Monday, November 22, 2010

TEST MATCH ENGLAND V SAMOA

I managed to catch the match between England and Samoa last weekend.

What was supposed to have been a  foregone conclusion, in favour of the English of course, became a tightly contested affair with the Samoans drawing the first blood. It was a very entertaining match with the Samoans matching the English blow for blow. The English must have been quivering at some point or another during the game as the Samoans closed in on them. Much to the Samons' credit, they did not park an imaginary bus anywhere on the field but rather they were going forwards in search of tries. Such was the fighting spirit. Alas, the final result did not do justice to the rate of the islanders' industry.

Good luck Samoa for 2011.



Pictures were taken from ESPN. More eloquent narration of the Samoans' exploits and the respect they earned and should have earned below.

The Match Report.

Samoa rugby should not feel deflated.

English captain's testimony.

Samoa should get more respect.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

EAT 'EM, FISH

I got a free voucher for fish spa treatment at Kenko Fish Spa during the Shape Night Run last July. I decided to utilise it today at one of its outlet in Pavilion.

Here's a picture of the fishes feasting on my legs, hahaha

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

RUN FOR A RAY OF HOPE, UKM


Starting line. 7km. Deo at the corner of the picture, bottom left.

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

I NEED NEW SHOES

Perfect reason to go shopping this weekend.

I need new shoes. This pair gave up on me already after 2 years+ of service. I have been ignoring the obvious signs of aged and abused but one can only take so much.

It certainly came a long way. Bought in Manjung and finally laid to rest in Hutan Simpan Ulu Legong, Baling after going through the jungle and wading the waters of Lata Gading.

Maybe I can utilise the adidas rebate offer. Interesting.

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

@ANJUNG BATU

Feasting on seafood at Anjung Batu, Melaka celebrating proclamation of Melaka Maju 2010.

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

@ FINAL PIALA AGONG 2010

Eager to try out my recently acquired D90, I took some time to go and watch the Agong's Cup Rugby final played at Bellamy ground, Sungai Besi with my 'assistant', Eiddin. it was his first time watching rugby and he had fun. Back home, he was busy re-enacting the tackles and the scrummages.

Back to photography - I only have with me the 50mm and 18-50mm. A severe handicap for such an ambitious venture. I decided to pick a spot and will only shoot the actions right in front of me. Below are some of the pictures. It's pathetic, I admit. Go on, pummel me. The rest can be seen at myflickr .


News by NST

Rugby: Fighting Kelantan stun Forces

2010/10/25

KELANTAN staged an amazing comeback to beat Armed Forces 18-14 in the final to be crowned the Agong's Cup champions at Padang Bellamy, Sungai Besi yesterday.

Trailing 3-14 at halftime thanks to tries from Mohd Irman Mohd and Ahmad Farhan Azizan, a demoralised Kelantan look destined for defeat at the hands of the 11-time champions but came roaring back after the break with tries from Nazreen Fitri Nasrudin and Mohd Saizul Hafiz Mohd Noor in the 55th and 63rd minutes respectively.

Kelantan manager Mohd Noor Nek Alias said his team were struggling against the Armed Forces forwards in the first half.

"We knew they (Armed Forces) had quality forwards and we struggled in the first half.

"But we managed to work around the problem and it showed in the second half," said Mohd Noor.

Kelantan last won the tournament in 2005.

Armed Forces coach Nor Hisyam Ibrahim said his team lost focus in the second half.

"Kelantan came out a different side in the second half and we lost focus which resulted in a lot of loose passes from us," said Nor Hisyam.

"We did gain some momentum in the final minutes but it was too late."

Kedah, the 2008 champions, managed to salvage some pride by beating Sabah 20-11 in the Plate final.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

EMIL IS 7

Emil,

You are now 7!!! Do you realise it? You are a big boy now. Dah boleh sunat. We probably do that during your year end school holiday. Do you know that now I can whack you if you miss your prayers? I think you know.


Have a go at the pictures of your birthday at my flickr.

