by its cover, we are always been reminded of that. But consciously or unconsciously, we do it. We judge others by how they look, by the colour of their skin, how they dressed, how we perceived them; often without bothering to know each other's background.

Greater harmony can be achieved through greater understanding and compassion in a multi-racial society like ours and there are so many ways to do it.

For me, I have the love of running as a sport to be a part of a caring community with charity drives done by running groups not only for local charitable causes but also for overseas, such as the charity drive for Langtang in Nepal to help the area rebuild itself after he devastating earthquake in 2015.

Fellow runners from all background came to help without hesitating when there is a need to help regardless of race or religion, during the flood in Kelantan or for Orang Asli causes or for Old Folks' home or orphanages.
A similar interest can bring people from all kinds of background together and closer and create an understanding of each other.

For the coming Deepavali, the Petronas new webfilm reminded me of how we sometimes judge people and don't really try to understand or be close to others to know their real story just because of how they look or how they behave.

Do, do watch this clip. It hits a nerve. I am guilty of judging people by first glance.

I believe we Malaysians are a compassionate lot but sometimes our lack of understanding about others who are not similar to us cloud our judgement and makes us suspicious of others and misjudged them.

Why not we let the light shines within us and continue respecting each other as both individuals and as Malaysians.

In light of the Deepavali celebration, we Malaysians should respect each others’ differences and embrace similarities.

HAPPY DEEPAVALI!

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Press Release: LANGKAWI EXPLORES ECO-SPORTS APPROACH TO STRENGTHEN TOURISM

AkTION Series Launched to Attract both Domestic and International Tourists
Kuala Lumpur, 27 October 2016 – Langkawi, a world-renowned destination for leisure tourism, plans to expand its horizon by inviting nature and sports lovers to its islands. Organiser E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd and supporter Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), expands the successful pilot project of Tuba Trail Run in April to a triple treat for eco-sport athletes around the world.

Mountains, islands, beaches, forests and distinct inhabitants that create the 99 thickly forested topical islands located within the boundaries of Langkawi, will host a series of programmes under the umbrella of AkTION including the Tanjung Rhu SwimFest, Mount (Mt.) Mat Chinchang SkyBridge Climb, and the Tuba Trail Run. In 2007, UNESCO declared the Langkawi archipelago as one of 94 globally recognised Geoparks from 27 countries, endorsing its natural beauty, ecological harmony and archeological, geological and cultural significance.

“Langkawi is a well preserved natural habitat and has a unique geographical landscape that provides many opportunities to do eco-friendly sports. In April 2016, Tuba Trail Run was introduced as a pilot project to expose the less visited Tuba Island to the domestic running market. With its success, we are now launching this brand new AkTION series that cover eco-sports on both land and water. Langkawi is well connected with other states within Malaysia, and also from neighbouring countries. Therefore, our intent is to add eco-sports that is suitable for sports enthusiasts of all levels, as a pillar to supplement Langkawi’s popular leisure tourism,” said Iskandar Shahril, Managing Director, E-Plus Entertainment Productions for Singapore and Thailand.

Tan Sri Khalid bin Ramli, Chief Executive Officer of LADA, added that over 400 domestic and international participants joined the Tuba Trail Run in April this year. “LADA has cooperated with E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd to introduce the pilot programme that has resulted in a positive outcome. Moving forward, E-Plus will be incorporating more eco-sport events on many parts of the islands. While conventional tourism promotions will maintain tourism receipts, the implementation of AkTION will capture a new market and new interests towards our islands.”

He also mentioned that targets for the 2011-2015 tourism blueprint has exceeded its target of 3 million annual tourists. “In 2015, we received over 3.6 million tourists and expects to achieve 3.8 million this year. We are confident that the implementation of AkTION will boost tourist arrivals in a long run.”

Tanjung Rhu SwimFest
Tanjung Rhu SwimFest, an open water swimming competition happening on 10 December 2016, is available in three categories. The two-kilometer route is suitable for budding swimmers, while the four and six kilometer routes are recommended for multi-sport athletes including triathletes, and long distance swim enthusiasts. Starting by the captivating Tanjung Rhu beach, participants will be able to swim close to international borders, which provides a unique opportunity to experience Malaysia and Thailand in a single location. The Tanjung Rhu SwimFest will be the beach’s first international open water swimming event.

