Monday, March 29, 2010

I AM THE RUNNING MAN

Updates.

First, the race. It started at the appointed time. Ran at my own pace and kept reminding myself not to get caught up with the faster runners. Skipped the first and second hydration station as there were too many people. The half-way mark was somewhere near the Cyberjaya Police Complex. At 7 km mark (I think), in front of the MMU gate, I paced myself with a fellow runner until he stopped at the water station. From there onwards, I was on my own until the finishing line. The last km stretch was very invigorating knowing that the pain will soon be over and I will soon be getting the promised medal, hahaha.

Alhamdulillah, I managed to finish the race incident-free. The queue to take the goodies bag was quite long but I was only too glad to stand in line. I later found out that many runners were complaining about the shabby organisation of the race.

Post race - I was not too bad. I managed to get up early early to take part in the community get-together the morning after, attended my karate class and later in the afternoon, took Aily and Eiddin to MidValley.

So this is how it felt being a runner. It is good, really. Worth the time and the pain. It is one good thing knowing that I can (still) run. But the other one good thing  is the sense of achievement felt right after crossing the finishing line - of being able to see through the thing that I set out to do. I'd recommend it to anyone, anytime.

When's the next one?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

FEW HOURS AFTER THE RACE

It's 2 am.

I am now a runner.

Ran the full length at 1:09:09.

More updates later.

For now, I just want to sleep. And I still cannot stop smiling.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

FEW HOURS BEFORE THE RACE


I have few hours left before the race. Went to collect my running vest this morning at Ground Zero. It was a hive of activities there. Tents being set up, portable loos being put in place and people walking here and there looking convincingly busy.

Am planning to leave home around 6. Park my car at KLIA ERL Station and take the shuttle bus to Cyberjaya.

I am quite nervous about tonight. Can I finish it in time? Wait, wait - Can I even finish it? Hahaha, we shall see, we shall see.

Wish me luck.

Friday, March 26, 2010

THE RACE IS ON


The race is tomorrow.

Let's go distance.

Welcome any form of support, hahaha...

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While I was busy training for the race, Emil was almost drowned during the school holidays.

He went back to the his grandmother's house for the holidays and she took him to the swimming pool. Once they were in, she had to come out to take some things in the car and Emil was left with our family friends who went together with him. It happened in a flash, I was told. While there were busy putting on the suits, Emil with his misguided confidence jumped into the deeper end of the pool. And of course, he found out he can't swim and panicked. Well, Emil canot swim just yet but me and Aily had been encouraging him all these while.

According to Emil, it was a lady who saved him. And I would like to thank the lady as my mother in law forgot to thank her or even ask her name.

But the scary thing was nobody in the family realised that Emil was drowning though they were standing beside the pool. They only knew that he almost drowned when they saw him sitting on the ledge heaving with a pale face. Parents, uncles, guardians never take your eyes off your charges at the swimming pool.

Emil was down with fever the day after the incident. Kena jampi jugak.

Monday, March 22, 2010

JPAM/JPA3

Civil Defence Dept in every district soon

ALOR STAR: The Civil Defence Department (JPAM) plans to set up an office in every district in the country soon in a move to recruit more volunteers.
JPAM director-general Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said an officer would be placed in each offices to disseminate information about the department, particularly to those interested in joining as volunteers.

"Up to Dec 2009, we have about 80,000 trained volunteers and I am optimistic the number will increase eventually following the setting up of one office in each district. It will also help to improve the department's effectiveness in carrying out its duties, especially in rural areas," he said after launching JPAM's 58th anniversary celebrations yesterday.

Good. They will sure come in handy. I called these guys a week back to help me get rid of a bee hive in the neighboring empty house. They were very helpful and went about their task efficiently. They can also help with snakes and rescue work.

You can get them by calling 999.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

BLOGGING, SO YESTERDAY. OR IS IT?

There was an article in the NST today on how blogging is on the way out as more and more people are now bombarded with choices on how best to stamp their presence in the cyberworld. The writer suggested that blogging has had its day. The in-thing now is social networking sites e.g. FB and its like. Already there are so many abandoned blogs on the Net, the writer added.

