Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
As you know, I'm a hopeless romantic.. there's many things I miss about my carefree days in Sg Besi.. When waking up at 0600 was a norm rather then chore, eat as much as you can without the fear of gaining inches, a running 2km was actually a sprint.. yup when you're in that shape, life was indeed, carefree..
Anyway, wouldn't it be cool if we could re-live an element of those days.. remember the fun we had when we went for compass marching and jungle trekking.. and those road runs during annual camp! (yes, i am be sarcastic- hoping that reverse psychology would work on you!)
here's my sales pitch..
LETS GO JUNGLE BASHING IN JERAI..
it's simple really-
....leave KL on 19 Dec (Friday)
.... there'll be 4 of us in the car
.... camp fire at pantai murni
.... sleep under the stars
.... Saturday morning, we enter this competition (4 pax per team)
.... we're suppose to run/jog/walk/crawl 42 km
.... in the jungle
.... one of our check points will the PEAK of Gunung Jerai
.... we have to do it within 10 hours
.... we go home
Entrance fee- rm100 per team!
common guys.. it's gonna be fun! I've convinced one of our juniors to set up a team for his batch.. let's set up a team for the Royal 8ths..
Total distance: Approximately 40 kilometers
The race will be divided into 2 categories:
REGISTRATION & RACE DATE AND TIME
|1.||Registration is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm on Friday 19 December 2008 at Pantai Murni, district of Yan, Kedah|
|2.||The race for the adult category, will start at 7.30 am on Saturday 20 December, 2008 at Pantai Murni, Yan, Kedah.|
|3.||The race for the students category, will start at 8.30 am on Saturday 20 December, 2008 at Pantai Murni, Yan, Kedah.|
|4.||There will be no late entries at registration or on race day.|
|5.||On the day of the meet, a substitution can be made for medical reasons only. The team must provide a letter from a doctor indicating the name of the sick or injured runner, the medical reason, and the name of the substitute runner. No additional entries can be made on race day|
|6.||All entry fees must be submitted to us before 7th December 2008.|
|7.||All race bib numbers, goodies bag, t-shirts, confirmation of participation letters will be picked up during registration. There will be no collection and distribution of these items during race day.|
|8.||MAXIMUM TIME of the race is 10 hours|
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
A quick note to inform you that we're still here... we're still ALIVE.. however, there has been little group events.. hence minimal postings were made..
Speaking of group events, 2 'minor' events include- POWERMAN LUMUT.. Bean and Kam were scheduled to due the FULL POWERMAN- 11km run, 60km bike and 10km run.. however, Kam had severe food poisoning (muntah etc).. hence only Bean managed to qualify.. the Big Boys (Upiq, Boot, Budin and myself) were committed to do the Half distance.. Budin burnt out (having to climb Kinabalu for his office a few days before Lumut), and Boot was sent on an overseas assignment by his office (periuk nasi kena jaga).. so only Upiq and I crossed the finishing line..
The other event was the Penang Bridge Run(marathon).. Doc Hisyam and Kam went- both completed sub 6 hours, hence achieving Merits for the run.. ok.. translated into layman's term, go on the treadmill, pace yourself at 6km p/hr.. and do it for 6 hours!
Don't foresee any major events coming up till the year end.. most of us will be busy with the school holidays, finishing annual leave, family weddings, Raya Haji, Christmas break etc, etc..
Anyway- hope it's not too late to wish our Hindu friends a happy Deepavali, especially to Kums and Gegek.. I know Gegek (like on any weekend break) would head north to Taiping..
That all for now..
Sunday, September 28, 2008
MAAFKAN SEGALA SALAH SILAP, TERMASUK APA-APA YANG TER-FLICK, TER-KIBAU, TER-KENA HELL SEMASA KAT CWG PUTERA DULU....
KITA BERJUMPA SEMULA SELEPAS RAYA.... BANYAK AKTIVITI YANG DI-PLANKAN..
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Itu yang kau ucapkan
Bila janji kugenggam
Bawah pohon kemboja
Yang sekecil kita
Di mahligai mainan
Kita bina bersama
Dari dahan yang rapuh
Usia perangkap kita
Remaja kita tinggalkan
Namun aku masih
Gagal segala impian
Hanya mainan bagimu
Yang telah engkau janjikan dulu
Guess who became the RMAF fighter pilot, the MAS pilot, Saudi Air pilot and the Helicopter pilot.. Guess who is with AG's Chambers and who is with Shell Petrochem?
