Part of the beauty of running a race is taking in the scenery around you.
With the ING New York City Marathon this weekend -- a major event that people travel the world for -- we decided to take a look at some of the most beautiful races in the world.
The New York City marathon takes runners through all five boroughs and finishes in Central Park, among changing leaves and cheering fans.
THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF AGILE, DECEPTIVE AND DEADLY ATTACK
(Singapore, 29 May 2013) – Nike unveiled its latest football performance innovation – The Nike Hypervenom – at an event in Rio de Janeiro with Brazil striker Neymar.
The Hypervenom is a completely new boot, created with the feedback of players like Neymar, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. These players specified the need for a boot that could help them create space quickly in and around the penalty area, and get their shot off from any angle. They discussed the increased agility of opponents, referencing today’s defenders who are now as quick, as agile and as skillful as many of the world’s top forwards.
Brazil striker Neymar was most direct in his feedback “Help me make space more often and more quickly. I want a boot that helps enhance my agility and gives me the space to get my shot off before I’m closed down.”
“Neymar’s input was invaluable. He had been wearing the Mercurial Vapor IX a boot designed to help athletes look and find space to beat a man. It’s a pure speed product. The Hypervenom focuses on creating the space in order to put the ball in the net. It’s a small but important nuance. It is designed to increase the player’s agility and their ability to get a shot off,” said Phil McCartney, VP Nike Football, Footwear.
New boot for changing game The Nike Football design team, led by Denis Dekovic, Nike Football Design Director began by looking at the attacking forces in today’s game. “The game is changing. It used to be that speed was focus of the attacking side of the game. But now everybody has pace. The creation of the Nike Hypervenom is a reaction to the way the game is changing. Players want to be quicker. Not just in a foot race, but quicker with the ball at their feet in small spaces. They want to leverage the natural agility they already have to find space in a congested penalty area. They want to create chances from nothing. The Hypervenom is designed to do exactly that.”
Fitness & Nutrition expert Dr. Rick Kattouf says In order to get leaner, there are five main components that we need to focus on. (extracted from an article by Dr R Kattouf on Training Peaks' site.
1. Build muscle: Losing body fat means that we need to increase our metabolism and in order to do so, we need to build lean muscle.
I have been helping out charity for the past few years and when there is something really good I ought to share with you guys, check out this Moolta.com’s blog which I have re-posted.
The challenge to put all your eggs in one basket, and by basket we mean mouth.
The egg challenge started when a fan wrote to Smash Mouth’s Lead Singer, Steve Harwell, asking him to eat 24 eggs while he (the fan) is filming him. The generous guy even offered to buy all of the eggs and pay Steve $20 as well! He even went the extra mile and agreed to buy the more expensive brown ones.
Pretty soon all sorts of clips and posts from different fans started showing up on the web pleading the lead singer to agree to the challenge. (Here is one for you to get the point… for more of the post … please click on ….—-> 5 celebrity charity challenges worth repeating.
I am in the process of writing a dissertation on the power of sports. A timely topic considering that each season seems to bring a new story from sports that easily transcends the fun and playfulness that sports is intended to be. When I first started researching for this project, the NCAA was finalizing their investigation into Penn State University and inflicting harsh penalties on a state sponsored institution that was involved in an unfathomable scandal that involved child rape and molestation.
I know most of you have been following the Lance Armstrong saga, most stood by him when he was accused of doping, some had their doubts.
What did you think of him when he was being accused of taking performance enhancement drugs? Well after many years, it all had been exploded into this epic proportion and now everyone knows the truth, not sure if you have seen the video but I manage to upload this for you guys. Do share it with your avid cyclist friends as this is sure to be on the tongue of every person that has once looked up to Lance, even me.
This is an hour long video so I suggest you get comfy when watching this.
I do not own any of this, just wanted to share it with all people
Swimming Faster is a fascination for many, I just finished a swim yesterday after a month of no activity due to my feet injury and also because race season is over. I felt funny not to train after so long but I am sure definitely out of breath swimming my usual 3 x 500m in the pool yesterday (no more races till 2013)
I have always wondered how to swim faster, Have you been wondering how to swim faster for months or even years without ever finding a satisfactory answer? If this is the case, well, you are in good company.
This article by enjoy-swimming.com describes six principles that will allow you to swim faster without becoming exhausted too quickly.
Swimming Smarter not Harder
For many coaches, swimming faster is the result of gradually increasing the length and intensity of swimming workouts so that the general fitness level increases.
