Thursday, May 28, 2015


 First of all, I'm so so so sorry for not being active updating this shabby blog for quite some time... Blame it on my lazy+senduness... It's already almost mid year already... So here we go, better late than never yeah! 

-    I would like to share with all of you on my latest run yesterday... I am so looking forward to join 9th Hat Yai International Marathon 2015 because I had so much fun running here last year. Plus it was my third edition running a FM here... Actually I loved coming here year after year for its authentic Thai cuisine... It's really to die for... Makanthon was my no.1 priority, marathon would be No.2 then... Hewhew... 
Me & My Roomie
-    At first I planned to go to Hatyai all by myself. Just like last year. However Omar Khaliff asked me to buy bus tickets for him too. So now I had a travel partner... We took the 10pm bus from Puduraya and reached Hatyai around 9am. The immigration was snail slow yada yada... Hmmm

-    Once we reached Hatyai, we decided to have a Thai breakfast before we went to check in the hotel. Paprik Rice for me, roti canai for him... Ngeee...

-    Since Green View Hotel was fully booked, I booked Golden Crown Hotel... From the map, it was thesecond nearest hotel to the starting venue... It took us 20 minutes of fast walk to the stadium. For a 1140 Baht a night, the room was a bargain! It was spacious and super comfy esp for families with children.. There was even a bath tub and a shower room in the toilet.... It was huge!

-    After resting for a while (feeling2 jet lag), we went to collect our racekits at Jiranakorn Stadium. The registration and racekit collection were smooth like a breeze... They even offered free condomds for the runners... I/m pretty sure that's for another type of marathon here in Hat Yai... Safety first eh! =P
Free rubber for all ehh... =P

-   I pitied those who came late for the registration for this year. After 5.45 pm they were running out of running tees already. That's why they gave 100 Baht discounts for the late birds. I'm pretty sure the organizer didnt expect the surge number of runners for this year... Plus the design for this year was even prettier and funkier than last year... �� i mean, who cant resist such fancy colours, right? 

Colourful buffs... 100 Baht each, Arm Sleeves 300 Bath per pair

-    Since I was still not feeling well due to fever and sore throat, I decided to go back to the hotel and had a quick nap before coming back to the stadium for the free pre race dinner. All FM participants were given a coupon each for the free makan2... It was delicious!

Ms Thida Sonjaroen in the houz!
Delicious carboloading!
-    Met Princess Thida Sonjaroen at the venue and could not resist to take pic with her... She's forever gorgeous in her stunning red dress. Just like a Pop Star in Thailand Marathons, I tell you... Everybody just loves her presence and would take pictures together... She smiled all the time at the venue...
-    We were served fishballs in yellow coconut gravy (gulai ala Thai) and herbal eggs (looks like a telur Pindang to me). The dish was simple yet deliciously filling. After that we went back to the hotel and dozed off as early as 9pm coz we need to be at the stadium b4 3.30am... I couldnt sleep at first but somehow I feel asleep circa 10pm perhaps...

-    Woke up lazily at 2.11 am... Dun feel like waking up at all at first... Prepped myself up, by 3am off we go to the stadium by taking the tuktuk... Too late to walk all the way there for warming up...

-    By 3.30am all the FM runners were flagged off... No fancy marching band this year... As usual I started my lazy run from the back pack...

-    I was greeted by Hisyam Talib around 2KM and he just followed my  leisure pace. I could not run any faster bcoz lack of training mileage and my weight issues huhu...Therefore I took it really really easy pace =D
The most anticipated red syrup!
-    The same route like last year... Plenty of drinking water and electrolites at every WS... Some even had iced cold water even though still in the early morning. I felt like there were more WS this year compared to last year, at every 2.5km I think...

Lemang Siam anyone?
-    Felt like forever to reach the most anticipating U-turn at KM 24.2. Met some familiar faces along the highway and exchanged some high fives too... Saw Ijoy, Hamid, Azlan Aiman, Izuan, Zul, Amri and my roomie Omar...

