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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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.

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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.””

 

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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.

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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.

Coming back to claim your fitness goal? Here are 5 tips.


Step 1

Whether its a ‘return’ , challenge or simply ,to be fit and healthy again, give yourself a pat on the back.

This is the first step to claiming a fitness goal, THE WANTING !

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Ready? Read on !

Step 1

For this first step of getting back your fitness, you should have at least a specific target.

 

This and can be anything ranging from fitting back into your favourite jeans , reducing xx amount of weight, or running a 10K event by mid-year. These are specific goals. Make sure they are realistic, measurable and timely. Measurable? Think time, period, duration, length, mass, body fat, waist line 🙂 It’ll give you a sense of ownership to those targets you need to achieve!

Step 2

Now that you have a specific measurable and timely realistic   goal, hook yourself with a plan.

See the low-down on how to ‘strategise’ and ‘hook’ with a plan. There are generally 3 types of plans

i)A structured one : It tells you what to do when, how much/how long etc, but not too detail or much technicality

ii)A structured and specific one : It tells you exactly what you should be doing, ie what pace, what grammage , how long, when ie AM or PM — normally requires quantifying and timing the plan

iii)A flexible one : Something like type i (Structured) but with added leniency ie you are given the option to choose certain things (ie when to do a workout) The plan can be loose but sufficient to guide someone achieving the goal intended. Efficiency of plan can be questionable.

 

Why do you need to know about plans? and their types? To begin (and end with), you need to prepare yourself with the overwhelming amount of program, plans and regime you will find out there. Just make sure your source is trusted, reliable and credible ! You want to pick what’s best to your knowledge knowing that your sources are trusted and the best or you too! If you have signed up with a gym or fitness center, your trainers and instructors should be giving you the right guidance, and suggesting relevant program suited to your goals.

 

Step 3 

Once you’ve ‘hooked’ up with a plan and considering the commitment involved to execute plan, you have to start preparing yourself mentally and habitually how you would be following through the program. Depending on what program or plan you are on, there might be adjustment needed to your personal/social life, the junk food tucked in your kitchen pantry. Some sacrifice might be in order, so you have to take it on if you want to succeed achieving your goals. Those realistic goals mentioned earlier will be achieved with a plan equally realistic. Your plan has to have this quality so that it will be easier to adapt as oppose to an out of this world kinda plan.

Some tips how you can start prepping (but first a little poster below!) :-

 

  • make an informed decision that THIS is what you want, and THIS is what you will do to achieve it
  • start practising to say NO especially when you already HAVE a plan for lunch/brought your lunch — you know how tempting those lunch/dinner invites are
  • incorporate your plans into your personal/family/work schedule so that you don’t get any clash of events ie your 3km morning run coinciding with your kid’s year end school concert! Move it to another day! Jot down your program/plan in your organiser. Its a crucial part in making sure you don’t miss crucial items in your program/plan –> helps you to be more organised too
  • logistically you may need to have some additional gears depending on your program. Food/grocery items too. Think ahead of the venue/facilities you will be using. Are they accessible during the time you need to do your workout?
  • this is an excuse to be more organised at home ! Get your household sorted out so that you can go for your workouts at ease !
  • be modest in sharing your plan unless its really to motivate others and yourself. not so much of impressing. let Your results do the talking. Most importantly, stay focused and believe that you Will achieve your goal

 

Step 4

  • JUST DO IT
  • Action speaks louder than words. What you waiting for?!

Step 5

  • Don’t stop doing it once you have achieved it !!!
  • It’s always easier to continue and maintain those goals you have worked so hard for rather than starting all over again

 

So there you have it, 5 steps to reclaiming your fitness and health goals! 🙂

BONUS TOPIC BELOW

If you want to know more about the type of plans available out there, check out a little brief we have for you here:-

 

Losing weight/reduce body fat/Diet Kinda Plan : 

