Sunday, July 30, 2006
Details of the run to come.......
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
They eat on the run. They talk on the run. They use a port-a-potty. One athlete cruised into a podiatrist to have two infected, ingrown toenails removed and was back on the course in two hours.
He still ran 60 miles that day. The athletes brave blisters, bandaged toes, weight loss, limited sleep and a chiropractic nightmare while attempting to stay focused and positive for nearly two months. Theirs, they say, is a gift to humanity.
"Not everyone can climb, and not everyone can run this race," said race director Rupantar LaRusso. "But it's a challenge. It's inspiring and shows that there's no limit to what you can do."
This gives me more inspiration to run my race this weekend .....
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Yes, if you still remember the article that I blogged earlier this month about MAS vs AirAsia titled "Hitting Under the Belt" The government (which is the father) is encouraging MAS (the TaiKor - big brother) to hit AirAsia (the Sailow - little brother) left, right and center by taking away floor pricing. Now Sailow cannot take it and retaliate. He is giving TaiKor a big punch on the face, and TaiKor doesnt know what hit him, still seeing stars #$%#^&&@*@.
Hence this big blow that AirAsia is giving out are 500,000 seats at RMO.99 to certain locations within Malaysia. Can MAS compete, I dont think so. Anyway I am happily booked for a flight to Langkawi during the end November 2006 for a family vacation at RMO.99 per person.
Thank you Tony Fernandes and give them another punch this time Under The Belt ie offering Beyond Expectations Fares on your International route.
AIRASIA - GUA CAYA PADA LU
MAS tagline - Going Beyond Expectations
AirAsia Low Fares Offer tagline - Fares Beyond Expectations
Secondly is the countdown to the Penang Bridge Run 42k marathon this coming Sunday, 30 Jul 2006 that I am attempting after a long 15 years break. I am currently taking it very easy and not putting pressure on myself. I will go out there and enjoy the race. Although timing is always important in a race, I will be happy if I can finished the race within the sub-5 timing, anything faster than that will be a bonus.
Well, will take each day as it come within the week.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
It has been a long long time since I had consumed so much of durian in a day (may not be a lot compare to some big durian eaters). But I think I have consumed about 3 durians before lunch and another 2 just after lunch. Thats quite a lot for my standard. Well anyway it was a EAT ALL YOU CAN session at an orchard in Melaka that my family visited over the weekend.
The fruits were good and I just cannot resist it. I would have ate more if not for the consideration that I am running the Penang Marathon next weekend. Just do not want to get sick because of eating too much durian and miss the race. I will make another trip up to Bentong/Raub probably after my Penang race for the jungle durian. These durian are very green in color and small in size. But dont judge the book by its cover. The smell are extremely pungent and there are people who do not like it. The rambutans there are delicious too and they are called "Anak Sekolah". Those are the best rambutans that I have ever eaten - big and juicy.
Anyway it was a durian feast for me over the weekend........
Friday, July 21, 2006
Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.
cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.
The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,
it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
If you have lots of money and have a status of your own, will you divorce your wife and marry someone that is 20 years younger than you (which can actually be your daughter). This is whats happening now in KL (you know who I am refering to), and probably in the minds of those rich fella out there. There are so much hype on it which I felt is totally unnecessary and wasting country resources and in fact bring down the productivity level. I am no fan of such fairy tale marriages which generally does not last long. We saw one that just gone separate ways. Anyway thats their personnal life and I hope they can manage it well, otherwise it will be another separation to come. Just dont splash the money lavishly (anyway its not my money, why bother) and getting publicity out of it. If they are genuine they dont have to do that; like what the Chinese said "Real Gold is not afarid of hot burning fire"
Who is next.......