-    We were the last persons to reach the U-turn... So we decided to take it easy peasy... Had some  lovely conservations on running events  as we walked jogged walked the remaining 18KM.
-    Fortunately the weather was nicer this year than in 2014. Didn't feel like toasted as I ran along the shadeless highway towards Central Masjid of Songkhla... I've had experienced more unbearable heat in R68 and TNF Thai... Nothing could top that so far...=D

-    Around KM30 the ambulance started to escort us the last two runners that were still braving the heat and dusty highways... I felt a bit of pressure to maintain my pace while being escorted by an ambulance... Felt safer too although I felt like walking all the way... My right quad started to cramp while blisters were everywhere on both of my feet! Thanks to the new nasty Injinji Socks... Oh well... (Sapa suruh pakai stoking baru on a race day.... Piak #forehead slap)

-    It's all about mental running on a neverending road... Luckily Hisyam was pacing me all the way....  The final 4km felt like another 10km to reach the Finishing Line. It was already 6hrs. The sun was blazing mercilessly... 35 o C at that moment. 

-    Finally we reached back at Jiranakorn Stadium in 7h28min. I think this was my longest marathon timing. Screw the timing, finishing the run in one piece is more important... Thankfully I didn't had any severe chaffings. Only blisters on both of my feet. Still bearable though...

- Thank you once again to my accidental pacer, Hisyam for being there pacing me towards the end... Didn't feel like taking pics along the way... Just want to get it done asap (memang banyak makan asap too). Thanks to roomie Omar Khaliff for taking our pics at the Finishing Arch... Dah takde orang lain weh... Only the forever patient volunteers waiting for us and giving out our finisher medals, tees and fragrant certs. You guys were awesome!

Jalan Jalan Cari Makan Hat Yai 2015!
- After the event, we took a tuktuk back to the hotel, relaxed a bit, soaked the poor feet in a cold water in the bath tub and off we go for a self rewarding lunch... Once again, we went to Kai Tod Daycha for a quick lunch. Met Bard, Zul, Izuan and the gang at the resto. Bumped into Ijoy and Wani as well... Luckily we could extend the room until 4pm for 400 Baht. Oklah tuh... Just enough time for us to relax and pack out stuffs before heading to the Bazaar and to the bus station. 

By 7pm, we were ready to go home sweet home by bus. It was such a great experience. I really love running here. The event was simple but they provided plenty of cold drinks, isotonics, delicious lip smacking syrup, slices of watermelon and banana to all the runners, even for late slow runners like us! At every WS too... U won't be disappointed running here, I assure you...

Kita LIKE Dulu!
So looking for coming back there for the 10th Edition... Hopefully it will be more grandeur and lovely colourful running tee designs and finisher medals too... Till then...

- Vibrant, whimsical, unforgettable moments -
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Saturday, January 3, 2015


Happy New Year 2015 to all my dear readers, fellow followers, on off visitors too! Welcome to my humble shabby blog...

I'm sure you guys had such a lovely holidays... A long one too if you took a leave today....

As always, here's my brief analysis for all my running events in 2014. Let me share with you guys out there all the unforgettable moments I've cherished during 2014...


I went to Melaka to run Skyhawk Nature Run, my first Half Marathon for 2014 (15th overall), after I DNSed MPIB Run the week after. It was the most unforgettable run last year for HM. Scenic rustic view, running through several lampungs along the way. Plus, the runners were spoiled with a generous free flow post-race treats. Too bad I couldn't repeat it this year due to some personal reasons.


It was the month of back-to-back Ultras (50km) for me. I went to Pak Chong, Thailand for my debut TNF100 Thailand 100km Duo category. Alongside my running buddy Razinah, our Team Genocide managed to finish the most brutal route, scorching merciless sun under 20 hours. Not bad for a ultra newbie team like us, right? Need to train way harder if we want to upgrade our distance to 100km Solo... Will have to give this one a miss this year... Lack of training and I`m still nursing my injuries.

 A week after TNF100 Thailand, I joined TITI Ultra 50km. It was my maiden 50km ultra road race. I'm really glad that I did my longest 51km run during TNF100 Thailand. We started running on 12 midnight. Luckily the weather was not humid at all at night. Pretty cold, especially around Titi - Genting Perez Jelebu. It got mental as the sun rises... The hills were alive then... So grateful I finished the race under 9 hours (8hours 50minutes).


Malaysia Women Marathon 2014 was held on 16 March. It was a super nasty hazy run for me as a pacer for my running buddy Razinah. We ran together again this time around. The distance had to be downgrade from 42.195km to 21.1km due to the unhealthy haze around Shah Alam. We were really tormenting our lungs and system on that day as I could still remember that we had to inhale so many chemicals, smell like toxic and smoke at some stretch. My head was spinning at some point hahaa... Crazy suicidal runners we were back then... Oh my precious lungs!

