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MPew 36


I finally got around to modifying my TakaraTomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-36 Megatron. He has a cannon that has a button that makes sounds. I wanted the trigger to make the sounds, too!


The finished product on one side. The other side has no wire, obviously. I picked this side so that my right hand would partially hide the wire when holding it.


What you need: A switch, a soldering iron and soldering paste, a screwdriver, and a lot of force to open the cannon. I couldn’t figure out how to open it cleanly.

The cannon’s switch is peeking out, with two legs.


The other two legs on the cannon’s switch, when shorted, trigger the sound. So I could just add another switch on this.


This is how the switch goes back in, with my new switch’s wires coming out from the slot in the front. It looks like it was meant to be easy to modify, if you could figure out how to open it properly.


I didn’t manage to figure out how to open it, so I melted off the parts highlighted in red so it could go back in.

My Friendster Testimonials!

The reason I keep my Hotmail email address around is so I can still login to any old site without problems. That’s how I could still login to Friendster when they said they were going to shut down the social network, but allowed you to download all your data. I present to you, my treasured Testimonials! They later got renamed to Comments. List is ordered with newest first.

chin yee Jun 24, 2008 08:24 PM
Hey u,
juz wana say the reason u thought of me that day was bcos im everywhere.Every single promoter out there resembles me so yea,im unforgettable.2 bad u have to c my face everywhere u go…haha…

Ashley Muk Apr 09, 2008 12:31 AM
Hitz.fm chatters gathering on the 3rd of May (Saturday), 5:30 p.m. @ Italiannies, The Curve. Interested? Rsvp with me.

atiQama yg mulia Mar 24, 2008 12:18 PM
hello there… hope u’ll b fine..

Lee Cheng Goh Dec 21, 2007 02:10 AM
hey! happy belated birthday! you’re right, friendster is great for reminding us all… πŸ˜›

Dylan Dayalan Dec 18, 2007 08:14 PM
Hey, just dropping by to wish you Happy Birthday! Have fun and take care aight πŸ™‚

Ashroff Shariff Nov 30, 2007 09:22 PM
how zit goin albert?

NiNA Tateiwa Nov 29, 2007 06:02 AM
anda sedang dilamun cinta??
CONGRATS.BRO!!
and i wonder whos the lucky girl!

Cassie Forsythe Sep 25, 2007 07:51 PM
oi muka burger! wah in a relationship ahhhh… interesting. ok so the fantastic news i have is that after 1 1/2 years in the US i finally met another makan buddy! OMG, cool guy… all about accessible and good food… HE EVEN PUT A BOOKLET together and added side comments; so that’s gonna be my mini chicago food bible! ahhhh finallyyyyy foooooddddd kaki

hazrina haidar Sep 23, 2007 12:23 PM
fine fine, i changed it already. plus, that was an old OLD profile background. n blue hair? u should try it again πŸ™‚

Azira-Goddess ChickaWicka Sep 23, 2007 07:30 AM
Albyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!

ANSON EMOZAI Sep 23, 2007 06:45 AM
in a relationship with who?? ^_^

hazrina haidar Sep 18, 2007 02:57 PM
talk about vain pictures eh?

Amanda Leigh Sep 11, 2007 01:39 PM
Alberta!!! we’l get down and jam soon aite?? cheers!

allison leong Sep 05, 2007 10:10 AM
albertt alberrttt, tsk tsk. U know what i mean
Going to give you another 1 hour lecture!
:p

yii ping Lou Aug 27, 2007 07:05 AM
haha wats up! im 19 by the way, december kid. saw that ur bday is on the 19th on ur blog? mine’s the 18th! hahaha. hey you goin for the gig at laundry this wednesday nite? throne away, some band from sgpore n philipines performin.

Kelvin Soo Aug 13, 2007 04:16 PM
As i just saw your in a relationship πŸ˜€ Albert must meet up and introduce your hawt gf πŸ˜€ ahhahaha I coming back end of this year!!! surely must meet up πŸ˜€

Stephanie Fang Aug 06, 2007 08:49 PM
BANANA POPSICLE πŸ™‚ I cut my hair. Its shorter than yours.

thisis KJ Aug 05, 2007 02:58 AM
in a relationship? hrmmm… =P

chin yee Jul 30, 2007 10:31 AM
Babe,
i’ll take that as a compliment.C ya soon!

singyuin yeoh Jul 17, 2007 07:28 PM
thank u SO MUCH!!!!
hugs hugs hugs

singyuin yeoh Jul 09, 2007 10:33 PM
oh my GOWD!
i feel so darn disconnected with the world!
or would that be detached?
i think my brain is detached. all the files in my brain cannot connect at all.
cant think or talk properly
plus i havent met up with so many ppl in AGES
havent seen u in a zillion years
sigh……….
lost lost

singyuin yeoh Jul 07, 2007 12:57 PM
boo~!

Ajlaa mamat Jul 06, 2007 09:45 PM
Albert! did u work out or sth? u look bigger+stronger last time.. must be the camera lifting πŸ˜›

Marianne C Jul 03, 2007 03:18 AM
heyya (:

elaine loh Jul 01, 2007 07:14 PM
word :o)

Cassie Forsythe Jun 01, 2007 10:49 PM
how is my einstein doing?

ArONiL Low May 31, 2007 09:15 PM

Shac Wizurai May 26, 2007 05:51 AM
this dude can’t live without a camera..
superb photographer…trust me guys
been there…
keep up da good work man

A I N Khalid May 01, 2007 08:22 PM
Ahahaaha… Is it just bcos u take too many pics or you must have a stoic way of expressing your drunkedness dude, that you forgot where I took that photograph of us tgthr..?! We were hangin out late at the Hitzfm bday bash laa.. =) And yeah, Alberto does sound waay cooler, like an Italian football player.. kinda matches your hairstyle so to speak… oh, btw.. it’s AlbertO with a bigg’O if you must insist! Whatever for laa? Hmmm… orgasmic?? I suppose! Hahahaha!!

waifon yoon Apr 25, 2007 11:25 AM
*scratches the unmarkable remarkable itchy bitch* πŸ˜€ Lapar la.

David Lai Apr 08, 2007 12:45 AM
Hey man,how have you been?

ching ng Mar 27, 2007 09:17 PM
yesssh CHAIIIIIINEEESE PEOPLEEEEEEEE! πŸ˜›

Collin Nunis Mar 23, 2007 01:13 AM
dude, when you going to blog about us? :p

Mystery Wolf Killer Apr 02, 2007 02:33 AM
testi? -cles?

Oh, and I have to relive the moment…

… DUUUUDE~!

Emily Yoon Mar 28, 2007 09:30 PM
I see you view-eth me…. πŸ™‚

Just realised I never wrote you a testi… so here you go… testi!!!

wweeeeee…….. πŸ™‚

MeI YiNg buffaloooi Feb 11, 2007 07:32 AM
A.L.B.E.R.T~albert? a…l…b..e..r..t???
Knew this superb nice guy during my training in Xfresh. First glance…’sombongnyer budak ni’.
At times, you may see him so ‘the blurr’, only then I realise that Albert actually have ‘such an angel looks’. Ahak, don’t be deceived of it. What you see ain’t what u get~He can crap a lot..I mean A LOT. One thing for sure, he is certainly very friendly and hey thanx to you for making me and Orange addicted to ‘nasi goreng cina’ and ‘nasi ayam’.
Even now…we are craving for it!
Hmm..what else? Ahak..he loves local musics especially the ‘rock giler punya’ Back to serious mode, what amazed me the most is that, he is always being himself~way the go

Wish ya all the best and hey there is NO need to write me a testimonial.
Rgds: Mei

Adrian Lim Dec 19, 2006 07:34 PM
hey dude!

happy birtday and merry christmas! happiness and good tidings to you!

cheers
adrian

Andy Choong Dec 19, 2006 10:17 AM

Get free graphics at BlingyBlob.com!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! =)

PS. Also.. Happy Bird Day!!

Sadomasochist Seng Ming Dec 19, 2006 03:02 AM
Hey rocker.. Happy burstday!!

Effa Desa Dec 19, 2006 12:22 AM
hey albert!
just dropping by to wish u a very happy birthday!!!
hug.

Vivien Mah Dec 18, 2006 07:54 PM
Happy Birthday!

& i wonder if u rmmbr me

best wishes and take care!

have a great one πŸ™‚

Azira-Goddess ChickaWicka Dec 18, 2006 08:01 AM
Happy birthday to you… yeah, you were born with a shoe, God decreed what you’d do, so happy programming for you…and a happy birthday too!!~~

Cassie Forsythe Dec 11, 2006 12:17 AM
albert…burger face… i neeeeeddd ramli burgers!!!!!!!!!

Kyels Koi Nov 29, 2006 09:52 PM
Dude,

Thanks for adding me up … Heck, now I am wondering where the hell did you get my address for this account … Haha!

Anyway, see you around soon, if there are any gigs!

XDD

Kelvin Soo Nov 26, 2006 02:25 PM
Long time no see la!!! How you been!! Wah say actually got blue hair dun follow me la!!

Nabz Nasir Nov 21, 2006 10:04 PM
albert is my reliable IT consultant and long time confidante.

we met 5 yrs ago and hv been good friends ever since. i dont get to see him very often but tht doesnt change my feelings for him – my favourite person on earth to hv coffee and talk abt you know wht.

you NOOB! its not like u live on mars ok? last i saw u was my bday. call me sometime πŸ˜‰

Shelley Leong Nov 21, 2006 09:59 PM
Albert!! So gaya! So handsome! Blue hair! This is too much to bear!

Zufar Shahren Nov 19, 2006 09:09 AM
Wow. It has been a while, man. How are you? Do you still remember me?

Cassie Forsythe Nov 03, 2006 11:46 PM
hey einstein! how’s it going?

Haz Hashim Sep 29, 2006 10:21 PM
yeah u were right. but i still nak belanja u k… πŸ™‚ havent seen u lamanya!

S’kali the movie Aug 31, 2006 02:03 PM

S’kali – in Cathay Lineceisure 14th Sept. 2006.PeNNyPupZ I Wong Jul 26, 2006 08:25 AM
Hello Babe

DayanG Aaa May 08, 2006 10:45 PM
oi..road warrior…lookin super fine in dat pic…hehehhee…btw…next time u ask me out..i won’t FFK u..4 real.. errr… *terms and conditions apply*
p/s:u 4got somethin..huhuhuhu :'(

IceKnIght the true one Apr 19, 2006 06:48 AM
Hallo dude… how you doing?… check in some time. take care

Yohanalism anis Feb 05, 2006 02:26 AM
alohaa….aaaaaaaaaaaalbert!!!!

Cheesie Ringo Jan 29, 2006 01:15 AM
Mister Camel Milk Cheese.

It’s my… no, it’s the weather’s fault that i missed Wallace and Gromit despite your (ir)esistable persuasion.

To officially apolocheese for my inexcusable absence, i here by drop you a testi…first, in case yours drop.

We shall go for cheese naan someday. In an airconed place that is. Oh and Caviar topping please.

Arlyne Kunyir Jan 17, 2006 01:07 AM
He may have more “friends” than me now but..
I certainly have more testimonials~!!!
MWAHAHAHAHAHA..
If I’m a koala bear, then Albert is a loris.
*(@_@)*

Lex ster Jan 11, 2006 04:48 AM
This is like an obligatory testimonial, so that I can ask for a simple favour for Mr. Albert.

He looks like rockstar but police thinks otherwise (ahh… you should know). And you should really change your wardrobe colour to bright yellow and bright pink t-shirts. Then, you won’t be associated to BLACK metal. hehehehe…

that was pretty lame… -_-“

Arlyne Kunyir Dec 30, 2005 09:02 AM
Albert??
He is MEAN despite the ‘I-am-sort-of-innocent-looking’ facade and the ‘I-am-trying-to-look-like-a-rockstar-with-my-goate e-and-sideburns’ look. =/
Why do you wonder?
Because he touched AND ruffled THE HEAD and HAIR!!!
And NO ONE gets away with that without a proper WHACK from THE HAND~!!!!!
You hear me Albert?!
Hmph. =/

Lex ster Dec 17, 2005 05:50 AM
Happy Birthday, Arthur… ooppss… ALBERT!

Haz Hashim Dec 16, 2005 04:19 AM
albie!!! happy early birthday!

