Monday, April 30, 2012

Bring it on May

My first run outside of Malaysia, and my first full marathon for the year!

Details                                                                                      Event: Sundown Marathon 2012                                     Date: 26th May 2012                                                         Flag off: 12.45am (27th May 2012)                                 Qualifying time: TBC
When I registered for the run, people told me that the route gonna kill me; boring route (imagine Penang Bridge). Somehow the organizer decided that this year they are changing the route. Yeayy?

 The new route, I supposed. A lot of running by the water.

Anyhow, I'm very excited to run this race for three reasons:
1. My first event outside of Malaysia. I know it is only in Singapore, but I still need my passport :p 
2. I will be running with a partner. For the first time. ;) 
3. The finisher tee; quite nice actually
Yay or Nay?

And the whole gang that went to PBIM'11 is going too! Masyur and MatRock will be doing their first FM, Izyan will be doing HM, and Muzlifah will be doing a 10k!!!  Awesome no?

Muzlifah missing :p

But but....been slacking in training. Gotta pick up the momentum.

Mondays we all hate em'

Happy Mondays everyone!
"Happy Mondays" is an English alternative rock band from Salford, Greater Manchester. You should check them out if you are bored in the office, like myself :p
In late 1990, Paul McCartney stated:
I saw the Happy Mondays on TV, and they reminded me of the Beatles in their 'Strawberry Fields' phase
I hope everyone is working hard today. My work so far today; boring and slow paced.
Hard work never killed anybody - But why take the risk? :p

On the other hand, Borneo International Marathon is this coming weekend, a few of my friends will be running, so good luck to all of you and happy running! May the force be with you! (I just learned that May 4th is the annual Star Wars Day :p ).

Imagine running in this suit. A-we-so-me :D

Friday, April 27, 2012

Reminder to self

Something that I would like to share with you all. Cool anti-smoking campaign ads.

A reminder to myself and to everyone else.

Steady and slowly.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Shop & Win @ Zalora

The new ipad 3! Zalora decided to give away 3 New iPad. How to win it? Just shop @ Zalora! :)

Be in the running to win the Apple's New iPad from Zalora by being the top 3 highest spender (accumulated amount spend) on Zalora's website from April 12 - May 13.

For terms and conditions; click here.

Happy shopping people :)

101 Running Tips - Tip #1

Running is an all-star calorie crusher, mood enhancer and disease fighter. And those are just a few of running's many benefits. If you have never run before, it can feel intimidating to get out there and start running.

The most difficult obstacle that you need to overcome in order to start running is actually to get out of the couch and start running. You don't need special skills, athletic ability, or even good genes. All you need is a pair of shoes and a little determination.

#1. Accept the Challenge

"Every one is an athlete, but some of us are training and some of us are not"

It is fairly simple, we need to train and we need to run to actually enjoy it. You can't expect to just jump out off the couch one day and run a 20miler after years being idle in front of the television everyday after work.

I remember my first time, 3km and I was out of breath, I questioned myself why people would inflict such pain upon themselves. But I was thankful for that time I have my running partner to rely on, we helped each other. From 3km to 4km the next day; we pushed each other until we manage to complete 10km, timing was never a factor to us.

Now we are not always gasping for air every time we run, and running is more enjoyable.

So what I'm trying to say here, keep on running, and soon enough, running will be enjoyable for you too.  :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mondays we all hate em'

We all hate it. Monday tells us that the weekend is over and we have to start working. Monday tells us that there are five more days to go until the next weekend. It also tells us that we have to face the heavy traffic on the road, morning & evening.

So here you go; a little something to keep all of us going through the next 4 or 5 working days (depending on your working shifts :p).

taken from the net of course. not my work in any way :p

Wishing you a great week ahead! 

March 2012 - Recap

Recorded the highest mileage (for me) for the month of March. Probably the first time I clocked more than 100km in a month. 50km was extreme for me before, now I still can not believe myself that I have recorded 133km for last month. What happened? I still can't answer myself. So let see.

