Saturday, December 31, 2005

Everton 1 - 3 Liverpool

Liverpool Triumphant in Merseyside derby

Everton was a tad unlucky to have a goal disallowed, things might have changed if Beattie's 1st goal was ruled on-side by the linesman.

Liverpool made it 9 wins outta 9; amazing streak. Crouch's goal was a beauty, the confidence of a striker is back for the ex-Saints front-man. Gerrard followed with a second & Cisse scored his in the second half. I was happy to see Cisse scoring, it was a great goal too. The rumours of him leaving Anfield for Marseilles are rife.

Beattie pulled one back for the blue half on the merseyside, but Liverpool's back four proved to be sufficient to shut out Everton's attacks on goal.

Liverpool seems unbeatable now, everything seems to be going right for them. They are now 3rd place in the league, behind Chelsea & Man Utd; but with 2 games in hand. Man Utd dropped 2 precious points against Birmingham, it seems like Liverpool is the only possible team to be able to "catch" the leaders at the top.

Liverpool just have to keep the momentum going & not let the amazing winning streak get to their heads, start to lose focus and become complacent. That's the last thing I would want to see happening.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Things we've done

Thanks Dan for passing this on.
Whoever's reading this, you gotta copy the list and highlight the things you've done from it, and at the end add three more. Mine are the ones in RED.

01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watched the sunrise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby’s diaper (partially, with help of course)
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath/shower
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government’s official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
70. Bench-pressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to "Let’s Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theatre
80. Done something you should regret, but don’t regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who’s not supposed to know about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Sword fought for the honor of a woman.
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn’t have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Lied
97. (the real 97) Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
105. Got flowers for no reason
107. Got so drunk you don’t remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Moulin Rouge
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
120. Been on a cruise ship
121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Congressperson
133. Packed up and moved to another city to just start over
134. …more than once?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion, or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone’s heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of 100mph or faster?
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun or pistol
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery.
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: take, landing, during
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for his or her actions
175. Gone back to school
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad
181. Selected one "important" author whom you missed in school, and read him/ her
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. …and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you.
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196. Dyed your hair
197: Been a DJ
198: Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199: Written your own role playing game
200: Lost your Best Friend for reasons of death
201: Fallen in love over the internet
202: Sung in a Barbers’ Shop Quartet
203: Eaten a live animal
204: Been able to communicate in a language you barely learnt barely three days earlier.
205: Memorized words from all Disney movies like Aladdin, Lion King etc; furthmore, dialogues from Friends, Smallville and Star Trek
206: Be able to relate to every song that you ever listen
207: Part-owned a lapdancing club
208: Carried a loaded weapon for self-defence
209: Spent a night in the nick
210: Went 2 days without a shower
211: Stuck to the same job for more than 5 years
212: Had vivid dreams about yourself jumping off a building

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Liverpool 2 - 0 Newcastle

Botch of the Game ; Owen Dejected

What a game!

The pre-match talk was about Owen's return to Anfield since his transfer to Real Madrid & how he would be receiving a rousing reception when he comes back to Anfield. That was not to be. The Kop booed, chanted "Where were you in Istanbul?" taunting the Anfield legend that once won trophies for the club.

Overall, it was a great game for Liverpool. They controlled most of the match & ran all over Newcastle in the midfield. The space Kewell had on the left was incredible, he might have scored 1 goal himself; if not for the fantastic goalkeeping by Shay Given. I must mention this, Kewell seems to improving alot since he came back from injury. I never liked him before, but his recent performances are slowing changing my mind. He made the cross that resulted in the second goal, headed in by Crouch; not forgetting that he made a few good crosses into the box which we didn't finish.

Owen didn't make much of an impact. Not his fault actually, but he wasn't receiving the support & service from the midfield. When he rarely got a chance, Carra was there to stop him.

