Buprenorphine (Temgesic) experience report

temgesic sublingual

Buprenorphine is available in Malaysia in the form of Temgesic Sublingual 0.2 mg
tablets (without the opiate antagonist naloxone). This makes it
recreational for people with low or no opiate tolerance. I’ve had
experience in the opiate family, more notably with DHC, methadone and
heroin so I’ll be basing the report against the three other opiates
that I’m familiar with.

temgesic close

Temgesic sublingual 200 ug buprenorphine tablets is manufactured by
Reckitt & Colman and I’ve taken it through the sublingual route (as
it’s meant to be taken, nullifying the liver first pass effect) and
insufflated. I noticed that using the sublingual route makes it
unpredictable, since it’s hard to keep the tablets in place. Preparing
the buprenorphine (commonly known as “bupe”) for insufflation allows
for a more reliable delivery mechanism. Buprenorphine is water soluble
so intranasal delivery is a viable method.

bupe front

Temgesic Sublingual 0.2 mg buprenorphine tablets has an “L” imprint on the front…

bupe back

…and the “cross” Reckitt & Colman logo at the back of the
tablet. Buprenorphine is used for treatment of heroin (and sometimes
cocaine) dependant individuals, just like methadone. The difference
between bupe and methadone is the latter is a full opiate agonist (just
like heroin) while bupe is a partial opiate agonist. This makes a huge
difference in terms of recreational value – I would put buprenorphine
after DHC (dihydrocodeine) but before methadone and heroin in terms of
recreational potential.

bupe tablets

Preparing the Temgesic Sublingual 0.2 mg buprenorphine tablets for
insufflation requires a piece of paper and a knife (spoons can also be
used, but knives are easier to work with due to its versatility). The
amount of buprenorphine for the session is calculated and the tablets
spread out at the crease mark on a piece of folded paper. I usually
insufflate (snort) 1.4 mg of bupe, so that’s 7 x 0.2 mg tablets. I
noticed that this is good starting dose, if no opiate agonists have
been taken within the same week.

bupe crush

I use a hard flat surface to crush the tablets – the folded “wings”
of a balisong is useful for this purpose. Delicacy is necessary to
avoid tearing the paper – I use alternating downwards and sideway
pressure to methodologically crush the tablets into powder form.

bupe crush look

This is what the outside of the paper should look like after the
tablets have been crushed. The pockmarks are where the tablets used to
be before it’s crushed into power. It’s important to note that due
diligence should be exercised during this process to avoid spillage
through the sides of the paper, which can happen if too many tablets
are being crushed at one time.

bupe crush grainy

Here’s a look at the crushed bupe tablets – the folded pieces of
paper allows the powder to remain in one place. You’ll notice that the
powder is still quite grainy, and thus, not so conducive to
insufflation, so further refinement of the powder is necessary.

bupe crush refine

This is where I use the back of the knife (the edge that’s not
sharp) to run sideways against the folded piece of paper while applying

bupe crush refine look

…and here are the resulting marks on the paper after the process
is completed. The marks on the paper are meant for an indicative
comparison and should not be treated as an empirical method of
establishing that the bupe tablets have been crushed and refined.

bupe crush refined

This is what the powder looks like after it’s been refined…the
tablets should have been powdered into a fine…er, powdery substance
by now. It should be noted that the powder looks “compact” coz of the
folded paper, but it can be “chopped” with anything to form fine powder
lines suitable for snorting.


Download: Insufflating buprenorphine [sixthseal.com]

I find that buprenorphine is rather enjoyable during the times that
you have no to little opiate tolerance. It’s not comparable to
methadone (which is much more euphoric), but it beats dihydrocodeine by
a long shot. The effects can be felt about 15 minutes after
insufflation and it peaks at about the T+ 0:45 mark. The peak can be
quite intense and gives off a satisfactory euphoria that you’ll expect
from opiate agonists.

bupe crush chop snort

I like buprenorphine and I’ve been purchasing it during my
excursions back to Sibu (bupe is a restricted pharmaceutical and it’s
hard to obtain through legitimate channels, so I go through my pharmacy
friend). It’s not comparable to methadone, but it’s recreational in its
own right. It’s good for the times when methadone is not available.
Both are used for withdrawal management with heroin dependant
individuals, but both can be used recreationally as well. I’m giving
buprenorphine the thumbs up for recreational value.

