Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year !!!

Kung Hee Fatt Choy !!!
I used to wish that to my childhood friend, Neoh Heng Kee and family, way back in the 60's and early 70's.
The Neoh family was the only Chinese family living in our village, Kampung Sungai Terap, in Batu Gajah, Perak. They were one nice family and they mixed around with the kampung folks without any problem whatsoever...
Uncle Neoh had 4 children: Neoh Keat Kee, Neoh Heng Kee (my best friend and classmate from Standard 1 to Form 3 - 1964 to 1972), Neoh Bee Ling and Neoh Bee Sim. I learned the act of self defence, the "Kun Tao" from uncle Neoh when I was a kid. I ate and drink in his house often.
Uncle Neoh ran a small business in producing hand made cigars. He employed some kampung folks to help run his business. I used to help make cigars whenever I had the opportunity to do so... Apart from that, I used to play badminton with Heng Kee and Keat Kee in his house compound.
Each year, on Chinese New Year day, Untie Neoh (Heng Kee's mother) would come over to my house to send cookies and oranges to my family. She would come very early in the morning, as early as 6.30am. Later in the day, my family would pay a visit to the Neoh's family to celebrate Chinese New Year together... This culture was carried on for years until I got married and resided in Kangar, Perlis.
In the year 2000, everything changed... Our house in Kampung Sungai Terap was brought down to make way for development. My parents moved to another place. So did the Neoh family... and I lost contact with them. I heard that Neoh Heng Kee is in Kuala Lumpur doing business, but I never got to contact him...
To Neoh Heng Kee and family:
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR !!!  "Kung Hee Fatt Choy"...

And to all my Chinese friends all over Malaysia, China (esp. Beijing) and the rest of the world...
"Happy Chinese New Year"

Have a nice day....

Sunday, January 30, 2011

LEE CHONG WEI vs LIN DAN - Men's Singles FINAL - LIVE - Korean Open 2011.

Date: 30th January 2010 (Sunday)
Live commentary from Seoul, South Korea.
Lee Chong Wei in yellow, Lin Dan in Red.
Lee Chong Wei first...
1st Set:
0-0 Lin Dan to serve.
0-1 smash by Lin Dan
1-1 drop by Chong Wei
1-2 net play.
1-3 ball pushed out by Chong Wei.
1-4 bad line judgement by Chong Wei
2-4 smash by Chong Wei
3-4 sideline smash by Chong Wei
4-4 double smash by Chong Wei
4-5 smash , just out by Chong Wei
4-6 just out at baseline ..
5-6 body smash by Chong Wei
6-6 pushed out by Lin Dan
6-7 smash by Lin Dan
6-8 trick shot by Lin Dan
7-8 lobbed out by Lin Dan
7-9 error at net by Chong Wei
8-9 sideline smash by Chong Wei
8-10 smash out by Chong Wei
9-10 net error by Lin Dan
9-11 smash by Lin Dan
10-11 half court smash by Chong Wei
10-12 net shot by Lin Dan
11-12 half court smash by Chong Wei.
12-12 cross court smash by Chong wei
13-12 net shot by Chong Wei
13-13 error by Chong Wei
13-14 just out..
14-14 smash out by Lin Dan
15-14 smash by Chong Wei
15-15 pushed out by Chong Wei
15-16 error by Chong Wei
15-17 smash by Lin Dan. Both taking a break..
16-17 sharp drop by Chong Wei
17-17 body smash by Chong Wei
18-17 sideline smash by Chong Wei
18-18 error at net
18-19 misjudged at baseline by Chong Wei
18-20 out by Chong Wei
19-20 drop by Chong Wei
19-21 smash by Lin Dan
1st Set to Lin Dan 21-19 in hard fought game....

