I've got an early Christmas gift from my Santa

My husband presented me a GPS-enabled sports smartwatch, Amazfit Pace to me on one fine evening. He said, "For you as a motivation to keep on running. "
How sweet and thoughtful of him right? A man who never buy me diamond, flowers, perfume, and clothes. However, always buying me running shoes, running cap, running apparels and now this running watch, ain't he weird and lovely at the same time?

I never asked for a watch like Amazfit Pace that has so many features like notifications on incoming calls, messages and other apps, GPS on tracking route and distance, phone-free music and sleep tracking. I only need the basic tracking of activities like running and other sports.

Since my loved one gave me an early Christmas gift of such a cool smartwatch and also the pairing Bluetooth headphones, I must be thankful and appreciate his thoughtfulness and kindness.

I m still in the midst of familiarizing with all the features in my new watch.

Personally, I find this watch looks very trendy and sporty. 

So, I foresee I still have to run miles and miles in the year 2018.

First on scene

Today, I would love to share a short film that I act as the only female role. It was a short film for a local filming contest. I was actually recommended by a male colleague to his friend, R. Chan. 

My colleague passed me a script and asked me to feedback to him my interest in the character and the film shooting. After confirming with him on the venue and the date that the shooting would take place. I accepted the role of playing as a devious and scheming character. 

I have just got the link on YouTube from Chan recently. I forwarded to my university mates chat group, one of them screenshot the following scene for me as memory. 

I wanted to thank my colleague Allen for introducing me to his friend Chan. I want to thank Chan for his patient in guiding me to act. Of course, I want to thank my hubby for encouraging me to try. 

Those involved behind the scene are all young men graduated from UTAR. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to work with them, they make me feel young and they make my childhood dream comes true in 2017. lol!
I always love acting. Though it is just a short film, I enjoy every single take in the shooting.  Well, you guys can have a look at the link below. 

Another run in 2017

I never thought of having another run after my run that I mentioned here until I saw the Taiping Prestavest Memorial Park charity run registration form that shared on FB. The run was on 5 November, and I believe this could be my last run in 2017.

Though this run was in Taiping, I have never been to run at the actual trail before. It was kind of excited for me to run on the totally unfamiliar trail. As usual, I didn't sleep that good on the night prior to my run. My breakfast before leaving home was bananas and oatmeal. The organizer had set up plenty of food for our breakfast, we were served with nasi lemak, fried noodles, bananas, guavas, isotonic, Milo, and sandwiches. I  took a sandwich and again a banana. Then I went for a slow jog to warm myself up. As it was raining heavily the evening before, so the air was very cooling and clean in the morning.  The weather was beautiful. 

There were 4KM fun run and 8 KM race by running two rounds on the same route of 4KM. This picture was taken by the helper after my first 4KM, and I was told that I was leading in women veteran group.

I completed my 8KM in 38 minutes that showed in my Mi Fit app. I bagged myself the 1st prize, a big trophy, RM300 cash, the great satisfaction, and happy memories.

He is the men senior veteran category champion. He is also the men veteran category champion in KOBL 10KM 2017 and Perak Koperasi Run 2017. Whenever I met him, I would seek his pieces of advice on training. He never failed to enlighten me.

My first run was in KOBL 2015, I didn't join any run in 2016. This year, I have totally joined 5 runs this year. My results were 3 champions, 1 first runner-up, and 1 second runner-up.

I still run 8.5km 4 times a week now. My next year plan is joining 3 running events. 

My big big girl....

The daughter of April's nanny's sent me pictures of April through FB messager.  The pictures were taken when April was only 1 year old at the birthday celebration of the nanny's husband.
Whereas, the below pictures were taken last month during our stay at Ixora Hotel, Prai on our Merdeka day. My precious baby girl was grown up. She is now a big big girl and very much into KPop.
She is doing great in her study in Primary 1. She is training hard in table tennis too. She loves her dad very much and sometimes makes me jealous because of not loving me as much as she loves her dad.
No wonder, some say daughter must be father's lover from his past life.

My kind of breakfast

When I was given a chance to have buffet breakfast, I would sure get myself a plate of fruit and vegetable salad, two half boiled eggs, a bowl of oats with nuts and raisins and two glasses of milk. Bread and scones are optional if my stomach still has space to expand.

My first-day breakfast from Ixora Hotel, Prai.