We are still at a loss of things to get for your birthday. We bought you an Al-Quran because you've said you want one for yourself. I know you and Eiddin would be happy if we got you an Ipod Touch but that's out of the question at the moment. Some more, you already have the PSP! Uncle Joe suggested that we get you the NERF gun, like the one he bought for his sons . He said then we can get all of you together for a shoot out. We will have to think about that.

Thank you for the times you are with us. I must admit that it is not rosy all the time between you and Mama and Abah. You are growing up and we are learning too. Believe us when we say that we only want the best for you. We want you to be the best there is in whatever that you do. Sure you do get a lot of scolding but that is part of the process, hehehe...

Now that you are 7, you must act like one. A 7 year old boy do not quarrel with his little brother over toys or the choice of tv channels. A 7 year old should sleep in his own room on his own. A 7 year old should be more independent and not be clingy to his parents anymore.

You should now be able to think of what's good and what's not. You have to cease shouting at Eiddin and stop throwing tantrums if things do not go as you wish.

Please however to continue to be the good boy that you are. A little tweak here and there will make you even better. Don't slack on your studies though all seems easy for you now. It will get harder, believe me.

One more thing, soon I will have to take you out on a serious exercise because it does not escape our attention that your waistline has been increasing by the day.


That's all for now. I will write to you again soon. Meanwhile, please remember that Abah and Mama love you very much. Happy 7th Birthday and have fun for the coming year.

Until later.

Love, hugs and kisses,

Abah & Mama

Sunday, October 17, 2010

MIZUNO WAVE RUN 2010-RACE REPORT



Finished the run in about 1 hour 30 minutes. The timing could have been worse. The route was a series of ascent and descent. The hill on the final km was a real killer. Even with only 1 km to go, I succumbed to the challenge and was only able to walk before picking up speed on the final 500m.

It was a good outing with great company of the usual suspect, Azizul and fellow KPTC members.

Will be back next year to attack the hills again.

Photos at myflickr

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.

MIZUNO WAVE RUN 2010, UPM

At the starting point. Other MIs yet to be sighted.

All the best.

Majulah sukan untuk negara,hahaha

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

HAPPY IS...

...listening to the radio.

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

THE SUN REPORTS OLYMPIC DAY RUN 2010

THE SUN, THURSDAY 30/10/2010

Record number of participants in Olympic Day Run


IT WAS a fun family day out for many participants of the annual Olympic Day Run at Dataran Merdeka on Sunday.

Jointly organised by McDonald’s Malaysia and the Olympic Council of Malaysia, this year’s run had a record 7,091 participants in 14 categories.

From as early as 7.30am, the first group who went the full distance of 7km were flagged off. There were also 5km and 3km categories for senior citizens and primary school children respectively.

A special category for the disabled was introduced for the first time this year and was warmly received, with more than 200 runners and wheelchair-bound people taking part.

Leading the pack in the men’s and women’s open categories were former national athlete Muniandy Ramadass and national athlete Yuan Yu Fang.

Muniandy was the first overall runner to cross the finish line, clocking a time of 24 minutes 44 seconds.

"This year I participated in 15 runs and emerged champion 10 times," he said.

Muniandy, 32, admitted to a preference for 10km and 21km marathons, having trained for long-distance runs from an early age.

Muniandy and Yuan also won their respective categories at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2009.

Women’s veteran champion Susan Khoo said running and training had always been an integral part of her family’s life.

The hard work paid off when her daughter Kim Khoo took third place in the women’s junior category.

"Running is a good way for us to keep fit and have fun together," said the 50-year-old Susan, who completed 10 runs this year.

Khoo’s high spirits were shared by men’s veteran champion Ridzwan Sulaiman who has taken part in the Olympic Day Run every year.

"I used to run the full and half marathons, but now I have to scale back and run shorter distances," he said.

"I often took my children out to the park in the evenings, simply to exercise or go jogging," Ridzwan said.

Proving that the young also have what it takes to compete, women’s junior champion Sawin Kaurm, 14, said she had participated in marathons from the time she was in Standard 4 and that this was her third Olympic Day run.

