29.12.08

wake up FAM! vietnam are champions!

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Last night, I witnessed the Vietnamese Football Team scored in injury time to prevent extra-time in the Final of the ASEAN Football Championship against the South East Asia powerhouse Thailand, thus becoming the Champions in the region. The pandemonium in the stadium was phenomenal, and to say that the football fans in Malaysia are not watching with envy, is an understatement (but I wonder if FAM has the same feelings as the fans Thinking). Besides, this was the same Vietnam team which virtually knocked Malaysia out of the tournament, when they beat them 3-2 - their winning goal was that lob which bounced and embarrassed the Malaysian goalkeeper, and Malaysian football at a whole - in Phuket.

I wonder when will be the time we can be able to celebrate, like the Vietnamese. Our last proper glory, was at the 1989 SEA Games, when Malaysia beat Singapore in Stadium Merdeka. The fact that Vietnam were stuck in the Vietnam War at the turn of the 70s made the fact even worse for Malaysia, which has been independent since the last 51 years, and remained peaceful and prosperous ever since.

A glance at the list of South East Asian Champions since the inaugural 1996 tournament in Singapore, the statistics will show that Thailand and Singapore have shared the honour of being champions 3 times, while Vietnam won their maiden title this year. Forget Thailand, but why can't we even be at par with at least Singapore, or Vietnam? These days we are even struggling to beat Myanmar or Laos. The only notable mention for our country was being in the Final in the first edition in 1996, when they were beaten 1-0 by Thailand. Besides that, it had been a tourney to forget, year after year. All we get is false hopes, prior to the start of a tournament, and excuses, after bowing out one.

I don't think as a layman I should propose anything. We have lots of capable and smart people out there already. It isn't rocket science. I believe we have enough pool of talents throughout the country, that can bring Malaysia to higher standards. It's just how the talent scouting works. Then comes the hard part, the management system which has to go deep down to the grassroots, at every level, every states, age-groups, clubs, affiliates. Forget the FIFA Rankings, forget the furore, forget the Asian Cup 2007, forget the match-fixing debacle, forget our golden history, just forget everything else, concentrate, focus on the essentials, put everything right, and move on.

I remember a friend who asked why do I still follow Malaysian football although they never do well. Well, Malaysia is our country right?

Year Winners Runners-up
1996 Thailand Malaysia
1998 Singapore Vietnam
2000 Thailand Indonesia
2002 Thailand Indonesia
2004 Singapore Indonesia
2007 Singapore Thailand
2008 Vietnam Thailand

List of South East Asian football champions since 1996

P/S: It's embarrassing actually to see NIKE adverts portraying our players everywhere. "Shirt On, Fear Off". Just not worth it. RM259?! Maybe we should just stick to Line 7.

27.12.08

i could not ask for more - edwin mccain

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I heard this song when I attended Reiner and Alice's Wedding Reception here in KL. Then I just realized that I used to like it soooo much! The video below was taken from his concert in St. Louis.

I Could Not Ask For More
Edwin McCain

Lying here with you
Listening to the rain
Smiling just to see the smile upon your face
These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
These are the moments, I'll remember all my life
I found all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more
Looking in your eyes
Seeing all I need
Everything you are is everything to me
These are the moments,I know heaven must exist
These are the moments, I know all I need is this
I have all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more

I could not ask for more than this time together
I could not ask for more than this time with you
Every prayer has been answered
Every dream I have's come true
And right here in this moment is right where I'm meant to be
Here with you here with me

These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
These are the moments I'll remember all my life
I've got all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more

I could not ask for more than the love you give me
'Coz it's all I've waited for, and I could not ask for more
I could not ask for more

26.12.08

oh so tragic!

A blonde goes into work one morning crying her eyes out. Her boss, concerned about his employee’s well-being, asks sympathetically, "What’s the matter?”

The blonde replies, “Early this morning I got a phone call saying that my mother had passed away.”

“I’m terribly sorry to hear that. Why don’t you go home for the day? We aren’t terribly busy. Just take the day off to relax and rest.”

The blonde very calmly explains, “No, I’d be better off here. I need to keep my mind off it and I have the best chance of doing that here.”

The boss agrees and allows the blonde to work as usual. “If you need anything, just let me know,” he says.

A few hours pass and the boss decides to check on the blonde. He looks out over his office and sees the blonde crying hysterically. He rushes out to her, and asks, “Are you going to be OK? Is there anything I can do to help?”

“No,” replies the blonde, “I just got a call from my twin sister, and she said that HER mom died too!”

Big Grin

hey, now it's rm1.80!

'Minyak hasil bumi datang dari Allah, sepatutnya dikongsi dengan rakyat'

The quote above if I am not mistaken came from a politically prominent person during the petrol price crisis in June. It means that oil, is earth's commodity that comes from Allah, and has to be shared with the Rakyat. Hmmm... Thinking I understand the person's naivety, but a person in his position, should certainly know better than merely making such a statement. No wonder ignorance is a bliss.

The most recent reduction of pump oil price to RM1.80 per liter came not exactly as a surprise to most of us. As of today (26/12/08), the crude oil price on the NYMEX is at $36.17 per barrel. Compare this to 6 months ago, the crude oil price reached $140-ish per barrel, and that time, the Government (yes, STILL the CURRENT Government) increased the pump price to RM2.70 per liter.

