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OK, here’s what you have to do if you haven’t read the previous post about Axiata Up Your Game contest that I wrote a little while ago.

  • Make a video that’s related to badminton, showcase your passion for badminton!
  • Submit it at www.AxiataCup.tv
  • a chance to win up to RM 5,000 and an exclusive VIP experience to attend the semi-final and finals of Axiata Cup KL.

Here is my submission, what do you think about that? It’s a short video less than 30 seconds of me playing badminton with my favorite player of all time – myself!

Contest starts from 8 February with submission closing by the 25th of March 2013. It is certainly not too late to come up with a video of your own and participate in this. Mine took just slightly over an hour to complete, if I win the grand prize, I think I’ll be buying myself an upgraded racquet 😀

For Indonesian readers: the prize includes return flights from Jakarta, Indonesia to Kuala Lumpur for two (2) people and gifts from Axiata and sponsors of Axiata Cup 2013 too.

Again, the prizes are (each comes with the VIP treatment):

  • Gold with cash prize of RM 5,000
  • Silver with cash prize of RM 3,000
  • Bronze with cash prize of RM 1,500

Here’s the more detailed instruction on how to join:

Remember, don’t miss this chance, and lets go there to support our Malaysian players too!

Do visit Axiata Cup Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/AxiataCup and Twitter fan page @AxiataCup to check out more activities line up for the Axiata Cup 2013

Up Your Game!

March 8, 2013 6 Comments

Axiata Cup is back! If you have been snoozing all these while, you’d know that this is the richest badminton championship in the world that showcases top talents from various countries.

Being a badminton fan myself, I think this is a positive development and certainly benefits our most beloved national sports. The cup offers USD $ 1,000,000 to the champion, and if I only started a bit younger… (after all Datuk Lee Chong Wei came from the same state as I do.. so.. )

While I (and many of you) might only be able to play badminton recreationally every week and stands no chance in winning that million buck prize money, there is something that we can still participate – Axiata Cup 2013’s “Up Your Game” Challenge!

What you do is very straight forward, simply showcase your passion for the game and upload a video and the most creative showmanship wins.

Check out my very short video below:

Pretty… unique and sweet isn’t it?

Well, it can basically be anything badminton related, with or without displaying skills. You can play badminton in the dark, smash the shuttle cock into the toilet bowl from 20 feet away, anything. Examples can be found on www.AxiataCup.tv. (this is also where you submit)

So put on your creative hat and start thinking, there are three winners in this contest.

  • Gold with cash prize of RM 5,000
  • Silver with cash prize of RM 3,000
  • Bronze with cash prize of RM 1,500

All three winners also exclusive VIP experience to attend the semi-final and finals of the event held in Kuala Lumpur on the 13th and 14th of April, 2013, (Good news for Indonesian readers: this Prize includes return flights from Jakarta, Indonesia to Kuala Lumpur for two (2) people for Indonesian winner!) and gifts from Axiata and sponsors of Axiata Cup 2013!

All submissions will be shortlisted and fans will get to vote for their favorite videos. And the video with highest voting points will be declared as the winner on the 9th of April 2013.

This contest opens from 18 February with submission closing by the 25th of March 2013. Upload your video at www.AxiataCup.tv!

Do visit Axiata Cup Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/AxiataCup and Twitter fan page @AxiataCup to check out more activities line up for the Axiata Cup 2013

One of my waist line management activities is also the number one sports of the country – badminton. I’ve been playing it with the same group of dudes since about 5-6 years ago. We always collect a little bit more than is needed to pay for the shuttlecocks and court, then use extra money for a feast every so often.

The trip to Restaurant Triple Round at Bukit Beruntung, however, was not from those extra money. This trip was made possible by one of our members’ generosity. Chi decided to buy everyone a meal out of the mere joy of sharing, so thank you boss!

Restuarant Triple Round at Bukit Beruntung, fresh seafood
Restuarant Triple Round at Bukit Beruntung, fresh seafood

Though the restaurant is located at the god forsaken place that is Bukit Beruntung (the exit North of Rawang on the North South Highway), getting there proved to be pretty simple. A couple right turns after the highway gets you there. Without crazy Friday evening traffic, a drive to Bukit Beruntung from PJ/KL shouldn’t take more than 35 minutes or so.

The restaurant is a glorified kopitiam with air conditioned as well as normal fan-cooled dining area. Since no one was going to smoke in between meals, we opted for the climate controlled option.

vegetable curry, vitamin c, chef's special tofu with minced pork
vegetable curry, vitamin c, chef’s special tofu with minced pork

We had the typical Chinese style dinner, with steamed rice to go with these dishes.

