Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Media Release: Merdeka2016 Kuala Kubu Baru 21km Road Relay

Kuala Lumpur, 26 Julai 2016
- The inaugural Kuala Kubu Baru 21km Road Relay will be held on 3rd September, 2016 (Saturday), starting at 3pm at Stadium Mini, Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor, Kuala Kubu Baru.
The event is the brainchild of former national middle-distance runner B. Rajkumar, who is born and bred in Kuala Kubu Baru. He is the organising chairman ambassador of the event. It is his small way of giving back to the sport he loves so much and still very passionate about.

The road relay is also a collaborative effort with Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletic Association (FTKLAA) and Selangor Athletic Association (SAA) to revive the Road Relay Races that were popular in the 1960s to 1980s. It is also an effort to give athletes a new platform for competition and encourage the development of the sport at club level. It is also part of the Merdeka Day celebrations.

The running route has been mapped by FTKLAA officials to guarantee the runners a great running experience amidst the verdant greenery and interesting running terrain around the town of Kuala Kubu Baru. The race will be contested in the form of a relay wherein the baton, will be relayed among 4 runners per team. Each runner has to complete a running distance of 5.25 km along the interesting route before passing the baton to the next runner at the Stadium which will be the start, change of baton and finish station.

Each team shall consist of four runners as per entrance category stipulated. A timing chip will be affixed to the baton and each runner's time will be accurately recorded.

A Finisher medal and Finisher Tee (Dri-fit) will be awarded to each runner whose team completed the run. There will also be 3 trophies to be contested amongst the team — The Champion Trophy, The First Runner-Up Trophy, and the Second Runner-Up Trophy. There will also be cash prize money offered to a total RM14,500 for the eight categories,

B. Rajakumar, a household name middle distance runner, is the organising chairman and ambassador to this Road Relay Race. Rajkumar, the winner of the men's 800m at the Asian Track and Field championship in Jakarta in 1985 at the age of 22, grew up in Kuala Kubu Baru, did all his training in this town known as the ‘Sleepy Town' those days. It was his coach A. Tripadi, also from Kuala Kubu Baru, who nurtured him to become an iconic athlete. It is his vision to organise this race in Kuala Kubu Baru, to put this small town in the athletics map of Malaysia and also introduce this scenic area and facilities available for athletics training.

For more info, please click https://mro.myraceonline.com/kkb16/registrations

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hotel Review: 5 Good Reasons For Runners To Stay At Melange Boutique Hotel

Be it shopping, entertainment, good food or even a wonderful park for your run, Melange Boutique Hotel is located right where you can find them. We would recommend this hotel if you are in town for the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon or other races located in Kuala Lumpur. Strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, all the tourist attractions are easily accessible from here via public transport, including Dataran Merdeka, the start point of many KL running events. The room rate won’t burn a major hole in your pocket and leaves plenty of dough for shopping!

Here’s a list of five reasons why you should pick this cosy little hotel for your run-cation!


Mélange was designed by fashion photographer turned creative director Daniel Goh. You can choose from three distinct unique themes – HANDSOME (TAMPAN), ELEGANT (AYU) and FUN (MANJA). We have chosen to stay the TAMPAN Room.

The Tampan room is bold and masculine as the name suggests. We like the simple yet stylish design.

There is a spacious work station, perfect to get some work done. The free WIFI connection is relatively good.

The bathroom is clean. There are two shower heads - the regular shower head, and the heavenly shower type that creates rain-like droplets on top of your head. Hair drier and basic toiletries are provided.

Other facilities include stuff that you would expect from a hotel - a small safe to keep your valuables, mini fridge, complimentary coffee, tea and mineral water. As a security measure, you need to use your room card to access the respective floor via the lift.


Jalan Alor - KL's biggest collection of roadside restaurants/ stalls is basically right at the door-step of Melange Boutique Hotel. You don’t have to go far to sample Malaysia’s street food. Well, if street food is not your thingy, there are a 24-hour KFC and McDonald’s nearby and also a slew of restaurants and food courts in the shopping malls.

For those party animals, we recommend Changkat Bukit Bintang where bars and pubs abound with live entertainment and drinks.


