Breaking in the car

Maybe I should have titled it, "Going for a Test Drive in my new GT-R R35". The word break is so sensitive tonight. So, I am not going to type that word again. No more breaks.

Anyway, enough of hiding it in the room because I am itching to let my girls play with it for a while. My intention to modify this car, if its successful, is going to have a very worn everyday look. Its not going to be one of those with the irritating showroom mirror finish shine which reflects everything on its surface. No, sir! So, what better way than to let the girls have the fun while breaking it it.

This is because I want to retain all the scratches, dents and breaks in the plastic so that I can see how tough the car it. It might even help when it comes to painting it later on.

For the car this size which costs close to a hundred, this
quite worth it, depending on how you look at it.

For one thing, this product is very well packaged. And
with the car's beautiful paint job, you actually want to
take your time to slowly open it up. Whoever designed
this packaging gave a lot of thought to give the box its
strength and also retains enough to show the product.
Only gripe was that it could not have a square hole to
show the car's front which most other competing
products are doing.

First thing out of the box is the controller. This reminds
me of those quick-drive Tamiya controllers but I can
definitely tell you that it feels much flimsier. Anyway,
it is very light eventhough I plop in a fresh 9v battery.

The car is secured via 4 screws which goes under the
Because the box is made of cardboard, each
screw will have
a black plastic disc so that the screws
will not rip through it
and let the car clunk about
should the box falls upside down.

So, after using the screwdriver, I managed to detach
the car from the box. And on the first feel in my hands,
it felt very sturdy, thanks to its hard plastic. But for a
real R/C car, this is a no-no as it adds weight to the
whole thing. More weight means more drain to the
batteries which means less fun-time. And more
'ouch' when it hits other people's legs.

On the first glimpse, the chassis of the car is ideal for my
project. Do not be bothered by the loose battery cover.
Once you put the slide switch to the 'ON' position, it will
also lock the flap in place. By doing this, you do not have
to waste much time switching the car off and then open
the flap with your hands/screwdriver, etc. Nice idea.

The two halves of the car is secured by a set of six screws.
Two are in the middle of the chassis, towards the sides but
the other four are actually hidden in the wheel wells.

The car takes five 1.5 AA batteries, which is about 7,5 volts. And
so, which leads me to think, it could be adapted for the usual 7.2v
systems found in most serious R/C cars.

Another reason which made me chose this product in
was the way they hid the aerial. Of course
this will affect the
effectiveness of the R/C system but
hey, at least I do not have
to worry about sealing
those oblong holes.

The electronics for the car is very simple as evident
on the green PCB on the top right. It
receives the radio
signals, controls the steering
motor and also the
direction of big 'power' motor. As I am not a real
R/C fan, I swear that the rear wheels have differential
gears because when I turn one wheel clockwise,
the opposite turns anti-clockwise.

What I am interested was in the car's lights. Here, they
glued a 3mm white LED into the part. And its just one
light. So, I might have to modify this later on.

The next thing is the brake disk, which 'wobbles'
about. Not a problem to me anyway.

One thing I forgot to mention is that this car has
independent suspensions, which is really great.

Beauty shot from the back.

Coming back tot he lighting, I assumed that the
front lights would be on once I switched the car
on or when I activated the controller. This is not
the case. It comes on when the car is moving
forward and goes off when it stops.

And so, what happens when it reverse? Yes, the red
light comes on, even though its not accurate. A reverse
light is always white. Form a few youtube videos, this
red light comes on when the headlight is on. The inner
red comes on when the brake is activated. So, a few
modifications could be in order.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet The Stig(s) who will be
brea... er, test driving the GT-R in a few moments.

And so, after explaining the controls, off they went.
The car literally went everywhere, most of the time
knocking into furnitur. I tested the car's response
and for that price, I cannot complain much.

I bet if I remove that body completely, the ramp
jump would be more spectacular.

Result at the end of the test..
Good! Good!

Busy Sunday

Today was supposed to be a rest day, being Sunday as it is. But no, there are a lotof things we need to do. For one, Wife reminded me that Kristine has her martial arts class, then after that, we need to go to buy sine stuff. And also, since its close to CNY, I got my Wife to call her Mom out for Lunch as well, not taking NO for an answer. What I did not like was the incessant rain that came early in the morning and lasted until evening.

