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#AdeleWFOTM – Kartini

This month we have ultra marathonerKartini!


I got to know Kartini personally through the Puma Running Club. It has been great watching her running journey! I truly admire her determination, discipline and passion for running!

Read on to find out more about this girl and how she gives back to the running community!

My 1st Ultra at Pink50 2015 – 60km in 8:06


  1. What’s your fav sport/event?

    Running because I don’t know how to cycle or swim (Phobia from a childhood incident)!

  2. How long have you been running?

    Exactly 5 years this month!

  3. How did you start?

    Actually, I hated running. It all started back in 2012 when I managed to register for 10KM We Run KL (I was on my comp and iPad for over 2 hrs to secure a slot!).

  4. Do you join any groups/community? If yes, which group?

    I am a MURA member (Malaysian Ultra Running Assosiation) and I do join a few other running clubs for their weekly training sessions (eg. SARC, KyserunKrew, Puma Night Running Club, Run89Crew)

    Malaysian participants at The 16th International Jeju Ultramarathon Race 2017

  5. Your profession:

    Administrative and accounts manager.

  6. How do you juggle work and running?

    Well, there is a saying that when you do what you love and love what you do, you will find a way to make it work. Work is my priority but I’ll try to follow my schedule, and rest when my body needs to.  After my injury, I learned how to listen to my body!

    My very 1st solo #runcation trip at Laguna Phuket International Marathon 2015 – 4:32

  7. Do you have a training schedule? What is it like?

    Yes I do. It looks something like this:

    Weekdays (afterwork): Easy/Tempo/Speedwork/Cross training

    Weekend: LSD/Hill training/Running Events

    Rest: 2-3 days a week

  8. Who do you usually train with?

    I usually train with my running buddies (running crew) and sometimes just myself.

  9. Have you ever had injuries? How did you cope?

    Yes, I suffered a major one last year. It was a week before SCKLM 2016. This event was meant to be my sub 4 mission and I was working really hard for it. At first, I couldn’t accept it. I kept running, hoping it will get better. I was wrong. Things got worse and I was more frustrated. I decided to take a break from running until I recovered.

    Bali Marathon 2015 – 4:16

    Making a comeback is a whole different story. It is tough but I will never give up!

  10. Which was the most memorable event and why!

    To be honest, I love all of them (even the ones where I got injured, DNS or DNF…hahaha).  Every event has its own story regardless of the distance. But Borneo International Marathon would always be my fav event since 2014 (I skipped this year due to my injury). This event was where I completed my first full marathon (in 2014) and my parents were there to witness. Last year, I also managed to smash my full marathon PB (Personal Best), securing 3rd place in the Women’s Open category.

    My fav moment at Borneo International Marathon 2016 with my loyal supporters #myfamily – 4:06

  11. You have done quite a few ultramathons. Tell us, what do you think about when you are running an ultra?

    The rewards (FOOD!) after I cross the finish line (the BIGGEST motivation) and the lil voice in my head – “What did I get myself into? Is this going to be the last one? I will never register for an ultra marathon ever again! #insaf”.

    Of course, that’s a lie (haha!). I’ve already signed up for 2 ultra marathons – one in 2 weeks and the other in December 2017.

  12. Favourite distance: 42.195km (26 full marathons since May 2014 and 9 ultra marathons).

  13. My take on volunteering as a crew member and pacer for running events, and giving back to the running community:
    Being selected to be an official pacer is another dream come true. It’s fun but it’s not as easy as you think. As much as I want to see some improvement in my running journey, helping fellow runners to achieve their goal by pacing them and sharing some experience or tips about running is another satisfaction. A fellow pacer said this in his blog – “Nothing more rewarding than a handshake or a thank you from the runners after crossing the finishing line, knowing that you played a role in bringing them home, whether it is the entire course or partially.”#givingbacktorunningcommunity – Official Pacer
     
    Volunteering or being part of the crew for running events is fun too… in a different way. HAHA! I remember when I was assigned to be at one of the water stations 2km before the finish line. We came in early in the morning to set up the station, cheer for the runners and leaving the race village only after the job was done. It is tiring but the experience was priceless. I encourage you guys to give it a try! GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!
     

