By Keith | November 17, 2009 at 02:46 AM EST | No Comments
For this November dive trip, I am taking the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver course or commonly known as Nitrox (EANx) Diver course. It is a speciality course which needs you have at least 10-20 logged dives already under your belt. If I am not wrong, it is also the first step towards technical diving, which I don't have the intention to pursue further...maybe the next course I will take is Rescue Diver.
WHY? I am diving with kiasu divers with cameras who are not satisfied with their NDL bottom time, and having to come up early. To put it simply, they want to stay underwater longer.
It is a two day course with knowledge reviews, using the dive tables again, and EXAM...yes there's an exam to take. Need to score at least 85% correct. Thought I have seen the end of exams since school/college days. Nope, no such thing as no more exams after school. Kakakaka!
You must be wondering...breathing Nitrox? Well, did you know that there's about 21% oxygen concentration in the normal air we breathe? The rest is nitrogen (79%). Yes, we are all breathing nitrox, and not all oxygen. So, in diving, the Nitrox here refers to a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen, with a higher percentage of oxygen in the tank. The oxygen concentration in the tank will be higher, either 32% or 36% concentrated oxygen.
WHY? Scientists found that if they increase the percentage of oxygen in the air we breathe, it can help reduce the amount of nitrogen our body absorbs during a dive. So, less nitrogen in our body, we can stay underwater longer and shorter surface time intervals between dives.
By Keith | November 04, 2009 at 08:02 AM EST | No Comments
It's here! It's here!
My pre-ordered Dragon Age: Origins (DA:O) Collector's Edition has finally arrived. WOW! I am impress with the packaging. Instead of the usual cardboard packaging that comes with most games. The game comes in a WOODEN BOX! Hmmm...I thought according to Bioware website, the Preorder Collector's edition comes in metal case.
Here's what I got...
Sliding Wooden Box
Red-foil print T-Shirt
Feral Wolf Charm
Bonus DVD including:
A making of documentary
Concept art video
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in-game items: Adventurer's Handbook and Skaven Skin Cloak
3 pieces of exclusive in-game content:
Grimoire of the Frozen Wastes
The Fury of Shale
Blood Dragon Armor for both Dragon Age: Origins & Mass Effect 2
I guess the Asian CE comes in a sliding wooden box instead of a metal tin. Anyways, unboxing photos to follow soon.
By Keith | November 01, 2009 at 10:16 PM EST | No Comments
Good, good, I have checked my PEN-KUL flight times, there's no changes. I am still flying at 9pm on Friday, Nov. 20 2009.
DOH! The flight to Manado rescheduled yet again! We are now flying from KUL to MDC at 1250hrs on Saturday Nov. 21 2009. Thank goodness, I didn't opt for an early flight from PEN-KUL on the same day! What a memorable dive trip this November is going to be!
><(((º> - . _ . - ¯`- . _ . - ¯`- ><(((º> I got myself a new electronic gadget last month! Hehehe! I got myself a Bluray player plus gaming console. The cheapest Bluray ever...
I was also busy with upgrading my PC with the latest Microsoft Windows OS:
Since my OS system partition is separate from my data, I performed a clean install. Clean install is great cos I get to clear out all those add-ons I have installed over the years. Hahahaha!
Backup my important profiles like Outlook, and Firefox, boot from the disk, select the partition, format, install. Once the new OS is up and running, it is time to re-install all my apps and games. That task took up another day since I have to to download the Windows 7 compatible versions.
Everything is working fine except that Windows 7 is not playing nice with my mobo's on-board JMicron JMB36X(JMB363) Controller, which my external WD MyBook is attached to via the eSATA cable. It seems that whenever my WD MyBook is idle, it will disappear from device manager. I have to like power-off MyBook and power-on again, run a scan in device manager, and Windows 7 My Computer will see it again.
Arggghhh! This is so so annoying. I have yet to find a solution for this apart from having to connect via USB, which this symptom doesn't seem to appear.
By Keith | October 04, 2009 at 10:40 PM EDT | No Comments
I will be returning to North Sulawesi to dive this November. It's next month! WooHoo! This dive trip has been planned, booked and paid since Feb 2009 - only the flight ticket-lah! Zero-fare, mah.
It's October. The dive group discussion has started in the emails. By pure chance, Mr Long went to check our Air Asia group booking, it was booked 8 months ago, so it is wise of him to check now. Guess what! Air Asia not only moved our departure times and return times, they have also shifted the flight day...our return flight day and time! It's being rescheduled from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1!!! That's an extension of 2 days! So...Mr Long had his wish of either extending the trip or going early granted! LOL! But that kinda screw up our dive trip plans - number of days, budget and of course, that also screw up my connecting flight, PEN-KUL-PEN.
