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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Short Trip To Port Dickson

Monday 26th October was a Public hloiday for Negeri Sembilan in conjunction of the installation of the new Yam Tuan N.Sembilan.So we went off for a short trip to nearby beach-P.Dickson which is just half an hour drive from Seremban.


We stayed at the Avillion P.Dickson:http://www.avillionportdickson.com/.It was a nice place to stay and the kids love it.It was a water chalet and you can fish from the balcony,from the window and even from the open sky concept bathroom.

We stayed in the premium water chalet which located further out at sea;premium also means have to pay more in order to get a better unblocked view of the straits of Malacca.


Immediately after checking in,we tried out luck fishing.This is the first time we attempted to catch some fish using a very basic home made fishing rods-rod,hook, string and some market prawns as bait.
Everyone was happy when we caught our first fish...a colourful rounded fish.


I tried to remove the hook from the fish mouth but unable to do so.In the mean time,the fish mouth gradually bloated up with prominent spikes below the mouth.Immediately I think it was some kind of puffer fish and decided to release it back to the ocean....but with the hook still intact!!
I didn't know the fish is poisonous until I do a Internet search when I reached home.Lucky I did not try to touch it.
Puffer fish are the second most poisonous vertebrate in the world, the first being a Golden Poison Frog. The skin and certain internal organs of many tetraodontidae are highly toxic to humans, but nevertheless the meat of some species is considered a delicacy in both Japan and Korea. If one is caught while fishing, it is recommended that thick gloves be worn to avoid poisoning and getting bitten when removing the hook.
The puffers's unique and distinctive natural defenses are a compensation for their particular form of locomotion. Puffers use a combination of pectoral, dorsal, anal, and caudal fins for propulsion that make them highly maneuverable but very slow, and therefore comparatively easy targets for predators. As a defense mechanism, puffers have the ability to inflate rapidly, filling their extremely elastic stomachs with water (or air when outside the water) until they are almost spherical in shape.

The children also like to children's pool with a small water slide.The petting zoo was quite fun especially to the kids.

We enjoy ourselves even though it was only for a night stay.Since it was so easy to fish,maybe we will try our luck again the next time with a better fishing equipments.

Mizuno Run 2009 In UPM

This year, 15 of us from the Seremban group took part in Mizuno Run held in UPM Serdang campus on Sunday 25 October 2009.

We started our journey from Seremban at 6.00am and reached UPM at 6.30am.Upon reaching UPM main gate,we can't see any signboards directing us to the stadium or Pusat Sukan UPM.We followed the cars in front of us and after 2 wrong turnings,we finally reached the stadium.It was already crowded with people and cars which parked on both sides of the small narrow roads near the stadium.

Got our ribbons from the organisers,spent some time walking around looking at the stalls promoting Powerbars,Sunto watches,GNC ,Mizuno shoes,Counterpain etc.

Did some warm up by running around the stadium running track.The race started at 7.30am.The organiser announced there were 4200 runners taking part...so many??!!!There was a massive "human jam"at the starting point.I had to run very slowly for the first 3 minutes as there were too many runners blocking the way in front.

Finally managed to break away from the crowd and was running alone;can't see the rest of the Seremban group.The route was along narrow roads inside UPM with lots of up and downs.The only straight,flat and wide route which I can remember was the main road leading into UPM campus.

I don't know what was my pace since there was no distance markers along the first half of the race route.The first distance marker was at 8km and the second was at 10km.I just try running "comfortably hard"-not to relaxing and not too strenuous.



Overall the route was not difficult.I managed to finish the run with a timing of 57 minutes 22 seconds(my watch timing taken after I cross the starting line).The above picture taken after I finished my race showing many runners coming in.




As usual after a run,there were plenty of drinks and fruits for those who finished the run early.If one came in late,probably there won't be much foods for them.There were free isotonic drinks,Milo,watermelons and 2 packets of Gardenia buns.




The picture above:runners queueing up to collect their medal and goodies bag.Medals are given to first 1200 runners.For my age category,there were only 200 medals available.Lucky I managed to get one.My position for the B category was 68.


