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Rock-climbing. A New Found Passion.


Not someone who would stay at home and rot, I joined race partner Stanley for rock-climbing at Camp 5, One Utama last Friday. I have always been intrigued about scaling walls and rock, although I am shit scared of heights. I live on the 17th floor and you will not find me lingering on the balcony for long.

I distinctly remember being absolutely quiet on my cable car ride in Langkawi. As the winds blew and the car rocked, my palms were completely soaked with sweat. To think that I would be naturally comfortable with heights with my 6-foot 1 inch frame. Hah. Life’s little surprises.


Strangely enough, the fear of heights did not prevail on my first ever attempt at rock-climbing. After signing up and collecting my harness and climbing shoes at the counter, Stanley gave me a brief on how to wear the harness before introducing me to the Boulder. A boulder is exactly what it is – a big, fat piece of rock, with a matted surface on the ground for safe landings. It’s a good place to start climbing, and to practise technique. I did a couple of tries, but not without some difficulty at first. Had to get use to getting a grip with my fingers, and also learning how to place my feet. And most importantly, to ‘step up’, as they called it.

Rock-climbing, is not about strength of your limbs, as I learned, it is all about technique. Hands are used primarily for balance, as your legs ‘step up’ to the next level.

Having succeeded in climbing the boulder several times, Stanley took me to the 10m lateral wall. He thought me how to secure the rope to my harness with proper knots, and showed me how belaying works. Stanley showed me basic safety procedures and I practiced tying the knots and securing the harness.

With some support, I went up. I got up three quarters of the way but my upper body and arms felt fatigued. Stan earlier thought me how I could ‘hang and relax’ with one arm and I used that to regain some strength. Stan urged me on, and I finally reached the apex.

I think I gave Stan a huge wedgie, as I came down, him supporting my rope. Hahah. I watched Stan as he did one climb, a quick one too. Experienced as he is, he told me it wasn’t the best of techniques he used, and somewhat cheated by using strength of his arms to pull himself up.

After resting for a couple of minutes, I went up again, this time smoother and quicker. My first ever climbing experience, and I was hooked from then on. I plan to come by every week and perhaps join as a member very soon. The adrenalin rush is addictive, and I like the fact that it is a huge challenge.

More climbing to come, folks!

Interested in indoor climbing? Visit Camp 5.

Technorati tags: Camp 5, rock climbing, indoor climbing, scaling walls, climbing

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TMNut on WIKI

This is hilarious. How’s that for a vote of confidence? By the way, my crawling net speed issue is still unresolved. Apparently it is due to a port problem which is directly related to the main switch. They are supposedly awaiting a switch upgrade which they are testing and pending approval.

Hah. Whatever. Just make sure it gives me at least 800Kbps. And in a huff, please!

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A1 GP: Congrats, A1 Team Malaysia!


In a race that saw many cars frolic in the gravel traps, Alex Yoong, racing for Team Malaysia, finishes on the podium for the very first time.

A1 Team Canada fought their way from back of the grid to win the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Sentul Circuit, Indonesia giving them their first win of the season.

The A1 GP in Indonesia was action-packed from start to finish, with enough collisions, overtaking and close-racing to keep the 32,000 spectators on their feet throughout the race.

Second place man Alex Yoong said: ‘I’m elated for the team. The car was very strong. We should have pitted earlier though, we could have been even closer. This is what the Series is all about, there was so much overtaking, the cars are strong and built to overtake. Jos Verstappen and I had a real cat and mouse fight as we made our way through the field. It is such a good result for the team and for our new sponsor Proton. Having Proton on board has made such a difference for the team, as we have been able to concentrate on the racing rather than getting to the next race.’

A1 Team Malaysia, currently lies 9th in the 25-nation ‘World Cup’ of motorsports with 49 points. Congrats Alex and A1 Team Malaysia!

Picture courtesy of A1GP.com. For more news, visit A1GP.com

Technorati tags: A1 GP, A1, grand prix, racing, motorsports, Alex Yoong, Team Malaysia, Proton

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GRA Autocross Round 2: I Won!


Ronald Sudarja of Michelin awarding me the prizes

Having clinched the Runners-Up and Fastest Novice of Class C at the GRA Autocross Round 1, I am completely ecstatic to come out of Round 2 as Champion of Class C. Held at the same venue – KLCC outdoor car park, the event saw 100 contestants competing in 6 different classes. After a disastrous test-run in the morning where my front right brake hose broke, resulting in zero brakes during the run, I really had not expected to have competed at all. Fortunately, partner Stan, who didn’t participate this time round, came to the rescue. A huge, massive thank you to my race partner including the two mysterious mechs who came out of nowhere to sort out my brakes.
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MacBook Pro: Intel in an Apple!

