Assalamualaikum and Ramadan Kareem to my brothers and sisters in Islam.

    This is a blessed month where we can’t let lose opportunities to better ourselves, and this is one of the platform by Al Maghrib to assist us in understanding ourselves, and the chaos which are still within us — showing and engaging in gratitude and humility as we continue with the struggle between arrogance and ego. Much have been heard and understood between the relationship of arrogance/ego and gratitude/humility, and this is a universal thing not limited to just Islam, as a way of life.


    There will be many respected and renowned speakers who will be speaking at the webinar, per mentioned in the poster below.


    Note to South East Asian folks (Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia etc), we’re +8 UTC (time zone), while in New York where the live webinar will take place, they’re -4 UTC, which makes it a 12 hours difference. So 3pm New York on 11 June 2017 Sunday, we will be at 3am on 12 June 2017 , Monday morning. Suggest you stay up for a bit after tahajood, or wake up earlier for sahur to catch this webinar at the convenience of your own home.

    If you are a non-Muslim just curious to know what do Muslim talk about when we talk about gratitude and thankfulness, feel free to join the webinar at no cost 🙂

    Registration/spot reservation page here

    This event is partnered with Islamic Relief.




    Help spread the word by sharing this with your friends and beloved ones so that they too can join and also spread the word, InsyAllah.


    9 June 2017

    Kuala Lumpur

  • Almost 36,000 runners at 9th Standard Chartered KL Marathon – Kenyan Cosmas romps home in personal best

    _MG_0835_2017_SCKLM Aerial View

    In its ninth installation, 36,000 runners congregated at Dataran Merdeka for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017.

    KUALA LUMPUR, 21 May 2017: Close to 36,000 runners converged on Dataran Merdeka to take part in the 9th edition of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon today. Cosmas Matolo Muteti,from Kenya won the Full Marathon Men’s Open category in a time of 2:18:43 to take home USD17,500 while the Full Marathon Women’s Open category was won by Elizabeth Chepkanan from Kenya in a time of 2:36:14 also earning USD17,500 in the process.

    Five-time champion Kennedy Kiproo Lilan from Kenya came in second in the Full Marathon Men’s Open with a time of 2:19:35 while Tonui Kiprop from Kenya finished third in a time of 2:20:36 In the Full Marathon Women’s Open, Vikoti Chepkemoi from Kenya took second place in a time of 2:40:08 and Zeritu Begashaw Wakijira from Ethiopia had to settle for third place with a time of 2:42:56.

    The Full Marathon Malaysian Men’s category saw a close battle between defending champion Muhaizar Mohamad and Leo Tan Huong Leong. These two vastly improved runners were neck to neck until close to the finish when Muhaizar eventually repeated his triumph in last year’s Standard Chartered KL Marathon with an improved time and personal best of 2:35:55. Leo narrowly finished second in a time of 2:38:06 and Ow Yong Jin Kuan came in third in 2:43:45. The Full Marathon Malaysian Women’s category was clinched by Yuan Yufang in a time of 3:23:00, while Loh Chooi Fern clocked 3:25:55 to come in second and Chua Khit Yeng got third place in a time of 3:33:46


    The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon kicked off with a resounding reception, garnering more than 8000 participants

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    Cosmas Matolo Muteti from Kenya won the Full Marathon Men’s Open category in a time of 02:18:43 to take home USD 17,500.

    FM Open winner Cosmas, was delighted that he not only won the title but recorded a personal best while fighting off multiple winner Kennedy. “I was running against strong opponents but I kept to my game plan and really enjoyed the run through some great scenery,” he said.

    Muhaizar was also thrilled to have retained his title, especially after the tough competition with Leo. “It was a hard race but I’m very happy to have defended my title and even happier to record another personal best at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon,” he said.

    Rainer Biemans, Project Director of SCKLM and Director of Dirigo Events, added “We are extremely pleased to have pulled off SCKLM 2017 without any major hiccups and we hope that all our runners had a memorable run and a great experience overall. It is gratifying to receive such support from the local and international running fraternity and we are committed to continually improve on all aspects of this event and look forward to welcoming all of you for our 10th anniversary in 2018.”

    Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank said, “As title sponsor, we are delighted to be able to play a part in empowering people from all walks of life to make a difference through this amazing event. There are inspiring stories everywhere today and this is a testament to the power of the Marathon. Congratulations to all our winners and our sincere appreciation goes out to all participants for their tremendous support.”

