Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Life is too short

My whole family was saddened by a call last nite. It was a call from my 2 kids babysitter. She called to inform that her husband had just passed away after suffering from lung cancer since 7 months ago. My 2 kids are very close to both husband and wife, as they have been babysitting both of them since they are 2 months old till recently (15 years) when the husband was not feeling well after diagnosed with lung cancer.

I paused for a while and recompose myself, asking her what help can I offer. She said no need as her sisters are helping her up. Will wait for her call again as she will inform me where the husband will be resting and when will be the funeral.

Om Mi Toh Fwo.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ringgit Malaysia 2.0

Yesterday it was official. The US$ had hit the RM3.60 mark ie Malaysians need to fork out Rm3.60 to buy US$1. I blogged about it on Oct 8, and during that time it was only RM3.51

Our gomen is still in a denial state, too occupied in the UMNO election. Gomen said Malaysia is not going into a recession, sigh !!! Look at what is happening to KLSE ~ sky-rocketing down south. Small time investors will NEVER be able to recover from this, the $$$ is gone forever, gone into a black hole. Luckily I never put my $$$ in KLSE.

The domino effect had started in the US and Europe and the waves are building up into this part of the world. Malaysia will be one of them. Watch my words. Ringgit Malaysia will dip further, and if we are unlucky, it will be hitting RM3.70 in another month's time. Watch it !!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

My Race Vest

This will be my race vest from now on ~ Saucony Elite Singlet

Just tried running with it for a short run two days ago and it feels great and light on my body. Will be debuting it for a 30k run tomorrow and that will be the acid test. I dont forsee any problems with the vest in terms of chafing and it has a base layer fabric technology that wicks moisture away from the skin to keep it dry. The microfiber polyester fabric features a unique grid pattern that minimizes points of contact on the skin, maintaining airflow. Flat-seam construction that reduces chafing.

This vest is retailing at RM85.00 per piece at the moment.

Runners World Wear Tester Choice ~ May 2008

UPDATE: The vest passed its acid test with flying colors when I wore it for a 30k run today (25 Oct). No chafing and the vest dries off quickily as the sweat starts building up. Wicks away the moisture and therefore its always very light and comfy. Verdict: you gotta pay a premium for this kind of feeling.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Datukship 2.0

I still cannot get over the Datukship thingy given to this Indian dude call Shah Rukh Khan shooting this movie in Melaka named something like One Two Ka Four. If you really what to give Datukship, lets have some criteria and benchmark.

What about all these actors and actresses below who have brought fame to Malaysia as well. I dont have to name them, you probably will know by looking at their pictures.

Bollywood movies are still Bollywood movies because they can never make it to HOLLYWOOD.

And one more movie that not many Malaysians know about, check that out here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Running On BillBoard

I am so honor that my pia photo was put up on a gigantic billboard after my submission to a billboard advertisement company in USA.

Do you believed it ??

The running shoes of the top 10 women in Kona

For more details, click here

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mizuno Wave Run 2008

Arrived at Bukit Aman carpark pretty early at about 5.30am. Early bird gets the worm, and in this case early bird get to choose where you want to park the car. Parked at the platinum slot and as usual Frank is always early and he is already there. Have a chit chat and did some morning stretching. In the next 15 to 30 mins, Lionel Lee and Loke SS showed up, and in no time by 6.30am the carpark was fully filled up.

By 6.45am we start to walk to Padang Merbok which is where the race will be started. As the start time draws nearer the place is starting to be crowded. Did some warmup runs just to heat up the engine as I believe this will be a fast race. (after yesterday simulation run) Masuk kandang at around 7.15am to wait for the race to start. Smack right somewhere about 5m from the electronic mat and starting point.

The race started on time and out we go. Sea of runners taking up both sides of the road where overtaking is restricted to a minimum but I still manage to zig-zag my way through. I was about 3m behind Frank following his pace but shortly after 5mins I lost him (guess he must be going for a sub50 finishing), and so I was running and pacing on my own. While running, greeted some runners that I know and very quickly I was crossing the highway leading towards Kenny Hills. At this juncture Siok Bee and Shih Ming was overtaking me at ease. I did pace with them for a while but I drop back as I wont be able to sustain such pace throughout the 10k.

Right after entering Kenny Hills, I bumped into Ryan Teoh and Loke SS. Greeted Ryan and asked him to "Jia You" and paced with him for a while before I take off. I was running a good pace now and then I saw Adam while taking the short climb. He was having a flu and had breathing difficulties and so I passed him too while climbing the hills. I was pretty strong at the hills and take it with ease and as I was descending I bumped in Saiful and AbuPower running together. Greeted them and take off before climbing another short hill. After this it will be downhill all the way before hitting the junction that will lead us to Tijani Condo and on our way back to the finishing.

I was running at a faster pace on the downhill and here I saw Hong and Kei Ming. Both of them was running cautiously on the downhill, maybe trying to avoid injuring their knees or race too fast in the beginning and recovering for the finishing. I was feeling good on the downhill and take the advantage to go faster. Continue to run at a steady and comfortable pace and in no time at the Tijani climb. After the climb I now bumped into Zulazlan and greeted him then moved on.

This is the usual training route and so am very familiar with the terrain of when to push and when to conserve energy. After the climb it was downhill all the way before hitting the junction where the JKR building is and all runners have to make the final climb before taking a left turn towards Tugu Negara and then to the finishing point.

