Aroma Asiatique @ Royale Chulan, Seremban

Ramadan is almost here. After all, a whole day of fasting deserves a good hearty Ramadan buffet to replenish your reserves for the next day. Even the non-Muslim community would find the delicious array of Royale Chulan, Seremban’s buffet at such delicious price too. It sure beats the heat at Ramadan Bazaars and there is no need to brave the traffic jams during the ‘buka puasa’ rush. Simply park, relax and enjoy at Royale Chulan, Seremban.

This year, Royale Chulan, Seremban offers guests with extravagant iftar fest. It is a good way for strengthening ties and to share the bliss of the holy month. Beginning with the sighting of the new moon, Royale Chulan, Seremban will bring guests to dine and experience with an enchanting ambiance.

Hotel’s culinary experts have created special culinary delights for its patrons for the entire month of Ramadan. Guests will indulge in the delicacies that have been prepared to commemorate this very special month.

This Ramadan buffet extravaganza showcase over 100 different dishes from freshly prepared salads and kerabu, soups, hot dishes as well as tantalizing desserts, a variety of thirst quencher beverages and action-cooking stall dishes to choose from and savour your favourite Ramadan delights.

Culinary choices range from ‘kambing golek’, GEarbox soup, gulai daging salai, ‘ikan bakar’, Ayam Goreng Kampung and a wide assortment of desserts and ‘kuih-muih’ to tempt every palate.

The Ramadan buffet welcomes guests to experience sunset meal after fasting within comfortable and relaxed settings. It’s the perfect place for breaking fast with family and friends without breaking the bank.

Royale Chulan, Seremban’s selections are enough to whet any appetite.

To avoid disappointment,  call Ramadan hotline at 06-766 6666 ext 6120/6103 or email info@royalechulan-seremban.com

 

 

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The Score Run 2019 Conquer the City Race Review

I could not have gone another step, but on Saturday I ran across the finish line of the SCORE Night Run’s Half Marathon, my first run for 2019. My legs shaky, my feet numb, I did it. And everything hurt. Turns out, 21.1 kilometres is far and the journey to that elusive finish was a mental and physical test unlike anything I’d ever endured.

This is a spectacularly well run event. Running in Putrajaya is among the best routes in the city. With 15,000 runners, the start was crowded, but the course is open. There are rolling hills, amazing beauty along the course and a grand finish with an instant race results on the spot! You really can’t ask for more from an event. I highly recommend this event to any experienced or beginner runner.

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I felt a real mix of emotions: nerves, excitement and a real sense of disbelief. However, I’m a firm believer that you should take every opportunity offered to you, and the chance to run the SCORE Night half marathon was too good an opportunity to miss.

The 42KM flagged off was at 8pm. Right after that, the 21KM runners were asked to standby in the pen. While waiting for flag off, we were all entertained by a 20 minute cultural performance. It was really nice and traditional however, as a runner I would have preferred a warm up session before the race instead of a cultural performance. After all, our running tee says RUN-DER-FUL, ehem, not culture-ful. Somehow, along the 21KM half marathon, there were a lot of runners injured due to muscle cramps, hamstrings injuries etc. Therefore, I would highly recommend a warm up session before the race.

We arrived early, so we managed to get a good and safe parking spot, quite near to the starting point. Alright, let’s begin with a quick rundowns of the PROs:

  • It was a ‘night run’. It had a totally different feel than a morning race would have, which I enjoyed it.
  • It was a nice feeling to be running in Putrajaya “Conquer the City”-Run the Night
  • The crowd was overwhelming
  • Water stations were plenty
  • Porta-porties were sufficient

At 8.40pm, the horn goes off and 13 000 runners shuffled in life! A stunning diversity of masses bouncing around for position. This is a funny time where you are not really sure who is in front of you and who is behind. The theme for SCORE RUN- Conquer the city, “Dear runners, conquer the city-not conquer the streets, however I do wish that runners would practice proper etiquette while running, overtaking, talking or spitting.”

