27 August, 2016

 
So did I drive into madness getting this new free HG original weapon parts this week? Nope, not going to. I already learned hard lesson last year and just doesn’t want to get dupe by HLJ again. Despite my heart is still so itching to press the purchase button. In the end, not happening.
There are plenty of Gunpla backlog stuck in my room and hardly finished half of it. It’s best I tried to complete majority of them before start buying again. But it just unimaginable that P-Bandai just screw us again. Who knows HG 1/144 Z-Plus C1 limited release recently just announce for no reason!
Again, I don’t understand why it has to be limited release. If they previously released both S Gundam, Xeku Eins and Z-Plus A1. Why just can’t Z-Plus C1 continue to be retail release? Gosh, this Bandai.

17 August, 2016

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV - First 12 Minutes


Impressive CG animation as always from Square Enix. Although I'm not fan with English dub in Final Fantasy and usually prefer Japanese voice, but it indeed looks pretty well done. I can't wait for the release end of the month!

15 August, 2016

Slowly Call for the Passes to Attend a Citizenship Presentation Ceremony.

Not an official news, mind you. This is just a rumor head up for those who already pass their citizenship's examination previously. Chances the letter (or phone call) might be coming requesting the applicant to take up an oath to renounce all former nationalities and date attending citizenship presentation ceremony. It is unknown for now which year’s batches we are looking at, so don’t get too excited yet. You won’t know they might skip and choose those who had more promising background.
Don’t ask where I got the news from. It just happens reaching my ears when someone gets so cocky making ‘Baju Cara Melayu’ ready for the ceremony. =) As always, make sure none of your phone numbers and addresses change. Don’t forget, the Governments also need background checks on your activities again staying in Brunei. If you frequent travel, let your families knows to help you follow up.
I will wait and see if my step-sister receives official call as well since she took the test quite way back. For the examination news, there is NAHTHING to report.

14 August, 2016

Pokemon Go Craze!

Everyone says it’s a waste of time and stupid if you look at it. I was one of them but once I started playing after see the game landed in Apple app store, the crazy starts walking around my office and visit the public parks to catch the damn Pokemon monster as long it shows up in my GPS radar. For now I mostly go to Billionth Barrel Monument in Seria because currently one of the good places with three PokeStops there. Not to mention, my one stop jogging location after work.
Man, ‘Pokemon Go!’ really forces everyone out from home. You get to see tons of different people and even long time friends hardly see these days including some elderly and seniors joined the party. No one gives any damn laughs at anyone. Everyone just do their things, busy catching monsters walking around and battling at the gym on their phones.
Majority still skeptic about ‘Pokemon Go!’ game. Of course I too have issue especially players with no sense of safety while driving in highway and at towns. I encounter few sudden braking their car and then pull over just to catch the damn monsters. Worst, forget or without signaling light. Parents as well to worry their young children’s wander (some alone) in dangerous places and late nights catching monsters outside.
I do have to admit these games actually help players to be more active outside, sometimes making new friends and at the same time making you exercising just by walking, all for the sake of hatching the eggs (me, when jogging). But we just need to aware the surrounding and safety. Well, time for hunting adventure!

23 July, 2016

Bandai Continue Nightmare Release Limited Kits

I just don’t get it! How the hell Bandai continue to screw modelers like that releasing those limited kits that grantee to be long term popular? It just not cool playing such card on us especially the exchange rate already 76 YEN against our 1.00 dollar. To be honest, it doesn’t really looks so good for plenty of us if it continues to drop and in case you haven’t notice, the price of the normal Gunpla kit does indeed increase.

The toy market are slowing down definitely and I see several online shops having hard time clearing them off. Even they slash half the price of the toys, whether I should pick up or not because the limited kits are in the way.

So what are the new menus got for me to hunt? Let’s see...


 RAG-79-G1 Waterproof Gundam


Dream comes true for me. Bandai really up with their sleeves reusing the same mod knowing the retail release Gundam The Origin MSD Local Type not doing well in the market. This change, I am going to get it.


RGM-89S Prototype Stark Jegan


I already brought CCA-MSV version, why not this?


Ghost Jegan F & M
Thinking! Thinking!


GM Sniper II Lydo Wolf Unit


Nah, skip! I still like White Dingo version.

Gundam Thunderbolt Expansion Unit “Weapons & Armor Hanger”

Gundam Thunderbolt Anime and comic without doubt my favorite. So I am making excuses getting MG. Now waiting for the full preview of the kits and the price.

15 July, 2016

Where Is Da Missing Persons?

Quite long, yes. But question still need to ask. Where are the missing persons reported missing in Brunei? Are they found, suspect kidnapping or dead? Although I hardly buy newspaper, it doesn’t mean I never follow up reading local news every day online and peak at the newspapers if found at my company reception.

Brunei may continue to be peaceful country, I slowly find it very disturbing the police hardly follow up with the public regarding the missing persons. If they require public help, the police need to be responsible providing an update or better way setting up a website for us to check whether they are found or not.

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.
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