Monday, 16 January 2017


Listed on National Stock Exchange of Australia
With RM40 Million Market Capitalization

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 16 JANUARY 2017 – (NSX:8EP) E-Plus Limited (E-Plus), one of Asia’s leading events management company, began trading today at 10:00AM Australia Eastern Daylight Time (GMT +10) on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX) under the stock code, 8EP. A total of 245 million shares were issued and quoted at an initial market price of AUD0.05 (RM0.16) per share.
E-Plus achieved a giant milestone with its listing on NSX as the first Malaysia-based events management company to go public on Australian shores. The company made significant growth in its financial and business portfolio through prominent, high-adrenaline and record-breaking events and exhibitions such as the World Islamic Economic Forum, the United Buddy Bears Exhibition and the Melaka Art and Performance Festival. These are among the few events that have carved its name into the industry’s history books.

The company’s consistency in growing the brand name also led to the acquisition of international event rights for the Powerman World Series Duathlon Asia Championships as well as the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship recently.

“It has taken twelve long years to develop E-Plus into a global brand and all that hard work has finally paid off. As the first ever events management company from Malaysia to be listed on the NSX, we have now stamped our mark in the region and look forward to playing in the international arena and moving on, we will be spreading our wings and establish more operations offices throughout Southeast Asia. This will definitely be a new chapter for us, as we continue to secure international event rights as well as producing world class events in the region,” said Andrew Ching, Chief Executive Officer of E-Plus Limited.
(Right) Chin @ Chin Kon Kong, Chairman of E-Plus Limited, and (second from right) Andrew Ching, CEO of E-Plus Limited, receiving a certificate of recognition by (left) Ann Bowering, Managing Director of NSX Australia, witnessed by John Williams, Head of Admissions of NSX Australia.
In addition to client servicing and events management services, the company also offers integrated marketing services that include but not limited to events production, production support, 3D and graphic design services, media and communications as well as the acquisition of international event rights.

For more information, visit

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Tale Of Twincity - My Marathon Start For 2017

Another chapter of My Tale of Twincity.

I did the half-marathon category last year, and finished with four minutes off my target. Despite not meeting the target, I was pretty happy as it was the start of my half-marathon training for 2016. 2016 race recap here.

Fast forward to 2017.

I had high hopes for my first marathon in 2017. But I was also nervous. The last marathon that I did was at Park Marathon in Dec 2015. 

But sometimes, things are just not meant to be. Even when you've been training hard and looking forward to your race.

I'm not sure what went wrong, but as early as 3K, I felt tightness at the back of my neck. And dizziness. Then nausea. I brushed it off and ran steadily, passing the 6-hour pacers. 

My target pace was rather conservative as I wanted to hold a 7:50 pace for the first 30K and then I planned for a positive splits of 8:00min ++ pace for the balance.

At KM6, reaching the 2nd WS; I was actually doing an average pace of 8:00. Slow. A friend at the WS hollered: "Marlina, go run faster!" Hahaha

I grabbed a cup of Lucozade (in the end, that was the only cup of Lucozade I drank throughout the run) and continued. Instead of feeling better, I felt worse. My head and neck felt tighter, I was trying not to puke and my legs felt heavy. Friends kept passing me and saying hello. One guy was so cute, he even shook my hand. ^^

Approaching KM11 and getting towards the 3rd WS, I was already walking and two friends from my running group, Gaited Community (GC); caught up with me. Izam look worriedly at me, offered bread and drinks but I declined. I told him that I'd stop at the WS and do an assessment whether to continue or call for medic's help. 

And I stopped by the roadside, sat down, tried to loosen anything that I can loosen. Took off my compression socks and rested. I had a few options. 
  1. Ask for medic
  2. Wait for hubby, who was doing the half marathon to arrive as he'd be passing the same route and whine at him
  3. DNF or a slow finish even I would be ashamed of. Huhuhu

I finally decided to start walking again. Sockless this time and I was hoping fervently I won't get blisters. Not running. Running made me wanting to puke and I'd get dizzy. I actually walked until I reached KM17. By that time, I saw both the 6:00 hour and 6:30 pacers passed me. One of the 6:30 pacers gave encouragement to keep running and I was screaming "can't you see I'm not feeling well!"  in my head. Hahaha Emo. 