The next 5KM, I actually got a decent pace going, I overtook a few runners. The organisers did a good job, roads and routes were well condone, marshals were on standby and traffic police were placed at every traffic lights and junctions.

6KM-10KM

This is the best, such a beautiful night, the weather was great and this pace feels so easy. Life is so amazing, enjoyed the sounds of pounding feet on the streets and the breeze felt so good! Luckily, once my body got used the rapidly occurring climbs and descents, my breathing got more regular, and I kept the “paced run” mentality in the back of my mind. During the up hills I tried to climb, and during the down hills I just tried to let gravity do its work. On the straightaways, I pushed myself like it was a paced run: relentless, forward motion, one step at a time.

12KM-15KM

Right about now, my lower legs felt fatigue. There were very gradual rolling hills throughout the course that kept things more interesting than challenging. ~ 15 KM but I didn’t find it to be bad. It was short and not too steep but the placement can make it challenging. That being said, I developed sharp pains in my right hip flexor and knee right after the hill. The last mile is deceptive because there are a lot of loops and turns. You think that the end will be around the next turn – the good news is that this eventually does come true. Ohhhhhh, and then the route led us to twilight zone..Seriously, we ran into a very dark tunnel . As I was running, I was imagining that Valak was behind of me, chasing me, trying to give me the push for motivation to speed up….but it didn’t work. I was more freaked out by the darkness and afraid of getting hit by cars at this point rather than being chased by Valak!

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Then suddenly I felt something shifted in my body. If you have ever heard a runner talk about “hitting the wall” or “bonking”, that was exactly what happened. My body just quit on me. Then, I had no choice, I had to switched gears in my brain. The run now is all about mental challenge! I got this! I am not going to stop! Just keep going! I can do this! I can! I will! I run because I can…

I stopped at the hydration station, only to get a cup full of ice cubes, I had to wait for the volunteers to pour water into the cup. After that, I pushed on. I managed to keep going but in a bit of a painful blur. I saw many runners stopped for medic assistance as well as massages and first aid. assistance.

I am not quite certain how it works, but it always amazes me how the body can do things on race day that you really didn’t think it’s possible!

Then I saw a sign – 3 KM to go! With sweat dripping every part of the body, fatigue increasing. I really started to struggled with my breathing, sounds like making excuses, it sort of is…LOL. But wait….what? Another loop?? OMG! This was a challenge! By this time, most of the runners were just walking towards the finish line. This has got to be a real mental challenge to complete this race! Sometimes, race day is a funny thing! Most runners aren’t competing for first place. They are competing against themselves, either for a better personal time or simply to finish! Life is similar. While it may look like a race against each other, the only real competition is yourself!

After the hydration station, I tried to remind myself I only had 2KM left to do and my hubby-aka ‘Sole” mate would be waiting for me at the finish line with his camera. I do 5KM everyday, no sweat…….but that didn’t really work. I was already super tired and my feet hurt. But I kept at it. I gave in and walked some more. I walked about 1.5KM maybe a bit more. I wanted to be able to run to the finish as I was trying to preserve some energy. And then I saw it, in the distance………the end! It looked SO.FAR.AWAY. I can do this! I turned my head to the right and there I saw my hubby with the camera lens focused on me!

JUST GO! FINISH! And finish, I did! I threw my hands up in the air, like I just don’t care. However, after crossing the finishing line, we were asked to queue up for medal, water and results. Then, we had to walked about 200-300 metres more to collect the finisher Tee. I got my awesome medal and my finisher-Tee and my legs felt like dead. But I just ran a half marathon. For someone who running does not come easy, I was (am) unbelievably proud of myself!

It’s hard to explain the feeling unless you have also accomplished something you felt was impossible. It doesn’t have to be a half marathon. We all have dreams and goals! And each one of those takes steps to complete them. The message here is that you can do anything you want to do if you want it bad enough. Just take the steps to do it and don’t give up. Yes, it may be difficult but the most valuable things are usually the hardest to obtain. You can do it. If I can do it, anybody can!