Those who did not get a medal will get a shoe bag.Last year's Mizuno run,the organiser gave out a very lousy medal.It was made from a low quality material,soft and can be easily bend.I told Yee before the race that I might exchange the medal with a running bag if the organiser will to give out the same low quality medal.However this year's medal looks better but of the same design and I decided to keep the medal.



I managed to chit chat with Lau and Khoo after the race before going home.On my way back to the car,I snapped the above picture:there was a long line of runners waiting to collect the goodies bag.There were "human jam"at the beginning and at the end of the race.It was the same last year.Is the organiser going to do something about these problems??


The results from our group:

Wun-55+minutes

Eric-58+minutes

Lau-59+minutes

Yee-did not run as he was not feeling well.

The rest of the group???I don't know their timing since some were not keen to share.


Conclusions:satisfied with my result and the way the race was organised except:


1)no big and clear signboards showing runners the way to the starting point.

2)inadequate parking space-many cars parked on both sides 0f the road.I had difficulty to leave early-the road was jammed up with runners and cars.

3)should have wider road especially at the starting point so runners can break away from the crowd easily.



Thanks SK for the picture:more pictures from Mizuno Run can be found here:http://picasaweb.google.com/qqlaisk

Saturday, October 24, 2009

1 Malaysia,Together We Prosper

Very nice slogan with very assuring and optimistic hope for Malaysians.This shown how good are politicians in bluffing the people.Everyone wants to prosper,I am sure of that.But how??

There are many ways:good or bad ways,easy or difficult ways.The best way will be the Malaysian's way.....
get into the right political party;formed some RM2 companies;get some contracts and overcharged the government.Low capital,high return and almost risk free...

An example:
The latest and the most outraging report from the Auditor General :
buying laptop and charge government RM42,000 for each laptop.Easy and fast way!!

I am sure there are many other outrages expenses if we are allow to dig further into all these hanky panky.What we are reading is just tip of an iceberg.

Every year we will get to read some of these "unreasonable expenses claim" reports but as usual no actions were taken to punish those irresponsible culprits.

It is like setting a trend here in Malaysia...even you are wrong,you still can get away free!!Or you can even get some discounts from the punishment.

Lately there has been offer to reduce traffic summons by 50% if the offenders pay up within the offer period.What law is this???The law abiding citizens pay more than those defaulters and the government is encouraging traffic offenders to default paying summons on time.

MALAYSIA BOLEH!!

1 Malaysia,Together We Prosper??...I doubt it.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Deepavali


HAPPY DEEPAVALI.....

Friday, October 16, 2009

What Is The Meaning Of Racist??



Umno is not a racist party, says Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has always practised a policy of being inclusive and can never be accused of being a racist party, said president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

This was the headline on the front page of The Star today,a very prominent and strong words which attracted my attention.




From thefreedictionary.com

Noun
1.racist - a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to others
- a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own


rac·ism
n.
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

Just google the word racist or racism and find out for yourself the actual meaning of it.Think and reflect on what you read.

You be the judge for the above statement...if it is true or false.

MALAYSIA BOLEH....1 MALAYSIA!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Charity Fun Run

*Click on the image to have a larger view of the form.

There will be a fun run in Seremban next month,in Seremban 2 ,our usual training ground.Our group members are excited about it and Lau was the first to sign up among us.I will not be running because of my work commitment on that day.Yee will be away for holidays.I hope our group can get some prize...at least a pen drive.The distance was not mentioned on the form but Lau found out it was a 10km run around S2 and S2 Heights.


Those interested can download the form and fax it to the IJM Land office as stated on the form.
I missed out the lower portion of the above form during scanning.The missing part was:participation fee of RM15(donation to WAO) and the closing date is on 1st Nov 2009.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Can You Get It??

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry is spending RM14mil to purchase 400,000 doses of influenza A(H1N1) vaccine.
The first batch of 40,000 doses would arrive by the end of this month, said minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

SINGAPORE - Singapore has bought one million doses of the Influenza A (H1N1) vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), expected for delivery by the end of this year, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.
The purchase would cover 1 million people of Singapore's 4.8 million population as the government's studies show one dose per one person was sufficient, ministry spokesman Ng Swee Kang said.

See the great difference between us and our neighbour!!Our government buying 400,000 doses to cover 27 million people in Malaysia.Now you know what is our government's priority!

