星期四, 12月 28, 2006

2007 New Year Cycling Tour - Tour of Langkawi

Event: Tour of Langkawi
Activity: Cycling

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

冬至

圆圆汤圆一家团圆。
这一个情景自离家以后就不曾有过了。
冬至那一天
如果没有汤圆吃会觉得好凄凉,
如果没有人陪会觉得好孤单。
那些可以一家人
围着圆桌吃热腾腾的甜汤圆的人
是最幸福不过的。

然而
对于一个无定无家的人
根本谈不上什么幸福。

(这一年,我过了最难过的冬至)

星期六, 12月 09, 2006

永远思念

尘归尘,土归土
人走了,就是走了
我们,永远思念
我相信,她一定会勇敢上路
为Kam Meng的妹妹蔡金凤默哀。

星期二, 11月 14, 2006

Long Long Time No See 30km

Hahahah... This has been a very looooong time I did not have any 30km long distance practice. Last Sunday (12/11/2006) just completed the first 30km training for this coming Singapore Full Marathon.

Total Time: 3:26'46
Split Time:
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

千斤重、千里路

最近又回到繁忙的吉隆坡都市上班,每一早总得塞车塞到一个小时以上才能抵达办公室。而每一晚就拖着疲累的身子回家,回到家后什么也不想做,只期望洗了澡后就倒头大睡。

体重又减轻几公斤,正如朋友所说的,我连一包灰都不足。

在顾客的公司上班,为公司背上千斤重的负担走上千里路,比跑一个马拉松还要辛苦千倍。下班后卸下负担已经腰酸背痛,对于马拉松的训练实在是有心无力!

而这个星期日,既是我期待的一天,三十公里练习,到时候就知道到底我的能力保留到那里,还能去到那里了。

Gunung Irau

What: Gunung Irau (2110m)
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

悲愤以后就是平静

当我们设下目标要横越蒂蒂旺莎三大高山时,心里充满希望与期待,期待那山、那水、那风,和那重重的大背包。

到了10月21日,我们一行人不敢马虎,准时出发,到达集合点还尚早,在路旁等待4WD从天黑等到天亮,喂蚊不少。去到河边,深怕不够睡导致精神不足而上不了山,大伙儿赶紧争取时间,分秒必争拼命休息。

结果十点过去了,他们还没到。
十二点到了,填填肚子,他们还没到。
两点也过了,觉得不对劲,商议过后决得不可能上山了。我们已经被延误一天,四天里怎么也爬不过这三个山头。

