Friday, July 23, 2010

Are you rich or poor?

Received this from a friend and I must share it here...

Contentment is natural wealth,

luxury is artificial poverty.


- Socrates BC 469-399, Greek Philosopher of Athens

Life-Changing Thoughts:

Contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have,
and to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.

It is not the fulfillment of what you want,
but the realization of how much you already have.

Being content gives a sense of being rich and complete,
whereas, being discontent, you feel the reverse and may
actually make you even poorer in many ways.

A Weekend well-spent brings a week of content.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Have no fear

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Fear – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus assures us that we have nothing to fear in life if we are able to love God fully and put Him at the centre of all that we value and live for. God’s infinite power and love for us will provide much more than we need in life . Allow this truth to seep into your heart today .

F r Philip Heng,S.J.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ironman


or

Which comes to your mind when you hear Ironman?

The endurance multi sport or the comic hero?

It all boils down to what you're exposed to...really...as some don't have a clue on both Ironman.
Well, we can't blame them. After all, we can't possible know every single thing this world has, right?

But...but...yes, there's always a but to everything...

There are some people who want to be labeled as Ironman, although they have not done it before and the worst is that they know exactly what this Ironman means...endurance multisport of 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run, all to be completed in 17hours.
Why? Did they call themselves MEN or WOMEN when they're below 18yrs old? Do they also want to be known as a Phd holder even with only a basic degree?

Sigh...

And there are some runners who claimed they have done marathons even though the furthest they've done is 10km.

For those who do not know what MARATHON means, then it's about time somebody educate them.
Why the ignorance?

Don't the young people these days watch Olympics or any track and field events anymore? School sports?
What more to say take part running due to own interests?

What is happening to sports in our dear beloved country?

I had the privilege to visit MAAU the other day with Khoo.

MAAU = Malaysia Amateur Athletic Union

or in Bahasa Malaysia,

KOAM = Kesatuan Olahraga Amatur Malaysia
which is more well know as Kesatuan Olahraga Amat Malang!!

Indeed it is! The Deputy President who gave us a brief talk on the MAAU history indicated the sports culture in the country is...sad...very sad...

Schools are not putting emphasis in sports anymore. If it is, it's still insufficient. Just look at the records...

National Record Men

Records as of July 2008

Event Record Athlete State Venue Date
100 Meter 10.30s Watson Nyambek Sarawak B. Jalil, K.L 15/07/1998
200 Meter 20.92s Dr. M. Jegathesan Selangor Mexico City (Olympic) 15/10/1968
400 Meter 46.41s Mohd Zaiful Z. Abidin K. Lumpur Brunei DS 20/07/2001
800 Meter 1:47.37s B. Rajakumar Selangor Jakarta, IND 26/09/1985
1500 Meter 3:45.70s M Vadivellan Perak Korat, THA 11/12/2007
5000 Meter 14:06.84s M. Ramachandran Johor Troisdorf, GER 5/8/1994
10,000 Meters 29:30.19s M. Ramachandran Johor Victoria, CAN 27/08/1994












Marathon 2:29:27s K. Baskaran Penang Singapura 2/12/2001
110m L/P 13.73s Nur Herman Majid Singapura Hiroshima, JPN 15/10/1994
400m L/P 51.83s M. Ravinthiran Kedah Kangar, PERLIS 20/08/1996
3000m L/B 8:59.10s N. Shanmuganathan Selangor B. Jalil, KL 17/09/1998






L. Tinggi 2.27m Lee Hup Wei * Selangor Beijing,Chi 25/05/2008
L. Bergalah 5.00m Teh Weng Chang Perak K. Lumpur 24/03/2002
Lompat Jauh 7.88m Josbert Tinus Sabah Thailand 5/10/2007
Lompat Kijang 16.29m Mohd Zaki Sadri Perak K. Lumpur 21/08/1989






