[Pixels of] A Diwali Celebration, A 24th Birthday, A Rocking Team Building and A Bridge Marathon.

November had started a bit slow, but it kickstarted on 13 November 2012 with Ghuna’s Diwali Open House. I was excited to try authentic Indian cuisine prepared by her mother. The food exceeded my expectations, and half of the SNUCOE clan turned up in Bukit Mertajam that day. We had marukus, mutton and chicken curry, briyani and appam. I’m salivating just thinking about the food. Hehe.

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Then came 15 November 2012, my 24th birthday πŸ˜‰ It was also 1 Muharram and a public holiday here in Kedah. I spent the off day just chilling at home and lunch with friends. Received a cute and veryyy true birthday card from Awong.

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Later, a suprise birthday celebration was awaiting for me at Feringghi. Q booked a table overlooking the beach at sunset. It was at one of my favorite hidden treasure on the island, The Tree Monkey. Dinner was 8 types of dishes on a platter, with turmeric rice. Our juices also had umbrellas which added to the tropical feel. The sunset was beautiful, yellow, orange, purple then it was already dark. A single candle lit our dinner and the atmosphere was very, ehem, romantic. πŸ˜€ The best dish in my opinion was the tom yam with coconut milk. I would also recommend the Monkey Juice.

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17 November arrived for us to have a rocking team building in Hard Rock Hotel Penang. The seminar was actually on Personal Mastery and SNUCOE learnt about how to be effective, keep ourselves motivated and other eye-opening lessons. The buffet breakfast and tea were a bit weird though, in my opinion. We had fried meehoon, spring rolls and scones for breakfast. Tea comprised dim sum, chocolate cake and satay. The hotel definitely took fusion very seriously. Hehe. The highlight was definitely lunch in Hard Rock Cafe. We had minestrome soup, chilli chicken with rice and vanilla ice cream.

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The Penang Bridge Marathon started at 2.00am on 18th November. Pura, Awong, Zaim, Syafiq & I entered the 21km run and took off at 3 am. There were 30,000++ runners and Queensbay was packed. We had to spend the night in the car as the bridge closed for traffic at 1 am. It was exhilirating to be on foot on the Penang bridge but other than that there was nothing to be excited about. Putrajaya marathon had supporters in bands and costumes, Penang bridge only had volunteers at drinking stations and girl scouts. The distance markers were situated too far apart and runners found it hard to gauge their performances. This is the last marathon for 2012 and I have decided to retire from the running world and find other extreme activities for 2013. A total of 5 medals were collected this year: 17km Malakoff, 10km hiking challenge, 10km Standard Chartered, 21km Putrajaya and finally 21km Penang Bridge.

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The weekend came to an end with a celebratory dinner in Dome. We had pasta and milkshakes to spoil ourselves. Weekend undeniably well-spent in fostering relationships and a healthy lifestyle πŸ˜€

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Time to start thinking of 2013 resolutions. 2012 resolution : Complete Marathons achieved! πŸ˜€

Coming up next weekend – An Urban Art Festival!

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