Monthly Archives: July 2007

Coping With Fuel Hikes

I got another Monday morning shocker as fuel prices were hiked up again. This is the 6th time this year according to my fuel log. Here are a few ideas on what you can do about it.

  • The right tire pressure is a small thing but you might be wasting fuel on drag if your tires are under pressure.
  • The quality of the fuel varies from shed to shed. If your drive is not smooth chances are there are impurities in the fuel. Change the shed.
  • Check spark plugs and the fuel filter.
  • Look into fuel and engine oil additives that claim to increase fuel efficiency. I’ve tried X1R which seemed to improve performance but no change in fuel efficiency.
  • I’ve heard that nano tech fuel saver has some savings but no direct experience on it yet.
  • Tinting helped me a lot by cutting down the air conditioning usage.
  • Alloy wheels might help a bit but wider tires would counter any efficiency gained.
  • A high pass air filter might help, then again keeping your current one clean would also help.
  • Driving style has a lot to do with fuel economy. Accelerating and breaking too fast gulps down a lot of fuel.

Any more tips?

Juice Place

Cordial
photo by Olivander

I don’t know about you but I think supermarket cordials suck. First most brands start off with a decent mix then they slowly dilute it down until sales drop, then they come back thicker but at a higher cost.

I’ve tried almost all of them. MD Nelli and mixed fruit was great to start with but soon went down in taste and went up in price. KVC guava was and is still good, their mix fruit not so good.

There is a place affectionately named as The Jam Factory. Which is better than the official name of Fruits and Vegetables Private Limited. But their juices are good and almost half price of what you pay for a supermarket sucker.

The Jam Factory is down Buthgamuwa Road off Rajagiriya. You can turn in your washed jam and cordial bottles and I think they give you a discount. Very green of them.

Anyway that is my juicy tip for the day. :)

Friday the 13th

This is not a old movie review. About a week ago I was just waking up and I was dreaming I was driving my car (not the coolest car in the world, but anyway) and I crashed into something, shook and woke up.

That was strange. When I got into the car the small meter (you know the one you can reset) read 111. Okay, so I go about my day. There were about 3 close calls that day but I managed not to crash with my super agile driving skills, yay!

Oh the last trip of the day was to a hospital late at night. There when we were done admitting a patient a gecko squeaked as the guard was trying to open the main doors to let us out. He stopped and made us stand there for a few minutes before we could leave.

I said I could just go the other way where it was open but the guard insisted we stay a while. Freaky.

But here’s the deal I’m a science loving new age person. Superstition doesn’t make sense to me. I wish I was not polluted with these crazy notions people pass down from generation to generation. Its hard enough surviving in this country, we don’t need no superstition.

How to disable a stolen mobile phone

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on
your phone:

* # 0 6 #

A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your
handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.
Should your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give
them this code.They will then be able to block your handset so even if the
thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless .
You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever
stole it can’t use/sell it either.
If everybody does this, there would be no! point in people stealing mobile
phones.
Please spread this useful information around.

Thanks to Shanaka