Monday, March 31, 2008
I was alone to do the 21k. I had to do itl this year as I am not getting any younger. One is considered to be Men Junior Veteran after 35 ! I trained hard therefore I was confident that I would be able to finish the race . There was no time limit set because all I wanted is to just complete the run and not end up as a DNF. 3 hours and 30 minutes seemed quite impossible after my recce the night before.
The crowd was exhilarating ! It was really happening to see lots of runners preying around , getting ready at 5.30 in the morning. I was a bit embarrassed by my physique when seeing other participants. Everybody looked professional and experienced and there I was , a 21k wannabe lining up to start the race of his life.
Adrenaline was pumping hard and when the clock strike 6 , I was on the go. I focussed and concentrated on my own pace ; refusing to bother the crowd around me. I was jogging slowly , maintaining my speed and just proceed!It was also the azan when we started and I managed to stop by the roadside and fulfill my prayers. Of course, it was still early in the race when my tummy felt uneasy ! I can't remember which hotel it was , ( along Jalan Syed Putra ) but it was nice of the captain to allow me using his toilet !! HAHAHAHA
I was still running constantly on reaching the 5km mark , did not feel tired nor having any pain. Hmm..that is good i thought. arrived at Mid Valley just before 7am and the route took its turn towards the Seremban - KL highway. The route wa a bit up-sloping , so i decided not to force myself so much ; hey my objective ws just to finish the race ! It was indeed a long stretch to checkpoint 10km as we had to pass the Sungai Besi Airforce base ; threading beside the Smart Tunnel .
I was alright until 10k because i ran very slowly. I had few uncles running with me in my "group" , they were my pacers !! haahaha Was looking forward to tag along the sexy gym trainers but obviously my meeting point with them was only at the starting point !!!
I continued my pace , walk and run intermittently with my mind focusing to not feel any pain if there was any. I was ok till the 16K mark when i felt a bit crampy.. hmmm.. I was not panting ; but the lactic acid was certainly accumulating.
When i arrived at the 20k mark , Azad gave me a call asking my whereabouts. To my surprise , I was on course to run within the qualifying time !! Ohh.. a sudden surge of energy came ( along with my Powerbar Gel la.. ) and i was so motivated to run hard till the finish line. Of course, it was at this juncture that i was beginning to feel the strain and my feet suddenly felt blistered.
Ahhh.. mind games i thought ! The body is trying to influence my mind at this point ! I told myself, i can do it because its up to one's willpower now !
As soon as Dataran was in sight, i sped up ! Damn... it felt really good. All the things that bothered me in the last 1km disappeared and I was so motivated to finish it in style ! It felt so good.. o good ! Alhamdulillah ! Such happiness to see myself crossing the finish line within the 3 hours and 30 minutes and I was not tired !! Waaaahhh... best !!!! Getting the finisher's medal was such satisfaction and I was like a small kid ; wearing it around my neck until it was time to go home !!
Azman the blogger !!
Alhamdulillah it went smoothly and I did not have my usual cramps on runs such as this ! I was OK after the 21k torture . The Celebrex may have had a factor in ensuring I was able to endure any expected pain !! Waah... i made it , nothing is impossible and my marathon attempt might be sooner than i thought !
Official time : 3 hours 13.01
Chip time : 3 hours 11.39
( not that fast though for some , but to me.. AN ACHIEVEMENT !!! )
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Well , i "visited" the 21k trail tonight after locum. Who am i kidding here ? hahahaha JAAAAUUUHHHHNYEEEEEE....
Well , need to wake up early and i suppose tawakkal jer la.. hahaha
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Anyway , i'm getting my palpitations already and getting up early tomorrow morning will be easy! I've prepared my things for tomorrow and doing my mental imaging of my run tomorrow will be the order of the day!!
Malaysians understand ke DNR ?
the chip.. cool eih..
the young runner.. hahaha
Friday, March 28, 2008
before the mentekedarah session..
Overdid my carbo-load week session this week by really walloping the buffet in PJ Hilton the other day. We were there to discuss pointers with the hotel rep. for our incoming annual dinner. It was difficult for me to resist the temptation of oysters and scallops ! There were always my favourite ( aphrosidiacs as well ?? ) and i succumbed ... hahahaha. Hmm.. iman goyah laa... :)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
bonnie and clyde
Congratulations to Muti and Suzarene for their engagement! We were part of the entourage and it went smoothly.A big thank you to all my uncles and aunties who attended the event. It rained earlier but stopped when we arrived at Rini's place. Dzaeff was in his baju melayu which had shrunken since he last wore it ( He's grown !! ) while Qaisya dressed to kill.
the whole family !!
caught red handed.. water melon smuggler..
