Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mr Hobby Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Haha, yea, some of you must be thinking "Here he goes wasting money buying those blardy plastic kits again", and I agree, but the damage has been done, so I'll just post pics of my latest "acquisition" instead :p

I've never built any Mr Hobby kits so I really didn't know what to expect, but its the only kit available since Tamiya has stopped producing Karmann Ghia kits, so this is what I got:
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The Beetle's sportier sibling :)

My bad luck hasn't ended as you can see:
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The A-pillars have snapped, and its the same with another kit I saw in a forum, so I guess this must be some problem at the production line. Not a big issue though, it'll be a breeze to fix, fortunately :)

The kit can be built in both coupe or cabriolet form:
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Cabriolet

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Coupe

I'll be going with the coupe version :)

By the way, it's already 31st January 2008; it was like just yesterday that I'd put up the christmas tree and went shopping for gifts, the first month of 2008's passed now and soon it'll be time for cotton branches & red lanterns already, time sure flies, even when I hadn't been doing much lately, let alone achieve anything of significance. High time I start getting my act together already.

Bad luck, very, very bad luck

How bad can my luck get? Two radiator fan relays shorted out on my Xantia last week, I replaced those and the next day, smoke came out of the steering stalk while I was driving. Found out the headlamp switch was malfunctioning, hence the foglamps and horn failing way earlier. Not too long after I replaced the lamp switch, the fan relays stopped working properly again so I had the sockets replaced with new ones too. After I got my car back with the new sockets I discovered the radiator was leaking. Fine, repairs again, very fine. Alternator failed after radiator repair, so that got fixed too. The mechanics mistakenly put in a dead battery which wasn't mine in my car, and it wouldn't start after I turned the ignition off, which means I got drenched in heavy rain yesterday while waiting for Sis outside school. Two mechanics came and put a temporal battery in my car and I went home with that, and this morning, an aunty reversed her new Vios into my car while waiting in front of the post office!! Lucky Xantias are sturdy and there's only a slight paint chip in the bumper. GAHHHHHH!!!!! Why me??!!!!! I didn't do anything bad, I've never snatched kids' candy, stuck bubble gum on chairs, peeped under people's skirts, kicked dogs or pissed in elevators, so why me???!!! I have a feeling my bad luck ain't over yet..... :(

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tamiya Fiat 500F

This is for Ying. After 20 days and numerous boh liao speculations on where it had actually ended at later, we finally know that it hasn't been shipped to Africa :D

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Mint box!

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Body looks great, but is very tiny, smaller than my Honda Today!

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Yep, so thats all the contents in the kit for you. Fiat 500 is a very spartan car, hence the small number of parts in the kit :)

Doraemon capsule toys

I really should stop walking by capsule toy machines because everytime I see a Doraemon-themed one, useful money goes out my pocket and useless plastic accumulates in my room. Yes, I'm such a grownup sucker for kiddy stuff, I know, but these ones are pretty unique!! Instead of the usual figurines, what's inside the capsules this time is indeed, a mini capsule machine!!

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Mine, pre-assembly

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Yen's

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The mini capsule machines after assembly, the mechanism actually works and each machine comes with 5 mini capsules with mini toys inside, how nice!
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Mini capsules with "toys" inside! The Japanese and their fetish for mini things rule! :D

Haircut again!

Not me, my hairstyle's stayed pretty much the same since 3 years ago, but Mui Mui instead :)

BEFORE
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Cute.

AFTER
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Very very cute! I wished she doesn't look so thin though, reminds me of sausages and makes me hungry everytime I look at her :p

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Random pics galore

My Samsung E900's finally run out of phone memory, so I transferred the pics to my laptop. Here are a few random pics from the stash:

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4th of April, second day I got my phone, at Ice Ice Baby. This was back when Nicky's still got his spiky hair and Wendy's trying her chio look.

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Yen and sis with one of Yan's newborn twins.

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Multipla's topset removed during a routine check, first time I saw pistons that look as if they have a missile warhead embedded in it.

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My very cincai presentation of my final assignment for graphic & advertising design, this was towards the end of April.

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Anger management. There was this one day when I was extra agitated and pissed as usual, and went home feeling very destructive. I wanted to destroy things badly but I'm sure I'll regret the aftermath if I go around banging doors and throwing stuff, so I hid in my room and tore whatever tough and thick paper I could find to very very very very very teeny pieces instead. I somehow cooled down considerably in the process, and realised how pointless and irreversible our actions are when we are angry sometimes. Although not good, my temper improved leaps since that day, and this pic is a reminder to me not to do something in anger and regret it later, because some damage are just irreparable. I hadn't let my temper get the better of me anymore since then, apart from the one time I smashed the Wira.

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Yen during our visit to a furniture factory in Chemor.

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Prep work for Merdeka at Hong Kong bank. Respect for the flag? Hah, then what's the ladder doing ON it?

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Trisha having difficulty chewing on vege with her new braces.

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Mok sawing thru his burger as if it's steak.

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Ronald was kind enough to look after our baggage while we were eating at the airport in Bali, waiting for the flight to Jakarta.

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Mocktail and Fest Strawberry anyone? Well, it isn't THAT funny, no idea why I thought it was back then though :p Taken at Mercure in Ancol, Jakarta.

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Lame attempt at something artsy while waiting for satay at Puncak. Camera's my lame ass S5600, which I hated at first, then grew to love, then started hating again as I begin to realise more and more of its limitations. I cincai ordered this one without testing as its predecessor S5500 was pretty good. I SHALL test the camera's capabilities next time when I'm buying another.

