MICHAEL YIP

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Hello,

I'm Michael Yip

I am a video producer and photographer by profession. As a photographer, one of my core skills is in dance event photography, as one of only a handful of photographers experienced in covering dance events, performances and portraits. I got a chance to countries around the Asian region capturing visuals to help participants of the events immortalize their moments. If you are interested in bringing me over to your festivals/events. Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through GEMNUINE - the idea co., my team and I also provides Brand Management and PR services. Our core expertise is in helping brands evolve and attract the current market. We also provides Digital Marketing and Management services, from web designs to social media management. Drop me an email today at mike@gemnuine.com and let us know how you want us to help you.

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.


Education
Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama

SPM


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Photographer/Video Producer

MIKE YIP STUDIO

Branding and PR

GEMNUINE - the idea co.

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd


My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions

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WHAT CAN MY TEAM DO

Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Branding and PR

Through GEMNUINE, we specializes in helping brands redevelop, redefine and create a comprehensive marketing strategies reach the target market.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.

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We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

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10 #ILOVEUNITED Tickets to Giveaway


Those that I've talked to know that I'm looking forward to this, now, for those of you who wants to go but not sure how to redeem your passes, I'm here to help you! 

Here is your chance to meet the legends!

 We are giving 10 lucky winners exclusive tickets to the live viewing party. How to win them? Just follow the steps below to be in the run to meet your idol.


o   Answer the questions below at the comment session:

·       Name two midfielders and two defenders from Man United

·       Who is United's all-time leading Premier League goalscorer?

·       Who netted the first-ever Premier League goal for United?

o   Share the contest post on your Facebook with the hashtag #ILOVEUNITED

The lucky winners will be chosen by the end of the week. Please make sure your name and email address is real/active as I'll announce the winners and send you an email to let you know as well. 


Manchester United to Bring #ILOVEUNITED to Malaysia



Yup, you read it right! Manchester United is bringing the #ILOVEUNITED Live Viewing Party to Malaysia!

Together with Dwight YorkeDenis Irwin and David May, we'll get to  enjoy the home game against Liverpool FC on the 10th of March, at Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur.

The exclusive and free to attend event has been held all over the world and the club is excited to be hosting its first event of this kind in Malaysia.  Manchester United Ambassadors, Dwight Yorke and Denis Irwin together with Club Legend David May will be on the ground meeting fans, sampling local culture and giving pre-match views and half time analysis of the game.Supporters can also expect live entertainment, giveaways and competitions, including the chance to win a once in a lifetime VIP trip to Old Trafford. The event will also feature an interactive, online hub linking fans around the globe, with the opportunity to upload and post their own videos and pictures of themselves cheering on their team.

#ILOVEUNITED is free to attend and fans are asked to apply online for tickets by visiting www.manutd.com/iloveunited by no later than midnight on 4th March. Applications will then be entered into a ballot, with tickets issued at random. Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than 6th March.



Fans who are already Official Manchester United members are guaranteed a ticket to the event by simply submitting their membership number during the application process.

Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold comments: “The club has a long standing affinity with Malaysia and we are pleased to be returning there to host our very first live match screening in the country, for one of the most popular games of the season.

Manchester United has over 8million loyal and passionate supporters in Malaysia and #ILOVEUNITED will be an unforgettable event for those fans.  Previous #ILOVEUNITED events have been attended by hundreds of thousands of fans, creating a great atmosphere among our worldwide family of fans and the interactive element will bring them even closer together.”



I've just submitted my entry for the passes, what about you? Join me for the viewing party?

No More Grid Girls for Formula 1


Liberty Media, Formula One's organizers announces that the practice of using scantily clad race queens or grid girls has come to an end.

They said the practice of having the women milling about in the grid area before races was “clearly at odds with modern day societal norms”. Darts took a similar decision this month, banning the women who walk on with the players before matches.

“Over the last year we have looked at a number of areas which we felt needed updating so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport,” said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1.

“While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 Grands Prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms.”

Bratches said the practice was not “appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world”.


“We’re trying to respect all parties,” Ross Brawn told BBC Radio 5 live.

“There’s a lot of people respect the tradition of the grid girls and there’s people who feel that it has become a bit dated, so we’re addressing that.”

The decision by F1 bosses to axe the grid girls, one of the sport’s long-standing pre-race traditions, is expected to bring similar pressure onto organisers of boxing and motorcycling who routinely use attractive women in event promotions.

The treatment and media image of women in sport has been drawn into sharp focus after the momentum sparked by the #MeToo campaign which has highlighted allegations of sexual misconduct in the world of entertainment and politics.

However, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said Wednesday he will not remove ring card girls from his fights.

“The ring card girls have been a part of boxing history for many, many years. As far as I am aware, darts will still have dancers on stage performing, but the walk-on girls were not really necessary,” Hearn told GQ magazine.

