Saturday, October 3, 2009

Maxis Friend Finder "Found" Stolen Car

Image from Kwong Wah Press

This morning I was reading a local Chinese Paper when I came across a very interesting article. A 34 year old man in Falim, Penang lost his Toyota Camry along with his cell phone inside the car. He used a local telco service provider - Maxis to help locate his car. The owner, used Maxis Friend finder WAP service to locate his mobile phone which according to Maxis website provides the approximate location; accurate between a few hundred meters to a kilometer.
With the approximate location, the police was able to locate the car which was parked in another apartment parking lot in Air Hitam, Penang. The car was retrieved but unfortunately the poliece was unable to catch the culprits. For the original article (in Chinese) click here.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Visting Mango

For the past couple of Fridays, we've been making constant visit to Mango in Sungai Petani, Kedah. So how long exactly has mango been in 'hospital? Well long enough for a spider to set up a web huge enough to catch this dragonfly. Not to forget the thick layer of dust all over the car!

Anyway, below are a few pictures of Mango's current condition which show it still has a long way to go .

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hello Kitty Car Sub Woofer

Car chop shops are truly unique. They sometimes can carry weird stuffs. Most if not all chop shops here get their stuffs from Japan. So yesterday the McGuyver and Dan were out looking for some stuffs and McGuyver bought something pink.

Hello Kitty car sub woofer. Honestly, I dislike Hello Kitty. Anything that has the image of that cat without a mouth is something that I'll stay away!

 Hello Kitty car sub wooferBut this box (if without the words or images of THAT kitten) actually looks quite nice. The acrylic side panels has pink stars printed on it. And from one side it looks a little like a toaster oven.
 Hello Kitty car sub wooferAfter cleaning the box, the guys decided to give this little thing a test run and see how it sounds.
 Hello Kitty car sub wooferUnfortunately, this thing only looks nice. The sounds produced is bad. Very Bad.
 Hello Kitty car sub wooferAnd it's magenta pink neon light is an eyesore.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kg. Gajah - We Never Arrive

Dennis had every single reason NOT to go to the track this season - his Mango is in the 'hospital' for a total make over (metal surgery). But since he had to deliver someone's absorbers (whom unfortunately I forgotten the owner's name... sorry) we took the Ranger to Kg. Gajah with McGuyver, Panda and Fuji tagging along just for fun.
Dennis wanted to take the regular route (exit at Changkat Jering) but McGuyver somehow managed to 'con-vince' Dennis to exit at Ipoh and take the long route down to Kg. Gajah. So while cruising along the high way at speed limit, I noticed the air condition failed to freeze us like it always used to and Dennis noticed the engine bay's temperature was rising. Immediately he turned off the engine and let the car glide into the emergency lane.

Upon checking under the hood, we saw the radiator had cracked and steam was gushing out. Luckily there was a highway petrol car on the opposite direction and the two nice gentlemen quickly came over to place cones and offered their assistance. Since Dennis had called his uncle, the two men didn't need to do anything further and left us.

Note: it's best to keep the highway emergency phone number at hand. So if you're on PLUS highway and something untoward happens to your car,call 1-800-88-0000. Or hunt for the Emergency phone which is placed along the highway at every kilometer (I think).
About one and a half hour later, Dennis uncle arrived with the tow car. It was quite difficult to lift the ranger because it's a very very heavy vehicle. And Since the tow car can only ferry 2 passengers, the 3 other guys (McGuyver, Panda and Fuji) had to sit in the Ranger and get towed back to Nibong Tebal.

Riding in a tow car is SO uncomfortable. But it is quite funny how I can end up sleeping half the journey and only to wake up when we arrive back home!

So a lesson for all:-
1. Always check your car before the start of any journey.
2. Keep emergency numbers handy (tow car and your regular car mechanic numbers included)
3. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times. If you don't need it, your car may need it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Driving carefully

Festive season is a time were everyone heads home to be with their love one. However one must always exercise caution especially when on the wheel. It's a good thing that both Dan and I have a valid driving license so one can take the wheel while the other is tired and in need of rest. 
The picture above was taken along the North-South Highway, about less than 1 kilometer from the Jelapang Toll (Ipoh). The highway along that area is currently under expansion, so there are many road signs warning drivers to be extra careful. But I guess there are some individuals who thinks they are Michael Schumacher or Mika Häkkinen only to snap back into reality when their car burst into flames - at that point, all they can do is sit and stare blankly into space and wonder what went wrong. 
As we approached the burning car, I asked Dan to take a video instead of taking pictures. Luckily the driver and passenger escaped with little injuries (a quick zoom in from my PC shows the traumatized girl had a bleeding nose). 

After Dan had stopped the recording I drove by the burning car with caution as the heat from the flames was so bad that I can even feel it from inside the Ranger even though I'm at least 1.5 lanes away from it. Anyway, let this video image be a reminder for all to drive safely during the festive season.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fight at Kg. Gajah - 40 against 10

Kg.Gajah fight
Yes, news spread fast and before you know it, it's in the papers. When TK first blogged about it two days ago, I didn't think much of it. And today it was in the papers just proves how rowdy people can be when they don't get what they want. According to Sin Chew online news report, the event organizer Provice Event held a Press Conference at DAP's office (Perak Branch) to highlight this case which happened on Saturday 10th January 2009 at Kg. Gajah. Yup, shocking isn't it? A simple track right in the middle of no where meant for drivers to test their skills on the track can turn out into a fighting ground. Anyway with this news out on the papers, I think Kg. Gajah cannot be considered as 'middle-of-no-where'.

Now based on the news report, the event organizer was charging MYR5 per head per view. If I may say, it's quite pricey for an individual who's just there to sit at the grand stand the whole day and stare at cars making circles on the track. One fellow visitor refused to pay and made a big fuss about it. And when tempers flare, so does their arms and legs. In the end, there were broken bones, bruised eyes, damaged equipments and probably some dented egos. But according to the gossip version, the very fellow visitor was only a young boy. Being a village juvenile, it's no surprise he can't afford for it. It seems that while he was being ushered out rudely, he dropped his slippers (oh ya... Cinderella style!). And then ran home and cried for recruits. Which then lead to a big rowdy crowd armed with sticks and stones and what-ever their hands can get hold of marching straight to the track. In the end, same thing - broken bones, bruised eyes, damaged equipments and dented egos. 

Now I was not at the scene so I don't know what exactly happened. But one thing for sure is that being an organizer you'll just have to be extra careful when dealing with people, especially those revengeful kind. Or you'll never know what hit you.

Image source: Sin Chew Online

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Extreme Colors

One way or another, cars reflects their owner's personality. From those who seeks great attention by doing a little paint job to those who seek greater attention by up sizing what ever their money can buy.
First, we have the Fuchsia Pajero. I'm guessing that this owner is either female, gay, or some guy who likes attention. With all the extreme add ons (see that black pipe by the driver's side?) and body lift, it looks like a car fit for off road. But with that shining new Fuchsia paint job, I doubt he's going into the jungle anytime soon.

and a Lemon Lime Saga. Nothing extreme about this car except it's brightly painted spray which anyone who passes by would notice. Anyway, I wonder if this car glows in the dark??
Then there is this Outrageous Orange Wira which I've yet to take its picture as I do not have the time yet. But no worries, that owner is a local dude so I get to come across that car very often in town...