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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

KFIT; Pros & Cons

These are my thoughts on the pros and cons of the KFIT membership.

Disclaimer:
This post is not sponsored. This is based on my own initiative to share something I really enjoy. These are my honest opinions. 


PROS

  1. Really cheap for the first month! It's RM49 for the first month, but with my promo code it's only RM19 for the first month! https://kfit.com/invite/1juui
  2. Value for money, RM99 per month for all the various activities and gym access is so worth it! It's an affordable price too, especially for students like me. 
  3. You can try various activities and visit many gyms. 
  4. The activities are for various levels of fitness and/or skills, indicated by 'easy', 'medium', 'hard' or 'multilevel'.
  5. You do not have to commit to a certain activity/gym/centre/studio. No commitment!
  6. You don't even have to commit to KFIT. You can choose to cancel anytime. Just email them a week before the end of your billing cycle :)
  7. You can even pause your membership! You can pause for up to 3 months by sending them an email a week before the end of the billing cycle :)
  8. KFIT has 339 partners in KL! https://access.kfit.com/partners
  9. It's really worth it if you go for adventure parks such as District 21, as it's RM58 per entry and trampoline parks such as Jumpstreet which is RM22/RM27 per entry. Even Jazzercise is RM30 per entry. 
  10. You can experiment with different activities. You'll get to try classes such as muay thai, kickboxing, belly dancing etc. If you don't like it, you can always try a different studio or try a different activity instead. 
  11. There's so many random activities associated with KFIT like golf, ice skating, paintball, archery etc. 
  12. You can meet new people through KFIT as there will be other KFIT members attending the same class.


Cons

  1. No last minute plans! You can't reserve or cancel the activity on the day itself. All reservations/cancellations must be made the day before. (Reservation closes daily at midnight.) *Late cancellations or no shows will result in loss of class credit for that studio and you will be penalized a RM20 late cancellation fee.
  2. You can't book a class for someone else. But parents can book kid classes for their child. 
  3. It is only available in KL. 
  4. There's a limited to each centre/studio.
  5. Your account links to your debit card/credit card. 

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My KFIT experience; the first month

Lately all my blogposts are bout food reviews,
but today I decided that I would like to share something about fitness.
It's the end of my first month with my KFIT membership, and I've really enjoyed it throughout the whole of July,
so I decided to share my experience.
PS. I decided to share this because I couldn't find anyone who blogged about KFIT when I was trying to find out more about it.
Hence I thought it would be good for me to share my experience :)


DISCLAIMERS:
[1] This post is not sponsored. This is based on my own initiative to share something I really enjoy. These are my honest opinions.
[2] I never planned on blogging about this either, hence I didn't take proper photos to share on my blog.
The photos taken are simply just to show my friends.
[3] I am not a professional. I am merely a university student trying to get back on track towards my fitness goals.


Exercising can be free, right?
You can jog at the park or around your housing area, or you could do home workouts.
But after awhile, you'll definitely get bored of it eventually. (I did.)

As for gyms, going to the same gym day after day, with no variation in equipments; that could get boring too.
(After 4 years+ at the same clubhouse gym and 2 years+ at my uni gym, I got bored)

Furthermore, so many commercial gym membership requires a contract. (This is why I haven't signed up for any)
But there's always the walk-in gyms, I really enjoy that, but paying for walk-in gyms several times can sum up to a large amount too. In fact, not many gyms allows walk-ins either.

And then there's fitness classes, martial art classes, dance classes, or other leisure activities which usually require you to sign up and pay monthly fees.
However, it's not easy to commit to only one type of activity. And there's so many I would like to try out!

I actually enjoy various type of workouts, I have days that I would like to go for a fitness workout class with a trainer, or some days I want to go for martial arts class such as muay thai or kickboxing, and then there are days I'd like to go for something for upbeat like a dance class.

This is where KFIT comes in.
I've heard about KFIT, and I'm sure anyone that's on Facebook would have probably seen the ad on Facebook.
Yes, KFIT is a fitness membership. That'll all I knew about it. 

But it wasn't until a good friend asked me about it that triggered me to find out about it.
After reading the FAQs on their site, I emailed KFIT to enquire more.
The person that attended to me was Bryant, he was very helpful.
In fact, he shared his promo code, so me and my friend signed up a few days after.

After signing up I was eager to book my next workout.
Upon seeing the schedule list, I was overwhelmed by the various classes, facilities and gyms to choose from.
Even adventure parks such as District 21 and the trampoline park, Jumpstreet is included in KFIT.

In a span on one month, I've tried various activities and been to different gyms with my KFIT membership.

1. CHI Fitness, PJ Trade Centre - Gym access
2. CHI Fitness, Scott Garden - Gym access
3. District 21 - Adventure park access
4. Knockout FC - Muay Thai beginner's class
5. Sri Damansara Club Driving Range - Golf 
6. Jumpstreet Trampoline Park - Jump core class
7. Jazzercise - Dance Mixx class
8. Curves - Gym access
9. Bodytone Wellness Studio - Power core class
10. Jazzercise - Interval Dance Mixx class

*I wanted to try more, but July was a really busy month for me. 

