King of Bukit Larut 2015, Bravo!

Thanks folks for wishing me good luck to be King of Bukit Larut 2015. I am very happy and very proud of being at the 3rd place in 10KM category women's open. This was my virgin run on hiking trail, and it was running uphill 5km and downhill 5km at my lovely hometown Bukit Larut. I feel that all my hard work and time spent training for hours in the gym every day is all paid off. I did it and the result has told me that I am doing good in my exercise routine.

Posing for the album before the flag off
I wanted to thank my husband for sending me there and watching my two girls at home when I taking part in the run. He just said, "Good luck!" and left me there with other runners from everywhere. I met Mak Glam there, she was really glam in her running outfits until I could spot her far far away.  

Despite of feeling shortness of breath after 3km, I could force a smile when seeing camera facing me. 
1 KM before the U Turn station, some male runners going downhill told me that I was the top few female runners in my category. There was a chance for winning. First time I had that thought.

Going downhill, I was overtaken by 1 female runners and few male runners. 
I brought nothing with me in my run, except a face towel. Yannie bathed in own sweat. 

I reached finishing line and I felt terribly "High" when hearing the emcee announcing my bib number for being the 2nd runner up. (Thanks Zaini for taking this picture)
First time, I heard so many people cheering and clapping for me. I felt so energetic, youthful and happy.

Wearing the 3rd Place tag and feeling so proud of myself. 
I quickly borrowed a phone from my colleague to call home. First, I wanted to share my happiness with them and second, I wanted them to come and witnessed me receiving prize.

Receiving goodies bag, medal and cash money from the sponsor and organizer.
I never thought of bagging anything in the beginning of the run. My achievement has brought me tremendous satisfaction.

A group picture with the champion(middle) and first runner-up (right). 
Exhaustion and excitement, the emotion made me lose my interest to food. I didn't take any nasi lemak, watermelon and bananas that served at the foot of the hill. I only took a bowl of Cendol and many cups of 100% Plus to quench my thirst.

The official result of King Of Bukit Larut 2015
After this first run on trail, I haven't signed up any run. I thought of giving myself a break from my training. I just want to enjoy my exercise regime, such as swimming, gym, zumba, and yoga at the mean time. 


Wish me luck to be King of Bukit Larut

I missed the Taiping Run on 21 December 2014 due to my Archilles tendonitis.  I swear to myself that I must sign up another run once my ankle is fully recovered. Desperately, I signed up the 10 KM, Women Open King of Bukit Larut on 26 April 2015.

When I told my husband and a few friends about my decision, no one supported me. They said running up Bukit Larut is no joke, it is way too different from running on flat surface like treadmill. Even my husband asked me to consider withdrawing from the event, but I insisted.

I went to run at Bukit Larut last Saturday. I could only run up to 4KM, and I started to walked up to 5KM. I made U turn and ran downhill. Altogether 10KM, I took about 1.5 hours. I felt so worn out and my whole body was over strained. I still think that I have done a good job, since it was my first training at Bukit Larut.

Tomorrow is the date. I am kind of nervous. I know that it is going to be very tough for me, as I only run on treadmill.

lina said that there are plenty of good food waiting for all finishers after the run. She asked me to enjoy the food and forget about the diet. I am looking forwards to feast on Cendol, Nasi Lemak and etc after my dreadful 10KM run.

Morning, I must take something nutritious, energy-packed and healthy. So, I have decided to take overnight oats and bananas as my breakie before the run. Then, I shall not refrain myself from eating those high calories or high carbs food that served at the foothill to treat myself for completing the run.

My husband has bought tomorrow movie tickets of Fast and Furious 7. The girls want  to go to McD for lunch before the movie. If I can successfully conquer the 10KM at King of Bukit Larut, I shall allow myself to take all those fattening fast food which I have resisted for so long. 


