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I was driving one fine day and then the air from air-conditioning just stopped blowing. Sent the car to the service centre at Bercham industrial area (Ipoh) straight away and was told that the switch malfunction. The air-conditioning works only at Speed 4 but no response to Speed 1 to 3. However, I was told that they have no spare parts and the waiting period could be between a week to three weeks. 

I sent the car to Jalan Kuala Kangsar, a bigger service centre and got the switch changed immediately. While waiting for my turn took a while, the change and services were quick, friendly and very personalised. I particularly like the Service Manager there as I spoke to him on the phone earlier. It was his friendliness and eagerness to assist that drew me to that service centre, otherwise I’d not be there. 

As my car is still under warranty period, the change of switch was free. 

We also took a glance at the new Proton Ertiga. Somewhat shorter and smaller in size compared to Exora, less space and powered by a 1.4 EEV engine. We viewed the interior and exterior. We asked for the price and to our surprise, it is only cheaper than Exora by less than RM10,000. For RM60k+, I will still choose Exora for the bonus of space. 

Yes! I love the Exora for its comfort and space. My car was of great service to ferry 8 adults and 2 children around Klang Valley and to and from Melaka just last month. My grandma didn’t find it difficult to climb in and out the car, too.
The Exora is powered by a 1.6 Turbo engine and I felt that is quite sufficient but of course would love to have a 2.0 Turbo if available. For the Ertiga, at 1.4, I am unsure if it is under-powered for that matter. 

If Ertiga is priced at RM50k – RM55k range, perhaps is a good choice, considering some families opting for a cheaper 7-seater. At a price similar to Exora, Ertiga may need more convincing power to boost its sales. 

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My grandmother was from Sungai Petani and my mom (plus a few aunts) were born here. Two aunts are still here so we do visit once in a while. Today we are at this lorong (a back lane), beautifully decorated with street arts.

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An extended family - with my grandma, mom, aunt, cousins and nephew

The seven-seater Exora has become a great road trip vehicle among my friends and family members.

Last week, I went for the third seevice session at 10,000km mileage. So far so good, no complaints.

I love the super quick cooling air-conditioning, huge space for all Ikea stuffs I buy, safety features I know it will bring me to destinations safely, the comfort and convenience for the whole family.

I still feel Proton Exora is my best investment so far. Loving it dailt

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Yesterday I sent the car to the Proton service centre at 5,300+km mileage. No complaints so far.

Very satisfied with the car. Definitely worth the price. Friends and I were on a road trip to Penang. We had 5 adults and 2 children from KL to Penang. Only one seat was collapsed to fit all our luggage bags. We had supplies for 3 days 2 nights each.

At Penang, after checking in and all luggage bags stored in the rented apartment, all seats were available again. We had 7 adults with 2 children, seated comfortably. I had the opportunity to try the seats at row 2 and row 3. While the last row may be slightly cramped but it is more spacious than other MPVs I tried.

Earlier, my car was used to ferry people and stuffs for a youth camp at Gopeng. We had 5 people in the car, along with our luggage bags enough for 5 days 4 nights and more stuffs for the camp secretariat. All seated comfortably and space was enough to carry so much!

Very powerful and not a time I felt the car need anything more although it always seems to feel better if it is a 2.0 engine!

Love the Exora!

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I drove the car to Penang and back to KL last week. Was supposed to send the car for first servicing at 1,000 km but it has clocked 1,400km by the time I am available to send it to the service centre.

My dad said that we shouldn’t drive over 100km/h for at least the first 1,000km so to protect the car engine and it will ensure the engine works longer. Not sure if it is true but driving 90km/h to 100km/h on the highway to Penang was quite a distance and can be boring.

On the way back to KL, half way through the journey, we reached 1,000km and boy, my mom stepped on the accelerator and sped away to reach KL faster.

Nearest to home is the Proton service centre at Pandan Jaya. Sent the car there at about 9.30am. The receptionist explained the first service and what will be covered. Owners get the first 3 servicing with free labour cost but must be utilised within a year. Next service will be at 5,000km mileage.

I told the mechanics of a list of things I found
1. Petrol smell in the car right after refueling
2. Smell of burnt rubber twice during our KL-Penang-KL journey
3. Squeaking sound under the driver accelerator part when going over bumps
4. Right side mirror does not adjust to the right angle enough. (This can’t be adjusted, the mechanic said)

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The cost was RM152 and I got a free car wash too.