“From a boxing point of view, we want to keep the traditions of the sport going and in my opinion it has nothing to do with sexism or feminism. It is just a part of boxing and until we are told otherwise.”

Women’s groups, however, backed the F1 decision.

“Thank you @F1 for deciding to stop using grid girls. Another sport making a clear choice about what they want to stand for,” tweeted @WomenSportTrust.

Drivers preferred to concentrate on the positive side of the F1 announcement on Wednesday.

“I don’t care, I’m married with the most beautiful girl on earth,” tweeted Haas team driver Romain Grosjean.

Former Indian F1 driver, Karun Chandhok tweeted: “Would be a good idea to use the money saved from paying the ‘grid girls’ to make a small investment in getting more female drivers into the sport…”

F1 has experimented with changes in its presentation in previous years.

At the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was less than impressed with the decision to employ “grid boys” instead of women.

“Why didn’t we have any grid girls today?” said German star Vettel. “What was that? You get there and park behind George or Dave. What’s the point?”

The new Formula One season begins on March 25 with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

10 Premier League crazy facts you didn't know


Here's 10 quirky facts that you didn't know about the English Premier League. From who gets substituted the most to who played the longest.

1. Two players have scored Premier League penalties with both feet: Bobby Zamora and Obafemi Martins.

2. Ryan Giggs has been substituted more times than any other player (134). After playing for so many years for Manchester United, wouldn't be surprise.

3. Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Kevin Davies are the only players to score, assist and score an own goal in a single Premier League game. Bale is the one of the three to also get a yellow card in the same game.

4. Man United have never lost a Premier League game at Old Trafford in which they have been ahead at half-time.

5. Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has scored, assisted and won a penalty in the Premier League. He also has more Premier League assists than any other keeper (five).

6. Darius Vassell scored in 46 different Premier League games - and didn't lose any of them (still a record).

7. Newcastle United won 34 points from losing positions in 2001/02; the most by a team in a single Premier League season. It was also the same number of points that they won in total when relegated seven years later.

8. In 2014/15, George Boyd became the fourth player to play for two relegated teams in the same Premier League campaign (others were Mark Robins in 94/95, Steve Kabba in 06/07 and David Nugent in 09/10).

9. In 2014/15, Leicester City spent longer at the bottom of the table without being relegated than any side in Premier League history (140 days).

10. Wes Morgan (2015/16), John Terry (2014/15) and Gary Pallister (1992/93) are the only outfield players to play every minute of the season for a Premier League title-winning side.

Post Race: 2016 P1 AquaX Malaysia Series Round 2 Race Results


21 riders goes into Round 2 of the P1 AquaX Malaysia series at D’Island Residence, Puchong with plenty to fight for across the Sprint and Enduro series. The riders also had to adapt to a flatter water surface and a larger course here in Puchong. Because of the flat characteristic of the pond at Puchong, the riders get to concentrate on pushing for faster speed and agility at the corners.

On Saturday, in the Enduro 300hp category, Mohd Faez Mohd Noor put the disappointment of not finishing his first race in Kepong behind him with an impressive victory in his first race here at Puchong to take an early lead atop the point standings.


The 22-year-old finished ahead of second placed Lim Hong Hao and last round’s champion Bryan Chia, who had to settle for third.

In the Enduro 200 class, 47-year-old Christopher Keasberry of Brunei once again dominated the field to take a lead atop the standings after one race. He is trailed by Mohamed Suffian bin Saidi in second place and Mohd Danial Mohd Shariff in third.


Mohd Danial Mohd Shariff also starred in the Sprint Spark class, continuing his fine form from the first round in Kepong with victories in both of his category’s races today.

After two races, the 19-year-old leads by 6 points in the standings for Round 2, ahead of Saifullah Nazar, who finished second in both races, and Hussien Mohd Said, who placed fourth in the first race and third in the second.


Sunday kicked off with the riders getting briefed on the day's race in the rain but the sky quickly cleared as the 1st race of the day was about to get under way. In the Enduro 300, Mohamad Faez Mohamad Noor completed a clean sweep of victories in all three of the Enduro Class races to emerge champion in the Enduro 300 category as well as take home this weekend’s Enduro Cup.

“I’m very happy and a little bit speechless. I have been training very hard every weekend and whenever I am not working, so it’s a good feeling to win. I am appreciative to my family and AquaX and all those who have supported me,” said the 23-year-old.


Second place in the Enduro 300 category this weekend went to last round’s champ Bryan Chia while Lim Hong Hao, who finished in second place last round, had to settle for third place.

In the Enduro 200 category, Brunei’s Christopher Keasberry took top honours for the second round in a row with a clean sweep of victories in all three of this weekend’s races. The 47-year-old remains undefeated in all six races over the two rounds. Second place for the second round in a row was Mohamed Suffian bin Saidi, while Mohamed Danial Mohamed Shariff took the final podium spot in the Enduro 200 category.


