31 May, 2016

Anger Strike Back!

It’s really been a long while self explosion anger on someone else. No not the kid I always complained about. I gave up on him already but another working colleague I know for long time which I will call him the ‘manager’ in this post. It truly strikes me it has to come down to this unreasonable and nonsense fighting at work. Of course, I am terrible person swearing and insulted him over the work issue recently. But I’m not sorry for my action. Well, not without reason.
I was given a task by my boss to follow up, inspecting and help to prepare computers to be ready for new project at overseas. Additionally, the computers must able to handle heavy task especially their usage on drawing documents like AutoCAD so good hardware specification is a must. Not only that, it is prioritize jobs to be settle ASAP that definitely affect my current ongoing maintenance jobs because this involve with the directors. The last minutes packing and shipping are unpredictable.
Let’s start off with my boss sending out emails to all the department managements asking if they have any unused good desktop computers at their place can be released for the new projects at oversea. One of them response able to source out five sets for us, good, problem solved. The remaining five sets I was told (also stated in the email) to phone the manager who is a focus point arranging for shipping and if his warehouse had any good desktop computer left. I call him almost 5.00PM and got answer there aren’t anymore. My mind thinking, okay, I have to start fast looking else where. We even joke for a while and mentioning to him the site office location I’m going to source. He even asks for favor helping him find a nice replacement PC over there since he is using very old machine. I said yes and tell him no problem while I am there.
The next day I went over to the exact site office to look for the desktop computer. First thing first, look for the head of the department including the admin and get permission to find any unused computers over there. Suddenly, they told me the manager wants five set desktop computers to be ready ASAP early morning and deliver to his warehouse location on that day for packing. None of the ladies had clear ideas why. So I made a call and asked him what this is about. He started talking differently telling me he and his boss have decided needing them to transfer the five set desktop computers to his place for me to inspect before it get pack to shipped out. The question pop up is why all that sudden and trouble? I started to confuse that time.
First of all, I am already there looking for unused computers and doing inspecting on the spot. There’s empty table and power outlet available. There isn’t any point for me to travel again for 30 min trips to his warehouse location. Secondly there are many unused computers there and has no knowledge which one are working or not. You can’t rely on the admin to check because they are not expertise with it. Thirdly, he didn’t explain if this five sets desktop computers are basically reserved for me or not. Worst, not even his own subordinate who station in the same location knew exactly why.
I tired to press for clearer answer, but few minutes later our conversation heated and got hanged up. I thought mine was out of range, it’s not. I didn’t waste time thinking too much, the more I drag on the more I got myself into trouble not getting it ready. I rush, inspects and finally prepare the five computers sets. Told his staffs to send to the manager location for packing. The remaining five I cleared on the next day delivering to the location and the second day I emailed to informed the guys at oversea that the computers they requested are completed. Half an hour later, my boss phone me telling me that actually I didn’t complete the job and the previous five sets computers I prepared are basically transferred to the manager department to swap their old PC for overseas used. The fuck?
I am so loss of words and anguish seeing how two days spent wasted. Worst, not even a phone call or email ever sent to informed me regarding this arrangement. This is where I started calling and blast him in the phone over this. Of course he didn’t take my behavior lightly, who do when you get angry call like that. His response was that we brought upon this confusion our selves that messed it up. He even told me this was already mention in the email. The problem here was, I never once received such discussion email messages except he mentions about transferring only after he received the five unit. I went thoroughly and checked every written details carefully in the Outlook. If I did, I am in deep shit insulting the manager for no reason. Good news is, didn’t find any and went on blasting back to question him when did this ever happen. He said ask your own boss! Phone hang up. My colleague beside few sit away heard my conversation steps in telling me this is possible. The bad news, my boss indeed knows about this arrangement.
This is whole simple job task becomes from bad to worst after confirming this. Does it mean my boss are all at fault here? Not really, although he is wrong to forgetting telling me including not forward me follow up email message about the new second job task. The problem here was the manager has the responsible to informed me too because I am the key person doing the job and he is the key person arranging for packing and shipping. We both doing the same director oversea project goods. I already call him twice but still keeping quiet. His action no doubt to me is very irresponsible and the secrecy going so far just of the sake of swapping computers. Seriously?
The company itself has retrenched so many employees. Why so afraid there won't be any computers left for the manager to swap? I really do not know what to say to these managements involve in this thinking. Seeing how they so clueless prioritizing between first and second job task really can screw everyone over when this simple thing goes side way.
As for right now, the concern of my time in the company will be in lots of trouble insulting the manager. Who knows I am now in the list of getting fired. Still, not sorry. I don’t like keeping quiet when someone trying to screw my work. I know which to prioritize and will try my best working together to complete it no matter if they don’t respect me. How funny a simple job task can become so complicated. I really have to prepared better survival plan because it will happen more often soon.

