Thursday, 18 January 2018

I'm Running For A Reason At Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2018

I've been a participant of Standard Chartered KL Marathon since 2012, where I ran my first half marathon ever and have been participating in this iconic Malaysia's race yearly ever since.
https://www.kl-marathon.com/charity/run-for-a-reason/runners-profile/2018/65004/#.Wl4dF66WbIV
This year, I'm doing the Run For A Reason (RFAR) and supporting the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM).

I chose NCSM as my dedication to my relatives and friends who had either braved through cancer or still fighting bravely despite their ailments.

My thoughts and prayers are with them so let's support NCSM to ensure that no Malaysian need to fear cancer.

Let's help and support NCSM in creating an understanding of cancer that leads to prevention and early detection by providing the best possible care and support for those affected by cancer.

Donation can be made at my profile.

Thank you.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Press Release: ILLUMI RUN MALAYSIA 2018 - A glowing success with more than 4,000 runners!

ILLUMI RUN A GLOWING SUCCESS WITH MORE THAN 4,000 RUNNERS 
It was an illuminating night with a line-up of acts to pump up the jam! 

Kuala Lumpur, 13 January 2018: The ILLUMI RUN Malaysia kicked off on high note at the Selangor Turf Club, attracting more than 4,000 ardent fun runners and festival go-ers.
ILLUMI RUN is organised by Infinitus Productions Pte Ltd in collaboration with presenting sponsor, MPI Generali Insurans Berhad. The ultimate festival on the run offered the most exhilarating neon experience ever to runners. Participants enjoyed the night running through an escalating scene of dashing colours whilst being splashed with the iconic ILLUMI Glow Water.

Oliver Tan, CEO of MPI Generali Insurans Berhad said: ͞It was exhilarating to be part of this new experience of running through music zones with splashes of glowing water. At MPI Generali Insurans Berhad, we are happy that this Run provided a platform for us to engage with the community, our employees and business partners. We are proud to witness this first Illumi Run in Malaysia, more importantly to witness its successful accomplishment of the fundamental for this run – the combination of wholesome fun, community spirit and promote running at the same time.͟

Held for the first time in Malaysia, ILLUMI RUN showcased the ͚Neon Paradise͛ themed route complete with paradise-themed glow zones that will douse participants in ILLUMI Glow Water as they run and dance along to fresh beats through the night.

Flagged off at 8.00pm, the run began with a Laser Rainforest, showcasing 3D light and neon paint displays and the hottest fist-pumping tracks. Those with a sweet tooth looked forward to running into Candy Pop, a candy-lover͛s dream showcasing life-sized candy and rainbow sprinkles where ILLUMINATORs shot participants with Glow Water.

Meanwhile, Cosmic-Land transported the runners to a galactic world of planets and stars, while life͛s is a beach at A Beach Lifezone, a sandy paradise featuring surfboards, glow floats, and balls. The runculminated at Flower Dreams, a glow zone that treated runners to a one-of-a-kind neon field of flowers.

The fun continued beyond the run, with the ILLUMI Glow Slide at the festival village, cooling participants after their run with even more ILLUMI Glow Water and the ultimate ILLUMI Festival with LIVE acts including Dangerdisko (MY) and Jenni-F (MY). The music festival finale was definitely the kicker for the whole course as the runners ended the night on a luminescent high. ͞

Being able to witness thousands of Malaysians enjoying themselves in the run is indeed the most gratifying part. There is not a single doubt that this is something we will be continuing for our future events within Malaysia and the region. We will be certain to surpass our own standards each year.͟ said by Jeffrey Foo, Director of Infinitus Productions Pte Ltd.
One of the runners, 42 year-old David along with his 12-year-son shared,͞ "My favourite activity in ILLUMI village was definitely the ILLUMI slide! We enjoyed a dive and plunge into a pool of neon happiness as promised for a thrilling experience!͟"
Kar Jun, 25 and Elaine, 26 also revealed that their favourite activity for the night was the ILLUMI slide. ͞"Laser Rainforest (Zone 1) was mind-blowing as we danced along with the adrenaline pumping tracks played and was amazed by the stunning glow paint display. We were most impressed with the DJs for the music festival.͟͞"
"Tonight was unquestionably memorable! Not forgetting the awesome neon makeover, as we had the opportunity to turn our faces into creative art pieces. We will surely look forward for another ILLUMI Run next year!͟" shared both friends Fatiman, 29 and Murni, 34.

ILLUMI RUN also believes in giving back to the community and pledged monetary support to S.O.S Kids, a community support group who aims to improve the care of the critically sick and underprivileged children based in Sarawak. The funds were raised through registration fees as well as add-on donations from participants. Through ILLUMI RUN, the event hopes to raise awareness for S.O.S kids and contributes more funds towards their efforts to provide better medical care for these children.

In addition, ILLUMI Kids Morning Run was also held on the same day at 7.30am with a distance of 2km where more than 300 kids and their parents participated in the run.

For more information, please go to www.illumirun.com/my

ILLUMI RUN MALAYSIA 2018 DETAILS
Date : 13 January 2018 Time : 6.00pm – 11.30pm
Venue : Selangor Turf Club
Distance : 4km with 5 different glow zones along the route
Tag everything with : #illumirunmy / #illumirunmy2018
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/illumirun
Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/illumirunmy

ILLUMI KIDS MORNING RUN 2018 DETAILS
Date : 13 January 2018
Time : 7.00am – 11.30pm
 Venue : Selangor Turf Club
Distance : 2km run with Parent (On-Route Zone: 2)
Age Limit: For age 4 to 12 years old.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Street Thai Food At Streat Thai


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food wise, the prize is quite reasonable.

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

Monday, 15 January 2018

Press Release: Sun Life Malaysia Resolution Run

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

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

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

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

Runners begin their Run after the official flag-off

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

Sunday, 14 January 2018

A Melaka Kampung Run At Skyhawk Nature Run 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

RACE DAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheesh.

Anyhoo...

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

But whenever I saw photogs, I ran lah. wakaka

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

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

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

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

And afterwards, I queued for Milo lah. 

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

Quite easy and no killer incline.

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

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

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

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