Archive for September, 2009

Fallen – Colbie Caillat

I was surfing around for songs to listen to and I just remember Colbie Caillat "Fallen" which I heard on the radio yesterday
while driving, little did I know I was singing to the tune of it, pretty catchy and when I am back home went to look for its
MV, and there it was. After watching the MV it kinda remind me of my friend JACK TAN, sorry girls he is married and yeah it was
a really cute and loving MV, I do hope the world would know that its not about looks or money, (but the music video that guy was
rich and stuff) anyway that’s beside the point, to me in that MV she looked really happy when she was with him, In a relationship
I have constantly told myself and friends who wanna listen many times that in a relationship its not about the expensive dinner, the fine clothes or those expensive bags. Well of course those little thing are like BONUS if you can afford em, it do boost relationship on a material level.

I always remind myself and my friends on these few aphorism that I follow
"its the laughter you both share together" "the tears and the sadness you share together" "the TRUST that you both have for each other" in these three
words its a perfect formula for a lasting relationship. Anything more to add to a good relationship?

My Dream House

You know I wanted to blog about Colbie Caillat cause she is so awesome and so gorgeous, She really reminds me of Sheryl Crow when she was younger, I will talk about Colbie another time cause when I was about to blog about her I stumble upon something that I really feel like sharing with you guys for the moment, You know I have twitted something regards of personal satisfaction and this clip you are about to see is exactly my sentiments. Please do watch the clip first and tell me what you see.

If you had watched the film, when you see the first boy talking about koi ponds and helicopter , it comes to show that kids these day are so materialistic to things that they know nothing off, even the second by wanting to have a Ferrari, Its a sad world to be honest, our kids these days know nothing but youtube, fashion and their latest celebrity, I don’t blame them cause culturally we are dying, I am not saying anyone I know. I am even stating that I am one of this kind if people, Well I use to be, now to be my goals and morals have shifted as I have grown.

 Life is not about the Gucci’s or the Louis anymore, no doubt its nice to have them and I DO have them and what happens to them ? sitting in my closet and some even thrown away, I have a PRADA slipper which cost $480 or RM1200 thrown outside my house, remind me to show you a picture of it, its covered in dust and paint, that slipper is equivalent to some people pay packet back home, or even half of it. I dont earn much but enough to live. Now what matter is as long I am happy with gurl and what we have we are contented, I am at fault for showing girl all this kinda stuff, yeah this time round its the guy who show the girl the Fashion House of the world, DIOR, GA, DSQUARE, ISSEY, MANOLO etc..etc..u name em I have em. but what I am trying to say is that are you happy in the end ?  so it brings us back to that clip, it shows that in his world that HOUSE is his DREAM house, so to me now, girl is everything to me and I just wanna make her happy. So ask yourself whats your happiness ? is it DESINGNER label that make you happy? to quote Morrie from Mitch Albom book Tuesday with Morrie

"We put our values in the wrong things, And it leads to very disillusioned lives"  Morrie

In the end its how you see your life! live the life that you can afford and not the life you WANT to afford ! you will bleed dry I promise you!
Life is very pretty as it is which where Collbie Caillat MV "Fallen" comes in, wait for the next posting.

Saturday Already?

Its Saturday already? I didnt even feel Friday, oh ok I did, on friday I woke up at 6am to send gurl to the Airport, after which I headed back home and change for work, was in the office the whole afternoon, and then by the time I knew it, it was already time to meet up with Ron and Sue who came to see the F1, brought them to Standing Sushi cause I know Ron is crazy for sushi stuff, I got to say WOW ! Standingsushi has ASAHI BLACK! not many place carry that black gold, but Standingsushi does, OH HELLO GORGEOUS when is the HAPPY HOURS AGAIN?

Anyway after we parted ways, went off to see Sue at Spinelli’s had a cup of vanilla ice latte, taste great and it had just the right amount of caffeine not to make me go sky rocket, but as I was gulping down the coffee, the thought of having a Black Asahi came to my mine again. darn it, can be drinking always. Headed down to see Alvin, Grace, Ian and Justin, we scooted to a place called BALLYMOON by MuddyMurphy, situated in Orchard Parade, and I can tell you this place is just a old man pub, I suggested we go to a real party area, eveyrone agreed and yet again we hop to Clarke Quay, we drank at LeNoir, and then the drinks was not enough, we went to Zirca and partied till .. not even going to mention the time, you definitely for sure will know what time I reached home. In Zirca some how I felt the age gap with the kids, I mean teenagers inside the club, you can see why clubs are not earning money, cause this kids do not have the spending power, I see empty tables but tons of people around, big tables with only 1 bottle of chivas, and the top floor totally empty, This is not a good sign for Friday clubbers anyway, ok I went home grab my passport went off to JB to wash my car and top up o the fuel, came back at 6:20am. talk about being 24hours with no Sleep! really makes me agrouch! GGgRRRrr… Dont MeSS Wth Me Now !!

