Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Can An Average Person Do This?

Like a lot of other guys out there, I love my UFC. The discipline that these guys have and not to mention their mental toughness is to put it mildly, awe-inspiring. I've watched this fight quite a few times on the Mac and I can appreciate the hours these guys have to put in to get to where they are today.

While not aspiring to be like these athletes, I sometimes have to ask myself, can I even put in 10% of what these guys put in to be in shape and not get a heart attack by the age of 40? Oklah, 5%. Well in the past year the waist has gone down to size 36 from God knows what previously (too shy to mention).

To put things in perspective, I've only attended 2 BJJ classes in the past month and have basically given gym a miss since Lordz of Pain in March.

Sigh, it's a bloody long and winding road.

P/S : sorry but the voice/sound is out of sync with the video, but enjoy the fight nevertheless. It's between Yoshiyuki Yoshida & Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver in UFC 84 "Ill Will"

Keep It Up Astro!

Astro tried to cheat me that day lah..2 of my olympic channels didn't have any transmission & so I called up Astro. Told them about it & at the same time also told them my other channels eg AFC, Channel V etc also gets no transmission.

So the guy on the phone said, they will send a technician over. The sports Olympic channel can be fixed for free but Channel V etc have to charge. So I said why some charge & some not charge since since I am paying monthly and Astro is not delivering?

Astro's reply : oh the olympic channel problem we have been having some technicalities but the other channels is due to hardware problems ie decoder and that my decoder is out of warranty. So I told him if it's decoder problem I shouldn't be getting ANY channels. Then Astro fella on the phone bullshit and say Channel V & the other channels is on a different higher frequency...aiyo wanna bluff oso bluff properly lah.

Anyway later their independent technician came and fix everything for no charge lah. KNN PKM Astro

Friday, August 22, 2008

Langkawi Cable Car

We just came back from Pulau Langkawi yesterday and I must say I was pretty impressed by what it has to offer. One of the places we stopped by was the Langkawi Cable Car which took us from the base of Gunung Mat Chinchang to its peak where you will initially stop at the Middle Station where you can walk along the 'suspension bridge' and test yourself for Although the bridge is a marvel of engineering, the winds up there can be strong which sways the bridge somewhat, and believe me that by itself can give you the shakes.

After this, you can then board back the gondolas, which will take you to the Top Station which is approximately 450 meters up to the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang. There will be 2 viewing platforms here and apparently this is THE spot for a golden sunset in Langkawi.

If you ever decide to visit this place equipping yourself with a good camera is a definite must.


Adults RM25.00
Children (3 – 12 yrs old) RM18.00
Students (Letter from School required) RM18.00

Discount price will be given to Malaysians with MYKAD, purchase at ticket counter only.

Monday – Thursday 10.00am - 18.00pm
Wednesday 12.00pm - 18.00pm
Friday – Sunday & Public Holiday 09.30am - 19.00pm

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sports Day

The kids had their sports day this morning. The weather held up and everyone had a fun day out.

The kids won 1 gold medal each under their respective discipline i.e. the Potato Dribble and the Bounce & Thread. Parents were not left out as 10 pairs of parents took part too as you can see from the pics

Raja Musang

Meet my new friend, the Raja Musang. Today I had a chance to meet Raja Musang again after a first encounter 2 weeks ago. I am sad to inform you that things didn't go down well for him. Durians nowadays have such fancy names. We started off with the Red Prawn, then on to the Margerine and finally to Raja Musang.

Somehow you just know that this stuff is bad for you when it tastes this good!

So everything in moderation lah.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Run, Fat Boy, Run

I came across this article at Maybe we can draw some inspiration from it

That runner's high may translate into a lot of other long-lasting health benefits, a new report from an ongoing study suggests. Researchers have found that regular jogging, or any consistent aerobic exercise, in middle age and late in life may reduce people's risk of disabilities and help them live longer and healthier.

