Saturday, December 31, 2005


It is the eve of the new year 2006. Rather than looking back, i want to look into the hopes and dreams for 2006. The good times, the bad times and the so so times that was 2005 will pass in about 8 hours time.Nothing i can do to change whatever that had happen but it will be part of my life to make me a much better human being.

The first thing that i hope for 2006 is finding a better and more secure job. Something that will give me more satisfaction, excitement and also abviously a much better pay. I dont want to go to work with a heavy heart every morning and dreading what the day is gonna bring to me.

I also hope that at the same time next year,there will be a Mrs. Red Raven in my life. I found The One for me and i hope what we have both planned will come true. I cant wait to end my single life and start a new one with her. I have to admit it will not be easy but i wouldnt want to start it with anyone else but her.

I hope that all my family and friends will also be blessed and all their dreams will come true. My life is blessed with beautiful and lovely people and seeing them happy and smilling will always completes my day. I pray that my parents health are improve, i wish my sisters will be successfull in their work and studies, i wish my brothers will finally land a better job for themselves, i wish my friends will be successful and find whatever they are looking for...fame, fortune,partner maybe.....

I also hope that United will once again find their greatness and overhaul Chelsea. If Fergie's future is in doubt i hope we will get a new coach in the form of Capello which honestly is not a bad candidate with his credential and experience. I hope we will finish as champion (and secretly wish Chelsea will falter in the second half of the season) and win the FA cup and also the League cup too....

I hope i can pursue my a field that i choose myself and i know i am gonna love. What it is, only a few people know. Hopefully, in maybe 3 or 4 years time, i can pursue a career in a field i know i will be at home.

I also hope that i can improve on my writing skills and at the same time improve my English diction. I hope my sherie will not have to correct me all the time and i can finally talk in English with more confidence. I also hope that i can eliminate most of my spelling and gramar mistakes in my writing.

I also hope i can control my temper. Although i do think i have improve but i hope i can just say bye to it all together and maybe communicate my frustration and dissapointment in a more civilize and matured way.

I hope i can improve on my communication and socializing skills. I hope i can try to be a bit more friendly and more approachable so i can make more new friends in this not so new place for me now.

I hope i will improve myseld as a human being, as a son, as a brother,as a boyfriend, as a friend and as a Muslim. Something that should not be done when it comes to new year only but i guess each and everyday of our life.

And finally, i hope that each one of you will be bless and may the next year of your life will bring happiness, success and all good things just come and knock your door....AMIN

p/s: for have made 2005 a year i will always remember. you came into my life and just shine it. the rest of the year is a blur since the day i met u.

Song of The Year (English) - Believe Me(Fort Minor)

Song Of The Year (Malay) - Elegi Sepi(Azharina)

Movie of the Year (English) - Harry Potter 4 - The Goblet of Fire

Movie of The Year (Malay)- Baik Punya Cilok

Album of The Year (English) - The Emancipation of Mimi (Mariah Carey)

Album of The Year (Malay) - Yang Tercinta (Mawi)

News of The Year (World) - The Paskitan Quake

News of The Year (Local) - Datin Sri Endon's passed away

Sports Moment of the Year (World)- Liverpool come back to win the European Champions' League

Sports Moment of the Year (Local) - Selangor winning every single thing

Entertainment News of the Year (World) - Pitt - Aniston divorce or Pitt - Jolie dating

Entertainment News of the Year (Local) - Yusry - Erra announce marriage in trouble

Artist of the Year (World) - Mariah Carey

Artist of The Year (Local) - Mawi

Wednesday, December 28, 2005


I am afraid of heights. Dalam bahasa melayu, I ni gayat. How bad is it? Ask Sherie. I just shrieked like a girl when it comes to height. I would just forget that I am a guy and I should be macho and cool about it. I am not cos heights just frightens me. I would break into cold sweat. My face will automatically turn white. Jadi pucat semacam. Although I do try to get over it but so far, I still can’t

I went on a ride at the Euro Fun Fair at One Utama recently. Well, honestly it was not my idea because I would rather be throwing darts at balloons, sitting down playing bingo or catching plastic ducks and hope I win more than just a plastic rose flower. It was my dear Sherie’s idea to go on “The Vector” because it looked fun. She said that she doesn’t mind us not going on the ride but I know she wants to go up and I wouldn’t let her go alone. I could see that her eyes were looking at “The Vector” and you could just see how she really wanted to go on it. For her, the adrenaline rush that she gets from being thrown up in the air with only straps holding you to ur seat is fun. Not my idea of fun. What if the straps were loose? What if the machine suddenly rosak and we are hanging for our dear life? Arghhh……I was sweating and having a nervous attack but I said “Takpe lah…kita naik lah. Maybe it would be fun”….

She was getting excited and I was getting intoxicated with the idea of being thrown up in the air. I was whiter than Mr White at that time. When they strapped me up and I was hanging in the air, I was saying “Ya Allah” non-stop. We were about maybe 60 to 70 feet in the air and then the machine just flipped. The seat was also flipping. I was hanging for for dear life and I was quiet. I was very quiet. I was closing my eyes and I was sweating…cold sweat. It was flipping violently and Sherie was actually shouting with joy. With delight. How? Why? I was holding on and hoping I wouldn’t be thrown 100 feet away and die and she was screaming and laughing. She was happy and enjoying it.

Those 15 minutes was something I would not want to endure again in the near future. I just want to make sure that my feet are always on the ground and never should it be hanging 70 feet on the air. I had a nightmare that night. I was screaming and woke up from my sleep and I was wet from my sweat. Does that make me any less a man? I don’t know but I hope one day I will get over my fear of heights..maybe joining Fear Factor would help? Well, I don’t know but that evening I was actually on a flight back to Kuching……

World Cup 2014 - Fantasy Or Reality?

