Monthly Archives: August 2012

12th Marian Apparition Candidate Rejected by the Vatican

Warning: If you are easily offended, please stop reading now. Otherwise, keep an open mind. It was not intended to offend anybody. I wrote this “article” back in August 2011. The person mentioned in the article lives within 10km of my village, presumably a Catholic and is known to be rather fond of a drink or twenty. Another person mentioned, Patimah, is apparently her close relative.

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There are 11 Catholic-church approved apparitions around the world. The more famous sites include Fatima, on which the Chapel of Apparitions was built at the place where the sightings were reported. The other is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes (1858).

The only approved apparition in Asia is the apparitions of Our Lady of Akita which was reported in 1973 by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in Yuzawadai, Akita, Japan. She reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary, as well as stigmata and a weeping statue of the Virgin which continued to weep over the next 6 years on 101 occasions. In June 1988, Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), in his capacity as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave definitive judgement on Our Lady of Akita events and messages as reliable and worthy of belief.

Then, a few years ago, there was a possible second approved apparition in Asia and only twelfth appartion worldwide, which happened at the village of Kionsom Lama, in the district of Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia.

Witnesses professing under oath reported an apparition who appeared from darkness at 3am at a certain villager’s house, to whom she introduced herself as Maria Mariana (Mary is commonly known as Maria in Asia). It was reported that she had proclaimed that she walked uphill for several miles before arriving at her intended destination, and blessed were those who were chosen to become her audience. She had then proceeded to fellowship with the household for several hours until daybreak, inform them, in utmost seriousness, of The Fourth Secret of Fatima.

A thorough investigation was done by a 40-member technical team of the Holy See’s Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, assisted by His Grace Tan Sri Datuk Murphy Pakiam, the third metropolitan archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, which were then compiled in a 20-volume document totalling 15,435 pages.

After careful consideration, 5 years later the Holy See gave its verdict: the claim was rejected because it was irrefutably established that the apparition was in fact local female drunkard cum lout [real name withheld] who talked in a male’s voice due to her years of alcohol abuse. She had arrived intoxicated at 3am after walking uphill for several miles to Tamparuli, and stumbled upon the house out of sheer serendipity. The purported Fourth Secret of Fatima was simply her misheard saying in Dusun language, “linopot sogirit di Patimah” where Patimah was a relative of hers. As for all the confusion, it was revealed that the members of the household were, at the material time, in a drunken stupor, thus explaining the fantastic claims.

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If you liked it, you might want to also read about Malaysia’s first Pope.

Sabahan Oppa Gangnam Style (Orang Sabah Style)

Update 7 October 2012

As at the time of writing:
- the youtube video’s been viewed more than 3 million times
- the team received a commendation letter from the Sabah Chief Minister and even enjoyed a 30-minute high tea session with at the CM’s residence

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Updated 4 Sep 2012

The last time I looked, it had 500K views, today I found that it has had more than 1.4 million views. It seems that Orang Sabah Style is now the FOURTH most viewed Oppa Gangnam Style parody youtube video in the whole world (discounting one made in Korea), behind one made in Thailand (2.6 million plus views), one made in the USA, and another one made in Thailand. Among the top 4, only the top video from Thailand and Orang Sabah Style bothered to make their own lyrics – the other two just mimed to the original audio.

Hong Yi, probably the first Sabahan to be a true worldwide internet celebrity has been well and truly upstaged.

What next? Well, Timothy Tiah’s wedding proposal is now at 3 million views, and there’s another apparently Malaysian-made video that has had an incredible 100 million views, but I’ll leave you to work that one out.

As for the original video, as of the time of writing, it has had more than 100 million views, probably the most viewed K-Pop video on youtube. At second is a Girls Generation song at 84 million. And how about Wonder Girls’ Nobody? A mere 50 million. But why is it so popular? The best explanation I have found so far is: the singer plays the global fool yet does a searing social critique, where he lampoons South Korea’s obsession with wealth and material success.

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29 Aug 2012

Normally I don’t really bother following Korean pop (K-pop to me could be translated as Kadazan/Dusun pop), except the odd song or two, although I have to say the sights are rather inviting; but since the Oppa Gangnam Style phenomemon has even invaded local airwaves and seems to be on twitter trends every day, I simply had to check it out.

Well I wasn’t really thrilled by the original, except for PSY’s interesting galloping-horse dance moves which somehow reminded me of Borat’s shuffle, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, the classic 1975 movie.