I am more concern of the haze coming back into the country.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
It was a week of high mileage, clocking a total of 62km to complete my 2 months training in preparation for the coming Penang Bridge Marathon on July 30, 2006. It was tough staying on the road for almost more the 3.5hrs (~33km) on Saturday and I hope this will help me break the mental barrier during the 42km race later. Even with all the intake of PowerGel and energy drink, at the last stage of the LSD my hamstring started to feel a slight cramp and legs are not strong anymore. Anyway I will deal with it on race day if I feel the same again. Other than that I feel good and my body is still holding well.
week 15/7/2006 (sat): Total mileage=62km, 8+5+8+8+33
week 8/7/2006 (sat): Total mileage=20km, 6+6+8+0
Next two weeks are tapering week, and there will be no more LSD till race day. Will just keep the momentum by running on weekdays. Hopefully that shud be good enuf for me.
The other thing I need to made a decision for race day is which pair of shoes shall I go for. One is very stable, well cushion with motion-control. This pair holds very well especially on a longer distance, but the downside is its on the bulky side, heavy and not very responsive. The other pair is a well cushion one but not as stable, and I felt that it does not hold very well over a longer distance. The advantage is its a lot lighter and give me that kicking feeling when I pushing hard to overtake. Anyway I wont lose sleep over it, and hopefully my instinct will tell when I am packing for my trip to Penang.
Friday, July 14, 2006
You may have read it but I thot it will be good to share it with those who are not aware of it.
Fresh Ingredients: Healing and cleansing with barley14 Jul 2006
EU HOOI KHAW
High in fibre, barley is also a kidney cleanser. Better yet, regular intake of it helps prevent heart disease. EU HOOI KHAW writes.
BARLEY water was always a regular drink when we were still living at home. Whenever we had to go for a medical exam that included a urine test, my mum would make us drink barley water a day before it to make sure we got a positive result!
My mother was a wise woman. I later found out from an Australian naturopath that barley is known to be a kidney cleanser, and he happily downed glasses of it at a meal we had in a coffeeshop here.
Barley is good for your intestinal health too. Try to eat the barley grains you find in your drink or sweet broth with fu chook (beancurd skin) and ginkgo nuts.
It’s high in fibre which feeds the friendly bacteria in the colon and helps speed up the transit of fecal matter in it. In this way it helps prevent haemorrhoids and colon cancer.
The propionic acid and beta glucan from barley’s insoluble fibre also help lower cholesterol and prevent the formation of gallstones.
Eating barley regularly is a preventive step against heart disease as, besides the fibre content, it is also high in niacin, a B vitamin good for lowering cholesterol.
Diabetics should eat more barley as the fibre will prevent blood sugar levels from rising too high. It also provides relief from constipation or diarrhoea for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Barley is rich in selenium which prevents cancer and relieves symptoms of asthma and arthritis. It is a good source of manganese, copper and phosphorous.
Malt sugar comes from sprouted barley which, when fermented, is an ingredient in beer and other alcoholic beverages.
Barley, whose Latin name is Hordeum vulgare, has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years.
Since ancient times, barley has been used for healing purposes and has been known to the Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Athletes in Greece and Rome in those days were known to eat barley bread to give them strength.
Besides the usual things we do with barley, I enjoy having it in a western soup. The larger pearl barley is used and I love the sticky bite of it.
Here’s a recipe for barley soup:
Barley soup with roasted garlic
1 cup pearl barley
5 cloves whole garlic, roasted
2 litres chicken stock, steeped from 1½ chicken breasts simmered in three litres water
2 tbsps vegetable oil
2 large onions, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
150g turkey ham, cut up
1 tsp ground white pepper
1½ tsps sea salt or to taste
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1. Wash barley and soak it in a bowl of water for three hours. Drain.
2. Heat oil in pan and fry onions. Add carrots and celery, then the barley and fry for three minutes.
3. Add chicken stock, pepper and roasted garlic and simmer over low heat for at least an hour, or until barley is soft.
4. Add salt to taste and serve the soup garnished with chopped parsley.
Contribution: NST Online
Thursday, July 13, 2006
A survey done by Hygiene Council in May 2006, found that 63% of Malaysia admitted that they DO NOT wash their hands after using the toilet (wee wee or pansai), and before eating. Oh gosh!!! what a dirty lot we are.