  • Fad diet to achieve weight goals fast? You may hear alien-like sounding diet plans from friends who have or sort of have tried them. Or something you came across on  YouTube? If you have any medical or health concern at the moment check with your doctor first what’s the best diet recommendation for you. I won’t say fad diets are unsafe, but you need to be sure as it involves your well-being.
  • Some fad diet restricts the body of certain nutrition and also fuel source. As each of us are individuals living in different environment ie working mom/dad, athletes, retiree, teenagers etc, meeting our body’s essential need incl nutrition, fuel, rest etc is different and unique. Restricting certain essential nutrition? Does the cons outweighs the pros? Think again.
  • Look for a meal/diet plan which is REALISTIC, not too extra out of the ordinary and not hard on the pocket (head on to your local wet market or weekend market for a good bargain for all your freshies!)
  • Plans which works for you. How would you know? The one easiest to incorporate to your daily routine! If you have an office job, your plan should work around it. If not, don’t simple discard it, perhaps with 1-2 genius workaround you can actually use it
  • Remember , losing weight (and fitting back into old clothes) in essence is about eating the right food in the right amount to lose weight and to move more –> On the long run, a good plan is the one which is sustainable and can be used even after the plan has been execute and goals achieved.

Get into shape/Be fitter/Complete a sports (swim, bike, run or any sports) event Kinda Plan

  • There are lots of plans available out there. Don’t panic. You don’t necessarily need to purchase the latest running magazine or invest on a book on training. You can borrow magazine and books on running guide (if running is your goal) from a friend, and get flipping to get the right plan for you. Online ? Reliable website think Runners World, Beginner Triathletes for a plan.
  • Plans in books and online sources normally have training plans for various programs for different levels ie beginner , intermediate and advances, free or paid.
  • If you are targeting to participate in a big event (think the biggest running or triathlon event in  your country), the event website sometimes may include training plans for participants and also training/racing tips. These plans are generally one size fits all. You generally need a good base before starting with one
  • Have a certified coach as a buddy ? Make good use of em (in a good way). And if you don’t mind investing a little, a hired certified coach works too. Why I mentioned certified here is that there are many self-proclaimed coaches out there and you should be putting your hard earned $$ to the right and reliable instructors/coaches
  • Already nailed down a plan? get the plotting into your calendar/organiser. Countdown from the final week to the 1st week and ensure nothing major comes in between . More critically there no major events which you should try not to do as its counter productive to whatever  you’ve worked so far ie taking part in a tough race during recovery week. Chances are you don’t fully recover and slip off from your initial goals
  • Be creative and flexible in planning when/where to do your workouts. Gym facility available in your work place? Pack your gym bag to work 🙂 No excuses 🙂

If you don’t really care about no plans, read on !

Eat healthier/Want to just be physically fit and healthy/Doctor’s recommendation (on health and diet in general)

  • I mentioned in a few paras above, in essence  you should be eating well and be moving more.
  • If you have not been ‘moving’, start making changes in  your lifestyle including planning a week/a day ahead of what to do etc so that you can slot in those workout sessions. Start moving!
  • I will not recommend subscribing to a gym as the first step to this. My recommendation is to work with what you have first ie the office gym, the public pool, the stadium track behind your house, or the hiking trails nearby. Parks are not only for kids, they’re for everyone. Have a gym at your condo/apartment? Its already paid for so what’s the wait?!
  • Majority of us underutilised our gym membership. So have that as a last option and if you really need it only. But if you do subscribe to a gym,there are plenty of gym machines, classes and also certified trainers who can guide you
  • As for your meal plan, make sure you have plenty of greens in your meals, fruits. Protein and fat are essential. Go easy on the carb.
  • Switch to alternatives is brown rice/pasta instead of the regular white, same goes to bread. Brown sugar instead of white. Steamed vs deep friend, and home-made vs eating out.
  • Fast food? Be weary of the ‘healthy’ breakfast set and those oily fries. It will be a waste to  your hard effort to spoil it with fast food which normally are processed, low in fibre, high in sugar and salt content.

 

 

All the best !

-missjewelz-

 

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Penang International Duathlon and Triathlon 2016


Triathlon history in Pulau Mutiara, Pulau Pinang

If there is one event I have definitely been missing out, it will be this one. For a fourth time this year ! Please leave a shout out in the comment box if you did participate in the multisports event held in Pulau Pinang Pulau Mutiara (Pear of the Orient).

Not written in any text book, as a multisports athlete , if you are one, Pulau Pinang gave birth to Malaysia triathlon back in the days.It was called ‘Merdeka Triathlon’ and was held in 1988 in Batu Feringghi the same year Whitney Houston’s ‘I wanna dance with somebody (who loves me) topped the Billboard chart (okay at least i still feel relevant!).