Melange Boutique Hotel is located just meters away from the best shopping malls in the country – Pavilion KL, Starhill Gallery, Fahrenheit 88, Lot 10, Berjaya Times Square, Sungei Wang Plaza, BB Plaza, Low Yat and Suria KLCC. Get your running shoes and gear from branded outlets such as Nike, Adidas, Asics, Puma, Under Armour and more at Pavilion KL.

If your feet get tired from running or shopping all day, there are plenty of massage or foot reflexology centres nearby to help you ease away the tension.


If you are not racing, we recommend a morning run to the KLCC Park. Evening run is doable but you have to dodge the shoppers at the crowed Bukit Bintang area.

From the hotel, head towards Pavilion KL and then take the Bukit Bintang - KLCC Pedestrian Walkway (1.173km long) to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Tip: Do not run on the walkway as the guard will try to stop you. Brisk walk!

You will arrive at the KL Convention Centre, find your way to the KLCC Park which is located right next to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

This beautiful park is surrounded by trees and landscaped shrubs. One loop is about 1.3km. The track is rubberised so it is not so har for your feet. Don't worry about hydration as there are drinking fountains located in the park. Snap some post run selfies with KLCC in the background before heading back to Melange Hotel.


After your morning run and shower, head over to the top floor of the hotel where Rococo Restaurant is located. Cosy and artistically decorated, Rococo is the place to unwind and refuel afer your run.

We recommend the Go CLASSIC breakfast set- comes with 2 slices of bread with butter and jam, or if you like pancake, English hotdog and scrambled egg. Complete your meal with yoghurt or banana and a cup of beverage of you choice.

Melange Hotel

Address: 14, Jalan Rembia, off Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, MALAYSIA
Tel: +603 2141 8828 / +603 2110 3132
Email: reservation@melangehotel.com.my

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Media Release: MERCY Malaysia Celebrates the Superhero Spirit in Everyone at its Third Charity Run

Kuala Lumpur, 24 July 2016: Over 1,622 participants took part in the third annual #myMERCYrun International Humanitarian Run today, which is jointly organised by MERCY Malaysia and Go International Group. Themed ‘Run Like A Superhero’, this year’s charity run celebrates the deeds of everyday heroes in society who are willing to help one another in times of need, similar to what can be seen in MERCY Malaysia’s humanitarian work.

The charity run aims to raise awareness for the local and international humanitarian efforts of MERCY Malaysia, a non-profit humanitarian organisation. The event successfully raised RM 113,000 whereby all proceeds will be channelled to MERCY Malaysia’s General Humanitarian Fund, which supports efforts in providing aid to affected communities in crisis and non-crisis situations, both locally and internationally.

MERCY Malaysia’s President, Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus and Honorary Secretary, YM Datin Raja Riza Shazmin Badrul Shah flagged off the #myMERCYrun, which was held at Padang Merbok. The run provided an avenue for Malaysians of all ages to gather and have fun while taking part in the 3km, 7km and 15km run in their superhero costumes.

“We are delighted to see so many participants enjoying themselves at the run this year together with their family and friends, and we are moved by their enthusiasm in supporting our cause. Their contribution has enabled us to continue fulfilling our mission to provide medical relief, sustainable health-related development and building resilience in vulnerable communities,” said YM Datin Raja Riza Shazmin Badrul Shah.

“Disasters and crises are continuously making headlines across the world, and more communities are in great need of humanitarian aid. At MERCY Malaysia, we believe that it is important that we unite to provide a helping hand to the affected individuals and families both locally and abroad. The #myMERCYrun allows us to create greater awareness on a cause that is close to our hearts, and we are grateful to all our partners and supporters who have played an invaluable part in our relief efforts,” said Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Perdaus.

Adding to the excitement of the run were the “Selfie” and “We-fie” contests which had runners taking photos at several checkpoints along the race route and uploading them online to share their enjoyable experience at the run.

The #myMERCYrun ‘Run Like A Superhero’ participants who completed the race were awarded with a finisher’s medal and goodies bag each. Additionally, two individuals with the most creative and unique superhero costumes were also awarded with prizes from the sponsors.

At the event, guests were treated to special performances by local artists Altimet, Ady Suwardy, and Fhara Mohd. A few lucky participants also walked away with exciting prizes from the lucky draw contests that were held throughout the event.

For more information on MERCY Malaysia and the #myMERCYrun, please visit www.mercy.org.my.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Media Release: Challenge Trophy Introduced for the First Time at IJM Land Half Marathon 2016

Seremban, 22 July 2016 – IJM Land’s annual Half Marathon is returning yet again, with a promise to be bigger, better and faster than ever!

