The Long Break

A quarter year has just passed! Poof! While I was a way few things happened…

Family matters

Little did I realise the impact of my parents growing older to us children. Though they are still healthy and able to walk, they are no longer the energetic mum and dad of my childhood years. My parents came over and stayed with me for a month, in between I brought my dad to see a trusted cardiologist, a friend of my uncle. It was necessary to seek a second opinion,  the doctors who treated him in Borneo Medical Centre couldn’t give us a closure of what was wrong with his health despite us paying hefty medical bills. Now that we know that his health is okay and he just have to take his medication religiously, we are less worried now.

The quitting thought

I have, for some time, considered quitting blogging. I hesitated for almost a week whether or not to renew this expiring domain. I renewed the domain, at last! Call me indecisive.  Most times I do not know what to do with this blog, hence the thought of shutting down this blog. But then there are sugary memories. Such irony!

The stress

Life is without doubt stressful. Work is stressful with piles of applications to go through and several projects to manage. Other than that work is pretty manageable. Being an introvert, people related issues stressed me up more than anything else. I try to shut myself off from these negative people. The people in my life should be a source of reducing stress, not causing more to it.

The planning

While I was away I’ve charted out some plans for this year. The primary being sitting for my professional engineer assessment. Next up the upcoming World Youth Day pilgrimage and Europe trip, I’m looking forward to this trip. I missed the three WYDs (Sydney, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro). Finally after 8 years!

The coming back

I hope it’s not to late to wish everyone a happy and blessed Easter! After a long hiatus from choir, by God’s grace I was asked to sing the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) on this very special Easter Vigil where Christians anticipate the joy of Christ’s resurrection.

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Ciao,
Daniel

Not a Collector

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I’ve got to admit that I make impulse purchase for a great number of times thinking it’s cool to have this planner or that spanking new toy.

I ended up not writing on that Starbucks planner, or taking pictures with the camera anymore, or wearing that blazer I thought was cool, or that special edition Starbucks’s tumbler, or that facial wash, or that extra earphones I thought I needed as a spare.

“It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.” ~Robert A. Cook

Experience and passage of time has taught me to adjust my priorities and my wants vs needs, hence forth this post after a long hiatus.

To remind myself not to make any more impulse purchase, I’ve started selling off the items I no longer collect or use. By getting rid of the stuffs I owned, I’m learning to detach myself from material things. It’s no shame to admit that most people love their stuffs, and they love acquiring more stuffs.

For us guys, we do not have that much of emotional attachment towards material stuffs. I know my sister wouldn’t give away her unwanted items let alone earning some income by selling her used goods.

Also by selling off those things that I never used and don’t really care about, I’m creating more physical space for my house. The money goes to my savings for the upcoming World Youth Day and also paying of debt. The clothes that I do not fancy wearing will be donated to someone else.

My money habit for this year is experience over things – stop spending, scale back, live lean..

 

Keeping it on the down low

I turned 31 two months ago.

The other day I was scrolling down my Facebook feed, one by one just like travelling back to the past. Looking back, I can say that I was definitely more excited about birthday. Weeks before my birthday, I would make sure to post hints and double-check that my friends can see my birthday on Facebook. I’d get dozens of greetings and well wishes, and of course meals and cakes.

This year has been different. I did not mention to anyone. On my birthday, I learned how to celebrate my own life. I took the day off from work, sent my car for servicing, had my driving license and identity card renewed. I merely wanted to be happy on the day, dolce far niente, which I was. There was no anticipation or expectation of who I will be meeting on that day. Most of all not having to juggle between different groups of friends.

Evening came, my youngest sister asked me out for dinner and we had western food. That’s just all. As I grow older, I realise that I prefer the simple pleasures life brings. Throughout the day, only a few close friends sent their wishes which I took time to reply each one of them.

And I thank everyone who made my weekend a memorable one. A special hand crafted cake from a friend and a heart-warming steamboat session with the friends.

I’m glad that I made that choice of keeping it on the down low.

Cheers to 31!

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Golden 30,000km with Toyota Vios

A year and a half later, here comes another update on the Vios (2013 edition).  Previously I’ve blogged about the car’s fuel efficiency and maintenance cost for the first 5,000km mark. A few readers lamented on the high fuel consumption of this model (in comparison to a Persona). There are a lot of reviews out there, internationally or locally, has praised or mocked this car. The purpose of this article is to lay down the day-to-day fuel usage.

Let’s look at what the stats are for an urban driver who only for a few occasion drove to places like Penang, Cameron Highlands and Johor. On normal days I drive to work with an average mileage of 55km a day, which is typical for a city dweller.

The golden 30,000km mileage! A friend of mine took this picture while I was driving.

In my previous post, I claimed that the car has an average fuel efficiency of 12.5 km/l (8.0 l/100km). After driving it for while, it seems that the fuel efficiency has increased a little to 13.31 km/l (7.51 l/100km).

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On long journey drive (i.e. highway drive for outstation trip), the car is rather fuel-saving with a consumption of 16.16 km/l which translate to about 523 km of distance for a full tank. Where as for city drive,  worst case, the car only delivers a meager 323 km or roughly 11.00 km/l. From my observation, I can say that I expect to munch an average of 400km.

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What gives? Since I am no automotive engineer or mechanic, I’d like to get some comments on the performance of the 1.5 litre VVT-i engine on long journey drive, normal drive and bad traffic drive. Feel free to leave your comment.

This is just a short post. Will update on the maintenance cost when I’m free.