Thursday, April 19, 2012

New strips for Portugal, Croatia, Poland & France ahead of Euro 2012

With the European Championships almost upon us, the time has come for the countries to start revealing the kit they hope will be worn all the way to the final in Poland and Ukraine.
So with little over six weeks to go until the big kick off of Euro 2012, France, Poland, Holland, Portugal and Croatia have paraded their star men in their respective new strips. 
The Nike kits claimed to be the most environmentally friendly ever and each individual strip has its own country-specific Pro Combat base layer, to provide added protection and comfort for players.

Croatia's unique kits are an important and emotional symbol of their young country. Featuring their famous red and white checks, the home shirt has a red crew neck collar with the body now featuring an even bigger and bolder red and white checks. 
The sleeves contain smaller checks to create an overall more colourful design.
Inside the neck is the message 'Uvijek Vjerni' which translates as 'Always loyal', to celebrate the loyalty and passion Croatians feel for their football side. 
The new home shorts are white, while the new home socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, also white with a subtle band of tonal checks.

The new France home kit is a bold departure from the traditional blue and white design and has been inspired by the military uniforms. 
The body of the shirt boasts a tonal print of the mariniere, an iconic French design consisting of thin stripes, alternatively in Meteor Blue, the color of the traditional French shirt, and then lighter Pacific Blue.
 The unique high collar of the shirt is decorated with gold piping and on the cuff of both sleeves is a hexagon to represent France, containing three tones of gold to echo the Tricolour, the national flag. 
Inside the back of the neck runs a thin red tape with the message 'Nos differences nous unissent' (Our differences unite us), celebrating the diversity of the French nation.

The Dutch are celebrated for their enlightened and attractive football, as well as their unconventional approach to design and art, which can appear chaotic and untamed, but is always functional with a distinctive purpose.  

The home shirt is in the traditional Dutch vibrant orange, but now has tonal diamond prints on both the left side of the torso and the right side of the bottom to create a sash effect to echo the design of their first ever kit from 1904. 

Inside the neck is the graphic 'Nieuwe Meesters' (New Masters) which pays homage to the name collectively given to the renowned Dutch artists of the 17th century, while also celebrating the current side, a hugely talented group of players who have the potential to make their own history.
The new home shorts are in traditional orange, while the new home socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, movement and protection, are also in orange, giving the entire kit a strong, clean and unmistakably Dutch appearance.

The new Poland kit was first reveled in December 2011, but it will take its place in the spotlight when Poland co-hosts football’s biggest European tournament this summer. The kit is inspired by the Polish flag.
The jersey represents the most iconic symbol of Poland depicted by the national flag in white and red. It will carry a nation in the most important year in Polish football history, so the jersey will be remembered for many years to come. 
The shirt also features the traditional national crest – an eagle, reflecting the pride and passion of Polish football.

Portugal’s new home kit has been augmented with symbols from their glorious seafaring history, and is a classic design, featuring an all red body with an elegant green crew neck collar.
On the sleeves are green crosses formed from thin stripes, with the horizontal lines extending around the entire cuff, to represent the revered Portuguese national symbol, which was emblazoned on the sails of the ships Portugal’s explorers navigated around the world. 
Inside the neck is an Armillary Sphere, an astronomical and navigation instrument, which these explorers used to discover the world. It has been a national symbol for over 500 years, featuring in architecture, and most famously as the background to the Portuguese shield on the national flag. 
The new home shorts are red, while the new home socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, are also red with a thin green stripe at the top and a small green cross on the back of each calf. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nice guy vs jerk in relationship, and why jerk always win.

"I treated my girlfriend so nice and yet she still leaves me. What’s wrong with me?"
Those heartbroken must have asked themselves this question before. Don’t blame it on the girls; blame it on yourself for being too good to them, till it reached the annoying stage. That is how annoying some men can be. 
What did you do that annoyed them? 
a) Call them often because you miss her badly?
b) Always ask her what she wants instead of leading?
c) Accepts her demand and manipulative requests?
d) Making her the boss in your life?
e) Putting your needs aside to accommodate hers?
f) Acting weak?

But aren’t the above examples of what a good boyfriend should do?.....NO, the fact is you should not.

Now, you are confused? Link this scenario with Why women often date jerks and guys who are emotionally unavailable, and don't date "nice guys" who would do anything for them.

What’s weird is why the girl chooses jerk over a nice guy most of the time?

Answer: Because the jerk didn’t annoyed the girl. =p 

Wussies - A person regarded as weak or timid. 

Why wussies comes into the picture? Because being a wussy can be annoying to woman and women aren’t attracted to wussies. 

