Monday, January 2, 2012

Good Feeling

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

It's the start of the New Year.. I truly hope and wish that 2012 brings a lot of great moments, an abundance of everything wonderful -- health, wealth, love, joy, peace, laughter, happiness, contentment and blessings from God.

I feel GOOD about this year. It's this feeling that I have.

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Perhaps, I'm still feeling the high of having completed a lot of last year's resolutions and I just hope it carries on into this year. I've written down all my wishes, plans and dreams for this year and we'll see if I can keep up with them.

Time to focus on more positive stuff, leave the negative energy and forces behind and so, to kick off the New Year and the first Music Monday pick for this year, here's Flo-Rida with Good Feeling. Enjoy!!

Oh and it's time to break out dancing spidey. He's been on a break for far too long! :)

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

My 2011 Revisited

January - There's no better way than welcoming the New Year in your PJs, right?


Celebrating with my mom, sister and kids with fellow residents of USJ 19, Rhythm Avenue.
2011 started off as the year my son started school! A very proud moment for me, because it's a sign that not only did I survive raising my son, but he survived me being his mom! LOL!

Buddy's first day of school! 
February - Flew back to KK to help plan my brother's wedding as well as attend my dear friends' wedding! They both looked gorgeous that night.. and to see them finally get married after a long 14-year courtship, it just made me feel over the moon for them! :)


March - My older brother's wedding.. I barely had any sleep helping them plan this wedding and I was glad everything went well. For weeks, I couldn't stop watching their wedding video.. it was beautiful..  but what I loved most of all, is that I gained a new sister to join the family! Welcome to the family, Dahlia! :)









April - Allie had a minor accident. She split her chin open and needed stitches that cost more than constructing a new chin. *rolls eyes*



Mom and Seri came down for a visit to celebrate Buddy's 7th birthday. First time the whole family spent the day in Sunway Lagoon! Then off we went to Canoodling at Bangsar Village 2 upon the birthday boy's request.


May - My birthday month! I don't know why, but we ended up at Canoodling, again! LOL! I guess we just enjoy it there.. food is good and cheap! Kids are occupied with drawing the whole time... what's not to like?



June - I managed to score some invites to behind-the-scenes and Gala Premiere of Magical Musicals.. which I thoroughly enjoyed. Met up with Isaac and Caroline for the first time! Always a wonderful plus, to meet new friends. ;)


July - The month Harry Potter released the final film. My childhood has officially ended!! :( :( :(  Thank God I scored premiere passes!


In July, I helped out my sister plan her big 3-0 birthday in Bali.. and as a gift, I went all the way to KLCC to go to Nigel Barker's book signing. My sister is a big fan but since she was in Bali, she couldn't make it. And guess what? I managed to make my way into Nigel Barker's blog post. Try and spot me. ;)




August - Hari Raya Aidilfitri! After a month of fasting, the family and I returned back to KK to celebrate Hari Raya with the family!




September - We decided to move out from our place and find a bigger house since the kids were getting bigger. I also cut my hair out of boredom because I'm stupid impulsive like that. But I like changing my hair up because I can't bear to wear the same style for long.


October - Allie turned 4! We celebrated her birthday at Chilli's @ Citta Mall. Nothing major. Just us. Mom came a couple of days later and all we did was cook and cook and cook. In fact, I feel like making my meatloaf for New Year.




November - After months of training, finally managed to run my first 10km run! I'm pleased that I managed to strike down one of my New Year's resolution -- Join a 5km race. Instead of doing a 5km I went for a 10km and I'm super pleased with how it went. Which in turn made me cross out another New Year's resolution -- Lose weight. Thanks to all that training, I managed to lose 9kgs, this year. However, I'm still far from reaching my goal.. so I can't get excited just yet.

Before the race
Happily finishing the race
 Also managed to score some behind the scenes and Gala Premiere tickets to Aladdin the Musical which was just wonderful! I enjoyed it a whole lot and can't wait for more musicals to come our way.


December - The year ended just how I wanted it to be. Crossing out my major New Year resolution for 2011 - moving in to a new home!

Also, I joined my 2nd 10km race which encourages me only to join more races in 2012 and who knows, by end of 2012, I'll be able to run a half marathon. *wishful thinking* Crazier things have happened, you know.. hahah

Before leaving for KK, Bella invited me to join her at the Video Shoot of "Baru", the lastest single by Estranged and we had ourselves a good time that night at the Carrefour rooftop! Haha!


Spent the last 2 weeks of December with my family back in KK.


Oh! And my beautiful cousin, Rina, is now engaged! So happy for her! Congrats Rina and Syakair! :)


I am now back in KL to usher in the New Year in my new home and hoping to start a new chapter in my life! I'm so grateful to the Almighty for giving me this blessed life full of wonderful people and wonderful things. Alhamdulillah!

Next, I have to start planning and plotting some new resolutions and I can't wait to start crossing them off like I did this year. Oh and as you all know, I made it my resolution this year to own a camera.. and guess what? I can check that off my list!! Stay tuned for that..

