Friday, December 23, 2016


Hi there fellow readers & my beloved followers! Well well well... Christmas & a long holidays are just around the corner! In this  joyous and holidays seasons, I would love to give one special NEW YEAR gift to my lucky loyal blog reader out there. Just to show my appreciation and thank you so much to all Marathon Baker die hard fans out there for all your neverending and utmost support for our brand all year long. This is one of your chance to get your hands on this Limited Edition Marathon Baker 2017 Calendar. Let's get hyped over 2017 folks!

The unique features of this awesome calendar 2017 are:

🎯 includes race dates for you to plan ahead.

It also comes with this unique multipurpose Marathon Baker logo pendant/book mark/key chain.... Hontouni Kawaiii!

🎯 our booth dates so you can get your MB fuel ups.

🎯 variety of colourful peel off stickers to suit your sports and rest needs.

🎯 our energy bars info so you can choose the right bar suitable for your need & palate.

Wohooo.... Only the best premium ingredients in our homemade energy bars.... Just for you guys! Credits to Cikgu Ling Mat

🎯 this is a Limited Edition calendar.

🎯 suitable as a New Year gift!

🎯 Most important of all, this is a Marathon Baker product! ❤️❤️❤️

Yup, Yup....Still available at

All you have to do is just answer these simple questions @
Mini Quiz and win yourself a MARATHON BAKER 2017 CALENDAR and a RunBananaz worth RM90.

1) How many product ambassadors of Marathon Baker?

2) Name two of the flavours of Marathon Baker homemade energy bars.

3) Complete this slogan in the most creative & catchy way, "I LOVE MARATHON BAKER 2017 CALENDAR BECAUSE..." (Not More Than 23 Words)

4) Don't forget to follow us @marathonbaker25 on Instagram and Facebook.

- This contest will start from 23 - 30 December 2016.

- The winner will be announced and contacted on 31 December 2016.

- Send your answers via email to with the title "MB 2017 DIBANA CONTEST"

- Don't forget to include your Full Name, Contact Number and Email.

- You can send in as many answers as you wish. After all, the sky is the limit! Just go crazy and blow our mind away with your creative slogan.... Wuhoo...

- The winner results is final. Muktamad occay... 

- So all the best guys & thanks for reading my old humble blog folks! I promised I will update my blog more often before this year ends! Hahaaaa...

Enjoy your long holidays guys! Be merry and jolly! Stay active and run/ride/swim/hike safe where ever you are...

Even Ultra Runners love this cute awesome limited edition MB 2017 Calendar....
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2016 - IT'S REDEMPTION TIME!

Voila! The best finisher medal for SCKLM 2016 edition...

This is the most anticipated running event in Malaysia. Especially after it had to be cancelled last year due to the extremely bad horrible haze. It was a good call by the organizer for the sake of runners' health and well being. I was there last year. It was really really bad on that early morning. Felt so suffocating and totally hazardous to run in these condition. Unless if you wanted to run with your N95 face mask on keke... You can read all about it HERE... :)

However things were different this year although it was reported that the weather was slightly hazy on that SCKLM week due to the hot and dry season. Thank goodness the haze went away just in time for SCKLM after several rainy thunderstorm days. 

Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2016, or more known as SCKLM @ KL Marathon was like a Mecca for all Malaysian runners. Runners from all over Malaysia will come and join this event. It was more like a reunion of Malaysian runners regardless of their running groups. This was my 4th edition running in SCKLM after I did my HM in 2012 and FM (2013, 2014, 2015). Even running SCKLM was like a dream comes true for most of us Malaysian runners. Not everyday you can run along the AKLEH and DUKE highway that was closed completely on that  day only. For us runners ONLY... hehee... Plus they have generously extended the cutoff time to 7 hours with 4 checkpoints this year. Double yayyy for me slow runners. Hehee 

