Friday, June 26, 2009

Tully's Coffee

Tried Tully's coffee when I was at Orchard Central yesterday. I just had to take the mocha as it uses Ghirardelli chocolate.

Tastes great... reminds me of the time when I worked in the Bay Area. I will surely return for more.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mollydooker 2005 Carnival of Love magnums

Ok, anyone wants to buy this Shiraz off me, just drop me a mail. ;)

RP rated 99 pointer. Cellared at a warehouse.

hansgrohe installation problem

Got the Talis S basin tap from Econflo Systems, but when I tried to install it, I realised that the fixing hose does not come with a nut to secure onto the water outlet from my wall. It is just straight thru... Strange.

I called them up the next day and they said the plumber will know where to get those. So I did a search on hansgrohe's part list to locate the part. The closest I found is part number 94158000. I called them up and ask about it, but they advised that I get them from any hardware store. Getting it from them is around SGD$8 each.

In the end, I went with the tap to the store opposite my place. They were surprised to see that my hose does not have a thread for the nut and even suggested that I bring the tap back and get the hose changed! Anyway, they recommended this L shaped thingy with an inner sleeve. Supposed to wrap tape over it and then secure it to the hose and tighten. This is actually called a 90 degree brass compression fitting and brass compression sleeve (ferrule). A pair for SGD$7.

I spent the night fixing the tap and it worked like a charm. Water does not spill over the raised basin so often now. Guess I'll fix the kitchen tap tonight.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Janus Regulator mostly done

Finally got the 2 regulators wired and mounted to the chassis. Previously I wanted to use a GE 22.5uF oil capacitor as the first capacitor. But once the power transformer and the regulator are in place, there is simply no room for the oil capacitor.

Just got to cross my fingers and hope they work... I've checked the wirings many times and fixed some wiring errors. Just got to wire up the signal portion in order to use it as a load for the regulator. Good thing is that I have a rheostat to slowly increase the B+. ;)

Once this works, I intend do this to my preamp psu as well. Yeah...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

IPPT yet again...

The 2.4km timing improved, but it is still 30 seconds off from the gold award. Guess I will never be able to reach that pace. When I first started on the initial lap, it felt like running in Kanchanaburi's almost afternoon sun. It was damn hot. Unlike the treadmill in the gym where it is air-conditioned.

Maybe I need to run more often... I only ran about 4 times prior to my test... but the first time I ran since last year, the muscles ached for 5 days... I should go for the next IPPT right after my birthday when the window opens again (I tell myself that everytime...).

More Lyra pics

It's been 3 months since I last uploaded any pics. Well, actually did not really take that many. Saw some of my niece and nephews pictures on facebook, so here are Lyra's.

More pics here and here.