Going for low carb diet

If you are following me long enough, you should know how conscious I am on health, diet and fitness. Well, I put on weight during Chinese New Year. For your information, I didn't stop my exercise routine even during festive season. I still went to run on treadmill for at least an hour on Chinese New Year eve, day 1, day 2,....... just like any other day. Surprisingly, I still put on weight. It was because of too much carbs that I consumed and it contributed to high calories intake.  I didn't burn the calories as much as I consumed.

Therefore, I go for low carbs diet and I continue my active lifestyle. Thanks Goodness, I have successfully shed those weight off in no time. To be honest, I am a big eater. I enjoy food a lot. Just that I am very watchful on what I eat. I try to have very minimal carbs in my diet. I go without rice for lunch and dinner. I only eat fish, lean meat, vegetables and fruits. I also cut down on biscuits, cakes and breads.

On weekends, I boiled my favorite desserts such as green beans, barley and lotus seeds with rock sugar. I could take 2 to 3 bowls at one go, and that was my protein packed lunch.

I also boiled papaya, white fungus with rock sugar soup. It was so tasty and nutritious. It could replenish all the water that I lost during my workout.

My husband who knows me well, would cut all the fruits in the fridge to be my best snacks in the evening.

I see fruit as food from heaven. I eat all types of fruits and I spend a lot on fruit alone. I take them as the post workout recovery needs.

A diet would not be complete if it was without vegetable. I make all my favorite vegetables into salad, and I sprinkle with lots of nuts, raisins and seeds. Fruit and vegetable are vitamins packed; nuts and seeds are protein packed, both categories help boost up my  body immune system.

I hit the gym at least 5 times a week, each time 1.5 hours. I combine both cardios and strength training in my exercise regime. I find myself look the best each time after my workout. 
I feel so good in zero make up, tank top and jogging pants because I have burst all my daily tension and stress together with the fat. Regular exercise has increase my self-confidence, improve my sleep and lift up my mood. Thanks to the effect of endorphins.

I am actually looking for more protein-based recipes. DailyBurn has provided me lots of best protein-packed ideas and tips. Besides DailyBurn Facebook community too has shared knowledge about the benefits of protein for fitness, especially on Fuel-6. the vegan protein powder.


I am an impulsive buyer

I talked to my gym buddies that every year I have Chinese New Year clothes which can last me till Chap Goh Meh, and some may be last until next Chinese New Year. I was not exaggerating. It was true that I wore a dress on 2nd day of Chinese New Year this year, which I actually bought it for Chinese New Year last year . Most of my clothes, I wore only one time just to tell myself that I have worn it already. After the "opening ceremony" of all my new clothes, then I have no chance to wear them for the second time because  I again buying some new one.

Instead of claiming myself as a shopaholic, I think I am more like an impulsive buyer. 
I keep telling myself that I need to cut down on buying unnecessary things after 1st April because of GST. The good thing is I don't need to stock up for my closet before GST. It is because I stock up all the time. @_@

Alright, I think everyone is impacted by GST. Now, I have to be wiser in my spending, be it on food or clothes. I hope that I can beat the urge of buying the thing by checking on how much I need the thing. 

Another method is planning what you buy by comparing the price. It is a must to compare the price of the goods in the mall and the price stated online. 

We can't really do without buying, as retail therapy really does make us happy. tsk...

I have good website here that you can always refer to as a guideline on your purchase. Check it out at http://iprice.my​​, the one stop online shopping destination in South East Asia. You can make wiser and better choice with a peace of mind knowing that everything you need is under one site. It provide product information about different brands as well as offer coupon codes and discounts up to 70% on Zalora, Lazada, Groupon, Banana Republic, Romwe and many more.
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I find this one stop online shop  a good source to help us make wiser decision on what we buy. The key is spending wisely. 


