Mika in World Cup win!

Mika Immonen (right) and Petri Makkonen of Finland beat Wojciech Szewczyk and Karol Skowerski of Poland to win the World Cup of Pool in Manila on Sunday. Team Finland won 10-8.

Fortunately, Mika will not be charging AEPC any extra for his appearance at our event in Bangkok next week!

Revision of the format and schedule

The withdrawal of Team Singapore has required a revision of  the format and schedule for the day, so that the number of frames per match increase. With four tables in permanent action there will be a total of 180 frames played, and with every one counting!

Here is the  format revision.

The overall schedule has changed a little as a result – and is now as follows:

Event opens at 1pm.
Player registrations arranged in 4 teams of 5 players by 1.15pm
Matches 1 through to 4  – 1.30pm to 4pm
Matches 5 through to 8 – 4pm to 6.30pm
Dinner and Mika Immonen Challenge Match – 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Matches 9 through to 12 – 7.30pm to 10pm.
Presentations and closing ceremony 10.10pm to 10.30pm.
Event closes at 11pm.

Mika Immonen v Stuart Pettman

Bangkok has arranged for former professional snooker player, Stuart Pettman to play Mika at the AEPC on 15th September.

A native of Northern England, Stuart retired from professional snooker last year and is now clearly finding the game on the smaller table to his taste having recently beaten Chris Melling after Chris had won the China Open – and was runner up in the Vietnam Open 9 Ball Championship in 2011, so is clearly a class act.

We can look forward to a fine exhibition during the break between matches!

The National Rafflesia blossom


Here is a report received from Mark Sims on the Jakarta All Stars final warm up match against the Jakarta Nationals side held at Fez/Down under on Saturday last.

“Challenge the Jakarta national players at your peril!!

This was the message dished out in emphatic fashion, as the Jakarta All Stars vs Jakarta Nationals challenge reached its conclusion on Saturday 1st September 2012, at Fez Down Under.

The challenge had been contested over three separate Saturdays. On 30th June, at Everest, the Jakarta Nationals sounded the first warning with a convincing 18-12 victory. Lesson learnt, and the Jakarta All Stars realized that they would have to lift their game if they wanted to have any chance at lifting the trophy.

Hoping to turn the tables on 8th July, the Jakarta All Stars fell agonizingly short, going down 22-18. The 1st September was another close affair, with the Jakarta Nationals prevailing by 21-19. Overall winners of the JAS vs Nationals challenge were, therefore, the Jakarta Nationals by a scoreline of 61-49.

Congratulations to the Jakarta Nationals. They played impressive pool, approached the challenge with fantastic spirit and provided strong competition for a Jakarta All Stars team which is hoping to reclaim the Asia Expat Pool Challenge title. Thanks to Abi, Anto, Riva & Andie DJ for their organization and support of the JAS cause.

Thanks also to Sake (Everest), Rina, Charles & Fred (Fez & Fez Down Under) for making your facilities available, as well as complimentary drinks and snacks.

Finally, thanks to all players, both JAS and Jakarta Nationals, for your time, effort and support, in making this a worthwhile event.

The challenge continues when we return from Bangkok.

Mark Sims

for Jakarta All Stars Organizing Committee”

For those ignorant of same, the Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants. It contains approximately 28 species (including four incompletely characterized species as recognized by Willem Meijer in 1997), all found in southeastern Asia, on the Malay PeninsulaBorneoSumatraThailand and the Philippines.[1]

Rafflesia was found in the Indonesian rain forest by an Indonesian guide working for Dr. Joseph Arnold in 1818 and named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the leader of the expedition. It was discovered even earlier by Louis Deschamps in Java between 1791 and 1794, but his notes and illustrations, seized by the British in 1803, were not available to western science until 1861.

The Raffelsia is the National flower of Indonesia – and its smell approximates to that of a rotting corpse – and in appearance has more than a passing resemblance to one.

Changes in programme and venue

For reasons as yet unknown, Team Singapore have pulled out of the 2012 Asia Expat Pool Challenge in Bangkok which has called for some changes, both in venue and programme, and this can be seen reflected in detail on the 2012 event page here.

The AEPC will now be held at the Rembrandt Hotel in Soi 16, Sukhumvit in Bangkok, a first class venue with each of Team Bangkok, Team Shanghai and Team Shanghai playing each other once.

Mika Immonen in Bangkok

In a great addition to the event, Mark Sims has just confirmed to us that Mika Immonen will be acting as Jakarta All Stars Ambassador in Bangkok!

Mika is fantastic player as those of us who were lucky enough to be present at Down Under in Jakarta  a few weeks ago were able to observe at close hand.

No doubt Mika will be giving the JAS Boys a few tips – and everyone else a glimpse of his talents in some exhibition play against at least one other top class player to be announced.

A message to Jakarta’s Ladder players from the Organising Committee

Mark Sims – Event Organiser

G’day Tanggans,

Whilst the TBJ blossoms and goes from strength to strength, another substantial challenge approaches – and one involving quite a few of you, the Asia Expat Pool Challenge  (AEPC) to be contested in Bangkok on Saturday 15th September 2012, between teams from Bangkok, Jakarta, Shanghai & Singapore. This is now little more than 4 weeks away.

Most preparations have been completed and we have benefitted greatly from the existence of the TBJ since the competition amongst Tanggans is fierce – and frequent!

We thank all who have contributed to the preparation of the Jakarta All Stars for the AEPC, and commit to applying our best pool skills to ensure we bring the trophy back to Jakarta.

For those who have enquiring minds, or who are just plain bored of the websites you usually frequent, a website for the AEPC has been established and you are invited to view it atwww.asiaexpatpool.com. There is also a link from the side panel here for future visits.

I am sure that all Tanggans will join me in wishing the Jakarta All Stars all the very best during the forthcoming AEPC tournament. They are ambassadors of the Jakarta pool leagues and living proof that we are “GETTING TO THE NEXT LEVEL”.

Mark Sims

for The Jakarta All Stars Organizing Committee