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New Year, New You?

HAPPY 2017!

First week of 2017 done and dusted. What have you been up to?IMG_2718

And yes, it is that time of the year again! That time where we tend to set unrealistic goals for ourselves. I am guilty of that (Haaaaaaaa!).

While we are still feeding off the new-year-new-you spark to keep the flame going, here are some things to think about to set the tone for the year ahead!

1. Think SMALL

The word “small” tends to get more negative vibes. We like BIG things. BIG car, BIG house, dream BIG, do BIG things, BIG changes…… There is nothing wrong with doing BIG things or thinking BIG. But before the BIG, there is the humble SMALL.

SMALL, SIMPLE and effective steps are needed to achieve BIG things. Do one small thing each day that will get you to your BIG goal.IMG_6350

Example 1:

BIG GOAL: 5 serves of vege and 2 fruits a day

SMALL steps:

-Opt for vege snacks in the morning

-More vege in your lunch/dinner

-Add a piece of fruit to curb the sweet arvo cravings

Example 2:


SMALL step: 10 minutes of exercise every day

When you set SMALL goals, they are more achievable. Your brain will tell you that it is “easy” to achieve. We tend to DO it when our brain perceives it as an “easy” task. We all know we procrastinate when it comes to doing “hard work”.FullSizeRender_2

Those SMALL easy tasks will soon become habits. And once it becomes a habit, you can build on them. Ie: Going from 10 minutes of exercise to 30 minutes and beyond.


Everyone is “BUSY”. But there are only a handful who are REALLY BUSY. And even for those who are REALLY BUSY, they still manage to find time to do the things they need/want/love.

The key thing is to PRIORITISE. I’m sure you have a hundred things going on on your to-do list right now.

Start by making that SMALL list. PRIORITISE which you would like to achieve or are important to you. It can be anything from family, friends, work, life, fitness, health, nutrition etc.FullSizeRender_1

I used to prioritise work over family. Oh how I’ve changed! I guess as you get older, you realise that your family is getting (even) older! Time flies and before you know it, precious time spent with them will slip through your fingers. I am spending so much time with my family now and they are my no.1 (after God that is). PLUS, I still get to do the things that I want to do! 😀


3. Discipline

Motivation comes and goes. DISCIPLINE is going to keep you going. WORK that like a muscle. FEED it, GROW it, TRAIN it!MOTIVATION

This applies to all areas of life. Family, work, responsibilities, health, fitness, nutrition…

If you have to do it or if you want it, then just DO IT.

After making that small list and prioritising each item, be discipline enough to follow through! Tell yourself that you have to do it.

Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IT!

4. BE Grateful

No matter where you’re at in life, be grateful.FullSizeRender_3

The world does not owe you anything. Be grateful for what you have, for where you’re at while working towards what you want. Never be greedy. These days, we are all too fixated on living “the life” (whatever that means to you) that we lose sight of what we have. Being able to LIVE and BREATHE is already something that we should be grateful of. Focus on what REALLY MATTERS in life.

To me, only GOD can fill that empty void. That empty, lonely, deep void can only be filled with the LOVE of GOD. In HIM, I have everything. I am FULL.

This year was a little different for me. I did not “feel” it. I did not have that gush of passion, energy, dreams and resolutions pumping through me. I guess I have come to realise that you can change, set goals and achieve whatever you want, whenever you want!

You don’t need a new year, a new day, a new week or a new month to make a change. Change is always happening.

Life is a LOOOOONNNNNGGGG journey. It is what you do every other day that matters. 🙂 Step by step. It all adds up and it all counts!FullSizeRender

If you had a bad first week of 2017, so what? There’s another one coming right up!

Hope this helps!


New Year, New Resolutions?

We’re into our first week of 2015, the first Monday, Hump Day, TGIF and the weekend!


So, what’s up for this week?

Everyone is usually HIGH and MIGHTY during the first week of the New Year and then when the flame burns off, it goes downhill from there (I hope not!).

I started my Monday with a BANG! Woke up early in the morning to put in a tough core workout session followed by 20 minutes of stretching. I ate clean and healthy for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. In the evening, I took my brother to the park to run his first 5KM. Now, I’m feeling SORE all over! I hope I can keep this up, no downhill from here *fingers crossed*.