My second-day breakfast from Ixora Hotel, Prai.

These were how I ate my breakfast, I was at Ixora Hotel, Prai during our the last Merdeka holiday. When I took heavy breakfast like this, I would eat very light at lunch and skip dinner entirely.

It is said that the best way to live is to breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper. This is proven the best of losing weight.

I need to improve my run

April, May and I signed up for Larian Koperasi Perak 2017 that held on 10 September 2017 in my town. April was in secondary school 5KM category, May was in primary school 3.5KM and I was in women veteran 7KM category.

Honestly, I told my beloved family that I was going to bag myself a champion, but too bad that I could only make it for 2nd place this time. Yes, I was kinda disappointed at myself.

As for my two daughters,  May was at position 12th,  April was at position 23rd in their own category. Not a bad result, I reckon.

Let me tell more about my run, I was leading just a minute I started off.  After running about 3KM, two people ran close behind me. Just one glance, I saw a lady and a man ran neck to neck. The lady wanted to overtake me, and she could easily do it that time. However, the man who ran next to her did the side coaching by instructing her to stay behind me and keep the pace. I heard their conversation clearly, as he didn't speak just once, but a few times to remind her to keep following my pace. I tried to ignore them, but to be honest, they affected my running performance.

Just 1.5 KM to finishing line, the man instructed her to speed up and overtake me. It was my weakness that I had run out of fuel, and I couldn't pace up at last and thus lose the run.....T____T.

Apparently, the lady who won the champion and the man who coached her are from the same running group. This running group won the most amount of prizes in this event. I got to know this from the paper on the next day.

It is a good lesson and experience for me. I take it positively that there was someone who wanted to win badly by having side coached by the group member throughout the run, and I completed my run all on my own proudly.

I have got a prize money of RM100. Minus our registration fees (April RM20, May RM10 and myself  RM30), I still had RM40 to spend on the dinner as in the picture below. lol!

Since I couldn't bag the champion this time, I know I can't stay running my comfortable pace anymore, I must improve my running techniques in my future training. I hope I can do better in my next run.

p/s: To anyone who read this post, please share with me whether it is right to have side coaching loud and clear during a race. I always run alone in the gym and I take part in not more than 5 running events. 

Hatyai and Danok 3D2N trip

On 4 - 6 August 2017, I went for a 3D2N trip with my 11 zumba buddies to Hatyai and Danok. First time, I went with a group of girl friends without my spouse and children. I was very much anticipating the trip. I applied and got my leave approved two months before the date. I packed my travel outfits 2 weeks before the the trip. I was so excited like a child looking forwards to her first field trip with her classmates. lol!

However, I was so busy at work on the last few days before the trip. I worked from home until 1 am for 3 continuous nights. Luckily I got all the urgent issues settled on the night prior to the date. Therefore, I was able to keep a good spirits for the entire trip.

The pictures below will be able to tell the story of how enjoyable and happy that I was in the trip.

A few hours after the journey was started, when our transport stopped at the rest place.

Posing for the album at the hotel lobby.

We visited the Khlong Hae floating market.

Stainless Steel temple is the only one attraction that we went in Hatyai. 

Second day, we left Hatyai and went to stayed at Danok, and we visited the Asian Cultural Village. 

These were the twelve of us and we ate together at the meal time during the trip. The food pictures below can do the talking of how delicious the food in Hatyai. 

Other than having dim sum, chicken rice, we had mangoes kelabu, Tom Yam kung, grilled trotter, petai, omelette, green curry, tofu, and seafood. The Thai food at Hatyai is irresistible good.

Other than sight seeing and feasting on Thai food, we ladies did a great shopping too. This trip was a bit too short and we did not have time for the Thai massage.
Upon returning from the trip, these were some of my members with their shopping loots. Everyone shopped until dropped.

I went with one small black hand carry bag, and I brought back home another 3 bags, 1 basket and 1 box of Thai goodies, snacks and instant noodles.

I bought a Captain America T shirt for my husband, ADDA sandals for April and May, banana bread from 7 Eleven, Bento snacks, Snail White body lotions, Milk Plus salt scrub and lotions, Thailand junkfood and a few items were not in the pictures.

Frankly I still don't get enough shopping of the things that I like. I want to go to Hatyai again, because I enjoy the shopping and the food there a lot.