But then I saw this, a video by Jack’s Stuff Videography Production, a Sabahan outfit headed by Jack Wong.

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Now that was very entertaining indeed – and try playing it side by side with the original, or perhaps even try playing it through a guitar amplifier at Guitar Center?!

They might not have as big a budget as PSY or silky smooth moves like HyunA, but being a Sabahan, the little nuances (paper plane vs big plane, girl with fan labelled Orang Sabah Style, Ampal’s face and Sabah Bruno Mars), Sabah promotion and the Merdeka tie-up all fit very nicely.

How to recover files from memory card with damaged boot sector

Sometimes camera memory cards go bust, and I was asked to recover files from one.

The camera simply said “format error”.

Inserting the card into a computer told me that the card needs to be formatted first before the computer can read it.

It has been drilled into me that one needs to backup, backup and do more backup, with as small a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) as possible. A local tech-savvy doctor using a PC to keep track of his patients’ case told me that he makes not one, not two, but FIVE backups every day.

So what do you do when there’s no backup, and by hook or by crook you need to rescue data?

I heartily recommend TestDisk (with PhotoRec included). Not only is it free (open source), it works. Before that, I tried the free version of Recuva, but it failed to even start, saying it’s “unable to read boot sector”. And Handy Recovery costs a relative bomb, so forget that.

Using PhotoRec, I managed to recover all the files, almost 300 of them, in less than 15 minutes.

Following that, using Windows Vista, I was not even able to reformat the card, but using TestDisk, I did.

Therefore, try this solution before you go for paid and “pro” software.

Cuepacscare medical insurance covers 80% charges only

I joined Cuepacscare many years ago.

In July 2012 my daughter was admitted to a private hospital.

One of the papers that needed signing said that for room rates of RM120 and above, Cuepacscare will only pay for 80% of the total charges, instead of the expected 100%.

However, that private hospital’s lowest rate is RM175 (2 patients to a room)! There are no triple (or more) occupancy rooms here.

Cuepacscare also has 2 more panel hospitals in this state, better check whether they have room rates of less than RM120.

Note:
- the hospital’s admission charge of RM40 was also not covered.

Sabah’s most talented songwriting family

I think surely it’s the Mojilis family. While their best work was in the 1960s and 1970s, I believe members of their family are still active even today. If there’s a Sabahan family so musical that akai mpk49s could be found at their homes, this family must be it.

Here’s a list of their most well-known songs. Yes, I know, there’s much more than this pitiful list – if you are so kind, please help me lengthen it. TIA.

Frederica Mojilis – Mugad Mongomot. Music: Albert Mojilis, lyrics: Wilfred Mojilis.

Frederica Mojilis – Nokoikot Noh Monombuhui.

Rita Mojilis – Poimizo Zou (new version). Music: Albert Mojilis, lyrics: Wilfred Mojilis.

Rita Mojilis – Iziau No Oh Kahansanan & Simpulan Kudi Tinandai.

Fredoline Mojilis & Frederica Mojilis – Noduanan Minakan. Songwriter: Frederica Mojilis.

Aloysius Mojilis – Hangadon Zou Diau

Aloysius Mojilis – Oi Maria

A Malaysian is runner-up at the World Championship of Public Speaking 2012

Another Penangite has done the country proud.

On 18th August 2012, Palaniappa Subramaniam placed second at the Toastmasters International 2012 World Championship of Public Speaking, held in Florida. His topic was “Finding the Right Shoes,” and he intentionally wore different shoes in the final.

A video of the top 3, Subramaniam’s part starts at 0:51

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With more than 30,000 contestants, this is the world’s biggest public speaking tournament, and the winner can rightly claim to be the world’s best public speaker.

The path to the top is long and gruelling – 6 months of elimination process, culminating in the final 9 speakers.

Top & third spot went to two Americans, Ryan Avery & Stuart Pink.

List of previous world champions.

Pandelela Rinong on Question Time, Yahoo! Malaysia, 16th August 2012

Some memorable questions and her answers:

navis: did our CM, Taib ring personally to congratulate you?
Pandelela: no. must be busy i think :( but its ok

Peter: hi pandelela…r u still single?
Pandelela: no and yes,huahuahua

mingxhin: What was going through your mind up on the platform during your last dive?
Pandelela: just said to myself :”1,2,3 jump”!

