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26 November, 2010

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2010 (PBIM 21-Nov-2010)

Event: Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM)
Venue: Penang, Malaysia
Date: 21-November-2010 (Sunday)
Time: 0200am - 1000am
No. of Participants: 24,000 ppl (Local & International)
Categories: Fun Run, Quarter Marathon (10km), Half Marathon (21km) & Full Marathon (42km)

Penang Bridge

Marathon Route for PBIM

I Run Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM)
This is my 3rd run & 1st ever Half Marathon (21km) completed first time ever in my life and ever since I started Original Bootcamp @ Bandar Utama (OBC-BU).  There were appr. 20+ over participants from OBC-BU in the PBIM marathon, and majority of us are doing our maiden half marathon (21km) with very much excitements and enthusiasm.  Nevertheless, OBC training had prepared us in our staminas & endurances for marathon running.

I arrived at Penang, Malaysia on the 19-Nov-2010 (Friday) to prepare myself for the PBIM run which took place on the 21-Nov-2010 (Sunday) at 0300am for Half Marathon.  Checked in to Hotel Equatorial, Penang w/ Sarge Dann, Ody Lana, Lilian Lee and Mike (Lilian's friend); rest our body & mind in preparation for the run, carbo-loaded (more like a feast) w/ Nasi Kandar, Cendul, Asam Laksa, Tandoori Chicken w/ capati, Tosai and other local cuisines then did some shopping for clothes.

Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) half marathon starts from Queensbay Mall main road, proceed w/ d run onto Penang Bridge, run up & down the arch road then u turn 1 km infront and run the arch road once more, then proceed to the crossing down onto the island, turned right towards Sea-Gate building and U-turned back straight to Queensbay mall.  Water station was sufficient & accomodating with small 1/2 litre mineral water & 100plus isotonic drinks.  Weather was Partly cloudy with thunder storm, it started to rain after i did my u-turn on the penang bridge @ the 11th km; was soaked in rain and was chilling cold from the sea breeze as I was running on the bridge, but was kept warm by my Adidas TechFit top & pants.

My PBIM Half Marathon went smooth (w/ light right ankle cramps) as I had been training w/ OBC-BU for improved Staminas, Endurances & Stronger body core.  Gratitude & appreciation to my fellow OBC-BU trainers & buddies.  Also the un-selfish sharing & coaching by Daing Danial Fitri (AKA Sarge Dann) for his endless supports & motivations in me to achieve the impossible in me.

 "Running Cleanses the Mind & Body" - Ms. Ilyanna Aylin (OBC-BU)

My PBIM (21-Nov-2010) Race Result
Official Time: 02:12:46
Net Time     : 02:10:51
Split Time @ 9389m  : 0:56:39
Split Time @ 16566m: 1:44:05
Ranking Mix: 598/4192
Ranking Category: 440/3465
Ranking Overall: 694/5331

Driving up to Penang in Lillian's auto

Lunch stop in Ipoh, looking for Foh San DimSum restaurant
with Lilian's frens

Going for an evening run around Hotel Equatorial, Penang
(Left: Mike, Lilian, Ody, Sarge & Me)

The famous Penang Cendul

Indian Tosai Breakfast
(Left: Sarge, Me, Mike, David & Lilian)

Getting Brownies from d Bakery Shop

A great shopping session ends w/ a great massage session
(RM1 for 5mins)

Nasi Kandar dinner w/ my fellow BootCampers

PBIM Run - My 1st Half Marathon (21km)

The OBC-BU Ninjas doing half marathon -
wearing the 3stripes TechFit Running Attires
(Left: KK Yum, Ody, Sarge, Lilian & Me)
Getting ready to run!
(Left: Me, Sarge Dann, Ody & Jeff)

We RAN PBIM Half Marathon (21km) - FINISHER!
Left 1st-row: Ryan & Nawal
Left center row: Ilyanna Aylin & Ody Lana
Left 3rd-row: Me, Lilian Lee, Syed Mahadzir (Ded),
Rose Emini Pahamin, Armin Baniaz Pahamin & Sarge Dann

Photo with Ilyanna Aylin

My 1st Marathon Finisher medal
PBIM - Half Marathon
Time - 02:10:51

08 November, 2010

Marathon of HOPE! - Terry Fox Run! (07th November 2010)

Marathon of HOPE - Terry Fox Run
Date: 08-November-2010 (Sunday)
Time: 0900am
Venue: Lake Titiwangsa - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

About Terry Fox Run - Marathon of HOPE! (*Source Wikipedia)
The Terry Fox Run is an annual non-competitive charity event held in numerous regions around the world in commemoration of Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox, and his Marathon of Hope, and to raise money for cancer research.

The event was founded in 1981 by Isadore Sharp, who contacted Terry in-hospital by telegram and expressed his wishes to hold an annual run in Terry's name to raise funds for cancer research. The event is held every year on the second Sunday following Labour Day. Since its inception, it has raised via the 'Terry Fox Foundation' close to $500 million dollars (CAD)[1]. The run itself is informal which means that the distance often varies, usually between 5 and 15 kilometres; participation is considered to be more important than completing the set distance. There are also runs set up by schools of every level, often with shorter distances than the "official" ones.

