Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Fantasy Football Week 20

This is my team for Week 20. Two game weekend! GO Latics!

Wayne Rooney
Rooney will play, even if Ruud is rested. You have to fancy him against West Brom and Birmingham.
vs WBA: Had a rare off day, but should make right against Birmingham.

Jason Roberts
Replaces Peter Crouch, Milan Baros and Robin van Persie. Might score in resilient Wigan displays. That I picked the Wigan front two shows how far they've come.
vs MAC: Continued his fine goalscoring form with a brace.

Ahmed Hossam Mido
Spurs have good matchups identical to United's, and Mido is tipped to start and score.
vs BRM: Only Spurs striker not to score. Could make amends against a poor WBA.

Henri Camara
Will he deliver again?
vs MAC: Delivered the winning goal.

Jimmy Bullard
Set-piece taker.
vs MAC: Did OK. But expected more. Has another chance @WHU.

Kevin Nolan
Good lineup and due a goal.
vs @SUN: Rested.

Park Ji Sung
Tough call. But Ronaldo seems to be on the subs bench most of the time, so this could be Park's time. Encouraged by his Carling Cup goalscoring display.
vs WBA: Did well and if more selfish, he'd be a better scorer.

Michael Dawson
Probably a wrong choice considering I had 1.66 units to spend. But Spurs have a good matchup. Lee might've been a better choice.
vs BRM: Was Man of the Match and did well.

Gary Neville
As long as United's newly-found solidarity manifests itself, Captain Muddle will be in my defence.
vs WBA: Provided good penetration on the right and linked up well with Park.

Tal Ben Haim
Replaces Stephane Henchoz and Lee Young Pyo. Bolton have an excellent defensive record at the Reebok. Didn't research the Israeli enough.
vs @SUN: Got the clean sheet but go booked again. Thankfully he's available for MID.

Jose Manuel Reina
He's back!
vs NUF: 12.5 pts but suffered more because of the Magpies' ineptitude.

Projected points: 171.8
Actual points: 92.5

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Composer's Christmas

Make out your Chopin Liszt early before Debussy season, When you have time to check out Verdi good bargains are.
Can still get gifts Faure a good price, not have to Handel large crowds and have time to give Bach things you don't want.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Election Day vs Christmas Day in Singapore

It'll be a blue Christmas for some careless speakers.
All someone wants for Christmas is his election deposit.
Someone will deck the crowds with blasts of dialects.
Some will be dreaming of a white outcome.
Many will sing: Let me vote! Let me vote! Let me vote!
Someone will dash through the polls, laughing all the way.
Some will be naughty and some will be nice.
Some will go tell it at the open field and the faithful will come.
Oh waht fun it is to win in a one-horse open race.

Taken from IS Magazine

Friday, December 23, 2005

Staff Meetings

Ah, yes. My holiday's finally winding down to a close and what a relaxing time it's been! But finally I'll be in school (teaching) mext week, and let's see how it goes.
Have three staff meetings next week alone, and then I go on course for two days, before the real thing starts.
Can't hardly wait.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

I am I.N.N.O.C.E.N.T. by TT Durai

I... am not aware of anything.
N...KF pays me peanuts.
N...KF pays all my expenses.
O...ften take 1st class on SIA.
C...ocky is my middle name.
E...ach $ only 10c go to patients.
N...KF backdates my leave and bonus.
T...ap must be golden.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Men's ALG X'mas Party on 21 Dec

Before:
This should be fun. Guys and gals getting together for some fun, food and festivity. It'll be a good time just to thank God for the year we've had, and basically renew our bonds for the coming year. See you there!

After:
It WAS fun! We've identified whoa re the blur cocks in our ALG and we hoot them like mad. Also we had a great time playing the Polar Bear, 007 and Cock-a-doodle-do! games. Had great fun and laughter. Plus I got a Chronicles of Narnia book! While someone got my shark biting game.

