Category Archives: kotse kotse ko

closing a chapter

i realized this over the weekend and found myself having a bittersweet smile on my face.

alam niyo yung last wish ko? finally, nagkatotoo na. but not in the way i had in mind.

my brother-in-law sold some land and bought a car. a van actually. so, yeah. i guess last wish granted?

it’s my sister’s family car so technically it’s not a wish granted but from my point of view, it’s what my dad would have wanted — a car that everybody can use and actually earn from (rent-a-van ba?). 🙂 Continue reading closing a chapter

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mamili ka, lindol o baha?

when i see this place in marikina, i begin daydreaming of living near the riverbanks since the LGU has developed it that it becomes a meeting place for a lot of people. there are a lot bikers, joggers, and people that just stroll around. street food abound in plenty but there are other options inside the mall…

then i remember that we’re in a valley, prone to flooding (hello ondoy) and earthquakes.

so NOPE.

still, it’s a little refuge in the city where not everything’s concrete.

breaking-up with Uber

yes, dahil feeling ko pinagkanulo ako ng Uber. gumawa-gawa pa ako ng post dahil sa maganda nilang serbisyo tapos after 4 years, ganito na lang? iiwan na lang ako? may pa-anniversary-anniversary gimik ka pa sa email na “Woohoo! 4 years na tayo!” tapos in the end, iiwan mo din pala ako.

why does it really feel like a breakup story?!

maybe it’s because i’ve experienced such great service and then i was hoping that this is what the future of cab commuting will be like: no choosy drivers, request from your phone and wait for his arrival. yes, Grab is an upgrade to the usual taxi but they are still able to choose passengers based on their drop-off location and (based on my experience during 1-month suspension of Uber), they force passengers to cancel their booked rides. also, Grab isn’t as customer-oriented. a complaint on Uber would almost immediately have them email you and ask about your unpleasant experience. with Grab on the other hand (based on my officemates’ stories), you’d be lucky to get a reply in a week!

So now, andito na nga tayo. I can still use Uber daw when I travel abroad where Uber is available. cheap, efficient public transport is available where i often visit. di ko kailangan Uber doon. besides, i don’t travel that much. i need Uber HERE. IN MANILA. BECAUSE REGULAR CABS ARE HELL (save for some great companies).

 

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!”

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. Continue reading new wipers for Percy

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! Continue reading 11,000 Pesos for 25,000 km oil change?! Shell Service Center to the rescue! 😀

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…