Wear It Pink October


I started running pink early October wherever I go.

In this essential month of October, we have launched programmes to spread awareness in conjunction of Pink October Breast Cancer Awareness. Our main highlights was to promote self-defense among ladies. On the 21st. October we held a free Kickboxing class for our customers at the Hammerfist Fight Club to promote health awareness on breast cancer. To pay respect for the breast cancer survivors, we showed support and care by wearing pink on that day. We limited the number of participants to 20 people as the fight studio isn’t that big. Many people showed up more than we expected and most importantly, they were all in pink! Frankly, we could not not help feeling a little bit moved to see how dedicated the supporters were that day. Kudos to people who care!

Here are some pictures of our participants showing their pink spirit.

Sisters standing up for each other. We gotcha’ back sis!



Having fun learning self defense with our trainer, Benny.


Give up or give it all you’ve got! We chose the latter.

Here are some short clips of us giving our best in spite of zero experience in kickboxing.

We highlighted our pink coloured products and encouraged our customers to share their post on instagram wearing pink to show support through social media.

Amin Sports Hijab in fuschia. Riada Nahl in pink.
Tron 2 Ultra Top streaked in hot pink.
Our dear customer, Azzie Mohd showed support wearing full Nashata items in pink.

Until the end of the month, even our founder, Eliza Noordin portrayed endless support by wearing pink Heather Floral Top during participating a marathon in Jakarta.

In a nutshell, though October has come to an end, Pink October spirit will always live in our hearts. Hats off to the breast cancer survivors! Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you heroes.

How to Plan a Run-Work-Cation

Love running, have to travel for work and love to explore new places? Can you do all these when you travel for work? Sounds like too much to plan, to pack? – here’s the good news, it is a lot easier now with technology; apps, location based technology and the internet.

Whether or not you are travelling alone, with a colleague or a friend, this is a list of 8 things you need to know for a Run-Work-Cation:

  1. Know your work-times
    First of all, know your work times and work schedules.
  2. Travel time
    Travel time can be long and at times, you don’t get much options. Try to arrive at your destination with some time for you to rest and adjust to time differences. If you are allocating a day to travel to your destination and another day to travel back, try to find flight options that takes you into the city of your destination in the daytime. Then you get to travel a bit later in the evening or at night. Do budget for travelling time from airport or stations to your intended hotel.

    Many museums like the National museum in Hanoi operate early at 8am.

    Many museums like the National Museum in Hanoi operate as early as 8am. I visited the museum before my 12 noon flight back home

  3. Find a strategic location to stay
    Road travels can be time consuming and you would want to stay somewhere strategic – close to your work location and tourist attraction spots. If you like running outdoors, find a place to stay that is closer to a park or a running area. If you have the freedom to choose where to stay, use trivago.com, booking.com traveloka.com, expedia.com or others. Pay attention to the the attraction locations when you book. It is also nice to know where the closest mosque is.

    Many tourist spots and monuments areas have wide open spaces with attractions close to each other - within 500 meter - 1km range

    Tourist spots and monuments have wide open spaces with attractions close to each other – within 500 meter – 1km range. There were many runners at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum area. It is next to the Ho Chi Minh Museum

  4. Plan Time to Run
    • Participating in popular international marathons or other races need more planning. You may need to go through ballots mechanism and there is registration deadlines. But who knows you may be lucky to be at popular races. Here’s a list of tops marathons across the globe.
    • If you plan to train and run –   morning before 8am or evening after 5pm is good. You can run outdoor as soon as the sun is out. If you have tight schedule and no time to go outdoor, run on the treadmill in the gym (book a hotel with a treadmill).
      1. Check out top running spots in the cities where you are at. Use Routes on MapMyRun mobile app to find nearby places to run or you can search for the city at MapMyRun. You could also create your route in advance and plan the distance. Unfortunately, not all city or countries routes are listed, but on those listed it would be of great benefit for planning your run times.
      2. Strava Routes do have similar route planning options that can assist you through your mobile devices, be it your phones or Garmin forerunner watches.
        Hoan Kiem Lake Loop Using Strava

        Hoan Kiem Lake is a tourist spot in Hanoi and here’s a route loop using Strava. You can get these routes in advance!

