Kuching Marathon 2017: A personal account for the Half Marathon race

Kuching Marathon 2017: A personal account for the Half Marathon race

Did you know there’s a special lane at the immigration upon arrival at Kuching International Airport? This is one of the many interesting things I found during my journey to Kuching Marathon (KM17). It’s a small gesture but very meaningful to participants. In town you can sense the anticipation of the event as runners from all over the world can be seen mingling with locals, either buying souvenirs, enjoying the local delicacies and the like. At the REPC, we can visit the many booths in the race expo and there is quite a variety of brands represented too. Race pack collection was a breeze on the second day and the electronic registration system across the many counters really helped.

Fast forward to race day, it’s worth noting for drivers like myself to reach town more than an hour before flag off if you want to get a good parking spot. I got my spot just down the road from Wisma Hopoh by 2:45 am and the 200m or so distance to the event venue allowed me a warm up jog. Porta-loos are aplenty so that’s convenient. One thing though… it struck me was how seemingly quiet Padang Merdeka was prior to 3 am. Was I too early for the half marathon flag off? But being early has its perks; you can visit some of the exhibition booths (Honda takes 180° photos of you), relieve yourself without worrying about queues and stretch in uncrowded spaces.

Did you know that KM17 is one of the few races where prayers are recited just prior to flag off? As an international race recognised by AIMS, I find this most interesting. However, one thing I found not so exciting was the organisers effort to liven the venue. Be it the choice of the emcee or the kind of music being played (or lack of it), I believe much can be improved to the likes of Standard Chartered KL Marathon. It’s too quiet! The race itself follows a scenic route around the city and its outskirts (not that you can see much in the darkness) where most of it is well lit except for some sections (like around the pitch dark MBKS building!). This is where the volunteers really helped; they lit the road with torchlights and alerted traffic of our presence. Well done! Safety aspects were very good and this was evident in the dense cone arrangements, RELA presence and well managed traffic diversions. I just wished the road users themselves were more concerned with the runners safety because some can be seen speeding too closely. Volunteers at the water stations were also a sight for sore eyes; so helpful and cheerful at every stop. Water was aplenty as were sponges. But you know what the best thing was? Getting cheers from people who came out of their homes and volunteers. In the still of the morning and even with the light drizzle they really gave us motivation.

Personally I feel the last 500m is a such fitting end leading to the finish line. Passing by the historic Old Quarter of Kuching, the quintessential Main Bazaar and Waterfront, overseen by the gleaming DUN and dwarfed by the old Courthouse where finally we are then presented the finisher medal right in front of a colonial Post Office. Such a great feeling to be part of so much history and to complete yet another half marathon. In closing, if there is anything to improve then I would like to suggest for the organisers to make the post-run festivities more happening & vibrant, photo op areas should be aplenty to avoid congestion, there should be rest areas on Padang Merdeka for runners to congregate, meeting points should also be created to ease participants looking for each other.
21km done and dusted!
I would love to run this event again. Therefore I will make it a point to return!
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Hari Raya Wishes From Me and PROTON Design

Hari Raya Wishes From Me and PROTON Design

We’re now at the last weekend of Ramadhan, about 4 days away from the biggest celebration in the Muslim calendar. Indeed the festive spirit is being felt and the usual signs evident all around. This year I’m opting out from the journey balik kampung and staying in the city to celebrate low key in a classic metropolitan style. Every year on the first afternoon of Raya I would usually pay a visit to one of the malls nearby. I would be in full Raya garb so you can imagine the looks I get from the crowd. They must be very confused. Why is this Chinese bloke wearing full baju Melayu gear on the first day of Aidilfitri?! Hehe.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all readers of this blog, friends, family and business associates a great Eid Mubaraq. Enjoy your long weekend with visits to open houses, rekindling relationships, enjoying the food and for the kids, your duit raya!

I will leave you with a short video done by PROTON Design, a yearly thing we do to welcome Syawal. Take care, be safe and be happy!

azlano 2.0 > 2010 In Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 39 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 320 posts. There were 33 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 2nd with 533 views. The most popular post that day was Less Than 12 Hours To Go.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were funtastickodesign.wordpress.com, en.wikipedia.org, twitter.com, saluran07.blogspot.com, and adlankhalidi.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for azlano, problem solving, raya wishes, selamat hari raya wishes, and proton saga.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Less Than 12 Hours To Go March 2010


The Proton Saga RED Show Car January 2008


Hari Raya Wishes September 2008


Proton Exora Prestige and Prime April 2009


The Problem Solving Flowchart February 2010

Gloomy Days In Japan

It’s still winter here in Japan and the surrounding environment is grey and dull. From Kansai to Nagoya the temperature is moderately cold; about 6 degrees all round. It actually snowed in Tokyo! I don’t know about others but the cold doesn’t really bother me much. It’s the drab exterior which brings me down, keeps me confined and doesn’t do much to my enthusiasm. Ever heard of ‘winter depression’?
So, without sounding depressing I offer you some images from my surroundings yesterday…
Today is a much, much better day! It’s clear & bright, albeit still chilly. Boarding the train again soon…