Saturday, November 28, 2009

7 days

I'm HOME! heh. =)

I've been home for 7 days now. And despite sounding like a sexy frog princess, I have been out hunting down my favourite local delicacies one by one. I've been pretty productive, striking off about 1/3 of my To Eat list. The past 7 days have been yuuUuUUUMMmMmmMMMMMmm!!

The first few days was spent just springing surprises on various people. My family's reaction was priceless! I'm so glad I pulled it off. Because if I didn't I wouldn't be able to do this again in future. The next day I waltzed into Ju's house without her knowing. Luckily her mom was cool enough to let me in to surprise her. I surprised Lyn by free-riding on Shiau Sang's plans. heh. Pity Shiau Sang had to be sidelined just because I came back! haha...ah it was great to see everyone again.
I hung out with Julie, Ven Nee, Weng Lum, and Han Yang. I hung out with Lyn and Rosie. And I hung out with the tri-fanatics at the Ritz presidential suite. I ran blind folded with Isaiah. I took Kenneth Yee running. I had dinner with Yan Yee, Joey, Nick, Jayson, Grace, and Daniel. I hiked up Bt Gasing this morning with Steven and his girlfriend.I can't believe a whole week has passed. I think I'm bumming too much. Gotta get on my feet and start making some money now. When I stop melting. Man, what is WITH this Malaysian weather?!?!?!

Anyone keen on a 10 week personal training program? Affordable and effective. Drop me a line here. =)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I want to go camping wei!

While shopping in Dress-Smart yesterday I compulsively bought myself a sleeping bag. This is the Coleman Global 5 sleeping bag and it was going for $80. I reckon that's cheap. I guess at the back of my head I've always wanted a sleeping bag that can withstand colder temperatures because my RM19.90 one from Carrefour probably can only withstand 20 degrees. This Coleman one claims to keeps me warm up to 5 degrees. And it rolls up into a far more compact pouch than my old one too! I love that its a unique bronze colour because I'm sick of the usual blue. I've been playing with it all day zipping it up and down and wrapping myself in's like my new toy!

I am so gonna organize camps next year in Auckland! I really want to go camping! I miss it so so so much! Li Fu says he'll organize a waterfall hike slash camping trip for me! Yay Li Fu!!! I cannot wait!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Man, I haven't blogged in a week! Which can only mean I actually have a life here post exams. Boo-yah!

I finished my last paper on Friday. It was alright I guess. I don't know. I'm a little over it to care too much. Overall I think I generally did alright, except for maybe one paper which I think was pretty tough. But my internals were quite high for that one so I should be able to pass I guess.

And then it was my last full day at work at Configure. For the year at least. I think it's safe to say I still have both my jobs waiting for me when i come back here next year. Which I think is kinda cool. =) After I finished up work I went for my inaugural manicure experience. My first ever time having my cuticles pushed back and snipped off! I actually was quite shocked when I saw her snip off the first nail cuticle. I never knew that was necessary.
And then it was off to Paihia with Ruth and Erin! I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was short, only 2 days, but i had quite a bit of fun. These 2 girls are so laid back and easy going. I am actually feeling quite emotional about having to say goodbye to them. I know I'll still be able to see them next year, but i don't know if we will be flatting together anymore. People tell me it's not easy to find good flatmates. I want Ruth and Erin to flat with me again. =(

And so with about 10 days left in Auckland, I have been buying bits of souvenirs each day for my favourite people back at home. I've also decided to sell Shrek. Because as much as I love the little green thing, it is making me pay through my nose to maintain it simply because it's too old. Sometimes we have to let go of material things to make way for new ones, aye? I found a buyer already and the best part is he knows everything about cars and I have told him straight up about all the issues I have had with Shrek. So I'm clean. and he still wants it because he thinks he can fix it up. And i'm selling it for as much as I bought it for, which is AWESOME=)

