Saturday, January 31, 2009

1st Day of CNY

This year I woke up late on the 1st day of Chinese New Year compare to the previous year. Maybe it was because this year, there was no fire crackers and lion dance troop sounds. It was kind a silent this year. Not the same as 15 years ago. I really missed all the fun and noise of Chinese New Year.

What remained the same was, I'm the 1st person to wake up in the morning. He..he. :P

After all the preparations, and waiting for my siblings and father to get done, I started the car to got it warm up before we all started to head to my grandparents house to pay an early visits. It was a traditional customs where family members pay their respect and visits to the older family members. Upon meet up, we will wish them all the good things.

Then, we will get 'Ang pow' (red packet). Yay.....:)

This is the scenario when my brothers came jam up with cars. :P

Normally after visits at grandparents house, I would follow my father to go to the temple for prayers. Pay my respect to God. But this year, my aunt wanted to go to a temple at Chemor. I decided to follow her. If I'm not wrong, it was call Sin Hock Yuen. I'm not sure about the name of the temple. I only knows how to go there. If you want to go, just give me a call and I'll be your guide. :P

When we reached the temple, we saw a lot of well wisher in it. I really amazed when I steps in this temple. It was so big. With a few buildings around a pond or should I said a lake as the size was bigger than a pond, but slightly smaller than a lake. It was beautiful. Then we headed to the main building where we offered our prayers. Again, I was surprised as I heard a guy (spoke with a microphone) giving direction to a group of people. Then only I realized that we will be guided through out the whole praying process. It was good thing as we will be offering our prayers without mistakes. :P

We follow a group and started the prayers. Then, we were asked to purchase some joss stick and waited facing the lake. There's a bridge linking from 1 side to the other side. I thought we would be walking on this bride. But I had a wrong guess. :P
We walked by the side of the lake. Then we reached the 1st destination and we offered our prayers. 1 thing I noticed was, the guy actually explained some history of the god when he guided us through the prayers. That's a good thing because we could learned some history and got to know better.

After that, we just follow all the way of the side of the lake. There were a lot stops to offer prayers. At last, we were to head back to the starting point. This time we got to walk on the bridge. Yay...:)

Then, we had some drinks and a bun and headed back home. It was an interesting experience. I think I'll make my way to the temple again as there's lot more things to see. I didn't got the chance to snap pic. ;)

The starting point - beautiful buildings with back surrounding.

Koi fish in the lake.

*All pic took by Sony Ericsson K800i

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

New steering...used

Since the economy situation is not good, I planned to do my project slowly. I'll need to save up a little bit per month to get the budget. :P

Thus, I spent again. Ha..ha. It's like everytime I had the free time, my wallet will hurts. :(

But it's ok, as I'll spent it later too. No harm done. Just that I'll need to wait for a little longer time before I can get other parts. ;p

Well, this time I get a steering for the ride. It was a Momo steering. Ha..ha. Actually, I had to use a more accurate word. It was a Momo button horn steering. That's more like it. :P

Actually, it was a steering took out from a Suzuki ride. My friend got it from a chop shop many years back. He had kept it well in his store room. The condition of the steering was excellent. Just like new. And I got the original Momo button horn came together with it. For me, it was a worthy buys. Thanks to my friend, James for searching the other friend's store room to get this. :P

Got it fixed on the same day. And below were the images.

Momo button horn (original)

After fixed to the ride.

Now, it's more comfortable when driving compare to the previous ride.

p/s - Sorry for the low quality images. All images taken with a Motorola V3 VGA camera only.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Domani Style - Temporarily need to be abandon

At the begining of this project, I planned to convert this ride to Domani style for rear area. But due to budget and economy situation changed, my plan changed as well. For temporary, I would used the original style but with white signal lamp for the rear part. Found a great deal online with MHCC member. The credits went to Unaz (a member of MHCC). I got myself a rear bonnet, a fiber spoiler and body rear lamp (white signal) for a quarter of a Domani style set worth.