Now that definition at least gives you a rough idea of why all the nice things that you’ve done for women result in her pulling away. The nice thing that you’ve done (wuss behaviour) is annoying to woman and again, women aren’t attracted to wussies.  

Take note on this, sometimes men have to do things that seem to be "inconsiderate" in order to give women what they really want (which is a man who is in control of himself, the situation, and often her). 

Doing "nice" things for a woman doesn't make her any more likely to feel attraction for you. In fact, most of these things backfire.

Even though "jerks" and "bad boys" don't treat women well, it doesn't mean that women don't feel attraction for them. Believe it or not, women often report feeling incredibly attracted to these kinds of men.

The difference between a jerk and a nice guy, aside from their character is that jerks understand how attraction works, maybe without them realizing it but literally any guy can attract women if you understand how attraction works. 

Any guy can use the secrets that jerks and bad boys have discovered and used without being abusive or mean. Then, a woman will be far more likely to stay around.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chris Rene - Young Homie

When we are down, we need motivation. Look at Chris Rene, and listen to him, motivation is what you get. Lyric written by him while he was in rehab. 

Lesson to learn from his lyric, 

1) young homie what you trippin’ on

2) Life’s too short, gotta live it long

3) If you wanna build your love up, put your hate down

4) It takes education, to change your reputation

Sunday, March 25, 2012

K'NAAN - Is Anybody Out There? ft. Nelly Furtado

Top in my hits list now! 

K'NAAN - Is Anybody Out There? ft. Nelly Furtado

[Nelly Furtado]
I don't wanna be left
In this war tonight
Am I alone in this fight?
Is anybody out there?

Don't wanna be left left in this world behind
Say you'll run to my side

Something 'bout mary
Never won a pageant
Never felt pretty
Never looked like cameron
Diaz was her last name
Always been abandoned
Keep your head up

Baby girl this is your anthem
There goes hannah
Showin' off her banner
Rocking that crown
Make them boys go bananas
When you're insecure about yourself
It's a fact
You can point a finger
But there's three pointing bac
I can see her crying out, yeah
Is there anybody out there?

She's really counting on your love
Still struggling uphill
But you act like you don't care
Right now she could really use a shoulder
Hanging onto the edge til it's over
She's crying for your love tonight
Loneliest heart to survive, she said

[Nelly Furtado]
I don't wanna be left
In this war tonight
Am I alone in this fight?
Is anybody out there?

Don't wanna be left left in this world behind
Say you'll run to my side
Is anybody out there? yeah, yeah, yeah

Is anybody out there?
(somebody, anybody)

His name was adam
When his mom had him
Dad was a phantom never took a look at him
Grew up mad and antisocial
Hated outdoors, always in playing madden
Adam was lonely
Drugs were the only
Way out of his own life
Now he's slowly losing his fire
Close to retire
With one last hope he puts his arms up higher
I can see him crying out, yeah
Is anybody out there?

He's really counting on your love
Still struggling uphill
But you act like you don't care
Right now he could really use a shoulder
Hanging onto the edge til it's over
He's crying for your love tonight
Loneliest heart to survive, he said

[Nelly Furtado]
I don't wanna be left
In this war tonight
Am I alone in this fight?
Is anybody out there?

Don't wanna be left left in this world behind
Say you'll run to my side
Is anybody out there?

If you feel the way I feel
Like you've been talking to yourself
Well this one's for everyone who's felt invisible
Lonely in a crowded room
Searching for someone like you
Can't do it all alone (no one can baby)
Can't do it all alone (no one should baby)
Is anybody out there?
(somebody, anybody)
Is anybody out there?
I'm right here for your
Is anybody out there?

I don't wanna be left
In this war tonight
Am I alone in this fight?
Is anybody out there?

Don't wanna be left left in this world behind
Say you'll run to my side
Is anybody out there? yeah, yeah, yeah
I don't wanna do it all alone
I need your love to take me home
No one said you should be all alone
I'm right here
Is anybody out there?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Samsung- Chelsea continues to cultivate winning culture with their second Youth Football Camp

Chelsea FC hosted its second consecutive "Samsung- Chelsea FC Youth Football Camp" at the Chelsea Blue Pitch, NPNG Sports Centre. As part of Samsung Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, they want to give back to the community it is involved while providing opportunities to youth in the country by providing support to develop football at grass-roots level.

This year’s 2 days camp saw participation by 180 kids aged 9-13, from Rumah Sayangan, who attended last year, as well as KL Youth Soccer, MyKids Soccer and soccer stars from Little League Malaysia.

