Saturday, November 21, 2015

Puchong Hill Trail Run

Trail running at Puchong Hill on a cool and wet Saturday morning, 21 Nov 2015 ... After the haze season was over, these days, the talk of the town is "rain". It was raining heavily the evening before. With the wet ground, trail running requires a little more skill. 

Along the trails, there were three huge, old trees that fell and block the passage. One of the trees, I guessed, hit a lady trekker a few days ago; she later died in the hospital. 

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 (left, back) KC, Edwin Goh, Voon, Elsie, Shaun, Dphany; (front) Shu-Lin, Ivy Wong, Lana, Felicia
 Background with the rising sun ... Shu-Lin and Lana
 Alert pose
 Somewhere near to the trail head again
 Ladies freestyle airborne in action 
 Guys' turn
 All ladies' pose
Ending the trail run with the favourite coconut juice

Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Gasing Hill Trail Run

Trail running at Gasing Hill on Saturday 7 Nov ... Thanks to Real Ho, Raymond Ng and Lim Hoe Yin for leading the pack traversing the many uphills and downhills. Connected by trails, the group went to Indian Temple, Zig-zag Staircases, Hiltop Park, concrete suspension bridge, etc.

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Group photo at the main entrance

At the Indian Temple
 Zigzag staircases
Time trial for running up the steps
Graceful levitation in motion at hilltop park
Sunny day and blue sky ... Lana, Adelyn, Ivy Wong
At Kerinchi Park
 Concrete suspension bridge
Another angle at the suspension bridge

Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Bukit Kiara Trail Run

Trail running at Bukit Kiara on Saturday, 31 Oct 2015 ... After the previous evening's rain, the air was cool and fresh in the hills. The group ran a distance of 12km in 3.5 hours traversing Overtime trail, Twin Peak trail, Snake & Ladders trail, 4K and 2K trails. Under the canopy of trees, though it was at 10:30 a.m. with the sun, it was still cooling when running in the trails. Overall, it was a fun and good outing.

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 A group photo at the lakeside area of Bukit Kiara
 En route to Twin Peak trail
One of the uphills at Kiara Hills
 Lana with the new look
June Yap
 Lana doing the stretching exercise
The yogis levitation pose ... Lana, BanYu, June.

Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Puchong Hill Trail Running

Three groups of trail runners congregated for a social trail running at Puchong Hill on Saturday 24 Oct 2015. Led by Chow Kean Fatt and KH Tang as the Team Leads, the group took about 3 hours traversing the many trails for a distance of about 9km inclusive of waiting for one another, and spending time at the mini waterfall.

We have a running celebrity, Seow Kong, who joined us in the outing. He passionately did many of those international ultra-marathon trail running events. Together with him are a few of his Taiwanese friends who are excited to run in the tropical jungle.

Before heading to the "peak" of the Puchong trail, ChowKF led the fast-paced runners for another tough uphill run, while the not-so-fast trail runners would go direct to the "peak" and rendezvous there. He fondly called that hill the "Gasket Burning" hill – meaning that a lot of power is required to go up that hill and may cause the damage of the gasket of an engine if not well lubricated.

These days, we are not too overly concern with the poor quality of air, courtesy of our neighbouring country. In the canopy of the trees aid by the abundance of oxygen produced by the photosynthesis process, the air in the jungle is better. Besides, according to the official report, we are not going to stay indoor until March 2016 when the haze problem is completely over.

Overall, it was a fun and enjoyable outing that we were able to run with many of the trail runners friends together.

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 Group photo before the start of the trail running
 All ladies’ pose
 Group photo at the “peak” area of Puchong Hill
 Lead by ChowKF (Left #4) and KH Tang (L1), the group emerged from the “Gasket Burning” trail
Graceful vertical levitation in motion – (left) Shu Lin, Adelyn, Yana, Lana, Ivy Wong
 Passing by orang asli huts
  Going through obstacle course … Tang and Chow assisting Shu Lin in crossing the stream while Chow is holding the bag for picking up litter along the trails
 Tarzan and Jane – Yana is having an enjoyable time swinging from tree ... back to the same tree  :-)
 Lana having a dip into the refreshing cold water
 Seow Kong and the Taiwanese runner friends
 The group spend about 20 minutes at the mini waterfall  
 Seow Kong (right) and the Taiwanese friends, flank by Kah Wai (L1), Rich Cai (L3) and Michael Wong (Back #1). For a change, they are holding the heavy finisher medals also  :-)

 Having a refreshing coconut drink before the group completed the satisfying outing

Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Kota Damansara Community Forest Trail Run

Trail running at Kota Damansara Community Forest (KDCF) on Sunday, 18 October ... Traversing Petaling Trail, Temuan Trail, Sahabat Trail and connect to Scouts' Trail, the group ran for 2 hours covering about 7km.

The last time I ran with trail runner friends at KDCF was in Jan 2012 – a lapse of 3.5 years. I could only remember faintly certain part of the trails. In order to complete the mission, I have with me Khoo Ban Yu who has just 

bought a new Garmin GPS handheld device, and Chong YF who could also remember vaguely the various trails. One of the reasons that we don't run here is due to the many stumps covered by leaves lining along the trail. One 

could easily kick the stumps, trip and fall. When the trails were first cleared, the small trees were cut down, leaving the bottom part of the trees protruding about few inches above the ground. 

This morning, I was surprised to see that the trails were well maintained, so the stumps on the ground are all visible for avoidance of being tripped.

The next time that we run here, we shall extend the distance by exploring Unity trail.

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 Group photo with the signage
 Yana with the high-flying running pose
 The cheerful ladies
 At the lakeside area
 Ladies in acid-green T-shirts – June and Dphany
 Ladies with the same UD trail running backpack – Dphany and Lana
 By the lake
 Demonstrating the art of vertical levitation – Lana and Yana :-)

Adjourn to the nearby mamak coffee shop for refreshment

Posted by KC Leong

Friday, September 25, 2015

USJ Zhineng Qigong Lantern Gathering

USJ Zhineng Qigong mid-autumn gathering at USJ Wawasan school on Wednesday evening, 23 Sept 2015.

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Some of the chi gong members from USJ Centres
 Lots of food to go round with the professionally catered food
 This event is graced by Hannah Yeoh, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri kawasan Subang Jaya
 Hannah Yeoh giving a speech 
 Dancing time
 The main group photo

At the chi gong mooncake gathering, there was another middle-aged professional photographer – using serious Canon DSLR – from SJ Echo, a community newspaper for Subang Jaya and USJ.

During the mega group photos session above, I was standing side by side with him. Which means my lens is also wide angle enough that matched his. Then he clicked the shutter-release button in continuous few frames per second mode. Aiyo, mine is only few seconds per frame. I thought to myself that since I am older, we do things a little slower :-) At that moment, the next thing that came to my mind was that it is time that I have to upgrade my camera.

The next day when I have the chance to view his photos, surprisingly, mine are OK. Then when I checked the price of that Nikon DSLR (that I have in mind to purchase), the price increases due to weakening of the Ringgit.

 Lantern contest in the form of riddles that require much thinking
Songs identification contest – that sure created a lot of laughter. A volunteer is mounted with a pair of earphone attempts to sing the songs that are distorted; members are to identify the correct songs.

Posted by KC Leong