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champagne supernova May 28, 2010

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how many special people change,

how many lives are living strange,

where were you while we were getting high?

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the game of life: pre-tournament ramblings PART 1 May 26, 2010

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it’s getting near. ‘the greatest show on earth’ – as they say – is upon us again, and i’m already sweating in the fever. add that with the ongoing Roland Garros 2010 and the NBA Conference Finals coming to an explosive end, June is going to be a sweaty month!

and traditionally with every FIFA World Cup, it’s prediction time. the time to be a smart-ass for a while.. wait, i am already that all the time. hmmm. ahh.. remember those days when we got all our World Cup charts ready and jot down every team and match and record every result? those were the days!

i’ve already made my prediction a while back, here, responding to Smoque’s own prediction. some of the guys have their say as well. i guess this time around, there will be only slight changes, i guess. we’ll see.

where to start? ok, here.

Maradona, the idiot

oh my, oh my. what a blunder. who the fuck is Ariel Garce? and Mario Bolatti??!?! not taking Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso – two extremely vital players in a glorious season for treble-winning Inter – may just be the final nail in the coffin for Diego Maradona, who might be (arguably) the best footballer the world has ever seen, but as coach he will just take an extraordinarily-talented Argentina squad to ruins. after a disastrous qualifying campaign that saw them sneak in at the last minute by the skin of their teeth by some miracle/divine intervention/pure ol’ bastard luck, i can’t believe there’s some quarters saying that Argentina will win the World Cup. the same idiot coach is still the one helming them, and he hasn’t learn anything! or incapable or learning, whatever. there’s no doubting the quality of the Argentina squad (i’ve termed it ‘extraordinarily-talented’ earlier), and with that squad they should qualify effortlessly from South America, but the unlimited incompetence of Ser Diego has even threatened us with the prospect of not having Argentina at a World Cup. the brilliance of the team has saved him, but nevertheless exposed him as far out of his depth as a coach, tactician and manager. those who criticized Lionel Messi for not turning up for Argentina as he did for Barcelona should be asking the questions to Diego instead, because apparently he could not make full use of the little magician and make him play to his full potential.

well, the players. also from Inter’s all-conquering side, Walter Samuel and Diego Milito have had a strong season, as well as Carlos Tevez, who has been surpassing all expectations at Manchester City. Milito, especially, has shown a penchant for the big goals in the big games, as he delivered the deciding goals that won Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Champions’ League for Inter, quite a feat. Gonzalo Higuain concluded another magnificent top-scoring season at Real Madrid on the trot, which i hope will earn him the galactico recognition he deserved, especially since – like last year – the other supposedly galacticos have not been delivering the goods at Bernabeu. throw in Messi and Kun Aguero in the mix, as well as Benfica’s Angel Di Maria for unpredictability, you’ll get the picture. these are the players who could somehow bail out Maradona out of his utter incompetence – rather undeservingly, i must say – and drag Argentina to maybe, the semis.

Maradona's heir-apparent: can he save the old master?

Martin Demichelis might have been ever-present in the Bayern side that went all to way to the Champions’ League final and won the domestic double, but he can’t defend and is prone to big costly blunders at the back, which we have seen on many occasions in the Champions’ League. Javier Mascherano, the captain of this Maradona side, is also coming back from a miserable season at Liverpool, by a mile his worst season ever. these two are important players in Diego’s plans, and will need to elevate themselves another notch come the big kickoff.

add Zanetti and Cambiasso in the mix with all those names mentioned above, Argentina will go places. top that with a half-decent coach/tactician in Maradona’s place, the Argentines are certain semi-finalists with a legitimate shot of winning it all. but as it is, i see Argentina not winning their group (Nigeria will top Group B), so therefore will be drawn against France (who will win Group A) in the Second Round, where they will bow out. ouch! i hope Ariel Garce score an own goal.

