Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Zurich True Love Contest

To what extent you will go to protect your true love? Zurich believes that everyone would go the distance to protect the ones (or things) that they truly love. With that in mind Zurich sent me a package (sort of a direct marketing or non-print approach) for me to express my version of "true love".
 The package arrived when I was somewhere between Gua Musang and Kuala Lumpur. I had not expected it to be a box, thought it will be more of a series of brochures and explanation on their services as an insurance provider (more of this later in the post).
So as the instruction was " to carefully" unwrap the box, it was of course done with a lot of "love". One thing I learnt over the years of working is to take instructions correctly and its easy because I am trained as an engineer too (own up, who here always ditch product manuals or instructions).
So when I un-tie the blue ribbon, I found myself staring at something like a medical play set. " oh great!, they knew one of my ambitions was to be a doctor", I thought to myself. But of course that would be silly to say the least as I am sure other bloggers would had received the same. So what was in the package?
A set of plasters, bubble wrap, bandage, gloves, respiratory mask and a raincoat
Like really? I am to articulate my True Love based on these? They last time I had to go through this was last month when I was given a can and an orange, and was asked to sell this to a bunch of colleagues on how much I believe the items (can and orange) will change the world.

This is too easy.

So, I guess symbolically these items are mainly to protect your love ones; the plasters and bandage may refers to the medical need. The gloves as a barrier to harmful things, the raincoat for rainy (cash strap?) days, the bubble wrap to cushion a fragile things, and well the mask to wear maybe to protect others when you sneeze?

I get the idea. But as my True Love can't be encapsulated in the physical items above (because they come in height of 163cm, 125cm and 122cm), these items given by Zurich serves as a reminder and refocus that my True Love as the people I love and hold dearly - My family.
Along in the pack is a folder that has insurance services or products provided by Zurich. That is more relevant in today's blog entry, tying back to Zurich as a well-known insurance provider. It has piqued my interest and had me looking at Zurich's website to understand what they have on offer. They have products from General Insurance to Life Insurance, including Financial Lines and Investment-Linked policies.

Inline with this campaign, Zurich launched their #TrueLove (yes, hastag TrueLove) campaign on their Facebook page and has prizes of RM5,000 for selected #TrueLove stories (video and writing). Contest will close this Saturday May 24, 2015 and this is a call for entries.

The Tristupe #TrueLove Contest
In the package was also a power bank and a coffee chain card (i assume with preloaded value) which I believe are meant for me for taking sharing this write up (Thank you Zurich!)
And because I love you dear readers so much, I am sharing the power bank with ONE lucky reader that leave their version of #TrueLove in my Facebook page comment (it also has to be crossed posted to the Zurich #TrueLove Facebook (follow the instructions please) and please provide your posting URL in Zurich Facebook page for verification for me). Show me some love by "Like" my page if you have not done so. 
The Coffee card? Sorry, as that will be used with my #TrueLove for an outing to the local store. They deserves it more than I do, ;-)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SCKLM2015 Returns For 7th Time

35,000 runners from all around the world expected to participate in Malaysia’s premier running event

Kuala Lumpur, 18 May 2015 – Malaysia’s premier running event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) returns for the 7th time to test the physical and mental endurance of runners.
Counting down to flag off! 139 days to the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015!
 Group photo: (L-R) Datuk Law Hong Soon, Deputy police chief DCP of Kuala Lumpur; Yang Berbahagia Datuk Seri Hj. Ahmad Phesal B. Hj. Talib, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur; Mr. Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia; Mr. Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd, Owner and Organiser of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. and Yang Berbahagia Datuk Karim Ibrahim, President of Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF).
Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015 has been confirmed to be held at Dataran Merdeka on Sunday, 4th October.

Officially launched at the Standard Chartered KL Park, the event was officiated by the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Seri Hj. Ahmad Phesal bin Hj. Talib. All categories of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon will be open for registration from 18th May onwards. 
Mr. Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd, Owner and Organiser of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon., giving the opening address during the launch of Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015.
35,000 runners from all around the world are expected to participate in various distance categories, positioning Standard Chartered KL Marathon as an international sporting event that is accessible to everybody, from all walks of life. Since its inception, over 115,000 runners from more than 48 countries have participated in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.  
Mr. Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia sharing the Bank’s vision of Standard Chartered KL Marathon.
The running routes that were launched last year have been well received by runners and will be maintained for this year. Runners will start from the historic Dataran Merdeka, with the full marathon route taking them through highways which provides them a vista of the scenic cityscape of Kuala Lumpur.

