Glenlivet Cipher

Decipher the Cipher. 

The Glenlivet Cipher is released with no cask information, tasting notes or age statement. The fun lies in challenging whisky enthusiasts to use all their senses to decode the flavours in the very sexy and mysterious black opaque bottle. Nose, taste and discuss!

The Westin Singapore - Hotel Review

The choice for our subsequent stay at Singapore during the Craze Ultra run was aptly The Westin Singapore. Reasons included I needed a place that was near the CBD as we had a meeting on Monday after my race, a place where I could run as my recovery run and somewhere the hubster could explore for his own makan trail. Don't kill me if I tell you that one of my post race requirements includes a nice bath tub for an ice bath.

PRG GoCare Run 2016

If you want to run for a good cause then PRG GoCare Run 2016 is one run that you must and should sign up for! A Charity Fun Run on Sunday 16 October 2016. This run is targeting to raise at least RM200,000.00 via this event with proceeds going to GoCare Charity Crowdfunding for the needy.


15 to 18 layers of deliciousness is how I would describe Baumkuchen. Originating from Germany, the Baumkuchen is similar to our kuih lapis.

Hotel Review: Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview

Typically overseas race jitters includes pre race diet, availability of shake leg run and of course convenience of hotel to start line. With that, the decision was made to make Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview the hotel for my first night in Singapore.

Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview was undoubtedly the perfect one, chalking up some Starwood points as well. A mere 12 minutes drive from Craze Ultra's start line at MacRitchie Reservoir. Most importantly, I also needed a a safe place that I could pack in a short run after the drive to Singapore - this shake leg run is a must for me after travelling whether by flight or drive. Absolutely loved the scenic view along the pavements that ran along Singapore River when I took quick run in the afternoon after lunch.

While I am generally not a fussy traveller having done a few backpack trips on my own. Pre race days come along and I will not compromise on a comfortable and clean room. A proper hot shower and comfy bed is a must to ensure that I am well rested. And since I was undertaking my maiden 100 miles / 160km race, it was essential that I was well rested (and at peace). 

With that, my first step into Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview assured me that I was in good hands. A friendly reception who knew I was in Singapore for a race followed up with me if I had any dietary limitation for my breakfast that would be delivered to my room at 345am or if I wanted any taxi booked in the morning to get to the start line. It was the same detailed questions that I received at the point of booking too! Impressive service that I certainly appreciate!

Out from the lift and the familiar welcoming walk to my room reminds me of my good stay at Four Points by Sheraton in Sandakan. The SGD25 million renovations certainly breathe new life to this hotel that was previously known as Riverview Hotel. 
Knock knock. Evelyn is coming in!

The room is spacious and comfortable. A good view of the surrounding area and I must say the first thing that caught my eyes was the comfy bed and the comfortable seat by the window that the hubster spent some time catching up with his reading while I was away for my race. Wifi was efficient enabling me to check on my route updates and run a FB live video at 4am (not like my friends were awake then)!
We brought Yochana along for this runcation. Not like she was going to run...
I needed my nap before my short afternoon run. So the Brat Yochana contented herself with the view from our room. Perched on the sofa looking out while the hubster was reading beside her.
Serene view from our room. We enjoyed the view while waiting for the weather to cool down a little before venturing out.
View from the other side of our room.
Gorgeous riverbank. You can take a cruise in these riverboats too. 

Some may take the shower facilities of a hotel for granted. But it is something that I weigh heavily for my stays. I absolutely loved the powerful hot shower that did wonders to relax before I retired to bed and a refreshing wake me up at 345am in the morning (the same time that my brekkie was delivered to me). Loved the hotel's choice of toiletries!

Cheerful packaging and the smell really refreshing!

Sufficient lighting within the bathroom if you want to spend some time dolling up.

Hello there!

Since my race flagged off at 7am, a breakfast box was sent to the room. I can't ask for a more than perfect runner's pre race meal. It was so well executed and I am most grateful that the folks at Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview even packed in some banana, race gel and also some natural fuel with Chia seed that I could bring along in my hydration vest. The banana was perfect because I normally eat one to fuel hald hour before race starts...and its also my comfort food to calm me down - after all Potassium does wonder for our mood!
A call to our room minutes before my breakfast box arrived. 
Tomato and cheese sandwiches as I preferred vegetarian options for race days.
Amazing and well thought additions of GU gel and real fuels that I personally prefer for ultra marathons including Chia seed bar, Peanut Butter protein bar and bananas!
Clean eats that I would normally have at home or overseas before a run.
Sorted out my hot drinks from the in room bar that had a good selection of tea and coffee.
Well rest, well fuelled and definitely nicely charged for my 100 miles Craze Ultra race. THANK YOU Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview!