The only botch of the game was Bowyer's sent-off. I didn't think he deserved the red card for his challenge on Alonso; at most a yellow. Crouch was really lucky to escape with a yellow card, i thought he should have been sent off for his unsporting behaviour towards Bowyer. Gerrard was worse, I have never seen him reacted this way before. I was totally shocked when I saw him pushing & shoving Shearer & he had to be restrained by his calmer team mates.

The match ended in Liverpool's favour. We kept another clean sheet, notched up another win & another 3 points; keeping the momentum we left off before we went to Japan for the World Club Championships.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Sao Paulo 1 - 0 Liverpool

Pre-Match Minute Silence for Rafa's dad

We lost in Japan, we aren't the champions of the world.
But we are definitely the better team on the pitch, we had 3 goals disallowed, a valid penalty claim waved off. It's just ain't our day.

We now have to concentrate on the domestic league competition, facing Newcastle at Anfield on Boxing Day. We have to win this match, it's important to keep the momentum going, the 3 points are vital to us now.

The matches between now till the new year are extremely critical, if we are still in the top 3 after the holidays; I reckon we will have a fine chance of challenging Chelsea for the top spot.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Liverpool faces Benfica

Benfica vs Liverpool

Liverpool is drawn to face Benfica in the last 16 stage of the Champions League.

The first leg will be played in Portugal on either 21 or 22 February, 2006, with the return game at Anfield two weeks later on 7 or 8 March.

Full Draw
Chelsea vs Barcelona
Real Madrid vs Arsenal
Werder Bremen vs Juventus
Bayern Munich vs AC Milan
PSV Eindhoven vs Lyon
Ajax vs Inter Milan
Benfica vs Liverpool
Rangers vs Villarreal

1) The Chelsea vs Barca match-up would be interesting, let's see how Barca can put Mourinho's shit outta CL early this season.

2) Arsenal has got a tough draw against Real, with Real's current wayward form; the Gunners might come out from the tie as winners.

3) Juve would be able to win theirs.

4) Another tough match-up between Bayern & AC Milan, i favour Bayern to win this.

5) PSV Eindhoven would win theirs against Lyon.

6) Ajax vs Inter, another toughie. Inter Milan should be able to do their stuff & win over 2 legs.

7) Liverpool should win theirs against Benfica too, surely.

8) Rangers should overcome Villarreal.
Liverpool 3 - 0 Deportivo Saprissa

Crouch Double Propels Pool into Final

Liverpool are in the final of the FIFA Club World Championship in Japan. They overcame Deportivo Saprissa with a comfortable win with 3 goals.

Crouch scored 2 goals; one in each half, Gerrard scored another in the 30th minute. We kept another clean sheet, the 11th one. The team (2005) have now replaced Kenny Dalglish's 1987 side in the club's record books as the meanest defence ever.

We are now only 90 minutes away from being Champions of the world, we face Sao Paolo in the final on Sunday. May we put up another magnificent show and return to Anfield with silverware & the title - CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD.

Linz Family Wins the Million on TAR

The Linz Family

It all seems quite clear that who's going to win the million on this season of The Amazing Race. The Linz's siblings are younger, fitter and seems to have better luck than the Bransens & Weavers.

I didn't particularly enjoy this season of TAR as the teams are basically still travelling within the States & have less obstacles to overcome. Unlike the previous seasons, the teams had to deal with the language barrier and cultural shock of some Asian countries.

I hope the next season would include teams of 2 persons, no more family edition for me.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

We Could be Champions of the World

Rafael Benitez & the lads at training

Liverpool touched down at Japan's Narita Airport after a gruelling flight, having travelled almost 6,000 miles from their Melwood training ground to Japan.

Liverpool would play Deportivo Saprissa in the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Championship after the Costa Rican side defeated Sydney FC in the quarter-final.

As most of the players put it, they are in Japan to win the title of world champions. It would bring about immense honour if the Anfield club manages to do so in Japan.

Liverpool 2 - 0 Middlesbrough

Nando Double keeps Liverpool 2nd on the league table

Fernando Morientes played his best game yet in the premier league by scoring 2 goals against Boro, hence adding 3 points to the Anfield club's tally before heading to Japan for the World Club Championships.