I saw the ambulance passed by a few times and later saw a pacer with her pacing balloon cut off getting into the ambulance. Temptations. But I stupidly slogged on. 

At around KM18 I felt better and I started to jog and managed to do so until KM20. Then continued jog/walk until KM30.

At this time, I had only one banana from one of the earlier WS and mineral water. Apart from the Lucozade that I had at the 2nd WS, I skipped drinking isotonic drinks at all other WS as I was afraid I'd puke or have tummy discomfort. It was CICM all over again but worse (because I was doing double the distance this time).

Bumped into Izam again at around KM20 and he gave me encouragement as I just grimaced. Another friend, who managed to finish in an awesome sub5 timing, hollered from the other side of road as he had made a u-turn and running towards Taman Selatan. 

Izam later passed a pack of ice to me at around KM26 and I used it to ease pressure from my neck. Heat, I can stand. But when the whole head felt tight, I suffer. 

Nearing KM30 there was a WS that served Nasi Lemak Anak Dara (that went viral months back). I was looking for sponges and bananas but alas, I was too slow for them. No more sponges or bananas. Another cup of mineral water and I continued.

I reached 30K at 4:43 and that is not a pretty timing and I still had 12K to go. At that time, all I could think of was how Hubby would react if I finish way off my target time. 

12K to go and all I could do was walk. It was so damn frustrating but I tried hard to keep a cheerful demenaour. Self-pity ain't gonna finish my race after all.

At around KM32, after almost 5 hour on the road, I messaged hubby with "Gonna finish late. Wanna puke at KM12. I just walked all the way".  I tried to run a bit again because I do want to get the run over and done with as soon as I could but nausea stopped me. Blergh.

I bumped into another GC member who was cycling and supporting runners and he offered sprays a few time. I declined every time. The legs felt fine. I just can't move any faster. But I didn't decline when he wanted to take photos! Muahaha

Hizwani, another GC member caught up with me and we walked together for a few hundred metres before he sped off.
Photo credit : Nizam
Every time my GC buddies offered me something, gel, spray and even ice-cream I declined. All I took was mineral water.
Photo credit : Nizam
Muka bonk. Hahaha
I just kept walking and getting passed by runners, left right center until I passed the last WS at KM41 and forced myself to start running again, nausea or otherwise. I just didn't want Hubby to be utterly disappointed at my performance.

Two hundred metres towards the finish line, friends were encouraging me and asking me what happened as I was so damn slow. Huhu
A few hi-5s and with Redz accompanying me and pushing me for the final stretch, I crossed the finish line. With GC members waiting right there. *cries*

Took my medal, got my finisher tee and sat down under a tree to rest. Hubby asked whether I could eat as he wanted to take some fried bihun that the organizer provided for free for runners but I declined. 
With two of my saviours for the day. Hizwani and Izam.
Finally, solid food after the run. McD's porridge. Bummer. 

Despite the bad timing, I wouldn't say it was a bad run.

I learn quite a few stuff from the run.
  • I could run with just water and banana for 42K
  • I could run sock-less for 30K in my adidas Ultra Boost without any blister
  • I have awesome friends
  • Hubby wasn't all that fierce after all, if I have a valid reason to not perform as expected. Hahaha
  • And I won't pretend this was just an LSD. This was a race that didn't go as planned. 
Photo credit : Azmi
Managed to bump into four soldiers who were doing the marathon in their army gears at around KM24. That was a sight. A very nice sight. ^^

Truthfully, my ego is quite hurt at the timing that I did. Hubby was rather pragmatic about it. He said, after all the "achievements" I managed to do in 2016, perhaps this incident is a way to keep me grounded and not get cocky. I have to agree.

I was 40 minutes off my previous PW and the run was 30 minutes slower than Park Marathon which was a 43K run and almost 1:20 hour off my PB.

Now, I just have to dust myself off, braced for haters and keep on going.

