Calling all iron fists and Muay Thai fans, Elite Boxing has finally made it to Malaysia! After successfully bringing in high profile Muay Thai events (Thailand vs Challenger Series) to Dubai, Thailand, Russia and Germany in the last 3 years, Elite Boxing has chosen MALAYSIA for the country's BIGGEST Muay Thai event yet.
I'm thrilled to share that I will be co-hosting 'Thailand Vs. Asia - The Best of Malaysia' with Elite Boxing's brand ambassador and local actress, Diana Danielle. The red carpet event will be held next Tuesday, 9 October 2012, at Sunway Pyramid Convention Center starting at 7pm.
We just held a press conference at Butter Factory last week where we announced that local fashion designer, Amir Luqman, will be designing batik style dresses for the event. So it's not just about watching who gets beat down and who will triumph, there will also be live red carpet interviews and a fashion show! An official after-party is in order after the match at Butter Factory KL and I hear we're even gonna have an 'Elite Boxing Ring Girl' Contest...
4 more days to go!
See ya there!
I'm blessed! I've always been an adidas girl for as long as I've done sports so I was thrilled to hear that they wanted me to be a part of their new women's campaign. In line with their new Spring/Summer 2012 Sport & Style collection, the campaign is inspired by next generation athletes who embody the adidas brand anthem ‘adidas is all in’. Now I don't know about you, but when I put on my adidas, I feel like I'm ready to take on any challenge! That's exactly what this campaign is about - it's for women who dare.
So a few weeks ago, I did a video shoot with adidas. The video was released 2 weeks later at the media event held at Teeq & Rootz in Kuala Lumpur. Here it is...
Absolutely LOVED the campaign photos too!
Some outtakes from the shoot...
The media event was hosted by Hansen Lee and the show kicked off with this group of fitness instructors who definitely HAD THE MOVES!
Thank you for all the support and the love on my blog. I never expected that it would take me this far and I'm so grateful to YOU, my readers! YOU keep me going and this blog rolling. I'm pleased to share that I'm currently taking a personal training course with ACE Fitness (about time!) as I realized that THIS is what I really want to get into. So here's to another chapter in my fitness journey... Carpe diem!
As mentioned in my previous post, rock-climbing is one the most calorie-consuming workouts out there that builds up strength and agility. It’s a very popular sport amongst students who take it up as an extra-curricular actitivy in school and some even started training at the age of 14!
The event was organized by newcomers into the sporting events scene, ZENERGY Sports, who aim to bring non-mainstream sports to the fore through fun, exciting and unique events such as Boulder Craze.
(Read more about Climbing Holds.)
Winning the Men’s category was 29 year-old Malaysian climber, Hafzanizam Bukhary. With ten years of climbing experience under his belt, he gained massive support from the crowd that night as he navigated the paths that other contestants found impossible.
The Women’s category was won by 23-year-old Singaporean Xu Liting, who started climbing at the age of 14 but only began training hard at the sport since 2009. She has won a number of climbing events in the last two years, including emerging as the Lead Climbing champion in the Putrajaya Challenge Park Extreme Games in December 2010 and taking 1st place in Bouldering during Climb On 2010 in Singapore.
Congratulations to the both of them!
To get updates on upcoming sports events like this, check out the ZENERGY Facebook page and hit 'Like' to get the latest news in your feed.
I would love to hear from you. Feel free to suggest others!
A challenging, all-over body workout demanding coordination, endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance, rock climbing is one of the most calorie-consuming fitness exercises out there.
8 Exercises That Burn the Most Calories
1. Cycling - between 850 - 570 calories burned per hour
2. Running - about 850 calories burned per hour (8-minute mile)
3. Jumping Rope - between 680 - 815 calories burned per hour
4. Boxing - between 615 - 815 calories burned per hour
5. Rowing - between 580 - 650 calories burned per hour
6. Swimming - between 545 - 680 calories burned per hour
7. Rock Climbing - between 540 - 750 calories burned per hour
8. Rugby - between 681 - 715 calories burned per hour
Rock climbing is a great exercise because it targets muscles in the arms, chest, back, and even the legs. This makes it a great exercise for people who don't have a whole lot of time. They can get a total body exercise in with only one type of workout!
I finally got the chance to try it out myself recently! Took up a 4-hour beginner's class where I learned all the necessary safety skills for indoor rock climbing.
Speaking of rock climbing, the first climbing showcase event in Malaysia will take place during the ZENERGY BOULDER Craze 2011. It will be held this Saturday, 24th September 2011, at theCURVE Shopping Mall at Mutiara Damansara between 11am to 11pm.
The main event features 24 (12 Men & 12 Women) of the best climbing athletes in the region perform a climbing showcase. Participants include athletes from Singapore, Thailand, Phillipines, Hong Kong & Malaysia. Other event highlights include a fashion walk event, a Capoeira demonstration by Bantus Capoeira Malaysia plus an Acro-Yoga demonstration by Inspired Yoga Studio.
