One day, a friend from the Lancer EX forum called when I was have a meal @ Bakerzine with my wife. He said “Bro, wanna change car or not?”

I booked a Scirocco like a day or 2 later and traded my 2years old Lancer EX for it. Being a selfish sports car with 2 doors and negative things happened (not to be discussed here), and 2 weeks later I asked to change it to a Golf.

It has a 160bhp TSI engine, twin-charged (super and turbo charged)and 240Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm. I bought the car not knowing what it had or what it meant.
Then I learn while waiting from early April 2010 to middle of July 2010 for it to be factory-fitted with a Bi-xenon headlight that does not come with a 1.4L and shipped to Singapore.

Let me tell you, driving the car stock (without any modification), it was already thrilling… you will feel like finding a reason just to drive it. Stepping on the accelerator, and the supercharger kicks in and you are flying, you will feel like what the specs says ” from zero to 80kph in 5.8seconds and zero to 100kph in 8 seconds flat” and what’s more… it’s soooo quiet especially since it is using sport performance tyres and were really noisy when used on my previous Lancer EX (which felt like a tin can after test driving the Golf)

What makes a continental car a quality car? It is in the details. The robust build, illuminated leg area and illuminated vanity mirrors in sun visor, “Climatronic” air-conditioning system with 2-zone temperature control, built-in touch screen which are integrated with all the controls including a park distance control display, quality tyres, the silence. 

And another thing, when you tune a Japanese car, you don’t really get much out of it, in fact you will void your car warranty. For European cars, you are welcomed to tune as warranty is covered by their authorised workshop and partners… and what you will get is astronomical, my golf now is about 200bhp with about 300Nm of torque after getting it tuned with mTm.

Upgrade the steel rims to 18″ BBS CF with Michelin PS3 tyres filled with nitrogen makes the car lighter and even better to cruise with.

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Amphibian

June 27, 2009


Amphibian was developed as an aid for lifeguards patrolling the beaches. Comprising of beach shoes and extendable fin modules, the set is meant to help the rescue worker swim up faster towards the victim.

It has a unique retractable system that allows you to keep the modules retracted till you reach the waters.

On the way back, after the rescue, a simple jab of the toes on the seabed, retracts the modules once again.

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Random pic of the week

June 15, 2009


Barbie Foosball! Barbiefoot combines the iconic doll with table football, on one side it uses barbie’s pink, frilly world and on the other its uses the predominantly male world of table soccer.

It was created in partnership with mattel brands consumer products and babyfoot bonzini to stimulate thoughts about different mentalities and the pre- digested everyday ideas we commonly face.

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Slicer Summer Ice Sled

March 5, 2009


Slicer, an Ice Sled for summer! It is literally sledding on blocks of ice…
Just add water, place in freezer until it solidify and good to go.

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Random pic of the week

January 19, 2009


When there is a recession, go for training to improve yourself and be ready to come out running when the economy recovers.
The Fish Agility Training Set will apparently allow you to teach your ‘pet’ fish a series of underwater activities like swimming through hoops, pushing a soccer ball or navigating a slalom course. Instead of their usual routine of eat, swim, eat, swim, eat, swim, die.
The set comes with all the paraphernalia you’ll need to provide training and positive enforcement like a feeding wand you can use to lead them around.
And I thought goldfishes are stupid…

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Random pic of the week

December 8, 2008


“For when you need to keep the door open in a hurricane, this doorstop will act as the ultimate gentleman.”

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Survival Straps

December 6, 2008


Survival Straps for the adventurer when he or she suddenly need 15′-20′ of paracord in their daily life. In an emergency situation, you can easily unravel the bracelet and deploy the paracord for use. It can hold 550 lb.


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Magnetic Dumbbells

June 7, 2008


Can you visualise a dumbbell? You can? Then you are stereotyping.
Magnetic dumbbells for those who require style in every aspect of their life. Highly-polished, magnetic, intertwining dumbbells – each weighing one kilo – are quite simply beautiful sculptures. pick them up and they immediately become a fitness aid and a natural element in your training program.

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Shredder

May 29, 2008


A surfboard, with a computer cut cardboard support structure laminated with transparent fiberglass. A stronger, cheaper surfboard made of the same material as a moving box…

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’11’ Table Soccer

April 9, 2008


The table soccer has been upgraded. Hand crafted by GRO design and TIM modeling, the players are machined in brass and chrome, the table itself is meant to be a bit architectural, like real stadiums, and minimal to not distract from the game. It’s on show at the upcoming Milan Design Week, 16th to 21st April, and tragically it’s just a working model. Beautiful.

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