Silence is Golden.

28 February, 2008 at 10:07 am (Scenery, Uni pics) (, , , , , , , , , )

You know, sometimes when I’m under stress (assignments, deadlines, tests, exams, FYP) I tend to snap easily and say pretty stupid things (unintentionally of course). For that I shall remain STFU for this post and just publish some old pictures.

To reduce the dreaded foot-in-mouth disease you see.

Most of these pics were taken with my phone (Motorola) at different dusk time. Since it’s 0.3 megapixels don’t expect anything awesome:

Nope, no further editing/enhancements at all.

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The skies, the clouds.

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A hint of pink at dusk.
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Not the building.

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Angle #1. Look at how the sun only hits one spot.

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Shadow.
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Hmmm.

 

Alright, last one courtesy of my Olympus FE-115. Taken outside my apartment unit at dusk.

 

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Weirdest moment at Starbucks.

26 February, 2008 at 9:19 pm (Funny pics) (, , , , , )

As you all know, Starbucks are considered as higher class cafés here in Malaysia even though they’re pretty ubiquitous in western countries. Higher class? Hmm, maybe. But definitively higher priced compared to our own ubiquitous kopitiams all over the country.

Imagine, a cup of latte from Starbucks would buy you hmm say 6 or 7 cups of kopi-O kaw from your neighborhood kopitiam? Some might argue that Starbucks serve delicious drinks but come on la, who are you kidding? Most probably you go there so you can brag to your kopitiam buddies of how tasty that dunno-what-mocha-frappucino-Javanese-beans-chocolate-chips-blend you had than those piss they’re drinking, don’t you?

But then again, most Malaysians have a tendency to adore whatever shit that came from western pop culture/lifestyles. So, bring those cut-throatingly expensive mass manufactured capitalist ventures in!

Anyway, the purpose of this post s not to diss Starbucks (although at this point I sounded like I did) but to share my weirdest moment yet at one of their outlets (Kuching airport). This incident happened on the day I went back home for the CNY holidays.

One of my friends tapau-ed (took away) chap fan so he can eat them in his room. What’s a chap fan? Basically it’s economy mixed rice that you can get for about RM 3 or less. I’m too lazy to explain further but if you wanna know further, read Cheesie’s post on chap fan.

By the way, a cup of Starbuck’s mocha frap could buy you 4 packets of chap fan. That’s 4 packets to feed 4 people!

Faith has it that he couldn’t eat the chap fan because he had some business elsewhere. But obviously he can’t let the food rot and fester in his room when it’s time for us to depart to the airport, right? So he brought the chap fan together with him to the airport.

When we reached the airport, some of us suggested that we hang out at Starbucks first since we’re still early for our flight. The guy who brought the chap fan along decided that he was too full as he just had lunch with his girlfriend. And whadayaknow, another person didn’t have his lunch.

And hence, the weirdest moment recorded on camera at Starbucks:

 

Hmm hmm! Nothing like washing down a pack of scrumptious chap fan with a cup of mocha frap.

 

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GTL: Fuel of the future?

24 February, 2008 at 9:32 pm (Misc pics, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Yeah, so I went to this HSE (Health, Safety & Environment) conference organized by both my uni and Shell MDS (Middle Distillate Synthesis). Although the entire course’s main goal is to educate us, future engineers about the importance of safety at workplace and beyond; I can’t help but to be fascinated with one of Shell’s latest product – GTL.

Oh before I forget this is NOT a paid post by Shell. Yes, Shell did treat us all to a sumptuous dinner at Hilton on the closing night. And gave us lots of gifts. And free shirts haha. How’s the dinner? Well, they didn’t serve us OILY (haha, oil getit?) food though.

Here’s a sample of what we had for dinner (someone literally forced me to publish these pics):

 

Appetizer. I wonder if they used Shell oil in that cup haha!

 

 

 

Duck meat. The sauce was heavenly though.

 

 

 

A hell lot of glutton with chopsticks attacking the poor fish.

Ok, back to GTL. What exactly is GTL? Being a lazy ass, I’m just gonna copy & paste from Wikipedia:

Gas to liquids or GTL is a refinery process to convert natural gas or other gaseous hydrocarbons into longer-chain hydrocarbons. Methane-rich gases are converted into liquid fuels either via direct conversion or via syngas as an intermediate, for example using the Fischer Tropsch or Mobil process. Using such processes, refineries can convert some of their gaseous waste products into valuable fuel oils, which can be sold as or blended only with Diesel fuel. This process will be increasingly significant as crude oil resources are depleted, while natural gas supplies are projected to last into the 22nd century.

Alright I know that’s a wee bit too much information for you to digest, simply put GTL is the conversion of natural gas to liquid hydrocarbon through…….. some process la!

Why is GTL important?

With the escalating price of crude oil and the abundance of natural gas, GTL looks set to be a very important and viable alternative fuel source for the future. But why not just use LNG (liquefied natural gas)? Yes, it’s true that normal vehicles can use LNG, in fact most taxis in the KL region are running on LNG now.

However, modifications must be done to the vehicle that aspires to run on LNG. And these modifications aren’t cheap too. Plus the inclusion of a bulky gas tank in the boot area.

Which leads us to GTL – no conversion at all because GTL diesel can be used straight away on normal vehicles. GTL can also be blended with regular diesel.

So why aren’t we seeing GTL fuel widely used now? Well for one, the supply is still quite limited. The first commercial GTL plant in the world built right here in Bintulu, Sarawak (woot!) can produce about 14,700 bbl/day which means supplies are limited. Thus GTL is more expensive than regular diesel and this deters its wide spread use.

Forgoing cost, the most important benefit of using GTL fuel is its impact on environment. A GTL blend were used on taxis all over Athens during the 2004 Olympics. The result? A positive reduction in soot and local emissions. Here’s a graph and a picture to help you guys grasp the benefit of GTL:

 

 

 

On the left is GTL diesel and on the right is regular. The regular’s yellowish color is due to its sulphur content. Sulphur = bad for environment.

It won’t be long before GTL hit service stations when the new GTL plant in Qatar with 140,000 bbl/day production capability starts full operation in another few years. Hopefully by then, cities all over the world can benefit from this alternative fuel for a better environment.

Oh yeah, there’s this cool video that I’ve viewed like a hundred times during the Shell conference. You should check it out too cause it’s not just another oil propaganda, it’s an advertisement plus environmental message plus love story all rolled into one:

More info on GTL here and here.

 

 

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On another note, I’ve been listening to these two songs a lot lately – My Chemical Romance’s Don’t Love You and OneRepublic’s Apologize

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My Encounter with Big Black Cocks (totally safe for work)

19 February, 2008 at 1:05 pm (Filler) (, , , , , , , )

Yes, I’ve officially done it. For the first time in my life, I played with some really big black cocks.

Man, they were huge. In fact calling them huge would be an understatement. More like gargantuan. I don’t how long they were but if I had to guess, I’d say a foot maybe? I can’t even wrap my hands around them. Yes, the girth is equally massive.

So, you wanna see those cocks? Scroll down please. Oh, yeah it’s totally safe for work so don’t worry heh.

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Yah, there you go.

A big bottle of badminton shuttle cocks that goes by the name Black. Hence, big black cocks getit? Hahahahahaha!

Sorry if this post is kinda lame. Was supposed to blog about the Shell convention that I participated in last week but I’m still in the process of collecting more info and pics. Not to mention there’s a test coming this Friday. Damn!

Speaking of the convention, there’s this guy who gave a speech about HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) whom I taught was an Australian because of the twang in his accent. Turns out he’s a New Zealander hahaha!

Ah well, just reminded me of someone I guess.

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