2nd Set:
0-0 Lin Dan serve
1-0 smash by Chong Wei
1-1 mistake by Chong Wei
2-1 net smash by Chong Wei
3-1 luck of the net...
4-1 pushed out by Lin Dan
5-1 drive by Chong Wei
5-2 hesitation by Chong Wei
5-3 net mistake by Chong Wei
6-3 good shot by Chong Wei
7-3 another trick shot by Chong Wei
7-4 cross court smash by Lin Dan
8-4 pushed out by Lin Dan
9-4 good shot by Chong Wei
10-4 pushed out by Lin Dan
10-5 smash by Lin Dan
10-6 drive into net by Chong Wei
11-6 drive into net by Lin Dan
11-7 net error by Chong Wei
12-7 out by Lin Dan
12-8 smash out by Chong Wei
12-9 error by Chong Wei
12-10 pushed out by Chong Wei
13-10 smart move by Chong Wei
14-10 smash error by Lin Dan
15-10 smash by Chong Wei
15-11 just out
15-12 net play by Lin Dan
15-13 out at baseline
16-13 good return by Chong Wei..
17-13 good netplay by Chong Wei
17-14 net shot, cross court by Lin Dan
18-14 net play by Chong Wei
19-14 net play again
20-14 pushed out by Lin Dan
21-14 error by Lin Dan
match won by Lee Chong Wei 21-14. 1 game all (1-1)

3rd Set:
0-0 Chong Wei serving
1-0 Net play
1-1 net shot
1-2 cross court smash
2-2 net drive by Chong Wei
3-2 smash by Chong Wei
3-3 smash by Lin Dan
4-3 out by Lin Dan
4-4 pushed out by Chong Wei
5-4 net smash by Chong Wei.
5-5 net drop by Lin Dan
6-5 error by Lin Dan
7-5 half court smash by Chong Wei
7-6 trick shot by Lin Dan
7-7 misjudge at baseline
8-7 out by Lin Dan
9-7 smash out by Lin Dan
9-8 misjudged by Chong Wei at side line
9-9 smash by Lin Dan
10-9 smash at net by Chong Wei
10-10 smash by Lin Dan
10-11 just out by Chong Wei
10-12 just out by Chong Wei
11-12 trick shot by Chong Wei
11-13 smash by Lin Dan
12-13 center court smash by Chong Wei
13-13 another smash by Chong Wei
14-13 net error by Lin Dan
14-14 good show by both players, point won by Lin Dan
14-15 net smash
15-15 body smash by Chong Wei
16-15 side line smash by Chong Wei
16-16 smash by Lin Dan
16-17 smash by Lin Dan
16-18 smash error by Chong Wei
16-19 error by Chong Wei
16-20 error again
16-21 game to Lin Damn !!!

Game won by Lin Damn..... 21-19, 14-21, 21-16...

** 1168 visitors, 343 remained online throughout the match (98 from Khazakstan).
Lee Chong Wei pocketed USD 45,600 as runner-up.

Till then, bye bye from Seoul, Korea...
Have a nice day....

Badminton KOREAN OPEN 2011 FINALS - Live Updates.

Date: 30th January 2010 (Sunday).

Matches will start at 1.00pm Malaysian time (0500 hrs GMT)
The order of play will be as follows:
1.00 pm: Women's Double: Wang/Yu (CHN) vs Tian/Zhao (CHN)
next: Men's Double: Boe/Mogensen (DEN) vs Jung/Lee (KOR)
next: Women's Single: Wang Yihan (CHN) vs Wang Shixian (CHN)
next: Mixed Double: Zhang/Zhao (CHN) vs Tao/Tian (CHN)
last: Men's Single: Lee Chong Wei (MAS) vs Lin Dan (CHN)

Keep in touch, stay tuned .....

Current Results:
1.  Wang/Yu (CHN) defeated Tian/Zhao (CHN): 21-18, 19-21, 21-4.
2.  Jung/Lee (KOR) defeated Boe/Mogensen (DEN): 21-6, 21-13.
3.  Wang Yihan (CHN) defeated Wang Shixian (CHN): 21-14, 21-18.
4.  Zhang/Zhao (CHN) defeated Tao/Tian (CHN): 21-17, 13-21, 21-19.
5.  Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan ..."Live" commentary in my next post.

