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It always was some sort of first... [Mar. 14th, 2006|05:53 pm]
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In this case, It was the first time that I turned on the TV...BY MYSELF. I always just carried along with the other two TV goers: dad and Pat. By I was walking around the house upon finishing my classes and found the remote just laying there on the table. I realized I have never operated this remote in about almost a year. Fortunately for me, we had the antenna channels, so I had it on for about 5 minutes and turned it off and played some BF2.

It's only a matter of days before winter quarter ends! I'm actually really excited. Not because of the trip or the swap project though. But the fact that this is a summer I missed last year. It will be nice to have a break and maybe that is all I will need to really continue through school, without having to always stop in the middle of homework and asking myself, 'what is the point?'. Now the only concern is getting back up for summer quarter, which I hope I won't grow lazy by then.

My ENGR 111 class apparently has three people into AutoX. One guy actually has certification with the GM ASEP program and attended automotive school in HS and at SCC. He switched the fact that you could do more with engineering than being a technician. Oh teh ironing. Too bad I just found out the 3rd to last day of classes. I won't be seeing these guys anymore though, since my absence of spring quarter will push me back one year in the ENGR classes, as they are offered only once a year. So I'll have to wait, but in the meantime I will be finishing up on math and starting some chemistry.\

Speaking of which, engineering teachers are by far the hardest, ego-struck instructors I've ever met. My current one is pretty good and was lax about my assignments due to my work schedule and illness days. But they're are all relatively the same in mindset. They are close-minded and always providing conflicting information. If there is an easier way to solve a vector equation, they will not acknowledge it. When a student provide a valid alternative example, the instructor would shoot down that student as the first thing on her/his mind before concluding that it is easier. My Subaru electrical/diagnostics mentor, John, warned me of this and apparently he was right, engineers are all close-minded. Since he's had experience with a few of them when John was in college for Food Chemistry and culinary arts. Hmm, yet he became a technician working on cars, eh. Life....



Oh yea, would ANYONE be interested in a privacy filter from 3M for standard size 12.1" Laptop / Notebook LCD screens??!?!? Yes it's the one where people can't see your screen from the sides. It's a problem with community college students loving to peer over to what I do, especially the foreign exchange students, some from Hong Kong even. Just because I speak perfect english (ok, maybe), doesn't mean I don't understand what your jabbering in Cantonese... Yeah treat me like that because I'm a freaking ABC.

Anyways....

I just bought one since mine was a 12.1", but one exception. Mine was a WIDESCREEN. Yeah...

And since I opened it, they will not accept returns or exchanges. Yeah :(

So, basically it is BRAND NEW, never installed with all adhesives intact and instructions. The only thing is that the main package is opened. Again this is for a standard sized screen and it won't fit my 12.1" widescreen.

So it cost me a little over $50 total, I would like to recoup some the cost, but if in reality that it is not possible, I can settle for a loss. Let me know!

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Restart button. [Mar. 6th, 2006|08:47 pm]
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Long time, again.

Life has been a mix for me, I think it's the same for everyone. As I could be doing schoolwork, I resort into typing one of these journal entries, hoping to one day review my adolescent and young escapades I mindlessly participated in. And then reap the memories.

There are definitely some things I would've done differently. But I remind myself there is no reason to think that way, as you can't revert to change the past. Yet, I do dream what I could've been as a person if I abide by those said changes. A different lifestyle, different career pathway, a different association with other people and friends, etc.

I stand by those decision that created who I am, it isn't the most alluring lifestyle, but I know certainly not a horrible one.

Worry, is a word that I commonly associate with everything I do. Work, school, societal interactions, you name it. But reminders point me to the direction of that the real worries are things that will never cross my mind initially, and that these current worries will be the least of my problems.

What is ADD? Other than Attention Deficit Disorder, or how you say it. Lately, I've been noticing that it is very hard to listen in class. There will be random moments where I will be listening to the instructor in front of the board, all of the sudden, it seems that he/she has already finished most of the lecture. But I've missed most of it, still with my eyes fixed in the general direction, and my body still. My mother says to see a doctor, but I worry if they put me on medication. I always believed that ADD is nothing but a behavioral issue, but I never though it would get to me?

I can blank out at times, and at other moments, time seems to fly by quickly, without me knowing. I can wake up one morning at 6am, and by the time I get dressed, its 6:30am. It has happened on a few occasions. Maybe I'm getting old, but at 19?

A decision has been made where I will be skipping my next quarter at SCC, spring. I think this is in the best interests for myself, as I never did take a break after graduating from IHS last year. It will give me time to complete other matters and clear up my head so I don't have to worry during school quarters.

My Subaru portion of life, of course, keeps me sane in every situation in struggles. I owe a great deal to the automotive industry as it has given me something to live for, and I've met so many good people and have learned so much from them.

The project has been progressing slowly with the Impreza. I have purchased an Japanese Domestic Market engine from a Subaru-specific vendor/importer in Arizona. I am still waiting on confirmation, might need to give them a call since they are horrible at returning emails. An FXT drivetrain has also surfaced, so I will see if I can obtain a unit.

Coming April, I will also travel to Hong Kong. My grandmother has woken from her coma deal. It will be nice to see her again, as last time she wasn't awake at all when we visited her. There will other personal matters I will tend to, including things I should have done a long time ago. But I am excited...


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(no subject) [Oct. 25th, 2005|09:31 pm]
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OMG back from the dead! Haha!

