Thursday, April 30, 2009
Someone asked me if Manchester United fans in Brunei have their own club here. I actually made an inquiry to Manchester United FC some time last year in regards to opening an official Manchester United supporters' club. I got a reply, but they needed some information, such the lcoation of the club, the business plan for the club and the club secretary. Only when these are available, then they would consider if the club can be formed. I thought I would not have the time and energy to provide those info, so I left it as it was.
Anyway, I'm wondering if there are anybody out there who would be interested to do this. Let me know.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
If you read it without a pause for the parentheses, say Selesema Burung Manusia, you would be forgiven for thinking something other than the actual flying bird!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
It is incredible for a player at this age to play at the highest level of football and being recognised by fellow professional players for the hardwork, dedication and commitment that Ryan Giggs has endlessly put in for the only football club he plays for. It is even made more incredible that he has only started in 12 Premier League games and scored one goal, that wonderful goal against West Ham. He featured in a further 8 Premier League games and 8 Champions League games. I believe it is not the number of games that he played in that mattered; it is more about his work ethics, the influence he imposed on the team and the level of workmanship that he contributed in those games.
Glory, Glory Ryan Giggs!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I want to watch this. This is the eagerly-anticipated movie of the year. Star Trek tells the story of a young Captain Kirk and a certain half-human, half-Vulcan named Spock, fighting the Romulans who tried to change history by destroying the Federation.
Opening worldwide on Startdate (of approximaely) -313654.79 (or in Gregorian calendar 7 May 2009).
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Second-placed Liverpool drew 4-4 against forth-placed Arsenal and third-placed Chelsea drew 0-0 against sixth placed Everton. Manchester United won 2-0 against Portsmouth, to stay at the top of the Barclays Premier League, having 2 points more than Liverpool, but have one game in hand. The title bid is now over for the season for Chelsea and Arsenal. Everton is now one point away from Aston Villa for that last Champions League spot.
Last evening's match also marked the 600th appearance of Paul Scholes for Manchester United. He is one of the rare breed of one-club players, which included Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, and started his Manchester United career on 21 September 1994.
This weekend's matches will see Liverpool visiting Hull City, Chelsea visiting West Ham and Manchester United hosting Tottenham Hotspurs.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Check out the video here.
So Susan or Shaheen? Well, Shaheen might be more talented, but the public might think that he would have much greater chance to make it out if he did not win, so the sympathy votes might go for Susan.
(It is frustrating that video embedding has been disabled. You would have to go to youtube to watch it.)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Manchester United went out of the FA Cup after losing the penalty shoot-outs when 120 minutes of football could not separate Manchester United and Everton in last evening's FA Cup Semi-final match. Rio Ferdinand and Dimitar Berbatov could not convert their penalty kicks, handing Everton the ticket to play Chelsea in the FA CUp final on 30 May. Manchester United fielded a slightly weaker team, by starting with many youngsters, including Danny Welbeck, the da Silva boys and highly-rated youngster Frederico Macheda. Many people regarded that as a tactical mistake by Sir Alex Ferguson, but I think Sir Alex Ferguson is eyeing the bigger prizes in the English and European football. Manchester United still has seven Premier League games to play, including a home game against in-form Arsenal. The next game will be against Portsmouth in three days' time. Manchester United is also in the semi-finals of the European Champions League, against, Arsenal.
I am not too cheesed off that Manchester United is not in the FA Cup final. As I said, there are bigger prizes in store and they should be won at all cost!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
It is always heart-warming to see this. You just have to look at the cynical faces of the audience when she first came out. Many would think that she could be like the lady who sang Ken Lee or another William Hung. But when she hit the first note, you quickly realise how talented this lady was. It also made you think that we, more often than not, tend to judge people quickly by the way they look. This is the classic flaw of human; we judge too quickly.