And I'm so undomesticated. Spent a couple of days roadtripping and not cooking any of our meals, and suddenly I don't like cooking any more. When I have a job and my own place, I am going to get catering.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Teaching me how to love you

Her name was Sarah Jean, it was a night like this
In front of the Dairy Queen, she gave me my first kiss
I was just ten years old, so I never knew
She was teaching me how to love you

After the high school dance, in my ol' man's car
Holdin' Carol Ann, I tried to go too far
When she said "no", I didn't have a clue
She was teaching me how to love you

Every hand we hold, every bridge we burn
Every story told was another lesson learned

A few years ago, I met jill one night
Man I loved her so, but I didn't treat her right
When she left me there with my heart broke in two
She was teaching me how to love you

Every hand we hold, every bridge we burn
Every single story told is another lesson learned

So if I should glance in your rearview mirror
At every failed romance that brought you here
Honey, I can't be hurt by what I see
They were teaching you how to love me
They were teaching you how to love me

Blaine Larsen

Thanks Jon, for the song recommendation. =)

Sunday, November 08, 2009

just 2 more

2 more papers. C'mon Karen! U can endure pain in your knees and burning sensations at the ball of your feet and heels for 3 hours but u don't have the will power to patiently study for 2 more exams?

i've honestly been studying quite a bit, for my standards. i put in a solid 2-3 hours every day since Wednesday. That's saying a lot coming from me. But nothing's making sense to me. I look at the past year questions and they're all completely foreign to me. So i'm getting quite frustrated at this point. heh.

i think i really go on Facebook way too much. It's just too convenient a way to take a break from studying. i guess studying in front of my laptop is quite bad as well. but i can't live without the internet. i honestly think i can't.

anyway, this time next next next week i'd be warm and toasty in good ol' Subang Jaya. that thought alone is enough to make me smile myself silly.

ok...time for bed. tomorrow it shall be 18 more days.

Friday, November 06, 2009


Clouded are my thoughts
Frazzled and blurry
And unorganized to say the least
For bits of the past
Are strewn around
As if chewed up by a beast

Mangled are the memories
That lie in my head
Like a pile of photographs on the floor
Images of times
That once made me laugh
Of times that made my heart soar

Taunting are the words
That were once whispered in my ears
Words that now pierce through my heart
Songs that were sung
To remind us all
Of the good times that happened before this part

Feelings of touch
Once warm on my skin
Feelings I find hard to rekindle
Of love I once felt
That surrounded me whole
Now as questionable as a riddle

Wishful thoughts
Now fill my days
With utmost uncertainty
Nervous, unsure, restless
Afraid and hopeful
I anticipate what lies ahead of me

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A beautiful mess

You've got the best of both worlds
You're the kind of girl who can take down a man,
And lift him back up again
You are strong but you're needy,
Humble but you're greedy
And based on your body language,
And shoddy cursive I've been reading
Your style is quite selective,
Though your mind is rather reckless
Well I guess it just suggests
That this is just what happiness is

And what a beautiful mess this is
It's like picking up trash in dresses
Well it kind of hurts when the kind of words you write
Kind of turn themselves into knives
And don't mind my nerve you could call it fiction
But I like being submerged in your contradictions dear
'Cause here we are, here we are

Although you were biased I love your advice
Your comebacks they're quick
And probably have to do with your insecurities
There's no shame in being crazy,
Depending on how you take these
Words I'm paraphrasing this relationship we're staging

And what a beautiful mess this is
It's like picking up trash in dresses

Well it kind of hurts when the kind of words you say
Kind of turn themselves into blades
And kind and courteous is a life I've heard
But it's nice to say that we played in the dirt oh dear
Cause here we are, Here we are
Here we are
We're still here
What a beautiful mess this is
It's like taking a guess when the only answer is yes
Through timeless words, and priceless pictures
We'll fly like birds, out of this earth
And times they turn, and hearts disfigure
But that's no concern when we're wounded together
And we tore our dresses, and stained our shirts
But it's nice today, oh the wait was so worth it.

