Monday, December 31, 2007

Some meaningful quotes that i'd like to share... (stolen from Faith, =p )

Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.”

Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right, you'll probably never do much of anything.”

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.”

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.”

Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, and the things you never want to lose.”

Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.”

These are the quotes that i try to live by too ~ Cheers! ~ =)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

2007 roll up ~ yet another eventful year will come to a pass soon. It's been a year full or ups & downs, fair shares of pleasant & not-so pleasant unexpected events, some memorable first-time(s)... Here are some of the memorable pieces of me ~ 2007 edition , chronicled in a series of photos (as correctly recalled by my photographic memory) =p :

Sabah-mari: 1st vacation of the year right after my 2-month long graveyard shift

Went white-water rafting for the first time ever! = Exciting; definitely looking forward to taking on a more challenging rapid the next time round
Sight-seeing cum snorkelling at the island resorts = Exotic =p
*did not get to climb Mt. Kinabalu though... we shall be back another day!*

1/2 month later ~ Shanghai-mari for the ISTC conference

furthest i've been away from home... just right after winter ~ very chilly still, my lips cracked the whole time i was there... piping hot & spicy steamboat with booze were my best friend there... as business trip as it may be (presenting paper in an international conference is the best legitimate justification for an all-expense paid vacation... plus the pre-presentation stress of course.. =p), it turned out to be a memorable trip...

Celebrating Gawai in a real longhouse

~ an Authentic Gawai Experience... a very unique & memorable one for me... with endless flow of tuaks for 3D2Ns, hehe =p

The Kayak Adventure...

Another 1st time ever... & so close to home ~ Exciting & relaxing experience: Exciting = some rapids to negotiate, a capsized incident or two, some water-tarzan action, plus heavy downpour halfway thru the course.. Relaxing = tranquility of gracefully drifting downstream into the rainforest, beautiful & breathtaking sceneries along the journey & a very steady kayak mate =)

Bitten by the Gun-Pla bug...

MG Strike Freedom ~ the very 1st Gundam kit i completed; took a 1/2 months of late-night meticulous efforts (sacrificed many dates, in the process =p)

Bali-mari ~ I've been to paradise!! =)

My 1st ever underwater experience @ 8m underwater off Nusa Dua shores!

Okie, enough said... I'LL BE BACK!

A memorable beach trip to Siar Beach, Lundu...

Fab Race 5

To have been in this company for almost 3 years now & not have joined the famed annual FabRace is a shame ~ half your working life wasted lar, like that.... This time round i wouldn't miss it for the world. It turned out to be quite a fun & fruitful outing after all =)

2007 has been an auspicious year to tie the knot. Many dear friends & their loved ones 'levelled-up'. All the best to them ! =)

This one's got the wackiest collage of them all ~ definitely embodies the Litho-Boleh spirit! Only my beloved wacky & khim siu fellow colleagues would be creative to come up with something like this. Kudos!

Hope ya'll have a year that starts right & ends happy. Happy New Year! =)

Meet the Desktop Mecha Family...

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Project X'mas Gundam ~ A high-grade 1/144 scale Sword Impulse Gundam i've got recently; a bootleg version though... parts made of lower-grade plastic (cheapo plasticky looking), intricate parts moulding mediocre at best, part fittings are flimsy ~ if they even fit at all, joints are either downright stiff or loose & sucky decals (expected). Got mine completed in no time; just simply hantam, no worries *stress-free* about screwing up the kit or decals ~ coz they aren't expensive to begin with... =p

Well, the end result turned out to be quite satisfying... =)

Heck, it looked so damn good (at least in the pics) ~ especially when armed with that massive double-edged Excalibur Anti-Ship Sword!

Ciplak version ~ got to love the translation... =p

Genuine stuff from Bandai ~ made-in-Japan doesn't need any more introduction...
Worlds apart in terms of quality. As pricey as they may be, i'd still stick with 'ori'. Nevertheless, it's been an afternoon of Gunpla-ing fun for me... =)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Ta pau-ed KFC for dinner on the way home from work...

