Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Zhineng Qigong Annual Dinner 2

Zhineng Qigong (USJ Centres) Annual Dinner: Nite of the 60's @ Grand Imperial Restaurant, USJ 19 City Mall on Saturday, 26 January 2013.

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 Good fortune from the Fortune God (in Part 1) … lots of “gold” and lottery tickets for a very Fattt 2013 Chinese New Year

 Contestants for Karaoke singing competition … Team A: Michael Leong and Caryn Keong; Team B: Samantha Tee and Yip WC; Team C: Brenda Lee and TungCH

 Yeah, Team A is the choice for this table … background: the cameraman’s tool standby for the group photos later.

 The champion for the Karaoke contest is Samantha and Yip from USJ 4 Centre. 

 Group participation -- busy identifying the names of songs being played by the Master of Ceremony

 Engaging the audience -- the accomplished Master of Ceremony, Mr. Jeff Yong entertaining the crowd with his dynamic and humorous delivery of announcement and showmanship

 The winner for the songs identification game

 Best costume competition for men … before standing at the podium, a contestant has to dance to the tune of the song in 60’s pre-selected by the Master of Ceremony. Yours truly (KC) in the middle.

 Cheers of approval from the audience

 Champion of the Ladies’ Best Costume competition … Lee Choo receiving the prize from Liow Kim Heng laoshi, President of Persatuan Senaman Zhineng Qigong Malaysia.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH! … A toast to the diners by the Organizing Team 

 Part of the members for this group photo

The USJ Annual Dinner Organizing Team … See You in the next Annual Dinner!

Do click here for Part 1.

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Cameraman and Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Zhineng Qigong Annual Dinner

An evening of good camaraderie, lots of laughter, cute dances and fun ... amid good food from the restaurant. Zhineng Qigong (USJ Centres) Annual Dinner: Nite of the 60's @ Grand Imperial Restaurant, USJ 19 City Mall on Saturday, 26 January 2013.

The Zhineng Qigong members looks stylish, attractive and fashionable – a transformation from the usual group practice sessions where all are donning the standard chi gong uniform.

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In the 60’s mood

The ladies really dressed to the occasion – in the 60’s look – by buying dresses and everything else that make them look like living in the 60’s. They were also very motivated in joining me for trekking in order to really look good in the dress. Bravo! 

As to the guys, so many of us were wearing checkered shirts. I am not sure whether that was one of the hot favourites then. I think it is more of a coincident that after the vertical stripes design, the fashion for guys now - which is a repeatable process – is checkered design. Anyway, men’s design is just very simple: either vertical, horizontal or checkered (not counting the plain design). Try walking to any of the Departmental Stores these days, head straight to Men’s Section, you would understand what I mean.

 Dressed in the 60’s … The guys in checkered shirts: KC Leong, Alan Yu laoshi, Alex Lim (Organizing Chairman), Chen Hoi Nen (USJ Annual Dinner Funds Director); In white: Tan Hee Joo laoshi and Soo laoshi. 

Due to limited time, the performers were only able to perform one or two number of the dance craze in the 60’s such as The Twist, A-Go-go, Rock and roll, etc. The chi gong members should have no problem with The Twist by swivelling the hips which is a more elaborate version of the Daoling in chi gong (with the gentle oscillating of the hips) … :-)

Another person that made the event lively was the accomplished Master of Ceremony, Mr. Jeff Yong. We were truly entertained by his dynamic and humorous delivery of announcement and showmanship.

 One of the group photos at Grand Imperial Restaurant, USJ 19 City Mall … background with the setting sun 

The VIPs:

The event was graced by Mr Ken Chia, MPSJ Councillor who is Hannah Yeoh’s (DUN Subang Jaya) representative. Another VIP was Mr Gan Meng Foo, BN Coordinator DUN Subang Jaya.

The other VIPs are Liow Kim Heng laoshi, President of Persatuan Senaman Zhineng Qigong (M’sia); Lu Lin Kun laoshi, Advisor of Persatuan Senaman Zhineng Qigong (M’sia); and Zheng Bai Ling laoshi of China.

 Posing with Lu Lin Kun laoshi (seated, 2nd from left), Liow Kim Heng laoshi, Alan Yu laoshi (USJ Centres); Back: Zheng Bai Ling laoshi from China.


Mr Gan Meng Foo complimented Alex Lim, the Organizing Chairman, by saying, "... a very interesting programme and he enjoyed himself." 

Mr Kent Chia commented that he was surprised to see the overwhelming response and participation, and the whole event was well organized. 

Kudus to the USJ Annual Dinner Organizing Team!

 Dressed to the occasion … 

 A Go-go dance

 Yee Sang and loh sang time … may all chi gong practitioners have abundance of good chi and good health! Mr Ken Chia, MPSJ Councillor (right).

 With Edwin Khor laoshi (left), Kong Xu laoshi from China (in red), Hee Yan Choo laoshi (in blue)

Fortune God distributing good-luck door gifts

Stay tuned for PART 2

Do click here to view last year’s photos of Zhineng Qigong USJ Annual Dinner (2011).

Posted by KC Leong

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Gasing Hill Trail Running

Listen! Listen! Listen! There are no cows, no goats, no chickens at Gasing Hill, and there is tiada masalah (no problem) having trail running there also on 19 January 2013, Saturday.