The study published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine tracked two groups of people - "ever-runners" and "never-runners" - over two decades beginning in 1984 : 538 people who run regularly, the majority of whom were selected from a national running club, along with a control group of 423 people who never run. ll participants were age 50 or older when the study began. Aside from their exercise habits, the two groups were demographically matched, similar in lifestyle habits, ethnicity and physical characteristics like weight. Each volunteer was asked to complete an annual questionnaire from 1985 through 2005 that traced their health status, including body mass index (a ratio of height to weight used to determine obesity), levels of disability and how much exercise they got.

Not surprisingly, the data showed that exercise was a boon to health. Over the years, compared with the never-exercisers, people who exercised regularly - in addition to running, activities included biking, aerobic dance and swimming - showed improved aerobic capacity, better cardiovascular fitness, increased bone mass, fewer inflammatory markers, less physical disability, better response to vaccinations and even improved thinking, learning and memory. They also lived significantly longer. What surprised researchers, however, was that those health differences persisted - survival and disability rates, in particular, continued to diverge for the two groups - over the course of the study. As the volunteers entered their seventh and eighth decades of life, many of the runners discontinued the activity and took up less strenuous activities like walking, but their health benefits endured.

Although the study focused on runners, the benefits appear to accrue from any vigorous aerobic exercise. In fact, the data suggested that even a little bit of exercise was better than none. A few of the volunteers from the non-running group did break a sweat sometimes, if not in a prolonged, consistent way - they reported having run for more than one month at a time - and even that short period of regular aerobic exercise appeared to have created positive health benefits, For avid runners, more good news: the study found no significant difference between the condition of joints in pavement pounders and their more sedentary peers.

Ok What!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Fresh Start

Today marks my first lesson of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Crush under Prof Marcos Escobar. I have previously rolled with the guys at Crush on Open Mat Saturdays, so I wasn't a total stranger there. The crew there were friendly and outgoing and overall it was a fun class.

As usual a telling point was my fitness or lack thereof. I was gassed within 30 minutes of class while we were still doing our conditioning exercises. Although it's tough (for me!) it will probably be good for me in the long run. I need some serious toughening up and Crush should be the place to do it.

The schedule at Crush for BJJ is as follows :

from 9:00pm to 10:30pm

week review & open mats session
6:00pm - 7:00pm GI
7:00pm - 8:00pm NO GI

The address and contact are as follows :

No. 8-3 JALAN PJU 5/10

tel. +6012 2206 064


A Crying Shame!

Poverty has forced a senior citizen in Desa Jeram Batu, near Kuala Lipis, to live in a chicken coop.

Shamsiah Samat, 57, has been living with dozens of chickens and geese for four years. She rears them to make extra money.

"I used to stay with relatives, but I moved out when they asked me to pay rent."

Before that, she had lived in a squatter house near the Pahang Club House. Built by her late father, it had collapsed eight years ago.

"Before that, my family lived in a rakit house (boat house) but it was swept away during the floods in 1971."

She said her father had tried to apply for state land but was not successful. He died at the age of 98 in 1993.

Shamsiah, who is a spinster, said she was told that she was not entitled to apply for a house under the hard core poor housing programme because she was not a single mother.

"They said I must own a piece of land before I can get the cash aid to build a house."

Shamsiah who is entitled to RM100 in monthly aid from the Welfare Department claimed that, sometimes, she did not receive the money.

"I rent this chicken coop for RM50 a month but there are times when the owner does not ask for the rent."

Shamsiah leaves her home at 7am every day to go to work in a grocery store and returns around 7pm.

"I have no choice but to walk to the town every day because I only get paid RM13 daily," she said, adding that her wish was to own a proper house before she dies.

WTF! Living in a chicken coop and paying rent for it! Even chickens don't want to live in chicken coops anymore. Man, sometimes I am really disappointed with the authorities (that would be putting it mildly). Come Ramadhan next month and we will have a lot of our Muslim friends going overboard with the breaking of fast at fancy restaurants/hotels. Shiiit..what a contrast that is going to be.

