Monthly Archives: February 2005

Extra Sense?

I guess it’s sometime strange when you meet a good old or close friend/acquaintance on an official business. Difficult to hold back those chest bumps, hi-fives, kampong talks, buddy-lingo, etc. you know what I mean…but just to get down straight to the business, professionally and seriously (erm, more or less).

This actually happened to me yesterday when I met such a good old buddy for an official business. He mentioned later in his blog that it was indeed aВ small small world that we live in.

What I actually wanted to reflect on today was that although we didn’t go like “Hey bud! Wassup! Howz it goin’?” *shoulder knocks*, etc., it was still apparent amongst his colleagues that we seem to know each other for some time already. I mean, the both of us behaved quite professionally (I think and sure hope so!), exchanging handshakes, business card (again?!) had our discussion in a corporate manner….and yet, our close friendship was somehow still visible and apparent to other people!

Are some things so obvious that we can somehow develop an ‘extra sense’ for it?

I remember having a discussion once about how after knowing a person for sometime, one can just somehow sense the person when he zooms past the house on his motorcycle….Yeah, I know it sounds creepy, but it’s all so true. Really! For the life of me, I can recall countless times that I could ‘see’ my housemates and close friends riding by the house or passing in front of my car. At that special moment, your senses just seemed to heighten up a little (like a canines..).

Hey Pete…this is a special reciprocal blog for you. Looking forward to working much closer professionally with you in the months to come. God bless, buddy!.;o)

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Number of the Day:

38.3 – Degree Celsius recorded in Alor Setar, Kedah on Sunday…it was the second highest recording in the country. If this heatwave/dry spell continues, our weathermen may start to seed the clouds already.

Rain, rain where are you?
I’m so dry and thirsty too
Rain, please pour our grounds,
And also bring our temperature down.

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

Safe Hands

In order to be awarded a ‘safe hands’ title, one needs to be able to comfortably catch and control any object thrown at oneself with utmost confidence. Steps needed to perform this delicate operation include…

1. Relax body muscles…don’t tense up.
2. Be alert and ever ready. Objects might fly in anytime..
3. Stand firm on ground.

When object is thrown/flown/kicked/shot, etc. towards oneself, one needs to allow object to carom off one’s body gently with both hands in full support underneath the object, so that the object is safe in one’s hands and not vomited out or released from one’s clutches. Failure to keep the object safe and under control will result in not very good consequences as well as making the title ‘safe hands’ seem like still a dream.

Today’s professions that need safe hands include..

1. Garbage truck men.
2. Vegetable lorry men.
3. Baseball fans hoping to catch a fly or homerun ball.
4. Naughty students sitting at back of class with constant danger of flying dusters.
5. Football goalkeepers

Sigh.

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Number of the Day:

76 – th minute howler by RC gifted AC Milan to 1-0 win at Old Trafford in Champion’s League Last 16 1st Leg. Well, at least Chelsea and Arsenal also lost badly…;-)

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

A Four No More

Chelsea’s quadruple dream came crashing down at St. James’ Park last night when they were magnificently bundled outta the FA Cup 5th Round by Newcastle 1-0, early goal headed in by Patrick Kluivert. Yeah!…and with Chelsea facing Barcelona next in the Champions League, could ex-Barca Kulivert’s goal last night be a premonition of worst things to come for the Blues?..heh heh…The wheels in blue are definitely coming off and I just can’t hide my smile today….hee hee..;o)

There’s a reason to celebrate today!..Woo Hoo!….

Also lotsa more football treats to look forward to in mid week with the last 16 of Champions Liga going under way again….just look at the lineups: Man United vs AC Milan, Arsenal-Bayern Munich, Chelsea-Barcelona, Real Madrid-Juventus, PSV-Monaco, Liverpool- Leverkusen, etc….simply salivating….there goes my zzzzzzzzzz this week…

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

Valentine: Part II

I vaguely remember an interview with long-forgotten twin boy band Nelson yearrrrrrrs ago when they spoke of one of their love songs written that was inspired by a scenario in which if it was announced that the world were to end tomorrow, the phone lines would be congested with last-minutes calls of ‘I Love U’s’ to loved ones all over.

Certainly one of their better written songs, it gives a reminder for all of us to constantly say ‘I Love U’ to our loved ones and also motivation to the unattached ones to express their love to their potential partners..

