Thursday, December 27, 2007


How it started.. sprint is for kids only! Hahaha...
Then when I look at Ringo, my ex-schoolmate 'elephant pregnancy' I think I better not stop doing this. (Ringo in light yellow shirt, earning five figure salary in Malakoff make him 'pregnant' LOL)
Then I met the superstar, make mama jealous! Kim b4 winning Manila's gold.

The family started to watch... A Famosa 2006 hehehe sprint tri for kids oso!

Well... then we took part in relay, Desaru LD Tri wooohoo. Errmm, digital photo has got digital fungus too?

Muahh... I love my red bike! Heavy metal make my leg strong. No more sprint eh! Remember? Sprint is for kids only.... LOL

Another relay in Miri.... I love seafood yeah yummy! Good carbo loading in Miri...

Fuyoo... got trisuit oledi! But still red bike heavy metal jengg jengg... notice the aero bar? P Ramlee's dark glasses? Tri in the 60's! Hey Vicky is catching up on me!

Ripley's believe it or not! Mama is oso (among the) superstar!!!

Dont be scared! He is just an Ultraman, the monsters' destroyer!
Next time you're in Kenyir, stay in the boat house. It floats on a big blue recycling bin! You catch the fish, eat the fish, shit it out, fish eat it, you catch the fish again, eat the fish again...the cycle goes on for as long as the world lives. Long live Kenyir!

After all, we can do a lot of tough and difficult things together! But this one definitely not for the boys.......SHOPPING!!!!! This story gave us ideas on how to sabotage mama's shopping! Nyet nyet nyet.....

OK friends have fun for new year! I'll be in Pekan cleaning up the flood..... Happy 15th Anniversary Honey (01/01/1993).

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Mostly I call Malaysia home after having lived here for the past 15 years.
But on the 25th of December I will always be homesick. I miss my family, not being there to give each other a hug, to wish my mom happy birthday, miss my friends, even miss the cold weather -maybe even snow-, the christmas decorations etc.....
I wish you all Merry Christmas & peace and health for 2008
Prettige Kerst en vrede en gezondheid in het nieuwe jaar

Monday, December 24, 2007


Havent written anything since fasting month, so much thing to talk about but dont know which one to put down here! Well, next year I am going to be 40. My life is about friendship and meeting more and more people. And I'd like to introduce my friends to another friends so that we are all become friends. Dont waste your time with BERSIH or HINDRAF since you will be bashed out by the cop hahaha! So lets celebrate life with friendship... this one will introduce all the armed forces 'weapon' in the triathlon in 2008. Watch out!!! Hehehe... 20% for advertising fees!!!!!

Sangup Richard, army commando, single (ehem), Ironman Finisher... Iban warrior from Sarawak!

This is Kohing Antak, army commando, single?, Ironman Finisher, also Iban warrior from Sarawak.

Badrul Hisyam Abu Bakar, navy commando, single also, erm... forgot to ask where his kampung is (sorry Bad hehehe tapi tak kisah la awek dah ramai kenal ni).

Jasme Sarael, armour regiment, from Sabah, kampung Dino, Kona qualifier... most powerful in long distance (army tank operator maa). Hafiz Wong closest rival!

Jeffrey Mujah, navy logistics, another Iban warrior, husband of Robika Gasing, also navy logistics. Jasme Sarael in hot pursuit!

Jusery Gani, army commando, Ironman finisher... another Iban warrior! Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban!

Ahmad Joyo Hj Shaari, Royal Malay Regiment from Sarawak also. Ironman finisher...
Omar Abdullah (left) together-gether with Kohing Antak, army commando, Sg Udang. Ironman finisher...
Othman Abdul Ghani (left) with the (only) Don hehehe, also army commando (Othman not Don). Ironman also...
Robika Gasing, navy logistics, wife of Jeffrey Mujah. Power Mum! Sarawak Boleh!
Zam Azri Zaini (yellow shirt), navy commando...

Laurence Gerang, navy commando.... from Sarawak!

Abdul Rahman Hasan (021), navy commando.... bloody powerful! Azwar watch out hahaha you cannot cari makan.....

