The better team won today

'If the opposition team is as incisive as that, there's nothing you can do.' said Pakerman.

Thanks Pakerman for giving credit where it's due and for accepting defeat gracefully. I also think it's about time you pack your bags and let someone else coach Arg.

Hi-Def Wallpaper

I love these Hi-Def Wallpapers.My fav is aquapearsgreen... 2 reasons...I love the colour and since my laptop is not a Mac..a pear suits me fine.Hi!Hi!

SORE LOSER!!!

"It wasn't a great game, because Argentina doesn't play a great game. It plays an ugly game waiting for its opponent to make a mistake," Brazil Coach Rene Weber said after losing to Argentina in the World Youth Cup semi final.

Catholic Online - Compendium of Catechism

Catholic Online - Cathcom - Pope Presents Compendium of Catechism

Folks, soon we will all be able to read the Compendium of Cathechism which was prepared by our Pope Benedict two years ago, when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger under Pope JPII. I'm sure that this will be a treasure for us all. The Italian version will be made available today in Rome and soon it will be translated to 60 languages for the benefit of all. When it comes out, spend some money buy yourself a copy. The compendium will cover a summary of the cathechism (please note that this is NOT a new cathechism) which is written in a question & answer so that all can take advantage of its direct and simple approach to Catholic doctrines.

It will also contain some traditional biblical teachings but it also address the more contemporary issues of 'the nature of marriage', 'protection of embryos' etc.

It also includes an appendix with common prayers (get this) in Latin, "..an attempt to encourage its use as a kind of common religious language that all can share."

Some excerpts are taken from the Star

Tamil Serials (God save us!)

This Indian dude BJ(what a name!) highlights this addiction among the Indian community.Quite accurate and rather hilarious.

REALISTIC PAPER CRAFTS

Can't believe this is paper.Download and print either the bikes or rare animals in pdf format and have a blast.Origami ..the next level.Click header for instructions.

Ledang2: The Return


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Come August 19th 2005, the legendary Gunung Ledang will be revisited, from Sagil side up. We go up and come down the next day, and we have Sunday to recuperate!

Anyone interested in conquering the summit? Datuk S. Mathavan has expressed his interest already. How about the legendary hiker and champion of the woods, Arul. Hope you'll be back already. Chef Arnold will be going along so food shouldnt be a concern. It'll be fun. The girls are invited too. There are enough facilities, and moreover it's just a day.

Heard that the trek it is relatively easier, and we will be having a guide. So chances of getting lost are minimal. We trek half way and pitch tent, then we trek the balance with lesser luggage... to the peak. What do you say guys? Just an overnight in our lives to reach a pinnacle cherished for a lifetime.

New Waja...guzzler!

New Waja gulps fuel, Eon and Proton say all okay - Malaysiakini: "“This, to any ordinary person, would indicate that Madhavan’s Waja was gulping more petrol than other normal Waja vehicles,” Rames told malaysiakini."


A Clasico Final In Prospect

Will the Samba or Tango win in the end?One thing for sure, we have an all latin affair with 2 of the best footballing nations in the world....
Should be a mouth watering finale.I had to "kencing" our Datuk Suresh over the weekend when I promised to watch the Ger vs Bra with him, "maklumlah,jaga anak" a little tired.Though,we manage to sip some teh-tarik on Sat afternoon while musing over topics such as how Sothi suddenly is the hero for all Indians...perfect move macha!Another topic:why Indians just love gold...because my sister placed a thick gold chain over my 1 week old son's neck.Truth is, that's the first and last time he'll ever wear it....unless my sister demands it la.
Anyway.... apa macam, any bets between the Arg & Bra??Why not make it more interesting?Any suggestions?
Here's one for starters...
If Brazil lose, SM would have to do the "washing machine" ala Shakira in his purple undie.

Check this out!

Something very interesting to share with you guys: http://members.shaw.ca/yofrizb/

Batman Begins bagus!

Batman Begins

We went to catch Batman Begins last night and I must tell you that this is the best Batman movie yet. It was true to its comics genre of its literally 'dark' knight yet very different from its more 'comical' predecessors.

Batman Begins directed by Christopher Nolan and starred the uprising Christian Bale was absolutely amazing. Batman, as opposed to Spiderman was never meant to be an 'entertaining' superhero. Batman, as portrayed by Bale was more of a 'frightening' hero than a 'super' hero enjoying its powers over the bad guys as featured by Kilmer, Clooney et al. The 'Memento' director did justice to the 'Batman' series by making Gotham truly gothic. The sound effects and the build up of the story line made the movie more like a horror flick than a superhero film, and it's exactly what a rebirth of the 'Batman' motion picture requires.

