Friday, December 28, 2007
I like driving, I really do. Though I do hate the jams, but who doesn't. So I'm doing some reflecting this year end to see where I've been and what I've accomplished. I still can't believe it's been 4 years already, time just slips away when you're not paying attention.
Last Friday was the 1st Annual GRA Year End Dinner that was held at Mont Kiara. A lot of familiar faces turned up and we had a blast. Watching the Videos from all 5 rounds, chatting with other super-duper fast drivers, watching a community come together to make Autocross a BIG thing. Lots of awards were given out, I received 2 awards myself. But Sifu Ivan took home the big one as GRA Champion 2007. Competition next year would be tougher as there are more experienced drivers coming into the Autocross world. There was also lucky draws and both Sweetie and I got some prizes.
I'll post some photos and videos next.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Ian with his Christmas Prezzie from Sweetie, Zoey & Me
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Quite alot of people turned up to see the event. Even Mokhzani Mahathir showed up with his SuperCars, a Gallardo and a Zonda. A nice touch to the event and would have been better if they were displayed with the rest of the show cars in front of the tent. The event also had its share of dramas, 3-4 cars climbed the curb and 1 rogue car went the opposite direction of the track forcing the event to be stopped for a couple of minutes.
Overall the event was great! Can't wait to see what is in stored for 2008. Congratulations to all the winners and GREAT JOB to the organizers. A special special THANK YOU to my sifu Ivan for sharing his car.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
So last weekend I was down to see my 2 gals. I took the same Nice bus but decided to stop at the Duta toll cause Sweetie was on her way back. It was a first for me crossing from one end of the toll to the other. Kinda scary with all the cars coming up and passing by inches from your body. But I managed to get past in one piece. Took a slow drive through traffic back home and ordered dinner to be delivered. We also decided to give Zoey a fur cut and bath, which was interesting to do, having the buzz cutter is nice to use most of the time.
It was hard to believe but Sweetie never had a Christmas Tree before. I remember that I put the tree up at home every year. Ahh...maybe I'm just too lazy this year, but we got ourselves a small little tree and bought some decorations and lights. It's pweeety.
The rest of the weekend was spent with the gang and at the shop as I was stressing out with Suby having some issues before coming out of the shop. Plus I have to run in the car in time for GRA this coming weekend which will be held at Putrajaya main road. Yup different venue and location this time. But I don't think I'll be able to make enough trips to hit 3000km to run in the new heart. We'll see.
Monday, December 03, 2007
I rushed home to take a shower and was dropped at the bus station. Booked the 9pm bus to KL to see my gals. muaks. Just as the bus got moving we got stuck in a jam that linked 5 lanes into 2 lanes which merges into 1 lane before joining the bridge of 2 lanes. It's just ridicilious, took us 1 hour to get past that bottle neck and got moving. I arrived at KTM around 2:30am and both Sweetie and Zoey picked me up. I didn't have dinner before boarding the bus and what I had from the onboard trip wasn't enough, we decided to order McD's delivery and munched till around 4am.
Woke up around 8am to feed Zoey, she was kinda scratching the door and waiting to be let out of the room. LoL. She finished her food and went to wake Sweetie up as the maid arrived to clean the house. In the afternoon we headed to the workshop to check on Suby, the new heart transplant was nearly done. We had lunch and headed to a nearby pets store to get some things for Zoey. 2x Fences and a Hair Trimmer, yea Sweetie has decided to learn how to cut the fur on Zoey so we can save money on Grooming. After that we headed to Segambut to look at a Half Cut Shop for some Suby parts. We headed home after that and after a shower we set off to KL to the club at Heritage row, Maison. They had a model show there and GRA cars were there on show as VIP's. Had a couple of drinks before headed for late dinner/supper time with the gang.
A laaaazzzzyyy morning. But I had to get up, I went to buy a bus ticket back to PG. On the way I picked up a loaf of bread and decided to cook some eggs and have bfast at home. Sweetie woke up eventually for brunch. We lazed around sammor before heading out to the Curve where we had dinner at a Vietnamese restraunt. Time seems to pass much faster when you're having fun and it was time I had to leave once again.
I arrived home around 2am and went straight to bed..zzzzz.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I was suppose to attend training for this particular subject. So like always I get up, make myself coffee and have some biscuits to much on before leaving to the training center. But when I arrived, I found out that the training was actually postponed till sometime around January 2008!. Then I ask myself, how did I miss out news of it being postponed. I looked at my emails over and over again, I didn't find anything informing me about it being postponed. "How did this happen?" I ask myself. Since I had nothing else to do I went home and decided to just drive south to see my 2 gals and spend the rest of the week there. What I'm actually pissed off at is the fact that the training was suppose to be 6 days and split over 2 weeks. The week before on Friday, while I was driving some arse decided to rear end my car in a bumper to bumper jam! I wasted time going to the police station to submit my reports and all that crap. Spend another extra day to get a report that was not ready and another day to collect the report that was printed WRONGLY!
