Sunday, July 25, 2010

無聊

其實一向來都覺得自己很胖。

每次當照鏡子時都會這樣告訴自己。

雖然甩掉了不少肥油,捏捏自己肚腩又會那種鄙視感了。

從小就給人耍到很慘,甚至給人排斥,很沒臉。



開始跑步了,是因為害怕自己又變回從前的肥仔。

到底這個死鬼肚腩

會徹底消失嗎……?

Friday, July 16, 2010

World Cup 2010- A Review

































The FIFA World Cup(No idea why people would like to abbreviate it as simply FIFA....) 2010 has just concluded. And unless you're Bigfoot or some madman scientist plotting a doomsday plan for decades underground, you've definitely heard of the biggest sporting event ever in the world(with respect to the Olympics).

The 2010 edition was held in South Africa. The first few group stage matches were alright for most of us, taking the event one step at a time, starting with the awesomely-timed 7:30pm matches. Then came the knockout stages, in which the earliest matches were screened 10pm +8 hours GMT. By the semifinals, all matches are played at 2:30am, which is really a pain in the ass for the normal Malaysian society. But we still find a way to emulate the 'Cockroach Spirit(小強精神)' of never saying die by staying up late to watch our favourite teams in action.


And Sotongs suddenly became very high in demand.



So here's just a quick list of the highlights of the recently-concluded World Cup, from my eyes. Just my 2 cents anyway.



Best Team: Spain

The deserving World Champions achieved loads of records on their way to being crowned World Champions, including being the first European team to win the Jules Rimet outside of Europe, the first team to taste defeat at first hurdle but recover to capture the coup de grace, the champions to score the lowest number of goals etc.
Tantalising to watch when on form, the Spanish Tiki-Takas(short passing game) can be frustratingto watch at times(especially during corner kicks), but when polished to perfection, is totally awe-inspiring, cutting defences with a few moves. Xavi is instrumental as always, providing the most successful passing rate in this tournament, while his Barca partner Andres Iniesta wowed the crowd with some inexplicable moves, eventually scoring the most important goal in Spanish history. Credits must go to David Villa for finishing as the top scorer in the team with the goals that mattered most, during the group stages, the last-16 and quarters, which includes a 45-yard curler into an empty net against Chile. Needless to say are the contributions of captain Iker Casillas, whose saves against Paraguay and Netherlands handed the Spanish a huge boost in morale to go on and win the game.

With youngsters such as Sergi Busquets(my least-favourite player from the Rojas, for all that play-acting is just sick)Fernando Llorente and Francesc Fabregas(Arsenal captain not even in the starting line-up) coming through the ranks, there will be few who would dare say this would be the end of the Spanish Golden Generation.

A big round of applause to the perennial underachievers, for they have finally broke their quarter-final duck, and in such astounding fashion.



Best player: Thomas Muller

No offence to Uruguay stalwart Diego Forlan, who had an awesome tournament as well.

But consider this.

Playing in your first ever World Cup for mighty Germany, aged 20. Yes it does seem like something to be proud of, even by warming the bench is something like a dream already. But ending the tournament as one of the joint top-scorers and most influential player in the team, is another thing altogether. A thoroughly deserved winner of Young Player of the Tournament award. There were voices saying that Spain rolled the Germans over because of his absence, does seem quite far-fetched. However, who knows what happens when youthful audacity is augmented into the offensive Deustchland game plan?

Best Match: Uruguay 1 Ghana 1
The only match to make me scream(aside form the Final). Going in front with an early goal, Ghana looked like the saviours of Africa for the inaugural tournament in the Black Continent. However, the South Americans roared back with an awesome Diego Forlan free kick that rasped through the Ghanaian defence and into the back of the net.

The game went into extra time, in which one of the most controversial moments surfaced in the history of football.
A handball from Luis Suarez from the last Ghanaian attack to thwart the inevitable goal meant he got his marching orders before the craziest scene befell us viewers.

Asamoah Gyan, with the brunt of an entire continent on his back, hit the Jabulani towards the crossbar. The team was in despair. Penalties.

Credits to Gyan who coolly slotted the first penalty in the net. But things weren't so nice with the following penalties, in which Ghana fluffed two for the Uruguayans to have the advantage, in which their winning penalty was nothing of a fluke.

Cruel, but Uruguayans' underhanded approach won them the game and sent them into the semis.


Most improved team from previous World Cup: Spain

Few would dare stand in the way of Spain after their Euro 2008 triumph. The memories of 2006 in which they bowed out to a certain side in Blue was totally erased...


