Monday, September 14, 2015


taken from the internet

The lifespan of a battery will vary considerably with when it is activated, how it is used, how it is maintained and re-charged, temperature, and other factors.

In extreme cases, it can vary to extremes - we have seen automotive batteries killed in less than a year by severe overcharging. We have seen automotive batteries destroyed without ever being used in less than a year because they were left sitting in a hot garage without being charged.

There are so many variables, such as depth of discharge, maintenance, temperature, how often and how deep discharged, etc. that it is almost impossible to give a fixed number
- taken from the internet.

During my 5th car service in early September 2015, I did asked the technician on how is my battery condition. Is it still ok. The technician said that, it depends - sometimes the battery can go up to 2 years, sometimes they don't. However, he gave me a tip - whenever your car has a funny 'jerk' or abnormal sound during the ignition process, it may indicate you battery is almost out (and funny also they don't use a mechanical tool to test the battery performance...ceh).

2 weeks after the service, I did encounter the above scenario - the car having a little bit of difficulty to start when the key was turned on, but it still start. The next morning, the battery dies. My mileage during that time was 51,000km.

My 1.5 years Exora bold "maintenance free" car battery has finally succumbed to the high mileage and could not sustain the ageing.

The cost for a new maintenance free cost me about RM270-00 (don't care what brand la - it's an emergency).

In comparing with my former 5 year old Naza Ria, it has come to a point that the alternator need to be changed. So, pay attention for car user who has more than 5 years car.

I also discovered that there was a leakage of green colour coolant at the piping area link to the radiator.
Visit to the workshop found out that one of the piping hose has loosen up due to the heat. What they did was cutting the hose at the tip a bit and put it back on and sealed it with a special glue. cost me RM20 for the workmanship.

All I can say is that after 1.5 years driving Proton Exora Bold, without any major repair except periodic maintenance service every 10,000km, now it has embark on a journey that the benefit has been over and it will generate cost to repair for wear and tear parts. pocket..

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ultra Marathon - Route 68

Photo credit to Maui

Ultra Marathon - Route 68

Date : 10 May 2015
Start Time : 6.00am
Cut Off Time : 6.00pm – 12 hours
Venue : Dewan Orang Asli, Gombak
Route : Dewan Orang Asli to Bentong (34km) and Back
Route Course : Rolling Hills, Road Race

I’m pretty sure that I have 50-50 chances in completing this race. With the location from each checkpoint is between 4.5km to 6.5km apart, my estimation will be
40 minutes to 1 hour for each. The target goal estimated to complete this race within 10 hours....Well, I thought so.

Reminisce my inaugural 78km Putrajaya Ultramarathon back in 2014, which was a complete DNF (Did Not Finish) due to several reasons, my leg hurt (ankle), heatstroke and most
Despicable of all was about 50% of the route completed by walking. I stopped at 66km (15 hours) – which to me took a wise decision as I was unhappy with my performance.

Lesson learnt. This time I make sure that I have proper training and sufficient mileage per week (which I don’t as always). I tried to achieve 70 to 80 km accumulative mileage per week,
But failed and only satisfied with 50km or so ....if I’m lucky. Started training in April was not a smart move. However, I did include 30km heat training run, twice I think in April...huhu.

With a sheer determination to complete the race and also peer pressure as most of crazy running friends already completed several 100km road race and trail run, I felt I’m lagging behind.
But that feeling doesn’t really matters as based on my situation, I could not muster with the training regime (with assorted training plan theories).
Quoted from one of my running friend, En Daud Abdul Manan – “I can be there on the race day, but don’t have the time to train” (that for 40km distance and above).
Hence, Daud only concentrate on less training and easy achievable runs – 10km and 21km...he, he.. Perhaps I will follow suit.

My Nutrition, Plan, Gear

I will entirely depend on Hammer Products for Nutrition (replenish calories, energy, carbo that will get lost) :
1) Electrolytes – 1 pill for every 30 minutes x how many hours estimated for the whole run (2 per hour x 10 hours = 20 pills)
2) Perpetuem Solid – each 10km (6 in total)
3) Hammer Gel – 6 gels every 10km
4) Fluid – Plain water (my body will consume on plain water)

My plan – slow run all the way, prevent any injury, blister, cramp that would damper your performance

Gear – Fenix headlight, cap with flap, arm sleeve, compression tights, brooks shoe and...concentration

Optional – sunblock, cash money (it will come in handy to purchase food along the way)

 Please ignore the blank face

Race Day

I started slow run-walk strategy. At starting point I felt that I’m the last runner. No warm up nor stretching on pre-race – proved how lazy I was.