I find myself filling in feedback forms before collecting my car from the dealer and before I leave the service centre. This makes me feel that Proton is serious in maintaining good customer service throughout.

After servicing, I drove the car to Teluk Intan on Friday and back to KL on Saturday. The squeaking sound is no more to be heard and no smell of burnt rubber too. There is still some smell after refuelling the car though. Not sure how to rectify this.

Early this year, my Dad says he sponsors me RM10,000 to buy a car and he will drive my existing car. His old junk will need to change. True enough, that junk carried a trade-in price of only RM600!

Friends who know me said “Is time lahh Hoong Ling!”

I never like buying a car and I have expected to drive my good old Iswara till it becomes a junk. The Proton Iswara was my first and only car. Another reason not to buy a car because is a liability. I plan on only buying assets till age 40 and let those assets and passive income pays my liabilities.

I wanted something versatile, useful, multi-purpose and can last long, something within RM60,000. First choice was a pickup and almost ended up buying a Mazda BT-50 (yes is higher than 60k) yet my Dad disagreed. I, too felt I may not be able to park the huge car well.

Then I thought of an MPV and a few models cane about but after some research, Proton Exora seems to fit the bill. Feedback and many reviews said the car beats Toyota Avanza and Nissan Grand Livina. To my surprise, there were many owners who praised the car and how it is worth the money spent.

I decided without even a test drive. I wanted to buy within 60k so I chose the Standard AT variant until Proton gave so much discounts, loyalty bonus, NCD and rebates that even the Executive CVT variant with turbo engine was within 60k. It seems the turbo CFE engine should be better to pull the heavy car, threfore more power and more fuel efficient.

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I did not choose the Premium or Super Premium as I only wnat a car,not too much of the luxuries. I also prefer the fabric seats over leather offered by the two higher spec variants.

Some reviews
1. The car has fuel empty indicator when I collected it yesterday and the dealer gave a reminder to first refuel before going anywhere. I drove to the nearest petrol station about 1km away but the car stopped completely about 100m away from the petrol station! I was lucky to have 4 young men who stopped their two bikes to help me push the car to the station.

The empty tank quenched 55.6 litres of petrol. At RM2.05 per litre, it was RM114 for a full tank.

When I told the dealer, he called immediately and said will feedback to Proton as this has never happened before.

2. I like the smooth drive and handling so far. The space is really a bonus. I’m also impressed with the crash tests Exora passed. For Proton to build this car locally including the design, I’m very impressed with its progress. Partly also because I’m so patriotic and “Gunalah Barangan Buatan Malaysia”, I am willing to give it a try. Furthermore the car model is not new, went through a few generations and progress much since it was first launched.

3. I went on to get the car tinted first thing. Added car visor and arm rest too. The Premiums variants come with these luxuries.

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The local accessories shop at Pandan Jaya Powertech Automart is a neighborhood shop, with decent charges, good quality products and they never try to upsell you. Yet they will suggest good add-ons for your car.

Car tint, visor, arm rest, a pair of car hook and anti-slip pad was RM800. There are actually free gifts by the dealer which include a few of these but I opted for cash rebates. I was also given a voucher for an option of RM400 discount for tinting or a free GPS. Yet I still prefer Powertech Automart. I should go collect the free GPS soon.

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I only clock 56km so far. I was shocked when I hear the car engine still produce sound even after I shut the engine and locked the car. I was deaf on the left so I first thought it was another car with engine on nearby but to my surprise it was my car! After a google research, it is actually the Auto Cool function for the CFE engine and it runs the fan to cool the engine. Wow, quite cool.

5. My car comes with 3 years warranty with 4 years extension as part of Proton promotion so is 7 years in total. However, it must be serviced as scheduled at Proton service centres only and no modifications even altering of the wiring is not allowed.

6. The socket plug (cigarette lighter) wasn’t working after a day. I went to repair it – the fuse was replaced. Not Proton’s fault though. I was told not to rotate any plug once it is plugged in the socket. Well in my old Iswara, I did rotated some plugs too and the socket worked well for a long time.

Some improvements I wish to have in the Exora Executive CVT are
– a USB connecter to play mp3 songs but there is a Aux 3.5mm jack in which may be helpful. I’ve yet to try it. If I were to change a car entertainment system, which alters the wiring, warranty is void. Salesman says if the service centre I frequent is willing to help install a new audio system, they will still provide warranty.
– arm rest
– more sound insulation as the engine is quite noisy but not disturbing for now

Will write more as I test the car further. Thanks for reading.