    This was exemplified by more than 30 visually impaired runners who took part in the 5km Fun Run, along with volunteer “running buddies” from Standard Chartered Bank. 20 autistic children from Permata Kurnia and over 100 underprivileged kids from Sivanandha Home and Care2run also participated in the race across various categories. Standard Chartered KL Marathon’s Run For A Reason charity initiative remains an integral part of the event, channelling funds raised to deserving charities that assist underprivileged communities and those in dire need. This year the participating beneficiaries were the Standard Chartered Foundation, National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Dignity for Children Foundation and Hospis Malaysia.

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    The Standard Chartered KL Marathon Kids Dash pictured here with emcee Linora Low and Hospis Malaysia’s mascot, Mr Monty.

    Efforts to make the Marathon more competitive, like having a seven-hour cut-off time and route checkpoints appear to be paying dividends as more than 8,000 runners signed up for the Full Marathon category this year. There were also close to 1700 running tourists from 52 countries and 75 nationalities taking part making SCKLM a truly international event. SCKLM was also the first stop in Englishman Andy Dukes’ epic marathon ride around the world on his BMW motorbike while running in six marathons in six continents.

    SCKLM 2017 Race Day was preceded by the Race Entry Pack Collection from 18-20 May which was a bigger affair this year with the inclusion of the Prudential Healthy Life Expo, as well as the Friendship Run and Pasta breakfast on 20 May which saw Full Marathoners from Malaysia and around the world gather for a warm-up run and mingle in a more social setting.

    Apart from the Full and Half Marathons, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 also featured a 10km distance and a 5km Fun Run for social runners, along with Kids’ Dash categories for children under 12 years of age. There were also several categories like the Corporate Challenge, Media Challenge, Universities Challenge and Ministries Challenge to either raise money for charity as well as provide friendly competition and bragging rights for the eventual winners.

    The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has grown to become the premier running event in Malaysia, drawing thousands of local and international runners to the country whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 2017 edition of the race once again saw Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia returning as title sponsor, along with a host of returning and new sponsors, including Honda, Seiko, Brooks, Lucozade and Pacific Regency. The event is owned and organised by Dirigo Events with co-organiser Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.

    Standard Chartered KL Marathon is sanctioned and supported by Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF), Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletic Federation (FTKLAA), International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons, Distance Races (AIMS).

    Winners of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017

    Full Marathon Men’s Open

    1st Cosmas Matolo Muteti Kenya 02:18:43
    2nd Kennedy Lilan Kenya 02:19:35
    3rd Tonui Kiprop Kenya 02:20:38


    Full Marathon Men_s Open Category

    Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon Men’s Open Category (L-R): Kennedy Kiproo Lilan, Cosmas Matolo Muteti, Tonui Kiprop



    Full Marathon Women’s Open

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Elizaberth Chepkanan Kenya 02:36:14
    2nd Vicoty Chepkemoi Kenya 02:40:08
    3rd Zeritu Begashaw Wakijira Ethiopia 02:42:56


    Full Marathon Women_s Open Category

    Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon Women’s Open Category (L-R): Vicoty Chepkemoi, Elizabeth Chepkanan, Zeritu Begashaw Wakijira

    Full Marathon Malaysian Men

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Muhaizar Mohamad Malaysia 02:35:55
    2nd Tan Huong Leong Malaysia 02:38:06
    3rd Ow Yong Jin Kuang Malaysia 02:43:45


    Full Marathon Malaysian Men_s Open Category

    Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon Full Malaysian Men’s Open Category (L-R): Tan Huong Leong, Muhaizar Mohamad, Ow Yong Jin Kuang

    Full Marathon Malaysian Women

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Yuan YuFang Malaysia 03:23:00
    2nd Loh Chooi Fern Malaysia 03:25:54
    3rd Chua Khit Yeng Malaysia 03:33:46
    Full Marathon Malaysian Women's Open Category

    Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Malaysian Women’s Open Category (L-R): Loh Chooi Fern, Yuan YuFang, Chua Khit Yeng


    Full Marathon Veteran Men

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Seurei Julius Kiprotich Kenya 02:23:09
    2nd John Kprop Samoei Kenya 02:37:34
    3rd Timothy Kelsall Great Britain 03:08:16


    Full Marathon Veteran Women

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Lilian Chelimo Kenya 02:48:45
    2nd Margeret Njuguna Kenya 02:56:20
    3rd Deborah Chinn USA 03:36:13