Monday, September 15, 2008
Stage 1 - Genting Sempah to Goh Tong Jaya.. approx 10km
Stage 2 - Goh Tong Jaya to Genting Highlands... approx 11km
Bandit may have covered most of the stories and i would just like to add some spices.
I was told taht this year the event attracted the biggest turnout ever. Approx 30-odd nutheads young and old, male and females, came for the event. The option lies on the person to bike, run, walk, crawl, roll etc. One guy even ran down to completed a chilly marathon.
I have to salute the first timers who'd braved the challenge when many of us who'd have preferred to sleep rather than torturing oneself late into the wee morning.
Kam the 2009 Ironman-trainee ran up while the rest opted for a stroll in the dark. I heard he had cramps just before reaching the top but just thinking about him running up the steep terrain sent shivers to anybody's spine. Cayalu...
Boot had initially planned to stop at Goh Tong Jaya but eventually pulled himself up and completed the whole distance albeit muscle cramps and mental pain but armed with a bucket full of determination.
Budin who'd stopped at Goh Tong Jaya, caught up with us on the way up in the support car and maybe he just got inspired looking at us walking in pain decided to walk the rest of the journey. He got cramped inside the last km but managed to complete the challenge with a mighty courage.
Bandit - the pioneer, the one who started all these adventure craze among Rebellicans reached Goh Tong Jaya with renewed spirits and rejuvenated. He then took the role of a support car to ensure the rest of us reach the top safely.
Ala came a bit late and had to race to Goh Tong Jaya. From there he tracked back downhill in search of us and kept cycling up and down tirelessly. For once i felt safe seeing him around knowing if there's any incident, we have Dr to rescue us back to life.
Bean the twice Ironman came a bit late too but completed the walk with ease. Probably not enough challenge for someone as fit as him. He maybe the only Rebellicans who hasnt morphed into plus size since RMC days.
The most suprising of all was Zam the sailorman. He'd volunteered to be the Rebellicans support car crew; an equally important role for the night adventure. Seeing him waiting for us by each blazing corner give us motivation that we have watchful eyes covering our arses should there be any mishaps along the way.
All in all, we had a blast from the past. Terasa cam jalan lasak masa camping dulu minus the celoreng, M-16 and spike boots. tired like hell, torture like shit but satisfied as a moon.
Rebellicans. Bean was still walking.
Cut story short, the following went up to Genting last weekend (mode of getting up in brackets):
1) Doc ‘
2) Bandit (crawled, drove, cycled and ate his way up)
3) Budin (marched)
4) Mat Lebet ‘Bean’ (strolled)
5) Zamri (marched)
6) Kam (RAN)blog report: http://kasturie.blogspot.com/
7) Upiq (marched)
8) Boot (marched)
We also had OP Stupe, OP AJ, OP Shazly and 3 handfuls of the leTuang gang going up! In fact there was this one guy, Yip, who ran up and down Genting!
There’s nothing much to write about, except that we had fun.. it was BLOODY COLD.. Kam and Zam suffered from cramps but still managed to march on.. Upiq showed ZERO pain as he marched.. Boot went up at good speed.. we're quite impressed by his fitness level.. doing the full 178km on the second stage of the interstate, and almost running up to Genting.. the guy's improving.. Doc was simply tooooo happy to see the guys taking part... there’s a few going again this weekend.. but for most of the Royal 8ths, we’ll most likely being doing it next year..
Welcome back Zam.. FYI Zam no longer sails.. he's grounded for good..next on his list is buying a bike!
INSYAALLAH, NEXT YEAR, THERE'LL BE MORE JOINING..
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Yesterday we had a small gathering at NZ Corner Wangsa Maju.
2) Mat Gan
4) Mick Stone
6) Wan Jack
11) Mat Kong
Met up at 2215hrs (and everyone was PUNCTUAL!).. left at 0130hrs!
Total damage: 32 glasses of teh tarik, teh o ais limau, limau panas, nescafe etc.. half box of Taiwanese Moon Cake and Korean Biscuits (thanks to Mat Kong).. 60 sticks of satay.. 2 roti telur and 1 roti canai (ironic isn't it, Mick, whose been overseas for so long, earning ex-pat salary, living ex-pat life style, comes home and craves the humble roti canai..).