Sooo, I made the trip down south. Met up Sweetie and we spent most of the time at home playing with Zoey. On Friday I picked her Cousin up from the bus stop and took them out to see the nightlife. Went to Velvet Underground at Zouk and met up with some other friends. We had some beers, white wine and some shots of what I think tasted like appletinis! After that we headed for some roti canai at SS15. The next day we all went out for lunch at the Curve for Pancakes and in the evening we dropped Sweetie cousin and bf at KLIA.
On Sunday we joined up with the gang and drove ourselves to Sepang Circuit to watch the A1 GP. It's was nice to hear the roar of those racing cars zoom by. The 2.4 V8 engines are pretty loud. Our very own Alex Yoong representing M'sia finished 9th in the Sprint race and 14th in the Feature race. Met up with the gang later at McD's Centerpoint to have something to eat before heading home to rest. I left for PG around 3am and arrived at around 6+am and now I'm just sleepy! I miss my 2 gals very much. ;)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sweetie had to make the trip up this weekend because I had training for the past 3 days and a BBQ to attend, Zoey came along too. After setting up Zoey's play pan we headed out for a movie, watched midnight screening of Beowulf.
We went up to Alor Setar to visit her parents and allow Zoey to play with Rufus and Momo. It was interesting to see how she reacted to the other dogs and how they reacted with a new comer. As expected the 2 older dogs were a little jealous of the new pup in roaming around the house. For lunch we had Kenny Rogers, it's been a while since I've had KR, the chicken and muffins are still as good the last time I had them. After a couple of hours we zoomed back to the island and headed straight to the BBQ venue. Introduced my work colleagues to Sweetie and lil' Zoey who remained uninterested and quiet the whole time we were there. Got home around 9:30pm and we all decided to just stay at home to rest and play with the lil' one because she became active again once she stepped foot on familiar grounds.
Sunday morning, sweetie decided to go have brunch at Copthorne Hotel that serves chinese style broth. Price was around 12++ and the food was pretty good. After that we hanged out at Gurney for a couple of hours and finally getting a 5x5 rubiks cube for dad's birthday present. Lol. Later that evening Sweetie had a tummy ache from something that she might have eaten, she decided to stay another night and take medical leave the following day and went back on Tuesday morning at 3am. Salute!
Was a good good weekend.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Pro Grass started a little behind time but everything was running smoothly once it got underway. After practice and 2 timed runs the much expected rain just poured down and took about 1 hour to clear. The course was pretty much slippery everywhere and it was definately fun having to drive the course in the wet. I didn't do very well in the wet as I was caught out by some oil patches on the surface and made donuts instead, lol. YS Khong did what he did best on the slippery surface going sideways FAST!
All in all the event went smoothly despite another incident where an MRS actually jumped the curb and went over the drain. The car was pretty much stuck in across the drain and it took alot of strong drivers to carry big slabs to lay it down as a bridge.
Can't wait for the next one on December 16th 2007.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Arrived on Friday with Suby, decided to keep her in KL since GRA is this coming weekend. True enough it was a nightmare driving Suby now with the block leak getting worst. I had to stop once near Ulu Bernam to give her a drink of fresh water. I got going after about 15 mins and arrived in KL around 5:15pm. I went straight to pick Zoey up from Sweetie's house and took her to the nearby vet. Seems that the doctor and his helpers remember Zoey from her recent visit a couple of weeks back. It was time for her 2nd Jab as a puppy, she was kinda scared at first and got used to the helpers playing with her after a while. Then the doctor gave her the shot, was done in a blink. Zoey was a good gal staying still for the shot and didn't make any noise till after 30 seconds then she started to whine and cry a little from the pain. Aaawww, I held her close and gave her kisses, she calmed down after 10-15 seconds. We paid the doctor and made our journey home without any issues. Back home she was super active and running all over the place. Sweetie came home later and brought Burger King for dinner, woohoo!.
Saturday was kinda busy, I woke up around 7:15am and fed Zoey breakfast. Sweetie was expecting the Piano tuner and a Telekom Engineer around 11-12pm. Everything was done around 2pm, Sweetie had to attend her company dinner tonight so we decided to go to Subang Parade to grab some last minute stuff. We also stopped by Cold Storage to grab some groceries to stock up. Left for the dinner around 5:30pm and on the way I stopped at the train station to get my Nice bus ticket for Sunday evening. Service there is pretty good and the bus was comfy too, ticket cost me RM58 which includes food and drinks. We finally arrived at the hotel and just in time too everyone was just arriving, the hotel waitress served beer, wine and other refreshments outside the arrival hall. The dinner wasn't too bad, first time I've seen the waiter serve the dish individually. They also had shows by a professional team called Moonwalker Group, was pretty good, but the best part of the dinner is the shows that were preformed by the employees. They were really funny and entertaining. When I got home I just dropped and slept after taking a hot shower.
