Friday, 30 June 2017

Going Korean For Father's Day

Father's Day for 2017 fell during the Ramadan month so it was dinner celebration for us.

We drove over to Cyberjaya but instead of going to Arab Restaurants there like we usually do, if we go to the area; we went there to eat Korean food.

To Ko Hyang to be exact.
We're more familiar with the one in Gardens Mall, KL but i was our first time eating out at the outlet in Cyberjaya.

It's a proper restaurant and located at Shaftbury Square (do google up the place yourself. This is an unpaid post. Muahahah)
Instead of calling the restaurant to reserve a table, I simply book our table through "Book a table" on their FB page.

Mighty handy. I received both an email alert and also SMS reminder after making my booking, complete with my booking reference number. It alerted me about my reservation too.

Anyways, we pretty much had the usual thing which we enjoyed...
Hubby ordered the O Jing Eo Bokkem (stir fried squid set).
Son had the Bulgogi bokkem (stir fried marinated beef) set.
And I had the soon dubu jigae (soft tofu stew).

The place was rather quiet but there were still a number of buka puasa diners during dinner.

It was good that we also enjoyed 15% discount by paying with our MBB credit card. (Gardens Mall outlet payment term is cash only)

An enjoyable dinner and a nice, quiet one too. ^^

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Press Release: IOI City Mall Celebrated Muhammad Al-Fateh Home Children for Iftar

Putrajaya- In celebration of Syawal, we seize every opportunity to be extra charitable, especially to those in need and more so to the children. This annual tradition has been arranged as a part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and mall’s effort to reach out to the less privileged as well as in giving back to the community.
IOI City Mall continues to enliven the spirit and reap the barakah of Ramadan this year by organising a special iftar or buka puasa (breaking of fast) by inviting 26 children from Muhammad Al-Fateh Home. The children, ranging in age from 7-18 years, were also accompanied by their 5 guardians during the dinner.

The event started off with a complimentary “Despicable Me 3” movie session fully sponsored by Golden Screen Cinema (GSC) along with a prayer break after the movie.

The kids were then treated with a shopping spree at LOL whereby they were given a chance to shop for new clothes to adorn on Hari Raya which aimed to make these kids feel special and spread a little cheer among them.

For Musaffar Shah, 12, the excitement had been building for days. “They told about it last week and I’ve looking forward to it since then,” he said.

Additionally, the children also received duit raya and a bag of goodies from the mall as well as from generous contributor, Toyota. After a group photograph session, the kids with their guardians were then treated to a sumptuous spread by Texas Chicken Malaysia for buka puasa.

The staff and management of IOI City Mall also spent time bonding with the children as they sat and dined with the children during dinner.

The visit gives IOI City Mall employees the opportunity to reach out to the less fortunate and to instill in them a need to participate in such social responsibility activities.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Augustman Buka Puasa Get Together Session

We were blessed to be able  to meet up and join a few friends & running bloggers during the last week of Ramadan for a session with the people from Augustman, which is a Man's magazine. 

Augustman Malaysia is a glossy monthly magazine aimed at the affluent, globalroaming, cosmopolitan man who covets success and the finer things in life, August is fresh, irreverent and provocative.

The magazine will be holding its inaugural running event on October 22, 2017 and it's open for both men and women alike.  Details on the run can be found here.
Thank you again Augustman Malaysia for the hospitality.

We had so much fun and the company was interesting and it was chatting almost non-stop.

We learn plenty of stuff that's interesting about the run and for those who wants to register, can do so at :
http://www.myracingevents.com/product/augustman-run
The meet up/buka puasa session was held at Hotel Stripes, Kuala Lumpur and I really, really love the place. (well, from what I've seen so far lah which were the pool with its awesome view of KL tower) and the dining area.

Would be great if I can try one of the rooms too, but from what I heard from a friend who had stayed there, the rooms are equally awesome.
The running & blogging kaki after the session.

We went home at almost 10.00pm! Oh my...

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Reasons To Visit My Hometown, Raub (Hint: Run There)

You should come and visit my hometown, Raub.

It's not that far from KL, it's about 1.5 to 2 hours drive (depending on how fast you drive and how Karak highway is).

