le nakama story: alt. karchan version

Okay, so Aichan and I were brainstorming over a story to give her characters, here’s my version.
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School as usual, we’re just done with our Lab session. We’re walking out to return to our classrooms when Aichan bumps into someone.

She looks up, and she sees what she thinks is the most handsomest guy EVER. (cue sakura petals, kirakira eyes and pikupiku skin, kirakira hair.. you get the picture) She swoons! “ZOMG WHO IS THAT!”

Reeis: “Never seen before meh.. he’s the new lab assistant, just joined a few weeks back.”
Aichan: “But he’s. SO. HANDSOME!”

We banter back and forth, and it’s pretty obvious Aichan is *OBSESSED* with this lab assistant. We try to snap her out of it, but it’s no use!
This goes on for a few days, and as days turn into weeks, we start to worry for Aichan’s state of mental health.

Reeis and I get our heads together.

Reeis: This cannot continue! We must save our comrade from falling into the abyss being guarded by this crazy Lab Assistant!
Karchan: I AGREE! We need to find out who he *REALLY* is.

So Reeis and I devise a plan, during one of those days where Aichan has to head off early after school for tuition, we will *jengjengjeng!* dig more dirt on this guy. If there is none to be found, WE PLANT SOME! (That was how desperate we were. You know, kids. =P)

The fateful day arrives.

Aichan waves goodbye as she goes off home, and onward to tuition for the day.

Reeis and I grin gleefully at each other, and we set our plan in motion. The lab assistant should be off at around 2:30PM after cleaning up the lab and doing random stock checking for the day. Since he walks home, we figured he lives pretty nearby. We proceed to stealth mode, hiding behind trees and cars but still keeping the target in sight.

After a few twists and turns (and some surprised motorists staring at thses 2 strange creatures trying to be ninja) he finally reaches his destination.

We *carefully* begin our investigation.

Somehow, we manage to sneak in the house (the gate was unlocked). Nothing in the garden really, just some dying weeds, grass. Shoes on the shoerack. Some flats, some heels.. and 2 pairs of mens shoes.

Karchan: “He has a girlfriend?”
Reeis: “I thought someone mentioned he lived alone… hmmm…”

We go round the back. Kitchen looks pretty spotless.

Reeis: “He cooks!”
Karchan: “A rarity these days. hmm..”

Maybe he thinks noone would bother robbing a poor bachelor’s pad, so the back door is unlocked!

We look around the living room. We hear noises coming from a room upstairs, and we hurriedly look for hiding spots (just in case the worst happens!)

Reeis: “Lots of girly magazines for some reason.”
Karchan: “But wait! There are techie magazines too, and car magazines. What is this? Maybe he does have a girl living with him. ”

Looking around some more, we see pictures of him.. and another girl that looked really familiar.
We then hear a door open – and we look at each other in fright.

“ZOMG HIDE!”

Scrambling behind a couch, and behind a cupboard… we hid there for what seemed like an eternity! Hearing a few more doors being opened and closed, and his voice fading away, we guessed that he just left the house for some other place.. and we breathed a sigh of relief. We exit our hiding places.. and we were thinking of searching the bedroom, but somehow that sounded really wrong to us. (Not like what we were doing counted as trespassing! These were common areas of the house!)

It still looked like he lived alone, so we were rather puzzled.

Before exiting, Reeis pointed out that we hadn’t checked the rubbish bin. Rubber gloves on! We dig through his trash as quietly as we can.

Foundation, concealer… some other makeup. Curiousity piqued, but we find nothing else in the trash. Or so it seemed. Until we found a plastic packaging for…

Reeis:”TAMPONS?!”
Karchan: “What does this all mean… o__________o”
Reeis: “Don’t you see?! He DOES LIVE ALONE! The photos we saw… they were all the SAME PERSON!”

Took awhile for it to sink in.
We were walking back towards the school.. and 10minutes later..

Karchan: “THE HE IS A SHE?!”

Reeis facepalms.

Reeis: “Better late than never..”

With this knowledge, we knew what we had to do. As friends. For friends. FOR FRIENDSHIP!

