Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PBIM - Kedai Runcit Anak Mami

First of all, my heartfelt thank you to my partner-in-crime , a certain Ms M that  for personal reasons wishes to remain anonymous :) without her, I would have been all alone for solid 7 hours on the bridge at the 35km mark!

The idea of setting up kedai runcit was of course inspired by Kash/Rais and gang's wonderful gesture during SCKLM10, waiting for RBUs and FMVs. Since I cant run, I decided to give back at the most crucial time of running a marathon, I remembered how it was for me .. pushing myself on my swollen knees to see the familiar faces there and knowing that once I am there, the finishing is a definite YES. I managed to get in touch with the PBIM organisers and they were really supportive, so I got my transport pass to drive my car into the route :)

Went shopping with Azza on friday - gatorades, buns and chocolates, power gels, sprays, plasters, nuun tablets, deep heat .. what we can think of we got it .. some are personal supplies and some we bought. We still have some fund left from the sale of the FMV vest.

Arrived Penang saturday morning, went to the collection centre to get my pass and instructions and lunch this was the only time the RBUs had a decent gathering .. a quick lunch and lambung session:)  then it was back to the room, rested a bit and  carbo loading gathering .. many didnt make it but some did and it was fun. Everyone was in high spirits! Dispersed early and then decided to take a drive through to see where I would be stationed and alas, we got it wrong - the stupid map lah ..

Back to room, showered and tried to get some sleep .. I managed a good hour and I think Zack Yui must have thought he'd called the wrong roomm when I answered the phone croaky and groggy LOL ..I was out by 1215am .. Azza went with me to get some ice for the cooler box and then we met up with Ijam, Zack, Ray and Deo, all dah tak sabar you know ! My partner was there and we said our goodbye and made our way.

1st obstacle - police had closed the road and the officer at first refused to let us in despite me having the transport pass and I was still within cut off time to enter the route!  I finally managed to pujuk him .. "special case" he said and let us in ... whatever ..

Drove to where my station was supposed to be only to find NOTHING. No one was there, no road marker , NOTHING. Called the organiser and she told me that I was at the wrong place , that I had to find my way OUT OF THERE, and make a u-turn and go I dont know where. Look for the bird statue she said. Huh? Luckily the road was closed so we could roam the whole street being the only car there LOL. My partner was really helpful here, I was panicking thinking that I wouldnt find the place and that I had some of the runners stuff with me, alamak! But she was like, lets just drive and see .. so we drove down the road, still nothing, made a u-turn and went up the road and up and voila, I saw birds ... heaven!!! Saw the water station, the red cross and the 35km marker. We decided we'd set up at that point ..

We were ready by 1:30am and then it was just the waiting game. Then it threathened to rain so we quickly kept some of the placards and stuff in the car and then it poured. We were caught a few minutes in the heavy downpour and managed to make it into the car. I was fervently praying that none of our runners would come then, how to help them in rain like that? but I had secretly told myself, if anyone came in that rain , then I'd just go out and be in the rain with him/her. I would only get wet!! We watched the runners coming down the road in the car .. some still running strong, some slow jogged .. so many runners, so many different styles .. one guy was wearing the ladies sportsbra and his pants was really slipping down his bulging tummy and when he passed us from the back, half of his butt was showing LOL .. lucky me and M did not go blind !

And the rain subsided and we got out of the car even though it was still drizzling .. the boot door became our umbrella and we waited. Farid from CAR was the first familiar face that came through .. and then more and more passed us on the other side of the road. Many waved and said hello and we told them to stop on their way back.

I was at the 35th km mark .. they came in many disguises. Some still strong and didnt stop merely giving us the thumbs up when we clapped for them to go on .. some were really bad, tired, cramps , hungry. We catered to all that dropped by but kept enough supplies for our own members. Its so humbling to be there and helping them. Water ran out at the water station just before 7am  and suddenly we were the only place runners could turn to !

I had about 30 bottles of gatorade, so we started to pour out drinks in cups .. we gave out buns, chocolates, sprayed on so many legs - some gebu like zack yui's, some oh so the berbulu (Yim and Nik oso cannot challenge) that I had to give them the can to do the spraying themself ha ha .. tak sanggup ! Some hitched up their shorts so high that had me praying I wont get a glimpse of little willy in case they decided to run "free and wild" if you know what I mean LOL.

I had dejavu of me at that km during SCKLM. How seeing familiar faces and getting encouragements gave me the final push. One guy was so hungry and when  I offered him a bun, he was so grateful but before he took it he told me that he didnt have any money on him .. oooh its free I said, .. the look on his face made it all worthwhile being there. "you are my angel" one guy told me when I gave him half bottle of gatorade and sent him off on his way.

And we had a group of local guys who chatted us up LOL. Its so funny kena tackle in loghat penang u know. Funnier still they recognised me from FB and talked  about me right infront of me .. it went like this between the 4 of them :-

"macam besa tenguk aja .. and he looked at me"
another said .. aku tau ..aku besa tenguk dia .. banyak dlm fb LOL
another went "haa betoi betoi .. apa nama dia? and they looked at me? june I said
and he went " aku ingat, june malik .. baru aku cam dia .. amboi dia tinggi no ... lawa ..  tadi aku perasan kat dia pasai dia tinggi"

And they ate and drank and thanked us and shook hand with us and left. M and I had a good laugh .. one guy even had a thang for M you know ! Sheesh orang penang also kenal June Malik LOL.

