​IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017

​IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017

🏃ONE CHALLENGE, TWO HIGHWAYS

Editor’s Note 

Many thanks to IJM & Allianz for inviting me to the Press Conference yesterday at IJM Show Gallery, Pantai Sentral Park where their futuristic property development will eventually house 8,000 new residents with commercial and retail units too. Currently, purpose-built exit ramps are being built for easier access from NPE & Bangsar. With limited space in the city, this strategic location provide residents with close access to the city centre.

Looking at their building plans, IJM is building an impressive state-of-the art living space where people can live, work and play harmoniously.

However, as Dato’ Soam Heng Choon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IJM Corporation Berhad said “I am not here to sell you condominiums”.

IJM, ALLIANZ & RUNNING

Most Runners will be aware that both IJM & Allianz are no means strangers when it comes to sponsoring sports events. Allianz have their yearly Pacesetter Run, and IJM have the Seremban Half Marathon, among others. It is through these sponsored runs that both Allianz and IJM are encouraging a much needed healthy lifestyle in Malaysia where lifestyle disease such as Diabetes is a prevalent national disease.

I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING

Since the days of Adidas King Of The​ Road which was held along the NPE, I am a big fan of running and cycling along closed Highways which are car-free. So, we should be glad when Highway Concessionaires are willing to forgo toll collection for several hours and close-off their highways for Running and Cycling Events.

LIMITED OPPORTUNITY

It is rare that we are given special access to run along two of our best-kept Besraya & NPE Toll Highways, and I do recommend that you join both runs, or at least in one, and experience the spectacular sensation of highway running, as well as enjoy panoramic views of our beloved Kuala Lumpur!

Press Conference 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017 Entices Participants with Double Action

·        Malaysia’s first ever duo highway challenge that highlights the accessibility of two highways and its advantages.

·        Besraya Highway Challenge to be held on 30 July 2017 whereas NPE Highway Challenge to be held on 10 September 2017.

·        Registration is currently open at http://www.ijmhighwayrun.com and http://www.justonlineregistration.com

13 April 2017, Kuala Lumpur: IJM Corporation Berhad and Allianz Malaysia Berhad jointly announced the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017 today. Malaysia’s first ever duo highway challenge, organised by Besraya (M) Sdn Bhd, New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd, and EC Pixels, is set to pique adrenaline junkies’ interest as the Besraya Highway Challenge offers a 13km challenge run and a 6km run on the 30 July 2017 while the NPE Highway Challenge ups the ante by offering a 21km half marathon challenge and 10km run on the 10 September 2017.

The first run takes place at the new stretch of Besraya Highway (Besraya Eastern Extension – BEE) which is an elevated highway launched in 2014. The total stretch of the highway is 28.3km and offers connectivity between Salak Selatan, Jalan Ampang and Jalan Istana. The run route kicks off from Loke Yew Toll Plaza to Pandan Indah and heads towards Jalan Istana and Salak Selatan before turning back to Loke Yew Toll Plaza. Participants will be enjoying a total closure of the highway during the run.

The second run flags off at KM2.4 of the NPE Highway in front of Sunway Pyramid. This challenge requires a full closure of the highway which has had the experience of four international runs in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with a total 14,000 participants. This time around, it introduces a longer stretch up to Taman Desa area and involves three districts under the local authorities – DBKL, MBPJ and MPSJ. Runners will be able to run pass through three Toll Plazas – PJS5, Pantai Dalam and PJS2. 

Dato’ Soam Heng Choon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IJM Corporation Berhad said “We are thrilled to launch Malaysia’s first duo highway challenge where runners will get an opportunity to experience the attributes of both the highways which are under IJM’s Toll Division. We are working with the authorities to ensure a total road closure for the event, as the safety of all runners is key.  Participants can run freely and can look forward to enjoying the view of the KL city skyline as they race to complete the challenge.

“Sports is very much at the heart of IJM’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Beyond being a title sponsor, IJM adopts a hands-on approach by being involved in the entire planning of the run. On top of giving back to the community, we aim to inspire and motivate people to embrace a healthier lifestyle,” he added.