While conditioning has its place, this is not all there is about how to swim faster, because swimming is a very technical sport. There are a few gifted swimmers that instinctively learn how to move efficiently in the water. Given enough time and practice, they will always improve. (this for me have not been the case..but I believe so)
But most of us only have a vague sense about our efficiency in the water. Remember, we are land animals! Because of this, swimming lots of lengths will often only make our bad habits more permanent, while our swimming technique only improves slowly or even not at all.
So what do we need to do? In fact, to learn how to swim faster and better with less effort, we need to swim smarter, not harder. Specifically, we need to work on two facets of our technique:
- We need to decrease drag in the water.
- We need to improve propulsion in the water.
The importance of swimming with the least amount of drag is often neglected. However, this is an area where we can greatly improve our efficiency in the water.
Water is much more dense than air. Drag in the water increases by the square of the speed at which we swim. So there is quickly an upper limit on how much force we can apply against the water to increase our speed.
On the other hand, reducing drag requires SKILLS rather than force. So there’s a lot of room for improvement there. That’s why it should be the top priority of learning how to swim faster.
Principle #1: Improving Your Balance
The first and most efficient way to decrease drag is to improve your balance. This means that you try to stay as horizontal as possible while moving through the water. When you do this, you disrupt the least amount of water molecules on your path, which translates into reduced drag.
As an example, while swimming freestyle, swimmers often lift their head to breathe or look ahead. When they do this, they lose balance and their hips and legs drop. Their body is less streamlined and generates more drag while moving through the water. Additionally, they need to kick harder to keep those legs up. Needless to say, a lot of energy is wasted while doing this.
Note that being as horizontal as possible is especially important for the freestyle and backstroke. For the breaststroke and butterfly, things are a little bit different because a body undulation occurs during the stroke cycle.
Principle #2: Swimming Taller
The next way to decrease drag is to make yourself as tall as possible in the water. The theory behind this is that for the same mass, a long tapered object moving through the water creates less turbulence than a short compact object. In fact this principle has been used by naval engineers since hundreds of years. I have learned to walk tall but I believe this
To swim taller in the freestyle stroke, you enter your recovering arm early in the water once it has passed your head. You also make sure to completely extend your recovering arm forward underwater before starting the down sweep and catch.
Principle #3: Compact and Efficient Kick
In world-class front crawl swimmers, the kick contributes for up to 10% of propulsion, while the arm stroke contributes for the rest. So an efficient kick is important for fast swimming, but less than what is commonly believed.
What is equally important is a compact kick, meaning that it should neither break the water surface nor move too low below the body line. Otherwise unnecessary drag is created which will only slow you down.
Once you have reduced drag to a minimum, you can work on improving your propulsion. Again, this is mainly done by improving your swim stroke mechanics, not by building bigger muscles.
to be continues in the part 2…
When I go on bike rides I usually have to carry all of my carbohydrate gels and bars with me since there are very few convenience stores once I hit the back roads of Wisconsin. On long rides all the food products I need will not fit in my jersey pockets so I carry them in a top tube bag. While there are many good top tube bags on the market, the…
I am not sure I have mentioned it before, but I am currently a type 2 diabetic. I was diagnosed in 2009 after taking prednesone,a steroid to assist curing my Bells Palsy, a deadening of the nerve endings that imitates stroke symptoms by making half the face immobile. Prednesone is historically known to raise blood pressure and can push pre-diabetics into a diabetic range.
Eddy had his first swim trials today, Benny and myself kinda pressured him into signing up his first triathlon knowing he could definitely blast through an Olympic Distance (OD) with ease, and registered he did, BUT… he signed up for a sprint instead. .. anyway its better than not signing up !! +1 for you buddy. Singapore Triathlon here we come.
The assurance of knowing he can do a full OD was because he came along with us on our Ironman training, laps after laps he followed albeit not fast he finished it all.. its the spirit that keep us going is it not?
Knowing very well of his timing, where he is able to run a sub 1hr 10k, swim a good 40min 1.5k it’s the bike equation that was missing because he never tag along (and silly me asking him to buy a bike to train with us).. little did I know he already had a bike, sneaky sneaky , I was even shocked when I was told he was a group cyclist with the Joyriderz before, not a member but he tagged along.. really sneaky dude..
So yup today was his swim trials and I met up with him at Kallang Basin swimming complex in Geylang Bahru to give some morale support,not that he needed it but I could get some time in the pool as well.
