Sunday Last Nov Fever


Glad to have a three days holiday! I was supposed to post this up yesterday but my body won’t listen because I was overwork on Saturday during the exercise and now full of body pain. Today I’m feeling better after taking an afternoon nap.

Sunday. I didn’t expect this time going to the capital. If it wasn’t about sending my mom to the airport, I will never move my ass from the bed. But the plan change because my company was taking off on today, so I decided go for some window shopping without worrying exhausted on the next day.

After that, my sister and I went straight to Mata Mata area first for massaging. Oh well, something you need to worry about your health rather than just keeping update on your toys. But after arriving there, my sister told me we are too early because the shop opens at twelve. Since we arrive hour early, we decide to drop by Supersave for some shopping.

I did spot some interesting product over there. One of them is Nutrient Water (NW). Many of us may never hear of it, if you were Danny Choo readers. You might probably already read about the vitamin drinks in one of the Good Smile events, if you can remember. NW was somewhat similar to these products and made from Australia. There are six different favors. Currently I only get the Cranberry Grapefruit favor first to try which contains multi vitamin (A, B, C, D and E).

Another one is GNC health products, I have been thinking about looking for this product after it advertises in BB. Yeah, I did thinking about going slim lately because of my weight have been going up these past years. From 65kg to 78kg is a huge shock for me five years. After taking some serious exercise and food controls, I manage to slim down from 78kg to 74kg. That’s all I can do for now because i can’t control my eating habits, which is why I am thinking about going down more by taking fats burn pills. Not sure how effective it is, but I decide to buy this week and tried to burn my fats!

Once done in Supersave shopping, we both went straight to the massage center. To be honest, I didn’t expect there are a lot of China employees working there. Well, at least those girls are pretty and of course they are looking for Mr. Right in Brunei. No difference at all in Singapore, but at least they did understand not all people in Brunei are rich (because they always believe it’s true that we are all rich! Doh~!). We both indeed have a nice chats and listening to their stories about its hometown in China.

Finally, our last next stop is to The mall. Man, it was a disaster over there and almost no parking spaces are available below at all. We were block at first, after going another round some available space were free and I drive straight down to park. The traffic is crazy during around two, I don’t know but it must be the people went crazy with Twlight New Moon and 2012 movies in cinema. It was full house and I am sure. Nah, I didn’t waste my time going there just to watch the movies. I am checking out the toy shops over there which was posted by some local bloggers.

Always at first, checking out Chong Hock Music Centre place. I am really impressed with the stocks they had imported over there. I was thinking about getting the Revoltech protect Gear, but it suddenly turns me off for some reason. It just makes me remembering coming December will be a new chaotic day for toy collectors.

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I don’t know why I had such feeling but I just continue checking out the toys especially the Transformer because I want to know how big the size of it. I am just curious about it why the Mickey Mouse trailer is so small. Check out CH-Toynation blog for more information.

Second place to drop by, it’s the Kawan Ria toy shop which was advertise by Shewsbury. I went there for one reason, the Tamiya white paint! But it was disappointed because those spray paints are not meant to be use for the Gundam plastic. You guys might be wondering why it cannot be use. Don’t ask me, it was stated clearly written on the Tamiya spray cans. If I am not mistaken, according to Tamiya this paint chemical can melt your Gundam plastics.

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Lastly, on the last floor, it’s the Go Figure! toy shop. I have been wanted to go there checking out the super heroes toys. This time I manage to drop by there and have a look around. I’m not entirely a Star War fans, but they are many great toys around there.

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The most nostalgia toy in my days is the Centurion. I can’t believe all three man heroes (not for sale and one booked last seen) still around. It will be nice displaying in a toy museum for attractions. Hai~! I am still sad remembering my dad burn my Transformer Headmaster Scorpionuk as a trash. BTW, Go Figure! also got a blog, so check it out!

No Black Friday for Me


It’s crazy indeed for this year Black Friday sales kicking off. For me, I brought none this week and this is the first time holding myself such long without spending any of them. Well, there were a lot of things I wanted to get. Somehow, the second thought feeling just get in the way. Nah, not big deals anyway or ever felt regrets. It just that there is pre-order pending in my list this month so I am hoping to save it for next month instead. I also don’t really like to cross my monthly limits spending and you really got to feel secure with some cash in your banks in case for emergency. Getting a better job pay doesn’t mean I should spend recklessly. You need to set a rule for yourself.