Kartini is not only someone who RUNS but she also gives back to the running community! Definitely a fine example for us all. This is a COMMUNITY. We are STRONGER TOGETHER.

Let’s continue to support each other in our own special way! Thank you, Kartini, for sharing!

All the best in your running journey! KEEP IT UP GIRL!

#AdeleWFOTM – Allison Yee

This month’s feature goes to Allison Yee!

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If you’re into TRI, you’d definitely know this girl! We have not actually met in person but we’re connected via social media (THANK YOU SOCIAL MEDIA!).

She’s the definition of someone who works really hard and has earned all her podium finishes! Read on to find out a lil more about her!


 

1. What’s your main sport?

My main sport is running but I started cycling and swimming too. Now, I am into triathlons.

2. How did you get into it?

I was influenced by my triathlete friends and my boyfriend who is also a triathlete! I remember going into a bike shop alone in my hometown, Kuantan, bought a roadbike for myself and joined the local cycling group. I took it as part of my training to become a triathlete.

3. Do you join any groups (running grp, tri grp, cycling grp etc)? If yes, which group?

Yup! M3X for Triathlon; P2K and Team NATO for cycling.

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4. Your profession:

Student. Currently studying in UPM.

5. How do you juggle work/studies and your sport?

Tough question! It was hard at first. I was tired all the time. But as time went by, my body started to adapt. Definitely requires discipline and consistency.

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6. Do you have a training schedule? What is it like?

Yes, I do! It is very important when you’re still a student. I will have my run or swim in the morning before class, or after depending on my schedule. Tuesday night I will have my spinning class and Thursday night will be my night ride with Team NATO at Putrajaya. Weekends are usually for longer training sessions, either a long ride or doing all 3 with relatively shorter mileage.

7. Who do you usually train with?

Usually with my boyfriend when I am in my hometown, or with my good friends – Irene, Barry and Yoshi. I also train with local cycling teams like Team NATO and P2K and sometimes, I join tri clubs too!

8. Which was the most memorable race event and why!

National Triathlon Championship in Putrajaya and the SEA games selection.

It was my first Elite race! Very nerve wrecking and intense as I raced with the top athletes in Malaysia.

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9. What keeps you going?

The joy in doing swim, bike and run. Also, the people I train and race with.

10. Favourite event:

Port Dickson International Triathlon.

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11. Your inspiration:

I do not have an exact inspiration but what I believe is to bring out the best of myself in this sport, and be humble in what you do and achieve. Share more and you’ll learn more too!

12. Any advice for ppl who want to do what you are doing?

Ya! If you’re already an active person, great! Don’t shy away from this sport because of the commitment required in training. For the ladies, don’t be afraid to have a sun-kissed skin! Those tan lines from your swimsuit, tri-suit, cycling jersey and bib, running shorts etc are what you should be proud of!

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For beginners, just take every step slowly and don’t forget to recover well after every tough training session. Sometimes, doing too much too soon will give you unwanted injuries! Plus, it will get in the way of your training sessions.


Very wise words from Allison! Don’t be afraid to give TRI a try! And don’t forget to start SLOW! 😉

Thanks so much for your time, Allison! All the best and continue to give your best in all that you do!

xoxo

#AdeleWFOTW – Loh Voon Ying

#AdeleWFOTWWomen Feature Of The Week!

Anybody remember that hashtag? Yeah, I totally killed it. But I intend to bring it back! YAY!

I think I should change it to #AdeleWFOTMWomen Feature Of The Month!


So anyway, this month we have Loh Voon Ying! I actually engaged her a LOOOOONGGGG time ago, the first few on my list!

But, I totally messed it up and that was why I didn’t manage to publish it. But it is NEVER too late to feature this special girl.

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Voon Ying is a very humble, low key runner. But she’s no stranger in the running community.

When I first started running competitively, her name kept popping up everywhere. Everyone was just talking about her! To be honest, I was afraid of her because we hadn’t met before. We didn’t manage to cross paths until a few months later. I

was star struck when I finally got to meet her. She’s soft spoken, kind and super down to earth!