Has blogging seen its best days? No lah, I don't think so. Blogging and social networking sites serve different purpose. I, for one, is more fond of blogging as opposed to FB. Blogging is more permanent than FB. How many of us remember our status from last month, or last week for that matter? I can retrieve my entire entries since the day I started.

I pen my thoughts, etc in my blog. It serves as my journal, though the updating frequency always invite side ribbing comments from Screwboy  and KNO. I put in a lot of thoughts when I blog la Joe, that's why, hahahah. FB? I only log in  to keep tabs on my FB friends. Sometimes, I do put in stupid comments, just for fun :). But FB is great for sharing pictures.

To each their own.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

DHANI TACKLES THE GLOBE@DISCOVERY TRAVEL & LIVING


Move over Miami Ink, LA Ink or whatever Ink.

Discovery Travel Channel will be showing this show tonight. At 9 pm. Am actually looking forward to it.  It's about the host travelling around the world learning to play sports significant to the places he's visiting. Along the way, like any other travel show, he will try to sample food, visit places and learn about the world cultures. Most probably there will be sprinkling of world peace messages thrown in also.

Its premise is interesting.Only hopefully the presentation will give justice to the premise.

Quick search on the Net leads me here.

The host of the show is an NFL player, Dhani Jones, who has quite an impressive resume.  According to the bio, this guy has played for the Bengals, the Saints and few other famous teams. he's also a philantropist and has a fashion line to his name. Talk about having it all. Read more about Dhani Jones here.

Let's see what the show has to offer tonight.

Monday, March 08, 2010

SALOMON KANE - THE REVIEW

Blood - checked.

Body count - checked.

Countless fight scenes - checked.

Strong, handsome hero - checked.

Beautiful leading lady - not checked (the heroin was not much of a lady, more like a girl who's just reached puberty).

The story was about a man on his path towards redemption and finding his purpose of existence. The hero had done terrible things, according to him. Killing people came to him easily.

His was a tortured, tormented soul. Plus, his soul is owned by the Devil. And now, the devil was coming for his soul. I didn't get it how did the Devil got Salomon's soul, though. Am kind of lost on that. My guess is that it was the doing of his father who made a pact to with the Devil to save his elder brother.

The story was so-so to me. The ending, as agreed by Aily & myself, was the ultimate undoing of the movie. It was very anti-climactic. We were expecting a grand battle between Salomon and his tormentors. But what we got was a very lame affair.

If you asked me, I think you'd be better off watching Niyang Rapik, hahahah. Which I have not.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

SALOMON KANE


Salomon Kane, GSC Alamanda, Today 10 pm.

Let's see whether we still have the stomach for action and blood fest.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

HEED THE FATIGUE SIGNS

Taken from The Sun today.

"Drivers who keep rubbing their eyes or begin to blink frequently should heed these early warning signs of fatigue by pulling off the road to rest, advised the German Road Safety Council (DVR).

Otherwise, they could fall victim to a microsleep (above), which sharply increases the risk of an accident.

It is estimated that one in four traffic fatalities on German highways is caused by a driver who fell asleep momentarily.

As the DVR pointed out, if a driver travelling at 130kph has a microsleep for just five seconds, the car will go 180 metres without anyone in control.

Patent remedies for driver fatigue, including listening to music and letting fresh air into the car, are merely half-measures, the DVR said.

It recommended one thing only: getting sufficient sleep. – dpa"

Timely reminder. It is one thing that all drivers know but often ignored.

I have had series of microsleeps myself. When I am tired during the long drives, especially on the PLUS highways, I do like what other drivers do as mentioned in the article. And like the article said, there are merely half measures. The best is to pull over and get a quick nap. Don't fight it. It's not worth it.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

SUPERHEROES IN THE HOUSE


Emil came back with a mask made by himself during his art class today. It was a superhero mask, he said.