Honda, Werld Bess Sella

Honda Malaysia which has been selling the Civic Hybrid for the past 1 year, has through its managing director and chief executive officer Atsushi Fujimoto called upon the government to reduce taxes for hybrid cars to enable more people to buy these economical and environment-friendly vehicles. At the same time, he said incentives should be given to manufacturers and importers who bring hybrid models into the local market.

Well I suppose that's one way to reduce the burden of the rakyat since these hybrid cars do reduce petrol consumption and more importantly carbon emissions. But I think it would be better to just improve the public transport system nationwide and to reduce the amount of vehicles on the roads.

That's easier said than done, but hey that's another story altogether

Current Playlist

Seems like I am stuck in time but these are the albums currently in my playlist on iTunes

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Leader of all Malaysians? Errrr.....Ok!

Reproduced from the Malaysian Insider

The leader of all Malaysians. Once it captured the spirit of optimism that accompanied Abdullah Ahmad Badawi into office as the country's fifth prime minister.

Today, it is a reminder of what should have been; what could have been; another unfulfilled promise by a politician who promised to blur the racial and religious lines but ended up delivering an even more polarized nation five years on. The leader of all Malaysians.

Once it offered the umbrella of comfort for non-Muslims, planting hope among the 45 per cent of the country's population that the difficult issues of conversion, places of worship and freedom of religion would be tackled.Today, these five words have been buried by a community feeling increasingly despondent about their place here and the ability of important institutions to protect the rights of all Malaysians.

The numbers tell the story. A comprehensive survey on political developments since Election 2008 show that only 18 per cent of the 3,000 people polled identified Abdullah as the leader of all Malaysians, with only 7.3 per cent Chinese believing that he had done enough to deserve the moniker. Generally, more Indians and Chinese feel that he protects the interests of Malays more than he looks after the other races.

Even the anecdotal evidence suggests that the despair is coursing through the veins of many non-Muslims. Datuk A. Vaithalingam has always been a straight-talker. He never fudged or hedged when he was a top official in the golden era of the Malaysian sports scene, the days when the country's football team was a source of national pride and Isthiaq Mubarak was clearing hurdles at the Olympics.

But he outdid himself last Wednesday. Speaking as the president of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism, he gave a candid appraisal of the non-Muslim sentiment in the country to Abdullah.

"I must report to you that many non-Muslims feel marginalised in today's Malaysia. There is growing discomfort with the rapid Islamisation of our society. Universal values of ethical conduct and good governance, values which are shared by all religions, are appropriated by some to be only "Islamic", '' he said at the 25th anniversary of the council.

He cautioned the Prime Minister - the guest-of-honour - that unless concrete steps were taken to assure 45 per cent of Malaysia's population of fair treatment, the outflow of talent from the country would continue unabated.

Abdullah thanked him for his honesty and made the usual sounds on the need to be fair to all races. But even the PM knows that his government has not come close to delivering on any promises to non-Muslims since he came to power in October 2003.

Questions of body snatching or the status of burial rights for non-Muslims whose conversion to Islam was unknown to the dead person's family remain unresolved.

Abdullah promised to put in place a mechanism after the nastiness surrounding the burial of Everest hero Moorthy in 2006.

Little has changed since then. Similarly, there has been some disquiet over the plight of mothers whose husbands convert to Islam and then, avoid their commitments under the civil law to their former family. Non Muslims are unhappy that the courts are allowing one parent to convert children to Islam even if the other parent does not consent.

Vaithilingam also noted: "In schools, our children are not permitted to and do not get education in their own religion. Moral lessons are reportedly vetted by the Islamic authorities.''

His litany of complaints on Wednesday was long.

