CMCO Day 144 ~ Saturday, 31 October 2020

Today is the last day of October 2020, which means that we only have two more months before we bid adieu to 2020!  With Covid-19 around for the long haul and the Government imposing intermittent lockdowns, I wonder how 2021 will fare for us.

I’ve been wondering lately whether we will get to celebrate Christmas with loved ones this year. What about Chinese New Year in February next year? When will we be allowed to travel back to Ipoh again?  Will Alycia be able to sit for SPM in early January 2021 as planned? Her school hasn’t even decided on the new trial SPM dates.  As it is now, schools are still closed in the Klang Valley.  There’re so much unknowns in the near future.

This year has been such a challenging year for our family and many other people. It’s a year that not only the whole world is fighting an immortal invisible enemy that’s constantly mutating and evolving to become even more indestructible, it’s a year that many people lost their livelihood and lives 😭.  The latest economic casualty to be hit by this pandemic is Robinson’s.  All their outlets in Malaysia and Singapore will be shuttered for good 😔.  Also announced in the recent news is the indefinite closure of all cinemas in Malaysia.

Last month, our family friend lost his battle to Shingles. Just a few days ago, another close friend was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  Today when I was reading updates on my Facebook page, I was shocked to read the sudden demise of a friend who was in her early 40s.  😢  This year has been nothing short of tragic for many of us.

Yesterday I again asked Alycia what’s her choice of degree course to pursue in university and her reply was “I’m not sure now. Let’s survive this pandemic first”.  True that.  We can only take one day at a time now. Planning ahead does not seem viable anymore now.  We’re currently still in the midst of a terrible war – WWIII.  Let’s just enjoy today because we’re not even sure what’s going to happen tomorrow, like my friend who passed away unexpectedly yesterday.

We haven’t gone out to have our meals for over 2 weeks now. Even though 5 people are now allowed to be seated at a table in an eatery, the ironic SOP states that only 2 people are allowed in a car. It doesn’t make sense that both hubs and I have to drive our cars just so our family can dine together outside… and one of us has to be seated at another table (or 3 at a table) as there are 6 of us in the family.

Hubs and I haven’t had our alone couple time for breakfast or lunch together these days, as he’s back to doing bento box delivery and must be in his shop to supervise his staff.  On several occasions recently, his staff messed up some orders.  When orders are screwed up in a food delivery business, it’s often costly and may leave a negative impression on the customer. Thus, hubs has to be at his shop to check every single order before it leaves the shop, which is very time consuming.

My breakfast today of half boiled Japanese pearl eggs / Sakura eggs:

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Getting a Car Ready to Sell

If it’s time to sell your car to make way for a new one in your life, there are a few things you should do before putting an add in Craigslist or putting a “for sale” sign in the window. Just like staging a house will help you get the best price, completing basic maintenance on your vehicle will help you get top dollar as a trade-in or directly from a buyer.

Fix the Outside

Before you present your car to a potential buyer, make sure the outside looks as good as possible. Invest in scratch and dent removal Grapevine TX because even little door dings could make the car look like it wasn’t taken care of. Replace or fix cracked windshields and side mirrors. Consider replacing your license plate holder if it’s too personalized or warped. Right before you show it, get the car washed and waxed so the paint gleams.

Fix the Inside

Getting your car shampooed and detailed is a must. You may have lived with the spilled coffee stain in the seat, but a buyer might use it as an opportunity to ask for a lower price. Clean, and if need be, replace the floor mats. Check underneath all seats that fold up. Where they latch to the floor of your car is a magnet for dropped French fries and pennies. Clean the insides of windows as well, removing smashed mosquitoes and dog slobber for a clear view. Spray new car scent or something fresh like peppermint inside.

Organize Your Paperwork

Clean out your glove box and console and organize all the important papers related to the car in one folder. That way, the potential buyer can quickly flip through to see when the tires were last replaced, and the oil was changed. It will also show that you cared enough about your car to keep up with its records.

Saying goodbye to your old car can be sad, but you’ll feel better knowing that you sent it off to its new owners looking great and for the best price.

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