Aku no Hana

It has been a while I got this excited for an anime. In fact, I can't remember the last anime that got me all worked out like this. Needless to say, I think Aku no Hana is a very awesome anime. I definitely recommended it to everyone.

A Year Older: Again

It’s that day when I got another level up in life. I’m turning a year older again today. So many things have changed in a course of a year. I read what I wrote on my birthday last year and I almost choked with laughter at how ridiculous everything sounds.

Goodbye 2012 and Hallo 2013

So overall, year 2012 has indeed been kinder to me. I have achieved what I set out to achieve but most importantly, I unexpectedly found love which is easily the highlight of the year for me.

Light Writings: Love II

I need an outlet to express how I feel nowadays. To be honest, things are going too good for me at the moment to the point that I am sort of living in fear for I do not want these extremely good feelings, and the love I have for him to end. If all these are gone tomorrow, there is a big probability that I might lose sanity.

Light Writings: Crush II

Welp, looks like we are having this conversation again after so many years. Well 2 years and 3 months to be exact. The last time I wrote about my crush, I was in a different state of mind where I know it can be nothing more than just that, a crush.

28 March 2006

The Testament

I finished reading this book last month, before my trip to Sepang International Circuit for the 2006 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix.

I had been so busy that it took me this long to review the books.

Before I start with the reviewing, I should make myself clear that I am not really a big fan of John Grisham. I have nothing against him but there are times when I had had enough reading about lawyer, courtrooms and judges.

Personally I don't think this is the best book from John Grisham. I've read better ones like The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Pelican Brief and The Firm. But do not let me discourage you from reading this book.

The Testament is about a multibillionaire man named Troy Phelan who was an eccentric old man, and hate his six children. Each of them will not have your sympathy and makes you understand why Troy did what he did. He tricked his three ex-wives, his greedy spawn, their sleezy lawyers and psychiatrists into believing that he will devide his 11 billions dollars estate and left it for their disposal. He then shocked everyone, including his lawyer Josh, when he commited suicide minutes after he signed a new will he prepared himself. In this new testament, he left his estate not to his six grasping spolied children but instead to his legitimate child name Rachel, who is a missionary somewhere in Brazil.

To locate her, Josh send Nate O'Riley - a washed up alcoholic ligitator. Nate went to Brazil in search of this mysterious heir. After one near-death trip and one failed suicidal attempt, Nate reached a remoted settlement in the Pantanal and found what he's looking for.

Rachel Lane is a pure-hearted missionary carrying 'God's work'. She makes it clear that she is not interested with the money and wants nothing to do with it. Her dedication and kindness impresses Nate. He has not only found Rachel but was also introduce to God so much so that when he came with dengue fever, it leds him to a vision that pretty much change his life.

Back at home, Troy's written will had start a whole new procession in court. His hungry descendents decided to contested the will and gain control of the richness which they think supposed to be theirs. They left the matters to their lawyers who are as greedy as them and they are ready to do anything to get the money.

Failed to changed Rachel's mind about the money, Nate went back home and was appointed as her lawyer by Josh to deceived her six siblings. The proceeding went as plan. Josh and Nate expertly manipulate the outcome made it so that the six children and their lawyers have no choice but to settle out of court for some sum of small money (compared to the billion dollars).

Nate went back to the Pantanal to give Rachel the news but he didn't found her. Instead he discover grave news about the friend that he had come to love and cherish.

I wouldn't want to spoil the book and gave out everything. To know what happen to Rachel, you just have to read the book yourself.

I for one wish Grisham had choose a different ending as it was so anti-climax, I felt cheated.

22 March 2006

My trip to 2006 PMGP

Sorry it took me this long to post anything up after the race. Fatigue was the main reason of the delay.

Anyway, the trip to Sepang this year was pretty eventful, sadly not on the track though. It was dullest race I've been to so far with nothing much going on the track. I'm sure many would agree.

Okay allow me to start from the beginning.

