Tuesday, 31 May 2005

2nd day of Pesta Kaamatan. Any batteries?

Another day to rest and relax a bit before returning to work. Today we went to Rich's fren's shop in KK Plaza looking for battery for the Nokia 3210. The battery is not keeping much of a charge these days. When you make a call, the battery indicator shows full bar. A few seconds later, the low battery warning sound will beep. After finishing the call and letting the battery rest for a few minutes, the battery indicator goes back to full bar. I have a feeling the battery is going to die soon, since I have been using it for more than 2 years.

OK, back to the story: we went to the shop, but he wasn't in, so we asked the shop assistant about the battery. It seems that the battery can only last about 2-3 days, just like the current battery. We didn't think it was worth buying, so we went elsewhere.

I got me a new power extension cord from Milimewa in the middle of town. The cord is very short, only around 1.5 metres for the 5 gang type. Another thing is that you can directly poke your power pins into the live pin without having to push down on the earth pin. Kinda dangerous if you have kids around.

Monday, 30 May 2005

Richard's wedding dinner

The dinner was held in Hyatt's Kimanis ballroom. Unfortunately our tables were towards the back of the ballroom. Most of the time we didn't know what was going on because the loudspeakers were concentrated at the front and middle of the ballroom. Terence was the MC for the toasting, and I had to help him plan out what to say during the "Yamseng" part. Luckily got some help from Ah Fui.

Food was OK-ish, but the lack of ventilation at our tables meant we were sweating after we had the soup. It seems the aircon duct above our heads was not funneling aircon at all. They finally got a stand fan to circulate the air behind us. Hold on to your hair! I didn't get to take any photos because we were seated too far from the stage. Must complain! :D

Back from Kundasang

Ah, it's good to be back home. Too bad I can't bring the weather back with me from Kundasang. It was nice and cold last night, cold enough to condense your breath when you exhale. Cat and family came up today and took over the suite that we were staying in. We started from hotel Perkasa at around 12:30 p.m. and reached town at around 2:30. Luckily we didn't have to follow any slow lorries or busses on the way down. Had lunch at Lintas square and finally reached home at around 3:15 p.m. I think. Downloaded both memory cards' photos into the computer because they were full. Gotta prepare for Richard's wedding dinner tonight

Thursday, 26 May 2005

Got new fan!

I just got myself a stand fan. Blade diameter is 18" and the blades themselves resemble an aeroplane's propellers. That probably explains why it sounds like a plane engine when running at high speeds.

The reason I got this fan is because of my room's air circulation. Sometimes the air is stagnant, and coupled with the heat generated by my computer, causes the room temperature to be a few degrees higher than the rest of the house, even with my ceiling fan running. So this fan I got is used to pump air in or out of my room as needed.

Sunday, 22 May 2005

Trip to KL (Part 2)

To view Part 1, please scroll down, or click here.

What a groggy morning. Went to sleep at around 2 a.m. and waking up at around 8. Still, we had to go have breakfast at the 5th floor again. Menu was the same as yesterday's. So we had breakfast and walked around an empty Midvalley Megamall. We had to wait a while before the shops were open.

When they opened, I was stuck at a shop selling backpacks looking for just the perfect bag to use when going up Kinabalu. Took me about 2 hours but I managed to select a reasonable looking bag with a reasonable price (RM107.?? after discount). Then rushed back into hotel and checked out.

Gok sent us to KL Sentral but was a little late getting to the hotel because of some road blockage. Reached Sentral but they said the counter for F's flight was closed because there's not enough time. So We bought the tickets for the KLIA Express to get to KLIA. Reached KLIA at around 1:30 p.m. but the check in counter said the gate was closed. So her ticket was forfeit and she had to look for another flight. MAS had another flight at 8 p.m. but Air Asia's next flight was around 3 something, so she took Air Asia again. That leaves me all alone at the airport again. I found out my flight was recheduled to 7.00 p.m. etd.

Had lunch at McD and spent around 1-1/2 hours there reading the papers. Then spend some more time snapping pics of the architecture, planes, tarmac, anything that caught my eye.

So I went to the departure hall at 6:30 p.m. but the ground crew said the people inside were waiting for the flight to Johor Bharu. So snapped more pics again.

