Sunday, August 31

Tan Howe Liang - Our 1st Olympic Medalist


He has finally been recognized... I wonder if our Table Tennis Team had not won an Olympic Medal, would he still get this small reward?

Olympic medallist Tan Howe Liang receives S$10,000 cash award
31 August 2008 2030 hrs (SST)

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/372915/1/.html

SINGAPORE: Singapore's silver medal win at the Beijing Olympics prompted celebrations across the island. At the same time, the nation's first Olympic medallist has not been forgotten.

Tan Howe Liang shared the stage and the spoils with Singapore's latest Olympic medallists at a celebration on Saturday. Like the three table tennis players – Feng Tianwei, Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu – Mr Tan received a warm reception from the crowd, as well as a S$10,000 cheque from NTUC FairPrice.

Seah Kian Peng, managing director of NTUC FairPrice, said: "He continues to be a great inspiration to the entire sporting fraternity and to all Singaporeans. People like him are able to inspire people like us to try to do what we believe we can.

"He continues to be highlighted at each Olympics because he is a big inspiration, and he remains an active, humble person that everyone wants to help."

Mr Tan took silver for weightlifting in the 1960 Olympic Games – a first for Singapore. Back then, there were no cash reward schemes for sports excellence.

Since the women's table tennis team took the silver in Beijing and with it, a S$750,000 cash reward, there have been calls for Mr Tan to be rewarded as well for his trail-blazing feat 48 years ago.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: "I am glad they did that, it's a good gesture and we remember him fondly because for 48 years, he was the one man who broke through and it has taken us a long time to equal his record."

As for Singapore's first Olympic hero, he declined to give a TV interview, but said he was grateful for the recognition and the cash gift.

- CNA/so

Our Olympic Silver Medalist Up-Close with the Fans!

Singapore's paddlers celebrate Olympic medal win with fans
30 August 2008 1637 hrs (SST)

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/372744/1/.html

SINGAPORE: With the recent controversy over management issues in the team put firmly behind them, it was celebration time in the heartlands for Singapore's Beijing Olympic silver medallists.

A crowd, carrying placards, turned up at Ang Mo Kio's FairPrice Xtra a good hour before the arrival of Singapore's Olympian paddlers.

Some 100 fans were rewarded with an autographed poster.

Others behind the players were also given their due recognition by FairPrice who sponsored the celebrations.

Among them was team manager Antony Lee, who was moved by the accolade given by Ng Ser Miang, vice-president of the Singapore National Olympic Council.

Lee, who spent little time with his 5-month-old child in the preparations leading up to the Beijing Olympics, received a gift of milk powder from the supermarket chain.

Also honoured was Singapore's first Olympic medallist, Tan Howe Liang, who won a silver in the 1960 Games. He was acknowledged as the inspiration for Singapore's medal quest.

President of the Singapore Table Tennis Association Lee Bee Wah was given a pair of running shoes - a reflection of the the big shoes she has to fill in building on the team's Olympics success.

Mr Ng said the recent controversy involving the table tennis team has been a blessing in disguise, because they can learn valuable lessons from this incident as they prepare for their next big challenge, the 2012 Olympic Games.

He said it gave the National Sports Associations "something to ponder on how we should really do team-building and resolve issues first."

After the weekend celebrations, the paddlers will have to prepare for another competition - the Women's World Cup starting in Kuala Lumpur next week.

- CNA/ir

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The S'Pore Table Tennis Olympic Team Fiasco Settled...

MCYS says table tennis saga is over
29 August 2008 2144 hrs (SST)

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/372602/1/.html

SINGAPORE: The controversy surrounding the Singapore Table Tennis Association has been called to a close by the Ministry for Community Development, Youth and Sports.

In a special media conference on Friday evening, it announced that team manager Antony Lee will continue for another three months, to finish up his Olympics reports. He will then move to the Singapore National Olympic Council in November.

The association will also have two separate head coaches, one each for the women's and men's teams.

President of the Singapore Table Tennis Association, Lee Bee Wah, apologised for causing grievances and stress. With that, the dust has settled over a week-long saga that mired Singapore's silver medal win at the Olympic Games.

Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said the issue was caused by misunderstandings and ties have been mended.

He added that the local sports scene, especially the Singapore Table Tennis Association, has emerged stronger from the incident.

He said the strong public reactions such as those online, showed how sports play an important role in unifying Singaporeans and that the sports scene here has come of age.

