Monday, September 27, 2010

Hate this feeling

Weekend end and with me couldn't able to do something I wanted... badly....
sigh... hate this feeling

Monday, September 06, 2010

DEATH BLACK COFFEE: Malacca

Well, before I proceed with this blog entry, I have to say that I am NOT a coffee expert, heck, I hardly drinks them with the exception of my home 3-in-1 instant coffee for dipping with my favorite Ping Pong brand biscuit.

Now, we just happen to "choose" this place to relax then purely because the other places is closed in the afternoon and I was lazy to turn another big circle hunting for places again.

looks like a poor man's version of starbuck

It is located in Melaka Raya area, just opposite of Carry On Steamboat restaurant. In fact, I've been to the entrance before, but ends up leaving this place as it hardly have a proper menu as I was hunting for a hearty breakfast then.

They don't actually have much of a things to eat. Hence the name Coffee "Bar" with a menu of less than 10 variety of coffee.... Very LITTLE is our though when we saw the menu, who the hell will come here again? How the hell can they compete against those full fledge franchise such as Old Town, Uncle John.. etc...?


Fresh coffee... think of it as lighter colored goat shit!

I ordered Ice-Latte while Baozzz order Long Island something something... forgotten, pardon me :P. But I have to admit... the smaller variety makes ordering much much simple hahahaha.


Well, the guy who prepared the coffee actually takes his time and care for it, and when we tasted it... Hmmm... not bad.. but of course a bit strong for a teh tarik drinker like me... and with my recent diarrhea history.

Halfway drinking... Baozzz beats me to the toilet LOL... I'm not the only one. It seems they roast their coffee at the back of the shop.

Coffee grinder tub time machine
It was only after my toilet call that the owner start chatting with us, perhaps the shit is too smelly for him to stay at the back of the shop.

He takes his time to explain what he do at the shop, which originally intend to be just a coffee roasteria instead of including the "bar". They import the best grade available, take pain to chose out those bad seeds, and proper roast to their perfection.

He explains too on the lack of menu item, as all those "variety" is actually adding syrups on the coffee, which serves no point to him. He's cool enough to let us trial on the premium coffee... the OH KAO of coffee... DEATH BLACK COFFEE... and he even explains why coffee shouldn't be too hot with milk.. etc etc. He wanted people to taste the authentic version as he did supply coffee beans to other cafe's, but the lack of sales and coffee drinker really forced him to open shop and to "educate" us non coffee drinker.

Well, seeing someone struggling with business, really reminds me of myself last year, when I was struggling with my own debts... It's really bring out the sadness and bad memories.

The death black coffee... so black.. you cannot see it in photo
We did try to provide "advise" to him on improving the business... his best hope is to educate the local. And I did say, he did an awful job of  "advertising" the place. No way we would have learn and know so much if we did not talked to him. The very idea of people standing like in a bar for coffee is really unlikely in Malacca, where we have a culture of parking our car really reachable by barrel roll... else it is consider too far.
Well, standing idea can really works... if the "bartender" is fabulous hawt and flirty, by then, I would make a beeline too :P

As we are MTian, where us being us... darn "nice" people, he did acknowledge our thoughts.. and will try to do what they have with the limited cashflow left.

MTian, really enjoy their coffee... and it would be sad to see this hidden coffee gem going out of business.


black until the camera also black

Hence, MTian will hereby give our seal of approval for this very Awesyume Death Black Coffee. Two thumbs up!


Friday, September 03, 2010

DIY Camera Bag : Misfit Version

When I'm on a phototrip, most of the times I just carried my small sling/backpack around. 

jeng jeng jeng... cheapo axel brand bag..


While it is convenient and may saves me any giveaway of a camera inside, it seriously lacked the padding to proper protect anything fragile inside.

Hence, my trial stingy attempt for a stealth diy camera bag. With reference to this site http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Make_a_Stealth_Camera_Bag

Ok ok.... now lets move on to the actual work

Step 1: Gather Material
a)  Bag - around rm30
b)  Padding (Got it from Construction material, with a "just nice" soft/stiffness state - around rm80 for a 2m x 1m roll... I cutted out a 0.6m x 1m for free.. tehehehehe
c)  Tape - around rm4 (masking take, glue, all is still not suitable during my trial)
d)  Rulers, cutters, measuring tape, scissors, markers.
not all is used....

Step 2: Measures/Plan
This is the part with some complication, especially when the stupid bag is odd shaped. You NEED to have a good idea what you intend to do, the shape, some good measurement of the box.

try try measure from bottom
Which is sadly... I have none. No idea, no skill, no experience.
Ok, my basic plan is just cut some grove at some measurement, just deep enough for easy folding to a Box-shaped foam. (Plan A)

Step 3: Actually Do the Bloody Thing

cut to the grove

bet u dont realized what is wrong here.. tehehehe... stupid as me!

Cut wrongly.... again.... and placed into the bag for trial "fitting"


damn weird la... masking tape is temporary only

outside deformed shape....

As I said, the odd shape bag makes the padding odd shape too..... ok, actually... I failed in the measurement!

Plan B: Cut the whole padding out.... stick them using tape. Redo, and the result is a much better fit.

trim the opening for easier access



Step 4: Final Result

The finished product.. glued in a separate padding at the zipped area

Placed a flash in the camera compartment

Camera in place... taken using phone camera

the stealth,, aka stealth bag... aka hidehide paopao..
TADAAA.... my own DIY camera bag. with enough space to place some item such as flash on top of the camera without actually flawing them.

Not really a superb successful trial... but that'll do.

While this is NO actual camera bag. It kidda helps people like me... NO, I don't just mean misfit, but an extra option to people who likes things....differently.... yeah.. thats sounds like misfit.. I know.

Next trial would a my bigger backpack..... :P

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Is it depression.... or is it just being me... a misfit?

I'm not sure why or how.... but I think I'm depressed........


There's been quite a number of misfit case to be blogged.... but somehow I kept back... perhaps I am just lazy... perhaps some things are not meant to be said..... or known......



Oh, what the heck.... I'll continue to blog after I get the chance.... means it wont be today most probably