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Eye on Malaysia during a trip there in October. Had thought I can rely on the girls to bring cameras for camwhoring and stuff. Two didn't bring theirs. One brought the camera but didn't recharge the batteries. Another brought camera, recharged but didn't insert memory card. Guys? We are guys ma, guys don't bring cameras out for camwhore one, and our cameras are big-ass anyway, so there. Fail.

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Yen, at the bottom of Eye on Malaysia, it was a fun night :)

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Mom tying up hair for bro Keat's youngest daughter at the office.

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A dilapidated Mazda R360, Mazda's very first car. I brought Yen to see this as we were in the vicinity. Dad used to own one too. Its very, very sad to see such a unique piece of motoring history in such a state. There's a more common Fiat 600 in the background, parked beside a rarer Austin and 80's Subaru coupe.

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A Maserati 3200GT, this is the true sexy back. Yew and I saw this car as we exited Sunway and was on our way back to Subang Jaya. This was on 23rd December, while I was there for Lean Lee and Chun Pin's wedding.

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Iswara turned turtle in front of St Michaels, just beside Ipoh Padang. This on a short, low speed, uphill straight. Heck, I bet the driver can overturn a tank, given the chance.

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Taken the day after the Iswara, somebody probably dived into this subtle right hander near Simee a bit too fast, panicked, then brake-understeered over into the bushes. Police was there too, bet the driver was telling them he's just helping his friend trim the plants. The DBI people will be grateful.

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1650, 21st January 2008. Malaysian Book of Useless Records entry #1. Foong Leong Soon, hailing from Ipoh, Perak, discovered (not invented ar) the cheapest way to waste one hour. Ever. His work is a fabulously fantastic (superfantastic, if you compare it to a crashed beer can) piece of art, created from nothing more than a recycled piece of A4 and smelly glue.

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This the pic that took the last bit of memory space in my phone. Something went wrong with the Multipla's transmission this morning, and it had to be towed to the workshop. The tow truck driver and Siong had a hard time getting the Multipla on tow without damaging the front bumper lip, which is aerodynamically, functionally and aesthetically useless anyway. Apparently, whoever designed the Multipla decided its absolutely necessary to pen such weird protrusions on an already weird mass-produced car.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Saturday night out

Ying was back in Ipoh so we went yumcha at Friends Cafe on Saturday night. I arrived quite late as I was waiting for Yen, who just got back from her grandma's, so we walked in Friends Cafe and found Shen, Ying, Wendy, Ivan & Poh already sitting in there.

Ying got these for us:
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Leftmost is Shen's (dizzy face in pink PJs), then Wendy's (XO!), mine (Doraemon), Poh's (Chinese cloud pattern), and finally Ivan's (multi-face)!

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Look, the bears have even got the Ku-Ru version of our faces drawn at the back of their heads!
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Like this pic, thought it was a starfish the first time I saw it in the handphone :p

We munched on onion rings and fries while chatting, and Ivan took lotsa pics of the bears with Poh's handphone, he seems to really like the bears an extra lot :)

After Friends, we went off for walks and chat at Ipoh Padang, planning our next trip to somewhere, no clear idea where yet though. I left at about 1am as I had to send Yen home, and the bunch only left at about 2am, insomniacs :p

Another week gone by..

End of another week, which wasn't very eventful, but fun nonetheless :) It's time again for me to update my blog, lest people think I've been kidnapped by aliens :p

Office was pretty boring as usual, but Fern & Terry came to have lunch with me on Tuesday (8th January), we went to a cafe at Great World Plaza. Food and drinks were ok for the price, but the taste could have been better. We chatted a lot, and complained about Sunway :p I noticed Terry's neck was swollen and he said its got something to do with the thyroid glands and he's taking medication, so it's all under control. Better take good care of yourself friend :)

Yen made me breakfast on Wednesday morning and we went for video editting class one hour late, as usual :p Turns out there wasn't much going around in class as Ping & San has gone for a trip to Korea (lucky girls!!) so I whiled away playing games and checking up laptop specs for Sauw Leng instead. I had lunch with Yen, Trisha, Chew Yee, & Reece at Jusco food court, and we caught I Am Legend again while Chew Yee went off to meet a friend.

Friday, last day of the work week, finally! Office hours' changed this year so we'll be working from 0830 to 1800 daily, instead of 1730, and having Saturdays off now! JasonCheng has started work nearby and walked over for lunch, and we spent time talking bad about college again :p It's official, sad truth, but we all unanimously hate school now, and only care about getting our arses out as soon as possible :(

Went yumcha at Happy Valley at nite with Khong Chuan, and Hoon Fei arrived late again, so me and Khong Chuan yakked away about while waiting for Hoon Fei to arrive :) Turns out Khong Chuan and me spent the day at work about the same; YouTube :p

Saturday morning I spent detailing my model kits, then I started work on the Multipla after lunch. I partially removed the roof and interior panels, then wrapped the wires and cables in sponge, hoping it would muffle the noise in the roof. It seemed as if my layman job had worked when I tested the car around the neighbourhood at first, but upon a few short drives out today, the horrible truth dawned on me, and its that the noise hasn't been muffled one bit. Epic fail. One whole afternoon wasted, and I was feeling darn confident it would work too!!!! So many screws, plastic panels, rubber strips, & clips removed and reassemble for nothing! I have now accepted the fact that the noise must be coming from a nook or cranny hidden in the 4th dimension, only accessible when the roof is reassembled, and that I'd probably never be able to get rid of it in my lifetime, so there, noisy ride it is :( Darn Italians! The whole car was so well designed and they had to slack off at the roof! &#$%^&*(%(*&^%$#!!!

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