Oh, if you haven’t already noticed, I’m a DOTCOM now! WHOOP!

As we step into the new year, did you manage to make a list of your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you achieve any of your 2014 resolutions? I don’t know about you but I’m still struggling to figure out my 2015 resolutions!


Resolutions are just dreams and goals that you set for yourself. They mean nothing if you’re not willing to commit to them. In order to achieve them, you have to go into it with the right mind set, you need a plan. If you’re jotting them down for the sake of it (because the whole world is getting in on it) then you’re going to be in for some disappointment at the end of 2015.

If you haven’t written down anything, let me help you out! I’ll make it simple, PROMISE!

But before you start,2Let go of the past. Let go of anything that is/was holding you back. Learn from your failures and start the year without carrying any excess baggage.

Roll your shoulders back, take 10 deep breaths and READ ON!

  1. Stay Healthy, Get Fit

Have you been putting off your 2014 fitness goals? If there was ever a time to get rid of your bad habits and excuses, the time is now. And no, I don’t expect you to go cold turkey. Go for gradual change. Start with baby steps. Make a simple change in your everyday routine. Throw in a healthy snack, take the stairs and start working out at least 30 minutes a day (3-4 times a week).



Sign up for that bootcamp session, dance class, group training, road race etc, that you’ve always wanted to explore. If you want to start somewhere, join the Puma Running Club for our weekly training sessions every Wednesday, 7.15pm at Desa Park City. A group of us will help you achieve your goals!

Soon, moving your body and eating healthily will come naturally. Your body will thank you for it!

My goal: Focus on strengthening my CORE, resting when needed and cutting out the sweet stuff.

  1. Family Time

Spend more time with your family. They are the ones who will be by your side through thick and thin. As the years pass, I noticed how much my parents have aged. And when you’re busy making a life for yourself, you tend to forget to spend time with them.


My goal: Spend more time with them and attend all of our family gatherings!

  1. Get Organised and Get to it

Your life can be a big ball of mess when you’re not clear about your goals. Write them down! I got myself a physical diary (the good ol’ paper and pen!) to jot down my plans for 2015. It is easier to achieve them when you can SEE them. Try not to keep a digital record. Do away with the technology (we don’t need more of that!).11

I have a bad habit of putting things off for a “later time” which usually never happens. And I have suffered many missed opportunities because of it.


  1. Save Up

Save some money and spend wisely. Most importantly, spend within your means. With the GST rolling in, everyone will be feeling the pinch.

Set up a budget list and stick to it.

You can start by:

-Eating in, preparing your own meals (you will realise how much you can save in a month!)

-Switching off the lights etc and reduce air con usage (Save the earth! GO GREEN!)

-Walk instead of drive (If it is near)

-Recycle whatever that can be recycled (Paper, glass)

-Cut out unnecessary spending (bags, clothes, shoes, unhealthy snacks etc)


I have come to realise that material stuff brings no value to life. Spend the money on somebody who needs it or use it to travel to a new place, a new country! The adventures and experiences gained are always PRICELESS! Life instantly becomes more meaningful.

  1. Be Kind

Be kind to others. Regardless of how others treat you, a speck of kindness and courtesy is the minimum that everyone deserves. Compliment rather than criticize, you can never give too many. A kind word can change someone’s life.13

Be kind to yourself. Be grateful for what you have. Accept your flaws and work to improve on them (if you can). Accept you, for who you are. Once you set that straight, no one can use it against you. Don’t always try to please other people, you can never satisfy everyone. There will always be people discriminating, criticizing, disagreeing and judging. Just BE YOU! Keep an open heart and mind.


Remember to appreciate the little things. The beauty of life and its simplicity is right before our eyes. You just have to SEE it!

To me, a new year is only a new day. However, you can take this opportunity to start over, a clean slate and use this as a tool for motivation. Just keep striving for your own taste of greatness. Keep pursuing your dreams! And surprise the world with what you have!

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I hope this helps! What have you got on your list?

Trail Running to welcome 2014!

