Friday, March 22, 2013

Thank You For Reading all this while

After having spent the one year in quandary, I realise I did not have much time to update this blog.

Thank you for the time you have spent following this blog but I have decided to migrate my future entries to my personal blog.

Please refer to CYB: CheaYee's Blog (cheayee.blogspot.com) for more upcoming tales. ^^

Also please remember to like my FB page here, if you haven't done so. ^^

Chea-Yee

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Oriental Tit Tar & Osteo Care: My First Visit

So after 14 days of enduring back pain, I decided to make my way to Oriental Tit Tar. I had waited two weeks for the swelling to reduce in case it was just normal muscle pain. However the pain was still there....

Front desk information counter
Their services include treatment for Automobile Accidents, Bone Setting, Back/Leg/Neck Pain, Domestic Injuries, Golf Injuries, Joint Dislocation, Sports Injuries, Occupational Related, Shoulder.Elbow& Wrist pain.

There is an outlet located in OUG, so I decided to head there after the Shu Uemura launch at noon today.
I parked my car, bought a parking coupon, and walked over to the shop at 4:07pm. Waiting time took about twenty minutes, so I watched a TVB series which was showing on television in the front desk waiting hall.

TV for patients in the waiting hall
 I told Paul, the sifu some of my symptoms, and he proceeded to ask me a few diagnostic questions. I told him I could not bend my back for 14 days. He then led me to lie on my stomach on this chiropractor bench. It looked similar to the one belonging to the Taiwanese chiropractor I visited in Sydney, near Chinatown.

 For the ladies, let it be known that the sifu will have to unfold the top you're wearing as you lie on your front in order to look at your back. The sifu then used his hands to feel along my backbone. After asking me to hold myself in a few body postures, he managed to 'stretch' and 'realign' my backbone. He then applied a herbal treatment bandage on my lower back, telling me to remove it only the following morning when I wake up. After about 5 minutes or 10 mins, the treatment was completed.

Food to avoid
The sifu then proceeded to inform me that as I had injured my back, I was to avoid chicken meat, eggs, cold drinks, etc. etc. He also advised to avoid any stimulating exercises, and running! *gasp!*

 I was completely at ease as I had been to a chiropractor in Sydney for a few months, and was familiar with their movements. Also, in Sydney, they chiropractor I went to was a Masters holder, and studied at least 7 years, so I was at least comforted by the idea that she knew what she was doing.

Appointment Card & Medicine

 The bill came up to Rm100, which includes a packet of herbal medicine for me to take, the herbal pack application, consultation and treatment. Its not cheap, but it beats being in the dark, going twice to a thai massage and having no idea if you have injured your back. ^^

Business Hours:
Mon- Friday 12pm-9pm
Sat: 12pm- 5pm
Sunday: Off
Address:
No 2, Jln Hujan Rahmat 3, Tmn OUG
016-3333 767

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Estuary Medispa & Esthetics: Cosmocell Bio Shock Facial

Today was my off day, and I had plans to go for a thai massage. Somehow that plan did not come to pass....

Somehow instead, I ended up heading to Estuary Medispa to utilize my friend's Balinese style 60 mins body massage from the mini package. My friend didn't have the time to come in at the last minute, so I was the lucky mate instead. ^^

Taking two flights of escalators up the Scotts Garden building complex, along Old Klang Road, this building is really one of the more convenient places one can go to have their facials done. Parking is easy. Buses and cabs pass by this building every minute of the hour.

There's even going to be a new gym, Chi, which will be opened in June 2013! How convenient is that?

Ground front-desk waiting lounge
Estuary hallway to the massage rooms- Ground Level
Estuary front desk- stairway to the first floor

All Estuary pictures above are taken from their official website
Estuary MediSpa has a few types of services in their menu, which includes massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. It also offers the placenta injections, as well as 'golden thread' (999 gold, from what I hear) and retails up to Rm30,000 at least. This is only for the older folks whose faces are sagging... >_<

As I was looking for a facial treatment to do, I decided to try their first trial Cosmocell Bio Cell Shock Treatment which was selling at Rm120. Before going for the facial, one of my friends advised me to try out their Japanese Synergy Sauna (from my friend's package..so it was free). It is this room with lots of heated magnets (no idea how it works) but it is supposed to improve your blood circulation, and helps to open up pores.