Posting

Hooray! I've been posted to Punggol Primary School on Hougang Ave 8, just one bus ride away from home. I have to report for some co-ordination meetings next week before attending a preparatory course when 2006 comes around. I'm in a pensive mood as I really don't know what to expect, but here goes nothing.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Week 19 Review: Fantasy Football

Well done all!

Week 19 has just passed.

Aaron (1585 pts) consolidates 1st place with the highest Week 19 score of 118 pts, thanks to Henri Camara, Wayne Rooney and Darius Vassell. He sruck back from last week's disappointing shut-out.

The gap is now 38 pts as Gareth (1547 pts) takes 2nd place with 101.5 pts, thanks to Michael Owen, Rooney and Gary Speed.

Chongkiat (1541.5 pts) slips to 3rd place with 96 pts, only 5.5 points behind Gareth, thanks to Joey Barton, Rooney and Vassell.

Syafiq (1202 pts) rises 2 places to 12th with the 2nd-highest Week 19 score of 106.5 pts, thanks to Barton, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jermaine Jenas.

Kenneth (1068 pts) rises 1 place to 16th with the 3rd-highest Week 19 score of 103.5 pts, thanks to Owen and Franck Queudrue.

Eddy (295 pts) does well in 22nd with the 3rd-highest Week 19 score of 103.5 pts, thanks to Owen and Edwin van der Sar.

Jasmine (1310.5 pts) falls 2 places to 8th, just 5 points behind Jeremy (1315.5 pts) with 55.5 pts, no thanks to El Hadji Diouf, Matthew Etherington, Edgar Davids and Anton Ferdinand. She also bought the wrong Kamara (Diomansy) and had Dennis Rommedahl go absent with Reina, who went all the way to Japan to surrender his clean sheet status.

At the other end, nothing too fantastic about Benedict (921 pts) with the worst Week 19 score of 33.5 pts. Marcus Bent, Jose Antonio Reyes and Nigel Reo-Coker decided not to be around when their team lost.

See you next week!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Fantasy Football Week 19

This is my team for Week 19. Liverpool are off to Japan!

Wayne Rooney
Missed out on his 46 points, so definitely keeping him.
A cool 19.5 points.

Collins John
Cheap option against Blackburn.
Decent performance, but could have done better.

Darius Vassell
Will lead the line in Cole's absence.
Good all-round performance and perhaps unlucky not to get among the goals.

Henri Camara
Replaces Paul Scholes. Charlton's form isn't the best, really.
Got lucky. Hat-trick hero for me.

Jimmy Bullard
Considered Trevor Sinclair. Set-piece taker against Charlton.
Might keep this guy for a while, as long as Wigan strut their stuff.

Steed Malbranque
Replaces Darren Ambrose. Home game with Boa Morte and Diop back from suspension.
Ambrose wouldn't have been a much better option, but didn't hear any injury news about Steed.

Matthew Etherington
Do well against Newcastle.
Tried his best, but I got this wrong.

James Collins
Gut feel. Standing in for Gabbidon.
Wrung him for 7.5 points. Probably never gonna use him again.

Gary Neville
United's new skipper will lead by example and get some crosses in.
Not bad, considering I got him for under 7 units.

Lee Young Pyo
Replaces Wes Brown. No idea about this one.
Decent performance.

Jose Manuel Reina
Keeping him for one week.
Hope the cup final defeat won't affect his confidence too much

Projected points: 70.0
Actual points: 118.0

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Football, bloody hell.

What a game! My ball control was rusty, panicky on the ball, afraid of getting muddy, but we won 4-1, and I even scored a goal! My first proper game for six months so I guess it'll take some time to get the composure back, but I think I can do this.
Showered at the rubbish dump before taking a cab home to shower properly and moisturise, but get this: I'm not scratching! I may actually be able to lead a normal life again. Thank God.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Xbox MANIA!

Played Xbox at Teckseng's place for many many hours today, following one-on-one street soccer. FUN!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

STOOPPID

Well, well, well.