This is not the first time that the council has voiced their displeasure at the state of neglect over the interests of non-Muslims. Deep down, they know that Abdullah is not prepared to champion these issues, not when his own position in the country is precarious.

But they cannot keep the lid on the percolating discontent among the non-Muslims. That is why many of the religious groups backed the move by the Bar Council to proceed with its controversial public forum on conversion to Islam on Saturday.

The forum was eventually stopped by the organizers on the advice of police and threats by Muslim non-governmental groups.

Truth to be told, little good would have emerged from a forum not represented by major Muslim players such as Parti Islam SeMalaysia, Umno and Jakim. But in the absence of any meaningful moves by the government or political parties to resolve issues related to conversion, non-Muslims are prone to support any group willing to discussing these matters.

Abdullah and other Umno leaders have urged the Bar Council and other bodies to discuss sensitive matters behind closed doors but the Prime Minister will know from recent experience that this approach does not guarantee any progress. For example, he knows that many of his Umno colleagues in Cabinet are either against or ambivalent about promoting dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims. That is why Datuk Shafie Apdal's proposal to have more dialogue on national unity was shot down vigorously by an Umno minister during a recent Cabinet meeting.

A cabinet minister, who declined to be identified, told the Malaysian Insider: "Shafie did not get much support.

Pak Lah did not say much and neither did Najib. It could because this is the Umno election season and nobody wants to do anything which will upset party members. But it could also be in-built mechanism against dealing with any difficult issue, whether judicial reform or other reforms.''

There is little doubt that the party grassroots is ambivalent about reform - and this is a charitable interpretation.

During recent branch meetings, Umno members were focused on Malay unity - specifically the need to stay as one and fight off demands from the increasingly vocal non-Malay population.

There was little discussion on the need to shed the party's perceived arrogance and refill the depleting bank of non-Malay support.

Against this backdrop and with the upcoming party elections in December, no national leader is going to champion the cause of non-Muslims and risk alienating the Muslim constituency.

Certainly not the man who once said that he was the leader of all Malaysians. That claim rings hollow among many non-Muslims today.

Quico' Farewell Party

Group Pic

Marcos, Fang & Quico

Master Chef Raul

Prem & Chris doing what they do best

The bunch of us hung out tonight at Fang's place for Quico's farewell dinner. Quico, as you may well know has decided to retire to Bali. It was an opportunity to catch up with the guys and to strenghten existing ties between the guys from Brutal BJJ, Crush MMA and KDTA.

Special thanks to Fang for hosting us and also to Raul for manning the barbecue pit thus ensuring that none of us left the party with an empty stomach. Viva la Mexico!

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Friday, August 8, 2008

5 Tips to Kick Inflation's Backside

Unless you've been living in a cave these past few months you would have noticed that the price of stuff has gone up. By stuff I mean, oh well, petrol, bread, know the stuff we can't live without. So I thought why not come out with a list of cost-saving tips. This list is by no means exhaustive but but hey, these are the things that's echoing inside my head...eheheh...echoing inside my head!

1. Be creative with your tax returns. I am not advocating not paying your taxes, gosh that would be wrong. As a loyal and patriotic Malaysian I pay my taxes but sometimes you may feel a liiiiiitle need to be a fiction writer and so in these inflationary times why not write fiction in your tax forms. You are only limited by your creativity. You can't escape paying taxes anymore than avoiding death but a little civil disobedience will go a long way in helping out with the finances.

2. Lunch can be an expensive affair nowadays. So if you are going out with a bunch of colleagues to a kopitiam , make sure that you only have RM100 bills with you. When you have to pay for your Char Kuey Teow, hand your RM100 bill to the CKT man and watch him reject it. "Boss, sorry no change lah?" Don't worry, the sucker next to you will volunteer to pay for you. Hint : repeat when your drinks arrive.