In the Sprint Spark category, Saifullah Nazar finally managed to overcome rival Mohd Danial Mohd Shariff to win the first race of the day. He also finished second in the second race to amass a total of 71 points and emerge the Round 2 champion by a close margin of just two points.

“I’m very happy because this is my first big victory. The race here was a bit different because the track here is bigger and therefore the water is less choppy while racing. I hope to get top position again in Round 3,” said the 24-year-old, who has been racing jet skis for the last eight years.


Coming in second place in the Sprint Spark category was Round 1 champ Mohd Danial, with Raja Nazrin Shah taking third place on 60 points.


With 1 more round to go, Bryan Chia and Mohamed Faez are the clear front-runners to take home the title and are looking forward to a final showdown on the 10 & 11 of December. For those looking for photos from the event, that'll be in the next post, along with a helmet cam from the 3rd race in the Sprint Spark category. Experience what it's like racing in the Spark race by watching the video from a racer's perspective.

Video: P1 AQUA X Malaysia Enduro Racer POV in Round 1


You've seen the photos, read the results, here's what it looks like on-board an ENDURO racer's ride during the race. The GoPro died with 20 laps to go, hopefully it's just a small glitch with the battery and I don't have to get a new GoPro.



For a calmer look of the course, here's the video from the recce in the morning.



See you at the next race!

Post Race: 2016 P1 AquaX Malaysia Series Round 1 Race Results


The 2016 P1 AquaX Malaysia Series that was held at Metropolitan lake in Kepong has come and gone with some amazing races on a rain-soaked weekend. If you are looking for the photos, you can view them here. I was at the venue for both days with a bright Saturday morning greeting the racers and officials as everyone got themselves busy at the Dry Pit as well as on the course itself.

I went out to check on the course layout so you can watch the video below. Calm lake with just one Jetski flying across the lake at 50 - 70 km/h. Very different to the actual race where the lake turn choppy with the riders creating waves in their path.



24 competitors was competing among themselves throughout the weekend across 3 categories - Sprint Spark (12 mins + 1), Sprint Ski (10 mins + 1 lap) and Enduro which is a 30 minute race + 1 lap with the 200hp and 300hp category riders racing at the same time.  Was told by one of the Spark category rider that it's not easy to hang on to the Jet Ski when it is propelling across the surface of the lake at speed. Imagine what the Enduro racers goes through as they have to hang on to the craft for 30 minutes while racing against 14 other riders.

Nineteen-year-old up-and-coming Malaysian jet-skier Bryan Chia took first place in today’s Enduro race, a category that challenges the endurance of racers in a 30-minute long battle around the designated lake circuit. Bryan, who was in second place for the first half of the race, surged into the lead and held on to win after race leader Mohamad Faez suffered from technical difficulties and had to pull out.



In the Sprint Spark category, another 19-year-old, Mohd Danial Mohd Shariff heads the standings going into Day 2 after placing third in the first race and winning the second. He is chased by 34-year-old veteran jet-skier Raja Nazrin Shah, who won the first race of the day, and Saifullah Nazar, who are both tied in second place.


In the Sprint Ski category, 39-year-old Hj Idzam Horhadi Hj Mashud won both of today’s races to command a lead at the top of the standings, while brothers Muhammad Syahmi Hashim and Muhammad Fadhli Hashim are tied in second place.


I must say that the atmosphere got a little bit tense when the storm came in and lasted for over an hour, but it was great to see that the riders remained gung-ho and ready to take to the waters. By the time the last race was done, it was close to 7pm and I went back to the comfort of the secretariat to chill. Wouldn't want to use up all the energy on just the 1st day, do we?


Day 2 kicked off bright and early, with a quick brief from the course official and the first boat went down to the lake by 9am raring to go. As majority of the race on the previous day was hampered by the rain, The organizer along with the teams agreed to get the race started earlier than the scheduled time to avoid a similar situation.

With the shorten duration to prepare, the teams goes into a frantic mode as they get the jet skis ready with final fixes and set-ups done. No one is holding back despite needing to race twice, especially the Enduro boys. It was full throttle from the flag-off for 30 laps and they have another race few hours later. It's tiring especially to the arms as the 15 riders not only have to maneuver around the obstacles, they also have to get ahead of each other while racing at top speed skimming across the lake.


The Sprint Sparks and Ski points is still up for grabs but the Enduro crowd favorites, Chris (200 HP) and Bryan (300 HP) was already set to dominate their respective categories in the race as their jet skis and strategies from day 1 was flawless.

One of the youngest riders in the event, 19-year-old Bryan Chia, followed up his victory yesterday with another win today to take first place in the Enduro 300 category with 55 points. Bryan also emerged as the overall champion for the Enduro Cup category, which is open to all Enduro riders regardless of engine class.


"It was fun and I hope to maintain my performance in the next two rounds." said the 19-year-old, who has been racing in Jet Ski competitions around Asia for the last five years and hopes to become a World Champion one day.