Choon how Gan Dec 04, 2005 12:16 AM
Yo! Fellow TAG-er! Dances as eccentric as himself. Shares a good taste in music. Loves capturing experimental shots. Geekily good in computers and gadgets. Lately been trying to look like Jack White and pose like me. Very sociable and friendly AND single. All in all a good friend to hangout with. Take care bud

Cassie Forsythe Nov 20, 2005 03:01 AM
Oh borrowing sunglasses is a habit hey! wei lucky not fetish! see ya, you don’t need a gf coz you are already a trophy for yourself. I hate this guy coz he can absorb so much info into that MENSA-ed brain of his. Not to mention all those puzzles and analytical stuff he likes… grrr drives me insane coz I don’t wanna mengaku kalah to him, but ALBERTO here is better then stax, ramli burger or any icecream. Miss all the bus ride talks… well Mat Rock.. we’ve gotta catch another Ramli burger sometime soon. You are already a great person, may you not change for the worst for any female homosapien.. it most probably won’t be worth 2 cents!

PEtrina Thong Nov 05, 2005 04:24 AM
Uncle Albert! heh heh…
you are a very amusing, cute, one-of-a-kind(weird. hehe..) person…
i have the weirdest and nonsensical-est conversations with you.. hehe.. but that makes you a whole load of fun.
plus you make an excellent cam-whore partner.
and you send me lotsa songs. heheh..

but i am jealous that u get so much free stuff.. and you get to see all the band-ish events. and you get free movie tickets..
life is unfair.
haha…

anyway, it’s gooooooooooooooood that i got to know you..*hug* but too bad we’re not watching Emily Rose together.. haha…

DayanG Aaa Oct 21, 2005 10:10 AM
*blinkz* now..now..what happened 2u?
*stares at comp scre3n*
hey.. nice cap! hehee…!! Is that why u wanted me 2 check out ur new pic?!?!

Lex ster Oct 21, 2005 04:16 AM
Eh..mamat mana ni?
now you look high without any effort : )

Vivien Mah Oct 20, 2005 07:56 PM
u grow ur hair long to make up for ur shortness huh?? =)

Azira-Goddess ChickaWicka Oct 20, 2005 09:29 AM
Dude… you look different.

^_~

Shannon Me Oct 20, 2005 01:25 AM
Oh my God, the butterflies in my stomach are close to celebrating their 100th generation and we still haven’t had Burger King together yet. AND, you’re hair! It’s longer than ever. Miss me?

DayanG Aaa Oct 04, 2005 07:19 AM
Yes yes…Saint AlberT..it is me.. the 1 who is always..i repeat ALWAYS sneaking her way out from seein u..*deep heavy sigh* I owe u this by publishing this testimonial for the public to read…I AM ASHAMED OF MY BEHAVIOUR!! Oh yes i am..!

ok la..oi albert the pervert who sat on top of big-bert..i’ll make it up 2u someday k? sigh..sorry la..4 alwayz bein busy when u call…i know itz been almost 2 yrs since our last get 2gether thingie..since since…urmz matrix:2! yup…haih haih haih..till then..tata..titi..

-dayanG the wise 1-

Raja Faraa Faraa d Jul 29, 2005 10:56 AM
albert is my angel. why?
1. always listens when you have something to say
2. he’s like a sun when the rain just won’t stop
3. an ear for a secret to tell *winks*
luv ya dude! nanti kita pergi rock concert bersama-sama ok?

-Lydia- Koh Jul 21, 2005 02:28 PM
Wei hobbit. I love you man. Was telling Paulvinder on MSN abt it. *kisses le furry feet* Yes, Evenstar getting down and dirty.
I’m soooo tired. *dies*
Rejuvenates n refreshes. Oi, what’s ur Gmail? Got funny stuff to fwd u.
Yawn.. *what the?!..its…its..5:28am*
*slips into coma*
*beep* *beep* *beep*

Jess Chia Jul 18, 2005 10:00 AM
I have a wicked picture of you at twilight. Haha. Rock on!

Reta Lee Jul 16, 2005 03:46 AM
With one hundred over testimonials, how do I make mine different about you from the rest?
From what I know about you, on that starry, starry night, you were twirling your hair and tweaking my digicam. Oh, what a night! Hehe.
Albert has an interesting persona that could be prod further. Getting into his head would be like trying to solve that Kubik thingy.
Take care and I’ll see you around, hopefully!

Vivien Mah Jun 18, 2005 10:58 PM
haha! dont worry.. some ppl r just born short… including you.. and me ;P haha but im still young so i can grow!! but you?? oh well. we’ll see ;P haha!!!! good luck. by next yr i hope to be taller than u.

Nikki Goh Jun 16, 2005 02:08 AM
ALBERT!! Great guy, interesting sense of humour (anyone who has him on their MSN list would know what I mean). Very, very witty and talented. When they mentioned a “Jack of all trades” they definitely had him in mind. Great friend to have around though we don’t chat as often as I would like. Something tells me it has something to do with me refusing to admit to my identity when we met for the first time. Am I right?

Raja Faraa Faraa d May 18, 2005 03:12 AM
sorry, i ter’delete’ my previous testimonial.

albert, my #1 male workmate yg paling cool and rocccccckkkk! he’s my male angel in our fishtank. without him i would be lost. i mean really. l.o.s.t.
alberto, thanks for being so cool, kind, helpful, genius and gezzziilllion thanks for helping me (and my pc *winks*) kat fishtank since day 1 til today….i truly appreciate your coolness tu ok? sorry la dude, no more ice cream for you. *winks*
p/s: errr…can u help me again…tmr? tolong setup my email access kat my new pc eh? hehehe! i let u use my meal card for this month ok? hehehehe! thanks albert…

DayanG Aaa Apr 28, 2005 04:27 AM
Albertis Morisette..Ey.. u stiLL playin harm0nica in Petaling St..? How much did u get ah..?? I remember putting about 6 centz in your t0rn ragged nike cap..and i saw a few m0re centz init as well..haih..i told u i should have sung my heart out when u play that instrument of yourz..100% guarantee sure get stacks of cash ey! paper m0ney..ya kn0w! So..so..hmm? Hehehe..oh yeah.. i WILL remember 2 read ur bL0g..0kie? hit me back aitez?! *dyG*

JuLia Shapiee Apr 22, 2005 11:29 AM
heylloww….hahaha..albert!! is that you?? Since when eh?? Cun sehh gambar2 ni… anyway, as a person who always see u in the office at 7pm everyday i want to advise u my dear..stop chasing the company’s bus!! Pls go down to the bus stop on time don’t be late so that u don’t have to chase the bus dude!!!hahahaa…

Arlyne Kunyir Apr 20, 2005 09:24 AM
Coincidently we still have the same number of Friendster friends. Don’t forget to inform me when you have agreed on a cut-off point limit. =)

NiNA Tateiwa Apr 04, 2005 09:44 AM
wei dude!bila nak go for lunch again? miss u so much la!

Foong Wai Ng Feb 14, 2005 07:18 AM
wth is that particular bulletin? hahaha *whacks*

thisis KJ Feb 14, 2005 04:53 AM
WAH.. albert so macho.. =O got beard lor.. like.. Goatman.. hehe

pwencess nana greystar Feb 14, 2005 01:16 AM
alby~ happy v-day *kisses*

Angelo Manuel Feb 13, 2005 11:02 PM
THIS is my cousin….i dont see him much but i really love hanging out with him. really enjoy swapping guitar tricks with him…..i was actually stunned at his completely different approach towards music compared to mine…..it was enlightening….well take care man i gotta get back to work .ciaoz

Shelley Leong Feb 04, 2005 12:15 PM
Yes!! I’m a big fan of Albert the man! ALBERT!!! He’s everywhere, he’s behind your door, he’s outside the window, he’s in your car – watch out for this illusive creature, he’s ‘one with the flow’… you’re bound to hop onto his flow.
He’s also an awesome photographer. When I make my first million, i’ll buy you a super camera and hire you as my personal photographer. Hmm.. if ever make that million.

Lex ster Jan 29, 2005 04:40 AM
banana, blood-sucker, too smart, geek, words are just not enough

Lee Cheng Goh Jan 28, 2005 11:58 PM
I think Albert was initially scared of me (I still think he’s scared of me) because I took a stalker-ish photo of him when he was at the AXN Anime Festival 2 years ago! Heh heh! After that, met him at a blog gathering, and he said I was action pulak (for a stalker). All in all, I think he is still suspicious of me being his stalker, so I have to remain very inconspicious and not too fan-girly around him. Sigh, I’m sure he has a lot of authentic stalkers though, what with his dashing good looks enhanced by Photoshop. the one who taught me more canggih enhancing techniques)). Everyone says that this guy is a super programmer, but since I never saw evidence of that, I’ll just continue praising his good looks and creative MSN screen names. πŸ™‚ Oh, and it’s always cool to “talk” about bloggers with him. He’s addicted to blog gatherings la. He and Lionel!!

DayanG Aaa Jan 23, 2005 07:30 AM
Albert… u lapar isit? Hungwy for wot?? Ehehe. Eh.. juz wanna say sorry for alwayz conning u.. I promise I wont do it again okayz?! 1 year of conning is far too long. If I con u again.. ya noe wut 2 do… ermz.. yeah. Owh BTW, i still love Eric very much.. Nothin can part the both of us. I remember how u scolded my poor Eric.. *sigh* But as u know.. Eric’s very forgiving towards maniac’s like u. Haih.. ok. I shall end writing this now. Owh and by the way.. Eric says Hello..

atiQama yg mulia Dec 30, 2004 06:21 PM
bye albert saya nak bla dah so anyway nice 2 meet u such a good guy and very friendly.. thanx a lot. so anyone out there who wanna know further bout this guy just check it out k….

rUzY Mohamed Dec 20, 2004 08:43 PM
aLbY baBy~!!!!haPPy BirThdAy!!! ur the cutest pro-grammar i know darling! let me know wat u want for ur birthday!! i love u to bits! mwah!

Haz Hashim Dec 19, 2004 09:28 PM
happy bday to u… happy bday to u… happy bday to albieeeeeee….. happy bday to u… p/s : nanti i belanje u k… i pwomise πŸ™‚

Vivien Mah Dec 19, 2004 03:09 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! best wishes, and take care?? =D=D haha….

Suet Li Dec 19, 2004 03:55 AM
happy birthday albert!!!! mwakz! i wanna sing u a song.
lalalalalalalalaooh~lala% fulala#$^wheeloopdepaledewhedooo*

Suet Li Dec 13, 2004 08:04 AM
i am one. marry me.

Lex ster Dec 12, 2004 08:49 PM
It’s funny you know, to remind me how special you are. Why of all ppl in my list…only you are the one and only person who’s birthday is coming soon? Isn’t it a great way to remind me to buy you something?

thisis KJ Dec 12, 2004 06:59 AM
WATSAPPPPPPPP Albert.. i soooo miss u dude.. hehe =p so.. ur bday comin soon.. belanja-ing everybody in ur contact list? anybody agrees.. hehe =P happy early bday to u first! =)

Nathan Gen Nov 28, 2004 08:47 AM
Ok i’m using Albert’s testimonial space for advertisement, seeing that he’s got a load of friends.
We pay cash
Are you interested in making an extra buck or two? We are a US-based company looking for free lancers world wide with some of these skills: Macromedia FLASH ASP + HTML Quark XPress Php MySQL Photoshop + Illustrator
Send brief note if interested to Nathan.gen@gmail.com
ps: owe u one, albert

Pei Wen Seow Nov 19, 2004 09:23 AM
If there’s a person to blame because I have gain weight, it must be you! Always recommending this and that especially when I’m starving. You seem to know when I’m hungry. LOL. And you always message me regarding food at the wrong time, or is it the right time??
He’ll call at an unexpected time and put on the funniest accent which you won’t expect to hear. Always sounding so energetic regardless day or night. Forever so cheerful.
I think he knows every nook and corner in the Klang Valley. Always hearing him wondering here and there. Should seek his advice when searching for a particular hidden lane around town.
Ooo.. and he doesn’t look as innocent as the way he carry himself. I got fooled by his innocent look. Go figure.