The other night I was watching Scoreboard Extended on TV3. The topic was “Piala Dunia 2014- Fantasi atau Realiti?”. I am not sure if a lot of people know but it seems like FAM has targetted World Cup 2014 as the year where a Malaysian team will be part of the 32 elite teams. Meaning that Malaysia will be pitting their skills and game against the mighty Brazil, Argentina, England, Germany, France or other football power house. But like the topic that was discussed…is it a fantasy or a reality?

Can we in maybe 6 years time (deduct two years for qualifying round) prepare a team capable of reaching the final 32 teams? Less than a month ago we lost to Vietnam in the semi-final of the Sea Games. To qualify, we have to be among the top 5 nation in Asia which include Japan, South Korea, Arab Saudi, Iran, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait and with Australia joining the Asian Football Federation. We are not even the best in our South East Asia region and we are talking of reaching the World Cup in 2014.

Unless in that six years time we found a Rooney, a Ronaldinho, a Ronaldo or a Cech somewhere in our proud Malaysia, I don’t see this becoming a reality. Don’t accuse me of not believing in the “Malaysia Boleh” slogan but we do have to make sure what we dream of are at par with our ability and mentality. Right now, with the current state of our football, I don’t see any reason why we should be dreaming of reaching the 2014 World Cup or even the Asia Cup.

I do want to see Malaysia in the World Cup one day, don’t get me wrong. Even countries like Togo, Ivory Coast, Ghana and even Trinidad & Tobago are gonna be playing in the World Cup this summer 2006 with their sudden emergence as a football nation. Malaysia will hopefully one day qualify but the road leading to the World Cup is long and bumpy. It has been a long period since Malaysia has given us anything to shout about. We are still basking in the memories of Allahyarham Mokhtar Dahari, Ghani Minhat, Soh Chin Aun and many more football legends in our country during the 70’s and early 80’s but what can we be proud of now? We have not won any major competition for over a decade with the gold medal in the SEA Games 1989 serving as the last proud moment in Malaysian football history. We have endured more humiliation with losing to minnow football countries like the Philippines and Myanmar in the SEA Games and also trashed by a Hong Kong team.

It is not just FAM responsibilities to guide Malaysia there but we as Malaysian should come together and also be part of that journey. FAM can plan and strategize to get a Malaysian team into the World Cup but without us helping, none of those plans and strategies will be effective as proven so far. I don’t think I am in a position to criticize FAM or any of the state FA but I think they should be more focus on the future of football rather than what we have now.

We should concentrate on the young generation of our country. We should make sure that the next generations of Malaysia’s footballer have a strong basic football skills and knowledge. These basic skills should not be taught to them when they are 14 or 15 years old but we should start from a tender age of maybe 6 or 7 years old when it is easier for them to absorb this information. If we teach them when they are teenagers, they have already created their own habit of playing and it is hard for them to accommodate skills that are basic. Some players are born with talents but if we do not help to sharpen their skills, the talent would just be a talent. From age group competition, coaches should identify players and the selected players should be put in a football academy to be set up in each state. Right now, the only sport school I know, correct me if I am wrong, is Bukit Jalil Sports School. In my opinion, we need more sports school or in this case football academies so we have a much wider pool of players to select from.

We do have age group competition and also Piala Presiden but we do have to understand that the players will only meet maybe a month before the competition and train together. After the competition, all of the players will go back to their respective school and will be coach by teachers who might not have any qualification to teach football. It would be better if we can keep group them into an academy where qualified coaches will coach them in all aspect of football. At the same time, this academy will also help to instill discipline so they can be a better professional. At the same time, the academy can make sure the boys are eating healthy to build their physical strength and body built.

Setting up the academies will definitely need a lot of money, but if MPPJ are willing to invest RM15 million into their M-League team, why can we persuade other major companies around the country to be major sponsors. At the moment, the focus of state FAs and also clubs in Malaysia are in the wrong direction. Instead of joining forces to develop Malaysian football, their major focuses are winning the league and the Malaysia Cup, which to me are short term success. Instead of parading new young players, these teams are proud to announce the recruitment of players from Indonesia, Ghana, South Africa or European countries who are not even good enough to make the grade in their own league. Maybe the foreign players to develop the young players in the team but so far, what have we achieve with foreign players in our league? The quality of football in our country has not improved and I dare say, is even lower than before.

Parents should also play an active part to help in the development of football for the future. In Malaysia especially, a career in sports in general is not a very popular choice for parents who would rather see their children to grow up as doctors, lawyers, engineers and accountants. With the introduction of football academies where the focus would not only be preparing their children to be professional footballers but also making sure their children education are on top of the list too. With this in mind, even if they do not succeed in making football as their career, they can also pursue their academic excellence. Being a professional footballer should not stop anyone to be a scholar too as proven by world class players and coaches around the world.

To achieve a dream of reaching the World Cup, all parties should be working together. Each one of us Malaysian should also contribute, directly or indirectly towards achieving that dream. We have to be patient to see the fruit of the investment. We should set a realistic target for our long term program. We should first be the best in South East Asia by winning the Sea Games gold and the Tiger Cup, and then to qualify and also win the Asia Cup. We need to establish our self and also maintain that performance before we can dream of qualifying and playing in the World Cup. And like I said, the key to this success is everybody needs to work together as a team without political or self interest which now ruining our football quality now. We need to be patient and also allow time to be on our side.