Whoever said you can’t compare apples and oranges? And whoever said you can’t mix apples and oranges is just so wrong. That is just so last century! Presenting the Kudos to the Apple Design + technical team for bringing us the first-ever dual-core Mac notebook. But kill the marketing team for the moniker. MacBook Pro? You gotta be kidding me.

In any case, welcome the first Mac notebook built upon the revolutionary new Intel Core Duo — which is actually two processors (up to 1.83GHz) engineered onto a single chip.

Ripped off the Apple MacBook Pro page, the Intel-powered ‘Book provides:

2MB of Smart Cache, L2 cache that can be shared between both cores as needed. It delivers higher performance in 2D and 3D graphics, video editing, and music encoding. And the new engine is only part of the story. MacBook Pro has a frontside bus and memory that, at 667MHz, runs faster than any previous Mac notebook. It’s the first Mac notebook with PCI Express, a Serial ATA hard drive and the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 for superfast performance.

Despite initial skepticism from the Mac community, including certain quarters screaming “sell outs!” and “traitors!”, Apple has quashed all FUD surrounding the MacTel (Macintosh-Intel) platform. With Motorola and IBM less prominent in the picture, and a welcome thing too since they consistently fail to deliver and distracted with embedded applications, Intel moved in, promised and delivered. Right, on!

So how is this all going to fit into the picture? Well, surprise! It has. Mac OS X (or Mac OS X x86) runs natively on Intel and with software compatibility, newer developed apps (identified with the Universal symbol) can run on both PowerPC and Intel platforms.

The 15.4-incher sells at $1999. Apple also announced the powered by a 2Ghz Intel dual-core processor, the first-ever dual-core consumer product from Apple.
MacBook Pro At a Glance

  • 15.4-inch widescreen display
  • 1.67 or 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
  • 667MHz frontside bus and main memory
  • PCI Express architecture
  • Up to 120GB Serial ATA hard drive
  • ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with up to 256MB memory on 16-lane PCI Express
  • ExpressCard/34 slot
  • Dual-link DVI, VGA adapter included
  • One FireWire 400 port, two USB 2.0 ports
  • Optical digital and analog audio I/O, built-in microphone and stereo speakers
  • Slot-loading SuperDrive
  • Illuminated keyboard, Scrolling TrackPad
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and Gigabit Ethernet
  • Mac OS X Tiger with iLife ’06 featuring iWeb, iWork ’06 trial, and more

The MacBook Pro and new iMac were announced at the San Francisco Macworld Conference & Expo. Macworld Conference & Expo is the largest Macintosh exhibition event of the year to showcase professional, business, and consumer Macintosh products and services.Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs kick-off Macworld Conference & Expo 2006 with a keynote address from San Francisco’s Moscone Center. See the video-on-demand (VOD) event right here exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4.

Technorati tags: Apple, MacBook Pro, iMac, Macworld, Intel, Quicktime, MPEG-4

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Move over, 05, it’s 06!

Time flies doesn’t it? It’s bloody 2006 already. I’ve lived 3.1 decades and counting. Bejeezuz. It’s scary, exciting, unflailingly unpredictable. Will I be rich? Will I be famous? Que sera sera. Eh?

Nevermind.

2006 is as eccentric and psychedelic as I want it to be. That’s right. I claim rights to two-zero-zero-six. Or two-naught-naught-six. I declare it my year. To hell with everyone. To hell with logic and every rational thought conceivable. THIS IS MY YEAR.

And, my resolution is…

Waitaminnit! I need a resolution? I mean, it’s the new year. I need something to make me new. To be new. To be different from last year. To not do things I did last year. To do things I did not do last year. Hmm.

What the heck. Resolutions don’t work for me. You know why? I’d much prefer to declare it then do it. Right that very instant. I don’t need to remind myself – “Oh, you need to lose 5 kilos this year.” Or, “you need to stop smoking.” I’m already doing it. I have already done it.

So here goes. *Drum roll…*

My resolution is 300dpi! It was 150dpi last year. Not too blur, not too sharp. This year’s more focused. Sharper. To the very dot. Complete and total detail at 800% zoom view.

Hah! Take that.

Oh er… Happy New Year everyone! Have a splendid, fantastically funny, inhumanely prosperous and absolute butt-whipping 2006!

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