Ning Jia Ong Nov 13, 2004 08:22 PM
yoz!!!! long time no see, talk, hear, and what ever lar.. dunno if u even still remember me.. LOL anywayz.. my bro owes u some money and i was wondering how to pass it to u.. i’ve not seen shaz for a long time too.. how haf u been man? hehe.. anywayz.. albert is a really nice guy and has a GREAT talent for computers.. i’m sure he’ll do grand in the future.. haha.. and hope tat i’ll c him with a chick as well.. LOL >. anywayz.. take carez dude.. hope to c ya soon! stay cool! ciaoz..

thisis KJ Nov 08, 2004 12:05 AM
arghhh! why u still hav ur testimonials? grr.. sob..

anne Yew Fon Nov 01, 2004 01:14 AM
_./’\._.**..**.. *. .* * frEns.f0reveR * /.*.\ ..**.,.**.*
(`v) `*..* ..*) .*) (. (. . .`. * taKe.caRe *

Jasmine -BN- FeEhiLy Oct 25, 2004 06:18 AM
hey mister blue guy. ur picture almost scared me to death. lol. i was scanning through my friends page and i saw ur picture, and it was like 2 something in the morning :p

thisis KJ Oct 24, 2004 09:38 PM
nothing to do.. so sien.. so simply type u a testi.. hehehe.. Mr.. Albert of NGC of astro’s canteen.. u r hungry now rite? come go belanja me NGC.. hehehe =P

Jee Wan aka Cyn Oct 17, 2004 08:32 AM
albert albert….when I first met him, he seems so quiet…but somehow we clicked coz we found a similar topic to talk about…heh ;P and later, i came to find out behind that shy-quiet-looking exterior of his, he is one sweet fren! There seem to be this gentleness in him i can’t seem to comprehend…dun get me wrong, not the gay sort of gentleness lah! ;P Well, besides the fact tht he is a genious, albert can drink too! I dun mean just soft drink, but alcohol haha Oh and his passion for guitars and music is undescribable. And did i mention he is a genious?? hehe and dun worry,…if they ever have one of those gatherings again,…i’ll b thr! promise! πŸ˜‰ catch up w u soon bert- y…hehe

Mystery Wolf Killer Oct 11, 2004 11:20 PM
*lol* “Albert-Hungry”… initially in my friends list your nick was “Albert-Hung”, hehehhe

Ekajunosho Kymmy Oct 10, 2004 11:32 PM
hrm.. for all i remember.. 2 or 3 years ago i was close with this guy. but damn long time no see him. but for all i know la.. albert is cute and sweet and i believe he was shy? or still is shy? LOL! anyway albert! stay cute and peace out!!

Caryna Koh Oct 06, 2004 10:26 AM
From some 6-handed Buddha… now you wanna be Albert Christ? hahhaha. Miss you Albyyyy.

allison leong Oct 03, 2004 11:54 PM
I know this testimonial should be written long time back, but I believe in analyzing you in a long term basis! Hehehee..and yeah..You proved to me that you are a talented, down to earth, witty and playful guy- a real character! This dude used to bully, intimidate and mocked me back in the office most of the time. I guess it’s EQUAL now since that he had been helping me out lately. Unfortunately, he losses most of the time when it comes to the game whereby he is required to stare at me. Maybe it’s just me-lah albertt!*flip my hair*. He has the most “powderful jokes which most of the time I do not understand. Not just me, but..many of us..oppps. Anyways, Albert keep up your good work and remain the humble you all the time. After all, You are not all that mean-lah. Honestly, thank you for everything. xxx, the favour girl :p- to be con’t-

Haz Hashim Oct 03, 2004 12:11 AM
a real gentleman… imagine him in baju melayu, preferably ocean blue… and oh god… all girls will go ga-ga…

Be bliss Sep 18, 2004 12:08 PM
omg pillow!! since when u became the multipal hand albert?sigh…poor pillow…but no worries kay..u know i’ll still love u…blek! =P

thisis KJ Sep 18, 2004 04:08 AM
hahaha izzit the picture we took last time when i’m in fishtank one ar?

melinda -BN- rawks Sep 17, 2004 09:50 PM
COOL PICTURE! tee-hee hahahaha

Shannon Me Sep 17, 2004 08:40 PM
just feel like testimonializing you… so there!!! =>

thisis KJ Sep 13, 2004 09:51 PM
GiG Freakz! always attend anyyyy kinda gigs.. this fella is a rocker! peace! tq for the testi.. hahaha! great times! adioz man!

Haz Hashim Sep 11, 2004 10:29 PM
*muaks*muaks*muaks

thisis KJ Sep 06, 2004 09:02 PM
albert always order NGC from Astro canteen.. hehehe hey! i miss the NGC lar.. hehehe

thisis KJ Sep 04, 2004 05:20 AM
this guy always finds me for weed.. but i don’t provide em..hehehe well.. it’s just one of his crazy farnee quotes to get ur attention hehe he rocks for life..underground rockers is his life! Crazy whacko PROGRAMMER! kidnap him and Xfresh is doom.. hehe wat can i say he is my buddy and he is a good fren! weed brader.. take care.. dun smoke too much.. hehehe

Frequency Cannon Aug 12, 2004 12:57 PM
many thanks for supporting frequency cannon! rock on! jeng jeng jeng kerangggg!

Shannon Me Jul 31, 2004 11:21 AM
stupid smart ass… blooy hell you should see how he does the rubic cube… why wun yu teach me la!!!

Davina Goh Jul 30, 2004 03:30 AM
I don’t know if it’s me or if it’s him, and I’m shitting myself for having this thought, but Albert’s starting to look like a ladykiller. Hey ladykiller, i got a rubik’s cube which i stole from the CLEO office coz it was just just lying around looking depressed. remind me to pass it to you so you can change its perspective on life.

Ju Yit Pan Jul 19, 2004 01:31 AM
one word to describe albert? amusing… πŸ™‚ yes…u r still amusing! heres to someone who can be amuse by listening to the gas being released out of a soft drink bottle… i find you…amusing… πŸ™‚ but then…he’s nice, funny and well…amusing? πŸ˜› can nv forget you… musck! πŸ™‚

Mystery Wolf Killer Jul 03, 2004 02:53 AM
Wake up! Wake up!!!!!!!!! Oy bangang wake up laaaaaaa!! . . . . *ahem* Gotta stop talking to myself… *coughs*

Yvonne Foong Jul 01, 2004 09:56 AM
B4 I meet him, they were telling me Bert’s a genius. When I met him, he gives me a funny feeling in my opinion. Aura tells me he’s not just any guy. He seemed self-centered at 1st n I gradually saw his other side. Bert’s a nice friend to share with cuz he keeps your words to himself. But there are some things about Bert I don’t quite understand. Oh, one more thing.. I’ve noticed brainy guys get all the attention from girls but always end up single. LOL!!

Kelvin Soo Jun 29, 2004 07:26 AM
roarrr Albert hehehe my buddy when i joined Xfresh, how can you forget Albert always funny just as long as there is nandos he is willing to talk!

Foong Wai Ng Jun 15, 2004 10:30 AM
imho, albert is super chic. dont be fooled by his petite size, when he opens his mouth… hoiyo, completely eloquent in the queen’s tongue. alberto is witty and sacarstic at times. i have a vague remembrance of him as being a graceful ice skater, almost like a polar bear. great masters of icebergs. the right person to reason out something with. i think he’s genius too. seems intimidating huh? fret not, he’s a social bug.

fiN.twO-FULL T. May 29, 2004 11:18 AM
yea and i must stress, that his massages are REALLI the best!!! lol, albie dear, you should CHARGE ppl hehhe. kidding ^_^ dont hate me ppl!

fiN.twO-FULL T. May 29, 2004 11:05 AM
Alby is my life sized doll, Wish i had a pic of him to put up on my wall. He’s so very the comel, Everyone knows it well. His massages are by far the best! They outrank all the rest. Without fail at three thirty everyday, He travels downstairs all the way. To the cafeteria for his tea break, Nasi lemak and teh tarik. When we chat online sometimes, He amazes me with his wonderful rhymes. Otherwise he just amuses me, With his funny sense of humour plain and simply. He tries to speak like Yoda the guy from star wars, But I’m afraid dear Albert I barely sense within you the force. Im running out of things to say now, Its getting late and I gotta get going anyhow. So to conclude this rhyme, And testimonial at the same time. Albert is a super great friend, Cute, funny, and true to the end =]

Chris Chiam May 26, 2004 09:44 PM
Alberto where’s the metal-o? Met this pint sized yet surprisingly dynamite like dude a couple of times and all i can say is, RESPECK!!!. Knows his music well, which is rock and some metal though i wish he would let loose and listen to some Cannibal Corpse man! And from what i can tell, he’s the reason why we still have Intrakotas and the LRTs not closing shop. Just an ASSumption la. Hehehe. Take care dude!

IFran MdNor May 23, 2004 02:26 AM
The BOSS…Period!! =P

dJcarmen Tong May 20, 2004 07:10 PM
WARNING ZONE: NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER ask Albert about his clothes!! EVERY ANSWER WILL BE THE SAME!! eg: T-shirt = F-R-E-E!!! and Pants = ALL THE SAME (or at least all about the same from design to colour…we assumed he NEVER wash his pants)!! what the heck is wrong with this dude here….*sighs*

Shannon Me May 13, 2004 02:35 AM
albert is just about as evil as i can be. now that we’re even, i can start on your testimonial. from what i know there’s plenty going on in that brain of his. and i gotta admit that he is kinda cute. sorry i couldn’t have made that anymore less obvious like what you’ve done to mine. it’s not good to point out short people *hint hint* but he’s one smart ass-ed geek. translation: im jealous of how smart he can get. a very good object to roll out of a moving LRT and later to be laugh at. and even if we only met twice… he has hinted on what to get for his birthday (any transfomer will do) πŸ˜‰ but dun count on what he’s gonna get you. it’ll just be another duckie stuff toy… *shakes his hands with my amilase-d hands*

fiN.twO-FULL T. May 10, 2004 07:45 PM
maybe if u spelt “defender” right =p… heheh ok lets get down to the gold. i dunno albert very well (but we can change that!) from what i’ve seen, he likes to step on kittens, play with rubikubes?? how the heck do ya spell it lol n e way. while im having problems just spelling it, he can fix em in like 30 seconds! talk about a genius 8] hehe, and he plays the guitar as well! such a hottie lol ^^ hes realli quiet tho. maybe its just around me? hehehe well i dunno, dun be so shy albie!! ok hehehe im so sick, my head is stuffed up and im becoming delirious. hehe cya later! -luv fiN

fiN.twO-FULL T. May 09, 2004 09:01 PM
ALBERT LIKES TO STEP ON KITTENS! DO NOT BEFRIEND HIM OR HE MIGHT STEP ON YOU TOO. *now i gotta run and hide before he steps on me ^^*

Jenifer Ooi May 07, 2004 12:04 AM
albert is a music geek. a geek as in…he knows what he IS talking about and have his very own opinion on everything. Once you get him attracted to a certain topic, he gets all excited and jumpy about it. and yeah, he SLEEPS in the morning and stays till late. unluckily, the “papparazi” in the tank will caught him and take pictures of him with the “cute” looking socks. and oh yeah, HE’S THE KING OF RUBIC CUBES!sheezs.. i wish i have your brain man ,but seriusly.. albert is also a kind and helpful guy. thanks for helping me around when i’m still new in the tanki ikan and *hint hint*, teach me sum of ur guitar skills lar! ;p (but then again..err..i think i dowan to learn la. bersara d.)

YoHaNa’s yohana May 06, 2004 10:30 PM
Albert thanks for your CD… akowekoweok he’s my guitar sifu… (I gotta have finish my lesson Sir, by this month… akwoekwoowke

YoHaNa’s yohana May 06, 2004 10:30 PM
Can u help me plzzz.. i’m in the poloce station now… they have all avidence against me. they wanna charge me in possesion of a ‘Very Chomel Gal’, not my fault what?????

Trent Hoh May 06, 2004 08:55 AM
Albert’d make a good stand in for Keanu if he had the right build. But the women really love him at any rate. I’m kinda jealous…

Carol Yong Apr 23, 2004 10:51 AM
albbbieeeee teach me how to fix rubik cubes!!! i want/need/want to learn! πŸ˜€ albie is cute πŸ™‚ eh we go out soon kies? πŸ˜‰ cheers

RaVeeN Kaur Apr 20, 2004 10:04 PM
Albert…Hmmm known him since primary…were quite close than..but ALBERT huh..can be extremely quiet..this was last time..dunno bout now..Were same scool in secondary but neva used to talk…funny… Nice bein ur fren… TakeCare

Mystery Wolf Killer Apr 18, 2004 09:53 AM
Dude, what’s with your submissive-slave-4-u pic? hahahahaha

Nadiah Syed-Nahar Apr 18, 2004 12:17 AM
Albert wants me to be creative in my testimonial but this is the most creative i can get! I am like Albert’s official photographer since he seems to like the pics I have taken of him πŸ™‚ but then again I am the paparazzi in da fishtank (beware when u sleep btw!!).. speakin of sleep, he does this alot in the fishtank but only becoz he helps his frends until way into the wee hours of the mornin with their computer and tech probs!