Dr Balakrishnan said: "Can I promise there will never be a problem? I can't make such promises. What is more important is the trust and discipline is in place in the team to overcome these problems, get on with the mission, do their best and hopefully their best is good enough to win medals for us."

When asked for their reactions, the table tennis team members stood up in solidarity and said they were all very satisfied with the discussions and decisions.

Other officials also called for Singaporeans' continued support, especially for the association's president Lee Bee Wah.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Teo Ser Luck, said: "For Ms Lee to come in and carry on this work, she will need time. She is only a month-plus old.

"And I believe that she will need the time in order to know what's happening and to gain that knowledge in order to run STTA and bring it to greater heights."

Ng Ser Miang, vice-president, Singapore National Olympic Council, said: "Its time for the athletes to reflect on the values, become true Olympians and go back to our celebrations."

The table tennis team will meet their fans on Saturday at a special autograph session in Ang Mo Kio. - CNA/vm

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Friday, August 29

Walk By Faith - Jeremy Camp

What a powerful testimony from Jeremy Camp... his faith for the Lord shines through.

"We live by faith, not by sight." - 2 Cor 5:7

"5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." - Prov 3:5-6



Lyrics - Walk By Faith
Would I believe you when you say
Your hand will guide my every way
Will I receive the words you say
Every moment of every day

Chorus
well I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see
Well because this broken road prepares Your will for me

Verse
Well help me to win my endless fears
You've been so faithful for all my years
With one breath You make me new
Your grace covers all I do

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

CHORUS

Bridge
Well I'm broken, but I still see Your face
Well You've spoken, pouring your words of grace

CHORUS (x2)

Ending
well hallelujah hallelu
(i will walk by faith)
well hallelujah hallelu
(i will walk by faith)

Thursday, August 28

Mooncake Time... yummy!

Each year my boss will give out Mooncakes to each staff.... ok we only have 4 in the office, but still it's the thought that counts... :)

This year it's from Bakerzin, the Assorted Mini Snow Skin - Macha Red Bean Paste, Orange Paste, Sweet Potato Paste & Yam Paste.

Checkout the AsiaOne Ultimate Mooncake Guide



Wednesday, August 27

Living it up - but at what cost?

I think there is not enough education put into this area especially the youth... back in Jul 2008, I put up a posting called You, Finances and Your Parents where it also deals with finances.

This is another article that was published on 25 Aug 2008, in The Straits Times.

Link to AsiaOne - Living it up - but at what cost?

Living it up - but at what cost?

Most youth today are inept when it comes to managing their finances .
-ST


Wed, Aug 27, 2008
The Straits Times

By Tan
Weizhen


BEING financially free for the first time is a delirious experience.

As young adults in our 20s and fresh out of school, the taste of a first full month's salary feels not unlike the freedom to do anything.

So, we start eating out at expensive restaurants, buying brand-name items, maybe even a small car.

Build a nest egg? That thought never crops up - not at least for one group which has been making the news.

Going by a recent report in The Straits Times about under-30s today being the fastest growing group of debtors, it seems this set has gone a bit silly with their spending.

Among defaulting on credit card bills, growing bankruptcy and gambling, young adults aged between 21 and 29 are notorious for living it up.

The common reason given for getting caught in the debt trap: Materialistic desire for the high life, although most could not truly afford it.

That need is driving us into a hole.

Credit Counselling Singapore, which advises debtors, revealed that under-30s formed 9
per cent of all cases it handled in 2006, leaping to 15 per cent in the first three months of this year.

This age group is also forming a bigger percentage of those who become bankrupt, says credit analysis firm Amequity.

Talk about throwing it all away.

Gaining more financial freedom, and not knowing how to manage it, is a lethal mix that is propelling young people on the highway to destruction.

Personally, I have been guilty of overspending. When I first started earning money, I began to splash on expensive nights out. Weekly shopping sprees were a way to reward myself for working hard.
Spa packages costing thousands of dollars? Not a problem, I simply whipped out my credit card.

My friends were the same way. Frequent overseas trips - up to three times a year - were fairly common. One even bought a car shortly after starting work.

Managed rightly, the empowerment of financial freedom can set us up for the future. Wrongly, and our mistakes will follow us into our 30s, 40s and even beyond.

Yet this is what many young adults in their 20s are like: incapable of managing money, let alone be ready to get married and have babies.

We are lost, all right.

