Monthly Archives: June 2016

Online Shopping with ShopBack (and getting your CASH back!)

WOOHOO! DONE with the first semester of my Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. Bring on the holidays! I have no idea what to do with all of this FREEDOM. Ok, jokes. I have many things planned! Can’t wait!

Ok, so I’ve been doing quite a bit of online shopping (as always!). When am I NOT shopping?!

…and I stumbled upon ShopBack.

 What is ShopBack?

ShopBack is basically a cashback website where you LITERALLY get cash back when you click through to their partner merchants from their website. Arrghhhh! I wish I knew about ShopBack earlier because I have spent quite a bit from their partner merchants like Lazada Malaysia. My current phone cases are from there!

Of course, I had to test if ShopBack was legit. Timing was perfect because I needed a laptop case for my new baby Mac. Even if I didn’t get my money back, it wouldn’t be a loss at my end.

Here’s what I did:

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Click on their merchants (TaoBao, Groupon, Foodpanda etc). In my case, it was Lazada Malaysia. You can also get cash rebates when you book your next overseas trip through AirAsiaGo, Agoda, Expedia etc. But I have yet to do that!


Step 4: After making your payment, the cashback is credited to your ShopBack account. You can then cash it out into your bank account. Oh yes, real cash!

Step 5: SPEND your cashbacks… jokes. You can do whatever you want with the “extra” money. You’ll also have access to discount and voucher codes (Lazada). , and the BEST DEALS!

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If you’re wondering, I did get my cashback. 😉

All the best deals are here!

You can thank me later. 😉



Officially OFF Running

Since my last post on injury……

I have NOT stopped running.

I said that I would cut down on mileage. And I did! Although I did not mention anything about cutting down on intensity (teehee!).

Low mileage + more rest = more ENERGY

I tend to go a bit harder than usual when I do get to run. I even managed to clock my best 5K on grass (HAHA!). Oh, if only I was injury free! T_T

So, since my first sign of injury in early March, I have been doing a mixture of tempo runs, easy runs, grass runs, recovery runs, long runs and strength training (once/twice a week).

FullSizeRender 3Because resting did not take the pain away (and sometimes, it made it WORSE!), I decided to just run along with the pain. The usual routine would be resting for 2-3 days, and then smashing out a harder run before being immobilised again for the next few days. And the cycle continues.

Well, your body can only do SO MUCH before it decides to go against you.

Psssst, you cannot fight nature! 😛

One fine day…

I was feeling great after taking 4 days off running! Mid way through my run, I decided to push it! I managed to do my 10K race pace and it felt GREAT! But what came after was not THAT GREAT!

I. Could. Not. WALK. The. Next. Day.

Every step I took was unbearable. Sharp, intense, stabbing pains shot up from my foot to my hamstring. I REALLY messed it up this time. Probably tore something. I have a relatively high tolerance when it comes to pain (and that’s how I was able to run through pain) but this was not something that I could handle anymore.

I spoke to a friend about this. My friend looked at my foot and said “Poor little foot, your owner does not LOVE you”.

And THAT REALLY hit me…hard. Like, WHOAAAAAAA!FullSizeRender_3

Writing about this feels pretty stupid. Heh, if I were to look at someone who was in my shoes, I’d think that that person was INSANE! But I can bet every crazy runner out there would have continued to run through pain (HAHHAHHAHA! I KNOW WHO YOU ARE! DON’T DENY IT! :P). I guess only insane obsessive runners would completely understand what I did?! (Guys, back me up here. :P)

But really, as I was sitting there, staring into space and contemplating on what my friend had said…FullSizeRender

My heart ached, PHYSICALLY!

What am I doing? Why am I destroying the very foundation of my body? Why am I fighting the signs of pain and warning that something is not right? Why am I going against what my body is telling me to do? What am I trying to prove?IMG_4132

God has blessed me with everything that I need and so much MORE.  But I was throwing it all away… and for what?

I finally came to my senses. I have decided to HANG my shoes up (OH YES, you read it right) for as long as it would take for my foot to be completely healed. No easy runs, no recovery runs, NOTHING!FullSizeRender_2

I am on DAY 15 of 0 mileage. Feeling pretty accomplished!

I am mentally at peace with this decision. The physical pain built up over time has made me fear running. I am scared. Whenever I see/read about running on social media, I CRINGE. It hurts physically to even THINK about it.

This is where I am at! But I know that time will heal everything. Woohoo! In the meantime, I might need to change my domain name. Processed with VSCO with f2 presetBahahhaha. Any IDEAS?!

Take it from me, DO NOT ignore the warning signs from your body. It is telling you that something is wrong. All your body ever wants to do is to keep you ALIVE.FullSizeRender_1

God gave you one body. LOVE it with all your HEART!

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Take care <3

Cycling – My New “Running”

Happy 1st Month (and a few days) of 0 mileage – the longest zero-running streak I’ve ever been on since 2013. I didn’t even stop for that long when I was down with dengue. *Pats self on the back*


In the past month, I’ve done quite a bit of reflection. Giving up running wasn’t as hard as I thought. In fact, I don’t really miss it… yet! The crazy-obsessive-over achiever-competitive lil person in me feels at peace.