The SCORE MARATHON 2019 and countdown…

Driven by their unyielding mission to inspire a healthier lifestyle for all, SCORE returns to shake up the local running event with their annual landscape with their annual signature running event. Now that the event is half-a-decade old, Malaysia’s biggest one-stop sports and fitness event organiser is taking off its training wheels and debuting their first ever full-length marathon!  This year’s theme is none than “conquer together”, a nod to the runners who’ve grown together alongside the event since its inception. I am very honoured and truly blessed to have been part of this prestige event since it was first held.

Introducing the official payment partner for SCORE Marathon 2019, UNIONPAY. Also on board the SCORE Marathon 2019, the bronze sponsor, FUTURO.

So what to do you do, a few days before the big race???

The last few days before your big running race, and your fate is sealed.

The day before a race may be a stressful time for some runners—especially those participating in their first long distance event. The pre-race advice that runners should follow: Don’t dramatically change your regular routine the day before the race. Runners should maintain their daily routine the day immediately before the race, considering only a few modifications.

Here are 10 useful tips why you should arrive early to race venue and you should start with the SCORE MARATHON this weekend.

Reasons why its considered a good practice to arrive early to race venues:

1. To have a good warmup ahead of flag off

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2.Easier to find parking spaces

 

3.Porta -porti time…..To have ample time to avoid toilet queues to clear your bowel

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4.Wishing fellow runners good morning will make you and others feel good.

5.Plenty of time to catch a quick nap(wink) if needed.

6.Collect race kit(where necessary)

7.Have a pre-tour of exhibition booths, event backdrop, trophies so that you know what to expect after your run finishes

8.You generally will feel more relaxed if arrive early.

9.Take a few group selfies(if you wish to)

10.And finally, for elite runners, a chance to view who are their fellow competitors in and around the starting line.

A big shout out to all sponsors and a very special thanks goes to Captain Lee for the tips, advise and guidance.  

All in all, the Feel Good Factor will be there if you arrive early for your event!

SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND AT THE SCORE MARATHON 2019!

Zumba- Dance with Compassion @ Pro A3 Fitness

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Many of you have heard or have come across, Run for a cause, but this time, it’s Dance for a cause! With the theme “Dance with compassion”, for the first time ever in Negeri Sembilan, these 10 amazing and flawsome dance fitness instructors will be under one roof, coming together as one to dance for a cause. I strongly believe that this event is designed to bring people together, everybody and everybody for one purpose, charity!

Because of his honest approach to cancer, the comic book character,  Deadpool has become my unexpected hero. Before he morphs into the mutant Deadpool, he is Wade Wilson, a young man, happily living life, in love with a beautiful woman, until he is given the horrible diagnosis of terminal cancer that has invaded most of his vital organs. His girlfriend is quick to take the battle stance, telling him, “I love you, Wade Wilson. We can fight this.” But Wade knows the truth. “You’re right. Cancer’s only in my liver, lungs, prostate, and brain. All things I can live without,” he sagely responds to her battle call.

In this understandable attempt to sugar coat cancer, the patients and their family’s pain and lasting scars are continuously minimized. If only cancer were always so easily beatable, simply a romantic faint on a hot Victorian afternoon, after which the swooning lady is carried to a chaise and revived with the scent of freshly-brewed tea. Cancer does not make sense. It happens and it is hard, even if the patient survives. Treatment leaves lasting scars, and the trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment often leaves survivors and their families with an undeniable case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, financial burden, and depression.

No one should fight cancer alone – this 90 minute ZUMBA event invites people of all walks of life to join in the fight and dance alongside with Kak Rosie and those who are impacted by cancer.  In some ways, this is a special event to me, as I believe in this fight against cancer.