Imagine every 10 hands that you shake to greet each other in a meeting or in whatever occasion, 6 of them are dirty. Yeakkkkkkk and so growse. Cant imagine what are stuck in their nails.....
PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE TOUCHING ME !!!!
Under the previous agreement between MAS and AirAsia, MAS is not allowed to sell its tickets below certain prices because the route that both airlines are quite different. But recently, MAS make a turnaround and slashed their prices way below what they have been selling and this in a way violates the original agreement. And obviously as a true business man, the CEO of AirAsia Tony Fernandes made noise about it and launched a complaint to the Ministry of Transport. He had said that the lifting of the floor price caused unfair competition, claiming that the rationalisation process was to keep two different markets.
And as usual our Transport Minister - Mr Chan Kong Choy, seems to be cornered into a situation that he had no choice but to step up and make a decision. If not he will lose his Water Face - summore he is second man in MCA, you know!!! And in a true Malaysia politician fashion, he choose the easy way out by helping MAS to "Hit under the belt" of AirAsia in this boxing match. He dont even bother considering promoting competition in the industry, and that is when you can see improvement and automatically the public will benefits in many ways. The monopoly does not benefit the public.
Mr Chan said that the Cabinet decided to lift the floor price for MAS is in the interest of the public and for the development of the country’s aviation industry. He also said the decision made two weeks ago had created fair competition between MAS and low-cost carrier AirAsia, which did not have a floor price.
To me this is all bullsh*t.......
1) What do you mean by "In the interest of the public"
My Q is why do you lift the floor price now when MAS is facing competition from AirAsia. How come this is not done 5 years or 10 years ago. Izit bcos there wasnt any competition then. Why only think of public interest now!!! All the $$$ made by MAS had gone to God knows where. Sounds familiar right. Yah, this is the Classic statement from Sammi Va Loo !!!
2) The development of the country's aviation industry
Tell me what aviation industry do we have. For the past God knows how long, we only have MAS. Only in the recent years that AirAsia surfaced and give them a real wakeup call. Hei dude, you are screwing up the aviation industry (sorry for the vocab used). Let me show you how to run an airline biz and make money out of it!!!
3) What "Fair competition"
In Malaysia, MAS has always been treated as the Tai Kor (Big Brother) of the airline industry enjoying all the privileges like Govt subsidy and international routes. AirAsia is the Sai Low (Small Brother) here and try to learn a few new tricks here and there, and be as independent and be a survival. Here comes the father, encouraging the big brother to whack the small brother left, right an center. Small brother can take it for a while but not long, and so this small fella will retaliate and eventually give one big punch on the big brother face. And this is what I think Tony will do, give one big punch on the face to MAS - A Rocky Balboa punch !!!
AirAsia - Now Everyone Can Fly
MAS - Going Beyond Expectations (they really live up to it ~ at least to Tony Fernandes)
MAS new tagline - I Also Want Everyone To Fly
Tony: Give out another 1,000,000 FREE seats, and MALAYSIA will be with you
Gua Caya Pada Lu !!!!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
The World Cup 2006 had ended and to me it was a so-so event. Nothing to shout about, no exciting or outstanding game. The built-up of the group games to the knock-out phase are not heart-breaking at all and to an extent boring. There is no team or player that is outstanding or extraordinary which will leave a legacy behind where everyone can remember.
But one thing for sure, World Cup 2006 had gained lots of momentum in terms of support from the female community. The girl power had lighten up the event compensating those dull and unexciting games that we saw. They have brought so much color to the event from colorful face painting, reviewing attires and the flags of their supported nations. These had not only brighthen up the event but we know for sure football will never be a male dominant sport anymore at least from a supporting fans perspective.
And in view of these, I also got the opportunity to compile some great pictures of these GIRL POWER in action during World Cup 2006 - Germany.
Any last but not least to pump up the energy level before the final game between Italy and France, the sexy Columbian pop diva SHAKIRA sang Hips Dont Lie (World Cup version) in front of almost 60,000 people in the stadium.