Really really fell in love with  King Of Bukit Larut (KOBL) 2014 so much. It was a low key event designed for crazy runners who would love to scale up the tarmac section of Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) up and down. Loved the camaraderie, the ambiance and most importantly the super delicious free flow cendol and yummy spicy nasi lemak after the race. It's definitely a must repeat event for me this year. Save this date folks - 26 April 2015!

Pisang Relay Run was my 1st relay event for 2014. Dressed up a little bit like a gigantic Banana Viking Monsta for the themed run. Ran around Bukit Jalil Recreation Park twice for 6-7km in total with Rashid and Abu Bac, my terrific trio. Team BananaPawer had so much fun together. I won the best dressed category and a lucky draw too. I went home with a humongous light blue Roxanne, 2ndSkin tee and a water bottle. Never felt any happier than this. Thank you so much guys for your cheers and votes. Thank you DOOF especially for your awesome beanie bag!


Larian Keputeraan Sultan Perak was my first run in Kuala Kangsar, Perak. Been longing to join this event since 2013. It was a great event too. Cheap registration fees for a 15km run. The rustic scenery along Sungai Perak and Sayong was awesome! Love the traditional music performances like the Chinese lion dance, Indian horse dance  and Malay Serunai Gendang Silat performance by the river. Definitely screamed 1Malaysia to me. Had so many group photos afterwards. There was one this ladyrunner who would like to take photo with me even I was not wearing any fancy costume on that day - mode terharu sat eh... =P

Hat Yai International Marathon 2014 was one of my unforgettable experiences too. Especially the makanthon part, before and after the race. Kak Kiah delegates last year was amazing! Gme as the Chief de Mission did a good job. Will be expecting more runners to join us this year's edition. Super can't wait for Hat Yai International Marathon 2015 on 26 May! =D


Melaka River International Marathon was my 12th FM. It was held on 8 June. This event received so many negative feedback from the fellow participants due to many factor, especially no safety cones near the town area for runners. We had to zig zag and ran carefully among the crazy traffic. Won't be running here again. I hate it so much... Boycott weh! Urghhh too bad despite all the historical landmarks...


It was a month for me to rest after Melaka River "International" Marathon. My old injuries came back and I had to rest and did all those R.I.C.E stuffs.  PAC Relay Run X was held in the fasting month of Ramadhan. It was my 2nd relay run in 2014. Me and 4 of my running friends "Totisthoners" formed a team under Chap Ayam Runners. We had so much fun running around Lake Garden 3km 5 times, one each. Plus it was my first run after such a long rest.


Hosted a makan-makan aka open house for Raya at my humble crib for my running friends. Cooked some western clean eating dishes for them. Carbonara, pumpkin soup and some Ceaser salad too... Some brought fruits and desserts for us. So happening indeed... Thanks for coming guys and gurls!

Forward Oat King Sport Run Penang was my 19th HM. Taufik and I decided to run this event, which was being held on the 7th day of Syawal. Still in the festive mood, we decided to ran in Baju Melayu. There were not many Malay runners joining this event, many were still hollidaying at their hometown. So we kind a popped out from the rest. We were being interviewed by some Chinese newspapers journalists and were featured in the newspapers the day after. Didn't see it coming though hehee... Thanks to cik Taufik for the light popularity eh =P

Energizer Night Run 2014 was my Anniversary Run. I really need to run this event as I used to run it first back in 2011. Back then it was a Nightmare Run in Sepang International Curcuit. Thanks to the "adorable reliable" organizer. Last year, it was being held in the heart of KL, Merdeka Square. Love the fireworks show. Finished my 15km run with other runners. Met so many friends that fateful night.

Kuching Marathon 2014 was defnitely truly unforgettable. From the warmth hospitality, supportive Kuchingites to the flawless events. I really love running there. Will totally run there again this year. We had so much makanthon and sightseeing along the Sarawak River. Must go there early for the delicious mee kolok and TopSpot seafood galore.. Hehee...