Kids Fighting Zombie

Monster coming to your bedroom killing everyone, Dinosaur moving outside your window, human flying everywhere, cars going into water like james bond well only the last one is reality now but the rest is still what rest in our dreams, well I use to dream that I have fight with dinosaurs, fly around the world like Superman, well most of us don’t get to live in those dreams, some of us would want those dreams to come true cause we get to fight with dinosaurs or whatever we choose, but this kids get to fight with ZOMBIES, REAL ZOMBIES have a look

So Funny

When I saw this clip off in Youtube, it reminded me how many stuff we did when we were at the bikeshop also, There was a fair share of craziness like this when I was riding with the pack, now all working and stuff, ride and train alone. Who knows might start visiting the bike shop again, just to share the clip I saw here it is, darn funny, its about how cyclist support CO2 cartridge or manual hand pump, not to spoil the ending check it out on how they resolve their problem AWESOME ! like the guy in mavic tri clothes



Kerry Roberts is
the past president and chairperson of the National Bicycle Dealers
Association and provides consulting services to the bicycle industry.
He is also the owner of The Bicycle Company, which includes Bike Pedlar
retail stores in Nashville, Brentwood, and Hermitage, Tennessee.

The information contained in this report comes primarily from Bicycle
Retailer and Industry News’ Factory and Suppliers Guide, published
annually in October. Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is the
definitive trade publication in the bicycle industry. Other sources of
information include trade show and factory visits, technical writers in
the cycling media, and bicycle company employees who wish to remain

bike companies have a few secrets. And one of those secrets is where
your bike is made or who actually made it. The bike companies like it
that way because many of them rely upon the same factories to build
their bikes!

The big picture is pretty clear: around 95% of the bikes sold in the U.S. are made in China or Taiwan by a handful of manufacturers of which Giant is the largest.

Generally speaking, low to mid level bikes are made in China and mid to high level bikes are made in Taiwan.
The exception is carbon; many manufacturers use Chinese manufacturers
to make their carbon frames – even their high-end racing frames.

it comes to knowing where your bike is made, shouldn’t it be as easy as
looking at the sticker on your bike or what is printed on the box in
which your bike came? After all, how confusing can a label that says
“Made in the USA” or “Made in France” or “Made in Italy” be?

– in a word – very. It is very confusing because your definition of
“made in” is different from the bike industry’s definition.

A typical rule of thumb is that the country claiming origin has to add 60% or more of the value of the final product.

For example, you and I can import an unpainted carbon fiber racing frame from China to Spain which will ultimately retail for $4,000 with Shimano components in the United States.

frame and fork may only cost $200 from the Chinese manufacturer. In
Spain, we will paint, decal, assemble, and box the bike for shipping to
the U.S.

Our cost to paint, decal, assemble, and box might be $300 and the cost of the components might be another $800. 

So is this bike “Made in China” or “Made in Spain?” According to the bike industry’s definition, the bike is made in Spain. The sticker will say “Made in Spain” as will the shipping box to the United States because over 60% of the value will be added in Spain.

say we take the same frame and have the Chinese manufacturer paint it,
decal it, assemble it into a bicycle, and ship it to Spain. When we ship it to the United States, the label will have to say “Made in China.”

the best way to eliminate the confusion is for the bicycle industry to
follow the lead of the automobile industry and tell the end consumer
the countries of origin of all aspects of the bicycle.

all, if you are led to believe by a bunch of marketing people that your
bike was handmade in Spain when it was actually mass-produced in a
Chinese factory, would you buy that bike? Maybe – but you wouldn’t pay
a premium for it.

With these things in mind, here is an
alphabetical brand by brand run down of some key bike brands sold in
the U.S. along with a few bits of trivia.

– As I was writing this, it occurred to me that Bianchi and Schwinn
have remarkably similar histories. Both were turn-of-the-century
family-owned companies, manufactured their own bicycles, were popular
brands in their respective countries, fell upon hard times, were
eventually sold, moved substantially all of their production to Asia,
and have seen a resurgence in the past few years under new owners!

In 1996, Bianchi was sold to a Swedish conglomerate (now known as Cycleurope1) whereas Schwinn went through several owners before winding up with Pacific in 2001.2

Under Cycleurope, which owns 11 bicycle brands,3
much of the bicycle production shifted from Italy to Asia, with the
exception of some final bicycle assembly (i.e., Asian frames assembled
into complete bicycles) and limited high-end production.

Let me take a minute and address Reparto Corse bicycles, because their "Made in Italy" sticker is a source of confusion.

historic Treviglio factory – a monstrosity of a thing which used to
house much of Bianchi’s manufacturing before it shifted to Asia – has a
section dedicated to Reparto Corse. It used to be that Reparto Corse
(RC) meant the race department where high-end bikes were made. Now it
is used as sort of a branding logo to identify the upper-end bikes that
get the RC design and marketing treatment.

Many of the RC bikes
have a "Made in Italy" sticker, which usually means assembled in Italy
using a frame made in Asia. For example, the carbon RC frames are
made by Advanced International Multitech (a Taiwanese carbon
manufacturer of bike parts, baseball bats, golf shafts, arrows, fishing
poles, etc.) and the aluminum frames are made by Taiwan Hodaka.

are some frames still welded at Treviglio. My understanding is that the
aluminum frames with carbon rears are either welded there or, at least,
bonded there. I also understand that the frames with foam injection
have the injection process completed there, even if the frames come
from Asia.

Although Taiwan Hodaka manufacturers many of Bianchi’s U.S. models, Fairly and Giant have manufactured for Bianchi in the past. 