Unlike other major fund raising events, the Terry Fox Run has no corporate sponsorship. This is in accordance with Terry Fox's original wishes of not seeking fame or fortune from his endeavour. During his cross-Canada run, he turned down every endorsement he was offered (including from major multinationals such as McDonald's), as he felt that it would detract from his goal of creating public awareness. The Terry Fox Runs have no advertisements on any race related materials (such as t-shirts, banners, etc).

I Run for Terry Fox Marathon of Hope
I ran for Terry Fox on Sunday (08-Nov-2010) alongside my band of buddies from Original BootCamp @ Bandar Utama (OBC-BU) and with other runners appro. 2,000 participants whom also join-in to "OutRun Cancer".  It was a charity run for a good caused which is open for public, you can run, walk, strolling w/ your kids and just gather around (A cheerfull family day)
At around 0745am bootcampers from OBC-BU gathered on the assembly field under the canopy and catch-up with each other and camwhoring (as usual).

It was a route of 2 rounds around the 2.5km lake, and it was congested with participants; You'll have to squeeze in between gaps to run the path.

Nevertheless, it was a fun morning

BootCampers Pre-Run

Jump! Jump! Jump!

Let's Run...Run...RUN!

Posing for the camera (Sarge Dann & Me)

Run for a good Cause - It shall finish w/ a final SPRINT!

Post Run photos

Contributors' list - BootCamp
We ran for a Good Cause!

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* Pictures source from, Rose Emini Pahamin, Lizza Abdul Rahim, Ody Lana, Lillian Lee and other BootCampers.  Thank You for shooting these pictures!

04 November, 2010

Kasih Hospice Care Society (KASIH FOUNDATION)

Kasih Hospice Care Society (KHC) is a Charitable Organization / Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which seeks to bring a fresh and mindful approach to care-giving for patients facing life-endangering illnesses and to their families too. By understanding that all people, irrespective of background and creed, have similar hopes and fears, especially during the season of serious illness. KHC aims to provide a delicate balance between medical services and emotional & spiritual support to help patients and their families cope; to let them know that they are not walking the path alone; to foster their ability to cherish what they still have and pacify their fears. Our team of doctors, nurses and trained volunteers may be modest in number and resources but sincere in our efforts and aspirations.

In addition to serving patients, KHC partakes in community education by hosting workshops on how to care for those with advanced diseases, bereavement care, how to live meaningfully and die well, learning from medical experts on the psychology of a person facing death, venturing into philosophical issues of how to turn adversity into an advantage, with compassion for all beings as the driving force behind this community education program.

Helping others through compassion to live well and die well

KHC serves those with life threatening illness and their family through medical, emotional and spiritual support based on compassion and skillful means.

With Compassion, We Serve

  • To provide medical, emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families, at hospitals or at home and eventually to provide an in-patient service.
  • To create public awareness and interest in providing skilful hospice care through training .
  • To provide a platform for volunteers to actualise spiritual cultivation as charitable practice.
KHC Spiritual advisor
Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche []

KHC Hospice advisor
Dr. Rosalie Shaw (Palliative Care Specialist)

*Kasih Hospice Care Society is affiliated to the Foundation For the Preservation Of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)

KASIH HOSPICE CARE SOCIETY,KUALA LUMPUR & SELANGOR(KHC) first launched its services in 1997 with its trained volunteers visiting patients in hospitals on a regular basis to give them emotional and spiritual support. It later established its medical team in 2005 tofill a perceived service gap for those people wishing to remain at home whilst living with a life threatening illness. Most of the people who access our service have advanced cancers but there are some who suffer from serious non cancer illness such as AIDS, Motor Neurone Disease, End-stage organ failure,etc.

Palliative care is active holistic ‘whole person care’ with particular focus on pain and symptom management whilst also looking into the psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient.Our team of committed doctors, nurses and volunteers give skilful and dedicated care to those who are very ill, irrespective of race, religion, age or financial status.

We are a non-governmental organisation with a not-for-profit philosophy and our services are free of charge. We are recognised as a service provider by the public and private hospitals in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding region.We assist people to maintain control over their lives and provide a home visitation service for those who require it. We support people of all belief systems on a non-denominational and non-discriminatory basis.

Helping others wherever one can, according to their needs, is the true expression of compassion. KHC aims to offer this gift of friendship, companionship, emotional and spiritual support to those individuals and their families who are facing life-threatening illness in a holistic manner.

KHC views palliative care as a social responsibility as well.The organisation provides training programs for volunteers and the public which aim at cultivating wisdom and compassion through service whilst also equipping them with knowledge about End of Life care.

Education & Training

Besides providing hospice service, KHC aims to create public awareness on Hospice and application of spiritual values, particularly Buddhism on death and dying. KHC provides regular hospice volunteer training and Buddhism in Hospice study group session.