        These apps and technology have made running exciting as you can explore places while running on your own. Share your route!

  5. Plan Time to Play Tourist
    What are your area of interests? Be it adventure, shopping, sight-seeing, religion, history or culture, you can get many good suggestions at travel site such as tripadvisor.com, agoda.com or country-specific tourist guide websites.
    Select those to your interests, study their location and make sure they are close to your place of stay. Plan your visit to tourist sites based on their :

    • Locations. This is where location-based and google maps are useful. You can know how far they are from your hotel by using google  maps, and that would give you an estimation of how long it takes to reach your destination.
    • Operating hours. Typically this info is listed on websites or Google Business Site
    • Weather condition. Plan for indoor activities if the weather is not friendly, and plan for outdoor activities if weather forecast is good.

      Run & Explore tourist sites on foot

      At Hoan Kiem Lake. Running & exploring tourist sites on foot after work, then to the night market close-by

  6. Weather Forecast
    • Do know the temperature and climate of the cities you are travelling to at least a week before you travel and a day before you travel. It is important so that you can pack the right attires and shoes. Items like raincoats, sweaters and sun gaiters would be most useful in those circumstances.
  7. Pack Smartly
    • Athleisurewear & Travelwear
      Make your running attire your travel attire too! Hoodies, moisture-wicking tops, leggings, running pants, sportsbra, raazglove and scarfs that are lightweight are great for travelling.ar
    • You know what you need to bring. No compromise.
    • Shoes
      Wear running should when you travel and bring workshoes if you travel light. If space is not an issue, ladies, bring more !

      Travelling in my running attire

      Travelling in my running attire

  8. Transport
    • It is convenient to get around if you put up close to transportation hub. If you are not, use public transportation that is most convenient and safe for you. Nowadays, I find services like Grab and Uber super convenient. They can be faster and cheaper too.

      Other than on foot, I was on Grab  90% of the time in Hanoi. Super convenient!

Make sure you have your mobile phones, smart devices, good data services and purposeful apps of travel and sport installed to have a great Run-Work-Cation!

Most of all – Stay Safe!

5 Reasons to Choose Modest Athleisurewear

Ladies who are always on the go, running on tight schedule at work or home need outfits that support their activities. Modest Athleisurewear suits modern and progressive women who seek for more coverage in their attire. Here’s why:

1. Comfortable & Practical
Athleisurewear for modest ladies or hijabis are designed not only for exercises, but also designed and tested for comfort and practicality. They are mostly simple, loose and with no-pins designs – injected with cool and innovative features like 2-in-1 tops and hijabs, hidden pockets and even hoodies.

Use no pin hijabs for Travel

Use no-pin hijabs and zipper top for travelling

Simple and practical outfits

A visit to the museum in a simple and practical outfit

2.  Fabric for Active Ones
Almost all activewears are made of fabric that is moisture wicking, fast-drying, lightweight, anti-odor and sun-protective. You can sweat out in it from head to toe with out feeling discomfort, even for long hour use.

Travel Far in Nashata Athleisurewear

Anti-odor and sun-protective top for outdoor activity

Nashata's New Athleisure Top & Athleijab

Nashata’s New Athleisure Top & Athleijab

3. Good for Travel & Vacation
Put on the most comfy athleisure wear when you travel, especially for long haul journey on the plane, train or bus.  Be it easy-to-put-on pinless hijab, slouchy sweatpants, harem pants or hoodie top to cover your head when you nap, athleisure wear is just perfect for you! Walk about at the airport and train stations, and seat comfy for hours in total comfort and style.

Walk around comfortably while travelling

Walk around comfortably while travelling

Don’t even mention how perfect they are for vacations. They are mostly lightweight, easy to wash and fast drying. So pack enough  athleisure wear when you travel.

Hooded Cardigan and Leggings for Travel

Hooded Cardigan and Leggings for Beach Outerwear

You would always find your sports hijab, modest top and pants useful throughout your travel. So hesitate not to bring more.

Ready to nap in a long haul flight

Ready to nap in a long haul flight

4, Fashionable & Fresh
Simple and practical designs are indeed fashionable. Suitable for modern, active women, you just need to  mix and match your activewear to get the fun and fresh styles. You can reduce layering without compromising modest dressing styles.

