星期四, 12月 28, 2006
Route: Penang to Kuala Kedah (120++km)
Date: 30/12/2006 - 2/1/2007
Participants (Kuala Lumpur): Chui Miew, Hin Wai
Participants (Singapore): Rho Wen, Chong Wah
Participants (Melacca): Chee Chung
Participants (Penang): Miow Chin, Julita
Wish you a More Challenging New Year to come!
星期四, 12月 21, 2006
星期六, 12月 09, 2006
星期二, 11月 14, 2006
Total Time: 3:26'46
10k - 1:11'38
15k - 1:44'07
20k - 2:12'41
25k - 2:48'12
30k - 3:26'46
I was pushed a little too hard at the last 10km, cause I was started a bit too slow at the beginning and very excited and wanted to finish in 3:30. Legs were so sore and pain the day after running, but now already mostly recovered.
Want to thank the Pacesetters' volunteers in the water stations, road marshalls and registration. Really appreciate their efforts, muak muak :-*
Recall last year this period, I just completed my 1st ever 30km in my life. Wow, time flies...
星期六, 11月 11, 2006
When: 4 Nov 2006 (Saturday)
Where: Cameron Highland
Head Count: 17
Deascription: Gunung Irau is the 9th highest mountain in Peninsula Malaysia. It is very unique mossy forest compare to others because of the moist environment up there. The trail is muddy. Hikers can take 3 - 4 hours to reach summit.
Visited Gunung Irau in Cameron Highland on 4/11/2006 under the lead of Kam Meng, witnessed the very impressive mossy forest. The flora in Gunung Irau is very unique, besides the rich and various mossy plants, I also saw few species of fungi which only seeing them for the first time. One of them is the blue color mushroom, another one is a very tiny red mushroom with only 3mm tall.
According to Kam Meng, the trail is become wider, more routes have been created by human, and hence, the mossy habitat is getting smaller! This suppose a very serious matter, a climber should be responsible to maintain the natural of the forest instead of destroy it, but many climbers just tent to forget the best practices in mountaineering or has limited knowledge about mountaineering, and caused a lost to our dearest flora and fauna in the forest.
More photos please goto Kam Meng's Photo Album.
星期五, 10月 27, 2006
We left with the greatest pain in our heart, followed by the shame, the disappointment and the resentment which will never be forgettable and forgivable. The tragedy already written into OX’s history, the 7th Mountaineering Trip, was NIL.
How it happened?
The route from Ulu Kinta to Gunung Korbu has been changes for some times, none of us has confident to go by the new route, the Senai Trail without a guide. However, it is not worthwhile to pay a large amount of money and share by 5 of us for the guide just to lead us for the Senai Trail where we do not really need him after reaching Korbu.
When we knew that one of our friends is joining a group with size of 16 to Korbu by hiring a guide, we were thinking to share the guide with them, and lastly the agreement has been set orally via our friend, and this meant a ‘Promise’, too.
The mistakes begun here…
The reasons of making it a failure were so insulting.
I have no doubt to say 5 of us are experienced climbers, among us, there were 2 who have been in mountaineering for more than 10 years. Kam Meng started to plan the trip months ago, when the team was formed, the mission to Trans-Titiwangsa was as firm as the mountain, our commitment was as strong as the gravity.
There was no any formal conversation or agreement made between the leaders from 2 teams. We were just passing and getting the message via our friend, we don’t even know what the background of our friend’s group is. We don’t know how good are they, how serious are they, how matured are they? Eventually, they played a fool to us…
As all of the Malaysians knew, the Deepa-Raya eve would have terrible jam at the NS Highway. Though the 2.5-hour drive to Ipoh could be delayed to 4-5 hours, we departed for north at 1.30am and we also knew that the group supposed to depart the same time with us. But I wonder why they delayed until 2.30am still in Damansara, KL?
Okay, they were late, the traffic was bad. We were agreed to meet each other at Tanjung Rambutan, 5.30am. Next, they missed the time agreed with the 4WD driver, and the driver left them behind (but the driver said his 4WD was broke down?) after picking us to the starting point (we got to know that we both hiring the same 4WD driver).
They were 1-2 hours late, but the consequence was, it made them 8-9 hours late.
2 teams, 2 visions. They never understand our position, they never know how serious we are for the trip, they never how meaningful is the 7th anniversary, they never know a little mistake made by them can cause great impact to us, they never know how much effort and commitment we have been put in and they never know our feeling. We are not sure what caused them late, but if this was caused by human error and they never bother to say ‘Sorry’ for the delay… well, I think they might have little problem who never know what ‘promise’, ‘self-discipline’, ‘responsibility’, ‘risk management’ is…
We were so worried while waiting, the time was wasted hour by hour. We exactly not afford to delay anymore when time passed 12pm. We have lost 5 hours of the day time. 2pm, our hope remained little, we realized it was no longer possible for us to make Trans-Titiwangsa in 4 days. We have lost 1 day.
We were discussing what the Plan B is. None of us wanted to continue anymore, we have ONE AND ONLY ONE destination, it is TRANS-TITIWANGSA, not Korbu, not Gayong nor Yong Belar. It is either ALL or NONE.
And so, we gave up with pain, disappointment and frustration.
I was truly deeply sad; the scar will not go off easily. Another painful and costly lesson, NEVER DEPEND ON ANY OTHER THAT YOU NOT FAMILIAR!
After the frustration…
星期五, 10月 20, 2006
Date: 20 Oct 2006 – 25 Oct 2006 (5D4N)
Captain Kam Meng
Members Miow Chin, Leong, Geok Wah and I
Starting point at Tanjung Rambutan, reach Gunung Korbu (2183m) at day#2, continue and reach Gunung Gayong (2173m) at the same day, then proceed and arrived Gunung Yong Belar (2180m) at day#4. Ending point at Kampung Raja, Cameron Highland.
All right, Happy Holiday and Happy Deepa-Raya!
星期一, 10月 16, 2006
Paced with me was the kambing (finally only agreed to go for 20k). Luckily someone was there to pacing with me, if not I definately already gave up at 17km.
For me, LSD is about pushing the wall further in order not to hit on it in the real full marathon.
Happy pushing the wall!