Woa, i didn't know they had this new customer service scheme implemented!
Got a bigger than normal fillings for my zinger burger summore!
Not bad huh... pick up line on a KFC take-away box??? Are you kidding me?? Hahah! =D
Checking out Uncle Darryl's ride...

fresh from the paint-shop; shiny in all its glory...

Brembos lurking behind... That's your how many-ieth set of rims? *apala...change rim more often than i change undies..??* =p

Engine bay's also not spared from a Christmas make-over...

Mugen powaahh! eh, mana pegi lu punya 4-1 header?

DC5 wheel...

Apexi' AFC NEO ~ that's one piece of very trick gadget ~ that i could not afford...

Looking back, my ride once shone as proudly too... but all that has deteriorated into a custom 2-tone since ~ cream-colored on the top, fading white all around... thanks to all-weather 24-7 exposure & also largely due to owner's polish treatment negligence & irregular (gradually decreasing frequency) wash sessions over a period of 2 years... damn, she needs a new paint job. There goes my bonus $$ ....

It's a home alone Christmas for me this year... quiet & peaceful =) My family's away to attend a cousin's wedding in Sibu... but i'm not alone...

Presents galore!!

A HG 1/144 Sword Impulse Gundam i got for the Christmas gift exchange...
he's gonna keep me occupied for a 1/2 day's worth of Gunpla fun.. =p

not the genuine stuff (as i had hoped) though, but rather a bootleg cheapo version... plastic build quality is rather inferior & the part fittings looks questionable. Well, i'm not going to rant about it much.. after all it's the thought (in giving away pressies) that counts... & it's 1/2 day's worth modelling fun anyways. =) *gonna post more once i'm done building*
Some other pressies:

from the litho xiao mui-mui(s) with love =p

mrtoilet's recent S'pore trip souvenir ~ Sasuke from Naruto's... *my ex-roomie presented me a similar one from his private collection when we parted ways after my internship days in Penang... ah, how nostalgic*

A super-sized Coke (all-time favourite drink) from Japan & a bling-bling tee (belated b'day pressie)

Thanks mates! Received tons this year... only regret ~ i haven't been giving away enough...

Christmas Eve Dinner @ Magenta Restaurant ~ i've always been looking forward to taste the fine dining experience here... reputed to be the best in town. Set in a converted old malay house with very oriental interior decor, the warm & cozy ambience is just great, be it for a merry get-together makan for buddies or an intimate dinner for lovebirds... soft music in background blends in nicely...

& the food ~ italian, very finely infused with some local flavours is simply excellent! Let the pixes do the talking:
Oyster Bisque with.....*something* Leeks & Blue Cheese Croutons soup for openers (lengthy name... too busy eating away to remember snapping any pics =p)

Appetizer: Duck Confit Salad with Honey Mustard dressing (exotic eh?)

Main course: Rosemary-Roasted Turkey (of course! what else is more fitting for a Christmas dinner?) & Santa Fe Stuffing Timbale.. bla-bla-bla... *too long to recall*

Desert: Eggnog Panna Cotta (exotic sounding too eh?)
A full course meal here costs a premium (for the general masses like me), but i tell you, it's worth every single cent! This is what fine dining experience should be like....

enjoyed a hearty meal with the usual suspects...
Christmas is the time to...

show some "brotherly love"

& "brotherly-sisterly love" as well... =p

So what's next for New Years Eve?? =)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas everyone! =)

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Subjek: TAHUKAH ANDA (fwd..)

1. Tahukah anda apabila 350ml air yang diambil dari sinki dan kemudiannya dituangkan ke dalam cerek yang mengandungi 150ml air suling dan dibiarkan terdedah kepada nyalaan api bersuhu 100 darjah celcius akan menghasilkan satu cecair yang dinamakan air masak.

2. Percayakah anda yang air sirap merupakan salah satu bahan asas dalam pembinaan sebuah helikopter. Ini kerana kajian telah dibuat, seorang pembina helikopter memerlukan air sirap untuk menghilangkan keletihan semasa membuat helikopter, tanpa air sirap mungkin helikopter tersebut tidak dapat disiapkan.

