Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Travel: Radioman Heritage Hostel (Sarawak)

Looking for a budget, friendly and convenient place to stay in Kuching city?

Why not try the Radioman Heritage Hostel?
Situated in the heart of Kuching City, across the road from the famous Kuching waterfront, The Radioman Heritage Hostel offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in a location, which makes the most of your visit. The Radioman lies along Wayang Street, at the heart of Kuching’s historical quarter. Its perfect location next to Chinatown (Carpenter Street) offers an exciting mix of culture, dining, nightlife and shopping experience.

Offering cozy and clean beds, The Radioman is a warm and friendly hostel that welcomes the backpackers all around the world. Make yourself at home in one of the fully air-conditioned rooms/dorms featuring reading lights and electrical sockets. You can relax in the chill out room; complete with comfy sofa, or catch up with friends or family over the internet. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is provided to keep you connected. 

Tours can also be booked at the reception, so don't be afraid to ask.

Hostel Outdoor
Hostel Entrance
Hostel Living Area
Room Area

Running: Kuching Marathon 2015 (Sarawak)

Photo Courtesy of SeanWorld of Marathon


My first time running in the Kuching Marathon recently on 16 August 2015 held at Padang Merdeka, Kuching, Sarawak. Took part in the Half Marathon category at an early bird fee RM70 with runner"s entitlements such as finisher medal, race vest and also finisher tee.

Flew in to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur for a 1:30 hours travel time few days earlier. A large number of runners friends who flew in the same weekend from Kuala Lumpur and Sabah.

Once arrived, a runners welcome banner was seen at the Kuching International Airport arrival hall. Easy to spot other Kuching Marathon runners as everyone were taking photos there. Took the RM26 coupon taxi ride to my booked accommodation which was located less than 500 metres away from the event venue.
Race Pack Collection Day
The REPC was held at Plaza Merdeka, a shopping mall located just in front of the event venue, Padang Merdeka. Quite a long queue as early at 11am. REPC was somewhat fast with friendly volunteers at the counter. Felt like a runners parade there with  a lot of familiar faces in the running / marathon scene from all over the country. Regrouped with KKNER members Coach Jason, Donna, Erin, JLO, CheguCarol and others for quick meal afterwards.

Race Kit
Had some leisure time in Kuching city with runner friends until race day.


Leisure with Running Friends
Photo Courtesy of Azmi GME
Photo Courtesy of Danny
Race Day
Reached the starting line 40 minutes prior to the HM flag off time at 5:0 0am. The FM category was flagged earlier at 3:00 am. Met KKNER Donna, Gwen, Ally and some runner friends from KL like Elite Runner Mizan and Ken Lee before our flag off.

Running Friends
Running Friends
The race route was basically flat with minor elevation. Started my run at a slower 7" pace up till KM2 due to my first time running in Kuching city. There were some section within the race route which was pitch-black dark at the first few KMs. However, traffic marshals were seen with their flash-lights.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Giveaway: Reebok Spartan Sprint Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)



Race Details
Date        : October 10, 2015
Distance  : 6+km and 22+ obstacles. 
Venue      : Super Epic Spartan Kuala Lumpur (TBA)

Official Website: http://spartanrace.my/

Be a part of the first ever Reebok Spartan Race Kuala Lumpur competitive Elite Heats! The top 3 fastest male and female Elite racers will win top cash prizes and a phenomenal Spartan Race trophy.

Registration for the Kuala Lumpur Sprint is now open. This race is open to individuals aged 14 and above.



A Spartan Race is not your average race! While you are certainly familiar with everyday run-of-the-mill running races, the Spartan Race is like their adventurous, adrenaline-junkie friend who thrives on excitement.

Not only will you be running, climbing, and crawling across unknown terrain, but you’ll also get to splash through mud, tackle many unique and challenging obstacles, test your overall strength, balance, mental tenacity and endurance, and finish with a fiery leap of victory!

It’s probably one of the most exciting, invigorating and thrilling ways you can choose to spend your weekend.


