Monthly Archives: December 2009

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Do You Hear What I Hear (Prelude) – Todd Agnew

Love the lyrics to this Christmas classic. Have a blessed Christmas everyone!

Do You Hear What I Hear- Prelude (Todd Agnew)

Said the night wind to the little lamb
Do you see what I see
Way up in the sky little lamb
Do you see what I see
A star, a star
Dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite

Said the little lamb to the shepard boy
Do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky shepard boy
Do you hear what I hear
A song, a song
High above the tree
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea

Said the shepard boy to the mighty king
Do you know what I know
In your palace wall mighty king
Do you know what I know
A child, a child
Shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold
Let us bring him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere
Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere
Listen to what I say
The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light

The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light

Messi – World Player of the Year 2009!

Woo hoo!! Lionel Messi became the first Argentine to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award in a gala held early this morning! *sniff sniff…tears of joy*…Am so happy and proud of this boy and fellow countryman. And he’s only 22!!

Here’s hoping the award will spur him on to inspire Argentina to next summer’s World Cup glory!

Check out the final votes below:

messi score

originally posted on allandog.multiply.com

We Did It!

FINALLY! It was long overdue, but Malaysian football finally has something genuine to cheer and smile about!

Tonight, our Malaysian Tigers overcame the odds on a chilly setting to beat favourites Vietnam 1-0 in the final of the football event in the on-going SEA Games in Laos. Ironically, it was a howler of an own goal by Vietnam’s Mai Xuan Hop in the 84th minute. Nevertheless, our boys certainly deserved all the applause for their grit and determined display throughout the Games. Especially sweet too was the fact that we exacted sweet revenge on the Vietnamese who beat us 3-1 in the group stages barely two weeks ago!

The gold-medal win ended an incredulous 20-year drought for Malaysia in the SEA Games edition on the sport! So, BRAVO to K. Rajagopal and our Malaysian boys. Here’s hoping this victory will prove to be a huge stepping stone for greater things to come. Asian Gold next, perhaps? 😀

The last time I recalled so many Malaysians supporting our national team on the field with such passion and excitement was when Manchester United came visiting earlier in July 2009.

That time, I remembered that night the entire Bukit Jalil stadium was filled to the brim in Manchester red, die-hard supporters of Rooney and Co. Banners and streamers decorated every inch of the stands with support and adoration for Manchester United.

Before the half hour mark, Man Utd were already 2-0 up and the fans continued to cheer as if expecting a humiliating rugby scoreline. Then, out of nowhere, Amri Yahyah chiped a beauty over Van Der Sar to make it 1-2 before halftime! What happened next will never leave my mind…

The crowd sprang to life and cheered much louder and more passionately for MALAYSIA!!! The cheers were so deafening inside the stadium and it was pretty awkward too with 98% of us in RED cheering for the other team in yellow. Then, right from the start of 2nd half, the crowd continued to cheer for Malaysia, somehow sensing the impossible may happen…and true enough, Ben Foster gifted our boys with a blundered clearance attempt and Amri sneaked in the equaliser there to the delight of the Man Utd crowd! 2-2!

Of course, we all know that Michael Owen then scored the late, late winner for Man Utd in the 85th minute but our national team’s display that night was something all of us Malaysians, albeit in Man U colours, would be proud of.

That made me reflect a bit. On the outset, we the Man Utd fans could wear our favourite Man Utd jerseys, adorn ourselves with Man Utd scarves, pins, caps, jackets, towels, etc., scream and shout our lungs out when our favourite Man Utd plays, cheer and celebrate with every victory, cry and sulk after every defeat…. and yet, tonight’s episode reminded me that we have not forgotten who we really are, our identities, that is… Malaysians. And that’s a good thing!

In retrospect, I am also reminded that as a Christian, we may sometimes live a life that is of this world, but we should never forget who we really are, our identity, our citizenship, that is in Heaven… (ref Phi 3:20)

originally posted on allandog.multiply.com

Parking Pirates!

Got a shock of my life at the current and definitely booming age of piracy in Malaysia.

I went to the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) in Putrajaya yesterday morning to make the birth certificate and MyKID registration for Caitlynn. For those of you who have been there, you will know that there is an open car park on JPN’s right side of the building. It used to be free, and rightfully so too, since the ‘car park’ was actually just an empty piece of land with no proper or faint (to be fair) box markings.

I was clearly shocked and appalled when I found out that the piece of land is now managed by some pirate parking agency that charges RM4 per entry!!

Now, would you pay RM4 for..

– an open air car park?
– a car park with faint box markings?
– a car park so badly tarred (roughly 60% stones and pebbles, 30% grass, 10% tar)
– car park with big drain that borders it with JPN with no proper walkway to cross it?
– for some short business to be done in JPN (no more than 1 hour?!!)

The piracy industry in Malaysia is clearly growing. Sigh. Only positive thing that happened that morning was the surprise of getting pretty decent and fast counter service. The entire registration process took me no more than 20 minutes to complete. :-)

(originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

Draw Expectations

Here’s a hilarious article taken from Goal.com offering a preview of the 2010 World Cup draw…

The original article, published on 1 Dec 2009, can be viewed here (http://goal.com/en-us/news/114/mexico/2009/12/01/1659510/top-10-things-to-expect-from-world-cup-draw)

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Ahead of this Friday’s much-awaited draw for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Carlo Garganese light-heartedly runs through 10 things to expect before, during and after the draw.

Dec 1, 2009 10:00:30 AM

10) FIFA present a video on the big screen showing how each of the 32 teams qualified for South Africa. Upon describing William Gallas’ decisive goal against Ireland, the narrator says: “France skipper Thierry Henry won the match for the hosts when his angled pass amid a goalmouth scramble was met by the head of Gallas.”

9) Suspended Argentina coach Diego Maradona gatecrashes the ceremony and starts blowing a…Vuvuzela. FIFA extend his worldwide ban for another two months for breaking his curfew, but Dieguito still misses no games.

8) The Greek delegation get their dinner early and then defend it for the rest of the night.

7) FIFA dramatically change the rules just two minutes before the draw in order to allow France to be in a group all by themselves. Raymond Domenech announces that it is a “balanced group and we have to be cautious”.

6)В HostsВ South AfricaВ are drawn in a group withВ Slovenia,В North KoreaВ and Chile.В BrazilandВ SpainВ are placed on opposite sides of the draw so they won’t be able to meet each other until the final. Italy are drawn with South Korea in a repeat of 2002, while England’s games are scheduled for Madagascar due to crowd trouble fears. Hooligans trash the set of Madagascar 3, and are placed in Central Park Zoo alongside Alex the Lion and Gloria the Hippo.

5) The English press declare their country as World Cup favourites.В The Sun prints a picture on their front page of Ben Foster, Glen Johnson and Emile Heskey lifting up the cup.

4) Sepp Blatter performs a Swiss stand-up comedy routine, and the crowd laughs nervously out of politeness. Blatter thinks that Nelson Mandela actually likes him.

3) In true Michael Jackson/Michael Jordan style, Pele mixes up Slovenia and Slovakia. He also mistakenly calls co-host Charlize Theron – Evita Peron.

2) At the end of the ceremony, Thierry Henry is invited to join the Soweto Gospel Choir for renditions of traditional Irish songs Carrickfergus and Danny Boy. Afterwards Michel Platini asks the audience, “Can we have a big hand for Henry?”

1) Special guest David Beckham’s loan move to Milan is cancelled after he sustains severely burnt hands when selecting one of the balls from the first pot.

Carlo Garganese, Goal.com