Tickets are on sale for only RM30 and all proceeds will strictly go to charity. The event venue is sponsored by Pro A3 Fitness Studio, No. 76, The Plazo, S2 Heights, Seremban Two. Come in RED theme and there will be lucky draws for grabs too. For more information you can contact Ms Julie at 012 2866717.

 

SEASON FESTIVITIES AT VE HOTEL & RESIDENCE WITH “RAMADAN BERSAMA CITARASA BONDA”

 

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VE Hotel & Residence invites you on a flavourful heritage journey this Ramadan with their buka puasa buffet dinner themed “Ramadan Bersama Citarasa Bonda” at The Straits Estate. Inspired by Malaysia’s straits heritage and rich melting pot of cultures, this year’s fast-breaking feast aims to delight palates with an impressive selection of traditional and local favourites in a myriad of rich flavours. The dining experience at the hotel is further enhance with the relaxing ambience of the indoor and al fresco dining areas overlooking the hotel’s garden and water feature.

On the spotlight, inspired by the talented chefs that features signature dishes which includes Asam Pedas (Spicy Tamarind Fish), Kari Ayam Kapitan (Kapitan Curry Chicken), Portuguese Lamb, Siakap Teochew (Teochew Sea Bass), Daging Kerutuk (Beef Kerutuk), Gulai Umbut Pisang (Banana Stem Curry), Chicken Pongteh, Madras Lamb Masala, Beef Tauchu, Lamb Roghanjosh, and Chicken and Apricot Tajine.

Besides the spotlight dishes, select from various live stalls which features delightful appetizers such as Onde-Onde (Glutinous rice balls filled with palm sugar and Coated with Shredded Coconut), Pie Tee (Sweet and Spicy Crispy Tart Filled with Vegetables and Prawns), Keria Gula Melaka (Sweet Potato Doughnuts Slicked with Smoky Palm Sugar), Cakoi (Chinese Fried Cruller), Otak-Otak Daun Nipah (Grilled Fish cake), Popiah (Crispy rolled tart with vegetable fillings).

Indulge on your taste-buds with an array of luscious desserts featuring Sago Gula Melaka (Sago Pudding with Palm Sugar), Bubur Kacang Hijau with Durian (Mung Beans Porridge with Coconut Milk and Durian), Bubur Gandum Jagung (Wheat Porridge with Coconut Milk and Corn), Ice Kacang with Condiments, Dodol (Sweet Palm Sugar Toffee), Kurma (Dates), Assorted Local Seasonal Fruits, Assorted Malay Kuih, and Traditional Cookies.

The buffet is available from 6 May 2019 till 4 June 2019 from 6.30pm till 10.30pm and it is priced at RM108nett per person. Enjoy more family gatherings and happy moments with your loved ones as VE offers 50% off the normal rates for senior citizens and children. Early bird vouchers are available from now till 26 April 2019 for those who wants to make an advanced booking with a great value at RM88nett per adult and 44 nett per child. With warm hearts during Ramadan, VE Hotel & Residence is raising a charity by giving away free Bubur Lambuk (Spiced Congee) with a minimum donation amount of RM3.00 to help children that are in need.

For reservations or enquiries, please call +603 2246 2888 or email to dine@vehotel.com.

VE Hotel & Residence is located in the heart of Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur’s dynamic commercial and lifestyle hub, and within easy reach of KL Sentral, the city’s main LRT/MRT transit centre. It enjoys convenient access to Kuala Lumpur City Centre and other major commercial districts, and just minutes away from Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur’s largest retail and entertainment destination. VE offers modern day travellers comfort, convenience, accessibility and a hassle free stay. Boasting 432 chic, modern hotel rooms and well serviced residence with a comprehensive range of amenities. VE brings a stylish accommodation, vibrant social venues, impressive meeting facilities, all-day dining restaurant, The Straits Estate, and a classy bar by the pool, Veranda Bar & Lounge together for an exceptional destination.

