2011 promises to be another great year in sports…

23 01 2011

WHAT A WEEKEND of sporting inaction for me… I was practically glued to the Live TV all Saturday night watching my fave English Premier League team Liverpool beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 – 0 and followed by a huge victory at Old Trafford when Manchester United demolished Birmingham City 5 – 0! πŸ™‚

So the Red Devils are way ahead in this season’s Barclay’s Premier League Championship title race, being the only unbeatable team. Liverpool is without question out of the BPL title bid by a long shot but the Reds may just be the team to defeat the Red Devils in their return match at Anfield. They have lost to Manchester United twice already this season playing away at Old Trafford (Premier League and FA Cup 3rd Round matches respectively) so it will be the sweetest of revenge for Liverpool if they could win their next home game against their arch-rivals! πŸ˜‰

Around the same time I was watching the Liverpool vs Wolves game, my other favorite sports icon, the world’s Numero Uno tennis ace, Rafael Nadal also won his earlier round of the Australian Open in Melbourne, playing against local Aussie player, Tomic. I am rooting for Rafa to win back this year’s Aussie Open which he had won in 2009.

Apart from the defending title holder, Roger Federer, I think Rafa has also to worry about newer and younger up and coming players like Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov who has upset the 4th-seeded Robin Soderling from Sweden.

Closer to home in Malaysia on Sunday evening, the Malaysian badminton hero Datuk Lee Chong Wei stamped his superiority over the Indonesian champ, Taufik Hidayat, to record his 7th Malaysian Open championship. Both players are now in Seoul to play in the Korean Open in their bid to become this year’s badminton World Super Series top champion. But at the rate 29-year-old Chong Wei is playing, he looks unstoppable! His stamina and confidence in the court seem just incredible, having been coached and mentored by a former world badminton champ also from Malaysia, Datuk Misbun Sidek. πŸ˜‰

Asian football is also showing signs of positive improvement with the hosting of this year’s Asian Football Championship in Qatar. Both Australia and South Korea, who qualified themselves in last year’s South Africa World Cup finals, will face Uzbekistan and Japan (another World Cup 2010 qualifier) respectively in the AFC Cup semifinals on Tuesday, 25 January 2011. The host team Qatar lost their match in the earlier round of the tournament but they will be an Asian team to watch in the future since Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup finals! πŸ™‚

With the 2012 London Olympics getting set and ready full steam ahead right now, the world of sports still remain as the only peaceful means of bridging whatever differences and diplomatic difficulties amongst the community of nations.

The most amazing thing in this global age of highly-sophisticated advancement in information communication technology, almost everyone can simply watch live sporting events staged anywhere from wherever they are in all corners of the earth. It is a small world, after all! And the classic Disney song says it the best, fun way ever… πŸ˜›

Peace. Love. Kindness


I’m a Rabbit baby so CNY 2011 is special to me! :P

21 01 2011

I WAS BORN the same year as my fabulous stars of Hollywood like Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt to name but only two. So that makes us all have something in common in that we are Rabbits! πŸ˜‰ And this Chinese New Year which falls on February 3, 2011 is the year of the Rabbit… well, not quite our year since it is supposed to be a Metal Rabbit’s year actually whereas we are all Water Rabbits… πŸ˜€


The Rabbit
Rabbits are private individuals, a bit introverted and withdrawn. People born into this sign would rather work behind-the-scenes instead of being the center of attention in any situation. Do not misunderstand…the Rabbit is not a recluse. In fact, he is a reasonably friendly individual who enjoys the company of a group of good friends whether at a business dinner or a holiday party. Rabbits just like to be a part of the gang as opposed to the leader of it.

Years of the Rabbit
Rabbit Years are fourth in the cycle, following Tiger Years, and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Rabbit Year actually begins.

THE SIGN OF THE RABBIT: Rabbits, like their animal counterparts, are quite calm people who do not exhibit aggressive behavior and will avoid confrontation at all costs. When angry about something, a Rabbit will approach it calmly and considerately, hardly ever raising his voice or becoming visibly annoyed. Because of their serenity, Rabbits seem to miss things, whether they are confrontational in nature or not. However, the Rabbit is quite keen and pays close attention to the situations developing around him. He is intelligent and quick and can talk himself in or out of most situations with no problem.