I started my September run by joining Penang Ultra 84km Round Island Challenge. It was my 4th ultra event attempt after B2E, TNF Thailand and TITI 50 Ultra. Went to Penang by car with my accomplice partner, Azim Ashaary this time. Realising that I didn't train well and lack of mileage for this event, I soldiered on.I tried to meet the cutoff time for every CP and didn't manage to reach CP4 50KM before 8 hours. I bonked at 47KM. My feet were killing me literally. Even walking was so excruciating and the pain is unbearable. Rest a few time until the sweeper bus came by to bring me tand other DNFers to the FL. Lack of rest was a key factor too. Will train harder and bounce back stronger to conquer Penang Island on foot by joining Starlight Penang perhaps? =D


It was another EPIC fail back-to-back running events. Did my 21th HM BSN Putrajaya Marathon on the night before the SCKLM 2014. Next time I will not gamble myself running a HM:FM like this. It was really taxing my poor leg muscles... Oh last year route for SCKLM was super boring! The undulating rolling highways was really mental for slow runners like me... Need to focus more on SCKLM than PNM actually...

Me and my Team Gevoolicious actually joined KL Fabulous Food 1Malaysia Hunt. It was our first time joining this kind of treasure hunt, more like JJCM hunt for us. There were 9 Check Points that we have to go and eat the designated dishes, hot or cold. Must finish them all, clean! It's all about strategies and how to get to the venues fast and efficient. Didn't get the Top 30 though, 54th, I think so. The experience was priceless. Will be back next year to play smarter and faster ehh! U guys were awesome ho-yeah!


November was my 100KM Ultramarathon month. I was a proud finisher of Putrajaya 100 Miles for 100km category. The organizer did a tremendous job in ensuring this event was a success one. It was one gruesome, searing hot, mental route day and night. I was so lucky and felt so grateful to have Razzuwan Razali as my pacer, especially on the 2nd Half. It would a memorable event for me to cherish for a lifetime. Will I repeat it this year? Only time will tell... =D



I celebrated my 100th run in Run 4 It 8. It was held on 14 December. I'm so glad I just ran a 10km event. It was an overdistance run, 11.5km. Plus the finisher tee for 21km was pretty unflattering, just plain white... hehee...

What a better way to end my glorious year by running my 17th FM in Cyberjaya Putrajaya Perdana Twincity Marathon. The event was enjoyable. I finished my run under 7hours 13minutes. A bit under distance, 41.6km. Mostly flat route. Easily can make a PB provided if you are in a perfect shape and condition. Thanks to the organizer for the free slot. =D

So, the summary for Running Events in 2014 is as follows:

- Total:35
- 3 Ultras (TNF100 Thailand, TITI 50 Ultra and Putrajaya 100 Miles - 100KM)
- 8 FMs (2XU Compression Run Singapore, Melaka River Marathon, Hatyai International Marathon, Kuching Marathon, Bukit Jalil Park Marathon, SCKLM, PBIM and Cyberjaya Putrajaya Twincity Marathon)
- 9 HMs (Skyhawk Nature Run Malacca, Malaysia Women Marathon, KOBL, Sundown Malaysia JB, Forward Oat King Sport Run Penang, 2XU Compression Run Malaysia, BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon, Penang Run Series 2 -Seberang Perai Selatan and PJ Half Marathon)
- 2 Climbathons (Yam Tuan Antah, Negeri Sembilan & Gunung Bujang Melaka, Perak)
- 2 15KMs (Larian Keputeraan Sultan Perak and Energizer Night Run)
- 2 12KMs (ALPHA Run and Live Great Run)
- 2 Tenkeis (Oren Sport Run, Klang and Run 4 It 8, GM Klang)
- 2 Relay 3KM Runs (Pisang Relay Run and PAC Relay Run X)
- 1 Towerthon, 1 30KM , 1 23KM, 1 11KM, 1 Outdoor duo race (Kenaboi)
- 6 DNS
- 1 DNF (Penang Ultra 84KM: DNFed at CP 50KM)
- Total Mileage for Events: 961.56KM
- Total Mileage for Training: 718.6KM
- Overall Mileage 2014: 1680.16KM 


Note To Myself: Need to train harder and smarter to avoid any injuries and run happily in 2015  
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P/S: All the pics are courtesy of Kah Wai, RFF, Ms. Hong, Rashid, Gme, Azfar, Mr. Tan, Taufik, Mr. ET Tey, Azim, Ms. Eeda, Shamroslee, Abu Bac, Eugene, Sis Gai etc. Thank you for the lovely memories! It's beyond words!
Have A Happy Prosperous New Year 2015!