"This is the second time I emerged champion," said a jubilant Sawin, who is also a school athlete, having represented the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

OLYMPIC DAY RUN 2010 REPORT

Truth is, this was one race that I least prepared for given the 1 and half month hibernation during fasting month and the open house. On top of the unpreparedness, I also carried the after effects of endless gorging of lemang, rendang, ketupat, nasi dagang and samprits.

The runners were let off at exactly 7.30 am. The route was the Bukit Tunku route which was famous for its undulating terrain. I made it my goal that day that I will not bow down to the challenge of Bukit Tunku, hahaha...and I made it. Went in and out of Bukit Tunku non-stop. But I did stop after 40 minute mark - right in front of the Parliament. I was listening to my body - somebody said failure to listen to your body will bring you grave consequences, hahaha...From there onwards, it was run-walk-run-walk-run until the finishing line.

I made it slightly under the 1 hour mark. 59 minutes to exact, hahaha...Not too proud of the time, but proud nevertheless as it was another race finished.

Below are some pictures.





Sunday, September 26, 2010

OLYMPIC DAY RUNNING

Am running the Ronald today. At the starting line here in front of the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad building.

Flag off will be at 7.30. A good half an hour from now.

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

OLYMPIC DAY RUN 2010


I have registered myself for another running event this coming Sunday at Dataran Merdeka. Have to cover a distance of 7 km. Hopefully, this run will jumpstart the system that had been lying dormant for the past 1 and a half month.

Let's start working.

Friday, September 10, 2010

SEMBAHYANG RAYA

Salam Aidil Fitri.

We have just finished solat sunat Aidil Fitri, alhamdulillah. Pray that life will be blessed for our family and for the ummah. Pray that it will be a beautiful Eid. And pray that we shall be chosen to grace the next Ramadhan.

Insya Allah.

Selamat Hari Raya & Maaf Zahir Batin. Or to keep up with time, SHRMZB.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Salams Syawal Yengkoz 2010 Daripada Presiden Mentula Ingens Class of 94



Perutusan Hari Raya daripada Presiden Mentula Ingens, Sdr Syed Khalid Al Juned. Watch out for the appearance of the new Deputy Headboy.

Full text below:

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah hiwabarakatuh.

Alhamdulillah. Bersyukur kita ke hadrat Alllah SWT kerana dengan keizinanNya jua maka pada hari ini dapat kita bersama-sama menyambut Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. Batch Yengkoz kini sudah 16 tahun lebih setelah keluar koleq.

Syawal adalah satu mekanisme yang baik untuk kita kembali mengeratkan silaturrahim.

Rasulullah SAW ada bersabda yang maksudnya: "sesiapa yang beriman dengan Allah dan hari kiamat maka janganlah dia menyakiti tetangganya. Dan sesiapa yang beriman dengan Allah dan hari kiamat, hendaklah dia memuliakan tetamunya..."

Kita seharusnya menggunakan peluang ini untuk mengunjungi Yengkoz 2, saudara-mara, handai dan taulan agar mereka mengenali antara satu dengan lain yang sekaligus akan mengeratkan lagi ikatan silatulrahim.

Syawal adalah tanda kemenangan dan kejayaan melawan hawa nafsu, godaan dunia, sikap membazir dan boros.

Tidak merugikan jika kita bersederhana dalam menyambut hari yang mulia ini. Perabut tidak semestinya diganti dengan yang baru manakala permaidani tidak perlu ditukar dengan rekaan terkini.

Jagalah pemakanan kita supaya apa yang dimakan tidak memudaratkan kita kelak. Mungkin amalan berpuasa enam patut dipertimbangkan.

Kepada mereka yang melakukan perjalanan di Idul Fitri ini, samada untuk pulang ke kampung halaman mahupun menziarahi sanak-saudara dan handai taulan, berhati-hatilah di jalan raya. Adalah lebih baik kita tiba lewat sedikit daripada terbabit dalam kemalangan semasa dalam perjalanan.

Assalamualaikum. Selamat Hari Raya.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

TIDO KE?


