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Sunday, 28 September 2008

Damn that was too close!

Three hours ago, I did something that I thought would kill my laptop's OS for once and for all. I messed around with the system32 folder in my laptop just to change the startup animation. In the process of doing so i made it so that the User Application Control system of my Vista Business would malfunction so that i can't do anything to repair the system through normal means.



Damn those were a scary 3 hours of failed attempts at fixing the system. After much failure, I decided to try a bootup from a dvd . That didn't actually restart the system but it gave me access to the system restore point option without the stupid UAC blocking it. Thank god it worked or i'd be forking over hundreds to replace an entire operating system.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

School Holidays...

The time when I can sleep in on weekends, laze around all day, eat all I want(At least after Ramadhan’s over) and have full access to clean working toilets. Yup, holidays are the perfect for spending the month of Ramadhan. Although, I honestly didn’t realize that we’d be having our school holidays until it was five days before they started.

I do notice that I have a problem during holidays though. Because of my own bathroom’s shower heater’s state of disrepair, I am forced to use the guest bathroom downstairs for hot showers. This wouldn’t be happening if I didn’t enjoy hot showers so much. The reason for the broken shower heater is not because I accidentally fell down and pulled off the damn thing but rather it’s because there was this one time about two months ago where I was in the mood for a really hot shower. I think that might have been because I was stuck inside of cold rooms and cars for a large duration of that day. Five minutes into the shower, I still felt that it wasn’t warm enough so I turned it up higher and higher until it was all the way to the highest heat setting. In ten minutes time, I was enjoying this relaxingly hot shower with the bathroom so full of steam that I could barely see the upper part of the room(The windows were closed). Soon after that, I heard this pop sound behind me where the heater was and I noticed the light that showed it was on was now off. I decided to stop my shower at that point. It was pretty cool to watch all that steam float into my room like fog does. I noticed that my skin seemed to have become slightly reddened from the heat. As for how hot the shower was exactly, it was a bit hotter than the 71’C water I dipped my fingers into during a biology practical I had. I do Adlan saying that it was too hot for him to touch. It was either him or Nash that said he preferred cold showers over hot ones.

Anyway, thanks to that, I can only take cold showers in my bathroom, usually at night. Thanks to my new schedule of taking hot showers in the mornings and cold ones at night, I can take both handle both temperatures quite well. Unfortunately, that seems to have given my body the lizard-like tendency to heat up my body after I wake up otherwise I’d feel very cold during the day inside air-conditioned rooms even if they aren’t at the coolest setting. My normal body temperature’s also low enough to be a symptom of hypothermia so it’s probably a good thing for me to take hot showers.

The dilemma I’m facing is that, now that I can sleep in during the holidays, I’m more inclined to take cold showers in the mornings too since I really don’t feel like going through all the extra effort of bringing down my clothes, towel and toothbrush. Also it seems that taking cold showers slows down my metabolism enough for me to feel full by the time it’s time to break the fast so that would be plus for now. This does make me wonder why is it despite me having a metabolism fast enough for me to never gain more weight than a kilogram for at most a few hours that I have this low body temperature. I seriously eat almost enough for two people. Logically, my body’s burning through a lot of calories so my normal body temperature should at least be at 36’C but somehow it’s churning out only enough heat to keep it in the range of 35.3’C to 35.8’ from day to night. It does go as high as 36.3’C after hot showers though. Come to think of it I only see the thermometer read 36.8’C(The average body temperature of most humans) when I have a fever.

Well that’s it on showers. Please do vote on the poll I have put up in the sidebar.

Gundam Issues

I got so sidetracked in my last post that I forgot to post up the images of the gundam model kit that I wanted to buy and the ones I bought instead. I also neglected to mention the fact that the upcoming Gundam 00 PS2 game comes out on the 16th next month, twelve days after the premier of the second season of the anime.

This is the model that I ordered but was sold out, the 1/100 scale Avalanche Exia:

Here are the models I bought instead, 1/100 scale Sniping Gundam Dynames and a 1/144 scale Grunt GN-X:

Bandai’s really been stepping things up with the latest season’s model kits. Even the pictures for the 144 model kits look amazing. Even the science and design of the mechas are practical in combat and much more realistic compared to previous models. I still gripe about the Wing Zero and Freedom gundams’ wings being too heavy to have them stand on their own. I will post up pictures of the ones I’ve built after I finish building these two in the future totaling up my remaining gunpla models up to 11. I’ve built over 30 of these things in total starting from since I was seven. I was only a kid back then so my dad helped with building that 1/100 scale Double X gundam model.

