Bubble Life

Drove carefully like a mouse last night, but somehow the car had a flat tyre. I am still a sucker for putting in effort for a goal. It used to bother me that not everything I worked for will work out. There are some things for some unknown reason, despite efforts, will not happen irregardless how much we work for it. Got to have faith in God’s destiny.


Otherwise, today we received help in changing a punctured car tire.
Typical initial reaction was to google, but the sky-high price of data roaming overseas forbids it. Fortunately, there were others around to guide me along. When I did my driving test, I always wondered why they did not include changing of tires in the curriculum. I guess Singapore being red-dot small, a bit of 1 tyre punctured careful driving and you would have reached a workshop or gas station. Outside of Singapore no way to do that though… We spend about 30minutes on Sunday morning to change a tyre.

And, we roll about the grasses in Kampong Pok and played with bubbles, landing everywhere, and I like this iPhone4 shot the most.

It even inspired me to do a short verse.

BUBBLE LIFE
 
Blown, forays into life.
Moments, squeals of excitement.
Guided by the wind, 
floating through the air, still.
Burst.


(Repeat from start…
till none left,
none of the bubble solution or the last breath.)

our K.O.K.A Trip – Kyoto.Osaka.Kobe."America"

Itinerary for the upcoming Kyoto Osaka Trip in June 2012.
We scored a cheap flight with AirAsia, SG to Osaka (via KL) about $600 for 2 inclusive of taxes.

Lets call it K.O.K.A trip, as I hope to squeeze in Kobe and a little bit of “America” in it. It’s actually Americamura in Osaka.
I bet this will be the closest that I will want to get near America. We’re against their racial profiling for Muslims at the airport immigration. And for that reason together with long queues, we are skipping Universal Studios Japan.

Here is a rough itinerary. Things will change according to weather, and more importantly both our mood and/or whims. Expecting a few rainy days in Kyoto in June too. Anyway, after all, it’s Free & Easy.

Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Sun
Mon
Tues
Nara Deer
1015
Walking Streets Tour
Imperial Palace
Manga Museum
NishikiMarket
9am C/Out
Namba 2 days
unlimited pass
Osaka castle
HouseLiving
Tokyu hands
Lunch
Lunch
Kyoto Uni
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Kyoto
C/In
Drop Bag
Arashiyama SaganoTrain
Monkey
Walking
Streets
Tour
MoviePark
Hotel Nikko

Transport museum
Float
Garden
Science
Museum
Dotonbori
Kyoto
Station
Bamboo
MossTemple
Foot onsen
maiko
Finish at
Kiyomizu
Dera (Pillar)
Handicraft Center
Botanic
Garden
Kaiyukan
Tempozan
Ferris
Shinsaibashi
Dinner
(Gion Area)
Dinner
Unagi?
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
Gion Night Walk
(Bento next day)
Shop Taka
Last Night
Kyoto Station
Natural
History
Tsutentaku
Sleep
Hokke
Kyoto
Sleep
Hokke
Kyoto
Sleep
Hokke
Kyoto
Sleep
Hokke
Kyoto
Sleep
Nikko
Osaka
Sleep
Nikko Osaka
Sleep
Nikko Osaka


English Barclay’s Premier League 2011-2012

As we now we’d have known, ManCity won its final day game against QPR and crowned the champions. Kudos though to ManUtd players and coaching team for the never say die attitude. Many would have forgotten they were thrashed wholly, fully and surely much earlier in the season at Old Trafford. Head were hung low all around, that there was no way to catch up with their noisy neighbors. ManUtd challenged City till the final game, when others like Arsenal, Chelsea were to meek to offer any kind of serious challenge.

It was a pulsating last game of the season though. City needing a win, if Utd win as well, led at 1-0. QPR equalized before having Barton sent off for fighting. A 10-man QPR then scored another putting the score at 1-2, and United the chance of being champion. If there was such thing as a “GPS pulse tracking system”, and it scanned the globe, it would have peaked at the City of Manchester.
Fate has it that City equalized in dying minutes and then Aguero (Maradona’s son-in-law) scored a winner at the last minute of the 5 min added time. Cruel blow to United but QPR survived the drop, as they should.

The surprise disappointment was Chelsea. With some added Spanish and Portugese flair, they somehow could not find their football as silky smooth as they’d like it to be. Disappointments week after week, internal conflicts amongst the new players and old guards proved to be their chosen script with AVB sacked and a non-CL spot in the league. Impressive though, Di Mateo guiding Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League Finals, which they will have to win, for the right to play in CL again next year.

My surprise team of the season would be Newcastle United. Losing Andy Carroll for a whopping 30million pound, they challenged for a top 3 spot right up till the final day. Alan Pardew shrewdness in bringing Cisse in proved to be an invaluable signing.

Another older Cisse was also influential for another team at the other end of the table. Djibril Cisse had scored during the final game at Etihad Stadium. Too bad Joey Barton received a red card for fighting, if he had stayed on the pitch, things would have been different. Tony Fernandez had done well to back the managers and players so far, but I do wonder how Barton’s action will turn out.

Swansea and Norwich will be a force to reckon with in future too. Good football at times, strong at home, not bad for a first season back on top flight football.

Arsenal as usual, mount a late rally at the end of the season. Looking back at the team sheet and the players it had lost, imagine if Nasir and Clichy was still at Emirates Stadium. Probably Arsenal would have performed much better and ManCity would not have been the champion. Interesting to note, the short term loan deal of Thierry Henry had an impact in their turn around. Long time Arsenal’s and Wenger’s favorite son, do wonder what would have happen if he stayed half a season. Could be a 3-horse race.

Spurs did well to reach 4th spot and will be hoping Chelsea come second at Champions League Final again. With Harry Redknapp confirmed not taking up England national team job, they should move on and upwards perhaps.

Mid table wise, Everton did well. Moyes as usual worked his magic with a low budget team and this time around even manage to do better than their “bigger” Merseyside neighbour, Liverpool.

The 3 teams that got relegated, Bolton, Rovers and Wolves have not prove they are worthy of top flight football for the past few seasons. The greatest miracle was seeing Muamba back alive. That means more than anything else.

A good time to reflect, life, friendship, family and compassion towards each other as human is more important than the hunt for sporting glory. Even if you are a champion, disrespecting others like John Terry would have hopefully learnt, has no space in sports.