3. This next tip is one I personally live by. Tip No. 1 & 2 above are just suggestions....I've never ever ever ever done it but I put them there 'cos it's all about sharing. Putting vanity aside, everyone should just go bald or botak as it is better known here in the local circles. It makes plenty sense if you think about it. With a botak hairdo, you only need to go to the barbers once every 3-4 months as opposed to those with normal hair. They go once a month at least. Think about the savings. Applies to the ladies too. I like it!!

4. Wifi. This word is synonymous with the internet age. If you are young & savvy, you've got to be online but since you are young, you are most probably broke too. You can't be hanging out at Starbucks too often for it's 'free' wifi since you are broke remember? So what do you do? Well sometimes you may have an unsuspecting and not so techno-savvy neighbour with a wireless home connection. If your consicence is clear then you are just tumpang-ing lah.

5. Get rid of that mistress/girlfriend/boyfriend/sheep or whatever. If you don't really want that bitch or that he-bitch (well you can still keep the sheep as a pet), you've to get rid of him or her. They may look nice around your arms but they're costing way too much, times are bad and its high time you go back to being a wanker.

There you have it, my 5 tips to kick Inflation's backside. And oh, if your daddy or granddaddy has set up a trust fund for you (you know who you are), what the hell are you reading this for? You don't need these tips. Do something positive like paying your taxes.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Merit of Consistency

You can always depend on the powers that be to be consistent. Read on :

Renunciation of Islam: Woman’s appeal dismissed

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 5 — A woman who converted to Islam failed today in her appeal before the Court of Appeal against the High Court's refusal to allow her application for a declaration that she had the right to renounce Islam and embrace Christianity.

Justice Datuk Tengku Baharudin Shah Tengku Mahmud in a 2-1 majority decision said the appeal brought by the 35-year-old woman was incompetent before the court as the person (appellant) named in the originating summons at the High Court stage no longer existed — she had changed her name to a Muslim one.

Justice Tengku Baharudin, who presided over the hearing with Justices Datuk Vincent Ng and Datuk Sulong Mat Jeraie, dismissed the appeal with no costs.

In the originating summons at the High Court stage, she had stated her original Chinese name in the application, but the name had been changed to a Muslim name after she had converted to Islam.

On Feb 15, 2005, the woman in an amended originating summons sought, among others, declarations from the High Court that she had the right to renounce Islam and practise the Christian religion under Article 11 of the Federal Constitution and that she could delete her Muslim name and substitute it with her original name.

She named the Selangor Religious Affairs Council, Selangor Religious Affairs Department, Selangor government, the National Registration Department (NRD) director-general and Malaysian government as respondents.

On May 17, 2005, the Shah Alam High Court allowed the respondents' application to strike out her application on the basis that the High Court had no jurisdiction to hear and decide on the matter, and it also did not hear or adjudicate on the merits of the originating summons.

The woman in the summons said she embraced Islam in 1992 and changed her name to a Muslim name, and two years later she married a Malay man and was divorced in 1997.

She contended that after converting to Islam, she did not practise the tenets of the religion and her conversion was purely for the purpose of marrying the man.

On June 9, 2003, through a deed poll and statutory declaration (SD), she affirmed that she had embraced Christianity and had reverted to using her original Chinese name.

The woman then applied to the NRD to change the name in her identity card (IC) to her original name (Chinese name). However, the NRD on Sept 18, 2003, informed her that it had no jurisdiction to approve her application unless an order of renunciation of Islam was obtained from the Syariah court.

At today's proceeding, Justice Tengku Baharudin questioned the parties on whether the woman's appeal was competent before the court as two names – the Chinese and Muslim names – were stated in her appeal.

"The question before us is who is appearing in the appeal. Is it the Chinese name or the Muslim name?" added Justice Sulong.

Counsel Edmund Bon, representing the woman, submitted that the appeal was competent as the Chinese name and Muslim name were the same person in the appeal.

"There is no dispute as to the identity of the appellant. There is no confusion because the appellant is the same person as the name stated in the appeal application," he said.