The curse of Teckseng comes to haunt me as I accidentally left Wes Brown out of my lineup. So ZERO points for me this week, where potentially I could have got 135 points. At least the Group of Death is more deadly now.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

A Memory

Fleet of foot is life
Here today, gone tomorrow
A memory lingers

Sustained by friendship
It was alive, but has gone
Only you remain

A Tribute to CPL Lim Aik Liang Gary

You were an ambitious and focussed man. In the time I knew you, you knew what you wanted and how to get it.

My deepest yearning is that you found the one Person you really wanted to know, though you did not know you needed to. I desperately hope that between myself, Kevin, Benjamin and Julian or someone else, you would have heard something about Jesus Christ that triggered something in your heart.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I hope when I get to Heaven, you will say to me that in your darkest hour, you remembered Him, and accepted Him.

God bless you, Gary.

(Gary, aged 21, passed away on the evening of 9 December 2005 at Alexandra Hospital, three months before his Operationally Ready Date. He was involved in a motorcycle accident on the Ayer Rajah Expressway, barely two months after he got his license.)

PS: To anyone else reading this, if God is telling you to believe in Him, please do not hesitate any longer. You never know how long you have.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Roland's Restaurant

I ate
USA duck, chilli crab with fried mantou, steamed catfish, xiao bai cai in chicken broth, honey glazed pork ribs, braised eefu noodles, pomelo sago in mango puree at Roland's Restaurant, Marine Parade

Had a fantastic lunch with the Tangs yesterday and I realised I take Roland's Restaurant for granted. Too many times we grumble about having to eat there again, but what do you know! they do have good food and God bless Roland for being such a blessing to us.

Benfica 2-1 United

NOTE: THis is not a rant from a disgruntled United fan. They deserved to lose; what riles me is the manner which Benfica won.

I am insulted that a team of such wusses and pussies should go through at our expense. Surely a team in Ronald Koeman's image could be man enough to stand up to a physical challenge. Indeed, the Dutch defender with the thunderbolt freekick would cringe when he sees his players play-acting and time-wasting.

Beto, Petit and Quim in particular almost persuaded me to fly to Portugal and stick a boot up their candy ass. It was comical, but not particularly funny, if you know what I mean.

In the first instance, Beto was protesting testily about a United foul, when surprise, surprise! he suddenly realised he forgot to play-act and started writhing on the ground, clutching his ankle. Last we heard, his ankle was nowherenear the action. I wish Rooney had snapped then and showed him what a broken ankle was. Beto was brought off on a motorised stretcher to the touchline, whereupon he got up immediately and started berating the referee for not noticing him and bringing him on. I say the ref was right: for such a serious injury, the pansy should have been just left there like a fool.

In the second instance, Petit went to ground in grass-covered idiocy when he noticed the Greek referee walking away waving play on. Chastised, he quickly got up. Really, if UEFA applies the same video evidence ruling to hard but honest tackles, why not lily-livered cheats like them?

The third instance was more of a constant occurence. Every time a foul was called against Quim the goalkeeper, he would need to roll on the theraprutic turf for a good three minutes to recover. Maybe they should call it the Stadium of Blessed Light because of the sacred sod.

Koeman must be embarrassed but when S$45m is at stake, you see the ugly side of sports.

A word on Ronaldo: farm him out to Kettering or something to teach the brat a lesson and matbe break a metatarsal or two. Give me Park anytime. *finger*

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Week 17 Review: Fantasy Football

Well done all!

Week 17 has just passed.

Aaron (1467 pts) consolidates 1st place with the highest Week 17 score of 123.5 pts, thanks to Ruud van Nistelrooy and Steven Gerrard.

The gap is now 159.5 pts as Chongkiat (1307.5 pts) loses ground in 2nd place with 80 pts, no thanks to Joe Cole, Belezoglu Emre and Josemi.

Benedict (1295 pts) strengthens 3rd place with the 3rd-highest Week 17 score of 115 pts, only 12.5 points behind Chongkiat, thanks to van Nistelrooy and Jose Manuel Reina.

Lianbin (1093.5 pts) rises 1 place to 10th with the 2nd-highest Week 17 score of 118.5 pts, thanks to Gerrard and Edwin van der Sar.

