After two years of driving Carly, her parts started to break down one by one and I had to make that decision to part ways with her. I did the final batch of repairs & put her up on sale but it wasn’t that easy. Even that was a process that built my faith & character. This is the story of how I said goodbye to Carly and welcomed Monsour, my brand new car.
If you live in Manila, it goes without saying that the terrible traffic is no stranger to you. On a non-traffic day, it would usually just take me 30 minutes from my place in Makati to Ortigas. On a regular traffic day, that 10-kilometer stretch would take an hour and a half to two hours. Imagine my frustration when it took two hours from Magallanes to the Ayala Tunnel and another two hours from there until Ortigas. It was so strange because it didn’t rain that day, I left at 2pm, there were no road closures or whatever and when I checked Waze, there weren’t any accidents on my route at least.
On regular traffic days, I usually prepare my playlist of songs so I can do my vocalisation and practice in the car. It does work–I mean I get to entertain myself. But during that four hour stretch, naubos playlist ko. Pati Podcasts ko played na lahat, nasa traffic pa din ako. 😦 Anyway, here’s one of them random driving days when I thought of doing Princess impressions. Enjoy!
I’ve been to Pico de Loro thrice. All those times, there was someone else driving and I’d be on board a much bigger vehicle. When I found out that my supposed companion couldn’t make it to the trip, I braced myself to drive alone to the wedding I was hosting. I checked Google Maps.
Two hours and thirteen minutes or two and forty? Not so bad, I thought. I’ve spent longer on EDSA. I still checked Waze for the step by step directions but I think my trip stretched on to three and a half hours. 😦 Check out my driving adventure, the wedding, a quick tour of Pico de Loro and the creepy, dark drive from Pico de Loro to Manila. Congratulations to Mark and Nix!
Finally got my car’s aircon fixed!
When in traffic, instead of getting all irritated (which happens naman to me no, I’m a normal person), try to make light of the situation by doing a traffic report for…JESSICA SOHO!
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|This is what the starter solenoid looks like. Photo not mine.|
- There are mechanics who make extra money by deceiving people.
- Mechanics/car shops usually have deals with suppliers from Banawe or Evangelista.
- It’s important to monitor what’s being done to your car. If you can’t be there physically, you can either have someone check on it for you or keep calling the talyer/car shop and ask for updates. Ask your relatives and friends who know a lot about cars of the approximate prices of car parts and if its advisable to get surplus or original.
- When dealing with car shops on the phone, it is very important to be firm and authoritative. As a customer, you can demand them to tell you what the mechanics are doing to your car and what the diagnosis is. As much as it’s good to be nice when talking to them on the phone and dealing with them face to face, based on experience, they translate nice behavior as “Pwede ‘tong lokohin/pagka-kitaan”. I’m not saying that being rude and angry will scare them. You just have to be firm, show them you mean business and you’re not gonna take their BS.
- For girls like me, it helps to have a guy friend/relative/cousin to accompany you when you go get your car checked/repaired. In my case, I always count on my dad but since he was out of town when it happened, I had to bug my co-workers and friends!
How about you? Any bad/unpleasant encounters with shady mechanics? Tell us your story by leaving a comment! Hope to hear from you! 🙂