Friday, December 21, 2007

Quick update

New kid on the block during his 1st biathlon: Zul
Pciture thanks to Tey

Just a short update, a few pics from Chin Woo Biathlon. I didn't take part. The previous week I had a fall during the bike-ride with Juli (talking toooo much...). Of course being an experienced nurse we make a point of telling others what to do and not following those guidelines when it comes to our own health. So I ignored my shoulder, didn't hurt much. But at the end of the week I made one wrong move while trying to grab something, and the next day coulnd hardly lift my right arm. So I sat out Chin Woo, got rashes on my arm from the sweaty armsling (I've dumped the sling), still had fun chitchatting to friends. My shoulder is a bit better but still difficult to raise the arm above my head. Anyway, doc says can do exercise as long as it doesn't hurt, so cycling and running okay. Probably need to do MRI but my medical allowance for this year habis, so I'll do the MRI in january if my shoulder not okay by then.
Me and my sling Pic thanks to Tey

Wah, Eugene dah pakai medal, Kalam baru nak lari.
Pic thanks to Tey

Star quality; See I can finish without training!!!??!!!

Like fathers, like sons

Winner of the women-category: NURINA
Ahum, mix-up, so I just give my first place away
(frus - i'll never get a change like that again)

Another tri-brit on the scene; Olli (Oliver) in third place

Eugene is in a class of his own!!!!

Danial, Eugene, Mej K and Amir@Hannah

Nice colour shirt-lah

Macam kenal race-official ni

The real winner from the women's category: Salman

(hihi, he took my place and we did inform the race-officials before the race, but things got a bit mixed up)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Chin woo biotlon

Hai everyone,this is my first time i use this blog have any comment about it please write.My first topic is about the chin woo biotlon 16 dec sunday.
The first problem is i woke up late then when the register and problem searching for my lane which surporse to be lane 6 but turn to 7 because no room.

Early morning swim around 7:30 am .

Then when started another problem i can`t breathe easily im not sure why i can`t breathe .

Then the run 2 km. Then my friend kim joon in front of me very far.
Then when i started the first lap then i almost finish the lap i saw a fimiliar face coming towards me.Then i realise it was kim joon.Then i told him he was going the wrong way.

So me and kim joon run to the finish line together.At the end of the race ran to get the higher place.

Kim joon got nombor 16 and i got nombor 17.

This is the picture of the finisher medal so who wants a medal like this next year join chin woo baithlon.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Women talk too much

Had a lovely weekend;
on saturday went for a long swim 2.5km. Two new guys (at least I can't remember seeing them before) showed up in the pool while I was finishing the first 500m. They started to swim alongside (breaststroke as well). One started lagging behind after the first lap. The other kept at my pace. We swam nearly 2km up n down till the second guy gave up. Of course I had to finish a few more laps to establish dominance.... hehehe it's not every that I get a change to do this, so I enjoy the occasion -nothin wrong with that-

Sunday morning cycling with Juli. Kalam and Danial came along. Not the easiest job in the world the wake those two up on a sunday morning. But many years of practice makes perfect and we met up with Juli in Hulu Langat just after 7am. On the way a familiar car passed us by -must be Shazly waving at us-, another Naza Ria with Powerman Stickers.
We drove to the parkinglot at Gunung Nuang and started cycling from there. Lovely fresh morning air -only Danial felt """fffrrreezzzing ccccollddd"""- orang Mesia lah anak ni.
Juli and me in front chatting as ladies do...
Unfortunately chatting doesn't improve your concentration on the road. So after just 5km Juli and I crashed into each other. Both falling on top of each other in the middle of the road. But for a few scratches and bruises we were fine, and so where our bikes. We continued a bit more carefull, total quiet cannot-lah have to simbang2 sikit2
We cycled to Sg Tekala. Several stops for pictures, sip of water. But really enjoying the route and the landscape. Shazly was allready on the way back with Dicky. At the rest-area met with several familiar and also some unfamiliar faces, nasi lemak fuel-up.
Slowly cycled back. Felt good till the last few km -suddenly energy gone- not used to cycle more than 20-30km. And the last little bit was a steep hill, hehe next time tipu aje -park the car at the bottom of the hill.
Total distance ~65km, nothing compared to what most of the mutants are cycling every week but good enough for a sedate middle-age lady.
But definitely worth repeating some day soon. Coming sunday our family is joining ChinWoo biathlon and Juli is running a relay-race in Kuantan, maybe week after that. Next time maybe invite a few more cyclist -we only made arrangements late saturday nite-, ladies welcome -can chitchat sikit2....

