Monday, June 27, 2011

KL Marathon 2011

Yours truly made her first 10km of walk run for her first time in her life !!! Please be proud of me !!!! LOL ...

I was expecting myself to finish in 2 hours but surprisingly i finish before 2 hours taken into account that I walk more than run, I stop for some photos .. Yes, i did took my sweet time to take some memorable photos .. XD

Evidence of me ran for 10.9km in 1 hour 44 mins with average pace of 9'30"km ..

I wasn't prepare for the run. I was so nervous and scare yet excited at the same time. I don't know what will happen to myself, will I faint? I really don't know before the run begins.

But I really thank god. It was drizzling at the beginning of the run and I suppose the weather was great with the cloudy day until almost towards the end of the run, only the sun came out. Happily, we manage to see rainbow on our way at Brickfields.

Every sign of KMs, it made me happy and excited. 

That shows not only stop for taking picture with the famous 5km sign, ok ... XD

I couldn't have done all this without the encouragement and support from my dearest. Along the journey, we ran together, we walk together, we encourage each other that we can finish this journey together. Thank you my dear for going this run with me although you did wanted to give up the night before. I thank you for trusting me that we can finish this together.

We finished this together @ 10km . =D

And we have our medal !! Woot !!!!

Beside the medal, I also have blisters at toes as memory .. Ouchie !!! *notes to self to get a better and branded running shoes*

The only sad part that my dai ka jie who beria-ia want to join couldn't make it the run as she was sick at the wrong time. Hopefully next year we can join together again and don't simply eat pasar malam food before the run, ok!!! I know you are reading this . Kekekekekekeke ....

For now, I am considering to make this run as my annual event... Hmmmm ... 

P.S: Main reason I don't like to tie up my hair like this !! Make my face damn fat and fugly... rawr !

Friday, June 3, 2011

Songpan, China

Before leaving Jiu Zhai Gou, the heaven of mother nature, while on the way to the Airport, we manage to drop by at this ancient town where one of the main ethnic groups are Muslims, besides Aba Tibetan, Qiang and Han Chinese, Songpan.

the entrance to the town

According to China Discover [CLICK HERE for more details],
Although Aba is a Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture, elderly bearded men sporting distinctive white caps are a common sight on its streets. Muslim culture is widespread in Aba, where there is a large community of Hui people. Its street-life scenario is made complete by the large numbers of Muslim pancake sellers hawking their wares. Songpan is site of a number of Hui ethnic villages. The other three ethnic groups resident in the county are Tibetan, Qiang and Han Chinese. Songpan was once a regular stop for traveling merchants, but its commercial importance is now ancient history. 
 If you are a history person, I think this is a place that you would have to visit because this is the place where a small town marked a significant history between China and Tibet.

Like below,

Statue of Tang Princess Wencheng and Tubo king Songtsan Gambo outside north gate of Songpan

Forgive me, if I got my history of the above wrong.

According to my mummy + the tour guide explanation while I busy capturing the moment, the above statue was made in remembrance of this Tang Princess and the King. Princess Wencheng is not only remembered as princess, but she's the one who make a significant contribution in spreading the teaching of Buddha.

OK. That's all I remembered from the tour guide and mummy. XD

Inside the town, which is basically just a one street with shophouses at both side.

Some of the locals,

Making shoes out of leather 

Parents waiting for their kids to end their class. It's a kindergarden school 

Not much of photos I took here simply because when we step into the town, we went to this shop selling fruits. Buying bags of fruits to eat.

Beside the shops, there's this old lady selling water chesnut, Mummy bought it. And yeah, you know what's next.

All of us busy eating the water chesnut (which you can find at Petaling Street and you always get cheated for it's price and quantity), it is like so nice and warm to eat at such cold weather. It is so fresh lorh !!

And and ...

I ended my Songpan memory with a gift from our pretty tour guide,

I don't really know what is called in English, but it's fruits that is dip into red sugar coating. The one I had is small peach.. Yum ~

That's all my journey in Jiu Zhai Gou ..

Bye bye Jiu Zhai Gou ~ I will miss you lots and promise to visit you again one day

But wait .. That's not all for my China trip ..
Up Next: Big Buddha and Er Mei Shan ...