Have a nice day...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Badminton KOREAN OPEN 2011.. Semi-Finals LIVE Update. LEE CHONG WEI vs Du Pengyu LIVE..

Semi-Finals update:
1.  Tio Jiaming/Qing Tian (CHN) defeated Sung Hyun Ko/Jung Eun Ha (KOR): 21-18, 21-17.
2.  Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS) lost to Jung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae (KOR): 22-20, 9-21, 10-21.
3.  Sung Ji Hyun (KOR) lost to Wang Yihan (CHN): 5-21, 21-18, 18-21.
4.  Lee Chong Wei (MAS) vs Du Pengyu (CHN):
Live commentary:
Lee Chong Wei first, serving:
11-6  Break..
21-10.  First set to Chong Wei.....

2nd Set:
11-8... Break.
Match won by LEE CHONG WEI of Malaysia: 21-10, 21-10.

5.  Wang Shixian (CHN) defeated Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (THA): 21-7, 21-13.
6.  Lin Dan (CHN) defeated Simon Santoso (INA): 23-21, 20-22, 21-15.
7.  Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN) defeated Ko Sung Hyun/Yoo Yeon Seong (KOR): 21-17, 21-19.

Tomorrow's FINAL - line ups:
1.  Men's Single: Lee Chong Wei (MAS) vs Lin Dan (CHN)
2.  Men's Double: Jung Jae Sung/Lee yong Dae (KOR) vs Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN).

Have a nice day.......

Friday, January 28, 2011

Badminton KOREAN OPEN 2011.. Q-Finals LIVE Update.

Quarter-Finals update:
Selected results of the on going Korean Open Super Series 2011:

1.  Lee Chong Wei (MAS) defeated Wang Zhengming (CHN): 21-14, 21-19.
2.  Wang Shixian (CHN) defeated Tina Baun (DEN): 21-15, 12-21, 24-22.
3.  Peter Hoeg Gade (DEN) lost to Simon Santoso (INA) : 17-21, 16-21.
4.  Lin Dan (CHN) defeated Taufik Hidayat (INA): 21-13, 8-21, 21-15.
5.  Kenichi Tago (JPN) lost to Du Pengyu (CHN): 17-21, 11-21.
6.  Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS) defeated Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari/Ong Soon Hock (MAS): 21-17, 12-21, 21-16.

Semi-Final line-up for tomorrow:
Lee Chong Wei (MAS) vs Du Pengyu (CHN)
Lin Dan (CHN) vs Simon Santoso (INA)
Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN) vs Sung Hyun Ko/Yeon Seong Yu (KOR)
Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS) vs Jung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae (KOR)
Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (THA) vs Wang Shixian (CHN)
Sung Ji Hyun (KOR) vs Wang Yihan (CHN)
Cheng Wen Hsing/Chien Yu Chin (TPE) vs Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang (CHN)
Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) vs Du Jing/Pan Pan (CHN)

Matches starts at 12.00pm (0400 hrs GMT)
Have a nice day....

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Prefect's Board Appointment..

This morning, there was a special assembly held in SMK Derma in conjunction with the appointment of the school's prefect board.
Ku Nurasyiqin Ku Amir was appointed the Head Prefect, leading the other 60 school prefects. She was the students' choice and also the school's management unanimous choice for the post, based on her credentials and her ability as a very good leader. Congratulations and good luck to you, Ku Nurasyiqin Ku Amir.
Video of the "Taking of the Oath":

Photos of the event:
The Head Prefect.
 Daeng Dhariry..
Our Foreign student from Germany, Tim Moller...
 Guest of Honour...
The always cheerful Dermarians..

Have a nice day....

KOREAN OPEN 2011 - 2nd Round LIVE Updates..