Collected my racekit in a jiffy...Smooth like a silk!
Went to the Race Expo that was held in Kenanga Wholesale Centre. Not a strategic venue due to the heavy traffic congestion going there. I wish they did it in the Merdeka Square underground or PWTC just like previous years. Thankfully I collected my racekit smoothly on that Friday lunch break and met several runners there. So many booths around. Stopped by to purchase my energy gels and a Rock Tape. 
Thank you Mis Fyd for this spectacular masterpiece... KLCC Twin Towers beanie!
Later after work, I rushed to collect my unique out of the world beanie hat from Ms. Rafidah Anum aka Mis Fid. It was my idea and wishlist to wear something so iconic, so close to our heart as a Malaysian. Looks like she nailed it again by designing the KLCC Twin Towers beanie hat, the tallest beanie that she had ever made so far. I could it swaying around as I tried wearing and running with it... Hahahaa.... It was an epic beanie ever! Thank you so much babe! Do check her Facebook (MisFydKrafts) for more of her creative masterpiece... 
Jadi Bidan Terjun wakil Marathon Baker untuk soft launch Semenyih Eco-Trail 2016 keke...
Fast forward to the Saturday. I drove to Semenyih to collect some homemade energy bars for my Marathon Bakers customers. Managed to represent Marathon Baker during the soft launch before I went to KL for the check in. The customers wanted to collect their energy bars in KL since they were in town for SCKLM. One of them came all the way from Sarawak to collect his order. Finallly I managed to deliver to all the loyal MB customers on Saturday. Thank you folks for your endless support.
Happy satisfied Marathon Baker loyal customers #MBbuddies... Thanks guys!
Last customer of the day... Thank you buddy!
After the last happy customer that came on that night, it's time for my early sleep. Thank goodness I slept like a baby on that night. Woke up. Felt a lil bit sluggish to wake early. Took a quick shower and prepped myself up for the race. Dashed to the starting line not far from my hotel to drop my bag. 

So disappointed with the bag deposit system for this year. Super duper slow. Note to myself - next time don't waste your time with the drop bag if not for the Marathon Baker energy bars ordered by my customers. Once everything was settled, went to the portaloo first before I entered the Pent 4 for sub 7 participants. Luckily I made it in time for the flagoff.
Credits to Se7en Chiam for this pic.... Super cool!
There were so many runners even from the last pent. I just took it easy and ran with the flow. It was a not so humid early morning. I bumped into Hisham along the way and sticked together like a Super Glu literally. Hohohi... I came across 6h30min pacers Evelyn and Irwan Anuar and intended to follow their balloons of course as far as I could. No harm trying, right? At least got some buffer time before the cutoff time right?

My plan was simple and easy. Just target to cross all four checkpoints before their respective cut-off time. Plus the most crucial part will be at KM31 (9.15am) where we had to receive the compulsory blue rubber band in order to collect the finisher medal and tee. So let the fun run began...

The first 10km was ok. Still manageable although there were times that my gastro system gave some upset signals. Oh man! I kept on going and hoped that was a false alarm and no 2nd poopy wave came along. please. Ran along the rolling AKLEH at wee hours was awesome. Felt like ages to reach the first u-turn point at the end of the AKLEH highway...

After KM16/17 it was getting stuffier, so I decided to ditch my KLCC Twin Towers beanie and turned it into my man purse to stuff in my handphone and RunBananaz and Mocha energy bites. Upon entering the dreadful DUKE we came across the 6h30min pacers again. A lot of the runners were following them actually. They did a great job by motivating and encouraging the runners. At some of the stretch they just walked especially going uphill and started running when we went downhill or flat road. 

KM21 was a success when we crossed it before 7.40am. Next we aimed to cross the KM31. Felt a bit mental running along the rolling DUKE. At some parts it felt like forever to reach KM31 and exit the DUKE. Finally felt so relieved to reach KM31 before the cutoff (9.15am) and received the rubber band. Yatta! Took a breather and posed here happily lah...
Muka manyak sinyum.. Thanks to Abam Hisham for taking this shot..
When we were running towards Jln Kuching and went up towards Bukit Tunku route, the two 6.30 pacers were increasing their paces up and I could not keep up with them... Hahaa, blame it on my lack of trainings....

We kept on moving whenever we saw the usual incline along Bukit Tunku and ran downhills too ao that we could reach the final CP at KM37 within the cut-off time. I just ran my heart out and pushed my limit too... Hahhaa... Felt like dying and we finally managed to cross the CP4 before 10.10am hohohi....
Happy faces despite the tormenting incline near Taman Botani Perdana hahaa... Credits to Rany Tan
The suffer fest was not over yet... I was running out of steam after KM37 and the final 5KM felt like 15KM to me... I felt like hitting the wall already as we had to endure the nasty incline towards Jalan Parlimen and when down towards Jalan Damansara. It was getting hot by then and steep route was not helping at all.... hahaa garing sude....
Suffering faces with the bloody heat & neverending route hahaa... Almost there!
Sikit lagik nih... Bertabahla jiwa raga kaki ku!