Maybe one day, we will see Malaysia in the World Cup. For the time being, the side of Malaysia winning the gold medal in the Sea Games or the Asian Games would be enough for us football fans.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Put More Effort

How do u satisfy people? Boring betul lah ngan my work. As if I can force people to come and pay. I mean, I called this people sometimes sampai 5 times, to ask them to come and pay but kalau dia tak nak, should I be blamed for NOT PUTTING MORE EFFORT, the exact word my boss said to me. How? Should I go knock on their doors like an Ah Long? Should I track them down at the office and ask them to pay infront of their colleagues? Should I follow them home and harass them and their family for not paying their monthly membership fee? What I know is for the time being, I HAVE TO PUT MORE EFFORT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


When we look into the mirror, have we ever stop and look at our self? Do you only see the physical side only? Need to loose some weight? That white spot on your hair? That decreasing hair line? That extra inch on your belly? Too much love handle? The bags under your eyes?

Do you analyze your inner self? The sin you have done that day? Did you stab anyone at the back today? Did you lie to anyone? Did you hurt someone feelings today? Are you proud of the person that is looking back at you?

Now, we always forget to stop and look at our self. We never took time to see who and what we have become. We might look at the mirror every day but what we see is not what we should see. When we see our self, we see that we need to exercise a bit more because we are putting that extra pound. We don’t see the need to exercise more on our empathy and love for human beings. We just see what we need to improve on the outside but we don’t see what we need to improve inside.

We become sad when we see our hair is decreasing but we are not sad when our moral values are decreasing. We become obsess on putting more muscles on our body or to tone our self but we are not obsess on putting more muscles on our knowledge and Iman towards Allah. We sit for hours thinking the best dye for our hair but we never sit and think on how we can be a better human being.

We see what we want to see but we never realize what is beyond that. We want things to be perfect around us but are you perfect for the things around you? We want to be appreciated by everyone but do we appreciate others? We think we deserve a lot more but have we done anything deserving?

We look in the mirror every day but are we actually looking what we are suppose to see? Maybe we should start looking now………..

Monday, December 19, 2005

SWK 101

Anyone planning to go to Sarawak any time soon? Maybe I can help with some of the local malay language. Beware that some of the words may sound the same but the meanings are totally different. Hopefully this will be of some help....and remember, to sound more Sarawakian, sebutan R tu kena tekan kan sikit…hehehehehe. This is just a few that I have compiled and honestly, there are a lot more. So if there is any Sarawakian words u want to know…just ask me.


Aok – Ya
Agak - Jumpa
Angol – Pening/Mual
Akhir – Lewat/Lambat
Acap – Banjir/Air naik
Ambik – Ambil,
Ngambik - Menjemput someone from somewhere
Asuk – Anjing
Anok – Marah
Abas – Lawat
Ngabas – Melawat
Api - Lampu


Bicu – Lipstick/Gincu
Burit – Punggung
Berolah – Nakal
Bengkeng – Degil
Bulu Mangsu – Bulu Kening
Berlagu – Menyanyi
Bujat – Buat perangai
Belon – Kapal terbang
Berayan – Meletak sesuka hati
Babo – orang yang selalu lupa atau nyanyuk


Congek – “bintang air mata”/suka menangis
Camne – Macam mana
Ceridak - Pengotor


Dango – Barang permainan
Berdango – bermain
Dolok – Dulu


Embak – Bawa
Engkah - Letak


Gago – Sibuk
Gurin – Baring
Gambong – Sama cam Bujat
Gerak – Bangunkan dari tidur


Inang – Pelihara seperti ikan, kucing, etc.


Juak – Juga
Jaik – Hodoh
Jenaka – Funny/ Lawak
Jerak – Tak akan buat lagi
Jeluak - Bosan


Kepak – Letih
Kedong- Alang-alang
Kemeh – Kencing
Kedak – Macam
Kenjar – Gatal
Kejeron- Busy Body
Kenak – Why
Kitak – Kau
Kamek – Aku
Kelakar - Cakap

Lawa – Sombong, Berlagak
Lewat – Tak kan lah


Maok – Mahu
Manok – Ayam
Motor - kereta


Nangga – Menonton/melihat
Ngerepak – Meleter
Ngabor - Berselerak


Olah - Perangai


Pusak – Kucing
Paloi – Bodoh
Polah – Buat
Molah – Membuat
Padah- Beritahu
Madah – memberitahu
Paluk – Pukul
Padu – Begitu
Pangkak – Langgar
Palak - Kepala


Raon – Ronda-ronda/Jalan-jalan
(Sik) Rajin – Tak suka/ Tak berkenan
Rindok – Suka
Ranggat – Kasar. Loud
Renah – Duduk diam,
Rami - Ramai


Somet – Misai
Siney – Mana
Sitok – Sini
Sia – Sana
Sik – Tak/Tidak
Sekoh –
Sidak – Mereka
Sak ati – benci/ tak suka
Sukati – actually singkatan for suka hati
Susu – Buad dada

Tandak – Tari
Bertandak - Menari
Tangga – Lihat
Tengah – Sedang
Tauk – Tahu
Taboh – Pukul
Tunok - Bakar

Paling Cantik???

Watching 8TV’s Malaysia’s Most Beautiful really makes me wonder one thing. What makes a woman beautiful? “Pada rupanya kah, pada jiwa nya kah, pada iman nya kah?”and from that show, I would definitely not find an answer for that elusive question.

When I tengok the show, cam malu je cos the title of the show really that define the true meaning. Apa sebenar nya motive that show? If the producers’ nak Malaysian to see that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess I am just blind lah kot cos so far, I can’t see what make this woman beautiful? Contestants who are mulut laser, confrontational, mengada, bitchy, proud of her “assets”, malu makan kat kedai mamak???Again, what is the motive? Oohh…to find the most beautiful woman in Malaysia. And the juries have to find one out of these lots? I pity the judges.