Thursday, March 20, 2008
sempat gak amik gambar tu.. hahahaha
I have less than 10 days to prepare for my first ever 21km. My training sessions were interrupted time and time again because of the heavy downpour in the evenings ! I waited forthe rain to settle today and rushed to Kiara Hills to do my run. There was a big sign to notify us about the orange run and that will be next . Jom la join !!
Now , i have another motivation to continue my runs after KLIM. Insya_allah , if everything is Ok , I'll be hoping to climb Trusmadi and Tambuyokun in Sabah sometime in August. Waahh... tak sabar lak rasanya , but i guess i need to be in tip top condition to climb these 2 G5 ( top 5 mountains ) of Malaysia..
I'll be there... ( pic taken from Apip n Arey of OGKL )
I've not written about footie for quite some time , i guess since Liverpool was officially nowhere near as the EPL contender !! I love Malaysian football but what happened yesterday is definitely a humiliation.The rot is getting worse now.
Imagine , two of our so called best teams from the Malaysian Super League , playing in the prem rounds of Asian Champions league were totally trashed in their respective games. Let me say it out loud again.. TRASHED.. Our MALAYSIA CUP & LEAGUE CHAMPION.. trashed by the SINGAPOREANS !! both Perak and Kedah. Perak was worse when they had to take the 6-1 beating at home.( Kedah's 5-1 was equally bad and the excuse of not familiar with artificial turf is absolute bollocks !! )
HELLLOO ?? battered by teams from the S-League ? Berapa besar sgt league diaorang sampai kita teruk sangat kena belasah ?? Dahlah negeri tak cukup padang bola !! Come on man , at least we should have battled it out rather than outplayed and outclassed !! I cannot accept these results because it should not happen this way !!
I know politics is the in thing to blog about nowbut we should never forget about footie ; easily the number one game in Malaysia ! We've suffered long and there should be better results , well at least not humiliating ones !! Arrgghh...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
"Saya hairan , kenapa buat pertama kali dalam sejarah tidak ada wakil wanita UMNO dalam kabinet , Yang ada Ketua Wanita MCA ( Ng Yen Yen ) ".. said Rafidah in her last press conference as MITI minister .
Ehh.. I thought Azalina is the tourism minister ? Isn't she Wanita UMNO ? I mean , she was Puteri UMNO chief beforebut when you've reached the age limit , automatically you are Wanita UMNO. Unless... Rafidah does not regard Azalina as a WANITA ... hehehehe..controversial...
Yesterday was an achievement for me during my on call as we went where no men went before !!! The usual practice for reimplantation of hand / fingers in Malaysia would be to put patient under general anaesthesia ; period. The surgery is known to occupy the OT for long hours ; 8-10 hours . Our patient was 27 years of age, fit young man and suffered a massive slash wound on his right hand when attacked by men with parang . After a fair discussion , he was agreeable for regional anaesthesia .
We gave brachial plexus block via the infraclavicular approach. I have no problems doing the block bcoz I've been doing it a lot. I can elicit my twitch and finish the job within minutes. However , it was the first time for me to insert a catheter in that space and crossed my finger that it works.
I was initially sceptic myself whether it was possible to retain the patient in his current state without converting to GA during the procedure. I cannot imagine lying down on a flat hard bed for 10-12 hours where it can be tiring and cause agitation and discomfort.But of course , with a damn good sedation it was possible. And guess what ? manage to reimplant the hand all the way for 10 hours with regional anaesthesia !! He was well asleep and never under GA ! When i woke him up he was amazed that it had been more than 10 hours and he could eat straight away !!! He was very hungry by then !!! No post GA complications !!! The best part for the patient is that he was never in pain after the block and he will be so as long as the infusion runs ..
We had to give GA for a 14 month old baby at 2am as he had suffered bad lacerations over his scalp. Scalp bleeding can be torrential and one has to attain it fast as it can really serious. I really dunno how he fell having such suspicious wound but of course ; it was secured. There was no problem with GA and we extubated him well. Now the baby will have a C.I. scare on his head !!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I've been running on these 3 circuits :
1) UM big round
2) Kiara Hills punishing climb
3) my TTDI house to the Kiara Park.
Seems good but at times i do feel tired especially after the long OT. I am not sure if the gases influences my concentration and strength ? However the other enemy in this routine is to fight yourself ! The lazy thingy is very strong especially when seeing dark skies . I nearly succumbed to ASTRO this evening but the thought of not finishing the race came into mind. I have to train ! I have to train !!
I still have another 2 weeks to go and Insya-Allah if it doesn't rain , you should be seeing me in one of these 3 circuits !
The next day I was off to Sungei Wang and got myself a new phone. I nearly bought the same model but macam sakit hati jer !! hahahaha.. Therefore i got myself which came at the same price as 5130 , this :
And being a jakun 3G fella ( which I only upgraded while taking the new SIM card from Maxis centre ) , I spent my time and credit playing with the video phone function !! hahahahaha. The pic quality is quite good as it is 3.2 megapixel anyway. Now i don't have to bring my camera around in OT and use this cybershot instead.
