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2013 Year in Review

And its nearing the end of the year yet again. I feel its safe to say 2013 was an interesting year.

With social media being dominated by endless memes, selfies and, yes, twerking, its safe to say i guess we all came out of it alright.

Anyway. Here is my Year in Review 2013, the way i know how to do it best. In pictures~


I finally ORD’ed from my 2 year National service stint!


Chinese New year came and went


I ran only two marathons this year


This beautiful lady here is my girlfriend Jean.


Ellen’s too abrupt sale


Brought in another quick surprise, “Summer”


Back to work and school! Here’s Masataka Yanagida, Super GT champion and Nismo driver dropping by the office.


Ellie Goulding’s concert was awesome. Also she looks prettier in person!


BMW Driving Experience was awesome too. Had me drifting one of these BMW 328i’s


Who can forget the Haze period!


Cousin Clarence’s birthday was marked with a trip to the flight simulator!


92nd Division released its first two shirt designs this year!


And finding some really nice places that requires some hiking and trekking


My birthday this year was pretty great with friends and family celebrating with!


The inaugural nerf battle with the girlfriend, sister and cousins was awesome.


And the year end trip to Thailand with Clarence topped it all off!

Certainly looking forward to what 2014 has to offer! Onward!

Thailand 2013

This year i couldn’t find the luck to travel anywhere. So when my cousin Clarence proposed that we travel somewhere i was excited.

After all the bickering about places we could and should go, we decided to settle for a safe choice, Bangkok Thailand.

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And oh boy was this one of the most interesting trips ever.

Following is the rampage of pictures taken over the course of 4 days.

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Old rides~ lovely.

 

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Food was always on our radar. And boy were they good.

 

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And i was always buying seconds

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We headed to an army camp. And shot a whole bunch of guns~

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Every shot made it all the more fun

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I had fun loitering half abandoned places too taking random shots

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Some very beautiful grafitti

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And again. Thailand wouldn’t be complete without visiting Chatuchak.

 

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The short post about the trip ends here! To be honest we were supposed to take lots of photos and videos but that plan was soon forgotten after we hit the ground running and started experiencing thailand with a heck load of fun.

Here are some other random shots to end the post! I promise after my next trip i would do a proper post

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92nd Division

92nd Division. Sounds like a military unit doesn’t it?

Well as far as it goes, it is not. 92nd Division is my foray into the culture industry.

Culture industry meaning not too much on country or ethnic culture but more of trend and lifestyle culture, for example say the skateboarding or dance culture, to photography and car cultures. Yes, those cultures.

Now that we have established that, 92nd Division is a culture company, common misconceptions from many people has an idea that it is anything but, most viewing so as a t-shirt company. Well yeah we sell shirts but we have far bigger aspirations than that.

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The current logo comprises of a formation of both a 9 and a 2, if you can spot it, as well as an & at the back. It says 92nd.

The other logo features a war monkey on a bronco, charging towards battle carrying the 92nd Division flag. This signifies the uphill task the company has to endure and the hurdles along the way.

 

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The first move i did for 92nd was to push out a jacket/hoodie range, now this was only sold to a select few people and the limited number of jackets made meant that it got snapped up pretty quickly.

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With the logo’s embroided and heat transferred on the chest and sleeve, and a surprisingly good feedback from the people who purchased them about the quality of the jackets proved to be looking good for us.

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Then came the shirts, two designs, and both aimed at the car as well as the dj-ing culture.

 

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Here is Wankel Everyday, a tongue in cheek play on words for the Mazda 13B Wankel Rotary Engine

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As well as the I’m Lost Tee, which is for the DJ’s and Producers out there to guide them back on track, “you’re not the only one thats lost”

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So far both shirts can still be purchased and you will be able to find them on the 92nd Division Facebook Page!

Or you can simply drop us an email at  “orders.92nd@gmail.com”

The “I’m Lost” DJ tees can also be purchased at Valentine’s Music Centre at Race Course Road!

 

Meanwhile till the next update, Stay awesome!

J’s “Nikita”

I’ve seen J a couple of times at Mini Meetups and can’t help notice his MINI exuding a contrastive feel compared to others around, a certain “oopmh” if you must. A humble reply met with my eager questioning if i could feature his car on “Betterdanthis”, with the yes, i’m sure i bugged him well enough for a free day for me to take some shots of the car for the blog.

