Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A timely gift from CyclingExpress.com :)

Hi there,

Apologies for not updating my blog for awhile now....hmm, I don't know where the time went! hehe

Anyway, about one and a half weeks ago, I received a nice email from the good people of CyclingExpress.com saying that they were looking for Malaysian cyclists who blogged and they wanted to give us a complimentary RM100 cash voucher to try out their online bicycle shop. In return, we will have to write about our shopping experience with them.

At the same time, I was looking for a new good bicycle pump. I went for a 108km ride recently down in KL and my back tire had to have a puncture at the last 1km!!! I had the extra tube but my old pump didn't work!! I had to push my bicycle for the last 1km....sigh! Time for me to get  a new bicycle pump and that was when I received this nice email from CycleExpress.com....talk about amazing timing!" haha

As I browsed through their website (which was pretty interesting! Check it out at http://www.cyclingexpress.com) I was having a whale of a time, looking at the items being sold there! Man, if only I had loads of money!! haha but no, I have to be disciplined enough to look for what I needed....which was a good bicycle pump.

I needed some recommendation and an editor from a bicycle magazine suggested that I get the Topeak DXII which is hardy and handy. This is when I found out about the Prestas and Schraders heads!  I took his advice and checked out the price.....they were on specials and it was within the RM100 budget! Woohoo! Add together with the shipping, I only had to pay RM1.41!! Practically a gift! Not too bad for first time online shopping eh?

But since this was my first time doing online shopping (yes, I'm that backdated!), it sure took me awhile trying to familiarise myself with the ordering system. I felt like a klutz because I kept going back and forth with them, asking them questions on how to order online haha....luckily, KC, the guy who was liaising with me was very patient with me and guided me along.
 
Several attempts failed and I was getting a bit frustrated! The gift voucher code didn't work and I had to write back to KC to have him check it out. He came back and said that the voucher was void because because my payment was invalid! I then realised that my debit card had zero limits  Oops! He initially didn't believe me when I told him it was my first time shopping online until now!!! hehe....

He then gave me a new gift voucher code and I tried it again....and made sure that my debit card had some cash in it and voila, this time, it worked!! My purchase was successful!! Yay!!

Estimated delivery was about 6 days and they told me that my parcel would arrive on 31st July 2014...and I could track my shipment. Boy, I never knew how fun it can be, tracking my parcel and it sure did arrive right on the estimated date! Thank you KC and CyclingExpress.com for this timely gift! Now that I have experienced online shopping, I will be sure to check out your site from time to time for some other exciting things that I might need in the near future!

Have pump will travel....watch out world!! :)
 
 My brand new Topeak DXII :)




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A million thanks for these encouraging feedbacks!!



Hi there!

A few days ago, I was just reading back some of the wonderful comments that I have received ever since my book was published. It really felt so good to know that my book is being put to good use out there, one way or the other and it is continuing to do so.

As a result, I felt that it would only be right for me to say a BIG THANK YOU to all my readers who have bought my book, read it and wrote back to me with their positive and encouraging feedback. It is people like you that keeps me going and knowing that I am on the right path.

Thanks to my friend's encouragement, it gives me great pleasure to share with you some of the wonderful comments I have received so far :) .....

  
Dear Sandra,
Hope this mail finds you well. First of all, I would like to congratulate you on your excellent book, ‘Pedalling Around the Peninsula’. It is such an entertaining book with lots of adventures and fun in it. After reading your book, I felt I had to write to you to let you know how your book had entertained and inspired me.  

I spotted your book when I was on holiday in Penang last year. I brought it back to Europe and read it with much enthusiasm and interest. I wanted to read about the adventures and about places I had and had not visited in Malaysia (and your book delivered them all and more!). I was looking forward to reading the book every evening after work – to continue the journey around Malaysia. As someone who has lived abroad for many years, I found the book to have made me better informed about my own country.

I loved the way the book was written – containing descriptions of lots of little incidents, and with lots of photos (especially those of yummy Malaysian food!). It made me feel like I was part of the journey round Peninsula Malaysia (with side trips to our neighbouring countries). I didn’t want the book to end as I wanted the adventures to continue. I was looking forward to visiting the next town with you and Mak each day!