Let’s Tri and Du It

Fast forward 2013 Penang triathlon revived and kicked full gas with successful event year after year (the fact that its still running is a good sign post jellyfish filled history!). This year, the event was held successfully in Teluk Bahang, a small town but dense with touristic attractions. On April 17th, over 1000 athletes took part in the triathlon and duathlon categories covering 51.5km in total for the triathlon event (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run) , and 57km for the duathlon event (7km run, 40 km bike, 10 km run) .

 

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Looks Tri-able and definitely Du-able.

I manage to capture an aerial view (no, no..no drone) ..using Google Map. The triathletes swam out north from Pantai Jubilee (see the sea shore above the text ‘Teluk Bahang’? Yes, there ! Then they came back to swim start, (its a little different here..) slip on their running shoes and run back around 2km to the transition for the bike leg (transition area is located near the dam). 40km bike with 1 major U-turn near Balik Pulau, followed by a 10km run course consisting of 2 checkpoint at each far end of the route. Race ended at the Start/Finish line near the Teluk Bahang dam. Just in case you were wondering how the participants got to the beach at the northwestern of the island from the transition area, the 550 odd triathletes were transferred from the main event area to swim start.

Brought to you by ‘SPONSOR’

 

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‘SPONSOR’ is the main sponsor of the Penang International Duathlon and Triathlon 2016 – a newcomer in the local scene but number 1 sports drink in neighbouring Thailand. ‘SPONSOR’ is from the same maker of ‘Red Bull’ earth’s number 1  (Felix  Baumgartner fans out there, yes??). ‘SPONSOR’ has been around in Thailand for the past 3 decades sponsoring Thailand national basketball championship and the official sports drink for the Thai national football team. In Thailand its available in retail market and convenient stores (ie. 7-Eleven). The sports drink is available in Penang for now for a retail price of RM1.70 at selected supermarkets, minimarts and convenient stores.

 

The Penang International Triathlon and Duathlon was heavily accentuated with the colour yellow, the official colour of the sports drink. OK, so the finishing carpet was not yellow ! Yellow official tshirt, beach flags, err…bananas?

 

As I am blogging this, I have a ‘SPONSOR’ Original Flavoured 325ml can next to me. ‘Recommended for sports, exercises and any heat exhaustion’ it says on the top rim of the can. 1g protein, 35g carbs, 290mg sodium and 50mg potassium. So if you’re looking for something new or an alternative to stock you up, check out ‘SPONSOR’. Cost effective? Definitely. I had mine delivered specially by Sponsor’s PR agency EverQuest’s own Marketing Director Ms. Jay Mee Chuah.

 

Jay Mee, a shout out to you here. Apologies on the delay, but I hope my readers and fellow athletes will catch up with ‘SPONSOR’s unique blend and affordable concoction once it hits the inner land of Klang Valley. For now, guys and gals, look for ‘SPONSOR’ whenever you head up north, specifically in Pulau Pinang.

 

The results

I know at least four podium finishers of the event– in various categories; the ever youthful Ironman triathlete Jason Thiang, Reclaim’s Ironman Chris Kha Krang and one and only 2ndSkin ambassador Ironman Chan Jun Shen — and another one, Richard Tang, also an Ironman. While the event attracted regular faces of Malaysia triathlon scene, it showcased a positive turnout for local amateur triathletes , duathletes, season and new.

One component of this event which I would like to highlight is the introduction of duathlon category for those who intend to upgrade triathlon, but like to have the transition smoothly as possible or simply new to multisports. Very much understandable for triathlon beginners, and good strategy for pulling the crowd in Penang (and country wide).

