This is late news but guess what? My badminton kaki, Jen, bid for LCW's tournament shirt and won it!!!Well, at first there was a tie so she had to up her bid to win it.We went up to the BAM reception and LCW then autographed the T shirt with special golden ink and Jen, LCW's No 1 fan, had a couple of photos taken with her idol.And you know what? She was so excited she couldn't sleep that night!This, coming from one who sleeps the moment her head touches the pillow!(That's the best part about travelling with Jen;she can sleep with light,sound,etc on when she wants to,so I have the freedom to watch TV and read on to sleep.)And the next day , she thought she was still dreaming and LCW's Tshirt transformed an aunty to behave like a little girl.The shirt's beautiful.It's royal yellow,with the MAS flag and the sponsors logos, Proton and Jati and LCW's golden signature. I'm so happy for her. The event was well attended by about 3000 fans.Fans paid RM25 each time to play with the Hashim and Sidek brothers.There was one 'pro' fan who played with all five pros ,each time with a 'costume change'.Misbun had to play lefthanded with weaker fans and Rashid was asked to keep his mouth closed during play so that idea was quite funny.There were 6 rackets and 6 shirts up for bid and naturally,LCW's drew the highest bids. Misbun gave an emotional speech and I hope that helped to release a lot of his bottled up tension. To end the event, LCW played twice.The first against an 8 year-old boy who was quite feisty even when he looked like a bookworm. Clearly cut out for badminton,he clenched his fist whenever he won the few points against LCW.LCW said he started playing badminton seriously at the age of 11,so let's hope we'll have another LCW in the pipeline. The highlight was LCW playing against 3 Radio Sinar FM deejays.It was quite hilarious to watch.One of them would get down on his knees and thank Allah whenever he scored a point.But it's funny to see them miss a shot even when there were 3 of them covering the court. The show ended around midnight,way past the 10.30pm schedule.It said a lot about LCW's starpower because most of the crowd stayed till the end and his appeal cuts across race as 99% of them were Malays.That's the great charm about sports.The best in sports is race proof. The one thing that annoyed me about BAM(or MAS or the Radio Sinar clowns) was their poor sense of time. To overrun an event by 50% was unacceptable because some fans had to leave and missed out on what they came the whole night for:to watch LCW in action.But credit is due to the deejays.They bantered well and provided much laughs(if you understand rapid fire Bahasa) The whole event helped to raise some RM 40,000. BTW, I must tell you about MAS taxi drivers.We expected to be fleeced and like they say,you get what you expect.We booked a taxi for our trip back to hotel in advance.We booked for 10pm and that was a mistake since the cabbie ended up waiting 2 hours.Another mistake was to book a dishonest cabbie.This one took us on a merry ride from The Curve to Stadium Juara and charged us the metered fare of RM 26.And on the return trip, we said 'take the shortest route,we'll pay the RM26' we ended up paying RM86 for the 10 min ride cos there was a charge of RM30 per hour of waiting.He said he gave us a discount by waivng off the midnight surcharge. One thing I must say about MAS cabbies.Between paying an agreed inflated fare and a metered fare, I'll opt for the former.I don't save money but at least I will save time because they'll take the fastest route.There are plenty of cabbies in MAS but the honest ones are few.Jen said cabbies in CHN,or in her experience, Beijing, are honest.Every day, she took 2 one-hour trips during OG08 and every CHN cabbie was honest.