Participants Entitlements
Each racer will receive the coveted official Spartan Race Finishers T-shirt and race medal upon crossing the finish line.

Obstacles
There are many obstacles that will confront you on your path to Spartan victory. These obstacles often strike fear into the hearts of many that do battle with the course for the first time. Take the rope climb, for example.

If you don’t have the upper body or know how to employ hook holds with your feet, it may be 30 burpees for you.


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Running: ASEAN Unity Run 2015 (Kuala Lumpur)



27 days after moving back to Kota Kinabalu, I am back in Kuala Lumpur city for another race event at my least favourite training ground, Padang Merbok held on the 9 August 2015.

The ASEAN Unity Run 2015 had open its registration last 2 months during Ramadhan month. Registered myself for the 10K category at RM53 (Early Bird) with running vest, bib and lucky draw entitlements. My race pack collection was helped by my running partner a week prior to race day. Running vest and finisher medal had been shared thru its Facebook page few weeks earlier.


Race Day
Decided to drive to Padang Merbok as early at 5.00 am. Parking was at first come first serve basis. A short walk from Lake Garden to the race venue. Regroup with my running partner, Shaz Niza as we bumped onto celebrity runner, Omar Shuib at the baggage deposit tent.


Running Friends
The start area for 21K and 10K for ASEAN Unity Run 2015 was 50 metres away from the 5K category along the hilly road. Started my 10K race together with my lady pacer on our basic 6" pace. Bumped onto MY365Runner friends, Murni and Botak at KM2.5. Nice to see turtlena in the same race too.

Felt that the first water station was a bit far from the usual or maybe because I was too thirsty. Water stations had mineral water and 100Plus. Good job to volunteers for the smooth and fast work. The route selection was great, slightly different from the usual 10K route from previous race events there.




Successfully crossed the finishing line at 1:07 hours (Nett Time). Not my personal best but standard timing for my 10K distance. Collected my finisher medal at the finishing line with a bottle of water and a bananna. No finisher photos this round due to no photographer at the finishing line. Hang around the finishing line area while meeting running friends from MY365Runners Tinie, Khairul, Zhaff and many others.

Finisher Medal

Monday, 3 August 2015

Running: La Salle / Sacred Heart Charity Run 2015 (Sabah)

Here's an update on my recent experience running as an participant at the La Salle / Sacred Heart Charity Run 2015 held 2 August 2015 at my very own beloved hometown, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Since I am 'home' for a long break, had to look for local race event to prep myself for my future marathons and also to catch up with long lost friends and to make new ones. As at date, I have signed up for a few including TMBT 2015 and Save the Bornean Elephant Charity Run 2015.


Successfully signed up for La Salle / Sacred Heart Charity Run 2015 online via EventBrite portal early June 2015 at RM64.49 (inclusive GST). Manual walk-in registration was also available at Performance Sportz, Likas. Participants will receive a dry-fit running tee with BIB during its race pack collection a week prior to race day. Race pack collection was fast. No timing chip but was fine since this was a charity race. Met running friend, Miranda who was handling my race pack collection there.


Race Day
Reached the race venue 40 minutes before flag off at SM La Salle, Tanjung Aru. Parking was ample but on first come first serve basis. Decided to park at SK Stella Maris instead which was 100 metres away.  Met running friends from KK No Excuse Runners (KKNER), Jason, Donna, JLO, Caroline and others at the school main entrance. Met few familiar faces there too like Jeffrey with Jocelyn and Rachel.

Running Friends
Flag off was at 6.00 am running towards Tanjung Aru beach area. The race route was a little congested up to KM3 as only one lane was closed (with safety cones) for runners usage. The initial race route should be along the sand beach within that section. However, changes were made for safety reason due to weather.

There were two water stations along the race route with 100 Plus and mineral water. Runners received a checkpoint rubber band at both water stations. Medical volunteers (PBSM) were seen there too. There were traffic marshals with bicycles on duty.


Race Route