Leaving Kuching again

Coming or going, I can barely decide. I just wished my holidays were longer. It’s like going for a short vacation. But it was great. Went out visiting and got lots of stuff done. Kuching is definately the place to meet up with old friends and to hang out.

I won’t be back for a long long time. But this was well worth it.


Ben driving us around for a change. His driving is a bit “exciting” shall we say.

So these few days we went visiting. We did not manage to visit Cikgu Danny and his Compressor, and we did not visit some of our friends due to the lack of time. So very sorry and happy Chinese New Year. Ang pows can be sent directly to my Maybank account or through RHB bank. PM me for my account number.


Nice apartment. Wished my Subang Perdana apartment was like this.

We went to Cass’s apartment at night. It was a quiet place. The view was fantastic. You can see most of Kuching from here. She said that the night before Chinese New Year, the whole place was lit up with fireworks.


Too bad I couldn’t get a longer exposure on my camera.

At first we played black jack. With ang pow money. I think I lost RM2. Then we played “in-between”. I’ll explain the game to you if you want when we meet. I was doing okay. Then, during our last game, the pot was suddenly very big (a lot of money) because someone lost real bad. So it was my turn and I bet the whole pot. I won around RM29.


MAS playing cards. Hmm… didn’t the induction manual say that gambling is illegal?

Later, we played a lower stakes game called Pictionary. Pictionary is a game where you are supposed to draw to let others guess a word. So if you get “David Beckham”, you should draw him kicking the ball from the halfway line or something like that. You get my point.


We aren’t great drawers.

It was boys versus girls to find out which is the weaker sex. Unfortunately for us, we (guys) happen to be the weaker sex because we LOST BY JUST ONE WORD. Did I mention that we were outnumbered? Oh well, it was fun.

So I’ll be leaving tomorrow. All my bags are packed. I’ve brought my tesla coil and my coilgun over. I hope I don’t get stopped at the airport tomorrow hahaha


Goodbye Kuching, I’ll miss all those days lazing around here. Continue reading

Exotic Cars

Exotic cars used to be non existant in Kuching. But recently, Celicas, Skylines, Supras and Evos have appeared on the streets of Kuching like mushrooms after a rain. There is only one conclusion that I can come up with. Kuching folks are getting richer.

Today, I saw a White Skyline on the road. I didn’t notice it until a friend called me and told me that there was a Skyline a few cars behind me.


Not a GTR though.

Then later as we went visiting to Junella’s house, I saw a car (later I found out that it was a Gallant) with a 4G63 engine with a EVO3 turbo and a big front mounted intercooler.

This car is not going to be behind you for long.

It wouldn’t be half as interesting if her brother didn’t do all the engine work himself. And looking at the big intercooler really gives you the creeps.

The highlight of the night was when I went visiting with my mum to a friend who owns a Fairlady 350Z. And he gave us a ride in that amazing 3.5 liter coupe. At a long stretch, he floored the throttle and I was pushed back to my seat. The force of the acceleration was simply amazing! Without knowing it, the car had reached 120kmh, in second gear. Barely 6 seconds had passed! And it was automatic again.


The 350Z has all the right curves. It’s like a stunning artwork rolling on wheels.

A little technical background on this car. The 3.5 liter V6 pumps out a total of 280 horses which is transferred to the ground through the rear wheels. The 0-100 times is around 5 seconds if I’m not mistakened. Top speed is 200 something. When accelerating, I saw the revs climbing fast and the speedo even faster.


The interior is nice. It’s a 2 seater, that means you can only have this car before you have kids.

I took a video when I was riding in the car. I’ll post it up soon after I edit it (lots of profanities uttered when the car was accelerating haha just kidding). It’s not very obvious how fast the car was in the video. You must be in the car to feel its sheer power.

Now that I have been in a 350Z, my life is almost complete. Now I just have to own one ;) Continue reading

Example of Internet Scam

Dear Friend,

I am an accountant with OCEANIC BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC; my name is Mr. CHARLES OKAFOR a Banker. I am the Accounts officer to ENGINEER (A.Tyler) a Foreign National, who is a contractor with the DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS.

Here in after shall be referred to as my client On 30 JAN 2000, my client, his wife, and their three children were involved in an Auto-Crash along Lagos -Sagamu Expressway and all died in thisfatal air crash on 21st April 2001. Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get the account confiscated or declaredunserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged, particularly the OCEANIC BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC Where the deceased had an account Valued at about ($6.0million us dollars) has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you are related so that the proceeds of this account valued at ($6.0 million US Dollars) can be paid to you and then you and me Can share the money 60% to me and 40% to you .An attorney will be contracted to help us revalidate and notarize all the necessarylegal do*****ents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and me from any breach of the law and also please send to me your telephone number so that i can be able to call at once.

Best regards,

CHARLES OKAFOR


Seriously, who’s going to believe this crap. Continue reading

Don't drink and change your password

This should be categorized under “cool and funny”, but losing all your personal mails in my opinion is not cool or funny. I changed my Hotmail, Gmail and my site’s password yesterday because I’m paranoid. I have been using public computers to login to these accounts for the past 2 weeks and who knows, someone might already have captured my passwords.

So I changed my passwords using a random password generator. It generated a totally random password and I put it in without writing it down because I thought I could remember it. Then I went over to Bev’s house and had a little alcohol.

