Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cracked plastic hinge (Nintendo DS Lite) part 2

Nintendo honoured their promise and repaired my son’s console free of charge!

Well, not entirely free because to post it to Nintendo as registered mail it has costed me AUD$9.35. But still, it is a lot less than what it has costed my friend.

The envelope, the service report, the bubble wrap, the cardboard for extra protection and of course, the repaired console.

Have a look at the photo. It’s not very clear but if you look closely Nintendo actually repaired it the same day they received it. It took them about a week to check, repair and mail it back to me. That’s pretty good customer service!

Thanks Nintendo! Hopefully this one won’t crack again. If it does, I hope it happens before the warranty is up to avoid any more hassles.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Football (soccer) club

My family was never really into sports. Although my dad would probably argue that we are, as he was very much into game hunting. I, personally, do not classify that as a sport. I mean, not in the same league as football, basketball or baseball (if you get my drift). But since we now live in Australia, where sports seem to be everyone’s "religion", we are “forced” to take up some sort of sport. Don’t get me wrong. I am not at all saying that sport is a “bad” thing. On the contrary, I actually think it is very good. Living in an “obese” world, playing a sport is the best thing anyone can take up to combat what we now call an “obesity epidemic.” I actually encourage my children to engage in a lot of physical activities so as not to suffer from this so called epidemic. Me and my wife do our part by regular exercise. This is in the form of extended walks, running, swimming and Pilates (I'll write another post regarding my "running" in the very near future). Sport is something new to me. Something I am not used too. Therefore, it requires a lot of effort on my part to be into it. I have to train myself to like it.

For the third year in a row now my son has been a member of the Grange Thistle Football Club in Brisbane. He practices every Thursday nights. Games are held every Saturday.

My wife has graciously given me the task to be the “soccer dad”. My youngest daughter tags along every practice. Thursday night has become some sort of a bonding session between me, my son and my youngest daughter. I’ve got 3 children. My older daughter though chooses to stay at home with mom. She seems to be quite exhausted tuwing uuwi after school. Pagsakay pa lang sa kotse she immediately falls asleep. Once she gets home she couldn’t be bothered to go anywhere else.

The practice is only for an hour or so. My task is to find some sort of a fun activity that both me and my daughter would enjoy while waiting for “Kuya”. Who could refuse a movie and some junk food? I always bring my laptop with me and play some DVDs. It was Sherk the Third last night. We had some crackers and cheese to enjoy the movie more. To top it all up we had some apple juice.

I hope this doesn’t turn out to be an “obesity” leading activity. I should prepare more and bring healthier snacks!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Cracked plastic hinge (Nintendo DS Lite)

I bought my son a Nintendo DS Lite on his last birthday. Actually, I should correct that. His grandad gave him the money to buy anything he likes for his birthday. His heart was already set on getting a Nintendo DS Lite. I just went to the shops with him to help him buy one. That was about seven months ago.

Looks normal enough, doesn't it? Look closely at the top right hand corner and you'll notice a missing piece.

Yesterday I posted the console to the sole Nintendo service centre in Australia located in Scoresby, Victoria. Why, you might ask, would it require to be serviced being less than a year old? Well, the plastic hinge that is holding the top screen has cracked. It came off eventually together with the “indicator” light.

This photo shows the cracked piece and the "indicator" light that has also fallen off.

The exact same thing happened to my friend’s son’s console. But instead of sending the console back to Nintendo for repair my friend tried fixing it himself. He bought on eBay a new plastic casing. Including postage it had costed him close to $50. And to that, I suppose, you would have to add the hours my friend had spent trying to fix the thing. After putting it all back together he realised he had to start from scratch as the thing did not work! But eventually he managed to get all working like new.

Anyway, after doing a quick search on Google I have found out that the “cracked hinge” problem is a common one. Nintendo, apparently, is aware that this problem occurs in a small percentage of consoles produced and is willing to cover the cost of repair. Hopefully this is true! I’ll find out in approximately two weeks what the real deal is.

Because of this cracked hinge the console is virtually unusable. The top screen wouldn't stay up.

Have you had the same problem? Please feel free to leave comments and share your experience getting it fixed!

Monday, March 3, 2008


Sunset at Fannie Bay, Darwin NT

I’ve travelled recently to the Philippines to attend my Grandad’s funeral. He was in his 80’s. I sort of expected it and was gearing my self up for it but you are just never prepared. It still seemed too sudden.

And just before I left another sad news hit us. One of my wife’s closest friends was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. We’ve always heard of people getting cancer. But no one we know. No one close to our hearts. And no one young like our friend.

She just turned 40. She’s got two young boys, one is 8 and the other is 4. She’s got husband who is very supportive and lots and lots of friends who’ve tried to help in whatever way possible.

She’s three scraping procedures done. Mastectomy is not the only option one has nowadays. She had to have three procedures as the first two were not successful in getting rid of all the cancer cells.

Now, she’s undergoing chemotherapy. This process she has found to be much more difficult.

Am I at that age now when death and disease seem to be a lot closer? Now that I am in my 30’s my elders are much older as well.

In Psalm 90:10a it says:

The length of our days is seventy years— or eighty, if we have the strength;

My Grandad was 82.