Saturday, December 17, 2011

Yamaha P95B

I bought a unit today.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

I own this glass now, finally!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


I just ordered this calibration device from B&H. I selected UPS Worldwide Expedited for shipment.

I already have Spyder2Express but according to various online sources, it's not recommended for a high-gamut monitor like my Dell U2711. So let's see....

Start: Sunday, 23-Oct-11 10:30am
Delivered: Friday, 28-Oct-11 10am

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Scott Kelby's 4th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk (2)

My photo (IR: Harbour Bridge) was selected to represent Sydney in this year's global competition.

Odd thing - both my 2009 and 2011 shots were taken at groups' starting or rally points.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Scott Kelby's 4th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

Around Lower Fort St

IR: Harbour Bridge

HDR: Observatory Hill

Snowy Mountains Trip 2011

Day 1
- left Parramatta around 6am
- 1st rest stop around 8am
- 2nd rest stop around 10am
- lunch break at Cooma around 12:30pm (Cooma is about 390km from Parramatta)
- passed by Adaminaby around 1:20pm (51km from Cooma)
- arrived at Selwyn Snowfields around 2:10pm
- left Selwyn Snowfields around 4:30pm
- checked in at Snowy Mountains Motel (Adaminaby) around 5:15pm

A quick rest stop somewhere in Dry Plains along Snowy Mountains Highway

Day 2

- left Adaminaby around 9:30am
- passed by Jindabyne around 10:20am (82km from Adaminaby)
- arrived at Perisher Snow Resort around 11:15am (35km from Jindabyne)
- left resort around 3:00pm
- arrived back at Snowy Mountains Motel around 5:15pm

Gorgeous Lexi at Selwyn Snowfields

Day 3

- checked out then left Adaminaby around 9am
- had at least 4 rest stops
- arrived back at Parramatta around 4pm (445km from Adaminaby)
- odometer shows 1,273km was driven

Perisher Valley

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Eastbay - Wrong Items Sent

My 8th transaction with Eastbay is not good. 2 out of 5 items are wrong. This blog entry is for monitoring exchange/refund turnaround time (Australia-USA):

Items sent back to Eastbay: Sept. 27, 2011
Correct items received: refund received Nov. 9
Postage refund received: Oct. 21

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dell U2711

Start: September 26 (Monday), 10am
Delivered: September 28 (Wednesday), 12pm

Nice fast delivery, Dell Australia!

Friday, September 23, 2011


As planned about 3 weeks ago, SLI is the way to go. This should enable the computer system to play games at insane settings for the next 2-3 years. So I got another GTX 570 and popped it in last night:

3DMark06 Score: 25599 (previous score: 24836)

Currently torn between 27" 3D monitor and 27" IPS monitor...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Desktop PC Assembly (2)

The lot (parts list):

Before mounting the CPU cooler:

External build test (all good, yey!):

Whew, done it:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Desktop PC Assembly

This will be my first time to assemble a PC from ground up so kind of excited and scared at the same time LOL

Ordered: August 19, 10:45am Friday
Received shipment notification: August 22, 1:00pm Monday
Delivered: August 23, 8:30am Tuesday

Parts (batch 1):

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K, $319.00
Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler, $33.00
Motherboard: AsRock z68 Extreme4, $215.00
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 1280MB Overclocked V2, $369.00
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3, $69.00
SSD: Crucial M4 SSD 64GB, $145.00
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EALX, $65.00
ODD: LG CH10LS20 10X Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive, $75.00
Card Reader: Scythe Kama Reader 2, $29.00
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 850W, $169.00
Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer, $99.00
Keyboard: Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510, $75.00
Mouse: Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700, $69.00

Shipping: $101.00
Sub-Total: $1,832.00

Parts (batch 2):

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM, $105.00
Extra Case Fan: CoolerMaster MegaFlow 200, $35.00

Shipping: $12.00
Sub-total: $155.04

Grand Total: $1,987.04

Existing equipment/peripherals:

Wheel: G27 Racing Wheel, $499.00
Controller: Logitech RumblePad 2, $--
Headphone: Sennheiser HD 448, $149.00
NAS: Synology DiskStation DS211j (2TB atm), $400.00
Laptop: Asus K40IN, $--

Future upgrades:

HDD: additional 2TB for NAS
RAM: additional 8GB for PC
GPU: additional card to have SLI operation

August 24 update: now up and running!

August 26 update:

3Dmark06 result: 24836 (stock CPU/GPU/RAM speeds)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Merrell Intercept Sport

Got this and is now my best-looking and most-comfortable pair of shoes! Before, it was was Nike Shox O'Leven (best-looking) and Nike Zoom Soldier IV (most-comfortable).