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Finally, on a scorching Sunday afternoon, came the tone of the ever so sweet Supersprint Exhaust and the tingling turbo whistle as he pulled into the parking lot. Following that a drive down to the end of Singapore with already a pre-set location in mind. Driving in front of the shiny black and ‘just the right amount of red’ clad beast had me constantly catching glimpses in my rear-view, knowing that the 1.6 litre in the MINI behind mine could easily have me biting the dust if he’d gun the throttle.

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This MINI Cooper S R56 is the last of the Pre-LCI models from MINI. Running stock it sports a 175bhp drive, but “Nikita” here is far from that.

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Lets just say, this modestly tuned beast of a MINI can throw off your average speedster on the street. And i’m not even talking corners.

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Under the hood lies a tightly packed orchestra of awesome.

With boost supplied from a JCW spool house.

Coupled with Forge Blow-off-valve, coolant pipes and Intercooler.

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A BMC CDA air intake provides the cold air for the N14 engine.

Sweet configurations that results ensures the flow of the system plays the Supersprint exhaust tune, making my stock R56 exhaust sound like someone taking a muted fart.

Stability comes from the JCW Front and Rear Anti-Roll Bars, an NM Top Strut Bar.

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The Ride is dropped with JCW Shocks and Eibach Springs.

Stopping Power? Yep. AP Racing Big Brake Kit.

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Oh, you wanna talk interior? Lets.

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The ambrosial red upholstry of the interior welcomes you with a dash of carbon fiber bits.

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With Gauges from Pivot that tells you the boost pressure and water temperatures and a tyre pressure management systems that gives you snap of the finger real-time information.

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The centre console shows you the unusual “instead of silver” Black gauge face and a checkered console panel. Chess? Anybody?

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The exterior oozes a JCW bodykit with a GP diffuser.

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Nm rims and John Cooper badges and scuttle tops it all off!

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Alrighty, i’ve asked J a few questions too and here goes~

How Long have you owned the Car for?

J: One year. It was a Pre-loved Car registered in the year 2010.

 

Does it have a name?

J: Nikita

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Why the name?

J: Not really sure to be honest. The name just resonates well with my ride.

 

Previous rides? (If so, how do they compare?)

J: Most recent would be the Volkswagen Golf. As for Comparing, one brand has beautifully engineered their gearboxes to fail every now and then, while the other has created a perfect curve chaser. Can’t really compare if it isn’t apple to apple right? 🙂

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What do you think about the car scene in Singapore?

J: No Comments.

 

Why do you mod your car?

J: Actually it was supposed to be just replacements of wear and tear parts but the more i researched on the MINI, the more i became interested in enhancing the car.

 

Handling or Power?

J: A mix of both.

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Are there any mods that you are looking at? If not, whats next for the car?

J: I’m pretty satisfied and done modding my ride. Perhaps just some little aesthetic mods here and there.

 

Dream Car?

J: I would love to own an ///M someday

 

What is it you hope to see changed with regards to cars in Singapore?

J: Less expensive on the COE!

 

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All in all, Nikita to me is a sweet sweet ride. Perhaps someday soon Summer will reach tuning perfection as J has found in his ride.

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In the meantime, Stay classy all! BE MINI

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Converse “Green Day” Edition

I like shoes.. Who doesn’t!  I Do know that there are people who buy hordes of shoes for everyday wear, choosing whichever pair as and when they please. And then there are those who buy for its value. Yes. People do that. And they are able to earn a profit from that too!

Me? I’m just the ordinary joe when it comes to shoes, buying them only when i need to, but i’m above average i presume owning about 4 to 5 pairs of shoes, most for casual occasions and others are sports shoes and what not. (which reminds me i need a badass formal occasion shoe)

But this particular pair caught my attention. Its a Converse Green Day edition sneakers. Ooo~

And it wasn’t too pricey too!

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A perfect tone of green~

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And better yet, in collaboration with an awesome band?

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The inside sports a smiley flower in a pot pattern.

Well no, i’m not going to keep it in its box and stuff. This is one to be worn on occasion~

How do you do your shoes?