Archive for April, 2009

Steering Work Technique: Pull Push Shuffle

Posted in Car stuff on April 28, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Spotted this video thanks to noriyaro:

I’ve been hearing quite a bit on this specific style of steering work that has been utilized by many drifters, called “pull push shuffle”.  I won’t bother posting up the theories or anything like that here, all you need to know about the technique is available in the video above.

Anyhow, I’ve been trying to grasp and understand this technique for quite some time, aside from the various cockpit videos showcasing drifters utilizing this type of technique, I still wasn’t able to fully understand until I stumbled upon the above video, which is very easy to understand!  I’m just glad that I’m currently on the right track and I’ll be sure to fine tune my steering work skills and technique to achieve better control over my Charmant.

There are some real nice examples of this steering work technique that can be seen from some of the best known drifters, such as NOB Taneguchi:

as well as Kazama:

Can you spot the similarities in them? ^^

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Rice Alert!

Posted in Car stuff on April 21, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Performance upgrade:

DCM Windscreen Sticker

DCM Windscreen Sticker

DCM Windscreen Sticker

DCM Windscreen Sticker

This is a 50hp boost sticker yo!

Ok, jokes aside, I’m not entirely sure if I would feel comfortable driving the Charmant out on the streets like this though… LOL!

Maybe I could tint the windows darker to increase the “beng factor”! kekekeke~

Engine cleanup

Posted in Car stuff on April 19, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Here’s how my engine looks like before the wash:

Dirty 4AGE

Dirty 4AGE

As you can see from the picture above, some of the more important areas of the engine has been covered up with… erm… torn towels… -__-  (I know I know, its a very worrying sight even before they started washing…)

And then, the workers started spraying water at my engine:

Wet and dirty 4AGE

Wet and dirty 4AGE

After the water spraying was done, they sprayed some chemical fluids on the engine’s surface.

The more disturbing sight to come next was when the workers started doing those “snow wash” thingy on my engine!

Engine snow wash!?

Engine snow wash!?

I quickly dragged the boss over….

“Dude! You never told me you’re gonna snow wash it!”

“Oh, don’t worry, it’s like this wan…. no need to worry, I’ll blow it dry later on~”

“……”

The workers proceeded by wiping and cleaning the foams off while I looked at my engine helplessly….

Wiping off foams

Wiping off foams

After they’re finally done, I was to drive my car to the front of the shop where the 2nd phase of the engine cleanup is to be done, but before I do so, I knew the engine will have some choking since what it has gone through.. gulp…

I’ve started the engine, and as expected, the engine wasn’t running smooth, I then switched off the engine and pulled all my plugs out and asked the workers to blow’em dry, REAL dry.  After I’ve made sure they’re dry, I’ve placed them in position and started the engine again, surprisingly, the problem was solved… what a fxcking RELIEF!! LOL!!

I slowly drove my car to the front of the shop, still worrying if my car would drift right, I’ve decided to do some donuts at the front of the shop before driving into it.  I’ve only did 2 circles, but the kids (yeah, the workers were mostly teenagers) seemed excited as according to them, they haven’t seen real drifting before, well good for them then, now get a move on and CLEAN UP my engine! ^^

The engine is real clean for sure, but you can’t really tell since most of the dirty stuff covered can’t seem to be removed by the chemical fluid that was applied earlier on, we then decided to use a heat-resistant paint to get the job done, here you can see the workers are applying the paint on my engine… with a drawing brush.. LOL!

Applying paint on Engine cover

Applying paint on Engine cover

Applying paint on Engine cover

Applying paint on Engine cover

Although the engine still doesn’t look as clean as the ones you might’ve expected, but for a mere RM30 charge, I have to admit I was very satisfied with the end result:

Cleaner 4AGE

Cleaner 4AGE

It definitely looks A WHOLE LOT CLEANER compared to before, which I am very happy with, and to sum it up, here’s a before and after comparison picture:

Before & After

Before & After

Next time I’ll just have to make sure the shop KNOWS what they’re doing, but truth be told, I don’t think I’ll be washing my engine for a LONG LONG time, I just hope there ain’t any implication caused by this wash.

I’m officially a Father now!

Posted in Personal on April 11, 2009 by Stanley Carter

This is what I wrote someplace else, in Chinese:

2009年4月10日 – 8:00AM
美美的菁才剛剛起身,她起身做的第一件事就是先進“開心農場”,我看了之後 真的是無言 (其實我剛起身時也是一樣。。呵呵~ )。由於我比較早就已經起身,我在換好衣服后就先到客廳看報紙看電視,美美的菁下樓之後也到廚房吃我媽為她準備的半生熟蛋以及一杯健康牛奶。不到一會兒, 我看到美美的菁從廚房以很不自然的姿態走出來説:

“阿pek!我。。。流了~羊水流出來了!”