Read on to find out more about her:

1. How long have you been running?

12 years since 2005.

2. How did you get into running?

I started running to stay fit.

I decided to lace up my shoes and step out of the door during my teenage years, the time when a girl starts to care about her physical appearance. Girls are usually always worried about being fat even if they’re actually skinny.

It was hard at first. But fortunately, I had my brother and uncles (all of them experienced in running) as my coaches when I was new, so it became easier over time. I walked/ran, kept the distance short, took it slow and didn’t overdo it in the early days. I learnt a lot of running tips and got a lot of fitness guide from them. They play an important role in my running journey.

Running started as a way for me to stay fit, but now I run because I want to, it’s turned to a habit. Sometimes, I just enjoy feeling alone, feeling the wind, and feeling the heart beating, the panting and sweating! That’s what’s so incredible about running.

3. Do you join any running groups? If yes, which running group?

I joined Cari Runners in 2012, and officially Pacemakers on the 1st of August 2014 after being invited by Captain Ronnie. He has been a very helpful figure in my running journey.

19238672_1614652988546132_1367626231_oPAR 13 – I missed this race last year due to injury. Special thanks to Teck Wai for arranging everything!

4. Your profession:

Photoshop editor and admin staff.

5. How do you juggle work and running?

I’ll try to get on the road 3 days a week. If I plan to jog but unfortunately have to work overtime, I will surf Facebook less the night before and set early morning alarms the next day to get up and run.

6. Do you have a training schedule? What is it like?

I don’t have a running schedule. Usually plans that I’ve made for running don’t work out, either because of external factors or my weak determination (lol). So instead, I’ve just let it be flexible and try to run whenever I can with at least one tempo run per week.

7. Who do you usually train/run with?

Train with my bro but mostly solo.

8. Which was the most memorable race event and why!

Memorable race would be Larian Gegar Half Marathon 2015 where I injured myself. ☹

Lesson: Always pay full attention during a race, even if the race venue is very familiar to you. Never be careless!

And Twincity Marathon 2014 too, my very 1st sub 4 marathon. The thrill of crossing the finish line. You will learn that you are tougher than you ever give yourself credit for. I found out that I could go further than I once thought.

19389572_1614654168546014_1026890805_nMy Healthy Run – Finally managed to run 5 min/km (post injury)!

9.Favourite distance:

Half Marathon!

10. Who is your inspiration?

My brother Loh Voon Leong! He made me the runner I am today. You are the beginning of my running journey. 一切由你开始。19340080_1614624911882273_1221442525_oThe Loh siblings winning at the Raub Village Run – 13th May 2017!

11. Fav running quote:

“Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not.” -Dr. George Sheehan


Thanks Voon Ying!

I LOVE that last quote! Well said!

Running is for EVERYONE!

If you’ve been thinking of running, here’s the cue to get started!

My top tip is to GET A GROUP! FIND a bunch of CRAZY runners and ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

xxxx

What Your Fitness Regime Should Look Like

Hello!

We’re well into the THIRD month of the year. Where did time go?!

How is everyone doing?

I hope this post has helped you shape your fitness/physical/health/nutrition goals for 2017! What are they? DO SHARE!


Before we dive head in, we need to know the BASICS! Whatever your goals (running PBs, strength gains, yoga, cross fit, OCRs etc), we cannot run away from the fundamentals of fitness.

A well balanced fitness routine should have these components:

CARDIO

*my favourite component*

Your HEART is a vital organ. It beats to keep you alive. There are a million reasons why we need to preserve its function and strengthen it.

Even if you are not training for a run or a marathon, you cannot neglect this component. A strong heart pumps a greater volume of blood with each beat – more efficient (this means that your heart does not have to work as hard). For example, a strong heart may take 1 beat to pump X volume of blood whereas a weaker heart may take 4 beats to pump the same volume (this is not exactly how it works. I’m just SUPER simplying it. But you get the point)!

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Photo: Nathaniel Kelly

I know I’m getting stronger when my Garmin FR 235 reports a lower heart rate (compared to prev) at the same pace. 🙂

Why is that important?

