May 24, 2008

Listening to my own voice (part 2)

Finally this morning I said to myself I had enough. I've been suffering for a week now due to ear blocked and it has been affecting my work, relationship and my lifestyle. I can't communicate properly due to partial hearing loss.

I thought probably Cerumol has helped me to loosen the wax and it's time to get a small procedure done. I am not entire mentally ready for the suction but I just can't take it anymore. Meeting an ENT expert is my last resort. Thank you to Che-Cheh for giving me some advice and confidence. It does help!

So I went to UM Specialist Centre (UMSC) and was consulted by Prof Dr. Prepa. I was told to use the ear drop (Cerumol) for few more days (in a correct way and sufficient amount) until the wax has loosen. And by Friday he'll have the suction procedure done.

Hence I still have to bear with the echo of my own voice inside my head. Haih... I need a dose or two of the French Open matches to numb myself already.

May 23, 2008

Maria Sharapova will wear Tiffany & Co at the French Open

It sure pays to be the world no. 1. Especially when you are Maria Sharapova. Login into her official site, you'll be greeted by Ms 'Shriek'apova and an expensive pair of Tiffany & Co earrings.

Tiffany & Co. has announced that Maria Sharapova, the world's top-ranked player in the WTA, will wear Tiffany designer Elsa Peretti's Wave earrings in 18K gold at the French Open.

In addition to the jewelry, Tiffany will also accessorize Sharapova's custom French Open tennis dress. The "Paris dress," by Nike is a 1920s-inspired design that reflects her dynamic sense of style.
"Maria Sharapova is a longtime friend of Tiffany and a champion on and off the court," said Linda Buckley, vice president, worldwide public relations. "It gives us great pleasure to accent her on-court look with earrings that epitomize both the quality of her championship play and Tiffany's reputation for design excellence."
The partnership will extend for the next two years and will cover the four Grand Slam Tennis events: The French Open, Wimbledon, and the US and Australian Open.

Seems like a good and confident year for Sharapova. However that doesn't mean that she will win at Roland Garros. I believe the Serbian girls (Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic) have better chance to capture the French Open.


Here comes the French Open!

Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic were caught arriving in the same car.

But they are not dating. Apparently they arrive together in the same vintage car for the draw of French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. The prestigious tournament will start this Sunday.

Both Nadal and Ivanovic have avoided tough first round draw. However former champ Gustavo Kuerten, who will be making his farewell appearance, will face 18th seed, Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu.

(Images from AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Listening to my own voice...

I'm taking a break from blogging for awhile. I've been experiencing ear block for about a week now and not in the mood to do anything. I've been physically distracted and not able to concentrate at work, no appetite, no interest to do any kind of activities except rest and hoping to regain my full hearing soon.

I've seen GP, applying Cerumol every day and night to loosen the earwax and started to drink salt water and barley to reduce heatiness. Worse come to worst I'll have to go to ENT and do suction or syringing which I really hope not.

In the meanwhile I'll just continue to listen to my own internalized voice (which I don't really enjoy) and the quietness of the surrounding.

Will be back soon.

May 19, 2008

Please, Rafael Nadal is no 'ogre' or 'beast'

It seems that Rafael Nadal's success on clay has created humongous jealousy particularly among Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic supporters.

It is truly unacceptable when the self-proclaimed 'Britain's No. 1 quality newspaper website', called the King of Clay an 'ogre'. Since when the world no. 2 is known as an 'ogre' in France?

And what exactly is an ogre?

1. A giant or monster in legends and fairy tales that eats humans.
2. A person who is felt to be particularly cruel, brutish, or hideous.

I don't see the definition match Rafael Nadal at all.

Please accept the fact that Nadal is the best on clay. He has denied Novak Djokovic the no. 2 spot on Saturday and he also took away the Hamburg Masters from Roger Federer. But Nadal is no 'ogre' or 'beast' as some of the media would love to call him. Give Nadal some respect.

Nadal the Master of Clay; Jelena Jankovic wins in Rome

Roger Federer might received the most support here at Hamburg but still nothing can stop Rafael Nadal from winning the Hamburg Masters, the only major clay-court title which is still missing from his impressive collection.

Nadal beat Federer the defending champion 7-5, 6-7, 6-3 in less than 3 hours. In the first two sets, Federer lead Nadal by 5-2 but somehow Nadal fought back and win the first set and almost did it again in the second.

Now Nadal has raise their head-to-head to 10-6.

In Rome, Jelena Jankovic had a splashing time (with Italian Ferraelle spring water - sparkling bottled water) defending the WTA Rome International by beating Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-2.

(Images from AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer/TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

May 18, 2008

Janko Tipsarevic in Men's Vogue

The fashion magazine, Men's Vogue certainly loves tennis players particularly the Serbians.

After Novak Djokovic being featured in the May issue, it's Janko Tipsarevic's turn to take the beach by storm in the June issue. Photo shots were taken in Maldives featuring summer collections of Prada, DKNY, Y-3, Bottega Veneta, Osklen and CP Company.

(Images via Mens Tennis Forums)

Federer and Nadal to meet at Hamburg Final

Perhaps not many have predicted a repeated final match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Hamburg Masters Series 2008. However the world no. 1 and 2 proved that they still dominate despite poor performance at the beginning of the year.

It's a total relieve for many Nadal's fans out there after beating Novak Djokovic 7-5, 2-6, 2-6. It's not much about beating the Djoker to be in the final but last night's match is all about maintaining the no. 2 spot on the ATP rankings. Djokovic has been a big threat for both Nadal and Federer this year.

In that slightly more than 3 hours match, Nadal proves that he is still the King of Clay, chasing down almost anything Djokovic threw at him.

Earlier on, Federer has no problem beating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-1 to book a place in the final.

So who will win tonight? Personally I just want to see Nadal win this and widen the gap further away from Djokovic in the ATP Rankings.

(Images from ATP Tennis)

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