Okay, Christmas is coming fast next month. Hopefully we might be expecting some sales kicking off again while we are seeing so much insane sales and promotion this year. I already pre-order a few from Ami Ami store for next month and probably expecting some additional also. One of them is Dengeki Hobby magazine February issue. Not decide yet because I was finding out if the Chinese version do includes the bonus decal, if there are I will purchase it from Hong Kong store instead. Its good i am able to read some Chinese.

Anyway, I will be going to capital tomorrow sending my mom to the airport. Probably might dropping by the Mall and check out the toy shop there.

Play-Asia.com E-Store Review


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I’m pretty sure every one of you toys or games buyers know about Play-Asia.com (PA). It was a well known Hong Kong online store through out the internet gaming site. I have been buying from them once in a while. Most of them nowadays are PC games and bargain trading figures or Final Fantasy figure.

PA can be considering my first online toys store I shop when I first got my espeed install few years back. After my cousin introduced Hobby Link Japan, I slowly move away from them due to the price different and better economical shipping. Well, of course, back then the exchange rates for SG to Yen was good and at the same time there is no free shipping policy either.

First impression

It’s easy to guess what Play-Asia.com is selling when you first enter to the website as everything was well categories and allows you to choose what kind of items you wanted it to list out.

Good things about them that not only they sell toys but also sells original consoles and PC games, music’s, movies, books or magazines and other gaming gadgets including accessories which can be found over there too. I mostly buy the PC collector edition games since it can be easily obtain it through pre-order.

Price wise for all their items sold over there, except those magazines, plastic models and figures are much expensive from my own survey pricing comparison. This is why I don’t shop there often even there is free shipping offering. Mostly, I check out the bargain section and some of the interest trading figures. That’s my habit.

The Best Parts

Getting a free US$5.00 coupon from almost every purchase and even a yearly free Christmas coupon worth US$8.00 (over US$50.00) and US$12.00 (over US$100.00) once you open an account at Play-Asia.com. I have been receiving it every year and not a single one misses to my mail box. If you don’t have anything to buy, you can simply just pass around to your friends or relatives since there is no restriction.

Another great limited time reward recently I was told to post mini reviews of the products already purchase from them on the website. In exchange, they will reward you credits for each product. It’s not much, but it’s good to earn a little store credit for future purchase.

The Terrible Downside

Their deliveries are simply too fast. It may sound good to many of you, but I look it differently and their customer services are not good either.

I remember my worst experience placing a wrong toy figure in my order and make a direct payment at night. After noticing the error made within ten minute in the invoice, I straight away sent my message for hoping to replace the figure while maintaining the same price. I thought they read it in the next day on working hours and do changes on my mistake. Somehow it didn’t, they simply just process and shipped within 24 hours which was blazing fast.

It was a disaster for me getting a wrong figure, and much worst they response my message after two days. I do not know if that was intentionally but their excuses simply cannot be accepted by telling me because there is too much mails to read. If such case does happen, then there is more reason for them to delay for few days as no point of crazily hurry and shipped out the items.

We as a customer do make mistake something and of course, they should expect some changes and modifications in our orders. I did post this issue in the Reseller Ratings website and vote them two stars out of five. Few days later, I get a reply from the GM trying to defend and telling me they have a 24 hours email policy so it very less likely happens.

You know what? He even tries to point me at fault that I sending the message during the holiday and non-working hours. I can’t believe this excuse comes again from the GM itself without understand what I wrote. If PA has a 24 hour email policy so why the fuck my message took so long to respond? Again, it was my items sent within 24 hour instead not the response message.

There is reason to believe that PA might not have any 24 hour email policy in the beginning. Maybe there was, probably not taking seriously about it. But there must be increasing of such similar complains and that’s why they decided last minute to improve this policy to avoid getting bad reputation.

Payment Methods

PA accepts credit cards, Paypals, Western Union and Moneybookers payments.

For pre-ordering, for us Bruneian, since we cannot receive refunds in Paypal. PA recommends us to use credit card instead while it can easily refund the money after your pre-order has been process or any other issues.

Shipping and Packing

There are many choices on the shipping. You can either choose Airmail, EMS Speedpost and courier shipment. For those of us who love to save more, Brunei is one of the country received free shipping offer at PA. The only downside is they are using Airmail without any tracking numbers.

As for the packaging, PA has a quality in packing. It’s not comparable to HLJ, but it’s not bad either.