Dah setengah bulan dah tak update ni. Kena cari bahan untuk update ni. Bahaya, nanti tak pasal kena strike out dengan celebrity blogger KNizam. Itu hari dah kena sekali - jadi tak boleh biarkan pisang berbuah dua kali.

KNO sibuk memantau bom kat Pakistan. Sebab tu dia tak perasan blog ni dah mula nak bersawang. Tapi ada kempeitai jepun yang dok tolong perati dan bagitau dia. Itu yang lagi bahaya.

Hahahaha...aku dah update!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

RAMADHAN SCENE


This picture gives me a good laugh today. Reminds me of the time long gone. The time when there were less worries and the days were long. The time when a sip of ice cold syrup at buka puasa was heavenly. And the XL-size pride on Hari Raya knowing that 30 days of fasting didn't kill you.

Pic was taken from The Malay Mail.

Monday, August 16, 2010

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO START!!!

It's never too late to start. In fact, it's never too late for anything. Here's a motivating article I grabbed from The Malaysian Insider . Pay most attention to the last 2 paragraphs.

Getting fit in midlife, better late than never

By Dorene Internicola

It is never too late to exercise and swimming is a great way to get fit. Exercising in your 40’s, 50’s and 60’s is like saving for your retirement, experts say.

Starting early is money in the bank, but even late bloomers can reap astonishing benefits.

“The game isn’t over, even if you haven’t been active,” said Dr Angela Smith, past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. “Aerobic fitness, bone health, agility, you may be able to catch up. It’s remarkable to see the things people can actually do.”

Smith, a physician at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, said studies have shown that even octogenarians can double their strength with weight training.

“There’s good evidence that among people who have arthritis, the stronger have less pain, and that getting fit decreases the chance of having cancer,” she said.

But if you’re a former high school athlete who became sedentary as your temples grayed, don’t expect your history to save you.

“Some of the benefits you built up aren’t going to maintain themselves if you become a couch potato,” Smith said. “That wonderful bone strength you built in your 20’s will melt away a lot faster if you don’t stay active.”

Smith said logic dictates that 40-, 50- and 60-year olds need to pay attention to all components of fitness.

“Make certain to do flexibility, strength and aerobic training, even if you have to decrease the amount of impact. A jumping sport may be difficult. But many of the non-sport activities, swimming, weight training, yoga, people can do just fine in 40’s, 50’s, 60’s.”

Andrea Metcalf, a fitness expert and personal trainer for over 20 years, recommends bite-sized portions for the late beginners.

“People who have never exercised don’t have a good sense of body awareness or body movement, so we need to focus on simple patterns, on strengthening those stabilising muscles,” said Metcalf, whose forthcoming DVD, Keeping Fit: Strength, Cardio, Pilates, targets the midlife exerciser.

“We know that 10-minute segments will have a cardiovascular effect. So if you do a couple, in the next week you can bring that up,” she said.

Metcalf agrees it’s never too late to start. “You’ll feel the benefits within the first two weeks of doing any new programme. In six weeks you’ll see body changes. If you touch your arm it’s going to feel stronger.”

Dr. Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, of the University of Illinois and the leader of the Active Aging Blueprint, a umbrella group which develops strategies to help people 50 and older increase physical activity.

He thinks people should revisit their routines just as they do their retirement investments.

“The 25-year-old kid that goes for a run without a warm-up will need to adjust that middle age, when he’s more prone to injuries,” Chodzko-Zajko said. “The choice of most 40-year olds is not going to be same as most 60-year olds.”

He said studies in nursing homes have shown that strength-training residents increase their mobility. Some even get out of wheelchairs. “Even modest improvement is associated with huge differences in the quality of life.”

Chodzko-Zajko urges people to find the activity that makes sense to them. “Even walking the dog or spending time outside. Adopt active choices. Be active in your own way.”

Metcalf says people who live to be 100 all have a fitness component.

“Exercise is the fountain of youth. If you want to live to 100 you have to exercise,” she explained.

So what’s the best workout?