L/Peluru 16.67m Mohd Nazar Abd Rahim Perak P. Pinang 19/08/1995
L/Cakera 47.33m Ngu Kit Min Sarawak P.Pinang 19/09/2006
L/Tukul Besi 58.52m Wong Tee Kui Sarawak Singapura 5/9/1993
M. Lembing 73.34m Mohd Yazid Imran Johor Singapura 2/9/1995






10km J/K (R) 42:36.00s Teoh Boon Lim P.Pinang Einsenhittenstadt, GER, 11/5/1996
20km J/K (R) 1:24.50s Narinder Singh Selangor Prague, CZE 19/04/1997
50km J/K (R) 4:10.05s G. Saravanan P.Pinang K. Lumpur 21/09/1998
10000m J/K (T) 43:03.2s R. Mogan N.Sem Seremban, NS 10/5/1997
20000m J/K (T) 1:30.43s B. Thirukumaran K.Lumpur Kangar, PERLIS 2/3/1997






4×100m 39.83s Malaysia
K. Lumpur 15/09/2001
Watson Nyambek, Azmi IbrahIm, Nazmizan Muhamad, R. Ganeshwaran
4×400m 3:06.69s Malaysia
K. Lumpur 23/10/1991
Azhar Hashim, Mohd Yazid Parlan, V. Samson, Nordin Jadi
Decathlon 6989 points Mohd Malik Tobias Melaka Brunei 9/8/1999
100m: 11.53s 400m : 54.18s 1500m : 5:52.78s 110m L/Pagar: 15.24s L/Jauh : 7.21m
L/Tinggi : 2.05m L/Bergalah : 4.60m L/Peluru : 13.57m L/Cakera : 39.53m M/Lembing : 53.10m
Pentathlon 2657 points Pok Chee Sing N. Sembilan K. Lumpur 1/8/1998


National Record Women

Records as of January 2008

National Record Women


Too many records have been sitting there waiting to be broken. But sad to say, not many are coming.
However, I do hope what I just said is wrong in this coming Commenwealth Games. Hopefully, records will come down Usain Bolt style...1 by 1

Quote by En. Karim Ibrahim (MAAU Deputy President) :Baru habis saya cakap Pi for Pisang....dia sudah habis 100m

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

KLANG VALLEY BIBLE CONFERENCE (KVBC) 2010

Dear Friends,


Wow! Time really flies and now we have passed midway into 2010 and we will be welcoming Dr Carson back for the 4th time in September!


Donald A Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, USA, and is a well-respected theologian and author.


Please book in your calender the dates for Klang Valley Bible Conference 2010 and Expository Preaching Seminar 2010, the details as below.

Please also join us in prayer that the events will run smoothly and many may be blessed by the teaching of GOD's Word.

Thanks!

KVBC

*************************************************


KLANG VALLEY BIBLE CONFERENCE (KVBC) 2010

Expositions of Selected Parables of Jesus

Date: 13 to 15 September 2010 (Monday to Wednesday)

Time: 8:15 p.m. nightly

Venue: Clubhouse, Tropicana Golf & Country Club, Petaling Jaya

Speaker: Dr Donald A Carson

Free Admission


We hope to see you there! For further information, please visit our website www.kvbc.info


Please note that Dr Carson will also be conducting the Klang Valley Expository Preaching Seminar 2010, details as follows:



KLANG VALLEY EXPOSITORY PREACHING SEMINAR (EPS) 2010

Preaching from Apocalyptic Texts - with special reference to Revelation


Date: 14 and 15 September 2010 (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Venue: Clubhouse, Tropicana Golf & Country Club, Petaling Jaya

Speaker: Dr Donald A Carson

Cost: to be confirmed (please refer to the registration forms when they are out)


Registration is required as seating is limited.

Registration forms will be available by end July 2010 from Evangel Book Centre (SS2, Petaling Jaya) and our website www.kvbc.info

Monday, July 12, 2010

Gansterism in running!

Malaysia...oh Malaysia...majukan sukan untuk negara????? (improve sports for the nation?)

There are people who wanted to be 'jaguh kampung' (village champion) and they make sure nobody else can take that away from them...ganster style...