It started at 7.45am with a short brief and then the (more…)
Who wants some Super Junior, If you are one of those crazy fangirl/ fanboy for Super Junior LeeTeuk, I am not disclosing his mobile number …. but … Lee himself voluntary gave it up .. here you go girls or boys 010144601117
Hey, He posted it himself ok .. check this out
No joke: This is Leeteuk’s handphone number
For the fans of Super Junior, it must be the best April Fools’ Day ever.
Leeteuk, the affable leader of the hugely popular South Korean boyband, revealed his handphone number on his Twitter on that day.
Yes, you read that correctly. The 28-year-old has boldly gone where no idol has gone before. He started by posting a handphone number and only blocking the last four figures.
Super Junior’s Leeteuk has boldly gone where no Kpop idol has gone by revealing his handphone number on Twitter.
Fans wasted no time in trying to call to figure out the last four figures and it soon caused disruption to other users of similar phone numbers.
After getting a few complaints about the disruption on his Twitter, Leeteuk finally revealed his own number in full: 010144601117. Furthermore, he stressed that it’s “100% real”
He received countless calls, text messages and Kakao Talk messages on his iPhone in no time.
Leeteuk’s fellow member Heechul posts a picture of the former’s iPhone, showing that he has received numerous phone calls and messages. (image source: Heechul’s Twitter)
Despite that, it turns out that Leeteuk has no wish of changing his phone number. Yesterday, the star tweeted that he will keep it as a means of staying in touch with his following.
“Ah, I will not change my handphone number. I hope to keep it as a way for us to keep in touch. I will let everyone know if I ever stop using this number,” he wrote.
The group is set to hold their first concert in Paris, France, on April 6.
Sources: Korea Star Daily and news.weiwenpo.com
Published April 4 2012
Even experienced trail runners can get into trouble on unpredictable terrain. As more runners are going into off-road Trail Running, accidents are likely to increase.
Here are 5 tips for staying safe on running on trails:
Keep in touch
When trying a new trail running route, go with someone more experience about the area, bring a map, compass, cell phone, headlamp and whistle.
Well this review sure took its time getting on this blogpost, its now 4 days after the race. Just gonna say that the review will come because most data is in my other laptop. Hopefully this weekend
Looking back at the moment where 365 day’s have passed you. I would you ask yourself could you have done any better? What will you change? Or what have you achieved? I
I am truly disappointed with my year ending 2011. I won’t say it was a productive year in career wise or even in my sports.. I targeted to finish a marathon in sub timing and I felt good about my own training but I just have to hurt my foot in the salomon X-trail run.
So there goes my sub 5 marathon watching nevertheless I will not give up on finishing a 4hr marathon, 1hr 40min for my half marathon and lastly my 45min 10km. I man falling asleep while Type on wordpress+ bull I a. The gonna sleep now be guys
I have to say this would only be more enjoyable by the Malaysian as they understand the predicament .. ENjoy !!
NOAH AND THE ARK In the year 2010, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in Malaysia , and said: “Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flash before me.
“Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans.” He gave Noah the blueprints, saying, “You have 6 months to build the Ark before I start the un-ending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard but with no Ark.
“Noah!” He roared, “I’m about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?”
“Forgive me, Lord”, begged Noah, “but things have changed.
“First I need to have a BUMIPUTRA PARTNER who is linked to UMNO. Then I need a building permit from DBKL and I also have to pay under-counter money to get the permit. Then I’ve been arguing with the BOMBA inspector about the need for a sprinkler system.
“My neighbours complained to The Utusan Melayu about the height of the Ark I was going to build and the next day it was in the media headlines claiming that I’ve violated the neighbourhood building by-laws – that my Ark exceeds the height limitations.
“I appealed to the magistrate and it was finally approved.” “The Opposition took advantage of the situation and said I was a government crony and did nasty things with my face on the Internet. I don’t know how they super-imposed my face on a naked body of a MP and put it on YOUTUBE. Oh Lord, only you who are all-knowing, know that I had nothing to do with these MPs.
“Then there was another stop-work order even before I could start work. The Badan Cegah Rasuah arrested me for pornography. I talked to a lawyer who looks like Ambitah Bachan, talks like him, acts like him but is not him. He said he knows the Chief Justice and the Prime Minister, the Apa Nama and can clear my name but I have to buy them air tickets to Australia.
“After clearing my name … I had to go to the DBKL Appeal Board again for a decision to allow me to build the Ark. “The government, after approving the plans, said I must use only SIRIM-approved goods and must only buy from their list of CLASS F contractors which are 15 times more expensive than the Normal hardware shops.