Hahha, I just finished cleaning my bike and chain. Darimi kept me company and washed Kalams car. Now Kalam's car is shiny untill 75cm, to clean the top part need to wait a few years till he grows bigger.

Just got news today, the land were buying in Hulu Langat has been approved for building (was agricultural land before). So who knows, hopefully in a few years time we can start cycling from 'Mej K's and Nurina's JungleHse'.


Dayan earned himself a digital camera for passing his UPSR exams. And following this;
He has been promoted to Family Photographer with immediate effect
We hope to see the results of this promotion soon on this blog!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Lifesavers at last

It's been a week of bits and pieces.
On saturday Kalam joined some of the cadets on a bicycle-ride to Putrajaya. Of course no off-saturdays in private healthcare so I had to work (anyway that group is way too fast for me). Never mind, on sunday afternoon I went for a bicycle-ride with Juli. We started from Putrajaya infocentrum.
I've hardly cycled since Powerman. The roads inside the camp are in a bad condition and I don't feel confident to cycle out of the camp -lots of very busy roads surround SG Besi Camp. The lack of training was obvious, even though Juli slowed to a snails pace I could only just hold on and when there was a strong wind while going up a long hill I didn't manage to reach the top ( and that's a hill I've conquered before). All in all we cycled probably around 30km, and Juli is lovely company. Hope we can try again soon.

This morning both Danial and I completed the four-day 'International Life-Savers course in UPNM. In an earlier post I was lamenting about my boss refusing to sign my leave-application for this course. What I did was file for the leave again but this time put under 'reason for leave' school holiday. And this time he signed without further questions -motto; treat stupidity with stupidity. So coincidently while on school holiday I've managed to complete the ILS course.
It was fun taking this course together with the cadets, Danial and a few staff members. Apparently we all passed (guess the coaches just turned a blind eye here and there - I'm quite sure I didn't pass the 50m below 50sec test). The coach teaching the CPR part was quite lost, I doubt any of the participants will be able to perform CPR properly -just hope they'll never need to.
Danial did the same course last year with Kalam but was too young to get a certificate (minimum age >14yr). Now 3 members of our family are certified lifesavers - BAYWATCH HERE WE COME -need to buy some sexy red swim wear hahahii

Kalam just returned from LIMA, apparently met a few IM's while running around in Langkawi.

It's been raining the whole day, trying to decide between a run in the rain or going to the gym afterwards.

Friday, November 30, 2007


Red 9 - Squadron Leader Martin Higgins (Squadron Leader = Major)
Squadron Leader Martin Higgins (35) is in his third year on the Red Arrows. Higgy was born in Bristol and educated at Colston School, Stapleton where he was a member of the Combined Cadet Force. Higgy studied Aeronautics and Astronautics at Southampton University, before joining the Royal Air Force at the age of 21.
After completing initial flying training, Higgy undertook a Qualified Flying Instructor tour at Royal Air Force Valley on the Hawk aircraft. He was then was selected to fly the Tornado F3 aircraft, a two-seat supersonic fighter used by the Royal Air Force in an air defence role. During his time flying the Tornado F3, Higgy served on No. 43 (Fighter) Squadron and No. 56 (Reserve) Squadron at Royal Air Force Leuchars, and amassed 800 hours on this aircraft type. He flew in exercises in the USA, Canada and Belgium, and operationally in Iraq.
Higgy is married to Shazia, also an officer in the Royal Air Force. When he can find the time, Higgy enjoys surfing and scuba diving and hopes to complete an Ironman Triathlon in the near future.
“Flying as a member of the Red Arrows is still as challenging as my first training sortie with the Team.”
Inspirational! Thats the word to explain these 9 daredevil pilots whom had travelled everywhere in the world to show their skills. Probably meet him in Langkawi next week and start talking about his Ironman craze! So next photo probably a short Major and tall Squadron Leader who wish to complete their Ironman race.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Tmorrow 29 November at 3pm:
Airshow by 'Red Arrows' at Subang Airforce base.
free entrance
If you've never seen this aerobatic jetfighter team before pls go and see. The split second precision these pilots show flying their jets is hair raising!!!
(Kalam will go with the kids, Mum is stuck at work GRR//##@!!)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I've spend exactly 45 minutes training in the past 6 days!!! Surely my times will be improving soon...(only in my dreams).
In the weekend I attended a conference in Penang together with 2 college's. I've been living in M'sia since 1992 and this was the first time I visited Penang. My friends took me around, theresults are imaginable, a marathon of sorts (SHOPPING AND FOOD). Had the best laksa I've ever tasted, we did a bit of sightseeing and mostly shopping. With my male-dominated family shopping is no fun. After a few minutes they will start sighing deeply and checking their watches super obviously. 'What are you looking for actually?', 'How much longer is this gonna take?', 'Is that all or do you need to buy anything else?' etc etc NO FUN AT ALL
The three of us spend hours checking out all kinds of little shops, earrrings, accesories, shoes, clothes, souvenirs and other cutesy stuff. We only arrived back in the hotel at 10pm when the shops closed!!! Crazily we hardly bought anything, just had fun looking....

