I had always wanted to run penang bridge. When I found out that the run starts at 3 am, that did not stop me! =D I asked Miow Chin is the bridge lighted? haha, she replied, of course! I should have re-phrase the question: is the bridge lighted brightly enough for me? But I had decided, the run must go on! =D I have never met Miow Chin before this in person. Ngee Bang introduced me to her and since then she has been my online friend. She offered to let me stay at her place. She even put effort to pick me up from the airport and took care of me all the while I was in Penang. I was especially touched when the race started, she guided me. When I am confident to run on my own, I asked her to run off to catch up with her friends. She even turned back to check on me when the road was too dark. Thank you very, very much Miow Chin.
I ran slowly. The truth, I am not afraid to fall but I was worried I might crush into innocent runner. When both are running and if we crush into each other, the fall will be a very painful one. I was the want that wanted to run despite the fact that I knew my weakness and if I did accidentally crush into other runner that will be me purely me being selfish. I think I kind of understand the whole ego-centric thing felt by the disabled: you really want to proof to yourself you are able. Between personal best and avoiding accident, is really not worth the effort at all if someone is injured. My worries when running on deem light:
- When I want to over take runner, I did knocked into a guy. It was just a small friction, I apologised and the guy was nice to actually ask if I am ok?
- When I stop for drinks. After the drink, I would need to throw the bottle or cup at the side. I actually accidentally threw a bottle and a cup, I thought there was no one but I didn’t realised there is actually runners running towards there. My deepest apologies.
It rained so heavily, when you run, the rain seems to be poking you right at the eyes. But I really enjoyed running under the rain! Hehe, the run must go on…
I clocked in at a really terrible time. hehe, a good reason to do 1/2 marathon again with TNB at Borneo International Marathon. I 1 2 clock in a below 3H!!!!!!!!
Before I actually took the plane to Penang, Lee Sia SMS-ed to ask me when I will arrive. I told her. Then later she told me, she actually wanted to pick me from the airport and not because of her husband stopping to meet his clients. Lee Sia and her hubby was really nice to drove all the way from Sungai Petani to bring me to their place. I had a wonderful sleep over at Lee Sia’s sis place. The house was really huge and the price was amazing lo. Hehe, must set a target to get a place of my own so I can invite my friends over at anytime at all. The first place they brought me was Queensbay Mall. Then we drove to a place at Sungai Petani to have Thai food. It was dark so I can’t really see but I know it was quite a remote place. Once you enter the eatery, there is a man made lake with waterfall. The tables and chairs are all made with wood. Due to car sickness, I didn’t really enjoy the food. Such a waste. We had fried pregnant, tom yum seafood, fried wish deep in this thai sauce and vegetable. When I was in Sungai Petani, for breakfast, I had pan mee the dried type with a bowl of vege soup and egg. Lee Sia drove me around to see the town. I had a really good time catching up with Lee Sia and even though her kids were really active, I had a good time with the kids!
Miow Chin took me out to dinner. That is when I realised, Penang is different than when I visited about 7-8 years ago. The kopitiam is actually cleaner. There I tasted oo chien, curry mee and char kuey tiaw. The curry mee was nice. Then Miow Chin said she needs to get a present for her friend and off we went to Queensbay Mall – second day in a roll.
The next morning, we went to pick Sam from the Chew Jetty; the set for Ice Kacang Puppy love. I had never watch the movie but the place give me a nice feeling of olden days of peacefulness. Along the way, boats parked neatly at the side of the jetty. When we reached till the end, the view of the sea and sky. I really like the place. I will definately want to go back there. I was introduced to Sam and sitting with her was a big uncle. He is a funny uncle telling us about his mother being in the Ice kacang movie and how they witnessed the shotting of the movie and he even showed us his wedding photo. Sam took the train from KL and walked to the jetty to enjoy the sun rise. She had walked around Georgetown, visiting the old architecture, art studios, observing the morning life of Georgetown and of course, knowing the people there. We went to a nearby hawker stall where we ordered two bowls of bak kut teh, cha kuey tiaw and hokkien mee mix with lo teng. Then off we went to Georgetown. I love the British era influenced architecture with the mix of local feel. We parked at Little India and we walked to the temple. There we continued walking to the mosque before entering an art gallery. The next art gallery, I am particularly attracted to the glass art. What I liked about the second art gallery, inside the shop, in the middle, when you looked up, you can actually see the colonial influenced windows. The design was in such a way that in olden days there was no aircon and by placing and open area in the middle of the shop, will give a cooling effect to the shop. Then, as we were walking back to Miow Chin’s car, a particular shop attracted Sam. A shop offers courses to preserve the traditional art like wood carvings, embroidery, rattan weaving and etc. I was particularly attracted to the ead shoes making. I think I might actually be able to squeeze some time for that next year to make my own beaded shoes =D The shop basically linked those who want to learn all these art to the masters that are willing to teach them. The next stop, Queensbay Mall. Hehe, three days in a roll. There I met up with Ing Fei. We had a good chat but we all need a good sleep before the run. Off I went to find Miow Chin them, there at the branch of an Indian shop we visited earlier in Georgetown. I tried the roti nan and thandoori chicken and learned a new phrase from Miow Chin, ‘element of hiawness’. Lol. I did get some sleep. I woke up 1030 pm, showered. Miow Chin and Sam were busy eating and I had a bun and a box of milo. I am really not get used to eating before run. Hehe, while I was running, my stomach was gruelling. Hehe, 1o0 Plus to the rescue. They gave out bun but that time it was raining cats and dogs and I really do not know how the runners can actually eat! Before flag off, I was introduced to quite a few of Miow Chin’s friends. Unfortunately, for those that I met only then, their look will remain in faint memory as it was too dark to actually see clearly. It was nice meeting all of you.
We waited for Sam. Despite the fact that she didn’t really get sleep the night before, with the thunder storm and marathoning for 7 hours, she was still in high spirit. We had wantan mee and penang laksa. Off we went back to have a good sleep. I got to meet up with Vivien, Perly and Vi’s mum. Vi and Perly had to catch the bus so I had to find a place to meet Hong Poh. Guess what? I asked Vi’s mum to drop me at Queensbay Mall because that is the only place I know! Hahahhaa.
I would love to go back to Penang again. Riding bicycle and re-visit Georgetown and of course, Chew Jetty. I would have to say Penang government did a good job preserving the colonial style architecture. I might be slow but the Penang Bridge Run is worth it 😀 Born with dark blindness is not a weakness, it is pride you need to overcome. What cannot kill you makes you stronger 🙂