Lunar Eclipse, August 28, 2007 – Dalby, Australia August 29, 2007

Filed under: Local Event,Photos — saifulrizan @ 12:38 pm
Notes : Love Hurts by Incubus portray my actual feelings now.

It was a very clear breezy night here, when the moon started to gloom and turned red. I am so thankful to be here in Darling Downs Air Spray, Dalby, Queensland. I can’t believe I can see Milky Way with my naked eyes. The stardust looks very close, exactly the same like what I saw before in television.

It’s really too bad I can’t take better photo of this. I forgot to bring my tripod from Malaysia, and the battery wrecked by the super cold and windy breeze of Dalby. I have to switch off the camera after every shot taken with Tele mode.

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I sat in front of my laptop and transferred all the images of the lunar eclipse into the hard disk. i can’t believe I got this opportunity, which I think this will be the first and the last. Of all, I adore the beauty of Milky Way. Sometimes the sky turned to star carpet. The stars blinked rhythmically, giving me that rare sensation.

Dear God, thanks for such chance!

Info on this Lunar Eclipse can be read here.


Rugby Clinic at SK Layang – Layangan, Labuan June 25, 2007

Filed under: Labuan Rugby Club,Local Event — saifulrizan @ 12:48 am
Note : I started to hate my job.. really!

Last Saturday, 23rd June 2007, Labuan Rugby Club cooperated with teachers from 9 primary schools in Labuan to conduct a rugby clinic for those kids. It was an apprentice program to introduce these kids to touch rugby, for Under 12 category. The program started at 7.30 in the morning, with the participation of almost a hundred students from 9 participating school in Labuan.

The program includes 4 stations; Handling, Scrum, Line out and Kicking, to introduce initial formation in touch rugby. The rules for this category doesn’t similar to adult rugby game. No tackling, challenge ball during scrum and many more. The only way to stop the opponent is to tap their body, without making full body contact. It’s the basic game to master before moving to the next level.

I conduct the scrum station. According to the rule, scrum formation resulted from knock on, fumble and forward pass. For Under 12 category, there’s no challenging from opponent during scrum, so it’s easier and safe for kids. At first, it’s not easy to conduct children to listen to your instruction. But then I came up with some ideas.

I asked the kids in my station to sit in front of me. I introduced myself, including the other 2 players, Anuar and some new guy from Sekolah Menegah Sains, Labuan. I started my speech by implementing some essence of playing rugby and teamwork.

“This is your team, no matter from what school you are. From now on, under my observation, I am your coach, you’re my players. I demand only three things from you all. Number 1, I demand your discipline. Number 2, do not talk when I’m talking. Number 3, if you have question or feeling pain, raise your hand to get my attention”

It’s not hard to ask them to be civilized and listen to your instruction. There’s a different way of using the intonation and how you put your words together to talk to children. Kids won’t get it if you raise your voice. But they will, if you create a boundary between you and them, and talk like there’s a mutual respect between both.

So I think the program was a total success, with all participants show their improvement and a promising skills and talents. After all, it’s easy to teach them, when they listen to you. Anyway, some of us were called “teacher, coach, abang, sir and some of us, PAKCIK” Lol!!! Anyway, I really hope if there’ll be another program to follow up this one. It’s a good start to develop rugby game in Labuan after all.

So, I represent you the Labuan Rugby Club members that involved in the rugby clinic. Most of them are the junior members of the club. Regardless the junior status, they showed their capabilities in leading a group. Thanks to you guys.


Labuan International Sea Challenge 2007 – Stage Preparation April 24, 2007

Filed under: Local Event — saifulrizan @ 12:23 am

2 days = 386 pictures… Obviously the H5 amused me a lot and ‘pushed’ me to make a full use of it!

The committee (which I believe is Labuan Tourism Board) that responsible for the Sea Sport Fiesta this upcoming May (1st to 6th May 2007) has started the construction of a floating stage. It will be used during the closing ceremony of the fiesta.

