Have fun, get faster & get fitter – KL Possible Run 2017

Not all runs require you to push to your next PR. Some runs are just for fun! Whether you have little ones or just want turn family members onto the joys of running. This race, KL Possible Run is the ultimate family affair. Bring the entire family and join us for this race. It will be held on Saturday, 11 March at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur with 2 categories :- 10 km (6.45am) and 3 km (7.00am)

For a running parent, there are few things more exciting than the day your child wants to start running. But remember, it’s all about them having fun!

I will be participating in KL Possible Run and will be running with my hubby and my two younger children, Amisha and Avinash for the 3 km family fun run. Come and join us! But remember, when you are out there with your child, remember these few golden rules:-

  1. KEEP IT FUN :- they should always run with a smile on their face
  2. BE REALISTIC ABOUT THEIR ABILITIES :- don’t go on a route far beyond what they can do
  3. DON’T FORCE THE PACE :- let your child dictate the speed and follow their lead
  4. SHOW OFF LOCAL SCENERY :- let your child appreciate the beautiful outdoors as part of their running

Keep it fun! Let the kids lead, let them be silly or run funny, whatever they need to do to keep it fun! No pace goals, no set time. Just pure running fun. That hopefully will get your child for a lifetime love of running.

Make the impossible……POSSIBLE!

For more information please log in at http://www.myraceonline.com to register now!

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CNY Food review @ Blossom Palace D’Tempat Country Club

People often advice me to eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess, and dinner like a pauper but when it comes to today’s food review at Blossom Palace Chinese Restaurant at D’Tempat Country Club, Bandar Sri Sendayan, it’s the best excuse to feast to my heart’s content.

With Chinese New Year just around the conner, it is time to plan ahead and make your reservations for reunion lunches and dinners. The Year of The Rooster begins on 28 Janauary. This year and if you are looking for an innovative and inventive Chinese menu done with great flair…A hidden gem in Seremban- Blossom Palace Chinese Restaurant would be the perfect venue!

Some of you might ask,what is in the menu? All set of the menus will include dishes associated with prosperity, luck, success,love and wealth which are the characteristics commonly associated with the Fire Rooster.

dsc_0003Step aside “the traditional” Yee Sang as Han’ei means “Prosperity” prepared by Chef Fauzi’s special combination yee sang of seaweed, perserved jelly fish and baby octopus, fresh salmon and tuna, assorted vegetables of carrots, cucumber and white radish steams it’s way to your table! Let your taste buds explore the fundamental flavours of spicy, sour,sweet and salty. The menu isn’t particularly adventurous but extensive.Most importantly the cooking leaves a really deep impression. It is one of the most unique and tastiest yee sang I’ve ever come across.Hmmm…the type of ingredients are not what you normally find in traditional Yee Sang is awesome, the salmon, tuna and baby octopus lends a splendid texture that leaves me wanting for more.

The Mini Treasure Bowl

dsc_0032Symbolising abundance and good fortune- Is a real auspicious treat. It’s premium range of fresh seafood and ingredients such as abalone,sea cucumber and fish maw….Enjoy till the fullest here. A delicious way of enjoying the dish and the Chef comes simply creative! Simply deliciously done!

Dried Scallops Shark’s Fin Soup

Chinese soup is almost a must in every chinese restaurant, which is always a pleasure to have for it. It must be the technique of preparing the soup by the Chef, as I sipped the thick soup in all richness to the last bit. The soup was made to perfection and it’s everything a traditional soup should be.

Home-style Steamed Grouper

While we like the steamed fish taste on it’s own, the overall taste of the dish taken together was significantly masked by the ginger and spices. The thick stock blended well and the credit goes to the firm yet chewy texture of the yumm-li-cious grouper. The added zest and aroma in the fish made it more palatable than a plain steamed one.

Two Variety Prawns

It was not difficult for all our attention to be arrested when this platter was served, which we spotted the huge prawns, cooked in two different ways, best to have without any sauce for me as this is the best way for me to appreciate the taste of the meal. Every mouthful of the prawns in complete with the aromatic belnd and rest assured that you will definitely fall in love with it! A lip- smackingly good dish!

Signature glutinous rice

We always end a typical Chinese meal with some carbs, and since it is CNY, rice symbolises a link between heaven and men of fertility and wealth for the New Year. At Blossom Palace Chinese Restaurant, they have prepared a signature glutinous rice. The rice well seasoned and accompanied by the well seasoned, executed cod fillet, you can pinch a small portion of “chili padi”………and you will find yourself asking for more.

