Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rain clouds

Saw this rain from a distance while I was heading to Bukit Kemuning. Couldn't resist taking this is as if a big water bag burst open! What a beauty!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

An angel says....

An Angel says, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Sim! plify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and letgo of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a cd while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot.. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 . Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Powerman 2007

11th November 2007: A date I will not forget for I was officially self-promoted to CrazyPowerTomatoMan ! Yahoo! I did it! First time lah, so my dualthlon virginity is gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahha!

However, that power weekend was really power packed lah or packed but no power….err…ah nevermind…

Started with me at car workshop first thing on Saturday morning to ensure no car problem for our PJ - Sri Manjung - PJ trip. After fixing the car’s drive shaft which was called ‘dried-shap’ by the mechanic, I packed my stuff and loaded my friend’s bike into the car and waited for Dr. Rum Ray and Vincent. As usual, Vincent arrived long after Dr. Rum Ray. Biasalah….dia memang kasih orang tunggu lama-lama…

After loading our bikes & bags, 3 stooges with 3 bikes (among other things!) and 6 balls, there we went for Sri Manjung in a car with plate number 336! Coincidence? Hmm….

Italian bike (Pa....some Italian name that I can't remember) which I borrowed from a friend

Went for lunch at section17 and zoomed off to Sri Manjung at 2pm. Highways were jam packed due to polis roadblocks brought about by Bersih campaign. Polis roadblocks??? Oh, this time we didn’t get stopped so no “Ada minum ALKOHOL?” question for Dr. Rum Ray….hehe!

Crikey!!! ‘Dried-shap’ really dried up or something like that cos my car lost POWER on the highway hill heading towards Sg. Buloh R&R. Alamak! We just started the highway and now …noway! Engine was running but car can’t move…we were going for Powerman but car no power. Bummer!!!!
Journey just started but car 'dried-shap' went dried!!!

Vincent: See, I told you we have to cycle to Sri Manjung
tomato: ............!!!!!!......

Ok, to cut the story short, we were towed back and change to Vincent’s car.

This is what I see throughout the journey. Amazing that Vincent's car can take in all bikes!

Carbo loading dinner was fabulous at Kuala Selangor and after a dark drive, we arrived at Sri Manjung at 11pm after some detours and slightly sesat jalan episodes.

Kuala Selangor carbo loading time.



Slept at 1am after tuning bike gears, the 3 stooges were dead tired. zzzZZZ…

6am alarm ranggggggggggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!! The time has come for POWERMAN in action!!!!

Ready to go.......................

R & R ready to race

The champions leading the 11km run


Hahaha! You gotta be kidding me...I still have to go 1 more round?? (dang! i had to....)

Finally, after a long 4hr 36min, I touched the finish line...

Excited until hair also standing! hahaha!

The 3 Powermen

Friday, November 23, 2007

Latest car locking system

Seen this around lately? That's the latest additional safety feature you can upgrade your car with but sorry, no central locking lah....

Miaw-Miaw City...Run or Drink?

Kuching, the beautiful cat city!

2007 road runs also include 1, just 1, at hometown Kuching, the miaw-miaw cat city. Phew! At least….and at last… a run in Kuching this year!

Coincidently when I traveled back to hometown for celebration of mom’s big 60th birthday during the end of October, a college organized a charity run for the Heart Foundation. Absolutely good intention but sad to say, poor publicity! Raising funds for such a good cause is noble but…yup, there’s a big BUT here…. participation was a ‘better to be forgotten scene’. Most people do not know anything about it, sad to say. So not many participants, not much fund raised….sigh….
A hunk, a babe and the crazytomatoman before the charity run. Background don't have many people right?...

Imagine… a slow tomato runner like me can end up in the top 10 position in the charity 10km run. Miracle lah!! Syok lah but no medal! Or maybe it means this sport or should I say activity, is not very much desired in cat city? Oh well, it boils down to either people were not informed or they simply do not give a damm about running.

That explains lack of running events in Sarawak. The last road running event before this mini charity run was the Rimbunan Hijau Marathon back in 2006. In Borneo island, more outdoor activities are closely related to the rainforest or jungle, such as hashing, jungle trekking, mountain climbing, adventure caving, kayaking, mountain biking. Yeah, all the junglemen and junglewomen are there.
Cat city riverbank...beautiful eh?

Kuchingites & Sarawakians will agree with me that there are more submarine beer drinkers & drunkards than road runners in our hometown. What to do…coffee shops open at night are not mamak so no teh tarik…minum beer pun boleh lah. Places like these are filled with beer heads. Can’t blame them, as beers are 4 cans for RM12. Wahlau!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There you have Bintang, Chang, Stella Artois, Becks, San Miguel apart from the usual Tiger, Carlsberg, Heineken. 99.99999% are submariners so nyirup lah! Sadong!!!!!