Syafiq (966 pts) rises 1 place to 14th with the 3rd-highest Week 17 score of 115 pts, thanks to van Nistelrooy and Reina.

Jasmine (1140 pts) falls 1 place to 6th, just 24 points ahead of Edgar (1116 pts) with 76 pts, no thanks to Robin van Persie and an absent defence of Niclas Jensen, Philip Bardsley and Oliver Tebily.

At the other end, Teckseng (829.5 pts) was Punk'd for the 2nd week running with the worst-ever Week 16 score of 0 pts. He forgot to buy his goalkeeper (again).

See you next week!

Words of Wisdom V

1. Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?
2. Why do banks charge a fee for "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough?
3. Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars but check when you say the paint is wet?
4. If money doesn't grow on trees, why do banks have branches?
5. If we are here to help others, what are others doing here?
6. Why doesn't glue stick to bottles?
7. Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
8. If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
9. Who put an "s" in "lisp"?
10. Are there special parking spaces for "normal" people at the Special Olympics?
11. If the temperature is zero and it'll be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?

Ten Things I Hate About You

Five Snacks I Enjoy
- Bravissimo gelato, durian
- Tung-i instant noodles, cooked by Jasmine
- Mos Burger milkshake, coffee
- Half-boiled eggs
- Bacon & cheese bun, Breadtalk

Five Songs I Know By Heart
- Love Song for a Saviour, Jars of Clay
- Listen to Our Hearts, Geoff Moore & the Distance
- What About Now, The Kry
- National Anthem, Singapore
- I Finally Found Someone, Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams

Five Things I Would Do With A Hundred Million Dollars
- Give some to God, build a church
- Invest to ensure a comfortable monthly income
- Ensure my parents can retire in luxury
- Travel!
- Find a cure for eczema

Five Favorite TV Shows
- Any United match
- Everybody Loves Raymond
- King of Queens
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?
- Becker

Five Bad Habits
- I play Xbox too long at one go
- I procrastinate
- I'm too dependent on mobile phone
- I can never keep things tidy
- I like to win and whine.

Five Biggest Joys
- Sleeping
- Playing pool
- Girlfriend time
- Xbox
- Football! Playing and watching

Two Names You Go By
- Chin Wei (only to Jasmine)
- Aaron

Two Parts of Your Heritage
- Baba
- Hakka

Two Things That Scare You
- Horror films
- Sensation of falling

Two Everyday Essentials
- My creams
- Mobile phone

Five Things You Are Wearing Right Now
- Grey POA t-shirt
- brown DDP berumdas
- blue Giordano boxers
- smile
- umm... smile

Two Favorite Bands or Musical Artists
- All Star United
- DC Talk

Two Things You Want in a Relationship
- Jasmine
- Nothing else

Two Truths
- If the grass is greener on the other side, it just means the cows have crapped on it.
- God is good

Two Physical Things That Appeal
- Nice smile
- Athletic

Four Favorite Hobbies
- Football
- Pool
- Xbox
- Reading

Two Things You Want Really Badly
- A good career
- A good wife

Two Places You Want to Go on Vacation
- London!
- Oz

Two Things You Want to Do Before You Die
- Start a family
- Be healed!

Two Ways You are Stereotypically a Chick/Guy
- I love football
- I love Xbox

Two Things You Normally Wouldn't Admit
- I need attention
- I need help

Two Things You Are Thinking About Now
- Jasmine
- I'm thirsty

Two Stores You Shop At
- Domanchi
- Topman

Two People You Would Like to See Take This Test
- Jasmine
- You in the back. Yes, stop sleeping in class.

Benfica vs Manchester United

THis is the big one, people. 15 million Sterling riding on this game, where United need to win to ensure their qualification.

The good news is United are finally showing some good passing and finishing, although they will need to be at their best to put their shaky European form behind them and beat Benfica at home.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Fantasy Football Week 17

This is my team for Week 17. Rooting for Spurs and United this week!

Ruud van Nistelrooy
Considered Rooney. Really fancy him against Pompey. Rooney is a little too ex and commonplace.
Top scorer this week!

