Sunday, August 31, 2008

Manchester United - Bad Start to the New Season

Altho they won the charity shield through penalty kicks, Man Utd's strikers are unable to find the net for the first few games.

First game of the season, they drew with Newcastle, after trailing 1-0. Darren Fletcher fired the equaliser to make it 1-1. In the second game against Portsmouth, again Fletcher got the winning goal. On Friday, they lost to Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 in the Euro Super Cup. It's a clash between last season's Champions' League winner agains UEFA Cup winner. Worse still, skipper Paul Scholes was sent off in the 90th minute for a handball. Looks like they are going to have a tough time ahead, with Ronaldo still out due to injury, and Rooney and Tevez unable to find their form.

Good luck devils!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Liverpool FC 2 - Middlesborough 1

Congrats to Liverpool for their 2nd win in the premiership. Liverpool managed to get 2 late goals through Jamie Carragher, 85th min(he has not score a goal for years) and Captain Steven Gerard in injury time. However, Carra's goal was considered an own goal after the shot got a deflection on Emanuel Pogatetz.

In the first half, it's Boro's goalie Ross Turnbull who stole the limelight when he did saves after saves, to deny Torres and Kuyt. Boro got the lead through Mido. Gerard was so quiet for about 90 minutes when finally, being the maestro he is, struck a super long shot outside of D into the top right corner of Boro's goal mouth. End result, Liverpool won at Anfield 2-1.

A job well done...keep it up Kops!

Beijing 2008

The Beijing Olympics has just concluded.

It was a spectacular 16 days of sportsmanship, glory and achievements; except for a few incidents.

The closing ceremony was not as impressive as the opening, though I'd give an 8/10 compared to 10/10 for the 08.08.08 opening. Nevertheless, the art of fireworks was amazing.

Highlights and Incidents of the Beijing Olympics:

1. Usain Bolt became the 1st person to win both the individual 100m and 200m sprint and 4x100m relay with world records in all 3 events. He's only 22.

2. Michael Phelps became the most gold medals winner in an Olympic, capturing 8 and a record 14 gold medals(6 from Athens 2004)

3. A Hungarian weightlifter Jaros Baranyai dislocated his right elbow during an attempt to lift 148 kg in clean and jerk.

4. Cuba's Angel Valodia Matos, after being penalised by the referee for taking too much injury time, landed a Wong-Fei-Hong "no shadow kick" on the Swedish referee. The referee required stiches to his cut lips.

5. Lee Chong Wee...oops Datuk Lee Chong Wei, despite being tamed by World No.1 Lin Dan in straight sets, was conferred a Datukship

6. South African amputee Natalie du Toit finished in an amazing 16th in the 10km open water race. Respect! Respect!

7. The whole Chinese nation cried when Liu Xiang, who started in the heats of 110m hurdles pulled out immediately with an injured Archilles' tendon.
8. Shocking American men and women 4x100m relay team dropped their batons in the heats. Jamaican women's team also dropped their baton in the finals of the 4x100m relay. Shocking!

9. Gymnast Yang Wei realizes his dream to win gold in individual all-round event. However his fellow countrymen, the young Zou Kai has 3 golds, winning the team event, horizontal bar and floor exercise.

10. Australian Matthew Mitcham's final attempt with 4 full 10s managed to pip Chinese Zhou Luxin who had a miserable final dive, for a gold; ending China's domination in the diving event. China finished with 7 golds.

11. China ping pong players(men and women) swept clean all golds offered, winning the team gold, and individuals (gold, silver and bronze).

12. Australia's Stephanie Rice is women's best performer, with 3 golds in 400m medley, 200m medley and 4x200 freestyle relay.

During these 16 days, I enjoyed most watching gymnastics. To be frank, almost every country that performed on each events had a fair chance of clinching a medal. It was heart-thumping when I watched the Chinese team of Yang Wei, Zou Kai, Chen Yibing, Huang Xu, Li Xianpeng and Xian Qin in action against Japan, US, Russia and Korea. I also enjoyed watching US gymnast Nastia Liukin perform. She must be the most beautiful olympian ever! Her father is a former Olympian champion and her mother is a former gymnastic World Champion, no wonder she is the 'Beauty with Talent'.

Monday, August 11, 2008

EPL '08/'09

The new season of beautiful EPL football is just around the corner, kicking off with the Community Shield between last season's EPL Champion, Manchester United FC vs last season's FA Cup winner, Portsmouth. However the game was however dull, due to the fact that Man U was without Rooney and Ronaldo because of injury. Portsmouth started with their new signings Peter Crouch and Jermaine Defoe upfront, being not so effective, I guess it's because their height. Crouchy is about 2 heads taller than Defoe. Goalless after 90 minutes, both teams headed for penalty. Final score, Man U won 4-1. Portsmouth had 2 spotkicks over the bar, and another one saved by Edwin van der Saar. I don't understand how players who train for longer hours than watching TV can miss the penalty kicks. Ridiculous huh?