2nd Round updates:
Selected results of the ongoing Korean Open Super Series 2011:

Peter Gade (DEN) defeated P. Kashyap (IND) : 21-16, 21-13
Kenichi Tago (JPN) defeated Chen Long (CHN): 22-22, 23-21, 21-16.
Taufik Hidayat (INA) defeated Wong Wing Ki (HKG): 19-21, 21-18, 21-17.
Saina Nehwal (IND) lost to Sayaka Sato (JPN):  21-17, 19-21, 21-11.
Lee Chong Wei (MAS) defeated Park Sung Hwan (KOR): 21-14, 21-9.
Khoo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS) defeated Wei Hong/Ye Shen (CHN): 25-23, 11-21, 21-19.
Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari/Ong Soon Hock (MAS) defeated Alvent Chandra/Hendra Gunawan: 21-18, 21-12.
Wong Mew Choo (MAS) lost to Wang Xin (CHN): 16-21, 9-21.

Have a nice day....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Badminton KOREAN OPEN 2011.. 1st Round.

Selected results of the ongoing Korean Open Super Series 2011:
1st Round:

Lee Chong Wei (MAS) defeated Jan O Jorgensen (DEN): 21-9, 18-21, 21-16.
Hafiz Hashim (MAS) lost to Marc Ziewbler (GER): 16-21, 13-21.
Wong Mew Choo (MAS) defeated Liu Xin (CHN): 21-18, 21-15.
Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari/Ong Soon Hock (MAS) defeated Ingo Kindervater/Johannes Schoettler (GER): 21-13, 20-22, 21-18.
Wong Choong Hann (MAS) lost to Chen Jin (CHN): 9-21, 17-21.
Mohd Zakry Latif/Hoon Thien How (MAS) lost to Naoki Kawamae/Shoji Sato (JPN): 16-21, 20-22.
Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS) defeated Gun Woo Cho/Yi Goo Kwon (KOR): 21-11, 21-17.
Have a nice day...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I went through the comments made by Malaysians and others in Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's Blog and Facebook on this similar topic - The Medium of Teaching... And out came this idea:

1.  Everybody is so concerned about having a single medium of teaching. Of course - in Bahasa Melayu... Apart from uniting Malaysians (in fact that's the only way to do so), we speak one common language. Fair enough for a multi-racial country like Malaysia. And...., it's working nicely for years and years...

2.  Everybody is so concerned about the English language - the standard of English among us. The standard of English is bad. Don't deny it... Don't blame the world. We live in a civilisation where English is spoken worldwide. You simply cannot ignore that fact. And..., we need to upgrade our standard of English. We need to learn English as an important subject. Make it a compulsory pass....

3.  The teaching and learning of Science and Maths in English (PPSMI). The idea is simple: killing two birds with one stone. Apart from learning science and maths in English, which is a bonus to our future generation, the standard of the English language will be upgraded automatically... For eight years, this programme have produced a positive result..., until some wise guys cancelled it. It was political. Everybody knew it...

4.  To sum up everything, it's simple...
Let the learning of these subjects in Malay: Bahasa Melayu, History (Sejarah), Geography (Geografi), Islamic Studies/Moral Studies (Pendidikan Islam/Pendidikan Moral), Living Skills (Kemahiran Hidup).
These subjects in English: the English Language, Science (including Physics, Chemistry and Biology), Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, all technical subjects (Technical Drawing, Technical Engineering, ICT and so on...)

5.  This is the best part: All students must take Mandarin and Tamil as a subject. The standard of Mandarin have gone down among the Chinese students themselves. Some don't even want to take the subject in the public exams. So do the Indian students. Not many Indian students take the Tamil subject in the public exams..  So...., we learn the Chinese language and Tamil as a subject in schools. Make it compulsory !!!
Just imagine..... all Malaysians speak Malay, Chinese (Mandarin) and Tamil in 5 years time??
This is interesting.... I like it...

