Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Doctor's appointment

Today I had an appointment with my physician to check me lungs. Had some difficulty breathing recently, whether it was real or imagine I do not know, hence the checkup.

It was apparently a toss-up between sleep apnea and asthma and so the good doctor proceeded to do a few tests on me and some probing. She had a look down my throat and said that the air passage didn't seem blocked. She was explaining that in some people who are overweight, there could be fats at the back of the throat that can impede the free flow of oxygen when a person breathes in. Thankfully that doesn't seem to be my problem. Remedy for the time being? : someone's gotta monitor my breathing when I sleep especially when I snore.

As for the asthma thingy, I had to inhale and exhale into this contraption. Bugger it took me several tries to get a reading. To cut a long story short, the reading on the machine indicated that there's no way in hell I have asthma. Woohoo!!

The 3rd and final hurdle. High cholesterol. The doctor gave me an option. She gave me 4 months to clean up my act and in exactly 4 months I'll have to take another blood test and if the reading's still high she'll have to prescribe drugs...uggh!!

So essentially I have 4 months to lower the cholesterol to acceptable levels failing which I get to take drugs that will essentially fuck up my kidneys and liver.

Anyway, here are some pics of the food I denied myself today

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Island Glades

It's been ages since I last visited Penang and today I am here for an overnight visit. I usually stay with the in-laws at Island Glades. And down the road from the house is where you can find all the makan stalls and kopitiams. Here are some pics :

This guy has been around since the 1970s. He's got plain apam, sweetcorn apam and even sweetcorn with a whole egg apam. The latter essentially fucks up my low cholesterol meal plans

Oh well, I couldn't resist it, no trip to Penang would be complete without it's famous prawn mee. Fuck it lah, life's too short anyway...I'm diving in

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Location:Lorong Delima 3,Gelugor,Malaysia

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ai Vy's birthday

Tonight we had a small makan at Carnaval in Damansara Jaya to celebrate Ai Vy's 50th birthday. It was also a sort of farewell/have a safe trip party for Marcos and Anna who will be leaving for Brazil next week for their annual 'I need to get the hell out of Malaysia' holiday.

Here's a short video of grandma Ai Vy's cake blowing and some pics.

- Posted from my iPhone

Location:Jalan SS 22a/1,Petaling Jaya,Malaysia

Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's That Time of the Year

Christmas is fast approaching and by the look of things, shoppers are still ....what shoppers? The economy is in the doldrums and everyone's being extra careful and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Unless you are a retailer of course.

Let's hope by this time next year our PM Najib Mongolia would have fixed our so-called 'tiger' economy. I'll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

- Posted from my iPhone

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Skipped Church To Play @ the Playground

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Aksyen Berlagak

Why is it that some Malaysians are so berlagak. I am at lunch at this vegetarian joint and I can't help but overhear the next table.

Yeah so the foreign waitress got the order wrong, instead of 8 BIG plates of whatever, she brought in 8 small plates of whatever. And then it started : it was all about ' I want to see the boss' ; 'you don't know how to speak English?' ; 'you don't know how to speak Bahasa?' ; 'I said I want to see your boss'

For fuck's sake lah, the poor girl probably has to repay some agent first to cover the cost of coming over to work before even earning a dime. And she gets this shit!

Man, I gotta get out of here before I cause grievious bodily hurt to someone.

Here's a pic of the family of assholes. If u recognise them, please tell them they were very close to ending up at SJMC....very close

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Weekly Grind

Every Friday afternoon without fail, Dawn & Grace will cry through their piano class. It seems that the theory part of the lesson is tough. I've never taken music lessons in my life, so I am kinda in the dark and consequently of not much help.

Thankfully, they enjoy the practical part of it more. It's difficult for me to see them 'suffer' through this but ultimately I hope that they will benefit from something I've never had.

Dang kids!! I am gonna tally up the costs and make them pay it all back into my retirement fund!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dr. Escobar PhD

Just a short note. This is our very own Dr. Escobar Phd (in house doctor, BJJ coach, father, mother etc to all of us at Escobar BJJ academy ) draining the ears of 'Pok Cik'. Looks painful..heheheh..but that's the price to pay

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hittin' Me Targets

It's already mid-November and I seem not to have met my 2009 financial/revenue targets yet for the office. Could it be that the world is in recession? Whatever the reason it's sure no fun to miss my self imposed target.

Well fuck you world puta recession, the year ain't over yet. I'll see you on 31.12.09 and we'll see who comes out on top!!

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Effing Coppers

This is a common scene outside my apartment, fucking cops not doing their jobs and just sleeping in their patrol cars. Sometimes they will come the apartment and harass the boys working downstairs and seek bribes, their main source of income.

That's the problem isn't it, the government sweeping all these unemployables off the streets and giving them jobs irregardless of qualifications. And we wonder why the civil service sucks

Wonder no more!

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Singapore Bashing

This joke is a gem. It's 230 am and I am laughing my ass off. Here goes :

It is the final round of the Miss Universe Pageant and the 3 finalists, Miss USA, Miss Malaysia and Miss Singapore were being asked 3 simple questions.