– Aluminum Cannondales are made in the U.S. Cannondale, which was owned
by founder Joe Montgomery and his son Scott. Cannondale is now owned by
its key investment fund after experiencing financial problems.
Cannondale’s market share appears to have diminished but stabilized.

to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News in June 2007, low-end Cannondales
are made in Taiwan – probably by Fritz-jou. Others are welded and
painted in Taiwan then sent to the US for assembly. The Synapse is made
by Top Key.

In February 2008, Dorel Industries announced the
acquisition of Cannondale and Sugoi clothing in an all-cash transaction
of $190 million to $200 million. Dorel purchased Pacific Cycle
(Schwinn, Mongoose, and GT Bicycle brands) in 2004.

Cervelo – Cervelo is a Canadian company. Bikes are made in Asia and assembled in Canada.

Cervelo R3 - Made In China

– In 1944, when Ernesto Colnago served as a 12-year old apprentice in
the shop of Dante Fumagalli, did he have any idea he would become the
most famous of all Italian frame builders?

Colnago is,
perhaps, the most coveted of all professional-quality bicycle brands -
just look at the pages of VeloNews or Pro Cycling and see how many
professional riders race on Colnagos!

Frames are still
hand-made in Italy, except for three entry level aluminum models made
in Taiwan (probably by Giant) and the carbon CLX, which is also made in

De Rosa - De Rosa is an
Italian company that is one of the Italian "big three" that includes
Colnago and Pinarello. Ugo De Rosa, along with his sons, have been
building bikes for over 50 years. As far as I know, all bikes are made
in Italy.

Ducati – Bianchi has announced a
licensing agreement with Ducati to produce a line of bikes with the
Ducati name. It is my understanding that the frames will be sourced
from Asia with the final assembly at Treviglio.

Felt – Felt was started by motocross guru Jim Felt. All production comes from Asia.

– Gary Fisher is the "godfather" of mountain bikes. After struggling
with his own bicycle company, he sold his brand to Trek Bicycle
Company. Still involved in designing and marketing his brand, Gary is a
popular figure at bicycle industry events. He’s sort of a cult figure
with an unmatched sense of fashion! Fisher bikes are made in Asia,
except for the full-suspension rigs (which are made in Wisconsin).

– Fuji is now owned by Ideal, who manufacturers most of their bikes.
Ideal is one of the key Taiwanese manufacturers along with Giant and
Merida. Ideal also manufactures for other brands. Topkey
of China manufacturers Fuji’s carbon frames. 

– You may have ridden a bicycle made by Giant without knowing it! Giant
is the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer with factories in Taiwan,
China, and Europe. Giant, a Taiwanese company started in 1972,
manufacturers their own bikes – including the carbon bikes, which is
unique in the industry (i.e., most other brands utilize other
manufacturers such as Advanced or Martec).

In addition to
making their own bikes, Giant also makes, or has made, bikes for many
other prominent brands, including Trek, Specialized, Schwinn, and
Bianchi. Giant’s claim to fame is that they have the most sophisticated
and efficient manufacturing facilities in the bicycle industry.

A bit of trivia is that Giant owns 30% of Hodaka, a key Taiwanese supplier for many brands such as Bianchi.5

Giant also sponsors the T-Mobile professional cycling team.

– a California BMX company started in 1977 by Bob Haro. All production
comes from Asia. Haro owns the Masi brand. Kenstone, with factories in
Tawan and China, is a key supplier. 

Jamis -
Jamis is the house brand of G. Joannou Cycle, a long-time distributor
of bicycles and accessories. The bicycles are designed in the U.S. and
sourced from Asia.

Kestrel – Kestrel, an early
pioneer in carbon frames, introduced the first production non-lugged
carbon frame in 1986. Originally, frames were manufactured in
California. In recent years, production shifted to Asia. The frames
appear to be made by Martec.

Kona – a
California company with all production from Asia. Kona, founded in
1988, is a very small company similar in size to Marin. Fairly and
Hodaka in Taiwan are key suppliers.

Kuota -
Kuota frames are made in Taiwan by Martec, the same manufacturer that
makes Kestrel frames. Kuota is a creation of Sintema, an Italian
manufacturer of components. Basically, they designed the frames, had
the frames manufactured in Taiwan, and marketed the brand heavily in
the U.S., Western Europe, and Australia. Kuota has been a successful
brand launch in a very short period of time.

– Greg LeMond is the first American to win the Tour de France, winning
in 1986, 1989, and 1990. LeMond also won three World Championships and
the Tour DuPont. His career was cut short by lead poisoning from a
hunting accident. LeMond’s early bikes were made by Roberto Bilatto in
Italy and distributed by a now-defunct company named Ten Speed Drive
Imports. The Bilatto-made frames are somewhat collectible.

After an attempt to have an independent bike company, LeMond licensed his brand to Trek Bicycle Company.6
Trek now designs and markets his bikes, which are made in Asia except
for the spine bikes featuring OCLV carbon (which are made in Wisconsin).

bit of LeMond trivia is that he helped develop the first aerobar with
Scott and used it in his amazing come-from-behind victory in the 1989
Tour de France.7

Litespeed -
Starting in the 1980’s, Litespeed was a pioneer in titanium frame
building. As their reputation grew, a steady stream of cycling legends
came to Litespeed for their titanium expertise. For many years,
Litespeed built frames for famous brands such as DeRosa, Merckx, Basso,
LeMond, Tommassini, and others.8

Litespeed was, for a
period of time, the largest manufacturer of high-end bicycles in the
world. All bikes, including the Merlin brand that they own, are made in
Tennessee except for the carbon Pavia (which has been discontinued).
The Quintana Roo brand is also owned by Litespeed but is made in Asia.