So.., no more fuss on maintaining the SRJKC (Chinese medium) or SRJKT (Tamil medium).
Everybody is happy because every student go to school learning all three languages...., plus English.. Bravo!!!!

Have a nice day....

Monday, January 24, 2011

Le Tour De Langkawi 2011 - Kangar to Butterworth.

Date: 24th January 2011
Venue: Kangar, Perlis.
Phase: Phase 2 - Kangar to Butterworth.

 The Start of the Race...
Kangar play host to the 2nd phase of the "Le Tour De Langkawi" this morning.
Several programmes were arranged. The Aerobic exercises kicked off first at 8.00am. SMK Derma sent 140 students, together with some 800 other school children. Then there was the mountain bikes parade, followed by the Proton cars, the Race Marshals and the Traffic Police.

Have a nice day....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

LEE CHONG WEI vs TAUFIK HIDAYAT - LIVE..... Malaysian Open 2011 - Finals

It's the Finals today. Lee Chong Wei is going for a record 7th Malaysian Open title..
It's versus his best friend, Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia... Both players are on top form.. This will be interesting..
The match will start in 10 minutes' time..
Stay tuned....
6.10pm: The Women's double final in still on at the moment. China vs China.. All the "ahh" and "aah" are on...
I wonder... is that the sound of all Chinese women??? I hope my son can answer that. He is on a "one month Chinese New Year holidays" now...
6.15pm: OMG...!!! the crowd... All waiting for the Grand Finals...  Full House at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.. The noise.. wooohh !!! Fantastic... If only I could upload the "live" pictures now....
6.20pm: The roar .... it's the umpires entering the Stadium !!! hah ha.....
6.21pm: Yes..... it's the players entering the arena. Chong Wei in yellow and Taufik in red.... Thunderous cheers...
6.23pm: Both players are the best of friends... Warming up now...  MISBUN SIDEK is around, in white shirt...
OK.., let's get started..

1st Set: Chong Wei first.... Chong Wei to serve...
1-0 Smash by LCW
1-1 Bad net play by LCW
2-1 Sideline drop by LCW
2-2 smashed out by LCW
3-2 sideline drop again by LCW
3-3 Drive by Taufik
4-3 Long rally won by LCW
4-4 Baseline lob by Taufik
4-5 Baseline again by Taufik.
5-5 Good netplay by LCW
6-5 Smash by LCW..., half court.
7-5 Push out by Taufik
8-5 Out again by Taufik
8-6 Net play by Taufik
9-6 Flick serve - out by taufik
10-6 Net play by LCW
10-7 Cross court smash by Taufik
11-7 Cross court smash by LCW
Break... both players playing very well.....
12-7 Smash by LCW
13-7 Cross court drive by LCW
13-8 Smash by Taufik
14-8 Pushed out by Taufik
15-8 Nice move by LCW. Drived ball to base line
16-8 Taufik under pressure..
17-8 Net play by LCW
18-8 Sharp drop by LCW
19-8 Net play by LCW
20-8 Net play by LCW
21-8 Net play by LCW again...  LCW won first set 21-8
Misbun giving tips to LCW...