As a friend lamented to me, he does not know where his career is headed. His tuition fee
loans have barely been paid off. The figures in his bank account are a joke. He is not sure whether that someone is special enough for marriage. How does the Government expect us to get married and have babies early, he asks? I can't help but agree.

With newer and more responsibilities on the horizon, how can youth mature into adults, with their bank accounts intact? We need people with more worldly experience to impart it to us. Parents should be teaching children the value of hard work and thrift, from an early age.

Schools should educate students on setting goals and making choices before they get pushed out
into the corporate jungle. And perhaps companies could hold workshops or programmes to teach us how to manage or invest our money properly.

Start the young early on how to live wisely and they will gain the advantage.

Abby Wilner and Alexandra Robbins, authors of the book, Quarterlife Crisis, The Unique Challenges Of Life In Your Twenties, said that though the youth of the past faced the same questions as the youth of today, the difference is that this generation has a lot more options.

The big question is: How to make the right choice from the myriad of options, and not have it haunt us for the rest of our lives?

The 20-something years are when our ability to make decisions is drastically challenged. It is a phase filled with much turmoil, indecision and angst. In many ways, it is worse than adolescence.
For me, it is the new adolescence.

This article was first published in The Straits Times on August 25, 2008.

Tuesday, August 26

Strength Will Rise As We Wait Upon The Lord

We sang this at Church on 24 Aug 2008... maybe it'll minister to you as it did for me. Isaiah 40:31 "but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." NIV



Everlasting God
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our Strong Deliverer
You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won't grow weary
You're the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

Another lesson on New Song Cafe....

Monday, August 25

Meritorious Service Medal for Olympic medal-winning paddlers

My family are so happy that the Team has been awarded this Meritorious Service Medal... certainly did a great honor for Singapore! Congratulations to our Table Tennis Team... Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu, Feng Tianwei, Liu Guodong, and Antony Lee



Meritorious Service Medal for Olympic medal-winning paddlers
25 August 2008 2240 hrs (SST)

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/371597/1/.html

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Olympic medal-winning team returned home to a rousing welcome on Monday.

Some 300 well-wishers were at the Changi Airport to cheer Li Jiawei, Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu. They had broken Singapore's 48-year-old Olympic medal drought by winning the silver medal in the women's team table tennis final.

After the cheering welcome, the athletes were whisked onto an open-top bus for a tour of the city to showcase their medals.

When the entourage arrived at Raffles City, there were another 500 people to greet them. The route also included Geylang Serai and Orchard Road.

"(I) felt very emotional and touched, with so many people supporting (me). I am very grateful," said Feng.

"I don't think age is a problem. 2012 (Olympics) is just 4 years away, I think I will take a break for a while and reconsider 2012," said Li.

The women's table tennis team will be conferred the Meritorious Service Medal by the Singapore government.

The award was last given to swimmer Joscelin Yeo, in 2006, and before that, in 1962, to Tan Howe Liang, whose weightlifting silver from the 1960 Rome Games had been Singapore's only Olympic medal before the table tennis team's achievement.

The authorities will also intervene in the coach-and-manager saga, where the Singapore Table Tennis Association's president Lee Bee Wah had said the officials will not be retained.

"I am very concerned with the way it is spinning out of control because I don't want a situation where people say things or do things which destroy relationships," said Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.


Away from the controversy, the government is looking at building on the momentum of the victory in Beijing. A more integrated approach will be taken to groom athletes for future events, including London Olympics 2012.

- CNA/ir


A CNA video of their return to Singapore, getting onto an open-top Hippo bus for the Victory Parade as well as the celebrations at Raffles City.
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ST News - Minister wants full review - My job is to keep Team Singapore united, says Sports Minister

"Eager crowds at Raffles City giving Team SIngapore a warm welcome home yesterday. It was an afternoon of acclaim for the athletes who received rapturous greetings right from their arrival at Changi Airport. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN"

"Table tennis team manager Anthony Lee and IOC executive board member from Singapore Ng Ser Miang (back to camera) share a moment of triumph and a hug. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE"


"It is a bittersweet welcome for head coach Liu Guodong, who, along with the paddlers' team manager, is uncertain whether he will still be with the athletes on their next Olympic adventure. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE"

Sunday, August 24

Michael Phelps Journey to 8 Golds!

