Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gasing bushwalk

Upon entering Hutan Pendidikan Bukit Gasing (Gasing Hill Education Forest) three weeks ago, I came upon heartbreak..a mini landslide and a fallen young tree.
The roots holding on to the ground were ripped out and this created a fragile area where the earth became loose enough to slide off the banks. Perhaps strong wind brought the tree down? Or authorities in charge of this ‘green lung’ is constructing a concrete walkway, therefore requiring some re-construction of that area?

Not far away was a small bridge with concrete base. It is no doubt good for its function but definitely not in a forest!!! Correct me if I’m worng but I thought this ‘green lung’ is a reserved forest. The stream flowing through has turned into a man made drain….longkang! And this is no more a reserved forest as it has been turned or transformed into a man made park!

Was it necessary?

As the name is Education, was can a man made bridge in a reserved forest teach us?

Perhaps some may say it was built for trekking ease. Well, if anyone who wants to have an easy peesy jungle trek, tell them to go and walk in their neighbourhood park! Obviously they have no idea how a REAL tropical rainforest is. Turning Gasing ‘green lung’ into a man made Education Forest ? Pui!! I spit on that! Maybe one day some “expert” will come up with a plan to have man made stream filled with aquarium fish!

Ok, enough of my babbling about all this…

Take a rest…have a seat…

… and think about our wounded Mother Nature. Let’s do something to help heal her. There are many simple steps we can take and here are your simple one, two, three….

1.Save water, use half a tank to flush your wee-wee. Don’t waste by using full tank.
2.Reduce electricity usage. When using aircon, turn the thermostat up by 2 degrees as this will reduce electricity consumption and will mean less carbon dioxide discharge into the atmosphere in energy production. Less CO2, less contribution to global warming.

Stream is like our blood vein so this muddy stream means the forest is bleeding.

At the top of one side of the hill, telecommunication station stands tall with the view of old klang road.

Message for us all

Keep on enjoying Mother Nature

Man in the mirror, please heal the world

Global warming….climate change… ice shelf broken and melting fast…more severe cyclone… earthquake… landslide… snowstorm…

Plants and animals are perishing…species we have yet to discover are gone forever…

Natural medicine from Mother Nature is gone one by one…

Our world is badly wounded...Mother Nature is hurt...

This month alone…
Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar
Earthquake in Sichuan, China
Lives are lost and more are dying…30,000….70,000…100,000…the numbers keep climbing…

Sad and difficult times ahead...the worst are yet to come…

Let's pray to God, our creator, for forgiveness...
Pray for comfort, wisdom, and strength to carry on...

And do what we can to SAVE OUR EARTH! and SAVE THE INNOCENT!!!

Listen to these songs and reflect on the lyrics….Man In The Mirror, Heal The World(Even though MJ has become a weirdo, his earlier songs mean a lot!)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Melaka A Famosa International Triathlon 2008

The night of Friday 9th May was a difficult night to fall asleep. That’s because the next day will be another milestone for me. I’m venturing into triathlon after many persuasions, encouragements and invitations from triathletes and Ironman. I must thank them all!

Saturday 10th May. The day has come for me to swim, ride and run. Oh boy, it’s gonna be fun, fun fun!

After picking up Yit Thing,Yip and loaded our bikes in the car, we zoomed off to meet the rest at Iron River (Sg. Besi) toll.
Okie dokie....bikes are in!

Question…do Ironman drink from Iron River? Hahahaha!

Yit Thing, Dr Rum, Barry & Yip having breakfast at Iron River toll

Before we knew it, traffic jam came into play. Just after passing Nilai exit, cars, trucks, buses were on a choca block crawl. We thought, as usual when meeting such jams that it must be due to an accident or some road blocks by police or JPJ. Yeah, we were right but the accident was just before Seremban exit toll, meaning we had to crawl for quite a distance. Riding with our bikes was a thought but with fumes blowing into your face every second is a definite no no. Therefore, it was a 2 hour crawl. Kanasai !!

Crawl until I wanna zzzzz oredi lah…

We finally reached A Famosa before 2.30pm ...

and after a quick registration, we headed to the restaurant for a much needed late lunch where some of us had to wait a bloody long time…again!