For more info, check out the ZENERGY Boulder Craze 2011 event page on Facebook. Worth checking out if you're thinking about trying out rock climbing or if you already are a climber! See you there!
June 29, 2011 - Much to my delight, I was invited to attend the press conference and official launch event of a new sports brand, Thwack, held at the Fairmont in Singapore. Thwack is supported and started up by One Sports, a part of India-based company, One Group.
Xiong Guobao is a former elite level badminton player from China who won numerous international singles titles in the late 1980s. With support from One Sports, Coach Guobao designed a unique badminton racket to help enable a player to improve his or her game.
After 20 years of his athletic career as a player and a coach, Guobao found that the most important factor in playing the game is the grip. Hence, he's crafted a patented design for the Thwack badminton rackets that comes with a unique embedded fingerprint to improve the technique of the player.
Regardless of a professional athlete or an amateur, the grip is the most important aspect of the game. To master different stokes, it is important to master the proper grip. The Thwack badminton racket is aimed to guide both new and experienced players the right way of handling the racket and consequently improving their techniques.
Besides badminton rackets, Thwack is also developing tennis and squash rackets which is due to be launched later in year.
Another unique product unveiled at the launch was the Thwack Humanoid. This product is another revolutionary exercise equipment designed on the principles of the Chinese martial art, Wushu.
Zig Zach was brought in to do a demo at the press conference. He is a professional Singaporean junior middleweight kickboxer better known for his Muay Thai fighting skills as a contestant on the international hit reality TV series, The Contender Asia.
The Humanoid is made of a combination of PU, natural rubber and steel with suction technology that maintains its stability.
It’s perfect for practicing on your own, compared to the punching bag - which swings around a lot unless you have a training partner to hold it in position for you. It also features human body parts which gives you a better target spot to aim at when you practice your kicks and punches.
A dinner boxing event, hosted by Allan Wu, was held later in the evening in the glitzy Padang ballroom at the Fairmont hotel.
The night kicked off with Muay Thai fighters performing a traditional ritual which precedes all contests an training. Then, there was the celebratory toast to officially launch Thwack.
Clyde Petres (a European kickboxer and personal trainer) came all the way from Netherlands to attend the Thwack event. He owns his own gym where he's tried and tested the Thwack Humanoid and practices kickboxing with it regularly. He had successfully battled cancer and is continuing his passion for kickboxing which makes his story truly commendable.
Clyde had a go with the Thwack Humanoid in his suit, a la James Bond! This just goes to show that the Thwack Humanoid is not just ideal for gyms but also in corporate offices. Don’t you ever feel like punching the wall to relieve stress at work sometimes?
I was pleasantly surprised to see DJ Eva T who I've found out spins at New Asia Bar every Wednesdays. She flies down from KL every Tuesday/Wednesday to spin. KL represent! With such an amazing view and great company, it was the perfect way to end the night.
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June 30, 2011 - The following day started early for me with my usual morning call with JJ & Ean on hitz.fm. Then, it was time for me to get my workout of the day.
A bus was arranged to bring guests and members of the media to Sengkang Sports & Recreation Center at Anchorvale Community Club for the badminton training clinic.
I learned a lot from the training clinic and found myself liking the sport even more!
Coach Guobao did a demo to show the correct technique of gripping the racket and positioning of the leg movement with each shot.
To complement the marquee products, Thwack also launched accessories like shuttle cocks, tennis balls, punch mitts and gloves, along with a range of stylized kit bags.
Thwack plans to continue conducting the badminton clinics across the globe in the next few months. In fact, badminton academies in India, Holland and Malaysia have invited Thwack to conduct the training clinics in August and September this year.
Thwack products will be available worldwide simultaneously through local distributors by the end of July and is definitely a brand worth looking out for.
My first involvement in a marathon. Just 10km this year! Hopefully next year I'll be able to do a half-marathon, and then a full 42km marathon and who knows, train for a triathlon?
Either way, this is quite a self-achievement for me although I wished I had a better time. I did it in 1 hour 17 minutes, which was what I had predicted considering the fact that I usually cover 5km in 40 minutes. Not the best time in a world but hey, I'm still new to this running thing...
I wished I had better training to build up my stamina but I didn't get a lot of chance to run outdoors and running on the treadmill just isn't the same. That might've sounded like an excuse but seriously, if I lived right by Desa Park City, I'd be more likely to run outside everyday.
It took a lot of mental strength not to slow down and walk when my legs started to feel tired. Jogging at a slower pace beats walking. It also helps to have over 10,000 other people running next to you. Why would you slow down, right? Keep up!
Note to self:
NO MEAT NEXT TIME.
I also learned that eating meat (especially beef) or spicy food the night before is a terrible idea. I had a Mexican beef burger for dinner the night before the race and it didn't sit too nicely in the morning.
As you know, meat takes longer to digest.