Arsenal has been impressive in pre-season with their young players. It's pretty amazing that Arsenal's youth development program is working so well, unlike Liverpool's. Liverpool is still stuck in the Gareth Barry transfer saga, CEO Rick Parry claiming that the asking price of 18 million pounds by Aston Villa too expensive. I share the same opinion but getting 30 year old Robbie Keane for 20.3 million pounds ain't expensive??? Let's be frank, with 20 million pounds, you can get players like Kaka, Ronaldinho or other top young players with better reputation, future and prospect.

I've just watched Tottenham played Roma, won convincingly with 5-0 margin. That's really impressive. I bet Tottenham will finish in the top 5 this season. Chelsea should be a potential title contender with new signing Deco and some good players like Drogba and Lampard decided to stay on.
Anyhow, let's just wait for the first game on 16th August.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

More Happenings

A DAP municipal councillor in Penang, Tham Weng Fatt was summoned while at his girlfriend's pub due to operating the pub without a license. As a municipal councillor, I'm very sure he is aware that his action is wrong. Due to the fact that the present state is run by the DAP gov, he is taking the laws under his own hands. While defending himself, he said that his application was rejected and he has filed an appeal. Even a small kid knows that without a car license, you can't drive; and without an entertainment license, you can't operate a pub. So, does it mean that every single Penangite who applied for a scholarship from the Penang state gov shall have their applications approved?

However, CM Lim Guan Eng is fast at responding to this issue, giving his commitment that action will be taken against Mr Tham if his explanation is unsatisfactory. Let's just wait and see.

Last week, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah has decided to give way to his beloved husband Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim to recontest for a by-election at Permatang Pauh. It is a wise move by Anwar, to avoid any gossip that PKR is controlled fully by his family; and also to what has been claimed by Anwar all along, that his wife was at politics by coincidence. The date has been confirmed. Nomination on 16th Aug and polling on 26th Aug. Both supporters has been busy putting up posters and flags. It is said that Permatang Pauh UMNO Division Chief Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid has been proposed to contest against Dato' Seri Anwar. I think it'll be an easy win for Dato' Seri Anwar.

As I was searching for related news about the by-election, I found the above picture in one of the websites. What a joke! It's real funny...although at this hour, my sleeping housemate will just wake up upon hearing my laughter....I would say the PR supporters are really creative (even during the March 8 election), but putting their talent to waste.

Other happenings this week: among others is the Beijing Olympics on 08.08.08. For the Chinese, the number '8' is an auspicious number. It symbolizes wealth and luck. However, prior to the Olympics, China was hit by a big earthquake at Sichuan costing many many innocent lives. After the incident, all the Chinese community around the world stood together to lend a helping hand to the victims and together, they managed to pull through this difficult time. Let's just hope the opening ceremony goes on peacefully and joyfully as it is rumoured to be in danger of terrorists attacks. Hopefully it stays on as only 'rumour'.

I have a very close friend who will have his R.O.M. on the same date, 08.08.08. I had mine last year 08.08.07, so this year, it'll be my first anniversary. Good luck to you bro Chris and may you and Janice stay a lovely couple forever and ever....

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Ant and The Grasshopper

I believe many people have heard of this story during childhood. Well, there is a twist in the new version. Like it or not, it's gonna stay this way for a long, long time....

Old Version

An ant worked hard in the sweltering heat all summer, building its nest and laying up supplies for the winter. A grasshopper thought the ant was stupid not knowing how to enjoy life. It spent its days laughing, singing & dancing thoroughly enjoying the summer.
Came winter, the ant was warm, comfortable and had no shortage of food. The grasshopper had no proper shelter, no stored food, and couldn't find anything to eat from the snow-covered ground. So it died and the story ended.

New Version

An ant worked hard in the sweltering heat all summer, building its nest and laying up supplies for the winter. A grasshopper thought the ant was stupid not knowing how to enjoy life. It spent its days laughing, singing & dancing thoroughly enjoying the summer.

Came winter, the shivering grasshopper called a press conference and demanded to know why the ant should be warm and well fed while he was cold and starving. TV1, TV2 & TV3 showed up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper alongside to a video clip of the ant in his comfortable home with a table full of food. The majority of the MPs were stunned by the sharp contrast. How could this poor grasshopper be allowed to suffer?
Kheiry staged a demonstration in front of the ant's nest. Nezry went on a hunger strike along with other grasshoppers demanding that they be relocated to warmer climate area during winter. The Government immediately passed a law forbidding all ants from working hard in the summer so as to bring about equality of poverty between ants and grasshoppers. Hishammudyn increased 'More Special Reservations' for grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services...
The ant was fined for failing to share 30% of his food with the grasshopper. The PM announced that this was part of the NEP. No ant should question it. Many years later...Some ant migrated to the US and set up multi-billion dollar companies there.

Hundreds of grasshoppers still died of starvation despite the 'More Special Reservations'. Losing significant number of hard working ants and free loading the grasshoppers, Bolehland remained a developing country, despite its abundant natural resources....all because the remaining ANTS were still doing their work.

Latest finding showed that almost all the grasshoppers in the political arena and civil service were hoarding corrupt wealth which they refused to share with fellow grasshoppers causing the poor grasshoppers to retaliate and demand for a REFORM!