“The one you’ll do,” she said. “All the rest is just marketing.” – Reuters

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

SALAM RAMADHAN-1st DAY CASUALTY

Salam Ramadhan to all. There still fews minutes to go before buka puasa for the year's Ramadhan.

Emil already collapsed of exhaustion, hahaha...but he's steadfast for now.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

TEAM ORDERS

Caution: I am not an F1 fan.

Alonso won on that day. But not a 'real win'. Massa had to let him pass and in the process deprived the fans of a potentially nail-biting duel. A duel was not good for the team as anything can happen. A possible 1-2 could end up with nothing at all. And the team was fined for that. Many people are not happy including this one.

This however, is not unique to F1. Yengkoz had our own team order last year, happened during the MCOBA Futsal Tournament. As we progressed, we suddenly we found out that 2 of the 3 teams that we sent to the competition had to face each other in the loser's pool semi-finals (or was it quarter finals?).

Being the lesser team of the 2, a team order was issued against my team. We were to lose so the other team can advance safely and compete for a podium finish !!! Damnnn.

And lose we did. It wasn't easy as we had to act serious and curb the suspicion of us throwing away our game. The other team progressed but I can't remember the exact outcome of the tournament.


Anyway, MCOBA Futsal 2010 will be held this Saturday. We are sending 2 teams this year to stand for our honour and to fight with valour, hahahaha...good luck. Am not playing this year. I am still reeling from the aftermath of the team order...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

NATIONALS, 2nd DAY

The tournament resumed with the first game played at 10 am. We were up against the tournament favourite, SMS Machang. We had no choice but to win.

Fate would not have it as we lost 1-2, with their winning goal came through as a result of brief lapse in the defence department. SMS Machang grabbed the slot in the fight for the championship. What's left for us then was to fight for a slot in the game for the 3rd/4th qualification. But in order to do that, we needed to only draw against STAR.

Long story short, we won against STAR (with the bragging rights, of course, hahaha) and got a shot at finishing the tournament in 3rd place. We were due to battle it out against SMS Selangor.

The game was played at 5 pm. All the Bapak Iteks pooled our meagre resources in the audio department and cheered for the team from the first whistle. The stadium's roof almost came down when the boys went 1 up in the 3rd minute. Much to our amusement, the TKC girls and SERATAS chipped in to cheer for the boys too (no wonder STAR had so much bone to pick with us. They never get the girls).
But SMS Selangor replied with 3 goals, all from penalty corner set pieces. Despite the vigourous cheering and all the opportunities, we failed to sound the board. Full time, MCKK 1, SMSS 3 and we are placed 4th in the tournament.

In my eyes, the boys fought gallantly throughout the tournament. They could have done better no doubt but it would not be fair to schools who were better and more prepared than us. As Mr. Anand said, we are already knocking on the doors of victory, but we have to keep knocking until the doors are open.

Well done boys - winning and losing is part of the game. The difference is in how you deal with them and come out as better person.

*****

Collectively, we had decided that the MigDuck Project is now officially over and this was the last tournament that shall witness our heavy involvement. We are moving on. But some of us will still be around to see through some things that we started like the Annual Camping and the MigDuck Cup.

On personal level, I have tendered my 'resignation' from the team. I no longer have the space and time to be a part of this project and hence I don't intend to be a mere passenger (well, I haven't been contributing much anyway, hahaha) in whatever that will come after this and take credit for things I don't actually do.

But you can always count on my support. After all, it was me and my big mouth that got us in this. If it's any consolation, I have learnt my lesson and have learnt them well, hahaha...

To all Bapak Iteks, thank you, thank you and thank you again.

To MigDuckies, keep on knocking, rain or shine.

-what is MigDuck without the drama-

Hahaha, so true, so true...

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

Thursday, July 22, 2010

NATIONALS, 1st DAY

1st day report: 3 games - 1 win v. SDAR; 2 draws v. SHAH Pekan & SAS.

The boys through to the 2nd round and live to fight another day. They were good in the first game but things went downhill a bit in the games that we drew. In all honesty, we were riding a lot on our luck in the last 'do or die' game against SAS. SAS blew at least 3 point blank chances which could have been easily converted and send us packing. We prevailed in the end.

