Sunday, September 30, 2007

Pine Tree Trail 29 Sep 2007

Please click here (point cursor, right click mouse, open in a new window, Slideshow; press F11 to expand view) to view 91 photos taken by yours truly (KC Leong) during the trekking trip to Pine Tree Trail at Fraser's Hill on Saturday 29 September.
Back row: KC, Tan, Vincent, Lee, Chin, Tony, Cynthia, Lim, Kathy, Jason
Front row: ..., Beh, Jean, Mandy Chong, Chee Sum, Josie, Rose, Kelly

I, I ... Sir (Kathy)
A short briefing conducted by Tony P3 before the start of trekking

Yeah, the girls are doing fine

A well-maintained clearing

At the peak

Lee - emerged from the trail

Vincient - Yeah, I made it!

Bollywood style with Chinese flavor - Chee Sum and Josie

Nice and cool place for a chat after trekking - Rose and Jean
Posted by KC

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Accommodation for SIM 2007

Note: For runners who would want to register for the ADVENTURUN 2007, the organizer will open a booth at Bukit Aman car park on this Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Since this is a charity run in aid of HIV patients, it is good that all the kind hearted runners to support and run in this event.

This run is organized by a group of energetic and kind hearted students from Taylor’s College. It will be staged at the scenic Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, Shah Alam on Sunday 7 October at 7:00 a.m.

Either Jason Lee or Hon You, Pacesetters Club Photographers, will be there to take photos.

Singapore International Marathon 2007

The response was simply overwhelming. I was informed by Pacesetters Club President to update the latest status in Pacesetters Website that the 50 hotel rooms from Peninsula-Excelsior have all been taken up by members. Looks like many runners will have to look for accommodation elsewhere in order to run the Singapore International Marathon (“SIM”) on 2 December 2007.

Returning to Peninsular hotel (building with blue top) after collecting race entry packs (2006)

Pacesetters runners like to stay in this 4-start hotel because it is very near to the starting point of SIM. A mere 200 meters away, it is even much nearer than the distance from car park to the starting point of Kuala Lumpur International Marathon at Dataran Merdeka.

The room rates, however, have been skyrocketing every year: from about RM 200 equivalent (in December 2004) and now it is RM 400. Nevertheless, this is still the preferred choice for most runners.

Steven P5, after hearing the news, immediately started looking for alternative accommodation. He has to act fast because there are more than 10 runners in his group depending on his decision and action. He managed to ask around and one runner said there is accommodation in Bugis street hotel, only SGD 50 for twin-sharing room. Well, that is much cheaper than the Peninsular-Excelsior rate which is SGD 180. For runners, we just settle for a clean and comfortable bed, everything else is optional.

Josie Yap will be running her maiden full marathon in SIM 2007

Nothing compared to my experience when running the Pangkor Half Marathon a few years ago. Staged on a Sunday that coincided with May 1 long public holidays, all the hotels in Pangkor Island near Bogak Beach (the starting area) were all fully booked. So we ended up in a China-man hotel by the name of Chuan Fu Hotel – a double-story shop house converted into a hotel at the Pangkor Town.

My room at ground floor which was located at the back of the shop house was just next to a kennel. Luckily, the bull dog did not bark the whole night. The hotel was also full house with most Pacesetters runners putting up a night there. It was like the “lung moon hark chan” as in the Chinese sword fighting movie – Dragon Inn. All the fighters would assembler there for the night and prepare for the fight (the half marathon run) the next day.
.In unison: Weng, Hoo, Marvin, and Hoo brother

Bugis street hotel – if I am not wrong, I think Bugis street is famous for its red-light activities. Pardon me if I am wrong as my Geography is only as good as one of the world famous President. The red-light girls there will not understand why the Malaysian guys have no time for entertainment but just want to eat and sleep early. And the girls will be shocked to see semi-naked men walk out in the wee hours just when the girls (and guys) are going to “sau kung” (close shop) on a busy Saturday night. That must be a new kind of cultural shock for the girls/guys of Bugis street.