So, time to go into the waiting area. After going inside at around 6.45 p.m. we were informed that the flight was delayed to 7.25 p.m. etd. So more waiting. Finally boarded the plane amid lots of queing. There were some Chinese nationals who accidentally got on the plane prior to takeoff because the next flight using the same departure gate as my flight was to Hong Kong. Since they may not know much English, they may have thought that my flight was to Hong Kong. Hopefully the staff managed to screen out the accidental inclusions before takeoff.

Reached KKIA at 10.00 p.m. more or less, then had to wait for the luggage. Since I was one of the first ones to check in, I guess that means my luggage was at the bottom of the pile. That may be the reason why mine was among the last bags out of the place.

Home sweet home... Luckily mom reminded me that I had to take a bath.. heh heh, almost forgot...

Trip to KL

Okay, it has been a busy week, not much time to update this place, but here goes: Last week I went to KL for CK's wedding dinner. It turns out that this was the THIRD wedding dinner after one in Sarawak and another in KL after the ceremony. Details of the trip are as follows:

Friday the 13th:
Original flight was scheduled to depart at 1810, but I received an SMS from Air Asia that the flight was rescheduled to 2115! Okay, so I can have a bit of dinner... Reached the airport terminal (Air Asia is currently using Terminal 2) at around 7:50 p.m. Checked in and walked around the place. There's no aircon waiting room to relax except for the departure hall, which we can only get into when our flight is about to be boarded.

It was raining cats and dogs when the time came to board my flight. We had to wait for the Air Asia ground crew to ferry the used umbrellas from the plane back to the waiting area using a wheelchair, so boarding took a while. Got in the plane with half my jeans damp because of the rain, but they dried out about 1 hour into the flight. Cold.

Ah, now we know why the flight tickets were so cheap. We had to buy our own food. Oh well, everyone knows that. I had to fork out RM10 for a packet of tuna spread and biscuits, and a soya milk packet drink. The tuna spread was OK, just that I ran out of biscuits long before I ran out of tuna spread.

Reached KLIA at around 12, or maybe slightly earlier, but by the time I got into the main building, it was too late to use the KLIA Express. So I had to take a taxi to Cititel. Taxi was a freaking RM86.40 because of the RM19 surcharge for rides past midnight. At least F was waiting for me at the lobby...

Saturday the 14th:
Had breakfast in the hotel. The venue of the breakfast was on the 5th floor, not the main restaurant on the ground floor. Food was not bad. After that walked around Midvalley while waiting for news from Gok. Then around noon we decided to take a taxi to Mines. Did quite a bit of shopping there before rushing back to the hotel for lunch (at 4 p.m.??!!) Tapaued some things from McD. Also got an iron and ironing board from housekeeping. So managed to get Gok to ferry us to the hotel where the dinner was being held, also stopped on the way to pick up Fiona.

At the hotel, met up with the rest of the gang from Uni. We were seated at quite a nice spot in Saujana's ballroom. We could see almost everything from our table without anyone blocking the view. The 8 course meal was not bad. Later we had a group photo session with all the Uni ppl that were present.

Later in the evening we adjourned to Sunway Piramid's Starbucks for some quiet time. We didn't want to go in the nightclub because it was too smoky and loud, plus the cover charge was RM50! I wonder why, but every time I drink one of those ice blended coffee, I tend to get nauseous. Well, Neng managed to get Sally to splurt out her drink by saying something funny, or stupid I think. Almost did the same thing to Fiona too, but she managed to hold it in. In the end he was our chauffeur back to the hotel.

Sunday, 8 May 2005

A new way of harvesting mango?

Most times, we would get our mangoes by either harvesting them from the tree when it looks about to get ripe, or we wait until it falls to the groud. But what if I told you we harvested some of the mangoes by ramming them with a vehicle? Sounds weird? Not really.

If you see the photo below, the mangoes are quite close to the ground, maybe around 5 or 6 feet off the ground. If your vehicle is also at that height, it comes as no surprise that once in a while a mango is a victim of a hit-and-run.

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We manage to get a few mangoes this way when they decided to drop off after one too many encounters with the Invader. You can see here why this is so:

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Friday, 6 May 2005

Macro photography - New Satellite Dish?

This is how the ball head of my tripod looks like. Shutter was set at 0.8s and aperture at f/2.8. This is the biggest aperture I can get for my little camera. Hmm, this thing does have a passing resemblance to the ion cannon at the battle of Hoth.

Well, here's a shot of my tripod with the plastic head ready to be bonded with that glue for any occasion - UHU. I'm gonna let it cure for a few days before reassembling the ball head.