Posted by Hedonistics Anonymous :: 11:17 pm ::
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Sometimes you need to be burnt alive to be saved
When I was 21 or 22, I obssessed with football.
Football betting, that is.
Come weekends, I would whip out my little Tarepanda notebook and position myself in front of the PC for hours, scouring for tips, chatting with fellow punters, obtaining last minute odds.
I had my fingers in every pie - EPL, FA Cup, UEFA CL, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Liga, German Bundesliga, French Ligue, World Cup... everything.
I could reel names of football clubs off my tongue without even thinking.
EPL, Italian Serie A... UEFA Champions League...
I'll always remember the AC Milan vs CSKA Sofia match (UEFA Cup 2002) because I lost RM500 for that match alone. Not a big deal, right... but I was a college student at that time. It was a stupid move on my part to go over my initial betting capital. It didn't help that my bf at that time was equally obssessed about football betting. He couldn't bail me out because he was more in debt than me.
So I turned to a fellow punter whom I met online. Tony was from Negeri Sembilan and he was my mentor. He would patiently share his picks and allow me to question them (which is actually a HUGE no-no). We mainly chatted on IRC or ICQ, with an occasional phone call thrown in when I didn't have Internet access at hand and was in desperate need of odds or tips.
Despite his deep involvement in football betting, Tony didn't give two hoots about game. He thought it was a boring, mindless sport.
Me: I've placed my bets already.
Him: Good. Okay, I'm off to bed.
Me: Huh? Aren't you watching the match?
Him: What for? You think by sitting in front of the tv and cheering, Liverpool will win ah?
Me: But don't you like football??
Him: No. It's boring.
Him: Puffy, take my advice. Just place your bets and go to sleep. Tomorrow, wake up and check the scores.
Me: So you're really not watching the match? Liverpool playing worhhh!
Him: So what if it's Liverpool?
Me: Okay, fine. What's your favourite football team?
Him: Whichever team that wins me money.
Anyway, I logged on that night and lo and behold, he was online too.Him: Yes?
Me: Tony, I need a favour from you.
Me: I lost big on the AC Milan match.
Him: How much?
Him: I told you that match was a tricky one. I didn't bet on it.
Me: Yeah, I know. I didn't listen. Anyway, can you lend me the money? I'll pay you back by the end of the month.
I was stunned. I've never even met this guy and he was willing to lend me RM500?!?
Me: Are you serious?????????
Him: Well, I said okay, didn't I?
Me: Yeah, but... you don't even know me! I mean, what if I ran off with your money or something?!?!
Him: You could do that, I guess. But remember, what goes around comes around.
He wasn't joking, though. He transferred the money into my account the very next day. At that moment, I swear I've never been so humbled in my whole entire life. Sure, RM500 is no big deal, you say... but the amount of trust involved could move mountains.
I wished I could say I stopped betting right after that costly incident, but I didn't. But I eventually stopped right after the 2002 World Cup. I guess my heart wasn't into it anymore. I did pay Tony back the RM500 on time and when he came down to Kuching a few years later, I met up with him and brought him around.
Anyway, Tony... Kok Fui... I've always wanted to look you up again, but your 012 number's just not working anymore. This is a crazy long shot because you're probably married to that lady clerk of yours and you're too busy changing diapers and driving the kids to school and whatnots, but if you ever chance upon this blog, email me and I'll buy you dinner. Oh, and Earthquake at Swensen's too. :)
Posted by Hedonistics Anonymous :: 7:16 pm ::
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Valentine's Day dinner
B brought me to Tom's for my be-earliered Valentine's Day dinner. Prior to that, he called up the owner of Tom's to preorder two sets of beef ribs. B's ex-boss was a fan of the beef ribs and so B highly recommended them to me.
The yummilicious beef ribs. I was kinda embarassed to be seen taking photos of food,
hence the lousy photo quality. It had to be a quick focus and snap.
The bill that left me shellshocked for a couple of hours.
The amazing thing was that B himself didn't know they cost THAT much.
Anyway, I was clearing my room over the weekend before the professional cleaners come in and guess what I found.
Christmas cards. The one in front with the little white dog is dated 1992. The primary school classmate who gave it to me is now my colleague.
Cinema tickets. The cinemas where they come from are long gone (except for Riverside Cineplex). Check out the movie price for Rex theater, totally unbelievable. The Miramar ticket was for first class balcony seats (RM8) for the movie Anna and the King. On the top right is Riverside Cineplex's first edition ticket. That one was for Jurassic Park, and it only cost RM4.
Dragon Ball Z trading cards. There's Goku, Krillin, Frieza, Trunks (I think) and the robot whose name I don't know.
Street Fighter II trading cards. Oh how I loved Street Fighter when I was 11. I had the hots for Ryu.
My prized Vega card. 7000 HP, don't play play arh.
Tickets to the Royal London Circus when I was 12. The photos were from some buffet with the circus troupe at Holiday Inn. Coincidentally, it was the chimp's birthday too. I had a serious crush on the cute Russian guy.
Football tickets. The crumpled ones at the back was for the M-League semifinals between Sarawak and Singapore. Sarawak still had Alan Vest, and Singapore had PN Sivaji. The match ended in a draw. Then Sarawak played away at the Kallang Stadium and they lost.
Telephone cards. This was what we carried around before handphones were available. Some of my friends were serious phone card collectors, storing their cards in albums. I just chuck mine in an plastic ice-cream box.
Posted by Hedonistics Anonymous :: 9:05 pm ::
Friday, February 02, 2007
I stepped into my cubicle this morning and guess what was waiting for me on my desk.
Not one gift... but TWO! :) This beats a bouquet of unedible roses any day. The card.
Valentine's Day came early for me because I won't be in town on the real day. :)
Thanks so much, B.
I love you lots!
Posted by Hedonistics Anonymous :: 1:47 am ::