Love Me Today (Nelson)

Looking back on a girl I knew
Whose smile and laughter carried me through
Oh, the way that I felt when she looked at me that way

When I heard she was gone I had no one to hold
I wept as I felt my heart growin’ cold
Like Poppa she taught me there’s no time like today
…I hear her saying

Chorus:
Love me today, and let my strength be your own
Love me today, because tomorrow I’ll be gone
When I feel it’s time to go – I’ll be on my way
So love me today

I remember a time back when
Poppa would laugh as I held his hand
And just one embrace would make my troubles pass

I thought those times would never end
The day that he left he smiled and he said,
I’ll be home soon but Poppa never came back…
I hear him saying

Bridge:
Don’t be afraid to say, “I love you”
Take the moment and make it last
Cause if you don’t tell them you love them
You might not get a second chance
…So hear them saying

Chorus
….Love me today (Oh)

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Number of the Day:

5 – Goals scored by Arsenal as they mercilessly tore apart Palace 5-1 in today’s morning encounter. Hope they can keep up this form when they meet Chelsea next month. That would be the only date I would actually cheer for Arsenal…;-p

Also got a shock of my life when I saw Malaysia’s ‘Super’ League highlighted on ESPN Sportcenter!….our very own Saturday Night Comedy publicly shown to the world…sigh….

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

Valentine: Part I

Specially for all of you Valentine lovebirds out there, here’s a pre-Feb 14 ballad from Bryan Adams, with his quirky (yet logical) lyrics of what happens When You Love Someone…this song always makes me laugh…ha ha…;)

When You Love Someone (Bryan Adams)

When you love someone – you’ll do anything
You’ll do all the crazy things that you can’t explain
You’ll shoot the moon – put out the sun
When you love someone

You’ll deny the truth – believe a lie
There’ll be times that you’ll believe you can really fly
But your lonely nights – have just begun
When you love someone

When you love someone – you’ll feel it deep inside
And nothing else can ever change your mind
When you want someone – when you need someone
When you love someone…

When you love someone – you’ll sacrifice
You’d give it everything you got and you won’t think twice
You’d risk it all – no matter what may come
When you love someone
You’ll shoot the moon – put out the sun
When you love someone

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Number of the Day:

14 – points scored by the LA LAkers in the WHOLE of the first quarter vs Detroit this morning. Simply pathetic. They ended up being trashed by about 20 I think….hee hee..sorry…still poking fun at the Lakers whenever I can…yesiam a sore loser…;o)

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

Heartbreaker

There are some days where things don’t go your way, but you can just swallow up the negativity pills, grit your teeth and move on with life.

And then there are other days where the things that don’t go right sticks out like a sore thumb…the pain or embarrassment hurts for a while, but it would eventually swell off without leaving any permanent scars in mental head.

But of course, every now and then, the things that don’t go right are plain heart breakers – tough events or results that causes slow-mo flashbacks or ‘what-might-have-beens’, a pain in the heart that might eventually come back and haunt you sometime later in the future…today was one of these days…

Leading by 8 points with 8 minutes left in regulation against the slumping Lakers (playing without Kobe), my NJ Nets went to sleep and allowed the Lakers to claw back, force overtime and eventually win a wild 104-103 contest.

The defeat meant the Nets made no ground against Philly (who also lost) for 2nd spot and lost more ground on Atlantic Division leaders Boston, who won this morning.

In a match that we should have won, we sadly came up short and put ourselves in a bigger hole in a race for an NBA playoff spot with about 30+ games remaining.

For all readers not into basketball, thanks for bearing through this sad blog that I just had to journal down as a dark day indeed in Nets basketball.

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Number of the Day:

63 – career triple double for Jason Kidd – his second straight 3D, achieved, yet wasted in the loss against the Lakers this morning.

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

Reel Review: National Treasure

Category: Movies
Genre: Action & Adventure

Nicholas Cage returns to the action genre with this Indy Jones inspired-like flick from famed action producer Jerry B.

All in all, I thought it was really a great joyride, with the treasure clues setting an exciting pace for the audience to follow. If one were to analyze deeper, the entire movie would resemble an exciting 2-hour American history lesson. Would the US Govt use it to instill more history interest amongst its pre-schoolers, and risk an uprising of treasure hunters?…ha ha..

Another surprise here was that it was a rather smart film, something of a twist when I think of other Jerry B testosterone filled flicks like Con Air, The Rock and Armageddon.

Conclusion:

Loads of fun, and a modern reminder of how much fun the classic adventures of Indy Jones was. Although the logic and acting was a little thin, this movie is definitely worth a watch, and not surprising that it was the most successful action flick in the States last year.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

Dynasty vs Destiny

Recently, a headline following the aftermath of Superbowl XXXIX read “Dynasty beats Destiny”. Of course, this referred to the New England Patriots 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Superbowl Monday morning. The Patriots’ dominance in the NFL of late has brought them accolades, including being tagged the Dynasty of NFL of the 2000+ Generation. Their win brought them the 3rd title in a span of 4 years. Such dominance and achievement is simply incredible considering the free agency ruling implemented in the NFL since 1995. The Eagles actually believed it was their destiny to win the Superbowl this year and use it as a spring board to build their own dynasty over the next few years!