The husbter enjoyed his breakfast at Four Points Eatery with a gorgeous view of the riverbank after I flagged off. It was the same place that he enjoyed a feast Oceania Seafood dinner (click to read) while I was still running somewhere in Pasir Ris on Saturday night! A good line up of for the breakfast buffet spread included local specialties, pastries, eggs station, ample fresh fruits and just about everything that one can piece together for a wholesome breakfast. 
The hubster obviously preferred sitting out alfresco with the fresh air and gorgeous view.
Delightful nasi lemak
Western food options are fun to play with.

With the gym and pool facility at Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview being pretty impressive for a 4 star hotel, I am definitely looking forward to returning here for Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2016 in December. The facilities are perfect for the pre race shake leg workouts or post race recovery. Of course the run route along the river is a big plus point for a recovery run that is perfect at anytime of the day. 
a well equipped gym that is appealing for most savvy and fit travellers
the pool
Almost 11pm but there's still people walking around and having a late meal at Robertson Quay. Perfect for the late night runs since it is well lighted and definitely safe!
Well paved walkways making it such a delightful route to run. It was hard not to want to run further but I had my race the next day.
Such an inviting and scenic route smack behind Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview

A short one night stay for me but longer for the hubster, he certainly enjoyed the conveniences that Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview offered. There was no need for him to drive around even when he went shopping (yes he is a shopaholic!). Orchard Road was a short 15 minutes stroll (stroll means slow walk and catch Pokemons). There's also complimentary shuttle buses are provided from the hotel for guests at selected times to Orchard Road, Chinatown and Clarke Quay MRT station.

This post is also a Public Service Announcement for Liverpool FC fans. Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverviewis also the official “live” match venue for the Liverpool Football Club Official Supporters Club (Singapore Branch).

A visit to Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview is not complete unless one visits The Best Brew. This pub is famous for its view and its craft beer Tall Tale Pale Ale. I certainly look forward to trying it on my next visit!

Four Points Eatery
Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview
382 Havelock Rd
Singapore 169629
T: +65 6349 4872

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Oceania Seafood Dinner @ Four Points Eatery

While I ran the Craze Ultra on Saturday night, the hubster was busy stuffing himself with a seafood dinner of fresh oysters, prawns, grilled Boston lobster and a whole host of fresh seafood. A good deal for SGD53++ something that I won't be getting in KL! So if you are in Singapore or are heading in, the Ocenia Seafood Dinner at Four Points Eatery, Four Points by Sheraton Singapore Riverview. Nothing too elaborate but it is a good selection of seafood options that will put a smile to any seafood lover.

Heart Health Challenge

Now that I am 43 years old, it is important that I keep a closer tab on my health. While many think that I am all about eating clean, exercising blah blah blah, I do have my love for that plate of nasi lemak sotong or char kuey teow! However, life is all about moderation and if we don't love our body, who is going to love it for us?

100 Miles Craze Ultra - Race Review

Craze Ultra 2016 done and dusted - Yes I ran (and walked) 100 miles over a weekend in Singapore and maybe a little more complete with a little mishap here and there, some napping at check points, bus stops and even the pavement plus some crying along the route. All in all, I am glad I signed up for this epic race that I will highly recommend to anyone who wants to attempt a 100 miles of good memories.

Vietnam with Vietjet

Vietnam is probably one of the few Asian countries that I have visited without fail every year. Having done 3 trips this year, this is one quaint country that has much in stored for travellers. Whatever the adventure you seek, there’s something that Vietnam has to offer. 

The fun folks at Vietjet have 3 recommended destinations. While I am a regular at Ho Chi Minh City, I reckon it is high time for me to check out Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. Perhaps a getaway in Q4 is perfect since I am given a break from my ultra marathon training.

PureBOOST X - 2016 - Ice Mint

I am the proud owner of another pair of adidas PureBOOST X. It has been a year since I fell in love with this pair of pretty line of shoes. It is more than just a pretty thing that captivates me. It is the fact that the comfort and support that it comes with it that makes me love it more and more.

Sunday Bubbly Brunch @ Serena Brasserie

Sunday Bubbly Brunch - good food, good company and bubblies! That sealed the deal for a perfect Sunday a couple of weekends back when I was on taper week for my 100 miles race. RM150 nett per adult or RM250 nett per adult for food and free flow of soft drinks, juices, wine, beer and champagne. Pretty good deal for a Sunday get together or even a celebration (in my case it was our 15th wedding anniversary and what better way that to spend it with friends who matter?).

We started off with some mimosa. Make your own according to what you fancy including freshly squeezed juice choices of orange, wild berries, lychee, peach, and strawberries, splashed with equal proportions of the Laurent-Perrier champagne. In my case, I was perfectly happy with having the bubblies on its own.
Mimosa Bar
free flow Laurent-Perrier champagne

The menu is a fine affair of classic brunch favourites. The hubster loves his Sundays to be carnivorous and he definitely appreciated the roast station of juicy baked beef Wellington, roasted whole garlic, french beans and crisp beef bacon rosemary. My taste buds these days are more pescetarian. So I definitely appreciated the elaborate selection of seafood including fresh seafood on ice of Fine de Claire oysters, Australian spanner crab, pacific prawns, blue yabbies’ slipper lobsters, New Zealand green lip mussel and my all time favourite of Alaskan king crab! 
baked beef Wellington
Poppyseed Bun with Beef Pepperoni
Spiced Bagel with Truffle Egg Mayo
Gratinated Rockefeller oyster 

And what is Sunday without grilled meats? Serena Brasserie offers chilled sirloin, lamb chop and kebab, beef patties and seafood including tiger prawn, Norwegian salmon and slipper lobster. Pick what you like and the team will grill it to your liking while you dine in comfort in the air conditioned dining area. Of course if you love our tropical heat, then you may of course sit in the al fresco area as well...the former is definitely my preference after my long hours of running under the hot sun! 