Bang! Bang! You’re dead!

popgun super cap gun

Remember the pop cap gun toys that we used to play with as a kid? I
found one of them at a friend’s shop yesterday and decided to go for a
trip down nostalgia lane. The toy is named Super Cap Gun with Real Bullet Shooting Action and it retails for just a couple of dollars.

popgun contents

The contents of the package consist of a pink revolver type handgun
with a container full of plastic bullets. The firing caps are not
included so I got a couple of kids that were hanging around to go buy
some for me at a shop nearby and told them to keep the change.

popgun shot discs

They came back with a stack of the 72 shot packets containing 8 shot
plastic disc caps. I remember these things fondly from my childhood
days, when I used to shoot my sister with these pop cap guns. I
probably triggered some massive synapse linkage coz she’s now
practicing medicine at Christchurch Hospital and I’m here in Kuching
doing…fuck all? πŸ˜‰

popgun shot rounds

Anyway, the shot caps are detachable from a large sheet of
prefabricated 8-shot firing caps. You’ll notice that some of the caps
do not have a proper amount of gunpowder (or whatever they use in these
things to propel the bullets)…it’s made in China, no quality control,
so there you go. In fact, some of the shot cap rounds do not have any
firing chemical at all…

popgun revolver canister

Well, back to the pop cap gun, the front of the gun has a release
mechanism that allows the revolver load to be detached. The back of the
canister has metal studs embedded into it to allow the firing pin to
hit the metal studs against the shot caps (the opposite action of real
handguns) and the front has loading bays for the plastic bullets
included in the package.

popgun loading

The loading of the plastic toy gun is done by manually inserting the
white plastic bullets into the chambers. There are 8 chambers, the
standard size in toy guns that uses the 8-shot firing caps. The first
time I loaded the pop cap gun, I didn’t push the “bullets” in fully,
which resulted in less-than-stellar discharges.

popgun correct load

I later found out that pushing in the plastic bullets until
they come into contact with the back metal studs resulted in a much
more satisfactory discharge, in terms of distance and power. The
picture above shows the correct load of this plastic pop cap gun.

popgun firing cap

The firing cap is put above the metal studs at the back of the plastic revolver…

popgun lock and load

…and the canister is put back into the gun frame. Lock and load! πŸ˜‰


Download: Pop gun firing action [sixthseal.com]

Here’s a video of me playing with the pop cap gun at my friend’s
store. I used my hand as a target, just to see if it hurts. It doesn’t.

popgun welts

It gives you welts where the plastic bullets come into contact with your skin though…

popgun firing cap spent

This is what the firing cap looks like when it’s spent.

popgun residue

The pop can gun has visible residue in the chamber after its being
fired for a couple of times…it’s made in China, it’s not supposed to
last. :p

popgun hands up

Hands up! Or I’ll give you welts! πŸ˜‰

Ah Mei

ah mei

Here’s one for the early birds out there – this is Ah Mei, someone I met while I was hanging out at my friend’s place yesterday.

ah mei sitting

I could only get off a couple of shots before my digicam battery ran out, so here you go.

Mirinda Batman Blast Berry Fusion

mirinda batman blast

Mirinda came out with a new flavor called Batman Blast Berry Fusion
as a promotional tie in to the Batman Begins movie. I’ve seen the drink
being heavily promoted in supermarkets but never did get around to
getting one, until one of my coworkers bought one for me.

batman blast berry fusion

The Mirinda Batman Blast Berry Fusion drink is designed with Batman
(the movie) influences, and doesn’t look like the conventional Mirinda

batman blast win

There is also an SMS contest tie-in with the Mirinda Batman Blast
drink, which is valid for all Malaysian citizens. The promotion ends on
the 30th of June.

batman blast movie

The bottom of the can has the Batman Begins movie information
(including a URL to the movie). Mirinda Batman Blast looks more like an
advertisement can than a drink…

batman blast drink

The Batman Blast Berry Fusion flavor tastes good though – it’s
better than any Mirinda offerings out there. The can looks like one big
commercial for the movie (which it probably is), but it tastes good

Gigantic pack of Dunhill cigarettes

dunhill twin pack store

I saw a huge pack of Dunhill cigarettes retailing for RM 12
just now. It contains 40 cigarettes and I loved the box the moment I
set my eyes on it. The sheer audacity of the Dunhill 40’s pack needs to
be personally experienced – I wanted to put it into my pocket just to
see if it fits (which it obviously won’t).

dunhill twin pack box seal

The liner on the Dunhill cigarette pack has “DUNHILL TWIN PACK RM
12.00” written on it. It’s a promotional item, probably to counter the
tobacco price wars with Philip Morris retailing Marlboros at RM 6 and
Next going for RM 4.

dunhill twin pack 40

The side of the huge Dunhill flip top box has 40 cigarettes stamped
on it. The box is made to look like one gigantic Dunhill pack with all
the appropriate detailing in. It’s actually a box housing 2 x 20’s.

dunhill twin pack open

This is what the inside of the huge Dunhill box contains – there are two ordinary Dunhill 20’s inside.

dunhill twin pack seals

The individual Dunhill boxes has “Twin Pack RM 12.00” instead of the
usual liner text. I love the entire concept and bought it even though
I’m not a big fan of Dunhill’s. I love the huge promotional pack though.

dunhill twin pack monolith

I mean, just look at it! It’s monolithic!

