Tuesday, May 31, 2005

PPM Updates

Cagers qualified for the final this morning. Second time in a row, at least something in the kitty already.

BM and English teams are finishing the group debates. English should sail through comfortably to the octofinal (knock out rounds).

BM is winning against Sains Kuching, however they were defeated in the first debate against Labu, which was so obviously unfair that Labu debaters were actually crying “on site” when announced as the winners, because even they could not believe it.

Since you have to win all the debates at the group level to qualify to the next round, it’s almost wishful thinking that Labu would lose their last debate this afternoon if we were to be in the running again. I have been a debater and a coach long enough not to hang on to wishful thinking in debates.

I dread going back to face the boys late this afternoon. I have never come across a team so decent, so dedicated and so deserving of PPM – perhaps even more deserving than my own team back then – but to explain that the world is not a fair place, for kids at that age, is something none of us would want to do.

I have to be in office today for important meetings, so the others keep sending updates from the debate rooms.

Here are some.

Never give up till defeat – be resolute in defeat. Save some tears to share with the boys.

The BM’s at their best. Sayang betol that they had to go through cruelty like this.

They have just confirmed that we are out now, because Labu won their last debate and becomes the group champion. The boys won their last debate – each of the speakers have begged best speaker title in all their last 3 debates.

More updates maybe tomorrow or the day after. I have to figure out how to console the boys without breaking down myself.

Never felt the world is this unfair, it’s worse when the victims are a bunch of kids. I wonder how teachers, who are supposed to guide and instill sense of fairness in kids, can be so blatantly unfair and arrogant because you come from the schools which hate MCKK. They need to grow up (but then again they are around 25 – 30 years old, kids themselves).

My heart goes out to the BM boys, one of the best MCKK teams I have seen since I know MCKK.

Wamakaru wamakarullah Wallahu khairun maakiriin.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

PPM 2005 @ SAS Putrajaya, Near Alamanda

Schedule for BM as follows (English's is always an hour or two hours earlier):

Preliminary Round (Group)

1. 29 May 2005
4.30 pm
mckk vs smap labu

2. 30 May 2005
4.30 pm
mckk vs semsas kuantan

3. 31 May 2005
10.30 am
mckk vs sains lahad datu

4. 31 May 2005
4.30 pm
mckk vs sains kuching

Quarter Finals

1. 1 June 2005
10.30 am

2. 1 June 2005
4.30 pm

Semi Final

2 June 2005
9.00 am

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Afundi Anak Jakpai

I never liked AF. But now a stakeholder too, since oghang Kuale managed to enrol to the academy.

And it's Jakpai's daughter some more. I can't remember which one was her. Strange considering when you were in F1, the main activity for band members was to watch The Sound of Music over and over again at Jakpai's house.

* for the record, none of us was going around singing mad ala Sound of Music
** AFUNDI ANAK JAKPAI (I think you need to get her name correct)
*** Expect more "kain pelikat la la la" lepas ni?

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Back In Town

In case there is any doubt that this blog has finally succumbed to the HHTA virus, it hasn't.

Too many things are happening but not enough time to update.

Shahrol, Allen and I planned to join the MCOBA's Treasure Hunt next week but we haven't booked a place. So that plan could well have been infected by HHTA virus.

Apart from that, the McD Club has metamorphosised into Medina Club since the four of us (budak koleq) have lunch together at the same place day in day out.

Will write more later.