Yeahhh sikit lagik nak sampai nih... Credits to Amin Jaafar for this pic!
Very mental to reach the KTM Station building and the final 2KM felt like forever... Somehow I was freaking out when I saw 7hours pacer overtook me during the final 400m stretch. And I looked at my watch ans found out I was still within the cutoff time. Saw so many of my running friends were already waiting for us along this final stretch... Exchanged some high fives with them and deep down inside I knew I managed to cross the FL in 6h41min (nett time)... Thank goodness! Syukur, Alhamdulillah...
Finally... Syukur Alhamdulillah... Credits to SCKLM Official Photos...

The video of us during the final 400m or so towards the FL... Check it out the ambiance!

This year they've started to implement SCKLM Live Tracking Updates apps to keep track of all the participants. That's how some of my friends knew that I finished my run through the apps. It was so easy and convenient too.

After the run, it was nice meeting so many running friends, new and old... Took some selfies with them... Thanks folks!

Group Photo with all the runners... Congrats to all! Credits to Khidir Nordin for the pic!
Met Benz, Shahril Abd Rani and Izme Azzam after the run.... Many more actually... Hehee...
Yayyy I was being interviewed by my awesome running friend Izme Azzam... You can catch the FULL here
Overall, it was a very well organized event. Still the best Marathon event in Malaysia, by far. Plenty of drinking water and isotonic drinks, bananas and energy gels for all the runners. Excellent traffic control at all the critical points. Portaloos were available along the course. Two mobile surau were provided for the Muslim runners. Love the event running vest and finisher tee too. Not forgetting the lovely finisher medal design with different lanyard colours for different distance.

 So, save your date for SCKLM 2017 folks! See you there on 21 May 2017... Let's training hard and smart! =D
 For more info, just log on to
Toodles chuols!

Friday, November 11, 2016


Hello there my dear followers and silent readers....

Believe it or not, these days, almost everybody has a smartphone. Most of us can’t imagine life without one, so hasn’t it become more of a need? No doubt, it's a necessity for most of us, especially in this gadget era, where all the information is just at the tip of our fingers.

Good news to all the smartphone enthusiasts out there. Now you can own a new smarthphone every 12 months! Can you believe it?

Who would not be happy to be able to purchase a brand new smartphone like iPhone 7 with an installment of up to two years and can upgrade some more after the two yeas plan?

 With the maiden launch of ‘ReNew+’ today, CompAsia has just made buying a new smartphone every year more affordable. Yayyy...

 “ReNew+ is launched to initially offer upgrades for iPhones because there is always a great demand for them in the resale market as these cherished premium-priced iOS devices are still unaffordable by many in the developing Asian markets. Additionally, iPhone users tend to upgrade more frequently than other smartphone owners,” said Julius Lim, CEO of CompAsia.
Mr Julius Lim, CEO CompAsia was giving his simple yet compact speech on the advantages of choosing ReNew+
He added CompAsia’s aim was to be able to offer more choices and flexibilities than current traditional consumer OEMs and local mobile carriers because majority customers just wanted a hassle-free and good early upgrade deal. With ReNew+, he said customers have now become aware that there is a different way they can actually buy and sell their smartphones.

Here are the SIX reasons why you should choose "ReNew+" programme:

1)  New Smartphone Every 12 Months

 2) Low Monthly Payments 

With a low monthly payments as low as RM160 per month for iPhone 7 and RM190 per month for iPhone 7 Plus through Maybank's EzyPay. How cool is that? =D

3) No UpGrade Fee..

 Yes, you heard it right. There is no upgrade fee for the customer to upgrade their smartphones after 12 months of installment. 

4) Brand Independent 

 The customers are free to choose any kinds of smartphone brands as they wished... 

 As for a start, this smarter upgrade programme unleashes its first product offering - it allows customers in Malaysia to pay only a low monthly fee for a new iPhone 7 or 7+ and also allows them to trade them in after 12 months of payments to get the next generation iPhone without the hassle of any upgrading or termination fees. 