With that, I'd love to wish all my readers a Happy New Year. May God bless you all throughout the year with immense joy and wealth, happiness and health and insurmountable love! Happy 2012, everyone!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Come Together

In the mood for great music. The Beatles. Ahhh.. bliss! They make joo joo eyeball sound sexy. My groove is so ON right now..



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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My 10km Race #2: MPSJ 10km Race

Last Saturday was super hectic. That was the day we decided to move and it was super tiring. We only managed to have our dinner by 11pm and get the furniture re-assembled (the bed, wardrobe and dressing table) even later. I had another 10km race in the morning and with all the moving and all, didn't manage to put in any mileage of training during the whole week. That meant that since the Nike Run, I haven't ran at all.

In the end, I managed to get to bed at 1.30am. Definitely not enough rest for me before the race. I set the alarm at 6am because this time, the race was close to home. When I woke up, I nearly didn't want to go. The hubs got ready and woke me up, but I just ignored him. In the end, I knew I'd be really mad at myself if I didn't go after paying for registration so I got up anyway.

By the time I got ready, it was already 6.30am and flag-off was at 7am. I didn't even have time to take my toast and Redbull for breakfast (which I learnt was the fuel that kept me going during the Nike Run).

Oh and another thing that didn't start me off well that day. I set my clothes the night before on my dressing table. My husband woke up earlier than me and used my race shirt. It's technically his Adidas sports shirt but it was the dri-fit kind and I haven't unpacked mine from one of the many suitcases. I didn't want to use the actual green Herbalife sponsored racing shirt but since I didn't dare take the shirt off my husband's back, I had to concede to wearing it. ARGH!!


So anyways, we reached there in less than 10 mins and noticed there were far less few people which got me worried. I didn't want to be the last few to arrive at the finish line. I mean who would want to be the last, right?

But since USJ area is home, I knew the route will be much easier than the Nike race. And besides, Nick assured me it would be much easier. So yeah, I'll go with the pro's advice.

I started in the middle of the pack this time (I didn't want to be the last to arrive, remember? Haha) and when I started, I knew it was going to be a good race. This time, I brought my own bottle since I knew the drinking stations were my biggest downfall the last time. It was a good strategy because I could steadily sip my water when I was thirsty and continue running. I don't know about other runners, but gulping down water when running just makes it harder for me to run.

So anyway, this time, since the route was easier, I just kept with my pace, I didn't want to go fast because there were no indicators of how many KM were left to run, so I wanted to conserve all my energy as much as I can.

When I arrived near my house, I realized I was making good time and just decided to take it easy and enjoy the run. By the time I reached Taipan, it was 1 hour and 10 mins in.

The the worst thing that could happen, happened. I was stopped at the traffic light to give way to the cars. And when I stopped, that's when the fatigue came crashing down. I didn't literally stop, I jogged in place, but it wasn't the same as continuing running. I had just one long stretch to go (to the end of Taipan and u-turn and run the home stretch to the finish line). I could envision it in my head and was excited that I had made good time.

So after that "pitstop" (thank you Mr. Policeman.. NOT!!), I continued running but it was so bloody hard. It was hot, the sun was beating down on my back, the Herbalife shirt was so musty smelling because I didn't have time to wash it, and the rather small incline seemed never ending. BUT, I still persevered and just continued.....but at the same time, it's not fun when you see people brisk walking faster than you're jogging and passing you by. Very disheartening, I must admit.

Anyways, I caught up with someone who kept passing me and who I kept passing throughout the race and he asked if we should finish the race together. So I agreed hoping I'll be motivated and I did it. We ran together but once we reached the MPSJ track leading to the finish line, I sprinted. Hahaha I didn't have to but I'm just competitive like that. I wished we would have run together earlier, because maybe just maybe, my pace wouldn't have been so slow during the last km stretch.

I finished the race in 1 hour 24mins and 48secs. I shaved 3-4mins off my Nike race but I was still peeved. I wanted so badly to make it in 1 hour 20 mins or below after all, it was an easy route. The only consolation is I did better and I finished without breaking my run. I RAN THE WHOLE WAYYY!!! YAY! So that's a major improvement. And I didn't finish last. LOL!

After the race, I took my goody bag (Thank you, Herbalife) and called the hubs to pick me up. This time he didn't wait for me at the finish line -- I guess the novelty of seeing me finish my race wore off after the first time. LOL! The hubs suggested I walk home, but I so wasn't in the mood to.

The rest of the day, was spent cleaning up the old house that we moved out from. My hubby didn't want to return the house to the owners in the state it was in (dusty and dirty from the movers footsteps) so no rest for me. It was one of the most tiring Sundays I've ever had.

My next race is....... undetermined. I have an eye on the Multi Purpose Insurace Run next January BUT:
1) I am not ready to tackle the Padang Merbok route again.
2) It's 12.3km and I don't know if I'm ready for that.
3) It's the first weekend after school starts so I know I'll be tired with adjusting to my whole new routine.

So I don't have my next race lined up but I am looking forward to continue my training and continue registering for races. I do enjoy it. I love crossing that finish line. I love the fact that I know I can do something I've never done before. It's a wonderful feeling and great way to end the year. ;)


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