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I set my goals high! Yes, I fell hard all the time but time and again have shown me that I landed stronger, to climb again! When you know you are going blind, you wake up everyday not to meet others' expectation, but to work hard for what you truly enjoy and believe in. This is my journey

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Chocolate cheese cupcakes

I love chocolate and cheese but I don’t really like sweet things, I am such a complicated woman! Haha

I tried the recipe: Chocolate cheese cupcakes, but I changed castor sugar to raw sugar, reduced a little, the white sugar I changed to 1/4 brown and the rest raw sugar but instead total 1 cup, I reduced a little bit. My version looks nice and I love the bitter sweet chocolate cake with warm cheese!

The recipe taken from 3MinuteTV, brackets with modification

1 1/3 cup plain flour

1/2 cup cocoa

1 cup sugar (1/4 cup brown sugar 2/3 raw sugar)

2 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

  • Mix the dry ingredients above

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

  • Mix the above into the dry ingredients mixture

1/2 cup milk

  • Mix the milk with the muxture well, till smooth

Separate bowl,

225 g cream cheese

1/3 cup sugar (raw reduce slightly)

  • Mix the ingredient till smooth

1 egg

  • Add to the cheese mixture and mix till smooth

Muffin Tray, put in the paper cups and add in 2 spoons of chocolate mixture, 1 spoon cheese mixture and 2 more spoons of chocolate mixture. Repeat

Preheat oven, 180 degree, Bake 12-15 mins

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Running @ 13 degree celsius

I went for my first ever marathon outside of Malaysia: 2011 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.  hehe,  once I confirmed with the organisers that I can register in person, I have my partner in crime, hehe, Ah Lin!!!!!!!  to accompany me to HK.  I did not get to register for the 1/2 marathon category that I wanted but I ended joining 10 km challenge.  But I learned very valuable lesson from this run!  hehe, when a door closes, a window opens 😀  When I decided to run for HK marathon, I was very sure it will be spring already and things will not be that cold.  I was in HK a few years back in early January, and that was winter time.  So I thought it will be after Chinese New Year, meaning to say it will be spring already, I was so wrong!  Imagine my shocked needing to run at 13 degree Celsius!!!  The run must go on…:D  Ah Lin woke up 330 am with me and accompanied me outside the Queens Victoria park.  To my surprise, HK was “alive” at this hour of the day.  Ah Lin had a shocked when she saw so many of “Ah Ping” all dressed up going for a run at this hour of the day and at the weather 😀  10km have a different starting points compared to 1/2 and full marathon.  She will be even more surprise if she saw those running longer routes!!! 😀  Special thanks go to Ah Lin for this run!!!!!  Love you and hugs!

I am really glad that I only signed up for 10km.  I really learned a lot of valuable lessons as I had never run in colder places (to be exact, never lower than 25 degree Celsius).  I used to wonder why would men run in long tights?  I do not mean to be sexist but honestly men look sissy in long tights and tights are well known to be bad for manhood?  I finally understand after the run.  The wind strong, unlike running in Malaysia.  Especially running uphill and the winter wind is blowing, that is quite a challenge!  The tights will really do good, preventing the wind and fighting against it.

Second lesson, I actually has a running singlet with netting on it.  I used to think it the net was there to make it looks nice until I saw a lady running in front of me, she actually placed a body warming patch in between the netting and the singlet.  Then I understand the usage!  Pei Shan told me to use that if it was really cold.

During the start of the run, there was a big area of runners to warm up.  They were into heavy warming up.  I used to think, why need to warm up till so heavy, just so that later on, you will not be having energy to run?  I was late for the run, so I did not have the time to have proper warm up because if I did, I will be disqualified from the run already.  I tried pushing myself, no matter how hard, my body just won’t “wake” up!  At Penang Bridge, it was pouring and I could speed!!!!!!!  HK marathon, even after passing 5km, my body is still “sleeping”.

When you run in Malaysia, you are so happy to see water stop!  Cold 100 plus!  When you are running at 13 degree Celsius, when you see water stop, the water is at “Room temperature”!!!!!!!!!  The wind is blowing and the cold drinks just won’t help!!!!!  Cold Milo is so wonderful back at home after a run!  I remembered Hiew Ming and I queuing up for our cold Milo even after only 3km of walk!  You just do not look forward to cold drinks after running outdoor on cold weather!

Straight after the 10km run, it drizzle!  Another reason why I am glad, I took the 10km challenge and not 1/2 marathon!  Then I used to think, why do jacket comes with hood?  Finally I understand, running in winter will consistently have showers.  Just put the jacket on, pull the hood up, the run must go on!

At the end of the run, we are all given bananas, finely selected from premium Del Monte, pears, drinks but they are all cold!  After the run, I was looking all up and down to drop my running chips, the place was really crowded with people.  I was hard to find toilets.  By far, Borneo and Penang Bridge runs are still nicer!  Is far more cheaper, I really do mean cheap and actually are better organised.  For this, Malaysia Boleh!  😀

Penang Re-visited – Kuching Girl on the Run @ Penang Bridge

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 🙂

going back to my roots

This year has been a year of experimentations.  I tried assistive technology, software testing, most of all human computer interaction, usability.  I realised I still love what I first started as a researcher – text and documents.  From now onwards, I am going back to my roots!  and of course my number 1 passion, running!  Penang Bridge here I come.  All out till then!  Really hope my healthy doesn’t fail me!  Jia You!

Of course, people that truly knows me knows, I love food!  Since the chicken pox and shingles, I am really worried about my diet!  I really wish I can be like last time, I just eat whatever I like, try everything!  Pig and Pig!

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