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1. CHI Fitness, PJ Trade Centre

I chose CHI Fitness as my first activity in KFIT because its quite well known among people in Damansara, and I've heard good reviews about it from my best friend.
Going to the gym is not something new to me, but the change in environment was really good!
I loved it at CHI Fitness. They have really helpful and friendly staffs, like reallyyy helpful.
Why do I say so? Well, I got LOST.
I thought it was in the Empire Damansara building, I double checked with a guy I met at the carpark and also a security guard, both telling me that CHI Fitness is in that building. 
But they were wrong, they lead me to Anytime Fitness. 
So after that I had to call CHI Fitness for directions, and a guy there guided me. 
Turns out, CHI Fitness is in Menara Mustapha. (a completely different building, about 5 minutes walk away) 

The access card.



They even have a pool on the top floor. 

Don't make the same mistake as me, do take note that it's in MENARA MUSTAPHA.


2. CHI Fitness, Scott Garden

It's slightly different, the layout is different from the one in PJ Trade Centre, hence it looks smaller too.
But the one thing which stands out from the PJ branch is that there's a boxing ring here.

It's meant for the Muay Thai classes. 



3. District 21





I had so much fun at District 21.
There are a total of 10 attractions, but the 'roller glider' is no longer available and the 'low ropes' are for kids.
I managed to try 6 out of the 8 attractions available;

I. Tubby ride - loved this, I went twice because I loved the adrenaline rush
II. Free fall - pushed myself to overcome my fear of heights, I went twice too. I did a forward free fall and a backwards one.
III. Sky trail - it was really challenging. Definitely requires a lot of upper body strength.
IV. Go pedal - more like a kid's version of go kart where you cycle
V. Power station - only tried the vertical slide and a failed attempt for rock climbing
VI. Maze - it was mediocre, not worth your time if you don't have much time to spend.

Check out the other attractions and find out more on their site

The entrance fee is actually RM58 if you enter without KFIT.
There's up to 3 visits per month with KFIT. You'll be given a special pair of gloves and a pair of socks to be worn for the activities, hence you do not need to pay extra for the gloves and socks (unlike Jumpstreet)


4. Knockout FC, Muay Thai Class; Taman Tun (TTDI)

I didn't take any photos of the centre, but I took some photos of their schedule and rates as reference.




5. Sri Damansara Club Driving Range - Golf 
They provided 100 balls for free, which lasted me and a friend for a good one hour. 


6. Jumpstreet Trampoline Park - Jump core class
Fun core workout! I really do enjoy Jumpstreet. 
Would be better if KFIT allows more than one visit to Jumpstreet. 


7. Jazzercise - Dance Mixx class
Jazzercise is a fun one hour cardio workout to a great choice of songs, you'll be sweating so much at the end of the workout. It incorporates weight in some parts of the workout too. I really like the instructors too, they are very energetic, enthusiastic and never fail to keep you motivated. 
*Jazzercise offers walk-ins too, so you can either pay RM30 for walk-in after your KFIT limit or go to a different Jazzercise centre.


8. Curves - Gym access
This gym is for ladies ONLY.
The workout was relatively easy for me, I much prefer lifting with weights compared to their machines. But I would still go for their gym for a light strength workout.

The workout routine consists of alternating cardio and strength-training in 30 seconds intervals, much like circuit training. The whole workout routine takes only 30 minutes.
But instead of using weights for the machines, Curves gym uses hydraulic resistance machines. Each machine focuses on two major muscle groups at a time, as an example, one of the machines works both the biceps and triceps alternately.
The staffs/coaches were very helpful and they will guide you throughout the whole session, pushing you to do better and faster.


9. Bodytone Wellness Studio - Power core class
This is a studio which focuses on Whole Body Vibration (WBV) training. 
Hence, the core workouts were done with the vibration training. The workout took only 45 minutes. 
It's something new for me, the vibration training was kinda weird initially but I got used to it after 15 minutes. 
The trainer was very friendly, he explained briefly about vibration training when I asked. 
Apparently the vibration training has many benefits. To find out more, check out their site.


10. Jazzercise - Interval Dance Mixx class
*Similar to dance mixx. 

That's all for my KFIT experience in July!

If you guys are interested to join KFIT, here's my promo code to get RM80 off!
Your first month will be RM19 only!


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thirty Seconds, Bandar Sri Damansara

Everyone has a favourite cafe they always go back to, and Thirty Seconds happens to be mine :)

Been here many times.
This is where I usually get my morning coffee, my usual spot for coffee with friends or to study and get work done.

PS. Thirty Seconds is named after the barista's ideal time for extracting an espresso.


The latte art here is ALWAYS instagram worthy! 1,2,3
But don't spend too long taking photos, you don't want your coffee to get cold.
A good cup of coffee is best enjoyed hot :)


I have many more photos of coffee, but first, the food!


Creamy Chicken Linguine; RM15
Simple yet delicious, and it doesn't feel too heavy despite having a creamy sauce. 
This is suitable if you want something creamy, 
but you don't want something too heavy and creamy like a carbonara.  