1030-1045 AlanTAm's Bak Gua delivery
Delivered the Bak Gua to one of my friends who will then distribute the rest to other friends. I hope he likes it because this is his first time and I will know in a few day's time or, maybe next year.

1100-1230 Kristine's Martial Arts Class
Before I can settle down for breakfast, it was time to get everyone into the car for Kristine's Class.
Well, RM25 for that long seems worth it. But then again, these are kids and the discipline is not so strict. Still, this is great for her, hopefully when she progresses, there is some sort of discipline in there.

Both girls with Granpa and Grandma

Kristine in her new uniform. As she has
not started her lesson, she did an
impromtu stance. So, her fist is wrong.

The warming up session. Because of the rain,
some students were late so they get a scolding
from the Masters

After that, Kristine was placed with the
other beginners. We noticed that she is
not paying much attention but rather
to the boys instead. Haih.

In the meantime, Kaelynn saw a lot of books
and so, being her usual self, she started to go
through them. Yep, she loves books.

She will go though over them, and what
she does not understand, she will try to
figure it our by herself or ask us.

At the same time, Kaelynn
has a new face.

Unfortunately, after the class, she started to try out all her moves on Kaelynn which causes a lot of mess and crying and harsh words.

1300-1700: Lunch with Mon-in-law and more shopping
So, after that, it was off to Lunch. Because there was a lot of traffic on the road, I had to take a lot of detours. I suspect it was due to the last minute shopping as the whole of Federal Highway towards Mid-Valley was jammed and the path towards PJ was not. And so, it was lunch at the Esquire kitchen where the service was quite moderate. But once hte food arrived, they came in droves.

Gifts being exchanged

AlanTam's Bak Gua

Its that time of the year again and AlanTam is selling bak gua for charity. I know he is a very busy person, what with his work in the Hospital and all but I was very grateful for it. OK, for those who do not know AlanTam, it is his nick in the Forums where I go to. So, AlanTam aka Ahlun aka eggtart, etc is not related to Alan Tam of Hong Kong.

Every year, I get mine from him and its delicious. Also, because its for charity, I do not mind buying them. For RM35.00 for one pack (500 grams, I think) it is a good bargain too. Also, because of the coming Chinese New Year, the prices are going near to RM90.00 for a one Kilo pack. However, this time I am cutting back and not order so much, not because of the money but its just the reality of it all is that its too much even for everyone in the house.

Anyway, I met him around 10-ish and from his very own words, "I am not sure if its nice or not this time as I ate a slice when I was very hungry. And when you're hungry, everything tasted nice".

And this year, apart from my Boss, his friend was
also interested in it too. I shudder to think how
many I would have to carry next year. Ha ha ha

And so, there are 13 packs like this. But this time,
all of us preferred pork to chicken.

Somehow, at the back of my mind, I am wondering if he ever wanted to expand this into a business and start to sell other stuff too, like crackers and mandarin oranges. I mean, just for Chinese New Year, la.

Update: The packs were opened the next day and as usual, the meat was soft and delicious. Unlike the hard slices my Mom bought earlier on. Still, what do I know about food?

All I know are that his are the best in my book.

The Coming of the Bengmobile II

Will this be the next Bengmobile?

And will I ever get to do this?

Home Alone

What a nice little Saturday! Wife is away for some Headmistress's daughter's wedding, my brother has gone to Mid-Valley to repair a Laptop while the rest of the family has gone out for lunch. which leave me being.... yes, you guessed it, HOME ALONE! Woo Hoo!

I have a lot of things to do but with everything else stashed away for the coming Chinese New year, which by coincidence, removes 99% of the items on my to-do list. Oh well, I guess World Domination and Buxom-girl Slavery will just have to wait.

For the first time, this is the only time which I have the
chance to 'play' with four Laptops in one go..... oh, and
listening to some MP3 from my Linkstation NAS

First thing first. Lunch. for a healthy meal, you
will need a lot of carbohydrates. So, here I am,
boiling some pasta, with some salt and oil added.
Don't ask me why the salt is needed. If my Wife
said so, then it is needed.

When I saw the leftover brown rice, it was already
too late since the pasta was already cooked. So, I
just added some bak gua to it.

When it comes to my 'special' dishes, the onions
never fails to bring out the flavours. In fact, most
of my improvised dishes usually taste of onions,
or garlic or something else which I am not sure is
something of this Earth. But this time, I am going
to add some tomatoes just in case it really sucks.