Still dark. 1st CP

I reached the U-turn point, 34km at Bentong Hot Springs. My legs are fine, no cramp, whatsoever. What I’m lack of was speed. I reached here almost 11.30am (cut off time here is 12.00 noon).

10km. Still clad in the safety vest and headlight

 Hello sunshine. 

With the popular landmark where every runners will take a selfie

A little bit more. Caption : "where is that U-turn"...arghh!!

Still not there yet. huhu 

Yay!!...just another 4km..wohoo!!

Yup...Reached here alright. Expecting some solid food - none.
Remind me to find the meaning of self sufficient more effectively next time.

Rested a while. 70% of the runners already made their u-turn – I’m still hanging there.
About 10 minutes, I started to continued my run.

 Right Back at cha...I'm starving, famish and dire need for food

This the point that I've been gently reminded of the cut-off time. Watchaa!! Got to go.
Seems like impossible to make it 4.5km in 35 minutes..oh well, here goes nothing.

Hey...I should be smiling coz I made it !! It is just another 16.5km to finish line. Come on!!

Below are photos taken by self dedicated  photographers, Thank you all :

 at early stage of the race. Mostly cloudy

 Photo credit to victor & Elaine
Mr Kevin with the umbrella, always give runners with word of encouragement. Thanks Mr Kevin

I just heard that the runners need to reach Genting Sempah check point at 3.00pm. The pressure is on! Reached there at 3.15pm. I’m allowed tocontinue with the race..YAY!!. From Genting Sempah it’s another 16.5km to the finish line. My leg started to caused unpleasant feeling – around the ankle (left foot).
I heard that all the runners behind me, estimated around 22 of them, has been disqualified.

3km to the finish line, it’s started to rain heavily. I just continued on. Finished the race in 12 hours 04 minutes...YAY!! Ok what...the distance is actually 69km (instead of 68km).


The race was the longest ultramarathon I’ve ever completed with dignity and pride – considering the cut off time at the specific checkpoints. I need to train more and pump more mileage in the bag on the next ultra race if I intend to do so.
Put in strength training work out on upper body.

The organizer was great in providing the endless flow of coke and 100 plus isotonic drink. For food – Banana, buns, tiger biscuit were being served.
It’s not enough for me. Scouring for Nasi Lemak seller along the route proven to be futile. Genting Sempah was within reach

Congratulations to all runners whether you complete or not, whoever you are. It’s not easy but thanking you for just being there, running.
Also thanks to all volunteers for their responsibilities, for being there to assist us with those cute smiles.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Paddy Field Experience - Sungai Nibong, Sekinchan

I’ve been invited from my secondary school friend Azhar for a ‘sawah padi’ (Paddy field) experience at his hometown in Sungai Nibong, approximately 10km drive from Sekinchan town.
His In-law own a few blocks of paddy field in small vicinity in Pantai Batu 23, Sungai Nibong (Parit 12, I think.. you may call it in a conservative way).
I always wanted for a hands on and have a closer look how exactly paddy look like in my naked hazel eye. At the same time, I need to expose my kids to this new set of life (other than Ipad, android, games, social media and astro).

The beach near the chalet. Not for swimming though


What can we do there? Can we catch a fish with our bare hands? Or fishing? Or play in the mud? Or harvest the paddy itself? – my questions to Azhar. He said “kind of” – meaning to say that the paddy has almost reach its maturity stage and waiting for the harvesting process and we may have 'that' experience. Oh well, we just have to give it a try – in view that it was a end of year long school holiday and feeling guilty of not having any plan for the kids.

On 30th November 2014, we head on to Sekinchan in Selangor state, about almost 100 km from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Before that, I made an arrangement for accommodation with Pak Usop for a 2 night stay (you may google ‘homestay in Sekinchan’, you may find his handphone number) – by the way, Azhar know Pak Usop in person.