Look – Look is a French company with frames made in France and Asia. Look is also a leading pedal brand.

– a California company with production from Asia, except for a handful
of high-end models. Marin is a very small company similar in size to
Kona. Key Asian suppliers are A-Pro, Fairly, and Sunrise.

– Faliero Masi was, in my opinion, the "grandfather" of all Italian
frame builders, serving as inspiration to famous frame builders like
Ernesto Colnago. Faliero sold his company to Americans in the early
70’s. Since then, the brand has had several owners including Schwinn!
At present, the Masi brand is owned by Haro (the California BMX company)9 and the bikes are made in Asia.

of my favorite frames was a made-in-Italy Nuovo Strada that I bought
from Cumberland Transit in the 80’s. Unfortunately, it was stolen in
the 90’s!

Alberto Masi, Faliero’s son, still hand-makes the
traditional Masi frames in the shadow of the Vigorelli Velodrome in
Milan. Unfortunately, these frames – due the licensing of the Masi name
to Haro – are not sold in the U.S. under the Masi name. Instead, these
frames are sold in the U.S. under the "Milano" name.10 

Merlin – see Litespeed.

– Olmo is a prominent brand in Italy. Traditionally, Olmo has been made
in Italy. I don’t have any information on whether any models are made
in Asia.

Orbea – Orbea is one of the two
large Spanish bicycle manufacturers. It is sort of like Spain’s version
of Trek or Schwinn. Bikes are produced in Spain and Asia. High-end
carbon frames are made in Asia and "finished" (i.e., painted) in Spain.

From Bicycle Retailer and Industry News:

Orbea builds
aluminum frames in-house. Carbon fiber frame production, which accounts
for half of its road bikes, up from 20 percent just three years ago, is
outsourced to such Chinese specialists as Martec.

But unlike
many bike makers who are content to tweak stock factory frames, Orbea
does all of its carbon fiber frame design, engineering and prototyping
in-house. It builds its own molds for new frames and assembles several
dozen prototypes before handing off manufacturing instructions to China.

need to keep and develop our own knowledge of composites and carbon
fiber, and then to find someone who can work with us to build what we
want them to build," Joseba Arizaga (Orbea’s marketing manager) said.
"We make the molds, the first frames, everything here in Orbea. Then,
when we are ready to do mass production, we send the instructions to
Asia." 11

Pinarello – This Italian
company has been producing world-class frames since the 1950’s.
Pinarello – along with Colnago and DeRosa – is one of the Italian "big
three." You can visit their website,, for a nice history
of the company.

Some frames are now made in Taiwan, including
the aluminum Galileo. I haven’t been able to confirm this, but
apparently the carbon frames are made in Asia then shipped to Italy for
painting and assembly.

– A few years ago, the U.S. management team, headed by former Murray
exec Bill Austin, bought Raleigh from its U.K. owners. Headquartered in
Kent, Washington, production comes from Asia, with key suppliers being
Kinesis and A-Pro.

Schwinn – Schwinn was for many years the largest American brand. All bicycles were made domestically until the late 80’s.

In 1985, Schwinn management called mountain bikes a "fad" – oops.12
After two bankruptcies, Schwinn is now owned by Pacific, who also owns
GT, Mongoose, and the Pacific (and some other brands). Pacific is
headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.

Under Pacific’s
ownership, the Schwinn brand is returning to prominence. Pacific sells
more bicycles than any other brand in North America. However, that
includes Pacific brands sold at WalMart, Target, etc.13

The bikes sold in the U.S. are made in Asia, many by Giant.

Scott USA -
Scott got its start in Sun Valley, Idaho, when Ed Scott developed the
first aluminum ski pole in 1958. In the 80’s, Scott developed a bike

Eventually, Scott pulled out of the U.S. market and focused on Europe, where Scott is headquartered.14

an absence of several years, Scott has returned to the U.S. market
under the direction of Scott Montgomery of Cannondale fame. Although
the company is headquartered in Switzerland, production comes from
Asia, with key suppliers being Hodaka and Giant.

– Serotta is a U.S. manufacturer of high-end bicycles. It competes with
Seven and Waterford and is of similar size to Waterford.

Seven – Seven is America’s number one custom bicycle brand. Seven Cycles was founded by Rob Vandermark in early 1997.

previously head of R&D at Merlin Metalworks, decided to branch out
on his own and develop a company to build high-end titanium and steel
frames. He also wanted to offer the rider custom geometry, without
extra charges and long lead times. So Rob assembled a team of
experienced craftspeople who all shared a common goal: To build the
highest quality, most innovative frames, and therefore provide the
cyclist with the best riding experience possible.

All bikes are hand-made in Watertown, Massachusetts.

– Started in 1974 by Mike Sinyard, Specialized has enjoyed a
long-standing reputation for being a leading bicycle design and
marketing company.

Several years ago, Merida (a Taiwanese
manufacturer) bought a substantial interest in Specialized. Although
Specialized is still headquartered in California under the leadership
of founder Mike Sinyard, all bikes are made in Asia. Key Asian
suppliers are Merida, Ideal, and Giant.