5) One Year FREE Phone Guard

 Every smartphone that has been purchased through this "ReNew+" programme is entitled for a FREE one year cracked screen protection. Meaning that if your smartphone fell down of flew away and you cracked your screen regardless of how many times, CompAsia will guarantee you to fix it free of charge within the 12 months. This one is soooo suitable for a clumsy person like me. Hahahaa... I cracked my smartphone's screen twice and I had to spend almost RM700++ to replace them back! Oh my money... What a great price to pay for... Hohohi....

6) Don't Be Tied Down By Any Carrier... It's Carrier Independent!

 Yup, the users are free to choose any Carrier or Telco as their favourite Carrier for the smartphones for up to two years. Easy and so flexible, right? 

Interested? Customers can purchase the latest iPhones from CompAsia‘s online store ( or from the participating stores of its collaborating partners. Tied to MayBank’s EzyPay that offers an interest-free instalment plan of up to 24 months, this robust upgrade programme allows eligible customers purchase the new iPhones using Maybank’s credit cards. With low monthly payments and no upfront payment, ‘ReNew+’ also comes bundled with ‘Phone Guard’ that provides a one-year free protection for cracked screens.
Summary of all the perks by choosing ReNew+ Smart Programme.... =D
Well, that's all for today, folks.... Come and upgrade your smartphone and join ReNew+ Revolution today! =D


Friday, October 28, 2016


AkTION Series Launched to Attract Both Domestic and International Tourists
Iskandar Shahril, Managing Director E-Plus Singapore and Thailand presenting memento to Tan Sri Khalid bin Ramli, Chief Executive Officer of LADA and Tahira Aliya, Women's 2016 Asia Trail Master Champion

Kuala Lumpur, 27 October 2016 – Langkawi, a world-renowned destination for leisure tourism, plans to expand its horizon by inviting nature and sports lovers to its islands. Organiser E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd and supporter Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), expands the successful pilot project of Tuba Trail Run in April to a triple treat for eco-sport athletes around the world.

Mountains, islands, beaches, forests and distinct inhabitants that create the 99 thickly forested topical islands located within the boundaries of Langkawi, will host a series of programmes under the umbrella of AkTION including the Tanjung Rhu SwimFest, Mount (Mt.) Mat Chinchang SkyBridge Climb, and the Tuba Trail Run. In 2007, UNESCO declared the Langkawi archipelago as one of 94 globally recognised Geoparks from 27 countries, endorsing its natural beauty, ecological harmony and archeological, geological and cultural significance.

Yang mana satu, pilihan kalbu? =D
“Langkawi is a well preserved natural habitat and has a unique geographical landscape that provides many opportunities to do eco-friendly sports. In April 2016, Tuba Trail Run was introduced as a pilot project to expose the less visited Tuba Island to the domestic running market.  With its success, we are now launching this brand new AkTION series that cover eco-sports on both land and water.  Langkawi is well connected with other states within Malaysia, and also from neighbouring countries. Therefore, our intent is to add eco-sports that is suitable for sports enthusiasts of all levels, as a pillar to supplement Langkawi’s popular leisure tourism,” said Iskandar Shahril, Managing Director, E-Plus Entertainment Productions for Singapore and Thailand.
(from left) Iskandar Shahril, Managing Director E-Plus Singapore and Thailand: Tan Sri Khalid bin Ramli, CEO of LADA; and Tahira Aliya, explaining the three eco-sports during the press conference
Tan Sri Khalid bin Ramli, Chief Executive Officer of LADA, added that over 400 domestic and international participants joined the Tuba Trail Run in April this year. “LADA has cooperated with E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd to introduce the pilot programme that has resulted in a positive outcome. Moving forward, E-Plus will be incorporating more eco-sport events on many parts of the islands. While conventional tourism promotions will maintain tourism receipts, the implementation of AkTION will capture a new market and new interests towards our islands.”
Tahira Aliya sharing her recent experiences on becoming the Women's 2016 Asia Trail Master Champion during the        press conference.

He also mentioned that targets for the 2011-2015 tourism blueprint has exceeded its target of 3 million annual tourists. “In 2015, we received over 3.6 million tourists and expects to achieve 3.8 million this year. We are confident that the implementation of AkTION will boost tourist arrivals in a long run.”

