Monday, 28 April 2014

New jogging & cycling track at Coastal Road, Tanjung Lipat Likas

*New running and cycling track in town

Running has always been in my life since primary. I remember that I used to compete in the sports games in school until I was in the secondary. To tell the truth, I can’t run 400m but I was selected to compete in the 100m sprint. Until I moved to college… I stopped most of my sports activities.

Last year, I have joined the Borneo International Marathon, that is an annual event in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. It is held in May mostly. Last year was my first and ever marathon; my friends and I decided to go for 21km. With our busy schedule, we didn’t have a strict training until the marathon day. Dead. Jelly. You name it.

This year, I started early. Consider early I guess. Started to train since 1st March and still continuing because I don’t want to feel my jelly legs again! That was a horrible feeling. My colleagues in the Sabah Tourism Board encourage me to join their training for almost 2 weeks and finally I joined them today. The run starts from Sabah Tourism Board building. Rie and I decided to do 8km while the rest did up to 10km and 12km. Wicked!



In the beginning, Rie and I was suppose to do 7km but don’t know why something is pulling us to move forward. So we add up another 500m. Fair enough, we stopped for a while to enjoy the perfect view of Tanjung Lipat. Look at our faces! The healthy faces we call it. 


Back on track. I was lucky to have Rie with me actually. She pushes me when I stopped running and I did continue without any stops (apart from taking these pictures)! I was quite surprised of my capability. As suggested, Rie wanted to spice things up by adding a little print to our training. Running fast, I feel the freedom once again. And, stop. We continue our journey back to Sabah Tourism Board building and ended with a long stretching session with the group.



What a run!
Another beautiful sunset picture dedicated to all my readers :)  Taken during the run. 
Hope you all like it - the best of Sabah.


Sunday, 27 April 2014

Eclectic Ecstatic Community Art Night Returns

The second installation of Eclectic Ecstatic, a successful community art night returns at El Centro. The theme of the event was ‘Art Heals.’

One of the main highlight was award-winning local naïve artist, Awang Fadilah and the Sabah Naïve Art Group. Over 50 of their artworks graced the walls of El Centro adding vibrant colours and unique visuals to the space of the event. These artworks will be on display for a month at El Centro and are available for sale.


Some of Sabah’s top local acts came to show their support including alternative-post rock band, Versatile; ukulele group, Orkes Akiuku; sister duo Alice Alive; and Jobless Giraffes which featured Scott Daryl Hadjiril from Diary of Us.

Other acts that took the stage were guitarist from melodic metal band A Million Evil Faces, Aized Emir Kual who performed with singer-songwriter Rozella; plus Joanna Quintin and Friends. Artist Deanna Maria Elizabeth also read some poetry and comedian Harjinder Kler kept the crowd roaring with laughter.


The event also saw international participants including back-by-popular-demand Rae Kissing Fire from the United States who entranced the crowd with a fire dance, and a very special performance by What a Hard Project, a creative duo that hails all the way from Spain and Argentina.

The main goal of the event was to give locals a platform and safe space to express themselves freely without any creative boundaries.  According to the organizers, the theme ‘Art Heals’ was chosen this time as they realized, it is an important message that rings deep and true to many people including themselves.

“We all know what it feels like to be down or ill and have limited option to turn to for help, but art uplifts us.  All art forms, from beading to painting and drumming to dancing, is a powerful tool to heal all aspects of us, and we would like to use art to support those who need them the most in the near future, but we first need to create awareness and raise funds for that. ” said Devi Kusardy Cox of TACKit. 

“And as artists especially, there are many barriers which make it a real challenge to create and produce artworks, be it financial, society’s perception and judgment or other personal matters, but when we stay true to our passion and focus on doing what we love, our art is always there to give us strength, pushing us forward.  ‘Art heals’ is an important message and having free community events like this, helps us spread the word.” added Rozella Mahjhrin of Contagious.

This is a non-profit community event and the organizers encourage people in the community to contribute in whatever way they can, so that they can sustain Eclectic Ecstatic and continue providing a platform for creative individuals to showcase their talent.