EVERYTHING you do involves your heart. You are more able to walk, clean the house, run for the bus (that’s me), climb stairs (without huffing and puffing) etc with ease. It makes daily activities seem less of a chore. PLUS, it keeps many chronic/heart diseases at bay.

*For your heart to become stronger, you need to add a little stress. Only then, will it adapt.*

What to do: 30-60 minutes of running, jogging, swimming, cycling, dancing, boxing etc as long as you’re moving throughout! You can even throw in a few sprints to keep things interesting. Cleaning the house counts too (haha! :P). This should be done on most days (if not all) of the week!

Strength Training

Just like our heart, our muscles and joints need to be stressed too. With the right amount of stress, we are able to build/maintain lean muscle mass and strengthen our tendons, ligaments and bones. Again, these will help you with your day to day activities that involve lifting/carrying/pushing/pulling heavy objects.

IMG_3066Strenght training is important for everyone. Muscles help to increase the body’s metabolism (hello MORE FOOD. #jokes) as they need a lot of “food” for growth and maintanence. For older adults, you’ll tend to accumulate more fat and lose muscle mass more easily. You need a good amount of lean muscle mass to maintain metabolism and with stronger muscles and bones, you can prevent falls and broken bones!

What to do: You can start off with body weight exercises (decline push ups, squats, lunges etc) before adding weights. As you become stronger, you will need to add external loads to continue to GROW!

Stability and Mobility

This is the core of movement. We need to be able to MOVE within our full range of movement and maintain stability when we need to. If you lack this component, throwing in cardio and strength training will cause MORE problems such as lower back pain and unwanted injuries.

From the bottom up, our joints are arranged such that it is alternating between stable and mobile:

Foot – Stable

Ankle – Mobile

Knee – Stable

Hips – Mobile

Lumbar (Lower Back) – Stable

Thorax – Mobile

Scapula – Stable

Neck – Mobile

The lack of stability and mobility in any of the joints will affect your ability to move about comfortably. Even getting out of bed would be a chore!

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What to do: STRETCH every other day! Tight muscles hinder mobility! You can do it either when you wake up, post workout, while watching tv or just before bed! A little goes a long way. If you are pressed for time, hit the neck, chest, hips, hamstrings, glutes, calves and lower back. You can also do some balancing workouts to improve stability across your joints.

I always stretch for about 1 hour after my workouts while I’m reading articles/on social media. For me, it is a great way to CHILL! And then I plank for 2 mins front, left and right side!


With this in mind, I hope that you will be able to choose a program (or programs) that will cover all of the above.

With a well rounded fitness routine, you are more likely to maximise results while staying injury free! Go for the ones that YOU ENJOY and COMMIT to them. Everyone starts off as an amateur, not being “fit” or “good” enough (exactly WHY you shld get started, NOW!) is not an excuse!

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Believe in yourself. Have a little confidence. 🙂

HAVE FUN!

SUMMER BREAK 2016 – MALAYSIA

Hello from the OTHER SIDE

… again!

Reporting live from Sydney! Thank God I made it back in one piece (barely actually. haha). I FEEL SO EXHAUSTED. Sorry for being MIA (again!). I was busy with moving (2nd time and counting), work and most importantly, I HAD NO WIFI! #toughlife


The days leading up to my flight back to Sydney were absolute chaos (the good and the bad kind). Good because I had a lot of catch ups and meet ups. Bad because well, panic packing (HAAAAA!).

Leaving home for the second time was tough. You’re no longer going to a new place. While I have many other different things to look forward to (placement program, new temporary accommodation, meeting new ppl etc), there’s still that sense of familiarity. I’m not too sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Maybe it is neutral. I guess I’m anxious and excited at the same time. Excited that I’ll be going back and starting a new sem but ANXIOUS BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. GAHHHH!

But either way, I MISS HOME!

This is going to be a tough semester. It will be a steep learning curve on my end. Praying that I’ll stay sane and that all goes well!

NOT ready to do life (HAHAHAH!). I hope I will be able to update my blog and write as often as I would like to.