Not one to be outdone, Eiddin of course wanted one too. So mum made him one.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

(I WANT TO BE) THE RUNNING MAN

I have registered to run in the inaugural Energizer Night Race 2010 to be held at Cyberjaya. Come night of 27th March, it's a Saturday, I will be huffing, puffing and most probably be hanging on to dear life to finish the 10K. It will be my first race and what better way to do it than to run in the dark?

There's still 25 more days to the day of the race. Ample time, I suppose. I have been doing some training. So far, I am quite comfortable running the distance of 6km in 45 minutes. I hope by the time of the race, I will be able to go the full distance. I have not set a lofty target for myself. It would be good enough if I can finish the race. And it shall be a bonus if I can finish it well within the qualifying time.

Why I am doing it, I don't know. Out of boredom partly, but mostly to break the WALL. I have been running on my own every now and then, 3k being the usual distance, 5k when I am in the mood. But I have not really challenged myself to go the distance. It's good to know whether I can do it or not. I think I can. I believe I can, but I can't say for sure. Henry Ford said,"If you think you can do it, you're right. If you think you can't do it, you're still right." So, let's see :).

Truth be told, this is actually a classic example of tiada beban batu digalas, hahahaha. Below is the route for the run. If I didn't contact you days after the race, please comb the area.

Monday, March 01, 2010

1YENGKOZ TEA PARTY


Posting ini hanya satu posting formaliti (obligatory posting).

1Yengkoz Tea Party telah berjaya dilaksanakan pada hujung minggu lalu (Sabtu, 27 Februari) di rumah mewah Chamat di kejiranan mewah Bukit Jelutong.

Noni Kapet dah buat liputan hampir sepenuhnya di sini and sini. Gambar-gambar daripada lensa aku boleh dilihat di sini.

Yang dia tak dedahkan adalah dialah culprit yang lambat pi ambik kunci rumah Chamat, berpeluh jantan dan betina beberapa jam sebelum acara sebenar sebab adik Chamat (pemegang kunci rumah Chamat) tak dapat dihubungi dan seterusnya datang lewat setengah jam lepas katerer iaitu Mattop sampai. Walau bagaimanapun, selepas itu, semua berjalan lancar.


Acara utama - MAKAN - berjalan cukup lancar. Semua makanan lazat-lazat belaka. Dek sebab melimpahnya rezeki untuk sesi ini, semua orang dapat tapau makanan untuk insan-insan yang ditinggalkan di rumah.


...antara yang hadir...


...Upacara simbolik penyerahan tugas Presiden...


...ucapan sulung Presiden Baru...


...orang paling happy...

Beberapa perkara yang tidak dilapor oleh Noni Kapet:

1. Bobo, E81, Rumah Ahmad telah dilucutkan keahlian sebulat suara sebab gagal hadir walaupun telah sahkan kehadiran. Walau bagaimanapun, keputusan itu sedang beliau cabar di peringkat Majlis Presiden.

2. Ada ahli Rumah Ahmad sedang cuba untuk melantik kapten baru bagi rumah mereka sebab Che Mat masih belum balik dari USA. Pencabar-pencabar serius termasuk Chibiok dan Badut.

3. Ahli-ahli Rumah Ahmad telah cuba untuk mendapatkan bantuan ahli Rumah Sulaiman untuk menyelesaikan krisis kepimpinan ini. Tetapi, ahli Rumah Sulaiman terpaksa menolak atas semangat menghormati antara Rumah Sukan.

4. Khalid dan Kalai enggan ambik aku untuk masuk team futsal 1Yengko. Aku akan hantar memorandum berkenaan perkara ini tidak lama lagi.

5. Pejal, E6, Rumah Idris juga sedang dipertimbang untuk dilelong no. dobinya sebab mungkir janji untuk hadir.

6. Chibiok adalah pembuat air pada hari itu.

7. Penyumbang-penyumbang makanan adalah:

i. Lisa, wife Gabai;
ii. Red, wife Badut;
iii. Kalai - kuihmalaysia.com.

Terima kasih kepada semua yang hadir dan telah menjayakan acara ini.

Acara seterusnya adalah bowling di Alamanda. Dijangka dalam bulan April 2010.