Samsung Malaysia Marketing Director, Jimmy Tan said that Rumah Sayangan have always been invited to Samsung’s community event especially those sport related. He hopes the children will not only enjoy playing football at Chelsea Blue Pitch but also carry back the useful tips and guidance from the coaches. It is something to proud of when he added that Malaysia is the second country inside Asia to have the Chelsea Blue Pitch.

The youth were trained by Chelsea FC youth coaches, David Monk, James Lambdon, Chris Woodward and Sam Hubbert. In each action packed two hour coaching clinic, which featured dribbling skills, shooting practice, mini matches, challenges and a penalty shoot-out, each of the children enjoyed the same standard of coaching in Chelsea FC Academy. 

The coaches went to Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam before coming to Malaysia. The four coaches are very friendly and their lessons are taught in a lively and funny way

The coach uses a very interesting way to explain the tactic to the kids, by using Chelsea players name. 

"If you have the ball, you're an attacker so you are Torres and Drogba. If you lose the ball and the other team has the ball, you are Ashley Cole and John Terry"

David Monk, who is also part of Chelsea FC’s Talent Identification & Development set up, said the main objective of this workshop is to engage with the community and provide a chance for the children to play football the Chelsea way. He added that all the training is developed according to the needs of each workshop.

Samsung started its youth soccer programs in 2007 since then more than 1650 children from all around the world have experienced Chelsea FC’s way of football.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

“I managed to overcome the challenges in Outward Bound, what are other challenges compared to my OBS experience”

“I managed to overcome the challenges in Outward Bound, what is this challenge compared to my OBS experience”. That is the reminder that I keep telling myself whenever I faced any challenges since I came back from OBS. With OBS, I get to test my mental toughness, learnt how to handle myself at such situation, know more about my colleagues and knowing how to work in a group.

During the first two days at OB, we learnt how to work in a group in a normal condition. The normal condition refers to everyone when they are at their relaxing mood. We learnt on the manners to wait for everyone before our meal. Before each meal, all of us can be seen working together to clean the utensils, cups, plates, table and others.

The challenge in OBS started once we rowed our whaler on the third day. Departing from OB and expecting to reach Pulau Rumbia, located 35km away, we were told that it will take us around 6-7 hours due to the condition of going against the sea waves.  After rowing non-stop for 3 hours, our whaler was still around OB. Main reason is we are rowing against the waves plus we are still adapting to the whaler. Only after 12 noon, we managed to row away from OB heading towards Pulau Rumbia.

Jenq and Vincent kept giving command “Dip, row, up” during the entire journey! During the rowing, I observed my colleagues and was impressed by their determination to reach Pulau Rumbia.  Cycling for 35km is already an amazing feat for me, let alone rowing that distance. My only doubt after we depart was not whether we can reach the destination but it was can we reach there in 7hours, judging from how we rowed against the waves in the morning. 

Finally, at 6pm we reach Pulau Rumbia! 2 hours off the targeted time but all of us were really relieve and satisfied.  What makes that experience more meaningful was when our instructor, Azmi told us that our group was one of the best he ever seen because of our discipline during the journey and we never give up and work as a team to reach Rumbia.

Once we touched down at Rumbia, all of us worked according to their task as planned the night before. Instructor helped us to set up our tent since the day was turning dark and we successfully set up our own fire and cook for dinner. Jia Li, elected as the chef, takes the responsibility seriously based from the way she planned the meal, she asked for our request and worked with what was provided. The experience of sleeping in the tent reminds me of my scouting days.

The next day, we need to wake up early for our breakfast and packing for our next journey. Pulau Rumbia to Pulau Syawal, with distance of 40km appears to be the toughest test for us.  The wave was favoring us in the early morning. One of the experiences that I would never forget is having myself tied to a rope to pee in the sea. During the journey, I am very proud with my colleagues because their never say die attitude inspire me as well. I wanted to just give up, sit back and relax when again and again, we rowed nonstop, but the wave kept pushing us back. I shouted out loud to release my frustration. 

 I believe this experience pushed my mental toughness a step further. When we are under frustration, we tend to wanting to release the anger beneath by lashing out at others.  I managed to control myself from doing so. That is what I always called mind over matters.

I did things in OB that I never did before in my life, digging a hole to pass motion not only once but twice and I did that accompany by my friends! The experience on handling a whaler is another one that I treasure the most. Going through all the challenges with all the Management Associate is one that I will always keep in my mind. This is because after OB, it will be the end of our training period, all of us need to go their separate way. We are no longer Management Associate. Outward Bound will stay deep with my memory and I will definitely suggest my friends for it!

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