Thursday, 26 December 2013

2013 Rewind: My 2013 Running Badge


Here are the list of runs I participated throughout the year of 2013.

21K (Half Marathon)

  • 2XU Compression Run Half Marathon 2013 (Singapore)
  • BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2013 (Putrajaya)

18.95K

  • ReebokΔONE Challenge 18.95K 2013 (Putrajaya)

10K

  • Rock To Rock Run 2013 (By Hard Rock Hotel Penang)
  • Big Splash Mizuno Wave Run 2013 (Singapore)
  • Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Adidas King Of The Road (KOTR) Malaysia 2013 (Selangor)
  • 37th National Milo Marathon Manila Finals 2013 (Philippines)
  • Nike We Run 2013 Series: BAJAK JKT 10K 2013 (Indonesia)

8K
  • 2XU Compression Run Malaysia 2013 (Kuala Lumpur)

5K (Fun Run)


  • Standard Chartered Fun Run 2013 (Putrajaya)
  • Larian Kitar Semula 2013 (Kuala Lumpur)
  • The Pink Charity Run 2013 (Selangor)
  • Neon Invasion Fun Run 2013 5K (Philippines)


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Movies: Nuffnang Premiere Screening of 47 Ronin


Title: 47 Ronin

Genre:  Action | Adventure | Fantasy


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

47 Ronin is a 2013 American fantasy action film depicting a fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenge the murder of their master (stories, plays and other dramatic performances of the 47 Ronin story are commonly referred to as Chushingura in Japan).

Summary
The outcast Kai (Reeves) joins a group of ronin, led by Kuranosuke Oishi (Sanada), who seeks vengeance on Lord Kira (Asano) for killing their master and banishing the group. The ronin embark on a journey with challenges that would defeat most warriors.



Movie Recommendation: ★★★★★ (5/5)


Thank you Nuffnang MY!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Running: Nike We Run Jakarta 2013 (Indonesia) #BAJAKJKT2013


Nike We Run: #BAJAKJKT 10K 2013
A week after running in the Milo Marathon National Finals in Manila, I had to flew myself to Indonesia for Nike Run in Jakarta. Jakarta was the final stage of the Nike We Run series for 2013. Registered myself earlier when it was mentioned on the Nike Indonesia Facebook page at Rp. 200.000. This was my first time running in Jakarta city, Indonesia after several times of visit. Contacted my Indonesian friend, Surya to register as a running buddy there. 

About
Nike’s We Run series will continue its momentum by celebrating, motivating and inspiring athletes around the world with races in 26 cities this fall starting in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday, Aug. 31. More than 350,000 anticipated runners will take over 3 billion strides during the course of the WE Run race series. 


Race Details
Date: 15 December 2013 (Sunday)
Time: 6.30am
Venue: Stadion Gelora Bung Karno Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia

Runner's Entitlement
  • Exclusive Nike We Run T-Shirt
  • D-Tag (Chrono Track Timing Chip)
  • Nike sports drink bottle
  • Nike We Run Finisher Tee

Running Day
Since Indonesia time was 1 hour late from Malaysia, I had lot of time for carbo-loading, rest and sleep the night before. Reached Stadion Gelora Bung Karno Senayan at 6am. It was easy to navigate around the event area as there were clear signages as per event area map shared via email and hard copy in the race pack earlier. I was given a numbered wrist tag when I dropped my bag at the baggage deposit area.

Getting ready for Bajak JKT
Baggage deposit area
Baggage wrist tag
Friendly volunteers at the baggage deposit area


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Running: 37th National Milo Marathon Manila Finals 2013 (Philippines)



I successfully completed a 10K run in the Philippines for the first time. Registered myself at the MILO Philippines website 2 months earlier. Credit card payment facility was available for participants payment convenience. However, I had to arranged for a separate session for my race pack collection.



Big thanks to Abbie and Buboy from RunRio for assisting me with my race pack the day before the race.


Race Details
Date: 8 December 2013 (Sunday)
Venue: SM Mall of Asia

Check out their official website for more info: 
http://ww1.nestle.com.ph/milo/marathon/

Runner's Entitlement



Reebok singlet are only limited to 42km, 21km and 10km participants.


Running Route

Running Day
Reached the event area 40 minutes earlier. Found my way to the baggage deposit area before heading towards the starting line. It was a bit hard for me to navigate myself in the event venue at first, but race officials and local participants were there to give directions. 