Have you ever ask what is your chance of getting this vaccination??

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

1st Anniversary

Suddenly I remember today is the 1st anniversary of this blog.How time flies....it has been a year now since I started this blog.My first posting one year ago was on Klang Pacer running event.Since then I posted some reviews of races which I took part.Most of the time was about me grumbling...dissatisfaction of this and that.For those who know me well,sure they will understand my character:I will usually voice out any dissatisfaction and will not usually keep quiet if I think I am right!So some will not like me but who cares....!Luckily I am my own boss .

For the past 1 year,this blog had about 37800 hits and from my observation,it was usually coming from search engine like Google.People searching for sex scandal ended up here since I wrote a posting on Elizabeth Wong scandal.Those looking for shoe review on Adidas Adistar Salvation also ended up on this page.This caught me by surprise as there are plenty of reviews on this shoe on the internet.

My wish....hopefully I will be able to maintain this blog in months to come.I noticed many abandon their blogs after a certain period due to various reasons.

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY...to my blog.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Wedding of Roman&Mei Chin

The wedding ceremony of Roman and Mei Chin on Saturday 3/10/2009 at SIB Church Seremban 2.Roman is a Sabahan from Kudat while Mei Chin is from Taiping,Perak.They met in Seremban 5 years ago.They have been attending the SIB Church in Seremban for many years.



Flower girls for the ceremony:(from left to right)- Jac,Jes,Allysa
CLICK ON THE PICTURES FOR A LARGER VIEW.


Love knows no limit to its endurance,no ends to its trust.Love still stands when all else has fallen:1 Corinthians 13:7-8



The couple posing with the flower girls.Look at Jac...she looked serious!Ha..ha..ha



After the wedding ceremony,many took the opportunity to take pictures of the newly wed.



As usual,a "big makan"after the wedding ceremony.Plenty of food and drinks for everyone.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ROMAN & MEI CHIN!

Friday, October 2, 2009

WOW...that's fast!

I was surprised that the organiser of PBIM did rectified their posting error so quickly.I emailed them today at 10.00am.I checked on their website again at 7.00pm today and the paragraph mention in my previous post was removed.

I am impressed!

Hope they can organise a good event this coming November.


I received an email from the PBIM organiser late last night:

Dear Mr Foo,

Thank you for your email. Sorry for the wrong information in our web site. I've taken the line off from it permanently.

Please accept our sincere apology.

Sincerely,
---Peggy Tan


Personal Secretary to YB Danny Law Heng Kiang
Penang State EXCO Tourism Development and Culture
Secretary for Penang International Dragon Boat Festival (PIDBF)
Secretary for Penang Bridge International Marathon
Level 53, Komtar, 10503 Penang
Tel: 04-6505136Fax: 04-618744
www.visitpenang.gov.my
www.penangdragonboat.gov.my
www.penangmarathon.gov.my

Wrong Information on PBIM website.

If you have read the latest posting on PBIM website: http://www.penangmarathon.gov.my/portal/ dated 29/9/09,you will find the below paragraph in it.I am so surprised that the "writer"for this article doesn't know what rural area is and the person also got some names mixed up.Tampines is in Singapore.Is there a place by this name in Malaysia??I would like to know if there is one...

So I decided to email to the organiser and hope to get some answer from them,if they ever open,read and reply e-mails.



Hi PBIM Organiser,

"Besides that, entries can also be found coming from the rural areas of Malaysia such as Tampines, Kelantan, Guah Chempedak, Seri Kembangan, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang to take part in the Penang Bridge International Marathon, one of the only two available marathons in Malaysia."

The above is part of your latest entry on PBIM website.I am curious if there is a place named Tampines in Malaysia?or maybe you mean Tampin in Negeri Sembilan.

Do you know what is a rural area?Rural areas (also referred to as "the country" or "the countryside") are large and isolated areas of a country, often with low populations.

For your information Seri Kembangan is not a rural area!!It is a very busy town near to Kuala Lumpur.It is the same for Negeri Sembilan which is the neighbouring state of Selangor.

I hope you can get your facts right before publishing it on your PBIM website.Otherwise you will be disseminating untrue facts about our country.

Please rectify the posting.

Thank You.
YCFOO