Best miss(for the lulz): Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Nigeria vs South Korea. 2-2)




Best Goal: Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Netherlands vs Uruguay. 3-2)


Worst Howler: Robert Green.
No, you don't need me to post this one for you, it's everywhere, becoming an internet meme also. I didn't support England, but this was such a disgrace to all the Three Lions supporters all over the world...


Most underachieving team: France
Italy comes a close second, but at least they did display flashes of brilliance at times. The absence of Nasri and Benzema among others left many of us scratching our heads in confusion. The French were totally underwhelming, beginning with a match in which they were totally uninspiring, ending with a game with a disbanded team. The training fallout didn't sooth worrying French hearts at all, and Domenech's ill-fated reign finally dropped its rotten curtain. Hope they'll fare better under Laurent Blanc.

Most overachieving team: New Zealand.
First time in a World Cup, and went unbeaten. Heck, even Spain could not do that. Kudos to the fighting Kiwis.


Most Scandalous Affair: Frank Lampard's disallowed goal.

Later, came Tevez's offside goal.

But this was the more controversial one. Technology beckons.





Most underachieving player: Wayne Rooney.

For all the hype of Lionel Messi and him grabbing the headlines prior to the start of South Africa 2010, he was an utter disappointment, finishing with no goals. He must recover or else he might even lose his starting place in Man United to the promising Javier Hernandez(at least he scored, right?).

Lots more, right?

Friday, July 2, 2010

人變了

在拉曼好像很久一下了,不知不覺跑出來了一個Mid-Term Test,久違考試的我,當然會有些不習慣……

才區區4題的考卷,也是很少見過。雖僅4題,也能讓人在考場血壓狂飆、憂鬱莫及。果然是不簡單的一個測驗。如果說這個“小型考試”都能逼瘋人了,那真正的“大型測驗”,肯定有些坎坷了……

我聽同胞們說,拉曼大學的四個英文省略 U.T.A.R可擴稱為University of Tutorials, Assignments & Reports。這個道理且然有意思。今日剛好是交上生物課報告的截止日期 ,突然在星期三來了個物理報告,截止日期是今日。當時看到在白板上,導師提供了好多好多眼花繚亂的複雜等式。若還是身為極度懶散中學生的我,早都不理它,向朋友們借來抄抄去算了。忽然發現自己真的長大了,開始對功課負起了責任,就拼下去把它完成。但在某個部分,發現到自己犯了不小的失誤,好不容易在最後才發現哪裡做錯了什麼。這裡的功課不但比中學的多以幾層,也深奧了不少!!未完成的物理課報告,忍着放在一旁。就在星期四,又跑來了一個化學課報告,截止日期,又是星期五。夠力了。就發威趕快在當天完成它。做完了一份報告,真的讓人有種“滿足感”。但還有那些練習題,又是星期五要討論的,真的有點懶得理它們了……

再加上這個星期也剛好有兩個“小型考試”……下個星期又繼續兩個科目,乾脆在這個星期把它搞完去了,受苦也是這一個星期。但是還要繼續考試……要繼續溫習功課,真的很累。

到最後,還是熬過了這個星期,希望下個星期會稍微輕鬆些,開始想家了!下個星期將會檳城!






回想起檳城的好友。

曾是同班同學的朋友,距離真的拉得越拉越遠。

不懂要怪自己家裡遠,還是朋友不想配合。

通常這個年紀的人都愛和朋友們出去喝茶聊天到三更半夜。

但是曾是同班同學的,好像根本就不想出去的。都滿滿十八歲了,難道家長還管得那麼嚴?!

就有一次約到了外校的伙伴們出去。他們就談到中學時期,常常與朋友們出去的習慣,聊也聊到三更半夜的。老實說,本人真的很羨慕。

回去了,當然也是想約約朋友們出來喝茶一下,可是都已經知道他們會捏造各種的藉口來遮掩自己本想整整拒絕的念頭。

但是幸好來到金寶了,遇上了好多好多朋友。

他們都會陪我完成功課,陪我用餐,陪我買書,陪我遊蕩,陪我讀書,陪我看球,陪我去喝茶,陪我聊天,陪我唱歌,陪我學樂器,陪我談心,陪我逛街,陪我去教堂,陪我發呆,甚至陪我通宵在湖邊彈吉他。

老實說,曾是同班六年(有些甚至是從一年級就同班到高中三的)的朋友們:我在金寶才剛剛過了一個月多,就已經找到比你們之中更好的朋友。

其實我對你們有點失望。

陪我喝茶,好嗎?


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