On April's 11 years old Birthday

Just at the beginning in the month of April, May had marked her big sister's birthday on her calendar. She is really a very sweet kid sister to April.
It was 2nd of April, when I took this picture of May's calendar. Look at the slash at 1st April, the post it marker on 10th April and the note on the memorandum column. 
Yesterday, April and her classmates left tuition class 15 minutes earlier. Her papa fetched and her 10 of her classmates to KFC in Giant hypermarket.
It is the first time we invited so many friends to celebrate April's birthday.
I ordered a Frozen birthday cake for her.
Time files, my princess April is already 11 years old. 
The party started at 9:30pm and this KFC outlet closed at 11pm. Therefore, we let April cut the cake at around 10:15pm.
As they had a tuition class yesterday, the food and cake were the supper for the kids.
April received so many gifts from her friends.
It isn't the gifts that make you happy, it is the get together with friends that make you happy. I told her after the party.
May too, presented a gift to her big sister when reaching home, and it was exactly an hour before April's birthday over.
May chose Billionaire game set for April, clever her! She can get to play that with April. Muahaha!
As usual, papa and mummy bought her the birthday cake and  KFC for her and her classmates. Oh yes! The hair band on her hair is also one of the gifts from mummy.

Happy Birthday must be happy right? We have made April a very happy girl on her birthday. I wish that my Princess April is always happy and healthy. 


My Chinese New Year 2015

I know what you think when reading this post title. Yes, it is outdated. Never mind, I just want to share the pictures that I captured during the festive. Let me summarize the 15 days of Chinese New Year in one single post.

1. My CNY home decor, only outside, nothing was done inside the house. Next year, I must remember to cover the inside home decor too. I will improve, ok!
Special thank to Anay, TM  for the diamond shape stickers that he sent together with the CNY greeting card. The one on top was sent last year, and the one at the bottom was sent this year.

2. CNY is the time for feasting. No one will disagree with me. I am feasting on my MIL's home cook, outside food, my own homemade cookies and cakes.
This year my MIL cooked 9 dishes to pray to ancestors on Chinese New Year eve, that 9 dishes was our CNY eve reunion dinner food.

3. My CNY day 1 outfits. I wore this outfit to my PIL's house and also to the temple for praying.
First time wearing Cheongsam. I bought this torquay color batik cheongsam at RM75 from Malacca, Jonker Street. 

4. Group picture was taken with my SIL and her children by using their CASIO selfie camera. 
The top picture was taken at home and the bottom one was taken at the temple.

5. Group picture with my secondary school classmates.
We had bigger group than this actually at the gathering. But only a few were interested in taking picture.

6. Attending my princesses' school CNY concert and dinner.
April had dance performance that night.

7. CNY dinner with colleagues on the evening before Chap Goh Meh.
All the guys are our Japanese advisors.

That's all that I could capture as my CNY 2015. 


She makes me smile

One morning, when I got myself ready to work, I spotted some wordings on May's small calendar that stick at the wall  on top of her study table.

 I looked closely and tried to understand what the words that she has scribbled. 

She wrote down "司仪" (emcee) next to 30th of March. She also wrote "30 姐姐周会司仪" as a remark at memorandum column. Apparently, her big sister is going to be the school weekly assembly emcee on 30th this month. Hahahaha! Ain't May cute?

They are like most siblings, they fight, they quarrel, they scream and they compete with each other when having conflicts. They laugh at their own silly antics, they chat before their bedtime, they also bath, play, sing, watch TV, eat and have fun together everyday.

However, I don't expect that April being an emcee can be something important for her kid sister to jot down on her calendar. This little thing made me smile when I drove to work that morning.

My 11 years old, April wearing her new pajamas and showing off her very first angpow this year on Chinese New Year eve.
My 9 years old, May wearing Elsa (Frozen) pajamas. Every year, their first angpow is always from their papa.
April with her minion lego, a gift from Auntie Cannie (my best buddy).
May and the Hello Kitty lego.

A little note to April and May, "Please remember, because you have a sister, you always have a friend."