1:09'07 (10k to Petronas) - Ran with slow and relax pace, did not feel tired at all
6'68 (Rest and toilet break at Petronas)
1:07'08 (10k Back to Bkt. Aman) - Felt the tiredness after crossing Jalan Duta
Total Time: 2:23'15
Total Running Time: 2:16'15
星期四, 10月 12, 2006
This Sunday, I’m going to do my ‘Long Time No See 20k’.
Hahaha, cos I have been quite a long time did not do LSD liao lo… Hopefully this Sunday has a good day, a good day for prayers, for alibabas, and for all mankinds.
Singapore Marathon has 7+ weeks to go from now. Due to my late training and slow pick up, now don’t dare to delay any training anymore. Keep training to call back my stamina and endurance, 42km, the limit of mine, not hope to suffer too much and hit the wall in the race.
Enjoy and complete the run with injury free is the most important objective in my marathon event.
For those first timers, hope you have high spirit in completing your first ever full marathon with appropriate training schedule. Just share with you, running, cross training, meals and rest, all are the factors in the marathon training.
See below, my training schedule. Hope can meet the targetted mileage :)
Let’s visualise the victory smile crossing the finishing line.
星期五, 10月 06, 2006
星期四, 10月 05, 2006
Petaling Jaya - 11am: 29, 5pm: 38
Kuala Lumpur - 11am: 25, 5pm: 51
Petaling Jaya - 11am: 72, 5pm: 82
Kuala Lumpur - 11am: 77, 5pm: 87
Petaling Jaya - 11am: 85, 5pm: 87
Kuala Lumpur - 11am: 91, 5pm: 94
Petaling Jaya - 11am: 99, 5pm: 98
Kuala Lumpur - 11am: 101, 5pm: 100
Shah Alam - 11am: 127, 5pm: 128
201-300: Very Unhealthy
Take good care of your body, don't play play, running for good and healthy body, not die hard for racing :)
(Or you may run with your mask too :P)
星期一, 10月 02, 2006
Surfing the Internet and supprisingly found this turtle conservation efforts, Ma' Daerah Turtle Sanctuary. For more information, hit this link http://madaerah-turtle-sanctuary.org/.
Ma' Daerah Turtle Sanctuary is conducted by WWF-Malaysia, it also has the similar programme as SEATRU, but they called it Weekend Programme Camps 2006. If you are not possible to apply for 1 week leave for SEATRU Volunteer Programme (RM450), perhaps this is the BEST choice where the Weekend Programme Camp only starts on Friday and ends on Monday(RM250).
After 1 month coming back from the SEATRU volunteer programme, I still remember freshly of witnessing the emergence of the hatclings, holding carefully the egg with the baby inside for relocation, and etc...
Again, it is a chapter regarding the life and death; Another chapter regarding a mother and a baby; Also, another chapter of human being and environment.
Worth to go and experience it no matter how much can you help the turtles, and no matter how much efforts can you contribute to the turtles.
Life is not esy, appreciate every life... :)
Where: Pine Tree Hill & Rotter Hill (Fraser's Hil)
The Pine Tree Trail: http://www.wwfmalaysia.org/fhnec/trails.htm#pinetree
Overview: The trail is realy physically challenging, 5 of us took 2.30 hours to reach to the Pine Tree Hill, where normally people take 3-4 hours. That's why most of us almost flat during the way back... We took 30 minutes proceeded to Rotter Hill which having absolute great and nice view at the summit.
The view from Pine Tree Hill: 3 stars out of five
The view from Rotter Hill: 5 stars out of five
This picture was taken from a small open view after 3 minutes walk from the starting point
View of the Pine Tree Hill
View from one of the angles from Rotter Hill, it is an almost 360 degree view at the summit (the view is blocked by the entrance to the summit)
星期四, 9月 28, 2006
It has been a long time i did not have consistance running after Penang Bridge Run (30/7). My running schedule isn't too aggresive, just wanted to train slowly to build a stronger base in the beginning. Depend on my progress, if condition ok then will go abit further and aim for better timing, else just hope for completeness...
Yah, i was a little regret that i did not start scheduling early, now is only 10 weeks to go to the race day. It is less than 3 months, the mountaineering trip to be held in DeepaRaya going to make my mileage constant for a week.
No matter what, i just have to try my best, hope to have a good run. Really wish to have a good run... especially running with the big kambing....
With the help of big Kambing, my little Kambing is ready and back on the road :)
I started to ride my little kambing to work today. Well, not bad, my motor driving skill still there, but just a little bit nervous when having a right turn after the accident happend in Thailand last year.
I expect to avoid the traffic jam everyday and also the hassle of fighting for a cheap parking every morning. Now these problems have been avoided, but i must expect the rain to come anytime or the little kambing breaks down anytime.
What: SEATRU Volunteer Program
When: 2 – 10 Sept 2006 (Slot S)
Where: Chagar Hutang, Pulau Redang
Volunteer Handbook: http://www.kustem.edu.my/seatru/volunthbk/vhbk2.htm
Volunteers’ Responsibilities: http://www.kustem.edu.my/seatru/volunthbk/vhbk2.htm#RESPONSIBILITIES
Prof. Chan Eng Heng
SEATRU Research Assistant:
Mohammad Zaini Zainal
SEATRU Village Staff:
Slot S Volunteers:
Adibi, Julita Zam, Miow Chin, Lim Pei Ling, Tiun Siew Mond, James Lau Hing Wei, Eugene Ling Chia Kwong, Keith Ling Ang Kuong, Chong Bih Iou & I
Slot S Statistic:
Species: Green Turtle (Penyu Agar)
Turtle eggs/baby turtles’ threats/predators: Fire Ants, Crabs, Hermit Crabs, Monitor Lizard
Total Landing: 8 Turtles
Total Nesting: 4 Turtles
Maximum Total Landing as at 10 Sept 2006: 42 Turtles (Slot K)
Maximum Total Nesting as at 10 Sept 2006: 24 Turtles (Slot K)
Chances of Survive of a turtle: 1/1000
General Daily Itinerary:
7.30am – 9.00am Wake up and breakfast (bread/biscuit + Milo/Nescafe)
9.00am – 12.00pm: Patrolling/Nest Check* on shift basis OR Chor-Tai-Dee/Snorkeling
12.00pm: Lunch preparation
2.00pm – 5.00pm: Patrolling/Nest Check* on shift basis OR Chor-Tai-Dee
6.30pm: Dinner preparation/Volley ball
8.00pm – 9.30pm: Dinner
9.30pm: Nite patrolling** at beach (group)
12.00am – 6.00am – Patrolling at beach on shift basis OR Sleeping
* Day time patrol: Check the nest if there is any sign of attack by the predators and record into the log book.