Mt. Mat Chinchang SkyBridge Climb
A trail opened exclusively for the Mt. Mat Chinchang SkyBridge Climb on raceday will bring new excitement for enthusiasts of all levels. The 4.5-kilometer climb finishes at the peak of the mountain after passing the cable car’s Middle Station, crossing across the renowned SkyBridge as well as climbing up to the Top Station. The climb will take place on 18 February 2017 and will be a truly unique way to discover the hidden jewels of Mt. Mat Chinchang.

“This will be the first time we are opening the trail for a race. While the general public enjoy the journey up to Mt. Mat Chinchang by cable car, trail enthusiasts can seize the rare opportunity to experience it through the climb,” said Mohd Ali bin Makkit, Chief Operating Officer of Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd.

Tuba Trail Run
With 99 tropical islands lie within the boundaries of Langkawi, it is impossible to discover every single forest. Tuba Trail Run, a project to provide exposure to the less explored islands of Pulau Tuba and Pulau Dayang Bunting, will return on 8 April 2017 and continue to be an eye-opener for first-timers and returning participants as they explore deeper on the islands’ distinct culture. The 2017 edition will offer three varied distances, including a 4-kilometer fun run, a new 15-kilometer route and the 30-kilometer route to cater to runners of all levels.

"Langkawi will yield many benefits from AkTION. Increase in tourism receipts driven by sports tourism, the showcase and exposure of Langkawi’s less explored landscape and environmental preservation will lead to a long-term positive economic outlook and prosperity,” concluded Tan Sri Khalid.

For more information, follow us on Facebook at fb.com/AkTIONLangkawi.



Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Press Release: RUNNERS, CYCLISTS, POWER UP!

Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships 2017 Returns to Putrajaya, Promotes Malaysia as a Regional Sports Hub

Kuala Lumpur, 25 October 2016 – The world’s largest duathlon race in the Powerman series, Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships, will return to Putrajaya on Sunday, 5 March 2017 with greater expectation on foreign participation. Organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, over 3,000 local and foreign participants including top global athletes, multi-sport elites and enthusiasts are expected to take part in the run-bike-run race.

Powerman, the pinnacle for duathlon competition globally, is the platform for ardent runners and cyclists to progress and master both sports. The championships held in Putrajaya last March upon a two-year hiatus witnessed the tremendous growth of duathletes in the region, with a record-breaking number of 2,645 participants starting the race, breaking the Malaysia Book of Records for the ‘Largest Participation of Duathlon Championships’ in Malaysia.

“The proliferation of multi-sport athletes in the region is evident due to a growing trend in the multi-sports segment. Powerman is an accessible event for athletes to pursue a greater path by mastering an integrated sport. Putrajaya is one of the admired locations to host Powerman with its picturesque landscape and well-equipped social amenities, giving participants a world-class championship,” said Barbara Lam, Managing Director of E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd.

Four adult categories namely the Individual Classic and Team Relay Classic (10km – 60km – 10km), and the Individual Short and Team Relay Short (5km – 30km – 5km), are available for registration.

“Powerman is a great stepping stone for regular runners and cyclists go beyond their limits. The four selected categories is specially catered to participants of different levels, from newcomers to seasoned enthusiasts. I welcome all single sport athletes to take part in Powerman as the new ground to explore and test their limits.”

Interested participants can register at www.powermanmalaysia.com.

Grassroots Programme for Kids
Powerkids, the newly introduced duathlon programme for children aged between 5 and 12, is part of the Asia Championship’s expansion to nurture talented and budding multi-sport athletes. To be launched in December 2016, the grassroots activity is about the joy of movement and the first experience for children to engage in a multi-sport event. This will be the championship’s pilot initiative to introduce a programme for children.

Powerkids is composed of three age categories: 5 to 7-year-old (0.4km – 1km – 0.4km), 8 to 10-year-old (0.8km – 2km – 0.8km), and 11 to 12-year-old (1.2km – 3km – 1.2km).

“Grooming new talent requires training from a young age. Powerkids provides the exposure for kids to learn, grow and compete. Having been successfully implemented in many European races, parents – especially those who are already Powerman duathletes themselves – may consider this opportunity to expose their children to the sports that they do,” said Iskandar Shahril, Race Director of Powerman Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Powerman Drives Sports Tourism in Malaysia
Dubbed as one of the premier endurance multi-sports race in the region, Powerman remained as one of the preferred races in the sports calendar. The Powerman Asia Duathlon Championship 2016 last March recorded more than 30 percent of foreign participation from more than 39 nationalities, with the greatest number from Singapore.