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 (Part 3)

Placed 3rd order with but all items are for missus & daughter ;-)

Start: Aug. 2, Tuesday 11:30pm
Delivered: Aug. 5, Friday 4:30pm

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Blues (2nd Order)
Start: July 25, Monday 2pm
Delivered: July 29, Friday 10.30am (8th Order)
Start: July 25, Monday 11pm
Delivered: August 1, Monday 10am

Friday, July 08, 2011

8 pairs 8 weeks

Nike Shox O'Leven

Under Armour Micro G Black Ice

Lacoste Men's Wolcott La Fashion Sneaker

Jordan Alpha Trunner

Dr. Martens Keith

Under Armour Assert

Columbia Pole Creek Omni Tech

Nike Zoom Soldier IV

Sunday, July 03, 2011


Did my 1st order with -

Start: Saturday, July 2 10:45pm
Delivered: Friday, July 8, 9am

Friday, May 27, 2011

Eastbay (Part 2)

All payments via PayPal/Sydney local time

1st Order
Start: Monday, May 16 9pm
Delivered: Friday, May 20 10:30am

2nd Order
Start: Sunday, May 22 10pm
Delivered: Thursday, May 26 9:45am

3rd Order
Start: Friday, May 27 10:15am
Delivered: Monday, May 30 1:30pm

4th Order
Start: Sunday, May 29 3:30pm
Delivered: Friday, June 3 10:30am*
* US Memorial Day on May 30

5th Order
Start: Thursday, June 23 1:00pm
Delivered: Tuesday, June 28 3:30pm**
** 1-day delay due to address confusion by UPS

6th Order
Start: Wednesday, June 29 4:20pm
Delivered: Monday, July 4 10:20am

7th Order
Start: Sunday, July 3 11:45pm
Delivered: Friday, July 8 9am***
*** US Independence Day on July 4

8th Order
Start: Monday, September 19 3pm
Delivered: Friday, September 23 9.45am

9th Order
Start: Wednesday, November 9 12pm
Delivered: Monday, November 14 10am

Friday, May 20, 2011


I made my 1st transaction with Eastbay last Monday (May 16 8.45pm) and items (Timberland boots for Alexa & Columbia for me) were delivered today via UPS. Price is way cheaper compared to local Sydney prices and delivery is only 5 days max.

Thanks to Whirlpool for the tip!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Car Ownership Cost

2010 Kia Sportage A/T LX (current rego ends May 2011)

First 6th-month maintenance: $274.45
Registration renewal: $446.00
Comprehensive Insurance renewal (NRMA): $1,191.35
CTP Greenslip NSW (NRMA): $468.67
Annual maintenance: TBD (May 21 update: $540.50). Next servicing is after 12 months.

Average fuel consumption is around $60.00 every 2 weeks. So that's around $1,600 annually. Plus depreciation...

Monday, April 11, 2011

iPad 2

After disposing out our 1st-generation iPad, we got our iPad 2 last week. Along with iPad 2, we also got Apple's Smart Cover (Polyurethane - Grey) and Gecko's Screen Guard (Clear).

I went to a few stores in Sydney CBD and found no backcover that works with Apple's Smart Cover. So I went DIY and got XtremeMac's Tuffwrap Shine backcover. With steel ruler and fine cutter, I modified the backcover. Now, our iPad 2 is well protected:

Modification only took around 10 minutes as XtremeMac's Tuffwrap Shine is made of soft material. It could be a different story and tools with XtremeMac’s Microshield as material is made of hard plastic.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

iPad 2 64GB Wi-Fi only

Start: April 6
Est Delivery: May 6

11.4.11 update: cancelled the order and got one last Saturday (9.4) thru Apple's reserve-and-pickup system. Saved me the agony of waiting ;-)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blu-ray Library

1 - Andrea Bocelli - Vivere: Live In Tuscany
2 - Avatar
3 - Baraka
4 - BBC's Earth (2-disc set)
5 - BBC's Life (4-disc set)
6 - BBC's Planet Earth (5-disc set)
7 - Black Hawk Down
8 - Braveheart (2-disc set)
9 - Chicago
10 - Chicago and Earth, Wind, & Fire: Live at the Greek Theater
11 - Cloverfield
12 - Dances with Wolves
13 - Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: Live at Radio City
14 - Dictrict 9
15 - Gladiator (2-disc set)
16 - Hit Man David Foster & Friends
17 - Lord of the Rings (3-disc set)
18 - Matrix Trilogy (3-disc set)
19 - Monsters, Inc.
20 - Pulp Fiction
21 - Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter
22 - Spiderman Trilogy (3-disc set)
23 - Toy Story 3
24 - Troy
25 - Unforgiven
26 - X-Men (7-disc set)
27 - The Godfather (4-disc set)
28 - Wizard of Oz
29 - Saving Private Ryan
30 - Hero
31 - The NeverEnding Story
32 - Carlos Santana Presents Blues at Montreux
33 - Hit Man Returns: David Foster & Friends
34 - Alien Anthology (6-disc set)
35 - Dirty Harry Collection (5-disc set)
36 - X-Men: First Class
37 - The World At War (9-disc set)
38 - Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 & 2 (4-disc set)
39 - BBC's Human Planet (3-disc set)
40 - Nirvana: Live at the Paramount
41 - Star Wars: The Complete Saga (9-disc set)

1 - Gran Turismo 5
2 - Heavy Rain
3 - Metal Gear Solid 4
4 - NBA 2k11
5 - Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
6 - Sports Champion
7 - Valkyria Chronicles

Owned previously:
1 - Crysis 2
2 - Final Fantasy XIII
3 - Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Logitech G27 Racing Wheel

Got one today! Hopefully, experience with GT5 will improve as analog sticks just don't cut it.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Gorgeous Alexa

Exposure Time = 1/60"
F Number = F3
ISO Speed Ratings = 200
Focal Length = 150mm
Misc = flash pointed at ceiling, silver reflector at bottom

Friday, February 18, 2011

"He's called Dr. J because, on the court, he operated on people." - Nate "Tiny" Archibald on Julius "Dr. J" Erving