Today, Ala, Upiq, Boot, Kam, Bean, Zamri and I will be marching up to Genting at 2200hrs.. RV at 2130hrs at Genting Sempah..
Pics posted is a bit crappy.. sorry, our usual photographer (Kam) tak bawak camera, so I took the pics (on life lah Alpha Company)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
el feedback from the Interstate ride: VERY POSITIVO..
and almost every one is itching for another AUDAX (refer to wikipedia for long winded definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audax_(cycling) )..
el plan: start on Saturday.. arrive at destination in the afternoon.. have a REALLY good dinner.. sleep.. on Sunday, ride back to starting point. ideal distance is 100-120km (one way).. Maybe slightly after PD? Cycle up to Sg Besar?
common guys, start throwing in your suggestions? andele! ariba!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Budin, Boot & Bandit went for the PCC Interstate Ride..
It was a 3 day event.. started on Friday (29 Aug 2008) Kajang to Rembau (133km). Day two saw us riding from Rembau to Rompin (177km) and on the final day Rompin to Kuantan (155km)..
Before we carry on with our report, a note of thanks to the guys at PCC- WELL DONE GUYS!! THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING SUCH EVENT!!!
There's nothing much to say about the cycling bit except that it was hot.. the route was hilly on the 1st day, but on the 2nd and 3rd day, it was as flat as Ron's crew cut! Traffic was not much of a problem on all 3 days.
There were several types of riders, ranging from hardcore to the casual tourist. It gave Budin the chance to sprint with the second pelaton on the final day.. going at an average of 28km/h over the distance 90 km! He could've gone further, but for the promise that he was to take over the driving duties from me! He said the experience was just like what he say on TV at the Giro or Le Tour or LTDL (except that on TV, the professional riders were averaging at 45km/h, and the bike the used were 10 times more expensive- hint to Sue to let Budin buy a better bike!)
Boot in AERO POSITION..
Budin riding uphill..
Another highlight of the ride was Boot doing the full long stretch on the second day- 178km!! What I admire here is the fact that he rode at around 20km/h... you can look at the glass half full and say that he was at a relaxed pace, or you look at it half empty.. the slower you ride, the more time you endured under the sun.. Boot started his journey at 0630hrs and arrived at the Rompin Hotel at 1730!! 11 hours on the road.. minus the 1 hour break for lunch etc... that's 10 hours on the bicycle saddle!! pain in the arse is an understatement..
our everyday routine- getting ready to ride at 0600hrs
and since we carpooled, it meant that at any one time, one of us drove while the other 2 cycled. In total, we each cycled 300++km over the 3 days.
The accommodation in Bahau and Rompin was good. They didn't put us in any dodgy rumah tumpangan.. The rooms were air conditioned, there was TV and fridge.. all was well except for the final day. THUMBS DOWN to De Rhu Resort in Kuantan! There, we checked-in was at 1730hrs!! Very bad service! Imagine those who arrived at 1330! They waited 4 hours for their room! Sorry, but I had to make a mention when the service was wayyyyy below standard! Have you ever heard of a hotel/resort, where the check in time is at 1730??
The delay at the hotel didn't effect us much.. on the last day of the ride we pulled the brakes and took it REALLLLYYYYY EASSSYYYYY... (except for Budin going hardcore with the pelaton!)...
In my case, I had the pleasure of taking a well deserved nap by the sea side after drowning 2 biji air kelapa muda.. and no, we are not talking about 2 gelas, we are talking about 2 biji!! Boot on the other hand was accompanying our new acquaintances who also decided to take it easy on the last day..
How cool is that, unloading your bike at 1500hrs for a seaside ride, last leg to Kuantan
And Bandit assisting Boot with his cramp.. next to Boot is Eddy.. at 1500hrs, after over 7 hours of riding, who wouldn't be tempted to just lay down for a few minutes..
Part makan, memang BEST.. Bandit found the PERFECT Chendol, which he described " the highlight of the ride was the best chendol i've ever had.. not because it was cooling, but the chendol was PERFECT.. the santan is creamy yet light.. and the gula melaka was so thick.. it stuck like ceramel on the firm chendol! Chendol has never been so sexy.. ".