His movie always give me the inspiration that it is never too late or too old to make a comeback in whatever you strive to do in your life.
ROCKY BALBOA clip
When?? 22 Dec 2006 Christmas Holiday viewing
BATU PAHAT: The MCA assemblyman embroiled in a controversy involving a businessman and his wife has been granted leave from the party. For Pengkalan Rinting assemblyman Low Teh Hian, this includes taking time off from his duties as state MCA treasurer and state public complaints bureau head. Low, who made the request when meeting state MCA chairman Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek, said he would, however, continue to serve his constituents.
Who will still believe this idxxt. Still want to serve his constituents!!! The man will be scare to death, what if he do the same thing on their wifes.
Respect for MCA......big Q
Curi Makan also go far far away lah.....
Monday, July 10, 2006
Italy's Fabio Cannavaro lifts the trophy after defeating France 5-3 in a shotout in the final of the soccer World Cup between Italy and France in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Sunday, July 9, 2006.
Italy 1 - 1 France a.e.t 5 - 3 PSO
For Zinedine Zidane there was double disappointment as his final ever game ended with a red card. Zidane will remember this night for as long as he lives. France had promised to repeat their success of 1998 for their retiring captain and only he will know what possessed him when he thrust his forehead into the chest of Marco Materazzi. Zidane had to go, accompanied down the tunnel by the glare of thousands and thousands of flash bulbs and the tears of the legions of French supporters.
Friday, July 07, 2006
PM1 aka Ronnie, the Kapitan of Pacemaker Group
<42.195km gazelle>: aiya..sombody got no guts to run 42.195km one-lah..always I PR this I PR dat...but always 21km n below...we no respect for u lah...
<pm1>: la.. la.. la.. la.. la.. la.. la.. la.. la.. la.. la.. la..
<ccube>: pm1: no speaaak?? gazelle chelend u wor!!!
<ccube>: summore huntam u kau kau wor!!
<pm1(cloned version)>: dat day hoh..i run in ipoh 21km hoh..gua pia kah cinya kau-lat until LAU-SAI...then hoh i do 1hr 38 minute niah...
<gazelle>: ...like dat after u LAU-SAI in Petro station, got use toilet paper to clean yr back side boh???
<pm1(cloned version)>: .i tell u hoh..i cinya cham hoh...cannot find toilet paper hoh..so i didn't wipe my arsehole...i ran with my smelly backside until finishing line!!!...but i tell u wat hoh..i save 5 secs for not wiping my arsehole...
<der real Pm1>: woooiiii... who da heck use my name ahh?? TNS use ur own name lah.. ur mother dont hv name for u sibo? Send my regard to ur mother.. TIEEWWW!!!
<der real Pm1>: ccube, der pm1 (cloned version) is not me.. cinya kek sim now :(
<gazelle>: -_-"...wah... i've incited violence..cool down plz..
<ccube>: PM1:tis is very confusing, u hv cloned version, someone out there trying to whack u kau kau lat!!!!
<ccube>: i think u shud post this in ur pacemaker blog and let everyone hv a laugh!!!!
<gazelle>: pm1 is a lion...
<ccube>: pm1 (cloned version): you r the man, now der real PM1 is confused, cannot der sleep at nite bcos of u
<ccube>: the Face Off - PM1
<the world cup bookie>: -_-"..i've better go n take down some bets and make money..pm1 the lion grarang liao...
<der real pm1>: I not garang lah, juz very TULAN to those ppl use my nick. I'm here to make peace not WAR!! Whoever want to TNS CCB KNN HLK LLM HKL on me, can!! but pls use ur own name. Kam Siah!!
This is so,so,so funny man !!!
PM1, I may not have personally meet you before but I think u r a funny chap.
Thats why ppl also like to make fun of you. Take it EZ man!!!!