Thanks for sharing these experiences with us - the people who dream about and are not able to go on this journey (yet).

In the meantime, keep posting the news on your blog and keep up the good work!

Regards,
CH, Europe



Hi Sandra, my name is Benji, and while here in Malaysia (KL) I bought your book and read some of your blog. Your trip around the peninsula is amazing, and reading your book has been a joy so far.

Thank you for writing about your adventures! It's very inspiring!
Benji, USA

 
Hi Sandra,
My name is Wee, I come across your book “Pedaling Around the Peninsula”, it is truly inspiring and fascinating, as I did it before across the northern peninsula when I was 17 years old.  Your book re-inspired me to re-gain my long distance cycling spirit after so long been hibernated.  I still have the reminiscence of the toughness of crossing the East-West highway, and it was the most challenging part of the journey, and I have to sleep under the army camp on top of the mountain, as I under estimate the challenge.

Again, thank you for writing this book, keep going with your good achievement, and looking forward to read your upcoming second book!
Cheers,
Wee


Hi'  Sandra.
Just writing you to congratulate you with the book you wrote about your bicycle tour of Malaysia. I came across it in a KL bookstore the week before i started on a bicycle trip of Malaysia and the book has been very helpful and inspiring for me.

Lot's of good practical info in the book that has helped me a lot when it came to finding accomodation for instance.

I put up a little review of the book at a travel site where i do some blogging about my travels around the world: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/222ac6/

I have biked around 40 countries worldwide so far and is always looking for new horizons.

All the best from the road.
Claus, Denmark



Hi Sandra!
I just finished your book last weekend after came across in The Sun May 9 2012. A real GREAT book for me. I just don’t know why I was so eager to look for this book as I have not been reading “story” book for the past 20 to 30 years! Normally I will read those “relevant” to my work or interest i.e. more serious stuff!

I just want to let you know how much I appreciate your effort, determination and of course, your courage! You have a good idea to write it down and publish in a book. Honestly, I don’t think of having the courage to do myself.

Lastly, I just want to say TQ, Thank you and Thank You Very Much for writing the book and sharing with us. It allows me to at least to feel or imagine of the journey! I really appreciate it!
TQ.
Ho, Selangor


Hi Sandra,
Just finished read your book about the journey around peninsular M'sia! Never regret buying the book!

Lets get to the comment: Wow! I know the journey have ended months ago but i still want to congratulate you  for the great journey and im amazed with your (and Mak's) spirit!

Once again, congratulation for the success and thank you for the tips in the book!! 
Yves Lemat, Miri, Sarawak. 


Hi Sandra,
I happened to be in MPH and came across your book on 4th May. Started reading it on 6th May and I couldn't put it down till I finished just now at lunch. I felt like what you did after your journey, opps! no more 'updates' to look forward to. Once, in my early 20s I wanted to backpack around Malaysia in between jobs as I always felt there are places I must explore within my own country before looking outwards. But my boss refused to let me leave early and I lost the chance with the arrival of kids.

Now, reading the book made me feel like doing it but at my age now, by car would be fine, don't think I can survive what both you and Mak did. Am quite wimpy! I told my husband we can use your book to have an idea where we want to go! Nicely written, good job. Regards to Mak as well for making the adventure very interesting. 
Lily, Malaysia


Hi Sandra
I've bought your book from MPH yesterday, it seems really fun and interesting.
I love cycling and dreamed to do bicycle touring for a long time but most of my friends think that is impossible and crazy. Anyway, your book really gave me much of encouragement. I'm so enjoyed while reading it.
Many thanks and all the best to you.
Rachel, Malaysia



Hi Sandra,
I just finished reading your 'pedalling around the peninsula'. Congrats! You are so inspiring! Wish I could also pedal like what you and Mak did.
Nasim, KL



Hi Sandra,
I enjoyed reading your book,is so fresh to see a Malaysian doing this. Can't wait to see your next challenge touring in Sabah and Sarawak, hopefully I will be back in Tawau and try to bump into you on the road :)
All the best!
Sipek Quek, Malaysia



