2013 - Penang Bridge International Marathon

Penang Bridge International Marathon on 17.11.2013

The Penang Bridge International Marathon broke its own 2012 record with more than 47,000 runners this year - it will be in the 2013 Malaysian Book of Records. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng gave away prizes to the winners as well as the grand lucky draw prize of a Honda City. Next year the run would be held in the Second Penang Bridge.

We stayed at Ching Neng Shyan's residence in Tanjong Tokong Penang, getting ready to go for the run at 10.30pm on 16th Nov. And at 11pm we drove to the Queensbay Mall car-park and slept in the car till 2.30am. We had an early breakfast of bananas and a bottle of 100plus and then walked to the starting point and waited till our run at 3.30am on 17th Nov. It was a 21.25km marathon run completed in 3:15:04

Elise Ching Sze Lin will be joining us in 2014 ... yeh! yeh!

A short speech before the start of the run.

The half marathon count down begins....

At the middle span of the Penang Bridge.

At the middle span of the Penang Bridge.

These are the water sponges for cooling the body 
being thrown all over on the bridge after used.
Can you spot where am I and Jin Yuan in this photo at the finishing line?

We are right behind the guy number E06921 on the right.

It was a father and sons team taking part for the first time 
in the 21km Penang Bridge International Half Marathon.
Both my children and I completed the 2013 PBIM (Half Marathon) at 6:43:41 am with a time of 03:15:04.

A wonderful Sunday with all the 47,000 runners enjoying the run on the Penang Bridge started at 2am for the full marathon and at 6.30am for the 10km run. We all enjoyed the breezy and scenic atmosphere on the bridge and also at the finishing line as the weather was good.

This is the best medal I have ever received - so beautiful and well worded.

What say you? Showing off our motto to all 47,000 runners: 
" I don't stop when I'm tired, I stop when I'm done".

Making new friends from the run after getting our finisher medals .... Congratulations to all participants!!

This is the best medal I have ever received amongst the other medals.

This tall guy Stephen Tan or known as the Wawasan Power Eagles is definitely a giant! And he beat me by about 3 minutes.

Celebration Dinner: 
For our successful run in getting the medal, there was a great celebration dinner hosted by my brother Ching Neng Shyan and family at Daorae Korean BBQ in Tanjong Bungah.

Teoh Sau Jin with Ching Jin Wei at the entrance of Daorae.

I was overwhelmed with everything on the table. I didn't even know how to start …… 
Nevertheless, I grab a glass of Korean beer to start with followed by the Korean rice wine .....
Indeed the Ching's family is definitely enjoying a wonderful dinner.
Plenty of food was served on this typical Korean floor sitting dining table room.

Dishes were prepared at our table on gas and also charcoal grills that are built into the table itself.

Shevin Teoh and her brother Sau Jin with Ching Jin Wei
Judith Khoo with daughters; Evonne Ching and Elise Ching

Judith Khoo, Evonne Ching, Elise Ching and Ching Neng Shyan

Caason Ching, Winnie Law and Isabelle Ching
Caason Ching, Winnie Law and Isabelle Ching
Elise Ching, Ching Neng Shyan and Caason Ching on the right.

Evonne Ching, Elise Ching holding a bottle of Korean rice wine Makkeolli with daddy Ching Neng Shyan.

Ching Jin Wei, Ching Neng Bin and Catherine Oon

Evonne Ching loves the "Japchae".
Elise Ching loves the "egg soup".
Judith Khoo and daughter Evonne Ching

Winnie Law and daughter Isabelle Ching

Dak galbi (닭갈비), barbecued chicken

BBQ Dwaeji bulgogi (돼지불고기), spicy pork bulgogi

Japchae is a Korean dish made from sweet potato noodles, stir fried in sesame oil with various vegetables.



  1. Hi Neng Bin

    Thanks for keeping me in the loop - you're indeed very active, energetic & really living life. Have a wonderful 24/7.

  2. Dear Ching, Thank you for the pictures. It looked more like 3 brothers team. Well done and keep the good spirit always.

  3. Greetings Chin Neng Bin.
    You look good even after the Half Marathon. Well done to you and sons.
    Warmest regards,
    K C Yong

  4. Capt. Poon Voon Heong29 November, 2013

    Hi Ching, you're really fantastic and fit. I don't think many young guys can overtake you in the run. Please keep it up.

  5. Hello my friend Mr. Ching....youre an inspiration for our contemporaries. Keep it up our very own ironman....I am afraid the only way we can procure such a title is by registering for an ironing competition...LOL

  6. Bravo my friend...you could also qualify in the triathlon as ironman...I am thinking of taking part in an ironing contest to get a similar title..LOL

  7. Yim Poh Leong01 December, 2013

    Dear Mr Ching,
    Thanks for sharing so many of your activities, travels and adventures - all achieved with distinction. You really live life to the fullest - good for you. I can see how happy you and your family members are. You are really one blessed person. I do envy you.

    Have a great year-end, and early happy new year greetings to you. Looking forward to "experience" more of your fantastic adventures for many years to come.


  8. Yong Lintang02 December, 2013

    Well done, Neng Bin. Way to go. You look great at your age. And your photos are good too. Lintang Bob Yong.