Events like 10cans, 21cans or 42cans beer drinking competition will surely get participants filled to the brim!
Aha!...can also have kolo mee makan-ing competition....yummylicious!!!!

Hmm….submariners can contribute to make cat city a healthy place to live. How?? What??! See the article below…

Kuching World's Healthiest City
Date : 07/11/2006
Source : Bernama
KUCHING, Nov 6 (Bernama) -- Kuching is the healthiest city in the world this year.
The Sarawak state capital, on the northwestern tip of Borneo Island, won two international honours -- "Good Practices of Healthy Cities 2006" and "Pioneers in Healthy Cities 2006" -- awarded by the Alliance for Healthy Cities (AFHC) in Suzhou, China, on Oct 30.
"This is the second time Kuching is voted the world's healthiest city. We won it for the first time in 2002," Deputy State Secretary Datuk Morshidi Gani said at a press conference, here Monday.
Kuching hosted the first Asean Healthy Cities Conference in June 2002 and the AFHC General Assembly in October 2004.
It adopted the healthy city concept implemented in Brighton, England.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

2007 Road Runners

The banner at the back said..."VETERAN ATHLETES"....guess we are old lah....alamak!
Blue on one side....yellow is referee and he's on blue's side....hahaha!
Masuk hutan ambil gambar
Deepavali relay run....handsome studs!!
Decepticons are behind run RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!
KL International Marathon training runs...
Merdeka....oops...I mean YEAH!!! Pacemaker Run.
Smile!!...ewah-ewah, gigi memang bersih dan putih....
Damm I'm too short...lucky can see my head...err, can see or not? KYK really tall lah.
Shah Alam a few 'stylo mylo' in the pic...

Run…Run…Run…yes, that’s the way to go! This year has been action packed or should I say running action packed, as it really was full of ACTION!…some mama drama, some winky winky, some mumbo jumbo…a year full of runs. And although we are almost seeing the year 2008 creeping in, the runs still keep coming to give us an EXPLOSIVE last run for year 2007.

Some pics above of the runs and fun & strenuous times…from early days (sounds old huh?) of KLIM training.

Many of us are ‘strenuously’ training for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon on 2nd Dec, which is The Grand Finale, and it is only 10days away. Here comes the 10 day countdown…..10………:P
Training may not be a suitable word for me cos I’m not really putting in enough miles for the upcoming 42km. So, I rather use the term ‘trying to train’…hahaha! Gonna be my 2nd marathon so I’ll be beaming if I touch sub 4hr30min.

This run will be an R&R Run… not the R & R we see on our highways.
This is a triple R…tomatoman Ray & doc Ray Run….yeah, we’ll try to pace each other…and by the time I reach finishing line, I’m like what you usually hear…the SUN DRIED TOMATO-MAN!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Gerai Makan Botak

Either the owner is botak or only the botak people are allowed to makan there. Hmm.....?!?!
I was in Kluang when I saw this shop. So for all the kaki botak, you may like to have a botak gathering there... :P

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Joke of the year!!!!!!!

R & R

Last Friday nite was an action packed hilarious nite!

Started with dinner with KYK, Geoffrey & colleagues at Rum Jungle. I guess I'm kinda dinosaur cos still thought Rum Jungle was at it's original place but it moved....just accross the road. Old place became carpark so Rum Jungle now is sandwich between Aloha and Poppy.

Anyway, marathoners, Powermen & triathletes Dr. Ray and VINCENT arrived past 10 with a hot hot DBKL chic. Don't play-play, she got power leh...

Fun started with Bacardi Limon (a type of RUM). First sip and cRAzYtoMatOmaN-D turned red just like T O M A T O !!! VINCENT was busy slurping and any girls, yes, I mean ANY girls that pass by will be magnet to his eyes. Dr. Ray was busy "Kau Loi-ing" and managed to have his hand sotong-ing her shoulder when photos were taken. Wow, right on doc!!!

KYK was cool as usual.

Okie, here comes joke of the nite...

I followed Dr. Ray to get my car still parked at office carpark and that's where we came to a POLIS roadblock. We got stopped and driver doc was asked these...

Polis: Datang dari mana?

Doc: Dari disco! (dang! here we go.....)

Polis: Ada Minum? Ada minum ALKOHOL?!?!

Doc: Tidak

Polis: Apa minum?!?!

Doc: RUM

(Oh crap! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! but Bingo!!!!! He's honest! We had Bacardi Limon and that's RUM!!!!)