A big jump from Jan & Feb. Almost quadrupled from Feb's total of 39km

Breakdown by week, and I'll be able to tell what happened actually.
Pay attention to week 10 - week 14 :P

Week 10 (32km)
1.3.12 - 16.00km - COBC Night Run, Putrajaya Precint 3
3.3.12 - 5.420km - Impian Setia - IGCC - Impian Setia
4.3.12 - 10.08km - Padang Merbuk, 1 Vision Run

Week 11 (10km)
8.3.12 - 10.20km - COBC Night Run, Beringin Loop x 2

Week 12 (20km)
18.3.12 - 19.66km - COBC Morning Run, BA - Hartamas - BA

Week 13 (44km)
23.3.12 - 3.800km - Kota Damansara Seksyen 6
24.3.12 - 16.00km - Kuala Pilah Morning Run
25.3.12 - 24.22km - COBC Morning Run, BA - Hartamas - BA

Week 14 (27km)
27.3.12 - 4.030km - Kota Damansara Seksyen 6
29.3.12 - 10.06km - Kota Damansara Seksyen 6
29.3.12 - 13.37km - COBC Night Run, Putrajaya Precint 3

Since I'm free in the office, I did some online research and taught myself how to create a timeline using excel. So this is what I came up with. :p

(Click on it to enlarge)
Not bad eh? 

The high mileage can be contributed to the COBC weekly run that I have been joining since their week 1. As the marathon date is getting nearer, it is only normal for them to increase the distance run. I think that is the only logical explanation. Runs that were self-initiated mostly doesn't go further than 10km :p 

All in all, March has been a good month. I PR-ed my 10k during the 1 Vision Run, did more running than I'm used to and I got to know a lot of new people. Oh and I started working in Zalora in March too. A totally different environment compared to KPMG. Don't know whether this is good for me.

April so far has been good too. 83km now and counting. Let see whether April can beat March in term of mileage. :p

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Smoking kills. We all know this, but it is hard to stop.

"Well, it looks like that clinic sorted you right out, Johnny boy. You feeling better?"
"Well, I was. Until I saw youse twos. I'm clean now. Straight, I gave it all up. All but these little bastards." 
Johnny Quid famous line at the end of the movie "RocknRolla", as he walks out from rehab and lights up a smoke; which was referred as the little bastards.

None of us are stupid enough not to believe that smoking kills, that every smoke that we inhale is slowly killing us. We are basically on a timer, one day the heart will stop beating and smoking is only helping in accelerating the timer. Do we want that? I know I don't.

So, slowly and painfully, I'm gonna cut down. It is hard to do it cold turkey. I know I've tried. Some succeeded, but I know it's gonna take me a longer time to quit compared to others.

It's been 8 years now. InsyaAllah if I put my heart to it.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Official Launch - Zalora 5.4.12

Today mark the official launch of the new Zalora online shopping website for Malaysia. 

The people at Rocket Internet calls this a disruptive innovation, where they are going to change how people going to shop.
Instead of selling clothes from generic brands, they decided to go big by bringing brands that most people would want to buy from a mall. They have from low end to high end clothing and accessories for both gender! They are being really aggressive with their strategy here.

A brief look at the list of the brands that they are selling on their website, you'll understand when I said that they are being aggressive.

I was a bit skeptical, knowing that if you were to buy an expensive clothing e.g. Ralph Lauren; you would want to have the Ralph Lauren paper bag upon purchasing the item, enabling you to carry it around the mall. It's not about arrogance, it just gives some people the satisfaction that they wanted when they buy high end items.

But they believe that they can change all that. With most people (Gen X & Gen Y) are getting busier with their ever hectic work/life/social schedule, less time will be available to do their shopping. It is a proven business model in the Western Countries, where the public are more willing to buy items online and they are dreaming of bringing the culture here. Plus shopping online saves you from all the hassle of travelling to malls (traffic jams, petrol, parking). So you get to save time and money. Parking fares and petrol are not exactly cheap nowadays.

So to make it possible, to instill the confidence among the public that online shopping is the way to go, Zalora has decided to ship for free and there is also the 30 days return. Of course there is a term&conditions for everything.

Here is a promotional video from their website

 Be Obsessed