In the first place, how did they choose this woman? Kalau Malaysian Idol, Akademi Fantasia or even Audition, u kena ada bakat menyanyi, well, even if a little for some, but at least u have that as one of the most important criterias kan? ability to dance would be an advantage, well again for some. Rancangan “Mencari Cinta” yang agak popular sedikit masa dahulu pun u know the criterias….the guy must be desperately in need of getting married…well, it is one of the criteria kan. At least you know what the purpose is. To woo the girl of your dream (well she is the only one in the show) and get her to fall in love with you and then get married…which along the way u will be one of the famous couples in Malaysia and also ur wedding sponsored..not a bad deal. What other reality show do we have here in Malaysia… Fear Factor Malaysia which is a poor cousin of the Fear Factor over at AXN, still have some motives and criterias….the criteria for the contestants is u must be willing to eat maggots, bitten by kala jengkings, hanging for ur life on a rope and being thrown into the sea just for RM10,000……so u see where I am going here……how did they choose this woman. What makes them Malaysia’s Most Beautiful?? What did they do that make them beautiful in the eyes of the juries??? I am confused.

I know that they want to make to get high rating for the show. That is why all the cat fights and laser talking and whatever is shown on tv but do we have to portray our supposedly Most Beautiful Malaysian like this. These women were supposed to be the cream of crops, best of the best and pride and joy of Malaysia. What if, by chance, a foreigner was to watch this show…what would they think? What kind of image do they have for our Malaysian women?

I don’t have any objection on airing Reality TV shows but please, do u think Malaysia need a show like this? A show which suppose to show the beautiful side of a women, inside and outside, but so far I have yet to really understand and identify the beauty of the contestants. Maybe I am blind and ignorant of what a beautiful woman should be but I can honestly choose another 20 or more women to replace the contestants. Women who know what beauty means inside and outside and they don’t even realize how beautiful they are. Women who appreciate life and beauty around them and forget to appreciate their own beauty.

Until then, don’t forget “Malaysia’s Most Beautiful” at 9.30pm on 8TV every Thursday to find out what is beautiful in the eye of the juries……….

Friday, December 16, 2005


I feel like crap. It has been a long time since i sakit.I think dah almost 5 months. No flu, no demam, no cough, no nothing. That is until last night.I was looking forward to watching "Aeon Flux" with Sherie at 9.20pm. Dah book ticket but nasib baik belum beli lagi. I did not feel the best the whole day but i tot maybe because tired lah, after 3 days in a row of working out and futsal. When i came home, after Magrib tot to rest and sleep for awhile before picking up Sherie at 8.15pm but while trying to sleep, i feel a sudden rush of cold. Sejuk giler..i was shivering..rasa cam my whole body is covered by ice...i sms Sherie telling her i feel sick and might not be ok to watch the movie. She called me and at that time my head rasa cam kena pukul with a hammer, my body covered by ice, my eyes were cellotaped together, my legs were tied with iron balls and my perut was used for drums....she said she nak bring me to the clinic but i said no cos i dont feel i can walk or go anywhere. She said she will come over and buy me some food.

She came and brought pills and nasi ayam.With the first bite, i was on the way to the toilet a few seconds after that.I was vomiting like heck...every thing came out even the milo i drank for my breakfast. sorry to gross u out but dang. She start to scold me for not eating properly, for skipping my breakfast,lunch and dinner. She suspected that i kena gastric but i dont know. She went home after making sure i was ok. I cant even walk her to the door to see her out. That's how crappy i felt.

After she went back i slept. Woke up around 2.30 and sms my boss. Told her i wouldn't be able to go to work.I felt a bit better when i woke up (woke a few time to say hi to intro my arse and the toilet boil)Sherie sms me saying she wants me to take me to the clinic. I still dont know what is wrong with me and i was hoping the doctor would be able to. I still dont know what is wrong but at least i feel much better after takng the dozens of medicines from the doctor. If i am kinda merepek in here, i think it is because of the effect from the medicines...

I am recovering...and i have to go buy food now before sherie shout at me cos not eating again..she just sms me and it simplu say " Yang...please dont get me started again"...and trust me, i dont want to get her started again cos she will not stop ok....

Tiru Lagi

Your 2005 Song Is

Beverly Hills by Weezer

"My automobile is a piece of crap
My fashion sense is a little whack
And my friends are just as screwy as me"

You breezed through 2005 in your own funky style!

Your Porn Star Name Is...

Hairy Manilow

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic

Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy - your life appeals to a select few.
But if someone's obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky.

Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski

You Have a Melancholic Temperament

Introspective and reflective, you think about everything and anything.
You are a soft-hearted daydreamer. You long for your ideal life.
You love silence and solitude. Everyday life is usually too chaotic for you.

Given enough time alone, it's easy for you to find inner peace.
You tend to be spiritual, having found your own meaning of life.
Wise and patient, you can help people through difficult times.

At your worst, you brood and sulk. Your negative thoughts can trap you.
You are reserved and withdrawn. This makes it hard to connect to others.
You tend to over think small things, making decisions difficult.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Down And Out

Out of the Champions League. After a glorious run of 9 consecutive years of going through the group stages and into the final 16, United have failed to make it 10 this year. The lost against Benfica at the Stadium of Light not just booted United out of the European Cup but also doomed United to the bottom of the league. Not even a UEFA cup place which were vacated by Lille, although the have the same points, who have a better head to head record than United. A nightmare end to United European challenge this year. Making it worst, all English team, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Glasgow Rangers…yes…Rangers of the Scottish League who are now, if I am not mistaken 5th in their domestic league are through.