So, down to the top 3 for each categories, all worth mentioning , I present to you….the winners :-

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Duathlon 3rd Prize G809 IRENE TEOH 03:48:29 Women Senior Veteran Female Malaysia

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Duathlon 2 Prize G803 LIEW LEE CHIN 03:43:27 Women Senior Veteran Female Malaysia Duathlon 3 Prize G809 IRENE TEOH 03:48:29 Women Senior Veteran Female Malaysia

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Duathlon 1st F735 MELISSA 03:13:01 Women Junior Veteran Female Singapore Duathlon 2nd F723 TAN SZE YIN 03:32:56 Women Junior Veteran Female Malaysia Duathlon 3rd F721 FION WONG 03:38:38 Women Junior Veteran Female Malaysia

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Duathlon 1 Prize D519 TANG CHEE CHOON 03:17:59 Men Senior Veteran Male Malaysia Duathlon 2 Prize D518 JASON THIANG 03:19:13 Men Senior Veteran Male Malaysia Duathlon 3 Prize D523 LIM KIAN HUAT 03:20:48 Men Senior Veteran Male Malaysia

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Duathlon 1 Prize C370 CALVIN TAN 02:39:20 Men Veteran Male Malaysia Duathlon 2 Prize C342 STEPHEN MANIAM 02:50:23 Men Veteran Male Great Britain Duathlon 3 Prize C356 RICHARD TANG 02:50:37 Men Veteran Male Malaysia

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Duathlon 1 Prize A023 JASON LOH CHWAN CHYIN 02:32:36 Men Open Male Malaysia Duathlon 2 Prize A058 OOI SIAU TIEH 02:42:42 Men Open Male Malaysia Duathlon 3 Prize A043 CHAN JUN SHEN 02:45:45 Men Open Male Malaysia

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Triathlon 1 Prize 722 SABINE CLAUDIA EGGER-WEICKHARDT 03:18:26 Women Veteran Female Australia Triathlon 2 Prize 745 PATRICIA COMBRINK 03:26:48 Women Veteran Female South Africa Triathlon 3 Prize 728 LAW LAY ENG 03:38:23 Women Veteran Female Malaysia

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Triathlon 1 Prize 612 PAN SENG KHA KHRANG 03:23:46 Women Open Female Malaysia

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Triathlon 1 Prize 612 PAN SENG KHA KHRANG 03:23:46 Women Open Female Malaysia Triathlon 2 Prize 631 ADRIENNE CHEW DAN 03:29:44 Women Open Female Singapore

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Triathlon 1 Prize 457 TSUYOSHI SAWADA 02:56:25 Men Veteran Male Japan Triathlon 2 Prize 504 ANTHONY YEAP JIN GHEE 03:04:52 Men Veteran Male Malaysia Triathlon 3 Prize 347 ALLAN FICKSTER MORPHEUS 03:17:08 Men Veteran Male Malaysia

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Triathlon 1 Prize 27 CHRIS WRIGHT 02:49:48 Men Open Male Great Britain Triathlon 2 Prize 137 WILSON LEE 02:54:14 Men Open Male Malaysia Triathlon 3 Prize 89 IVAN HO MUN SEONG 02:57:17 Men Open Male Malaysia

 

More photos from the event in the slideshow below :-

 

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Triathletes, Duathletes

So if you’d like something different in a tri event, I suggest look out for the next registration for Penang Tri and DU it ! Will be interesting and definitely memorable. The organiser did a great job transferring everybody safely from event venue to swim start! No news of jellyfish attack is always a good news and we hope for the safe return of this event NEXT YEAR !

 

Congratulations to all participants and winners of the race, and a big kudos to the event organising committee, all crew members/volunteers, the local government and official bodies. ‘SPONSOR’ — Well done in making this a reality not just for Malaysian participants, but also for all our guests from around the world; Russia, Norway, Venezuela, Germany and Australia — just to name a few. Malaysian hospitality is here to stay !

 

Bonus : SPONSOR Fact Sheet 

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SPONSOR is a sports drink that helps to boost performance, sustain endurance and accelerate recovery for those who are serious sports enthusiasts. SPONSOR can be consumed “during” sport activities to help boost performance by sustaining longer endurance. It is also recommended for consumption “after” sport activities to help accelerate quicker recovery. SPONSOR is brought to you by the same makers as Red Bull, the world’s No.1 selling energy drink. SPONSOR is the No.1 sports drink in Thailand and is currently the official drink for the Thai national football team. Produced in Thailand by TC Pharmaceutical and imported by Allexcel Trading Sdn Bhd., SPONSOR is available currently only in Penang at Happy Mart, 24 Express, 98 Stores and other selected supermarkets and minimarkets. SPONSOR is available in 325 ml can packaging and retails at RM1.70 per can

 

>>Penang International Triathlon and Duathlon official website <<

Exercise for a healthy heart ! Set your goals clearer.