The storyline was quite believable, going back to its origins where Bruce Wayne completed his training with the Shadow Ninja's led by Ra's Al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) which explained Batman's almost 'super' human ability to dissapear and appear at will. With the likes of Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson and not to mention the great Morgan Freeman as the cast, we can expect some really awesome performance to punctuate its story line. Nevertheless, not even these great actors can overshadow the acting ability of Christian Bale in Batman Begins, dare I say, not even the 'out standing' (you will know what I mean, when you see the show) Rachel Dawes, Tom Cruise's new love interest.

Overall, I think 'Batman Begins' is a must-watch for every Batman fan, even if you are not a fan, the movie will leave a lingering 'gothic' hindsight of Batman's belieavable ability as a comic super hero which might just change your perceptions of 'the rich guy in a bat suit whose only power is using cool gadgets to fight bad guys' - and who knows, that might turn just turn you to the 'dark' side, ahem, be a Batman fan, I mean.

Go watch and tell us about it.

Parliament Sitcom

S.Sothinathan suspended 3 months for criticism on M'sia government.Click header, read the fiasco that took place for yourselves.Via Screenshots.
Have been really busy at work and will post my thoughts on parenthood sometime later.
I enjoyed reading Ell's post,and quoting Terence ...all our friends are godparents to our kids in one way or another....this friendship that we share is very special.

The greatest miracle...

The arrival of a baby, and the advent of parenthood.
I've witnessed them both in the lives of some of my dearest friends. The anxiety, anticipation... the sacrifice and the occasional stern-faced look (Terence is quite a pro by now). I guess nothing, no book, no sound advice... or even the most accurate of theories could have prepared you for the miracle of parenthood. And this little magic, I do feel whenever i carry Daniel boy and little Marissa (trust me it gets a lil' addictive after sometime, just ask Unca' Chris). Even the, cadet-trained, banker-serious Suresh goes soft in the midst of the little ones. Gwen and Daphne, we honour the sacrifices you make as mothers, from the pains of birth to the daily needs of your babies... including the big babies - Terence and Arul. True to what Arul said the other day - no greater love has a woman, than to risk her life in bringing another into this world. And Terence and Arul, the modern-day fathers - custodians and shepherds of the little flock, what a blessing it is to be fathers! To see the love that you share with your wives embodied in your children. As i saw lil' Lukey over the weekend, i knew immediately that another miracle had taken place in our midst. And there is only one thing that i know for sure, that the joy of parenthood is not yours alone. It is ours to share.... i bet you can see it - for all of us, Chris and Cath, Jake and Jessi, Suresh and Ell (not to be mistaken for gay partners) and all friends and family. I guess till we have children of our own and even after we do, we will always tumpang our love in your little ones. God bless, Daniel, Marissa and Luke, their loving parents, all our other friends who have become parents (including the suspect Suresh) and those who will be soon, we hope and pray... eh? C&C

love,
ell

The fine line between 'KIASU'ism and 'YAU KUI'ism

Two foreigners nabbed over advance fee fraud

At some point in time, some or most of you who has received an email from some loaded fella in an African nations containing a proposal to launder money to your account where you will stand to gain a huge amount of profit. As we may or may not know, it is a FRAUD SCAM! Commonly known to the internet community as the 'Nigerian 419 Scam' or the 'Advance Fee Fraud'.

Please read this link for information on how the scam works http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/

Ignorance is Bliss! Don't be a 'yau kui'! Toil the soil to earn your money; any 'get rich quick' scheme has its repercussions. Be extra careful out there, folks...

Luke Ruben Irudayam


Our own bundle of Joy.Will blog later as for now my utmost priority is to take care of my other Baby...my wife whom I adore.It's not that I want to "mengada-gada" but truly, every husband who sees his wife literally "lay down her life for another life" will agree when I say that no other act is greater.
I will share more later on this wonderful experience on my Photoblog(Firefox friendly...will look funny on IE)
We thank everyone for your visits,wishes,gifts,bouquets and most importantly your prayers and friendship.

Ah...Sudah sampai...sudah sampai...

Well…that’s how I heard it… He said 7.32pm when I asked pukul berapa? In the midst of Arul’s exhausted voice, I felt the sense of joy, pride and relieve. Finally the magic of your love has arrived :) Another new miracle has taken place!

Congratulations to the newly crowned Papa and Mama! Am really happy and proud for the both of you, the Sim & the Irudayams. Be assured our prayers are with you both.

Jessi n Jake

PS: Arul, don’t worry 'bout Luke’s head. I think his head gonna be stronger and he’s gonna take over dad in doing the “headspin” when he grows up.
PSS:Now..now… is it 0732 or 0735.. Need to tikam lah????