Cardio…HIIT…..TABATA?? What’s that?

To cardio or not to cardio?

When it comes to working out, longer isn’t always better.

Wait, what?

Believe it or not, there is quite a bit of (comforting) research supporting shorter, more intense workouts—for both performance and health benefits.

I had the opportunity to attend a cardio training with coach Zul at the Royale Chulan Hotel, Seremban and it was an amazing session. There were beginners as well as professionals combined during our workout session.

Coach Zul gave us an hour cardio workout and it is one of the best ways to get fit quick – not just looking fit, but feeling fit, as well. It’s a great workout for burning fat, boosting endurance, toning up all over and building explosive speed and strength. If you’re looking to get or stay lean, cardio workouts should show up in your routine between 1-3 times a week, depending on your goals, training intensity and fitness level, or how quickly you recover in between sweat sessions.

Cardio workout is a fat burning powerhouse; the short intervals ask you to push yourself much harder than you would be able to if you were doing longer duration bouts of movement. Because it only lasts 20 seconds each time, you’re basically seeking out discomfort in the form of a pace that is not sustainable for much more than that short interval.

This unsustainable, intense burst of energy output revs up the metabolism because the body does not instantly return to the normal rate of expenditure. Instead, it slowly normalizes itself over the next hours and sometime even days (depending on the intensity of the workout). While it’s returning to normal, you get the benefit of burning calories at a higher rate than normal – even while you’re just sitting around. It’s a great example of working smarter, instead of harder, though no one is about to argue that HIIT is not difficult.

My lower body was so thoroughly sore after this workout! Definitely sore in the glutes, inner and outer thighs, quads and hamstrings. It really pushed me and though I struggled my way through the workout, I still felt really great by the time it was all over. Thank you, Miss Sofiah for the invitation. I will be back for more, if given the opportunity!

Shamrock Run 2019 Race Review

I  love doing fun runs. It keeps it a little more interesting than just putting one foot in front of the other with no element of “fun” between the starting line and finish line. Well, at least they are supposed to.

Thank you Shamrock Run 2019 for making our family fun run absolutely spectacular! Saturday, 30th March was a gorgeous day, we couldn’t asked for better weather. All who participated, whether it was by running, walking, volunteering, cheering, fundraising made the event a success and a ton of fun!

We had over 1000 participants in the 10km and 5km run. We had a warm up Zumba session by Eva followed by the Malaysian and Irish National Anthem before the race was flagged off.

The race was a loop around University Islam Antarabangsa. Lots of rolling hills which my quads did not love! But I loved how different it was, running with my children. We finished the race strong! This race was strictly a ‘fun’ race so no clocks, chips or stop watches were involved, as always it’s nice to run by feet and solely for FUN!

At the finishing line, we were given our medals. (Unique medal- this year), grabbed a bottle of water and a sandwich sponsored by O’ Brien and a banana and went up to the stadium seats and watched everyone else come in. The positive vibes, radiating from the crowds were unbelievable! It was so cool to see so many people of different demographics coming together to run and support each other in a totally no-competitive environment. 

Volunteers and photographers (my hubby was one of them) stood on the side-lines cheering and clicking our strides away. I gave high fives to some of my runner friends, quite enjoying every moment of the run. The water stations were well-managed, eager volunteers were always ready with cups in the hands, waiting for the runners to grab the drinks from them.

I have nothing but amazing things to say about the Shamrock Run 2019. The course was excellent! A mixture of flat roads and yes, the hills. Ehem, they were alive…..lol. The support from friends and spectators was amazing. The staff and volunteers were beyond amazing and awesome. Water stations/Isotonic were well organised and plenty. Markers and signages were well placed. The organiser did a good job with traffic control and marshalling. Runners safety were their priority, good job to each and everyone of you for actually being out there running, walking or crawling- YOU ALL DID AWESOME!

It was so nice to care more about our quality time, family bonding time instead of keeping pace throughout the race.

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