13 May, 2016

WD RED 2.0TB Arrival for My Home Custom NAS


Finally, my long awaited first Western Digital 2.0TB RED has arrived! Yeah, I know its stupid making a big deal out of it. But hey, this is WD RED version we are talking about and not to mention the most reasonable price in Brunei. Of course, you need friends and sources in order to avoid getting chop.
Now, why using ‘chop’ word in my writing? First of all, I have been holding the anger when the local computer shops claimed to be distributor for the brand they are selling would cost around BND180+ to 260+ (NAS version) for 2.0TB? The Thailand flood was already long over and even before global oil price fell happen. Higher US dollar exchange rate won’t affect too much to the pricing, not to mention we don’t have GST tax (yet).
In order to find out some sense to this pricing issue, I asked few of my friends working in local computer shops why would they go such extent to price like that? Simple answer, others do it we all follow. Sad to say, they underestimate the power of internet and the attitude ‘you can go elsewhere’ no longer applied these days to the customers. Of course, building good relation with customers is another way keeping business going. But if you can’t sell, it becomes an eyesore stocks and don’t forget there are distributor limited time warranty as well. If the customer can’t get their 2 years warranty claim after register online, you better be ready for cash refund.
I admit, not all local prices are terrible. Currently both 500GB and 1.0TB for both internal and portable are listed acceptable price. Sooner or later, the 2.0TB HDD (mind you, 3.5” size) will consider standard storage size in the market thanks to the blooming affordable NAS file server. I was surprised internal 1.0TB HDD already start replacing 500GB and ridiculously low price in Singapore. So how will local computer shops going to play out. It’s hard to see at the moment. I for sure will not buy from them (except my friend) if they don’t do anything about the overpriced starter 2TB HDD first.

01 May, 2016

Telbru Giving Free 10GB Anniversary

This morning I was shock when received Telbru email message saying I have 50% quota left. At first could be the torrent but it was impossible because I disable and block others using torrent at their PC. Secondly, some suspicious someone hacked into my router. No other mac address found in the list. So my last is to call immediately to report the issue. Well, it appears that Telbru giving a free 10GB quota for its anniversary. I’m not sure for anyone else but it was good. Still, the message need somewhat better way to separately its top-up quota warning in order to avoid misunderstanding in the future.


16 April, 2016

Super Robot Wars OG: Gesterben Kwai [Serena]

I never had a chance to collect Gespenst Mk-II when Kotobukiya released back in 2009 even missing out Gesterben (Dengeki Shop Limited). Now I got Gesterben Kwai and sitting in the top shelve for almost two years. Why not take the challenge to refresh my mind since getting stuck and frustrating working on the Gunpla kits without new ideas.
As much I understand when looking at the manual and compared at Dalong.Net, Gesterben Kwai was basically reused mod from the first released Gespenst Mk-II (2009). This means the content inside not only featuring new parts but the old Gespenst parts as well which is the reason why it so expensive. Since this is also my first time building it so there’s need to be careful self procedure in place. The first steps right now are cut, sanding and straight assemble.
The four days progress so far is good except slight errors on the shoulder armor that create for lining. I need to fix by applying putty to the lining but that will be later plan. The completion assembling for all the remaining parts are almost done. The next steps will be adding new option parts details and custom weapons unit from Kotobukiya. There’s need in some modifications after finding out few parts are quite weak. Hopefully nothing breaks during the work because I don’t have any single sources to find replacement parts from Kotobukiya to ship internationally.

31 March, 2016

Gunpla This GM Quel New Arm Workshop

I finally went to restock the stolen tools last month and this week too from the local top shop in KB. But bad news guys, the price of the spray paints now cost extra 50 cent! I think the tools follow so I just choose those that needed first for the work. The remaining stuffs had to buy separately every each month onward for the sake of budget control.

