Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Longing For Clear Blue Skies

The haze is still blanketing the country and it's been a long while since I've seen the blue skies. We're a country that's full of sunshine but lately the sun is having loads of trouble peeking through the haze. It's a yearly 'gift' from our neighbours who seem to think that we should thank them for the 11 months of good, clean air they apparently give us. It's so laughable I could cry.

Not only is the haze a health hazard, but it's disrupted my entire plan to get back to running after a two month injury layoff. The running has been sporadic at best, sneaking whatever mileage I can when the skies clear up for a little bit. A lot of races has been affected by the haze with lots of postponement or cancellations seen much to chagrin of disgruntled runners.

I guess the best thing to do now is to sit home and work on those bass strings tuning.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Happy 58th, Malaysia!

Talk about the Bersih 4 rally has been going for quite a while now. I don't need to elaborate much about the entire premise of the Bersih 4 rally as almost everyone is aware of it. In fact, I think pretty much the entire world knows about it, what with the way the authorities have been acting on the international stage. So when the announcement for all Malaysians to band together and march for our future against the corrupt, I was all for it.

We've been taken for a ride by the corrupt ruling regime for way too long. They've practically bled us dry for their own purposes and take us for fools. They make it sound like we should be grateful to them when all they've really done is steal from us and run this beautiful country into the ground. This is the only country that I have and I wasn't going to let crooks ruin it any longer.

I missed the first 2 rallies but went for the Bersih 3 rally way back in 2012. The Bersih 4 rally was deemed illegal at the last hours which was entirely expected. The home ministry even deemed all yellow tees and the words Bersih 4 illegal and threatened the rally goes with arrest. I wouldn't even begin to describe how stupid they can be for making a color illegal.

The wife, though a little worried for my safety gave me her blessings to go ahead and show my support along with thousands of fellow Malaysians. She wanted to come along but I told her I needed her safe at home to get me out of jail if things went south. She agreed and would also monitor the situation from home and keep me updated as much as possible.

Together with Jamie, I headed towards Dataran Merdeka as early as 11.00am. The planned rally start was 2.00pm but we were expecting resistance from the cops and an early start would give us time to take alternative options to reach the rally venue if we're stopped by the authorities.

We parked outside of the city centre and took a walk to the rally meet up point. We were both surprised by the lack of police personnel. This time around the cops were in small batches at junctions and were actually helping the participants with traffic control.

While it was a good sign we were both just afraid that they were leading us into a 'slaughter'. But we kept going and soon made our way towards the meet point. We met up to pick up our 'banned' Bersih 4 tee and joined thousands of fellow Malaysians ready to march demanding for justice and the resignation of the most incompetent prime minister (dare I say corrupt?) we've ever had.

Anyways to cut a long story short, there I was standing with my fellow Malaysians of all races all with the same objective of saving this beautiful country from downfall. There is always hope but if we just keep quiet and expect others to do things for us, we will not go far. We have to stand united as one voice and fight for what we believe in and as one, we shall overcome the corrupt and bring some justice to this country.

Selamat Hari Merdeka, Malaysia!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Childhood Memories

If you're as old as me, you'd probably remember this tube like drink from your schooldays. The mobile snack vendor would be waiting outside your school as you finish to poison you with this basically sweet and unhealthy drink snack.

Recently though, the wife and me have started putting this stuff in the freezer and freezing the thing into cheap ice lollies that taste divine after an exceptionally long and thirst quenching run. The sugar rush you get from it more than makes up for what was lost during the run and the cold, mind numbing sensation you get from it is enough to make you wish they came in xtra large sizes!

Damn, I feel like having one right now!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekend Crazies ...

The weekend is almost upon us and I simply live for weekends. While most people would relish sleeping in on weekends, me on the other hand wake up at an ungodly hour of 4am to get ready my weekend marathon training session with my running group.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is drawing nearer and the training plan has moved past its halfway mark which leaves no time for slacking off if I want to achieve some semblance of a good race in Australia. There are days when I question my sanity at having to wake up so damn early on the weekends. But there is no easy way out for anything in life.

So, I'd better look into that DiMarzio pick ups quickly tonight when I get home and then call it an early night. The bright side is I can still squeeze in an afternoon nap once all the running and house chores are done!

Thursday, December 25, 2014