** Nite time patrol: Observe if there is any female turtle landing for nesting. We record the time when we see a turtle landing, also record other information like the turtle’s tag ID, body size, etc after laying eggs. Everything is done in the dark with a small pen light. No torch light is allowed at the beach, and make sure the pen light does not face to the turtle’s eyes directly.
The Nesting Process
A female green turtle normally takes about 30 minutes to crawl from the sea to the beach. Sometimes they will just return to the sea without nesting when they feel uncomfortable, but they will return in the same day or next day.
After she choosing her favorite place for nesting, she start using her front flippers to dig the hole until the hole is deep enough to cover her body, then only starts using her back flippers to dig the nest’s hole. A nest hole can as deep as 80cm. She might use about another 15-30 minutes to get the nest hole ready.
Then she lays her eggs, sized like ping pong ball, soft and round. She can lay up to 100-200 eggs per nesting. After laying eggs, she is already very tired and exhausted, we can easily hear her loud and deep breath and she has to rest for may be 45 minutes to 1 hour before return to the sea.
Turtle Eggs, like ping pong balls
When the turtle finish laying eggs, we must make sure to put in a string as the nest mark, then identify her left and right tag IDs, measure her body size, etc. When our job done, we have to leave the mother turtle alone, she will be enjoying at least 1 hour’s sand bath.
So, total nesting process is around 2-3 hours.
Excavation is a process of digging the matured nests in order to check the eggs in the nest are they hatched successfully. This is the most meaningful daily activity for the entire program. There is always a surprise in the nest, sometimes we discovered the ‘paras atas’ baby turtles who on their journey crawling up towards the surface. Once we touched their little face during digging the hole, we have to recover the hole, and left the baby alone to crawl out step by step by its own effort.
First excavation demo by Zaini
If we discovered the nest was attacked by fire ants, our SWAT team would have to rescue the entire nest by relocating all eggs. Relocation means to dig another hole for the nest of the endangered nest. This task must be carried out with extra careful, the embryo in the eggs are very sensitive, so we extract them from the original hole slowly and place them one by one into the replacement hole as it is.
For the first time I felt the baby is moving its body in the egg shell when I hold it in my palm;
For the first time I witnessed the piping baby hatched from the shell;
For the first time I felt the life is so near and so real…
It was a wonderful moment in doing this task… :)
The relocated nests were placing near our accommodation
However, when there is life there is death. We would see the death baby turtle who just dead attacked by crabs or fire ants. After empty the whole nest, we took out all the hatched shell and unhatched eggs, then measured number of hatched/predated eggs. For those unhatched eggs, we have to open them, and check the cause of the unhatched eggs. Normally they were rotten eggs.
There was once, I removed a baby who attacked badly by many fire ants from the nest, then Miow Chin help it to remove all the fire ants from its body. The baby has been suffering by the fire ants bite and struggling in the nest. Lastly we place it at a safe place and suppose to release it at night. Unfortunately it cannot survive. At the same nest, there was an unhatched egg, Zaini said this egg must be rotten and there is no life turtle inside, so I have to open it to investigate the cause of unhatched egg. Surprisingly I saw an embryo inside, I was so shock and sad, I thought I killed a baby turtle, but Zaini said, no worry, it still can survive… we brought back the unhatched egg and place it safely inside a man made nest (sand in a basin) and wait for the embryo to become mature…
Day Time Activity
Basically we were so free during the day time. Beside nest check on shift basis, lunch and dinner preparation, we were totally FREE on the island. During the free time, we either went snorkeling or chor-tai-dee, but we must make sure to return from the sea before 3pm because the female turtles might be wandering near the beach to prepare for landing.
We have arranged activities by the SEATRU too, for example we went to Up River hike on Tuesday evening, around the island and Marine Park on Wednesday whole day, Turtle Rock hide on Thursday morning, beach clean on Friday.
Lunch and dinner preparation making our life on the island became more solid.
We are so called ‘volunteer’, but in fact our mission is not too obvious and significant. So it was more like a ‘Turtle Camp’ than a ‘Volunteer Program’.
Most of the time we spent on the island was like vacation than having a mission. So make sure you come with the correct expectation.
Our responsibilities are little so as the contributions, don’t feel like it was a great mission.
The best time to go: Jun/July/August.
The Most Valuable Experience: It was a journey to witness the life. We observed the life and death of the turtles, the suffering of a mother, the struggling of a baby, the desire of survive, the fragile of a life…
Nothing is happier than observing the baby turtles successfully crawling out of the surface of the sand from 80cm deep down, and then recognize and crawling excitingly towards the sea. No matter how many obstacles along the journey from the beach to the sea, the baby turtles will overcome every challenges until their first touch to the sea water. We, as the protector, have to ascot them as much as possible to prevent the attack by the crabs on the beach. Next, each of them have to face the great challenge in the open water with their own effort...
Life is not easy,
it is so strong yet so fragile,
appreciate every life you have met…
星期一, 9月 18, 2006
For the first time i took part in these 'extreme' categories, i guess none of you have taken part before... they are 50m and 80m! When the committee announced the race categogories, i was so shock, wondering how should i run the race? By the time i start speeding, it already reaches the finishing line lo ;)
Race with other 7 compatitors in both races, so extreme... sprinting like no body business... At the end of the event, i managed to get my expected result ;) But overally my team only got Runner-up.
星期三, 9月 13, 2006
A lot of experiences to share, a lot of photos to show. Now still in the progress of compiling the post mortem report. To view the photos, please go to SEATRU photo album at here.
星期六, 8月 26, 2006
Seldom have exciting activities recently and this will be the NEXT that i have been looking forward. I'll be departing for Pulau Redang to attend the SEATRU (Sea Turtle Research Unit) volunteer program from 3-10/9/2006 to save the turtles. Be prepared to see a tanned ameba :D
Everything everywhere was so peaceful. Revisiting the place, and revisiting the dogs, the dogs that accompanied us to Gunung Cantik in last trip. They were grown big, I can’t recognize them, and they just recognized food.
We took about 1 hour to walk from the chalet to Boh Tea Farm, just enjoyed the scene and the fresh air. So refreshing…
Lastly, we visited the market to buy some fresh vege and flowers home.