No I just don't keep a good track of anything anymore. But for an update, it's been a year since I started working at Subaru, and I now started my classes at SCC, my second quarter that is (fall). I now possess and Impreza (finally after 6 years). And I moved back to Kirkland where originally grew up. I don't play games as much as I used to or watch TV. In fact, we don't have TV now. I think that is good for an update.

Anyways, something I just though of a minute ago.

Subarus and Arts. We are a civilized group of people dedicated to advance the upmost honor of distiguished artists around the whole village of Ugjapoba. We will carry the legacy to which we will impreza the future generation. For our children, they will forester the idea of a new tomorrow, and build a healthy, competitive atmosphere for where a tribeca of individuals will flourish. Little do they know the two individuals Loyale and Justy will have SVX with their lovely widebodies. For that, the creating of STi's will continue to hinder the productiveness of the world population.

I think I'll post that somewhere else.

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Post-High School Education [Jun. 9th, 2005|10:15 pm]
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[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Today was the advising and registration at SCC. I was overwhelmed to find out I was only capable of taking 2 classes a quarter, instead of thinking I can do 4-5 classes minimum intially. This is partly due to my working schedule at the shop, as they might expect me to work full time.

In addition, I am about a year behind in math as I talked to an advisor. The math that was taught in "regular" classes at the NSD schools were of the CORE/Integrated cirriculum, which he and I gladly denounced. Thanks to that, my profiecancies are spreaded everywhere between 99, 110, and 120, and he advised that I should start at the lowest, which I agreed to do so. Tomorrow I'll be in Shoreline most of the day, to do my placement test on LA and then go to work.

All this brings up a few questions to myself:

Am I completely capable of doing this stretched out this schedule just to get the transfer?

Is it worth the time to earn, lets say, an ME degree, that would take on average of 5 years to finish and get a job, and wait an additional 2 or 3 years to earn the same salary that I could earn at Subaru for going to school in 2 years plus an additional 2 years of shop experience and a guaranteed job?

They say that it takes time for great things to happen. But I'm afraid that I won't enjoy the finer things in life than I could have when I was younger.

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(no subject) [Jun. 7th, 2005|11:07 pm]
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And so ends the 13 year obstacle and a lightened load on thy shoulder...

-Phillip Tsui 11:08PM, 7th day of the month of June of the 2005th year.
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Subaru Legacy, a true legacy... [May. 28th, 2005|11:46 pm]
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[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |Utah Saints - Lost Vagueness]

Apparently I thought I would know everything there is to Subaru, but I lack in the advertisement department. Bruce Willis used to do commercials for the BC/BF Legacy (1990-1994 models) for the Japanese market.




And after over a decade, he comes back to do another with our current Legacy's:




And here is the link to the OLD commercial to give you an idea:

http://www.japander.com/japander/clips/willis16.mov

I just thought that was pretty damn cool, besides working at the shop today all hot, and scraping up arms on a car I never worked on before, heh.

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What I want to do one day.... [May. 23rd, 2005|02:47 pm]
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Beautiful Washington State Weather [May. 19th, 2005|07:47 pm]
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[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[Current Music |311 - Cali Sosa]

For the past few days, we've had some odd weather moving along, high winds, to warm sunlight mixed in with rain and some mass heavy rain. At some occurances, it chages rapidly.

I LOVE it when it's sunny and raining at the same time. However, I advise drivers to be careful as reflection can be blindful :)

I wouldn't mind if it was like this all summer. Maybe mother nature is making up for the loss snow last season.

And driving in the rain is "fun" ;D

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Back to normal [Apr. 29th, 2005|10:57 pm]
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[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

The SI project was finally finished. There is a certian sigh of relief, but then another side tells me there is more to worry about...

At least I can get more than 4 hours of sleep this time around :)

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(no subject) [Apr. 24th, 2005|09:27 pm]
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[Current Mood |exhaustedexhausted]

So today I was looking at an Impreza 2Dr, a Brighton trim, which is the most base line ever. No power anything, there isn't any trunk release from the inside either. The car was in Kent at a small used car dealership (wow lots of ricers and street racers), so the guy let me take it back to my shop for furthur inspection.

I found out it sucks driving a car with both rear wheel bearings blown for 65 miles, there was not a time I could HEAR the engine as the wheel bearings HOWLED inside the cabin, I had to yell to talk to my dad next to me, and a gearbox that you can constantly mis-shift from 3rd to 2nd. Yeah, there isn't a tachometer either. So I got to work to inspect it, and it turns out that rust perforation repair was going to cost more than the car's intended value.

So I told the salesman I couldn't buy it, and that I saw more problems on that car than that ASE inspection did, and I'm not completely ASE certified either. He was pretty cool about it, which surprised me. The dealership is called Straightline Motors and the guys name is Dee and it's like a whole family dealership thing. They seem to only sell sports cars of both import and domestic. But I would never drive that far for a car ever again.

In other news, I love the WASL schedule.

I also got a new laptop, for like $800. It is a Dell Inspiron 700m with a 1.8 Ghz Pentium M Centrino Dothan processor. Dell had this promotional thing once a year going on that only lasted for 59 minutes. I missed last years thing, so I woke up 5:45am on this one Sunday and ordered it. It would normally cost me $1,700. I have my wireless setup and it's sweet going from room to room with hauling an wires. The thing is very small and light, very sleek. I love it!

We finally got moved into the house, and it feels a little weird at first, but I've made it home (again). My room is twice as small as my last one, just really weird when you downsize.

School tomorrow, and I have the opportunity to sleep in, but I always wake up at 7 anyways, I am a morning person.

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