05 September 2008 - Just read from Channel News Asia report that Michael Phelps has been offered a role on "Entourage" - more here CNA - Michael Phelps offered recurring role on "Entourage"


Michael Phelps Facebook

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There will never be an Olympian as great as Michael Phelps. Swimming 17 times and achieving 7 World Records & 1 Olympic Record: Image from Wikipedia:
Click here for Michael Phelps Wikipedia page


A video highlighting and celebratiing his achievements at Beijing 2008 Olympics.
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STTA President....sigh... :(

Although I agree with Lee Bee Wah that someone had to be responsible with respect to Gao Ning's match without a coach.

I felt she lost the plot when she went about unprofessionally and definitely showing her inexperience by indicating that Antony Lee services where no longer needed.

What a knee-jerk reaction! She has really dampened our Celebrations for this Olympic Silver after 48 years!

She should've waiting until they got back from Beijing, let them and Singaporeans have their deserved Victory Celebrations, then have an inquiry to find out what actually happened and then decide what to do.

I'm stunned by her handling of this issue!



Related AsiaOne Article - "S'pore's table tennis team manager told to leave"

AsiaOne Report Is Found Here

Is sacking of table-tennis team manager Antony Lee justified?

S'pore has just won its long-overdue second Olympic medal after a 48-year hiatus. This achievement is partly due to Lee's hard work. -myp

Mon, Aug 25, 2008
my paper


MANY in Singapore are shocked at the seemingly rash decision by the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) to sack table-tennis team manager Antony Lee.

According to media reports, its new president, Ms Lee Bee Wah, was just appointed last month, making this her "first foray into sports".

Singapore has just won its long-overdue second Olympic medal after a 48-year hiatus.

This achievement is the culmination of government and STTA policies as well as the hard work of players and support staff, which include team manager Lee and head coach Liu Guodong.

The country was looking forward to welcoming these heroes and heroines home.

Notwithstanding the incident where no coach was present at Gao Ning's match, is the STTA's action justified? We wait with bated breath to hear why such drastic action had to be taken without a proper inquiry being carried out.

The alleged infraction must have been extremely grave to warrant immediate dismissal in Beijing.

Project 0812 chairman Ng Ser Miang is not the only one who is puzzled - the whole of Singapore is too.

Dr Huang Shoou Chyuan

Saturday, August 23

Li Jiawei to play for and study at Peking University next year?

Redsports.com.sg - http://redsports.sg/2008/08/24/jiawei-study-peking/
Li Jiawei to play for and study at Peking University next year?
August 24, 2008
Story by reader Singapore Sports Fan


Singapore paddler Li Jiawei has dropped a bombshell at the Beijing Olympics after her heart-breaking loss in the women’s bronze medal play-off.

The 27-year-old, who, earlier this week, had helped Singapore to win the women’s team silver and break its 48-year medal drought at the Olympics, has revealed to Shin Min Daily News that she is tired after being a full-time athlete for 13 years and that she plans to study at the Peking University next year.

A day after her 2-4 loss to world no 2 Guo Yue in the third-and-fourth play-offs, the second time that she has lost the bronze decider, Li told Shin Min that the Beijing Games is likely to be her last Olympics. She also thanked Singapore for developing her into a world-class player.

Then she dropped the bombshell.

“I will be playing for the Peking University’s table tennis club in Ocotber,” she said. “As a result, I am also thinking of enrolling in the Peking University for studies.”

However, the three-time Singapore Sportswoman of the Year added that she has not confirmed her plans and that she will only make a decision when after she returns to Singapore and after discussions with the Singapore Table Tennis Association about her future.

“I’ve trained for so many years so I am feeling a bit tired,” she said.

“I’m also already 27. All these years, I have missed out on the opportunity to do so many other things. I’ve not had the chance to study either.

“But these are just my thoughts for now. I will go back to Singapore and have a discussion with the STTA president first.”

Li, a former trainee at the Beijing Sports School along with world no1 Zhang Yining, was spotted by STTA officials during a scouting trip in 1995 and persuaded to come to Singapore to don national colours.

She was only 13 then. She did not go through the Singapore education system during her 13 years as a full-time trainee. However, she is currently the world no 6 and has won countless SEA and Commonwealth Games table-tennis titles and a handful of Asian Games medals.

These wins for Singapore, as well as her successes on the ITTF Pro-Circuit have helped her to earn close to a million dollars in awards and winnings.

