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Ok so this is a little post which I was working on for a local publication but never did get to finish for one reason or another. Its supposed to chronicle my car audio journey from back in the day up to the present day. It’s incomplete but I’m open to comments and input from those who went through the same good times!

Here goes:

In the 80’s, I was first exposed to car audio systems in the 80’s, the good old says of tricked up Celicas, Corollas, Coronas and Carinas with their lowered suspensions (often achieved not by replacing the coils and shocks but via this dubious method called “potong spring”) and fat 13 or 14 inch rims better known as “Apache”. I fondly remember many a time riding in the cars of older cousins or friends and bobbing up and down to the disco beats of Donna Summer or rocking to the sound of Iron Maiden.

Rim 13 inchi ragat yo

Pioneer Lapan Lapan

Back in those days, the head unit of choice was the Pioneer KP-88G or better known as “Lapan-lapan” paired with a pair of 2 or 3-ways and of course, a pair of tweeters mounted on the A-pillars. That completed the audio requirement for a bonafide swag ride. You would drive around with windows down and the sounds of Boney-M or Scorpions not so much booming but hissing from your car (Lacis-lacis nya orang, hahah).

In the 90’s, as I entered driving age, car audio systems like the Pioneer 88’s began to disappear and in their place, swanky new European systems from the likes of Blaupunkt became dujour. The blue dot could be found in many a car, including my parents’ Volvo 760 wagon and my sister’s BMW 320i. The head unit was naturally coupled with a “Cobra” neck equalizer, which made for a rather futuristic looking setup.

Blaupunkt with gooseneck equalizer

Coming soon…

  • Mitsubishi Pajero and the speaker tong story
  • Nissan Patrol and the ultimate boombox
  • My Mitsubishi Wagon and the Alpine setup

  • Falcon and the Rockford Fosgate system


  • Closely followed but no longer interested
  • Mazda and the Kenwood plus little sub
  • Downhill from there…


Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik #HMJubliEmas

5 October 2017

  Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh Menghadap kehadapan Majlis Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam. Hamba Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik serta keluarga dengan rendah hati dan penuh hormat serta takzim menyembahkan ucapan setinggi-tinggi tahniah di atas Sambutan Jubli Emas Pemerintahan Kebawah Duli […]

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4 October 2017

A number of major events for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne were underlined at a media conference held this afternoon at the Prime Minister’s Office Building, Jalan Perdana Menteri. Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji […]

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Instant dip for Baiduri Cardholders at Brunei Travel Fair

26 August 2017

The Brunei Travel Fair will be held over 2 days this weekend from 26th to 27th August 2017 at the International Convention Center (ICC) in Berakas. At the travel fair, Baiduri Bank will be offering their cardholders exclusive benefits. “We are excited to be collaborating with Sabre, a leading travel technology company for this highly […]

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12 August 2017
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11 August 2017
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Wanna win a trip to Paris?

9 August 2017

Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with Visa, is rolling out an amazing promotion for their Baiduri Visa cardmembers. Between 9th August to the 30th November 2017, Baiduri Visa cardmembers stand a chance to win a curated trip for 2 to fabulous destinations all over the world namely Paris, Maldives or Tokyo. Furthermore, 5x consolation prizes of […]

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Brunei Singapore Commemorative Notes Launched

5 July 2017

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ’Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and His Excellency Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore jointly launched new $50 notes in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between Brunei […]

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The Kang Comfortzone Experience

22 May 2017

There’s this place called Kang Comfortzone which I always pass by on the way out of Batu Bersurat but never dropped by. So on Saturday, I decided to give it a try. Tucked away near the corner shop lot of Block J, the place is a lot bigger than I expected. I was greeted by […]

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