It's only about 110km only, which for some runners I know, is a completely a runnable distance. Hey! Route 68 84km already brought you 3/4 way to Raub! You run farther down a bit, you get to stop at Kow Pow ice cream shop in Bentong town. Run farther down lagi, you'll see Lemang To'Ki (OK, actually got two outlets that I know of) and plenty of durian and nangka madu stalls. Run some more and you arrive to Raub dy!

You can make a detour and use the jalan lama to Sang Lee and stop by a number of resorts/glamping places there or simply test your skill at the winding route (with gaung next to the road for added thrill).
Welcome to Raub!

For nature lovers, there are plenty of attractions here. 
Ini Lata Lembik...
My personal favourite is the lata or waterfalls. There are Lata Lembik, Lata Jarum, Pulau Chekas, Lata Berembun and Jeram Besu.
From Raub, you can also travel to Cameron Highlands via Sg. Koyan and you can also use the alternative road to travel to Gua Musang (or to Merapoh for TMMT in August). ^^

The road to Cameron Highlands from Sg. Koyan look like this.

Can also opt to run from Raub to Cameron la, I think.
And for runners/cyclist apart from enjoying nature in Raub, there will be a race in September at SEMESTA.
SEMESTA is Sekolah Menengah Sains Tengku Abdullah, and the alumni of the school is having the event to raise funds for the school.

The route will through the kampung area and I bet, it'll be a wonderful experience. 

More info on the race and for registration:
Facebook page 
Registration

The event is also open to members of public and not limited to SEMESTA students and alumni.

Come lah, let's find what Raub can offer you.

I'll be posting more about what we can find in Raub later. ^^
Photo credit : http://akuanakpahang.blogspot.my
In the meantime, let's learn a bit of Pahang Barat dialect. ^^

And oh! Kacang goreng Sempalit is from Raub. Sempalit is in Raub and other than the kacang, there's also Kari Ayam Sempalit...

OK lah...better not divulge too much. Later, takde modal to put up more stories. LOL

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

تقبل الله مناومنكم  Taqabalallahu minna wa minkum.
May Allah accept your and our right doings.
May the day delight and the moments provide joy for all of you to treasure.
And may the year ahead be fruitful, for your home and family and especially for you.

From all of us.

SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI
MAAF ZAHIR DAN BATIN

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Press Release: Run for National Unity 2017

Thursday 15 th June, Petaling Jaya- HELP University and the Redberry Group will be organising the RUN for NATIONAL UNITY 2017 on Sept 16, 2017 in conjunction with Malaysia Day. The inaugural RUN was a success in 2016 and this year, it receives the support of the Department for National Unity and Integration. The tag line for this year is #Cintainegaraku.
Today the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, YB Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Kurup was the Guest of Honour at the Launch held in Redberry City.
From left, Redberry Group Managing Director and CEO, Datuk Siew Ka Wei, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Dept, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup , Vice-Chancellor and President, HELP University, Datuk Dr Paul Chan
The Run for National Unity 2017 will begin from 7.30am on Sept 16 from Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur.

The Run is being held not only to promote national unity and harmony but also to raise funds for deserving students to pursue their tertiary education.

All nett proceeds from the Run will be channeled to a scholarship fund for these students from all races.

The Run will be in held in 13 categories:

Men Open International (All Ages) – 10km
Women Open International (All Ages) – 10km
Men Open Malaysian (18 years – 39 years) – 10km
Women Open Malaysian (18 years – 39 years) – 10km
Men Open Veteran Malaysian (40 years and above) – 10km
Women Open Veteran Malaysian (40 years and above) – 10km
Primary School Boys (7 years – 12 years) – 5km
Primary School Girls (7 years – 12 years) – 5km
Secondary School Boys (13 years – 17 years - 7km
Secondary School Girls (13 years – 17 years) -7km
Family team – 5km
Corporate Team- 5km
Special/OKU- 5km

The Run will be conducted under the rules and regulations of the Malaysian Athletics Federations (MAF) while the technical support will be provided by the Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (FTKLAA).

All finishers will receive medals and certificates at the Finish Line.

Besides getting a T-shirt and goodie bag, participants also stand to win attractive lucky draw prizes.