I think they’ve built the same one last two years (last year it was held next to Labuan Sea Sport Complex – above ground of course).

My visit to Labuan Sea Sport Complex last Sunday proved that the construction work has began with all the anonymous workers (in terms of nationality) working very hard to complete the stage.

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Labuan 10s 2007 preparation April 18, 2007

Filed under: Labuan Rugby Club,Local Event — saifulrizan @ 6:24 am

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Notes :
Things being hectic and sometimes uncontrollable, due to lack of information, and the problems that occurred in our office lately. I am wondering if I can survive after the staff retrenchment thingy, but then I believe everything will be fine.

We’re now finalizing the draft letters to send out to several government bodies to approve the tournament, private companies to gain sponsorship and to all teams that we expected to participate in this amateur International tournament.

Brunei Wanderer vs Labuan Matriculation College (2004)

Labuan 10s 2002

So, among the teams that are listed in the list, here I present to you all those who will be participating in the Labuan 10s International Rugby Tournament 2007.

International Teams

  • Royal Brunei Yatch Club
  • Penaga Crocs, Brunei
  • ISCI Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Nomads Rugby Club, Philippines
  • The Pot Belly Pigs Rugby Club, Hong Kong
  • The Flying Elvis RUgby CLub, Hong Kong
  • Royal Brunei Army
  • Royal Brunei Police
  • KB Python Brunei
  • Bandar Black RFC
  • Singapore Cricket Club

Malaysian teams

  1. Sandakan Eagle
  2. Royal Selangor Club
  4. Kuching Rugby Club
  5. OSCA, KK
  6. UMNO Youth KK
  7. RMAF Labuan Base
  8. Miri Rugby CLub
  9. UiTM KK
  10. UMS KK
  11. UMS Labuan
  12. Royal Brunei Army
  13. Royal Brunei Police
  14. Kepayan Tigers
  15. Blackhawk

This is my first time being in a committee that organizing an International level of participation. And I’m looking forward to the thrill and superb game play this August!


1,000kg manta ray gets caught in fishing net off Labuan shores. March 30, 2007

Filed under: Local Event — saifulrizan @ 4:41 am
A group of fishermen with a manta ray, or giant manta (Manta birostris) weighing more than 1,000kg that got caught in their fishing nets in the waters off Sungai Pagar, Labuan, at about 10.30am, 29 Mar 2007.

The creature was found by Awang Japrin, 35, and four of his friends. With a distinctive “horn” (from which the common name devil ray stems) on either side of its broad head, the manta is a prized sighting by divers.

*It’s a great pity that the ray was landed. I assume that it was dead when taken out of the net? They are quite harmless and feed on plancton. *

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UMS-KAL Open Rugby Tournament in Labuan March 5, 2007

Filed under: Local Event,Miscellanuous — saifulrizan @ 1:04 am

I am calculating the odds that I’ll be sent to Australia again. This time to attend some job commitment in Brisbane and Sydney. I’m not going. Apparently the job schedule relocated to some time until the next notification.

There was a rugby tournament held by the UMS – KAL (Universiti Malaysia Sabah Kampus Antarabangsa Labuan) last Saturday, March 03, 2007 taking place at the Labuan Square. I was late, but it doesn’t stop the enthusiast inside me that have been there for ages.

The last time I went to watch rugby tournament was like 2 years ago, the rugby tournament for schools in Malaysia, which was held in Labuan. Forgive me, I cant remember the correct time frame. This rusty brain needs a work out pretty bad.

I’m not trying to brag, but I was in the rugby team for SM Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru, and UiTM Kota Kinabalu Branch. My position varied, from hooker, to wing position, depends on the strategy and my abilities. Sometimes, I’ll take the position which won’t require running that much. I preferred to play in 7-side game, but then, 14-side game really challenging with all the big boys scrumming the defense to get to the touch lane.