“Malaysia’s transformation into a regional sports hub is evident. Over the years, we have witnessed a tremendous number of foreigners visiting the country to participate in various sporting events held all over Malaysia. Powerman is one example of an event that reflects Malaysia’s capabilities and capacities in organising major sporting events, which drives international participations, while generating high yield tourism receipts,” said Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Hosting major sports event brings great benefits to a city, including raising the host’s profile and increasing tourism dollars. Primary tourism industries like the hospitality services, food and beverage are some of the businesses that will directly benefit from Powerman.

“The championship’s schedule will ensure a minimum overnight stay in Putrajaya. We are aiming to be the largest multi-sport event next year, and play a bigger role in importing tourists. With the latest inclusion of Powerman races in Thailand and Indonesia, the increasing demand will contribute towards the prestige of the Asia championships,” added Barbara.

The organiser will also increase its efforts overseas to boost foreign participation. Promotions have taken place in Switzerland and Thailand, while plans are in place for Singapore and Indonesia.

The nation’s federal administrative centre has also confirmed its inclusion of Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships 2017 as part of its month long Federal Territory celebrations from next year. “Powerman is a renowned global brand. Its past record has proven to drive positive benefits to Putrajaya’s local businesses. We foresee that this inclusion will bring greater economic impact,” noted Mohammad bin Salleh, Community Service Director, Perbadanan Putrajaya.

Powerman, The Platform for Sports Marketing
The growing sports industry in Malaysia has turned into a main profit generation for the country and participating corporations. Businesses leveraging on major international races are more likely to benefit by reaching out to its target audience through marketing strategies that can be activated prior to, during and post-race.

“Our programme is flexible and tailored not only for participants, but also for Multi-national Corporation and small and medium enterprises seeking for an effective path to grow their businesses locally and internationally. The association with Powerman will not only allow corporations to vie for brand positioning, but a chance to expand their businesses,” noted Barbara.

Powerman Expo and lucky draws are some of the exciting programme line-ups for participants during their race pack collection a day prior to the race.

For more information and updates, visit us at www.powermanmalaysia.com.

Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships 2017 is organised by rights and license holder, E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd; sanctioned by the International Powerman Association and the Triathlon Association of Malaysia; supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia Major Events, Malaysia Truly Asia, Perbadanan Putrajaya, Dorsett Putrajaya, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside, The Everly Hotel Putrajaya, Spacebib, Train Live Compete, HIGH5, Shinjiru, Spacebib, RunSociety, Beyond Ultron Sdn Bhd, Rudy Project, Suunto, 2XU Compression, iM4U, Running Malaysia Magazine and Cycling Malaysia Magazine.
(L-R) Muhammad Syafiq Rusli; Barbara Lam, Managing Director, E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd; Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager, Malaysia Major Events; Mohammad bin Salleh, Community Service Director, Perbadanan Putrajaya; Iskandar Shahril, Race Director for Powerman Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia; and Shahrom Abdullah
(L-R) Barbara Lam, Managing Director, E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd; Mohammad bin Salleh, Community Service Director, Perbadanan Putrajaya; Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events; and Iskandar Shahril, Race Director for Powerman Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, delivering their speeches at the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships 2017 – Malaysia’s press conference.
(L-R) Muhammad Syafiq Rusli, second runner up for the 2016 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships; Shahrom Abdullah, professional multi-sport athlete; and Iskandar Shahril, Race Director for Powerman Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, discussing on the training regimes required by participants in preparation for the 2017 race.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Favourite Steamed Fish

There's a place near our home that served a pretty darn good asam boi steamed fish and occasionally we like to eat there. Usually when I have a fish craving and lazy to cook them myself lah! Hahaha
Another favourite for us, Kailan Ikan Masin.
Perfect with this Steamed Siakap.

Yummy!

Is it time for lunch yet?


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

RBC Race For The Kids 2016

Last Sunday, the family went down to Lake Garden (or now known as Taman Botani Perdana) to join the first edition of RBC Race for the Kids in Malaysia.
 
The 5K charity run saw almost 1,500 participants joining and the race managed to raise RM200,000.00 for Ronal McDonald House Charities (RMCH ) and exceeding their initial target of RM90,000.00
The day's event started at 7.00am but the run itself was flagged off at 8.00am.

Thank goodness for an overcast, after-rain morning so we were able to do our run in a nice, cooling weather.

Flag-off of 1,500 participants.
Always nice to see families with their young children actively joining activities like this. :)
We needed to do 2 loops around the lake.