Second place in the Enduro 300 for the weekend was 21-year-old Lim Hong Hao, while 24-year-old Saifullah Nazar settled for third.


Christopher Keasberry, one of two Bruneians in the competition, put his 18 years of racing experience to good use as he picked up victories in three out of three races in the Enduro 200 class to secure first place here in Round 1.

"I have been racing for many years but I think this is one of the best performances in my racing career because I have never done so well in an endurance race. I have been training intensively since August and keeping myself in shape, so it’s a good win." said the 47-year-old.

Second place in Enduro 200 was Mohd Suffian bin Saidi, while Rosli Ghazali, one of the local otais of the sports took the final podium spot.


The Sprint Spark category, which is a newly launched class designed to attract entry-level amateur and semi-pro riders racing on sit-down jet skis, was contested by six riders this weekend. After winning one race yesterday and emerging third in the other, 19-year-old Mohd Danial Mohd Shariff led the Sprint Spark standings coming into Day 2 and continued his fine form with victories in both races today to collect 75 points and take first place.

"I feel grateful for this victory as I have been training very hard every week. I have been jet-skiing for five years and this is my best performance so far." said the 19-year-old who hopes to turn professional soon. 

Finishing in second place for the Sprint Spark category this weekend was 34-year-old Raja Nazrin Shah (65 points), third place went to Saifullah Nazar (63 points) and coming in fourth was Megat Redza (61 points). The only female rider in the event, 29-year-old Yushi Chan, finished tied in fifth place on 50 points with Mohammad Farid Mohd Zain.


In the Sprint Ski class, Hj Idzam Norhaidi Hj Mashud won 3 out of the 4 races in his category this weekend to comfortably clinch first place with 77 points.

"I was racing against competitors much younger than me so I feel very happy to achieve this result in the Sprint Ski category. It has been a long and tiring but very fulfilling day." said the 39-year-old, who is the only other Brunei rider in the competition.

Coming in second was 26-year-old Muhammad Fadhli Hashim, who won today’s final Sprint Ski race, with 69 points followed by his younger brother, 16-year-old Muhammad Syahmi Hashim, in third place with 62 points.


More than RM15,000 in cash prizes were awarded to top finishers in this weekend’s races, while participants in the Sprint Ski and Enduro categories also picked up international ranking points based on this performances. Riders in the Sprint Spark category picked up national ranking points.

The next two events in this three round Malaysia series will be held at D’Island Residences, Puchong on 26 & 27 November and 10 & 11 December (Grand Finals), where the overall Malaysian Champion will be crowned. Entrance to the event will remain free for members of the public who wish to catch the races.

For photos from the race, it's all here. See you at the next race?

Photos: 2016 P1 AquaX Malaysia Series Round 1 (Metropolitan Lake, Kepong)


This post is just on all the photos from the 2016 AquaX Malaysia Series Round 1 held at the Metropolitan Lake in Kepong.



Results of the race updated here. What a fantastic end to round 1 and can't wait for round 2. For the riders heading off to the other competitions in the coming week, stay safe, good luck and see you soon at Round 2.

Countdown to 2017 by Running For Your Lives!


Not sure what to do on the 31st of December as the clock ticks down to midnight? Go and register yourself in a nice little run that is infested by zombies! Yup, the Run For Your Lives Malaysia edition is back and this time, it's a night run. It's going to be tougher to see the walkers running up to you in Taman Botani Putrajaya where the race is going to be held.

I managed to catch up with the organizers at the screening of Train To Busan and I must say that the team is buzzing with excitement but they don't want to reveal much on what's the route is like and what other edition will be included to give the zombies and survivors the extra kick for the New Year Eve run.


"We're truly excited about bringing back Run For Your Lives to Malaysia. This unique experience promises participants a thrilling journey filled with different obstacles that will certainly get their adrenaline pumped up," said Mr.Leong Delon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Monkey Theory Sdn. Bhd.

Early bird registration can be done on http://secure.monkeytheory.asia/event/Run-For-Your-Lives-Malaysia from this Friday, October 21st while payment can be made via credit/debit card and online banking.

Participants will be given a choice to run as a Survivor or a Zombie, which provides them with different entitlements.

  • Survivor - Entitlements Wrist tag, t-shirt, and medal 
  • Zombie - Wrist tag, t-shirt, medal, and professional makeup 


Ticket Price (Early Bird) RM69.00



Run For Your Lives Malaysia is organised by Monkey Theory Sdn. Bhd., with the support from Hype Malaysia, TanTan News and Siakap Keli as the social media partners. The official partner is Sunway Lagoon, with Aery Jo Academy as the makeup professionals.

P1 AquaX's 1st 2016 series in Asia and it's in Malaysia!


AquaX (pronounced as “Aqua Cross”), the fastest growing personal watercraft championship in the world will host its first ever event in Malaysia on 29 & 30 October at Metropolitan Lake Kepong as the opening weekend of a three-event series.