Friday, August 22

I Think This Is Jiawei's Last Olympics



Link to AsiaOne Report

China's Guo defeats Jiawei to win bronze in table tennis

She held off local paddler Li for a 11-6, 14-12, 9-11, 7-11, 11-3 11-4 victory. -AFP Fri, Aug 22, 2008 AFP

BEIJING, Aug 22, 2008 (AFP) - China's Guo Yue won bronze in the women's singles table tennis Friday, defeating Singapore's Li Jia Wei 4-2.

The win hands China a clean sweep of the medals in the women's singles, with her teammates, defending champion Zhang Yining and veteran Wang Nan, battling for gold later Friday.

"It's not easy to win this bronze. Even though I lost to sister Nan (Wang Nan) this morning, I am still very happy to win this bronze because it's the first time I participated in women's singles," Guo said of her semi-final loss.

The 20-year-old world champion also won gold in the team event in Beijing, and bronze in doubles in Athens.

Li, 27, was in tears after the match, saying she desperately wanted to win another medal for Singapore, after helping secure the city state's first Olympic medal in 48 years, winning silver in the team event.

"It's a shame I lost. It was my last match today and I really wanted to win a medal for Singapore. I am very sad. Singapore cheered for me. But I gave my all," said Li, who left Beijing to play for Singapore as a teenager.

The loss left Li in fourth place in the singles competition for the second Olympics in a row, after she failed to clinch bronze in the playoff in Athens.

Guo won the first two games before the world number six came storming back with some aggressive play to level the match.

The Chinese number two stepped up the tempo to take the next game easily and held off Li for an 11-6, 14-12, 9-11, 7-11, 11-3 11-4 victory.

Thursday, August 21

Gao Ning deserved Better!



this is inexcusable for not having a coach during the match.... I watched the match and Gao Ning was so disappointed, when the last shot came from the opponent, he just stepped aside.

Olympics: Paddler Gao Ning crashes out, lacking coach support during match
21 August 2008 2144 hrs (SST)

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/370476/1/.html

SINGAPORE: It was double tragedy for Singapore's paddler Gao Ning. Not only did Gao lose his Beijing Olympic third-round match on Thursday morning, but he also broke down after the defeat, as there was no coaching assistance for him during the match.

The incident has upset Singapore Table Tennis president, Lee Bee Wah. She expressed disappointment and sadness over the team manager's decision to have four coaches prepare for the two women's quarterfinal matches later in the evening. Li Jiawei and Feng Tianwei were playing in the quarterfinals.

With five coaches in the table tennis team, that meant only one coach was available to both the men players - Gao Ning and Yang Zi.

The Singapore men's matches were played an hour apart at the Peking University Gymnasium. But Yang, who started his match an hour earlier, was stretched into seven games and overlapped Gao's match, so Gao had to play without a coach by his side.

Gao lost 0-4 to Croatia's Tan Ruiwu in just 24 minutes, 11-6, 14-12, 11-4, 11-7.

Yang won 4-3 against seventh-seeded Chuan Chih Yuan of Taiwan.

Ms Lee said someone will have to be accountable for the incident.

"Just bear in mind, this is a livelihood of our players and our players have been training very hard for the last four years and what they are waiting for is this day. I really feel disappointed. Someone will have to be accountable for this," she said.

But Ms Lee said any remedial action will have to be taken after the Olympics.

Channel NewsAsia has learnt that Gao's coach Chen Jian fell ill at the last minute and couldn't make it to the match. So Yang's coach Zu Haining was left to cover both men's matches.

Singapore sports officials in Beijing clarified that the coaches did not expect Yang's match to overrun into Gao's match. By that time, the two other coaches, Liu Guodong and Zhang Yong had already left the venue with the women players Li Jiawei and Feng Tianwei.

- CNA/ir

Li Jiawei & Feng Tianwei Interview on Baidu TV

Very interesting interview bringing together Jiawei & Tianwei familes. I found Tianwei path to her current status very moving.

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Tuesday, August 19

'My Saviour' Planetshakers

Listen to Sam Evans share her thoughts on Jesus, the Saviour of the World

Monday, August 18

In Your Name We Have Healing

Luke 4:14-21 (Isaiah 61:1-2)
It is only in Jesus that we can find complete healing
Our body mind spirit all need his touch





Lyrics for Healer (by Planet Shakers):
You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease

I trust in you
I trust in you

I believe You're my healer
I believe You are all i need
I believe You're my portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus, you're all i need

Nothing is impossible for you
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for you
You hold my world in your hands

Friday, August 15

I'm listening to "Beautiful Love"

From the Choo brothers... just love listening to them. Playing and singing an acoustic cover of "Beautiful Love" by The Afters.