Fresh and Fashionable

Relaxed & Fresh Look


5. Assimilate with any footwear
Good news is that you can wear athleisure outfits and they go well with shoes and  sandals. Hence the reason why – they are good investment for your wardrobe – versatile, comfy and multipurpose.

Riada Active Pants go well in any footwear

Riada Active Pants

With high heels shoes and right color - you get a more formal look

With high heels shoes and right color combination – you get a more formal look

Be creative to make your style fresh yet modest. Keep a healthy and active lifestyle by wearing athleisurewear as much as you can. It will keep you moving!

No motivation ?? Here are 5 tips to motivate you to run ?

Find motivation to run

Stop giving excuses

Have you ever felt so lazy that you couldn’t put on your running attire,  lace up your sport shoes, to get off your lazy ass or to go for your routine run?

And you start to blame the weather,..“it is too hot today and I might get sunburn”, or “since it is windy, i better take a nap” …and you start thinking of thousand reasons to escape your run..

Actually, There’s nothing wrong with you, except…YOU’VE LOST YOUR MOTIVATION.

So, here are 5 tips to motivate you to keep running 😉

1. Set your goal. 

Plan your mileage target for every month wisely. Write them BIG and paste it at an area you can easily see. This will motivate you and get you to be more responsible towards your goal.

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2. Register for a race.

Once you click the ‘register’ button, you definitely feel like,..“Soon, I will run for this event, and yes, I should start run today”. You will start to find time to train and become consistent as the ‘race day’ comes nearer.

At the REPC..I'm very excited to run soon!

3. Remember, it’s for your health.

Do not run because your friends are running too, and that if you’re not running with them,..you’d be left behind and have no friends. Do not run because you wanna have the slimmest figure among your fat colleagues, do not run because it is a trend. Run because you feel good and fresh after accomplish your goal. Run because it is definitely the best stress reliever. And yes, remember that after you run, you can eat like a MONSTER!

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

4. Find running buddies. 

Running alone will sometime make you feel demotivated. You will feel bored, lonely and distracted. Get a running buddy, set up your goal together, plan and train. It will be even more fun if you guys sign up for a race and compete together. Your performance will be improve if you guys aim and train hard.

They are doing well today ;) Congrats guys!

Running sisters

5. Put your best attire on

Introduce variety into your running wardrobe so that you will be more excited to run everyday. Everybody wants look good and nice in whatever they’re wearing, so do you when you run. And yes, your running selfie definitely would be gorgeous too. Make sure you are comfortable and confident in your attires.

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Till then, we’ll meet again, keep fit and be inspired! ?

The Kuching Marathon when I no longer run with my legs

Yesterday, I ran the Kuching Marathon for the second time. It is one of my favourite homeground running events that I never miss.

At the REPC..I'm very excited to run soon!

At the REPC..Looking very excited to run!

What’s exciting about the run was that I did a back to back full marathon (FM). A week before, I ran a full marathon (42.195km) at the Standard Charted Kuala Lumpur Marathon better known as SCKLM.  My goal was to  finish BOTH marathons without injury and I did it! Hoyeahh!

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Hoyeahh! I finished strong after back to back FM.


After coming back from SCKLM, I was very busy attending classes and lectures. Honestly, a week before the Kuching Marathon I didn’t run much, only carbo-loading and hydrating myself well. I believed that all I needed was a good rest and to continue loading myself with carbs since there was only a week gap before the Kuching Marathon.

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I couldn’t wait to arrive at the finish line,..but before that let’s take a pic first!

I was glad that the number of participants at the Kuching Marathon increased this year. Yayy! Here’s the breakdown:

  • 5km – 2200
  • 10km – 1897
  • 21km – 2343
  • 42km – 1658
    (info from KPD Kuching)

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It was almost time to flag off,..and everybody was soo excited!

The full marathon flagged off at 2am. I liked it early because first  – no sunburn and second – the weather would not be not that hot. I was hoping to finish the run before 8 am.

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Yayy! Aina was back hometown for this event! Run Aina run!

The route was almost flat with some not-so-hilly, and long, never ending road. I started my first 10 km with paces ranging from 5.30 to 6.30 min per km and the timing for first 10 km was 59 min. For the next 11 km, my average pace dropped to 7 to 8.30 min per km, hence my timing was 2 hr 21 min for the first 21 km. Oh ya, I did spend 6-8 minutes for toilet stop at the Shell petrol station nearby. Hmm, how I wished that I didn’t stop.