I hope she goes further in this reality television programme and eventually performs in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Show. Go Susan!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
It took a stunning long-range effort from a Portuguese player to take Manchester United into the semi-finals. Cristiano Ronaldo scored on the ninth minute, to score only his second goal in this season's Champions League campaign. The early goal set up a nervy match, where an equaliser from Porto would tip the balance towards FC Porto's favour. After being underfire for off-form performances in many past matches, Manchester United played like champions, controlling the midfield, creating chances and stopping the opposition on their tracks. The return of the formidable double at the centre of Manchester United's defence was also a good news to many United's fans. In the second half, FC Porto tried to ipose their authority and there were times when it looked like they would be scoring their sought-after equaliser. Manchester United hung on to their slender lead.
Semi-final matches would be played on 28/29 April and 5/6 May.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Twenty years ago, 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death in one of the worst footballing tragedies. It happened during the FA Cup Semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium, the home of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. This was the time when standing terraces were common in football grounds all over the UK. The crush happened as hordes of fans went to the same standing terrace and it overfilled, causing people to crush against each other. The match was stopped at 3.06pm, just six minutes after the match started, when the referee sensed something was not right.
Apart from the obvious tragedies that many families went through; a pair of parents even lost both of their daughters, something good came out from the tragedy. An investigation report recommended that standing terraces to be removed and all stadia are to be made all-seater stadia. Now many clubs in the upper division have all-seater stadia. Another major change was the removal of perimeter fencing around the football pitch.
Regardless of which football team being supported, I am sure many football fans would be joining Liverpool fans in remembering those people who went to a football match and never to return home. And these people definitely did not walk alone.....
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I think a health warning should accompany Manchester United games. For the past few matches, Manchester United scored an early goal, only to concede goal(s) and end up drawing or losing the game.
Manchester United had to turn to the wunderkid to deliver the winning goal against Sunderland in last evening's Barclays Premier League match. Paul Scholes scored a rare header in halfway in the first half, but United's attacking and defending were poor after that goal. Ben Foster and the woodwork held to keep the score at 1-0, but luck finally ran out not long after the start of the second half when Sunderland equalised. United's game picked up pace, but Sunderland were up to the task of containing United's players away from the goal. Then came Macheda, who scored within two minutes of being on the pitch. He diverted a shot from Carrick, which wrongfooted the Sunderland keeper. Even then, Sunderland did not stop; they continued to pile on the pressure until the final whistle. I am sure many United fans' hearts were working overtime over the course of the game! Also, not to mention many sore throats among the United fans.
Liverpool kept up the pressure early on on Manchester United when they trashed hapless Blackburn Rovers 4-0. The victory briefly put Liverpool on top of the Barclays Premier League table.
Chelsea had a scare against Bolton Wanderers who staged a late comeback to overcome an early scoreline of 4-0. Some goalkeeping mistakes from Peter Cech allowed Bolton Wanderers to score three goals to set up an intense and nervewrecking end to the game. Bolton Wanderers piled on the pressure up to the final whistle, when they had the chance to share the points from two corner kicks which set up goalmouth scramble and everyone in the Chelsea blue threw their bodies to prevent that equaliser. But Chelsea held on to their nerves to run out as the winners.
With the results of Saturday's games, Manchester United remain at the top of the Barclays Premier League with one point more, but having played one game less than Liverpool. Chelsea remain third.
Now, the season is getting more interesting. Liverpool and Chelsea have six more games to play and Manchester United has seven. But Manchester United and Chelsea are still involved in the FA Cup, Chelsea is almost sure to proceed to the semi-final and Manchester United still have that outside chance to proceed of the same phase of the Champions League. These extra games will perhaps be a deciding factor on the Barclays Premier League this season. I hope that Manchester United players take it one game at a time and not to overwork themselves in the closing phase of the season.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Continuation from here.
I have to apologise in advance if this post is a bit too graphic and too obscene!
When I was sent to Singapore for treatment, one of the things that I had to do was storing some semen, in case the chemotherapy that I was going to have have a detrimental effect on my ability to bear children.