KL man: Hi Pandalela, u ni single lagi ke? i nak ajak u blind date mlm ni boleh tak?
Pandelela: sorry hari ni saya busy

Guest: can i hve your winning bikini??huhu
Pandelela: i dont have bikini only swimsuit but bayar laa!!! just joking,hehehe

aliek: why when i dive 10m it always my legs dive first?
Pandelela: because u not aiming properly and not learn diving yet

anon: pandelela have u heard about johari pain? any “wisdom words” for him? (:
Pandelela: yes,he very famous,hehe… just be careful next time and think through brain,hahaha

Guest: what do u think Chen Roulin have, that you don’t? That you want to improve in order to be perfect and lead?
Pandelela: she is a full time athlete while im training while studying. she has a very very strict coach while my coach is more gentleman,huhu… keep training hard

Wangdu: will you marry me?
Pandelela: YES IN the SIMS. be my neighbour!!

Haha, perhaps somebody should’ve asked her serious questions like which does she think is the best creatine for athletes.

Full transcript

Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan: head-to-head record

As of 12th August 2013, they have met 31 times, Chong Wei trailing 9-22.

● 2013

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL, 11th August: lost 21-16, 13-21, 17-20 (retired injured). The match lasted a whopping 94 minutes. This was their 8th meeting in a major final. With Lin Dan’s triumph, he’s leading 7-1. General observation of the Championships: I sense China’s dominance in badminton is on the wane, because the championships was played in China, yet none of the finals were all-China affairs, and while China featured in 4 finals, they only won 2, and were in hard-fought matches lasting 3 sets and more than 1 hour.

● 2012

OLYMPICS FINAL, 5th August: lost 21-15, 10-21, 19-21: Chong Wei was leading 18-16 in the final set, and yet still lost. Perhaps the turning point was when he was leading 19-18, misjudged the length of Lin Dan’s shot, thought it was long and left it, in fact it landed in, bringing the score level at 19-19. From then on, the last 2 rallies saw Lin Dan setting up for the killer smash with unbelieveably precise net shots, forcing Chong Wei to lift. Upon his return home, Chong Wei said: “I want to continue playing for 2 more years, then we’ll see. I would like to play in the 2016 Olympic Games if I’m still in good shape.”

ALL-ENGLAND FINAL: lost 19-21, 2-6: injury forced him to retire.

KOREA OPEN: won 12-21, 21-18, 21-14

● 2011

CHINA OPEN: lost 21-19, 12-21, 11-21

HONG KONG OPEN: lost 16-21, 14-21

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL, 14th August: lost 22-20, 14-21, 21-23 in 82 minutes: Chong Wei finally made the Worlds final after trying 6 times, and the closest Malaysia ever got to having a world champion in badminton, for Chong Wei was leading 16-12 and 20-18 in the final set. Chong Wei’s postmatch comment: “I had two chances to end the game but it did not happen for me … Lin Dan took a great gamble at the crucial stage and I was quite unlucky. I gave my all. This is my best and closest match against Lin Dan. It hurts to lose by two points in this manner. I may have lost to him but I showed that nothing much separates us. I made some mistakes today but I will be ready for him the next time.” Chong Wei is only the second Malaysian after Wong Choong Hann to make the singles final at the Worlds.

ALL-ENGLAND, 13th March: won 21-17, 21-17 in 52 minutes. This match is notable because for the first time ever, Chong Wei beat Lin Dan in a major final.

KOREA OPEN: lost 19-21, 21-14, 16-21

● 2010

JAPAN OPEN: won 22-20, 16-21, 21-17

THOMAS CUP SEMIFINALS: lost 17-21, 8-21 in 47 minutes: this was the match where Lin Dan made LCW look like a beginner. To make the defeat worse, it happened in Chong Wei’s very own backyard. Lin Dan toyed with Chong Wei, and at the end he performed the much hated robot dance / break dance after taking off his shirt.

ASIAN GAMES FINAL: lost 13-21, 21-15, 10-21

● 2009

CHINA MASTERS: lost 20-22, 21-15, 7-21

SUDIRMAN CUP: lost 16-21, 16-21

SWISS OPEN: won 21-16, 21-16

ALL-ENGLAND: lost 19-21, 12-21

● 2008

CHINA OPEN: lost 18-21, 9-21

OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL: lost 12-21, 8-21: that match where Chong Wei admitted that he choked.