After finishing the first loop, the kids were treated with balloons to encourage them to do another loop.

After finishing the second loop, they received their medal. Yeay!
For us, it was a nice Sunday morning family outing.
RBC mascot was a hit.
There were plenty of activities but we targeted the food area lah.

Apart from Nestle cereal and Milo, we got ourselves some popcorn.
And cotton candy too.

We later enjoyed some performances held on the stage before making our way home at around 11.00am.

It was sure a fun morning!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Dinner At Empire Subang Pasta Zanmai

Daddy worked really late one day so Mommy and Son decided to hop on the LRT and waited for him nearby his office for dinner together.
 
It was our first time taking the new extended LRT line which has now go all the way to Putra Heights. We took the LRT to Subang Jaya station and walked a few hundred metres to Empire Subang Mall.
 
The journey took about 30 minutes from Bangsar Station.
 
Dinner was at Pasta Zanmai and we decided to share.
We chose two sets and one was the curry rice & pasta and the kimchi & garlic fried rice combo to be shared among the three of us.
 The boys do like their Japanese curry rice.
 So only both of them ate this.
 But all three of us shared the garlic fried rice.
But only Mommy enjoyed the kimchi pasta because she was craving for some oysters! Got two teeny weeny oysters in that bowl. Hahaha

Food is of course normal and standard lah, but what makes Pasta Zanmai Empire Subang a nicer experience for us was the really helpful and friendly staff who waited our table.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Press Release: RM 200,000 raised at the first ever RBC Race for the Kids in Kuala Lumpur

Over 1,500 people walked and ran in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 October 2016 – More than 1,500 people walked or jogged through the beautiful Perdana Botanical Garden today in the first ever Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Race for the Kids in Kuala Lumpur in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Malaysia.

The 5km charity run raised RM 200,000 for RMHC Malaysia to build a Ronald McDonald Sensory Room at two centres in the Klang Valley. The centres nurture the well-being and education of young people with special needs and learning disabilities. The Kuala Lumpur race exceeded its initial fundraising target of RM 90,000, paving the way for RBC and RMHC to double their target and fund an additional room.
“We are thrilled with the response to RBC’s first Race for the Kids in Kuala Lumpur and proud that RBC employees, friends, family and the local community came together to support such an important cause,” said Doug Moore, CEO, RBC Capital Markets Asia and Head of RBC Investor & Treasury Services Asia-Pacific. “RBC has a strong presence in Malaysia and we are delighted to establish RBC Race for the Kids in Kuala Lumpur as part of our global commitment to helping communities prosper.”

RBC established its first office in Malaysia in 2008 and today employs more than 800 people in Cyberjaya and Kuala Lumpur.

“The support that we received from RBC and the community has been overwhelming,” said Victor Sim, President, RMHC Malaysia. “It was a wonderful event and the funds raised will help children with special needs and learning disabilities develop cognitive skills and build self-confidence in a positive environment.”

RBC Race for the Kids Kuala Lumpur is the latest addition to RBC’s series of 11 charitable runs that support causes in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Increasing in popularity every year, RBC Race for the Kids events have attracted more than 110,000 participants to date, and raised over $CAD 26.5 million for children’s charities around the world. The races are part of RBC’s larger commitment to kids and youth through the RBC Kids Pledge, a five-year, $CAD 100 million promise to improve the well-being of one million kids and youth.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Down Time

I somehow sprained my ankle when I was walking on a gravel road a few weeks ago. It was just a niggle at first but it got really painful the same night.

Actually, I wasn't too worried at first because my ankle wasn't swollen and I actually attributed the pain around my arch to me changing to new shoes that week or maybe plantar fascitiis or something.

So it was just RICE  at first - rest, ice, elevate (putting the feet up) and compress.

That photo above - I was just experimenting using Salonpas instead of rubbing anti-inflammatory gel on my feet. Kekeke

After a few days with no sign of getting better, I went to see my GP and as usual he prescribed some painkillers for me.

Truthfully. I'm not too keen about taking painkillers but I did take the medicine for a few days.
We went on a vacation to Cherating later and although I still can't run, I figured some time walking barefoot would be good for me and I did it during our stay at Holiday Villa, Cherating.

With a race coming soon, I did at first waited for the foot to be pain-free before I train again but I wasn't too comfortable not working out for too long.
So the focus was cross-training and workouts that are not weight-bearing.
Like pool-walking and swimming.