I still remember when I was playing for my school team; I don’t have a decent shoe to play the game. I have to borrow my friend’s shoe, and sometimes bare-footed for the sake of obeying my great interest in rugby. I admit, I’m not into football that much, despite the environment of soccer fame and all that was really strong. And still, I’m hanging out with an older friend that used to play with Sabah team. But I don’t have much interest on soccer/football. I don’t know why.

When I was in UiTM, the only shoe I have was my dad’s shoe; Adidas, which has 12 stark beneath, and a great grip for doing sidestep to perform dummy and all the way to the touchdown lane. Too bad, someone stole it from me, and for God sake, it was my dad’s shoe!! I won’t forgive who ever the bastard that stole my shoe.

During my early involvement in rugby scene, most of the time I was chosen to be a water boy, or linesman, and most of the time sat at the bench, waiting for the chance to be in the game, which was never happened. That was when the time Mr Guns & Rosli (as if imitating the Guns & Roses band name) coaching my school team. I followed the training schedule, never missed it, and never failed to perform very well. My problem was, I was good in training, but terribly hopeless when asked to play in the real game. I managed to fix that, and that was what I brought to UiTM.

Together with a great team, such as, Zul, Salikin, Mahathir, Jamal, Ramil, Iskandar and many more to mention (sorry I forgot most of my teammates name), we had a real blast doing training and wrecking other team defense and dignity. I still can see that in the way UiTM played last Saturday. Teasing still the best way to perform in the game, and yet our legacy inherited by the current team of UiTM Kota Kinabalu.

I really enjoyed my past time playing rugby, appreciating the lessons, experiences and of course, the friendships strengthen by the love of the game. It was there, and I managed to get hold of it. I mean, in a way you appreciate the game and your friend. I never regret to be suspended for one semester because I refused to attend the most sucks subject in UiTM, which is Kesatria Negara. The main course in the subject is marching, with the uniform that looks like communist. And I wonder why the hell on earth UiTM KK or UiTM as a whole implementing the obligation to wear such uniform, as to praise the morality and various aspect presented with an intention to create a patriotic awareness among the Bumiputra’s; when we have to dress like communist to do so. What the hell communist apparel have to do with Malaysian patriotism? I thought we hate communist so much for ripping our country part by part. Yeah, what ever. Now they have the new uniform, which makes the Kesatria Negara cadet looks like fire department cadet. Yeah, what ever again.

Back to the rugby game. It was set in most peoples mind that rugby represents violence and roughness. Spoilt one might join the rugby team to make them respectful, because they simply think rugby players is the roughest person on earth. Try smack your head repeatedly to the wall, and look if it still there remain in one piece. There’s an art in rugby; the art of controlling the ball that’s not so round, the art of decreasing the odds of getting hurt badly when doing body contact, and more than that. Yes, we might be rough by screaming for ball from 20 metres away, but that was just an expression. Besides, I think we are better than professional soccer player that praised by the millions of peoples on earth because we can stand being hit, stepped on, and sometimes our collarbone dislocated. I admit sometimes I have to rest for one week, ignoring the tight training schedule just to get myself relief. I’ve seen worst, which was in JB, when the medical personnel have to do some minor surgery; stitching the players cut on his forehead; 4 inches cut, with the player’s full conscious. The player just looks at the needle and relaxes.

The other beautiful aspect of rugby is the team work. It was said rough and violence people don’t use their brain that much. Rugby players got excuse for that. Being roughly hit by the opponent, we still can think the strategy very clear and perform most tricks perfectly like what was practiced. Understanding is the most important point in this game.

And looking at the performance of Labuan Rugby Club team, I am thinking whether I want to play rugby again, or just sit here in the next tournament and shout like hyena praising the victory of touchdown. Maybe I will join the team, get back the skills I’ve left for more than 3 years now. I don’t know. Let time decide.