Anyway, Steven P5 called me again today and he said that there was a miscommunication. Pacesetters Club actually has reserved three rooms for him. Well, that ended the exciting story from Bugis street hotel.

SB Lai at Orchard Street (2006)

Meantime, enjoy your training and running. As for me, I will give this SIM2007 a miss while patiently waiting for my heel pain to completely heal.

Please click here
to re-visit posting and view photos of SIM 2006.

Please click here to read the story of Pangkor Half Marathon and Dragon Inn Hotel written by yours truly on 5 May 2004. Strangely, all the photos in late Terence’s weblog (penguin-6) were not available.

Written by KC

New Balance - Klang Pacers Athletic Club 12km

Please click here to view 154 photos by courtesy of Chan Wing Kai, Pacesetters photographer.

The event was staged in Klang on Sunday 2 September 2007.

A cheerful runner

AB Tan

Elaine Wong from Hong Kong. She likes participating in the running events here.

The girl with the happiest smile who firmly secures to the 29-inch TV is the proud owner. Surrounded by all the macho guy runners, the TV would sure be a safe delivery.

Posted by KC

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Run-up to SIM07 and Powerman

Vivian, mcFoong, Tony

All photos were taken by KC on 21 October 2006

I am pleased to inform that Tony P3 will be organizing a training run for the coming Singapore International Marathon and Powerman (at Lumut). All are welcome. Details are as follows:

Date: Sunday 30 September 2007
Time: 6:45 a.m.
Venue: Putrajaya Boulevard


6:45 a.m. – Meet at Putrajaya, Palace of Justice
7:00 a.m. – Start
11:00 a.m. – End

For those who will participate in Singapore International Marathon:
Training Run: 25km to 30km

For those who will participate in Powerman, training is as follows:
Run – 10km
Cycle – 60km (6 laps)
Run – 10km

For those who would like to run at Putrajaya, just run.

Water Station: At starting point
Fruits will be provided.

All volunteers are welcome too.

Tony: 016-274 2213

Next training run: Sunday 28 October 2007
Time trial for both (SIM and Powerman)

Posted by KC

Please click here to read previous posting and view photos.

A cheerful Chantelle Wong

Putrajaya International Convention Centre

Posted by KC

Monday, September 24, 2007

Trekking Trip to Pine Tree Trail

I could not remember when was the last time that I arrived at Bukit Aman car park at 6:00 a.m. to start my training runs. It must have been more than six months since I sustained injury of my right heel.

This Saturday 29 September, I will arrive at Bukit Aman car park before 6:00 a.m. However, I am not going for any training run yet; instead, we will start our journey to Fraser's Hill for trekking at Pine Tree Trail.

Start of the trail is in front of this bungalow

So far, there are about 20 trekkers going for this trip. The team leaders will be Chong YF, Tony p3 and yours truly.

This trip has been postponed as the original date clashed with Jacky Cheung's concert where yours truly and a few other trekkers were having good times enjoying in the concert.

Kelly and a few other trekkers would not want anymore postponement as they have been waiting for quite some time longing to trek at this trail. A pleasant trail in the cool environment of Fraser's Hill, the terrain is gradual and not too difficult; ascending journey takes about 3 hours.

As for Josie Yap, she went to Jonathan Lian's New Balance outlet at Pearl Point Plaza, Jalan Old Klang Road, Petaling Jaya, to buy a pair of trekking shoes costing RM 280. According to her, Jonathan printed her best photo in running action (from Pacesetters Club website) for her to endorse her autograph, much like a famous star.

Jonathan just sent SMSs to some runners notifying that the latest exclusive New Balance Store at Mid-Valley Garden will be opened for business on Wednesday 26 September. Other than the official opening, it will be graced by the runners!!

Please click here to read my previous story at Pine Tree Trail when I was training for my trekking trip at Nepal.