Before going into the sauna, the therapist will hand you a pair of disposable bikini to change into. It is also advisable to take a shower before going into the sauna room.

After that, I changed back into my own clothes. I was then ushered up the stairs to the first floor where the facial rooms were. It was across the hall from where the nail salon area is located.

My facial started around 3pm. The therapist actually used a technology which I have not been privy to before this, which is the BB scrub- a gel solution and a little contraption with a metal 'scrubber' which works together open the pores and makes it easier to remove blackheads. It replaces the use of a steamer, which blows hot air to a client's face to open up the pores.

My face was rather dehydrated so it took a little longer for the therapists during the extraction process. Due to this rather stimulating process, the therapist used a kind of ultrasound contraption to calm my face before proceeding to the next step.

By the time I was done, it was 5.30pm. Overall it was a different experience from my normal facial salon that I also frequent in the same building.

I ended up purchasing another four facial package for Rm480 from the consultant, Eugine. I quite like the fact that the location is convenient, as well as the facial being quite thorough.

Front cover of the box holding products for the Bio Cell Shock  Treatment facial.
4 packs of Masks, 4 bottles of Cell Extract.
Current promo at Estuary Medispa till further notice. 
Estuary Medispa & Esthetics
S-2-23, The Scott Garden,

Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 7983 8998
Operating hours:
10am- 8.30pm

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Laneige: Brighten Up Roadshow @ Mid Valley Megamall.

Laneige is currently having roadshow in Midvalley this week. Their Brighten Up roadshow location is right outside Jusco AEON, Ground Floor.

 To be eligible for the makeover and photography session, just purchase the RM150 voucher, and then make an appointment to come in for the makeover by 17th March 2013!

The voucher can be used to purchase any product up to the value of RM150.. the rest, well,  you top up if it exceeds the value (of course!)

The RM150 Promo. Valid until this Sunday only!
All the Laneige accessories. Lovely Make up Artist. ^^
My friend, Calvin T. playing hide and seek during tea. ^^
After make over. ^^
Finished picture (Lamination cost extra RM10).
The makeover is a good way to try out the range of colour cosmetics from Laneige. Personally, I prefer darker colours, as Laneige's range is much too pastel for my liking.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Post Brooks Marathon Photos: Looking fit and healthy!

One week after my Brooks 10km race, this is how I look now. I don't have a record of my current weight as my analogue weighing machine is always off ..  ^^

Looking awesome in a mask for Likemind Masquerade dinner.
(9th March 2013 @ Pearl Point International Hotel). Thanks Kuldip!

Looking fit in the same sleeveless purple dress.
Check out my toned arms!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Brooks: Photos from my 1st 10k race.


Didn't really take many pictures.. just proof that I was there.

LOL.

Pictures taken: using a Samsung Note I (Courtesy of Asta Loh).



Saturday, March 2, 2013

First 10km Brooks race completed!

Okay, my feet are kind of sore... Just tired, but not painful. It was painful the first few times I managed 7km ish though.

So today's race was good. Good to run with
a couple of other hundreds/thousands? of racers.

My friend, Asta came to pick me up from home at 5am. Reporting in was scheduled at 5.40am. Any later, and it would be difficult to find parking. Obviously it was dark as night when we reached the place.

There weren't as many sponsors for this as for the PJ Half 2012, where I participated in my first 3km Fun Run. The latter really had a fun fair atmosphere and lots of balloons and activities going on.

It was just a quiet sea of orange vested racers just preparing for the different races.

Today is my first official 10km race. My Timex Run Trainer calculated 1.45 hour- 9.38km
about 5.38KPH. Good race. Don't ask me where the rest of the 600 meters went though. LOL.

There were a couple of 21km racers who actually fainted at 12km race points... Not easy, so make sure you train and pace yourself if you do participate.

What I really didn't like was the usage of plastic cups by organisers to at water stations. The plastic cups were just strewn everywhere on the side of the roads. I wonder how sustainable Brooks procedures are, and what they do to ensure these plastic cups are properly disposed in an environmentally sustainable way?

Someone should bring this up in the planning of marathon implementation.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Pre- Brooks Marathon Diary: Diarrhea, Interval Training.

2nd March 2013: 

A week full of challenges.

4 days of food poisoning stuck in bed. On the 4th day, managed to get up and go for a somewhat difficult 3.01km walk. Dad went down with stomach flu (or whatever that was).