I stayed up to watch that match. I just don’t want to miss a chance to see the boys destroy Benfica just like Best did in the 1966 quarter final and also the 1968 final. 6 minutes gone, Scholes scored although he looks uncertain and surprised when he bundled in the newly appointed Captain Neville cross. We are at that point through and it looks like it was gonna be a rout and Best memories of those two nights when he announced his emergence as a new football hero and legend. But 10 minutes after that dream start, a header from Giovanni just dash those memories away and Beto’s deflected shot in the 34th minutes just destroyed the hearts of everyone associated with United. As a fan, a sense of anxiety and frustration was creeping inside of me when the time was ticking away closer to the end of the match. I was hoping for a miracle from Rooney, Ronaldo, Ruud and honestly even from Richardson when he came in as a late substitute. Anyone at all. Villareal did us a favour by winning the other match. We just need one goal and whoever scored that goal would have been elevated to “OLE” status. But that elusive and all important goal just wouldn’t come. I bet Ruud would trade 10 of his European goals for one that night. Rooney wouldn’t mind giving up his magnificent hatrick debut against Fenerbache for that one goal. Benfica’s time wasting tactics were horrible with their players just falling down at will, theatrically, with any contact or a dash of a wind from any United players. Frustration and anxiety surrounded the players can be felt by me as a fan. Nothing was working not even with almost 80% of the possession of the ball in the 2nd half. And to make it worst, not even a decent shot on goal except for that Ronaldo half pass half shot moment, when honestly he should have squared it to Scholes to tap in.

When the referee blew the whistle to end the match, United players’ head dropped, hands on their hips and some looking at the sky, maybe to ask forgiveness from Best for the way they played and end their European journey this season. Scoring only 3 goals in 6 matches and 4 matches without a goal. That’s how United performed in this year Champions League against Villareal and Lille who are debutants and also Benfinca. When the draw were made back in August, it looked like United were gonna strolled through the group stage and relishing another successful assault on the big prize. None of the teams in the group have the European pedigree and experience like United, well, other than Benfica back in the 60’s when Eusibio reign proud. Come December, Villareal topped the group and United looking from the bottom of group and wondering what went wrong.

Out of the Champions League meaning an estimated income of 15 million are gone. Fergie’s future as the gaffer is in doubts and there are speculations that he will not be the one running the show in the new season. Less money are in the kitty bag to buy new and big name player needed to boost the team in the January transfer market and also the lure of European matches are not there anymore to attract players especially with the World Cup is just around the corner. The fall of once a great club will be hoarding the papers all around the world. Those are just some of the consequences of missing the boat and going out a little too early for a team like United.

A quick fix is needed for the current United team. Fergie have come out and said United don’t need Ballack because they have to concentrate on certain areas of the field that need strengthening. But where in particular do we need streghtening when Chelsea have two for each position in their team.

The defenses honestly in my view need someone more assured than Silvestre and Ferdinand need to discover his form. Gerard Pique who is waiting for his chance to break into the first team is great for the future but again, he need more playing time and experience to make his mark. Maybe this highly rated center back should be given a chance now rather than later because Silvestre is not really performing now.

In the midfield, although Smith is getting better with his role as the midfield engine and the all action man, he does not have the charisma and edge like Keano. Keano was born for that role, Smith have to learn it. We may not find another Keano (closest to a Keano was Chelsea’s Essien) but we do need someone to control and deliver in that midfield. Scholes and Giggs had been loyal and great players, but we do need buffing up in that department to challenge Chelsea in the league and also to be competitive in the European game. Ronaldo, Fletcher, Park, Richardson are for the future but again, they just lack experience. We need someone who can lead and gel the young players together. Ronaldo sometimes overdo his trick and he ending up confusing himself or even his teammates. Maybe with maturity, his vision and overall view of the game will change and for United sake, I hope he mature soon.

I don’t see any problems in the attacking department. We have Ruud, Rooney who is only 20, Saha who is coming back after a terrible start to his United career and also Rossi, the young Italian who promise a lot in the future. The lack of goals going in is more to the service provided to them were non-existence.

The most important thing that needed beefing up is the temperament of the squad as a whole. The ability to chase the game and also to close out the opponent. For the past two season, United lost that edge and that ablity to just push up and change their gear when needed. The game against Portsmouth is the only game so far this season that United won with more than a goal advantage. Maybe Fergie have mellowed down with age but senior players in the squad like Giggsy, Scholesy and Neville should take that responsibility on the field and push the team young team. United of the past would not hang their head and give up the game even when there are 3-0 down. Remember the Spurs game, when we were down 3-0 at the Lane after the first half and came out top with a 5-3 win? That was the game that symbolize United. The determination to win and not giving up until the last minute is our game. Remember that 2 amazing goal in the 3 minute injury time during the final of the 99 European cup? Can this new generation of United players give us the same belief that the United team of the past gave us?

Sad it may be, United fans are not looking for any European games for the first time after 9 years after Christmas. United are still in the domestic cups and also still challenging for the league. The only good thing we can find from losing out on the European nights are we can actually concentrate on wrestling the premier league from Chelsea. More rest time and also more focus. I just hope and pray and I know, United will rise from the season which seem like everything just doesn’t seem to go our way. From one lost to one tragedy to one controversy but one thing I am sure, true United fan will always be behind the club and will always support United.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Buta Tarikh

Last Saturday, I watched a DVD I borrowed from Sherie. The movie title is “Must Love Dogs”. John Cusack and Diane Lane starred. It is basically about a woman who got divorced for 8 months and having a hard time getting over it. She have a big family, I think she have like 2 sisters and 2 brothers and a dad who were all trying to fix her up with a man and get over her divorce. But somehow she just finds it’s hard to actually be part of the dating game again after years of marriage. With her sisters’ help, she actually answered “the lonely hearts” ads and end up answering her own dad’s ads. Her sisters, not giving up, actually created an account in the internet for her and that’s where all the excitement begins.

