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Faewell Earthlingz, fer ma shining spicechip haz arrived!

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ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US!!

Was it spaceship? Sorry 😀
No wheels, but still looks pretty damn fast, no? Swapped the original wheels back on today!

The Italians make pretty interesting boxes and wedges on wheels! Wait, I meant cars :p

BTW, IE8 farked up my desktop so I rolled back to IE7, but in the end they both farked up my computer together. Blogging from Google Chrome now, and I’m aware it looks a bit, well, different. Gonna try with Apple Safari later (Yes, I have half a dozen browsers on my comp due to the nature of my job, the geekiness!! My OCDness to have everything look at least half decent in all browsers known to humankind has nearly made the programmer wept quite a few times!). Microsoft, your new IE and MSN suck!!!!
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Kah Yue’s Wedding + Cameron Highlands Trip 27112008-28112008 (random pics galore and 56k death!!)

My crazy holiday timeline:
21st November – Visited Thrang, Krabi and some other places.
22nd November – Phuket & Patong.
23rd November – Phuket, Patong & some minor towns.
24th November – Phuket, Patong, & Phi Phi.
25th November – Phuket & Haadyai.
26th November – Reached home at 0300, cleaned house up and slept at 0400. Woke up and went to office at 0800. Attended Fatt’s party at 0700 and went home at 2300. Washed car till nearly 0100 of 27th.
27th November – Woke up, washed car a bit again because it farking rained and dirtied the car again last night! Had breakfast in Gunung Rapat and set off to Cameron Highlands at 0830!

Too lazy to blog in detail, so it’s random pics galore again!
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The first of ten thousand easy challenges before getting to the bride: getting male lipstick marks on tissue!

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Second of ten thousand easy challenges before getting to the bride: 20 *gasp* push-ups! Then came other stuff like saying “I love you” in 5 languages. Yea, that’s 5, in Malaysia. *faints*

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We went up early and I washed the V23o thrice it was so damn squeaky clean because my aunt had early requested to use it as the bridal car. Then they decided the ribbons weren’t long enough and borrowed a nice Accord. I just washed the V230 three times for nothing *pening*

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Kah Meng doing the cooking for the guests at home!

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My niece, Snow!

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Uncle Kim Kooi drove SiuDiDi, Bro, Sis, Yen & me up in the V230. Dad and Mom came up much later in the Multipla, which has crappy handling now no thanks to wheels with wrong offset.

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27th of November:
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Haven’t been back here in a long time (and apparently long is kinda understating it), and I’m truly shocked that the once pristine river is now so murky 😦

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Yen’s very happy, because this is the first time I bought her flowers…. after she nagged me into it :p

Flowers flowers flowers!
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Well this isn’t a flower :p

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Yen’s flowers 🙂

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My first time seeing a landslide! The soil was stil rolling off in front of me as I took this pic!

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Me & Yen 🙂

Hoarding parking spaces :D

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Got the V230 back from the painters 2 days ago, CKO did a really good job with it, the paint was super smooth and shiny, the finish on the panel under the doors was great, and they even gave the wheel wells a new coat of tar! Excellent job for a reasonable price!

Saturday

Saturday was a busy day. I woke up early and played the GT4 while waiting for Bro and Sis to get ready to go out for breakfast. Anybody ever tried playing in B-spec mode in Gran Turismo 4? It’s that mode where you become team race chief and direct a virtual driver to go steady, fast, when to overtake or pit in a race etc etc. Doing this enables you to win those annoying 25 laps of 8-minute runs around the Nurbugring or 300 miles around Laguna Seca races while you read a comic or trim your toe nails. Oh, and you can also speed races up to 3x that way, so a 3 hour race will only waste 1 hour of your life. But you know what? It’s farking lame. Please, B-spec driver, I installed nitrous in the car, USE IT! When I said overtake, overtake, don’t bump into the car ass nearest to you and slide off into the closest chicane! 3 laps of Tsukuba and not even one move up the positions? And I seriously don’t understand how the computer has to screw up at an exact spot, everytime, like the Cizeta Moroder spinning out before the long straight in Sarthe (fortunately, it was the opponent everytime, I’m never ever gonna bring a Moroder to Sarthe, or El Capitan, or Laguna Seca, thanks for the heads up. Moroder + Sand = Death), or those stupid Triumph Spitfires fishtail in Motegi (you think you’re in Ebisu with your Silvias ar?), Lupos are lame, they like to choku-dori away the first 3 minutes and build sand mounds in the chicanes for the next 3 minutes in Nurbugring. OK, so that was just a game, but it helped me feel a bit cranky, in readiness of what shall come next.

Went for curry mee hoon breakfast at Cindy’s, it was great. Just when I was feeling happier, I started the car and felt.. no aircon, no power-steering, and, NO BRAKES! Opened the hood, saw the broken distributor belt, yanked it out, and drove back to the office to drop everyone off. I then picked up some new rims and drove straight to the car hospital again 😦 I’m glad I dropped everyone off at the office, having 5 people in your car when your only means of stopping is a handbrake that hardly bites is very scary. Uncle Kim Kooi picked up Mom, Dad, Bro & Sis in his GTV (suffer khau khau in the miniscule backseats 😀 ) and sent them to the market for groceries, they then took the bus home.

