Monthly Archives: June 2008

Step by Step to Hassle Free RM 625

Here is a smart tip for those eligible car owners who have yet to collect their RM 625 (or more) rebate from the post offices. Thought I’d share this since I got my moolah hassle and queue free…heh!

Step 1: Download the Claim Form, which has been in email circulation like crazee these past coule of weeks, and print it out.

Step 2: Fill it up as per instructions. Don’tforget your signature!

Step 3: Make sure you have your MyKAD with you.

Step 4: KEY STEP – Find a Post Office located INSIDE a shopping mall. There are quite a few around these days. when you arrive, go straight to the counter machine and take your queue number. Of course, do take note of the current running number too.

Step 5: Do some simple math and estimate how much time you have to go shopping, cut hair, bowling, makan, cinema, etc. before making your way back to the post office. Good queing estimate is 1.5 mins per customer

Step 6: Come back after you have done your shopping mall errands and go collect your moolah. Simple, hassle-free and queue-free!

Case in point: Took my number at Alamanda with around 70 numbers ahead of me. (read: 70 plus pax seating in the PO staring at the wall). Went for lunch, did some light shopping,came back about an hour later and almost had no one in queue ahead of me. 😀


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Winning Thru Pain

Two nights ago, I was glad that I decided to stay up and watch Star Sports channel instead of live Euro 2008. It’s not everyday you get to see greatness in action. Tuesday’s morningВ climax at Torrey Pines US Open exhibited just that.

Whilst the live footie channels showcased some dull last Group B matches between Germany-Austria and Poland-Croatia, Tiger Woods took on unfancied Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole dramatic playoff which eventually dragged to an extra sudden death hole after Woods buried a birdie at the 18th (yet again!) to extend the Championship.

His 14th Major triumph may have been easily overlooked as “Yet another Tiger pick-up” but fans that have been following events at this Open may find it hard to argue that this victory here may be perhaps his grittiest, gutsiest, bestest ever.

I found this article from Yahoo Sports editor Michael Arkush which captures Tiger’s victorious momentВ in great detail. As for me, I am still awestruck by his never-say-die attitude and unbelievable focus which brought him this win.

Number of the Day:

91 – Holes Tiger had to play through his wounded knee over 5 days of tortourous golf at Torry Pines to secure victory.


Tiger Delivers Best Performance Yet

SAN DIEGO – The first major will always be special, coming where it did for a man of his race, at Augusta National, and how he did it, crushing the field by 12 strokes. An era was officially launched, as spectacular as his out-of-orbit drives, and it is still soaring.

The era has changed the game forever, and the accomplishments by Tiger Woods have become so extraordinary that nothing he pulled off – the four-straight major victories, the 15-stroke triumph in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the string of six consecutive wins, etc. etc., could possibly ever surprise us again.

Until now.

No longer is the 1997 Masters the most impressive achievement of his career. The new standard belongs to the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, and it’s likely that it will never be matched.

This wasn’t a healthy Tiger who could execute almost any task on demand. This was an injured Tiger who hadn’t played a PGA Tour event in two months or even walked a full 18 holes before Thursday.

This wasn’t a flawless Tiger who intimidated countless opponents (Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Stephen Ames, take your pick) from the first tee to the final green, failing to provide them with even the slightest hope.

This was something new and unusual and disturbing, a fallible Tiger, who struck as many poor shots as good ones. He recordedВ four double bogeys, two in the first round. Yet whenever he needed the booming drive or the bomb putt, he came through, over and over again.

Rocco Mediate, his courageous victim in Monday’s 18-hole playoff that went to sudden death, put it most succinctly: “I don’t know what else you can say.”

Even Woods agreed this performance belongs on top of his list.

“This week had a lot of doubt to it,” he explained. “You just keep pushing and pushing and I did all week.”

He could easily have packed it in, and people would’ve given him a pass. The way he walked and the way he winced, the pain was obvious to everyone. Maybe, as he said, it didn’t hinder the execution of any particular shot, but to know that, at any moment, a horrible pain might come to his damaged knee is not the kind of thought you want when you’re trying to win an Open. You want to be thinking about how to reach the fairway or green and nothing else.

Jim Colbert, who plays on the Champions Tour these days, has undergone four knee operations. He, too, has no doubt this triumph should rank as No. 1.

“I can’t tell you the guts it takes to do what he did,” Colbert said. “They had kept him going for four days and all of a sudden, they had to keep it going for a fifth. That’s a severe shooting pain. I’ll be surprised if he plays again this year.”

Woods, of course, would never pack in. “It’s not in my nature,” he said. “I don’t know how to do that.”

Each day, he produced something memorable.

On Thursday, paired with local hero Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, Woods made three par-saving putts of at least 15 feet, salvaging a 1-over 72. He could have easily fired a 74 or 75, leaving himself too much ground to make up on a course that was never going to yield a bushel of birdies.

On Friday, after a mediocre 38, he recorded a 5-under 30 on his second nine, which included three 20-footers and a curving 15-footer. He was only one stroke back.

More drama ensued Saturday, starting at the par-5 13th when he made that most improbable eagle by sinking a putt of more than 60 feet. Then there was the chip-in birdie at 17, when the ball hit the flagstick on a bounce, and the 40-foot bomb at 18 for the closing eagle that gave him the halfway lead.

On Sunday came the 12-foot birdie putt that put him in the playoff with Mediate. Finally, on Monday, after botching a three-shot advantage with eight holes to go, which a Tiger in his typical form would never do, he managed to produce the birdie he needed at 18 to extend the duel.

Yet it won’t just be the shots that we remember from this particular performance. There have been more impressive shots for more than a decade now, and there are sure to be more to come.

This time, we’ll remember the manner in which he overcame his own limitations, how he fought off the pain, day after day, hole after hole, even when he had to go 91 holes.

He probably shouldn’t have played, and how lucky we are that he did.

He may never have a finer moment.

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