“A divorce no more crushed my heart, in fact I'm glad it happened and I met my new sayang who is lifting up my spirit. I swim, bike, run because she says so. I trained like a mad man being whipped from behind. I compete because I always want to beat my sayang in the race. I have heroes and one of them is my sayang. I'm an athlete, but like nobody else.”... try to be funny ehhh???
Energizer Night Race 2012
Running a marathon is not easy. If it's easy many people would have done it. It takes a gut to sign-up, lots of sweat to break and plenty of time to train (Don't compare it with me, I'm a different breed). So, when Suraya mistakenly sign-up for a marathon in ENR 2012 (She thought she signed up for 15.5km category), she was freaked out when she found about it just a week before the race. By the way, Suraya is my colleague in Celcom, she's 41 years old, a mother of 3 kids and happily married to a guy who also into outdoor activities. Tell you my friend, she doesn't look in her 40's at all.
Before the race
When she asked me how to prepare for a marathon in a week, I told her... "may force be with you!" There is no way she can do a marathon with a week training. However, if your mind say you can do it even physically impossible, I believe you can do it! I was willing to sacrifice my timing and offered to pace her for 6 hours marathon. She wasn't sure how react but I told her she must promise me that she will never give up half way.
During and after the race
On the race day, I could see she was very nervous. Butt kicking, yelling like a drill sergeant, story telling, playing chasing games and some motivational talks during the race did the trick. I stayed with her from start until the last 1km, I have to run off because Newton shoes I was wearing hurt my feet like hell if I continue walking. I crossed finish line first and waiting for her 3 minutes behind me. When she crossed the finishing line after 6 hours and 8 minutes, I felt as happy as her. Helping a friend to complete her first marathon, make me feel as good as clocking a PB. Well done Suraya! Hope you will take part in many more marathons in the future.
I have been dreaming of going for a honeymoon in Bali since the day I got married... I mean since my first marriage in 1999. But I never had a chance to go until the second marriage, although it was 16 months after the actual ceremony...hehe.
It was an impromptu action, Fiza decided to go and I just follow her along. She said, let it be a birthday treat for me. The place so beautiful, we had so much fun together there and we fell in love with each other all over again.
People said Nusa Penida is like Bali before it was commercialized. Not many tourists coming here, and to get to the tourist spots you have to ride a motorbike or car very far on the treacherous long winding bumpy road. If you never ride a motorcycle, it is not advisable to ride one here, better hire a driver. You also need to be physically fit to explore these places which involved hiking through dangerous steep slopes and stairs. But the view was breathtaking and you forgot all the struggles once you reached the spots…