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    Best time to clear your Malaysia summons.

    Best time to clear your Malaysia summons. I have an honest question. When is the last time you have been checking if you have any outstanding summons over at Malaysia? If you have been travelling to Malaysia often, You might have a ticket or two without you knowing. I happen to chance upon myeg.com.my, The e-government portal similar to our Singpass and such. And to my biggest surprise, they are having a traffic discount! From 18-22 Jan 2020, for selected traffic summons, you will get a 50% discount. How cool is that to motivate you for paying your summons. What are you waiting for, go and pay your summons now!
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    Sharing of Good Lobang Sale

    Yesterday 100plus at Sheng Siong only $8.80 for 24 cans. haha.
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    2020 Kia Seltos any news?

    ahem. 3 cylinder arh. haha.
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    Supercar vs Hypercar — What’s the Difference?

    May the force be with you. hahaha.
  5. Supercar vs Hypercar — What’s the Difference? https://gearpatrol.com/2020/01/19/supercar-vs-hypercar/ It’s obvious to most anyone that a Corvette or Lamborghini are different than a Corolla. There are many terms thrown around to describe outrageous performance cars. But in the upper echelons of performance, things get muddy; often, we use terms like “supercar” and “hypercar” interchangeably while in practice they are two different types of cars. Supercar Hundreds of horsepower, million-dollar price tags, lap times that make most race cars blush — these are supercars. They’re the top range of today’s performance cars, and the specs they boast outshine the best of yesteryear’s race cars. The term “supercar” is a catch-all first used in the London newspaper The Times back in 1920 to help describe the incredible 6.7-liter Ensign 6. Today, the term is used to describe cars with the best performance, technology and design that the automotive industry has to offer. Supercars can be best defined with their most common characteristics: performance, technology, design and price. They don’t need to hold elevated status in all four characteristics to qualify, and most often performance is then used as the ultimate yardstick. Case in point, the Corvette C7 ZO6. It puts up amazing numbers and lap times and has a compelling design, but only costs $80,000, significantly lower than its competitors. Despite the low price, it’s still a supercar. The McLaren 650S has design language handed down from the P1 and sub-three-second 0-60 times but offers nothing in the way of unique or boundary-pushing technology. Also a supercar. Then you have a simplistic car like the Ariel Atom V8. There’s little to speak of in terms of design since it’s basically a cage on wheels. It also costs a fraction of the cost of any other claimed supercar, yet it can outrun most of them around a track. The Ariel Atom’s race-car level of performance makes up for the simplistic design, basic tech and relatively low price. Supercar. But, to get to hypercar status, a car has to meet all the characteristics of a supercar, and push the boundaries of performance, technology and design. Hypercar Then there is the term “hypercar,” coined to qualify the top one percent of supercars. All hypercars are supercars, but not all supercars are hypercars, and while the qualifiers that allow a car to be elevated out of supercar territory and into the hypercar pantheon aren’t obvious, it’s clear with a few examples. The Ferrari 458 is a fantastic supercar, but it does not match the technological marvel of the 1,500 horsepower Bugatti Chiron hypercar. The McLaren P1, Ferrari La Ferrari, Porsche 918: all near 1,000 horsepower, with first-class new-age technology, million-dollar price tags, stunning design and performance rivaled only by each other. Almost every aspect of each car is an advancement in automotive technology and puts them high atop the motoring totem pole. Hypercars are the stick against which all cars are meant to be measured, and not a single compromise can be made. Blurring the Lines With supercars becoming exponentially more advanced and better performing, qualifications for hypercar status have become more stringent. They represent the forefront of engineering and the most extreme design, but with each new generation, the outgoing tech and styling become dated. And at the same time, the critics become callous towards what we call “extreme.” Top speeds of 185 mph used to belong to only the most exotic metal. Now, cars like the BMW M5, a family sedan, can top that. It’s what causes a car like the Lamborghini Murcielago, once an undisputed hypercar, to slide down the ladder every time a new, more batshit-crazy version of the Aventador is unveiled. Simpler performance tech pioneered by hypercars, such as movable aerodynamics, is already appearing on supercars like the Ferrari 488 GTB. Eventually, it will be the norm in the supercar world to see hybrid powertrains like the ones in La Ferrari and the P1 — though at the moment that technology is too complex and expensive to put in the higher production numbers of less exclusive supercars. The fact that the tech trickles down to supercars is also what demands hypercars to stay at the forefront. What we think of as extraordinary today is destined to become commonplace tomorrow.
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    Component speakers, no amp?