Actually this group people can only be village champions of losers!!!...nothing else...

Who would have thought gansterism is alive in sports?

Seremban Half Marathon...again...demonstrated it clearly when the veteran 21km category was won by Jean Pierre Lautredoux.
The local team captain Thana and his local runner Ganesan were sore losers. Ganesan could not match Jean Pierre's pace and had to settle for 2nd BUT Thana wanted it otherwise.

Read on...


Jean Pierre Lautredoux's experience in Seremban Half Marathon, 11 July 2010



This morning i won Seremban 21k overall...this was followed by the usual complain from Thana who wants only his runners run & win the races. The race was open to Malaysians, PR & expats with working permit. The organizer called me with the mic to show a proof of PR or WP. I showed him my WP & he was satisfied.
But this Thana still continued to ... See Morepush the organizer & federation to disqualify me. Thana came with his athlete Ganesan (2nd in my cat), wanted to see my WP. I told him, he was nothing to me, i didn't hv to show them a proof, only to the organizer. They were very aggressive, threatening, even asking my wife if she was Malaysian (hahaha...bodoh lah), asking her IC !!! Who does he think he is? Police? Immigration? Some more Ganesan telling me he was a competitor !!! I told him he was not a competitor as rather than use his legs to win, he tried to disqualify me to get the 1st spot. This ending by "you will see..." from them.
I was interviewed by a Star reporter. When i told her the story, she stopped to write & said: "TQ, bye". If medias support these ppl !!!
My French friends, on holiday in Malaysia, told me "If you do that in France, all the racism associations will sue you". I remembered, one time, the organizer didn't want to give the 1st prize to a Moroccan. The association sue the organizer. The guy got his prize, some indemnities & the race organizer cannot organize anymore race.
Later, I made a police report for harassment & threatening to protect myself & my family. I don't want things that happened in PD half marathon 2 years ago happen to me in one of the races. Two Kenyans were beaten by some indian guys (who waited for them in a quiet area) during the race.
I ran for more than 30 yrs & i never got this type of argument. I ran in many countries, ppl were all the time happy to see me run & here few guys make the mess for us foreigners. This is racism & anti-sportive.
I come there to run, have fun, meet friends & make new friends. Really a bad day.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Never under estimate nature

The Eco-X race last Sunday at Batu Dam went through the wrath of nature.

I was helping out as marshal in the MTB trail at Check Point 1, about 50m near a stream.


video

Gentle stream before the storm. Gary the leading marshal on scrambler bike shows you how easy it was to get across. Sorry you have to turn your head halfway watching this video. I have no idea why I turned my HP. Hahahaha!


Around 1045am, the darkened sky opened up. Rain was very heavy. Wind was very very strong! A storm in action.

1 hour later the gentle stream became a furious river. Check out the video below.

video
Anybody riding across on the bike will most probably be swept away.

MTB trail across the stream became dangerous with the strong current.


Marshals doing their best to ease the difficult stream crossing. Bamboo did the job. Luckily Gary brought his parang and Gurnam managed to cut 2 mega long bamboo sticks from...somewhere...



Luckily the MTB riders reached the check point one by one.No traffic jam when crossing the river. One by one, all safely crossed. Job done!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Judge Not

A friend emailed this to me not long ago and I thought it's best I share it here in my blog ...

BEST POEM IN THE WORLD

I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp--
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.

Herb, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, 'What's the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here?
God must've made a mistake.

'And why is everyone so quiet,
So somber - give me a clue.'
'Hush, child,' He said, 'they're all in shock.
No one thought they'd be seeing you.'

JUDGE NOT!!

Remember...Just going to church doesn't make you a
Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

Every saint has a PAST...
Every sinner has a FUTURE!

--
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Friday, July 2, 2010

Loving Enemies

In today’s Gospel, Jesus urges us to love our enemies . This is humanly impossible unless we are moved and empowered by the Holy Spirit and have Jesus Our Lord at the centre of our hearts. Pray for strength and inspiration to live in Christ-like ways daily .
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