Hospice Volunteer Training Courses
There are 2 levels of volunteer training courses:
  1. Basic course aims to introduce principles of hospice care and sharing ways to cultivate positive approaches to change, loss and death.
  2. Intermediate course is for volunteers who have completed basic courses and have been doing hospital visits. It includes practical nursing and communication skills as well as ways to transform one’s kindness and compassion into skillful actions.
The volunteer training courses are conducted by palliative care specialists and senior volunteers both in English and Chinese languages.
Till 2010, we have conducted 25 basic training courses and one intermediate course.

Study Visits
KHC volunteers make study visits to hospice organizations locally and abroad. We had made visits to Dover Park Hospice,Assisi Home & Hospice,Metta Hospice Care and Bright Vision Hospital in Singapore in 2005.

Continuous Professional Development Programme
Home care service teams which consist of doctors, nurses, and trained volunteers meet every Thursday to have case discussion, to share knowledge on clinical management, mainly symptom control and discuss best ways to manage patients of different temperaments and with challenging situations.

Other Educational Activities
KHC doctors and volunteers have been invited to give talks at other NGOs, Buddhist soieties, hospitals and schools, as well as international and national Buddhist conferences.

KHC has also conducted public seminars and workshops such as:
  1. Hospice Public Seminar on 'The Power of the Mind' (2005) and 'The Power of Compassion'(2006)
  2. Dealing with death and dying for the benefit of oneself and others workshops.

Our Services

Scope of service :
Visiting patients warded at hospitals

Providing home care service to patients. Services include:
  • Managing patients’ symptoms such as pain, nausea, and shortness of breath.
  • Providing medication for symptom control.
  • Loaning of equipments such as oxygen concentrators, ripple mattresses and wheelchairs .
  • Educating patients and their families on basic nursing skills.
  • Providing grieve and bereavement support
  • Educating public and volunteers on practical hospice care and philosophical aspects of coping with death and loss.
Hospice Services KHC team of medical doctors, nurses and volunteers provide the following hospice services free of charge.
Hospital visits
Volunteers visit patients at palliative, cancer, medical, HIV/Aids and leprosy wards at hospitals at a weekly basic.
Home care service
A team of doctors, nurses and trained volunteers visit patients who are at their own home.

2.1 Whom do we provide home care service?

People with advanced progressive illnesses who:
  • Reside at areas in Sg Buloh, Rawang, selective areas in Damansara and Petaling Jaya Click> Area of Service
  • Have a doctor’s referral Pls fill up. Click> Referral Form
  • Agreed to our service  
2.2 What do we do at home care service?
  • Medical and nursing care
  • Respite care
  • Emotional and spiritual support

If you need our service, please contact:
Tel No: 03 79607424
Fax referral letter to 03-79566442

How much is the fees for the services provided?
KHCS services are free of charge.


KHC service depends on volunteers.

Why volunteer?
The benefits of volunteering are many. Your offer of time and effort will enable someone to feel cared for and has a positive and peaceful state of mind at the final path of his/her journey of life. You will become part of a friendly & supportive team of volunteers. Your knowledge & skill in hospice care will increase and you may meet some memorable people or events. Best of all, you will put spiritual teaching into action and be constantly aware of death and impermanence, one of the most important teaching of the Buddha.

What do volunteers do?
  • Volunteers offer assistance by being a friend, allowing patient to express their feelings and concerns; volunteers also provide assistance in self-care such as massage, haircut, etc. When requested, volunteers will provide spiritual support to patients and their family.
  • Besides patient care, volunteers are needed for assisting in administrative and fund raising events.
Who can apply to be a volunteer?
  • Volunteers should be in good physical and mental health, have not experienced a major personal bereavement within the past 12 months.
  • Volunteers who wish to visit patients must undergo a basic hospice volunteer training course. KHC provides training to volunteers in both English and Mandarin.
What is involved in volunteer training?
Volunteers will be required to attend a basic hospice training course. Among the subjects taught are:
  • Principle of hospice care
  • Skilful means in hospice care
  • Family as a unit of care
  • Buddhist perspective of death and dying
What are the types of volunteers?
You can volunteers by:
  • being a hospice volunteer and visit patients
  • being an administrative volunteer who help is paper work, mailing, etc
  • being part of the fund raising committee
What do volunteers do?
  • Hospital visits
  • Home visits
  • Respite care i.e. giving the patient’s regular care-give some time off
Bereavement support
Assisting KHC in community education and fund raising events

What do we look for in a prospective volunteer?
  • Healthy motivation for wanting to help others
  • Genuine care for people, an ability to show warmth
  • Non-judgmental attitude of others
  • Respect for others’ beliefs
  • Strong sense of confidentiality
  • Ease of attitude with sick people
  • Good communication skills, yet knowing when to be silent
  • Emotional maturity
  • Willingness to learn and accept guidance
  • Sense of humour
  • Healthy attitude to own mortality
  • High self esteem
  • Dependability
  • Sensitivity and awareness
  • Willingness to give of oneself to others
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Flexibility