Monday, January 28, 2008

Rachel's Birthday

My girlfriend turned 20 last Friday (25th January) & we celebrated the occasion together. I went to fetch her in Sg. Long around 1.30pm, skipping 2 classes in the process. We head straight to Bukit Bintang as I kept her guessing about my plans for the rest of the day.

Reached Sg. Wang at around 3pm, still too early for dinner. I took some time to sneaked to The Ship, across BB Plaza to make a reservation & placed my cake there. We circled the mall for more than 3 hours while waiting for meal time.

At around 6.30pm, I brought her to the restaurant. I think she probably knew I would take her there. Nevertheless, I was hungry and ordered something that cooks on a stone while Rachel ordered a chicken chop.

This is taken while I was busy cooking my own food.

Rachel tried to devoured a whole tomato. Just look at the amount of smoke I made.

I had troubled chomping down the corn. Geez, I looked so tortured in this.

The food was tasty & after we finished everything, it was time to bring out the cake. I bought it from the bakery at Fasa 4 on my way to Sg. Long. As you can see, it came with a very special massage ; )

A few of the workers joined us and sang the birthday song together. This made Rachel so paiseh, she quickly blew out the candles without making a wish. She said that she already made a wish when she celebrated with her friends earlier.

I gave her a necklace as present. No pic of it though. Hopefully she would like it.

It was a simple celebration really but it was a significant milestone for her, i guess. As one of her friends put it, reaching 20 is like stepping into a new stage of your life. That's just another way of saying you are 1 year older ; )


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Kena Saman

Last Thursday I received a call from my mum, apparently I was caught speeding and a saman had been delivered to my house. So, my mum called to asked me about it. Obviously, not very pleased with my law-breaking act.

I was certainly surprised & caught off guard by it. Surprised not because I got the saman but surprised because it was delivered so late. I almost thought I got away with it. Dang!

Because that speeding thing happen in December last year!! I was on the way back to UKM using the Cheras-Kajang highway happily cruising on the right lane. Then, when I was approaching some bridge, I saw this policeman crouching with a camera underneath it.

That's when I thought 'Die lah sure kena saman ady!!'. Secretly hoping I am too fast for the camera. But the saman didn't arrived as I wait & wait until......the phone call. Duh!!!

They say I was doing 109km/h on a highway with a limit of 90km/h. What?? You called that speeding??

Some highways have a limit of 110km/h but apparently not this one. So next time out I will be more alert to signboards for the speed limit. Previously, I thought those were just suggestions. And because of that, I was slapped with a RM300 fine!

Losing money before CNY even starts. Great. Now, have to work harder at the mahjong tables to win it back ; )

Monday, January 21, 2008

Malaysian Open 08

By the time you read this, the Malaysian Open (or should I called it Super Series?) will be all over and Lee Chong Wei had been crowned champion for the 4th time.

Nevertheless, this post is about my experience watching badminton live for the 1st time.

Me and my friends (11 of us in total) went to catch the quarterfinals held last Friday in Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil. We bought the cheapest tickets available (RM18) for a seat on the upper tier of the stadium. Usually, I just pay RM1.20 for a teh tarik in a mamak stall and watch the big screen if I want to catch some badminton action.

The experience is certainly different.

From the upper tier we had a good view of all 4 courts but everything looks tiny from above. The mixed doubles matches started 1st. Obviously, nobody was interested. Most of my friends were busy gorging down pieces of KFC during those matches.

Look at the empty seats during the mixed doubles matches

Stands now full during the match involving Wong Mew Choo

Next up were the women's singles matches involving Wong Mew Choo against some Japanese gal. This is what we came to see. I mean Wong Mew Choo, not the Japanese gal ; ) We cheered and screamed for the duration of the match. When she won, the entire stadium erupted in joy. The atmosphere is electrifying!!

This is taken using my phone so it's kind of blurry

Lee Chong Wei versus Simon Santoso is next. The match is less exciting because Chong Wei dominated from the start till finish. The crowd was behind him and he won in straight sets.

After that came the women's doubles matches, the perfect time for a toilet break. Many of the spectators were apparently thinking the same too because the stadium became half empty during that time.