Ting Fei Kon Apr 17, 2004 02:01 PM
Its a pity friendster limits Testimonials 2 only 1k characters..cuz its definitely not enuf to share wht a wonder this Guy is. He was my scholmate..but i never really knew him back then..then we met again in Astro and worked 2gether on certain project..Ghosh this fella is Genius! Lets put this way..this nutcase finds it easier to figure out the Rubik’s cube rather than Galz! Though there may be a pinch of truth in this..hehe. He is gentle & soft spoken..A real buddy..cuz he really makes an effort to keep his promises & Appointments..he wld literally walk frm Bkt JAlil 2 Sri HArtamas or B’sar to meetup wif me..Damn this fella really is a gd buddy. If U ever needs Any help..Dude i’ll be there! Just call. Its was gr8 meeting up with u..though u hardly ever change. Besides ur hair..it was longer! Neways this chap is humble, thoughtful, intelligent & dun u dare to mess wif him abt Gizmos..he’s a walking dictionary on Tech stuff. Take care br

Steven Koh Apr 16, 2004 04:34 AM
I know this guy since back in school days. He is a very quiet guy and nice to hang around with. A genius in programming. Changed alot since the old days and become more wacky and happening.You are a CHAMP mate!!

rUzY Mohamed Apr 14, 2004 10:07 AM
baby alby!!this guy would debate about EVERYTHING!first time i met him, we were debating about OPEN MARRIAGE! i loooooove giving this guy massages and tarik his hair coz the look on his face when i do that just makes me feel sooooooo good! albert is da man at xfresh! without him, i’ll just be lost la. albert is the fishtank’s RESIDENT GENIUS!!he is also the resident sleeper. he knows absolutely everything about rock music… and he always turns up at the most surprising places and knows the most discrete things…are u sure u ain’t a super sapien?? thanks for always repairing the printer for me dearie…i love u!!our pictures together always look funny! who da man? u da man!!!!!! rawk on!

Nazri StarKiller Apr 12, 2004 05:22 PM
The only guy who managed to catch me in my hiding hole. He just popped out from nowhere!! Dude, you know where to find me now. Together we can drool over those Transformers toys!!!! Wait..let me order my Predator first..then we go and drool over it, aight??
Chill…

YoHaNa’s yohana Apr 05, 2004 06:27 PM
akowkeowkeow… Mr.Albert de Laberto.. xfresh’s “nadi”…akowkeokeoW… this kid huh i tell yah’ is one of my lesbian partner… akkowekowek… yes he’s ‘the lesbian in a guy body’…yeah that’s right!!! he’s lesbian… akoekwokeowk… dude i luv this jock AS MUCH I LUV HIM!!! akokweowkoekeo.. muaxxxx!!!! nway to be honest i dream about this guy last night… dream about how he trying to kill me coz i dun want to massage him… yeah i’m also gud in massaging… albert’s private masseur… akwoekwoekowke… i dunno what crap i’m writing now… The conclusion is that Albert ‘Thw Lesbian in a Guy Body’… yeah!! go albert!! go albert!!! go! go! go albert!!!

Mystery Wolf Killer Apr 05, 2004 08:33 AM
One of the most interesting dudes to talk to in real life n online! We always have a good conversation going, and we never run out of interestingly different topics πŸ™‚ He’s such a rockstar wannabe *lol* and he works on his guitar shiet well coz he wants feedback on them, no matter how sucky u or he thinks it is (I give him the American Idol style of criticisms). His obsession with puzzles and codes r insane, and whenever I hang out with him he just seems to be so happy, energetic, enthusiastic, n bouncy! It’s awesome! Yeah Albert is the ever-ready- shoulder-to-cry-on fella because one time he was on the phone consoling a distressed friend for half the day! Ok, that was an exaggeration, but it sure seemed like it, coz i was waiting for him to go into Woh Fatt for ages! But it’s all good. Start taking those driving lessons, coz I know u want to kidnap my electric guitar or flirt with my amp and multi-effects board! *LMAO*

Accast le Shaun Yeap Apr 02, 2004 08:40 PM
Mr E=mc2. hahaha… Know him since sec school. We were bud mates last time. Sat beside him. He used to be soooo shy that time. But now, wow, a hell of a guy eh. Freakin cool with shades eh. Mr Matrix. He is freakin good in english. Always with his, ‘not never, didnt’. hahaha… One more thing, freakin brilliant in computing. Bloody good programmer. I remember last time he sent me a game that he programmed him self. wow…shocking le. That time still in sec school weh. A good friend to have and to hang out with. A very helpful guy. One of the good memories in my life, BERT. Keep in touch.

Serge Norguard Mar 30, 2004 07:56 PM
Dang… I used the wrong frenster account to add that testimonial πŸ˜›
Anyway what i would like to say about Albert is exactly the same thing Bloggersphere said :P.
He’s a good boy ^_^. Teh Tarik Cinnamon anyone ?!

Bloggersphere Bloggersphere Mar 30, 2004 09:17 AM
ahhh albert ng …. the man with the glaring keyboard. Glares with his extraordinary god-like powers of coding. If you dont believe me… go to http://www.xfresh.com . The coding..from html,css,php,asp …is nearly all done by this man. Anyway Albert, how about we goto Maju Curry House for teh tarik with kayu manis? ^_^

Azira-Goddess ChickaWicka Mar 20, 2004 12:40 AM
Got nothing to do on a Saturday and decided to update this dear friend of mine’s testimonials. Always seem to be the victim of pranks whenever he was asleep…I was grossly outnumbered so forgive me that I couldn’t protect you at the tank, Alby. I would recommend you to buy him gadgets, but we have already planned him a nice, practical gift for this year… Annoying sometimes, but he’s okay… still damn fair no matter how much I advise him to get a tan… Quite antisocial, but then again, so am I… lol… see ya Monday bro.

LiShun Chua Mar 17, 2004 12:08 AM
i don’t know this guy personally. actually, come to think of it, i only know him as THAT Xfresh guy in the forums. THAT dude who works at the fish tank. THAT albert fella. haha. was like, “huh?” when i got the friendster confirmation thing. anyway, Xfresh rocks, which means albert must rock too, but then, there really isn’t a real connection. err. great site, miss it loads, love the new layout thing, but really miss the OLD days. cheers, man.

Jasmine -BN- FeEhiLy Mar 12, 2004 10:50 PM
alright, maybe my first testimonial was kinndaa short. :p didnt know it was so short. so sorry! i’ll make it long this time. i’ve known albert for erm a few years? cant really remember. but yeah, place was at Mid Valley. anyhow, albert’s short (ahah!), fair (omg. i hate you), funny, blur, good looking, popular, admired by everyone (i guess), down to earth, crappy at times, weird, smart, and he’s good at computers. his english is damn good, his patience level is high, his listening skills are amazing, 100% straight forward, nice to be around with, CHILDISH (especially around KJ), and he is nice. amazing guy all round, and you gotta love his sarcasm. most of the time i dont really get it, but you know.. you will once you get used to it. omg. who can forget, a good accent-immitator. all kinds. matsalleh, indian. haha. anyways, long enough ryte? nyek nyek. so, i’ll see you around alright? ciao. πŸ™‚

ANSON EMOZAI Mar 10, 2004 08:40 AM
He!!! Mr Digital, Mr Programmer Mr coolman….i dunno what else i can say oh Mr Milky or Mr Zombie too!!! coz his face is very very fair and his look is actually….why dun you find out from urself? Actually honestly speaking he is a cool guy and a nice guy to be with, if you dunno him u might think he is a sombong guy but actually if you really need helo he will try to help if he can and what else? i personal comfortable to be with this friend, we been eat together at Mac’D, i use to sent him back to office and even got once saw him at KLCC well even we dun hav a proper time to meet out yam char still happy sometime saw him on the street!Yoh BERT!! you should take more rest and drink less Teh Tarik, you are like a ngiht walker you know? your look sometime scare me to hell man! nice knowing you!!

Lex ster Mar 08, 2004 06:03 AM
Note to Albert: THIS WILL BE THE MOST MEANEST AND LONGEST TESTIMONIAL YOU’LL EVER GET coz’ this is revenge! The truth nothing but the truth about Albert Ng! Since, he said he DOESN”T know who is Guy Pearce..and he thinks he looks more like Keanu Reeves (FYI: Keanu reeves used to be a gay~unconfirmed rumour)… He’s a huge fan of Matrix…when I didn’t get the story…He got it and told me how great it was! Getting to know him about quite awhile now is ok la…He is a big time JAKUN. He wows at Streamyx and vanilla coke addict (always aasking me for that Mc’D vouchers) He doesn’t gets sick of thousands and thousands of trips that he makes to Mc’D, when eventually I got hmm…quite sick of it…He likes to comment about my eating habits, which for him is not like a normal person…As I won 15 CDs..and I was kind enough to give him 2/5 out of it.. He gladly lost the Bon Jovi DVD… (u’ll pay for this Albert!) and also the rest of the CDs…aahhh…As I love to piss him of..it proves that Albert could be easily controlled…He also dun seem to play any sports…I wonder y Albert? R u scared of being hitted by a ball…or u r SCARED of the ball?hmm… I dunno why he wants to put on more weight…as he is already looking fleshy… hmm…as I try to crack the case of Albert being thin…(which I’ll nvr will) Albert is a genius who seemed to do badly during exams…which proves not all GENIUSES will do well during EXAMS like ALBERT Einstien, who flunked school passionately, I believe..ohh..which is also another Albert.. Y oh Y, all the Albert’s are so smart? And Albert is white…he might be an ALbino…and sometimes he do look pale and scary… That makes me think y he still disagree with me about LP…He also likes show off with his new pair of FREE Nike’s (I believe that’s the first pair of Nike’s and you should have seen him jakun-ing over it)… Actually, I have a theory that Albert is RICH guy because…he doesn’t spends on clothes at all…because…he gets FREE t-shirts all the time…and now even FREE shoes..oh yeah, forgotten about that RM 1 nasi lemak(he skips lunch and waits till 2pm just for it)…Anyway, he admits he is a geek and this Smart ALbert here who taught me the difference between a geek and a nerd (he even forced me to change it in my previous testimonial, which I deleted)…Well I do have to thank him for that! He has weird love or shall I say obbession with rubik cubes…he twist, turns it but its always easily solved by him…He cracks jokes that I can’t get and pretty lame I shall say…some jokes aren’t MEANT for me I believe…The funny thing is he has prefect vision eventhough staring into hours and hours at monitor…and he looks like panda bear(huge eye bags…u should c it) As he desperately searches for the ONE (which I doubt)…he’s actually nice… He loves Simpsons and lots of ROCK…oh..a loyal LRT passenger..and simple joys of life(according to him) Nasi lemak and teh tarik…aahh…typical Malaysian…Well, I got to admit the fact that he’s SMART and a very brilliant pro- GRAMMAR and proGRAMMER…(yes, Albert..I’m jealous of u) Ah bert, dun forget to cut ur hair ah…too long aleady ah! (trying to impersonate a ‘ah beng’) ANyway, dude U BETTER FIND BACK THOSE CDs or else you’ll pay for it! Note to the readers: By now, I believe you’ll say that I’m a very mean person and my testimonial about Albert..STINKS.. so what?…Albert added it to his page by the way…lol and Albert, I’ll write a meaner one..forgotten something..those ARE NOT HIS shades… ;p

DayanG Aaa Mar 02, 2004 01:58 AM
He’s a PEST!! P-E-S-T! Been pestering me for months and months.. for a testimonial.. *gack(pukes)* Anyways, this guy walks with style.. Golly I mean it. He has this martian-R2D2 kinda walk. I dunno how he does it but its different than normal beins’. Oh yeah.. thanx for da X-games booklet. Yeah.. well if it wasn’t for da booklet, I wouldn’t even write u this! Haha =P. Another thing ’bout this bloke is that he can go way way JAKUN ’bout lil things. I won’t mention what tho’ =P. Did ya know that Alb means a white vestment worn by priests?! Erm… bet ya didn’t know that… aye? Ok ok.. I’m flyin’ off now.. to Neverland. Hasta Luego! Oh yeah.. one more thing.. his words are ironically wounded πŸ˜‰ -n-

Nadia Mishmore Mar 01, 2004 09:41 PM
albert = weird al yankovic. he comes up with the weirdest oddest jokes yet expects ppl to understand them. when i dont laugh at his jokes, he whacks my head. real hard. he’s mean. fortunately underneath all that mean- ness, albert’s a smart ass, hardworking co worker of mine who doesn’t go down for tea(eventhough i can hear his tummy growling all the way from my seat). albert LOVES the one ringgit nasi lemak at the cafeteria, heck he loves it so much, he’d wait for 2 o’clock to have lunch (cause tats when they bring out the nasi lemak). albert has a lot of girl friends too as ive discovered. perhaps its that “im-blur-n-i-come-up-with- lame-jokes” look that gets him lucky. everytime i have an emergency focus group, albert will call EVERY girl he has in his phone book. i thank ya for that alberto. best wishes to u n ur million n one rubik’s cubes, albert. loads of laff.

