So a few days ago I found out that I had a blown right hand side headlamp. Annoying, as I suspected it would cost me quite a bit to get this replaced in Australia. I spent a few days researching the Toyota manuals and was quite prepared to get hold of a spare globe (approx. $23 inc shipping off ebay) and install it myself. It looked complicated but doable.
Today, I called my Toyota service centre to enquire about replacing my blown headlamp globe. Replacement globe: $44. Installation: 1 man-hour at $115. Total: $159. Plus GST: $174.90. Right. I’m gonna do this myself I thought.
At Mary’s suggestion, I stopped by the local Mr. Muffler at High Street, where I had gotten my tyres repaired before, just to see if they might be able to fix it for less. I would have been happy with a price of $100. So I approach the Chinese guy there (he’s the franchise owner I think) and asked if he did replacement of headlamp globes. He said yes and came to take a look at my blown lamp. He mumbled something which I couldn’t catch then said “$10″. I couldn’t believe my ears and had to get him to repeat it. I asked if he could do it then and there and he said yes. All of 6 minutes later, he was done. And within 10 mins of driving into his workshop, I was driving out with working headlamps and just a small sum of $10 poorer. Wow.
I’ve completed a video of our recent trip to Beijing. It’s about 10 mins long. We had a great time there and we were really impressed with the progress that China has made. The scale of development in infrastructure and technology leaves cities like Melbourne and Singapore behind! Now if only they can clean up their air and environment, they would make it to becoming a first world country.
We climbed the Great Wall on Wednesday. It was quite a significant event. The Great Wall of China is something I learned about as a little child, and to finally be climbing it was quite exhilarating. It was quite a tough climb, and coming down was more than a little scary. I reached Beacon tower 9 and stopped there. We were at the Ju Yong Pass of the wall.
Ian celebrated his 21st birthday at a party at Wantirna Club recently. We left it to him to invite his guests and organise the party himself. It was a fun night. I’ve compiled a slide show of the evening. It’s a bit long as it includes all the speeches.
The full set of photos can be found here.
Wen had her Knox school presentation evening on 24th October at the Robert Blackwood Hall at Monash. She took part in 3 items, but unfortunately, she did not win any academic awards..
Photos can be found here.
Below is a video of her items. It’s about 18 minutes long, so be warned…
Melissa had her graduation ceremony on Thursday 13th September. Mary and I attended the convocation ceremony and I essentially ended up being her photographer for the day. She got many of her friends to come down for photos with her. After the ceremony, the family had a nice celebratory dinner at Kotaraya.
Photos of the convocation as well as those of her and her friends can be found here.
We celebrated Mary’s 50th this Saturday. We had a nice family dinner at Kotaraya.
When I had my 50th, my wife threw me a surprise party. Now it’s almost impossible for me to surprise Mary so soon after my own surprise party. So the only thing I could think of was to compile a 50th Birthday slideshow for my beloved wife, and to post it to Youtube and share it with all our friends who would have been invited to a surprise party if there had been one.
We presented the slideshow on my tablet to her during the birthday. Photos here.
I hope you enjoy the slideshow I’ve compiled, especially you, Mary.
Tuen, Xuan, Jie, Ian, Wen, Ming and Ren