The rear bonnet and spoiler came painted. Crystal black, I believed. Very nice condition, of course there's a little scratches but it was acceptable. So, I decided to install the rear bonnet with the spoiler and the body lamp. Although the paint was different, but it was better than mine (paint peel off). :P

Maybe I could share some DIY that I did. :)

For the body lamp, it was simple. I'll try to sort it to step by step :

1) Open up the rear trunk
2) At each side, there's a cover (some sort of hard mattress). There's a few plastic screws / clip around.
3) Unscrew and take out those screws / clips. You need to unscrew first and then pull it out.
4) After took out the screws, you can see the whole back part of the lamp. (See image below)

5) Unplug the wiring, and unscrew 4 nuts which hold the lamp. (see image below)

6) After all 4 nuts taken out, you can easily remove the lamp.
7) Place the new lamp in place.
8) Put on all 4 nuts and tighten the screws.
9) Reconnect the wiring connector.
10) Put back all the screws/clips to the place.
11) Repeat the same steps to the other side of the car if need to.
12) Check all lights (brake light, signal light, etc). And all done.

*Please note that there's a thin sponge attach to the lamp. Do not discard it. This sponge will help to prevent water from flowing inside your trunk. If you find it not in a good condition, try to get it from spare part shop or you can DIY from any other similar material. :P

As for the rear bonnet, it's quite simple too.

1) Take out all the wiring and connector hiding inside the bonnet. (including the lock if need to)
2) You figure it out yourself how to dismantle the cable. It's very easy when you looking at it but it's hard for me to explain here. :P
3) There's a pillar (1 at each side) with 2 screws. Unscrew it to get the whole bonnet detached.
4) You may need to get help from someone to hold the bonnet so that it won't fall off and break your windscreen.
5) Replace the new bonnet and tighten all 4 screws.
6) Put all wiring and connetor back to the hiding place. Don't forget the cable. :)
7) Reconnect all connector and check all lightings. And you done.

This is how my ride looks like after changed the rear bonnet and body lamp.

Monday, January 12, 2009

EG6 'Heart' Transplant

Recently, there aren’t much activities or upgrades for my ride as Chinese New Year is getting close. Need to spend a lot of $$$ for this day. :P

But 1 of my friends had completed his project. He swapped his engine from B18C to B16B. Can you believe that? Yes…believe it. Maybe because of the road tax is cheaper. Haha…;)

Below are the images of his ‘heart’. :)

(Fully polished - including gearbox)

(another angle)

(this is how it looks like when a big radiator mod into EG6)

(front view)

*All images courtesy of James. Thanks a lot to James for all the nice pics. :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

A meaningful story...

I received this email which I think is very meaningful. I thought of sharing it with everyone. Please take a minute to understand the meaning.

A Story to live by

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.
He asked her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.
Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'
This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.
Life Is a Gift
Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion.
Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who died too early on this earth.
Before you complain about your children - Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.
Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn't clean or sweep - Think of the people who are living in the streets.
Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.
But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another - Remember that not one of us is without sin.
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and think: you're alive and still around.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Kuala Lumpur, Happy New Year


Past few days, I was cruising around Kuala Lumpur. Just went around to have a look in the big city. :P

I went to 1 Utama for window shopping with my cousin. Not really planned to buy anything. Just walking around and it was time for lunch (late lunch I guess). :D

We can't decide what to take. Then, we finally found a nyonya cuisine. So, that would be lunch for us. I had a dish of Chee Cheong Fun and a bowl of Cendol. My cousin had a plate of Nasi Lemak Pandan Special and a cup of Tea. The bill ain't cheap though. The food was nice but it was pricey. I guess...big city, pricey. :P

Then we continued with our window shopping. Then, I thought why not just get my self some new clothes for Chinese New Year. But got to spend less this year. So, I'm looking for the highest discount available in store. :)

Found myself a couple of shirts. Not too pricey. Actually I like the words on the shirts. Ha...ha. Without realising the time had passed so fast, it was almost dinner time. So, we just went of to the stalls.

Even at this night stalls, it ain't cheap too. Back to my hometown, small little city, it was much more cheaper. But, it's ok. Once in a blue moon we spend extra, I guess. *wink*

In the center of the mall...nice deco.