6 months…

It had been 6 months already, time to send my car…

…for its regular servicing that would include changing its engine oil and its oil filter.

In the case of my Ol’ Faithful, the Wira…

…I used to send it for servicing every 5,000 km and later, after the workshop guy switched to a better brand of engine oil, it could wait a while longer, till 8,000 km.

Of course, when my girl was teaching at that school in the jungle, some 300 km. or so away, I had to go quite frequently, around 0nce a month as I had to make at least two trips every week, sometimes more, 600 km return, 1,200 km per week.

These days, we hardly go anywhere so I would never be able to cover the distance, both cars. That is why I will just keep track of the time and send them for servicing once every 6 months. I certainly can save a whole lot of money on petrol and also on these regular visits to the workshop in the “good ol’ days”.

Well, that day, it was time for one of them, the former, so I called the service centre a day earlier to make an appointment for 8.00 a.m. in the morning. Everything was confirmed, all settled and within minutes, I received an sms from them through their service provider with the booking number and all the relevant details. Talk about being very efficient, eh?

The next morning, I got there at around 7.50 a.m. and I dropped off the car at the workshop section and proceeded to the office. The staff members manning the service counter were somewhat amused as I was there before them. I said at a time like this, it would be good to go extra early as it would be safer with no other living soul around, get it done quickly and head straight home and of course, they all agreed with me. They are all very nice and polite there – they all call me “Uncle” unlike other places where they may call me “towkay” or whatever instead.

The girl said it would take around 1 hour but everything was done in less than half an hour. After paying for everything, I left and went to this very popular coffee shop across the road. I was there around a year ago when I sent my car for servicing and like that previous time, this time around, I had the kolo mee special (RM7.00)…

…again from this stall…

…in the coffee shop.

The deep fried wantons (meat dumplings)…

…were great and so were the fish balls, one of them fried…

Yes, the char siew (barbecued meat) and minced pork were fine too and there were a few bits of pork fat crusts buried under the noodles.

I was not entirely fond of the tofu puffs and I thought the prawns…

…were somewhat bland, not nice and sweet like the ones I buy from my favourite fish & seafood stall near my house.

The complimentary soup that came with the noodles was so diluted that it was almost tasteless. I tried to salvage it by dunking all the green vegetables in it but it did not help one bit. In the end, I just left it untouched…almost!

Should I drop by again the next time around, which probably would be another six months from now, I don’t think I shall ask for the special and will just go for the regular instead. I suppose they will just give the char siew and the minced pork and pork fat crusts, that’s all…plus the green vegetables…or perhaps, I shall try something from the other stalls there.

CHANG LOK CHIU CAFE (2.277376, 111.850765) is located along Jalan Bukit Lima, just before the Bukit Lima roundabout, right across the road from the Proton Service Centre (NGU’S MOTOR SERVICE SDN BHD – PROTON 4S DEALER).