    Honda Half Marathon Men Open

    Position Name Country Time
    1st John Muiruri Mburu Kenya 01:07:13
    2nd Charles Munyua Kenya 01:07:53
    3rd James Munyi Maregu Kenya 01:09:28


    Honda Half Marathon Women Open

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Shieys Chepkosgei Kenya 01:21:46
    2nd Njijia Ann Mukui Kenya 01:22:33
    3rd Muriuki Naomi Wambui Kenya 01:25:54



    Honda Half Marathon Men Veteran

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Jeffrey Ross Great Britain 01:28:02
    2nd Ramesh Palaniandy Singapore 01:31:49
    3rd Troy Keast Australia 01:32:48


    Honda Half Marathon Women Veteran

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Hayley Holle Great Britain 01:36:18
    2nd Clare McCulloch Great Britain 01:37:20
    3rd Rachel Pepper New Zealand 01:42:33


    10km Speed Men Open

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Enock Kipchirchir Kigen Kenya 00:33:19
    2nd Soh Wai Ching Malaysia 00:35:42
    3rd Amiruddin Bin Nasir Malaysia 00:36:52


    10km Speed Women Open

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Danielle Nant New Zealand 00:40:23
    2nd Chan Shun Yee Hong Kong 00:44:32
    3rd Michele Tan Bee Kiang Malaysia 00:45:08


    10km Speed Men Veteran

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Lim Khon Seng Malaysia 00:39:53
    2nd Chan Shan Ching Hong Kong 00:41:09
    3rd See Hock Leong Ronnie Malaysia 00:43:14


    10km Speed Women Veteran

    Position Name Country Time
    1st Susan Khoo Great Britain 00:47:27
    2nd Lorna Wong Malaysia 00:47:38
    3rd Tina Munro Great Britain 00:48:32



    For more information and updates on SCKLM, please visit:


    Facebook       : http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon

    Twitter            : www.twitter.com/SCKLmarathon

    Instagram       : https://instagram.com/SCKLmarathon

    Website          : www.kl-marathon.com

    For more information, please contact:


    Suthan Narayanan | 03.7887.4717 | suthan@dirigo.com.my

    For more information on Standard Chartered KL Marathon:


    Gloria Ng | 603.7887.4717 | gloria.ng@dirigo.com.my

    For more information on Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad:

    Jennifer Kang | 03.2117.7770 | jennifer.kang@sc.com

    Geraldine Tan | 03.2117.7821 | geraldine.tan@sc.com

  • Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2017 – Race kit collection (18 – 20May 2017)

    Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2017 – Race kit collection (18 – 20May 2017)

    If you are a seasoned runner where yearly you’ve ran a number of races, the race kit/pack collection as you may feel, is part of ‘the’ event. The anxiety and nervousness if you would like to put it, starts when you attend the race kit collection — bumping into running and training buddies, ex colleagues etc.

    The face which you will wear on race kit collection cum race morning, depends on your level of readiness and confidence. Here is where you need to take a step back before you get lost in the psyche of all this. Remember, essentially its a race against yourself despite running among the thousands. ‘What’s the total number of participants?’ , I over heard as I was standing in the queue just now — it’s 35,000 runners in total for all distances , mentioned in the official web site and press releases.

    Just to share with you a view of a typical marathon major events see below for the total number of participants for all categories :-

    London Marathon : 40,382 (2017) [total applicants: 253,930 (2018)]

    Tokyo Marathon : 36,648 (2016) [total applicants: 309,824]

    America Chicago Marathon : 40,000 [capped at 40,000]

    Berlin Marathon : 46,950 (2016)


    Closer to Malaysia, Singapore boasted 46,000 runners in 2016. The island nation holds this event annually, also under the Standard Chartered banner.


    Back to Kuala Lumpur.

    The race kit collection takes place from today (18th May 2017) until Saturday (20th May 2017). It is held at Hall 6, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. If you are familiar with the area, you might have noticed a huge white tent outside the convention centre — well, that is Hall 6.

    If you are walking, you can walk straight towards the tent (see pic below), else if you came through KL Convention Centre, chances are you will need to take 2 escalator trips (1 down, and 1 up) and pass through Hall 4 and 5 before heading out to the outdoor and ushered to a small flight of stairs to reach Hall 6. KL Convention Centre staff are on the ground, so you can always check with them the race kit collection venue.