The Malaysian scenario: How many times have you came across family members, friends or colleagues who workout to shred off pounds? To make that skinny jeans fit again? Wedding prep? or because of your GP constantly bugging you that your health report is showing no improvement from the last one.. (think..).

 

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Many of us can relate exercising or dieting for that matter as a way to lose weight . Case in question: ‘Do we exercise to get a strong healthy heart?’. I want a healthy heart therefore I exercise ! We are engaged to what we are doing based on recommendations and results. And sadly sometimes, on fad. Anarchy workout, Spartan workout, this diet and that diet. But what is really the long term goal for all these? Which is more important, the 6 pack or the healthy heart? Where do we put our priorities? On the visible flat tummy or the invisible unseen heart who does (really) all the hard work. Take out your Androids or iPhones and multiply your age by 35million. That will be the total human heart beats you have had since the day your mama gave birth to you. All that hard work at no cost. Wow, I am amazed and grateful. Love your heart .Pay more attention to it.

 

If you were to set goals, think having a healthy heart as your end goal. No matter what happens that will, be your end goal. Break it further to shorter goals which you can do. It has to be specific, measurable, habitual and sustainable ! Sounds complicated? Check out some suggestions below :-

  • If you need to lose weight, set a goal (ie. how many kilos). Get your GP’s okay and recommendations if its a significant amount of weight which you need to lose. Break it down to mini goals (ie. how many kilos to lose per month/week). If unsure, give it a go for a month or week of exercising regularly and eating healthier. See what’s realistic for you

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  • Need to fit back in that jeans or skirt? This one is hard to cheat and is a good indicator how far you are from your ideal weight back then. Its a good motivator for you to keep going that’s what  am saying

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  • Does your work, family and schedule inhibiting you from your hearty heart goal? Plan, plan, plan. Can’t stress on this more. Plan and ORGANISE your time. Be sure to block out time on your planner. Write it down, stick to it. Your workout does not have to be LOOONGGG. It just needs to be effective.

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  • Plan your meals. Yeapp. The worst thing you want to do is to reach for your phone to dial for a pizza or McDonald’s. I find this so true in my case…! You’ll certainly lower the habit of overeating, and eating healthier choices !

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  • Tech crazy/opportunist : anything beneath the Nimbus clouds which you can download on your phone to record, track and log, get them! Yes, your meals, your exercise and they even have apps which allows you to create or join groups with other people using the app. Make it fun. Its OK to post your workout on your social media, especially if it serves as a motivation FOR YOU ! And of course, doing the same to others along the way.  Some apps which I personally use and is happy with :- Noom, MapMyRun

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  • Get yourself checked annually and you will be surprised with the result. Be patient. You may have lost weight and can fit back into that jeans. See your cardiovascular report and hear what your doctor has to say or recommend. Well I hope the doctors gives you a pat on the back for the effort, and come back next time with consistent if not improving results. Your doctor will also advise you specific exercises which you can do if you do have heart/heart related problems. Try to shy away on the fads, first.

 

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I am currently trying to shred another 5kg. I have lost 2 kilos in the last 1 month plus. Loosely said, trying to be fitter and eat healthier. No special program at the moment, but will keep on working out regularly and eating healthier (in a general sense) and have most things recorded in Noom and MapMyRun. So far the weighing scale and waistline has shown improvement. The last I checked my heart is OK. Can’t wait till my next health screening !

Share your story here if you would like to motivate others on your current journey or success stories !

p.s. had the pleasure of checking out some the annual reports coming from the Health Ministry (published on their official website). What I can gather from the report and news on the ‘health status’ of Malaysians is, YES our life span is increasing due to our diet and socioeconomic level.  And so is lifestyle related diseases ! Take your health matters into your own hands and be serious about it. If you can engage others to join you in inculcating a holistic healthy lifestyle, be that game changer today!

 

For your reading pleasure : How much exercise does your heart need? Most of us aren’t getting enough

Gracias, missjewelz.

 

Styling it Sporty Chic with Reebok !