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Adidas versus Puma: Origins of a rivalry between brothers
| BERLIN At the opening whistle of a 1970 World Cup finals match, Pelé stopped the referee with a last-second request to tie his shoelaces and then knelt down to give millions of television viewers a close-up of his Pumas. |
Pelé was complying with a request by Puma's representative, Hans Henningsen, to raise the company's profile after receiving $120,000 to wear the shoes.
This clandestine advertising was a huge triumph for Puma over Adidas in the early days of the battle for market supremacy in sports merchandise.
Will an Italian or a Frenchman do it again in BERLIN !!!
Who knew that less than 20 miles outside of Nuremberg, in the Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach (pop. 23,200), lies the center of world sneaker domination?
Okay, maybe not sneaker domination, but the headquarters of both Adidas & Puma.
In the 1920s, brothers Rudolf and Adolf Dassler began crafting sports kicks in their mother's laundry room, and turned their venture into a massively successful business - courtesy of good timing and what Yahoo India refers to as "Germany's sport-obsessed 1920s." Following an irreconcilable split of mysterious origins during World War II, the brothers also split their business. Adolf called his half "Adidas", while Rudolf dubbed his "Ruda" and then eventually "Puma".
A Dutch author spent five years combing the achives of both companies & recently penned Drei Streifen Gegen Puma (Three Sripes versus Puma). "Barbara Smit probes the history and rivalry between Adidas and Puma, two corporations with global operations. Since both companies were established in a small town by two brothers who had fallen out, the result is simultaneously an exciting family chronicle which begins against the backdrop of the Second World War and allows every important sports event to the present day to pass in review."
Italy will sport their familiar home blue colours while France will again play in white in Sunday's FIFA World Cup 2006 final in Berlin, FIFA said on Thursday.
It will be the fourth match in a row at the finals that France, known as Les Bleus, will wear white shirts. Italy are the designated 'home' team for the final, which kicks off at 20:00 CET (0200 Malaysia time) at the Olympiastadion.
This is one of the coolest penalty kick that I have seen in the World Cup 2006.
Stone-cold facial expression from Zizou.
Two steps back and then a very powerful sweep of the Frenchman's right boot that propelled the ball low into the right-hand corner and just out of the goalkeeper’s reach.
ENGLAND......hire Zizou as the penalty kick trainer
Zizou converted a spotkick in the 33rd minute after Henry was fouled by Ricardo Carvalho in the penalty area. After the 1 - o lead, France took control of the midfield area and never look back. The final game of World Cup 2006 vs Italy will definitely be the greatest stage to bid farewell to one of the greatest midfielder of the world.
France 1 - 0 Portugal (90 minutes)
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
2 minutes of Italian Job to defeat the Ultimate Machine during the semi-final match between Italy and Germany. The match was very even with exchanges of attacks from one end to the other. The last 2 minutes of extra time makes the difference when Grosso and Del Piero strikes for the Italians. This shatters host Germany in reaching the Finals of World Cup 2006.
Italy 2 - 0 Germany a.e.t.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Sometime in March this year, I did wrote something about this topic in my blog.
And today 4 months down the road I have an updated version for you...............
On "Mengapa Ayam Melintas Jalan?"
Why did the Chicken Cross The Road?
What they have to say...
Because it wanted to look for food on the other side.
kita sude bikin banyak jembatan, itu ayam musti guna jembatan untuk
lintas itu jalan lagi pun kalu itu ayam mau pigi jalan-jalan, beritau
sama saya juga, saya bolley buat lebbey banyak toll....itu jembatan
mesti ada tahan 100 tahun. Lain kali bole kasi tutup..kita bole
survey mana ada rosak.
Karam Singh Walia (TV3):
Seperti yang saudara dapat lihat, kelihatan ayam-ayam itu sedang
melintas jalan. Mereka bukan sahaja melintas jalan, malah membuang
najis di atas jalan dan ini adalah pencemaran yang paling hebat di
maya ini. Bapa-bapa dan ibu-ibu ayam haruslah mengambil inisiatif
untuk melatih ayam-ayam agar menahan najis sewaktu melintas jalan,
sekian saya sudahi dengan.........Ayam di jalan di lintaskan; Ayam di
reban mati tak makan.
