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The Bitter Sweet Departure – Sweet Bit

In the midst of settling into postgrad uni life, moving from one place to another, getting my life together, God, family and running, I’ve been pressured by A FEW (you know who you are 😉 ) people (including my cousin!) to get this SWEET post out!


Basically, my SWEET post is about meeting up with all my loved ones! I managed to meet up/bump into most of them which brings peace and joy to my heart!

You know, life is short. Nobody knows what is going to happen next. You may never see someone again so even a short goodbye or a quick meet up is precious!

I’m just going to bombard this post with pictures! Because we’re all visually driven these days.

*Pictures are in no particular order in terms time/rank/priority :P*


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetTres Amigas Buenas. Forever. 🙂

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She got the running mag! I know that I’ll always have full support from her. <3 Someone who keeps me grounded and reminds me that life does not have to be PERFECT and that I’ve got to learn to chill. You need someone like that in your life! Thanks for always having my back, always! And of course, I’ve got yours too. 😉

IMG_2027Track Tuesday buddies.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBumped into this gym nut! The guy who is going to take care of my dental health. 😉 HAHA!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy ROCK in Monash! Wouldn’t have survived 3 years without this girl! She’s the most random, kiddy, crazy person… EVER! She works hard and plays hard too. Thanks for always kicking my butt and pushing me to finish my work and assignments. Oh, and we love stressing out together. FullSizeRender 11

No matter where we’re at in life, we’re always there for each other… 100% of the time! I don’t know what I’d do without you in my life! 🙂 So blessed to have someone like you around. She’s got a BIG heart for people and I’m constantly inspired by that. And of course, her new crib is my new hang out spot. 😉

 

FullSizeRenderMy ex-colleagues (and my soul sister). All the best with work drama. ;P We had A LOT of good times! I trust my life and my secrets with this one. We’ve got a really good connection and we somehow just CLICK! We go WAY back and our friendship has gone through blizzards to get to where it is now. It is scary how well we both understand each other. This is solid stuff. Can’t wait for our next gossip session. IMG_2063Zukeri has taught me everything I need to know/do during surgery. Super talented and knowledgeable! All the best kawan! 🙂

IMG_2079MCKL friends. Although we’ve been all over the place, we keep in touch and stay up to date with our personal lives. So blessed to have these bunch of God fearing mates. 🙂


My girls planned a super sweet farewell with BALLOONS! FullSizeRender_1A balloon with my initial. 😉

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IMG_2162The dessert at Thirdwave. Looks TOO GOOD TO EAT!

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The girls.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetOf course, we took polaroid shots!

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetMy Tuesday Running Group – The Mou Man Tai Runners! So thankful that they have found ME and have given me the opportunity to exercise/fine-tune my coaching skills and to be able to share and learn just about anything and EVERYTHING under the sun. These guys are SO fun and I’ve never felt more at home. I found my place with them. I’ll definitely miss you guys! Thank you for having me!IMG_5688

IMG_43485 seconds of fame.

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Thanks to Colin and Bruce from Tom, Dick and Harry for organising this mini BBQ farewell with LOADS of delish food! You guys know how to feed us!


IMG_4491Track Tuesday team. We’re missing the German Tank here – Karsten! This team was formed because we all happen to be at the track on Tuesday! Horrible speed sessions can be fun with these guys!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetOur Ola Bola outing to support Coach Mark Williams. 😉 It is a really good Malaysian film filled with Malaysian slangs/languages and characters. It truly does represent Malaysia! If you haven’t seen it, well, YOU HAVE TO! Let’s just say some of us were a bit teary at the end (NOT ME!).


FullSizeRender 4Family time. Precious moments. We had YEE SANG almost everyday throughout Chinese New Year!IMG_5711


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The last time with Swan. We bumped into each other at BV2. Great minds really DO THINK ALIKE. 😉


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy running twin! We’re both born on the SAME day – March 14 and we have a LOT in common. SO scary. We used to sit in the gym and talk for 3 hours after our swim sesh. GOOD TIMES! MISS YOU!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe even wore the same shoes out.

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 Random Noms. I SHOULD be eating more Asian food but OH WELL! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMorning cuppa. Daily boost.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetInside scoop!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHealthy food during CNY. It is all about BALANCE! Making space for big family dinners.

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I seem to be eating A LOT of eggs. IMG_5710And more eggs.

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IMG_4855Churchy friends who are always there for me! 🙂

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetSomethings still remain the same. 😀 So blessed to have you in my life! Thank you. <3

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetStrange creatures.


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetLast Tuesday session with the MMT runners! It was a super chill-sexy-pace run! SO much fun!

IMG_5012These guys are dedicated solid runners. I admire their hard work and determination! They’ve put in the work and reaped the benefits. More to come. Keep it up fellas!

