Saturday, March 24, 2012

Everyone is getting hitched.

Saturday March the 24th - Restoran Seri Melayu.
Majlis Perkahwinan Fahrul & Fiza.

I have known these people for 6 years now, how time flies.

I have always love weddings. Despite having to force myself to go through KL traffic on Friday night, or on weekends, having to iron my baju melayu, having to seat through the whole ceremony, not being able to smoke straight away after my meal; still I have always love weddings.

Being there for your friend's big day, the day where they cant stop smiling knowing that they have achieved what they have been working for. Knowing that what they have been through throughout their dating life doesn't matter anymore now that they are man and wife.

Weddings also give me hope; that one day I will be the one on stage, the celebrated one. InsyaAllah

Is Money The Root of All Evil?

The pursuits by the world banks of ever larger profit has led the world to the brink of economy collapse. So is it safe to assume that money is the root of all evil? Nope. The love for money is the answer. In other word; Greed. It has reduced the value of human life that so few could willingly profit at the expense of so many is the true evil.
Surely human is ungrateful to his Lord, and to this he himself is a sure witness and most surely he is violent in love of wealth  (Al-'Aadiyaat 6-8) 
Greed is nothing new; it has been around and is here to stay. 
Radix malorum est cupiditas (Greed is the root of all evil)
Greed is the source of all kind of cruelty; stealing, hoarding, plundering and treason. But I'm not saying greed is all bad. Greed is good too; it is the most important incentive for people to work hard, getting a good education and makes people productive. This is a way, contributes to the general society. 

It is only bad when human does not know when to stop. They can not stop accumulating wealth, not being able to tell that enough is enough. The fear of being poor make people greedier. They accumulate so much wealth that even their children or grandchildren can not possibly use all of it.

And the fear of being poor leads people to do unethical, immoral things in the pursuit of money.

But not everyone is a servant of money. Majority of people are good hearted, who are willing to give away portions of their earnings to good cause or charity. They are willing to help.

But after all, we all are the children of Gordon Gekko; as Australian ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd quoted saying "It is perhaps time now to admit that we did not learn the full lessons of the greed-is-good ideology. And today we are still cleaning up the mess of the 21st-century children of Gordon Gekko" during one of his speech about the Financial Crisis 2007-2010.

For the love of the money

Friday, March 23, 2012


Getting better. 
It is normal for us to want to improve ourselves; be it in quality of life, at the workplace, personal well being, relationship with God, appearance, and the list goes on and on.

I appreciate all the small achievements that I have achieved so far. Even being able to wake up early on weekends is an achievement itself. Yes, waking up early is hard for me. A few of my friends can testify on this matter.

Some call it greed (most of us will call it kiasu), some say betterment. I prefer the later. I cant imagine being stationary at one place for a long period of time. It kills me being mundane; doing the same thing day in day out. All of us need a bit of challenge in our daily life. The only thing I miss being in the Audit industry is the challenge that it brings to all of us auditors. Constantly needing to crack our head for all possible solutions, having to come out with our analytical review for every single major transactions a client could possibly have. 

When it comes to running, it is only logical for us wanting to run better; better posture, injury free, faster time, longer endurance et cetera. When I started running, I keep getting knee injury if I run longer than 10km. It goes on for about 6 months before I started my own research, asking fellow runners, going to running stores to get as many opinions as I can. I got my answer one day; when I posted a question on twitter; "Why my knees keep on hurting everytime I run?" Fellow runners retweeted my questions and later during the day; someone replied "Google Pose Method, nothing to lose". The rest is history; now I believe I run better, I land softer, my back is more straight with slight inclination to the front, and my landing is more under my center of gravity.

Then I started to get ankle injuries after every run, which started during Adidas KOTR in 2011. After getting advice from other runners, and after much googling, only then i realised that forefoot running is putting a lot of stress on my ankle. Now I run with mid-foot striking and I am getting less pain in overall.

Oh, why the title is sub4? That is my ultimate goal this year. To run a full marathon under 4 hours. An ambitious goal I think; considering that I've only done one sub4:30. I know it is only 30 minutes differences but it is hard. I need to train a lot more; which is something that I'm lacking at the moment. I'm planning to run right after this entry, but we'll see. So malas.

But again, nothing is impossible no? If you put your heart to it, you can achieve anything under the sun.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Missus

The most important aspect when it comes to running is finding the right shoe for your feet. We have many types of shoe nowadays, that it is hard to know which one is the right one. It is no longer about the right size, its about the right type, pronation wise, support, cushioning etc. Or for none at all; you can get those minimalist shoe like Vibram Five Fingers, Merrel, or you can go barefoot completely.

I'm no expert, but when it comes to shoe, I dont have a specific type. What I do most of the time, is to wear it and run around in the store with the shoe. If it feels right, if its comfortable enough for me, then the shoe is the right one. I still hasnt found the one for me, but I have found a few that I really like and still use till now.