M..M..My son... Luke... is out!

That's how I heard it when it was announced by the newly crowned 'fashzer'. I can almost hear the sweat on Arul's brow splashing on the floor.

Congratulations to the proud father and mother of young Luke!

We are so happy and delighted for you both!

Chris 'n' Cath

PS: Uncle Francis, congratulations on your 'datuk'ship! :D
PPS: Fabian, don't be too quick to bring out the 'bokken' just yet for your nephew. At least wait until young Luke can say 'Aikido'.

Baby Luke Arrives

At 0735hrs today, we welcome little Luke into the World....just when we taught Luke was going to take a little longer, the FORCE (as we know as GOD) had chosen June 16 to breathe air into those little lungs of his. Arul and Daphne-Congratulations and trust me when I say that your bundle of joy has arrived into your lives!! Our prayers are with you.

'Why Jury found Jackson not guilty'

1984...It was Childrens Day in SFI primary and I can still remember the performance that had everyone on their feet..including the teachers.Jake lip synched to Beat It and Luke's father was doing the breakdance....well until Mr Wong the science teacher told me in a stern voice"No breakdancing"!
Late 80's going to the theater to catch Moonwalker with Jake,Chris and our other friends back in the days.We saw it like 3x and countless other times on video.We learned his moves so well that we had some female fans... just by copying Michael Jackson.Wannabes...tak malu!!
The man is a genius and in my opinion, the best entertainer I have witnessed to date.Usher is copying this guy man!!
I don't judge him and neither do I know the truth but can't help but wonder how sad that man would be if he's actually innnocent.Just think about it! Click header!

Pix Of Daniel & Marissa

Hi Guys, Just posted some latest pix of our kids on the web. Godparents checkout your Godchildren!




http://spaces.msn.com/members/terence-gwen/

Led Snooppelin

Download MP3 remix of Snoop's "Drop it like it's hot" mashed up with some Led Zepellin rock.There were other interesting remixes via PartyBen but this was the best for me.
On other news, am delighted to be finally back in Malacca with my wife .Hopefuly Lil Luke will decide to come out now that his dad is back...well, technically the due date is 14th June so it's still alright.
Will keep you guys posted if there's any news,do keep us in your prayers.
Terence's last posting entitled 3-1 needed no content..it will be forever etched in our minds and written in history.When we mention 3-1...all Brazil supporters will remember their darkest hour....more like first 45mins lah cause Argentina was doing the Tango all over them.

How Could You? - a dog's story

When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you  laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend.  Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How  could you?" -- but then you'd relent and roll me over for a belly rub.

 My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more  perfect.

We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs" you
said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love.

She, now your wife, is not a "dog person" -- still I welcomed her  into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was  happy because you were happy.

Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a prisoner of love."

As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch -- because your touch was now so infrequent -- and I would've defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway.

There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me.

These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the  subject. I had gone from being "your dog" to "just a dog," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.

Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal  shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home  for her." They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with "papers."

You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed, "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my dog!" And I  worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about  friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life.

You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to  meet and now I have one, too. After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked "How could you?"

They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy  schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago.

At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind -- that this was all a bad dream ... or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me.

When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited. I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room.

She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but  there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of  days.

As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she  bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood. She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago.

She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the  sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How could you?"  Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said "I'm so sorry."

She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself --a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place.

And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my "How could you?" was not directed at her. It was directed at you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of you. I will think of you and wait for you forever. May everyone in your life  continue to show you so much loyalty.

Greetings from the Polished Pearl of the Orient

Have been really busy all week, as I am in Penang on some work assignment and finally had a chance to check my mails and the blog.I was expecting some new posts and all , but looks like everyone has been busy as well.
Anyway, will be here for another week and it has been rather nice catching up with Jake over supper, enjoying the delicious Penang food.Talking about food, My favourite food in Penang is the Penang Char Kway Teow.. which is da bomb!
The tough part about my new job which I hate is the fact that I have to leave my wife and travel from time to time , and the most depressing thing would be that I have to go for training in Japan for almost 2 months in early July...probably right after the birth of my son.Just thinking about it makes me "lemah" man.Anyway, let's skip the doom and gloom of trying to earn a living and come back to the topic of Penang..the Pearl of the Orient.Do you guys remember the time when the Penang CM actually started th cleanliness campaign called "Polish the Pearl"? Obviously he did not know the term "Polish the Pearl"!!! Anyone?
Looks like probably the plan for the weekend would be to go for Mass, catch Revenge of the Sith and visit the legendary MJ of Pulau Pinang and his family and eat,eat,eat, ...with my partner in crime.. Mr Jacob Das!