Monday, December 26, 2005

Malaysia vs Singapore Friendly Chess MAtch 2005

17th Singapore vs Malaysia

First Round detail results

Category Age MAS SIN

B 8 0 4

B 10 2 2

B 12 1.5 2.5

B 14 0.5 3.5

B 16 2 3

B 18 1 2

B 20 2 2

G 8 0 4

G 10 2 2

G 12 2.5 1.5

G 14 1 3

G 16 2 2

G 18 1 3

G 20 0 4

M - 2.5 3.5

V - 2.5 1.5

W - 2.5 1.5

Malaysia : 25

Singapore : 45

Second Round

Malaysia : 25.5

Singapore : 44.5


Malaysia: 50.5

Singapore: 89.5

Pictures and other details to be posted later.

Curretly posting this from a train!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

First day in Indonesia

Indonesia Day 1

  • 3.10pm leave for Sentral station
  • 3.30pm bought tickets for the express
  • 3.45pm took the KLIA express from Sentral station reached KLIA in 28minutes.
  • Air Asia arrived without incident at Hatta airport at 7.10pm.

  • Got 'hassled' by taxi runners who wanted us to take their taxi. Wanted to take the Blue Bird because it uses the meter so it would not cost a bomb.

    The last time I was here at Hatta Airport, Blue Bird cost 100,000 Rp plus 16,000 surcharge. We finally found the counter outside the Airport near the Mc Donalds. Seeing this the runners reduced their taxi charge from 100,000 to 200,000 Rp without surcharge. So we took the runner Taxi which was a Volvo cab. Well it was a big mistake as when we reached the Hotel he changed the fare to 150,000 Rp. So it was a good lesson for me. Take the Blue Bird cab from the proper Blue Bird rep counter. Avoid the 'independant' people who walk around looking for suckers like me.

    The counter is just outside of Mc D. (note to self so that I won't forget this next time if I ever come to Indonesia again)

  • 9.05 checked in.
  • 9.15 got into our deluxe room (upgraded)
  • 9.30 tried to walk to nearest food court at Sarina from Hotel.
  • 10.00 Too far so we settled for Mamak style food. Had Soto Ayam with Taufu. Drinks 'teh botol'. Total cost: 27,000Rp.
  • 10.30 back in Hotel room.
  • watched TV while preparing this blog
  • 1am sleep.

  • Friday, December 16, 2005

    Off to Indonesia Again

    Last minute work emergency requires me to go to Indonesia for the 2nd time this year.

    This time I'll go prepared.I still remember how Digi does not support SMS roaming. I couldn't even receive an SMS from home.

    I bought a cheap 017 Maxis starter pack for RM8.80. I only have RM4 for this month but that's all I need to receive SMS.

    Pretty complicated as sending SMS FROM Indonesia is RM2. So in order to save I'll get an Indonesian prepaid card from Telkomsel. It's about RM 20 there. So sending out an SMS from there to Malaysia is cheaper. This would mean lots of SIM card switching as I only have one handphone :(.

    Also bringing over my bluetooth enabled PDA there so all the pictures I take from my handphone can be transferred to PDA and uploaded to this blog easily.

    Anyway, looking forward for the trip as well as feeling a bit nervous as the workload is pretty high. I only have 4 working days to complete my work there.

    Benefits of Lecithin

    Benefits of Lecithin:

    * Breaks up fats and cholesterol, Excellent for a healthy heart
    * Highest Phosphatide concentration available (98% or more!)
    * Rich source of GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid)
    * Helps the body utilize Vitamins A,D,E and K
    * Excellent for memory, concentration and recall
    * Cleanses liver and kidneys
    * Helps the body absorb nutrients

    Why am I posting this here. Well just as a reminder to myself.

    I've been taking Lecithin in capsule form consistently for months and have noticed profound improvements in my mental stamina.
    Particularly in gruelling one day chess tournament where I'm usuall mentally exhausted near the end of the tournament.

    However lately from my own chess results, I've seen a marked improvement.

    I've finished 11th place 3 times !!! Previously I'd be usually hovering around 30th position.

    Imagine or not, I'm a firm believer of letcithin. Anyway, not to turn this into a commercial sounding blog, I won't even mention the brand I'm taking :)
    It'll remain a secret in case my would be chess competitors are out there reading this...

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    Chess in Singapore Schools

    Chess is being offered as part of a curriculum early to Singaporean kids.

    Neighbourhood schools these days are producing not just academically capable students but talented ones too.

    One activity some schools are offering to nurture talents is chess.

    For instance, chess is part of the curriculum for all Primary One students at Gongshang Primary.

    The principal of Gongshang Primary School, Daisie Yip, said: "It's really to train them through a game, through a fun way, to be analytical. The best take-away would be when I plan the next move, I'm actually thinking 2-3 moves ahead.

    read rest of article here (Channel News Asia)

    Friday, December 02, 2005

    Joined Malaysian Blog Directory

    I added my blog into the Malaysian Blog Directory.
    Great!! As the title of my blog starts with 'A' I'm right at the top can be seen without scrolling the page :)

    Sunday Chess at Wilayah

    Flickr Photo

    Can't wait to enter the href= tournament at Wilayah Persekutuan this coming Sunday. It's been 3 months since I've played any serious (or friendly) chess games.

    Pictured above is two of my chess friends Vicky and Francis at the same venue some time back.

    Going to PC Fair 2005

    PC Fair 2005 will be in an hour's time.

    I'll be going this time to get
    Screen protector for my PDA
    Mic and Headphones for podcasting
    Optical Mouse

    I just hope it will not be too cramped like the previous PC Fairs.
    Will be going just after it opens to avoid the crowd (hopefully)