Let me speak! If one thinks Gasing Hill is easy, then it is wrong. If only you could traverse beyond the standard Bukit Gasing loop, trekking or trail running at Gasing is tough – never mind, still there is no problem ... :-)

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 A unique starting point … some say this chicken rice, though very famous, is not nice; then some say the one next to it that is equally famous (on the left of photo), Satellite Chicken Rice, is also not nice … :-)

The Team Lead for this long-haul trail running is Raymond Ng who knows the terrain well. Definitely, the starting point for this event was a bit unique. It was not the usual “park by the road side near to Gasing Hill” type. Instead, we parked our cars in front of the famous Ipoh Chicken Rice Restaurant along Jalan Gasing near to EFP Building. The good thing of parking there was that there were ample parking bays and after the run, the restaurants for refresh and refreshment were just there. The only catch – it was more than 1km to Bukit Gasing. Anyway, there was still no problem as trail runners are supposed to run for long distance, whether on tarmac or in the hills.

 (left) Agnes Yew, Michelle Looi, Phoebe, SooMChing, Debbie, Yvonne Teo, Raymond Ng, Jason Loh, Michael Tham, KC Leong … Suspension Bridge behind.

After running passed the housing area, the first landmark of Bukit Gasing unfolding before our eyes was the Suspension Bridge.  Not far from the bridge, then we tackled the first steep ascent. We then passed by an abandon house en route to Kerinchi Park. Here we were greeted with another mother-of-all hills in Bukit Gasing. It was as steep as Apek Hill, Cheras, but with a shorter distance.

We emerged from the jungle and were surprised to see there was a function at Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi. The photographers there were also quite surprise to see us and started clicking away while we passed by the area.

 Continue with another segment of uphill run …

After some twist and turn, we finally return to the Watch Tower – the usual landmark in the standard loops of Gasing Hill. From there, we started our ascent to the Indian Temple and the transmission tower high above another hill. Going up there was tough and the final steps were steep with the loose yellow earth below our feet. If it takes a slip and the fall would be 50 meters rolling down the hill.

 At Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi

We then ran downhill passing by a huge sewage treatment plant. As informed by Raymond Ng, there is one piece of land where the developer is building many units of bungalows that were greeted with much protest from the nature-loving people. I think the purchasers of the bungalows are not aware that their prize property – nestled within the greenery of Gasing Hills – is only half a hill behind the huge sewage treatment plant.

We then ran passed a reservoir en route back to the usual trails of Bukit Gasing. Crossing the red wooden bridge, that indicated the outer boundary of Gasing Hills and the end of our trail running.

Total distance for this challenge was 9km that took 2 hr 45 minutes to return to car park.

 The ladies are unfazed with whatever Raymond Ng sees …

 At the Indian Temple on top of Gasing Hill 

 Going down a trail traversing to another hill 

 Earth-based rock climbing … Michelle Looi, Phoebe and Debbie.

 Bungalows to be built here at Bukit Gasing

Going down another treacherous slope

Bukit Gasing trail map charted by Garmin FR610 GPS-enabled watch;
Total distance: 9km; time taken: 2 hr 45 minutes.

Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, January 13, 2013

FRIM Trail Running

Mission accomplished to "jin wan" (energize our luck) in ushering 2013 New Year accompanied by showers of blessing from the sky on the morning of 13 Jan 2013, Sunday. It was quite a challenging feat for the group to engage in trail running for 16 km that took almost 3 hours where certain part of the journey was in drizzle.

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Main group photo before the start of run ... yours truly (KC) at left.

While the group went through Dream Trail at around 7:30 a.m., with the dense tree leaves above, the trail was dark as though it was around 7:30 p.m. At certain clearing, I saw that the sky was hovering with thick rain clouds. Then the drizzles started when we passed by Pacat Trail en route to Salem High Country – the hill where we aimed to go to energize our luck.

At the base of Salem High Country

At Steroid Hill area, we met up with Yvonne Teo, who started a little late and she went through Dream Trail, Rover Track, Mountain Bike Track alone to look for the group. We admired her courage! Bravo!

In drizzle with the misty effect ... at the peak of Salem High Country

Approaching Salem High Country, the rain was getting heavier. So the group went round the base and spiral up to the peak for a group photo in the rain. While ascending the hill in drizzle, the feeling was like our luck was moving up the level with the blessing from the rain. When the mission was completed, the group ran downhill swiftly; returned via Steroid Hill and Mountain Bike Track to FRIM Clubhouse. Overall, it was a good and satisfying trail run to start a brand new year.

Trail map showing the route that we have done, starting from Dream Trail to the peak of Salem High Country at the far end.

Do click here to view previous posting at FRIM.

Posted by KC Leong

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Fireworks 2013 KLCC

Year-end countdown at KLCC, the iconic skyline of Kuala Lumpur, with dazzling fireworks display in ushering the 2013 New Year. At the park, everyone was in the festive mood. The atmosphere was cordial, peaceful and jovial. At 12 midnight, the sky erupted as fireworks shot up the night sky. Since we were so near to the launching ground, we could feel the earth move with the loud BOOOOOOOOM. When it was over, the crowds roared and clapped hands with approval.

May the New Year bring much improvement, happiness and world peace.
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Do click here to view previous years' firework displays. This posting is repeated, do scroll down the pages.
Posted by KC Leong