Let’s jump back to my summer break in MALAYSIA.

It was a good 2 months back home. I was able to do whatever I wanted to do and also catch up with family and friends.

My last 2 weeks in Malaysia (felt like dejavu from the last time I left) were “difficult”. SO many things had happened in that short span of time that I cannot even begin to describe what I went through. It felt like I was stuck in a blackhole. When you’re feeling everything between the extreme ends of the emotional meter, you just feel detached from reality. #lostRomans 15-13

In between the series of unfortunate events, I was able to see the silver lining (THANKFULLY!). There were also many things to be grateful for.


 

Shoving all unhappiness aside, I was VERY productive. I had written a long to-do list the minute I came home. I did not get through half of it until the last 2 weeks! We seem to able to function under pressure.

I felt a sense of urgency. Humans are funny. We only seem to appreciate when we lose/about to lose something. Just like how we only start to take care of ourselves when something goes wrong (sickness, disease etc) or how we seem to be able to complete an assignment 5 hours before it is due.

For me (and others), I felt the NEED to DO things and to SEE people (before going back to Sydney). Thank you to each and every one of you for spending your time with me (you know who you are).

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I guess my point is that we don’t DO enough or APPRECIATE enough until we don’t have the luxury of it anymore (whatever “it” is).

Don’t wait till it is too late. JUST DO IT!

This year, I am trying to make a conscious effort to just be present. I still find it difficult to BE in the moment. My mind is always in the future, worrying and thinking of what is ahead.

Ok, I shall not bore you with how I feel.


HIGHLIGHTS of my summer break:

IMG_1669First meal back home!

Had an extended family dinner the day I arrived! ALL THE MALAYSIAN FOOD! SO SO SO GOOD! Catching up with family over food is the best.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSIEW BAOS! Only the best from Jln Imbi. OH How I’ve missed you!

IMG_1955And of course, POPIAH! This uncle still remembers my special order.

IMG_1906Seafood dinner for my aunt’s birthday.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetFamily Wefie! It’s a thing now.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetTHUG LIFE with the granny.

FullSizeRender_1 copy 4Made it back in time to celebrate the life of this VERY SPECIAL PERSON. <3 Thanks for ALWAYS being there and having my back.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetOverdue massage sesh. Too much walking in Sydney. #toughlife haha!

IMG_1975Very old issue of Running Malaysia but I was still able to have that 5 seconds of fame-fan-moment.

IMG_2208Camp commy for this year’s VBSJourney Off the MapSORTA. Fell sick for the FIRST TIME in 2016 on the VERY first day of VBS! Talk about good timing (I BLAME ALL THE FOOD!).

On that note, I really thank God for my health throughout my time in Sydney. I had ZERO signs of sickness. #blessed

IMG_4473Tres Amigas Buenas! <3 ALWAYS a good time with these 2! #forlife

IMG_2429Trio! So good to catch up on each other’s lives. We’ve changed so much over the years but glad to know that some things still remain the same. 🙂

IMG_2258TT – Track Tuesday! I can ALWAYS count on them to crack lame jokes and to provide relevant updates on running/non-running/useless info in our group chat! I literally LAUGH OUT LOUD every time! So good to have them around.

IMG_2821MMT’s Tom, Dick and Harry’s 7th Anniversary! WOOHOO! Always feel right at home with this bunch. 🙂 Ever so supportive!

IMG_2828The girls <3

IMG_2830Trying to recreate our last pose. 😛

IMG_2714And of course, PUMA! <3 So much has changed. A lot of our “old” members have grown out of the group and moved on in their running life (very happy for them!). It was good to see the “new wave”.

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These 2. When we are together, we’re the loudest. #noshame #goodtimes!

IMG_3785MONASH-ians! <3 We haven’t seen each other in a long time but it felt just like our uni days. And hello JANEY!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSummer job at Fit Orange! I wouldn’t call it a “JOB”. More like PLAYTIME!

