Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My shopping experience

The market is now flooded with products made in China. Some are of reasonable quality and some are simply badly made. Yet the prices can be very close, or in fact, expensive!
First, I changed the braking switch for my car. It cost RM28 for a switch. Every time I pressed the brake paddle, it made that "click" sound. We all thought that it was good. The thing looks solid. But it lasted for only 3 days! I was told that an original unit would have costed >RM200.
Last few days, I went to every known office supplies shop or stationary shop in Miri looking for a cutter...
The price ranges from RM62 to RM100+. Mostly, the base is made from a piece of thin plywood. The last stop was Popular and to my surprised, the sales person told us that the last unit has been sold! By chance, we saw one unit on the shelf... exactly what I was looking for, a 7 inch cutter with a steel base. The price was RM45 and with a borrowed discount card, the price went down by 10% to RM40.50!
So, it pays to shop around. Especially in Miri, don't just pay for any item with any price stuck on it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nikon J1 and V1 prices

These are my Nikon J1 and V1 prices:

Nikon 1 V1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with:

  • 10-30mm and 30-110mm Lenses (Black/white) RM3,498 
  • 10-30mm Lens (Black/white) RM2,898
  • 10mm and 10-30mm Lenses (Black/white) RM3,298 
  • 10mm Lens (Black) RM3,098 

Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with:

  1. 10-30 mm VR Zoom Lens (Black/white) RM2,150 
  2. 10mm and 10-30mm Zoom Lens (Black/white) RM2,598 
  3. 10-30 mm / 30-110 mm Lens (Black/White) RM2,698 
  4. 10-30 mm / 30-110 mm Lens (Pink) RM2,798 
  5. 10 mm lens (black/white) RM2,399

Inclusive of 8GB memory in each of the above package

For J1 series, only black/white/pink available. Pink is available in limited stock
Pink package is inclusive of wrapping cloth, hand strap, 10-30mm lens hood

Prices subjected to change. Please call me if you are interested.  (012 878 2007 or 012 302 0178)
Order now for early delivery which will start next week in Malaysia.

Monday, October 24, 2011

My new toy

ok, my new toy is not a new camera or photographic equipment but rather a trimmer set. I have been cutting my children hair for a long time and decided that I need to be able to do thing faster...
... So, this new set of Remington trimmer should do the job. It is super sharp and can cut down trimming time by half. However, being a first timer in using this tool, the cut is nowhere near to perfect. In another month time, I have two more guinea pigs to sharpen my skill.
I found that it is very good for cutting people with thick hair.


Tonight thunderstorm lasted for almost one hour. Ah Jon could see all the lightning streaking across the sky from his room. So I gave him the challenge to capture the lightning! If he could get one good one, he will make RM5 from me. Looks like he managed to get this nice one after some 20 tries! See that the lightning actually went across the sky!
Camera setting:
ISO: 125 F (A):7.1 EV:+0.7 Shutter speed (S): B (This means that you need to press the shutter release and wait for lightning to strike!) Mode: Manual. EV is not strictly necessary. I forgot to mention that the focus must be on manual also. Focus it to a distance lightning and then mount it on a tripod.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Krokop Chung Hua is winner!

Yesterday evening, we saw the closing of the under 13 basketball challenge trophy. It was Chung Hua Krokop vs Chung Hua Miri. I can see that the players were tired and they didn't perform as well as compared to their first game. Whatever, here are some of the dramatic photos.
Never underestimate the boys from primary four and five. They were small in size, but they run in the air! See number 13 from Krokop!
Their smaller frame doesn't mean that they can't jump high!
See how they leap into the air!
The winning teams from Krokop. They won so many medals.
For more photos, click here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dr George Chan Challenge Trophy

This morning, we saw the Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Challenge Trophy under 13 Basketball competition kick off at Rain Road Secondary School indoor stadium.
Six Chinese medium primary schools participated. I managed to watch the first game, Chung Hua Miri and Chung Hua Pujut. Some players are so small in size and yet they played with so much skill. So, if you enjoy watching basketball, do go to the school tomorrow to watch the semi finals and final.
Saturday 22 Oct 2011
8:00AM Ladies  Krokop A vs Krokop B
9:00AM Ladies  Pujut vs Tudan
10:00AM -noon Men semi final
Noon Ladies Krokop B vsTudan
1:00PM Men semi final
2:00PM Ladies Krokp A vs Pujut
3:00PM Men final
4:00PM closing
More photos... click here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mutton ...

