SEARCH LIVE in Singapore with XPDC

Watched SEARCH & XPDC LIVE in Singapore 2012. Was skeptical about watching SEARCH. I had watched them twice with disappointment in 2010 for the Double Trouble tour in Mount Kiara and Larkin. Amy’s singing was way below his normal high standards. Kidd was worse off with the guitar, I did not enjoy both performances in 2010 at all. So, I skipped the Fenomena 30 series tour in 2011 entirely.2012 Singapore Indoor Stadium cost us SGD$85 each. In Malaysia it would have cost RM100 maximum..

How was the concert? Not too bad, but not good either. Should not have paid more than SGD50 for it. I took some pictures with the crappy iPhone, did not bother to bring my LX3 or NX100 cam.


My sincere rockerz comment, “Aku boleh naik gi Malaysia naik bas turun bas, jalan kaki batu2 pasal nak pegi tengok SEARCH kat Stadium Larkin and Bukit Kiara Equesterian Club (tempat kuda tu). Tapi semalam, kat home ground, Singapore, mak ai…mood & feel langsung takde.”

Aus-tralia Day

Realized today is Australia Day, I used to be enchanted by Australia, till the day I went to Melbourne in 2010, got abused on the public train, got bumped off Lt Bourke Street twice and heard a few racist remark made by the tour guide. There were some nice people along the way, but generally I’ve had enough of Australia and not keen at all to return for studies, work or holiday if possible.

Anyway, I was just wondering, how on Earth did they have the cheek, celebrating Independence Day or National Day of their own, when they actually stole the whole land stock barrel kangaroo koalas from the Aborigines without going to war legally or gaining independence.

So…what was Australia Day for? Surprise, surprise it was actually the celebration of the day the first fleet arrived in Port Jackson, Sydney Australia in 1788. They then went on killing 20 million Aborigines to make Australia white. It took those whites till like 2007 to acknowledge the Aborigines and dedicate them with a bridge.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day

I’ve got no issues with the history in 1788, but what disturbed me most was the attitude the current Australians are still having. The worst was coming from a tour guide, and there were a few Asians in the group.


As the mini-bus made its way past the Harbourtown on its way to the 12 Apostle, the tour guide made a remark.


“Guys, we are now reaching the western part of Melbourne City, as you can see this is the industrialization area, so crime rate is pretty high here due to the presence of immigrants and non-whites. Compare this to the main city, where crime rate is low and lower likelihood of getting robbed by these immigrant society.”


If this was mentioned at the end of the trip I’d have kicked up a big fuss. So does he think he is a native? The original Australian? I guessed, he must have thought he was, with ancestors that went all the way back to England and are most likely the descendants of criminals being expelled to Australia. Bloody racist Asstralian.

which bicycle?


I needed a bicycle with the following qualities.

– hard tail for some light trail and “tiny” jumps
– full size 26″
– below S$1500
– foldable (to roll under office desk)

The last feature, ability to fold, had narrowed the search down to a Dahon and a few from Montague.



Montague Paratrooper S$1499

Front disc brake.




Montague X50 S$850
























Diginexx is the authorised distributor for Montague in Singapore. The markup for the Paratrooper is extremely high.

In US Amazon,
X50             – US$599 ~ SGD$760
Paratrooper – US$799 ~ SGD$1015

How could a US$200 ~ SGD$300 max, turn into a SGD$700 difference?

If I forego the MTB part, there is another 2 new bikes I saw at mybikeshop that I can consider. The C21 and P21 from Tern Joe series. Both full size, below $1500 but no suspension. The N-folding mechanism is also much sleek, without the need to remove any 

parts or wheels.
It folds faster and I can actually push the folded bike around one hand.

tern Joe P24

tern Joe C24


Singapore Super League

Indian Football set to have new league Feb25 – Apr8 with 6 teams. news here

30players & 6coaches auctioned, incl Marquee players.


Each team $2.5million, max 4 foreigners, min 6 U21 Indian players.