-jason mraz

Monday, November 02, 2009

yes I can!

When I ran my first marathon last year in KL, I targeted 4:30 with my weekly mileage barely hitting 16 kms a week. The people around me kinda laughed and gave me a "she has no idea" look. I ended up finishing it in 4:52. My legs felt like they were run over by a bus. But i was proud as hell because everyone said a sub-5 hour time for my first marathon was quite a feat.

Then I ran my second marathon 9 months after that in Singapore. I figured, flat route, inspiring competitors, plus a little more training under my belt during the 5 months I spent in Auckland before that (32 km off road mountain challenge included), and boyfriend support too, 4:40 should be a good target. I completed it in 4:27. My legs felt like they were stomped over by elephants. But i was still proud as hell because that's almost a half an hour improvement from the last one!

Yesterday, I ran my third marathon, here in Auckland. I thought, well, Singapore was real flat, and Auckland has some hills. Plus, it's gonna be cold. Sure I've had a little more training than last year, but I didn't want to be too eager. And I had only decided to do it about a week ago. Oh and I only had one Powergel left. So I targeted about 4:25.

I had a bowl of Vogel's cereal with soymilk for breakfast at 4.30 am. I boarded the 5.20 am ferry across the shore to Devonport where we will be doing about 18km of the course before we run across Harbour Bridge to the city center. I was really psyched. Weather wasn't actually too bad, was about 15 degrees. I managed to have a go at the portaloo, something i don't usually do, but what the heck. I went to the start line and did some stretches. And then it was gun off at 6.10 am.

I had my ipod with me with a new songlist I created the night before. It kicked off with Marvin's Ain't No Mountain High Enough. =) I felt pretty strong. Started scoping the surroundings of someone to pace with, but decided on just running this race by my own pace. The first part of the route was undulating with hills but not very steep ones. Either that or my 3 times a week run up the hill from Mission Bay back to my house has really paid off. My first 10km split was 53:34 . I thought, okaaay, am I going too fast? But I'm too stubborn to listen to even my own conscience. So i kept at it.

Second 10km split was 55:14. Had just run over the bridge and it was quite exciting! I wonder if Penang Bridge felt that way too. I was feeling slight aches in the arch of my right foot, and under the ball of my left foot. But I tried not to think about it too much. The scenery was too good!

Then I saw the 4 hour pacer man. And I thought to myself, maybe I should just run with him. And see how far i could go. If i find his pace too fast I would slow down. Or not...=) I ran with the 4 hour pack and what'dya know, I was breezing through. My third 10km split was 56:29. At this point I hadn't even realise that I had lost the 4 hour man. Whether or not he had gone ahead of me, or I had overtaken him, I really didn't notice. I was on a roll! I was in my own world really, silently singing to my music, and feeling really happy about the fact that i was still clocking under 6 min/km times.

At about km 35 I saw the 4 hour man again as he ran past me. Which meant I had overtaken him earlier on. And I must be slowing down. At this point I decided I was going to do sub-4 if it meant sprinting to the finish line 1 km away. The plan of action was to keep up with this 4 hour pack till 40km, then break away and nail it.

At 38 km, my impatience got the better of me. I really really wanted to finish this race in under 4 hours and tell everyone about it! So i thought "Screw the 4 hour man, let's bring this home!" And I ran. As fast as my really aching legs could carry me, I ran to the finish line. And made it.

I'm still trying to believe that I actually ran a marathon in under 4 hours. Because that goal wasn't supposed to be achieved till perhaps next year. My legs feel like...well the pain is indescribable. But like my brother said, maybe I finally ran at my fullest potential. And yes, I am still in a state of euphoria till today. And i think I will be for the next few days.

For full results visit here and for more photos and videos visit here.
Oh exam this morning was pretty good. Milo was right. Badan cergas, minda cerdas. Take home message of the year. =)