Today is Danial's birthday, just a small celebration with a home-made chocolate cake.

Janie gave birth again, this time 4 cute white kittens. Love those little balls of fluff. She gave birth while we were in Lumut for Powerman, we were really worried when we came back and couldn't find her. She showed up the next evening and the next day she took us to her kittens (she gave birth in a empty house down the road)

Tomorrow I'm gonna start training seriously (ahum)

Monday, November 12, 2007

I eat my words

Race report time; Powerman Malaysia

Unfortunately no pictures, it's time we start thinking about buying our own camera!

This picture has been pinjammed from Jaja

Our tri-family during Powerman briefing
Pre-training was minimal! Half hours in the afternoon a few times a week was all I've managed to do since fasting month. Kalam's training hasn't been much more either. Danial and Dayan spend lots of time in front of their playstation and hardly any time training; of course we can all take part in Powerman, yeah right....

We arrived in Manjung lunchtime saturday, met lots of friends walking around. The pro's were staying in the same hotel, saw some really beautiful bikes.

Last minute repairs for Danial and Dayan's bikes. Danial had a flat tire once again (I don't know how he does it, but tires on his bike rarely last more than a week!!!). Dayan's bike had problem with one of the pedals coming off.

Race registration and briefing. But even more, catch up with so many friends: ladies 1st -Jaja, Aini, Robika, Susi, Hiroko, Faiza (coming to watch), May Senn, Fong, Karen, May Ang,Kim...gents - Mac, Shazly, Zebets, Wong, Shahrom, Azmar, Jamil, Zabil, Krishna, Guna, Adrian, Ihsal, Nik Ariff etc etc
Only a small number of UPNM's cadets were able to join Powerman, most were in the middle of exams. Navy's gang was around of course (being near to Lumut-navy base) but only a few joined the race, others like Joyo and Ramunjan claimed lack of training...
Arman, Sanggup and Jasmi joined UPNM's team.
Lots of stories about the 3rd bridge on the bikeroute having a real nasty hill- yikes I hate hills!
Sudden panic; Kalam left his race numbers in KL. (Luckily he got a replacement number from the management).Phew

On sunday morning the usual nerves after a fretfull sleep (why should I be nervous beats me, it's not as if our family is gonna set any world records). Managed to swallow half a powerbar.
The four of us cycled to the race site half a kilometer away.

Individual racers flagged off at 7.30 followed by the relayers(somehow this word sounds funny). Lastly it was our turn, Dayan looked extremely nervous and asked me to stay with him during the race, but he's old enough to start taking part on his own. Salman discovered last minute he didn't have a timing-chip but the management efficiently got him a chip just a few minutes before the start.

