the mourinho effect

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wherever he goes, whatever he says, whatever he does people take heed.

7 domestic league titles, 2 UCLs and 1 UEFA Cup. No less than 17 managerial awards including FIFA World Coach of the year. Oh, and let's just throw in some records like how he hasn't gone a full calender year without winning at least one trophy, just for the heck of it.

That's what they call the Mourinho effect.

So when my producer texted to check if I was free to interview JM during Chelsea's pre-season tour here in KL, I immediately replied, HELL YES!

Only to check my phone later on with a conflicting buka puasa event on that date/time with my family. Good news, y u no have good timing?!

But after negotiating with my parents (thank God they know enough football that I didn't have to go into details about what a big deal this was) I got to sneak out of buka early for my 9pm date interview with the Special One.


Not going to lie, I was SO nervous before the interview.

Fortunately Jay had warmed him up before during her slot for Stadium Unplugged, so he was pretty light-hearted when my turn was up.

He was pleasant, professional and who would've thought, good humored too! We weren't the only ones who did not expect to see this side of JM though.

The folks at UK's Daily Mail apparently thought so too and dedicated an article based on our interview here.

Such a hash tag, proud moment to see it featured on the site I visit for my daily dose of football update. I can die now. Happily!

xo Reem

raya traditions

Friday, August 16, 2013

Happy raya guys and dolls!

It's the time of year I both most and least look forward to for two very different yet similar reasons. I look forward to the gathering of the whole family, the salam-salaman asking for forgiveness, house visiting, the dressing up, the giving of duit raya (how did this fall into the look forward category? You master the art of giving with age) and most of all the foooood!

And what I least look forward to? The foooooood!

Yes it's a battle every year, much similar to my 2012 raya post - we (or me at least) waste no time trying to pile back on all those pounds we lost over Ramadhan. I love the food, I mean, who doesn't?

I just don't love the expansion of a waistline. But if I just put a little more effort on exercising maybe I won't keep whining about this huh? Uh-huh.

Traditionally, I start off my mornings at my grandmas in PJ, before visiting my grandad's grave for prayers. Followed by a visit to my great grand aunt's place, and then finish the day off at my dad's sister's home. There's not too much traveling involved as they're all based around KL, so I'm quite grateful that I never get stuck in the horrendous highway traffic most people endure.

Every year, it gets harder and harder to round up the family for a group photo let alone a picture perfect one where everyone's smiling perfectly while looking straight into the camera. However, the candid ones make the best shots. My best shot is apparently one that coveys the perfectionist I try to be, "eh, look into the camera please. stop talking. SMILEEEEE". Way to kill the fun!

Looking back at this year's raya album, I obviously don't practice what I preach. I'm hardly looking into the camera 90% of the time!

Photo Aug 08, 6 22 27 PMMy ayah and his girls.

We'll try again next year, ok?

For now, selamat hari raya aidilfitri, maaf zahir & batin everyone!

xo Reem

what's up august

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August is here which means only one thing. Football season is back on television! Wahayy.

To top it off, raya is exactly one week away. Double wahaaaaay! Actually I'm pretty antsy about raya being so close since both baju rayas that I ordered show no signs of being ready in time. Back up plan, Masjid India we go.

Anywho, with the 13/14 season around the corner, Football Overload is set to hit the screens again on 22nd August. And jeng jeng jeng...the secret's out, we have a new recruit.

Film maker Reuben Kang from Jinnyboytv has already created waves behind the lens, but how will he fare in front of the camera? TSUNAMI alert!

So, what happened to that tall, hairy, Mr Bean look alike guy also known as Roshan? He's still very much with us. You may not catch him on FO anymore, but keep your eyes peeled on all Supersport channels. He's there somewhere. If you don't find him, drop us a line and we'll be sure to issue one of those missing person milk cartons out.

Aside from FO, there'll be a slew of new shows coming up on Supersport which are going to be just plain aweeesome! Part of this awesomeness is a show called Sports Swap. The name says it all. 2 athletes from 2 different sports compete against each other in their respective sports. They'll also compete in a 3rd neutral sport none of them plays. Winner takes all.

How do I play a role in this show? Comic relief apparently since I can't hit a golf ball to save my life but somehow manage to almost, I repeat, almost but didn't, hit a camera man with my killer swing.


You'd have to watch it to believe it.

Natalie from Hitz is co-hosting and we're both like handicaps to each athlete's game. We keep score for each of 13 episodes, and the loser faces a punishment in the end.

Quite clear who's going to lose this one huh? Tall and graceful Nat, with her svelte and athletic build against uncoordinated, non athletic, humpty dumpty me?

I'm going to go practice my walk of shame now. Hmph!

xo Reem

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