Time -
Time produces what is arguably the most advanced carbon frame in the
world and all frames are hand-made in France, even the entry level

Trek – It’s hard to believe that
America’s largest bicycle brand had humble beginnings in a barn! Yet in
1976, Dick Burke – with an investment of $25,000 – started making
bicycle frames in a little red barn near Madison, Wisconsin. By 1980,
Trek built their first manufacturing plant in Wisconsin and the rest,
as they say, is history!15

After many years of making its own bicycles in the U.S., Trek moved entry and mid level bicycle manufacturing to Asia.

1992, Trek introduced its proprietary OCLV carbon process (Optimum
Compaction Low Void) which is still used in its handmade carbon frames.
All OCLV carbon frames – road and mountain – are still made in
Waterloo, Wisconsin. The all-carbon 5000 (which does not feature OCLV)
is made in Asia.

Worldwide, Trek is the second largest bicycle
company after Giant (of the brands sold only in bicycle stores). They
are one of the most sought-after brands by U.S. dealers because of
their strong commitment to brick and mortar bicycle stores (i.e., the
brand cannot be sold mail order or over the Internet) and because of
their dealer-friendly policies.

Trek owns (or licenses) Fisher, LeMond, Klein, and Bontrager.

– Tommasini is a small Italian frame builder in Grosseto, Italy, of
similar size to Seven, Waterford, and Serotta. Much of Tommasini’s
production is exported out of Italy, with their largest markets being
the U.S., Germany, and Japan. In September 2006, Irio Tommasini’s
nieces took over U.S. distribution and are relaunching the brand in the

Waterford – Waterford is America’s number one steel custom bicycle brand. All bikes are hand-made in Waterford, Wisconsin.

the late 1970’s, a young rider, designer and builder named Marc Muller
was hired by the Schwinn Bicycle Company. He brought the experience and
innovation from his own framebuilding enterprise and took charge of
building the Paramounts, the dominant brand of American-build racing

In the early 1980’s, Marc moved the Paramount factory
to Waterford, Wisconsin and continued building elite bicycles and also
created a cycling design laboratory.

Marc and his staff
introduced a number of key innovations including oversized tubing (one
of the most significant advances in frame design), 26" wheels, cast-in
cable guides and a patented full suspension system. These advances
allowed them to design and build bikes for National and World champions
such as Ned Overand, Marc Allen, Mike Engleman, Tom Prehn and many

In 1993, Marc Muller and Richard Schwinn, great-grandson
of Ignaz Schwinn, bought the Paramount factory and renamed it Waterford
Precision Cycles.17

Marc is now one of the most
respected bike designers in the entire bicycle industry. And Waterford,
with a one hundred year heritage in bicycle manufacturing, continues to
make a winning, world class frames one at a time.

Royalties behaving badly in public, SHame on You !

Have you recently heard of the
case where the Royalties in Malaysia had a fight between the Negri Sembilan and
the Johors at a Night club, well at first, you guys are Muslim what are you all
doing in a CLUB? ? ?  Drinking? The last I
heard was a Muslim girl model was going to be caned for drinking beer,  I feel sorry for that girl because she is just
a commoner, I have seen picture of those royalties drinking beer and partying
away in night club and posing immorally I have seen those pictures but I definitely
cant pose  that website here anyway..


Read about Model drinking beer


so what about this monkeys. Just
because they think they are royalties they think they can do anything whipping
out a gun in public and harassing the other person, the last I read was the
Datuk who whipped out his gun in public was jailed! Read about it here


and another incident


As a matter of fact


Do read the news about how the
Negri Sembilan Royaly wants to sue the Johor Royalty for 50million , read it here first if you have not

of course
its got to be that that exorbitant amount because if you were to charge them
based on the  people of the nation which
is RM5k to RM27k maximum for a broken nose,  wait for me to be rich one day and I will come
over and PUNCH that Mutha in the face and give him RM40k including tips, What
is RM30k to these @$%#$%


So that should justify the
amount, we are not talking about normal people here, they are royalties. So why
behave like kids fighting and punching and even kidnapping them into the
elevator and then suing for a large sum of money, as my friend said to me, if
you do shit you pay for it !

Birthday Gift Ideas for the Women you love !!

Birthday gift ideas for women you love?

that is really oxymoron -women you love. Firstly, you would only give
gifts to ladies whom you loved, would you give to women you hate or
even stranger (I think that is even a crime).

Anyway, it is
not easy to come out with gift ideas for women, it is tough. For guys
that have been married for some years, it is even tougher, you simply
ran out of ideas.

The thing is this, if you get her the things
she really want, you might just end out breaking a large hole in your
pocket (what is this thing about women and diamond anyway?). But, if
you get her things she do not fancy, you would break a hole in your
mind, with the constant nagging or cold war etc…

You get the picture, we all wanted the best BIRTHDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR WOMEN we love, but it is not easy. So, here I am writing this article -would I be able to help? 

The first thing you must know

guys have probably got it very wrong. When the ladies told us that it
is never about the gift, they meant it. They are looking for care and
concern, so even if your gift is megre but the experience is good -they
would love it.

Key ingredients here are care and concern, and
you can achieve it with very little money, it would take some of your
time though..

Making it yourself

reason why expensive stuff are so dear to the ladies is because they
equate it with care and concern. To them, you care enough for them to
buy expensive gift and part with your money to pamper them.

if you do not want to spend half your pay on some nice looking
crystals, you might want to consider making the gift yourself.