“Then the TNB and JPJ demanded a bond be posted for future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark’s move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us but they laughed and would hear nothing of it.
“Getting the wood was another problem. SUKHAM and the JABATAN HUTAN NEGARA said there’s a ban on cutting local trees to save the orang utan. I tried to convince SUKHAM and JABATAN HUTAN NEGARA that I needed the wood to save the orang utan – but they said no go. “When I started gathering the animals, JAKIM and an Animal Rights Group sued me.
“JAKIM said I cannot put the chickens and the pigs next to each other as it WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED HALAL and the Animal Rights Group insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued that the accommodation was too restrictive and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.
“Then JABATAN KERJA RAKYAT AND JABATAN KAJIAN dan GALIAN ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until they had conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood. “I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many bumiputra contractors I’m supposed to hire for my building crew. “JABATAN IMMIGRASI and RELA are checking the status of most of the people who want to work.
“The trade unions say I can not use my sons. They insist I have to hire only union workers with Ark-building experience. “As I started to clear the area to build the ark, 6 gangsters came and demanded protection money. They said they control the area for selling drugs and prostitution to my workers. “When I complained to the POLIS… the IGP of POLIS sent an ASP who came in full uniform the next day. Unfortunately, he also happened to be one from the six gangsters who demanded protection money. They doubled my protection fee.
“Then there was a by-election and I was forced to be an UMNO member in order to get my permits approved and I was made to pay a donation by the Barisan candidate in the so called spirit of MUHIBBAH. Otherwise, he will make my life difficult.”Every department I turned to is asking for what they call, ‘Kopi Wang’. “I calculated that if I had to pay all the ‘Kopi wang’ and give the donation, the cost of building the ARK will be 20 times higher. I refused to give them the Kopi Wang as I am faithful to you, Oh Lord.
“Then some top level politicians were very disappointed with me for not giving donations and called me a murtad but I told them my name is Noah not murtad. They got very angry and said they have connections. “Suddenly, I am a suspect behind the murder of the Mongolian lady because the place where she was murdered happens to be on the land where I am going to build the Ark. So I was arrested. “To make matters worse, the Jabatan HASIL seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species. I have just been released from ISA. “So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.”
Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, “You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”
“No,” said the Lord. “The Current Government is already doing it for me!”
An interesting speech by Dr. Azmi Sharom; an assistant professor of law at UM. He explains the CONSTITUTION: the Malaysian supreme law.
He spoke about our secularity as in the Constitution being misinterpreted.
For people who think that only BN can govern properly. Think again. Once BN gets back their 2/3 in Parliament they will start amending the Constitution. Then we won’t have the Constitution that protects ALL. Educate yourself about what the supreme law of the land says. Then vote wisely.
Please spread this like wildfire…make it once of the most viewed. You will help educate people about our law.
Updates, Updates, updates, that’s what I am lacking here, really don’t know whats happening, been slipping off the days doing utterly nothing I guess hence the no updates, typical day of mua,
Wake up – Go work – Lunch – Work – Back from work – Run or Bike – Dinner – Sleep – Cycle starts again … come on .. is that really what lifes about ? I really wonder… knowing what is happening around the World, life is just too short for that cycle to be repeating itself, take for instant the Tsunami, the Earthquake, the natural disasters that is going on around the world, life is as fragile as it gets, who knows you have been working all your life saving the millions you got and you just lay dead the next day, then you look at yourself from Heaven saying to yourself dang I should have blew the millions on my family and myself, should have enjoyed life and see the World abit, and maybe just have enough to live off, but it’s all too late, you are in Heaven, …. Think about it.. is that what is going to happen to yourself? Have you asked yourself what have you been looking forward to? Driving a new car? Having the latest line of bag collection ? or just simple things like going out with your kid on a road trip talking crap and eating junk food.. well I better stop here and really blog what I wanted to blog, found this interesting article again on investing, I didn’t get investment knowledge till I was in my late teens, and it was self thought mind you, it’s just too late in my opinion but never too late for anything just that it’s going to be lesser than what it actually is, so start young and START !
If you have kids really, I suggest you teach them the principles of investing, types of investment, anything that will teach them to be prudent when it comes to spending money. After all it is your money they are spending.
Five simple principles for profitable investing
These days, the increasing complexity of the financial system raises the question of how to invest safely.