    Erm, I think if you want bass then get a sub lor. The DSP you have can only help with bass to a certain extent only. I will recommend an under seat woofer thou. It is compact and value for money. Unless you really want to boomz boomz boomz, then maybe a 12" subwoofer. Haha.
  7. Automotive Glass: How does it differ from other types? torque: https://www.torque.com.sg/features/automotive-glass-how-does-differ-other-types/ Automotive glass is prone to breakage on impact during an accident or from airborne objects. However, it is probably the only component on a car that does not succumb to wear and tear. Automotive glass only ever needs replacing if it is broken. HOW IT’S MADE The raw material of glass is silica or silicon dioxide, available in abundance from sand. Silica is heated to beyond 1500 deg C before it becomes a liquid and then cast over a layer of molten tin. The liquid silica floats on the tin to form an even, flat layer, which is then cooled to create the solid glass panel. The float glass, as it is known, is subsequently cut into the curved shapes as required. DANGEROUS SHARDS In the past, automotive glass was similar to that in the windows or facades of buildings. However, there were dangers whenever the glass shattered during accidental breakage. The resulting shards of broken glass can be sharper than knife blades. This makes them potentially life-threatening projectiles when the fragments fly into the car’s cabin. MODERN AUTOMOTIVE GLASS Automotive glass today is of a variety categorised as “safety glass”. However, this does not mean it is immune to breakage from bending or foreign-object impact. The term is used because of its drastically reduced potential to cause bodily cuts. Hence, safety glass is a mandatory requirement for the windscreen and windows on every motor vehicle. There are two basic types of automotive safety glass. The more common “toughened safety glass” is made from a single glass pane. When molten silica is cast, metal oxides in precise portions are added. This enhances the physical properties of the material. After this, the automotive glass is cut, ground, shaped or (where required by design) drilled for mounting brackets. Then, it undergoes a secondary thermal process that prestresses it. This results in a structure with evenly distributed internal stresses. Once toughened, this automotive glass cannot be cut or drilled. It is also not easy to break or damage. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT’S HIT? Toughened glass, when subject to impact or torsion, will shatter into small fragments with blunt edges. You can actually scoop up pieces of the broken safety glass with your bare palms and not end up with a single scrape. Try throwing a brick at a windscreen – the brick is likely to bounce back! “Laminated safety glass” is the other variation of automotive glass, and it’s usually used for windscreens and glass sunroofs. The lamination in question comprises a clear or coloured (tinted) polymer resin called polyvinyl butyral or PVB sandwiched between two glass sheets. This glass is bonded to the flexible PVB that is inherently resistant to cracking. So, any impact on either glass surface will not result in loose glass fragments. Even if the entire glass surface is shattered, the PVB maintains its bonding with the glass pieces. LAMINATED GLASS Laminated glass is now the standard for windscreens. Some high-end cars utilise a variation of the laminated glass that substitutes the PVB layer with a vacuum. The gap acts as an insulator against both heat and noise. The two layers of toughened glass are adhesive-bonded around the edges. Adhesive-bonding is also the modern method of attaching (front and rear) windscreen glass to the frame of the car body. Because glass is inherently very stiff, it contributes to the overall stiffness of the structure, specifically the roof and its supporting pillars. BULLET-PROOFING A more complex version of the laminated glass is used in the making of bullet-proof glass. Certain companies offer specially built armoured cars for VVIPs in politics or business who are at risk of being shot at. Bullet-proof glass will prevent the penetration of ammunition from most firearms. It is made by building up multiple layers of polymer materials and glass. Hence, the windscreen and window panels could be as thick as 35mm. It requires extensive and costly modifications to the mounting frames and doors. But to those who need the extra protection on the road, it would be money well spent.
  8. kobayashiGT

    Component speakers, no amp?

    Usually better headunit will have built-in amp/processor that can help better manage the EQ. Of cuz it is not as good as an external amp, but it is definitely an upgrade.
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    Audio Shop Recommendation

    If you have all the items on hand already, just running the cables won't cost you much. Depends on the location where you wanna put your woofer at. they will charge you base on the cable and labour fee for installation. My estimation is $80 to 150 like that. They will upsell you on audio tuning and soundproof-ing. which I think is essentials when it comes to audio upgrade too. So you need to see what you wanna achieve at the end of the day.
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    2018 Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 Turbo

