Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wennice's birthday!

Wennice's birthday fell last Thursday, we got together to celebrate on Friday evening. It was a bit hectic at first; I had to go to a few places in town during rush hour, when everybody else is getting off work and going home, then fetch Yen after she got off work, before going home to pack my stuff and leave for our first stop: Lost World!

Despite having to rush over after work and stuff, everybody was in a good mood:
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Yep, everybody, including me, even if I had to show my fugly big belly to everybody :p

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From right to left: thin, normal, fat!

We had a very relaxing time dipping in the pool, and when we got bored, me, Poh, and Ivan entertained ourselves by catching Hansen and throwing him into the pool!

Shen, Angel, and Ring came a bit late, and we all prepared to leave at half past eight as it was getting dark.

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Next stop was dinner at Friends Cafe!
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Shen is up to mischief, holding a marker pen :)

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Yen joined in on the fun :)

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I'm hungry and getting ready to pounce!

We had lotsa fun with the cameras while waiting for food and the others to arrive:
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The girls! Poh, Yen, Shen, Angel, Ring, Wennice, Mun Theng, Amy & Ye Huai. Yes, Poh's a girl, getting bullied like this :D


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Chew Yee is being gay again :p


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Nicky and Zheng Wei were kind enough to show up, even though we only remembered to call them when we're halfway thru at Lost World :D


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The cake! We've got pretty interesting lighting at out tables!

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Someone's probably making a wish to get married ASAP :p

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Opening gifts!

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Ivan fooling around with gifts meant for his sister :p

The party was pretty civilised this time; we made quite a lot of noise, but no icing cream exchange happened this time round :D

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It was a bit of a pity that quite a number of us couldn't be around that day (We forgot to call a lot of people, Terry and Fern in Melaka, Jessie was working late, Mok was busy, Jason Cheng in Haadyai), but it's been one fun-filled evening, I'm looking forward to the next one!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New gear shift knob, continued :)

Right, so I had a new gear shift knob installed, but that left me with the shift gaiter hanging loose, and revealing an unsightly metal stick between knob and gaiter. Even though I only drove the car to work and back today, this, too, irritated me!

So, after getting home, I removed the gear knob and gaiter, looking for a way to attach the two together. Then I felt stupid. The solution was staring at me in the face all the time. It was so easy!

Just take this:
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Undo the screw cover, then do this:
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There! Just invert the cover and it would hold the gaiter properly!

I just removed the cap, slid the gaiter onto the gear knob neck, and screwed the cover back on, inverted of course.

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See? It was that simple, and the gaiter would be put in place securely, so no more unsightly aluminium ring or shift stick metal showing!

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Yay! I'm pretty satisfied with how it looks now, so I probably won't be getting a new knob anytime soon. Wish I'd thought of it earlier!

Beautiful blooms in the night!

Around midnight, last night, Mom called me out to see the flowers she planted. They've been planted for quite some time now, but it's the first time ever they're blooming!

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Aren't they beautiful? I googled these flowers a bit today, turns out they are a variety of orchid cactus, scientifically named Epiphyllum oxypetalum, or simply Dutchman's Pipe, Night blooming Cereus, or Queen of the Night for people who cannot remember scientific names, like me :D

Unfortunately, or fortunately, only 1 of 3 flowers failed to bloom:
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So pretty! It was pleasantly fragrant while they were in bloom too! Too bad these will only bloom once; I woke up this morning, and saw that they've already wilted out, such ephemeral beauty.

New gear shift knob for my car!

Last weekend, I noticed that the gear knob on my car has started cracking, again.
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It's still usable for the moment, but it irritates me to no end whenever I get into my car and see the cracks, plus, it's also very distracting because I keep feeling the cracks whenever I shift, and will unconsciously look at the knob, even when driving, and even though I do not drive very fast, I HATE distractions when driving.

So, I couldn't stand it anymore, and bought a new one!

I went into the accessory shop, and asked for something "black, has a leather feel to it, no mushroom head design, no ass vibrator stick design, no titanium-golfball-of-death design, no Green Goblin grenade design, no chrome, no anodised colours, no pretentious "sports-inspired" design, no fake carbon fibre pattern, no TRD emblems, no Type R words, no MUGEN POWER, no NISMO emblems, no M3 or M5 powah emblem, no lala multi-colour LEDs, no fake carbon fibre pattern, no fake luxurious wood design, no bling, no this no that, no Hello Kitty no Mickey Mouse head designs" yada yada yada. Fortunately, the owner of the shop was Yen's brother, or I would have been thrown out even before I was halfway thru stating my requirements. Anyway, with so many conditions, I was only left with two choices, and I got this:
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Oh look! It's a MOMO leather knob! And a sports-inspired design one, too! I got this one only because the two MOMO logos are facing the dashboard and handbrake respectively, so they are not very visible.

Overall, I think everything but the aluminium ring under blends in quite well with the car's interior. It's just the top end of the shift gaiter that is bugging me now; it just keeps falling down because the new knob is shorter and has no structure to hold the gaiter up, it's just held together with cable tie now, but it still slips. I'll figure something out later.

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...oh, and yes, it's a fakey! Ergh, I feel kinda ah beng now. Cincai la, I don't think I'll use it for long anyway. The new know only costs RM45, less than half the price of a stock, new one. I'll probably switch it out when I've found a nicer one. I kinda like this design, I think it's simple and nice, but I still want a more understated shift knob, suits my underpowered oil-burner better :D

Monday, July 28, 2008

1:1 Citroen Xantia vs 1:18 Citroen Xantia!

Finally got time to snap some pics! Now we can see where the most obvious differences between the car and model are!

Front:
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1/18 model is of earlier models, so the Citroen emblem is on the hood instead of the grille.

Side:
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Hm, side is pretty spot-on too! The rims on the real car are Peugeot 406 ones; switched em on after a nasty crash, I had the same rims on my car before I screwed em up :p The spoiler on my car is an optional item, with built-in brake lamps, and it's pretty rare here!

1/4 view:
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AHAH! Guilty! The makers of the model skimped on side blinkers!

3/4 view:
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Everything's pretty much the same here!

Driver's side:
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Eugh, the door hinges on the model are fugly, can't be helped though :( Otherwise, the model is only missing the seat controls. Steering wheel is accurate for earlier models!

Passenger's side:
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Nope, no faults here, the armrest cum items box is a dealer add-on, so the model is still accurate here for a stock Xantia!

Rear passenger compartment:
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Model has wind-down windows, newer models have power windows at all sides standard.

Rear underside:
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Exhaust pipes are different, but that's because mine is a diesel model, otherwise, it's accurate for all petrol models!

Some other shots of the 1/18 Xantia:
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Engine bay! Mine's a turbodiesel, so not much point in comparing, but apart from the engine, manifold and airbox, everything else is the same, even with my car's engine bay!

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Underchassis, woot, everything's like the real thing here, down to the location of the spheres and steering axles for the rear wheels, just like what I normally see when these cars are lifted up on a hoist, cool!

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