While I was watching this movie, I was thinking and counting how many times I had actually gone out on blind dates set up by family and friends. And of course, dates set up by myself with the chat friends in the countless chat rooms and also partner matching love looking sites on the net. I guess it is easier now for us than our moms or dads before us to find a date. We have a wider range of choices and also the technologies advancement have helped us a lot in finding that one true love…but that one I leave for discussion another time cos rite now, it is about blind dates…haahahaha…

I don’t think I am the only who have experience of being set up for blind dates, mostly by my dear close friends. I mean, I know that they have my best interest in their heart but usually...well most of the time, I would find that their “interest” are not that interesting or not interested in me. They just don’t want me to be alone especially when attending dinner parties, weddings, get together, etc…basically they don’t want me to say no to every invitations just because I don’t have anyone to go with. Some of my friends even set me up because they just want to know my sexual preferences (and for the last time Kak Dayang, I am not gay. Don’t worry ok). And of course, they just don’t want me to be in the bujang lapuk statistics…….

Like I said, I had experienced being set up for dates by family and friends. Some I choose to cherish some I choose to erase it out from my memories. The moment u heard one of ur aunties or friends said “I have someone I want to introduce to you. I think she is just perfect for you”….a big “Oh No!” suddenly appears in ur head. And they would continue…” she is smart, polite, nice young lady. U should try and meet her. This is her number or if you want, I can arrange something for you, maybe a small gathering so u guys can meet up. Ok? U can thank me later. Trust me, u r gonna love her”……and for the record, I have not thanked anyone yet… is not like I don’t appreciate what they do but man….blind dates are hard

I like to categorize my blind dates into 3. The first one would be FFD (Family Friend’s Daughter). I would hear this girl’s name almost everyday for almost a week. “ Anak Mak Cik Midah kau tu, Nurul, baru je graduate and balik kat sini. Mak ingat nak invite them for dinner. U have plans tak this weekend?” my mom would say. I know what she is doing but would u say “I have plans. I want to go out and meet my friends and watch some football”…just to get away but u know no matter how u want to avoid it; u MUST meet anak Mak Cik Midah. Usually dates like this have the criteria below:

a) Daughter of a family friend
b) Usually wears tudung
c) Just graduated
d) Usually about 5-6 years younger
e) Close friends when we are kids
f) Introduce again during Hari Raya or some family gathering i.e. cousin’s wedding, doa selamat
g) Mom will call me to her room and ask me to meet the girl.

The second category I think I called it FWC (Friends’ Who Care) category. The usual introduction to this would be “I have a colleague, Milah is her name. She is such a sweet young girl. Smart and have a good sense of humor too. I just can’t believe it when she told me that she is single. I mean being pretty and all. I don’t know why, but I just think she is perfect for you. You are gonna love her.” And on and on and on… the end of the day I would have the girl’s number and at nite I would receive an sms reminding me to call MILAH…..which u obediently obliged. The criterias are:

a) Friend’s colleague or x-school or uni mate
b) Hair usually coloured
c) Working
d) Usually the same age
e) Never met her but she is suppose to be perfect for me
f) By word of mouth or at a party or some gathering
g) Friend will call or sms your phone before the date, during the date and after the date

The last category I would like to call WWW (World Wide Web). Yups, from the internet. Chat rooms and countless friendship or relationship website that connects you to people u would never meet. People all around the world, across the ocean, across the nation……the wonderful world of internet and technologies. This one is obviously by ur own hard is u know...trying to make ur profile or u nick name (abg_misai_single, nani_lonely_gal, etc) sounds good and of cos to get some attention. The usual introduction usually a/s/l (chat rooms) or “Hi! Just wanted to drop by and say hi.” (message to ur account). The criterias would be:

a) Don’t know
b) Depends on the avatar or when the pix was taken
c) Working maybe, though the occupation column does sounds a bit strange ( Dreamer/ Dapur Officer)
d) Ermm….one day it is 18 but maybe tomorrow it can be 25, depending on who she talk to
e) I just hope the one in the pix is her cos damn she is hot
f) Depends on how frequent are u on the net and surf through
g) u keep it a secret

I guess most of my friends would have a similar list. Being a 30 year old man and always alone, i had my fair share of blind dates. I didn't come up with the categories and criterias above from just 3 blind dates...i think for the past 2 years, i had almost 2 blind dates set up in a month by friends, family and urs truly from the net. I certainly don't want to be alone and at one point, well, earlier this year, i actually was contemplating of asking my mom to look for a wife. I was tired of all the dating process, the getting to know part, etc....i just want to just forget about it....well...that was the plan

I have been through a lot of dating process, blind dates or whatever dates u can think of, but I guess the main thing is meeting the right person, at the right time and also with the right intention. It doesn’t matter who set u up or where u meet, the main thing is when the right person comes, u just know it. I found mine, just when i thought i would end up alone.

Put too much expetaction, u might be dissapointed. Accept what comes your way and love it for what it is, not what u expect and want it to be.....

p/s: before i terlupa...Cher scored 5 goals in last nite game, and sadly 3 goals were scored when i was the goalie....wa wa wa....

Monday, December 05, 2005

All Aboard!!!!!

I was on board SS Seccom last Friday. It was a fun and thrilling ride. The passengers look elegant, beautiful, fun and lively. The entertainment was excellent, top class I must say. The food was good, not Raju’s good but it was fulfilling.

Actually I was not on board of some Titanic like ship or anything but I was attending my girlfriend’s annual dinner and the theme was “ Sun, Sea and SC”… don’t ask me what it means but basically it is about the beach I was told. It was held at Shangri La in KL. As it is a Friday and it is in KL, so kena lah rush to beat the traffic, so I ask my boss to release me a bit early. So I left around 5.50pm cos I am gonna met my girlfriend around 6.15pm. kena rush sebab some roads in KL are gonna be closed for the ASEAN Summit rehearsal. And knowing Hartamas, it is already jam by the time I leave.