In the EPL, where Chelsea seems destined to be crowned Premiership Champions this season, but with Man United, arguably the ‘dynasty’ of the EPL for the past decade in fiery form of late, NE’s Superbowl win has given us much hope indeed!

The headline actually made me ponder a bit on the mixture of dynasty and destiny…

How does one knows if he is destined to build a dynasty? Is building a dynasty (read: success) something of a destination for all of us? How does one even know if his dynasty-building destiny is fulfilled if it takes a few years to confirm that? Gosh, I’m even more confused now…;o)

Let’s take a look at some definitions (source: www.dictionary.com):

DYNASTY – A succession of rulers from the same family or line; A family or group that maintains power for several generations.

DESTINY – The inevitable or necessary fate to which a particular person or thing is destined; one’s lot; A predetermined course of events considered as something beyond human power or control; The power or agency thought to predetermine events.

Hmmm…someone who is destined to build a dynasty might not even be aware or in control of it! Whoa!

The headline also reminded me of God’s revelation to Abraham way back in the book of Genesis…

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” (Gen 12:2)

The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” (Gen 13:14-17)

Abraham knew from the One reliable source what he was destined to become and the dynasty that would emerge from his line. How did he respond to it? Amazingly, two words come to mind….faith and obedience.

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Number of the Day:

62 – Career triple doubles achieved by Jason Kidd, with the latest one coming from the 107-97 OT win over Philly, also marking the Net’s 2nd straight win and confirming their serious challenge to top the Atlantic Division. Vinsanity added 43 points in the victory, his second straight 40+ points performance.

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

Rooster Goodies

Another CNY approaches next week…sigh…boldly rushing home against the evil traffic jams an police speed traps, it’s sure gonna be a tiring ‘vacation’ again.

The remedy? One simply just needs to sit down and think of the good things to look forward to from tomorrow onwards till CNY like…

– Man Utd entertaining Birmingham at Old Trafford! Bring it on!

– Superbowl Sunday! (or Monday in Msia). Woo Hoo!

– Seeing relatives again…awwwwwwwww.

– Receiving ang pow from sis for the very first time. Woo Hoo!

– Last chance for me to collect ang pows..*sob sob*…hey, it’s supposed to be a good thing right?…;-p

– CNY sales!!!!….

– Old school reunions…awwwwwwww..

– Valentine’s Day after the long break…mmmmmmmm.

– Reunion dinner fattening session…yum yum!…

Have a blessed and prosperous Chinese New Year everyone! As always, drive home safely and come back in one piece ok?

God bless ya all! *hugz and luv*

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Number of the Day:

2 – weeks that Arsenal key defender Sol Campbell would be sidelined following an injury incurred during the loss to Man United on Wed. Good work Saha!….heh heh…;-p

8 – Kg; estimated weight gain during this festive season…;-p

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

National Treasure

Our very own lost city discovered in the jungles of Johor! Wah…like Indy Jones only…hee hee…. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…..

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Lost city believed found in Johor (The Star Online) PETALING JAYA: A 1,000-year-old lost city, possibly older than Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia, is believed to have been located in the dense jungles of Johor. The discovery of what is thought to be the site of Kota Gelanggi or Perbendaharaan Permata (Treasury of Jewels) by an independent Malaysian researcher has prompted museum officials to plan an expedition to confirm the finding. If indeed the site is that of the lost city , it is set to transform the historical landscape of the region, said Raimy Che-Ross, who spent 12 years researching Malay manuscripts all over the world and conducting aerial searches of the area before locating the site. He said the discovery of “unusual formations” from the air had led him to believe that the site could be the first capital of the Sri Vijaya Malay empire dating back to 650AD. “If the city is what we suspect it to be, then the Malacca Sultanate can no longer be considered as the start of modern Malay history. “Once verified, the honour will go to Johor, as one thousand years ago Malacca had not even been established,” he said. Raimy had tried to enter the site in early 2003 but failed, managing to get only as far as to the formations which are believed to be trenches and embankments of the outer city. Department of Museum and Antiquities director-general Datuk Adi Taha said an archaeological expedition would be mounted this year to verify the location of the lost city, with Raimy’s assistance. Funds for the expedition would be sought under the 9th Malaysia Plan. Adi said he and the department were very enthusiastic about Raimy’s research findings and would work with him to verify the location of the lost city, which could be spread out over a few hundred square kilometres. –

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Number of the Day: 4 – consecutive win streaks for the NJ Nets (highest for them this season) is stopped in Boston where they were pummeled 110 – 89 by the Celtics this morning. Sigh, but things are beginning to look better over the past few matches..yup.

11 – Point gap remains between leaders Chelsea and Man United when the Blues scrapped a 1-0 win over Blackburn. Goalie Peter Cezh collected his 8th straight shut-out, breaking the record held by Man United hall of famer Peter Schemeichal (dang….could never spell that right). Sigh….what does it take to score against them?!!!

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)