There is an estimated 17,500 participants for the challenge this year and they are expected to complete both highway challenges. Those who come up on top overall will take home the challenge trophy. The participants can also look forward to event t-shirts sponsored by Brooks.

“Allianz is very proud to partner IJM Corporation Berhad and be part of this first-of-its-kind duo highway running event.  The whole idea why we readily support running initiatives is to inspire more people to start running, start getting active and taking better care of their well-being. And to find a partner equally as passionate such as IJM, is really a plus point. Together we invite Malaysians from all walks of life to take this opportunity to dare themselves to do something different in their. Try, challenge yourself, push the boundaries, and test your limits,” says Sean Wang, Chief Operations Officer of Allianz Malaysia Berhad.

The recent National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015 indicated there is an alarming rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country. This is largely due to poor lifestyle choices such as unhealthy behaviours regarding food, physical activity, sleep and peace of mind. “By sponsoring an event like this, we are able to give our clients a chance to make better choices and in a fun and exciting way too.” 

EC Pixels, which will be organizing the challenge, is an event management company that has over 16 years of experience in organising running and cycling events, triathlons and duathlons locally and internationally. “The IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017 will be an exciting experience for all participants as it gives them two challenges to anticipate. The first challenge certainly builds up their expectation to the next one and having it on a closed highway, albeit smooth road terrain, gives them that much more to look forward to,” says Eugene Chan, Group Managing Director of EC Pixels.

IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017 is also supported by Title Sponsor Allianz Malaysia Berhad, Main Sponsors – Gigatera, F&N 100 Plus, Ice Mountain, Official Apparel Brooks, as well as Partners – IJM Land, Oakley, 2XU Compression, Ideamas Group, RockTape, Affin Hwang, Garmin, Mutu Potensi Sdn Bhd, Nestle Milo, Nestle Fitnesse, Sunway Velocity Mall, Sunway Pyramid Mall, and Celebrity Fitness.

For more information on the registration, race and race kits, please visit: http://www.ijmhighwayrun.com or http://www.justonlineregistration.com

Registration closes on the 15 June 2017 for Besraya Challenge and 16 July 2017 for NPE Challenge.

About IJM Corporation Berhad

IJM is one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates and is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (“Bursa Securities”). Its core business activities encompass construction, property development, manufacturing and quarrying, infrastructure concessions and plantations. Headquartered in Selangor, Malaysia, IJM’s regional aspirations have seen it establish a growing presence in neighbouring developing markets with operations presently spanning 10 countries, with primary focus in Malaysia, India, United Arab Emirates, China and Indonesia. IJM’s phenomenal growth over the past three decades has been the result of its unwavering focus on its core competencies, diversification into strategically related businesses and selective expansion into new markets.

Against the backdrop of a challenging business environment, IJM diversified into the constriction of infrastructure to help generate new revenue streams. From Malaysia to China, India, Vietnam and Latin America, our expertise in building transportation system, power plants and water treatment facilities has helped enrich communities in the cities and countries where we operate. The toll infrastructure services we provide cover a broad spectrum of project requirements including the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the tolls, from start to finish. Today, IJM fully owns and operates several urban toll concessions in Malaysia, such as BESRAYA, NPE and LEKAS.

About Allianz Malaysia Berhad

Allianz Malaysia Berhad (“AMB”) is part of Allianz Group in Germany. Allianz officially stepped foot in Malaysia in 2001 when it became the controlling shareholder of Allianz General Insurance Malaysia Berhad (“AGIM”). In 2007, the general insurance business of AGIM was transferred to its wholly-owned subsidiary, Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad (“Allianz General”). Following the completion of the transfer of general insurance business, AGIM changed its name to Allianz Malaysia Berhad (“AMB”). AMB is an investment holding company that has two wholly-owned subsidiaries – Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad (“Allianz Life”) and Allianz General.