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Running with energy for a selfie ;P The Nashata hoodie top keeps my head dry from morning dew

It was cold and humid, and was sure most of the runners performed best at their first 21 km. I then continued running until km 32. It was already 5.50 am and I stopped at the Petronas Petrol Station nearby for about 7-8 min to perform Fajr prayer.

By the time I started running back, it was already 6 am. If I really wanted go for sub 5, I only had about one hour left for my last 10 km. However, sub 1 for my last 10 km was probably impossible. I remained positive and changed my target to sub 5 hr 15 min, 1 min earlier from my timing at SCKLM – 5hr 16min.

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I like this pic very much! I look like an Olympians..teehee 😛 photo credit to DNA Sport 🙂

I kept telling myself, “just keep running, this suffering is almost at its end”

My last 5 km was really tough, as I was fighting with myself to complete within my target. I no longer ran with my legs, I ran with heart. I kept running, no matter how slow it was, at least I kept moving. I kept my pace within 9 to 10.30 km/min, and at that time, I could no longer feel my leg. All I could feel was my socks soaking in sweat, my big toes felt like being pressed, this and that
my only wish was that I could just walk.

Towards the finish line, there were a few cheering squats who kept entertaining the runners. I ran even faster towards my last 500 m., and yet that 500 m felt like 500 km. Arghh!

Finally, I finished my 10th Full Marathon strong at the Kuching Marathon in 5 hours 9 min.*drum rolls*.. Yayy, mission sub 5hr 15min accomplished and 7 minutes earlier from FM SCKLM. Alhamdullilah.

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My first time running in Amin Sports Hijab and I love it. I love the look and the feel. Yeahh! I made it! Forget the mile, and just remember the glory 😉

Overall, the traffic was well controlled and organised. However, the water stations had limited supply of  plain water and isotonic drink. Runners had to queue up and share cups to drink, to our inconvenience. My take home message is to bring small bottle at my next run. Should the organiser fail to provide enough water throughout the run, at least I have my own.

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Thank you guys for support 😉 and not to forget, Fatin finished her first run, a 10km within cut off time..congrats! *claps

Before I went back, I managed to meet up with some friends who flew in from Peninsular just to race. Ermm, not entirely, they flew in for Kek Lapis and Mee kolok too 😛

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Congrats Khairul (in black shirt) for doing his personal best for his HM. And others, congrats guys for finishing strong.

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This superman did a back to back too,..with an awesome timing ,..sub 4.30..congrats Mambo!

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My medical lecturer (in blue hijab) also ran this morning,..she’s did 5km but overmileage with 3km add on! Congrats Dr! Next time she should upgrade to 10km 😉

When someone tells you, ‘You can’t’, turn around and say, ‘Watch me!’ ….And the bragging continues ….. 😛

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We continued bragging,..because the suffer is astounding!

Before the moment ended, we celebrated our victory with…..tadaaa!

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Mee Kolok with FM finisher medal add-on!

Till then, we shall meet again in next post 🙂

Keep running and be inspired!

Health & Wellness Gamified by AIA Vitality

Great news for health enthusiasts.  AIA Vitality – an integrated insurance, health and wellness program was launched today by AIA Bhd. Malaysia is the 5th country to have AIA Vitality launched in this region, after Singapore, Philippine, Hong Kong and Australia. AIA Group CEO and President Mark Tucker was here to launch the program together with Anusha Thavarajah, CEO of AIA Berhad. 

AIA Vitality Pillars The Wheel of Wellness?

AIA Vitality encompasses 3 pillars; Know your Health, Improve your Health and Enjoy the Rewards. Gamification of these pillars started the moment I walked into the launch. I was asked to complete AIA Vitality Health Review. After answering a few questions, it turned out my AIA Vitality Age is 2 years more than my actual age. That is good to know for a start. A familiar face Marcella Mihanovich from CitiBank was also going through the questionnaire on a tablet.

