|Okay... Okay... I know
that I have not updated this website for ages now! No excuses for neglecting this website
but a lot of things have happened since. Both good and bad things happening for the past
Let's start off
with the bad one... In late October 2000, I tore my left knee ligaments while playing
soccer for my company in the Port League tournament. It was a freak injury as my knees
just snapped while I was trying to volley the ball! I heard a few cracks, felt the pain
and I was lying down on the field in agony screaming for help. By then, I knew that I had
torn my knee ligaments. I couldn't even stand straight and walk! I went to see a doctor
and was referred to an orthopaedic surgeon. The surgeon then confirmed that I had torn my
knee ligaments. I was lucky in the sense that it was only the medial (small side)
ligaments that snapped, not the cruciate (centre) ligaments. I was told to rest the knee,
undergo physiotherapy and also an arthroscopy operation on my knee.
The operation was a minor one, just
2 small holes on my knee to clean up the cartilage and torn ligaments. I had the operation
in early December and was on medical leave for 2 weeks. This injury meant that I had to
lay off sports, especially soccer for the next few months. The road to recovery is indeed
tough for me as I have to go through months of physiotherapy to get back to full fitness.
Right now, I am already discharged from my physiotherapy sessions after 6 long months of
rehab. I can jog and run again now but I just started to play competitive soccer again. I
am working and training very hard now to strengthen my knee and thigh.
Now for the better part... I managed
to go for holidays in Bintan, Melbourne, Saigon and also participate in an ASEAN
Inter-Port Games in Selangor, Malaysia in September 2000. I was in Shah Alam, Selangor for
about 9 days representing the Singapore port soccer team (my company team) in the Games.
We were unlucky to be drawn into the same group with favourites Thailand and Vietnam. As
expected, we were given a roasting by both teams, who eventually met in the final!
In November 2000, not long after I
injured my knee, I went to a resort bungalow with my friends in Bintan, Indonesia. It was
more of a weekend getaway for us to unwind and relax. We spent 4 days there relaxing,
swimming, playing and just lazing around at the resort. It was definitely a very relaxing
getaway (though I was moving around with an injured knee!).
In late April, I went to Melbourne!
I spent 11 wonderful days in Melbourne, touring around, visiting scenic places and also
did a lot of shopping! It was autumn in Melbourne, so it was pretty cool and refreshin
when compared to hot and humid Singapore. Among the places I went to are The Great Ocean
Road, Philip Island, Dandenong Ranges, The Grampians, Sovereign Hill and of course the
shopping areas in the city!
In late July, I spent 5 days in Ho
Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) with my company's soccer team. It was certainly a very
eye-opening and interesting trip. The place is so historical and it reminds me of
Singapore 20 years ago. I visited the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which is simply amazing. We
also went to the War Museum, the Mekong Delta and even had a dinner on a boat down the