Ever since my spray paints went dry at the same time unable to continue the current work. I decided to take times and play around with the Bandai Builder Arms Arm. Many of you know the movable joints are very useful parts that can help many older HG/HGUC kit arms breathing new life. I pretty sure there are guides already out in the internet teaching how to implement. But not all kits are the same and my challenge was HGUC RGM-79Q GM Quel.


I completed four Advance of Zeta Gunpla kit previously and all gave me same headache on the painting in the arms. I couldn’t figure other way rather using masking tape method during painting. Unlike the revised GM Kai and GM Custom arm moving part, they are more flexible and can be separate for easy painting. In order to solve the problem, the Builder Arms Arm had to come in. You can check out the photos below to see how I modify allowing inserting new movable joint. Note: the top is final and below is using plastic plate creating L shape.


Not as good as the original movable joints found in the newer Gunpla. Still, it turns out pretty good and now able to paints separately. But wait! How about the shoulder part connection to it? Did I drill, insert plastic pipe and glue? The answer is no.

I find the method risky and higher chance damaging the kits itself if not careful. This is where the Wave Pla-Support option parts come to play safe. The photo below is the 3mm T pipe version I put on shoulder part (compatible to all existing HGUC AOZ series). Perfect fit, just cut the right length and your new rotating arm is good to go.


The Wave Pla-Support option parts come with different size from 2mm to 5mm and only cost 240YEN. You really can’t beat the price and amazed how usefulness its option parts can do. The below is another Wave sample picture in case you having hard time looking in the online shops. Happy Gunpla!

12 March, 2016

Yet Another Controversy for Brunei Citizenship Unanswered

Again and again, another repeated unanswered coming from the Home Affairs Minister handling the Brunei citizenship issue at LegCo sessions (news). Well, it’s now official we no longer matter to the country. I read the voices in the BT article today and I agree. The minister should have just give us a yes or no answer if we are qualified for citizenship. Lets us know we fail in the exam and require retaking. That way, no one will continue to question and pressing for answer every years. At least we know what the next steps to take, even the Government employees no longer get to annoyed by us.

But these never happen for so many years. The issue continue to dance. They can’t fool us an exam papers require more than three years to review. Background check needed for so long? Get real. Either way, they may have some sort of grudge against us or thinking us as a threat in the country. Not like its hard to imagine. Before the global oil prices crisis started, many local and PR business already start suffering two years ago. Who’s fault? Well....secret!

If they truly think this is the good way damaging the livelihood on other race, majority of us will continue to move on despite the terrible outcome ahead. Don’t be fool by nonsense becoming a Muslim will grant you citizenship too. It won’t. So stop wasting time and start moving on. Money is now the highest priority in life and everyone need backup plan during difficulty time this year. I myself have to worry how to deal with my fucking car exhaust pipe broken few days.

02 March, 2016

The Maxima Fox Hound

 
Damn Bandai have to come up some new parts making Ez-SR-Maxima sick this year. Now they decided to bring in another into the family, the Ez-SR-Fox Hound. The only different are new Shadow Phantom head and sniper barrel. Take note also, Maxima will released only in Japan as Hobby Pro-Shop exclusive and Fox Hound will be P-Bandai exclusive. Damn them!

I really love both of them and definitely will try to hunt it down no matter what despite facing high probability in increase of standard of living, pay cut and even possible jobless. I already save quite a bit and managing my budget hard so I think can spare a few. Heh!

14 February, 2016

CNY Holiday Over For Me

Just like that. A blink on the eye and the holiday leave is over. I didn’t go anywhere and visit during Chinese New Year. Some of my relatives and cousins choose to travel. I didn’t and even think about it at the moment. Only my sister went to Singapore to met up with my mom and brother family. The only things I did at home is playing online games and catching up with the TV series I miss.

To be honest, I no longer really understand how to enjoy life anymore and more like avoiding for some reason. This is fucking terrible and finding what I am fearing for something that I couldn’t understand this whole week resting. I can say for one that hunt me these days is doesn’t have your own home are the most frustrating and stressful part in life. Probably I need to start working out tomorrow and continue my Gunpla work next week clearing off my mind before this shit start distracting me.
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