Many years ago, I brought Janice and Esther to UK for a "preview" before they actually went there to study. I remembered that Stephanie was already in UK doing her first year.
When I was in Leeds, I brought them around town to do shopping. I bought a piece of mutton ...
... like what is shown in the above picture. Now, this piece cost about GBP6-8 per kg. It is true that this cut was expensive but the quality was good, tasty and tender.
Few days back, I bought some lamb shoulder from a big hypermarket in town. It was on offer at about RM17/kg, or GBP3+. When I brought back to have it cooked, the meat was so tough and we need to sharpen our teeth to eat! It is as if the lamb was a hundred years old!
I notice that the hypermarket also prepack a few slices together and to my horror, the bottom two slices, hidden from view were almost all fat! It was most discouraging for us.
The above was cooked by the girls! Thanks for remembering that we like mutton.

p/s: Meat from lamb is called mutton! Even I got it wrong at times!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Many Firsts for Nikon Mirrorless

I talked about the newly announced Nikon Mirrorless camera, the J1 and V1. These cameras have  a few firsts:
  1. Nikon 1 J1 is the world’s smallest camera among competing interchangeable lens digital cameras equipped with image sensors larger than 1 inch. As of August 5, 2011. 
  2. Nikon 1 V1 is the world’s smallest and lightest camera among competing interchangeable lens digital cameras with an integral EVF. As of August 5, 2011. 
  3. The world’s shortest shooting time lag (as determined by Nikon performance tests). Measured when using the single-point AF mode and the shortest focal length of a standard zoom lens (1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f 3.5-5.6). As of August 5, 2011. 
  4. World’s fastest continuous shooting: max. 10 fps in subject tracking AF mode (when the aperture value is f/5.6 or smaller with the shutter speed 1/60 or faster) and max. 60 fps in full high definition, fixed-focus mode. As of September 5, 2011. According to NIKON measuring system.
If you are keen to buy one, you may place order with me

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Use Once Only Mouse Trap

Have you ever wonder why your mouse trap can catch only one rat/mouse? After that, the mice seem to be smarter to know that the trap is a danger to them!
We were told by expert yesterday that we must wash the trap with hot followed by cold water after every successful catch. He told us that when a mouse was trapped, it will go into distress and will urinate around the trap to warn other potential victim. That is why other mice will keep away from the trap.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Good reasons to cook with cast-iron

Cast-iron cookware is perhaps the oldest form of metal used for manufacturing cookware. The good old wok was originally made from cast iron. It is cheap and it is proven to be of health benefits.

1. You can cook with less oil when you use a cast-iron pan.
2. Cast iron is a chemical-free alternative to nonstick pans.
I just realise that the nonstick material used for making nonstick pan is actually poisonous! 
3. Cooking with cast iron fortifies your food with iron.

Read the whole article from here.

Trees growing too big?

Wonder why there is a massive traffic jam from Lutong to Miri at the moment? The local authority is currently busy chopping down massive trees between Pujut 8 and 7.
Safety concious in carrying out the job is simply not there.
They are also bringing in heavy equipment to do the job!
Huge trees were being chopped down. The local authority is spending lots of money to plant them, maintain them and finally spending money  to have them removed.
Very soon, this segment of road will be bared of trees! A real pity!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Job 1955-2011

On Apple web site today:
Steve Jobs
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

I remembered Steve from the early year of personal computer, ie, around 1977. He then built and sold Apple 1, which lasted for a short while and then Apple II. It was Apple II computer which was cloned by so many people. Later Apple III and Lisa, etc. Click here to read an interesting commentary about the company.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

"Floating" Permy-Senadin Road Design

The dual carriageway expansion for the Permyjaya and Senadin road is now under construction. This segment of road is to be built over land, which I would call it ...
... swamp and peat (or soft soil). Even though there is no rain, the place is generally quite wet. I saw a similar kind of road currently being built just across the border in Brunei. They dug deep and literally remove all the top soil. Rock was then poured in to form the foundation. The traditional method of construction is therefore high cost and slow. In Miri, about 50cm-1 meter of the top soil were removed...
.. and then, bamboo (initially used) and now solid wood timbers are used to line the "foundation".
Piles of solid timber can be seen!
... then a layer of Tencate PE Polyfelt was laid over the timber.
More information about the lining material can be found at Tencate.
Back to this discussion about this method of road design, it seems that they are being used overseas to great success! Instead of using bamboo and timber, tyre bales were also used. Perhaps, used tyres can now be put to good used instead of being a nuisance.
The cost of such road construction is definitely low and I would call it clever. Therefore, we shall see how long the surface can remain smooth.
More information about this type of road construction can be found if you google "Floating Road Construction". Click here for an interesting article on floating road construction.