Malaysian Open – Anita Kaur

It is still too early to put the garland on her since this is just the opening round.

PROJECT 2010-2012 shuttler Anita Kaur shocked 2005 Sea Games champion Adriyanti Firdasari of Indonesia to advance to the main draw of the Malaysia Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.NST Online.

Her effort to beat a Sea Games champion is something to give due recognition but it is still not the time to celebrate the win. She has a long way to go before she can prove to be another Wong Miew Choo in the making. However winning that match should be unlocking the door on the road of becoming a champion. Let us not give an early praise for she might stumble upon it. Let her keep her cool and fight her way up. She has another 2 1/2 years to achieve her project objective.

Keep it up Anita.

Malaysian Open Super Series

I have blogged about the Malaysian Open and today is another follow up.

NST reported that there is not many fans at Putra Stadium despite entry is FREE. One of the reason being not many people knew about the competition and this is the weakest aspect of organizing events in Malaysia. So don’t blame on the public for not turning up for the matches. When spectators want to attend, they will definitely want to see their own home team or players but how to know who is playing when there no where to look for to see who is playing and at what time? The BAM and the competition official website? They are there just to add junks in cyberspace. Just imagine how 47732 (as at 12.42 p.m. 16th January 2008) visitors were frustrated when they visit the official tournament website and find just the front page.

Food is also being sold at high price. It has always been an expensive food fair inside the Putra Stadium for any events held there. Just visit any function at the staduim and everyone can feel that price of food is quite high. The stall operators knew very well that visitors have no choice but to buy from them when hungry, So why they worry about not getting customers. To go to the NSC’s canteen or the food court outside the stadium might be a bit time consuming even though its a bit cheaper there. OMG…… a chicken burger costing RM 2.50 outside is sold for RM 6.00? A bottled drink for RM 6.00 to RM 12.00? Its cheaper on Airasia.

Malaysian Open Super Series

Today the Malaysian Open Super Series open is curtain. Stadium Putra that is the venue of the competition will see yet another world class sporting event. The start today is not promising since it is just the opening day and the heat of the game has not yet emerge.
I was browsing through the local papers but can’t find any information about the competition but found only tennis schedule, a page full of horse racing schedule. Is the Malaysian Open not important and can’t sell the newspaper? What is worse even the official tournament website (surfed at 8.18 on 15 January 2008) has no information about the matches to be played. Only the frontpage that carry the logo and sponsors can be found. This is Malaysia. Got to Badminton Association of Malaysia website and you will not find any information too. What a shame. We boast about Multimedia Super Corridor but websites are not updated.

The Olympic Dream

It has long been a dream for Malaysia to achieve an Olympic Gold since our first participation in 1956. In almost every Olympics we have been sending our athletes to participate besides fulfilling the objective of the sports that is to foster goodwill as what the father of the modern Olympic says;
The most important thing in the Olympic is not to win but to take part, just as the most important things in life is not triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is to have fought well Pierre de Coubertain

Since then we had made some achievements and some of our athletes did fought well and qualified for the semi finals, e.g. Ishtiaq Mubarrak in Mexico. Then our badminton boys bring home silvers and bronze after a taekwondo exponent did in in Korea but that was just a demonstration sport.

Our Olympic dreams has not fade out. We still put in our effort and struggle to bring home the medal and lots of money has been put forward to achieve the dream.

The latest development is the setting up of a committee and spearheaded by none other than the Minister of Youth of Sports herself. The comitte will see preparation of our contingent to the Beijing 2008 Olympics in China. The function of the committee is to monitor athletes preparation in terms of training, nutrition and application of sports science

Datuk Seri Azalina said, ‘‘Saya sendiri akan mempengerusikan jawatankuasa ini dan akan dibantu oleh para pegawai dari Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (MOM), Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN), Institut Sukan Negara (ISN). This comittee will be assisted by a board whose members will be announced later.

Among members of the comitte are Datuk Zolkeples Embong, DG of National Sports Council, Datuk Dr. Ramlan Abdul Aziz, DG, National Institute of Sports and the Chef de Mission to Beijing, Datuk Ho Koh Chye.

Our sportsmen did well in the previously concluded Sea Games in Korat and lets hope that will boost their motivation to achieve more than being a regional hero. Just wipe out the jaguh kampung image.

A Trip To Midvalley

It has been very rare that I go to Midvalley for the reason driving there can be a stressful experience. A first time visit to the shopping mall during its earlier days of its opening has been enough toe keep me away from that mall. The queue, finding the parking space and finding the way out is just too much for me. So from then on I never go do Midvalley anymore. My window shopping or such has been somewhere in Bukit Bintang or Jalan Mesjid India. The simple reason being there is easy access using the LRT from my place.

Yesterday (12 January) I attended the AMBP Bloggers gathering at Starbucks@ The Garden in Midvalley. Since I knew of the KTM commuter service to the shopping mall, I thought it will be something to learn about traveling to the place using trains. This is my first time to the Midvalley on KTM’s commuter.

From Bukit Jalil LRT station I took the train to Bandar Tasik Selatan to change to KTM commuter. The fare is just 70 cents. The commuter fare from Bandar Tasik Selatan to Midvalley on KTM commuter is just RM 1.00. So a single journey is just RM 1.70 saving me a lot on petrol, parking and stress. It is very convenient to walk from the train station to Midvalley Megamall because there is a pedestrian bridge right into Megamall.

During the whole journey to midvalley, I observe something that should not happen for KTM. Upon arrival at the ticket counter, it was close because the clerk at the counter went out for breakfast (I think). So I and other commuters have to purchase the tickets using the ticket vending machine which is not much of a hassle since I had the experience using it before. Then at the entrance gate to the platform, there is also no KTM staff manning the gate and therefore anyone can enter the platform for FREE. However I scanned my ticket.

The train of course was packed until Midvalley where majority of the commuter disembark. Again at the exit of the station ay midvalley, no staff man the gate and I decided this time not to scan my ticket and keep it. Now I think KTM must nor complain if there is anybody who get a FREE ride because the fault lies on them. Why must the ticket counter be left without any staff. The entry and exit gate should be manned all the time because this is Malaysia. I remember when I visited Los Angeles and took the LRT from Transit Centre to LA Airport, there is no gateor fence whatsoever into the platform but the people are very disiplined and nobody took a Free ride. Commuters can buy the ticket on the platform itself and board the train. Hey, we are Malaysians…. OMG.

Free Pass To Premier Screening

It might not be appropriate fr this blog but since this blog is registered with All Malaysian Blog Project and I attended the gathering organised by them, I post this in appreciation for the double cinema pass to the premier screening of Cloverfield.