There were only 3 tables occupied but looking at who’s working and you’ll know they really know how to do their ‘relak-ing’ as what they always say…relak ah…


Anyway, we hurried with our check in and the bungalow accommodating us all was splendid! Wish that is my house…hehe!

First time tomato use a yellow duckie cap so kinda look sakai with it huh…hahaha!
Dr Rum in his new stylo the very mylo tri attire.

Sprint distance 500m swim, bike 18km, run 3km…here comes the crazytomatoman!

We’re off splashing in the so called chicken, duck & monkey toilet lake. Fortunately there was no chicken smell, no duck smell, no monkey smell and their terrible kanasai taste…phew!

In the run, I roll instead of run and in the lake, instead of swimming, tomato was floating …took 17 minutes to float 500m…that’s why I was top10…from the bottom lah! Hahaha! Yup, I was the last few splashing out and when I’m on my bike, I went a rollin’….yeah!
Very the syok “sayur-ing” riders and runners…hehe!
Yup...i was one of the last to get on my bike...

Finished with a time of 1hr 8min, position 14th in the category I’m in, although the time recorded by officials was 1hr 12min. Guess they started timing as soon as the kids were flagged off.

Oh what a overwhelming feeling to finally crossing the finish line in my first triathlon…a sprint distance only lah…but it was fun! Super syok afternoon!

Dr Rum was way in front, finishing 12th in 1hr 3min.

Mich was also doing her debut and she did it with style….finishing 3rd…a podium finish!

Emma was unfortunate to be mislead away from the bike route and she ended up doing 4km more than all of us. Even so, she still got 2nd!!! Finish sprint triathlon together with was an honour to cross the line with an Ironman Yahoo!!! I got a triathlete medal together with Ironman Dr Rum and Michelle

Carbo loading dinner at Cowboy Town

After carbo loading, it's time to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

6am.....breakfast time....

It's time for Triathlon Olympic Distance....1.5km swim 40km bike 10km run

Guess whose legs are those…as you can see, no bulu so those belong to hot chics lah.

Relay team members

Yip, Siok Bee, Michelle, Emma, Yit Thing & John

The main event for the weekend was flag off at 8am. This time the swim was something to look forward to as it's no more a 'just for fun' sprint. It's the real deal triathlon.

After the leading pack emerged from the lake and ran up to the transition area, together with relay riders, we walked up to transition area to put on our helmets and cleat shoes, waiting for our relay partners.

Yip who’s swimming will also do the run for Team Tomato-Ultraman in the Mens Relay. For an ultra runner like him, 10km is sap sap water lah.

After he handed over the blue wristband, I zoomed off pedalling like being chased by crazy dogs! That was after Dr Rum handed the relay to Yit Thing. She took off at least 5 min ahead. Go Stingray!

Sayur-ing is fun especially those who are riding their very expensive bikes…hehehe! So there we go…Merida riders.

After much huffing and puffing, i did the 38km ride in 1hr 12min. Yip was fresh and he came back in 40min in the run.
Yes!!! and team Tomato-Ultraman finished 3rd!!
Wow…what a debut relay it was. Fantastico!

In the Mixed Relay, team Stingray of Dr Rum, Yit Thing and John also came in 3rd!!!

Team Tomato-Ultraman
For newbies, the number 3 is very significant. We all finished 3rd in our debut!
Michelle, Dr Rum (his first mixed relay) Yit Thing, John, Yip and tomatoman…6 of us.

And….my car’s number plate is 3..3..6…..hahaha!
Tomatoman's 336
What a coincidence…..or is sit?

Unbelievable? Believe it……

Friday, May 9, 2008


Wacha looking at....punk???!!
Hear ye hear ye!!!!!!!

If you are a runner and have your blog, this is good on...

Hello Guys,
I have more good news for runners who blogs or having their own webpage.adidas had again brought in more very high performance technical runningshoes to be given away free to runners to wear-test them & to post intheir blog a very frank & unprejudiced opinion about the shoes after 30days of usage.The sizes are limited and I have them in size UK 5.5 , 7.5 , 8.5 & 10.5.Those wishing to possess these shoes will have to comply with thefollowing terms & condition :
1 ) Come to the adidas office to fit the shoes.
2 ) Undertake to post a comment in their blog ( about the performance ofthe shoes ) after 30 days of usage.
3 ) Must be a blogger or has his/her own website.

