Saturday, July 30, 2011

Miri experience

My Miri trip was absolutely fun.
I love Miri not only because my friends were there to show me the best of Miri, but because the food was super delicious and the people were great.

I took the everyonecanfly airlines and I was surprised when we had to climb the small staircase to get into the airport. Thankfully my luggage wasn’t that heavy but it was a hassle for those with children or even senior citizens. Why can’t they just use the “thingy” that connects to the plane is beyond me. They can include it in the airport tax like everything else they’ve included no?

There were long queues at the immigration counters and sadly, people in Miri do not queue up either.

Anyways, all irritation disappeared when I met my friends and they brought me to this place where I had one of the best noodles I have ever tasted. It was just a simple dish of noodles and meat, [maybe I was hungry] but the taste was OMG delicious. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what I had or where I had it. *head hangs in shame*

I enjoyed myself so much in this trip, I forgot about everything else.
Oh well. More reason to revisit Miri. If I get the *ahem* “green light” to go.

Fun fact: I thought I was imagining all those seahorses. They even have 1Malaysia seahorses. Well, sorta. It was by the roadside and I have no time to take a photo. So I had to ask and apparently, seahorses are the “mascot” of Miri.

seahorse lighthouse at Marina Bay

Another fun fact: Grand Old Lady is not a lady but the first oil rig built in Miri overlooking the town and the South China Sea.

Grand Old Lady

I also had the best ABC Cendol and Rojak. If I have no shame, I’d licked the Rojak plate clean.

Again, the only thing I remember about this location is it is very near the green gas station.

Ooh, and the guy who wore the exact same outfit as my friend.

The public parks in Miri are awesome. The one we visited was on a slope with suspension bridges to connect the several entries of the walkway. Below is the pool where children can dip in to cool off the afternoon heat. Kids were screaming their heads off in every direction but it was a family fun venue which Ekiel would love.

The beach parks are also great. I just find it weird to see families enjoying their “picnic” at 11pm.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Post 7K

Despite minor hiccups, I had a blast during the 11th Sutera Harbour 7K Sunset Charity Run 2011.

The afternoon weather was superb but she went gloomy mode towards the evening. Everyone was worried when it drizzled for a bit. But I think that the Universe was just messing with us because the weather stayed cool and breezy the whole evening.

Bah, the Universe knows we are doing it for love and charity. So she cools off the afternoon heat for everyone larr.

The warming up session started at 4.50pm. Then at 5.17pm the Guest of Honor flagged everyone off.

I am happy to report that this year no one hurt themselves at the starting line. Few minutes later were the second flag off for the VIPs and children from the Sabah Special Olympics and Sabah Thalassaemia Society.

I tried to get the air horn can from one of the VIP but before I could catch up I was stalled by the other VIPs. I’m sorry but the sight of “him” running with the air horn can was hilarious.

And why were the VIPs holding the air horn cans if they were running?
Well it is one of those life’s mystery.

By 5.30pm or so, the first runner came back. He took some pictures, interviewed by the DJs and went for second round. Why? He has the stamina of a cheetah.

Here’s a recap of the 7K Carnival because I cannot remember everything that happened that night.

The first performance was by Malvin of Prince of Pop. The rest of the Prince was busy with their royal duties. *hee*

Next was Fanzi, the boy with the big voice. When I first heard him sing during our sound check, I was like *melted*. I so want to hear him sing “Lelaki Ini” by Anuar Zain because he has the voice for it. He is such a sweetie.

The Ariez was superb. I love it when the guitarist was jumping up and down and the lead singer jumped off the stage. *woohoo* Too bad the crowd sangat-sangat larr bersopan santun. The band members pun sangat-sangat bersopan santun juga. I also like the fact that they are punctual and very patient.

My favorite for the night was Soulmates. I have always a thing for acapella performances.

Nubhan was good. I love his voice.

Candy was “interesting”.

