Monthly Archives: December 2009

Christmas 2009

On Christmas day of 2009 we gave out Christmas presents to the children of our workers. Here in tropical Sabah, it’s typically warm, and add to the relaxed attitude of the kids, we have the following, the most casual way to receive a Christmas present.

The receiver’s about 8, and at the rate he’s going, he might be needing hydroxycut in the not-so-distant future.

Afterwards it’s going round to see Christmas decorations at shopping malls. Again, I found the best ones are at 1Borneo, but not that I went round all of the malls :-)

Merry Christmas!

When Ben 10 gets pirated

There’s a proliferation of pirated goods presumably from China everywhere, including Sabah. Everybody buys them, including yours truly.

At one time or another we must have bought one of those Ben 10 imitation slippers.

I never bothered to check the logo until very recently:

If ever this reaches the UK, it will surely invite guffaws, and might prompt people to tell you to give your son a testosterone booster shot.

Malaysia’s greatest ever moments in sports

The following is a partial list of Malaysia’s greatest ever sporting moments. Any comments / corrections / additions are very much welcome:

Athletics: Dr M Jegathesan could very well be the greatest track and field athlete Malaysia has ever produced. At the 1966 Asian Games he won 3 gold medals: 100m, 200m and 400m. He is still the only Malaysian to have reached as far as the semifinals at an Olympics sprint event, doing so twice. At the 1968 Mexico Olympics, his time of 20.92 seconds is still the national record, while his 1965 400m hand-timed record of 46.3 seconds is still unbeaten. If there’s an award for the grooviest Malaysian ever, he’d have it handed to him on a platter. Even now he looks relatively youthful, no wrinkle serums needed.

Athletics: Asian Games 1982: Rabuan Pit won a surprise gold in the 100m, defeating favourite Suchart Jaesuraparp of Thailand.

- Lee Chong Wei wins silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the best achievement by a Malaysian at an Olympics, and the nation’s first Olympic medal in 12 years. He repeated the feat at the 2012 London Olympics.
- 1992 Thomas Cup campaign: first winner’s medal in 25 years.
- All-England 2003: unseeded Hafiz Hashim, 20 upset top-seeded defending champion Chen Hong of China to win the men’s singles title, becoming the first Malaysian in 37 years and the first unseeded player in 15 to achieve the feat.
- 2006 Asian Games: Koo Kean Keat – Tan Boon Heong won gold in the men’s doubles, becoming the first Malaysians to do so in 36 years.
- All-England 2007: Koo Kean Keat – Tan Boon Heong, in their first pairing at the championships, upset world champions and top seeds Cai Yun – Fu Haifeng of China in the men doubles’ final, becoming the first Malaysians to win the title in 25 years.
- All-England 2011: Lee Chong Wei defeats the great Lin Dan in a major final for the first and only time, so far.

- 2nd August 2009: Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee became the first Malaysians to win a medal at a World Aquatics Championships, when they won bronze in the women’s synchronized 10 metre platform. They repeated the feat at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. These are the only 2 medals Malaysia had ever won at these championships.
- 9th August 2012: Pandelela Rinong became the first female Malaysian athlete to win a medal at the Olympics, and the first to win an Olympic medal in any sport other than badminton, when she won bronze in the women’s 10 metre platform.

Formula 1: Alex Yoong becomes first Malaysian to become Formula One driver in 2001. Driving for Minardi, he debuted at the Italian Grand Prix. In the first race of the 2002 season, he finished 7th, his best ever result. In total, he competed in 18 Grand Prixes.

Football: Malaysia qualifies for the Olympics in 1972 and 1980. In the 1972 qualification campaign, Malaysia defeated teams like Japan and South Korea along the way, feats which would be unthinkable today. The enduring image of the 1980 campaign would always be that final qualifying match against South Korea, when Khalid Ali passed to Hassan Sani, who then did a one-two with James Wong who scored the winning goal.

Squash: Nicol David becomes the youngest world champion in 2005. She’s also the first Asian woman to be ranked no.1. If squash were an Olympics sport, she could very well be the first Malaysian to be Olympic champion. On 22 December 2012, she became squash world champion for an unprecedented seventh time.

The 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur: the biggest games ever hosted in Malaysia, the first Asian country to host it. Malaysia finished 4th in the medal count.

Rally Driving: Karamjit Singh becomes first Asian to win the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship in 2002, in his first attempt no less.

- 1998 Commonwealth games: silver medal, defeating England, India and Pakistan along the way.
- World Cup 1975: hosts Malaysia finished 4th.

Bowling: Shalin Zulkifli, then Asia No. 1 bowler, won the World Tenpin Masters by defeating World Bowler of the Year Tore Torgerson in 2001.

Wonders of nature in Sandakan, Sabah

On a recent working visit to Sandakan we went to the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and Forest Research Centre (FRC) located near Sepilok (yes, near the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre). Probably most visitors to Sepilok would bypass the first 2 places I mentioned and straight away go see the cute primates, but actually they are well worth the visit, at least to see for themselves the following.

At the RDC:

The Highways of the Forest – these crawling plant are as big as trees!

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Timorese boy’s hairstyle

This Timorese boy who looks no older than 6 is sporting a “trendy” hairstyle, apparently inflicted on him by an older Timorese boy who did it out of boredom. The boy’s father reportedly consented to his offspring being subjected to this experiment with a razor blade:

Will it look good on Indonesian tourism’s promotional bags?

Spotted on the morning of 10th December 2009.

Dangerous tree

The following is a picture of a rather dangerous-looking tree seen next to parking spots for Restoran Tmn Cantek in Lido, Kota Kinabalu. In fact, there’s a row of them there.

I would not recommended this to be planted in places where there are kids running about.

In fact, I think it’s quite a bad idea to plant them near the restaurants – getting out of the car I could’ve bumped into them quite easily.

Probably a good idea for areas where security is a concern, where this can supplement security offered by metal buildings.

Photo taken 22nd September 2009, 9.20am.

Popimasi Music House & Education releases Christmas Album, December 2009

Update 2/2/14: Popimasi was formerly known as Papier Mache.


UPDATE 19th December 2009

Will be launched just before Christmas Eve mass (around 7pm?) at St John’s Church, Tuaran.

I was told that:
- the launch had to be delayed due to delays in the CD printing process in KL.
- 1,000 copies will be prepared.


For its first major project since its launching in July 2009, Popimasi Music House and Education will be releasing a Christmas Album on the second week of December 2009.

Vocalists include local celebrities Raphiel Pinus, Ateng, Kuak (lead vocalist of Popimasi).

Others include Jefferson “Taker”, Ezbon Godomon, Clario Charles, Velario Bingku, Rudolf Japarat, Joan Moo, Jovenea Jim Lajim, Didie Gloria Moo, Roslinah Imran, Emiliana & Petronilansia.

Done for the Tuaran Catholic Church Parish, proceeds from the sale of the album will be donated to the Church.

Price: RM17 only.

The musical concept/arrangement is “classical with orchestra and multi.”


Title: Change Your Heart Christmas Album


1. Silent Night
2. The First Noel
3. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
4. O Holy Night (Classical vs Rock Versions)
5. We Three Kings
6. Hark The Herald Angel Sing
7. Joy To The World
8. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
9. What Child Is This
10. Jingle Bells Rock

A preview