When I drive masuk to SC I saw my Sherie’s car was in front of me. I parked beside her and ask her to wait cos I have to change to my “Beach” attire for the dinner. Honestly I was uncomfortable going to a dinner in a big hotel with obviously have air conditioners…..with SHORTS!!!!!! It is not like I shaved my sexy and manly legs u know.Yes, I was into the beach theme. I am wearing shorts to an annual dinner at Shangri La. But I ignore it and got change, like Superman, in the car….making sure I have my undies inside rather than outside like Mr. Kent. Considering I don’t have super speed like him, I got through the whole changing process reasonably fast. And off we go (Sherie is driving cos she thinks she can do it better, and trust me she can)

The traffic was bad. Well, bila lah masanya traffic in KL is ok kan especially on Friday. I’m not gonna tell you what jalan yang jam giler cos I don’t know but what I am sure it is jam giler. I think we were stuck in it for about an hour maybe. So on the way to the hotel, I just amuse myself by singing to the songs playing on the radio (I don’t dare to touch the radio cos 1st rule in my girlfriend’s car “Don’t touch the radio!!!! No one else is allowed to touch it except for me”) and create my own lyrics to the songs. And it irritates the hell out of my girlfriend especially when I dance to the tune…”Stop embarrassing me ok….people in the other car can see you”….but deep down inside she likes my dancing skills…hahahahaha…

Sampai hotel, we parked and making sure where we parked (cos I tend to mix up the location u know). At the lobby I was hoping to find someone else wearing shorts. The though of I am the only one, will not do good for my confidence. Sherie and I masuk ke lobi hotel and my eyes are still trying to search for that one guy wearing shorts but to my despair, no one in plain sight is actually wearing shorts….ARGHHHH!!!! When we came down to the waiting area, I was panicking. The guest were actually dress nicely. The men were wearing suits…….and LONG pants…oh no… I am in deep S#i#!!! Trying to run away would be no good now. “ Jom sayang, we register” said Sherie. I was walking like a zombie, my stomach was turning and I feel funny. Did she heard or read wrongly about the attire for the dinner?

But then, I saw them. I saw people wearing beach wear….I saw men in shorts, in sandals…wohoo….yes…yes…yes…I am not the only one. Hahahhaha…. I was actually
looking at the wrong crowd. There were another function on the same level and I was spared the blushes….fuh…what a relief. Everyone was talking and laughing, and me too, inside. When we registered they gave us a coupon to take a picture, the background was a beach I think with the sea, pokok kelapak ( as Marsha AF3 would have said), a ball, etc. took the picture and mingle around (well she did, I was just following her). After awhile we were called to come in and we’ve got one of the best table in the house ( good choice Erina). Honestly it sounds corny and not original and I am still thinking, if we are on a beach, why are we actually in a ship? Maybe I am too detail. I think there were about 50-60 tables in the hall so I assume there were about 500-600 people. Quite a big turnout. The backdrop for the stage was clever, it was the front of the ship, that “I am the King of the world” moment.

Suddenly that Titanic song by Celine Dion played. What is the name of the song….”My Heart Will Go On”…I think. Oh my kambing, it was so corny but hey, I am on a ship, “king of the world” backdrop…I just follow the flow u know…hehehehehe. The screen were actually playing clips from the movie and I am still trying to figure out if I am on beach or on a ship but again I chose to ignore it. The MC came out, it was Dee (from Jangan Ketawa fame) and she/he was wearing something that make she/he looks like Big Bird.

It was the usual boring speeches. After that, the prize giving ceremony I think for the in house sports. Habis je, comes my favourite part…….eating..hehehehe…dinner is served. Like I said, the food was good, not mind blowing head bursting good but it was ok. The nasi goreng could have been goreng better but overall I think my favourite on that nite was the chicken. I don’t know ayam masak apa, but it was good.

The MC, Dee, was a hit. I think I just refer Dee as SHE from now on. She made the nite fun, lively, tak kering gusi and she just don’t care. Her jokes were over the top, laser giler the mulut. But she was funny, very funny. I don’t know how many times did she change clothes but man…again…she was hilarious.

There were also the SC Idol…wohooo…..and the winner is actually base on votes by the guests. Cool. I never heard of it before cos most of the singings contest I join and saw semuanya ada so call professional judges. This is very creative and cool. A bit like those sms voting singing contest but this one is poor version of it. The committee dah letak kan this voting paper on the table and each person on the table get to vote for their favourite or who they think deserve to win. On our table, it was more like “Mawi World” kinda vote. Hahahaha……Fa is one one of the contestants, so even before she start singing, well, even before the dinner start pun the Xs’ were only in one row….Farah’s column….hahahahaha…Sherie took the responsibility to vote for Fa for everyone. Considering that they are not professional singers, all of the contestants did very well and talented indeed. Fa sang “ Hatiku telah Dilukai” by Kris Dayanti very well although I do think that she did not have enough practice on that song (I am just assuming). I think if she have more practice, she would be more comfortable with the song. She sang well but a bit shaky on some parts. She got second but she was great that nite. Tiada pengalah malam itu. I don’t know the other two contestants name but one of the guys sang “Azura” by Jamal Abdillah who eventually won though I do think he kinda screams a bit when singing and the other guy sang an M. Nasir song. Good showmanship but lack on the song delivery. But like I said before, considering they don’t do it full time, they did great.