We had: steak, mee mamak, roti telur, nasi lemak, keropok lekor, sweet & sour fish, fried chicken wings, nasi goreng and to end the trip.. a beach side seafood dinner with steamed TIGER GEROUPA, lemon chicken, garlic baby kailan, teochew chillied lala, battered fried squid.. we also had ais kacang, lencheekang, air kelapa muda...
Speaking of acquaintances, we totally enjoyed the time spend with le Tuang gang.. Mac, Ish, MaySen, Ariff.. Thank you for the support and tips. And to our new friends, Eddy of Klang, En Raja, Joanne, Tuan Haji and of course the bubbly Anne.. it was a pleasure to make your acquaintances..
Noticed ex-RMC have a similar pose
Star rider- Mac! We salute Mac because this guy can REALLY RIDE.. (and he always have the ladies hanging out with him!)
We were also glad to have 3 days to hang out together. You can say it's quality time spent.. we were busting our lungs when we recalled the mishaps of 'Hantu Tinggi'.. we spoke of topics ranging from politics (or more precise Politically related Frustration), kahwin 4, private schools for kids, career options etc..
Our only wish was that we could have more Royal 8ths joining the ride.. Imagine a weekend ride with the likes of Mat Kong as your support crew.. imagine ke-dajal-an that he could inflict.. maybe do a "George" (i.e. letak air laut dalam water bottle orang!).. This year, we missed the Royal 8th cyclists like Ala, Kam, Upiq, Achot and Lebet.. maybe next year guys..
We also missed the LeTuang riders.. it'll be cool to have crazies along.. imagine the places we'd eat with you guys around!
Good ride, good food and good friends...
Monday, August 25, 2008
the 3 Bs (Boot, Budin & Bandit) will be going on a road trip this weekend.. we'll be heading south to Rompin.. on our trusty steed.. Yessir.. 3 studs, 6 legs, 3 steeds..
basically, we're joining the PCC (cycling club) in their annual 'Interstate Ride'..
the trip starts on Friday, from Kajang to Rembau.. overnight in Rembau.. (the major hurdle for this the hills.. )
on Saturday, we ride from Rempau to Rompin.. over night at Rompin.. (on this day, the major hurdle is the distance- 170++km)
on Sunday, we're expecting cooling sea breeze, pit stops at EVERY air kelapa muda stall as we head to Kuantan..
we should be back in KL by Sunday evening.. ride report should be posted by Monday..
3 guys, friends since 1987.. after 21 years of friendship, they're off to a road trip.. yeeehaaahhh..
Monday, July 28, 2008
We last saw Mat Jaid 8 YEARS AGO!!!
Recently he came back for a 3 weeks break..
Anyway, just to keep you up to date:
Mat Jaid is based in Detroit.. he's serving the Emergency and Trauma Unit at a hospital there. seems to be enjoying himself.. involved with the state level tennis circuit and have a few triathlons under his belt!
Basically, America is treating him well... but I wonder, with all the money he's earning, why couldn't he invest in a decent pair of braces.. as you can SEE, his trademark guSEE, is very much visible in the gathering pics..
Gathering was held on 24 July 2008 at Kopitiam Restaurant in Tmn Melati. In attendance: Mat Jaid, Boot, Wan Jack, Upiq, Cicit, Kam and Bandit.
On behalf of the guys, it was a pleasure seeing you again old friend.. God knows when well see each other again, or in fact if we ever will.. take good care of yourself over there..
Thursday, July 24, 2008
from right (back row): OP Shazly, OP Chipang, OP Kam, OP Stupe, OP Bandit, OP Upiq, OP AJ, OP Chief Kutu, KOP.
from right (front row) : OP Chan (Msia's youngest Ironman) and OP aper ntah (tak ingat nama)
There were other OPs who werent in the photo like OP Sofian and a few others.
The OPs entered the Olympic Distance event as individual and as a team relay.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
please spread the word around- Esok kita buat batch dinner..
venue: SABAK STEAMBOAT & BBQ, TMN MELATI (off MRR2 , between Genting Highland/Kuantan and Ulu Klang/Tmn Melawati exit)
price: RM25 per pax
Apa-apahal.. call me: 012 7760655
Antara yg dah confirm:
Bandit + wife
Cicit + wife
Kam + awek
Abeng Colby Laxman
Nazril (late & not eating)
Faiz + wife..