But, tomorrow's another story.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

ON THE ROAD

I will be on the road today. To Ipoh.

Take a couple of days off from work and realities and go watch kids of MigDuck battling it out at the Nationals, and spend some boys' time with the usual suspects along the way. At the moment, am at KL Sentral waiting for Radin to pick me up.

In retrospect, we are all always on the road. Journey is a constant thing in life. The end of one travel is always the beginning of another.

To the kids of MigDuck, good luck in the Nationals. Hope you guys will get through the tournament as victors.

Letks just have some fun.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A PARENT'S LOVE

Dad moved to tears as son escapes gallows

July 21, 2010KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 — A man broke down in the High Court here today when his son was acquitted and discharged on a drug trafficking charge, which carried the mandatory death sentence, and for drug possession two years ago.

Adam Tong could not control his emotions upon hearing judge Datuk Ghazali Cha order his son, Sadiq Saiful Adam Tong, to be acquitted and released of the charges.

Tong’s two other children were seen pacifying their father who was sobbing uncontrollably.

Unemployed Sadiq Saiful, 29, was charged with trafficking in 27.6g of heroin and possessing 0.96g of nimetazepam at No 3-14-4, Pantai Hill Park, Phase 2, Jalan Pantai Dalam here on May 16, 2008.

In his judgment, Ghazali Cha said that the defence had succeeded in raising reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.

He said there were also contradictions on whether Sadiq Saiful was alone or with a girlfriend on the day of the incident, although this had been denied by the woman.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Mukhzany Fariz Mohd Mokhtar prosecuted while Sadiq Saiful was represented by lawyer Gooi Soon Seng, who was assisted by lawyers S. Selvi and Mak Kah Keong. — Bernama

***
 
Parents' love knows no bounds.
 
Let us all hope that we would never cause our parents to shed their precious tears for us for all the wrong reasons. And hopefully, when the time comes, our little charges will return the favour to us too, Insya Allah.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

FOCUS. IN BLACK

Focus. In black. Even prettier. Even more beautiful.

Autocar, July '10 describes it as winner, the most balanced C-segment car one can buy and a worthy alternative to the usual Japanese sedans. Good words indeed. Plus, it's a diesel - a nice option in view of the recent and upcoming fuel hikes.

Can' afford it at the moment though, sadly :)

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

Thursday, July 15, 2010

DARK SKIES


Dark skies over KL earlier today. Am sure many KLites were not too glad with the increasing darkness as its end result usually mean later arrival to their homes. Lucky I don't work in KL. Taken from the fourth floor of Suria KLCC.

In case anybody's asking, I was on an official duty. It so happened that I brought my camera along.

More pics here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

WATCH THE STANCE

Emil went for his karate grading on Sunday, his third since he started learning the martial arts back in December 2008. The grading was decentralised unlike the previous two, so it was held at the dojo, karateworks at Bandar Seri Putra.

Long story short, he passed and moved from green to blue. The examiners pointed out areas that he needs to work on further, especially on the weak stances.

I always believe that learning martial arts is a good thing. More often than not, most people fear that by learning martial arts, we are teaching our kids the violent ways. The truth is, there is more to karate, or any other martial arts for that matter, than kicks and punches. Most importantly, it teaches the kids about restrain. And also about being humble.

More pics here. More about the karate school - karateworks.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

ON A SATURDAY MORNING

Here's something we don't do very often,hahaha...having coffee early on a Saturday morning right smack in the middle of the KUALA LUMPUR.

It's nice - private time,minus the kids. Let's do this more frequent.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

Thursday, July 01, 2010

BUSY JULY

It's going to be a busy month by my standard. Have registered myself for 2 running events. One is slated in the middle of the month and another will be a night run on the last day of the month. The Siemens Run, to be held on the 18th will get me running on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. It shall be my first time pounding the streets of KL in running mode, after traversing them since the last 13 years either on foot in walking mode or on motorised wheels, 2 and 4. I shall be receiving my race kit via mail some time next week.