An out-of-the-box stock racing series designed to bridge the gap between recreational and competitive riding by creating an accessible, low cost and simple format that appeals to all personal watercraft (PWC) users which will help develop the sport of watercraft racing from the ground up.

The inaugural event on 29 & 30 October 2016 at Metropolitan Lake Kepong will be followed by race weekends at D’Island Residence Puchong on 26 & 27 November and the grand finale on 10 & 11 December 2016.



James Durbin, CEO of Powerboat P1 Management Ltd, the London-based owners of the international P1 AquaX brand said “Since the launch of AquaX in the UK in 2011, followed by its expansion in to the USA two years later and Europe earlier this year, we have seen outstanding growth in competitor numbers and the quality of racing. AquaX’s significant broadcast audiences and social media engagement achieved in South East Asia provides a platform for P1’s strategic move in to the Malaysian market and we are confident that we will see the same success here as we have in other regions.”

Shafique Iqbal, CEO of P1 Marine Motorsports (Malaysia), the commercial rights holder of P1 AquaX in Malaysia, added: “There are 30-50 local jet ski racers who travel outside of Malaysia to compete as there is a lack of sanctioned and professionally promoted race events in the country. We believe that the simple, yet challenging format of the P1 AquaX race series, its low cost of entry and global reputation will provide Malaysia with the foremost PWC race series and open up the sport to its 7,000 recreational jet skiers.”

The AquaX race format is divided into 2 categories, Enduro and Sprint, and is further split into Professional and Amateur class based on the riders’ abilities and skills. Both category crafts are classified by the horsepower; 300hp, 250hp, and 200hp.

If you are interested to take part in the race, the registration is still open until the 28th October, so there's still time to get your medicals done, get your competition license (cost RM250) from PESUAM and register for the race. According to the organizer, to compete in all the competition, the participants only need to pay RM1,500. That's 6 days (over 3 weekends) of racing for such a low fee. Just bring your own Jet skis to the lake, get it scrutinized and race! You can also rent the Jet Skis from some of the participating shops but each shops' rental fees are different so I can't give you the fees here. Maybe the shops that read this can place their info at the comment below for interested participants to contact?


Competition Categories


  • ENDURO - Large sit-down crafts with minor modifications allowed depending on class. All classes race together, with accumulated points determining the winner of each class. ENDURO is a test of will and preparation, as the tracks are large and the race lasts for 30 minutes in duration with 3 heats. To win, a competitor needs to be in good physical condition and their equipment needs to be mechanically sound.


  • SPRINT - All about the original stand up Jet Skis. The racecourse is smaller and races are quick, just 10 minutes. The winner needs plenty of speed and agility to come out tops. The SPRINT Spark is a newly spawned class to attract new entry level sit-down PWCs where the race will last for 12 minutes. The SPRINT classes have a total of 4 race heats.


The race heats will be held over 2 days where the rider that scores the most points based on their positioning in each race will be crowned the event champion. Over the series, the points from all 3 rounds will be tallied and the rider with the most points at the end of the series will crowned the 2016 P1 AquaX Malaysia Series Champion during the final event which will be held at D’Island Residences in Puchong on 10 & 11 December 2016.

Having met with the organizers, some of the participants and the marshalls, I've to say that unlike those competitions held at sea, the less volatile and more predictably calmed lakes will test the skills of the riders. After all with less obstacles in the way, it will be the skills of the racers that'll help them win the race. Also, to be racing through the lake while clinging on for dear life will test the strength and endurance of the racers too. Imagine riding a bike while standing and racing on an ever changing surface even though the race course is the same, it's not easy.

One other important thing that I found out, spectators can watch for FREE! Yup, the race weekend is open to public but like all motorized sports, when you watch the races, please stay within the designated spectators areas. Can't wait for the race weekends and cheer these racers on in their respective heats, time to show the world what Malaysian Jet Ski racers are made of.

Mercedes AMG Petronas wins F1 2016 Constructor's Title


With 4 races to go, Mercedes AMG Petronas through Nico Rosberg's 9th victory at the Japanese Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton's 3rd place finish is enough to seal the 2016 Constructor's Championship.

Rosberg converted pole position in a lights-to-flag win, as Red Bull's Max Verstappen fended off a charging Hamilton for the runner-up spot. Rosberg thus moves 33 points clear of Hamilton in the championship standings, with 100 up for grabs over the remaining four flyaway races.

Mercedes also sealed the Constructors' crown for a third successive season, after its celebrations were delayed by Red Bull's 1-2 in Malaysia.

As the lights went out, Rosberg made a clean getaway to hold his lead into the first corner, while Hamilton, alongside him, bogged down and tumbled down the order. That was all Rosberg needs to pull away from the pack while the actions happened behind him.


"There are so many great people in this team that have won the Constructors' title," Toto Wolff explained after the Grand Prix.