Sponsorships for Eclectic Ecstatic are mostly based on trade system.  Katie King of El Centro provided the space for free.  The Sabah naïve art group is giving 30% off profits from sale of artworks.  Charitable individuals like Borneo Magic Bead affiliated artist Saija Marit Wan from Sweden donated handmade bracelets for sale, and Dstaff partial sponsored the sound system.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ContagiousCreativeAgency or www.facebook.com/LetsTACKit.


Sponsored wardrobe: Checking out #AdidasNEO by #AdidasMY


Another great outing during the weekend with the girls and of course, AdidasNEO. Well, normally we will have food reviews together - too often! This time, we spent our time together hunting for the best outfit in AdidasNEO store at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. What’s next? Perhaps another shopping spree? *fingers crossed*

Reaching at the store about 1:00pm in the afternoon and first greeted by the friendly staffs at the store. Explaining why are we here and we started walking around hunting for what we want at the second minute. The bright AdidasNEO store somehow attracts shoppers attention as it is vibrant with cool music that urge you to shop more.

Look at the exterior and interior of the store. Neon lights, colourful male and female outfits, modern and stylish sneakers and wedges for the ladies, backpacks, accessories, and the list go on and on. For Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber fans, don’t forget to check out ‘what to wear’ for your favourite celebrities are currently wearing as they are the brand ambassador for AdidasNEO Label.

Want to know what did I do before the day came? I've checked on AdidasNEO online to hunt for the things that I wanted to grab! I hope you do what I did too so that you will not what to get first hand. Three of us were hunting left and right of the store and we have bought 3 bags each! Wait for the next up coming post to see what I have bought. Definitely, I love the material and the style.


Friday, 25 April 2014

Malam Cinta 2014 Fashion Show by ‘A-Sutra’

If I’m not mistaken, this is my first time experiencing a fashion show by A-Sutra, showcasing the modern Malay outfit that can be worn from day till night. The night is filled with LOVE as the name of the event is called the 'Malam Cinta'.

Walking into the event venue is like having a really romantic moment as the tables and the hall are decorated perfectly as if like we’re entering a wedding dinner. Just kidding! But seriously, it’s a pretty set up. First, there are drum performances which excites me the most. I love music and I do think that they should perform more in the events that we have in Kota Kinabalu. We need to bring the music scene OUT!


Here comes the fashion show. Well, last time I used to do runways and of course we have something to talk about – experience. Anyways, some of the dresses did catch my attention. I am always keen to try on something new and I do think that I should buy some of these dresses to attend government events (which I am expected to, sooner or later). So, better grab some before I really need it! I like the modern ones that the models were showing yesterday, especially the purple one. So chic and trendy!

Poor photos, I know. We were just using our phones! Well, the night ends well by having selfies with colleagues. Note on the venue: Nice lamp post for us to have another mileage on our individual camera shots! Thanks Sutera Harbour :)




Sunday, 20 April 2014

Spring/ Summer Collection 2014 by #ThomasSabo

And again, this is my second time joining the Thomas Sabo launching at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall! 

WHEEL OF KARMA
The central piece of the karma beads line is the stunningly-detailed ‘Wheel of karma’. It symbolises personal, inner balance and centres the wearer in line with the slogan of the collection – energy and joie de vivre. By the way: Karma originates from Sanskrit and means ‘action’ or ‘deed’. The ‘Wheel of Karma’ concentrates – as a magical pendant – all goodness inside. The Karma principle: ‘If one sows goodness, one will reap goodness’. THOMAS SABO Karma Beads – THOMAS SABO celebrates life.


To be honest, it was a hard time waiting for the time to pass. The launching starts at 3.30pm yesterday, and all I do was to hunt for charms or beads once I reached! And I saw my pretty mama, well, not my mother but she’s a friend of mine, standing near to the counter in the bright store as to hunt for her perfect charm. All of us are a little bit crazy with all this wonderful sparkling accessories! Trust me, when I say crazy, we are.

Upon registration, everyone were given a RM100 rebate voucher (applicable when you purchase RM300 and above). It’s been a while since I bought my last Aquamarine stone in the same Thomas Sabo at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. So, I told myself, “why not give a little reward to yourself Chloe?”, and all I did was flipping through their brochures, books, and asking for prices on the charms or beads that I am interested with. And guess what? There’s one I have put my eye on, but did not buy it. The ear cuff and earring with a dangling feather. OMG.