There will also be plenty of entertainment and other activities at Padang Merbok after the Run, including stage performances.

Entries for the RUN for NATIONAL UNITY 2017 are open NOW!

Walk in registration can be done at:
- FTKLAA Office, 2 nd Floor, Wisma OCM, Jalan Hang Jebat, 50150 Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-2715 2843, email: sportftaaa@hotmail.com), or
- Department of Student Affairs, HELP University, Jalan Semantan 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-2716 2131)

The operating hours for walk-in registration are 10am-5pm from Monday to Friday, and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.

Online entry is also available at www.myraceonline.com

Friday, 23 June 2017

Come Home To Good Food At Dave's Deli

Disclaimer : made my trip to Dave's Deli a few days before puasa month started and blogging about it only now. Hahaha
So Dave's Deli has this 30% off promo for the main meals on weekdays which is really, really damn (oh shoot, better don't swear when fasting) good value.

Plenty of selection to choose from and with generous portion too.

Taste wise - might not be so great but with the price I paid (after the 30% discount), I sure ain't gonna complain much.
I had the lamb chop. And after the discount, it cost me less than RM18.00!

Good value, man.

Quite like the mashed potatos too.
With a cup of cappuccino, I also enjoyed this massive slice of apple pie served with custard sauce and ice cream.

Indeed a fulfilling lunch.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Ramadan Blessings

We are almost at the tailend of Ramadan and is at the last stretch of this holy month of fasting and  focusing on our deeds.

I always feel sad when Ramadan is ending although I have to admit, Syawal is a joyous occasion.
It's a time to be charitable too, and we ourselves were at the receiving end of kind folks when our car's battery went dead last Friday.

I have to say, syukur for kind friends and syukur I am able to almost complete the whole of Ramadan. 

Plenty of people are already on leave tomorrow as schools are closed for the Hari Raya holiday starting from tomorrow. To those who are travelling to their hometown, safe travel.

Selamat menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri. 
Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Race Alert: Augustman Run 2017

Augustman, the definitive men's network magazine is bringing to us a run come October 22nd, 2017. The magazine is a monthly men's luxury lifestyle publication and well, yeah... running is a lifestyle too. So, why not kan?

While Augustman is a men's magazine, the run is open to all genders so yeah, us female can join too! (And maybe can ogle at some handsome guys there too? *cross fingers*)

Augustman Run 2017 is the magazine's inaugural run and they had promised a fun race for all.

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about and join the run. Be it for new runners looking to upgrade from 5K or 10K races and also for seasoned runners.

One - the event tee sure looks great and classy. Saucony is the apparel sponsor so I'm certainly looking forward on getting this tee!

Two - the venue will be at Lot 10 and I heard that the route is a somewhat new route for us runners. Yeay!

Three - great post-run activities promised.

All I want is leng chais in suits at the finish line, waiting to hand me my medals, Can or not?

Just like Nagoya Women's Marathon and their Tiffany finisher pendant! Mwahaha
There is only one distance offered and that's 12K, for Men & Women Open, Men & Women Veteran.

But don't worry. I heard the cut-off time will be rather generous.

And oh yeah, do hurry and register because the early-bird rates will be ending on June 30th. It's RM65 for early bird and RM75 for normal fee.

Registration can be done at http://www.myracingevents.com/product/augustman-run

For fast runners, there'll be plenty of prizes too and not only for the top 3. There are prizes for the top 15 runners in each category. Way cool!
And us female runners have more reason to join.

Pendants for female runners who registered!

And for all runners, apart from getting the event tee and bib with timing chips. we are also getting a bib belt. Do away with pesky safety pin to fasten your bib or bib tacks. Get the exclusive Augustman bib belt instead. Hehehe
After the run, we can redeem a complimentary Starbucks drinks summore. Ai laikey...

So, come come. Join me and run in the Augustman Run 2017.