Goodness! The email thread is so so so long on this matter. First thing first, we had to agree on our options...Thank goodness, that didn't take long, especially among a large group of 11 -12 people! With that out of the way, Chooi had the headache of planning the number of dives, cost and getting the best deals out of the resorts. Thank goodness, I am not the dive planner, it is such a nightmare to plan.
As for myself, I have to get my flights changed without additional cost. Must be my lucky stars shining brightly, Air Asia was kind enough to change all our flights FOC. That's nice of them.
So, I am now leaving for KUL on Nov. 20, Friday night and will not return until Nov. 29., Sunday night. Arggghhh! This trip kinda screw up my budget though...now I have to spend more. We are not only diving Lembeh Strait, but also get to dive Bunaken with Tasik Ria Resort, Spa & Tasik Divers (TRR) from Nov.21 to 24. From Nov.24 to 28, we will be diving with Nomad Adventure Divers (NAD), which will be a new to me since my last visit was with Lembeh Resort, which you can read all about it here.
I really hope it's well worth every $$$ spent with good diving and company...and no further unplanned incidents. I hope to return with a splendid dive trip blog entry with lots of good photos :P ><(((º> - . _ . - ¯`- . _ . - ¯`- ><(((º>
By Keith | September 19, 2009 at 02:11 AM EDT | No Comments
Goodness! What a day...err..make that Friday night to start a long Raya weekend.
This past Friday, TGIF it was not. As the day winds down with a heavy downpour, coincidentally, also the last day of the 7th Lunar Month aka Hungry Ghost Month, happily I was playing FB and MMO, the power went out! Nada, no electricity! I thought it was only our home, but nope, it was the entire street.
No powa...back to basics, out with the candles but that killed my gaming session. Not only it killed my gaming session, but also my ability to download...yes BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM is finally available for download from Steam. SiiiGGGHHHh!
Anyways, after lighting the candles at all the strategic locations in the house, I went out to the front porch to have a look, well not only I did that, but the neighbours too...Lo behold, not only are we having a blackout, but the streets are flooded too. Check out the photos below:
By Keith | September 03, 2009 at 02:05 AM EDT | No Comments
It's Happy Keith's Day
What a blessed day! Nature gave me bright sunshine and by midday, just after lunch, rain to cool the hot afternoon. From my family, I got a card reader from Dad, angpow & two shirts from Mum, SMS @ 3AM from ML, that crazy woman! She must have gotten her time mixed up cause I was on FB around after midnight (my time) asking her to harvest, harvest, harvest...Hahaha!
PC Game from Wongkee, which will only be released in October via Steam.
Lots of wishes ranging from phone call, SMSes and FB wishes from friends near and far.
I spent the eve setting up my mum's new table-top-all-in-one PC. Her previous PC will be relocated to the common area for KSB guests to use. That reminds me, I need to get a wifi card for the PC...if not, no Internet access. Kakakaka!
By Keith | August 25, 2009 at 01:42 AM EDT | No Comments
It has been 5 months. The first 3 months was wonderful. Finally a competitor has arrived to challenge "Screamyx". Browsing was speedy gonzales. Watching YouTube was a wonderful experience...
However, today, 5 months down the road, the wonderful service I have enjoyed has degraded to a point where browsing is painfully slow. Webpages keep loading and loading and loading...MSN Messenger timed out, actually, it can't even connect...Trying to get my mails from my POP mail servers becomes painfully slow...Strangely, Skype is OK...The wonderful experience of watching YouTube...well, the illusion is gone. At night, after 10.30pm, you can forget about a smooth Internet experience. It doesn't exist! "Screamyx" has become faster and more reliable.
@P1...if you are reading, is this how you treat your pioneering customers?
I feel cheated into subscribing a 24-month contract. Help! I don't have a way out without paying the penalty.
By Keith | August 18, 2009 at 11:47 PM EDT | No Comments
I made a boo-boo and my PSP died on me. I could switch it on, but na-da, blank screen and the dreaded green power light.
Thank goodness for my ex-school mate, actually, my ex-classmate who runs a console shop in Prangin Mall. Cheers to Seang Aik who has resurrected my PSP, with new firmware too! My PSP has a new soul now. Yaaaay! That taught me a lesson to be careful with firmware upgrades. Thank the console gods, that it was nothing serious.
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