Elite runners will also be competing for a total of USD 125,000 in prize money; making the Standard Chartered KL Marathon one of the most lucrative races in Malaysia.

“The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is an annual event that appeals to everyone. What we hope to achieve is a great and memorable experience not just for runners but for spectators, supporters and volunteers alike. We are also looking forward to welcoming international runners and supporters and we hope that they will bring with them good memories when they return home,” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd.  

“The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is also an endurance challenge of both mental and physical abilities and promises to put elite runners to the test. Every year, we look forward to somebody breaking our race record which currently stands at 2:14:45,” he adds.
Yang Berbahagia Datuk Seri Hj. Ahmad Phesal B. Hj. Talib, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur delivering his keynote address on the contribution of Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015.
“As the proud title sponsor of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, we are delighted to be involved in an event that has put Malaysia on the sporting world map. We also hope to inspire and motivate runners to give something back to the communities and support a good cause in line with “Run for a Cause”, the theme for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon,” said Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia.

To celebrate Standard Chartered Bank’s 140th anniversary, the Bank recently ran a contest on SCKLM’s Instagram account inviting participants to submit the best photos of the Marathon. A total of 140 winners were selected, and they won complimentary entries to the Full Marathon.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has also positioned Kuala Lumpur as an ideal destination for sports tourism. In recognition of this effort, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon was awarded the ‘Platinum Award for Events Category’ at the 2014 Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards; making it the only running event to have won the award.

The 2015 Standard Chartered KL Marathon is once again made possible by title sponsor Standard Chartered Bank, and along with event owner and organiser, Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd. and co-organiser Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.
Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, Race Owner and Organiser of Standard Chartered KL Marathon, Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd., together with Gold Sponsors MSIG Insurance and Honda Malaysia, with their official partners: Seiko, Pacific Regency Hotel Group and F&N, accompanied by official apparel brand, adidas and official suppliers: Salonpas, GP Battery and Repucom. 
It is also supported by Gold Sponsors, MSIG Insurance and Honda Malaysia, as well as Official Partners, Seiko, Pacific Regency Hotel Group and F&N. Race owner and organiser, Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd. also welcomes German sports-goods maker; adidas who is the Official Apparel brand for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015. Additionally, Salonpas, GP Battery and Repucom join the Standard Chartered KL Marathon as Official Suppliers completing the list of supporting brands.

Registrations for the race will open from 18th May onwards, and runners interested in signing up can register at

For more information and updates on SCKLM please visit:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Under Armour Discount Vouchers Contest Results

The Tristupe and Under Armour contest has draw to an early end as we already have the 4 winners. Some of you answered within 1 minute of posting (loyal readers! Thank you!) and entries are still coming in as I write this posting today. Results were based on ACCURACY and SPEED of entries. 

Under Armour has committed 3 x 20% Vouchers for purchase at the Mid Valley store and has given 1 x 20% voucher for my own purchase. With the overwhelming response, I decided to extend the coupon given to me to add to the winners' pool (that makes 4 Vouchers)

Without further delay, Congratulations to the 4 winner of the 20% Under Armour vouchers. You will all receive an email from me and please take action soonest to collect them from the address given in the email Starting Monday, May 18th.

1. Asmahan Hanim
2. Wong Yee Chard
3. Celine Yap
4. Awg Shahzreen

Thank you all for taking part and stay tuned for future giveaways from other brands collaborators. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SCKLM 2015 - Run For A Cause

Standard Chartered KL Marathon “Run For A Cause” Initiative Opens For Registration
Run For A Cause charity initiative has raised almost RM3 million for various charities in different areas since 2009

Kuala Lumpur, 6 May 2015 – Malaysia’s premier running event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM), is calling all runners to take part in its ‘Run For A Cause’ (RFAC) charity initiative. The programme is a community initiative to bring runners and individuals from all walks of life to raise funds for a cause.