I remember when I first reported into Petronas, I think at exactly the 20th day there, the price went up to RM2.70. That was an increase of 78 cents compared to the previous RM1.92 per liter. The announcement from the already under-fire Government - they lost the 12th General Election convincingly - brought public outcry from all corners of the country.

Due to all these unfortunate circumstances, some parts of the Government were looking for an easy meat to become the scapegoat for all the furore caused - despite the fact that crude oil price around the world was on the up that time. As expected, sadly, Petronas was the answer. When the announcement on the petrol price increase was made, I received a number of phone calls, SMSes, emails, instant messages, from friends, relatives, asking the relevance of Petronas in the increase. Well, it's easier to accept the naivety of those not involved directly with Petronas. But when the criticism comes from the Government itself...hmmm...Sigh In our amazement, it was one current Permatang Pauh MP who came to the defence of Petronas at that time. There were also others, praise them.

I remember a certain 'KJ' was buzzing in the Parliament during one of his speeches, for Petronas to make public their Financial Year results. Our President rebutted by saying that the results are shown to Public every year. The fact that Petronas 'contributed' RM67.6 billion (more than its net profit = RM61 billion) from its last Financial Year's revenue to the Government's coffers from was not looked at with good heart it seemed.

Now that the price of crude oil have gone so low, no one seems to care about Petronas anymore. Recently, Tan Sri President remarked that Petronas is currently riding the Perfect Storm, as the situation is not going to be better next year. Our reserves are depleting, and new fields have to be explored, using the most expensive technology, thus increasing costs. One of the hardest hit businesses within Petronas is the Petro-Chemical business, in which some of the plants have reduced their production to a certain percentage or none at all, due to low demand. The outlook for 2009 isn't pretty at all.

Where are those who were so loud during the so called 'petrol crisis'? What has the Government done to show some concern towards Petronas? I remember reading from a newspaper, that our petrol price should be RM1.30, instead of RM1.90 at that point of writing. Hmmm...I wonder where Petronas will be with that kind of price. Maybe they should suggest that petrol is free for everybody, rather that putting a price to it. If really oil is 'hasil bumi dari Allah', and has to be shared, maybe we should make water free for everybody also, since it is more essential to us than oil. Not talking

Although Petronas' primary responsibility is to take care of the nation's oil resources, and contribute to the people of the nation, it has to also be remembered that as a business entity, it has to be aware of its own survival, especially in a very demanding, challenging and unpredictable we are in now.

25.12.08

merry christmas!!!

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To all my friends, readers, relatives, to everybody out there and around the world...
Merry Christmas!!!
Big Grin
15.12.08

dog washing

A young boy, about 8 years old, walks into the local grocery store and picks out a huge box of laundry detergent. The grocer walked over, and trying to be friendly, asked the boy if he had a lot of laundry to do.

“Nope, no laundry,” the boy said, “I’m going to wash my dog!”

“But you shouldn’t use this to wash your dog. It’s very powerful and if you wash your dog in this, he’ll get sick. In fact, it might even kill him.”

But the boy was not to be stopped and carried the detergent to the counter and paid for it, even as the grocer still tried to talk him out of washing his dog.

About a week later the boy was back in the store to buy some candy. The grocer asked the boy how his dog was doing.

“Oh, he died,” the boy said sadly.

The grocer, trying not to be an I-told-you-so, said he was sorry the dog died but added, “I tried to tell you not to use that detergent on your dog.”

“Well,” the boy replied, “I don’t think it was the detergent that killed him.”

“Oh? What was it then?”

“I think it was the spin cycle!”

Laughing

13.12.08

sm all saints honoured!!!

I was surprised and at the same time proud when I came across this article in The Star today. It's not easy to have your school's name printed in a local state newspaper (Daily Express, Sabah Times, etc.), even harder to be mentioned in a national newspaper (more so when your school is from East Malaysia)! Thinking

Four Premier Schools Honoured in Stamps

KUALA LUMPUR: Four premier schools have been honoured with special sets of stamps and first-day covers by Pos Malaysia Berhad.

SMK Victoria and SMK Convent Bukit Nanas in Kuala Lumpur, SMK St Thomas in Kuching and SM All Saints in Kota Kinabalu were chosen for their successful achievements in the academic and curriculum fields.

Pos Malaysia Bhd stamp and philately unit head Yasmin Ramli said yesterday that the schools had produced many national leaders, corporate figures, professionals, sportsman and scholars “who have contributed significantly to the growth of Malaysia.”

Colourful covers: Pos Malaysia Berhad corporate communications department senior assistant manager Maisara Noor Ahmad showing the first-day covers during a preview in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The first-day covers will be available on Tuesday at all post offices.

A limited batch of 50,000 first-day covers will be available for one day next Tuesday while the stamps and folders will still be on sale from the same day onwards at all post offices.

The first day covers with a set of four stamps will be sold at RM2.30 each while a folder costs RM5.50. A set of 20 stamps, with each stamp in 50 sen denomination, will be sold for RM10 while a folder with a complete set of stamps of the schools and a first day cover will cost RM47.80.

The Star Online (13th December 2008)

It could mean not so much to some of you out there, but it sure does mean a lot to us who spent our days in SM All Saints! Big Grin Congratulations to the other 3 schools too!

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