The next day,after school… we told Aichan the results of yesterday’s investigation.

Aichan: “WHAT?! WHY DIDN’T YOU TAKE ME WITH YOU!!”
Reeis: “We just wanted to confirm for ourselves.. you were so obsessed!”
Karchan: “We were worried he’d be some super hentai-jiji preying on innocent girls!”
Aichan: “I still hate you guys for not bringing me along. I could’ve kept a photo for memories’ sake!”
Karchan: “We’ll buy you your fave roti tisu la, ok.. just to make up for it.”
Reeis: “Sook will pay for it, no worries.”
Karchan: “Eh what! You were supposed to share responsibility! Oh, And a Milo Dinosaur! Reeis is doing the dishes later while we make a run for it!”
Reeis: “NICE TRY, YOU KNOW I CAN RUN FASTER!”
Aichan: “…..”
Karchan: “KAMON MAN”
Reeis: “KAMON MAN!”

The bargain plea went alot further than that.

The damage that we ended up having at the mamak:
2 Roti Tisu
3 Milo Dinosaur
2 Ayam Goreng
2 Nasi Lemak
1 Sotong Goreng

We were trash talking the whole time, and by the end of that session you had 3 fat girls walking out the mamak – just as awesome as they’d ever be, their friendship cemented by so much more.

kurohako

heee an update on project kurohako aka. shirohiro 2.0!
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Part I: Gathering of Parts

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This image was.. a proud accumulation of aaaalll the parts! XD It was such an adventure to go get it. Let’s begin the storytelling. XD

Reeis was kind enough to teman me for the day as we shopped for parts – our journey took us to the following places (in order)

  1. Lowyat Plaza – We were here mostly to see if we could get some cheaper prices, and hopefully get everything at the same spot. So we started off at a leisurely pace, browsing from store to store.. mostly asking for prices of the processor and asking if they had the mobo I wanted.I think I must have surprised alot of them because:

    #1 there was a girl asking about parts to build a box, not asking about a ready-assembled one
    #2 wtf what ITX mobo? Not ATX? You sure? Which maker? What processor are you planning to use with this?

    At this point (maybe 1.5 hours later) I was going all “bitch please, I know what I want. I just want to know if you have it or not.” =PI guess I kinda enjoyed seeing their confused faces, I need to do this again.. but maybe not so soon in the future unless I’m getting my graphics card.

    Bought from ViewNet:

    • 120GB SSD
    • 2TB SATA HDD
    • 2x4GB RAM
    • i5 3750k

     

  2. Ampang – Next stop, to pick up the casing. Reeis is a pretty decent navigator, all the wrong turns turned into alternate routes (except for that one random stretch with a crazily steep uphill slope even I dare not risk Wanda on it – it was nearly a 45-degree incline!!)

    As we were nearing the place, we’re like “How the heck do we get to the front of the apartment?! There is no frigging entrance!” So we called the guy, and he says “Ah, it’s (the entrance) actually in the middle of the row of shoplots” and Reeis yells a triumphant “I TOLD YOU SO!” XDXDAnyway.. we had to wait maybe 10mins or so before the guy comes out with my beloved casing! XDXD The most exciting part of my purchase imo (mostly cause of the roadtrip that it required just to *reach* this place)

    Bought from DotaTech: SGO6

  3. Pandan Indah – Ah, our last stop for the day. Also the most important stop of the day – without this, I can’t even begin to assemble kurohako!

    The trek from Ampang to here actually wasn’t too far, haha and it reminded me alot of the time Novi and I were sending Ivana home, cause it was rather nearby (or some of the roads/highways looked rather familiar!)Upon reaching the shop, both the guys in the shop give us a good look (trying not to be too surprised, I guess) and while the junior guy was processing the payment, the senior guy goes “Hmm.. it’s actually quite rare to see girls wanting to assemble their own PCs.”*cue moment of nerd pride here!*

    He also asked if I was planning to get a graphics card.. ahhh I was so tempted but I told him, maybe not this time. =P

    Bought from IdealTech: Z77E-ITX

And with that, our adventure ended for the day (for this bit of it, anyway)
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Part II: Assembling kurohako

I was actually quite chickeny to be abit rough with the parts.. cause I thought if I pushed something in the wrong direction, something would break!