I have a bigger fish to fry and I just have to keep being focused.

See you next at SCKLM 2017!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Faces Of Twincity Marathon REPC

Twincity Marathon. My first full marathon in 12 months. 
Thank you RD for helping us to get our bib FAST! Hehehe
The crowd.
The crew.
The faces behind Moolabar, Twincity and SCKLM. Together.
Runners and event crew extraordinaire.
The face you'll love to see in any marathon. Great to see you again, Mohan! Speedy recovery!
And of course, friends who will also be running tomorrow, be it 5K, 12K, HM or FM.

Good luck and have fun everyone!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

I Wuz 'Ere - Memoirs of Star 86

Read first, review coming later.

What's this, you ask?

It's the memories of  Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR) Ipoh batch ‘86 alumni (some of whom are my GC running kakis) being immortalised in this book. ^^

The memoir was launched earlier this year and was officiated by Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) chairman Tan Sri Dr Abdul Samad Alias.

It is a joint publication by the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books (ITBM) and Starians.Com Sdn Bhd to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the class of ‘86 at the all-boys boarding school.

So what will an all-girls (MGS) alumni and also an MRSM alumni have to say about this memoir?


I'll read and write about it after Twincity Marathon (during my mereput season, that is).

Anyways, if you want to purchase it, you can visit the Starians website for more details.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Press Release: Getting healthier together at MPI Generali Run 2017

  • Princes and princesses “graced” 5km Fun Run while competitive runners joined 10km at Padang Merbok
  •  Family day atmosphere at carnival for participants from all walks of life
  •  Project Good Deeds collected 177 pairs of sports shoes and 950 tees

Kuala Lumpur – Princes and princesses were sighted at Padang Merbok yesterday but instead of running late for a ball, they were running to get healthier together at MPI Generali Run 2017.
The sixth annual community run of MPI Generali Insurans Berhad features a 5km fun category in which participants got to dress up as Prince and Princess to race while keeping fit at the same time. Family members and friends who prefer a more relaxing exercise opted for the 3km Fun Walk.

The Run’s 10km category catered to the more competitive runners. In total, the Run attracted over 4,300 runners.

The Best Dressed cosplay runners at MPI Generali Run 2017 after accepting their prizes from Project Leader Jayne Liew (third from left)
With participants from all walks of life, the Run treated them to a carnival at Padang Merbok Car Park where they were entertained by balloon sculptors, bubble performances and cosplayers ready for wefie opportunities.
Booths of sponsors and partners were also set up offering great deals like special discounts and post-run massage. Snack stalls offering tidbits like popcorn and cotton candy completed the family day atmosphere.
Before the prize-giving ceremony, participants took up the emcee’s cue to remain motionless for a Mannequin Challenge video.
Participants also got the chance to be eco-friendly and do a kind deed by donating their pre-loved sports shoes and tees to Project Good Deeds. Seeking to reduce the impact of solid waste on the environment, the CSR initiative successfully collected 177 pairs of sports shoes and 950 tees for the Orang Asli community.
The Run returned to its mainstay Padang Merbok as the routes remain a popular favourite among both amateur and seasoned runners. Project Leader Jayne Liew remarked: “All these years, MPI Generali Run has been associated with the hilly challenge and scenic city view of Padang Merbok. We have not settled on the location for our next MPI Generali Run. All I can assure you is we will strive to live up to our established reputation as a well-organised and fun-filled Run.”
The next MPI Generali Run is slated to happen on 13 January 2018. MPI Generali will continue introducing new concepts to the Run so that community members can better enjoy starting the year on a healthy footing.
The Run Organiser takes this opportunity to congratulate all the Race finishers especially the Champions of the four categories: James Karanja (10km Men’s Open), Vadiveelu Arumugam (10km Men’s Veteran), Manissha Arokiasamy (10km Women’s Open) and Yuan Yu Fang (10km Women’s Veteran).
The Organiser would also like to thank all the sponsors and partners, MPI Generali employees, business associates, volunteers, corporate supporters and all runners for taking part. Those who are interested may contact


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