If you are interested pls make an appointment with me as detailed below

Office address:
adidas Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Block B , Level 4, Plaza Damansara
45 Media Setia 1
Bukit Damanasara
Kuala Lumpur

Tel Office : 03 - 20804843
Mobile No : 012 - 3503668
E-Mail : krishnan.karuppan

This offer expires on 30th May 2008 & the shoes will be given out onfirst-come-first-serve basis . For those who had participated in this program previously are also welcomed BUT it would be appreciated that they give other blogger an opportunity to participate

Best Regards
Krishnan Karuppan
Head of Runningadidas Malaysia

Boys to Men???

When you give boys their toys, they go nuts over it...

When you give men their toys...i mean bikes.....they go goo ga-ga over it...

Even the girl had no idea what a guy can do to his....err....ahem......or figure it out lah.

And when you tell a girl she can only have one bike, she can't make up her mind cos she wants them all!!! Can I have fries with that too?!?!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Did I marry the right person?

This is a very good article I got from a friend.

Those who are still single may learn something from here...

Those who are already married may take it as a guideline to improve your marriage & relationship ...


During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question.

She said, 'How do I know if I married the right person?'

I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, 'It depends. Is that your husband?'

In all seriousness, she answered 'How do you know?'

Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it's weighing on your mind.

Here's the answer.

EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with your spouse/partner. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked their idiosyncrasies (unconventional behavior/habit).

Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called 'falling' in love... Because it's happening TO YOU.

People in love sometimes say, 'I was swept off my feet.' Think about the imagery of that __expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU.

Falling in love is easy. It's a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria (excitement) of love fades. It's the natural cycle of EVERY relationship.

Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always wel! come (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts.

The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, 'Did I marry the right person?'

And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when marriages breakdown.

People blame their spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for fulfillment. Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most obvious.

But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances. But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It lies within it. I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else. You could.

And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better. But you'd be in the same situation a few years later.


SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It'll NEVER
just happen to you. You can't 'find' LASTING love. You have to 'make' it day in and day out.

That's why we have the __expression 'the labor of love.' Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it takes WISDOM.

You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage work. Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery.

There are specific things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your marriage. Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships.

Just as the right diet and exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your relationship WILL make your marriage stronger. It's a direct cause and effect.

If you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable... you can 'make' love. Love in marriage is indeed a 'decision'... Not just a feeling.

Remember this always:

'God determines who walks into your life.
It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.'

Monday, May 5, 2008


Sports fashion attire label M.I.C.H.

Latest arrival!!!!!

Limited edition!!!!!

Check out this one of a kind sports fashion attire. This design is based on real endurance sporting events.

Specially designed by Michelle...ooh lala...a hot babe in a hot sports attire!!!!

Riding King

Monday May 5, 2008
King qualifies for world endurance championship

MELBOURNE: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin qualified for next year's world endurance championship to be held in Terengganu when he completed the gruelling Nanango three-Star 160km International Endurance ride near Kingaroy in Queensland, yesterday.
The King, 45, was one of five Malaysians to join an international field of about 50 riders from New Zealand, Japan, Poland, Britain, the United Arab Emirates and Australia in the ride. They started their ride at 5am.
Tuanku Mizan completed the course in under 13 hours 20 minutes to qualify for the world event which requires a rider to finish the 160km ride twice on the same horse.
The King, who was astride Pharoh, rode the same horse in Queensland last year in the first leg.
Tuanku Mizan had already qualified for the world championships when he rode Ibrahim in Dubai in January and again in Abu Dhabi in February within the qualifying time.
This has given the King the choice to decide which horse, Ibrahim or Pharoh, to ride in Terengganu in the November world meet.
Royal Terengganu Endurance Stables general manager Che Mat Din said the 160km ride was tough and tested the competitors' strength, determination and riding skills.
The King loves horses and loves riding. He is a world-class endurance rider and he has competed in many parts of the world. – Bernama

Do you think he speaks in lingo like this?…….