The Chinese Rabbit is one of the most stylish creatures of the Chinese Animal Signs and finds interest in different cultures. He is classy and sophisticated, and can be found adorning one of the latest fashion magazine cover looks. Rabbits also like artistic ventures, such as painting and music and are generally quite present in these worlds. They love to express themselves, which is evident when joining them at home for a function or a cup of coffee.

RABBIT FACTS: Fourth in order, Chinese name-TU, sign of peace

CHARACTERISTICS: Keen, Wise, Fragile, Tranquil, Serene, Considerate, Fashionable, Sneaky, Obsessive

IN YOUR ELEMENT: The characteristics of the Rabbit are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

THE METAL RABBIT 1951 AND 2011: Metal gives Rabbits a more resilient demeanor than the other more quiet Rabbit. These Rabbits are very ambitious and can be quite crafty in their dealings with others. They throw themselves and their emotions into everything they do, making them intense lovers, but not outwardly affectionate lovers. Their determination can affect their work as well, whether through personal relationships with colleagues or with the work itself, a Rabbit can be known to immerse himself in his projects…business and personal.

THE WATER RABBIT 1903 AND 1963: Delicate and docile, Water Rabbits will pretty well go with the flow to avoid any conflict or argument. These situations hurt them and bother them because they are such sensitive creatures. They are usually sociable and relaxed, although sometimes they get withdrawn and introspective. They are supportive with family and friends as well as business partners and display an empathy that makes people flock to them for friendly advice and comfort. Sometimes, they can easily be taken advantage of because they are so generous with themselves and their emotions. So they have to be careful not to let their guards down so quickly.

THE WOOD RABBIT 1915 AND 1975: Wood Rabbits tend to be the least bit indecisive. This is probably due to their always wanting to play the peacemaker and not wanting to hurt other people’s feelings. Wood Rabbits are incredibly generous souls and like to avoid the spotlight instead preferring to live amongst others. These people are always kind enough to help you move into a new house, make you a hot cup of coffee or to listen while you rant and rave about your latest character flaw. The Wood Rabbit can sometimes be too kind for his own good, thus causing him to be taken advantage of and sometimes even used by others unknowingly. Rabbits have to learn to say no and to out their feet down or their cups will overflow.

THE FIRE RABBIT 1927 AND 1987: Fire adds an unspoken magnetism and mystery to the Rabbit. These creatures have a burning desire to get out there and live life to its fullest. They are active and adventurous and love anything that sparks their creativity or curiosity. They can throw tantrums here and there, if provoked, but most of the time they work very hard to avoid conflict or unpleasant confrontations. Fire Rabbits are charming and tend to push their emotions into the backs of their minds, but will speak up if necessary.

THE EARTH RABBIT 1939 AND 1999: The Earth element gives these Rabbits a sense of reality and practicality that others don’t illustrate so freely. They are able to give sound advice, which in turn gets them respect and trust from those who solicit their counsel. They take pride in their homes and work diligently to make them a place of security for their loved ones. In the same breath, Earth Rabbits put a great deal of value on material comforts and like to make money.

So much for ‘rabbity’ facts, I personally would love to possess the characteristics of a badger instead of a rabbit. Why? A badger’s survival instincts and inner physical strengths are really amazing! It seems so pure and yet so demure… and badgers seem brave and fearless, too. πŸ™‚

peace. love. kindness

Materialism wins over spiritualism… :(

20 01 2011

TALK OR WRITE about things spiritual in content or religious in context, no one bothers to listen or respond to such sermons or lectures no more nowadays. But worldly materialistic matters and issues or things to do with food, music, movies, sex, etc. anytime, baby! In no time at all, people will immediately take notice and quickly react to relate to those stuff… sad but true. 😦

Let’s take for example this American Muslim convert, Laura, who speaks about Islam:

Okay, Laura, who used to be Jewish may have drawn more than 400 thousand viewers to her YouTube… and she has come up with a series of ‘plain-spoken’ explanation about her chosen religion on YouTube since 2008. πŸ˜‰ Alhamdullillah (All praises and thanks be to Allah) and may she, her husband and twin kids be rewarded and blessed by Allah the Almighty for her family’s sincerity in accepting the Islamic religion as the Righteous Path and her relentless efforts to spread the words of peace, love and kindness as emboldened by Islam. πŸ™‚

But compare her to a much more learned and bearded UK-based Indian Muslim, good brother Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh Ul Haq, who could only command a viewership of a mere 275 viewers on YouTube albeit his much more depth in his Islamic knowledge and lengthy in his more detailed lectures.

