car registration shoud be easy

kinamulatan ko na may saksakyan kami sa pampanga, a Toyota Tamaraw built in the 70s. and more or less, i’ve known how owning a car meant more responsibilities but at the same time, i’m not sweating it since i thought i knew most about car ownership.

i was wrong.

save for changing tyres, i’ve usually designated the maintenance of the car to the experts. i mean (i think) i know how to do a basic oil change and replacing parts like spark plugs, but because the car is brand new, car troubles are minimal. and after 3 years of hassle-free driving, i encounter the first major hurdle in dealing with the government regarding the car: registration.

i’ve seen my dad do it every year and thought to myself it was going to be a piece of cake. what i didn’t realize is that we’re in a different situation: the car was bought brand new. in Manila.

a few weeks ago, based on the car’s plate number (i know this part! woohoo!), we were due for registration after 3 years. i brought the car to Pampanga since 1.) we always go to Pampanga often anyway, 2.) we get to visit at the same time, 3.) shorter queues! (imagine those cars you see on EDSA and C5 causing traffic trying to register on the same month on the same week. 1/4 of the 1/10 of over 1.74 million cars. no thank you.)

after having it inspected at LTO, we were told to get an emission test as required. and here is where the trouble started.

apparently, the car’s plate hasn’t been entered into the LTO database yet. this puzzled me since we’ve had the car’s plates since 2014! i asked the LTO if they could do it there. the lady said because its original registration is from NCR, it should be entered in a NCR LTO office.

so instead of saving time, i just wasted it. i still had to drive back home.

my father theorized that when they released the plates and stickers, the dealer didn’t update the car’s registration to reflect the new plates. and that was such a disappointing thought. Toyota Bicutan has served us well ever since but this is quite a hassle.

i know car registration should be easy. i mean i’ve seen it done before. but different circumstances have different processes. the only thing i could think of positively about was that this was a lesson learned. and i can now say, “now i know!”

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new wipers for Percy

3 taon na pala akong nagmamaneho sa maynila. akalain mo yun?

3 taon nakikipagbuno sa mga jeep, bus, motorsiklo, at pedestrians. thank goodness i’ve come out unscathe… but i did nearly burn or blow-up the car. that was something. 😀

and yun lang ang maganda sa bagong kotse: wala gaanong sakit ng ulo. di kagaya pag 2nd hand, bigla na lang may lalabas na problema, kahit na well-maintained siya.

maybe advantage din ang nagagamit siya for both long and short trips… i get to periodically check the basics (BLOWBAG) and i know how to change a flat tyre. 😛 and ngayon, tag-ulan na naman. and napansin ko na the wipers have started skipping and streaking. manufacturers and experts “recommend” changing wiper blades annually (i.e. more money for them) but i didn’t bother. i just maintain them by cleaning them regularly. but having these symptoms and 3 years of use, i think it’s about time i replaced the wipers. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

11,000 Pesos for 25,000 km oil change?! Shell Service Center to the rescue! :D

Percy was due for another oil change as we reached the 25,000 km reading on the odometer. I don’t know if Toyota has some GPS or something connected to the car but about a week after, the casa called in and told us we were due for an oil change (but come to think of it, it’s pretty much a regular thing now. from daily driving, it takes about 6 months before we need an oil change. i guess that’s where they got it? 😀 )

A asked for a quote for everything and this is what they came up with: 5,000 for the oil change and 6,100 for the aircon cleaning. we were like: WUUUUUUTTT???!

since the aircon is still doing well, even in this summer heat, we thought of dropping the cleaning. that’s 6,100 off… but then, there’s the oil change estimated at 5,000… which is still a pretty big amount for a little task. so after asking around the office, A was told that gas stations can do the same thing at an immensely cheaper price! Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

ano’ng kaba…

hep, wag muna sabayan si Tootsie Guevara at pakinggan mo kuwento ko. jowk! 😛

k fine. sige na, kakantahin mo naman kahit sabihin kong huwag. LOL!

anyway, medyo kabado lang kaninang umaga. A had to get to work by 6AM. woke up at 430 to get baon ready. di puwede ang medyo komplikadong ulam kaya corned beef lang ang kinaya.

medyo late nagising yung ihahatid ko kaya medyo nag-aalangan na ako. at kinakabahan… bakit? dahil coding ang sasakyan. LOL!

medyo hindi naman photo-finish yung pagkahatid ko kay A or pagdating ko sa opisina (late siya ng 7 mins, maaga ako ng 10 mins), pero andaming pumapasok sa utak ko habang nagmamaneho: paano kung may aksidente? trapik yun. tapos masa-stuck ako along EDSA. what if mag-C5 na lang ako? eh paano kukng doon naman yung aksidente?

i had that thing in my mind since an ominous accident occurred at Makati cor. Ayala Ave. just before we passed it. malas nila. good thing i was on the right lane (figuratively and literally speaking).