"I have the honour of representing them in front of the camera, no more, no less. They were almost faultless through these three years, it's great to work with them."

Wolff also praised the efforts of Rosberg and Hamilton over the years. "Our two drivers are great," Wolff went on to comment.

"They're not only the best in the world, but they also push each other to new levels. If one has a bad day then they are pushed up by the other, because they set the benchmark.

"It has functioned well. I'm really happy, [even] with all the little wobbles."


Wolff also stated that he is desperate for further reliability problems not to come into play over the remaining four races, with Rosberg now 33 points clear of Hamilton.

"[Hamilton] had a great weekend in Malaysia and we let him down," added Wolff.

"He still has every chance to win the title. It's quite a big gap if everything goes right, but we have seen that one DNF and the other guy winning is 25 points, and it is open again.

"We just want to give them equal material and equal cars."

With the Constructor's Championship now sealed, it's all eyes on the drivers now as the battles will heat up in the next 4 races with Rosberg determined to keep the lead and take home his first Formula 1 Driver's Championship.

21 races for Formula One 2017 Calendar


Twenty-one races are scheduled for the 2017 Formula One world championship, although Canada, Brazil and Germany are still to be confirmed, the World Council of the sport's governing body said Wednesday.

The 2017 season will start in Melbourne on March 26 and finish in Abu Dhabi nine months later.

Singapore, in the last year of its current deal, has switched slots with Malaysia for next season.

The 2017 calendar will be confirmed at the next meeting of the World Council in Vienna on November 30.

2017 F1 world championship schedule:


  1. March 26: Australia (Melbourne)
  2. April 9: China (Shanghai)
  3. April 16: Bahrain (Sakhir)
  4. April 30: Russia (Sochi)
  5. May 14: Spain (Barcelona)
  6. May 28: Monaco
  7. June 11: Canada (Montreal)
  8. June 18: Europe (Baku, Azerbaijan)
  9. July 2: Austria (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg)
  10. July 9: Great Britain (Silverstone)
  11. July 23: Hungary (Hungaroring, Budapest)
  12. July 30: Germany (Hockenheim)
  13. August 27: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
  14. September 3: Italy (Monza)
  15. September 17: Malaysia (Sepang)
  16. October 1: Singapore
  17. October 8: Japan (Suzuka)
  18. October 22: United States (Austin)
  19. November 5: Mexico
  20. November 12: Brazil (Interlagos, Sao Paolo)
  21. November 26: Abu Dhabi (UAE)


How Datuk Lee Chong Wei got his Datukship


While the whole Malaysia cheers Datuk Lee Chong Wei and the Badminton squad on at Rio 2016 Olympics. One would wonder, what did he have to do to get this title at the front of his name. Well, wonder no further as here's the story for all to read.

Lee Chong Wei when he started to surge ahead in the world of Badminton, would always meet his achilles heel, losing constantly to the Chinese players whenever he encounters them. Rosmah was worried and decide that enough is enough and she took him to her most trusted Bomoh (Witch Doctor). 

After a long consultation, the Bomoh told Rosmah that the problem lies in Chong Wei's initial, LCW, which can also be deciphered as Let China Win. 

So to address the issue at hand the quick thinking Rosmah managed to get him a Datukship. So now, his initial becomes DLCW or Don't Let China Win.

And the rest, as they say, is History.

Yes, this is a figment of a cracked imagination, read it and have a good laugh. Don't take it too seriously and keep supporting the Malaysian athletes at the Olympics in Brazil. Vamos Malaysia!

Great laughs and shockers at the Wrestling City Asia in KL

On May 21st, I got invited to attend a Pro Wrestling match by the Wrestling  City Asia,  at first, I asked my friend if she had gotten the sports 'title' right as I didn't know there's such a thing as Pro Wrestling in Asia, my only known information about Pro Wrestling is WWE and TNA from the US of A. But I was rest assured that as I'm into fights, I would definitely enjoy this. Well, when she said it like that, I guess there's no harm in going right?

Sonjay Dutt!

Stepping into the stadium, at first, I started to feel regret, the crowd wasn't there. And the poster of the event looks funny. Yes, I jumped to conclusion before anything even started. Then I bumped into Sonjay Dutt, yup, that name is familiar to most of you, right? At one period of time, he was a regular feature in the TNA circuit and is regularly seen performing his moves on TV.

Masa Takahashi and Cima
 As we got to our ring side seats, all those iconic scenes from WWE start floating into my brain and I start asking around, so where's the announcer's desk that they can smash the wrestlers through? Where are they going to fall onto to brawl in the crowd? I'm sure when you're there, you'd have the same question after being "educated" by the endless hours of Wrestling Matches shown at the local mamak stalls.