Yes, handmade some presents. Then, you would not have to worry about BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR HER, you can handmade something anytime right?

when you handmade it, no matter how it look like, the sincerity and the
effort that you have put it into it would melt her heart.

Trust me, she would display it in the most prominent places and show off to all her friends "my darling, make it for me"…

The surprise element

spend thousands on it to get a smile from their lady and all these was
spend on one element -surprise. Yes, it is this surprise if you can
incorporate into whatever gift ideas for her, it is really deliver the
punch. It can be as simple as a treasure hunt where she
has to get the clues from her friends and ultimately lead to you and
the prize (check out this article for details of this game). Or,
even a surprise trip for her to a place where she has not been before.
Remember, it is not the place that matters, it is the effort that has
gone into the arrangement that would touch her….

Do you get it?

was never my intention to give you a step by step guide to surprising
your women or delivering the best gift. In fact, I would never be able
to do it.

The person that has this capability is YOU. You know
her best and can do the arrangement that would let her break into that
beautiful smile.

All you need to do is put in some thoughts
and follow it through. I can assure you that regardless of your gift,
she would definitely be thrilled.

How many ladies have man that would go all out to surprise them?

Mizuno Wave Run Singapore

My one day delayed Mizuno Race Report ! Sorry La, I went out shopping after that 10mile run, I think Mizuno went to far to be different by calling themselves 10mile run, its actually 16km run to the many asians. Biasa la, we use KM ma, where got Miles. anyway I got one word to say to this Mizuno Run.. its best describe as "SUCKS" seriously I will tell u why now.

woke up with Girl again, she is coincidentally now working, so my number 1 supporter again ! YEAH ! we both didn’t feel very good after yesterday dinner, so driving there I was telling her that I dont want to run today cause not feeling myself, but my head keeps telling me GO GO GO, its only 16k run, should be a fast 1hr 20min run ~ cause my 5k is about 25min to 28min on a good day. BOY was i wrong to do this run, what a sucky experience ever, never have I run such a Bad ORGANISED race.  Me knowing Mizuno wave run always love incorporating hills in their run, so I am prepared mentally, I didnt start in the front of the pack as always so this time I walked with Nicole all the way to the back, I just took my time cause not reeally feeling well, the first 3 click ran with Nicole, timing after crossing 2.5click was already 17min on my watch, so pretty slow, then I sped up and leaving Nicole behind cause I dont want to be crowding together in the water station, Ran and Ran and guess what, we reached a cross junction and HALT !! STOPPPP !! yeah thats what race marshall said, and we got to let the cars pass by, WHAT A JOKE ! so all of the people huddle together waiting for the traffic lights to be green ! this is really a joke to be honest ! not one but a FEW stop ! Imagine you running and getting your rhythm and you feel good till STOPPPPP !!

ahaha ..  thats problem with Mizuno number 1, secondly after the 8k grabbed some water, found out they RAN OUT OF CUPS !! hahaa .. darn it man ! ok they are now passing out big 1.5l of isotonic water for you to drink, some people are so selfish they took the whole bottle drank a mouth and threw out the rest ! I aM like WTF dude .. what about the people behind, I am not one of those, I took a water bottle and filled half and half water and took along the way. So passed that water station and made a U-turn at the SLE junction where there was traffic again, this time passing the water station again from the opposite side, but this time I heard the volunteers saying SORRY NO MORE WATER ! I was like WTF !! If I was the back runners and I skipped my water station from previously and hoping to get my water on the 8k mark and they say no water ! I AM GOING TO SCREAM ! so those are one of many problems these badly organised run is ! OH I got to mention this.. this is really a CHampIonED Race Organiser, they make people run on the walk way pavement, imagine a few thousand people running on the small little walk payment with different speeds ! I didnt bother just ran on the road heeding the road marshal and even the police ! so NO NO NO NO NO MORE MIZUNO WAVE RUN FOR ME ! no matter what.. no more means no more.. really a stupid run.. I believe many people will agree with me. Please correct me if I am wrong !

And to Nicole my protege, great run ! u are doing great ! lets break ur 10k run this coming Nike Run Surely u can break 1hr This is her saying how late she is going to work, she went to work without feeling tired and all she had was a good nap in the cab on the way back to her house. So it comes to show doing 16k is chicken feet even to her now, she is aiming for 2 hour for her half marathon this coming Stan Chart ! Lets see what she will get !


This is really ridiculous, I thought the Louis Vuitton Bag was crazy expensive, wait till you see the Chanel .. just don’t faint when you see the last one ! I saw this on the net and I guess I share it with you guys, slowly saviour the bags

If you think spending hundreds of dollars for a pair of worn-out
blue jeans is worth it because of current trends, just wait until you
hear how much it costs to buy the world’s most expensive purse.
Expensive purses have long been status symbols in upper-class culture.
For years women routinely shelled out hundreds, sometimes thousands for
the “it” bag, but the major price shift to the five figure handbag
occurred nearly five years ago when bag makers started offering
“signature items”. With this shift came a willingness to spend way more
than necessary and the idea that these handbags are not just
accessories, but investments and collectibles too.