Wan Kamarudin (Edisi Siasat NTV7):
Ape kejadahnyer ini semua, KL dah jadik reban ayam, mak bapak ayam
asyik menganga saje. Ayam semua dah besar kepala,..dan dah tak nak
duduk reban...dan bertambah biadap dan buat perkara yg tak masuk dek
Zainal Ariffin Ismail (TV3 Kisah Misteri):
Ada saksi menyatakan yang mereka dapat melihat ayam-ayam ini
melintasi jalan-jalan di kampung ini pada waktu malam. Ada yang
menyatakan ayam-ayam ini merupakan penyamaran jin. Dan ada juga
mengaitkan ia berkaitan dengan peristiwa silam di kampung ini. Apakah
sebenarnya maksud tersirat ayam-ayam ini melintas jalan? Oleh itu
saya akhiri, "Jangan biarkan hidup anda diselubungi misteri........."
Zainal Alam Kadir (Wayang Kita Astro):
"Ayam siapa kalau bukan ayam kita..."
Abdul Fatah Haron (PAS Rantau Panjang):
Ayam-ayam yg melintas ini semua adalah kerana mereka ayam-ayam yang
Md. Said Yusof (BN Jasin):
Apa salah nya...biarkan mereka lintas...tutup sebelah mata aje
lah...ayam-ayam terlebih besar sikit shj. Lagi pun semuanya itu ayam
Shahrir Abdul Samad (ex Pengerusi BBC):
Ini adalah prinsip saya. Ayam-ayam tak boleh dibenarkan melintas
jalan. Kalau beginilah, maka ia nya bertentangan dgn prinsip saya,
maka saya RESIGN.
I have just released the new Chicken Office 2000, which will not only
cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and
balance your checkbook. Microsoft will pledge a billion for research
on chicken AIDS.
You know, I am tired of all this...'apa-nama' chicken-chicken
bisnes...you know that it is our right to build the bridge on our
side of the straits....so why are we chicken out?
Ini semua adalah khabar angin sahaja...jangan percaya khabar – khabar
angin ini semua... biasalah ini adalah taktik pembangkang untuk
memecah belahkan perpaduan ayam-ayam semua... jangan percaya... we've
decided to scrap the scenic bridge for the best interest of the
people...nothing to do with chicken. And of course others have the
right to express their opinion....ini biasalah.
These are jokes and no offense to those names mentioned up there.
Monday, July 03, 2006
eventually landing on this candy monday
and drying from the heat of the sun.
Even if protected by a huge umbrella,
we never know what tomorrow may bring.
and absorbs into the candy earth.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Les Bleus of France send the Samba Boys packing home with a very inspirational 1 - 0 victory led by the evergreen ZiZou and the penetrating run of Thierry Henry. It was an outstanding performance by France and give Brasil a run for the money in advancing to the semi-finals. Nobody expect Brasil to lose that way but thats football and part of the game.
Adious Samba Boys !!!
Saturday, July 01, 2006
After completed the 20k run, ran the Carcosa route twice (I think is about 3.2k per lap) and once around the lake (2.2k per lap) Originally the plan was only one lap along the Carcosa route and one lap around the lake. Since LIFEMOU insisted, we did more than we have planned for today. Anyway was feeling good running the distance and moreover the Carcosa route is not as hot and very little concrete until we joined back the track along the lake. I dont like running along the lake because the track is too hard. Was running on a motion-control high stability shoe today and I did not get the soreness on my arch and sole after the run. Still cannot determine whether is the difference in the shoe or the track itself.
The best team win on penalty shootout. Germany was so, so cool in the taking the penalties. Just couldnt understand why Crespo and Riquelme was taken out. The Argies loose the offensive steam after that, and where is Messi to tear the German defence.
Germany 1 - 1 Argentina a.e.t 4-2 PSO