Coke clear.

Another interesting drink hit the store. This time is Coca-Cola clear..

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Armorall Brake Dust Repellent

Although I am a Meguiar’s car care fan, I will also try out other brands product especially I could not find an equivalent. I always have a problem with my car if having a lot of brake dust in my rim. So when I saw this product, I decided to try. I have to say it really works.. After washing your rim, dry it and spray over it. That is all. I saw a significant drop in brake dust on my rim. It can last for few weeks. In between, you just need a simple wipe. I spray on my rim once a month. A bottle might last you 6 months.

Clear latte

Just saw an interesting product.. Clear latte by Asaki. It just looks like an mineral water but with a latte taste. Low calories with vitamins maybe? Maybe next time got clear coke, clear milk… You can get in in NTUC finest.

工欲善其事。。

If you want to get the work done efficient and effective, you need to have the correct tools. Lately I have been into car detailing products. I find that last time I have been too easy or lazy. Washing car is bare minimum. But I think it is a good idea to invest on good products. I have done some research and found that Meguiar’s car care are good. They have wide range and you need to know which suit you best. Overall, I am pretty happy with this brand.

So you want to buy a pre-owned car?

Singapore is famous or infamous of having to fork out a lot of money to buy a brand new car. An entry level Japanese car is easily $80k which you can get a supercar elsewhere. That is why many people turn to 2nd hand car market. But in the news and online, you can see horror stories on how 2nd hand dealers are out to cheat. So is there really a light out of this? Answer is yes though difficult.

I went with a friend on a shopping spree for 2nd hand car. So what you need to look out for?

1. It is not very worth to buy 2nd hand small car. The saving is not great and most of the time, the deprecation value is more than a brand new car. So advice is 2nd hand is more for bigger higher end continental car.

2. Focus on a type of car and then shop around based on your budget. Do not be fool by dealer saying someone wants to buy this car and pressure you into accepting a deal. Remember, there will always be a good deal another day.

3. Ask for all hidden costs. Many times dealers will add on many hidden costs on top of the selling price. They will say admin fee $500, no car loan from them $1000, etc.. Dun be fool by all this costs. Good dealer will not ask you pay for extra fee.

4. Mileage on the car might be tweaked to reflect much lower value. Use you judgement. If the car left 3 years old and per year ave mileage is much less than 10000km, it is very fishy to me. For a very normal drive, it usually is 15000km ave. If the dealer claim full agent service, better still. Ask for service record and double check with agent if possible.

5. Forget about things like accident free, tip top condition, previous owner is a lady, no repair needed kind of ads. Just trust your own eyes and feel.

6. Go for test drive if you found a car you really like. If the dealer is not keen for you to test drive, likely the car got issues. When testing, switch off radio to listen for sound. Try to ram the car a bit and go over hump slightly quick to test for suspension. Lookout for leakage. Take note of car smell, dash board and seat conditions for abuse. But of cos, dun expect new car conditions.

7. Bargain. Most of the time for big car, the margin is high. You can try slashing $5k.

8. Once you interested in a car, putting a deposit is normal but usually try to give a small number. $500 or so. The rest you should use a cash order and ask them to transfer ownership on the spot. Weekend, holidays are possible as it is online and instant.

9. Read online for reviews on dealers.

What to do in Gold Coast?

1. Paradise country is just next to movie world. It is like a farm tour where you can see sheep shearing etc.. Good for city kids.

2. Movie World. If you are into theme park, you will like Warner Brothers movie world.

3. Fruit Farm

You can visit a fruit farm and look at all the different kinds of interesting fruits that Australia produced.

4. Catch a crab. This boat is very relaxing and you will get a chance to go into the water.

5. Surfers paradise. What is Gold Coast without going to have a dip at the world renowned beach?

6. Casino. If you feel lucky, you can have a go at their casino.

7. Shopping. There are many areas for you to do great shopping in Gold Coast. You can buy beach wear, their sports gear, supplements and many more.

8. Clubbing. There are many clubs near to the central area of Gold Coast. It becomes very lively when darkness fall.

How to get around Gold Coast?

Driving in Gold Coast is not hard. The road is well marked and not crowded. The road condition is good and plenty of parking spaces even in city. If not, there are trams and taxis available which are quite affordable to get from places to places.