Archive for 2008 年 04 月

A run that led to TTSH A&E

I just woke up. A simple act that last nite, i thought wouldn’t be possible.

I went home from work and decide to do something healthy. Had a “simple" training run in my mind for the past few days to boost up running speed and reaction. Since the run was supposed to be simple, i pushed my bike out, thinking that i will cycle round the neighborhood to check out the various fuel stations.

The run was thought to be simple. I will sprint the distance spanning between 4 pillars under the MRT tracks and without stopping, reduced to 3 and 2. It something like shuttle run except the distance varies and is overall longer.

The first 2 attempts were alrite. I came in at 31sec but the third one was a killer. I nearly fell after turning but managed to carry on. But once i am done, i felt very terrible.

My chest felt tight, even though i was panting, i couldn’t seem to breath enough. i barely managed to keep myself walking back home and realised that how un-conditioned i am.

Once back home, i didn’t feel like biking anymore. Luckily i didn’t. I tried to take a bathe but once the water from the showerhead fall on me, i nearly black out. My vision was blurred and my head felt like it wasn’t there. I cannot stand straight and had to squat down a couple of times. It sure feels like i am going to black out anytime inside the toilet.

With my heart still pounding strongly and me still trying to catch my breath, i tried to remain conscious to get out of the toilet. Once out, i just slumped onto the sofa and didn’t move at all. I dozed off.

After dinner, i could still feel some throbbing pain in my chest and so went down to the nearest clinic. She saw my condition and wrote a refer letter to Tan Tock Seng A&E. She felt that my heartbeat was simple too fast for my age and something had to be done.

My brother dropped me and my mum at the A&E. Soon after registration, an ECG was done on me. After this, i waited for very long (watched 2nd half of Supernatural, Survivor and some crap show after that) before the doctor saw me. He wanted me to stay overnight for observation and blood test every 4 hours. A chest X-ray was also done.

It was about 1am so i got my mum to go back home first while i was asked to lie on a bed to stay for observation. My heartbeat was slowing down pretty much by then but i could still feel that its working very hard.

At dawn break, the doctor told me that both my ECG results and blood tests are OK. Unable to determine any cause, he recommend an appointment with the specialist one month later. And i was discharged.

It surely feel like i was going to go last nite. All because of that stupid run.


COE price drop


Price of Cat A COE has drop from $16.9k to $15.6k.

Too TL to explain here what this means, anyway, this means i most probably got a COE and can proceed to register a vehicle soon.

Still, i am pissed to the brim.


Not telling anyone

I haven’t been telling people i see that i just booked a car over the weekend. So far, my parents, my brother, 66.6% and one colleague get to know about it. My gf has yet to tell her parents since she expected her parents’ reaction is to ask why we don’t get a flat first.

Booking a car is something to be happy, isn’t it?

So why am i keeping this to myself?

I am not too sure. One thing i cannot stand and wish to avoid is having everyone asking me what is the car i buy lah, how much i pay lah, or telling me what to do when i get the car, what not do etc. Getting advices from people who are more experienced is good, but too much of it can be real irritating and frustrating. So i only ask when and what i want to know instead of people bombarding me with loads of information that i need to filter.

I told my parents because i think they deserve to know. I asked my brother and one colleague for advices because i think they know more than me and most importantly, i know they won’t bug me. 66.6% knows because they just do.

So although i am itching inside to shout “I just booked my favorite car!!!!", i know i won’t. At least not yet.

Car buy

After like almost 2 weeks of eager anticipation, we (my gf and i) went down to Champion motors yesterday.

Was still a little comprehensive at first. After our routine roller-blading session, we went to the MacD nearby and I tried to calculate all the possible monthly installments that i would face if the loans are anything from one year to seven.

Taken at the loan interest rate of 2.5% quoted, that would means an annual interest of $750. The more years i stretch, the more $750 i will pay. Between paying more interest and having enough left of my miserable pay, we picked 5 years. I will still have enough to eat and buy Autocar mag monthly, but have to cut down on movies and unnecessary spendings. So for the next five years, i will have to tighten my belt.