THOMAS CUP FINALS: won 21-12, 21-4

SWISS OPEN: lost 13-21, 18-21

● 2007

HONG KONG OPEN: lost 21-9, 15-21 ,15-21

JAPAN OPEN: won 21-19, 21-15

CHINA MASTERS: lost 21-15, 21-14 ,21-15

SUDIRMAN CUP: won 21-17 ,21-17

● 2006

HONG KONG OPEN: lost 19-21, 21-8, 16-21

MACAU OPEN: lost 21-18, 18-21, 21-18

TAIWAN OPEN: lost 18-21, 21-12, 21-11

MALAYSIA OPEN: won 21-18, 18-21, 23-21

ALL-ENGLAND: lost 9-15, 15-10, 14-17

● 2005

HONG KONG OPEN: lost 17-15, 15-9, 9-15

MALAYSIA OPEN: won 17-21 ,9-15, 15-9

● 2004

THOMAS CUP QUALIFIERS: lost 15-3, 13-15, 6-15

Malaysia at the 2012 Olympics

Malaysia sent 29 athletes to London 2012. Some of them are very well known, some hardly.

Here are descriptions of how some of them did. You’ll find that for some, there are lengthy descriptions, while for others, none whatsoever. Why? Let’s just say I’d rather surf Howard-Medical.com for medical carts

Lee Chong Wei – badminton’s men singles. As was in the 2008 Olympics, he is Malaysia’s only medalist, also a silver, also against the same opponent, but giving him much tougher opposition this time. It was reportedly the first time Lin Dan ever cried after winning a tournament. You can say Chong Wei’s unfortunate to be playing in the same era as Lin Dan, the greatest badminton player who ever lived.

Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong – badminton’s men doubles. Did better this time, advancing to the semis, as opposed to 2008′s quarterfinal loss to eventual gold medallists Markis Kido & Hendra Setiawan, although it still grates me that they failed to get a medal.

Azizulhasni Awang – track cycling (men’s sprint & keirin). In the men’s sprint, as was in 2008, he advanced as far as the quarterfinals, eventually finishing 8th. In the men’s keirin, he advanced to the final, but found the opposition too tough, and finished last (6th). With 2 cyclists declared joint bronze medal winners, you can say Azizul was 2 places short of a medal. However, this was an improvement on the last Olympics where he finished 7th.

Chan Peng Soon & Goh Liu Ying – badminton’s mixed doubles. Rather disappointingly, they lost all 3 of their preliminary matches.

Pandelela Rinong Pamg – diving. Flagbearer. Women’s individual 10m platform: she made history by being the first Malaysian woman to win an Olympic medal, and the first non-badminton Olympic medal for the country. She placed second in qualifying with 349.00, a hefy 43 points behind China’s Chen Ruolin, the reigning World, World Cup and Olympic champion. She qualified for the final with a slightly better score: 352.50, while Chen already shifted to a higher gear, breaking 400 points. In the final, she started badly, and after the 3rd dive she still placed 10th, until a great 4th dive (81.60) and a good final (76.80) clinched it. She’s 7.3 points behind the silver medallist, while Chen Ruolin as expected was on another level – her worst was 79.20 while all her other dives scored at least 84.80; her total 55.8 points higher than the second placer. Interestingly, the other China diver, Hu Yadan, was all over the place leading up to her final 3 dives, then suddenly turned on the style – her 4th dive scored 89.10, higher than even Chen’s best dive, and her final dive scored 86.40, equalling Chen’s best scores. Goodness knows what could have happened if Hu was more consistent. In the event, she finished ninth. In the synchronised 3m event, she and Cheong Jun Hoong finished 8th out of 8 pairs.

Cheong Jun Hoong – diving. Scored 272.45 in the 3m springboard preliminaries and missed the semis by 2 places. As comparison, the great Wu Minxia scored 387.75 in the preliminaries, and her score actually increased as she progressed, culminating with 414 in the final – the only person to break 400. In the synchronised 3m event, she and Pandelela finished 8th out of 8 pairs.

Ng Yan Yee – diving. With Cheong Jun Hoong, competed in the 3m springboard. She scored worse than Cheong, scoring 257.85 in the preliminaries, and was eliminated.

Heidi Gan – swimming: 10km marathon: finished 16th out of 24 qualifiers, with a time of 2:00:45.0. The gold medal winner clocked 1:57:38.2. From the results, it’s evident that the top 5 finishers had great endurance: their last lap is faster than any of their other laps. In Heidi case, she got progressively slower, her split time in the last lap 2 minutes and a half slower than the top competitors, whereas it was just a few seconds’ difference in the earlier laps.

