Loan Approved, YES!


After having a bad nightmare with Yahobby.com online merchant, I was relieve a bit when receiving good news about my car loan was approved by the HSBC bank. I thought mine was approved by BIBD, but somehow it was rejected according to my agent. Of course, I am expecting that coming. I don’t why but I can sense that they don’t welcome much for the Chinese applications and without any saving account too.

I really don’t care anymore. As long it was approved, I am happy able to get a new car soon this coming August. This is going to be challenging life for the first time and there won’t be any toys for me anymore starting on that month except until my bonus released this year. The monthly loan amount was B$450+ and it affect quite heavy for my own income spending. Well, I do have a lot left but other simply had to goes to my unemployed mother and stupid house me staying in with the step mother. Nonetheless, there are more things I have to worry next year after getting a new car, insurance and road tax. Yikes! Too late for me now!

My First Open Case in Paypal


I can’t imagine this is the first time filing an open case against YaHobby.com (China online retailer) in Paypal.com. These guys are trying to avoid their responsibility and false promises refund my money, last week. I have no idea what the hell happen to them because until now, not a single mail has been reply from them after sending starting on Sunday. I check through the Google them if any suspicious movement on their website. But still, no lucks finding any lead.

I advise all of you not to buy stuffs from them. Yahobby.com is not a safe site buying toys and been known sending damage products to buyers.

Alan Wake Live Action Prequel


You don’t have to be gamers especially ladies who don’t played or interested. But you should watch this six episode mini-series because this is a very nice short live horror thriller TV prequel about a newspaper journalist experience in Bright Falls town before the arrival of Alan Wake which the rest of the story require to play in XBOX 360 to find out more.

It is quite a popular horror game and sad that it won’t come to PC platform. Recommend for everyone to download and watch. Oh make sure you watch during at night with your lights off because it was really well made frictional horror-thriller TV mini-series. All six episodes are available at Youtube and check out the interview at here too. Hope they even made it to movie as well.

PowerColor ATI Radeon HD5770 1GB PCS+


Finally my long awaited upgrade for my PC arrived yesterday. I know this is not the high end card or something, but I have to say it’s enough running most of the latest PC games today at highest quality mode! I tested few of the games loaded in my PC and it’s really gives ton of punch on the graphic at full resolution 1680x1050 on my Dell 22” LCD monitor. I really enjoying on the smooth gameplay. Although turning on to maximum AA and AF does degrade the performance on the games. But so far, it was minor lag and entirely playable in acceptable frame rate even on Supreme Commander 2 (Buy!)demo with plenty of units shooting around.

I also benchmarking and tested on the first person shooting (FPS) games like Resident Evil 5 (Buy!) and Wolfenstein 2 (Buy!). Both of them are at playable smooth framerate on maximum setting. Currently the last game I am planning to test was Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II (Buy!). But something is wrong and currently unable to launch because there are updates going on which was never mention on Steam. I got to wait for it to finish before start testing.

If you wonder how much I actually spend on this card. It was around B$300.00 below, I cannot tell you the exact price because this is a special price from friend. Yes, from the way it look, expensive was the right word. You need to understand that AMD do not currently have any competitions at the moment for his mid-range card market and NVIDIA has been really slow launching their new products too causing the price stay. Another reason for this kind of price is because it able to support four displays (2x DVI and 2x HDMI) and even comes with free full Colin McRAE DiRT 2 Steam game. I’m not a fan on driving games but it support running Microsoft Direct X 11 so it’s going to be fun experience the new graphic details.

Car Loaner Panic!


Yes, I am one of them and mine application was rejected by HSBC today even it was my first loan, not to mention totally clean guy. Everyone is now in panic mode and submitted early than I am which according to the agent whose helping me applying to my application was told that it were simply too much for them to handle and asked to go to another bank to apply.

This is sucker than I can imagine. I don’t know if there is any chance for me but I decided to try before June. However, I am quite mad about HSBC because my saving, credit card and salary all pay through over there (by my long time customer local company). Why can’t I easily get applied by its own house? Feel like I was unwelcome.

I know the interest fee was a bit higher than other banks out there. Comfort and easy was my main priority. You really just want to stick with one bank and let them do all the transactions easily in one way rather than rushing to another bank settling the payments separately and it’s really annoying when the bank employee’s call you just to pay up on time. I can’t believe going to facing such problem.