A 2min drive from the MacD got us to the showroom. I didn’t feel any of the eagerness nor the excitement. My brother had earlier advised me not to show that i am desperate for the car or the SE will be more reluctant to throw in freebies for the deal. But it wasn’t my bro’s advise that got me to act the way i did. I just cannot bring myself to the same emotional level when i left the showroom last weekend.

I had an appointment with the SE. He seem glad to see me although i have already gave my word that i will be there. Probably its because he knew that i am considered an easy customer. I didn’t really bargain very hard for freebies.

We discussed again the loan deals and he offered an improved package. Lower interest rate, guaranteed COE bidding and more cash discounts but the visors and OPC coupons are no longer valid. I took all this into mind and poked my calculator to know that this is a better deal that was previously offered. For the visors and the car alarm, he offered to get discounts from an outside workshop after i get the car.

We then discussed when is a good time to take delivery of the car. Didn’t want to pay a higher insurance premium during my 28~29 yrs old period. The savings, as a result of getting the car 2 months later sum up to twenty over dollars. Didn’t feel like its worth the wait so i agreed to getting the car at the earliest possible time, pending COE availability.

So while the SE was preparing the documents and the GF was trying to understand the whole package, i wandered off and loitered around the showroom. I found myself getting into not the SX-4, but the Grand Vitara, something that i can always like but can never buy. While in the seat, i wondered how this SUV will drive like. Maybe i should arrange for a test drive someday.

After all the signing of the loan applications and order forms, the SE thanked us for our support and we left the showroom. just before we get to the car, we remembered on the car plate number and hurried back to our SE to inform him that numbers starting with “4″ is no-no. Assured of that, we finally leave the place.

Overall experience? Well, this is my first time getting a car. And a car that i have my eyes on since its launch at Dec 2006 car show. Its a car that both me and the GF liked very much (although she later deviated and wanted the sedan). Am i happy? I think i am. Am i looking forward to getting the car? I think so. The SE made this an overall pleasant experience with his earnest attitude and knowledge of the car. On the whole, i am happy with his services so far.

Already now, i am jumping the gun and starting to look around on how to take care of a new car. Read somewhere that Paint Protection system (PPS) is recommended but pretty costly. Stuffs that make the car more economical, like voltage stabilizers and air filters are good to have too. I am not sure if i can take good care of a car. Maybe its because of this reason, why i lost that passionate level of anticipation.

Hyundai Accent

Can a Hyundai Accent beat a Skyline GTR?

See here.

No more from SAF!

Its been 3 days since i gotten news that i am now under the status of “Mindef Reserves" and i still cannot quite believe it.

No more IPPT (and the RT that follows).

No more recall manning.

No more in-camps (i am gonna miss this…)

I am still waiting for the golden letter to arrive at my letterbox. That letter will be the official announcement that i am no longer needed by Mindef unless in times of war.

No more IPPT.

No more RT.

No more recall.

I need to keep repeating to drill all these into my head.

Just few days before, i was still worrying on how to pass the IPPT before my birthday is due. I haven’t been running since i came back from Taiwan last year dec and have no intention to start soon. Running has never been one of my favourite activities. I would dread having to attend RT again. All the time wasted travelling to and from the camp. Yucks.

Now that i am no longer forced to run, i may actually be more motivated to do so. My health hasn’t been the best lately due to my sedentary lifestyle. Its time i start tearing my butt of the chair and do some running, cycling or swimming. Its time to do so, when the weather starts clearing.

Suzuki’s latest – Cervo

Stumbled onto this accidentally a while ago and tot i would just post some pictures here.

Suzuki has been actively bringing out new models in addition to old names like Swift and Grand Vitara to expand their market share. The Cervo is the latest from Suzuki famous for kei cars in Japan. Available with a 660cc engine mated to either an auto gearbox with Tiptronic or a manual to power 4WD or 2WD. The fuel consumption is an impressive 23Km/lit! Lets hope that Suzuki brings this cute car to our shores.