5th day got stuck at office. Decided to go for a thai massage get rid of all that wind. 6th day morning, decided to go Bkt Jalil and managed an easy 3.75km in one go. Just came home from having char siu wantan noodles. That's my carbo load for the day.

 Tomorrow's the day. My first 10km Brooks race. Can't wait! Thank the Lord I survived through this week!

February 28th 2013: 
After 4 days in bed (mostly), managed to move my ass... and could only walk 3.02km in 49mins+, with
rest time of 12.43mins before raising the white flag. On the other hand, its a good way to scout out your neighborhood, esp. when bringing your dog out for a walk.

 
Two of the other joggers greeted me, one friendly old indian man, and the other a yuppie looking chinese chap.


February 25th 2013: 
Didn't have anything but Vico drink for breakfast on Monday, only had a bun for lunch, and some soupy rice for dinner last night. Went to bed at 9.30pm.

Woke up today not feeling that much better either, had a Vico drink, and some soft cheese cake (nothing else to eat at home).

One week to go before the 10k. Praying that everything goes well. 


Interval Training: 

The last I trained was last Friday (22/02/13). I decided to complete an interval training exercise which consisted of warm up (5 mins), walking of 4 mins, followed by running of 2 mins. Then repeating this in three sets. This exercise is useful to make the transition from walking to running, since I have now completed a base of walking 10k so far.

My calves actually feel the pull even three days after doing this. However due to my diarrhea case above, I have to put off any exercises of any sort at least until Thursday, since on Wednesday I have an hour of latin dancing. I've seen fixed the heels for my latin dance shoes, so I can stand and balance myself better.

February 21st 2013: 
I'm so relieved!

I completed 10.10km today. With my heart rate monitor, total calories burned counted = 1,250 kcal. Completed in about 1.57mins. Still less than 200 mins.

This is a good milestone, cause now I can start to work on speedwork, and work on improving my walking technique.

Min HR is 79 BPM. Average HR is 137 BPM. Peak HR is 222 BPM. 


February 18th 2013:
On Saturday (16/02), I completed about one hour of circuit training at True Fitness in the morning. Went home to rest for about three hours.

So I completed about 7.42km on Saturday evening. However my time of completion took a bit longer about 97minutes, which I had to stop due to the rain.

This second practice took a bit longer time to walk than the one on Thursday's, possibly due due to inadequate recovery period.

My right leg is currently still sore so I've decided to make it at least minimum a two day recovery period before I proceed to go on another outdoor walk to minimize any further injury this close to the marathon.




Resetting a Timex GPS Run Trainer

So on 21st February 2013, I received a reply from both the Timex retailer and Timex USA . 

The diagnostic action they both gave was:

"Plug your watch in to your computer, then with the charger clipped on to the Run Trainer, press all 4 shoulder buttons in at the same time for 5 seconds, then release. The watch should respond and show the time of day. Then you will need to let the watch charge for the initial 4 hours.

If this does not resolve the issue, please let me know."

So far this has worked. We'll see what other issues may crop out..

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Timex Women's Trainer Run GPS + HRM: Arrived safely but dead?

So the TIMEX Women's Trainer Run GPS + HRM watch which I have ordered via Ebay from the US has arrived via registered mail on Monday (18th February 2013). This particular model is currently not available in Malaysia or in Singapore either.

I have tried to get the watch turned on and even charged it via USB through the computer for four hours as per the manual included in the box. However a blank screen is still staring back at ...me.

This is making me get a tad bit cross now as I wanted to use it for my 10k training.

So now I have to wait since I dont have either a heart rate monitor watch nor proper GPS watch to use now. 

There is still the pending transaction feedback of my purchase with the Ebay distributor. They pretty much did a good job, but I dont fancy sending it back to the USA coz the delivery charges are expensive.
Doesn't TIMEX have quality control before delivering merchandise to distributors?

Anyways, sent out a few emails to both Timex and the Ebay distributor. As of today, I have yet to receive any replies from either the Ebay distributor- Clever Training, or Timex USA.
 
I wonder what is happening on their side?
 
The box that it came in via US Express Mail.

