Sunday, January 29, 2012

FRIM hoi kung Trail Running

The group went for another hoi kung (start work) trail running at FRIM on Saturday, 28 January 2012. One of the attractions was to 'jin wan' (energize your luck) by going round the foothills of Salem High Country.

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 Passing by Sungei Buloh nursery ... KC Leong, Koh, Kenny Kwan, Debbie, TanWL, ChongYF, Simon Goh ... Rupert Chen holding camera.

Led by Kenny Kwan, we started the run at Sungei Buloh Hospital, passing by the nursery of Sungei Buloh witnessing the flowers in full bloom to usher in the Year of the Dragon. We ran through the kampung area then entered into FRIM and arrived at the Steroid Hill.
Running up Steroid Hill was tough; it took a lot of determination to continue the uphill journey without stopping. We then ran round the foothills of Salem High Country. The second and equally tough uphill run was racing up to the peak of this hill.

We saw that the trails were labelled by the authority. Steroid Hill is called Tongkat Ali Trail while the trail to the peak of Salem High Country is called Pinus Trail that has almost similar sound for the English version (that is related to Tongkat Ali).

After energizing our luck, we than ran to Taman Botani Kepong (still inside FRIM) to have a few photo shoot of Huat-li-wood (as in Bollywood) in action. We then ran back to where we parked our cars.
Based on Simon Goh's new Garmin 610 Forerunner watch, it was computed that we have run a total of 15km.

 Pretty ladies, macho and handsome guys, and beautiful flowers ... Forget about running for a while ... :-)

 Eight runners for energizing our luck ... sure fattttttttt in the Year of the Dragon ... :-) The eighth person (ChongYF) is holding the camera.

 Okay... it is Salem High Country ... cool

 Huat-li-wood (as in Bollywood) in motion ...

 At Taman Botani Kepong (still inside FRIM)

 Beautiful flowers in full bloom ... for the auspicious Chinese New Year

 Still passing by the nursery ... Rupert, KC Leong, Debbie, TanWL and ChongYF

 Macho guys and pretty ladies flanked by abundance of flowers in full bloom.

Do click here for the first hoi kung (start work) trail running at Kota Damansara on 25 Jan 2012.

Gong Xi Gong Xi
The Year of the Dragon

Posted by KC Leong

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

KDCF Trail Running

The group gathers for a 'hoi kung' (start work) trail running on 25 January 2012, the 3rd day of the auspicious lunar new Year of the Dragon. Led by Kenny Kwan, the group moved swiftly along the narrow and meandering trails in the forest reserve of Kota Damansara.

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The entrance of the trail is near to SMK Seksyen 10 of Kota Damansara

The air was fresh and the ground was soft after a few days of daily rain on Chinese New Year's days – water signifies money which is good feng shui for another challenging year ahead. The terrain here is not too tough, something similar to Bukit Kiara. Tough the trail is narrower here, the air is better without the funny smell emitting from the latex as in Bukit Kiara.

Gong Xi Fa Chai Trail Running ... (Left) Tiger, Kenny Kwan, Jessen Lee, ChongYF, ChinWM, Bunny, PK Chan, Sue, KC Leong.

One challenging effort for this trail running: one has to pay extra attention on the trail; at certain areas, the trail is like a 'minefield' of small tree stumps (that have been cut and left a few inches above the ground) that are well camouflage with the tree leaves. I tripped and fell twice. The second fall was quite bad – the downward momentum was pushing my face knocking on the ground. Another interesting encounter happened to Sue; she tripped and fell twice at the same area during the forward and returning journey.

When taking group photos, I distributed the red packets for photo shoot in ushering another new year ahead. Later, PK Chan commented that it was a surprise as they were real ang pows.

On the right of photo frame is the hill for trail running. This is the Ayam Exit (chicken out) which is half the distance of the entire loop. The interesting fact is that this point is nearer to the entrance of the main trail. According to our senses on the terrain, we thought that this point should be further away from the trail head.

 Return to base. Sue is busy picking out the weeds that are attached to her running tights.

 PK Chan distributing CNY oranges and cookies for this Gong Xi Fa Chai trail running.

This is sifu skill ... Kenny showing one of his skillful acts. Ah... it is safe that you try it at home also ... :-)

Yours truly's (KC) bruised knee ... after doing trail running for countless time, I trip and fall twice in this trail running. The second one is quite serious - the momentum is strong that my face is knocking on the ground ... :-)

Posted by KC Leong

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gong Xi Fa Chai 2012

May you run faster and further, or trek higher mountains in the coming new year.