Total headcount: 17
6am Departed for Cameron
10am Reached starting point and start climbing
2pm Reached summit
5.30pm Reached foothill
It rained when we reached to the summit at 2pm, we saw nothing except white. There are few junctions, you are easily get into wrong path if nobody guiding you. The trail is like that lo, just normal, not very steep except for the last 1 hour journey.
First of all, to drive from Shah Alam to Jalan Ampang isn’t nice. Traffic jam in the morning, unless you sacrifice some of your dreaming time. After working, if you want to back on time say 6pm or 7pm, forget about it cause it would take me 1.5 hrs to reach home.
Second, air pollution in KL is soooo worse. I was like working in Genting shouting loud and clear ‘mai teng lei sao…’ (casino)
Third, rain, and stuck and flood. It just happened yesterday, just like the movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, heavily rain, thunder storm, trees fall, traffic jam, train rosak… All people hide at the sheltered place and look out to the road, terrible jam and we were stuck in the city.
Forth, what can I do in the city? It rains, I can’t jog. Shopping? I hate it.
Firth, ‘sole’ ranger meaning so lonely… working alone is never as fun as working in team.
Sixth, I was disconnected from the Internet.
Working in KL is so kesian. Working life without sports somemore is getting exhausted. What to do? Either do or not do lo…
星期六, 8月 12, 2006
The journey started on 29th July (Sat) 5.30am. Chong Wah, Sheau Huei and I departed PJ before the sky turned bright. It was a starry nite, thousands of twinkle stars leading us to the north. When the sky turned bright, it was a sunny day with clear and deep blue sky, the clouds in white hanging on the sky accompanied us for the entire journey to Ipoh.
We drove from PJ to Ipoh for the mission of ‘Hunting for Food’’, reached Ipoh by 8am just to looking for dim sum, white coffee, toast and tau fu fa. Beside these delicious foods, we also got extra 2 pieces of dry-meat (summons) from MPI within 2 hours, sigh!
Next stop would be another 160km to the north, Penang. We left Ipoh at around 11am, trying to meet Wan Lin, Chee Chung, Jason and Phyllis in Penang at the same time. Arriving in USM before 1pm, collected our bib in the hall kelam-kabutly, then return to our 5 stars hostel – Guest House in USM.
It was a nice place to stay, spacious, full facilities, and the most important, it just located at above the race finishing point!
After settling down everything, our guide in Penang, Miow Chin was here and all of us ready to go for nice local food AGAIN! Guess what? Must be assam laksa, char kuey teow, chendol and ice kacang… yummy…
5pm, back to the guest house and pig!
Miow Chin, Sheau Huei and I went out to the field and look at the Penang Bridge far far away. Looked to the sky, there was an airplane and there was a rainbow. We just relaxed, sat on the rock, chit chat and observed to scenery until late evening.
Finally, Ai Ling was here at about 7+ with lots of fruits including our carbo source, banana. Miow Chin brought us for cheap and nice dinner near her where she stays. It must be chatting time after dinner, just like the elders living in the village, whole kampong gathered at the outside under the starry nite and talked about the glories in the olden days.
For us, not much topics except the outdoor activities like mountain climbing.
Woke up lazily at 4am on Sunday. Took the can of tongkat ali coffee with 2 slices of bread, that’s all about my breakfast. Toilet mission failed :(
Ai Ling still thinking what time she shall join us since she was wearing Boon Keat’s bib but running in women category. The guys started their run at 5.30am, but the women gathered inside a school and the toilet queue was so looong, before I managed to pee the run was about to start at 6.00am already.
We met up with Ai Ling again outside the school. I ran in slow and relax pace at the very beginning. Paced with Ai Ling for 2-3km, then running alone in the dark. Alone but not lonely, the sky was dark, the stars, the wind and the wave were being with me along the way. Met Rachel and Wendy on the way.
Felt fresh running in dark under windy condition. Even the sky turned bright, it wasn’t hot and I enjoyed every moment very much. I was so touch when I past by the centre of the bridge, because not all people have chance to run on the bridge to feel the greatest of the Penang Bridge.
I met with a terrible pacer after the U-turn, slowly increased my pace in order to leave him behind. When I return to the center of the bridge, surprisingly I saw Chee Chung, he was waiting there to take our photos, so nice! We paced each other for last few kms until the finishing line. I was still feeling strong after crossing the finishing line, even extra mileage wasn’t a problem for me.
It was an enjoyable run and ended with smile and satisfaction. My heart was filled by the wind, the wish and the supports from the people who were far away from me. Perhaps, these were the factors that kept me forward.
You may use 10 minutes and pay RM7 to cross the Penang Bridge by car, but I used 2 hours plus and paid RM20 of registration fee to run on the bridge. However, the ROI was intangible, because I gained lots of sweet memories with the gang.
More photo at my photo album.
星期二, 8月 01, 2006
星期二, 7月 25, 2006
Penang has a very rich culture, crowned as the "Pearl of the Orient, - a tourists' favourite. Being one of the most heavily invested States in Malaysia by foreign investors, you can find big IT names with state-of-the-art manufacturing plants locate here. (Dell, Compaq, Motorola, HP, Gateway 2000, Seagates and even your "Intel inside" CPUs most likely originate here, just to name a few).
It was officially opened by our visionary Prime Minister, Dato' Dr. Mahathir in 1985. It ranks as the longest bridge in Asia and 5th largest in the world. The Penang Bridge costs RM 800 million and took 5 years to build. Before the bridge was built, people depended upon ferry services to cross the Penang Straits.
It was messy. The enormous number of people using the ferry service was difficult to handle, numbering up to about tens of thousand at any given time. Thus, creating congestions at the ferry terminal. OLD structures at the jetty terminal could not handle this kind of load, and it collapsed. 32 people lost their lives and a thousand others injured. A Royal Enquiry was set up to investigate the cause of this tragedy. Thereafter, new guidelines and measures were imposed to ensure the safety of current users. This incident remains as one of the most horrendous tragedy in the peaceful country of Malaysia.
--Report by Mr Foo Kok Kin (The Penang Tragedy at the Jetty)
In the jetty tragedy on July 31, 1988, 32 people were killed while about 1,700 others were injured when the passenger platform of the top deck of the ferry terminal they were standing on collapsed.
