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…



14 June 2011

Received this really good ad in an email from da sista. POSITION: Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging, permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include […]

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Hey F’oo!!

3 June 2011

What is it with drivers who insist on going round the roundabout as if they’re negotiating a hairpin at Sepang?? Making up for lack of performance in other areas?? Btw, I need yr full name for the email accounts 🙂 Oh, and did I mention that its a GOOGLE hosted email account with a […]

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Awesome video

5 January 2011
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Ada tissue wang??

29 December 2010

Some years back, there was this BSP offshore guy who ordered a Toyota Supra from NBT. At the time, the Supra was the japanese equivalent to KITT from Knight Rider and this guy special ordered it in midnight black etc to match KITT. Needless to say he was very excited when he was called one […]

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It’s better to actualize virtually than to incubate ultra-dynamically…

4 August 2010

Have you ever been pressured to brand your feature set? With one click? Without innovative niches, you will lack convergence. Quick: do you have a front-end plan for coping with new all-hands meetings? Imagine a combination of Ruby on Rails and CSS. Think B2B2C. Think scalable. Think clicks-and-mortar. But don’t think all three at the […]

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9 June 2010

Received this really good ad in an email from da sista. POSITION: Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging, permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include […]

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The Pre-Easter Break Makan

30 March 2010

Happy 8th Birthday to Nina the Bartina! Hope you had an awesome day today! I Love You sweety! After spending the morning in Nottingham covering the BruNotts Easter Games, I made my way back to Leicester to join some friends for a good old makan-makan geder-geder heheh. Some lovely Bruneian food to help soothe away […]

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Seri Brunei – Bab Kedua

15 March 2010

Are you an undergraduate or postgraduate student in UK? If so, have you registered for the Bruneian Postgraduate Symposium yet? The show continues… Upacara bertunang. Check out this hilarious skit here! Signing the contract Lucky Draw! Upacara bebadak

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I wake up in the morning…

5 March 2010

Wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy Put my glasses on, Im out the door – I’m gonna hit this city (Lets go) Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack Cause when I leave for the night, I ain’t coming back Don’t stop, make it pop DJ, blow my […]

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How can you determine a bird’s sex?

6 January 2010

Until now I was never able to determine which was the male and  which the female. I always thought that it had to be determined surgically, while ornitoligsts spoke about the feathers, the size, the beak and other equally idiotic ways that required hours upon hours of observing them in their natural habitat and so […]

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The Switch

30 August 2009

What would the world be like if the men were to stay at home with the kids and the women worked instead? A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife stayed home. He wanted her to see what he went through so he prayed, “Dear Lord, I go […]

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Thank you

16 August 2009

Thank you HDM for forwarding this email to me: I wanted to thank all my friends and family who have forwarded chain letters to me in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and continuing it in 2009 also……. Because of your kindness: I stopped drinking Coca Cola after I found out that it’s good […]

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A G1, an N97, and an iPhone 3GS walk into a room…

3 July 2009

Since getting the HTC G1 Android Phone, I’ve been comparing it with the likes of the Nokia N97 and most recently the iPhone 3GS with interesting results. Here are the pics: Widgets on N97? G1 oso got QWERTY on N97? G1 oso got Which Dialpad more sexy? G1 loaded App Marketplace oredi… N97 still waiting… […]

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The Big Shootout!

21 May 2009

Have YOU applied? Click here to find out more! After starting off on the wrong footing by buying my camera bodies from parallel importers, I took the step of going “legit” with the local distributor for Canon, Interhouse, and bought an EOS40D from them two years ago. Since then, it has been Interhouse all the […]

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Sunday Breakfast at JC

27 January 2009

Took the new ride out for a spin last Sunday… Recognize the pics? The new ride* * Purely ficticious of course… I wouldn’t buy a two door coupe… obvious reasons… 😉

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La venta loca de WyWy!

26 December 2008

Merry Bonus and Happy Spending 🙂 Craaaaaazy Saaaale! Everything must go! This was the crowd at 10ish this morning Macam menjual lauk adajua ah… Leonie was doing brisk sales this morning 🙂

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Sarawak Laksa – A Love Affair

23 December 2008

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about this particular dish that makes it difficult to forget very easily. One yearns for it once one has had a taste of it. Yes, the sarawak laksa is one of those memories which shall linger in my mind for a time to come… Sexeh… Laksa and 3 […]

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Got a pest problem?

20 November 2008

I sure did! Da crib was infested with ants! All sorts of ants, big ones, small ones, black ones, brown ones, even red ones! So last week I finally had it and called in the pest control folks to help with the problem. B-Mas Jaya is a relative newcomer in the pest control game, having […]

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Adult Education

31 October 2008

Clark Quay night scape taken during my last walkabout to the lion city AB Says: Can someone pls come up with an equally creative list of classes for the fairer gender? Spring Classes for Men at THE ADULT LEARNING CENTER REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED by Friday, October 31 2008 NOTE: DUE TO THE COMPLEXITY AND […]

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Apada yo?

26 October 2008

This made my Sunday morning! Apadaaaaaaa?

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Ring any bells?

