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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Sibu Oya Road Golf Club and emails about golf

The Sibu Golf Club 20 years ago - Photo by Philip Hii.

The Sibu Golf Club House.

Sibu Golf Club - photo by Philip Hii ( 2008)

Sibu Golf Club - photo by Philip Hii (2008)

Some friends have written in to ask me about playing of golf in Sibu. There is not much I can say about it . But I am lucky to have Philip Hii ( to help me out with some photos. Thanks for the photos Philip.

If you don't play much golf you can always enjoy the blue skies and the lovely clouds. A day out in the open is often good for the soul and the body.

Prominent Sibu men and women have since the 1960's aspired to play good golf as social standard of living rose. That is a far cry from the lifestyle of the early and frugal and early pioneers. While tennis may have been the first "foreign game" (as it was played by the Colonial officers and foreign managers) it eventually lost its social glamour to golf. Golf to Malaysians at large has always been a game for business networking and for the rich and famous.

The Sibu Golf Club being sited more than 10 miles from Sibu town itself is thus one of the places in Sibu not so "open" to the public . It does have that elitist status since it was established in the 1970's. However I suppose one can call the arrival of the golf game in Sibu as a mandatory kind of social and sports development.

Weekends would see a lot of rich men driving their Mercedes Benz and BMW towards the golf course for a round or two of golf. And some did play very good games I must say. But I have often wondered how many "hole in one" had been achieved there. And of course betting was very much a part of their game. I was given to understand that a few made more money during the weekend than they did on weekdays!! I will leave the guesswork to you.

In comparison golf elsewhere in the world is cheap where everyone can play golf.

This is a photo which spurned a lot of email amongst my group of e-friends (I have taken some here for you to read...a kind of dinosaurs' emails which motivate us every day...And golf being a fairly good game for older bones and muscles etc......

This is a group photo of my friends who play very good golf (in Miri)

Dear AL......
Irrespective of the cost, it is a golfer's dream to play on the Royal and Ancient, old course at St. Andrews. When is the low season? I am sure that XXX, YYY, ZZZ, ZR, TZ and a few other avid golfers may be interested on a golf tour of the British Isles if it can be arranged. Perhaps there are cheaper golf packaged deals available?


On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 11:33 AM, AL wrote:

The St.Andrew' links have about 7 courses of which the Old course is one of them
The Old course is where the OPEN is played,the green fee is quite cheap during the low season about £64.I don't know the price at high season.To play the course you either book through the corporate Co which cost a fortune(not to the Japanese tourists) or you can go up there and put your name on list which will be drawn as a ballot.The lucky few would play on the day.

Do you fancy playing a game there ?
The other 6 courses are as good as the Old Course except there are not as famous.


Dear Doc
They are right,it's the Old Course of St.Andrew' Links and the picture showed the 18th hole back to the club house.

For your information it's a public golf course owned by the local council.


I think what really strikes me is this :

FYI it's a public golf course owned by the local council.

Sexy calendar 2009 wallpapers

Friday, January 2, 2009

Old and New Calendars

This is a part of my 2007 Chinese calendar. I am recycling the leaves for writing messages and other notes on the back. Don't wish too many trees to be cut down.

This year I was given a desk top calendar which has turf club races printed - it has always been a popular gimmick by most businesses. The images of horse racing have not been updated for the last 40 years!!

This year I am extremely lucky to get my own animal zodiac (the ox) on the calendar. I am hanging this free calendar in my living room.

this is another calendar...rather redundant but nevertheless treasured. I bought a new clock and a new pen(total of RM260) and was given this calendar as a thank you gift. So it is not that free after all.

My Sarawak Almanac 2009 (RM 8)!!!! From last year's RM6.50.

Am I not lucky to have a part of Hawaii in my home? Given to me in July 2008 actually when my friend Florence came back from Hawaii. How would we have known then that Barack Obama would be the 44th US President?

My Maui Hawaii 2009 Calendar. 2009 is Obama's year.

The Methodist Church Calendar is on my guest room's door this year. I have another huge calendar bought from Emmanuel Bookstore in my study room.

I am still on the lookout for a "film star" calendar of the old style. May be I can find one in Sibu. I continue to smile and think of the old style calendars hanging on my grandmother's living room wall. She being a popular figure in Sibu would always get free gifts of calendars. And some years she would have about 10 calendars hanging on her wall each with a different film star like Lindai:) Yu Ming:) Ger Lan:) Lin Chui :) Li Li Hua:)Li Ching :) Li Ching:)etc. I think one can assess one's popularity by the number of calendars one obtained (free) in those days!!

This "film star" calendar came from Brunei. I was so thrilled to get it from a friendly shop keeper at the beginning of last year and kept it in mint condition - just for old time's sake. Every relative who came to the house would shriek with surprise!! "You still have something like this?"

Have a happy new year with lots of calendars!! I hope I won't forget important dates now that I am surrounded with so many calendars! But do remind me sometimes.

Sasaki Nozami calendar 2009 wallpaper

Avrillavigne calendar 2009 wallpaper

Thursday, January 1, 2009

There's something about the girl

There's something about the girls at Garance Dore. Maybe it's their fresh faces, their glowing skin, their always inspiring looks, or their gazing eyes. I love street-style blogs, because we're not looking at people who dress to the nines everyday in clothes that cost more than they should. We're simply looking at people with their own taste, their own style, just living their lives, who happened to be caught on camera and shown to the world.

Image Source: Garance Dore
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