Details :
Registration link (again)
http://www.myracingevents.com/product/augustman-run

Date
October 22, 2017

Venue
Lot 10 Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Flag off Time
6.45am

Categories
Men Open (18-39 years old)
Men Veteran (40 years old and above)
Women Open (18 - 34 years old)
Women Veteran (35 years old and above)

Registration Fees
Early Bird RM65 (until June 30th 2017)
Normal RM75 (July 1st onwards)

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Press Release: RBC Race for the Kids returns to Kuala Lumpur on 29 October 2017

The 5km fun run aims to raise RM 90,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities  (RMHC) Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 June 2017 – Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) today announced that RBC Race for the Kids will return to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 29 October 2017 at the scenic Perdana Botanical Gardens.

The 5km non-competitive charity run is expected to attract more than 1,800 runners and walkers of all ages in support of RBC’s charity partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Malaysia. RBC and RMHC Malaysia aim to raise more than RM 90,000 to fund a third Ronald McDonald Sensory Room at Sekolah Semangat Maju Taiping (SSMT) for children with learning disabilities, autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

“We’re proud that RBC Race for the Kids Kuala Lumpur is again partnering with RMHC Malaysia to support children in need,” said Andy Allen, Head of RBC Investor & Treasury Services Malaysia. “RBC is a strong advocate of RMHC Malaysia’s longstanding efforts to help young people and we look forward to another successful event in 2017.”

The inaugural RBC Race for the Kids in 2016 raised RM 200,000, easily exceeding RBC and RMHC Malaysia’s fundraising target, and attracted more than 1,500 participants. The funds enabled RMHC Malaysia to build two Sensory Rooms in the Klang Valley.

“We are raising the bar this year and aim to attract even more participants in support of this wonderful cause,” said Victor Sim, Vice President, RMHC Malaysia. “More than 5,000 children in Malaysia have so far benefited from our Sensory Rooms, which stimulate sight, sound, touch and smell to help build cognitive skills and self-confidence.”

RBC Race for the Kids takes place in more than 15 locations around the world including London, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Sydney, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, attracting more than 124,000 participants. Since its launch in New York in 2009, RBC Race for the Kids has raised over US$27 million for children’s charities around the globe.

For more information on the event and how to register, please visit RBC Race for the Kids Kuala Lumpur.

Friday, 16 June 2017

A Night At Tan'Yaa Hotel, Cyberjaya

We had a voucher for a night stay at Tan'yaa hotel and we needed to redeem it before July 13th so we decided to go there last weekend.

Just go and enjoy a night sleeping in a hotel bed also quite nice la. Free summore. Haha
 Very, very spacious room with a huge living room.

But no bathtub...
 At 4.00am, a staff came with this plastic bag from Uncle K, a nearby kopitiam.
It's our sahur (included in the room breakfast package).

Instead of going down for sahur, they delivered our packed sahur to our room and we made our selection when we checked-in earlier.

OK la... For a free room. Hihihi

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Sahur At McDonald's - d'Grand Platter

Twice this Ramadan month, we had our sahur at McD. Just for the fun of it and for me to get my caffeine fix at McCafe because I do like their coffees. It's affordable and quite nice too.

Anyhoo, we tried their d'Grand Platter which is essentially a jacked up version of Big Breakfast. 
So seriously, nothing fancy la. I can cook it better at home buttttt since I wanna drink coffee and latte is included in the set of RM15, we ordered it anyway.

Talk about being  easy to con. LOL

But OK la. Got McMuffin, got eggs (sunny side up or scrambled), mushrooms, cold cut, hash browns, patty, and also baked beans along with latte.

Go makan at Plan B, it's triple that price (altho nicer la)...

First time we ordered it, it was at McD Bandar Baru Bangi. The staff probably was still groggy, and we ordered the set, he asked what we wanted for drinks. Replied latte (of course la, and Hubby even showed the menu to the fella), he punched in tea. Adui. Hahaha

Lucky the manager sorted it afterwards and we had our set (with price deducted for the latte) and yet we still enjoyed our latte. It would've been quite funny (misunderstanding between latte and TEH) if not for the fact the staff didn't even apologise or acknowledge he misunderstood our order. 

Second time we had it was at McD Equine Park.

Go there and then... McCafe was closed pulak!

No luck to drink latte for sahur. Huhu

Next time I wanted to eat this Mat Salleh style sahur, I'm cooking it myself! Hehe

Now, if only I have a Nespresso coffee machine at home. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Press Release: “MOLEKNYO RAYO BERSAMO” WITH IOI CITY MALL

Putrajaya – In the midst of all festivities, the best part about celebrating Hari Raya is the renewing of familial ties and bonds. The true essence of the festivity is to spend quality time with loved ones and ultimately what truly makes the busyness of the season so meaningful.