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speaking of France, Raymond Domenech is another dumbass manager (out of three – another one coming up) who should just be called a clown, who could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Maradona, idiocy-wise. well, i know that already, you say? despite this general knowledge known the world over, the French FA seems clueless to this matter of fact, which is why it must be stressed time and again. you just feel like punching his face, don’t you?

domenech the clown

well how then, i could put his French team winning in Group A and eliminating Argentina in the Second Round? let’s see.

well, he’s real damn lucky. he inherited a mature, established French side and made no blunders in his World Cup selection. yes, Karim Benzema is a great striker, but barely kicked a ball in his first season with Real Madrid, and that Andre-Pierre Gignac from Toulouse has been in lethal form in Ligue 1, he’s not that bad. Djibril Cisse? i prefer not to go there. tough luck though on Lassana Diarra, another unsung, real galactico for Real Madrid this season, who will set to miss the tournament due to sickness. him and the underrated passmaster Jeremy Toulalan could have form a formidable midfield duo to match anybody. Chelsea’s Florent Malouda has had his best season ever in London, and the usual names of Franck Ribery and Nic Anelka will be there. but all eyes however, will be on Bordeaux’s Yohan Gourcuff, the latest in the long, looong line of ‘the new Zinedine Zidane’. will he be the real deal and deliver at the biggest stage of them all?

Ribery and Gourcuff: the past 'new Zidane' and the current one will be the difference-makers for France.

i could see them having enough to scrap through past less-organized (but not less-talented) Argentina side, but will meet Fabio Capello’s England (winner of Group C) in the quarter-final. Domenech’s dumbness won’t be of much help here, as you might imagine. so as they say, bon voyage, monsieur!

next.

who is the third and last of the trio of dumbass manager to unfortunately grace this World Cup? i’d say he’s the worst of the lot, but surely no one could be worse than Maradona and Domenech, right? wrong.

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to be continued…

defects May 23, 2010

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when you love somebody, you want to be the best for that person. you want to be his/her everything. you’ll do anything for that person.

but there’s just so much hurt the heart can take. ain’t that a pity.

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ps.. i’m done being unappreciated.

pss.. not everybody’s girl?

perilous May 21, 2010

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when has the tide turn? no one saw it coming, but in many ways, it was inevitable. structural defects, initially unseen, were felt deep across the heart, and sowed the seed of uncomfortable imaginations. words won’t suffice to describe it, for it is a matter of the heart. but feelings will never betray your soul. and you would know.

the end times will always produce spectacular rhetorics, from both of the divide. the would-be victors would be predictable, and so would the losers. where do we all stand in this? this is our life too, right? we sit and we stand, talk and listen. analyze and interpret. what will we find? the answer? few who began that journey ever finds it, while some just gets even more confused. the road taken is perilous.

have we, finally, lost our heads for the last time?

Allah selamatkan kamu May 17, 2010

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today, 17th May, is the birthday of the greatest woman in the world.

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i love you.

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– quote of the day – May 17, 2010

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“What’s going on? The PM could land himself in jail. If he’s not careful, we may have a by-election in Pekan!”

– Karpal Singh, Bukit Gelugor MP

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in light of the endless by-elections we had since 2008’s General Election for all sorts of reasons, Karpal Singh’s ‘prediction’ of the next one is downright hilarious. check out what he’s talking about here.

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ps.. Karpal Singh is a hilarious man. when he speaks, you cannot help but laugh.

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you are my sunshine May 16, 2010

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you are my sunshine, my only sunshine
you make me happy when skies are gray
you’ll never know dear, how much I love you
please don’t take my sunshine away.

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.. rethinking everything again .. May 15, 2010

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mana ada benda yang datang bergolek. semua kena usaha lah!! kalau semua nak cepat give up, last2 apa pun tak dapat. lepas tu mula menyalahkan orang bila benda semua tak kena. padahal awal2 orang dah kata, USAHA lah!!!!

nak semua okay, nak semua happy, nak semua benda jadi macam yang kita nak… tapi ubah sikit, usaha sikit pun tak nak!!!

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ps.. learn to appreciate people, and people will appreciate you.

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– quote of the day – May 14, 2010

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i found this in Nafeesa’s blog, and couldn’t stop laughing!!!

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” ….. having a stimulating conversation and getting highly stimulated during a conversation are TWO different things…………….”

i dont think we can meet half way.