Arggg…I don’t know what to expect on this month really. Hope that I can get my loan approved by other banks on time. All else I have to face my doom on 25% down payment rules. The worst of all mankinds.

25% Down Payment Loan for New Cars Next Month


Seriously, that was FUCK! I got a wind about this that it going to take effect starting next month. What the fuck? I worked like shit for seven years to endure using old crappy car. Now I am going to get stuck again with it after I am now able to afford for car loan this year? 25% of down payment is not a huge joke and you need at least a year to save that much for B$19,000 like Toyota VIOS value. If I am going to buy those car values from B$30,000, this would take for three years worth of saving and possibly impossible.

All the car sales agent are also affected as well because there will be huge impact on their business and for us as well. I don’t know, but I can tell it will sooner, higher car price maybe. Think about the car genuine spare parts and services might even raise more. I totally disagree these new rules and it doesn’t even make sense for those of us (old car owners) who have to suffer as well. Not all of us are fucking rich and in no way we are able to pay such a huge percentage for the first down payments. Don’t get yourself wrong, we can buy and pay a lot of things for 25%.

The people behind these rules are so stupid and never think what they trying to do to us. If they ever think this is the best ways helping us to save our money are fucking stupid. What they did is WRONG. What if our old car broke down and unable to drive anymore to work? Car accident and other shit may happen so where can we get the money to put up for the 25% down payment for a new car?

Is ALL of us in Brunei owned more than two cars? Are ALL family in Brunei worked in same company? Is the local transportation drives to every area where our companies located? Ask yourself if these bus drivers even ever worked at 24hr night? Do we ever have any fucking trains in Brunei?

NONE!!! There is NONE at all and NONE a good thing about local transportation in Brunei are good!!! How the hell these rules can be approved when none of these have ever been solve today? Geezzz….All I can say the whole plan is stupid and idiot people behind this are so dumb as well causing so much trouble in the future ahead of us.

eBay is Evil


Yes, eBay is really an evil shopping site. I was so obsesses looking for shits all days and every night. Not just Transformers only. PC parts, old junks, tools, shoes and more pending that is currently unknown within me. You can find almost everything there and being so crazy sticking it from December last year until now. I really need to get away from it and that it October for sure.

Looking for China products are the most interesting. Almost all China and Hong Kong sellers are selling over there in eBay. The price is damn cheaper than those sell in Brunei and comes with free shipping. Not bad huh? It just a question whether it will deliver to us or not. That’s why we have to make sure the seller have a good rating and positive records before making any purchase.

I also happy able to find some PC technician tools there that can support my works. For instance, like networking tools and testers. Almost all of them come with very cheap price. Thanks to that, I am able to discover a new China gadget site (will be review soon once I confirm it’s safe to buy). Of course, I have to be careful what to buy there because the electronic stuffs are tax by our custom officer and it’s going to be 20%. As long it is power by battery, they will consider it as electronic. Yes, wifi products are cheap too, but are you willing to pay for B$50.00 for EACH product to AiTi? Not for me, but I do love to get my hands on the wireless presenter. Blah better find it in local shops. AiTi sucks!

Finding PC parts and second hand CPU are quite cheap also. But the shipping are quite high especially like from Australia. I was stunt by it seeing the shipping fees are more expensive than from US. When it comes to this, I would rather order mini-ITX system and some combo CPU plus motherboard sold from China which is much worth it from what I see. Although it does actually depends on the results coming from eBay search. You need a lot of efforts finding the right sellers.

Man, I wish Brunei bank adopt Paypal and allow to received money. eBay is a good place selling your stuffs and even helps to boost some post office services other than just receiving.

eBay is Evil – April Bidding 2010


Finally got my two winning items from the post office last few days ago. I thought it might be gone forever after the volcano eruption and delaying all the flights even almost got into fight with one of the seller because I haven’t receive my stuffs yet. Luckily it arrived safely and enjoying my Transformers expansion display.

The toys I got from eBay are Walmart (US store) exclusive Transformers Universe Hardhead US$21.50 and 2 Pack value (The Data War and War of the Waves) US$7.99.

For Sales! Revoltech ARX-07/08 and Gurren


I decided to sell off my three Revoltech Yamaguchi version off my collections by set. They are loose display item comes from smoke free home and only open once for displaying, played and put back into the original box after taking photos. What’s the reason of doing this? I do not have any display shelf.