半醒狀態的我,一聼到這句話,第一反應就是飛奔到二樓睡房去拿我們之前早已準備好的包包(裏面都是生産后的必需品)以及那用來索取臍帶血的用具盒,上下不到五秒我已經準備上車,媽媽也及時拿了一條毛巾放在車子的座位上,美美的菁坐上車子之後,我老媽提醒我:

“別駕太快,雨天路滑,到了之後記得打回來通知”

“哦!”

由於今天早上傾盆大雨,Sibu的路面因爲凹凸不平的關係(他媽的死政府!), 累積了很多積水,車子不能開太快,否則陷入hydro-planning就危險了,我維持著一個安全的車速,在5分鐘過後順利將美美的菁送到了政府醫院。 我放了美美的菁下車后,車子就先停泊在路旁,然後就牽著美美的菁到第8號房,當時沒見到任何一位護士,只有一位女性警衛,她替我接過美美的菁之後就往房裏 走去,且把我阻止在外,不得而入。我因爲一時不能了解狀況而有些許的慌張,那時候有幾位清潔工人在工作,我就問了問她們我可以去哪裏找到護士,才得知原來 護士們都在產房裏面忙著,於是我只好現待在外頭耐心等候,其間會遇到一些已經很有經驗的友族父親和母親向我問候,他們看到我如此緊張也都會安慰我,在我比 較沒有那麽憂心的當兒,肚子不自不覺已經開始餓了起來,於是便打了通電話給父母親告知狀況之後,也叫他們替我打包干盤面。

2009年4月10日 – 10:00AM
父 母親帶著干盤面到了醫院,在一邊向他們報告的同時,我也狼吞虎咽的吃下我的早餐,就在我吃完早餐不久,美美的菁從8號房走了出來,走進了待產房裏,我和我 家人也就跟了進去,跟護士了解狀況之後得知美美的菁已經開了2分,現在就先在這裡等候時機的到來,當時的時間已經接近11點。。。

由於美 美的菁早上吃的不多,肚子也開始餓了,我就跟我父母親一同回家準備Milo,牛奶,再到附近雜貨店買了些豆沙包以及cornflakes,之後我就獨自一 人再返回醫院,泡了一杯熱Milo配搭cornflakes給美美的菁吃,當時時間已經接近12點,在短短的一小時之内,美美的菁的肚子開始以越來越短間 隔的時間劇痛起來,當時我就緊握著她的手說:

“你痛的時候,就緊緊握著我的手!”

過了幾分鈡,美美的菁的劇痛開始嚴重起來,我看了情況不妙,就叫了一位護士過來,護士將美美的菁帶到一間小房間進行檢驗,我又再次被隔離在外,過了大概10分鈡的等候,門開了,美美的菁則是坐在輪椅上被推出來,護士說她已經開到了8分 ! 我聽到了之後非常驚訝,沒想到進展會這麽快,情急之下我立刻拿起我的手機,打給Cryocorp,也即是替我拿臍帶血的公司(她們之前告訴我說如果老婆開了7分,就得通知她們),打給其中一位員工,電話打不通,第二個號碼打通了之後,那位員工就說她現在就趕來。

就 在我一邊講電話的同時,老婆已經被推到了產房,當時我緊張的跟在後面,護士馬馬虎虎的告訴我先把行李收拾好,我以爲我必須把行李帶到產房,匆忙的收拾好之 後兩手拿著滿滿的東西就直接往產房的方向跑去,另一位護士看見我之後就把我截停,我就好奇的問說不是要拿去產房嗎?她說我只要收拾好然後放在床上就行了, 等一下有護士會替我帶過去,畢竟產房是不能隨意進入的,當時的我有點尷尬的又把兩手的行李放了回去 ,然後再立刻回頭找那位護士,再三提醒她們別把我給忘了!因爲我老婆在生産的時候,我一定要陪伴在她身旁!