Conclusion

Everything depends on what you are looking for over there. Although there are many things I don’t recommend buyers to shop in Play-Asia.com due to the price different are so much no matter how I look at it. Without doubt that the free shipping does help buyers to reduced the cost on the spending, nice yearly free coupons and especially also reduced the burden on the extra custom taxes on CD/DVD in Brunei.

The only concerns I’m think probably it’s about the customer services. There is no way I know about the improvement or not all these years. I know some of you might worry if incase your parcels lost during the shipment, will you able to get refunds? You might ask. Based on my experience, yes, so far I am able to recovered 100% refunds from them from arguments and cancelation order. I don’t know about the other buyers. If you want to make sure about their quality customer services, best to drop by Reseller Ratings for more buyers positive and negative reviews.

We Save Nothing from Trade In


I have been hearing so much noise about trading in your old computer hardware’s for getting a new great price for few months now. Some say you trade in your old CRT and get a free LCD which is absolutely crap information or totally misunderstanding explains from one another. I already look into it and was just Concepts Computer doing the trade in promotion for quite a while.

To be honest, you are simply giving away your CRT and printer away grantee for free in the beginning. I do not know about the projectors since I’m not into this gadget. But it just doesn’t make sense at all, no matter how I look at the trade in price offer to consumers. If I can get a HP AIO printer as low B$100.00 in other computer shops, what’s the point of trading in my dead or old fine working printer for Epson $98.00? Even when I look at the trade in Acer LCD 20” wide monitor price, Netcom Computer offer the same selling the price around B$199.00 (B$188.00 was the previous promotion). What’s the catch here? Are we consumers working CRT monitor worth $10.00 or simply paying just the selling price from the beginning?

I don’t know if this is just a competitions battle plan. But this is to remind you all to survey carefully before sending in your old working or damage junks for trade in. I do not have any ill intention towards Concepts Computer, but this kind of trade in promotion doesn’t seem to convince me worth sending over to recycle.

Eva Provisional Unit 05


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Finally Eva Provisional Unit 05 (movie version) has joins Mari Illustrious Makinami! It took me a while to get it after I couldn’t get it during my pre-order in HW Japan and also missed out the theatrical version back on June. This time I simply got it from Hong Kong instead which is much easier.
What surprise me the most is an extra mini assemble Borg included inside the box. The downside is, only two articulations on the arm are movable so which is why I didn’t take any picture of the posing. The rest are just fixed and nearly trying to break it because I did not realize while figuring out why it won’t move. Although the articulation can be replaced, you just need to buy it from Revoltech or other online store in Japan which I so far able to find only at Toy-Wave.
Same as usual, a nice packing and colors design coming from Revoltech. But I still mad at getting the toy being so loosely which is worst that not the changeable articulation area. I hate to say that the quality of the product is getting bad. This is just my opinion, mind you all.
Okay, due to the incomplete photo booth setup. I only took few photos of the Eva Provisional unit 5 and of course, my camera is the Canon budget version for normal photo shooting only. So expecting unprofessional photos result from me. =P
I just realize I kept shooting from the left. ^^;;;

iShop2Go.com Nov 2009 Order


I went to pick up today in the afternoon after work which is the only day I could go down to town. Nothing much from this month order, it just another extra MG Blue Frame Astray 2nd Revise with bonus pack and Revoltech Eva Provisional Unit 05 (movie version). I did plan to order over US$100.00 to free gift from iShop2go.com. After knowing what kind of gift you are getting, it just wasn’t worth it. If you are curios what kind of gift I am referring to, it’s the China copy made normal mechanical chain base that only cost US$6.50.
As for the MG Blue Frame Astray 2nd Revise, I am glad to obtain the bonus backpack parts. But also the first time owing the three same MG at the same month! OMG! Right now, the only things I can think of are using the bonus pack for building different Blue frame. I already have one idea in mind and going to keep one as original. The extra one will require time to think once I obtain all Seed VS Astray MS. Also, I already tried attaching it to the normal HG 1/100 Astray version. Bad luck to all, it just doesn’t work. Nevertheless, as usual, you just need some soft mod so that the backpack can be attach.
Anyway, if you are hoping to get one of the bonus backpack, tried Walter Hobby. As much I know Toy-Wave and iShop2go.com have already finished.
How about the Eva unit 05? That is going to be for tomorrow post! I already done some photo shoot just now in the afternoon after receiving a window glass plate from my uncle. I am still slowly building my own budget photo booth for shooting Gundam and other toys stuff. All I can say it’s an incomplete setup and require more time on the materials I need.