He let me do it my own the second time with a 1/100 scale Zeta gundam (I think it was Zeta. It was blue and had full armor) equipped with this blue METEOR/GN-ARMS-like addition to it that had a core fighter in it. Any gundam model kit hobbyist would tell you it’s a bad idea to leave something like that in the hands of a child. I guess I must have been so good at building it the first time that my dad saw no need to help me with it. Most of the ones I’ve built have been destroyed in the hands of younger relatives until I realized that I should have placed them on higher shelves. It’d be nice if that upcoming cosplay event in December also includes a gundam exhibition. That would most likely get the shops to understand that no true gundam fan would prefer knock-offs over the real thing. The knock off parts don’t even fit properly. Look down to see what I mean.

This is a knock off that my brother bought and built.

This is a genuine product that I bought and built.

Unless you are a person with zero talent at recognizing art, you should be able to tell which of them is of better quality. While they aren’t of the same model, they are both 1/144 scale models so there’s no point for any knock off supporters to use that to counter my point. That is if such people do exist.

So far, I am only aware of one shop at the Tutong Petani Mall that still sells the original models despite the very limited stock. They even sell Code Geass Lancelot Knighmare Frames there. A friend of mine actually thanked me for giving him the information that led to the construction of his F91 1/100 scale model. Shame there weren’t any models I liked there. The price for a 1/144 scale was pretty damn high too. Although, with how high the shipping cost for my orders might be considering Khai's shipping cost being 2700 Yen for his 1/60 Exia, that does seem somewhat reasonable if they ordered online.

To anyone in Brunei that intends on hosting a genuine gundams only exhibition in Brunei, know that I am behind you 100% and also willing to lend my models for such a purpose.

Monday, 15 September 2008


I have just sent in an order for a 1/100 scale Dynames gundam and one 1/144 scale GN-X a few days ago online. They are much cheaper than when they were sold in Brunei. A 1/144 scale cost me about 30 bucks back then and a 1/100 scale cost me about 70 bucks. That's just a little higher than how much you can get them for in Malaysia. Thankfully the site I ordered it from sells them for about half the price. With luck, I hope they don't turn out to be out of stock like the Avalanche Exia I originally ordered. Aside from that, I am also expecting the new gundam 00 Ps2 game, Gundam Meisters to reach Brunei soon despite it being in japanese. Gundams are the epitome of awesome.

I've been meaning to write in about a bunch of other stuff that I had planned on posting up here but never got around to it due to the many interruptions in my life. For now I'll leave you with some of the dreams that I have written into my dream journal. Yes, I've been keeping a dream journal but that's to see how far i can remember what happens while I'm asleep. Been very absentminded this year for some reason and my inability to focus on one thing has gotten worse. But that also means that I'm getting better at multi-tasking even though I really don't need to get better at that as I can play with my yoyo, read a book and play chess at the same time. I'm one of those people who make others wonder why is it I never crash into things while I read and walk. Funnily enough it actually helps me read faster as when I'm in a hurry I simply scan the pages with my eyes, reading several lines at once in my head and compile them together to understand what's going on. That really helps a lot with my last minute revisions. Having dozens of thoughts running around in my head makes it easy for me to get sidetracked. This is shown by the fact that I was only going to leave you with my dream entries but am now talking about my multitasking capabilities.