FullSizeRender 6Cheeky butt cheek grabbing pose. 😉

For more of these, please join them every Tuesday 8pm at Tom, Dick and Harry, TTDI for a wicked run sesh! Sessions are now led by Sue Teoh and occasionally by Jessen and Agnes. Trust me, running will never be the same again.


IMG_5024Asian food with not so Asian friends. Thanks for the meal, Jeff! Glad to have met these 2 fine lads. They are first class when it comes to running and lame jokes. And they never let a moment slip by without teasing each other! There’s never a dull moment!


FullSizeRender 7Last session with the Puma Night Running Club members! So happy to see how big this group has grown! They are a bunch of dedicated runners that never fail to inspire, motivate, encourage, teach, experience, grow, laugh and have LOADS of fun together! We are a pretty tight group and I’m glad that I have made some lifelong friends!

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IMG_5078Number 1s!

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IMG_5080Obviously I wasn’t paying attention.

IMG_5084They made me give an impromtu speech! I might have messed it up but all I want to say is that: THIS group was where it all started for me. I was just a lone runner who knew nothing about running. They brought me in, groomed and helped me bloom to who I am today.

From running competitively, seriously and a little harder, I’ve come to love the sport. Thank you for sharing and spreading the passion for a healthy competitive lifestyle. I could not have done it without the support, love and care from these guys! Cheers!

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IMG_5088Forever faster! <3 Special thanks to Vic and Elaine for all their hardwork (a lot of background work involved). Truly the rock and pillar of the Puma Night Running Club!

IMG_5076Urgh. I still hate the hills. Last hill challenge with Angel! Congrats on becoming a Puma Pacer! I know that you’ll grow along with this group too. All the best and PLEASE take care of your KNEES!

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FullSizeRender 8Love you guys! Keep it up okay! Come to me if you need ANYTHING!FullSizeRender_1 3With the MESTI ADA GAYA guy. We’re always at the wrong place at the wrong time but glad that we managed to catch up that night. Thanks for all your help!


 IMG_5063Surprise farewell with the churchy friends! There’s nothing like support from your brothers and sisters in Christ.

IMG_5068Evil twinny.

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IMG_5071The evil friend!

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IMG_5073With this annoying guy. Knowledgeable, witty but with super thick and impenetrable face skin. I know Sylvia will agree on this one. 😉

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetJuicy gossip sesh with this uncle. Bumped into him at THE perfect place and time. TOO FUNNY! Take care of that shin!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHad my last physio session with Jess the day before I boarded the plane. Managed to release all my tight muscles! Felt like tin man! THANKS JESS! It was good, as always!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSo Mike decided to try Apple Physio. Hope everything goes well with your never-ending injuries! Cheers to stronger, pain-free and injury free running days ahead!

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IMG_5060MONASH Med Bio MATES!

IMG_5058Uni life would have been SUCH A BORE without them. We ALWAYS have something or SOMEONE to talk about. 😉 It never ends. Thanks for all the AWESOME MEMORIES.


That’s it! These were some of the BEST last weeks in Malaysia. Of course, there were many others that were not documented. If you didn’t appear, that DOES NOT mean that you were not significant.


These are the people with SUBSTANCE. People who look beyond the superficial aspects of you. People you can spend a lifetime with talking about your deepest darkest fears or your wildest dreams without fear of being judged. People who will support you with prayer, love, compassion and who will shake you up if you go astray. People who truly want to see you grow and succeed in life.QUOTE

REAL PEOPLE

I hope you have these people. And when you do find them, keep them close. Cling onto them, let them know how much they mean to you and never let them go.

If you don’t, I hope you will come to find these people!


I am not an expressive person. And you might think that I don’t care. But I do. Trust me.

I DO!

XOXO

The Puma Night Run 2015 – An Unfortunate Event

A glimpse from a Pacer’s point of view:

We were thrilled and honoured to be given yet another chance to be Pacers at the Puma Night Run 2015.IMG_9646

Our task:

As pacers, we were well aware of our roles in keeping to our respective paces and motivating/helping the runners to complete their run.IMG_9533

We had a jillion things to do before the big day! This included the hype that was created on various social media platforms. You would have noticed if you were involved in ‘liking’ our photos. Thank you! I think you could sense our excitement!

Training:

In light of the upcoming event, we tailored our workouts for our Puma Night Running Club members in hopes of helping them to either complete the run comfortably or finish with a new PB. We did a mixture of intervals, hill sprints, tempo runs and negative splits. Even with the haze, many of our members found alternatives to keep their fitness levels up.

The BIG day:

After the string of disappointing event cancellations, this was going to be the next big thing (finally!)! Everything was going perfectly well – the haze had cleared up and the sky was crystal clear.IMG_9544

The pacers were there by 5pm for a mini briefing session.  We were ready. We had planned our paces and pace groups, made sure the printing on the balloons were correct and tested the route to make sure the distance was accurate.IMG_9539

We grabbed a light bite before heading backstage with our balloons.