Nike Free (RM375)

I got this shoe few years back, merely as my jogging shoes/kasut jalan-jalan. Started running seriously in it in 2010. Really comfortable, light and flexible too. Its good for anything below 10km, anything above 10km my feet started to hurt. Back then, I was still a heel striker. Now this shoe is merely for jalan-jalan and no longer for running. Probably should send it over to the shop when they have the shoe recycling program. :)

 Nike Lunarglide+ (RM400)

Bought it in 2010, in time for the We Run KL 2010. A good shoe, plenty of cushioning, Ran a few 10k races, Penang Half Marathon (2010) and Penang Full Marathon (2011) Because of the cushioning, the shoe is a lil bit heavy. I was a heel striker at first and the shoe is perfect. Once i change to fore foot striker, started to feel that the cushioning at the heel is unnecessary and just an additional weight to the shoe.
 Adidas AdiZero Tempo (RM220)

Got it at a clearance sale. Didnt even try it on when buying. Bought it because of the weight and the colour :P Turned out to be a good shoe. Cushioning not too much, forefoot running with it. Ran the SCKLM Full Marathon with it, without any discomfort. Breathable upper mesh. Very light shoe. Not the lightest in the AdiZero range tho. The rubber last longer than my Nike. My fav shoe at the moment for long distance running. :) Will definitely buy it again.
Adidas AdiZero Adios (RM420)

Bought it because of the design honestly. Ran around in the shop. Love the cushioning at the front of the shoe. The lightest shoe in the AdiZero range. Use it for 10k runs mostly and it feels good. Now a mid-foot striker instead of forefoot. Havent gone more than 20k with this shoe. Very thin sole, so I'll have to try first whether my feet can take the bashing for 42km in this shoe. Sole doesnt last as long as my Tempo. Can see the wear and tear after 2 months using. 

So there you go, there are other brands that I should try, NB, Mizuno, Brooks, Asics, KSwiss etc. Maybe one day when I have extra cash lying around (I wish) then I'll buy shoes from other brands. But for now, I'm more than happy with my Tempo and Adios.

One thing that I keep telling myself when buying new shoes; "If it feels right, then it is the right shoe"

What is going on?

Its 22nd of March 2012, and I have clocked 147km to date.
I started to run on a more regular basis, been running LSD (Long Slow Distance) almost every Sunday, if not once a week. Some people clock 100km if not more on a monthly basis but I am happy with where I am right now. A big improvement I might add. Oh not to forget, I started doing weight training too; every fortnight, not sure if it gonna help with my running, but I'm running without much pain nowadays.

For the past two years, I only run whenever I feel like it (believe me, I don't feel like running every single day). So what happened most of the time is that I'll start my running/training one week or two week at most before any races. Probably the reason why I keep 'pancit-ing' at all my races, having to struggle to finish any races be it 10ks, half, or full marathons. Now, I cant wait for the next run, the next races. I actually look forward to my Sunday LSDs.

Now I run in groups, at least I'm no longer alone during any of my runs. Got to know a few more "seasoned/experienced" runners which is kinda good. I also do not remember when was the last time I run my 10km Kota Damansara route; most of my running now are somewhere between TTDI - Damansara Heights - Bukit Tunku - Hartamas. Even if I were to run alone, I'm not alone. Plenty of runners there. Some are very warm and friendly, will say good morning at any runner they meet; some are very serious, probably training for something. I'm just happy to run at my pace, losing myself in the zone, in my own vacuum, where nothing will hurt me or break me.

So what happened between last year and this year? Why the sudden change? That is for your to find out.
All I can tell, I'm running happy now.

And here is a great movie that I love, watched it way back before I started running. :)


This is where I work now.

This is just one of the promotional poster on our website at the moment.

Well, you should check out and register at our website
If you register now, you'll get a RM10 voucher. Yes, we are cheapskate :p

Saturday, March 10, 2012

LSD with the COBC

Chief Original Boot Camp

You may have seen these group people a few times, either at dawn or at dusk over at your local field.
these are the people from the COBC (taken from here)

COBC is a military inspired work-out, not your average gym workout I supposed; for more information on COBC you can go to their official website here

I'm not part of COBC and I have never attended any of their training, but I have been running with them on weekends. A lot of the bootcampers started running and most of them will be doing their first half marathon/full marathon either in Borneo International Marathon or Bali International Marathon. They are clearly a very fun bunch of people.

Rather than going to the gym, do your workout (most times not knowing what to do, unless you hire a PT) and go home; you can actually join the COBC and actually work in teams and make new friends.

So yes, since they started running every weekend, I've been running/freeloading their weekly run. 
 Putrajaya LSD
 Damansara Heights LSD
 Desa Park City LSD
1 Vision Run

Maybe..I said maybe..One day I'll go and try one of their bootcamp session. :p

Monday, March 5, 2012

1 Vision Run - Padang Merbuk 4.3.12

My third race/run of the year. For this run, I was running with the people from COBC; a whole lot of them. This is also a birthday run for Sarge Nawal Aini.

The run started of a bit later than scheduled,
by then most of the runners are aware that this run is not properly organised. Never mind then, as long as we can run safely and have fun; that is fine with us.

I started the run slowly for the first km, considering that I was only half awake. :P Kept asking myself why did I register for this run; otherwise I would be in bed enjoying my Sunday; sleeping.

After the kilometer 2, I started to force myself to run my usual pace, wanting to get over with this race as soon as possible. The thought of the birthday cake waiting at the finish line really did help. There were a few hills (again; i hate hills) in this route, and i walk most of them. They were too steep! So as usual I followed my old strategy, walk the hills, run the flats.

I completed the run in 55mins07secs. An improvement by seconds compared to Mizuno Wave Run. Never mind, I'll take it anyways. Seconds does count no? Sarge Nawal were right in front of me when I crossed the finish line.

 A PB for Sarge Nawal on her birthday run! Congrats!

The whole lot from COBC.

The cake was really nice, and as we all are adults, we ensure that no cake is wasted on silly cake fight.