Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dec11 - Chin Woo Biathlon 2011

Every year, I would hear triathletes telling me that Chin Woo Biathlon is a must-do race of the year. 
Fact : its fun. 
Fact : only 1 biathlon in Malaysia
Fact : easy to win money (hey, I need sponsorship for my registration fees)

This would be my official 2nd Biathlon event I've ever done. My first was at Singapore Tribob Singapore Sprint Series. It was an experience of jelly legs after the swim to the run.
Got there in the morning, not knowing what to do or where to go.
Met up with a few friends, saw the racing schedule. Aiks!! My category only starts in 2hrs time.
Lanes were horizontally lined so you are actually swimming 25m per lap.
KS & the youngest competitor
KS on the shallow end where there were no ropes.
I was on the other side of the pool. 
Not really giving much motivation coz I know this is actually *sup-sup water* to him.
More towards as a marker for sighting so that he can swim straight.
But that quite didn't help coz the other people were going zip-zagging.
The run of 3 loops & return to the killer hill
I wasn't there to support him coz next was my turn.
I was listening very attentively since it was my first time.
I was on the 3rd lane from the left.
Well, it was a major challenge coz 1st lane had Teoh Sue Ling & 2nd had Lesley.
Sue Ling - state way
Lesley - she can bike & run, but totally improved on her swim. 
Nearly the end of the swim, she was about 25m ahead of me.
This, I didn't quite understand, we had to run up the stairs to get to the road.
Talk about getting blood to your legs....phew
Adrenaline rush running out....I tend to sprint too fast in the start...
And i could see Lesley in front of me, like for 100m, then bye-bye.
I knew I was the 4th female out. On the last loop, I could see the 3rd female in front of me.
State swimmer but not a runner. She had gained alot of time in the swim.
KS said she actually did all 4 strokes : back, butterfly, breaststroke & freestyle.
She really took her time coz she was fast, but she didn't expect Sue Ling just seconds in front of her.
Anyway, about 400m to go, I was slowly creeping up behind her, until she realised me & sped ahead.
The ultimate hill...phew...really...only 200m of total gradient.
Behind her at 50m, I crossed the finish line with a big smile.
Why? Coz I had so many supporters.
Oh, that's actually KS asking me to run across the line again for photo session =p
After that, all drench, we stood there, chit chatting & camwhore.
Left : Lesley (2nd), me (4th) & Sue Ling (1st)
Right : Carmen, Lesley, Lydia & me.
Prizes? No money, just merchandise.
Well, I knew there wasn't any cash prize. 
I join for the excitement & FUN!!! =p
Coz myself a box of powerbar endurance drink, shirt, towel & plaque.
Women Open
Men Veteran
Women Veteran
Men Open
Boys Open
traded my small plaque with Lesley coz I complained mine too small.
We were lounging around exchanging our prizes.
I traded my tube of endurance drink for gels instead.
Participant dri-fit shirt
We came out in chinese papers...but dunno why they go put Lesley's pic so big
when she's not the Champion..hahaha
Someone translated to me "with arms held high" hence the pic.
Lucky she got shave her armpit hair...hahahha

Jenn 2008 results : 750m swim (21m13sec) & 5km (31mins).
Jenn 2011 results : 800m swim (17m30sec) & 7km (56m24sec)
KS results : 800m swim (17m23sec) & 7km (53m37sec)

Apr10 - Wat's the DEAL about DANCE?

Wanna get the attention of the public? There's the media such as radio, TV & newspapers.
But we all know that, especially in Malaysia, all these medias are pretty much controlled by the government.
I'm not dissing the government, ok fine...not just Malaysia then.

Cyberspace internet has been with us since....actually I really don't remember when.
I only remember when I was in college...err...1996-98, I remember playing around the chatroom called IRC.
Actually met alot of frens that way. Then email came in. Then ICQ *oh oh*
Hmm..Friendster, then....there's one more i forgot, then Facebook..the latest craze.

About last year, online deals started popping up one after another like popcorn.
I was a total addict with it. 
Heck! Full body massage+sauna+body scrub for only RM49??!!
How does the shop earn anything from it?
KS actually got me 6sessions of facial for only RM60. That's RM10 only per session.
Well, that didn't stop me when I got to Adelaide.
Started subscribing to multiple websites with deals, until I came across
$29 for 8 dance classes. Once a week. That would occupy my time for 2 months.
Ok, objective is. Occupy my time rather than mop on loneliness until KS joins me in June.
So, I went & bought 2 vouchers. Twice a week classes...woohoo!!
And dancing is what I like to do.
Australia Dance Theatre aka ADT is located about 20-30min bike ride from my place.
So that's pretty convenient.
I joined the Tues Contemporary Beginner's class at 730-830pm
And Thurs Dance Fit class at 6.30-730pm
My first class? Half way from the office in the city to ADT, I realised that I forgot my phone.
Went back to the city. By the time I got to ADT, I was already worn.
Registered myself, took a pre-dinner & rested.
Never danced contemporary before. It feels like a combination of jazz & ballet together.
After class, our instructor went to each one of us for a chat.
She said to me that if there was a challenge, she would recommend me.
*blush* Not good with compliments, I smiled, said my thanks & bow.
Seriously!!! After my return from Tokyo, when I'm speechless, I bow with thanks...*shake head*
Let's not forget about ebay.
Let's just say that I bought a heater *winter is coming* for only $1.

*cue evil laugh*

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Apr1 - Adelaide Indofest 2012

My first official outting in Adelaide would be the Indonesia Festival aka Indofest on April Fool's Day.
How did I get to know about it? Saw them setting up the tents as my bus was going by. Actually you can find out more info on what's going on at the City of Adelaide website.
Running on the 31Mar (PM) & 1Apr 2012.
Upon entrance, I was provided a pamplet & a sponspored Mi Goreng cup.
Hmm..something for my late nite snacks since I doubt I can find mamak around here.
Booths were setup providing information on Indonesia. 
The country, culture, language etc.
Let's not forget a little bit of Aussie ie. coffee
We were entertained with their traditional music at the Music & Dance workshop
Then it was time for lunch for me. kekekek..always pick the perfect time to experience their authentic cuisine.
Does the word "malang" means differently in Indonesia?
Coz in Malay language, it's known as Bad Luck....hmmm
My lunch was Lamb rendang with briyani rice & dessert of blackbean w coconut milk.
Thankfully, I brought my container with me coz the rice portion was huge!!
At the main stage, lots of people sat to be entertained.
Mainly dances though....oh, the Aussie MC can speak perfect Indo language.
Which is also something like Malay language but with a deeper accent.
Not sure what dance this is but seems kinda malay with the kebaya & baju melayu.
Very colourful & graceful
Mo-lah...we love the outdoors here
This totally get the kids entertained.

And what did i learn today?
errr....darn...I had that answer ready somewhere =p