I first took up triathlon as cross trainings and I also need some distractions from running when I plateaued. Then I realized this is what I really want. I fell in love with the sport and like every triathletes I too want to set my feet on the Big Island for Ironman World Championship someday (maybe by winning my AG when I am 70)
One hectic weekend, One long awaited event
I just had one of the most hectic weekends in a long time. My withered body feels the ache all over. Right now, I think the best invention after sliced bread is a massage chair. My request to extend the tenure from the landlady was unsuccessful, the new tenant wants to move in after Eid. So I have to vacate my house before I leave for Eid leave on 24th.
Friday 19 Sept 2008
I had Iftar with Dr. Wan at Fratini's. This ia to thank him for letting me to put his name on my BUPA application form. We had a good time and shared our travel experiences. I particularly like his comment about Dubai. He was in Dubai last July. Well you know how middle of summer in the Middle East's like. He went to Ski Dubai(and had the Encounter session which is lower than beginner and was told to do it again) which was below freezing temperature, and its half boiling outside when he steps out. I like his expression "Oh its like I was taken out from a freezer and go straight into the oven without being thawed". I found it hillarious.
Thanks Doc for being my referee doctor
At 8pm I was already at Zaitun's for POK FC's slumber party. All of us were there including Justin and Sally. It was great fun. We played Wii dance game. Kent and Elly were the champions. So now we know who actually has the dancing feet. I was totally hopeless at it. Apart from Wii, we played fuseball. I beat Elly but was trashed by Wafi. The front of Zaitun's house was lit by tea lights (as substitute to Pelita Raya). The atmosphere was nothing less festive. The child in everyone of us awakened. We played fireworks and chase each other up in the lawn. Dont we all miss our childhood. I didn't stay until dawn (sahur). I went home after 11 and did my laundry. One month pile of laundry kept me up all night.
Terkenang semasa dulu
POK in mirror image
Saturday 20 September 2008
I dont know, if Bolt was crowned the fastest man on the planet, I deserve a medal for sustained endurance and speed. I started my day with visits to HSBC, AEON, CIMB, Maybank to pay credit cards, wiring money and some loan repayments. From there I went shopping at Kenyalang for my auction party (just imagine I had to buy literally everything from plates to juices and chopping board) and something to bring to Rush's tonight. I did not make my way home before stopping at Ir-one to make the payment for the 16 pcs Sarawak Layered Cakes I bought the other day, and ordered for tomorrows menu for my party.
House of wreck
Nas came at 5pm and we went straight to Rush's. Rush was still cooking when we arrived. He was shorthanded that day. He only has Rhymee as his kitchen hand. Sorry Rush I myself could use a helper. We helped with arranging the living area, prepare the drinks (Air sirap bandung) and wipe the plates and glasses. It was a nice gathering. Good food and great company. I got to know Zara, my future law advisor and research assistant (We had an agreement about it right Zara?). I didn't stay until late. The scoop about Rush's party party can be viewed here and here. I went home at 9 and only have less than 24 hours to pack all my stuff and segregate them, for storage in JB, for Doha, for Eid Holiday, for the remaining months in here (GOD knows how long), and at the same time prepare for my Auction party. I was lucky to have Nas voluntered to help out (Was it volunteer or you were coerced to do so?).
Dont know where to start
A volunteer from Mercy Malaysia, Thanks Nas
Sunday 21 September 2008
The rush continues. Think Beijing couple of months before the Olympics, this is comparable to that albeit in a smaller, a lot smaller scale. Nas went home at 11am. My house was still in a wreck. I can feel the ligament on my knees loosing its elasticity. The place was ready for the event by 5.30pm. I dashed to Ir-one to pick up the food and had a pit stop at work to grab the Caviar from Neil that I left at office's fridge. I was home 10 minutes past 6pm. Rush and Wan was right behind me. Rush helped me setting the food while Wan went to buy extra plates for dessert. By 6.25pm, time for Iftar, there were only 3 of us. Where are all these people? POK FC members are well known for their respect on time, and I have endured and lived with it for a year and was immuned to it.
All of my guess turned up looking fabulous, especially Mildred. It was hard to convince them to dress up. Well its auction for god sake. Nas who's excused was 'shy' didn't come. My caviar and cheese servings was cleared in 15 minutes. The auction went great, I managed to sell all my stuff. Except the bed which failed its durability test when 8 members of POK FC jump on it for pictures. Well It may not be a perfect party as I dreamt but It was a successfull one considering all the shortcomings. This was my first ever party at this house, the one long awaited event that was also will be the only one.
Is this a scene from a garage sale or looters in action?
Aku dilahirkan di Muar (Muo kata orang Muar) dan dibesarkan di Tangkak. Walaupun bahasa melayu diambil daripada bahasa Johor/Riau, tetapi orang-orang Muar dan Tangkak mempunyai gaya bahasa yang sedikit berbeza apabila bertutur. Arwah Tok Tan aku misalnya, mempunyai gaya loghat yang 'distinctively Tangkak'. Banyak perkataan-perkataan yang biasa dituturkan masyarakat Muar dan Tangkak yang aku telah lupa. Jadi sebagai tribute untuk Arwah Tok Tan dan orang-orang Muar / Tangkak, aku akan cuba untuk menyenaraikan sebanyak mungkin perkataan dalam loghat Muar / Tangkak apabila aku teringat.
Ampar (sebutan Am-po) = Hamparan, permaidani Anu = Si folan = Dia ke tangkak dengan si anu tu, anak Noh Itik. Basan = pakaian basahan , pakaian harian Berlengas = Badan melekit Bersendor = Berdengkur Berteromba (sebut beteghombe) = Bermain-main, berlari-lari dan bersuka ria (kebiasaan oleh anak-anak kecil dalam rumah), Centong = Senduk Endut = kekasih - Kau dah ada endut Syam? Gak Ngapa? = Mengapa? Gak Ya (s…
Ironman Malaysia 2017 Race Report By Mohd Syafei Bin Ahmad
Intro It took me almost two weeks to finally sit and write this
race report. I still feel the highs from the race and can’t move on from all the
excitement I had in Langkawi two weeks ago. Ironman Malaysia is like an unofficial
national championship for Malaysian triathletes. Almost everyone I know from
the local Tri community descended on the island to battle it out for the
bragging rights to finish an Ironman or finishing among the top Malaysian
finishers on home soil. I would say everyone must be proud to earn their
Ironman title in Langkawi. It
is among the toughest Iron distance courses in the world for crying out
loud. I personally took this race very seriously. My goals were to PB, complete
the race in less than 12 hours and finish among the top 20 Malaysian. Going
into this race I secretly marked few Malaysian triathletes I know, rename them
as the world’s top athletes and pretended that we are racing in Kailua-Kona.
Last week, almost everyone in Malaysia's triathlon community converged in Langkawi to battle it out for the coveted bragging rights of becoming among the best Malaysian finishers. Mohd Amran, the top Malaysian finisher in 2016 was not competing this year following a bike accident few months ago and it then a straight forward battle between Rupert Chen and Shahrom Abdullah who made a come back after a long hiatus. Few notable triathletes were also missing in the top 20 this year. Many people suffered on the run after clocking faster time on the bike. Maybe because it was 'cooler' this year and most people took the risk to ride harder. Overall it was still a good race. Well done everyone and see you again in 2018.