Week Summary

Had a hectic but enjoyable weekend which involved flying back to Kuching for the Kuching festival. Managed to meet up with some friends whom I’ve not seen in a while so the journey was worthwhile. I had to take the jumpseat back to KL as well because flights were full.

As promised, here’s a video of the take off from KLIA as seen from the jumpseat of the Airbus A330. The takeoff roll was very bumpy but the moment it lifted off, the ride became incredibly smooth. The rest of the journey was mainly on autopilot.

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Kuching Festival. Sorry too lazy to lug a camera around.

Kuching festival was good. It’s the most happening place in Kuching in the month of August. Plenty of food to try and I wasn’t disappointed by the selection. It’s a good place to hang out with your friends.

I took apart the rotary telephone the other day because there was a problem with the cable. The copper in the cables had oxidized and wasn’t able to conduct current anymore, causing the phone to stop working. I didn’t want to replace the cable because it would make the phone less authentic. So since there were 4 wires in that cable, I just swap the corroded wire with a non-corroded one because only 2 wires are needed for the phone to work.

Note the AUG 1977 stamp on the side. This makes the phone 32 years old (2009). This phone is older than me!

As expected, this phone consists entirely of analog components and circuits. The bell itself is made of metal and a pair of electromagnets drive a hammer to strike the bells when a call is received. The rotary mechanism used to dial numbers is ingeniously designed. It has levers, gears and springs to sequence the number of pulses for each number. Watching the levers move and the gears turn and the electrical contacts rattle when the rotary dial was turned was immensely satisfying.

This phone was from Ipoh.

I bought this phone from an antique dealer from Amcorp Mall. At RM80, it was a bargain. I looked up “Pernas-Plessey” and discovered that it was a joint venture between Pernas and Plessey. Pernas, also known as Perbadanan Nasional, was established in November 1969. Pernas’s first chairman was Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. The Plessey Company was a British-based international electronics, defence and telecommunications company, founded in 1917. The “3885″ might be the original phone number that this phone was connected to. Anyways I put it back together after swapping the wires and it’s now working again back home in Kuching. It’s always nice to hear the bells when the phone rings.

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3 KFC barrels and tons of ketchup. From front to back: Marzuki, Badri, Yunus, Iru and Rahim.

2 nights ago, we had a small “makan” (eat) because our 3 months stint at KLIA ASU was coming to an end. We bought 3 KFC barrels (63 pieces) to treat the ASU Shift D guys because they have helped and taught us so many things throughout the 3 months we were there and they made us feel very welcome. Our stay there was the least to say highly enjoyable. So much so that I didn’t want to take any leave because I was really looking forward to go to work. It’s something that I won’t forget for a very long time to come.

Haven’t had such a random post for sometime. I’ve shifted all my randomness to my Twitter just to keep this place clean. I have 3 lens reviews coming up so stay tuned! Continue reading