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Running: 2XU Compression Run 2014 (Singapore)

Standing Out From The Crowd

Photo courtesy of Running Shots

Signed up for 2XU Compression Run 2014 to be held on March next year. This will be my 2nd time running in the same event at half-marathon (21KM) distance.



Race Details
Date: 2 March 2013 (Sunday)
Venue: Nicoll Highway, Singapore

Categories
  • 42.195KM Full Marathon
  • 21.1KM Half Marathon
  • 10KM Competitive

Runner's Entitlement


Note: Cutting of 2014 singlet is the same as 2012 & 2013

Original 2XU Dryfit Run Singlet worth $49.90
Exclusive 2XU Finisher Medal

  • Limited Edition 2XU Running Socks
  • Limited Edition 2XU Visor
  • Limited Edition 2XU Compression Shorts

*Participants of 42.195KM Full Marathon and 21.1KM Half Marathon will receive a Finisher Tee.



Running Day (Updated on 6 March 2014)
Left my hotel 40 minutes earlier for a short walk to the starting line, located at Republic Avenue near to Nicoll Highway. Lot of runners were seen heading towards the same direction at that time, hence no problem navigating to the start area.

Participants were seen heading to the venue
Participants were seen heading to the venue

LED signages at the starting line entrance with category and entrance time.




Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Running: Neon Invasion Fun Run 2013 5K (Philippines)

5 Laps, 4 Eras, 3 Djs, 2 Bands, 1 Party

Counting days for my Manila, Philippines weekend gateway trip. I came across an interesting fun run event on the same weekend --- Neon Invasion Fun Run 2013 5K --- The first ever Neon Fun Run in The Philippines.


I never had the experience running in this type of event so I sent an email to the organisor if the registration is still open and applicable for foreign participants. Good news! Registration is still open until the 5 December 2013.

About
This event is less about speed and more about enjoying a night of neon lights and neon glow body paint under LED and black lights with friends and family (THIS IS NOT A RAVE). 

Each course is designed to light up the night with several UV black light glow zones, upbeat dance music of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and current top hits and amped runners who are dressed up and ready to party. Although it is a 5k run and everybody can run as hard as they’d like, most just want to light-it-up, have a good time, and dance their way to the finish.

The fun doesn’t end there because the after run celebration near the finish line is the best part of the Neon fun run – New Wave Party for a Cause

Race Details
Date: 7 December 2013, Saturday
Time: 7.00 am (Assembly Time) / Flag Off: 7.30 am
Venue: Quezon City, Manila Philippines

Runner's Entitlement
Special rate of Php 480.00
  • Neon Fun run glow shirt
  • Glow pack
  • Race route
  • Race Bib
  • Party pass

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Travel: Phuket FantaSea Review (Thailand)

Joined my company team building which was held in Phuket recently. One of its itinerary was to visit the famous Phuket FantaSea located near Kathu, 30 minutes away from Patong.

About
Phuket FantaSea is the world's first Thai cultural theme park - entertainment park that presents Thai Culture and Tradition as its main theme.

Ticket Price
  • For show with buffet dinner, THB 2,200 per adult, THB 2,000 per child.
  • For show only, THB 1,800 per adult, THB 1,800 per child.
  • For buffet dinner only, THB 900 per adult, THB 700 per child.
  • All ticket types also include admission to the park and admission to Tiger Jungle Adventure.


 





Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Running: 2XU Compression Run Malaysia 2013 (Kuala Lumpur)

Signed up for 2XU Compression Run Malaysia 2013 earlier during Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 race pack collection day. Managed to get the early bird registration fee with a RM10 discount.



Race Details
Date: 3 November 2013 (Sunday)
Venue: Padang Merbok

Runner's Entitlement

  • Runner's Entitlement (Type A)Original 2XU Dryfit Run Singlet worth MYR 120Exclusive 2XU Finisher Medal
  • Runner's Entitlement (Type B)Original 2XU Dryfit Run Singlet worth MYR 120Original 2XU Compression Calf GuardExclusive 2XU Finisher Medal
  • Runner's Entitlement (Type C)Original 2XU Dryfit Run Singlet worth MYR 120Original 2XU Compression ShortsExclusive 2XU Finisher Medal



The running vest is similar with the Singapore version. However the organisor made changes for the female vest color from original blue to pink. Signed up for the 8KM Men's Competitive this time. Running buddies Farrah and Yen Yen participated in the same category.

