Archive for July, 2008

Olympic cup

Posted: July 14, 2008 by ralliart12 in ScratchPad
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Got the beautiful glass above courtesy of the meal I ordered via McDelivery…quite nice actually, some more quite high-cap too…

Black Ice

Posted: July 14, 2008 by ralliart12 in Ring-ding, ScratchPad
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Here’s my Zippo Black Ice Lighter, and my Nokia E51. Uh-huh Both are beautiful in their own right, now imagine synergy between the 2.

P.S. I DUN smoke.

Shrimp Hunters

Posted: July 12, 2008 by rachel2108 in ScratchPad
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They call us shrimp hunters

We hunt at the common water hole

Trick our prey with low quality bait

Sometimes we get pinched…this is what we do to them

Float goes down…& the prey comes up, struggling of course

Moving fast, but it ain’t going nowhere

Some of the prey are bigger than our head

At times we keep prisoners-of-war

From beginning till the end…those that go unempty be our hands.


It appears that there’s a Tag Heuer for every young adult out there! Finally, one with a black-&-red theme, the “Grand Carrera Calibre 36 Caliper Concept Chronograph“.

Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Concept Chronograph is another revolutionary timepiece to be revealed by TAG Heuer at Baselworld 2008. The watch, equipped with column wheel movement, is destined to become the first mechanical automatic chronograph able to measure and display 1/10th of a second. The COSC-certified chronometer movement is beating at an amazing frequency of 36, 000 vibrations per hour. The unique mechanism can be admired through a tinted double sapphire crystal.

TAG Heuer has performed a top-level engineering feat! The central seconds hand ticks off 1/10th of a second intervals, providing at-a-glance readings of the greatest precision.

TAG Heuer’s world premier is housed in a stylish 43-mm(just nice for my wrist!!!!!!) case crafted in black titanium case with carbide coating. Calibre 36 RS movement offers power reserve and two ‘Black Gold’ Rotating Systems necessary for indicating the chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock, chronograph hours at 6 o’clock, and Linear Second at 9 o’clock. The major design innovation is revealed through the way of how this information is displayed. The brand has elaborated a one-of-a-kind Rotating Scale that allows a precise reading of 1/10th of a second – it is magnified 10X!

The case of the watch has incorporated sleek chronograph buttons, with design reminding the pedals of a GT car. The TAG Heuer Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Concept Chronograph is secured to the wrist on a stunning innovative titanium carbide-coated and rubber bracelet.

The timepiece celebrates the remarkable cooperation well-established between TAG Heuer and Japanese Car Designer Ken Okuyama who designed legendary GT cars, Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte.

This item of desire has, in a single upshot, became the Ultimate DREAM watch for me.

Technical specifications:

Movement: TAG Heuer Calibre 36 RS – COSC – Automatic – Chronograph – 2 Rotating Systems indicating the chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock and chronograph hours at 6 o’clock – Linear permanent seconde at 9 o’clock – Date

Dial: Black dial
Rotating Scale magnifying the reading of 1/10th of a second driven by the crown at 10 o’clock
2 Rotating Systems in “black gold” decorated with “Côtes de Genève” and polished facets:
Chronograph minute at 3 o’clock
Chronograph hour at 6 o’clock
Linear second at 9 o’clock
Hand-applied curved faceted “black gold” indexes
Hand-applied “black gold” TAG Heuer logo
Polished “black gold” hands with polished facets
Chronograph second hand with red in the extremity
Luminescent markers on hands
“Grand CARRERA – CALIBRE 36 – CALIPER CHRONOGRAPH – CERTIFIED CHRONOMETER- 1/10th of a second” written on the dial
Date window at 4:30

Case: Case diameter: 43 mm
Oversize titanium carbide coated crown with red line at 10 o’clock allowing to use the Rotating Scale
Titanium carbide coated push buttons
Titanium carbide coated case with curved faceted polished horns
Titanium carbide coated fine-brushed and polished bezel with tachymetre scale
Double antireflective curved sapphire crystal
Oversize titanium carbide coated screw-in crown
Titanium carbide coated case back sealed by 6 screws
Smoked double sapphire case back
Water-resistance: 100 meters

Bracelet: Black rubber strap with titanium carbide coated end piece
Titanium carbide coated folding clasp with safety push buttons and applied TAG Heuer logo

On a massive side-note, with regards to the designer:

Now Ken Okuyama has astonished the world with his limited edition super-sleek K.O. 7 sports car. The interior of the car was inspired by the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera. The unique Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Concept Chronograph was mounted on the dashboard of the futuristic, high-performance car. Moreover, the K.O. 7 is eco-compatible as it is designed while using advanced light-weight materials, including aluminum, titanium and carbon, also resulting in a remarkable horsepower to weight relationship.