The funnest part I suppose was taking the casing apart, see what goes where, how it all fits in, where all the screws go. It made so much sense! XD

Mounting the motherboard was easy peasy, so no problems there.. Although we were abit stumped cause it didn’t exactly fit the back panel nicely.. but we managed it in the end. =D

The trickier bit was figuring out where *everything else* went on the motherboard:

  • Processor: okay, this one wasn’t too hard. Snapping the heatsink was harder than I thought cause I really was afraid of either destroying the snap joint or the mobo! =P But fears were allayed, just needed abit more force. Hahaha, I was being too gentle.
  • RAM: hahah I thought I was inserting it the wrong way, then Reeis was like “aiyah I’ve done this a BAJILLION TIMES, just snap it in till this end bit pops up, and you’re good to go. Here, I’ll show you the first one. ” AH YOU IS GENIUZZ! XD
  • Connecting everything to the PSU: Ok this has to be the trickiest part – I swear, if it weren’t for the manual that came with the motherboard, I SWEAR I wouldn’t know where all the cables went. It’s like an octopus ready to devour the board (and power it up! XD) I think I bent one of the power pins =P But at least everything was in the correct place!
  • HDD: This one, easy. The slightly difficult part was to slide it into the mount where the SSD was (it’s 2.5″tray, then 3.5″ tray)
  • SSD: This one… *sigh* I had it in the bay just fine, plugged in the power cable just fine.. AND THEN CAME THE FINAL CONNECTION to the SATA port on the SSD itself. I pushed it in, and when I tried to remove it.. OMFGWTFBBQ THE ENTIRE L-CONNECTOR CAME OFF WITH IT! Like WTF IS THIS SHIT! Amazing thing was that the pins are completely intact and straight, it was just that flimsy plastic connector that ripped off. AISEY! I was so heartbroken at this that Reeis had to console me “Don’t worry, I’m sure we can exchange it or something.”

We even came up with a freaking song for the whole fiasco! (edit: with corrections from Reeis)

Yesterday, all our troubles seemed so far away
Then this L-tab had to break away
OH I BELIEVED, IN YESTERDAY!

Yesterday!!
Fixing pc parts was child’s play
AND OMGWTF THIS IS SIBEH SUAY [something I don’t remember]
OH WHAT HAPPENED, YESTERDAY!

Why, DID THIS HAPPEN AT ALL
I DON’T KNOW, I CANNOT SAY!
Now I’ve got to throw this cheap piece of shit all away

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Part III: Initiating kurohako

The first time round, *nothing* booted up. The only sound I could hear was the chassis fan spinning. The processor fan was even quieter than a mouse.

*cue dramatic music*

This time round, I didn’t have Reeis to mock me (lawl that’s what best friends do, right?) so I had to open her up again, re-do EVERYTHING from scratch (as in, rinse and repeat installation of components) on turbo mode cause I was abit panicky, and boot her up again.

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This was the truly miraculous moment of it all; when kurohako booted, and went into the BIOS screen. I felt like such a proud parent! =D MY BABY IS ALIVE! It was such a relief! XD Admittedly at the time I had no other spare monitor, so I had to make do with a 15″(yes, that’s how old this monitor was) just to make sure the innards were working fine. And I had to use it for a couple of days.

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So say hello to kurohako! XD

Few days later, Aizat asked “Hey so when do you want to pick up your monitor?”

And AS IT SO HAPPENED I was meeting Reeis for dinner that day, so she *once again* had the privilege of accompanying me to get my monitor.

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Tadaaaaaaaaaaahhh :3 my current 23″ Sammy monitor, Isn’t she lovely? XD

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It’s still not the end though; I still have a few things to get to fully complete my list.

  • get my SSD from the shop and re-install my OS on it (I need to experience this insta-boot thing, as well as try out some games installed on it!)
  • a beloved mechanical keyboard
  • also, a decent set of speakers