There are a few more names.. aku tulis kat notebook aku.. lupa nak bawak..
Surath Thani to Bangkok (400++ km)
Bangkok to Khorat (300++ km)
And now, with every downward push of the pedal, he gets closer to the Loas border!
Hmmmm.. around 1500km.. Makes you wonder, how much can a 60 year old body take? How strong, his desires must be..
Now, one thing I find facinating about this ride is that Cikgu does not use a speedometer.. this means that (with the exception of the sign boards and mile stones), Ciksu does not know how much further he has to pedal.. to totally different concept of cycling then what we are used to.. during the PD ride, we had the luxury of knowing that we were 10km to the next check point cum water station.. 10 km means 25 minutes..
I guess it's the journey, not the destination! The route is not marked by towns or check points, but instead, but memories of stalls he stops, of bus stands he shelters from the rain, of the curios questions that was asked by road side hawkers as he stops to refill his water bottle.. the journey.. an interesting concept..
If we were to apply it on our daily lives, it's not that I stayed in the office till 8 or 9pm.. it's more of, I submitted this report, I solved that problem, I closed this deal, I attended that meeting...
Sounds like the Aerosmith song.. Amazing:
Life's a journey - not a destination
And I just can't tell just what tomorrow brings
Cikgu, a toast to you who is THOUSANDS of kms away.. maybe resting your tired legs after another day of riding.. or maybe you're carbo loading to prepare for the next day..
May the journey be a good one..
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Two days ago (26 May 2008), I got an SMS from Mat Licin (Cikgu’s cycling partner during the Malaysian section of his ride) that they’ll start their ride on Tuesday (27 May 2008).. Major misunderstanding on my part!! I had already reserved 3 days of my annual leave to ‘see him off in August’! And I had to clear some stuff at work before I sent off for the BTN course 29 May! Macam mana ni?? I was really hoping to cycle with him for at least one leg of his journey!!
Being a ‘salary-man’, I had very little choice.. I had to forgo my plans of joining them.. maybe another trip Sir.. but I will send you off!! That was the promise that I made to myself immediately after reading Mat Licin’s SMS..
So, on Tuesday, 0330hrs, I left my house, and rode to the RV point (near Carrefour Wangsa Maju) to meet up with Mat Licin. We were going to cycle to the starting point of Cikgu’s ride.
Though I only has 3 hours of sleep, I could not complain, Mat Licin (and later I found out, Cikgu too) did not sleep a wink!! Maybe they were excited over the trip, butterflies or jitters.. but these guys, almost twice my age, did not sleep at all that night, and they’ll be cycling from KL to Ipoh!
Anyway, Mat Licin and I arrived at St Johns Ambulance’s HQ (Jalan Peel) at 0500hrs. Cikgu and family were already there. There was also a St John’s VIP. After a brief photo session and well wishes spoken, Cikgu’s trip to Beijing started!!
We rode on Jalan Tun Razak, headed towards Jalan Kuching. But at the junction of Jalan Ampang, I had to leave them, and headed for my office… I still have mouths to feed.. I shook my hero’s hand, gave him a final salute, and took a left turning toward KLCC.. I looked back to Jalan Tun Razak and saw the blinkers (safety lights) of their bicycles slowly fading away.. I guess in books and movies, the heroes ride into the sunset after completing their adventure.. Yesterday, I saw two heroes ride into the sunrise to begin their adventure.. Looking at my bike’s odometer, it’s 10km down, 8000++km to go!!
Anyway, you can read about Cikgu Adnan’s adventure to Beijing at his blog site:
On a personal note: Well Cikgu, what can I say.. I envy you, Sir.. You had a dream, and you got on your saddle and are on your way to realizing it. May your dreams come true.. Have a safe and enjoyable journey.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Then the training began! His cousin 'dearest', OP Shazly Khan (90-94 Eagle) started a training regime. Such regime often coincides with activities where other royal 8ths took part in. For example, a 'stroll' up to Genting. (Refer to blog report: Lamb and Genting 21/9/07 http://royal8th.blogspot.com/2007/09/lamb-and-genting-2192007-make-sense.html )