This year, the four participating beneficiary partners and their causes are:
  • The Standard Chartered Foundation – Funds raised will be used for the awareness of autism
  • Hospis Malaysia – Funds raised will be used to provide palliative care for patients and training for healthcare professionals
  • The National Cancer Society Malaysia – Raising funds for the expansion of the Survivorship programme
  • EcoKnights – Funds will be raised for the Seletar Project; focused on providing the basic education needs and safe living condition for Orang Asli Seletar.

Since its inception, SCKLM has been providing a fun and healthy platform for all runners, individuals and corporations to support a charitable organisation of their choice and to raise awareness for its causes.

“Every year SCKLM becomes bigger, and it has become a well-supported event among the runners. With so much visibility, we wanted to pay it forward with the ‘Run For A Cause’ programme with all our charity partners” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd.

“Standard Chartered Bank is proud to be the title sponsor of SCKLM again, and we hope the ‘Run For A Cause’ programme will inspire and motivate runners to not just run for themselves but also for their chosen beneficiaries and causes.” said Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia. 

Runners and corporations interested in running for a cause can do so by visiting

This year marks the seventh installation of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, and the race attracts over 35,000 runners locally and internationally.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is the only running event in Kuala Lumpur to have won the ‘Platinum Award for Events Category’ of the 2014 Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards.

More information on the causes and beneficiaries:

Funds raised will be used for the awareness of autism
Standard Chartered Foundation, formerly known as the Standard Chartered Trust Fund is one of the returning charity partners in SCKLM this year. The Standard Chartered Foundation is the charity arm of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad. The foundation identifies and channels financial support to community programmes that require aid. Runners across the nation who would like to support the cause will be championing for Autism Education in Malaysia.

To date, Standard Chartered Foundation works strategically with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia to increase awareness and provide better education accessibility for the autism community in Malaysia. Funds will be channelled to the development of autism focused books and training programmes, amongst other initiatives.

Funds raised will be used to provide palliative care for patients and training for healthcare professionals
Hospis Malaysia is returning as a RFAC charity partner for the third time. Having established itself over the years, Hospis Malaysia is a strong advocate for professional palliative care. The charity organisation acts on an approach to improve its patients’ quality of life and their families who are facing challenges associated with life-limiting illness.

Striving to focus on advancing the research, education and improved training for its cause, the cost of this programme me is projected to be more than RM 3 million.

Using SCKLM 2015 as a platform to raise funds and awareness, Hospis Malaysia is expecting to treat more than 2,200 patients in Klang Valley and to train over 1,000 healthcare professionals in the country in the area of palliative care.

Raising funds expansion for Survivorship programme
Established in 1966, the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) is the first cancer related NGO in the country that provides education, care and support services for people affected by cancer. 

Based in Kuala Lumpur, and supported by a network of 5 branches nationwide, the charity body also raises public awareness through education on prevention, screening and early detection of cancer.

NCSM is looking to raise funds to help empower individuals and those affected with cancer through the Survivorship programme via four different centres – Resource and Wellness Centre, Cancer and Health Screening Clinic, Nuclear Medical Centre and the Children’s Home of Hope. Runners who choose to support the cause will contribute to NCSM’s Survivorship programme which targets to help and support a greater number of cancer patients.

Funds will be raised for the Seletar Project; focused on providing the basic education needs and safe living condition for Orang Asli Seletar
Founded in 2006, EcoKnights’ objective is to provide an environmental outreach programme for communities and corporations to raise awareness on the cause of environmental issues.

Runners who choose to run for this charity body will help fund the welfare and capability enhancement programme, focusing specifically on the Seletar Project. The project is an environmental initiative between EcoKnights and Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad (MHB) with the objective of providing the basic education needs and safe living condition for the Indigenous First People (Orang Asli Seletar) who form the fishing community of Kampung Pasir Putih in Johor. The goal of the Seletar Project is to gradually improve quality of life for the indigenous communities.

Corporations are also welcomed to support the ‘Run for a Cause’ initiative by joining the Corporate Challenge category. Corporations will be able to compete in the race event as a team by supporting one of their selected charity partners and giving back to the community at the same time.

For more information or to register for ‘Run For a Cause’ and the ‘Corporate Challenge’, please visit to support the programme and contribute towards a good cause.