Greeting our own people were superb .. and I sent Syed off with a big kiss. He looked  so dejected. But he made it to the end yay!!

Many runners dropped by, most were familiar but a lot of strangers dropped by too and we were happy we could help all of them. Those that went walking by I always tell them the same thing .. "only 7km more, even if you have to walk all the way, do not quit. You are almost there. Make sure you finish."  they even got nagged by me LOL.

We ran out of supplies by 8:15 and again I managed to pujuk one of the police on patrol to let us drive out slowly .. He relented after I pujuk him few times and by 8:30 we drove back slowly back to queensbay.

I was disappointed that I could not greet the runners at the finishing line but I cant be at two places the same time. Azza did a wonderful job there, thanks dear! But I met most of them at the 35km mark .. some I recognised, some came to introduce themself to me .. and many just called out my name and whizzed by. 

I am sure M was really tired that day, thank you again. We had fun despite all the hours there. I will always remember this special day. Being able to give back in a small way is definitely wonderful. I think whenever I can, I will set up a kedai runcit :) volunteers???

Some pictures here :)

Something to ponder :-

* i was waiting for doc julin to stop by after the u-turn but she never came by .. its impossible for me to miss runners passing by cos they dont come in a big crowd .. but she was no where to be seen and later she told me that i was no where in sight too

** at least 3 runners claimed my car was not there at all ! Yikes ... I was there from 1:10 am to 830am yo !!

*** err, I hope no one tumpang me back .. double yikes


Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Oops, busy over the weekend termiss my flashback saturday .. and this saturday busy kat tanjung .. hmm ..

Anyway, here is the plan :-

Since most runners want to retire early to rest (Ijam nak tidur at 8pm tau) , the plan for carbo loading meet up is as follows :-

Time : 5:00 pm till whatever time suitable to each
Place : Queensbay Mall just inside the main entrance (I will go earlier to find a suitable place for makan and save seats and then we go ramai2)
Date : Saturday, 20th November 2010 lah

You can pass to me your stuff for the km32/35 here or leave it at Eastin Hotel reception for me, by my real-name-that-i-dont-like tuu .. you know it right? if not refer here , dont like even typing it many times ha ha ..

How about us RBUs meet up for brunch or lunch on sunday after the run ? You guys suggest a place, anak mami and gang ikut hehe

See you in Penang :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Anak Mami Balik Penang

He hehe ..

Ok, I have managed to secure a pass to drive in my car to water station number 10, which is both km32/35 for the full marathon route for PBIM.

So, during your run, you will pass me not once but twice :) at 32 and then when you make the U-turn again at 35. I was told that the station will provide 100+, water, sponge and POWERBAR, not power gels. 

I am going to open a kedai runcit there for the fmvs, rbus and other friends. Rais & Kash's branch hihi. Will have some gatorades, and buns and sprays, plasters, and I will think of some other things as well.

So, FMVs, RBUs CARs, and friends do drop by so that we can kick your ass to the last 10km ! Also if you want to pass to me your own favourite drink, food, clothes etc for that mark, I will be staying at Eastin hotel, call me to arrange or leave it at the reception for them to pass it to me. Put your stuff in a ziplock bag and label it with your name/bib number. Also, my room at Eastin will be under JUNAIDAH (eerrggh) MOHD ISHAK, so dont go looking for June Malik ! I need your stuff by 10pm latest on that Saturday, because by 1am I will be making my way in already.

I am planning a carbo-loading session maybe around 5pm? too early? what is the best time? I need advise here please, havent ran in Penang before and also suggestions of a place for a large group meet up. Somewhere near and easy access. I believe most runners are staying not far from Queensbay Mall.

Also, for close friends, maybe lunch on Sunday at Line Clear? I hear its awesome :)

So, help me out here with the best time to carbo load and a venue for Saturday and if Sunday is a go?

Let's go rock Penang !!!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Flashback Saturday

3 years ago, my hair was at my longest length,  touched my waist ! Honestly today, I dont know how I managed it .. its been various length since then, and I dont think I will have it that long again .. now i am torn between keeping it a bit longer than it is now (shoulder length) or cutting it real short, have always wanted to go all the way but havent had the guts !

the then ..(4-5years back) still growing the hair hehe

the now
and the wanna be .. only the hairlah .. isnt she lovely? i still adore her till today :) there is another one of her hairstyles that I thot of trying but cant find it laa .. a tad shorter than these two ,,
So, should I go under the scissors???

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Yes or No?

I went to gym yesterday with anticipation , Serena, my running, gym and blog buddy was also eagerly scanning the class for the most awaited member to walk in .. MAKCIK NASI LEMAK hehe ..

First class started and no show and we were like .. oh her class is the 7pm one .. and then that too came and still no show lah ..

Maybe today or tomorrow? Or maybe she decided she didnt want to be friends with me? LOL ..

I know some of you are probably wondering since its already November heheh .. and for the moment, its a NO. Absent. Tidak Hadir.

She might still change her mind and come next week .. kot2 sibuk dengan customers ordering nasi lemak for deepavali mwah ha ha ha ..