Sunday, February 28, 2016

5 Things to do in Melbourne that doesn't involve cafes and coffee

Every time I asked 'what is there to do in Melbourne' I always get the same answer, "Go cafe hopping!" "Try out their coffee!" Okay, I will but what else is there to do that doesn't sitting in a cafe/restaurant and sipping coffee like a hipster.

Well, as it turned out, plenty as I discovered on my recent trip there. And it also involves not just the city but also the outskirts of Melbourne as well.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

MHWH Night Run Goodie Bag worth over RM500 revealed!

Here's a sneak peek of the goodie bag of one of the most anticipated night runs in Malaysia, the Men's Health, Women's Health Night Run.

The goodie bag will consist of but is not limited to:-

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Kyoto Marathon 2016 - The Tapering Stage

Ah the tapering stage.

Many runners hate it, I on the other hand, love it. I love being able to take it easy and eat more, I love that I have a reason to eat more pasta and potatoes. I love that my Sunday runs don't require me to wake up at 4am to training early and that nothing goes beyond 10km.

Except that I fell sick right after my 30km LSD, hence the delay in this post. Body just went into shock and immune system rebooted itself. It started with a sore throat which soon became a fever. It would have turned into a full-blown cold with the sneezes, sniffles and coughs had I not taken preventive measures immediately.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

That Time I drugged myself on a Whale Watching Cruise

In all fairness, it wasn't on purpose.

Whale watching was something I've wanted to try for a while now and on my recent trip to Sydney, managed to sign up for one along with my sister and friend. According to the email we got, it departs from Darling Harbour at 8am and it was advised to take seasick pills if one had a tendency to get seasickness. Not wanting to spending the trip heaving breakfast into a brown bag, we went out and bought seasickness pills from Chemist Warehouse.

When we got to the dock, we quickly saw why medication was needed. We were heading out to sea on a small jet boat that could take up to 15 people, a pitiful sight compared to the other cruise boats that towered over us like ferries. It reminded me of the speed boats used to ferry people to Taman Negara in Pahang.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Should You Invest in a Running Watch

Why should I invest in a running watch was a question I've asked many times. Why should I pay loads of money for a watch that can do what my smartphone can?

Well, as I found out during a half marathon, a watch can do so much more and is so much more reliable when it comes to GPS tracking and pacing.

I used to rely on Runkeeper app on my phone to track my pace. For 10km and less, it worked fine but was a battery-drainer even without the 3G on. I attributed that to the iPhone's poor battery life but that wasn't the only reason I opted to switch to a running watch.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Salted Egg Yolk Croissant at Le Bread Days, SS2

I was at New Paris restaurant for a Chinese New Year lunch with my colleagues and thought hey, why not try my luck with the famous salted egg yolk croissants from Le Bread Days next door. The first time I tried it was long before a certain blogger drew attention to it and I was curious to see if the quality remained.

It was past twelve by then and their first fresh batch of croissants comes out of the oven at 11:30am. The last time I tried getting it, a guy ahead of me bought the last four croissants which sent me to Bake Plan to get my fix.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Coastes Restaurant Siloso Beach, Singapore

We came across Coastes in Sentosa Singapore by luck. We were hungry and tired, having just ran through a 10km, 10+ obstacles OCR, Viper Challenge. Post race, we returned to Costa Sands resort, my hotel on Sentosa to freshen up before heading back to the beachside strip in search of food.

Thankfully, Coastes caught our nose and our eyes with the delicious scent of seafood and its blue and white hues perfect for the beachside setting.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Under Armour Announces Global Partnership with Dwayne Johnson

Share the same taste in sport attires as one of the fittest actors to walk the earth when you work out. Under Armour has announced a global partnership with the dynamic actor, producer and global superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. As part of the long-term partnership, Johnson will work hand-in-hand with the innovative performance brand to create a range of products across footwear, apparel and accessories as well as support Under Armour’s Connected Fitness initiatives.

This multi-faceted partnership will include the collaborative development of original content, inspired by the actor’s lifestyle, fitness regimen, and philanthropic initiatives. Johnson will play an integral role in the promotion of Under Armour’s Connected Fitness platforms, including the recently debuted Under Armour HealthBox™ and Record™ application. Additionally, the brand will develop product capsules including footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the films Johnson is currently working on. The first product capsule will feature a Rock-inspired backpack and duffle bag.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Starbucks Japan Sakura Collection 2016

The last time I was in Japan around Sakura season, I missed the Starbucks Sakura collection by weeks. Everywhere I went, it was all sold out.


Because just like how people monitor the sakura season in Japan, I monitor Starbucks Japan's seasonal merchandise and beverage and lo and behold!

Their 2016 Sakura collection is launching just a day before I arrive at Kansai International Airport on 15 February to mid April or while stocks last. This will be the first of two collections that Starbucks Japan will be selling for the Sakura season this year. The Sakura Serene range offers pastel softer colours in its collection of merchandise that range from tumblers to cups to cards.

Kyoto Marathon 2016 - 30km LSD

On 31 Jan, exactly three weeks before Kyoto Marathon, I ran my longest distance ever - 30km. Just 5km more than my 25km run 2 weeks prior but undoubtedly my hardest training session to date. Simply because the route chosen was hella hilly thanks to the Bukit Tunku-Sri Hartamas combo.

Mum and I tackled our usual Bukit Tunku route (I am really beginning to like that route a lot) at the wee hours in the morning and were joined by a group of super fast runners training along the same course. We crossed the road over to Sri Hartamas side and as the front pack continued on their merry way, we quickly lost sight of them. Oh well.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Budget accommodation on Sentosa Singapore - Costa Sands Resort

Finding a reasonable place to stay on Sentosa island, Singapore is near impossible. I say near impossible because I or rather my mother found a freakishly reasonable hotel called Costa Sands Resort. If you're expected a rundown dodgy hotel with loose windows, cobwebs in the ceilings with an eerie silence, you couldn't be more wrong. Although not at its prime, Costa Sands offers all the facilities needed for an enjoyable restful stay on the island.

Costa Sands is located on the hillside above Siloso beach with a staircase leading straight to the beach road and the row of restaurants located at the seaside. Being placed on the hillside amidst a jungle and a trail gave it a lovely hideaway, back-to-nature concept especially with its Kampung Hut chalets.