In the end, I bought a charm with three symbols, all made of different materials - rose gold, gold, and silver. It is a mix of a mighty cross, love, and a feather. I don’t know why it strikes me, but I know sometimes if you can’t stop thinking about it, that’s the one you need to own.
By the way,
What do you think of this ring? 

 .... wait, not so fast til the wedding bells!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

A blast at CITRARASA SABAH Food Festival 2014



First time ever held in Kota Kinabalu, the biggest food festival has finally come here! CITRARASA is another big branding in the whole of Malaysia but this year, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture has made up their mind to bring it to another level, which is to organised one of their biggest food festivals in Sabah. Petronas cooking competitions, drawing competition for kids, food and drinks exhibitions are all up including singing and movie screening at night!



Focus on our traditional native food such as the Hinava, Pinasakan, Pulut, Butod, and others, all are welcomed to try out each delicacies that have prepared by the locals from different ethnic. There are the Kadazan, Dusun, Murut, Rungus, and many more! Unique food such as the glutinous rice in pitcher plant is the first thing that I have spotted since the rest are known. 



To be frank, I am surprised that all who were in the traditional food section were wearing their beautiful cultural costume which portray each different ethnic from different districts. Well done to the Sabah Cultural Board in promoting and sharing our beautiful and colourful culture of Sabah.


Interesting right?
Well, I remember one of the press/ media asked me to introduce some of the food to the tourists that joined us for the dinner. So yes, I did. Haha. Plus, my friends are pulling me too.

This event will not be a successful one without the help of KK Food Fest. Ideas and layout plans by them are flawless. Our Sabah’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Seri Panglima Datuk Masidi Manjun and all distinguish guests have stayed throughout the night enjoying the opening of CITRARASA SABAH Food Festival 2014. In addition to that, I have to mention that DSP Masidi Manjun also encourages everyone to try out the Butod or sago worms on the stage!


Food for the night!

Will they be another CITRARASA SABAH Food Festival next year? We will just have to wait. In my opinion, this is an event that can surely promote Sabah cuisine and other cuisine that have extensively joins the food or hospitality industry in Sabah.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

19 Text Messages You Get While Dating

.... And What They Really Mean


Repost from CHELSEA FAGANHTTP://THOUGHTCATALOG.COM/

1. “hey”: 
“I’m trying to be as casual as possible, so casual that I can’t even be bothered to put a capital letter on my word (although the phone automatically capitalizes, so I had to go out of my way to look casual).”


2. “hi”: 
“Something is terribly wrong.”


3. “heyyyyy”: 
“I’m drunk, and am either about to say something too emotional or send you a blurry picture of me naked.”


4. “I’m actually really focused on work right now”: 
“There is no good way to say that this is not going well, so I’m just going to pretend to be suddenly really interested in my job.”


5. “;)”: 
“Too DTF to function.”


6. “Having trouble finding the place?”: 
“You’re late and I am fantasizing about throwing a glass of water in your face when you arrive.”


7. “Heyyyy, I’m SO sorry I can’t make it tonight — work was totally crazy and I’m staying late. Is there any way we could raincheck that drink?”: 
“I know we haven’t actually met yet, but the potential dangers of dating a random who hit me up on the internet are just dawning on me. I need another night to go reconsider your profile in-depth and try to find your Facebook.”


8. “k.”: 
“You’ve actually done something to piss me off in the past few days but we’re not close enough that we can discuss this without having Our First Fight so I’m just going to be passive aggressive until you drop it.”


9. “There’s actually this really cute cocktail bar near my place.”:
“I’m into you, but I’m not go across the city into you. I want to be exactly 200 feet from my apartment if I have to make a quick exit.”


10. “I can’t stop thinking about last night ;).”: 
“It’s 11:30 AM and I am bored at work so I’m trying to lowkey initiate sexting.”


11. “Good morning, beautiful.”: 
“We have been dating for precisely 5.5 weeks, time to break out the big guns.”


12. “I had such an amazing time tonight. You are really great.”: 
“I am WAY too shy to say these things to your face, so I prefer texting them to you 30 seconds after we part ways.”


13. “I think I’m just gonna stay in tonight.”: 
“I look like a hot, hot mess and don’t have time to go home and change, so you’re not getting anywhere near me tonight.”