I went to Sepang on Thursday since I've got some work need to be done. Half way through the highway, my left rear tyre deflated. I was alone so I pulled over, jacked the car up and waited for help. I was lucky the plus patrol were on their round. They were the heroes that came to my rescue. Two and a half hour later, I'm at Sepang watching the team prepared for the race weekend.

I went to the circuit very early on Friday, caught up with few of the team members heading to paddock. The preparations for Friday practice were well underway. I stayed at the grandstand for the practice session. I forgot to bring my earplug and found out I dont need it anyway. V8 sounds like crap! It lacks the umphh factor. I was quite disappointed when both Nick and Jacques didn't clocked any time for the first practice although Kubica was again very impressive. The temperature rised to 40 'C as I waited patiently for the second practice session to start. I was thankful though to see Jacques managed to be in the top ten for the second practice and all three BMW drivers were within less than a second off each other. Not bad.

I bought my BMW merchandises on Saturday. Got a friend that can get me discount on those items. Bought a whole lot of them! Because I am a lazy bum, I just sit around the grandstand for the whole day. I sat in front of Ferrari garage and it was fascinating to see them prepared for each run. Not to mentioned to see the drivers around the garage, waving occasionally to the crowd. The first and second segment of qualifying sessions were pretty hectic and I enjoyed it very much but found the third session was a bore. Drivers go round and round the track burning up fuel and that pretty much it.

As for Sunday, I was hoping for rain and it did came but only last for less than a minute. Crap...

The fact that Kimi DNF so early makes the race less entertaining. Renault winning is a good thing but I rather see them fight for it. The occassional engine blow out was the only source of entertainment during the whole race. Too bad that one of the engine that goes kaboom belongs to Nick. I was so pissed off then and almost decide to went straight home but since Massa was doing pretty awesome and Jacques still running, I just have to stay put. I waited till the end of the race and good that I did because Michael made an appearance after the race to entertained his fans. That's what I like about Michael. He's the only driver that shows he care about his fans. Renault had quite a party after the race but neither Fisi or Alonso bothered to waved to the crowd no matter how many times the fans called out to them.

I went home on Monday with a major sunburn and camera loaded with pics.

Now here comes the part where I pissed myself off.

I loaded all the pics to a folder in my laptop. After that I immediately deleted all the files in the camera, like I always did when I'd uploaded them. After that I re-opened the folder and guess what? Apparently there were some problem during the upload. The files didn't uploaded completely. As a result, I lost all the pics!! The only pics around are from my sister's.

Its a disaster!


04 March 2006

Let the race begin!

10 more days before the FIA Formula One 2006 season start. This is the most anticipating season for me personally because there are too many question that needed to be answered. The answer will only present itself when the season unfold starting March 12, 2006.

What else could be more exciting than watching 22 cars on the grid, with 22 good looking drivers (at least some of them), battle it out on the track to be known literally as the best in motorsport world? I can't think of anything else that can make my adrenalin pumping so hard (Okay... besides when I was in a bookstore but that doesn't count ...) than watching this most prestigious motorsports taking place, creating history every single year.

For those who are clueless, let me brief you on this subject. According to Wikipedia, Formula One which also known as Grand Prix Racing is the highest class of open-seat open-wheel formula auto racing. The grand prix held on close streets or circuits that are purposedly-built all over the world, whose results determine two annual World Championship, one for drivers and the other for constructors.

The rules change again for 2006 season. The most striking is instead of using the normally-aspirated V10 engines, the teams will use V8 engine with displacement of 2.4 litres. Special emphasizes are also put on electronics. aerodynamics, suspensions and tyres.

New qualifying rules were enacted as well which sees the qualifying divided into three segments, the first two being a knock-out heat for a final 20-minute shoot-out between the 10 fastest drivers. The 12 driver eliminated after the two heats will be allowed to refuel their cars at their discretion. However there's a loophole with this complicated new qualifying system. It will create a perverse incentive fo teams to adopt 'go-slow' tactics to save fuel while still adding to their tally of laps. To pre-empt teams exploiting the loophole, FIA had introduced a 110 percent rule. Only laps that are within the 110 percent of a drivers' fastest will be eligible for a fuel credit.

