The ‘Suanie’s Black Toenail’ Contest

Can’t sleep. Got things on my mind. Bored.
So I’m giving you the chance to win something, yeay!

Fireangel gave these SalonPas patches (small) to me for one of my birthdays.

SalonPas patches

She knows I love those things.
You know the feeling of absurd gratification as you slap on a patch to your sore, aching neck or back, and the cool menthol sensation hits you like…
*snaps fingers*
… that?


So, you want one? Yes I know it’s inexpensive. Okay, it’s down right cheap.
You can buy a few of these and barely damage your wallet, yadda yadda.
Heck, you could deliver cartons of these to starving children in Africa and still have change to buy them a hut each.
In any colour they want.
Okay, maybe not.
But you get my point, yes?
What is the point, actually?

My point is…
You can’t get THE box of small SalonPas patches given by Fireangel to Suanie who in turn will give it to you, ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD!
Have it personally delivered to you, even!
Or to your secretary, your friend, your mom, whatever.
I will pay money to send it to you, anywhere in KL or PJ.
As generosity goes, I’ll write a congratulatory note even.
In black ink.

All you have to do is…
(Because it’s not a contest if it isn’t…)

Guess if my bloodied, black toenail will fall off in 2 weeks’ time.

Suanie's black toe

Yes, no, maybe.
Then add something funny or witty after that.
Not cruel or mean.

At the end of this month, I’ll choose a winner.
If the toe is there/ is not there and I like your answer, you get a small box of SalonPas patches!
You may want it, you may not want it, I dunno.
But I’ve written a blog post now, and I can go back to sleep, YEAY!

Guess guess guess!!!

Suanie, blind as a bat, sees clearly again

Yeay for plastics, without which I’d be unable to see the world as it is meant to be seen. I’ve been wearing prescription glasses since I was 9 so I am pretty used to something resting on the bridge of my nose. However as my myopia worsened, the spectacles got heavier. Always the tipping balance of price and comfort.

Anyway my right eye is something like 1,000 degrees and my left eye about 900. Terrible, right? This is what I see if I do not wear corrective glasses or contact lens:

Ryan blurred

And this is what I see when I do:

Ryan unblurred

Before you ask, yes my spectacles are quite heavy. No, you can’t try them on.

I started wearing contact lens daily since a year or two ago. They are inexpensive: my preferred brand is Bausch & Lomb and they go for something like RM120 per pair for 6 months, max rate.

Recently I find that I have to strain my eyes a bit to focus. It could only mean one thing, resulting in my having to get new prescription. Go through the eye test and everything to find out the damage this time.

So I did, at my friend’s Focus Point outlet at Tropicana City Mall. He introduced a new product from Bausch & Lomb, called PureVision. Apparently it’s supposed to be better, enabling 24-hours usage etc. It’s also twice the price of what I used to wear, but okay la give it a go.

Bausch & Lomb PureVision contact lenses

When I got home, I found out that the PureVision contact lens are also BIGGER than my old ones. At first it was a bit scary inserting the bigger contact lens into my eye. WHAT IF MY EYES ARE TOO SMALL OMG!!!

Inserting a contact lens

But then I got used to it lah. And he was right, the PureVision is indeed better: more comfortable! Worth the extra moolah.

By the way, this isn’t an advertorial. I just don’t have time to blog about what I really want to blog about, so you have to read about my eyes instead.

Things that I wished happened to me as a kid #108301

This is me, Suanie.

This is Suanie

Slightly older. Actually more adult now, I’m nearly 30 for crying out loud! Do not live with family, do not have to answer to anyone when I go out. Got a car, do not have to sneakily ‘borrow’ the keys from my parents, able to fill the tank with petrol whenever I want. Got some spending money, do not have extra mouths to feed.

This is my favourite ice-cream in the entire universe.