Nurul Syafiqah Hashim – archery. Finished 60th out of 64th in the women’s individual ranking round. Her score was 599, far behind the leaders with 671. In the 1/32 elimination, she lost 2-6 to Lin Chia-En of Taiwan who placed 5th in the ranking round. What’s interesting to note is that Nurul started brightly, scoring 8-10-10 in her first set, outpointing Lin who scored 8-7-8. But then Lin proved to be the more consistent, scoring only a 7 while the rest were higher. In contrast, Nurul scored a terrible 2 in her first arrow of the 2nd set, then scored two 5s in the 3rd set. Anyway, in the next round, Lin herself was eliminated.

Haziq Kamaruddin – archery: lost in the first round of the men’s individual event.

Cheng Chu Sian – archery: lost in the first round of the men’s individual event, to compatriot Khairul Anual Mohamad.

Khairul Anuar Mohamad – archery: reached the quarterfinals of the men’s recurve individual before losing to Japan’s Takaharu Furukawa 2-6. Furukawa went on to get silver. Earlier, Khairul upset three-time Olympian (never won a medal though) Larry Godfrey of Great Britain 6-5.

Khoo Cai Lin – swimming

Lee Hup Wei – athletics

Leong Mun Yee – diving

Bryan Nickson Lomas, 22 – diving, men’s 10m platform: missed qualifying for the semi-finals by a single place. His 434.95 points was only good enough for 19th spot out of 32. Only the top 18 advance to the semis. The 18th spot was won by US diver David Boudia, with 439.15 points. Indeed, his 3rd dive was the key – a very poor 29.70 which definitely cost him the semis. If he’d scored just 52 in that dive, he would’ve placed ninth! Bryan’s coach Yang Zhuliang commented: “Bryan made mistakes that were uncharacteristic for him and paid the price with poor scores. There were couple of dives where he made mistakes that he should not have. This is due to his inexperience.” Inexperience? This is his third Olympics! In Athens 2004, he participated in the same event, and also missed the cut for the semifinals by a single place. In Beijing 2008, he fared worse, finishing 26th in the preliminaries. He is also Malaysia’s first world junior diving champion, winning the 3m springboard in the 2004 World Junior Championships. In contrast, China’s Qiu Bo, which led the standings in the preliminaries is younger and this was only his first Olympics. He was heads and shoulders above the rest, with 563.70 points – his WORST dives were 86.40, while the others all scored above 90! He and Huang Qiang also finished 8th out of 8 pairs in the synchronised 3m event. And this was just in the preliminaries – the top divers really turn on the style in the final. Huang Qiang – diving. He and Bryan Nickson Lomas finished 8th out of 8 pairs in the synchronised 3m event.

Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy – sailing

Noraseela Mohd Khalid – athletics

Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi – shooting (women’s 10m air rifle). After all the hype, with headlines like “the most pregnant Olympian ever”, she finished 34th out of 56 competitors, and was reported to have gone home on the 31st July, the first Malaysian to do so.

Fatehah Mustapa – cycling (track)

Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman & Amir Mustafa Rusli – cycling (250km road). These guys were a total letdown, failing to even finish their event, reportedy due to tactical mistakes: “taking it too easy in uphill zones.”

Tee Jing Yi – badminton

Traisy Vivien Tukiet – diving: women’s individual 10m platform event: placed 22nd in qualifying, failed to make the semis – only the top 18 counted.

Yeoh Ken Nee – diving. Finished 10th in the 3m individual springboard, with a total of 437.45 points, far behind the gold medal winner who scored 555.90. Yeoh’s best dive scored 79.20, while even the silver medallist’s WORST dive scored 81.00. We are indeed very far behind the very best. Another thing I noticed is that the top 5 divers’ total scores generally increased as they progressed in the competition, with their best scores being in the final. In stark contrast, Yeoh’s scores actually *decreased* as he progressed, his finals score lower than his preliminary and semifinals scores. Still, his best score wouldn’t have placed him higher than ninth. More about Yeoh: he is the first Malaysian to have qualified for an Olympics diving individual final. Aged 29, he had been diving actively for Malaysia since the age of 12. He is Malaysia’s first medallist at a Junior World Championships, SEA Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

Yu Peng Kean, 21 – men’s individual sabre fencing, ranked world no.69 (another report said 37): qualified on merit. He is the first Malaysian to qualify for Olympic fencing in 48 years – the last was Ronnie Theseira at Tokyo 1964. In the first round Yu defeated world no.28 Egyptian Zeid Mannad 15-12, then in the next round was thrashed 1-15 by world no. 5 and eventual gold medallist Aron Szilagyi of Hungary. Yu comemnted: “he is really strong and there was not much I could do as he was a much better fencer.”