We were introduced to the runners on the main stage, so that they could identify which pacer/pace group to follow. After the warm up session, we made our way to the starting line.IMG_9555

Everything went downhill from there.

Dark clouds began to creep in. Just as we were about to be flagged off, we felt the first drops of rain. The MC announced the delay and we went to look for cover.

10 minutes in and the rain subsided to a very light drizzle. At around 7.50pm, we were all ushered back to the starting line. I thought the starting was a bit haphazard. Many of the runners were not aware of the ‘sudden’ flag off. Those who went to the mall/convention centre to seek cover would not have made it in time to the starting line. I had to squeeze my way through the crowd to get to the front.

Shortly after, the count down was on and we were off! By then, the light drizzle was no longer a light drizzle, the drops were heavy and the wind was strong.

By km 2, it was a full blown thunder storm. Running with the balloon tied to your wrist with the wind blowing against you is NO EASY FEAT! It was a tough battle. But I must say, the wind did force me to run at my designated pace (5:50-6:00 mins/km).

Thankfully, Zi Shen’s balloon flew away with the wind. Without hesitating, I handed him my balloon. Even without the balloon, my petite figure was not built for such harsh weather conditions.

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With the resistance from the wind, the weight of our soaked gear and with the rain blurring our vision, every step felt like a burden. I wanted to give up. But when I looked around at the runners who were struggling along, I felt motivated!

I thought they were crazy. Runners are CRAZY people! If I did not have pacer duties to fulfil, I would have stopped. With the positive atmosphere from the crowd, I decided to have a little fun. After all, it is not every day that you get to run under the thunderstorm with 8 thousand people.

We continued to cheer for the runners and notified them of their current pace. The volunteers at the water stations were also happily handing out cups of water…… as if we didn’t already have enough of it (haha!).

At about km 8.5, we saw the 7, 8 and 9 min/km pacers along the side of the road saying that they were not allowed to continue. I was confused for a moment but decided to continue running. As we approached the 9 km marker, I shouted to everyone who wanted to do a sub 1 hour 10KM to follow me, with no knowledge of the non-existent finishing line (and cancellation). Everyone pushed, HARD!

But instead of turning into the finishing area, we were directed towards the convention centre! I thought they had shifted the finishing line, so we continued running, threading through the sea of people……until we were greeted with a metal gate that stopped us in our tracks. It was a nightmare!

We climb through the gate and made our way to the finishing area. We met up with the other runners and only then did we find out that the race was cancelled! I couldn’t believe my ears.


 

Post-race thoughts:

Everything was a mess. From the race to the finisher entitlements to the baggage collection. But only under such conditions, that the true colours of people are revealed(both good and bad). The Puma team, the pacers and some of the runners joined forces to help the technical team/organisers. I was happy to see everyone pulling in to minimise the damage.IMG_9554

I am not writing this post to defend or fight against anybody. I may be a Puma ambassador, but I am also a RUNNER. I KNOW how YOU feel. Believe me, I was just as disappointed! We were not informed by the technical team that the race was cancelled. I ran the whole course, I was wet, cold and shivering, I had a headache, my stomach was not feeling too good (women problems) and I had a race to run the next day!

I was under a lot of stress that day and I could go on complaining. But let’s look on the brighter side of things. Now you can all say that you ran in the storm with strong winds and flashes of lightning with 8 thousand other runners! Definitely an experience that I will remember for life. I also read that many of the runners managed a PB. Say what?!

Jokes aside, there is no excuse for the fact that there was no proper crisis management by the technical team. I totally agree that things could have been handled differently. But before you open your mouth or move your fingers to criticise Puma/the organisers/technical team, please make sure that you are making sense. I am seeing the silliest of comments on social media (honestly, it is quite entertaining. You can head on over to our FB page to check it out!), from phones to parking lots to smashed car windows……


Perfect weather on race day is never guaranteed. Even if the organisers made a wrong decision to flag the runners off in the rain, the ultimate decision is still IN YOUR HANDS. Elite runner Nik Fakaruddin, who would have easily placed top 3 that night, decided to watch the rest of us run from the comfort of his vehicle which was parked right next to the starting line. He made a WISE decision to NOT run even though the organisers carried on with the race.

What am I trying to say?

Take RESPONSIBILITY for YOUR own decisions. And LIVE with the CONSEQUENCES of those decisions. There are risks involved. Making a decision would mean that you would have considered ALL the risks. I think we should all stop pointing fingers unnecessarily and move on with our lives.

All I can say is that we, the pacers, did whatever we could to the best of our abilities. Special thanks to PUMA MALAYSIA for all the love, support and this awesome experience! WE LOVE YOU GUYS TOO!

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We showed up. We ran. We conquered. We were HAPPY!

I hope you guys are having a good day!

Keep Running!