Bud's Mocha Almond Fudge

Have you not heard of Bud’s ice-cream? It is rich and creamy, it is flavourful, it is generous with its ingredients. More importantly, it is inexpensive! A pint like this costs a little under RM10. I know, CRAZY RIGHT??? This is the only flavour I have taken, and it is the only flavour that I will take because I am so in love with it! Every mouthful is an exploding orgasm of fudge, chocolate coffee ice-cream and chopped almonds, yum!

This is where I live.

Nearby hypermart

Yeap, it is just across the road. Yeap, I’m screwed.

How Am I? Make the important questions about YOU

[Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post. Click here to read my policy on sponsored entries]

Malaysians are the most caring people in the world. Don’t believe me? Look at a scene that I put together, let me know if you think it’s typical of Malaysians.

Nestle - Scene in a Kampung

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s quite endearing in its own way, speaks volumes of us as a society.

What if we apply the same amount of effort and energy of caring about others’ well-being… to ourselves?
Instead of asking others, “How are you?”
We ask ourselves, “How am I?”
What do you think the answer would be?

The whole world and my nephew knows that ever since I started on Bootcamp, I’ve been taking all this health and wellness business more seriously. I pay more attention to what goes into my body, what I do to work them off and so on.

Some of you would know that not too long ago, I did something that I’m most proud of, for the good of my health and body. Yeay to me!

So yes, now that I am on this journey, I want the world to be healthier too! I know sometimes it’s a bit annoying, but I don’t mind being an annoyance if it would help you in your life! You don’t necessarily have to totally transform, but small steps will suffice (for now).

After all, the hardest part is taking the first step. I’m speaking from experience!
Some would say the hardest people to love is ourselves. That doesn’t make sense, does it??

I took the Nestle Wellness Profiler test on Facebook, answered (very honestly!) 15 easy questions about myself in less than 3 minutes and realised that my attitude towards my health and lifestyle is…

Nestle Wellness Profiler - Type 2

Can you believe it that I’m very close to perfection? ;) Go take the test and let me know your result!

But yes, I do think that my missing link at the moment is healthier food options. The unfortunate fact is that in KL (and a lot of other places), eating healthily for your body is not healthy for your wallet. I’ve been trying to knock some sense into my head, to stop being a cheap skate and look at it as a physical and health investment for MY future.

If you have ‘graduated’ from one of those easy, simple, total beginners’ recipe books, you know where to pass them on to! ;)

Nestle Good Food Good Life

If you want easy tips and information to kick-start your health and wellness journey, check out Dear Nestle for articles that will prove useful to you. They have tips and advises on recipe, working out and even the occasional beauty and grooming tips (e.g. Food to Make You Look Gorgeous).

Now for the kick-start to working out part:

On 21 November 2010 (Sunday), Nestle is organising a nationwide on-ground event to show to you (and everyone) that taking care of your health can be fun!

Registration for the World Walking Day starts at 6.30am. The event will flag off at 6 locations concurrently! The locations are:

  • Kuala Lumpur: Taman Tasik Titiwangsa
  • Penang: Polo Ground, Jln Sepoy Line
  • Kuantan: Padang MPK 1
  • Johor: Taman Sri Stulang, Johor Bahru
  • Sabah: Penampang Sports Complex Stadium
  • Sarawak: Waterfront, Kuching

So let’s kick-start that workout!

Genting Trailblazer 2010: Suanie and Alex, proud finishers!

3 months ago: Signed up for Genting Trailblazer with Alex. Never stopped asking myself why.

29th Oct 2010:
Carbo-loaded at the Royal Oak. All legit, I assure you…

30th Oct 2010:
Evening: Drove up to Genting Awana to bunk with Gordon/Joyce, and Angela/Sarah. Thanks you, really appreciate it! Received race kit from Joyce who helped to collect it. Contains a T-shirt, a PowerBar, gels for muscle aches, discount vouchers for this and that and most importantly, a tin of Milo! Managed to fall asleep at about 1am.