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 Marcella midway doing health review

Next, I get to improve my health by making my own juice. I chose oranges as I needed a good doze of Vit C. I was given a cup of cut oranges and it turned out – I had to cycle to blend the oranges. There goes my contribution to clean energy. I got to burn a couple of calorie & consume something healthy. Ultimately, it is about setting personal health goals be it in managing and preventing diseases, food intake, physical activities, and mental health. With AIAVitality, you get to earn points when you engage in activities to achieve health goals.

AIA Vitality Improve Health Level

 Cycle to Make your Juice

Finally, the Reward.  I got to play a game that seemed to be easy for others, but not me. Grab a flying ping pong and get lucky. Yay, despite not being good at it, I still get some vouchers to shop for sporting goods

AIA Vitality Rewards
 Vertically Challenged to Catch Ping Pong Ball .

Indeed the science-backed program encourages people to make healthier choices in life. Let’s make healthier lifestyle choices; bake instead of fry, walk up the stairs instead of taking the lift, spend lesser time on screen and pivot for sweating out time. With AIA Vitality, you get to build your AIA Vitality Status that starts from Bronze followed by Silver, Gold and Platinum level. You can get better benefits as you improve your status. Rewards are provided by AIAVitality partners like Air Asia, Berjaya Hotel & Resort, Emirates, Marriott, MedKlinn and Men’s Health and Women’s Health Magazine.

AIA Vitality LaunchNo, it was not a cooking demonstration. They were making music!

Three weeks ago, AIA shared info on Healthy Living Index that shows 55% of Malaysian adults are either pre-obese or obese (with Body Mass Index 23 and above) and many are not sleeping enough. It is important that we are always motivated to take care of ourselves. With the rise of chronic disease and sedentary lifestyle, programs like AIA Vitality that focus on educating, motivating and rewarding people to take better care of health can nudge us better. Anusha, the CEO of AIA Berhad shares the target of 30,000 people to enroll into this program this year. What I like about her approach is that she recognizes that each and everyone of us as an ambassador for the program. Now, let’s have an active lifestyle and be discipline to set and deliver our health targets. AIA Vitality

Mark Tucker & Anusha Thavarajah

 

Sticking to Your New Years Goals Part 3: “I want to eat breakfast everyday.”

While breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, it is often the hardest to implement. Morning-times tend to be rushed; you overslept, you have to get the kids ready for school and make it to work on time, you can’t find your keys. It’s no wonder why so many people skip it.

However, adding breakfast into your daily routine may be worth it. A nutritious breakfast has been shown to:

  • Aid in a more nutritionally complete diet
  • Give a mental edge
  • Help with energy and alertness throughout the day
  • Provide more strength and endurance during physical activity
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Aid in weight control and appetite control

 

WHAT SHOULD BREAKFAST CONSIST OF?

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Adding a lean protein to your breakfast, such as eggs, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese, will keep you feeling fuller longer. It may even hold you over until your lunchbreak at work!

Complex carbohydrates, like oatmeal or fruit, provide a slower-releasing energy which will last throughout the day.

Healthy fats, such as nuts, nut butters or avocado will not only provide you with extra energy during workout time, but will also promote the fat-burning process.

A little caffeine can give you that quick mental alertness that you so desperately need in the mornings!

 

HOW CAN I EAT BREAKFAST EVERYDAY?

  • Wake up early enough to give yourself time to prepare and eat breakfast
  • Prepare breakfast ahead of time: overnight oats are a great option
  • Have a ‘no-cook’ breakfast like Greek yogurt with granola or cottage cheese and fruit
  • Take breakfast on-the-go: Quest bar or a piece of fruit with nuts are good choices
  • If you are able you might even take some breakfast with you and eat it while you are at work

I hope these tips were beneficial and can help you to add breakfast into your daily routine, inshallah.


 

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Sticking to your new years goals part 1. “I want to eat healthy”

By now we’ve all made our New Year’s resolutions; laid them out in writing, pondered over them, and talked ourselves into the new and improved person we want to become. That’s great, but that’s only the first step. The next step is actually sticking to those goals rather than becoming among the 40% of individuals who drop out.

I’ve decided to create a series dedicated to providing you with information to help you stick to some of the most common New Year’s resolutions. This four-part series will, inshallah, be very short and informative to give you just what you need.

Without a doubt the most common resolution is: “I want to eat healthier.” Here’s how you can stick to it.