The tagline for the race is "What are you running for?" Well, I haven't decided.


The next race is the Shape & Men's Health Night Run in Putrajaya. I will be running alongside Jures, Chamat and Mior who will be flying from Sydney for the event (Mior's on holiday actually). Am looking forward to the run and the lepak session after the race. Also looking forward to the RM300 worth of goods to be given by the sponsors to all runners upon completing the run. No medal for sure as the medals will be given only to the top 75 runners.


Now, let's get started on the training!!!

NEW LOOK

Am bored looking at the same thing day in and day out. That shall explain the trickling of the postings of late. Decided to give it a new look.

Friday, June 25, 2010

WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE???

This guy was born with a deformed leg which later had to be amputated, left by his mother, stopped schooling at 14 - but still managed to find the good in life.

What is your excuse again?

Pic and story at NST. The guy blogs here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

SWINGING


P1000705
Originally uploaded by e_dua_tujuh
This was taken on Father's Day. Took the boys out to let off some steam at the neighbourhood playground. I carried my camera along as playground is always a good place to record the kids in their full earnestness.

Managed to snap a handful but I took a particular liking to this one. Click for bigger picture.

Swing Eiddin, swing.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

FOCUS TDCi IN NST'S CBT

The object of my current desire, the TDCi is being reviewed in the CBT pull-out of NST today.

The writer heaped praises on the car notably on the powerful diesel engine, its equipment level, the torque and the traction. The writer did not touch on the handling though.

On the downside, the writer highlighted the sluggish downshifting (whatever that means) and the fact that the Focus and all its variants will be made obsolete within 2 years.

The writer however gave a more believable fuel consumption estimate - 55 litre for 500-600 km - compared to some reports on the web which boasted that the car can go 800 km with 55 litres pumped in its belly.

Sadly, whatever it is that the car has to offer, at RM128,888 OTR w/o insurance, the TDCi remains well beyond my reach.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

Saturday, June 05, 2010

SP Setia ECO

10k. Tapau'ed.1 hour 9 minutes.

I will write later, most probably.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

FROM SP Setia

Am at the starting line near KNO's house at Setia Alam.My second stab at 10k.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

Sunday, May 23, 2010

THE BIRTHDAY DAY

                
 The birthday bath


The Wait

The celebration


The cake


VIPs of the day

Happy Birthday. Now, go for the stars, both of you!!!

MigDuck KK Trip


(THE SECOND UPDATE. WAS ALSO SUPPOSED TO BE UP YESTERDAY.)

We have arrived. 1 hour later than planned.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®
__________________________________

I was live-blogging and mobile-uploading my FB simultaneuosly yesterday, all for the benefit of other Bapak Iteks who could not make the trip this time. The mobile uploads were ok but I cannot get through my blog. I then decided to stop putting in entries and stick to FB.

On to the main agenda. The trip was for us to oversee the MigDucks playing a friendly against the Old Boys Team as part of the preparation for the upcoming Nationals. On personal level, this would be my first appearance after an absence of slightly over a year from 'actual scenes of the action'. An absence which had been much derided by the other Bapa Iteks. (If it's any consolation, it felt good to be back, hahaha).

For analysis of the friendly match according to Ruff, below (in red) :

The team becomes more "junior" as we go along. There's only 7 F4s and 2 F3s in the team now and 6 F1s and F2s.

Mr Thaman allowed more and more F1/F2 to play especially in friendly series, which means we need more friendly series if they were to reach the potential by the time they are F3s.

Quite scary for national tournament this year a...s our team might be one of the most junior (orang lain semua F4), but it's a good investment for the future :-)

MCOBA won 5 - 3. The boys slept the first quarter and allowed 2 goals; struggling to find the right rhythm.

Then they woke up ha ha, equalised at 2-2 until end of 2nd quarter. In 3rd quarter it became 3-2, then 3-3.

MCOBA scored 2 more goals in the last quarter.

Personally, I think the boys played well. I was quite surprised to notice that they have grown well, physique's wise, and they seem to know what they were doing on the field. It was really a far cry from the earlier days when "they could not hit a ball to even save their lives" comments would be not be really off the mark.