Carbohydrates come first and the easiest to digest, while meats and fats take the longest to clear on our digestive system. Meat may stay in the intestines for 24-72 hours! Likewise, red meat in particular takes 1-3 days to complete the digestion process because of fat content and high protein.
Even the quick digesting foods have to wait until the slowest digesting food like meat leave the stomach.
Hence, the best idea is to avoid meat and eat more complex carbs like oat bran, brown rice, whole grain bread, fruits and vegetables at least 1 to 3 days before your race.
My stomach felt really uncomfortable (like I had stitches attacking me at every corner of my gut) and this felt even more uncomfortable when I had breakfast after the race.
Been feeling bloated for over a day now... Better load up on some fiber!
I hosted 2 Hennessy Artistry events last April (on April 28th & 30th) in Penang and KL. It was my first time in Penang and I have to say, they sure love a party. KL was welcoming as usual, everyone was amped.
To be invited to these exclusive Hennessy Artistry events, hit 'Like' on the Hennessy Artistry Malaysia Facebook fanpage and look out for an update on the next event!
Johnnie Walker Malaysia celebrated this year's F1 season by throwing an exclusive black carpet event on April 9th, 2011, at Le Marquee, outside the Palace of The Golden Horses. Many would agree that it has got to be one of the hottest parties in Kuala Lumpur not only because both local & international celebrities come to grace the special event, all JW fans get nothing less than V-VIP treatment.
If you're lucky, you may have caught a coverage of the event on E! News Asia. Dominique Lau was there to be the fashion police! Watch the official video of the party by Johnnie Walker here:
A couple of new tunes to add to your gym playlist brought to you by the DJs who rocked the dance floor that night:
Black Circuit Lounge is something to look forward to every year because that's when ALL my friends from all over the globe come to visit to attend the event. That's how big it is! And I miss those guys. God knows how long I'll be in Asia for...
To be invited to exclusive events by Johnnie Walker Malaysia, join their Facebook page and look out for their online contests.
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Interested in renting a dress but afraid you might ruin it due to unforeseen circumstances?
When you rent from Dress Sense, you first have to pay the full purchase price, which works like a deposit. After the two weeks’ rental, if you decide that you love the dress too much to return it, you can simply give them a call and keep the dress without having to make another trip down. However, if you want to return the rented item, all you have to do is to bring the item back in good order and you will get a refund (price of the difference between the purchase and the rental price) via the credit card that you made payment with, so there would be no cash involved.
In damage cases, Dress Sense hold the refund while their tailors and laundromat review how serious the damage is.
There are generally 3 levels of damages:
1. If the dress can be brought back to good condition via alteration or laundering, they will retain the respective alteration or laundry fee from your deposit and refund the rest as per normal.
2. If the damages cannot be made right with the above but can still be put back on the selling floor at a discounted rate, they will retain 15% of the dress’s purchase price as a penalty fee to make up for the discount and refund the rest as per normal.
3. If the damages are too serious for the dress to be saved, the dress will be considered sold and no refund will be made.
In all three cases, no additional transaction will be required on the customer’s part. Dress Sense makes all the transactions it easy and convenient.
I have to say, after using their rental service more than twice, you can testify that their dresses are extremely well-made and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to return them well! Check out Dress Sense on Facebook.
Charles designed the money clip which I think is pretty sweet too. And just for the record, as much as I love the brand, I don't work for Johnnie Walker. Charles does!
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This Saturday's party is gonna be off the chain. There's a huge line-up of international and local DJs spinning at the party. I'm looking forward to DJ Bento (Japan) and DJ Sophia Lin (USA) because I recommended them both for this event. There's also DJ I-Tek coming from Hong Kong and Malaysian talent, DJ Faith.
For those attending the party (especially my Singapore crew!), bring on your A-game and prepare to have a sick time
I was in Singapore last weekend to catch the Jimmy Eat World concert at Hard Rock Hotel.
There's a first time for everything and so this was my first time ever going to a concert. I know, shocking. But I've been saving the experience for my most favorite band. It means the world to me that Charles bought me the ticket because he wanted to be responsible for crossing out 'Watch Jimmy Eat World Concert' from my bucket list. Sweetness.
The crowd in the photo below actually looks a lot bigger than it actually was. I'm not complaining. I didn't get to stand in the front and center of the stage but I was close enough. I'd say there were probably only about less than 1000 fans who attended the concert which isn't surprising considering how underrated this band is...
I was so amazed by the band's energy and how good they sounded live. To say they were simply amazing is an understatement. They showcased an epic, epic performance.
There was no opening act for their concert so they started playing right on time at 8pm exactly. They opened with 'Bleed American' which I think was totally the perfect track to kick off their performance.
Charles asked to play our favorite song, '23' on J.E.W.'s Facebook fanpage which I think they must've played according to our request because they mentioned "This is a request..." right before they started playing. I didn't see anyone else request for that song on their page so it really must have been!