Monday, 22 January 2018

We Conquered Twincity Marathon 2018!

NENIKIKAMEN
REJOICE, WE CONQUER
That was Twincity Marathon 2018 theme for this year. The two cities marathon which covers both Cyberjaya and Putrajaya (hence the name Twincity) was back for its 4th edition on Jan 21, 2018.

And back with a bang too, complete with the Greek Battle of Marathon reference, where Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens with the news of great victory to his people. (By the way, I heard rumors that the 5th edition may feature Malay warriors from the Melaka Sultanate pulak). Hehehe

Anyway, here I was, back for my third Twincity Marathon. I joined in 2016 and 2017 and but this year I decided to do just half marathon. Which was such a relief, come race day because I only really started training (i.e. actually run 3-4 times a week, instead of just one long run per week) two weeks ago. Clever. Hur hur

Full marathon categories was flagged-off earlier at 4.00am while the Half marathon category was flagged-off at 5.30am. 

I was still queueing for toilet when my category was flagged-off but I decided to not be so kan-cheong and settle my toilet business first and start later. So when I finally crossed the Start Line timing mat, it was 7 minutes after flag-off and no one was really running with me. Everyone was already in front of me lah.

Barely 1km into my run, and after the first junction, I kinda lost my footing on an uneven stretch of the road and almost sprained my ankle. It did hurt but not too badly, so I decided to just continue. I figured, if my ankle really got injured after this, I have no race to worry about in February anyway, so I can nurse any injury within that month. (so stupid kan? It was that same stupidity that carried me to the finish line last year despite a bad bout of gastric. Wahaha).

The Twincity Marathon 2018 route was different from the previous editions and I kinda like this new route more. Except for the final 2K lah where the road is so berpasir one.
I had prepared a few items for the run. Upon the advise of my GP, I had prepared gastric medicine and charcoal tablet to eat before the run and some salt candies and barley mint sweets to eat during the run. And because of the gastric, I planned to just run easy and not cause any tummy discomfort during the run. That meant a happily slow pace of 8min/km. Just like what I did at Skyhawk Nature Run (although I spent 2 x 5 min stops at two water stations at Skyhawk, effectively making my timing much slower than what it supposed to be).

Weather was good that morning. The weather forecast was for a rainy morning with thunderstorm but thankfully it didn’t rain when we started our run. Saw some lightning though. I never do trust Malaysia’s weather forecast anyway. Wakaka

Water stations (WS) were placed at 2.5km-3km apart and the first one was at 2.5km mark. I was running and walking early in the run simply because there were already “pasar malam” pace walkers right from the start. Not power walking, mind you. Just strolling pace. At 1km mark. I really cannot brain why, to tell you the truth. And it was “work” just to run pass the walkers who were walking left, right, centre and even outside the coned area. Got “Rabbani”/ boy band style group of walkers too, effectively blocking the whole lane because they wanted to walk in one gang. *face palm*

I don’t mind walkers because hey! I walked too. But if you’re doing a 15min/km pace right from the start, what time you wanna finish? And there’s this COT issue of needing to finish within 4-hours to be mindful of too.

As I ran, I saw runners stopping by to perform their Subuh prayers from WS 2 onwards by the roadside and at the bus stops and using the WS mineral water for their wudu’. There were actually prayer tents located farther ahead at WS4 and WS5 if I’m not mistaken and with telekung and water for wudu’. No mobile mussola this year, I think.

Mobile toilets were placed along the route too making it convenient for runners to make toilet stops. Luckily, I had settled mine earlier so I didn’t need to do any more stops. Hehehe 

We used to pass by Pullman and PICC in previous edition of Twincity Marathon but not this year. It’s like suddenly we are already in Putrajaya this year without passing by these two landmarks. I’m not complaining though. As I said earlier, this route is good for me. Hahaha
I had aimed for an 8min/km pace and my aim was to reach 10K mark in 1:20 and I reached it in 1:19. Not bad and I was feeling good.
Birthday girl, her Hubby and a friend. Photo taken after the run.
I bumped into a fellow Gaited Community running kaki at around KM12 and said hi. She was running the half marathon in celebration of her birthday on Sunday! Happy Birthday KZ!