悲伤欲绝
当时我悲伤欲绝,愤怒得握紧拳头一声也不出。我们有备而来却换得如此下场。 我觉得我们向在迎战,却一鼓作气,再而衰,三而竭,未开战就已经全军覆没。

愤怒
五天的长假,我从来不曾如此浪费过。这的确令所有人感到愤怒不满,在槟岛游玩那几天,只要友人一提及这件事,我就像雷霆般泄愤。

叮嘱自己不要忘记这悲愤,要好好把它记录下来供人参考这样可笑也可耻的遭遇。把悲愤藏在心里头的滋味其实不好受。

解放
回到隆后赶紧抽时间做记录,写完以后忽然觉得一切都松懈下来。之前的波涛汹涌已经转换成静河,睁开眼睛把目光放远,在平和的心境下得到解放。

这是一个过程,从悲伤欲绝,到愤怒不堪,在转变成平静。先在,笑容重现我嘴角,就让我带你去看看我们九小时等待的地方。

过去的就让它过去,悲痛如果不能被原谅就得变得善忘。我又想起了伍佰的《钢铁男子》,可是这次,我没有战胜我自己。



就是这条涓涓流水的小河,缓和和我们烦躁的心。

一行人就像煎鱼般,在断桥上睡了又醒,醒了又睡

最后,无论如何也得拍张全体照,还被人强逼一定要笑。。。

《钢铁男子》
词/曲:伍佰
--------------
擦去转身离去之後不争气的泪
灿烂笑容渗杂著汗水
真的累你看不出我的伤悲
景色还是一样的美

忘记昨日一切其实还没有准备
新的明天如何去面对
我需要安慰让悲伤的人不流泪
迎向太阳头也不回

告诉我

像个钢铁般的男子
我会藏起我所有的心事
像座坚强的山能抵挡风和雨
浓雾若散去抬起头遥望著天际
明天又是一片翠绿

像个钢铁般的男子
我会藏起我所有的心事
将我热情的心随季节而冷却
没有尽头前方的路途还遥远
就算感动也无所谓

一切都将成回忆无法抹灭的过去
会随著时间慢慢地模糊的痕迹
就让它去
或许有一天会想起
生命之中曾经战胜自己

7th Annual Mountaineering Trip: Forever Pain

It was the OX’s 7th Annual Mountaineering Trip, destination was Korbu-Goyong-Yong Belar, the Trans-Titiwangsa via Tanjung Rambutan. A team formed by 5 of us was having very high spirit and excited about the expedition which have been looking forward long time ago. However, we DID NOT make it. It was a total failure! We had been waiting for another group for more than 9 hours but the group did not turn up, we left the place and return at 3.25pm.

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.

Mistake #1:
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…

Mistake #2:
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.

Mistake #3:
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…

Gave up
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.

Lesson
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…

横越蒂蒂旺莎山脉是我许久以来的心愿,这次因为别人的小小过错而导致我们的行程被延误,是我觉得最悲伤及愤怒的。队友说我们不能怪罪他们,毕竟我们还只不过是‘投靠’别人罢了,别人也没正式与我们接洽过,况且别人也和我们一样,等那司机等了数小时啊,就看开点吧。

可是我就理直气壮反口问他:为何他们要等那没到的司机?
他说:因为他们迟到。
我再反问:‘口头上答应’,算是‘答应’吗?
他说:是的。
我说:那既然答应了却因为自身失误,算是失信吧?如果那领队稍微有些责任感,尽管他们也遭殃,也总该和我们交代吧?

她却不以为然,难道就觉得这是理所当然,因为我们在‘投靠’他们?这再一次刺痛我的伤口,狠狠的警告自己:求人不如求己。

无可否认,我的确很愤怒,因为我很在意这件事,至今,我们都不知道他们到底为何迟到,如果是人为疏忽缺乏自律而导致严重损失,在职常上她早已被开除了。

浪费时间、浪费金钱是其次,团对的士气在等待中衰退,到最后不得不接受这残酷的事实,这简直是一种心灵的煎熬。OX的历史中,第七届攀登活动,从此被填了个‘空’。

如果真要追究责任,我会誓要查出真相,非找出那个千古罪人不可。可是那又如何?要那人展台示众吗?与其弄得如此难堪,不如祝福他们,希望他们从爬山的失误中吸取教训,别重蹈覆辙,从自己开始,学习自律、坚毅、培养危机意识,再从攀登过程中学习谦卑、互相合作、互相照顾、互相尊重等。

攀登,岂是说爬山而已?那是一门很深的学问呢!
为了安抚心中的悲愤,我只能安慰自己说,守得云开见月明。好的东西,总得来不易。

请为第七届攀登活动失败默哀10秒钟。

星期五, 10月 20, 2006

Trans-Titiwangsa

7th Annual Mountaineering Trip: Trans-Titiwangsa (Korbu-Gayong-Yong Belar)
Date: 20 Oct 2006 – 25 Oct 2006 (5D4N)

The Team:
Captain Kam Meng
Members Miow Chin, Leong, Geok Wah and I



Description:
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

Long Time No See 20k

Finally started up my engine for the first long, slow, distance (LSD) run after 2 months plus on last Sunday (15 Oct) via Hartamas route.

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!