The National University Hospital (NUH) had this place called the Andrology Laboratory, where there was a special room for men to 'do what they have to do'. On my first day, I had to report to this nurse who looked barely 20 years old and I had to say that I felt a bit embarrassed that she knew what I was about to do. But then again, she was probably used to this. I was given a piece of paper with instructions (as if I really needed instructions.....!). I was given the option of doing 'it' either in the 'special' room or at home (in my case, it would be the hotel room). I thought it would be weird doing it in the hotel room or its toilet, knowing that my family was with me, so I opted for the room. Anyway, if I had done it in the hotel room, I had to bring it back to the Andrology Lab within one hour. I thought going from Scott Road to the Hospital on MRT or taxi and carrying a container of my precious cargo would be a bit too surreal!
(click to view larger image and read the instructions!)
Before going to the room, I would be given a sterile container and the key to the room. It won't be a nice thing to have people walking in while you're busy doing it, will it? When I first got into the room, I went exploring the room, trying to see what are available to help me. The room consisted of a small area with a television and a sofa, and an attached toilet. The television was connected to this box with two buttons; one to play a movie and one to stop. And it doesn't take a genius to figure what was shown on the television! That was probably the only place in Singapore where that kind of movie was knowingly available! Because I could only play or stop the movie, by the time I made my third visit, I was bored with the first scene and I actually waited for the next scene before I started doing 'it'! When I was done, I was supposed to return the container to the same nurse and I swear I don't think she handled the container without her gloves on! In all, I made a total of five visits to the Andrology Lab. The doctor thought that I should store more but because he wanted to start the chemo as soon as we could, he thought five would be enough. He even asked me how many children I was planning to have but I didn't remember what my reply was.
During all these lab visits, I was not sure if my family knew what I was up to; I never discussed this with them. I think my sister knew, because whenever I needed to go, I just told her that I had to go to the hospital. Normally, I would disappear while they go out shopping.
The semen samples would be stored for a year and I had to go back if I needed them to store longer. I was told that it would have cost BND150 per sample per year for storage. Because of what happened after the whole cancer episode, I never actually went back to renew the storage. I would guess that they would be destroyed after one year. My friends joked that if they saw kids in Singapore who were hyperactive and looked like me, they would probably be mine!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Brunei DPMM FC continued its unbeaten run and returned to the top of the S-League after beating Gombak United FC 2-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium. It also meant that Brunei DPMM FC ended Gombak's own unbeaten run, leaving Brunei DPMM FC the only team to be unbeaten in the S-League.
This blog has almost anything you need to follow the S-League. As of now, it has already posted the stats from the Brunei DPMM FC-Gombak United FC match.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Day 1: Being tech geeks (I am the only exception, probably.....), we spent some time at Funan IT Mall and Sim Lim Square. We were scolded by a taxi driver for not saying the 'right' name of Funan IT Mall, even though we were sure it was called Funan IT Mall. It was apparently called Funan Centre. I took Jester and Kakarrot on a 20-minute walk from Sim Lim Square to Funan IT Mall after convincing them that it was near...... I never heard the end of that as it was not actually in our plan to walk for 20 minutes in a hot and sweaty city! Dinner was at Fish & Co. where a pouty waitress dissed me for getting their menu wrong. After that, we went off for late night shopping at Mustafa Centre where someone really felt at home! By the time we left at around 1am, some of us were tired and delirious, and our speech became slurry! At one point, Jester agreed to some 'unacceptable' proposition!
Started Day 2 with brunch at Adam Road Food Centre. The nasi lemak at Stall No. 2 was a must-try item. Apparently you should also try the soto ayam and mee sup ayam. Our table was so full with food that we got disapproving looks from other tables!
After brunch, it was time to hit Vivocity, with the intention of getting some Beard Papa custard puffs and a short stop at Mothercare. But Mothercare short stop became the complete Vivocity tour! While at Vivocity, Prez got a balloon for himself and we were told off for taking pictures at Beard Papa.