2009年4月10日 – 12:00PM
岳父和岳母一家人抵達醫院,在得知他們的女兒已經在產房裏之後,也就陪著我一同在外面等待。Cryocorp的員工也在此時抵達,我將她們的用具盒交待給她了之後,我們就開始聊了起來,聊著聊著。。。時間就過得比較快。。。不知不覺已經快1點了。。。

2009年4月10日 – 1:15PM
產 房門口開了,一位護士走了出來,叫了那位Cryocorp的員工進去待候,也叫了我進去,那時我的心情是多麽的緊張,這個時刻終于來臨!到了裏面,第一印 象就是好。。。很平靜!完全不像我想象中那種緊張又忙碌的情景,不過就在我跟著護士多走幾步之後,我就開始聽到一些的呻吟聲,仔細一聼,這聲音就是來自美 美的菁!我已經緊張到迫不及待想沖進去了,不過那位護士則把握留住要我先填好一個form才能進入,我隨意的簽了名字,護士就替我拉開布廉,在我眼前的就 是正躺在床上的美美的菁,她身旁有三位友族護士替她接生,在護士的吩咐之下,我繞到美美的菁的右邊,繞道的同時我的眼睛是不看那個部位的,因爲我覺得不需 要冒這個“險”,到了美美的菁的身邊,我就一手扶著她的頭,一手放在她的胸口,然後說:

“阿姆,我在這裡了,護士不肯我拍照也不肯拍video。。。你要記得深呼吸,然後推!別發出聲音呀~”

當時除了一直聽到三位護士很悠閒的聊天之時(不是不負責任,而是她們司空見慣),也在替美美的菁給于鼓勵,當時一直聽到:

“terang! macam bansai saja~! push push!”
“terang! terang! jangan stop! terang! kamu pandai! pandai ya!”

之類的鼓勵話語,美美的菁很努力的在推擠,不過寶寶的頭就是一直不能完全出來,當時站在一旁跟Cryocorp員工討論事情的一位華裔老護士,好像有點不耐煩的樣子,就走了過來,說:

“哎呀~怎麽這麽難喲?” “來!你人這麽高,肯定很有力,給我深呼吸,給我一次過把寶寶擠出來!”

一說完,她就一手把美美的菁的左腿往外推,另一手則死命的在美美的菁的肚子上猛力的往下推擠,雖然看似很粗魯,不過當時美美的菁也非常爭氣,吸了一大口氣之後,就拼了老命的推!她在推的同時,我的呼吸猶如停止一般,就像我也在推那樣! 所以說,姜的還是老的辣!我對那華裔老護士敬佩不已!

雖 然之前我老婆都能夠壓抑著自己不發出太大的聲音,不過這一次,她真的是很用力的推到忍不住的尖叫出來!整個產房裏就是美美的菁的尖叫聲加上護士們那士氣高 昂的鼓勵以及支持!就在此時,寶寶的頭成功出來!我看到寶寶被其中一位護士一手連同身體抱出來的那一瞬間,我的眼淚就不停地流下來!情緒激動到了極點,忍 不住地哭了出來,並一直跟美美的菁說:

“生出來了!生出來了!”

美美的菁當時精疲力盡,而且也一直哭訴著她很痛,我當時唯一能做的就是抱住她,並一直跟她描述寶寶的樣子,以及他當時在做什麽:

“真的跟我們之前scanned過的照片一樣,鼻子大大的!”
“他手一直亂動哦!”

就這樣一直說著,寶寶也接著發出了他第一次的哭聲,那是多麽悅耳動聽以及感動的聲音!我和美美的菁當時就是如此看著我們的寶寶,相擁哭泣。

由 於護士們必須繼續她們的職務,我就被她們吩咐離開產房,我給了美美的菁一個深情的吻之後,就很依依不捨的一邊抹著眼淚和鼻屎走出了產房。當時在外等候的就 是岳父岳母一家人,在我告知他們這個好消息了之後,大家都開心得不得了。接著我就迫不及待的打電話通知我的父母,也發了超多的sms給我要好的朋友們有關 這個好消息。

我們的寶貝兒子,Darren Wong。。于今天1點25分,成功誕生,體重3.1kg。。。

Darren Wong

My Wife and Darren

_________________________________________________________________________________________

For those of you that can’t read Chinese, here’s the summary:

My son was born yesterday (10th April 2009) at 1:25 pm, weighs 3.1kg, and his name is Darren.  I fetched my wife to the hospital at 8:00am morning, she was sent to the labour room at 12:00pm.

When my wife was delivering, I was there with her, the moment my wife successfully pushed the baby out, I immediately broke down in tears, I just couldn’t describe how emotional I was at that special moment, it was unbelievable, amazing and magical, just like a miracle.  Having my first baby boy born safe and sound, I am extremely grateful, definitely my most unforgettable and wonderful experience of my life thus far.  ^^

Sarikei’s Go Kart Track?

