Last Call For WOW Run 2015!



Have you registered yet for WOW Run 2015 that’s going to take place on 25th October 2015? Registration closes on the 30th of September!

What is WOW Run, you might ask? WOW stands for ‘Women Of Wellness’, an organisation that aims to help individuals achieve fitness, wellness in both body and spirit with the theme of modesty and spirit of sisterhood. The inaugural WOW Run was held in Singapore by Muzdalifah Anuar in 2014 with 1,000 women participating in a 5 km fun run.

This year, WOW Run is even bigger, with five other countries joining in on the fun, i.e. Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and the United States of America! On 25th October 2015, runners from these six countries will run 5 km together.

The theme for this year’s run is #embracewomanhood, with the aim of spreading the love for active lifestyle with other women across the globe, as sisters in spirit, and not as separate nations.

In Malaysia, the run will be officiated by Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, a well known advocate for women’s rights in Malaysia.

To add more energy into WOW RUN, Aida Mohd, a Zumba instructor will lead the runners through a 30-minutes workout.

While cooling down after a good workout, participants can listen to an inspiring panel of women who will talk about leadership in their respective fields. Alecia Heng, the President of Gorgeous Geeks, is putting together the said panel, which will include Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Nadiah Tan Abdullah, and Karen Loh.

Nashata was one of the inaugural sponsors for WOW RUN 2014 in Singapore and this year’s runners will get again the modest running attire designed by Nashata. To my knowledge, this is the only run in Malaysia that offers a long-sleeved running top. WOW Run also offers a short-sleeved t-shirt for runners who prefer a conventional shirt.

These are the WOW Run top options:


Here’s a shot of the long-sleeved top with the finisher’s medal:


An up-close peek at the finisher’s medal (ain’t it gorgeous?!):

finisher medal

All these exciting activities will be happening at Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) in Cyberjaya.

WOW Run 2015 is organised and co-sponsored by Nashata, and is supported by Gorgeous Geeks, Malaysia Women Marathon, and Women’s Aid Organisation, and sponsored by Good Virtues Co, Biogrow Oat BG22, Tamek Premium Juices, Cyberview, as well as MDeC.

GorgeousGeeks mwm_logo WAO


GoodVirtues  TAMEK_logo


Biogrow_R Oat BG22 Logo MDEC_LOGO

For more information and to register, visit Hurry! Registration closes on the 30th September 2015.


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For Nadine

Dearest Nadine,

Today, as you fly off to start a new life at Chicago University, I’d like to send you off with three pieces of advice, even if you didn’t ask me for any.

The first one is from my own experience: if it’s not illegal or immoral, give it a try at least once. Most of your regrets in life will be from things you did not do rather than those things that you did do.

lone_flowerThe second advice is from a wise old man named Hussein Yee. When I was in high school, I heard him speak at a seminar in Mindanao. I was so impressed that I wrote him a letter…and I was ecstatic to receive a reply. I remember asking him for advice on how to deal with all the negativity around me, as well as peer pressure. I’ll never forget his reply: Be like the fish in the sea; even if it is surrounded by salty water and it imbibes salty water, its flesh never turns salty.

Finally, keep everything in balance. The Almighty has rights over you; your body has rights over you; your family has rights over you. Give your best in everything you do but don’t forget to find joy and pleasure in the little things.

Much love,
Auntie Mimi

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KL Morning Gridlock

Traffic jams become more bearable when there are photo opportunities like this one.

KL gridlock

Good morning, world, from hot, humid, beautiful Malaysia!

P.S. The best camera is always the one with you.

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10 Lessons I Learned From Running


1. Never underestimate uncles and aunties! You just might end up eating their dust. They may be older, but they can outrun you and outdo you in terms of stamina and sheer staying power.

2. Be on time! If the flag-off time of a run — fun run or marathon (or anything in between) is stated to be 7 a.m., it will be at 7 a.m. so you better be there a good half hour, at the very least, beforehand.

3. You’re never too old to start/try something new. I used to run on and off but only got seriously into it when I was *gasp* approaching 42 years old. Let me tell you something — that feeling when you outrun kids more than half your age? Absolutely priceless! :D

4. You never know what you are capable of doing until you give it a try. So far, I’ve done many 5 km runs, with the farthest being 10 km, to date. Me? The wimpy kid who’d pass out after standing too long under the sun during school assembly? Now capable of doing 10 km runs?! If someone told me back then that I’d be able to run 5 km for leisure on a weekend or have a “quick” 2 km jog around the neighbourhood, I would have laughed hysterically at the ‘absurd idea’.