And this year, to usher in the festive season, IOI City Mall has a line-up of interesting events revolving around this year’s theme of “Moleknyo Rayo Bersamo” happening from May 26th to June
27th 2017.

Standing tall and striking at the Lower Ground Centre Court of the mall are twinkling coconut trees functioned as windmills complement the astounding Kelantan inspired kampung houses perfectly, setting the scene for a traditional atmosphere and bringing to the fore the spirit of  togetherness.

Other than the traditional and vibrant decorations set to wow shoppers, there are dazzling of Ramadan bazaar booths on both sides which offers shoppers with traditional souvenirs, assorted delights and Raya fashion wear.

And thanks to the oversized photo selfie board where shoppers are kept busy with their smart phones that include a giant-sized wayang kulit, wau bulan, batik walkway and other quirky backdrops that express idyllic kampung feel.

Indahnya Raya Bila Dapat Berkumpul Bersama
In line with the spirit of Syawal, IOI City Mall will initiate a charity event which will be held on 19th June to bring Aidilfitri joy to 20 boys and 6 girls whose ages range from 7 to 18 years old from Muhammad Al-Fateh Home.

The gathering is not only to celebrate the children but also as part of CSR programme initiative as a common approach of philanthropy.

It will be an exciting afternoon for the children as they will be there not only for the movie session of Despicable Me-3 at GSC but also to participate in the breaking of fast with Texas Chicken after a shopping spree by LOL, duit Raya giveaway, and photo session.

Serikan Suasana Raya
To further enrich this momentous celebration, IOI City Mall planned the following exciting activities throughout the festive period. Visitors also can look forward to many activities such as batik workshops, cooking demos and art & crafts workshops and will be entertained with a series of exciting traditional performances, so mark your calendars for Raya congestion activities this year!

Malay Dance
27, 28 May, 3, 4, 11, 17, 25, 26, 27 June

Dikir Barat
27 May, 4, 10, 12, 18, 24 and 26 June

Middle Easter Pastries Tasting by Baaji’s
27 May, 10 June

Batik Workshop
28 May, 3, 11 June

Wayang Kulit
28 May, 3, 10, 24 June

Silat
4, 12, 17 June

Rebana Drum
11, 13, 18, 25, 27 June

Spelling and Haiya Bid Doa Competition by CIC
17 June | 10 am

Food Tasting by Aroma Village
17 June

Dessert Demo by Gula Petite
18 June

Spend and Redeem with Beraya In Style
Reward yourself today with Beraya In Style promo where visitors are entitled to a free sofa pillow when they spend RM350 (RM200 with AmBank MasterCard Contactless credit or debit card) in a single receipt or simply spend RM150 (RM80 with AmBank MasterCard Contactless credit or debit card) in a single receipt to redeem and walk-away with complimentary set of Raya packets that will make shopping at IOI City Mall even more satisfying.

Redemptions must be made on the same day of purchase at Ground Floor East Wing, limited to one redemption per customer, per day while stocks last. These redemptions are not valid with purchase made at GSC, HomePro, Index Living Mall, Parkson, Tesco, District 21, Icescape, Currency Exchangers and any form of bill payments.

Alternatively, visitors can redeem and enjoy a free customised hand windmill just by Like & Follow
IOI City Mall Facebook page, while stocks last. 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Miyagi - Before The Start of Fasting Month

This dinner at our favourite Japanese restaurant happened almost a month ago!

Can't exactly remember what the occasion was but I think we didn't have any excuse to go eat there. Just make sure we have surplus money to splurge only. Hihihi

Anyhoo, eating at Miyagi is always good value even after they slightly increase their price currently.
 Son had the teppan beef set.
 I had the salmon teriyaki set because I was hankering for salmon.

Aaaahhh now I remember! We went there because I wanted to eat salmon lah! Hahaha
 And Hubby had the chicken katsu curry set
The appetizer that came with my set. I absolutely love this simmered fish dish. Nyum nyum.