I still miss my 5130 though.. cantik oo.. but then , takde rezeki... :(
Friday, March 14, 2008
Anyway , a friend cracked up this joke today about the PERAK situation..
PAS telling PKR and DAP in the Malaysian way ; pantun..
Gua raja di hulu ,
LU raja di hilir ,
Gua perintah dulu ,
Lepas tu lu gilir-gilir.. !!!
I've been asked by my superiors to handle our department's dinner again this year ! I did thought of declining it because i was more interested in organizing a futsal tournament amongst the universities. However , the temptation was too great and again I am "trapped" ! haks.. ni orang kata paksa rela and having PJ Hilton as our venue is not bad !!
Magic and Mystery !!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
PETALING JAYA: The DAP central executive committee (CEC) has voiced its unhappiness over the appointment of Perak PAS secretary Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as Mentri Besar of Perak.In a statement on Wednesday, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said, “The DAP CEC has given approval for the formation of a Perak coalition government headed by DAP or PKR but not by PAS.”
Lim said DAP leaders, members and supporters are shocked at the decision to appoint a PAS assemblyman as Perak MB.“DAP is prepared to accept DAP chairman and assemblyman for Sitiawan Ngeh Koo Ham or PKR Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi as Perak Mentri Besar. “As the appointment of Mohamad Nizar as Perak Mentri Besar representing the third and smallest political party in the proposed coalition has not received the mandate of the CEC, DAP Perak assemblymen will stay away from the swearing-in ceremony for Perak Mentri Besar scheduled Thursday.”
tried to log on to LKS's blog but somehow it was jammed.I really wanted to see the statement he faxed to all mass media. Definitely an interesting 24 hours to the swearing in ceremony.
UPDATE : Managed to get through.. checkout the comments made. Interesting !!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Reduce the number of cabinet members. We have too many ridiculous minister posts !!
Choose only those who deserve it.. ( many would beg to differ this point though !! )
2.Ready to accept that the first proposal from the parliament opposition ; vote of no confidence to the current PM and government . This time around , the ruling party cannot veto it out and it will be discussed and debated in length !!
It can be very humiliating. Must consider "escape-clause" ! This needs a lot of balls though..
3.Should i even proceed to the National Budget presentation ?( An obvious 2/3 majority issue !! ) Expect a counter Budget which will sound more convincing to the rakyat . Big dilemma here...
Please do a proper meeting and discussion with the opposing party before presenting ! Don't end up looking like a fool when it is not passed by the House of Commons !
4.Certain UMNO faction maybe planning for your dismissal behind your back. It has happened before and do learn from history. This sentiment will grow and the one in waiting is smiling from ear to ear!
You just have to follow the flow ; bound to happen sooner or later. Too many people hungry for power and resistance is futile. Is there any other choice ?
Monday, March 10, 2008
Wherever I went today , everybody was talking about the outcome of the 838 elections. From high ranking professionals, gym trainers and down to the "domestic affairs officers" - ( the foreigner working staffs la !! ) were so involved in commenting the outcome of a bizzare polls.Some thought it was a shock , few did expect it but not as how big it is in denying the 2-3rd majority while another group ( who did not even vote !! ) were commenting on how it should not have happened.
I must say in all the discussions I was involved in today had a common fact. They thought the BN government deserved it because of their arrogance. It became a silent understanding that most Malaysians were not happy with how the country is managed at the moment. The government controlled media labelled the phenomena as protest votes while the anti-BN media put it simply as the "rakyat" speaks. Both are however correct ; just like seeing the glass which is half empty and at the same time half full.I do hope that the "viagraless "BN would not blame rakyat as stupid in not voting them as it will only cause more anger and dissapointment.
The rakyat were challenged - time and time again. If they wanted change , d show it during the polls - the ruling party said in past confidence of winning all the time . And my . my .. how the rakyat have reacted. The results amplified that BERSIH and HINDRAF rallies were significant and not just another mere anti establishment tactics. If one really analyze the results almanacly ,it was our electoral distribution maintained the big number of seats for BN . The truth is , losing 5( major states ) out of 11 states in Peninsular ( Melaka , Perlis and Negeri Sembilan is not that big though ) is a major disaster ! Even Johor seems to lessen its role as a guranteed state for BN.
The Malays , Chinese and Indians in urban areas voted for a corruption free management which has been in doubt especially in Selangor. Too many mismanagements were reported in both mass and cyber media ; and somehow they thought they could run away with it. The major revamp on City councils will be interesting to watch ; because all this while it was this particular issue raised and debated in the State Assemblies. Issues of PakLah's sleeping policy tendencies and claims of KJ's hidden hand became the popular campaign issue in the rural voting areas. Of course , it sounded like slander and character assasination but unfortunately the counter reaction was not convincing at all ( If it was not true laa.. ) hence the obvious swing for the fence sitters.