 

IMG_3582Decided to dedicate my time to training my brother. 2 months of working out consistently! #gains He is so much stronger and healthier now. I will definitely miss our training sessions together! I am glad to know that he has kept the momentum going. Always asking me for workouts and a plan. #happytears #allthefeels #proudsis

IMG_4140Getting my legs fixed at APPLE PHYSIO! Happy to announce that I am FEELING A LOT BETTER! Slowing getting back into the swing of things… VERY very very slow that is. I have come to realise that I am in it for the long run. Why rush?

Just enjoying every moment I get to MOVE! #grateful

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetThese guys… JOKERS! So full of themselves. #runningbrunchbuddies

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FullSizeRender copy 3More runs with MMT!

FullSizeRender_1 copyThanks Jason for the invite! Got a chance to try my very first spinning class! SO MUCH FUN!

Seriously, give it a go! You’ll be sweating buckets. Oh, and you are required to strap on a HR monitor… NO CHEATING!

PUSH! No pain, no GAIN!

IMG_3995Gong Xi Fa Cai with the #Garminbuddies

FullSizeRender copyMore session at Apple! I have a long way to go! THANKS JESS! <3 If you’re looking for a good physio, well, you’re looking at one! 😉

FullSizeRender copy 7With my fav kid! <3 Board games night with the church mates till… 2am?

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetHeart to heart talks and pigging out with Sylvia. What we do best! <3

 

IMG_4005Crab feast courtesy of Colin @ Crazy Crabs!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetIndian food. 30 ringgit for a roti in Sydney… I’ll be missing this!

FullSizeRender copy 5Lou sang with TT. So much laughter... my tummy was hurting!

FullSizeRender copy 2Brother’s 15th Birthday! <3

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetI miss having my kakak around! She has been with me for 27 years and counting! She is ALWAYS looking out for me and cooking all my fav foods. She knows me too well. <3

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSpecial thanks to Garmin Malaysia for all their SUPPORT in my fitness journey. From running to gym based workouts. These watches are so versatile, there is a function for everything! When I got injured, I was still able to track my HR, workouts, cycling etc!

IMG_4301Catching up with Lucas and his #rants. #jokes!

IMG_4261Always fooling around and having a good time at Fit Orange, talking about all things HEALTH and FITNESS!

FullSizeRender copy 4The bosses behind Fit Orange! Thank you once again for this awesome opportunity to explore EMS!

FullSizeRender_4Already missing this kid T_T!

FullSizeRender_3Lou sang with runners and someone who plays a crucial role in a runner’s life (physiotherapist!). Haha! Special thanks to Kian Ming for dinner!

FullSizeRender_2Special Lou Sang set @ Runner’s Cafe! It was really good, something different! If you’re a runner and live in Malaysia, CHECK THEM OUT!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetKC girls unite! I love how we just… CLICK! <3 #friendshipgoals

FullSizeRender_1ICE CREAM! #shamelessselfie #selfiestick #notmine

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetLast run in KL before I leave! Shoes were washed and ready to go! Oh, and thanks to Puma Malaysia for these AWESOME minimalist kicks!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetFinally got to meet Kian Ming and his wife, Ee Leng! Before this, we’ve only ever “seen” each other on social media. I love how that brings people together! Thanks for being so genuine, down to earth, supportive, encouraging and #real. 

Somebody has got a goal to hit this year. 😉 Watch out world!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetRunning TWIN! She’s always keeping me up to date about ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING! I’m still amazed at how similar we are – food and running! I miss running with you! Come to Sydney for a run kay? All the best to your #roadtosub345! That goal is yours, go get it! 🙂

IMG_4552MCKL-ians! Missing our Skype sesh! This bunch will ALWAYS be there when you need em. LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH! <3

IMG_4563Last yummy dinner before I left for Sydney!

Pre-CNY family dinner! <3 MISSING YOU GUYS! <3


Just some of the BEST bits of my Summer! I’m sure I’ve missed out on many other things. I apologise in advance if I’ve left you out (def not intentional)!

SO SORRY to those that I’ve not been able to catch up with! Next round.

Back to reality now. Back to the grind!


Keep an eye out for another update…

because HELLO WIFI!

 Till then, keep doing #YOU!