all is well that ends well na ba after i got to work? well, maybe… kaso ang kalaban ko naman ngayon ay antok… and dahil coding nga, 8pm pa ako makaka-labas ng opisina mamaya. awuuhuuu…

Tayo na sa Antipolo… at Tanay. :D

you know what i realized with this one? a nature getaway for the weekend is really really possible! plus, i got to know the limitations and capabilities of our car, weaving through the ‘bitukang manok’ (chicken intestines) of the foothills of Rizal!

so, this is the weekend getaway/birthdaycation gift to two of the important men in A’s life: our little bundle of kulit, and her father!

our first stop was the Antipolo Cathedral, a.k.a. the definitive destination for your car blessing. we didn’t go there to have the car blessed, but to hear mass. unfortunately we were a bit late leaving the house (as is common with pinoys, eh?) so i opted to go to adoration instead, albeit a quick one as the little guy was getting fussy outside the chapel.

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TIP: let yourself be guided to a parking slot if you are unfamiliar with the area. they’re really hard to find. we easily were found by one and offered us their homemade goodies. not sure if the prices were a bargain but the quality seemed pretty good as was the taste.

our next stop was the actual gift to the main celebrant: Pinto Art Museum. my father-in-law has a great appreciation for the arts, often looking at (and sometimes buying) paintings. no, these aren’t those “branded” ones — just the ones that he fancies (although i really think he wants one of them. i just don’t know yet his actual preference/ taste in paintings).

it was my first time in Pinto Art Museum as well. we still had our guide with us, leading our way in a scooter. we gave him P50 for the trouble although he didn’t ask for any. entrance to the subdivsion (road user’s/parking fee?) where the museum was located is P20.

at first, you would think, ‘yeah. this is nice and cozy.’ but once you explore it, you’ll need half a day or more to fully appreciate everything. and because it’s in antipolo, you have to be prepared for a lot of stair climbing. but the cool breeze and numerous resting spots help you get through the entire museum. we even had a snack in between our exploration of the entire place.

TIP: apparently, there are guided tours. perhaps when the little one isn’t little anymore, we could go with a guided tour to better explain the entire museum to us. i overheard a couple with a guide and the little trivia you’d here about the place would surely enrich the visitor experience a lot. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

quick wash in katipunan

being a busy parent can make you lose time for a lot of things. the weekends aren’t for relaxation but for doing those things you couldn’t do while rushing off to work — ironing clothes, doing the laundry, cleaning the house, folding dry clothes… and here’s one that i wish i could easily do as i did before: washing the car.

it was therapeutic for me when i washed the jeep and the car sometimes. yes, my arm hurt the next day from buffing the polish but it was enjoyable. in a limited space, washing a car is such a hassle. you have lots of things to avoid bumping into and getting wet. so one evening on my way home, i decided to get the car washed ‘professionally’ nearby.

Xpress Autoserv is along Esteban Abada parallel to Katipunan Avenue. i only had time and money for a car wash (P120) but i really wanted to have the car waxed, specially now it’s rainy season.

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i arrived with two others being serviced. i just got my valuables out of the car, left my bag and some change and other stuff inside. when i said i was just having a wash, they immediately went to work. now what’s included in your P120-car wash? a foam shampoo, wiping of interior panels and dashboard, vacuum of interior, washing of mats, and tire black. all that done in under 30 minutes!

some would complain of swirl marks. but we don’t own an expensive car. besides, swirl marks can be remedied later when i can get the car detailed. (i’m planning on doing that. specially to remove those battle scars the car has acquired throughout the years). for now, the wash to remove dirt and grime on Percy is enough.

tire vulcanizing: the right way and the modern way

so i got a puncture yesterday. actually didn’t know about it until i was about to leave the office last night. reversing out of the parking lot, i thought i ran over a tree branch or a cat so i went out of the car and checked what it was all about. then i see this nice flat rear tire on the car and called A immediately to tell her what had happened.

not having done this in quite a while, i was surprised how i immediately knew what to do, like it was second nature to me. (thanks dad!) so i took out the tools, the jack, and immediately got down to business. in less than 15 minutes, i had the flat tire out, the spare tire in, and drove home immediately. i thought i’d have the puncture repaired tomorrow on my way to work. but having a spare tire that’s also been punctured and vulcanized doesn’t spark much confidence. but i made it home.

this morning, i had to look for a tire shop nearby. living in a crowded community, most of the shops are the old-fashioned vulcanizing shops that use a rubber patch to repair small holes. well, it’s what i was familiar with even growing up. i paid P250 for two punctures (apparently, there was another smaller puncture due to a small screw. good thing i have relatively new tires that have thicker tread) coz i really didn’t know how much a repair costs nowadays.

Magpatuloy sa pagbasa