Saturday, June 28, 2008

Girl Power of Euro 2008 FINALE


This weekend will be the closing finale. May the best team win !!!! But I am rooting for my favorite ESPANA to lift the cup.



Football is not all about 22 players chasing after a ball. It is also about what happened during the pre-match training. Watch the video and you will find out. And never underestimate football of being a boring game. HEHEHE!!!!!

I just wanna thank this girl for showing me that football isn't always boring !!!!

Wimbledon 2008 ~ Zheng brings Ivanovic crashing down

Zheng Jie ranked 133 in the world brings Ivanovic crashing down in straight sets securing an astonishing 6-1, 6-4 victory in 72 minutes. The Number 1 seeds when down without much fighting except for some resistance in the 2nd set. By the time she got the momentum, the game is over. The inconsistency is creeping into her game again.

With her loss I think the focus now is on the Williams sisters to take the crown, unless there are more upsets coming our way.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Do I trust you, Mr Prime Minister

No more petrol price increase until year-end

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Wednesday that there won't be any fuel price increase for the rest of the year. He said the Government would think of ways to prevent pump prices from rising further.

What ever statement he made is always the opposite!!!!

TOO LAN !!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

INJINJI ~ Toe Socks

I am bringing this brand of socks into Malaysia. What make it so different is instead of the normal tube socks that we normally wear, INJINJI is actually a toe sock which have protection on all our toes. This provide better comfort to our feet and also have the possibilities to eliminate blister problems on our toes.

The key design principal in the development of INJINJI was to create the best possible interface that allowed the entire foot to perform naturally and freely inside our shoes, just like being barefoot. Everything about the conventional tube sock works against your feet’s natural form and function. Consider the difference between gloves and mittens.

Click here for more details on the technology of INJINJI

Click here for the testimonials of INJINJI

I am testing the market here in Malaysia and hopefully our runners are eductated enuf to spend and invest a fair amount on a quality socks especilly to those who are into high performance sports like running an Ultra, an IronMan race, a full and half marathon and even in the triathlon races.

Do contact me (Choi) at or 0193289083 if you are interested to know more about INJINJI.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

French Open 2008 ~ Women Champion

Congratulations to Ana Ivanonic for clinching her first Grand Slam title by defeating Dinara Safina in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Hopefully there is more to come for this young beautiful lady.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Pacemakers Anniversary Run (PAR4)

Caught in Action ........

Its was a well organised race and congrats to PM1 for a job well done. And also not forgetting all the volunteers who help out to make this event so successful. You guys are giving FTAAA and SAAA a run for the money in organising races. Keep it up.

I truly enjoy the event, friendly yet competitive.

Note: Photos courtesy from Ben Swee

Friday, June 06, 2008

Oil money and the welfare of Malaysians

On the evening of 4th June, SMSes were flying everywhere. Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi made an announcement at 5.00 p.m. about petrol hike. With effect from 12.01 a.m. the next day petrol price will be increased by RM0.78 per litre. Subsequently Ron 92 will go up 41.5% from RM1.88 to RM2.66; Ron 97 will go up 40.63% from RM1.92 to RM2.70; and diesel will go up RM1.00 or 63.2% from RM1.58 to RM2.58.

The news caused a great traffic jam and chaos all over the country. In
Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, heavy rain poured down at 5.00 p.m. The rain spoke of a doom about our political atmosphere. Half way through at press reception a journalist left the room and murmured “it is political suicide”. With the petrol hike people were speculating how far Abdullah’s position will go amidst dissatisfaction among the public at large. People were panic and they rushed every household car to the petrol kiosks. The jams at KL and PJ lasted till midnight. It was a painful night. If the PM had already determined to increase the price in the first place, why could not he announce it in the morning so that the last-minute rush was unnecessary? The actions of a leader will reveal how tactful the person is.

A very interesting article written by one of the blogger friend Mr Allen Tan in the blogging community.

