24 in the 90's

This is so funny. I got his link from Kal's.

This is a hilarious situation where Jack Bauer had to rely on old technology before the advent of Broadband, GSM and even ISDN.


Maybe its a place in China or the name of the company but placing it on the product is hilarious. In English, the meaning is a situation or over a period of bad luck caused by a person or thing. So, Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you, the Small S-Sling Dog Jinxing Hanger.

Whoever or whatever get hung/suspended would have
a lot of bad luck waiting for them. Dare to hang your
lucky rabbit's foot or other stuff?

Buying by bulk

More than 10 years ago, when I was in the UK, I was introduced to the concept of bulk buying as a form of saving expenses. So, there was a place where we could go, (without any stupid trader's membership card) and buy things there at almost wholesale prices there. These places are for people who usually have their own business but amazingly, they let students in as well. For example, when you need a can of luncheon meat, in a normal super/hypermarket, it would come in a normal can. But over there, the size is humongous. Imagine the same luncheon meat can, but stacked six times. Buying mayonnaise/tomato sauce/detergents are also another challenge because they come in big four litre packs. How about a can of coke? Sure, just buy the whole carton. You could buy these things and they would last you for months. However, there are two main problems:

It is not adviseable to buy everything all at once and so, you have to share it amongst your other friends. But if they do not like luncheon meat, then you're on your own. And not only that, you have to control your urge to buy everything in sight since they're so cheap. Why, see below.

Lets say, you went in and bought some Cola, mayonnaise, luncheon meat, tomato sauce and bread. In a normal store, you would just need a medium sized plastic bag. But here, you would be carrying at least three bags. And having to walk back to your flat which is too far away. Going there is fun. Saving money there is fun. If you are alone, that's it, man, you have to carrying everything by yourself.

Oh, and resist the urge to have a party as well. Friends would come over and finish your month long supplies within the evening. And when they spill beer and all those stomach contents, you WILL appreciate the huge four litre carpet/floor detergent that you bought.

Coming back to Malaysia the equivalent would be Makro. But somehow, going there leave a bad taste in the mouth. Anyway, its has been bought over by Tesco and re-emerged as Tecso Light or something. So, it was by chance that on a busy schedule today that I got to see a customer which my technician usually goes. This customer sells foodstuff by bulk to their client base ranging from canteen operators to night markets stalls to rotiseller on motorbikes and finally, to me.

I was tempted to buy more but then, with a limited cashflow (after settling my car's insurance & road tax) this month, I have to watch my budget.

I got the jelly sweets (RM6.00), the Glico Strawberry (RM23.00) and crackers (RM10.00)
I had to hide them for now because if the two girls sees this, they would go nuts and I
would end up with a lot of half opened boxes

On the road again.........

Its time to pump up again for my next outstation trip this Saturday! I will be going to Kuantan, Terengganu,
Kota Bahru and then to Prai

I wonder what type of vehicle filled up before me...

Toys from the past

Just recently, I found one of the boxes I kept for a long time. And with nothing else to do, I decided to take the best/clean ones out of the box and take some pictures. These are the toys I bought on and off while I was overseas. Some brings back memories (like where/who the hell did I get them from?) or even evoke deep emotions (I did this when I was young? What a piece of crap!). Some of the pictures are a bit dark since I used the office's only overhead lighting and use the paper to (wrongly) reflect the light. Anyway, enjoy!

[LEFT] I got this from a convention in Sheffield. I was told it was some enemy pilot from Macross.
[RIGHT] The Borg was one of the first "exciting" action figures from the Star Trek TV series. The first one I got
was Data but he is too dirty to be photographed

[LEFT] I forgot where I got this but he is one of those action figures I had, that has no eyes painted on.
[RIGHT] I don't remember where I got this either. But at that time, the helmet looked cool compared to the standard Stormtrooper

I think I did these in the 90's when I was designing some characters/costumes/waepons for my own (unmaterialised) fantasy comic which was heavily inspired by Judge Dredd, Matsamune Shirow's Appleseed and Aliens's Bishop (who got split in half). These are modified 1/35 Tamiya figures. Bot somehow, the paints for the flesh tones have gone, leaving htem to look more like Zombies.

Alice shouldn't be in here but since some toys were too dirty, I decided to use it. Its one of those cute gashapons I got from XL-Shop which features memorable Disney characters in a matchbox.

Somewhere over the rainbow...

I think this is the fourth or fifth time I saw rainbows. Never have I seen so many in a week. Maybe its a sign. But what the sign means, I have no clue. But don't hit me right in the face la.......

They say at the end of the rainbow, there would be a pot of gold
But I can't just stop the car and go into the bushes there.....