Wednesday, April 22, 2015

3R International Marathon 2015

Last sunday (19/04/2015), I ran my 3rd half marathon at Putrajaya during 3R International Marathon and managed to make it to the finish line within my targeted time (*huge smile).

I only have like 10min to warm up(warm up la sangat, hehehe) due to the long queue at the female toilet. It was no wonder because there only 3 toilet for like hundreds female participant and it was understandable when some of them (especially elders) used the OKU toilet. When I finished my 'business', masih panjang lagi tu barisan.  Hurmmm, very inconsiderate of the organizer!
  
They flag-off at 5.30am (very punctual huh) and this time I was in the middle of the crowd, jogging slowly (and turning on my runkeeper apps) while avoiding from getting bump/crush by the eager runner who were making their way to the front. For this event, I tried the method of running for 10-15min (in different pace) then brisk walking for 2-5min and keep that way till I reach the finish line. 

Regarding of the event itself, to be honest this is the worst unorganized running event I have ever joined so far. Worst than my 1st half marathon during PJ Half Marathon 2014. There were a lot of flaw during this events:-
  1. Wrong distance marker/signboard - such a  killjoy when the signboard said 4km to go and I was pacing a bit fast only to find out (thru runkeeper) that there are still approximately 7KM to go. Grrr!
  2. Lack of medical aid - I was lucky because I did not have any injuries, not even ITBS but I saw runner with bleeding shoes who ask for plaster/bandage from the volunteer only to get "don't have" as an answer!! Same answer given for those who having muscle cramp when they ask for freeze/cold spray..Pity those injured and have to tend it themselves (*sigh)
  3. Slow response (volunteer/ medical) - this is complaint from mister who joined 10km (his 1st) who told me of watching one guy collapsed at the finish line and help (from volunteer/medical) only arrived after 5-10min. Luckily other runners were there to help...
  4. No goodie bag - well, when paying an expensive fee, we are expecting to get something (sponsored goods) aren't we? I paid RM80 for 21km and got 2 bananas and a bottle of mineral water, plus running vest and pewter medal, oh nice! (note the sarcasm)
  5. Unsafe parking area - Mister and I parked our car the provided by the organizer (tapak pasar malam) that guarded by RELA and to our shock there were more than 5 cars got broken that day at the parking area where we parked our car. Hairan kan, ada RELA jaga tapi still incident like this happened. Make me worry since I have 2-3 running events in Putrajaya in near future.
Despite all the flaws, I still enjoy the run because of the beautiful morning scenery of Putrajaya (especially the bridge). Last time I ran here was during Makna Founder Night Run where I was focus on not stumble upon something on the road since I have a very poor night sight, hehehe..

Will I join this event next year or in future? Errr, I don't know yet but I might not. We will see that when the time come..Ngehehe! Okay, I am done ranting about this events and need to focus to my upcoming 4th half marathon (*winking).
 
Have a nice day ahead everyone!

compulsary pre-run pic :P
Post-run pic
21KM finisher medal
Runningman x jadi, LOL
Screenshot of the cert
Credited to Victor
Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance. You can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitation or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet - Doris Brown Heritage (1st woman to run sub 5-min indoor mile)

Monday, April 20, 2015

3D2N At Nipah Bay Vila, Pangkor Island

Finally, made it to Pangkor Island 2 weeks ago after a month of planning with my girlfriends a.k.a Just, Lin and Lia. Happy? Of course because managed to tick off one of my "Island must visit In Malaysia" list, Ngehehehe! But frankly, it was not worth at all and as my friend Just said, "Indah khabar dari rupa"..hurmmm.