To read more about it, click here

Ana Ivanovic

She beat Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in a rubber game to advanced into the Final of the French Open 2008. Congrats Ana and go out and win this Grand Slam for yourself. I will be supporting you all the way.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Study trips to Germany and Canada under fire

A STUDY trip to a city in Europe and Canada organised by the Federal Territory Ministry, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Putrajaya Corporation has not gone down well with Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai.

Click here for details.

Wat the F are this clowns doing in a trip to Vancouver Canada and Berlin Germany.

It involves a delegation of 15 people including the minister of FT. They probably travel by first class or business class. So the total trip will probably goes into hundreds of thousands Ringgit if not into the million.

Why they want to go so far, and why not go to Singapore, Hongkong or Taiwan? And why need so many people?

Everytime these clowns go on such trips they called them "study trips" (Lawatan Sambil Belajar) with a big team. After coming back from these trips, KL City is still the same. Totally no improvement. The city is still congested, full of crimes, Transport system is still as bad. So tell me where is the Return Of Investment on those money spent on those so called Lawatan Sambil Belajar trips.

No wonder PM had to increase fuel price. Because no matter how much Petronas made, the money were always squandered by these clowns. ~ "Satu Lagi Projek Kerajaan Barisan Nasional"

I hope the gomen can explain this to the RAKYAT.

Pulau Batu Putih

Why we lost her to Singapore. It was because of the above letter written by one State Secretary dude ~ M. Seth Bin Saaid.

For details on a forum on the above, click here

Note: Material contributed by Naz (PM14)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sundown Marathon 2008

With the host of the nite ~ introducing ACIDO aka Hopper aka PM19 aka Justin Lee. It was so nice of him to come by to the race site and support us, cinya kamtung. Hopper, Thank you for your support. It just hype up our morale and the determination to run the race at midnite.

After the photo session, we proceed to the kandang for the race to start. There were lotsa runners oredi there and I reckon it probably will take us at least 2-3 mins to reach the starting line when gun off. Singaporeans are gung-ho or called them kiasu, because you can see so many of them running a marathon as compare to what we have in Malaysia. They are not afraid to run a marathon just to showcase their attire and apparels. Lots and lots of running accessories on the body. From tri-suits, fuel belts, Ipods+holders, GPS watches, belts for the bib, anti-glare nite vision shades and many more. That will probably cost around SGD1000 if not more. Cinya!!!!!

At 12 midnite, the race got started and I wished Jamie, Frank and Cheang all the very best and see them at the finish. I was not able to run because of the crowd and just walk slowly until it eases off and start running just when I cross the starting line. The road was crowded with sea of runners and I just could not increase my pace. Was at a distance of 2m to 3m away from Jamie and Frank. This continues till the 5k mark and I still have visibility of Jamie in front of me. Frank had probably went off faster and try to hentam the route. Good luck on him.

I was cautious not to run too fast as I am not very sure how my body will react after midnite. Anything can happen and I just keep a close distance to Jamie using him as a pacer. KM by KM passes us and most of the water stations are crowded with runners. I skipped the 5k one but grabbed 2 cup of water from the 10k water stop onwards. The number of runners gathering around the station slow everyone down. Anyway it does not really matter as we still have another 30k to go.

Reached the 20k mark at the East Coast Park where we need to make a U-turn. I was still pacing with Jamie at this moment and saw Frank on the other side of the road. He was running strong and greeted both of us. At the stage I increased my pace a bit and I reckon Jamie was not coming up near to me. And from this stage onwards I was running on my own.

Then I have to run out of the park and onto the highway. I remembered I need to run across the first pedestrian bridge to get over to the other end of the highway. At this juncture, the runners are guided to run on the walking path which are all concrete pavement. I dislike running on such terrain because it is so hard as compare to tarmac surface.