 An hour after I got into the Titiwangsa Stadium, the lights went out and the announcer rushed to the stage, putting on the most dramatic voice and moves he can muster, he kicked things off by calling out the first fight of the night. It's an 8-men tag team match between the Team HK All Stars and Team Singapore, event before the guys step onto the stage, we were already laughing our heads off as the whole announcement is racist like mad but plugged in such a way like that's the way it has been for each of the fighters. Team HK won the fight as the biggest fighter in the team pinned the biggest fighter from Team Singapore. The best part of it all is the fighter with the most dramatic entrance from Team HK never even bother to get into the ring! All he did was stood by the side post and watch the enter fight, not even bother to raise a hand or two to cheer the team on. He just stood there like a mannequin.


There was a fight between the 8-men and the SPW Tag Team match but I can't remember the Singaporean fighter's name or the manager. It was just a long drawn out match and the 'Heel' even admitted after the fight that it was too long and he could tell that the crowd got bored and stopped cheering after awhile.


SPW South East Asian Tag Team Championship on the line (they tried to play it like the Bad Company was the one forcing The Omen to put the title on the line in the fight but how is that possible when they already announced it as a championship fight from the start?) as The OMEN beating the Bad Company with some badly choreographed moves. I say badly because the connecting hit and the sound of the hit was off by miles! There are some impressive moves being executed but to hear the hit before the moves even connect with the opponent is just bad. The title belt also look a bit sad too. I've seen some beautiful belts, even carried one too when some of the WWE fighters came to KL and I went to interview them. So there is a certain 'expectation' that I have when it comes to all these 'Championship belts'.


Anton Deryabin and Facade the Ninja got some of the more better choreographed fights going as they really put on a show. Fans was even shouting out the moves they should execute on each other to have more pain (yes, watched enough wrestling matches on TV to know what type of moves to call out). At one point, Anton even paused long enough to tell the spectators that all the hits actually hurts. Facade won it in the end and they try to pull off a "Stone Cold Steve Austin" Beer Bash at the end of the fight. I was waiting for them to play the Steve Austin's theme when that happened but no, guess copyright issues block that from happening.


The MyPW World to Regional Championship Title Defense! That's the one that a lot of people was cheering after as MyPW Champion, Shaukat (yup, Malaysia has a Pro Wrestler, did you know? I sure didn't!) took on Paksa from Thailand in the title defense. It was a better fight compared to the 3 before it. Plenty of beautifully executed moves and the Face (Shaukat) and Heel (Paksa) played their parts beautifully. Doesn't have to guess who won the fight at the end!


Sanjay Dutt  and Eita put on a good show with the former TNA fighter and Eita putting on some of the best choreographed fights. It was fast paced and every move was executed to near perfection despite the fact that Eita only fought as a Professional Wrestler for the short 5 years compared to Sanjay. By the end of the fight, you know both fighters put everything on the line as they were left breathless even though Sanjay tried to address the crowd to show appreciation for the support.

 
Now, this Hardcore No Holds Barred Match between Lokomotif and the Joker is the one that left us in awe and in unison agreed that it got real really fast. A lot of IKEA chairs and table was sacrificed in this match as Loko really give it to the Joker and vice versa. No matter how much they rehearse the fight, you know it hurts bad when you see how these guys fall on the props. At the end of the fight, Loko won and Joker is left with a bloodied (or was it broken?) nose as the event boys went to help him off stage.


The final fight of the night was the SPW South East Asian Championship - The Statement definitely got everyone booing before he even appeared on stage. He played the role of the Heel to much aplomb while Masa Takahashi and Cima played to the crowd as rival Face. The fight between Masa and Cima has both comedy and action and every now and then, we have one Singaporean jumping in to spoil everything. In the end, the Kiasu guy upset the crowd by pinning Masa Takahashi after he pushed Cima off the stage which was quite clear to see (for me, as I was watching him while the fight was going on to see where he's going to position himself).



All in all, it was a hilarious evening, had a good laugh and watched some good fights. There was no regret going for the fight. Hope they'll grow and gain more popularity as an Asian Pro Wrestling tour like the New Japan Pro Wrestling which is quite popular even outside of the island with some famous wrestlers gracing their fight cards at each event. For more photos, click here.

Malaysian Drivers set to put up a good show as they compete in the GP2 and GP3 support race in the 2016's Malaysian GP

The 18th edition of the 2016 Formula1 Malaysia Grand Prix will have an added excitement for local fans, as two young, up-and-coming Malaysian drivers will be part of the showpiece. Nabil Jeffri and Akash Neil Nandy will be participating in the GP2 and GP3 series respectively. This follows the agreement of the Formula One Management (FOM) to hold the prestigious GP2 and GP3 during the F1 race weekend in Malaysia.




Nabil and Akash were introduced as drivers representing Malaysia, racing a full season in their respective teams, Arden International in GP2 and Jenzer Motorsport in GP3. Both series commence on 13 May 2016 in Barcelona, Spain with 11 rounds and 9 rounds for the GP2 and GP3 respectively. The penultimate round takes place at the Malaysian F1 at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) on 2 October 2016. The event was officiated yesterday by the Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia Khairy Jamaluddin, accompanied by Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir, Chairman of SIC and Dato’ Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of SIC.