Like any other annual dinner, the Lucky Draws are the highlite. I have never been lucky with lucky draws before, I never won anything. It changes last year when I won the washing machine during my last annual dinner with my old company. But somehow my luck change since than. I thought I use up my luck this year when I won the Bingo game masa the Euro Fun Fair at One Utama the other day. I hope my luck terlekat lah kat Sherie. She said she never won anything during any annual dinner. And what do u know; she actually won a portable DVD player that nite (now it is in my room..hehehe) and our table also won the lucky table. Wow….Zureen also won herself a watch masa lucky draw. So, our table that nite was quite lucky.

The nite ends with a splendid show by Jac Victor, the 1st Malaysian Idol. She was amazing. Her voice. I am having goosebumps now just thinking of her voice. She sang 4 songs that nite. “Jangan Tinggal Daku”, “When I Fall in Love”, “Di Bawah Pohon Asmara” and of course that song….”Gemilang”. Her mic control, her voice control, she just wow each and everyone of the guest. Amazing is not the word to describe her voice. I thought the most embarrassing moment that nite was over when I thought I was the only one wearing shorts but I was wrong. I was actually persuaded…well…diugut to go up to Jac and give her a flower…man….that was embarrassing enough…she actually ask me to sing a line from Gemilang before she wants to accept the flower….ARGGHHHH…so I sang…. The only thing in my head at that time was my friends are laughing their arse off at the table….luckily I am dark..kalau tidak..i think everyone can see how red my face was. Just because of a dvd player…oh god….

I had fun that nite. I think I never had gone to an annual dinner and actually just sit and enjoy the show. I was always in the committee and to enjoy would be out of the question. It was a nice experience actually to just sit back, laugh, eat, do stupid and embarrassing thing. Overall, a nite of fun, excellent entertainment…oopppss…..i almost forgot, there was a magic show by a guy name Aslam Roy or Asam Boy..i am not sure…but I guess u guys got an idea what I think of the show…forgettable... moving on…extra marks for the MC who was great, ok food…

ALL ABOARD SS SECCOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Which One Is It?

What can a guy do to make his lady happy? If anyone knows the answer, please do tell us clueless men. It seems like nothing that we do makes it ok. Let see a few situations.

1. When a woman is angry or upset, should a man try to pujuk her or leave her alone? When a man try to pujuk, the woman might say just leave her alone and she will be ok later. How long is later? What if a mean decide to leave her alone, would that makes her even more upset cos the guy just don’t care enough to even pujuk. Which one is it?

2. When a woman wants something, does she say it directly and to the point to the man or does she just keeps quiet, gives clues or hints and hope the man understand? If he buys something that she wants, a man might be accuse of not being creative and needed a woman to tell him what she wants. If he buys something that she might not want or he misread the clues and hints that takes the CSI team to solve, he might be accuse of not listening and not understanding what her needs are. Which one is it?

3. When a man goes for his games; football, tennis, badminton, etc; is he expected to bring her or not? If he brings her along, she might be complaining about being bored, her skin is gonna be dark cos of the sun or he smells bad after the game while driving home? If he does not bring her along, she would be suspicious, accusing of another woman is there, accused of forgetting her when he is with his buddies and he does not want her around with his friends. Which one is it?

4. When a woman asked a man opinion on her new shoes or clothes that look hideous and overly expensive, what kind of opinion does she wants? Should he answer honestly and then been accused of not appreciating her initiative to look beautiful for him and a man who seems to be out of style. Or should he lie and tell her what a wonderful choice and ignore the eyes, the giggles and the whisper around them when he brings her out? Which one is it?

5. When a man brings a woman for a date, what does she expect? The usual boring dinner and movie routine, a planned weekend where they both know where they are going, who are they gonna meet or what they are going to do? Or does she expect the guy to be creative, a put more initiative, a bit more spontaneous, go and do what they feel like doing at that particular time? Choose the first one he might be accuse of being boring no fun kind of guy or choose the latter and get accuse maybe of catching her off guard, not ready or she is not wearing the right attire. Which one is it?

6. When a man gives a woman gifts, does the price matter or the thought that counts? If the price of the gift is cheap would she still be happy to accept it because the thought that counts or the price of the gift must be expensive and it doesn’t matter if he suffers a great deal just to get the gift? Which one is it?

7. When on a date, does it matter where a man brings a woman? Does it matter if it is a kedai mamak or at a fancy restaurant? Any place will do as long as they can share their feelings and time together? Or does it have to be a place where she wants to go, where she feels comfortable and surrounded by the things that she love? Which one is it?

I think i just stop here. Advise us clueless and help men........please


Will Ole ever gonna play again in a United shirt? He has been out with injuries for almost 3 years now. The Baby Face Assassin is still a firm favourite to the United faithful. He was an unknown when he sign from Molde, a Norwegian club to United in the 96-97 season and by the end of the season, he was the top scorer for the team with 19 goals.

I still remember when he first came in. I can't remember against who but i was like. who is this? and my sis was like, he's cute? Who is he? I was still trying to figure this guy out but it seem like it is just not me. The other team defenders were also busy figuring his age and name cos they seem to not been able to stop him that season.

He might not be the first choice striker and he always claim that he does not mind the “super sub” tag that has been associated with him. He was always the third choice strikers but being a true professional he never complaint and with a talent like him, he could be the first choice in the team sheet every week but he stayed on.

Who can ever forget his 4 goals in 12 minutes when he came in as a sub with United leading 4-1. And the historic and maybe the most important goal he scored in his career so far ; that injury time goal that help United to lift the European Cup for the second time in United history. His goals help United to one of the greatest and glorious season ever for the United team, winning the Premier League, FA cup and also the European Cup.

He have scored 115 times for United since he joined United. The knee injury is still haunting him and he comeback to the team always been hampered. He have not given up and he has promise to all United fan he is gonna come back from this horrible injury and score goals for United again. And we United fans will of course pray and welcome him back.