We were supposed to ride with Lia but due to some unexpected issue, Just, Lin and me have to go by ourselves 1st (Lia will arrived the next day). So, we took a bus from KL to Lumut this journey took almost 4.5 hours then another 30min boat ride from Lumut Jetty to Pangkor Jetty. From Pangkor Jetty, we took a pink taxi/bus to our hotel; Nipah Bay Villa. Check-in was smooth; no deposit required but any other special request such as kettle or hair-dryer or iron needed RM50 deposit. However the hotel we booked was such a disappointment! The floor is sandy and sticky, no sound proof and it's a bit isolated! Tambah kecewa bila nampak banyak lagi hotel/chalet yang more decent yang sama harga or maybe cheaper with Nipah Bay Villa, GRRRRR! Hoop to Lin if you curious of the pink taxi or Just blog to see what our hotel interior/exterior look like since I didn't took any pic of it, hahaha!
3 of us at Lumut Jetty before depart to Pangkor and 5 of us before going back to KL
Wefie in front of our hotel
DAY 1 (FRIDAY)
We spent our time food hunting, walking around the area and also have our share of experience feeding the hornbills.
berlakon seja tu macam kasi makan tu burung, hehe!
DAY 2 (SATURDAY)
Woke up early and went to the beach nearby taking lots of pics (selfie and wefie especially). Tambah teruk juling air saya bila tengok balik tu gambar-gambar. Terlampau banyak!!! Lol! We also managed to get good bargain of Island hopping + Snorkelling. RM15 seja, murah kan... BUT not worth at all because we did not snorkel at all! The only thing I can see was 'gamat'. No fish or coral at all and the water is so dirty and gross!  Bukan niat mau hina tapi it's a fact. I thought of taking my kiddos here this June but not anymore la..After Lia arrived, we chartered a taxi/bus to take us around the Island and visit local attraction such as Dutch Fort, Foo Lin Kong Temple-The Mini Great Wall Of China and a new open gallery where they display interesting stuff/relic  to public.
Island hopping
Me at Dutch Fort and Galleria
Me again, hahaha!
Just and Me
Lin and me
3 of us
Wefie again, lol!
5 of us
DAY 3 (SUNDAY)
Accompany Lia and her son to play at the beach before checking out from our hotel. This time we ride with Lia, so sempat singgah di Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan. Thought of jalan-jalan cari  makan at Teluk Intan but most of those recommended stall/restaurant was closed and we end up having late lunch at Mamak restaurant instead, hihihi. Arrived at KL around 8pm and I reached home around 10.30pm after having dinner with my family. 

Us, in front of the leaning Tower, Teluk Intan.
I heart this pic so much! Thank you Just for snapping this :D
The trip was a disappointment but still I cherished the times and moments I spent alone with my friends since I rarely hang out with them nowadays. Regarding Pangkor Island, I wish they can do something to restore the beauty it once had. I know that it was a beautiful island once that attracted lot of tourist but without preservation and conservation it become what it look like now (*sigh).

Alright, that's all about our trip to Pangkor Island. Have a good day and week ahead you all!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Day Trip To Alive 3D Art Gallery, Port Dickson

A week after my 2nd running event, kiddos, mister and me went for a day trip to Alive 3D Art Gallery at Lukut, Port Dickson. Kiddos were ecstatic because beside having a look at this new opened 3D Art Gallery it also means that we are going to jalan-jalan cari makan.

We departed from home around 12.30pm and arrived at Port Dickson around 2pm and had our lunch at the local stall near the Teluk Kemang Beach area. Food there was okay but quite pricey, so told le mister that not going to dine there anymore in future. Nasi+ikan+sambal terung kena cas RM10 terus makan rasa macam telan batu, grrrr! Luckily those tasty pisang goreng chased away my awakening bad mood, LOL!

However, the bad mood was back after knowing the entrance fee of the Alive 3D Art Gallery has increased from RM15 to RM20 for adult and RM10 to RM15 for children. My youngest height is below 90cm but he too subject to RM15 entrance fee, grrrr! Since kiddos was excited, bayar juga la with hope whatever inside worth it, hmmm. We have to take off our footwear (except sock) before going in and no need to worry because they provided us a locker to keep our footwear.

Overall it's a good place for photo-shooting with lots of 3D paintings/arts. To me it's not really an exciting place for kids because kids that have less or zero interest with posing and taking pics will bored easily at this place. Luckily my kiddos was so 'sporting' and well-manner that day but unfortunately our photographer a.k.a le mister was a bit grumpy due to the heat from the crowd of people in the building. Oh yeah, it was really crowded that day that it feel so uncomfortable to take photos because all those eyes were on you the moment you step on the shooting area and shooting point. Sudahnya, banyak gambar tak jadi, Huarghhh! (Note:-If you planning to visit this place, make sure you are with people who likes taking pics or photographing baru cantik-cantik nanti gambar kamu :P)

Spent around 2 hours inside before we got out and be free from those crowd. The money paid was not worth at all but kiddos were happy and well-manner jadi biarlah..We can always find way to earn  money but our kid smile is priceless kan..

