Standard Chartered 10K

Some days I think Forrest Gump had the right idea when he dropped everything and just kept running. He just felt like running.

Quoting Forrest, “That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.”

One run can change your day, many runs can change your life.

Keep right on going! That’s what I told myself after putting off running for almost nine months. Last Sunday I participated the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, a prominent annual marathon event held in Kuala Lumpur. The sense of participating with a total of 35,000 other runners is overwhelming. A few of us took part in the 10KM – Leisure category, cut-off time being 2 hours.


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What’s on my Nokia Start Screen?

When it comes to personalizing my phone, I spend a huge amount of time arranging the apps in a way that they keep me productive. A smartphone is capable of much more than just phone calls, it is a powerful tool for socializing and capturing moments. I am dazzled by the beautiful yellow Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41 megapixel camera.

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I’ve been using the Lumia 1020 for a while now and I got quite a dozens of essential apps installed on my phone. On a day-to-day basis, I use my phone mainly for social networking, browsing the web, taking pictures and listening to music, not so much of making phone calls these days. I thought I’d share some of my favourite apps with you.

Nokia 1020

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My Germany Home and Away Jersey

When die Mannschaft fire up their game on the road to winning their World Cup title, I told myself I am definitely getting the away jersey. The red-black away jersey completes the white home jersey I already owned. My very first jersey is the orange colour tiger-inspired Team Malaysia’s jersey, which I put on every time there’s a national match be it football, squash or all-time favourite badminton tournament.

The home jersey features a ribbed V-neck with striking red shades of graphic in front and the Deutscher Fussball-Bund badge woven on the left chest. I love the embroidered details, as well as “Die Nationalmannschaft” on the collar. I am 5’7″ and weigh 158 pounds. The medium size which I bought is slightly longer and is loose fit, especially useful when I need to conceal my manly tummy.

Then came the 4 stars jersey which is released in honor of Germany’s 4th World Cup title. This time I ordered a small size for a tighter fit and I really love the vintage design. A fitting jersey which is just great for anytime use. Somehow I feel the away jersey is a tad lighter despite both made from Climacool (polyester) material. If one notices close enough, Adidas has put in some texture on the away jersey too!

Mataking Island day trip

Azure sky, sapphire and crystal water are the adjectives one can describe the Mataking Island, an island paradise off the shore of Semporna, the mainland town on the east coast of Sabah. Sprawling with the other islands of Bohaydulong, Pandanan and Kalapuan at the Celebes Sea, it is less than 45 minutes boat ride from Semporna jetty.

This was a short vacation for me after attending my sister’s wedding in Tawau. A day trip to the island for a non-diver like me is always fun, though it was such a waste because the island is a well-known diving haven.



Marine police were seen patrolling the coast, it seems security has been beefed up since the recent intrusion and kidnapping cases. It is hollow thinking to say that Sabah is not safe just because of the recent events.


The boat ride to Mataking was nothing but scenic and the water ripple reminds me of what I get to see only on wallpapers. So does the rest of the photos I took at the island with my Nokia Lumia 1020.

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