If there is one thing which keeps a lady motivated, it surely will be keeping that fit and healthy look ON all year, year after year. You don’t have to be at the gym to be rocking your sporty side as you can still rock that sporty look anywhere (think work, errands, your favourite TV couch while snacking Doritos!).

For all you ladies out there, if 2016 is the year where you want to be a fitter person and whatever goals and target you have set, one thing for sure is…do it in true style. And on top of that, do it smartly to avoid any uninvited injuries!

I’ve plenty sporty apparels in my wardrobe (not limited to the numerous finisher tees and vests). I can say I am a proud owner of my collection! If you can recall this brand ‘Reebok’ which is classically famous for their ‘Reebok Pump’ shoes (think Shaquille O’Neal) and ‘Reebok Freestyle’ it will surely bring back those memories of envying classmates having those shoes on in school!  Obviously, there is more to this label than these signature sneaks and pumps. Look close enough the brand has more to it that million dollar deals sponsoring NBA athletes and  other international sports icon.

If you’re game on for 2016, lets take a look at how You can step into this Year of Monkey in style to keep you motivated (whether or not you have already been hitting the gym or tracks –> will keep that for my next post !) :-

 

1.The Sporty Chic 

 

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Remember you can be a Kerr in your own way! Photo credit: dailymail.co.uk

This is the most common ensemble a woman can think when it comes to sports shoes or sneakers. Look stylish while working out at the gym or running for a jog around the park with this outfit. The workout outfit is the easiest idea you can think of but you can always flaunt this sporty chic look during the weekends as well. Run errands wearing this fashion sports look and feel comfortable all day. Not only shoes, Reebok sportswear are trendy to match together with the shoes. Have a full complete Reebok look from head-to-toe.

 

2.The Lazy Casual 

 

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Surely not lost in translation with everybody’s favourite girl Scarlett ! Photo courtesy: pointblack.co.uk

 

Switch those flats or flip flops for a trendy looking footwear as Reebok shoes collection. Pick your favourite Reebok shoe design a match it with any casual attires you have on. The Reebok sneakers will definitely give you that boyish appearance while maintaining your girlish charm. Step out into the streets(OR in!) in Reebok shoes for women and feel comfortable all day.

 

3.Sophisticated

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Keys to unlock the agile and sophisticated in you ! Photo credit : Kathryn Freund on Pinterest

 

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Styling in Kerr-way ! Photo credit: Wantherstyle.blogspot.my

 

Who says you can only appear sophisticated with high heels? Women can rock any shoe in style even wearing a pair of Reeboks sneakers. Although you are wearing a formal wear or a dress, pull together the best fashion OOTD and feel confident walking in Reeboks anywhere you go. Play it creatively right and pull of the best edgy sophisticated style ever

 

Check out the following link for more Reebok Lookbook Ideas !

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missjewelz dons a Reebok hooded vest

xoxo,

missjewelz

#missjewelzgetsfit

 

Ramadan Kareem comes knocking again. Will we learn and wake up this time ?


I’ve taken a look back at my previous years post and noticed that I do blog  a Ramadan Kareem post to welcome this most holy and much awaited month. You know, the regular crescent moon image with some beautiful calligraphy. The same thing I would do in other social media for that matter. To celebrate the arrival of Ramadan. Year in, and year out like how we celebrate our birthdays etc. But how is everything else different from year to year. It is just another year? Last year was 2014, this year…2015.. Are we really progressing, as we age and grow wiser, in the crucial areas in life which we really should, and as we move along  from Ramadan to another? Or are we just regressing ?

A good friend of mine, sister Aliah shared a video today showing an Ustaz talking to a crowd, and I would like to share with you what the Ustaz said. Bear with me, as this is a reminder to myself, especially that I have been blessed to meet this Holy Month once again. .I, like many, take things in life for granted I forget that these are all rizq and tests from my Creator. It take some self-reflection and effort to realise that the clock really is ticking and I don’t know, Wallahi if I will be able to meet the next Ramadan again. And I would like to share the benefit which I gained after watching the video, with you by translating the speech to text so that it remains in this blog for good for the reading of my belover readers. InsyaAllah.

To all my friends, Muslim and Non Muslims, whether I’ve met you in person or not, please forgive me for all my wrongs be it intentional or unintentional. I am human, I err– and I would like to continue by being a better person insyaAllah. I pray that we will all be better beings, body mind and soul–insyaAllah.