Sharing here is pics from our Day trip:-

We were here :D

Add caption
yaii, sempat lagi berpoga, lol!

That's all for now, have a good day people :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Malaysia Women Marathon 2015: 21Km Finisher

I participated in the Malaysian Women Marathon on 8th March 2015 and this time I went for the Half Marathon which is my 2nd Half Marathon. I hope to beat up my 1st half marathon times which was over 3 hours and surprisingly I managed to reach the finish line faster than my last half marathon, yay! ITBS occurred after 15km and onwards but not as severe as my 1st half marathon because I still able to slowly run and sprinted 200 meters to the finish line, hahaha! Happy? Yeah, I am indeed! Siapa pun mesti gembira kan kalau dapat capai target (*smile).

As always my only method of training is my 2-3 times, 30 minutes to 1 hour jogging before fetching my daughter from school or during weekend and I never really try LSD training. My longest distance while jogging is 6-8 Kilometers depending on my mood and tummy, LOL! Siapa juga buli lari kalau tu perut bergedang minta isi kan,hehehe. However, I do yoga on daily basis though I only practice easy and beginner  pose especially those that related to curing and strengthening the ITBS.

Okay, enough with my insignificant training method, errr it's not even a training actually kan. Kalau suka-suka seja ikut lari-lari mo kumpul medal memang teda hati mo buat proper training kali, eh kah it's just me, wakaka! Well, overall the event was a successful one ( to me) despite of few flaw here and there but nothing is perfect. I have a great and fun time during the run but I wish that my friends can join me next year (*finger crossed). Yeah, I will definitely run again in this event next year! 

Sharing here few shots of me from the day of the event and also the official result (mine) and pics taken at MWM photo booth at the race-kit collection venue:-
 
Before run posing :P
Happy face after completing my 2nd half Marathon :D
Holding my finisher medal or should I say finisher tag '_*
Awesome caricature
Tiny finisher medal that look like those soldier tag
Official result :D
Pic taken from Malaysian Women Marathon photo booth.
That's all for now and until next story, have a good day everyone!

Friday, February 27, 2015

CNY 2015: CUTI-CUTI KL

This year, I spent whole Chinese New Year holiday with kiddos and mister; swimming at pool, visiting National Museum and Butterflies Park and also food hunting around KL - Shah Alam - Subang. Yep, just a common and typical super cheap a.k.a budget family holiday but it doesn't matter because for us it was our family bonding-time. Moreover we have so much fun, especially kiddos.

Kiddos really like swimming but unfortunately the swimming pool at our apartment has been closed due to unknown reason, grrrr! Since I knew that nearby beaches such as Port Dickson, Morib etc must be crowded, mister and I booked standard suite at Peninsula Residence Suite Hotel for a night so that kiddos can swim to their heart content and trust me when I said that they really mandi sampai lebam, bwahahaha! Thinking of extending our stay but cancelled that intention because the price has been hike up 150%!

We checked out, continued our journey to venturing around KL attraction and managed to visit 2 places; National Museum and Butterfly Park in the midst of the scorching sun, hahaha! Kiddos having good time inside National Museum but their non-stop question really got my nerves, hah! They were fascinated by the historical stuff that displayed there (*smile). The eldest balik-balik kasi related stuff he saw with 'The Picker' and 'Pawn Star' show. Haihhh, anak..

At the Butterfly Park KL, once again kiddos show their enthusiasm with the surrounding especially the butterflies. It was such a pure delight to watch them connecting to the nature and I am really glad that I decided to spend more time with them. By the way, my youngest is really the sissy one yet adorable, hahaha!

Okay, enough rambling now sharing some of moment captured during our cuti-cuti KL 11:-

Mi Familia (^^)
Kiddos fun time at the pool - mandi sampai lebam katanya, hahaha!
from Tunung Family with love :P
1st time bringing all the kids to the National Museum
Posing with the antique car in front of the museum
kiddos wish they could take away that Japanese bicycle..hahahaha!
Butterflies Map
The Queen & Princess in our small kingdom :P
Pride & Joy
I heart this pic & moment (^^)V
Selfie is a must (^^)
Pic of butterflies that I managed to snap with my phone camera
 That's all for now, keep smiling everyone!
In the end, kids won't remember that fancy toys or games you bought for them, they will remember the time you spent with them - Kevin Heath

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