After returning from our vacation, I went to a sports massage centre to have my foot checked out and it turned out that the ankle was the cause of the pain and was duly massaged for it.

The masseur showed me the point of pain and it's good to know for my next course of action.

I stopped taking painkillers after a week because as I said I wasn't comfortable taking them. Anyways taking food that is known for their anti-inflammatory benefits is much more enjoyable. Hah hah

So I've been taking and enjoying pineapples and taking food with turmeric. ^^

And soaking my foot in water mixed with Epsom Salt kinda help too.

Last Sunday I went to Dr Kenzo Kase symposium on Kinesio Taping and I taped my foot according to what was taught.
I had done taping to stabilise my foot earlier with Rocktape but didn't feel much different but after using Kinesio Tape and taping it with the Kinesio Taping method, I finally feel improvement and my foot pain is getting better.

Finally, after almost three week; I've started running yesterday and happy that nothing was too painful after the run. Plus I don't hobble anymore.

I'm still gingerly testing the foot and running slowly but boy, was I happy that I can run now!



Thursday, 13 October 2016

Do You - PUMA South East Asia Ambassadors

In conjunction with the global PUMA launch of the ‘DO YOU’ Campaign, PUMA South East Asia announces the regional line up of representatives of the brand. This campaign aims to inspire confidence and identity in women, and to bolster the essence of the global campaign to young women on a more personal level.

The PUMA Ambassador is one who is dauntless in the face of adversities and unapologetic for being who they are. These are attributes and characteristics exemplified by influential women who stay true to themselves, make their own rules, and never take ‘no’ for an answer, like Rihanna and Cara Delevingne, whom are all PUMA Female Ambassadors.

Let's get to know the awesome ladies who are PUMA South East Asia Ambassadors!
“DO YOU- to me is to be bold about yourself, to do what is best for yourself and not be affected by all the external negativity around you.” – Dawn Yeoh

Name: Dawn Yeoh
Country: Singapore
Professional Career: Model & Actress

Dawn Yeoh is a Singaporean model and actress who has worked with various beauty brands and acted in numerous Mandarin dramas since 2006. Being an avid fitness enthusiast, despite her busy schedule, Dawn ensures that she fits in two personal training sessions a week, an hour long each varying between yoga, spin classes and body combat. She steers her training regime towards obtaining a stronger body, which boosts her confidence as she steadily improves. Dawn gains her motivation from Taylor Swift, who she admires for her success and fearlessness. She is inspired by Taylor Swift’s positivity that promotes encouragement and empowerment to young women around the world. Through that, Dawn is motivated to share the philosophy of continuous improvement – something that she preaches and practices.

Through this campaign, Dawn aims to share with the young women in the region that one should focus on strengthening the mind and soul from the inside to look great and confident.
“DO YOU – to me is to be comfortable in my own skin, to not be limited and bounded by what you should or should not do and to just do what you do best – being you.” – Sheila Sim
 
Name: Sheila Sim
Country: Singapore
Professional Career: Model & Actress
 
Talent scouted at a young age of 16 years old, Sheila Sim has grown from strength to strength and now holds the title of Singapore’s top model. Sheila was based in Hong Kong for a few years and her modelling career has brought her across the world, working in Tokyo, Milan, Hong Kong, and Paris and has graced many magazine covers and international catwalks.
 
Her versatility is a stranger to no one with multiple professions from modelling, acting, and a multibusiness owner. Sheila has transcended from being “just a model” to fashion designer and owner of her own label, agency owner, model mentor and more recently an actress.
 
Despite wearing many hats, Sheila ensures that she finds time to work out not just for the physical benefits, but also to strengthen the mind to be disciplined and consistent in her training regime. Sheila does yoga regularly but has an avid interest in rock-climbing, hiking, swimming, cycling, and rollerblading.
 
Sheila draws her motivation from Iris Apfel, a trendsetter who is not afraid to be herself, even at the age of 95, and she is determined to drive the strong message of being comfortable in your own skin.
“To DO YOU means to understand who you truly are. Because everything starts from within. It is important to embrace all of you; the good and the bad. You need to understand it and use that as a motivation to strive for a better tomorrow, but always remember to DO YOU first as everything starts with you!” – Siti Saleha

Name: Siti Saleha
Country: Malaysia
Professional Career: Model, Actress, Host & Speaker

Siti Saleha is a model, actress, host and speaker who has a long list of award achievements under her belt. She has an even longer list of works ranging from movies to television dramas, commercials to theater, spokesperson to ambassador, charity and volunteer events to being an emcee or host, and has even graced magazine covers.