Aroi Seafood; RM18
 My favourite, I love this squid ink pasta dish! If you love spicy food, you should definitely order this!
With the right amount of spiciness and generous amount of seafood, this dish is definitely a must-try! 



Back to the latte art... :)
 

The prices here are also more reasonable, as the coffee are priced below RM10.

Piccolo latte; RM8
This is my personal favourite. 


Oh and a cafe is incomplete without cakes!

Salted caramel crepe cake; RM10




I always, always go back to Thirty Seconds.

Thirty Seconds
7, Jalan Margosa SD 10/4a,
Bandar Sri Damansara,
52200 Kuala Lumpur
Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun: 8am - 9pm
Fri, Sat: 8am - 10pm
+60 3-2632 3919

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Palsaik Korean BBQ Mont Kiara, SohoKL

Who doesn't love a good Korean BBQ?

I went To Palsaik with a group of friends for a farewell dinner, and if you have friends who love samgyeopsal 
(pork belly meat), this is the place to bring them. 


Set 8 Colours; RM122
One set would be ideal for a group of 3-4 people. There were 7 of us, so we got two sets. 

Palsaik actually means eight colours in Korean. They are known for their samgyeopsal seasoned with 8 different special ingredients. 
  1. Ginseng, Pork Belly Marinated in Ginseng Sauce
  2. Wine, Pork Belly Marinated in Wine Sauce
  3. Pine Leaves. Pork Belly Marinated in Pine Needles Sauce
  4. Garlic, Pork Belly Marinated in Garlic Sauce
  5. Herb, Pork Belly Marinated in Herb Sauce
  6. Curry, Pork Belly Marinated in Curry Sauce
  7. Miso Paste, Pork Belly Marinated in Soy Bean Sauce
  8. Hot Pepper, Pork Belly Marinated in Hot Pepper Sauce

*Each flavour is 75g of meat each. 




The set also comes with mushrooms, kimchi, garlic, green chillies, seafood soup, a set of lettuce and a bowl of salad for each person.


Loveeee their kimchi!

 Seafood soup
The soup contains tofu, 1/2 a small crab, two mussels, clams, squids and loads of vegetables. 
I enjoyed this the most :)


PS. The mushrooms are not refillable.
Only the kimchi, lettuce and salad bowls were refillable.

For all the pork lovers out there....


Among the eight flavours, I enjoyed the 'Hot Pepper' flavour the most. It wasn't spicy at all, but it was sweet, much like teriyaki sauce. 
The Ginseng flavour was the strongest flavour, and Miso Paste being the mildest. The Pine flavour was very nutty too. 

Overall I enjoyed my meal at Palsaik, but I'm not a big fan of pork belly, so the meat was just mediocre for me. 
I would prefer if they had a lean meat option too. 
The are definitely good for what they are known for, their pork belly. And not lacking in their side dishes too. The kimchi was really good, I liked that they added bean sprouts in their kimchi. 
Not forgetting, the seafood soup was beyond good too! 


Palsaik Korean BBQ Mont Kiara
J-01-09 SohoKL, 
Solaris Mont Kiara, 
No. 2 Jalan Solaris, 
50480 KL
Tel: +603-6211 0383
Monday-Sunday: 11:30am to 11:30pm


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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Yellow Brick Road, Batai Village Damansara Heights

Built by dreamers for dreamers. 


Me and a friend decided to check out Yellow Brick Road on a Sunday morning,
It was about 11am and there was already a waiting list.
We gave our name and waited with the rest of the crowd on a hot Sunday morning.

After waiting about 20 minutes, we got a seat inside the cafe.


 

Upon waiting we asked for the menu, so we had plenty of time to decide what to eat.
There were many good choices to choose from.

Cascara tea; RM9, Ice Mocha; RM14
I saw Cascara tea on the menu, so I decided to try something different that morning instead of the usual cup of latte. It's a coffee cherry tea made from the dried berries of a coffee plant. It's definitely something different, and very unique. 
But unfortunately it's not my cup of tea. (literally)
No regrets though, at least I've tried it. It's definitely worth trying if you're feeling adventurous. 


Eggs Norwegian; RM23 
Poached eggs on potato rosti, served with smoked salmon, avocado slices and passionfruit hollandaise sauce.

You can get eggs benedict anywhere, but how often do they serve it with potato rosti?
Paired with the smoked salmon, this is one of the best combinations I've ever had.
The passionfruit hollandaise sauce was something special too. I'll definitely go back again for this!



It was just too good!


Gardener's Brekkie; RM22
Poached eggs, sliced avocados, tomato vines, sweet potato balls and creamy mushrooms on rye bread.
You can never go wrong with mushrooms and poached eggs, and the sweet potato balls was a sweet touch. The sliced avocados needs some salt though.

I loved this cute radio, it was actually playing music for the cafe.



They even have a play area for kids.

It was a really good meal at Yellow Brick Road, definitely worth the wait :)


Yellow Brick Road
8-7 Jalan Batai
Bukit Damansara
Kuala Lumpur
03 2035 5922

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