星期三, 7月 19, 2006
I'm looking for someone to takeover my race registration for MMDS 2 to be held on 30th July 2006 which clashed with Penang Bridge Run. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested, perhaps you can also help me to publish or circulate this info. Thank you thank you :)
What: MMDS 2
When: 30 July 2006 (Sunday)
Where: Dataran Wawasan, Putrajaya
More info at http://www.duathlonseries.com.my/
Race Category: Women's Age Group (18-29)
Race: 10km Run / 50km Bike / 5km Run
Lelong Price: RM50 (Original registration fee RM70)
What you get: All goodies (except the certificate) and the glory of the race
Reason of selling: I'm going for Penang Bridge Run at the same day
Contact: 016-6113168 or firstname.lastname@example.org
星期一, 7月 17, 2006
When: 15th July 2006 (Saturday)
Who: Ameba, Hin Wai, Siok Bee, Wen Bing
Total Touring Time: 7:24
Total Cycling Time: 5:36:39
Total Distance: 69.75 km
Avg Speed: 12.4 km/hr
Max Speed: 47.6 km/hr
The Toughest and The Most Dangerous Route
The Longest Cycling Time with The Shortest Distance Covered
THE MOST CHALLENGING RIDE, AND WE MADE IT!!!
We have been talking for Genting Ride long time ago, and have made it on 15/07/2006. Hin Wai already completed all 3 highland rides in Pahang (Cameron, Fraser and Genting) whereas this is only my first.
I have not been cycling since the last ride to Bentong (20/05), and right after my hip ligament recovery, I immediately called Hin Wai be prepared for the Genting Ride.
We were so familiar with this route especially Hin Wai, he can cycle up to the hill with closing his eyes. But for Siok Bee, this is her first time riding here after listening for thousand times. This route remains so beautiful and relaxing. Wen Bing and I used 1:06 to climb up the 16km hill whereas Hin Wai and Siok Bee were about 10 minutes ahead of us.
I sweat so much… drank some glucose prepared earlier, energy and spirit remained high to cycle further.
All of us agreed to proceed until Gohtong Jaya, about 7km away from here. However, this path is steep, we took 1 hour for this 7km to reach to the Gohtong Jaya shop lots.
Yeah, we completed 2 hills, there is another toughest hill in front of the journey. So, is everybody ready to proceed? Hin Wai and I were so determined to take the challenge, but Siok Bee and Wen Bing just took a try. We kept mentioning to all that the way down is very dangerous, because of the down hilling + the cornering + the traffic. We have to make sure our safety, Safety Is The First!
Proceed or Return?
The distance to Genting Highland is roughly about 10km from Gohtong Jaya, Wen Bing and Siok Bee decided to give up at around 6km mark. Wen Bing’s started to have cramp at the calve muscle. Siok Bee just did not want to push too hard since she’s going for Seremban Half Marathon the next day.
Hin Wai was too far in front of me, my speed was only 6-8 km/hr, I kept pedaling until I met him at the 4.3km marking point. 4.3km mark was the first killing curve with a steep stretch. Slowly pushed my bike at the cornering, looked at the crazy steep road and rested for a while, then continue.
2.9km. It was now 2.9km away from Genting and we were in front of the Pagoda where the 2nd killing curve located. Looked at the time, damn, already 11:42am. Both of us were so tired, discussing whether to proceed or return?
At this situation the bottle neck, I thought of the mountain climbing master Mr. Makalu Gao in his Everest Expedition May 1996. He was supposed to return at 100 meters away from Everest Peak because of the bad weather. However, he insisted to continue simply because the determination and he would be regret for the whole life if he returned from here.
Proceed, and We Made It!
So, my final decision to Hin Wai was, “Proceed”.
We took 42 minutes to finish this 2.9km path and reached Genting Highland at 12.38pm.
Wohoooo… We made it, we made it! It was so cold up there!
Quickly took some pictures and heading down hill to meet Wen Bing and Siok Bee at Gohtong Jaya. Cycling down hill was another challenge to go. We did it carefully with push and ride alternately. Hin Wai always ahead of me, my rear tyre was flat at in front of Awana Resort, but Hin Wai already down hill almost reaching Gohtong Jaya.
No choice I got to change the tube myself.
I met Wen Bing and Siok Bee at Gohtong Jaya around 2.15pm, first thing to do was apologized, second was appreciated for waiting me so long :D
Without wasting any minutes further, we departed to Genting Sempah and reached HOA at about 3pm.
I brought my bike to Ah Meng shop for service and listen to his jokes after the ride. Reached home at about 5.30pm, went to sleep at 8pm until the next morning 9am. Sigh! Skipped my running time liao!
Part 1 – HOA – Genting Sempah (16km)
7:36am – Hospital Orang Asli
8:42am – Genting Sempah (Junction to Gohtong Jaya)
Part 2 – Genting Sempah – Gohtong Jaya (7km)
8:50am – Genting Highland Gate
9:50am – Gohtong Jaya (Breakfast stop)
Part 3 – Gohtong Jaya – Genting Highland (10km)
10:30am – Depart from Gohtong Jaya
11:16am – 4.6km away from GH
11:21am – 4.3km away from GH (Killing curve)
11:46am – 2.9km away from GH (Pagoda curve)
12:24pm – The Rock opposite of the Ria Apartment
12:38pm – Genting Highland
Part 4 – Genting Highland - HOA
12:45pm – Heading down
1:50pm – Rear tyre flat in front of Awana
2:15pm – Back to Gohtong Jaya
3:00pm – Back to Hospital Orang Asli
星期四, 7月 13, 2006
Since I sprain my right hip ligament during a badminton session last Monday, Dr. blacklisted me from any training, he advised me that if i want fully recover, i must not have any training for 10 days. Now 10 days is over, and i'm pretty fine, can run can jump can do anything. Therefore I hope all my frens in sports take good care of yourselves, injury free should be the first priority.
Since I'm okay now, I will slowly catch back my stamina and endurance in running for Penang Bridge Run this month end. Hope my works do not kill me slowly, and also, do not look down at 22.3km! No Train No Run!
What's next then? Genting Casino Ride
When: 15th July 2006 (Saturday)
Excuse Me??? Cyling trip to Genting via Genting Sempah start from HOA
We doubt at our stamina too, but we know our destination is Genting Highland, no matter cycle or push our bike, we will also try to reach Genting Highland.
Yes, we have not find any support car yet. Anyway SAFETY IS THE FIRST. Do not make downhill the way 'down to hell', so we will ride + push when going down to foor hill.