Posted by KC

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Adventurun 2007

ADVENTURUN 2007 - Make A Difference, Run The Distance

Sky Adventure Club of Taylor's Business School of Subang Jaya is organizing a charity run aims towards fundraising for the Malaysian AIDS Council. Details are as follows:

Event : ADVENTURUN 2007
Venue : Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, Shah Alam
Date : 7th October 2007 (Sunday)
Time : 7am-11am
Distance : 10km
Registration Fee : RM15 per person

Please cleck here (Pacesetters Club Website) for more details and download registration form. According to Mr. Boey and Mr. Leong, the Organizing Chair Persons of this run, they will set up a booth at Bukit Aman car park next to Pacesetters' booth on this Saturday (29 Sep) and Sunday (30 Sep) to facilitate the registration. They will be there from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

All proceeds from ADVENTURUN will go towards the Malaysian AIDS Council (YAYASAN AIDS MALAYSIA). This run is open all individuals aged 13 and above under 4 categories:

A - Women 21 and below
B - Women above 21
C - Men 21 and below
D - Men above 21

Medals will be awarded to the top 3 winners of each category. Besides doing your bit for charity, all runners will also be handed certificates at the end of the run along with loads of freebies courtesy of our sponsors.

The itinerary is as follows:

6.30 - Reporting in and warm up
7.00 - Category A & C flag-off
7.15 - Category B & D flag-off
10.00 - Closing off of ADVENTURUN trail and band performances
10.30 - Prize Giving Ceromony
11.00 - Event Adjourned

For any further details, please contact:

Boey Winson +6017-630 3816
Leong Sai Hou +6016-229 6117

Note by KC: Since it is a charity run, let us do our bit by supporting this event. Let us not be too demanding by asking for this and that (eg. T-shirts, isotonic drinks, etc). The more money is spent on these items, lesser amount will go to the charitable organization. Besides, the organizers are college studens and might not be able to accommodate certain request.

When was the last time that you run at Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaha, Shah Alam? Or when was the last time that you have been there? I have been there only twice: the first time was when The Star newspaper showed The King was in the Four Seasons Sanctuary where the season at that time was in winter. That Sunday, the entire park was packed with maximum crowd all wanted to try what it was like in winter. When we reached there, we could only see through the glass panel and visitors were not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

The second time I went there must be at least seven years ago. Since I joined Pacesetters Running Club, no one or Club has ever staged a run in that Park of Shah Alam. Even at that time, I would think running in the park would be an excellent idea.

So, one Sunday morning, I took a consultant from Germany, 50 plus, who was involved in a computer system project, to that Park. En route from Kuala Lumpur to Shah Alam, I took him for Ampang Yong Tau Foo in Subang Jaya (since I live there) for early lunch. In the packed restaurant, he observed and mentioned: There aren’t any old folks around in this town. Yes, I must admit that Subang Jaya is a vibrant town where the inhabitants are mostly working class people who are in their prime time.

This consultant must have a cup of coffee in the morning. So one morning in the pantry of my department, after mixing the ingredients and hot water, there isn't any spoon around. So he took out his cigarette lighter and started to stir the drink. What an ingenious idea.

Posted by KC

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Blind Adam

I have the urge to listen to Bryan Adam's latest song broadcasts over the airwave recently. It is wonderfully melodic and tuneful, but I did not get to know the title. So I decided to go to pasar malam in Subang Jaya on Sunday evening; while buying fruits and at the same time enquire the CD.

The first stall: the seller could not find it among the neatly arranged covers. Then I walked to the other end looking for second stall: "Got Bryan Adam CD ahh?" The seller responded: "Blind Adam ... Blind Adam… aiya, oredi finished." I was quite amused after hearing the new name "conferred" to this famous rock star.

That reminded me of another senior management staff by the name of Brian Au who has resigned; so we joked and called him "blind owl".

Then I walked to the third stall located further away. The lady owner, upon hearing my request, said, "mai sai chor" (finished). Immediately, I saw her taking out her log book and started writing, presumably to replenish stock.