Of course the usual works of salads, pasta, local delicacies at Serena Brasserie is also part of the Sunday Bubbly Brunch offerings. Leave room for desserts too!There is definitely something for everyone! 
Smoked salmon cream cheese mille feuille with grilled scallops and prawns
Cantonese style fried prawns
Desserts are a must and the ice creams at Serena Brasserie is one of our faves!
And if you have the company of children, rest assured that you can still dine and wine in peace. There is a dedicated children’s corner where the little bosses will be entertained and kept entertained with games, entertainment, cupcake decoration and a special children's menu that includes super salad, egg sandwich, cheese sandwich, fish fingers, chocolate brownies, cookies and candies.

Head on over to Serena Brasserie for a memorable and fun Sunday Bubbly Brunch on the last Sunday of each month until 27 November 2016, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm! This is definitely a lovely way to pamper and indulge to welcome in the new month. Available at RM150 nett per adult and RM76 nett per child (5 – 11 years old). Upgrade your menu with the drinks package:
• free flowing soft drinks and juices at RM30 nett
• free flowing wine and beer at RM150 nett
• free flowing Laurent-Perrier champagne, wine, beer, soft drinks, and juices at RM250 nett. 

Serena Brasserie
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
165 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 2782 6228

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Tayaria Run 2016

Looking for a run and/or race on Sunday 16 October 2016? Sign up for TAYARIA Run 2016 - the first road race organised by a tyre company! 

There are 4 categories:

• Men Open (18 - 39 years old)
• Men Veteran (40 years and above)
• Women Open (18 - 39 years old) 

• Women Veteran (40 years and above)
The top 3 winners of each category will take home a Tayaria cash voucher, trophy and medal. Top 4 to 10 will receive a trophy and medal.

The run is open to Malaysians, PR holders and expatriates with working permit. Participants will also be able to win more than a hundred exclusive F1 souvenirs – the Pirelli cap and exclusive sets of Pirelli key chains. There will be other lucky draws prizes to be won too.

Online registration

Walk-in registration:
Kit Loong Tayaria Sdn Bhd
No. 9, Jalan 201
Off Jalan Tandang
46050 Petaling Jaya
Selangor D.E.
T: +603 7783 7663

Tayaria Run 2016
Date: 16th October 2016
Time: 7:30am
Venue: Taman Botani Negara, Shah Alam

For more information:
Julie Wong (Race Director)
+6016 228 4088

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Run for National Unity 2016

If you have nothing in your calendar on Malaysia Day 16th September 2016, how about heading in for a fun run. Run for National Unity in conjunction wih Malaysia Day will be held at 730am at Padang Merbok.

Organised by HELP University and Malay Mail, this inaugural run aims to to promote national unity and harmony. It also serves to raise funds for deserving students to pursue their tertiary education. All nett proceeds from the Run will be channeled to a scholarship fund for these students from all races.

Register for the run NOW:
• Walk in registration can be done at:
- FTKLAA Office, 
2nd Floor, Wisma OCM, 
Jalan Hang Jebat, 
50150 Kuala Lumpur 
T: +603 2715 2843
- Department of Student Affairs 
HELP University, 
Jalan Semantan 1, 
Bukit Damansara, 
50490 Kuala Lumpur 
T: +603 2716 2131

#The operating hours for walk-in registration are 10am-5pm from Monday to Friday, and 10am-1pm on Saturday. 
• Online registration

There are 6 categories in this fun run:
• Men’s Open: 7km
• Women’s Open: 7km
• Muhibbah Group (4 adults in a group comprising at least 1 Malay, 1 Chinese and 1 Indian): 5km
• Family Participation (2 adults, and 1 to 3 children): 5km
• Corporate Team (4 runners per team): 5km
• Special category (OKU): 3km
The Run will be conducted under the rules and regulations of the Malaysian Athletics Federations (MAF) while the technical support will be provided by the Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (FTKLAA).

Being a fun Run, all finishers will receive medals and certificates at the Finish Line. Light refreshments will also be served. Participants will also be entitled to a tshirt, goodie bag and stand to win attractive lucky draw prizes after the Run.
Runners' entitlements
Route for Run for National Unity
Prizes for all categories
Lucky draw prizes

Run for a good cause, run for unity. Register fast and cya there!

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