The Mirror Image Of Myself

AP And Excise Duty: The Primer

Posted in Automobiles, Notes by zenmaster on November 19, 2006

For new cars, AP can be obtained by the authorised importer. AP is FREE! Any kinds of AP is free BUT only REGISTERED/APPROVED companies/personal can obtain them!

Once obtained, they sold it for at least RM10k as high as RM50k.

For CKD (stands for Completely Knocked Down) cars, 40% of the car is imported (at most 60%) and at least 40% to 60% is locally made parts. That’s why you’ll see CKD cars are cheaper than CBU (Completely Build Up) cars.

CKD tax structure is completely different from CBU.

OK, let’s Hyundai Accent as an example. Mostly are CKD units. only those 1st gen are CBU units. let’s say that :

CKD pack is RM10k
Tax on CKD pack is 40% which comes out to RM4k
60% local parts will cost at least RM10k.
factor in the Excise Duties which is about 40% of cost price = RM9.6k.
plus labor/manufacturing cost maybe around RM5k per car

So COST price to get the car out of factory will be about RM39k.

Then there’s storage charges + transportation charges.

Also, the Selling Price must be government approved price. It can’t be lower than any Proton and Perodua. This is it.


The Noob Stuff

Posted in Notes by zenmaster on October 27, 2006

After 2 years of learning IT in college, I’m still suck at programming, which is really really bad. Instead of making me a person what can think out of the box, I’m still a pedantic person. Maybe programming skills is gifted, somekind like an art. I might be wrong. Well, I archive it for my own reminder. So, woe is me for being a noob.

  • Declaring variable
  • Getting input
  • Main body of the program
    • Operators
    • Control structure
      • if…….else
      • switch
    • Loop statement
      • for
      • while
      • do…..while
  • Print output

Marking scheme for programming related questions. If you’ve done the 1st 3 criteria correctly, you can pass it already.

  • Proper class declaration
  • Proper main method declaration
  • Proper variable declaration
  • Logic of the program
  • Proper output

Well, that’s about it.

Must-Install Windows Software

Posted in Notes by zenmaster on August 20, 2006

Here’s my list of must-install applications on Microsoft Windows. The next time if I want to find some software, this is the place to refer. Do note that most of the listed applications are freeware.

  • Sharp Develop
  • .NET Framework
  • JRE
  • Daemon Tools
  • Google Pack
  • CCCP
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Free Download Manager
  • TVUPlayer
  • ……and some portable apps on USB stick!

HP Schedule (And Then Some…….)

Posted in Notes by zenmaster on August 10, 2006

Work at IDC, an ideal part-time job whenever there’s a semester break. I’ll work at HP after I graduate from APIIT because decent salary (albeit 12 hours a day for 4 days), accessible by public transport and not-so-long travelling time. I’ve compiled a schedule for workdays and holidays. Unlike college schedule, this one has no distractions cause by amendments.


Back To Linux

Posted in Notes by zenmaster on August 2, 2006

I’m used to try Linux. But, it doomed to fail, despite numerous attempts on internet connection settings using pppoe. When push comes to shove, I stopped using Linux since and made a comeback to Windows XP. Will try Ubuntu one fine day, if I’m convinced with the stupid Internet connection thingie. For starters, I’m using Kubuntu, just for the sake of trying an Internet connection. However, there’s a slight problem, because my family is not familiar with Linux.

The list below is the must install Linux application on my laptop (non-existant but I’ll buy someday), and it will change from time to time:

  • Kubuntu Linux
  • Linux Appz
    • Eclipse IDE
    • VLC
    • MSDN
    • Last.FM
    • NTFS mount
    • MonoDevelop
    • Mono Framework
    • Wine
    • etc (

My FYP = Hotel Management System?

Posted in Notes by zenmaster on July 4, 2006

My final year degree is 1 year more but I’ve come out with ideas on what to do in my FYP. My ideas are subjected to change anytime.


  1. Food
  2. Table Reservation
  3. Staff Payroll


  1. Reservations
  2. Guest List
  3. Toiletries
  4. Towels
  5. Minibar
  6. Housekeeping Staff


  1. Stuff & stuff needed to clean the place


  1. Payroll
  2. Valet Parking
  3. Rent & Rates
  4. Meeting Rooms
  5. Ballroom
  6. Conference Room