“IN THE STATE OF SHUKR” – Webinar


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.

 

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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.

missjewelz

9 June 2017

Kuala Lumpur

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


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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

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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

Position   
Name
Country
Time
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,

missjewelz

18 May 2017, Kuala Lumpur

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The Soul of a Butterfly : Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)


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AL FATIHAH : MUHAMMAD ALI , 1942 – 2016

 

Legends are not born everyday, but this one will certainly live forever. Live to inspire

-missjewelz-

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Ramadhan Journal 2016 by iMuslim


Prolly the first time coming across a Ramadhan Journal. But why not? As a Muslim, we ‘journalise’ and document all things which we do including our expenditure on cold-pressed juices and parking fees, so why not on a our Ramadhan ‘operations’. Its an encouraging and positive initiative by iMuslim.

 

iMuslim have the Ramadhan Journal both in hardcopy and softcopy (ready to download). Click here to find out more on the journal.

Let’s go all out this Ramadhan as we never know if it will be our last. From the bottom most pit of my qalb, I pray for you a blessed and meaningful Ramadhan. Please forgive me for all my wrongs and my sins. If terhutang/I owe you anything, please contact me via the Contact form !

xoxo,

missjewelz

Kuala Lumpur, 31 May 2016.

SuperKids Triathlon Camp 2016- My take


There always be a first for everything, and just last weekend we had the inaugural SuperKids Triathlon Camp in UM. Objective of the event is to expose the young participants and their parents to the fun sports of triathlon and the basic skills needed to complete one. Drill for each discipline including transition were headed by our triathlon coaches.

The event wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of all the coaches, crew members and committee. Parents and kids put our recipes and effort to test in the quest of getting everybody from point A to Z safely, and go home with some memory etched from the camp. We had the awesome cert which we thought all the kids liked and the finisher medal which symbolised the SuperKids logo. We had Ribena and Sesegar Susu sponsoring the beverages which was more than enough to keep our young campers dehydrated ! Chilled Ribena at waterstation, how’s that? So kudos Ribena and Sesegar Susu.

Will write more in kilausuriasport . com website and blog but for now, I have to stay I am in awe for all that have came along. I hope this event will touch the hearts of many (kids, parents, crew, coaches) as part of their journey with this sports I really love, and happy to be a part of. To those who knows me, I like to finish what I started. Mental strength and endurance goes a long way, especially making a plan work. The fun part is working that plan. Involved lots of thinking and coordinating. At times a sense of fulfillment that life is used to make an impact , small or big.

 

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To know more of the SuperKids Triathlon event please head on to http://www.kilausuriasports.com or search Kilau Suria Sports on FB. Our photos are up, so feel free to view them. There will be an announcement on Kilau Suria website hopefully next week on our upcoming event, so do watch out. Guys, readers, silent readers, I appreciate your continuous support with keeping up with my lagging blog. I owe a few parties some entries which I couldn’t accommodate right away. Should you have any topics which you would like me to feature ,or questions to ask, please buzz me via the contact form in our contact link above.

Again, thank you for the support and prayers.

Al Fatihah to the victims of all the recent plane crashes around the world. May Allah prolong our life so that we will be able to fill it with good deeds, charity and help uplift some burden from the oppressed. May Allah make it easy for us to go through calamity and hardships and May Allah grant all of us Jannah insyaAllah.

My dear friend Ngae passed away oh the 15th May 2010, and this year would mark the 6th anniversary leaving us. Aaron mentioned, he’d be 62 if he was still running along side us. Not forgotten are the souls of Allahyarham TSB,  Daud Mohamamad (Dino’s brother), Jafryin Jaafar, Muhamed Zubir bin Zainal Abidin, Terence Leong. Let God ease your journey through. You will all be remembered, for eternity.

Salam nifsu syaaban, happy weekend and have a good time wherever you are.

Yours in writing,

missjewelz

Ipoh. May 22, 2016.

SuperKids Triathlon Camp 2016 – Promo Drive !


Assalamuaikum and Hey All !! The SuperKids Triathlon Camp 2016 will be happening on the 15th May 2016 in University Malaya Sports Centre. All kids age 7-12 years old are welcome to join.

For registration please log on to http://www.kilausuriasports.com/superkidstriathlon2016. Hurry on and get your kids registered ! All kids are welcome to join ! We also highly encourage disabled kids to join this camp.

 

Today (Saturday, 12 March 2016) and tomorrow (Sunday, 13 March 2016), the SuperKids Triathlon Camp organiser will be at TTDI Park (Lembah Kiara) for the camp promo drive. Please feel free to come by and Say Hello! and also if you have any questions pertaining the camp.

 

Please find our humble booth at the mini square between the wooded bridge and the second gate (adjacent to the soy bean truck/ice-cream stall). Or booth opens 7am-10am and 5pm-6.30pm.

 

For parties interested to partner/collaborate or sponsor, please don’t hesitate to email the organiser (please visit the official event page for contact).

See you there and Thank You for your support !

 

SuperKids Triathlon Camp 2016

 

 

Warehouse Sale in Bangunan Bakti Siti Hasmah, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)


Heyya everybody ! If you are around KL and Selangor area, head on to the on-going warehouse sale in Bangunan Bakti Siti Hasmah.

Living Palette Sdn Bhd brings to you a variety selection of dinner ware, cook ware, drink ware, bake ware, serve ware, storage (think air tight containers) and cookie jars. And if this is not enough, they are also selling high quality imported sports water bottle ! They even have a range for children as well.

The brands that Living Palette are showcasing and more importantly clearing include : –

  • France ‘Luminarc’ (previously known as Arcopal)
  • Arcuisine, also a France product
  • Sigg ( product of Switzerland) <–  yes that expensive but hi-quality bottle you’ve seen at the department stores or probably own!

Slashed price up to 60% is your bargain for these goods. Value for the pocket and certainly your satisfaction. Some photos from the sale below :-

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So head on to Bangunan Siti Hasmah TODAY ! This warehouse sale opens from 9am to 7pm from Friday, 29th January 2016 (which is today) to Sunday,  31st January 2016. There are plastic bucket trolleys available for your convenience. Do park nearer to the building entrance if you plan to buy heavier items (parking is free). They accept both cards and cash.

Address for the warehouse sale below :-

Ground Floor,

Bangunan Bakti Siti Hasmah, 

6, Jalan Abang Haji Openg, Tun AbangHaji Openg was the first Yang Di-Pertuan

Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

 

Some Friday trivia for you :-

(Tun) Siti Hasmah is Malaysia’s former premiere Tun Dr Mahathir’s wife

(Tun) AbangHaji Openg was the first Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak ‘ (Governor of Sarawak) upon’s Sarawak independence from British.

Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman was the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia to then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak. This Australian educated politician was also Malaysia’s first ambassador to The States

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMUSLIM – What’s coming up in August ?


Ilm’ is investment for both dunya wal akhirah, and it is human nature to explore and seek for knowledge from the magnitude of sources available. I am supporting a noble cause by IMuslim to become a change agent in igniting mind through their programs. For more information, kindly click on the poster below.

Poster source : iMuslim newsletter

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