    On to Hall 6 

    As the biggest canvas tent I have seen, the set up is pretty compact, no corners are wasted. Very good organisation of layout with race officials/staffs there to meet your queries.

    There are a series of pens for different categories; 5km, 10km, Honda Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. So make sure you are in the right queue.

    Things you should bring to collect your race kits :-

    • Original IC/Passport
    • A printed confirmation slip

    If you are collecting on the behalf of someone, you will still need the confirmation slip with the runner’s consent. Click here for exact details.

    The queue typically will be long, but with the dedicated staffs backing the collection counters, waiting time is not that long. My queue this afternoon was quite fast. So kuddos to the organisers ! I waited about 15 minutes (+/-) before I reached the counter. And about 2 minutes (+/-) for my pack.

    Sports gear expo

    Just right after you exit the race kit collection area, there will be a series of booths with all the sports gears which you need in case you need any, or some more. These include;

    • Lucozade
    • Seiko
    • High5Sports Nutrition
    • Brooks
    • Triathlon Shop
    • Ash be Nimble
    • Salon Pas
    • SEA Games
    • 2XU
    • Ironman Asia
    • Sunstar Ora2(Japan based dental products)
    • Reclaim (Sports Insurance)
    • Lorna Jane
    • Korea Tourism Organization (promoting 4 major marathons in Korea)
    • and many more !

    So do bring some cash or credit card if you would like to get shopping at the expo !

    There was a even a reflexology corner by the Malaysia Association of the Blind just next to the race kit collection area. You can get a foot massage there for just RM25. Their website here.

    Prudential Healthy Life Expo

    This is the last section you will pass through before exiting Hall 6. Well, I at least passed through as I was rushing back to work. Interesting activities and booths :-

    • Health screening (complimentary)
    • Cycling simulation challenge (there were road bikes on site.  oh how tempting!)

    Check out the cycling simulation challenge — winner stands a chance to win a free entry qualification for the PrudentialRide London-Surrey 2017 – a world-class cycling festival with return economy flight tickets a 2 nights accommodation sponsored by Prudential. Now, beat that ! Anyways, do check out the Prudential Healthy Life Expo !

    All in all, it did not took me long to complete my round at the race kit collection. Plenty of interesting things to see (and buy)–but I was rushing for time. If you have not collected your race kit, give yourself about 1 hour (1.5 hours max) if you really want to browse through the expos after collecting your race kit.

    And of course, don’t forget to say your customary Hello (and selfies now..) if you see you running buddies. You’d be surprised to see the old faces resurfacing again. Running is a time-less sports, you just keep coming back.

    All the best for your race day. On you marks, get set…..and Gooooooooooo !

    Yours in writing,


    18 May 2017, Kuala Lumpur

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  • Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2017 – Tips for runners

    Hey everyone. THE marathon event of the year will be happening this weekend, and I am sure most of you runners, organisers and volunteers out there who are directly or indirectly involved are counting down to the big event.

    The event is officially kicking off tomorrow with the race kit collection happening at the KL Convention Centre. A good location indeed for a 3 days spread for runners and the likes to come and collect their race kit and visit the Prudential Healthy Lifestyle expo.

    Prep tips for runners

    For runners, this is about the time where you have wind down  your mileage and take all measures to avoid any last minute injury. Pamper yourself good with a massage or reflexology session to ease those muscles and joints. Do the necessary preparation and planning to ensure you leave home on time this Sunday morning, know where to park if you are driving, and if you are car-pooling or taking other modes of transportation, plan that in advance too.

    Take your time to look through the event itinerary, ie warm up and start time for your event. Find out up front where are the luggage drop off area, and if you are coming with some supporters, agree to a location to where you guys could possibly meet after the event.

    Post event pics are cool, so make your camera/phone cameras are fully charged!

    Runners – whether this is your first, or first for the distance which you will be running, or even if you are a seasoned runnner, here’s a quick check list you might find helpful for your event day to be smooth;

    • Original NRIC (MyKad) – bring it [you will need it as part of verification document if you get a winning spot]
    • Keep your original bib after crossing the finish line [you’ll need it for winner verification]
    • Original winner’s tag [those lanyard with paper tags showing your position #] if you are handed one at the finish line
    • Baggage/luggage service is available at the Dataran Underground. Service starts 3am and ends 12.00pm. According to the guide book in the event website, baggage not collected after 12.00pm will be donated to charity or disposed at organiser’s discretion <– so make it a point to collect it early after your race !
    • NOTE:  45cm x 35cm x 20cm <– luggage guideline. Organiser have the right to refuse your luggage



    Food and drink – Some tips

    You will need to have a tummy pre-filled before your event. Don’t eat too much else it’ll be hard too run. Do not NOT eat at all as you’ll experience hunger pangs which can disrupt the quality of the run, and your concentration as well.