Weeks later, I went to Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya and I stumbled across one record shop at the ground floor near to the main entrance. The entire shop was displaying huge posters of Bon Jovi with the new album “Lost Highway”. To my surprise, the song that I was looking for about ‘memory’ was in track # 3 of the album. I bought it as though it was a prized item.

Blind Adam - I am a dam blind one… ha ha ha. After two Sundays of fail attempts asking the stalls in pasar malam, I did not realized that I was checking on wrong artist.

The following morning, I played it excitedly in my car CD player while I was on my way to work. Needless to say, I am stuck at Track #3. I have been repeating the same song for the whole journey for days. Turn it loud, it was really an enjoyment listening to that song. The effect of the song works best when one is cruising on the highway. But make sure you do not overly enjoy in the song and lost in the highway.
The title of the song: (You want to) Make a Memory.

This is a slow moving, heartfelt song that is beautiful and romantic. It starts quietly and gradually advance its way to a soaring crescendo. Complemented by the melodius music, the song surges on with powerful musical instruments dominating the frequencies for the grand finish.

Listening to this song is like watching the fireworks competition at Putrajaya (Malaysia International Fireworks Competition, MIFC) recently giving the feel of being engulfed in the flame for the grand finish: both conclude with wonderful feeling.

Please click here to view the video clip ... turn on the speakers of your PC. ENJOY.

Written by KC

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Subang Jaya Run 2007 - Part 3

Please click here to view 148 photos by courtesy of Chan Wing Kai.

Stay tune for photos by Hon You.

Full throttle ahead - flying in the air
Okay! Watch me!
Yeah! I can do it!

Stay tune for tomorrow: Blind Adam
Posted by KC

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Subang Jaya Run - Part 2

Please click here to view 136 photos by courtesy of Jason Lee.

Next, stay tune for photos from Chan Wing Kai.

The fun run category
Unique running attire
Attention-grabbing costume

Yes! Number One!

Cute little girl

Iwata of Pacesetters Club - Hmmm.... I am sooooooo touched to receive this award.

Posted by KC

Monday, September 17, 2007

Subang Jaya Run - Part 1

Please click here to view 141 photos by courtesy of Jason Lee.

Stay tune for Part 2... also from Chan Wing Kai and Hon You.

Run! Run! Run!
Digital watch and pouch bag - young Pacesetters runner in the making?

Easily recognizable bib numer

Youngest runner around

Aerobic exercise conducted by Reebok before the start of run

Steven P5 - new foot masseur in town

Posted by KC

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Jacky Cheung’s Concert in Kuala Lumpur

Photos by courtesy of FACS.
Please click here to visit his photo albums for more photos.
To read more report on Jacky Cheung's concert (inclucing the name of songs that he sang), please click here to visit narrowband's weblog.

The audiences roared with excitement when the lights were turned off. It was an electrifying moment in the packed concert hall in Bukit Jalil National Stadium: the audience was screaming, blowing whistle, and swaying light-flickers from side-to-side. Yes, that was definitely a lively concert in darkness even before it was started.

At 8:45 p.m. – a delay of 15 minutes – an announcement over the loudspeakers declared the start of the sold-out concert. The multi-coloured lights at the stage were turn on, and immediately, it was followed by an explosive start of the show by Jacky Cheung in his concert titled, “The Year of Jacky Cheung World Tour 2007”.

The audience erupted with a roar of approval again screaming Jacky Cheung’s name: Hock Yow! Hock Yow! (Cantonese version) amid thunderous applause and blowing of whistles loudly. The atmosphere was really super-charged. You have to be there – LIVE – to be part of the crowd and enjoyed in that concert.

I was attracted to this Hong Kong pop star Jacky Cheung’s concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday 14 September when I read in the Star newspaper (dated 6 Sept) that “only the best for concert by Jacky Cheung”. Before that, he canceled his show 15 minutes before the start of a concert in Hong Kong due to an unspecified illness. Though Jacky Cheung has performed a few times in Kuala Lumpur, that night was my first time watching him live in concert.