Hossam Ahmed Mido
Cheap option against Sunderland.
Delivers!

Pater Crouch
Will he finally break his duck?
GGGGGGGGOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!

Steed Malbranque
Considered Paul Scholes. Partner-in-crime Luis Boa Morte is back. Chances should be available against WBA.
Aiyah, why never show faith in United...

Jermaine Jenas
Considered David Thompson. Should have a good chance of a decent week. Good holding stats.
Recouped outlay.

Steven Gerrard
He should dominate games like these against Wigan at home.
Yes! The dominatrix strikes!

Park Ji Sung
Risky one. Did well against West Ham. Hope he's ahead of Fletcher, Ronaldo and Giggs in the queue.
Deserves a better score for his endeavour.

Lee Young Pyo
Always a solid performer, maybe can turn on the style against the Weary-siders.
Expected more.

Gary Neville
United's new skipper will lead by example and get some crosses in for RVN.
What happened?

Michael Dawson
Considered Phil Neville and Jamie Clapham. Must get clean sheet.
Expected more.

Jose Manuel Reina
Let's see if Liverpool can deliver at both ends.
Delivered again.

Projected points: 80.9
Actual points: 123.5

My Best Friend's Wedding

No, No, I'm not gonna steal her husband away! One of my closest friends, Amy, just got hitched today. Was it only six years ago that I met her for the first time in the combined youth camp as a fresh-faced 16-year-old? How time flies.
She's been there for me in difficult periods, and suddenly she's married! Steven is a really nice and God-fearing man, and he couldn't have found a better wife.
I'm really so happy for her. Thanks for everything, Ah Jie. =]

Friday, December 02, 2005

Week 16 Review: Fantasy Football

Well done all!

Week 16 has just passed.

Aaron (1343.5 pts) hangs on to 1st place with 99.5 pts, thanks to Liverpool duo Jose Manuel Reina and Steven Gerrard.

The gap is now 116 pts as Chongkiat (1227.5 pts) consolidates 2nd place with the 3rd-highest Week 16 score of 127 pts, thanks to Reina, Gerrard and Wayne Rooney.

Benedict (1180 pts) clings on to 3rd place with 92 pts, 1.5 points ahead of Gareth.

Lianbin (975 pts) rises 2 places to 11th with the highest Week 16 score of 142 pts, thanks to Gerrard, Rooney and Brian McBride.

Jasmine (1061 pts) rises 2 places to 5th, just 6 points ahead of Clarence (1055 pts) with the 2nd-highest Week 16 score of 129.5 pts, thanks to Reina, Rooney and Robin van Persie.

At the other end, Teckseng (829.5 pts) was well and truly Punk'd with the worst-ever Week 16 score of 0 pts. He forgot to buy his goalkeeper.

See you next week!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Fantasy Football Week 16

This is my team for Week 16. Liverpool and Sunderland are supposed to have two matches this week!

Didier Drogba
Really fancy him against Pompey.
No show.

Fernando Morientes
Two games to score. Will be confident after breaking his Premiership duck.
Unbelievable. 0 points despite playing twice.

Anthony Le Tallec
I doubt he'll play against Liverpool, but I'm just buying him for the Sunderland game. Bargain basement.
Sufficient points.

Henri Camara
Will continue good form against Spurs.
Below-par performance.

Dean Whitehead
Should have a good chance of a high-scoring week.
Decent haul for small outlay.

Steven Gerrard
Expect him to take games against Man City and Sunderland by the scruff of the neck.
Saved my skin.

Belezoglu Emre
Third week running against a hapless Everton.
No imagination.

Niclas Jensen
Always a solid performer, maybe Fulham can get it right at home to Bolton.
No show. No idea why.

Gary Neville
Gut feel. This is based on the premise that he will play, and that United keep out the Hammers. Both are highly plausible.
Unlucky not to get assist for Rooney.

Justin Hoyte
It was between him and Gary Breen. Bargain basement.
Decent haul.

Jose Manuel Reina
Same story.
Dream performance.

Projected points: 87.8
Actual points: 99.5