"Marvelous book. Affordable in price but rich in contents. Give us thousand words about Malaysia and really, we proud to be Malaysian! Kudos to author & MPH Publishing"
Mohd Shahadan Bin Mokhtar, Malaysia


Sandra,
Love your book very much. Hope one day can travel whole Malaysia like you and Mak.
Steven, Malaysia


"Suddenly I realised it is my dream since I was young to cycle round this country. Almost forgotten after busy with work, family & life. Thanks to Sandra Loh for her book cycling around the peninsula. It really woke me up. I have a dream to achieve"
Tan Lang Seng, Malacca (....and he sure did achieve his dream end 2012!)



Monday, April 14, 2014

2 years today and growing stronger!!!



Hi there!

We have just turned 2 years old today and we are slowly growing stronger!!

Lots of exciting plans ahead for us and we look forward to sharing more interesting stories in the near future!

Do drop by once in awhile for our updates then!

Cheers!



Saturday, February 8, 2014

Great start for 2014!

Hi all,

Hope you guys are having a great 2014 so far!

Well, for me, it's been pretty good! We got a surprise request to be interviewed by a radio station in KL recently along with 2 other cycling enthusiasts in conjunction with their topic of the week....cycling in the big city!

Pretty interesting listening to the other 2 cyclists as well!

Here's the podcast :

Then 2 days ago,  I had the pleasure of playing "tour guide" to a touring couple from the "Land of Giants" hehe.....Mattijs and May from the Netherlands! Great to show them some parts of Kuantan that were interesting and they loved trying out all the different types of food here! Good on them :)

Why "Land of Giants"? you might ask....well, Mattijs is about 6 feet 5 inches! (1.9m). He said that he was only average! Most of his friends are like 7 feet tall!! (2.1m) Wow!!

Needless to say, I was like a dwarf standing next to him! .I'm only 5 feet nothing! (1.52m). Have nicknamed him "Giant Mattijs!" hehe... 
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Well, May is equally incredible too! Such a warm and friendly person and not forgetting STRONG!! :) They practically zigzagged across Malaysia and crossing the mountain ranges! So you can imagine how strong they really are :)

They are now at the tail end of their 5 month tour around South East Asia and Malaysia is their last country to visit before heading back to the Netherlands. Actually, Mattijs have cycled most of the countries in the world in 2008! He was on the road for about a year....so he's one experienced world tourer!

You can follow their adventure via www.wezijneenblokjeom.nl

It was a great opportunity to share different experiences and exchange stories with each other! Wishing them happy pedalling and memorable adventures to take home with them!

Cheers!
  
Awesome couple! "Giant" Mattijs and lovely May!

 
Santos touring bikes.....


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A nice ending to a good year!! :)

Hi there!

WOW! Is it the end of 2013 already?? I really felt like this year went past pretty quickly!! It must be because I'm slowly gaining momentum towards my goals!! Yay!!

As I reflect back on the things that I have learnt in 2013, it has been tremendous! Ok, there were some of the not-so-good experiences which taught me to be much wiser in the future haha....

Some of my highlights of 2013 were :
  • I learnt a lot about making video presentations with still photos! Gosh, the number of hours/days spent on editing my videos must equal at least 3 month's work!
  • I'm getting better at public speaking! (Don't need to read from a piece of paper anymore...haha) As proof, during my last book talk for this year in Penang, the emcee commented how much I have improved since the 'big fumble" back in 2012 at KL Convention Centre. I had to remind him that it was only a year ago when I was a "greenhorn" and he was surprised because he felt like it was ages ago!! hehe....even though I'm happy with my progress, I know I have lots more to improve on and it will come with practise, practise, practise!
  • Did book talks at two international schools and enthralling the students with my stories! (or at least, I'd like to think so!) It was so refreshing to see these kids aged between 10 -14 years having so many questions to ask me! Really loved their enthusiasm and zest for life! Such a joy to be with them! Hopefully, I will get to do more book talks at other international schools in 2014!
  • I actually won my first road bike....a Polygon road bike!! (but I decided to present it to my brother as the bike wasn't my size on the condition that he cannot sell it off!) and also a Thule All Round Trip Bike Case (which I'm keeping at the moment!)....pretty cool prizes for a day playing in the sun and rain!
  • Met other foreign and local tourers who stayed at my landlord's homestay while in Kuantan and exchanged stories. After discussing with them, I realise I know what kind of tourer I want to be! Yup, there are many people with different touring styles :)