    DAMD Suzuki Jimny Defender Body Kit The more we see what can be done with the new Suzuki Jimny, the more frustrating it is that you can't get one here in the US. DAMD has kits that transform the Jimny into anything from a modern-classic Bronco to a Mercedes G-Wagen lookalike, and the Jimny's legit offroad credentials mean it can hang with these legends when the road disappears. DAMD's latest creation is the Little D, a makeover that adds a some Land Rover Defender flair to the Jimny's boxy lines. The kit gets you a new grille, front and rear bumpers, fenders, and hood. Land Rover-style oval emblems, mud flaps, and a license plate relocation kit complete the Defender look. Add accessories like a rooftop rack and a few jerry cans, and you're ready to go.
  11. Police: Licence of driver in Lucky Plaza crash suspended source: https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/singapore/police-licence-of-driver-in-lucky-plaza-crash-suspended/ar-BBZ0PWw?li=AAAHpny Singapore — Police say that the driving licence of the man who ploughed into six women on the sidewalk outside Lucky Plaza on Orchard Road on December 29 was immediately suspended, Channel NewsAsia (CNA) says. The police told CNA on Tuesday (Jan 14) that investigations into the horrific accident that killed two women and injured four others are still ongoing. The license of the sixty-four-year-old driver was suspended with “immediate effect” when he was arrested after the accident. The women who figured in the mishap are all Filipina domestic helpers. The remains of the two women who died, Arlyn Nucos and Abigail Danao Leste, were returned to the Philippines days after their deaths. Two of the women, Arceli Nucos, the sister of one of the deceased, and Egnal Layugan Limbauan, were badly injured but are now in stable condition and have been placed in regular hospital wards, the chairman of the Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) said on Sunday (Jan 12). The two remaining women, Laila Laudencia and Demet Limbauan, were discharged from the hospital shortly after the accident. CDE said they are in recovery and will keep on working for their present employers. On December 30, TISG reported that two pedestrians were killed and four others injured after a car accident at Lucky Plaza shopping centre. Graphic videos of the incident made their way online and were circulating on Whatsapp messenger. In these videos, a black car appears to have crashed through a railing by the road, landing one storey below, on a pathway that leads to the mall car park. The videos also show two women lying bleeding and unconscious by the car, as well as a third woman trapped underneath the car. At some point, other pedestrians come together to lift the car and drag the woman out. All three women in the video look to be bleeding and unconscious. All the victims were also taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Section 47C of the Road Traffic Act says that police may immediately suspend the licence of a person investigated in traffic incidents that results in “serious injury or death to another person; or serious damage to any building or structure”. According to CNA, police said that decisions for suspending licenses in these cases are dependent on the investigations and findings of the Traffic Police. The victims of the mishap will continue to receive financial aid, said Yeo Guat Kwang, the Chairman of CDE. CDE is intent on accomplishing the needed formalities in order to disburse funds to the families of Arlyn Nucos and Abigail Danao Leste so that their needs may be covered. These funds were raised through charitable endeavours. After this initial giving, CDE says it will be giving monthly payments to the families of the two women who died in the accident, as well as to the four survivors, for the period of time until the women have regained financial independence or for as long as the money lasts. CDE added, “It is our hope that we can stretch this supplementary monthly support and additional assistance for the victims and/or dependents for as long as possible. In coming to this decision, we have also considered the Personal Accident Insurance claims that the respective employers have filed for all six workers, which upon payment will most likely be disbursed in a lump sum to the victims and/or their dependents.” -/TISG
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    Alternator fail

    Hahhahaha. The last part is funny.
  13. Animal abuse: Yishun resident fined S$10,000 for swinging pet poodle on leash, kicking it Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/animal-abuse-yishun-resident-fined-s10000-swinging-pet-poodle-leash-kicking-it SINGAPORE — A man walking his pet dog was filmed abusing it repeatedly on two occasions last year, such as by kicking the animal, lifting it off the ground by its leash and pinning it down with his hands. Chen Xin, a 38-year-old Singaporean, was on Wednesday (Jan 15) fined S$10,000 and banned from keeping any pets for a year. Videos of his abuse of the toy poodle, which is a breed of dog, were taken by an onlooker and they went viral on social media. He pleaded guilty to two charges of wantonly causing unnecessary pain to the female dog in the garden area of his Yishun Ring Road block of flats. A resident there witnessed both incidents and filmed them on his mobile phone, eventually reporting them to the then-Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore. The National Parks Board (NParks) took over AVA’s responsibilities for animals in April last year. The court heard that on Feb 15 last year, Chen was walking the dog when he suddenly pulled its leash hard several times, “causing it to move backwards about a metre each time”. He then pulled its leash “suddenly and violently, causing it to move backwards about two metres”. On March 9 last year, he was walking the poodle again when he: Kicked its chest Lifted it by its leash off the seating area and onto the ground from a height of about 50cm Swung it by its leash from the ground up to the seating area Grabbed it by its neck and pinned it down against the seating area for about three second The dog has since been given a new home and did not suffer any permanent injuries, an NParks prosecutor told the court. In mitigation, Chen — who did not have a lawyer — told the court through an interpreter that he was deeply remorseful and sought to explain his actions. “Initially, my poodle was rushing and I tried to pull it back to walk with me, so there was a bit of a struggle,” he said regarding the first incident. As for the second incident, he said that the dog had been sitting behind him, so he wanted to move it when he stood up. “At the time, I pulled on the dog trying to lift it off… I pinned it down by using light force and the time period was very short,” he added. In response, the NParks prosecutor said that Chen was busy using his mobile phone and did not seem to be paying much attention to the dog, and the force he used “seems to be unreasonable”. After District Judge Ong Luan Tze fined him, Chen asked if prospective new pet owners could receive “pre-training” before they owned pets. “The reason why I committed the mistake is because I do not know the boundaries, but it’s my first time owning a pet. I do not know how to train a dog,” he told the judge. The NParks prosecutor replied that he could have consulted animal welfare groups or approached NParks. Chen could have been fined up to S$15,000, jailed up to 18 months, or both, on each charge. Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/animal-abuse-yishun-resident-fined-s10000-swinging-pet-poodle-leash-kicking-it