Stay updated through SCKLM’s social media channels:

About the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015

Back for the seventh year, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is scheduled to take place on 4 October 2015. The marathon will open to 35,000 participants, ranging from elite athletes to first-time distance runners. A truly international event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon boasts participants from all over Malaysia and over 48 countries. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015 continues as Malaysia’s premier running event with top runners competing for a total of USD 124,280 prize money.

For more information on the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon, please refer to: and

About Standard Chartered

We are a leading international banking group, with more than 90,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. We bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

For more information please visit Explore our insights and comment on our blog, BeyondBorders. Follow Standard Chartered on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Standard Chartered in Malaysia

Standard Chartered Bank, a member of the Standard Chartered Group was established in Malaysia in 1875 and incorporated as Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad in 1984. As Malaysia’s first bank, Standard Chartered leads the way through product innovation, consistent and strong growth performance and sustainability initiatives. The Bank provides a comprehensive range of financial products and services to corporates, institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals through its network of over 40 branches across Malaysia.

In 2001, Standard Chartered PLC established its third global technology & operations centre, Scope International, in Malaysia – the first international bank to do so in the country. Scope International provides software development, banking operations, IT support services and customer service capabilities to the Bank in up to 70 countries. It now houses the biggest software development company in the country, International Software Centre Malaysia (ISCM) and has a total workforce of more than 3,200 people.

Price Solutions Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered PLC is also located in Malaysia. The company promotes and markets Standard Chartered’s financial products in Malaysia through a network of direct sales agents.

Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad (Saadiq), Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia’s Islamic Banking subsidiary was established in November 2008. It offers a full suite of Syariah-compliant products and services to individuals and corporates through its dedicated branches. In 2012, Saadiq established Kuala Lumpur as its global hub for Islamic consumer banking.

Standard Chartered employs close to 7,000 employees in all its Malaysian operations.

About the Event Owner and Organiser

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is owned by Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd, an award-winning event management company founded in 2011 by Rainer Biermans and Gloria Ng.  The event has attracted not only Malaysian runners, but runners from 48 countries.

Standard Chartered KL Marathon was awarded the Platinum award in the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism award in 2014 for attracting tourists to Kuala Lumpur. The award is a demonstration to Rainer Biemans’ and Gloria Ng’s combined experience of over 48 years in executing and creating world-class and impactful events for international clients around the world such as Europe, Brunei, India and Singapore.

For more information on Dirigo Events, please contact +603 7887 1717 or email

Monday, May 11, 2015

Under Armour Discount Vouchers Contest

Under Armour Fans, fancy winning yourself a 20% vouchers for purchases at the Mid Valley store for all items including new arrival? This is 10% more than what the usual UA Members will get and I have 3 x Vouchers to give away this week. Interested? Read on until the end to find out how.
Under Amour’s Touchdown in Mid Valley
Under Armour Open New Store in Mid Valley Megamall

Just months after launching its first-ever Malaysia brand store in KLCC, the US-based performance footwear and apparel sporting brand continues its momentum in the market with the opening of a new brand store in the Mid Valley Megamall location.

The brand is hosted a special launch event on 21st April 2015. In conjunction with this, Under Armour is also launching its Earn Your Armour (EYA) campaign starting Tuesday, 28th April 2015, which was held at the rooftop of Avenue K. This campaign is part of a global initiative to educate the public about a healthy lifestyle and the fitness concept. EYA Malaysia is a six- (6) week challenge programme to enable participants to join free workout sessions conducted by Under Armour’s gym partners. Throughout the challenge, participants will gain encouragement and training tips from the trainers who will be with them every step of the way, pushing them to Earn Your Armour.

“Opening in Mid Valley is a natural step for the brand’s expansion in Malaysia,” said Michael Binger, Chief Executive Officer, Triple Pte. Ltd. “The response to our brand from athletes in Malaysia has been tremendous and we look forward to increase our presence throughout the country.” 

The store in Mid Valley will embody a retail experience that evokes the high energy and signature gritty ethos of the Under Armour brand. The sporting brand is endorsed by elite and popular Malaysian athletes such Mixed Martial Arts athlete Peter Davis, Linora Low, professional golfers Nicholas Fung and Airil Rizman Zahari, Kit Mah, Hansen Lee, and fitness model and body builder Nana Al-Haleq. The Under Armour Mid Valley store will offer its fans a whole Spring-Summer range and the same technologies that are now pushing athletes to the max.