I’m going to keep it on my desk. πŸ™‚

Turtle eggs preparation recipe and report

turtle eggs

Turtle eggs are considered to be very nutritious and purportedly
have a lot of health benefits. Unfortunately, they happen to be illegal
due to the wildlife preservation enactments to prevent rampant poaching
of turtle eggs (which is a protected species) in Malaysia. However, I
managed to hook up with someone who sells turtle eggs through a

turtle eggs sandy

The transaction was very covert, which I found amusing – the turtle
egg seller called to tell us where he is and we got him to deliver it
to the office. He was an overweight slightly grimy looking man carrying
one of those tote bags with probably 100 turtle eggs inside (and also
some porn VCD’s on the sides). I bought 10 turtle eggs off him for RM
15 (it’s RM 1.50 per turtle egg). The turtle eggs are still sandy from
the beach and each one is about the size of a ping pong ball.

turtle eggs wok

I don’t know how to cook turtle eggs, so we brought it downstairs to
solicit the help of Kakak (literally “Sister” in Malay) who works
downstairs. She told us that it can either be eaten raw, or heated lightly (emphasis on lightly) with boiled water. Thus, we set the wok (there’s a kitchen downstairs, sorta) on boil with some water.

turtle eggs washed

The turtle eggs are washed by putting them under running water to
get rid of the sand. The interesting thing about turtle eggs is that
they’re very pliable – it’s so soft that pressing on it will
make indentation marks (as can be seen in the first two photos). The
turtle eggs in their natural configuration also has that property –
surrounding eggs impact each turtle egg by forming recessions around
each other.

turtle eggs cooking

The turtle eggs were then put into the water for a short (less than a minute) amount of time and left to simmer for a bit.

turtle eggs kakak

I also got Kakak to pose for a photo beside the cooking wok with the turtle eggs in it. πŸ˜‰

turtle eggs cooked

This is what the slightly heated turtle eggs look like. The eggs are
soft and slightly translucent, so that you can see the yolk inside.

turtle eggs bowl

You can eat the turtle eggs by opening up the shell (it’s so soft,
it’s almost like peeling instead of opening) and eating it as it is. It
tastes surprisingly good…it doesn’t need any flavoring for the turtle
egg taste to shine through. Unlike other eggs, turtle eggs have a
distinct musky aftertaste to it.

turtle eggs single

However, I’m told that the proper way to enjoy turtle eggs is too peel off a small hole at the top…

turtle eggs single sauce

…and put a drop of soy sauce inside to flavor it, before sucking the whole egg contents.

This method of consumption is more visceral and much more enjoyable. πŸ™‚

LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Transformation

lego star wars kit

LEGO came out with a Star Wars Darth Vader Transformation kit (7251)
for RM 44.90. I saw it at Jusco before I came back and couldn’t resist
buying it. I haven’t assembled LEGO sets in a long, long time.

lego star wars back

I brought the Lego Star Wars Darth Vader Transformation box to the
office today to assemble during my lunch break. The back of the kit
shows how Anakin Skywalker can be transformed into Darth Vader using a
twisting movement. I just found the kit interesting, so I decided to
give it a go.

lego star wars packet

I opened up the box and pulled out several LEGO pieces inside a plastic bag. It didn’t look like it would be hard to assemble…

lego star wars everything

…until I noticed that there’s another packet of Lego pieces in the
box, a flat LEGO mounting board and an instructions manual. That’s the
problem with LEGO pieces, there’s always more than you think. πŸ˜‰

lego star wars pieces

This is the assorted LEGO Star Wars pieces from the first packet.
You can see an Anakin Skywalker LEGO man piece in there as well as an
unmasked Darth Vader LEGO man. There’s something about the characters
having a LEGO man head that cracks me up to no end. πŸ™‚

lego star wars other pieces

This is the other (smaller) packet, which mostly contains the LEGO
pieces necessary to build the torture device/transformation thingy. The
instructions manual (a thinly disguised promotional brochure) is at the

lego star wars manual

The LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Transformation manual has the same flame-licking-the-fringes design as the box.

lego star wars nstructions

I must admit, I’ll be lost without the step-by-step instructions to build the contraption. Seriously.

lego star wars assemble 1

I started with the base LEGO mounting board and started building up
the back towers (they’re actually LEGO pieces, but I’m trying to lose
myself in the illusion here, dammit ;)).

lego star wars assemble 2

The side swing away multiple armed transformation machine came was
starting to bear some resemblance to the image on the box after a
couple of minutes.

lego star wars assemble 3

It’s starting to look more and more like the LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Transformation kit now…

lego star wars anakin skywalker

Behold! The LEGO pieces are finally assembled! I present to you – The LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Transformation!

lego star wars darth vader

This is the “Darth Vader” side – the previous photo shows the “Anakin Skywalker” side.

lego star wars

Download: LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Transformation [sixthseal.com].

Here’s a video to show how the LEGO swivels to “transform” Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader.

lego star wars varients

There are also two other possible permutations with the existing
LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader transformation kit – there’s no instructions
for those, but it can be done with a bit of experimentation. One of
them depicts Darth Vader standing beside the machine and the other
shows Darth Vader with this huge ass phallic looking weapon.

lego star wars desk

I like it in the original form though, so the LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Transformation set is sitting on my desk at work now.

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