First to came were the vegetable curry, a couple dishes of fried vegetables, and chef’s special tofu with minced pork. Though lacking any seafood, poultry, or meat, the vegetarian curry was rich and flavorful, not quite as strong as those good Indian curry, but plenty good from a Chinese restaurant.

The tofu with minced pork was delightful – silky smooth tofu with thick sauce and the contrasting texture from minced meat. Highly recommended.

Siamese style tilapia, more vegetable, German style pork knuckle
Siamese style tilapia, more vegetable, German style pork knuckle

A couple richer tasting dishes came next. The Siamese style tilapia is your typical deep fried fish with richly flavored sauce poured over. They executed this perfectly, the sauce a mixture of sweet, sour, and spicy taste that has a hint of Vietnamese influence thanks to the use of basil leaves. I like it, and you should try the chili padi if your system tolerates spicy food.

German pork knuckle is a dish that is making in-roads at local Chinese restaurants (such as New Paris, SS2), the version here is one of the finer specimen I’ve tasted. Crispy on the outside, but steaming hot and soft on the inside, the skin is also seasoned to perfection.

pork ribs with orgasmic sauce, chicken wings, seafood tofu
pork ribs with orgasmic sauce, chicken wings, seafood tofu

After the two heavy dishes, we were served 3 others that were anything but light.

The pork ribs covered in a creamy peppery mushroom sauce was super delicious. The dish also came with some deep fried mantao so that you never waste a drop of those delicious sauce. The pork was tender, succulent, and the sauce absolutely stunning, it became our favorite dish.

We also tried two types of chicken wings here – one with Guinness and the other Marmite. They were again, rich, heavy, and goes extremely well with some whisky (which we brought with us along, I don’t think corkage was charged)

Last but not least, we also had two types of seafood tofu served. One to be enjoyed with Thai chili sauce, and the other covered with a sort of sauce that is not entirely unlike cake icing, but strangely it worked very well too. The home made seafood tofu tastes like a happy marriage between tofu and fish cake, they were very delicious.

these are my badminton kaki, I'm the second youngest in the pics :D
these are my badminton kaki, I’m the second youngest in the pics 😀

The bill came to about RM 290 for the 11 of us, which translate to about RM 26 per person, practically a steal for what we had that night. The individual dishes were all very good, but I thought it would be better if we balance them with some lighter tasting dishes in between, like soup instead of curry, and perhaps a dish or two that is prepared by steaming.

If you’re willing to drive a bit for good food on the cheap, Restaurant Triple round is definitely a place to check out.

map to restaurant Triple Round at Bukit Beruntung

Address:
Restaurant Triple Round
No.1, Jalan Melati 2B,
Bandar Bukit Beruntung,
48300 Bukit Beruntung, Selangor
GPS: 3.40614, 101.55628
Tel: 012-380 1162

Today, lets talk about moving your body.

In this post, I will once and for all show that you too can eat (almost) all you want and live a life without being overweight. Something that I practice almost religiously these days.

I have to admit, I did not used to be like this. While my late dad was a very active person who swam & run on an almost daily basis, I was your average slob who would change the TV channel with my feet just to not move away from the couch (the remote broke).

my current weight
my current weight – 59.8 KG, at 5’5

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized this wasn’t the right way to live, I wanted to be active and stay healthy, so I found a few sports I love doing, and have been staying active pretty much since.

Here are a few tips for you to get started on an active life style:

badminton shoes

1. Find the activity you enjoy

While my late dad enjoyed jogging and swimming, they weren’t my favorite sports. After a bit of searching, I settled on futsal, badminton, and mountain biking. Futsal and badminton were fun cos they are group activities, and I found mountain biking more enjoyable than jogging due to the faster pace (see more things in the process) and that it is usually less hot with the wind blowing in your face.

2. Find activities you can do despite the weather

With mountain biking and jogging, you are at the mercy of the weather, but since futsal and badminton are indoor activities, there isn’t any such problem. You want to have at least one activity that can be done all year long. It can be gym, futsal, basketball, badminton, or even running on treadmill.

You don’t want a couple weeks of bad weather for you to lose your momentum.

KY futsal thursday

3. Participate in team sports or find partner(s)

Individual sports offer flexibilities on schedules, but at the same time it also allows the less determined individuals to easily skip the routine. With team sports, you not only foster extra friendship with people you play with, but there is a certain expectation to be there and at least make the number every week. This in turn indirectly forces you to work out, brilliant isn’t it?