Dato’ Razlan expressed his delight at having not one but two Malaysian drivers in the GP2 and GP3 series. “Having Malaysian drivers competing during the 2016 Formula1 Malaysia Grand Prix in Sepang is undoubtedly something that the local fans have been yearning for. Both GP2 and GP3 are talent development series for drivers aspiring to achieve the coveted F1 driver position. Ardent fans of F1 in Malaysia will now be able to follow not just the F1 but also the GP2 and GP3 through the 2016 race calendar that will take our Malaysian boys through a thrilling season,” he said.



Dato’ Razlan said SIC had been pushing for the inclusion of GP2 and GP3 in the Formula 1 in Malaysia since the GP2 Asia last raced in 2013 at the circuit. “We are pleased that the F1 is emulating MotoGP with the inclusion of the GP2 and GP3 as support races. This is what we, as the organiser and promoter of the Malaysian F1, have been asking for to make it more exciting for local fans, especially with the participation of young Malaysian talent this year. Furthermore, the GP2 and GP3 traditionally provided superb wheel-to-wheel excitement, thrilling fans every time in past seasons”, he added.

Nabil, 22, began his racing career at Asia Max Challenge (Rotax) back in 2008 and 2009, where he became the Overall Champion. He finished a credible 6th place in the Rotax Max Grand Finals 2009 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt out of 72 drivers from 60 countries. He continued racing in the JK Racing Asia Series in 2012 and at the ATS Formel 3 Cup in 2014, both of which he finished 2nd overall.

In 2010, Nabil was the youngest ever driver to test a Formula One car. At 16, Nabil conducted straight-line aerodynamic duties for the Malaysian-owned Lotus team at the Imperial War Museum runway at Duxford (UK).

Following a successful testing programme in Barcelona and Jerez last month, British team Arden International confirmed that Nabil Jeffri and Jimmy Eriksson have signed for the 2016 Season. Nabil moves from Germany and European F3 where he has spent the last few years honing his skills and experience around the European tracks. The Malaysian is also no stranger to the Sepang International Circuit, where the GP2 Series will be racing later this year alongside Formula One.

“This has been my lifelong dream and I am living it out in front of my fellow Malaysians – that is an adrenaline rush like no other. The Sepang Circuit is one many drivers find challenging, so I hope my experience on this track will help my performance, and I will do Malaysia proud. I hope Malaysians will come out to the circuit on race weekend and support both Akash and myself,” said Nabil.

Racing for Swiss-based team Jenzer Motorsport in GP3 this year, Akash Neil Nandy, 19, is a rising Malaysian star in his own right. He was recently awarded the McMillan Woods Rising Star Award 2016, in the Chequered Flag of the Year category.

He began his career in 2010, kart racing at the Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia, finishing a respectable 2nd place. But his breakout race was when he finished a respectable 3rd place in the overall championship of the Formula Masters China Series in 2013. The wins kept on coming, as he almost won the Formula 3 Remus Championship in Europe, winning 10 out of 12 races.

In 2013, at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix event, Akash - one of the youngest drivers that year, made motorsports history that same year after grabbing pole position, setting the fastest lap and winning in Formula Masters, when the highly respected season ended.

Akash’s extraordinary talent won him an invitation to participate in the prestigious opening round of the Asia Le Mans Series with KC Motorgroup in 2013. Being the youngest driver to participate in a Le Mans Series, he walked into the history books of the event and Le Mans overall. Having qualified to start the race from P2, Akash steamed the team into P1 while closing his stint of the race, having set one of the fastest lap times and maintaining the position to finish as race winners. This year, Akash did his team proud by emerging overall champion in 1st place yet again in the GTM class on home ground.

He stands amongst the likes of former F1 world champions Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher who were once overall championship winners. Apart from his dedication and passion for racing, Akash is also a full-time law student and is currently close to completing his first year.

“I am honoured to be part of our national racing agenda and that my love for racing will be an inspiration for all young Malaysians to strive tirelessly to achieve their dreams and goals. I am always determined to give my very best every time I am on the track and hope that I will make Malaysia proud in the upcoming race,” shared Akash.

“It is exciting times for motorsports in Malaysia, as the young sportsmen who have worked their way up the ranks of talent development series start to flourish and make their names known in the senior levels,” said the Minister of Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin. “I am calling out to private sector companies to come forward and look at the viability of sponsoring our local drivers,” he urged. “Motorsports in particular is an expensive endeavour but returns for sponsors are exponential,” he said.

The 2016 Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix weekend takes place from 30 September until 2 October 2016, at Sepang International Circuit with GP2 and GP3 being the support races for the event. Early Bird promotional ticket prices are still available until 31 May 2016.

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