For the first time this year, the highly-anticipated run will announce the fastest man and woman of the race, who will be in the running to receive the coveted IJM Land Half Marathon Challenge Trophy. With the objective of celebrating the runners’ greatest running moments, the unique Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the man and woman who come out tops in their respective categories for three consecutive years, starting this year.

Scheduled to be held on Sunday, 14 August 2016, the IJM Land Half Marathon 2016 has already generated strong interest amongst the running community and the public at large, with over 6000 participants already signed-up for the event to date.

“We are pleased to introduce for the first time, the IJM Land Half Marathon Challenge Trophy, to celebrate the fastest man and woman at the race, and commemorate their greatest running moments. If they are able to uphold this title and top their respective categories for three consecutive years, they will then be awarded the highly coveted Challenge Trophy. This is one of the ways in which we hope to motivate and inspire our runners to push themselves and reach for the stars,” said Mr Hoo Kim See, Senior General Manager at IJM Land, during a media luncheon held recently.

At the luncheon, Platinum sponsor BMW Millennium Welt Seremban officially handed over goodie bag to IJM Land. The special goodie bag, along with a custom-made Finisher Medal and certificate will be presented to all the runners who have completed the race regardless of their category.

Meanwhile, Sworke also presented Mr. Hoo with Sworke eyewear products to commemorate their participation as a major sponsor in the event. Sworke is contributing 60 pairs of Sworke Optimus (2 frame with Revo Lens) for first to tenth place winners across 6 categories, plus 10 pairs of Sworke Primus with Polarised lenses for the lucky draw prizes.

The IJM Land Half Marathon 2016 will feature the 21KM (Half Marathon) categories for men and women aged 18 years and above, as well as juniors aged 12 to 17 years, in addition to a 10KM Fun Run category for men and women.

Visitors and participants can look forward to various other activities on the day of the race, including free health screening, free Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) consultation, free spine screening and posture checks, organ donation drives as well as free KT taping for runners. Lucrative lucky draw prizes worth more than RM 25,000 will also be up for grabs on the day of the event.

The carnival-like atmosphere will be further enhanced with plenty of free popcorn, cotton candy, balloon clown and much, much more, courtesy of sponsors BMW Millennium Welt Seremban, Sworke, TDK, 100 Plus, Ice Mountain, Mydin, Matrix, Yakult, McDonald’s and Spine & Joint. The event is supported by media partner Sin Chew Daily, medical partner SEHAT Medical Wellness Centre, technical partner The Event Crew (TEC) and the official apparel, Reverse.

For more information on IJM Land Half Marathon 2016, visit www.ijmlandrun.com.

Media Release: BOLTMOJI, The New Way To Message Faster

The 2016 Rio Olympics is just a couple of weeks away, and global sports brand Puma is backing its ambassador Usain Bolt aka ‘the world’s fastest man’ with the launch of "Boltmoji."

"Boltmoji" is an emoji keyboard featuring the Jamaican sprinter, who's regarded as the fastest man in the world, which resulted in his "Lightning Bolt" nickname.

Boltmoji is available today and compatible with iMessage, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger and more, so be the first to get it!

For iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/boltmoji/id1134625897?ls=1&mt=8

For Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snaps.Boltmoji

In the Apple or Google Play Stores, search for “Boltmoji” and download the application. Once downloaded, open the app. You will be prompted through several set up screens to install the keyboard. Start using the keyboard “Boltmoji” in your iMessage, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, etc.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Media Release: Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore gets facelift to commemorate its 15th Anniversary

SINGAPORE - 7 July 2016– Singapore’s premier running event, Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS), will undergo a facelift with the introduction of key race updates, a new charity partner and a grown-up Kids Dash at Orchard Road.

Managing Director of event organiser Ironman Asia Geoff Meyer shared these updates at the SCMS Launch Roadshow. “Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore is the nation’s largest running event steeped in Singapore’s history, and culture, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to enhance the event experience to commemorate this special year,” said Meyer.

Key Race Changes
For the first time, Orchard Road will be the main starting point for SCMS 2016 – the Kids Dash on 3 December (Saturday), and both Full and Half Marathons on 4 December (Sunday). Sunday’s Race Day will see multiple wave starts for Full and Half Marathons runners based on their estimated finishing time in order to ensure a smoother start.