If you are a rider, welcome you to join us.
If you are not, welcome you to be our support car.
星期一, 7月 03, 2006
What: IIR 2006 (Ipoh International Run 2006)
When: 2nd July 2006 (Sunday)
Category: Women Open 21km
Timing: 2hr 33min 04sec
Overall Comment: Sibeh sien (I had been running alone and silently...)
What so SAD:
Got the WPR (Worst Personal Record)!
Even though I got the medal and certificate, but they were meaningless to me and I didn’t feel proud at all of getting them.
Before the race started, all runners were forced to stay in the compound but not in front the starting line, really KNS, crowded until I want to faint liao!
What so HAPPY:
My hope of run arisen again when I saw Sheau Huei and Rho Wen pacing together behind of me at about 19.5km. I was like the survival in the ocean seeing a boat heading towards me. I wave my hand happily to them, standing beside the road and welcome for their arrival :P Four of us (and another female runner from Ipoh) pacing each other side by side until the finishing line.
My eyes almost came out when I received the position card no. 25 and the officer asked me to go and collect my medal… wah lau eh… this kind of timing still can get medal ah??? And what?? No. 25??? Hey, where have all the women runners gone???
Say Li completed her first ever 10km road race in about 1hr 10min, together with her 15 years old younger brother also completed his 10km run in about 1hr 20min. Thanks Say Li & family for the shelter :D
Ah Fook kena 'con' by the driver and passengers in Sportage, changed category from 10km to 21km. Congrat! He completed his first ever 21km with good result (at least better than me la)
I ‘accidentally’ met 1 of my college mates at pasar malam, wow… so surprised!
Tasted the FAMOUS Tau Fu Fah, DELICIOIS white coffee and toast with double half boiled eggs on top, yummy yummy! But hor, we missed the tauge chicken kuei teow soup la :(
Have had a fun time travelling with the gang!
-0.3km – almost fainted in the compound
00km – Breath in the fresh air as much as I can
0.1km – Lost contact with Wan Lin (in front of me) and Rho Wen, Miow Chin & Jul (behind of me)
04km – Overtook Sheau Huei and Ah Fook
09km – Overtook by Miow Chin & Jul
12km – Overtook by Ah Fook
17km – Realized that I past by the wall that I hit in PJ Half
19km – Sibeh sien! Stop already
19.5km – Saw Sheau Huei and Rho Wen, hope arisen again!
21km – Wan Lin took our finishing photos, he was laughing at us!!!
星期五, 6月 30, 2006
星期四, 6月 29, 2006
When: 2 July 2006 (Sunday)
Where: Ipoh, Perak
Category: B, Women Open 21km
Result Forecast: Come back empty handed! Why? You see la... I don't think i can make it sub-2 lo...
- Certificates of Participation will be awarded to participants who complete 21km in 120 minutes. (The maximum number of certificate of participant that will be awarded are 1,500 for the 21km)
- Finishes medal will be awarded to participants as allocated for each category (1-100)
星期二, 6月 27, 2006
传统的Double Hill共10公里，但喜欢我行我素并惯于反传统的我选择了多走两公里，为的就是寻找花园去。熟悉Bukit Aman跑步路线的人大概都知道，位于Jalan Parlimen旁有个小花园，里边有小池塘和喷水池，但就不晓得有多少人真正停下脚步，好好欣赏池中莲呢？
星期五, 6月 23, 2006
星期二, 6月 20, 2006
This has been expected already because I already foresee the wall before the race day, anyway still came for the race with a little hope of miracle to happen. But lastly still hit the wall very nicely.
I hit the wall at last 4km, body not feeling well due to lots of gas in my gastric (not because of the 100Plus), definitely vomit at the road side if continue pushing. I totally gave up (walk more than run) when I saw the time 2:10 where I still have more than one kilometer to go.
In fact I was not alone at the last 4km, there are a lot of fellas also at the same situation with me, walk and run until the finishing line. Tey is one of them la, so we hitting the wall together gather :P But he is very optimistic about the run, still can finish the run very happily with his camera. He saw my sour face also scared liao :P
This is the first time I hit the wall, and the feeling is really terrible and horrible! Eyes kept looking for the finishing line, hope I was to finish it very shortly but in fact it is still so far away. Mind was so weak yet so strong because been demotivated but still having strong determination to complete it. At the moment I felt hopeless, I thought to go home, I just want to go home… but the desire to reach to the finishing line was much stronger. At last, i did not give up.
It was really the KNS, I can’t see the finishing arch until entered to the stadium. What? Still have to run for another 400m to finish? Damn sien! If I was the first one who arrived then I suppose to feel proud la, but now is not mah! I drank 100Plus very very much, not because of it was free, but because of I was over dehydrated very very much!
Very ‘good’ experience indeed, so next time I don’t dare to challenge my body without proper trainings, meals and rests. I always tend to forget I’m a human that will get tired, so I thought I can still do well even I have been accumulated the tiredness for couple of days prior to the race day. Wall is not nice to hit!
What a lousy PR, 2 hours 26 minutes… yiaks… no eyes see! But good also la, easy to be beaten next time! :P No worry, I have 2 half marathons in near future (Ipoh & Penang), sure will fight for a nicer PR! :D
This is my condition summary:
08km – :D Feeling great!
10km – :) Still feeling good, start trying going faster
12km – :/ Can feel the steps were getting heavier
14km - :( Going slow
17km - :(( BANG!!! HIT THE WALL!!!
21km - :P Finish...
星期三, 6月 14, 2006
Tuesday evening managed to did 9 loops at Subang Jaya Lake, may be about 9.9km gua (1:00’48) Waist almost wanted to break already, it was the drawback from the Karate sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Yes, Karate uses a lot of waist power, and the body parts usage also very much different from running/cycling/climbing, but slightly similar to Yoga, anyhow Yoga doesn’t use as much strength as Karate. I was damn tired after the 2 sessions, Monday had no energy at all to run, body ached especially the waist, I just can’t imagine how can I carry out my weekend fun like LSD or cycling next time, sure every Monday will be walking or working like a zombie…
So, no need to tell much and don’t dare to ask for performance for PJ Half this Sunday liao, anyway will still have new PR, cause this is my first PJ Half, also my first half marathon, kekekekeke…
But I really hope to finish by 2:15, at least to get a certificate than nothing.