 

Eat more fruits and veggies

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Eating more fruits and veggies will not only provide you with a variety of nutrients but will help to bulk up meals and help you to feel full faster.

Try adding vegetables to as many meals as possible. Throw some in your eggs at breakfast time, have a side salad at lunch, and roast your favorite vegetables to have with dinner. Vegetables can be incorporated into many dishes like soups, stir-fries, eggs and can even make great snacks with some hummus or a low-fat yogurt dip.

Fruits are a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth without added sugars and preservatives. Shoot for 1-2 servings per day.

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Go homemade

Whenever you can, make your own foods instead of buying it pre-packaged. Granola can be quite deceiving in stores; it seems healthy but the nutrition label is filled with added sugars. Mix together some rolled oats, nuts and seeds, and a little honey. Throw on a sheet pan and bake it at home.

Instead of buying frozen dinners like pizza, make an easy and healthy version of your own. Grab some whole wheat pita bread, top with your favorite veggies, a small handful of low-fat cheese and drizzle with some olive oil, salt and pepper in throw in the oven for a few minutes.

 

Snack

Hummus with pita bread and vegetables

Instead of 2 or 3 larger meals a day, try snacking in between and have 5-6 smaller meals. Snacking will help to prevent you from overeating by keeping you satisfied and energized throughout the day.

Great snacks include a piece of fruit with a handful of nuts, trail mix, some raw veggies dipped in low-fat yogurt, whole wheat crackers with hummus, or some pretzels with string cheese.

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In conclusion

Eating healthy is a totally approachable goal, as long as you do it in the right way. Take small steps. Add one more healthy food into your routine each week. Start by adding more fruits and vegetables. Once you feel comfortable with that, start making some of you own foods. Then a week after, start adding healthy snacks in between your meals.

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Fun-Packed Explorations at Langkawi Geopark

I like to end the year doing something different. This year I got to explore Langkawi Island with family and pretty happy that Langkawi has grown so much with loads of fun and educational activities to do. The rainy season in Langkawi is in September so it is a safe destination to get a sunny vacation by the beach in December.

I would like to share 4 exciting explorations I had with my family:

1. Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park

2. Machinchang Geoforest Park

3. Temurun Waterfalls by Mount Raya

4. Exploration to Pulau Rebak Kecil from Cenang Beach by foot

1. Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park Exploration

You need to get a boat ride to Dayang Bunting Island. My party of 5 got a boat ride, on a sharing basis with 15 other tourists from AB watersports. The fee was RM25/adult and RM20/child below 12 years old. En Mohd Ashtar was very helpful to accommodate my booking via the internet, two days in advance. You can call his office 04-9551037 to make a reservation. He provided 2-way shuttle service from my hotel to the jetty located close to Langkawi Porta Malai Resort. We took the 9 am half-day trip.  The first stop was Pulau Beras Basah followed by eagle feeding at Pulau Singa Besar. You get to see two types of native eagles; the White-bellied Fish Eagle and Brahminy Kite Eagle, flying right above the island and diving onto the surface of the water to catch fishes. You can’t miss these stunning birds as they would dive pretty close to the boats. The last and the most interesting stop was Dayang Bunting Island.

You need to hike for about 230 meters from the jetty to Dayang Bunting Lake. It is quite an easy walk, educational too, featuring rock formation on the island. Once you reach the lake, you can take a dip into the lake, put your legs into the water or can rent a kayak or boat. The lake is 33 feet deep so if you are not a good swimmer, you better rent a life jacket available on the platform. You can also save a few ringgit by bringing your life-jacket from your boat to the lake. The swim was really nice as the fresh water is clean and refreshing.

Dayang Bunting Lake

Dayang Bunting Lake

Dayang Bunting Lake

Refreshing Dip in Dayang Bunting Lake

Dayang Bunting GeoForest Park

After an hour on the island, we got onto the boat and said goodbye to beautiful island of Dayang Bunting.

Dayang Bunting Island

Did you see a pregnant lady lying down on the back?