The rest you can imagine but I'll save that for part 2....hehehe! Cheers!!!!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Monkey business...

Seen monkey take charge of traffic??
That happened just outside my office right in the middle of KL. This kind pakcik passing by stopped his bike in the middle of the road (as well!) to get the monkeys off the road. He should get a medal from WWF. These monkeys live up in Bukit Nenas, surrounding our KL tower. They have not much land to venture to and at times would end up in the pic above.

Well, come to think of it, our polis or "mata-mata" should GET THE DAMM REMPIT MONKEYS OFF THE ROAD!!!!!

Wanna jump????

The Urge to Jump
In April 2006, a man attempted to jump from the top of the Empire State Building.
At the last minute, security guards physically restrained him and New York City police charged him with first-degree reckless endangerment. A judge later dismissed the charges, noting that the man had taken steps to ensure the safety of others.
The man’s name is Jeb Corliss. His extreme sport of choice is jumping from the world’s tallest structures with a parachute strapped to his back. Prior to his Empire State attempt he had made 3,000 successful jumps, including leaps from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Eiffel Tower, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

A More Dangerous Leap
As dangerous as Jeb’s extreme sport might sound, it’s not nearly as risky as something we all do when we jump to wrong conclusions about important issues.
The Bible gives us a classic example of such a leap. It happened in about 1400 BC and carries the importance of one of those “first events” that sets a precedent and tone of caution for the days that follow.
The 7-year conquest of Canaan was coming to an end. Soldiers of families that had settled on the east side of the Jordan River had gone home to be reunited with their families (Joshua 22).
Just as peace was coming to Israel, someone in the west heard that east-side families had built a huge altar. Because the law of Moses did not allow unauthorized places of sacrifice, word spread quickly that “the east side” was sliding back into idolatry. Rumors spread and tempers flared about a brash event that seemed to be risking the security of the whole family.
Just a few years earlier, when some of the people of Israel became entangled in the worship of foreign gods, God sent a plague that killed 24,000 (Numbers 25:9). And later, the unfaithful actions of a man by the name of Achan caused God’s anger to fall on the whole nation (Joshua 7).
With such national crises fresh in their minds, the families of the west moved quickly. The record of Joshua tells us, “When the children of Israel heard of it, the whole congregation of the children of Israel gathered together at Shiloh to go to war against them” (Joshua 22:12).
Shiloh means “place of rest.” But those gathered there were ready to wage a civil war to defend their national honor and security.

Words of Wisdom
Before the rush to judgment was complete, however, wisdom prevailed. At Sinai, their ancestors had agreed to a law that told them what to do in just such an occasion. If a community in Israel turned away to worship other gods, they were to “inquire, search out, and ask diligently. And if it is indeed true and certain that such an abomination was committed among you, you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying it, all that is in it and its livestock—with the edge of the sword” (Deuteronomy 13:14-15).
In keeping with these instructions, the people of the west formed a delegation of family leaders to do some fact finding. They asked a man who had earned their respect in an earlier crisis to lead the group (Numbers 25:1-9; Joshua 22:13-14).

Unexpected Answers
When the delegation reached their brothers in the east, they were ready for the worst. They accused the eastern tribes of ignoring the past and endangering the future of the whole nation.
Then came the surprise. After listening to the accusations, spokespersons for the east assured the delegation that they did not intend to sacrifice at this altar. Because the Jordan River divided them from the rest of the family, they built the altar as a national unity memorial (Joshua 22:24-27). They wanted future generations to remember their relationship to the whole nation and God of Israel.
When the investigative council returned home, all Israel celebrated the outcome. The altar was not what they thought it was. It was, in the words of their brothers, “a witness between us that the Lord is God” (v.34).
If the urge to jump to a wrong conclusion had been acted on, many would have died. A family would have gone to war with itself. The Lord’s name would have been dishonored in the region.
Jumping off the Empire State building might seem reckless and dangerous, even with a parachute. But nothing is more dangerous for ourselves and others than jumping too quickly to conclusions that can lead to lost reputations, family division, and even war.
What the children of Israel learned, we must now see for ourselves. There are so many ways to jump to false conclusions. Hearing only one side of a conflict (Proverbs 18:17), assuming guilt by association (Luke 7:34), and repeating harmful unconfirmed information as if it is fact (Joshua 22:11) are only a few of the leaps that harm ourselves and others.
Let’s remind one another that if a rumor is important enough to cause concern, it is important enough to confirm.

Father in heaven, we are so inclined to think the worst about others. We have a history of acting on impulse and partial stories. We want to change for Your sake and for one another. Please help us to learn the ways of wisdom and peace. Help us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. –Mart De Haan-- Mart De Haan
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