To read more about Guan Gong, please click here.

Guan Gong is highly revered and respected by the Chinese community. His birthday falls on the 24th of the 6th month of Lunar Calendar yearly.

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Lions from the lion dance paying respect to Guan Gong at the temple

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Lion dancers entering the temple

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Lion dance at the celebration with fire crackers

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The altar table is full of offferings to Guan Gong

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Sg Way folks and temple devotees at the birthday dinner

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More devotees

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The menu. Wing Hing Leong is a very good caterer who will meet your budget and they even provide canopy, tables and chairs for the function only at the price of the food

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Many devotees praying and offering joss sticks for Guan Gong

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Hoong Ling at the celebration

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Right opposite the temple at the first floor of the premise is the performance stage!

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Uncle Cheah who helps out at the temple. He has great memory and can write my name correctly as I handed some donations for the temple. Always happy, easy to talk to

I grew up with her music. Oh well, I only listened to The Chant of Metta and fell in love with it. The Chant of Metta lingers in my mind all the time and almost everyone who owns the CD could memorise the chant easily.

After 18 years of composing good music for Buddhism, Imee starts a world tour concert premiere in Kuala Lumpur’s prestigious Istana Budaya.

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Aptly naming her concert “Sound of Wisdom”, I got excited when I knew that she even helped Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA) raise funds by contributing proceeds to the association.

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Imee Ooi concert program book and ticket

As I participated in the Nuns Novitiate Program at SJBA and always felt indebted to the kind members who took care of us so well, I thought why not give back. Many SJBA friends were also at the concert.

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Peter Chew (centre) from SJBA, his wife and I

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Lee Swee Keong, one of the choreographers (right) with Hoong Ling

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Hoong Ling with Imee Ooi

The crowd was good although it wasn’t a full house. Brisk sales was seen at the counter where people snapped up program book, music CD, special edition EP, concert bag and T-shirts.

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The queue was long - for Imee and performers to sign the program book and CDs

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Brisk sales at the counter

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I got myself a set of program book, bag, CD and T-shirt too

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Hoong Ling at Imee Ooi's concert

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All lower denomination concert tickets were sold out and only RM350 tickets still available. For those who missed the concert can also have a “Meet and Share” session with Imee on Tuesday 4th August 2015, 10am-1pm at Nexus Auditorium.

It has been a long time since posting. And many also asked me when is the next organ donation video release. Had to stop all those for a while. My family and I have been in the kitchen for some time. We cooked, prepared food and tested many recipes.

My mother plans to open a cafe at Ipoh, utilising the shop she bought a few years ago which was fully completed and can be used now. The rental yield will not be high as the premise is located at a more deserted area in Ipoh, facing a Malay school but surrounded by housing areas.

We all know that human in the modern world lives longer. About a century ago, women dying after giving birth was so common that if both mother and child survives, people can’t thank God enough.

Average age those days was merely 50 or 60. As medical science advanced, we prolonged the average lifespan to 60 and eventually 70. It is very common to hear of people living up to the age of 80 and 90.

Recently, the clock turns its time. As I met one of the directors of a funeral parlour, he said these days those “sent in” to his place were those with age between 30 to 50. His first conversation with young people was always about eating healthily, vegetarianism and exercise.

Whatever medical advancement has achieved, modern food destroyed. But, let’s face it. It is not the food, it is us human who destroyed our lives faster than we could live.

The same director sent me this photo a few days ago.

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How true. Medical advancement has improved so rapidly that scientists and researchers find cures so fast for new and unknown disease in the past. Yet our daily lifestyle, stress and diet destroyed our body so swiftly than we can imagine.

Ask yourself these questions and simply observe your own lifestyle:
1. How many dishes of fruits and vegetables do you see on your dining table during meal time?
**We are supposed to eat more fruits and vegetables. Remember the food pyramid below?

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I supposed we have overturned the pyramid. We take more meat and fats instead of grains, nuts, fruits and vege. The rest of the needed nutrients we may leave it to the expensive supplements we buy, hoping it could balance our nutrient intake.

2. When was the last time you exercise, jog, have a long walk or sweat out in a gym?

3. How many glasses of water do you drink daily?

4. How much time did you spend for yourself – a total exclusive time for yourself to think, meditate, plan, be grateful and improve yourself?

5. How much time have you spent on improving relationship with family and friends?

Lifestyle and habits can change – it only begins with us! Live a great life!