Selling set price: B$50.00

Please note that some parts of the area are originally loose after unboxed. But everything are perfectly good condition. Read the review for more picture. Feel Free to contact me if you are interested! Thank you!

For Sale! CM Hyper 212 CPU Fan


This is a brand new first released version of Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU fan for desktop PC supporting LGA775 (Quad, dual core and extreme) / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 / 940 / 939 / 754 sockets. The box color is starting to wear off. It is still good in conditions, seal and clear tapes warping around (damn my friends). Of course same goes for the CPU heat sink and comes with one blue led fan running 2000 R.P.M speed (19 dBA). Extra bracket is included as well for installing second fan.

You can find out more information about this product at the official website especially for the dimensions size to ensure your chassis can support it. Please note that LGA1366 (only i7) is supported, but the brackets are optional and not included on the first release version.

FINAL price is B$40.00. Anyone interested please contact me using the menu link above. Thank you.

Stupid Old Car


Damn my old car fooling around at the time like this. The clutch fluid suddenly went empty on the first day of May. I already refill it two days ago but never expect this coming so fast which I normally done once a week, even twice. It was lucky that this was not a serious problem but just had to park on the road side in a hot day and asked my friend for help, drove me to buy the brake & clutch fluid. The old car is getting lots of problem every each month, seem like it’s time for me to get a new car sooner.

I already recently did some survey pricing for new cars release this year. Quite a lot of impressive design and especially those SUV type cars are cheaper nowadays. Currently the new Hyundai Tucson 2010 version strikes me. It looks sporty, nice design, big space, and good price (B$27,000.00 plus for low spec). Also receives well reputation from many reviews and the local agent car servicing are cheaper compare to NBT. I haven’t check with the local agent, according to the official Hyundai statements. It comes with five years warranty or 300,000KM extended warranty of your choice.

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Currently all of them were sold out within one month at the local because there was an offer. Not too much worry for me because it is undecided at the moment as I have to wait till reaching one year work with the new company before starting a car loan. Who knows someone stab my back at the sudden causing me losing my jobs. Anything happens.

My second favor is Ford Focus 2012, slightly redesign and improved version. The reason choosing Ford because this model is still going to be built in Europe. It has most of the latest advance equipments you can find on many European made cars nowadays. I really like the new design and features. Although, the new version hasn’t release yet especially the price is still unknown in Brunei. I already saw my friends driving the 2009 released version and man, I really love it! He brought it for B$25,000 (I think) during promotions this year and the price is actually more because he went for some upgrade.

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I know, I know about Ford history. Sometimes you really need to give the maker a chance, not to mention Ford is actually one of the most reliable cars today in the world and the price are coming closer to beat most Japanese cars maker out there. It depends on anyone point of view, but all my relatives are so annoying kept bashing me not to buy Ford brand. Why? They are the Toyota cheer leaders.

I haven’t decided yet for the third option. However, it won’t be either Toyota or Mitsubishi. Both of them have the least new cars this year and none of them are any more had the attractive looks. The new revised VIOS 2010 version already launched by NBT last week, damn, it was so plain (as always). Only minor improvements and some extra features include this time. Not many changes to the design also except the bumper were replaced, you can check out the gallery at official site to find out more.

Not sure how much the new VIOS cost in Brunei since I don’t even care about it anymore because Japanese cars are getting more expensive due to strong YEN issue. That’s not all. The NBT servicing charges and the parts are overpriced! Trust me, even the employees asked me not to buy from them. All parts at the agent workshops are markup more than 50%. Take the VIOS plastic rim cover as example. They quote my friend each for B$160.00 and that was seriously got to be out of their mind chopping us so much. What the fuck are this made of? Carbon Fiber? Alloy? Geezz…this is why Toyota have so much problem these days around the world.

Project Robobuz


Don’t you think the custom made toys are getting popular nowadays? I just read my twitter this morning and found out a new group toy maker known as The Design Assembly GmbH going to release their own transformable bus. You can check out the picture and Youtube video (below) how it looks like. Well, they are not Autobot or Decepticon, probably different factions and even not related to anything at all.

The pre-order price was up few days ago and update includes plus shipping at the total price for €24.95 and to be release in September 2010. I just pre-order one for myself since the toy looks quite cool and has articulated ball joints. I shouldn’t miss out this rare robot bus design.