This continues as I cut through HDB flats, high end condos, running in the dark on concrete pavements with up and down terrain all the way. Running over pedestrian bridges and I remembered one with stairs that I needed to climb. Also running thru the back lane of those apartments and smelly water canals. Cutting through park connectors at traffic junctions. There is one part, and I think is at the Bedok Reservoir when I needed to run thru a sandy path. This is cross country marathon or what!!!! All these goes on and every where that I passes by looks the same under the yellow neon lights.

Along the route I also noticed that the distance marker is a bit deceiving as most markers are about 400m short. As I approaches the 30k marker, my Garmin Forerunner is showing a distance of 31km. Its 1km off by now. At this moment I am just hoping that this race will not be an over distance marathon. Somehow from the 30k mark onwards, my whole body was reacting very well and running at a very consistent pace without feeling the tireness creeping into me. Both legs are a bit tight at the thigh muscle but good thing there is no sign of any cramp. I continued running steadily until all the way till I reached the 40k mark and my watch showed a distance of 41k. And I told myself, this will be an over distance marathon that all Sundowners have to go through. What a demoralising factor but what is there to complain, just run ahead and get it over. No point crying over it since I have came that far.

As I complete the last 2k and into the last corner to the finishing, there is a 400m marker. I have to run uphill for about 150m before proceeding into the finishing area. Run across a narrow bridge and towards the finishing area. As I crossed the finishing line, my watch showed 4:43:50 (start time) and the gun off time is 4:46:50.

Checked myself into the finishing area to collect a can of 100 Plus and a bottle of water. Then proceed to pickup my finisher medal and Tee shirt. Saw Frank at the other corner where he was resting and moved over to that area and joined him. Congratulated him for running a good race leaving both Jamie and myself behind. As we continue to rest, more and more runners were coming in. Jamie, Kit, Tomatoman, Dr Ray and Lee FK.

Overall it was a good experience to run a 42k race starting at midnite. At least my body did not collapse on me at the 30k mark (around 3am) where almost the entire Singapore is fast asleep. This had proven that given any time of the day whether its Sundown or Sunrise, we Sundowners can run a marathon without any problems.

Another marathon completed, and till then seeya in the next race again.

Monday, June 02, 2008


Its 5mins to midnite on 30 May 2008. The Sundown Marathon 2008 starts at 12 midnite, 31 May 2008. And one photo shot for all der 42k Sundowners before we masuk kandang for the race. Everyone looks cheerful and ready for the showdown. The big question mark lingers does my body react running in a race that starts at 12 midnite. Will my body collapse and shutdown at 3am (hopefully we will be at the 30k mark) when almost the entire Singapore is asleep. I think the group take it quite positively without any kancheong syndrome as we are not sure what to just motivate ourself and run.

But I believed everyone of us had one common objective to prove and that is we are all able to run a 42k at any given time.....Sundown or Sunrise. We will hack it with every stride we take to complete the 42k race. And that is what motivate us to do as well as experience the race.

Full report to come very soon......

RMAF Half Marathon

Another delayed report by one week but better late than never as the saying goes......

I think by now all of you wud have read so many postings on this event that I probably do not want to talk about it too much. From the great starting point of running along the air-strip of the Sg Besi airbase, the fireworks and the flares that lighted up the atmosphere when the race was flagged off, the sufficient number of water stations that the runners have no reasons to complain and all the way to the superb hospitality shown by the RMAF ~ the host. These are all the talking points of the race, everything you heard and read about is a big thumbs up to RMAF. Well done, cinya!!!!

As for my performance, I wud said I did run well in this half marathon. Although it was under distance (20.47km measured by Garmin Forerunner 205), the undulating terrain at certain part of the course is not an easy task to overcome.

Was feeling and running strong for almost the entire race except towards the last 2k where I already emptied my tank and just maintain a comfortable speed to finishing line. Didnt get a feel of a 2nd wind coming and so not risking to push above limit as the next race will be the Sundown Marathon 2008 on 31 May. Crossed the finishing line in 1h47 mins and running an average of 5min22sec pace throughout the race.