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The speech 

Wallahi (by Allah) brothers, this position that we are in now, is something that most of us are not here for the firs time . Most of us have been here, we’ve came before,we buried our loved ones but you and I know very well , you know very well, that soon as we jump in our cars, we are going to forget completely about this grave, like ‘This is not for me’. If I ask any of you now brother, Can you die tonight?  Can we come back tonight and bury you? Everyone will say ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ (none has the right to be worshipped in truth except Allah) , of course, death can come anytime. I have no guarantee.

But the problem we are all facing , every single one of us is facing, the biggest disease in our hearts, is that the truth, that we don’t say with our tongue, is that you and me are, for some weird reason,  confirmed that this will never happen, this will never happen . I’m going home now to my wife,  to my children, I have plans for tomorrow, I’ve already planned for Ramadan, I’ve planned for Eid, I’ve planned for Hajj, I’ve planned for next year,   I will see my kids grow up,I will  take them to uni, I will marry them off, I’ll see my grandkids. This is the biggest Shaytan destroying our deen.

And Wallahi my brothers, Wallahi  in front of our eyes, every single day Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala (The Most Glorified, The Most High)  is showing us signs. Elders are passing away, teenagers are passing away –When are we going to wake up?  When are we going to realise, that Wallahi my brother, Wallahi there is no guarantee?

Like the Shaikh said its the breath you take in, you inhale you never know will come out again. Wallahi my brothers, death is very very very close. And look my brothers, the shroud has no pockets . This is the end of everyone of us. No one takes his house with him, or his kids with him, or his wife with him, that’s it. That’s our property. That’s all you own in this world. A meter by 2 meters. That’s the end my brothers.

What’s the purpose now?Explain to me now  you know how will our house benefit this person? How does a wife or a child, how do they  benefit ? Wallahi my brothers we will all face this. This day will come. We will  all face this and we will be put in your grave alone. Now everyone’s going to walk. You know. Even if we love him so much. The son is going to walk, the children are going to walk away. He’s alone now. What’s left with him ?

The solat in the Masjeed he used to pray, the Tahajjud he used to wake up for, the Zikrullah, the Qur’an he used to read, the charity he gave for the sake of Allah. This is all your property.

Please do not allow Shaytan, my brothers, to further trick you, to further fool you ‘That don’t worry, that’s fine’, ‘Don’t worry, you will become religious insyaAllah one day’, ‘Don’t worry, you know, there is still space for repentance’. Wallahi my brothers, wallahi we never know, you never know when your death is.

Allah Subhanahu wa  Ta’ala,  from the day ,the age He came to blow the soul in your ruh, to blow the ruh in you, from that moment already that it has been decided exactly by the second when will you die.

Maybe its next week. Maybe one of us here will not make Ramadan. Maybe you will make Ramadan. Maybe you will make Eid. Maybe you will make next year. We have so much work to do. There is so much improvement that we need.There is so much sickness,and  disease and haram in our life.

If death, if a life example,  of a loved one dying in front of you, laying down with your own hands, you lay him down with your own hands in the grave –If  this doesn’t wake you up,   Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un ( “Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return”) , nothing will wake us up.

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The AV-to-text script is based on ‘Reminder from the grave’ video from Talk Islam Facebook which missjewelz translated for the  benefit of all readers of this post (and herself).

And oh yes, the Ramadan Kareem calligraphy :-

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Ramadan Kareem everybody ! Selamat Menunaikan Ibadah Ramadan. Let’s make a difference this year and istiqamah on it !

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (5-16 December 2014)


If you have not thought of going, or still in between on giving this book sale a shot, I would highly recommend for you to go. This year it is held at the Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

Do not be put off by the location or the fact that the convention centre looks like it need some touching up, as the book prices will certainly beat whatever facts you have on the venue location and condition. But it really doesn’t matter as the building still serves its function and have been used for many trade fairs and exhibitions, forums, launches, annual dinners, weddings and even a chef competition !

Reaching the place

For first timers, all you need is Waze and some sense of direction. Key in ‘Mines International Exhibition..’ and let brother Waze lead you the way. The exhibition center is not too far off from the Golden Palace Hotel, Mines Waterfront Business Park and The Mines Resort & Golf Club (think Sungai Besi Expressways/Lebuhraya Sungai Besi/E9.