“Enhancing the SCMS route is one of our priorities for 2016 – we want to improve the overall running experience and alleviate start-line congestion with multiple wave starts,” explained Meyer. “The anniversary year presents the opportunity for us to make improvements based on our runners’ feedback, and introduce new initiatives focused on deepening family and community ties.”

A morning event in 2015, Kids Dash 2016 will now flag off at 6pm outside Ngee Ann City. The popular Orchard Road will be closed for parents and supporters to witness 5,000 kids, aged 13 and under, donning Santa hats and racing amidst the Christmas lights along Singapore’s iconic street.

SCMS: Building a caring and more resilient community together
Since 2002, SCMS has built itself into an inclusive event involving runners and supporters from all walks of life. Over 5,000 volunteers and supporters come together each year to create the unique SCMS experience. SCMS has also made fundraising a key theme of its community engagement programme - Run for a Reason.

SCMS has contributed more than S$270,000 to SportCares, a Sport Singapore initiative established in 2012. Title sponsor Standard Chartered Bank has also raised over S$350,000 for its global charity, Seeing is Believing, and other sight-related charities in Singapore. Over S$2.8 million has been raised via the SCMS platform for local charities and partners including Autism Association of Singapore, Breast Cancer Foundation, Community Chest, Club Rainbow and GiveAsia.

To commemorate its 15th anniversary, SCMS renewed its partnership with Community Chest, inking a 3-year agreement to profile Sharity as its event charity ambassador. As Community Chest’s iconic mascot, Sharity advocates “Caring and Sharing” and raises empathy among the young to care for the less privileged and disadvantaged in our community.

“Standard Chartered has been a title sponsor of the Singapore Marathon since 2002 and this is an event which the Bank and our staff are very proud of. The Bank has always been a champion for employee volunteering and corporate giving, and it make sense to integrate these initiatives in SCMS,” said Judy Hsu, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Singapore. “We look forward to working closely with Community Chest, our runners, supporters and partners to build a sustainable giving culture in Singapore.”

Commenting on this, Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, who officiated the launch, said “Mass participation activities like SCMS can shape the well-being of a nation by promoting an active lifestyle, deepening community ties and building the spirit of being caring and resilient. It will help us build a society that cares for the needy, and cultivate the reciprocity of giving back. This is the Singapore society that we are all proud to be a part of.”

Paying tribute to the runners, supporters and volunteers of SCMS
The SCMS Launch roadshow is a 4-day exhibition where visitors can take a walk down memory lane at the marathon’s throwback exhibition. It showcases memorabilia from the past 14 races, including contributions from race ambassadors and loyal runners, and running stories from past and present.

Organisers will also be giving away 100 entry slots and 1,000 anniversary tees to members of the public through on-site activities and lucky draws. Interested runners can also get a free baseline fitness test to help them begin their training journey for the race in December.

Mr Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Sport Singapore shared that “The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore has played a pivotal role in developing the local sporting and running landscape. The Marathon has matured, and we hope to leverage the strong foundations and work closely with new organisers Ironman Asia to enhance the event and race experience.”

Registration for the marathon begins today from 10am at the race website, fees for all categories have remained the same as last year. Standard Chartered cardholders stand to enjoy 15% off registration fee across all categories.

For more information, visit: www.marathonsingapore.com Follow the race: Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarathonSG Instagram: @MarathonSG Twitter: @MarathonSG

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Refueling: The Super Heroes Way at DC Comics Super Heroes Café

OK. OK. The title can be a little misleading. Heheh! But if there were real Super Heroes out there, I bet they would swear on these delicious meals for refuel purposes after a hard day of saving the world.

The recently opened DC Comics Super Heroes Café at the Pavilion, KL offers a wider variery of meals compared to the one in Sunway Putra Mall. Now you can order a complete meal consisting of appetiser, soup and main dish for lunch or dinner.

The cafe is located adjacent to the existing DC Super Heroes boutique on the 5th floor of Pavilion, KL. It's a perfect spot to grab a snack or have a proper meal while shopping! The cosy and brightly lit cafe is welcoming. One of the wall is beautifully adorned with some larger than life images of DC's most popular super heroes.

But of course, everything here is DC Superheores-themed. From the bottled water to the furniture to the food served.