Zufar Shahren Jan 28, 2004 09:02 AM
Met him in X-Fresh. Definitely found him an easygoing and laid-back person, a friendly guy all the more.
I see that all the ladies are attracted to this magnet, heheh, seriously (they were all over him), and he didn’t really flaunt it. πŸ™‚
I only knew him for a while though, so I can’t really write much about him because most of my comments are from third-person observations…
A nice guy nonetheless, and I think I might have more to say about him soon…

Maya Thiagarajan Jan 20, 2004 08:06 PM
Albs!I finally got down to writing a testimonial(yay for procrastination)So what to say ’bout Albert?Very very funny guy.Great sense of humour.Easy to talk too and looks chun in shades πŸ˜‰

Redzuan Ahmad Redza Jan 19, 2004 06:36 PM
Albert Ng or Ah Bert as I’d like to call him… I would imagine him as the epitome of geek until one day when he put on that wicked pair of shades and lo and behold! It struck a close resemblence of an uber geek right out of The Matrix! His knack for stringing codes on the computer does not hinder his knack for stringing words in the most eloquent manner be it in a poem or those funny lyrics that he comes up with like his idol Weird Al Yankovic. Kicks major asses in any FPS games he plays against you, which makes you feel like wanting to kick HIS ass in person until you actually meet him in person when you feel like kicking YOUR OWN ass for letting such a frail looking dude kick your ass in the first place! Do not be fooled by innocent exterior though, for underneath it all belies the tenacity of a bachelor under reproductive pressure (a.k.a. horny dude wants to get laid).

Hanna Razif Jan 13, 2004 07:03 AM
Albert isn’t fair. Albert’s WHITE.

Aznin Zizal Jan 12, 2004 07:47 PM
let me tell you somthing bout this cute boy. i know albert is a programmer. he works in fish tank. he’s a very nice guy. and im looking forward to get to now him better. πŸ˜› i know you hate this kind of testimonial..couldnt help it man ~~

Caryna Koh Jan 11, 2004 06:35 AM
fuiiyohh… lengchai wohhh. πŸ˜‰

Azira-Goddess ChickaWicka Jan 09, 2004 12:07 AM
All right, Alby’s been after my ass rewriting hid testimonials that I screwed up, and yeah… I’m writing a new one dear. Ya happy??? lol. Alby’s a cute, did I say cute urm questionable ^guy^ (lol) who laments about not having a gf and for all I know everyone in Xfresh *wubs* him. It’s that or you’re banned from the website. The fact that he still doesn’t have a gf is probably better described by this example; if he had to choose between willing Liv Tyler herself and the latest Nokia gear, he’d choose the nokia. That’s how he just is (can’t say I don’t approve). He’s willing to listen, willing to knock some sense into my erratic mind, and more than willing to kill me if I did something wrong. He also reminds me of the unpleasant stuff I did, (waaaa…. jahat!). All in all, I wub Alby, cause he’s cute, he’s adorable, and he’s FAIR. I swear he has the FAIREST skin of us all!!!!! He never uses sunblock but he NEVER tans. *sigh*

Carol Yong Jan 04, 2004 02:18 AM
Oh and I forgot to mention he knows this cool music shop that sells second- hand cds and REALLY OLD VINYLS. Like those dinner-plate sized stuff. Old, dingy, weird music, but still a cool place. πŸ˜€ I never saw a vinyl till I went to that shop. Serious.

Carol Yong Jan 04, 2004 01:40 AM
So I actually wrote a testimonial for Albert but friendster ate it up. I don’t like friendster. It ALWAYS eats up my nice nice testimonials. *ahems* So anyways, I met him through Hanna. We were supposed to go out and I was a bit freaked out, to tell you the truth cos I thought he might end up to be some kind of insane psychopath. Blame the newspapers. That’s all you hear about what’s happening in KL. Innocent girls like me being cheated and stuff. Okay enough. So Albert turned out to be nice enough. He actully didn’t mind me dragging him and Hanna into every shop (or something like that) in Times Square, Sungai Wang, an Lot10. So he’s cool πŸ˜€ Uhms he likes vanilla coke and if Burger King introduces Vanilla Coke he will just sit down there all day with his friends and do nothing but eat Burger King stuff and drink Vanilla Coke. (And he’ll probably find himself diabetic the next day :P) And I asked him what Xfresh is about and he kept telling me ‘Music, Food, and *something*’ Anyways I just joined Xfresh and I STILL don’t know what it’s about :/ Yes so that’s Albert. Kind of. I think. RAWKKKKK on. πŸ˜€ Chaos.

Hanna Razif Jan 01, 2004 01:52 AM
Everybody loves Albert. Albert writes poems with simple- dontneedtoopendictionary.comeveryfewlin es-words has tricky meanings. eh wait. Albert doesn’t write poems, he writes riddles to puzzle and deprive people like me from sleep. He also practically knows the whole xfresh forums he knows everyone who says hey to him by their nick. Albert is living proof that don’t need to read books to be a genius. Everything you need to know, is available online. Albert is a cool dude. He lets you use his simcard to play GPRS. p/s dear Albert, GET A TAN. xo.

Edwin Lim Dec 17, 2003 08:35 PM
Yo dude~ here’s nice one for u: Remember the lame club we joined together in high school? haha… yeah, alwys ponteng to C.R. with Mr Lee in it, so no prefect would dare to kacau us~! I still remember u always sit alone at one corner with a 2nd-hand 486 com making some classic games out of Q-basic. Later, u created a network game over the internet and ask me to test it out with u. But the funny thing is: u never won in ur own creation… I wonder why… And about Hacking, I’ve quit the habbit (not :P) So if ever xfresh.com got hack or down one day, I didn’t do it! Just kidding man~

Kah Man Leow Dec 15, 2003 12:33 AM
This guy is probably Albert Einstein’s clone… Mini Einstein? He’s real smart. I wonder how he got 100% for an IQ-like test at Informatics last time. I can’t believe it. Anyway for those of you who know what computer programming is, he was the one that taught me the very basics of Visual Basic. I then self-studied further on this and started making trojan and other evil programs… hehehe… then this guy started to get annoyed with me because I was using my knowledge on making these stuff… LOL. Programming is so fun, isn’t that right Albert?

Ariel Yoong Dec 09, 2003 02:11 AM
UnC AlbY was one sick dude when I first saw him. ( sick as in ill. :D) Thought of him as a quiet, shy and erm…Quiet guy. When I got to know him a lil better, Woah~! He can talk for miles… and he ain’t shy! Muahaha… a very nice guy to hang out with and we seem to have more fun with him around. ^^ Generally, people LOVE Albert~ ( don’t believe me? Look at all his testimonials. *BiG Grin*) FarnY, CuTe ( look at that face of his!) & loved by all… now, isn’t that a great combination? πŸ˜‰
p/s: When are you gonna do a lapdance for us? πŸ˜€

Wee Sim Khor Dec 07, 2003 10:35 AM
Very nice person. Have to get to know him. You wouldn’t live a complete life not having him lapdance for you. LoLx. A great guy. Friendly ;). Great personality.

Be bliss Nov 29, 2003 10:49 AM
albert….my “bf”! hahaha..more like my pillow though….juz looooovvvvvveeeee him soo much!! hahahahaahha…..i mean love his shoulders!!…so comfy..=P see yah tomoro…mmuuuuahahhhh…..muh lovely pillow…=D

Aznin Zizal Nov 29, 2003 08:32 AM
hey!! stop corrupting my bf. dont steals him away from me πŸ™ uhuhu..you’re so mean..trying to make me jealous..just because our wedding is off it dosnt mean that you can steal him away from me..you’re mean, mean..MEAN!! im gonna stay at the corner and cries now…hoping taht my dear will come and comfort me~ which is quite impossible because his attention will go to you..i envy you..I ENVY YOU!!! damm you…huk huk.. anyway..nice hair πŸ˜‰ it’s long and perky ;)hik hik..:P

Xavy Xaviera Riji Nov 22, 2003 05:20 AM
Albert may look like a serious kind of guy.. but he’s actually quite the opposite. He brings this big mineral bottle everywhere he goes. He’s got good posture too. His movement is quite robotic. Albert’s a great and very knowledgable guy. Must get to know him!

eNg HocK Teh Nov 20, 2003 08:17 AM
Albert seems to be stuck in Xfresh for as long as i can remember. Was there b4 me…was still there when i left..wouldnt surprise me if he works there for life. Heheh…just like the boy who never grows up. If you want to hack into friendster so u can write nice testimonials for yourself, then Albert is the guy to look for. =p

jin kelvina Nov 17, 2003 11:10 AM
back when we were working together, albert was the only one who could relate to me and my music tastes
he was the one who shared a lot about local music to me. also the one who felt my excitement when i found some real shit in the media library.
thanks for taking care of downloads. working with u was incredible.
music rocks!

bridgeT -BN- shiu Nov 15, 2003 05:18 AM
this guy here has soOOo many gadgets wit him wherever he goeS…welL…dun reallY noe dis guy…but his kinda funnY…nice knowin u…

dJcarmen Tong Nov 13, 2003 03:52 AM
alberto!!! i love tiz name…even before i met him!!! he’s actually one of the first i met…in Xfresh!! first person was Fazri actually..cause he’s the person that brought me up to the fish tank!! but tiz guy..not mistakenly…should be the 3rd guy i’ve met in the fishtank itself!! he’s a funny dude…very very very funny!!! he’s in love with metal music..or any music that i would instantly got *blur* huh?? lol..actually..i’m planning to write an essay long testimonial for tiz guy..since i’ve promised him that i would!! haha…but i juz wonder he’ll approve it!!! πŸ˜€ okayz..back to Alberto!!! wat much can i say bout him?? umm..he’s a PURE HARD CORE tech fan…he would be so so so so so glad to even touch and play with any technical stuff…such as PDA and so on!!! he have a very very cute characteristic..and his laugh…sometimes seems fake :D!! haha….but he’s a great advisor when he knows what u’re up to!! he’ll come to u…say a few words and turn back immediately!! he have a very very very high iq :P…u can see him playing with the box thingy that changes the colour (cant remember wat’z its called)…but it’s really really funky!! we used to mix everything up..and he’ll time himself and in an instance he’s done!! he’s a great programmer..and if there’s any problems..juz ask him..and he’s up for the job!! so…umm…tiz is short actually..but i’m kinda worried if he’s gonna delete tiz..so…i better stop here!! but gals…get a chance to know him..he’s cute, adorable and friendly!! willing and ready to mix around with anyone and everyone at anytime of the day or nite :D!!! “A great friend isnt on counted on their attitude…but itz counted on how u treat them…if u cherish them…they would cherish u back :D”

Yvonne Foong Nov 12, 2003 06:02 AM
Albert’s HUMBLE! I mean HUUUUUMBLEEEEE… ok you should get me. Elena says this geek is talkative but he seems quiet to me. But I can tell he’s a kind gentlemen. Very cool techie indeeeeeeeeed…….

Patrick Soo Nov 09, 2003 06:06 AM
Webbie, Rocker and The Rubic Cube Guy are some of the names that would describe Albert. This guy is both wise and patient beyond his years. I still remember the amount of hours I forced him to spend on the phone to teach me ASP and VB Script. He’s good, you got to give him that. But remember when approaching this Albertosaurus… don’t talk to him until he’s had his daily cup of teh-tarik.

Irma Mulyana Nov 06, 2003 05:20 AM
Okay, okay… A long one… Uhm… What can one say about Albert? He’s sweet, he’s smart and he’s really kinda cute… He’s an amazing programmer and if he weren’t around a certain website would fall over itself and die a horrible death… He’s also unselfish and patient and has put up with so much of my shit that it’s amazing he’s still friends with me… So thank you for everything, and we’ve got to go bowling again some day!

Nabz Nasir Nov 06, 2003 04:06 AM
albie!my gf!lol …. hes one cool dude to hang out with … the first time i saw him, thought he was real sweet, trying to make me comfy at the interview …. i didnt get thru the interview … but i got him as a fren, so it didnt really matter ….. hehehe .. albie, ur the best!

Sue Ong Nov 03, 2003 03:45 AM
This is only one of his many testimonials! Albert is a very friendly and down-to-earth guy. He’s fun to be with and he makes you feel as though you’ve known him for ages. He has a unique or rather ‘high’ sense of humour. He cracks me up!! πŸ˜› He’s also helpful and forgiving.. ahem. He’s god of the xfresh forums!!! Bow down to him now. lol I notice that Albert is very observant about his surroundings and the people around him. Maybe this is one of the reasons why he writes good poetry. πŸ™‚

SiZzLiN dIyaNa Ibrahim Nov 02, 2003 05:29 AM
Albert..albert..what can i possibly say about this guy here..He’s the man! hehe..He’s definitely one of the smartest guy i’ve ever known..Petite (for a guy lah) nice and cute too..Very the well mannered wan..Laughs for no reason sometimes..heheh..A great guy i’d say.. πŸ˜‰ But don’t be fooled by his innocent looks..cause he’s definitely not!heh heh..Hope to see u one day..Take care now!