May the force be with me, and be with you!
星期六, 6月 10, 2006
After 6 months in doing Yoga, last Thursday was the last session. The feel was a little bit different from my normal Yoga practice that day, cos I knew it has come to the end. Though my instructor told us we might have another 3-months sessions next, but I think I might not be joining anymore…
No doubt that I like Yoga very much. I like all the stretching and postures, which presented in a very graceful way. It brings me peace and harmony in every Yoga session, definitely I would have very sweet and deep sleep after each session.
For me, doing Yoga isn’t for trend, nor slimming, but for peace of mind and relaxation. I was like letting go myself and giving my soul a deep rest for moments. I feel my body, feel my breath, feel my Qi is moving around my body.
It focuses on mind concentration and physical strength at the same time. Some postures are imitating the posture animal, from there, we are actually learning from them, and learn to appreciate the Mother of Nature. Among the postures that I have learnt, here are the postures that I like the most:
1 - Sun Salutation (Salute to the sun and respect the nature)
2 – Warrior (A simple and posture, yet a graceful and powerful posture)
3 – Wheel (It is like self massaging at my back and waist)
4 – Headstand (Very impressing posture, but I haven’t make it successfully without a wall)
So, if not Yoga, so what’s next? I’ll tell you when I have decided, definitely not just go home sitting in front of television and watch movie.
星期二, 6月 06, 2006
My Master, Mr. Lim You Sie has spent a lot of times, efforts, and patients in teaching and training me to become a good Martial Artist. I was solely trained by Mr. Lim, he is as my teacher, also as my father who brought me up during my darkest period in college time, he is the one who raise my self confidence, self awareness, and lastly, self emptiness.
He is the one who taught us the philosophies of Martial Arts, ‘Kara’ (空), ‘te’ (手), ‘do’ (道), means the way of empty hand, in fact, the hidden meaning is the empty mind.
‘As solid as the mountain, as empty as the sky’ – means your step and stance were as firm as a mountain, your mind has come to the level of emptiness, your movements flow as nature as the water without hesitation.
‘空手无先手’ – means as a Karete-ka, we will never release the first strike or simply that we can never initiate a fight.
Above were just 2 examples of thousands philosophies in Karate-do, a Japanese Martial Art. The students were well trained to strengthen their physical and mental fitness. It is a perfect ground for a person to shape their personal values. In TARC dojo (training center) under the guidance of Mr. Lim, the students were taught to let go their ego, and the students were taught not to fight instead of how to fight.
About 1 year ago, Mr. Lim had a sudden severe health problem where I was almost to loss my beloved teacher. I felt so regret that I did not manage to inherit the knowledge that he has passed to me because I had been stop training for recent 1 to 2 years. The club was supported by Mr. Lim for more than 10 years or perhaps 20 years, the seniors that he had trained were gone one by one after graduation or after few years working in the business world, and I was one of them.
I received Mr. Lim’s call last week, he was asking me to come back and teach the newbies in the college. I immediately said I can’t since I have not been training for so long. He was pissed off and for the first time he shouted at me:
‘I have trained you so hard, how can you say you cannot? Once a black belt, always a black belt!’
I kept silent for seconds, felt so embarrassed and useless. I respect my teacher and hence I obey his instruction. For me, it meant once a master, always the father.
I have to go back, like a salmon fish, have to swim against the stream and back to its origin place to lay its eggs.
It is a responsibility, no matter you like it or not, you must carry out the task that has been assigned to you.
星期一, 6月 05, 2006
Where: KLCC Park
When: 3 June 2006 (Saturday)
Who: Pacemakers, Pacemakers’ friends, Penguins, OX (Turtles & Snails)
How: 4 x 2.6km team relay
OX Positions: 1st and 2nd (counting from behind)
Rocket Turtles (Thanks Say Li for the wristbands)
Turbo Snails with the nice trophy
The day is really a BIG day, it was Agung birthday + the PAR run! More than 40 runners from pacemakers network and their friends gathered at KLCC park to show the spirit of PIA and the spirit of TEAM.
Everybody had more than enough preparation for the run except for the 2 OX teams. Turtles and Snails were supposed to build the Rocket and Turbo Engine for the run, but hor, end up the Rocket and Turbo Engine cannot be up on time, so we have to carry back our good old shells :D
That’s why we sapu the last 2 positions, but nevermind la, all of us enjoyed the run and created our own PR. Turtle Head Chong Wah really is the Hope of Turtle, der fastest turtle who finished 2 laps in just 10’27’’! Say Li also had a very good improvement, her new PR of 15’47’’ now compare to last time almost 18 minutes. Phyllis the Turtle Tail, after 60km ultramarathon last week still can pia so fast, really salute her spirit of running. Me aka Turtle #3, performance so so only lo. Very the hungry that day, running without breakfast and can hear the gong sound when running, almost blackout after lap 1 leh…
You know Turtles only targeted to win Snails, we were so worry cause der Snail Captain Boon Keat and Snail #2 Joey were about 2-3 minutes ahead of us, hehehe… luckily we managed to potong vege… opps… potong snail at 3rd runner :P Pity Snail #3 Man Lee and Snail Tail Geok Wah… Potong snail wasn’t something proud actually, cause the turtles were kena potong by all like nobody business, hahahaha
2 OX teams were the noisiest one at the park, luckily we did not got caught by the guard. Even OX teams had showed the great team spirit, but still not comparable to Penguins. Cos 3 penguins accompanied the last runner for 2 laps and hands together to cross the finishing line, hahaha.. see, how sweet is the penguins!
Last but not least, must thank all other runners in the run who motivated us to run, run, and run, then pia, pia, and pia! Also, must thank the organizers and volunteers for their efforts in organizing and helping this event, very nice trophy indeed! (I like the baton made by recycle paper roll very much!)
