Selamat Hari Raya


(Hari Raya is a celebration for all Malaysian too. Image source: http://mssniqub.wordpress.com)

Damn, most of us were counting on Thursday being day one of Raya (better luck next time, Anil) but still, we are looking forward for a short break for the week and a drive up to North.

Selamat Hari Raya to friends and readers, have a good weekend ahead and be safe on the road.

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After the Holidays


Slowly everyone is picking up the pace…

I managed to get the car serviced before its scheduled date – the overwhelming free time that I had was too good to be wasted on TV and lazing around at home and as it is a holiday season, my usual mechanics having more free time to properly check the car. I had a problem with the car’s brakes and the gear was a bit tough – I got both fixed.

After I drove the car back home, I realised my wife was still at work and there was no one around at home. It was almost noon and the sun was high over my head and crazy it may sound, I decided to wash the car – only then discovered rust like patches on the roof. There are also patches on the front. I wondered how I could have missed it.

The roof of the car had many rust like spots and I think I know why – ever since, my wife got her car, my car has been parked in the open and under the trees and on the weekends, we usually take her car instead mine. It is to save fuel (due Viva’s better fuel mileage) and also to run in additional mileage before the next service. When that happens, my car will remain at its place for days under the sun and rain. Over time, I guess my car’s paint surface must have given up, hence the start of rust.

(The last thing anyone wants on the car is rust especially on the painted areas. Image source: http://www.channel4.com)

But I realised the rust like patches was not like the rust that I have seen before – this one seems to be on the surface and without any rough areas. So before I start to panic – I decided to try to wipe off the ‘rust’ with car polish first (several rubs with the normal car shampoo did nothing to clear the rust like patches). At first, nothing happened but after several rubs, the rust like patch started to disappear and the original paint started to shine again. Major ‘disaster’ has been avoided and given me an excuse to alternate the shaded parking spot between mine and my wife’s car.

I realised that I cannot afford to leave the car under the sun and rain on a regular basis – the rust patches may not go away the next time. I also need to start back my usual 6 months once polish & wax session if I still want to preserve the paint quality – it is expensive, at least RM100 per session and that is what have put me off for the last 6 months.

On a quieter front…we had plenty of time for shopping items looking for the cheapest price tag and those under promotion, we also managed to find some ‘gems’. I also had some personal shopping to be done – mine for the long overseas deployment next month. There is a long list for this and I may even need to buy another suitcase just to carry foodstuff – high on the list are the usual suspects like instant noodles, instant oat meals, vacuum packed nuts and titbits, tea, tablets, etc.

The holiday was good but as many good things out there; it has to come to an end. The usual office work and the traffic jam will recommence from today and my departure date is looming closer.

Selamat Hari Raya


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To friends and readers, Selamat Hari Raya and Happy Holidays…it is going to be a long holiday starting from tomorrow.

Long holidays is a good opportunity to take the family out for a short trip, excellent food, get relaxed and come back for work more refreshed next week. There is a wedding dinner to attend and major shoppings to be done before my long overseas trip.

Almost Haircut


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We were back in Taiping for the holidays and true to my philosophy “Taiping is a rest area”, I did not venture out from the house for the last 3 days we were there.

It was perfect staying in my in-law’s house – there were good programs on Astro, a comfortable bedroom to take short naps (with no one to question), laptop for games & movies and of course, delicious home cooked food. Further it rained “cats and dogs” in the afternoon onwards. My son found plenty of things to do at home, so he was happy “locked up” in the house as well.

As for my wife, since she has been staying there for many years, somehow she got bored staying in the house. She had laid out a long list of things to do outside the house – shopping, visits to family and friends and go out for lunch / dinner.

One of the “important” things for her to do is to have haircut at her Chinese friend’s hair saloon. The thing is we reached Taiping on Saturday but until Sunday evening; my wife was still undecided whether to go for the haircut. “Later” she said but not contemplating the fact that the shop may close early or there may be many customers. We passed by the shop several times but each time, my wife decided to put off her visit to the hair saloon until the last minute.

Rain came and only then she decided to go for the haircut but when she arrived at the shop, she came back immediately – there was 5 customers waiting for their turn and the shop is indeed closing early (by the time it opens, we will be back to KL).

Lesson learned: Don’t put off pressing engagements for too long, especially on the eve of Chinese New Year

Time Out!


(Taiping has no beaches but I guess this is how me and my son will be lying down in bed in the house. Cartoon source: http://www.opensecrets.org )

I am finally taking my Deeparaya leave on Monday till Wednesday, driving up to one and only Taiping. There will not be any blog from me during this time but it gives me a good chance to be away from a computer for once (I am already spending like 8 hours in front of a computer at my work place everyday). This is also a good for me to relax and get ready some ideas & photos for the blog once I am back. Enjoy your weekend.