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Why I enjoy using UBER Malaysia

I didn’t have a good start with uber. Downloaded the app last year and was playing with it when it suddenly sent me a car hahaha. I had to email them to cancel the trip and they were very accommodating.

In hindsight, it was probably user problem but it did put me off from using it. I happily stuck with MyTeksi whenever I needed a taxi, which I had experienced no problems with other than some pretty old taxis.

Fast forward to this year, husband has been raving about uber as he uses it whenever he goes to places he knows he’s going to drink. He’s been praising the vehicle quality, the pleasant drivers and the superb customer service by uber (ie: refunding partial fare if driver took a longer unnecessary route etc).

So recently, I decided to give uber another go. The app is far more user friendly than I remember (maybe I have gotten smarter? lol) and it was a breeze to get a car.

I wanted uberX which was the cheapest option but there wasn’t any car available so I chose uberBLACK and applied the recent Ramadan promo “MYUBERRAMADAN” which offers free ride up to RM25 each between 4pm and 9pm daily until June 30.

So my driver came and picked me up in a brand new Teana and it was a really nice experience. My driver opened door for me and it was appreciated as I was baby wearing Liam. He was chatty but not annoying and I enjoyed conversing with him about kids. He told he me he enjoyed his job as an uber driver and it’s just overrall a really pleasant and positive experience.

I would gladly pay RM45 for the uberBLACK service as it’s quite a distance, but with the promo it was a proper steal!!

Anyway, I used uber again to meet Gareth at 1MK mall and this time I managed to get an uberX car. It’s a brand new KIA Cerato and I was happy with it. I was surprised to find that the ramadan promo code was still valid it was automatically applied to my fare so I ended up paying less than RM2 from Sri Damansara to Mont Kiara!!! Somemore I was so kiam I used the “fare split” feature with Gareth so he could pay half my fare but turned out I didn’t need to. Hahahaha.

Want to laugh when I see RM0.59 charged to my card LOL

Needless to say, I am an uber convert now!

Anyway, if you haven’t used uber before, please give it a go! You can sign up for a free trip up to RM20 HERE.

If you have already downloaded the app, you can also apply my promocode to get up to RM20 free for your first uber ride:

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I can’t wait to use it more often to go to the city and places with not so great parking. It’s such a great service and I can’t rave enough about it. BTW, this is not an advertorial!

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Hello Henry!

A few days ago, I took Suzy for one final wash by little old me. While watching it being washed down by those good fellas at our neighbourhood petrol station, I felt a tinge of sadness.

I really enjoyed Suzy. It took corners beautifully, it’s zippy, it’s pretty. It could be fast too, I had great times pushing little Suzy to 180kmh for no particular reason other than because it could. We had fun!

While I loved and enjoyed my Suzuki Swift aka SuzyGanas aka Suzy, it was time to say goodbye.

I picked up Henry a few days ago. Henry is my new Ford Focus TDCI. It runs on diesel and it is badass.

# – Meeting Henry for the first time.

I waited over a month for Henry simply because there was a nationwide shortage of black coloured TDCIs. But it’s all worth it in the end.

I hope you can try to guess why I name my new car Henry.

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Replacing Malaysian road tax without damaging your windscreen.

I believe I’m not the only one that doesn’t like the current Malaysian road tax. The old design was perfectly fine so I don’t know why they did away with it.

The current one looks better I guess and has its own adhesive for sticking onto a windscreen. HOWEVER, nobody warns that removing it would be a pain in the arse.

After a year in the sun, removal of the road tax would mean that it disintegrates with ugly glue marks left behind on the windscreen. In fact when you google Malaysia road tax, you’d be inundated with pictures of tragic road tax removal. Such as these:

# – Tragic 1.

# – Tragic 2.

I know people who just don’t remove an expired road tax at all, because it’s too much hassle. So they just slap on the new one right next to the old one and eventually have 1/2 of their windscreen covered in road taxes. My dad is one such person lol.

After a while, I realised that auto accessories shops like Brother or Eneos do sell plain car stickers for cradling road tax. They also have ones with branding on them but I just prefer plain, transparent ones.

# – Plain car stickers for cradling road tax.

All you have to do is laminate the road tax at a bookshop, put it on top of the plain sticker, then stick it onto the windscreen. Hence, there will be no adhesive contact with your windscreen at all.

# – Laminated road tax.

That said, because I’m so lazy and stingy, I decided that paying RM2.50 to laminate the road tax every year is a bit too steep to pay. Also, it’s such a pain to find parking near my neighbourhood book shop and the girl that works there is one of the slowest people I know exist.

So I came up with a brilliant idea, of which is the point of this blog post:

Ladies and gentleman…clingwrap film! One of the most common item in one’s household hehehe.

# – Roll out some clingwrap film. Using a cloth or paper towel, smooth it down over the surface of a table.

# – Carefully peel off the road tax.

# – Stick it on top of the clingwrap film.

# – Now, lift the clingwrap film off the table.

# – Trim off excess film around the road tax with a scissors.

# – Fold in excess film around the road tax.

# – Clingwrapped road tax, DONE!

# – Now, just slip the clingwrapped road tax into the car sticker and onto the windscreen.

# – Replacing Malaysian road tax without damaging your windscreen, DONE!

And that, ladies & gentlemen, is how Kim sees it.

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