In her free time, Siti enjoys travelling, reading and cooking while making time for the gym and loves to engage in badminton on the weekends with her family. Albeit her busy and unpredictable schedule, Siti sees the need to make the best out of her work out during her limited free time, and finds overall well-being the root to confidence.

Being a new PUMA Female Ambassador, Siti hopes to reach out to more people to be confident and to not be afraid of self-expression. She also aims to share the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle to feel good and comfortable with yourself while embracing one’s own femininity. She strives to adopt qualities from successful influential women around the world who emit positive vibes around them to encourage young women to be themselves - the fundamental characteristics of a PUMA Female Ambassador.
 
“Identify your values, believe in your goals, hold on to them with your head high and never let anything or anyone deter you from scoring what you believe you can achieve. Know yourself and know that there shouldn't be anyone else's skin that you are able to stand most comfortable in BUT yourself.” – Vanessa Tevi
 
Name: Vanessa Tevi
Country: Malaysia
Professional Career: Miss Universe Malaysia 2015, Host & Emcee
 
Vanessa Tevi is a Malaysian model of Indian and Chinese parentage. Upon returning to Malaysia from her time in UK and US, Vanessa was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2015. Last December, Vanessa represented Malaysia at the international pageant, Miss Universe in Las Vegas. And currently, Vanessa actively freelances as a host and emcee whilst being a part of the Miss Universe Malaysia Organization.
 
Vanessa enjoys travelling, exploring the outdoors and activities that keeps the adrenaline pumping – Vanessa has bungee jumped, skydived, white water rafted, and has conquered various mountains around the region. Vanessa will be heading to Mulu Caves and to hike the Pinnacles next year. She draws an immense sense of satisfaction from reaching the peak and develops an unbreakable  self confidence through testing her personal limits.
 
One role model that Vanessa looks up to is Ellen Degeneres, who is the epitome of exuding huge amounts of positive energy, and is someone who is kind, generous, non-judgmental, successful and loving – qualities of which Vanessa strives to embody.
 
“DO YOU means just being you. You have to be comfortable and confident about yourself, to never let anyone put you down just because you’re different. You’re unique and that makes you stand out from the rest because you love yourself and you are simply You.” – Kelly Tandiono
 
Name: Kelly Tandiono
Country: Indonesia
Professional Career: Asia’s Next Top Model (Cycle 4) Judge & Mentor, Model & Actress
 
Kelly Tandiono is an actress and model of Indonesian nationality. Kelly has expanded into the international model scene since joining the NEXT Model Management in Los Angeles. She is best known for her role as model mentor and co-judge on the fourth season of Asia's Next Top Model.
 
Kelly is a triathlete who swims, bikes, and runs two to three times a week, starting as early as 5:30 to 7:30am with her team mates. She also takes pride in having a Car Free Sunday and then Bikram yoga after to stretch out her muscles. She does martial arts for leisure and is naturally competitive and would aim for that podium finish as her end goal.
 
She draws her inspiration from her grandfather who is her role model in life. He has always taught the younger generations to always build something in their life, to achieve something great and to never give up. Thus, Kelly believes that everything comes with due process and your greatest achievements will only just be within reach of your fingertips. Kelly is driven to spread the importance of being healthy and fit, while still being fashionable.
“DO YOU – to me is to show your character, style, and personality. You do not need to follow the trend just to look cool. Be positive and not be affected by all the external negativity around you.” – Rani Ramadhany

Name: Rani Ramadhany
Country: Indonesia
Professional Career: TV Host, Model and past contestant in Asia’s Next Top Model (Cycle 3)

Rani Ramadhany is a television host, drummer, and model. The elevation in her career took off after being one of the contestants for Asia’s Next Top Model cycle 3. Apart from the girly modelling stuff  that she does, she is also one of Indonesia’s YouTube stars because of her drumming talent, which got her recognition from Lady Gaga.

Rani engages in Mixed Martial Arts, bowling, badminton, and basketball regularly and visits the gym to continuously stay fit despite her hectic schedule. Rani believes that the key to having a fit body is maintenance, and is driven by results. With constant daily improvement, she feels that keeping fit has become a way of life, and could even be considered an addiction.