21 October 2008

Birthday shout to the MIL who turns ahem ahem today. Selamat Menyambut Ulangtahun kepada bonda/niniyam semoga panjang umur dan murah rezeki. Daripada anak2 dan cucu2. Congratulations to the winners of HSBC’s Online Treasure Hunt, Helbeyanto Sipun who won BND1,000! 2nd prize went to Shahlelawati and 3rd prize went to Md Firdauz. Congratulations also to Yap […]

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1st JC after Ramadhan

3 October 2008

Aaaahhhh roti kuning kawin + teh c kosong + BFF buddies = JC Sumbody bought a new body… Taken using LX3 with 580EX speedlight! Bihun basah with ikan goreng… yummm

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Breaking Fast at Imtiaz 1

29 September 2008

As a follow-up to our sungkai get-together at Sri Patik Brasserie, last Friday, da missus and I had the pleasure of joining a group of blogger friends to a sungkai hosted by M (aka Leonidas) and Z (aka Geek in Pink) at their lovely home. Yam basket, Lamb Shanks, Udang Goreng… what a combo! Abis […]

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Breaking fast Italian Styley

11 September 2008

Last night it was italian night as yours truly joined some friends at Maurizio’s pad to enjoy their sungkai special. Based on accounts from da gangsta, it was an experience to be savoured. And it was indeed a wonderful meal. The group and I were more than pleased with the service and hospitality offered! Thumbs […]

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Last JC before Ramadhan

5 September 2008

It’s been quite awhile since I last posted anything on that breakfast institution called Jing Chew heheh! So here for your enjoyment are pics from the last JC session before the fasting month which took place last weekend. Not as big a turn out, but still it was great to catch up with some of […]

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Chimpers Chimping – Part 1

20 August 2008

Chimping is a term used in digital photography (especially when using a digital single-lens reflex camera) to describe the habit of checking every photo on the on-camera display (LCD) immediately after capture. Earlier this year, I mentioned that I’d do a series on chimping. Well, now’s as good a time as any other 🙂

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Bukan sanang menggambar api bekeraja

3 August 2008

Went to the Pantai Restaurant last night for a meal and to catch the fireworks display. There was a sizeable crowd there made up of diners, people who checked in, and folks who came to wander around and catch the fireworks. Alangkah besnya kalau tiap2 malam cematu di Empire? Sanaaaang jua ati pihak2 tertentu.. especially […]

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Bowling with the Benjamins

25 July 2008

Pics taken during the IFB – BAG Bowling Event which took place at the Empire this afternoon. It was a great way to loosen up and destress after a hectic week at work. Must do this more often heheh! PS: Yours truly decided not to bowl yesterday just to give a chance to others la… […]

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Bersama Rakyat – A photo essay…

22 July 2008

If there’s one thing that’s difficult about covering festive events like National Day and HM’s Birthday Parade, its getting up at the crack of dawn and rushing into town before the roads close for the morning. Once you get into town and secure a parking spot, then its time for a good brekkie to give […]

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Web 2.0 Walkabout

18 July 2008

A Big Birthday Shoutout to Fidah! Happy Birthday to You! Enjoy your special day!From AB and the Gang Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the […]

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R and S – The Pre-wed Shoot

8 July 2008

This was the first time we had  such a big group for a prewed shoot, which is normally done with the B & G only. It was a fun shoot nonetheless and the gang added to the atmosphere of the whole shoot! Beautiful couple set against the beautiful colours of the sunset…. This pic was […]

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Lazy Sunday – Pt II

1 July 2008

Love the cap… Da gangsta’s BCG volunteers Hard at play Baiduri ladies

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Kan!

28 June 2008

Yeah a mighty big shout out to me ole mate EK on his wedding day yesterday! I was not able to attend the church ceremony but the I certainly did not miss out on the PARTAAAAYYYYY! Mr and Mrs Kan, I hope you enjoyed my rendition of Wonderful Tonight hehe! Special for you only one! […]

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Driver’s Licence

17 June 2008

A mother is driving a little girl to her friend’s house for a play date. ‘Mommy,’ the little girl asks, ‘how old are you?’ ‘Honey, you are not supposed to ask a lady her age,’ the mother replied. ‘It’s not polite.’ ‘OK’, the little girl says, ‘How much do you weigh?’ ‘Now really,’ the mother […]

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SCB Media Afternoon

26 May 2008

This song is for all of you out there who have ever loved and been loved… have an awesome week ahead people! I know I will!! [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Pics taken during the Standard Chartered Bank’s media appreciation afternoon which was held at the Empire Hotel on Saturday afternoon. It was […]

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The broken filters

24 May 2008

How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone? – R Buckminster Fuller Have a thoughtful weekend everyone! Don’t forget to drink lots of water 🙂 ————– advertisement ——————————- Mission was finally accomplished for the 2008 AB and […]

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Little Arief’s 3rd Birthday Bash

13 May 2008

Last night, we had an impromptu small gathering to celebrate little Arief’s 3rd birthday, and also a belated Mothers’ Day cake-cutting. Many thanks to all who attended despite it being a weeknight. Thanks also to Arab-families for organizing the nasi talam at such short notice! Most of the pictures were taken either by the Saxplayer […]

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Arief gets a haircut

10 May 2008

Little Arief went for his long overdue haircut last weekend… I happened to have my camera in the car at the time… and below are the pics I took: Barber getting initial briefing on the “project” Why’s that machine buzzing? I can’t decide whether this is a look of fascination or shock? 😀

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Semalam di banglo nombor satu

3 May 2008

You do something to me… somewhere deep insideI’m hoping to get close to a peace I cannot findDancing through the fire just to catch a flameJust to get close to, just close enoughTo tell you that…..You do something to me… something deep inside. Happy Birthday Cinta 🙂 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] ———————————————————- […]

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