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About The Author

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​🇺🇸🍔 TGIF Restaurant Subang Parade

​🇺🇸🍔 TGIF Restaurant Subang Parade

From Mexico With Love

Nothing represents popular Tex-Mex cuisine better than a good dish of Mixed Grill Fajita, and TGIF’s version of Beef, Chicken or Mixed Fajitas is certainly a crowd-puller.

Originally, Fajita consist of seared strips of skirt steak which has been marinated in olive oil, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic, cumin and salt.

This mouthwatering dish is accompanied with sauté bell peppers and onions, some warm tortillas, and sides of shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, and thinly sliced iceberg lettuce dressed with vinegar and salt.

Inspired By Hamburg Sandwich

The Cheeseburger was patented in 1935 in Denver USA, and since then it has spread to every corner of the Globe. There must be millions of versions and variations of the humble cheeseburger recipe.

The TGIF Grilled Cheeseburger​ with beef bacon and chunky French Fries is a delicious crowd-beater! For some reason, I am always thinking of America whenever I am eat burgers, even though I have never been there in my life.

My Verdict

For a reliably tasty Fajita and appetising Beefburgers, TGIF is as good as any place, and the restaurant’s nice atmosphere and friendly staff will ensure a happy meal every time…

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To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.

About The Author

Gus is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. LIKE Happy Runner for RUNNING UPDATES, Gus Rider for CYCLING NEWS, Gus Ghani for SPORTS INFOTAINMENT and FOLLOW gusghani @IG for LIFESTYLE. 

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​🇰🇷Gugong Restaurant – Korean BBQ & Traditional Cuisine

🇰🇷Gugong Restaurant – Korean BBQ & Traditional Cuisine

🍴NEW RESTAURANT REVIEW

Restaurant: Gugong, Korean BBQ & Traditional Cuisine

Venue: Empire, Subang Jaya

Date: 6 April 2017

EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

It has been quite awhile since I last visited Empire Subang. Being a big kimchi fan, I was curious and hungry enough to try-out, together with my wife Maryati, a new Korean Restaurant there which claims to be Halal.

KIMCHI AFFAIR

I was impressed firstly by the attractive decor, and the neatness of the spacious restaurant.

The menu was well compiled with useful photos and description of every dish available.

I ordered the beef kimchi soup rice set which included 6 small and appetising side dishes of varied vegetables from the à la carte menu. Maryati ordered the same dish except her beef was shredded. Watch my Video Clip!

It was around 8pm on a weeknight, and the service was fast because there was only in couple occupying another table in the whole restaurant.

GOOD DINNER

Our dishes were healthy, delicious and filling, and also, I liked the natural goodness of the hot green plum tea which goes well with the spiciness of the kimchi dishes.

The waiters were efficient and polite, and this contributed to our overall pleasant dining experience.

MY VERDICT

I will definitely revisit Gugong Restaurant when we have more time to enjoy the sizzling Korean BBQ.

Having a restaurant situated in a mall is not a only convenient location for the diners and shoppers, but it also gives the Restaurateur a good access to the constant flow of potential customers.

Granted their food prices is more than what you will get in a quick bite stall, but if you are looking for a good meal in a relaxing setting, then I can recommend you checkout Gugong to satisfy your Korean urges! So, for what it’s worth I rate this place a 3 and a half star out of 5 based on my one time Dining Experience there.

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👉 The Jeri Seafood Kuala Selangor

BON APPETIT 😍

DISCLAIMER

Food tasting and Dining experiences are very subjective and can vary greatly from one individual to another, and from one sitting to another.

The views expressed above are based on my personal experience, and they may not necessarily reflect the views of the Restaurant Owner, Other Diners or any other 3rd party.

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​🚴💨🔥NEW UNBOXING – Cycling Helmet

​🚴💨🔥NEW UNBOXING – Cycling Helmet

Model: Race Master 

Item: Cycling Helmet

Brand: Rudy Project

Colour: Black Stealth Matte

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OFFICIAL WRITE-UP from Rudy Project Malaysia Brunei page is as follows :-

The all-new #Racemaster featuring the revolutionary HexoCrush Tech to enhance athletes safety and security with its hexogan-shaped internal structure’s improved shock absorption.