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Suanie, Alex and the Mini
Our ride. Just *had to* camwhore in the parking lot lah

31st Oct 2010:
6.30am: Woke up. Ate one sausage bun, 3 bananas and 1 Milo. Spent about 20 mins deciding if I should wear cotton Bootcamp T-shirt or almost dry-fit Genting Trailblazer Brooks T-shirt. Loyalty won.

7.45am: Made our way to the lobby. Bloody lift took forever, stopped at every floor. Lots of people taking part in the Trailblazer this year took the run+hotel package, it seems. Located the rest of the Bootcamp people. Made our way to the field. Bloody journey was an uphill walk, that was warm-up for me already!

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Adventure Map
The trail for this year’s Trailblazer Adventure, all 14km of it

8.10am: Registered (again) at the field. Lady was adamant that our bibs were pinned at a certain angle/ visibility. Got annoyed because it felt like public school all over again where teachers make you do things just because they can.

8.15am: Amused at the crowd warming up aka dancing to Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’, led by a couple of (most likely Celebrity Fitness) instructors on stage who looked like they’d downed 100 happy pills for breakfast. Felt like I should be warming up but remembered that I’d rather die before getting caught grooving to Bieber, even if by my own reflection in the mirror. Recalled an exchange in South Park The Movie:

Newscaster: This isn’t the first bad thing to come out of Canada. Let’s not forget Bryan Adams!
Canadian rep: Yes, well the Canadian government has apologized for him on several occasions.

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Original Bootcamp
Hello, beautiful CLEAN people…

8.25am: Went through check list: Partner Alex. 500ml Gatorade and 1litre drinking water. One PowerBar. Two PowerGels. Buff. Gardening gloves. Band aids. Shit loads of salt nicked from McDonalds last night ‘cos I hate leeches. Hate as in I hate war kind of hate. Yeap, everything sorted.

8.30am: … And the 1st category, the Men+Men were off, yeay!! Also contemplated hunting down the announcer and possibly finishing him off with my trademark STFU-You’re-Annoying-Me kick. Didn’t but can’t tell you what it is anyway because it’s trademarked.

8.40am: … And the 2nd category, the Women+Women were off, yeay!!

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Original Bootcamp at starting line
Did I mention, clean?

8.50am: People starting running so we started running. Announcer #fail. And we the Men+Women and Veterans were off, yeay!!
8.55am: Crap, I’m tired already.
9.00am: Bloody hell, how much more of this must I endure?
9.05am: You’ve got to be kidding me, right?

Walked/ jogged around the golf course. Apparently this was a mistake as you’re supposed to gain lead here, else you’d be stuck in the jungle trailing far behind. Which we were a lot. Why? Only because there are so many teams and only one trail. When the people in front slow down, naturally the people behind had to slow down or stop completely and wait around.

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Suanie, Gordon, Joyce, Alex in the jungle
Entering the rainforest!

Once we entered the jungle, the human traffic jam started. Thought we’d be clever to attempt an alternative trail with some other participants, by going up the hill a bit to return to the group. Bit bodoh because by the time we reached the group, the human traffic jam had mostly dispersed and we were still the last few in the trail, haha.

At times it seemed like an endless UPHILL journey, z0mg. Where there were downhills, we tried to slide down when we could because it was so much easier that way. Of course it was muddy at a lot of places: so many people went on the same trail. In fact there were 2 hills where we were supposed to haul ourselves up, that I thought was the most difficult. It was unbelievably muddy and I could not get ANY grip. Combine this with a lack of upper body strength, well it was very tough.

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Really didn't want to go down
Err do I have to go down THIS one on my arse??

In retrospect, those 2 were the only tough bits for me. Actually I found the trail to be fun. Long and tiring yes, but for some reasons I’d expected worse. Benefits of psyching yourself up, perhaps. Painful too, because I’m not used to going uphill and downhill THIS much. Never even did Gasing Hills, heh.

