Oh man….. Time flies so fast when you’re about to make the most out of it! It seems like only yesterday when my mother and youngest sister came from Kuching to Leuven for the summer holidays.
But the reality is – and remains – very hard to swallow 😦
Golly gosh, only now did I notice that my last post was dated 21st July. It feels like many moons away…
I have so many stories to share, which I will, in the next posts (of our holidays at the French Pyrenees, London, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Hasselt, the coast, etc), however, the mind is strong but the body is weak! Let’s face it, how many of us actually bounced back to earth gleefully and really meant it, after coming back from weeks of glorious holidays? Hmmmm….
Yikes! Not I!! No way, Jose! Not in a million years!!
Aargh!!! Back to the grind. The boring old stuff, but, THAT, people, is reality! The amusing thing was I remembered ALL my passwords. Darn! I guess my holidays were way too short 😉
My meeting with reality started with a nightmare. My “terrible child” started to reject me. She was no longer the bashful child I knew the past 8 years. She became highly boisterous and loud, to the point that I could not handle her anymore. When I directed her uphill, she went downhill (backwards!!). When I tried to keep her “vocal” down, she raised it to a deliriously high-pitched tone that completely humiliated me. I just had to let her go….
And here’s how I let go of my Peugeot 206 “Enfant Terrible”…. My terrible child…
I have had 8 wonderful years with my Peugeot 206. She had been extremely kind and gracious to me, transporting me from home to work to home, taking care of my city trips and groceries, making sure that I visited my friends on time, as well as my dentist, my hairdresser, lunching and dining out with my family, friends and colleagues, and, miraculously, she survived the 1.5 months when my mother and sister were here recently. And then, she died down…with her final loud shrill, as if gasping for breath, she said her last goodbye.
Farewell, my dear.
Oh yes, I could keep her if I changed her gearbox. But it costs a bomb and there’s no guarantee that she would be back to her normal self.
With just 88,700 km, 8 years old and still in sleek condition, except for the gearbox, how much would you pay for her?
I checked a few websites and OMG….Hallelujah!! Some garages are selling these junks for Eur 3k!! And I got mine for half the price (from a least accommodating garage)!!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!
Boy, was I chafed when I saw these rubbish and it hurts.
Chill out, girl. That’s life!
And I did just that because I bought myself a Chill-Out!!
Yep, one of THE most popular and reliable car makes around: a Toyota!!!
According to the Top-10 most reliable cars survey provided by GizMag, “the Japanese automotive industry supplied every car in the Top-10, and amazingly 16 of the Top-20!! Japanese models may not be the most charismatic but you’re unlikely to spend a great deal of money and time in the garage keeping it on the road.”
That’s precisely what I needed 😉
By the way, I’m glad to have brought life back to my reality. How about you?