Tanjung Rhu SwimFest
Mesmerizing Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi....
Tanjung Rhu SwimFest, an open water swimming competition happening on 10 December 2016, is available in three categories. The two-kilometer route is suitable for budding swimmers, while the four and six kilometer routes are recommended for multi-sport athletes including triathletes, and long distance swim enthusiasts. Starting by the captivating Tanjung Rhu beach, participants will be able to swim close to international borders, which provides a unique opportunity to experience Malaysia and Thailand in a single location. The Tanjung Rhu SwimFest will be the beach’s first international open water swimming event.

Mt. Mat Chinchang SkyBridge Climb
The iconic breathtaking Sky Bridge at Mount Mat Chinchang, Langkawi....
A trail opened exclusively for the Mt. Mat Chinchang SkyBridge Climb on raceday will bring new excitement for enthusiasts of all levels. The 4.5-kilometer climb finishes at the peak of the mountain after passing the cable car’s Middle Station, crossing across the renowned SkyBridge as well as climbing up to the Top Station. The climb will take place on 18 February 2017 and will be a truly unique way to discover the hidden jewels of Mt. Mat Chinchang.

“This will be the first time we are opening the trail for a race.  While the general public enjoy the journey up to Mt. Mat Chinchang by cable car, trail enthusiasts can seize the rare opportunity to experience it through the climb,” said Mohd Ali bin Makkit, Chief Operating Officer of Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd.

Tuba Trail Run 

The awesome fascinating Tuba Island, Langkawi...
With 99 tropical islands lie within the boundaries of Langkawi, it is impossible to discover every single forest. Tuba Trail Run, a project to provide exposure to the less explored islands of Pulau Tuba and Pulau Dayang Bunting, will return on 8 April 2017 and continue to be an eye-opener for first-timers and returning participants as they explore deeper on the islands’ distinct culture. The 2017 edition will offer three varied distances, including a 4-kilometer fun run, a new 15-kilometer route and the 30-kilometer route to cater to runners of all levels.

“Langkawi will yield many benefits from AkTION.  Increase in tourism receipts driven by sports tourism, the showcase and exposure of Langkawi’s less explored landscape and environmental preservation will lead to a long-term positive economic outlook and prosperity,” concluded Tan Sri Khalid.

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AkTION Langkawi is a sports property to promote eco-tourism in Langkawi.  Developed by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, AkTION is the first-of-its-kind series aimed to promote Langkawi’s picturesque geographical landscape and increase domestic and international tourist arrivals. Three international eco-sport events under the AkTION umbrella include the Tanjung Rhu SwimFest, Mt. Mat Chinchang SkyBridge Climb and the Tuba Trail Run.

Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) was established by the Federal Government of Malaysia to plan and promote, and also carry out development in Langkawi. LADA was officially established on March 15, 1990 and after that started to promote Langkawi as a tourism destination especially on the MICE segment. Langkawi is the first UNESCO Global Geopark in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd (PLSB) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB). On 6 January 2003, PLSB has taken over the operation of the cable car system from the former operator known as Langkawi Cable Car Sdn Bhd (LCCSB). On 1 August 2012, Langkawi Development Authority bought over the management of the cable car system from SPNB via its subsidiary, LADA Eco-Tourism Sdn Bhd. The Langkawi cable car system, currently known as SkyCab, has received numerous world-class recognitions and awards such as The Outstanding Tourism Product in Langkawi Tourism Indsutry Awards 2010/2011, The Malaysia Book of Records for having the Longest Free Span Mono-Cable Car and the First Stand Alone 360° Panorama Screen Dome Theatre as well as the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2014 and 2015. PLSB, which has now developed and introduced diversified entertaining products other than the distinguished Langkawi SkyCab, is ready to give visitors the most memorable experiences and enjoying moments.

P/S: Most likely, I am really interested to join the Tuba Trail Run 2017 since I've missed the 2016 edition. I heard it was a success event with quite challenging route around Tuba Island. Definitely a must try trail run for me next year...  Plus, the Mt Mat Chinchang Sky Bridge Climb sounds fun too. Let's hope that I`ll be available during that date hohohi...

Last but not least, a photo with the awesome Champion herself, Tahira Aliya... Nice meeting you here again, Ira! =)