Thursday, January 27, 2022


Sometimes I do need my perfectionist to be more flexible than now. More often, I do not feel satisfied with one or another thing. Especially for the one that I love, like the mobile phone, or that time was my car. I could not see any scratch, even a spot. This has become my habit. I tried to fix it, but unfortunately, sometimes it is beyond my capability.

So, at this time, I tried my best and tried to embrace that was the best thing I could do. The result is reflected later. As long as I tried and worked it out, at least I gained something, learned something, and knew something that I did not know beforehand.

So, I have to always remember silver linings between dark clouds (Japanese proverbs).


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Our ride in Town

 It has been a while since we have our own car.

We thought that having a car is the best way to commute in here, especially when there are 4 of us, 3 and 6 yo children. It is quite a challenge when we were waiting to Grab or use public transportation. So, we decided to buy a used car here. Compare to Malaysia, the price of the car is more expensive than there. We are able to buy a new car, proton saga, which is brand new when we were in Malaysia. The price is affordable as we are able to buy it by installment. And the most important aspect is the economical consideration. New car's devaluations are higher and we prefer to use the money for another thing. So, here we go with our option of looking for a second-hand car. 

All right, what car then? so we are looking for a 7 seater car. There were a few options, Pajero, Fortuner, BRV, Innova, Sienta, etc. Then, it comes to the range of the manufactured year. We decided to have a maximum of 4-5 years old car which we assume may have fewer issues than the older one. We have done long research and sought from all online marketplace, mostly; And the conclusion comes for Sienta. a Toyota, which has been our reliable brand in the family. We had Soluna and then Vios when were in Indonesia. So Sienta, a 7 seater car with compact dimension we picked as it may give us convenience when we are driving through the alleys in here.

Then, we have found the car that we want. The research has been narrowed down until we find the best showroom car dealer. We choose Toyota Sure, based on our friend's recommendation. They have inspected and checked the car and refreshed it to almost as like a new one. So we did look for a couple of Toyota Sures across the river, First dealer had one which is beyond our budget. Then the second we have found two Sienta which were in our budget range. We checked and tested the car in the parking lot (which is a huge parking lot). We have found that this is the best car for us. We asked the price, negotiate the website's price. and voila, the car is booked.

for a 4 years car, we think it is very good. Pricewise and peace of mind have been given as it is a certificated by the Toyota itself. Hopefully, it will give us a fortune (berkah) for our family here.

NOTE: The pictures I got from my son and the agent that sold the car


Music Recalls Memory

 I had just recently bought a speaker for my son's laptop. The newly replaced sound module seems does not to work well. However, a second-handed bought from Facebook gave us a promising solution. 

The most interesting part is when I tried to play some music from the website and Spotify. The music list that I have reminds me of the exact time when I was listening to the music. For example, I am listening to Ikhlas by Dato' Siti Nurhaliza, my mind flies back to the moment when I was onboarding an AirAsia aircraft. I was back and forth Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur for a couple of months at that time. And this song has become my soundtrack every Monday morning. 

Currently, I am listening to sunflower, ost spiderman in the multiverse (apologize for the title). It reminds me of my son who is fonded to listening to this song and dancing. It was before his younger brother was born. We went to the movie to watch this and he was very happy. It was a joyful moment. 

I had an experience in studying in the UK. So, Coldplay and King of Convenience were the ones who accompanied me when I did my research and worked on my research on the weekend :)  

So, Alhamdulillah I do still remember each moment of the music I was listening to.