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3 Things to Consider in Choosing a Car

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Life can be complicated. And so is choosing a car. What then? How does one choose a car to purchase? Well, allow me then to count the ways or in more practical terms, allow me to give you some things to consider.

Buy Your Dream or Meet Your Need.  You may have dreamed for years in getting a particular car because it just simply is your taste. The color, the brand — it speaks about you. But then think about it for a moment just yet. While it meets you style, your dream, does it meet your need? If fuel efficiency, for instance, is a big deal for you, will it make the cut? If you live in the rougher part of town or need to travel through long distances and tough terrain, will it be able to plod through and when needed conquer mud? So will you buy your dream or meet your need? Or will you consider both?

Know the Details. Now is not the time to gloss over details. Now is the time to be picky, choosy. And that’s for your own good. Being struck with buyer’s remorse after your purchase is not something you want to face or live with. Get all the information you need before you reach for your wallet or checkbook. Ask your car expert friends, check out car shops and talk with car dealers. Now is the time to ask, now is the time to make a checklist. And do not forget that the internet can be your ally, too, as you gather information. In fact, you can visit Cars.com and find car information, videos and even helpful car reviews. They even have car prices there which you can see for yourself.

Don’t Forget the Price Tag. Unlike, Jessie J’s song, this is not the time to forget about the price tag. Buying a car whether a new one or a used one requires quite an amount from you. Think through the cost of this purchase. What can you afford? Would you consider getting a loan or borrowing cash from a friend or family? How would you pay it up? Remember that you also need to regularly shell out money for car maintenance once you have it. How will this affect your monthly budget and expenditure then?

To sum it all up, don’t rush through with your purchase. And when you’re finally seated in the driver’s seat, don’t forget to buckle up and drive safely 🙂

Winning My 1st Writing Contest

We always remember the first.

The 1st writing contest that I joined and thankfully won was an essay-writing contest during the Provincial Science Fair and Quiz in Bohol during my sophomore year in high school. I no longer remember the number of participants but schools within Tagbilaran City (including mine) and from the towns sent their representatives to join the contest.

My Biology teacher had called my attention one day and asked me if I would be interested to join the contest. I remember feeling both excited and afraid about joining. I told my mother about it the day before the contest. I also began to think by then that I would be facing much older students (junior and senior students from other schools) and perhaps it was not really a good idea to join. I have no memory whether my mother was particularly encouraging in my joining the contest. What I did remember is that she gave me tips in winning the contest.

My mother asked me if I knew the  theme of the Science Fair that year. She then told me that the essay topic for contests would usually be about the theme or related to the theme. The theme that year was something about the role of Science and Technology towards progress. And so to prepare myself, I looked for books and newspapers at home which had a similar topic and read them. This was the time before the internet (late ’80s) so there was no Google to help me.

Mother gave me what I consider as a key in my winning that contest. She said that I should begin with a strong opening statement or sentence. I practised writing several ones on paper and finally told her that I think all I managed to write were weak ones. And then she told me I can actually quote a source and use what that source or writer said to begin my opening paragraph. I was happy with this advice and so I proceeded to search for relevant quotes which I also liked and one I could easily memorize! I found a one-sentence quote from an American writer which I thought I could use for the contest.

The essay topic the next day was not directly about the theme but still related to it (just as my mother said). I was indeed thankful that my carefully memorized quote and source (writer) was something I could use for the contest.

To cut the story short, I won the silver medal. The first 3 placers were sent to join the Regional one which was held in Danao, Cebu. The contest had paved the way for me to travel for the first time sans family or relatives. I went on to win a bronze medal in the regional one.

I look back with gratitude to my Biology teacher who believed in me (interestingly, my husband is also a Biology teacher), my late mother who coached me  and of course, God, from whom all blessings flow. My teen years were challenging (teeming with family concerns and a good dose of adolescent angst). Winning the two contests and being able to travel away from Bohol were bright spots of hope during those years with overcast skies.

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