The Performance

It was a spectacular and breathtaking world-class concert with fireworks flames to add on to the excitement. It was a high-energy performance by Jacky Cheung and it was really a concert to remember. In between songs, he tested out his vocal power by screaming at the top of his lung. The audience responded by screaming in reciprocity but with much less assertiveness.

With so many hit songs, it was quite a bit of choice for him to choose which songs should be sung. The audience could sing along very well, whether they were Jacky Cheung’s new hits or all-time favourites. Singing and seeing their idol at the same time must have been an exhilarating experience.

There were five giant screens facing the audience for fans to enjoy the close-ups of their idol. As for me, I even used my binoculars to look at the giant screen to have a much bigger and clearer view.


Light-hearted Moments

In between songs, he told the audience a little of his family background and career. We were told that his father, uncle and cousin were fishermen who spent most time in the sea. So he spent much of his younger days with women (mother, sisters and aunties). When he got married, there were eight women in his house – wife, two daughters and five maids. So he said he understands women very well. He quipped: since he is a man, he also understands man too, much to the amusement of all.

He told the audience that he has been 23 years in his singing career since he shot to stardom at 23 years old. So, we all got his age correct. This is his 61st concerts appearance since 2007! What an incredible feat.

Apart from jokes, the words he said have a message to the audience: that we should strive hard amid adversity; the sweet success will come later.

Since it was an outdoor stadium, the most expansive tickets holders were actually under the sky with no shelter. It drizzled at times and I saw some of the spectacles were carrying umbrellas. Never mind, the feeling of getting so close to their idol would supersede the unpleasant feeling. Possibly, the fire in them would quickly dry up the wet clothing. Sweating profusely, Jacky Cheung said it does not make a difference to him whether it is the rain or sweat.

Four Heavenly King

Jacky Cheung is one of the Four Heavenly King of singers in Hong Kong. However, the term Four Heavenly King is used in different context in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia Boleh: it is a vegetable dish with four different types of beans such as petai (local smelly bean), long bean, four-angle bean and egg-plant fried in sambal belajan. If our Heavenly Kings were to know that their titles were been abused, I think they would not be amused.

The Encore

After two and quarter hours in the concert, it was time to bid goodbye. With the lights at the stage all turned off, the audience all got worried. So there was thunderous encore calling his name and blowing whistles loudly amid light-flickers swaying frantically from side to side.
Almost minutes later, the stage was lighted and our idol re-appeared. The entire audience got excited again and broke into loud applause. This time, for every one song that Jacky Cheung sang, he signaled to the audience to gauge the acceptance level; so, the audience cheered loudly. That was a fair deal since he has been singing for hours. So whenever Jacky Cheung ended a song, the audiences gave their approval by shouting at the top of their lungs.

The encore lasted almost one hour from 11:15 p.m. That was my first Jacky Cheung’s concert and I truly enjoyed myself in that show. All shows must end. When Jacky Cheung sang this song about friendship, well wishes and farewell, a girl sitting at the front of my roll immediately got excited, much like hitting the jackpot, telling her friend that she guessed that song would be sung. Everyone in the concert was singing along with Jacky Cheung -- it was superb audience participation. That song really touched our hearts at that moment and I was worried that some of the fans might get hysteria. Luckily, it did not happen.

The stadium was lighted up when the song ended. We were enthralled and mesmerized by Jacky Cheung’s concert for 3 hours and 20 minutes. It was a fantastic feat that his voice still sounded refresh as though the concert was just started. Everyone left feeling happy and satisfied.

I made a right decision to watch Jacky Cheung in concert, postponing a trekking trip to Pine Tree Trail in Fraser’s Hill the next morning to Saturday 29 September. Well, looks like we will have to wait for another few years for Jacky Cheung’s re-appearance in Kuala Lumpur. This time, I will sure give my undivided support by buying his albums and practising how to sing.

Written by KC