Olympics - First medal in 48 years for Singapore


Olympics: First medal in 48 years for Singapore
15 August 2008 1812 hrs (SST)

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/368387/1/.html

BEIJING - A jubilant Singapore bagged its first Olympic medal in 48 years on Friday when its women's table tennis team made into the final of the team event by beating South Korea 3-2.

It has been a long wait for the city state which last made the podium at the 1960 Rome Olympics when weightlifter Tan Howe Liang won silver - Singapore's only previous medal.

"We will get a silver at least. I'm extremely satisfied and give my team full marks," said Singaporean coach Liu Guodong. "I feel that our mission has been accomplished because I treated today's match as a final.

"Having worked as a coach in Singapore for two years, I'm very happy to have helped the country end its 48-year medal drought."

Feng Tianwei was the heroine. She got the ball rolling with an 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 victory over Dang Ye-seo before world number six Li Jiawei lost to Kim Kyung-ah 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9.

Li then paired with Wang Yue Gu, showing perfect teamwork to beat Kim and Park Mi-young 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 in the doubles.

But Dang bounced back to crush an exhausted Wang 11-8, 14-12, 11-9.

With the match tied at 2-2, Singapore's destiny fell to Feng, who displayed courage to beat a tenacious Park 11-7, 12-10, 3-11, 11-9.

"I had to be patient and wait for opportunities to attack," said a relieved Feng. "When everyone was nervous at the last moment, staying calm was my advantage."

Li added that it was a proud day for her. "After today's competition I hugged Feng Tianwei and cried. I have never cried after any victory before. But I cried because we led this team to victory and we have fulfilled Singapore's expectations of a medal."

South Korean coach Hyun Jung-Hwa paid tribute to Singapore and said his side would now target bronze in the play-off. "It's pity that we lost, but we will try to get a bronze medal," she said.

Singapore will face China in the final on Sunday, after China beat Hong Kong 3-0 in the semi-finals.

Semi-final results: Singapore beat South Korea 3-2

Feng Tianwei (SIN) bt Dang Ye Seo (KOR) 11-5, 11-5, 11-2

Kim Kyung Ah (KOR) bt Li Jiawei (SIN) 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9

Wang Yuegu/Li Jiawei (SIN) bt Park Mi Young/Kim Kyung Ah (KOR) 11-7, 11-6, 11-9

Dang Ye Seo (KOR) bt Wang Yuegu (SIN) 11-8, 14-12, 11-9

Feng Tianwei (SIN) bt Park Mi Young (KOR) 11-7, 12-10, 3-11, 11-9.

- AFP/ir
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Jiawei preparing to serve:


Li JiaWei & Wang YueGu in the doubles:

Thursday, August 14

Olympics - Michael Phelps makes it 6th



What an amazing swimmer... Michael Phelps gets his 6th Gold and 6th world record.



Phelps just finished the medal ceremony and immediately goes off for the 100m butterfly 1st semifinal and comes in 1st.

this is the event that he may have a challenge from Ian Crocker who is the WR holder, the fastest in history....

In the Womens 100m Freestype Finals, a sensational swim by Britta Stefen.
2 swimmers, 1 current (Aussie) and former (German) world record holder placed at the bottom after qualification....

this pix is just after the 50m turn... the Aussie (bottom view - lane 8 ) is in the lead and just behind half a body length the German (lane 7)


but at the touch, the German (black cap - Britta Stefen) touches 1st winning in OR time of 53.12, Aussie Lisbeth Trickett in 53.16

Monday, August 11

Tuesday, August 5

I'm listening - "I Can Only Imagine"

"I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me


Lyrics
Verse 1
I can only imagine What it will be like
When I walk By your side
I can only imagine What my eyes will see
When your face Is before me
I can only imagine yeahhh yeahhh

Chorus
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

Verse 2
I can only imagine When that day comes
And I find myself Standing in the Son
I can only imagine When all I will do
Is forever Forever worship You
I can only imagine yeahhh
I can only imagine

Chorus
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine yeahhh yeahhh
I can only imagine

Chorus
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine yeahhh yeahhh
I can only imagine
I can only imagine yeahhh yeahhh
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
I can only imagine When all I will do
Is forever Forever worship You
I can only imagine
I can only imagine