The SS2015 collection includes the brand's technological innovations such as the HeatGear® Sonic, HeatGear® Flyweight, ColdBlack®, ColdGear®, UA Storm, UA Tech™ and the popular Compression range. Additionally, among the technical apparel available is HeatGear® ArmourVent™, a new training apparel technology platform available in both men’s wear and women’s wear. The UA Studio & UA StudioLux® lines are designed for athletic females such as brand ambassador and American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland.

Under Armour is distributed in Malaysia through an exclusive partnership with Triple Pte. Ltd.

“The Under Armour Mid Valley store is the result of a well-planned expansion strategy,” said Adrian Chai, Chief Marketing Officer, Triple Pte. Ltd. “It’s in a high-traffic centrally located area making the brand even more accessible.”

Aesthetically, this new retail destination will bring to life the Under Armour brand personality. The environment will include accent metal and wood furnishings and the Under Armour Thrones, large black leather seats with the logo stitched in red prominently installed within the footwear zone.

The Under Armour Brand Stores are located at:
Mid Valley Outlet
G-012, Ground Floor
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2201 1399
Business Hours:
10.00am – 10.00pm

Pavilion Outlet
Lot 5.02.00 & 5.03.00, Level 5,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-2110 1288
Business Hours:
10.00am – 10.00pm

Suria KLCC Outlet
Lot 335, Level 3, Suria KLCC
50088 Kuala Lumpur
+60 3 2181 6737
Business Hours:

10.00am – 10.00pm

About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionised how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. Under Armour’s wholly owned subsidiary, MapMyFitness, powers one of the world’s largest Connected Fitness communities. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at

About Triple Pte. Ltd.
Triple Pte. Ltd., a sports and lifestyle retailer, holds the exclusive distribution rights for the Under Armour brand across Southeast Asia. Under Armour is the fastest growing sports performance footwear, apparel, and accessories brand worldwide. Triple launched the first Southeast Asia Under Armour mono–brand retail outlet in Singapore and Philippines in early 2014. An omni-channel e-commerce is served out of Singapore across the region since Q4 2014. Triple is based in Singapore. Be Humble and Stay Hungry.
and now.... and Under Armour 20% Voucher Contest

To win one of the three vouchers and in Under Armour's spirit, these are the HOUSE RULES:

A. Answer the 3 Questions below correctly:
1) How many Under Armour outlets are there in Malaysia? 
2) Name two of the Malaysia Under Armour Brand Ambassadors.
3) Where is the location the Earn Your Armour (EYA) campaign held at?

B. Email the answers (itemise it as 1, 2 and 3 please) above to admin at with the title Tristupe and Under Armour Awesome Giveaway. 

C. LIKE Facebook page as announcement for the winner will be made there.

Closing date : May 17, 2015.
Winners will be announced on May 19, 2015. 
Winners will need to collect the vouchers from the Under Armour PR Company (GO Communication) themselves. 

Vouchers valid until May 31, 2015 and only at Mid Valley store.

Decision for the winners (based on speed of submission and accuracy of answers) is final and belongs to Triple Private Limited.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Skechers GoMeb Speed3 Review