Split time:
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

Chin Woo Biathlon 2006


Haze condition

The haze condition was eased by the rain for the past two days, so I quickly went to wallap some mileage on the road :D

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

逐渐被淡忘的中秋

曾经我们年少的那个年代,提的是七彩缤纷的纸灯笼。和兄弟姐妹及花园里大班大班小朋友绕完圈圈后就回到家里点蜡烛。家里的篱笆门啊窗啊,就这样的被点上成百的小蜡烛,整间屋子就成了闪闪发光的‘黄金屋’。当然,我们总爱和邻居比较谁家蜡烛比较美。

然而那时我们总故意忽略点燃蜡烛以后的善后工作而被妈妈骂。

中学年代的时候就和大班的同学到关丹著名的直落尖不达(Teluk Cempedak)海边,在沙滩上画图案点蜡烛。从远处登去整个沙滩堆满人潮、点燃的蜡烛和纸灯笼,实在热闹极了。

然而那时我们却没想到,这是对大海的污染。

长大后中秋节就成了送礼的佳节。购买月饼送人似乎成了大多数人的责任。回家团圆也成了游子门最渴望的事。你任何时候孤单都无所谓,可是就不能是这一天,月圆花好的中秋节与孤单寂寞的人相比,简直是雪上加霜。

现在,孩子们提着‘电灯笼’,没有火烧纸灯笼,没有‘大游行’,没有‘黄金屋’。。。
可悲,可悲。

还记得意义深远的《传灯》这首歌吗?

每一条河是一则神话  从遥远的高山流向大海
每一盏灯是一脉香火  把漫长的黑夜渐渐点亮
为了大地和草原    太阳和月亮
为了生命和血缘    生命和血缘
每一条河是一则神话  每一盏灯是一脉香火
每一条河都要流下去  每一盏灯都要燃烧自己


大概大家只记得‘月亮圆,月亮圆,月亮照在我的家。。。’那么大众化且肤浅的流行歌罢了。

十五的月亮,打一成语。
什么?
灯迷呀!别告诉我你已经望了还有猜灯迷这回事哦!

‘中秋节’本来自周代以来,是迎寒祭月的节日,到了唐代发展成为祭月、赏月、玩月的喜庆团圆的盛大节日,沿袭至今。

传承中华文化,是每个中华子弟该有的责任啊!

祝大家有个快乐中秋。

参考网站: 八月桂影连灯影,人间秋夕祭月夕

星期四, 10月 05, 2006

No Jog, No Joke

Air Pollutant Index (API) past few days in PJ, KL. More info goto http://www.doe.gov.my/

3/10/2006 (Tue)

Petaling Jaya - 11am: 29, 5pm: 38
Kuala Lumpur - 11am: 25, 5pm: 51

4/10/2006 (Wed)
Petaling Jaya - 11am: 72, 5pm: 82
Kuala Lumpur - 11am: 77, 5pm: 87


5/10/2006 (Thu)
Petaling Jaya - 11am: 85, 5pm: 87
Kuala Lumpur - 11am: 91, 5pm: 94


6/10/2006 (Fri)
Petaling Jaya - 11am: 99, 5pm: 98
Kuala Lumpur - 11am: 101, 5pm: 100
Shah Alam - 11am: 127, 5pm: 128

API Indication:
0-50: Good
51-100: Moderate
101-200: Unhealthy
201-300: Very Unhealthy
>301: Hazardous


Remarks:
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

Another Turtle Conservation Centre - Ma' Daerah Turtle Sanctuary


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.

Cheers!
Life is not esy, appreciate every life... :)

Pine Tree Hill & Rotter Hill

Date: 01.10.2006 (Sunday)
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

Gunung Semangko viewed from the Rotter 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

Next Aim: Singapore Full Marathon

Just started to plan my training schedule aiming Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon to be held on 3 Dec. It is too early to set my target for this run now, so what I will do is just back to basic training to catch back my stamina and endurance.

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....

My Little 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.

Life is not easy, so please appreciate every life

My skin just peeled off last week, it is getting fairer now after 3 weeks coming back from Redang. This reminds me that I’ve yet to share my 1 week experience spent in Chagar Hutang, Redang with the SEATRU staffs, SEATRU volunteers and the turtles.

What: SEATRU Volunteer Program
When: 2 – 10 Sept 2006 (Slot S)
Where: Chagar Hutang, Pulau Redang
Fee: RM450
URL:
http://www.kustem.edu.my/seatru
Volunteer Handbook: http://www.kustem.edu.my/seatru/volunthbk/vhbk2.htm
Volunteers’ Responsibilities: http://www.kustem.edu.my/seatru/volunthbk/vhbk2.htm#RESPONSIBILITIES

SEATRU Scientist:
Prof. Chan Eng Heng

SEATRU Research Assistant:
Mohammad Zaini Zainal

SEATRU Village Staff:
Maliki
Faisal (Terry)
Karin (Gary)

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

Overall Statistic:
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
1.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm – 5.00pm: Patrolling/Nest Check* on shift basis OR Chor-Tai-Dee
5.30pm: Excavation
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.