 It is important to share for a good cause. The contact number of the establishment.

 Another angle from the jetty

There are also room for let at RM60-00 per night

 Grocery shopping ...we ran out of supplies

About 1km from the main road, that’s where the chalet is. We arrived at noon and being greeted by the son of Pak Usop, Mohd Muzakir. The chalet is a nice maroon, sturdy building. Half of it were build on a stilt.
We immediately settled down in our cosy, spacious room. There is 1 queen bed and 1 single bed, - and the most important thing is, they have this veranda overseeing the jetty! I never expected that!
At RM80-00 per night it was not too shabby and worth for the money. Ample parking space, near to the eatery restaurant and its cheap!.

The spacious room

from the veranda...nice isn't it?

This is in front of our chalet, the eatery

 The chalet entrance

The Small Fishermen Jetty

From the veranda, we can view the row of fishermen boats, arranged nicely at the both side of the river. The river is heading towards the sea about almost 1km away. The amazing part here is that there was no unpleasant smell which normally derived from the river, the fish itself or something has been decayed. Its absolutely an amazing view! It’s a slow moving pace activities here during the day.

The mee udang specialist

 Panoramic view of our chalet (at the foreground)

At night we had our dinner in one of the restaurant, just 20 steps from our chalet. Having ‘steam siakap’ (a popular type of fish) cooked in lemon gravy was our scrumptious dinner for that night.
My my son, izz (11) and daughter (15) in front of our dinner spot

 Half consumed steam siakap in Lemon gravy...yummy!

The signature dish of local community and part of Sekinchan town

They also have the popular mee udang, burger stall, ‘roti canai’, satay and other fry cook dishes at this eating place. You don’t have to travel to town for a nice set of meal.

The next day, we had our lunch of ‘mentarang bakar’ (a type of shell – grilled) at popular eating spot named Faridah Mentarang Bakar located 7km away (towards Sekinchan town). It’s so popular that at certain times you need to queue for your turn. Faridah Mentarang Bakar had been featured in one of the popular TV show specific for unique eating outlet a while ago.

with shell-eating zombies

I'm not a shell eating fan...urgh...!!

 How it's made

This is the mentarang - a plate of RM8-00. The taste? err...hmmm...

The Paddy Field

Later that evening, Azhar took us for a ride at his In-law paddy field. That’s one hell of wide lush green paddy field ! The paddy field were nicely taken care off as it need gentle touch (I think). It is time to release the water from his part of paddy field to the adjacent stream. The area need to be left dry before the harvest machine can go in. The water level will subside in a day. We took this opportunity to swoop a fish or two using ‘tangguk’ (a type of net). Yes, my kids have their moment with this.
I can only see paddy field here...

 with my longtime friend - En Azhar

 Paddy field tour by En Azhar

 The rain is coming...

Azhar had left to Kuala Lumpur that night itself. As for us, we have another night to spent on. The next day, it is time to say goodbye to the paddy field with unforgettable memory – the beach, the prawn noodle, the ‘siakap’ fish, and mostly, the paddy field itself.
With En Azhar's father In Law - the legal owner of these profit making paddy field. Meeting the experienced and the young entrepreneur.

En Azhar is using his fish charm skill 

The canal at the right hand side is where the water will be disposed off

with my second son - the most stubborn and uncooperative lad

 Finally I have my own space for selfie
 In the foreground, the harvest machine in action.
On our way to Kuala Lumpur, we dropped by at this ‘Cendol Bakar’ (sort of shredded ice with coconut milk). At this eating outlet, there also have ‘nasi lemak’ (rice cooked with coconut milk), fried noodle, ‘keropok lekor’ (a type of fish cracker), a nice coconut shake and also gigantic curry puff. You should have it a try, relax and take a photo – you never know when you are going to be here again.

 Breakfast pit stop. Somewhere we belong

 The holiday mode is on

The keropok Lekor station

Keep calm and have a cendol instead

 mind my tummy and those oversized T90 pink black shirt

 On top of Bukit Malawati - that once become our fortress
 Overlooking the valley

With the monkey's food vendor

 Observing the life of monkey, just like animal planet

Desperately need to get acquaintance 

 We took photo here at the same spot couple of years ago, and we came back

Until next episode.....