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Goodbye 2013!

It’s the time of the year again that I would conclude the significant stuff I had done! Chinese New Year is also new year, ok? :p

The travel!

It’s almost like visit-Indonesia and -Singapore year for me!

80% of the travel experiences have not been blogged about… Conclusion: I am still a procrastinator this year! Come to think of it, procrastination should be my innate quality!

Cuti-cuti overseas: Laos in January, Yogjakarta in April, Singapore in May and July, Bali in August.

The main agenda of visiting Singapore in July

The main agenda of visiting Singapore in July

Cuti-cuti Malaysia: Penang in January, Batu Pahat in February, Pangkor Island in August.

My OZ and NZ exposure has added variety to the nationalities of my friends! 🙂 As a result, I get visits from foreign friends every now and then.

hippo n friends

After parting with each other in NZ, we had our reunion in Melbourne, now it’s in KL!

Someone from Deutschland was in KL!

Someone from Deutschland was in KL!

Reunion of skydiving buddies in KL!

Reunion of skydiving buddies in KL!

The workout!

At the time of (draft) writing, I have only jogged for 85km. Less mileage compared to 2012 and that would explain why I am carrying 7kg of extra fat from my ideal weight!

I took part in my first obstacle race, the Reebok One Challenge 18.95k 2013, without training! The credit should go to my buddy, Shirely! Without her being my pacer and imposing all the peer pressure, I do not think I could survive all the 9 obstacles. Instead, I would most probably feign sick so that I could be fetched by the ambulance :p

Obstacle # 1: the running

Obstacle # 1: the running

Obstacle # 2: the sand bag

Obstacle # 2: the sand bag

Obstacle # 3: the monkey bar

Obstacle # 3: the monkey bar, which I surrendered and chose 10 x burpee instead

Obstacle # 4: the hurdles

Obstacle # 4: the hurdles

Obstacle # 5: the ant hills

Obstacle # 5: the ant hills

Obstacle # 7: the trail "run" :p

Obstacle # 7: the trail “run” :p

Obstacle # 8: the tyres

Obstacle # 8: the tyres

Obstacle # 9: the wall

Obstacle # 9: the wall

Last obstacle: the ford rangers

Last obstacle: the ford rangers

The weekend after that, it was Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 where I ran for my 3rd half marathon. The run was the most torturing among the 3. Fatigue actually kicked in as early as the 10th km. From there, I alternated running and limping every 5 minutes. But ironically, as suffering as it might be, that was my 2nd best run, which was faster than my first ever half marathon that I trained so much harder (128km of jog!)! Maybe no training is indeed the best training! :p

SCKLM 2013!

SCKLM 2013! Limping towards the finish line…

Other major/special events!

Early 2013, Aron got me this 签 all the way from Japan *touched*. Most of the "prophecies" came true!

Early 2013, Aron got me this 签 all the way from Japan *touched*. Most of the “prophecies” came true!

枯木逢春生

枯木逢春生

Watched my first orchestra!

Watched my first orchestra!

Watched "Mousetrap", my first English play!

Watched “Mousetrap“, my first English play!

I almost fainted out of excitement after shaking the hand of Chin Pang! 😀

The graduation of the youngest member of my family!  Strongly recommend you to take graduation portraits or family photos at a bridal studio instead of the conventional studio. Bridal studio offers more background choices as well as one-stop services of make-up and hairdo!

The graduation of the youngest member of my family!
Strongly recommend you to take graduation portraits or family photos at a bridal studio instead of the conventional studio. Bridal studio offers more background choices as well as one-stop services of make-up and hairdo!

May 2014 be a fulfilling year!

 

 


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