Louis Vuitton’s Tribute Patchwork Bag – $45,000

Most expensive purse - Louis Vuitton Tribute Patchwork Bag

Louis Vuitton’s Tribute Patchwork Bag, LV’s most expensive handbag,
has an even higher retail price. This hideous bag, made in 2007 from
fifteen other bags exhumed from LV’s fashion graveyard—their
spring/summer and cruise lines, to be exact—actually sold out fairly

One can only hope that the supply, limited to only twenty-four numbered bags, had more to do with that than high demand.

Hermès “Birkin” – $64,800

World's Most Expensive Purses - Hermès Birkin

While a Hermès “Birkin” bag retails at $37,000 USD, the highest
amount paid for one of these bags was $64,800 USD, sold at a Doyle New
York auction in April of 2005. This black crocodile-skin features
silver hardware, 14-karat white gold closure plates paved with 174
diamonds and an additional 310 diamonds on the lock. The 484 diamonds
weigh in at 14.11 carats.

Leiber Precious Rose – $92,000

World's Most Expensive Purses - Leiber Precious Rose

Without a doubt, the most remarkable thing about Judith Leiber’s
most expensive handbag is its unique rose shape. There’s a lot more
going on with this purse than that, however. It’s lined with metallic
kidskin and features 1,016 diamonds (42.56 carats), 1,169 pink
sapphires and 800 pink tourmalines. For the purse’s metal components,
Leiber used 18-karat white gold. Only one was ever made and it’s no
longer available from Leiber’s boutique.

Lana Marks’ Cleopatra Clutch – $100,000

World's Most Expensive Purses - Lana Marks' Cleopatra Clutch

Lana Marks releases just one of these limited edition bags per year.
Pictured here is the 2007 bag, made with metallic silver alligator skin
and 1,500 fully cut, faceted black and white diamonds set in an
18-karat white gold frame. Each year’s bag is signed and numbered.

Chanel “Diamond Forever” Classic Bag – $261,000

World's Most Expensive Purses - Chanel Diamond Forever

Only thirteen of these pricey Chanel bags were created with only
five available stateside. The alligator-skin bags featured clasps set
with 334 diamond (3.56 carats) in the shape of Chanel’s trademark
double-C logo. Eighteen-karat white gold was used to fashion both the
clasp and the bag’s long shoulder straps.

Ginza Tanaka’s purse – $1.9 million

World's most expensive purse
(via CityNews)

The most expensive purse in the world is a unique bag created by
Japanese jewelry house Ginza Tanaka. It shouldn’t surprise you that the
most expensive purse is covered in diamonds—over 2,000 diamonds
totaling 208 carats, in fact—but the bag’s other features make it truly
special. For one thing, the rest of the bag is made of platinum, a very
difficult metal to work for such a project. For another, the strap and
clasp can be detached and worn as a necklace and brooch. It’s almost as
if they expect someone to actually use this bag!

The luxurious handbag will be on display in several stores across
London during the first ever London Jewellery Week. It’s being offered
by jewelry shop Nicholas James for the phenomenal price of £1 million
(nearly US $2 million).


Yellow Ribbon Run Race Report

The Long Awaited Yellow Ribbon Run Report, Sunday Morning of 6th September 09, woke up at 4.50am for a 7.30am event,why is that so? cause I have to plan where is the car going to be parked in as this event is very special, so specialthat the START point is not the END point, so guess how complicated that is, lucky there are shuttle bus to bring us Girl was not working on that day so she became the number "1" supporter of mine "felt so lucky" hahah, we drove up to pick Nicole at RiverValley and back to Changi Expo, parked the car for like 2 mins there wanting to take the shuttle bus but was advise that can go to the park at the Carpark at ChangiVillage also, wasted $3bucks on parking just for that 5minAnyway the morning has not break yet as its still 6.30 in the morning, Drove to Changi and parked, not many people arrived yet, Saw Mr Teo to unlock the second prison ceremony and It then it was drizzling, slightly.

There was some warm-up session before the run, thought you HAVE to warm up before the run but not like this kinda of Warmupanyway, the drizzle faded away and it was a cool morning, Flagged off, started quite in front but there are still many people ahead of us, Nicole wanted to start with the ELITES, she say lets go run with those hunks ! haha, no thanks, most prorbably you can only see then for like 2 mins and they will be GONE with the wind. Horn Blaring and Runners Running, it was fun, Saw nicole bursting off like a demon unleashed from hell, I had to burst off running to catch up then I left her running behind, I tried to maintain my stride all the way, To cut the run route short will just saw that its a very scenic route, lots of interesting thing to see, but the thing I will remember is the side line cheerleader, its not those girls I am talking about, its this group of guys and girls and the Team LEAD cheer,he was totally funny, He Shouted "STEADY" the group shout STEADY, he Shouted "STRONG" the group Shouted strong then he shouted "STEADY STRONG" they followed, after saying the combination of words I saw his face totally confused and lost, he was like looking at the group and had this blank looked in his face, he then shouted "STEADY again..all over again ! it was a hilarious sight looking at this blank and puzzled face on what to say and motivate the runners, but its all good, along the way there was this couple who parked their cars and was sitting with their dogs CLAPPING FOR ALL THE RUNNERS who passed by, TOTALLY AWESOME COUPLE ! who ever you guys are, Singapore definitely need to have more cheering spirits for events like you guys.