Three sets and it was only for RM116.00.

Nowadays, the restaurant is more popular than it was years ago when we first step in to the place so if we were late, we had to be prepared to see a full house and eat elsewhere. Good for the business but not good for us lah. Huhuhu

And because business is good, quite hard to get our green tea refilled now. What to do...

We still like the place and the food portion so I guess we'll still be patronising this outlet for our Japanese food fix.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Affordable Ramadan Buffet Part III : D'Saji Kajang Perdana Avenue

After enjoying Nasi Arab (Arab cuisine) buffet at Safaa Restaurant for only RM29.90 and then a steamboat/grill buffet at MAEPS Bistro for RM45.90, we tried D'Saji Kajang Avenue Perdana last weekend.

It was a treat and a gathering for my siblings (alas, two families couldn't make it) but it was still a hoot.
Grabbed this promo at 11Street which is a pretty darn good deal for RM39/pax/adult.

Original price was at RM64.00, D'Saji does slashed the price and advertise it at RM49+ but of course 11street promo price was the best! Only RM39 net!

Kids above 4 is RM29+
and infants and those below 4 is charged RM10+
They serve kambing golek!

I was a tad skeptical about the place but friends assured me that they do serve rather good food there (though friends went there for weddings la, D'Saji Kajang Perdana Avenue being a wedding hall and all).
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

Plenty of food station - ranging from traditional fares such as Patin tempoyak (but they didn't refill this dish! Boohoooo!!!), ayam masak merah, masak lemak telur itik and even nasi kerabu; to noodles - laksa and mee rebus; to fried food - roti john, koay teow and mee goreng; to desserts and plenty of them! There were soft serve ice cream too.
One of the two tables that we reserved. Hihihi

Don't worry. We ate them all.

Small portion, plenty variety - that's our strategy anyway.

Staff were really efficient our plates so thumbs up to them.

Parking were easy.

They put on wedding songs for entertainment instead of Raya song though. (Dewan kawen la katakan) Hahaha

It wasn't too crowded so the family really had a relaxing time.

Next year, boleh la try the ones in The Strand kot (the Red Carpet Avenue). The one at Dewan Perdana Felda is way out of my budget. Hehehe

Friday, 9 June 2017

Affordable Ramadan Buffet Part II - MAEPS Bistro

The thing about buka puasa/Ramadan buffet is not really for the fact that I can gorge myself silly there but rather, it is a convenient option especially when going out with a big group.

I still balk about having paying through the nose at exorbitant rates charged by hotels and certain restaurants but thank goodness there are still affordable and more reasonable (masuk akal) prices and option out there.

Last week we tried Safaa Restaurant buffet which offers Arabic cuisine.

This week, we went to MAEPS Bistro for a steamboat/grill fare with Ten Senses/Running Project people.
There were about 17 of us so this was a good deal and option.

MAEPS Bistro has a huge space and as we were there during a weekday, it wasn't really a full house but the crowd was still respectable.

There were rice/noodle section with traditional lauk pauk, desserts station, kids' station (serving spaghetti, nuggets, sausages and fries), nasi ayam station, of course there were the steamboat/grill stations (I wish there were marinated meat served for grilling instead of just plain option), roti canai and most important (for us) - kambing golek.
Food was decent enough and were refilled quite quickly and efficiently.

Grilling wise was a tad no fun (sebab daging plain takde rasa. Hahaha).

Surau and toilet were very near.

There were entertainment and diners could enjoy a spot of karaoke too.
Nothing wasted for us!

All in all, a good value for RM45.90 per pax.

Good ambiance and quite relaxing.

Truthfully, we arrived at MAEPS Bistro an hour before buka puasa and we almost wished we had our running gear along so we could run a bit around MAEPS!

Though Hubby and I did grouch about the fruit selection a bit. This being in MAEPS, fruits served at the buffet should be more and of many variety lah! Nangka ke, at the very least. Hehehe

Anyways, thank you for the tukang belanja for a good buka puasa outing. 

We'll be heading to another affordable buffet this Sunday. Where? Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

It's Supposed To Be Hard

It has been two weeks since Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017. Two weeks since I last ran 42K. Two weeks since I ran at all…

Instead of post-run euphoria, I am back to do a bit of soul searching. Post-mortem. Talked to my GP again. Looked at my fuelling plan. Looked at my trainings (or lack thereof).