HLJ Free Shipping and Others


Yeah, it just started yesterday and I was hoping for better bargain from holiday sales. Not a single one really makes me want to buy anything at all to get the free shipping. I believe there might be more coming from HLJ. But for now, skipping is a good option for me right now.

Other than looking at HLJ and Hobby Search sales, I decided to make an order from Ami Ami toy store in Japan. It’s quite a popular store in Japan, so this really has to depend on luck if I might able to get those pre-orders on December. That’s my list for Kotobukiya Kobato figure and Revoltech Full Metal Panic. No more others for now except some discounts items spotted over there. Yes, I am still holding myself NOT to buy! Argggg….damn stupid habit!!!

Japan Crazy Sales for Toys!


There are probably that most of you who didn’t yet take notice about such events coming sooner from many online toy stores in Japan. With the upcoming Christmas celebration, there is without doubt that they are preparing some crazy sales during end of the year. But I am rather surprise that this year is always full of crazy sales and promotions compared to last year.

Recently Danny Choo announced the new opening English version of Ami Ami Hobby Shop this week. The store itself already was starting offering some nice discount up to 55% off. It does really make me want to purchase some stuffs over there. I will save it for next year as it look quite promising looking for some discount and event items over there.

Another one is Hobby Search just started the special sales today I believe. I just drop by earlier and there are many things I really love to get it. So far the most disappointed sales are under the plastic category. It doesn’t seem to have any interested items I really want at all. But I do recommend the Mecha section because it have much more items you can find over there and some of the price even lower than before. The fuck up thing is the Revoltech Eva05 movie version just hit with the almost half price after I just order one from ishop2go. That was really fucked up getting play by this promotion.

However, I decided to wait this time because Hobby Link Japan also going to do the same thing again according to what it says on the official website. 90 hours more to go! Woo Hoo!!! I wonder what sort of discount them going to throw time? I really hope they don’t just simply putting the same old shit again and again.

Dreams Becomes True


There has been countless time experience such events in my life and it really come true after I realize it. Everything comes from the dreams I had in from past few months and one of them actually just occur this afternoon. It was truly amaze me from time to time thinking how is it possible our brain could be able to perform such memories of the event that haven’t occur yet in our future? There are no good explanations until today. But I’m sure most probably we are more terrify having the bad dreams related to accident might actually come true. The worst of all I believe.

I’m sure most of you don’t really bother about this kind of things. That’s why you guys should check out the new TV series aired recently in the abc channel call “Flash Forward”. Kinda similar thing I mention above. But this is sci-fiction story and it’s pretty good. Recommend for everyone! Watch the promo trailer below.

Slow Update for Past and Now


Truly was, I had to say. My time for keeping my blog update is slower now. My work is getting my way and yes, I sometimes have to work at night in town when there are incoming calls from the bastards. There are nothing can be done when the person who is in charge doesn’t want to go there instead pushing everything back to me and my colleagues. Luckily I am single, so it won’t affect much shit in my life other than less time for watching anime and movies. It really sucks when you have to work with such person in the same office.

But I won’t complain as long I get a good pay, that it. This is the second month in the new company so this is going to be quite challenging for me and everything progressing well with new friends. Just a few troubles with my colleagues for mistake me falling in love on a Malay girl. I’m sure the whole office people knew about it sooner or later. A guy like me being a single so long, of course do feel a little wanting to find a partner. But whenever I am looking at my old 89 car, I am totally fuck about it. My friends do tell me not to think too much about it. You just really need to worry about since the world we living these days is totally different compared to the past.

Ahhh…..whenever I am thinking about this shit. I rather choose to stick with being single longer until I get my own new car.

About the Malay girl I mention, she is really attractive and make me wanna to ask her out for a date. it just the feeling i had whenever I saw her. Never in my life ever being getting absorbed by this her strong aura. However, it just the problem about my negative personal life issue being an Atheist and thinking too much about the future stuff. You see, I am afraid it definitely going to insult the Muslim religious if I go convert and continue to stick the way I am. Believe me or not, nothing will change me as I never ever longer believe god exist in my whole life. Thanks to Richard Dawkins.

Anyway, most probably the first thing I have to be careful tomorrow is about my crush on this Malay girl. It seems like my Malay friend has leak out the information about me liking her, so this is definitely embarrassing for the whole office peoples to know about it. This is going to be hard for me face to face with her. Nonetheless, I have no intention asking her out for now because I still had a lot of things to worried now. Yes, new car and money!!!