Dinner that evening was at Jumbo Seafood at River Walk. While in Singapore, you should try the chili crab, a local Singaporean delicacy and the 'mantou' (deep fried bread). You should also try scallop in yam basket.
Brunch on Sunday was at Samy's Curry. We learnt that you need to know exactly where you want to go, or else the taxi driver will get stroppy with you! The food at Samy's was a good way to forget the taxi episode. Must-haves are the big prawn curry, lime juice and chicken masala.
The rest of Sunday was spent doing frantic, last-minute shopping. Somehow you could end up more than you wanted to if you were shopping in a hurry. It was always a good thing to end a trip to Singapore with a visit to Burger King, or if you were Prez and Kakarrot, a visit to the Indian Food Place. Prez had a friendly neighbour in the plane......
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
In Brunei itself, the Surau at the Mall had its kiblat direction changed at least twice. At one point, the direction was rotated 270deg from the original kiblat direction. It would be quite interesting to hear how someone discovered the mistake.
During the last weekend's trip to Singapore, my travelling companions and I went to the Al-Falah Mosque near Orchard Road and I noticed that the kiblat direction has been slanted slightly to the right.
Now with the availability of modern technology, it is getting so much easier to precisely determine the kiblat direction. Brunei's Survey Department also offers a service to determine the kiblat direction in residential premises. There are also watch with kiblat compass available in the market.
However, it is said that as long as the general direction towards the Kaabah in the Holy City of Mekkah is correct, it is ok to have a slight slant towards the left or the right. It is more important to have the actual 'niat' and to have sincerity and humility in carrying out your religious duties. Waallahua'lam.........
Friday, April 3, 2009
By the time you read this, I would have left Brunei for the first ever Lunchgang tour of Singapore. We have been meticulously planning for this trip. The idea came in December last year, when someone (I think it was Kakarrot) made a passing remark about going for a group trip to Singapore. Over the next few weeks, we started to make the gears going and chose this weekend to go. At first we wanted to go during the school holidays, but Prez had made a plan with his family and we thought that the school holidays would mean higher ticket price and more expensive hotels.
Four of us are going in this trip; Kakarrot, Jester, Prez and I. There have been a few occasions when each of us flew out with another one for work, but this is the first ever trip of us together. It is going to be a weekend of technology and gadgetry shopping. I haven't got anything on my shopping list, yet. As usual, I'd probably grab whatever that attracts my attention!
Anyway, we are staying at a hotel with free internet access and I will try to put up some running commentary the Lunchgang Singapore Trip.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
It could bot be happening at a worse time. Yet, it happened. Again, for the God-knows-how-may-time-th time.
Last night, I had another badminton0related injury. It happened in the middle of a long rally, when, I could not remember who, returned a high-ball towards our opponents. Jester took the opportunity to return a high-speed smash towards my direction. (Of course, he did not mean to target any part of my body, obviously, in case you were wondering if he wanted to injure me......). I could not move away in time and the shuttlecock hit the frame of my racket, which then ricocheted towards my right eye, hitting it directly. It was not the first time that it happened to me, so I saw this familiar white flash and then felt the pain. We stopped and assessed the situation. I, perhaps foolishly, soldiered on towards the end of the evening.
When I got home, I thought I needed to rest. I switched the lights, the tv and everything else that emitted light in order to perhaps help my eye healed faster. I even retired to bed early, thinking that it would help too.
This morning, as I woe up, I could still feel the pain so I decided visit the Panaga Health Centre. Fortunately, no serious injury was observed. As with many eye injury, the eye became extremely photophobic, so the doctor asked me to have an eye patch over the eye. And I was also given a 2-day medical break, which partly became quite unnecessary as I had planned to take tomorrow off anyway.
Anyway, I am really hoping that the eye gets better soon. I better move away from the computer and my eye starts to hurt again. This post really took quite a while to complete as I had to take time off from the computer to give my eye a break from the glare.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
If this pilot project becomes successful, it is expected that many countries would have similar subject to be taught in their schools.