Posted in Random on April 8, 2009 by Stanley Carter

I’ve been hearing rumors of this Go Kart track in Sarikei since several months back, and it just so happens that my wife’s younger brother who owns the AE71 that I featured before is currently working there, so I’ve asked him a favor to take some pictures of the place so I could have a glimpse on how the place is like, instead, he recorded a video of the track, LOL!

As you can see from the youtube video above, the place is pretty big!  The big and wide space at the center of the track is fully utilized by football and basketball courts, I wonder if those were added after the Go Kart business stopped, which is really weird to say the least, any Sarikei locals care to clarify this?

The place may seem large, but the track width is surprisingly small and tight, I’m sure a car can be driven on it, but drifting? Well that’s a different story…gulp…

Anyways, the video also shows the 2 long straights, 1 ‘high’ speed corner followed by a chicane, then at the end of the video you’ll also see quite a few corners, drifter’s heaven haha!  The bad news is that the current track would be occupied by joggers every evening…. yeah… WTF….

I’d really like to know how and why was the Go Kart business stopped.  It could’ve been such a great venue for those who enjoyed Motorsports though.

I might be driving down to Sarikei soon, and hopefully I’ll have a better and closer look on this ‘deserted’ track in Sarikei. ^^

Refreshed Charmant

Posted in Car stuff on April 6, 2009 by Stanley Carter

I drove my Charmant home last Friday evening soon after my cousin finished the bonnet repair and repaint which took him 2 weeks, pretty darn long considering its only the bonnet that needs fixing, well, the roof had been resprayed as we discovered some cracks, and we also attempted to fix the water leaking problem but we didn’t succeed.  All in all, I’m just happy that my car is finally back home.  Oh and I did drove it out to my usual playground last Saturday for a few test drifts, the car is still running fit, I’m happy and relieved at the same time.  ^^

While my car was away, I got myself a goodie from an old friend from DCM, guess what it is?

Goodie!

Goodie!

This old friend of mine delivered the thing the day before and I received it immediately on the following day, pretty fast considering my friend’s at KL, anyways, this is what I got:

DCM Windscreen Visor

DCM Windscreen Visor

Pretty cool huh?  I’m still thinking if I should really put this on my Charmant, I mean, sometimes the cleaner an old school ride is, the better it looks, with this sticker on my windscreen visor, I’m not sure if my car would look stupid at all? LOL!!  But this sticker is definitely a keeper, you DO know this will give me the extra 50hp boost yeah? LOL!

Since my car is now at home and yesterday morning’s weather was bright and sunny, I’ve decided to bring my Charmant for a thorough car wash at ‘King’s Car Wash & Care’, situated nearby the new Sibu Bus Terminal, I’ve made sure the workers cleaned up up my Charmant properly:

Clean Charmant

Clean Charmant

Clean Charmant

Clean Charmant

Now the car is cleaned, driving the Charmant just feels sooo refreshing!  Lovin’ it!  Funny thing is, it rained later that afternoon, and since it was Sunday, I can’t help but to feel the urge to go out for more drift practises!  But the fact that I just had a car wash just stopped me from doing so, damn! LOL!

But no worries, I have plenty of chances to enjoy the sideways excitement with my trusty Charmant, next to do list would be fixing the Ebrake, and also cleaning up the engine (finally, I know!).

A very, very, very reverent Drifter… what?

Posted in Car stuff on April 2, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Have you ever heard, or seen a Buddhist Monk that’s into motorsports?  Not that I have ever heard of myself personally, but I just managed to find someone who does in Japan thanks to another great D1GP coverage by Speedhunters, this one guy right here is not only a reverent Buddhist, but he also drifts professionaly in D1GP, holy shiat!

Buddhist Drifter

Buddhist D1 Drifter, Kodama-san

Meet Kodama-san, the Buddhist D1GP driver who competes in the league with the Garage M 180sx, the one behind him.  Here’s a quote from Speedhunters:

“He managed to make it through to the Sunday qualify but not the Best 16.  The reason I’m showing you his picture is that his day job is rather interesting. He is in fact a Buddhist Monk and looks after his own little temple! When not meditating and doing rituals he can be found at local drift tracks around Sendai practicing his drifting techniques. How cool and equally bizarre is that!!”

It is very COOL indeed!  I wonder if I could get any of our local Fathers to get into drifting as well…… probably NOT! LOL!

Anyways, if you want to read more about D1GP 2009 round 1 at Ebisu, check it out at Speedhunters!