At one time, there were more than 20 cars on the grid but as the years gone by, the cost escalated massively, which force privateers to leave the sports. The latest victims were Sauber and Minardi, both had sold their team to the manufacturer BMW and Red Bull respectively. All hope is not lost yet as there is a new additions to the grid this year with Super Aguri F1 Team, which can also be known as Honda 'B' Team, with the kamikaze Sato and Ide at the wheels. Many predicts that this team will be the next Minardi.

And then we have the usual contenders: Ferrari, Renault, McLaren, Honda and Toyota. These are the favorites to fight for the constructor's title. From the winter testing, it looks like 2006 will be a very interesting year indeed. All of those teams had showed great potential with their race pace although there are still realibilty issues that need to be addressed by a certain team - McLaren. Honda looks set to win the title. Their third driver, Anthony Davidson concluded the last winter test for 2006 by smashing the lap record (01:08:540) at Valencia circuit yesterday which was set the day before by Raikkonen. This proved that V8 can be as fast, if not faster, as V10 engine. Last year World Constructor Championship, Renault, have no problem with either the pace or the realibility which are still their strong point at the moment. They will be the team to beat again this year, make no mistake. After the disastrous season last year, Ferrari is set to redeemed themselves. They had shows some incredible pace throughout the winter testing and with Michael Schumacher determine than ever, other teams should look out for the red-scarlet. Toyota had all the money in the world at their disposal and after 4 years since their race debut, they need to prove that money talks, in this sports specifically.

Lets move on to the midfield teams. We had Williams, Red Bull Racing and BMW Sauber F1. After BMW leave Williams and create their own team by buying Sauber, Williams collaborate with Ford to supply the Cosworth engine for their chassis. People expect them to do well in 2006 particularly because Cosworth is known to developed the V8 engines ahead of everyone else and this could be the advantages needed by Williams. There were nothing to be ashamed of Red Bull Racing debut season last year. They beat the more experience teams like Sauber and Jordan and ended up finishing seventh in the WCC. With Ferrari engine at the back of RB2, they could move up couple of places in the hunt for the title. Since the debut of f1.06, BMW Sauber F1 had wowwed many people with the realibility and the race pace of the car. Since they have the money to further develop their car (which what Sauber lacked of), I wouldn't be surprised if they knocked out Williams.

And so we have the usual suspect for the backmarkers: Midland F1 Racing, Scuderia Toro Rosso (Red Bull Racing 'B' Team) and the newly add Super Aguri F1. For the first time in many years, we could be looking for an interesting fights at the back of the grid. Some of the teams might also have the potential to beat the midfielder.

However it is quite hard to predict who will win the drivers' championship. If Alonso had made himself available instead of signing with McLaren one year before the move take place, I would have pick him - no doubt. Now that he has shoot himself on the foot, it is a toss between him, Michael and Kimi. It has been 2 years in a row where Kimi came close second to the title. I'm sure by now he's ravenous. There is nothing else he want besides to be crowned as the champion. If McLaren didn't rob him from victory with all the realibility issues, he will have no problem clinching the title. Michael want to end his career on the high and winning his 8th title wouldn't be too bad. No one in right mind would have doubts that he can't do it. As for Fernando Alonso, if he gets full commitment from the team (which he has backstabbed) then he can add a second title to his resume simply because Renault is still the team to beat. He might be commited a hundred percent to Renault, but the question remains whether or not the team will commited to him like they did last year.

As for me personally, I will be rooting for BMW Sauber F1 because a) Sauber is my favorite team, b) Nick Heidfeld, c) I love BMW! d) they had Petronas as their premium partner. I predict both Nick and Jacques Villeneuve to finish in top ten, with podium or two under their belt. A win would have been great too. 5th place for the WCC is realistic aim, don't you think?

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