but the most memorable time for me would be the time I met Mr. Victor Chee in Singapore after almost 5 years and being able to give him a copy of my book to say thank you for all his kindness he had shown back in 2009 :) It was a great experience and I will definitely mention him in my next book!

And I had a nice surprise ending for this year! I did a phone interview yesterday with Capital FM, a radio station in Kuala Lumpur and they decided to air the interview on the last day of 2013 for an hour! Yay!!

But of course, there would be a glitch somewhere.....(not about the interview but with me!)

When I was getting ready to listen online this morning, (since the station is only for the folks in the Klang Valley), my newer laptop suddenly decided to create some problems just before 8am and it wouldn't allow me to listen!! Arrghh!!

The more I tried to solve the problem, the worst it got! After fiddling with it for almost half an hour, I decided to try with my older laptop and guess what? It worked perfectly! So in the end, I kind of caught the end bits of my interview...sigh! 

Yup, the story of my life so far ::) 

So until then.....here's to saying a BIG THANK YOU to 2013 for all your lessons, amazing opportunities and guidance and I'm looking forward to a GREAT ADVENTURE in 2014!!

Happy new year everyone!! May 2014 be filled with loads of laughter, happiness, abundance, good health, great friendships, thankfulness, peace and love for all of us!! :)

Cheers
Sandra


Sunday, December 1, 2013

My next book talk.....Penang Island! :)


Many thanks to 邱繼學 (Kaye) for coming up with the nice poster above for me! :)

Hi all,

I had a great time in Singapore recently! My heartfelt thanks to all who took their time off to come and listen to my stories :)  

And guess who came for my book talk....none other than Mr. Victor Chee, one of the kindest and most generous Singaporean I have ever known! 

In order to locate him, I had to ask a good friend, Matt Chia in Singapore to help me find his whereabouts so that I could send him an invitation to come for my book talk. 

Luckily, it was pretty easy to find him under the list of Esso stations in Singapore!. Matt made a call at the outlet near Woodlands (which was where Mak and I first met Mr. Victor) and found out that he has moved to another Esso petrol station in the north east side of Singapore.

Matt managed to speak to Mr. Victor himself and told him about my intentions.  I wrote to him (after he gave Matt his email address)  and he replied! He said that he still remembers me after almost 5 years ago!! He said he will try to make it but didn't confirm so I really wasn't sure that he would actually come.

So when Mr. Victor quietly came up to me after my talk, it was such a nice surprise!! Finally, I get to thank him personally for all his kindness and generosity shown to Mak and I in 2009! I gave him a signed copy of my book as a token of my appreciation and hopefully, he will enjoy reading my stories :)


Ladies and gentlemen, the ever cheerful Mr. Victor Chee!! 


Me, signing his copy :)

So for my next book talk, it will be in Penang! Details are as follow :

Date : Sunday, 8th Dec, 2013
Venue : Popular Bookfest 2013, Straits Quay Convention Centre, Penang
Time : 6pm.

Look forward to sharing my stories to all you folks up north!

See you all then!

Cheers

Friday, October 18, 2013

Coming soon....my first "overseas" book talk - Singapore!!!






Hi all,

I have some exciting news to share!!

I will be giving my first book talk in Singapore this coming November! After much "hassling" (for the past one year!), the kind people at MPH Singapore has finally agreed to arrange a book talk session for me. Yay!!

So for those who are in Singapore during my talk there, you are more than welcome to drop by MPH Parkway Parade on Saturday, November 30th 2013 from 2pm - 3pm.

Hope to see you there!!

Cheerios :)