    Eat per usual, as you have done during your practise run. Race day is not the day for you to try out new things ie. new shoes, etc and this includes the things which you consume.

    Keep stock of some energy gels/bars . Click here for a guide from Runner’s World. The link also shows how you should be taking your fuel.

    Personal experience- been over drinking and not alternating between sports drinks and plain water.

    Shall I stop for a ‘roti canai’ or McDonald’s ? Most probably not as the purpose of refueling during the run is to absorb the carbs and nutrients almost immediately. Roti canai and McDonald’s might not only have longer absorption rate, but it will also shunt your blood to your GI instead of your musculoskeletal. So stay away from over loading your system unnecessarily. You need your body to be working efficiently and economically to give you the best run, and that you finish comfortably.

    Cramps? Side itch?

    Listening to your body is an art if you have not listened hard enough. Listen to your body. The second you feel a tugging or pulling in your muscles, slow down your pace. It’s a sign of possibly a cramp developing. If its the case, stop running, and stretch the affected area. According to Runner’s World, applying pressure by just using your fingers on the affected muscle for 10-15 seconds can provide relief.

    Side itch? Same thing…Stop and stretch… if it comes again, repeat the procedure. Breath in deeply, and apply pressure to the affected muscles. Weak obliques muscles normally contribute to side itch during runs as the upper body rotates. Hence– the importance of building a strong core –> you’re less prone to these symptoms, injuries as well as a longer endurance before fatigue hits.


    We typically miss this out.. take a look at some of the short listed items I personally think you can benefit from:-

    • make sure your shoes are intact. you don’t wanna go mid way you run to see your sole coming off unless you don’t mind running barefoot
    • socks – it’s GOTTA be comfortable. Too thin, too snug.. it will and can be discomforting and also lead to blisters on your foot/toe
    • shoe fit — same as above.. ill fitting shoes can cause blisters and black toe nails <– familiar?
    • Body Glide/Vaseline – a runner’s life saver.  Apply some to areas prone to blisters and chafing. I’ve posted on this before. Photo of a guy with bleeding nipple ! ouch !
    • Other things — Get any wired gears ie earphones out of the way. Not only it affects your running momentum (you trying to keep things in place while running…!), it slows you down from your best potential running pace which you’ve worked oh so hard for– but it also can contribute to risk of unwanted accidents. You are so into Queen’s ‘I want to break free’ you missed all the verbal warning pointing to a pothole in front of you , or missed a check point (either a ribbon tag, or time mat) . If you can keep those earphone from dangling, possibly the reconsideration for that playlist you have sitting in your music device.



    Whether or not you pass any exam depends on 2 things 1) The effort put in prepare for the exam 2)The execution of those preparation into tackling the exam. Same with running. If you have picked a suitable plan for a particular distance which you are registering, AND followed through the training program, this will help 1/2 of the challenge you will be facing on D-day.

    The other 1/2 is the execution of it ie what’s been done during practise runs, and implement it for the race day except with more eager and smart enthusiasm. Planning is key to ensure you don’t fumble through your steps unsure if you should stop or not for the electrolyte/water. Whether or not you should be running or walking up hill — all based on your prep and knowledge, and adjusting it where necessary on race day.

    Having a sports watch and HRM (heart rate monitor) on (with the understanding that you also wore them during practise run) will give you the edge. You will be able to tell immediately if you are pushing too hard to early to avoid early encounter with a brick wall <– possibly no one wants this right?!

    Else, do what you’ve been doing which has work which is–listen to your body. You maybe tempted to ‘draft’ or hook with a runner to get the right pace. If you need to do it, do it wisely. Do not play chase until you get your rhythm and pace right.

    Personally, I am more of a ‘keeper’ of my energy, and will disperse it gradually into the run. Satisfaction comes when I start overtaking runners who were dashing their cardiac muscles out the first 2km, and I make sure I keep and then up my pace slowly.


    Wishing you all the best for your run !

    Yours in writing,


    p.s. I will be running the 1/2 marathon distance. Wish me luck too !