GoMeb Speed3 in Red-Blue and Silver. Best color for this model in my opinion. Photo by Chan Jun Shen
#HaveAFastDay  - as Skechers would tell you and made more relevant with the introduction of GoMeb Speed 3 (shorten to GS3 in this review). The GoMeb Speed series is Skechers' version of racing flat. They are light, fast and the color promises you will always be seen. The first generation GoMeb Speed was reviewed here and the Limited Edition GoMeb Speed2 (that is still in it's box), is here. GoSpeed3 (GS3) remains to be a shoe in the market that has been made specifically for a world class athlete (Meb) and the GoSpeed3 (GS3) mimic the same shoe he wore for Boston 2014.
GoMeb Speed 2 Limited Edition 
The 3rd Generation or the GS3 has evolved to be a much more softer and less stiff racing flat. Since then the carbon plate has been replaced with Dupont Hytrel and now with Dupont Delrin. Both are classified as thermoplastic materials with Hytrel offering "Flexibility" and Delrin giving "Stiffness". 
From DuPont's website, it is known that Delrin has the strength of metal while remaining lightweight. 
Redesigned and Re-Engineered upper
First Impression
As some of you that follow this blog would know, I've worn the original GoSpeedMeb and love the responsiveness of the shoe. Skechers surprises by providing a racing flat that are not only minimalistic but cushioned. This is not an usual attribute of a racing flat as they are not meant to be worn for extended time (I use "time" as some people run way faster for the same amount of distance ;)). 
Similar to the two previous iteration, the challenge with a lightweight minimalist racer is to be able to provide sufficient structure and support to the upper of the shoe. 
In the GS3, there is significant material update compared to the other two iteration. The upper has significantly more fused overlay and re-designed mesh. This has lend support and provide a snug fit without compromising flexibility of the GS3. 
Airy top
If you take notice, the upper mesh was engineered in such way that it provide more ventilation that all previous models and better than what I can recall for the other GoRunRide model. This trend continues with the tongue (not secured or stitched to the shoe) where you will notice significant "transparency" when seen against brighter background.
No More Hot Upper
Not sewn down
Internally the smooth stitching continue to allow me to wear them without socks. The insole is not removable though I secretly wished I could remove it for some customised fitting. However, I've noticed it to be thin enough not to be bothersome and good enough for a barefoot/sockless use.   
Non-removable insole and notice the smooth stitching internally
Up close of the heel cup, I can't help but to notice that the material was very "microfiber" like. This shoe is indeed designed for sockless wear/usage. One thing I've noticed is that the heel cup appear to be stiffer than the other GoSpeed. Perhaps this could be a hit or miss for some that may prefer softer/stiffer heel cup. For me, I am impartial as the heel cup is (importantly) low enough not to cause any chaffing to the Achilles area.
Microfiber heel cup?
Next up is the sole. The heart of the GS3 has been changed significantly. To start with, the material used (still branded as Resalyte) is now softer but still retain the responsiveness of the previous version. The pattern of the sole is re-designed with two of the pods repositioned further towards the heel instead of bunching it up in the middle where the (now) Delrin plate is.
One thing to note is that the rubber pods are significantly firmer than the white Resalyte and this provide feedback when you wear it the first time. On the GS3, i immediately felt the pod nearer to my heel. The Pods are also moved further up to the front as well, which allow me to feel when I take off or land midfoot-take off. The transition between feet strike and taking off felt different than the original GoSpeed.
No less than 150km clocked since December 2014.
From the side view, the GS3 now has the new Skechers Logo (S) in a more dynamic form and the 3-Chevron (arrow) pointing forward gives the shoe a "fast look".  Color coordination on the pair i received (this is a sample pair, not production pair) is the Blue-Green combo and do not have the size indicator. 
#HaveAFastDay  -take note the heel cup and the front is curved upwards

This pair weigh in at about 220grams for US11, which runs pretty close to the official weight of 233grams for US11. Give and take the error due to me using an analog scale and the fact that I weigh this only recently (at approximately 150km mileage). No photos of the weighing in as I did not take any. 
The heel cup is "off" the ground, minimising the potential of heel-striking.
The drop for the GS3 is at 4mm with 18mm back and 14mm front. I love the fit where the mid-part hugs my arches without biting into it and that this version of GS3 is wider at the toe area, allowing the toes a little more space than the previous two version to splay when landing. However, it is still snuggier compared to the roomier GoRun and GoRunRide; but there are significantly more room in this iteration.
On The Road
Good snug fit and responsive sole that provides feedback. Lightweight and sockless use. You run fast in these - if not you will feel fast running in them. Hot spot was felt when new on the inner big-toe area likely due to unbroken in material/coating internally. After the first run, the hot spot was not noticed anymore. 
Good grip on uneven tarmac
To a certain extend, I felt the GS3 to be a stiffer version of GoRun4 - I have been interchanging this two shoes during my travel and to be used for run training. 
Transitioning was smooth with noticeable pod on the heel if i land heel first

Note: This pair of Skechers GoMeb Speed3 is sponsored by Skechers Malaysia via collaboration with 2ndSkin Asia Athletes program. Thank you Skechers Malaysia and 2ndSkin! This pair of GoMeb Speed3 retail (Peninsular) for RM399 (Women) and RM419 (Men), and (Sabah/Sarawak) for RM409(Women) and 429(Men) and is available at all Skechers store.