Showing posts with label sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sports. Show all posts

Nov 22, 2007

Tips on how to meet your sports idol or music idol

After successfully meeting Rafael Nadal and get his autograph and photo, I would like share some tips on how you can do the same thing to meet your idol too. Let's say you know your idol would be in town and you want to meet up him/her. Here's what you can do:

1. Contact the actual event organizer by phone a couple of weeks before the arrival of your idol. I tried contacted the local agent before and they just shoved me off. Hence contacting the right person is important.

2. Once you have successfully contacted the organizer, give them concrete reasons as to why you want to know the flight schedule and appearances of your idol. For me, I told them I'm a blogger/independent media and fan.

3. If the organizer agrees to consider your request, suggest to them that you will put the request in an email/written format and tell them that you'll look forward for their reply.

4. Write a well-planned and organized email. Give concrete reasons why you want to know such information. For example, one of the reasons that I told the organizer was I need the information to spread to other tennis fans.

5. If the organizer consider your request, then you should be on the right track and have a big chance to meet your idol. However, the information provided may change during the last minute. Hence, always be prepared for any changes and ask the organizer for the latest updates.

6. Waiting patiently at the airport for your idol's arrival and you'll stand a chance to meet him/her. Look out for people from the media e.g. cameramen and reporter. Don't be afraid to ask them where is the exact location your idol will appear. Chances are your idol might not walk out through the main arrival hall like everyone else.

7. Be patient and get yourself on standby mode. Make sure your camera is working and your pen and paper for autograph.

8. When you see your idol, snap their pictures first and then be brave to ask them for a picture and follow by an autograph. Remember to be polite when asking. Most of the time, the bodyguards/organizer/entourage and even your idol wouldn't mind to take a picture with you and signing your autograph.

9. If you have taken your pictures and autograph, be considerate and let other fans to have their chances too.

In short, waiting for your idol's arrival at the airport will increase your chance of meeting him/her. It's almost impossible to have a chance to shake hands or get an autograph during the actual event or concert where lot of other fans would be there.

I hope these tips will help you in realizing your dreams too.

Jun 13, 2007

Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong & their LV sling bags

Okay, the mysterious sling bags used by Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong that I posted on March 24 is finally solved. Apparently I missed The Star's R.AGE issue in March 29 which mentioned the messenger bags they always carry around with them.

Earlier on, in search of the bag's identity I even emailed to LV but the customer service support centre in Asia Pacific couldn't confirm as the pictures were quite unclear. I think they don't want to make a mistake by claiming that that's their bags.

According to Boon Heong in The R.AGE, the Louis Vuitton messenger bags were bought in Switzerland and it's RM1000 cheaper than in Malaysia. Boon Heong got himself a brown one while KKK has a light grey and cream version.

Ooh, I want an LV messenger bag too. Boon Heong's version is not bad. But too bad I can only afford the Petaling Street version which of course I'm not interested at all.

Go to this link and read the complete article. (Credit: photos taken from The R.AGE website)

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Mar 24, 2007

koo kien keat & tan boon heong and their love for sling bags

Do you realize that our badminton champs Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong like to carry their sling bags where ever they go?

I'm not sure if it's because of their sponsor request or whether it has to do with their sense of fashion? And they especially like the chequered bags. Anyone has any idea what brand is that?

Jun 13, 2006

local sports news

The Star: Do we still care about local sports news?

Below is the full (and unedited) version of my blog in The Star.

Everyday, foreign sports news monopolize our sports section.

We are fed with golf and motorsports results as well as many pages of World Cup updates. Even the less popular French Open takes up a page or two although tennis is not Malaysians favourite sports.

We read about the injuries and recoveries of football stars like Cisse and Ronney and yet we don't really bother when Hafiz defeated Indonesian player, Simon Santoso, to keep Malaysia in the hunt for the men's singles crown at the Singapore Open.

Does this mean we no longer care about local sports news?

Back in the 80s and 90s, we strongly supported our badminton and football teams. We even loved to watch Sukma and never failed to catch up with the SEA games. From Zainal Abidin Hassan, M. Kumaresan and Misbun Sidek to Jeffery Ong, you name them and all of us have great respect for them.

We had our gloriest moment in the previous decades and I just hope that we did not retire after the Commonwealth Games in 1998. Or did we?

Jul 14, 2005

get real coaches instead of training sports teachers

I am totally disagree with Datuk Azalina suggestion that sports teachers should go for training in order to be qualify enough to coach students.

Last week, Datuk Hishamuddin just raised a big issue that teachers are already overburdened and spent 38 days of training per year. Don't forget that most of these sports teachers do teach other subjects as well.

Isn't it the responsibility of the government to find ways to lessen their burden instead of adding more work and expectations on them? Sports teachers are not ironmen or women.

We have a lot of sportsmen in our country that the ministry can train and turn them into qualified coaches in schools. Although our sportsmen are not competitive internationally but at least they are good and comfortable at home.

Jul 7, 2005

reasons not to hold the 2016 Olympic Games in Kuala Lumpur

Since Ivan gave his reasons to hold the 2016 Olympic Games in KL, here's my own version of why not to hold it in KL.

1. We don't have good track records in campaigning. Look at the failed Budi Bahasa and Tak Nak campaigns.

2. We don't have superstar footballers like Beckham and Raul.

3. We don't rule in badminton anymore.

4. We don't want to make into the history book by being the first Olympic host that didn't win any medals.

5. We have high possibility of not having a chance to sing our National Anthem.

6. Our PM prefers localise events rather than international recognition.

7. Malaysians are not patriotic. We only idolise western teams.

8. We have already retired since the Commonwealth Games in 1998.

Jul 5, 2005

say "yes" to London for Olympic 2012

Tony Blair is very popular these days. Three days ago he gave his support to Live 8 to "make poverty history". Now the British Prime Minister is in Singapore to back the London team in the crucial vote to elect the Host City for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

London never host the biggest sports event since 1948. However, one poll showed 52% of Londoners didn't want the games. On the other hand, Blair wanted so badly to succeed judging from the attention given to him in most of the headlines as he undertook a hectic series of meetings.

Should London fail to win this bid, blame it on Blair, Bush and Iraq. Since London failure would also means New York's failure, then the winning bid should go to Paris.

Let's see the results tomorrow.

Jun 30, 2005

when was the last time you read local sports section?

So what is going on with our local sports scene? It has been extremely quiet ever since Datuk Azalina Othman takes over the top post in the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Everyday, foreign sports updates monopolize our sports section. We are fed with Youth World Cup and Confederation Cup results and pages of full reports on foreign teams and star footballers. Even the less popular Wimbledon Championship takes up a page or two although tennis is not Malaysians favourite sports.

We read about the retirement of the great former Chelsea star, Gianfranco Zola and yet we don't really bother when Wong Choon Hann lost to Ronald Susilo in the Singapore Open last night.

Can anyone tell me how far does our football scene changes because I don't have a clue. It is really a shame. Back in the 80s until the late 90s, I was a strong supporter of the Pahang Football Association. No doubt I was a big fan of the local sports scene. From Zainal Abidin Hassan, M. Kumaresan and Misbun Sidek to Jeffery Ong, you name them and I can tell you that I have great respect for them.

We had our gloriest moment in the previous decades. I hope we did not retire after the Commonwealth Games in 1998. Or did we?
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