Getting the goals must have been a boost to Nando's confidence. He has only scored twice before his couple last weekend. Liverpool seems to be hitting some fine form for the past month, we kept the 10th clean sheet; our strikers are scoring goals & even Steven Gerrard is playing well on the right side, though his preferred position would have been in centre midfield.

Boro seems to have a game plan in mind, coming to Anfield. To contain the likes of Nando, Crouch, Gerrard and Riise for as long as they can hold on. However, the moment Luis Garcia was brought on; things changed. We seemed to be winning more possession & the goals came off Nando not long after Garcia was brought on.

The win was important for Liverpool. They are now 2nd on the league table, trailing Chelsea. It was a vital win & moral boost for the lads before they leave for Japan for the WCC.

Hopes are now high that Liverpool could return from Japan, branding themselves as the Champions of the World. How cool does that sound?

Friday, December 09, 2005

Looking at them makes me HAPPY

Sunshine Daisies

What beautiful flowers, don't you agree?
I got all 10 stalks of them at just $4, at the Far East Flora wholesale centre along Thomson Road.

It's a cool place to get flowers, especially if you need them in big quanties. Like decorations for church weddings, functions, dinners or events. It's the place to get your flowers - fresh & cheap.

Oh, bring a sweater if you are going there. It's freaking cold there, they keep the flowers at very very low temperatures in the cold rooms.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire

They are all grown-up

I caught the movie last weekend.
I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, read all the books; including the latest - The Half Blood Prince.

I have caught the movie late, after the initial hype from the media & press. I have heard differing reviews from my friends & colleagues whom have watched the movie earlier. They are saying that you would be disappointed if you read the book & go to watch the movie; hoping it would be an exact replica of the book. Others have said that the movie was enjoyable and definitely 'darker' than the 3 earlier movies.

Of course, no one should go catch the movie; hoping it would be an exact replica of the book. That's impossible. There are bound to be differences. I thought the movie was kinda short. Yeah, 180 mins of Harry Potter is not enough for a huge fan like me. Because of its length, the movie wasn't able to build up the suspense & the story it could do with the book.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie; maybe my expectations weren't that high.
Go watch it if you haven't.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Chelsea 0 - 0 Liverpool

Freaking Challenge

Liverpool finished top of Group G, ahead of Chelsea.
Even typing that out feels so good.

The talking point had to be the scumbag challenge on Hamann by Essien, that f***ing asshole. Got to see the video of the said challenge on Dan's blog, please see link.

Jose had the cheek to say that he missed the freaking challenge on Didi. WTF?? And how could the ref miss that tackle by scumbag Essien? It happened right under his nose!!

"I was going for the ball and I think he came over the ball and caught me just below the knee. The referee didn't see it and you have to get on with it," said Hamann.

"It was the worst tackle I've ever been on the receiving end of, and he didn't even apologise afterwards." - liverpool official website

The fact remains, we finshed ahead of Chelsea in Group G & will possibly avoid the likes of Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and other heavyweights in the next round.

We play Boro this weekend, then it's off to Japan for the World Club Championships. We could probably secure the title of the best team in the world for the Reds.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Liverpool 3 - 0 Wigan

Finally, finally

Crouch scored, Crouch scored, not 1 goal, but 2 goals.
Magnificent play from the lanky striker.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Sunderland 0 - 2 Liverpool

Garcia Scores the first

I know I haven't been updating the wins Liverpool have had recently, but they are in such fine form that even I find it hard to believe.

The mid-week game with Sunderland ended with 2 goals from Garcia & Gerrard, another 3 points, moving us up to the 4th spot on the table.

The only blemish, Momo Sissoko was sent off in the 65th min. Pool pulled themselves together, re-organized the formation & went on to a win; despite having to play the remaining of the match with 10 men.

Well done to the team, we are surely; definitely going to make our wayy up the league table.