Delicacies and Dessert

And the best way to end off an already awesome meal with a bang? Done to a sweetness way to end off a good real thus far. Soft texture and melt-in-your-mouth almost instantly! A thumb’s up.

Will I return again?

With so much to offer, it is no wonder how satisfied I was after this session. Call now and make your reservations which I am sure you will leave feeling impressed after a meal @ Blossom Palace Chinese Restaurant. Time to pamper your folks,family and friends for a good meal this new year!

Overall, The Chinese New Year feast @ Blossom Palace Chinese Restaurant didn’t miss any mark not did it spring any surprises. Dishes here didn’t deviate far from it’s traditional form and flavour. You can expect quality and consistency and thus be assured that your traditional CNY feast here won’t be a disappointment.

From 27 January until 11 February 2017

Prosperity Menus from RM888++ per table of 10 persons

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact 06-7922688 or visit http://www.dtempat.com

Twincity Marathon- Race Review

First thing is first……What a beautiful day for a half marathon! Congratulations to everyone out there who gave it their all today! I hope everyone had a great experience!

Last year 2016, has been filled with many runs and my 1st half marathon, of course….Maybe it’s because I just can’t say no or maybe because I am slightly crazy, but last sunday- marked my second half marathon The Twincity Marathon in Cyberjaya-Putrajaya. This is a great race for beginners and experienced runners alike. It really is a nice course to run. I know I’ll be back to this run again! It is definitely a race you should experience at least once. I would do this race every year if I could.

The organisers did a good job with registration and race pack collection. It was held at D’ pulze for 3 days. On the first day, a slight technical error happened however, it was rectified ASAP, then it was smooth onawards. The volunteers always know what they are doing at this race which is nice. KUDOS to all of them!

Sunday morning, after a sleepless night..as always my alarm rang at 3.03am….ehem…lucky number- wanted to do a PB for sub-3 (LOL) anyway, we arrived at 4.50am because we were afraid the traffic is usually pretty heavy. There were already lots of cars coming in but we ended up getting a great parking spot, quite near to the start/finish area. The RELA and volunteers did an awesome job with the car parks and traffic control. There were lots of runners socializing as we walked around to see the start area. The race start area was very organized, and you really need to be, with a race of this size. Hubby and I did our race ritual- porta porties. The facilities was plenty. No issues on queues or long lines. Very sufficient. After that, we were led by a cool team of Zumba dancers for the warm up zumba session. Fuh Yoh! I really enjoyed it….I was wide awake and I think my muscles were jumping for joy too! The zumba session lasted for 15 minutes after that we got into our corral. It was a pretty packed corral as I believe many runners are always shooting for a sub 2 hour half marathon.

fb_img_1484565876009.jpgThe flagged off was on time, though we could barely hear the emcee due to the speakers however, with all the hype and excitement-the runners just wanted to start the run…..The weather was nice for running. Then at 5.30am sharp we were flagged off! The corral typically goes out pretty fast and then people start to somewhat seperate. A much thinner crowd, by the time I hit the 2 km marker.

The course also had tons of volunteers handing out water and energy drinks. I did enjoy the course. You are never alone during the race as there are always people of the same pace no matter what your pace is…

On to my race…..well the half marathon continues to be my nemesis and I do not know why….The plan was…hmmmm……I actually had NO PLAN! Just to complete and finish the race..LOL..with this being a nice flat course…turns out a positive attitude goes a long way! I just kept reminding myself to relax my shoulders, I smiled and had fun with the ups and downs…the hills not the emotions..LOL

A nice little surprise awaited the runners at the 16 km, Nasi Lemak! Glorious…yummylious…..”Nasi Lemak Anak Dara” was served at the stop. Many runners made a pit stop to reload. Seriously, it was a cool and awesome sight to see during a marathon race.

The last 3 km was a struggle! The route was tougher in the second half of the race, but I was able to negotiate those pretty okie. The morning was cool but a little humid so the plentiful sponges were really helpful.

The organisers did a tremendous awesome job with the traffic control and marshaling! The runners safety were their top priority and that was really great! Thank you dear organisers! The start and finish were efficiently handled!

On a more positive note, I was so touched by all the cheers from passing runners..it made me feel awesome even though I was struggling! I appreciate each and every one of them and I am truly sorry I did not cheer back, I did in spirit..! But I was very focused on keeping one foot in front of the other. I hope you enjoyed my pain-“sakit” face! Ha ha ha!

I was hoping for a better time today and possibly even a PB. We are runners and we expect more of ourselves after all that is why we do it and that is what fuels the fire to keep training. So needless to say this has only fueled my fire more and I will be back to training to hit my running goals as I am not content with my current  PBs and not ready to throw in the towel!