Ah Mok & Tze Quan pays close attention to the match involving Japanese women's doubles for some 'special' reason

For the men's doubles, we managed to sneaked into the more expensive lower tier. The view was so much more clearer.

I almost can touched them. Almost....

We even saw this uncle, the head cheerleader of the Malaysian team you often see on TV.

We were able to watch closely how the 2 Malaysian pairs lost so easily to their opponents. In one of the match, during the rubber set, Tan Fook-Wan Wah was actually 0-11 behind their opponents. How pathetic! The crowds were streaming out and I don't blamed them. Still, we stayed on to watched till the end of the game.

Actually, we stayed on to avoid the crowds & as a bonus managed to get a pic of Wong Choon Hann with Chandra Wijaya.

All in all, an enjoyable experience. Hopefully, our players will have better luck in the Olympics and Thomas Cup. Time to start praying guys.....

Saturday, January 19, 2008

JKMB's Sleepyheads

I would really love to blog about the Malaysian Open quarterfinals that I watched just now but I am too exhausted. So in I am just going to do a short post about on another subject.

There is this one post in Zao Qi’s blog with my pictures in it.....sleeping. Since I dunno what he wrote, I will just assume it’s something bad. Which is most probably true anyway.

You see, JKMB is full of sleepyheads. It is not difficult to find people 'fishing' in the middle of a kuliah.

For example, look at this pic of Zao Qi. This is what experts do in class, look like concentrating but in reality....sleeping.

Of course he does not sleep from start till end. When he is not sleeping, he usually took pictures of himself using other people's handphone.

Here are more pics of JKMB's sleepyheads

Goodnight & have a nice day ;)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

690 - KMD 08 Sets New Record!!

Kempen Menderma Darah 08 comes to an end today after a period of 5 very hectic days. In the process, we managed to get a record breaking 690 donors, beating last year's haul of 589.

Needless to say, such an impressive result would not be possible without the contributions of all AJK of KMD 08. In fact planning for an event of such scale began last semester, during the busy exam month. And continued into the first week of the semester. So much need to be done, banners & posters need to be hanged, pameran stuff to be completed, VIPs need to be contacted etc etc

Sometimes, we had to work till the wee hours of the morning.

The actual event begin on Monday on the 7th of January with the customary officiating ceremony. The boring speeches, the cutting of ribbons, the presentation of cenderahati & most important of all-the jamuan after the ceremony, you know the drill.

Waiting for VIPs in front of the foyer

Everybody seated & ready to go

Sila undi saya, calon 001

Trying my best not to fall asleep

Unfortunately, we did not manage to borrow the projector from pejabat for our multimedia show. So for those who missed it, here is the clip featuring some fine acting from our very own members ; )

The actual donation can only begin after the ceremony. Even though the perasmian took up precious time, we still managed a respectable 128 donors on the first day.

On the 2nd day, donors increased to 157 and peaked on the 3rd day with 186. To cope with such large amount donors, Pusat Darah Negara had to increased the number of beds from the initial 12 to 15. But still, the waiting time is very long.

You have to wait to have blood taken from you

On the 3rd day is also the day we get our most macho & handsome donor, Mr Tan Mok Keat

So cool, no wonder people like him

In addition to donating blood, there is a booth for donating your organs as well. Even though it's less painful, donating organ isn't very popular. I really salute those who sign up as donor on the spot, as I still do not have the testicular fortitude to fill in the form.

Those who wish to donate organ can get the form from me

The 4th day experienced a drop in donors as it's a public holiday. And that's where I came to the rescue. In order to increased the statistic, uh...I mean to save lives, I chose to donate on Thursday.




Those who say donating blood is painless is bluffing, but I am sure everyone can tolerate a small amount of pain for a good cause. This is my bag of blood. Looks kind of abnormal, don't you think so?

On the final day, we managed to get 121 donors for a grand total of 690 bags of blood. Bloody Impressive!!!

Before I end this, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who was involved in making this campaign successful. From the AJK who busted their asses to the juniors who duty during this 5 days. Also not forgetting seniors who spared time to help out even though they are already retired. Thank you very much for the support.

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