I woke up around the same time on Sunday and decided to prepare breakfast for Sweetie. She was knocked out from all the alcohol she consumed from the dinner. So I started by toasting bread and you know how toasters have an auto timer which pops the bread after a while, for some reason the toaster didn't do that and my 1st batch of toast was burnt to charcoal black bread! So for the 2nd batch I reminded myself to do it manually, while I was waiting for that I took out the half-boiled egg thingamagic and prepared 2 eggs for sweetie. Toast and half-boiled eggs for breakfast, that's what I usually have almost every morning. Anyways it was kinda hard to wake her up so I sent Zoey in for her lick attacks and she did a good job waking her mummy up. muhahaha. We went out for lunch with Ivan for Prawn Mee noodles somewhere on the outskirts of town. Later on we dropped by Ikano's pet store to get more supplies for Zoey before heading home to play with her. Sweetie and I just lazed for a while before she had to drive me to the bus station.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
We headed up to Alor Star to visit Sweetie's parents and 2 other dogs, Momo and Rufus. We were wondering how they would react to lil' Zoey in the house. Suprisingly both of them liked her! It was definately a big suprise to sweetie, we were happy they were able to get along. Then it was time for Zoey to have a bath! LoL she was so cute, looked like a wet rat! Too bad didn't take any photos, must remember to do that the next time.
The rest of the weekend we spent at home playing with lil' Zoey. It was nice to have Sweetie around to give hugs and kisses.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The speedometer was reading 140-160km/h, almost all the cars on the road were giving way. But everythinng felt as if it was slow motion. It was also raining most of the time, so it made other traffic slower. I might have picked up a speeding ticket or two or more I think, maybe....errr.
Here's an incident, it was just in the tunnel near Sg Perak. I was heading back to PG and if you're framiliar with the roads there after the tunnel it's a high speed winding road to the bottom. I was bored and getting sleepy, then this BMW X3 zoomed by, I floored the pedal and gave chase. Yea it's kinda pointless chasing the X3 in damp conditions on the twisty roads, a quick glance at the speedo and it showed 155km/h. Up ahead there was a right hander followed with a left, in rally pace notes I'd say R4 (long) -> L4 (long).
Usually I'd take that corner without any problems so I lined up on the left side of the road getting ready to take the racing line but on that day the road was all of a sudden WET and it was wet the moment I was applying pressure on the brakes while I was turning the steering wheel. The next 0.5 seconds the car started to oversteer with the tail stepping out to the left, I was now facing the guard rails that were on my right. 1.0 seconds I braked enough to clear the corner and I applied a little countersteer to the left and lifted my foot off the brakes and the car straightened and I pushed on. I then decided not to chase the X3 anymore because it was long gone. So this is my first high speed oversteer incident haha. I'm glad everything was ok and there wasn't additional drama.
Believe me, words can't describe the adrenaline and feeling after what happened. So kids be careful on the road, always drive within the limits of your ability and your car's ability. Over driving is the most common mistake all drivers make.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Kimi Raikkonen Formula 1 - 2007 Champion
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
It's a public holiday on Monday so sweetie was still around. We decided to head to Gurney Plaza to walk around and window shop a little. Spent some time in MPH and Toys R Us and just having a lazy walk. After a couple of hours there we headed home to pick up mum and went for dinner at the Tree Shade. After that Sweetie had to catch a flight back to KayEL.
It was a terrific weekend.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Saw this cute dog on Lowyat.net forum, it's a Silky Terrier. Was making arrangements to get the cute dog and get sweetie to help me keep the dog at her place. But alas, I was too slow and the dog was sold to someone else :(
Back to hunting again.
isn't she cute?
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Andy's Movie-O-Meter : 8/10
Monday, October 08, 2007
I got a surprise on Thursday evening when Sweetie decided to drive up and have a longer weekend with me. I was scheduled to go down to KL to see her, hehe....you're so sweet gal. So I had to work on Friday and we went for lunch together with the usual suspects I go lunch with, Gladys, Stanley and Rosie.
On Sunday we decided to join Ros and Tigela for lunch and headed to Bangsar and ate at Madam Kwan's. Food was pretty good, I had the Nasi Lemak special and i got to admit that it's good. But I liked my drink, Lemon, Lime mix! Wheee! Walked around the new Bangsar Village mall before heading home to pack. Went over to see Ivan for a while before heading to the Air Port. I booked a flight with Air Asia and it was delayed, but it was ok, i get to see sweetie a little longer.
A lazy but good weekend indeed.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
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Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday 16th September 2007
HELICOPTER CRASH – JERVISWOOD, LANARK
Regarding yesterday’s helicopter crash at Jerviswood, Lanark, it has now been confirmed that there were four people, two adults and two young children on board.
Although a post mortem has still to take place, the four involved are believed to be:
Mr Colin McRae (39) of Jerviswood House and his son Johnny Gavin McRae, aged 5.
Ben Porcelli (6), of Cleghorn Road, Lanark, who had been over playing with Johnny, and family friend Graeme Duncan (37), of L’Ile Degaillot, Faycelles, France.
Chief Superintendent Tim Love, Divisional Commander, South Lanarkshire Division, said today:
“We believe that the group were just returning from a visit to the nearby village of Quarter around 1605 hours yesterday, when it appears that the helicopter got into difficulty and crashed within the grounds of Mr McRae’s family home.
“Our officers are working closely with the Air Accident Investigation Team who are presently at the scene.
“Family Liaison Officers have been appointed and are with the families to help them through this distressing and difficult time.”