Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mini Cooper

Sigh, I still dream of owning and driving a Mini Cooper. I could not find any used or second-hand Mini Cooper here in Davao. I only saw its counterparts, like Honda Fit, Daewoo Matiz, Hyundai Getz.

But I am not losing hope.

In a few years, one of those Mini Coopers in the market will be mine.

“You will be mine someday.”

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Monday, July 19, 2010

How to Check Used Car before Buying

Two weeks ago, we were hunting for a used vehicle to be utilized in the farm. According to experts, purchasing a used or second-hand vehicle is always a gamble. But thankfully there are ways to make a wise decision when it comes to buying such vehicle.

How to check a used car before purchasing it

Inspect the car body. Look for cracks, dents, worn wipers, etc. When you look at the reflection of the car that has not been into an accident, you will not see any ripples. The body lines are straight. You should also check the paint if it does not have any mismatched colors. Corrosion can be discovered by sticking a magnet to the most common places where rust occurs, like lower door panels.

Unfortunately, I was not able to bring a magnet while inspecting those vehicles.

Check the appearance of the tires. Irregular wear on one side means alignment or suspension problems.

Scrutinize the VIN. Look for any signs of altering.

Interior. According to experts, the interior of the car is as important as the car's engine. Hence, look for any signs of excessive wear and tear. If the car has been flooded, it will emit bad odor no matter how hard you try to get rid of it using an excessive air freshener.

I removed the freshener installed in those vehicles to smell their natural odor. To be safe, we only inspected vehicles with Davao plate.

Engine. As regards to this matter, it pays to hire a trusted mechanic to check the engine.

Test drive it. This is one of the best things about inspecting a used car.

I had the chance to drive a Mitsubishi Strada automatic transmission, even though the seller/owner knew I could not afford the price.

We used these and other factors as our guide in helping us find a perfect used car.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Summary

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen R. Covey

1. Be proactive. (Not sure yet if I'm doing it right.)

2. Begin with the end in mind. (Still trying…)

3. Put first things first. (I failed...most of the time)

4. Think win/win. (I am)

5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. (Kind of difficult to do)

6. Synergize. (I am taking my first step tomorrow)

7. Sharpen the saw. (I need to go back to the first habit to be successful.)

These are the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People given by Stephen R. Covey, a well-known consultant and author. I borrowed it from my brother and I am on my way to the finish line, hoping to have a favorable outcome in applying them into my life.

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Christiano Ronaldo is not perfect after All

Ah, Christiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal National Team. He is one of the reasons I am hooked to FIFA World Cup. He is one of those guys I wanted to see in the middle of the night watching 2010 FIFA World Cup. I always love to see him taking off his shirt while on the field. I thought he was perfect, he is after all an Armani underwear model.

While I was browsing photos of him to show some to my friend (who doesn't know he is), I came across this photo:
Yes, the bronze and beautiful soccer guy Christiano Ronaldo has distorted and discolored toenail that might be caused by Athlete's foot. Am I disgusted with this photo? Partly…

But this I cannot forgive. Was he trying to hold the "balls" of Spain's Sergio Busquets while fighting for the ball? 

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

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