Turtle track


Excavation
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.

Post-mortem
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…


生命
是那么的脆弱
却又那么的顽强
尊重自己的生命
也尊重世上万物的生命
即使是一草一木

星期一, 9月 18, 2006

Ke Garisan, Sedia...

My company's sports carnival just over last saturday. It have been a long time i did not hear the shout 'Ke Garisan... Sedia... Bang!'

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

SEATRU SLOT SUPERMAN 3-10/09/2006

I was back from the SEATRU Volunteer Programme, a turtle research and conservation programme at Chagar Hutang, Pulau Redang. Observed the life cycle of a turtle hatched from the egg, then went to sea and return after 20 years later to lay their eggs.

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.

The baby turtle

Day time activity, Turtle Rock Hiking

星期六, 8月 26, 2006

SEATRU



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

Back to the Nature - Boh Estate

My most interested part for the Cameron trip was the MNS’s accommodation located at BOH Estate. It was a freezing and starry night at the place surrounded by tea plants.

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.

Gunung Swettenham (1961m)

When: 18 Aug 2006 (Saturday)
Total headcount: 17

The Journey:
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.

Kam Meng was giving breifing before starting

The peak of Swettenham
Raining at the summit



Isolated...

I have been transferred to work at customer site in KL for weeks. My customer site is just beside the KLCC Park. Before moving there, I was thinking it might be good news since I can always walk for few steps to the park and jog, but things did not turn up to be that ideal.

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 Most Enjoyable Run

I owe you a detail report for Penang Bridge Run. Yes, now here you go! The memory of the trip and the run was too good, even though I do not note it down, it will not be forgotten easily.

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.

Cheers!
More photo at my photo album
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星期二, 8月 01, 2006

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2006


When: 30 July 2006 (Sunday)
Where: Penang Bridge
Race Category: Half Marathon, 22.3km

Result: 2:22.45


Overall Comment: I LOVE MY RUN!

星期二, 7月 25, 2006

THE PENANG BRIDGE

THE PENANG BRIDGE is a 13.5 km long bridge stretching from Seberang Prai on the mainland to Gelugor on the island, this is one of many architectural wonder in Malaysia and was officially opened in September 1988, offering a beautiful view of the open sea, ships and a sprawling coastline.

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)


Remark:
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

MMDS II Registration for Lelong

Dear all my outdoor/sporting frens,

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 :)

Cheers!

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 chui_miew@yahoo.com

星期一, 7月 17, 2006

Tour de Genting Highland

What: Cycling to Genting Highland via Genting Sempah from Hospital Orang Asli
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

General Comment:
The Toughest and The Most Dangerous Route
The Longest Cycling Time with The Shortest Distance Covered
THE MOST CHALLENGING RIDE, AND WE MADE IT!!!

后记:
不甘心,因为‘不甘心’三个字而奋进。
在2.9公里处,心里十分明白当时的状况,放弃的话就功亏一篑并得从头来过;继续的话成功就在眼前。我们的目标很清楚,只要往上踏,必能抵达终点。但是在身体疲累不已时,就得靠毅力来决定成败,同伴的支持与鼓励,就是那股最大的推动力!

云顶高原之行并不能与圣母峰之行做比较,但是身心挑战仍然存在。如果那天我们放弃而撤退,那么就必须重来,而重来,又是个无定数,既然此时此刻已经身在此处,就差那么一点点,为何要放弃?我终于明白当时高铭和前辈的抉择。


His/Her-story
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.

Genting Sempah
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.

Gohtong Jaya
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?

Everest Expedition
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.

Post Ride
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!

Itinerary:
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

Ameba Returns

After 10 days of rest, my hip ligament is fully recovered now, and I'm back to the road for running and cycling.

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

Expectation:
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.

Cheers!