Here are five simple principles that will help make investing a rewarding experience:
1. Start early
One of the keys to sound investing is to begin early in life. Like other routines, money management becomes a habit over time, and it is important that savings are put aside every month and invested.
Starting early also puts into play a very powerful force – the compounding effect. Simply put, if your money doubles every five years and you save Bt5,000 (S$209) for 10 years, you will get Bt20,000 (S$836) after 10 years.
The same amount of money saved for 30 years will yield Bt320,000 (S$13,382). That is the power of compounding!
2. Assess your risk appetite
It is very important to assess in advance your tolerance for positive and negative movements in your portfolio.
There is no one way of doing this. Some people prefer to use time as a yardstick. The rule of thumb is that the longer the investment horizon, the more risk you can take.
For instance, if you are investing only for two-three years, you may want to look at less risky assets like money market funds or bond funds. If you are looking to invest for over five years, you may invest in equities or equity funds.
Time horizon is, however, not the only yardstick for risk appetite – there are many more – and therefore, it is always a good idea to use a reputable financial advisor to detail your risk appetite.
Another way of investing is to use the “pot of money” method where the end use of money invested is the basis of deciding the risk you take. For instance, the amount of risk you would take for the pot of money reserved for your kids education would be very different from the risk you take on the pot of money you are saving for a luxury car.
3. Diversify your investments
Diversification is essential to reduce the risk of your overall portfolio.
The more financial instruments that you have in your portfolio, the less the impact underperformance by any single investment will have on your portfolio.
However, investors are also advised to keep it simple – too much diversification can make the portfolio very complicated and difficult to manage, particularly if the investor is doing the investing themselves.
4. Dollar cost averaging
It is good practice to invest or save a predetermined amount of money at a predetermined frequency regardless of the market conditions or one’s own view of the financial markets.
Investing your savings on a continuous basis, instead of one lump sum investment, will allow your investment cost to be averaged out over time. It will allow you to ride out market volatility over the long term.
However, “buy and hold” using dollar-cost averaging is no substitute for common sense and will only minimise – not eliminate – downside risk.
5. Review and rebalance your portfolio
Finally, it is very important to review and rebalance your portfolio, especially if you are investing for the long term. This is necessary, as over time your priorities may change, your risk appetite may change, or the risk associated with your investment may change.
Market movements may alter the risk associated with your portfolio. Evaluation and fine-tuning of your portfolio will ensure that your portfolio characteristics continue to be aligned with your desired risk-return profile.
Finally, I would recommend the services of a good financial adviser as a valuable asset, even for sophisticated investors.
A good financial advisor can help you navigate the five steps mentioned above and help maximise the potential of your portfolio.
Vikram Issar is senior executive vice president of Consumer Banking at Standard Chartered Bank (Thai).
I use to like blogging about my life and stuff, about things I have stupidly done or even small things that brings joy to me, but I don’t know why the sudden change of blogspace made me kinda lazy to even key in my entry, its not that its harder or there is nothing to blog, Recently there was the move from Livespace to WordPress, so it must be the new layout and stuff that’s making me moody over blogging.
Anyway, to continue blogging about techstuff, I would like to bring you this topic that how the smartphone will kill those 9 gadgets and I think even more. I have been using smartphone since the era of Blackberry and Palm but the recent years of all the new and upcoming smartphone is really crazy crammed with new outstanding features. So sit back and relax. Lemme know if its true or not. SMartPhone Killed the Radio Star!
Back in the 90s, a personal digital assistant (PDA) was the must-have gadget for the busy executive. Palm, which produced one of the leading PDAs in the market lost about half its market share in the US when the demand for smartphones increased.
Handheld video cameras
When smartphones (and now even some DSLRs) have video recording functions, the camcorder or handheld video camera may appeal only to a small group of consumers
According to Deloitte, 42% of smartphone users have reduced or stopped using portable digital music players because of their phones’ music-playing capabilities.
It remains to be seen how iPod sales will be affected by the prevalence of smartphones.
Low end digital cameras may soon become extinct. Most smartphones now have at least a 5-megapixel capability. Nokia’s N8 smartphone even has a 12-megapixel camera.
Pam Tufegdzic, a consumer electronics analyst said: “Handsets soon may begin to cannibalize the low-end of the digital still camera market as they incorporate higher megapixels and flash capabilities.”
Handheld video games
More consumers are using their phones for portable gaming. In the bus or train, you’re likely to see more people playing games on their phones rather than a PSP or Nintendo DS.