    Stay focused, positive and most importantly, Have fun ! Pic of me post Powerman Malaysia 2017 . Did the sprint. It was a fun outing !

  • Be yourself – just better

    I detect that most if not some of us are hard-wired in sensing energy levels of environments, particularly from people who we meet, whether its a stranger, an affiliate, some one who knew from the past or those who we meet and converse with on daily basis.

    Photo credit: humansarefree.com

    Energy in broad terms can be used to indicate i) type of energy typically positive or negative and ii)level of energy .

    On at least 2 different occasions, 2 different people indicated how my energy level shifted from high to low; when I talk about sports and health related issues compared to when I talk about my career. Sounds familiar? Psychology can help us understand ourselves better with just this example. Knowing and understanding the sciences of behaviour gives us better advantage at different levels of what we are pursuing professionally and other wise.

    For most of us, we use intuition to assess a situation where we are in, to effect our judgement, action and speech. Speakers and academicians apply it all the time without , perhaps, knowing its sciences. Theoretically speaking,  that gut feeling or hunch, serves as a radar to our behaviour. Lufityanto, G., Donkin, C., & Pearson, J.  (2016) in their publication Measuring Intuition: Nonconscious Emotional Information Boosts Decision Accuracy and Confidence. Psychological Science mentioned : “the ability to quantitatively measure intuition could be a boon to many different fields, especially when it comes to workplace hiring: “This could be applied in the workplace, taking the place of existing questionnaires which really only test people’s opinions about their own feelings of intuition. We do have intuition and we can measure it scientifically.””



    Simon Baker plays the independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation, in American drama series ‘The Mentalist’. Photo credit : theage.com.au


    If you have or are watching The Mentalist, you can immediately correlate the method used by Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) when helping solve a murder case. He typically uses (as defined in the opening credits) mental acuity, hypnosis and/or suggestion. As a regular watcher, I see his mental sharpness comes with repeated accurate gut feelings which were proven correct.


    Back to the initial example I was sharing, I couldn’t fake the obvious when on 2 different occasions, similar feedback was given regarding my energy level. Whether or not this person knows me well, my energy level was a give away, and acted as a trigger to this person’s hunch. By reason, this person might or might not know the different areas of my interest. By hunch, this person I was talking to was on point. ‘I can’t fake it’ was my blunt and honest reaction.

    The lesson is this. Do not be afraid to show your true selves, in fact BE yourself no matter what you do. You are who you are because of the values and principles that you believe and hold on to, and not as merely an external reaction ‘just’ to show others that you are great/noble/perfect etc. BE YOURSELF. Success comes easier in the things that are closer to you in value and principle.


    Someone falls to pieces
    Sleeping all alone
    Someone kills the pain
    Spinning in the silence
    To finally drift away
    Someone gets excited
    In a chapel yard
    Catches a bouquet
    Another lays a dozen
    White roses on a grave

    To be yourself is all that you can do
    To be yourself is all that you can do


    The above the opening lyrics to Audioslave’s ‘Be Yourself’.

    Ain’t it easier just to be innately yourself, then pretending to be somebody else? The following conflict that this may cause (in case we pretend to be some one who we are not), can be severe. Some to the point of not having life goals just because we never learnt how to say ‘No’. The ‘Yes’es were obligatory to make others happy. Than what? We do not have a sense of purpose and direction, and will find it hard to make decisions.

    As we progress through the phases in life, naturally we assume bigger and important responsibilities. No one is there to coach or ‘mummy’ and tell us what to do, what not to do, what’s good and vice versae. It is fine if we do ‘discover’ ourselves much later in life. But more importantly, we understand the essence of being ourselves, and not just reacting to our environment, trying to ‘fit’ in into something which doesn’t give us life pleasure. In simple words, don’t fake it. Be yourself, just better.


    You may relate to my words based on your own experience. You know we have all done mistakes in the past. We learn from them. We move on. We get on with our lives. We do not pacify the role of legacies which our mothers or children will NOT be proud of, but we know we are only humans who are prone to mistakes especially during life phases where we are either too adventurous and see life as a lab for us to test different experiments, AND/OR when we were mostly unguided and easily influenced.

    If you are a parent, realise that if you want to better your family’s well-being,situation and relationship, each family members play a role. In your case, it begins with you. Have a higher purpose, recalibrate your goals and purpose if needed, have more compassion and warmth — and hopefully with that all will fall unto place just like the rain droplets rolling down an opened umbrella.