Hey rider, did ya have enuff carbos in ya loading last nite? Man, I lau-sai a lot before I could put on my gloves. Must be the nasi briyani again….
Gotta load plenty of ORS and powergels, mate.
Ok, saddle up & let’s ride!!

If only he rides road bikes…..

Labour Day Brick

No, not the clay bricks or ‘batu-bata’ that we use to build our houses or buildings. Brick in the triathlete or this endurance sports slang means doing bike ride and run, as I was told. No idea why it’s called in such manner so don’t throw a brick at me when I can’t answer your question ya. Later I become tomato puree….being pureed by a brick! Hahaha!

Anyway, lemme cut da crap and let’s see some action pix.

Gaya ada tapi basikal mahal P2C bukan dia punya.....sob ....sob...that's why I looked like dreaming.

Which is hotter....the bike or the babe?
No clouds ah??? Aiyo....sunburn liao...

Eh, we IM people no problem do 60km sap the water only...

Your wheels can go faster in IM ah?

We had a Labour Day brick session in Putrajaya. It was an honour to train with Ironman Dr Rumbling Rum, Siok Honey-Bee, Heng & Wendy….and Sahara Ultraman, Ngae.
Jason, Kiat, Julie, Michelle were there as well, training for upcoming Afamosa triathlon, Powerman, although still many months away and hopefully duathlon series will materialise this year.
But seriously, we all are addicted to these endurance sports. Addicted to our own natural body drugs….endorphine, adrenalin….hehehe…ooh yeah! Areeba areeba karamba!!!!

So we started with a warm up slow run, men 5km and women 3km. A particular MAN did 4km….err….i dunno what to say lah….half man / half woman???

Ok, back to the carpark after that short run, we were met by Kiat and Heng who joined us for the 50km – 60km ride.

We rode in San Francisco??

Leading the bike pack was none other than Wendy on her P3C that had us kelam kabut behind smelling burnt rubber. The only way we caught up was when she stopped at junctions waiting for us cos she doesn’t know where to go. Kekekeke!

From the big dreaded hill leading to exit to airport toll, she zoomed off again and tomatoman with itchy bum tried to follow. Rolling down the hill was “sap sap water” but on the flat stretch, my legs started to curse me. Fastest I went was 42km/h but still behind her. Of course lah, she got Cervelo mah…
But nearing the toll plaza, the gap to reach her increase further & further. Heading back and stopping unde the flyover waiting for the rest, I got down and jelly legs already shaking. Ciaklat liaw!….I do need to limlat lah.

From there onwards to the gentle slope behind Putrajaya was a slower ride. Averaging 20km/h ++ only….hahaha! But going that speed was too slow for the rumbling Dr. Rum. He kissed somebody’s ass…..oh…I mean his front wheel kissed somebody’s rear wheel and… piang jatuh eh bukan longkang….luckily a slow and gentle crash on the jalan, with style.

What he saw before he rumbled down to the road.

Eh, why you laugh?!?!?!?!

Hee Hee Hahahaha!!!!!!!!!

Too bad no crash pix lah....censored...

So my friend was right. Last year he told me if you lose, must lose in style with the stylo the mylo attire. And now, if crash must crash gracefully also lah…. :P

Anyway, back at the carpark, we switch wheels with running shoes. Sorry no photos here cos nothing exciting happened…..hehehe!

At 10am doing 10km run in Putrajaya is really gila-ya. Hot like mad, as if running in an oven. All along the way to PICC, we looked for shaded track. Thank God there are toilets, which were our beloved water stations.

At the mosque roundabout, I always wondered why they installed water cooler at alternate light posts….ah, so that’s why…for dried up people torturing themselves in the sun! Hahaha! The cool water was heaven lah….

Water cooler!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See…after wallaping water from the cooler, pose for pix oso stylo.
The mosque at a different time of the day

From there back to carpark was a good sprint. And from then on, we had our brunchea (breakfast + lunch + tea break…hehe!) in Serdang/Sri Kembangan.

Memang sedap!!!!

Sorry no pix of the yummylicious foody goody cos tummy controlled the brain to take spoon and scooped food into mouth.

Next brick lah….
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