5. A little progress is better than no progress at all. As the Malays say, sikit-sikit, lama-lama, jadi bukit, literally “little by little, after some time, (small efforts) add up into a mountain”. When I first started running, my lungs felt like bursting within the first minute. But I just kept at it — running as far as I can, then walking briskly to catch my breath and allow my heartbeat to ease a bit, rinse, repeat. Before I knew it, I could do 1 km, 2 km, 5 km…

6. Sometimes, you fall off the wagon. You miss a run or two. Then an entire month goes by, with your running shoes accumulating dust instead of mileage. But you know what? You can always start back again, even if it means starting again from zero. As a friend used to say “Just shut up and run”!

7. Listen to your body. It is normal to feel some discomfort when you first run, usually because of incorrect technique or posture. Read up, ask the pros, use ice packs/hot packs after your runs, and see if things get better. HOWEVER, there are some other types of pain that you just cannot ignore. Know your limits, and if you get injured, respect your body’s need to recover. Case in point: I had recurrent heel pain but I chose to ignore it until the day I ended up hobbling in pain. Turns out I had plantar fasciitis. It took almost a year for the pain to fully go away and for me to slowly start running again. Thank God, I’m healed now. Lesson learned the hard way.

8. Someone will always be faster/stronger/better.  Even if you run with the speed of a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, you’re infinitely better than all the couch potatoes in the world combined.

9. Fancy gear won’t make you a runner nor make you run faster/better/stronger. The only thing you really need to invest in is proper running outfit — well-fitting running shoes and sportswear that remain comfortable no matter how much you sweat.

10. Running will, at the very least, teach you how to estimate distance. I used to simply stare blankly when my husband would describe a turnoff to be 100 meters away. Now, when Waze tells me to keep left in 200 meters then turn right in 100 meters, I can now gauge the distance, thanks to running. Here’s how it happens — when you’re running and panting and absolutely dying to have a drink of water, and the road signs indicate that the next water station is in 100 meters, multiply that experience several times, and very soon, your body will be able to tell, more or less, how far 100 meters is!


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Kuih Lapis (Layered Steamed Cake)

Kuih lapis is one of many traditional Malaysian bite-sized desserts (kuih, pronounced as ‘kweh’) that can take many forms and tastes (from sweet to savoury to spicy). The word ‘lapis’ means ‘layer’ and the name comes from its construction — layers of alternating colour that result in a nice stripy pattern after cutting.

This version results in the soft and slightly sticky version. After having compared several versions of the recipe, apparently, you should increase the amount of tapioca flour (tepung ubi) if you wish a ‘springier’, firmer, and shinier version. Recipe adapted and translated from Sinar Kehidupanku’s blog.


Kuih Lapis (Layered Steamed Cake)


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rice flour flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (*original recipe was 1 cup sugar)
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk (I used 1 small tetra pack of Kara coconut cream and added a bit of water to fill up 1 cup)
  • 3 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • food colouring and flavouring of choice


  1. In a large bowl, mix the 3 types of flour, sugar, and salt. Add the coconut milk and water.
  2. Mix everything and pass through a sieve (optional). Divide into 3 parts and put inside separate bowls.
  3. Add a different colour into each bowl. You can add in flavouring, if you wish. Leave one bowl without any food colouring if you want a white layer.
  4. Heat up your steamer. Lightly oil the bottom and sides of your pan. (I used a round 6-inch pan.)
  5. Pour in 1 cup of one colour and steam for 5 minutes or until the layer firms up.
  6. Pour in 1 cup of the next colour and steam for another 5 minutes.
  7. Continue the layering and steaming until all the batter is finished. Steam the final layer for about 20 minutes.
  8. Once cooked, remove the pan from the steamer and leave to cool for an hour or so to allow the kuih lapis to firm up. Make sure the kuih lapis has completely cooled down before cutting into bite-sized pieces. Use a plastic knife, such as those ‘knives’ you get for free when buying a cake from the bakery.

Important notes:

  • When removing the cover of your pot/steamer in between layers, take care not to allow any of the water that has condensed under the cover to fall into the kuih lapis.
  • Make sure each layer is firm before adding on the next layer in order to achieve a nice and even stripy pattern (unlike my first attempt!).
  • If you want to make the top layer look flawless, burst any bubbles that form on the surface using a toothpick prior to final steaming.

Selamat mencuba! :)

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