    If you are an employer, a manager, its important to know and be yourself, and align that with the vision of your organisation. Most likely they are all for the greater good. Be humane in your actions and words. Employees are not machines. They have their values and principles which you need to respect.

    The writer is a mother of two, wife,triathlete and an adventurer of life. Life is a series of explorations to achieve a higher goal unlimited to the worldly life span but beyond.

  • Brooks Gears Up Pacers For Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017

    More than 35,000 runners to receive Brooks race T’s


    KUALA LUMPUR, 25 March 2017: The Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) 2017 Pacers will be clad in official apparel sponsor Brooks gear and will be highly visible in luminous yellow tops. A total of 30 runners received their Pacer kits at a handover ceremony that also saw the official opening of the Brooks concept store at brand new mall, MyTown in Cheras.


    Pic 1

    Tiew Cheng Tai, Managing Director, Paragon Vest Sdn Bhd, Full Marathon Pacer Karsten Korbel and Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events and Project Director of SCKLM

    Pacers received their exclusively designed Brooks singlets with Equilibrium Technology, along with a pair of running shorts and shoes. There will be 24 Pacers assisting runners in the Full Marathon category and for the first time, there will also be another 6 Pacers for the Half Marathon category.

    Pacing is a crucial element if you want to complete a marathon in your expected time and Pacers play an important role in helping to ensure runners keep to the required pace. New runners especially, find it difficult keeping pace due to inexperience and fatigue, and this is where expert Pacers can provide the right encouragement and motivation to get runners back on track to finish the race in the required time.


    Pic 2

    Tiew Cheng Tai, Managing Director, Paragon Vest Sdn Bhd, Full Marathon Pacer Lim Yew Khuay and Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events and Project Director of SCKLM

    “Pacers play an integral part in any marathon and we go through a fairly stringent process to select them. We invite runners to register as Pacers and then check their previous race records to determine their timing consistency, as well as running experience,” said Rainer Biemans, Project Director of SCKLM and Director of Dirigo Events, the owners and organiser of the race.

    More than 35,000 runners will be participating in the run this year, and all runners will receive exclusive Brooks racing T’s with their Race Packs, along with Brooks vouchers.


    Pic 3

    SCKLM 2017 Pacers in their Brooks gear with Diana Afandi, SCKLM Pacer Coordinator (far left), Tiew and Rainer

    “We’re extremely pleased to partner yet again with the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, the premier running event in the country, and we are focused on providing the best possible running experience for SCKLM participants through our innovative running shoes and apparel,” said Tiew Cheng Tai, Managing Director, Paragon Vest Sdn Bhd. “This brand new Brooks retail outlet is also equipped with Run Signature, our proprietary technology that analyses your running gait and then pairs you with the perfect shoes for your particular experience,” he added.


    Pic 4

    Tiew with the Lion Dancers for the Brooks MYTOWN Official Opening

    If you didn’t get to register for SCKLM 2017, fret not as you can still avail yourselves of exclusive Brooks SCKLM2017 merchandise from www.kl-marathon.com.


    Pic 5

    SCKLM 2017 Pacers roaring to go

    For more information and updates on SCKLM, please visit:


    Facebook       : http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon

    Twitter            : www.twitter.com/SCKLmarathon

    Instagram       : https://instagram.com/SCKLmarathon

    Website          : www.kl-marathon.com


    For more information, please contact:


    Suthan Narayanan | 03.7887.4717 | suthan@dirigo.com.my

    For more information on Standard Chartered KL Marathon:


    Gloria Ng | 603.7887.4717 | 2015@kl-marathon.com

    For more information on Brooks Malaysia, please visit:

    Facebook       : https://www.facebook.com/brooksrunningMY/

    Instagram        : https://www.instagram.com/brooksrunningmy/

    Website          : http://www.brooksrunning.com.my/

  • Mangga Harumanis – Taking orders every Thursday ! Mai mai !

    And..the season is back.


    If you would like to have your favourite sweet HARUMANIS mango delivered right to your door step, direct from its farm in Chuping, Perlis, fret not, we can deliver it to you.

    Harumanis as a gift to a friend, colleague or family member, why not? We will handle the delivery FOR YOU !