Brian Bobby Oct 31, 2003 11:37 AM
Albert isn’t a geek, he’s THE geek, man. Crazy fella, a virgin to rollercoasters.. Of course, not till he had to go on one with a few of us. Chooses a coaster with 2 corkscrews and a single loop as his first. What a madman. Cool and funny guy, he’ll c++ you to hell. So JAR! JAR! JAR!

Brian Bobby Oct 31, 2003 11:32 AM
Crazy monkey poodle pie, I can’t rhyme so I say goodbye.

Sereen teenageDIRTbag Oct 22, 2003 02:34 AM
LOL da first time i saw hez pic…i tot he wuz one of da qutest guy i’ve ever seen!! n strangely he wuz quter in real life *winkwink* alberts got dis great personality n hez rely nice!! oh how i wish he wuz mine :P~~

Sonia fL foongLian Oct 20, 2003 12:00 AM
Eh, this guy ar. Hehehe.. He’s really a geek man. Hehe.. I know he’s good in comps stuffs, but not too sure which part of it especially. Hehe.. Got to know him better thru comp club in sec scool. But then, we sorta lost touch after SPM.. In my opinion, he was quite a shy guy / introvert. But I think X Fresh made him more open? Hehe.. I’m not too sure. Just my thoughts. U tell me, albert. Hehe.. Oh, and u look more matured now, Albert. Rmmbr KLCC, where we bumped into each other? U look the u I knew from far, but not so when u came closer. From what I rmmbr, he’s also helpful. Overall, he’s a nice young man. =)

Joanne Fong Oct 19, 2003 01:58 PM
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The first impression he gives you is that he is shy. DON”T EVER BELIEVE THAT! He’s such a big bully!!! always likes to tickle people!! erm wait.. not people.. ALWAYS like to tickle me and pinch my face! well, Albert is Genius in prgramming,don’t talk much, writes very well and i still think he’s a big bully! πŸ˜›

Alexander Wong Oct 19, 2003 07:44 AM
Albert! A perfect cross between Neo (Matrix) and Fox Mulder (X-Files). A computer whiz that could make up quick programming algorithm in his head as fast as solving a rubic cube in his head. Don’t be fooled by his looks as he has a happening soul inside with addiction to RHCP, Foo Fighters and anything related to stone and rock. He is also a major contributor to Alex’s Prawn & Shrimp Foundation.

su ling koh Oct 17, 2003 09:26 PM
alberto!! one word- genius. dem smart la this fella!! he’s dem nice oso. really nice 2 talk to. when ur bored just give him a ring and you will feel much better after that :p btw.. he’s good at pool too! dun let his innocent face scare ya. πŸ˜‰ laterz albert!

caraMaitai y k Oct 14, 2003 10:10 AM
albert is a square with no edges. travels without moving. always loves a hug.

Arif Sham Oct 14, 2003 02:06 AM
albert..hehehe.. albert.. enough said abt his computer skills.. without a doubt he’s a pc freak.. a good guy.. nice guy to talk with.. a very open- minded guy.. when he talks u’ll enjoy by just listening to him even though u don’t know what the hell he’s talking about especially when it comes to computer stuff.. u know la me albert.. mane la aku reti sgt pasal computer nie. but being friends with him makes u feel a bit smarter.. it has been an honour to be getting to know u dude!

June -BN- Wong Oct 13, 2003 12:39 AM
Albert, this fella right here is this computer genius! He’s nice and friendly too … that’s probably all I could say. πŸ˜‰ We’re not as close as before, somehow we lost contact but sometimes, we still talk. Rock on fella! πŸ˜‰

Jasmine -BN- FeEhiLy Oct 12, 2003 03:10 AM
wooyeah! this guy over here is the bomb! whenever im down, he listens to me blab. lol. and yeah, one hell of a great guy!

Caryna Koh Oct 05, 2003 05:42 AM
I like Albert because Albert is like, the lamest. He’s like so toadally funny and has a way with words. Like Extremely talented, ohkaii. I don’t like Albert because he thinks I cursed him…*sobs* =(

Aznin Zizal Sep 27, 2003 09:44 AM
uuuhhhh alberrtt….you’re so cuteee..i dont know if its right for me to drools at your picture. eheheh…im gonna marry this guy soon. and all of you’re invited. whee~!! im getting married..im getting married..yay yay!! im getting married with albert.mr cute guy. albert mr smart pants…whee~!!! πŸ˜‰

Be bliss Aug 20, 2003 01:44 AM
hhhmmm…albert??wellz…hes a super nice guy….thru his looks,u will think that hes a person who listens more to like classical..jazz or something like that..but no! hes soo into metal music..heheh…hes also a fan of gadgets…i think…=D well he looked like it..when he saw my pda…lol..oh yeah…hes very punctual (is it how u spell it?)if theres any event,hes always the 1st one to reach!

Davina Goh Aug 15, 2003 11:57 AM
his excessively rich command of the english language always gets me looking like this (0_o)… trust this guy to warp my name into a new philosophy which shall take the world by storm. i have been told me o many wonderful things about what can be seen underneath that tshirt of his, still waiting for a chance to see those rippling sinews for myself.

Aznin Zizal Jul 24, 2003 07:29 AM
albert, alby, albnok. you may call him whatever you like. first time i met him at botb du. when i first look at his face ,i was like…i know he’s albert. i know he is!! so i approached him at uptown. then guess what he said. ooo…so you’re that girl with bart’s butt. i thought u’re a rempit. aiyah!!! feels like killing him that time.then he sent me email said that he dont know what does rempit means. yeah..too much for minah rempit eyy…so my point is..he might be genious..but he still dont know know what’s jipang πŸ˜›

eileen farhana shair Jul 19, 2003 08:38 PM
albert…the first time i met him,he carried a water bottle around….he is a nice person,popular in xfresh and doesnt look like he is 20 this year.looking at him,i know he knows stuff about computers very well.he is nice la….kawan la dengan die…!! *promote albert

dee Annuar Jul 16, 2003 10:11 AM
here is mr know-it-all, and i mean it in a good way! I remember this one time he tried to explain to me the different type of rock music…boy was i confused! whatever it is, this guy has got skills when it comes to computers! I have nothing but respect for this guy! big-up to you Albert!

i am Isis Jul 14, 2003 05:24 AM
A Genius!! Ppl always say that a person as smart as a supercomputer will have no ‘social’ life, WRONG! He enjoys gigs and he’s a really nice guy. He’s the “Neo” of Xfresh! A real nice guy and im glad to know him. Cheers, Albert!

NiNA Tateiwa Jul 13, 2003 04:10 AM
i just cant imagine sitting next to him..when he keep on babbling about those computer codes n etc which for god sake i dont understand at all!!but the nice part to be next to him is the moment when both of us start to cakap- cakap about those hot chicks anf gorgeous guys passing around us!! Frankly,he’s so kewl and i really luf him!!wEee!!!go boy!!go boy!!

Edrei Zahari Jun 26, 2003 07:37 AM
Alright, so he’s another version of your techno-geek. But pay no attention to the usual game…this guy is a genius when it comes to coding and all of it. So he may not be Neo (after all there can only be one One), but as a guy who knows his codes, I’m not surprise if he can program the REAL world to stop bullets at will.
Smart, savvy, cool, calm, sensible and collected. His quiet wit almost always hits the spot. Someone you can count on to get things done just right. He’s one of those people we really need in this world.

Haz Hashim Jun 26, 2003 03:50 AM
neo of the fishtank…. aka zombie albie

Edwin Lim Jun 24, 2003 12:41 AM
Brilliant Programmer, but has Weird characteristic guy…

Moonshine: Spotlight ft Platform 11, Tempered Mental, Emperor Obvious & Blund / March 2015 Edition


26th March 2015: Moonshine: Spotlight ft Platform 11, Tempered Mental, Emperor Obvious & Blund / March 2015 Edition, at The Bee, Publika!

That’s right boys and girls, Moonshine is back! Albeit not on a monthly basis, and not at the regular spot, Laundry Bar. It has gone from starting at No Black Tie, to Laundry Bar, to this, then Laundry Bar again, and this place again. Here’s Reza Salleh, organizer and emcee, and the one all the bands thank for the longest running music show in the Klang Valley!


First up?


Blund.


They show up at Feedback Open Mic a lot.


This time however, we got to see them play their originals. Pretty catchy and a bit more rocking out! Shot with the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN on the A7S on forced full-frame mode.


Fariz Salleh handles the merchandise booth. Same combination as above. You can barely notice the vignetting!


My Sony Alpha 7S was having some problems with the rear screen not working, so I borrowed Tang Chun Cheuh’s Sony Alpha 6000 as a backup camera.


Paired with the LA-EA4 adapter and Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA, I got much more close up.


Back to the Sony Alpha 7S for a wider shot, of Emperor Obvious


…and tight drum shots with the APS-C crop of the A6000.


They play a tight mix of what sounds to me like post-hardcore, the kind that I like.


Then, to the next band, who is superb at setting the mood.


The atmospheric Platform 11.


Trance-like.


Smiley Ken Chung!


A mix of Chinese and English lyrics.


Fortunately, I didn’t need to bump up the ISO much, so the A6000 wasn’t too noisy.


This, for example, was at ISO100!


ISO200! At 1/200th of a second, F1.8.


The A7S though does stuff like this, ISO40000…


…or ISO51200.


Final band of the night.


The progressive-ish alternative rock of Tempered Mental!


Jimmy’s drum dynamics!


Jack’s lick of destiny!


Melina’s thumping bass!


Hameer closes the night.

All shots have EXIF included, so you can figure out which is with the A6000 and which with the A7S.

Jalan Yang Diagungkan

So a bunch of roads in Kuala Lumpur got renamed – so there’s at least one road for each Yang di-Pertuan Agong that Malaysia has ever had. I shall shorten the title to Agong and use their common short names where possible.

Although I personally consider it an inconvenience to rename roads, I shall not be seditious.

I shall instead point out the ingeniousness of the roads renamed – to the point that I shall commend DBKL for being consistent in their ingeniousness.

1) Jalan Duta is now Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim, our 5th and 14th Agong. He is our current Agong, and the grand entrance to Istana Negara, is on Jalan Duta. If we find it hard to say the whole name we may abbreviate it to Jalan TAH. I’ll go with Jalan Duo-TAH, because that sounds like Jalan Duta, and Tunku Abdul Halim has been Agong two times. This is consistent with the very ingenious Batu Road becoming Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR). When they say batu, they mean tar. Clever!

https://www.google.com.my/maps/@3.1589031,101.6707767,3a,75y,274.1h,88.66t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sjItqkCmBQ7_ZWjxUxTYOpg!2e0?hl=en

2) Jalan Khidmat Usaha is now Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah. This road is off Jalan Duta and leads to Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

https://www.google.com.my/maps/@3.1741838,101.6707276,3a,75y,227.27h,84.18t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s31uu7hiLbbvNnP2x4_dI8g!2e0?hl=en

3) Jalan Khidmat Setia and Jalan Ibadah to Jalan Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin. Jalan Khidmat Setia wraps around the old Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (Inland Revenue Board i.e. tax department). I remember queueing up here during tax-paying month, before they started e-Filing. e-Filing is one of the few government websites that work surprisingly, relatively well!