Back to my dreams:


It was a bright day. I was at my grandpa’s house and I was climbing the stairs. I took one step up and blinked. When I opened my eyes, I was at a white sandy beach on an island. The island had a lush green forest up on the higher ground. The sky was azure with some clouds and the sea was deep blue like in Australia. It was an extremely beautiful place. There were people around me and I think I knew them but I didn’t talk to them. Actually, it seemed like these people weren’t people I already knew but people that I might know in the future. I couldn’t see their faces though. I walked up to this brown wooden rowboat and moved it into the water. I got in and the boat and it started moving through the water by itself. Not like it suddenly propelled forward but started floating in the right direction. Eventually I reached this halfway point between islands where white stone cubes emerged out of the sea and floated in the air above me forming some kind of arch. Each cube seemed to be made of marble and Aztec-like patterns covered each cube and all of them were at least 5 meters away from each other and weren’t on the same height with adjacent ones. The cube in the center of the arch was the highest of all. After admiring the arch, a blue whale leaped out of the water hiding the arch from my sight the way a dolphin would. When it splashed back into the water, I found myself on a different beach on an island similar to the earlier one. What was different with this island was that there was a huge white monolith with Aztec-like carvings on it the size of a skyscraper. But the way I saw it was different, my body was definitely on that island but I was seeing it from where I was a moment ago. I turned around and I saw that the rowboat was on the beach as well upside down and I was looking at where I saw the island from. The arch of floating cubes was still there and I turned around to find myself in front of white marble steps that led to the monolith. I looked back and saw that the beach behind me and that I was on an intermediate platform between the steps leading to the monolith and steps that led from the beach. I looked back up at the monolith admiring it. It really was a work of art. It seemed ancient and foreign to me. I wanted to take a closer look at it and I started to climb up the steps. I looked down at the steps as I walked up but when I looked up again, I was at my grandpa’s house again back where I was standing before I was at that island. I‘m not even sure if that was an entire dream. If the dream was only me at the islands then this dream must have happened in an instant while I was awake.


It was nighttime. I was sitting inside of a small airplane. It was the type that could on be ridden by a small number of people and had propeller to move it. I looked outside the window and saw that the plane was above this small island with an apartment complex on it that was surrounded by a lake that was surrounded by a brightly lit city. I then found myself standing next to the plane. It seems that we already landed near the waters and there was a speedboat not far from me. I looked into the plane and saw an anxious pilot and my siblings looking down at the floor of the plane. I then saw my parents looking very distressed walking away from me to one of the car park area. It seemed that they wanted to leave quickly for some reason. I looked up and saw that the apartment complex didn’t have a light tuned on in any of its windows. It seemed that no one lived here. I looked to my left and saw that there was light coming out of this room that looked like the entrance into the building. I went in and saw that there was no one at the reception counter. I looked opposite the counter and saw a corridor that lead to the rooms. It split into two corridors at one point. It was dark in the corridor and the only light came from a small white fluorescent bulb that was positioned above this grandfather clock. I looked at the face of the clock and the dreamed ended there.


It was nighttime judging from the entranceway. I was walking along a large red and gold carpet in a hotel. I passed by the reception area and walked up these stairs that lead to the rooms. There were corridors on either sides and I took the one to the left. There were many doors along the walls of the very wide corridor and I kept walking looking for a specific room. After some time I saw an door that was slightly open. I went in. The room was dark but I could see since the TV was open. It was playing an old black and white murder story. There were many things on the floor around the bed but I walked across the room to the open veranda door. I stepped onto the veranda and saw that there were hundreds of verandas similar to the one I was at around me. The scene then shifted to me being on a dirt road in a field of bright green grass. It was bright beautiful day with some clouds up in the sky. There was a mountain in front of me. Its peak seemed to reach high into the sky. I could tell there were stairways along the mountain. I then saw that the path was leading closer to the mountain and would take me under a naturally formed archway around the mountain if I followed the path. The dream ended without me even taking a step forward.


The class complained about the exam question one part (ii) that it was because the exam outline according to the teachers didn’t match the question. Rif did a wall run up and flip onto the roof behind him at sunset. People were impressed and it felt like I’ve seen him do it before. Auzee played around with my backpacks and hid them around. Wandered through a house with many odd sized passages and a bunch of people were partying in one room. Found 1st backpack among others hidden under a table in a dark but yellow tinted hallway. Found the 2nd in a kitchen like area that was slightly dark but all bluish white walls. Some light was coming through the windows and they were soft white lights. Carried them back to a parking lot that looked a lot like the stadium’s. It was a cool misty morning at the time. After that found myself inside a mall like area with a green floor in the middle of an area that’s just supposed to be empty and surrounded by walkways. It was noon at this time. Met Wali in the supermarket in an aisle with shelves filled up with sour creams and onion Pringles bragging about how his onion linked other merchandise plan was drawing in money and girls. Oddly enough I didn’t see any money but some girls dressed in red outfits standing around him. Woke up after that.


