Nasib Vespa Asli Italia

Sudah tujuh tahun saya punya motor ini, Vespa LXV 125. Saat membeli saya ingat salah satu tujuannya adalah agar saya bisa jalan-jalan ke mall terdekat, seperti Citos atau PIM, tanpa mikirin susah cari parkir.

Ya, saat itu Vespa masih termasuk “motor elit”. Mendapat tempat istimewa bersama dengan moge (motor gede) di parkiran depan mall. Karena memang jumlah Vespa di jalanan belum terlalu banyak (kecuali vespa klasik tahun 70-80an ya, gak masuk hitungan)

Motor saya ini mirip Filippo Inzaghi, asli buatan Italia. Sekitar empat bulan setelah saya beli, ia kedatangan banyak saudara-saudaranya, yang “sayangnya” sudah berdarah campuran Vietnam. Yang harganya separuh dari motor saya.

Jadilah Vespa menjadi salah satu pilihan populer pengguna dan enthusiast motor tanah air. Jumlahnya meningkat drastis. Akibatnya, mall pun mendegradasi status Vespa ke kelompok awam. Parkir spesial tidak lagi disediakan. Hanya khusus motor > 400 cc.

Sialan.

Dan oleh karenanya saya jadi jarang membawa Vespa saya ini. Sampai sekarang masih < 1000 km total mileage nya. Hehehe.

Tapi saya nggak mau jual.

Kemarin saya bawa dia jalan-jalan. Saya mandikan. Jadi kinclong dan cakep lagi. Saya jadi berjanji dalam hati untuk lebih sering bawa dia jalan-jalan.

Oke, Filippo?

GIIAS 2018: Jimny Jadi Bintang, Mobcin Menarik Perhatian

Usai menyelesaikan urusan penyewaan rumah saya yang di BSD, saya memanfaatkan waktu cuti setengah hari saya dengan berkunjung ke acara tahunan, Gaikindo Indonesia International AutoShow 2018, atau yang umum disebut GIIAS.

Secara lokasinya tepat di depan kompleks rumah saya, yakni di ICE (International Convention Centre) BSD, saya tinggal menyeberang untuk tidak melewatkan ritual tahunan saya ini.

Ya, memang setiap tahun saya selalu sempatkan mengunjungi GIAS atau Indonesia Motor Show. Alasannya sih lebih banyak untuk lihat-lihat model mobil baru, karena saya cukup senang dengan dunia otomotif. Memang pada beberapa kesempatan saya pulang tidak hanya membawa brosur, tapi juga Surat Pemesanan Kendaraan.

Hehehe iya. Paling tidak pada dua kesempatan saya membeli mobil di pameran. Selain mendapatkan diskon yang lumayan besar, pameran juga kadang memberikan banyak bonus. Saya ingat saat membeli Mazda CX7 di Indonesia Motor Show tahun 2011, saya mendapatkan paket wisata ke Hong Kong untuk dua orang, satu buah iPad dan pemutar DVD in-board OEM Mazda. Great deal!

But not this year. Secara tahun lalu baru ganti mobil. Jadi tidak ada target tahun ini. Cuman mau foto-foto dan mengumpulkan brosur.

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Daddy’s (Not so) Little Helper

Salah satu ritual Lebaran yang sering luput dari liputan adalah tradisi mencuci mobil sendiri. Karena para supir mudik, dan tempat cuci mobil banyak yang tutup (kalau ada yang buka pun pasti rame), maka jadilah kita pagi-pagi “olah raga” mencuci mobil.

Untungnya pagi ini ada bala bantuan. Rafif dengan sigap membantu setelah bangun dari tidur.

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IPhone X First Impression: So Far So Good

I had few reservations to buy iPhone X before, mostly because of its form factor and the loss of Home Button.

The form factor is because when I saw iPhone X for very first time in flesh, it was the white model. Honestly, the side chrome body of this model looks cheap. It lacks the feel of premium shown by Samsung flagship phone S8, or even iPhone 8.

But yesterday when I saw the space gray model, I just realized it doesn’t have this chrome side body. It is gray/black all the way to the glass back and look fantastic. This was one of the reason that made me immediately decide to buy one. I’m really into aesthetics when it comes to stuffs. Yea, I’m that kind of guy. Continue reading

Apple Fanboy X

Call me Apple fanboy as you wish, but it feels good to get their latest phone (iPhone X) in their flagship store with a spectacular view of HK harbor 😊It’s my first time ever to visit this cool flagship store. It’s located in IFC building near Central. What is so cool with this store is the concept that you can approach the staff in red Apple uniform, and they will enter your purchase through their iPhone.

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Back to Hung Hing Toys!

This small toys store near Johnston Road at Wanchai always become my favorite destination whenever I come to Hong Kong. It has one of the most complete toys collection in town. But what attracted me since 2008 was they sell with relatively much cheaper price than in Indonesia. It’s not uncommon for Rafif to find his Gundam’s target at almost half price than back home. No wonder he is like a kid in candy store!

Look at their floor to ceiling toy rack!

Don’t be mistaken with the place among HK street market, but for toys collector, it won’t disappoint.

How to get there: use MTR to Wanchai, and take exit A3. Walk straight towards Johnson Road, and you will see across the road, there’s a small street full with street market vendors just beside KFC. Go walk inside this street and you’ll find this sign:

Or follow this Google Map location:

Hung Hing Toys

Hong Kong, Wan Chai, 太原街17-19

+852 2891 4739

https://goo.gl/maps/mY9vcHQKGYE2

Get inside, and empty your wallet! Hahahah 😅

Epic Sunday Car Free Day Ride to Jakarta Old Town

Okay, for some of you, the veteran bike athletes, 40kms is nothing. But for us, the reluctant folding-bike cyclists, this was an epic ride!

Committed to use my Brompton more often, I asked Rafif to join me for Car Free Day (CFD) cycling session. Initially I planned for riding at elevated road of Antasari, but alas, the road was only opened for CFD last week, hence we had to detour.

Of course, the Sudirman-Thamrin is the most likely destination.

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Back on Bike

Finally I bought a bike. This is part of my year 2017 resolution – which is to have regular sports activity. As running is not (yet) my thing, riding a bike is a more feasible option.

I used to have Dahon folding bike before. But I have not used it for long time, so when my maid asked for it, I had no hesitation to give it away. And I’ve been eyeing Brompton bike for about some time. Well it was love on first sight when I tried my friend’s Brompton bike during my stunt act as Jokowi couple of month ago. “I got to buy this bike”.

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