Monday, April 14, 2014

Swatch Irony Chrono - Freezing Rain

Here is my latest eBay find - a vintage Swatch watch from their Spring/summer 2000 collection, which means that this watch is more than 13 years old. Wonder what I was doing then?


Anyway, this is from the Swatch Irony Chrono series and the model is called Freezing Rain (YCS4006AG). It was priced at £120.42 when it came out. I found out that it is quite hard to find now  but I bought it dirt cheap and I am too ashamed to mention the price here.

Did I say "dirt cheap" - I am not sure where the seller found it but it was covered with muck and it took me a lot of elbow grease plus soap and water to get rid of the dirt stuck in the various crevices.  The watch also had some bad scratches on the plastic crystal and did not work when I received it.

The watch case as well as the wrist band is made of aluminium and very light weight at only 62 gms. The watch case has a width of 40mm and is 12.5mm thick.

It is powered by a quartz ETA movement with a date at the 4 o clock position on the dial.

A change of batteries revealed that the watch did work but there was some problem with the chronograph function - it did start and stop but could not be reset (back to 0). I wanted to open up the case but discovered a major drawback of Swatch watches - opening up Swatch watches is a major project involving breaking the crystal and the crown as well. Quite annoying but I guess I would have to live with the malfunctioning chronograph.

I used Polywatch scratch remover to polish off the scratches on the crystal and apart from some tiny pit marks which are bit too deep, the crystal looks great.




I am quite impressed with the quality of images as well - they were taken using my Nokia Lumia 900 using the Macro mode.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spiderman cute?




Monday, April 07, 2014

Video: The mysterious black box

Really innovative.



#livefornow

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Changing batteries on my daughter's Casio MQ-24 watch

The battery on my daughters's first watch which I bought for her on Amazon, has run out. There was no point in changing the battery really. She was ready to move on from her first watch.

My daughter knows what she wants in a watch, or more specifically what "she does not want":
1. An analog and not a digital watch.
2. Clear legible numbers - no dots and not Roman numerals.
3. Not a baby watch with cartoons.

ideally, I would love to give her a Baby G but decided to shop around.

So after searching on my favourite site - eBay, I came across an "almost new" Casio watch that fits the bill perfectly - a Casio MQ24 1330 ladies watch with a pink dial. Though she says she does not like pink, she was delighted when she got the watch.



 That was almost one year ago and the battery ran out. Normally, we would chuck out the old watch and shop around for a new one but I have become more eco-friendly over the years and realise that changing the battery on watches is not such a big deal. However, opening up the back was more trickier than I thought. I found the solution after a quick search on the net.

Bought 5 batteries - Sony Silver 364 (SR621SW), again from a dealer on eBay for just £2.99.

Here are the tools I used to open up the back:
1. Watch case opener knife
2. Watch spring bar remover
3. Plastic tweezers



Steps:
1. Remove the straps using the watch spring bar removers.
2. Just pop up the case from the side using the watch case opener.
3. Remove battery using the plastic tweezer.

Here's the video clip:


Monday, February 17, 2014

Palace of the Golden Horses Malaysia

Some pics from my short stay at the hotel. Was there for a conference - Global Conference on Business and Economics Research 2013, organised by the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

View from my window:





Artificial waterfall

The Horse theme is everywhere:


Table Lamp

Even on the ceiling

With my brother-in-law

For a 5 star hotel and all the hype, did not really live up to my expectations:
There was no food in the mini fridge, cracks on the tiles, no extra tea bags or coffee (though they did refill it once I asked for it), limited TV channels, stationary with worn out covers.

To be fair, I did not really use all their facilities and did have the chance to go for a stroll around the huge hotel grounds. The room they provided was huge and clean, the conference rooms were good, the food was fantastic and the staff were really friendly.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Yuna - one of 20 artists to listen to in 2014

The Huffington Post lists Malaysian singer Yuna (real name is Yunalis Mat Zara'ai) as one of the top 20 artists to listen to in 2014. To be honest, I have never heard of her before this but I went to her official YouTube page and was pleasantly surprised. Her songs are really nice. More amazing is the fact that she writes most of here original songs herself.

Here's her single "Live Your Life".



Yuna performing Falling on Jimmy Kimmel live


Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Carlos Santana's magic - Samba pa ti

Samba pa ti is colloquial Spanish for "Samba para ti" which simply means "Samba for you".

Simply beautiful.

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