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September 8, 2012

My new ride

Sold the old car. Got a new one.

*not an actual picture of my actual car…

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August 29, 2011

7th week

Today marks the 7th week of my mother’s passing. It is a very significant day in Buddhism for the departed. That is why we congregated at my mother’s niche for rites and prayers.

All these while, I never felt that my mother had gone. I guess I was still reeling in from the shock, and I didn’t shed a single tear. It felt as if, mom was just away for a really long vacation, as she sometimes did. But when I was kneeling down today in front of her memorial tablet, when I was listening to the chants of the Buddhist nun, it suddenly came crashing down on me that my mother was gone. A pang of extreme sadness washed over me, and I started to recall the happier times we had with each other. I managed to wipe my tears away before anyone could see.

I hope my mom would find peace in this, and I have a lot of moving on to do.

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July 15, 2011

my mother’s passing

My mom left us on 12th July, on a stormy and wet morning. It will be a day I will remember for the rest of my life.

The journey in life with her, had been both bitter and sweet. She wasn’t the best role model, and I didn’t have a great childhood. But her style shaped me who I am today, independent, realist and foul mouthed to the core, and I like being me. And of course, I’m going to miss her greasy and unhealthy food.

Now, all that is left for me to do, is to explain to my child, where is her beloved grandma and why is she not here with us.

That is the most difficult and emotional draining thing for me to do now.

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August 29, 2010

my bumming days are over

I have finally found a job.

I have finally ended my days of being a bum.

The final few weeks of bumming was particularly eventful, being a somewhat prized commodity between 2 prolific American MNCs, each bidding me to join them. Both offered equally challenging job and wage, but I eventually settled for the one nearer to home (the other calling was to be in Petaling Jaya, which I have my reservations about).

Anyway, the whole experience was an eye opener for me – for I have never ever been unemployed before. I finally got a taste of what it felt like sitting at home with nothing to do, and kinda understand why old retired people are so fucking loco. Being idle makes one depressed and loco. It’s not fun at all.

The most fucked up thing about the bumming was not the sitting at home part though. It was the interviews. Not that I’m nervous or anything like that but, I kinda disliked the idea of having to meet people I do not know, and for them to have me judged like I’m some prostitute desperately wanting to join their self professed prestigious chicken coop (yes, they do that to interviewees). Motherfucking hell.

Now I’m just glad that it’s finally over. I just can’t stand the thought of meeting more of these condescending morons who think they have this imaginary giant dick that shoots through the roof.

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April 19, 2010

my new rig

Remember I said something about not having bought a computer since 1998? Well, I finally decided to rig myself one last week. Why? It’s because I’m about to leave Company X soon, and I won’t have a notebook no more.

I decided to share my config out here, just in case any of you is interested to rig one yourself and have no idea where to start.

Here are the stuff that I bought (note: this config is balanced between budget and performance. Took my amateur ass weeks to come up with this list. If you have the dough and you want powerful shit, don’t bother to continue.):

Processor – AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE [RM 620]
Intel processors are fucking expensive. Being somewhat in a tight budget, AMD is the one to go for me. AMD is definitely not as good as Intel, but it does not suck either. So I got myself a 965 (which is a quad core processor, comes with a stock heatsink/fan).

Heatsink/fan – Cooler Master Hyper TX3 [RM 60]
The stock heatsink/fan that comes with the AMD processor is very loud. I couldn’t stand the noise (it was like powering on a server), so I replaced the stock heatsink/fan with Cooler Master Hyper TX3 aftermarket heatsink/fan. This thing is next to silent and keeps the processor much cooler (5 – 6 degrees with load). Very happy with the purchase and would recommended it to anyone.

Motherboard – Gigabyte GA-770T-USB3 [RM 345]
Another thing good about getting an AMD processor is that I don’t have to spend too much on the MB as well. This board is a bargain board. It hasn’t got that Crossfire support since it only allows 1 video card, but it should be good enough as I do not plan to have multiple video cards (video cards are fucking expensive). And oh, this baby has the latest NEC USB 3.0 chip too, which is heaps faster than USB 2.0. This will come in handy in the future.