2nd Set:
1-0 Smash by LCW
2-0 Pushed out by Taufik
2-1 ball in..
3-1 smash by LCW
3-2 error by LCW
4-2 out at baseline by Taufik
5-2 sharp drop by LCW
6-2 Net error by Taufik
6-3 Mistake by LCW in serve.
6-4 missed that point..
7-4 smash by LCW
8-4 out by Taufik at baseline
9-4 good move by LCW
10-4 flick at net by LCW
11-4 good net play by LCW again
Misbun said "Keep going" - only two words..
12-4 net play
12-5 smash by Taufik
13-5 flick drive by LCW
14-5 pushed out by Taufik
15-5 LCW in control. Taufik looking tired..
16-5 Cross court by LCW
16-6 Half court smash by Taufik
16-7 Wide by LCW
16-8 out by LCW
17-8 pushed out by Taufik
18-8 mistake by Taufik
18-9 mistake by LCW
18-10 wide by LCW
18-11 sideline smash by Taufik
18-12 net play by Taufik
18-13 net play again by Taufik
18-14 smash by Taufik
18-15 net play by Taufik.
18-16 net again by Taufik
18-17 smash by Taufik
19-17 smash and another smash by LCW
20-17 net play by LCW
21-17 Game to Lee Chong Wei....
The two best friends... in and out of court...
Lee Chong Wei finds Misbun first, hugged him... Then ran to Taufik Hidayat...and Taufik hugged him !!! Very good sportsmanship... These two guys are the BEST of friends !!!!
And... they still shake hands in a friendship manner during the interview session immediately after the game.. OOOhh, this is nice.. Taufik said: "I hope to see Chong Wei again in next week Korean Open" and they shook hands again....
The 7th Malaysian Open title by Lee Chong Wei...
Congrates LEE CHONG WEI !!!!! Don't ever forget Misbun Sidek !!!

Have a nice day....

Saturday, January 22, 2011

LEE CHONG WEI vs CHEN LONG - LIVE...... Malaysian Open 2011

Date: 22nd January 2011 
Venue: Bukit Jalil Putra Stadium
Occasion: Malaysian Open Super Series Badminton Tournament. (Semi-Final)

1st Set: Chong Wei first. Chong Wei to serve...
1-0 Net play.
1-1 Net play
2-3 Pushed out by Chong Wei
2-4 Ball in at base line.
3-4 Smash by LCW
4-4 Drop by LCW
5-4 Pushed out by CL
6-4 Smashed by LCW
7-4 Drop by LCW
7-5 Out by LCW
8-5 Pushed out by CL
8-6 Smashed into the net by LCW. Rare mistake.
9-6 Cross court smash by LCW
10-6 Out by CL
11-6 Drop by LCW.
Break - Misbun is around, giving pep-talk...
12-6 Half court smash by LCW
13-6 Flick shot by LCW.
14-6 Drop out by CL
14-7 Out by LCW
15-7 Pushed out by CL
16-7 Smash into net by CL
17-7 LCW in full control..
17-8 Out by LCW
18-8 Drive out by CL
19-8 Out again
20-8 Drop by LCW
20-9 Drop by CL
21-9 Smashed out by CL...
1st Set to Lee Chong Wei 21-9

2nd Set:
2-0 point from serve.
3-0 miss cue by CL
4-0 out by CL
5-0 wide by CL
6-0 net play by LCW
6-1 sideline smash by CL
7-1 half court smash by LCW
9-1 smash by LCW
10-2 cool..
10-3 after a long rally
11-3 smashed by LCW.
Break.. Misbun giving tips again...
11-4 Way out by LCW
12-4 Net by LCW
13-4 Out by CL
14-4 CL being played around by LCW
14-5 Smashed by CL..
15-5 Into the net by CL
15-6 Drive by CL
15-7 Smash by CL
15-8 Drive out by LCW
16-8 Pushed out by CL
17-8 Out by CL
18-8 Sideline smash by LCW
19-8 Out at baseline
20-8 What a play by Lee Chong Wei.... Fuuuhhh!!!
20-9 Smash by CL
21-9 Game to Lee Chong Wei... 21-9, 21-9.

Lee Chong Wei vs Taufik Hidayat in the FINALS tomorrow...
Have a nice day.....


Date: 22nd January 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 8.00am - 3.00pm
Occasion: "Titian Kasih" Programme.

Finally, the sweat and hard work paid off.... The programme ran smoothly without any hiccups..
Everybody was happy. So did the royal couple...
Everything went on as scheduled. Nobody complained...
I managed to snap those beautiful scenes:

We really enjoyed today.... and we didn't realized that we went home at 3.00pm on a Saturday (off day in Malaysia).. Thanks to all your DERMARIANS who helped made this occasion a success....

Have a nice day.....