Visit pm1's website, you will be surprise and realize what the spirit of PIA is…
Turtle Head, Chan Chong Wah: 4’50’’ / 5’36’’ (10’26’’)
Turtle #2, Toh Say Li: 7’41’’ / 8’06’’ (15’47’’)
Turtle #3, Chan Chui Miew: 6’08’’ / 6’56’’ (13’04’’)
Turtle Tail, Phyllis Kok: 6’12’’ / 6’02’’ (12’14’’)
Total = 51’31’’
Snail Head, Tan Boon Keat: 5’21’’ / 5’50’’ (11’11’’)
Snail #2, Joey Ng: 6’09’’ / 7’48’’ (13’57’’)
Snail #3, Lew Man Lee: 8’02 / 9’06’’ (17’08’’)
Snail Tail, Ng Geok Wah: 5’29’’ / 6’41’’ (12’10’’)
Total = 54’06’’
1 - 10’27’’ Chong Wah
2 - 11’11’’ Boon Keat
3 - 12’10’’ Geok Wah
4 - 12’14’’ Phyllis
5 - 13’04’’ Ameba
6 – 13’57’’ Joey
7 – 15’47’’ Say Li
8 - 17’08’’ Man Lee
More photos at Tey's photo album.
星期一, 5月 29, 2006
What: 15km run for the volunteers during NB15k
Where: Padang Merbok
Weather condition: Fantastic and just nice after the rain
Although I was running by myself (cos i was late and the runners 'flagged-off' earlier), but in fact I have a lot of companion along the route. There were many Sunday runners and I kept asking for direction on the way (cos i dunno the race route), it was more like an adventure race rather than a run, need to navigate by myself, hahaha...
Because the weather was a bit cold after the rain, the scenery was so nice, the air was so clean and fresh along the double hill route. I can still saw the mist hanging at the forest near Tunku area.
Sweat nicely after 1 hour 35 minutes run, enjoyed myself in the run cos not in racing mode, also, got the cheers from pacesetters fellas when i 'crossed' the 'finishing line' :P
Remember I mentioned the touching moment during my volunteering experience at water station? Just look at the picture below and it tells you all...
We hold the cup on our hand, ready to serve to the runners where we can see them from far. The runner also spotted us and the water in cup we hold, they opened a hand, grap the cup, and refreshed! Everthing just happened in less than 1 second. It was so touch when the runner and the volunteer was connected via the cup of water in just 0.01 second. The hand, meant HELP and SERVE more than anything!
Thanks to the volunteers in the Volunteer Run too!
星期六, 5月 27, 2006
Look at the picture, how amazing and interesting is that? They have no wings but they can fly. As freedom as a bird, touching the cold air and floating at the middle of the sky...
hahaha... have been so busy and just got connected to the Internet. A lot to share with you but still looking for pieces of time to allow me to do that. I hope I can share with you my few pedaling trips to Sg. Gabai Waterfall/Lembah Nuang and Bentong. I also want to tell you our Turtles' progress in PAR Run. I also can't wait to share the touching moment with you regarding my volunteering experience in the NB15km run...
Please forgive me for my slow pace in processing the information :)
星期一, 5月 22, 2006
星期五, 5月 19, 2006
(7:14, 6:31, 6:37, 6:45, 6:30 = 33:40)
星期四, 5月 18, 2006
I was assigned to be the bartender, opps… the water girl I mean :)
Even jaga water station also must be serious and must have skills one you know? Like pour water into paper cup, pass the cup (of cos with water la) to the runner, collect all the empty cups along the road... :D Realized that water consumption is so important to the runners especially after 5km, but may be some runners won’t stop by at the water station since the race is only 15km.
If I got time and I see you, I’ll cheer for you ;)
星期三, 5月 17, 2006
Why? I forgot my split watch la, some more, by the time I reached at Subang Jaya Lake was already about 7pm, then change la, sembang la… sun also set liao.
Then I just run in relax mode for 4 laps, total about 4km+ oni.
Felt no syiok, then went for swimming. Well, fyi, I just learned to swim ok! So… I tell you my progress, but you don’t laugh la! I just managed to do 2 laps of freestyle. Very good liao you know? I can never ever do freestyle in 2 laps one. After successfuly doing the 2 laps, then just did few laps of relax swim and go back. So I'll try again next time.
May the force be with me.
星期六, 5月 13, 2006
When: 12/5/2006, 7.20 a.m.
Where: KLCC Park
Who: Turtle #2, Turtle #3, Turtle Tail
Turtle Mission: Build the rocket fully functioning by 3rd June 2006
Rocket Building Status: WIP (20%)
From Left: Turtle #2, Turtle #3, Tutle Tail
None of us have sprinting training experience, this was our first sprinting lesson and first time running at KLCC Park. With the suggestion of Wan Lin, we followed his plan:
2 laps warm up with slow pace
1 lap with 50% force
3 laps PR
Turtle #2 running in slow and steady pace, very good for a leisure runner liao. Time for 2 laps ah? Not very sure, may be about 18-20mins.
Turtle #3 pamcit at the 3rd lap, ended up only able to do 2 laps PR, the 3rd lap was pacing with Turtle #2. Somemore Turtle #3 doesn’t know how to control her speed one, said to use 50% force for 1 lap, but ended up it was the fastest among all laps.
Turtle #3 timing:
1 x 1.3: 6’35’’
2 x 1.3: 14’06’’ (6’55’’7’11)
Turtle Tail was having almost the same timing with Turtle #3, 14 mins plus for 2 laps.
Turtle Head, you are The Hope of Turtle now.
Turtle #3 not happy with today’s rocket building progress, but veli happy to take a nap at noon for 2 hours (wow… long time I din hav nap at noon la)
KLCC Park, I’ll be back to build my rocket!
Hey Snails, quick quick start your sprinting training la, still enjoying yourself at Mt. Mulu and Mt. KK so syiok meh… :P
Turtle Head (Chong Wah), Turtle #2 (Say Li), Turtle #3 (ameba), Turtle Tail (Phyllis)
What is PAR Run?
Pacemakers’ Anniversary Run lo… This time, the 2nd one in 2006 is a relay run. OX was invited and has sent 2 teams to the ‘battle’.
More info click here.
3rd June 2006 (Saturday)
4 x 2 x 1.3km
When pm network invited us for the run, they told us no need to be so serious la, just come and run for fun only. But now ended up every team is training veli de kau lat, perhaps some are even training secretly never show their true capability. I sense the strong battle smell, hehe…
The OX teams veli worry now, the turtle and the snail sure chasing exhaustedly at the back… No choice, must put the 'engine' for teams, that’s why we have Rocket Turtle and Turbo Snail :)
Turtle Head: Chong Wah
Turtle #2: Say Li
Turtle #3: ameba
Turtle Tail: Phyllis
Snail Head: Boon Keat
Snail #2: Joey
Snail #3: Man Lee
Snail Tail: Geok Wah