It is now available at Rudy Project Concept Store – Jaya Shopping Centre and our authorized dealers from RM 1149.FOR MORE PRODUCT INFO

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About The Author

Gus is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. LIKE Happy Runner for RUNNING UPDATES, Gus Rider

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​🇯🇵🐙 Rakuzen Restaurant (SS15) Review

​🇯🇵🐙 Rakuzen Restaurant (SS15) Review

You Will Find

A new Rakuzen outlet at Courtyard in SS15 Subang Jaya where The Library Bar used to be.

For Appetisers, We Ordered

Chuka Iidako (Seasoned Baby Octopus) and Ikageso Karaage (Fried Squid Tentacles) for appetisers. The cold tanginess of the Iidako was ideal to prepare one’s pallet forthcoming main dishes. The squid was scrumptious​ too!

I have eaten Unajyu (Eel With Rice) at several other Rakuzen outlets. However, this time, the eel was not fresh and didn’t taste good. Meanwhile, my wife thoroughly​ enjoyed her Yaki Zakana Zen (Grilled Saba Fish Set).

We loved the two appetisers and the hot Japanese green tea, and the service was efficient enough during off-peak hours.

The Decor And Lighting

Was the least impressive of all the Rakuzen which I have visited so far.

My Verdict

Is that all things considered, especially the high price and mediocre food quality, I am not likely to revisit this place again unless there is some compelling reason.

DISCLAIMER

Food tasting and Dining experiences are very subjective and can vary greatly from one individual to another, and from one sitting to another.

The views expressed above are based on my personal experience, and they may not necessarily reflect the views of the Restaurant Owner, Other Diners or any other 3rd party.

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🍴Breakfast At The Crunchy Nest🐦

​🍴Breakfast At The Crunchy Nest🐦

Restaurant Review By Gus Ghani

Restaurant | The Crunchy Nest

Location | SS15, Subang Jaya

Date | 28 March 2017

Time Visited | 8:00am

Established | May 2016

My Order | Bruschetta Tomato + Hot Milk

Tastiness | 🌟🌟🌟🌟 /5

Service | 🌟🌟🌟🌟 /5

Decor | 🌟🌟🌟🌟 /5

Atmosphere | 🌟🌟🌟🌟 /5

Price | 🌟🌟🌟 /5

TOTAL = 19 /25

🍅MY HIGHLIGHTS
✔ Owner Jen explained that the pie looks like a bird’s nest which symbolises the circle of life, i.e. a mother bird feeding her babies, and when the mother grows old, she will in turn be looked after by her ‘babies’.

✔ The Bruschetta Tomato was delicious, healthy, and filling.
✔  I love the bright and modern decorations.

✔ The staff were chirpy.
✔ I look forward to trying their signature pies on my next visit.

DISCLAIMER

Food tasting and Dining experiences are very subjective and can vary greatly from one individual to another, and from one sitting to another.

The views expressed above are based on my personal experience, and they may not necessarily reflect the views of the Restaurant Owner, Other Diners or any other 3rd party.

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​🚌 RapidKL BRT Run 2017 Race Review by Happy Runner

​🚌 RapidKL BRT Run 2017 Race Review by Happy Runner

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🚝🏃 RapidKL BRT Run 2017

Date | 26 Mar 2017

Venue | Monash U BRT Station

Flag-Off | 2am (Wave 2)

Distance 7km

👥Total Participants 1,500

Route | U Monash🔛SunMed🔛Sunway Lagoon🔛Mentari🔛Setia Jaya

Title Sponsor | Prasarana

Event Organiser | CentriSoh Sales & Marketing

Editor’s Note

Undeniably, the prospects of running 7km on a private elevated bus track for the first time was just too good an opportunity to pass.

Moreover, I was keen to take part in my first running event organised by a new event outfit called CentriSoh Sales & Marketing which was established in 2016 by a band of seasoned runners.