Memory – Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB 1600MHz XMS3 DDR3 [RM 580]
It is a box set of 2 pcs 1600MHz 2GB memory module. A bit expensive but what the heck, it’s 1600MHz and has a lifetime warranty (also, the memory price skyrocketed recently). If I get any lower than this, I’ll be under utilizing what the board can do.

Video card – SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON HD 5770 128bit 1GB DDR5 [RM 570]
A friend says, “if your video card is cheaper than your motherboard, then something must be very wrong with your config”. I couldn’t agree more. This thing is like the passport for me to play some nice games. I initially wanted to get a 5850, but that thing is double the amount of money, and is best utilized on multi screens or big ass more-than-HD 30″ monitors. Since I intended to just get a 23″ HD monitor, I eighty six-ed the idea and got myself a 5770 instead. No regret.

Casing – Cooler Master Centurion 5 II RC 502-KWN1 [RM 205]
It’s a cool looking black colored medium ATX tower, but big enough for my rig. Comes with 4 ODD, 4 HDD bays and 2 system fans.

Power supply – Cooler Master GX 550W PSU [RM 270]
It’s a 550 watt and 85% efficiency PSU. Comes with a 5 year warranty and has a life expectancy up to 100,000 hours. Very solid piece of hardware.

Storage – Western Digital 16M 500GB – WD5000AAKS (blue) – 2 units [RM 350]
For HDD, it’s Western Digital or never. Why? That’s because they’re good shit. How do I know that? I’m presently a Hard Disk drive commodity quality engineer in Company X… so I know a little bit of stuff that most of you don’t. Also, I never fancy those high performance HDDs because they’re just too expensive, and I don’t feel it’s worth the money. If you have extra bucks to spend, you can go for Western D’s ‘black’ line of performance products.

ODD – LG 24X SATA Super Multi DVD-RW Drive [RM 88]
Just a normal DVD burner. Not going to use it a lot so I got myself a common one.

Display – ACER H233H 23″ HD monitor [RM 635]
Full HD monitor at 1920 x 1080 resolution. Comes with LED backlight and glossed screen (polarized, makes the colors sharper). Compared to my notebook screen, this thing makes me feel like I have just regained my eyesight after being blind for all my life.

Speaker system – Altec Lansing VS4121 [RM 240]
It’s just a 2.1 speaker system. I never use it. This is for my daughter who sometimes would come over to play some of the online Disney flash games. Got to have some audio to keep the little scoundrel happy.

Headphone – Sony MDR-Q68LW/B [RM 109]
High quality clip-on headphone to prevent ear fatigue because I use this everyday, sometimes even long hours (movie marathon). Been using Sony headphones for the past 10 years. They’re expensive but it’s worth the money.

Keyboard- Logitech New Touch 200 USB keyboard [RM 28]
The slimmest and most basic keyboard available to me.

Pointing device – Logitech USB optical mouse[RM 27]
The sales attendant recommended me a performance mouse called Razor something something. That thing costs over 100 bucks and basically has LEDs all over it like an Ah Beng mouse. I declined, of course, because it is stupid and opted for this basic Logitech mouse instead. Only 27 bucks and it gets the job done.

Total spent: RM 4127.

Installation
Pretty easy. Just follow the manual. I did a mistake of not following the manual because I thought I was smart enough and got 1 of the MB mounting screws fucked. So, just fucking follow the manual. The most challenging part for the installation will have to be the heatsink/fan mounting (for either the stock or aftermarket). Doing it requires some skills. The hooking mechanism for AMD processor is kinda stupid. Had to practice hooking a few times before applying thermal paste and did it for good. If you’re not confident with your ability, just get some of the Ah Bengs in some computer shop to do it for you, for a fee of course.

Performance
Awesome. There’s not a game that I can’t play. No problem in the graphics department at all. The only complain that I have is probably the onboard Realtek LAN driver. The driver fucked my connection twice already. Had to uninstall the driver to use generic Win 7 driver. Other than that, no complain.

Happy rigging.

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