Sunday, September 30, 2012

For the month of October 2012......

The Expat, October 2012

Hi there!

I had the pleasure of meeting up with the editor of The Expat magazine, Chad Merchant in August to discuss about my book. I was thrilled to hear that he agreed to do a write up for me in their October 2012 issue! A really nice and friendly guy who writes flawlessly! Thus, the post Editor !

The Expat magazine is a magazine specially written for all expatriates living in Malaysia, particularly those staying and working in Kuala Lumpur. It provides useful information about Malaysia and interesting topics about our Malaysian culture, sights and sounds

Recently, I browsed through their website and found more exciting information about them! Not only do they distribute to over 5,500 resident expats here for free but they are also on board Malaysia Airlines and Lufthansa, KLIA duty free shops and VIP lounges, luxury KL/Singapore coaches, expat associations, embassies and international schools nationwide, 4 & 5 stars hotel lounges and more than 300 selected restaurants, bars and retail outlets.....Wow. the list sounds impressive and endless! 

Well, having been in the market for the past 16 years, I'd say they are well established :) You can read more about them via the link below 

And here is the online version of the article under their sister company

So nice of Chad to include my overall route map in his write up as well :) Hopefully, it'll grab the attention of the readers to want to know more about the interesting story he has done for me for he has hit it right on the spot! 

Once again, my heartfelt thanks to Chad and his team at The Expat group!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Let's not forget our Malaysian medias as well :)

A two page spread in The Malay Mail, April 24th, 2012

The Sun, May 9th, 2012

 The Star, July 2nd 2012

And online paper Malaysian Insider on May 12th, 2012,

Also, not forgetting my very FIRST radio interview with BFM Radio. Below is the podcast for my interview.

Well, it was pretty nerve racking being live on air for the first time but I'll get better :)

So, a BIG THANK YOU to all the newspapers above and radio station for featuring my story so far since the launch of my book in April 2012 :)

Let's keep the "wheels" rolling !!

Cheers :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

We made it into the Singapore media! Woohoo!!

The New Paper, Sept 2nd, 2012

Hi all,

Yup, it's me again with more happy news!!

I'd like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Danson Cheong from The New Paper in Singapore for featuring my story on Sunday, 2nd September, 2012. I think he did a nice write up for me :)

Hopefully, this exposure will help to promote my books to more Singaporeans to come and explore Malaysia, whether on two wheels or four wheels :)

Happy pedalling!

Cheers :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

My book is "GOING PLACES!" Yay!!

August 2012 issue of Going Places, the inflight magazine for 
Malaysia Airlines on ALL international flights!

Hi all,

About 2 weeks ago, I gave an unexpected lift to an Italian family who was stranded at the popular tourist spot, Teluk Cempedak to Kuantan town. Since it was fasting month and it was about time to break fast, no taxis were willing to come and pick them up, of course! The father hailed me after I finished my run in the evening and despite being all sweaty, I decided to give the trio (father, mother & their 19 year old son) a ride to town for them to catch their bus to Malacca later that night..

While in the car, we got to talking and I found out that they were here in Malaysia for a short holiday before heading back to Italy. They just came from Yangon in Myanmar and spent 2 nights in Cherating (another popular beach spot, further up north of Kuantan).

When they asked me what was I doing, I told them about my book and luckily, I had a copy of my book in my car and showed it to them. When the father saw it, he immediately gave a surprised exclamation!


Because he saw the cover of my book (twice!) while they were flying from Dubai to Yangon and Yangon to Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines! Well, well, well......what do you know!

I didn't believe him initially and asked him repeatedly whether it was my book cover that he saw but he was very adamant about it because both his wife and him are cycling enthusiasts too and the photo of my back on my bicycle had already registered back in his mind.

If what he said was true, then my guess would be that he would have read the write up in Going Places magazine, the official inflight magazine for Malaysia Airlines and it is placed in ALL international flights to and from Kuala Lumpur! Hooray!!

He promised to email me the page when he gets back to Italy the following week and that he did! True enough, I saw my book cover and the short write up!

I decided to investigate further and asked a friend who had connections with Going Places and he told me that he will send me a copy of the August 2012 issue. Thanks Kit Choong for this!

It arrived a few days' ago and I managed to scan the pages and made some amendments. Thanks Dickson for helping out :)

It's a pretty amazing feeling to know that the good people of "Going Places" has given me a great start to promote my books to the international market. A million thanks to you all for this wonderful window of opportunity!

Do stay tuned for more exciting things to come!!