So, after energising myself with a delicious cup of TrueStart Performance Coffee, I made my way to the Sunway race venue for my 2am flag-off. 

↗ 4⃣ Levels Up

Our race venue was a huge bus depot on top of a multi-storey car park which was walking distance from the BRT U Monash Station.

There were plenty of parking lots available at the surrounding shop lots for parking convenience.

Lam (Left) & Law (Right)

⏳ Last Minute Rush

I arrived at the enormous BRT Depot just before midnight and I was faced with a large crowd waiting to collect their race kits. I was guessing this delay in the distribution of race kits was why the first 12am wave was initially postponed by 15 minutes. For this reason, it’s always advisable to let runners collect their race kits before race day. 

Since, I had two hours before my 2am flag-off, I occupied my time chatting with some running buddies, visiting the various vendor booths and talking with several of the uniformed Prasarana officers.

After the first wave runners had left the depot, I collected my kit without any waiting time.

One runner was upset that there was no baggage drop area, and he couldn’t leave his belongings in the car like the others because he came by motorbike. I advised him to leave his belongings with one of the vendor’s booth or with the race officials.

🌊First Wave Drama

Soon after the Emcee had announced that Wave 1 Midnight Flag-Off was delayed by 15 minutes, the enormous Start/Finish Balloon Arch decided to play funny buggers and collapsed to the chagrin of the anxious runners. The Technical Crew immediately sprung into action to fix the problem, and by 12:30am, Encik Azmi Abdul Aziz, Group Managing Director of Prasarana officially flagged-off the first batch of eager runners.

Smooth As Silk

My second wave was flagged-off according to plan. Immediately, I was awestruck by how clean, smooth and well-lit the track was. In fact, I couldn’t remember running on a smoother surface than this one. Wearing shoes seemed pointless on such a perfect surface.

Then, it made me wonder how great it would be if the street below could be as well maintained as this track. Perhaps, I was being delusional due to the lack of sleep 😂

The Perfect Run

It was exciting to be running on a pristine track,and being above the streets and away from the pesky traffic below. 

I was surprised at how much different the atmosphere felt a few stories high – it was much quieter and cooler than being on the street level. The higher atmosphere seemed to be made for running. If a Prasarana senior staff is reading this blog, I would like them to consider opening the track to community runners once-a-month as part of a CSR project because it feels such a waste not to make more use of such a superb facility.

The other advantages to running on the BRT Track is that it is completely safe, and you cannot get lost even if you tried!

During​ the actual run, I remember there were 3 water stations to quench our thirst, and there were enough helpful marshals around to keep an eye on all the runners.

Mr. Lum

Also, I like that there was a 2 hour gap between the 3 wave starts because it allows for non-runners to experience a 7km walk and still finish the course in time.

Watermelon Treat

The juicy and sweet watermelon slices tasted very good after our sweaty workout, and I have to give the organisers special credit for providing ample snacks of fruits, buns, nasi lemak, Isotonic drinks and water for all the Finishers. 

A special shout-out to the Lucky Draw Sponsors, as well as to the @hitzfm Crew for the nice giveaways.

It’s A Keeper

As a runner, I would love to see this RapidKL BRT Run become an annual running event because it has many treats and unique qualities to offer the community and recreational runners which cannot be matched by any other existing events of the same magnitude.

😍 Thanks To RapidKL For Giving Us The Privilege Of Being The First To Run On The Elevated Bus Track.

👏 Congratulations To @centrisohmy on organising a one-of-a-kind running event.

Video Clips

📹 Fixing Balloon Arch

📹 The Drama

📹 Volunteer Dahlan

📹 First Wave

📹 U Monash

📹 Bouncing Along

📹 Stream Of Runners

📹 Lead Runner

📹 Mentari Station

*Disclaimer*

To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.

About The Author

Gus is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. LIKE Happy Runner for RUNNING UPDATES, Gus Rider for CYCLING NEWS, Gus Ghani for SPORTS INFOTAINMENT and FOLLOW gusghani @IG for LIFESTYLE. 

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