The pro's were allready into their second loop when they flagged us off. Immediately i was at the back of the pack together with Dayan who started to walk soon. For a change I managed to run and keep running and in the end overtook several others. Ok ok, my running is a snail's pace but it's a huge difference for me. Finished the first run in 40 minutes or so and felt really good. Quick sip and unto the bike....
Disaster struck -front tire nearly flat. Some of the bystanders helped to pump the tire but it immediately went flat again, ahyo . Then I had a 'What Would Terry Fox Do Now? moment' . I remembered spotting a bicycle-shop opposite our hotel the day before. So I ran there with my bike. Of course the shop was closed -8.30 on sunday morning what was I expecting-. But lady luck smiled on me (or Terry fox or whoever) and the owners son was watching the cyclists. I got him to call his dad and he agreed to change the tire for me (wonder what he thought of this crazy matsalleh woman bugging him on his off-day). While the tire was being checked and changed I ran to the hotel to get some money to pay for the new tire.
Bike okay again I finally took off on the bike-leg. (Offical rules don't allow outside help during the race but being at the end of the pack rules can be twisted a bit). By now I was truly the last one (if you talk all the time about being the last you'll get what you deserve- EAT YOUR WORDS).
Pro's were allready passing by on their second loop of the bike. Half a kilometer later I came across Dayan sitting at the roadside with tears in his eyes and the peddle of the bike in his hands. I stopped for awhile to console him. Promised him a better bike. No use sending him to the bicycle-shop as his bike would need a whole new set.

Finally on my way out of town I felt good, just enjoy the wind in my hair and the sun on my face. Better than sitting at home watching the world go by. Of course one after another cyclist overtook me. But lots of them had words of encouragement.
I reached the dreaded hill at the 3rd bridge but it wasn't nearly as nasty as I feared. I've come across lots of nastier hills in the past year -this one is more or less like the hill before UPNM.
On the way back I spotted a yellow number in the distance and my first thought "Yeah, if I can overtake that one I won't be last anymore". Slowly i neared the cyclist (later i found out his name is Md Isa - a stroke-survivor), when i was about to overtake him suddenly 'PSSHHT' and his tire went flat. As I don't carry any tires or pump I couldn't help him. Any way now I was last again.
By now the lack of training started taking effect, feeling tired and cramps in my legs but just continued to cycle. Transition 2 a quick powergel in the hope the cramps would settle but this didn't work. Couldn't run, but being a long-distance WALKER I know I can easily finish 5km. so I walked. Nearly at the end I spotted another yellow number, also walking, but a bit slower than me. I caught up with her, a new duathlete named Sandy. Together we walked/ran to the finishline and crossed together.
In the final results it turns out I was 2 seconds faster than her (haha would need a photo-finish), Md Isa also finished the race (kudos to you Sir, proud to shake your hand!). Final results; I'm number 110 out of 112.......yieehaah

Me and Sandy running to the finish-line

Picture thanks to Tey

Mumma's or Papa's son?

Picture thanks to Tey

Danial did well and finished without much problems, Gosh if that boy started training a bit he could really improve.
Kalam finished 10 minutes before cut-off time (4 minutes faster than his previous Powerman).
But he was struggling during the second run, maybe now he realises that attempting an Ironman while training just a few half hours a week is NOT a brilliant idea.
Darimi's favorite abang, Salman finished 5th in the sprint.
Jeffri, Sanggup and Jasmi did well...
Robika due to injury, was unable to take part in the long distance, but she finished second in the sprint (women). She's a real supermom (which makes Jeffri a superdad o'course)

Kalam struggling during the run

Ironman 2008 here he comes

picture thanks to Tey

Trying to advertise for powergels

Picture thanks to Tey

Some afterthoughts.
Powerman Malaysia is not very sprint-friendly. No medal, no wet towel at the finish, no t-shirt and according to the website not even a certificate. All we got was a bottle of water.... Ah well, like Kalam says 'Sprint untuk kanak-kanak aje'
Otherwise the event was organised very well.

I'm quite happy just because I managed to run nearly 5 km. I now realise that it has a lot to do with what I wear. Being 'top-heavy' makes running difficult, but with a exercise-top and a sports-bra I can run without having to press my arms to my chest for support.

If there was a prize for 'Most disorganised family' we'd have good chances to win 1st prize;
* Kalam left his race numbers in KL
* i lost my new sunglasses during the race, put them down somewhere during the hassle wiuth my bike- no clue where
* Danial left his complete bag behind. We're not sure whether the bag was accidently left behind in the lobby of the hotel or it got mixed up with the bags of other athletes checking out at the same time. If anyone has found an unidentified black bag with a few sets of clothes in it, likely it belongs to my son... (drop me a mail if found pls)

Congrats to all who finished the race....,
try again next time for those who didn't....