Parking

I parked within the exhibition centre and the entrance fee for parking is RM4. Once you have made the payment (please bring small change), you will be ushered to the indoor parking. I kind of lost my way searching for the parking entrance I ended up parking near the entrance lobby.

And that was how I found out that the organiser has organised for book collection (you drop your books at with the porter, get your car, and collect your books at the drive through collection point near the entrance lobby).

Security

There will be thousands of visitors and assuming thousands of cars, please do not bring any valuable items. Leave them at home.

If you know you will be having your hands full with books, small children perhaps, keep your belongings to the minimal and secured. I will prefer a zipped bag than an open tote bag to keep my cellphone, wallet etc. If you are coming with friends, colleagues, plan a meet-up-point ahead so that you do not waste time looking for them in the exhibition centre. (Think Where’s Wallie ?!).

I heard at least 2 announcements of mom/child looking for child/mom. My guess is one of them did not have a cellphone with them, or the ring volume was just too low for the very large and loud hall 🙂

There is 1 entry point, and 1 exit point into and out of the main exhibition hall.

The exit alley !

What else to bring ?

A grocery-trolley big and sturdy enough to place the books which you will be carrying. I even saw small suitcases on the floor ! The organiser have also prepared cardboard boxes to help visitors carry their books around while browsing the alleys and blocks of books !

Credit card/cash which ever preferable. Official credit card is Hong Leong Bank

Cardboxes for the book hunters ! VERY handy.

What books do they have there?

I found out on this a tad too late. The list of books at the sale can be found here at their website. So you can sort of plan what to look for.

One thing that the organise can do in the future is to place the location of the books (ie which alley/row) on top of which categories the books belong to. And even those e-kiosks/apps where you can browse the books/location of the books . The books at the sale are generally divided into these categories ; Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic novels, Children, Malay Books — marked by big and visible signage hooked from the ceiling of the hall.

But if you do not have anything in mind, the section markings will work fine enough to lead you to the sections which you might be interested in.

Notice the section markings with the Big Bad Wolf orange logo ?

What books did I get ?

Most of the books I got were for my daughter, school-going nieces and nephews. The children/picture books section is located right at the entrance so naturally those will be the sections any visitors with kids will skim through before visiting rest of the section.

All stacked up for this young reader to sit on it !

I spent a great deal of time at this section entertaining my dearest daughter — from Hello Kitty picture dictionary to sticker books. And yes, I had to quietly put back some which was a bit too advance for a 24 month old to digest ! Prices ranged from RM2, RM6, RM8 and RM12. I stocked up on the RM2 books to give to my nieces and nephews.

For myself? 1 self-help book, 1 audio cd (self-help also), a book on EQ, on cycling, comfort food diet cook book and a man Darin Chinese learning book (with CD) — in total 6 books for myself earning my wallet only RM51!! Regular retail price would have costed me at least 8 times more of what I paid last Saturday !

How cheap were the books ?

Darn cheap you can stock up for years of reading and referencing. The prices are slashed from 75% – 95%.

There are no books such as old books as I believe knowledge last forever and the only thing that makes a difference is how much will the knowledge change/improve you or your views/skills (from reading)  — what I am saying is, its totally worth the visit. You know where to get the cheap bargain for valuable reading now ! Its here at the Big Bad Wolf book sale !

Satisfied with the purchase, organisation and customer service?

Yes, definitely ! The support staff and cashier were friendly. When I asked if somebody could help to send the books to my car, the cashier quickly signaled a colleague to assist me.

Home delivery service counter located after exiting the cashier/main hall

How was the queue at the cashier?

I think I came before the peak hour, and I made the stay short enough to beat the incoming readers traffic. The cashier will put up a placard reading ‘Next’ once he or she is ready for the next customer. Yeah, its was pretty good and fast.

Trolley at your service !

Will you recommend the Big Bad Wolf book sale ?

Definitely !! I have no complaints. Only recommendation for the event’s improvement mentioned in this article.

Where can I get more info on the Big Bad Wolf book sale ?

Check out their website here

The Big Bad Wolf welcomes you ! Very carnival-ish !

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