3. Sebuah kereta yang dipandu selaju 220 km/j tidak akan dapat memotong kereta yang dipandu selaju 40km/j sekiranya kereta-kereta tersebut dipandu dari arah yang bertentangan

4. Tahukah Anda dalam bahasa Inggeris dan Italy , jurugambar dikenali sebagai paparazi. Perkataan itu dipercayai diambil dari watak paparazzo dalam filem La Dolce Vita yang diterbitkan oleh Federico Fellini pada tahun 1960. Dalam bahasa melayu pula, ayah kepada seorang budak yang bernama Razzi juga boleh dikenali dengan nama papa Razzi.

5. Tahukah Anda bendera negara Denmark telah dicipta 700 tahun lampau, menjadikan bendera paling lama digunakan di dunia lebih lama daripada penggunaan susu cap bendera.

6. Tahukah Anda magnet ialah sejenis logam yang juga digelar besi berani. Sebagaimana namanya magnet ialah besi yang berani menarik butir-butir besi lain kearahnya. Bagaimanapun orang yang diupah untuk menarik kereta bukanlah magnet.

7. Tahukah Anda cicak memutuskan ekornya apabila diganggu. Apabila cicak menyedari yang dia diekori oleh sesuatu, ia akan memutuskan ekornya supaya benda itu tidak mengekorinya lagi atas alasan tanpa ekor sudah tentu ia tidak akan diekori lagi.

8. Tahukan anda bahawa seorang manusia normal tidak boleh menyentuh telinganya sendiri menggunakan siku.

9. Tahukah Anda burung dapat pulang ke sarangnya walaupun telah keluar kadangkala hingga beribu kilometer daripada sarangnya tanpa sesat atau silap walaupun tanpa bantuan kompas. Ini kerana setiap sarang burung mempunyai alamatnya yang tersendiri sebenarnya.

10. Tahukah Anda bunyi perkataan lempeng dan tempeleng adalah hampir sama walaupun ia berbeza dari segi rupa bentuknya. Tapi, walaubagaimanapun orang yang kena tempeleng masih boleh memakan lempeng apabila dia berasa lapar.

11. Tahukah Anda gunung berapi yang berusia tiga ratus tahun disahkan masih aktif untuk meletup. Tapi mengikut kajian ahli gunung, api elektrik di rumah kita tidak akan aktif jika tidak membayar bilnya selama tiga bulan.

12. Tahukah Anda orang yang tidak pernah kisah langsung tentang wang ringgit, pangkat, kedudukan dan harta dunia ialah Orang Utan.

13. Tahukah Anda ahli sains seluruh dunia bersepakat jika nasi ayam dimakan sewaktu lapar, perut kita akan mengalami satu tindakbalas yang berupa kekenyangan. Nasi ayam juga boleh digunakan sebagai ubat untuk menggembirakan hati kita bila nasi ayam yang dimakan itu dibelanja oleh kawan kita.

14. Dan tahukah anda bahawa hamper kesemua pembaca buletin ini telah mencuba untuk menyentuh telinga menggunakan siku.

hehehehehhehehehehe eh....... ....Sentuhlah telinga korang ngan siku sampai ia kena.......Tak normallah korang maknanya

*this one's so damn wu liao... so absurd yet so hilarious ~ triggered a laughing exercise that kept me awake thru a mundane sunday afternoon in the fab. It sucks as usual to be working on a sunday... so keep those ridiculous mails coming! xD

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Kuching Motor Show '07 ~ Here are some pics to drool over... =p

An impressive lineup of modded Jap supercars ~ WRX STis Ver.8/9 (Scoobies becoming more mainstream these days), EVOs 8/9, Skyline GT-Ts/GT-R with the exception of a lone euro Hamann kitted Mini = neat... but where are the Rotary brethen (RX-7/8)?? 350Zs (the black Veilside one running on massive 20" bling-blings)? Supras (Paul Walker's Fast & Furious replica from a couple of auto salons ago)? MR-S (a couple "sneezy' examples spotted running around town)? Silvias (S15-80)? The party just isn't complete without those fellas...

Finally some variety on Day2... a 350Z roadster! sexxay... excess fat & bulge has never looked so good *only applicable to cars* =p

An ICE demo Jazz sporting a menacing front mounted intake... interfooler turbo?
Done with the rides, something still feels amiss... no hot autoshow models??? an chua cho a neh???