2. Machinchang Geoforest Park Exploration

A ride on the cablecab followed by a walk on the skybridge is a must in Langkawi. You need to get a ticket (RM30/adult & RM20/child below 12) to go onto the cablecab up to the Machingchang Mountain (second highest mountain in Langkawi, 850 m above sea level). Make sure you bring your Malaysian ID to enjoy local rates. Before you reach the top, you could stop at the middle station and grab some food. They offer nasi lemak and other local delicacies at the cafe. You need to queue back to continue your ride to the top station. Below is the view of Telaga Harbour Area & Seratosa Island (far left), a little unnamed island and Pulau Burau (far right) from middle station.

View from Middle Station : Langkawi Cable Car

View from Middle Station : Langkawi Cable Car

After a couple of minutes on the cablecab, you would reach the 709 above sea level of Machinchang Mountain. The view from the top station is majestic.You could see Skybridge (as below), Andaman Sea, and other parts of Langkawi.

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View of Skybridge from Top Station

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View of Andaman Sea from Machincang Mountain

After that, we walked to Skybridge. You could walk (RM5/pax) or take the skyglide (RM35/pax)  to Skybridge. If you want to burn some calories while enjoying the nature, you should walk to Skybridge. However, I do not encourage elderly, little ones and those who are not used to hiking to walk to skybridge. The steps were quite steep and can be difficult to some. It was a more-difficult walk than the one to Dayang Bunting Lake.

On the way back on Cablecab, try look for waterfalls right below you. We saw two waterfalls on the way back. Our experience was much better than the cable car rides in Hong Kong and Sentosa Island, and a lot cheaper too!

3. Temurun Waterfalls by Mount Raya (881 meters, highest mountain in Langkawi)

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The Temurun Waterfall at the Top

If you are a fan of cold fresh water and love the feeling of water running on your back, you should visit Temurun Waterfalls. There are a few levels you could walk to, but the one at the top is worth dipping into. We were greeted by many friendly butterflies, and everyone who reached the top could not resist taking a dip. So, make sure you dress to get wet when you climb all the way to the top. The only changing area available is at the entrance.

Try the mee kuah at the stall by the entrance before you go back. The makcik cooked very good friend rice and mee kuah for us at a very reasonable price.

Temurun Waterfall

Temurun Waterfall

4. Exploration to Pulau Rebak Kecil from Cenang Beach

Cenang Beach is popular for its gorgeous sunset. Other than the gorgeous sunset, we got to experience something different, out of curiosity. But do not try this without a knowledgeable local with you.  At 7:30am in the morning, during low tide, we saw a couple of sand banks close to the island across the Cenang Beach and a few people walking in the sea, towards the island. So, one morning, we decided to check it out. We walked in the knee-level water for a few hundred meters away from the beach, along with a few locals who were busy collecting sea snails on the bed of the sea.

A walk from Cenang Beach to Pulau Rebak Kecil

Pulau Rebak Kecil from Cenang Beach

I wanted to walk to the island, known as Pulau Rebak Kecil, so three of us kept walking in shallow waters for a few more hundred meters towards a visible sand bank. Along the way to the sandbank, I saw many interesting combination of big and small sea creatures; crabs, clams, sea-snails, baby octopus, prawn and baby leapord / zebra sharks. They were visible due to the shallow clear water. The estimated distance from Cenang Beach (A) to Pulau Rebak Kecil (B) was 0.86 km.

Estimated Distance From Pulau Rebak Kecil and Cenang Beach

Estimated Distance From Pulau Rebak Kecil (B) and Cenang Beach (A)

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Baby Leopard/Zebra Shark

Crabs easily visible

Crabs at Pantai Cenang

Clams & Sea Snails at Pantai Cenang

Clams & Sea Snails at Pantai Cenang

From Cenang Beach

As we walked leaving Cenang Beach on the backdrop

After a long walk, we reached the first sandbar. It was not a straightforward walk but interesting as we saw baby leopard / zebra sharks and a few others we dare not go close to. We had aqua shoes on, so we need not worry too much about risks on our feet. The path was a zig zag as we follow the shallow path towards the first sandbank.

On Sand Bar Pulau Rebak Kecil

Reached the first sandbar

Then we ran along the sand bank towards Rebak Kecil Island and quickly returned. At the end of the sand bank was a steep drop into the sea which we managed to escape. We then walked towards a group of people closest to us, as we could see the water level around them.