Happy New Year! 2013 came, left its mark and left. Time to welcome 2014 with open arms!

How did ya’ll spend your New Years Eve?

It was a little different for me this year. I mean last year. I was partying with my family and brothers and sisters in Christ. My church decided to bring back the “watch-night” service tradition and this year it was held in MCKL.

We had a lovely Northern Indian meal before the service. It was so good. Naan bread and CURRY. Not too shabby for my last meal of the year.

The service was a good time of sharing, singing and a gentle reminder to always be grateful and thankful to God for his providence. After the final countdown and some fireworks, we headed home. The night ended with cake, junk food, chocolates and movies.

Somewhere in between cake and movies, I decided that I wanted to kick-start the new year with some sort of adventure. Kevin suggested trail running. He was partially joking but I was dead serious. I packed and went to bed.

5 hours later, we found ourselves heading towards Perting Valley, located somewhere off Bukit Tinggi Kampung. Kevin had been there several times so we had no trouble in finding the place.


When we arrived, we parked our car at a designated parking spot which was by a river. We could have opted to drive further in before the real trekking trail began but we decided that we would run in instead (partly for the exercise, and partly because the condition of the “road” would’ve wreaked havoc on the car’s undercarriage). We slipped on our Vibrams and off we went.





Before the ‘real’ trekking trail.

We started at half past 12. By then the sun was already shining, blazing in its full glory. Thankfully, we didn’t feel the heat. The thick forest canopy and river kept the air crisp and relatively cool.  When we finally hit the trail, we took it slow. The beginning of the trail was rocky and then muddy followed by a mixture of both. We stopped along the way to fiddle with the camera and to take a few photos.


Paracord bracelet-CHECKED!


And the trail running begins!


Weird creature alert!

According to Kevin, the trail had been transformed by nature’s worst enemy, humans. The lush, thick ferns that lined part of the trail were no longer there. Everything had been flattened or chopped away. Once a single track barely wide enough in places for a single man to pass through, the trail was now wide enough for a truck to navigate. It was sad that I didn’t get a chance to run this trail before somebody decided to widen it for vehicles. Nonetheless, it was fun. Hopping and skipping around to avoid sinking into the mushy mud.


Muddy Mud Mud.


50 minutes later, we hit the turn-off point to Lata Hammer (Hammer Falls). It was a steep hike-climb down to our final destination – the waterfall. We had to cross the river to get to the sandy flat area where people could set up tents or picnic mats. It was pretty crowded – I guess it was because today was a public holiday.


Jungle Selfie!






Weird creature on the rocks.



We found an empty spot and laid our mat. We quickly settled in and started digging into the snacks that we had brought along. We also started a fire on a home-made stove to boil some water.







Boiling water with self-built stove.


Just chillin’.


Milo + Nescafe = Neslo!







Feet up!


Some of the things that you might need for a hike/climb/picnic or just junk you’d like to carry along. I’ll call them “The Essentials”.

So here’s a list:

-Backpacks (hopefully they’re waterproof!). If not, you could always get what’s next on the list…

– Dry packs
– Flash lights
– Knives, parangs, penknives, pocketknives, Swiss Army knives
– Rope, paracord bracelet (never know when you need some ROPE!)
– Food (bring food that is easy to carry and prepare ie: canned tuna, bread, sneakers, trail mix)
– Mini stove (Kevin made his own), SPORK (as the name suggest, its a spoon AND a fork)
– Fuel to start a fire, lighter
– A good pair of shoes (would be best if it’s waterproof)
– First Aid Kit
– A whistle (just in case you get lost)
– Camera

I guess that’s the end of the list! Hoohaa!



We chilled and relaxed for a good 2 hours. The sky was still bright and clear but we wanted to get an early start back. We packed up and hiked-ran back out to our car.


Crossing the bridge back to reality.






We took about 40 minutes with a few stops to take photos and to attend to the wound I sustained when I brushed my arm against some dangling branches.


On the way home, we bought some durians for the family.


Trail running, hiking, picnic, waterfall, spending time with Kevin, nature, peace and quiet, a time for reflection……

It was indeed the best way to kick-start the new year! Doing what we love to do.

Hello 2014!