TAG Heuer shares Ken Okuyama’s vision as the brand’s chronographs are also produced from innovative light-weight materials of the top quality. The same as the K.O. 7, the powerful proportions of TAG Heuer watches fascinate the eye, while offering supreme refinement, beautiful craftsmanship, and meticulous attention to detail. TAG Heuer- Ken Okuyama collaboration demonstrates something in common between the car and watch industries: continuous quest for higher quality, performance and design innovations provided by the successful use of new technologies.

Ken Okuyama has worked as a Design Director and Chief Designer for General Motors, Porsche AG and Pininfarina S.p.A. He has overseen design for Ferrari Enzo, Maserati Quattroporte and many others. Alongside “Ken Okuyama Cars” and his various consultancy practices, Ken produces several premium avant-garde design products, including “Yamagata Koubou” furniture and the “Ken Okuyama Eyes” eyewear series. The author of several books on design, he is currently a visiting professor at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California), Tama Art University, Kanazawa Art College, and the Nagoya University of Arts (Japan). He is also Vice Chairman for the “Good Design Award.”

The K.O. 7 was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show along with K.O. 8 coupe in March in presence of Ken Okuyama and Jean-Christophe Babin, TAG Heuer President and CEO.

A dream machine for a dream chronograph… A unique momentum to celebrate TAG Heuer’s unique racing DNA and commitment to design, technology and environmental responsibility! & lastly, a video demonstration:

Smoke is in the Air

Posted: July 8, 2008 by ralliart12 in Roadblocks
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Haiz, more and more smokers around me. Walking on the streets, some guy in front will whip out a stick & start puffing away; go jogging in my park some old man will also feed smoke into the air. I shouldn’t have to suffer simply because these smokers wanna enjoy. And for those who wanna tell me:

“I also never ask you to inhale my smoke!”

If you let me catch you saying that, I’ll blast my mp3 player’s music into ur ears wherever you go, and say:

“I also never ask you to listen!”

Come’on lah, we’re sharing this large living space called Earth, you wanna screw it up & kill it I dun care, but don’t take liberties with my lives(or the health of innocent children). I propose that governing bodies designate “smoke-free” zones, i.e. public parks and/or “smoke-hours”, i.e. no smoking in certain areas when classes’re going on, when mass amount of health-concious folks are returning from work, etc

I’m not asking smokers not to smoke, but since we’re all equal and sharing this environment, I suppose we’ll have to divide the resources available and be considerate for fellow beings…


…is that no matter how short their legs are, or how good your noise-isolating earphones seal, those damn kids will still manage to kick your shins, step on your leather shoes, sneak their pesky little noises into your personal domain”

This “looks” good, the bicycle

Posted: July 6, 2008 by ralliart12 in ScratchPad
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I came across a promotion at the local convenience store, 7-11, recently. I can’t recall the full details of that promotional poster, but I remember you’ll have to do something to win a bike, which is worth $399. The thing that struck me was that, looking at that bike, I will, as a matter of fact, be willing to fork out $399 for it straight away!

I know it’s an Aleoca, but hey, design’s not half bad. Can’t comment on geometry and welding quality until I’ve seen it in the “flesh”. Full model’s “AB2621-HX.5 Crossbreed X.5“, in case you wanna check out the specs. You may also click on this link.

Sadly, I foresee a lot of big expenditures incoming soon, so I suppose this have to go, thou I tink having a bicycle to get around my Frequently Visited Places(FVP), ain’t half bad…never mind lah…

P.S. I’m NOT endorsing Aleoca, just saying I felt a vibe for the model on that 7-11 poster.

Defunct World-crass transport

Posted: July 1, 2008 by ralliart12 in Roadblocks
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Here’s the breakdown:

I usually board the 0815 176 to get to work. I, know that there’s an earlier one that reaches the bus stop at
0805. Today I attempted to catch that by trying all means possible to reach bus stop by 0805. At 0803, on the opposite side of the bus stop(haven’t cross road yet, bloody traffic light), watched in vain as the 0805 176 reaches the stop. Unable to catch it due to traffic. Though to myself, well, I’ll just board the normal 0815 176. A 2nd 176 rolled into the bus stop! Great!

Waited till 0825 for the 0815 176. No joy. Decided to catch 188 then transit with 57 or 176 at Telok Blangah Rd. Almost boarded 188E which doesn’t stop at aforementioned transition point. 188 proceeded to jam at the stretch of road before Clementi Central, jammed at Kent Ridge, jammed at Pasir Panjang and then lastly, jammed at the stretch of road before Telok Blangah.

Reached transition point at 0850. Noticed in disbelief that for the same stretch of distance(2nd phase of the journey), boarding 57 will result in covering 3 more stops as compared to boarding a 176!!! They somehow managed to squeeze in more bus stops within the same physical distance(the intermediate stretch between Telok Blangah and Henderson Rd).

Nonetheless, it’s alright, as neither service are arriving…almost wanted to take MC and gave up commuting to worksuddenly recalled a old man saying that our transport system is so efficient that point-to-point travel within Singapore takes no more than 20mins. I believe the senile old man got our roads confused with the Information Super Highway.