She looks up to Cara Delevingne who has a strong character and stays true to herself. Rani is motivated by Cara Delevingne to think outside the box, be outstanding, and to not fear being differentiated from the norm. Through this campaign, Rani is charged up to share the message of being comfortable with yourself, to have a healthy body and mind, and looking good will naturally happen.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Press Release : PUMA Aannounces South East Asia Female Ambassadors


Kuala Lumpur (12thOctober 2016) – In conjunction with the global PUMA launch of the ‘DO YOU’ Campaign, PUMA South East Asia announces the regional line up of representatives of the brand. This campaign aims to inspire confidence and identity in women, and to bolster the essence of the global campaign to young women on a more personal level.

The PUMA Ambassador is one who is dauntless in the face of adversities and unapologetic for being who they are. These are attributes and characteristics exemplified by influential women who stay true to themselves, make their own rules, and never take ‘no’ for an answer, like Rihanna and Cara Delevingne, whom are all PUMA Female Ambassadors.

PUMA South East Asia has put together six women – Siti Saleha and Vanessa Tevi from Malaysia, Kelly Tandiono and Rani Ramadhany from Indonesia, and Dawn Yeoh and Sheila Sim from Singapore – who will be part of PUMA’s Official Female Ambassadors.
Representing Malaysia, Siti Saleha is a model, actress, host and speaker who has a long list of award achievements under her belt. She has an even longer list of works ranging from movies to television dramas, commercials to theater, spokesperson to ambassador, charity and volunteer events to being an emcee or host, and has even graced magazine covers.

Being a new PUMA Female Ambassador, Siti hopes to reach out to more people to be confident and to not be afraid of self-expression. She also aims to share the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle to feel good and comfortable with your own self while embracing one’s own femininity. “To DO YOU means to understand who you truly are, because everything starts from within. It is important to embrace all of you; the good and the bad. You need to understand it and use that as a motivation to strive for a better tomorrow, but always remember to DO YOU first as everything starts with you!” said Siti about the essence of the global campaign.

Former Miss Universe Malaysia 2015, Vanessa Tevi, is another perfect embodiment of what DO YOU advocates for. Vanessa was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia in 2015 and went on to represent Malaysia at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.

There is no doubt about Vanessa’s fearlessness as her aptitude to never take ‘no’ for an answer. Vanessa has bungee jumped, skydived, white water rafted, and has conquered various mountains around the region. She draws an immense sense of satisfaction from reaching the peak and develops an unbreakable self-confidence through testing her personal limits. “Believe in your goals, hold on to them with your head high and never let anything or anyone deter you from scoring what you believe
you can achieve. Know yourself and know that there shouldn't be anyone else's skin that you are able to stand most comfortable in BUT yourself” she says in her message to fellow women out there.

“There is a growing focus on the Women’s category, spanning across fashion, lifestyle, running and training. In this new era of fitness-leisure, we hope that women will not just follow trends and be part of the athleisure bandwagon, but instead, we want to inspire women to embrace the lifestyle so that they can look good and feel good with PUMA from the gym to the streets. In the form of this campaign, we will be able to motivate young women in SEA to embrace fitness as part of their lifestyle and to simply be comfortable in their own skin, and that will pave the way to a stronger and more beautiful you,” says Gabriel Yap, Head of Marketing PUMA South East Asia.

The regional campaign kicks off this October.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Reasons Why You Should Run With Nature in Jitra, Kedah This Coming November

1. One of the best running events in Asia this year.

Arguably the best, in its own league, BDB Marathon Jitra will feature a breathtaking running route along the paddy fields in Jitra, Kedah.

2. You've explored most of the running routes in the city centre. This time, run with nature.

It is good to take a break from the view of the skyscrapers and busy streets to picturesque Jitra Kedah.

3. It's a weekend getaway.

Mark your date 12 November 2016. Bring your friends and family. After the marathon, you can run after laksa sekoq, pulut kahwin or ikan bakaq.

4. Flight tickets are on sale (from RM60 only+).

Hint hint. Fireflyz, Malaysia Airlines, Airasia, Malindo Air.

5. Run and Go Makan

Enjoy local fare after hitting the road running in Jitra Marathon. The day is still early!

6. A chance to do the crazy and run back-to-back in a few states

There are a few races going on that weekend, and some runner might be crazy enough to do just that! Maybe Jitra - Putrajaya - Kuala Kangsar?
OK, this 6th suggestion is Lina's own and probably not recommended by the race organiser. Hah hah

For registration and race details, head over to their registration page. Registration closes on Oct 25th, 2016 or upon reaching 7,000 participants.