Once everything is ready, you just put it in.

Lastly, the hot pasta. I left it a little bit longer so
that it will soak up all the soup and taste better.
(OK, so I was a bit preoccupied with the photo
taking and they dried up unexpectedly.)

Don't forget to add some MGS pepper and some
mild chili powder too. This not only complements
the chicken stock but also masks the possible
heavy tinge of metal coming from the pot. I know
iron is good for you but not in this form.

Finally, stir the whole bowl clockwise five times with the
chopsticks and then counter-clockwise five times to, well,
untangle the chopsticks and you're ready to eat.

And don't forget that handy pack of ENO in case everything goes wrong....

The last day before CNY week

Today is the 'Last Day' at the office and so, everyone gets a share of the spoils. Spoils as in gifts from customers and suppliers. In other words, we had a lucky draw...

And as usual, one big vendor always ordered this fruit
cake for us. It is very delicious. I wanted to order but
I can never locate her. Moreover, this is homemade
and they do this on every CNY only.

During the Lucky Draw, I got this, which is great
for Wife. Or so I was told.

The funny part was this lass who
won the XO or something and she
is not allowed to drink it. Ha ha ha!

Pakcik calling.....

"Ni p'cik guna kad orng,tolng isikan p'cik top up RM 30 dinumber baru p'chik ni nom 0128140146,pasal p'cik ade kes dibalai polis boleh tak cepat sikit beli."

Translation: Uncle is using other people's number, please help top up RM30 onto my new number 0128140146, as Uncle is at a Police Station can you hurry up buy it.

I am not sure if this is true or not since the "other people's number" starts with +62, which is Indonesia. And the Devil in me wanted to text back, "Ha. Padan muka kau, p'cik. Tipu org lagi, Masuk balai la." [Translation: Seves you right, Uncle. Bluff people some more, you'll end up in the Police Station."

But I decided to ignore it completely. That is the problem with phone scams and if you do reply them, thay know, their bait has worked. And if its a genuine case, that p'chik will call back or something since he already has my number. Moreover, I don't know any Uncle in Indonesia. And the ones I know are either 'gone' (OK, industrial accidents in the most gruesome way) or are still here.

So, I just let it rest at that and think of a new topic for my blog.

Heck. I just did.

Happy New Year 2011

Wow. You guys are still here? Truth to be told, I am a bit busy at the moment as I am still trying to adjust my "Internet" time ever since Kristine has gone to Primary School.

Yeah, every night I come back, I only have enough energy to crawl around and sleep at any dark corner I see.

But lots of posts coming up soon.... hopefully.

Farewell, my friend

Well, I thought it was the end of everything last week but there was a slight hitch. Because we're all honest people *ahem*, we did not use a 'runner' to get our documentations done. Not because we want to save the runner's fee but everyone felt that it is not necessary. To cut a boring story short, I drive the new owner to the JPJ in Cheras somewhere to sort out the documentation, which is actually transfer of car ownership.

So, along the way, I told him, to take good care of the car, its history and also, most importantly, how each modification can be repaired if necessary.

All we need to do was to sign on the forms. And
that's it. No need runner. Troublesome but no
need runner.

This also gave me one more last chance to look at my
Bengmobile. It seemed that they have repaired the
rear bumper and a few minor things or else, they
would not be able tp pass the JPJ Inspection

One of the thing they did was to 'remove' the golden
tint on the windows. This was because the original
Satria windows was already a shade darker. So, by
the time of the JPJ enforcement, it was suddenly

I see they have replaced the broken dash and
cleaned up
the area too. I wonder if they had
a go with the EL dials as they replaced the dash

Not only that, they have removed the seat covers
but retained the meters on the A-pillars

The seal of approval, by Puspakom

This is the rust which they have started to work on.
See the grey square? That's the cabin roof's courtesy
lights. So, when it rained....

This is the other hole. The roof definitely had to
be replaced. And that, my friends, is costly.

OK, I'll leave this on the windshield

But I definitely took this one with me. Not sure
if BengII needs it or not. The clear edges are
already yellowed

And so, this is really it. The final farewell to Bengmobile, which since 1997, has chalked up more than 260 thousand Km together. Courted a few girls, and well, tested a few Laws of Physics too. I was really sad but it had to be done. Because I need to take Kristine to the school every morning and it had to be a safe car.

Yes, stop thinking about Volvos, can?