Came to the last 1k of the run, we had to turn into the PRISON ! wow !! PRISON i tell you.. nice,.. ran into the compound and I can tell you, this Prison field is really big, kinda remind me of PRISON BREAK, i was thinking.."WOW MICHAEL SCOFFIELD" no words to describe it, Saw Girl standing with camera from 300 meter away with the red crumpler bag and camera in Hand, shouted out to her to tell her that I am nearby, wanted to run over and kiss her
ahahah, but think she will run away with all the sweat on me, in the last 100 meter I could see the clock ticking, it was 55:30sec my PR was 58min for the Mizuno held in KL, so I was running to get 55min, I DASH for 55min timing, the guy next to me thinks I am competing with him, SO HE DASH !! i wanted to say HEY I AM NOT COMPETING WITH YOU, HE RAN and I RAN, the timer turned 56min at the 5meter mark I WAS SO DEVISTATED, so I let the other moron ran through first, but after I stopped my stop watch I still remember I had a 30sec slower start time, this means I am still in the 55:30category

I hope there is a picture of the place, I will only post the picture when my other lappy is working again. At least I don’t have to do this race report in a small EEEPC. Great Fun! I do hope all people will sign up for run all year round no matter where they are, races is for you to compete with yourself not with others, that is how I see it, run your own and have that sense of accomplishment. If you want to be at the top, then train full time you will be there some day!

New Balance 903 review

what can i say, I have sinned, haha ,., went out to buy another pair of shoes, wanted to buy a Saucony fastwitch or the A2, but the fore foot is a bit tight due to their narrow construction of the I stuck with my NB shoes and got another new pair in the series of 903, , because my NB800 is gone, its only 3 months and i think i clocked about 500km on it already, one half marathon, countless 10k runs, countless 5k runs and not to mention training on it .. so 3 months the sole of the shoes has already smoothen out and there is no grip, will use it for short run like 5k runs.

Glad I was walking around in IMM and I got my new shoes, was thinking of a yellow or a red one, so i stuck with contemporary colour RED ! maybe i will head back to get anther yellow one. why is that so? buying two new shoes at once? cause today I came back home and quickly put it on to do a short tempo run, What Can I SAY but " THE FEELING IS GREAT" have i ever tried a pair of shoes so comfortable yet so light ! yeah THIS NB 903 is the one. it really feels like running on cushion and everytime my feet hit the pavement it feels so soft as though the road are made of cushion I knw u may think i am exagerating  here but go google for a review of this shoe, u will be surprise if the comments are the same. it may not be the newest shoe out there but it sure works for me

CLICK HERE TO READ the review, oh .. i forgot to mention that it won the editors choice shoe for runnerworld 08. so what is there to say, I am going to get my yellow pair another day


race report of yellow ribbon run later, this blog post is very short cause i am using the irritating eeepc, cant even type properly hence the many errorskeyboard is so small.. arGh !!

technology is WunderBar !!

Its a beautiful Saturday on this early week of September, My Acer laptop has officially been corrupted by virus and its definitely not in a state of revival, but will bring out the defibrillator and let it work its magic on the 4 year old heap of plastic tonight, got to bring out some files from my HD. Still got some good life in it seemingly I only use it for surfing the net, no games, no movies, no music, ok ok .. the last two is more of the extreme side but hey it was still working fine till last wee, but this blog post is not about my handicapped laptop, its more of technology holisitcally, IMHO I really and truly think that the world has shrunk to a click ! yup, a click, well lappy down got a good book to read recommended by Sarina, its called "Tuesday with Morrie" Mitch Albom and having GORGEOUS JAZZ blasting away on my hi-fi, as Borat would say it "NICEEEEEE"

Its really beautiful with the creation of blogpost,friendster,facebook, myspace, and the latest to be tried by me TWITTER. I am now in touch with Barrack Obama, Lance Armstrong, Tony AirAsia Fernandes or even Gurmit Singh, well its not really feeling them or talking to them, even thought they can do that but dont think they have time for people like us. So what do we do, we just follow them, in twitter terms its getting to know what they are up to when they so call update their tweet/twit. The world now is so small that you can find out any ALMOST anything you wan with a click, hence the phrase "shrunk to a click"

I am not going to type in extended detail about this but just to share a thought cause I am typing this blogpost on a 10inch netbook which is made for gnomes or elfs hiding in technology land,just wanna say that technology helped me gain great friendship along the way from my Nsao of Thailand who then in turn married to my Best friends, to girls from UK, to Japan and most currently on twitter, business owners like @Standingsushi who has great PR skills but honestly I think a great friend. do visit him and say hi to him at his website click here and do follow him in his business growth in his blogsite, pretty cool and that is his wordpress background image, "NICEEEEE"

I am going to stop here, cause my fingers is getting all cramped up typing on this minisized keypad. have fun tomorrow is YellowRibbon run at changi, only a short 10k run, bet its going to be really fun ! more pics tomorrow

Lady GaGa Naked? and with pictures WOWEEE !

This really caught my eye, so here you go for all you lady gaga fans, Her personal style is famously eccentric – but Lady GaGa’s latest
photo shoot is probably her most outrageous to date, but this time,
because of what she’s NOT wearing. Sporting nothing but a
fluffy pink wig and copious amounts of fake tan, the singer flaunted an
enviable figure for legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino.The
series of images, which appear in the latest issue of U.S. magazine V,
push the boundaries of acceptability, and like many of her ensembles,
are unlikely to appeal to everyone’s tastes.


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