According to Flurry Analytics, the percentage of portable gaming revenue generated by the iPhone grew from 5% to 19% in 2009. Apple said the company has sold more than 1.5 billion iPhone/iPod Touch OS games. At present, six of the top 10 highest-grossing apps are games, such as “Angry Bird”
More and more phones are including GPS technology. Garmin’s exit from the smartphone market only indicated that it would focus more on apps to integrate its reputable navigation software into more devices.
There may come a day when smartphones replace the PC for accessing the Internet. IT research firm Gartner predicts that smartphone sales will overtake PC sales by 2012, if not earlier. Consumers will increasingly rely on their phones for Internet use instead of their PCs, especially when owning a smartphone means Internet on the go.
Regular mobile phones
Having a phone with a camera is no longer enough. You need to have an app that can edit it and make it look cool, then be able to upload it to Twitter or Facebook. Not to mention the fact that a media player has become an essential part of every phone.The regular mobile phone is fast becoming obselete. Until you go to NS or get called for reservist.Unless, of course, you want to buck the trend and get an anti-smartphone
Is it time for you to get a smartphone?
When’s the last time you used an alarm clock? Back during school days? It seems like the only people who will be buying stand-alone alarm clocks now are parents who want their kids to wake up in time for the school bus. Most of us were accustomed to using the alarm function on our phones long before we migrated to smartphones, and haven’t had any problems
I have been in Hiatus for a long time, I cant remember when was the last time I even wanted to blog, must be the time taken up for all my other activities, dont worry its not delinquent stuff that I am doing but good stuff, as always.
Anyway, I always like to share good stuff I found on the net, and I have found this website that calculates the amount of carbs you need to eat for your targeted marathon Timing, now isnt that awesome, here is some info I have gotten on him, His name is Benjamin I. Rapoport and he does the below, a mouthful but he is awesome.
1 M.D.– Ph.D. Program, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, 2 Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Do click on the site he has created below, its truly a gift to all the runners out there wanting to do a marathon.
By The DigitalOne TechBot,
A gadget store at Lucky Plaza was alleged to have overcharged a customer some $300 more for phone accessories.
the customer returned to the store to dispute the bill, the shop staff
was said to have intimidated the man, and made him sign an agreement to
not further pursue the matter.
According to the Chinese evening
daily Lianhe Wanbao, it all started when Mr Chen Bing Yan found a
Blackberry smartphone in the restroom.
The 22-year-old decided to keep his find and went to Lucky Plaza to purchase accessories for the phone.
There, he approached a gadget shop and purchased a battery, screen protector, Micro SD card and a charger for $541.
It was only later that Mr Chen found out the items he purchased were only worth about $200.
then returned to the store to dispute the charges, but was instead
confronted by five of the shop’s staff. He told Lianhe Wanbao that the
staff had even asked him "What do you plan to do?" in a threatening
Later on, Mr Chen said that the shop staff wrote and
agreement and made him sign it. The note, written on a piece of
foolscap paper, was a promise not to further pursue the matter.
Convinced that he was in danger of being hurt, Mr Chen signed the agreement.
Mr Chen also received a multi-purpose charger worth $30 as a compensation for the overcharging
Shop was "blacklisted"
friend later told Mr Chen that the Blackberry phone he found was only
worth $500. The friend also told him that the store he visited was
famous for being "blacklisted" as one that overcharges unsuspecting
Mr Chen told Lianhe Wanbao that he was unaware of
the shop’s reputation at that time, and only visited that store because
he was in a hurry. He lamented that what he had spent on accessories
could actually buy the Blackberry phone he had found.
never seen this brand of phone before. When I found it, I thought it
was a very expensive model, so I did not find it out of the ordinary
when the shop quoted me that much for the Blackberry’s accessories. I
thought a more expensive phone would mean accessories that cost more.
"I was also in a hurry then, so I did not haggle over the price."
Micro SD cards at "seasonal price"
a Lianhe Wanbao reporter contacted the Lucky Plaza store about the
prices for BlackBerry accessories, the shop staff were unable to give
specific prices of the products in question.
The shop staff would only say that a Micro SD card was sold at a "seasonal price" when asked how much would one be selling for.
the reporter continued to press for answers, the salesperson at the
other end of the line appeared to sound agitated. He then said that he
does not know anything, and asked the reporter to visit the store for
more information on prices.
So how stupid can this guy get? he found it and he should just be quiet about it, so now the Police can actually look for him for keeping a property not rightfull his !