Sunday, September 24, 2006
Anyways, I was just thinking....it seems that all my friends have their own life. Everyone should have one. But tonight lots of us came out to have a friendly chat and drink at the same time.
To my god sis, I would like to say hang on and don't give in. Life's tough, if it wasan't there would be no meaning to life. People change and time changes people too, blaming yourself isn't going to help, trust me I've been down that road. The easiest way out is to blame yourself. Not a wise move. There's lots of life out there, you might as well take time for yourself and refelect on everything that has happen. It's a high chance that it's HIS fault. Sounds like he's hiding lots of things. Well screw that! If it happens it happens if NOT then forget it.
Remember I'm half drunk while typing this.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Friday Day 1
Yes it was a working day for me. The day started at 4:30am, woke up and made my way to work. It was one of those weird days where all the cases reported were just plain weird but the world works in mysterious ways. LoL.
Work ended at 2pm and I headed off home to pack everything into the car. By the time I left it was nearly 3pm. I don’t quite like driving in the afternoon because of the traffic and also the speed trap cops. Yes I do speed sometimes, but no more than 160km/h. Haha. Then there was the heavy rain on certain spots on the highway. If I counted right I went through 3 blinding rain storms. The water spray from the cars in front made it nearly impossible to see anything further than 10 feet. Also drove a little slow due to the tires that I am carrying around, competition use tires (do I hear “You’re Crazy” ?). It’s called Passion people, Passion. Thank You Very Much.
Arrived 3 ½ hours later. It was also raining in KL, traffic was a little crazy at 6-7pm, especially on a Friday. I can only imagine all the people rushing home to get ready to start the weekend. So as I approached YSKhong’s workshop, I only saw Jian Nin and Keong. I tailed them and followed them to the GRA Pre-Party that is held in Cycle & Carriage showroom. That’s where they sell Mercedes and Smart cars, it’s also a workshop to service those vehicles. How in the world Ian manage to get a location like that? I’m was more than impressed. Though I didn’t really show much excitement. 4hours of driving and being awake for 12+ hours can really drain anyone.
I was the earliest person there, so I did what I could to help out. Then the crowd slowly appeared. Being Malaysian’s we have a custom of arriving late to events. Lots of unfamiliar faces, newbies. Then YS showed up and picked a seat next to me, we chatted for a while before Ho came over to chat too. Then most of the familiar faces, mostly winners and champions like Uncle Julian Phang showed up. The pre-party started with free drinks and food, then speeches by all the sponsors who helped GRA to make round 3 possible. This is also another thing that surprised me, there were lots of other new sponsors, GRA is definitely growing and I’ll be there to support Ian in any way I can. Ian also showed some videos from previous rounds.
After the party I followed Chan and friend to mamak to have a drink. By the time I finished it was 1am, arrived at Ian’s place and he made up a nice room for me to bunk in.
I was out like a light after washing up.
Saturday Day 2
Straight to the workshop at 8:00 am. Sorted out some things with Jian Nin regarding tires and she managed to get 2 pieces from one of her suppliers. These Yokohoma Neova AD07’s are really hard to find especially for 14” rims. Then I needed 2 more tires, so Ian suggested Eneos at 1-Utama. So I decided to give it a shot and see if luck is on my side.
I am indeed lucky to get all 4 tires before the event. Lots of people were surprise that I could find these tires. Although they are a little more expensive, they were worth it. After settling everything at the workshop I decided to have lunch with Judy, Aunt Bee Lan and Mum at IKEA. Mmm..the Swedish meatballs were excellent! Then I spent some time looking around IKEA and see what they had that I could buy.
Later in the evening I headed back to the workshop and the guys started working on my car. I made sure the settings were correct and were to my liking. So after some testing I then again decide to head to 1-Utama again to continue shopping. Then while I was walking around I saw Gillette having a promotion for their new shaver. But that didn’t really catch my attention, the GT4 competition on the PS2 is what really caught my attention. Fastest time of the Day wins a Motorola phone! So I decided to buy a chance to see if I could win a phone. I was 1 second slower than the FTD L. I will definitely try again when I get the chance.