I came back, and wanted to login. Then suddenly, no matter how hard I try, I could not remember my newly created password. It was disaster. I was locked out of my Hotmail (including MSN Messenger), Gmail and my very own site! I tried to recover the password, but the alternate email of the hotmail account was set to my gmail and the alternate email of the gmail account was set to my hotmail account. Personally at that time I did not care if I lose my mails. I just wanted to get my site back.

So I went and altered the MySQL database and managed to get in. But I still do not have the password to my Hotmail and Gmail.

Then surprisingly, this morning when I woke up, it all came back to me =D So the next time, don’t drink write down your password somewhere. Continue reading

Back to Kuching

Warning: This post contains a lot of pictures. Not suitable for dial-up and below.

Happy Chinese New Year 2006! So I’m back in Kuching once again. Back to paradise =) Taking the plane has become so routine that I got lost in KLIA. Umm… that doesn’t make sense.

But we’ll start at the beginning. Yesterday we cleaned our house. I got a double decker bed which I’m sharing with a friend and a writing table. We had to build those ourselves because it comes disassembled. I got the top bunk of the double decker bed! Ever since I was young, I have dreamt of having a double decker bed. Now my dream has come true. Who wants to bet how long before I fall from my sleep?


My small but cosy room. Don’t let the mess get to you. I was real busy yesterday.

We have decided to make the house as comfy and as nice as possible so when we come home from work/study everyday, we will feel great. We’re planning to design “clappers” to switch on and off the lights in our bedrooms. You clap once to turn on the light and you clap again to turn it off. Cool eh? This is the kind of thing to expect when 5 engineers live together. We’ll see how everything goes.


But first, we gotta get a sign on that toilet =D

Going to the airport is a straight forward thing. You pack up, take the taxi, and you’re there. But as a student, I have to cut costs. Instead of taking the taxi (which would cost near RM100), I decided to use 4 modes of transportation to reach KLIA. By doing so, I will use only RM18. Actually it should be less than RM10, but I miscalculated so it cost me another 8 bucks.


I had a screwdriver last night. You can see the hammer beside it too.

Waking up in the morning at 8am is not an easy task. Especially after some lack of sleep the night before. I set two alarms and I was lucky not to fall down from the double decker bed. I showered in cold water and got dressed and everything. On my way out, I met my new neighbour who was going to work. They are a friendly bunch.


This is the view from my window. Got to get some curtains to protect my privacy.

At first, I wanted to take the bus from the bus station near my house to the Kelana Jaya station. It was 9am at that time and my flight was at 3pm. Tzy Shih said I was crazy to start so early but he nearly missed the plane yesterday. I like to be early. Unfortunately, the bus doesn’t seem to go to the Kelana Jaya LRT. I decided not to take any chances and I flagged down the next taxi, thinking that I’m going to get robbed.


Taxies waiting for the kill (queue) at the LRT.

Luck must be on my side today because the taxi driver was a friendly guy. We talked along the way and I was soon at the LRT station. The meter read RM9.90. So I handed him a RM10 note and told him to keep the 10 cents. But he said NO! I was so shocked. He said he will follow the meter and he handed me back the 10 cents. THIS REALLY HAPPENED. THIS IS NOT A FAIRY TALE OR A JOKE. I was so touched and before leaving the cab he wished me happy CNY. And he’s not Chinese! There are still great people out there in this world. People like him restores my faith in the humankind.


The LRT leaving the station. Damn!

The LRT ticket costs RM2.10. I reached KL Sentral at 10.30am. I had a little snack at KFC and I was on my way to Nilai using the KTM. The ticket costs RM4.70. The journey was uneventful.


I took a similar bus to KLIA

The Nilai KTM station is known as the KLIA interchange station or something like that. The good thing is I just need to come here, and I can take the bus (RM2) to KLIA.


Airbus A330. The engines are huge compared to a 737. They are General Electric engines. To tell between a Rolls Royce and a General Electric engine, look at the fan cone. If it’s rounded, it’s a General Electric. If it’s a sharp cone, it’s a Rolls Royce. Next time when you board the plane, impress the people around you with this.

I reached KLIA at 1pm. Still plenty of time left. Or issit? I went to the departure hall and I got the shock of my life. The queue was a quarter mile long. I’m not joking. It took me 45 minutes of waiting to check in. And they had 5 counters open. Finally, at 2pm, I settled down at Burger King to have some snack.


737 taxing off the runway. Why are the front wheels not called the “landing gear”?

I have plenty of time to kill. Oh, did I mention that my flight was delayed? From 3pm to 5:25pm. So I went to the magazine stall and I read ALL their car magazines. Took me 1 hour and 30 minutes. Then I bought a newspaper and went to oogle at planes. I watch the engineers working around the planes, thinking that one day I will be doing the same thing. It’s exciting.

I arrived back in Kuching at 7pm. I met Tommy on the baggage reclaim area. Went back home for dinner, and then went out to Bev’s house to chill. Met up with her, Ben, both Daniels, and Benita. The fireworks were great.

So I achieved my plan for today. I used 5 types of transportation (taxi, LRT, KTM, bus, plane) to get back to Kuching. And that doesn’t include walking ;)

Happy Chinese New Year! May you all have a prosperous year ahead! Continue reading