We chit-chatted for a bit before we lost each other although after the u-turn we bumped into each other again, but at the opposite side of the road lah.

The GPS reading of my Polar watch had so far matched the distance markers placed by the organiser (in countdown style) up to KM16, if I remember correctly.

Then when it showed “5km to go” (for half marathon), my Polar had a reading of 16.5km and the difference continued to build after that and when the marker showed “ 3km to go”, my Polar had already read 19km. Damn, bonus distance! LOL 

I was really feeling good and with no tummy discomfort this time and I didn’t need to eat any of my candies and sweets that I brought along. All I took was water and a banana at KM13 WS.

Pity lah we half marathoners didn’t get to enjoy cendol that was served along the full marathon route. *jeles* hahaha

Anyway, each time I reached the WS, the volunteers seemed to be struggling with paper cups (drinks were aplenty) but I didn’t worry much about it and just helped myself with getting my cup and pouring my drinks. I was the back runners mah.

Towards the final 4km or so, I had to “reprimand” a few runners for running in the middle lane of the 3-lane expressway. The right hand lane was coned off for us runners and the crowd wasn’t exactly so big that one couldn’t run within the right lane but some runners still want to run outside it. And cars were speeding by beside them. @.@ 

My friend is still in hospital fighting, after being struck by a car in another marathon earlier and these male adults didn’t care about their own safety. I was tempted to shout “Runner, keep to your right” but what I actually did was run close enough to them and ask them to not be in the middle lane. 
Anyway, after KM19, I kinda couldn’t force myself to run and so it was run a bit, walk a lot. Then, at around KM20, I reached the last water station where Truestart Coffee (it’s not Nescafe O, OK peeps) was served (both hot and cold) and also Roti Goyang (but the telur wasn’t all that goyang lah. Wakaka). 

By 20K mark (my Polar), my 2nd 10K was only about a minute slower than my first 10K. Boleh lah… But the last 1K was up an incline and it rained so really didn’t want to run already that time. Hahaha 

Fortunately, it was a decline afterwards and a bit of flat stretch before I finally crossed the Finish Line.

Got my medal and stopped to chit-chat with friends. Chit-chat, take photos and completely forgetting to go collect my finisher tee. After a short wait in the queue, and with my finisher tee in hand, I went looking for Hubby (who wasn’t at all impressed by my timing. Hahaha)
We lingered for a bit, taking photos of other runners, then enjoyed the bihun goreng available for everybody before making our way home at 10.00am. The bihun goreng was sedap, I tell you.
Overall, I was happy with my run and with Twincity Marathon 2018. 

Sure it wasn’t perfect but to see it improving year by year, I bet the 5th Twincity Marathon in 2019 will be much better.

And hopefully, if they still give out prizes for Top20 for each category like they did this year, I can train hard enough to actually have a shot at getting a Top 20 placing somehow. Ekeke

Thank you to the organiser, crews and volunteers for a great Sunday morning for me.

And special thanks to Ten Senses for the opportunity to run in Twincity Marathon 2018 and also the chance for Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura to hold contest for complimentary entry slots for our Facebook followers. 

Race photos are already uploaded at Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura Facebook page. Do LIKE and FOLLOW us for more updates on races.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Noodles At Alexis & Pulau Ketam

A friend had wanted to eat Laksa Sarawak and when she came shopping near my office, she asked me to join her for lunch.

I had a few days before, enjoyed Laksa Sarawak at a stall in Alam Damai, Cheras but this time I get to enjoy Laksa Sarawak in a more posh setting of Alexis.
Happy lor, got someone belanja me makan at nice restaurant.

Hihihi
Alexis' Laksa Sarawak.

RM29.90 if am not mistaken.

Lunch was OK but the company was great!

We chit-chatted until well over my lunch time that day! LOL
Later that evening, I had another noodle dish for dinner. 

This time more humble lah, because the family had dinner at Pulau Ketam Yong Tau Foo located at LG, Gardens Mall.

Their curry is not too bad lah.
Son had them too and quite enjoyed it.

For RM9.90 for 3 yong tau foo + curry noodle, it's quite OK, right?

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. ^^

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