 
 
My Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS+Heart Rate Monitor from USA is here.
Bought on Clever Training via Ebay.
Price of watch:USD199.95
Delivery charges: USD32.99
 

Brooks Training Diary: February 19th

February 18th 2013:
Came back from a date on Sunday night at Sunway Pyramid. It was interesting for the first date in a long time of four months ... LOL.

But now I have to focus on training for 10k marathon, with only two weeks left to go. (and another six months for Standard Chartered 10k in end June).

I believe that proper training and hard work is the way to go. Unless you are supernaturally gifted, there is... no short cuts but discipline when building endurance, resistance and strong cardiovascular system. Also use your wisdom and initiative to find out what's right for you and change when it is not suitable. There is no product that can help your body walk 10k in superman speed of 45mins.. That comes from months (and years, I believe) of training. Nothing else I can add.
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On Saturday (16/02), I completed about one hour of circuit training at True Fitness in the morning. Went home to rest for about three hours.

So I completed about 7.42km on Saturday evening. However my time of completion took a bit longer about 97minutes, which I had to stop due to the rain.

This second practice took a bit longer time to walk than the one on Thursday's, possibly due due to inadequate recovery period.

My right leg is currently still sore so I've decided to make it at least minimum a two day recovery period before I proceed to go on another outdoor walk to minimize any further injury this close to the marathon.
 
February 19th 2013:
So I bought a raincoat intending to practise walking in the rain. With the rain this heavy (now) I thought better of it..
Anyways, as I was getting ready to go out for a short run, I heard my dog wriggling about near the gate. He came towards the gate and looked at me with his 'puppy dog look'= he wants to go for a run too....

So anyways, normally owners should leash the dog before taking them... out for a run, but Vicky had chewed off every other leash we put on him >_<
Vicky ran alongside me.. He's normally faster (being on four legs!).
I know he was waiting for my command for every now and then, he would turn his head and look at me in the eye. When strangers were walking in front of me, I'd clap my hands and call his name. He somehow understood the signals coz he stopped what he was doing and paused.

As I approached home, he would run towards the gate, then looked at me again, asking me if I was going in, but I continued running, so he just followed. Even if he walked his own path, or greeted other dogs (by smelling their backs and front) he would come running after me once I went out of sight. I think he uses me as a base and would not go walking off in a different direction.

Anyways, managed to do a slow 2km walk in 30mins before it started to rain and we had to run back home!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Brooks Marathon Preparation: Post CNY

February 12th 2013:
So its been about 4 days since my Mileage Building Day. I haven't had any runs since as my calves have been healing, and still is. I guess the massage on Friday was of good timing?

Probably just means I need a good number of recovery days after my next Mileage Building Day =_=

Hence, I ve had to make some changes to the walking route in reducing the number of inclines to reduce further injury ...to my calves. Mine's a walking marathon, not an incline competition!
I've basically been 'carbo loading' for the last four days. Wine, soda, CNY bikkies. Yum Yum. >_<

My only source of easy cardio has been doing house chores and giving the dog two baths in the last four days.. LOL.

Yesterday, Vicky found some engine oil in this small hiding hole (which was very accessible to nosy animals like dogs....) and decided to leave paw marks drenched with oil all over the house outdoor pavement. then we had to wash the floor, and then give the mungy looking perpetrator a thorough washing. He obviously didnt like it, going thoroughly beserk....

Anyways, lets see how my calves have recovered by this evening. Probably should be able to do a short slow walk when its a bit cooler later in the evening today...

So the inertia ends.
After dinner, did walking up the stairs for 10:51mins.
Weight lifting- 10:37 mins.
Gintell treadmill- 60 mins, 4.01km, loss of 120calories, speed average: 5.
Endomono gives an average calorie loss but without a heart rate monitor, it isn't accurate so I didn't include it. Good to be back on my feet!!

February 13th 2013:
Just put in order for my new Timex Run Trainer with GPS & Heart Rate Monitor. Waiting impatiently for it to arrive from the US of A...

Completed in the early hours of the morning:
Weight Training 15mins: 10 seconds.
Climbing Stairs: 20m: 18 seconds

So I realised I tend to get tired after a workout. (or maybe because it could be I did mine straight before bed last night?) Anyways, 5 hours later, I am somewhat still tired/sleepy.

Perhaps I should schedule my workouts to after dinner instead. That way, I can have a nice dinner, have an interval of an hour or so, have a good workout, then have a hearty sleep for the rest of the night....

