Monday, March 31, 2014

Window Shopping

Hubby and I went window shopping for cars over the weekend, and sad to say, we were kinda disappointed with the two giant Japanese models available in the Malaysian market. But before we go there, we have owned a MyVi since 2008, and it's a really good car.

Economical, zippy, spacious, all the trimmings for a good town-use car, and the price factor is also attractive as it is affordable. Lately we've been thinking of an upgrade, maybe something with a bigger boot space (the MyVi boot space is small, you can't fit a large suitcase in there). So we thought OK, let's take a look at the newly launch sedans, the Toyota Vios and Honda City. Both are under RM 100K, both seem practical and value for money, let's check them out. Yes I admit the Korean models didn't it our minds first, but we are considering them as well.

Image from Paultan.org
We took a spin on the new Vios G variant, and sadly, it felt like I was in a MyVi (and I was sitting at the back!). Despite the new interior, new dashboard, new exterior... The overall sensation of the car, just felt like I was sitting at the back of a MyVi (my first and foremost thought while on the test drive). I might as well get the 1.5L MyVi, it's cheaper and has the same engine capacity of the Vios. It really really felt like I was in a MyVi which was wrapped in another skin which cost twice as much. Pfffft!

We also asked to test drive the Toyota Altis 1.8L, but the salesperson said that model is not available for test drive, and the Altis V variant has no petrol.

Image from Motor Trader.
Next up, we drove to the Honda showroom and requested for the new City. The test drive car was the V variant, will all the trimmings of 6 airbags and touch-screen panel (the variant before has only 2 airbags. Yes you now have to pay for extra safety features). The steering was very very light, which makes the car very easy to maneuver. The experience only felt slightly better than the Vios, otherwise everything else is pretty much the same. 

Cars cost way too much in this country, and for such a hefty price, you would think car manufacturers will put more goodies in there for consumers (and expect things like airbags to be a given, not an optional feature). Maybe I'm living in a dream world, but to fork out over 100K for a better car, seems ridonculous in this country. 

Le sigh.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

#PrayforMH370



Day 9, we're still waiting for you to come home. Too many conspiracy theories are being thrown out there, and nobody has any conclusive evidence to determine your whereabouts. I hope you are safe.

#PrayforMH370

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Still Hopeful


Today marks a dark day in Malaysian aviation history. Flight MH370 has been reported missing for over 12 hours now, and the news that's been trickling in is not offering much glimmer of hope :(

Malaysians, and citizens from all over the world are now standing in solidarity, praying in union, and hope that some miracle may happen. And until the authorities confirm sightings and wreckage which really points to the ill-fated flight, I want to be hopeful. Namo amithaba.

#PrayforMH370

Friday, March 7, 2014

100 Happy Days



The sis and decided to partake in this #100happydays challenge. For 100 days, we will both Instagram a pic with a customized hashtag #siow100happydays

We will start the challenge from today, 7th to 26th April 2014. But if we can continue this trend till the end of the year, that will be a bonus :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Silent Retreat

Ever had this under-appreciated fleeting feeling before? One where you feel no matter how hard you try, how much effort you've put in, the labour (or non-labour) intense hours, the cracking of grey matter, the planning, the coordinating, the scheduling... at the end of the day only to have someone tell it to your face that it's all been nothing?

I had that one sentence thrown smack to my face yesterday, and it did not feel good at all. My problem is also when I am upset, I can't really hide my facial expression. You can see it straight up on my face, my eyes especially, that I am upset. You won't be able to tell if I am upset with you or at you, but you can tell I am upset. And after a while when I gained control, I will hide that upset feeling, bury it deep inside first, and only let it out later, much later.

And when I have days like that, I tend to pull myself into a smaller world, a world where I prefer to be by my lonesome. I will retreat, take several steps back, and recluse for a while. I will retreat back into my little comfort cave, and disconnect from the rest of the world for a while, only speaking to those whom I want to speak to.

And it's days like that I choose not to have a care in the world, and only do what I want to do. What makes me happy. After all, the big things in life keep you busy, it's the small things in life that keep you happy.


Monday, March 3, 2014

The Journey 2014

File:The Journey Theatrical Movie Poster(2014 Malaysia Movie).jpg
Image from Wikipedia

The Journey (一路有你) is a Malaysian Chinese film directed by a Malaysian film maker, and distributed by Astro Shaw. The story line is very simple, and very localized, which is probably why it has captured the hearts of many Malaysians young and old.

The story revolves between a father and daughter, daughter and life partner, friendship, culture, traditions, family, heritage, respect and taboos. It speaks volume about Malaysians and our rich culture, spread across different states. Using a few different languages and dialects to deliver the story, any Malaysian will be able to relate to this movie.

On top of that it makes a pretty good tourism video, taking you to places like Cameron Highlands, Penang, and Johor even. Heck, my parents watched this movie before I did even, and kept hampering me to go watch it. And I'm glad I did. You will too :)

If you haven't seen the movie yet, go watch it before it's over. Trust me, you will want to being your whole family. I'll leave you with the final song from the movie 'The Better Half', sang by one of the lead actor Ben Andrew Pfeifer, who plays the gwailo fiancé.


The other two songs in the movie are lovely too, here's the YouTube video for you to enjoy :)



Yo Mama So Fat