Mud and dirt and scratches? Used to them so they didn’t bother me at all. Saw a few baby leeches writhing in the mud, ewww. Jovial Genting Trailblazer committee member told us that we were going through a 130-year old rainforest. Also pointed out a HUGE tree that looked like a descendant of the Magic Faraway Tree.

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Suanie down the slope Genting Trailblazer 2010 - the magic faraway tree
The easy parts!

We probably annoyed some people because we were rather noisy. Heh what to do, too excited mah. Actually I just tried to keep my spirit up the best way I know how: talk crap. When you have pseudo confidence, the real thing follows rather quickly. Trust me on this one! I believe it’s mega important because if you’re new to the whole thing, your morale takes a beating after a while. Kick Miss Negativity out the door as soon as you can; she has no place on your mind or in the jungle.

Take a breather, enjoy the sights and sounds as the jovial G.T. committee member kept reminding us. After every hurdle, tell yourself that it’s just the beginning (because it was!!!). Laugh and joke with your fellow participants, lend a hand or a leg or a bum if you see that they’re facing difficulties. Look out for the person in front and behind you; it’s not cool to kick them down to get ahead.

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Beginning of obstacles route
The beginning of the obstacle course!

Most importantly, pick up after yourselves, you lazy bastards. We saw leftovers of shoes (because you were too cheap to buy a good All-Terrain pair), water bottles, PowerGel wraps… Hello, if you can bring them into the jungle, then you can bloody well bring them out right?

Throw rubbish everywhere like that, not shy one ar?

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Down the obstacle slopes
After the slopes in the jungle, these babies are not a problem!

I wore tights and shorts on the outside. Great decision to double up for the bottom because of the sliding. My shorts ripped at the few final obstacles, how ironic? My pair of All-Terrain New Balance is intact and served me well. Should have worn thicker, longer socks. Gardening gloves was a handsaver, it allowed me to grab branches and other stuff easily without hesitation.

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Cold water in trench
And the chilly water hits you like that…

I downed 500ml Gatorade and maybe 300ml water after that. Didn’t need water stations, not that we saw any for the most part in the jungle. Swallowed one pack of PowerGel, nasty stuff ewww. Didn’t really notice a difference, or perhaps it worked in the background. Only felt a bit hungry about an hour before the end.

Got out of the jungle, had to go through a route in the open air that is under the sun to reach the obstacles course. Mid-day sun is no fun! I’ve different skin tones now. Burnt a bit of my face too.

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - In the trench
“Is that an eel or are you just happy to see me?” Sorry, can’t resist!!

Obstacles courses: plenty of trenches filled with water, baby hills, things that you have climb above and over. Got thoroughly wet. Hit my toes against a rock when I jumped into the trench. Missed my footing, lost my balance and unceremoniously fell hard into the water as I was climbing over the ropes. Think I was grinning ‘cos you know, I’m crazy.

Lots of friends cheered us on by the sidelines, yeay! So it was mostly a fun-to-complete rather than racing-against-time thing.

And by the way, what was with the people who skipped the obstacles?? Why did you sign up for Genting Trailblazer for, then?

Genting Trailblazer 2010 - Alex, Suanie, Cynthia, Kevin finishers
Champions in our eyes!

1.10pm: Ran to the Finish line with Alex, yeay!! Actually I don’t really know what time we finished. Dzul just counted for us, so I guess it was 4 hours 20 mins? Honestly I thought we’d do better. You know, in under 4 hours. But whatever, YEAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Collected our Finisher medals, a thin and really cheap-looking piece of wood on a colourful band that looked like it cost RM2.00. Whatever, YEAY!!!!

Had fun and adventure with a GREAT partner, Alex and GREAT Bootcamp friends. YEAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Final unsorted notes:
All the Bootcamp in the world DID prepare me for Genting Trailblazer. Photos from Selva, Zairinator, Cynthia, Alex and Rozinah. Yes I’m in f- unbelievable pain now. Yes the pain will go away, I know that. No I’m not joining again next year, ask me again next year.