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Baby in OT: Footage

With modern equipments, they were able to remove the engine from the bottom.

My baby’s heart…in the open!

It has been a week now and so far so good. No more leaking. Thank God. The bill came up to RM935, after changing the fly wheel oil shield, auto ball oil shield, driveshaft oil shields & transmission oil. Out of the 4 items, I only know transmission oil. Haha. Anyway, good thing I get to claim this from my car maintenance allowance. 🙂

* Pics courtesy of Auto Saver (M) Sdn Bhd (Facebook page – A.S Racing Development)

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Baby in OT

My baby Vios is in the operation theatre today. 😦

Last week, my so-called neighbour…well, not really neighbour because he doesn’t stay next to me or even in my block but his car is permanently parked in front of mine…was the one who told me about it. I’ve never spoken to him in the last 3 years that our cars have been sniffing each other everyday, but last week, as I was going into my car, the uncle came & asked me whether I knew that my car’s engine oil was leaking. It was only then that I realised my baby was, well, unwell.

So last Sat, I brought it to Ah Tuck. Ah Tuck has been my mechanic for years, even when I was still driving dad’s old Lancer. However he will be moving to China next year, so had asked me before to start looking for another mechanic soon. Anyway, when I showed him the leakage, he told me that it will take 1- 2 days to fix it & he wouldn’t be able do it because he still had 6 other cars waiting for him to fix. Furthermore, he’s a one-man show. Then I brought it to Auntie Mee’s mechanic, who told me the same thing – it will need 2 days to fix because the leak was in between the transmission oil & engine oil compartments, therefore they need to remove the engine before they can fix it. Then the 3rd place I went was to Toyota Service Centre, and worse, they told me it will take 4-5 days to fix, without even diagnosing my car! Finally I called Edison.

Edison is one of the guys I met during my days in TVCM. I have been getting my engine oil & filter from him for almost 2 years now, which is the M7 Super Street Oil. I like it so far because it gives my baby good acceleration power, compared to Castrol, which I had used only once & never again. OK, to be fair, it was only a semi-synthetic. Fine. Toyota Fully Synthetic wasn’t too bad either…I was using it for the first 3 years before switching to M7.

So anyway, I finally went to Edison’s shop, Auto Saver in Bandar Sunway, initially just wanting to buy another can of M7 to top up my receding engine oil. Then he checked my baby, showed me where the leak was & explained to me what needs to be changed. They will only need 1 full day to fix it, he said, because they have sufficient equipments to change the parts from the bottom instead of having to remove the engine from the top.

Great. New equipments. 1 full day. Efficient. Clean place. Comprehensive explanation. Speaks English. Haha. So anyway, I went with him. So today I dropped my baby with him in the morning and then he drove me to my office. Cool…personal service some more. Later my boss will drop me at his place on the way home to collect my baby. I hope my baby will be all well & healthy after this…though it’s already 5 years old & ‘matured’ enough to find its second owner now, which ranks quite high on my contemplating list, but  that’s topic for another blog another time. Ah well…anyway if everything goes well today, I might switch to Edison for my baby’s next service. We’ll see. 🙂

That Love Thang

I saw on YouTube once about this Hongky guy giving a speech, specially to the women, on how to sustain their relationships. (See video here & another part here.) No doubt it was a pretty sexist view because indirectly he was trying to say that women are the cause of most marital problems, or rather, lack of tact in handling their men, that’s why the men stray from their marriage. OK, debate aside, something he mentioned in that lengthy video that caught my attention….he said that sometimes it is not about doing what is right, but doing what you think is acceptable to you.

For example, you found out that your husband had cheated on you. Yes, he is a bastard. He had broken his promise to be faithful and your trust. He is no longer worthy of you. The right thing to do is to walk out because the world thinks that you should. But just because everybody thinks you should do it, does that mean you must do it? That’s what the fella was trying to say…it’s not about doing the right thing…or being right or wrong. Sometimes, it is OK to forgive and stay on and fix it together, as long as you think you can accept it because you still have some love. At the end of the day, it’s your life & marriage…not the world’s.

In the Sex & The City part 1, Mr Big blew it big time when he didn’t turn up at his own wedding. The whole world thought that Mr Big was a big asshole. Carrie was extremely devastated & angry & hurt. Everybody understood. It was totally expected that Carrie will never forgive him, much less even talk to him ever again. Then you know what happened? For 1 year they never met or spoke to each other. Carrie was struggling to get over him…but she never did. After 1 year, they met again…and instead of feeling awkward or angry or indifferent, Carrie ran to Mr Big & hugged him tightly. So they got back together & got married again…for real, this time.

At the end, it’s not about doing what the world expects of you but what your heart tells you so. In the midst of hurt & anger, we still love. How do you deny that?

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love endures all.

1 Corinthian 13 (NIV):

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

Bare-d!

I just got my very own wetsuit last night and I’m very excited about it! 😀 It’s a full-sized Bare Velocity 3/2 with stretched neoprint – just like the one in the picture here. The normal price was RM595 but it was on discount, so I got it for RM490. Gosh! My wetsuit is even more expensive than my Mount Kinabalu package! Haha.

It all started because of my upcoming dive trip to Pulau Dayang this long weekend. I already have my mask & fins, then Gary said he will lend me his old BCD so that I don’t need to rent any equipment there. Then the only problem was that he couldn’t find a wetsuit to lend to me, so I thought perhaps it’s high time for me to get my own wetsuit anyway.

First, I went to this dive shop in Mid Valley called Dive Station Aquaventure, it’s on the same floor as the GSC cinema. I went in, walked around for at least 10 mins, there were 3-4 staff doing their own thing but none of them bothered to serve me. So, I walked off. Then, Seri Naga told me that he got some of his equipments from the Scuba Dynamics in Desa Sri Hartamas, and that the place offers a wider range of brands & equipments, and most importantly, at reasonable discounted prices. So, off I went last night. The guy there was very nice, friendly & helpful. Gee, I forgot to ask his name. Haha. But he’s a Malay chap and I was happy to buy from him.

Initially I had wanted to get a rash guard & board shorts, as they seem to be more flexible & comfortable. But after reading some comments & thinking it through, finally I decided that I might as well get a reasonably good wetsuit instead. The whole purpose of a wetsuit is to keep the body warm the entire time while in the water, because even in warm waters (like 27 deg C), one can get into hypothermia without proper insulation. The rash guard, unfortunately, doesn’t help much in keeping the body warm. More info on wetsuit can be found in Wikipedia.

So now that I’m finally Bare-d…I am all ready to rock & roll, baby! Woohoooo…..!! 😛

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