Running 42K or a full marathon is not easy. It is supposed to be hard. Knowing that it is hard for me means that knowing to respect the distance. Not fear it but to give it its proper recognition. 

It is the trend now it seems, to call 42K the new fun run. With the deluge and rise of many local ultra runners who do 100K week in, week out; I guess 42K is indeed their new fun run.

But for mere mortals like me, running a full marathon still takes time, effort and planning. Juggling life in-between and also to be mindful that I do not alienate other components in my life for the sake of running. Running is not my life. It is just a part of me. At the end of the day, it’s the people who had supported me to run that is more important. My family. 

But that’s the beauty of running a full marathon, I guess. Knowing that it is supposed to be hard kept me going. Knowing that I can’t just quit because it got hard.  Knowing that there is no shame in finishing last if I still have the strength and ability to finish it off. Knowing too, when to quit if things got way out-of-hand. Knowing where my priorities lies. Knowing to sacrifice and yet not give up. Knowing to compromise.  

Knowing that I have the right to be ashamed of my run as much as I have the right to be proud of them. Because without that feeling, I wouldn’t have the motivation to be better. To strive to be better. I do not want to continually declare “well, at least I finished”. I know deep in my heart, I can’t settle for a mere “at least I finished”. 

But also knowing to not take things too seriously sometimes. I can laugh at myself but what do I do after all the laughter died down?

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 was my second full marathon for 2017. Running full marathons is not exactly fun for me. Seriously, I love half marathons more or food-fest ultramarathons. Running it is part of 2017’s plan to complete 4 full marathons and part of a 3-year plan to improve my running time.

I started running at the age of 36. My first race was 3 days before my 36th birthday. It was a 10K. I rescued a kitten mid-run. So yeah, that’s pretty much the gist of me running in races. Run and enjoy.

I moved on to half-marathons the next year and full marathons the year after. 50K, 60K, 80K, 12-hours, 16-hours, 40-hours followed after that. I wanted to see how far I could go. I yearned to do 100K one day, but I wanted to do it in a time that I could be proud of.

So finally, I decided to start all over again after my 40th birthday. I closed my ultra running chapter temporarily by running in an ultra in Japan. What a close it was. En-route to that ultra, I beat my 10K, half marathon, full marathon and 50K timing. Smashed my PBs for those distances. Finished that ultra 30 minutes earlier that what I had targeted. What a grand 40th birthday celebration it was.

I am now on a 3-year quest to re-learn, re-evaluate, re-asses my running and what I perceived to be my love for it. 

2016 was the year I worked on my half marathon. I finally improved my 10K timing and with the help of my Gaited Community running buddies, managed to smash my half marathon timing again. Truthfully, 2016 was a fun year. I was running and training for my favourite distance and I enjoyed it. I did a lot of experiments during my runs and most went rather well.

2017 has so far been a struggle. I did two full marathons and have only two more full marathons to go for the year. To say that the plan hasn’t been working this year is quite an understatement. Nothing seems to work despite a rather good 10Ks and half marathons for the 1st half of the year. 

I struggle to find a plan that is suitable for me, very much unlike when I was training for my halfs and ultras.

The full marathon fiasco at Standard Chartered KL Marathon (fiasco for me lah, no fault of the organiser) kinda left me thinking on the reason why I want to do this. It’s not that things fell apart late in the run for both of my full marathons this year. Things fell apart early. As early as 5K. Imagine struggling for the next 37K and consoling yourself that this is supposed to be hard.

Why am I running in full marathons when I don’t even like the distance?

It is not easy to keep being focused for 3-years too. Two more years before I return to running in an ultra marathon again. It is as much a goal as it is a promise. And I do intend to keep my promise.

I love running. Despite the inability to run fast, it is where I find joy in.  I am very much a solitary runner and I enjoy spending time with just my thoughts and running for hours. No music, no chatter, just me and my thoughts. 

I don’t run because I have to but I run because I want to. 

Getting the step out of the house to run is always hard, but once I started, I always wished I have more time to run.