Jalan Ibadah is the road that connects to Jalan Dutamas 1 from Jalan Khidmat Setia.

https://www.google.com.my/maps/@3.1754996,101.6728753,3a,75y,143.51h,78.67t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sKXShpJ7Wll_CxvVAegYLLw!2e0?hl=en

4) Jalan Ipoh (from Jalan Pahang to Jalan Segambut part) is now Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah. Sultan Azlan Shah, from Perak, was the 9th Agong, and you know how they say Jalan Ipoh leads to Perak? (Well, it doesn’t end in Perak…) So this was kinda ingenious, too. The only problem is that Jalan Ipoh is long enough that they name places along the stretch by what mile they’re on, like Batu 3 Jalan Ipoh. Batu 3 Jalan Ipoh is technically now the end of Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah! So does Batu 5 Jalan Ipoh become Batu 2 Jalan Ipoh?

https://www.google.com.my/maps/@3.171146,101.6932902,3a,75y,257.03h,90.01t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sxjaN_GDS33TahssIy76BKg!2e0?hl=en

5) Persiaran Duta is now Persiaran Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin. You’d know this road for Hentian Duta, the big bus stop. You can take the bus to Kuala Perlis – and Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin is from Perlis!

https://www.google.com.my/maps/place/Kuala+Lumpur,+Federal+Territory+of+Kuala+Lumpur/@3.1720078,101.6744973,3a,75y,208.59h,68.28t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s0AvTFjgLr7Zt5V1KevTIGw!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x31cc47a8de3f55f5:0x3cbc4380ae4fd9ba?hl=en

6) Lebuhraya Mahameru is now Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar.

https://www.google.com.my/maps/@3.1481501,101.6812447,3a,75y,320.64h,94.69t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sB6OH9XpSbqTaXLhYc4CB-Q!2e0?hl=en

7) Persiaran Mahameru is now Persiaran Tuanku Ja’afar. This road leads to Carcosa Seri Negara, originally Carcosa, Sir Frank Swettenham’s official residence, and Seri Negara, the Governor’s Residence (official house of the Governor of the Straits Settlement), later becoming King’s House and then Istana Tetamu.

https://www.google.com.my/maps/@3.1462637,101.68021,3a,75y,179.71h,77.12t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sVISAEOzfHGJioEZV62a6Mg!2e0

8) Jalan Semarak is now Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra. This road has Jabatan Ukur Dan Pemetaan Malaysia on it, so I guess they should be on the ball with this, since their road is affected.

https://www.google.com.my/maps/place/Jabatan+Ukur+Dan+Pemetaan+Malaysia/@3.171183,101.7173506,3a,52.5y,118.92h,85.14t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sxr69BMuDyvq7fPq5kkBkog!2e0!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x31cc37ef54b9520b:0xf9eafb91b103c8d0!2sJalan+Semarak,+Kuala+Lumpur,+Wilayah+Persekutuan+Kuala+Lumpur!3b1!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x4a80677198e75bfd!6m1!1e1?hl=en

Probably the most ingenious part of this all is the junction where Chow Kit Monorail Station is – it connects Ipoh Road, Pahang Road, Princes Road and Batu Road, but they are now Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Jalan Pahang, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Here’s a quick Google Maps Engine custom map I made that shows the various roads, covering all Agongs plus some Rajas. You’ll see they connect to each other quite well.

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/0/edit?mid=zA2bN0OwbSRg.kiU9ZGbWncFk

IR; S


4th August 2014: I finally doubled my E-mount body count, by adding the Sony Alpha 7S! I skipped the Alpha 7 because it was merely 24 megapixels – something I’ve had in 3 bodies since 2008 – the Sony Alpha 900, Alpha 77V and Alpha 99V. I also skipped the Alpha 7R because although it had a tempting 36 megapixels, it was missing Electronic First Curtain, important on a full-time live-view camera, because it adds to shutter lag drastically especially when using flash.

The Alpha 7S solved that by not only having Electronic First Curtain, but Electronic Second Curtain (Silent Shutter)! So it is truly silent – some other cameras may claim to have a softer shutter or silent shutter, but you can still hear it. Not this. There is no physical shutter moving when Silent Shutter is enabled. The only sound you’ll hear is if you are shooting an A-mount lens not at its wide open aperture – then you’ll hear the aperture closing down for the picture.

Silent Shutter does have its artifacts though, in the form of stripes when shooting in flourescent light, and one way to solve this is to set your shutter speed to match the frequency of the alternating current e.g. 1/50s or 1/60s depending on where you are. You can’t use Silent Shutter with flash, and because it is not a global shutter, it scans the frame from top to bottom, meaning if you shoot out a car window, you may get scenery that drags across the frame diagonally.

The Alpha 7S also does amazingly at low light. I’ve set Auto ISO to max out at ISO 409600, letting the camera decide when it needs to go that far. Strangely, that hasn’t happened much, even though I’m now on Manual Exposure, 1/160s and shooting whichever lens wide open for the foreground/background separation.


Here, though, is 1/160s ISO20000 at F5.6. I don’t have to worry about shallow depth of field in street photos!


Auto ISO chose ISO80000.


F2.8 1/100s. Auto ISO chose ISO128000. I’m hoping to get in a taxi with the classic flowery wallpaper patterns of my childhood taxis.


F2.8 1/125s. Auto ISO chose ISO204800. Yup, frozen people on the dance floor.


1/15s. Auto ISO chose ISO409600. I turned off all the lights. It was nighttime, and I could not see anything. I turned on the camera, and I was surprised to see it seeing in the dark. It had night vision!


The stuff that came in the box. Lots of cables, and the battery charger!


I also bought the Sony LA-EA4 A-mount to E-mount adapter. This is the fourth such adapter; what’s the difference?

LA-EA1 – APS-C only, no translucent mirror, contrast-detect autofocus with SSM and SAM lenses, manual focus with screw-drive lenses
LA-EA2 – APS-C only, translucent mirror, phase-detect autofocus with SSM lenses, SAM lenses and screw-drive lenses
LA-EA3 – full-frame, no translucent mirror, contrast-detect autofocus with SSM and SAM lenses, manual focus with screw-drive lenses
LA-EA4 – full-frame, translucent mirror, phase-detect autofocus with SSM lenses, SAM lenses and screw-drive lenses


I also removed the rear baffle from my Sony E 16mm F2.8 pancake lens (left) and Sony LA-EA1 (right), making both full-frame compatible.


However, the 16mm has a bit of vignetting left, and distortion beyond the APS-C frame is weird, but it’s not too bad – it can look rather interesting!


If I wanted a proper wide-angle, I still have my Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2.0 ZA SSM (on the right, on the LA-EA4, on the Alpha 7S). The Sony Alpha NEX-5 is on the left. Both these setups give the same angle of view.


Here’s a full full-frame family picture. Clockwise from top-left: Minolta Dynax 7, Sony Alpha 900, Sony Alpha 7S with LA-EA4, Sony Alpha 99V.


Same as above, but adding the Sony Alpha NEX-5 with LA-EA1 adapter and Sony VG-C99AM to the Alpha 99V.


You might have noticed a new lens in the first picture. Yup, the most affordable, high-quality Mitakon/ZhongYi Speedmaster 50mm F0.95! They changed name from Mitakon to ZhongYi. Got this on the 15th of August 2014.


It comes in a very classy looking box.


The lens itself is classy, a heavy chunk of metal and glass, with a moderately tight focus ring and a clickless aperture ring, suited for video because it makes no sound. A drawback though is that you may accidentally move away from F0.95 unintentionally!

There is a Pro version coming later, but I was told by the seller that this batch already had the new coating.


Now, a full E-mount family portrait!


On the right is the Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM on the LA-EA4 on the Sony Alpha NEX-5. You can see it’s just as long as the Sony Alpha 7S with the Mitakon/ZhongYi Speedmaster 50mm F0.95.


All my mountable 50mm lenses! Left to right: Seagull 50mm F1.8 for Minolta SR mount; Minolta 50mm F1.4 Original; Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM; Mitakon/ZhongYi Speedmaster 50mm F0.95.


Clockwise from rear left: Sony Alpha 900 with Minolta 50mm F1.4 Original; Sony Alpha 99V with Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM; Minolta X300 with Seagull 50mm F1.8; Sony Alpha 7S with Mitakon/ZhongYi Speedmaster 50mm F0.95. All having the same angle of view!


Yup, this kind of angle of view. F0.95, 1/160s, ISO10000, by the only camera setup from above that can do this.


20th August 2014: Oh, and lastly, my Sony Alpha NEX-5 sensor looks a bit different now. Can you guess why?


It was out of warranty, so I took it apart, and tore off the infrared blocking filter. Yeah, I didn’t do a good job of it…


…nor did I assemble it back correctly. These are the leftover parts! I’m told though that the spacers should be removed to keep infinity focus. The excess screws probably were meant to be at the second stage, after removing the outer shell.


I’ve now doubled my infrared camera count. Above is my infrared-modded manual-focus Fujifilm Digital Q1, with a superglued-on filter thread that allows for SLR lenses to be screwed on by a rear lens cap (with cutout) that has a UV filter superglued on its back – making it a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera way before the Panasonic DMC-G1 debuted. Yes, it could take different mounts, with the right rear lens cap!

The small lens is from a manual-focus webcam; it’s an 8mm F3.5, making for 35mm equivalent on full-frame; thus the crop factor was 4.375x.


So how is the Mitakon/ZhongYi Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 on infrared? It has a visible hotspot on the middle.


Can get rather hazy.


These were all mixed color shots – I didn’t think of bringing a filter that blocks visible light and allows infrared only to pass.


Now, with the Sony E 16mm F2.8 pancake.


Again, with flash, and a Hoya R72 infrared filter. I’ve shot Adam of Dragon Red before in infrared on my infrared-modded manual-focus Fujifilm Digital Q1!


Jyo through the Mitakon/ZhongYi Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 through a 77mm infrared filter, handheld (as opposed to screwed-on, as I didn’t have the right step-up ring.)

Camera Geek Throwback

Now, for something different – a geekout post! These are pictures from way back, to sometime April 2014.


So I got myself the Sony Alpha 99V, on the 23rd of October 2012. I also got the Sony VG-C99AM vertical control grip; as you can see it duplicates the joystick and all the buttons needed for portrait shooting. It also is the first vertical grip that isn’t a smokestack design, meaning it is not L-shaped and is easier to stash away in your camera bag.


I also got myself the Sony HVL-F60M (seen on the right). The Sony Alpha 900 is on the left, with the Sony HVL-F58AM on it. You can also see the front of the VG-C99AM, where the lower shutter button is really ergonomic and gives a lower center of gravity when you hold it.

Note that the HVL-F60M is using the new Multi Interface hotshoe. The HVL-F58AM however uses the old Auto-lock iISO Alpha hotshoe. There are a few flashes that come in various mounts:

– HVL-F43AM, HVL-F43M
– HVL-F20AM, HVL-F20M, HVL-F20S

So be sure you know which one you’re getting. AM means Auto-lock iISO, while M means Multi Interface. S is the Smart Accessory Terminal, found on the older NEX series cameras.

The HVL-F60M also comes with a LED video light on the flash head, making it handy for video. It also comes with a free warming filter. The HVL-F43M also has a LED video light, but it’s on the flash body, so it doesn’t rotate with the flash head and cannot be used to bounce against anything, so I didn’t get that. Plus I rarely use flash these days.


Left to right: HVL-56AM, HVL-F43AM, HVL-F58AM, HVL-F60M.


Left to right, the evolution of flash pouches: HVL-F56AM, HVL-F43AM, HVL-F58AM, HVL-F60M.

Note that the HVL-F60M now comes with a diffuser and ADP-AMA hotshoe adapter, that fits in the side pouch. Neat!


Left to right:
Octopus DM-6 (Sony Auto-lock iISO flash on ISO camera body)
Sony ADP-MAA (comes with Alpha 99, for Sony Auto-lock iISO flash on Multi Interface or ISO camera bodies)
– Seagull SC-5 (ISO flash to Sony Auto-lock iISO camera body)
– Sony ADP-AMA (comes with HVL-F60M, for Multi Interface or ISO flash to Sony Auto-lock iISO camera body)


Left: Sony A900 with ADP-AMA to ADP-MAA to HVL-F58AM. Right: Sony A99V with ADP-MAA to ADP-AMA to HVL-F60M.

Interestingly, you can stack the ADP-AMA and ADP-MAA either way and the flash’s wireless ratio controller still works. So it can be said that all functionality is transferred.


While the Multi-Interface hotshoe fixes the problem of dirty contacts causing full-power flash firing, it isn’t that well-designed; my HVL-F60M flash foot broke while it was in its pouch. I don’t know why it has that notch. Fortunately it was fixed under warranty for free.


Meanwhile, back to the Alpha 99V; what happens if you put a lens with a shorter flange distance, such as the Sony E 16mm F2.8 pancake, in front of it?


As with any other lens moved forward from its normal position for infinity focus, it focuses closer. In this case, it became a super macro.


A while back, I rented my lenses out to Khai, who used them on set for Take Me To Dinner. Awesome noir movie about a bunch of assassins. The soundtrack by David Knight is superb, too – you can download it for free, but I decided to buy it.

Anyway, this is the Sony NEX-FS100P. The lenses you’ll see in the movie are my Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2.0 SSM ZA, Samyang 35mm F1.4 UMC, Opteka 85mm F1.4, and Sony 135mm F2.8/T4.5 Smooth Transition Focus.


The 135mm F2.8/T4.5 Smooth Transition Focus has unique bokeh, like no other lens.


Another shot from that lens. Yes, that’s a Sony Alpha 99V on a remote-controlled helicopter!


The view from above. This was at Studio Zaloon, Pudu Plaza, a hotbed for all things Sony Alpha, thanks to the support of the boss, an affable Mr. Chin.


Meanwhile, another hotbed of photography is The Centre For Asian Photographers, in The School, Jaya One. I am convinced that Szetoo’s drawing of the cat with glasses is her bespectacled husband…


…George Wong, on the left. Here he is, interviewing Ming Thein on the 18th of January 2014.


I also met Raja Indra Putra (RIPI), who brought this Kickstarter-funded Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens.


The week after, I was there again for a good ol’ Sony Alpha TT session. Here’s Szetoo through Michael Chee’s Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens. I knew her from way back on Xfresh, while I met George first at KL Tower for the launch of the Sony Alpha 100.