We bet you will have a hard time to choose from the menu! This Pavilion branch offer a wide variety of premium food. Well, the menu is more than the usual burgers and pizzas to satisfy your superhero sized hunger.

Menu-wise, they offer drinks such as sodas, ice blends, shakes, coffee and tea served in a way that would make any superhero proud, emblem and all.

Suicide Cordon Bleu.
We reckoned this dish is inspired by the Suicide Squad. Sinfully rich ooey-gooey melted cheese wrapped with chicken meat and deep-fried to a golden perfection. Served with mash potato, coleslaw and pepper sauce. (RM38)

From the Seas of Krypton - A dish guaranteed to make Superman weak in the knees. Wholesome seafood chowder served in a charcoal bread bowl. (RM29)

Penguin's Attack Pack
- Warm smoked duck salad served with greens, cherry tomamtoes and raspberry dressing. Drools! (RM29)

Black is the Knight - Squid Ink spaghetti Aglio Olio - Olive oil, onion, garlic, red chili, baby scallops, parsley and fresh basil. Yummeh! (RM33)

Don't forget to leave some room for dessert! Pick from gelato, pancake, crepe, waffle, creme brulee, cakes and more to satisfy your sweet tooth!

DC Comics Super Heroes Café
Lot 5.11 Level 5,
Pavilion KL
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Exclusive: Interview with Kimbeley Yap on her new book, But By Grace.

Kimbeley grew up in Miri, Sarawak, and since young, she had an interest in sports and fitness At a young age, she took up competitive swimming and trained with Coach Shazali Salleh, and later on by Coach Foo of China. She was recruited into the elite National Squad at Bukit Jalil. She has been representing the country as swimmer, triathlete (2005-2008), and cyclist (2009-2011).

She won 2 gold medals at the SEA games and is currently the defending champion for triathlon. Ever since her back injury, she joined the National cycling team. Then later on she decided to retire from competitive high level sports and pursued a degree in Sports Science. Besides that, she is the sister to national swimming icon Daniel Bego.

But By Grace is an easy-to-read 100-page full colour journey of Kimbeley's life, the lessons she has learned as a swimmer, runner, cyclist and triathlete, with photographs and interviews with the people who journeyed with her since she was a child up to her adult life today.

Kimbeley's hope is that this book will inspire and empower people from all walks of life, especially younger athletes and kids trying to overcome difficult situations in their life.

This book was made possible through the support of her friends and family through a crowdfunding exercise done in December 2015, where Kimbeley managed to raise RM17,500 in 60 days from contributors from all over the world, to help fund the costs of self-publishing.

Here's an exclusive interview we had with Kimbeley for the launch of her new book.

1) What inspires you to write a book?
Every time I tell someone about my life journey they would tell me that it needs to be in a book. So on my birthday last year I decided to make it my birthday present to everyone! I'd love this book to inspire and empower women in all walks of life.

2) How do you spend most of your time nowadays?
My husband (Noel) and I runs a fitness company. With hands-on expertise in various forms of movement and exercise, I specalize in working with ladies and people with injuries. With my experience and physiology and exercise science.

3) Who inspires you most in life?
My mother, Amy Wong

4) What lessons have you learned as a runner/ triathlete?
I think the most valuable lesson I've learned was to persevere when the situation gets tough.

5) Favourite running/ racing tip you’d pass along?

Lay everything you've trained for on the course.

6) The best advice you have ever received
Never take anything for granted!

7) Do you have any specific beauty ritual to keep looking the best in or out of the arena?
Wet wipes, I have them all the time!

8) Do you plan to make a comeback in racing?
No, priorities change. I would like to channel my time and experience to helping others.

9) What next after this?
Maybe build a family.

10) Message to your fans
If you change the way you see things, the things you see will change.

But By Grace can be purchased online at RM60 www.kimbeley.com with free shipping throughout Malaysia

For every copy sold, Kimbeley will be donating RM5 to Orphancare Foundation. OrphanCARE is a non-profit non-governmental organisation established in 2008, under the patronage of HRH Sultanah Pahang, Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom. It aims to give every orphan and abandoned baby a chance to feel love and care in the security of a family in accordance to their tagline 'Every Child Needs A Family'. Their baby hatch, the first such facility in Malaysia, was set up to discourage women from abandoning their babies by providing the assurance that the babies would be placed in good homes.

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