Saturday, December 12, 2009
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The elephants looked really cute. Maybe that's the reason I loved going to Vietnam and Thailand. I love elephants.
Wait, I should be speaking about the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos. All I know is that I wanna go to Vientiane and see Patuxai. Anybody who's backpacking across Southeast Asia should know what the Patuxai is.
I'm not really jumping up and down with excitement cos I thought the Southeast Asian Games is really, just for Southeast Asia. Funny how host countries (Philippines included) would try to win every subjective sport to their advantage.
But I'm gonna say this only once: We always lose subjective sports on hostile grounds like Thailand and Vietnam. Are you familiar with the 2007 SEA Games boxing finals wherein the Philippines and Thailand faced on every single final there was? Massive cheating guys.
The events I'm looking forward to really would be swimming. Friend Daniel Coakley is gonna be defending his 50m Men's Freestyle gold and I am hopeful I'm gonna be holding that gold medal when he gets to fly back here to Manila before heading back to America for the holidays.
Honestly, I'm looking forward to next year's Asian Games in Guangzhou. Why? Because I thought we will be faring better this time. Hoping for a top ten (even top 15) finish next year!
Anyways, here's what I thought would happen at this year's SEA Games.
- Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia or the Philippines would cry foul over some Thailand and/or Vietnam subjective sports wins (those sports that needed judges for scoring).
- Miguel Molina and Daniel Coakley would win their swimming events without much competition.
- The Philippine Billiards team would win the majority of pool events.
- Malaysia and Indonesia will dominate Badminton.
- Cecil Mamiit will win over Danai Udomchoke again on men's tennis singles final.
- Tamarine Tanasugarn might win her last SEAG gold.
- Philippines again would cry foul over Thailand boxing cheating.
- Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei, East Timor in that order.
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