Archive | January, 2008

Eibach & BBS Track Day in Shah Alam

Some time last year I attended an event for Eibach and BBS track day at the car park for Shah Alam stadium, they had some of the guys over from Europe to talk about their products.

The morning talks were actually very interesting, there’s an amazing amount of engineering that goes into making suspension and alloy wheels!

I think it was my first time covering an event and my first time trying out some panning, luckily it was a bright sunny day which made it easier – and I tried some whacked up wide angle panning!

The cars used were Naza Bestari and the tyres sponsored by Toyo, there were 3 cars, one with standard suspension, one with Eibach’s normal upgrade (not too stiff) and one with coilovers (mega stiff).

Eibach & BBS Track Day

BBS rims are very nice, but they’ll set you back a fair amount (around 6k for a set).

BBS Rims

After an introduction the press and dealers got to try out all 3 cars on the small carpark track to test the handling with the various types of suspension.

Track Day

The red car was factory fresh, standard wheels and suspension and as you can see a considerable amount of body roll.

Red Car

The silver car was fitted with the intermediate suspension and suffered a lot less body roll, but was still comfortable without being too bumpy.

Silver Car

Silver Car

The black car had much harder coilover suspension and cornered really well.

Black Car

I tried both the silver and the black, I didn’t bother with the red as I pretty much know what the factory ride is like.

There was a small slalom stretch at the start of the course to try out the handling.


I’d just bought my superwide lens then I think and I was going a bit mad with it! Can’t blame me though right 10mm is damn cool.

Shah Alam Track

I even did super mega superwide panning!

Superwide Panning!

Looks wicked large on black.

Shooting at f/20 to get the slow shutter speed, this was the day I discovered an immense amount of dust on my sensor!

It was a pretty fun experience, it’s good to practice shooting moving objects!

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We Ate This Updated – Face to Face Noodles – Damansara Perdana

This is a pretty decent place to get Pan Mee over my side of town, any other suggestions in PJ?

Chef's Special Pan Mee

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Face to Face Noodles House – Chili & Curry Pan Mee – Damansara Perdana

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Movie Review – 30 Days of Night – Pretty Scary

30 Days of Night

In Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the U.S, the winter sun sets and does not rise for 30 days and nights. From the darkness comes an evil force that strikes terror on the town, and all hope is pinned on a husband-and-wife cop team.

I’ve been catching up with quite a few movies recently, mostly those that I’ve been meaning to watch for some time. This was one that had mixed opinions, some people said it sucked some people said it was good – agreed no-one said it was great..but hey it’s a vampire/zombie/horror flick. I’m not expecting anything groundbreaking or any Oscar winning performances.

Overall it was an enjoyable movie, the tension was built nicely with the ‘outsider’ showing up, some character building was done for the main cast and everyone played their roles admirably.

The only part I found really unbelievable was Josh Hartnett as the sheriff – he’s just way too young and clean cut. I could have bought him as the deputy..but sorry just not as the main man.

The vampires were believable, realistic and quite scary. Definitely more monster like than your suave Tom Cruise vampire, but more intelligent than your average zombie or monster.

30 Days of Night

The filming was generally good, apart from the action sequences..they seemed a bit undecided about the level of gore, sometimes the camera work was frenetic and you couldn’t really follow what was happening, then sometimes it was steady and pretty gruesome. Some of the shots are plain fantastic, like the overhead view of the chaos when the vampires go all out destroying the town.

Personally I’d love to see all the blood in gore in full detail with a steady camera and some close up shots.

There is some feeling in the movie too with people having to make moral choices of sacrificing loved ones for the greater survival. Don’t however expect any great plot or any twists and turns of complexity.

It’s one of the better horror/vampire flicks to have come out recently and it’s definitely worth a watch if you’re a fan of the genre.

I give it a solid but not inspirational 6.5/10.

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You Suck at Photoshop

From Dane Cook….do watch them in order.

The last one cracks me up…fat deceitful meat stick!

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We Ate This Updated – Waroeng Penyet – The Curve

A lot of people have been raving about this place so I thought I should check it out!

Ayam Penyet

Anywhere else new at The Curve to try out?

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Waroeng Penyet – Indonesian Flattened Chicken – The Curve

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Colours of Putrajaya – Blue & Blue

Long time since I went there to shoot…I think I should go back sometime soon.

Colours of Putrajaya

I love super-wide – 10mm ftw!

View Large on Black.

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We Ate This Updated – Kafe Pat Kin Pat Sun – Cheras

One of my favourite places for some good meat, soup and other food for a reasonable price.

Lemon Pork Ribs

You can find it just off the MRR2. More here:

Kafe Pat Kin Pat Sun – Western & Asian – Taman Shamelin, Cheras

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Darwin Awards Out for 2007!

How stupid (or just plain unfortunate) can people get seriously?

Eighth Place: In Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate while trying to retrieve his car keys.

Seventh Place: A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker — who often bragged he was ‘totally-zoned when he ran’ — accidentally jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on his daily workout.

Sixth Place: While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8-foot hole for protection from the wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom when it collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the beach used their hands and shovels trying to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Fifth Place: Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.

Fourth Place: Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four cartridges into his mouth and pull the trigger.

Third Place: After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into H & J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up, and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from seven different weapons. No one else was hurt.

HONORABLE MENTION: Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at 2 A.M. so they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out the window to create some excitement. Apparently they failed to notice the window was closed.

RUNNER UP: Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more heated and at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge, they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman’s cable lay nearby. They secured one end around Bingham’s leg and tied the other to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. Bingham’s foot was never located.

Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt (Paderborn , Germany) fed his constipated elephant 22 doses of a animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes, before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief.

Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the beast suddenly unloaded. The sheer force of the elephant’s unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate 200 pounds of dung on top of him. It seems to be just one of those freak accidents that once again proves…’Shit happens!’

Beat that, actually killed by a shower of shit from a constipated elephant!

Source: PerthNow

Note: These are not the REAL Darwin Awards – some are true and some are not, you can read it on Snopes 2006 Darwin Awards. The real Darwin Awards for 2007 have just been released, but aren’t so funny. Sloppy journalism by eh?

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Live and Loud 2007 Part 5 – Shaggy Himself! Mr Boombastic

The most exciting act of the night other than Whitney herself was Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell) – the main man! He was rocking the floors back in the day when I myself was a youngster hopping in the clubs to classics like Oh Carolina and In The Summertime, and of course the ever classic Boombastic!

He burst on to the stage with a huge amount of energy and rocked the crowd from start to finish, definitely 100% the most exciting and entertaining act of the night. He was on stage with his regular partners in crime Rikrok (famous for ‘It wasn’t me‘) and Rayvon (The voice on ‘Summertime’ & ‘Angel‘).

The crowd was absolutely jammed in by the time Shaggy came on.

Shaggy Crowd

He straight away got the crowd pumping with his energy and ragga stylin hip thrusting.

Live and Loud KL - Shaggy

Just look at his expression and the mic position, caused quite some shaking of heads amongst the more conservative party attendees apparently.

Shaggy and his big black mic

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We Ate This Updated – A Little Dim Sum Place – SS2

One of my favourite Dim Sum places, open virtually all the hours of the day. Nice clean place, great food and reasonable prices.

Bacon Rolls

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A Little Dim Sum Place – SS2

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