    Our promo poster below :-


    HARUMANIS- 2017

    Some FAQs to ease your ordering :

    1- Orders are taken latest every Thursday for next week delivery. Delivery is normally done on Mondays and Wednesdays and will take 1-2 workings days

    2- Minimum order  (MOQ) : 1 box which is RM110 for HARUMANIS, and RM40 for SUNSHINE. Delivery : RM15

    3- To place order, please contact me (details in the poster above) with your order details :-

    I) Name

    II) No. of box(es) and type (HARUMANIS/SUNSHINE)

    II) Contact phone number (at least 2 contact numbers)

    III) Mailing address (preferred address for mango delivery)

    4-Once we have received your order, we will send you an invoice and banking details for payment purpose.

    5-  Your order will be deemed confirmed, once we have a Proof of Purchase from you.

    For any other questions, please feel free to leave a message in our comment section below.

    Thank you!


  • Baby steps – Minimalism

    Heyya folks.. cool innit going minimalist? I have a lot of unused stuff lying around my house, in the wardrobes and any available storage. What’s for sure it collecting dust and waiting to be ‘found’  and eternally discarded from my sight, memory and space of my humble home.

    It is true, the materials that we own can be a source of headache  if ‘over done’. Too much of everything, and owning for the sake of owning and keeping. Its hard to breathe a relief with so many things around us. Do you remember the last time you walked by the beach, or the last time you sat on a rock overlooking the ocean and sighed that long sighhh of relief?

    Owning a lot of things can cloud our perspective of life as we’re material centric and the focus tends to be on those things we see everyday. The last thing we want to be doing is hording things. Second last thing would probably a cluttered house. It is shameful to admit  if our home is indeed messy, but lets face it, even a house hold with minimal number of items laying around can look messy if not stored and tidied accordingly.


    This is one of my goals at least for year 2017 so that I can come home most days with a breather and put focus on things more important than just housekeeping. Like most of us, I do not have a helper hence everything is based on the effort put in to keep the house in order !


    I have started given away lots of my clothing and old books, but still A LOT MORE to go in the mission of decluttering and minimising the items in the house. Wish me luck!



    Thumbs up ! Post Powerman Malaysia 2017. 🙂


  • Exhausting week !

    Exhausting week !

    I have always been intrigued with numbers. Math was a favourite subject in primary school as my former Math teacher Ms Ng Ah Lan had a niche way to get our math side of the brain working early in the morning as she steps into our ‘5 Orkid’ classroom.
    She would say ‘Nombor satu’ (that’s number one in Malay) and proceed with something along the line of…. ‘7..+ 3..× 10 … -15…’ and we will all be scrambling to get our mathemtical prowess to test. I can’t remember how many questions it was everytime but I guess around 10.

    Math in this case ‘congak’– mental mathematical calculation, was an area I could set my mind free and loose to run more than 100km/h !
    Same thing when I read those Enid Blyton books.. Faraway Trees, Amelia Jane etc.. the mind strides on picturing a visualisation better than a CGI experience at times! Power of the mind they say.

    Coming back to reality, I am sorta a data analyst in my department , oberving and studying numbers from data. HR and people related data are key to tapping information to establish certain assumptions and also for decision making by the management. My most recent task is an interesting one. Its about Women in Leadership. If you are/were studying Psychology, there would have been a brush with this topic in the Organisational Psychology class.

    So I am still working on the topic. It feels like working on a research project back in uni days minus the whole literature review and APA style writing part. There are lots of data to swim in but I have to make sure I am deriving the analytical observation correctly. Again, it is like putting a pedal on my brain saying hey go venture around and see what you can find. Drill, cut and slice until you get to see what you wanted to see from your perspective.
    Anyways, the study is still on going and I hope to get it done pretty soon and ready for presentation. It has been an exhaustive week at work and catching date lines and meeting expectations. I am behind my timeline so hopefully I can close this task brilliantly come Monday insyaAllah.
    I think its common for working mothers to feel exhausted. Work, family the daily commute, family occasions you can’t not attend etc. But we know the best (or worst) is yet to come lest we continue to strive our best. I had a family occassion last night after work.. yes Friday eve madness ! Its like a choo choo train making its stop station after station.. just a brief stop and refueling before the journey continues. Well I guess that is life after all . As long as we have a set clear goal to what we want to achieve and know where we are headed.
    To all working mothers out there, Salut! to you and know that you are the best…..The best ! Keep it up!
    Signing off,


    MTB event last year where I came in first as the ladies in my category decided not to turn up!

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