星期五, 7月 07, 2006

休息是为了走更长的路

当我什么运动都不能做时
我只能安慰自己说
休息是为了走更长的路。

星期一, 7月 03, 2006

和寂寞在跑步

What: IIR 2006 (Ipoh International Run 2006)
When: 2nd July 2006 (Sunday)
Where: Ipoh
Category: Women Open 21km
Timing: 2hr 33min 04sec
Placing: 25th
Overall Comment: Sibeh sien (I had been running alone and silently...)

What so SAD:
1-
Got the WPR (Worst Personal Record)!

2-
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.

3 –
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:
1 –
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???

2 -
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

3 -
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)

4 –
I ‘accidentally’ met 1 of my college mates at pasar malam, wow… so surprised!

5 -
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 :(

6 -
Have had a fun time travelling with the gang!

Summary:
-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!!!


路途那么遥远
就这么一个人
静静地往前跑
告诉自己要坚强
没人陪伴不要紧
没人鼓励不要紧
就算晕倒也不要紧
再煎熬也得把路走完
反正我并不孤单
路上有寂寞在作伴
我和寂寞在跑步

星期五, 6月 30, 2006

Rest in Peace

So sorry to hear this news, 13 dogs shot dead in the owner's house.
No matter who's fault is that, the dogs are innocent.

Read the full details from all other local newspaper:
Sin Chew . Guang Ming . The Star . NST

星期四, 6月 29, 2006

Ipoh International Run 2006 Forecast

What: Ipoh International Run 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

停下脚步看莲去!

星期天有个漂亮的早晨。相约了友人Phyllis去做20公里慢跑,如常来到熟悉的Bukit Aman停车场,往着熟悉的Hartamas路线跑去。才开始了两公里,就感觉双脚疲累,Phyllis已经远远把我抛在后头了。我拼命猛追,赶上她后对她说,我不行了,你跑吧,我在停车场等你!然后我就回到自己的步伐,慢慢地一步一步朝着自己的方向跑去。我就在一个Bukit Tunku的转弯处拐了进去,进入了Double Hill路线。所谓勉强没幸福,我也不想出师为捷身先死,必须学会忍耐并保持最佳状态,待下星期的怡保半马才尽心尽力。

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?

跑步的人啊就有一种习惯,就是死命的跑,跑越快越好,越早达到终点越好,往往也因而忽略了一路上的风景。多少次我经过此处?但多少次我真正看见池中的莲?直到那个漂亮的早晨,随性的跑,放慢步伐,停下脚步就看见了莲!

池塘不大,莲花不多,但起码,它们是繁忙闹市中的一片清凉。
而你,曾经经过这儿多少次?又是否看见了莲呢?我们的脚步,是否快得忽略了身旁极为靠近自己却又不曾在乎的人与物呢?

星期天的早晨,该是美好的。

星期五, 6月 23, 2006

雨中8.8公里

又是一个雨夜
在湖畔跑了一圈又一圈
人烟越来越稀少
雨滴越来越大点
天色越来越昏暗
而我,双脚还是继续不断绕着湖畔跑
脚步随着雨点加大而加快
冰冷雨水一滴一滴打在脸上
渗透了全身
流进了心湖

不知道为何湖面那么脆弱
微风掠过
就激起一波一波的涟漪

微风再次掠过
在我耳边悄悄告诉我说

不不
那不是叫脆弱
而是叫柔情
风和湖
在起舞呢!

星期二, 6月 20, 2006

The Wall – I See, Therefore I Hit

Due to heavy workload and lack of long distance run training recently, I failed to complete the half marathon at PJ Half Marathon 2006 (18th June 2006). Why I say fail? Because the Certificate of Completion only giving to runners completed in 2 hours 15 minutes, whereas my timing was 2:26:03. Since they categorized like that, so those who cannot get the certificate means cannot complete lo…

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

PJ Half Preparation

Rainy Sunday has spoiled my plan for the PJ Half preparation la, felt so sad and disappointed. My last longest distance run was 15km nia, the volunteer run on 28/5, then 10.4km on last Friday @KLCC… no more :(

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

Yoga Session Has Came To the End


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

一日为师,终身为父

It was 1999. My first step stepping into TAR College led me to the world of Martial Arts. From the day I started my first lesson in Shito-Ryu Karate-do, every single drop of my blood, every single breath, every single step, every single movement of my hand was actually filled by the spirit of Martial Arts.

