Sunday, September 28, 2008





Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Old Song

Trip down memory lane.. SP ACUNUNUKS sang it as Melati, and the rest of us prefer to use Sejati... (TQ SP CLEO UPATRA FOR THE PICS)..

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
Menggenggam janji

Tinggal kenangan
Gagal segala impian
Tinggal bertanya
Erti sejati

Kenangan itu
Hanya mainan bagimu
Tinggal bertanya
Erti sejati
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

Genting Royal8

Taking the cue from Bandit, the Genting adventure was dominated by the rebellicans.

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.

Bandit upon reaching Goh Tong Jaya. Happy giler.

Budin kat starbucks Genting Highlands.

Boot and Zam chilling out with hot coffee.

Rebellicans. Bean was still walking.

March up to Genting

OK.. seems like the posting on the batch list is a bit stale, considering that everyone’s who went for the Run/Walk/Cycle up to Genting had already written about it in their private blogs.

Cut story short, the following went up to Genting last weekend (mode of getting up in brackets):

1) Doc ‘Ala’ Hisyam (cycled his way up) blog report:

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:

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..

Fancy pics from Kam's blog page. Wahhh our friend sudah ada awek sit on his lap! hebat.. hebat..

Budin & Bean.. back view and front view.. note of how much Budin was sweating.. Yeahhh Malaysia Sihat!

Arrival @ Genting.. chap sitting with arms stretched is Yusran.. the birthday boy.. what a way to celebrate another year of aging- run up Genting

OP AJ, OP Shazly, IM Ishal and OP Stupe. Bandit opting for another mode of getting up to Genting

View from the top... 6 of the 8.. Kam, Ala, Upiq, Budin, Boot and Bandit (Zam pergi Kuchil-tak tahan sejuk, Bean still strolling up.. tak larat, pasal masa berbuka makan banyak sangat)

Welcome back Zam.. FYI Zam no longer sails.. he's grounded for on his list is buying a bike!

Royal 8ths would like to thank the leTuang gang for organizing such acivities..


Thursday, September 11, 2008


"Mr Darah Manis" - Mat Gan.. Opppss.. I meant Mat Kong

Yesterday we had a small gathering at NZ Corner Wangsa Maju.

In attendance:
1) Bear
2) Mat Gan
3) Bandit
4) Mick Stone
5) Papalatz
6) Wan Jack
7) Bean
8) Faiz
9) Kam
10) Zamri
11) Mat Kong
12) Joejo
13) Boot

Met up at 2215hrs (and everyone was PUNCTUAL!).. left at 0130hrs!

Check out Zam's hand gesture..

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)

Our Guest of Honour- Papalatzs

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

MAT KONG.... Congrats..!!

Majlis Pertunangan Mat Kong dan gefren nya

The celebrated stud. Senyum habisss..

The lady who'd won Mat Kong's heart.

The arduous negotation process.

AMIN. Selamat semua.
(Mat Kong, lesen besar ko blum dapat tau? Keep it ringan2 jer.)

Monday, September 8, 2008


holla me hombres..

el feedback from the Interstate ride: VERY POSITIVO..

and almost every one is itching for another AUDAX (refer to wikipedia for long winded definition: )..

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!

adios, muchachos..

El Bandit..

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!)


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...