Walking towards Pulau Rebak Kecil

Walking along sandbanks towards Pulau Rebak Kecil

Running back from Pulau Rebak Kecil

Running back from Pulau Rebak Kecil

Then we walked back towards Cenang Beach. The water level was rising and the current was against our direction, so it was super tiring. At one point the water level was thigh-level. Again, do not try this. It gave me a good adrenaline rush but I would not try again unless with the presence of knowledgeable locals.

Walking Back from Rebak Kecil Island

Rising water level on the way back

Prawn at Cenang Beach

Prawn at Cenang

Octopus at Cenang

Octopus at Cenang

Lastly, the other activity I enjoyed practicing in Langkawi was yoga during sunset.

Sunset Yoga Plough Pose

Sunset Yoga Plough Pose

There are so many other exciting activities you could do in Langkawi. Some historical, sometimes mystical, mostly enjoyable. I found this map pretty useful and handy to plan my trips whilst in Langkawi. You can get one FREE at the airport. So visit Langkawi and enjoy the Geoforest and beautiful beaches!

Free Langkawi Map

6 Tips to Staying on Track

It’s easy to get started, exciting actually. It’s Sunday afternoon and you sit down with a cup of coffee and your last cookie, and begin to plan out the next week. Healthy meals. Gym sessions. You have everything all set up and ready to start your new journey on Monday. The week goes really well, but then it begins to fall. You’re sick of the eating the same meals and your schedule is way too crammed to keep up with these workouts. You lose all motivation and eventually fall back into old habits.

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This is a very common scenario for someone starting down their healthy journey. The slip ups become more frequent and eventually discouragement and hopeless take over the once so lively enthusiasm. It seems to be that other people live up to their goals but you are just not made to do it.

Maintaining motivation it the hardest part of any fitness journey. But, it is not impossible! Many times, people are just going about it in the wrong ways. Here are some pointers what will help you to stay on track all the way to your goals and beyond.

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1. Don’t Rush

The biggest reason for a lack of motivation is that people try to do too many things at once. Think about the years of unhealthy habits you have down your belt. You can’t try and change them all in one day and expect to keep it up. Take small steps. Don’t go from laying on the couch everyday to 6 days a week of intense exercise. Start with 2-3 days per week, even for only 10 or 20 minutes. After about a month, once you feel it’s become a habit and your body is more accustomed, start adding in a bit more and overtime you will be a pro!

 

2. Plan Ahead

Don’t go into the week blindsided. Go over your schedule for the week and plan your meals and workouts around your schedule. Take one or two days to do some food prep for the week. Schedule your workouts on days where you have more free time and schedule your rests on busy days. If you have any plans to go out to dinner, check on the menu ahead of time and plan out your meal. Having things written out will make the week a lot easier.

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3. Make the Time

This goes along with planning ahead. While you don’t want to overwhelm yourself, you also don’t want work and other responsibilities to take over your YOU time. If you really want to be healthy, make the time. 10 minutes of fast-paced exercise is better than nothing.

 

4. Have a Plan B

There will be many times when uncontrollable situations might ruin your plans. Always have a backup plan. Design a few quick at-home exercise routines in case you can’t make it to the gym. Keep smart food items in the house that will be there in case you have no time to cook. Examples of back-up foods I always keep in my house are canned beans, non-fat Greek yogurt, eggs, cans of tuna, and frozen vegetables. Just because you have to throw something together quick doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy.

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5. Modify When Needed

Never be ashamed to modify. If you don’t have the time, modify your workout. If you’re trying a new workout class that is a little too intense, ask the instructor to show you some modifications. It’s great to push yourself, but when you go too far beyond your limits you may discourage yourself and drop out. Stop right at the edge of your comfort zone and work there.

 

6. Make a List

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Write a list of your reasons for beginning a health journey. Don’t be afraid to make it personal, after all, it’s only for you. Whenever you need a little pick-me-up, dig out your list and remind yourself of why you started in the first place. This can be a powerful tool to bringing motivation levels back up.

 

Most importantly
have fun. There will be times when you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone. There will be times when you will have to force yourself to work out when you are dreading it. But always remember to keep it balanced. Push yourself, but not over your limits. Recognize the times when you have to listen to your body and just take a rest. The most important means of staying on track is enjoying the journey.

 

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