It’s been one year

It’s been one year since my first running race event – Nike City 10K We Run KL 10-10-10.

It was all begun at early of September 2010, my colleague Keong was asking me whether I was interested joining a race organized by Nike (It was actually organized by HiVelocity), without any doubt, I told him YES. I was working too hard last few years and didn’t really spending time on exercise, and I’ve planned to do some jogging at that moment. After signing up for the race at September 9th, 2010, I started my training by running around my neighborhood with my old badminton shoes. At first I couldn’t even run more than 5 minutes (I think not more than 1KM). Everything is difficult at the beginning, I understood that since long time ago, so I just keep on training day by day, hope to complete 10KM race that coming in not more than 1 month. Slowly I could run for 10 minutes non stop, 20 minutes non stop and finally 25 minutes non stop. So I completed my first 10KM race, at 1 hour 8 minutes 8 seconds, and what I got was a plastic toy XD

However, it was a very good start, since then I was addicted with running. I keep on training to make myself run farther and faster. Things get organized after I was given an iPhone 4 by my wife as anniversary gift. I installed App like Nike+ GPS and RunMeter to keep track my progress of trainings. At the same time, my college buddy Michelle Looi has invited me to train with her and introduced her Sifu Tony Quay to me. Tony is a very patient and friendly person, I’ve learnt a lot from him and got improved fast.

Everything was going on smooth until I got injured during Malakoff 12KM run at December 2010. My knees hurt bad and I need to get pain killer injection with 1 day off from work.

I’ve stopped from running for a while, resting my knees while seeking for solutions to let me continue running. I’ve bought myself a pair of Asics Nimbus 12 after getting bonus at beginning of 2011, hoping the thick shoe soles could minimize the impact rush to my knees. However it wasn’t work, my knee pain still struck back once a while. Then I came across a book called “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. It mentions about minimalism running, so I decided to give barefoot run a try at end of February, and worked well for my knee (but did very bad for my foot sole with painful blisters). With the forefoot landing experience I gained from barefoot run, I survived my first half marathon at Bareno Run around March 2011, on Asics Nimbus 12. But I felt Asics just too heavy for forefoot landing, so I decided to get myself a pair of Vibram FiveFingers, as mentioned in the book “Born to Run”.

Introduced by Michelle Looi, I’ve got my first pair of Vibram FiveFingers KSO from Crossroads Online, one of the few US online stores that ship to Malaysia. However my first pair of VFF KSO was too small for my feet, after consideration, I decided to get another pair of bigger size VFF KSO. It was delivered one day before the Jogathon Warisan, and I had good run with it. My knee pain problem had been eliminated since then.

With continuous running and training, I have transformed from unable to run more than 5 minutes until now I could run 20KM LSD at least twice a month, running not only brings me healthy body, low heart rate and stronger feet, but also precious friendships. Runners are friendly, everyone could make friends easily in race events, and I have been making new friends from various events.

Coming years, I have no concreate plan what will I heading, I am not a good planning person and never plan to be one, just like I never planned to pick up running 1 year plus before. I might continue running and conquering marathons and even ultramarathons, or I might pick up swimming and start training for triathlon, or I might quit running and dive into futsal that I just picked up recently, let’s see 🙂

Little statistic:
Total milage recorded in 1 year: 680KM++
10KM best time: 51 min 45 sec (Siemens Run 2011)
21KM best time: 2 Hour 0 min 32 sec (Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2011)

Tattoo Before 30 Years Old

3 days before my 30th birthday, I went to have my second tattoo that I always wanted to do. It was 4 years after my first tattoo. This time I did a Polynesian tattoo at my left leg. Rachel and I planned to do it at same day however my tattoo was too complicated and have to spent 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete it, Rachel’s tattoo session had to reschedule to December 18, 2009.
Once again we went to Borneo Ink, had Eddie to do the tattoo. We have booked this session 3 months before due to long queue in Borneo Ink. I shown Eddie this image and told him I want a simple Polynesian tattoo. He then started to design the new tattoo by drawing it on my leg using a marker pen.
After completed sketching the outline, the real tattoo process started at 4pm. It ended at 6:45pm with great pain on my leg, but it’s worth it, I like it very much.
Here are the photos taken by Rachel, and edited by her too.
Tattoo in progress
Borneo Ink

More photos here.

Setup virtual directory on Apache in Windows XP

Years ago, I developed PHP in Windows using IIS (Internet Information Services) as web server. I had no problem to setup virtual directories under IIS because I could just right click the web server and click Add Virtual Directory.

However now I am using Apache in Windows XP, I need to configure the virtual directory manually by editing httpd.conf file. The reason why I want to setup virtual directories is because I want to concentrate my projects code in drive D:\ instead of C:\inetpub\wwwroot\ or C:\xampp\.

After searching Google and read few websites, I have my answer on how to configure virtual directories, here is code to be added in to my httpd.conf file:

Alias /krova "D:\projects\krova"

<Directory "D:\projects\krova">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
order allow,deny
allow from all

After restarted my Apache server, and pointed my browser to http://localhost/krova/, it works!

Visit to SPCA

This is a repost entry, don’t know what happened this post was gone. May be had problem in the database and the web hosting company restored old version of data. So here I post again. 

Today (6th Sept) after lunch we went to SPCA Selangor which is near with our house. We went to dog section to visit the dogs in there. Han Ler was excited with the visit. I am not sure is it because Han Ler bornt at dog’s year, he likes dogs very much. We have visited the dogs area, there were a lot of dogs wandering in that little area, and also many other dogs and puppies in the cage.

We didn’t adopt any dogs, because working hour of Rachel and I are too long and we worry don’t have enough time to take this responsibility. Perhaps will consider to adopt one when Han Ler is big enough to take care a dog.

Han Ler and Rachel in SPCA Selangor

Dogs in SPCA Selangor

Happy birthday, naughty boy

Happy birthday Han Ler

Time flies, now you are 3 years old. I don’t mind you are naughty, as long as you are healthy and happy, as how we named you.

Happy birthday.