At this moment, based on my timing I realised I may have a chance to go for a sub50 mins finishing but I have to push very hard for it else I will probably miss it by 1 or 2 minutes. I decided to give it a short and start pushing on the downhill but conserve some energy for the final climb which I know can be a make or break for a sub50 timing. I take on the climb steadily and was glad that I made it before taking a left turn for the the final stretch towards Tugu Negara and finishing point.

Maintain a very steady pace here and was running with a couple of younger runners as my pacer. We pushed each other with some exchanges of taking the lead until Tugu Negara when I switched on my twin turbo (now single turbo not enuf liao). Once I hit the junction/traffic lights of Jalan Parlimen, I saw Jamie and Lawrence greeting me and I came them an OK sign. With my watch showing 49mins+ and I think I still have at least 500m to finishing point. Looks like an impossible task now to achieve sub50 mins but I still give it a shot.

Ran into Padang Merbok carpark and do the zig-zag turn before crossing the finishing line. Stopped my watch and the time was 50mins 04sec. I missed by 5 sec to do a sub50 mins, so near yet so far.

Anyway I was extremely satisfied with my timing although dipping under 50mins will be a bonus. Before I start the race in my mind the target is only a sub55 mins run. I didnt know that I can sustain the pace and run faster than expected, and bringing down the time to 50mins. Overall a very good run for me and I had no complain about it. Anyway sub50 mins was not even my target and goal, only after three quarter way into the race I realised that I have a small chance of making it. And go for it I did but only to lose out by 5 secs.

Till then seeya again in the next race

Friday, October 17, 2008

Saucony ProGrid Triumph 5 Presented With "Gear of the Year" Award

LEXINGTON, MA (August 4, 2008)

Although it was announced two months ago, I think its still worth mentioning it and letting the running community knows about how solid the Triumph 5 is. At the time when the shoe was launched it won the coveted "BEST SHOE IN UK" by Runners World UK.

Saucony ProGrid Triumph 5 Presented With "Gear of the Year" Award

“The Triumph is like the best hotel mattresses: soft and springy, but not mushy,” raved the Outside Buyer’s Guide editors in their review of the winning road shoe. “Articulated outsole lugs and a five-layer sandwich of foam, rubber and thermoplastic in the heel absorb the impact of each foot strike while retaining responsiveness,” they added.

Wear-testers remarked that the plush interior and pillowy tongue make running in the Triumph 5 feel “like walking barefoot on shag carpeting.” Testers also noted that Saucony’s exclusive midfoot Arch Lock™ delivered extra security, translating into speed: “Tempo runs were a breeze,” they raved.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

18th Wedding Anniversary

Time flies and today is my 18th wedding anniversary. Happy anniversary to my lovely wife Devina and we will continue to live on happily together, just like running a marathon. The longer it is the better it will be.

And coincidentally that was also the year (18 years ago) I achieve my PB in running the Half and Full Marathon. Those
who know me well will probably know my personal best timing.



Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I would think by now most of us will have known or read about the news where Shah Loke Cant have been given a DATUKSHIP. Reason given was he shot one of his movies in Melaka and in the event of that generate an influx of tourists to Melaka. Thats it and he got the DATUKSHIP.

What the F !!!!. Like that also can get it meh. So looks like if I can organise a running event in Melaka and can draw 500 to 1000 participants (indirectly visiting Melaka), I am generating an injlux of runners visiting the city, I can also get DATUKSHIP too. Ez as that.......

I wonder where is the basis and justification of doing things like that. What is the Melaka gomen thinking. Only they themselves know what is the motive behind it. Make Melaka the sister city of BOLLYWOOD. So eventually Melaka will be known as MALACCAWOOD !!!

Hehehe !!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

WW Half Marathon 2008

Did my 21k run this morning to coincide with the above event.

Time: 2h06min15sec
Dist: 21.44Km
Bkt Aman carpark Lake Gdns >> Mount Kiara Solaris >> Petronas Hartamas >> plus 1 loop >>
Bkt Aman carpark Lake Gdns

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

World Wide Half Marathon

This Sat I will be doing the WW Half Marathon running the Bkt Aman-Hartamas 21k route. Those who care to join drop me a comment. The run will start at 5.30am.

For those that have not register, click here

Ringgit Malaysia

Our Ringgit is going down like a roller-coaster.

RM3.51 = USD1.00

The Old Man advise our new Finance Minister to peg the Ringgit again, but as usual he is too smart to listen to any advise.

I will reckon that by end of Oct, our Ringgit will go down even further to RM3.60 = USD1.00

Watch it !!!!

Chilli Leaves

Do You Know That.....

Chili leaves contains complete range of 蛋白氨基酸 [amino acid]. Almost 4 times compared to the chili fruits. It also contains more than double what chili fruits have of 元素硒 , which are anti-cancerous substance. On top of that, chili leaves are rich in calcium, beta carotene, various vitamins and other nutrients. Eating a suitable quantity of chili leaves enhances secretion of digestive juices, improves appetite and are good for indigestions, gastric and stomach discomfort. Regular intake of chili leaves also help in warming body, strengthen liver, improve eyesight, reduce weight and improve beauty. Chili leaves is tasty and can either be cooked alone, frying with meat or making soup