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hahahahahahahaa!!!

gambling a-way May 14, 2010

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it’s funny. when you type ‘vincent tan ascot sports’ in Google Images, the search result’s first page is full of Ibrahim Ali pictures! it may be because Ibrahim Ali was accused by Saifuddin Nasution to be holding substantial shares in Vincent Tan’s sports betting company Ascot Sports (or Ibrahim himself misinterpreting Saifuddin’s ‘accusation’.. whatever) which has since been denied by the PERKASA president, but it was so funny nonetheless!! i expect to see Vincent Tan’s face, not him!! hahaha..

vincent tan, not ibrahim ali

anyways..

Vincent Tan and his Berjaya Group have been itching for the government to legalize sports betting for quite some time, as it was estimated that this economic segment is worth as much as RM 20 billion annually. and of course, out of this the government is expected to receive around RM 4 billion per annum in tax revenue. and dreams do come true, at least for him. his privately-held Ascot Sports has been given the sports betting license he craved, at a very perfect timing (just before the World Cup!). a point to note, this license is actually being re-issued to Ascot Sports as it was first given to them in 1987 by the Mahathir-Tun Daim administration for one year, and they were given first right-of-refusal in case the government decided to ‘re-legalize’ sports betting in the future. which asnwers the question, why there was no open-bidding session for this license, in line with the PM’s New Economic Model (NEM) which aims to promote competitiveness and transparency and eradicate rent-seeking (pun intended). which begs another question; when it was awarded in 1987, was it through transparent, open-bidding process?

whatever it is, Vincent Tan wasted no time in moving his flagship Berjaya Corporation Bhd to acquire 70% of his interest in Ascot Sports Sdn Bhd for RM 525 million CASH. isn’t this RPT (related-party transaction)? i wonder if the Securities Commission will look into this matter seriously or even approve this deal, especially when the minority shareholders of BCorp will stand to lose while Vincent Tan gets RM 525 million richer, just like that! the details of the deal between Tan’s Berjaya Corp and Ascot Sports could be found here, but i’ll copy the summary in simple terms. look and wonder..

Before the exercise

      • Vincent Tan owns Ascot 100%
      • BCorp owns 0% of Ascot

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After the exercise

Vincent Tan owns

      • 30% of Ascot and RM 525 million cash.
      • RM 125 million cash is held by BCorp to be released in stages.
      • RM 400 million cash is used to subscribe to his portion of the rights issue (ICULS).
      • Tan will not need to fork out cash as he will reinvest the entire initial consideration to be received from his disposal to subscribe to the rights issue.

BCorp minority shareholders

      • own BCorp which has debt (ICULS) of RM 614.5 million and asset of  70% of Ascot
      • give out of their pocket RM 214.5+ million to subscribe to their portion of the rights issue (ICULS) which is effectively a loan to be repaid at a later date.

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still on the same subject but on another issue, while it is undeniable the economic gains represented by the sports betting industry, i am a little worried about the part where ‘the government will collect the billions of tax revenue and reinvest it to develop the nation’. some sources said it will be channeled specifically to the Kementerian Belia dan Sukan for sports development (whatever that is) while some said it will used not specifically but lumped into the nation’s entire budget. i confess i am not an ustaz or or even a good servant to God, but even i know anything coming from the sources which is prohibited by Islam is haram. sports betting is haram, so the money coming from it is also haram. it’s as simple as that, or am i the only one confused? please enlighten me, i hope there is some explanation to this. the infamous Zul Noordin, hate him or love him, did put some serious stuff in his blog reiterating the use of ‘tainted’ money is against syara’, read about it here. i hope an authority in religious matter will clear this out and allay my fears, that i am just a little confused about which is what.

but why hasn’t anyone said anything about the matter? no one dared?

hmmpphh.

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ps… word on the street is that like G. Palanivel and Ezam Mohd Noor who were made Senators and in line for Cabinet appointments, this move is seen as a reward for Tan who has been loyal to the cause of BN, especially in terms of providing the cash to fund their more ‘underground’ operations. is this true? again, word on the street………….

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