Left: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art on the Sony Alpha 99V, right: Sony 35mm F1.4G on another Sony Alpha 99V.


A mint Minolta 200mm F2.8G HS APO with its beautiful white paint intact! I had a paint-chipped copy of this lens in my custody for a while; it was Ted Adnan’s.


Interesting podium in The School.


Now, fast-forward to modern white lenses – the great Sony 500mm F4.0G SSM!


It did not come with on-lens stabilization, but that’s the thing about the Alpha mount – the sensor moves instead. Longer focal lengths means the sensor moves more. Once in a while, after a long time, the sensor stabilization fails, and the camera owner sends it for repair, and gets the broken sensor stabilization unit together with the camera with new sensor stabilization unit inside. This is what it looks like; it normally slides freely and bounces about, but this one was stiff.


And now, for a lens that doesn’t need stabilization – the Peleng 8mm F3.5 M42 circular fisheye on the left, next to a Lomography Fisheye Baby 110.


Left: Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC fisheye for E mount, right: Samyang 8mm F3.5 for A mount. Both cover APS-C format only. Great for the E-mount cameras, of course.


Here’s the Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 35mm F2.0 ZM through an M-mount to E-mount adapter, on my Sony Alpha NEX-5.


Joseph, through the Samyang 24mm F1.4 on my Alpha 900.


The Leica M9 with the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm F0.95 ASPH E60. I tried this lens on the Leica M6 TTL I had in custody for a while.


Now, for a throwback to the 26th of July 2012, for the Sony RX-100 hands-on. This is Zhi Shan through my 135mm F2.8/T4.5 Smooth Transition Focus.


This is through the RX-100 and its amazing Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10.4-37.1mm F1.8-4.9 lens.


Another shot from the same camera.


Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival 2013 at the Midvalley Exhibition Center.


31st July 2013: My latest A-mount lens purchase, the Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM.


Arlyne, volunteer subject, at F1.4 through the Sony Alpha 99V.


We’d go out to the low-lit park to get test shots, to find her giving directions to Japanese tourists.


Digital stylus versus physical pen and paper.


My A-mount prime lens lineup.

Left to right: Peleng 8mm F3.5 M42 circular fisheye, Vivitar 24mm F2.0 OM-mount, Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2.0 ZA SSM, Samyang 35mm F1.4 ED AS UMC, Minolta 50mm F1.4 Original, Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM, Opteka 85mm F1.4, Sony 135mm F2.8/T4.5 Smooth Transition Focus, Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA.


Left to right then top to bottom: Peleng 8mm F3.5 M42 circular fisheye, Vivitar 24mm F2.0 OM-mount, Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2.0 ZA SSM, Samyang 35mm F1.4 ED AS UMC, Minolta 50mm F1.4 Original, Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM, Opteka 85mm F1.4, Sony 135mm F2.8/T4.5 Smooth Transition Focus, Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA.

There’s more to come, of course; I’ve just bought an awesome lens and camera, but that will come later. This is a savepoint!

Feedback Open Mic ft Ida Mariana & Quirky Qwerty @ The Bee Publika / June 2014 Edition


24th June 2014: Feedback Open Mic ft Ida Mariana & Quirky Qwerty @ The Bee Publika / June 2014 Edition. Here’s emcee and organizer Reza Salleh introducing Flip The Table. Check out that nifty Traveler Escape headless guitar!


Triblues. Three dudes playing the blues.


He sings Pink Floyd – Money and Wolfmother – Dimension!


Solid solos. The theme for the night was Singing The Blues – you don’t have to follow the theme, but the one who follows it best, and stays to the end when the results are announced, wins a prize.


I bumped into Robin Wong and Jackie Loi there (I’ve linked to their pictures from this same night), both fans of the Micro Four-Thirds camera system.

Above is my Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2.0 ZA SSM next to a Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4. My Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM is the same size as my 24mm, so it gives you a good idea my full-frame lenses scale to Micro Four-Thirds lenses. (Of course, my Minolta 50mm F1.4 Original, with a 49mm filter thread, is closer to the same size as the Panasonic, but its optical quality is probably nowhere near when shot wide open compared to my Carl Zeiss.)

Below is my Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA next to the Olympus 75mm f1.8. Ironically, the Olympus gives a bit more reach!


And now, for the homecoming Ariff AB.


Sharon Chong chilling on the sofa.


Ewaz? I didn’t get his name.


Awesome, awesome singing and loops and ambient wizardry.


Towards the end he suddenly brought this out!


Black & White.


She sang Elton John – Your Song while he sang Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe. Yup, Hey Joe, a classic blues song.


Saturday Afternoon.


Danish & Natalie with a cover of John Mayer – Slow Dancing In A Burning Room.


Instrumental progressive rock band Black Lightbulb! Raja Farouque on millions of notes.


Simmy, on millions of notes, too.


Zaim keeping it cool. Interesting that the number of knobs matches the number of strings.


Ash on the beat.


Melinya.


You’d normally see her on the other end of The Bee, at the sound engineer’s console.


Ida Mariana, first featured act.


She was backed by the legendary Wan Gigi of Alcentric and John Thomas And The Phunk Mob Experience.


Quirky Qwerty, second featured act.


One interesting cover was that of Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man.


So yeah.


They normally dress up as a polka band, but in conjunction with World Cup they wore jerseys instead.


Lukarts.


Disco rock!


Calico.


Chairs crowning the table.

Fish De La Musique 2014


21st June 2014: Here’s the last from the series of Fete De La Musique Malaysia 2014 pictures, except that none of these pictures have to do with musicians performing music.


Instead, here are musicians and their best friends! I think I removed barrel distortion by pulling a slider in DxO Optics Pro to 100.


My Peleng 8mm F3.5 circular fisheye, at F3.5, doesn’t let in a lot of light in a place without a lot of light. This was one reason I didn’t bring it out for many years.


This causes some slow shutter speeds to be used, unfortunately.


DxO Optics Pro has this slider to remove Fisheye distortion. Here’s what it looks like all the way to 100.


Another defished picture – though you can still see the fisheye effect, unless you double-defish. A single-defish makes for a good crop, like this picture and the first.


Jia Wen discovers that I am indeed fishy.


She then discovers that she, too, is a fish.


She thinks the fisheye will look good in her belly.


A circular fisheye, as opposed to a diagonal fisheye, has a circular image and covers 180 degrees from opposite ends of the circle. (A diagonal fisheye covers 180 degrees from opposite corners.) This makes the circular fisheye have a wider angle of view, but is much harder to compose without getting everything in. Thus the usual shots are either from the top facing down… (and spot Jia Wen unhappy that she is not eating my fisheye…)


…and facing up.


It cries to be in the center of the action. The nearer an object is, the larger it appears.

Part 2 here.
Part 1 here.

Highso

I finally got to get my hands on with the Sony Alpha 7s. My only concern was how it would fare versus my Alpha 99; how much better would it be at high ISO?

For the A99 I usually comfortably shoot up to ISO6400. I wanted to see what that would be for the A7s.

The A99 had the Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2.0 ZA SSM, while the A7s had the Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4.0 ZA OSS in E-mount. Both cameras were placed on approximately the same location on a raised wall with approximately the same framing, manual focus, F11 and exposure compensated with increasing ISO, by selecting a faster shutter speed. Unfortunately, I did not bring a flash, so I’d be subject to the flickering of the flourescent lighting, hence the inconsistent exposure and white balance (the brown tint being the ambient light while the green tint being flourescent.)

All pictures were processed in Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 with the “Previous Conversion” option selected. Everything was flat at 0. The A99 picture was downsampled using Bicubic Automatic to match the output resolution of the A7s. After flattening, the collage below was sharpened with 33% 22 pixel 4 threshold if I remember, and then 200% 0.3 pixel 1 threshold. These are all 100% crops (except the A99 crop – that would be a 70.66% crop.)

Because of the variance in flourescent lighting, it’s hard to truly say, but I’d say what was ISO6400 on the A99 looks like somewhere between ISO25600 and ISO51200 on the A7s. Still, much better than I expected, seeing that DxO seemed to think it was only 1 stop in ISO difference. I thought the A7s would only be worth it, if it could pull 2-3 stops above the A99, if I was to get the LA-EA4 adapter, that would take away under a stop of light. As for why I’d want to put A-mount lenses – there is no equivalent to the Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA or Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85mm F1.4 ZA on E-mount, unfortunately, and I would not be able to crop as much from say the Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA on a mere 12-megapixel A7s.

I was also largely uninterested in the A7 because it was merely 24 megapixels, and I had 24 megapixels since the A900 so this brought nothing new; the A7r meanwhile had 36 megapixels, quite exciting, but it lacked the Electronic First Curtain shutter that the A7 and A99 had, so it had a shutter lag that would not work for action and flash photography. The A7s is better, by having Electronic First Curtain and Electronic Second Curtain so it’s completely silent. In the menu however it’s called Silent Shooting.

Politiko: 2nd Ed and Sabah & Sarawak Expansion Launch Party


26th April 2014: Politiko: 2nd Ed and Sabah & Sarawak Expansion Launch Party!


Note the super-sized Sabah & Sarawak cards!


Stephanie was all like, “are you on the list yo?” and I was like:


Tunjuk NRIC! (Thanks Azira, fellow Poligeeko and ardent gamemistress, for this picture.)


Politiko: 2nd Edition! I bought 7 initially, and sold one to Syafiq who came later. This is how I present the remaining six in a picture while also showing all sides of the deck.


Sabah & Sarawak Expansion! Same idea.


A quick look at the new cards. Also, a shot of tuak in the top.

The original first edition had wider cards, making it hard to find transparent sleeves for them. The second edition is narrower so it’s not a problem anymore, and it also has rounded corners.

Me? I just like the weathered look, so I don’t care for sleeves. It makes them easier to deal, too!

As for game mechanics – I’ll leave that commentary to the POLITIKO (The Official Community) Facebook group. I’ve not played enough rounds of the second edition and expansion to comment on the differences.


Some of the new Sabah & Sarawak cards.


Chi Too, usually seen in a sarong, was not in sarong today, because a whole bunch of hipsters in sarongs were travelling in town on the trains, and he did not wish to be associated with them. “Look at them! They wear pants underneath!”

I too, understand his predicament. I initially took the monorail, but it broke down, so I had to take the Metrobus. Keretapi Sarong? I was getting on the bus.


The sales counter, under the stairs, and Malaysiakini’s well-prepared photojournalist Koh Jun Lin.

You could also get the T-shirts, for RM40 each. Some might say steep, but I paid the hipster tax.


Upstairs, before the performances.


Mun Kao, creator of Politiko, in the middle of everything.


Kaz introduces the game and its creators.


Left: Zedeck Siew, who wrote the text, and right: Mun Kao, who did the illustrations. Game designed and produced by Centre for Artful and Useful Recreation (CENTAUR).


Brian Gomez, first act, with catchy parodies and cheeky lyrics about Malaysia. He even had a song about the Sulu Invasion!


Sattama. Very refreshing sound.


His bassist.


Andrew T. Crum chilling out with cool shades. We later had a discussion about underground hipster places and upperground hipster places. (They are self-explanatory.)


Ronnie Khoo, noise maker.


Yes, the back casing was removed, so he could get straight into some circuitry to make bleeps.


Faiq & The Manja Mob.


One cajon…


Second ukulele…


…and two guitarists sharing their love of one microphone.


Catchy, quirky music! They did an East Malaysian classic tune cover as well – Jimmy Palikat – Anak Kampung to be exact.


Although I brought the original version with me, I did not take any comparison shots until I got home. The second edition is a bit thicker, but the cards are narrower.


Size comparison of Politiko: Second Edition with the Sabah & Sarawak Expansion.


Interestingly, when put together, they form a square base.


Finally, the big picture. The cards in the left half are from the original – you’ll see I have gotten the autographs of Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, YB Nurul Izzah, Saudara Arutchelvan, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, but I have quite a few people in mind for some of my other cards. It’s not complete yet. You’ll also see that the original 10 parties were reduced to 9 (the right half is from the second edition, plus the 3 parties from the Sabah & Sarawak Expansion.)

I bought 3 more sets after, due to the popularity, and people booking it over comments in Instagram.

I have altogether 11 tuak cards (1 is in my personal deck, not shown) – I got 2 from just entering – but 9 sets, of which most have been booked already.

Politiko: 2nd Edition: RM38
Sabah & Sarawak Expansion: RM19

I am selling them together for RM50 with the limited edition Tuak Card. This is the same price you’d pay if you got it at the launch event. This is limited to stock that I bought at the event, though. Perhaps I might buy two more sets just so I can pack the 2 extra tuak cards with them, but they’d be at RM57 (still better value, because of the powerful tuak… I mean, tuak card!)

Edited: I am no longer selling the extra sets, as all of the sets with tuak cards have either been sold or reserved.