Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
I've gotten jaded with life, over the times working here. Just anticipating for some big changes, ANY changes to happen to inject some drama back into my still adolescent working life.
Received this heart warming mail to start yet another hibernation day:
"Reach out, reach out!"
So i did...
My court case has been set at the end of the month.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
After sourcing for info at honda-tech, it has come to my attention that i may need a new set of LMA.
LMA (Lost Motion Assemblies) - what are they & what they do?
*Sourced from www.honda-tech.com
*How VTEC works
25 - 30 bucks a piece (USD). Thats x8 pieces for a DOHC 4-cyclinder. Probably got to fork out like RM700 to get them replaced. Damn LMAs are freakin' expensive. Tiuu
No place to stay at Laban Rata, no climb.
damn. now got to figure out a plan B...
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Change long overdue, by up to 1000km - Not good, especially if yours is an high revving engine & is subjected to daily hard-driving abuse. So the summary is - lubricating an internal combustion engine is very important.
Switched to elf Competition SM semi-synthetic with viscosity of 10W40 .
Technically (in layman's terms):
(i) Semi-synthetic - a blend between mineral oil & fully synthetic (70%/30% - 80%/20%), claimed to be about 3 times better at reducing engine wear & tear compared to purely mineral oil
(ii) SM - American Petroleum Institute oil performance standard
(S): for petrol service category
(M): specifies level of technical performance within the relevant group
'SM' is the current top grade
(iii) 10W40 viscosity (multi-grade)
10W (-20C): defines ability to flow & lubricate at cold start-up - the lower the viscosity at low temp, the easier the engine start
40 (+40C): high temp viscosity rating - the more viscous, the less oil thinning when hot & the better it will hold w/o breaking down at high temperatures
Bosch replacement oil filter
Resut: A much smoother running & rev-happy engine. Should also see a slight improvement in fuel economy. Will be a good 3 months or 5000km, before i need to fork out some maintenance $. *Sigh*
You say what car?? Looks like an exotic crossbreed between a Honda CRX Del-Sol with a Mazda6 front.
This unassuming EK has got a Jackson Racing supercharger shoe-horned into the engine bay. Yeps, it's B16A powered too.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Mt. KK here I come!
The not-so-picture perfect shot taken at Low's Peak back in Oct 2003. Have made a vow to return since - just for the heck of taking another shot. It's got to be Picture-Perfect this time round. Hoping for accomodation bookings to get thru coz it should be about peak season by March. Anyway, I got to go somewhere.... anywhere!
Finally bought a much-needed LCD monitor.
Finally can put my computer-lag induced frustrations to rest. Got my newly acquired PC working: 2.66GHz Pentium 4 + 1G RAM it's a Ferrari F430 compared to my aging 750MGHz Celeron + 128MB RAM notebook. So out goes the rusty 1960 VW classic.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Shrink my dreams to fit my income
Period - inline with my company’s cost-cutting move to freeze OTs to ride out the rough transitional period for the year to come. Some spending habit adjustments & a little getting use to will be required to cope with this earning-capability crisis. Talk about the equivalent of taking a 40% pay-cut, isn’t exactly easy to embrace.
For a start, I’d been lucky to have landed a job that pays well comparatively, than most of my working-class counterparts… at least locally. Having a sizeable amount of disposable income in hand at the end of every month just conveniently accommodates my impulse-driven spending frenzy:
a) Hi-tech gadget must-haves – iPOD shuffle(want), PSP(want2), LCD monitor(getting one real soon), iPhone?
b) Occasional dine-outs (a.k.a expensive food indulgence - can't live without)
c) Go for vacation every other month (just back from Peninsula trip last month, be going KK in March,
d) Pimp my ride (major bank account sink-hole) – Recaro huggies, expensive Advan Neova rubbers, HKS oil change(want?), Denso Iridium spark plugs(want??)…+ brand name aftermarket parts to bling up the engine bay.
Yeaps, I’m financially unsound – my budget planning hardly makes any sense.
Now that I’ve finally got more free time (coz no more friggin’ OTs to give a damn about), I gotta go figure it out. Or I might want to start looking for greener pastures.
Monday, January 15, 2007
okay, this one goes on my wishlist too
Now that makes a practical gift for a guy's b'day.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Mumble thru the passdown, get a few facts jumbled up or miss out some minute details will be yelling Hey, y'all take a shot at me! - an open invitation for an interrogation. The prospect of getting screwed in front of the whole module at morning meetings is just part of the night shift engineer's JD. Period.
So you pinch yourself hard in the butt to stay alert & get the morning passdown delivered properly & convincingly. For that twilight hour, you got to play know-it-all, & play it right. Along the way, you also learn that legitimizing procrastination is no longer just a term, but a valuable soft-skill to pick up real quick to ensure your survivability. With half the work force functioning in semi-sleep mode, it's pretty difficult to get anything done properly & on time. Delays for work-in-progress - you're accountable for that too.
Only after that you'd get to go home hoping that the fully functional larger pool of experts & manpower during the day do their job well. It can be nightmarish to come back during nightfall & have the same sh!t staring at you in the passdown.
Clock-in at 730pm, clock-out the next morning at 900am, after settling the passdown. Go home, sleep, wake up, get prepared & take a meal, come to work - repeat vicious cycle for 3 to 4 shift days a week. You'd be too damn tired to do anything else.
Now the good part is that you get to have 3 to 4 consecutive days off per week. Minus a day off that, for transition period. It still gets a little disorienting having to alternate day-night & night-day. Accustomed to working 60 hour weeks for most of the past year, now what am I going to do with so much free time? More time spent pondering on the meaning of my mundane existence, I guess…
All the ramblings & b^tching of life in the production line. Love it or hate it, I’m doing just fine.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Yup, Ian's in town. Last we met was almost 2 years ago before he left for Melbourne.
Here, X'mas & Co. is staying for the year...
Some neat collections of anime figures on display, mangas too... pretty much my cup of tea.
Jon & Bel getting clueless over Cluedo
Ian trying very hard to explain the game to us Clueless 4
June, Jon, Ian, Bernard, Bel & me