Read about the 2XU Compression Half-Marathon 2013, Singapore here:

http://xeon204.blogspot.com/2013/04/21km-scene-at-marina-bay-sands-singapore.html

Running Day
It was a rainy morning. Hence I decided to take the Putra LRT from home to Masjid Jamek. The 8KM category was flagged at 7am. Reached Padang Merbok 7 minutes later after a fast jog from the LRT station. Left my baggage at the baggage counter and head towards the starting line. Think I was the last person to cross the starting line.

Since I was at the last position in my category, I had to fast run to catch the other runners. Managed to be in the running group at KM1+ just before the U-turn area. Bumped with Yen Yen at KM4. Farrah was way far ahead.

Distance markers were seen at every KM. Water station provides normal water. Not sure if there was any isotonic drinks though. Was re-filling my water bottle with plain water. Medical team was seen at every water station.

The running route was challenging. Padang Merbok consist of 3 major hills. So running uphill was already expected. Elevation up to 93m. Check out the route elevation graph at the bottom.


Monday, 28 October 2013

Running: Rockin' Rock to Rock Run 2013 (Penang)



Running In The Name Of Rock!
It was a good 10.2KM run along Batu Ferringhi yesterday. As Batu Ferringhi is located at the beach area in Penang, this running event allows participants to enjoy the scenic beach and sea view in the area. Signed-up for this run alone this round.

About Rock to Rock Run 2013
Race Entry Pack Collection
As per arrangement by the organisor, outstation participants were allowed to collect their race pack the day before the race too. I managed to collect mine at Hard Rock Hotel office. The staffs and the security officers were very helpful. The running tee design was awesome. Still got my own size as selected earlier during registration even for late-collection. Comfortable material by Brooks. Kudos to Hard Rock Hotel Penang!


Running Day
Reached Hard Rock Hotel at 6am. Parking area was available but at a first-come-first-serve basis. Luckily found parking 300 metres away from Hard Rock Hotel. 

Head straight for registration and was given a yellow band. On-site runners registration was mentioned in the race guide.

The 10.2km category was flagged at 7am. It was a straight forward run without any turns until KM4 at the round-about. Distance markers were seen at every 2KM. Water station and medical were only available at KM5 after doing a U-turn at the checkpoint. Luckily I was wearing my water bottle belt for own hydration. Received the 2nd wrist band in red at KM5 checkpoint too.




Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Running: Adidas King Of The Road (KOTR) Malaysia 2013 (Selangor)

Just hours after completing the BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2013 in the Half-Marathon (21KM) category, I rushed back home for a quick meal and short nap for the next running event I signed up --- Adidas King Of The Road (KOTR) Malaysia 2013.

Race Details
Date : 20 October 2013 (Sunday)
Venue: NPE Highway, Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya

Runner's Entitlement

- Adidas KOTR Running Vest
- Race Number Bib with RFID
- Finisher Medal for ALL finishers

Registered for the 10KM category together with my younger brother +Shafwan Wahab and his special friend. Had to wear my young sister's S Ray PINK running vest due to the vest size fitting. Adidas happen to provide a larger cutting size different from the measurement shared to participants during registration. My selected S INFRARED was way too big for me. I preferred last year's KOTR vest more.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Running: Quit At Never At BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2013 (Putrajaya)

Completed my 3rd half-marathon (21KM) at BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2013 last Saturday. The running event was held at Dataran Putrajaya, WP Putrajaya. This run was my HM anniversary since I started my first HM at the same event last year.

This time I ran with my young brother +Shafwan Wahab, but without the usual Teh Tarik Runners, Irhash and Sharizal. However, I met some hometown Sabahan friends running in the same category.

Race Details

Date : 19 October 2013 (Saturday)
Categories Distance: 42KM, 21KM, 10KM and 5KM

Runner's Entitlement

- Exclusive Brook's Running Singlet
- Race Number Bib with RFID
- Finisher Medal for ALL finishers
- Finisher Tee for HM and FM


Running Day
Weather was just fine during flag off time. Water stations offers water and wet sponge. There was also one banana station for runners after the 10KM mark. Had to make 2 toilet emergency stops during my whole 21KM run. The route was modified a bit differently from the previous year.

Pictures taken with my iPhone5 without flash.



Water station
Full stock of banana