Bon submitted that the appellant was a legal and natural person, and a Malaysian citizen who sought a legal remedy in the Court of Appeal.

Selangor legal advisor Datin Paduka Zauyah Be Loth Khan, representing the state, submitted that the appeal was incompetent because the appellant in her SD had used her Muslim name but when she signed the SD, she used her Chinese name.

Zauyah said even if the appellant used her Muslim name in the appeal, the appeal was also incompetent because in her SD and deed poll, she stated that she was not going to use her Muslim name anymore.

Senior federal counsel Arik Sanusi Yeop Johari, for the NRD and the government, submitted that the appellant had produced the documents with two names stated.

"The right authority to determine her legal entity is the NRD based on her IC. Therefore, the appellant must get approval from the NRD to change the Muslim name to her Chinese name, which was rejected by the NRD," he said.

A rising number of disputes about religious conversions have sparked anxiety among minorities — Buddhists, Christians and Hindus — because courts almost always rule against people seeking to leave Islam, which is Malaysia's official religion.

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
'Relax,' said the night man,
'We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!

(taken from Hotel California)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Welcome to Sin-Free City

THE city of Shah Alam, already without cinemas, night clubs or pubs, has shut the door on another form of entertainment — funfair.

That was the conclusion drawn by the councillors during the full board meeting held at Wisma MBSA on Thursday (31/07/08).The councillors have unanimously rejected the application from Green City Enterprise to operate a funfair at the Stadium Shah Alam parking area.

Shah Alam mayor Mazalan Md Noor said the decision might set new a precedent when it came to approving funfairs in the city. “Previously, we give approval for such applications at the department level. This is the first time we have brought the case to a full board for approval as we want to find out the councillors’ acceptance for such events,” he said.

Councillor Norhalim Sirome said such activity was not needed in the city as it had gaming elements.

However, he stressed that the public should understand it clearly that they did not reject all types of entertainment. “We want to make it clear that we do not reject all type of entertainment, especially when it is educational. “But this one is purely entertainment and may bring more bad than good,” he said.

Ok then, how about we put in an application to operate a family theme park. Let's see it's gotta have a lot of sand. I mean a lot of sand, the really fine type of sand, you know the type you can get from the desert. Then we have got to bring in the camels. For authenticity, we have to import the one-hump camel better known as the Dromedary camel and not the infidel Bactrian Camel or more commonly known as two-hump camel which is native to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia

Did I just say Mongolia? We definitely don't want any mention of Mongolia. The Deputy Prime Minister may not agree to officiate the opening of our theme park, but I digress.

Ok, so now we have our sand and our camels. Now we have to have pious residents for our theme park. I don't know about you but I nominate the entire Malaysian Cabinet. Since our Anti Corruption Agency can never find any dirt on them, they by my estimation have got to be the cleanest of them all. And oh the entry fees, payment can only be made with Riyals in line with our 'Look Middle-East' policy

Friday, August 1, 2008

Talk About Inflation Being Under Control.....Not

I just received my July electricity bill and guess what? I now have to pay approximately RM200 more than my previous bills. Thanks a lot KERAjaan Barisan Nasional for approving the tariff hike.

This is what TNB in its website had to say :

Dear valued customers,

Effective 1 July 2008, a new electricity tariff structure will be in place.

The new tariff is necessary due to the escalating fuel costs, particularly gas and coal prices.

These are several quick facts about the new electricity tariff:

No increase for domestic / household consumers with consumption of up to 200kWh (or RM43.60).

Lower percentage increase for low voltage industrial and low voltage commercial consumers with monthly consumption of up to 200kWh, compared to consumers in their respective categories

The 10% discount for government schools, government institutions of higher learning, welfare homes and places of worship is maintained.

RM43.60? RM43.60? Is it even possible to achieve this figure?

Anyway in response, this is what I have to say : KNN BN