Good luck and have fun there, to all those who had registered!

Stay tune for more updates after the BDB Marathon Jitra press conference later this week, brought to us by Bina Darulaman Berhad and Kedah Tourism in conjunction with Discover Kedah 2016.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Dr Kase Legacy Symposium In Kuala Lumpur

I did something out of the ordinary last Sunday.
I attended a symposium.

A special symposium – Dr Kase Legacy Series Symposium, which was held at Royal Selangor Club and was co-hosted by Pilatique Pilates & Physiotheraphy Studio.

The first time it is held in South East Asia, the symposium was conducted by the founder of Kinesio Tex Tape & Kinesio Taping methods, Dr Kenzo Kase.

The symposium was attended by a number of students from local uni and medical professionals but I feel that even laymen like me and fellow runner/blogger Missyblurkit gained a lot from attending the symposium.

For one, I now realised that Kinesio taping and taping in general is used much more outside the world of sports. It was interesting for me to know that 85% of taping usage is used for non-athletes as I only know learn about the use of taping when I started running and seeing fellow runners using them whenever they have injuries or for stability.
That day I learned about Dr Kase’s Space Movement Cooling Concept and a view of the Kinesio Taping Method and its effect on all body systems.

I also learned about EDF Taping method through demonstrations and case study shown by the doctor himself.
For those who have never heard about Kinesio Taping, it is a method that involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. The first technique gives practitioner the opportunity to give support while maintaining full range of motion while the second technique; which is most commonly used in acute stage of rehabilitation, helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps facilitate the lymph flow for an entire 24 hour period. Correctional techniques include mechanical, lymphatic, ligament/tendon, fasica, space and functional.

Kinesio Tex Tape can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy and electrical stimulation. (On a personal note – I’ve done massage and electrical stimulation for my injuries and for taping – it’s mostly done amateurishly by me, following youtube video instructions, so learning from Dr Kase was an awesome experience and an eye-opener for me).

So what’s the difference between Kinesio Taping and Kinesio Tex Tape and other Kinesology tape available in the market?

Kinesio Taping is the METHOD.
Kinesio Tex Tape is the PRODUCT.

It's not a boast when Kinesiology taping is hailed as the modern answer to sporting ailments. But I also learn that Kinesio Taping is beneficial to not only the sporting communities but  also for medical use.
The symposium started with an introduction and an ice-breaking session by Ms Nathini before the stage was handed over to Dr Kase.
Dr Kenzo Kase was born in Japan in the 1940s. As a child he experienced traditional Japanese healing using herbal remedies, acupuncture and moxibustion techniques and he learned the value of a healing touch.

After graduating from Chiropractic College in Chicago, he was able to combine his education, both mainstream and traditional medical techniques and philosophies. In the research field, he works with surgeons, physiotherapists and natural healers.

In the mid-1970s, Dr. Kenzo Kase was already a well-known practitioner licensed in chiropractic and acupuncture in the US and Japan. He developed the tape, which has a texture and elasticity very close to living human skin, in response to limitations he encountered working with rigid sports taping methods on his own patients.

We were presented with a Kinesio Taping EDF Taping presentation before a short break for lunch.
Dr Kenzo Kase showing the taping for a participant whom he noticed had a  back issue when they were taking photo together.
 A participant with a stress facture issue.
 Taping for headache relief.
 A participant with a plantar issue.
And the web taping done for her foot.

After lunch, we had a 60-minutes EDF taping demonstration where we were shown and learn about EDF Taping and was able to practise under Dr Kase's supervision too.

We later had a demonstration session with paediatric, neurological and orthopaedic patient with Dr Kase showing his treatment method and taping.

A few of the volunteers who came:
 A triathlete who had just done a cyst removal surgery two days before the symposium.
 A female rugby player who cannot bend her knee.
Another female rugby player with a shoulder problem.
After the Q&A session that went well after 6.00pm, the symposium finally ended with Mr Steven Khoo, the Business Development Director of Pilatique Pilates & Physiotherapy Studio presenting a token of appreciation.

Pilatique is intending to run Kinesio Taping 1 and 2 course on 14-15 January 2017. For more details on the courses, click here.

For me, with a recent ankle injury, I'm thinking of heading to Pilatique for a rehab session soon as I'll be running in a half marathon in two weeks time!

Gotta go do that appointment soon as I need to at least put in some training runs before the half marathon itself!

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