However , to really say that we have voted as Malaysians rather than for personal race survival may be too early. We'd like to think we have done so but I beg to differ . It maybe a first step towards creating REAL- Malaysia but our voters are still voting out of sentiment rather than core issues. We will mature as a society as there is no accelerated ways for this .Firstly , we really do need a lot of understanding about Malaysia and love its history. Logical solving of fundamental constitutional issues may not be as simple as how we reckon it is.
P/S Lost my phone on election day !!! Hahahaha.. frust giller. but got a new one now... though i still adore the old one..
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Results ? A Political Tsunami they called it ; even the oppositions did not expect such swing. They managed to achieve their lifetime goal of denying 2/3 majority which most analyst thought something impossible to do. Capturing Kedah , Perak and Selangor was a bonus ; don't think they were prepared about forming state governments unlike Penang which looked doomed since Koh Tsu Koon's uncharismatic takeover of Gerakan leadership.It was certainly a handsome win if one would like to compare in the long history of oppositions. What was achieved in this election is a dream for Dato Onn , Ahmad Boestamam , Tan Chee Koon etc. I must say , the way they captured victory is impressive.
This election is a total disaster for BN. As how in the yesteryears , proudly saying before polling that holding the 2-3rd majority will never be a problem was disproved. Losing states which were thought to be strongholds is like a big slap to the face. They thought they were going to capture Kelantan , but ending up losing 4 other states ! Pak Lah is shattered and this is a very hard time for him. His senior partners in MIC and Gerakan were obviously ousted by the people's power. Democratically voted out - a show of displeasure and dissatisfaction since he came out to say " BEKERJALAH DENGAN SAYA , BUKAN UNTUK SAYA". What went wrong ? They really need to review and do a proper post mortem to identify truthfully the cause. It can be so obvious to soem but as how we like to live in denial will be the question.
The results also showed how literally the ruling party went to sleep in the last 4 years. Hearing Tun M's press conference today ; asking Pak Lah to resign is not helping either. The Barisan Nasional is at its weakest at the moment. Unprecedented loss of Shahrizat , Aziz Shamsuddin is a wake up call if he is not already awake. Samy Vellu and Koh Tsu Koon architectured their own downfall ; making unpopular decisions and living in denial. People were not happy. Internal bickering , self sabotage maybe the main factor of why Selangor and Perak were lost . Lost to greediness , self interest and power crazy ; as how it was showed so obviously on the eve of nomination day for Perlis.
By next week , we will know who will lead the unconventional non-partisan government in the numbered states ; and I can imagine the main agenda in their first year will be STATE CLEANSING . I guess this is when we will see Anwar and Ezam's promised boxes to be revealed..
Anak kecil main api,
Terbakar hatinya yang sepi,
Air mata darah bercampur keringat,
Bumi dipijak milik orang.
Nenek moyang kaya raya,
Tergadai seluruh harta benda,
Akibat sengketa sesamalah kita,
Cinta lenyap di arus zaman.
Indahnya bumi kita ini,
Warisan berkurun lamanya,
Hasil mengalir ke tangan yang lain,
Peribumi merintih sendiri.
Kita rumpun bangsa Melayu,
Menganut agama yang suci,
Semangat bangsa berlandaskan Islam,
Teras capai kemerdekaan.
Masa depan sungguh kelam,
Kan lenyap peristiwa semalam,
Tertutuplah hati terkunci mati,
Maruah peribadi dah hilang.
Kini kita cuma tinggal kuasa,
Yang akan menentukan bangsa,
Bersatulah hati, bersama berbakti,
Pulih kembali harga diri.
Kita sudah tiada masa,
Bangunlah dengan gagah perkasa,
Janganlah terlalai teruskan usaha,
Melayu kan gagah di nusantara.
I was on call yesterday - but that did not stop me from fulfilling my rights as a citizen.I woke up fairly early and by 8am I was already in the queue outside my former secondary school. I was quite impressed with the numbers ; quite a few turned up early in the morning to exercise their rights. Unfortunately , I could identify myself as one of the "younger" ones there at that time.
And of course , never could I imagine witnessing the new chapter of Malaysia history X.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Stability ? Change ? Personality ?
A lot of us may take for granted our rights as a voter. We tend to oversimplify thinking how insignificant we are ; that our one vote will not mean anything.Onus the absence from the polling stations on the important day. Our forefathers fought hard for this right and i reckon we should not waste this opportunity. To fulfill one's right is an obligation ; no matter who one support ; be it the ruling Barisan Nasional or the alternative oppositions.
So vote my friends.. Jangan lupa pergi mengundi... Undi anda adalah rahsia... Voice your opinion through the polls ...