Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Just like Sapi/Manukan island back in KK ~ minus the colorful corals & fishes (here all monotoneous colored one -_-)& less chick-factor (perhaps coz i dun have a magnificient invention known as the DSLR to zoom around... =p)
Commercial break! This advertisement is brought to you by Singha Beer... =D
nothing beats lim ang moh teh while taking a dip in the sea... okie so much for the hype, the beer's ain't exactly that great tasting... & try not to focus on my bloated tummy... coz that was taken just right after a hearty lunch...
heading back to the pier...
& to Wat Chalong, one of the biggest Buddhist temple in Phuket...
capturing the magnificient build in a series of snapshots...
weren't the only thing that took our breath away... so did this cute lil' doggie
back to our hotel in Karon beach...
believe it or not, it's the 4th day already & yet we've barely set foot outside our very own hotel to explore ~ coz it can get swelteringly hot especially during afternoons; the kind of hot that gets you drenched in sweat the moment you step out of the hotel... before you even reach the other side of the street.
the very tastebud tantalizing Tom yam goong for dinner... i crave for this every night now....
Strolling down the streets of Karon... strolling is much a breeze now, by nightfall
checking out the art of soap carving...
big bikes like these are a common sight. It'll be cool if i could rent one of these
finally the night has turned mature enough... time to checkout the nightlife =D
what better way to find out than tagging along with a ladyboy.... hehe. =p
Just kidding lar ~ fatigued due the hecticness of activity filled past couple of days, we were nicely tucked in bed by midnight. How kuai indeed...
Project Civic Part III: Getting OVERHAULED
With over 130,000kms to the odometer, she’s almost an old lady already. It’s about time for her to get overhauled. Her status has been SDT for a major PM since the weekend right before my Phuket vacation. 2 weeks on, her progress is now about 70% complete.
Prepping the block ~ includes cleaning to remove sludge & oil deposits, before proceeding with surface conditioning & deburring; Quite a meticulous process.
So squeaky clean & brand new looking that I could barely recognize my engine
High compression CTR cams & engine block guard fitted in. The block guard is a piece of CNC-ed metal with cross-drilled water passages that fills the gap between the cylinder walls & the engine block. These act to stabilize the upper cylinders in Honda’s open deck engines; reducing cylinders wobble at high RPM loads. A reliability upgrade when building a high performance engine that revs up to 10,000rpm.
Insist on genuine Honda parts only. Replaceable (worn-out / need replacement) parts i.e rubber seals, o-rings, gaskets, engine mounting bush & etc (plus a spoiled water pump) list runs a page long & is already costing a cool one grand plus. Yikes! Xo
Lightened flywheel ~ from a stock weight of 8.52kg to CTR spec of 6.67kg to improve throttle response for better acceleration (due to less inertia), by machining off the metal on the outer edges. Rule of thumb says 1.2kg taken off the flywheel affects acceleration as though 2 ~ 4kg’s have been taken of the car; But, bear in mind that the acceleration of the engine internals is much greater than the rest of the car. *if driver is overweight, he/she may consider dieting for a more effective solution =p* Downside: smooth idling may be affected slightly.
Yet another reliability upgrade: Power Enterprise KEVLAR timing belt. KEVLAR, the stuff used in making bullet proof vest. Designed to protect the engine and improve its performance and consistency., by eliminating belt stretch which occurs at high RPMs, resulting in inconsistent cam timing and power output. Claimed to be 700% more durable than stock timing belt, & yes it costs a bomb too.
The only undone part is the head. Pending port & polish…
Valves & valve springs. Valve springs need to be upgraded too. Pokai liao...
Project update on laying down the groundwork in building a high performance engine to be continued, when I get her back... kinda miss her liao =p
Western Conference Playoffs Round 1, Game 1: Spurs take the win over Suns in double OT
This is classic playoff game ~ nail-bittingly intense & close game down to the last second with plenty of amazing clutch plays down the stretch. What a game!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
also home to the grand Golden Jubilee Lighthouse
flashback Day03 evening during my previous Bali trip; sunset at Tanah Lot.. both island paradise have one thing in common ~ dramatic sunset viewpoints
sawadeekap crew in action
dinner at Patong...
in the tallest building on the island; though the buffet was only so-so
cruising the busy streets of Patong, where tuk-tuks reign supreme & are the beng-mobiles here ~ usually sporting loud colors, even louded sound system & exhaust & neon lights all over... they're like mobile discos! a wee fun to ride in =D
this trip would never be complete without getting a taste of traditional Thai massage...