Things to do in KL – Let’s go hiking

Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve Trail

Looking for things to do in KL? Join Other Expats for our first group activity/networking session on 16 December as we hike the Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve Trail.

As it’s our first activity, we’re limiting the group to around 10-15 people for the estimated 4-hour session that starts at 7.00am.

RSVP now

Remember to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring lots of water.

We’ll have brunch and network afterwards.

SongkRUN Water Run Malaysia 2017

Female DJ at an event,

Do you enjoy running or walking or even just strolling? How about heart-thumping dance music? What do you think about playing in the rain (or just water)? SongkRUN combines all three in one super exciting, non-competitive 5km run on 26 March 2017 at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS) in Serdang, Malaysia.

Songkran (note the slightly different spelling) is the famous Thai New Year festival in April every year when people cleanse the old and bring in the new, as well as to usher in good fortune with lots and lots of water. SongkRUN (organized by Six Foot Yellow Worldwide) brings the celebration to Malaysia and seven other countries, including Thailand for those who don’t have the opportunity to go experience the actual festival.

SongkRUN is described as the world’s first water fun-run experience (along the scenic route of MAEPS), with multiple water and music zones. What that means is you get to be sprayed a lot of icy water at every pit stop with music in the background.

SongkRUN Water Run pit stops

The pit stops double as themed obstacles combining several music genres—Water Fountain, Foam Party, Rain Shower, Icy Tunnel and Fire Brigade. Just get to the finish line and you’ll join the colourful after-party featuring musicians and DJs including Chukiess & Whackboi and ANRK.

If you enjoy running, the latest dance music and rain showers as well as chasing friends, family, and strangers around with water guns (provided by the organizer)—combined into one fun experience—then go register now. Ticket prices for the event are between RM88 and RM155. We’ll see you there!

Things for Other Expats to remember:

1- If you’re going alone and taking public transportation, go early to beat the flash fares (increased fares for rush hour) and the crowds.

2- If you have a backpack with you, look for the luggage storage area usually provided by the organizers for free for the runners. Contact the organizers HERE.

3- Don’t forget to pack fresh clothes and shoes or slippers (helpful for your ride home!). Sunglasses would be great, too! Try not to wear clothes with colours that bleed out.

4- Have some cash in hand for drinking water or food purchases.

5- You’re not allowed to bring in water guns not bought from/provided by the organizers, so don’t even.

6- Dress appropriately – nothing too revealing.

7- Prepare your gadgets for the water splashing! You can get waterproof containers or holders for less than RM 20 at online shops (check Mudah or Lazada) or at the gadget shops at your local mall.

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2016 – it’s about to be on!

While Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) was called off owing to the drastic haze in October 2015, registration is about to open for the event this year. SCKLM 2016 is open to locals and foreigners, and is one of the biggest sports events in the country.

The organizers have introduced small changes in the SCKLM 2016 such as a staggered registration process to “ensure a better registration experience for runners as it simplifies the online registration process and lessens the chances of web-traffic congestion.”

Other changes to SCKLM 2016 include an increase in the full marathon cut-off time to 7 hours from 5 previously, as well as a checkpoint system (that runners have to get to within a set time or they will be pulled out of the race).

If you registered for Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015, you’ll be given priority (not certain how).

For more information, visit the organiser’s website or see the attached press release below.

We’ll be running this year, will you?