And now I have to tell myself again, “This is supposed to be hard”.

That is why running a full marathon is so rewarding.

Not because everyone is doing it.

Not because of trends.

Because I need to work for it.

Be better at it.

It is supposed to be hard and that what makes it worthwhile to cross the finish line. 

It is supposed to be hard and that’s why running a full marathon can change one’s life. It changes one’s perception of life.

It is supposed to be hard but it can be so rewarding.

And that’s why I will continue doing it. 

Hakusan-Shirakawago… I’ll see you when I’m ready. That’s a promise. Just wait for me to be ready.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Affordable Ramadan Buffet : The Quest For Nasi Arab - Safaa BBQ

We were in Cyberjaya last weekend and had thought of ordering food from Saba Restaurant, located right opposite D'Pulze shopping mall.

It had been rather a tradition for us to "tapau" food from this restaurant for buka puasa, at least once during the Ramadan month. 
Then we stumbled across this promotion at the restaurant next to Saba, Safaa Restaurant.

Quite affordable for a buffet dinner (heck, I'm not gonna dish out RM100 per person for buka puasa!) and unlike Saba's buffet priced at RM29.90, Safaa has lamb in the menu. Have to order ala-carte if want to eat lamb at Saba.

For around RM75 for us three, it would've been the same if we order our lamb mandy set anyway. 
We didn't intend to stuff ourselves silly anyway, and only took a 2nd serving afterwards. 

Food were replenished quite fast and it was pretty decent.

I have to say, quite good value for Arab food buffet.

Do make reservations as seats are limited.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Press Release: Malaysia Ultra League Championship Launch

Malaysian Ultra Runners Association launches the Malaysia Ultra League Championship
MURA representative with Race Directors and Race Owners at the launch

Kuala Lumpur 2 June 2017 – The Malaysian Ultra Runners Association (MURA) launched the Malaysia Ultra League Championship (MUL) with its title sponsor Ultron held here at its outlet in Glo Damansara.

The 1st of its kind, the Malaysia Ultra League Championship (MUL) was conceived by MURA with the intention of bringing the ultra running community with an ultra running league for all Malaysia’s ultra running races. This is also part of MURA’s objective to present and promote the Malaysia ultra running circuit to gain more exposure for both local and international ultra runners
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With this new approach, ultra runners would be encouraged and acknowledged for their efforts and achievements for a calendar year. This would then foster competition and discover talented runners thus preparing them for international races representing Malaysia.

Opened to all local and non-local runners, this league represents all local Ultra Races which have prior participation in the league. Therefore, all runners who participate in these races will be up for ranking points which include some participation points as well as varies with more given to top finishers of the race. All points would be tabled and the league will end (annually) its season with an Awards Gala Dinner recognizing the Top 20 male and female overall ranked runners with trophies and prizes. The Malaysia Ultra League Championship will be having the well known sportwear brand Ultron as title sponsor for the 2017 season.

As of press time, the President of the Malaysian Ultra Runners Association, Mr Ng Seow Kong briefed the press that more than 90% of all Ultra Races in Malaysia have shown their commitment and joined the league. He was also quoted saying that, MURA will have the confidence thru the Malaysia Ultra League Championship to promote to international ultra runners with its relationship with worldwide ultra running association.

2016/2017 Race Calendars at a glance:
About the Malaysian Ultra Runners Association (MURA)
MURA, registered under the Registrar Of Society and formed in June 2014 is a non-profit entity that seeks to provide a national platform representing common interests of Malaysian ultrarunners to government authorities, sponsors, race directors and other stakeholders. As an officially registered body, it seeks to represent Malaysian ultra-runners in international ultrarunning arenas and communities. Locally, through organizing regular forums, running clinics, LSDs and working closely with the race directors, MURA seeks to promote general quality of Malaysian ultra-runners and ultra-races in the long term.

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

About Ultron®, Malaysia
One of the leading sports apparel brands in Malaysia, ULTRON®is ‘s philosophy is to create products that will advance human performance. ULTRON® employs fabric and construction technology to take you beyond what you only thought was possible. ULTRON® is fast becoming a known performance sports brand that is worn by those who are actively cool and endorsed 2017 Title.

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