Alright, perhaps, he should stick to KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid? or Keep It Short, Sweet?!) principle… πŸ˜›

However simple and easy peasy Islam should be made to be, Muslims still have to master the rather comprehensive knowledge of the religion as taught in the Holy Book, the Al-Qur’an, and the Sunnah or Traditions of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (peace and blessings be upon him).

Lighten up, people, and let’s chill to Yusuf Islam a.k.a Cat Stevens’ song on YouTube (where else? Hang on his website: http://www.yusufislam.com is accessible, actually as well as his Facebook, too.)… πŸ™‚


Global concerns vs Personal issues

18 01 2011

YESTERDAY I RAMBLED on and on bla bla bla on my own personal issues. So today I need to rant a closure on global issues… yeah, baby, bring ’em on! (Who do I think I am? The United Nations’ Secretary-General or what?!) Hahahha ROFL πŸ˜€

I know what’s gone all wrong and nothing seems to be right no more in this temporary world we live in now is definitely no laughing matter. Seriously, the states of affairs or ‘status quo‘ of the community of nations are somewhat disenchanted or disoriented and disorder comes from all corners of the earth.

What made things all the much worst are constant barrages of mostly misfortunes, tragedies, disasters and calamities caused by Mother Nature since time immemorial. Lately, God’s wrath seems to have picked up steam much more rapidly and with massively huge effects, implications and consequences to the human race on a global scale! 😦

I need not mention any example of such devastation because it is written all over the digital media on the internet and broadcast 24/7 on the airwaves via satellite cable TV or Live Streaming or what have you. And it’s affecting everybody in all countries on Planet Earth! World awareness and concerns on daily issues and crises or catastrophes, nearly all bad news, affecting one and all earthly citizens are phenomenal, to say the least. πŸ˜›

Here’s the thing, though, in almost all situations, ordinary folks or so-called professional experts and global leaders seem to have pointed their fingers to causes and effects due to undemocratic leaderships, climate change, environmental reasons, poverty, unemployment, corruption, etc. In doing so, they have all forgotten somehow that everything happens by the will of God the Almighty. And ungrateful mankind… yes, you and I, are actually the real culprits to blame for all that has happened for reasons beyond our grasp. πŸ˜‰

The saddest irony is that almost all of us have failed to realize and understand that our human frailties and errors are really what led to our own self-destruction. Of course no one in his or her right frame of mind would ever want to admit this fact of life. Call it ego or whatever, we just do not want to be responsible for all our wrong-doings. PERIOD! 😦

So back to the drawing board, people! We need to get hold of ourselves and start to ponder, think deeply, reflect or flashback on where did we all go wrong? Common sense strategy: Go back to basics i.e. SPIRITUAL LOGIC OF DIVINE INTERVENTION! God Willing (“Insya Allah“) πŸ™‚


Personal issues vs Global concerns

17 01 2011

NO MAN IS an island… but to each man, his own problem to solve. Problem solving is top priority for every human soul on earth. One of the best ways of looking at life’s endless problems is to not look up to other well-to-do people than we are but to look down below at people who are much worse off than we are.

I always want to live by that very maxim. Why? Because my religious belief taught me to never ever be overly-envious of other people’s status or wealth. Instead always sympathize and empathize with other people who are down-trodden and try to understand the dire straits situation they are in. By doing so, we will appreciate more all the good things and glad tidings we are blessed with.

At times, I do feel extremely inadequate whenever I compare myself to my peers or others much better off than I am. Little do I know that what matters most in life is my own inner happiness. Personally, I think this blissfulness should be equated with our own relationship with our Creator. How much closer and fearful are we toward Him? I strongly feel that this is the penultimate goal in this temporary life.