Looong = Dragon in Mandarin

Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Zhineng Qi Gong (Subang Jaya) Annual Dinner

Zhineng Qigong (Subang Jaya) Annual Dinner on Saturday, 14 January 2012 was held at the posh Grand Imperial Restaurant, USJ 19 City Mall (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). It was a night of good food, games, karaoke contest and entertaining moments with the lively hosting of event by the of Master of Ceremony, Mr Yong, who is also a chi gong member. Well, all are qigong practitioners here, including yours truly (KC) who volunteers to be the cameraman of the evening. The event was graced by Advanced Level Qigong Masters from China, Mr. Lu Lin Kun and Ms Zheng Bai Ling.

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 The posh interior of Grand Imperial @ USJ 19 City Mall

 Neat and tidy setting of each table

 Graced by the Advanced Level Qigong Masters from China: Mr Lu Lin Kun and Ms Zheng Bai Ling

 The ladies in red

 Lou Sang in welcoming the arriving of Chinese New Year in a week's time

 Multi-tasking -- participants hurriedly identifying the correct CNY songs

 Karaoke contest time ... full of admiration by Soo sifu 

 The |Most Manly contest ... demonstrating a manly walk ... :-)

 The most well-dressed contest

 Cheers! Cheers!

 The lucky winner for the grand prize of lucky draw ... presented by Mr. Liow Kim Heng, Chairman of Zhineng Qigong (M'sia); left is Master of ceremony, Mr. Yong.

 The main group photo

One for the album ... yours truly (KC) is at front, right #2; left most is Mr Chan, my sifu for the chi gong class ... Alan sifu (L2), Soo sifu (L3), Tan sifu (L4), and a few lady sifu too; Alex (R1) is the main organizer of this event.

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Do click here to view the previous posting on Zhineng chi gong retreat course at GohTong Jaya, Genting Highlands. 

Posted by KC Leong

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Bukit Kiara Trail Running

Lead by Kenny Kwan, the group went for a trail running in the new year at Bukit Kiara (Taman Tun Dr Ismail) on Monday, 2 January 2012. It was really a good and challenging run tackling from one trail to another going through Flying Carpets, 2K, Interloop, Snake & Ladder, Twinpeak, Kampung, etc. An interesting observation is that we went through Bukit Kiara Equestrian Park which is on the far end from the starting point, and then return via the trails again.
The weather was fine and the ground was dry as it was without rain for a few days. In these hills, we could see that the rubber trees are being tapped by rubber tappers and the latex is collected using plastic cups and not the conventional and reusable porceline cups. Unique to rubber plantation is that certain areas are smelly with the left over latex.
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(Back, left) Shen Lee, Kenneth Teh, Tri Stupe, Jessen Lee, Kenny Kwan, Jezamine, LeePK, Kristy Chew, ChongYF, KC Leong;
(Front): Sue, Tri Stupe's wife, Kong Phuitin, Yeoh Chit Hui, YapKP, Debbie, Wendy Liw, Monsy's sister and Monsy.

At the cross-road of Bukit Kiara

 Open for business? That looks like the Dragon Inn as in the latest Jet Li's sword-fighting movie 'Flying Swords of Dragon Gate'... :-)

 Taking a breather

 Walk across Bukit Kiara Equestrian Park ... all start with the right feet ...

 Neat and nice pose

 Team Lead Kenny Kwan and all the pretty ladies ...

 Monsy and Jezamine Lo

 By the stream of Bukit Kiara-lon (as in By the river of Babylon)

 Latex is collected using a plastic and not the conventional cup (as in rubber estates)

We meet a group of mountain bikers (MTB) going through the same direction ... According to Tri Stupe, MTB also mean 'Mari Tolak Basikal'... :-)

Do click here to view previous postings on trail running at Bukit Kiara (this posting is repeated; do scroll down the pages)

Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Start of 2012 Fireworks

Huge crowd at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on 31 December 2011 to usher in the new year 2012 with the performances and fireworks display.

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 All spectactors are sitting on the field to enjoy the performances (in order not to block the views of others)

 Sultan Abdul Samad Building that changes colour display

  With Sultan Abdul Samad Building as background

 With DBKL as background

A special fireworks display hosted by Am Bank

Do click here for a series of past fireworks display (this posting is repeated; scroll down the pages)

Posted by KC Leong