21 August 2010

A few weeks from now many of us we'll be going back to our hometowns to celebrate Raya. Therefore it is prudent that we get our cars serviced before making the long return trip. As usual I went to my Proton Savvy specialist workshop in Puchong Perdana, R.S Auto. This time we got the timing belt kit replaced apart from the usual service. The towkey was quite surprised that we waited until the car clocked past 100,000KM before changing the belt. Usually people change that thing after 70,000KM. If it snaps while we were driving, say good bye to our engine. Scary stuff.

R.S Auto may not be the best or comfortable service center that I've been to. There's no air-conditioned lounge to relax in or comfy sofa to sit on. No free flowing drinks, magazine or WiFi to hook up to. However one thing they are committed to is not to rip you off. They tell you what is actually wrong with your car and only replace parts if only absolutely necessary. Like when I service my car there, they didn't replace the spark plug or air filter cause they're still good and usable. And most of the spare parts and charges there is a lot cheaper than what they charge you at Proton service centers for example. The timing belt for example is RM200 cheaper than Proton. Honesty and value for money, two things you'll be hard-pressed to find these days.

15 August 2010

Did you know? Studies have shown that apart from public speaking is the second thing that people feared the most even more than death at second place?

A few weeks ago my classmates and I had to present a speech in front of the class about something. Save for one or two, I think we were all terrible speakers, me included. That's why I don't become teachers or politicians.

11 August 2010

Yesterday Muslims all over the world started to observe fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, my family not excluded. Maybe he's a little bit excited but Adam said he wanted to fast too, just like his Mom and Pop. So we said, "then you'll have to wake up for sahur early in the morning". And so he did. Woke up around 5:00 AM yesterday to eat with us. Mia who happens to wake up as well, joined us.

So later in the evening I asked, "Did you eat or drink anything today, Adam?". And he said "No I didn't eat at all! Except for a drink when I was so thirsty". Later when pressed on by his mother he finally said "okay la maybe I ate a couple of biscuits in the afternoon, but that's all!". Well, we didn't expect you to succeed fasting on the first day anyway. We'd be surprised if you did. You willingness to begin fasting is good enough. You're only 6 years old by the way. It's a good start.

1 August 2010

There is a time in a young Muslim's life where one started to learn to recite the Qur'an. We feel that time is now for Adam Farihin. Fortunately for us, there happens to be one Qur'an reading teacher at our surau downstairs. So we just bring Adam for his learning sessions every Monday and Wednesday.

The Ustaz or teacher is actually a real school teacher who does this after school. Apart from teaching the young ones, he earns some extra income as well. There are about 10 students in his class for now. So far Adam did quite well. Thanks to his kindergarten who taught him some basic Qur'an reading in the past 2 years or so.