So, S-League, rather than dish out “Conference League standard” with 12 teams in tiny SG,



which we supporters cannot endure to watch…it’s too slow and too long..

probably a 2-3 months competition with marquee players and lesser teams,


most of us here will probably attend our 1st exciting S-League game.


Oh, and let’s call it Singapore Super League, SSL.

On another note, news about the new deputy CEO for S-League has appear.

The papers wrote a report that he was a bankrupt in France, unfit to run any businesses,


and yet now, he is now holding a very important post in Singapore’s football. Pathetic!


Still thinking white men superior is probably “near normal” in Singapore businesses….


but any white man will do? FAS?




TNP

“NEWLY-APPOINTED S-League deputy CEO Johan Gouttefangeas is a bankrupt in France.
He has also been banned from doing business there for five years.
Contacted by The New Paper yesterday, Gouttefangeas explained that the bankruptcy came about due to failed businesses in France”


TODAYonline


“….The FAS appointed Gouttefangeas to the position of CEO of the S-League on Jan 6. Unhappy over his appointment, his former club, Etoile FC, announced they were pulling out of the 2012 season on Monday to leave the competition with 13 teams this year.

Gouttefangeas had left Etoile FC S$100,000 in the red when he abruptly quit the club as chairman on June 24 last year and it was one of the main reasons why the 2010 S-League champions withdrew.

Gouttefangeas avoided speaking to Today at a luncheon attended by FAS officials as well as S-League club chairmen at the Amara Hotel yesterday. Today understands club chairmen were instructed not to address the issue to the media.

But, speaking on condition of anonymity, one club official said: “The FAS just did not do their due diligence before hiring him. This has made a laughing stock of Singapore football.”

Another club official felt there was no other option but for the FAS to relieve Gouttefangeas of his duties.”

Lions XII vs KLFA

Manage to watch the Lions XII game last night at Jalan Besar Stadium. Went with L and her her cousins. Their nephew was playing for the KL team. So, there we were sitting among Singapore fans and cheering for every KL’s moves.

 

The penalty taken, look closely at Izwan’s MJ pose.

2-1 it was.

A typical injured Lions XII player and an ever present munching fans. Sometimes I wonder if they are watching movies or at a football match.

 

 

 

 

 

Revive support for S-League

Watching the LionsXII playing in Alor Star, Kedah, I still don’t understand why we should rekindle M-Cup romance. If it was A, K or J league that will be awesome…but M league? Doesn’t matter if they add the word Super to their league, calling it MSL, it still isn’t Superb at all. As much as Malaysian national team may appear to have improved, their play is still pretty much the same. And I do not enjoy the bad blood some Malaysian players seems to have whenever tackles come flying in especially for Singapore team. And it was boring, even the Kedah fans don’t pack the stadiums just for Singapore team anymore. It was eerily quiet, the stadium. The rejoining of the M-league is many steps backward. Just look at the 2 games so far.

Yes, it may be too early to judge, but their lack of import players can never improve them. How can a bunch of Malays siting around together ever improve themselves. More likely, everyone will just find a corner to relax to.

LionsXII players may just end up being exhausted with travelling around those Malaysian states, with no skills or techniques improvement at all, having to play in wet fields and against playing against small skinny and maybe some speedy players only.

I mean can Singapore National Team really improve when they have to face the Arab nations and North Asia players to bring us to the next level. Will the team be made up of majority LionsXII or those in S-League.

Even then, are we really happy beating other Southeast Asia teams and not advancing any further in Asian Cup or World Cup?


The decision to return to M-League should make some Singapore football lovers to
feel guilty for not supporting the S league before. I did felt guilt when the annoncement was made and after the flat Kelantan encounter and boring Kedah encounter, I may want to get Gombak United FC S-League 2012 season tickets.

Oh, wait a minute, Gombak United no longer plays at Gombak Stadium. So who plays at Gombak Stadium? No one? GUFC now plays at Jurong West, SAFFC plays at CCK.

Pre-season friendlies for S-League 2012 under way now.