But I agreed that they need to come into the game running, not walking around half-awake. In defence of the Duckies though, that must have been the after effect of the plates of nasi goreng ayam and nasi goreng ayam madu saud that we 'threw' in their direction straight into their bellies just before the game. So remember, no nasi for Ipoh!!!

Keep it up guys. We might be in for something good this time around.

P.S. - Yengkoz had passed a resolution to sponsor a banner for the National Tournament in Ipoh. Now we only need to agree on the design.

MigDuck KK Trip


(THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE UP YESTERDAY. BUT I SCREWED UP WITH THE SETTING.)

Live from the highway.

Ezam picked me up. But only after making an unscheduled detour to Bangi.

Am now waiting for Ruff@Joe's Place.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

Monday, May 17, 2010

DON'T TELL KNO

Apple's iPhone replaces Blackberry for some bankers


SINGAPORE, May 17 - British bank Standard Chartered is replacing the Blackberry, currently its standard corporate communication device, with the iPhone, a move that could eventually result in thousands of its bankers switching to the Apple device for business communication on the go.

Read more at The Malaysian Insider.

Shhh...keep this between us Biebers. Do not let this piece of news anywhere near the iPhoneista...hahaha...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

EKIDEN RUN 2010 - POST RACE REPORT


The post race report.

Let's begin with things before the race. Ajak, Hairul, Din and myself went together in anticipation of the huge crowd. However, we arrived slightly off the schedule, and as a result, we were scrambling for the registration, putting up our numbers and boarding the transit buses. Toy who arrived earlier was not helping either with his panic SMS - tayar bas dah nak bergolek yeop!!! - :)

We split up then and were taken to our respective checkpoints in separate buses. We were incommunicado then. The guys must be taking this race very seriously as nobody was picking up the phone. By then, I can only hope for the best.

Being the fourth runner, I was taken to the third checkpoint situated near the junction before the bridge in front of the MOF building. I must have waited for slightly less than 1 hour before Toy emerged with his trademark strong run (only the belly is quite showing these days, hahaha) with the black tasuki (sash). After exchanging the sash, I continued the run started by Ajak and Din. I started off quite fast but quickly came to my senses as I realised that I will not be able to maintain that pace for the whole stretch. I then slowed down to a more comfortable pace and proceeded tp complete my share of the 15km route.

From the checkpoint, I ran on to the bridge, took right in front of the MOF, took a left at the junction beside KPDNKK and then proceeded to fourth checkpoint near the Wisma Putra junction.

Nearing the checkpoint, I picked up a bit before passing the sash over to Hairul. Hairul sped off straightaway and in no time, he was out of sight. I then walked to the finishing line in front of the Palace of Justice. It was quite sometime before I rejoined the team and took the above picture before adjourning to Coffee Village.

We finished 91st out of 200-odd teams competing in the open category. Well, not bad. Not bad at all, hahaha.

It was fun and healthy way to get together. We enjoyed it very much and we have medals and certificates to show for it.

I have little qualms about the organisation of the event. But I feel the pre-race registration could be improved. But since we arrived a bit late, we can't complain much, can we? All in all, it was a good event.

Update 17 May 2010 - I forgot. There is another complaint actually, voiced out by Hairul and shared by me. There was no distance marker at the race. It would be very helpful if the organiser put up the markers.

EKIDEN RUN 2010-HAIRUL'S P.O.V


The finishing line from Hairul's point of view :)

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

EKIDEN RUN 2010-AT THE FINISHING LINE


At the finishing line. Am not sure whether Hairul is already here.

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®

EKIDEN RUN 2010-LIVE FROM PUTRAJAYA

Live from Putrajaya.

Am now at the 3rd checkpoint. Ajak is the first runner, to be followed by Din, Toy, myself and lastly Hairul.

Did not get to take the pre-race team photo as we arrived just in time this morning. Maybe can have one after the run.

All the best!!!

Sent from my Celcom BlackBerry®