*sounds like a good idea... I shall have to put it to try...*

Fitness Diary: Preparing for the Brooks 10km Marathon (Pre-Chinese New Year)

Its actually been a while since I blogged, but my Facebook page has been pretty active...
Anyways, ever since my last marathon (the Three Km one during the PJ Half Marathon 2012), it has actually piqued my interest to participate in marathons.

My next one will be on 3rd March 2013 which is the Brooks Marathon which I signed up in early January this year.

I've been logging in hours and have also joined a gym (True Fitness) to motivate myself to get fit and work out. Below is my journey as I train for the Brooks Marathon in the next four weeks to come!

February 6th 2013:
Yesterday night, finished 3km in 36 mins on speed of 6 with average pulse 110 on Gintell treadmill @ home. Refreshing but sweaty. 90 calories burnt- not as much as I want to burn, but more importantly to develop consistency in ability to walk to finish 10km walkathon. 4 more weeks to go!

This morning, I can feel the shoulder and arm muscle pull from working a few rounds with the two sets of 4lb dumb bells last night. (they look cheerily bright orange, and deceptively innocently light on the arms).

An hour of latin dance (Rock & Roll) will have to do tonight... >_<


February 7th 2013:
Due to my early arrival home today, I decided to make it my Mileage Building Day: 60 minutes.

Having only trained on simulated terrain so far, aka. treadmill @ the gym, I'm now taking this out to the real terrain, the nearest being ou...tside my home.

With only 3 Saturdays left to train, time is of the essence.

The terrain is good training ground for my feet. I'm now sore in my knees, and can feel the physical strain. With only tomorrow to recover, I am hoping to squeeze in a Saturday early morning for a repeat of Mileage Building Day of 60 minutes. If that goes on comfortably, I'll push it to 90 minutes. Just a reminder that I should probably be looking at getting a water carrier now that I need to start training beyond 60minutes.


February 8th 2013:  

So I've started on a low caloric meal since Monday. It's been just fish, chicken, tuna mayo, wholemeal bread, green tea. Totally gone cold turkey on rice and noodles.

Drastic times require drastic measures? LOL

Haven't actually gone on the weighing machine yet coz mine at home is dodgy. =_=

Anyways, my friend who is participating in the Brooks marathon, Alice has recommended that I download Endomondo app on my Iphone 3 and Nokia E63 to keep track of my distances. Let's see how that works out.


Today is my record breaking day!  So much for resting... LOL.
Today (according to the Endomondo app) I managed a first with 7.32km at 102mins. (1.7 hours). Estimated loss of calories is 453kcal (approx. equivalence to one meal!)

I have to go up this really steep incline 4 times for the route I created. Seriously kills the crap out of my knees. But I know they will be stronger by next week when I repeat the same route.
But for... me thats good news coz that means my goal of completing a 10km marathons is almost there. Lets try to up it to 10km by next weekend! Ganbate!
(Ok, I promise to rest this weekend and start again maybe on Monday ^^)
Note: Pls remind me to get a waist pouch and possibly energy gels to try out before the marathon. On the other hand, maybe just carrying my mini back pack might be equally good... Hmm

February 9th 2013:
Just gave my dog a shower... He obviously doesn't like getting wet... When I tried to get him dried under the hot sun, the last I saw of him was hiding under the car! =_= (this dog is an old shrewd).

I can finally feel my gastrocnemius muscles, also called leg triceps, or calf muscles (whichever is the right term for it.. LOL). Got dragged by a mate to go for a massage near midnight (the things w...e do for fun >_<).

Wanted to wait till at least Monday, but since I had a chauffeur, I thought might as well get it done since we won't have any time next week.

So today is my cheat day! Being 'lin sam sap man' or reunion night before Chinese New Year, there will be feasting tonight.. lots of prawns, steamed chicken with soy sauce, steamed fish with soy sauce, Buddha jump over the wall soup, handful of rice, coffee, and maybe 'siu-yeh' (supper) after at Macca's with the cousins. LOL.
There won't be as much feasting on Sunday though, but maybe on Monday when the Open House feasting starts.

Ok, going to have to spring clean my room now... Clear all the garbage. Remember, no sleeping of floors on first day of New Year else all your 'luck is swept away!

To all my Chinese friends, have a great reunion dinner tonight!

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