A partner to go to the gym or jog together works wonder too.

endomondo screen shot

4. Use an application to track your progress

If you are a smart phone user, there are a number of sports tracking applications available for your usage, and most of them are free too. These applications helps track your progress via manual entry and even utilizing the phone’s GPS to track your biking/running trail. I use Endomondo on my phone and keeps track of every workout I do.

Since mid of June (when I started using Endomondo) till mid December, I’ve registered 77 workouts and spent some 35,000 calories. That’s equivalent to some 64 burgers consumed. 😀

 5. Make it your New Year resolution

With 2012 just around the corner, make a new year resolution that counts and stick to it. Your body will thank you.

Good luck and stay fit (or start changing that A between F & T to an I).

P/S: Do tune into 1 Sihat Malaysia to get more health tips on eating habits and healthy living. The program is hosted by Fahrin Ahmad and features stories from the local celebrities. Head to gayahidupsihat.my for more, this post is brought to you by Ministry of Health.

Some of you might know that I play sports on a fairly regular basis. It all started from badminton, with my Monday evening group being the longest lasting session that has been going on for at least two years now. We always collect extra money each month, and every few month the pool is used for a feast. After all, that is why we exercise, right?

Pantai Seafood at Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, PJ
seafood, glorious seafood!

One of our regulars (who was also an ex colleague) was leaving the country last month, so it was a perfect excuse for the group to indulge ourselves in the farewell dinner.

The destination: Pantai Seafood at Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara.

I’ve heard much about this place, and even tried to go there once (but it was full.) The choices of live and swimming seafood is astounding, the number of aquariums is no less than the seafood restaurant I went to at Kota Kinabalu a couple years back. Huge grouper, abalone, lobster, geoduck, mantis prawn, and all sorts of shell fish swimming helplessly begging our mercy for a swift and delicious death.

oyster and geoduck at Pantai Seafood
huge live oysters, and geoduck sashimi

Anyway, for the 11 of us, we ordered a Mexican Geoduck set dinner that includes live oyster, geoduck sashimi, steamed fish (barramundi/siakap), boiled prawn, butter chicken, vegetable (lotus root), fried rice, and dessert (sea coconut). We also added sweet & sour crab and salted egg crab, as well as a big plate of noodle to fill us up.

The 10 oysters were really huge and juicy, reminded me of those I had at Kensington, Seremban. You know, the sort of seafood juiciness that is at the same time, void of any unpleasant smell.

It was also my first time having Geoduck, that unsightly shell fish that is similar to a baby elephant’s wiener, and it was very good! The meat is cut in little sashimi slices, wasabi is provided if you prefer to have it raw. Boiling chicken soup too if you want to have it slightly cooked. It was very sweet, something similar to scallop but even sweeter, the texture slightly chewy but similar to cartilage. I love it!

prawn and fish at Pantai Seafood
steamed siakap, boiled prawns, butter chicken, lotus root

The other dishes were a bit smallish in size if you were to actually feed 10 without having to order additional food. The steamed fish and prawns were obviously very fresh and tasted very good as well. Butter chicken didn’t disappoint either, if not a little unhealthy. Lotus root too, provided a refreshing change of taste from all the seafood and meat taste.

fried rice and crab Pantai Seafood
fried rice, crab with buns

The crab dishes we ordered were pretty good too. Salted egg crab is always one of my favorites, with the richness of salted egg yolk enveloping the shells, you can almost feel the cholesterol building up your arteries as you lick the goodness off that unfortunate crustacean. I love it.

The man tao (bun) goes very well with the sauce from the other crab dish as well. Sweet and slightly spicy crab sauce with the deep fried bun might seems like an unlikely combination, but any seafood lover (especially Chinese) agree to the awesomeness of it.

badminton gang at Pantai Seafood
the noodle, dessert, and the gang

After all those goodness, we stuffed ourselves with fried rice and yee mee (noodle) with xo sauce. The fried rice was pretty ordinary and the noodle slightly disappointing with the amount of toppings rather limited. However, I’d still rate it a very good meal over all, I still can’t forget that geoduck experience.

map to Pantai Seafood at Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, PJ

The set was RM 398++, with the crab, bun, noodle, and tea, everything came up to RM 571 for 11 of us. A pretty decent value considering the variety we had. I believe I would return for more.

Address:
Lot 13575, Jalan Chempaka PJU 6A,
Kg. Sg. Kayu Ara, 47400 PJ
Selangor

GPS: 3.125756, 101.609126
Tel: 03-7725 5099