It was noon. I was looking down on people from the veranda of a fire station. A bunch of people I knew standing below on the streets were calling me to come down. I grabbed hold of the railing and jumped over. I quickly pulled my body closer to the railing before I let go and pulled myself closer to the wall under the veranda by pushing the floor of the veranda. Used my feet and hands to slide down the wall before jumping kicking off at a sufficient height for a good jump. The people I knew didn’t have any recognizable faces but they told me to follow them. I walked with them until one of them walked into this abandoned hangar just down the street and screamed when he went inside. We went in and saw that the guy was twitching and his skin was pale. Not far from him was chupacabra-like creature that had one shrunken and one swollen eye but was wearing glasses and a white shirt. It leapt up high into the hangar until I couldn’t see it. The others told me to go chase it down while they take care of the one who got attacked. I ran back to the fire station and got up on the roof. I jumped off the veranda and onto the roof next to the fire station. Ran across several roofs to the hangar. There was a huge hole along the ledges right under the roof. I walked along the ledges to the hole. I nearly fell down once but there this red and white metal pole protruding out of part of the ledge that I grabbed. After getting back onto the ledge, the pole snapped and I took the metal pole with me into the hole. On the other side of the hole were walkways along the walls. I walked along it for a while before the chupacabra jumped me. I whacked it with the metal pole in my hand and before it could recover from the hit, I thrust the pole into the chupacabra’s chest like a spear and knocked it over the railings. It was still unconscious by the time I got downstairs. Then for some reason the people I knew sprayed it with what I somehow knew was water mixed with onions using a water gun. I then found myself in a hospital where I found that the chupacabra returned back to being a human and he was complaining about the test that he got before turning into a chupacabra. He was saying something about having to prove his proficiency with Sanskrit and Indian before being allowed to pass a citizenship test. I suddenly found myself in a wasteland full of ruins. A man was telling me to get inside his car quickly. I got in and we took off. It was sunset now. Behind us I could see that for some reason dust and stones were flying about in specific regions. This kept happening until I realized that there was a pattern to it. They were giant footprints and we were being chased by something big and invisible. We drove across the wasteland until the car sped off the end of the edge of an archipelago. We landed safely but for some reason, a huge part of the archipelago’s left side was now covered in dust. My guess is that the monster tripped and fell down. We drove further until we went past this rural living area and stopped at a lake. We passed by an oil transport truck before reaching it. The lake was extremely large and beautiful that it may have just been a still ocean surrounded by mountains. I turned around and both the man and his car were gone. I walked back to the rural area and saw a bunch of girls quarreling over something in front of a house. They went in when they saw me in a very orderly and quiet manner. I walked up to the house but instead of entering through the door, I just walked through. There was no one on the other side of the door. But soon a girl was being carried into the room by what I think were her friends who were invisible. The dream ended there.


Dreamt of two people in a game-like ninja mansion. Very many guards on four sided fortress wall that protected the ninja mansion on the island. Outside was a typical dark place in the woods/ remote village. The hero tried to sneak by swimming underwater to the mansion but there were too many guards for him to sneak past by. Many times he disobeyed the laws of physics to shoot a shuriken at a ninja’s head while underwater in FPS mode getting several head shots. Others didn’t seem to care. Eventually a master came by on the outskirts of the town that looked like a yellow tapir nosed person dressed in blue robes. He told the hero how to get in. Hero got in through hidden air vents and met the heroine inside the air vents. They snuck in and out hiding in a hidden room connected to vents until they got enough info. When they decided to take a chance, they dropped from the vents into a part of the mansion where the ceiling was high and the room was white with big green hill in the middle of the room with lots of dragon quest-like monsters around frolicking. I then found myself standing outside London kebab area in the rain at night raining. End of dream.

The ones with the same month and day in their entries were entries that I think happened in those particular months but not on those particular days. That's all for now but I should warn about something as well.

Be prepared. I'm not sure what's going to happen soon but it'll be a major event of some sort. I've been getting this strong feeling that the events happening right now are simply the prelude to something big. Be ready for whatever's coming.
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