Sunday Day 3 Race Day
Up early around 6:00am. Got ready and helped Ian out a little before heading down to Shah Alam Stadium car park for the event. It was early and I was surprised to see lots of people there getting ready and all. It’s not everyday you see an event that started on time with everyone ready and available. There were some minor delays at the start but when the ball started rolling it kept getting smoother from there.
Although I wasn’t really happy with the AAM people who handled the time keeping results. The format was simple, the times were written down on a paper with the drivers number sorted top to bottom. Once that run is done and complete, key it into the laptop which has the excel format and once it’s done sort it by the FASTEST TIME and voila you have sorted out the 1st to the last place person in that class. That gives us drivers less to worry about. But NOOO, they had to mess up! Everything was screwed by those people who were doing the timekeeping. Thanks to Jian Nin and Ian who jumped to action to correct those bozos.
Back to the action, the course layout was FUN! I liked it. A long straight, chicanes, slaloms, offset slaloms, 360 degrees turns. It had everything and that is technical enough and quite a challenge for everyone. Once again my competitor was all set to go, Chan and Shahrom. These 2 guys seem to have everything done to their Kelisa, I can’t help but wonder what is under the hood. But finishing 2nd behind Chan wasn’t that bad. Now I know what to do to beat him. LoL.
The other cars there were Lotus Elises, Drift Cars were there too, boy they did put on a great show.
Overall the whole event was great, except for the result screw up. Only 2 people had RUN the entire show and I would like to say thanks for running the event and a SPECIAL thank you for letting me sleep over.
Ian, Jian Nin & Khong Family
Monday, September 04, 2006
I get a call in the morning about a computer that is brought in from the USA and is used in one of the Hospitals in New Zealand! Now, our support doesn't really allow any sort of service to be carried out. It first has to be transferred from the USA database to the NZ database which would take at least 1 working day. Now the customer was pretty good to me and in return I did all I could just to get this done.
Later as the day went on, you'd think it'll only get better but then there is another case. A sweet lady on the other end. She's kind of a regular caller to Tech Support, so we managed to communicated well enough. This time it's regarding a case that is suppose to happen today!. But looking at the notes, the darn Technician called the customer's land line and it rang out. See the thing that bothered me most is, THAT THERE IS A MOBILE PHONE NUMBER NEXT TO IT!!. So I managed to get in touch with that Technician and asked him to explain to the lovely customer. Then to make things worst he gave lame excuses like "yea am pretty good, been sick over the weekend", "we're short on people today, 2 people doing 4 people's work" (WTF!).
Then the punch line, "It was my bad that I didn't tray again" Oh my, oh my, oh my. That nearly blew my top. Lucky the customer is still calm and we were able to talk about this again. So I did my best again to help out. I sent some emails to the proper channels to make sure the service was done tomorrow. Then the Technician's manager gave me queries saying that there isn't any special notes about this and crap.
I had enough and since I'm already off work I just decided to call it a day.
Then when I arrived home, I was told one of the cars at home couldn't start. After checking it for a few mins, I concluded that it was the battery that was Flat. So I picked up a spare battery from the store and got the jumper cables ready to jump start the car.
Now a word of caution to those people who would have to go through this again sometime in their life!
DOUBLE CHECK THE POSITIVE (+) and NEGATIVE (-) signs on the batteries!
I admit I'm no expert when it comes to electrical stuff. Yes I was afraid, some how I knew I might DIE cause I wasan't really sure what I was doing eventhough I have done it before several times. You would have noticed I put a bigger notice before this paragraph, this is because I found nice caps that cover the exposed parts on the battery. After pulling them out, I made a mental not on which was + and -. The I went ahead to clip the jumper cables to their respective parts. THEN, Sparks from the spare battery...I was like WOHA!...Is that suppose to happen?
So a lesson to learn is Check Check Check for those signs and don't put the cables Crissed Crossed! I nearly killed myself and also might have burnt all the wires inside the car.
What a Monday.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
I've decided to start playing World Of Warcraft and it's been an addictive experience so far. First started out with a 10-day free trial with Darius and Luther who have been playing for a while now.
Now I'm a registered player in that World. A world of Humans, Orcs, Elves, Hordes & Undeads. Lots of my time have been spent playing it for the past few weeks.
I am on the Perenolde Server. So if you're playing we can meet up.