14. “I should be there in 15!”: 
“I just left, will be there in 30 minutes, but now I only have to apologize for being 15 minutes late and therefore seem like less of an ass.”


15. “Your roommate seems really nice.”: 
But next time I would like him to not be moving in and out of the living room while we’re trying to cuddle in front of a movie.”


16. “Yeah my day was ok. Work kinda sucked but now I’m watching Netflix, so no biggie”: 
“ASK ME WHY WORK SUCKED”


17. “You know you’re gorgeous.”:
“I want to give you a compliment, but also don’t want to seem too pressed, so I’m gonna take the casual, sexy, roundabout road to the compliment.”


18. “Talk to you tomorrow :)”: 
“I want my goddamn ‘good morning, beautiful’ text message.”


19. “K, bye.”: 
Ya dun goofed.”



Friday, 11 April 2014

SHAREDA Property Hunter Expo Returns to Sandakan on 11 to 13 April

The flagship SHAREDA Property Hunter Expo (SHAREDA PH Expo) returns to Sandakan for the second year. This event will be held from 11 to 13 April 2014 (10:00am to 8:00pm) at the Yu Yuan Secondary School Function Hall.

This free-to-attend exhibition is jointly organized by the Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (SHAREDA) and renowned property exhibition organizer Maxx Media (S) Sdn Bhd. It will  feature over 56 booths consisting of both local and international developers, property agents and banks.

The opening ceremony was graced by YB Datuk Au Kam Wah ADUN N45 ELOPURA. In his welcoming speech he said that the SHAREDA PH Expo will unite property developers, investors and home buyers under one roof to cater to the ever growing need and demand in property especially affordable homes. He said, “Since the Eighth Malaysia Plan, the government has spent RM5.46 billion to build affordable homes for the people. In order for the plan to materialize, there will be an implementation in the next five years based on several housing schemes, including the MyHome, PPR for civil servants and those on the low and moderate income brackets.”

“I would like to encourage more local developers to commit to building affordable homes as a means of fulfilling its corporate social responsibility rather than profit motivated, despite marketing risk being a constant issue in such projects,” he added. Over 20 developers and property agents will be showcasing more than 30 of the most anticipated projects from the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Top developers that will be highlighting properties in Malaysia include the Mah Sing Group, Hap Seng Properties Development, IOI Properties Berhad, Reapfield Properties, Kuala Lumpur Metro Group, Bandar Utama Development, Selangor Dredging Berhad (Properties) and many more.

Sabahan developers include Wah Mie Group, Remajaya, Grand Merdeka Development, Sara Timur Realty and others. Plus, first time participant Jalin Realty will be featuring Zone 1 to Zone 6 apartments and student accommodations in the UK, plus apartments and landed homes in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia.

According to Maxx Media Director Michael Hiew, “We feel very honoured to be able to work with SHAREDA again on this exhibition. It is our vision to bring a variety of quality property projects from both local and overseas to the people of Sandakan. As seen in our earlier expo in KK, we believe that the demand for quality properties is still high for both home buyers and investors, which is why we are selective in bringing our exhibitors to ensure we meet the buyers' expectation."

To further create awareness about the current property market scene, free copies of the Property Hunter magazine will be given away. Plus, visitors will also have a chance to enter the Visit and Win contest sponsored by Acer Malaysia. Three lucky winners will walk away with an Ace Smartphone each.

Buyers who make purchases during the three-day event will be able to redeem vouchers from Louis Pang Studio worth RM800, for properties under RM500,000 and RM1080, for properties above RM500,000). The SHAREDA PH Expo is an annual Business-to-Consumer (B2C) event that aims to bring investors and home buyers to property developers with the ever growing demand in premium property. For more information, visit www.propertyhunter.com.my.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Sponsored wardrobe: #AdidasNEO by #AdidasMY

Sometimes we have to admit that we are lucky. Just sometimes. AND

This weekend, I will be spending sometime with the beautiful people in my life - friends and family. A few of us were chosen to shop at AdidasNEO store in Kota Kinabalu (Suria Sabah Shopping Mall or One Borneo Hypermall) for the first time! Looking forward to the sponsored shopping spree and a big THANK YOU to Adidas Malaysia for sponsoring; giving us a chance to be your "temporary ambassador. :D

Have you ever seen the RM1000 voucher? It’s going to be ours this weekend!