Running is not bad. It was just how I saw/took it. Sports are always fun……until they get competitive. I was probably much more focused on the end result rather than enjoying the journey of getting there. It became rather destructive. I lost sight of many things along the way and started to take out the fun in running.


I’ve always wanted to try new things. But at the same time, I was just so stuck with running. Everything revolved around it, even when I wasn’t competing! I just kept wanting more out of it.


CyclingWith injury, I was FORCED to change. God is amazing. Just trust His timing. He took something away from me, but He left me with something even BETTER!
And I pray that I will look at things from new perspectives.

 The transition (from running to cycling) was easy, with the help of my friends! I have rediscovered my love for cycling and just doing something DIFFERENT/NEW!

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There was an extra bicycle in the shed and it was perfect (almost) for my size. I am a pretty small person. It is not every day that you find something lying around that fits. Except for my head. I have a big head and I need an XXXXXXXXXL helmet (hahhahhaha! I kid you not!).

IMG_1355Thanks to Ross for choosing the bike, fixing it up and adding some blinkers! 🙂 Oh, and of course, for taking me on my first ride.



Excited to head out!


13575877_489547184573388_9577804946952805_oThankfully, my Garmin FR235 has a bike function! 😀

IMG_1259Perks of riding – you can bring your phone and capture beautiful sceneries along the way! I never do that with running.

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New AdventuresIMG_1310Riding selfies. Attempt at YOUR OWN RISK!

IMG_1273To the Bay!

IMG_1670Venturing out on a new route! Thanks Matt! 🙂

IMG_1674We made it to the beach after MANY detours and road closures.


I absolutely love discovering new places, beaches, dirt roads, catching sunsets and just being in the moment and enjoying God’s creation. It is just so refreshing!


IMG_1677Spot the airplane!

I still need more practice with the bike, especially BALANCE!

I will let you guys know how that goes!

Till then, KEEP MOVING!


Staying Active on Vacay

I am back! Phew, CRAZY few weeks. We’re talking about endless assignments, presentations, studies, work, chores, sleepless nights and some running + strength training.

Final week of class before the exams and then SEM BREAK! So keen for it to be over! 😉

How is everyone else? 🙂

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Anyway! This post is on how to stay active when you’re on a vacay (speaking of which, I need a vacay!):

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Are you a routine junkie? Workout junkie? Vacay junkie?


The thing about being a routine junkie is that going on a vacay will potentially ruin it. I must admit, I get a little anxious about that! I am all about routines.

I’m here to talk about BALANCE: Not completely throwing your routine out the window but also not sticking to it like a junkie

It is not always easy to find a gym or a safe place to run (depends on where you go). So that might make it more difficult to get your usual workout in. If sticking to your routine stresses you out, what you need to do is throw THAT out the window. But not the working out part.

Staying ACTIVE on vacay:


You’re on vacation! Take this time to get out there and EXPLORE the new city/place. Take it as an adventure.

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The best way to explore: WALKING/RUNNING/JOGGING

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My Garmin FR235 has been my best friend! It makes working out SO EASY! Just PRESS and GO! So fun to look at the stats after, even if it was just a walk in the park. 🙂

2. Free and Easy

It is always good to have a PLAN but if you’re like me and you get upset if you don’t get to stick to your schedule/plan, get rid of that!

I tend to have an “all or nothing” approach. If I fail to stick to my plan, I’d do NOTHING at all. I try to balance between having a plan and being okay if I don’t adhere to it.

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Take it easy and go with what you have. If you have time, GO! If not, CHILL… with coffee! Your body probably needs the rest.


I like running, but it is not always convenient to do so.


Get creative. Do a short HIIT workout/sprints that can be done anywhere! Anything that will get your heart rate up. Set your alarm, get up to catch the sunrise and WORKOUT! I LOVE that fresh feeling after my workout. If you’re the same, then just do it!

Trust me, it will be worth it!



4 rounds of:

-Pulse jump squats x20

-Cross mountain climbers x20

-Elevated Push ups x20

-Leg raises x20

1:30 min break

4 rounds of:

-Burpees x15

-Tricep dips x20

-Russian Twists x40

-Jack Knives x20


4. To GO GET FOOD!IMG_3092

OH YEAH! The best kind of workout/activity is going to get FOOD! Walk/run/cycle to your favourite breakfast/brunch/coffee/ice cream place!

Explore local cuisines!FullSizeRender_1I earned my ice cream!

5. Try a NEW sport/activity


Cycling is a fun way to explore a new place! I don’t normally cycle, so this was something “new” to me.

IMG_2402Triathlete in the making. hahahhhahahhaha. JOKES!

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Go on a hike! Walking/hiking is so good for you. My favourite aerobic workout! Get your heart pumping with a few inclines/climbs. Trust me, your heart will thank you for it. 🙂

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Soak in your surroundings. God NEVER fails to amaze me. His creations are breathtaking.

DCIM102GOPROSnorkeling. Swimming. Underwater fun! There are SO many ways to stay active!



Enjoy your next vacay + getting your heart rate up!

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Do let me know if you’re interested in any of the models. 😉