To achieve such a primary goal, we need to explore all avenues as prescribed by the teachings of our firm belief in our own religious or spiritual Faith. Along the way, we do have to make personal sacrifices which require a lot of patience, perseverance and determination before we can ever achieve or accomplish such a holistic target in life. It is like looking for the Holy Grail of our very own blissful existence. πŸ˜›

So there is no two ways about it. Either we wake up to the painful reality that our every breath must take into account the fact that we live to pray and submit ourselves to be subservient to the Lord Almighty and the Creator of the Universe. Or we simply sleep it off to doze into the harsh punishments of disobedience… πŸ˜‰ In order to commit to the former action statement fully, it is certainly a long and winding road ahead. To go for the laziest latter inactivity is definitely a no-brainer in every sense of the word! 😦

And here I go again… struggling every inch of the way trying to keep up with fulfiling the promise of piety. Each step I make toward the House of God, I am incessantly being swayed by evil whispers of devilish diversion, distraction and acts of transgression. To completely embrace the holiest of devotion is never easy. Nothing in life comes easy, does it?

The higher you go, the heavier you fall. Likewise, the more pious you are, the worst of tests and obstacles you have to overcome. But the rewards for your efforts are well worth the troubles. Probably you won’t get to enjoy the rewards in this life but you will live a heavenly paradise in the Hereafter. So I keep reminding myself time and time again, repent before it is too late! πŸ™‚

Peace. Love. Kindness

A Tribute to 9/11, 2001-born Child: 9-year-old American Hero, Christina Taylor-Green, fatally shot on January 8, 2011 (May her soul rest in peace)

13 01 2011


God the Almighty creates
Not to let the weakest
Human heart to succumb
To logic and reasons so dumb.

Dumbness is like numbness
Of the inner brain’s nonsense.

You see, God gives the mind
To each thick skull of man.

It’s God’s greatest gift to mankind
T’is amazing grey matter of mind…

So it’s up to frail human beings
To explore the depths of six senses
So common and infinitely exponential.

In God, we trust our true mind
In mind, we believe our sincere heart
In heart, we pray for our pure soul
In soul, we hope for our faithful spirit
In spirit, we all fight to survive!

Peace. Love. Kindness

Celebrating fireworks

3 01 2011

NEW YEAR’S DAY 2011 started with a bang for me, literally. I gotta see a fireworks display during my weekend getaway to KK… yeah! πŸ™‚ Not that it was such a big deal, no. But it did give me a bit of a goose-bump to be in the midst of watching the spectacular lighting explosions and Kota Kinabalu city revellers honking their car horns signaling the start of January 1st, 2011 (1/1/’11) and all that jazz! πŸ˜›

It rained quite heavily before the 12 o’clock countdown in the heart of the Sabahan capital. However, right before the stroke of midnight, the showers stopped for a good half-hour or so to the delight of thousands of excited people who thronged the KK city-center near the waterfront.

I haven’t really celebrated the new year for so many years so I was kinda mesmerized by all the glitz. I guess the celebration’s atmosphere in the “Land below the wind” was quite a nice setting for the occasion.

I also stayed on well after midnight to watch a colorful performance by my favorite Kadazan-girl singer, Stacy, who has shot to fame in the Malaysian music scene after becoming the champion of a TV reality show called “Akademi Fantasia”. It was a peaceful and fun concert. πŸ™‚

On new year’s day, I joined some friends from Kuala Lumpur for an island outing on Pulau Manukan, only about 15 minutes boat ride from the KK waterfront shore. It was my second trip there but this time around I had much more fun mingling with a local group of Filipino-Sabahans who prepared such delicious seafood barbecue of yellow-fin tuna, crabs, prawns and chicken — no seasoning but fresh meaty flesh yummy! πŸ˜‰ Also tried their home-made pickled raw fish seasoned with vinegar, onions, ginger and chillies — so tasty, too. πŸ™‚

I spent a good four hours on the Manukan island swimming around its clear waters under hot sunny but windy weather. One of the most relaxing moments I’ve ever enjoyed in a long time, really. πŸ˜› And to cap the adventurous day off, I took my KL friends for fresh coconut drinks once ashore at the Tanjung Aru beach not far away from the city. πŸ˜‰

All in all, my new year weekend was such a breeze driving solo to and from Kota Kinabalu. Reaching back home sweet home last Sunday afternoon, the welcoming sunset at the western end of the Bruneian coast only made me realize that the Abode of Peace does have its own unique natural beauty. And it only made me appreciate my birthplace much, much more although Brunei Darussalam may not attract as many tourists as its Malaysian neighbors, Sabah and Sarawak respectively. πŸ™‚