MC: The first question is name me an electrical appliance starting with the letter "L".

Miss USA: Lamp
Miss Malaysia: Light bulb
Miss Singapore: LADIO

Judge: No, no, Radio does not start with the letter "L". MC: I am going to give you 2 more chances.

The next question is name me an animal starting with the letter "L".

Miss USA: Lion
Miss Malaysia: Leopard
Miss Singapore: LABBIT

Judge: No, no, no, Rabbit does not start with the letter "L". MC: I am going to give you one last chance, if you answer this question incorrectly, you are disqualified.

Name me a fruit starting with the letter "L"

Miss USA: Lemon
Miss Malaysia: Lychee
Miss Singapore, with full of confidence, smiles and says: LIEWLIAN !!

This is not the end of the story, the Judge consulted the board of judges to determine if Miss Singapore should really disqualified and they decided that since Miss Singapore was having problems with the letter "L", the decided to give her another chance.

Judge: OK, the final question is name me a human anatomy starting with the letter "L"

Miss USA: Lung (applause)
Miss Malaysia: Liver (even more applause)
Miss Singapore: LAN JIAO

Friday, November 6, 2009

Time Flies Y'all (Blue Skies and Everything Nice)

This morning I had a chat with the Mrs and it dawned upon me that the kids will the starting their Standard 1 in 2 months time. It wasn't that long ago that the Stork brought them in, I can still remember it like it was yesterday..both of them wrapped up in their blankets and easily fitting between my palms and the crook of my elbows.

What brought about the conversation was that there were a lot of things that were still needed to be taught to the girls before they start school. Simple stuff like how to buy things with their pocket-money, how to tell time or even how not to talk to strangers. It may seem a long time ago, but I still remember these same lessons as they were taught to me by my parents some 30 plus years ago.

As usual the bulk of these 'lessons' will be handled by Sumi. I don't aknowledge it often enough but Sumi is THE PERFECT mom for the kids. I am not home during the day so I don't actually see how the kids are being guided daily but as I see how the kids have progressed so far, I know they are in perfect hands.

Good kids and a good loving wife. What more can a guy ask for? Nothing.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Shah Alam's New Civil Courts

The Shah Alam High, Sessions and Magistrate's courts have just shifted again, this time to Plaza MRCB. It wasn't too long ago that the courts shifted to the Sultan Abdul Aziz Court Complex.

The good thing about the shift is that now there are ample parking spots but the bad thing is definitely going to be missing files and documents, further excarbating the already bad situation we have come to associate Shah Alam courts with.

The new Chief Justice seems to be trying his best to improve the competency and productivity of the courts but I think like his predecessors, he will fail. He will fail because he has inherited all the same deadwood within the system which has been clogging the system. I will give him 4 stars for effort but 1 star for execution.

Anyway here are some pics of the courts, inside and out :

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Jakarta, I like

For some of you guys who have seen the pics I posted on facebook, you must have guessed that I made a short trip to Jakarta last Thursday with Aizul. It was supposedly a business trip but it sure hell didn't feel like one. It was more of a makan trip. I think within the short span on 24 hours I had like 8 meals, some small and some not so small but all good. It's been a long time since I ate like that and I am NOT complaining

Here are just 1 or 2 pics of the food we ate to give you an idea :

The other memorable portion of the trip were the traffic jams in Jakarta, better known as 'machet'. Traffic was heavy and the roads were generally narrow and consequently Jakartans are in my opinion fantabulous drivers.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

These Sabahans Arrr...I Tell You

Well the Leo Vieira seminar has come and gone over the past weekend. Besides being a weekend of jiujitsu, it was also a special time for me personally as I got to bond with some of the guys from the academy both from our main branch in KL and also from our Kota Kinabalu branch.

I must say I especially enjoyed clowning around with the KK crew especially with Darren, Allen aka Frodo Baggins, Angie & Andy. Below are some clips of the bunch of us setting up the mats prior to the seminar. As you will see, we managed to squeeze in some sort of a bowling tournament while waiting for the black belts to inspect our handywork

Monday, September 28, 2009

Leo Vieira In Malaysia

Click on the poster (to enlarge) for details.

An opportunity not to be missed

Once in a lifetime chance

With 1 of the Gods of Jiu-Jitsu

Bangkok BJJ Open 2009

Last week saw the whole bunch of us competing in Bangkok at the Bangkok BJJ competiton. As usual as with any competitions, win or lose, we came home learning something new or learning about the flaws in our games.

Overall, this time we only managed 1 medal BUT it was a gold medal, delivered by none other than our Darren who positively crushed all competition. Well done my friend, we are really proud of your achievement.

After taking a long break in Bangkok and consequently missing 2 classes, I must say I am determined to push myself harder. Well, as far as this old body can take me anyway. There's a whole lot to do but I think, honestly, I really need to improve on my stand-up game. If I were to score myself between 1 to 10, I would say that my stand-up game is a 2 (sad but true). So priority no. 1 is stand-up and priority no. 2 is to continuously improve on the basics of the ground-game.

There you sap suey.