Friday, September 19, 2014

Event // Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race (MMER) with Ashraff Dewal

"Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race MMER is a 12 Hours endurance racing event held annually since 2000 at the Sepang International Circuit on late August as part of the Merdeka festivities in Malaysia. The race has become one of the toughest and most significant 12-hour endurance races in the world and has been attracting a growing number of top teams from Asia and around the world. 2013 saw one of the best grids for many years lined up to do battle for honours in all classes and the event was overall a great success."

on the 30th of Aug, i was invited to experience the entire race event at the Sepang International Circuit. it was an honour to be part of this huge event and i was lucky enough to be able to spend time with Audi R8 LMS Cup's Malaysian racer, Ashraff Dewal. i arrived at destination in about 11.40am to collect my Audi R8 LMS Cup Media Pass while allow me to get full access to the pit area, as well as Audi VIP Lounge and media centres.

Ashraff is currently represents the Team Visit Malaysia #69 in the Audi R8 LMS Cup and also another Audi R8 LMS #77 along with his fellow racers.

and he is all ready to go!

no you can't cross the line! but i want more excitement =(

time to feed those tummy ▰˘◡˘▰

shows about to start, this is how we rock!

during the day, i was kinda sad as we were not allowed to visit the pit area because it might be pretty dangerous for people who have no experience/working to access that area. therefore, i spent most of the time at the Audi Lounge since i had no chance to meet Ashraff personally. Audi is kind enough to provide us food throughout the event. beverages and food were catered by Shangri-la and we can also enjoy watching races on the bean bags provided.

group photo with Ashraff from the left, myself, Ruben (race engineer) and Arpita

Ashraff was really busy as the race was took place for 12 hours, i can barely see Ashraff until 8pm. man, I'm not sure if he even have time for his meal. you think being a racer is very cool? it's not easy to be a racer at all as you need lots of courage and commitment, and also sacrifices. Ashraff is definitely one of the bravest man I've ever met.

after being introduced by Sindee (the manager), Ashraff greeted us with a warmest smile. oh and guess what, i requested Ashraff to bring us to the pit area as i was really excited to see how things operated at the pit area. it was my first time getting involved in a racing event, i was nervous. but then Ashraff was kind enough to bring us down and tour us around the pit, i was overjoyed.

Ashraff told me that the team had used about 15 sets of tyres and 1 set of tyre cost about 4000 euro. how incredible!

myself at the Audi pit area

i personally felt that Ashraff has a great personality. I'm kind of a noob when comes to cars, i know only basics which is sit and drive, LOL. and yet, i had a golden opportunity to speak with such a big icon. i had to admit that I'm one of the luckiest person because i got to learn so many things from Ashraff about the racing. one thing about Ashraff is that he race for a word, passion and that's what makes him a strong person. he is truly inspiring.

there are 12 races for Audi R8 LMS Cup where in each country there will be 2 races. this year, Race 1 and Race 2 were started in Yeongam, South Korea. following by Fuji, Japan for Race 3 and Race 4. Race 5 and Race 6 in Sepang, Malaysia. then, Shanghai for Race 7 and Race 8 and also Race 9 and Race 10 on two separate race weekends. Lastly in Abu Dhabi for Race 11 and Race 12.

a big applause to the racing team and crew! it was a very memorable experience at The Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race (MMER). twelve hours of race isn't easy at all. Thank you Audi R8 LMS Cup's Malaysian racer Ashraff Dewal for having us and spent some quality time explained about the technical aspects on a race day. it was definitely a great experience with the Audi team. Best of luck on your next journey in Shanghai on Oct ◕◡◕

do show some supports on our local racer Ashraff Dewal. kindly visit his personal page here on FB: or Instagram: @ashraffd

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lifestyle // How I Lose My Weight

Understand your food intake, amount of water intake and regular exercise.

most of the people do not know what is the balance point on getting a perfect body. i mean, working out every single day will not help you to lose weight AT ALL if you do not control your food intake. me myself do not know either until i started to get more tips through the internet and through my own experiences.

Rule No1: Eat More Meals

what i meant by 'eat more meal's is actually eat more meals at a small amount, enough to keep yourself full for at least 2 hours. DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF! people often skip meals because they have this 'oh i skip meals and i'll loose weight' kinda thinking in their brains which i found totally ridiculous. starving yourself will cause your body receiving the wrong message by STORING BODY FATS as you consume larger amount of food on your next meal. so, get the right meal every day and eat small portion, you'll see drastic change sooner than you can imagine.

Rule No2: Water

drink plenty of water every morning when you work up. add a slice of lemon will help too!

before on the left, after on the right

picture on the left: too much of high carb food + high sodium level = bloat + OH HELLO TUMMY!

bloat is caused by water retention. water retention occurs when fluid isn’t removed from the body tissues. this will be one of the reasons why you're getting 'fat tummy'. water retention come from a lack of water because you're body doesn't know when it will get more water so it retains the water in your body.

picture on the right: appropriate food intake + plenty of water - sodium intake + regular exercise = balance it up & HELLO ABS!

it's not hard to get rid of water retention if you have the correct food intake. to achieve a perfect body, your FIRST THING to worry about is your food! now lets toss the junks and restore your fridge with healthy food! oh wait! but that doesn't mean that you must STOP eating your favourite food. i know it's really hard to get rid of your favourite curry mee or char koey teow. i love my laksa too! ಠ‿ಠ you can still have them once or twice a week. get 2 or 3 happy meals and split them in a week ◕◡◕


1) firstly, cut down on salt intake. cook your own food.
2) protein intake. eating more protein encourages your body to shed excess fluid. e.g., bananas.
3) cut down on alcohol. **GOODBYE BEER BELLY
4) eat a healthy, balanced diet that contains a lot of vegetables and fruits. MORE GREENS, MORE COLORS ▰˘◡˘▰
5) exercise constantly will help reduce water retention. at least 20 mins of cardo. sweat them all out!

i usually drink a glass of juice (empty stomach) as breakfast or i mix my own cereal. oat is the best carbs to satisfy your little tummy. i mix 1 spoon of rolled oat + 2 hand full of cheerio or cornflake + a bit of raisins + cashewnuts + low fat milk. you can mix honey or yogurt or even fruits! play around so you won't get bored of your clean diet =D

as for lunch, i grilled chicken + potatoes + onions + tomatoes + steam broccoli. i take nuts as snacks to satisfy my stomach sometimes. dinner time, i usually grilled salmon + potatoes or wholegrain pasta. i wanted to see faster result and therefore, i keep my diet clean for few months. meaning no happy meals at all =)


that's all for my fitness tips! do comment if you would like to know more about my own healthy food recipe or for more fitness tips ▰˘◡˘▰