I spent the morning busybodying around the workshop and being a nuisance, peeking inside old Peugeots, Citroens, Jaguars, Fiats (I love this place) and there was even a Honda City Cabriolet that day, was loud as hell for it’s small size. Jaguar V8 engines are huge, and they’re tall, it’s a wonder they fit into the low-slung hood at all. The Xantia.. it was at the workshop Monday, then Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, then Saturday too, I think it misses its’ brethen at the workshop a bit too much.

Fitting the new rims on the Multipla was a bit exasperating; the offset was off and the wheels sit further into the wheel wells now, the rear tyres are only about 5-6mm away from the wells, and the front absorber is within 13-14mm of peril from the front tyres. The brake calipers, damn kan cheong, 2mm, maybe less, if ever there was super tight fitment, this would be pretty close. We checked for rubbing when steering the front wheels, and nothing has rubbed, yet, we loaded the car with parts and let Mun Hoe drive the Multipla out to get the exhaust pipe fixed. Maybe the darn diesel engine’s too loud to start with, it didn’t sound any noisier without the pipes :p

After the Xantia’s gotten a new belt, I went off for some errands at our workshop grounds. Uncle Kim Kooi was at Uncle Cheong’s place, checking out the progress on his newly-acquired Charade. I think he should drop a Kelisa engine in there; one more camshaft and bits of modern engineering should do wonders for the light and nimble Charade, I have a lot of respect for Charades 🙂 Uncle Weng Kar & Uncle Wai came back from lunch soon enough so I asked, and got the Walzflex too! It’s in worst condition that I thought it was; some buttons and dials are crooked, but I should be able to make it good, leather’s all dead though. Had lunch with Uncle Kim Kooi, Uncle Cheong and Aunt Ying, their grandchildren are freakin adorable, hadn’t got time to play with them lately as they’re always asleep whenever I visit lately, but both wanted me to carry them when I asked who wants a lift! So cute! Lunch was great, the braised rice and eggs were very good, I’m going back for more soon!

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Looks real good from this angle because you can’t see the weaksauce offset.

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I thought these 3-spoke designs only work on K-cars. I’m wrong. I think the rims go really well with the Multipla, maybe because it’s shaped like a K-car too, but Honda center-hubs, how lame no? If Dad decides to keep this car and fix it up, I’ll fix that stupid offset and center-hubs if it’s the last thing I ever do for this car. I felt so sorry whenever I see the Multipla sitting in a corner, all dusty and greasy in the workshop, the bodywork’s been damaged a bit by the stupid tow-truck driver, I was so saddened by it’s condition that at times I couldn’t bear to look at all and turned my back to it at the workshop, but seeing it at least clean and shaded at home now makes me a bit happier. Need to stop anthropomorphizing cars so much.


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Btw, been sleeping and napping here on Saturday and Sunday, fun!! It’s raining everyday, and I have a sleeping bag, blanket, and 4 pillows in there, super cozy, I think I’ll do this more often too! Camping in the garden can take mundane off weekends 😀

Cars, cars, cars, and cars

I’m very sad of what happened to the Multipla last night.

As of 2 weeks ago, the Transit has been sold to Uncle Lai as we’ve hardly any use for it anymore. I miss it.

Uncle Kwai drove 1612 back for a visit today. It was in horrible condition. I feel sad for it.

Got the V230 back today and finally had time to check it out real as well as drive it. Lots of creature comfort and amenities in the car, it will double up real good as a people carrier or goods transporter, too bad you really can’t expect anything nice aesthetics-wise from the Germans; the exterior is bland and the interior is fugly as hell.

While checking out the car, I noticed something though:
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CHI SIN!! That’s all I have to say about the undercarriage. How could it be so clean?!!! Siao man, I thought it was already weird that all the interior carpets are still wrapped in plastic, but even the undercarriage looks so.. NEW! Madness! The van is in incredibly immaculate condition. Recall those “Must see to believe!” claims in Motortrader? Some things need to be seen to be believed.

Anyway, I mentioned I drove the van too, so how was it? One word: sucks.

OK, one word is not enough, I’ll elaborate a bit. The steering is numb. The slippery seats offer no lateral support at all, trying to throw me off at every corner. The auto gearbox is stupid. I knew from the get-go that it’s no match for Citroen’s Hydractive awesomeness, but the Airmatic suspension is epic fail; it couldn’t even absorb small bumps properly, even the Multipla and Transit absorb bumps better than it, and they handle better too! Speaking of handling, I think the V230 seriously lacks in that department. It has no cojones in corners. Mou chun doi. Tarak bola langsung. What a wuss. Or maybe it was me. Anyway, it made my balls shrink in the corners, I didn’t enjoy the drive. End of rant. At the end of the day, I’ll still drive it when I’ve no other choice. Beggars can’t be choosers :p

I know there’s something hopelessly wrong with me…

…when it’s way late into the night and I’m out taking photos of cars and plants instead of sleeping.

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My lonely Xantia. Left it out in the street because I got home late after drinks with Khong Chuan and Hoon Fei, and didn’t want to wake the monster that is my sleepy dad. Taken at about 0300 on Saturday, because I couldn’t sleep.

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Transit’s been out for maintenance a few days already, so the Multipla gets a snug and dry spot in front my bedroom. I just love it’s frog-like eyes. Taken at 0530 this morning, because I wanted to sleep but had to get up.

I’m so hopelessly attracted to cars…

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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