So whether you had an AWESOME day ( I heard of a lot of amazing PBs today at the Twincity Marathon today!!) or not so awesome day, I hope you can learn from it! That is the amazing thing about running, there is always something to learn and grow from!

Running season is here…..BRING IT ON! until next time onwards and upwards!

Thank you Twincity Marathon! YOU ROCK!! Woot woot!

Run! Chrisy! Run!

It happens to every single runner there-sometimes you just lose your motivation to run!

You start a training plan and you are excited to hit every pace/mile/step perfectly. You set goals and know that you will do anything you possibly can to hit that goal. But then somewhere along the way you lose motivation (a little or a lot) and it is harder to get out for your run (but you do it anyways because runners are strong like that!)

YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Even the most ambitious or professional runners among us are confronted with situations in which they feel unmotivated. In fact, they might struggle daily-just like you and me!

But then, they somehow manage to break through the negative spiral, get up and start running anyways. If they can do it then there must be a way for you and me to do it as well! I’ve been in your position! Felt the same hopelessness and lack of motivation, but I learned how to effectively break free from it..

How?? Well…..Hmmmmm….VIRTUAL RACES! I join virtual races to boost my running motivation. Sign up, lace up and run….and once I have completed my virtual run…..goodies awaits me…like medals, Running Tee, bags, goodies etc…

So, this morning, I ran 10km and completed my 1st Virtual Run for the year 2017, The Unicorn Virtual Run!

The Unicorn is a lagendary creature that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a large pointed spiraling horn protecting from his forehead. It also symbolises strenght and excellence. While I was running this morning, on my mind and in my thoughts were R.Kelly’s song; I believe I can Fly. Since it is a unicorn virtual run- this song just kept popping in my head….RUN CHRISY RUN! FLY! CHRISY! FLY!

It means you should really believe in yourself and you can do anything you want to achieve your goals! I am not a fast runner, I run because I can-It is a reminder to me, that nothing is impossible and that you can do all things if you just believe in yourself and most of all Have fun! Lots of fun doing it!

So, remember..when you are about to hit that wall, go sign up for a virtual run/race! Lace up and run….it’s worth it and it is fun! Log on now to sign up for the Unicorn Virtual Run at http://beestorm.com.my/unicorn

New Year! New You!

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It’s a brand new year! Happy New Year 2017!

Running is boring! It’s hard. It hurts. It’s lonely. And it doesn’t give you immediate results…That’s my inner voice speaking….LOL

While we don’t think any of these are necessarily good excuses (or altogether true!), we don’t understand it’s not always love at first run for anyone who ever decides to lace up and hit the pavement.

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Whether you’re a total beginner intimidated to take those first steps or you’ve recently taken a wrong turn straight into a running rut, I am here to help you get moving in the right direction. Let me share some tips for finding fun on the run.

1.Forget the past

Whatever feelings or fears you associate with running-leave them in your dust! Being a runner isn’t about speed or skill; it is a mindset.Whether you run a 4-minute mile or a 15-minute mile, all it takes is a pair of shoes and the desire to get out the door!

2.Set a goal

Establishing a goal for each run ( even if it’s just to not walk!) creates benchmarks of your progress and a sense of accomplisment. I used the lamp post when I was getting started, each time I ran, I told myself to make it to “one more pole”. Eventually, you might find yourself setting even crazier goals.

3. Buddy up

Yes, it can be isolating to run alone, but there’s plenty of road to share. Find a friend, catch up while running and the miles will fly by as you chat! Studies have shown ‘ couples who run together, stay together’…..LOL

4. Discover the road not taken

If you ate the same food for lunch everyday, you’d inevitably get bored, and it’s the same with running. Running is the best way to see new spots and explore somewhere new on foot!

5. Race. Race. Race.

Pick out an upcoming race and actually pay the registration fee. Paying cold hard cash for something makes it harder to slack off on your training. With so many events to choose- from colorful fun runs to muddy races to marathons- most runners, just like me, getting into the race environment can be incredibly motivating and inspiring!

fb_img_1483590258485.jpgMaybe running isn’t for everyone, but you won’t know until you try- and these are some ways to at least have fun while doing so. When you’re getting started, the fight is as much mental as it is physical. You want running to be fun, right? I assure you, it’s not going to be. But once you can find the mental strenght to push through the initial tough ones, the runs that follow will truly be a blast!

And for my first run for 2017- see you there at the Twincity marathon on the 15th January at Cyberjaya. I will be attempting my 2nd 21 KM half marathon. Woot woot!