Adam and the VIP were entertaining.
All the young girls went gaga over them including the three Korean girls.

At one point I was “stuck” in front of the table where Adam and VIP were seating for their “Meet & Greet Fan” session. Pusing-pusing me cari place to escape and finally I have to yell at the girls to give me way. *tsk tsk tsk*

Anyway, despite the FOREVER “on my way”, all artistes turned up this year. *wipes forehead with relief*

Too bad I don’t have videos from their performances that night.

However, I have something better. Soulmates and Fanzi sang “Lelaki Ini” during our dinner after the 7K Run. *melts*

Thank you all for your great support.
Will try to make next year’s event better.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Quickie

After tomorrow, life would go back to normal. *fingers crossed*
For tomorrow is the 11th Sutera Harbour 7K Sunset Charity Run2011.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

it's all about the 7K

I think I still have one more entry on the street food at Krabi, but that would have to wait as I am now going all 7K.

If you haven’t heard, the Sutera Harbour 7K Sunset Charity Run is happening on Saturday, 16th July 2011 from the Covered Tennis Court, Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club towards The Magellan Sutera Resort, u-turn to the Coastal Highway towards Wawasan Plaza and at the roundabout, turn back to the Covered Tennis Court, Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club.

Yes, that’s 7 kilometer.
And no, I have not run walked the 7K.
I am on duty that day. *whistles*
But if my son can do it, so can you.

Since this is a fun charity Run, there is no prize for the first runner to come back, though they do come back super fast; it’s crazy. However, to share the love, runners who complete the 7K within 77 minutes, will get a shot at the FANTASTIC lucky draw prizes. There are 300 hundred lucky draw prizes to be won with 5 Grand Lucky Draw prizes to be drawn during the 7K Carnival. Last year’s main prize was worth RM5,000.00.

This lucky draw prizes are contributed by generous sponsorship from corporate organizations and generous individuals. Of course the lucky draw prizes were sourced by the 7K Committee.

Nothing is easy you know. Letters to be typed out, printed, delivered and follow up. Then the prizes are picked up, marked and distributed during the event. You know how crazy it is to distribute 300 lucky draw prizes among thousands of runners?

In the 7K Carnival, there’ll be food and drinks for sale. However, the 7K Carnival stalls will only accept the 7K Coupons which is available for sale at RM10.00 per booklet. And each booklet, entitles you to one shot at the 300 lucky draws as well.

The nett proceeds from these stalls will also be donated to the 7K Beneficiaries.

If you read the papers, you will see the 7K photos of group of runners who have registered for the Run. This is where a team of one driver, one photographer and myself goes around town and out to deliver the t-shirts to those supportive people.

Our day usually starts around 8.30am and we come back to the office around 5.00pm. On a busy day, we’ll have about 13 deliveries to make, so we would have additional teams on the go as we could not be at three different places at the same time. We really wish we could!

By the time we come back to the office, we still have our usual tasks to finish up. Yes, it’s tiring. But I don’t get to do as much charity work as I’d like to. Yes, me and my 1001 excuses. So, when events like this happens, I’d gladly pitch in and try not to b**** about those people who is not making life any easier. That’s life. I’ll deal with it.

The 7K t-shirt has run out. Uh huh, all 10,000 pieces. *claps hands* Due to the demand and requests, we are replacing the t-shirts with caps. Why caps? It’s faster to get them printed than t-shirts.

So if you have not gotten yourself registered for the Run, come over to Sutera Harbour Marina & Country Club. Fees are RM25 for adults, RM15 for children.

Oh, since the traffic will be super crazy, do come earlier. It’s advisable to look for parking outside the Resort, because by 3pm, there will be LIMITED number of parkings available. Try to be at the Covered Tennis Court before 5pm as the warming up session will start. Flag off is at 5.17pm.

Why 5.17? Well 5.17pm = 17:17.
We just love our 7s.

See you guys at the 7K Run!