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.

每一个人
背后总隐藏着某种责任
不管你发现了没
慢慢地会有到来的那一天

有时
除了担当责任
还要背负使命
路还得走下去

你可以如同拆翼天使
选择不了了之
也可以如狼如虎
选择挺起胸膛
脚踏实地的往前走

一日为师终身为父
现代的武者
也承传了古代日本武术的精神
尊敬师父并遵从师父的指示
有如向师父鞠躬时不用双眼提防
就算师父一剑挥下
也必须似死如归

星期一, 6月 05, 2006

PAR run ~ The spirit of PIA

What: der_pacemakers Anniversary Run II
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)


The Ham Kar Fook

Rocket Turtles (Thanks Say Li for the wristbands)

Turbo Snails with the nice trophy

The day:
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!)

The Result:
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’’

OX Ranking:
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

OX Rocket Turtle ~ Turtles Can Fly


Can't wait for the PAR Run liao...
Definately we cannot fight with all PMs already, so the only team that we can think of to compete with is Turbo Snail.... for not to get the LAST.... hahaha

Volunteer Run

When: 28th May 2006 (Sunday), 7am
What: 15km run for the volunteers during NB15k
Where: Padang Merbok
Weather condition: Fantastic and just nice after the rain

My condition:
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

They have no wings but they can fly


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

1st Anniversary of blueameba.blogspot.com


It is the 1st Anniversary of blueameba.blogspot.com.
Looking back,
the joy, the fun and the challenges,
the tears, scars and the sweats,
all were past and became history,
now,
I keep moving forward,
as well as you,
to create an exciting and excellent history for tomorrow.
May the force be with me,
and be with you!

星期五, 5月 19, 2006

So Near yet So Far

It wasn’t a too far from my office to Subang Jaya Lake actually, but when I was on my way to there, I caught in the jam as it was the office off time. I can feel the lake, it was just few miles in front, but I can’t reach it… I felt that how useless am I, even we were just few miles apart, but it took me a long time to reach…

就如泰戈尔的世界上最遥远的距离
不是生与死
而是我就站在你面前
你却不知道我爱你

在这湖畔可以看见漂亮的日落景色,红光反映在闪亮的湖面。
心情因此放松,放松得如湖面一样平静。
湖畔旁种了大棵大棵的圣诞树,如果夜里有萤火虫,一定是漂亮极了!

如果在这儿晨跑,更加一级棒呢!
不管需要多少时间来到这湖畔,我一样会耐心的一步一步向前进,一点一点把距离缩短。

这一天来得也稍晚了,只能作五圈,但也心满意足。反正这总比在跑步机上看电视机跑一个小时来得好啊!

(7:14, 6:31, 6:37, 6:45, 6:30 = 33:40)

远方?何处是远方?

岁月不留人,有些事情不容稍等。
想做、有能力去做,就勇敢去做。

生命无悔。

远方?何处是远方?

WHM Overview
WHM (UK)
WHM (NZ)

星期四, 5月 18, 2006

NB15, a volunteer instead!

I am not taking part in the NB15k run this Sunday, but will be a volunteer instead. First time I be the volunteer in road race, so can see people running, can be the supporter, can cheer the runners too… but this cheer leader won’t be wearing sexy attire standing beside the road la :P

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

See, the ameba is swimming!

Yesterday was not a running day.
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

OX Rocket Turtle

What: PAR Run Training
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

Turtles conditions:
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


Remarks:
Turtle Head (Chong Wah), Turtle #2 (Say Li), Turtle #3 (ameba), Turtle Tail (Phyllis)

PAR Run OX Teams

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.


When?
3rd June 2006 (Saturday)

Where:
KLCC Park

How?
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 :)

Rocket Turtle
Turtle Head: Chong Wah
Turtle #2: Say Li
Turtle #3: ameba
Turtle Tail: Phyllis

Turbo Snail
Snail Head: Boon Keat
Snail #2: Joey
Snail #3: Man Lee
Snail Tail: Geok Wah