Menuju Piala Dunia 2018: Tiga Juara Legendaris

Piala Dunia kerap menjadi ajang pentasbihan pemain sepakbola legendaris. Dari sejak awal abad 20, banyak nama mencanangkan statusnya sebagai legenda pada turnamen bola empat kali setahun ini. Nama-nama seperti Pele, Beckenbauer adalah contohnya. Mereka memang sudah dikenal sebagai pemain sepakbola kelas dunia sebelum menjuarai Piala Dunia, namun keberhasilan mereka menjuarai Piala Dunia lah yang kemudian menghilangkan segala keragu-raguan untuk menyematkan gelar “pemain bola legendaris dunia”

Dalam tulisan minggu ketiga untuk menyambut Piala Dunia 2018 ini saya ingin mengupas tiga pemain legendaris yang ditasbihkan karena keberhasilan mereka memenangi kejuaraan sepakbola paling prestisius ini. Saya hanya akan mulai dari era Piala Dunia 1982 di Spanyol, karena baru mulai Piala Dunia ini lah saya mulai mengikuti dan menikmati permainan sepakbola.

1. Diego Maradona (Argentina) – Juara Piala Dunia 1986, Mexico

Salah satu pemain sepakbola paling legendaris dalam sejarah, yang mungkin hanya bisa diimbangi oleh Pele. Maradona memenangi Piala Dunia Mexico tahun 1986 dengan aksi heroik. Siapa yang bisa melupakan gol “tangan Tuhan” nya melawan Inggris di perempatfinal? Seakan sudah digariskan dalam sejarah, gol penuh kontroversi tersebut dilengkapi dengan salah satu gol paling brilyan dalam sejarah putaran final Piala Dunia: saat Maradona men-dribbling dari tengah lapangan, melewati 6 orang pemain Inggris, sebelum menceploskan bola ke gawang Peter Shilton. Gol yang belakang ini terpilih sebagai Goal of Century oleh FIFA mengantarkan Argentina mengalahkan Inggris dan maju ke babak semifinal.

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Final Meeting Session at KL

Finally we had our final meeting session in KL with Talent and Learning team, before heading back to Jakarta. It’s been an insightful and enjoyable trip in KL. We return with many ideas and examples which we might adopt in our organization. Thank you so much, KL Team! Looking forward for your return visit! ☺️🙏

Breakfast at Nasi Kandar Pelita

Our last day of weekend in KL starts with breakfast in Nasi Kandar Pelita at Bangsar. This Indian mixed Malay restaurant is very popular in Malaysia, and you can find it in almost every corner of the city.

I ordered Nasi Briyani plus fried chicken, while Elok and the kids tried Maggie noodle and roti prata. All is good, and we had a nice, satisfying breakfast.

KGB Burger: As Advertised

It is displayed in this restaurant: “because life is too short to eat bad burger”.

We can’t agree more, but not sure what is definition of “bad burger”. Does McDonalds cheese burger qualifies as bad burger? It’s probably the same question we should ask whether Starbucks coffee is a bad coffee?

I personally don’t think so. As regular customers of McDonalds and Starbucks, I find the convenience of having familiar taste wherever you go is a big plus.

But I also think that KGB Burger, a local burger franchise in KL, does as it’s advertised. It is really good burger. I ordered cheese burger with crispy beef bacon, which tastes really nice. The burger looks big, but actually when you ear them, the meat and the bread don’t full your stomach. So it’s a good portion for me. They also serves truffle fries and wedges with dips, which also tastes great.

When you’re around in KL, and is looking for something a bit different than local specialty dishes or those global players menu, come to this local burger gourmet, you won’t be disappointed!

Ultra Happy in Ultraman Restaurant

My little sister, Chita, who is a permanent resident in KL, has been telling us about this Ultraman Restaurant on the ground floor of her apartment at Damansara, KL. She used to live in our house, so she was kind of witnessing and helping raising Rafif (and Aya). She exactly know how Rafif loved the Ultraman when he was still toddler. So when she heard about the opening of this restaurant last year, the first thing came to her mind was to take Rafif here.

Today that plan came to realization. We took the MRT ride from Bukit Bintang to Damansara, and headed directly to the restaurant. Chita fetched us in TTDI MRT station, and took us to there meeting with her husband, Bona.

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Friday Prayer at Masjid Jamek KL

The historic Masjid Jamek is just next to my office’s building, so it’s really convenient for me to walk and do my Friday prayer there. The mosque complex is not too big, however it is really convenient. The main prayer hall is air conditioned, but the mosque terrace is clean and neat with prayer mats available in every corner. They also serve ‘welcome drink’ for visitors which I found very refreshing. The prayer started at 1.19, which means we started the Friday prayer almost at the same time with Jakarta’s moslem did theirs. So why +1 time zone, eh? Wallahualam 🙂

Top Left: mosque terrace which oversee my office’s building; Top Right: Masjid Jamek facade; Bottom Left: the welcome drink; Bottom Right: the entrance terrace